Cobra Skulls - Sitting Army
This band came off a lot better live than they do on this CD. Watered down Psychoblly Rock And Roll that left me looking for something else to do besides reviewing this release from Reno, NV.'s own Cobraskulls. I guess their niche is that all their song titles have the word 'Cobra' in there somewhere, such as Cobra Skulls Lockdown, Don't Count Your Cobras Before They Hatch, and Faith Is A Cobra, etc. Cute. Yawn. This reminds me heavily of some of the newer Punk bands like Against Me!, or even Rise Against, and in no way, shape or form is that meant as a compliment. The lyrics are a bit preachy as well, covering topics like Life after Death, Conception, Religion and Ted Haggard. Google the name. And 2 of the songs on here are sung in Espanol for some reason. Maybe they're looking into that lucrative Mexican Punk Rock market? Who knows. After a few listens to this, I don't know why I even bought this. Like I said earlier, this stuff sounded better live. I've listened to it numerous times and I just can't get into it. Mid paced sloganeering put on top of some uninteresting music. Sorry Cobraskulls, I'll pass.
Uprising A.D. - Uprising A.D.
If I didn't know better, I would swear that these guys hail from NYC, but they don't. They're from Tijuana, Mexico, and they play some seriously heavy ass Hardcore music. This music would be blaring from the stereo of the car Satan would be driving around in while causing havoc during the Second Coming. It's Brutal, Angry, Hard and Heavy. Similar in vein to Madball, Terror or even Hatebreed. Uprising A.D. is pretty crazy, and with song titles like Get Up And Fight, and No Match For My Hate, I'm pretty sure that whatever the singer is screaming his balls off about is not for the faint of heart. With chunky, buzzsaw guitars turned up to LOUD, and a bass and drum combo that sounds like heavy machinery gone wild, Uprising A.D. just set out to slaughter any and all who dare step in their way. This band is intensely thick, man. I like it. Good stuff.
3 Grams Over An Ounce - Demo
I think I got this Demo for a band called 3 Grams Over An Ounce from East Side Joe, but I'm not sure why I think that. I don't recall seeing a Ska Punk band from Colorado any time recently, so I'm not really sure how I came into ownership of this CD. Anyways, this is a standard 3 song demo from these Leftover Crack / Rancid disciples, full of the standard same ska riffs (pickitup-pickitup-pickitup-pickitup) that you've heard a thousand times before, songs filled with youthful enthusiasm and naive political viewpoints I'm sure. Not too badly recorded, not too badly played, not too bad period. You definitely gotta be in the mood for it though. 3 Grams Over An Ounce. Check them out and see what you think of them.
Fuck yeah! Now this is what I'm talking about when I say the phrase "Good Punk Rock". Fast paced, hard hitting, well played music with something to say. Not a bad thing at all. The Last Priority are a good band, and they harken back to a time when 3 initial bands like R.K.L., M.D.C. or C.O.C. walked the earth, playing gigs that would set the masses a whirling and a twirling into each other with reckless abandon. Aaaah, those were the days! I can imagine that it would be hard to sit still while The Last Priority played. All the songs on here are fast and furious, and they have more than a smidgen of influences from bands like early Suicidal Tendencies and NOFX. Damn this CD is good. It's been stuck in my CD player ever since I got it. Standout tracks include Smash 'Em Up, Fuck White Power, Refrigerator Raider and Blown To Oblivion. Fuck that. They're all standout tracks! There isn't a bad track on here. This CD is that good. Check out The Last Priority if you're into really hard hitting, in your face Punk Rock played by some men who walk it like they talk it. This is some fantastic stuff. Available from Burning Tree Records.
Good little blast of punk rock here from a band called Butterface that I know nothing about. Listening to it reminds me of bands like Propaghandi and Strung Out, with their multiple changes, starts / stops and amazingly tight guitar work. Lots of screamed out back up vocals gives this release a East Coast Hardcore feel to it. The 4 songs on here are pretty good, a little bit of Metal tinged Punk is sometimes a good thing, and Butterface deliver a nice dose of that with these tunes. Don't know how I got this, or where the band hails from, but check them out if you're into some well played, energetic Punk Rock. Believe me - you could do a lot worse.