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MANIC RELAPSE FEST is returning to Oakland, CA this year with its 5th incarnation, which promises to be completely badass as usual. After the first round of announcements, we’re stoked to bring you the second one! Here we go: S.H.I.T. (Canada)  Cinderblock (Boston) Slimy Member (Texas)  No Statik (Bay) Odio (Bay)  Mozart

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One of the most criminally overlooked releases of 2016 was surely Bädr Vogu‘s skull-crushing second album Wroth. It is essentially our moral duty to put this album back on the radar where it belongs and give it the attention it deserves, because Wroth is simply a massive headfuck of an album that

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Some years ago, we all mourned the passing of an amazing band we all loved: the Bay Area-based black/thrash band Dead Mean. R.I.P…. If you missed this incredible band, check out our old features we did on them here and here, and you can also check out their only publicly available release,

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I am a firm believer that art can be used as a weapon for social change – if we sit by watching fucked up shit happen, we are a part of the problem! Growing up in the 80’s, the fear of nuclear war and living under the  Reagan regime made the punks of

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Two bands that have audio darkness on lock are LAMENT CITYSCAPE and THEOLOGIAN, so their collaborative album Soft Tissue makes perfect sense! Their punishing, apocalyptic sounds mesh perfectly on this 7-track release, making for a destructively hypnotic listen. Soft Tissue is not for the faint of heart, and neither is the video we have the

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ODIO (Italian for “hatred”) are a Japanese-styled noisy hardcore/punk/d-beat/crust band hailing from Oakland (duh) CA, and featuring members of such bands as Holy, Korrosive, Tørsö, etc., and Un Mondo Libero Dall’Uomo (again Italian for “a world free from man”) is their debut EP released on 7″ vinyl by Nightrider Records.

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