Newsflash: Doc Rotten are Sick & Suffering!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Doc Rotten - Sick & Suffering - Album CoverIt is insane, Doc Rotten continually remind me of old, pugnacious punk bands. A hint of The Pogues, raw and without the latter’s Irish veneer. A sip of grunge straight from Nirvana and the brutality of the Sex Pistols. And then this uncanny resemblance to old punk rock glories somehow got mixed up with some early Green Day in a sick kinda way. To top it, these guys did not resurrect themselves from the UK, but hail from Trenton, NJ in the good ‘ol US of A. Land o’ Trump and whatnot. So, this really is a good recipe for some punkishly rash pleasures going forward.

The RMR deck crew really started to take a liking to the brash, into-your-face style of these newly emerging punk rock bands. We just enjoyed some island punk from Infected Syren some weeks back. And now we came across this very short, tiny blurb of some 11 minutes only.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Infected Syren – Infected Syren (2018) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Infected Syrens - Self-Titled - Album CoverRockmusicRaider already covered a number of bands from Cyprus. Blynd or again Arrayan Path come to mind – to name just two. But never did we get a band like Infected Syren on the review list that seems to originate from the London East End much more than coming from an island in the Med.

And they are sinners. You don’t think they are? They are, for sure. Vile, rotten language. Spitting about the stage. Loud, brutal and fast guitar play with reckless abandon. Rebellious, ruthless screaming of vocals in a staccato voice seemingly reaching us from the past, straight from the ’70s. Devil-may-care innuendo at every dark turn of the record. Tracks slightly too long, away from the inherent two-minute madness many of their brethren like to indulge in – a blasphemy for the purists active within that genre. And – to the point made above – the band actually exchanges locations between Cyprus and London. Which adds to their credence in the genre and explains a lot.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Should the Killing Volts say yes?

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - The Killing Volts - Why Should I Say Yes - Album CoverGeez, it is a long time that I have not heard that kind of groove. But here it is: A full load of grunge-flavored, intense Punk Rock hardly seen these days this side of NirvanaAnd it does my ears good after all these disks with high pitched metal that just whipped through the RockmusicRaider office floor. 

The Swiss band The Killing Volts brandishes this nonchalant, don’t-give-a-shit style that is so very important to their trade. Their decidedly short, but nevertheless juicily powerful EP Why Should I Say Yes will relentlessly drive this point home for every second of its very limited span of airplay. This is a harmonious band, aptly led by the scratchy, no-nonsense style of the vocalist and fully embedded by two guitars, bass and rumblings drums. Bare bones, no other shenanigans in a display of raw power.

They even made this atrocious and age-old pop song Tainted Love of Soft Cell turn into a winner with a mountain of juice and crunch. And – believe me – I usually hate covers, when original content should reign supreme.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!