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

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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!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

MOAR record labels' catalog updates 2: Quality Control HQ Records (UK)

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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the second part of some record labels' catalog updates special week. I don't have so much time so, let's get started. 

Quality Control HQ Records (UK)
https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/
This UK-based hardcore punk record label has been featured in the blog since long time ago. You know, back in the days when the ever intriguing New Wave Of British Hardcore - NWOBHC movement arose. Indeed, this record label has been responsible of releasing different records belonging to that aforementioned trend and, of course, most of them have been featured in here as some of best picks of previous years. In fact, as of November 2019, there aren't exceptions and most of the featured records in this entry will be awarded as la crème de la crème as well. Finally, don't forget to click on the image above for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account. Let's see what we've got.  
1) Inspector (Belgium) - Demo 2019
https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2019
This is the demo from this interesting Brussels-based hardcore band. Just like many other musical outfits from the record label's catalog such as Big Cheese and Rapture, Inspector resurfaces the good ol' 80s NYHC style everyone loves and makes it valuable for todays standards. Indeed, this will remind you of unbeatable classics such as Breakdown, Killing Time, Outburst and Cro-Mags, for naming a few with the same outspoken and undisputed attitude they're known for. Historically speaking, the flemish part of Belgium has overshadowed the french speaking one and has been since long time ago the de facto hardcore/punk HQ in the country so, Inspector will defy that long tradition with this superb demo. Can't wait to listen to an upcoming full-length album. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this band. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  
2) Payday (UK) - Second To None LP  
https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/second-to-none-lp-promo
This London-based straight edge hardcore punk powerhouse is back with this impressive 2-track teaser for their upcoming and LONG-awaited full-length album. This time around, their sound still retains the metallic traits inherited from the Clevo hardcore scene in the late 80s/early 90s (Integrity (early recordings), Mayday, Confront, etc.) but more reckless and relentless than before. In fact, the featured song Whitewash is a re-recorded song from their demo, which was one of our best picks of 2017. On the other hand, the second track, Whitewash II, is a brand new one. Can't wait for the LP. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this band. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  
3) Mere Mortal (UK) - The Second Generation Of Divine Beings Demo
https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/the-second-generation-of-divine-beings-demo
Mere Mortal is back with their mind-crushing hardcore punk which draws influences from crossover thrash and stenchcore (you know, the original crust punk sound) mostly. Unlike other NWOBHC acts, this one is the perfect soundtrack for an orgy in hell where Bolt Thrower and Sacrilege are condemned to play endlessly. Also, in this demo, the metallic influences are more prominent, pretty reminiscent of thrash metal gods such as Obituary (US) and Onslaught (UK). But don't worry, the "core" element still is audible. Can't wait for more material coming from this band. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this band. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
4) Imposter (UK) - Crown of Horns EP
https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/crown-of-horns
  
This Brighton-based also impressed us back in 2017 with a superb demo, which also was part of our best picks list of that year. Against all odds, they're final-fuckin'-ly back and also are currently working on their LONG-awaited upcoming LP but, in the meantime, they deliver this humble EP as an apéro. So, this 4-track record retains their interesting mix of bostonian hardcore style and UK82. Yeah, this is the wet dream any hardcore punk enthusiastic surely has dreamt about since the 80s. Some of the advantages of this postmodern world, right? NWOBHC has made lots of hardcore wishes come true. Can't wait for the LP. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this band. A potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
5) Stages In Faith (UK) - Delside LP   
https://qualitycontrolhq.bandcamp.com/album/delside
   
We finally conclude this entry with the debut full-length album from this impressive London-based band. Featuring members of other NWOBHC powerhouses such as Frame Of Mind, Blind Authority, Mourning and Splitknuckle, this band explores the post-hardcore territory drawing different influences from the Revolution Summer movement, melodic hardcore and pop-punk (the latter when it was cool ha ha). Think of a mix of Lifetime, Farside and Soul Side. Unlike other NWOBHC acts, this one could give you the impression that is less aggressive but their style still is intense, complex and overwhelming enough to soothe the inner beast of hardcore pvnx always craving for nonsensical displays of sonic madness. Finally, click on the image above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to this band. This is definitely a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!