Friday, 28 December 2007

Massgrav / Yacopsae - Split 5" 2007

Fuuuuccckkk Me!! Massgrav. These guys are so fucking brutal and never let down with anything, I can't wait for the new records early next year. It was a bit of a mission to find this split for mail order (RSR's website is pathetic to say the least) but never the less I found it and it's a fucking ripper. 2 Bands, 4 Songs, All Covers... It just slays. Yapcopsae can hold their own with the mighty Massgrav, which Diskonto couldn't seem to with their split on Sound Pollution. From tradition to Gang Green it's all gold. Enjoy.

01 - Massgrav - Sossial-Demokaaterna
02 - Massgrav - Mordare
03 - Yacopsae - Let's Drink Some Beer
04 - Yacopsae - I Hate You

R.S.R Records.

Short Sharp Shock - Burton ep 2006

Time for the new wave of thrash from England's mighty SSS. This is their first ep and in my opinion lays waste to the follow up full length released on Earache Records this year. This also kicks sand in to the eyes of Municipal Waste and their last two piss weak efforts. Fast, thrashy and tongue-in-cheek lyrics make this a fucking winner. Stand out track is "Thrash with a small moustache" fucking genius lyrics.

01 - Black Night White Light
02 - CDC
03 - Bath Night
04 - Thrash With A Small Moustache

Thrash Gig Records.

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Stiff Little Fingers - At The Edge 7" 1980

I've always had a soft spot for S.L.F and their first two LP's are classics's and still hold themselves up today. The b-side to this ep is a little on the weird side and very much disposable but worth documenting anyway. Also the cover of White Christmas did seem like an appropriate post.

01 - At The Edge
02 - Running Bear (Live)
03 - White Christmas (Live)

Chrysalis Records

Friday, 30 November 2007

Artimus Pyle - Tonight Is The End Of Your Way ep 2006

Recorded in Japan in 2006 and featuring Crow doing some backing vocals this ep is fucking great and the best thing I've heard from them since I spun "Civil Dead" for the first time. They also bust out an N.O.T.A. cover to boot.

01 - Tonight
02 - Grin And Bear
03 - Den Of Thieves (N.O.T.A.)
04 - The End Of Your Way

Insane Society / Too Circle Records.

Forward - Act Then Decide ep 1997

Forward are one of the front runners in the "Burning Spirit" style Japanese Hardcore along with the likes of Paintbox and Crude. This ep is just great. A nice fat production which makes the Guitars just destroy. Very much in the spirit of mid 80's Japanese glory. Awesome.

01 - Go For Broke
02 - Absolutely

Blood Sucker Records.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Mob - No Doves Fly Here ep 1981

I'm going to guess this has been done elsewhere before and no doubt will be done again and so it should. The title track is a masterpiece which in my opinion summed up the Reagan/Thatcher era with haunting realism. With the constant threat of Nuclear annihilation that the USA and the then USSR subjected the world too in the 80's this song is a fitting anthem.

The sky is empty and it's turning different shades of colour,
It never did before and we never asked for war
My mind is empty and my body different shapes of torture
It never was before and we never asked for war
No-one is moving and no doves fly here
No-one is thinking and no doves fly here
No-one remembers beyond all this fear,
No doves fly here

The buildings are empty and the countryside is wasteland,
It never was before and we never asked for war.
The playgrounds are empty and the children limbless corpses,
They never were before and they never asked for war.
No-one is moving and no doves fly here,
No-one is thinking and no doves fly here,
No-one remembers beyond all this fear,
No doves fly here"
Crass Records.

The Mob - The Mirror Breaks ep 1983

The Mob were one of the best Anarcho Punk bands of all time and released some mighty recordings none more so the the brilliant "Let The Tribe Increase" LP on All The Madmen. This ep was their last recording and the title track is a stunner. This music still has an impact on me to this day and Mark's vocals are still as haunting now and they were in the 80's.

01 - The Mirror Breaks
02 - Stay

All The Madmen Records.

The System - The Warfare ep 1982

Years and years ok I was listening to the punk show on Student radio and they played a song (Their Corrupting Ways) but at the time they never said who it was and it wasn't for a few years later when I stumbled upon this ep that the penny dropped. I have to post this even tho it's been posted elsewhere before (on the fabulous "Punks on Postcards") because it made such an impact on me and still remains one of my favorite punk songs of all time.

01 - Dogs Of War
02 - Their Corrupting Ways
03 - Nervous Breakdown

Spiderleg Records.

Shrapnel / Toxik Ephex - Split ep 1988

This is a great split put out by Words Of Warning Records in 1988. Both bands offer up some catchy fucking punk rock tunes. I couldn't find out anything about this on the web so just take my word for it, it's a good um...
"Does someone have to die to show what Heroin can do"

01 - Shrapnel - Trivial Pursuit
02 - Shrapnel - Autumn
03 - Toxik Ephex - Does Someone Have To Die
04 - Toxik Ephex - Life Is For Living

Words Of Warning Records

Hard Skin - Make My Tea ep 2006

First off sorry for the lack of posts lately but it's Spring here and I've just been enjoying the weather and the company of family and friends.
OK, so on with the records. This is Hard Skin, this is Oi! You may know the back ground to this band and if you do you know it's all tongue in cheek fun. The band is a laugh a minute and always to be taken that way. This ep was released on Feral Ward and the title track was taken off their "Same Meat Different Gravy" LP. Such good drinking music.

01 - Make My Tea
02 - Romford
03 - Let's Ave It

Feral Ward.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Life Cycle - Myth & Ritual ep 1988

I know fuck all about this band from Wales except they rule. They would be the closest band to replicate Celtic Frost, it's amazing. Sure they have got the Anarcho Punk influences and were around with other notable Welsh bands like Shrapnel and Classified Protest. This is just a gem of a record that I have owned since it came out. They also put out a 12" called "The Weight Of Tradition" which I'll rip and upload as well.

01 - Indifference
02 - Face To The Ground
03 - Piece Of Meat

Mad World Records.

Dystopia / Suffering Luna - Split ep 1995

Dystopia were the kings of the depressive sludge crust genre and released some epic records whilst Suffering Luna are more on the fringes and offer a different take on the genre with haunting compositions that explode in to chaos. I do prefer their split LP with Gasp to this track but it's still a winner.

Dystopia - Diary Of A Battered Child
Suffering Luna - La Reina Del Rosario

Life Is Abuse.

Poison - Kick Rock LP 1988

Japan's Poison (later they changed their name to Poison Arts) with their first full lenght on Selfish Records. It's a solid release very much in the style of Gastunk or The Execute and well worth a listen. Poison offer up a more metallic sound than their label mates like Outo or Gauze. Manic drumming over some very nice guitar work. Enjoy.

01 - Kick Rock
02 - Tokyo Hungry Punks
03 - Craze For Struggle
04 - She Is...
05 - Bad Life
06 - The Blazing Fire
07 - Heart Gypsy
08 - Animated Town
09 - Until My Dream Comes True

Selfish Records.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Shortlived - Demo CD-R 2007 (New Zealand)

These dudes hail from our nations capital city, Wellington and they kick out some fucking angry "Drop Dead" inspired fastcore. It's so good. On this Demo (a real nice 4-track recording) it's Just Dan and Sam dishing out the thrash. They now have a Guitarist (Sam just does the vocals now) and Bass player and are a force to be reckoned with live. Play fucking loud!

01 - I Don't Pray, I Think
02 - Questioning Motives
03 - Meatman
04 - Fundamentalist
05 - All Talk
06 - Safe And Secure
07 - The Way
08 - Pyrotechnic Parliament

Photo by xsfat.

Instigators - Full Circle ep 1987

I've always liked the majority of releases from this band, with their "Phoenix" LP being a classic UK Hardcore release. Even the older stuff before they recruited ex-Xpozez front man Andy on vocals was quality stuff. This ep's title track is very indicative of the Instigators at their prime. Enjoy.

01 - Full Circle
02 - The Sleeper

Double A Records.

Final - Grow Strong / Empty ep 2003

Final from Japan dishing out some "Trader In Death" era Broken Bones worship, which at the end of the day ain't a bad thing!!

01 - Grow Strong
02 - Empty

Crust War.

Coffee Rage - Demo CD-R 2007 (New Zealand)

This is the first recorded effort from Hamilton's Coffee fueled D-Beat disaster "Coffee Rage". The band consists of two Gawj, one Asscharger and one My Brother Got Mulched. It's nothing flash but it's fun music to drink Coffee too. We recorded and mixed this ourselves in our practice room so it sounds rough but it's still listenable.

01 - Needles In Eyes
02 - Coffee Corpse
03 - Get Your Dose Of Fuck Off
04 - Live Like Devil
05 - Lies From The Chickpea Pot (Asscharger)
06 - Coffee Rage
07 - Another Song Not Sounding Like Discharge
08 - Drug Of Choice

"The conflict to find words that rhyme with war...
Another song not sounding like Discharge.
Rattle of something about burning babies...
Another song not sounding like Discharge"

Monday, 22 October 2007

Blanks 77 - I Wanna Be A Punk ep 1997

Something a little different this time, Blanks 77 have been around for an age, great snotty Pogo Punk. Even includes a Partisans Cover for good measure.

01 - I Wanna Be A Punk
02 - I Never Needed You

Radical Records.

Ambulance - Ambulance ep 2002

This wasn't really released by Busted Heads, I don't know who put it out, but Busted Heads is handling all of the record's distribution, so... Anyway, this band hails from Umeå, Sweden and features in its ranks ex-members of the mighty Eclipse, and the majority of the members, including the vocalist, are women - unloading some vicious metallic hardcore with a dark melodic edge akin to early His Hero is Gone or the like, but there's more speed involved, definitely bringing in some of their country's more known influences. The vocals are fucking great midrange screams with a fairly brutal edge that wavers to slightly higher and lower ranges on occasion, and there's a generally consistent level of tasteful melody to the writing. "Control" even starts out with some blasting speeds that bring to mind death or black metal... I shit you not. But there are also some crushing slow breakdowns with insanely powerful melodic lead lines, making this by far the most diverse and interesting piece on the EP. The recording is on the raw side, but it works out fine. There's a lot of density, which is essential for this style of hardcore/punk, but there's a major sheen of treble hovering over everything, which may be in part due to the vinyl, but I'm not sure. It's distracting, I must say, but it's still clear that the songs are forceful. The drums get obfuscated the most, but the bass, guitars, and vocals hold their own despite the noisiness of the mix. The 7" is pressed on clear vinyl and comes in a black and white sleeve with minimal artwork and band photos outside, and the lyrics inside. It's somewhat plain looking, but it gets the job done. The lyrics are fairly simple and personal, at times subtly hinting at potentially political undertones, but nothing major. "I sell my life, I sell my pride, My soul is gone, Sold to hate, No longer for me to control..." Good work. "Control" is a masterpiece, if they continue in that vein, look the fuck out. (7/10)

01 - Words
02 - Beyond Reach
03 - Control

Regulations - Destroy ep 2003

Five quick tracks of punk fucking rock from this Swedish act featuring ex-members (and some current members) of E.T.A., Dead Ones, and the Vectors playing in what has been tagged as a late-70's west coast style of US punk. I could agree with that I suppose. The songs are definitely based around rockin' punk with an attitude, played with minimal distortion and basic structures with snotty sort of sneered vocals and a few noisy blues-based lead riffs. It's all straightforward and pretty verse/chorus/repeat in structure, especially tracks like "We're Blank". But that's fine, the songs are still memorable and the record's not a forgettable slab of one-sided material in my opinion. "Policecar" begins after an instrumental segue and has a little bit more of a stutter to its rhythm and subtly dissonant chords, which is one of the most unique aspects of this EP. I really like the recording. The tones are natural, the guitar distortion is really minimal without being weak, the bass tone is really in your face and drives the rhythm section, there's just a little bit of dirtiness over everything, etc. I wouldn't change anything. The record comes in a bright yellow and red sleeve with blood spattered designs on it and a black and white insert with one band photo and additional artwork. Even the band photo looks incredibly dated, so these guys aren't messing around here, they know what style they're out to do, and they're nailing it. Check it out if this is your thing. I dig it. (7/10)

01 - Destroy
02 - My Future
03 - Were Blank
04 - Policecar
05 - Untitled

Busted Heads.

Discharge - Decontrol ep 1980

Third ep from Discharge and another classic slab of wax. The title track is the stand out from this record.

01 - Decontrol
02 - It's No T.V. Sketch
03 - Tomorrow Belongs To Us

Clay Records.

Discharge - Fight Back ep 1980

This is probably the best d-beat seven inch ever or at least one of the top three. It is so much faster than the first record, and every song on here except "Religion Instigates" has a claim to being the best DISCHARGE song. With briefer lyrics, increased intensity, and the most classic of riffs, this is where their sound becomes solidified as distinctly theirs. "Fight Back" and "War's No Fairytale" are compelling rants against war and the system, and then "Always Restrictions" anti-Thatcher verses explode into the so-stupid-it's-brilliant chorus "SMASH TO FUCK THE FUCKING SYSTEM!" Just when you think it can't get any better, "You Take Part in Creating The System" and its accusations of collaboration and apathy seal the record as a feat of genius never to be repeated. "Religion Instigates" can't quite live up to the pace of the previous four songs, and I've never quite grasped what the line "Religion's just as crass" means- as crass as *what?* Oh well. A good song that I will never tire of hearing, that fits in as a nice bookend to one of the great achievements of hardcore.

01 - Fight Back
02 - Wars No Fairytale
03 - Always Restrictions
04 - You Take Part In Creating This System
05 - Religion Instigates

Clay Records.