Happy Thanksgiving. It’s pretty hard to find things to be thankful for, as I watch the headlines pop up on my phone, my television, even (with diminishing frequency) my newspaper. It’s a weird solace to take, but what seems to be happening in America right now isn’t exactly unique – Finland’s political climate appears to slowly coming into alignment with the U.S., and like us bands are echoing the anger and frustration in their songs, perhaps none more so than the punk/hardcore outfit Kohti Tuhoa, whose second album Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta is a blistering attack not just on the antics of the right wing establishment, but on the state of metal. Continue reading
Shows on back to back nights is always a tall order. When the second of those two shows follows up an incredible performance by Blind Guardian on Halloween? Well, good luck. Regardless of expectations, the excitement was still there for my first Rise Against show. And knowing their performance was going to be set up by local legends Killswitch Engage was a good thing as well. While I had seen the latter several times, it had been over half a decade since I had last watched them take a stage. Taking all factors into consideration, I was definitely able to walk away from this show with plenty of positives. Continue reading
Was there ever any question that evil wouldn’t come out on top? If there was, then Bonehunter has put that to bed with their debut full-length, Evil Triumphs Again. The Finnish blasphemers play a hybrid of thrash, heavy metal and punk but are at their best when the punk side’s on full display. This LP is most properly categorized by their own song title, “Devil Metal Punks.” It’s a super fun listen that’ll surely keep you cracking open full calorie beer after full calorie beer. Continue reading
Welcome back to another edition of Rainbows in the Dark! This week, I wanted to take a moment to highlight UK-based throwback punk band Violent Reaction, who are about to absolutely rip the punk scene to shreds. It’s edgy, aggressive punk rock done absolutely perfectly. We’re just a bit late on the band’s new album, Marching On, which came out at the end of March, but hey…we didn’t have this column then. Now we do. Let’s take a listen: Continue reading
So here I am…attempting a review for a hardcore punk band. Kind of. This week, I’m looking at the Toronto outfit Cancer Bats. Formed in 2004, the four-piece group have released four studio albums over their career. And to be upfront, I’ve listened to exactly one—Searching for Zero. Yes, this new one. And I gotta say, it’s a pretty interesting take on hardcore punk, and one that serves us up an overall listenable album.