Pkew Pkew Pkew – Optimal Lifestyles

When Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew released their debut self titled album back in 2016, it was the perfect (almost to a cliche) pop-punk album with catchy sing-along songs about skating, ordering pizza, and partying.  Yes it was completely mindless, but incredibly fun.  After 3 years they’re finally back, releasing their sophomore album Optimal Lifestyles earlier […]

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Reconciler – Set Us Free

I usually have a strange relationship with a lot of melodic punk albums.  I always end up loving it, but they usually tend to be growers for me instead of blowing me away immediately the way a lot of heavier hitting albums do.  Atlanta’s Reconciler Set Us Free is definitely an exception to this trend, […]

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The Specials – Encore

Things I didn’t think I would be saying in 2019: UK 2-tone ska legends The Specials are back with their new album Encore that was released a few days ago on Feb 1st.  Encore marks their first studio album with singer Terry Hall in nearly 40 years since they released their second album More Specials.  […]

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Bandit – Warsaw

Philly grindcore dudes Bandit are back with their latest EP Warsaw, and it’s some of their most brutal work yet.  Released less than two weeks ago on December 30th, Warsaw is a quick, intense, and heavy-hitting listen that leaves listeners asking “what the fuck just happened?” Bandit is no stranger to dark, serious subject matter […]

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Antagonize – Demo

Like most older hardcore fans, I was pretty devastated when Bane decided to call it quits as they were easily one of my favorites and a mainstay in hardcore.  So it’s a bit surprising that Bane vocalist Aaron Bedard’s latest project Antagonize has mostly been flying under the radar. Boston’s Antagonize released a 5 song […]

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