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BAD BRAINS – 1989 “QUICKNESS” ALBUM ENTWINES GENRES… AND BURNS

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Bad Brains. Forget about music genres. If there ever was a band that fuses together multiple Rock genres and flips the bird at the status quo simultaneously, it is Bad Brains. When I’m in the mood to listen to a band that plays from the gut, the heart… Bad Brains. Punk Rock, check. Hardcore Punk, check. Reggae, check. Hard Rock, um, check. Some flashes of Thrash? Bad Brains can. Oh, don’t forget about some Funk in the rhythm either… Bad Brains will deliver. Ska and Heavy Metal… it’s been part of Bad Brains diverse musical identity as well. If you are totally new to Bad Brains and all of this sounds confusing, need not worry, Bad Brains is the antidote to stagnant music listening. In other words, you are never going to hear of or find another band like them… and if you do, it would have to be a cover band of Bad Brains, which in the end would never come remotely close to the original.

Since Bad Brains released their debut, self titled album in 1982, there has been untold “flavors of the month” in Heavy, Extreme, Alternative and Punk Music. Since 1982, there has only been one Bad Brains. To span three decades while releasing eight ultra legit studio albums is monument. (Granted, their 2002 release I & I Survived was/is an instrumental dub album, with H.R. not present on vocals. Regardless, it shall always remain as a unique musical representation of/from Bad Brains). Think of it this way, it is easier to span three decades and release fifteen albums, all the while just two or three are justified. As I see and hear it, Bad Brains has accomplished what the Beatles, Ramones, The Who and Led Zeppelin, (to name more than a few), before them already had… an astoundingly identifiable style of music, which sound is impossible to confuse with any other band.

Bad Brains will forever be regarded as a Hardcore Punk originator and rightfully so. Only at the end of the day, what really matters is the overwhelming uniqueness that flows from their songs hot as magma, ultimately creating a cooling down – experience in music listening, which once again gets ramped up from the Bad Brains ride you embark on… a Bad Brains trip never stays the same. Sound cool? Bad Brains is just that. In the sad event you have never listened to Bad Brains, there is still time to redeem your hijacked and commercialized, MTV and/or VH1 soul. I picked the Bad Brains album – Quickness, as my listening choice today. Quickness may not be heralded as the greatest Bad Brains album made, regardless, I am not into any unfair comparisons to their iconic, self titled, debut album either. Quickness is a listen into just how an album can encompass so many great qualities of heavy, hard and at times softer song structure. This fantastic Bad Brains album was, (and always is), a slap to my forehead reminder that a band does not have to sell out sports stadiums and win multiple Grammy Awards, in order to be appreciated and accepted as realistically legendary, genuine, unapologetically diverse and damn right hard & heavy.

Bad Brains – Quickness was released in 1989, on Caroline Records.

Bad Brains – Quickness Track Listing:

Soul Craft

Voyage Into Infinity

The Messengers

With The Quickness

Gene Machine/Don’t Bother Me

Don’t Blow Bubbles

Sheba

Yout’ Juice

No Conditions

Silent Tears

The Prophets Eye

Endtro

The original Bad Brains lineup:

H.R. – lead vocals

Dr. Know – guitar

Darryl Jenifer – bass

Earl Hudson – drums

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MODERN LIFE IS WAR – “Midnight In America” Hardcore Punk that pummels the senses

Posted in Album Review, cool album covers, essential hardcore albums, essential punk rock albums, extreme music, hardcore punk rock albums, hardcore punk rock music, hardcore punk rock songs, Music, Punk rock, punk rock album review, punk rock album reviews, punk rock albums, punk rock albums 2007, punk rock music, punk rock songs, spooky album covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Modern Life Is War "Midnight In America" small picModern Life Is War caught my attention this past Summer of ’09, as I was perusing the clearance rack at my local Hot Topic. I was stunned, to say the least, to see a quality Hardcore Punk Band like this, on a clearance rack, of all places. It is a shame Modern Life Is War disbanded back in 2008… this was one loud, rowdy, Hardcore Punk Band that created some cool albums in less than a decade, (4 albums and 1 debut EP). From looking around the internet, Modern Life Is War certainly have a ton of fans hoping for a reunion of any kind. Going back to my clearance rack experience at Hot Topic… uncovered was a limited edition 7″ colored vinyl of the single Stagger Lee and the b side The Motorcycle Boy Reigns, included in a package with the Midnight In America CD with full liner notes booklet. The price… $4.98… man, that was one Hardcore Punk package too damn good to pass over. My wife actually found it first, she directed me in the right direction on this Hot Topic trip, she could not believe what we found… and for the price. If anyone who is remotely interested in listening to a quality American Hardcore Punk Band from this decade… Modern Life Is War is as fine and raucous a choice you can make.

Midnight In America is eleven songs that will either make you believe just how good this band was or have you wishing they were still around creating Hardcore Punk. Midnight In America is an impressive display of the emboldened confidence that Modern Life Is War bestowed, both in the lyrics and the Hardcore Punk Music they created. This album has it’s melodic moments, still, I’ll be damned if that takes away from the Hardcore Punk muscle that this band so viciously displays. My favorite song from this album is These Mad Dogs of Glory. The over powering Hardcore swagger just seems to boil over on this song… with pissed off enthusiasm for good measure. Night Shift At The Potato Factory and The Motorcycle Boy Reigns are songs that prove speed is a factor when it comes to real Hardcore Punk. Finding Modern Life Is War on a clearance rack proves that it is not always the crap music that gets marked down… there are many things in life that are deceiving, this is one example. If Modern Life Is War does decide on a comeback, they should know that they have this middle aged Metalhead out there, who feels they kicked some Hardcore butt during their reign.

Midnight In America was released in 2007 on Equal Vision Records.

Modern Life Is War, as they appear on Midnight In America:

Jeffrey Eaton on vocals, John Eich  on  guitar & vocals, Tyler Oleson on Drums

Modern Life Is War "Midnight In America" large pic

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