Eken is Dead: Full Disclosure Review
Oct13

Eken is Dead: Full Disclosure Review

Eken is Dead serves up their solid, aggressive style to their new EP, Full Disclosure.  Newly added to the Felony Records roster, Eken is Dead is bringing their more than 8 years of experience to the table in this new offering. Featuring 3 tracks, Full Disclosure delivers Chris Navarette’s gritty lead vocals over the solid metal riffs Eken is Dead has mastered. If you have not seen Eken is Dead live you should! The band has managed to...

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No Longer Idle Self-Tited Review
Jun07

No Longer Idle Self-Tited Review

No Longer Idle knows how to take rock in a new direction, and that’s exactly what they did with their debut self-titled album. The band is comprised of five musicians from all of the United States. Their home-state is listed as California, Ohio, Illinois, and Washington DC. Luckily their musical style is just as eclectic throughout their first release. By fusing elements of rock, jazz, metal, and prog No Longer Idle created a truly...

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Hooligans United: A Tribute to Rancid Review
Apr11

Hooligans United: A Tribute to Rancid Review

Throughout Rancid’s history the punk icons have developed an international following of fans and musicians alike. After years of planning, Smelvis Records founder Elvis Cortez (Transplants / Left Alone) faced the enormous web of artists influenced by Rancid head on and put them together for Hooligans United: A Tribute to Rancid. A majority of Rancid‘s catalog makes an appearance in this massive undertaking spanning two CDs or...

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Common War: The Search Review
Apr08

Common War: The Search Review

The latest addition to the Eulogy Records roster is Common War’s The Search. The album attacks the status quo and realistic everyday dilemmas by combining aggressive guttural lyrics with melodic undertones atop complex instrumentals. Dubbed most accurately as ‘heavy punk,’ Common War pours their heart and soul into this full length album. Members of the team at By the Barricade have been anticipating this twelve track release...

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Left Alone: Harbor Area Review
Sep09

Left Alone: Harbor Area Review

Do yourself a favor and break away from the daily grind for half an hour and listen to Left Alone’s latest album Harbor Area. Lead vocalist and guitarist Elvis Cortez takes the reigns for an eleven track storyteller’s journey through his life. The iconic ska punk melodies that fans of Left Alone have come to know and love are in full effect, so be sure not to miss a beat. If these songs are a window into Elvis’ life, it’s...

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The Grim Imperials – El Drag Superior
Jun11

The Grim Imperials – El Drag Superior

The Grim Imperials based in San Diego, CA are bursting onto the scene with a fresh take on a retro sound they call rhythm and punk.  The release of  El Drag Superior truly shows the range and strength of their sound.  Fans of rock n roll, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and grunge/garage music need to check out this four piece band. With the release of their 9 track album, El Drag Superior, the listener is brought right back into the...

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The Objex – Super Charged Little Nova
Jun03

The Objex – Super Charged Little Nova

It’s not often you find a band that’s not afraid to blatantly speak their mind. Luckily Sin City punks The Objex have been doing just that and recently released their third album Super Charged Little Nova. The album is hard, fast, and dirty just like everything in Las Vegas, and packs eight tracks for your listening pleasure. This one’s for fans of NOFX, Teenage Bottlerocket, and Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies so if you are easily...

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Masked Intruder – M.I.
Jun01

Masked Intruder – M.I.

Nobody ever said pop punk and bank robberies were a match made in heaven, but four guys clad in bright colored ski masks playing pop punk music is something to be seen as well as heard. Masked Intruder puts a unique twist on the all but streamlined pop punk formula with their novelty stage act and catchy tunes.   Masked Intruder’s second album, M.I., was released under Fat Wreck Chords on May 27 and is a standout with or without the...

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Emmure – Eternal Enemies
Apr30

Emmure – Eternal Enemies

There is no questioning the fact Emmure is the poster band for internet taunts, and less than kind words on social media. Other than Five Finger Death Punch this band actually embraces it as part of their identity. Emmure has been the subject of controversy since their start in 2003, especially frontman Fankie Palmeri, whose image and antics have made him hated by some, and revered by others. Not to mention his short lived and very in...

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Dead Ending – Dead Ending III
Apr15

Dead Ending – Dead Ending III

Most people are not fans of tax day, but when April 15 falls on a Tuesday, it also means new music releases!  This week, By the Barricade is excited about Dead Ending III, the 3rd EP from “supergroup” Dead Ending.  This hardcore punk band consists of Vic Bondi (Articles of Faith), Jeff Dean (The Bomb, All Eyes West), Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio), and Joe Principe (Rise Against).  If you are ready to get your fix of fast and furious...

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