Thursday, April 19, 2018

Some new releases and e-mail requests

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back after long time. I've been quite busy and I couldn't mettre à jour the site before. I'm deeply sorry. Also, I decided to push  the previously announced surprise mini special post. I'll wait a little bit more since I'm gathering more information and compiling bands and I'll probably publish it this summer. You know I always like to give you the more detailed information as possible. So, for this entry, I'll feature you two new colombian releases from Cali: Desarraigo self-titled and Mico/Worms Under Flesh split, the long awaited debut album of Krimewatch (USA) and 3 e-mail requests: Sect Mark (Italy), ...But The Shadows Have Foes (USA), Entzauberung (France). Finally, I'm also preparing other entries for next week, so stay tuned. With all that written, let's begin. 

Desarraigo - self-titled


Desarraigo is a recently formed hardcore/punk project from Cali, Colombia. Following the demise of Murraco, their original drummer joined forces with other friends and made this band. Regarding the sound, they have a particular mix of garage rock, classical punk rock, and old-school hardcore punk (and even some songs slightly tease with thrashcore). The musical execution is most of the time fast-paced but there are some slower breakdowns and mid-tempo moments too. Also, the lyrics are in spanish with pretty clever and well-written political and personal stances. They reminded me of now defunct early and mid-00s german hardcore bands that labeled themselves as "thrash punk" such as Dean Dirg, Napoleon Dynamite and Nihil Baxter. Finally, click on the image, listen to this record and support them if you want. If you enjoy acts such as Youth Avoiders (France) and the early works of Pure Disgust (USA), you'll love this one. I hope to get the physical edition soon. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Worms Under Flesh / Mico split 


Mico also from Cali, one of our colombian best picks of last year, is back with new tracks and this time they aren't alone. Indeed, they share this split with Worms Under Flesh, which is a local band with both hardcore punk and death metal influences. Think about american bands such as Carnifex and Last Days Of Humanity for getting an idea of what this band is capable of. I never listened to them before but I find quite interesting their music (although I'm not a huge fan of deathcore subgenre). You can listen to their 2016 self-titled EP on their official bandcamp account clicking hereLast but not least, Mico is still as brutal as always with their superb experimental and extreme hardcore style. They'll be touring soon Mexico with local fellows Vientre (also previously featured here in the blog), so I'll leave you the dates below. Don't miss them out. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Mico's official bandcamp account where you can either get this record for free or paying the price you consider right. I hope to get the physical edition soon. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Krimewatch - self-titled EP


Yes, they final-fuckin'-lly did it. Krimewatch released last week their long-awaited debut album. With this EP, this NYC-based female fronted hardcore punk band demonstrates who's the boss in the city. So, if you still don't know this band, which IMHO is impossible because everyone talks about it, they mix the best and iconic elements of both early and mid-NYHC acts such as Even Worse, Stimulators, Altercation, Killer Instinct, Life's Blood  and Agnostic Front, among others, executed in an unique and particular way. Also, some lyrics are in japanese, which is awesome viewing the tragic political background in the US. And, this record contains some re-recorded tracks from both their 2016 demo (小便 たれ and Coward) and promo (Machismo and New York Nightmare, the latter recently also featured in Fresh! Volume One tape compilation. You can re-read the full review here) tapes. Finally, click on the image for listen to this amazing EP. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Sect Mark - Worship MLP 


An outstanding release of this impressive italian hardcore band. This MLP was released early this year through Iron Lung Records (USA). Regarding the sound, they play fast and ferocious hardcore punk in the same vein as d-beat influenced north american hardcore punk bands such as Nomads, Deformity, Warthog and S.H.I.T. (Canada). The musical execution and instrumentation is undoubtedly fantastic: dirty and noisy and the lyrics are pure nihilistic and pissed-off anthems. I really dig this record. And, yes, another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Finally, click on the image for listen to this record. You won't regret it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

...But The Shadows Have Foes - Infernal Kings! You Rule But Ruin! 


It's been a while since we feature neocrust outfits. In fact, two years ago, we did a successful special post about it. You can refresh your memory by clicking here. So, ...But The Shadows Have Foes presented us their second and most recent full-length album and we automatically fell in love with. Indeed, they do mix crust, d-beat, sludge and black metal for creating a superb and atmospheric darkened hardcore vibe with epic length songs and slow-paced interludes. The music is gritty and gloomy as fuck yet brutiful. If you dig european acts such as Downfall Of Gaia (Germany) and Fall Of Efrafa (UK), you'll love this one. I hope to update the neocrust/blackened crust special post pretty soon (he he he). Finally, click on the image for listen to this record. Don't forget to also check their first record out too. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Entzauberung - Drops 


We finally conclude this entry with this superb one-man screamo/emoviolence project from France. His most recent full-length album Drops was released early last week. So, as you may expect, Entzauberung mixes all the classical elements of early and mid-00s european acts such as Louise Cyphre, June Paik (Germany), La Quiete, Raein (Italy) and Suis La Lune (Sweden), although some slight elements of post rock, sludge and black metal can be traced too. The songs are generally short, loud and fast-paced but there are two exceptions with more slow-paced, introspective interludes and longer. This work is more elaborated than their previous works (The Love We Think We Deserve (2017) and self-titled (2015)) but it's still passionate and emotive for pleasing the ears of fans of modern acts such as Cady, Komarov (UK), Drei Affen (Spain) and Amygdala (US). I completely dig this record. Finally, click on the image for listen to all Entzauberung's works. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs! 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Primer Régimen - Último Testamento


Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back once again with another quick update. We've recently found that our friends of Primer Régimen released the digital edition of their second and last album Último Testamento. It will be available soon during their US west coast tour this Spring (I'll leave you the dates below) through Discos MMM on tape format and Byllepest Distro (Norway) will release the LP version in June. 

Now, Primer Régimen is back with this brand new record, which I found surprisingly far superior to their first EP No Futuro, No Solución (One of our best picks of last year. You can refresh your memory here). Indeed, the music is faster and angrier than ever. I also detected that their unique UK82-influenced hardcore punk was pushed to the limits with subtle d-beat elements and guitar solos reminiscent of Charged GBH and English Dogs' crossover era (well, kind of). Also, the lyrics are more defying and straight-to-the point than before dealing with social and political issues such as terrorism, prisons, media lies, war, among others. And, finally, there's a cover of You're No Exception, originally made by Dead Wretched, but sung in spanish and with a more advanced and faster musical execution.

Lastly, click on the image above for visiting their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this impressive record or even buying the digital edition. When we get our physical copy, I'll upload it. For sure. Don't miss out the last testament of this band, which legacy and contribution to the resurgence of the colombian hardcore punk scene won't be forgotten, and their final concerts in the US either. Another potential candidate for our best picks of 2018. For fans of: Crux, Dead Wretched, Broken Bones and PMS-84. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

La Nouvelle Vague Du Punk Hardcore Britannique (NWOBHC en inglés, sumercé lind@) part II mini special post


Note: Fish 'N Chips forever


Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with one of the two mini special posts I've announced you last week. These two entries will be published throughout the week but I'll also upload some e-mail requests. Remember I'm always open to receive your material. Thus, don't forget to contact me and follow us on our Facebook fanpage too (in the "Disclaimer" section you'll find how to do it). You'll help us doing so.

We'll start this week off with an update of a previous entry we made almost 3 years ago (Wow, time flies): the New Wave Of British Hardcore (NWOBHC). This entry originally was made in spanish and we remarked some groups that belong to this impressive "new wave" and everybody is crazy about since almost a decade ago. If you're new into this, the name was coined by Adam Malik, from the UKHC band Insider and, in general terms, this vague perfectly mixes both 80s american and british hardcore alike, with some artists adding other elements such as oi!, thrashcore, metalcore, post punk, etc. as well.

Now, since the last time we wrote about this, I've seen a huge explosion of british bands, notably straight edge and female-fronted bands. Even in our best picks of last year we featured bands related to this NWOBHC trend such as Big Cheese, Vile Spirit and Game, Imposter and Payday. You can refresh your memory by clicking here and here. So, I'll feature some new bands that start appearing since our last NWOBHC dedicated post with the links to their respective bandcamp account for either getting their music for free or paying the price you consider right (Don't forget to click on the images).

Lastly, I'll divide the featured bands in their local cities and I'll also try another format, reminiscent to a common review column in any zine, for making things a little bit easier. Stay tuned for the next surprises I have for the rest of the week, as well as the next one. With all that written, let's begin!

Brighton

Gutter Knife - Demo (Illegal Activity (UK), 2017)

This is the first demo from this Brighton-based hardcore punk band. Just like many of their NWOBHC counterparts, Gutter Knife draws influences from all-time classics such as Poison Idea (USA) and Discharge (UK) for delivering a short, fast and loud violent hardcore attack that surely will make your ears bleed with pleasure. We do also hope they release anytime soon their full-length debut album. Highly recommended. Enjoy!









Never - Demo (Illegal Activity (UK), 2017)

If you already have enjoyed modern american acts such as Hoax and GAG, Never will surely please your cravings for uncomprising and straightforward hardcore punk. As you may have expected, this band delivers a simple yet satisfying short, fast and loud hardcore punk with defying lyrics and a punk as fuck attitude that will make you fell in love with. We do hope more surprises coming from this band in the next months. Highly recommended. Enjoy!









State Funeral - Tory Party Prison (Boss Tuneage Records (UK), 2016)

A declaration of war against the frightening british Tory Party released back in 2016. Just like NWOBHC veterans like The Flex and Violent Reaction (R.I.P.), State Funeral pays homage to USHC classics such as Youth Of Today, Bold and Warzone, for naming a few, for creating an unstoppable stompin' ground music for the pit. You mustn't miss out this outrageous political hardcore attack. Highly recommended. Enjoy!









Leeds

Rapture - I Glorify (Quality Control HQ (UK), 2017)

An outstanding female-fronted band that absolutely remind us that hardcore punk isn't just boys fun. Drawing influences from NYHC all-time classics such as Agnostic Front, Life's Blood, Floorpunch, Turning Point and Cro-Mags, Rapture plays fast and precise hardcore punk (sometimes teasing with thrashcore) with short songs, slow-paced and metallic breakdowns and outspoken lyrics that will undoubtedly please NYHC enthusiastics. I'm pretty sure they will release another record this year, so let's be patients. This is such a revelation for NWOBHC standards. Highly recommended. Enjoy!





The Flex - Flexual Healing Vol. 7: Perhaps The War Is Over? Perhaps It's Peace (Quality Control HQ (UK) / Painkiller Records (USA), 2018)


One of the masterminds behind this intriguing NWOBHC vague is back with the release of the seventh volume of their well-known Flexual Healing series. This time, the music is more frantic and violent than ever, taking their iconic US-influenced british hardcore style to the next level. There's also an excellent cover of Disturbing The Peace, originally made by Gut Instinct (This was a not so well-known 90s american band with an exquisite NYHC feel in the same vein as Madball, Supertouch and Breakdown). Highly recommended. Enjoy!






Big Cheese - NWOBHC FM Live '18 + Sports Day Demo '16 (Quality Control HQ (UK), 2018) 

Big Cheese, another NWOBHC revelation band, surprises us once again with a superb live session @NWOBHC FM (featuring sorted songs of both their demo and Aggravated Moppery EP, as well as a 10-minute interview) and you'll also find their fantastic 2016 demo as a bonus. This Leeds-based band draws influences from Icemen, Breakdown, and Cro-Mags for delivering an unique and top-notch NYHC-infused hardcore with catchy metallic breakdowns and other elements that made NYHC great back in the day. If you dig modern hardcore bands such as Trapped Under Ice (USA) and Higher Power (UK), Big Cheese is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 




Manchester

Unjust - Transparency EP (Quality Control HQ (UK), 2017)

This is the impressive debut EP of this Manchester-based hardcore powerhouse. They draw influences from both mid-80s UK and US hardcore for delivering a relentless and ferocious sonic attack. Indeed, you'll find most of the time slow-paced metallic breakdowns reminiscent of Breakdown and Confront but also fast-paced moments with healthy dozes of blast beats teasing with thrashcore à la Ripcord and Heresy. Pretty brutal execution that completely will satisfy your cravings for violent and non-sensical musical madness. I do hope receiving more news coming from this band in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!





Stand Point - Demo (Quality Control HQ (UK), 2017)

It's said by many that Straight Edge philosophy and lifestyle isn't relevant anymore for today standards. WRONG. Along with Payback and True Vision, Stand Point still keeps the faith alive with their outspoken and uncomprising youth crew-influenced hardcore punk. So, if you dig all-time classics such as Minor Threat, Uniform Choice and Youth Of Today, this band is for you. You'd probably think keeping the X in violent and troubled modern times is a difficult task but Stand Point will cover your back. Highly recommended. Enjoy.






Cardiff 

Rancour - Banished (self-released, 2017)

This is the most recent promo single of this incredible Welsh hardcore band. Following the success of their 2016 demo, Rancour is back to the track with their superb 90s metallic hardcore savoir faire. Indeed, you'll find in here influences from Integrity, Ringworm, Disembodied and Rorschach with some subtle modern touchs, following the steps of NWOBHC veteran Blind Authority. Also, as the name of the band suggests, the lyrics are filled with hate, despair and lots, lots of rancour. We do hope to see anytime soon their long-awaited full-length debut album. Highly recommended. Enjoy!






London

Farce - Demo (Quality Control HQ (UK), 2017) 


If you follow the blog, you'll know there's also an american trend mixing both american hardcore and d-beat.  Well, Farce does the same mixing Discharge's lessons (imparted more than 30 years ago) and the brutal execution of Boston hardcore legends such as Negative Fx and DYS. The result? slow, fast-paced hardcore punk with both d-beat and thrashcore sensibilities. There's also an incredible cover of Police Bastard, originally made by Doom, which is an all-time hardcore classic. Rad as fuck. I can't wait for their upcoming full-length debut album. Highly recommended. Enjoy!






Arms Race - The Beast EP (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK) / Painkiller Records (US), 2018)

Following the success of their impressive New Wave Of British Hardcore LP released back in 2016, these NWOBHC veterans are back with this beautiful 4-track EP. Their sound is more raw and violent than ever mixing both Boston hardcore and d-beat styles. I do hope this is just an apéro for an upcoming LP that wll surely crush our ears and brains just like they did 2 years ago. Highly recommended. Enjoy!









Subdued - Torment and Torture Demo (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), 2018)


An impressive demo released by this stenchcore and anarcho punk-influenced hardcore punk band from London. For me it was such a surprise since I haven't heard lately bands drawing influences from Amebix, Rudimentary Peni and Icons of Filth like this one. So, Subdued's style is simply amazing: short, fast and loud hardcore punk mixed with the mesmerizing feel of anarcho punk and the gritty and gloomy sounds of stenchcore (the original crust punk sound). Even some songs have noise and statics. Also, the lyrics have peace and war tensions, depression, misery and fateful consequences in our fucked up world, just like old glory anarcho punk and hardcore bands did in their time. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 



Runt - Positions Of Power LP (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), 2017)


A pretty neat release of this female-fronted hardcore punk band. Unlike their other NWOBHC contemporaries (most of the time limited exclusively to both old-school american and british hardcore), Runt manages an unique and personal powerful style with enough aggressiveness and energy to remark. Indeed, they do mix different hardcore punk styles and even add elements of post-punk, post hardcore and riot grrrl into their repertory. This record also includes some re-recorded tracks taken from their demo tracks. Highly recommended. Enjoy!






Snob - self-titled LP (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), 2017)

A fantastic London-based female-fronted hardcore punk band that mixes both anarcho punk and hardcore punk pretty well. If I'm not mistaken this is their first release. Also, if you dig classic european female-fronted hardcore punk bands such as Nog Watt and Amsterdamned (Netherlands) and classic anarcho punk in the same vein as Icons Of Filth and Rudimentary Peni, you'll  be into Snob's frantic and energetic particular style. Pretty outstanding and punk as fuck. Highly recommended. Enjoy!







Nekra - Demo (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), 2017)

This is the debut EP of this awesome female-fronted hardcore band from London. They do mix both american and british hardcore alike for creating a superb short, fast-paced and violent style. So, you'll even find in here some Boston hardcore breakdowns mixed with british execution. If you dig american female-fronted bands such as Krimewatch, S-21 and La Misma, you'll fell in love with this one. I can't even imagine how great their full-length debut album will be. We do hope to see it anytime soon. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 







Permission - Contagious Life MLP (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), 2017)


We finally conclude this entry with this impressive London-based hardcore punk band. Their style reminded me of a mix of different modern american hardcore bands such as GAG, Creem and Impalers, retaining a pretty solid mix of Boston hardcore, UK82 and d-beat styles. Even though they don't seem to be as tough nor violent as other local NWOBHC contemporaries, Permission do have a certain frantic and fast-paced hardcore punk style to highly remark. I liked it so much. Highly recommended. Enjoy and see you until next time. Kisses and hugs!