Doulos – “The Middleman” ep

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Feb 092021
 

Duolos join the Thumper Punk roster and bring a catchy blend of thrashy old-school metallic hardocore on their debut ep.

Over the years, I’ve reviewed a lot of bands from Thumper Punk Records and have really been looking for them to get a band like Duolos. This music on this ep ticks off so many boxes for me in what I like in hardcore punk. Fast, thrashy, metallic guitars – check, raw production with a live feel to it – check, thumping low end – check, strong, intelligible shouted vocals with emotion reminiscent of NYHC – check, driving rhythms with pounding drums and some interesting patterns/fills–check, gang vocals – check. Ok, so it’s basically all here… biggest gripe is that it’s only an ep.

Ok, so how do I describe the Riverside, CA band for those who haven’t gone to the bandcamp site yet… I detect some old Suicidal, some SoCal hardcore like Terror, some Leeway.

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Jan 282021
 

Today marks the debut release “The Middleman” from Riverside, California, based street punk band Doulos. Melding hardcore punk and metal, the band has created a unique sound reflecting their early beginnings as a car club filled with low riders and rat rods, cholos and punk rockers. The band is unafraid to express their Faith but also their personal shortcomings, genuinely reflecting the challenges and trials of life. Lyrically, the band demonstrates a strength that only comes with forgiveness and redemption through Faith, and from staying the course with your beliefs. Don’t be blindly swayed to the left or to the right. Stay on the straight and narrow. The Middleman.

Doulos features Eddie Blanco (edboi) – Vocals, Melanie Blanco (Rebel Mel) – Bass, Noah Cortez (Dr Know) – Guitar, and Jeff Young (el jefe) – Drums.

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Oct 232020
 

Thumper Punk Records is pleased to announce the release of Volumes 6 and 7 in the “United We Skate Benefit Compilation” series, featuring two album chock full of punk rock music for skating and praise. Continuing the five volume compilation released in 2015, all proceeds from the sale of Volumes 6 and 7 will go to the Christian Skaters International chapter in Middlesex, Virginia (run by Aaron “Liberty” Wells of the band True Liberty). This compilation features artists from several countries, with different languages, reflecting that we are one brotherhood under Jesus Christ regardless of the language we speak. Highlights include new tracks from TPR bands False Idle, CPR317, The B-Listers, Platoon 1107, as well as debut tracks from a number of up and coming bands.

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Sep 182020
 

Today is the long anticipated release of “Annihilate The Adversary” (review), the full length album from Fortuna, California, based punk band Cast The Dragon. Dark, brooding punk rock with a hint of gothic elegance woven throughout 15 blistering tracks. Joshua Lory’s baritone vocals interplay with anthemic guitars, haunting keyboards and punishing drums. Uncompromising lyrical content focused on keeping God at the center of all things through Jesus/Yeshua our Messiah. The band’s full tilt sound is reminiscent of The Damned, TSOL, Misfits and Scaterd Few.

Cast The Dragon features singer, bass player, and guitarist Joshua Lory, bass player of LS Underground / Lifesavers / Michael Knott, Jim Chaffin of The Crucified / the Blamed / Deliverance on drums, and Skot Shaw of Leper on Keys.

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Sep 122020
 

Every once in a while you get an album whereby you can listen through its interity without skipping or fast forwarding through tracks. To start off there are some fairly well known participants on this release, well at least for this old coot that is. If you have not had your head buried in the sand, the names Joshua Lory, Jim Chaffin, and Skot Shaw should be familiar sounding to you, especially in the Christian alternative, punk, gothic, metal and Industrial scene. Do bands like, LSU, Mike Knott, Crucified, The Blamed, Deliverance and Leper ring any bells? Well according to me if you have not heard any of these bands listed, or perhaps one of these individuals mentioned then dude you have been living in a closet, and a really dark, dank one. My friend the only advice then is that you need educating, because part of the appreciation of this album, is knowing where these guys come from, who they are and what they have managed to achieve each in their own right on a musical level.

So what’s happening here? Well on September 18, 2020, out of Santa Cruz, California the full length release entitled “Annihilate The Adversary” will be released by the Fortuna, California, based punk band Cast The Dragon. It is a mix of Dark, brooding punk rock with a hint of gothic elegance woven throughout 15 blistering tracks. Joshua Lory’s baritone vocals interplay with anthemic guitars, haunting keyboards and punishing drums. Uncompromising lyrical content focused on keeping God at the center of all things through Jesus/Yeshua our Messiah. The band’s full tilt sound is reminiscent of The Damned, TSOL, Misfits and Scaterd Few. Again get yourself educated on these other bands too, as they are not just sound comparatives but also quality of playing comparatives on this album. The album cover art done by Nick Abraham reminds me in a way of some of the art work that came out for a few mid 80’s thrash and speed metal bands and I am sure for some very conservative folk might seem a little bit out there for them to swallow, yet for me the picture is a representation of the content within, and the album deals with a lot of issues and topics that in turn with the correct mobilization can “Annihilate The Adversary”.

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