Thursday, May 14, 2020

20 records to take a look at this 2020: Some of our (un)official partners' catalog updates.

Note: Did you already miss me?

Coucou, les! We're back with another entry. As I promised you some weeks ago, here are MOAR records to take a look at this 2020 starting off with some of our (un)official partners' catalog updates. Some of these records are potential candidates for our best picks list of this year as well. Damn, I'm really surprised of the ever increasing number of releases in the last months, despite the fact that the world is upside down due to this fucked up pandemic. That's the power of hardcore punk ha ha. Also, I'm sorry if I didn't update the site during these days but I've been working on the upcoming entries that will be uploaded next week. I guess I should start getting paid for doing this, right? ha ha right? ok no :(...Finally, I'm doing some modifications to the special post of the month because things were getting outta control (not in the way I wanted to though) and I hope to release it during the last week of May. So, yeah, that's it for now. With all that written, let's begin.

1) Triple B Records (USA)

It's been months since I wanted to present to you this impressive Boston-based hardcore punk label, whose official bandcamp account description states "Too Hardcore For Smartphone Punks, Too Punk For Clap Mosh Losers. Boston, MA. Kiss My Ass" (ha ha ha nice!) as one of our (un)official partners. And, well, here it is. Finally. Ha ha ha. Of course, we've exceedingly wrote about them since some of their records have been featured in different best picks of the year, including our 2019 AOTY This World Is Too Much LP by Restraining Order (I still cannot get over it. It's so friggin' cool). So, let's see what we've got lately. 

Mindforce (USA) - Swingin' Swords, Choppin' Lords EP

This is the most recent EP from this impressive hardcore band from Poughkeepsie, NY (how do you even pronounce that? ha ha). They've been in the game since a few years ago and their Excalibur LP (Triple B Records, 2018) was featured in different sites as one of their best picks of that year. I totally forgot about them because, well, you know, shit happens. So, this EP draws influences from all-time NYC crossover thrash heroes such as Leeway and Crumbsuckers but executed with a modern touch. Indeed, there's an interesting mix of both fast and slow-paced moments with overwhelming and metallic breakdowns and 90s chugga-chugga-esque side of things. Pretty dope. Finally, I guess I'd redeem myself if I include them in our best picks of this year. Don't forget to click on the image above for listening to it. Mandatory achat. FOF: Power Trip, Primal Rite and Enforced (USA). Highly recommended. Enjoy!

One Step Closer (USA) - Promo 2020

You know, sometimes there are nuits blanches where insomnia cannot let you embrace Morpheus' arms and, well, I discovered this band. Browsing on different websites, I read the statement "This is your favorite straight edge hardcore band". And, just like the previous band, I forgot to include their From Me To You LP (Triple B Records, 2019) in our best picks list of last year. Shame on me. For sure. So, this is a promo (Duh!, well done, Captain Obvious...) for an upcoming album (not sure if either an LP or an EP) and their sound really reminded me those loved/hated '00s bostonian acts such as Verse and Have Heart with the spirit of emotionally-driven 90s straight edge hardcore bands like Oversight and Framework, for naming a few. This record also includes a live cover to Broken by Turning Point, which is one of my favorite tracks ever. I hope One Step Closer's next album contains a proper studio version of the aforementioned reprise. It's so damn good. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Saigan Terror (Japan) - Anatomy Of Saigan LP  

Saigan Terror is a japanese hardcore band that started their musical career back in 1998. They were really active at the time when their local hardcore/punk scene was getting more interested in different styles like crossover thrash and thrashcore, in contrast of their more crust and d-beat-oriented counterparts. Now, this is their first LP ever, originally released on CD format by Bowl Head Inc. (Japan) in 2019 and re-issued on LP format this year by our bostonian special guest. Their sound really reminded me of 80s crossover thrash and protogrindcore acts such as S.O.B., Systematic Death, Nightmare (Japan), Concrete Sox, Heresy (UK) with some 90s american crust flavor à la Disrupt. Pretty harsh and gritty noise. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Be All End All (USA) - Better You Than b/w Famous Last Words single 

This band released last year through Triple B their first full-length album entitled Object To Persona. Just like One Step Closer's LP, I forgot to also include that fantastic record in our best picks list of 2019. Damn. Anyways, this single includes two brand new tracks (This is probably a preview for an upcoming LP or EP) and the sound is a fantastic mix of youth crew, thrashcore and crossover thrash that really reminded me of like a some sort of mash-up between D.S.-13 (Sweden), Voorhees (UK), Cryptic Slaughter and Youth Of Today (USA). Indeed, there are blast beats, slower and overwhelming metallic breakdowns brief moments and "groovy" guitar chords and stuff, always retaining a fast-paced musical execution without losing the grip. Pretty cool. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. I cannot wait for more material coming from this band. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Big Takeover - Madhouse LP

This is also Big Takeover's first full-length album ever (I guess the Bad Brains' reference is kinda obvious, right?). They previously had released two demos in 2014 (Offside Records (France)) and 2017 (Thrash Zone Tapes (France)). So, since the first time you "spin" this record, you immediately can detect their notorious late-80s / early-90s NYHC influences. Indeed, they reminded me of Outburst, Breakdown, Life's Blood, Madball and Vision of Disorder. There are even some slight teasings with both crossover thrash and thrashcore. I'd consider this record as an upgraded version of both Madball's Ball Of Destruction EP and Breakdown's '87 demo. I know this is such a bold statement but you'll give me the reason after listening to it. Pretty awesome. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

2) Iron Lung Records (USA) 

This is another of our recently added (un)official partners. This record label is owned by Iron Lung, a two-man powerviolence/grindcore band from the US. They originally intended to release their own records but slowly became a more established record label and have released different hardcore and punk releases from bands around the world, including latin american countries such as Mexico and Brazil. Great. Let's see what they have released this year so far.

Internal Rot (Australia) - Grieving Birth LP

This is Internal Rot's most recent LP. I haven't listened to this band since too many years ago that I completely lost their track. In fact, I strongly believed they disbanded or something. So, what's this LP all about? Well, this is pure grindcore. Indeed, no fuzz, no experimentation, just nonsensical speed and stuff. What else could you ask for? You can think of all-time classics such as Carcass Grinder (Japan) and Warsore (Australia). They also share drummer with Agents of Abhorrence, a grindcore band from Melbourne, that was kinda popular in the early/mid '00s. Well, at least for grindcore connoiseurs. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Oh, and I almost forgot. This is a co-release with 625 Thrashcore (USA), the legendary record label. Yup, it's that legendary. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Smut (USA) - First Kiss MLP 

This is the first full-length album from the Los Angeles-based freaks. They share members with other local hardcore punk bands such as Soma and Condition. We already have featured this band when we reviewed the Powerless 2 compilation (You can click here if you want to refresh your memory). Regarding the sound, Smut plays straightforward hardcore punk in the same vein as other modern d-beat- influenced american hardcore bands like Ajax or Impalers. There's some mid-tempo musical execution in some tracks as well as some distorted fascination to both The Germs and Poison Idea. According to the record label "this is nastier than an unchecked venereal disease in the summer swelter". Ok...I think we already got the whole point...Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

C.H.E.W. (USA) - In Due Time EP 

This is the most recent release from this Chicago-based hardcore punk band. Don't worry their name doesn't stand for anything.Just like the previous band, this also was featured on the Powerless 2 compilation. In 2018, they released Feeding Frenzy LP (Iron Lung Records) and, damn, I forgot about them. Sorry for that. Regarding their sound, C.H.E.W. plays short, fast and loud hardcore punk. And, that's it. This is just pure madness. Indeed, a friend of mine saw them in Paris, France last year and was so stoked for their live performance. Cool. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. FFO: Törso, Nosebleed and GEL. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

GAG (USA) - High Off Guard Powder single 

"Remember GAG? They're back in single form", Milhouse, 2020. 

One of the most interesting modern american hardcore punk bands is single form. This track is a promo for an upcoming record that will be released through Iron Lung Records sometime in 2020. When? They only know. It's been five years since the release of their last LP entitled America's Greatest Hits (Iron Lung Records). So, yeah, just wait for it sitting around at home in your dark room while holding in your left hand a depressed clown picture and on the other one, a rhum bottle. Your faithful gun also is waiting on the desk when the right time comes. Live, love...GAG... (Pun intended). FFO: GAG, GAG and, mostly, GAG. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

3) Larry Records (USA) 

Larry Records is a relatively new record label from Queens, New York City, mainly focused on releasing screamo tapes (on very limited quantities) from around the globe. For this entry, we will only review three records featuring bands, or whose members are, from different latin american countries. You can click on the image above for getting redirected to the record label's official bandcamp account where you can listen to other great records such as Lytic/Amitié/Chivalà/Pique 4-way split (already featured here in the blog), among others. Let's see what we've got.    

Mis Sueños Son De Tu Adiós (Argentina) - páginas_muertas tape

Mis Sueños Son De Tu Adiós (On this record, mis_sueños_son_de_tu_adiós) is a one person band from Viedma, Argentina. The person behind this project is our friend Enzo, who also used to run El Basurero del Emo blog, which, for strange reasons, apparently is on indefinite hiatus. Regarding the sound, this musical project is highly inspired by Jeromes Dream (You know, when they were in their best years almost two decades ago) with the same exact musical instrumentation and execution but with a little bit more raw, lo-fi and minimalistic approach. Even the vocal pitch is nearly identical. There are some instrumental-only tracks with harsh noise and power electronics influences (Pure Merzbow style, baby) which gives more variety to the production. Nice. FFO: Jeromes Dream, Jeromes Dream, and, of course, Jeromes Dream. Oh, BTW. Did you get the Serial Experiments Lain's reference? Neither did I. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

44.caliberloveletter (Sweden) - A Hedgehog's Dilemma LP 

This is the debut from this Stockholm-based musical outfit. 2/3 of their members are indeed from Chile. This record originally was meant to be only available on digital format but Larry Records released a limited edition of 30 tapes, which flew faster than my broken dreams. Regarding the sound, 44.caliberloveletter has different screamo, post-hardcore, post-rock, metalcore and emoviolence influences. Their lyrics are both personal and political with references to gender issues, anti-fascism and even straight edge. Most of them are sung in english but there are two spanish and swedish exceptions. There's one particular song entitled xEMOVIOLENCE CREWx with some 90s chugga-chugga and beatdown hardcore influences. In fact, the band promoted this track on their official Facebook fanpage using Kickback's infamous "K" image rip-off but using the number 44 and Sweden's map instead. Nice. I think this is the first time I've ever listened to such thing labeled as emoviolent beatdown. Nice. I'd like to see them open up tha muthafuckin' pit with this particular song. Maybe someday...Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Amitié (USA) / Empatía (Colombia) / Marée Noire (Canada) 3-way split   

This 3-way split also was a co-release with Zegema Beach Records, Les Disques Rabat Joie (Canada), Half Story Collective, Illuminate My Heart Records and Jean Scene Screamers (USA). So, this record includes 2 brand new tracks by each band, except for Empatía that only contributes 1. However, both Scam Likely by Amitié and Extraño El Sonido De Los Árboles by Empatía were previously featured in the seventh sampler of Miss The Stars (Germany) roughly a month before the digital release of this record (Labor Day). Regarding the sound, all three bands have different screamo and emoviolence influences. Just like Dave Norman from Zegema Beach Records correctly states, this record is FFO: People's Temple Project, Crowning (USA) and Te Lloraría Un Puto Río (Mexico). Oh, BTW. I am the vocalist of Empatía so, it's kinda weird to review my own works LOL. There are only 70 physical copies available so, grab'em while you can. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!      

4) 11 P.M. Records (USA)

Cadenaxo (Mexico) - Lenguas Podridas maxi single 

As many of you already know, the basics of mexican food are fresh, simple and high flavored ingredients. This philosophy could also be transmitted to this impressive mexican hardcore punk outfit. Indeed, their music is short, fast and loud, drawing influences from different american and european hardcore styles, with straight-to-the-point and outspoken stances. And, that's it. This record has been in the making since more than 3 years ago and includes an alternate version of Fachos A La Verga track, originally released on Not Normal presents...Hardcore compilation (Not Normal Tapes (USA), 2015) (already featured here in the blog). So, if you dig all-time classic mexican hardcore punk outfits such as Herejía, Sedición, M.E.L.I. and more but with a modern touch, this cadeneo intenso is definitely for you. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Oh, and I almost forgot. Our friend Juan Sebastián Rosillo (who also works at Casa Rat Trap in Bogotá, Colombia) made the fantastic artwork. Neat. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Big Laugh (USA) - Manic Revision EP

Ok, I have no words for this record. It's so damn good. Indeed, you can detect the best elements of 80s american hardcore punk such as Negative FX, Urban Waste and Negative Approach, for naming a few, mixed with some early powerviolence acts such as Infest (USA) and Heresy (UK). The result? Well, listen to it and draw your own conclusions. This is just hardcore punk perfection in roughly 10 minutes long. Indeed, there are blast beats, "groovy" guitar riffs, mid-tempo overlaps, slower breakdowns, and more. Only a few bands could mix those aforementioned elements brilliantly and that's why Manic Revision EP definitely is one candidate for our best picks list of 2020. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Loss Prevention (USA) - Shoot To Kill EP 

When I read this album's title, I thought there would be some GISM's musical references onto it. Sadly, there's none of them. Ah, les chagrins d'amour...But, hey, guess what? Both their musical instrumentation and execution really reminded me of the unbeatable and unmatched charisma of the true Kings of Punk: Poison Idea mixed with the "I don't like you attitude" of Jesus And The Gospel Fuckers (Netherlands) and the modern touch of Amdi Petersen Armé (Denmark). Pretty solid. And, just like the record label states this is "SPEED, SPEED and SPEED". You wouldn't need something else in your life, right? Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Freon - PYK EP

When I first listened to this record, I thought I was listening to an interesting modern interpretation of 80s american hardcore acts such as Poison Idea, Killer Instinct and the Crucifucks. Well, les! that's the impression that I get (No, please, no. That goddamn song. No pun intended. No!). So, yeah, this is all about: loud and frantic music. I really liked their musical style which also has some slight d-beat-influenced mid-tempo overlaps with cool guitar solos, slower breakdowns and stuff without losing the grip. Nice. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. FFO: Exótica, La Misma (USA) and Forra (UK)Highly recommended. Enjoy!

5) Youth Attack Records (USA)

Combat Force (USA) - Never Stray EP

Ok, so I gotta be honest with you, les! The oi! subgenre hasn't been my cup of tea at all (only the classics, maybe) for many, many reasons that I wouldn't want to expose here but I find really interesting when hardcore punk bands make something with it. This is the case of Combat Force from Denver, Colorado, that has recently released their long-awaited EP through Mr. McCoy's maison de disques. Their sound perfectly blends old-school hardcore punk (notably the 80s boston style) with oi! They reminded me of other bands like No Time (USA), Shipwrecked (Sweden), Crown Court, Gutter Knife and even Violent Reaction (UK). The music is pretty aggressive and hostile with outspoken and straight to the point lyrics. That's what hardcore is about, right? And, this knight-related imagery made me want to play some Age of Empires II online matches. Guess what? They weren't the same after listening to this. I won a couple of times. Neat. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

6) Quality Control HQ (UK)

Masterpiece Machine (Canada) - Rotting Fruit b/w Letting You In On A Secret single

Masterpiece Machine is like a some sort of "supergroup" featuring ex and current members of hardcore punk acts like Career Suicide, Fucked Up, Ruination (Canada) and Power Trip (USA). Regarding the sound, their style draws influences from post-hardcore, sludge, hard rock, industrial rock, psychedelic rock, noise and electronica music for creating something unique and of their own. I thought this was like a some sort of Nine Inch Nails meets Ministry in a Pink Floyd-themed after party. Or something like that. It has an outstanding creepy aura that you shouldn't miss out either. Pretty interesting. Oh, and I almost forgot. This is a co-release with Triple B Records (USA). Let's wait and see their first full-length album. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

FUSE (Singapore) This Segregation Will End EP

Remember when we made The Tiger And The Dragon special post last year? (If not, you can refresh your memory by clicking here) We featured their '17 demo and patiently waited for their long-awaited first album. Well, it's final-fuckin'-ly here. Just like their previous work, FUSE fuses (no pun intended) different american hardcore styles such as NYHC (youth crew style to some extent) and Boston's with some mid-tempo and slower breakdown overlaps. However, in some tracks, i.e. Vexed and Deadlock, there's even some slight teases with thrashcore. The band members themselves describe their style as "punked up hardcore, hard but not like those tough guy hardcore bands". Best description ever. The lyrical content has both personal and political stances and this EP also includes Poison and Deceit tracksextracted from the demo, re-recorded as bonus. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. FFO: The Rival Mob, Restraining Order, Firewalker and Warzone. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Vile Spirit (UK) - Scorched Earth LP

We finally conclude this humble entry with  the also long-awiated debut full-length album from Vile Spirit. It is final-fuckin'-ly here. Yay! Some years ago, this band emerged from Brighton and released an impressive demo in 2017, whose sound was truly reminiscent of United Mutation, a cryptic american noisecore band in the 80s, and even was included in the best picks of that year. Now, their fascination to that musical group is enhanced with the Holy Terror and black metal elements they recently incorporated into their repertory.  This is just fantastic. Indeed, the music is savagely relentless with complex guitar chords, unpredictable fast and mid-tempo paced overlaps and changes, gruff vocals and an atmospheric dark aura to remark to. There's also included on the record the Leech tracks, which was featured on their Promo '19 tape, with some slight changes. I wish they would have added in their cover to In Contrast Of Sin by Integrity, also from that tape. Finally, click on the image above for listening to it. FFO: (The Infamous) Gehenna...Yeah, you know which one...Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!

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