Friday, 2 December 2022


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Metalcore / Metallic Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz
Related artists?.
CountryNew Jersey U.S.A.
Years Active1997-2000
For fans ofYou And I, The Story Of Floating Weeds, The Assistant, Dispensing Of False Halos, Crestfallen, Tyranny Of Shaw, and Codeseven.
Label(s): Inertia Records / Cast Down Records

     I was recently shown this album from New Jersey hardcore/metalcore/emo band BLUE SKIES FADE. They seem to have played shows for a few years around the release of their only album 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off'. The album is loaded with neurotic moments and transitions (sometimes seamlessly, sometimes not) that swerves the vessel between varying track lengths and genres, generally emo with raw sung vocals, metalcore/metallic hardcore, and screamo. Songs such as "Pacify the Agony" and "Blur" hold my attention while others like the 7+ minute opener "Monday", "Numb", and closer "Conspiracy" have but a few beacons of light amidst a flurry of stuff that just doesn't jive with me. Primary, the unjiviness comes from the clean vocals that are kinda tone-deaf - which some people love, but not me. The thing is, when the band moves into the heavier stuff they really excel at it. The first half of "Angelica's Story" is badass and reminiscent of bands like Dispensing Of False Halos, The Assistant, and 'Division of Labor'-era Codeseven (those dual vox are intense), but the introspective midsection doesn't do anything for me. This holds true for the last two minutes of "On The Side Of Darkness" (another needlessly lengthy endeavor), most of "Blur" and "Pacify the Agony" as the intense, engrossing, cathartic aspects of the band shine brightly. 



1998 - The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off cd/cassette LP (buy tape in the U.S. / buy tape everywhere else)


(1998) BLUE SKIES FADE - "Angelica's Story" (from 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off')

(1998) BLUE SKIES FADE - "Blur" (from 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off')
(1998) BLUE SKIES FADE - "Pacify The Agony" (from 'The Untimely Construction of a Bridge To Jump Off')


BLUE SKIES FADE out of print mp3 discography download / additional links


Monday, 28 November 2022

*** PODCAST #104 Rich Lombardi (The Sawtooth Grin, Cloacal Kiss, etc.) ***

     Back in July of 2020 I had the pleasure of distroing/fulfilling orders for THE SAWTOOTH GRIN's 'Cuddlemonster' 12" via Wax Vessel. A massively important thing for vinyl/extreme music lovers as well as myself and Zegema Beach Records, that release was the initial catalyst for Wax Vessel becoming the untouchable behemoth it is today. I somehow managed to snag an interview with vocalist Rich Lombardi and it was a very enjoyable few hours. You want stories and info about SAWTOOTH GRIN and CLOACAL KISS as well as Rich's choice music cuts? Well hot damn let's do this! Discussed in this episode: smashing Fraggle Rock, theatre/musicals and Dave's standard Evil Dead plug, Tom Waits' #1 fan, being the center of attention, woodwind vs. brass, tangents on: Stone Temple Pilots, Codeseven, Cave In, Botch, The Blood Brothers, and The Minor Times, high school cliques, Slayer is basically loud Weezer, pre-Sawtooth Grin aka All Ties Severed, the "scab Deadguy lineup", opening up for Coheed And Cambria (aka Shabuti), Mullet Fest, best and worst Sawtooth Grin shows, screaming in a grain silo, opening for Dillinger Escape Plan, Wax Vessel and Nik Velleca, a reintroduction to screamo, being famous or something, the snowball reunion, etc. Bands played in this podcast: Deadguy, Grouper, Jough Dawn Baker, Naked City, Nuvolascura, Timber Timbre, and Tom Waits. Listen to podcast #104 which is available to stream and/or download for free via this link.




1 Come Along With Me On the Journey, We've Earned It Together, Let's Party.
TOM WAITS "Flash Pan Hunter" (Rich)

2 A Recipe For Progressive Nostalgia
DEADGUY "Turk 182" (Rich)
JOUGH DAWN BAKER "Boise Cascade" (Dave)

3 Sawtooth Grin Stories
TIMBER TIMBRE "Creep On Creeping On" (Rich)
GROUPER "Unclean Mind" (Dave)

4 I'm In the Middle of My Fondest Sawtooth Grin Moment
NAKED CITY "Reanimator" (Rich)
NUVOLASCURA "Half Truth" (Dave)

5 You Need To Know That Your Band Is Really, Really Important To Us
- no music



PODCAST #104 linked here


Additional links:

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

*** KERATIN exclusive song premiere ***

"Only Eye"
exclusive song premiere
For fans ofEnvy, Nionde Plagan, Suis La Lune, and Trachimbrod

releases December 5th, 2022

     When I got a message from a member of Gil Cerrone (a massively underappreciated band that released a killer EP this year) letting me know that another one of their bands had just recorded an EP, I was excited. Not super excited. Like...medium excited. So when I got hold of the 'Only Eye' EP by Australia's KERATIN my excitement level shot through the goddamned roof. This wasn't really good, it was fucking awesome. Like...Swedish awesome. So Tomb Tree whipped up 84 tapes that are ready to ship December 5th and now we're here, just under two weeks away.

(2022) KERATIN "Only Eye" (from 'Only Eye')

     This screamo/post-hardcore jam begins immediately with everyone going full-tilt until the 28-second mark when that massive, gorgeous, swing begins and leads into one helluva Hot Cross-esque riff. Seriously, in the first minute the listener is dealt a flurry of influences and styles with solo salads, lower-end screams ala Nionde Plagan, dreamy riffs not unlike Suis La Lune, and the ability to get behind the weight and momentum of the song like Envy. The song has minimal lyrics (although they are repeated a ton) and coasts through the second half off the wave of the first, laying out a lush landscape and riff echoes. Hot damn, this EP is fucking fire.