"Taking inspiration from Finnish and other 80's Scandinavian punk and
adding their own flare and intensity, KAFKA makes some of the best punk
going on right now. Hailing from Tokyo Japan and rising from the ashes
of MORPHEME and DROPEND to annihilate ear drums!"
"There's a relentless antagonism to Total Abuse that is so, so
satisfying. When it formed in 2006, the Texas band first looked to
iconic '80s hardcore punk for its sound. But weirdness soon took hold,
crawling into the dank headspace between the Swedish noise-rock band
Brainbombs and Black Flag's most deranged output.
After a short breakup, the band returned without missing a step, releasing the depraved Looking For Love EP in 2014. Total Abuse's fourth album, Excluded, is a mud-slop synthesis of the sludgy noise, lunging rhythm section and oddly catchy hooks that came before it."
Personally I'm very stoked about this release, the band was my first ever blogspot post since this blogs inception and somewhat of an influence in starting this blog, the band is doing a US tour next year, so rejoice with this contemporary Australian punk BANGER.
"Helta Skelta is the newest face of Australian punk - there I said it.
Granted they already have an album and a few singles under their belt,
Beyond the Black Stump sounds very different from previous outputs and
believe this is the album people have been waiting for them to write.
It's hands-down their strongest batch of songs, and the recording does
them complete justice. The various elements of this album have always
been there, swirling in the soup of varied influences and ideas these
guys soak in, but this album smacks of a band getting its ducks in a
row. In particular, Jon's vocals have mellowed from an earlier, more
aggressive hardcore delivery into a brilliantly snarky, deadpan,
sardonic drawl that draws easy comparison to EDDIE CURRENT SUPPRESSION
RING or X. The guitars are tight, choppy and bright, the bass and drums
pin the beat down with straightforward but rock-solid rhythms."