Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Tiger and The Dragon special post: Some Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean hardcore punk. Part 2: Indonesia plus more bands from Singapore


Note: Borobudur temple in Yogyakarta
Source: Food&Wine en Español (https://foodandwineespanol.com/templos-de-indonesia-increibles/)

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the second part of our southeast asian hardcore punk special post. This time, we'll continue with Indonesia. I'll also add some bands from Singapore that I completely forgot and missed addding them in the previous post (Sorry, shit happens...). In other news, for a strange reason, neither the Facebook group nor my personal social media accounts let me redirect to the blog. I need to fix this since these tools have been used for getting to know the updates in here. I hope to fix it anytime soon. Lastly, I don't have much time lately so this entry will be short yet wholesome (No, not the joke again...). With all that written, let's begin. 

Singapore

Lead (II) Nitrate

https://pissedoffrecs.bandcamp.com/album/lead-ii-nitrate-our-last-march-8-songs-ep-cs

Lead (II) Nitrate was a musical group that was formed in the early-00s and officially disbanded in 2006. During their lifespan, they never released material neither a demo nor single or whatever. So, Our Last March EP (Pissed Off! Records Malaysia) contains some previously unreleased tracks recorded in 2002 and 2006 and was released last year on tape format. This is the only official release from this enigmatic band that blended 90s french emotive hardcore (Ivich, Finger Print, Undone, etc.) with crust punk. Pretty similar to galician screamo-influenced neocrust outfits such as Hongo, Ekkaia (early years), SL'S3 and Madame Germen. Such a great blast from the past. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Abrasion 

https://abrasionproblemviolence.bandcamp.com/

This two-man powerviolence band drew influences from Spazz, Iron Lung, Endless Blockade (US), Fuck On The Beach and Slight Slappers (Japan), among others. Some songs even have slight grindcore traits as well. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to their official bandcamp account where you can listen to/download Crucial Years discography (Cactus Records (Malaysia), 2015) and their split with Beelzebud (???, 2016). Highly recommended. Enjoy!.   

Vaarallinen 

https://cactusdistro.bandcamp.com/album/cac-055-sosiaalinen-kontrolli-cassette

When I first listened to this band, I thought they were from Finland. And, no. I was completely wrong. They're from Singapore. So, Vaarallinen plays d-beat-influenced hardcore punk paying homage to great finnish legends such as Kaaos, Terveet Kädet, Apparatus and Riistetyt, for naming a few. Even they sing in suomi, something really rare for a non-finnish band. Absolutely nuts. Finally, click on the image for listening to/downloading Sosiaalinen Kontrolli "discography" tape (Cactus Records (Malaysia), 2014) which includes their self-titled EP (Cactus Records (Malaysia), 2012) and Haustausmaa EP (Full Force Hardcore Destruction (Malaysia), 2014). The songs from their split with Last Chaos (Australia) are missing. I'll try to get it in the near future. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Lubricant

https://lubricant.bandcamp.com/

Remember when we mentioned there's a "New Wave Of Southeast Asian Hardcore" (Fuck, I hate the term...)? Well, Lubricant can easily be one, if not, of the best examples of it. Featuring members of other local acts such as Vaarallinen and Abrasion, this band have released so far: one demo (2015), one Australia Tour Demo Tape (2016), Slave Driver 7" EP (Symphony of Destruction (France) / 4490 Records (Singapore)), self-titled EP (Symphony of Destruction (France) / Pissed Off! Records (Malaysia)) and Live In Blitz - live tape(2017). Regarding the sound, Lubricant mixes both bostonian hardcore and japanese hardcore like modern US bands such as Blood Pressure, Impalers and Warthog. Their musical execution and instrumentation is definitely great: fast-paced d-beat with menacing slower breakdowns interludes. Nice. Finally, I hope to see a new release this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Indonesia

Vexed 

https://pissedoffrecs.bandcamp.com/album/vexed-demo-2018

This female-fronted band comes from Padang City and have released so far one demo last year through Pissed Off! Records (Malaysia). Just like many modern hardcore from southeast asia, Vexed has a lot of 80s USHC elements in their sound but there's also some slight british hardcore. The music is short, fast and straightforward with some interesting mid-tempo changes and slower breakdowns. Think like a mix of Action Pact (UK) with Youth Of Today (US). Neat. Finally, let's wait and see if their first full-length album gets released later this year. FOF: Krimewatch (US) and Rapture (UK). Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Masakre 

https://masakreblood.bandcamp.com/releases

Masakre is a band from Jakarta and have only released so far Crawling To Perdition EP (G-Lord Records (Malaysia), 2018).  The sound of this band is simply awesome: ferocious hardcore punk meets reckless death metal. Indeed, their songs are short and fast as fuck with politically-charged lyrics about corruption, war and the troubling social climate changes we're obliged to deal with. Nice. There are also some crustgrind and noise elements for making their brutal sound much more unforgiving and relentless. Cool. Oh, and I almost forgot, there's a cover of Mayhem's Deathcrush. It's fucking amazing. Highly recommended. FOF: Bolt Thrower (UK), Repulsion (US), Life and Framtid (Japan). Enjoy!  

Zudas Krust

https://zudaskrust.bandcamp.com/

Another interesting crust-influenced d-beat hardcore punk band from Jakarta. They've been in the game since 2008 starting as a musical group paying homage to scandinavian and asian hardcore monsters such as Totalitär (Sweden), Disclose (Japan) and Apparatus (Finland), for naming a few, and later added more extreme crust punk and noise elements into their musical repertory. Now, something I found really interesting about this band, it's that they name some releases have names in spanish, for example, Matanza Y Muerte Masiva EP (Zudas Krust self-released, 2008) but their lyrics are either in english or their native language Indonesian. Finally, click on the image where you can get most of this band's discography. FOF: Infernöh (Sweden), Perdition (US) and Life (Japan). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Somebody Fool

https://somebodyfool.bandcamp.com/

When I was younger I was really into "positive" and youth crew-related hardcore bands such as Fumbles In Life, Values Intact (Italy), Fuerza de Voluntad (Chile), Vieja Escuela (Argentina), among others. Somebody Fool reminded me of those bands and good ol' days with their short and fast hardcore style. If I was 18-19 years old, I'd completely dig this band but you know, Monster X will always be my favorite straight edge band of all time ha ha. Finally, listen to this band. It's pretty cool. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

No Wasted


https://nowastedhc.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2017


Another interesting youth crew straight edge hardcore band from Denpasar, Bali island that has only released one demo in 2017. They reminded me of some early-00s melodic hardcore with youth crew affinities such as Battery, Saves The Day (early years) and In My Eyes. It's been awhile since I listened to these kind of bands...The lyrics are very intimate and personal about being a straight edge hardcore punk in this fucked up world. Sure, this is nothing new under the sun but if you're "nailed to the X", you'll surely be identified with this. Ah, the memories...Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

True Value

https://truexvalue.bandcamp.com/releases

I guess youth crew style is very strong in Indonesia nowadays. True Value from Balang have only released one demo last year. And, that's all. This 4-track demo draws influences from all-time classics such as Youth of Today, Chain of Strength and Bold. So, both musically and aesthetically you'll find in True Value affinities to this loved but not forgotten hardcore style. Finally, give it a try. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Feel The Burn

https://ftbxcrew.bandcamp.com/album/progression

Feel The Burn is a band from Jakarta that has only released so far Progression CD (Set The Fire Records (Indonesia), 2017). They reminded me of early-00s youth crew revival bands such as Better Than A Thousand, Floorpunch, Ten Yard Fight (US), Mainstrike (Netherlands) and Sportswear (Norway), for naming a few. So, you'll find in here powerful straight edge anthems (with some melodic traits) that seem to be forgotten in the sands of time. And, there's also a hidden cover of Earth Crisis' Firestorm. Well done. Finally, get it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Outrage

https://outragejkt.bandcamp.com/releases

Outrage from Jakarta have released so far one EP named Keep It Moving last year. Their sound is pretty closer to late-80s / early 90s NYHC acts such as Vision of Disorder, No Redeeming Social Value, 108 and Madball, for naming a few, with the modern touch some acts like SECT, Incendiary and Rotting Out put on nowadays. I really liked their style since in many parts of different songs they have an interesting crossover thrash feel. Finally, the outro track is a sort of instrumental-only vaporwave thing just for the chill. Really unexpected for a hardcore record I must add (even for today standards). Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Strikes 

https://strikeshc.bandcamp.com/releases

We conclude this entry with this band from Bali. They have only released one record named The Past, The Present and The Future of Life (self-released (?), 2016). Just like previous youth crew-related groups featured in this entry so far, Strikes plays melodic yet forceful hardcore punk with intimate and personal straight edge stuff. But they also reminded me of mid-00s hardcore bands from the US such as Have Heart, Carry On and Champion that tried to push the boundaries of youth crew mindset to a next level. Pretty good memories, though. Finally, this is something I'm not really identified with nowadays but give it a try anyways. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Tiger and The Dragon special post: Some Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean hardcore punk. Part 1: Singapore


Note: Balance is the key
Credits: Inkcor (https://www.deviantart.com/inkcor/art/the-Dragon-and-the-tiger-386631100)

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're finally back with a new entry. As always, I'm deeply sorry for the delay but I had some technical and logistical issues while preparing this humble entry last week. Patience is a virtue... 

So, if you remember our "Best picks of 2018 - International edition" post (Refresh your memory by clicking here), we featured two amazing hardcore bands from Singapore: SIAL and ZODD and since the moment I listened to them the very first time I definitely fell in love with them due to their amazing sound and performance. I also mentioned you that I'd feature some time later this year some other bands coming from that beautiful southeast asian country and, yes, the time has come. 

Now, this special post will be divided in 4 parts featuring some bands I've recently discovered from Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as some interesting compilations out there. In the near future, I'll feature some other local bands from different timelines with different purposes so, be patient please...And, if you're wondering theses entries would be something related to both 80s and 90s, well, you're right (Oops! Too many information...).

Lastly, don't forget to click on the images below for getting redirected to the official bandcamp accounts of each band where you can either listen/download for free or pay the price you consider right for getting their respective material. I highly encourage you to support them. It's worth it. Are we experiencing a some sort of New Wave of Southeast Asian Hardcore with all these great outfits? Despite my visceral hate towards the term "New Wave of...", I have to admit that there's certainly a new explosion of hardcore bands coming from that part of the globe to highly remark to. Yes, undoubtedly. With all that written, let's begin.

Singapore

Fuse
https://fusenoise.bandcamp.com/

Fuse is an all-female hardcore punk band from Singapore City and only have released so far one 3-track demo in 2017. Their sound has a lot of different NYHC and Boston Hardcore affinities and reminded me of different modern hardcore bands from the US such as Freedom, The Rival Mob, Firewalker and Ringer, for naming a few. Also, their lyrics have an interesting personal touch. Neat. Finally, I hope we see in the near future their first full-length album. I'll patiently wait, for sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Fluke 

https://flukepest.bandcamp.com/



Ah, this band simply rips it. Fluke is a hardcore punk group from Singapore City that have released so far the following works: one demo and one promo (2017), Pest EP (Discos Enfermos (Spain), 2018) and Holocene Extinction EP (Pissed Off! Records (Malaysia), 2019). Regarding the sound, Fluke basically plays like an american band (notably from Boston) with an unique, relentless and overwhelming touch (some songs also features mid-tempo and slower breakdowns in some "crucial" parts). They definitely reminded of all-time classic bands like Void, Negative FX (US) and BGK (Netherlands). And, yes, their lyrics are "a call to arms" anthems. Yay! This is "Hardcore For Hardcore" as the band correctly states itself. Nice. Finally, their more recent EP is a potential candidate for our best picks of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

C.L.A.W. 

https://clawhardcore.bandcamp.com/releases

How could I miss this band last year? This demo is the only release (so far) from this great female-fronted hardcore punk band and was co-published by Blackhole 212 Records (Singapore) and Pissed Off! Records (Malaysia) last year. Regarding the sound, C.L.A.W. has mostly american hardcore influences playing short, fast and loud as fuck music (even teasing with thrashcore sometimes) with some eventual slower breakdowns as well but without losing the grip. Pretty awesome. Their lyrics are politically-charged with radical feminist and queer stances reminding us thus the recent legacy of G.L.O.S.S. from the US. Finally, I hope this year we will see the release of their long-awaited first full-length album and I am also confident that they will make it in our best picks list of this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

UNSUB (AKA Unknown Subject)

https://unknownsubject.bandcamp.com/

I still am not believing that I must live in a fucked up world without the fericious sound of Violent Reaction (UK). Luckily, UNSUB draws influences from american and british hardcore (even sometimes teasing with thrashcore) and their sound is almost like the one of some of the pioneers within the so-called New Wave Of British Hardcore (NWOBHC) such as Violent Reaction, Arms Race, The Flex and DiE. So, with this description, you'll definitely get straight-to-the-point and uncompromising hardcore punk. Like it always should be. Finally, I hope to see soon their first full-length album since their promo released last year is such a blast. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Losing End  

https://losingendhc.bandcamp.com/
  
Losing End has been in the game since 2015 and have released so far one demo (2015) and Devil's Advocate EP (Powertrip Records, 2016). Regarding the sound, Losing End somewhat reminded me of 90s belgian classics such as Congress and Liar with metallic guitar chords, slow yet overwhelming breakdowns and the mesmerizing chugga-chugga-esque style that many modern hardcore bands incorporate nowadays. If you dig bands like Terror and Incendiary, Losing End might catch your attention. I'm not used to publish these kind of bands in the blog, but the 90s feel convinced me for doing so this time around. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Radigals

https://radigalshc.bandcamp.com/

This is another of the few all-female hardcore punk bands in the "Lion City" nowadays. They have released so far: Demo 2013, self-titled EP (Radigals self-released, 2015), Fight To Unite EP (Damaged Goods! Records (Singapur), 2017) and self-titled EP (Damaged Goods! Records, 2019). Regarding the sound, Radigals is a modern hardcore band with different metallic hardcore and youth crew influences. The musical execution is short, fast and loud with some mid-tempo and slower breakdowns without losing the grip. And, yes, the lyrics have strong feminist stances. Finally, if you dig american female-fronted hardcore bands like Firewalker, Lowest Priority, S-21, Stuck Pigs and Ringer, this band is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    
Raw Dog

https://rawdogging.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2018

Raw Dog has only available one demo which was released in 2018. The first impression you'll get when you listen to Raw Dog the first time ever is that they're another modern hardcore band from NYC playing like Leeway or Crumbsuckers but their musical style is pretty far from that because they have both slow and fast paced moments with mid-tempo, overwhelming breakdowns and even they use blast beats for finishing some songs off. Pretty good. Finally, let's wait and see if we get more surprises coming from this band later this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Resist 

https://resisthc.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2018

This band only has released so far this demo in 2018. Regarding the sound, Resist has late-80s NYHC inlfuences in the same vein as Cro-Mags, Leeway, Crumbsuckers and Madball, etc. with the same musical and lyrical aesthetic. Their lyrics are still as political as the ones of their other local counterparts featured so far in this post, however. Finally, let's see if they release a full-length album later this year. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Fuel 

https://fuelsghc.bandcamp.com/album/brink-of-extinction




We finally conclude this entry with this interesting hardcore band. They only have released Brink Of Extinction EP (Damaged Goods! Records (Singapore), 2017). Their sound reminded me of great 90s acts such as Snapcase, Day Of Mourning and Culture with politically-charged lyrics dealing with money, greed, corruption and power, among other topics. The band also tend to maintain most of the time mid-tempo paces with slower breakdowns but the sound still is overwhelming enough for pleasing the ears of any hardcore fan. Finally, I hope they release this year their first full-length album. This band has a lot to say. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next week. Kisses and hugs!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Give Me Back - Recopilatorio Antisexista


http://www.mediafire.com/file/755zfa0fpxoxcso/Varios++-+Give+Me+Back.zip

Featured bands: Seein' Red, Man Lifting Banner (Netherlands), Profax (Switzerland), Amenity, Desiderata, Spitboy, End Of The Line, Born Against, Econochrist, Suckerpunch, Struggle, Bikini Kill, Downcast, Resist (USA) and Scraps (France) (The inclusion of the latter two is exclusive for the spanish tape edition).

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with another short yet unexpected entry. As most of you already know, I'm really, really addicted to both 80s and 90s hardcore punk and not really much into modern bands. Sure, I've opened my mind and featured more recent projects lately but I still am kinda nostalgic of what I always have considered as the "golden age" of the most important punk rock subgenre. 

So, after years of struggle, I final-fuckin'-ly could get the tape edition of this all-time classic 90s hardcore compilation (already featured here in the blog when we wrote in spanish. If you want to read the original entry and also download the original record, click here) and couldn't resist for uploading it. The link is provided by HxC Crew blog, where you can find different hardcore and punk tapes released in Spain (Thank you, pals!). All the credits go to them.

If you already don't know, Give Me Back LP compilation (whose name comes from one song of the influential american emo/post-hardcore band Embrace) was originally released in 1991 by Ebullition Records. This was a benefit record for Planned Parenthood, Shelter Services For Women and National Gay And Lesbian Taskforce, some american non-profit organizations conceived for attending different gender and sex issues.

Regarding the sound, we find some of the greatest yet underrated politically-charged hardcore punk bands in the 90s exploring different styles such as thrashcore, metallic hardcore, post-hardcore, riot grrrl and emo, among others, and whose lyrics deal, particularly for this record, with topics such as sexism and homophobia and other related gender and sex issues as well. The greatest feature of this record is, however, a 32-page booklet with some writings about the aforementioned issues with some information that still is relevant and even vital today (even though this record was released almost 30 years ago). 

Now, the spanish edition was released on tape format by Poción de Rata (Marbella), Víctimas Del Progreso / Crímenes De Estado (Madrid), Existencia Activa (Banyoles) and Cruda Realidad (Valencia) (I'm not quite sure the exact year but I think it was released some years after the US release). This edition also featured a different front cover (with pink and green variants), with the track listing, the original booklet and lyric sheets translated to spanish. There are some additional writings about the same dealt issues in the original release  such as homosexuality, prostitution and abortion, for example,  and the inclusion of Resist and Scraps' tracks, which weren't featured in the original release, is also something to remark to. Pretty interesting choice. Finally, I didn't detect relevant sound differences between the two releases and the spanish edition wasn't benefit for any kind of non-profit activities nor organizations dedicated to gender and sex issues in the iberian peninsule. 

Lastly, click on the image above for downloading the spanish re-release of this great 90s hardcore compilation. Even though you consider most of the featured bands as "not your cup of tea", the texts are worth reading. Sadly, both inside and outside the hardcore and punk scenes, these gender and sex issues still matter. And you have both english and spanish editions so, I guess there wouldn't be a valid excuse for not considering this release. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next week. Kisses and hugs!