11
Nov
08

Shut down

I got shut down for a while. The issue has been resolved and Art Offensive is back in (relative) action.

09
Oct
08

Lords – Fuck All Y’all Motherfuckers

Fuck All Y'all Motherfuckers

1. This Isn’t A Song Dumb Ass
2. Robbed, Raped And Beaten
3. Why I Don’t Give A Fuck
4. Waist Deep In Shit
5. Obstructionist Blues
6. Fucking With Fire
7. The Leginald Of Reginald
8. Damnation Of Memory
9. I Know What You’re Doing
10. Blasphemy Act
11. Intermission
12. To Kill Or Die Trying
13. When No One’s Looking
14. Goodnight Sweet Prince
15. Man, Everything Sucks
16. Cause All Of You Are Fucked

This album is 16 songs in 23 minutes, called “Fuck All Y’all Motherfuckers” and the cover features Jesus in a KKK hood with a giant boner, so that’ll give you some idea what you should expect here. I love the last.fm bio for Lords…

Lords, from Louisville Kentucky, are like a fist fight at stonehenge. Like Black Flag beating up Megadeth with a two-by-four.

My love of Louisville continues, this album slays. Its equal parts both old school punk/hardcore and metal.
the band, particularly Chris Owens has built a reputation of pissing people off. The stories Owens tells are so detailed,  good and have no regret in them at all. Yeah I punched my bass player in the face and kicked him out, yeah I pissed in the dude from Daughters hands and he threw in on the crowd, yeah I beat the shit out of Canadian promoter. His side of the story always makes his actions while extreme, justifiable. Read some stories on their myspace blog. The Canada story isn’t up there but I’ll find it and post the link, its long but entertaining.

His movie reviews are awesome too. 

Go buy this album, and support this band whenever you can, I don’t think they’re making much off this being a awesome band deal. 

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13
Aug
08

Young Widows – Old Wounds

1. Took a Turn         
2. Old Skin
3. Mr No Harm       
4. The Guitar  
5. Lucky and Hardheaded
6. 21st Century Invention
7. The Heat Is Here         
8. Delay Your Pressure     
9. Let Him Be         
10. Feeler     
11. Swamped and Agitated      

I really like Young Widows, but their first album Settle Down City felt lacking. It was good, but the live show was always better. Part of that is probably due to the fact that Settle Down City was recorded before Young Widows were, well Young Widows.

The Story goes, Breather Resist were set to record their 2nd full length for Jade Tree, when singer Steve Sindoni decided to leave the band. The remaining band members recorded anyway with guitarist Evan Patterson taking up vocal duties. They recorded a good album and changed their name to Young Widows and here we are. 

Old Wounds for the most part was recored by Kurt Ballou live at various stop on the band’s Spring 08 tour, in their practice space and bits and parts were recorded in Ballou’s God City studio. 

Old Wounds is much closer to the great live show this bands puts on than their first album Settle Down City, but still not as good as the live show. Which I admit doesn’t make a lot of sense considering most of this album was recored live. Maybe I’m just not listening to it loud enough.

Go see this band whenever you can, and buy this album.

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25
Jul
08

Narrows – Narrows

Narrows

1. Life Vests Float, Kids Don’t
2. Crooked Tongues
3. The Touch Test

Before we go an further, go buy this. Deathwish has a preorder for the actual 7″ and a digital version is available at both iTunes and Amazon. Go buy it. I’ll wait.

No its cool I’ll wait.

OK. How much does this fucking kill. Members of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Unbroken, Some Girls and Nineironspitfire. 

From a review

At this point I think it’s safe to say I assumed every last usable piece had been picked off the corpse of the legendary metalcore band Botch, and yet every fucking day another pile of grave robbing copy cat bands plop down on my desk and prove me half wrong. All the meat is gone, but that doesn’t mean this kids aren’t still picking. Apparently this sacrilege has gone on long enough because Botch vocalist Dave Verellen is back to show the masses of idea anemic carbon copies how things are done, and he’s brought some friends along. Friends from equally important acts like These Arms Are Snakes, Unbroken, Some Girls and Nineironspitfire. And these cats are fucking pissed. 

So stoked on this. 

Seriously though go buy this. 
Buy it from Deathwish 
Buy it from iTunes  
Buy it from Amazon 

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11
Jul
08

Lords/Coliseum

Lords/Coliseum

1. Talking Whip (Lords) 
2.  Impeach Pit (Lords with vocals by Ryan Patterson)
3. The Beautiful People (Lords)
4. No Salvation (Coliseum)
5. Born To Hang (Coliseum with vocals by Chris Owens)
6. I Don’t Care About You (Coliseum)

From the Auxiliary Records site

On this 7″ each band offered up one new song, one new song where the bands swap singers, and one cover song.
Hand assembled packaging with wild folds & cuts and screen printed covers round out this unique single.
Limited to  500 copies.
Pressing info: 100 clear / 100 blue / 300 red 

Louisville is neck deep in rad bands. Coliseum and Lords are defiantly on that list. Ryan Patterson, singer and guitarist for Coliseum also runs Auxiliary Records, does rad design work and has been in a ton of bands. Chris Owens quitarist and singer for Lords has also been in a ton of bands and runs a recording studio called Headbanging Kill Your Mama Music.

I like these bands and this record a lot, and it’s one the few records I don’t own that I really wish I did. Both sides sound exactly like they would normally, and I can’t really tell much of a difference with the swapped singers. The record is out of print. All six songs however where featured on a cd called “Moral Damage” credited to Colordiseum. Which is just Coliseum & Lords.  The “album features Coliseum’s Goddamage EP, Lords’ Moral Darkness 7″, Coliseum/Lords Split 7”, and one song/chaos of the combined bands.

Out Of Print
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10
Jul
08

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Sunday at Devil Dirt

1. Seafaring Song
2. Raven
3. Salvation
4. Who Built The Road
5. Come On Over (Turn Me On)
6. Back Burner
7. Flame That Burns
8. Shotgun Blues
9. Keep Me In Mind Sweetheart
10. Something To Believe
11. Trouble
12. Sally Don’t You Cry

I go back and forth with this album, just like I did with their first one, Ballad Of The Broken Seas. Some days I love it and can listen to it over and over. Other days it seems like the same song over and over. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good album, but I think I just have to be in the right mood to listen to it. The album as a whole reminds me of slow and melancholy Johnny Cash songs. They’re not the same, I just get the same vibe.

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01
Jul
08

Milemarker – Satanic Versus

Satanic Versus

1. Join Our Party
2. The Banner to the Sick
3. New Lexicon
4. Idle Hands
5. Lost the Thoughts But Kept the Skin
6. Satanic Versus

I love Milemarker they’re are/were (it changes a lot) a great band that put on good shows (the entire band performing behind a big black curtain that said entertainment on it) and made good records despite a sound that seems to change every release. Satanic Versus highlight lights that style ambiguity. You’ve rockers produced by Steve Albini and home produced dancers. Dancer is a poor choice of words but you get the idea. 

After they released this, the band pretty much went into hibernation for the next 3 or 4 years. Then they released Ominosity, an album that reminded me a lot of their first album Non Plus Ultra.

Al Burian and Dave Laney, the only two constant members of Milemarker had a side band called Challenger for a while. Burian is also the writer of a pretty popular zine called Burn Collector.  I highly recommend it.

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