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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back once again and since the most recent special post about 80s swedish hardcore punk compilations is still baking in the oven, in the meantime I'll post some of the forgotten best picks of 2017. This will include both colombian and international outfits. You can refresh your memory for viewing the original best picks of 2017 entries here and here. Also, there will be featured some female fronted bands, so consider the previous entries as the Not Just Boys Fun 2017 edition (I'll promise to make another one this year). Finally, mmm...enjoy? HA HA HA what?. With all that written, let's begin!
Firewalker - self-titled LP (Pop Wig Records, USA)
This amazing Boston-based all-female hardcore punk band was already featured in our successful Not Just Boys Fun in 2016. In the aforementioned entry, we remarked their impressive Boston-influenced style. So, for their long awaited full-length debut album, Firewalker still manages the ferocious, thick and uncompromising style of their first demo but I think their style got a little bit more "darker" with more mid-tempo breakdowns and more complex guitar chords. Also, the lyrics are defying and highly political, inspired by feminist activists such as Angela Davis and Judith Butler. Finally, the LP also includes their entire demo '15 as bonus. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Exit Unit - self-titled (Deep Six / Draw Blank Records, USA)
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/file/qchda61dj4ef4l5/Exit_Unit_ep.zip (Link provided by: True Punk and Metal blog. Thank you so much, pal!).
How could I forget this amazing LP? I must hang myself for that. Consider it a powerviolence "supergroup" since their members are Joe Denunzio (vocalist of Infest), Bob Kasitz (owner of Deep Six Records and ex-drummer of Low Threat Profile and Lack Of Interest) and Matt Domino (ex-guitarist of Neanderthal, Manpig, Infest and Low Threat Profile). So, if you know the names of all the aforementioned bands you'll know what this outfit is capable of. Yup, that's right. A relentless and pure display of 90s powerviolence magical style, in the same vein as Slap-A-Ham Records' catalog (We already featured most of their classical compilations, so check'em out again). Also, the side B of the record features one instrumental track with an interesting "sludgy" feel, reminiscent to Infest's all-time classic Sick-O. Mandatory download. Enjoy!
Portrayal Of Guilt - self-titled 7" (Deathwish, USA/ Miss The Stars, Germany)
I know some of you would say "why did you ignore this band?. Everyone was talking about it". Know for me it was lost but not forgotten (no pun intended) and I'll finally redeem myself featuring them here. So, what's the hype about this band? Well, we could say it's one of those modern skramz revival that gradually appeared during 2017 and this band is completely amazing. Indeed, they have classic screamo influences such as Portraits Of Past and Swing Kids, but they also incorporate some metalcore and slight grindcore influences into their repertory with a modern twist. This band is pure chaos and dissonance. Their self-titled 7" has been repressed twice and both editions are completely sold out. There's also a tape edition which includes an interesting cover to Christian Death's Spiritual Cramp and guess what? Yes, it's sold out too. I highly recommend this band. Enjoy! (while you can).
Neanderthal - A History Of Violence (Deep Six, USA)
The long awaited discography of one of the most influential powerviolence bands ever finally was officially. If you didn't know, Slap-A-Ham did a test press of a potential Neanderthal discography named Undisputed Fighting Music but never actually saw the light. Nonetheless, some bootlegs were made in the last 20 years under the name Complete Fighting Music. So, this record contains everything that this band ever recorded: Fighting Music 7", split EP with Rorschach (in fact, this compilation uses the same infamous front cover), Blllleeeeaaaauuurrrgghh! and Ham Slappin' Hits compilations tracks (already featured here in the blog) as well as an etched B-side. When I get my physical copy, I'll immediately upload it for you. For sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
S-21 - Operation Menu EP (Slugsalt / World Gone Mad, USA)
This is the second and final EP of this amazing Philadelphia-based female-fronted. They previously released one demo and Year Zero EP (2016). It's so sad that this band had to split-up just after the release of this marvelous EP. They had such a huge potential. As a curious fact, the record name comes from an illegal american operation in Cambodia in 1969. So, S-21 displays an impressive sonic force inspired by both Boston hardcore and d-beat, pretty close to other female-fronted hardcore bands from the U.S. such as Nosebleed and Törso, with short yet clever anti-war, anti-imperialism and anti-sexist lyrics. Finally, all digital proceeds will be donated to refugees, immigrants and displaced people. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Nosebleed - self-titled 7" (Grave Mistake Records, USA)
This amazing Richmond-based female-fronted hardcore punk band was already featured in our Not Just Boys Fun entry in 2016. Just like other american bands such as Törso, G.L.O.S.S., Glue, GAG, Sunshine Ward, etc., this one also mixes the best of both Boston hardcore and d-beat spectrums. I know most of the featured bands in these best picks of 2017 were from the U.S. but it's undeniable their recent impact with a new resurgence of the most important punk rock subgenre. Finally, check this band out: it's short, fast and loud, continuing their overwhelming and uncomprimising style of their demo. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Long Knife - Sewers Of Babylon EP (Beach Impediment Records, USA)
Oh yes, the most recent EP of this amazing Portland-based hardcore band is here. I remember I saw them alongside legendary Poison Idea in Paris, France almost three years ago and since then, I've always tracked them down. They have been featured in different compilations and it was about time to reward their efforts. So in this 5-track record, this PDX hardcore maniacs show who are the true 21st century "kings of punk". Indeed, their Poison Idea's influences are more evident than ever, adding some interesting classic rock'n roll riffs and synth tunes too. I completely dig this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Errante - self-titled demo (self-released, Colombia)
This the first demo of this impressive powerviolence band from Bello, Colombia (a small town near to Medellín). If you remember our colombian best picks of 2017, you may have notice the sudden smergence of powerviolence-influenced bands. So, this musical group is no exception to this trend and they play short, fast and loud powerviolence adding some metalcore breakdowns like Sex Prisoner, Weekend Nachos and Water Torture. If you dig these kind of bands, Errante will certainly please you. They'll soon have their debut in their local town late this month, so I hope to receive more news from this outfit. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
BIB - Moshpit (Pop Wig Records, USA)
The most recent 7" EP of this impressive Omaha-based hardcore punk band is finally here. Following the good reception of their previous works (demo (2015), Pop 7" EP (2016) and The Face '17 tour tape, BIB surprise us again with their short, fast and loud hardcore punk style, drawing influences from classic NY and Boston hardcore styles. They also add some noisy and slower breakdowns into their repertory, for creating a good ambient of slow and fast-paced moments. I must admit that their tour tape truly caught me in, but this record is way more well-elaborated and produced. If you dig bands like GAG or Crazy Spirit, this one is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Komarov - self-titled (self-released (?), UK)
You must know both screamo and emoviolence styles aren't really popular in the UK but we've seen lately some emerging acts that proves the contrary. This is the second official release of this band from Leeds and Newcastle and I must admit that it's really impressive. Indeed, it draws influences from all-time classics such as Jerome's Dream and Orchid but they add a more darker approach with some slow and long introspective interludes reminiscent of blackened crust acts. If you have enjoyed local outfits such as CADY and Cassus (already featured here in Emoviolence Generation Vol. 1 compilation), you'll love this one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Bowel Fuck (Czech Republic) - Fragments (Rotten Roll Rex, Germany)
I completely dig this impressive czech grindcore band. You know, thanks to the annual Obscene Extreme Festival, this kind of bands are pretty popular in Czech Republic. So, with Bowel Fuck you'll find a pretty good mix of both deathgrind and goregrind that simply will blow your mind out. If you enjoy musical outfits such as Nasum, Regurgitate and Rotten Sound, this one is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
EEL - Night Parade of 100 Demons (Beach Impediment Records, USA)
This is the most recent work from this Pittsburgh-based hardcore freaks. Following the almost recent trend of american hardcore bands of playing d-beat, EEL is no exception either and they demonstrate it with a solid and vicious work. There are also some noisy and distorted moments paying tribute to all-time japanese classics such as GAI, Confuse and Lip Cream. If you have enjoyed similar acts such as Ajax, Impalers and Sunshine Ward, this one is for you. Also, as a curious fact, the mastermind behind their beautiful artwork is Kazuhiro Imai, the original visual artist of S.O.B.'s all-time classic albums Don't Be Swindle and Leave Me Alone. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Katastrof (Sweden) - self-titled EP (Beach Impediment Records, USA)
This is the debut album of this amazing swedish hardcore punk band. Born from the ashes of a short-lived project named Institution, you could consider Katastrof a hardcore "supergroup" since it features both the main vocalist of Totalitär, one of, if not, the most influential swedish hardcore bands of all-time, and Herätys' main guitarist. If you're a mangel/kängpunk enthusiast, you'll dig this one. But if, on the other hand, you're not really into this kind of bands, don't worry because next week you'll discover some of these in our 80s swedish hardcore compilations special post. Oh, I almost forgot. They'll be touring the US in the next few months, so stay tuned. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Øjne - Prima Che Tutto Bruci (Miss The Stars, Germany)
This is the most recent record of this amazing Milan-based screamo/post-hardcore band. I really have no words for describing this excellent work. They perfectly mix screamo and post-hardcore with screamed vocals, slow and fast-paced moments, long length songs, crescendos and an excellent instrumentation. I enjoyed so much this work. I hope to know more news from this band throughout the year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Imposter - self-titled demo (Quality Control HQ, UK)
In our best picks of 2017 international edition entry, we featured some of the newest emerging New Wave Of British Hardcore - NWOBHC outfits today and Imposter shouldn't be ignored either. This Brighton-based band mixes the best elements of 80s Boston Hardcore style adding some british flavor with some Oi!, UK82, and also some of Voorhees' crushing and relentless thrashcore sound. If you dig UK bands such as The Flex and Arms Race, Imposter will definitely blow your mind out. It's short, fast and loud like hardcore punk should always be. What a huge surprise. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Payday - Second To None demo (Quality Control HQ, UK)
An impressive London Straight Edge hardcore band featuring members of well-known NWOBHC heavyweights such as Blind Authority and Arms Race. I must admit that since I'm not SxE anymore, I've lost track to some of these outfits. But we're recently writing about "new waves" of different international hardcore scenes, this one couldn't be ignored either. Payday draws influence from all-time late-80s Cleveland (AKA Clevo) hardcore bands such as Confront, Ringworm and Integrity (early years) for making a crushing and straight to the face violent and relentless metallic hardcore. You must think SxE isn't relevant these days, but this band will make you think twice about it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Fury (USA) - Promo 2017 Tape (Quality Control HQ, UK)
Since some years ago, american hardcore punks have been paying attention to this impressive Orange County-based hardcore band. They haven't had the opportunity of being featured here and I feel a little bit ashamed of that since I can't ignore it either. Fury draws influences from all-time classic NYHC acts such as Burn, Outburst and Beyond but with a modern touch. Their style is fresh yet overwhelming and I must say this is one of the most impressive american hardcore bands out there nowadays. So, this promo tape has two versions: one american and the other european and all proceeds from this record will go to Planned Parenthood (USA) and WAR (Women Against Rape) (UK) and BWRAP (Black Women's Rape Action Projects) (UK), three non-profit organizations that fight for better conditions for discriminated minorities and sexually abused people. Go and contribute to a good cause while enjoying this powerful outfit. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Vivre Sa Vie/Young Mountain/La Petite Mort (Sweden) 3-Way split (Miss The Stars Records, Germany)
We finally conclude this entry with an outstanding 3-way split featuring screamo bands from Sweden. In their native country, screamo hasn't been really popular but you know times are changing and since early-00s this kind of bands are more common than ever. I remember last year reading somewhere on the Internet that this split was the magna opus of the so-called swedish skramz mafia (ha ha ha wtf!) and I really enjoyed it. Firstly, we have Young Mountain, an impressive act from Gothenburg that mixes screamo with post rock and ambient sounds for creating a mesmerizing aura of both calmness and chaos. Pretty good musical instrumentation and execution. Secondly, we have Vivre Sa Vie (sadly, they have recently disbanded). Their musical style isn't as complex as the previous band but they add their own chaotic and dissonant interpretation that really reminded me of a less blackened version of Celeste (France), as well as classic mid-00s european skramz revival like Suis La Lune (Sweden) and Amanda Woodward (France). Note that this band also had trans and queer individuals and their lyrics were pretty political-charged. Compared with their '16 demo, they have added more slow and introspective interludes, as well as better musical instrumentation. And, last but not least, La Petite Mort also has a musical style no different to their other two counterparts with a pretty outstanding musical execution, not as chaotic as you may expect but it still has an impressive tune. They reminded me of Life At These Speeds (USA). I think I'll give further information about this brand of skramz mafia in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!