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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry. Kinda short yet wholesome. The way you like it. Ok no ha ha. This entry was meant to be published last week-end but I had some logistical and technical issues so, I'm deeply sorry for that. Now, I'm still working on the next entries of our current special post "La Carencia" and, damn, it's getting longer than I expected. So, I think 1 or 2 of them will be published this week (if anything weird doesn't happen first, of course). I'll also publish some of your review submissions I had in stand-by because, yes, I'm a fucked-up mess ha ha. But don't worry I already have listened to them and they will be ready in the next few days. Finally, I'll leave these 2 recently released benefit compilations for good causes. Punk is love, Hardcore is a network of friends. Never forget that, les chaton.ne.s! Oh, and I almost forgot. On the Facebook group, I stated that an upcoming special announcement that surely will change this site (for good, of course) will be published soon. I guess this Friday will happen. Let's wait and see...With all that written, let's begin.
UKHC For Change tape compilation (Benefit for Black Lives Matter funds in the UK and the US)
Featured bands: Attestor, Bodily Fluids, Frantic State, Gorge, Grove Street Families (BEST NAME EVER!), Ill-Informed, Kold War, Lawful Killing, Lenged Out, Malign UK, MANTLET C V H C, MTXS, Negative Measures, Never, Plead, Realm Of Torment, Reckless Harm, Revoked, Shallow Graves, Sterile, Stone Hand, Supress, The Annihilated, Vent, Afterburn and Regressions.
An outstanding UKHC compilation, which was curated by Nuclear Family Records and pre-released on digital format some weeks ago, to raise funds to help the current political struggle in the US (because of George Floyd's (R.I.P.) murder last month) and address solidarity against the continuous (and sadly growing) racial issues in the UK as well. Indeed, 50% of the proceeds will go to the UK Black Lives Matter fund, which is a coalition of black activists and organisers across the island (You can also make your direct donations here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund) and the resting half will go to Act Blue, who have set up a donation fund to split between + 70 community bail funds, mutual aid funds and racial justice organizers (You can also make your direct donations here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd).
Now, some of the featured tracks are either brand new (hence exclusives to this release) or already released tracks from the participant bands. Some of them, for example, Never and Lawful Killing, have already been featured here in different NWOBHC-related entries but most of them were really méconnus to me, prior to listening to this record. Regarding the sound, the predominant one undoubtedly is metalcore, with some traces of the loved/hated 90s chugga-chugga-esque proto-beatdown formula, which really was (and surprisingly) popular in, you know, the good 'ol days of Stampin' Ground, Knuckledust, Ironside and Assert, among others. There also are a few exceptions with some bands exploring more d-beat-influenced and mid-tempo-oriented executions, some noise and even some industrial affinities that really reminded me of Type-O Negative's sound. Damn, those teenager years cannot be totally buried for good at all...Oh, and Lawful Killing does an incredible cover to Conflict's anthem The Ungovernable Force but entitled The Ungovernable Farce instead. Interesting tongue-in-cheek, I must add.
Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to and donate for the good cause (if you can/want to). The pre-release of the tape (bundled with a customized T-shirt) already is sold out but you can support the cause anyways. Some of these musical outfits really caught my attention so, in the near future I'll be featuring them herein the blog. Do you wonder which ones are? Stay tuned then ha ha. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
K-Town Hardcore Fest 2020 - COVID Staythefuckhome Edition (Benefit for Ungdomshuset)
Featured bands: Bombardment (France), Chubby and the Gang, Gutter Knife, Rat Cage (UK), Teatromocracia (Costa Rica), Kohti Tuhoa (Finland), Jad (Poland), EGO (Germany), Apsurd (Serbia), Power Face, Kasshuve, Skrot, Leper, Anti-Metafor, Zyfilis, Nonplus, (Sweden), Glöm Allt, Big Mess, Gorilla Angreb, Junta (Denmark), UZI (Colombia), The Conscripts (Canada/US/Colombia), Adrenochrome, Warthog (US), Obsessió (Catalunya, Spain/Greece), Ruidosa Inmundicia (Austria/Chile), Seein' Red (!) (Netherlands), Nightmare (HOLY FUCK!!!) (Japan), Antídoto (Spain) and more.
Last but not least, we finally conclude this entry with the more recent K-Town Hardcore Fest-related tape. As you may know, this is one of, if not, the most important hardcore and punk fests across the old continent. Every June of the year is held this event at Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen, Denmark but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had to be pushed until mid-September. Let's hope they can do it and not postpone it until next year like other big festivals like Ieper Hardcore (Belgium) and Cry Me A River (Germany) Fests already did. So, yeah, this record is benefit for the venue because, you know, No Ungdomshuset, No K-Towns! Keep in mind that, les chaton.ne.s!
Now, unlike the previous year, I won't make a complete guide to the whole line-up because some of these bands already have been featured here in the blog (even some awarded with our seal of approval and featured in different best picks of the year lists) and I currently am busy in other entries. However, some of these bands also caught my attention and will be featured here in the near future. Promised. Regarding the sound, just like previous years, the d-beat side of things predominates. There are a few crust, grindcore, thrashcore, post-punk, oi! and even anarcho-punk exceptions as well. Finally, most of the featured tracks on the compilation already were previously released but there are too some unreleased ones such as Ruidosa Inmundicia, Seein' Red and Nightmare's tracks, for example. I wish I could be in Europe right now for watching these now all-time classic HC outfits live...Cela fait fendre mon coeur, les chaton.ne.s!...
Lastly, click on the image above for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to and donate for the good cause (if you can/want to). You can also buy a physical copy and other goodies as well here: (https://ktownhardcorefest.bigcartel.com/product/k-town-2020-total-support-package). Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!