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.
Spreading Evictions is a two piece crust band from California is what I found out there is no info on the cd or outside cover. It was really hard to tell what there name is by there logo all I could read out was egoism on the cover. So after all that I put the cd in to listen to it and all the tracks are instrumental which are not bad but there’s no vocals and to me why make music without vocals it has no meaning then. All 7 tracks sound pretty much the same. Crust without vocals what’s the point? (XbezerkerX)
First nice screenprinted cover inside and out. Second stamped center labels if this isn’t DIY then what is? So I put this record on the player and wow this is some very heavy and very fast music. Starting off the record is a song called “Abwesend” no clue what it means but it’s an amazing start to this record. Next is “No Time” a little slower then the first song but equally heavy very thrashy feel for the guitar and very doomy vocals. I am loving this so far time to flip this record over. The secod side starts off with “Licht” which the record is named after and this song does not disappoint . This has a very good sound to it reminds me of ENGLISH DOGS. Lastly there is “Stuff V” a last helping of doomy thrash to leave you wanting more from these guys. Be on the lookout for these guys in America. (BerzerkerX)
Here is a nice slab of wax all the way from Japan the only English on the record is there name and what the 7 inch is called. Other then that everything else is in Japanese so this 7 inch has 2 songs couldn’t tell you the names but the a side is awesome very relaxing and calm song. The B side is very upbeat and poppy so I would assume that this is a very pop punk song it’ll have you tapping your feet to the beat of the music again very easy on the ears. I really wish I knew what they were saying. All the info I could find was the labels website. So go check out the label and pick this up if you’re into feeling happy and joyful. (XbezerkerX)
Ready to get your asshole blown away by some no frill straightforward Grind. This 2 piece band hail from the sewers of Minneapolis to pulverize your ear drums with some short but sweet morsels of blast beats that are put together so you can actually listen to it. Unlike some of those so called grind bands out there that use drum machines this drummer is insane behind the kit the faster the better for him. Not to leave the vocals out with screams, growls and groans. With song titles like “Mystery Grind Theater” “Macho Madness” and “Blast The Crusher”, to name a few nothing over the top with titles or images they let the music speak for itself. I personally love all the wrestling references they have and logos they do. If you like grind in the ways of BACKSLIDER and Faction X Disaster then you’ll love these guys always touring the Midwest look for these guys best served live. (Berzerker)
The concept of this CD is just beautiful. Each song was written to celebrate the lives of people that were very close to writer(ex vocalist for RAW NERVES). He explains in the notes that admitting to one’s self that the passing of loved ones is permanent is very difficult, especially to those who don’t believe in an afterlife and that he felt he owed it to them to create these pieces to honor them. There are seven tracks in all and are instrumentals with the exception of some movie sound bites and low spoken bits. The first track was interesting in that it start with the spoken part recorded backwards and the music over it, then about three minutes in, the music stops and then it switches. The words are normal and the music is backwards. I had a hard time hearing what they were saying, buy it might just be too many years of going to shows while not wearing ear plugs. Most of these songs are clean solo guitar with heavy use of reverb and flange with some drumming. Without knowing the theme of the album, it feels like the sound track for driving alone at night down long dark roads. It’s atmospheric with big rich tone. At times it sounded heavily influenced by newer NEUROSIS and THE VENTURES. The writing is creative and artful, great for relaxing and slipping into deep thought. $5 from Poisoned Candy Records. (Jake)
Anti Society records boasts an incredible catalog with titles from the likes of DOOM, ANTISECT, ANTISYSTEM, etc…basically a who’s who of the early UK punk, peace punk and crust scenes. The label was started in 2010 by the dude who had done Rejected Records in Ireland since 1994. This CD comp captures a sub-section of early UK punk and focuses on the Welsh punk scene from 1980 to 1984. 12 bands and 57 tracks later we’ve got ourselves quite the retrospective. Looking, or in this case listening, back some of the early punk is far from threatening by today’s standards but the passion and the message cannot be denied. There is something about that early punk innocence that just brings a smile to my face. Styles of music may change and the definition of what is punk music is constantly challenged but the struggle continues and while some of the music, may, at times, sound dated the song remains the same, the message is strong and the by the song titles it’s obvious how little things have changed and by most arguments have only gotten worse. Songs like ‘Victim’, ‘Violent City’, ‘No More Wars’, ‘Where Does Our Money Go’ are really timeless in title and subject matter and describe a world too similar to the struggles that we face in our modern lives. Where does my tax money go? Does it go straight to my daughters school or is it funneled into government weapons projects and ammo stock piling? Stand acts include CORRUPTION who play some of the most aggressive music on this comp with vocals that push for more of a scream than just the angry shout that most of the bands employ. The guitars have a good fuzzy distortion to them and the tempos are some of the fastest amongst their peers. CLASSIFIED PROTEST aren’t afraid of the distortion either and are really kind of reminiscent of SHATTERED FAITH or some of the SoCal punk of the same era. ARMISTICE is another stand out band with their somewhat uniqueand punky sound on tracks like the simply titled ‘Anarchy’. Its not all doom and gloom, bands like NO LABEL offer some hope in lyrics and call for the punx to make a stand and declare that ‘Anarchy’s Right for You and Me’. REALITY ATTACK attack with a dose of reality and a fired up “set” that is probably my favorite of the second disc only to be followed closely by the less chaotic but equally menacing SECLUDED. Other bands on this two CD comp are: ABNORMAL, CONDEMNED, DEATH PATROL, IMPACT, NO LABEL, PSEUDO SADISTS, and SKULL ATTACK. The packaging is pretty cool as the set comes with a booklet with a lot of color photos of all the punx looking punk and copies of many of the bands’ hand drawn logos. This is essential for the punk rock historian or completist that we all know. For me this was a killer treat and I am stoked I got my hands on a copy of this. So many good bands and songs are pulled together here that might have otherwise been lost to faded memories, bad cassette copies or extremely limited and obscure 7”s. “Old Punk Never Die…They Just Stand In The Back!!!” (Josh Mosh)
NOITUUS came together in 2005 to combat melodic punk and emo. Their weapon? Brutal noise, d-beat, crust demolition assault! Holy shit! Melody and basic song structure? Fuck it! “We don’t need no stinkin’ song structure. We will fucking annihilate anything resembling a fucking song. Fuck!” And so their war against “music” was declared! I don’t if they are necessarily winning that war but they sure leaving a 7” path of devastation! This is in the pocket of those Japanese bands that just fucking shred your ears with their viciousness. Bands like D-CLONE and KREIGSHOG come to mind. There is even a flip of a dread to early ANTICIMEX in this chaotic explosion. I’m sure you are getting the picture by now, this is like being mowed down my a steam engine powered on beer and fueled by human carcasses. This record is titled after their hometown of Turku Finland. Their discography is impressively lengthy and boasts splits with bands like FORCA MACABRA, PUS POX, HANGOVER OVERDOSE and others. Everything on this record is in, what I presume to be, Finnish but I am sure they cover the standard punk topics in their lyrical attack. 333 people like them on Facebook, I hold two of those spots. Lets get ‘em a few “likes” and tell our friends about them! (Josh Mosh)
Well here is an amazing pop punk release. MASKED INTRUDER hail from Milwaukee,WI and play a really catchy pop punk. It’s like if THE BRIEFS and DILLINGER 4 and a child and then these 4 dudes with masks came out and this is how they would play. The identity of all the band is mysterious they all wear color coded masks. Blue is the singer, Green is on guitar, Yellow is on Bass and Red plays drums. Total mystery on who they are but on this release you get 3 brand new tracks of catchy pop punk that will get you hooked real fast. Flip this bad boy over and you get THE TURKLETONS who sound very similar to MASKED INTRUDER but not so much towards the punk side of things like THE BRIEFS more of OFF WITH THEIR HEADS style pop punk more on the poppy side of things. Plus they are from Minneapolis where everyone should know that’s where a lot of the best pop punk bands come out of. With all that said A+ release here from my friends at RAD GIRLFRIEND RECORDS. (Download card comes with this release) (Bezerker)
Rad Girlfriend Records / 2981 meadow park Dr. / Dayton, OH / 45440
A pairing of two East Coast crust bands by means of Profane Existence, this definitely sounded like an exciting release when I first got word of it. OILTANKER has a pretty killer sound mixing crust and hardcore, while NO TOMORROW is mostly crust-laden D-beat- what more can a crusty ask for? The two previous releases OILTANKER has are exemplary (the Crusades 7″ and the Shadow of Greed LP) and NO TOMORROW’s demo tape was heavy and epic in its own right. This was a record designed for success.
The Oiltanker side is a continuation of that crust-core sound-rolling drum beat, equal sounding guitars and bass, and raspy hardcore shouts. It isn’t innovative or progressive, but it kept my attention for the duration. All the songs were pretty good- worth streaming / downloading, at least. If you like heavy crust or have been a fan of OILTANKER before, you won’t be disappointed. NO TOMORROW’s side is a mix of DISCHARGE, TRAGEDY, and I can even hear a slight AGNOSTIC FRONT influence (Victim in Pain/ Cause for Alarm era). I do want to like this- I really do. However, the bass sound is almost overwhelming, and the guitar is hard to hear, given that the band seems to do the “wall of sound” style (that being guitars tuned down, bass amped up, and drums in a mid-tempo sort of beat). Some like that sound, but I like to hear the guitars as a separate part of the music (to the band’s credit, they do have a couple break-off points where they have a separate guitar track that?s much more distinct). Also, the mid-tempo beat of this throughout can get dreary after a while. Not “bad” per se, but I didn’t get overly excited.
Overall, a decent split, with OILTANKER being the better side. I’d say stream this first, and it’s likely a case of genre music for genre people. I like the mixing job on the this record, too; props to the audio engineer.
Here is what I expect to get as a profane reviewer some nice heavy metal/crust jams that will make me want to head bang. With that said here is a demo from A NEW DAWN very nice name and very heavy tracks it first starts off with a well put together intro and if you know me I’m not a big fan of intros or outros but this is an exception this is an amazing Intro then it gets right down and dirty into some explosive riffs and growling vocals this would be a great addition to the Profane label sounds like a breath of fresh air to a lot of the stuff out there right now as I sit here and listen to this it reminds me a lot of locals KONTRASEKT and maybe a little dose of DRESDEN thrown in there. Also when ever you put out a demo and send it to get reviewed it helps if you have some gnarly packaging which this does it’s a screened printed cloth cover sewn together to make a cd case with which is very cool. Appearance goes along way with me and this is very appealing to the eyes and it helps that the tracks are awesome. Go follow the link below for a FREE download or go grab a hard copy which I’m glad I have. (Bezerker)