Originally pressed in 1996 PROFANE EXISTENCE is bringing this quintessential anarcho punk masterpiece back in circulation.
In 1996 AUS-ROTTEN released their first LP “The System Works For Them” on an unsuspecting punk scene. It spread like wildfire in a pre internet era within a genre that mostly depended on tape trading. (at least is was pre internet for us penniless punks) “The System Works For Them” was the perfect mix of anger and intelligence that the scene needed at the time (and still does today). It was like a wake up call that opened the eyes and ears to many punks the world over. The messages where crystal clear and most us were hooked as soon as the beginning shouts of “Boycott” bellowed over the speakers. I don’t believe any of us ever expected their message to resonate so well within the scene, but even more surprising is how the songs are just as relevant today as on they the day they were written. Which is why PROFANE EXISTENCE has decided to repress this record. We feel that that messages that AUS-ROTTEN brought to the table are to powerful to ignore. We feel that this LP is important and therefore should be highly available and priced affordably.
PROFANE EXISTENCE has worked out every last detail of this release with the members of AUS-ROTTEN whom have been involved from step one. All tracks have been re-masted by Jay Matherson at the Jamroom studios. To be 100% honest we didn’t want to do a complete re-master of what we already considered a good recording. However when we opened the tracks on protools we noticed a few balance issues that required fixing. These fixes resulted in a tremendous upgrade to the overall quality of the tracks. We painstakingly scanned, puzzled, and photoshopped the original artwork to make sure that it was as close to authentic as it could possible be. We then went for broke by pressing in three different vinyl color combinations! Overall to say that we are pumped to release this would be an understatement, we are absolutely ecstatic to bring you this LP on PROFANE EXISTENCE!
To top this all off we worked with AUS-ROTTEN vocalist Dave Trenga on redrawing the classic “What Good Is Money, When There Is No One Left To Buy” design for a T-Shirt to concede with the albums release. This is a fresh take on an old image to create a new and original design.
Vinyl options are…
1. Standard black vinyl
2. “The Battlefield is Still Red” Bloodsplatter vinyl.
3. See through “Smoke”. – Available at SKULLFEST only
Silence are a highly active post-punk/peace-punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” strives (and succeeds) to achieve the perfect balance between peace and post punk. By taking influences from The Mob, Bauhaus, Zounds, Killing Joke, Amebix, Crass, Conflict, Internal Autonomy and Joy Division SILENCE have created what can only be described a brilliant debut LP. At one moment this record is dark, heavy, and atmospheric and then the next moment it makes you want to dance and sing along. Lyrically SILENCE are much closer to the anarcho side of the previously listed influences. Lyrics focus on a variety of topics but often have a strong focus on the way punk and activist communities deal with political struggle in our current political climate.
“The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” comes with a 16 page magazine size zine containing lyrics, personal writings and song explanations. Designed, printed and assembled by the band themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion.
Silence will be having a record release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh PA at the Rock Room Friday April 22nd with SHADOW AGE and SKELETON HANDS. Then later this month SILENCE will embark on a full United States tour to support “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing”. Here is a list of dates. Be show to check in with the bands “bandcamp” or “Facebook” page for show updates.
When all that remains is a world in flames. Is that when they’ll say the wars are finally won? That wars are finally done?
They’re beating on the drums again, they’re fueling up the planes. The congressmen fall into line and sing the old refrain. In the name of peace they’ll burn the land and drop a thousand bombs.
Meanwhile we’ll just stay at home and go back to our sitcoms. It’s the same old song, we’ve heard it before. They’re beating the drums and they’re calling for war. What it’s supposed to accomplish, no one is sure But the victims are always the hungry and the poor.
Once the drums of war begin it’s hard to make them stop. The noise silences the dissidents once the bombs begin to drop. All those who call for peace will be mocked and pushed aside. In 10 years they’ll admit we were right after many thousands more have died.
Finally after many delays from the pressing plant the WARWOUND Demo’s LP “A Huge Black Cloud” is out and copies are moving fast!
Recorded in 1983, this record contains 15 songs from 3 sessions. With a few different takes you get a total of 25 blistering tracks. For those unfamiliar with WARWOUND, they are a UK band formed in 82. WARWOUND recorded 3 demos in 83 before disbanding and members went on to join THE VARUKERS and form SACRILEGE. These demos never received an official release… until now! Highly influenced by DISCHARGE, WARWOUND is one of the first bands ever to take D-Beat Punk to a raw and intense level. Recently reformed in 2015, original guitarist Damian is now joined by Ian Glasper on bass and Rat Varuker on vocals. After a few gigs in the UK word is spreading fast of the relentless onslaught of a live show these veterans put on. WARWOUND have also recently hit the studio to record for the first time in over 30 years. Needless to say WARWOUND is back with a vengeance!
For those of you who don’t know DEADLY REIGN, Its time to get with the program! DEADLY REIGN is a 3 piece D-BEAT killing machine with a legendary line up comprised of members from GLYICNE MAX, DOGMA MUNDISTA, SCARRED FOR LIFE, WORLD BURNS TO DEATH, KEGCHARGE, CENTURY OF WAR AND TILL DEATH. These guys have been at it for a long time and don’t fuck around when it comes to bringing you punk rock authentic and true to its sound and with their new single released on PE entitled SLAVE! These guys don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. So let’s get to the brass tacks and see what these guys have been up to. (INTERVIEW BY DUTCH WELCH FROM KRIGBLAST)
PE: So what are your names, what do you play, and how did you guys come together?
(RAYGUNN) I MOVED TO AUSTIN AND RAN INTO GUERINOT AT HIS DAUGHTER’S BIRTHDAY PARTY. UNKNOWN TO ME, MY WIFE WAS AND STILL IS GOOD FRIENDS WITH HIS WIFE AT THE TIME AND HE AND I KNEW EACH OTHER FROM THE PAST WHEN OUR PREVIOUS BANDS HAD PLAYED TOGETHER. WE GOT TO TALKING AND DECIDED THAT WE SHOULD START A BAND. I SAID, WE JUST NEED A BASS PLAYER/SINGER, AND HE SAID HE HAD ONE. HE CALLED HIS FRIEND GUSHAMMER AND HE WAS INTO IT. THEY HAD BEEN WANTING TO START SOMETHING TOGETHER FOR A WHILE. AND EVENTUALLY WE GOT THE BALL ROLLING (OR SHOULD I SAY, THE BEERS FLOWING?).
PE: You guys have all been in some pretty kick ass bands in the past. who played in what?
RAYGUNN – GLYCINE MAX, DOGMA MUNDISTA, KONTRAKLASE, AND SCARRED FOR LIFE.
GUERINOT – WORLD BURNS TO DEATH, AND KEGCHARGE.
GUSHAMMER – CENTURY OF WAR, AND TILL DEATH.
PE: Who came up with the name Deadly Reign?
(RAYGUNN) I USED TO HANG OUT WITH A KICK ASS BAND IN THE EARLY 80’s CALLED BODY COUNT. THEY WERE AN EARLY D-BEAT STYLE OF BAND (BEFORE THE TERM D-BEAT WAS AROUND) AND THEY HAD A SONG CALLED DEADLY REIGN. SO I TOOK IT FROM THAT. (AND YES, I AM AWARE THAT THERE WAS A BAND CALLED DEADLY REIGN FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BACK IN THE EARLY 80’s, BUT THAT IS NOT WHERE I GOT THE NAME FROM).
PE: The music of DR is furious, in your face politically and socially. Whats the motivation behind your song writing?
(RAYGUNN) MUSICALLY, WE JUST TRY TO WRITE MUSIC THAT WE LIKE. THE KIND OF STUFF WE WOULD LISTEN TO AT HOME. NOT SO MUCH TRYING TO BE ORIGINAL OR GROUND BREAKING. MORE OF JUST PLAYING THE HARD AGGRESIVE TYPE OF MUSIC THAT WE LIKE. WE GET IT ALL TOGETHER AND THEN GUSHAMMER WRITES SOME LYRICS.
(GUERINOT) I’VE ALWAYS SAID I CAN’T AND WON’T BE IN A BAND THAT I COULDN’T ALSO LISTEN TO. WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT OF PLAYING SHIT THAT YOU DON’T LIKE? WE AREN’T DOING THIS TO PLEASE OTHERS, JUST OURSELVES.
(GUS) SOME LYRICS HIT RIGHT TO THE POINT, RELIGION. IT’S FUCKING 2013 AND HERE WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH RELIGIOUS NONSENSE! PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER ARE BEING PERSECUTED, MISLEAD, AND OUT RIGHT SLAUGHTERED OVER RELIGION. RATHER IT’S CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, JEWS, OR WHATEVER FICTITIOUS BULLSHIT SECT THEY ARE IN. RELIGION IN ANY FORM IS UNCALLED FOR AND DANGEROUS! AND THIS COUNTRY USES IT TO PULL OFF SOME SERIOUSLY HEINOUS ACTS OF PURE AND UTTER VIOLENCE AND WAR. WE TOUCH ON THIS OF COURSE ON THIS RECORD, BUT MORE SPECIFICALLY IT’S DIRECTED TOWARD THE WORKING CLASS FOLKS AND THEIR DAILY STRUGGLE JUST TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THE OLDER WE GET, THE SAME STRUGGLE REMAINS, EXCEPT NOW WE MUST NOT ONLY FIGHT TO FEED OURSELVES BUT FIRST FEED OUR CHILDREN AND LOVED ONES AND THEN WITH WHAT IS LEFT OVER, TAKE CARE OF OURSLEVES. SO WE CAN SLAVE ANOTHER DAY FOR A LESS THAN ACCEPTABLE WAGE. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE WATCHED OUR (PUNK) COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS WORK IN HORRIBLE CONDITIONS FOR SHIT WAGES WITH NO BENEFITS AND NO HOPE OF MOVING UPWARD IN THESE POSITIONS. AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY HAVE A SMALL CHECK THAT IS OVER TAXED AND A SORE ACHING BODY, THAT CONTINUES TO GET WORSE. “TELL ME IS THIS THE LIFE I’M FORCED TO LIVE TO PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY?”…THE ANSWER IS NO! BUT NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT. WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO POINT OUT THESE CONCERNS OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE POWERS THAT BE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LISTEN.
PE: You guys did a split with HELLKRUSHER not to long ago entitled Continuous Warfare. How did this collaboration come about?
(RAYGUNN) I HAVE KNOWN SCOTTY (HELLKRUSHER) SINCE THE MID 80’s WHEN HE WAS IN HELLBASTARD, AND I WAS IN GLYCINE MAX. WE USED TO BE PEN PALS, AND WOULD SEND EACH OTHER TAPES OF OUR BANDS, AND OUR FRIENDS BANDS. WE EVENTUALLY LOST TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER AND THEN YEARS LATER FOUND EACHOTHER VIA THE INTERNET. I SENT HIM SOME DEADLY REIGN AND HE LIKED IT. AND WE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING TOGETHER.
PE: You guys all have family’s now and continue to tour, play shows, practice, record and work. How has DIY punk changed in your lives and how do you make it work?
(GUERINOT) WELL, I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS BUT HAVING AN UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTIVE PARTNER IS KEY. HAVING KIDS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE SO IN MY OPINION, THEY COME FIRST. WORKING AROUND THEM AND WORK IS USALLY PRETTY EASY. LATELY IT HAS BEEN A BIT MORE DIFFICULT BUT TRYING TO WORK OUT THE KINKS IN A SITUATION AND PUT PIECES BACK TOGETHER IS PART OF THE PROCESS.
PE: The new single from Profane Existence entitled SLAVE, what can we expect and do you have any future releases coming out?
(RAYGUNN) IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN OUR LAST TWO RECORDS, BUT STILL THE DEADLY REIGN STYLE. NEXT WE WILL BE WRITING FOR A SPLIT 12″ WITH OUR FRIENDS KONTRASEKT.
PE: Closing comments, any last words?
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS THE WORLD OVER. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. ALSO, THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW. AND BE SURE TO PICK UP THE NEW DEADLY REIGN ‘SLAVE’ EP ON PROFANE EXISTENCE! AS WELL AS OUR LP AND THE SPLIT WITH HELLKRUSHER. ALSO, WE WOULD LOVE TO GO TO EUROPE SOMEDAY, IF ANYONE OVER THERE WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUR BROKE ASSES OUT. HAHA! CHEERS – DEADLY REIGN
WARTORN are a whirlwind of thrash punk goodness hailing from Wisconsin. Since 2004, they’ve been hitting the touring and record release circuit with no looking back. Here’s a quick interview I did to let people know about their two latest releases, Domestic Terrorist 7″ (Profane Existence) & Iconic Nightmare 12″ (Southern Lord). – Andy Leffer
(This interview also appears in CVLT NATION)
PE: You know the drill, just give us the basics on who’s who and what’s changed in the past, in regards to any line up changes, etc. Also, give us some insight on where WARTORN is going. We want to know tours, records, riots, protests, arrests….the whole back story on WARTORN’s origins.
Bitty: (Vocals) The band started in 2004, with Ryan, Hart (on drums) and myself as a three-piece. Within half a year I got a call with an offer for our first tour, which was with Municipal Waste. We did a mini tour with them and ever since then we have been able to go on tours with amazing bands each year such as Los Dolares, ATU, CYP, Krang, In Defence, Pyroklast, Hellshock, and up next Raw Power . We have been to 13 countries and have done lots of releases on many different labels.
Ryan: guitar / low vocals / whiskey enthusiast. Well we started as a 3-piece and over a span of over 8 years, have ended up with 6 members. With 3 of us being guitar players we are able to diversify our songs in ways that we could only do in a studio setting. This obviously makes a difference live as well.
Ela: I’ve been the bass player for over the last 6 years. Recently, we came out with an LP/CD on Southern Lord Records called “Iconic Nightmare” and a 7-inch, “Domestic Terrorist”, released on Profane Existence (which is part of their limited edition singles series).
Toban: (Guitar) I think I might have the most arrests out of anyone in the band. Not like its anything to brag about. I did narrowly avoid another arrest a few weeks ago.
Derek: Guitar as well. I’ve been in the band for a few months and have been on two tours so far.
PE: The music is dynamic, to say the least. You’re not getting any half-assed riffs or mindlessly thrown together lyrics or production with your music. Elaborate on the process and what is the driving force for doing such a band. Punk is a political movement, it’s always been a political movement. Are you a part of this fray as a whole, or is this more of a personal, therapeutic outlet?
Ryan: I definitely believe in the power of the riff. Heavy and raging. Punk is a political movement, but I also see it as a community (full of musicians, artists, writers, photographers, open thinkers etc). A lot of us live/ have lived in punk houses and have been booking DIY shows for years. It’s something we do to contribute to it as a whole.
Toban: Ryan is the riff-master general of the band. He does a great job of coming up with some of the most incredible riffs of anyone I’ve been in a band with. Adding Bitty’s smartly composed lyrics and Hart’s hard hitting/tight drum style makes a great concoction.
Bitty: As far as what I write lyrically, I mainly write about personal experiences or historical events. I don’t tell people what they need to think, that is for them to figure out on their own. Also, I could not label myself as more than a realist and a situationalist.
Ela: Well in my opinion, I would say that we are a part of this as a whole, but it also is a personal outlet for me. We have all contributed to the movement in one way or another, but I think of punk as more than just a political movement. For me it is also about a unified community… where people come together, whether it is for political reasons, to share a passion for music, a hobby, art, etc. … and we definitely have that in Appleton, which is awesome.
Hart: I honestly wouldn’t say punk’s always been a political movement at all. The fact that DK, Meatmen, and the Germs, for example, all existed during one heyday suggests more of a harsh musical and broad social changeover than anything to me. For me personally, punk rock, metal and hardcore have always been a therapeutic and vindicating way of life that has consistently solved a lot of my life’s most harrowing, fucked-up times. It had a total bottleneck effect on how I raised myself mentally and emotionally. It was a really great thing to find out about when I was trying to figure out how to express myself when everything just infuriated or bored the shit out of me. Later, after I was free as an adult, I quickly found out it came replete with its own sense of community, and a totally viscous following I was never aware existed at all. This band is fucking great, cause we never throw a blind rhetorical blanket over our lyrical ideals, or even necessarily our instrumentation for that matter. We have a rough format that we’ve stuck to, but we all come from slightly different scenes and upbringings, and I’ve always thought it showed at least a little in our styles. I honestly don’t think the excitement of being in this band has worn off for any of us. Sure, growing pains have slowed our progress a couple of times, but whenever the next lightbulb goes on over our heads, it’s all go no slow!
Derek: For me, this is definitely a personal outlet. That’s what music has always been for me. Being the young’n metalhead in the group, I’ve kind of just been exposed to the world of punk houses and DIY shows recently. From what I’ve gathered so far I can at least say that the sense of community is beautiful.
PE: Your latest singles release on Profane Existence “Domestic Terrorist”. There’s no beating around the bush on this subject matter. Once again, can you elaborate on this specific release and the intention behind the subject?
Bitty: There have been a few times where I had local law enforcement “protect and serve” the shit out of me. As a kid in the 80’s from a small hometown, I’ve had guns in my face from the cops, hammers pulled back and screaming in my face. I have also had an off-duty cop put a gun in my face and ask me if I thought it was funny while he was wasted. You know of all the times I was ever robbed or assaulted, at least I knew if I fought back I stood a chance; I even survived an attempted homicide! But, it’s not so easy when you have to fight back against law enforcement. They just beat your ass and lock you up, even if they are totally in the wrong. I’ve witnessed so much personal corruption; to me it seems to be an extension of an abuse of absolute power. Now that, to me, strikes terror in any citizen.
PE: Bitty, you’re straight edge…maybe not self-proclaimed, but you don’t consume drugs or alcohol. Considering the genre of punk and it’s history of abuse with these elements, has this hindered your views on the movement?
Hart: Total interjection here! Dude, Bitty’s optimism actually astounds me. He’s seen more friends either die or completely lose their vitality as humans due to drug and alcohol use than I’d like to ponder. He’s remained pretty fucking pragmatic in his attitude toward his friends’ choices in that sense. I myself get pretty fed-up at times about my own friend’s use of drugs, especially certain ones. I’ve had plenty problems controlling my drinking in the past. I do believe I have a fairly good idea these days of when to dry out, but it can pull me into a real bad place. I start questioning what even matters anymore, and I start fighting everything that means the most to me. However, that’s where that community comes in again! I’m learning to seek out the right punks or no one at all when the time feels right, and I’ve been keeping up on it for a while now.
Bitty: Not at all. You don’t need to be like me in order for me to like you. The real moment that reinforced my decision was when I came home to a friend that lived with me and I found him in a pool of his own blood. He had tried to cut his hand off with a butcher knife while he was completely wasted and ended up with more stiches then an average shark attack. It really put a bad taste in my mouth about how substances can amplify bad decision-making skills. Although I am aware that most just use it to have a good time, truth be told, I just didn’t like it. It wasn’t my thing. But as long as you’re not hurting me or others in any way shape or form it’s your deal not mine. This is just a suggestion, have fun and do what you need to do to deal with things or get by, but try not to destroy yourself in the process. You might end up missing out on some good things in life.
PE: WARTORN is a great band, so with that….does WARTORN have anything they’d like to say to the world, it’s listeners or the masses in general?
Toban: In the words of country music legend Kris Kristofferson “Don’t let the bastards get you down”. Ryan: Thanks for the interview.
Ela: Thanks for all the support. We can’t wait to hit the road and tear it up again in a couple months!
Derek: May the force be with you. But seriously, I can’t wait to hit the road and I hope to see everyone reading this there.
Hart: As always, start 4 bands tomorrow and eat your fiber!
Bitty: Thanks for the interview Andy and everyone that helped us out and we’ll see you on the road. If you’d like to help us out with booking or have any questions, feel free to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It would seem that everything that comes through my mailbox that has the Maloka Distro logo printed somewhere on it is really good. Now I can add ULRIKE’S DREAM to that list. The needle drops on the first track and I wait. It starts off calm, beautiful and melodic. After a few lines the distortion is fully kicked on, the double bass starts pounding, the bass lines rip and all hell breaks loose in a whirlwind hardcore attack! The lead(female) vocals have turned angry and sour setting a killer pace. Then they add some yin to the yang and start the second track off with a little reggae style that feels like it has a NAUSEA flavor to it, but it quickly jumps back into fast hardcore drive. Track 3, You Walk in Line is more vicious that expected. The writing is varied on this, which keeps it from getting stale. At times there’s full on “tough guy” chugging riffs, smoothed out ska, straight up speed metal (No Dead Desire) and some acoustic for even more variety. All the songs are socio-political in nature touching on squatting, getting trapped in the “system” and scenesters. The package is rounded out with great sound quality, spot on mixing and a clean layout with black and white band pictures spread out through the lyric sheet. Like I said, Maloka never disappoints. (Jake)
This has been an album that many of us have been longing for. Being stuck in a shitty redneck town from the late 80’s to the early 90’s really limited my means of finding good music (mostly 3rd generation recordings from vinyl, etc). I had the opportunity to get my hands on the CRASS@ sides cassette and I played that damn thing till the ribbon stretched. The ANTHRAX track on that comp completely floored me (along with all the other bands), but needless to say, once I heard them, I was sold immediately.
These guys had a true spirit and dedication for @narcho-punk and it was felt in the music and lyrics which left a lasting impression that made me jump when I heard they were reforming. I can openly say that due to their influence, they carved a bit of my character today.
All for the Cause is ANTHRAX as pure and wholesome as they were back in the day and is even released on their own DIY label GROW YOUR OWN. They’ve never lost their edge to play what’s in their hearts and tell a story in their music that makes you so damn proud to be a part of the DIY punk community. It was them (and their comrades) that brought us together back then and it’s them now to continue that communal glue that binds us like minded folk.
This album has a gamut of music that is catchy, thoughtful and full of angst, and questions the very heart of our dark world. “Happy” is a great track that makes you want to sing along with a raised fist “Rise above the bedlam, take control…don’t let the powers that be, dilute your soul”. This album is great all around. The production is clean, thought out and meaningful. Given, this is about 30 years later from their younger days, so it’s not that quintessential “CRASS” style fuzz recordings (BTW, did everyone share the same guitar pedals back then for recording?), it’s the modern day and with modern production, but needless to say, their hearts have never left the punk playing field. An essential record to have. (Leffer) GROW YOUR OWN records/
Well shit howdy! After getting half way through writing this review, my laptop died. Well, not so much mine, but one my boss lets me use at home. Not important. Anyway, everything I wrote immediately disappeared in half a second. So…the first thing you’ll notice is the CRASS influenced military font on the border framing a creepy as fuck clown holding an old timey round bomb and then a bunch of things that add texture, but don’t make sense to me. When you pull out te sleeve, the lyrics(some French, some English) are on one side and there’s pictures of show flyers and photos of the band in the studio. Ya know, even the center of te record is a bit CRASSY. Anyway, 20 MINUTES kills it! Every track is just unapologetic brutal crust that’s mostly woman fronted accompanied by raspy male vocals. I immediately thought of NAUSEA, NUCLEAR DEATH TERROR and FLEAS AND LICE. All the lyrics are fiercely political and aren’t just rehashed war formula staples. They tackle the integrity of the crust scene and comment on the recent global upheavals and question work life that starts every unsatisfying day with the blip of an alarm clock. The mix and recording are perfect. I love when well written songs are preserved properly. Ever buy something from a good band that you just can’t listen to? Not this one! Top notch from start to finish! Another staller release from Maloka. (Jake)
Ahh, good old no-frills, non-techy grindcore. I don’t get down with much grind these days, but on a split 7”, I can definitely get into it. Especially when it’s as good as this. PROLETAR play old-school grindcore which remembers a time when grind was another form of hardcore punk! They hail from Indonesia, and appear to be influenced by the mincecore masters AGATHOCLES. Not usually the hugest fan, but a split 7” is the perfect format for this. In fact, by the time it ended, I was still wanting more. That’s a great sign. As their song says, “Grind for better life!”
On the flip-side is GREBER, who are a two piece (bass and drums, respectively) metal band, who are actually pretty cool. It takes a lot to make a two-piece doom(ish) metal band sound interesting, but there’s enough going on between the two members to make them sound really interesting. The vocals are low and gruff, but not growly. There’s not much info about GREBER included, and there’s really no bands I can compare them to. I suggest you check them out though, they’re pretty damn cool. Another great release from Suburban White Trash – great cover art, too! (Inbred)
MALATESTA are a German crust band that began in 2009. This is their first release, and it’s a rager! They are inspired by the Swedish and Portland dark crust scenes of the earlier part of this century (WOLFBRIGADE, TRAGEDY, etc) but exist on a much more lo-fi plain. The lo-fi sound quality really helps them out, because they sound truly pissed and raw this way. When I use the words “inspired by”, I mean just that. These punks aren’t just another copy cat. You can tell which bands they love, but they take that and go in their own direction, making the songs and the style their own. This is a nice little surprise, and I can’t recommend this enough. Extra points for singing in their own language. (Inbred)
Before anything, let me warn you that the SFH side of this split is called “Passion of the Crust”, so take that as you will. The title song sounds like a faster, more aggressive non-ska LEFTOVER CRACK tune, which makes sense if you know anything about their connection to SFH. The lyrics could have been ripped straight out of the LOC playbook, and… if you’re into them, you’ll be into this. Next up is a horrendous cover of “Media Person” by RUDIMENTARY PENI. Some may think that it’s a good, or even an original idea to do an RP song in shitty ska-punk style. Not me, though – I just think it’s terrible. The last song is back in the same vein as the first track (although thankfully with much better lyrics, dealing with American imperialism). The best part about this track was the fact that Diana Mayora from SKELPTARSIS does the second vocals, and I think she fucking rules. I really wish Sturgeon would have stuck to guitar only and let Diana take over. Final verdict – better than most STAR FUCKING HIPSTERS material, but still leaves much to be desired. At this point you know who this band is – you like ‘em or you don’t.
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST take the B-side in a much better direction, sounding like a cross between the best of ‘90s east coast punk (PIST, AUS-ROTTEN, BROKEN) and ‘90s East Bay punk (GRIMPLE, FILTH) with a modern edge. Yeah, this is the shit! There is nothing cartoony about this band, they just bring straight-forward punk rage without any gimmicks or nonsense. I’m sad to say that this is the first time I’ve ever heard JFC, but after hearing their side of this split, I need to hear more! Their side is well worth the price of admission. Cheers! (Inbred)
TERLARANG are a fastcore band from Malaysia on the political side of the hardcore spectrum, which I can always appreciate. Granted, fastcore isn’t usually my bag, but I can appreciate it in small bursts such as their side of this split. It’s not obnoxious like powerviolence, and the songs don’t all sound the same. The vocals remind me of CRUCIAL UNIT, although with more blast beats. Anti-society and anti-authoritarian lyrics make this one a surefire winner.
On the flip side is Greece’s JAGERNAUT, who play gruff crust-core, very much in the style of DISRUPT. No lyrics are included, but considering the political landscape in Greece right now, it’s fair to say that these punks fall into the anarchist camp (the song titles, “Hatred”, “Voice Less Leaders”, and “Dead Sect” give that impression as well). JAGERNAUT only play three songs, but they all fucking rule. I also hear some mid-90s Montreal crust creeping in here – GLOBAL HOLOCAUST, specifically. That ain’t a bad thing.
I always like it when two bands who sound very different put out a split together. It goes to show that the spirit of DIY crosses silly subgenre borders. This is a killer record for sure – go pick it up at once! (Inbred)
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Here comes NOISE COMPLAINT straight outta the UK, skatin’ and thrashin’ up a storm. They play fast, snotty hardcore in the “I don’t give a fuck” 80s style. This sounds like it should have come out of the Midwest in 1982, instead of London in 2012. I’m not really into the whole rehashing of the 80s hardcore thing, but this really isn’t that bad. High energy, and on a 7” format at 45 rpm, there isn’t enough time to become boring at all. I’ll bet these dudes are killer live. However… Lyrically, this is apolitical as hell… sometimes to the point of being over the top offensive. Case in point, the lyrics to the song “Religious Fuck”, which blatantly fantasize the raping of a nun. Look – I despise religion as much as the next punk, but I will not support anything that promotes rape of any sort. Not fuckin’ cool, dudes. Too bad about that, because if it weren’t for that song, I’d definitely recommend this record for your non-political thrashing needs. However, since I’m too “PC” to recommend pro-rape bullshit, I’d advise you to skip this and check out some of the other killer bands on Suburban White Trash instead. (Inbred)
Never heard of this band before but finding out more about them, this band is from Helsinki, Finland. Apparently they do not play any shows. This is some down and gritty punk rock reminds me a lot of the Sub/hum/ans or Citizen Fish. A total of 4 tracks. Amazing guitar riffs are in the first song “48 Balls” next up is “You know What You Are” again another gritty punk rock song. Now it’s time to flip over to the B-Side the first song on the b-side is “Who Wants it All” a very different start to this side not a very punky song kinda sounds like an 80’s song with the low vocals and kinda a keyboard sounding guitar/drum combination. Finally the last song is called “Strength Through Noise” very much like the last song with vocals but very strong guitar and more screaming then singing. This is an amazing release I really hope the band sees this and will send me there first 3 e.p.’s because i would really like to check them out-(XbezerkerX)
Well what I got here is a 2 song demo from MESSENGERS. First track is called “Laid To Waste” which is a nice minute and a half of very fast guitar riffs with some very angry vocals laid down on top of it reminds me of INTEGRITY. Pretty much any hardcore band that is coming out right now very heavy and very angry and very well put together. Track number 2 is called “Rotting Away” which is the better of both songs. This would go perfect on a Toxic Breeds Funhouse Comp. So if you’re into heavy, dark, angry hardcore with the breakdowns this is for you. I do apologize though I do not have any info for the band no site no nothing. (XbezerkerX)