The Damned Things – High Crimes

The debut album of The Damned Things, Ironiclast, came seemingly out of left-field in December of 2010. A hard-rock album with a hefty blues influence that included instrumental backing from members of Fall Out Boy (Joe Trohman & Andy Hurley), Anthrax (Scott Ian), ex-Anthrax (Rob Caggiano, currently of Volbeat) and From…

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What’s Up Punks? May 2019, part 2

So here we are with the second installment of this month’s cavalcade of punk music in just about every style imaginable. Punk is, after all, as much a mindset as a musical style, right? Right. There’s a lot to get to so I won’t hold you up. Dig in, enjoy.…

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Amygdala – Our Voices Will Soar Forever

There aren’t a huge number of bands out there in hardcore who challenge all of the genre norms at one time. However, Amygdala do exactly that as they straddle a lot of different styles on their latest offering, Our Voices Will Soar Forever. From outright hardcore rage on opening track…

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Big Business – The Beast You Are

Things change. It is the one constant in life. Nothing always stays the same. It is the natural order of things. And that can be tough to deal with. You can fight it all you want, but it almost always results in abysmal failure. When change rears its head, you…

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What’s Up Punks? – April 2019

March turned out to be a massive month for solid releases all over the punk spectrum so let’s just dive in, first with the albums that need checking out and then the singles and EPs that have been spinning here at Wannabe Manor. Albums The Maine – You Are OK…

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Hey! Listen to Gulch!

As we do in January, we catch up on all the good shit we missed the year prior. For me, this means scrolling back through my Bandcamp wishlist and picking out albums I never got around to pretty much at random. Honestly, I pick whatever has cool artwork. It’s not…

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Total Fucking Destruction – #USA4TFD

What does one do when the genre-defining band they’ve played in for years, disbands? Most will pack up their instruments and kit, settling into another grind altogether – regular, boring ass working life. Not Richard Hoak. During the final days of Brutal Truth’s existence, Hoak obviously decided he hadn’t had enough. The melting pot of blasts and wicked arrangements in his mind finding a new home in Total Fucking Destruction. Nearly twenty years after the first release under this name, we find ourselves in a time where grindcore is more important than ever. It’s always been political, but the platform is sometimes a bit wobbly. Not in this case. #USA4TFD is a viral musical statement that no one is sharing. Yet.