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1. A Victory At Sea
A Victory At Sea are a five-piece hardcore band from Manchester, England. The band formed in 2009, went through a few member changes, and soon after released their debut self-titled album in 2011. The album is eleven tracks of some tight punk and hardcore, complete with gang vocals and breakdowns on a few of the tracks. The songs are consistently fast and fierce with lots of sweet guitar work. The album was released through a local (Manchester) independent label, Horn and Hoof Records. A Victory At Sea's first show this year is on February 12 (check out details here). The song by A Victory At Sea on this episode is titled, Dead Generation, off of their self-titled album.
2. Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution are a four-piece hardcore/thrash band from Phoenix, Arizona. They currently have two records out, a self-titled (2005), and American Interment (2009), and have been featured on several compilations as well. Both area available through the label, Goin' Ape Shit Records. Their music is fast and full of political ideals delivered through some tight thrash and hardcore. I really dig the vocals and instrumentals on American Internment. The record features five songs in five minutes, and it's aggressive all the way through with no real signs of slowing down. Conflict Resolution's song on this episode is titled, Living a Lie, off of, American Internment.
3. Sabertooth Snatch
Sabertooth Snatch are a three-piece hardcore band from Tucson, Arizona. They have one record out titled, Project Sherm (2010), released on the label, Goin' Ape Shit Records, run by one of the band members. The record features five songs (and one secret track) in 13 minutes of experimental hardcore and rock. It's a bit odd sounding with some funky bass lines on a couple of the tracks alongside some thrash guitars and drums. The songs do get a bit more interesting (a story introduction and the use of sound effects on the song, Orchestration of Annihilation) towards the end of Project Sherm, especially with the hidden track (it's a signal on loop...sort of). The song by Sabertooth Snatch on this episode is titled, Sweet Fuel Dust, off of, Project Sherm.
Ridgemont are a four-piece punk band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band has been consistently writing and releasing music since 2010. Ridgemont have released several EP's and demos since then which include a Spring Tour 2011 tape, Documented Failures (2010), a 2010 demo, acoustic tracks, and one LP, Colder Days (2011) on Kiss of Death Records (check out a tune from that record on the Top 25 of 2011 Episode). Ridgemont play catchy punk-rock that's both full of melody and passion. On Documented Failures, the EP features five songs in just a little over 10 minutes. It's an upbeat release with some really cool guitar leads and melodies. I really like the instrumentals on The Great Escape too. Really nice riffs on that track. The song by Ridgemont on this episode is titled, This Song Will Never Have a Name, off of, Documented Failures.
5. Casket Life
Casket Life are a five-piece punk rock band from Phoenix, Arizona. They released a new EP titled, Doesn't Live Here Anymore (they used to live in Tempe). The band had a release show for the EP on Halloween of last year (2011). The new EP has six songs on it of some raw punk rock reminiscent of The Good Times are Killing Me, Casket Life's first album. The guitar work on the EP is really good, lots of leads and harmony. The bass parts are tight and the drums are top notch. And the vocals are still as awesome as before. It's an excellent follow up to Building a Better Disaster. Check out some of their other tunes on Episode 4, Episode 12 and Episode 24. Casket Life's song on this episode is titled, Mr. Toast's Wild Ride, off of, Doesn't Live Here Anymore.