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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the third part of our Lost In Umeå Hardcore special post. For this entry, we'll feature some other early outfits from this intriguing scene, existing at the same time as Step Forward. Note that most of these records were released through Umeå Hardcore Records, founded and owned by Dennis Lyxzén from Refused. There's some interesting stuff from this record label but it's really difficult to get nowadays so, I did my best trying to get some of them. We will also feature some musical outfits that were a exception to the "metalcore sound rule" in the whole Umeå Hardcore scene. Two of them are really well-known if you're into hardcore in general terms. With all that written, let's begin.
Garbage Pail Kids - Discography 89-91
Garbage Pail Kids (from now on G.P.K.) was a band that existed between 1989 and 1991 and only released two demos: self-titled (1990) and Pailkids On The Block (1991). They also shared members with other local bands such as Step Forward and Bullshit. Regarding their sound, this band had early punk and hardcore influences with (both british and american). However, I noticed that they seemed to be kinda obsessed with the Misfits (notably the Walk Among Us EP era). Indeed, their vocalist tried to emulate Danzig's iconic voice pitch and the other members added in backing vocals in some tracks. Unlike their New Jersey-based fiend antiheroes, G.P.K. had lyrics filled with satire, irony and different tongue-in-cheek references, mostly sung in their native language. I guess they wanted to see the world burn down to ashes because, for example, in their second demo, they did a cover to Angel (a swedish pop band) and Skrewdriver (Yup, I'm not joking). I'm not sure if everyone back in the days got the right message after doing this. I was really shocked at first when I listened to that bloody cover and about to not feature this record...Finally, when this band ceased to exist in 1991, some local high profile musical outfits such as Refused and Separation were born. Lastly, don't forget to click on the image above for downloading this discography CD released by Twice The Speed Records (Sweden, 2004), which includes some unreleased tracks and some other extra goodies. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Skümback was a short-lived musical project that only released Vi Är Nöjda... EP and one live recorded EP in 1991. Unlike other local high speed-oriented hardcore punk bands, Skümback also teased with both pop punk, skate punk and melodic hardcore subgenres for creating something catchy yet forceful music of their own. You could imagine the early stages of renowned californian outfits such as NOFX and The Offspring or even other swedish bands like Millencolin and Satanic Surfers, for naming a few. Don't worry still is hardcore enough for you. Finally, when this musical project disbanded, some of their members went on to form more indie rock and pop punk oriented acts like Breach or even more hardcore-oriented stuff like Abhinanda (their name speaks by themselves) and Raised Fist. Finally, click on the image for downloading their only available works. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Heffa Klump also was a short-lived project that released Hur Ska De Gå? (199x), En Värld? EP (Umeå Hardcore Records, 1991), En Riktig Man? EP (Hit It Productions (Sweden), 1991) and Black EP(Umeå Hardcore Records, 1992). Regarding the sound, Heffa Klump played fast-paced and straightforward hardcore with notorious american influence, for example, Negative FX and Void. However, in their last EP ever, the band experimented with some post-hardcore and melodic hardcore elements that really reminded me of a more raw edition of Into Another and Scream. Pretty interesting stuff. And, some of their members went on to form Randy in 1992. Finally, click on the image for downloading their last two EPs. That was the only material I could get from them. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
LEIA. - self-titled EP
After Shield and Drift Apart's dissolutions, some of their members went on to form LEIA. Unlike those aforementioned musical outfits, LEIA. was more into american emo and post-hardcore drawing influences from bands such as Sense Field and Samiam for creating something strangely melodic and forceful. They also somewhat reminded me of Texas Is The Reason but a little bit more pop rock-oriented. So, LEIA. only recorded one self-titled EP back in 1996 but never released it. Indeed, this was originally meant to be released through Premonition Records (Sweden) but the band couldn't reunite the money and the idea went into oblivion. In 2018, Svensk Hardcore Kultur revived the project and released it using recycled tapes. Pretty good. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Svensk Hardcore Kultur's official bandcamp account where you can listen to / download this interesting lost recording. This is probably one of the few emo bands in Sweden in the 90s so, you should give it a try. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Bloodpath - Classpride Ålidhem discography
Another blast from the past brought by Svensk Hardcore Kultur. Bloodpath was a band that existed between 1996 and 1997 and only released Class Pride - Class War EP (Umeå Hardcore Records, 1996) and one split EP with Forced Into from Sweden (Umeå Hardcore Records, 1997). They also contributed some tracks to Straight Edge As Fuck and Alternative Heroes compilations. Regarding their sound, they played metallic hardcore drawing influences from late-80s NYHC style mixed with the Umeå Hardcore touch. Their lyrics also were politically-charged dealing with different topics such as class struggles, death penalty, straight edge and veganism, among others. Interesting. Finally, click on the image for getting redirected to Svensk Hardcore Kultur's official bandcamp account where you can listen to / download this record. This discography in particular contains all Bloodpath's officially released material plus 6 unreleased tracks. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
D.S.-13 (AKA Demon System 13) was formed in 1995, and unlike other local acts at the time, they were more interested in playing ultra fast-paced hardcore in the same vein as Lärm and Seein' Red from the Netherlands. This band also was part of the rise of the thrashcore subgenre (notably the bandana thrash variant) in the late-90s / early 00s. During their lifespan, they released a bunch of records (including contributed tracks to compilations such as Histeria and Thrash Of The Titans, among others), did multiple tours in Europe, Asia and the US and also gained a worlwide reputation due to their politically-charged lyrics and fast as fuck musical style. After the release of Killed By The Kids LP (Havoc Records (USA), 2001), D.S.-13 disbanded the next year and had multiple reunion shows in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The Last Mosh For Charlie: Live In Umeå Hard Core LP (Rotten To The Core (USA), 2016) contains their live performance in 2015 at Charlie, a now defunct rehearsal room and venue for many bands in Umeå. Finally, click on the above for downloading No One Will Thank You When You Are Dead... compilation (Deranged Records (Canada), 2003), which reunites their first EPs, some comp tracks and extra stuff. I'll still owe you some of their material such as their 2 LPs, split with Code 13 and the Thrash And Burn EP, among others. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
Cult Of Luna
Cult Of Luna is a band that has been in the game since almost two decades ago. This musical outfit was born from the ashes of Eclipse, and, unlike other local bands, they were more into Godflesh, Neurosis and The Melvins thus incorporating doom metal and sludge elements into their repertory. This was probably one of the first post-metal bands in Europe. The lyrical content also has varied from release after release, for example, in early years, there were references to the devil and the apocalypse but, in general terms, metaphysical and spiritual topics always come to mind. Finally, click on the image above for downloading their first demo (1999), self-titled LP and The Beyond LP (Earache Records, 2001 and 2002 respectively). Go an visit their official bandcamp account by clicking here and listen to their more recent LP named A Dawn Of Fear, which is pretty awesome. Highly recommended. Enjoy!
We finally conclude this entry with one of the most renowned Umeå Hardcore outfits in the 90s. This was a sideproject of Refused that existed between 1994 and 1997 and only released two LPs: Teg and Umeå Desperate Fight Records, 1995 and 1996 respectively) as well as contributing tracks to different compilations such as the Straight Edge As Fuck comp series and In Our Time. There's another EP named Too Late For Apologies (Third Party Records, 1997), which contains some tracks from the Umeå LP plus some two brand new songs and comp tracks as bonus, and was released when the band already was disbanded. They authorized the release because, according to themselves, the owners of the record label "had begged on their bare kness for years to give them permission to kiss our asses". Regarding the sound, Final Exit played no different to other american hardcore-influenced contemporaries and thus incorporated some metallic hardcore, youth crew and even some thrashcore elements into their repertory with the Umeå Hardcore touch. Of course, they were vegan and straight edge and had outspoken and clever lyrics filled with hate, irony and scorn towards humanity. Or everything in between. Finally, click on the image above for downloading Det Egentliga Västerbotten (Mofab Teg Recordings (Sweden), 2007), which compiles their entire discography. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!