petak, 6. siječnja 2012.

United Skins

this is an antifacist edition of the united skin compilation ( there is an original one with "apolitical" oi bands ). first saw this compilation 2 years ago in Stuttgart when a friend stole it with no shame from a distro at Unity Means Power fest. it is released on several big european records like german Mad Butcher, and spanish Redstar77 records. bands are coming from all over the world like indonesia, canada, brazil, france, spain, italy, russia etc. with songs that try to sum up the spirit of unity, tolerance, class struggle and the search for a better society in the future. please don't try to look at this as an ideological, political compilation, more like as an critical towards our society compilation ( nevertheless some bands are very political ). enjoy.

04. Puntas de Acero (ARG) - Violencia contra el estado
05. RED HORIZON (RUS) - Communism will win
14. A.S.C.O. (ESP) - Ofensiva
17. Brigada Oi (KOL) - Skinheads rojos y anarquistas

United Skins [2009]

nedjelja, 6. studenoga 2011.

Declaration & I Hope You Suffer - Split

allright. this is one of the finest hardcore splits you can get from Croat modern hardcore artists. I hope you suffer is a band from a cultural city Varaždin very near Zagreb. they were called before Destrukcija Stvarnosti, and are playing for several years now. also did a Euro tour in their best days. the band members have now a new project Life in Peril (contemporary moshcore, metalcore or something like that), but i hope they will do few more shows under IHYS. sound can be described as pissed of fast hardcore going to powerviolence, but still sincere hardcore as it should be. Declaration is a few year old band, but made a huge impact on Croat, Zagreb hardcore scene with their presence. they are very perspective as a band and still young. their sound is infulenced by oldschool hardcore bands like 7 seconds, minor threat throgh youth crew bands to modern hardcore bands like Verse, Trial or Champion. if you like hardcore, this split is as good as can get. and i hope you download

promo flyer from the gig

01 - D -  Fists Of Blood
02 - D - Remedy
03 - D - Something to change
04 - I - Fast and Angry
05 - I - It's in you
06 - I - Still Standing

Declaration & I Hope You Suffer - Split [2010]

srijeda, 12. listopada 2011.

Arctic Flowers & Spectres - Split

who would have thought, that to an "angry oi skinhead" something like this could get in a head. but the bands have real quality. i mean Arctic Flowers from portland. portland that's got to be somethnig with brain. yeah, and it is, you know for yourself that their punk scene and the bands are pretty impressive, i hope you do? so Arctic Flowers are bringing anarcho w\ post-punk w\ deathrock lyrics w\ female vocalist. i think that says something on a first ball. and the Spectres, the dark Vancouver british post-punk influenced. children of the Mob and Warsaw. depression is taking over with melancholic atmosphere. enjoy the split.

01 - Arctic flowers - Rats in walls
02 - Spectres - Pattern recognition

Arctic Flowers & Spectres - Split [2010]

Aussitôt Mort - 6 Songs Cd

hello, again. i decided to make things easier. i will continue to post you cool punk bands for download from around the world but only with album reviews for now.

breaking the ice with a Caen, french screamo\post-hardcore band Aussitôt Mort. active since 2005 with several releases behind them. they tried to make some sort of emo doom music, but failed at the process. anyway this is not bad music, if you like slow melodic instrumental riffs with screaming vocals like on a medievil torture machine. for fans of Daitro, Amanda Woodward and other french "screams".
PS: the band put on their website discography materials available for download. that's punk. enjoy.

01 - Memoria Grigia
02 - Aussitôt Dort, Aussitôt Mort
03 - Une Once De Courage
04 - Le Desespoir Des Singes
05 - Dur Comme La Banalité
06 - Percuté

6 songs cd [2006]

utorak, 27. rujna 2011.

Bloody Gears

shit on a blogger who isn't active. anyway won't be active for reviewing for a while. yeah it was fun and all. Night Birds kicked ass like Direct Control ect.  i was experementing with punk music when i came across this Boston band. Bloody Gears is a punk band with mild post-punk influence. the band clearly has influence of the Wipers, Hüsker Dü and the Articles of Faith. a new band with one Demo (5 song demo casette) and an 3 song EP ST.  BG is one of thoose bands that just click and are very artistic in their music. their melancholic song won't leave any soul searching for an explanation, at least for 3 months when you get sick like you are...

live - Running From Your Life // Dark Matters

Bloody Gears EP [2010]
Demo [2009]

ponedjeljak, 22. kolovoza 2011.

Opcio k-95

So, Opcio k-95 is a catalan oi! band. Their name is taken by a Opcio Kalashnikov (Kalashnikov way) the gun which represents the antifascist fighters around the world. These guys are here from 1995 and they have 4 albums ("Cap Oportunitat" 1997, "Mai Morirem" 2000, "Terra Cremada" 2004 and "Reneix" 2010)  behind them as well as 2 splits ( with Brigada Flores Magon and Brixton Cats), and not to mention compilations they appeared on. Their music is a mixture of i would say english oi roots with a catalan soul as well as their friends music. This is obvious in the first 2 albums, while the second 2 are more instrumentally mature. They have very strong antifascist believes, and are a part of the Redskin movement in Spain, also they consider themselves Catalan patriots and socialists. Their lyrics are inspired by daily fight against fascism, class struggle and ethnic independence. They never played in eastern europe and can't wait to see them live again. Unfortunately i don't have a split with Brixton Cats only on vinyl, but the songs are from the last album Reneix. Stay smart, stay rebel and enjoy.

Opcio k-95 - Terra de sang

Cap Oportunitat [1997]
Mai Morirem [2000]
Terra Cremada [2004]
Reneix [2010]
Brigada Flores Magon & Opció K-95 - International Socialism

subota, 20. kolovoza 2011.


RPG-7 is a spanish oicore band. A new band on their antifascist scene coming from Vallekas, a district near Madrid that is very proud of it's working class roots. They only have an EP for now called "... Un Paso de un Largo Camino" in 2010. Watch out for this band as their music is similar to Non Servium and Zartako combined.

RPG-7 - El Otro Bando

Un Paso de un Largo Camino [2010]

utorak, 2. kolovoza 2011.

Night Fever

Actually i got an excuse for not posting regularly. Having problems with my upload on MF, so i'll put links for download from the net, until i solve the problem. In the mean time I hope you all heard for this band. When about a year and a half ago their LP New Blood began circling a punk forum, back here all hell broke loose and everyone was hyped by this band. This is not a usual band. Night Fever combines very fast and oldschool infleunced hardcore with trashy but smart punch in the face lyrics and one very gifted vocalist with a vast vocal range. Actually this band is totally oldschool by their sound especially the first LP in 2009 mentioned before "New Blood". Now they are out with a brand new EP Transparent which is slightly more amplified with rock. They were actually in Croatia back in 2008. They had a break because one member was in prison (don't know which one so i want talk shit). But now i can see they are still kickin'. Enjoy and stay wasted.

Night Fever - New Blood

New blood [2009]
Transparent EP [2011]

srijeda, 27. srpnja 2011.

Cheap alcohol and sxe 22-24.07.

I thought good about writing this review for the festival. I lost my first enthusiasm and sometimes i don't see a big point in doing all this. But for the love of music i will continue to do this through the near future.
Also have a lot of reposting to do. I now see that the "whole(crucial)" discography of the bands is a little tricky to keep up with for a lazy person like myself. Better if i tried to review the albums, but okay i'll live through it. So there you go: ROIR, Maraboots, Eve & the Evils with new albums updated.

Now the fest. Well the fest was big, i could compare it to Endless summer from last year summer fests. And i don't really like big fests or the open ones. Too many people draw out the intimate soul from the festival or concerts it just ends up being like a stadium, crowd show like that glam rock stuff in the 70's. That just isn't "punk" like small dark night crawler squats where there are 50 kids trashing it like it should be. Don't get me wrong, i didn't mean that the names like the ones on a fest don't deserve a big crowd, that would be hypocritical. But it sometimes chokes the bands real soul and the connection that is felt and could be enjoyed in a smaller fest, gig...especially if the crowd is lame. But on the other hand. This was a hardcore fest and the crowd was hyped and dragged some energy from the bands, that maybe wouldn't come up if it wasn't so big. And you always end up seeing less bands than you would want, because you can't see all of them without taking a break for a drink and to talk. The most positive thing on the fest was that it's fuckin' too cheap for bands like these. Anyway...

We went to Fluff from Zagreb with a van on thursday night. The usual drinkin' (except for the sxe ones, ofcourse), jokin', talkin' on the road and we came there early in the morning, that was unusually very cold and windy in central Czech R. After gettin settled we went to the small town centre to explore a little, find something to eat and to drink, and waste some time 'till the fest begins.
As i am still a new\fresh person with the love of the hardcore sound, i felt frustrated that i didn't knew more bands and explored them before i saw them live. And ofcourse because of the tight schedule you don't have a chance to see that much you would like if there were more time for chillin'. So the first day i missed out the 50 lions and All teeth.
So the first band was Touche Amore which made a very good impression on me with the energetic vocals. Broken records, Honest sleep and etc. they went with their songs which i ain't that familiar with their names so i won't guess.
After then we went to check the merch before returning really fast back for the Carrier. The Boston finest melodic though harsh hardcore band. Mostly was concentrated on the their vocal, which had a damn good (i mean powerfull) voice. Some have said it to be too macho for Fluff but i think that he wasn't and was decent enough in his live show, after all the band has song and an EP about love (can't seem to find that macho).
Then the main band and one of the most known on the Fest. La Dispute. Like a total opposition to the Carrier vocals, there stood the skinny and childish La Dispute vocal. I never gave them too much opportunities since i thought they aren't that hardcore of a band. I was pretty wrong and positively shocked. The little almost shy guy had more energy than most of the fests "hardcorers". They didn't play their most famous songs (good move) and gave a chance to more unkown songs to come up, some new ones and the TA split with the vocal of TA that came on stage to help.
After the show, more drinkin' and fooling around. Before we ran outta beer and had to call it a day. Something worth mentioning that this was a fest where i had least money for spending, only 30 euros, 10 per day and still managed to economise them so so. Only a shame because i didn't got a chance to spend some on merch. but there will be time, material stuff doesn't mean shit in the end.

The second day i missed out on Beyond Pink (which i heard were very good few days before Fluff in Zagreb),  Trainwreck, Victims ( i only went in for one song and didn't like it that much) and Ensign ( i have a good enough excuse). Anyway after the usual morning coffee, shopping and getting ready. The first band that day were the Dangers. And they started at about 3PM which i couldn't get for a great band like this. Anyway i was infront so i saw the playlist and i liked what i saw. They started with We broke PA, the Power Chord Blues, Half brother, all cop, AIDS, Cancer, I'll Clap When I'm Impressed, Opposable, Stay-At-Home Mom and finished with We have more sense than lies and few more i can't remember they played. The vocal isn't sane in a good way. Animal while singin', jumping all around and into the crowd but still with moderate authority. Also a good and sincere talk between some songs. They really made a good impression and are one of the best bands i saw live. After them the screamish powerviolence band Battle of Wolf 359 which were fair enough but not my cup of tea.
Then there were the powerviolence Punch with a positivly good attitude that can be felt of the female fronted vocals while she was talking. Punch was one of those bands that i like the fast and harsh music and can listen to it, but there isn't any song that is jumping out of the monotomy. But still the played good enough to see them again and played almost 2 sets ass most of the songs are very short.
after them another female fronted band the German Glasses that were almost on home turf considering that the fest native language was german because of their invasion on border country Czech. They were the only band i watched in the tent or should i say outside the tent that was filled all the time. That's a minus beacuse a lot of people couldn't get inside, but nevertheless they were very good and have drawn a lot of energy outta their crowd.
That was that for the day, there was lot of drinkin' to keep up with. Something very funny made this fest unique. I drank an average of 10+ beer per day and ate one time a day and didn't get drunk. After all that moving around you can't get drunk until you settle down or take it on to the next level with good old vodka, that did the trick. Also, let's say that half of the bands on the fest were sxe, and let's say that there were less sxe lads than the ones gettin' completely wasted. Even the bands were on two sides, like the Victims (i think it was the Victims bt not sure) askin' are you all wasted, and the Ceremony trading their merch for marihuana.
After finishing the drinks and ourselves we were gettin' ready for the third and final day.

The usual morning and usual missing of the next bands Rosetta, Raein (also missed in Zagreb because i thought i would watch them here, moron.). As i am begining to be lazy to write more i'll speed up things. The next band was Ritual which i more watched more on gorund while drinkin' and laying on my back or ass (told you i was lazy). Then the Soul Control which weren't that much audience honored for a good band like that. The audince was limp in fact. The next band was Black Breath for which i thought that Motorhead is playing but without Lemmy. They were okay, but really don't like that much sludge and crossover (death) metal, or what that was.
Then the big guns went inside. When i saw the guys from Ceremony on stage i thought they broke outta a mental institution, not to mention the performacne and the Damned\Misfitsslashgoth outfit of the guitarist. Who are these guys. These are revolutionists in hardcore. Insane calm nihilistic lyrics and sets mixed with fastcore crazy shouting of the vocalist. They started in the head with Intro and Sick. The crowd exploded and almost everyone who was on the fest was on the band. Then the songs Moving Principle, Kersed, This is my war, Terminal Addiction, the cover of Red C Pressure's on and other hits. I don't know what to say more beacuse i was also hyped on them. Here, will post their video only and enjoy.

Ceremony - Sick, Fluff 2011

srijeda, 20. srpnja 2011.

Negative Approach

I know, i'm lazy. Negative Approach is a influential oldschool hardcore band from Detroit, Midwest, USA. Ah, were to start. The band was formed in 1981 influenced by Detroit proto-punks the Stooges, the arrival of hardcore bands like the Necros and Black Flag mostly and the british punk and Oi! bands like the 4 Skins and Blitz. Their first gig was in a basement of the Necros drummer mother's house. They first mada an appearance on a compilation with Necros, Meatmen Process of Elimination compilation. After that they made their ST in 1982. Followed by a LP "Tied Down". That was all for NA before the band splited in 1983, there were some live recorded tracks and unreleased records issued on "Total Recall" and after the reunion "Friends Of No One" in 2010. After the split the vocal made a more garage rock band Laughing Hyenas, but in 2006 the band reunited to make some shows. Their harsh and raw style of playing live, pessimistic, nihilistic and real life in your face lyrics with an intimidated attitude on stage by the vocal Brannon made NA one of the most notable hardcore bands. Enjoy.

Negative Approach - Nothing

Negative Approach [EP 1982]
Tied Down [1982]
Total Recall [1992]
Friends Of No One [2010]