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Exclusive peek : Hard To Handle

By Tieuma
You have probably never heard of this band, and you probably won’t if you don’t go to shows in Paris in the next few weeks, but you propably know all the members by their previous bands, dear readers, I’m giving you the first exclusive interview of the next Paris’ finest humoristic hardcore band : HARD TO HANDLE.
And to add some fun, I won’t do it in this pretentious and failed romancized style, but in classic Q&A, just for your pleasure. Enjoy.
Disclaimer : This is a 100% serious interview, no joke inside.
First, introduce yourselves, who does what in the band, and your previous or running projects.

“Mile Bomb” :
I’m Emile a.k.a Mile Bomb, I’m the guitarist who do the dive bomb, even though I don’t have a Floyd Rose, so it’s coming soon.
Rémi : I play bass and also play in several bands like Jack Move, Cut Loose and Summer House (new Grunge rock project including Ben on drums)
Erwan : I’m Erwan also known as Stanishlass, I’m the singer of H2H and I previously sang in xD.I.Gx
Benoit : Introductions sucks.
E : There’s also Hugo in the band but he couldn’t answer for now on, he should be out of prison in a couple of weeks.
Where does the name come from ?

MB : From life, which is hard to handle.
R : Or from ourselves who are hard to handle.
E : From a Otis Redding’s song, I always thought it could be a cool band name, and I already gave the Mad At The World idea ( From a Outburst song) to the band of the same name, but those “Sheitans” always forget this information. So we’re Hard To Handle, not to mix up with “Passion Handball” (even in french this joke make no sens at all)
B : This name sucks.
Is this a joke to have a local band whenever you need it or is it something serious, that’ll tour and all ?
E : For me it’s serious business, more than xD.I.Gx actually, which started as a joke. I’m trying not to write down too much dumb shit (which is hard, because dumbinance is coming back hard on me when I’m writing, maybe I’m not made to be intelligent), I’m trying to be on schedule with the lyrics and I’m working on it on my own too. Musically I’m more confortable with this kind of hardcore because it’s what I’m listening to on a more regular basis (Less tough and metal than xD.I.Gx), so I’m more motivated.
R : Usually, when people start bands, they want it to be serious and going somewhere (except for hype americans as RZL DZL, What’s Good). But there, with the positive outcomes and the 7″ coming, it makes this project serious and we want it to last. Well, we’re all in bands of more or less different style, but there, it’s something we all like to play in. And it doesn’t sound like Jack Move, damn !
B : Local bands sucks, turning out well too.
Playing in so many bands aside, how will you manage to keep this one alive ? What is the futur of all these other bands ?

MB : It depends on life and priorities, I’m also playing in Mad At The World with Benoit, Backboned and another band with Hugo (a.k.a Mourad la castagne), and I’m also playing in a black metal project. All these bands/project will put out a EP or a LP. For me, the most difficult part is being there for shows, mostly abroad ones. Dealing with it, with all the bands, it’ll always be hard mostly because of jobs, studies and money, even though those are not excuses. We’ll do our best and we’ll see.
R : Cut Loose is about to be done, and it’s a shame because there were people asking news about the band. Jack Move is going on well, there will be shows and new stuff early 2015. With Benoit we’re also working on Summerhouse, a project that ask us a lot of time.
But to know how to deal with too many bands, ask Brendan Radigan or Doug Free. I don’t know how these guys are doing.
E : I think the others bands will fade away when we will put out our first songs and show the world how it’s done. Modesty is for weaklings.
B : Futur sucks.
A website categorised your sound as Youth Crew, do you agree ?

MB :Not that much. We’re more into NYHC ala Outburst, BHC ala Step Forward and mostly angry stuff like L.I.O.N Crew and Internal Affairs. I don’t know if it feels like it, but we don’t sound “Youth Crew” I think. We’re TOUGH alright ?
R : I think it’s a website for “people who dig Beatdown hardcore” and sadly, when a hardcore band play a little bit fast, for those guys it’s Youth Crew. I mean, did I said Nasty was playing Sludge ?!
E : Unlike “Mile Bomb” and Rémi, I’m ok to say there’s a Youth Crew feeling, since the project was like “let’s play ’97 Youth Crew (The agressive side : Knockdown, Ten Yard Fight, Floorpunch, Lights Out for exemple) but with more hard hitting badass motherfucking hard mosh parts”. But as we’re fan of old school NYHC, I do believe you can hear some Outburst, Altercation, Breakdown and all in our sound.
B : Youth Crew sucks, websites talking about us too. (Much love man, peace.)
On the pictures of your first live you seemed a bit tense, was it hard ? Was it the pressure to play before Jack Move ?

MB : I wasn’t in the band yet, I was moshing hard and throwing fire balls in the venue. #Souley (Rémi’s nickname as it seems) was beautiful on stage.
R : With Jack Move around, who know what could have happened, an unplugged jack in the middle of the show, a banana peel on the ground or a unfriendly trip, we had to stay alert.
E : I didn’t feel stressed at all, I’m more comfortable with ths style as above-said, and I think you can feel it on stage. And for Jack Move, we just had backstage fight with them and we wrecked them. Especially the bassist. Only hate for those people.
B : Shows sucks, so does Jack Move.
Did you had feedback of your shows ? What was the people reaction ? Are you happy with what you did on stage ?
MB : I only played one gig for now on, and I didn’t had feedback yet, and I don’t know how was the sounds because i couldn’t hear myself play. But it was cool, I shared stage with #Souley (you know, Rémi) and he was so beautiful.
R : My girlfriend loves Erwan’s voice, it pisses me off. (The first time I met this guy, I was wearing a Right Idea crewneck, and the first thing he said to me was “this band is cool, the only song of this band my girlfriend likes is Right Idea”)
E : The feedback we had were positive so far, so it’s cool, it seems like the way I sing is better than what I was doing in xD.I.Gx. Still, I think we have to work on the righteous side of our live performance, we’ve been too much of thugz for now on. Oh and “Mile Bomb” have to stop being horny when he is on stage with #Souley (you know the drill). We understand him, but he got to move himself, as he does in the pit (actually there was a joke here but I’m sorry, I’m unable to translate it correctly.)  For your information, Rémi’s girlfriend looks like the first girl I wanted to marry, thirty years ago.
B : Shows, people, live, all of those things sucks.
For those who know or knew Mortal Kombat, what would be your finishing move on a HARD TO HANDLE VS. JACK MOVE fight ?
MB : A ultimate strike made of “Mile Bomb”, Radmou-Attack (What is this ? Who knows ?), #SouleyStomp, HairStorm and an impersonation of Eli Sémoun.
R : Or an invocation of a big Handball player Skinhead who wraps you with big chains until your head burst out : “FLAWLESS VICTORY”
E : For Elie Sémoun, I don’t know what “Mile Bomb” is talking about but I’ll still beat him up. I would do a friendship move or a babality to Jack Move, because I love them. Seriously though, I think their demo is the best thing to have been put out in France, and I’m not saying this because I’m doing a frituring on the demo (This joke already sucks in french but is literraly worse in english.) Listen to it on their bandcamp or youtube if you can. For all of those who likez da real hardcore.
B : Mortal Kombat sucks.
With at least three Straight Edge band members, because I didn’t check out the edge break news this year, are you a Straight Edge band ?
MB : Well, there’s only two Straight Edge in the band, Benoit and Erwan. So no, this is not a Straight Edge band, but we all like Floorpunch.
E : Word.
B : Non-Straight Edge people sucks.
It’s been a while since the facebook page is online and you made your first show, but there’s no sound on the internet yet, is it a Mysterious Guys Hardcore stance but in the other way ? If you put something out, will it be on Straight And Alert Records too ? When ? We need Xclusiv intels please.

MB : We will records 6 songs for a E.P in January, and we don’t know who will put it out.
R : This Jam is gonna bust the house down man !
E : Yeah, it’ll probably be on Straight And Alert if everything’s clear and if Alex is still up to it when he’ll listen to our sound.
B : Records and all sucks.
Even though you didn’t put out anything yet, there’s already two tee shirt on preview, do you want to became a clothe company as Cruel Hand ?

MB : Of course ! A H2H x Supreme is coming soon.
R : Cruel Hand ? Never heard of ’em…
E : Originally, we should have recorded before putting out the t-shirt, so we started printing (There’s only one of them, don’t believe the crippled internet), and we finally couldn’t record so we’re looking like posers, so it’s cool. We don’t care, we just liked Karim’s design way too much, so we wanted to put it out whatever happened. Maximum big up ratatata to the guy.
B : T-shirts are like Cruel Hand, it sucks.
It’ll be aggressive and provocative as xD.I.Gx or movie inspired like Cut Loose ?

MB : It’ll be more like : pure quality ala better than Jack Move.
R : I think there’s a draw between the two bands, they both win. Now kiss.
E : It’ll be more like Floorpunch’s final mosh.
B : Not like those two shitty bands.
Why there’s a reference to B2O (Booba, a french rapper), you want to be the kings of the game ?

MB : We only want to fuck the nurse, craka.
E : Goodboy.
B : This sucks, we’re already the kings.
In an interview for this webzine, one the guys in Jack Move cited Kaaris as one of the things he was listening to the most those days, you french rap answer to that.

MB : Gradur.
R : Stormy Bugsy, Rocca, true people knows.
E : Cyril de Louhans of course, for ever. “Don’t mess with us faggot” this is some punchline.
B : French rap sucks.
What band would you cover ?

MB : Rage Against The Machine
R : Rock & Roll part II by Gary Glitters (A corean band called the geeks did it once, it was a great idea, it was really cool)
E : We already did some, Old News by Lights Out, Sick People by Breakdown, and on we couldn’t do because the band still exist, Can’t Get Ahead by Step Forward. We promise we won’t do it again. I just want to cover The Hard Way by Outburst and I can die in peace after that.
B : Covers sucks.
Does your goal is to turn Paris into the new Boston or Antwerp ?
MB : lolilol
R : It would be amazing, but trying to turn Paris into the new Boston, it’s like building an aqua splash in the middle of the desert.
E : You mean leveling down to be as good as Boston or Antwerp ? I don’t understand, Paris on top.
B : Boston, Antwerp or even NY, sucks.
Classic but solid : any last word, something intelligent (or not) to say ? A list of French bands to listen to ? The rarest piece of merch you own.
MB : Check out JACK MOVE (to see how unworthy it is), Mad At The World, Backboned, Mind Awake (coming soon), Raw Justice, Harm Done, Hightower.
R : Lodges.
E : What about Worst Doubt ? “Mile Bomb” you dumb you even forget your own band even though it rocks ! For the rarest merch I own I can’t chose between my Stop And Think, Step Forward, Floorpunch and World War 4.
B : Intelligence, french bands, merch, it … ?
MB : Like me on Tinder.
R: Done, I’m waiting for your answer Emile.
E : Like me on Thug Life.
B : Come to my shows, and everything sucks.
If you want to get in touch with these lovelly lads, you can try their facebook page : and brace yourself for the futur, it’ll be mental.

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by | January 21, 2015 · 10:52 am

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 !


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.


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.


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.


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