Saturday, December 30, 2017

La Mort D'Un.e. Moderniste presents: Celebrating our third anniversary with Cry Now, Cry Later compilation series

Note: Yeah baby

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the last entry of 2017. Since I'm out of town during holidays, it's been a little bit difficult to post something. So, we'll have to make some changes. Again. Firstly, the final part of our infamous yet successful special post about both 80s and 90s american emo will be published after January 7th. And, secondly, shortly after that entry, we'll start with our 80s swedish hardcore punk mini-special post. On the other hand, this wasn't exactly the content previewed for this post, but these classical powerviolence and grindcore compilations express my hate towards many aspects of my life during this fucked up and shitty year. Obviously, everything wasn't as dramatic as you may think. Thanks to you, the popularity of this blog considerably increased this year and I'm more motivated than ever. I have no words to express my gratitude, les chaton.ne.s! But I know that without you this couldn't be possible. Namasté. Finally, Happy New Year. We'll come back with more surprises and start some unfinished projects we've been working on the last few months. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Cry Now, Cry Later Vols. 1 & 2 and Vols. 3 & 4 CDs 

 https://mega.nz/#!u5ZSnAZL!9cUUVuwlO65ZFUfuGaVEwRiKdJouI_H76I1uNfSkGio
This superb classic 90s hardcore compilation series was released by Theologian Records and Pessimiser Records (USA) in 1993 (Vol. 1), 1994 (Vol. 2), 1995 (Vol. 3) and 1996 (Vol. 4) on LP format. Now, the featured bands are: Spazz, 13, Crom, The Fishsticks, Stapled Shut, Crisis, EyeHateGod, Despise You, Meatshits, Grief and Capitalist Casualties (Vol. 1); 16, Excrucitating Terror, Iabhorher, Cattlepress, Lack Of Interest, Fleabag, Factoria de Miedo (which is Fear Factory singing in spanish), Despise You and Stapled Shut (Vol. 2); Divisia, Carol, Spazz, Los Crudos, Gasp, Halfman, Noothgrush, Charles Bronson, Locust and Detestation (Vol. 3); Man Is The Bastard, Lack Of Interest, Soilent Green, Crom, Excrucitating Terror, Cavity, Flame Retarded, Agathocles and Suppression. In 1998, these 4 volumes were re-released and divided in two CDs featuring some Black Army Jacket, Cojoba, Pisspoor, Unruh (Vols. 1 & 2 CD), Abnegation, Seven Foot Spleen and Agoraphobic Nosebleed (Vols. 3 & 4 CD) extra tracks, absent in the original releases. Regarding the sound, most of the bands are related to both powerviolence and grindcore offshoots (some names are evident) but you'll also find some few exceptions. For example, Loomis Slovak was a political emo band, Carol from Germany delight us with their superb Northcore style, and some sludge heavyweights such as Noothgrush, EyeHateGod and Grief are present too. I've always wondered why Abnegation (affiliated to hardline straight edge movement) and Meat Shits (some lyrics and attitudes can be regarded as misogynistic) are included. Nonetheless, these records compile some of the best hardcore punk styles displayed in the 90s. You'll also find their artwork a little bit shocking because there are some displays of violence, poverty and drug addiction on it but life isn't pink colored. It really is unfair and unjust. Lastly, click on the image for downloading both CDs, as well as the original artwork of the LP versions. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

La Mort D'un.e. Moderniste presents: Best picks of 2017. International Edition.

Note: La La Land is the worst movie ever but congratulations anyway, Ms. Stone.

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with our best picks of 2017: International Edition. I must admit that 2017 left us a bunch of new releases (just only view our previous post of some of the best colombian hardcore punk records) and was pretty difficult to choose. I know most of them are either american or british, but don't get me worng. Their local scenes are producing some of the best hardcore punk productions recently. I also tried to feature bands from other countries, as well as female-fronted (both cis and trans) remembering the successful result we had with our infamous Not Just Boys Fun mini-special post. So, I hope you enjoy this fairly long yet wholesome list (Ayyyy, qué rico. Pappppuuuu) Ehem...Ok...Enjoy and until next time! Kisses and hugs! 

Odio - Ancora LP (Agipunk (Italia), USA)

https://odiodio.bandcamp.com/album/ancora
The second full-length album of this amazing Oakland-based hardcore punk band. Once again, Odio surprise us with their overwhelming and crushing d-beat influenced hardcore punk, drawing the best elements of all-time classic 80s and 90s japanese hardcore such as G.I.S.M., GAI, The Comes, Disclose and Life. The perfect soundtrack for an intense and relentless pogo night. Highly recommended. Enjoy!









Kohti Tohua - Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta (self-released, Finland)  

https://kohtituhoa.bandcamp.com/album/pelon-nelj-s-valtakunta

Holy guacamole! This superb female-fronted d-beat hardcore band from Helsinki simply blew my mind out. I really liked it. Their sound has d-beat, crust'n roll and even some metal punk influences for creating an exquisite raw, loud and precise music. Indeed, there's a gap between Rattus' raw style and Inepsy's Motörhead-esque tunes. And, their vocalist makes a superb work with her voice reminiscent of classic female-fronted hardcore punk bands such as Nausea and Detestation. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 





Portuguese / Swedish Hardcore Punk Raw Pollution: Systemik Viølence & Rajoitus split (Raw'n'Roll Rex, Portugal).

https://rawnrollrex.bandcamp.com/album/rnr007-systemik-vi-lence-por-rajoitus-swe-portuguese-swedish-hardcore-punk-raw-pollution-split-tapeThis superb split contains two abrasive and violent raw d-beat hardcore punk bands Systemik Viølence (Portugal) and Rajoitus (Sweden). The Lisbon-based band draws influences from Anti-Cimex's early recordings with the terrorist violent attitude of Japan's most fearsome band G.I.S.M. and even some of the superb work of Darkthrone's short yet very impressive crust punk era. On the other side, Rajoitus was born in early 90s and, along with contemporary local counterparts such as Totalitär and Disfear, spread the d-beat raw punk reality around the globe. For this split, they contribute some unreleased stuff from 2014 and they pay tribute to finnish hardcore powerhouses Kaaos and Terveet Kädet with two impressive covers. The war against modern hardcore and punk has been declared with this record. When I get my physical copy, I'll undoubtedly upload it for you. Highly recommended.  




 Hive - Parisitic Twin (Crown And Thorn Ltd. (USA), USA)

https://hivempls.bandcamp.com/album/parasitic-twin
This is a pretty solid and outstanding record of this Memphis-based hardcore band. It features members of 90s influential hardcore bands such as 108, Threadbare and Disembodied but, unlike these all-time classics, Hive opted for paying tribute to early-00s american crustcore bands such as Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone. So, you'll find some right doses of d-beat, crust and sludge for pleasing your ears always craving for nonsense and violent music. The musical execution and instrumentation is fantastic with both fast and slow-paced moments creating an obscure and dense atmosphere. You can't miss out this kind of bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  


Ritual Knife - Hate Invocation (Fallen Empire Records, USA)

https://ritual-knife.bandcamp.com/album/hate-invocation
What can I say about this Atlanta-based band? I think I have no words to describe it. It's simply amazing. Ritual Knife mixes the best elements of both black metal and crust punk for creating an immersive, violent and noisy as fuck dark ambient. You can have some blackened crust bands such as Iskra, Gallhammer, Cara Neir and even Darkthrone's crust era as reference but this band is a new unexplored world by itself. Let this band rip your heart out with its superb musical style. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   






Impalers - Cellar Dweller LP (540 Records (USA) / Static Shock Records (UK))

It's final-fuckin'-lly! The first LP of this amazing Austin-based d-beat hardcore punk band. This is probably the band responsible for leading the creation of the new wave of american hardcore (deeply explored last year in our infamous special post about it) consisting of, in one part, mixing both d-beat and american hardcore styles. So, this record is raw, ferocious and relentless as you can imagine. Indeed, they fuse the best elements of both d-beat and american hardcore, as well as adding some catchy classical rock 'n roll for creating their top-notch musical style, which could be heared after the inminent nuclear holocaust that awaits us. This band achieved where Discharge failed after their lousy and boring glam metal era (Hey, someone had to say it). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Krimewatch - self-titled 7" (European Tour '17 promo) (Static Shock (UK), USA)

https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/krimewatch
Finally! One full-length album from this superb New York-based female-fronted hardcore punk band. The wait is over...Wait a minute. Isn't that their demo from last year re-released as 7"? Holy fuck...However, I'm really happy that at least european hardcore punx could delight themselves with Krimewatch's musical style (that mixes both early NYHC and British hardcore with english and japanese lyrics). This is by far one of the best emerging american hardcore bands and was already featured in our Not Just Boys Fun mini-special post (Why didn't I make one 2017 edition?). Until their long-awaited full length album gets finally released, listen to this. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Exit Order - Seed Of Hysteria LP (Side Two Records (USA) / La Vida Es Un Mus (UK))
https://exitorder.bandcamp.com/album/seed-of-hysteriaThis is the second full-length album from this outstanding Boston-based female-fronted hardcore punk band, also already featured in our Not Just Boys Fun mini-special post. They're back stronger than ever mixing the best elements of both early british hardcore and their local hardcore style. Finally, we also had talked about this record in our Damaged City Fest '17 mini-special post. Revisit it here. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  
Glue - self-titled MLP (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), USA)

The most recent work of this outstanding Austin-based hardcore band is finally here. This album is fast-paced, intense and violent as ever, taking their british and american hardcore influences to the next level. And, this is also the perfect soundtrack for making riots and fighting the police in the city. This is undoubtedly the proof that hardcore punk is more alive than ever was. Remember we already gave our impressions of this musical group when we made our Damaged City '17 mini-special post. You can revisit it here. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Witchtrail - Demo 2017 

https://witchtrialdc.bandcamp.com/releasesRemember the first we reviewed this impressive D.C.-based metal punk outfit in our Damaged City '17 mini-special post? We were totally amazed by their top-notch musical instrumentation and execution. Well, this is their first studio work and is fantastic as we previously stated. You can read our early impressions here. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
Devil Master - Inhabit The Corpse EP tape (Grim Winds, USA)
 
https://devilmaster.bandcamp.com/album/inhabit-the-corpseI've waited too long for featuring this amazing Pennsylvania-based metal punk outfit. It features members of Cape Of Bats and Blank Spell. Just like the aforementioned outfits, Devil Master has black metal, deathrock and hardcore punk influences. However, it's not as heavy as Cape Of Bats nor as groovy as Blank Spell but it does have a special and unique obscure and cryptic ambient. If you've ever wanted to explore a forest during the midnight, this could be the perfect soundtrack for doing so and maybe we won't ever see you again...Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Concealed Blade - self-titled (Beach Impediment Records, USA)

https://beachimpedimentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/concealed-blade-s-tAs we previously announced in our Damaged City Fest '17 mini-special post, Concealed Blade was a potential candidate for our best picks of 2017. Indeed, their crushing and perfect mix between d-beat and american hardcore punk, notably Boston Hardcore style, cannot be ignored. You can read our impressions here. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Haram - When You Have Won, You Have Lost LP (La Vida Es Un Mus (UK), USA) 

https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/when-you-have-won-you-have-lost-lp-2
A fantastic work from this amazing american hardcore punk. They have previously released one demo and one 7" and this their first full-length album. Haram plays simple yet intense straightforward hardcore punk, highly influenced by both early japanese and british hardcore but with an evident american execution. Also, the bands'  lyrics are entirely in Arabic (because their vocalist is from Lebanon), which is fantastic for these hideous times of racial discrimination towards muslim population (notably in the US and Europe). And, just like now defunct american acts such as Pure Disgust and G.L.O.S.S., political lyrics are a key element for this band. Hardcore should always be culturally relevant, challenging and outspoken like these kind of bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Sesso Violento - Vicious (self-released (?), Italy)

https://sessoviolento.bandcamp.com/album/vicious
This is a quite interesting two-man project from Italy. This is Sesso Violento's most recent full-length album and I must say the final result is pretty amazing. Their sound draws influences from different old school american and european hardcore bands, that somewhat reminded me of NWOBHC wave, but with an exquisite and unique violent, unorthodox and vicious execution. It's one of those bands that even though don't have a specific way to play, you'll immediately fell in love with them. Also, one of their members is an erotic photographer and you can watch some of his works here. You can't miss out this fast and loud outfit. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Drought Year - Nothing More Than Worthless (self-released, USA)
This is the follow-up of their quite charming debut album All S ymbols Are Swastikas (2016). I was really impressed by the musical style of this sludge band from Asheville, North Carolina, due to their eclectic nature. Indeed, they mix early norwegian black metal, both american sludge and hardcore and post-metal for creating a thick and abrasive sound within a dark, cold and isolated ambient. The musical execution and instrumentation is undoubtedly fantastic and reminded me of the first days when I discovered bands such as Cult Of Luna, Isis, Neurosis and EyeHateGod. If you're familiar with some of these names, Drought Year is definitely for you. I'll try to post in the near future bands like this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Primitive Man - Caustic LP (Relapse Records, USA)
https://primitivemandoom.bandcamp.com/album/caustic Holy fuck, holy fuck, holy fuck! This is the most recent work of this crushing Denver-based sludge band that will simply rip your heart out and blow your mind away with their dark, overwhelming and mesmerizing style. I also detect some traces of drone and harsh noise too, so this will be a complete sonic holocaust in your head. And, as you can imagine, the musical execution is bestial and the growled vocal style perfectly complements this infernal feast of violence and despair. Finally, I must admit I completely dig this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!




Purple X - Demo 2017 (Byllepest Distro (Norway), Norway) 

When I made the infamous yet successful From Norway With Love: Norwegian hardcore punk in the 80s and 90s special post last year, I wasn't really aware at all of the modern local hardcore scene. Thanks to the norwegian/colombian hardcore connection, already mentioned in the previous post, I had the opportunity to know some cool outfits from that beautiful scandinavian country. Surprisingly, I found Purple X, whose noisy, fast-paced, violent and unpredictable style reminded me of cool NY acts such as Crazy Spirit, Dawn Of Humans and Hank Wood And The Hammerheads mixed with some classic norwegian flavor in the same vein as Svart Framtid and Kafka Prosess. Finally, I absolutely recommend this band. It's one of those outfits that remind us that hardcore should always surpass its own natural musical boundaries without leaving aside the short, fast and loud execution that characterize it. I hope more surprises from this band. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Full Of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy LP/CD (Profound Lore Records (Canada), USA)
 

The most recent full-length album of this monstrous Maryland-based experimental grindcore outfit is finally here. I have to admit that when I first heard this record, I couldn't believe the nonsense and violent music levels this band has reached lately. Since their split with Merzbow (already featured here in the blog), Full Of Hell's eclectic nature has shaped an unique and personal style of their own. Indeed, you'll still find grindcore, sludge, powerviolence, noise, experimental music and other elements that have characterized this band's musical execution but for this record, I think death metal is more relevant than ever.  And, this record was also produced by Kurt Ballou from Converge, so you may know what kind of production value is portrayed. This is by far the most versatile and powerful Full Of Hell's work to date (after their split with Merzbow obviously. It's a record that I can't still get over ha ha). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Power Trip - Nightmare Logic (Southern Lord, USA)

https://powertripsl.bandcamp.com/album/nightmare-logicWhen I heard their split with Holy Terror's masters Integrity (Magic Bullet Records, 2016), I wasn't really paying attention to what this Texan band was capable of. Now I have to pay the price for completely ignoring them reviewing this masterpiece. Power Trip pays tribute to all-time classic crossover thrash acts such as Suicidal Tendencies, D.R.I., Nuclear Assault and, of course, Cryptic Slaughter but executed like a modern hardcore would do so. The result? Fast-paced, frantic and heavy as fuck. The musical instrumentation is fantastic with some of the coolest metallic riffs and breakdowns I've heard recently. At first glance, you'd think this is a metalcore band but no, you'll rapidly notice the crossover feel. Finally, this record was mastered by Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust, so you may know what all of this is about. If you thought Toxic Holocaust and Municipal Waste were the heaviest crossover thrash bands out there, think twice when listening to Power Trip's Nightmare Logic. You're gonna love it. I do think so. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Amenra - Mass VI (Neurot Recordings (USA), Belgium)
 
Amenra is back with their sixth mass (remember every record from this amazing belgian band is a numbered mass) and they will also make your head explode. This band, which also has its own cult named The Church Of Ra, explores more intensely their characteristic sludge and post-metal vibe. In fact, I've always loved their experimental approach with long epic songs, melodic traits, crescendos, mix of both screamed, whispered and spoken words and clean interludes. I know this could sound a little bit repetitive because many bands that have attempted to play like this have sinned falling in a downward spiral of dullness and boredom, but Amenra successfully achieves these faults like an incandescendent and victorious phoenix returning from the dead. Finally, check this album out. Let it mesmerize you with its high-production value. And if you're in Europe, don't miss out either their tour with Boris (Gosh, I'd wish to be there). This is our selected record of the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Candy - Candy Says demo (Triple-B Records, USA)

https://bbbrecords.bandcamp.com/album/candy-says
This is the debut demo of this impressive american hardcore band. Even though I'm not always ready to review modern hardcore outfits, I have to admit that this band has something that completely attracted me. I think it's because this band plays metallic hardcore in the same vein as all-time classics such as Ringworm and Disembodied, two of my favorite hardcore bands ever. I also found their musical execution and instrumentation pretty intense and well-produced with lots of distortion, fuzz and overwhelming tunes, as well as mesmerizing interludes and bonecrushing breakdowns for killing each other in tha muthafuckin' pit. I'll just have to wait for their full-length album. Such a surprise. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Big Cheese - Aggravated Mopery demo (Quality Control HQ, UK) 


One of the most saddest news last year for me was that Violent Reaction, one of the most representative NWOBHC bands, disbanded. So, in a world without such a great hardcore outfit, some of their ex-members moved on into this amazing NYHC-influenced modern british hardcore band. So, every single aspect that made NYHC so great sometime ago in the past is here. You'll detect the spirit of classics such as Killing Time, Outburst and Warzone, among others. Did you think NWOBHC was just a temporary trend? Think twice is more alive than ever. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     




Vile Spirit - self-titled demo (Quality Control HQ, UK)

https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2017-2Another great band from Brighton that simply make us lose our minds with their short yet impressive demo. It contains all the elements that have made so great and relevant the so-called New Wave Of British Hardcore - NWOBHC in the past: both american and british influences alike but this band also adds some traits of an unknown 80s american noisecore band named United Mutation. I've always wanted to talk about this band but I haven't had time to doing so. Anyways, check this demo out. It's gritty, violent and raw as fuck. I'll await patiently for their full-length album. Highly recommended. Enjoy!



Game - Who Will Play? demo (Quality Control HQ, UK)

https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/who-will-play
Another impressive NWOBHC that joins the game with their impressive d-beat influenced hardcore punk. Unlike other of their local counterparts, Game has more emphasis on the raw punk side of things delivering an unmatched violent and ferocious style. They draw influences from both 80s japanese (G.I.S.M., Gai, Zouo) and polish (Siekiera (early recordings), Dezerter) with some american hardcore traits as well. I really liked this band since it's not so common this kind of sound in their native country. I'll also await patiently for their debut LP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  




Primal Rite - Sensory Link To Pain  (Revelation Records, USA)

https://primalrite.bandcamp.com/album/sensory-link-to-painThis amazing EP was released through Revelation Records. It also features Lucy Xavier's powerful voice, who also is Profile's vocalist too (This band was featured in our Damaged City Fest '17 mini-special post, which can be viewed here. Now, Primal Rite have both 90s metallic hardcore, death metal and crossover thrash with a pretty outstanding heavy and forceful style. It's fast and relentless by itself. Also, unlike many hardcore bands that spread stabbed-in-the-back or poor mental clichés, Primal Rite is heavily political and outspoken. Finally, this band could also have been included in our Not Just Boys Fun mini-special post, due to Primal Rite's vocalist connection with the LGBTQi community. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Blank Spell - Miasma LP (World Gone Mad, USA)

https://blankspell.bandcamp.com/album/miasma-lpThis is the first LP of this D.C.-based female-fronted band featuring members of Cape Of Bats and Devil Master, whose style perfectly mix both hardcore punk and post punk alike, for creating an unique sound. Unlike their fellow mates, it's not as aggressive nor as obscure but it has a particular style that shouldn't be discarded either. But you'll also find some of the gloomy aesthetic that characterize those interesting blackened hardcore outfits. Highly recommended. Enjoy!







Sacrificio - Pulidores De Tumbas LP (SPHC (USA), Mexico)

https://sacrificiodf.bandcamp.com/album/pulidores-de-tumbas-lp This is the first LP of this impressive Mexico City-based hardcore punk band. Unlike other local hardcore counterparts, they pay tribute to all-time classic 80s thrashcore bands such as Ripcord, Heresy (UK) and HHH (Spain), for naming a few, with the raw and visceral style of 80s mexican hardcore classics such as Atoxxxico, Herejía and Solución Mortal. Some friends of mine saw their live performances during their European tour and were amazed by this band's power. This 14-track LP is the proof that Mexico still is a global hardcore punk reference. Highly recommended. Enjoy!





Limp Wrist - Facades LP 

https://limpwrist.bandcamp.com/album/facades
This LP marks the glorious return of one of the best hardcore punk ever in the U.S. after 9 years of absence. They were one of the most influential bands within the queercore movement. So, Facades still display their characteristic and iconic short, fast and loud thrashcore style, adding in some tracks an interesting mid-tempo d-beat groove, which isn't bad at all because you will destroy everything in da muthafuckin' pit. There are even some lyrics in spanish, something new for Limp Wrist's discography and their lyrics overall are still outspoken and irreverent. Finally, the record also features some electronic and experimental tracks with the aid of different invited artists, including Chi from Anasazi. Get this 11 trax of complete punk faggotry, not for the weak at heart and never will be. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Converge - The Dusk In Us LP (Deathwish, USA)

https://convergecult.bandcamp.com/album/the-dusk-in-us
This is the most recent LP from this iconic mathcore outfit. This is also the first time we feature an entire record of theirs, despite being mentioned in different posts. So, like Power Trip, I didn't listened carefully to this record and I have to admit that my romance with Jane Doe could finish. Indeed, Converge compresses all the teachings of their last 10 years of musical career with this record. The music is still fast, frantic and complex than ever. Yes, there could be some slower interludes but their nonsense and violent style is still intact. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 





 Integrity - Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume (Relapse, USA)

https://integrity.bandcamp.com/album/howling-for-the-nightmare-shall-consumeLast but not least, after 22 years we have the first LP of this mythic Holy Terror partisan released through a non-Holy Terror-related record label. This record also represents all the lessons learned in almost 30 years of musical career mixing their crushing 90s metallic hardcore style with the more darker, obscure and overwhelming approach in most recent releases. Even there are some songs closer to other Hellion's sideprojects such as Vermapyre (already featured here in the blog). But don't worry, the music is still an auditive terrorism, the prelude of the upcoming apocalyptic destruction of human life as the purest act of love. This record is fast, frantic and violent as fuck. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

 




 


Friday, December 22, 2017

La Mort d'un.e. Moderniste presents: Best picks of 2017. Chibchombian edition

Note: Yup, Toad. We already know you're the best. Can we stop now?

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We'll make a brief pause before finally completing our 80s and 90s american emocore special post. As I previously announced you, I decided to make this post before December ends. Also, unlike last year, I'll make one best picks of colombian records and other one more international that will be published before christmas eve. So, these lists won't be either as detailed as the previous one but I'll try to give you all you need to know about the featured records. Remember that these aren't definitive nor the final truth. We could have similar picks and I'd like you to share them with me and discuss a little about them. That'd be great. Finally, I have to admit that some bands didn't make it because either I completely forgot including them or I had to pick 1 or 2 of the same musical style. Don't be surprised if in the next few months I feature some of these discarded bands and say "This musical group could have been included in our best picks of 2017 but I completely forgot about them" or something like that. I've listened to more than 100 bands throughout the year and it's a little bit difficult to recall them all. I hope you like this entry. With all that written, let's begin!  

Ximena! Tenemos Que Hablar - self-titled (self-released, Colombia)

https://ximenatenemosquehablar.bandcamp.com/album/s-t

Yes, they final-fuckin'-ly released their long-awaited first album. Ximena! Tenemos Que Hablar is a post-rock-influenced screamo band from Bogotá. When my auto-exile here in Colombia started almost one year and a half ago, I saw this band performing live and was really captivated by their musical style. It's melodic yet powerful, with long epic and well structured songs, abstract lyrics and a really good screamed voice. There are also some references to Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of the best mangas/animes ever created, which is definitely a super plus. And, if you know the local hardcore/punk niche, you may already know who is Ximena. Any guesses? He he. I hope to see more active this band the next year. For fans of Envy, Heaven In Her Arms (Japan), Bosque and Caminos (Chile). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Final - Obsolescencia Humana (Byllepest Distro (Norway), Colombia)   

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd033-obsolescencia-humana-mlp

This is the first LP of this amazing Bogotá-based hardcore punk band. We already have featured this band when we recommended some interesting local bands from this land of tropical anarchy, as well as announcing their successful european tour with fellow mates Muro. This record also marks the beginning of the norwegian/colombian hardcore connection since Byllepest Distro from Norway released a bunch of colombian hardcore punk records this year. Regarding the sound, Final has a more mature and refined sound, even adding more traditional post-punk and classical Oi! elements into their repertory but without leaving aside their unique and particular punk ibérico-influenced hardcore punk. This is the perfect soundtrack for smashing windows of buildings in gray and hopeless cities such as Bogotá. Don't miss out this record. For fans of Generación Suicida (USA) and Secta (Colombia). Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Muro - Ataque Hardcore Punk (Byllepest Distro (Norway), Colombia)

https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd032-ataque-hardcore-punk-mlp

Yes, yes, yes. Muro's highly anticipated debut was an unexpected surprise for me. Before returning to Colombia, I was a little bit worried about how things were working in the local hardcore/punk scene since living in Europe had me a little bit disconnected. Fortunately, I've found bands like this one that still gives me a new hope. Regarding the sound, Muro mixes all the best elements of every single school of hardcore punk history. You dig all-time classic american, scandinavian and japanese hardcore alike? This band has that and more to offer. The musical execution and instrumentation is short, fast, loud and precise like hardcore should always be. Allow this band seduce you with their overwhelming and mesmerizing musical style. Your slams and circle pits (both inside and outside your head) won't ever be the same. EVER. I hope to recieve more surprises from this amazing hardcore punk band. For fans of MG15 (Spain), Rattus (Finland), Necros (USA), Human Gas (Japan) and Discard (Sweden). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Primer Regimen - No Futuro/No Solución (Byllepest Distro (Norway), Colombia)


https://byllepestdistroofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bpd026-primer-regimen-no-futuro-no-soluci-n-ep-7

This is also the debut of this impressive Bogotá-based UK82 hardcore punk band. Along with Muro and Final, they complete the (un)holy trinity of the aforementioned norwegian/colombian hardcore connection and also had a short yet highly successful european tour last month. I'm glad that local hardcore punk bands can make it abroad and demonstrate the ungovernable force these outfits are capable of. Regarding the sound, Primer Regimen incorporates the best elements of all-time classic UK82 style, executed with the passionate and angry as fuck latin american hardcore punk savoir-faire. Yes, we've stated before that Primer Regimen is PMS-84 criollo version but with an unique and personal touch that shouldn't be missed out either. You think there's no future nor solution? Don't worry, Primer Regimen will accompany your frustrations with their music. For fans of Crux, Dead Wretched, Ultra Violent and, of course, PMS-84. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Revival / Raw Brigade split (self-released, Colombia)



This is an amazing split made by two Bogotá-based straight edge hardcore punk powerhouses. In fact, some of the few examples that the edge hasn't gone dull at all, as previously predicted by Chain Of Strength almost 30 years ago, and the flame still burns. Raw Brigade was already featured here but this is the first time for Revival. So, this split has something particular because both bands' tracks are in english, something new for Revival because they use to sing mostly in spanish. Also, both bands play fast-paced and straightforward hardcore punk, reminiscent of early NY youth crew acts such as Bold, Project X, Judge, and Youth of Today but I think Raw Brigade is a little bit faster. Finally, you can hear Revival side here and Raw Birgade side here. I'll upload soon my physical copy but you'll have to wait until next month since I'm not in town right now. In the meantime, love my way, it's a new world (ha ha ha what?). You'll find here passionate, sincere and solid hardcore like youth crew used to be before. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Mico - Segunda Vuelta (self-released(?), Colombia)

https://micolandia.bandcamp.com/album/segunda-muerte

Holy fuck! This is one of the most amazing and solid colombian hardcore punk records I've listened to this 2017. There's no a way how to describe the intense display of sonical power of this Cali-based outfit. Mico, in my personal opinion, is Full Of Hell criollo version. I know this bold statement could be a little bit shocking but don't get me wrong, their musical execution and instrumentation is fucking amazing: fast as fuck, noisy as fuck as well. Indeed, there are elements of grindcore, powerviolence, sludge, mathcore, post-metal, post-rock, dark ambient, death metal, noise, and lots of noise. How life can be more perfect? If you're looking for some musical madness while lurking in the dark, Mico is for you. I hope more surprises from this band in 2018. For fans of Converge, Baptists and Full Of Hell (USA). Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

ZEN/AKU - Impureza (The Return Records (Colombia), Colombia).


Another exquisite violent hardcore band from Cali. ZEN/AKU comes from this new generation of grindcore and powerviolence bands that obviously got my attention. Following the success of their first album Plagas Modernas (The Return Records, 2016), ZEN/AKU strikes back with an overwhelming and high-value production. Yes, their top-notch grindviolence style is still intact but some elements of sludge and noise have also been incorporated in some tracks, as well as an unorthodox musical structure with unpredictible changes, for giving a more darker approach. Something like is done by their local counterparts Mico but a little bit different. Finally, I'll upload my physical copy once my vacations are over. For fans of Insect Warfare, Magrudergrind and Hatred Surge (USA). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Chulo / Grinding "Nadaísmo" split (Narcosarcasmo, NOD records, Pochard Distro et al (Colombia), Colombia)

https://narcosarcasmo.bandcamp.com/album/nada-smo

After aeons of waiting, two of the best examples of grindcore in Colombia finally made a split together. The name Nadaísmo comes from a fairly known existentalist and nihilist literary movement proposed by Gonzalo Arango, a colombian writer, in the first half of 20th century. Now, each band displays its own superb grindcore style. Firstly, Chulo with their relentless grindviolence style plays short, fast and loud music, seasoned with hate towards the unfair and miserable lifestyle here in Colombia. And, secondly, Grinding from Medellín has nothing to envy to Chulo's style because they display their own impressive deathgrind execution, reminiscent of all-time classics such as Terrorizer and Dahmer, filled with the visceral hate that characterizes south american bands. Lastly, each band makes a cover to each other with their own interpretation. I hope to see more active these bands next year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Política De Singularidad Cualquiera - self-titled (Demolición Barbárica Thrash (Colombia), Colombia)

https://politicadesingularidadcualquiera.bandcamp.com/releases

When I first reviewed this band, I couldn't believe their musical style. It's one of those bands that are somewhat difficult to review due to their eclectic and experimental nature. Política De Singularidad Cualquiera made me remember a new world within the local hardcore punk scene is undoubtedly possible. Regarding the sound, well, they somewaht reminded me of all-time classic 90s hardcore outfits such as Turning Point, Endpoint, Threadbare, Shatter The Myth and Groundwork with a pretty solid musical execution, mixing both melodic and fast-paced. There's even an interesting ambient, crust, screamo and post-rock feel in some tracks. And, lyrics are pretty well-structured with both personal and political topics.  The sound engineer behind this beautiful production is a friend known as «Guaritos», so the credit goes too for him. Finally, listen to this record. This is our choice for the best colombian hardcore punk record of the year. Well deserved. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

La Desaparición Del Miedo - Vivir El Desastre (self-released(?), Colombia)

https://ladesapariciondelmiedo.bandcamp.com/releases

Another interesting experimental hardcore from Bogotá D.C. that also impressed me, despite my initial skepticism towards new projects. I know my musical tastes are most of the time anachronic as fuck, but listening to these kind of new outfits give me more motivation to be aware of what's going recently. So, La Desparación Del Miedo plays that emerging mix of both post-rock with hardcore punk, pretty popular in some south american hardcore circles nowadays. Their music is simply amazing: well-structured with top-notch instrumentation and execution. You can hear that these guys put lots of effort and passion to this project. Also, the lyrics are complex with some abstract stances but coherent. Finally, this was also a potential candidate for our choice for the best colombian hardcore punk record of 2017 but, independently of the final decision, this band absolutely will amaze you. For fans of Vientos (Argentina), Caminos (Chile) and Vestra (Colombia). I hope to see more surprises coming from this band next year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

TRNCH - Crudo Y Rencoroso Fastcore (Demolición Barbárica Thrash (Colombia), Colombia)

https://trnch111.bandcamp.com/album/crudo-y-rencoroso-fastcore

Yes, yes, fuck yes. It's finally here. The first full-length album of this amazing Ipiales-based powerviolence band. When we originally featured it, they only had recorded one track and one Cabina del Terror live session (Pluteras Records (Ecuador)). Now, their superb and unique "raw and resentful" fastcore is compressed in one record. As I previously stated you, I really loved their style which is full of ferocious and violent execution. Yup, the way we do fuckin' love it. I'm also quite impressed with the sudden emergence of the hardcore punk scene in Ipiales because this kind of bands aren't really common there. I do hope more surprises coming from this band next year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Terco / Gay Panic Defense split (Demolición Barbárica Thrash (Colombia), Colombia)


We already featured this impressive split with Terco from Colombia and Gay Panic Defense from Scotland.  The only thing that I can add is there's an alternate front cover of the record and Terco's Pero ¡Ni Mierda! track is probably one of the fastest colombian hardcore punk songs ever made. A pretty good and solid work. You can read the original review here. Highly recommended. Enjoy!


TRNCH - Ano - Terco 3-way split (Demolición Barbárica Thrash (Colombia), Colombia) 

https://demolicionbarbaricathrash.bandcamp.com/album/trnch-ano-terco-3-way-split

A superb 3-way split whose digital version has been recently uploaded and pretty soon will have its own physical edition. We've already featured TRNCH (Ipiales) and Terco (Bogotá D.C.) but we have not yet talked about Ano. This is a new grindcore band from Medellín and also released an interesting self-titled that can be streamed through their official bandcamp account here. Their style draws different grindcore, powerviolence and crust punk influences for creating their unique and personal fast as fuck sound. But I think for this 3-way split Ano's style is a little bit more refined than their self-titled and tease more with deathgrind in some parts. So, there you go. Three of the best grindcore and powerviolence that continue the legacy of local acts such as Chulo and Grinding. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Amenazas - self-titled (Ramón Discos, Maldito Sudaca et al (Colombia), Colombia)

https://amenazas.bandcamp.com/

UPDATE 02/10/2018: We have made an ultimate and definite review of this marvelous record which can be viewed here.

Mongólico / Aputasos split (The Return Records, Colombia)


I recently got this amazing split from Mongólico (Colombia) and Aputasos (USA). The digital version was released on October of last year but until before the first half of 2017 the physical edition saw the light. Or that's what I understood. Anyways, Mongólico has already been featured here in the blog and their superb grindcore style is still intact in this record. On the other hand, Aputasos also plays grindcore but with more affinity to goregrind à la Carcass. Pretty good stuff. You can hear Mongólico side here and Aputasos side here. I'll upload next month the content of my physical copy. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Opaal - Krakatoa tape (Rat Trap Records/Perro Centinela/En Picada (Colombia), Colombia)

https://opaaal.bandcamp.com/album/krakatoa

Opaal is an experimental band from Bogotá D.C. that features members of different local hardcore bands such as Incendiariat and Muro. They have released so far this tape and more recently Nadie Es Profeta En Su Tierra / Todos Son Farsantes Afuera 7" EP. I chose this tape over the 7" because it pleased me more but the latter is pretty cool too. Their sound reminded me of different 90s noisy post-hardcore bands such as Drive Like Jehu, Jawbox and Unwound but they also add some industrial, lo-fi and no wave elements into their repertory. Also, their music is entirely instrumental and all the music samples (including noise, static and distortion) are generated by a sound box made and programmed by one of their guitarists, which is pretty awesome. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Relatos E Historias: Amor Y Rabia / Incendiariat split tape.

What can I say about this tape?...Its physical edition has final-fuckin'-ly been released after almost 2 years of delays. You can read the original review here and we will upload in January our physical copy. It's a beautiful work. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Valium - Tierra Hirviendo (NOD Records, Pochard Distro et al (Colombia), Colombia)
https://valiumibahell.bandcamp.com/album/tierra-hirviendo

The first full-length album of this impressive Ibagué-based hardcore punk band is finally here. We also featured them when we made the recommendations of different colombian hardcore outfits early this year. Tierra Hirviendo is a well-elaborated record and with more high-value production than Valium's previous works. I also think their music is a little bit more frantic and the female/male vocal duet is more relevant than ever. Their original crossover thrash and crust influences are still intact but I also detect some slight metal punk elements in some tracks. Finally, listen to this record. If you dig bands such as Toxic Holocaust and Concrete Sox, this band is for you. I hope more surprises coming from this band, as well as from other Ibahell outfits. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Es Mejor Solito Ke Contigo 4-way split (Disordera Records, Drugged Goat Kvlt Records, Me Importa Un Culo and Ruido Resiliencia (Colombia), Colombia)


A fantastic obscure and experimental split that contains 4 different one-man bands: Infernal Slut (Pereira), La Chusma (Santa Rosa De Cabal), Diserrör (Ipiales) and Ø))) A.K.A. Malparido (Bogotá D.C.). I absolutely fell in love with. You can read our original review here.  

Odio Sus Guerras compilation (Ruido Total Records (France/Colombia)    


This is probably one of the best colombian hardcore punk compilations released in the last 5 years with a high-value production (in terms of both artwork and sound). Featuring 20 bands from 10 different colombian cities. You can read the original review here. I'll upload my physical copy next month after my vacations. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Fuerza Ingobernable I - Punk Colombia 2017 (Byllepest Distro (Norway) / Fuerza Ingobernable (Colombia)).


Following the success of the aforementioned norwegian/colombian connection, both Byllepest Distro and Fuerza Ingobernable released this marvelous colombian hardcore punk compilation, featuring some exclusive material as a preview for upcoming records in 2018. You can read the original review here. I'll upload my physical copy next month after my vacations. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Colombia A Toda Mierda Vol. 3 (Disordera Records (Colombia)). 


Last but not least, this superb compilation released by our friend of Disordera Records, featuring different 40 colombian hardcore punk displaying puro ruido hijueputa. You can read the original review here. I really hope you liked this entry. I know some records are missing but some of them aren't available online and I don't have a physical copy yet. When I come back to Bogotá D.C. in January, I'll get some of these and upload them. In the meantime, enjoy this list. If you're in touch with the local colombian hardcore punk scene let me know which record could also have been included. Enjoy and until next time! Kisses and hugs!