Written by GE 138.
I am generally of the idea that when a band loses a seminal founding member, they are forever changed and never the same as they once were. Numerous instances come to mind, and I'm sure you have a few that come to mind as well, so I wasn't looking too forward to hearing what Poison Idea was up to since the loss of original guitarist Pig Champion, but I bought this album anyways, because at the very least I figured there would be a few good tunes on here I could get into. I wasn't expecting anything close to the filth and the fury that are interjected on their classic early releases like Pick Your King or Feel The Darkness, but since this is their latest release since 2006's Latest Will album, I was semi-intrigued as to what they were putting out these days. It's not bad. I was never a huge fan of Poison Idea, but after seeing them just absolutely pummel and destroy some crowds and venues they've played in the past, they've always had my Respect. Like a lot of Hardcore Punk, to me nowadays anyways, it gets a bit monotonous after a bit, and the band seemed to pick up a lot of Heavy Metal sound as of late, but overall this isn't that bad of an album. If you're a Poison Idea fan already, you'll dig this album. It's filled with all the shouted out lyrics, crunchy guitar riffs, classic Punk 4/4 drum beats, and more 'Whoahs' and 'Hey! Hey!'s than you can shake your dick at. It's also got a lot of wanky lead guitar solos, which would sound more at home on a Bang Tango CD than on here, but whatever. It's trivial but worth noting. Standout tracks include The Rhythm's Of Insanity, Bog, and Beautiful Disaster. Avoid the song Dead Cowboy at all costs, because it's nothing but some sappy acoustic Beardcore chick ballad done in pseudo cowboy style. That song Hypnotic is a butt rocker song too. Ghey. Yeah, this isn't the best Poison Idea album I've ever heard, and they've had over 50 releases in their illustrious 35 year career, but it's far from the worst. Hell, I'm just glad their still around to show people how real Punk Rock is supposed to be done. ;-) Confuse & Conquer is Poison Idea's first release on the Southern Lord label, famous for releasing some sick ass Black Metal onto the world, and the album is billed as a tribute to their fallen Brother Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts, and in that regards, it succeeds in doing his legacy with the band proud.
Available from Southern Lord Records by clicking here. Also available everywhere else good Punk music is sold as the commodity that it is. "Like" Poison Idea on Facebook by clicking here.
Written by Karl Bakla.
Boy o boy, I have been slacking in the review department lately, but not because I don't want to, I just have been swamped with awesome shows, awesome records, & work. With what remaining free time I have it is usually spent hung over at the Clark County Detention Center…
Red Death is a band that a few months ago I never even heard of, then within a short span of time I saw them featured on NPR and Noisey, and I liked what I heard. So when I saw that they were playing OMD with The Flex I was pretty excited. When I got to OMD I learned that the venue was currently being harassed by the county. I guess Clark County is some backwards Footloose type of place that doesn't like teens dancing, so they threatened OMD with their liquor license, which is bizarre since you can't even drink where the bands are playing… if you drink a beer, you have to do it in the restaurant next door while Pops is watching you, & if you're even thinking of passing a beer to a minor, Pops will throw your punk ass out, & at that point your only options for the night are Hawk’s Gym or the Fantasy Lifestyle Venue (where you are very likely to get sucked off by my friend Jan).
Now onto the record! The record starts off with a mosh intro that leads into the song Ruinous Wrath which reminds me of the Corrosion Of Conformity tune Holier… actually, Red Death sounds to me like Eye For An Eye era C.O.C. doing the Technocracy and Animosity records the way they should have been played. Over all, this LP is nine songs of raging Hardcore with Thrash elements that are over before you even know it… I put side A on while taking a shit & I had to get up mid shit just to flip it over. By the time I was done pooping the last tune Perpetrator was half way over.
If you like hard core bands like Hoax, Negative Approach, Goosebumps…etc. you will love this more than a fat ass with a buffet pass, if you are one of those doo-doo heads that thinks every Hardcore band sounds the same you will most probably continue thinking that way, so fuck off and die!
Available from Grave Mistake Records by clicking here. Available digitally via Bandcamp by clicking here. Available on iTunes by clicking here. "Like" Red Death on Facebook by clicking here.