Friday, February 14, 2020

Anti-Saint Valentine's Day entry

Note: Of course, my horse. 

Coucou, les! We're back with another short yet funtastic entry. I still am currently working on the first special post of the year and I'm finishing some details because I want to make this particular one far beyond perfect. You know I always try to bring you the most complete information about the featured special posts here in the blog so, yeah, this one will surely please you. Patience is a virtue, right? Now, in the meantime, I resurrected one mini-special post from some years ago: the Anti-Saint Valentine's Day entry. If you read thoroughly this humble site, I featured some grindcore, powerviolence and political hardcore compilations in the past for saying our big fuck you to this fucked up and shitty consummerism love letter known as "Saint Valentine's Day. Indeed, this entry will feature 3 grindcore and powerviolence compilations I recently discovered, one from early this month and the other two from 2019 and 2017, respectively. Also, I have an special announcement for colombian hardcore punk bands. Our friends of La Subterránea - Mujeres y disidencias are organizing their "Subterránea Vol. 2" Fest and also are looking for those colombian hardcore/punk or whatever bands that have at least 1 womyn, non-binary, queer, and other genre dissidents in their formation to participate to. The deadline for sending your musical proposition is March 7th. Note that this only is for those national bands living outside Bogota. In a few weeks, the promoters will announce how bands from the capital can participate to. I'll leave you below the image with the terms and conditions. You can click on it and get redirected to their official Facebook fanpage (this is obviously in spanish, though). Finally, well, I forgot what other thing I had to tell you...Ha ha ha. Can't remember right now. With all that written, let's begin.

"⚡️⚡️⚡️Y se vino La Subterránea Vol. 2 !!⚡️⚡️⚡️
Para celebrar nuestro primer año de trabajo en el colectivo “La Subterránea” y lxs primerxs mil seguidorxs de nuestra página, en el mes de abril realizaremos el II Festival “La Subterránea”, en el cual habrá un espacio de toque con bandas que tengan mujeres o disidencias de género en su formación, al igual que en su primera edición 💜
En esta ocasión, y atendiendo a nuestro interés de difundir proyectos de chicxs de todo el país, quisiéramos contar con la participación de una banda de fuera de Bogotá, para lo que abrimos esta convocatoria:

⚠️ ¿A quién convocamos?: A bandas de la escena subterránea que cuenten con mujeres o disidencias de género en su formación, que sean de cualquier ciudad diferente a Bogotá y que deseen participar del festival.

⚠️ ¿Cómo participar?: Enviando algo del material de la banda (puede ser audios, vídeos, letras, enlaces de páginas, y/o información de otros proyectos contraculturales en los que participan) al correo electrónico antes del 07 de marzo de 2020.

⚠️ ¿Qué cosas podemos brindar a la banda que participará en el festival?: Hospedaje, alimentación y un puesto en la feria que tendrá el Festival para venta de material.

Desafortunadamente, al ser un proyecto autogestionado, no nos es posible brindar ayuda financieramente para el transporte de la banda de su ciudad a Bogotá, menos aún porque esperamos reunir algunos recursos ese día (después de cubrir todos los gastos) para viabilizar otras actividades que tenemos programadas para el año. Por esta razón, también hemos establecido un calendario para la convocatoria en el que hay unas semanas entre el anuncio de la banda seleccionada y el festival, con el fin de dar tiempo por si ella quisiese hacer alguna actividad en su ciudad para recaudar dinero para el viaje. Esperamos que, aunque con estas condiciones limitadas, se animen.

💥Y para lxs amigxs de Bogotá, muy atentxs porque pronto abriremos la convocatoria para la Feria que tendremos ese día y la inscripción a los talleres.

La linda ilustración es de @_adarnia_ 🖤!"

A Violent Grinding Halt compilation

Featured bands: Yessir, Whatever, Madrugado, XRANDYX, Strawberry Cinder Block, XGRIFOX, Scalp The Pioneer, Xeno Ooze, NERMAL and Casually Suicidal (USA). 

I recently discovered this interesting american grindcore/powerviolence compilation when I was scrolling down some threads on Reddit (Don't ask me why I was there). It was released early February on digital format by Hypno Brain, an indie art label. As the curators state "This comp believes in equality, anti-racism and anti-sexism". Nice. Like it always should be, right? This is the first time I listen to these bands and I'm not sure if the contributed tracks are exclusive to this record or not. Regarding their sound, the grindcore and powerviolence sounds prevail teasing with different styles and derivative forms such as mincecore or grindviolence, for naming a few. Some of them have anger-filled and hatred-driven political stances, hip hop samplers, eventual sludgy-esque slower breakdowns, guttural and screamed vocals and some others, well, they do not take themselves too seriously (Who in the world would name a band as a character from Garfield? Ha ha ha. Loved the reference, though). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to this compilation. I really dig it. It's been a while since I don't call you...Wait, what? I'll try to be more aware of upcoming releases from the featured bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Gymnasium Violence 7" compilation

Featured bands: Arno X Duebel, Sickmark (Germany), Always Never Fun - ANF (Italy), Travolta (Belgium), Nothing Clean (UK), Discomfort Of Existence (Switzerland) and Ghettö (France). 

An outstanding european hardcore compilation released last year by Knochen Tapes (Germany). It was released on one-sided vinyl since the whole album roughly is 7 minutes long. Awesome. I knew the existence of this record but didn't featured it here in the blog because I wanted to make a "record label profile" entry. I totally forgot about it and, sadly, it didn't happen. Sorry, I have too many ideas inside my head ha ha. Maybe I'd redeem myself in the near future...Regarding the sound, well, basically this record features short, fast and loud powerviolence and grindcore (with both classic and modern touchs, styles and stuff). Most of the bands speak by themselves since they've been in the game since some time ago and are pretty well-known. (Well, only if you're into these obnoxious extreme hardcore variants). And, I guess the featured tracks are exclusive to this comp (or that's the impression that I get. Please, no, Mighty Mighty Bosstones' references, just no...). Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp account where you can listen to this great 7". This could have been featured in our best picks list of last year but since I discarded comps, well, tant pis. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Six Stab Wounds compilation 

Featured bands: Yattai, Boris Viande, Vengeance, Tina Turner Fraiseur, Nolentia and Grunt Grunt (France).

We finally conclude this entry with an interesting compilation released back in 2017 by Coups de Couteau (France) featuring grindcore and powerviolence bands from "Le Hexagone". When I was living in France some years ago, there weren't too many "core"-related bands because most of the scene is plagued by oi! and post-punk outfits. It wasn't bad at all, of course, but, you know, I rather my punk hard as fuck. So, it's been a while since I listen to french bands like these ones and I'm completely stoked. Regarding the sound, well, it's nothing different to the featured comps in this entry. Indeed, there are both classic and modern approachs to both powerviolence and grindcore with political and satirical content as well. You wanted to know how Spazz or Nasum would sound if they were performed by some french kids  born in this highly boring post-Cold War era? Well, this record is your answer to such deep existential question. Absolutely nuts. Lastly, click on the image for getting redirected to the Coups de Couteau's official bandcamp account where you can listen to this merveille. I'll be more aware of future relases like this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Some hardcore bands to take a look at this 2020 (plus a few review submissions)

Note: 2020 also is the year of the rat in chinese zodiac. Nice.
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Coucou, les! We're back with another entry. Well, I have to admit that my random insomnia is slowly killing me because of...well, reasons...and while I was looking for some unorthodox ways to relieve my pains, I noticed there are some interesting hardcore punk bands that could be really important to us this year. And, I'm going to publish some of your review submissions via e-mail as well. I'll try to be brief and clear as possible like previous posts. Also, next week, I'll properly start this 2020 off with the first special post of the year. The whole idea behind this one also was a product of trying to sleep for good this morning. So, yeah, thank your for that goddamn insomnia? Ha ha ha. Finally, I updated our best picks of 2019 list with the addition of 20 more records that definitely needed to be featured in. You can click here for viewing them. With all that written, let's begin.

a) Review submissions

Cease All Control / Grit (USA) "Red Split" split EP (Goodjunkie Records (USA))

Goodjunkie Records, a recently founded record label from Austin, TX, gladly sent us over a review submission of their first record ever: Cease All Control and Grit split EP. So, apparently, this is the first official release from both bands. They reminded me of musical outfits from the Netherlands such as No Turning Back and All For Nothing, whose musical style mixes metallic breakdowns and chugga-chugga-esque execution with political lyrics. Indeed, the featured bands in this split explore each one different topics such as the noble art of smashing nazis for good, burning la migra down, class struggle and corruption, among others. Pretty awesome. Finally, this is definitely a potential candidate for our best picks of this year list. This is "for the marginalized, for the working class. No tolerance for intolerance" (Goodjunkie Records, 2020). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Tiersman (Australia) - Good Grief LP

Tiersman from South Adelaide gladly sent me over a "press kit" for making a review of their first full-length album, Good Grief LP. This is one of the few times some band or record label does that so, thank you in advance for that. Now, this band has a pretty interesting musical instrumentation and execution, drawing influences from post-hardcore, sludge, doom metal and, more recently for this record, metalcore. I really liked their auto-called "stress rock" style with some slow yet overwhelming tunes trapped in a modern hardcore song structure. Finally, unlike their debut EP, the lyrical content is more focused on the (mis)adventures of living a "normal" life, you know, the BBQs, pissing on oneself while using an Uber service (ha ha), boring as hell jobs and powerviolent breakfasts references cannot be missed out. Try listening to it while spreading vegemite to your toasts (Dear Lord Belzebub...) and waiting until your boss angrily calls you to let you know that you're fuckin' late for work. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

b) 2020 kicks off

Therapy - self-titled EP (Atomic Action Records (USA))

I remember someone last year mentioned me this San Diego-based hardcore outfit. I was thinking about the "crab's immortality" (don't ask why) and didn't pay too much attention. And, oh dude/tte, how blind I was. So, this is their debut album and I really liked it. Indeed, they draw influences from japanese d-beat and thrashcore bands such as Disclose, Lip Cream and 9 Shocks Terror with a pretty straightforward execution, raw guitar riffs and solos, precise mid-tempo-paced d-beats and, of course, their vocalists' vocal style is too good spitting out undisputed hatred against everything out there. Finally, if you dig other american hardcore bands led by womyn such as Törso and Nosebleed, this is for you. Another potential candidate for our best picks list of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Pummel - Our Power EP (Atomic Action Records (USA))

The highly anticipated debut EP from this interesting Boston-based hardcore outfit. We already have wrote about them when we featured the Every Winter Is Cold compilation (You can refresh your memory by clicking here). So, yeah, Pummel delivers a groundbreaking hardcore style taking the hardest of NYHC with a more bostonian savoir faire for creating something unique and of their own. They will surely remind you of "Now" Wave of British Hardcore acts like Big Cheese and The Flex but this is another hell of a monster you wouldn't want to mess with. Finally, this is another potential candidate for our best picks of 2020 list so, go and check'em out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Scarecrow - Revenge EP (Bunker Punks Discs & Tapes (USA)

I have to admit that I really liked this record. Indeed, the now defined musical trend within the modern american hardcore punk scene of drawing d-beat influences and incorporate them into their repertory is more common than ever. So, these pvnx from Raleigh, NC, play short, fast and loud hardcore punk with a kinda evident amour pour les monstres suédois Totalitär. Finally, if you dig american bands like Sunshine Ward and Ajax, this is for you. Another candidate for our best picks of 2020. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

The Annihilated (UK) - demo (Not on label; The Annihilated self-released)

I know you should be a little bit tired of my eternal nostalgia and mourning of now defunct NWOBHC acts like Violent Reaction and, more recently, Arms Race. But, you know, from corpses buried down earth trees can grow and flowers can blossom and, this is the case for The Annihilated. Featuring ex-members of different local bands, this band delivers a pummeling hardcore attack mixing the best elements of USHC and UK82 classics such as Negative Approach and Ultra Violent, for example. You wanted a savage old-school hardcore orgy in your ears? There you have it. Life cannot be much better than that. Finally, I hope this band releases either an EP or LP this year. But, in the meantime, delight yourselves with this apéro. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Android - Chapter 001 demo (Not on label; Android self-released)

I guess I've stated a few times that this now dying 2010s decade has left off some noisy hardcore punk bands that try to break the mould with unorthodox yet frantic musical execution. Indeed, this is the case for this recently formed band from Florida evoca follows that musical path delivering thus an outstanding weird as fuck fast-paced execution that only people desperately trying to survive in a Terminator-themed dystopia would find, well, disturbing. Absolutely nuts. FFO Crazy Spirit and L.O.T.I.O.N. Finally, can't wait either for an upcoming EP or LP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Subliminal Excess - 2020 demo (11 P.M. Records (USA))

We finally conclude this entry with the more recent release from 11 P.M. Records, one of our favorite record labels last year. next time. This Chicago-based hardcore punks also deliver a sordid and depressing dystopian view of things with this interesting demo, which draws influences from both old-school american hardcore and d-beat styles alike with a particular musical execution filled with mid-tempo and slower breakdowns tempo changes. Indeed, their sound would definitely fit into a more punk-oriented version of the Blade Runner movie. They also reminded me somewhat of Negativ from Norway. And, of course, the last track features a weird as fuck intro which is full of static, fuzz and whispered words that give the impression they're lost in a different dimmension. I guess will have to wait until an upcoming EP or LP gets released and see their fate... Finally, just listen to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

V.A. Hardcore Still Rules - Bleeding Edges sampler!20BhhSTQ!XcDo4ZQ1NyjeJD97Ohxi3SQn3sZCGMm4hBIyDzVdHsM

Featured bands: Boston Strangler, No Tolerance, Stripmines, Nightbirds, Broken Prayer, Green Beret, Mindset, Waste Management, The Rival Mob, Protester, Prisoner Abuse, Weekend Nachos, Bloody Hammer, Altered Boys, Criminal Damage, Cülo, Ugly Parts, Hounds Of Hate, Power Trip, Brain Slug, The Repos, Last Words, Coke Bust, Wrong Decision, Sickoids, Social Damage, Birth Deformities, Red Dons, Freedom, Bloodkrow Butcher, Human Shield, Future Binds, Gas Rag, Razorheads, Brain Killer, Manpig, The Nukes, Negative Degree, Peacebreakers, Oblivionation, Battle Ruins, Barge, Chain Rank, Nightprowler, Caged Animal, MFP, Who Killed Spikey Jacket? (USA), The Flex, Violent Reaction (UK), Shipwrecked (Sweden/Norway), Sectarian Violence (US/UK/Sweden), Extortion (Australia), School Jerks, Violent Future, OMEGAS and Vacant State (Canada).  

[UPDATE 01/16/2020 10:00 am ET. Gas Rag and OMEGAS' tracks were missing. The d/l link has been changed. Please, re-download it if needed. Sorry for the inconveniences]

Coucou, les! We're back with another entry. This time around, we brought a blast from the past. Hardcore Still Rules is an international hardcore punk compilation released by Bleeding Edges Records back in 2014. It only was limited to 12 tapes and worked as a sampler of the artists' catalog run by the record label. Also, most of its content is material taken from the early releases of each band, i.e. demos or first EPs/LPs and even some of the featured tracks were temporarily exclusive to this compilation, i.e. Aüsländer by Red Dons. And, according to Discogs, this is an unofficial release. (I dunno why. I guess this was like a some sort of test press for close friends or the bands didn't give consent at all to be released?. Mmm, who knows...).

Regarding the sound, just as the name of the compilation suggests, it's just plain and simple hardcore punk (Duh! Mr./s. Captain Obvious!). However, the main reason why I decided to feature this almost obscure collection is because it contains some of the "musical trends" that started to define the now ending 2010s era (or at least in North America). Indeed, "musical trends" such as the intriguing american hardcore with d-beat mix, the surprising eventual teases with other unconventional styles such as oi!, post-punk and garage rock, the kinda satisfying powerviolence/late 00s metallic hardcore breakdowns cross AKA jockviolence, the rise of more outspoken and uncompromising straight edge bands, the bo bo boston hardcore at its finest, the rebirth of crossover thrash, noisy and fucked-up hardcore trying to break the mould, for naming a few, are here. Last but not least, there are some tracks of the forefathers of the New Wave of British Hardcore - NWOBHC as well. You know here in the blog we're completely IN LOVE with it. So, what else could you ask for?

Lastly, click on the image above to download this incredible sampler. Its content is pure gold. Oh, and more thing. I had to re-compile the Side B of this compilation all by myself since it nearly was impossible to get a physical copy or even the .mp3 backup files. Our anonymous collaborator/trice codenamed Ariel-451 passed us the Side A (such a beast!). The Discogs entry of this compilation also mislisted MFP and Caged Animal's respective tracks. Indeed, it reads "Caged Animal - Grip" and "MFP - Fake Ass Scene". Fake Ass Scene is from Caged Animal while Grip doesn't exist (at least in both bands' catalog). I'm not sure which MFP's featured track was but I took the liberty of adding in another one from their self-titled EP (2012) since it's clearly unknown to me what was originally contained in the record. The other featured tracks, including Caged Animal's, are corrected. Hope you don't get mad about this, les! Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!