Friday, August 20, 2010


Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, JESUSCENTRIC combines haunting soundscapes with crushing waves of dissonance.  Though only five tracks long, this EP takes it's punk-rock roots and adds some melody and down-tuned guitars to bring 21 minutes of head-knocking intensity.  I caught them at the Helter Shelter in Lawrenceville, PGH, and was thoroughly impressed.  Now go say twenty Hail Mary's, put on this EP, and roll a fat joint with some Bible paper.  Peace be with you.

Buy this EP and their ILL t-shirt by Brian Butler
from The Upper Hand Art on Tor Johnson Records


PS. They are also good friends with Tinsel Teeth (, whom you should also check out!  Their live shows are insane, I shit you not.


If there's one thing you need to know, it's this: HEADED FOR DISASTER shreds like an 80's skate-fiend!  I mean, one of their lyrics is "SYSTEMATIC REPTILE TERROR,"... how can you deny that awesomeness?!

I had the pleasure of seeing these Swedish thrash-goblins last week at a house show (264 Plymouth St. in Mt. Washington, PGH) on their first US tour, and let me tell you, these guys know how to get DOWN.  Their live show matches their 14-track debut self-title; intense and fast, yet tight and catchy.  Their songs are upbeat and devastating, something that would make you gnash your teeth with pleasure.  Heavily influenced by 80's era skate-punk and crossover, they blend in elements of hardcore, creating an insane mash of party thrash that makes me want to circle pit until I puke.  Shifting from manic drumming to chaotic back-feed-laden breakdowns to adrenaline soaked riot-vocals, this album packs a fistful of RAD that has not been seen in the USA since the rise of Municipal Waste... yes, I went there.  Take a listen yourself, and dare to disagree!  I have a feeling these guys are going places, and not just because they're touring relentlessly.  If you get a chance to see these guys live, DO IT, and pick up their album while you're at it!  SUPPORT BANDS BY BUYING THEIR WORK!

These are just some of the tracks that pushed me into a frenzy of head-banging and fist-pumping:
Relics of Insanity
Psyche Mystics
Pull the Plug
Rough Guide to Capitalism
Abundance of Stoke



Wednesday, August 18, 2010


These brutal powerviolence/grind masters hailing from DC have been carving their way through the extreme music scene since 2002 with a ferocity that certainly matches their prowess in the genre. Through extensive touring, and non-stop recording on splits, LPs, and full length records, they've made themselves known for bringing the kind of audio punishment grind-freaks like Pedro Satan and myself have been salivating for.

This 2009 self titled release is one which you should not overlook. With 17 tracks to relentlessly assault you sonically, you'll be immersed in powerviolence style shredding, grinding blastbeats, and circle-stomping thrash-pounding, with guitars that swarm around you like wasps dusted with PCP. The vocals vary from manic shrieks, grindcore growls, and hardcore shouts that all seem to invoke the most hate for all that is social and hypocritical. Several of the tracks have intro and outro samples that compliment the frenzied nihilism and sense of utter dissonance from a comforting reality, but at times they can be pretty hilarious. By far the most disturbing track is the last which seems to sample the last recorded statement of Reverend Jim Jones, advising his followers to drink the juice, while you hear children crying in the background... truly horrifying. But do not let this keep you from listening because there really are gems in this release, in particular "Fools of Contradiction," "Bridge Burner," "The Price of Living by Delinquent Ideals," and "Lyrical Ammunition for Scene Warfare." I definitely intend on buying this cd from Magrudergrind's webstore as soon as I can scrounge up $10... and you should do the same if you dig this shit... it also comes with a free poster! Check out their Myspace and listen to their other traxxx, too.


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