Monday, 30 December 2013
Mellakka are a band I knew nothing about I was introduced to them by the guys from Skitvarld through us covering "Ei Oikeutta" from their debut EP (Pictured above) What i can tell you is they are from Finland existed from 1983 - 1986 they released 2 EP's "EI..." in 1984 and a second EP "Itsenãisyyspãivã" in 1985 and also a demo in 1986 then they were gone! These 3 items were very handily packaged into one CD/LP by Partners In Crime records in 2005 however I have been a fan of classic Scandinavian hardcore for years and had NEVER heard about this band until a few months ago and as they are so utterly great i thought it was criminal that there was not more of their stuff around. This is some ripping fast bass driven punk rock and easily the equal of any of their Swedish "KANGPUNK" cousins of the same era!
So in the link below you will find both the EP's and the 1986 demo taken from the CD I mentioned but seperated into their corresponding EP's all nice and neatly organised for you! I'm sorry this post is so brief but other than what I've said there is not much i can add though I'm sure the Andy's from Skitvarld would definitely have something more to say about it but I was unfortunately ignorant of this great band till i met them, however i figured I could do my little bit here to keep this bands great music alive and find them some new fans! Go check this out definitely will be loved by fans of the classic scandi-sound!
MELLAKKA - http://www.mediafire.com/download/tw8soi8k602a88z/Mellaka.rar
Endless Grinning Skulls come from an immaculate pedigree featuring Gords (Geriatric Unit, Hard To Swallow, John Holmes) Steve Charlesworth (Heresy, Geriatric Unit, Meatfly etc) Patrick Lawlor (War/System & Terrorain) and Andrew Morgan (Army Of Flying Robots & Dead In The Woods) these are some guys with a serious fucking grounding in the UK hardcore scene. I had never heard of them till a couple of months ago when i saw they were playing the same day as the band i was subbing in (Skitvarld) at the oft mentioned on here Means To End festival in Leeds in September 2013 so I sought out their music as soon as i found that out as i was going to see them live and then i found out who was in the band and their awesome artwork and the urgency to hear them just increased TENFOLD! (However they ended up not playing due to a problem with their bassist) So I wasn't sure what to expect as these guys have a real hardcore pedigree but yet they were playing a political/crust punk festival and their artwork had shades of crass/crust to it and basically that kinda sums it up what you get is blisteringly fast crust punk riffs and drumming but with quite hardcore sounding vocals and production, it really is a product of it's members as this is way to clean and well produced to be your typical gnarly heavy crust punk but yet at the same time the riffing is pure crust punk with a hardcore sound!
I find this unusual blend to be utterly addictive and i really like these guys a lot, but even tho they have a blogspot and a soundcloud page there's very little music available by them online and as they have released a mere 1 album an EP and a split EP all on vinyl only if you don't have a record player then you have a small choice of songs on soundcloud to listen to! So i decided it was high time this was rectified I have had a copy of their album and EP for a couple of months and have resisted blogging them because i felt if the band wanted their stuff up for download they would put it on bandcamp or something however the album and EP are 2 years and 1 year old respectively now so i feel that if anyone wanted the album and EP on vinyl they would surely have sought them out by now and so i hope to not be harming the band or labels "sales" by doing this post! Also nearly all the punkers i know will buy vinyl anyway and a lot of times on the strength of hearing them first!
So here i present for you the Debut Endless Grinning Skulls album and their "Fear, Ignorance,Control" EP in one convenient file I don't have the split EP with Violent Arrest and would not blog it anyway as it's only been out months! Anyway go check em out extremely tight well played stuff by guys with a TON of experience under their belts! Utterly GREAT band!
ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS - Mediafire
check out their blog here for more info/news/records etc....
If anyone from the band finds this post and wants it taken down don't shout at me just ask and it's gone
Well one look at the cover for this would normally leave me thinking D-beat...AVOID as even though there are some decent bands following the D-path it has gotten played out and beyond pathetic,shameful and ridiculous (I am fairly discerning when it comes to this kinda stuff but even i have 24 folders in my hard drive of bands with the Dis - prefix) but a friend of mine posted a youtube video of this demo on my facebook newsfeed and for some reason I decided to give it a listen so i hit play and I was immediately blown away by the sheer urgency of this band! Hailing from Russia I don't know whether existing in a state which is still bordering on 3rd world to a certain degree is what gave this demo it's sense of desperation and urgency?
"Еби Систему \ Пропаганда" (translates as Fuck The System/Propaganda) is an utterly blistering listen the drums have a real tinny metallic sound to them, thats not to say weak or under recorded of course as they are like a runaway train totally pounding behind the guitars and anguished vocals! It lasts a mere 10 minutes and what a blistering 10 minutes it is! Many bands use early Discharge as a template and I'm sure these guys probably do as well but what is lacking from most Dis- bands is again as i said before a sense of sheer urgency and desperation that you get from listening to "WHY" or "Hear Nothing..." but this band has that feel in spades without being D-clones! This is about as "real" as this kind of music gets and I would not waste your time with some run of the mill 10 pence D-clone shit recycling old Discharge riffs and calling it "punk" this is a recording that commands your attention immediately, picks you up gives you a good fucking shake and slams you to the floor! It's not often something this straightforward and kinda "simplistic" really does it for me but in this case this is something you really NEED to hear I've not been this surprised or impressed by something like this in a long time...SHOCKINGLY good!
DISTRESS DEMO - https://www.mediafire.com/download/5obxc4gft2gsg29/Distress.rar
By the way on a further note you may be interested to know that Distress latest album "Life,Death..Rebirth" from this year is an exercise in Tragedy influenced new school crust and actually borders on Death metal there's none of the raw anguish of this demo and they are now just another band playing well produced modern "epic"crust./death metal I do not doubt their political sincerity in any way and i haven't heard any of their records between this demo and their latest album so can't say I've charted their progression over 10 years however i think that this demo was really onto something exciting and really vital and now they are just another name on a very long list of bands with those thick heavy downtuned guitars and melodic leads style crust and i think it's a bit of a shame really :-( you can check out a stream of their newest album here and judge for yourself....
Pistöns are an Italian band who first came to my attention when i heard their side of the split CD with Brazilian D-beat crazies Besthöven and with their use of the umlauted " ö " in their name i have to say they are from the school of bands that i like to refer to as "Punkerheäd" (for another example check out Oütlaw Bästards HERE) where the band are obviously coming from a punk/hardcore perspective but are also definitely eating huge plates of influence from Lemmy and the lads! Personally I can't get enough of this shit I'm a huge Motörhead fan and mixing it up with fucking heavy punk rock is a win win in my book and you try finding any punk rocker worth his salt who DOESN'T like Motörhead.
Anyway that being said don't write these guys off as mere 'head clones over the course of their split with Besthöven and their album "We're Pistöns" these guys play some loud and fucking nasty metal punk with a crusty edge their instrument sounds are really fucking loud and blown out with an "everything turned up to 11" sound especially the drums which even tho slightly buried in the mix sometimes sound like they are being pounded with hammers and the double bass runs are tight and powerful rumbling under the music filling it out nicely in all the right places! top that with some great guttural but still discernible vocals in the vein of something Like say Antiseen but gruffer and tougher and there you have it....Pistöns!!!
I can't recommend these guys highly enough heaps of attitude a fucking blown out loud in your fucking face sound plenty of chant choruses memorable songs and above all, rough and nasty as these guys are they are also great fun! I can't tell you much about these guys as i came to them by chance and there's little or no info about them on the net (try typing Pistöns into google and good luck!!!! even with the umlaut!) plus their last release was the split Cd in 2010 so we're talking 3 years of silence since then? I have managed to aquire both the Besthöven split and the "We're Pistöns" album on CD recently so I've wrapped both up in one file and present them here for you in the usual U.T.S. 320kbps sound! If you have liked any of the metal/punk type bands of recent years such as Children Of Technology or G.A.T.E.S. or Ripper then this will be right up your street maybe I'm in denial about the metal/ "punk" thing and all the bands i mention are straight up metal? who knows all i know is it sounds good to me and I love it! And as i always say if it was shit why would I go to the trouble of seeking the CD's out online, buying them,ripping/compressing/uploading and writing it up?? so go check these guys out free below and show em some love by donning your fingerless leather gloves and waving some horns in the air \m/ rock and fucking ROLLLLLLL!!!!!
Pistöns - Mediafire
I have been a Saint Vitus fan for a long time I have already posted some on here when I had the original posts of the first 40 or so SST releases but those were unfortunately lost (along with around 3 months of write ups and uploads) when 4shared FUCKED me! I had owned all of their stuff on vinyl but as you readers will know I no longer have vinyl playing equipment and in a recent vinyl for CD trade i did with a friend of mine i received their "V" and "Live" albums which in turn inspired me to ignore the high price of their SST releases and replace my long gone vinyl with CD's! So i figured a re-post of the "Lost" SST stuff and a proper post on Saint Vitus was overdue (That and the fact i can now give you everything in glorious 320kbps direct from CD! now). Onwards....
I came to Saint Vitus simply because they were on SST and i had heard a lot of good things about them, I picked up their "Thirsty And Miserable" 12" as one side was a Black Flag cover however (In my opinion at the time) the burnt out looking California hippies and one of those wearing an Alice Cooper t-shirt on the cover kinda put me off and the music itself well didn't immediately grab me lacking reference points for their gloomy rock I kinda wrote them off as one of the "crap" SST bands, however for some reason i felt compelled to keep going back to it and after a while the 2 originals on the flip of the 12" "The End Of the End" and "Look Behind You" just started to seep into my brain to the point where I became utterly addicted! I sought out what else there was at the time (around 1986 i think all there was then was their debut, "Hallows Victim",Born Too Late" and "The Walking Dead" EP) And as i said before became a BIG fan
A quick history... Saint Vitus began life as Tyrant a 3 Piece Of Dave Chandler - Guit/vox, Mark Adams - Bass and Armando Acosta - Drums (These three would remain the core of every Saint Vitus line up tho having 3 different singers over their existence these three guys ARE Saint Vitus (until Acosta's death in Nov 2010) but they soon added vocalist Scott Reagers and changed their name to Saint Vitus (Taken from Black Sabbath's song "Saint Vitus Dance" from their "Vol 4." album) This original line up of Saint Vitus would make their recording debut with their 1st self titled album on SST records in 1984 and would follow with "Hallow's Victim" album and "The Walking Dead" EP in 1985 all of which are fucking great solid Saint Vitus recordings however in 1985 vocalist Scott Reagers quit the band to be replaced by the total colossus that is Scott "Wino" Weinrich on vocals (See my post on the massive and amazing career of Wino HERE )and from this point on this is the line up of Saint Vitus that would go on to define genres and garner their reputation as THE original doom/stoner band and would be the line up that would record their most important and revered albums. There have been several twists in their long career and even a break up however lets deal with these era's individually....
Inception - 1985 - Well we've already covered the history and members so let's start with the first line up. Signing with SST in 1984 and making their debut album "Saint Vitus" shortly after, it's a pretty stunning debut as well, opening with a squal of wah-wah effected guitar noise first track "Saint Vitus" is a fairly uptempo number which is reminiscent of the kinda stuff Black Flag were doing at the time (Albeit less skewed and off the wall as Flag and with a far more retro 70's Rock/ Sabbath influence Note - Both Black Sabbath and Black Flag were a big influence on SV by their own admission and they toured with Black Flag a LOT in the 80's) However as the album unfolds you start to see the seeds been sown for what would be the trademark Saint Vitus sound gloomy riffing, slow motion drumming and heavy bass! It has to be said that Dave Chandler's guitar sound is unique and is most definitely the defining feature of Saint Vitus whilst their albums went from strength to strength it has to be said that their actual instrument sounds never really varied throughout their career sure the songwriting skills got better and better as did the bands playing but from album to album the sound had been set early and never really changed! Second album "Hallows Victim" and EP "The Walking Dead" (Both recorded at the same session in 1985) follow a similar pattern to the debut however the opening 2 tracks of "Hallows Victim", "War Is our Destiny" and "White Stallions" would remain in the bands set for the rest of their career and both make an appearance on the "Live" album some 5 years later! I would say this is testament to the strength of their material and the consistency in good writing however "White Stallions" is probably one of the most uptempo songs in their back catalog clocking in at the speed of your average SST hardcore band at the time! However these releases are not without their trademark doomier tracks see "Mystic Lady" Or "Empty Love" for evidence of this and the titanic near 12 minute ultra slow burn of "The Walking Dead" is an exercise in doom mastery! It has to be said that Scott Reagers was a great vocalist and has not received enough credit in this write up so far he was easily the equal of his peers at the time and easily as good as the likes of Eric Wagner of Trouble or Bobby Liebling of Pentagram (Both bands doing a similar if completely different take on what was later to be called "Doom" metal) Why he chose to leave the band I don't know it's something I've never really looked into but his replacement was a more than a stroke of genius for Vitus.....
Saint Vitus (84) - Mediafire
Hallow's Victim (85) - Mediafire
Walking Dead EP (85) - Mediafire
*NOTE* "Hallow's Victim" link is taken from the expanded "Hallow's Victim/Walking Dead re-issue CD and contains a bonus of "Look Behind You" from the SST comp "Blasting Concept Vol 2" and is the original version with Scott Reagers singing (Later re-recorded with Wino for the "Thirsty And Miserable" EP) and there is also a short outro as an extra bonus also from the same session.
1985 - 1989 So next phase for Vitus after Scott Reagers left the band they recruited a fairly unknown new vocalist a member of then also fairly unknown band The Obsessed a fella by the name of Scott "WINO" Weinrich! As I said before this was more than a stroke of genius/luck for the band because for me Wino just fitted the band perfectly not having the histrionic "rock" type of voice of Reagers, this was a far more "heavy" style whilst still having the ability to hold a tune Wino's doom laden vocal style was as much unique as the sound of Saint Vitus themselves and to say that he fit in with that sound well is a MASSIVE understatement when Wino wails "I was born Too late and I'll never be like YOU" on the title track of that album you fucking known he means it! To me this is where Saint Vitus hit the sound they were best known for the slow motion super heavy groove that would spawn entire scenes! First outing with Wino at the helm was the sheer fucking leadweight beast that is 1986's "Born Too Late" less than a year from losing their original vocalist and NO momentum has been lost in the slightest and they are back with a new album and probably one of the most revered of their career, Opening with the slow crawl of the aforementioned title track "Born Too late" is a hymn to the dispossessed of society with Wino intoning Dave Chandler's lines about not being able to walk down the street without being laughed and pointed at or called a "Hairy freak" over a groove that is so damn sludgy and slow you wonder how it all doesn't collapse hideously upon itself, This new revitalized line up would become the masters of this slow groove and "Born Too late" is not an album I would choose to listen to if i was in a slump but at any other time it's utterly stunning music and there's not a bad track of the 6 on there. The following "Thirsty And Miserable" EP contains a great Vitus take on the Black Flag original seeing as it's probably one of the most vicious songs in the Black Flag discography for Vitus to slow it down and give it their unmistakeable groove is just brilliant! The 2 B-sides I mentioned at the beginning of the post are no "filler" either "Look behind you" being a re-recording of a Reagers era track but it's new song "The End of the End" that is the star of this EP whilst being more uptempo than anything from "Born..." it's main spiraling riff has an eerie creepy kinda groove but will have your head nodding in a second and once again Wino is faultless here! The Doomy theme would continue through onto next album 1988's "Mournful Cries" (Their last for SST) The doom and gloom is still prevalent here but the songwriting has come along leaps and bounds and also there is also more of a "tuneful" tone to the songs whilst still being fairly slow and sludgy they are not without memorable groove! Also Wino's performance here is epic obviously having gained confidence in his position as frontman as his vocals really fucking SOAR here, whilst i use the word "Tuneful" before It also contains some of Vitus most crushing riffs just take a listen to "Dragon Time" or "Looking Glass" for evidence.
So leaving SST for Germany's Hellhound records this incarnation of Vitus would see another two releases before the end of the 80's These being the "Live" album (An almost full set recorded live in Germany in Nov 1989) which is a damn good warts and all run through their back catlog and one of the few Live albums i actually own and like! However of more interest is their 5th and debut album for Hellhound the simply titled "V" many people consider this album to be their finest hour and the peak of their career whilst I would kinda agree with that i personally feel that though the production and sound is far superior to all the preceding albums I feel it is simply another great Saint Vitus album in a run of great Saint Vitus albums however it has to be said the opening 1-2 punch of "Living Backwards" and the mighty "I Bleed Black" is utterly flooring even by their own standards! There's still sludgy bleak grooves by the bucketload and believe me on this album the formula is perfected especially with the superior production and there's even a little acoustic and female vocaled interlude ("When Emotion Dies") it is all in all a fucking great album and easily the equal of it predecessors and most definitely a fitting epitath to the end of this era of the band.
Born Too Late (86) - Mediafire
Thirsty And Miserable EP (87) - Mediafire
"Mournful Cries" (88) - Mediafire
"Live" (89) - Mediafire
"V" (89) - Mediafire
( "V" & "Live" taken from the Southern Lord remastered reissues not Hellhound versions)
1990 - 1996 - Well as i said 1989 and "V" marked the end of the "classic" era of Saint Vitus, Hellhound Records (Saint Vitus home at the time) had, with Wino put together a retrospective of The Obsessed material and it was at this point Wino decided to Leave saint Vitus and reform The Obsessed whilst this yielded some great material (see Wino Post linked in 3rd paragraph of this post) and The Obsessed were a great band in my opinion this was not the shrewdest move on Wino's part after an ill fated spell on Columbia the band folded in 1992.Wino's musical endeavors are chronicled elswhere.... So after losing Wino Saint Vitus went on hiatus for more than 2 years and I have to confess I don't know a great deal about what went on during this 1992-95 period, however in 1992 they returned with Christian Lindersson ex vocalist of heavyweight Swedish doomsters Count Raven and a new album "C.O.D." make no mistake Lindersson is a great vocalist falling somewhere inbetween Scott Reagers more high end "Rock" style and Wino's trademark wail however after a succession of great albums with Wino he had some big shoes to fill. Whilst this is a totally solid album by any standard compared to past glories i really feel that much as i enjoy this album and as I say it is a great album with stellar production it's just not quite "there" Lindersson does a great job of the vocals and his haunting style adds to the sound well but Dave Chandlers guitar seems to have cleaned up a lot and whilst still heavy and still uniquely his own has lost a little of the muffled Vitus fuzz of previous albums. As i say there are some solid songs and writing on this album but you have a listen for yourself and see what you think.... FFWD to 1995 and Lindersson is gone and shock of shocks Scott Reagers original Vitus Vocalist is back in the fold for 1995's "Die Healing" now this is a pretty good album the muffled fuzz tone of Chandlers guitar is in full effect on this album and Scott Reagers puts in a GREAT performance although he seems to have lost his ability to hit the notes as well as 10 years previously and tends to veer into a sorta shout/scream here and there however it adds a welcome touch of agression to his usual smooth vocals! I never hear mention of this album much from Vitus fans and i don't understand why whether it's the lack of Wino or the fact that the band were on their last legs here (Although the quality of this album would dispute that fact) but it is a solid a Saint Vitus album as any of it's predecessors there's the return of some more uptempo grooves harking back to their earliest work but there's also sludgefests aplenty and some killer riffage throughout but unfortunately this original line up reunion was not to last Reagers quit again in 1996 and it's at this point that Saint Vitus Folded permanently. The 2 albums here from this era are both great albums but seem to be kinda overlooked by the hardcore fans however i see it as Saint Vitus have always been a core trio of Chandler/Adams/Acosta despite their vocalist troubles and throughout their career Chandler wrote the bulk, in fact almost all of their music with Wino weighing in here and there and it's the Chandler penned pieces that have remained fan favourites throughout the years and to my mind they continued to make quality music right up to the end no question. See for yourselves
C.O.D. (92) - Mediafire
Die Healing (95) - Mediafire
1996 - Present - So having called it a day on Saint Vitus in 1996 the band would not be heard of again until well into the millenium where they would reappear sporadically in 2003 and again in 2008 with the classic line up of Wino/Chandler/Adams/Acosta playing live dates and even headlining the mighty Roadburn festival in Holland but in 2009 due to health problems Armando Acosta had to leave the band and later died in 2010 and was replaced By Henry Vasquez of Blood Of The Sun, however also in 2010 rumours began to fly about the possibility of new Saint Vitus material could it be possible? the reunion and touring was to be expected due to their enduring popularity and the fact that Wino was back but new material some 15 years after the last album?? However the rumors were true, in 2012 Saint Vitus released their latest album confusingly titled "Lillie : F-65" i remember reading about what the title meant and i'm sure someone will comment however the music... after a 12 year lay off and some 22 years since last recording with Wino would it be any good? Hell yeah!! again no momentum has been lost the production is clean and sparkling however this time it does not detract from Dave Chandlers trademark muffled fuzz guitar new drummer Vasquez fills Armando Acostas shoes well and as a band they all play well together there's blistering chandler solos and sludgy grooves thorughout and Wino does what he does best and with whom he does it best with. It could have very been the next day after "V" when this was recorded (if you disregard the obviously 2012 production sound) A worthy end to this post oN one of the mightiest bands to exist on earth Saint Vitus
Lillie - F-65 - Mediafire
And as an added bonus here's the free live download EP that was available from Scion A/V last year 3 BLISTERING live tracks from their appearance at the 2012 Scion A/V fest in Tampa Florida 2012
Scion A/V Fest Live EP - Mediafire
So does the story end there I hear you cry? Well I'll leave you with this quote from the man himself Dave Chandler when asked "Would Saint Vitus make another album after "Lillie : F-65"? "
"Right now we're just taking it step by step to see how people respond to "Lillie...". There would be no reason not to because when you're constantly playing you get a lot of ideas. We're not going to say yes or no now. There are a lot of people talking about the record so hopefully it will live up to everybody's expectations."
Here's hoping! in the meantime here's all The Saint Vitus you could ever need! Hope you enjoy it as much as i do!
*NOTE* It has been brought to my attention by an astute anonymous user that Armando Acosto was actually ousted from Saint Vitus before suffering his health problems due to tensions between himself and guitarist Scott Chandler and various bad mouthing on the internet! So there you go. thank you anonymous user.
So here we have Parasit – "Välj Din Egen Bödel" 12" yet another triumph of Swedish crust and once again a 12" (No CD BOOOO) and another supreme quality release for the mighty D-Takt & Råpunk Records dunno what it is with the Swedes and their 12 inches (oo-er) but this one is another fucking total mangel BOMBRAID! This has been out since early/mid 2013 but I have only manged to get a decent quality download in the last couple of weeks (265kbps?? unusual also does not sound like a vinyl rip either it's TOP quality), it is on bandcamp but streaming only as i guess they want to get the records sold before giving out a download? Anyway Featuring members who have played in Swedish heavyweights as Asocial, Diskonto, Uncurbed, 3 Way Cum and Raised By Drunks you could expect no less than total annihilation! There's 15 tracks in 33 minutes which i would say makes it an album but it's listed as a 12" most places i've looked (Maybe it plays at 45rpm?) this is another utterly ripping listen it has a great sound throughout there's a guitar sound which is like a blown out more punked up version of the guitar sound that Entombed/Sunlight studios made famous which is awesome and you have some great dual vocals one anguished screaming the other a bit gruffer and even nastier! both trading off each other in fast succession! Also this is fast, fast stuff mostly sorta around the impressive speed of say Mob 47, Diskonto or Krigshot even when there's the odd mid paced track compared to most it's still uptempo! These guys are obviously well practiced players because this is tight and impressively played stuff and the riffs are well written and they know exactly how to put them together for maximum effect! If you like any of the other Swedish stuff i have been posting recently (Infernoh, Korsfast, Utanforskapet etc) then this will not dissapoint this is yet another really high quality well played and just brilliant record that again says that the Swedes do this shit pretty much to a world class standard and are definitely keeping up the long standing Tradition of face ripping crust! all i can say is FUCCCCK!!!
PARASIT 12" - https://www.mediafire.com/download/00j7vd0f17tp6hc/Parasit.rar
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
So does this band need any introduction or do i need to say anything about them surely any readers of this blog will be intimately familiar with this band? If not Doom are a band who have existed for 25 years now and have been nothing if not consistent and in my opinion have gone from strength to strength over the years after numerous line up changes and members coming and going there has always (as far as i'm aware) been the core members of Bri on guitar and Stick on the drums Doom 2013 have been rounded out by Denis on vocals and Scoot on bass both of whom are also scene veterans and have both served time with DOOM at some point over the years. Anyway i'm not gonna go into a big blurb here because i really think a description and bio of this band is really unnecessary should u wish to know more here is their website with a full bio discography, merch etc all meticulously presented by the band themselves and a goldmine of info!all the DOOM you need....
What i will say tho that Doom being back in 2013 is a fucking great thing and this new album is a testament as to why they have managed to exist and stay popular over 25 years and why after that time they are still masters of their craft! This album is an absolute fucking beast from the opening fade in to the closing chords there is not an inch of space wasted every song is a cracker it's heavy, tight, well produced (recorded mixed and mastered By Bri Doom himself at the legendary 1 in 12 studios) and is just fucking great if you know Doom you know what to expect if you don't this is as good a place any to start, As i said a blurb on these guys is pointless i just wanted to spread the word and alert my readers that...
THERE IS A NEW DOOM ALBUM OUT IT'S BEEN 12 YEARS WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR GO GET IT HERE!!!!
Doom - "Corrupt Fucking System" - HERE
This link will take you to their bandcamp page where you can download the new album for the small price of £3, now, normally my Blog policy is not to direct you to "pay" Downloads however in this case it's DOOM them having a new album out is a big fucking deal and it's an utterly great album and these guys above all deserve your support and 14 tracks of a band that pretty much defined both the crust and d-beat scenes and have put 25 years service into the scene are offering their album for less than the price of a pint i think in this case i can make an exception!
However it's not all DOOM (!!!) and GLOOM in the usual under the surface spirit here's a little taster of what you can expect from doom 2013, the guys toured the USA in 2012 and they released a tour 7" with 4 brand new tracks to coincide with the tour which was later re-issued as a CD in Japan and a 12" in the UK bolstered by a further 2 tracks a Celtic Frost cover and a Shitlickers cover here i present for you DOOM's "Fuck their Plutonomy" EP 6 tracks of raging fucking crust punk by the masters if you like this EP then the album will fucking floor you make no mistake! Here's your free taste folks now go buy the album, £3 for a download? SHIT man that's lunch money price DON'T be a cheapskate!
Doom : "Fuck Their Plutonomy" EP - mediafire
Mayak are a new band from Bielefeld Germany, I was sent a friend request from them on facebook recently and I thought it was a person at first however they turned out to be a band! So before I accepted the request I went to their bandcamp page and streamed about 30 secs of the first song off their EP and it had quite growly vocals and kinda blasting Black metal parts and I just thought "nahhhh not for me" and i dismissed them! Anyway i got a really nice message from them yesterday saying "Would i check them out and sorry for bothering you etc" so I felt a bit bad for not listening to them properly so I just downloaded their EP this morning to give them a fair hearing! FUCK I was SO wrong to sell them short, this EP is absolutely brilliant
Mayak mix a variety of styles from touches of blistering black metal and death metal (The Really good death metal as well classic era not the modern nonsense) but I also hear bits of really good classic metal and a generous heaping of great hardcore/punk as well, In fact one of the songs reminds me of a song by obscure hardcore band Snakebite from their "Feel the Buzz" EP I don't know if that's intentional though! There's so much on offer here kinda "gang chorus" parts and some nice memorable melodic flourishes here and there and the outro to the EP is a short acoustic/harmonica outro that wouldn't be out of place on something like a Neil Young or Bob Dylan album!!
I find the EP to be a great mix of their different influences and although there are some Black Metal blasts here and there they do it really well and it' doesn't have that trebly high end sound that the majority of Black metal does what i mean is when they hit the acellerator they don't lose any of the power or heaviness of the rest of the EP, also the growly vocals that initially put me off are fairly minimal the main vocals throughout the EP are a bit less "Satan growls from hell" and more anguished sounding which i like and because the growling vocals are minimal they don't overpower the music and also begin to work better with the sound of the band as a whole the more you listen to the EP. I have to say it's a thoroughly enjoyable listen and the blend of styles is so well done it doesn't bore me like a lot of this kinda stuff does! A Great debut EP it's free and a decent 15 minutes in length DO NOT be put off by the Black metal looking cover and logo trust me it's deceiving and part of the reason I dismissed them in the first place so don't make the same mistake
All in all this is one of the most oriuginal sounding bands I've heard come from the "extreme" metal scene in a while and generally I don't have much time for any modern metal bands I generally stick to the classic old school stuff but I can't say enough how the different influences of this band shine through on this EP and make it a real pleasure to listen to.
These Guys are obviously well practiced musicians and they also seem to gel together well as a band and it shows in the sound of this EP as I feel with the different influences on show throughout the EP that to pull these influences together into a sound that flows well is tight and doesn't Jar you by jumping from one style to another is no mean feat, Go check this EP out if you like your metal/hardcore and you want to hear something different and really good Trust me I'm sure these guys will be huge once word gets around so you will thank me later for giving you the nod on this now whilst they are still relatively unknown and here's hoping my post here will help spread the word! Go get it at the link below and you can also buy a hard copy on Vinyl,Tape or CD the first time I've seen a release on all 3 formats since the early 90's just shows these guys are determined to make sure they can get their music out to everyone regardless of your chosen format of listening! GREAT stuff GO GO GO>>>>>>>
MAYAK EP - http://iheartmayak.bandcamp.com/
(Free/pay what yoiu want download I shall leave it up to the readers discretion!!!)
These guys are obviously
Thursday, 19 December 2013
I have been wanting to do this post since i started this blog but unfortunately though i had ALL The Rites stuff on vinyl I had no rip of their final EP "Fuck Em If They Can't Take A Joke" so a discography post was not possible however just this morning I found that the label it was released on Six Feet under Records have a Bandcamp page and had it up for download! So what better way to return to my blog than with a post that's been on the cards since I started it!
So a bit of history there was a hardcore band called Dead Nation who did a few EP's and one album and broke up in 1999 this band evolved into Tear It Up who were hugely popular in the early millenium but during the time Tear It Up were around (2000-2003) various members were involved in 2 side bands, Cut The Shit and The Rites the history of the 3 bands is confusing it would appear that aside from the vocalist of Tear It Up every other member of Tear It Up was involved with either Cut The Shit or The Rites at some point and also various Cut The Shit and The Rites members that were not originally in Tear It Up also played on various Tear It Up releases! Plus Cut The Shit and The Rites both continued after Tear it Up broke up!!! Even with the aid of the inlays from all their various releases due to the penchant in hardcore for in-jokes and pseudonymns and minimal photos it's all very confusing however all 3 bands were ploughing the same thrash hardcore furrow!!! So onwards...
As I said The Rites were originally a side project of Tear It Up they released 3 EP's a 7",2 x 12 EP's and a live 1 sided album and they were gone! I have tried and tried but cannot find any information about what any of the band members are doing now however the last The Rites EP came out in 2006 so I'm assuming they have split!
Their debut EP "Your Last Rites" from 2002 is a raw blast of fast hardcore thrash that is not vastly different to what Tear It Up were doing, tight fast guitar lines, speedy drumming etc but the production is a bit rawer and the vocals to me are way better than Tear It Up they have more aggression and belligerence which i think is why i always felt they had a slight edge over the other bands playing this kind of music at the time 7 songs in barely 6 mins this is high speed hardcore fun at it's best!. However it's on the next two 12"s "The Rites" and "Wish You Never Knew" that where these guys really hit their stride! The production on both these 12"s is far superior to the EP the guitars are nice and thick (but not heavy) and everything is way clearer in the mix and here you can start to see them showing their influences a bit more, There's shades of Black Flag, Poison Idea and because of the high speed guitar lines it also reminds me of the early Boston hardcore sound (think Jerry's Kids and early Gang Green) and even a bit of chunky metal riffage here and there, this time round the songs are given a bit less of the raw feel of a new band and more of a sound that is big and loud and in your face! Also it's not all thrash although these guys are masters of flooring the accelerator pedal there's a lot of really great mid-paced and slower parts that shows they have their feet planted as much in hardcore PUNK territory as they do thrash see "Pissing On Your Grave" from the "Wish You Never Knew" 12" or "Asshole City..." from "The Rites" 12" for evidence of this! The thing I like about The Rites is that their songs while mainly fast and fairly short are totally memorable with great riffs and they really have worked hard to get a great sound for the band in both the writing and the sound of their instruments and above all these guys can really play they are VERY tight and never miss a beat!
The Rites were consistent throughout their short existence as far as the sound goes I can't say that any of their releases from "The Rites" 12" I mention above through to their last EP "Fuck Em..." are startlingly different from each other however with a sound as great as these guys had then why would you fuck with it? What i'm saying is if you like the sound of my description then you WILL like The Rites
I think unfortunately that bands like The Rites and their cohorts like Tear It Up and Cut The Shit are bands that were very popular that is, as far as popularity in hardcore goes, but were "of their time" so to speak, for example, when i got into these bands around 2002/3 and i tried to backtrack their records (when i still bought vinyl) as many of them are very limited the prices were sky high for example the debut Cut The Shit 1 -sided 7" had only been out 6 months when i got onto them and when i tried to buy it on vinyl it was priced around the £20/£30 mark, now you can pick it up for around £5 same goes for The Rites Their "Fuck Em..." EP had 3 different pressings each with a different cover song on the B-side i have the most limited one which has a press of a mere 145 copies you'd think this would drive the price sky high? Nope you can pick it up for around £2.50! Their debut EP which has been out of print for 11 years goes for 83p for Black vinyl or £2 for green vinyl limited version Now while i think this is good that if you want the vinyl it's available at a reasonable price at he same time i think it's shocking that these brilliant records are so unwanted that they are dirt cheap, it also illustrates the fickle nature of Hardcore fans that a band as great as The Rites were and their records are in no demand at all and there's hardly any downloads available online either it seems no one is interested now
So there are 2 links below one contains all their 7"'s the other contains their 2 x 12"'s and the Live LP here's what you get...
"Your Last Rites" EP (2002)
"Pissing On Your Grave" 7" (2005)
"Death Of The Party" EP (2005)
"Fuck Em If They Can't Take A Joke" EP (2006)
"The Rites" 12" (2003)
"Wish they Never Knew" 12" (2004)
"There Shall Be No Encore (Live)" 1 -Sided LP (2006)
That's their full discography "Pissing..." 7" and "Death Of.." EP were both recorded at the same session but released seperately these and the Live LP are ripped from vinyl by me so are decent quality, the rest are ripped from my own CD's and "Fuck em..." EP is taken from a pay download so great quality also "Fuck Em..." contains all 3 covers songs they did for all 3 pressings of the 7" I mentioned above and a short bonus track so that's the whole session there!
So that's it a discography of one of the best kinda "lost" bands of hardcore no one i mention them to now has ever heard of them even though they toured the UK in 2005 ( I traveled to Liverpool to see them and turned up a day late and missed the show due to bogus info online) Unfortunately much as i love this music I really do lack knowledge as far as hardcore is concerned it's a genre that I have barely any interest in for me it was really exciting back in the 80's and again for a while in the early millenium but in the interim there seems to be a real lack of any kind of progression and most of it in fact nearly all hardcore really leaves me cold however occasionally if you follow it long enough you do get the odd gem unfortunately these are few and far between and I've yet to hear something since the early millenium that has really impressed me! So go check out some GREAT hardcore below as you know if it wasn't good it wouldn't be on this blog!
Here's your links Enjoy....
Rites Sevens - http://www.mediafire.com/download/z8adah5d75mci8r/RITES+SEVENS.rar
Rites Twelves - https://www.mediafire.com/download/ltnuxxequqv3uqx/RITES%20TWELVES.rar
Before i go I'd like to thank and credit a friend from back in the early millenium hardcore days a fella named Ellis who took the picture of The Rites playing live in Brighton UK at the top of this post I've lost touch with him now but if you happen to come across this post Ellis leave a comment, I have a full set of pictures he sent me of this night and after the show where the picture at the top of the post was taken The Rites went back to one of Ellis friends houses and played another set in their basement for the assembled crowd and Ellis band at the time also played, absolutely brilliant so here's some pics from the basement show too, wish I'd be there. Hope this post finally makes up for a lack of internet presence for this great band!