Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

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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!

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