Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Deathrash - Faces of Death demo tape 1986


Here's some classic old school NJ thrash metal featuring none other than Tony Scaglione (Whiplash and Slayer) drums, John Scherer (Caligula) vocals and Pat Burns (Whiplash) bass.

Deathrash is still active on the NJ metal circuit, and they recently released a cd that compiles this demo, new songs and a live show from 1986 all on one disc for $10.00.

Since I know this tape is currently in print I am only giving up one song for you to sample, so if you like what you hear please Purchase a cd from the band...Dave G.

P.S. If you live in NJ, Sound Exchange in Wayne has the Deathrash cd in stock.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fathead Suburbia - Control The Masses demo 1982 fan club 7"

Awesome old school NY hardcore punk band whose biggest accomplishment was landing the song "The Masses" on the Big City Ain't Too Pretty Compilation back in 1983.

What you get is fast thrashy hardcore punk music done with a heavy amount of aggression and attitude. Classic stuff...keep your eye on ebay and select distro's to grab a copy of this limited 7" reissue...Dave G. o

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bad American - 2010 - 7 " ep - Discontent Records


Bad Amercan

Bad American deliver one hell of a headache with this 7", and I mean that as a compliment. The bass on this record is simply pummeling and the vocals are pissed beyond pissed. If I had to describe the music I would say it sounds like power violent skate rock. Seriously, this is the kind of record that makes me feel like dishing out some violence, except for the fact that I couldn't fight my way out of a paper bag.

Anyway, give these tracks a listen and hit up the band for a copy before they are gone...I understand that they are down to their final copies and I don't think they plan on repressing this monster of a 7", so act fast if you like what you hear. .

I also understand that Bad American is currently working on a full length Lp that I am sure will be killer, so if you own a label or know someone who does then please drop Bad American an email because I want to hear more from these guys...Dave G.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Burrito Records FeAst 2003

Today I am going to do something a little different and turn the blog over to my friend Bob Suren. You may know Bob as the owner of the Sound Idea Record Store in Brandon FL (rip) or perhaps through his record label Burrito Records, or maybe still from his many musical ventures which includes Failure Face, The Flaming Midgets, Gross National Product, John Madden And The Electric Condoms and his current band Murder-Suicide Pact. Bob also hosts a weekly internet radio show entitled The Punk Rock Record Party which is a great place to be turned on to all kinds of great underground music. Anyway, at this point let me step aside and let Bob take over...Dave G.

Bob: In 2003 I got the idea to get every band that had ever been on Burrito Records to do a show at my old record store, Sound Idea, in Brandon, FL. I called it the Burrito Records FeAst. A few bands just could not do it or could not be located, but what we got was pretty impressive. Eleven bands played on day one (SAT MARCH 23,2003) and on day two, eight of the same bands played again.

Shane Hinton, a local punker, made audio recordings of every band from the first day. I can't remember if he recorded the second day or not. If he did, I don't have the recordings. Anyhow, I recently ran across these recordings, tucked away on the bottom of my file cabinet. I figure it is better to get them out there than to leave them unheard.
Shane recorded everything with a single mic hung from ceiling in the middle of the room. The sound quality is better than I expected. Not perfect, but listenable. And if you were there, this will remind you how much fun those two days were.

A lot of people were shooting pics, but very few of them ever made it to my hands. Several people were shhoting video over the two days, but I've never seen any of it.

Anyhow, here is who played on day one and what I remember about their sets...Bob Suren.

Flaming Midget: FM was the first band on Burrito Records. I was the bassist. John, the drummer flew in for Texas, but we could not find the guitarist and the singer could not make it. John and I drafted Frank Vagnozzi from Reckless Deerhunters to play guitar and Richard Halsted to sing. We practiced once and did the show. We mess up the first song and then it gets better. I started the set wearing a zarape and a sombereo but had to ditch them after a couple of songs because it was so hot.

Scrotum Grinder: SG was kind of a mess this first day. Most of their set is tuning and jokes. They were a lot better on day two.

Combat Wounded Veteran: The CWV set was short and frenzied. They got the crowd going pretty good. I think this may have been the last time they ever played.

Runnamucks: The Runnamucks were never on Burrito Records, but the intention was to have them learn a bunch of Hated Youth songs and get Gary Srtickland,the singer of HY to sing with them. But Gary didn't want to do it, so the Runnamucks just played their own stuff. They were always good live and played at Sound Idea many times.

Failure Face: The first Failure Face show in about seven years. We practiced for about 20 minutes at 10:00 AM the morning of the show without our bassist. I didn't know if we could pull it off, but I'm pretty happy with the set. I mess up the last song but other than that, it is fairly tight. This set was included as bonus tracks on the "Complete Failure" CD released by Burrito Records in 2003, now out of print.

Reason Of Insanity: ROI was always a good live band and this set is no exception. Sadly underrated and dearly missed by those who understand good hardcore.

Terrorain: Pat Lawlor, the singer of Terrorain flew into the US the day before the show and stayed up all night practicing with the drummer and guitarist of Reason Of Insanity and Sound Idea employee Sam Watson on bass. They fucking nailed it. Pat says the UK version of Terrorain never sounded this good. I'll have to take his word for it
Otophobia: Atlanta's Otophobia absolutely shredded on both days. The drummer from Scrotum Grinder turned to me and said, "These guys are awesome. Keep them!"

Bread And Water: One of the many times Bread And Water played Sound Idea. They were excellent every time. Amy, the singer, really goes nuts. And drummer Chris Bland is one of the nicest guys out there.

Roach Motel: I didn't believe Roach Motel would really play until they actually started playing. They had been debating back in forth by email for months about the logistics of reuniting the band members, who had moved all over the USA, squeezing in some practices and getting them all to the show. Then there were the lengthy and heated emails about what songs to play. I was fowarded copies of all of these emails. Some were very funny,like singer Bob Fetz's joking email that if the band didn't " with 'Sorry Ass Sucker,' I will tab George with a pair of scissors." That was the last straw for George Tabb, who decided right then not to do the reunion. They carried on as a four-piece. RM played the day before their Brandon set in their home town of Gainesville -- their first show in 19 years -- and supposedly, it was excellent. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when they finally arrived late on Day One of the FeAst. Roach Motel is an important band to me and probably the most important band in the history of Florida punk. You can hear me gush about them in the beginning of the Murder-Suicide Pact set. Anyhow, seeing them play that night was one of the biggest thrills of my punk rock life.

Murder-Suicide Pact: Roach Motel wanted to play before MSP. I didn't want to do that, but when Roach Motel talks, I listen. So, we closed the show. I do a little spiel in the beginning of this set about what Roach Motel means to me and I actually get a little choked up. I know, I'm a cornball. This was a fairly typical show for us, but with way more crowd participation. The sound quality is the best live recording of us I have heard. I had never listened to this set until about a week ago.


Flaming Midget
Scrotum Grinder
Combat Wounded Veteran
Failure Face

Download #1


Reason Of Insanity
Bread And Water
Roach Motel
Murder-Suicide Pact

Download #2

Total Abuse - Prison Sweat - PPM Records 2011

Rotting Foil
Masked Killer

PPM Records : Purchase

Total Abuse have been dishing out their disturbing brand of hardcore music over the span of 3 excellent full length Lp's , a 7" and a demo tape later released on 7" vinyl.

Their new album "Prison Sweat" begins with a long creepy intro of ringing distorted guitars that will make the hair on your arms stand up. As a matter of fact my wife actually burst into the room while I was playing this record in a panic because the intro was actually scaring her and making her uncomfortable (she actually said it sounded like people were being tortured) , and at that very moment I knew this record was special.

After the intro the band throws itself full throttle into a twisted mess of swirling ringing guitars and demented sounding vocals. At times the band takes a slower approach with equally effective results. Honestly, what Total Abuse does better than most bands is set a mood with their music. It's a disturbing mood that will leave you feeling a little dirty in the end, however...feeling dirty never felt so good...Dave G.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Picture - Heavy Metal Ears - a Backdoor Holland production 1981

Heavy Metal Ears

I purchased this record based on the album title, but I am keeping it based on the excellent traditional metal / nwobhm style of music that is etched into the records grooves.

Picture who hailed from Holland play an excellent catchy style of metal similiar to early Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to my ear , however I've also seen the Saxon comparison thrown around elsewhere on the web.

If you like old school metal this record comes with my highest recommndation ...for what that's worth...Dave G.

An extensive review of this album can be read here .

Friday, November 18, 2011

X-iles - Dreamin-no / Indecision 1980

X-iles features a pre-code of honor memeber Mike Sanchez, but sounds nothing like Code Of Honor. What you get is really good punk/new wave with a singer you will either love or hate, I lean more towards loving him. The recording of this record is a bit odd also, but you'll just have to hear it for yourself....Dave G.

Flex Discography says: "Obscure '77/KBD punk from California. Catchy stuff with good melodies and extremely powerful/noisy guitars. There is a synth, too, but it stays far in the background. Cool".

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bad Omen - Demo Tape.- year unknown

Remains of A Sinner
Blinded By Hate
Lost At Sea
Dark Horizons
Evil World

I picked this demo tape up in a trade recently knowing absolutely nothing about the band. I have been unable to find any info about Bad Omen on the internet, however I have determined from the phone number in the tape that Bad Omen were most likely from Queens/Long Island NY. I have no idea how old this demo is but I am assuming late 80's early 90's. If anyone has any info about Bad Omen please leave a comment.

Musically, Bad Omen is a very competent thrash metal act. The songs are heavy and fast paced with nice thick heavy riffing and impressive soloing. This demo was a pleasant surprise and comes highly recommended to all of you old school metal heads that may be following the blog...Dave G.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Proper ID - Electric Boy / Sound The Alarm 7" - 1981

Electric Boy
Sound The Alarm

Proper Id

Here's a record you would expect to find on the KBD Records blog, however this band is so obscure I'm not sure Peter has even heard of them.

Proper ID hail from Rockland County NY, which is about 30 minutes north of NYC and just happens to be were I grew up. Proper ID formed in the early 1980's to the best of my knowledge and performed in and around NYC for 10 years at the least.

On this self released 7" from 1981 you get punky new wave music that has been criminally overlooked and deserves a listen. The A-Side song "Electric Boy" is an excellent guitar driven song that brings Devo to mind at times, where as the B-side is a rather strange and quirky song that is hard to put a finger on but is completely catchy and memorable. Give these guys a listen and spread the word..Dave G.

P.S. Visit my brother blog Suburbia Suburbia Suburbia to read about and listen to other Punk, Metal,Hardcore and Indie bands from Rockand County, NY.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Night Fever - New Blood - Tank Crime Records 2009

New Blood
This Is Copenhagen
Better Off Dead

I have been meaning to write a little something about Night Fever for a few months now but for some reason I just can't seem to put into words how awesome this record is. I guess the best description I can come up with is if you can imagine a totally over the top energic punk hardcore band with a metal screamer on vocals. At first I found the vocal approach slightly off putting, however after a few spins I realized that it's actually the totally over the top vocal approach that makes this band stand out from the pack.

Besides this excellent Lp on Tank Crimes, Night Fever also has an equally excellent 7" available from No Way records so do yourself a favor and get them before they are gone. Also, if Night Fever comes to your town go see them because they absolutely slay live...Dave G.

Purchase New Blood 2009 Lp and cassette
Purchase Transparent ep 2011 7"

The Chords - Now It's Gone / Don't Go Back - 1979 Polydor Records

Now It's Gone

The Chords

This is The Chords first single from 1979. All I can say is if you like MOD bands like The Jam then you will like The Chords. I don't have much more to add in all honesty, I mean this is a catchy MOD pop record, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that...Dave G.

Here's a little history from Wikipedia to save you from having to look it up.

"The Chords are a 1970s British pop music group, commonly associated with the 1970s mod revival, who had several hits in their homeland, before the decline of the trend brought about their break-up. They were one of the more successful groups to emerge during the revival, which was popular in the UK in 1979, thanks in part to The Jam's popularity (and their affection for mod music and style) and the release of The Who's Quadrophenia, a film centred around the mod subculture of the 1960s, and based on their 1973 rock opera. They re-formed with the four original members for a UK tour during 2010".

Friday, November 11, 2011

( Steve Scott) Steel Warriors - On The Road To Hell - 1985

Wow, this is one hell of a record. First you have to soak in the amazing cover art which is worth the price of admission alone. Then you have to actually listen to this mess of a record which is all over the place in all honesty. The A-Side opens with a satanic intro of sorts and goes straight into an okay power metal type song. The B-Side opens with a long fancy guitar solo and is followed by a totally 80's style hair metal song. I think Mr. Scott (who plays all instruments and sings on this record) could have made a better record if he had been a bit more focused. I mean are you a tough metal dude, a guitar hero or a wanna be Brett Michaels? I have no idea...sorry...Dave G.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dead Kennedys - Kill The Poor / In-Sight - Cherry Red Records 1980


Non Lp B-Side "In-sight" later released on the rarities compilation Lp "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death". Everyone is probably familiar with the song "Kill The Poor" but if you've never heard the "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" Lp then the b-side of this 7 incher "in-sight" is definitely worth a listen... I think it might be better than the more well know A-side...Dave G.

Dead Kennedys
Purchase Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

UX Vileheads - Hardcore XI - Sorry State Records 2011


UX Vileheads

Excellent new Lp from Umea Sweden's UX Vileheads. What you get is fast paced straight up catchy hardcore punk that immediately brings Minor Threat to mind, however there is also an old school Boston/NYHC sound/feel to some of the guitar work. This Lp immediately grabbed my attention the moment the needle hit the vinyl for reasons I can't fully explain. I think it's the excellent clean, yet full production, and the warm bass and drum sound that kicks off the opening track. Anyway, I will include a couple tracks ("Blind" is the Lp opener) as a sample for you to hear and then I suggest you head on over to Sorry State Records to grab yourself a copy of this Lp ASAP...Dave G.


Video - Leather Leather Lp - Play Pinball Records 2011

Leather Leather
The Husband

I just picked up a copy of this Lp and man am I happy that I did. The music is punk yet quirky and interesting in the same way that bands like Wire took basic punk rock of the late 70's early 80's and morphed it into post punk... Leather Leather feels like post punk for the new age...Dave G.

What the label has to say:

Denton TX's VIDEO began intending to sound like a mix between CRIME, CHROME, and CREAM. However, the twelve songs on this debut LP, "LEATHER LEATHER", end up sounding like your record collection melted into one solid album. Ranging from songs that have the primal pounding of FLIPPER, the space jam sessions of HAWKWIND, and the lyrical bent of early ALICE COOPER and STICK MEN WITH RAY GUNS, VIDEO's debut album should shatter all preconceptions of what Denton's punk scene can produce. Featuring members of THE WAX MUSEUMS, BAD SPORTS, WICCANS, SILVER SHAMPOO, and as many other bands that you can name, "LEATHER LEATHER" breaks the mold of the usual poppy, melodic punk and instead forges a new territory somewhere between punk, hard rock, and weirdo psych. To borrow from the venerable BOBBY SOXX, "Fuck powerpop! Fuck new wave! This is punk rock, you're a slave!"

Keeping the spirit of the band's namesake alive, the vinyl edition of this record is 100% ANALOGUE. No computers in any step. Recorded on tape by ORVILLE NEELEY (Bad Sports, OBN III's, etc) in October 2010, a mixing session with DAVID WILLINGHAM at The Echo Lab, and cut direct from tape, PLAY PINBALL! RECORDS is shamelessly proud to unleash this disease known as VIDEO unto the world. Long live the New Faith. Long live VIDEO.


Play Pinball Records
Sorry State Records blog

Monday, November 07, 2011

VOM - Live At Surf City 7" White Noise Records 1978

I'm In Love With Your Mom / Too Animalistic

Pre-Angry Samoans and you get exactly what you would expect...primitive and simple punk with crude lyrics. A must listen for any Angry Samoans fan...great KBD record...Dave G.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Darxon - Killed In Action - Wishbone Records 1984


Picked this record up in a used bin recently simply because the album cover was so bad I had to own it.

Germany's Darxon play traditional heavy metal in the vein of Judas Priest and Accept. Overall, certainly nothing ground breaking , but the cover art and funny song titles...for example "Smile of A Tiger" and " Holy Macho" make this record totally worth while to me...Dave G.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

New Breed Tape Compilation - Interview w/Freddy Alva

Interview on United By Rocket Science
Preorder New Breed Tape Compilation LP

My partner in crime over on the United By Rocket Science Blog just upped an interview with Freddy Alva of the legendary NYHC record label "Wardance Records". Freddy just put up the preorder for the New Breed Tape Compilation vinyl reissue. Please read the interview and order a copy of the record from Wardance.

United By Rocket Science is a blog that I do with James from the legendary old school NYHC fanzine "Unite". We try to cover the current local NY/NJ underground music scene as well as old school hardcore/punk etc. We incorporate more record reviews, show reviews and band / label interviews etc than I do here on Rocket Science so check us out when you get a chance.

Also, looking to trade some blog links for the United By Rocket Science blog so if you want to trade links with Rocket Science or United By Rocket Science please add us to your blog links and drop me an email ( and I will link you up to us as well...Dave G.