The Unseen – Internal Salvation


The Unseen
Internal Salvation
Released July 16, 2007
Hellcat Records

Mark Unseen – Lead Vocals
Scott Unseen – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Tripp Underwood – Bass, Vocals
Jonny – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pat Melzard – Drums

1. Intro (The Brutal Truth)
2. Such Tragedy
3. At Point Break
4. Right Before Your Eyes
5. Torn and Shattered (Nothing Left)
6. Break Away
7. Let It Go
8. No Direction
9. In Your Place
10. Left For Dead
11. Step Inside…Take Your Life
12. Act the Part
13. Talking Bombs

I like the bulk of the Hellcat releases, but this one – not so much. A little too screamy.

Internal Salvation is the sixth full-length studio album from The Unseen. It was released on July 16, 2007 and is their second album released on Hellcat Records (a subsidiary label of Epitaph Records).

Whereas the themes of their previous album State of Discontent were heavily political, the lyrical themes of Internal Salvation focus on more personal and philosophical themes, as the album’s title suggests. Break Away is about breaking free of the destructive forces that shape the way we live, while Right Before Your Eyes suggests that the material world we value is disintegrating right in front of us.

Rating: * ** one out of three stars

On to the story . . .

Saturday morning my son and I went over to Lake Balboa in Encino. We were just going to hang out for an hour or so at the playground, then go back home.

So, we started at the jungle gym (why is it called that?), then walked along the lake and checked out the ducks. Somehow, while walking around we ended up at this stream that shoots off of the lake. We followed it until it ended by the Woodley Golf Course. Once there we found a trail that led down into a ravine that was, kind of, hidden behind trees, bushes and such.

Once the boy and I found a little opening we ducked into the clearing. We found a creek, but it was all dried up (thanks L.A. drought), but we did find lots of tagging (damn forest animals) and a few beer bottles and trash.

Once there I son wanted to go further. We climbed up a rather large mountain that seemed to be equal parts dirt and sand. My son was able to scurry up the slope like a sand crab. I on the other hand am not exactly light. So, I had to dig in with everything I had to avoid sliding down the side of said mountain.

Once over this hill we found a river. This one was full and moving fast. We stepped over stones and rocks to get to the other side. Midway over my son yells, “Hey Dad, check this out!” I look over and my boy is holding the jawbone of some type of animal. It’s about six inches long and the back hinge was about three to four inches tall with razor sharp teeth. My first reaction, as a dad, was, “Hey, put that down. You want kind of bacteria is on that?”

But fifteen minutes later I start thinking to myself that we should have kept it.

The rest of the day we spent trying to figure out what kind of animal the jaw was from. Finally, a short while before bed, my son had identified it on Wikipedia. It was most likely a possum.

It was fun, aside from discovering empty forties and the tagging of ancient civilizations.



Born Frustrated is coming, August 14, 2015:

Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come


The Shape of Punk to Come
Released April 13, 1998
Burning Heart

Dennis Lyxzén – lead vocals
David Sandström – drums
Kristofer Steen – guitars
Magnus Flagge – bass

1. Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull
2. Liberation Frequency
3. The Deadly Rhythm
4. Summer Holidays vs. Punkroutine
5. Bruitist Pome #5
6. New Noise
7. The Refused Party Program
8. Protest Song ’68
9. Refused Are Fuckin Dead
10. The Shape of Punk to Come
11. Tannhäuser / Derivè
12. The Apollo Programme Was a Hoax

With all the hype behind this album, I really expected to like it. But unfortunately, from the first track I was over it.

The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombination in 12 Bursts, often shortened to The Shape of Punk to Come, is the third album by Swedish band Refused, released in October 1998 through Burning Heart Records. The album’s title is a reference to a track on The Nation of Ulysses’ second album Plays Pretty for Baby, which itself was a reference and shares its title with Ornette Coleman’s 1959 avant-garde jazz album The Shape of Jazz to Come. The song title Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull is an allusion to a line from Allen Ginsberg’s long poem Howl. Additionally, the song Refused Are Fuckin’ Dead is a reference to the Born Against song Born Against Are Fuckin’ Dead.

Although Refused broke up only months after the album’s release, The Shape of Punk to Come has since found an audience for the band and largely contributed to their posthumous fame, as well as inspiring many later artists in a wide range of genres. Kerrang magazine listed The Shape of Punk to Come at #13 on their 50 Most Influential Albums of All Time list in 2003.

This album marked a sharp and conscious departure from Refused’s earlier work. The philosophy of the album, expounded in the ample liner notes and encapsulated in the song New Noise, was that punk and hardcore music could not be anti-establishment by continuing to package revolutionary lyrics in sounds which had been increasingly co-opted into the mainstream. The sound of the record challenged existing punk sensibilities; it was punk at a fundamental level, but thanks to bold and experimental combinations of post-hardcore, post-punk, techno, and jazz sounds, it was worlds apart from pop punk bands such as Green Day and Blink-182, and even more traditional punk rock bands such as Bad Religion and Pennywise.

The album also includes “political interludes” between some songs. The use of more technological sounds or drum and bass music, particularly on The New Noise Theology E.P. which followed the album, is a tactic that various members of Refused have credited to the influence of Philadelphia punk band Ink & Dagger.

Rating: * ** one out of three stars

On to the story . . .

The other night, after I got home from Disneyland, I got a frantic text from a guy I know. He was anxious, “He said, “Somehow you are an admin on my page. I need you to remove yourself.”

It was 11:30 at night, I was in bed, I spent all day walking around between Disneyland and California Adventure, so I was trying to figure out how I could be an admin on someone’s page and he wasn’t able to remove me.

So, I replied with, “Remove my articles from your site and I’ll remove myself from your page in the morning.”

It went back and forth for another hour:

“Here’s the link to remove yourself.”

“How come I wasn’t informed of your articles before tonight?”

Then the kicker:

“Since I don’t talk about you behind your back, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t talk about me.”

At this point in my life I don’t even deny this shit. You know why? Because any and everyone that knows me knows well enough that if I have anything to say I say it. If I don’t like you, some jerk-off across the country isn’t going to know what I think of you before you do.

So, I just replied with a, “What’d you hear?”

The response was” “Nothing.”

Absolutely no reason to continue this, it’s making my ass hurt.

So, I removed myself as admin and got a text that said “No hard feelings, call me if you want.” If this was handled more on the up and up I would, but it went sour within 5 lines of text.



Born Frustrated is coming, Summer 2015:

Social Distortion – Prison Bound


Social Distortion
Prison Bound
Released February 1988
Restless Records

Mike Ness – lead vocal, lead guitar
Dennis Danell – rhythm guitar
John Maurer – bass guitar, backing vocals
Christopher Reece – drums

1. It’s the Law – 2:38
2. Indulgence (Danell/Ness) – 4:34
3. Like an Outlaw (For You) (Danell/Ness) – 5:21
4. Back Street Girl (Jagger/Richards) – 4:22
5. Prison Bound – 5:24
6. No Pain, No Gain – 3:42
7. On My Nerves (Danell/Ness) – 4:23
8. I Want What I Want (Danell/Ness) – 3:02
9. Lawless – 3:21
10. Lost Child – 4:18

Prison Bound is the second studio album by Social Distortion, was released in 1988. This is the first album with bass guitarist John Maurer and drummer Christopher Reece. It expands upon the punk sound of the band’s highly regarded, but commercially unsuccessful first album Mommy’s Little Monster, 1983, by adding elements of Johnny Cash-style country.

Today, Prison Bound is looked upon as a turning point for Social Distortion, paving the way for the commercial success they achieved on their next album, Social Distortion, which would be released two years later.

After this album, Social Distortion left Restless/Enigma Records in 1989 and moved to Epic Records for their self-titled album.

The first track, It’s the Law, is a remake of Justice for All, which appeared on the 1981 compilation album The Future Looks Bright (and later on the 1995 compilation album Mainliner: Wreckage from the Past). The fifth track, Prison Bound, was only released as a single on KROQ-FM. The album contains a cover version of Backstreet Girl originally recorded by the Rolling Stones. The album’s title track contains a reference to Johnny Cash’s I Walk the Line. The band went on to cover Cash’s Ring of Fire on their next album.

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

I was walking into a club about a week ago. The guy in front of me, shook hands with the bouncer/doorman. And they exchanged names and pleasantries.

So, I assumed I should do the same. I held out my hand and the bouncer said, “My name is Apache.” I maintained a straight-face, but wanted to laugh.

I looked at him and said, “You can call me Cobra.”



Born Frustrated is coming, Summer 2015:

Top 10 Punk Personalities


Top 10 Punk Personalities

10. Lee Ving
Obtained much of his fame through shock value, but always gave good camera time.

9. Eugene
“Punk rock, that’s stupid.” Need I say more?

8. GG Allin
Despite being a vile piece of crap, he did manage to release a few decent tracks, and became more talked about after he died.

7. Ian MacKaye
I think his “creation” of the straight edge movement, and starting Dischord records solidified his place in the annals of punk rock. But Ian is pretty knowledgeable, and a good speaker – so he ends up with a good story whenever someone needs a talking head.

6. Glenn Danzig
Great singer, great front man, and more people than not, feared this guy. When the YouTube video popped up of him getting hit, this seemed to show people that he just might be a human. We don’t need holy water and silver bullets after all.

5. HR
Love him or hate him, he has been the spokesperson for DC Hardcore for close to 30 years. Over the last couple of decades Bad Brains have become these almost godlike creatures. Let HR talk long enough, and he’s bound to shoot himself in the foot.

4. John Macias
It’s rare that someone becomes legendary while they’re alive, but John did just that. Every month, throughout most of the 80’s, I would hear dozens of stories about John. Everything from him fighting bouncers to him destroying Tokyo.

3. Sid Vicious
Obtained much of his fame through shock value, but always gave good camera time.

2. Henry Rollins
Love him or hate him, he has been the spokesperson for L.A. Hardcore for close to 30 years. People fill the web with hateful shit about him, then the other half of these people debate whether or not he’d win a fight with Glenn Danzig or John Macias. Either way, he’s articulate, interesting to listen to, and pretty entertaining.

1. Johnny Rotten
What more can be said about this? No matter the topic Mr. Rotten has an opinion, and the responses usually ooze with disdain.



Born Frustrated is coming, Summer 2015:

Bad Religion – 30 Years Live


Bad Religion
30 Years Live
Released May 18, 2010
Epitaph Records

Greg Graffin – vocals
Brett Gurewitz – guitar, backing vocals
Brian Baker – guitar, backing vocals
Greg Hetson – guitar
Jay Bentley – bass, backing vocals
Brooks Wackerman – drums

1. Fuck Armageddon, This Is Hell!
2. Dearly Beloved
3. Suffer
4. Man with a Mission
5. New Dark Ages
6. Germs of Perfection
7. Marked
8. A Walk
9. Flat Earth Society
10. The Resist Stance
11. American Jesus
12. Social Suicide
13. Atheist Peace
14. Tomorrow
15. Won’t Somebody
16. Los Angeles Is Burning
17. We’re Only Gonna Die

This is one of those cool things that bands do sometimes. I got an email saying that everybody on the Bad Religion mailing would be receiving a download link for their thirtieth anniversary compilation live album. It would be a download only exclusive.

I had no idea I was on this mailing list. So it was a great surprise to receive something I didn’t ask for. Unlike the PR department over at Old Shoe Records (yeah, I still have the email from six months ago, “Hey Mike the package went out in the mail today!”)

Anyway, I did the older, early eighties, Bad Religion stuff, and this comp is peppered with it. I’m not sure if you can still get this, but if you can, download it and enjoy!

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

There was an article I caught a little while back from Dr. Neil Clark Warren, the founder of eHarmony. It was a lengthy piece about how marriage as a whole is pretty much dead. Not unions, per se, but the institution of marriage is not really functional in this day and age.

My brother-in-law likes to say “Every man needs a good woman behind him.” I’m not sure if he truly understands this quote, or if he caught it in a Humphrey Bogart movie. You see, his definition of what a good woman is very antiquated. He wants a woman standing by, waiting at his beck and call.

Now some women like that role, then people like Alfred Hitchcock had someone like this and flourished. His wife Alma would collect screenplays, read them, choose the next picture, draw storyboards, design the costumes and Alfred would show up and direct.

Then there are women that can completely destroy you. If a good woman can build you up, then a bad woman can tear you down.

A couple of years before my dad passed away, he told me about going to dinner at a coworker’s house. He had never met the coworker’s wife until that night. Everybody was talking, eating and having a decent time. My dad’s coworker clears his throat and starts to tell a story, and as soon as he utters hi first sound his wife yells: “Shut the fuck up. Don’t say I word. I know everything you’re going to say, I know everything you’re ever going to say. I’ve heard it all. You’re never going to say anything new. I’ve had it.”

Needless to say the evening wrapped up pretty quick after that. I remember my dad saying once, people, like Hollywood, only have five stories. And they just keep re-shuffling those stories. You spend enough around people and you’re bound to be beat over the head with those stories.

The point is, if you have a good woman she can make you think that those five stories are the greatest anecdotes known to man.

In modern times, that though is hard to find. Everybody is pressed for time and agitated; no one wants to sit through a story. So maybe Dr. Warren is right, use eHarmony to meet somebody nice, and then move on as soon as your five stories get stale.



Born Frustrated is coming, Summer 2015:

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