Sunday, May 1, 2016

Magrudergrind "II" LP Relapse

Magrudergrind
"II"
Relapse
Released: February 12, 2016


The information on this record goes like this:

  • MAGRUDERGRIND, returns after a 6-year hiatus
  • Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche) at God City Studios
  • Mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails)
  • Punishing hybrid of grindcore, powerviolence and hardcore punk
  • Unquestionably MAGRUDERGRIND's most crushing and abrasive material to date
All you really need to know is that this is music to F&#K S#!T Up to!!!! I lose my mind every time the needle hits the record or the digital ones and zeros start up. Magrudergrind II has a massive electrical connection with my brain. I see differently when Magrudergrind II is playing. My blood flows differently when Magrudergrind II is playing. There are visions in my head when Magrudergrind II is playing. 

F#%k!

Holy hell this rips!

Start to finish this crushes, even on "baby pink colored vinyl".

The feedback even makes me nutz!

That solo snare "pop-pop" in "Icaro". I've lost it... 



My go to travel music this year so far has been between Magrudergrind "II" and Gadget "The Great Destroyer". Magrudergrind to work, Gadget home from work. Life is just peachy!

Freakin' Joe Denunzio (Infest) has a brief guest spot on "Husayni-Handschar"... makes me wanna freakin' lash out! Damn!







Face to Face "Protection" LP


Face to Face
"Protection"
Fat Wreck Chords
Released: March 4, 2016


Fans of this legendary, melodic, pop-punk band need not worry that this album will suck. Seriously. I know, sometimes when a band has been around for awhile... you just figure the next one has to suck...

Seriously. Get the record. Get the vinyl. Don't worry.

Just take a listen. As a fan... as someone who treasures that first needle drop on the Dr. Strange LP "Don't Turn Away" (1992)... as someone who treasures that first time I saw them in Philly somewhere... and has treasured every record since... "Protection" stands up against the best Face to Face has offered in the last 25 years, stands up against the best of the genre. 




Produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore means exactly what you think... pro sound, pro band... 




I love this record. A complete joy to listen to.

"Double Crossed" f&#king gives me chills. 

As soon as I listen to "Protection" once... I want to start the album all over again. Great record by a great band. Every song makes me feel like I am in that small club experiencing Face to Face again all over again for the first time. Blown away.

Thank you Face to Face.
Thank you Fat.

Cheers,
Frank FOE



Gadget "The Great Destroyer" LP


Gadget
"The Great Destroyer"
Relapse
Released: March 11, 2016

I don't own their previous two LPs, "Remote" (2004) nor "The Funeral March" (2006). I don't own their split with Phobia (2010). I heard the tracks on the Contaminated compilations, but I suppose I wasn't truly inspired to seek them out. I suppose I missed out along the way. But then again, I believe that it was my destiny to be properly introduced to Gadget through "The Great Destroyer". I find it hard to believe this isn't Gadget's crowning achievement, someone surely would have pushed their other releases down my throat if they were this great. Right!?!?!?



So hear you go. I want to push "The Great Destroyer" down your throat so in 2026 you can't blame me for not telling you about Gadget. 


Netherlands Deathfest 2016

I even bought Gadget's 2016 release, "The Great Destroyer" on gold vinyl. "The Great Destroyer" will be one of my favorite records of 2016. Undoubtedly. I have not listened to a record more in 2016 as of May 1, 2016 than this record. Bad day at work? The 27 minutes is almost exactly my commute time and "The Great Destroyer" destroys that horrible day. Obliterates it. If you are like me, grindcore/metal/hardcore/mayhem that is this magnificent, soothes your soul and transforms the negative madness into a positive madness.





William Blackmon - Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Rikard Olsson - Guitar
Emil Englund - Vocals
Fredrik Nygren - Bass

Check this video for "Enemies of Reason" from "The Great Destroyer"




Seventeen songs in twenty-seven minutes. 

Blistering, powerful, masterfully recorded, amazing, top of the line grindcore...

Mark "Barney" Greenway (Napalm Death) makes a guest appearance on "Violent Hours (For a Veiled Awakening)".





The five and a half minutes of "I Don't Need You/Dead and Gone" is precious. Bringing in something a bit different that the other tracks. 





Every song sounds perfect. The guitar riffs are sick. The drumming ideal. I want to play like that one day. The vocals... damn! Grooves to blast... this is all killer no filler. 



Thank you Gadget. Thank you Relapse.

Cheers,
Frank FOE


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Devo's Gerald Casale "It's All Devo" MVD Audio

Devo's Gerald Casale
w/Italy's Phunk Investigation
"It's All Devo" 12"
MVD Audio
Released: April 16, 2016


According to Devo's website, there were 1,037 of these twelve inch records produced.

Details per the RSD website:

EventRECORD STORE DAY 2016 
Release Date: 4/16/2016
Format: LP
Label: MVD Audio
Quantity: 1000
Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

I have been a fan of all things Devo since I was a teenager, and I am about to wrap up my 40's in the next couple of months, remaining a fan of all things Devo. 

Founding member Gerald Casale branches out on his own with the help of Phunk Investigation to give us a track that could have been off of Devo's "New Traditionalists". Check the video below:


Gerald continues the devolution theme as we continue down the same path, "I don't want to be a part of the new world order". 

Devolutionde-evolution, or backward evolution is the notion that species can revert into more "primitive" forms over time.

Thank you Devo. Thank you Gerald. As a fan of 12" singles, with various remixes and interpretations of the songs, I also love this record.

Cheers,
Frank FOE





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Record Store Day - Saturday April 16, 2016




TOP TWENTY 
RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES
(that I will be looking for)
APRIL 16, 2016

These are the twenty Record Store Day Releases that I am looking forward to on April 16, 2016. If I find them and I have enough money, these are the gems I'd love the opportunity to drop a needle on!

For the complete listing of releases go here: http://www.recordstoreday.com/


1. MnMs "Melts In Your Ears 1980-1981"



Format: LP
Label: Burger Records
Quantity: 1000

Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Thirteen unreleased tracks taken straight from the tapes of Marci Marks - lead singer of 1970s power pop obscurities Mn'Ms, featuring Paul Collins of The Beat and The Nerves!!! They released one single in 1979 and recorded a dozen other songs that have been sitting in a drawer in a room for over 35 years!!! We've had legendary mastering engineer Bill Inglot take the songs from these old tapes and what we have is a lost power pop record being released and heard for the first time ever, anywhere!!!

1. I'm Tired
2. Knock Knock Knock
3. My Boyfriend's Back 
4. I Don't Want to Cry
5. Up For Ransom
6. Movie Stars
7. Knock Knock Knock (audition)
8. Three Flights Up
9. You Were There
10. Up For Ransom
11. Say Good Bye to Mary Ann
12. Why
13. My Boyfriend's Back
14. He's a Rebel

15. Sweet Nothings

2. Gwar "Scumdogs of the Universe" 


Format: 2 x LP
Label: Metal Blade
Quantity: 3000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

GWAR celebates Record Store Day with a GWAR logo pop up album art piece. The music itself is pressed on a double LP set. Limited to 3000 copies


The Salaminizer / Maggots/ Sick of You/ Slaughterama/The Years Without Light/ King Queen/Horror Of Yig/Vlad The Impaler/Black and Huge/Love Surgery/Deathpod/Sexecutioner/Cool Place To Parl

3. "Judgement Night" Soundtrack


Format: LP
Label: Asbestos Records
Quantity: 2000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

First U.S. domestic pressing and first time ever on colored vinyl. This groundbreaking soundtrack paired the biggest underground alternative rock acts of it's time with some of the biggest rap acts in the country to create one of the single most important soundtracks of the last 20 years. This Record Store Day exclusive album is presented in a standard LP jacket, limited to 2000 copies. 1700 on red vinyl and 300 split red/black vinyl randomly inserted.

A1. Cypress Hill & Sonic Youth - I Love You Mary Jane 3:49
A2. Onyx & Biohazard - Judgment Night 4:35
A3. House Of Pain & Helmet - Just Another Victim 4:21
A4. Run D.M.C. & Living Colour - Me, Myself & My Microphone 3:08
A5. Ice-T & Slayer - Disorder 4:57
A6. Del The Funky Homosapien & Dinosaur Jr. - Missing Link 3:55
B1. De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub - Fallin' 4:25
B2. Sir Mix-A-Lot & Mudhoney - Freak Momma 3:57
B3. Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. & Faith No More - Another Body Murdered 4:22
B4. Fatal & Therapy? - Come And Die 4:22

B5. Cypress Hill & Pearl Jam - Real Thing 3:31

4. The Faction "Yesterday Is Gone"


Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Beer City
Quantity: 1500

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Featuring legendary pro skater (and founding member) Steve Caballero, this is the first FACTION record ever released. Originally released in 1983 and as a 7" limited to 1000 copies. Out of print now for around 32 years; this is now being reissued as a 12" restored and remastered for a louder, better sound then ever before! This also contains two extra songs that were not on the original release (both being on the Thrasher Skate Rock Volume 1 comp!).

5. Wendy O Williams "F*ck N Roll"


Format: 7" Vinyl
Label: MVD Audio
Quantity: 1500

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Previously released only on cassette and long out of print, this is the classic Wendy O. Willams band live in 1984 at the L'Amour in Brooklyn, NY. Released in a limited edition of 1500 for Record Store Day.


1. Fuck 'n Roll   2. A'int None of Your Business  3. Bump and Grind

6. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Sinner"


Format: LP
Label: Blackheart Records
Quantity: 4000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

RSD's 10th Anniversary version of Sinner. Released in 2006, the album contains the orgininal fourteen tracks, on 150gram clear vinyl, includes a download card with the full album plus bonus enhanced footage including videos for "A.C.D.C." and "Androgynous" as well as a pdf of lyrics. Limited to 4000 copies


1. Riddles / 2. A.C.D.C. / 3. Five / 4. Naked / 5. Everyone Knows / 6. Change The World / 7. Androgynous / 8. Fetish / 9. Watersign / 10. Tube Talkin' / 11. Turn It Around / 12. Baby Blue / 13. A 100 Feet Away / 14. Bad Time

7. Rob Zombie "Well Everybodys F*cking In A UFO"


Format: 10" Vinyl
Label: UMe
Quantity: 5500

Release type: 'RSD First' Release

Rob Zombie drops two brand new tracks from his upcoming new album THE ELECTRIC WARLOCK ACID WITCH SATANIC ORGY CELEBRATION DISPENSER on Record Store Day. Side A features both tracks at 45rpm and is a reverse groove playback, drop the needle in the center to play the record. Side B is an etched image of the upcoming highly erotic/explicit artwork. Limited to 5500 copies.


1. Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O., b/w 2. Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom Part One

8. Ramones "Judy is a Punk"


Format: 7" Vinyl
Label: Norton Records
Quantity: 1000

Release type: 'RSD First' Release

Recently discovered 1975 lost demo alternate versions of "Judy Is A Punk". Straight from the original demo master tape. Miriam Linna (Cramps, A-Bones) left Ohio in 1975 in search of the Ramones and found them through working for the legendary record man, Marty Thau. Just prior to Marty launching the groundbreaking Red Star Records label, he funded these first Ramones demos. 30+ years after first meeting Marty, Linna and her husband Billy Miller of the infamous Norton Records label purchased these recordings. Miriam's search for the Ramones was indeed complete! While listening to this demo tape in the Fall of 2015, these alternate versions were discovered. They are presented here for the first time. Limited to 1,000 - 200 Colored vinyl pieces randomly shipped.


"Judy Is A Punk"/"Judy is A Punk" Two alternate 1975 demo versions)

9. Devo's Gerald Casale Devo "It's All Devo"


Format: LP
Label: MVD Audio
Quantity: 1000

Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

Jerry Casale, founding member of DEVO, releases these brand new recordings with some help and remixing from Phunk Investigation.

10. "Skeleton Dance" Soundtrack


Format: 10" Vinyl
Label: Walt Disney Records
Quantity: 2500

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony short films were a series of 75 shorts produced by Walt Disney Productions from 1929 to 1939. These shorts were a workshop for experimentation in the animation process. They also provided a venue to try out techniques and technologies that would eventually be used in feature-length animated films. This limited edition Record Store Day 10” vinyl single features “The Skeleton Dance” on the A side and “Three Little Pigs” on the B side, two of the most popular and most revered of the Silly Symphony Collection. Time to play a Record Store Day record for the little ones. Limited to 2500 copies.

11. "How to Train Your Dragon" Soundtrack


Format: LP
Label: Varese Sarabande
Quantity: 2000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

For Record Store Day, this soundtrack is pressed on 180g green vinyl with white veins and black labels to emulate a "Dragon's Eye". With a four-color poster inside, this “Dragon Eye” green LP is numbered and limited to 2000 copies so don't try to buy more than that! Includes the track "Sticks and Stones" from Jonsi of Sigur Ros.


Side One 1. This Is Berk, 2. Dragon Battle, 3. Dragon Training, 4. Forbidden Friendship, 5. See You Tomorrow; Side Two 1. Romantic Flight, 2. Battling The Green Death, 3. Counter Attack, 4. Where's Hiccup?, 5. Coming Back Around, 6. Sticks & Stones

12. Star Wars
Format: 10" Picture Disc
Label: Walt Disney Records
Quantity: 15000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Record Store Day awakens the Force with this limited edition picture disc featuring an image of the iconic spacecraft The Millennium Falcon. We're home, Chewie.


"March of the Resistance"/"Rey's Theme"

13. Green River "1984 Demos"


Format: LP
Label: Jackpot Records
Quantity: 2000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Earliest known recordings of what was to become the Pacific Northwest 'Grunge' movement. Featuring Mark Arm & Steve Turner of Mudhoney, Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam. All Tracks Unreleased. Includes Concert Flyer, Sticker and Download.

33 Revolutions Per Minute
Leeech
10,000 Things
Means To An End
New God
Baby Help Me Forget
Take Me
Against The Grain

Tunnel Of Love

14. Metal Urbain "Panik"


Format: 7" Vinyl
Label: ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
Quantity: 1000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

This Record Store Day 7" single celebrates the first French punk band, originally released in 1977. Limited to 1000.


A- Panik  B- Lady Coca Cola

15. MDC "This Bloods For You/ Millions of Damn Christians!"


Format: LP
Label: Beer City
Quantity: 1000

Release type: RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

For the first time on vinyl since it originally came out in 1987. Beer City Skateboards and Records is proud to bring you the political hardcore punk legends M.D.C.s third full length; M.D.C.- This Bloods For You/ Millions of Damn Christians! This contains the original full length restored and remastered for a louder, better sound then ever before. To top it all off only 1000 of these will be pressed on clear vinyl for RSD 2016!

16. Cheap Trick "Found New Parts"


Format: 10" Vinyl
Label: Big Machine Records
Quantity: 4000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved by record stores around the globe since 1974. The band – Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Daxx Nielsen (drums) – are truly one-of-a-kind pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes such as “Surrender,” "I Want You To Want Me” and "Dream Police."  This Record Store Day 10" vinyl record includes one exclusive track called “Arabesque”  Limited to 4000 copies.

1. When I Wake Up Tomorrow 
2. No Direction Home 
3. Do You Believe Me 

4. Arabesque

17. Cheap Trick "At Budokan - The Complete Concert"


Format: 2 x LP
Label: Legacy
Quantity: 5000

Release type: 'RSD First' Release

In April 1978, Epic recording artists Cheap Trick capitalized on their wild popularity in Japan by performing and recording two shows at the Nippon Budokan located in the center of Tokyo in front of 12,000 screaming fans. In February 1979, the legendary 10-track Cheap Trick at Budokan was released and the album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 and became the band’s best selling album with over 3 million copies sold. In honor of Record Store Day, and for the first time on vinyl, Legacy Recordings presents ‘At Budokan: The Complete Concert’ - featuring all 19 thrilling live performances featured during those historical shows over two LPs on 150 gram vinyl. Limited to 5000 copies.

"Hello There"
"Come On, Come On"
"ELO Kiddies"
"Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace"
"Big Eyes"
"Lookout"
"Downed"
"Can't Hold On"
"Oh Caroline"
"Surrender"
"Auf Wiedersehen"
"Need Your Love"
"High Roller"
"Southern Girls"
"I Want You to Want Me"
"California Man"
"Goodnight"
"Ain't That a Shame"

"Clock Strikes Ten"

18. Buzzcocks "More Product in a Different Compilation"


Format: 2 x LP
Label: ORG Music
Quantity: 3000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

More Product in a Different Compilation showcases the best of The Buzzcocks' recordings for United Artists Records on two LPs. The compilation covers the short time span between 1977 and 1980, when the band released three albums and some thirteen singles. Nearly every single A-side is included here, along with an array of B-sides (which oftentimes matched their counterparts) and indispensable album tracks. In this period, the Buzzcocks virtually invented the (yet to be named) genre of “pop punk”, scoring instant classics with songs such as “What Do I Get,” “Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’tve),” and “Love You More”. Limited to just 3,000 copies worldwide, this orange vinyl 2LP set was pressed exclusively for Record Store Day 2016.

Side 1:
1 Orgasm Addict
2 Fast Cars
3 Autonomy
4 I Don't Mind
5 Sixteen Again
6 Real World
7 E.S.P.

Side 2:
1 Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?
2 Nostalgia
3 Love You More
4 What Do I Get?
5 Oh Shit
6 Promises
7 Harmony In My Head

Side 3: 
1 Something's Gone Wrong Again
2 Everybody's Happy Nowadays
3 Why Can't I Touch It?
4 You Say You Don't Love Me
5 I Don't Know What To Do With My Life

Side 4:
1 I Believe
2 Hollow Inside
3 Are Everything
4 Why She's The Girl From The Chainstore

5 I Look Alone

19. Reverend Horton Heat "Hardscrabble Woman"



Format: 7" Colored Vinyl
Label: Victory Records
Quantity: 3000
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

This Record Store Day release features "Hardscrabble Woman" and a brand new track on a limited edition colored 7" vinyl, with a digital download card. The artwork is from the video made especially for Record Store Day. Limited to 3000 copies.

1. Hardscrabble Woman
2. Lying To Myself


20. Mark Mothersbaugh "Hello, My Good Friend"
Format: 12" Vinyl
Label: Mut Muz
Quantity: 3000

Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

New music from DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh on limited edition one sided 12" vinyl! B side has an etching of artwork that Mark did as a kid.


"Hello, My Good Friend"

Happy Record Store Day!
Cheers,
Frank FOE

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fear Factory

FEAR FACTORY
GENEXUS
Nuclear Blast
August 7, 2015


Fear Factory is playing Reverb in Reading PA this Friday (April 8, 2016).

They will be playing the entirety of "Demanufacture" to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the classic LP. And by classic, I hope you realize this record went GOLD. 

I truly hope that the word "entirety" means the band will include the covers of "Dog Day Sunrise" (which was on the standard edition of the album) and "Your Mistake" (which was a bonus track on some editions). I will lose my mind in Reading if they pull out the Agnostic Front cover.

See, when this album came out, not only was it groundbreaking in style, but this band earned mega points by covering both Head of David AND Agnostic Front. Up until that point, I thought I might be the only person who loved both of those bands. From that moment on, Fear Factory earned a spot in my heart. 



"Genexus" continues on the legendary work of Fear Factory. Like all their albums, full enjoyment comes at full volume. Either loud enough for the neighbors to hear, or with headphones on. Or as we will experience, live and loud on April 8, 2016. "Anodized" was playing on Sirius Metal all the time when this album came out. Check "ProtoMech", "Soul Hacker" and "Dielectric" from "Genexus" below:












The fact that Soilwork is on the bill is also pretty special. I was actually introduced to Soilwork by a Hot Topic employee in Florida many years ago. While visiting Florida, probably wearing a Man Is The Bastard t-shirt, I was killing time while the family was shopping in the mall. I went to this Hot Topic store, I don't think we had any of Hot Topics stores in my home town at the time, and figured what the heck, better than heading in to Macys. 

The employee comes up to me and says the obligatory, "Nice shirt". One thing leads to another and he says, have you heard Soilwork? I didn't listen to the disc in the store, just trusted him and bought the CD. I'll finally get to see Soilwork too! Damn!

FEAR FACTORY w/ Soilwork:
3/21/2016 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM (No Soilwork)
3/22/2016 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM (No Soilwork)
3/24/2016 Korova – San Antonio, TX
3/25/2016 Trees – Dallas, TX
3/26/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
3/28/2016 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
3/29/2016 Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
3/30/2016 Warehouse Live – Clarksville, TN
4/01/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/02/2016 Rock Shop – Fayetteville, NC
4/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
4/05/2016 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
4/06/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY * Sold Out
4/08/2016 Reverb – Reading, PA
4/09/2016 Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/10/2016 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/11/2016 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY * Just Added
4/12/2016 Altar Bar- Pittsburgh, PA
4/14/2016 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
4/1/52016 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
4/16/2016 Piere’s Entertainment Center – Fort Wayne, IN
4/17/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
4/19/2016 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
4/20/2016 Q and Z Expo Center- Ringle, WI
4/21/2016 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/22/2016 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
4/23/2016 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
4/24/2016 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
4/26/2016 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
4/27/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID
4/29/2016 Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
4/30/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/01/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
5/03/2016 Slims – San Francisco, CA
5/04/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
5/05/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/06/2016 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
5/07/2016 Fonda – Theatre Los Angeles, CA


http://www.fearfactory.com
http://www.facebook.com/fearfactory
http://www.nuclearblast.com
https://www.facebook.com/nuclearblastusa/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/FearFactory
Cheers,
Frank FOE