Repression Attack from Russia have been unleashing their heavy brand of stenchcore since 2007. This snot green seven inch sees a new line-up. Yet they still retain that heavy sound which is similar in style to the ‘Welcome To The Orgy’ period of Deviated Instinct. As well as combining elements of Misery and ‘Out from the void’ era Antisect.
They have progressed since their 2013 album “Altar of Destruction”. But still have preserved their dark sound. The song ‘Demon’ delves deep into this darkness. Opening with a hostile menacing riff, with shrieks and shouts as the riff repeats and repeats with things getting more angry and thunderous with every note. As the song progresses, there is a point where it all changes. And it almost seems uplifting in sound or gives hope. But just as life perhaps, it turns back to the cold grey desolate gloom. With the bass remaining very low rumbling but solid throughout. The second song “Rebirth” opens with an icy styled synth. But breaks very quickly into a menacing chug. There is almost a feeling of alienation. Lyrically it talks of nature reclaiming our industrialized earth. Sludgy bass, foreboding thumping drums, where now the vocals sound fearful and repulsed. When everything comes to a halt, you have to experience and listen to this whole record again and again.
If you want to find out a bit more about the band, Profane interviewed them back in 2013.
Released by Insane Society Records, Argh.fuck.kill., Vomit Label & Distro, Totalpunk Records, No Bread! , Neanderthal-Stench and Enrage Records
Wow there sure were a lot of labels involved in releasing this record. I’ll list them at the end of the review, with links if possible. Gomora open this album with an almost Amebix ambience, perhaps ambience is the wrong word. A very eerie mood, where you feel like your walking on a gloomy moorland in a fog. However this doesn’t last long and any comparison to Amebix stops here. As it really kicks off big time, like a bar room brawl . The guitars go berserk and everything else goes completely hyperactive. The hoarse feral rasping of the singer Havran is dragging you scared through EU streets controlled by corporate greed, surveillance and misinformation.
To describe their sound would be to try and explain that intensity that bands like later Skitsystem has, mixed with Hellshock and some of the guitar stylings of Martyrdöd. All done at immense speed. That description will either leave you puzzled or curious. This is powerful stuff indeed, there are some great guitar melodies being played over everything else while the beat pumps and the tension mounts and mounts. The song that really sticks out for me on this is “Potlačit Sebe”.
It should also be mentioned that the layout has really been well crafted too. A highly illustrated gatefold sleeve with the illustrations done by their guitarist Baboo. Along with lyric translations in Polish and English.
Released with international cooperation by Wild Wild East, Phobia Records, Neanderthal-Stench, Uchylny Koš , Up The Punx, Scream Records, Véva Records, DIY Koło, Wolfdrunk, Člověk, Sorge, El Bastardo Booking & DIY Label , Aback Distribution , Svab, Dis-Šröt Records and Schmeichel 666 Kabinett
Belgium’s Marginal have that technical type of riffing that Napalm Death has mixed, with at times the growls akin to Extreme Noise Terror. In saying that I don’t mean to throw them into some sort of cliched bag. Far from it, there is plenty of variation. They are as a band very musically sophisticated, the degree of complexity on tracks like ‘The Hunt” and other tracks like “Indoctrination” have much more of a fast grind style about them. “More violence” almost has that “Breed to Breathe” era Napalm Death type of feel to it, a real technical sound. Other times there is an almost Sepultura feel about them. “Sign of the times”, builds and climbs like anger which is about to burst. Then “Stop the bullshit”, has a real fist pumping hardcore chant chorus. There is change and difference in each song, giving it diversity. I think the drawings on the cover of a spiky haired skull punk and another one on a motorbike are a bit misleading. As well as the title of the LP might lead you to believe it is a D-beat punk type of sound. Marginal show a lot if difference in their sound, all very much in the death crust vein of course. Powerful stuff for fans of Entombed, Napalm Death and ENT.
Released by Neanderthal Stench Records , Murder Records, Helldprod Records and Vleesklak Records.
After seeing the cover of this EP, I knew I had to check it out. The cover is similar to perhaps something like Mark Riddick would draw, but with more of a crusty viking vein about it. It was illustrated by Mike Roberts of Portland’s death crust band Vastation. Speaking of which everyone should get to hear their version of Nausea’s ‘Godless’, as covers go it reigns supreme. That is getting off the point a bit. This Dissidence EP starts off with slow heavily distorted riffs with the singer getting the band ready for the charge. This is the prelude for what is to come, it turns very quickly to black metal speed and then turns around again to the opening riffs with a spoken voice, showing the anarcho-punk roots to their sound. It is a raw sound with very guttural, almost animal-like vocals which evoke the ecological apocalyptic bloodied look at the world they write about. Images of a decaying body praying for death, while around them buildings crumble. Perhaps with Trump in power it might not be too off the truth yet. I do like the contrast when the spoken parts come in, like in the title track and on the last song “Comfortable Denial”. It gives almost a sense of purpose rather than just playing heavy music. Or as they describe their music, politically charged. The vocals on the opening of “Comfortable Denial” is like the singer is inhaling or exhaling industrial waste, it is very powerful. The sound of the imminent end of times.
The Fields of War EP is available as a ‘name your price’ download, you don’t get better than that. It would be a nice one on vinyl.