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MRR Radio #1428 • 11/23/14

This week's radio show brings you Rob and an old MRR shitworker Paul revisiting the ...

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MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin' Funnies! #62

NOWHERE CITY by Vickie Smalls! More great comix by Vic at nowherecitycomix.tumblr.com LIFE IS POSERS! Loads more at lifeisposers.com Every Friday ...

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New Blood! GONGFERMOUR, DEEP CREEPS, SOCIALITE and PRETTY HURTS

MRR magazine's new-band section "New Blood" is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com! See below ...

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Carolyn's MRR #380 top ten preview!

Hi. This is Carolyn Keddy, film reviewer, record reviewer, top tenner with some highlights of ...

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Reissue of the Week: X Aspirations LP

Recorded in 1979, utilizing just a few hours of remnant studio time, X forever scarred ...

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Record of the Week: PROTESTANT In Thy Name LP


September 9th, 2014 by

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Hoooly shit! I’ve always loved me some PROTESTANT, but this new record is something else entirely, departing from their well-honed dark hardcore attack to embrace the hateful, raw filth of black metal. Cory’s unmistakable vocals (and the occasional massive breakdown) provide a link to the band’s previous discography, and the throat-ripping fury of metalpunk is definitely there, but they’ve rebuilt their sound from the ground up with some deliciously lo-fi production. The whole thing is overflowing with jaw-dropping riffs, played with the passion and precision of a band a decade into their existence. Easily one of the top black metal/crust crossovers I’ve heard—and believe me, I’ve heard far too many in the last several years. I would have to say that this is also PROTESTANT’s best, most consistent full-length to date. Trends come and go, but In Thy Name is the real deal. An instant classic.
(Halo of Flies)

—Will Blomquist



Monday Photo Blog: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads in Santa Ana, CA


September 8th, 2014 by

The Black Flame Collective sent over some photos of Hank Wood and the Hammerheads for today’s Monday Photo Blog. These photos are from their show at El Centro Cultural de Mexico down in Santa Ana, CA, this past July. For more about Black Flame, check out facebook.com/blackflamecollective.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Santa Ana, CA, July 2014 (photo by Black Flame)

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Santa Ana, CA, July 2014 (photo by Black Flame)

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads at El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Santa Ana, CA, July 2014 (photo by Black Flame)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



Record of the Week: ACCIDENTE Amistad y Rebelión 12″


May 13th, 2014 by

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Socio-political melodic/pop-punk from Spain. Wait, sorry, really amazing socio-political melodic/pop-punk from Spain. If it wasn’t for the fact that the lyrics are in Spanish, I wouldn’t have been surprised if you told me this band came up through the New Brunswick, NJ basement scene—or at least were from somewhere on the East Coast. Equal parts melodic hardcore and straight up pop-punk, with beautiful vocals by Blanca. All of this together sounds like something in between the earnest swagger and jangle of the MEASURE [SA] and WORRIERS and the infectious, angered energy of LA FRACTION—or maybe like the too short-lived Syracuse band NO CONNECTION. The liner notes have the lyrics in the original Spanish, along with English translations—always awesome. The lyrical content is especially great. While most anarcho punk bands are simply anti-this and anti-that, and most pop-punk bands are just, “I love my friends and partying,” ACCIDENTE splits those sentiments right down the middle. “Que motivos no son pocos amistad y rebelion (There are plenty of reasons to fight for friendship and rebellion).” If you like bands like RVIVR ’cause they’re injecting a little social thought and politics into the current pop-punk scene, you’ll love this. I just listened to this record five times in a row, and I’m only getting more and more into it.
(Blondes Must Die / Contrastzi / Distribuidora Soroii / Grita o Muere / Halo of Flies / In My Heart Empire / La Agonia De Vivir / Pifia / Tranzophobia / Veganismo es Respeto / Walking Is Still Honest)



DEZERTER — Samobójcza Determinacja


May 9th, 2014 by

For our Polish-speaking readers, here is the original version of our interview with the great and legendary DEZERTER from the February issue of MRR, which you can order from our back issues page HERE

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Czy przesadzę mówiąc, że Dezerter jest najważniejszym zespołem w historii polskiego punk rocka? Bo raz: ma za sobą tę legendarną „jarocińską” prehistorię lat 80-tych, byli prekursorami punk rocka sensu stricte w Polsce, pierwsi wydali punkrockową płytę w tym kraju (epkę w 1983 roku). Dwa: na przełomie lat 80/90-tych byli jedną z głównych inspiracji sceny niezależnej hardcore/punk, choćby dlatego, że to oni już w 1985 roku sami próbowali wydawać swoje kasety i mieli mesydż który dokładnie odpowiadał „scenowemu” mesydżowi lat 90-tych. Trzy: zarówno w latach 90-tych, jak i w XXI wieku, jak żaden (ŻADEN) inny z tych „legendarnych zespołów lat 80-tych” w Polsce, regularnie wydawali nowe udane, ciekawe, inspirujące PUNKOWE płyty i grali znakomite, energetyczne koncerty. I do dzisiaj to robią.

Dla czytelników MRR rozmawiam z Krzyśkiem (perkusja, teksty) i Robertem (wokal, gitara, muzyka) – duetem od początku prowadzącym ten okręt. (Bezkoc / Pasażer)

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MRR: Polsce rzeczywistość lat ’80-tych oprócz całej swojej uciążliwości, miała pewien plus, wymuszała mianowicie na punkowych zespołach oryginalność. Z racji izolacji od Zachodu było mało wzorów do kopiowania. Czy wy mieliście jakieś punkty odniesienia? Czy zaczynając grać myśleliście „chcemy grać jak UK Subs, jak Blitz, albo jak Crass?

Krzyśkiem: Absolutnie nie. Właśnie z tej przyczyny, że nie było dostępu do zbyt wielu materiałów i nie było komunikacji między zespołami, więc każdy zespół w Polsce rozwijał się zupełnie sam – indywidualnie. I to akurat było super.

Robertem: Oczywiście pewne płyty do nas docierały. Znaliśmy Crass, Blitz, Sex Pistols, Clash, ale zupełnie nie było nastawienia żeby któryś z tych zespołów kopiować. Zresztą płyt z Zachodu było w naszych rękach tak mało że traktowaliśmy je jako ogólną inspirację. One nam pokazywały, że może być zupełnie inna muzyka niż ta znana z polskiego radia. Read the rest of this entry »



Monday Photo Blog: Camilo Ara


February 24th, 2014 by

Cut the shit and start the pit! For this edition of the Monday Photo Blog we sit safely on the sidelines via the lens of Camilo Ara. These crowd shots are from the Día del Ruido in Bogotá, Colombia. Bands on the bill were Secta Suicida, Salidos de la Cripta, R.A.T.A.S.,  Triple X, Carroña, Lupus, Sin Pudor, Paniko Sataniko, and Ministerio de Vagancia. When I first saw these I had to take a few moments to wrap my mind around them. One, there is a definitely surreal quality about these images. The tonality of them look like pencil drawings, and then you have the sheer numbers of people in the crowd. Plus, a panning shot of a mohican punk in the pit. Whoa!

For more from Camilo, check out the flickr thingy on them interwebs. 

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Crowd at the Dia del Ruidoa en Bogota. (photo by Camilo Ara)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!