Note: Tear down the walls, tear them down.
Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the fourth part of our 90s german hardcore punk special post. We're almost in the deadline (wow, it has taken a lot of time). In this entry, we'll feature Narsaak, Stack, Acme, Carol, Systral, Acheborn, Corrosive, Tumult, Y and Diavolo Rosso. Let's begin.
Narsaak was a hardcore punk band formed in the early 90s and lasted a little more of twenty years. Awesome. This is one of the few 90s german hardcore punk bands that existed so much time. During their lifetime, they released: split with Notwehr (1991), Unter Wölfen EP, split with Dead Beat (1995), Vatra (1997), split with Stack (1998), Das Löschen Der Lichter Der Städte (2004), Prašina (2008) and split with Planks (2011).
Regarding the sound, Narsaak started like any other US metallic HC-influenced local band of their time. However, during the mid-90s, they started to develop a more vicious and relentless style, a little bit more reminiscent to crust-influenced powerviolence and grindcore bands of the time like Capitalist Casualties and Disrupt. Some songs even have a "sludgy" feel like His Hero Is Gone's sound. And, like their local contemporaries, Narsaak's lyrics were political and sometimes full of irony and sarcasm but they were sung in both german and bosnian (or serbo-croatian (?)) (because his vocalist was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Finally, click on the image for downloading Vatra and the full splits with Dead Beat and Stack. Sadly, these are the only Narsaak's records I've got. If you can, try to get their discography disc named 1990-1999, compiling everything that they ever recorded during the 90s (Duuuuhhh! Elementary, My Dear Watson). Their 00s decade works are good too but I rather to listen to the material released in the previous decade. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Ah yes! Another of my favorite 90s german powerviolence outfits is finally here. They were born of Abolition's ashes and lasted until 2003. During their lifetime, they released one demo, split with Seein' Red (1995), split with Capitalist Casualties (1996), Mondonervaktion 7", Selbstfindungsgruppe 10", South of Hessen/Welcome To Bremen, which is their split with Carol (1997), split with Narsaak (1998) and Konkret Lichtgeschwindigkeit LP (2001). There's also a discography disc, sharing the same name of the latter, that contains everything that Stack ever recorded (except their demo).
Regarding the sound, Stack played short, ferocious and relentless powerviolence, whose style was closer to american outfits of the time such as Capitalist Casualties, Man Is The Bastard and Dropdead. Thanks to this sound, they had a good reception outside of Germany (notably in North America). Also, their lyrics were in both english and german with highly-political and critical content, following the same path traced by Abolition a few years before.
Finally, click on the image for downloading both their discography disc and demo. This latter contains some songs not included in other Stack's records and remember that the studio version of Armistice is available in PLOT compilation (featured in the first entry of this special post). I also have a physical copy of their only LP but I'll feature it in another post after our summer vacations. It will be such a blast, just wait and see. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Oh, oh, oh, yes! One of the earliest (and possibly the most well-known and popular) acts of Northcore style is finally here. This is also one of my favorite german hardcore bands that thankfully made me change my perception of the whole metalcore subgenre. They only released one demo named Menschenmaschine cassette (1992) and one self-titled AKA The Demo (1995). Unlike other local acts, Acme managed a low profile and didn't give much information about them in their releases. Even in the few interviews they gave, they were really aware of their privacy and only stressed some details of their music. This characteristic made of Acme a kind of cult-following band.
There's also one partial discography disc named ...To Reduce The Choir To One Soloist, released by Edison Recordings in 1996, that contains The Demo disc tracks, as well as the contributed tracks to All The President's Men, PLOT (a different version, though) and No Desire To Continue Living compilations. However, some other compilation tracks, as well as Menschenmaschine tracks are missing. Also, as a curious fact, the originally untitled compilation tracks received a name for this record release.
Regarding the sound, Acme took the best elements of the early-90s US metallic hardcore, notably Rorschach, to the next level. Thus, they created an overwhelming, chaotic and frantic style. I even dare to say that their sound is still unbeatable and enviable for modern metalcore standards today. Unlike other local acts, Acme was one of the first german hardcore bands that exclusively sang in english and their lyrics were dark, ironic and pessimistic. However, you can also detect political content on most of them.
Finally, click on the image for downloading ...To Reduce The Choir To One Soloist record. Even though is an incomplete discography disc, you'll still get at least Acme's essential songs. I've got years trying to get their first and only cassette but it's been an impossible task. Hope to get it sometime in the near future. One of the most influential german hardcore acts that you shouldn't miss out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Another impressive Northcore style band that only released Prefabricated EP (1995) and South of Hessen/Welcome To Bremen, which is their split with Stack (1997) and contributed some tracks to Cry Now, Cry Later and Heart Circle compilations. The contained song in the latter is a previously unreleased track, exclusive for the record. Also, as a curious fact, South of Hessen/Welcome To Bremen is a reference to both Slayer's South Of Heaven and Venom's Welcome To Hell releases with modified Stack and Carol's logos on them, respectively.
Regarding the sound, Carol created a chaotic and frantic screamed metallic hardcore punk with complex musical instrumentation. There are even some traces of crust, grindcore and powerviolence. The lyrics were in both german and english with political and existential content. Even though this band was short-lived, it was highly-influential for other metalcore and screamo outfits. Indeed, Orchid, another influential screamo/emoviolence act, sometime stated that their sound was highly influenced by Northcore acts such as Systral and Carol. Pretty accurate in my humble opinion.
Finally, click on the image for downloading their EP and the full split with Stack, with artwork, inserts, layout and lyrics sheet included. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Speaking of the devil, Systral couldn't be missed out. The band existed between 1995 and 1998 and featured ex-members of Acme and Carol. During their short yet prolific lifetime, they released: Fever...The Maximum Carnage, Maximum Entertainment (1995), split with Acheborn and Black Smoker (1998). They also contributed different tracks to many local and international hardcore punk compilations. There's also a CD version named after their first release that contains everything that Systral ever recorded before 1998, including two compilations tracks and one unreleased cover to Motörhead's We Are The Roadcrew song.
Regarding the sound, Systral followed the same path of the Northcore style traced by both Acme and Carol. However, they added more death metal and grindcore elements into their sound. The result was an overwhelming, violent and complex sound. Also, their lyrics were almost in english (only a few german exceptions) with deep, obscure and abstract statements (some of them more personal and some others more political).
Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Systral ever recorded in their short yet influential existence. The file was provided by our friend from Blogged and Quartered blog (Thanks, pal!) that made an excellent work compiling all the material of this excellent german outfit. You'll also find some goodies, for example, the cover to Kylie Minogue's Confide In Me song. Nope, you're not dreaming and we're not joking. Even the aforementioned australian pop star's magic seduced this Bremen-based savage metalcore act. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Acheborn was another short-lived yet influential Northcore style band. During their existence, they only released The Demon Love EP (1996), split with Systral (1998) and Tuesday Is Dead LP/CD (1999). They also contributed some tracks to different compilations, notably The Seed Of The Next Season (previously posted here in the blog and re-featured in the first entry of this special post) and a tribute to Depeche Mode.
Regarding the sound, Acheborn also played fast and loud metallic hardcore punk in the same vein as their contemporary Northcore counterparts. But they added some slow and introspective interludes as well. The lyrics were in both german and english, with complex, poetic and abstract yet well-structured statements. Even there are some songs whose content is pretty pessimistic and fatidic, not recommended for the faint of heart, spirit and mind nor even psychiatric patients.
Finally, click on the image for downloading their EP, LP and full split with Systral. The artwork, inserts, layout and lyrics sheet of the aforementioned records are included. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Corrosive is a powerviolence band from Baden-
Regarding the sound, Corrosive only played fast as fuck powerviolence. No experimental approach, no fusion music. Just pure and mean noise madness. You can think of early Slap-A-Ham Records' artists catalog such as Infest, Neanderthal and Crossed Out for getting an idea. Their lyrics are exclusively in their native language with the iconic elements of irony and sarcasm of the whole powerviolence subgenre.
Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Corrosive officially released. The link was once again provided by our friend of Blogged and Quartered blog (Thanks, pal!). Sadly, I haven't got yet the Gesammelte Werke disc and I don't know how's the sound of the previously unreleased material. I guess they had influences of early american protogrindcore and protopowerviolence bands such as Deep Wound, Siege and Youth Korps and sounded like 80s german hardcore legends Inferno and Satanic Malfunctions. Maybe. When I get it, I'll immediately upload it. Highly recommended. Enjoy.
Another all-time german powerviolence classic is here. If you're a true diehard fan of the subgenre, you must know this band. Period. If you do not know it yet, don't worry. We're here for helping you out. Tumult was from Köln (Cologne) and existed between 1996 and 2000. During their lifetime, they released: The Heroic Bloodshed EP (1997), splits with Gomorrha (1998) and Yacöpsae (2000) and one self-titled LP/CD (2000), as well as contributing some tracks to different hardcore punk compilations.
Regarding the sound, Tumult played powerviolence with some crust and grindcore influences. So, you can imagine that the music was fast as fuck. Also, it contained savage metallic breakdowns with some slow-paced sludge moments, lots of blast beats and the vocal style was darker and more harsher than other local outfits of their time. Just like other contemporary local powerviolence band, the lyrics were in german and filled with hate and despise for human existence and there were also some Kung Fu and B movies references à la Spazz.
Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Tumult ever recorded during their short yet wholesome existence. Once again, our friend of Blogged and Quartered gets all the credits for this. If you dig modern grindviolence bands like Hatred Surge, Magrudergrind and Marion Barry, Tumult is for you. Their only EP is a complete jewel of the powerviolence subgenre. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Y was a Berlin-based powerviolence band that existed from 1995 to 2002. They released one self-titled 7" (1995), Ali Bomaye LP (1998), splits with Discript (1995), Diavolo Rosso (1998), My Own Lies and Dumbstruck (2002), and Global Prayer LP (2001), as well as contributing tracks to different hardcore compilations. This was one of the first powerviolence bands that I knew when I was exploring deeper in the hardcore punk territory.
Regarding the sound, Y played ferocious powerviolence just like their local contemporaries Yacöpsae, Tumult and Corrosive. They were a complete exception to the rule because Northcore style and even emo bands were spreading and gaining more attention. Also, like other local powerviolence bands, Y sang most of the time in german (with some english exceptions) with the same characteristic dark sense of humour of the subgenre.
Finally, click on the image for downloading Pseudo Youth...Human Cespool CD (Sound Pollution Records, 2000) that contains the tracks from their only 7", first LP and the split with Discript, as well as some unreleased tracks. This record was also re-issued but re-named as Bomb Havelland LP (Anomie Records, 2015). If you can, get Global Prayer LP. It's pretty good too. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
We finally conclude this entry with Diavolo Rosso. This was a band from Mannheim that existed between 1997 and 2003. They released one self-titled cassette (1997), Groove Down To The Riotrock EP (1998), splits with Revenge (1998) and Y (1999) and Never Follow...LP/CD (2003). There's also a compilation of demos, covers and compilation tracks released in 2013 by both Meta Matter Records and Prügelprinz Records.
Regarding the sound, Diavolo Rosso played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with early american hardcore influences of bands like Rich Kids On LSD, Attitude Adjustment, Crucifix and Poison Idea. There are also some traits of crust, thrashcore and powerviolence in their sound. In later recordings, however, they would eventually slow down a little bit exploring different musical instrumentation and execution. Therefore, they created an unique style that didn't follow Northcore nor grindviolence trends as other acts did so in their local hardcore scene.
Finally, click on the image for downloading their split with Y. You can also visit their official bandcamp account, where you can get, either for free or paying the right price you consider, most of their recorded material. There are plenty of good things there. As always, I highly encourage you to support these bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next week. More surprises are coming for the last two entries, so stay tuned. Kisses and hugs!