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.
This record is a debut full-length and an immediate classic. It begins with the punchy anthem, “What a Shame”, and moves onto the blustery ska piece “Castle in the Sky.” The musical tracks are characterized by unexpected turns of phrases; strong, walking bass lines that are complemented by guitar work ranging from melodic (“Light Rail”) to full-out hardcore (“Stronghold”) and tight drumming throughout. Floating over the controlled musical chaos underneath, the vocals are tough and catchy. “Gun Show” is an inventive call and response between two vocalists. The first side ends with “Moving Pictures”, which is not one of the strongest songs on the record, but provides a refreshingly slower pace to the rest of the songs. The second side continues the theme of interweaving catchy songs like “Light Rail” and “It Will Not Be Moved”, with outright hardcore ones like “Dissolve”. Unsurprisingly, the recording is characterized by insightful lyrics that address themes of social injustice and personal alienation. You will, undoubtedly, be tempted to compare this record to Jesse Michaels’ earlier band which shall remain unnamed, but it stands proudly on its own. This is a must-own if you don’t have it already. (Frank-n-Kamala)
Asian Man Records / PO Box 35585 / Monte Sereno, CA / 95030
What I absolutely love most about this release (besides being an amazing example of DIY ethic) is that instead of just including lyrics in the sleeve, they are made into a full booklet size black and white cut and paste style ‘zine. This is the second release he’s done this way and it’s a winning format. It starts with two pages of intro banter and info, then leads into 11 pages of lyrics for the 14 songs with all sorts of pictures and drawings filling out the pages. Then there’s a piece on making reusable pads as an alternative to the bleached cotton pads/tampons offered by shitty companies, political rants and wraps up with a piece on finding true happiness. Better than a standard lyric sheet any day. The music is really catchy acoustic folk punk that is a little Billy Bragg and part Jon the Baker with a Cometbus feel overall. There are love songs, drinking songs, songs about shitty abusive cops and even the American scheme. Hope in hopeless times appears to be the underlying theme throughout here. It’s more realistic that idealistic, which is kinda nice. Maybe I’m just an old crank, but overly optimistic bands can drive me crazy and often make me think that those folks live in some weird bubble. This seems to have a really good balance between “chin up” and “we’re totally fucked”. I’m slowly becoming more of a fan of folk punk. (Jake)
Wilted Rose Distro c/o Mark Leonard / 38 Rt. 2 / Preston, CT 06365
ACXDC is name I have been familiar with for some time but have never really listened to them until now. They are stalwarts of the DIY scene in LA have been since 2003. Fierce! This band is fierce! They attack like a swarm of possessed wasps ready to sting and sting and sting again. Wasps can be violent. I once dug up a wasp nest they was a foot and half deep into the ground and about six inches wide. The sting happy insects unleashed their violence on me and stung me seventeen times (even though I had taken precautions) before I was able to fully eradicate their wretched next. And again like a swarm of angry wasps the violence rips my speakers as the insane vocals trade off between a screech and growl. This record is pure angry violence as the mix is somewhat lacking but the vehement energy makes up for any short comings of the mix. The lyrics are dumb and explore an array of silly topics like and Ode to John Ritter, rantings about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even a song about Chewbacca. From what I can tell these dudes are straight-edge and satanic. They proclaim themselves as “Anti-Christ Demon Core”…There you have it. So now that I have been exposed to ACXDC and their furious barrage of viciousness I can imagine that they just flat out destroy it in the live setting. Power-violence or extreme grind-core, call it whatever you want…This is some sick shit! (Josh Mosh)
To Live A Lie Records c/o Will Butler / 2825 Van Dyke Avenue / Raleigh, NC 27607
Being a GG Allin fan and scum punk rock n’ roll in general I felt this was right up my alley. The cover has a low quality picture of the band with a guy that from a distance sort of resembles GG Allin. The music is exactly what one thinks of with this genre. Its simplistic and overdiven with fuzz giving it a lo-fi sound to it. Honestly anything else wouldn’t do. The songs are fairly short and enjoyable. Thankfully there doesn’t seem to have the undertones of misogyny that a lot of these bands tend to exhibit. Nor does it have the violent lyrics that have popped up due to GG Allin’s success. Don’t get me wrong as I do enjoy GG but every band that has a similar sound doesn’t also have to try to ride his coattails lyrically as well. Lyrically it actually is closer to pop punk which is a nice change of pace. I appreciate what they are doing. They are playing music they love without trying to hard to gain an audience. Anybody looking for some rock n’ roll punk would feel right at home with these guys and would definitely enjoy a spin or two of this record. (Travis Assault)
Mystery School Recordsemail@example.com/ www.mysteryschoolrecords.com
Being fairly picky with my fringe genres of punk and hardcore I was a bit skeptical of this band. From the first song I got a very post-hardcore/ post-punk/ noise-rock vibe from them. IT felt like they may have had some influence from bands like DRIVE LIKE JEHU or SONIC YOUTH and the like. Unlike a lot of the other bands influenced by them, they did not get heavier but actually a bit more noisy. The songs are fairly short with a noise edge to them. I did thoroughly enjoy this record in spite of my normal distaste for the genre. Something about the songs made them listenable and enjoyable to kick back and enjoy a glass of beer with friends. His vocals fit the band and what actually reminded me of DRIVE LIKE JEHU so much. His cracking voice overlaying the noisy background just melded so well that I found myself hard pressed to dislike the band. It isn’t something I would put on everyday personally but fans of this style may keep this on their turntable for a few spins before putting it into normal rotation. Was it a perfect record? It had its moments where I was less than enthused to be listening to it. In the end though it is was just small things that didn’t impede my listening pleasure for the duration of this record. Another thing about this record worth mentioning is the booklet that comes with it. Its a six page booklet including lyrics and some explanations. It is a nice addition to an overall good record and giving value to their music as well. (Travis Assault)
86’d Records/ PO Box 501/ East Setauket, NY/ 11733/
From the bizarre cover to the fonts used on the record, it was was pretty apparent that I was in for some new school styled hardcore. Despite this being the case, it is unfair to label them as such. They do have some punk and metal parts mixed in for good measure and the music is heavy but there is something a little different with these guys. The music is heavy and fast just the way it should be and the breakdowns are actually expertly intertwined with the song so it doesn’t get in the way or take away from the rest of the song. My problem with this style is that a lot of times it becomes extremely boring after two or three songs due to the songs sounding too similar and the songs feel like parts that just lead to breakdown after breakdown. This didn’t happen with this record. The songs are different enough and enjoyable enough to not fall victim to this. It does only have five tracks so a full length could potentially succumb to these problems but with the quality of what is here I doubt it. One of the greatest things about this record is the use of melodies through out the songs. They use melodic licks over the heavy riffs to get an excellent sound. These songs are not just heavy for the sake of being heavy but works of art..hardcore art! As with most bands the vocals make or break them. The vocalist belts it out with a distinct craft that its hard not to enjoy these guys. This is for fans of heavy music in general but fans of TRADGEDY will absolutely love these guys. Do yourself a favor and listen to such an awesome band. (Travis Assault)
What Happened to the Reason For Screaming Records/ Portlandsvej 34A / DK-2300 Copenhagen S / Denmark//
This band has greatly improved since the Armageddon Won’t Be Brought By Gods… 7” and the Greenwashing LP (I haven’t listened to the split with OI POLLOI). This took the heavy from heavy metal and the punk from punk rock and made quite a concoction- the guitars are doomy thrash punk, drums and bass beat-keeping instruments, and the vocals are mostly snarling shrilly shouts from Sarah, with some contributions from guitarist Chris. Though less anthemic in nature than some of A.T.U.’s previous songs, these tunes still kill- this is some real ripping crust (in fact, it might be accurate to think of the band as a punkier HELLBASTARD, as though that band decided to be more influenced by punk than by metal). The lyrics are very pointed left-wing punxiness- well-penned, but not deviant from the usual Profane Existence type stuff. Still, the riffs and beats in “The End of Complacency” are enough to keep me headbanging and jumping off tables (and other elevated surfaces); intellectually, it’s enough to keep me intrigued and interested in the band for a while. Very recommended. -Aunty Social
Profane Existence Records/ PO Box 18051 / Minneapolis, MN 55418
I really like this CD. It threw me for a loop the first time I listened. It’s like 90’s crust on the bass, with SoCal singing and skaterock guitar. I think it’s awesome!!! The bass is really heavy and they even cover Slave To Convention by DOOM. This 3 piece from Holland even samples David Icke and Alex Jones. Lyrically it’s about religion, government, animal cruelty and the like. They have been around since 96’ with different line-ups. I bet they are a blast to see live. You should definitely get this. (Matt) www.fokkum.nl
This is the first solo project from Tom 77 who formerly sang for the Czech band NO SYMPATHY. I tossed it on while I was building shelves in the basement and after about the fifth track I realized that I had gotten totally lost in it and played it over and over again. Even though it’s not sung in English, each song seemed completely familiar like I’d been listening to them for years. Most of them are mid to fast paced with a few slower tracks thrown in to mix things up. While the writing has some similarities, each song has a different style ranging from country-influenced punk to bluesy rock, but all in a poppy folk punk acoustic style. It’s not too often that I really like folk punk (sorry, I realize that seems a little closed minded, but some of it is just boring), but the writing is fresh and interesting with lots of heart and talent. Though all the lyrics are printed in the sleeve, they aren’t in English so I can’t tell you the subject matter. Not sure if it’s related, but the cover art is rough sketch painting of a man standing in front of a ratty post industrial landscape. (Jake)
PHR Records / www.phr.cz
Here we have hometown heroes BLACK BREATH with their 3rd Lp. The darlings of Seattle. Amazing d-beat/metal crossover. Really nice guys. Where to begin??!! This has been a tough one to review. Listened to this a few times, went and saw them with NASUM, listened a few more times, then played for the roommates. Conclusion…..they have progressed into WAY more of a metal band. The black metal guitars and drum triggers have prevailed. This is by no means a bad album but, a departure from the first two in the sense that the black metal is in high dosage. The songs have so much going on in them that it’s confusing to figure out what they are going for. Like they are cramming so much stuff in each song because they can and not because it should be there. It is a tight album. Everything is perfectly timed and has a great production sound. I guess this was bound to happen. Most of you will probably love this. I do like it but, I wish they had kept with some more of their d-beat/metal aspects of the previous two albums than the scandi-black metal sound they are trying for on this effort. My criticisms aside it really is a tight album. It just wont get as much play as the other two. (Matt)
Southern Lord Records // http://www.southernlord.com/band_BB.php