Prague, Czech Republic, seems to have a really great crust punk scene. This is the 3rd ep sent to me for review from there this summer, and all of them have been great. One of those bands, PROPAGANDA (WOLFBRIGADE style), is mentioned in the thanx list within the jacket of this record from KRüGER. The other band is PRAY FOR DEATH, a band that reminds me of others like HELLSHOCK, KRANG, and to a lesser extent WARCOLLAPSE. To be honest, I’d like to get more review material from Prague and the surrounding region!
This EP is KRüGER’s 3rd 7″ release, their second by themselves. After having listened to all they have on bandcamp, I can say that the other records are just as good as the one I have in my hands. This eight (8) song ep is non-stop intensity with gruff f / m vocals, and the drums keep a charged pace, while still finding space to throw in plenty of drum rolls. The guitar / bass mixing is pristine, the bass never gets buried, even with all the distortion, and the alternating riffs keep things going strong and interesting. Side B starts off with Tomorrow’s Hell, which starts on a fast guitar riff, stops for the bass to repeat riff, and then goes straight into the full fledged assault. I really like the cover song Cash & Greed by BATTLE OF DISARM, very good with perhaps better production than the original! These 8 songs blast away in 13 minutes, which surprized me cos the ep feels a lot longer, perhaps because of everything thats going on in the songs. There is no filler on here, all songs are good and I dont have a favoritie. This ep should be listened to in whole, not just a couple mp3s.
The lyrics for this mini-album (cos thats what it feels like!) were sung in Slovakian, since one of their singers is originally from there. Luckily for those who cant read many languages beside English, there are translations for every song, found in the foldout record jacket. Lyrics are written in classic D-Beat style, which is actually Japanese Haiku, But these songs arent really political, but more personal. The artwork is heavy on the classic bones and war destruction that is seen on many a crust punk record. Its all crust as fuck (existence), and done with pen / ink.. very nice.
As stated before, this is KRüGER’s 3rd 7″ release, and they also have a totally ripping cover of Pay For… on the TRIBUTE TO DISRUPT 2xlp compilation. If you haven’t heard of these guys, get online, and check out their bandcamp page. All songs are offered free, but toss them a couple dollars / euros if you got a credit card (what!? punx with credit cards!?) cos these people work hard to put out the great music that they do. besides, they had to record it, and it’s worth sacrificing a beer or two!
check them out here:
KRüGER BANDCAMP: http://krugerpunx.bandcamp.com/
KRüGER BANDZONE: http://bandzone.cz/kruger
WOLF DRUNK RECORDS: WOLFDRUNK@SEZNAM.CZ (recommended)
SVOBODA RECORDS: http://www.svoboda-records.fr
RAWMANTIC DISASTERS: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the underground basements and bars in the seedy parts of the Pacific Northwest comes this new 7″ on STRING BREAK RECORDS. This is the 8th release for the label, so check out the catalog from this up and coming organization. BALSA are from the rainy streets of Seattle, and bring forth 3 songs of “angular post-hardcore” rhythmic noise. Chaotic dual guitar arrangements over steady bass melodies and post-hardcore style vocals with off the wall drum patterns loaded with rolls and fills.long sentence, but you get the idea. SEI HEXE play 2 rather long multi-genre spanning songs with “symphonic arrangements and vocal rage”. They feature a tight song structure with wierd breakdowns and shouted yet scratchy vocals. The first song ends with a lot of laughter whcich is kind of creepy in a death rock way. The second song, Synapses Crawling, seems way more earthy with tribal rhythms and chanted almost gothic vocals at times. There’s a great guitar solo toward the end of SEI HEXE’s side, which at first soundded like the guitar was not being picked, but rather played with a bow like a cello. This all girl band spew forth so many elements of bands past, and from the wreckage create something new and refreshing. They have an 8 song album available via their bandcamp page. Record is on raspberry splatter (so-called ox blodd splatter), and is in a very earthy colorful package with an anti-gloss finish. Artwork done by Sean Schock. comes with download card.
SEI HEXE: www.seihexe.bandcamp.com
STRING BREAK RECORDS: www.stringbreak.com
On this new 7″ co-release between REALITY IS A CULT RECORDS and PROFANE EXISTENCE RECORDS, KATA SARKA bring the blackened crust while BODDICKER plays aggressive grindcore influenced crust punk. Recorded by Carl Byers in Detroit April – May of 2012, this one is highly recommended if you like your crust with lots of blast beats. Both bands currently reside in the Indianapolis / Detroit areas.
KATA SARKA’s first release was way back in 2010, an EP called Riding a Wind of Knives. Via a prodigious recording schedule, theyve released 5 eps / splits and one LP in 3 years, the DAVID LEE GORGOROTH split being the 5th. With black metal song structure / riffage and crusty vocals, this band slays all standing in their way. Im not able to understand everything being said, and there is minimal info about them on the record, but in the song Mired in Spleen (which also appears on their newest 7″), they chant “liberation”, perhaps referring to animal lib. A great guitar solo is also buried in the song. Poaching The Boar is non-stop intensity from start to finish, and some of the guitar riffs feel a bit introspective like good black metal does. If KATA SARKA toured out to Victoria BC and played a show with ISKRA, Ive got a feeling the PA would melt by the time the night was over! according to their bandcamp page, their full length endeavor title Existential Oblivion was released March of 2012.
BODDICKER unleash a powerful fury of blazing guitars, amped up bass, gruff vokills, and fast as fuck drums. Plenty of good grooves from these bong heroes and socially conscious lyrics to boot. This is Boddickers 2nd recording, and have released 2 more split 7″s since. Theyve released 4 songs on this one, all brutal with an in-your-face aggression. Insert comes with recording information, and lyrics, and gangland style band photo. Very Intense!
BODDICKER BANDCAMP: http://boddicker13.bandcamp.com/music
KATA SARKA BANDCAMP: http://katasarka.bandcamp.com/
From the pine covered hills of Portland Oregon comes this 6 piece powerhouse right off the busy busking corners of the Pacific Northwest. Playing a kind of punk rock thats not quite gypsy, and not quite crust, but totally anarchist, this is a great adition to the PROFANE EXISTENCE label. Instruments such as accordian, 2 mandolins, and a washboard accompany the more conventional RnR instruments, and everyone in the band sings the songs. There is a ton of different influences prevalent in DIRTY KID DISCOUNT ranging from acoustic gypsy to ripping crust. The drums hit a double time sequence in the song Solomon’s Circle, and vocal style ranges from olde timey ballads to “cookie monster” gruff. Lyrically, this record covers two very obvious issues prevalent within punk rock; that is religion / ignorance caused by such, and green activism / environmentalism. The EP title is a reference to the song “Argoth”, a ballad about the horrors of the logging industry. I would call this style GYPSY CRUST, and recommend for those who like such bands as: MISCHIEF BREW, RUM REBELLION, ABSINTHE ROSE, etc. Limited Edition color vinyl is coke bottle clear. this is the 9th installment of the PROFANE EXISTENCE LIMITED EDITION 7″ SERIES.
DIRTY KID DISCOUNT facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DirtyKidDiscount
DIRTY KID DISCOUNT bandcamp: http://dirtykiddiscount.bandcamp.com/
Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary is based in Scio Oregon and they do their part in ALF providing a home for neglected / abused farm animals. Fully one third of bands on this comp are from Portland Oregon, and the list includes such greats as RESIST. The other bands either come from the USA, or as far away as Ukraine, making this an international release. Most bands featured are poppy street punk, but definitely not the kind yer gonna hear on the radio. BURNT CROSS from England coverthe CRASS song “banned From the Roxy”, which sounds absolutely perfect. Like a blast from 1978 and with better production than what they originally had. Other bands that do covers are the Young Turks and Raw Nerves, both of which are from Portland. Raw Nerves cover the Negative Approach song “Ready To Fight” perfectly, and Young Turks cover Bruce Springsteens song “Im On Fire” providing the necessary punk sneer, because the original really sucked! RESIST release a song which was originally recorded for their 7″ Profane Existence release back in 2009. It’s by far one of the best on this comp, straight classic style American hardcore. I recommend buying this not just for the CRASS song or the RESIST one either, but also because of the fact this benefits a grass roots organization that needs our help while they help those without a voice. Limited to 50 copies, and released by 1859 Records, and NXNW Recs.
LIGHTHOUSE FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY: http://www.lighthousefarmsanctuary.org/
1859 RECORDS: http://1859records.storenvy.com/
NXNW RECORDS: http://nxnwrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/north-by-northwest-records-online-home.html
Florida… what do you think of? I’ll tell ya what I think: disneyworld, crowded beaches, swamps, alligators, old people, staunch conservatism, heat / humidity / sun, come to think of it, nothing good. But then I live in Minnesota, nowhere near the tropical state. Ive heard from several people that Florida has got a surprisingly decent scene. And Im not talking about death metal, but hardcore punk. To be honest, I didnt really believe them. god’s retirement home being the local spot for some good punk rock? But that actually makes sense because punk is fueled by rage not comfort. So evil staunch politics geared to the old and conservative could make for some really great furious punk. I went out on a limb and bought Baker Acted from some guys at the recent Grind Your Dick (or CLIT) Off Fest in Minneapolis. when I got around to putting this 7″ on the turntable, I was pleasantly surprised. Baker Acted released their record in October of 2012, and is the first release on All We Know Records. Hailing from Miami FL, this new band brings us 6 songs of punk rock with great bass lines, dual guitars, angry as fuck vocals and stop on a dime drums. The vast majority of songs on this record are sung by a womyn with a great vocie, which my wife and I both really enjoy. A few of the songs feature dual male / fem vocals, which brings an element of anarcho- style into the mix. This style has been done before, but this feels fresh and unique, not recycled at all like some bands do. A really good record from the underground of southern Florida, and highly recommended. By the way, the band name baker acted refers to a Florida bill passed in 1971 that allows mentally ill people to be committed to a mental health facility for 72 hours, against the will of the mentally ill person. Quite a fitting name for an angry fem led punk band. Other bands from Florida on AWK Recs are Recreant (Tampa), and Landbridge (also from Tampa)
BAKER ACTED: http://bakeracted.bandcamp.com/
ALL WE KNOW RECORDS: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
This is Tokyo City thrash punk thats fun to listen to when youre drunk, and good lyrics to read when youre sober. This is classic sing along style crossover metal punk in the style of Deathside meets Motorhead, leaning more on the Motorhead side. All the Japanese lyrics are translated into English in the lyrics book, and most song choruses are sung in English. Apparently this is their second LP.
I found this quote at Soap and Spikes:
“Nagoya city, one of the cities raised up Japanese Hardcore by world-class level, has 九狼吽(CLOWN) in its core. They play aggressively, and it’s not too much to say that they represent Japanese Driving Hardcore Punk at this time. And this is their newest record. You can be killed with one blow of Mune, a son of Burning Spirits. Agitating shouts of their souls. Shot! Shot! Shot! The lumps of sound make your aggression accelerate and battling spirits fire. Pound! Pound! Pound! A direct new generation of Japanese Hardcore, goes on their own way of hard core laughing social situation! Just feel their boiling blood. Yes! Yes! Yes!” -Souichi / FORWARD”
Discourage is a new 3-piece from Columbia South Carolina that play political as all hell fuckin punk rock. this is urgent anarcho-punk that has intricate riffage and complex drumming with anguished lyrics over the top of it all. At times mid-paced and suddenly bashing into fast paced yet melodic parts and layered with dual vocals on some parts. the lyrics package is a very DIY zine full of riot footage from around the world, and calloused lyrics about the protest movements in the States. one song mentions how SOME people at the Occupy movement thought they were beating the cops by playing Leftover Crack and drinking in the park. This is a call to direct action from the United States of Apathy. very solid demo from the Amerikkkan southeast.
support them here:
this 3 piece from Los Angeles bring the politics with the beer on this raging d-beat recording of 4 songs. Songs about war (obviously), religion, crooked politicians, and heroin leave you thinking about the issues long after this record has finished playing. Death Over Greed is by far the longest out of the four and has a really cool intro before blasting into the rage. Dual vox on all songs along with thick guitars and top notch drumming influenced by crusty core bands such as DooM and Wolfbrigade. released on Dirty Mick Records. All records come with digital download card and 18″ X 18″ poster.
DEATH MARCH: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Death-March/363458560393385
DURTY MICK RECORDS: http://www.durtymickrecords.com/
Haunting melodies, anguished vocals, and gothic ambiance is how I would describe this blackened – crust punk band from Columbia South Carolina. The current line up has existed since 2011, but these guys bring such tight music that they could have easily been doing this for a while now. Slow / Mid – paced melodies come crashing down with raging crust punk, and then slip into theremin led breakdowns of pure black ambience. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band live, and the stage show is just as amazing as the music. this music is for those who love epic crust with heart wrenching emotions. Talking to the members of the band, I learned that this cassette is the teaser for their upcoming 7″ due out before the end of the year. the cassette is “A do-it-together effort through Heidrun Collider, IFB, Anti-Corporate Recordings, All We Know, & Get Better! Records.”
They Eat Their Own God: http://tetog.bandcamp.com/
Anti-Corporate Recordings: http://www.anticorporatemusic.com/main.html
All We Know: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
Get Better! Records: https://www.facebook.com/getbetterrcrds
IFB records: http://www.ifbrecords.com/