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More Than Ever : Interview of Michael from Life.Lair.Regret. Records

By Tieuma

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Did you know there’s approximatively 16.400 kilometers between Strasbourg and Clayton ? And the most famous (and maybe “dangerous”) spiders in the world lives in Australia? And there’s a legend of a tooth-less vampire, called YARA-MA-YHA-WHO, who’s supposed to suck on your blood thourgh it’s hands and feets (Add correction if I made any mistakes here.) But the most amazing thing is those giant trucks crossing the country coasts to coasts in order to deliver suplies, called Road Trains. It’s a man made thing that is tearing up the wild nature, and it might be a huge source of pollution, no doubt, but I can’t help it, I’m amazed as a child about it. Shame on me.

Unfortunatly, I never visited the country. I know I’m young and it could change sooner or later but, but if there’s something I know for sure from there is their Hardcore punk bands. One of the early shows I attempted was a CARPATHIAN one, on their tour for the Isolation records. Last year, I was pretty stocked by the demo of THE UPPERGROUND, that still spin a lot to be honest. And I really enjoyed doing an interview with Dave from VIGILANTE.

And guest for today is also from Australia. Michael is one of the two genius behind Life.Lair.Regret (The other one being his twin brother Robert), the label that released some of my favorite records from this part of the world, xLAIRx, a direct tribute to nineties Edge Metal to mosh harder than hell and the prolific It’s Still Ok Not To Drink zine. We did this interview through e-mail (well, we used Messenger but whatever) and I got super interesting answers. Expect some heavy 90’s references, as you might have guessed it.

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ITW w/ Sam (RENOUNCED)

by xjtx

1/ Thanks for sharing your time and letting me do this interview Sam! How are you since you recently played – If I’m right – in Edinburgh and of course during latest Ieperfest Winter 2015 in February? How were these shows? RENOUNCED seems pretty overbooked in England until 4th of July!

Yeah, I’m pretty good, thanks. We played Edinburgh just over a week ago. It was an extremely long drive, but definitely worth it. A lot of people seemed to be really into our set and we played with some great bands, especially our good friends in tongues, who, due to geographical reasons we rarely get to play with. Ieper fest was a totally different experience. We played with much bigger bands and to a much bigger crowd. I think due to the fact crowbar (who, by the way, were incredible) were headlining, we played to a more metal audience than we are used to, but they seemed into it, so it was all good. There is such a good vibe there and if anyone ever gets the chance to go to ieperfest, they should. We have been playing shows practically every weekend lately, but it’s good to get up and down the country more than we were able to in the past and play to new people.

2/ Can you introduce yourself (age/ occupation / how have you been introduced and involved into hardcore…)?

I’m Sam, I play guitar. I am 26 years old. I was recently an English teacher in Japan, but am just doing a bit of art time work at the moment, while I focus on other things, such as studying and writing music for various projects. I was introduced to hardcore at the age of 11 where I attended an offspring concert. AFI were one of the support bands and were one of my favourite bands for years. I got into sick of it all a few years later after a friend made me a video of some stuff they taped off MTV and I guess it went from there…I first got involved properly when I started a band called xnihilox. We only played two gigs, but it got me hooked on playing in hardcore bands.

Now concerning the band: how and when RENOUNCED was born? Why did you chose that name (what does it means to you)?

RENOUNCED was born in the early months of 2013. Me and Danny (Vocals) had been trying to start this band for something like 5 years, but for some reason we could just never get the members together. Me and Martin (bass) were doing a band prior to renounced, that sadly never amounted to anything, so I was after starting something new. I asked Danny about trying again with this band and he asked two of his old school friends (Jack and Rayner) to join. I bought Martin in and renounced was born. We had two names the first was condition, but we did not all agree on it and found out there was already a band going by that name anyway. RENOUNCED was proposed by our vocalist and it just seemed to work. We were surprised that no one had taken it. RENOUNCED means to formally declare your abandonment of something. Love, hate, the system, anything. I think it fits with us trying to keep the band as free from labels as possible.

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XREPENTANCEX ” (how to digress)

XREPENTANCEX
“The Sickness Of Eden”
CTW Records (pre-order)

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To start this review about XREPENTANCEX’s first full-length, I would like to share with you Tom’s opinion – this is shot from his own zine LOW FIDELITY (yeah I’m dealing with Tom from VIOLENT REACTION, ARMS RACE, OBSTRUCT, THE FLEX, SECTARIAN VIOLENCE).

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Couldn’t agree more. Plus, I’m not really into the 90s metallic hardcore too. It’s not that I do not like or listen to that kind of music – I think there are awesome bands and subgenres: INTEGRITY/Holy Terror scene, CHOKEHOLD, CATHARSIS, 90s german emo/metal bands such as ACME (just to name one), some H8000 bands from Belgium (like CONGRESS or ARKANGEL – by the way, the first time I listened to “In Violation Of Asa” EP, I thought it was an excellent tribute to ARKANGEL’s first MCD “Prayers Upon Deaf Ears” which is my favorite record from their discography), or french bands from Overcome Records or – my all-time fav’ – KICKBACK!
BUT, “metalcore” also means stupid religious stuffs like those leading to FALL OUT BOY (ürgh) or VEGAN JIHAD (though I like VEGAN REICH’s “Vanguard”…).

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Because I’m a curious guy, a few days ago I listened to RENOUNCED “The Melancholy We Hache” LP wich was also released on Carry The Weight Records. DROIDxRAGE co-author Tieuma selected it in 2014 top records. To be honest, I’m not fond of that record. It’s definitly TOO MUCH hah! Mainly because of the umbearable emotional parts. What I like with XREPENTANCEX is that their awesome musical skills allow them to compose just what I want to listen to speaking of metallic hardcore: this is (that’s typical when you deal with that kind of music) a huge tribute to SLAYER’s rythmic guitar riffs (like those featuring in underrated LP “Divine Intervention”), mosh parts are just increasingly efficient… Breaks are just heavy as fuck: I think nobody can’t help thinking of insane 90s moshpit mayhem kinda EARTH CRISIS’s ones while listening to this records. Anyway, starting year 2015 with this record is just soooo cool (beware: I’ve seen a teasing video of DC RED DEATH 1st LP test-press… I think it’ll be damn good).

XXX

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Crucial Records #3 : Earth Crisis – Destroy The Machines

By Tieuma

Happy new year, everyone ! If you’re not Vegan Straight Edge, I hope you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations, your New Year Eve and all the sweet things around it, because now, the hard hammer of vengeance and retaliation for the innocent will fall real hard, and by hard I’m talking Earth Crisis, readers.

The wrath from the nineties, the hardest edge of the Straight Edge, the angriest Vegan voice. I’am talking war here.

Well enough with this over zealous intro. This was the records I was supposed to review last time, but The Proletariat popped out. We got an expression here in france you can roughly translate by “leave the better for the end” which seems to mean nothing in english. Well too bad. Anyway you got the idea behind that, I thought it was the perfect time to release this review then !

So let’s get to it and the question I asked myself when I picked this precise Earth Crisis records ? Well, because after the Slither LP, the material released seems pretty irrelevent to me, I bought it and listen to it for what it is, a Earth Crisis release, but I do think it’s way not as good; Gomorrah’s Season Ends & Breed The Killers are great but I didn’t listen to them as much as this one, which for me led the nineties metalcore where it went. All Out War or Firestorm may be really important and definitevly crucial release, they are too short, and lack anthems this LP is full of.

Published through Victory records, when it was a good label, in 1995 (wikipedia states it was maybe in October or November, youtube May 25, well dunno.)  there’s several versions of the piece going to Red, Clear, Green, Black and a CD one, both of the Red and Clear were represses put out in 2011. Notice that the song “Wrath Of Sanity” is called “Knight Of Justice” on the vinyl. Also, I haven’t done that in the other reviews but, let’s take some time to talk about the item. One of the things that make the nienties hardcore era a special one is the embarassing bad taste of everything, but in the good way. You know, there’s wrong embarassing bad taste, and there’s the good one, the one that must be. And this is totally this records right here I mean look at the picture behind, look at this bulldog lurking at you at the bottom, look at this capital sentence out of nowhere dedicated to the most hated kids of this time. This is what I’m talking about, it’s too much (yet not enough compared to other stuff of that time but whatever), and it is what’s good about this item !

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Let’s begin this review as usual with the music and this sick Forced March intro riff. I mean this is totally sick. Ok Firestorm was good, but this opens the records and you got to get something to hold on to because from this point, the storm last for 34 minutes and 10 seconds (well split in two because you got to flip the records)  and it’s a hard one. Mostly every intro on this records is a mosh trigger, the greatest one being Deliverance though. Insane.

Well, the whole more or less 3minutes songs are just a blend of geniune riffs. It’s clearly ahead of its time and many bands can thanks them for this effort because you got some classic jam nonetheless there. Let’s take the ambiance on Destroy The Machine for exemple. Damn, just before this open E chugchug of a riff, it’s like so dark and disturbing and mean and… Well I’m AFK moshing my bedroom, sorry. And it goes on and on the whole records, anthems after anthems.

The sound quality just top it off. It’s clean enough, no triggered shit (did it existed at this time though ?) no more than two guitares, this dirty slaming bass sound and the vocal not getting over the mix at all, well, it just make this record so angry yet a decent quality.

Only the voice bugs me still. Karl wrote down cool lyrics but it’s too monotonic, it lacks the power of the previous release, even it’s still a bit too monotonic but this reach the point.

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Talking about the lyrics, this also why I picked up this records. Alright, let’s make it clear, Earth Crisis maybe not the most intelligent band around at the time I’m giving it to you. It’s the same matter as Warzone to me in fact, but in a different way : at this time, they just wanted to be the hardest kids in town, you know, showing how Edge they were and how the world was teared apart by humanity. It doesn’t excuse the pro-life shit, and again I’m highly critical in front of that but still, it was a wild time, where you had to be hard to your positions, and they went a bit too far. But this records still hold a lot of good songs with important message.

The Discipline for exemple. I mean I do take Straight Edge for a personnal choice and I do not care about what you do of your life, but this song is  the truth, litterally. Its a long song, with a long text to learn but this is so important, so intense, and this is what this  band is about, intensity. It may look a little bit clumsy here or there, alright, but it’s so full of thoughts and deep in a sens. Like the guy sat down in front of his sheets for ages before putting it out, there’s no other way because just look at this :

Enslaved by concupiscence, promiscuity leads to despair.
Victims used and abandoned by
liars who professed to care. Self-exiled from their insanity.
Striving to attain higher levels of purity. The beauty in life
is mine to know. Amidst the ruin I survive. I’ve got to stay free.
Damage everywhere – infections at every turn. Through my
refusal to partake I saved myself. Abstinence was the beginning.

It’s just a peak, because this records is full of this kind of weird sentences, ending in long texts sometimes hard to understand for my low level english, but it’s really intense, and I’m not afraid to said it’s even emotional. This kind of songs just confort me to be Vegan Straight Edge, clearly. Theses songs are anthems to go to war against the whole world on these beating chugchug. Every song you want to have Karl in front of you and steal his mic to lost your voice over thoses lyrics. Again, I’m getting over zealous but it’s insane how powerful theses lyrics are.

So, aside from the shitty pro life stuff (which is not prominent on this release) and the fact sometimes the lyrics are way too long with way too complicated sentences, I got nothing more to say. This records speak volumes to me and I just want to shout out those hard Edge lyrics while I’m moshing like crazy.

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Destroy The Machines is definitly a crucial record. Because its hard, its huge, its powerful, it get you to go totally crazy over crucial lyrics and riffs. If you like metalcore, do not miss it, it’s a milestone of the nineties hardcore sound and the metalcore sound in general, and it’s definitly have the rage and passion of an hardcore records and the writing skills of a metal records. It’s ahead of its time and still doesn’t sound weird today. Learn the lyrics and become a moshpit warrior, save mother earth.

DEDICATED TO THE VEGAN STRAIGHT EDGE.

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by | January 1, 2015 · 8:47 pm