Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Some of your e-mail requests

Note: Coffee time

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with a short yet wholesome entry. This time around, I'll feature some of your e-mail requests for reviewing some of your sent material. I'll also feature some colombian hardcore punk compilations that have been released this year so far later this week so, please be patient. I'm working on it. As always, I'm sorry for my long absences but you know, (un)real world truly sucks. I hope this entry compensates my reckless abandon. I do not have so much time either so, with all that written, let's begin! 

1) The Aggravated - No Way Out

https://theaggravated.bandcamp.com/album/no-way-out

This Atlanta-based hardcore band gladly sent me their second full-length album named No Way Out. I must admit that I didn't know this band prior to this e-mail. Regarding the sound, they're more into late-80s and early-90s NYHC sound and attitude in the same vein as Sheer Terror, Leeway and Biohazard with overwhelming and pummeling breakdowns, some eventual metallic guitar solos, vocal duets, crowded chorus and yes, hateful-charged lyrics. They truly reminded me of Blood For Blood in many aspects (notably the vocal style). I used to loved that band ha ha ha. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

2) Zegema Beach Records (Canada)

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/

As you may know, this canadian record label monthly send us lots of records for reviewing them here in the blog. Thank you so much for that. I truly appreciate it. Oh, and do not forget to click on the banner above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / purchase their available material. Pretty good stuff if you're into screamo and post-hardcore. Let's see what kind of surprises we have this month. Go!

Joliette - La Luz Devora tape


This is the most recent record from this superb mexican post-hardcore powerhouse. We already made a review of this record last month which is also a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. If you want to refresh your memory, click here. Joliette FTW. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Coma Regalia - Vau Faelgoh LP 


https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vau-faelgoh

When we made a small review of the Cry Me A River Fest 2019 edition (click here if you want to refresh your memory), we did mention this awesome LP, and yes, this is another potential candidate for our best picks of 2019. So, if I'm not mistaken, this is the fifth full-length album from this Lafayette-based musical outfit and, as you already may know, this is one of the best modern representatives of the screamo offshoot in the U.S. The sound is more abrassive and chaotic than previous works and really reminded me of the explosion of the screamo revival bands in the 00s such as Beau Navire, Funeral Diner (USA), Amanda Woodward (France), Suis La Lune (Sweden), Kias Fansuri (Malaysia), etc, you know, dissonant and fast music mixed with melodic and less aggreessive traits for creating thus the infamous slow/fast-paced experience screamo bands are known for. I really dig this album. Oh, and the song titles are in danish (?). Nice feature. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Meditations In Affinity Vol. 1 "Bond"

https://zegemabeachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/meditations-vol-1
This record also was mentioned in the Cry Me A River Fest '19 entry since that Crowning, from the U.S. participated to that festival. So, this is the first volume of the Meditations In Affinity compilation series that will be released throughout the year (or at least that's the expectation). "Bond" is also a co-release with The Ghost Is Clear Records from the U.S. and, just like the now classic Connections split series (click here for refreshing your memory), this is a celebration of DIY mindset and all the good things behind it. Now, the record features Life In Vacuum, Canyons, Crowning and Hundreds of Au, whose sound is somewhere between screamo and post-hardcore with both chaotic and melodic elements. Life In Vacuum is perhaps the most experimental one in the whole record with some complex and weird tempo changes I haven't heard since the good ol' days of Life At These Speeds (US) and The Mock Heroic (UK). Nice. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

3) Beach Impediment Records (US)


https://beachimpedimentrecords.bandcamp.com/
I have to make a public apology due to all the e-mails sent by this impressive Austin-based record label were stored in the "Junk" section of my mailbox. This is something that was automatically done by my server and not me. So, I already unchecked them and the next time, I'll see them properly as it should be. Sorry for that. Oh, and do not forget to click on the banner above for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to / purchase their available material. Pure gold stuff if you're into modern hardcore punk stuff. Let's see what we've got. Go! 

Haircut - Sensation EP

https://beachimpedimentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sensation-ep

This is the second release from this pretty impressive female-fronted hardcore punk band from Richmond, Virginia. I must admit that I didn't know this band prior to this release, which is something a shame because it's pretty cool. Indeed, their sound has different old school north and south american hardcore influences with short, loud and fast-paced musical execution with some eventual mid-tempo and slower breakdowns moments but without losing the grip at all. They reminded me of other female-fronted hardcore acts from the US such as RUT, Body Pressure, Futura and Sin Cave. The lyrics are both in spanish and english with both political and personal content. Oh, and our friend Juan Sebastián Rosillo from the Rat Trap Collective (Colombia) made the artwork. Cool. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Larma - self-titled LP    

https://beachimpedimentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-3

Yeah, it's final-fuckin'-ly here. The debut album from this swedish monsters. We already wrote about it when we made our K-Town Hardcore Fest '19 entry but at the time, they didn't have yet a record for releasing their material. This record is absolutely nuts with all the modern swedish hardcore school mindset behind and, fuck yeah, another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. You can click here for refreshing your memory and see why this record deserves the place we already gave it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Loose Nukes - Behind The Screen EP

https://beachimpedimentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/behind-the-screen-ep

Holy fuck. Another long-awaited record finally sees the light. Loose Nukes from the US were also featured in our K-Town Hardcore Fest '19 entry. This is in fact their second EP since that they already released It's...Loose Nukes 7" EP through Cruel Noise Records (US). Their sound is just a mix of the best elements of obscure and ultra-fast 80s HC acts in North America such as The Fix, Koro and CIA. You can think of 80s italian hardcore bands that followed that path such as Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers and Indigesti, as well. There are even also some songs with the modern d-beat-influenced american hardcore touch such as Blood Pressure (in fact, they share members). Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Another potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

4) Loveline - self-titled EP  

https://lovelinepunx.bandcamp.com/releases
  
We finally conclude this entry with this post-hardcore band from Essen, Germany that gladly sent me their debut album, which was released this year through Tief In Marcellos Schuld Records (Germany). Regarding their sound, they add both screamed and clean vocals with melodic and precise musical execution, pretty much like moderns acts in the same vein as Touché Amoré, Title Fight (early years) or Counterparts. For a strange reason, their sound reminded somewhat me of those bands in the 00s that got some moderate mainstream attention in the US such as The Used or Sense Fail. There are definitely dark times to forget, right? ha ha. Not my cup of tea but pretty good band, though. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Scandinavian Sadness compilation


Featured bands: Shirokuma, Det Är Därför Vi Bygger Städer, Kid,Feral, Tomma Mängden, Barabass,Du Förtappade, Vi Söm Älskade Varandra Så Mycket, Heart On My Sleeve, 44.caliberloveletter, The Hope And The Failure, Careless (Sweden), Ieatheartattacks, Aske (Norway), Puke Wolf, We Are Among The Storms, Regarding Ambiguity, Disilusionist, Tvivler, 1969, and Losxbluexboys (Denmark).

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another short yet wholesome entry. We'll feature this impressive screamo compilation featuring bands from Sweden, Denmark and Norway which was released on digital format TODAY. The beautiful artwork was made by Elina Nilsson, who plays in Mystery Language (an indie pop band from Sweden) and made a guest vocal appearance for No Omega's song Contortion. This is also the first release of See You Next Summer, an one person net label from Malmö, Sweden.

Now, the curator behind this project wanted to feature different scandinavian screamo outfits that have been active in the last decade. Firstly, do not get impressed by the great amount of the included swedish bands due to, since the mid-00s, this is the only country from the region with a huge and prominent scene that has spawned well-known and influential acts such as Suis La Lune and Via Fondo, among others. In fact, the Swedish Skramz Mafia is a hilarious yet precise term circulating on the Internet for describing the whole modern screamo scene in Sweden. Secondly, I was kinda impressed with the addition of bands from Denmark. Indeed, I didn't know that they even had screamo-related outfits. I must admit that the danish hardcore punk scene has hidden jewels that have caught my attention lately since we made the K-Town Hardcore '19 Fest entry (If you want to re-read it, click here). I'll try to feature more bands from that country. Finally, there are only two featured bands from Norway. I haven't heard anything related to norwegian screamo since the days of Kaospilot and JR Ewing (You know, many summers have passed since then ha ha). This is also another country with an almost inexistent screamo scene but I'm glad these kind of outfits are starting to flourish in the wilderness soils of the place. I hope to see more material coming from there in the near future.

Regarding the sound, as we already stated, this is a screamo compilation. You'll find some of the modern trends in the subgenre, such as post-hardcore-influenced acts in the same vein as Touché Amoré (US) (You can think of musical outfits such as Vientre (Colombia) and Joliette (Mexico) for getting and idea), post-rock-influenced acts paying homage to Envy (Japan) and, of course, Suis La Lune (Sweden) and, yes, chaotic emoviolence-driven acts as well, pretty much like In/Humanity and Palatka (US) but with a more modern touch.  

Lastly, click on the image above for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to/download this record. Also, you can click each song individually for getting each band's bandcamp and social media links. Please try to support them. Totally worth it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Our Latin Punk Thing Fest

Note: Artwork by Wilson Melo.

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another entry. This weekend in Toronto, Canada, Our Latin Thing Punk Fest, which, according to its organizers and promoters, is the first latinx hardcore/punk festival in Canada, will be held. I must admit that I was completely shocked with such affirmation but it seems to be true. Indeed, unlike the hardcore punk scene in the US, the latinx pressence hasn't been as strong nor as prevalent in the canadian scene. In fact, I can't recall right now any canadian band from the 80s or 90s featuring members of latinx ascendancy. Yes, I'm pretty sure there's someone, even some musical outfit I listen to on a regular basis, but it's not that evident at all. I'm going to do my researchs and write something about it in the near future if possible...Anyway, this trend has luckily changed for good and emerging outfits are gradually appearing in the canadian hardcore punk scene. 

Now, I'm going to feature all the participant outfits to the festival (some of them are from the US, though), except Muro and Víctimas from Colombia. That's because we've exceedingly wrote about them in previous posts so, I'd suggest you to revisit them and get mesmerized by what they are capable of...Yes, I highly encourage you to doing so. You won't regret it and you will thank me for that. Yeah, I'm pretty sure. You're welcome in advance. Also, I won't feature Estorbo since I couldn't find any recorded material (not even a live performance video footage) from them. So, if you have anything, even a lo-fi sound demo, I'd be thankful. Finally, just like other similar entries, I'll give you some information about them and provide their respective official bandcamp accounts where you can listen to/download their material. Please, support them if you can. Totally worth it.

Lastly, during the next week I'm going to feature MOAR colombian hardcore punk releases, including some interesting compilations so, stay tuned. Oh, and I almost forgot. The brutiful poster above was made by Wilson, current bassist of Muro. Kudos for that. With all that written, let's begin.

Canada

Maldita

https://maldita.bandcamp.com/

Maldita is a female-fronted hardcore from Toronto that has been in the game since 2016, I think. They have self-released so far: Demo, Sin Banderas LP (2017) and Acá No Hay Justicia LP (2018). Their sound is highly influenced by both latin american female-fronted hc/punk from the late-80s and early-90s such as Fértil Miseria, Polikarpa Y Sus Viciosas (Colombia), Soberanía Personal (Argentina) and d-beat. Their lyrics are in spanish denouncing police brutality, catcalling, abuse of power, injustice system, etc. Finally, their second LP also contains some alternate tracks from their previous works and was mixed and mastered by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust. Neat. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Qué Lástima

https://que-lastima.bandcamp.com/


Qué Lástima is also a band from the most populous city in Canada that have self-released two self-titled tapes in 2017 and 2019 respectively. They sing exclusively in spanish (with one english excpetion) with both personal and politically-charged lyrics dealing mostly with immigration issues, i.e. how fucked up your life is if you're not a "native" in a foreign country and territory struggles, among other topics. Their style basically reminded me of Los Crudos, Sin Orden and Huasipungo from the US but they also add some weird and complex guitar chords and riffs, reminiscent of early garage rock in some parts, mixed with different and abrasive tempo changes translalated into pure hardcore fury. Nice. As a curious fact, Lia Lepre, ex-vocalist of Triage, played bass on the first record. Cool. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Scorpio Rising 

https://scorpiorisinghc.bandcamp.com/
   
This also Toronto-based female-fronted hardcore punk band has only self-released two tapes in 2018 self-titled and Tape II. Their sound has old-school hardcore punk influences (notably from the US) with the "not too slow, not too fast" musical execution and those mid-tempo changes and overlaps that modern musical outfits tend to do nowadays. There's even a slight d-beat feel as well. They reminded me somewhat of, also female-fronted hardcore acts, such as Futura (US), Forra (UK), Abuso and UZI (Colombia). Pretty good act. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Tashme

https://tashme.bandcamp.com/
  
Tashme is a d-beat hardcore punk from Toronto that has only released two Demos (Tashme-self-released, 2016), one Promo tape (Tashme-self-released, 2017) and one self-titled EP (High Fashion Industries (US), 2018). Their sound reminded me of modern american d-beat-influenced bands from the US such as Green Beret, Ajax and Impalers. Indeed, you'll find short, fast and loud Discharge-esque hardcore with some slower and overwhelming breakdowns à la Boston in some crucial parts (notably the ending) of some songs. Neat. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

United States

Ces Cadáveres

https://cescadaveres.bandcamp.com/releases

I guess I've told in different entries there are sometimes here in the blog some exceptions to our rule of only publishing hardcore-related outfits. Well, this intriguing and powerful duo from Brooklyn, NY fits to it. Unlike other hardcore punk-influenced featured so far in this entry, Ces Cadáveres plays synth-punk mixed with post-punk (notably focusing on both coldwave and darkwave trends). So, yeah, their music is dark and gloomy enough with different tempo changes that you'll probably hear in a sex dungeon full of goth rockers. Don't ask me why I know this...Finally, they only have one song available on their official bandcamp account named Petrificados and it's pretty awesome. Hope to see more material coming from this band for my academic purposes, of course...Yeah...Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Demencia Alkoholika 

https://demencia-alkoholika.bandcamp.com/

This band from New Jersey was formed back in 2002 and has released a bunch of different records, including one split EP with Juana La Loka from Ecuador and one self-titled LP from 2018 (probably their first full-length album ever). They also contributed one track to A La Mierda Sus Fronteras compilation (Ruido Total Records (Colombia/France), 2018), which was also featured here in the blog. So, their sound is a living homage to the old-school latin american hardcore punk sound in the same vein as I.R.A. (early years), Fértil Miseria, Censura (Colombia), Solución Mortal, Xenofobia (Mexico) and NoToken (Ecuador), for naming a few, with some eventual crust and grindcore traces and changes in some parts of their songs. Nice. Finally, you'll find in their official bandcamp account some loose tracks from their discography with the english translation of the lyrics. Cool. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Olor A Muerte  

https://oloramuerte.bandcamp.com/
   
We finally conclude this entry with this impressive female-fronted hardcore punk band from New York. They only have released one demo (2017), one contributed track to A La Mierda Sus Fronteras compilation and one self-titled EP (2019). Their style is mostly d-beat-oriented mixed with the latin american hardcore savoir faire but there are some crust, thrashcore and even crossover thrash elements in their repertory as well. They reminded me of Ruidosa Inmundicia (Austria/Chile) at some point. As you can imagine, the lyrics are politically-charged and sung in english (with some spanish exceptions) dealing with different social and political issues such as "american dream", machismo, depression and homophobia, among others. I really dig this band. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!