Record Review: Rifle Diet - Abuse Begets Abuse / The Affected 7"

Rifle Diet - Abuse Begets Abuse / The Afftected 7" (Profane Existence)
By Nathan G. O'Brien on Scene Point Blank

The two songs here—“Abuse Begets Abuse” and “The Affected”—are molasses-thick coagulations of galloping sludge, plodding D-beat, and punishing hardcore, sprinkled with heavy metal guitar posturing and vocals that are both snotty and throaty at the same time. For a genre that is already jammed up with a million bands that do the same indistinguishable song over and over, it’s nice to see that these two tracks are noticeably different from each other, leaving some intrigue as to where this band might take things over the course of entire album.  ...Read full review here.


Scene Report: Tough Mudder 2013

Tough Mudder; Somerset, WI; 7/21/13
Well, we went and did it again. Two of us from last year's team, joined by two newbies. Despite various ailments that come with training hard and not being 20 years old, we all held up surprisingly well.  We were fueled by humor, a sense of camaraderie, and a strange desire to beat the shit out of ourselves.  When things got tough, we went into our zones, and in the end we finished really, really strong.  Once again, I had a blast doing it, and feel incredibly accomplished.  The bruises, scrapes, scratches and torn & sore muscles are 100% worth it.

All photos by Nikki Witt

Somerset, WI, 7/21/13


The Bookman. Read More Books.

Reader, Read, Ready, Read More, Read More Books, Bookman, Booker, Bones, Mr. Bones, Boans, Bone Heads, Hoodrich, Herman, Hermes, Buzzards, Rancour, etc...  Dudes got a lot of aliases.

Nathan AKA Nathen AKA White Nate AKA Ballin' On A Budget AKA Minneapolis' Best Kept Secret

Mpls, MN, Summer-'13


In the $tudio

Makin' team tee shirts with DWITT...

St. Paul, MN, 7/18/13






Record Review: Krokus - Dirty Dynamite

Krokus - Dirty Dynamite (The End)
By Nathan G. O'Brien on Scene Point Blank

It might come as a surprise that in the year 2013 Krokus—yes, that Krokus—have released a new album. And what might be even more surprising, at least to someone not in the know—such as myself—is that said album isn’t just some sort of reunion effort but rather the latest in a long string of releases, dating back to the year 1976. That’s right, Krokus—a band that I thought hadn’t existed since the pinup pages of ‘80s metal magazines like, Metal Edge, Circus and Hit Parader, where they appeared alongside the likes Keel, Rough Cutt, King Kobra and countless others—never actually went away. As it turns out, Dirty Dynamite is the 17th—yes, 17th!— Krokus record to date. And here’s another surprising thing: it’s pretty damn good.  ...read entire rock 'n' roll-ass record review here.