[UNFD (AUS) // Century Media (EU/UK)]
RIYL: Madball, Terror, Beastie Boys & having fun living life
DEEZ NUTS have been somewhat of an enigma since the world first caught a taste of them in 2007. It was a true shot to the head for fans of I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN’s metalcore style. Fans either hated it or loved it. Most just didn’t, and still don’t, get it. JJ Peters never intended to re-create IKTPQ, he wanted to something fun, something new. With DEEZ NUTS he has accomplished it with Bout It!, the bands newest,it is a more focused re-imagining of what DN have been doing all along. Hyper and intense old school hardcore tinged with tough guy MC style vocals. Bout It! takes it to a whole new level, making it’s listeners really feel what’s happening here. This is a way for JJ Peters to vent and stay busy. Which is how ALL good music needs to be. I’ve read several reviews calling DN juvenile and basically, “not good”. Well, those people take themselves WAY to seriously and obviously have no real passion for this. DEEZ NUTS capture the true spirit of hardcore by doing things the way they want to and not giving a fuck what you think. – by Jon Hole
Recommended listening: ‘Not A Face In The Crowd’ & ‘Go Fuck Yourself’
Guest appearances: Freddy Cricien of Madball/Hazen Street on ‘Not A Face In The Crowd’; Lord Ezac aka Danny Diablo of Crown of Thornz/Skarhead on ‘Go Fuck Yourself’; Jonathan Blake of On Broken Wings & Mark ‘Face Face’ Heylmun on ‘Streets Are Watching’; Hoya Roc of Madball on ‘Public Service Announcement’; Sean Murphy & Wayne Lozinak of Hatebreed on ‘Unfuckwithable’ & Sam carter of Architects (UK) on ‘Band Of Brothers.
Production credits: Produced by Shane Frisby (BURY YOUR DEAD, THE GHOST INSIDE) at The Brick Hit House in Massachusetts
Release date: April 16, 2013
In conclusion…If you aren’t narrow minded and can appreciate good, fun hardcore then DEEZ NUTS are what you need.
RIYL: TERROR, MADBALL & HATEBREED
With the release of Undisputed, the bands third full length, LIONHEART prove they aren’t just a passing trend. Staying true to the roots and foundations of hardcore, Undisputed delivers a barrage of unforgiving and punishing breakdowns and real life lyrics. Not deterring to far from 2011′s Built On Struggle, LIONHEART did add a little more rhythm among all the chaos, which adds to the bands validity as a true hardcore force to be reckoned with. The biggest notable change is that the production sounds and ‘feels cleaner’ than on previous records. This does NOT make them sell outs or anything close to it. In the world of hardcore, bad production can make or break a band so for the LIONHEART boys to release this monster of an album and have every nuance be clear for the listener to enjoy is a breath of fresh air. Lyrically the band still kicks into high gear about staying true to ones self and doing things on your own in the face of adversity. Are these original thoughts or ideas? No. They are, however, still relevant and meaningful for the true fans of hardcore that love to know they aren’t alone in feeling this way from time to time. LIONHEART have begun to make a name for themselves, Undisputed puts them on the verge of greatness. -by Jon Hole
Recommended listening: ‘By Any Means’, ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’ & ‘Letting Go’
Production credits: Recorded and produced by Matt Hyde and Nick Jett (Terror/S.O.S.)
Release date: April 24, 2012
In conclusion…LIONHEART are here to prove that real hardcore is not dead. Undisputed easily puts them in league with the bands that made this genre so great.
[E1/Century Media Records]
I’m actually gonna start this review off with a personal note. I’m a fan of pretty much everything Jamey Jasta has been involved with, HATEBREED. ICEPICK. KINGDOM OF SORROW and all the various guest vocal spots over the years. I was curious and a little excited to hear he managed to release another project of ‘solo’ material. Stuff he didn’t feel was up to par with either of the aforementioned groups. Cool. To say I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I’d be would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong. The man is talented and JASTA is pretty good. Just not up to what I was wanting. With that being said, I present to you my review: JASTA is the first official ‘solo’ release from one of metal and hardcore’s busiest frontmen. It’s an exercise in Jamey Jasta’s ever expanding quest to be a well rounded musician. JASTA has songs that weren’t up to HATEBREED or KINGDOM OF SORROW standards. This solo record shows Jamey spreading his wings and doing what he does best. Whatever he wants. The songs here showcase his love of all things heavy. There’s still the hardcore stomp breakdowns and the rapid fire vocal delivery, but unique to this material is his vocals. Previously he showed these chops on HATEBREED’s cover of METALLICA’s “Escape”. The introduction of these vocals shows a huge departure from his usual take no prisoners approach. They are more in league with what BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde does, more of a croon. Mr. Wylde even has a guest appearance or two on here, as do Phil LaBonte of ALL THAT REMAINS, Randy Blythe and Mark Morton of LAMB OF GOD, Tim Lambesis of AS I LAY DYING and (for some ungodly reason) Mike Vallely. All have proven their worth in the metal communities and have toured with Mr. Jasta at one point or another. The songs themselves arent bad by any means and actually show a great side to an already established frontman. “Enslaved, Dead Or Depraved”, the Randy Blythe track, is as vicious as old LAMB OF GOD material. “With A Resounding Voice”, featuring Tim Lambesis is very worthy of a pit and remains tough as nails. Metal fans will rejoice. Diehards will love it. Will you? — by Jon Hole
I Owe You Nothing
[Good Fight Music]
First off, it should be noted that S.O.S. consists of members from such legends as Terror, Hatebreed, Trapped Under Ice, and Agnostic Front. If that doesn’t get hardcore fans excited, then nothing will. The band’s debut EP is more or less what you’d expect from this kind of super group; I Owe You Nothing is damn good hardcore that will definitely get the crowd throwing punches. The only real problem to be had here is the fact that the album is merely an EP; it starts to finishes in only eleven minutes. This is way too little, but fans are still going to eat it up. Why? Because this IS hardcore. If you’re a fan of the genre, then there is absolutely no reason for you to skip this release. Do yourself a damn favor and look up S.O.S. as soon as possible. But be warned: this shit is going to cause you to destroy your room in furious energy. – by Nathaniel Lay
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Silence Is Betrayal
RIYL: Cancer Bats, Hatebreed, Terror
After what felt like a very long wait, First Blood has finally returned with their follow-up of Killafornia. Their new collection, titled Silence Is Betrayal, is a refreshing return of powerful, angry, and political hardcore. If the lyrics and messages weren’t enough to show their views and opinions on the world’s mess today, the band made sure to include audio bits throughout to keep your attention. This helps in keeping that “fists in the air” appeal from start to finish, though at times the audio does feel a bit distracting (in all honesty). “Preamble” is the first full length track to speak of, and damn does it stick with you. The song does a great job in getting people up on their feet and swinging their bodies around. As with any music scene really, it’s important to grab the listener’s attention as early on as possible. First Blood succeed in doing so with this album. But how do they handle keeping it from track to track? The answer is quite good. Sure, the formula doesn’t really venture at all, but die hard fans of the genre probably feel that is for the best. Not everything needs to be expanded, right? “Enemy”, one of the singles of the album, also stand outs from the pack with its memorable chorus and crowd enticing gang vocals. If you were to ask for the most well constructed song, however, that would go to “Detach”. This four minute track is full of breakdowns, build ups, and energy to boot. All in all, Silence Is Betrayal is another hit from First Blood that will remind fans why they fell in love with hardcore in the beginning. Long live. (NL)