Blame Thrower: 63.5

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Punchy, grunty, propulsive and greasy: 63.5 is rip-snortin’ fun.

Outré Monde #2: Kromosom & Narrow Lands

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Music writer Erik Highter and I get our Outré Monde groove back on and discuss two Australian bands making an ear-splitting racket: noise punks Kromosom and noise rockers Narrow Lands.

Long Distance Runner: No Value

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No question, No Value is a great debut. But, even better, it shows a lot of promise for Long Distance Runner’s artistic future.

Spiteful Urinator: Absurdities And Death Rites

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Spiteful Urinator are masters at making vile noise. And if you’re looking for music that sounds and feels like it actively hates you, Absurdities and Death Rites is the perfect place to start.

Distro-y Records: A Half-Dozen Ragers

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Six of the best releases from Irish hardcore and crust label Distro-y Records.

The All Seeing Hand: Sand to Glass

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Most of the music we listen to is comprised of variations on familiar themes. It’s much rarer to encounter genuinely innovative music like The All Seeing Hand create.

Knee Splitter, Abschäumer, Poverty & Spit, Wizz Kids, The Cavemen, Markdown and Blame Thrower

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Here are five more recent New Zealand punk releases that you don’t want to miss out on.

Hollywoodfun Downstairs: Tetris

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No other band in New Zealand is making music like HFD, and their storming new album, Tetris, shifts the goalposts even further in that regard.

Over-Population, Tyrannosaurus Wreck & Blazing Shade

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One month into 2017, and I already have 11 New Zealand music releases to write about. No rest for the wicked, eh. Here’s the first three.

Sick Old Man: Tribunus Plebis

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Sick Old Man make a corrosive, whirlwind racket –– and Tribunus Plebis flies by at warp-speed.