Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interview: Angela Owens (Photographer)

First off, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to do this interview with us. Could you introduce yourself/your choice of art to our readers?
I'm Angela Owens. I'm a photographer in Boston, MA.

How long have you been shooting photography and do you feel you have mastered your field yet?
I'm not sure when exactly I got into photography. I've been playing around with cameras since I was a kid. I started shooting shows when I was a teenager. It wasn't until I was halfway through college that I realized maybe I don't suck at it, and decided to get into photography seriously. I started taking extra classes at a different college that offered documentary photography, and then I got my Masters in photojournalism. But I don't think I've mastered anything. I'm an idiot. I mess up all the time. Every time I look at one of my photos I see a thousand ways I could have shot it better.

What is your current “go to” set up for shooting live shows? With your set up do you run into challenges when it comes to shooting in a live setting (lighting/stage setup/crowd/etc etc)?
I don't have one go-to setup, it changes depending on the venue. For 90% of my shots at TIHC I used an 85mm prime and no flash. But when I'm in a basement I'm going to use flash and a wide angle. Gotta adapt to the surroundings. I wouldn't say I run into any challenges, exactly. There are always different factors to consider, the biggest thing is where can I position myself to get a good photo without getting in the way. Its such a bummer to see photographers who don't follow that etiquette. Documenting the show should never ever ever ever interrupt the show. But finding a good spot on the side is never too much of a challenge.

Your go to shooting style based around black and white photography, what do you feel is gained/lost with doing solely B&W shooting? Are you using stock B&W settings through your camera or do you use programs such as Adobe Lightroom to have more control over your final product?
There are some photos that definitely work best in color, but I just prefer black and white. Its just a matter of personal style. I like to play around with light and shadows, and I think those details are best seen in black and white.

I shoot in color and convert to black and white later. Shooting B&W through your camera really limits your options. And every once in a while someone *needs* a color photo, and I'm not going to disappoint them.

I see a lot of people complain about “stage potatoes” at live shows, do you feel like it hurts your shooting focus when there’s a million random people on the stage with you?
I don't encounter that too much. Most venues I go to in Boston don't have stages, bands usually play on the floor. The Democracy Center, the Elks, the Boiler Room. No stages. Its great. When there's no stage, there's no stage potatoes. No stage mosh. It's a wonderful world we live in.

But to answer your question- if people get in my way, it's annoying, but who cares. I want everyone to have fun, and if I miss a few shots it isn't the end of the world. By all means, stage dive your heart out. But if you don't serve a purpose, don't stand on the stage for the whole set. The only time I get really cranky about it is when tall dudes stand in front of me so I can't see. I'm five foot nothing, I can't shoot over them. And then it's awkward afterwards when a band asks me for photos and I have to tell them that I couldn't see them because their entourage was in my way the whole night. That has only happened a couple times though. Usually everyone is cool.

You had the opportunity to shoot This Is Hardcore and Damaged City Fest this past year, how were those experiences?
This was my third year shooting This is Hardcore. Joe does such a great job bringing everything together and it always feels like a reunion with friends that I don't get to see the rest of the year. It's kind of exhausting to shoot 60 bands in a weekend, but it is totally worth it. Plus there's pizza.
This was my first time shooting Damaged City. As far as fests go, it's probably the most in line with my taste in music. And Damaged City was the perfect length, just enough bands that I didn't get burnt out. No pizza, but you can't win them all. (Or can you? Free 8x10 print to anyone who brings me a Duccini's vegan pizza to the fest next year)

If you had to showcase your ENTIRE catalog of photos with one live photo, what photo would you choose and why?
Ah shit. I have no idea how to answer this. Any photo of Mindset, GIVE, or No Tolerance.

Who are your influences when it comes to photography? Do you believe that like their work helps you strive to become a better photographer?
Matt Miller has been my biggest influence since I started shooting shows. I think he mostly does weddings these days, but check out the hardcore shows in his archive. His work is next level. And Alvin Carrillo is my favorite current photographer. Seeing his photos definitely pushes me to be better. He's got an incredibly unique style and vision, I admire his work a lot. And obviously Glen Friedman produced some of the most important documentary photographs of early hardcore.

Now for the most important question of this interview, you have ONE choice of pizza for the remainder of your life. What pizza place and what toppings from said location would you choose for your lifelong pizza?
That's too easy. The vegan buffalo chicken at Nice Slice in Providence. But only if I get to choose who makes it. It's hit or miss depending on who's working. One time when I was on tour in Florida of all places I had the best vegan pizza of my life, but I can't remember the restaurant or what town we were in. I will always remember that pizza though. It's the one that got away.

Thank you again for doing this for us, if you have any final comments, shout outs, or words to the readers, please include them below.
Thanks Wayne! It was a pleasure.

Check out Angela's work directly at angelaxowens.com
Interview was slated to be in the next issue of our physical zine, but with that project getting halted for the time being I figured it would be cool to share the interview with all of you. Expect another interview or two to hit the site very soon.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sea Of Shit- West Coast Tour 2014 CS

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Societal Woes
2. Disconnected Belief System
3. Bridge Burner
4. Merging

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mossbreaker- Separation Anxiety b​/​w Two Way Mirror

Year: 2013
Quality: VBR
1. Separation Anxiety
2. Two Way Mirror
3. Sifter

Got the chance to see Mossbreaker last year and was really impressed. EP features three killer tracks that fans of Hum, Quicksand, and Failure will thoroughly enjoy.

Asid Bateri- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
2. Breathless
3. Love Crimes
4. Silent Spring
5. The Tension
Killer demo from Asid Bateri, features members of Loma Prieta and Captive Bolt.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Enchant- Cycle Of Abuse

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Cycle Of Abuse
2. Ticking Hand
3. Consumed

Another killer Crossover band based out of Texas, what else is new?

Lack Of Interest- Unreleased LP

Year: 1998
Quality: 192kbps
1. My Life
2. Impeached
3. I Don't Care
4. Ignorance
5. No Sweat
6. What's Up
7. Too Late
8. Kill the Middle Class
9. Force Fed
10. Bitter World
11. No More/Don't Tell Me
12. Don't Know/Nothing
13. Social Inequality
14. Family Massacre
15. Mislead and Deranged
16. Plastic Armor
17. Writing on the Wall
18. Rot Gut 19 Bonanza
20. Mindless (Infest cover)
21. Wasted Effort

Infamous unreleased LP from Lack Of Interest with Trevor Fairbanks (Scalplock/Peter Mangalore) on vocal duties.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sick People- In My Nightmare

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Voice of the He(a)rd
2. In My Nightmare
3. Freedom Fighter
4. Love The Hurt
5. Pacifist Prophet
6. C.B.I.R.

Through These Eyes- Promo Tape

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Lies/Intro/Empty Threat
2. Who's To Say?

Awesome band out of New England, features members of Crunch Time & Alert. Recorded at the Paincave in Boston, MA.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Irreversible- Surface

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Degloving Injury
2. Side Effects Of Living
3. (Husk) Corpse Pose

Awesome effort from Atlanta Stoner/Post-Metal outfit Irreversible. This was my first introduction to the band and I'm completely blown away by the release. FFO Neurosis, Pelican, Fall Of Efrafa, and Isis.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Excessive Force- In Your Blood

Year: 1995
Quality: 192kbps
1. Those Who Were
2. Distress
3. From Within
4. Backtrack
5. Vengeance
6. Misfortune
7. Judgement Day
8. In Your Blood
9. No Excuses
10. Bonus Track

By far one of my favorite Straight Edge albums to ever come out. Really hoping to see it get a proper vinyl release at some point.

Sick Symptom- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Costume
2. Flesh To Dust
3. Claim To Be
4. Head On The Tracks

New band featuring members of Wrong Answer and Modern Pain. Demo is killer, highly suggest snagging is ASAP.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scourge (TX)- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro/Abyss
2. Hypnotized
3. Circle of Pain

Rad new band out of Texas, not to be confused with the now defunct Scourge from NY.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sem Hastro- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Quem são vocês?
2. Sem vida
3. Slander me
4. Pesadelos me rodam
5. Silêncio covarde

Awesome new band out of Washington DC, features members of Sick Fix and Coke Bust.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

News: Machinist! signs to Eulogy Records

Hardcore/Punk outfit Machinist! announced they have signed to Eulogy Records. They are currently writing their debut full-length which is due to be released in early 2015. The band is set to go out on their fall tour with Dying Whale at the end of this month.

Review:Torch Runner-Endless Nothing


North Carolina grindcore trio Torch Runner have been a force to be reckoned with since their inception, previously releasing two excellent full lengths as well as a split with their similarly bleak and harsh peers in Young And In The Way. Endless Nothing marks the band's third LP and their first for new label Southern Lord, and it's the most intense material from the band to date by a long shot and undoubtfully one of the heaviest, most volatile and overall best extreme records I've heard from any band in any genre in 2014.

With 13 songs clocking in a 22 minutes, the band leaves little room to breathe as they lay waste with their insane blend of crusty chaotic hardcore and grind, tearing down everything in their wake. Though naturally an intense and abrasive listen through and through, the band certainly more than knows their way around a song and has a penchant for creating memorable bursts of pure and undoubtfully sincere aggression that will stick with you long after the initial listen. It's telling that the only break in the album's mostly breakneck pace is the sludge-like dirge of "Circle Of Shit", an incredible standout in an album that has more than it's fair share.

Endless Nothing is an album that assaults the senses just as much as it constantly stimulates them, an absolutely crushing release from a band already known for their unrelenting intensity pushing it into the red and far beyond that. It's without a doubt one of the most intense and well written extreme records of any kind this year, and one that will find the band turning many heads in the rest of 2014 and beyond. Below you can find links to stream two songs from Endless Nothing, as well as ordering info from Southern Lord Records. Fans of uncompromisingly heavy music would be foolish not to check this out immediately, and it would be hard to imagine this won't end up on quite a few top 10 lists at the end of the year, including my own.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Champion- '99 Demo

Year: 1999
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro/Curious Youth
2. Huggage
3. Judge
4. 2nd Chance

Classic four song demo from NW Powerhouse Champion.

Primitive Blast- The Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Sick Tradition
2. Product of Failure
3. Blinded
4. Suffer Confined
5. Primitive Blast
Brand new band out of Australia, one of the best demos I've heard in 2014 thus far.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lovechild- In Heaven, Everything is Fine

Year: 2014
Quality: VBR (v0)
1. Strangers
2. "Periods of intense fear or apprehension that are of sudden onset,"
3. I'm always waking up at sunrise.
4. We are nothing alike, you fucking pig.
5. One Bar of Xanax
6. Perfectionist (Perfectionism)
7. Oh, love.
8. My body feels thousands of pounds.
9. Post-Traumatic Apathy 
10. Human Relations
11. Your Neighbors

One of my favorite 7"s of 2014. Highly suggest checking this out ASAP and make sure to pick up a copy from Mayfly Records if you enjoy it!

Violent Outburst- Survival Signs

Year: 2014
Quality: VBR
1. Survival Signs
2. Desensitized
3. Shoot Em Up
4. Self-Execution

"Here it is, after what seemed like forever, the 7" e.p. by Virginia's Violent Outburst. Recorded after 2012's demo and after some minor lineup changes, here you get a similar fix of rough, fast hc akin to the demo tape; two quick pummeling ragers and a couple mid-tempo fist pumpers, however this time with a stepped up, chunkier, beefed up production. For those that care about such things, members of Wasted Time and various other lowlife VAHC bands from recent years.

Split release from Agitate and Tension Head Records."

Cold As Life- Demo '97

Year: 1997
Quality: 192kbps
1. Promise
2. Ski Mask And A .45
3. Born To Land Hard
4. Bleeding Heart
5. What It Was

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bane- Demo '95

Year: 1995
Quality: 128kbps
1. Lay The Blame
2. Scared
3. Truth Inside
4. Reckoning Day
5. Both Guns Blazing

Keeping up with the flood of old demos, enjoy this classic 5 song demo from Bane!

Grimlock- Demo

Year: 1995
Quality: 320kbps
1. Life (After Silence)
2. Mountain Of Power
3. I Am Strength

Link provided by the always stellar Stuck In The Past.

Paper Trail- Cycle of Light

Year: 2014
Quality: 128kbps
1. It Won't Last
2. Cycle Of Light

Sent in by the band. Two song preview of the bands forthcoming full length.

Chokehold - This Whole World Is An Addiction (Demo '91)

Year: 1991
Quality: 256kbps
1. Insecurity
2. Bottom Line
3. We Stand Alone
4. Born To Die
5. Sign Of Hate
6. Time To Say
7. For The Child
8. Everybody
9. The Odds We Face
10. We Stand Alone [Live]
11. Insecurity [Live]
12. The Odds We Face [Live]
13. Bottom Line [Live]
14. Time To Say [Live]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kickback- The Meaning Of Pain (Demo 1991)

Year: 1991
Quality: VBR
1. Be My Guest
2. Street Cleaner
3. Harder They Fall
4. Times Of Hate
Get It NOW!

Shout out to Ryan for the rip!

Merauder- Demo '93 (Minus Demo)

Year: 1993
Quality: 128kbps
1.Life Is Pain
2.Final War
3.Besiege The Masses
4.Fear Of Sin

Sorry about such a low rip, have yet to see a super HQ rip in the years this demo has been floating around.

Jukai- MMXIV

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Wasted Time
2. Atlas
3. Toll Of Influence
4. Repetition

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mushmind-Adult Interests



1.Grey Area
2.Burn In Peace
3.Substance Control
4.I Am
5.Lay With The Worms
6.Time Kills
8.Reality Adhesive
9.Facing Death
10.Slip Into Love (Adult Interests)

After dropping an excellent demo and cutting their teeth all across their hometown and beyond, Tampa, Florida weird punks Mushmind have dropped their full length LP, an exclusive download through this blog at the moment. Raging against the drab atmosphere and stagnancy often associated with living in the sunshine state, the band channels bands such as Ceremony and Pissed Jeans with a heavy dose of weed laced grime thrown in to give it it's own special flavor. Fans of hardcore punk that looks outside the box would be wise to check this out immediately, and stay tuned for more information concerning a physical release of the effort later on. Also check out the music video for "Time Kills" below.

Slugga- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
3. Shaved Heads
4. Ascension
5. Everywhere Is Hate
6. Suffering
7. Kill Me Too
Another absolutely killer Punk band from Atlanta.

Blind Authority- No Future

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
2. No Future
3. Into The Void
4. Slave
5. Bitter Sweet
6. Suppress

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gorilla Biscuits- Start Today (CIV Demo)

Year: 1989
Quality: 192kbps
1. New Directions
2. Two Sides
3. Things We Say
4. Degradation
5. Forgotten
6. Start Today
7. Stand Still
8. Time Flies
9. Competition
10. Cats And Dogs
11. Good Intentions
12. First Failure
Link provided by the always stellar Stuck In The Past.

Rash Tongue- EP

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Treads of Progress
2. Empty Phrases
3. Stop Hoping
4. Limit Me
5. Their Nightmare
6. Program of Control
7. Taught/Taut

Some Nerve- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Make Me Numb
2. Crippled
3. Strong Hand

Awesome band out of Massachusetts featuring members of Beartrap and Caught In A Crowd. Check it out!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Silent Authority-Second Demo



1.Life Sentence
2.Drone War
3.Enhanced Interrogation
5.Police State

Silent Authority are a 4 piece punk band from South Florida playing raw and straight up hardcore with some crusty d-beat influence thrown in for good measure. This is an excellent demo and brings to mind flashes of bands as varied as Infest, Striking Distance and Tragedy, well worth checking out for any fans of the aforementioned bands.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Code Orange- I Am King

It should go without saying that “I Am King” by Code Orange (Code Orange Kids) is one of the biggest releases in hardcore for 2014 and is a throwback in the direction of hardcore that defined the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The songs on “I Am King” take nods from the greats in hardcore and ‘metalcore’ such as Snapcase, Disembodied, Martyr AD, and most importantly Buried Alive (see song Unclean Spirit) and mending the influences with the macabre sounds of reverb, sound effects and anti-social singing. The band seemed to have entered God City Studios with the intent to redefine what it means to put out a hardcore album in this day and age. This can be seen in the title track of the album and in “Dreams In Inertia” which seem to deviate from the hardcore formula and fit more into the realms of something like Soundgarden or Alice In Chains. While each song is breakdown ridden and written with obvious mosh parts, it is definitely the bands prerogative on this album as it can even be seen in the shift in lyrical style. On their debut album, 2012’s “Love Is Love // Return To Dust” there was a different more naïve band playing a blend of dark hardcore and trying to develop into their own, while “I Am King” is the band embracing who and what they are. As the band is playing out the motif that the album marks a “new era” for them, I would fully agree as while “I Am King” is not a total recreation of their original sound, it takes what they were doing before and amplifies the best parts creating an album with little to no filler and non-stop onslaughts of songs.

Rating: 9/10
Favorite Song: Unclean Spirit

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Short and sweet review brought to you by Brett.

Column- Demo

Year: 2013
Quality: 320kbps
1. Even You
2. Tell Me
3. Millicent Barnes
4. Can We Know?
5. Tidal


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blotter- Under Armour '77

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. No Country For Old Kids
2. Life Among Sausages
3. A.U.M.
4. Gunboy Rover
5. The Shit

Insist- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: VBR
1. Live And Let Live
2. Reach Out
3. Common Ground
4. Step By Step

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Review/Download:Methmouth/Tragic Film Split

This split 7 inch of blistering powerviolence comes to from two bands on opposite sides of the earth. METHMOUTH from South Florida continue to deliver an intense and abrasive assault on the senses with 6 new songs of blistering anthemic powerviolence in the vein of Spazz, Crossed Out and No Comment. Their 6 songs on this split prove to be their finest material to date. The second side of this split features Tokyo fastcore band Tragic Film, who offer up 3 intense hardcore ragers comparable in sound to Coke Bust and Slang. Released physically on cassette and limited to just 75 copies this solid collection of fast and furious hardcore quickly sold out, but you can still grab a free digital copy of the release from the link below.

Kringe- Demo

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Digital World
2. Aerosol
3. Chew
4. Punklord
5. Trap Yourself

Another killer Punk release out of the Midwest. Demo reminds me of Hank Wood & The Hammerheads quite a bit, which isn't a bad think whatsoever.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Aesop- Weltengänger

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Wanderer
2. König Krieg 
3. Entartetes Gesicht

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Frustration- I Don't Think God Heard Me

Year: 2014
Quality: 320kbps
1. Intro
2. Sinking To Your Level
3. I Don't Think God Heard Me
4. North King Street
Absolutely killer EP out of Dublin, Ireland. STRONGLY encourage picking up the new album via Farewell Records if you enjoy it.