All posts by Craig Hayes

Semi-literate hobgoblin, full-time shark obsessive, old-school nincompoop.

Crossover The Edge: Where Hardcore, Punk And Metal Collide – By Alexandros Anesiadis

Alexandros Anesiadis’ encyclopedic tome, Crossover the Edge: Where Hardcore, Punk and Metal Collide, captures all the passion and exhilaration of hardcore, punk, and thrash’s fusion in the 1980s. Obviously, old school bands and a heap

Loud Words: A Punk Primer Pt. 1

I’ve been scribbling about underground punk and metal on and off for a couple of decades now, and I’ve often ended up writing about thundering releases made by musicians (and enjoyed by fans) who think

In Crust We Trust: Vol. 6

Welcome to In Crust We Trust Vol. 6, which is brought to you this month by Shut Up, Grandad, Inc. Thing is, I’ve been thinking about crotchety old punks—you know, like me—and why we’re such

Mosquito Control – Morbid Orations In The Pestilential Age Review

Plenty of black and death metal bands from New Zealand’s far-flung shores are well known overseas, but many of the nation’s doomier contingent are often overlooked. That’s a crying shame, because the NZ metal scene

In Crust We Trust: Vol. 5

Kia ora, comrades. Welcome to In Crust We Trust Vol. 5. I usually start this monthly soirée with a long-winded introduction. However, this month, you’re going to be spared the usual meandering preamble—you’re welcome, btw.

Down Under(ground): Aotearoa New Zealand Punk ‘19

Tucked away at the arse end of the world, Aotearoa New Zealand is home to plenty of noisy bands and appreciative fans. Over the years, a number of local punk groups have managed to infiltrate

Martyrdöd – Hexhammaren Review

Swedish kängpunks Martyrdöd have always sounded iron-willed and up for a fight. No more so than on their new album, Hexhammaren. With a who’s who lineup of Scandi punk / metal heavyweights, Martyrdöd have spent

In Crust We Trust: Vol 4

Thirty-odd years ago, I placed a classified ad in the pages of punk zine Maximum Rockandroll (MRR). I was searching for a penpal who was plugged into the subterranean punk and metal scenes in the