Psychostick // IV: Revenge of the Vengeance

Category:  Music Reviews
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 6:55 AM
Psychostick // IV: Revenge of the Vengeance by Cory Vaillancourt

Psychostick

IV: Revenge of the Vengeance

Rock Ridge Music

3.5 Stars

I have to admit, when I received an email from Chicago-based foursome Psychostick’s publicist, I didn’t even know what “humorcore” was, much less that it is a genre of hardcore metal gilded with irreverent and somewhat humorous (duh) lyrics and themes. But yeah, it’s a real thing. Still scratching your head? Think of bands like Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies – both of whom have at times dipped their toes into those still waters (“I’m The Man” and “Institutionalized,” respectively) without plunging headlong into knock-knock jokes. So make no mistake about it – these guys rock first and foremost, especially on this album’s standouts, the anthemic “Obey the Beard,” as well as “Dogs Like Socks,” which explores the complexities of canine/hosiery relations. If you’re still unclear on the concept, check them out at Basement Transmissions in Erie on Sunday, Nov. 9. 

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How what we learn before the primary may matter through 2030 

This year, Earth Day Network and the March for Science have partnered to raise awareness.

If you’ve been inspired by the Women’s Marches you won’t want to miss the Penn State Behrend Gender Conference.

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