41 Will Have You Feeling Reggie’s Full Effect


Review by William Dibble, photos courtesy of Reggie and the Full Effect

One of the core defining essences of punk rock is a desire to do your own thing. Certainly, people will try to tell other people what “is” and “is not” punk, but at the end of the day, it is a wide and diverse genre. Reggie and the Full Effect are no exception to this. Their 7th full-length album releases on 23rd February, 2018, and is titled 41. They have a pleasant sound that lands them firmly in the genre of ‘pop punk’ and your heart, simultaneously.

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41 opens with two tracks titled in Italian. “Il Sniffy Incontra” is a choral track, reminiscent of Gregorian chants. “Il Pesce Svedese” is the album’s first all-out punk song. If Google Translate is correct, they translate to “Sniffy Meet” and “Swedish Fish” respectively. It is more common to find album introductions like “il Sniffy Incontra” in the metal genre, where dramatic intro tracks are much more frequently seen. The second track, “il Pesce Svedese”, on the other hand is a fast and light punk piece that is listenable, energetic, and fast. The repeated lyric, “I wish I could have seen you coming” is catch, easy to pick up on, and fun. It wouldn’t be out of place to compare this track to older pieces by Against Me and Sum 41. “Alone Again” starts out a bit softer, with a pleasant and soothing keyboard intro. Reggie and the Full Effect’s vocals bring back memories of the 2000’s punk and emo movements. James Dewees’s twenty years in the industry show. This is the kind of song that would be at home in a soundtrack for a lighthearted movie. The lyrics are also catchy and fun, imploring you to not call him “oblivious, don’t call me at all.” The combined drum and clap beat is bouncy and, for lack of a better word, engaging.


The fourth track, “Broke Down”, is a change from the previous two high-energy punk pieces. “Broke Down” is a much softer song, focusing largely on vocals and lower-profile instrumentals. This track would work fantastically as an album single. It showcases James’s vocals, but also his ability to write catchy instrumental pieces. “Heartbreak” starts with a vibrating bassline that draws you in, adding drums and other instruments slowly. The vocals in this song are softer than prior songs, and remain that way throughout. While “Broke Down” is also a softer song, this one is much more keyboards centric, lacking the signature punk-rock style half-yells of the other song. The synth running behind it all gives it a very cheerful and inviting sound. This can leave the listener unprepared for the heavier, louder “Karate School”. “Karate School” has a very early 2000’s sound to it. It calls to mind All American Rejects and The Killers in places, while remaining distinctly Reggie. If anything, this album’s first six songs really give you the full effect.

“The Horrible Year” returns to the softer instruments of “Broke Down”. It is a decently fast song, but it is also fun, and features both softer and yelled vocals. In it, he implores you to tell him what is on your mind, what is really going on. It is catchy, fun, and pleasant. “New Years Day” is also really soft. It isn’t quite acoustic, but does feature extensive clean guitars. It marks a restful mid-point to a solid and pleasant album. Between the vocals and the subtle backing synths, it is a great composition. “Maggie” is a bit faster-tempo, but like the previous few songs, is very soft. This is not by any means a bad thing. As stated earlier, punk rock is a wide and diverse genre. These softer songs demonstrate that with finesse. “Channing Tatum Space Rollerblading Montage M…” opens with a galloping, sample- and synth-heavy track. It feels very… Eighties. In a Stranger Things kind of way. It is, despite being drastically different from any other songs, fun to listen to and feels very upbeat.


The last portion of the album begins with “You’ve Got Secrets”. It marks a return from the side journey that was “Channing Tatum” back to the pop punk heritage of the rest of the album. The repeated “You’ve got secrets” gets stuck in your head very quickly. 41 doesn’t spend a lot of time back in the pop-punk territory. It is difficult to say where, in the vast sea of musical genres, “Trap(ing) Music (feat. Common Denominator)” fits. It is a heavy song mixed with whimsical-feeling synths and raspy, throaty vocals. “And Next with Feeling”, like the eleventh track, returns to the rest of the album’s sound. The change is very jarring after the previous song, which shared a lot of qualities with the rap genre. 41 closes with the soft piano song, “Off Delaware”. It is a song where the sound of it will tug at your heartstrings. The slow send-off is an excellent end to a mostly excellent album.

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“Channing Tatum” and “Trap(ing) Music” are odd inclusions on 41. They don’t fit in very well with the flow of the album, and the transitions to and from the songs are difficult and jarring. Other than that, 41 is an excellent entry into Reggie‘s discography. Fans of pop punk should definitely pick it up when it debuts on the 23rd. It will be available from most music retailers!

There Will Be No Harakiri Over Harakiri From The Sky’s Album, Arson

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Review by William Dibble, photos courtesy of Harakiri from the Sky

Traditionally, we bring you a lot of bands out of the States in our articles. This band hails from Vienna, Austria. Claiming to be post-black metal, Harakiri for the Sky has three albums out and a fourth coming in two weeks. Arson releases on 16th of February, promising to bring epic-length black metal to your ears. Most of the songs on this album are over eight minutes long. It is their first album to feature studio drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner, known for his work with Septicflesh and Behemoth. Harakiri for the Sky sets some ambitious goals with their lengthy songs, and it is certainly a worthwhile gamble. The entire album clocks in at an impressive 71 minutes.

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Arson opens with the nine minute track “Fire, walk with me”. It would not be out of place to compare this track to a mixture of Insomnium’s “Winter’s Gate” album with instruments from their older albums. This is the work of seasoned musicians and songwriters. The track is a veritable soundscape, featuring blistering speeds and majestic breaks in the speed. It’s hard not to make comparisons to many genre greats, or comparisons to some of the progressive bands with LP-length tracks. “Fire, walk with me” and “The graves we’ve dug” are excellent songs to get you into the album. They showcase the superb drums and guitars on the album. The latter has a slower intro that slowly edges into a heavier riff, before diving into an avalanche of heavier beats and faster shredding. The heavy places are interspersed with clean, drum-free guitars. It gives the ten minute song the impression of being much shorter, as it doesn’t begin to get old or wear out. In fact, before you realize it, Harakiri for the Sky has swept away twenty minutes with what are some of the best black metal vocals and riffs in the genre right now. Excuse us, post-black metal. They show no signs of letting up as “You are the scars” begins. Similar to “The graves we’ve dug” (the capitalization seems to be intentional), it begins with a slower intro, though it doesn’t speed up in the first verse. These are the two tracks on the album that clock in over ten minutes, and showcase HftS’s ability to write long songs. The length of the songs flows naturally and feels good without feeling like it is dragging on. “You are the scars” morphs into a majestic, soaring song combining blistering drumming with melodic guitars and heavy vocals. To be fair, though, that description fits the entire album in a way.

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“Heroin Waltz” is still the first half of the album, despite being a respectable thirty minutes into play time. At this point in the album, it would not be out of place to say that the vocals sound the same throughout. However, that is not a weak point when you consider that they sound stunning throughout. If anything, it showcases their ability to write unique verses and music. “Heroin Waltz” is distinctly it’s own song, while fitting in perfectly to the mood set by tracks one through three. It is followed up by “Tomb Omnia”, a pounding energetic track. I think what is notable about this one is that the drums and guitars have a much lower tempo than some of the previous songs, almost giving a marching feeling to the song. Certainly, there are the usual blistering drum fills and blasts of bass pedals, but overall, it has a much more plodding feeling. This isn’t a bad thing- it gives the song unique character. “Stillborn”, on the other hand, is almost entirely neck-breakers when it comes to the construction of the songs. If you try to headbang to this one, it’s guaranteed you will get whiplash.

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“Voidgazer” is the album’s eighth track, but it begins almost an hour in. That being said, HftS doesn’t show any sign of stopping with their aural onslaught. While “Voidgazer” is arguably a slower song  than some of its predecessors, it is really hard to call any of these songs “faster” or “slower”. Each one contains an EP’s worth of song variation and composition, so these assessments are subjective at best and meaningless at worst. The album does, however, close out with the shortest song, “Manifesto”. “Manifesto” is a cover of a song by Graveyard Lovers. The fantastic thing about covers is that they give bands like HftS the opportunity to match somebody else’s composition with their own, and they excel at that. While featuring clean guitars and vocals, the song is distinctly and uniquely a part of the rest of the songs. It is an amazing way to close out Arson.

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Very few bands can consistently pull of songs of ten minutes or longer and make each one unique. A frequent problem with that is the songs begin to sound repetitive. Harakiri for the Sky side steps that problem entirely. No two parts of Arson sound truly alike, offering over an hour of expertly written and recorded post-black metal. When this album comes out, it will certainly be one you should pick up. It will be available on most music retailers on 16th February, 2018.

Anti-Flag and Political Punk Never Stopped Being Great… But They Have Gotten Even Better

Review and photography by William Dibble

Anti Flag is currently on tour as part of their “Silence = Violence” tour with Stray From the Path, White Noise, and Sharptooth. The Denver, CO stop at Summit Music Hall was expanded into a local “Punk Against Trump” music festival. We previously covered the venue in our review of Arch Enemy/Trivium’s show. It turns out, they have excellent calzones, too, but that’s not what the focus of this review is.

“Punk Against Trump” was a concert combined with miniature activism event. There were several organizations present for a variety of causes. PETA2 was present to talk about veganism. A group called Defend J20 was there to push for support for activists arrested at the Washington, DC march exactly a year before the concert. ProgressNow Colorado was present, a group that defends and advocates for reproductive rights for people who can carry pregnancies. Sea Shepherd was present to talk about saving whales and ocean wildlife. A Voice for the Innocent is a community of support for victims of rape and sexual abuse. And Get On the List is an organization that gathers donations of blood stem cells and bone marrow for patients in need. And a portion of every concert ticket sold raised money for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. A total of $3634 was raised. (Each organization name is a link to their website).

In our previous review here, we mentioned that Summit Music Hall maintains two stages. Today, they had both in full operation. The concert kicked off with Rotten Reputation, a Denver-based punk rock band. Full of spunk and good old-fashioned punk vibes, they put on a heck of a show despite being given the smaller stage in the venue. The singer’s arm tattoo reads “Fight Like a Girl” with an angry rabbit-like creature holding a large amount of weapons, and she certainly exemplifies this.

The bands throughout the afternoon and evening alternated between the smaller secondary stage and the main stage. Frequently, there was only five to ten minutes between the earlier bands in the day. Rotten Reputation, for example, played from 4:00pm to about 4:25pm, and the next band was scheduled on the main stage at 4:35pm.

Denver hardcore band Line Brawl was the first band to take the main stage. Energetic and angry, Line Brawl put on a heck of a show, dominating the entirety of the space given to them. They jumped, they ran, they made full use of every square inch and minute.

The New Narrative is another Colorado native, a fast and pure punk. They brought along a poster with an adorable seal on it, “the seal of approval.” They implored their fans to sign off on it and pass it around. Later, it settled at their merch booth. The band members wore shirts with what was presumably their names and short, slightly comedic descriptions. It would be difficult to find bands with as much energy as any of the bands at this show, and based on the political statements, it is definitely probable that some of that energy comes from the political climate.

Baltimore-based Sharptooth, and the first band from the national tour to play, took center stage. Sharing a brief moment before the show together, they stormed the stage like only a seasoned band can do. Sharptooth combines blistering hardcore with political and social commentary, interspersing politically charged songs with meaningful words on problems. Between the blasting drum beats, Lauren’s screamed vocals, and the masterful guitars, Sharptooth is a band to pay attention to in the hardcore genre, or in heavy music at all. Sharptooth is currently touring in support of their debut album, Clever Girl, which is available now on most music retail platforms.
Editor’s Note: I don’t like to speak in the first person in reviews, but I think it is also very important to note that Sharptooth spoke to me on a personal level. Lauren spoke on the importance of intersectionality, including people of color, and trans/non-binary individuals in conversations. Frequently, as a non-binary individual, I feel left out, so this meant a lot to me as an individual.

Allout Helter played up on the secondary stage just moments later. Allout Helter offers a fast, accessible blend of hardcore and thrash. The band was flanked by a pair of femme individuals holding “RESIST” posters. While not the final band playing on the smaller stage, Allout Helter was definitely one of the highlights of the afternoon.

The next touring band, The White Noise, exploded onto the stage from the beginning. They traveled all the way from Los Angeles, CA, to be on this tour, and they were having fun doing it. Like Sharptooth, they are a played-straight hardcore band with serious talent. The singer, super energetic, was constantly moving around, and at several points, stood on the barriers around the photographer’s pit, and even sang from the crowd itself. At one point, he climbed up onto the outside rails of a stairway to the second floor of the venue, finishing a song from there before returning to the stage. He made sure to let everyone know that everybody, of all genders, races, and backgrounds, was welcome. Well, except for Nazis. They were not welcome.

Cheap Perfume had a more traditional punk-rock sound than the last few hardcore bands. The singer, donning a one-piece bathing suit for their set, made everything about her words and her band’s set an act of rebellion. From their strong political messages to a killer cover of “Bad Reputation”, they very much gave off Joan Jett and the Blackhearts vibes throughout the set.

Hardcore genre veterans Stray From the Path were up next. They are from the opposite end of the country from The White Noise, and they, as always, brought a stage full of anger and power. At this point, the venue was nearly at capacity, and the crowd went wild for them. During their song, “Goodnight Alt Right”, water bottles and even people were flying back and forth through the main pit. They led a stunning and powerful set, which set the crowd up for the main act of the night.

Before the headliner played, though, one last local band got to show their skills on the secondary stage. Hardcore band Over Time is fast, frenetic, and angry. Their singer vocally and loudly makes his views on the United States Presidency clear as they smashed their way through their evening set. The area around the second stage, while spacious at the opening of the day, was now crowded and tight. Finding a good spot to watch and listen proved difficult.

The final band of the night was Anti-Flag. Long-time survivors of punk rock, the long-running protest punk band opened with their brand new song, “When the Wall Falls”. Anti-Flag has been speaking and protesting for as long as they’ve been a band. They performed several songs in protest a year prior to this show at the inauguration, and they made it clear that night that they believed the President and his administration belonged in prison, not in office. It was also clear that the audience full-heartedly agreed with them. Their powerful, energetic set was the perfect closing for a day full of top-notch punk and hardcore.

The tour still has many stops remaining. You should get your tickets now, get them today, and go see it when it comes near you. You can also see our full set of photographs from the concert here (PG-13 NSFW/nudity warning)!


Line-Up Revealed for 8th Annual Carolina Rebellion

Muse—In Their Only American Festival Performance—
Queens Of The Stone Age, Godsmack, Alice In Chains,
Five Finger Death Punch, Incubus & Shinedown Top Lineup

For 8th Annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion

Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 5 & Sunday, May 6 At
Rock City Campgrounds At Charlotte Motor Speedway In Charlotte, NC

Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are bringing a diverse and unprecedented music lineup to the 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on Friday, May 4Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion music lineup will feature many critically acclaimed, multiplatinum artists and the hottest up-and-coming talent including: Muse (in their first announced, and only American festival performance of 2018), Queens of the Stone AgeAlice In ChainsFive Finger Death PunchGodsmack (celebrating their 20th anniversary), IncubusShinedownBilly IdolBreaking BenjaminStone SourHalestormStone Temple PilotsIn This MomentThe UsedBullet For My ValentineThe StrutsUnderoathClutchGreta Van Fleet, and many more.

Many Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion bands will be performing brand new music from their upcoming 2018 releases, including Alice In ChainsShinedownStone Temple PilotsHalestormBlack Veil BridesAsking AlexandriaSevendustPop Evil, and Red Sun Rising.

The Mid-Atlantic’s Biggest Rock Festival features over 60 bands performing on four stages, plus outstanding barbeque offerings in the Pig Out Village, and top-notch camping facilities. In 2017, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion had another record-breaking year, with more than 105,000 fans attending over three days.

The daily band lineup for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018 is as follows (subject to change):

  • Friday, May 4:

    Alice In Chains, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Parkway Drive, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Andrew W.K., Tremonti, Red Sun Rising, Avatar, Texas Hippie Coalition, Power Trip, He Is Legend, Turnstile, Counterfeit, Stick To Your Guns, The Wild!

  • Saturday, May 5:

    Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, In This Moment, The Used, Trivium, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Butcher Babies, New Years Day, Shaman’s Harvest, From Ashes To New, Emmure, Toothgrinder, Palisades, Bad Wolves, Palaye Royale, Joyous Wolf, Them Evils

  • Sunday, May 6:

    Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Billy Idol, The Struts, Clutch, Thrice, Baroness, Greta Van Fleet, Quicksand, The Sword, Red Fang, Code Orange, The Bronx, Mutoid Man, The Fever 333, The Blue Stones, Black Foxxes, Spirit Animal

Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, said, “In all of the Carolinas there is only one music festival that has this kind of variety in a single weekend, spanning the rock spectrum and the decades of rock history. From MuseQueens of the Stone Age, and Incubus to Five Finger Death PunchGodsmackShinedownHalestorm, and Alice In ChainsBreaking BenjaminStone Temple Pilots…it doesn’t stop. And that is exactly what we wanted to accomplish for this year’s Carolina Rebellion—non-stop, incredible rock from a diverse range of top artists.”

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion flyer with band lineup and venue details

Brent Smith of Shinedown said, “We are extremely honored to be playing Carolina Rebellion 2018. We have always admired how this event has grown year after year. With that being said, let’s get it on. Cya in May, Rebels!!!”

All General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel Packages and Camping options, are on sale now at www.CarolinaRebellion.com. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. New for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

  • Weekend VIP: $350.00 plus fees
  • Weekend General Admission: $149.00 plus fees
  • Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $500.00 plus fees
  • 2-Day General Admission (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday): $99.50 plus fees
  • Single Day General Admission: $89.50 plus fees

Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond Premier Hotel Packages are also available for purchase while supplies last.

Camping Packages are currently SOLD OUT. However, Camping Upgrades (to tent, basic RV or full RV camping) are still available for those that purchase GA or VIP weekend tickets.

Specially priced tickets for Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion will be available for active military through partner GovX (www.govx.com) while supplies last.

Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion is produced by AEG Presents and Danny Wimmer Presents and is brought to you in part by Monster Energy.

For more information on Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, visit:

Lizzy Farrall’s “All I Said Was Never Heard” Will Certainly Be Heard


Review by William Dibble

Most of what we review here at Fuel the Scene falls into the hard rock and metal genres, or some variation of those. Lizzy Farrall falls under none of those umbrellas. Farrall is an up and coming singer in the UK, having generated quite a large amount of press about her work. She has released two singles with music videos over Youtube, and will soon be releasing her debut album, All I Said Was Never Heard on 5th January, 2018. While AISWNH is only five tracks and seventeen minutes long, it is a powerful exercise in music and songwriting.


The sound of this album is almost entirely acoustic. It is clear within seconds of “Broken Toy” that she has absolutely phenomenal vocal skills. Her voice is rich and resonant, and matches flawlessly with the acoustic guitars which compose the melody of the song. The result is a melodic and gorgeous composition that pleases the ears. The second track, “Pack of Wolves”, is a beautiful song about not being part of the pack, but choosing to be your own wolf. With long sections of vocals laid over muted acoustic guitar, and soft rhythms throughout, this song is an ear pleaser. It is easy to listen to, and has wonderful lyrics to boot.

“Better With” shifts gears slightly, adopting an electric guitar for its main melody. It is also significantly faster and reminiscent of songs by Rogue Wave. Her voice, paired with the thrumming bassline of the song, makes for an absolutely entrancing sound. You will want to dance and bounce along to this track. Energetic drums accompany this one, creating a combination that, while distinctly different from other songs on the EP, listens very well. “Better Off” and “Hollow Friends” return to the acoustic sounds of the first two tracks. It is fitting that the soft rock song in the album is bookended by a set of acoustic songs, as it gives the album a pleasing sort of symmetry.


Lizzy Farrall is one of the UK’s hottest rising stars. With All I Said Was Never Heard, she proves that she is not just a one-hit wonder. It offers five very skilled and eloquent songs, all of them unique and memorable. It leaves one thirsting for more of her work. Pick it up in January on Bandcamp and other music retailers!


Killing the Catalyst kills it in new album “When Chaos Reigns”

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Album review by William Dibble

It often feels like the metalcore genre is crowded with newcomers and older groups alike. You cannot throw a stone without hitting a metalcore band. That being said, it is still a genre full of bands worth listening to. Killing the Catalyst is one of those bands. Killing the Catalyst hails from the Wake County area of North Carolina, and has just released their new album, When Chaos Reigns.

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The album starts out with arcade sounds and an introductory track, before the first real song, “Metamorphosis”, begins. It is apparent within seconds that Killing the Catalyst knows what they are doing when it comes to metalcore. With killer riffs and powerful vocals, this song comes tearing right out of the album and into your brain. “Steven Seagulls” and “Metamorphosis” both start out at breakneck speeds, and share their incredible breakdowns in common. “Skirmish” doesn’t relent at all. These are the types of songs that the crowd will mosh hard to, then stop to sing the lyrics. Or sing the words while moshing.


While it is a strong sounnamed (2)ng, by the time you get to “Everytime”, some of the songs begin to run together a little. “Everytime” is still an excellent song, but it blends in with the previous songs just a little. “When I Turn My Hat Around” is very quick to remedy this. It has a unique and distinct sound, while being heavy as hell. Featuring alternating sections of slower breakdowns and faster chords and leads, the song flows very well. It is definitely one of the stronger offerings on When Chaos Reigns. “Me Vs. Me” also carries a unique sound after opening with a clean intro. These songs really begin to drive home just how diverse Killing the Catalyst’s songwriting can be.


This is followed by the instrumental interlude, “Descent”, which takes us into “Rise From Misery” by way of guitar feedback. “Rise From Misery” is determined to prove that this album loses no steam from one half to the other. It takes us into the final three songs with powerful, obliterating breakdowns and screams. Then there’s the title track, “When Chaos Reigns”. At points, it feels like this song is composed solely of breakdowns. Between that track and “Trouble”, the album closes on a note as heavy as that with which it opened.

Killing the Catalyst cites industry giants like Killswitch Engage and Between the Buried and Me as their influences, among others. They certainly do their fellow bands in the genre proud. Masterfully edited and recorded, When Chaos Reigns is a prime example of the heights of the metalcore genre. Pick it up today at their Bandcamp and other music retailers!