If I asked you to listen to a song called 100 Beers with A Zombie from a band called Pasadena Napalm Division what would you think? You would probably think it’s silly and take it with a grain of salt, but listen anyway. Would it change things a bit if I told you former DRI vocalist Kurt Brecht was fronting the band? I bet it would. Now take them seriously! Out of Texas, comes Pasadena Napalm Division with their Hardcore Punk, and primarily Thrash concoction very much worth taking note, especially for fans of DRI during their Thrash Zone and 4 of a Kind days.
Are you having a party comprised of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll? Then I have the perfect soundtrack for your night: the début album of Kevlar Bikini, Explodisiac, follow-up to their promo Damn rocknrollaz, they shook my booty…again. Not just creating badass names, this Croatian quartet also deliver a combo of “metal/badass rock n’ roll/punk”, according to their bio, with some hefty Swedish support on the Sunlight mixing desk. And naturally, I felt obliged to check them out.
Lion Splicer is a couple of brothers from New York who are creating their own blend of metal/punk/prog. Their E.P., Valkyrie, contains three tracks which you can preview below (embedded from bandcamp). For a couple guys producing their own E.P., I say they are on the right track. The recording is a bit raw, but after a couple listens I sense they have the talent to become more than the two-piece they are now.
Coming from New York, I can easily hear some punk/hardcore influence on two of the three tracks. Their cover of Train Kept A Rollin’ is a classic song where they did a good job putting their own spin on it. Beatrix the Valkyrie is more of a gritty punk/hardcore song reminiscent of early D.R.I., but with more metal influence via extended guitar solo. Overall, it’s a good metal/punk fusion track with a very punkish bass breakout about ¾ into the song. Sector 7 (Return to Reactor) starts off with a burst of speed metal before breaking into a riff-heavy punk-infused metal song ending with a touch of progressive rock. I think the progressive elements of this song shows maturity. They aren’t just trying to be heavy for the sake of being heavy.