Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Complete Failure’s Joseph Mack

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.

The new topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we continue this ongoing series with an entry from Complete Failure’s Joseph Mack.

Pittsburgh hyper thrash punk. They’re on my friend Scott’s label called Innervenus Records. They’re not the annoying gimmick shitty throw back thrash that’s kind of going around the past four or five years. This is some serious guitar guy thrash that sounds nothing like any of the others. Maybe they sound like a mix between traditional hardcore and a Fat Mike/DRI/Poison Idea thing. Which is cool with me since I love Poison Idea so much. I don’t know. It’s a Pittsburgh thing.

Lines in the Sand by Invader

Raw Radar War
This is one I had to mention. I don’t quite know how I came across them. I think I saw a flier for a Rorschach show and Raw Radar War’s name was on it so I instantly checked It out. I love anything that has anything to do with Rorschach. It’s got members of Milligram and I guess they used to be call Septic Youth Brigade or something to that degree. Which is ten times better a name. I don’t care what they’re called. They sound like a meaner, less 90’s-sounding Rorschach meets Unsane. They do these annoying noise tracks too that I think are really cool and have lyrics that sound like military weapon instruction manuals. They’re older guys too, which is pretty punk to me.

Jumbo was something that only people from Pittsburgh seem to know anything about. They’ve been broken up for over a decade now. Think Deadguy meets some kind of Coalesce thing, but better. Not hardcore in the slightest nor rock. They had Commit Suicide, Hero Destroyed, and Don Cab members. I guess they were some kind of Duane Denison-sounding thing.

The band will release a new album The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault, on February 19.

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