Wednesday, 23 April 2014

ANGELIC UPSTARTS










































http://punkygibbon.co.uk/images/a/angelic_upstarts/power_lp_400.jpg"The power of the press"
Year:  1986
Country:  UK
City:  Captain Oi! rec.
Label:  Gas rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Genre:  rock
Style:     Oi!      Pop































Angelic Upstarts were and are still an English Oi! band formed in South Shields in 1977 during the punk rock and new wave explosion. The band espoused an anti-fascist and socialist working class philosophy, and have been associated with the skinhead subculture. More than 3 decades after its release, their debut single, "The Murder Of Liddle Towers", was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time. The first albums were more crude and noisy, but at late 80´s decade the band adopted an hyper-clean and well produced sound which reminded the synth-pop bands like Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode or OMD. The musical base, structure was still oi! music but not the sound, even they changed the classic drums for an electronic drums to recorded the last 3 albums. Despite this synth-pop influence I have to admit that "The power of the press" was / is a good album, with great chorus and intelligent lyrics. How to labeled this? melodic oi! ? or perhaps oi! / pop? anyway is quite well done. good.
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ALKERDEEL



































http://www.alkerdeel.be/userfiles/pics/morinde_cover_color_1.jpg"Morinde"
Year:  2012
Country:  Belgium
https://ia902500.us.archive.org/4/items/AlkerdeelAlkerdeelAlkerdeel/alker.jpgLabel:  At War With False Noise
Format:  CD + wood box
Tracks:    4
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:    Drone   Noise   Doom

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"Luizig"
Year:  2008
Country:  Belgium
Label:  At War With False Noise
Format:  CD
Tracks:  1
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Drone   Noise   Doom































Alkerdeel spits out drone & doom metal with blown out practice space production, grinding guitars, blasting distorted drums, filthy super sick vocals, with bursts of sludge and stretches of loping minimal crunch, sort of mathy, all very very heavy, doomy and even psychedelic. Essential for fans of Darkthrone, Burning Witch, Wolves In The Throne Room, Beherit and why not, Mount Eerie … as well as other practitioners of grim buzz and noise. The band was originally raised as a three piece garage jam project (only guitar, drum and voice, no bass) in 2007, to satisfy a hunger for filthy and lousy music. All sessions were partly improvised and recorded on a tapedeck. Blesken, of Sylvester Anfang fame, got his hands on one of the recordings, recognized its rough value, baptised the bastard as 'Luizig' (lousy) and released the tape on a ridiculously yet logic amount of 66 tapes through his label, Funeral Folk. Ofcourse it sold out in no time and even before the thought of a re-release, Al from Scotland's At War With False Noise offered to give 'Luizig' a proper cd-release through his label. A repress followed shortly after due to increasing demand. By the time the band started to play live sporadically and on the brink of writing new songs, long time friend QW joined on bass. Not only his psychedelic drones elevated the music to untrodden fields of intoxication, the subterranean blasts from his speakers chopped many spectator's head clean off. To this day, stages are crushed with a.o. Wolves in The Throne Room, Jex Thoth, AmenRa, Aluk Todolo, Lugubrum, Urfaust, Monarch! ...
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AGATHOCLES









































http://moole.ru/uploads/posts/2011-05/1305192425_1.jpg"Black clouds determinate"
Year:  1994
Country:  Belgium
City:  Mol
Label:  Cyber music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  37
Time: 42 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Mince Grindcore





























Agathocles is a Belgian political grindcore band that they began in 1985. They are mainly known for producing a large quantity of split seven-inch EPs (144) but less long albums. They play a style of grindcore that they have dubbed "mincecore". Agathocles first started doing concerts a year later, in 1985, although audiences were always small due to there only being a small minority who listened to the type of extreme music the band was producing. The band also made a radio appearance, being interviewed on the local radio station, in the same year. The Agathocles styles has changed according the albums, some ones sound very close to metal genre (death, doom, thrash, etc.) and other more to punk genre (hardcore, crustcore, d-beat, etc.). The only one element in all albums is musically the grindcore base and lyrical, with political / social lyrics. This "Black clouds determinate" had a lot of metal influences, specially doom metal.
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CITY RATS











































https://ia600700.us.archive.org/35/items/ctrtsctrtsctrtsctrtsctrts/rat.jpg"Rat race on a rotting planet + EP"
Year:  2013
Country:  Israel
City:  Tel-Aviv
Label:   Angry Voice rec.
Format:  LP
Tracks:  21
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Punk   Hardcore


























I had a curious and great surprise to discover by chance one day, a band of Israel that sounds identical to the German band of the 80s: Upright Citizens. That is punk 82, hardcore punk or just mention 4 or 5 bands that we all know as the Upright Citizens mentioned, Varukers, GBH, Chaos Uk, Conflict, etc. They play fast, aggressive, loud and with some guitar riffs reminiscent of thrash metal that was done in the late 80s by bands such as Sacred Reich or Xenix (even the drums has double bass). The lyrics are pretty typical and honestly a bit repetitive, but they are good and do not fall into fatalism, nihilism, pesimism or "chaos -ism" of The Exploited and similar people. This band looks honest and truly punk. As anecdote to say they make a GBH cover "Sick Boy" very good. The label "Angry Voice Records" made and distributed is from Germany and made 2 editions only in vinyl  format.
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GOODBYE HARRY







































http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0000/071/MI0000071117.jpg?partner=allrovi.com"Food Stamp Bbq"
Year:  1995
Country:  US
City:  Buffalo
Label:  Cruz rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  33
Genre:  rock
Style:   Pop   Punk   Hardcore





















Another excellent Scott Reynolds album that in fact was recorded one year before, in 1994, but for some problems was not released and distribute until 1995 by "Cruz Records". This probably one of the faster and noisy Scott Reynolds albums, instead of his melodical voice. But the fact is clear, his another bands ALL or THE PAVERS were slowier and closer to pop forms. As anecdote to say that the artwork of this album was also a work of Scott Reynolds hymself. Very good album but totally unknown in 1995 for the majority of hardcore / punk scene, what a pitty.
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

ATTENTAT SONORE






























































ATTENTAT SONORE + D.O.A.
Year:  2013
Country:  France , Canada
City:  Limoges , Vancouver
Label:  Guerilla Vinyl rec. 
Format:  EP
Tracks:  4
Time:  12 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Punk  Hardcore



























What can we say of a split ep with the canadians DOA ? that is just great. Punk, Hardcore and touches of old and classic rock'n'roll show that the 2 bands , although very veterans make better music, stronger and faster than when they had 18 years . It is my personal opinion . Regarding ATTENTAT SONORE and also DOA I prefer its more recent works , that its inception. The truth is that I do not know why, but so it is . Perhaps it is that in the beginning it sounded both a little bit amateur little ( as all bands , of course) and now their sound is more compact and has very good quality . With ATTENTAT SONORE there is the difference they sing in 2 languages ​​( French and English) and their sound is perhaps more British , closer to Oi! music . Vinyl is really good and the only negative I can say about it is that it is very short, only 2 tracks by each band. Personally I think that vinyl is a format a little "dead" because of its drawbacks and shortcomings : it is very delicate, fragile , heavy, large, etc. but I must to admit that is aesthetically very beautiful, awesome and attractive. Something romantic. If you can not buy it for whatever reason , I think there are already some track on youtube , I recommend a listen.
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"Operation: infiltration"
Year:  2011
Country:  France
City:  Limoges
Label:  Guerilla Vinyl rec. 
Format:  CD + booklet
Format: vinyl clear or white
Tracks:  13
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:    Punk   Hardcore
























Combining the sheer blind energy of early american hardcore from 1982 and the positive aspects of the european anarcho-punk scene, the band continues after so many years to write, record, distribute, play material, on all kinds of stages possible, from the European squats to some bigger venues or fests. Since 1988, ATTENTAT SONORE always stood its ground and took a stand when needed, playing benefits and keeping it real. In this album the band get a sound faster and perhaps more agressive (strictly musical, of course) and it remind bands from UK punk 82 like GBH, Varukers, Chaos UK... but continuing with a positive / optimistic lyrics and clear and clean sound not noisy at all.
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https://ia600708.us.archive.org/30/items/sndrmdstcklsndrmdstckl/synd.jpg"Syndrome de Stockholm"
Year:  2009
Country:  France
City:  Limoges
Label:  Guerilla Vinyl rec. 
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Street Punk




















The years will elapse and will ATTENTAT SONORE getting an increasingly solid, compact and with a higher technical level sound. Without giving up the initial idea was that this group of friends had when they were adolescents of 14 or 15 years old, the music and lyrics are getting better. Perhaps this album sounds noticeably faster than the previous, but not at all hardcore, crustcore or similar styles, this is still pure, simple, direct, easy and seminal punk rock, street punk, oi! music or whatever you want to describe it. As a small difference, to mention that this time there is a greater presence of female voices, film extracts from and spoken words about political / social issues. Perhaps this is my ATTENTAT SONORE favourite album.
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http://rebelliousnoise.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/image075.jpgAttentat Sonore + Fertil Miseria
Year:  2007
Country:  France ,  Colombia
City:  Limoges ,  Medellín
Label:   Sin Piedad rec.
Format:  CD
Edition:  include some videos
Tracks:   22
Time:   48 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Street Punk   ,   Hardcore





















Following the tradition that has ATTENTAT SONORE to make split albums with other bands, this time it was the turn of the Colombians FERTIL MISERIA, for my luck they singing in Spanish and I can understand all their messages without problem ( :D). Both bands are anarchists and libertarians, but the Frenchs still sound musically his faithful and traditional 1977 punk rock and the Colombians, however, sound pretty faster, almost hardcore. The album cover is very explicit and direct: the opulence and wealth, against poverty and social marginalization. And this situation exists in the rich world (the Eiffiel Tour like a symbol) and the Third World (building in the city of Medellín, Colombia). I liked this split when I heard it in his day, is sounds very energetic and strong, hard.
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http://www.plusoilavie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/assh.jpg"Social headache"
Year:  2001
Country:  France
City:  Limoges
Label:  Guerilla Vinyl rec. 
Format:  LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  16 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Oi!   Punk





















I remember when I received this CD by mail in 2001, when I was still at a fanzine (paper ) called " Formiga Red Zine" . Then I received very little information and material about the hardcore / punk that existed outside of Spain and I was thrilled . After several listens I realized that that band so unknown , practicing a musical with a very decent level , acceptable , mature and well recorded . I remember it sounded compact , well-produced and with intelligent lyrics that tried to escape the stereotypes , clichés and phrases infant . I do not mean that ATTENTAT SONORE is an intellectual nor academic band , I think they understand Anarchism as a simple way of organizing society : no class. no religion . no country. no money. no State . Anarchy is a way of organizing society and is a form of order, harmony and wellfare , and it has nothing to do with The Exploited singing nonsense about "violence, nihilism, chaos and disorder " . All ATTENTAT SONORE discs I think they want to spread this idea , and they do this by getting music to like punks , skinheads and hardcore kids . As anecdote to mention that the work was made only in vinyl format and includes a good cover of the brittish oi! band The Partisans.
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Monday, 21 April 2014

THE PAVERS












































http://punkoteca2.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/paversisland.jpg"Return to the island of no return"
Year:  2002
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Boss Tuneage rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14  (+ 4 bonus)
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Pop   Punk   Hardcore
























After a lengthy tenure in ALL band and two albums with GOODBYE HARRY, vocalist Scott Reynolds moved on to Buffalo, NY, to form THE PAVERS in 1998. Continuing on with the hyper-paced pop-punk of his previous bands, Reynolds got together with Annabel members Tim Patterson (guitar), Eric Tuberdyke (guitar), Mark Galley (bass), and Josh Heatley (drums) to complete the lineup. Owned and "Operated Records" eventually released THE PAVERS first album, Local 1500, a year after they got together. They followed it up with an EP in 2002, Wrecking Ball, on CI Records.
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http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0000/286/MI0000286006.jpg?partner=allrovi.com"Local 1500"
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Owned & Operated rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:   Pop   Punk   Hardcore























Debut album of THE PAVERS which continues with the special mix of pop, punk hardcore like ALL or GREEN DAY. “Owned & Operated Recordings” made the disk and distributed it. And the covers and the whole artwork were paintings and drawings of Chris Shary, an artist who has already made a lot of artworks for many hardcore / punk bands such as: ALL, DESCENDENTS, CHEMICAL PEOPLE, STUPIDS, LIBIDO BOYZ, TEENAGE BOOTLEROCKET and more. 
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