Nothing like catching a show of one of your favorite bands while on vacation, eh? The Damned put on an absolutely killer performance in Portland's McMenamins Crystal Ballroom.
The melodic punk veterans cast their technical prowess aside to unearth a refreshing, stripped down sound on their new EP, Black Out the Sky.
It's nearly unimaginable someone would think they could do better than Television. The very fact that band leader Richard Meyers left the band he formed, an incredible band at that, is testament to his belief in his vision. Of course nothing is ever so simple. There was tension in the band, and he figured he could do things his own way, so he did.
Fear were the promise for a genre that never fully reached its potential: Fear can play their instruments; Lee Ving can actually sing; the lyrics are offensive. Even (or especially) by today's standards; there's a lot of variety; the recording sounds good. Fear proved you can make interesting music built around a framework of hardcore punk.
The album starts out with the incredible "Night Letters", which rages out of the gate with Propagandhi's most metal moment ever [which is still true as of 2018!].
The ‘90’s were arguably the second golden age for punk rock. Leaning more to the melodic side than previous iterations, punk hit the mainstream for nearly an entire decade with several very high-profile releases.
Everyone knows Black Sabbath, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and of course, The Beatles. However, some spectacular bands have flown largely under the radar, influencing countless other bands, but never quite reaching the stratospheric mainstream popularity of these aforementioned groups.