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A week of new releases (AGGRESSION PACT, NEIGHBOURHOOD, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, LIFE OF REILLY, PURE DISGUST, STRAIGHT LACE, SPIRITS, THE FLEX)

by xjtx

THANK YOU ALL-MIGHTY 2015

AGGRESSION PACT 7″
PAINKILLER RECORDS

PAINKILLER RECORDS has always been a record label I keep an eye on since the early days and this fact won’t change since I’ve been listening to one of their latest releases dozens and dozens of times on their bandcamp profile. AGGRESSION PACT first 7″‘s out on bandcamp since less than two weeks and this record’s already something I consider to be a hella 2015 release (like a lot of materials I’ll be reviewing today actually!)
AGGRESSION PACT are from Boston, MA and the first thing I can tell about this band is that they maintain Boston’s success in American Hardcore History – like mentionned on PAINKILLER bandcamp profile, a band “in the firing off rounds in the tuneful traditions of BGK, N.O.T.A., A.O.D. and other bands with acronyms for names.” Not forgetting an important detail: AGGRESSION PACT includes in his line-up members of several top American Hardcore bands from the 00s and the 10s (in my humble opinion): WASTE MANAGEMENT, GREEN BERET and MERCY KILLINGS.
AGGRESSION PACT’s sound is so closed to that Boston Hardcore tradition you won’t be surprised to meet both leather & spikes punx and more hockey jocks hardcore kids in their audience! Their tunes are like a call to action. Fast, short and very efficient songs, what would you expect from a good hardcore band?

NEIGHBOURHOOD “Forced To Fight” 7″

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Guidance – Path Of Grace

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London based Straight Edge band Guidance put out a great 7” last year through Anger Battery Records entitled Age Of Vice. Drawing very obvious inspiration from the New Age Records bands of the early 90’s, it was equal parts Strife circa My Fire Burns On and A Light In The Dark era Outspoken. Age Of Vice really impressed me at the time with it’s solid songwriting and accomplished musicianship but most importantly because it had some fucking soul and I was excited to see how the band developed. Fast forward 18 months and Guidance have sadly packed it in despite recording what I consider to be the BEST 90’s influenced straight edge record of the past decade, Path Of Grace. Currently this record is unreleased, but is available to listen to for free HERE
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Twisted Vision : Jimmy Wizard – Higher Power

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Since I got into hardcore, I always had a problem with the nineties era. From the Youth Crew revival, to the chug chug metalcore, groovy NYHC or emo, I can’t find something that I despise or find lame, neither the bad taste, the imagery, the sound nor the political awarness in the scene. As you may know, I really want to built a time travel machine, just to live this era a little bit. Maybe it’ll disgust me,  but you can’t be sure if you didn’t try.

For the last few years, it seems my need of this said machine is compromised by the wave of new bands playing this brand of hardcore, but an enhanced version. Like they stutied how amazing it was and decided to improve how good it was. And believe me, in most case it’s really well done.

Higher Power is one of those bands nailing the nineties sound, by mixing the best of LEEWAY and DISTRICT 9.  Just this once, they’re coming from the UK, where every of those killer bands are coming, and they share members just to show you how you don’t need many people to create an army of great bands.

Check out the review made by my co-autor NathanxBean on this site, then here’s a short interview with Jimmy Wizard about his new tricks.

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Day of Rights – The few and the proud

 

 

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A few years ago the cultural bermuda triangle that exists between Sussex and Kent was spewing out high quality and varied hardcore bands like nobodies business. Shows were plentiful and with the support of the prolific semi-local record label Carry The Weight, it certainly appeared that the South had indeed risen.

In 2015  things are looking barren. Scene lynchpins Breaking Point have just announced their imminent demise, Final Rage packed it in a few months ago, Ego Trip, Inherit and Unholy Majesty are all missing in action. Lulls like this are inevitable as key players grow older and the weight of adult responsibility initiates a shift in priorities, and it reaffirms the point that it is important for EVERYONE to play an active role in keeping things moving along and not fall into the habit of relying upon the same handful of proactive people to *ahem* carry the weight.

Day Of Rights are a new Straight Edge band that is, needless to say, made up of the aformentioned same handful of proactive people. Essentially a 2.0 version of SRH standard bearers Coldsnap, Day Of Rights plow a distinctly similar sonicfurrow to their previous incarnation whilst adding a hefty twist of metallic hardcore to their brew. The bands key influences are evident in opener Enslaved which borrows heavily from Merauder’s metal influenced take on NYHC, whilst Clock Choke’s furious barrage hits like a brick in the teeth and reminds me of the fearsome Cold As Life.
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Higher Power demo review

 

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Higher Power are YET ANOTHER example of how Leeds does hardcore right in 2015. Whilst the city is perhaps best known for it’s Boston/’82 style bands like The Flex, Violent Reaction, Obstruct etc the creative milieu bubbling away in the student ghettos is clearly a fertile environment for all types of underground activity. With members drawn from the recently departed Abolition and Bleak Reality, HP’s sauce is a logical extension of those culmulative influences. Just take a casual listen to their demo (avilable from Neutral Words Records) HERE and it ain’t hard to recognise where they are coming from.

Vocalist Jimmy Wizard (yes that is his REAL name) could quite easily tip up on the next season of Stars In Their Eyes, why? Because his vocal impersonation of Ezac is absolutely spot on. For real, when I started listening to the demo I had to stop it and double check I hadn’t put a Crown Of Thornz tape in the deck. For those who are not familar with that reference point let me enlighten. Higher Power clearly take inspiration from that branch of New York Hardcore that was not afraid to temper aggression with melody and create some almost spirtual sounds. Jimmy’s vocals are crystal clear, raw but still tuneful. Nailing a style that stretches the vocalist behind screaming and shouting is not easy, if it aint dead on it sounds bloody awful. This is not the clumsy attempts at sung vocals we are so often subjected to by mediocre bands trying to switch their shit up, nope my man is putting some SOUL into these train yard blues.

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Musically Higher Power do not play around either. There’s a solid rhythmic backbone at work here, keeping the grooves tight and your head bobbing. This demo is infested with crunchy memorable riffs and inspired song structures that twist and evolve as the songs progress. Sure it’s melodic in places but that don’t mean its soft. Cold Front were not soft. Maximum Penalty were not soft. Crown Of Thornz were not soft and Higher Power sure as Hell ain’t soft. Goddamnit, that sick thugged out groove in third song Twisted Vision is pure Mike Dijan perfection. And that solo midway through opener Peace is so fucking LIFTED it takes the actual piss.

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And in spite of all the obvious NYHC references peppered throughout this demo there’s some other interesting stuff happening here….the massive breakdown in No Son for example reminds me a lot of the Four Walls Falling song Fall Of Rome and that is no bad thing. I have been rinsing these songs all day and I am still tripping off how perfectly conceptualized and executed this demo tape is.If you like what you hear and are interested to learn more, get linked up to what HP are doing HERE Personally, I cannot wait to see where this band goes next because yo three songs just ain’t enough.

(Title pic courtesy of Natalie Wood, thank you!)

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Digress – The 7th Day demo

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We’re only two months into 2015 but it’s shaping up to another beezer year for UKHC with big records from Repentance, True Vision and the Day Of Rights demos already and now Digress throwing the 7th Day into the mix. For those not on the skinhead tip, 90’s hardcore appears to be the dish of choice amongst the London straight edge. And whilst I often view these expeditions into 90‘s authenticity with one eyebrow raised, I can’t fault their enthusiasm and attention to detail one bit. Whilst brother bands Guidance, Repentance and Renounced may have drawn clear influence from the New Age, Good Life and Eulogy back catalogues respectively…Digress have chosen to rummage through the bag of tricks belonging to Floridia’s Strongarm .

I don’t front so I should preface this by stating that I tried listening to Strongarm’s Advent album when it came out. As was common at the time, pen friends would often tape new releases for one another because we were all simply to broke to keep up with everything. Foster (who would later inspire fear with Slavearc) had dubbed a copy of Strongarm for me with Cultures Born Of You on the other side. I didn’t think much to Culture, (and beyond Memento Mori I still don’t), and once I discovered that Strongarm were full on God heads I binned the tape off (despite quite liking it). Convictions maaaan. Anyhow beyond a passing musical similarity, Digress has very little to do with my reactionary and scornful teenage protestations….

Opening track Ascetic Ideal leads in with one of those melancholy acoustic intro’s that was popular amongst bands like Morning Again before cascading into a barrage of riffs and throaty desperate vocals. Musically there’s a lot more experimentation evident here than with the members other projects. Some complex riffs and textures coupled with smart understanding of dynamics create a heaviness that is less reliant on palm muting chug and more on tension and dischord. Reminiscent of early Shai Hulud perhaps? Vocalist Pat Hassan even drops in some of those super sincere spoken word passages. Hard to do them without involuntarily adopting an American accent!
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Rock Of Sisyphus has a bit more mosh to it with shades of One King Down creeping in here and there with some really nice use of melody in the final third. Last song Avernment weighs in with that hefty mid pace crunch that would have had the Jannesport backpack brigade swinging at the knees and grabbing their curved brims to show how much they were FEELING it, the beat picks up and switches dynamics mid song for a furious thirty seconds but then it’s back to head nodding territory before closing out with a haunting solo. Lyrically Digress are far more introspective beast than their peers, looking inward at the inherent structural damage in the blueprint of humanity rather than lashing outwards. The lyrics are smart and I am reminded of the philosophical approach taken by the ancient vegan straight edge band Sevin on their Heavens Deception 7’.  Within a genre that has a tedious propensity for macho bravado, Digress’s whole schtick exudes intelligence, frustration and a resigned melancholy that comes as a real breath of fresh air. Have a listen to the demo HERE

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Unjust – Manchester Straight Edge

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Hot on the heels of Survival, Insist and Below comes yet another straight edge band from the other end of the M62. Fronted by man mountain Mike Porter, a fellow more used to wrecking shop in front of the stage than holding court on top of it and comprised of assorted scallywags and rapscallions drawn from the iron ranks of the Manchester Straight Edge. I have a lot of time for these guys. I have said it before and I’ll say it again Manchester hardcore does not pose, it don’t pretend  to be something it’s not. They just get on with the business of hardcore, and clearly business is good.

Unjust hit the line hard, their intro got that same bounce that Breakdown had in ’87 but that’s certainly not indicative of their sound as a whole. Musically this is bang on point late 80‘s straight edge hardcore but taking inspiration from the likes of Seattle’s Brotherhood or Clevo hayseeds Confront rather than the more obvious clean cut youth crew influences. Laying down the law on opening track Clear Sight, Porters belicose vocals have a furious thick necked quality like Mean Steve did on Payday or Wasted Life. Second track See Straight reminds me of Side By Side, with frantic fast verses crashing into the kind of wicked hard chorus/breakdowns that guarantee wild behaviour. Lyrically it’s nowt fresh. Straight forward, simplistic and catchy enough to ensure  finger pointing, pile on’s and mic grabs galore.

Unjust smack you in the teeth with with a rugged demo thats all over and done with in less than 5 minutes. It’s scrappy hardcore as it should be played and for those looking for homegrown straight edge with a distinctly No Tolerance flavour, Unjust could be just the band for you. But don’t take my word for it, the band have made the demo available on their bandcamp page HERE And I believe that Jimmy over at New Instinct records will be making physical copies of the demo available to purchase imminently so go HERE to stay updated and to investigate his other releases.

Unjust will be playing in Leeds at the new breed of straight edge showcase at the Temple Of Boom on February 21st alongside Insist and Regiment.

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xjtx TOP 2014 RELEASES

LPs & 12″

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#1/ THE FLEX “Wild stabs in the dark”
Milk Run Records, Video Desease Records.

Everything in one record. UK’s finest. I wasn’t impressed at all by their previous releases but this very first LP is a blast: so old school and new at the same time. It seems that current UK scene just want to smash down what NYC and Boston did to hardcore punk during the 80s by creating a spirit, an attitude, a sound, overwhelmed by western civilization pressure, no matter if you’re into politics, a clean lifestyle or watching football games drinking beers with your pals…what is more is that the musical skills are definitly here! I’ve nothing to add about the recording or the mastering (courtesy of, respectively, James Atkinson and Dan Randall), this sound is just perfect. Thank for making this happening.

#2/ FORESEEN “Helsinki Savagery”
20 Buck Spin, Take It Back.

I’ll hold my own copy (vinyl version of course) in several more weeks but thank to 20 Buck Spin for putting this online on their bandcamp page I can already tell you what a pleasure it was to FINALLY listen to it – even if “Death Injection” had been repeated on Soundcloud maybe a thousand times before this record came out. I’d like to personally thank singer Mirko for sending me updated infos and pictures about this very first LP (especially when I was almost dying at the hospital). I’ve red a very few english reviews of that record (since I can’t understand finnish anymore) and all I can say is fuck the all-mighty comparison with AGNOSTIC FRONT and CRUMBSUCKERS: don’t stare at FORESEEN’s members t-shirts collection to publish rubbish like that. That’s a fact: FORESEEN, with all the respect due to natives NYC and Baldwin two great bands, just spit on their faces! “Un bonne grosse fessée!” as we say in France (if you’re into rugby). Guitars are just amazing and sharped! They become louder and louder as the groove just shred the record, as the drumming: it’s been a while that I haven’t been so stoked by a drummer! I have to admit that I’m really not into an over-emphasised singing but on this record, this is just perfect and well organized (“Delusion of no consequence” for example) and what about the choirs on “Death Injection” or “Both sides lose”. Very well done, dudes!

#3/ BATTLE RUINS s/t
Rock’n’roll Disgrace

Complete genius, but complete morons. That’s why you deserve third place assholes.

#4/ NIGHT FEVER “Vendetta”
Adult Crash

Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark (definitly a great place to live if you’re into hardcore IMO, DEATH TOKEN come from there too and their 2011 LP “All dreams are nightmares” was one of my favorite releases at that time), NIGHT FEVER released in october one of the greatest reasons to still listen to hardcore punk in the begining of the third millenium. “Vendetta” is absolutely an amazing record, between clean thrashcore and something else, certainly due to an incredible singing (it sometimes reminds Glenn Danzig! (“Denied”)) and guitars solos which stoked me a lot – like PROPAGANDHI’s latest releases. Favorite song? “Fuck your P.M.A.” I can’t help thinking of CRO-MAGS’s singer John Joseph “quotes” on his Facebook profile, whom sentences are always punctuated with a “PMA”!

#5/ LOST TRIBE “Solace”
Mass Media Records, Avant! Records.

Well, there’s a pretty good interview of ’em on CVLT NATION website (I’ll post a link below if you didn’t already ckeck it) so I won’t make a historical background. I’ll just write this band hails from Richmond, Virginia, they chosed their name after a DISCHARGE song and members also play/have played in AGHAST, EMPTY GRAVE, SYNDROME, CAVES CAVERNS…whom I know practically nothing about! I just know a few things: recently some dinosaurs from the worldwide hardcore attendance seemed pretty exhausted with the “post punk” fashion contaminating the d-beat/crust punk side of the hardcore moon, telling shit like since AMEBIX has discovered KILLING JOKE blah blah… Ok, guys! The “punk” shit is just about recycling stuff since 1975 so just shut the fuck up! And latest AMEBIX record is just great. You know what? You remind me the goth characters from South Park, with just one word in mind: “posers”. Screw all of you, I’m just about committing suicide…

#6/ SYSTEMATIC DEATH “The moon watches”
Waybackwhen Records

After rehearsing with my band sooner in 2014, our drummer told us he’ll spend the festive season with a friend of us in Japan. They took their plane earlier this morning. Since I learn this, I didn’t try to get much records from japanese bands because I knew that they’ll bring back some freaking gems I figure you can only purchase in the Land of the Rising Sun. Around April we ordered the CONFRONT compilation LP, I listened to latest ZYANOSE LP (ok, I can figure how much DISCLOSE were such a great influence on japanese hardcore punk – I own several postcards/portraits my friends from MONARCH! gave me when they got back from a Japan Tour this summer even if I’m not a real fan of this band – but noise remains noise, and I’m definitly not sensitive to that form of art!), and I also discovered this year a great band called TRUST…but I’m sorry to tell you that I didn’t really dig into japanese hardcore punk bands in 2014! That’s why when I discovered that Yokohama SYSTEMATIC DEATH had released a second full-length I set upon it since I really love their 2009 “Annie’s full swing Systema-6” LP and this record didn’t disapoint me at all. In fact, it contains what I love with most japanese bands (and the euro ones who try to “copy” them like SELFISH): the efficient fury, heavy metal guitar solos, wild drumming, an incomprehensible singing (althought they shout in english!)…and that’s pretty much all this record is about! What do you want me to tell you? I’ll be the first to enjoy the appearance of a new GISM or PAINTBOX (but, please, not just copycats) but I definitly can’t ask for the moon! Even if…the moon watches. (That was free, please excuse me) In fact, if you agree with my position on japanese hardcore maybe you’ll like KAIBOUSHITSU (featuring members of CROW and DEATH COMES ALONE) 2010 LP on HG Fact… Anyway, favorite track featuring on “The moon watches”? Probably “Get Alone” for the groovy bass line!

#7/ NAPALM A.D. 12″
Skrammel Records

TOTALITÄR. HERÄTYS. TOTALITÄR. DISSEKERAD. TOTALITÄR. INSTITUTION. TOTALITÄR. NAPALM A.D. TOTALITÄR. Sweden.
Well, what can I add about this? A killer record for sure. But since 2010, there is always in my “top selection” a swedish band (sometimes the same members, duh) making a tribute to TOTALITÄR. Sweden owns Ikea, they own H&M, a social model that everyone dreams about (it seems that this golden age is now pretty bygone), but they ABOVE ALL have TOTALITÄR! So, as DOOM said: HAIL TO SWEDEN!

#8/ TAULARD “Les abords du lycée”
Et Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu?

TAULARD (french for “Jailbird”) was one of the few bands I listened to almost EVERYDAY during my several 2014 hospital stays, perhaps cuz I felt quite simply like a prisoner, waiting for nothing, staring at the window. Ok I wasn’t threatned to be raped in the shower, and you’ll maybe be upset by the gratuitousness of my words but, hey folks! I’m dealing with a synth/wave/pop/punk band so, as the lyrics of that kind of music allows us to, I can deal with EVERYTHING I want with black humour: suicide, loneliness, AIDS…
Seriously, TAULARD and NOIR BOY GEORGE are definitly two of current french bands who are worthy of my attention even if the synth thing isn’t my cup of tea at all. I really love the lyrics of that kind of music. Really simple, in french, so I can easily understand them. That’s not poetry, just reality: living in dark, industrial cities of northern France… Dealing with loneliness, different social or personal crisis Ok, you can’t do it shouting, moshing…whatever. You know, when I listened to this record the first time I could barely move, so that was perfect. Thank you TAULARD. Check out other 2014 releases by Et Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu?, this label is dope!

#9/ AGENT ATTITUDE “Deranged Realities”
Adult Crash, Monument Records.

Uppsala’s finest tribute to USHC this year! The best worldwide tribute to american hardcore punk IMHO! Did you think of another singer than Henry Rollins listening to songs like “Step Aside”? Or another guitar player than Al Barile (faster, faster, FASTER!) No, seriously I’m asking you if you don’t want to sacrify both nowadays BLACK FLAG, FLAG, OFF! (even if their video clips are hilarious) on the altar of self-respect after listening to AGENT ATTITUDE “Deranged Attitudes”? This record is awesome, it reflects youth frustration the same way (I guess) youngsters were living during the 80s.

#10/ AGAINST ME! “Transgender dysphoria blues”
Total Treble, Xtra Mile.

You may think whatever you want about bands deciding to go into a pop (or whatever) bend after starting as an anarcho-this, DIY-that band with ethic and shit. Ok, ok, it’s all to your credit. But I do not give a shit about people’s opinions about AGAINST ME! In fact I’m personnally attached to the subject of this record: the coming out of singer Laura Jane Grace as a transgender woman. Since I’m not a geek or a die-hard fan of the band, I don’t know if there is a solid basis of people waiting this record to be released. I know it started to be conceptualized in 2011 after the release of “Black Crosses” (that I just love), and that they took years to release it due to line-up troubles (even Fat Mike from NOFX plays the bass on three songs). It results, as to me, the best “pop” record of the year. Every tune is…well, cool. Just “cool”. Cuz I don’t expect that much about a pop record.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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AUTISTIC YOUTH “Nonage”
NO PROBLEM “We’re already dead”
CADAVER EM TRANSE s/t
LONG KNIFE “Meditations on self-destruction”
HOUNDS OF HATE “Hate springs eternal”
BOSTON STRANGLER “Fire”
DEKODER “Flowers to blossom”
PERVERS ET TRUANDS s/t
FUTUR.s MORT.s s/t
PUNCH (RIP) “They don’t have to believe”
GAS RAG (RIP) “Beasts Off”
EAGULLS s/t
HORROR VACUI “Return of the empire”
SHEER TERROR “Standing up for falling down”

EPs

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1/ PROTESTER s/t
Trash King Productions

I’ve already done a review of that awesome 7″ on DROIDXRAGE, just scroll below, kids!

#2/ NERVOSAS “7 songs”
Build Me A Bomb

First of all, yes this one is a 12″ so, logically, it would be in the previous ranking, but, unfortunately for the pernickety ones, this record is actually titled “7 songs EP”, plus that’s a single sided so…but why am I losing my precious time with crappy details? French owner of Build Me A Bomb Label describes NERVOSAS EP as “nervous and gloomy punk, like an anxious WIPERS, and too punk to be post-punk” which is IMO quite right. Even if it must be SO embarrassing to ALWAYS compare your riffs with the WIPERS while you evolve, more or less, in the “hardcore scene”. It becomes like a trademark or worse, like a a religious foundation to be accepted in the ranks. “Ok, you sound like WIPERS, check!” Like THE ESTRANGED, you know, first EP: “Cool! They sound like WIPERS, great band!”, first LP: “Ah shit they sound like the shittiest THE CURE cover band I’ve heard, forget about it…” second LP: “Ah great they sound like WIPERS again!” and third LP: “What the fucking fuck…?”. Indeed, this record was a complete mess. [You know what? I’m a bit pissed with myself sometimes when I start to write some review and it turns into a stupid one-man-show with another me, just to be sure I agree with what I am curently writing, it’s somewhat as if I was the three headed giant in Monty Python and the Holy Grail… “Ok, ok, not biscuits…!”… Someday, Chuck Palahniuk will write a book about my schizophrenia, and maybe David Fincher… OK JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP RIGHT NOW MOTHERFUCKER!]
Wow! Maybe Build Me A Bomb must be right: maybe NERVOSAS actually really sound like an anxious WIPERS…

3/ KRIGSKADE “Når alt går til helvede”
Kontortid Records.

Ok folks. I just discovered that KRIGSKADE, Paris’s best swedish band from France (duh) had put out one of the best EPs so far. The fact is that when some friends of mine booked KRIGSKADE this summer I was just coming out of hospital and attending to hardcore shows was completely forbidden. I just came to the venue to chill with some friends before the show and I left the spot when bands started to play. Too bad. Because this record is increasingly good. IMHO it is a brilliant mix between clean kångpunk and Boston or current DC hardcore. This is exactly what euro-hardcore must be!
PS: You should check on Discogs website who did the recording and mixing sessions, this dude from my hometown knows how to make it!

4/ HARM DONE s/t
Straight and Alert

One of the few 2014 materials I was waiting for which did not decieve me at all! But that was risky! You know the deal: youngsters discovering the “powerviolence” thing whereas older folks think this kind of music belongs to 1997 (even if Iron Lung Records are doing a great job nowadays)… Plus: I don’t know why but, there is a huge wave of dudes just stoked by ENTOMBEDcore darkness, buying BOSS HM-2 effect pedal to have this 90s sound which IMHO is pretty embarrassing. Just think of shitty bands like NAILS or BLACK BREATH – well, to be honest I loved their “Razor to oblivion EP because of the 90s swedish crust/metal sound of that record but I’m releaved to have finally attended to sell their two first LPs to a friend of mine cuz I just felt horribly confused to have both BLACK BREATH, BLACK FLAG and BLACK SABBATH records sharing a shelf in my room! But, again, I’m losing my time: HARM DONE isn’t at all that kind of band. It’s just a great wall of sound, better than SEX PRISONER IMO, it’s more frustrated, more frantic… Musicians do their job the best way they can, plus they are nice guys!

5/ KOHTI TUHOA s/t
Svart Records.

Ough! What a piece of anger! KOTHI TUHOA (I believe that “tuhoa” means “destroy” cuz I remember that almost 15years ago finnish skateboarder Arto Saari won the “Skater of the year” trophy from THRASHER Magazine and this skateboarding bible released a finnish version of their well known “Skate and Destroy” t-shirt with a “Skedee Ja Tuhoa”, well…nevermind…) is a fresh new band starring members of well known finnish d-beat and chaotic hardcore punk bands such as MAAILMANLOPPU, KYLMĀ SOTA, PERIKATO or even SPEEDTRAP wich is more a heavy/speed metal band, CIRCLE, DEATH TOLL 80K, DEATH WITH A DAGGER, HARD ACTION, PYROTOXIC, DROWNING NATION, KAUHUN TASAPAINO, KHATARINA, SELFISH, STUMM, FORCED KILL, STENCH OF DECAY… Sorry for the name droping! Well, this record is a classic chaotic female-fronted mayhem of nightmares and doom. What did you expect from a raw punk record? I just love this record, there’s an inexhaustible source of energy and speed in it, with a groovy bass, fantastic heavy metal solos and noisy riffing, plus the classic reverberation on the singing wich is quite amazing I have to admit. A must have!

6/ AJAX s/t
Katorga Works.

Definitly one of my favorite NYC based band, this shit is dope. What a crappy production: violent, harsh… THE guitar parts really made think of early AGNOSTIC FRONT-era. This EP is a killer one. A great tribute to old-school american hardcore.

7/ SOCIAL DAMAGE “Eye for an eye”
Straight and Alert Records.

SOCIAL DAMAGE are from Indianapolis, Indiana, and somehow, they really remind me of SSD, or angry Boston straight edge bands… What I like with this band is the bloody mess reigning all over the recording sessions and the production. I think that nowadays, most straight edge bands are obsessed with a clean sound and production and that bores me. SOCIAL DAMAGE has a awesome and crude sound that most bands should imitate!

8/ PURE DISGUST s/t
Flophouse

There are so many good bands revolving around COKE BUST and Washington DC… I started my 2014 selection with one of them and I’m practically about to end it with another one. Plus, I believe their first drummer was PROTESTER’s singer… I think this is how things go in the worldwide hardcore scene – we nearly have the same behaviour in my hometown. Let’s get back to PURE DISGUST, I think that they go further than what they previously did with their previous demo tape on Hesitation Wound Records which was pretty basic towards what they did with this s/t. This is really aggressive without being too “hardcore” this record has the coolest rock’n’roll aspect of my 2014 of my selection, it’s more about dancing than moshing. It reminds me YOUTH AVOIDERS from Paris.

9/ MARABOOTS “Ils ont tué la oi!”
Une Vie Pour Rien

French Oi! at his peak! Led by a crew of youngster bootboys from Paris! Althought I HATE their name (too hard to explain why this pun is so…whatever), their 2010 self-released demo and that I’ve never listened to their first EP or split EP w/ STOMPER98, their only 10″ and this last two-songs EP were just awesome. Yeah, the band did split-up earlier this year, RIP. I hope newest french Oi! bands like OUTREAU or LION’S LAW will deputize, but what created their originality was the use of the saxophone which was a great idea!

10/ DiE “Vexed”
Sonic Terror Discs

I admit I prefered their previous EP but this one really deserves the “ssdbeat” tag DiE published on their bandcamp profile, plus the reverberation on vocals. I still think their previous EP is better but this record, nevertheless, is completely cool. I hope both 7″ announce a great first LP.

DEMOS

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1/ RED DEATH 2014 demo
Flophouse, Carry The Weight Records

This tape totally deserve the Holy top place of 2014 ranking. I discovered it at work (indeed) and Nick who plays the bass gave it to me during a COKE BUST show in Bordeaux. This tape has been well desbrided on the Internet throughout the year and co-writer Tieuma already posted it on DROIDXRAGE so, help yourself, just listen to it!

2/ U.S. DOGS 2014 demo
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What a coincidence: Ed already posted their demo earlier in December and there is practically no information about this band on the Internet. But this demo is sick, an awesome early NYHC sound.

3/ THE CREW demo
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Killer Seattle, Washington, straight edge and youth crew demo, which means mosh parts, choirs, Air Max, crosses everywhere, Les Paul and X-Rated watches. I guess. This demo is really powerful.

4/ CRIMSON SCARLET “Athens Cave Sessions” K7
Doomed To Extinction

Another post/punk/goth release put out by crust punks. This post really starts being boring!

5/ B’URST demo
Thinking Straight Records

These guys are like Brazilian AGNOSTIC FRONT! If you like FORESEEN early releases you will like demo. This is a great tribute to late 80s/90s NYHC and crossover.

6/ SHRAPNEL “The Demo”
New Instinct Records

Moshing, blasting hardcore punk from Leeds. It sounds like a tribute to BREAKDOWN’s 87 demo. Really impressive. Really cool.

7/ SHORT DAYS 2014 Demo
Black Knife Records

This sounds a bit like nowadays Portland based bands like AUTISTIC YOUTH or DEFECT DEFECT, who seem to be really inspired by WIPERS, but they come from Lille, Northern France. This demo reflects an intense melodic sounds, nevertheless It remains gloomy. This might explain the VICIOUS cover featuring on that tape.

8/ CRIMINAL WAVE demo
XEROX Records

“CRIMINAL WAVE’s demo tape was meant for one thing and one thing only, blowing your boombox out while getting rad”. That’s pretty much what this demo is all about. I can’t help remembering the glory days of the Bones Brigade era when I listen to that tape, it’s like listening to an even messier BLACK FLAG. This is really cool.

9/ INFIDEL DEMO
Self-release

LAST GOTH RELEASE OF 2014. Releaved? Not yet, you haven’t heard any sound from this cassette, where everything seems to be calculated for escaping from the nightmare of living. (Fart noise)

10/ AGGRESSION PACT Promo Tape
Self-released

Ok. What a hell of a tape end this 2014 top releases. I can conclude this global review by doing some shitty name fucking droping of the different members bands so you can understand why this band features in my favorite 2014 releases in less than 5 minutes of demonstration: BOSTON STRANGLER, PEACEBREAKERS, PRISONER ABUSE, STEP FORWARD, WASTE MANAGEMENT or MERCY KILLINGS (killer 2013 EP)… Can you figure this violent Boston sound of anger? No? Just listen to it.

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VIOLENT REACTION : Tom Pimlott

By Tieuma

I think this band doesn’t need no introduction, but in the case you were living under the huggest rock of all time, check it out there :

http://violentreaction.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-ep

DISCLAIMER : This interview is an old one (recorded during UK Edge Day 2012, but it’s never too late isn’t it ?) I wanted to use it for other purposes, but it will go on this website then.

To set things up, the discussion was recorded just after VR show, and I will always remember how Mr.Pimlott looked down at my cellphone (which was my recorder at the time) and said :

Tom Pimlott : “Is this thing’s recording ?”

Well, to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure myself.

The picture up there’s from Fluff Fest, where he said “We’re Violent Rection, we’re just a Straight Edge band.”

So, this man is actually the singer of the band but used to be all the band himself on the beginning

T.P : “I started this mainly because where I lived, no one was Straight Edge”

DxR : “Where do you come from ?”

T.P : “A little city from northwest england. I didn’t knew anyone at the time to play with, and I had ideas for couples of songs so I tried it, and it kinda work, I guess”

Well, now signed on Revelation and toured the US, it kinda worked.

T.P : “Now the band have a solid line up for shows, and maybe recording ! Actually we will certainly record an LP next year, but we want to play show as much as we can and as fast as we can. When I first started the band, I didn’t expect anyone to listen to it, now there’s people buyin records and all, it’s amazing”

At the time, the project only had the demo and one E.P released, all recorded/composed by Mr.Pimlott

DxR : “What’s the idea behind Anti-social Straight Edge ?”

T.P : “I just wanted the band to sound mean, not like all those Straight Edge bands who are “posi” or “nice” I just wanted it to be violent and aggressive. It’s the other half of me, like I want to go on the streets, turn violent and kill everyone [chuckles]”

To give you a picture of the “good half”, outside Violent Reaction and offstage Tom is really shy and maybe the nicest guy I’ve met.

Tom also plays drum in Sectarian Violence, an international band, which is kind of ironic since he formed a band alone because there was no one to play with around him.

DxR : “So you play in a band called Sectarian Violence and another one called Violent Reaction, do you have any issue with violence ?

T.P “[laugh] No actually it’s kind of a coincidence since Violent Reaction is named after a song of my old band I used to sing in, which never got released. Actually Sectarian Violence started after I met Pat when he was in Never Again. I didn’t knew the other guys, and they asked me to play, luckily it went on really well. Plus this band takes me less time than a normal band, which is cool, and those guys are all awesome.”

 When you go on the facebook page of the band, everything is just “Fuck you”, which seems to amuse him, even though he said he’d change that, he didn’t (And I think it’s for the best, mean is cool huh).

T.P : “Thank for your interest and hope to tour europe and even more pretty soon. We’re actually trying to set this up with The Flex, crazy bunch of guys”

Well, if only he knew how right he was.

Oh and he also beats the drums in The Flex

Thank you for your time Tom, and see you rocking this Evil cover pretty soon.

And still sorry for my shitty accent though

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Blind Authority – No Future

By Ed

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Don’t Sleep On This Yo!

http://blindauthority.bandcamp.com

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