7 SECONDS – I HAVE FAITH IN YOU
April 4th, 2014 by Tim

THIS IS HARDCORE 2014
April 1st, 2014 by Tim

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DANZIG TELEVISION SHOW, NEW ALBUM AND LIVE SHOWS
March 28th, 2014 by Ed

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Danzig have completed filming for their ‘Legacy TV Special’, which takes the form of a run-through Glenn Danzig’s career. The band are also currently in the studio, working on their next album.

‘The Legacy’ is a concept developed by Mark Brooks, the creator of cartoon series Metalocalypse. Evil Elvis gave an interview to Full Metal Jackie in April 2013, where he says that the idea “was basically to do like a Danzig ‘Legacy’ TV show, loosely based on the Elvis ’68 Comeback special; it revisited a lot of his past and a lot of stuff: performance pieces that I do; then there’s the band playing live, we do Danzig and Samhain. Then, for the Misfits thing, we did what Elvis did when he sat down with [guitarist] Scotty Moore and the Memphis Mafia – we just did them all right there live, sitting, and everyone’s around us; there’s no backstage, we’re just on a little podium.”

An airing date or any other information is yet to be announced. However, while we wait for news on that, Danzig currently have five new songs recorded for their upcoming, so far untitled album. They are also also gearing up for the Danzig 25th Anniversary Tour.

Meantime, Danzig will headline a stage at Canada’s Amnesia Rockfest and are also confirmed to appear on 21 June 2014 with special guest Doyle (guitarist, ex-Misfits).

JUDGE LIVE IN COSTA MESA, CA
March 26th, 2014 by Ed

OUTBURST IN DALE CITY, VA (1989)
March 22nd, 2014 by Ed

UNITED AND STRONG
March 13th, 2014 by Ed

RAY OF TODAY POISED TO DIVE FOR AGNOSTIC FRONT, PHOTO: UNKNOWN

RAY OF TODAY POISED TO DIVE FOR AGNOSTIC FRONT, PHOTO: UNKNOWN


CHIP ON MY SHOULDER
February 22nd, 2014 by Tim

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After years of eager anticipation, I finally got my hands on the Slapshot documentary, “Chip On My Shoulder” and I have to say, it was definitely well worth the wait. The production on this far exceeded my expectations, I had no idea they had such a wealth of archival tour, hangout and live footage. The interviews were also very well done and the band members truly opened themselves up, sometimes to the point of being brutally honest. The inclusion of many of the key road crew guys only helped sculpt the real Slapshot landscape.

I particularly found a lot of the inner workings and band dynamics to be interesting and sometimes, very surprising. With the title of the documentary including, “The Cautionary Tale of Slapshot”, I knew I was in for some drama, but even that exceeded my expectations. I don’t want to give too much away, because I honestly feel that whether you’re a fan of Slapshot or not, you’re more than likely going to enjoy this documentary, because it’s just that well put together.

So a huge congrats to all those involved: Ian McFarland, Anthony Moreschi, Mark McKay, Jack Kelly, Steven Risteen, Jonathan Anastas, Jaime Sciarappa, Rev. Hank Peirce and everyone else. I’ll be listening to Slapshot records with a little more significance, appreciation and insight from here on out. -Tim DCXX

ED WALTERS AND THE BOSTON CROWD IN ACTION FOR SLAPSHOT'S FOR SHOW AT THE RAT IN BOSTON | PHOTO: BRUCE RHODES

ED WALTERS AND THE BOSTON CROWD IN ACTION FOR SLAPSHOT’S FIRST SHOW AT THE RAT IN BOSTON | PHOTO: BRUCE RHODES

R.I.P. BOB 2
February 19th, 2014 by Larry

ADULT CRASH, “UNFINISHED BUSINESS”
February 12th, 2014 by Ed

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Colin from Standards Records recently brought Adult Crash to our attention and we’re really psyched he did. Comparisons to bands like SSD and Septic Death (among others) are not without merit. Wall of sound riffage, shredded throat vocals and blasts of thrash make Adult Crash stand out in a sea of all too often generic hardcore. Here’s what Colin has to say about “Unfinished Business,” the band’s first record.

On Unfinished Business, their debut 12” EP, Adult Crash plays a powerful brand of hardcore, with the dramatic, rhythmic build-ups of Bl’ast!, the concrete-thick guitar work of SS Decontrol, the blunt vocal delivery of early Agnostic Front, and some left-of-center thrash flourishes a’la Septic Death. Far more than just a Frankenstein monster of well-tread influences, Adult Crash has a seamless, naturally flowing sound that can only come from veterans who have truly internalized the craft of hardcore songwriting.

Featuring a cadre of San Diego/Chula Vista HC veterans, including Tim Gonzalez of Amenity and House of Suffering, Adult Crash has the credentials and musicianship to convincingly deliver their unique sonic onslaught in spades. Mandatory listening for all true believers in the HC arts.

XXX FANZINE COMPREHENSIVE BOOK RELEASE COMING IN LATE 2014
February 7th, 2014 by Larry

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Over the course of five years (1983-1987), Boston’s xXx Fanzine chronicled the rise and rebirth of Hardcore America. The Salad Days. The Death of Hardcore. The Revolution Summer. The Punk-Metal Crossover. Straight-Edge Revivals. Skate-Rock. The Rock Against Reagan. Emo-Core. Brian Walsby Cartoons. Pushead Ads. Com- bat-Core. It’s all here and it all figured into the 20 issues that charted the course of Hardcore’s rise from pure DIY ethic to its impact on something larger – the shockwaves of which are still being felt today.

Slated for publication through Bridge Nine in late 2014, xXx Fanzine 1983-1987, will encompass over 60 interviews done in parking lots and backstages at (mostly) Boston area venues including the Channel, The Rat and countless VFW Halls and Church basements. From Minor Threat and The Misfits to The Cro-Mags and Motorhead to Descendents to Dag Nasty to 7 Seconds and Youth of Today to rare, seldom-granted interviews with the likes of SSD and DYS, this 180 page-plus volume is a vibrant cross-section of the 80’s underground charted by future rock writer and record exec, Mike Gitter. Regarding his newfound partnership with Bridge Nine, Gitter commented, “Working with Chris and B9 came very naturally. They’ve always shown complete attention to quality and substance: Bridge Nine is one of the reasons that hardcore has remained a vital force to this day.”

xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 not merely revisits a crucial juncture in the underground but updates it with current quotes and interviews not merely from the artists featured in the book. The likes of Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Smalley, Vic Bondi, John Brannon, Keith Morris, Roger Miret and members of SS Decontrol, Youth of Today, Bl’ast!, Corrosion of Conformity, Samhain, Void, The Accused and Die Kreuzen are just a few of the bands and personalities who have lent their voices to this book. Through a combination of oral history, written commentary and a lavish trove of photos, reviews, advertisements and flyers, not merely is xXx Fanzine 1983-1987 a document of hardcore’s history but just as importantly shows the head-flexing importance of fanzines to DIY America.

“Without fanzines, the story of American Hardcore would have been very different,” states Down By Law frontman, Dave Smalley, who is featured in the book during his tenures with DYS, Dag Nasty and ALL. “All of us contributed in different ways. Fanzines like xXx were crucial to not merely communication between scenes but also strengthening our inner resolve as we read about and were inspired by the scene that was happening all around us.”

While more information on this release will be coming soon, fans of Hardcore’s many generations can expect more than a few surprises surrounding the release of one of the East Coast’s premier Hardcore zines. In the meantime keep up with xXx Fanzine on Facebook.