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
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
This demo is ten raging tracks of insane kick-to-the-head Scandinavian punk rock! There is just intense, blistering speed coming from BOMBANGREPP and each song comes in at under two minutes and several tracks struggle to make it to the one minute mark. This is exactly what you want from a demo: short, sweet, and to the point, leaving you hungry for the next release. BOMBANGREPP are definitely gonna shred your fucking face off, their speed borders on power violence, the vocals have an intense growling staccato delivery, and the drumming is pure brutality. The Swedes know how to do it and this band is no exception. As far as I know this is BOMBANGREPP’s only release thus far and they sure made it count. This CD-R has a no-frills sleeve and no insert or lyrics provided. The demo is hand numbered, I got number 12 of 50 so make sure to drop them a line to get yer hands on one of these babies. This shit will stick to your ribs!(JasonS) Self Released // bombangrepp[at]gmail.com
This compilation avoids all of the trappings of many comps. Too many comps (especially CD comps) just load up a bunch of bands, too many bands, and dump them on the weary listener. One is left looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack trying to find that gem of a tune. I am delighted to see that on this comp there are only 5 bands and each turns in between 3 and 6 songs. In fact this has more of the feel of a multi-band split than an actual comp but since the songs from each band are in random order I suppose it’s more of a comp. Once I dug into the neat booklet that comes with the album (it should be punk law that all comps come with a booklet) I learned that this actually started out as a split between MDC and the Indonesian band HANKER HOAX HAPHAZARD but soon turned into a multi-band affair by adding TRIPLE X (also from Indonesia) and then a few other US bands: ASSPISS and CRACKBOX. The MDC tracks are not unique to this release, it’s a few songs from each of their last releases, 4 songs in all including the new classic ‘Patriotic Asshole’, that tune jams. Each band is great in their own rite but I really liked HANKER HOAX HAPHAZARD, good stuff. The sound quality is excellent and the packaging is pretty good too. Like I mentioned there is a cool booklet and even a patch of Suburban White Trash Records. The cover art is really cool and was done by a dude named Bryce Wymner. I feel like I have seen his stuff around before but I can’t place it. This is a quality release and an entertaining listen. (Clusterfuxjosh)
Suburban White Trash Records / POBOX 270594 / Fort Collins, CO / 80527 //
This is TRASHCAT’s second full length and was recorded over the last year or so. TRASHCAT is the new project of Darragh, previously the drummer for the RESTARTS. With that said, they really don’t have a lot in common with the RESTARTS other than the catchy choruses. Darragh has even opted to take the spotlight and plays guitar and does lead vocals, no more hiding behind the kit for him. His vocals have that cigarette smoke and whiskey drenched hoarseness to them that really works for this type of music and his guitar just hums so beautifully. The tone is perfect and his leads would even get a nod of approval from Mike Ness. TRASHCAT has hooks galore allowing the listener to be able to sing along on the first listen while they blast out true, blue and tattooed punk rock n’ roll. There is even a little ska thrown in to round out the songs a bit. I think this could appeal to a wider audience as their blend of tunes is more accessible, the production is squeaky clean and the lyrics are basically about partying and having a good time. (Clusterfuxjosh)
Trashcat / 119 Imperial Ave / London / N16 8HN / UK //
So, I got this as a promo RIGHT before the last issue of PE came out, and did not have time to write this back then. Bummer. It’s already been reviewed over and over again. BUT, I am glad I had some time to spend with this in the meantime. Even though this came out in September, I still want to write this review.
Some of the reviews I have already read have been mixed. Most good, some bad. One that sticks out in my mind is someone saying that this particular WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM recording is stagnant and not that interesting. I think that is an unjust and hasty assessment. Here we have a band who has reshaped black metal and inspired a whole new generation. I can see this statement being valid MAYBE because their sounds is always consistent and this person said that because they did not realize that this is the final piece in a TRILOGY. Sure there are some songs that sound like reprises old tracks from other albums but once again, this is a trilogy folks, and an epic one at that.
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