Thursday, 10 October 2013

BALLPEIN


So this was a little bit of a surprise for me I recently met a thoroughly decent chap at work called Ged Ward (Pictured above 2nd from left) after working with him first time we discovered we had both grown up through the same musical scenes and we both shared a vast knowledge of old school Hardcore/Death Metal & Grind etc and knew a lot of the same people from the late 80's/early 90's scene  so we eventually got talking about bands we'd been in and Ged told me he had played bass in a band called Ballpein with another recent friend of mine Piggy (Dr Aids, Bonded By Bundy Pictured above far left) but he only had some blown out sounding live vids on youtube to play me but what they were doing sounded really good, he said there had been a demo done by the band and wanting to hear it i tried to help him source it through facebook then lo and behold their ex Guitarist just one day decided to upload all 4 tracks from the demo as youtube videos!

So Being the trainspotter geek i am I took these vids and ripped the music from them tagged them up etc and here I present for you the lost Hardcore gem that is the Ballpein demo! Now first off bear in mind these 4 tracks were taken from an old tape ripped to mp3 uploaded to youtube then ripped back to audio by me sorted out and uploaded! So considering the journey these files have done they have come out prettty good quality! Onto the music considering these tracks are from 1999 they sound surprisingly contemporary whilst still retaining a feel of the scene at the time what surprises me is that these guys were not given way more attention then because this is really tight and well played stuff all the way and they have managed to combine a range of influences from different underground styles and blend them together into a cohesive sound without the sound getting messy or overly complicated! This demo would definitely fall into the Hardcore category but I hear a lot of classic Death metal in some of the riffs particularly the intro riff to "Kurten"  and the middle 8 of "Unstable" which are straight out of the Autopsy school of riffage!

Overall the sound mainly feels like a blend of Death/Thrash riffage with the heaviest and best of NYHC and being honest I would never have pegged this band as British if I hadn't known beforehand! There's some great little flourishes on the demo too that are right off the wall but fit in with the sound perfectly for example the funky bass runs at the end of "Unstable" and the nice bass and guitar intro to "Low Life Cleansin" which kinda spin you upward towards the fast part! They have a good handle on their pace as well it's not all fast fast fast and the drummer uses a variety of beats not just sticking to the 1-2-1-2 hardcore beat giving plenty of room for the chunky fat breakdowns there's also good variety to the vocals there's growling, screaming, shouting (provided by both Ged & Piggy) and even a bit of that nasally sorta vocal you'd hear from proper old school hardcore bands  like Sick Of It All or Straight Ahead!

All in all this short demo really is a lost gem I was really surprised by how good it actually is! Generally you would feel obligated to tell a friend that their band/project was good even if it wasn't!! This is definitely not the case with me here! If someone had got these guys into a decent studio with someone who knows how to record this kind of music I have no doubt the end results would have utterly destroyed as it is this demo is all that remains of this band, Go check it out it's well worth 10 minutes of your time!


BALLPEIN DEMO - Mediafire

And you can find some live videos of the band in action HERE


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Burning Ripper Leather Metal!!!!



So I have never made a secret of my love of 70's rock but this is not a new thing to me my first musical love at the age of 11 was heavy metal the 80's was a great time to love metal and I utterly worshipped bands like AC/DC, Kiss, Motorhead, Sabbath, Twisted Sister, Saxon etc etc that was until one summer i discovered Punk and the rest is history!!!

There is a reason that in it's formative years that it was called Punk ROCK now as dismissive and sneering as the original punk rockers may have been towards the old guard of stadium rock dinosaurs one listen to any classics by The Damned or even something as contemporary crust punk as the last couple of Disfear albums and you would find as much rock as you will punk. and over the years we have had many hybrids of punk and metal/rock etc but there's always been a sort of "shame" of having a love of heavy metal if you're serious about your punk! However one band have always been the exception to this rule and still to this day are worshipped by many punks myself included and that would be MOTORHEAD!!!! And this is where this post comes in here I present 2 albums I have discovered recently that feature some veteran players from the crust and punk scenes that are 100% unashamedely balls out fucking ROCK! let me begin....

First up we have Burning Leather this band features people who have played/play in such crust heavyweights as Detestation, Hellshock, Atrocious Madness, Nux Vomica, and Fall Of The Bastards to name just a few and their album being mastered by Brad Boatright of From Ashes Rise/Audiosiege fame you'd think with a pedigree like that you'd expect some fucking heavy distortion driven crust brutality right? WRONG! and you couldn't be more wrong.

I just got onto this band this week when researching some info on Hellshock and even though the name was a dead giveaway I went ahead and searched for it and managed to come up with a download of their one and only album "Daylight Nights" (Actually their 6 track demo and 4 new songs, they have also done 2 split 7"'s one with Japanese metalpunkers G.A.T.E.S. and another with The Slowmotions but i haven't sourced them yet also worth noting is that the Japanese label that released this album is called (wait for it....) Under the Surface!!!) Although I had expected some metal madness cos of the name of the band and album I was totally unprepared for the sheer unashamed rocking nature of this music! This is Heavy Metal plain and simple albeit in the finest tradition with more than a slight hint of Motorhead! Don't go downloading this expecting to be blown away by some punk influenced metal this is Rock 'N' Roll pure and simple. just one look at the tracklist should give you an idea where this band are coming from with track titles like "Wasted Days" & "In The Moonlight" plants these guys squarely in the rock camp! However that being said I can assure you nothing i have said so far is meant in any kind of negative way this is great fun music first and foremost. There's 12 bar boogies, lightning fast guitar solos and sleazy chugging rifferama by the bucketload throughout this album and the musicianship of this band is more than impressive it may have a reputation for being dumb music but if you wanna play rock/metal you better be able to play folks and these guys certainly can wail!!! I can tell you right now after repeated listens this album left me with a huge shit eating grin from ear to ear I cannot urge you to check this out soon enough it's good time, old school fucking rock with Motorhead written all over it and at the risk of repeating myself even more it's above all great fun! Go get this album now and fucking windmill (or if you're hairless like me do some serious Beard Bangin!!)


Daylight NightsMediafire

So next up staying in Portland (Like I've said about Sweden WTF?? what is going on in Portland man it's a godamn hotbed of awesome music!) We have Ripper, this band features members of bands that I haven't heard of but judging by what I've seen of their other bands releases these guys have their roots in crust/punk as well, discogs.com has these listed as "Hardcore Punk" which is seriously deluded of the writer or the writer is some punker who is just trying to justify their love for this album!  Like Burning Leather this album here "Into Oblivion" is another Heavy Metal gem! However in this case the production and sound is way dirtier,meaner and nastier than Burning Leather and the Motorhead influence is far more prevalent here however one look at the tracklist will leave you with no doubt about their metal credentials tracks like opener "Burning Up The Night" & "Soldier Of Fortune" again squarely put these guys in the metal camp. As I've said the production on this album is far rawer than Burning Leather but whether that is due to this being a vinyl rip I don't know but it doesn't detract from the music one bit. Theres chunky riffs and fast guitar runs aplenty backed up by drums straight out of the Philthy Animal school of kit annihilation! These guys are definitely wearing their influence on their sleeve no question but I would hesitate to dismiss them as mere clones as if you look through the obvious Motorhead influence you will find some serious rocking moments on this album and again it just makes me wanna don some denim and leather throw horns and bang my beard ha ha! again i can't urge you enough to download this as again this album also leaves me with a big smile on my face and is also great fun whilst kicking you squarely in the pants!



Into Oblivionhttp://www.mediafire.com/download/cizsqouuvcs4qa9/Ripper.rar

So there ya go folks some rock 'n' roll madness for ya I want to say don't let my descriptions scare you these albums are both just great music and deserve to be heard by more people if i could lay my hands on originals of these on CD i would not hesitate for a second! Put some metal back into your life go and download these and feel yourself start to grin before you've even realised how awesome these bands are! Hey I wouldn't waste the space or my time (or yours) posting this to poke fun or if i didn't really like these bands? Utterly brilliant stuff!

Korsfäst


Probably one of the most anticipated Swedish punk releases in some time here we have Korsfäst and it's no wonder most fans of classic Swedish råpunk.have been fucking dying for this band to release something considering there are 2 members of Driller Killer and Åke Henriksson  from the mighty Mob 47 in this band!

"Huvuden Borde Rulla..." is their debut 12" and whilst even veterans of the Swedish scene go for a more crisp cleaner heavier sound & production these days these guys have managed to release a record that whilst well produced could have easily been released in 1984, This is fucking raw,ragged,fast and nasty and is just totally classic! I was pretty fucking shocked when I heard this for the first time this morning (Cheers Lord Agz av Skit!!) I had expected these guys to go for that slicker modern sound with their debut but it was a damn pleasant shock that they hadn't!

There is no point in describing this sound because it either drives you insane like it does me and you would've already started downloading this when you read "Åke Henriksson  from the mighty Mob 47" in the first paragraph or you may be too young to understand the excitement over this kind of stuff  (no disrespect to any younger folks) However these guys are fucking utterly ripping in the finest tradition of 80's Sweden if you can't get enough of shit like Mob 47, Early Anti Cimex, Asocial, Discard etc and wish there were more bands like that around these days then this is the shit you have been waiting for folks I cannot stress enough how retro this actually is but with a decent production and quality of sound (as in NOT 10th generation worn out tape bootlegged on a 7" 15 years later quality!) Really happy to see some serious originators of this sound bringing it back in 2013 there's some great and amazing bands coming out of Sweden as you know if you visit this blog regularly but it's just so fuckin brilliant to see some of the originators of the sound create a total masterpiece like this in 2013! what the hell are you waiting for... GET IT!



Korsfäst 12"Mediafire


If you fancy a bit of history behind this sound go check out my "Hail to Sweden" post HERE and the Mob 47 post HERE and if you nose around the posts from March you will find more classic Swedish punk from Disarm, Svart Parad and No Security on here as well!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Infernöh


Infernöh are the latest in a long line of utterly amazing crust bands from Sweden I dunno what they put in the water over there or maybe it's the bleak weather but whatever it is there's definitely something that's creating this endless line of completely amazing bands!

It would appear that these guys have been going since around 2011 but I have only just got onto them in the last month or so since I found out i was gonna be playing with Skitvarld on the same day as them on Sunday 20th of Oct at the mighty Means To An End Festival in Leeds (Check that out HERE )

I was totally impressed with these guys because although they have contemporary production and sound throughout their releases these guys play a completely RAGING blend of old school and new school Swedish crust  with more than a slight nod to Motorhead in there as well. I have put up both their 12" EP's and their demo here which is everything they have done except a split 7" with Effluxus which i can't find. But although they are all good the pick of the bunch for me is their "7 Spår" 12" from this year which is just amazing,the great production and brutal sound is topped by a brilliant vocalist who sounds like he could have come from any great Swedish Kang Punk from the early/Mid 80's and the blown out crust meets Motorhead of opening track "Vi Tittar På " just sets you up nicely for the rest of this absolutely slaying EP!

All of the releases i present here are great quality and all of them are top fucking notch even tho i singled out the "7 Spår" 12" for praise there's nothing on there that is that much better than the rest of their stuff it's all 100% top of their game stuff! Tight, Fast and utterly full of menace and anger! Again i can't believe i slept on these guys I'm guessing i confused them with the old hardcore band Inferno from Germany! Big mistake!!! Anyway go check em out then spend half an hour picking your jaw up off the floor these guys are really THAT good!

You can get more info on the band at their blogspot here.....

http://infernoh.wordpress.com/



War Tjard 12" - Mediafire

7 Spår 12"Mediafire

DemoMediafire

*UPDATE* - Managed to find a download of their split EP With Effluxus so here it is making this a discography to date of this great Swedish Band...

Split EP W/ EffluxusMediafire

*UPDATE II* Me ol' mucker Agz of Punk As Fuck 77 not 666 blog sent me the just released Infernöh split W/ Nomad (he has also very kindly ripped a couple of  Infernöh live sets at his blog go get those  HERE )so here ya go folks 3 new RAWPUNK Infernöh ragers! I will continue to update this post whenever there's any new Infernöh tunes to be had!

Split EP W/ NomadMediafire

Night Nurse NEW!!!!!!!



Ok so some of you may be familiar with Night Nurse from my previous post on their amazing "From The Womb To The Tomb" demo (HERE) if not click on and read it cos i don't wanna get into it all again and waste space repeating myself but briefly Night Nurse = Crushing female fronted crust from Portland feat members of Hellshock! If thats not enough for you go find another blog ha ha!

So what you have here are 2 new tracks and 2 re-recorded tracks from the mentioned demo these are to be used for a couple of split EP's and a 7" (pictured above) coming soon on Aborted Society Records (HERE) however Brandon Stench was good enough to send me the unmastered tracks to listen to and subsequently they were put on a small run tour CD-R for their last tour so since they are out there now i don't think Brandon will mind if i share! cos as i say these are the unmastered versions if you want the mastered ones you will have to buy the forthcoming vinyls!

Unmastered or not these 4 tracks show a marked improvement in both production and playing even by the impressive standard of the demo you get 4 tracks of utterly crushing heavy metallic crust with female vocals and the singer on these tracks is new to the band I'm unsure of her name or what happened to their original singer but this girl has it nailed! And the 2 new songs just KILL!!!!

If you don't know Night Nurse you are missing out on one of the best bands on the scene right now go to the link in red above and read my blurb on them there and get a download of the demo and then get this as well! as i don't want to repeat myself but i really i can't say enough good things about this awesome band!They are in the process of recording an album and i cannot wait for that Utterly Ripping!


Night Nurse New Tracks - Mediafire

Death Evocation


So once again this was a band i discovered through Matt from Auralskit posting up a youtube video which caused quite a stir with me and my crust loving fb friends! What we have here is a band i have never heard of have no idea who's in but are right up my Sacrilege loving street, I can tell you nowt here except this EP is from 2011 has 3 tracks on it and is utterly blistering metallic crust in the vein of classic Sacrilege (see my post on them HERE), Versklaven (see my post on them HERE)  & After The Bombs (see my post on them HERE) There's no info on the net and I had to trainspot like a bastard to find a download of it so I've re-upped it here so there's now at the least 2 links to it up here! They do have a facebook page but both me and Matt posted to them on there and no reply at all so it's all a bit mysterious. However at least I have uncovered this utter gem of an EP for you guys and the rest of the internet! There's 3 tracks of well played, heavy, female vocalled, metallic crust with a very slight stoner edge on there clocking in at 12 minutes and  the 6 min "Relentless" is just JAW DROPPING!

I cannot urge you to download this EP enough it is shockingly fucking good and why these guys only came to my attention now after the EP being out 2 years is a mystery! But I'm glad i got onto it now go download this RIGHT NOW If you like any of the bands I mention above there is no doubt in my mind you will soon have this EP on heavy rotation!

Death Evocation EP - Mediafire

Disturd



Ok now before you dismiss this band because of their name I highly recommend that you read on here... Firstly despite the "Dis-" in the name this is not more Discharge cloning D-beat material here and I have heard a story that these Japanese fellows when asked did not know what a "turd" was but if you think of the amount of bands who have the Swedish for shit "skit" in their name then you can forgive these guys for the choice of name?!

I cannot really tell you much about these guys as with all Japanese crust bands there's very little or no information available on them I was lucky that a friend posted a youtube video up on my page and I was blown away and managed to find downloads of Both their EP's and their 2 track cassette!

What i can tell you is this is some heavy, ripping, Antisect worshipping Japanese crust the sheer brilliance of these EP's cannot be understated and after sharing the video on facebook the amount of my f/b friends who were blown away just confirms that these guys need way more attention than they are getting! This is some well considered and heavy stuff with great use of dynamics which shows these guys really know what they are doing, these guys are easily as good if not better at this spectacular Japanese metallic crust as any of their contemporaries llike Effigy, Axewield, Acrostix, AGE, Contrast Attitude etc. Whilst there is most definitely a later Antisect vibe to their music as well it's not just mere cloning but these guys sound and riffs are just punishing and make me want to just wreck shit every time i listen to them!

What information i have gathered from the net is they have 2  EP's , "Isolation" from 2011 and "Collapse" from 2012 also a 2 track cassette called "Studio trax" also from 2012 so my hope is that 2 of the releases being only a year old that these guys are still going and we'll hear more from them soon! so I've taken all of them and bundled them in one file for you! Now I have to warn you the "Isolation" EP & the cassette aren't amazing quality but "Collapse" EP is slightly better however these are vinyl rips of fucking slaying japanese metal crust if you wanted sparkling quality you'd be off listening to something else eh?

Go get these now I 100% guarantee your satisfaction these guys were an utter revelation to me and I'm so fuckin happy i got on to them I'm sure you will be too!

DISTURDhttp://www.mediafire.com/download/3ws739gc65a40sc/Disturd.rar

Vitriolic Response



Vitriolic Response were a new band to me until mere weeks ago, tho I had heard the name I had never actually heard them, when i heard we (Skitvarld) were playing with them at the Pilgrim (see post HERE ) I thought I'd check em out I was all over the net for ages looking for their one and only EP and i could not find it anywhere to download so after the gig I contacted them and Dee Fekt McCrust (their drummer) was kind enough to send me a copy on CD so I thought I'd rectify the lack of Vitriolic Response music on the net (with the permission of the band, thanks guys)

As I said VR were new to me and unfortunately i only caught the beginning of their set at the Pilgrim however upon receiving the CD/EP I was totally blown away! Here's a band taking the "crust" template and doing something different with it. What I like about VR is the fact that whilst being heavy and agressive their sound has a hardcore edge to it whilst they could have easily followed the usual dirty,heavy,grungy crust sound this EP is surprisingly "clean" sounding whilst still managing to have a good bottom end to it in the right places, There's also some very slight nods to classic Anarcho Punk in there as well which along with the great drumming (which to my ears is NOT relying on the D-beat for once) and the fact they really play well together as a unit as well and the songs are tight, fast and memorable and there's some good use of clever samples on there too which is not exactly a new thing but works well with the songs here and altogether these elements make a great EP.

VR remind me a lot of the great political hardcore & crust of the mid/Late 90's the kinda stuff that Sned was putting out on Flat earth back then but with a bang up to date take on that sound, these guys would not be out of place on a label like Profane Existence say and i find it surprising they have any copies of their EP left for sale.

Below you will find a link to the EP ripped from CD at 320kbps and as far as i can tell this is the only link to a download of it out there on the internet! You can still pick up vinyl copies of the EP from the band themselves contact them on facebook HERE

There is also a limited to 100 copies CD version of the EP that will come in full 7" packaging being released soon so there's no excuse for the non-record player owners like me not to pick up a copy! In the meantime go have a listen to this great EP well worth 10 minutes of your time!


Vitriolic Response EP - Mediafire