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It’s official: Nitro is back!

After years of speculation regarding their current status, Nitro Records (an indie label owned by The Offspring‘s Dexter Holland) is officially returning in the form of vinyl reissues. However, there have been no announcements whether the label will sign new acts.

It was announced last July that The Bicycle Music Company now has the rights to all recordings released on Nitro. Bands that have released recordings on the label include many notable punk bands such as AFIJughead’s RevengeThe VandalsThe DamnedTSOL and Guttermouth. Nitro also released the reissue of The Offspring’s 1989 self-titled debut album on CD for the first time in 1995 and again in 2001.



Nitro Records to be re-launched in 2014, vinyl reissues in the works

After years of speculation regarding their “current status”, it has been announced that Nitro Records (owned by The Offspring‘s Dexter Holland) will be relaunched next year, and vinyl reissues appear to be in the works. Nitro recently issued the following update on their Facebook page:

“Greetings! We’re busy at work preparing our 2014 re-launch plans. What release on vinyl do you want to see first from Nitro?”

It was announced last July that The Bicycle Music Company now has the rights to all recordings released on Nitro. Bands that have released recordings on the label include many notable punk bands such as AFIJughead’s RevengeThe VandalsThe DamnedTSOL and Guttermouth. Nitro also released the reissue of The Offspring’s 1989 self-titled debut album on CD for the first time in 1995 and again in 2001.



Blast From The Past: AFI live in Asbury Park, New Jersey (full set from 1999)

Longing for the days when AFI was still a straight up hardcore punk band on Nitro Records? If so, this video of (most of) their full set from a 1999 show at Casino Skate Park in Asbury Park, New Jersey, may have been just the thing you were looking for.

Enjoy!



Bicycle Music buys the rights to Nitro Records’ music

It has been announced that The Bicycle Music Company now has the rights to all recordings released on Nitro Records, an independent punk label owned by The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland. Bands that have released recordings on Nitro include many notable punk bands such as AFIJughead’s RevengeThe VandalsThe Damned, TSOL and Guttermouth. The label also reissued The Offspring’s 1989 self-titled debut album on CD for the first time in 1995 and again six years later. Here’s what Dexter had to say about the situation:

“Starting and running Nitro Records has been an amazing experience. I have made some of the best friends of my life at this label and I have had the privilege to put out records by my favorite bands. It is a music catalog that I am insanely proud of! I know Bicycle will carry on Nitro’s legacy and ensure its recordings are well taken care of and available to fans for years to come.”

Steven Salm, Bicycle Music’s Co-President, comments as well:

“Bicycle acquires and represents important master recording rights across all genres. We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to Nitro Records and its roster of artists.”

There have been no announcements whether the end of Nitro will affect the release of the next Offspring album, which will be their first since leaving their longtime label Columbia Records earlier this year.



Much The Same offer free download of debut EP “Caught Off Guard”

Chicago melodic skate punk act, Much The Same, are offering a free download of their 2001 debut EP “Caught Off Guard.”

You can snag it here.

The band released their second full-length album “Survive” in 2006 on Nitro Records. They broke up a year later.



Album Review: AFI – “Black Sails in the Sunset”

“Black Sails in the Sunset” is most definitely a monumental release in punk rock. So many bands, including Rise Against and Avenged Sevenfold, cite AFI as an influence, and that influence ultimately stems from this record.

By 1999, AFI as a band had been around for eight years and had not received great success as a band despite the punk revival of the mid 90s. In addition, by the release of the Black Sails EP, only half of the original band remained. Their old guitarist, Markus Stopholese, left without much fanfare and was replaced by the lead singer’s, Davey Havok, roommate and good friend Jade Puget. The members of the band were also aging. It would no longer be appropriate to continue to sing about “Cereal Wars” or “Key Lime Pie”. Finally, AFI was never the greatest hardcore punk band – their first two albums (“Answer That and Stay Fashionable” and “Very Proud of Ya”, despite being branded as hardcore punk, musically sounded more like a harder version of pop punk, and their third album “Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes” sounded like a bit of a rush job.

All these factors contributed to the change in AFI’s sound for this release. Gone were the short, sharp songs of their previous releases. The sound of the album is a mixture of the Misfits, Danzig and Minor Threat, but the album retains a unique sound.

“Strength Through Wounding” – 8/10: This song is an excellent opening track. It sounds fantastic when performed live with the chants. However, this song loses two points because it is never performed live anymore.

“Porphyria Cutanea Tarda” – 9/10: Moving swiftly on from the crowd chants of “Strength Through Wounding”, this song is pure hardcore punk. Simple chords, shouted vocals, a partly chanted chorus and a fast and furious drum beat create an amazing atmosphere. This song is especially good when played at full volume with double bass turned on.

“Exsanguination” – 10/10: This song flows nicely from “Porphyria” – it literally sounds like the same song though it is slightly more experimental. There are some interesting effects with the guitar. The chorus is entirely chanted with only the drum and bass playing. This is probably one of my favourite songs on the album.

“Malleus Maleficarum” – 7/10: I’m not too sure about this one. I mean, it is a good song, but I spent $45 ordering this album from the US through HMV Singapore to listen to some punk rock. Instead, this song sounds more like a metalcore song. It does, however, make a nice break from the fast and furious first three tracks.

“Narrative of Soul Against Soul” – 8/10: This is a good song. A very good song. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really suit the album as a whole. It sounds too melodic to fit on this album. Featuring it on “The Art of Drowning” or “The All Hallow’s EP” would have been better.

“Clove Smoke Catharsis” – 9/10: This is the first of two ballads on this album. It is one of my favourite songs, and the lyrics are amazing. The backing vocals of Dexter Holland of the Offspring don’t quite suit the song though. Nick 13 of Tiger Army or Jade Puget would have been more appropriate, but considering that at the time the Offspring were one the most successful bands in the world it might have been an honour to work with him.

“The Prayer Position” – 6/10: I don’t like this song for similar reasons to why I don’t like Malleus Maleficarum, except that this song isn’t half as good. The redeeming factor is the bridge – the soft vocals with the snare drum and simple guitar drone are good, but it doesn’t last for long.

“No Poetic Device” – 8/10: I like this song very much. Like “Exsanguination”, it is more of a progressive song.

“The Last Kiss” – 10/10: It is nowhere near as aggressive as the first few tracks. It is, however, a great melodic hardcore song. The chorus has a call-and-response pattern that suits it very well. It does have somewhat of a weak ending, but that is overshadowed by the rest of the song.

“Weathered Tome” – 9/10: This song is more aggressive than many of the previous songs. It does sound like the end of the album as we move onto the last two tracks.

“At A Glance” – 6/10: This song sounds far too much like other songs on the album and the chorus is just crap. This is, by far, one of the weakest songs of AFI’s independent days.

“God Called in Sick Today” – 10/10: The second of AFI’s ballads on this album, this song features a very good guitar opening. This song, to me, is a classic song. The vocal work is also very good. The song is not punk, but it still is good.

“Midnight Sun” – 8/10: After a tremendously long gap with no way to skip it easily, the next track “Midnight Sun” comes on. It is a hidden track in “God Called in Sick Today” but is more punk. It is not so good as the rest of the album and not a great closer.

In conclusion, “Black Sails in the Sunset” is a fantastic album. You should buy it now.



No Trigger announce title for sophomore album

Massachusetts melodic hardcore outfit No Trigger just entered the studio last week to begin work on their sophomore album. And now they’ve announced the title of the record. Want to know what it is? Wait for it…drumroll…”Tycoon.”

They plan to release it some time in the winter, but we don’t know a whole lot else about the album. When we learn more we’ll keep you posted.

The band last released an EP, “Be Honest,” in December 2010 via Mightier Than Sword Records.



No Trigger enters the studio to begin work on sophmore album

Massachusetts melodic hardcore outfit No Trigger have just entered the studio today, to begin work on their second album. Jay Maas of Defeater will be producing their album. While not many details have yet been announced, the band will be in the studio until August 21st and plan to release the album in winter of 2011. Keep checking back to Dying Scene for more updates.

The band last released an EP, “Be Honest,” in December 2010 via Mightier Than Sword Records.



New Music: Scott Sellers (Rufio) streaming 3 new solo songs

Scott Sellers, frontman for SoCal pop-punk act Rufio, has posted three new songs entitled “You Make The Call,” “Know it All” and “Ups and Downs.”

You can listen to them right here.

There’s no word on whether this song is part of a bigger solo endeavor, or if it’s just something he recorded for fun. Rufio released their latest album “Anybody Out There” this past summer via The Militia Group.



No Trigger sign to No Sleep Records, releasing new full-length in 2011

Massachusetts melodic hardcore band No Trigger have announced that they have signed to No Sleep Records. They will be hitting the studio in Mach and hope to have their sophomore album out next summer.

The band released their latest “Be Honest” EP on December 14th through Mightier Than Sword Records.



No Trigger and Such Gold announce Australian tour

So if you’ve been wandering the wilderness for the past few weeks, you may have missed the internet leaking hints that No Trigger will be heading down under in 2011.  It’s my pleasure to announce to all my Aussie comrades that this is no longer an internet rumor, rather the band have announced they’ll be hitting Australian shores in January with Such Gold in tow.  As for everyone elsewhere, jealous?  Check out the poster with dates and venues, here.

No Trigger have reunited their original line-up and will be releasing a 7″ titled “Be Honest” on December 14.  Get stoked on it people.



Rufio and Mest Australian tour cancelled

Collateral Management have announced that Rufio and Mest’s Australian tour has been canceled due to immigration issues. Apparently the bands couldn’t get their Visa’s approved in time for the start of the tour, resulting in the cancellation of the tour itself. The bands say that they plan on getting back to Australia as soon as possible.

Rufio released their latest album Anybody Out There this past summer on the Militia Group.



Guitarist Clark Domae announces departure from Rufio

Rancho Cucamonga’s melodic pop-punk group Rufio has been going through a lot of changes lately. A new lineup, a new album with a new sound, and now they’re going to be looking for a new guitarist. Founding member and guitarist Clark Domae has announced his departure here. This leaves Scott Sellers as the sole remaining original Rufio member. It’s a good thing, too, because if he left, Rufio’s signature vocal sound would leave, too. And the world is just not ready for that.

Rufio released their latest album Anybody Out There this past summer on the Militia Group.



Nitro Records returns with Stormy California

Nitro Records has been laying dormant for years now but it looks like the label is finally starting to make some moves again.  Tomorrow they will be releasing an EP from a band called Stormy California, which is a “dance-rock” side project of Time Again lead singer, Daniel Dart.  The EP is titled “Beg, Borrow, Or Steal” and you can stream 2 of it’s song’s on the band’s MySpace page.

Nitro Records was started by Offspring frontman Dexter Holland.



No Trigger returns, releasing new 7-inch and new full-length

Hell.  Yes.  Massachusetts aggressive punk act No Trigger are back in action.  More than 4 years after the release of their debut full-length album “Canyoneer”, the original lineup has finally returned from their side projects and/or real jobs to announce not one, but two brand new releases.  The first will be a 7-inch titled “Be Honest,” slated for release this Fall on Mightier Than Sword Records.  The next is a full-length, which fans can expect out in 2011 on a yet to be determined label.

You can get all that info in a much cooler format (and with a lot of cool punk rock cameos) in this video.

No Trigger’s last album, “Canyoneer,” was released in March, 2006 on Nitro Records.