HANGED, DRAWN AND QUARTERED is one of the newer albums in the PROFANE EXISTENCE store (3 vinyl copies available at time of review), received via trade from a French label RAVACHOL PRODUCTIONS / SVOBODA RECORDS. This outfit from France formed in 2011 and currently reside in Besancon, a city in eastern France about 30 or so miles from the Switzerland border. The lyrics comment on corrupt politicians, false satanists, drinking beer, puking beer out of your ass, refusal of working so you can get drunk all day, and then again more satanism. The band seem like a bunch of mean rowdy drunks that get off on being “more evil than thou”. Vocals hit the mid and deep range, and musically, this is all out crusty thrash metal with dual guitars and a very competent drummer. HDQ is their first full length effort, and they’ve already got a split 7″ out with LUST FOR DEATH, a new band, also from France. Check out the split if you like BLACK CODE, it’s in the same style but with a more recognizable crust punk based beat, and the EP is 14 + minutes long! all material can be accessed through the bandcamp page.
Buy HANGED, DRAWN AND QUARTERED directly from the Profane Existence store! quote from PE: “BLACK CODE are a dark and heavy hardcore band from France. For fans of bands like BLACK BREATH, TRAGEDY, and MASSAKARI. They feature members of HUMAN COMPOST.”
PROFANE EXISTENCE: http://profaneexistence.com/#!/~/product/id=28437769
BLACK CODE: blackcode.bandcamp.com
Four songs of sludge from Cincinatti rage through a half hour of bliss for metal heads with an affinity for long songs. All songs featured on this album are 7:45 or longer, with the exception of title track Colony Of Machines. The aforementioned is merely a relaxing interlude between mammoth assaults of sludge that characterize this album.. really more like a segue into the last song, or if this was put on vinyl it would act as an introduction to the B-side. MOLLUSK is comprised of two members, one of which is credited with drums / vocals, but the level of musicianship on this album shows what monumental feats a two piece can do. I cant really describe this as a vision from the guy credited with strings (guitar & bass), because the album wouldn’t flow without the drums. Truly, the drumming going on here is what keeps this monster of sound from slowly drowning in the murky waters of ambiance that the melodies provide. Gruff shouted out vocals that are rather generic in style emanate from only the compositions on the first half of this cd, the other half being purely instrumental. Lyrics are neither provided on the bandcamp page or in the cd, so its anyones guess what the duo sing about. Judging from the music, I’d say they deal with the decay of society into the quagmire of filth that flows through the sewers of our cities like black blood through someones veins. It’s not really the lyrical content that the band is going for, but more for the mood and feeling that the musical mixture of distorted melodies and surging drums provides for the listener. Highly recommended for those who like long sludge metal songs with a heavy slab of doom thrown in for good measure. Not for everyone.Recorded at Candyland Studio by Mike Montgomery during the Spring of 2013. Expect a sticker with purchase of CD. or you can download for free from bandcamp.
Upon receiving this book, in all honesty, I had not a clue who this band was. I also had never read a Songbook from a band, nor did I know they even existed to this extent. The book, as a whole, was quirky,amusing, and at times I found myself thinking “Did I read that correctly?”. How anyone could come up with some of the concepts featured in their songs, nonetheless some of the wording that was used, was both intriguing and mind-boggling all at once. What I enjoyed most about this songbook was that it wasn’t just a songbook. It went well beyond lyrics and/or how to (kind of) play some of the songs. The Bobby Joe Ebola Songbook dedicates a decent amount of book space to member history, introductions to each separate grouping of songs per chapter, and occasionally a Pop-Quiz related to knowledge about the bands releases as well as their history as a band in general. I really enjoyed reading this songbook mostly because it was something I wasn’t used to reading. I had gained an opportunity to read something out of my element and I’d consider it a success. From what I have gathered, Dan Abbott and Corbett Redford have experienced some serious shit and used their experiences to create what is Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children Macnuggits. If you enjoy twisted and quirky poetry/songwriting, this book is definitely up your alley. (XurkelX)
This new band from the southern parts of Finland plays hardcore Scandinavian Punk rock. The members are each from different southern towns in the country, but it seems like the band maybe centered in Helsinki, the capitol of Finland. The guitar has a massive sound and flies through riffs at a buzz saw speed while the drums keep the circle pit a movin. Fem vocals emanate from a scratchy throat with a “no bullshit no compromise” attitude that keeps things fun yet serious. Chorus parts sometimes have the whole band singing along, which fills out the wall of sound approach, and provides a fun atmosphere. Rare guitar solos pan from one ear to the other side while the bass keeps the melodic structure flowing, then both come racing back to keep up the punch n drunk distortion. The last song Ylivallan Orja has a poppy chorus with what sounds like 10 people singing, and just makes one wanna pogo (yeah I know, cheesy, but eat my shit anyways). This is that kind of punk: good to listen to, good to dance to, dont give a fuck who ya slam into cos its all in good fun. This well done debut was officially released the beginning of November last year (2012), and the bandcamp page includes 3 songs that aren’t on the bombastic 7″. All songs are available for free download, but as always, if ya like it and and can afford to buy it, you should!
This trio powerhouse from Atlanta Georgia just recently formed in 2012 out of the ashes of previous ATL bands, including DISABLE. Turn A Blind Eye consists of 4 well produced punk rock anthems expressing their dissatisfaction with American society. The record opens with sounds taken from a police protest rally, and segues into the song Above The Law, an anti-cop ballad for the masses. The record closes with an instrumental guitar track which acts as a eulogy for the depressive song Rope’s End. In between is the street punk style hardcore melee that is DERNIER COMBAT. Heavily distorted guitar and bass layered over a rock steady beat that throws in lotsa fills and time changes. Production is crystal clear and as heavy as lead itself. Vocals are straight forward shouted out punk rock that reminds one of late 80’s hardcore. Musical influence ranges from POISON IDEA to ANTI-CIMEX, and lyrics deal with corrupt politicians, suicide, and depression caused by the ‘fucked up state’ we live in. Recorded / produced by the bands guitarist / singer and released on their own label Baby on Board Recs. Vinyl 7″ is limited to 300 copies of hand numbered ruby red wax. Download card / password included for track by track mp3 version of this great record. Digital package includes four cover songs, including such widely known bands as CHAOS UK and POISON IDEA. Make sure to get your filthy hands on this release, cos this is a hot record from the dirty south!
DERNIER COMBAT: http://derniercombat.bandcamp.com/
BABY ON BOARD RECS: http://babyonboardrecords.bandcamp.com/
Without hesitation on seeing this beautiful primal aesthetic cover, I had to stick it on. A hand-screened foldout cover with a twenty page booklet of lyrics and lyric explanations is great material to flick through while listening to an album. Asfixia from Bilbao (Basque country) are powerful yet sublime. They have this really raw crisp sound, dark and melodic at times with great rasping vocals. But now unfortunately are split up since 2007. Also included on this is a great version of the song ‘Product’ by the old German crust band Lost World.
Annunaki Revenge who are on the next side are also from the Basque country. Their side consists of six songs of crusty hardcore with gruff vocals. They but me in mind at times of the ferocious crusty Greek punk of the early nineties/late eighties. Then other times it can be very melodic but still very intense. As far as I’m aware they sing impassionately of the absence of hope in modern life. The release is a benefit for an anarchist printing collective based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque country. Released by Stonehenge Records and Contraszt! Records
Contraszt! Records Bandcamp: http://diyordie.bandcamp.com/album/asfixia-annunaki-revenge-split-lp
SOMALI PIRATES are a humorous tongue in cheek band from sunny San Diego California. On this record, they compile the four best songs and put them all on one 45rpm 7″. This booze swillin, all night patyin bunch of rock n roll rebels know what to do, and they do it well. The music on this is catchy punk rock n roll with good melodies and a steady vocal presence. These punx just play good ol fashioned rock n roll with no pretense and no judgement – except to the posers! With songs such as Pay Me Or You Die, or Stay Strapped, SOMALI PIRATES brings the party thrash to mix with issues that make you think, like booses you most likely hate, and corrupt politicians. This EP comes with song explanations to keep it simple, stickers, and a digital download card. Released on Camel Clutch Records
AIE is from Slovakia and play pure unadulterated grindcore. there are no melodies here, just music written to be played fast and loud. Short and to the point. ALEA IACTA EST bring 5 original songs, plus a cover of “human trafficking” by INSECT WARFARE. Lyrics are political in nature featuring short sentences with big ideas. Translated into Slovak, English, and I think Czech (?), they definitely want the audience to know exactly what they are saying. First song has a noisy intro, and then nothing but brutal assault follows. recorded April 2013.
CONTROLLED EXISTENCE is from Prague, Czech Republic, and manage to fit 8 crusty power violence songs on their side. Lyrics are a mix of Czech (?) and either Italian or Spanish, not sure which. No English translations on this side, which is a shame for under – educated Amerikans such as myself. Songs all stick to the same style, mid range vocals, lots of chaotic speed amongst groove laden riffs. Songs recorded February 2013.
This split is 14 tracks of total fury in about the same number of minutes. Definitely recommended for fans of power violence / grindcore and guaranteed to please.
CONTACT THE BANDS HERE:
CONTROLLED EXISTENCE: http://controlledexistence.bandcamp.com/
ALEA IACTA EST: http://aleaiactaest.bandcamp.com/
A co – release between these labels:
SEKAC RECORDS: http://www.bandzone.cz/pechsekac
CANCHIS – CANCHIS RECORDS: http://email@example.com
NH DIY ST RECORDS: nhdiystrec.free.fr
CoT is a fem fronted 5 piece blackened crust band from El Paso Texas. There isn’t much punk at all with this outfit, apart from the red / anarchist message. ISKRA call themselves anarchist metal, and this outfit isn’t far from that description. The demo package for this CD is awesome and totally DIY. Even the CD itself has the album cover printed onto the top with a glossy finish. To Serve Man is 7 tracks (two of which open and close the album with no lyrics) played out in a little bit more than 30 minutes. Recorded and released in 2012, by Culture War Distro. The lyrics, just like the art, are anti – Christian in general, and talk about body politics and street riots in particular. Two of the songs are entirely sung in Spanish, true to nature as some of the members are of Hispanic origin. Their latest effort is a split release with a power violence band from Phoenix called Biocidio.
The opening track, Twilight of Capitalism 2, is a 3 minute instrumental prelude of the anarchist crust to come. The guitar plays a repetitive minor key riff amidst sounds of urban unrest and general chaos, most likely caused by civil warfare. Lots of sound samples keep it interesting for the 3:20, and ends with a crowd chanting for either peace or freedom.
Bottomless Execration comes next and instantly brings the black metal inspired crust that will play out through the rest of this album. Minor key riffage on dual guitars, truly off the wall drumming that fully drowns itself in the art of blst beats, and reverb on the screeched out vocals. COMMUNION OF THIEVES truly is a force to be reckoned with. Beauty Beyond An Image slows the pace a bit, but just to make it more clearly emotional and melodic without losing the aggression. Innocencia Interrumptida quickly returns to blast beat black metal form. The acoustic intro for Black Earth is great, and the basic guitar pattern is used a lot through the rest of the song, albeit faster and distorted. Pasos Libres is definitely one of the best musical compositions, there’s a lot of rage seething to escape, and after it is released, it gets washed into the drainage ditch with a thunderstorm, which ends up cleansing the listener in a rain storm with acoustic guitars before this beast is put to rest.
This demo is amazing and has top – notch production but retains a dusty feeling from the desert. Although I thought this album would be very difficult to improve upon, you should really check out the new material on their bandcamp page, since they were able to do just that.
COMMUNION OF THIEVES facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Communion-of-Thieves/150111081711829
COMMUNION OF THIEVES bandcamp: http://communionofthieves.bandcamp.com/
This crusty California split 7” brings 4 songs from each band on a raging blue marble slab o’ wax. Blood Shot and Dilated play some crusty D – Beat influenced punk that maintains some hardcore and death metal elements. With dual (and sometimes triple) vocals with an overly competent drummer, there is just no stopping this East Bay band. The guitar and bass throw in a touch of emotion and lots of thrash attack mixed with a hint of black riffage. The drums easily hit the speed of death / black metal, and recoil back in time to maintain the base speed. Their last song, Bite The Hand, reminds me a bit of melodic Scandi – crust.
Blood Stained Reality comes from the sunny streets of San Diego, but you wouldn’t know it by the sound. The vocals are bigger and more liquor stained, unlike B&D who tend to scream a bit much. Also, the metal influence is gone, replaced with only pure SoCal punk. While there is no emotive or really even melodic approach, there is significant groove and a few breakdowns thrown in for good measure. Neither band sing about anything new or earth – shaking, but they team up for a great split on this release and compliment each other well.
7” limited to 500 copies, this one at least, is on blue marble. A co – release from a couple small time labels, and recorded in 2012 in East Palo Alto California.
BLOODSHOT & DILATED: http://bloodshotanddilated.com/
BLOOD STAINED REALITY: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Stained-Reality/137260749645953
DEATH PUNX DISTRO: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DEATH-PUNX-DISTRO/320603784712431
PLASTIC FACT RECORDS: https://www.facebook.com/PlasticFactRecords
SUBURBAN WHITETRASH RECORDS: http://www.suburbanwhitetrashrecords.com/