The Miracle Mile – The Future History EP

The Miracle Mile The Future History EP

Whenever I hear that a hardcore band is out of L.A. I’m slightly surprised. L.A. Always seems like a Hardcore ghost town to me. I know that’s bullshit, but offhand the only band I can think of is Terror. But hey here’s a second one I can identify! This album’s pretty generic. Yeah it’s angry, but still you can’t you haven’t heard it before. Think Blacklisted with a raspier singer. The songs blend together till the end song “Suburban Home” which is actually pretty cool. So nothing really challenging here, but you can still mosh out to this album. And in the end isn’t that what really counts?

The Funeral Pyre – December EP

The Funeral Pyre December EP:

Here’s a band from LA trying to combine Death and Black metal. Defiantly not the first band to do it, but still it’s a nice idea. And these guys show that when it’s done well, it’s awesome. Just look at the first track. Awesome atmosphere, great guitar part, and the screeching vocals really accent it all. Then the rest of the CD just falls miserably flat. The music is uninspired and the vocals become grating. These guys are not a bad band, rather they are a band with a good idea and no idea how to properly execute it. Hopefully their next release will have a more fully developed sound.

Hollywood Undead-Swan Songs

Hollywood Undead Swan Songs:

Do you remember Limp Bizkit? What about Slipknot? And Eminem? I do to, and I sympathize. Popular music in the late nineties sucked. It empirically sucked. This isn’t an issue of the subjectivity of musical taste, this music objectively fucking sucks. However, none of this music compares to the new high bastion of suck Hollywood Undead.

Imagine multiple Fred Dursts dressed up in masks saying the word fuck a lot and calling out emo kids over a carbon copy of the riff from Crazy Train. Yes, its that bad. Oh and lets not forget the shameful mix of crunk production, distorted guitars, and club vocals that make up No.5, one of their most well known songs. These violent sexist assholes got popular via their Myspace account, and were the first band signed to Myspace’s record label. Their music can currently be found in popular video games and big-budget movies.  Not too mention their 2008 single undead reached 10 on the on Billboards Hot Mainstream Rock Charts.

Didn’t our overexposure to Nu-Metal teach us anything? Don’t you remember the sigh of relief America as whole sounded, when that trend ended? Isn’t there a warning explicitly about this band in the Book of Revelation? Isn’t there enough good angry music out there, to stop shit like this from getting passed the 5th play on Myspace? I guess not, but we can fight back. If your child or friend enjoys this band, please do everything you can to save them. Tie them to a chair, and go Clockwork Orange on their ass. Super glue an I-pod to their person, containing TV on The Radio’s complete discography.  Anything! Do anything you possibly can to prevent this garbage from getting any popular than it already has. Its your duty as upholders of culture and taste. Go forth and fight the good fight

Circle Jerks-Shower of Golden Hits

Circle Jerks Shower of Golden Hits:

Nothing innovative here, just a solid album of LA 1980’s hardcore. Recording quality is great for the genre, and this disk may hold the test of time better than much of the work of Keith Morrison’s old band Black Flag.

Rating: 13/15 slam-dancing punks