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EJECTED - Game of Survival (Randale Records)

Been looking forward to this Ejected release since their back from the dead release in 2016. And yet again they deliver their trademark ejected sound whilst moving forward musically. One way in one way out is a real stomper of a track that will get punks and skinheads alike going mental at the front. loads of good humour on this album combined with a real tight sound, tracks like Alien Abduction is a cracking track "UFO- No you fuck off" is classic (check those abbreviations) ;) This is 14 tracks of pure ejected brilliance and After all these years the ejected are still a band with edge and remain true to their original sound. Highly recommended and defintely needs to be in any ones collection.
5 out of 5
Review by Mick S



EMBATTLED - demo 2017 (United Riot Records)

Short but sweet this demo from Embattled the US skinhead rock band. Harder brand of traditional Oi but very good non the less. Cant Feed em is a really hardcore sounding track and the lyrics " if you cant feed em, dont breed em" is brilliant. if your into Oi with a heavier sound then this demo is well worth having. Last track worm follows in the same vein as the first one, leaning more to a hardcore sound. An impressive demo for sure and will look out for future releases from this band. Too short to get a full impression but from what i have heard it hasnt disappointed.
5 out of 5
Review by Mick S



MISTAKES - Anti-Social Media (Never Be Quiet Records NBQ003)

The Mistakes are a new band to me. Hailing from POOLE, DORSET They are a 5 piece who play Punk Rock as it should be played!!! Loud n Fast!!!!! This is their debut LP and its a bloody good one. There is a good mix of Old School Punk, Melodic StreetPunk, Ska n Hardcore in here and it’s all works well together The band kick of with INTRO. A Ska Beat with a fun introduction to the band like how the TOY DOLLS used to do it! Next is UNDERDOGS. A slow Bass line kicks off before the snare drum n guitars kick in to send the speed of the track shooting up! A song about the class system in the UK!!! WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? fast paced guitars kick this off. An easy chorus to sing a long to if you are new to the band “WOAH, WOAH GOD KNOWS WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE!!” A short sharp blast under 2 minutes long! SEASIDE RESORT TOWN starts with a slow layered guitar sound before the drums smash in. A song about a town dying on its arse with pubs closing down! ARGUMENTS WITH VEGANS is a GUIDA style rock stomp. Humorous lyrics about those VEGANS who live on the moral high ground and despise us meat eaters (Used to see a Punk at the old ADAM N EVES in Leeds in the 80’s have a print on the back of his leather jacket saying MEAT IS YUM YOU VEGGIE SCUM! . Fuck me the Vegans would go apoplectic with rage over that! But I digress!) DIAS LOS ERROES is a Skate/Punk track with an intelligent dig at TRUMP (as opposed to the usual inane shout of “RACIST” by the Leftards you see protesting in the USA) The guitar solo’s remind me of NOODLES from OFFSPRING! It’s my favourite track of the album! THATS WHAT YOU GET is almost a two horse race between the guitars and drums to see who can play the fastest!! Screeching powerful vocals add to the power of the song! DEMOCRACY has a UK SUBS feel to it. “DEMOCRACY IS A DIRTY WORD. THATS HOW IT FEELS NOW THE PEOPLES VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD” A dig about the political elite ( & others on the extremes) who despise the fact that the little people can change things with the basic right of voting! A cracker! I AM JESUS has a Ska Beat feel to it. A catchy dig about the lunacy of religion! DEAD is one of the most fucking angry tracks I’ve heard. Both musically and lyrically it never stops the attack. Relentless. God help the person they are singing about!!!!!!!!! QUITTER GETS NOTHING More anger is delivered in this track. About how hard it can be for a working class bloke! THE MORNING AFTER has a mix of Ska and StreetPunk in it! A track with a more upbeat lyrical content to finish this fine album They have a video to accompany the album on YouTube. The track is QUITTERS GET NOTHING! I loved this LP and have played it repeatedly in the car. I’m looking forward to catching them at REBELLION this year
4 out of 5
Review by Stoney



NO HEART - Can't Get Out (Rebellion Records)

This release is by Canadian 3 piece No Heart, new band to me, never came across them before so had no idea what to expect. Well you get 10 tracks of pretty much no nonsense Oi! Good shouty vocals which sounds like Mike the guitarist and vocalist gargles with razor blades! The tracks are fast to medium paced punk rock and the whole album rattles along at a nice pace, the songs are all in the 2 to 3 minute vein, which is how I like it! The album starts out with the title track "Can't Get Out" and it sets the pace for the rest of the album, decent track. The band sound tight and the back line of Jordan on bass and Will on drums compliment Mikes guitar and vocals nicely, I would think this would be a good band to see live as they are a very tight combo indeed! So there you have 10 good tracks of good old Oi! the title track "Running Amuck" and "Do it Again" are my personal faves on the album, but not a bad track on the whole thing to be honest. A good solid debut from a band I will be keeping my eye on for some more releases.
4 out of 5
Review by Donnie



NYC OI! FEST - various (United Riot Records)

Following on from the well recieved NYC Oi Fest 1 we have united records second offering featuring 6 bands, including 3 from the UK. Kicking off with pittsburghs Iron City Hooligans this band set the tone with hard Hitting tradition american Oi. Had not heard much by these but was impressed with their style and sound. The sound quality is brilliant on this album and on next Is Birminghams own No Quarter , never a band to disappoint on record or live and these 4 tracks deliver their typical gritty Oi sound.My fave personally is fight for the moment. The crowd in NYC where well and truly spoilt with this line up and Queensbury Rules on next really raised the bar if that was possible. Again sound quality on this live album is brilliant and shows just how good queensbury rules are musically with 4 perfectly delivered tracks, proper hard hitting British Oi. Battlecry need no introductions as are veterans of the US skinhead scene since the early 90.s. 4 class tracks but my standout track and my personal favourite is " wont go away". Another NYC band Offensive weapon included here have only 2 tracks on this compilation but by no means are they weak efforts, quality band with 2 quality tracks. Last but no means least we have UK Oi veterans close Shave, another Birmingham band that bring this show to a fantastic finale with 5 cracking tracks. Lock up your daughters starts proceedings for their set and then just gets better with sappers tale. Classic Close Shave Give us back our rose is next and sounds as good now as it did when it was released, guaranteed to have got the NYC crowd going mental Closing the show with sing a long a close shave this crowd have been treat to a fantastic 5 tracks from one of the oldest and best Oi bands around who never change their attitude and no compromise style. A really good CD and really good sounding production from United Records that is well worth buying and as far as live albums go this is right up there quality wise and the bands who also played are top Notch.
5 out of 5
Review by Mick S



THE GUILT - The Guilt ()

Well this is a new one on me, The Guilt from Sweden! Never heard of this band before and did not know what too expect from this band and their self titled 10 track album. There are two members in the band Emma and Tobias and it is a hard edged electric punky sound they achieve. Not the sort of stuff i usually listen to but it is decent, kicking off with the brilliantly titled "Cunty Mess" it rattles along at a good pace, the vocals by Emma are very good, she has a decent voice and the backing of guitar and various noises all add up to a decent album, my favourite track on the album is "I Just Know It" good guitar and good vocals. Some of the tracks are abit slower and a bit Post Punk in their sound, "Bad Things" being a good example of what I am talking about. Another stand out track is "When the Honey Comes" a very decent song with great vocals and some decent guitar work. Well something a bit different from what I usually listen to but a decent album for all that, good vocals, good guitar and some decent Post Punky sounding material, not your run of the mill punk band and sound, a bit more adventurous,not for everyone but well worth checking out.
3 out of 5
Review by Donnie



UNCOUTH - Jonesy's War (Teenage Heart Records)

This is a 2016 release but I’ve just got my hands on it. The UNCOUTH hail from KANSAS CITY, US. They’ve been around since 2010 and are a 4 piece band. They are an Oi band heavily influenced by the great English Oi bands of the 80’s. In fact their label is named after the COCK SPARRER track.... JONESYS WAR is a 6 track EP MADNESS ON THE STREETS kicks it all off. It’s a story of Police brutality. A Fast n furious song all over in 2 minutes flat! SAME OLD STORY. Has a Definite STREETDOGS feel to it. A song about Blue collar workers in the industrial cities who work n drink get into a spiral of doing the same thing again and again. It has a Very catchy sing along chorus. JONESY’S WAR is one of the best tracks I’ve herd for a number of years. Reminds of the DUCKY BOYS. There are two distinct vocals On this track which work brilliantly together. The guitar melodies are quality. This is a sad tale of an AFGHAN veteran who comes back from the war with his head in bits. “JONESY’S BODY IS AT HOME, BUT HIS MIND’S IN AFGHANISTAN” It tells of his mental decline, suicide and funeral. A real emotional song that knocks you on your arse. I was lucky. My son who did a 6 Month tour with 3 Yorks came back (relatively) unscathed mentally and physically. Any veterans out there. You have my utmost respect! Next track is GOT ME WRONG. It has my favourite lyric of the track “WHEN I SEE YOU ON THE STREET, YOU’LL BE PICKING UP YOUR TEETH” A track with a definite English Oi feel to it! STAND UP a classy guitar solo starts the track off. A melodic StreetPunk track at its best The EP finishes off with LIVING WAGE Military snare drum starts this track. Clearly the catchiest track of the EP. It has an early DKM style to it . Telling how generations of Working class men just want a wage to be able to life off! Ive gotta say I absolutely loved this EP. I look forward to hearing more from them. They are certainly up there with the best USA Oi bands. I’m not sure if this EP is still available But you can stream It on SPOTIFY. The band have a new single out soon called JUST A MATTER OF TIME. A video of it is available now on YouTube
5 out of 5
Review by Stoney



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