Wednesday, April 19, 2017
SUFFER DAMAGE 'Demo'
Suffer Damage. Belgian's In It For Lifer's. Some of this lot have been playing in amazing Punk bands as far as back as 1988, shit maybe earlier. Anyway, this is Suffer Damage's 2013 demo. Nine songs of brain drill Noise Punk that pays homage to the originators, notably Disorder, Chaotic Discord, & the Kyushu Island maniacs of the 80's. They did an LP after this thats as good. Also, the production on this demo is pretty fucking tiptop.
Members have played in Private Jesus Detector, Hiatus (I think), Katastrophobia (with the fella from KTAOABC, so there is the punk lineage I mentioned), the little known (in the US) Chronic Disease, & more.
One of my favorite demos from 2013! Give it a go, you WILL NOT be disappointed, I promise!
Monday, April 17, 2017
CHAOTIC END 'Behind Walls Of Silence' Demo Cassette
Absolutely essential Greek Crust from 1991. Inspirational, hypnotic, atmospheric, and pounding Crust Punk (how many times can you describe an album with all 4 of those adjectives?). Xaotiko Telos (Chaotic End) , & Forgotten Prophecy, for me, were the pinnacle of Greek Crust. Chaotic End released a demo prior to this, an album in 1993 AND it looks like they just released their first LP in 24 years! Very excited to hear it! Classic & mandatory listening!
Post Script- After posting this, I went to youtube and heard the title track from their new LP. Holy Fuck!! It is AMAZING!!!! You'd be wise to do the same!
Monday, April 10, 2017
ZATSUON "Violent Noiz Life" E.P.
NYC's Zatsuon (meaning Noise in Japanese). Very, very good Crasher Crust. Worshiping at the alter of (Noise for Moblish-era) Gloom, by way of Disorder & Chaos UK.They did this one e.p. and a demo prior to this (that also kills!) and called it a wrap, a crying shame really, as they were one of the best NYC bands out.
Members have played or play in bands ranging from Nerveskade, Funeral Parade, Nomad, Perdition, Indignation, Cervix, Aspects of War and more! And that right there, ladies and gents, are some of the best Punk bands of the last 10 years, so ya know this E.P. is going to be amazing!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
SUBVERSIVE RITE '4 Song Demo' Cassette
An ABSOLUTE Scorcher! Newish NYC band SUBVERSIVE RITE and their second demo. Four songs of Take-No-Prisoners, In Your Face, vicious and ferocious female fronted Hardcore Punk! I can't stop listening to this band. This shit just slays. And the lyrics are just as potent as the music (example below). Members have spent time in a slew of bands such as Vermin, Perdition, Nomad, Pox, Process, Ectoplasm & more. My fingers are crossed for more releases, a 12" perhaps!!!? Killer Punk, and a demo like this is why you came to this blog, so dig your teeth into this snarling little fucker! NOW!!
Big brother! Big brother! Im not your sister!
I won't let you catch me, I won't let you see.
Even if i tried to run you'd still catch me.
Ch/Greedy Eyes. You filthy spies.
Big brother is watching from the skies.
No one seems to notice, no one seems to care.
Big brothers perverted sense, you know he's always there.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
POIKKEUS 'Reh Tape'
Top tier Hardcore from Osaka, Japan. Total Finn worship. They even sing in Finnish. Influenced by bands such as Kaaos, Tampere SS, Riistetyt & (early) Terveet Kadet. Manic, noisy Hardcore that saddles the fence of Crasher. The production value on here is EXACTLY where you (and I) want it. ...They did an e.p. after this that, if memory serves me, is the same songs, maybe minus or plus one more. They did yet another e.p. after the s/t that Ive never actually heard, as i heard it wasn't as good (but I should prolly find out myself). Anyway, this shit is of the highest order! Recommended!!
Some of the members spent time in (the equally great) DeathDust Extractor, Laukaus & Organism.
Monday, April 3, 2017
V/A "Desert Dances & Serpent Sermons" Cassette
Im not sure if this is a compilation, or a 4way split. Anyway, this is a Black Twilight release with songs from Volahn, Shataan, Arizmenda & Kallathon. As I've said repeatedly, I feel Black Metal has gone stale. How BM bands aren't doing anything fresh or new, and I feel i could've even said that about Black Twilight bands 8/9 years ago (though they were good, they just didn't necessarily bring anything new to the table). That isn't the case now, these bands have really come into their own, embraced their Mexican/Aztec heritage and have done something truly unique. The Volahn track might be the one I feel has changed the most, as their are indigenous folk instruments being utilized and ya even get an Ennio Morricone sound at times, and the same can be said about all the bands, notably Shataan (with their use of the flute & who might be my favorite act in this incestuous scene) and Kallathon. Arizmenda might be the most orthodox, but then again, it really isn't. Each song is flush with energy and emotion and just a tad bit of general uneasiness, which, of course, one wants in a Black Metal song, no? Im so glad these acts have found their footing, because what was once good BM bands is now amazing BM bands.This is well worth your time.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
DEATH IN ROME 'Hit Parade' LP
Munich, Germany's Death In Rome. This is their first full length and it is my number one pick for 2016, my absolute favorite record of that year (just a tad bit above my fave Punk record of 2016, the S-21 demo). And its an album of cover songs!
Anyway, with a name like Death In Rome ya probably know what its gonna sound like and you would be correct. But its what songs they choose to cover that makes it special. Songs from bands ranging from Miley Cyrus to Motorhead to A-ha to Pat Benatar. The whole album is amazing, but my two favorite songs on here are their covers of Aqua & George Michael. They breathe new life into some pretty stale songs and some of them just come out haunting.
Ive been talking with Jaromir through email and they're in the studio now recording an album from start to finish of a late 80's classic goth record, i don't wanna say which one as not to ruin their surprise, but lets just say I'm ecstatic about it! Im also trying to get them to play here, so ill keep ya posted on that.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
PLASMID "Lust For Power"
Ahhhh....Plasmid. Pre-cursor, of sorts, to Heresy. Totally inept Punk played with shitty equipment (and rumor has it) on just one microphone. Fuckin love it. Fucking love it!!!
This was Plasmid's only release (that was actually a cassette demo, that recently got the vinyl treatment). I also prefer this WAY more than I do Heresy, they just never really did it for me. Plasmid. Of the highest order.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
EVILSPEAK 'Raw-Reh' Cassette
OK. I can't find a fucking thing about this band online. What I do know. They are Japanese. This was released in 2002. I believe its their only release. It says its "Doomed Black Noise Thrash Apocalyptic Hatehuman Crust', & i dunno if that hefty moniker really makes sense, I suppose those were 'it' words in 2002, but to me, its Crasher Crust with a hint of influence from bands like Amebic, Axegrinder, etc. I also know this- This demo kills, total fucking Crasher. Also- Its three songs, but they all blend into one, so I didn't separate em.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
13th CHIME 'Cuts of Love' 7"
London's 13th Chime. This is their first e.p. of three. From 1981. This is what all the goth punk bands nowadays are trying to replicate in their sound. Don't get me wrong, Im loving the new resurgence in this scene, but, again, this is what they're trying to do. Goth punk genius.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
DEAD SILENCE 'Beginning of the End' LP
I really can't imagine a more apropos LP title, cover art, & lyrics due to the current political environment. DEAD SILENCE, of Boulder, Colorado, and their 2nd LP from 1987. To me, this was the band at their apex. This LP is the one with their uber-classic song "We Turn Away', a song thats also very appropriate for todays immigration and refuge issues, in fact, it could surely be the theme song. Such a classic fucking song!
If ya don't know Dead Silence, they lasted from (roughly) 1984-1994. They put out three LP's, a split LP w/ Dissent, five e.p.'s and a split 7" with TitWrench. But , again, its this LP that stood out for me, along with the 'Hope' 7", and the great 'Hell, How Could We Make Any More Money Than This?' on Profane Existence Records (back when they were still putting out top shelf stuff) that was an indictment (& a play on words to the Bad Religion LP of similar title) on "Punk" bands selling out.
Musically, Dead Silence (along with all bands pre-internet) had their own sound, but I suppose you would lump them into the PeacePunk genre, if your making me label shit.
Monday, March 20, 2017
FRAGMENT "Demo" 2016
Halifax's own FRAGMENT. Filthy Raw D-Beat that blurs the line of Crasher. Searing guitar. Reverted bass. Manic vocals. And that D-Beat baby, that D-Beat. Nothing more to be said really. This is done by seasoned pros. Members have been making a racket, inciting riots and damaging ear drums in bands such as LIFE CHAIN, CONCRETE ASYLUM, ALIENATION, ABJECT PAX, WORD ON THE STREET, UNREAL THOUGHT, NEVER HUMAN, GRUMP, CUM RAG, NEGATIVE RAGE, CAUSTIX, CARCASS TOSS and more, many more. Now if that aint a fucking impressive resume, then what is, eh?
As always, a big thanks to Cody & Ben (& the rest of the HFX Crew). Keep up the good work!
Tracklist (though its all clumped into one track, as the songs been together)
1: Pollution Cycle