Featured bands: Trau, Aspirina Infantil, Net Weight, Usura, Eskoria, Orden Mundial, Crash, Dismotosierra, Beastie Brutal Music Explosion, Motorhashy, La Abeja Maya, Skipho, Los Nikelas, Decraneo, Guadaña, Trance, Mostros, Quatermass, Cicuta Para Mi, Fast Idiots, Desenterradas, D.M.C., Motor 49, 4 Latas and Tildaflipers (Vol. I); Legión, 45 RPM, Come Animal!, Los Turkos, 13/14, Hombre Lobo Internacional, Dos Kinien, Riot Cats, Blunt, Roña, Orquídea, POU, Iron Merda, F.E.M.S., I.S.D., DX Cerebros, Wasted, Broken Youth, Tigre Jet Jr., Fast Food Society, Ystad, III Guerra, Germen, Fracàs Absolut, Pantalla, A La Puta Kalle, Alterkado Sonoro and Rudething (Vol. II).
Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another short yet unexpected entry. As you may know, I previously announced you I was working on new entries that will be unveiled throughout the week. Well, I'm still having some problems getting more information for "polishing" them so, I'll start publishing the first one during the next week. I'm sorry if you had high hopes or expectations about those surprise posts but you know I always try to give you the best content as possible. Patience is a virtue...Sure thing...
Now, the other day I was thinking about the possibilities of life's destruction while listening to Orden Mundial's Porque Las Drogas Son Veneno LP (No, this entry isn't sponsored by the band nor the record label behind these compilations) and I was wondering: "How's the hardcore/punk scene in Palma de Mallorca?" I did some research and I found this interesting compilation series whose 2 volumes were released by 1984 Records (Spain) in 2014 and 2018, respectively, that cleared my doubts. Note that both records are currently sold-out and getting a decent physical copy (notably the first one) is kinda hard.
Regarding the sound, it does feature mostly hardcore punk (most notably old-school, melodic hardcore, thrashcore, d-beat and crust-influenced bands) and punk rock (most notably post-punk, traditional punk and punk ibérico enthusiasts). I really liked the content since it's pretty varied. Note that the first volume does feature recordings made back in 2012 with some rare, exclusive and previously unreleased tracks, for example, Beastie Brutal Music Explosion's contributed one, whose instrumental only experimental hardcore punk touch really caught my attention.
The second volume, on the other hand, also does feature some rare and previously unreleased tracks (exclusive for this release) as well as some tracks taken from some of the artist's most recent works such as POU and Pantalla, for example. I also liked the Side B rather than the first because it's more hardcore-related and most of the bands play fast as fuck. Amongst all of these bands, Rudething impressed me a lot. Not only because it is instrument-only but also has a strange musical execution that reminded me of 90s post-hardcore bands like Drive Like Jehu with all that noise and fuzz. Pretty good.
Finally, I really liked both records because of the musical variety with both fast and slow-paced bands. I think the first volume pleased me the most (notably bands like Desenterradas, Usura, Orden Mundial, Beastie Brutal Music Explosion, Net Weight, Trance, Trau and Aspirina Infantil) but I won't deny the second one also does have great bands like POU, Pantalla Germen, III Guerra, Iron Merda and Fracàs Absolut, for example. Nonetheless, there were only a few exceptions that really bored me to death (I won't give names. Ha!) but I'd highly recommend this compilation series. For sure. I hope this year a third volume containing more majorcan bands will be released. I can assure you that Palma de Mallorca's hardcore/punk scene has nothing to envy to the other ones scattered throughout the Iberian Peninsule.
Lastly, click on each image for downloading both records. Our anonymous collaborator/trice codenamed Ariel-451 passed the .mp3 files. I always wonder how does s/he give us such quality material...If you can, try to support each band by getting their respective records as well as these compilations. I'll also try to feature more bands from this region in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next week. Kisses and hugs!