Unholy Anarchy Records and Anvileater Records will soon be releasing a 7″ split by two proven head-wreckers: Boston’s PanzerBastard and Sweden’s Rawhide. Entitled Black Hearts and White Lines, it’s got more energy in its five tracks than a municipal power plant pushed to the edge of a blackout. I was offered the chance to premiere one track of my choosing from each band’s contributions to the split. Picking just one turned out to be hard as hell, because everything on Black Hearts kicks ass — but this is the kind of problem I’d love to have every day of the week.
PANZERBASTARD: “THE GRAND BARGAIN”
PanzerBastard have been cranking out demos, splits, and EPs since 2006, and this new release includes three more explosive blasts of mayhem. The track I picked for this premiere is “The Grand Bargain”. It’s a jolting rampage of punk-fueled metal that shifts into a lower gear before it’s over, hitting a groove that’s guaranteed to get heads moving while hosing you down with a bit of napalm shred at the same time. Hot shit.
The last time I wrote about Rawhide was in October 2013 — which is way too long ago — and I penned these immortal words about a song from their album Murder One:
“City Kids” puts you in the mood to pound six shots of whisky in rapid succession, rip your shirt off, start busting up the furniture, run out into the street and expose yourself to passing cars, pick fights in the nearest bar, black out, and wake up wondering how all that vomit got on your pants and whether that’s your blood in your mouth or someone else’s. Death punk ‘n’ roll.
Okay, probably not immortal words, but at least evocative of how I felt about this band’s music. And I feel basically the same way about the song I picked from Rawhide’s two track son this split. “Backstabber” is a combo of catchy punk riffs, cool soloing, vicious vocal excretions, and a bad fuckin’ attitude.
Black Hearts and White Lines will be released on May 22, 2015. Pre-orders are available HERE (Unholy Anarchy) and HERE (Anvileater), and you do get a digital download of the album along with the wax. More info is available via these links: