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/
A cackling intro with a Scandinavian radio voice over gives an inexplicable uneasiness, you just know it’s going to kick off any second. By the time we get to the track ‘Rapport till himlen’, all hell has broken lose. Think Misanthropic Generation era Disfear, later Skitsystem or a massive amp explosion. Real bass driven fury, relentless drums, dirty super-charged guitars and pure gravel yelling vocals storm through nine songs in over twenty minutes. This is 100% proof rowdy crusty swigging kängpunk-rock ‘n’ roll with plenty of attitude.
Passiv Dödshjälp could only be from Sweden with the uncompromising style of music they play. Cranking the tempo up with every song, I can only imagine a real manic crowd reaction to them live. The guitars frantically rip through a constant barrage of riffs and solos. Taking all the best elements from hardcore, metal, crust and punk. Then fucking everything into a high-powered dose of aggression. Lyrically I don’t know what they are singing about, but the band’s name translates as ‘Passive Euthanasia’, so it fits in rightly with their energetic sound.
Pure fire energy from start to finish, all wrapped in a sickly cover with either heavy black or swamp green vinyl. Co-released by Distro-y Records, Phobia Records, Halvfabrikat Records and Embrace My Funeral Records. (Sean Fitzgerald)
The cassette has really made a cult resurgence in the last while. To me I remember growing up fixing unspooled cassettes with a biro or joining ripped bits of tape together again with cellotape. So when tapes faded out I thought good riddance. But now all these years later I get Autarch’s cassette release of “Death of Actiacus” in the post and I think bollocks I must dust off the old cassette deck which has been sitting in a cardboard box full of other old crap all these years. So after a slight dusting off I pop the Autarch tape in, then the nostalgia of eighties tape trading comes back. And I get to thinking, you know it wasn’t a bad release format at all. Once a CDR gets faulty that’s it, it’s knackered. Whereas a cassette can be fixed normally no matter how bad it gets, and they look far cooler than a crappy looking CDR.
Anyway all that is completely besides the point, let’s talk about ‘The Death of Actiacus’. To me Autarch represent that new wave of bands who have completely reinvented hardcore. Bands like Fall of Efrafa, Vestiges and Downfall of Gaia who play eerily dark, emotive heavy music but at times add bleak spacey atmospheric soundscapes. Yet with each one of those aforementioned bands being equally unique.
The opening track “A Message” has a gradual chugging build up with a great eerie lead throughout, which then breaks into heavy fast downstroke riffs with real impassioned vocal screams. Then ends with that great spacey sound I mentioned earlier, real chilling echoey uneasiness. At times these ambient parts could be a movie soundtrack that Clint Mansell would be proud of. It is accompanied lyrically by a real legendary saga type of narrative. “Come to the altar of the sun. Lay your hands on the chest of the mighty. Your mind will deceive you, your body is a puppet for the autarch”.
The songs run really well into each other through nice guitar picking parts. With that distinct twisted eerie lead accompanied by three vocalists each different but gruff, with a real sense of urgency which is the bands unmistakable sound.
Lyrically the band sing about existential catastrophe, ecological collapse and morality all in a very poetic way. It is mastered by Brad (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege who has mastered some of the best releases in the last few years. Pro-duplicated cassette with lyric sheet, vinyl sticker and screen printed J-card for $5 from http://headfirstrecords.limitedrun.com Take a listen for yourself on their bandcamp page.
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/
A three piece pop band with a pretty terrible name but the songs are very poppy and catchy at that in there letter they compared themselves to MASKED INTRUDER and that isn’t a correct match at all I’d say more like THE GATEWAY DISTRICT. All the songs basically have the same drum beat and female/male fronted vocals. If you like your pop punk generic and trying to sound like other bands then this is for you. I don’t like to be negative about bands because at least they’re trying so follow the links and form your own opinion. (XbezerkerX)
First thing you’ll notice is the cover art work of this album look like a knock off well it sort of is. Ramones-AcidEater is a classic cover so you can only guess what they try and make there songs sound like. DUMBS are a punk rock band from Poland and mainly perform there. Here on this full length you get 15 tracks of pure snotty RAMONECORE jams but not nearly as good as the RAMONES. But they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. There really isn’t much to say but sounds like a less better version of the RAMONES. If this interests you follow the link and check them out. (XbezerkerX)