Zombie Stomp (1988)

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Zombie Stomp is a 1988 punk cassette compilation that was put together by Cellar Productions in Greenville, Pennsylvania. I’ve been searching online for any information on it, or any of the bands featured but haven’t found anything. It’s mostly hardcore punk, with some goofy almost power violence type stuff throughout. I’ve posted the video here, if anyone knows about the tape please get in touch.

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Manic Hispanic / Left Alone Split 7″ (2016)

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I bought the Manic Hispanic / Left Alone split from Interpunk towards the end of last year and quite liked it. I was ordering the new NoFX album at the time and thought I’d fill my order with something else new and this one got my attention. I’ve been meaning to write an entry about for quite a while now, anyway here it is, my long over due review. Sadly since buying this single and putting off reviewing it, Manic Hispanic front man Mike ‘Gabby’ Gaborno has passed away with this split 7” being the last of their career.  Released on Smelvis Records the record brings together  the two highly regarded LA punk bands.

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Misfortunes of Virtue

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I bought the Misfortunes of Virtue demo tape on eBay a few years ago and was blown away by the crossover sound, it was unlike anything I’d heard before. Since then my tape player broke and I haven’t replaced it, as a result my tape collection has sat for a while gathering dust. I recently bought a converter and have been ripping some to my computer, the first being the Misfortunes of Virtue demo. It has the sort punk / metal sound you’d expect from a mid-80’s punk band. Around this time a lot of punks were moving in a metal direction and this tape’s a perfect example, with a bit of goth influence as well.  I was in touch with original member Doug through Facebook towards the end of last year and he gave some background into the band. I kind of lost touch with him but below is a partial biography of the band from Doug’s perspective.

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Oi! Ain’t Dead 5 (2016)

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The Oi! Ain’t Dead compilation series has been running for a few years now, showcasing the best of contemporary international Oi! They’re solid comps proving that Oi! is thriving in the 2010’s. The music is traditional on these albums, true to its roots while still sounding fresh. For the fifth instalment they’ve stepped things up with the inclusion of exclusive tracks by punk/hardcore heroes Rancid and Agnostic Front. I came across it on Agnostic Front’s Facebook and was excited to see two legendary punk bands appearing on this great comp series. Agnostic Front are rad, I’ve seen them in recent years and their latest album is great although I was more interested in hearing the new Rancid offering. I ordered it soon after seeing that post and waited impatiently for the first new Rancid song since Honour is All We Know (2014).

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Pailhead – Trait (1988)

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I first heard Pailhead on the classic skate flick Streets on Fire back when I was thirteen. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I only found out this year it’s Ian Mackaye (of Minor Threat and Fugazi) singing on the tracks. Streets on Fire got me into the Descendents, Black Flag and Sonic Youth. I liked the whole soundtrack, it was just the kind of music I was looking for at the time. I sought out the bands mentioned immediately. Around this time I got into Minor Threat probably my favourite band and I love everything Ian’s done, so I should have made the connection. Trait released on Wax Trax! Records is the sole CD release from Pailhead a collaboration with Ian Mackaye and Al Jourgensen of Ministry. The release also contains other members of Ministry and Naked Raygun drummer Eric Spicer so this could definitely be regarded as a super-group. It’s unfortunately out of print although second hand copies are quite affordable and easy to find otherwise it’s up on Spotify.

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Disgusteen (1990)

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Released in 1990, Disgusteen is a low budget vampire film from Screeching Weasel front man Ben Weasel, which he’s described as “an awful movie … which was basically worthless.”[5] It’s really not that bad, throughout this essay I’ll explore the construction of the film, its themes and of course music. With a title derived from a Teenage Head song, as I’m sure you may expect the film is filled with top punk music and features some of the best punk characters on film.[5] Disgusteen follows Elizabeth’s transformation from upper class school girl to blood thirsty punk vampire as she grows to enjoy her new life among her captors the “Ashtray Punx.” Led by vampire Frankie, the “Ashtray Punx” are a gang “hellbent on hate, they kill, maim, torture, and say nasty things to various members of society.”[4] Coming across as a student film or something thrown together by friends, it’s not quite at the standard of B or C grade horror. Apart from the poor picture quality the film is pretty decent although its appeal is limited to die hard Screeching Weasel fans.

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