CoT is a fem fronted 5 piece blackened crust band from El Paso Texas. There isn’t much punk at all with this outfit, apart from the red / anarchist message. ISKRA call themselves anarchist metal, and this outfit isn’t far from that description. The demo package for this CD is awesome and totally DIY. Even the CD itself has the album cover printed onto the top with a glossy finish. To Serve Man is 7 tracks (two of which open and close the album with no lyrics) played out in a little bit more than 30 minutes. Recorded and released in 2012, by Culture War Distro. The lyrics, just like the art, are anti – Christian in general, and talk about body politics and street riots in particular. Two of the songs are entirely sung in Spanish, true to nature as some of the members are of Hispanic origin. Their latest effort is a split release with a power violence band from Phoenix called Biocidio.
The opening track, Twilight of Capitalism 2, is a 3 minute instrumental prelude of the anarchist crust to come. The guitar plays a repetitive minor key riff amidst sounds of urban unrest and general chaos, most likely caused by civil warfare. Lots of sound samples keep it interesting for the 3:20, and ends with a crowd chanting for either peace or freedom.
Bottomless Execration comes next and instantly brings the black metal inspired crust that will play out through the rest of this album. Minor key riffage on dual guitars, truly off the wall drumming that fully drowns itself in the art of blst beats, and reverb on the screeched out vocals. COMMUNION OF THIEVES truly is a force to be reckoned with. Beauty Beyond An Image slows the pace a bit, but just to make it more clearly emotional and melodic without losing the aggression. Innocencia Interrumptida quickly returns to blast beat black metal form. The acoustic intro for Black Earth is great, and the basic guitar pattern is used a lot through the rest of the song, albeit faster and distorted. Pasos Libres is definitely one of the best musical compositions, there’s a lot of rage seething to escape, and after it is released, it gets washed into the drainage ditch with a thunderstorm, which ends up cleansing the listener in a rain storm with acoustic guitars before this beast is put to rest.
This demo is amazing and has top – notch production but retains a dusty feeling from the desert. Although I thought this album would be very difficult to improve upon, you should really check out the new material on their bandcamp page, since they were able to do just that.
COMMUNION OF THIEVES facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Communion-of-Thieves/150111081711829
COMMUNION OF THIEVES bandcamp: http://communionofthieves.bandcamp.com/
This crusty California split 7” brings 4 songs from each band on a raging blue marble slab o’ wax. Blood Shot and Dilated play some crusty D – Beat influenced punk that maintains some hardcore and death metal elements. With dual (and sometimes triple) vocals with an overly competent drummer, there is just no stopping this East Bay band. The guitar and bass throw in a touch of emotion and lots of thrash attack mixed with a hint of black riffage. The drums easily hit the speed of death / black metal, and recoil back in time to maintain the base speed. Their last song, Bite The Hand, reminds me a bit of melodic Scandi – crust.
Blood Stained Reality comes from the sunny streets of San Diego, but you wouldn’t know it by the sound. The vocals are bigger and more liquor stained, unlike B&D who tend to scream a bit much. Also, the metal influence is gone, replaced with only pure SoCal punk. While there is no emotive or really even melodic approach, there is significant groove and a few breakdowns thrown in for good measure. Neither band sing about anything new or earth – shaking, but they team up for a great split on this release and compliment each other well.
7” limited to 500 copies, this one at least, is on blue marble. A co – release from a couple small time labels, and recorded in 2012 in East Palo Alto California.
BLOODSHOT & DILATED: http://bloodshotanddilated.com/
BLOOD STAINED REALITY: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Stained-Reality/137260749645953
DEATH PUNX DISTRO: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DEATH-PUNX-DISTRO/320603784712431
PLASTIC FACT RECORDS: https://www.facebook.com/PlasticFactRecords
SUBURBAN WHITETRASH RECORDS: http://www.suburbanwhitetrashrecords.com/
Stolen Kidneys is a relatively new garage / psychedelic punk band from Finland, and this record ep was released August of 2013. Here we have 3 new songs in just over 10 minutes on a heavy slab o wax that says play at 33rpm, but should be 45rpm. The lyrics cover topics such as corporate greed, and being trapped by material possessions in your apartment. Musically, hopping drums keep an odd time signature, while the guitar and bass play cold riffs. The riffs aren’t melodic, more like knife chops through meat. The heavily distorted sound can drown out parts of the drums at times, and some parts get really chaotic. The singer basically just shouts out urgent messages while trying to keep time with the music, not very original in my opinion. The opening of side B (omnipresence) reminds me of a Dead Kennedys song, but I forgot which one. The music is very choppy and goes right with the beat, before eventually going into a psychedelic breakdown, followed by loads of feedback before eventually spacing out. Both sides of this record end in the same manner, being overwhelmed by feedback and noise, and then just passing out into unconsciousness.
STOLEN KIDNEYS bandcamp: http://stolenkidneys.bandcamp.com/
Originally formed in 2007 to be a Totalitar cover band, Morkt Kapittel from Trondheim Norway realized they had too many ideas to just be a cover band. Gro Igjen is their second effort released May 2013. Their first release, a S/T 7” was released April 2010. With a matured sound, and 4 songs in 14 minutes, this record stands by itself. This all white one sided LP has the cover art (a parachute dog) laser etched onto the B-side. Very impressive, must have cost a bit to release, definitely a treat for the fans. The gate fold sleeve opens up to reveal more art and lyrics written exclusively in Norwegian, with no translations available.
Morkt Kapittel plays melodic crust punk, currently a favorite among masses worldwide, and especially in Scandinavia. The sound can be described as somewhere between the crust of Wolfbrigade and the melody of To What End?, with lots of twists in between. The sound on this recording is more melodic than on the 7”, but still keeps the edge. With excellent guitar melodies, top – notch drumming, competent bass and a strong vocal presence, this band shows a lot of talent, which may help make them big within the European scene.
MORKT KAPITTEL : http://morktkapittel.com/
PRIMARY STRESS is a two member all girl band from Halifax Nova Scotia that play an aggressive form of blackened D-Beat. The music starts with acoustic prelude before without warning being thrown into a blackened pit of D-Beat style distortion. One womyn has harsh vocals that go well with the music, the other one reminds me a lot of when the drummer from GALLHAMMER tries to sing – not great. Musically they play their instruments very well, and I like the heavy blackened D-Beat crust vibe that I get. if I’d have to recommend one thing, teach the girl that doesnt sing too great that the high pitched singing should be on the way out. Very good otherwise.
This demo is 4 songs in about 16 minutes with interesting poetic lyrics on an introspective bent. One song, Corridor, has a great emotive opening riff, and then sings about finding a dead mangled and tortured dog in a trash bag in a Houston back alley.
These girls are avid supporters of Profane Existence, and apparently have an extensive collection of such said releases. Demo tape limited to 100 copies, but is totally worth purchasing. they spent some time on this, so donate a couple bucks for their efforts.
This CD is a compilation of everything YATTAI have released from birth all the way up to but not including Fast Music Means Love. That’s everything from the 2005 demo CD-R to 2010’s split with TREPAN DEAD. This discography disc was due out Spring 2013 along with their latest effort afore-mentioned Fast Music…
The Discography moves backward in time, from most recent to earliest material, and all of the songs are fast, brutal, and employ liberal usage of the blast beat syndrome. Although all the songs are decent within the grindcore genre, and most have a recognizable groove, I prefer the earliest recordings. The early songs aren’t necessarily longer than the majority of the recent ones, but provide a looser more thrashy death metal style, as opposed to just playing as fast as they can and trying to rip the listeners face off with their grind.
YATTAI are very good at what they do, and any grind head will love their more than competent style.
Yattai bandcamp / facebook: http://www.yattai.bandcamp.com
Inhuman Homicide Records: http://inhumanhomicide.free.fr
Teriak Records: http://www.teriakrecords.com
YATTAI are from Angouleme France and are veterans of their underground scene, having played more than 100 shows since the inception of their “uncompromised grindcore” monster. While playing wickedly brutal anti-melodies, YATTAI claim to be spreading positive energy and attempt to remind people that there’s more to life than just drinking and music.
stream of consciousness response: excellent production, I can hear everything, evn during the moments of hyper fast chaos. Blast beats abound in every one of the abominations called songs. Prevalent dual vocals in traditional grind style: cookie monster meets a chicken being raped.
This CD is 16 songs within about as many minutes, and is officially released as a one sided LP. This music is absolutely punishing to the ears, and while its done very well, to be honest I’m glad it isn’t much longer. The technical prowess on this is amazing, the music doesn’t sound rushed, but rather likes it’s a 33rpm record being played at 45rpm. This is grindcore true to form, and stands above others within the genre.
Junky Monkey Records: http://junkymonkeydiy.blogspot.fr
Underground Pollution Records: http://undergroundpollution.e-monsite.com
Honed Terror Incarnated Productions: www.church-ov-ze-dead.com
Nuclear Alcoholocaust: http://nuclearalcoholocaustrec.webs.com
Northwest Indiana band DOGMA is total straight up meat n potatoes Midwest hardcore, and this demo CD-R is proof of that fact. Five shredding songs in just as many minutes, this hardcore is a full on assault of the senses. No fluff and no filler, DOGMA is pure heavy hardcore. No little kids singing in their mom’s garage, this guy sounds like he weighs 300 lbs and is 6’6” tall! The intro is chaotic in an impressive way, and after about 40 secs, drops into the pummeling hardcore that this band provides., and never lets up again until the beast is dead. At times I hear AGNOSTIC FRONT but with a heavier sound and production, courtesy of Eddie Cantu from Joliet Illinois. DOGMA started in 2012 with 3 guys who had been playing in other bands together for a while. Good lyrics, included in fold – out poster sheet. Artwork done by the band’s drummer. This CD is highly recommended, but put the disc on repeat so you don’t miss any of the details in the short 5.5 minutes that this monster plays. Looking forward to a full length, or perhaps a vinyl 7”!
Dogma Bandcamp: http://dogmanwi.bandcamp.com
Featuring members of INEPSY and TRUNCHEONS, PROXY is a group of musicians from Montreal Canada who work hard to produce what they do. More in the vein of INEPSY, the songs are catchy and decent if you want something upbeat. This is street punk influenced rock n roll, akin to late UK SUBS. This is recommended for those who like whisky drenched working class oi style rock n roll. Dual guitars both cleanly heard, the production is crisp, nothing muddy at all. Lyrics talk about being in the drunk tank downtown, getting beat up by cops, and general rowdy mischief. Nine songs in about a half hour.
find more info here: http://www.cvltnation.com/proxy-demo/
BATTLESCARD is a thrash punk band from Yokohama city, Japan. This three piece didn’t include lyrics in the booklets, but it’s pretty clear that they are singing in English. Plenty of pix in both booklets. Demo self released? Cassette EP released on Black Konflik.
Motorcharge is their apparently self – released demo and has 5 songs of thrashy punk rock directly influenced by early bands MOTORHEAD and DISCHARGE. Side Motor has three songs of roughly the same speed same style thrash. Side Charge starts off with a slower longer song that has a hoppin lead riff, it maybe a joke song. Skull Smash returns to form and finishes the demo on a good note.
The first thing I notice about this professionally released tape is that the band has managed to make their sound faster, more complex, and more aggressive. All band members are credited with vocals, and the guitar shows more prowess than on the demo, with complex solos (title song, & Yokohama City is Burning) / riffs. Bass is loud and clear, and drives the music for Yokohama City… which is by far the most catchy song on the tape. Still no lyric sheet, but the words come through pretty clear. Much better production than on the demo too.
for fans of DEATHSIDE and BASTARD
Black Konflik: http://blacxkonflik.blogspot.com/
Black Seed Records: http://www.blackseedsrecords.com/
Blood Of War Records: http://bloodofwarrecords.blogspot.com/