Monday, December 9, 2019

"Every Winter Is Cold" - A New England Hardcore compilation

https://atomicactionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/every-winter-is-cold-a-nehc-comp

Featured bands: Pummel, Restraining Order, Holy Hands, Burden, Kind, Corrode, Vantage Point, Jinx, Boiling Point, Dropdead, Peace Test, Spring Tide, Free, Darklands, Wound Man, Antagonize, Anxious and Brother. 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry. I'm deeply sorry for my long absence but you know, life's just a fucked up mess. Concerning some of the blog updates, I decided to push both the special post of this month and the "big surprise" to january because I need to polish some details. During this month, I'll publish some of your review submissions, more colombian hardcore punk releases, our impressions of the Damage Is Done Fest, and a few "unexpected" entries as well. And, I'm already finishing our "best picks of this year list" but, as always, it will be published until the next month since you never know if someone would release something on December 31st at 22:00h ET, right? Anyways, I always try to compensate you my reckless abandon and I'm pretty sure you'll love this one. 

So, I've been waiting more or less two months (or a little bit more) to finally review this interesting compilation featuring modern hardcore bands, plus one "legendary", from the New England region in the US, each one mostly exploring different styles such as powerviolence, emo and metallic hardcore with only a few alternative rock and acoustic exceptions. It was released by Atomic Action Records, a record label founded in 1989, ended in 2000 and restarted in 2012, on October 15th with 675 copies available (200 white colored vinyl, 400 black marble colored vinyl, 75 yellow colored vinyl (the latter weren't asked for but yeah, nice)). There also was a 100 blue colored vinyl limited edition (with different color scheme om the front cover) which was exclusively sold during the Infest/Converge weekend (Boston/Rhode Island September 20th - 21st). 

Now, this compilation includes some material taken from each's band most recent records, which also, most of them, were published and distributed by Triple B Records from Boston, Massachusets. I've wanted to write about this record label since some time ago due to the excellent amount of records available lately on their catalog (some of them potential candidates for our best picks of this year). I guess I'll do something about it in the upcoming weeks...Yeah... And, there are only a few promo tracks for upcoming records such as the contributed ones by Pummel, Corrode, Peace Test, Jinx and Dropdead, for naming a few.

Finally, as I've done with previous compilation-related posts, I'll give a brief information about each one of the participant bands. Don't forget to click on the image above for listening to this compilation and, of course, support the bands. Totally worth it. With all written, let's begin.

Pummel

https://pummelhardcore.bandcamp.com/

This is a hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts that has been in the game since 2016. They have released so far one demo (2016), Force Of Will EP (2017), one promo EP (2018) and they will release a new record next year (I'm not sure if it's an EP or LP, though). Regarding the sound, Pummel mixes both classic New York and Boston hardcore punk styles with modern traits and touches. They reminded me of the early years of Turnstile, some 90s hardcore revival bands such as Incendiary and Foundation and even, in some extent, '00s bands such as Carry On and Betrayed. Cool. Finally, let their contributed track to this comp, Shell Shock, pummel your brain and happily die caught in a mosh. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Restraining Order 

Photo taken from No Echo.

Holy fuck. How could I miss this powerhouse from West Springfield, Massachusetts? Everyone is hyped about them since their debut in 2017 and also were one of the top bands in New Age Records' catalog last year. They have released so far one demo and Something For The Youth EP (2017), self-titled EP (New Age Records, 2018) and This World Is Too Much LP (Triple B Records, 2019). Regarding their sound, Restraining Order pays homage to the all-time classic bostonian hardcore style executed with more modern traits and both personal and political lyrics. Indeed, the spirit of bands such as Slapshot, Negative FX and Jerry's Kids is almost intact. They will surely remind you of NWOBHC acts such as Violent Reaction and The Flex as well. Finally, do not miss this band out. Their more recent LP is definitely one of our candidates for AOTY. Damn, it's so fuckin' good...Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Holy Hands 
https://holyhandsmusic.bandcamp.com/

This is a pretty interesting band from New Bedford, Massachusetts featuring ex and current members of Sweet Jesus, Fiddlehead, Intent To Failure, Broken, among others. They have released so far: one self-released demo (2016), Sweet Love EP (Atomic Action Records, 2016), New Magnetic LP (Atomic Action Records, 2017) and Igntion Songs (2019). Their sound is heavily influenced by posthardcore and melodic hardcore bands like Seaweed, At The Drive-In, Grade, Jawbox, Farside and even Hot Water Music with both slow/fast-paced overlaps, clean vocals, precise drumming and simple yet heart-touching guitar and bass riffs. Finally, they somewhat reminded me of Young Conservatives and Stay Clean Jolene from the UK which is pretty awesome to be honest. I really dig it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Burden
https://burdenma.bandcamp.com/releases
   
Burden is a band from Boston, Massachusetts that has only released one demo (NxA Records, 2013) and Fate Of The Nation EP (NxA Records, 2018). Their sound is a pretty interesting mix of hardcore punk and oi! with both aggressive and melodic musical execution. I really have to admit that their contributed track to this compilation is pretty catchy and fun to listen to. Finally, if you dig oi!-influenced hardcore bands like 86 Mentality, No Time, Battle Ruins (US), Crown Court (UK) and Coupe-Gorge (France), I'm sure you'll love this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Kind!
https://kindcrewhc.bandcamp.com/

Kind! is another band from Boston that has released one demo, Humility EP (2017), one promo tape, split EP with Discourage (2018) and Haven EP (2019). Regarding their sound, Kind! is heavily influenced by youth crew-related bands such as Youth of Today, Bold, Beyond, Token Entry, Inside Out, etc. with positive, fun and political lyrics (like those bands should always be). They reminded me of those revival bands in the early/mid-00s such as Better Than A Thousand, Battery, Fumbles In Life, Sportswear and more. Such good memories...Finally, do not miss this out for opening up the pit. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Corrode
https://corrodehc.bandcamp.com/

Corrode is a recently-formed band from West Massachusetts and features ex-members of Swear Jar, Mountain Man, Vaccine, Orchid and Ampere among others. They only have self-released Age Of Ruin EP (2018) and one live session at Dead Air Studios (2019). Regarding the sound, Corrode plays d-beat-influenced american hardcore pretty much like Nosebleed, Törso and Haircut with political lyrics. I really liked this band. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Vantage Point
https://vantage-point.bandcamp.com/

Vantage Point is a straight edge hardcore punk from Boston active since 2016 and has released so far: one demo (Strive For More, 2016), self-titled EP (Straight and Alert (France), 2018), and An Answer You Won't Find LP (Triple B Records, 2019). Regarding their sound, Vantage Point is like a some sort of revival band following the path of local bands such as Bane, Verse and Have Heart, whose style was really popular back in the days with longer songs, more personal and touching lyrics and an interesting mix of old-school bostonian hardcore with more melodic traits and breakdowns. Despite having influenced a whole generation, this style had a short lifespan. Guess we'd write about it sometime later...Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. I'd consider their more recent work as a candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Jinx 
Note: Who's that Pokémon?

I'm not really sure about the origin of this band since I couldn't find anything related to it. Indeed, no bandcamp, no YouTube channel, no info available on our complex punkhardcoredex database (patent pending), etc. I guess this is a recently formed musical group and their contributed track, Waste of Time, is their promo for an upcoming record. Unlike other bands included in the compilation, Jinx is more into some sort of posthardcore thing with some alternative rock traits. I can't recall right now what kind of bands they reminded me but I really liked it. Sounds familiar...Finally, if you have more precise information about this band, please let me know. I'd be thankful. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Boiling Point  
https://boilingpointpvd.bandcamp.com/releases
   
Boiling Point is a recently-formed hardcore band from Providence, Rhode Island and only have released one demo early this year. Their sound is a mix of old-school bostonian hardcore punk, with some slight d-beat and powerviolence traits. Most of the musical execution is short and mid-tempo paced with some eventual modern breakdowns and slower interludes with a pretty interesting sludge feel. They reminded me of bands like Vile Gash and HOAX mostly. And, yes, the band's name is a reference to SSD's classic anthem. FOF Chain Rank, Sunshine Ward and Crazy Spirit. I hope they release soon an EP or LP. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Dropdead
https://dropdeadhc.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2019
 Photo taken from No Echo. 

Ah, yes. The legendary hardcore outfit, also from Providence, Rhode Island, is finally here in the blog. They've been active since almost 30 years ago and also have been a reference to the whole powerviolence subgenre. And, yes, it's one of my favorite bands of all time. Sadly, this is not the right time to write about their history but I'll do that some time later. Early this year, they released a demo, which is an appetizer for an upcoming full-length album with their iconic sound almost intact (although, in some parts, they reminded me of modern bands such as Warthog). Their contributed track to this compilation, Hatred Burning, is a warning of the rise of the extreme right-wing lately. Damn, everything we feared the most...Look, Bart, Dropdead is back. Finally, do not miss them out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Peace Test
https://peacetest.bandcamp.com/

Peace Test is a recently formed band from Providence, Rhode Island and only have released one demo and promo in 2018. Their contributed track to this compilation, Fixed, is exclusive to this release and probably part of an upcoming record. Regarding the sound, the band mixes modern hardcore with powerviolence. They reminded me of bands like Water Torture and Sex Prisoner. Can't wait for their first album. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Spring Tide
https://springtidenb.bandcamp.com/

Spring Tide is a hardcore band from New Bedford, Massachusetts that have released so far some singles on their official bandcamp account. Their contributed track to this compilation, Failure Face, also is exclusive to this record. Regarding the sound, they have an interesting mix of posthardcore. melodic hardcore and NYHC with fast-paced and precise execution. They somewhat reminded me of UK bands such as Frame Of Mind and Stages Of Faith. Pretty awesome. I hope to see their first album as soon as possible. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Free 
https://freehc.bandcamp.com/

Free is a hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts featuring ex and current members of bands like Have Heart, Fiddlehead, Sweet Jesus, Mindset, Give, Down To Nothing, for naming a few. They have only released one demo (not on label (Free self-released), 2015) and Ex Tenebris EP (Triple B Records, 2017). Regarding the sound, their style is a living homage to old-school Boston style hardcore executed by a modern band. Pretty much like bands such as Waste Management or No Tolerance. Also, their contributed track to this compilation, MA Flex, is a critique to those hardcore punks that claimed to be "open mind/open heart" some years ago and now are so goddamned assholes. True stories, dude/tte. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Hope to see a brand new album sometime soon in the future. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Darklands
https://darklandspvd.bandcamp.com/

Darklands is a band from Providence, Rhode Island and have been in the game since 2013. They have released so far: demo (2013), self-titled EP (2014), St Thaddeus EP (2015), split EP with Twin Foxes (2017) and Hate It Here LP (2018). This is also an exception to the rule of relentless sonic attack in the whole compilation. Indeed, their sound is a mix of indie emo, posthardcore with some slight traces of post-punk and even shoegaze in some parts. They reminded a lot of both Jawbreaker and Knapsack. And, that's a good thing. Yeah. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Wound Man 
https://woundman.bandcamp.com/
  
Wound Man is a powerviolence band from New Bedford, Massachusetts that have been in the game since 2016 with a prolific discography including their mindcrushing Prehistory 7" EP (2018) and their split with Regional Justice Center (2019) (Yes, the latter probably is one of the candidates for our best picks of this year). Regarding the sound, Wound Man sound like a modern powerviolence mixing metallic hardcore breakdowns, grindcore and even some static and noise. This is just a pummeling attack in your brain. Oh, and you could book them for your social events since they performed for their vocalist's wedding with the vocalist of Brother (another local powerviolence band). Ha ha ha nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Antagonize 
https://antagonizehc.bandcamp.com/

Antagonize is the most recent musical project of Aaron Bedard, ex-vocalist of Bane. They have released so far one demo (2018) and Slip Death LP (2019). I remember some years ago that he decided to call it quits after Bane's disolution. But, you know, the hardcore flame will always call and you gotta answer it haha. So, unlike Mr. Bedard's renowned project, Antagonize is far more aggressive and less melodic and the lyrics are more political and outspoken (albeit you will still find his particular writing style). I was really surprised with the final result. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. I'd consider their more recent work as candidate for our best picks of this year list. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Anxious   
https://anxious18.bandcamp.com/
   
Anxious is a band from Connecticut and have released so far Carved EP (2017) and Never Better EP (2019). They also have an exclusive live session to Axe To Grind, a hardcore podcast. Regarding the sound, Anxious has different posthardcore, NYHC and even emo influences. They reminded of the early years of Turnstile and Angel Dust mixed with Touché Amoré. I really liked their musical execution and instrumentation which is fast, emotive and precise enough for pleasing your cravings for wild tunes. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. I'd consider their more recent work as candidate for our best picks of this year list. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Brother
https://brothernbhc.bandcamp.com/

We finally conclude this entry with this powerful female-fronted powerviolence band from New Bedford, Rhode Island. They only have released two demos: one from 2016 and the other one from early this year, as well as contributing one track to America's Hardcore Vol. 4 compilation and this one. Atomic Action also compiled both demos on a 7" vinyl. Regarding the sound, Brother mixes old-school powerviolence à la Infest with grindcore. They reminded me of american bands such as Escuela Grind and Oxidant. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Stay tuned. Kisses and hugs!   

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

MOAR record labels' catalog updates part 3 and some e-mail submissions

Note: 'Sup, homs!
Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with MOAR record labels' catalog updates featuring Byllepest Distro (Norway) and Adult Crash Records (Denmark). There are also some recent review submissions from Zegema Beach Records (Canada), Jarada from Israel and Talacactus from Argentina. Finally, I'm still quite busy this whole week so, the already announced mini-special post for this month will be published next week. Stay tuned. With all that written, let's begin. 

1) Byllepest Distro (Norway)

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/

We've exceedingly featured some records from this impressive Oslo-based hardcore punk distro/record label thanks to, what I called, the "colombian/norwegian hardcore connection" with the release of different works from Muro, Final and Primer Régimen some years ago. In fact, there's a new colombian hardcore/punk record that was meant to be reviewed in the previous post, but I decided to feature it in this one instead. Finally, most of the records are incomplete for full streaming on the record label's official bandcamp account (click on the image above for getting redirected to) and I hope to listen to them completely before the year ends. So, let's see what we've got.

Negativ (Norway) - Epicrisis EP  

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd050-epicrisis

This outstanding norwegian hardcore punk act never ceases to impress us with every release they just unveil periodically. Just like Muro from Colombia, Negativ wouldn't fit into any traditional hardcore labels due to the vast and prolific influences nourisihing their sound. Indeed, there are traces of old-school american hardcore classics such as Necros and Black Flag, Discharge-esque d-beat homages and, of course, the shadow of the greatness of 80s hardcore acts from Norway such as Kafka Prosess and Svart Framtid, for naming a few. So, yeah, the musical execution is fast and gritty with neither remorse nor fear of anything. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to a preview from this modern hardcore jewel. A potential candidate for our best picks of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Ignorantes (Chile) - Con La Camiseta Puesta tape

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd051-con-la-camiseta-puesta-kz

Ignorantes really caught my attention since their sound is a clear homage to old-school hardcore punk from Latin America with the same lo-fi, minimalistic and "I really don't a give a fuck" tupa tutupa attitude. Indeed, you can think of now all-time classics such as Ataque Frontal, Kaos (Peru), Atoxxxico (Mexico) and Fertil Miseria (Colombia), for naming a few. Also, the lyrics are quite simple yet precise with some characteristic "anti-everything", "no future" and "fuck your shit, arsehole" traits. It's been awhile since I listen to this kind of bands since many modern punk and hardcore bands have miserably failed trying to being provocative and shocking (or at least in a clever way). Ignorantes successfully passed the exam. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to a preview from this humble tape. A potential candidate for our best picks of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

X2000 - self-titled EP

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd052-self-titled-ep

Ah, Sweden. Your hardcore punk always is a marvel to listen to. So, X2000 is no exception to this rule. This Gothenburg-act plays straightforward d-beat-influenced mid-tempo hardcore punk (i.e. bands from the Iberian Peninsule like Destino Final, Irreal and Orden Mundial) with more obsucre, diabolical and experimental traits taken from darkwave just like modern bands such as Blank Spell, Devil Master (US) and Lucta (Italy) do. And, surprisingly, the lyrics are in spanish. I'm pretty sure their vocalist is from a spanish-speaking latin american country, for example, Colombia. Hmmm, I think I already know of whom we're talking about...Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to a preview from this mind-crushing EP. A potential candidate for our best picks of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Membrane (US) - self-titled EP 


If I'm not wrong this is the debut from this interesting Oakland-based hardcore act. They play distorted and relentless d-beat hardcore punk in the same vein as Disclose. Indeed, unlike other homologues across the country, Membrane is less "americanized" and more emphasized in the most raw and aggressive aspect of the countless Discharge's acolytes out there. In fact, I thought they were japanese since they truly reminded me of bands like Kriegshög and Isterismo. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to a preview from this mind-crushing EP. A potential candidate for our best picks of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Final (Colombia) - Sentido Común Hegemónico Siglo XXI EP 

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd054-sentido-com-n-hegem-nico-siglo-xxi-ep
    
Final really, really surprised us two years ago with the release of their first full-length album Obsolescencia Humana (Byllepest Distro, 2017), whose sound was a pretty well-conceived and well-executed mix of different types of punk. Now, they're back with this 5-track EP which is a little bit more aggressive and even more political aware than ever. Indeed, they're more into their early latin american hardcore punk roots displaying thus their unique and personal musical execution which is catchy and precise without losing the grip. Living in a country such as Colombia can really transform any human being into a bitter and angry beast and Final shouts that out to this beautifully cruel world. Also, this record is a co-release with Al Sur Del Infierno Discos, a record label founded by the members of Final, so, let's see what the future will bring up next. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to a preview from this cautivating EP. I really dig it. A potential candidate for our best picks of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

2) Adult Crash Records (Denmark) 

http://adult-crash.com/wp/

As I've stated in multiple reprises, Denmark's hardcore punk scene is a little bit unknown for me but I've recently featured excellent outfits such as Junta, Night Fever, Planet Y and Ond Tro, and more, and I must admit that this entourage really surprises me. So, we'll feature some records recently released by Adult Crash Records, a Copenhagen-based record label, which some are from either Denmark or other scandinavian countries such as Sweden. I've also been told that UZI from Colombia will release their long-awaited EP (at least for me :B) through Adult Crash which already is on press. Cool. Hope to see it before the year ends. With all that we remarked to, let's see what we've got. 

Spraut (Sweden) - Det Smutsiga Livet EP

https://spraut.bandcamp.com/album/det-smutsiga-livet

This is the debut album from this Uppsala-based outfit. Just like many outfits from the region, Spraut delivers a short, fast and loud  d-beat hardcore punk sound inherited from all-time classics such as Headcleaners, Shitlickers, Discard and Anti-Cimex (pre-Scandinavian Jawbreaker LP era). Nothing new under the sun but all hail swedish kängpunk. If you dig modern acts from Sweden such as Sex Dwarf, Katastroff and Larma, you'll definitely love this one. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this EP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Cesspool (Denamrk) - We Hide Among You EP

https://cesspoolhc.bandcamp.com/album/we-hide-among-you

When we made our entry featuring bands that participated to K-Town Hardcore Fest '19 (you can click here if you want to refresh your memory), we didn't have any reference of Cesspool except the fact that they're "another rotten apple from the K-Town family tree" and their musical style was a "Creepy crawly sunny side down hardcore punk for the pit!". With this EP, I can truly confirm the latter statement. Indeed, their sound really reminded me of d-beat-influenced american hardcore punk bands like Ajax and Impalers but with the same musical execution like modern swedish bands such as Larma and Löss. Cesspool definitely made me think of a danish version of Poison Idea filled with d-beats, some eventual guitar riffs à la Mötörhead and pummeling short breakdowns in the bostonian style side of things. This is a ripping soundtrack for destroying everything in the pit. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to a preview from this cautivating EP. I really dig it. A potential candidate for our best picks of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Deformation (Denmark) - self-titled LP

https://deformation.bandcamp.com/releases

This is also the debut album of another "rotten apple from the K-Town family tree". When the K-Town Hardcore Fest '19 was held, Deformation only had released two tracks, Elite and Nuclear, for promoting themselves because they replaced Adolescents (US) at the very last minute. So, the musical style draws influences from d-beat with short, fast and loud songs. Pretty much like other bands in the scandinavian peninsule such as Halshug, Junta (Denmark) and Larma (Sweden), for example. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this interesting LP. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

3) Some e-mail requests 

Zegema Beach Records (Canada)

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/  

Once again, our (un)official partners of Zegema Beach Records (Canada) monthly propose us interesting screamo and post-hardcore-related outfits for making reviews. Let's see what we've got for this month.

OLAM (US) - I Will Guide Thy Hand tape

  
https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-guide-thy-hand

This is the debut album from this interesting musical outfit from Indiana. Their sound is a mix of post-black metal, post-hardcore and metalcore. Indeed, they truly reminded me of a blackened version of early/mid-00s mathcore bands such as The Bled, Norma Jean and Converge with some of Deafheaven's sensibilities in their pre-Sunbather era. I love that record, though ha ha ha. So, the musical execution and instrumentations are simply amazing with both complex and chaotic traits. This will definitely blow your mind out. Try get one physical copy as soon as possible since they're almost out of stock. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp for listening to it. A potential candidate for our best picks of our year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   


Malevich (US) - Our Hollow LP


Ok, so this LP really caught me by surprise. Indeed, their sound is a brutiful mix of black metal, grindcore and sludge. They reminded me of like a more blackened edition of Full Of Hell performed by a southern post-metal band like Isis or Pelican. This is complete madness with both shrieked and guttural vocals, heavy metallic guitar chords definitely forged in hell, and slow yet overwhelming drum beats diluted in a massively insane dark ambient-filled forest. I do not tend to like +5 minute long tracks, but Malevich makes me think twice or thrice about it. Holy fuck. Amazing. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp for listening to it. A potential candidate for our best picks of our year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Nuvolascura - self-titled LP 


Formerly known as Vril, this L.A.-based female-fronted screamo/post-hardcore band that features members of different bands such as SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Letters To Catalonia and Curtains, for naming a few. Their music is pretty intense and chaotic mixing different slow and fast-paced tempo overlaps, melodic yet overwhelming instrumentation, unpredictable crescendos and a precisely monstrous drummer whom probably was brought from another alternate universe where the blast-beat drum technique is a mandatory childrens' play. Damn, this is pretty awesome. If you dig bands like CADY (UK), Piri Reis (Malaysia), Gouge Away (US) or Oathbreaker (pre-Reia era), Nuvolascura will definitely get you. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp for listening to it. A potential candidate for our best picks of our year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Talacactus (Argentina) - self-titled LP 

https://talacactus.bandcamp.com/

This is the most recent work from Talacactus, a band from Argentina that has been in the game since almost 15 years ago. I knew this band back in the days when powerviolence was starting to become a thing within the hardcore/punk scene in South America. So, this LP is a mix of different hardcore punk styles such as thrashcore, powerviolence and crossover thrash with a pretty interesting garage rock feel. Even there's an uncommon musical instrumentation for a hardcore band since they're using bongoes and mixing thus the aforementioned hardcore punk-driven beats with other more latinx-related musical genres such as samba. Cool. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp for listening to it. A potential candidate for our best picks of our year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Jarada (Israel) - Ma'agal Sina'a EP 

https://jarada.bandcamp.com/album/maagal-sinaa
  
We finally conclude this humble entry with this impressive band from Israel. I'm not really into the hardcore punk scene from that territory since the days of Dir Yassin (I'm too old ha ha ha) and I must admit that Jarada's second EP really impressed me. Indeed, their sound reminded me of modern hardcore bands such as Haram, Khiss (US), Orden Mundial and Trau (Palma de Mallorca, Spain). Their musical instrumentation and execution is pretty aggreessive and raw with some eventual d-beat and powerviolence traits. Even with some slower breakdowns à la bostonian hardcore as well. And, don't worry, their lyrical content is anti-zionist in their native language, hebrew. Nice. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp for listening to it. A potential candidate for our best picks of our year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Monday, November 11, 2019

MOAR colombian hardcore punk releases

Note: Yup. 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry. As I promised you some months ago, these are some of the most recent colombian hardcore punk releases so far this year. You can re-visit some of the others we already reviewed by clicking here. I'm deeply sorry for the delay but many technical and logistical issues impeded me to feature this entry earlier so, yeah, here we go again. I still am waiting for getting some of the physical editions of these releases and I'll try to not letting time pass so easily. Finally, I don't have so much time so, we'll be brief as possible. With all that written, let's begin.

Aleph Es El Color Del Cielo - Las Flores Que Nunca Te Di LP

https://alepheselcolordelcielo.bandcamp.com/releases

We start this humble entry with the first and only release from this band. Aleph Es El Color Del Cielo's sound is a mix of screamo, post-hardcore, math and post-rock with personal and heart-touching lyrics dealing with failed relationships and how sad and shitty sundays are, for example, that really reminded me of Bosque, Caminos (Chile), Suis La Lune (Sweden) and Envy (Japan). Both musical execution and instrumentation are pretty exceptional with slower and introspective interludes, mid-tempo crescendos, screamed vocals and +3 minutes long tracks. As you may know, here in Colombia we really don't have too many emo-related acts so, it's pretty cool that Aleph... still exists. Oh, and there's an American Football reference in the last track. What else could you ask for? Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Amenazas - Europa 2019 (Discography) tape

https://amenazas.bandcamp.com/album/europa-2019-discograf-a

Les chaton.ne.s! of Amenazas did a successful european tour in june-july (in fact, the artwork is the same used for promoting it) and Symphony of Destruction Records (click here for visiting their official bandcamp account) from France released this tape compiling the whole Amenazas' discography: self-titled EP, 4-way split LP with Sinnaciön (France), Pesticida SS (Colombia) and Huasipungo (USA), split tape with Víctimas (Colombia) and contributed tracks to Odio Sus Guerras, Fuerza Ingobernable Vol. I and Silla Eléctrica compilations. All the aforementioned records are available here in the blog. If you missed the chance of hearing the message of their mindcrushing swedish d-beat-influenced politically-charged hardcore punk, this is the right opportunity for doing so. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Ataraxia - Mentiras Dichas Ayer (Demo live '19) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-wgD7TGZfs

Ataraxia is a recently formed band from the southern part of Colombia (Not sure if from Pasto or Ipiales), near to the international border with Ecuador. Their sound draws influences from screamo, emoviolence, post-hardcore, math and post-rock that really reminded me of a mix of Suis La Lune (Sweden), Comadre and Funeral Diner (USA) with both slow and fast-paced tempo overlaps, screamed and clean vocals and a pretty impressive musical instrumentation with simple yet catchy tunes. And, of course, the lyrics are personal and abstract enough, nearly difficult to correctly interpret of what they are about. Finally, I really dig this live recording tape and can't wait for an eventual official release. Don't forget to click on the image for getting redirected to YouTube where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Axia La Muerte 6 compilation

https://ruida.bandcamp.com/album/axia-la-muerte-6

Featured bands: Deus Carne, Empatía, Kolmillo, Wrong Medical Perceptions, Pestes de Cloaca, Plaga Humana, Porndisnoise, Ojos Rojos, CDH, Destitute, Viene En Balde, Devastación, Bömbärdeo (Chile), Eskleroziz Demencial, Bosta Rala and Sociedad Dekadente. 

This is the sixth volume of a compilation series released by Ruida, a zine from Cali, Colombia. This issue in particular contains a report about the origins of the grindcore subgenre, the different types of blast beat drum techniques and a short bio and information of the featured bands in the compilation (All the aforementioned content is in spanish. No english translation, sorry). About the latter, it does feature some recent hardcore punk bands exploring different styles such as screamo, d-beat, crust and grindcore, among others. There are some previously unreleased tracks exclusive to this record so, this could be considered like a sort of promo for upcoming material. Finally, click on the image above for listening to this record. If you can to read the aforementioned zine, copy and paste the URL below on your favorite internet browser. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Fanzine: https://issuu.com/estefania3208/docs/axia_la_muerte_6-comprimido

Azfixxia / Errantes (Ecuador) split tape 

https://tapeserrantes.bandcamp.com/album/azfixxia-errantes-full-tape-split

This is a pretty interesting split tape featuring Azfixxia, a two-person d-beat hardcore punk band from Pereira, and Errantes, also a d-beat hardcore punk band, from Quito, Ecuador. So, each band only contributes 1 song (about 2 minutes long) which are pretty intense enough for satisfying your cravings for dissonance and chaos. Firstly, Azfixxia contributes a nazi punching anthem and last but not least, Errantes makes a manifesto against the boredom and bullshit we're condemned to live in. Cool. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the Tapes Errantes (Ecuador) record label's official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. This is a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Bozzo - Demo live '19 


Bozzo is a recently formed powerviolence band from Pasto (or Ipiales. I'm not sure) that hasn't recorded anything but this demo. So, as the name suggests, this is a live recording with weird samplers that only Cthulhu probably knows where they were taken from. So, this 7-track EP is full of sarcasm, irony and shit against humanity and that's all I've got to write about this. This kind of recordings are pretty scarce and rare within colombian hardcore/punk and I loved it. Can't wait for an eventual official release. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to YouTube where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Colombia A Toda Mierda Vol. 5 compilation

https://mega.nz/#!zhYmQYCA!nJNZwBQWDw5vLhso-xQ_SvwlQCLHtgiz6YRDcBQs0Is

Featured bands: Primitivo, Pútrida Sociedad, Estado Laiko, Ácido Sulfúrico, Extintion, Abuso, Rotten Noise, Violación, UZI, Aborigen, Willi Pete, Ranziopunk, Azfixxia, Anger Blast, Hellvett, SararamireZ, Chikungunya, Rehën, Bakteria, Úlcera, Strike, Yo Soy La Destrucción, Cuerpos Sin Vida, Horror Terror, Bässtardö, Huruk Hai, Repunknancia, A Sangre Fría, Horda Terrorista, Víctimas, Alitosis, Vudú, Grotzch, Hastío, Anarka, C.D.H., Death Row, Palabras Sobran, Grita O Muere and Scort 10. 

The fifth installment of the well-known Colombia A Toda Mierda compilation series released by our friends of Disordera Records (Santa Rosa de Cabal). 40 bands from different parts of the country including Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Armenia, Pasto, Pereira and more exploring styles such as crust, d-beat, powerviolence and grindcore. Some tracks are brand new and exclusive to this release while some others not at all. Just download it. Finally, click on the image for downloading this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Destrozando - Demo '19

https://destrozando.bandcamp.com/releases

This is the first demo from this recently formed female-fronted hardcore band from Medellín, Antioquia. Their sound draws influences from crust, powerviolence and thrashcore (pretty much like Dropdead or Capitalist Casualties) with politically-charged lyrics dealing with corruption during popular elections, living lies of this material world, infrahuman labor conditions, etc. I really liked their musical execution and instrumentation so, I can't wait for an upcoming EP or LP.  Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Devenir - Resistir 

https://devenir.bandcamp.com/

Devenir, a female-fronted hardcore punk band from Rionegro/Bogotá D.C., says goodbye to this fucked-up world with Resistir which compiles the last recordings from the band in the last two years. Their sound is highly influenced by politically-charged latinx/chicanx hardcore bands from the U.S. such as Los Crudos, Sin Orden and Trágatelo. Devenir will definitely remind you of bands like Migra Violenta (Argentina) and Ruidosa Inmundicia (Chile/Austria), for example. Their lyrics also deal with social, political and economic issues such as abuse of power, colonialism, womyn struggles for the control of their bodies and more. There are some references to shameful episodes of colombian modern history such as the "Social leaders' massacres" and the "Mothers of Soacha" affairs. It's too bad that this band isn't anymore but, you know, shit happens. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Oh, and there's a cover of Trágatelo's Resistiendo La Colonización as bonus track. Nice. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Empatía

https://empatiaviolencia.bandcamp.com/album/2017-2018

Empatía is the screamo/emoviolence band I participate to as a vocalist. We finally made an official bandcamp account and Miss The Stars Records from Germany will release a discography on 7" format that will feature everything we recorded from 2017 - 2019, including the contributed tracks to our split with our sisters of LAYQA, a local post-punk/hardcore punk band, as bonus tracks. The record is expected to be released in the next month so, I'll keep you updated when the right time comes. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to what we're capable of. Enjoy! 

INFRA - La Hora Del Fin EP

https://infra84.bandcamp.com/releases
   
INFRA is composed by members of different local hardcore and punk bands such as Tumbas, SECTA and Sin Reacción and others for naming a few. Now, their sound is mostly influenced by the UK82 hardcore side of things (you know, early Chaos UK, Disorder, The Exploited, etc.) and some slight japanese d-beat traits can be detected as well. The musical execution is fast-paced and precise with no frills and no complexity for not losing the grip, just like hardcore punk should always be with lyrics that are mostly politically-charged with different No Future stances and some references to injustice systems and police brutality, among others. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Neanderthal - Paracronismos Paleolíticos split EP with EddiexMurphy (Italy) 

https://neanderthalmincegore.bandcamp.com/album/paracronismos-paleol-ticos-split-7-w-eddie-x-murphy

Neanderthal is a recently formed grindcore band from Antioquia (Medellín, Bello (?)) whose sound is highly influenced by both mincecore and goregrind styles. You know, a mix of Agathocles (Belgium) and Regurgitate (Sweden). Indeed, the sound is lo-fi and minimalistic with healthy dozes of death metal and tupa tutupa-esque execution this kind of grindcore acts are known for. They currently have released in less than 3 months one split with EddiexMurphy (Italy) and Cysticercosis (Brazil). Pretty dope. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Both splits are definitely potential candidates for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Reacción Al Silencio (RAS) - Promo '19

https://reaccionalsilencio.bandcamp.com/album/promo-2019

This 3-track promo EP is an apéro from an upcoming LP the band is working on lately. Their sound is pretty reminiscent of hardcore bands such as Backtrack, Cruel Hand. Trapped Under Ice (USA) and No Turning Back (Netherlands) with both metallic guitar chords and up-tempo drum beats. The lyrics have personal content but with some political consciousness to remark to. If you have read the blog thoroughly, you can recall local bands such as Coyote and Strike (two of our best picks of last year) for getting an idea RAS is capable of. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. This is a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Renkore - Rarxs Al Borde LP

https://renkore.bandcamp.com/album/rarxs-al-borde

Our chaton.ne.s! of Renkore released in august this record which compiles some re-recordings of the contributed tracks to the split with Amor y Rabia (Colombia) (already available here in the blog) and some brand new material as well. Their sound is a mix of crust, grindcore and metalcore with both male and female screamed and guttural vocals with political and personal lyrics dealing with sexuality, violence, state oppression, revolution, corruption and more. They are also currently making a tour in Mexico so, look for the dates in their official Facebook fanpage here. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp where you can listen to this record. I hope to get a physical copy soon. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
 
Resplandor - Desde El Ocaso De La Consciencia LP (Promo '19)

https://resplandor.bandcamp.com/album/desde-el-ocaso-de-la-consciencia
  
Historically speaking, Resplandor comes from a period of time known as Santa Fe de Bogotá Hardcore - SBHC, back in the late-90s / early '00s when hardcore punk bands from Colombia knew the late-90s NYHC and incorporated more metallic traits into their repertory. Since then, Resplandor is one of the forefathers of this trend and still is active today. They also have had different line-up changes (notably regarding their vocalist role) and, almost 15 years after the release of their second full-length album, La Imperturbable Libertad De Un Sueño, present some tracks from their upcoming LP. Now, their sound is highly influenced by 90s vegan straight edge metalcore bands such as Liar (Belgium), Morning Again (USA), Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn (Germany) with both personal and political lyrics. In fact, they're one of the few local straight edge hardcore bands with a more outspoken and unapologetical discourse. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to some of the tracks from this upcoming record. Hope to see it released before the year ends. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Satvrn Svnlight / Destruye y Destruye (Ecuador) - Disonancias Agresivas Y Mariguanas split 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3sHkvIanpM

It's been awhile since we feature some material from our chaton.ne.s! of Satvrn Svnlight and this time around they're not alone. Firstly, Satvrn Svnlight are back with their auto-called queercore stonerviolence drawing influences from noise, grindcore, black metal, dark ambient, sludge and stoner rock with weird samples (one of them, for example, is in fact an old colombian telenovela excerpt involving a sexual intercourse with a priest. I can't remember right now which one is, though), and a dark and gritty musical execution perfect for your weed trips. Nice. Last but not least, Destruye y Destruye is a grindcore band from Ecuador featuring members from Colombia and play killer and relentless grindcore in the same way as Nasum, Filthy Christians and G-Anx. Pure swedish school, baby. So, with this reference I guess I shouldn't write more about it, right? I'm not sure but I think the contributed tracks to this brutal split are re-recorded tracks from previous works. You can correct me if I'm wrong. I really dig this band. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to YouTube where you can listen to this record. I hope to get a physical copy soon. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Trampa (Venezuela/Colombia) - Muerte Es La Paz (Promo '19)

https://trampa.bandcamp.com/album/muerte-es-la-paz?fbclid=IwAR1w0rp6pPheHMf-js9f2M55IFbl-b8xpGe4UvpuqaFLvnNjYJ0f_z84DU4
   
Trampa is a recently formed hardcore punk formed by venezuelan pvnx living in the exile here in Bogotá D.C. Featuring members of now defunct musical outfits from Venezuela such as Warsystem, Atröz Ciudad and Pellejö, Trampa presents two tracks, Trampa and Víctimas, which is material from an upcoming demo that is in the making since some months ago. Their sound is hugely influenced by both swedish and japanese d-beat warlords such as Skitsystem and Disclose, for naming a few, with short, fast and loud polittically-charged hardcore. Pretty much like where the aforementioned venezuelan acts left off. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. This is a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

TRNCH - Geno-Cyber EP

https://trnch111.bandcamp.com/album/genocyber

Some years ago, I was completely mesmerized by the brutal musical execution from this Ipiales-based powerviolence/grindcore band. I thought they disbanded some time ago but they were just...dormant. I guess. So, their sound is a mix of old school powerviolence à la Spazz with the aggression of modern grindcore bands such as Magrudergrind and Hatred Surge, for example, with both political and satirically-charged lyrics dealing with how fucked the human being certainly is including some references to Kawakami, the d-beat master. Yeah! There aren't too many colombian bands playing this way right now so, I'm glad they're back. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Víctimas - self-titled LP

https://victimas.bandcamp.com/album/victimas-st

We finally conclude this humble entry with the highly-anticipated first full-length album from this unstoppable hardcore punk monster. Víctimas draws influences from both japanese and swedish d-beat hardcore punk styles with the unique and particular touch bands from latin america tend to incorporate. Compared to previous works, this LP is more refined and mature with much more clean and precise musical instrumentation but still retains their relentless and rabid hardcore punk style we fell in love with some time ago. You can now understand more their lyrics about the potential threat of the upcoming destruction that will erase from history our decadent (in)human nature. It really caught my attention the level of d-beat mastery they've reached so far. Absolutely nuts. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this record. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!