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
Sunday, March 19, 2017
KISS THE ANUS OF A BLACK CAT "An Interlude To The Outermost" LP
Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat (KTAOABC) , named after a Satanic Ritual, are a Gent, Belgium outfit who've been kicking around since 2004/5-ish. They have put out six LP's & two EP's. This one is my favorite, though I love them all, but this is the one I first heard and its the one that speaks to me most.
Trying to explain the sounds of KTAOABC albums is no easy feat, more so, I feel, on this LP. It's Neo-Folk in the truest form of the words, but its sounds like NO OTHER "Neo-Folk" ban, so look for no reference there.. And we continue looking for words to articulate the sounds. Discogs says "Dark Folk inspired by Religious and Shamanistic Rituals" and I can see that they would be inspired by that, but that still doesn't tell you what they sound like. I mean Grant Matthews of Rudimentary Peni was inspired by Classical Oriental music when RP made Cacophony, but that doesn't tell you what Cacophony sounds like, it's just "influenced by..." Classical Oriental. In fact, there is a correlation between KTAOABC and RP. Look at Death Church, for example, every song is so different from one another, then look at their discography, all albums are completely different in sound, scope, vision, etc. The same can be said about KTAOABC, and it can also be said about this LP "An Interlude....". In fact, Kiss the Anus cover RP on this LP, they do Beyond The Tanarian Hills from Cacophony (and let me say, they do it real fucking justice. I always liked when bands did covers in their sound, their way. Ya know, homage it, not ape it. Why mimic it? We have already heard the song done that way, so do it differently!).Anyway, KTAOABC's sound I suppose is best some up with the moniker of "Dark Folk", I guess, but its really not that. No. They clearly have Punk roots ,besides covering Peni, you can just tell in their music that they have a Punk lineage (see comment below from my old friend Steven . Thanks man!). I guess the best 'genre' to define them is by saying they belong with no genre and they shouldn't be defined. It seems they've been influenced by Punk, Goth, New Wave, NeoFolk, Industrial, Folk and made a bastard child out of this hodgepodge stew and called it Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat. But again, they should not be defined. When was the last time you can say that about a band? They are artists which, these days, are few and far between. It seems in this thing of ours that bands haven't been uber creative as of late (since the Internet!), bands have been staying safe within their respected genres. Which is fine. But KTAOABC are the polar opposite. Creative. Unique. Vast in scope. And this album is a fucking MASTERPIECE! In fifteen years, there will bands trying to copy their sound.
Favorite tracks: None! They are all amazing and make up a goddamned Masterpiece of an album!!!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
PSIHOKRATIJA 'Album Mentalnih Fotografija'
1988 & sole release by this Serbian duo. Eight songs of frigid Minimal Wave/Post Punk. A product of their times. Big brother. Genocide. War Crimes. Religious & Ethnic Cleansing. Identity.Ya know, fun times.
The music on Album Mentalnih Fotografija is as despondent as the times they were produced in. Bleak. Desperate. Cimmerian. Somber. Cold War-era Post Punk at its finest. Kinda similar to Siekiera's Nowa Alexandria, but more minimal.
You can buy the cassette at DoomTown Recs.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
THE CREED 'Up Against A Brick Wall' CD
This album was actually one of my first posts on this blog way back in 2009! Since I deleted about 1500 posts/albums on here cuz of Mediafire nixing my account, i figure I can repost some of them now.
The Creed were a Japanese Oi band that existed in the mid to late 90's, put out this record, two 7's & a split 7". Unfortunately, thats all I know about this band. Their CD goes for a pretty penny, dunno about their 7's though, prolly them too.
Anyway, what we have here is 12 songs of nearly perfect Oi/StreetPunk. It's one of my fave CDs that I own, I just love this juicy lil nugget. The singer has the monotone voice that he uses in every song, and normally I'd hate that lack of range, but it just works so damn perfect to the songs (the gang choruses make up for the lack of range). File this next to Blitz, Gruesome, Snix, Rixe, Criminal Damage, Cockney Rejects, ya know, the best of the bunch. The last song is an amazing cover of a Humpty Dumpty song (a Japanese Oi band that preceded The Creed).
Choice cuts: Easy Way or Hard Way/Nonsense/Western Leaguers/Fucking Fashion Punks. the real jewel, for me, is the cover song and "Western Leaguers".
Monday, February 13, 2017
INSANE YOUTH 'Burn Em Out' Demo Cassette 1991
Burning Spirits!! Raging Hardcore ala that classic late 80's/early 90's Japanese sound. Insane Youth went on to do a bunch of splits (2 with the mighty Disclose), a couple 7"s, then around 1999 they changed the name to INSANE YOUTH AD WILD THINGS and developed a more polished & accessible HC sound before changing the name once more to INSANE YOUTH AD. Four songs. 10 minutes or so. Fucking Burn Em out & Play Loud!!! (And FUCK the hoarders!!)
Thursday, February 9, 2017
GLYCINE MAX "DEMO" Cassette
Long Beach, SoCal's Glycine Max, the Mighty Glycine Max, with their 1989 (?) Demo tape. Six songs of that killer late 80's/early 90's chugga-chugga SoCal Crusty fuckin Punk! This scene (w/ A//Solution, Apocalypse, Confrontation, Pestilence (OC), Body Count) is criminally overlooked and under appreciated these days. But back then, these maniacs sure made a stink! Members also played in Apocalypse, Dogma Mundista, Scarred for Life, Deadly Reign, and more. Top shelf stuff!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
V/A "METAL MASSACRE" Cassette
Killer old school cassette from late 80's with a little bit of Punk, a bit of Crust and a bit Metal. The stand outs for me are, of course old faves, Axegrinder, (RipperCrust-era) Hellbastard, (early) Boltthrower. Obliteration kill it with some lo-fi inept Crusty, Doom-tinged Death Metal. Rattus are in their 'Metal Years' so thats a take it or leave it & the unknown Agressa are a King Diamond/Motley Crue but harder hybrid that i hated at first but dig now. Really the only duds are Rattus! Most people know most of these bands, if not, heres a good primer, and those in the know, a good reminder.
Also- My pal who gave me this tape all them moons ago, get ahold of me, lost your info.
Monday, February 6, 2017
S 21 "Demo Tape"
Been a long time so I'm naturally rusty at this. But here we go....
S 21 from Philly and their 2016 4 song demo tape. I wanted to post S 21 for my first post in ages for several reasons. One it wasn't on any of MRR's staff 'Best of.." lists for 2016 and thats a crying fucking shame. The other reason is this shit needs to be heard, fuckin relevant & poignant shit! Almost an all-female band, the singer just belts out these songs with a furious ire! She is Cambodian and you can hear the angst n anger n betrayal in her songs. Being Cambodian, I'm sure Khmer Rouge's terror had a direct affect on her, as the country aint that big. And you can hear it. She spits venom man! She has that same way about her that i hear in Sothira's Crucifix, just pained and pissed off. Again, poignant. Passionate. Frenzied. Pissed off like Cal's (early) Discharge & Daryl Kahan's Citizens Arrest, and shit, even DeNunzio's INFEST. The music is as serrated as the vocals, chunky and galloping at parts, but not in a Stenchcore kinda way, but in the best possibly Hardcore Punk kinda way, its dirty, its abrasive, and is a goddamn tornado!
The first song has a clip from, I believe, Ros Serey Sothea, a 60's Cambodian pop singer who was murdered, along with a lot of other musician "subverts" by Pol Pots Khmer Rouge. That's how this demo starts....
This demo & the e.p. "Year Zero" are my top picks for 2016!!! S 21 is what I want to hear in Punk. Angry. Meaningful. Passionate.
To me, S 21 is the most relevant band playing right now in this Dark New Age.
Words from Cella (vocals): "42 years ago, the Khmer Rouge commenced one of the most brutal genocides in history, deeming it as Year Zero, a total eradication of its own past, people, traditions, and advancement. Their four years in power claimed two million victims, including multiple members of my own family. With President-elect Trump's impending presidency and it's fear-driven politics, with threats of mass deportation, mass incarceration and innumerable attacks on black and brown bodies everyday, and taking in some of our own experiences as women of color, my bandmates and I can't help but think that another Year Zero-like era is looming. The past few months have been extremely trying for a lot of us and it's hard to fathom what the next four years will bring. It is clear we still have a lot of work to do, but with this band, I feel more empowered than ever. Thank you to everyone who has ever supported us and for giving me the courage and strength to find my voice."
Thursday, April 7, 2016
BLITZ "Second Empire Justice" LP
In 1983, arguably, the best Oi band became, arguably, the best Post-Punk band. When I first heard this, i signed it off as rubbish, like most people who like Blitz would've, i imagine. Years later, and the second time I heard it, I fell in love. Amazing, cold, goth-tinged Post-Punk that is a by product of the Thatcher years. The two stand out tracks, Flowers & Fire and Telecommunication, are absolutely perfect. Every song on here is gold, but those two, platinum!
Monday, April 4, 2016
SAW THROAT 'Indestroy' LP
Sore Throats alias, Saw Throat, and their one and only LP, the scathing indictment on capitalist society, industry and its materialistic hedonism, Indestroy. After Sore Throat did the 101 song classic, Disgrace to the Corpse of Sid, they 'threatened' to do an entire album with just one song, this is it, but truth be told, its really 5 or 6 songs, or 1 'movement' in 5 or 6 parts. This is the LP that first got Punks to take a hard look at our environment and the systematic rape of it and it is just as poignant today as it was in 1989. Indestroy is a juggernaut in sound, scope, vision, and in message. The most abrasive music these maniacs ever made. A bonafide classic! Top Shelf stuff!
Monday, March 28, 2016
PMS 84 'S/T' EP
Holy Shit do I love this lil scorcher. Three songs by newish PDX Punks PMS 84 (i read somewhere it means Punk Means Something, dunno if thats true though). Each song a stomper. A bit UK82 (that fuckin BASS!!!), a bit Hardcore, a bit snotty, a bit snide, a bit crude, of the highest order, fo'sho. The songs Creep and You Cant Tell Me Anything are bound to be classics. Just fuckin' stompers!
Members were or are in bands such as Combat Knife, Franky, Vivid Sekt, Moral Hex & more.....