Friday, May 25, 2018

Raw Brigade - Kicking Your Face EP

Coucou, les! We're back with another quick update. Due to some technical issues retrieving data from my PCs hard disks, the next entry of our 80s ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk special post will be pushed until next week. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, we'll feature Raw Brigade's most recent EP named Kicking Your Face, which physical edition is expected to be released this summer (between july and august, if I'm not mistaken). I'll obviously upload it when I get it.

Now, Raw Brigade, also one of our colombian best picks of 2017, once again surprise us with this superb record. This time, their sound has matured and is more polished than ever. Indeed, you'll find more evident traces of classic NYHC sound (Cro-Mags, early Sick Of It All, Warzone, Beyond, Bold, etc.) with more complex guitar riffs and solos and slower yet overwhelming breakdowns. Even there are slight teasing with thrashcore for finishing some tracks. Also, all the lyrics are written in english with a more defiant and outspoken stances about life inside and outside the hardcore scene. And, of course, straight edge philosophy is remarked too.

Finally, click on the image for listening to this marvelous work. If you're in the US, don't miss out their tour starting in july. They'll also perform at This Is Hardcore in late july, making of Raw Brigade the first colombian hardcore band participating to this important event (kudos for that, les!). I'll leave the official flyer below. I suggest to follow their official Facebook page for getting to know the dates. Highly recommended. For fans of The Flex (UK), Raw Justice (France) and Rotting Out (USA). Another candidate for our colombian best picks of this year. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Infection 1 - Worldwide Hardcore Attack 2x7" 4-way split

Coucou, les! We're back with another quick update. So, we'll make a brief pause of our 80s ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk special post with this superb 4-way split. Byllepest Distro (Norway) once again surprise us with this collection featuring 4 bands around the world: GAZM (Canada), Negativ (Norway), Muro (Colombia) and Blank Spell (USA). I knew the existence of this record since june-july 2017 (I have some "privileges" I must admit ha ha) but it wasn't until early this year that an official preview was made available through the record label's official bandcamp account, only featuring one song of each band. And, finally, last friday the page was updated with, apparently, the final tracklist.

Now, each band contributes 3 songs for a total of 12. All of them are brand new and exclusive to this release. I'm not sure if 2 songs are missing yet since the front cover states "14 tracks". I think we'll find out when the physical edition gets released next month. Either way, the work is fantastic. As curious fact, the artwork was designed by Carlos Velásquez (member of Rat Trap collective and also one of Muro's guitarists) and the tracks were mastered, for both vinyl and digital releases, by Alex Nagle, who also mastered Blank Spell's self-titled EP (World Gone Mad, 2015). 

Regarding the sound, all the 4 bands play short, fast and loud hardcore punk, the way we do fucking love it. Firstly, we have GAZM. This Montréal-based outfit has been around since 2015, I think, and recently released last year Menace 2 Tha Earth 7" through Byllepest Distro. I detect some old-school hardcore traits in their sound with some cool guitar solos, overwhelming riffs and mid-tempo breakdowns. If you enjoy modern american hardcore bands such as Hank Wood And The Hammerheads and Crazy Spirit (without the noisy elements), this is for you. 

Secondly, we have Negativ from Norway. I haven't had the opportunity of featuring this impressive band because I tried to get a physical copy of their Automatic Thoughts EP (Byllepest Distro, 2016) but here in Colombia only a few copies arrived and they went out of stock quickly. Pretty solid sound, womyn and man vocal duets, and a musical execution pretty similar to modern american acts like GAG and Creem, but hey! the spirit of norwegian hardcore classics such as Kafka Prosess and So Much Hate can be traced too. 

Next, we have one of our best colombian picks of 2017, Muro. Following the success of their full-length album Ataque Hardcore Punk (Byllepest Distro, 2017), they're back with their unique and top-notch style, mixing the best elements of different american and european hardcore schools with the iconic and passionate execution that only comes from Latin America. Did you miss their European tour last year? Don't worry because they'll make another one starting early next month including their live performance at K-Town Hardcore Fest (in Copenhagen, Denmark). I'll leave you the dates below. 

Last but not least, another band featured in our best picks of 2017 - international edition. Blank Spell surprise us once again with their unique and personal hardcore punk style but this time I do think they opted for a more traditional hardcore-oriented approach with less post-punk traits. The music still does have a "dark" feel, however.  If you have enjoyed this new wave of female-fronted hardcore bands such as Krimewatch (USA) and Game (UK), for naming a few, this band will please you. 

Lastly, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to this outstanding record. We do hope more volumes of these series with more surprises. I think I'll get my physical copy in july and upload it shortly after. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Some Flowers For The Ancient Yugoslavia: 80s ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk special post. Part 1: Introduction and Hard-Core Ljubljana LP compilation

Note: Commodore 64 was a sensation everywhere, including ex-Yugoslavia


Coucou, les! We're back once again with another surprise special post. Following my lack of inspiration, I was listening to some 80s ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk compilations and BOOM!, this was born (although it wasn't originally conceived as such). I've always wanted to feature this kind of bands since they're not so well-known and are pretty underrated. So, if you remember your history classes in high school, Yugoslavia after WWII declared itself as a socialist republic with the rise of the local communist party. The problem was that this new shift of politics didn't solve the inner conflicts with the Serbs, Croats, Bosnians and Albans (they considered themselves as an independent country with different national, ethnic, cultural and even religious heritage). And, you already know the hideous consequences of the infamous "Yugoslav Wars" in the early 90s (including the United Nations' armed intervention) leading to an humanitarian crisis with genocide (ethnic cleansing and mass murder), crimes against humanity and rape. Finally, the war was over and many different countries were created (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia). Despite this seccession, Yugoslavia still remained until Kosovo and Montenegro finally won their own independence and Serbia remained as the successor of the country.

Now, Yugoslavia was fairly more open to the "western world" than other communist regimes since it didn't belong to the "eastern block". This also meant that music such as rock and pop were widely accepted. Thus, this country also had punk bands, notably post punk and hardcore punk, and developped its own scene like many other countries around the world. Basically, yugoslavian hardcore punk bands had huge british influence (notably UK82 and some early stages of d-beat) but also some american traits. Even there were many bands exploring both noise and grindcore (this kind of bands will be featured in another "ambitious" special post I've been working on lately). You can compare their sound to the early stages of latin american hardcore punk of the time. On the other hand, most of the bands were more interested in anarchism (for obvious reasons) and even some were, surprisingly, into the straight edge philosophy.

Lastly, I'll present to you some compilations and splits featuring different bands from the countries that formed ex-Yugoslavia (most of them will be from either Slovenia or Croatia, however) and hope you'll like it. I think I'll spend 3 or 4 entries for this special post but I'll try to be as brief as possible. This will be the only entry feautring one record since this weekend I'll be busy in other projects non-related to the blog. Don't forget that more surprises are coming in the next weeks, so stay tuned. With all that written, let's begin.   

Hard-Core Ljubljana LP  compilation

Featured bands: U.B.R. (Uporniki Brez Razloga), Odpadki Civilizacije, Tozibabe, Epidemija and III.Kategorija. 

This LP was originally released back in 1985 by FV Zalozba (an slovenian record label). I must admit that this is by far the best hardcore punk compilation featuring bands from the actual Slovenia. Most of the included tracks are exclusive for this release. So, I shouldn't feature more bands for this special post since this compilation could be regarded as the alpha and omega of the whole 80s yugoslavian hardcore punk movement. But no, there are some more surprises out there (*sigh*).

Regarding the sound, some bands expose a more raw and violent D.C. hardcore influence, for example, Epidemija is the angrier yugoslavian response to S.O.A. and Void (USA); U.B.R., perhaps the most well-known yugoslavian hardcore band in the 80s, plays short, fast and loud hardcore teasing with thrashcore, pretty similar to Raw Power, Negazione (Italy), H.H.H. (Spain) and B.G.K. (Netherlands); Tozibabe, one of the few all-female hardcore band of their time, displays an unique and forceful sonic attack, sometimes teasing with post punk and anarcho-punk. You can think of polish bands such as Dezerter and Siekiera (early recordings) as a reference but their energy is enviable. Their only EP named Dezuje (FV Zalozba, 1986) is definitely a must. However, if you're looking for a more raw, visceral and outrageous work from this band, the featured tracks in this compilation are undoubtedly for you; Odpadki Civilizacije's tracks are also such a blast with both american and british influence. Think of bands such as Atoxxxico (Mexico), Les Vandales (France) and Inferno (Germany); and, last but not least, III.Kategorija is probably the heavyweight of the compilation with a raging repertory. Pretty solid stuff. Finally, this is the 2004 re-issue featuring the LP with some extra tracks from U.B.R, Odpadki Civilizacije and III.Kategorija that are not included on the original release.

Lastly, click on the image for downloading it. The file contains the original 1985 LP artwork, lyrics translation and inserts. Highly recommended. Enjoy and see you next time. Kisses and hugs!     

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Let's Start A Riot...compilation series

Note: Bootleg is life, bootleg is...Oh, fuck. No. Forget what I wrote. Source: TheLogoCooler.

Coucou, les! We're back once again with another quick update. This time I have to admit I don't have current ideas to write about. Even though I do have planned some upcoming special posts in the next months, I can't quite figure out what to publish in the meanwhile. So, I was looking for some records and I surprisingly found these two jewels and yes, they're bootlegs. This compilation series were released in Germany, the country of bootlegging (is that even a word?) 80s and 90s hardcore punk, by a short-lived record label named Riot Records. Besides these two compilations, they did also release an unofficial Assfort (Japan) 7" named Guilty! (199x), which compiled their debut full-length named Five Knuckle Shuffle (Selfish Records (Japan), 1991) but with different artwork, layout and inserts. Something that really caught my attention about this enigmatic record label is that all their records had comprehensive details about the featured bands including biography, lyrics, curious facts and more. Indeed, unlike other bootlegs out there, they put lots of effort on every single release. This trend gives me some ideas...Ha ha ha...Finally, I hope you enjoy these compilations and, in the near future, I'll do feature some other cool bootlegs like these ones. Stay tuned if I get some new ideas Ha ha ha. With all that written, let's begin. 

Let's Start A Riot...Vol. 1...In Holland! 7"(199x)

Featured bands: Noxious, Neopunkz, B.G.K., Amsterdamned, Outlawz, Hämorrhoids, Riot Punx and Pure Hate. 

If you have good memory, we already featured the well-known Holland Hardcore Attack compilation series when the site was in Spanish. The aforementioned collection basically contains some of all the best 80s dutch hardcore punk bands ever. You can re-download them by clicking here. If you also remember, we do stated that some other good musical groups were absent, so you could consider this bootleg as a complement. Now, the featured tracks were already previously available on other records, for example, Arms Race by B.G.K. (probably the most well-known band in the compilation) was released on their debut EP Jonestown Aloha! (Vögelspin Records (Netherlands), 1983) and other tracks were directly taken from Als Je Haar Maar Goed Zit...Nr. 2 compliation (Vögelspin Records, 1983. Finally, click on the image for downloading this interesting bootleg compilation. You'll find here short, fast and loud hardcore punk with both british and american traits (even some of them teasing with thrashcore). If you enjoy this enigmatic yet underrated dutch hardcore punk scene in the 80s, you'll love this record. (Hmmm, I think I already know what I'm going to write about next time...). Artwork, inserts, and lyrics are included in the file. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Let's Start A Riot...Vol. 1...In Sweden! 2x7"(1998) 

Featured bands: Nyx Negativ, E.A.T.E.R., Anti-Cimex, Disarm, S.O.D., Arroganta Agitarorer, D.T.A.L., Mob 47, Bristles, Existenz, Noncens and T.S.T.    

We finally conclude this entry with this impressive 80s swedish hardcore punk compilation. I have no words to describe the greatness displayed by these ferocious d-beat-influenced hardcore punk outfits (with even some of them teasing with thrashcore). We already have featured some other compilations in our modest Garanterat Mangel special post, which can be viewed by clicking here. So, the tracks were directly taken from some early recordings of the featured bands, as well as Varning För Punk 3 CD Box Set (Distortion Records (Sweden), 1994). In fact, the editor despises the idea of using the CD format for releasing hardcore punk material and that's why this humble 2x7" compilation was released. Ironically, this compilation was re-issued in 2005 by Pelea Records, a peruvian record label, on CD format. Finally, we don't need to write more about this. Hmmm, yes. I'd probably remark the fact that some rare swedish HC outfits such as Arroganta Agitarorer, Noncens and T.S.T. are included. Pure gold. Finally, click on the image for downloading this interesting recordArtwork, inserts, and lyrics are included in the file. Note: Both Mob 47 tracks are merged as one since I forgot to separate them when I was ripping the record. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!