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“People Like People Like People Like Us” by Backyard Babies

Artist: Backyard Babies
Title: “People Like People Like People Like Us”
Label: Abacus Records
Release Date: 5/2/2006
Genre: Hard Rock Punk
Rating: 3.5/5

If you’re a fan of the slam bam Rock & Roll style of bands like Social Distortion and the Punk and edgy attitude that made up the Ramones then The Backyard Babies are one of those bands who you really should be looking into. They were formed in Sweden back in 1987 but you North American Punk fans might have only heard about them in whispers or in music downloaded by unconventional means since they are not able to come around these parts all that often. Most of their music had been unavailable until the issue of a greatest hits type of package called “Tinnitus” and a live effort called “Live, Live In Paris” which were both available on Liquor & Poker Music. Their first go at new original music and a long overdue domestic release comes to us in “People Like People Like People Like Us” and while it’s a welcome change from bands who call themselves Punk (Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Fallout Boy), its not exactly what I expected from them. I have to admit that I feel spoiled by the best of compilation since it was my own first go at the band and presented to me all of the tracks of note so when I put this one on I was expecting a little more of an assault. It’s not bad by any margin but the impact of tunes like “Making Enemies Is Good” or “Look At You” are not even come close to by the releases most notable efforts of “Blitzkrieg Loveshock” and “The Mess Age (How Could I Be So Wrong)”.
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Sick Of It All @ Highline Ballroom (2/9/2008)

PiercingMetal.com went Hardcore Punk for a night as the mighty Sick Of It All headlined over at The Highline Ballroom. They would bring with them Wisdom In Chains, Bloodclot, The Unseen and Death Before Dishonor and while I love a good show, my purpose for being there primarily was to take photos for Metal Edge magazine. There was a writer from the magazine on assignment somewhere among the crowd & I knew that in the end I would report about it just the same since keeping readers amused is why we do this. To learn more and see a lot more photos than the magazine used just scroll past the logo below.

Logo - Sick Of It All

Artist: Sick Of It All
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Wisdom In Chains, Death Before Dishonor, Bloodclot, Unseen
Date: 2/9/2008
Label: Abacus Records

If you ever are thinking that you are running out of things to do with your time and are an open minded fan of heavy music perhaps you should look into one of the many Hardcore shows that seem to be happening in the Big Apple. Tonight I would get my own chance to dig into the genre more than I normally would as the legendary Sick Of It All performed at The Highline Ballroom down on West 16th Street and suffice it to say this would be one blowout of an event. As I approached the venue I saw a line unlike any I had ever seen at this same venue and while other shows here have sold out, I just was not in attendance for them. It was great to see this kind of turnout and the fans that got their tickets early were in for a treat as there would be four other bands to enjoy as well. Scheduled to appear on the bill was Wisdom In Chains, Death Before Dishonor, Bloodclot and The Unseen. I had to admit that I was really going into this one blind having been much more of the Metal head than anything resembling a Hardcore Punk fan. Wisdom In Chains would come up first and the show would start rather early based on five bands hitting the stage tonight. Here is how it went down.
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“Sick Of It All: Our Impact Will Be Felt” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Sick Of It All: Our Impact Will Be Felt”
Label: Abacus Records
Release Date: 2/1/2007
Genre: Hardcore/Metalcore/Metal
Rating: 3/5

Abacus Recordings is slowly becoming the be-all and end-all label for slam worthy Hardcore and Metal core music. It seems perfect for them to use this standing in the genres proliferation to celebrate 20 years of music from the band Sick Of It All. Titled “Our Impact Will Be Felt”, this tribute album has taken some of the hottest talent across a wide scope of Metal and Hardcore talent and had each of them bring to life their own version of a Sick Of It All classic song. When tributes do this the idea ends up working pretty well, for it not only gives you the chance to hear something different from one of your favorite bands (such as Unearth or Sepultura lets say), but also educates you on the classic form of this genre when it was at its purest. As a band, Sick Of It All were fore fathers to the movement and there is a chance that a number of the younger fans who follow bands that drew inspiration from then, have no idea where the sound came from in the first place. This is also a good place to find the standout performers of today along side that are a little more in the underground still and could appeal to the fans of those other bands.
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“Business As Usual” by Righteous Jams

Artist: Righteous Jams
Title: “Business As Usual”
Label: Abacus Records
Release Date: 10/17/2006
Genre: Straight Edge Hardcore
Rating: 2/5

While it is a definite truism that the basic elements of Hardcore music can and do often work in a variety of Metal genres there is a certain risk bands can find if they stick too pure to the roots. When you take powerful Metal riffs and structures and blend in some Hardcore aggression you end up with bands like All That Remains, and I Killed The Prom Queen (groups to look into by the way) who each deliver non-stop brutality along with creative writing skills in the music. Righteous Jams is a tight group of players but they don’t really stray from the original model, a form referred to a “Straight Edge” and as a result this release will not appease the listener who wants a little difference in their music. The RJ guys surely give it their all but in the end there is nothing that stands out on this release and much of it comes across as repetitive. The riffing is all too similar and the vocals don’t change up all that much and when you add this to the fact that the recording is very short (though not much Hardcore Punk are epic in length anyway) its makes for a somewhat dissatisfying listen.
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