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 email@example.com.
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
This has a little bit of everything going on!!!! You have the female singer (great by the way), triple vocals, thrash, punk, Mexican grind, crust, and just straight metal. At times it’s too much. For the most part it works though. They have a little EKKAI going on and the singer sometimes reminds me of CRIATURA. Then you get the BRUJERIA style vocals come in and the grind/metal aspect and it seems to take away from the other stuff. I have listened to it a few times. It grows on you after a bit. Not bad for a demo. I’m sure they will come into their own, if they haven’t already. This was done in 07’. I think the members are from Colombia and Spain. (Matt)
This appears to be a sort of unofficial release in order to have something on hand during a tour. Not sure if the songs are new or if this is like a “best of” sort of deal to try to best showcase the bands sound, but there seems to be an older version of this from 2011 released as an EP. Either way, this disc is really good! As each song played, I was brought back to the mid ‘90s when political crust was totally raging. Bands like DISTRAUGHT, ANTI-PRODUCT, MANKIND? and even some earlier bands like FILTH and SPITBOY came to mind. While they could have gotten away with singing about getting wasted and mindlessly fucking shit up, the lyrics go the route of serious politics, going after horrible social issues like people who stay in abusive relationships and defend their abusers and punk rock scenester bullshit. Also gotta love a band that writes about things that make you learn. Their song September Dawn is about the Mountain Meadows Massacre that was carried out by Mormons who attacked a wagon train of immigrants from Arkansas who were on their way to California in 1857. Maybe this story was common knowledge, but I found it to be pretty interesting. While I dig the fold out poster style lyric sheet smattered with band photos and flyers, having all of this in a sleeve of some sort would have made storage a bit easier. All in all, this band kills it. (Jake)
GENEREATION DECLINE c/o Andy More / 209 Lebo Blvd / Bremerton, WA 98310 Generationdecline.bandcamp.com
Here we have GUIDE from Tennessee with a 6 song 7” called Bastard. They have a thrashy, grindy, HIS HERO IS GONE sorta sound going on. The songs on side A seem to all meld into one and are along the trashier, grindy style. Side B is has the more chugga, low end HIS HERO IS GONE style. This was pretty good. I was expecting total distortion blown out stuff here. The packaging is pretty cool with a fold open sleeve and a pocket insert. Haven’t seen that before. Comes with an insert with band/label info. No lyrics. This is worth a listen. (Matt)
I have very mixed feelings about this and almost didn’t review it, but I’m not here to make decisions for people, just to give honest reviews. This is three-piece from Maryland and it’s put together really well. There’s a free sticker and I’m a fan of the minimal packaging, avoiding any unnecessary crap that might detract from the overall experience. The recording is crisp and the levels perfect adding a nice kick to the RAMONES influenced rock and roll style. Lyrically the band goes less in the direction of straight-forward politics and leans heavily towards the real life experience side of things. Up to this point, I’m totally on board and thoroughly enjoy this release. The issue I take with the lyrics comes with using the word gay in a derogatory manner. I’m not the PC police by any means, but I’d like to think that the punk community would be above the social bullshit that is such a problem in mainstream culture and we should at least keep an open dialogue about these issues, if not flat out call each other out in these situations. My other gripe is with the song The Emo Lesbian Connection where the chorus states that a big reason that so many women are homosexual is due to the fact that emo boys aren’t manly enough. I realize that a large part of the population believes that sexual orientation is a choice, and for some folks that may be the case, though many would argue that it’s who you are from birth. Punk shouldn’t have boundaries or limitations put on it, which is why I chose to review this CD and leave you to decide whether or not you want to pay the $10 for it. I’m all for freedom of expression, but I also rather listen music that doesn’t refer to sexual orientation in a negative fashion. (Jake) http://www.soulfulaggression.com
It would seem that something has sent out a call throughout the universe
that is bringing bands out of hibernation. Among bands like ANTISECT,
AMEBIX and DEVIATED INSTINCT is the noisy as all hell RANCID HELL SPAWN.
After 16 years of inactivity, Charlie Chainsaw has decided that it’s a
good time to assault the world with another 7” with four tracks that are
so drowned in distortion that you could almost get away with playing it at
any speed you wanted to and still get the desired effect. The best way I
could describe the sound is KK NULL covering the Ramones. Once you adjust
to how noisy it is, you’ll realize how melodic the writing actually is. As
far as I can tell this is a one-man project utilizing old school
electronic drum technology. I can’t find much information to share about
this except for a discography. There’s no lyrics in the sleeve or on line
that I can find, but the album photos and song titles are pretty
interesting. If you’re into that lo-fi oldschool noise sound, then this is
your thing. Whether or not there are more releases depends on if this one
sells. The power is in your wallet! (Jake)
Wrench Records / PO Box 67353 London N8 1BQ / England//
This split is very well matched up with two bands from Portland with
slightly different approaches to good political punk. ABOLITIONIST chose
The Bucket Brigade Kills from their It Used to Rain LP. It’s mid paced,
melodic and super catchy. There’s a certain quality to it that brings to
mind an early eighties skate rock sound like T.S.O.L., AGENT ORANGE OR THE
DAMNED. The lyrics are simple enough to stick in your, but are deep and
thoughtful so while you’re singing along they sort of open up and stick in
the back of your mind. I’ve also read a rumor recently that Chad (co-owner
of Food Fight, an all vegan grocery store, is now in the band). On the
flipside is FOOLS RUSH. At first glance you can tell that they’re full of
youthful spirit. The artwork is a drawing of a shaggy haired kid with a
patch-covered backpack full of fliers holding a staple gun. Then, when the
needle hits the record, the feeling is confirmed. Their sound draws
heavily from the young activist folk punk sound that spread like wildfire
a few years back. The vocals even sound a lot like DEFIANCE OHIO, but
backed by jangley
electric guitar and mid paced drumming that almost feels intentionally
slightly sloppy to add emotional intensity. The lyrics are more aggressive
than the music, but fit really well. Every time I put this on I just keep
flipping it over and over. This moldy splattered avocado vinyl is limited
to 300 and comes with digital download codes. (Jake)
1859 Records / www.facebook.com/1859Records
Grindcore is one of those musical genres that seem to have limitless
possibilities, which can make for some very interesting releases since
there are far less limitations than other genres have. These guys have
added their interpretation of the sound by using only drums and keyboards
creating an instrumental sound that is fun, yet still on the harsh side.
Most of the grind bands that I’ve heard that go this minimal are
disgusting digi or pornogrind bands, but fortunately that’s not the case
here. The front cover has a very soft lit shot of a lingerie clad woman
posing with a keyboard, while the back has a cat “giving up the goat”
while playing a keytar and live shots are included on the inside. This was
obviously a fun side project that was encouraged by one Rob Hanna. We’ve
got Luke Lapants on keyboard and Ben Wah on drums ripping out 5 melodic
and chaotic instrumentals. There are only 200 of these gems pressed and
the only way you’ll get mine is if you have a camo neck through ESP Viper
to trade and even then you’d better be a sweet talker! This is no PHOBIA
or NAPALM DEATH, but it’s a nice disc to have around to switch things up.
$5 ppd and email Ben for a download. (Jake)
Ben Wah hippiesinflames (AT) hotmail.com
From sacred grounds do these dudes come. Yes, from the birth place of BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST comes SCARRED SOCIETY. Calling Birmingham England home is about the only thing these guys have in common with the aforementioned bands. SCARRED SOCIETY plays straight up hardcore punk that borrows slightly from the world of metal but really can’t be considered a metal/punk band and certainly cannot be tagged with the “crossover” tag. They are too far entrenched in the punk rock camp for that tag to stick even though they do remind me of the EXPLOITED (with far more intelligent and thought out lyrics) at times. They abrasive punk rock assault might bring to mind a slightly less spastic TOXIC NARCOTIC or maybe even the PIST. Bill from TN is the fucking ‘A’ master of rhyming lyrics but this dude Paul from SCARED SOCIETY is no slacker! He gets in there and gets shit done. The anger and frustration with this whole fucking mess that we are all wrapped up in comes through as he spits out every single word. And I mean “spits”. He’s spitting mad! I bet he gets the mic all slimey and shit so that the bands after them at a gig are grossed out by it! LOL! I can just see the spit flying! The whole ordeal with the dude from NEUROSIS doing the Scion thing caused quite a stir. Most of us are very protective our culture and our scene and when we feel like someone only used our DIY culture as a stepping stone we take offense. The song ‘Corp-Core’ tackles the subject of using DIY as a spring board. Sure maybe you’ll sell a few more records and get your message out there (Isn’t that what those bands always say? They want to reach a wider audience…) but you’ll do so while selling your soul and turning your back on the very people that got you to where you are. We saw a lot of that in the 90’s didn’t we? Debt is the modern slavery designed for ensnaring the poor and debt collectors are a sick bi-product existing only to harass the common and man and degrade them. An interesting song topic that SCARRED SOCIETY dives into with the song ‘Chain of Debt’. The album cover is kind of EXPLOITEDish even with some punk zombies eating some poor fucker…Pretty cool…I like it, these guys pass the acid test. Check’ em out! (JoshMosh)
Finding this 7” in the mailbox was quite a nice surprise, since this is
the first I’ve heard of them after reviewing their CD What Remains a few
issues back. It would seem that they’ve hit their stride with their own
style of epic crusty thrash laced up with haunting melodies. While this is
still intensely fierce, there is a cohesion that is most likely the result
of time and experience that sets this release ahead. The writing seems to
have matured a bit and Sunrise in Ashes is perfect example. The song kicks
off with short bursts of guitar paired with desperate howls of “This must
be stopped. All this must crumble.”, then a quick tap on the snare and the
entire band bursts in with blasting fury and dissonant chords, then
repeat, but with the next lyric. They manage to build up a tremendous
amount of anticipation in just a few short seconds that could have easily
been wasted had the structure not been set up perfectly. Each of the four
songs has been written much more thoughtfully this time around creating
the perfect atmosphere to deliver their demands to everyone to get our
shit together as a species so that we might slow the damage we’re doing to
the planet and subsequently each other. I almost want to call it
apocalyptic post-crust. Is that even a thing? (Jake)
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