A cackling intro with a Scandinavian radio voice over gives an inexplicable uneasiness, you just know it’s going to kick off any second. By the time we get to the track ‘Rapport till himlen’, all hell has broken lose. Think Misanthropic Generation era Disfear, later Skitsystem or a massive amp explosion. Real bass driven fury, relentless drums, dirty super-charged guitars and pure gravel yelling vocals storm through nine songs in over twenty minutes. This is 100% proof rowdy crusty swigging kängpunk-rock ‘n’ roll with plenty of attitude.
Passiv Dödshjälp could only be from Sweden with the uncompromising style of music they play. Cranking the tempo up with every song, I can only imagine a real manic crowd reaction to them live. The guitars frantically rip through a constant barrage of riffs and solos. Taking all the best elements from hardcore, metal, crust and punk. Then fucking everything into a high-powered dose of aggression. Lyrically I don’t know what they are singing about, but the band’s name translates as ‘Passive Euthanasia’, so it fits in rightly with their energetic sound.
Pure fire energy from start to finish, all wrapped in a sickly cover with either heavy black or swamp green vinyl. Co-released by Distro-y Records, Phobia Records, Halvfabrikat Records and Embrace My Funeral Records. (Sean Fitzgerald)
The cassette has really made a cult resurgence in the last while. To me I remember growing up fixing unspooled cassettes with a biro or joining ripped bits of tape together again with cellotape. So when tapes faded out I thought good riddance. But now all these years later I get Autarch’s cassette release of “Death of Actiacus” in the post and I think bollocks I must dust off the old cassette deck which has been sitting in a cardboard box full of other old crap all these years. So after a slight dusting off I pop the Autarch tape in, then the nostalgia of eighties tape trading comes back. And I get to thinking, you know it wasn’t a bad release format at all. Once a CDR gets faulty that’s it, it’s knackered. Whereas a cassette can be fixed normally no matter how bad it gets, and they look far cooler than a crappy looking CDR.
Anyway all that is completely besides the point, let’s talk about ‘The Death of Actiacus’. To me Autarch represent that new wave of bands who have completely reinvented hardcore. Bands like Fall of Efrafa, Vestiges and Downfall of Gaia who play eerily dark, emotive heavy music but at times add bleak spacey atmospheric soundscapes. Yet with each one of those aforementioned bands being equally unique.
The opening track “A Message” has a gradual chugging build up with a great eerie lead throughout, which then breaks into heavy fast downstroke riffs with real impassioned vocal screams. Then ends with that great spacey sound I mentioned earlier, real chilling echoey uneasiness. At times these ambient parts could be a movie soundtrack that Clint Mansell would be proud of. It is accompanied lyrically by a real legendary saga type of narrative. “Come to the altar of the sun. Lay your hands on the chest of the mighty. Your mind will deceive you, your body is a puppet for the autarch”.
The songs run really well into each other through nice guitar picking parts. With that distinct twisted eerie lead accompanied by three vocalists each different but gruff, with a real sense of urgency which is the bands unmistakable sound.
Lyrically the band sing about existential catastrophe, ecological collapse and morality all in a very poetic way. It is mastered by Brad (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege who has mastered some of the best releases in the last few years. Pro-duplicated cassette with lyric sheet, vinyl sticker and screen printed J-card for $5 from http://headfirstrecords.limitedrun.com Take a listen for yourself on their bandcamp page.
Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary is based in Scio Oregon and they do their part in ALF providing a home for neglected / abused farm animals. Fully one third of bands on this comp are from Portland Oregon, and the list includes such greats as RESIST. The other bands either come from the USA, or as far away as Ukraine, making this an international release. Most bands featured are poppy street punk, but definitely not the kind yer gonna hear on the radio. BURNT CROSS from England coverthe CRASS song “banned From the Roxy”, which sounds absolutely perfect. Like a blast from 1978 and with better production than what they originally had. Other bands that do covers are the Young Turks and Raw Nerves, both of which are from Portland. Raw Nerves cover the Negative Approach song “Ready To Fight” perfectly, and Young Turks cover Bruce Springsteens song “Im On Fire” providing the necessary punk sneer, because the original really sucked! RESIST release a song which was originally recorded for their 7″ Profane Existence release back in 2009. It’s by far one of the best on this comp, straight classic style American hardcore. I recommend buying this not just for the CRASS song or the RESIST one either, but also because of the fact this benefits a grass roots organization that needs our help while they help those without a voice. Limited to 50 copies, and released by 1859 Records, and NXNW Recs.
LIGHTHOUSE FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY: http://www.lighthousefarmsanctuary.org/
1859 RECORDS: http://1859records.storenvy.com/
NXNW RECORDS: http://nxnwrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/north-by-northwest-records-online-home.html
Florida… what do you think of? I’ll tell ya what I think: disneyworld, crowded beaches, swamps, alligators, old people, staunch conservatism, heat / humidity / sun, come to think of it, nothing good. But then I live in Minnesota, nowhere near the tropical state. Ive heard from several people that Florida has got a surprisingly decent scene. And Im not talking about death metal, but hardcore punk. To be honest, I didnt really believe them. god’s retirement home being the local spot for some good punk rock? But that actually makes sense because punk is fueled by rage not comfort. So evil staunch politics geared to the old and conservative could make for some really great furious punk. I went out on a limb and bought Baker Acted from some guys at the recent Grind Your Dick (or CLIT) Off Fest in Minneapolis. when I got around to putting this 7″ on the turntable, I was pleasantly surprised. Baker Acted released their record in October of 2012, and is the first release on All We Know Records. Hailing from Miami FL, this new band brings us 6 songs of punk rock with great bass lines, dual guitars, angry as fuck vocals and stop on a dime drums. The vast majority of songs on this record are sung by a womyn with a great vocie, which my wife and I both really enjoy. A few of the songs feature dual male / fem vocals, which brings an element of anarcho- style into the mix. This style has been done before, but this feels fresh and unique, not recycled at all like some bands do. A really good record from the underground of southern Florida, and highly recommended. By the way, the band name baker acted refers to a Florida bill passed in 1971 that allows mentally ill people to be committed to a mental health facility for 72 hours, against the will of the mentally ill person. Quite a fitting name for an angry fem led punk band. Other bands from Florida on AWK Recs are Recreant (Tampa), and Landbridge (also from Tampa)
BAKER ACTED: http://bakeracted.bandcamp.com/
ALL WE KNOW RECORDS: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
A three piece pop band with a pretty terrible name but the songs are very poppy and catchy at that in there letter they compared themselves to MASKED INTRUDER and that isn’t a correct match at all I’d say more like THE GATEWAY DISTRICT. All the songs basically have the same drum beat and female/male fronted vocals. If you like your pop punk generic and trying to sound like other bands then this is for you. I don’t like to be negative about bands because at least they’re trying so follow the links and form your own opinion. (XbezerkerX)
First thing you’ll notice is the cover art work of this album look like a knock off well it sort of is. Ramones-AcidEater is a classic cover so you can only guess what they try and make there songs sound like. DUMBS are a punk rock band from Poland and mainly perform there. Here on this full length you get 15 tracks of pure snotty RAMONECORE jams but not nearly as good as the RAMONES. But they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. There really isn’t much to say but sounds like a less better version of the RAMONES. If this interests you follow the link and check them out. (XbezerkerX)
This is Tokyo City thrash punk thats fun to listen to when youre drunk, and good lyrics to read when youre sober. This is classic sing along style crossover metal punk in the style of Deathside meets Motorhead, leaning more on the Motorhead side. All the Japanese lyrics are translated into English in the lyrics book, and most song choruses are sung in English. Apparently this is their second LP.
I found this quote at Soap and Spikes:
“Nagoya city, one of the cities raised up Japanese Hardcore by world-class level, has 九狼吽(CLOWN) in its core. They play aggressively, and it’s not too much to say that they represent Japanese Driving Hardcore Punk at this time. And this is their newest record. You can be killed with one blow of Mune, a son of Burning Spirits. Agitating shouts of their souls. Shot! Shot! Shot! The lumps of sound make your aggression accelerate and battling spirits fire. Pound! Pound! Pound! A direct new generation of Japanese Hardcore, goes on their own way of hard core laughing social situation! Just feel their boiling blood. Yes! Yes! Yes!” -Souichi / FORWARD”
Discourage is a new 3-piece from Columbia South Carolina that play political as all hell fuckin punk rock. this is urgent anarcho-punk that has intricate riffage and complex drumming with anguished lyrics over the top of it all. At times mid-paced and suddenly bashing into fast paced yet melodic parts and layered with dual vocals on some parts. the lyrics package is a very DIY zine full of riot footage from around the world, and calloused lyrics about the protest movements in the States. one song mentions how SOME people at the Occupy movement thought they were beating the cops by playing Leftover Crack and drinking in the park. This is a call to direct action from the United States of Apathy. very solid demo from the Amerikkkan southeast.
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this 3 piece from Los Angeles bring the politics with the beer on this raging d-beat recording of 4 songs. Songs about war (obviously), religion, crooked politicians, and heroin leave you thinking about the issues long after this record has finished playing. Death Over Greed is by far the longest out of the four and has a really cool intro before blasting into the rage. Dual vox on all songs along with thick guitars and top notch drumming influenced by crusty core bands such as DooM and Wolfbrigade. released on Dirty Mick Records. All records come with digital download card and 18″ X 18″ poster.
DEATH MARCH: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Death-March/363458560393385
DURTY MICK RECORDS: http://www.durtymickrecords.com/
Haunting melodies, anguished vocals, and gothic ambiance is how I would describe this blackened – crust punk band from Columbia South Carolina. The current line up has existed since 2011, but these guys bring such tight music that they could have easily been doing this for a while now. Slow / Mid – paced melodies come crashing down with raging crust punk, and then slip into theremin led breakdowns of pure black ambience. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band live, and the stage show is just as amazing as the music. this music is for those who love epic crust with heart wrenching emotions. Talking to the members of the band, I learned that this cassette is the teaser for their upcoming 7″ due out before the end of the year. the cassette is “A do-it-together effort through Heidrun Collider, IFB, Anti-Corporate Recordings, All We Know, & Get Better! Records.”
They Eat Their Own God: http://tetog.bandcamp.com/
Anti-Corporate Recordings: http://www.anticorporatemusic.com/main.html
All We Know: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
Get Better! Records: https://www.facebook.com/getbetterrcrds
IFB records: http://www.ifbrecords.com/