EL COLOSSO “Pathways” – Album Review, Music Video & Album Stream…


Pathways – Vinyl // CD // DD

Self Released – released March 14, 2017

Reviewed by Ric “Suisyko” Dorr

Straight out of Melbourne, Australia comes EL COLOSSO, featuring the talents of vocalist Matt Cooper (Bring On The Junta), guitar of Benny James (Dirty York / King Wolf), bass guitar of Craig Fryers (Mushroom Giant / Dive Into Ruin) and drums from  Peter Hayden (Free To Run / The Hybernators). There have been two previous releases from this band, April 2016’s EP “Cannonball” and the advance single ‘Leatherhead’, the first advance from, released March 2017.

Seven tracks and 39 minutes of absolute rock-and-fucking-roll madness is what this record delivers. Listing their influences with all of the usual suspects from Hendrix to HELMET, from THIN LIZZY to LED ZEPPELIN and even fellow countrymen AC/DC and from the first sputtering guitar notes of opener ‘Doom Boogie’ of swelling feedback pummeling with a sonic FORCE of power chords, bass rumble run amok and almost break the skins heaviness of drumheads and cymbals, all within the first minute plus before the REAL body of the song kicks in.


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You can tell this is not going to be your typical 70’s revamped regurgitation but something meaner, louder and hungrier than anything to grace your ears in some time. Halfway through, the pace evens out as we are told that “You are, you are what I wanted” and then back to the running pace that stops for but a split second before that churning guitar and race-fast drumline jump on the bass-punches of ‘Leatherhead’ makes you instantly acknowledge that this was the perfect choice as the lead off to get this record out there. ‘King Ink’ comes in with an almost SOUNDGARDEN stop/start technique and that could almost be CHRIS CORNELL at the mic, the delivery as fierce and powerful as any AUDIOSLAVE song.  It is the absolute perfect touch for this track carrying all the way through to the screaming solo break at the end.

‘The Hunted’ is more of that stoner approach of a slower tempo with fills galore and WAY-fuzzed bass line that is never predictable but holds the band like the thickest icing holds the layers of cake together creating the most delicious sensation as we swallow each crumb eagerly.

The last three in particular really stand out as the high points of this album, are in the perfect running order as a three piece and I would love to see them performed live one after the other. Title track ‘Pathways’ has a rollicking straight ahead pace that made me think of Aussie powerhouse MANTISSA with the alternating phrasing and multi-layered back vox thrown in with an over modulated out-wah pedaled fury that rips right along with the chorus, note for note, beat for beat. Followed by an electrified version of ‘Caught In Limbo’ with the title as just ‘Limbo’ for this album that is the same song but polished and even more emotive than the original, showing that this outfit is serious and ready to take it to the next level with a confidence that rings LOUD from this reworking.

Closing track ‘Moving Mountains’ is the masterpiece of this outing and is the ultimate ‘jam’ track filled with all of the pieces of that puzzle, each note flowing into the next drum beat through the lumbering ever present low end allowing each member to stand tall in their individual roles, stronger as one unit and the sheer passion and strength in the vocal delivery that comes from deep in the bones rises high and clear as crystal in this tome that has all of the heart ripping guitar soloing that screams a millions words never spoken, slicing to the core with each rise and fall of this almost 10 minute bookend to a release that is sure to be one talked about in the annals of this year.

If you have ANY love for music, you need to own this IMMEDIATELY and absolutely MUST  get it into the ears of all around you… catch them live if you are given the opportunity and let’s help them blow this one UP to get them on distant shores… the rest of the world DESERVES to witness the pure glory that IS EL COLOSSO… keep it LOUD!!

BØG ‘JIM’ Review & Stream

Self-Release – Release Date: June 10, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Having just celebrated their third year of existence in April, what better time for BØG to release a new studio offering than right now, huh? Well, that’s exactly what the Melbourne, Australia-based trio of bassist/vox Dain Fewings, drummer/vox Eric Stone and guitarist/vox Tim Jacka are preparing to do. The 5-song ‘JIM‘ will be unleashed on June 10th and when I say “unleashed”, that is exactly what I mean. See, JIM is a humongous beast of a release, a densely crushing recording where terms like volatile or savagery just scratch the surface of this thing’s overall heaviness.

The trio of BØG meld some diverse elements into their music on this outing, everything from sludge, doom, and death metal to ambient, atmospheric and psychedelia. There is an underlying hellishness to the content, a deep darkness that permeates it while channeling a sense of bleak despair. Those elements are solidly represented during the opening cut, ‘Original Hate‘, as a veritable locomotive-like slow groove churns things along. Tortured, acidic vocals, occasionally guttural ones too, navigate the music and at nearly ten minutes in length, there’s some places to explore.

Exploration sums things up nicely when referring to the haunting, heady songs  ‘Fractured‘ and ‘Warm Smell Of The Dredge‘. Both seem somewhat minimalist but these are cases where less truly is more as trippy psyche nuances flow throughout the semi-funeral doom styling of the songs. I keep finding myself reminded of the genre classification “Outersound” that my friends in Swallow The Sky turned me on to last year. The music of BØG is most definitely that of the outersound nature and it does not get more outer there than ‘Siding With King Mort‘ and ‘Peat For Scars‘. These pair of back-to-back album ending tracks are two of the more experimental ones here with the former, ‘Siding With King Mort‘, being my favorite of the five.

Bludgeoning brutality with pummeling punishment derived from a truly sonic-based battery, BØG absolutely embodies such in their music. It’s relentless and constantly crushing you beneath its compacted weight, like the mass-condensing ability of a black hole. BØG are like an aural quicksand that you cannot escape from, they pull you inward and under their amplified mire. Be you doomed or damned, ‘JIM‘ is one hell of a way to go. Here’s your chance to stream it in full below…if you dare.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

LIONIZE To Unleash ‘Nuclear Soul’ In September; Premiere New Video + Tour Dates

The Maryland-based funk soul rockers in Lionize have revealed the details for their upcoming studio effort, ‘Nuclear Soul‘. It will be released through The End Records on September 8th but today we have the premiere of the first Single, ‘Blindness To Danger‘, in an official video. The band oversaw production of the effort alongside frequent collaborator, Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and J. Robbins (Clutch, Against Me!). It is also believed that some of the Clutch members may also be guest contributors to the album as well.

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Nuclear Soul
01 – “Darkest Timeline”
02 – “Face Of Mars”
03 – “Fire in Athena”
04 – “Power Grid”
05 – “Ain’t It A Shame”
06 – “Election Year”
07 – “March Of The Clones”
08 – “Let You Down”
09 – “The Mad Scientist Of Sunshine”
10 – “Nuclear Soul”
11 – “Blindness To Danger”

The video below finds the band’s vocalist/guitarist Nate Bergman facing off against pro-wrestler The Almighty Sheik and was directed by Miguel “M.I.G.” Martinez using an iPhone 7 with special lenses. Lionize bassist Hank Upton commented on the song saying:

So much of our career as a band has been following our instincts and running headlong into the unknown with no regard for how insane a tour/show/song idea might be. I feel like that passion & willingness to take a risk has gotten us very far. Naturally, though, you’re walking a tightrope. Same goes for your personal life with romance or substances, etc. Passion and heart will take you everywhere but where’s the line? I was trying to investigate that feeling.

Lionize will embark on a string of tour dates in the U.S. abroad beginning in July. You can find their currently scheduled dates below also.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Lionize tour dates:
07/13 Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Hall (feat. Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
07/14 Portland, ME – Aura (feat. Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
07/15 Jay Peak, VT – Jeezum Crow Festival
07/22 Washington, DC – DC9
07/28 Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms
07/29 Maidstone, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair
07/30 Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
07/31 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
08/01 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC 2
08/02 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
08/03 Leeds, UK – Key Club
08/04 Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2
08/05 London, UK – Our Black Heart
08/07 Belfast, IRE – Voodoo
08/09 Dublin, IRE – Fibber Magees
08/11 Burton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
09/07 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage (feat. Zakk Wylde)
09/08 Sayreville, NJ – Starland (feat. Zakk Wylde)

GREEN DEATH Drops ‘Pure Torture’ EP; Streams New Song

One of the best rising acts within the underground metal scene is the Des Moines, Iowa-based Green Death. The crossover thrash band’s new EP, Pure Torture, was released yesterday (June 2nd) through longtime Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s label, EMP Label Group. To celebrate, the band is streaming the EP’s closing track “Sickle & Scythe”.

Vocalist Sol Bates commented on why this particular song was selected to share with fans saying: “‘Sickle & Scythe’ is the darkest song we have written to date. Lyrically it deals with blind faith, cult practices and death. The song is also meant to take the listener on a journey of our musical direction from our past albums to the next full-length album: We start out with more of a thrash style, then the middle/chorus gets into more death metal, ending with more of doom feel.  The upcoming full-length will explore more of that doom side of our sound.

Clayton Cagle, guitarist of Bay Area thrash group Hatchet, also contributes a guest solo to “Sickle And Scythe”.

You can purchase Green Death‘s ‘Pure Torture‘ right now at this location. (Digital platform-based releases have been delayed until June 9th).

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Green Death EP
Pure Torture EP tracklist

1. Viniculum
2. Pure Torture (f/ David Ellefson)
3. The Reaper
4. Sickle & Scythe

CIRITH UNGOL – ‘King Of The Dead: Resurrection Day’ [Saturday, June 10, 2017]

Taste Nation LLC Presents: Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead: Resurrection Day, Saturday, June 10th, 2017! Here is what we have in store for you:

Metal Blade Records Cirith Ungol King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition unboxing video with Matthew Thomas

An in-depth Album Review of the Cirith Ungol King Of The Dead – Ultimate Edition from RicSuisykoDorr

An Interview With Cirith Ungol Drummer And Founding Member Robert Garven with PatRiotWhitaker

Every so often in hard rock history there comes a game changing record release, an album that serves like some sonic barometer. One where an offering is so monumental that it can be used to gauge music before that album’s release and of course, music after its release as well. In 1984, the up and coming Ventura, California based Cirith Ungol released such an album with their sophomore opus, ‘King Of The Dead‘. The album, which was issued through Enigma Records, featured the musical talents of vocalist Tim Baker, guitarist Jerry Gogle, drummer Robert Garven and bassist Michael Vujea and, bluntly put, heavy music would never be the same again. Not bad for a band started by some high schoolers under the name Titanic, changed it to Cirith Ungol around 1972 and only played instrumentally at first.

This second studio album from Cirith Ungol followed their equally revered debut, Frost And Fire, but this record contained an undeniable shift in musical direction for the band. Where the debut was based a bit more in Seventies hard rock elements, King Of The Dead embodied a defined turn toward progressive hard rock and doom metal. The band produced the record themselves while Baker and Garven handled all the lyric writing though some folks aren’t aware that at least three songs (‘Atom Smasher‘, ‘Cirith Ungol‘ and ‘Death Of The Sun‘) were originally written in the mid-70s. The iconic artwork that adorns its cover, itself titled ‘King Of The Dead‘, was painted by Michael Whelan and inspired by the literary works of Sci-Fi/Fantasy author Michael Moorcock.

After two more studio albums, 1986’s One Foot In Hell and 1991’s Paradise Lost, Cirith Ungol would disband in 1992 due to their frustration with the music industry. However, the mythos and legacy of Cirith Ungol would build and increase unabated during the subsequent decades. Their influence was felt across numerous genres and sub-genres of metal and hard rock while countless musicians cited Cirith Ungol as a constant inspiration. Then, in 2015, members of the band came together for the 2015 Frost And Fire music festival in Ventura, California. Their first public appearance as a band since 1991, they participated in a meet-and-greet and item signing where they were immensely well-received. Soon after, Cirith Ungol announced that they would reunite for the 2016 Frost And Fire event, playing their first live show since December 13, 1991 which they did in October 2016.

Now we arrive in 2017 where Cirith Ungol have returned to bless the doom loving masses with a variety of ongoing events. Just last month, in late April, the band played their first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany. To mark the occasion, as well as celebrate both Cirith Ungol and their landmark 1984 studio album milestone, King Of The Dead, Metal Blade Records have graced fans and collectors both with the utmost must-have release of recent years: The Ultimate Edition Of Cirith Ungol’s King Of The Dead!!!


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SikTH Streaming The Just-Released ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?’ Album

The avant-garde musical technicians known as SikTH just released their latest album, ‘The Future In Whose Eyes?‘, via Peaceville Records on June 2nd. To celebrate the latest effort from one of metal’s more eccentric, most unique units, Taste Nation LLC is pleased to present you the new album streaming in full below. You can also purchase the album at this location.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker


MARTY FRIEDMAN (Ex-Megadeth) To Release ‘Wall Of Sound’ In August; Song Premiere

Legendary guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman has revealed the details of his next studio release, ‘Wall Of Sound‘, due this August 4th from Prosthetic Records. Produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice In Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Kreator, Sepultura, Opeth), the disc “expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music,” according to a press release. Two particular tracks, ‘Streetlight‘ and ‘For A Friend‘, were specially mixed by guest contributor, the famed producer for Queen, Mack. The song “Self Pollution” can be streamed below.

All “Wall Of Sound” preorders come with a laminate good for one VIP meet-and-greet to Marty’s 2017 U.S. tour. **Please note** this is not a ticket to the show.

Like its predecessor Inferno, Wall Of Sound will host several guest performers including prog-thrashers Mutoid Man, Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz-metal outfit Shining and Jinxx of Los Angeles theatrical rockers Black Veil Brides.

Marty commented on several aspects of the new album saying: “This time it’s even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and, with any luck, more exciting for those of you who will hear it.”

He added: “There will be elevent or twelve songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn’t make it to the album because it doesn’t fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we’re pushing sixty minutes, so it won’t be a short album.”

Regarding how the collaboration with Jinxx came about, Friedman told Guitar World: “I’m a big fan of Jinxx and Black Veil Brides. He came to my show in L.A. in 2015. Right after that, I was told that he plays violin. I didn’t even know that! Then light bulbs went off. I thought now’s the chance to really turn some heads by doing something that’s a little bit, well, a lot, unexpected to my fans and his fans.”

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

marty friedman wall of sound

Wall Of Sound” track listing:

01. Self Pollution
02. Sorrow And Madness (featuring Jinxx of BLACK VEIL BRIDES)
03. Streetlight
04. Whiteworm
05. For A Friend
06. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of DEAFHEAVEN)
07. The Blackest Rose
08. Something To Fight (featuring Jørgen Munkeby of SHINING)
09. The Soldier
10. Miracle
11. Last Lament

Mutoid Man “War Moans” – Album Review & Stream

Mutoid Man

War Moans – Vinyl // CD // DD

Sargent House – Release Date: June 2, 2017

Reviewed by Aaron “Red Beard” Wall


Supergroups usually suck…Mutoid Man does not. Formed in New York, and comprised of Nick Cageao on bass, Stephen Brodsky on guitar/vocals, and Ben Koller on skins.  The latter two members are from a couple of seminal bands of the last twenty years…Cave In and Converge respectively. On the heels of one EP, “Helium Head” and their critically lauded debut LP “Bleeder” released last year, momentum has been rapidly growing. After touring for “Bleeder,” the band returned home to find out they had lost their practice space due to evil gentrification, ultimately landing in the basement of one of, if not the most heralded venue in the heavy scene…St.Vitus Bar…(where bassist Nick works as the sound-man). On the stage of St. Vitus during off hours is where Mutoid Man’s new record ‘War Moans’ was assembled and constructed. Make no mistake, Mutoid Man are one of the most exciting bands in music. Destined for legend status in the underground if not more. Chock full of explosive attitude, bombastic energy, detonating musicianship, with aftershocks of memorable melodies, ‘War Moans’ is something to behold.

“Feel the heat, of the fire at your feet,” is the beginning salvo of opener ‘Melt your Mind.’ The music starts with galloping drums and bass with a killer melodic riff coming in over the top. Brodsky’s voice immediately brings to mind Magnus Pelander of Witchcraft. The song is feverish in its energy and direct in its delivery. Fantastic thrash riffs and punk rhythms fill the middle section to perfection. The chorus of ‘don’t let it melt your mind…’ makes me feel like they’re talking about this record. It is truly mind melting.


Live Band Shot


‘Bone Chain’ is next, and immediately rips and roars. Beginning with a chuggtastic riff and groove that you cant help but bang your head to. A stellar harmonized guitar section in the bridge goes into a shredder of a solo to end. ‘Micro Aggression’ follows with a punky start and a bluesy chord progression that flows into a sing along chorus with monstrous double bass underneath that crushes. These two songs are quick and flawless. Executed with  a simple virtuosity that grabs you with immediacy.

‘Kiss of Death’ is fucking sick! Sick in every way that’s good. A wildly mathy intro that drops right into the heaviest riff up to this point. Its tongue in cheek lyrics are so well written and performed that the song almost fools you into thinking it’s a pop song…which I suppose it is. If that’s the case, then this is one of the heaviest pop songs ever. The end section is pure brutality. Holy shit I love this song!

‘War Moans’ has begun with banger after banger with absolutely no let up. Next is the jam, ‘Date with the Devil’ This song is a damn masterpiece of sonic intensity as well. Mutoid Man is blowing my skull in every facet. It kicks of with another thrash shredder of a riff with a swing rhythm. Sounds weird, but man does it work. The guitar tones on this song are some of the best I’ve heard in a while. Especially the verse riff. Goddamn! In under three minutes this tune takes you from space to earth and every where in between. I can’t explain the badassness of this song. More tongue in cheek lyrics but with meaning. Very hard combination to bring to fruition and Brodsky pulls it off in spades. Go listen for yourself and get your mind blown. Wow ‘Date with the Devil…just wow.



From the pure metal riffs and blast-beats on ‘Headrush’ to the Bad Religion style punk of ‘Irons in the Fire’ Mutoid Man are exquisite. I’m running out of adjectives and superlatives for this record.

The title track ‘War Moans’ follows. This song is all Slayer and Megadeth. A pure throwback thrash song but with a fresh feel. I’m completely mesmerized and hypnotized by the songwriting and performances on these songs. Simply stunning. Marty Friedman guest solos on this track.

‘Wreck and Survive’ is another metal manifesto of amazingness. With guest vocals by the awesome Chelsea Wolfe that add an atmosphere of eeriness to this diamond of a song.

‘Afterlife’ is a straightforward slab of weight with a Burnt by the Sun feel.  ‘Open Flame’ rips and roars and who has your hair back from jump to landing.

Album closer ‘Bandages’ is Mutoid Man’s homage to 80’s hair metal balladry.  It sounds a little off when described that way but, its so spectacularly awesome, and a perfect conclusion to ‘War Moans.’

Mutoid Man have utterly and fantastically impressed and intrigued me. No exaggeration needed…’War Moans’ is a complete masterpiece. There is not a single note or melody wasted. No fluff, no filler. Energy and fervor from beginning to end. Expertly crafted individual songs and a complete piece of art as a whole. My early choice for record of the year. Period.  I could sit here and wax poetic all night about how much I truly love ‘War Moans,’ but I’m not going to. I am going to go listen to this record on repeat…and repeat…and repeat…

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ACCEPT Proclaim Details For ‘The Rise Of Chaos’

Tuetonic titans of tumultuous thrash metal, Germany’s Accept, will return with their fourth outing for Nuclear Blast Records on August 4th. Titled ‘The Rise Of Chaos‘, will continue the tradition of its most recent three predecessors – Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage – with grandeur and precision. The longrunning, legendary band seem to only be getting better and better with the passage of time and it is safe to say the new album will bolster that fact.

Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann comments: “The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover is our last stage set – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”

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The Rise Of Chaos tracklisting:

“Die By The Sword”
“Hole In The Head”
“The Rise Of Chaos”
“No Regrets”
“Analog Man”
“What’s Done Is Done”
“Worlds Colliding”
“Carry The Weight”
“Race To Extinction”

And if this wasn’t enough, Accept will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany.

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

Accept WOA

BLACK PUSSY ‘Power’ Review, Full Stream & Official Videos

Power – CD//DD//LP
Made In China Records – Release Date: May 30th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

May 30th saw the return of the brilliantly named Black Pussy with their third studio outing, ‘Power‘, via Made In China Records. Despite all the controversy, protests and cancelled shows, this fantastic band perseveres and puts the power of Black Pussy in your face yet again. Dustin Hill, Ryan McIntire, Dean Carroll, Aaron Poplin, and Keith O’Dell return with another fine outing melding Seventies era rock greatness with peace, love and harmonious vibes. With the usual, ever-present happy-go-lucky demeanor to their music, it is clear that Black Pussy has crafted another grandiose effort of unfettered arena rock with ‘Power‘.

All the enthralling elements of the band’s earlier efforts are here, from the ripples of electronic psychedelia to atmospheric instrumentation. Addictive, opiate-like guitar riff-driven grooves, boogie-worthy rhythms and drumming that serves like a generator to power it all. Super smooth vocal deliveries chock full of lyrical innuendo with double, and sometimes triple, entendres in meaning. For me, Black Pussy has always been about their fantastically polished sound, shiny, somewhat pop-heavy musical output and all else be damned, feel good rock and roll.

Make no mistake, that is exactly what you get with the band, their thrilling music or a magical live performance. There are continual high points on Power, one of them arrives immediately with the first actual song (after a brief instrumental intro), ‘Take You There‘. Positivity is personified in the sexually-charged ‘Slice Of Paradise‘ while there are ample Alternative Rock overtones to tracks like ‘Parasols‘ and ‘Indians‘. And do I really need to break down the matter-as fact ‘I Wanna Get High‘ which has a tell-all running time of 4:20? No, I didn’t think so as the band has never shied away from the fact that they love smoking pot, ha!

For my tastes and me personally, my favorite part of the album is the mid-point, back to back tracks ‘Home Sweet Home‘ and ‘Full Tilt Boogie‘. The first a fantastic ode to the seeming joys of hooking up and home ownership, one with somewhat QoTSA-ish moments in the music. Undoubtedy unintentional but I love the song ‘Full Tilt Boogie‘ with its The Cars-meets-T.Rex sounding content. This is definitely my favorite cut, a simmering, smoothly grooving slow cooker where amazing music, mantra-worthy lyrics and cosmic vocals align. I especially like the later vocalizations with Dustin and a female engaging in a bit of back and forth.

The ‘Power‘ of Black Pussy compels you to rock out with the abundant, feel-good attitude in their music. It invites you to enter under your own volition and join the love-in, partake of substances and lose your preconceived, engrained social mores. It’s like the Seventies all over again with sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll…fuck the SJW fascists and their moronic bullshit over names and such. This is about the music, about getting high and having fun..making love, not war!

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker