Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Some Flowers For The Ancient Yugoslavia: 80s ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk special post. Second and final part.

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Coucou, les! We're finally back with the second entry of our ex-yugoslavian hardcore punk in the 80s special post. I'm deeply sorry for pushing, pushing and pushing this entry over an over again (we started more than a month ago) but I've had some technical issues and other affaires in the real world as well. Thank you for your patience. I'll be quick this time, so no more current news for the moment. Lastly, I'd also like to thank Terminal Escape, Bayonet Massacre, Music Not Noize, Degen Erik and CRNA HRONIKA blogs for providing most of the featured files and their respective download links. All the credits go to them (Thank you so much, pals!). I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned for more surprises. With all that written, let's begin.

Buka I Urlik LP

Featured bands: Necrophilia, Herpes Distress and Solunski Front

An interesting compilation tape originally released back in 1983 by No Profit Tapes and Fuck Off Music and Tapes, two now defunct ex-yugoslavian record labels. There also was a reissue two years later with the same tape format, and Rest In Punk, a spanish record label, released the LP version in 2014 adding some extra tracks absent in the original release. It features the first serbian hardcore bands and is also probably the first compilation of this type ever released in the country. 

Now, this record basically compiles the early recordings from these bands as well as some previously unreleased material. Note that Herpes Distress would eventually change to Distress, meaning that these are the only tracks of the band under their original name (Yes, there are also other compilations this band participated to but it's the same set list) and some of Solunski Front's tracks aren't available on Ne Govori LP (Rest In Punk, 2014), which apparently compiled their entire discography.

Finally, this file contains the LP version. Click on the image for getting it. If you dig the early stages of spanish and italian hardcore scenes in the 80s, for example, you'll dig this collection. Pretty underrated bands, even in their native country. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Izgubljena Alternativa compilation tape

Featured bands: U.B.R., Quod Massacre, Distress, Necrophilia, Solunski Front and Dva Minuta Mrznje.

A pretty rare and not well-known compilation tape released back in 1984 by Bullshit Detector Tapes and No Profit Tapes, both now defunct record labels in Ex-Yugoslavia. It's such a shame that this record didn't receive any reissue nor re-release in recent years. 

Regarding the sound, all the bands play short, fast and loud hardcore punk drawing influences from early british hardcore punk acts such as Chaos UK or Disorder but I think the musical execution is more raw and dissonant. The sound is probably somewhere between early stages of d-beat mixed with american hardcore of the time but the iconic "balkan" element predominates. And, yes, these musical groups were angry as fuck (You know, hardcore punks in Ex-Yugoslavia had many heavy social, political and economical issues for being pissed off with). 

Finally, click on the image for downloading this record. The file contains the artwork, layouts, inserts and lyrics' sheet. Sadly, there's no official english translation of the lyrics, so you must know either serbian, slovenian or croatian languages for understanding the writings. I'd really appreciate a little help out there. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Zagreb '85 compilation tape

Featured bands: Patareni, Blitzkrieg, Z.R.M., Krivo Srastanje, G.B.M., Frustracija, K.S.O. and Le Cinema & Mira. 

A pretty interesting croatian hardcore punk compilation released back in 1995 by Falšanja Kol'ko'š Records, a local record label owned by members of Patareni (one of the first grindcore bands in Ex-Yugoslavia, an also pretty influential in the development of the subgenre). Despite the release date of this record, it contains recordings from 1985 and, yes, you guessed right, most of them are previously unreleased material and exclusive for this release.

Regarding the sound, it's pretty varied. For example, you'll note that Patareni's sound is not as heavy and overwhelming as later recordings but it's still fast and frantic, just like many proto-grindcore acts of their time; Next, we have Blitzkrieg, G.B.M., Frustracija, Z.R.M., 4 bands that never released a record but contributed different tracks to many ex-yugoslavian hardcore and punk comps. Yes, there's a Blitzkrieg's discography but it was released in 2015. Their sound is closer to traditional punk in the vein of The Ramones or Television. Not bad but it is definitely not my cup of tea at all; Krivo Srastanje is a pretty rare and unknown hardcore act that doesn't have anything to envy to other ex-yugoslavian acts of the time such as U.B.R. or Stres D.A. Unfortunately, there's no material available from them besides the featured tracks in here. 

And, last but not least, Le Cinema was a new wave band that got some moderate mainstream success in their local country. For this record, they contributed 3 tracks with Mira Furlan on vocals, a well-known croatian pop superstar who also was an actress in american productions such as Babylon 5 and Lost. These songs would be the perfect soundtrack when you realize grindcore has no meaning at all and hang yourself afterwards. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading this record. I must admit it's not the best compilation I've posted so far but try to find the charm at the end of the rainbow. Highly recommended (though). Enjoy!    
C'est La Yugoslavie compilation tape

Featured bands: Quod Massacre, U.B.R., Necrophilia, Solunski Front, Distress, Sköl, Opasne Igre and Niet.   

Another pretty rare and not well-known compilation from the Ex-Yugoslavia. I don't know which record label originally released it. Judging by the name, it could've been published in France but I'm not pretty sure. The only thing I know it's from 1985 and that's all. Also, the featured tracks are either demo or live performances, most of them previously unreleased or alternate outtakes, and, yes, they're exclusive for this release. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading it. The file contains the artwork, layouts and inserts. I found quite interesting the sound of this record, although it's not as sharp as you'd expect. Pay attention to Sköl, Opasne Igre and Niet, since they're underrated bands and unfairly overshadowed by local counterparts such as U.B.R. or Quod Massacre which had more international  recognition. Solid and pretty neat 80s balkan hardcore punk style at its finest. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Nema Vopija Nedeljom Uveče compilation tape

Featured bands: S.D.T., AIDS, BES, Opasne Igre, Patareni, Guiseppe Carabino, Proces, Disinfect, S.O.R., K.B.O.!, Yugoslav Sun, Idioti, W.S.W., Old Bone and Sir Winston Thrash (ha ha ha BEST NAME EVER).

Another pretty rare and not well-known compilation from the Ex-Yugoslavia containing rare, unreleased and exclusive tracks of most of the featured bands. It was released back in 1986 by No Profit Tapes.

Regarding the sound, most of the bands play hardcore punk in the same vein as other local and more well-known acts such as Quod Massacre, U.B.R. and Stres D.A. but there are some exceptions. For example, Patareni is more in the vein of grindcore, Yugoslav Sun is your new balkan pop/rock idol, AIDS will recall you why The Ramones are dead for good, and both Old Bone and Sir Winston Thrash demonstrate that there's always space for comedy in hardcore.

Finally, click on the image for downloading this record. Pay attention to this interesting collection, above all the lo-fi and minimalist sound. It's a 80s hc/punk comp, what else could you expect? Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Beograd Hardcore '86/'87 No. 2 compilation tape

Featured bands: Tutto Colori, Codex Of Death, Orthodox Christians, Thrash Again and D.L.H.

A cryptic yet amazing serbian hardcore compilation that shouldn't be missed out. This is the second and last part of the Beograd Hardcore '86/'87 compilation series released by Bojkot Tapes in 1987.  
Unlike other featured ex-yugoslavian bands so far, these ones were much faster and intense. Indeed, they were more akin to thrashcore and proto-grindcore sound with a more advanced musical execution. Think of european and asian acts of time such as Lärm, B.G.K. (Netherlands), Rapt (France), Negazione (Italy), Heresy, Ripcord (UK) and Nightmare (Japan), for naming a few, as a reference. If you dig extreme hardcore punk, you'll definitely love these musical outfits from the Balkans.

Finally, click on the image for downloading it. For some reason, the Thrash Again's tracks are mysteriously absent. I do not know if the person who extracted the files forgot to include them or the original tape didn't actually featured them despite being mentioned (this latter option isn't quite probable but who knows, it's a 31 year old record (like me ha!)). I'll try to get a copy and extract the files myself in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

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Featured bands: No Passaran, Himmelstrasse, Genevan Decree, Spuš, Incest, Pandoras Shit Box (ha ha ha nice name!), K.B.O.!, W.S.W., Thrash Again, Rubbishmen Alternative Jazz and C.Z.D.

Another cryptic ex-yugoslavian compilation released back in 1987 by Phantom Tapes, a short-lived local record label. If you have followed the blog for a while, you've noticed that sometimes when we do feature compilations there are also some non-hardcore punk "special guests" getting infiltrated. Well, this collection is no exception since there are some unexpected surprises.

Firstly, as everyone should have expected, we find traditional hardcore punk bands with some of them (notably Thrash Again) teasing with thrashcore and, secondly, we have things like Rubbishmen Alternative Jazz, which, as their name suggests, is something transcending our limited musical spectrum. Pretty awesome performance I must admit (with some "stolen" riffs from Joy Division's anthem Love Will Tear Us Apart). Also, some bands such as Genevan Decree, No Passaran and Himmelstrasse have some "experimental" songs drifting apart from their hardcore nature. And, last but not least, Pandoras Shit Box define themselves a new concept for spoken word, whilst Spuš plays straightforward post-punk.

Finally, click con the image for downloading this record. The sound is not perfect, though. In fact, the record label admits this impasse. I love their honesty and sincerity. Pretty rare and conceptual. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

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Featured bands: Tutto Colori, D.L.H., Orthodox Christians (although they're credited here as simply Orthodox), Codex Of Death (although they're credited here as simply Codex O.D.) and Thrash Again.

This compilation tape was released back in 1988 by Big House (the only release of this now defunct ex-yugoslavian record label) and contains some live performances of the featured bands, probably, in their native city, Belgrade (actual Serbia). We've already written about these bands since the five appear on  Beograd Hardcore '86/'87 Vol. 2 and it wouldn't need further explanation. However, I must add that some of the featured tracks on the previous compilation are here, as well as some new ones.
And, yes, the sound is more raw, savage and intense since these are live performances. Finally, click on the image for downloading the record. Don't worry, Thrash Again's tracks are here. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

ZG Noise 88'89'90 compilation tape

Featured bands: Patareni, Buka, Total Moyšt Proyekt or simply T.M.P. (Do not confuse it with the german band Total Mosh Process - T.M.P.), OK Tigar, Duo Extrawurst, Insidious Anal Homicide, Milozwook Sentiš Band and Debilana. 

We finally conclude this special post with an outstanding grindcore compilation released back in 1997 by Falšanja Kol'ko'š Records. It contains some previously unreleased recordings from 1988 to 1990.  Note that these bands are obscure and not-well known side projects to Patareni. In fact, all of them share the same iconic and brutal sound of this renowned croatian grindcore band (with some slight variants). I'd definitely rename this record as "Patareni et al Noise Force Squad" or something like that. (Yes, I know the name is hideous).

Also, there's a compilation named The Return Of Yugoslavia (Sacro Egoísmo (Austria), 1990), featuring one artist named ZG Noise Forces contributing one track with a length more than 20 minutes. The insert also states that this "artist" actually are assorted tracks from Patareni, Buka, T.M.P., OK Tigar, Duo Extrawurst and Debilana, which aren't included in the tape that I present to you. For some technical issues, The Return...won't be featured in this special post but it could appear in the near future. I'll try to make it real.

Finally, click on the image for downloading this record. A really rare and amazing grindcore jewel with some traits of noise and gore. For your commodity, the tape is bundled on one track. So, it will make easier the process of bleeding your ears and exploding your head with this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and Hugs! 

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