Stolen Kidneys is a relatively new garage / psychedelic punk band from Finland, and this record ep was released August of 2013. Here we have 3 new songs in just over 10 minutes on a heavy slab o wax that says play at 33rpm, but should be 45rpm. The lyrics cover topics such as corporate greed, and being trapped by material possessions in your apartment. Musically, hopping drums keep an odd time signature, while the guitar and bass play cold riffs. The riffs aren’t melodic, more like knife chops through meat. The heavily distorted sound can drown out parts of the drums at times, and some parts get really chaotic. The singer basically just shouts out urgent messages while trying to keep time with the music, not very original in my opinion. The opening of side B (omnipresence) reminds me of a Dead Kennedys song, but I forgot which one. The music is very choppy and goes right with the beat, before eventually going into a psychedelic breakdown, followed by loads of feedback before eventually spacing out. Both sides of this record end in the same manner, being overwhelmed by feedback and noise, and then just passing out into unconsciousness.
STOLEN KIDNEYS bandcamp: http://stolenkidneys.bandcamp.com/
Originally formed in 2007 to be a Totalitar cover band, Morkt Kapittel from Trondheim Norway realized they had too many ideas to just be a cover band. Gro Igjen is their second effort released May 2013. Their first release, a S/T 7” was released April 2010. With a matured sound, and 4 songs in 14 minutes, this record stands by itself. This all white one sided LP has the cover art (a parachute dog) laser etched onto the B-side. Very impressive, must have cost a bit to release, definitely a treat for the fans. The gate fold sleeve opens up to reveal more art and lyrics written exclusively in Norwegian, with no translations available.
Morkt Kapittel plays melodic crust punk, currently a favorite among masses worldwide, and especially in Scandinavia. The sound can be described as somewhere between the crust of Wolfbrigade and the melody of To What End?, with lots of twists in between. The sound on this recording is more melodic than on the 7”, but still keeps the edge. With excellent guitar melodies, top – notch drumming, competent bass and a strong vocal presence, this band shows a lot of talent, which may help make them big within the European scene.
MORKT KAPITTEL : http://morktkapittel.com/
PRIMARY STRESS is a two member all girl band from Halifax Nova Scotia that play an aggressive form of blackened D-Beat. The music starts with acoustic prelude before without warning being thrown into a blackened pit of D-Beat style distortion. One womyn has harsh vocals that go well with the music, the other one reminds me a lot of when the drummer from GALLHAMMER tries to sing – not great. Musically they play their instruments very well, and I like the heavy blackened D-Beat crust vibe that I get. if I’d have to recommend one thing, teach the girl that doesnt sing too great that the high pitched singing should be on the way out. Very good otherwise.
This demo is 4 songs in about 16 minutes with interesting poetic lyrics on an introspective bent. One song, Corridor, has a great emotive opening riff, and then sings about finding a dead mangled and tortured dog in a trash bag in a Houston back alley.
These girls are avid supporters of Profane Existence, and apparently have an extensive collection of such said releases. Demo tape limited to 100 copies, but is totally worth purchasing. they spent some time on this, so donate a couple bucks for their efforts.
This CD is a compilation of everything YATTAI have released from birth all the way up to but not including Fast Music Means Love. That’s everything from the 2005 demo CD-R to 2010’s split with TREPAN DEAD. This discography disc was due out Spring 2013 along with their latest effort afore-mentioned Fast Music…
The Discography moves backward in time, from most recent to earliest material, and all of the songs are fast, brutal, and employ liberal usage of the blast beat syndrome. Although all the songs are decent within the grindcore genre, and most have a recognizable groove, I prefer the earliest recordings. The early songs aren’t necessarily longer than the majority of the recent ones, but provide a looser more thrashy death metal style, as opposed to just playing as fast as they can and trying to rip the listeners face off with their grind.
YATTAI are very good at what they do, and any grind head will love their more than competent style.
Yattai bandcamp / facebook: http://www.yattai.bandcamp.com
Inhuman Homicide Records: http://inhumanhomicide.free.fr
Teriak Records: http://www.teriakrecords.com
YATTAI are from Angouleme France and are veterans of their underground scene, having played more than 100 shows since the inception of their “uncompromised grindcore” monster. While playing wickedly brutal anti-melodies, YATTAI claim to be spreading positive energy and attempt to remind people that there’s more to life than just drinking and music.
stream of consciousness response: excellent production, I can hear everything, evn during the moments of hyper fast chaos. Blast beats abound in every one of the abominations called songs. Prevalent dual vocals in traditional grind style: cookie monster meets a chicken being raped.
This CD is 16 songs within about as many minutes, and is officially released as a one sided LP. This music is absolutely punishing to the ears, and while its done very well, to be honest I’m glad it isn’t much longer. The technical prowess on this is amazing, the music doesn’t sound rushed, but rather likes it’s a 33rpm record being played at 45rpm. This is grindcore true to form, and stands above others within the genre.
Junky Monkey Records: http://junkymonkeydiy.blogspot.fr
Underground Pollution Records: http://undergroundpollution.e-monsite.com
Honed Terror Incarnated Productions: www.church-ov-ze-dead.com
Nuclear Alcoholocaust: http://nuclearalcoholocaustrec.webs.com
Northwest Indiana band DOGMA is total straight up meat n potatoes Midwest hardcore, and this demo CD-R is proof of that fact. Five shredding songs in just as many minutes, this hardcore is a full on assault of the senses. No fluff and no filler, DOGMA is pure heavy hardcore. No little kids singing in their mom’s garage, this guy sounds like he weighs 300 lbs and is 6’6” tall! The intro is chaotic in an impressive way, and after about 40 secs, drops into the pummeling hardcore that this band provides., and never lets up again until the beast is dead. At times I hear AGNOSTIC FRONT but with a heavier sound and production, courtesy of Eddie Cantu from Joliet Illinois. DOGMA started in 2012 with 3 guys who had been playing in other bands together for a while. Good lyrics, included in fold – out poster sheet. Artwork done by the band’s drummer. This CD is highly recommended, but put the disc on repeat so you don’t miss any of the details in the short 5.5 minutes that this monster plays. Looking forward to a full length, or perhaps a vinyl 7”!
Dogma Bandcamp: http://dogmanwi.bandcamp.com
Featuring members of INEPSY and TRUNCHEONS, PROXY is a group of musicians from Montreal Canada who work hard to produce what they do. More in the vein of INEPSY, the songs are catchy and decent if you want something upbeat. This is street punk influenced rock n roll, akin to late UK SUBS. This is recommended for those who like whisky drenched working class oi style rock n roll. Dual guitars both cleanly heard, the production is crisp, nothing muddy at all. Lyrics talk about being in the drunk tank downtown, getting beat up by cops, and general rowdy mischief. Nine songs in about a half hour.
find more info here: http://www.cvltnation.com/proxy-demo/
BATTLESCARD is a thrash punk band from Yokohama city, Japan. This three piece didn’t include lyrics in the booklets, but it’s pretty clear that they are singing in English. Plenty of pix in both booklets. Demo self released? Cassette EP released on Black Konflik.
Motorcharge is their apparently self – released demo and has 5 songs of thrashy punk rock directly influenced by early bands MOTORHEAD and DISCHARGE. Side Motor has three songs of roughly the same speed same style thrash. Side Charge starts off with a slower longer song that has a hoppin lead riff, it maybe a joke song. Skull Smash returns to form and finishes the demo on a good note.
The first thing I notice about this professionally released tape is that the band has managed to make their sound faster, more complex, and more aggressive. All band members are credited with vocals, and the guitar shows more prowess than on the demo, with complex solos (title song, & Yokohama City is Burning) / riffs. Bass is loud and clear, and drives the music for Yokohama City… which is by far the most catchy song on the tape. Still no lyric sheet, but the words come through pretty clear. Much better production than on the demo too.
for fans of DEATHSIDE and BASTARD
Black Konflik: http://blacxkonflik.blogspot.com/
Black Seed Records: http://www.blackseedsrecords.com/
Blood Of War Records: http://bloodofwarrecords.blogspot.com/
SORRY FOR LACK OF PHOTO
This zine is about a group of people that canoed through some of the most remote area in Canada, and then drove up to a town above the arctic circle, before finally driving all the way home. Their journey started in Vancouver, from whence they drove up to Whitehorse, the capitol city of Yukon with a meager population of 23, 280. From Whitehorse, they conoed on the Yukon river for about two weeks before coming ashore at Dawson (popular during a gold rush, the town now has little more than 1,300 citizens). Along the way between the two towns they saw some amazing ghost towns, ranging in size from miniscule camps to organized settlements that would have housed around 300 people. Some have been vacant for a long time, others have been converted into camp grounds for tourists. After coming ashore in Dawson, the group dried off and drove in a little car 800 some miles on a loose gravel road to one of Canada’s northernmost towns, Inuvik, at the mouth of the MacKenzie river. Just getting there was an adventure in itself, and once there, the whole town / culture was different in ways that they would have never imagined. Inuvik is approximately 200 km north of the arctic circle, and has a population of 3, 500, about 3 times bigger than Dawson.
This zine is about 35 pages long, and well done with lots of photos and maps.
The ALBATWITCH were a mythical group of 4 foot tall ape–men that were hunted nearly to extinction in the early 1800s and lived in the hills and rivers of southeast Pennsylvania. It is from these stories that the band gets their name. Full color booklet includes credits and lyrics as well as lots of artwork and a vinyl sticker (while supplies last). Officially released September 2013, CD package seems to be made of recycled cardboard.
This band is unlike anything I have ever heard before. The two member band that is ALB(A)TWITCH successfully mix dark folk, black noise, and crusty black metal together to create a sonic mass few have heard before. Members come from other York PA bands such as STONE BREATH, LAYR, and CROW TONGUE, among others. The band take influence from the other projects they are in and produce something beyond easy description. Some songs are deeply rooted in a WITTR style of black metal, others are American folk based, while still others are harsh walls of machine made noise. Lyrics are very anarcho – punk in style although not musically, other subjects deal amongst the timelessness of astral reality. Apart from the metal based songs, the primary drums used are the dumbek and the Bodh ran, both of which are hand played drums. Other traditional instruments consist of banjo, celtic harp, lobow, and stick dulcimer, amidst new technology such as oscillators and a harmonium.
The CD opens with an acoustic chamber style tune, devolves into industrial machine noise & distortion, then progresses into non-conventional black metal. I say non – conventional because the vocals and guitar are drenched in reverb beyond clarity, industrial elements persist throughout, and the drums are slower than usual for the style. The entire album rotates amidst these styles for 60 + minutes, although the styles start to weld together by the last 3rd of this cd and become a sludgy mixture which is still great. By the time this album is over, it feels like the collapse of western civilization has commenced and we are naught but survivors in a strange new world. We have survived because we have the integrity required to live through the heat and the cold and the intelligence to stave off the predators for another night. All acoustic songs are performed to remind the listener that revolutionary music existed before electricity and modern technology, and will persist after the industrial collapse.
ALB(A)TWITCH is neither for the scene purist, nor the faint of heart. Aided by the lyrics, the songs make one think, and that is exactly what this band wants people to do. When listening to this album, one will be rewarded only if they bring an open mind.
Lost Grave: http://www.lostgravefound.blogspot.com
Dark Holler: http://www.darkhollerarts.com
Eleventh Key: http://www.eleventhkey.com