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.....
Sunday, March 27, 2016
John Carpenter's "Lost Themes"
Director John Carpenter's Lost Themes LP on Sacred Bones Records. Nine tracks of classic B-Movie soundtrack music. John Carpenter always did his own music, at first because he couldn't afford to make a movie AND pay someone to score his movie. So he composed his own music and turned out he was pretty darn good at it. Just look at the soundtracks to Halloween and Halloween III, bonafide classics (that opening track to Halloween III is genius!). Escape From New York and They Live's OST are also classics.
Lost Theme's puts you right into those 1980's B-Movie classics we all love. Slasher flick, revenge flick, campy Horror, sci-fi....Lost Themes has it all.
And be on the look out for Lost Themes II.
Friday, March 25, 2016
V/A La Force Dans La Oi! Vol. 2
Four song compilation outta Nantes, France. Four bands. Four of THE BEST Oi bands out right now and they all happen to be French. Syndrome 81 & Rixe are the more known, as they've both put out phenomenal records over the last year or so. But all four cuts are of the highest order! Just fantastic Oi/punk/Hardcore that channels the French greats of old ala R.A.S., Snix, & L'Infanterie Sauvage but also influenced by the old English guard ala Blitz, Cockney Rejects, & even some SLF. These cats are tearing it up & this sampler is a perfect intro into this new French Oi scene.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
WHITE MEDAL 'Heathen Ridings Return'
Anyone who has been following this blog over the years more than likely knows of my affinity for this Yorkshire one man Black Metal band, White Medal. I would even say theres maybe 5 BM bands I'll listen to these days, maybe 10. Im bored of it. No one brings anything new to the table, it seems. White Medal does.
Im not even sure what it is they do, its hard to put their sound into words. They def take the stomping Black Metal Punk blueprint but add so much more. Very Eldritch in sound and aura. Dickensian. Very , very English. In fact he sings in Northumbrian, in a Yorkshire Dialect and the lyrics are mostly about Yorkshire & Northern England. The white roses on his covers are the white roses of Yorkshire.
This guy, George Proctor, is also a very busy fella. He does White Medal. He does the great Legions Blotan label. He is in about 20 other bands, seriously, from heavy metal to power electronics to viking metal to whatever, i dunno, this guy has his hand in many different pots. You might know him from SUMP, Mutant Ape, AuldFeud, Arch Toll, 12 Year Old Proud Parent, Vanya, Unkerd Wood, Karst, and, again, many more.
The music of Heathen Ridings Return is a slight departure from his other work, as its more, i dunno, epic i suppose, but White Medal epic, not Viking Metal epic. Its amazing as all his stuff is.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
KUUDES TUNTI "Kuinka Tänään Voit" LP
Kuudes Tunti (sixth hour) was a Finnish post punk band that did this one amazing LP & called it a day. Musically, this is in the same vein as other mid-80's Post-Punk bands like Polands SIEKIERA & fellow Finns MUSTA PARAATI & PYHAT NUKET. All 4 are some of my all time faves. And theirs just something about singing despondent, ColdWar-era tunes in Finnish, its just perfect for Post Punk, as political Punk is perfectly articulated in Spanish (Catalan!!).
Members were in LAMA, MUSTA PARAATI, NOLLA NOLLA NOLLA (000), & a few more I'm not familiar with.