Billy Club Sandwich DVD in the works

I just got news in the mail that Billy Club Sandwich is putting out DVD of their Japan tour, which is cool news if you're a fan of the band just like I am. I still get crazy whenever I hear The Usual Suspects album, it was a time when this band could do no wrong. I don't think they would be able to come with a weak song even if they wanted to. Obviously, Dead City Records is having a hand in making this dvd happen.

Press release:

Veteran Bronx NYHC foursome, Billy Club Sandwich, has announced a DVD collection, Japan Suspects Tour, to be released on May 12 via Dead City Records. Featuring over 70-minutes of Billy Club Sandwich mayhem - professionally recorded live footage of classic songs, rare, behind-the-scenes lost tour footage, music videos, bonus footage and more - Japan Suspects Tour is a snapshot one of hardcore's most diverse bands in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Billy Club Sandwich drummer, Glen Lorieo, commented: "It was always a dream of ours to play Japan, and when we finally did we were lucky enough to have it documented. The footage that is captured truly shows BCS at its finest. This is some truly amazing video of BCS on tour, and along with the bonus footage, this DVD is a great historical release for our band."

"This tour was an amazing experience and proved to us once again that hardcore really is a worldwide family," BCS bassist, Gary Muttley, recalled. "We have nothing but love and appreciation for our Japanese family who helped us throughout the tour and everyone who came out to spend the time with us. I'm glad we were able to document this once-in-a-lifetime event and share it with everyone around the globe."

DVD Footage:

Billy Club Sandwich live in Japan
Japanese touring and traveling footage

Bonus DVD Footage:

"Bottom of the Barrel" official video
"Bottom of the Barrel" outtakes reel
"Suckerpunch" video and interview from the out-of-print 2004 Guerrilla Warfare DVD
"Narco Cabron '97" official video
"Martin Gonzo Mega Mixx" video
Japan Suspects Tour DVD Trailer
Japan Tour Photo Gallery with over 200 pictures


Review: Eden Demise - Triumph Over Adversity

Eden Demise are a long running band from crisis-stricken Greece. Longtime readers will recognize this name, as I've done interview with them way back and also reviewed one of their previous records. I wasn’t even aware they’re still active, but it’s cool they haven’t given up. I guess all the problems their homeland is going through became a fuel for anger on this album. The music is a cross between early Hatebreed and late Throwdown, if that makes sense. There is a stamp of moshcore in everything from the album’s cover to song titles to music itself. This might be even too much mosh for some to handle at once. Although there’s nothing bad here as such, there’s not many killer tracks that really get the juices flowing. Some of this album is forgettable; but the highlights should work for the fans of the above mentioned bands. Compared to their previous stuff, the sound is much more into heavier territory, but still maintain the overall core vibe. This might not be my favorite style of hardcore, but I gotta admit it's far from bad. Plus, I respect the band that stay true to themselves and don't fake it.

Filled With Hate, 2014

ViDEO: Agnostic Front - A Wise Man

This video has been already all over hardcore side of Internet, but in celebration of the best AF album in years, I gonna share it anyway.

Point Blank at Southeast Beast 2015

I'm still trying to figure out what's the point of watching live footage of hardcore show you haven't even been to. If I could only see myself doing any type of crazy stuff in there, like getting punched in the face or jumped on, that would make more sense.

New Blood: Revision

Give us some background on Revision. Who’s in the band and how did it get started?

Revision is 5 friends that wanted to play music together. Brandon is are front man. Luke is slapping the bass. Glen is the young blood on guitar. Kevin is the beat maker. I (Dennis) play second guitar. We live in a area where HC is scarce , so I guess trying to jump start a scene would be nice too. 3 of us are edge 2 are not but we all love the core.

The 2014 demo was your first release, how long was it in the making?

I believe it took about 5/6 months but I think we had the songs ready earlier then that. We were just waiting to record.

The tracks on the demo sound powerful. Do you have a process when it comes to writing new songs or does it just come to you?

Most of the time we'll jam shit out in the spot. If we like it we keep it. Then Brandon writes lyrics to whatever fucked up riffs we have written.

New tunes from Demonwomb (Vienna, Austria)

Demonwomb "s/t" 7inch soon out on Powertrip Records. Peep the sound teasers below. I was into their previous ep but Touch Of Death is some next level shit. The band sounds more pissed off than ever, unrelenting hardcore with a metallic touch.

Don't sleep!


Review: Bloodstained - Headless Kingdom

Bloodstained emerge from the depths of hell to drop filth and dirt into your useless life. There is a fury driving this record, most of the time it moves at frenetic pace filled with jagged riffs and crushing drums. Musically,the project is of a high caliber, the tracks are well engineered and hit in all the right places. I will go as far as to say they’re top of their weight division right now. The riffs, the vocals, the drumming - everything about this record is nothing short of a tour de force. The songwriting is on point and the way that everything they put into these songs flows together is genius. They deliver the brutality, but at the same time a lot of the riffs and hooks are memorable. You get drawn into the album from the first listen, and the more time you give to it the more you discover.

One thing that can be said about the music is that it is truly fucking evil. Not in a goofy meaning, but really brutal and depraved sense of a word. From the record packaging to the lyrics to the sound samples, the overall theme of the album is negative, as it was recorded solely as an output to share their bleak reflection of humanity and its dirty deeds. Exploring realities of life that turned into the intersection of cruelty and depression, the album does not leave much hope regarding where the human race is heading.

For one thing, Headless Kingdom actively invites comparison to Kickback or Arkangel, if not exactly musicwise, than definitely in the overall vibe. Shit, since Kickback days, Europe was seriously lacking bands that could create such dense and dark version of hardcore.

This is not a band that walks middle ground, but rather one that is confident about their style and message and has been taking it to the next level with each release. I am glad to see Bloodstained still going strong, having a deal with a label with a recognition and distribution like Filled With Hate is definitely a good thing for them. I hope this will turn more heads and they get attention they deserve.

Introducing: Sikspak from Calabria, Italy

Sikspak is a new band from Calabria (‛Ndrangheta) region of Italy who have their debut ep due out via CBC Records. This is probably one of those bands not many folks hear about outside of the local scene, which means most people not gonna read this post even up to this point. The teaser for the record looks and sounds pretty crazy and they seem to be highly influenced by cheap and sleazy horror flicks, which is always good thing in my part of town. I respect people with such distinctive taste in culture. If this is your thing make sure you check out the entire album when it drops.

Spirits (FFO: Count me out, Battery)

State Of Mind Recs from US and Reality Records from Europe have joined forces to release new album from Boston's Spirits. It's called 'Discontent' and it "touches on personal themes for singer Mike Assatly as well as topics like cultural expectations, police aggression and others." Fuck the police!

The band is streaming two new tracks, one of them being Cranberries cover which is too much for my taste, but the other track is pretty good if you like old school hardcore that can make you stage dive, at the same time making you tap into your emotional side. We all need that from time to time, just don't forget to listen to some Madball when you're done.

New Hollow Truth

Powertrip Recs are streaming new ep by Dublin's own Hollow Truth. You might recognize the band from the interview I did a while back. I am not disappointed at all with this new album, I think these new tracks are the band at its tightest. The title track, The War Economy, is a monster. Everything about this one is great, be it the riffs, the groove and the vocals that are all over the place.