Profile: GA’s Unapologetic Punk Rockers Hembree & the Satan Sisters

Hembree and the Satan Sisters

Many of you may remember Zack Hembree as vocalist and one of the founding members of TORO or possibly from this Profile we did with him surrounding the release of an EP. Zack has since moved on to form Hembree & the Satan Sisters, a band that gleefully caters to Hembree’s unrepentant punk side. Together with likeminded band members that share his vision, the band’s debut F.Y.F. will see the light of day later this month. It’s unadulterated punk rock that reeks of barroom brawls and ringside seats. We recently reached out with our set of Profile questions and received in-depth and lengthy answers, which is always appreciated. Head below to see how it went down and show them love from the links contained within. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Frank Turner’s “Be More Kind”

Frank Turner Be More Kind album art

I know, I know. I’m writing about something that isn’t metal — what a shocker. At this point, me writing about not-metal is like Willem Dafoe playing a crazy person in a movie, or LeBron James going HAM in the playoffs — like, why would you expect anything else? Well, yeah…so far this year, metal as a whole hasn’t quite done it for me yet. (With some exceptions, of course.) But you know what has done it for me? This new Frank Turner album, Be More Kind, which dropped on Friday. So, let’s jump in. Continue reading

Album Review: Barbatos – “Straight Metal War”

barbatos straight metal war

For a band that has been around since 1996, Barbatos have changed very little. Their music is just as raw, poorly recorded, aggressive and laden with sexual innuendo as ever. The band has also continued to use broken English as their chosen vehicle with which to spread their message. Sure, their earlier music was more heavily rooted in black metal and thrash but the idea is the same: rock ‘n’ roll, and metal, will never, ever die. With their new album, Straight Metal War, Barbatos hone in on that rock aspect, and deliver a fun album to be enjoyed tongue-in-cheek with a few friends — and a few beers. Continue reading

Album Review: Refused – “Freedom”

refused freedom

Let’s be as transparent as possible with this: you shouldn’t listen to the new Refused album, Freedom, expecting the band to pick up where The Shape of Punk to Come left off. That would have been a tall order after two or three years, but after seventeen? No way. They’re a different band now, and their sense of extremity—whether in sheer aggression or genre-blending experimentation—has dulled with age. Sure, they’ve still got a healthy amount of anger, but they’re tamer and more muted in presenting it to the world. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Violent Reaction – “Marching On”

violent reaction

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