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Doomsday Troops: 7” EP
Not to be confused with first wave U.K. kiddie punk sensations Eater, this similarly acronymed unit, full name Ernst And The Edsholm Rebels, is yet another legendary Swedish hardcore band and this is a repress of their first EP originally released in 1983. Like many of their peers, they kick out some righteous, thrashy jams for your ear hole, with maybe a bit more quirk in the vocals and a bit less Discharge in the song structures. After decades of hearing assorted tracks on the oodles of compilations they’ve graced, it’s nice to finally get my grubby little mitts on a copy of this bad boy. They’re apparently still going strong, and a quick internet search produced the opportunity to sample some of their more recent work. They definitely remain a band worthy of much attention.  –jimmy (Loud Punk)

We Wear White: CD
Catchy, infectious, and often funky rock stuff from a former member of Dischord staples El Guapo and Antelope. I must profess at never having heard anything from Edie/E.D. prior to this, but the ride is fun and damn if I didn’t find myself with “Weatherman” earworming my noggin. –jimmy (Dischord)

Starside Devastation: 7”
Jammy space rock stuff smart enough to temper the Hawkwind worship with a little dollop of early Chrome to help it all go down nicely. –jimmy (HoZac)

Self-titled: 12”EP
Post-punk or indie-punk, either way it better have some tie to punk. This record definitely does. It’s got an airy guitarness to it, but still driving and catchy. Don’t trade in your Wire of Mission Of Burma records just yet, but I’m sure Eagulls would feel right at home sandwiched between the two on a mixtape. Five songs is all you get on this record, but if it’s true what they say about quality over quantity, the proof is right here on this slab a vinyl. –Daryl Gussin (Deranged)

Get the Revolution Out of Your Head: CD
I really like the last album I heard from The Earaches, which is probably how this ended up in my review pile. I don’t know what’s happened since then. It seems like they may have locked themselves in a room where they could only listen to the Rolling Stones and The New York Dolls, and added that to their earlier sound. The result? Not something I’m too fond of. What before was raw and driving, now just seems to fit the mold of every other throw-back rock band around right now. Too bad. –megan (Steel Cage)

Time on Fire: CD
This is some ripping garage punk coming out of Seattle. Bands like The Drags and The Hate Bombs come to mind. It’s just a big load of fuzzed-out brain damage that never ceases to let up. One thing I found particularly interesting was the message that the band is trying to get through. In my experience, most of these types of garage bands are all about girls, cars, drinking, and heartbreak. I’m not saying that this stuff isn’t here (it is for the most part), but in the packaging in particular there are slogans such as “Start your own band!” “Participate!” and “This album is dedicated to those who choose action over complacency.” That’s the type of attitude in a band that would have Biscuit Turner smiling down on us. Nice work, gentlemen! –ty (Steel Cage)

Fist Fights, Hot Love: CD
Step aside nay-sayers! The Earaches (formerly the Reckless Bastards) are one of the many fucking amazing bands out now. They have that perfect balance of garage punk in the vein of the Mummies (no organ, just the energy). The songs are power-driven without ever getting too fast that they lose form. “Used to Be a Loser” gets all reverby, which doesn’t always work, but it does here. The song pulls off such a sleazy feel. The whole album is raw and just plain good. The only thing it leaves me wishing for is a tour. –megan (Steel Cage)

Passing Time: CD
Earl Grey hail from Mönchengladbach, Germany, have eight slick tracks of melodic hardcore here—almost metal guitars and some emotive power-boy singing of the Victory Records variety. In particular, “Passing Time” and “Haven” are pitch-perfect songs about restless-hearted dudes just trying to figure it out—ya heard?—as the years slip by: “I’ve got my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground,” shouts the singer. And well, I mean, yeah, same here, I guess. Same for my dog, too; she’s just a pup but says that shit all the time. There’s something about Passing Time’s immediate quality—perfect palm muting, shiny guitars with stop-on-the-dime-synchronization to (kind of distractingly) triggered drums—it couldn’t be sharper. Maybe you like Early Grey, and polished, discernible hardcore is your jam; then you’ll love Passing Time, but here’s my problem. All that glossiness—kind of like the adjective “beautiful” itself—gave off the flash and the appearance of urgency without ever inviting me inside. Might I compare thee to 2009’s Avatar? The EP costs 1,000 euros on Bandcamp, an interesting joke, and the CD I got from the band is not recognized by my CD player. Fool me once, Earl Grey!  –Jim Joyce (KROD, krodrecords@gmail.com)

Self-titled: Cassette
My wife walked in and asked why I was sad. She’s not off base when discussing Early Disclaimers: serious heavy bummer rock here, with spooky minor keys and chords aplenty, picked leads, and gradual builds to understated crescendos. Easily a star in the same constellation as the New Year, Low, and Codeine.  –Michael T. Fournier (Let’s Pretend)

Turn the Screws: 7”
Sometimes you just can’t come up with anything for a review. I was a bit dumbfounded by this release. Had to give this one a few listens more than usual. I even asked a friend who sings for War Trash for his opinion. He said, “Reminds me a bit of Civil Disobedience and the kind of simple, straightforward songwriting recalls the early CT/East Coast crust bands like Deformed Conscience.” I not too familiar with the early East Coast crust scene, but I value his knowledge. The only thing that popped into my mind was the Canadian band Germ Attak. Sort of early U.K. with some d-beat. Overall I do like what I hear, but the burnout that I have had lately has made it hard to classify and find a genre to attach it to. –don (Earslaughter)

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II: CD
I have not heard Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light part I in its entirety, but the two albums were recorded at the same time, and—based on what I have heard of the first—this is a natural extension. The groundwork of this: spare, ever-building riffs, atmospheric cello, and cavernous but sparse drums. The five tracks that make up the forty-five minute runtime of this instrumental album have really given me an appreciation of why the appellate “stoner metal” came to be. This album is about the setting of a mood and place, and as such I would say it is a triumph of production. It is probably best enjoyed in either the grips of full audiophilic immersion (possibly aided by someone’s dispensary prescription), or as background music. In short, this will not get the heart racing, but maybe it will get certain people’s heads working if caught in the right frame of mind. –Adrian Salas (Southern Lord)

Let’s Have a Barbeque!: CDEP
Seven originals (and the UK Subs’ “Rat Race”) that range ground from slightly-metallic hardcore to slightly-metallic oi, with surprisingly few stylistic Misfits references (though the lady in the photo wears a Samhain shirt), and a really handsome cover. No classic, but pretty danged swell. –Cuss Baxter (Evil Owl)

Wrong Side of History: 7”
All bands should listen to this record. Here is an example of a group of people getting all their ducks in a row and the end result being faultless. Earth Girls feature current and ex-members of Boilerman, Libyans, Broken Prayer, and Daylight Robbery but the music here is more reminiscent of the Shop Assistants, with a light, power pop effervescence that is easy on the ear and uplifting to the soul. It’s been sometime since I’ve heard any band capture that whole C86 sound as well as Earth Girls do here. These four tracks deserve to be listened to on repeat under a warm sun whilst sipping on a couple of cold beers.  –Rich Cocksedge (Grave Mistake / Drunken Sailor)

Someone I’d Like to Know: 7” EP
Punk pop outta Chicago. Fuzzy geetars, simple but effective hooks, and in the sweet spot between not too aggressive and not too sappy. –jimmy (Dirt Cult)

Sonic Prayer: CDEP
Dude! Bust out the bong! I got the killer weed and I’m ready to kick back and listen to two twenty-minute jams by this band! It’s like Led Zeppelin all over again! –don (Gravity)

Split: 7”
Earthmen And Strangers: It’s been a long time since I’ve thought about the Talking Heads as, well, as a punk-punk band. Oh, I understand their history. I get that, but I haven’t seen any of their direct influence on punk bands recently. I can’t remember the last time I dropped by a friend’s house and they plopped on the Talking Heads. But it’s in Ryan Rousseau’s capable hands that I have to do some double-thinking. The first half of “Slaves” has that tense, slightly off-kilter, atmospheric-as-an-empty-highways, almost bordering on a warble feel of early Talking Heads. Then the song hits the high gears and blows the doors off so hard, you’re digging gravel out of your ears at the end. This song could’ve easily been on the Repo Man soundtrack. Far Corners: Bordering on no-fi, this could be totally shitty, but if you’ve ever had a soft spot for Supercharger or the Oblivians and you can spot the hidden melodies in a recording that sounds like it was done in someone’s kitchen when their mom is making grilled cheese sandwiches, I know you’ll find their charms-in-the-rough as appealing as I did. –todd (Dirt Cult, dirtcultrecords.com / GC, gcrecords.com)

Self-titled: LP
I’ve lived a reasonably virtuous life, so the karmic overlords are just gonna hafta cut me some slack for taking this one off midway thru the first side. I just did not want to fucking listen to it anymore. Sounded like a speedmetal version of Rites Of Spring before I pulled the plug. I’m sure this record will make its next owner very happy. I am not that owner. Goodbye. BEST SONG: “Occupy Earth” BEST SONG TITLE: “Bomb Threat Checklist” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This is challenging, but I’ll say “Did you know the label for the b-side is solid black?”  –norb (Dead Broke, deadbrokerecords.com / Money Fire, moneyfirerecords.com)

Self-titled: LP
Anthemic, melodic hardcore with great musicianship. They throw in the occasional guitar noodle or odd time signature, but never to the detriment of the rockness. And, rock this does. I’m hearing some Avail chest-pounding, some Kid Dynamite smart-guy-pile-ons at the mic, and maybe even some prime All in the complicated parts. Earworms are a three-piece band from Brooklyn. If I was riding shotgun and this came on, I’d do some crazy dashboard to glove compartment to window roller drumming. –Chris Terry (Dead Broke, deadbrokerecords.com / MoneyFireRecords.com)

We Only See from Where We Stand: CD
Imagine Milo from the Descendents singing for Good Riddance. –don (Geykido Comet)

We Only See From Where We Stand: CD
Pop punk with meaningful, if non-specific lyrics. Some bands tell you society sucks, some show you how it does, or why it does, these guys write metaphors around it. There is a definite posi-core vibe to this – there is bad, but a feeling we will overcome. I keep going back and forth between if these guys remind me more of Strike Anywhere (which they sound a LOT like – but more in an affinity sense than a rip off one) or the weird rarity of Christian punk that is more punk than Christian (it does exist, it just is really unusual). I don't mean preaching, I mean having lyrics about personal responsibility and being good and society and that, and music that backs it up. I like this, but I kept looking for the Jesus references that are hidden somewhere.
–rich (Gekido Comet)

It Came From the East Bay: 7”
Loud but pretty nondescript punk rock. Pretty much forgot what it sounded like as soon as it was over.  –jimmy (Five and Dime)

Johnny Is a Junky: CDEP
I can’t seem to pin the tail on the donkey on this. It has the rawness of a great garage punk band. It has similarity to Smogtown but hasn’t achieved that greatness. It’s got the dirtiness of a drunk punk band and elements of a SoCal surf band that makes you either want to go skate or surf. Hard one to pin but definitely stands on its own. What I can say is this worthy of more than one listen. Gotta see them live to see if the magic carries through. –don (Cheetah)

Lock and Load b/w Blood Money: 7"
Suppose someone loaded a few of Mike Ness' syringes with estrogen and he started turning into Perry Farrell. That's who sings for the EBCs, and they play rock music, the kind where they had to put "punk rock and roll" on the cover so you'd know. They also want you to know East Bay Ray (from the Dead Kennedys!) produced it. The cover is nice but how many more cartoons of cars with giant shifters driven by monsters do we need? –Cuss Baxter (Industrial Strength)

Carry On: CD
This four piece band from Montreal, Quebec has their debut CD out and it’s really good! You get twelve songs that run the gamut of punk, street punk, to a Celtic song on the end of the album that turns into a Celtic punk song halfway through. They do remind me of the Dropkick Murphys a bit, but without the bagpipes and a bit more anxious. They have some great oi going on in some of the songs and you also get the lyrics in the CD to sing along with. This was a really cool album and I think that this will be going into the car for the long ride to work. –Guest Contributor (Stomp, stomprecords.com)

Splendor of Sorrow: CD
The Easter Monkeys were a Cleveland punk band from the early 1980s, as you might guess from their label association. Splendor of Sorrow is a collection of their sole LP, some live tracks, and a few scattered comp tracks. If you enjoy other stuff Smog Veil has released, I’m sure you’d like this too. It’s pretty rocking generally, and there’s some great saxophone skronk over the rock. –Ryan Horky (Smog Veil)

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