by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Naming your last studio LP Career Suicide and then maintaining a fairly uneventful six-year silence doesn’t provide much room for ambiguity: A Wilhelm Scream seemed to have sounded their final death knell. However, 2013 finds A Wilhelm Scream crashing the party once again with their aptly titled sixth LP Partycrasher that once again showcases the quintet’s innate ability to blend bruising hardcore with captivating melodies, all wrapped up in an individual style all their own.
“We are the noisemakers, the modern wayfarers. There’ll be no guts or glory,” vocalist Nuno Pereira shouts during opening track “Boat Builders’” energetic chorus, announcing A Wilhelm Scream’s place as the seminal punk rock journeymen that they are. In standard A Wilhelm Scream fashion the band wastes no time cranking things up to 11 and barreling ahead at breakneck speed, with Nicholas Angelini’s furious bass drum kicks pushing the entire song to its limits.
After the punishing “The Last Laugh,” Partycrasher really comes into form with “Devil Don’t Know,” the album’s most dazzling example of A Wilhelm Scream’s guitar virtuoso. “Devil Don’t Know” perfectly represents this album; the juicy melodic hooks will grab you by the ears, immediately accompanied by a sonic rush of blood to the head, culminating in a 100-volt musical shock to the heart — not enough to kill you, but enough to let you know you’re alive.
Embedded into the lyrics of “Devil Don’t Know” are a series of allusions to classic rock staples, all of which come off as an almost tongue-in-cheek nod to prior decades. Pereira drops lines about “After Midnight (Eric Clapton),” “Running with the Devil (Van Halen),” and even “Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young).” However, all these references are outshined by the song’s near-perfect chorus of, “I decided long ago to throw these years away. I used to be in misery, but no more. I know I’ve been a sinner, but that’s just my history. The devil don’t know I’m dead yet!”
November is here, and there are a slew of great records coming out this month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated November Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well
Punk Goes Christmas (11/05)
It’s kind of shocking that Punk Goes Christmas hasn’t happened until now; there’s a long tradition of punk bands doing Christmas tunes that goes as far back as the Ramones. Christmas tunes are usually some mix of goofy and sentimental, two moods that punk bands tend to excel at, and over the past decade, it seems like nearly every scene band of note has taken a crack at writing one (or covering a classic). We’ve even made it a yearly tradition here at POZ to review our favorites on Christmas Day.
The lineup contributing to Punk Goes Christmas’s tracklist nicely pulls together the ghosts of pop-punk past, present and future to join in the caroling gang chorus, from old guard favorites like New Found Glory and Yellowcard to young upstarts Real Friends. Notably, Fearless have pared back on the screamo /metalcore / heavy music acts that have dominated the last few Punk Goes… releases, and one of the few included here, Issues, has seen frontman Tyler Carter make a bit of a splash in the past few years with Christmas tracks under his own name. If the album proves anywhere near as solid as its track list (and let’s face it, Christmas songs really only come in two varieties, good and great), we’re in for some early holiday goodies. - Jesse Richman
A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher (11/05)
November is apparently a banner month for punk albums, possibly none quite as important as A Wilhelm Scream’s aptly named hiatus-shattering record, Partycrasher. Six years removed from a studio effort, the band proved its legacy in the genre on the new album with eleven searing, scathing, sneering new cuts. Still brash and angry like the best of A Wilhelm Scream’s back catalog, the band only adds polish since taking a leave of disappearance — not rust. - Erik van Rheenen
The Bouncing Souls, The Menzingers - Split
During a way-too-early conversation regarding AOTY candidates, I jokingly mentioned to a friend that my top spot was currently occupied by The Menzingers’ On the Impossible Past, since no album from 2013 captured my heart and headphones the way that bottle rocket of a record did a year ago. Having to wait for next year for a new full-length from the band verges on cruel-and-unusual punishment, but a split 7” between The Menzingers and punk elder statesmen The Bouncing Souls should be a firecracker in its own right. Featuring a new cut and a cover from each, a lighthearted Souls take on powerhouse “Burn After Reading” and The Menzingers’ spin on “Kate is Great” is the only punk-goes-something we need this year. - Erik van Rheenen
Anthony Green - Young Legs (11/12)
I’ll be the first to admit that I had no idea what the birth of Anthony Green’s children was going to mean for his musical productivity, be it through his solo work or his main act, Circa Survive. But here we are at just about two years since the birth of his second son, Luke, and Green is about to release Young Legs, his second solo album in as many years (which brings his release count to three since 2012 began, when you account for Circa’s Violent Waves).
Green’s solo work has always been much more mellow and light-hearted than the atmospheric, aggressive blend that Circa has become known for. Young Legs will bring about an interesting sound, as he is now identifying his solo work as Anthony Green and the Good Old Band, which will feature the entire trio that comprises Good Old War, along with a familiar face in Circa Survive guitarist Brendan Ekstrom. In terms of sound, it should be noted that Green recorded this album shortly after completing work on his last solo effort Beautiful Things, so it will be very interesting to see how the two records compare to one another. No matter what it sounds like, it’s a safe bet that plenty of people will be listening to the new songs from the scene’s favorite family man. - Donald Wagenblast
Matt Pryor - Wrist Slitter (11/12)
Matt Pryor has always been prolific — between the Get Up Kids, the New Amsterdams, albums released under his own name, his Terrible Twos children’s music project, and his newest band, Lasorda, Pryor’s been averaging better than an album a year for the last decade, most with the kind of hit-or-miss rate you might expect from someone cranking out songs as fast as he can go.