Misery Signals – Ultraviolet

It’s difficult for me to find a place to begin, and that’s because I will admit freely and with full transparency that Misery Signals is my favorite band of all time. I would go so far as to say that I might be one of their biggest fans ever, having…

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The Acacia Strain – Slow Decay

“IT FEELS LIKE HELL.” Nothing describes Slow Decay, the tenth studio offering from core titans The Acacia Strain, better than its own opening decree. After the surprise Christmas release of critically acclaimed It Comes in Waves, the band hinted there was more to come. Little did we know they’d follow…

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The Ghost Inside – The Ghost Inside

As we sit in the year 2020 with all of its ups and downs, I can’t help but think that there’s really nothing more uniting than the story of the underdog. Everybody in the world loves a come back story. Nothing is more encouraging than seeing the little guy dust…

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Grind My Gears – Blasting In Perpetuity

So, we’re still locked up. We’re still thinking about learning new hobbies then giving them up after a day. Netflix has run out of original content and is secretly mining Amazon for their shows. But there is still grind. Thank. Fuck. You’d think I’d have hundreds of new suggestions for…

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Hirsch Effekt – Kollaps

“FFO”. Those three letters that can almost derail a band before a single note is heard. I try to use that acronym sparingly but I am certainly one of the worst offenders when trying to break down a band’s sound for new ears. I will compare bands’ sounds six ways…

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WUP in the Time of Corona

Consider this a special edition of What’s Up Punks, if you’d be so kind. There’s a lot going on and a whole lot more necessity and urgency right now for fans of the genre, really all genres, as tours get postponed, clubs stand empty, and merch tables are left unstaffed.…

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Hey! Listen to Like Rats!

Like Rats sound like Black Breath – except if Black Breath sounded more like Obituary than Entombed – and, if that sounds like something you might like then you’ll probably like Like Rats. There isn’t a whole lot of nuance to Like Rats’ sound. Death Monolith is one of those…

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What’s Up Punks – April 2020

“Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.” – Kurt Vonnegut There’s a global pandemic and people are in various stages of social…

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