Well, this is not the same DISCHARGE that we all know and love. Technically it’s the same band, but it sounds completely different. As the title states, this LP is their early demo recordings from March – June, 1977. If you’ve never heard this, and someone played it at a party, you would never guess who it is. No, this is not the raging D-beat hardcore that we’re all accustomed to. The punk on this record is so ’77 that it’s almost ridiculous, very much a product of its time. The music is extremely basic, very simple, very primitive, and completely callow. It doesn’t have the political, anti-war out rage either, instead we have songs with titles like; ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Acne’, ‘I love Dead Babies’, and ‘Sweet Suburban Dreams’. And if the lyrical content wasn’t enough to convince you that this is actually a lost SEX PISTOLS demo, then the vocal style, which sounds strikingly similar to Johnny Rotten, will. There is no list of members who played on these demos, so I have no idea how many of the members went on to be in the later incarnations of DISCHARGE. The whole record screams of the early days of young, snotty, pissed off punks filled with teen angst. I guess if you’re a huge DISCHARGE completist, you should pick this up, or if your really into the raw, primal ’77 punk sound. The record is pressed on pink vinyl, if that helps. (righteous) Antisociety Records
This one is for all you black metal fans out there…Although this is not the typical black metal band, or album. If yer into the last three DARKTHRONE albums then you will like this one. This has a similar approach in the sound and concept of albums like F.O.A.D. but lyrically very different.
Now, I am not gonna say that black metal lyrics are all sunshine and roses….they are a black metal band after all, but in my perception there is at least something constructive going on here and there and it’s not completely filled with hatred and disdain for the world around us. Craft on the other hand, has nothing positive to say really, but then again the album is called “Void”. … Continue Reading
From the frozen wastelands of Sweden comes a powerhorse of a 7”. The much-loved D-beat/rock-n-roll style is in full effect here, not unlike a stripped-down AUKTION. And much like another excellent d-beat band I reviewed in this issue – UNLEARN – this band has risen above the terrible trappings and clichés of this easily-tired rawpunk genre. Just by writing lyrics about a diverse array of topics that are actually relevant, they have blown most of the competition out of the water. Each song on this 7” is about something relevant. The title track talks about suicide bombers around the world, brainwashed by religious leaders to kill themselves and others for their religion. The next song, Love Song is a song that gives proper respect to those activists and groups who do their part to make a better world (when was the last time you heard a dis-song encouraging support for activists, and even giving hope for a brighter future?). Side B starts with Children Should Play, which goes after those who profit from child labor in sweat shops, which is a topic that seems to have fallen out of favor with the punks lately. Lastly, we have Computer Control, a song about civil liberties and loss of privacy. Let me sum this up – this is a great record. It has everything I look for in one package – simple, yet effective cover art. Great sounding songs – not too raw, but certainly not overproduced by any stretch. Political lyrics and no fucking clichés. Let’s have more of this more often. (Inbred)
World Funeral Records
Six songs of hardcore UK hardcore punk! Its fast, a bit sloppy, lo-fi just the way that hardcore punk is meant to be. This is as straight forward as you can get. No frills just in your face punk. The music is a bit generic for the genre but the songs are enjoyable and played well with plenty of energy, so its easy to overlook this and have some fun. Everything about this band screams DIY making you appreciate the CD even more. Honestly this band reminds me of CONFLICT quite a bit. Never getting into CONFLICT, I did find myself enjoying this CD quite a bit. Maybe I’ll start cheking into CONFLICT a bit more. This is definitely for anybody into UK 82 punk. (Travis Assault) Portswood Punx
Greeting hungry reader,
We are working on a new project for a recipes section, we are calling this the Crusty Collectivist Cooking Project.
All recipes will be vegan and we are going to play with regional foods using fresh ingredients. Our goal is to build one solid meal with each member contributing a course, or portion. If all of this works out we will add more people or cycle through contributors.
We will also work with other food projects and eventually post recipes from readers.
The first project is underway and will be posted shortly.
Stinkbot, Jake Tribe, Cave Wizard and Damien Fuckin’ Inbred
The “Dudes” of Helltown
(Part I of III)
The town I grew up in is Manitowoc, WI, a.k.a. Helltown. Manitowoc had an amazing punk scene from the early 80’s all the way to the late 90’s. In the mid-eighties, I got into punk through skateboarding. Back then those two things went hand in hand. However, in the late 80’s another scene was about to integrate into the punk scene. It was when the metal scene went punk and brought in some of the most out of control, criminally insane, and violent people I had ever met.
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BURNING SONS play a mid-paced punk rock with some rock n’ roll feel. The vocals are raspy and screamed and are well paired with the music. Their influences show pretty strongly in their music but they manage to to be influenced without trying to rip off other bands. This album is pretty straight forward with no innovation here but you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel with every album. They do a great job of writing music that is enjoyable to listen to and to pay homage to the bands they grew up listening to. There are seven songs on here making it a quick listen. Despite its shortness for a full length it feels complete and doesn’t leave you unsatisfied. This album is a winner with more ups than downs and is worth giving it a good listen if you like some no frills punk rock. (Travis Assault)
I have seen BLACK COBRA live a few times and did not get em at first……It’s weird how sometimes a band will make a HUGE impression on you live then fall flat with recorded music or vice versa. I never felt like this band really moved me live, not terrible just never really left an impression on me. So… I never bought any of their music. This album however has already caught my attention. There are a lot of innovative elements here, and I love writing about bands that don’t compel me to compare them to other bands……Cause I can honestly not think of any band that sounds like this! And with bands in the “heavy music” realm, that is quite a feat. With an opening track called “Avalanche” its hard to go wrong. Not overly down tuned, this band brings a new brand of heavy to heavy music. Intricate rhythms that fall somewhere between trash, psychedelic rock with an almost tribal ( not like NEUROSIS or a hippie drum circle…just manic patterns similar to a lot of ethnic/tribal music throughout history). … Continue Reading
I was totally excited to get this CD in my review pile. Mind you, I already own a copy of it, but this band has been a favorite for a long time, and I’m stoked to get to review it! ANTI-SYSTEM were one of the best punk bands of the 80’s peace punk movement, but it seems like they’ve gone largely unnoticed by a lot of people who should know about them. They were on the harder edged side of the anarcho-punk genre, with a very heavy and crushing sound, and some of the tracks are even pretty metallic. They could be compared musically to bands like ICONS OF FILTH, DIRGE, ANTISECT, and A.O.A., not the melodic, sing-song peace punk of the time, this is angry, pissed off, hardcore political punk, and done fucking right! Like all the great bands of their time, they were passionate about animal rights, (with some members even serving jail time for carrying out animal rights actions) and vehemently against war & government. This Discography has it all, the debut EP, the ‘No Laughing Matter’ LP, ‘A Look at Life’ 12”, as well as their first demo, and all comp tracks. This CD also comes with a thick booklet with great liner notes, tons of old artwork, pictures, and a lot of interviews from back in the day. I’ve seen most of their records being repressed on vinyl lately, but if you want all their music, pick up this CD, I can’t say enough great things about this seminal 80’s anarcho-punk band. (righteous) Antisociety Records
What we have here is a must have for all obsessive ANTISECT completist like myself. This record consists of two early demos, and two live sets from ’82, before they recorded the ‘In Darkness’ LP. And although the recording quality on this may leave something to be desired (the demos, in particular, are of very poor sound quality) it is still very much worth having, in order to appreciate the evolution of the band. The songs themselves are much more raw and primal, short and to the point, and very DISCHARGE influenced ( a comparison the band themselves hated, but is undeniable). The live sets featured on the B side are really the best to listen to, as they not only have a better sound and recording quality, but also feel much more representative of the band’s sound. However, the real star of this release is the packaging itself. It has two inserts, filled with tons of live photos, artwork, reviews, interviews, gig flyers, and writings from the band itself, all from the early ‘80’s. It also has an awesome fold out poster. For people like me, who are huge fans of ANTISECT, but aren’t old enough to have been around to see their early days (not to mention living on the wrong continent) this is an excellent look at the bands history. (righteous) Antisociety Records