HANGED, DRAWN AND QUARTERED is one of the newer albums in the PROFANE EXISTENCE store (3 vinyl copies available at time of review), received via trade from a French label RAVACHOL PRODUCTIONS / SVOBODA RECORDS. This outfit from France formed in 2011 and currently reside in Besancon, a city in eastern France about 30 or so miles from the Switzerland border. The lyrics comment on corrupt politicians, false satanists, drinking beer, puking beer out of your ass, refusal of working so you can get drunk all day, and then again more satanism. The band seem like a bunch of mean rowdy drunks that get off on being “more evil than thou”. Vocals hit the mid and deep range, and musically, this is all out crusty thrash metal with dual guitars and a very competent drummer. HDQ is their first full length effort, and they’ve already got a split 7″ out with LUST FOR DEATH, a new band, also from France. Check out the split if you like BLACK CODE, it’s in the same style but with a more recognizable crust punk based beat, and the EP is 14 + minutes long! all material can be accessed through the bandcamp page.
Buy HANGED, DRAWN AND QUARTERED directly from the Profane Existence store! quote from PE: “BLACK CODE are a dark and heavy hardcore band from France. For fans of bands like BLACK BREATH, TRAGEDY, and MASSAKARI. They feature members of HUMAN COMPOST.”
PROFANE EXISTENCE: http://profaneexistence.com/#!/~/product/id=28437769
BLACK CODE: blackcode.bandcamp.com
15 blasts of hardcore thrash are on this seemingly self-released tape from New Jersey band S’o'ftdov. This music has been self – described as cyberdelic disnöize / surreal death crust played at d-beat tempo, and the vocals are layered with reverb. The work on the package is superb, including printed lyrics for all songs and a profesionally done band photo. This tape came with a felt backpatch of the cover art, black on grey. Well done!
SöFT DOV: http://softdov.bandcamp.com/
A sample of what’s to come on the PE single release of the War//Plague e.p. “Primal”
Man, where were these guys when I was in high school? In the mid 80s I dedicated every spare moment to skateboarding. We’d go down my buddy Chris’s mini ramp and skate our asses off listening to BLACK FLAG, DEAD KENNEDYS, CIRCLE JERKS, etc. Then I discovered thrash and shit got real! My first show was ANTHRAX, EXODUS and CELTIC FROST and everything changed. Once you get a taste of punk/thrash crossover, you can’t go back. IN DEFENCE from Minneapolis is the link to my shred-tastic youth. I now this may upset the folks in the band, but some of the writing reminds me a lot of M.O.D. Sorry, dudes, but it’s true. Not in a bad way, though. Fortunately the subject matter is way more funny than it is offensive and while they love to have a laugh, they do flirt with serious politics. Each song kills it riff after riff with solos that fill the song out without being wanky and they are usually accompanied by beautifully moshy breakdowns that I realized I was unknowingly banging my head to each and every time. There’s no way to listen to this without getting stoked. It contains the second LP and 2 7″s(in case you didn’t get that from the line I wrote above the picture). Unlike some 22 track albums that seem to drag on, you’ll want to put this on repeat, flip up the bill on your hat and circle pit around your room for hours. When these thrashers come through your town make sure you buy them lots of pizza….er, um, burritos. Lots of burritos. (Jake)
Profane Existence / PO BOX 18051 / Minneapolis, MN 55418
For the last year we have been pressured by outside forces to keep the “retail” prices high for Profane Existence releases. We’ve never been able to get used to seeing our records priced at nearly double of what we traditionally sold them for. Profane Existence has always vehemently independent and our recent experiment with an exclusive distributor has pushed us outside of our comfort zone. Effective immediately, we are lowering our mail order prices across the board, back to where they were in 2011 (in fact less than 2011 in most cases). In the USA, most 7″s will now cost $5, CDs will be $6.66 and LPs will be $7.98 – all prices including postage. We do still have some older Profane Existence magazines left and they are also appropriately DIY priced.
We do still plan to keep the limited edition singles series going, but due to the economy of scale (or lack thereof), these records will still be significantly higher than mass-produced PE EPs. We will release a low-priced CD version, containing six complete EPs each, shortly after the release of 6th, 12, 18th, etc. PE also has quite a line-up good new releases planed for 2013, plus some some classic PE releases coming back with low-priced vinyl and CD versions.
We apologize for the lack of DIY spirit PE has displayed for the last year or so. We’ve all been busy with other aspects of our lives and regret that we let things slip out of whack for so long. Rest assured we are taking corrective steps to get PE back on track and to help keep DIY punk a force to be reckoned with!
So we just wrapped up our tracking last week and now have Brad at Audiosiege in Portland doing the mix and I’ve gotta say…this is by far the best experience and sound we’ve ever had! We’re planning to do two separate albums with this session. Our first priority in releasing these tracks is to get our single out for the PE series that’s running this year. I believe we’re in line to be #7 and already have the art and title sorted out….but sorry, you gotta wait
The next release is based on a mere concept we had some time back and will be a 4 song 12″ with a sort of back story. We’ve been really hitting the ground running as a band and feel that we not only want to write music, but we really want to put our minds and energy into something that’s not just “another record”. I’m not quite sure what that means, but after doing this for so many years, you really start to recognize how important the music can be and what kind of effect it has on yourself and others.
So, to say that we’ve just begun would be putting it lightly. Tons of ideas, and tons of support from all over. Cheers to the DIY community and everyone involved to make this place better by contributing in one way or another. Punk is a way to get a message and a feeling out to the world, and damn it feels good! Cheers
Some really good thrash mixed with punk and metal on these eight songs from KILL THE CAR on their second full length album. Super short songs with only one going over the two-minute mark mean that KILL THE CAR will not over stay their welcome, but get right down to business. These guys have been at it since 2005 and have the intense mix of genres down to a science now. They have screamed vocals, wild guitar and drumming and the bass is banging away furiously while you try to keep up with what they are doing on this album. The lyrics are really interesting being socially aware and well written. This is a cool, but short album that should get you up and out of bed in the morning with energy to spare, these guys sure do have it in spades. (Rick Ecker)
http://www.killthecar.net/ http://killthecar.bandcamp.com/album/beer-infection https://www.facebook.com/killthecar http://nolessrecords.com/
Six wild songs with a combination of hardcore, thrash, and a bit of grind and death metal all mixed in to make this on hard and heavy collection of songs. You get some crazed screaming that gets a bit cleaner sounding at times, some background vocals mixed in, guitar that has some chunky leads, heavy bass, furious drumming all making this one big stew of fun. The band just rips things up on this album, no wimp rock here kids, just some guys playing it for real. There are some slower spots on the album, but the heaviness just keeps on going whether it’s fast or slow that they’re playing. There is a fair bit of metal mixed in on here, but it’s all part of that great stew, where every bite could bite you back. All six songs were cool and this was a lot of fun to listen to, a very good mix of styles on here. The production was a bit thick sounding, but it didn’t take away from SHITLIST at all, it just brought some more depth to their sound. (Rick Ecker)
NEW SOUNDS OF ANARCHISTS have been together since the early 1990s and put their first album out in 1994, they signed to SBS Records in 2011 and put out this compilation which has one track from each record that they released and includes eight live songs as well. This is a great overview of the band’s career, although I would have liked more than one song of each album, but the songs on here fucking rock! They play some nice hardcore with metal and mix it up really well with lots of political lyrics and tight playing and the singer has a nice gruff sound to his vocals which make everything more immediate sounding. The band lays down some chunky grooves and really pulls out the stops and goes as hyper speed then they slow it down for some mosh parts and go fast again. The live stuff is a bit muddy sounding which is really the only minus that I can give this, if they would have got a cleaner recording, it would be even better, but I love these guys and since it does show how good they are live, I’m not going to hate, just go out and get this if you want some great music that has intelligent lyrics and will move your ass as well. (Rick E.)