The Japanese people have gone through some of the largest natural and manmade disasters this year. There seems to be no end in sight to the after effects of the largest nuclear disaster in human history. The compilation: What a Hell Fukushima has been put together by HRP – the Human Recovery Project (based in Tokyo) – HRP is a group of DIY punks that are helping in the relief effort for the people in northeast Japan that were directly effected by the earthquake/tsunami and Fukushima. They are putting benefit shows together and bringing supplies with them for the victims.
Now with that background, this compilation is comprised of twenty-eight Japanese bands: LIFE, PINPRICK PUNISHMENT, PILVET, THE HAPPENING, DETRYTUS, FORWAAL, OUT OF TOUCH, DESPERDICIO, MIDDLE, GRIND SHAFT, RAPPA, DISKRIMINADOS, ENDZWECK, ENSLAVE, JABARA, SCREWITHIN, VELOCITYUT, LACKS, LASTLY, ATTACK SS, CHARM, DUSTPAN, ORIGIN OF (M), HAAVA, DROPEND, SEB ROBERTS, Z, and VIVISICK. All the genres are represented, every track is a rager, the Japanese do it up!
The CD includes a thick booklet with all the band’s lyrics, artwork, and contact information. What a Hell Fukushima is an excellent compilation made by really awesome people. I’m not sure what this costs or if there are many left but contact HRP and I’m sure they’ll point you in the right direction.
Killer bands, extreme music, and a good cause, what more do you want? Get this.(JasonS)
Human Recover Project / n.a.m. 4-34-1 Sagginomiya Nakano-ku / Tokyo / Japan //
The mechanics of Punk Rock and it’s familiar formula have been with us for so long. So, why do you listen to punk, and what does it do for you? I suppose that question is very open ended. Meaning, people have many different approaches and explanations. The actual, physical state of a punk record is enough for me to be influenced and inspired. Influenced and inspired by what, though? I suppose the global network of friends and family, the state of our world and how we can be more aware of our surroundings. Smarter ways to live and how to stay coherent amongst so many that are daft to their environment. Although some punk rock has been regurgitated so much, that it doesn’t even interest me anymore. This of course depends on the record. I think we all can agree on the amount of bullet belt layouts with ICBM’s protruding out of a skull has been a bit over done. I love that stuff to some degree, but the ‘assembly line’ approach to this is sometimes disheartening.
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This record is a benefit for the No One is Illegal/Punk Illegal organization put out by De:Nihil Records.
Basically, the No One is Illegal Network and Punk Illegal provide support for “undocumented” people who have been refused asylum in Sweden. Punk Illegal does a large DIY benefit show in Sweden that began in 2008 and is currently setting up a fund to help support No Borders activists. With that said, this 7 inch includes six tracks from six raging international bands: VICTIMS, KVOTERINGEN, DEMENZIA KOLEKTIVA, MEANWHILE, ALERT! ALERT!, and ASTA KASK. Each band has their own unique style to bring to the record and MEANWHILE does a ripping cover of RIISTETYT’s Totuus Esiin, originally put out for the Hardcore ’82 Comp. This is a really well done compilation, with a professionally done sleeve, cool art, and includes: lyrics, band info, and links to more information on No One is Illegal/Punk Illegal. The mix of amazing bands will satisfy everyone’s taste(I think it will anyway) and the cause it benefits is a worthy one. Help them out and make sure to get a copy.(JasonS)
De:Nihil Records / Larzon / Almgatan 6B / 70283 Orebro / Sweden //
What we have here, from FESTA DESPERATO, is some fucking fantastic Czech d-beat punkrock from the hills of Brno. I’m a real sucker for the heavy Discharge/Scandinavian influenced hardcore, as long as its done well, I’m fucking into it – and this is done really fucking well! The intro into the record is some spooky atmospheric sounds but as soon as the music starts the d-beat assault doesn’t let up. The vocals have that perfect subtle hint of reverb, there’s some good old guitar wankage, chugging distorted bass, and infinite disbeats. Fucking great! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this style has been d-beat to death but there are a select few that pull it off really well and FESTA DESPERATO is among them.
The Psi Vatikanu’ LP, on Insane Society Records, comes in a fold-out poster sleeve with decent “Crass-esque” collage artwork and lyrics printed in both Czech and English, as well as a black inner sleeve. The record is limited to 525 copies so don’t hold on to those pennies too long. FESTA DESPERATO also has recently had their demo tape reissued on seven-inch wax through Waking The Dead Records in Czech Republic so… check this out. Solid release.(JasonS)
INSANE SOCIETY RECORDS / P.O. Box 18 / 504 04 Novy Bydzov / Czech Republic //
From the moment I laid eyes on this record I knew this would be a record that I would thoroughly enjoy. The simplistic cover with the use of a skull made me think of various crust bands and doom themed lyrics. As soon as it kicked in the d-beat sound put me on guard since usually most of the new bands just recycle the same sound as their favorite bands without having any sort of identity for themselves. As the song progressed a little further I knew FEAR OF EXTINCTION breaks this trend by actually writing songs that distinguishes themselves as their own. Their sound is closer to SKITSYSTEM than DISCHARGE which appealed to me quite a bit as I prefer the Swedish D-beat over DISCHARGE clones any day of the week. … Continue Reading
This is the best crust punk record I have heard in a long time! it has everything I love about crust, Male and Female Vocals that give off a HOMOMILITIA vibe as well as a tatse of FORCA MACABRA which just those two statements alone I myself would be running out to find this slab of wax! The start builds up like it could be the intro to a TRAGEDY record but these guys are way fucking better than to use references to those dudes, these guys have there own style and are not afraid to show that they have ability, sometimes when you hear a crust band there seems to be a whole over simplified formula that kind of leads to monotony but these guys have interesting samples of whats sounds like a demented jack in the box or music box were you can almost see the post apocalyptic ballerina spinning around on fire as the world slowly crumbles to smithereens. I also enjoy the great production on this record, they actually went into a real studio I am willing to bet and it really punches, you can hear the snare cutting through the melody and wait for it….song writing! that’s right kids they actually have structure that goes outside the norm, with solos and lead work tat makes me wonder why more bands don’t break out with them. All I could think when I was listening to it the first time was “This is the Best crust I have heard since NAUSEA” and wouldn’t you know it they bust out a cover of Cybergod just to put the Vegan icing on the Gluten free cake. This is some great Czech Republic tunes representing, each song has not only and English Translation as well as a Czech translation of Cybergod in case you ever want to try to sing along in another language. could be fun! To boot it also welcmes an explanation of what they meant by each track so if you were confused by the lyrics they fill you in to their meaning. I also am a fan of the packaging as it is simple but elegantly brutal with a half skeleton/ human hyrbid sort of standing amongst nothingness with a very sinister looking overall tone. Great record and glad it got in my box, I had not bought a record in awhile that was by a band I did not already know, this record reminds me of what good can come of checking out a band that is not already a favorite. Thanks EVIDENCE SMRTI you woke me up again. -Fetus
INSANE SOCIETY RECORDS / P.O. Box 18 / 504 04 Novy Bydzov / Czech Republic //
Side DOOM SIREN: This happened to be my first experience with DOOM SIREN(ATX). The intro into “Gun Drone” was particularly satisfying, I’ve always really liked the “acoustic prelude”. At any rate, DOOM SIREN fucking rages. There is something different about the way they do Death Metal/Grindcrust, I’m not sure if it’s how this record is mixed but it has a more natural organic feel, if that makes any sense. I usually don’t like this style all that much but the way DOOM SIREN does it really impressed me. I guess this is kinda like “Scum” era NAPALM DEATH but not, you know? Fuck, I don’t know, but its good. … Continue Reading
Pony lived through the punk vs. skin brawls in Minneapolis in the late eighties. Punks and skins stood up together against fascist groups and outright nazis, and booted them out of our town. Ya’d think that punks would always stand against racism and racist behavior, but…well, read on.
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In the short period between the release of their debut 7” and this CD, Calgary’s WAKE has gone through a few lineup changes, done a couple of tours, and changed their sound somewhat. While their debut 7” – Surrounded by Human Filth – was a lot more technical grindcore sounding, this CD adds a number of other influences to the tech-grind mix. With Leeches, there is more of a modern hardcore influence creeping in there. Just enough to shake things up a bit, but not enough to totally overwhelm or spoil the whole package. The drumming is super tight and precise, and the guitars are as ferocious as ever. Song structures are great, too – each song is obviously different from the last one, and yet they mix together so well. You can tell that a lot of care was taken into arranging this beast.
Another way that the band has evolved since the 7” is in the lyrics department. As I mentioned earlier, there have been lineup changes in the band between releases, and one of those changes has been the vocalist, who also writes most of the lyrics. Where the 7” was significantly more metaphorical and less direct in its lyrical attacks, here you really have no way of misinterpreting anything. The songs are much more explicitly political this time around, but not cliché by any stretch. They’ve found a way to walk the line between making one’s point as directly as possible, but not jump on simple cliché statements. WAKE always bring the goods, and this album is no different. They keep us on our toes while still crushing heads with their powerful grinding hardcore. (Inbred)
Hearing Aid Records
While expecting a full on gloomy crust attack, the truth was harder to swallow. Or listen to, I should say, because my ears were pummeled in an experimental digi-grind attack of drum machine and super distorted guitar layered with movie samples, synth, oddly smooth bass runs and CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION-esque vocals. Though this demo is brutally harsh, all 6 tracks flow seamlessly together like the background noise in everyday life. A sick and twisted life. The art is very simple here: skull sketch on the front and lyrics printed on the back. This is perfect to break up your current set list. (Jake) wrongdoerwrongdoer[at]gmail.com