Artist: The Last Stand Title: “This Is Real” Label: Irish Voodoo Records Release Date: 6/9/2017 Genre: Hardcore/Thrash Rating: 4/5
Truth be told I really don’t do a lot of Hardcore reviews here on PiercingMetal.com and despite that oversight we’ve a strong appreciation for the bands of legend like Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front and even some Murphy’s Law when it all comes down to it. It’s important to stress that this oversight is not based on indifference and instead more of a “going with what you know” sort of things and with us that is a deep breadth of Heavy Metal, Hard Rock and Punk and this is what made my overview of the new EP by The Last Stand a bit of a quandary but once I started streaming “This Is Real” it became a little easier of a task. The EP begins with a building riff that leads to an almost Thrash Metal sort of crescendo and when the quick paced drumming kicks into gear it’s enough to get you off your feet and start the circle pit. The words for the album’s title lines out how this is more than just clever phrasing and is instead a lifestyle that is believed in firmly. Good stuff. Continue reading “This Is Real” by The Last Stand→
Madball has been a seminal N.Y.H.C. band for years since their original inception in 1988 and thanks to ties within the Agnostic Front family and continual activity they have held the banner high for the Hardcore music scene. Over the years I think I have seen the sum total of Hardcore shows that one could easily count on two hands but that does not mean I don’t like some of the stuff. I just don’t always have the chance to offer up coverage as I am not the best study of the scene nor always free to do so. Tonight’s show was a Black ‘N Blue Productions presentation and they are generally behind events of this kind. The gig was going to feature Maximum Penalty as direct support and also give the fans sets by The Last Stand, Suburban Scum and Dead End Path. I got there early enough to see everyone since I wanted to indulge myself in the whole scene properly. Scroll past the logo below to see the full concert report and photos.
Artist: Madball Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY) Opener: Maximum Penalty, Dead End Path, Suburban Scum, The Last Stand Date: 1/20/2012 Label: Good Fight Records
I don’t generally get myself into Hardcore shows because while I have enjoyed some of the stuff presented by its greats over the years, I am just not the biggest study of it all at the end of the day. That made this evenings adventure all the more interesting as I headed into the Gramercy Theatre for the Black ‘n Blue Productions presentation of Madball. This legendary Hardcore band has been at the game since around 1988 and for this gig they would bring local Hardcore heroes Maximum Penalty along as direct support. There were three other bands on the bill as well with The Last Stand, Dead End Path and Suburban Scum. The price of admission was a mere $20 on the day of the show and that was even lower had you been smart enough to purchase an advance ticket. I got inside nice and early to absorb the whole night and here is how it went down. Continue reading Madball @ Gramercy Theatre (1/20/2012)→