Tuesday, 5 November 2013
So networking with bands and people recently has been a total goldmine of new stuff,so this post is 2 bands related to Vitriolic Response (See my VR post HERE ) First up we have Raised by Drunks a project featuring Rob (Vitriolic response guitarist) and I'm sure he said ex members of 3 Way Cum? not 100% on that though but members of RBD went on to form the mighty Utanförskapet (See Post HERE ) anyways this was a band he played in whilst living in Sweden for a while and these are the only recordings from 2009 and 2010 and it's a shame this band were so short lived because they were an utter crust bulldozer! There's some serious bottom end fuzz guitar barreling fast drums and utterly hateful and nasty vocals! They only ever released A Split EP with Link however Rob also sent me their unreleased EP from 2010 as well so not only do you get the available Split W/ Link here you also get a full EP's worth of unreleased material and as far as my google searching can tell this is the only place on the net you're gonna find this. I think the Split very slightly has the edge over the unreleased EP it's just got this really different "sludgy" sound to the music that I've never really heard before soundwise with many crust type bands however the Unreleased EP is also a killer just maybe slightly thinner production than the split also those vocals are so fucking hateful sounding it's just great!. But none of what i said here is any kind of complaint I've played these recordings a lot since Rob sent me them and I guarantee if you like any of the heavy stuff I put on here then you will love this so go get yourself some obscure and rare brutal crust utterly fucking ripping stuff! (The File contains Split & Unr.EP)
Raised By Drunks - http://www.mediafire.com/download/jzb5jc9zfcm312g/Raised+By+Drunks.rar
So next up we have Kismet HC These guys are a LONG standing band and have been around since the late 80's and feature Vitriolic Response drummer Dee Fekt McCrust I remember them vaguely from back in the day and i think at the time with me being young and all about the heavy,fast brutality back then i kinda wrote them off as part of the whole melodic/hardcore/anarcho scene that was prolific in the North West of England back then and to be honest was of no interest to me at the time, when Dee mentioned he was a member of Kismet HC and said he would send me their latest album "Songs Of Strife" from 2011 I was a bit skeptical because I had prejudged them on preconcieved ideas about their history and sound and figured i wouldn't like it, FUCK was i wrong SO wrong!
First off i have to say that it's hard to totally classify this album too specifically but there's a range of different influences on display here but i would describe it as utterly ripping female fronted anarcho-thrash?? Let me get more specific... opening track "Token Victories" opens with an impressive intro which reminds me of classic Rudimentary Peni and Zanne has to be given much credit for her amazing vocals as well because she has a style that is all her own but at the same time puts you right in mind of the best female vocalists of truly classic anarcho punk we're talking Eve Libertine of Crass, Pauline of Potential Threat's very high standard here! At the same time when the music up's the tempo the sheer anger and venom displayed in the vocals is just stunning but her ability to hold a note or two as well totally gives an added edge that is lacking in a lot of female vocalists who tend to lean more towards the shouty/scream style! Anyway on to the music, first off i was impressed by the speed of some of the tracks this is some really fucking fast stuff even by the standards of the stuff i post! tho it doesn't veer over into total fast-thrash territory it's pretty much as fast as you can go with this style of sorta D-beat drumming (however there's NOTHING D- related music wise to my ears on this album OK dis-addicts?!!) plus there's plenty of mid paced and slower parts (and even the odd funky break as well!) which all keep things interesting also the guitar sound is fairly clean in a more hardcore tradition rather than the blown out and heavy sound of the more crust type stuff normally i wouldn't be too keen on that kinda sound but in this case it has a really sharp sound and really works! I could go on more about this album as it is one of the most unexpected surprises i have had in ages it's fast, really tight and aggressive without being heavy or brutal the production is spot on and everything is clear in the mix and is so refreshingly original and enjoyable and one of the best albums I've heard in a while plus there's some really great well thought out and intelligent lyrics all provided in the booklet! why more people aren't onto this album and it isn't totally out of print already i have no idea as i wasn't a hard listen or anything it just tears out of the speakers and grabs your attention immediately! If you like classic anarcho punk/thrash and wish there were more bands playing that style these days well here's a band that bring the sound right up to date whilst utterly shredding it at the same time.
Go and get this album now and you will be utterly shocked at how good it is, the musicianship and songwriting on display here is just amazing! I hope to catch these guys live sometime soon for sure! SPOT ON! and thanks so much to Dee for the CD and the permission to upload it as well!
Kismet HC - http://www.mediafire.com/download/7k528bsohrxq0zw/Kismet+HC.rar
Also show some support this album is a mere £5 from the following and worth every single penny!.....
Dogdown Records - HERE
Active Distribution - HERE
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Whilst playing with Skitvarld i noticed that the guitarist Mik had an Iron Witch sticker on his guitar and I don't know why but whenever the word "IRON" is used in a band name it always gets my attention I did mean to get round to checking them out but it took me a month and a couple of other people to mention the name before I finally got round to doing it and FUCK! was I kicking myself for waiting that long!
First off I had not realized that Iron Witch were a local band based in Liverpool and to have such a great band on my doorstep for about 2 or 3 years and only be finding out about them now!! ARRRGGGHH!!
Iron Witch have given themselves the "sludge" tag, whilst I would agree with this in part because this is dirty,heavy,nasty music with some seriously gnarly vocals I personally find the majority of "sludge" to be boring repetitive and generally just washes over me and leaves me yawning! However this is not the case with Iron Witch because whilst the music is obviously rooted in that style what lifts Iron Witch above the majority of "sludge" bands is their sense of groove and their memorable songs what I mean by that is whilst most of the "Sludge" type stuff moves at a crawling pace and is content to let a riff hang in the air for half an hour whilst you nod off to sleep Iron Witch do not! Yeah sure they have slow songs and fucking mountainous slabs of heavy riffage by the bucketload but they also have the sense to give some of the songs a groove that gets your head nodding in the best tradition of something like classic Ozzy era Sabbath or "Our Problem" era Iron Monkey before laying the hammer down and pounding your head in! I would hesitate to use stoner to describe these guys as they are way too nasty but that's the kinda vibe i get from the groovier riffs although when i say stoner I mean stoner that is distorted to fuck and dragged through the swamp kicking and screaming all the way!
I hear all sorts of bands in the sound of Iron Witch as well as the aforementioned Sabbath and Iron Monkey I also hear little bits of the likes of Eyehategod, Grief, 13, Sleep, St Vitus etc in there as well as the fact these guys have definitely listened to Side 2 of "My War" often! Whilst these are only my small reference points to give you an idea of what to expect at least they are putting me in mind of the absolute cream of sludgy bands and not all the fucking send you to sleep boring ones and i do think Iron Witch have something more to offer than just a combination of influences Re-interpreted and really are bringing something new and great to this type of sound! They recently posted a version of Discharge : "State Violence,State Control" on soundcloud and along with the nod to the Black Flag bars on their "prospect" T-shirt to my mind shows that they have good influences outside the sludge scene which is no bad thing!
I would be hard pressed to single out any one release by these guys for extra praise as they are all good and though there is obviously a progression in writing, playing and sound with each release they are all consistently great Although I am a sucker for the awesome riffing in the title track of their "Single Malt" EP (not only cos it's a great song but also it's a tribute to the finest export of my home country!) and "Gunshot Residue/Exceeding The Dose" from the "Post Vegas Blues" 7" just makes me grind my teeth and want to wreck shit, there's not a bad song out of the 13 tracks across their 4 releases.
All of the the music I've below are available at bandcamp for £1 a piece but I was very generously given permission to link them up for you free here which I'm happy to do but I would really be pleased if you would go show these guys a bit of support and go buy some from bandcamp or get one of their shirts or buy a record because although they were kind enough to let me put this post up for you, recordings cost money and if we don't show some support to great smaller bands like these guys then they will cease to exist! And i paid for all these downloads so that i could put them up for you here and it was £4 well spent and most of you would probably spend that on your damn lunch!
I Cannot recommend this band highly enough not just because i love the fact that they are a local band but also because they are really fucking good! if i had come across these guys with no prior knowledge their great music would have had the same effect as it did anyway which was to totally floor me! Go get em folks I guarantee your satisfaction!
Demo - HERE
Single Malt EP - HERE
Post Vegas Blues 7" - HERE
Hangover Suicide 7" - HERE
There's your free music but here are some more links for you go show them some fucking support don't just take the music and flip them the bird!
You Can Buy Shirts/Patches etc. here - http://www.ironwitch.bigcartel.com/
Bandcamp page is HERE you can contact the band to find out if the 7"'s are available or actually pay them some money for their music.
Facebook page HERE
They also have a new song on a split 7" with Atrocity Exhibit which is out real soon you can stream it at the bandcamp page but I'm sure you will want to buy one so make your enquiries/pre-orders here - http://www.witchhunterrecords.bigcartel.com/ these guys also sell their "Single Malt" CDEP
Friday, 1 November 2013
Utanförskapet were a recent discovery for me Rob from Vitriolic Response was talking to me about an old band of his Raised By Drunks (More on them later) and sent me some Mp3's i really liked them and asked what the rest of the band were up to nowadays and he told me about Utanförskapet I managed to contact them through facebook and Bjorn (Bass) managed to get Jimmy (guitar) to send me a download of their only release so far the "Vildhjärta" 12" and I am so fucking glad Rob gave me a heads up on these because I cannot believe this 12" is a year old and I'm only just getting to it now!
As I have literally just heard of this band about a week ago I cannot tell you much about them they have a blogspot which i shall link up at the bottom but it's in Swedish and the google translate is not great! However what i can tell you is this is one seriously ripping 12" of high quality Swedish crust! This band fit in very neatly with some of the other Swedish stuff I have put up recently like Infernöh or Korsfäst they have a really good fuzzy blown out guitar sound the music is fast, tight and powerful with a sound that like the other bands I've mentioned owes as much to their classic homegrown classic KANG sound but with a totally modern edge and again I hear a bit of a Motorhead in places! Top all this with some fast and tight drumming and great urgent sounding shouted vocals and all in all you have one great band.
It's really great that some of the newer Swedish bands I'm hearing seem to be putting the influence of their original homegrown punk back into their music and the Motorhead influence adds a great "rocking" edge to this raging sound which makes you nod your head as it tears your face off! Utanförskapet are up there with the best of the bands from Sweden at the moment They are well practiced veterans of the scene and it shows this 12" is an obvious culmination of playing in bands and spending years in the scene why no one else but me seems to be talking about them I don't know but I'm hoping my post will spread the word a bit and get these guys the recognition they deserve! Go get this now if you liked any of my recent posts then this is definitely for you!RAGING stuff!
Here's your links go show them some support, check out their blog or go like them on facebook and for the vinyl lovers go buy the 12" This band NEEDS to be heard by more people! Also according to their blog they have a split EP with Rajoitus in the works so watch out for that soon!
Utanförskapet Blog - HERE
Facebook Page - HERE
Buy the 12" - HERE
*NOTE* there was a bit of communication breakdown between myself and the band they didn't want the music posting on here as the record is coming out on CD next year so i have had to remove the link to the music sorry guys and sorry readers.however you can hear them on soundcloud HERE