Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WHITE MEDAL 'Guthmers Hahl' LP
If you have been following my blog, then you'll know my infatuation for all things White Medal. I just can't get enough of this Yorkshire pagan band. Again, the man behind White Medal, George Proctor (Mutant Ape, SUMP, Vanyar, AuldFeud, Arch Toll & many, many more), delivers us the goods here. Six songs (I think in Cumbrian, or influenced by Cumbrian, or some old Gaelic/Britonic language, George?) of his trademark Pagan Black Metal. And again, as I've said in the past, their is something wicked about the White Medal sound, something wicked in the same way that Dickens characters are wicked, something afoul the way Poe is afoul, a lurking sound the way H.P. Lovecrafts stories have that lurking feel. It's a Pagan bootstomp in the sloughy, dank cellar of old England. This is what is missing in Black Metal. Someone who isn't an automaton. Someone who isn't rehashing the same blueprint that was layed down by early Darkthrone or Burzum or Emperor or Mayhem. Black Metal through and through, but Black Metal thats new. A sound that conjures up not only a time, but a place as well. Great stuff. Well done sir, well done.
And i'll fix the OUTO link soon.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
OUTO 'Many Question, Poison Answer' E.P.
Japanese legends OUTO & their first 7" from 1984. They did an LP after this and a few more e.p.'s, all of which are good, but it's this classic slab of wax that I find just burly as hell. A few things I think about OUTO- 1) They can hold their own to any of the FRAMTID's or DEATHSIDE's or WARHEAD's or whatever great bands that are also Hardcore Punk (and I love all aforementioned bands) and 2) They don't get their just due. I feel like people oft overlook this band, maybe since its from mid-80's, maybe the unusual name, maybe they just don't know, but lemme tell ya, this is mandatory Japanese Hardcore Punk!!! Classic!
Monday, November 18, 2013
REAGAN YOUTH 'Youth Anthems For The New Order'
1984 recording by this seminal NY Punk outfit. Classic and essential is an understatement here. Not much else to say about this really (besides whats below). You all know it, if you don't , get acquainted, if you do and haven't heard it in a while, get reacquainted. Mandatory American Hardcore Punk!!! (Also, this file compiles the Vol 1 record with the extra songs that weren't on the original e.p.)
And, of course their is the sad story of the lead singer Dave Insurgent. He had become a Heroin Addict and eventually committed suicide. At some point he hooked up with a stripper/prostitute and fell in love (as much as one can in said situation, i suppose). Everytime she would go pull a trick to get money for drugs, he would stand guard, get license plate numbers, etc. Anyway, one night after getting into a pickup truck she didnt come home. He called the police, gave them the make & color of the truck and filed a missing persons report. Two weeks later, a truck was pulled over in Long Island that matched the description. In the back of the truck, the police found the rotting body that was Dave's girlfriend. The driver was serial killer Joel Rifkin who had murdered as many as 17 women. Heartbroken by this, he committed suicide.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
SCUM OF THE EARTH/MERCILESS GAME 'Split Tape'
Here's a doozy for ya. A split tape from Merciless Game and Scum of the Earth. 9 songs. 4 and 5 respectively.
I am sure everyone familiar with my blog knows who Merciless Game are, primitive and gruff GAI worship of the nastiest order, who started out as a one-man band, but later adding folks from XBrainiaX (or was the one guy originally from XBrainiaX?), Kamikaze Noise n Lotus Fucker, and ChaosDestroy. The Merciless Game songs just happen to be my favorite songs by them as well, Burst Core Forever!!!! Crush All Penii!!!! Fuzz for Fucker!! I mean, for fucksake, how insanely PUNK is that racket?
Scum of the Earth is a mystery. I have no idea who they are, where they are from and most importantly, if they have released anything else. The PUNK that is played by SOTE, to my nonmusic playing ears, draws influence from 90's Scando & 90's PDX HC ala Resist (though it doesnt sound like Resist, I just think its draws influence from them).
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
OMEGA TRIBE 'No Love Lost' LP
Omega Tribe's first LP from 1983 on Corpus Christi Records, a year after the classic Angry Songs e.p.. This LP saw the band move into even further Peace Punk sound, akin to The Mob but wholly their own, that includes one of their best songs in 'Duty Calls'. The guitarist (i think the guitarist) was the son of the Poison Girls Vi Subversa. Who said Punk can't be a family thing??!!!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
CRUCIFIX 'Live & Interview'
Part 1- Live @ Wheatsheaf Hotel, Bolton, UK (3/6/84)
Part 2- Interview/Live (at CBGB's in 84 I believe)
OK, so I'm back. Was having laptop problems. I also want to thank reader Kurt who gave me some encouraging words, thanks man!! Those comments are the fuel to this beast!
OK, the task at hand- The mighty CRUCIFIX with a gang of goodies here. The first, Part 1, is live in Bolton and they do EVERY track from Dehumanization (best US Hardcore record ever?? I think so, yes). The sound quality is fantastic!! Not much else to say about it, other than its a no brainer.
Part 2- is an interview with Sothira & company talking about Crucifix shit, like politics, racism in the scene, and being Punk in the Punk year of 1984. After the interview there is 6 songs (5 tracks as the last track is two songs blended into one another) that are also live (and I'm not positive where they are from , but I believe its the CBGB show from 84). This live set, not as loud as the Bolton set, is in ways better. The guitars & bass are just fuckin searing, I've never heard anyone get a sound like they did during that set, it is absolutely ferocious!! You will really here it in songs 3-6 (3 starts with 'Predjudice'). Now that I think about it, this is also a no brainer, I mean it's fuckin CRUCIFIX for fucks sake!!! What more do you want from me? Geesh people (not you Kurt!).
Thursday, September 26, 2013
MUSTALAINEN '5-Piisii Kasetti' Demo Tape
From the cover art one would think this is some long, lost tape from the 80's of some super obscure Finnish Punk band. It is not. MUSTALAINEN (which translates to Gypsy, a fitting name) put out this 5 song demo in 2011. It's an international endeavor (hence the name) with members outta NYC & Finland, who have spent time in PERDITION, QUESTION, CRAZY SPIRIT (among others) and the singer is the singer from the lesser known 90's Finnish band UUTUUS. The sound is pretty much what you would expect when you look at past resumes, but with vocals in Finnish. Add a Terveet Kadet cover song too it (which they did 2 takes of, I included both in 1 track) it sounds like some long, lost tape from the 80's of some super obscure Finnish Punk band.
Hope we get to see more of this band, but the mileage between members, I have a feeling we wont. Hope I'm mistaken.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
RUKKUS 'S/T' Demo Cassette
Don't know much about this band. Don't know when this was released (maybe 4 years ago??). Don't know where their from (Maybe Michigan, maybe Illinois, but don't know why I think those two). But I do know one thing- This demo fuckin rules!!! There is an obvious love for GAI and CONFUSE, but I would also like to think that these guys have an equal love for bands such as BATHORY and VENOM. It's definitely Noise Punk, but with a sound akin to MERCILESS GAME, but more G.I.S.M.esque I supppose. 7 songs here and then I geuss they called it a day, besides being on the first DOWNTOWN NOISE PUNKER CDr, this is all they've done. Fuzzed out, distortion soaked Chaos Noise PUNK Fuckin Rock!!
Sunday, September 8, 2013
LES JOYAUX DE LA PRINCESSE 'Die Kapitulation:L'Allemagne Annee Zero' E.P.
Les Joyaux De La Princesse is the a French Martial Industrial band and conduit for sole member Erik Konofal. LJDLP have been active since 1989 and their music covers a broad spectrum of sounds but staying in the same general area of Martial Industrial. Industrial, neo-classical musical chansons or historic speeches over his music. This 1992 e.p. is 3 songs. The first is martial industrial, the second is the national anthem of the USSR, and the third song is static & noise. I love this band (4th time I've posted their stuff) and love this little e.p.. Enjoy.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
UNDERAGE 'Afri Cani' E.P.
1983 seven song e.p. by Italians UNDERAGE. These Punks from Napoli did two demos, in 82 and 83 (of which one I have, that I'll post soon-the 82 one I think) and this e.p., some comp tracks and called it a day. The seven songs on here are just as furious as early 80's Italian Hardcore is wont to be, but this is also raw and uber-primitive! Doesn't get better!!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SEX DWARF 'Full Av Aska' 7"
Ok, all you Punk parents out there, when your children start asking questions about you, about life, and most importantly, when they ask you "What is Punk Rock?" all you need to do is play this 7 song e.p. for them. Sex Dwarf is the epitome of Punk! The band members have been active in the scene since the 80's, are IN IT FOR LIFE, and play PUNK AS NAILS Hardcore!! This e.p. aint no joke!
This e.p. is their follow up to their monster 2012 demo! But this 7" finds them escalate what they did on that demo. The songs are more furious (I didnt think it possible), there is a more dire feel to it, a sense of urgency, the bass & drums are more pronounced, the guitars are just fuckin frenetic & frenzied and the reverbed vocals go for the throat!! These 7 songs pack the same punch that early Scando had (ala AntiCimex, MOB47, etc), has the same nuisance that the Japanese are doing these days (ala Isterismo or Framtid) but all the while keeping a sound of their own (though if ya put the aforementioned bands in a blender, SEX DWARF might come out).
These songs are all killer, but the stand outs for me are Misar, Full Av Aska and the last song Angestattack is a bruiser & my favorite(and I'm sure they put that last song last for a reason, to go out with a venomous bang!)! Angestattack very well could go up for song of 2013!
You'd be wise to go out and buy this asap! There is only 700 pressed. 350 in Europe and 350 in the States. 50 of each batch is on Grey vinyl.
In Europe, goto D-Takt & Rapunk.
In the US, goto Konton Crasher.
If ya missed out on the demo, I re-upped it, here.
Lastly, thanks to Per & Sex Dwarf for the music, for letting me post Sex Dwarf and for being all-around fuckin awesome!!! Thanks! You rock!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
NATURAL ASSEMBLY 'Torn From Infinity' Cassette
Flawless Synth-wave from England. These 3 songs were initially issued on vinyl, but was recently re-released as a cassette from Strange Rules. Natural Assembly started out as a conduit for Jesse Cannon, then after doing a split with Cremation Lily, Zen Zsigo of CM joined up and it became a two piece. Drawing musical inspirations from New Order, Joy Division, Front 242 and new bands like Cold Cave, Natural Assembly, along with new bands like Lust For Youth & Contrepoison, are spearheading a morose (but at times optimistic) and dark sound that's danceable.