A few nice deliveries this week with plenty of stuff for your ears and for your eyes. New 7″ by one of my current UK’s favorites BIG CHEESE and also GAME, demos by IMPOSTERS, VILE SPIRIT, a sick promo tape by FURY, all of this courtesy of QUALITY CONTROL. Some 90’s / heavy hardcore stuff from LIE.LAIR.REGRET records with xSERVITUDEx, REBIRTH and more. Also, a very limited and exclusive 25 TA LIFE 7″. Concerning the new reading material, I just received the new issue of CHILLER THAN MOST Fanzine and a restock of STRAIGHT EDGE and NYHC books by Tony Rettman.
Big Cheese – Aggravated Mopery [7″]
Big Cheese fly the flag for the New Wave of British Hardcore and hail from various parts of ‘The North’ of the UK. Members are also currently in bands such as Higher Power, Blind Authority and Rapture, and have previously played in Violent Reaction and Shrapnel.
Available on Black or Yellow wax
Game – Who Will Play? [7″ Flexi]
Sour metallic riffs touching on NWOBHM and Japanese ADK/Dogma back catalogue lineage, rumbling bass lines, thundering drums and gruff vocals sung in English and Polish produce a pastiche of influences from early hardcore punk’s flirtatious relationship with what would become an even more extreme music alongside it. The New Wave of British Hardcore is at its zenith, now producing a soundscape in the context of London’s strong sense of diversity despite being the seat of Tory power and surrounded by a firmly pro-Brexit countryside. Game is a confluence of ideas of four different cultures forcing themselves through the same prism – noise and velocity. Such is the cut and paste nature punk that we know and love.
Imposter – Demo [Tape]
Brighton, UK is producing some of the most exciting bands in Europe right now and Imposter put their stamp firmly on the map with a sound drenched in early 80s Boston Hardcore for some stomping good times on the dance floor. Think hooks for days, and beats that know how to get you moving. This being NWOBHC however, there is also a touch of Voorhees, Oi and UK82 punk in the mix, tied together with a proper snotty vocal and lyrics exploring the psychology of power and violence.
Vile Spirit – Demo [Tape]
Brighton in the UK, spiritual home of the Mods in the 60s, has exploded with hardcore punk energy and talent in the past two years, as a new generation of punks have started a multitude of bands championing a wide diversity of sounds. Part of this new squad is Vile Spirit, an apt name for a band who’s vocalist Ben is known for temporary possession with wild and unpredictable performances and a truly terrifying voice. A hardcore punk scene is only as good as it’s drummers in our humble opinion, and Joe’s precise and powerful thumping forms the solid backbone for Tallulah’s innovative guitar work best seen in the song L.O.S. Meanwhile Luke’s dreamy bass tone adds an element of early UK goth punk whilst as a whole fans of United Mutation can rejoice!
Fury – Promo 2017 [Tape]
Orange County’s Fury continue their unique blend of hardcore song-writing on this first release since their massive genre-defining LP ‘Paramount’, with two new tracks for their upcoming follow up LP and a cover of the often overlooked band, Ability. Fans of ‘Paramount’ will be pleased to hear more of those beautifully crafted elements of Burn, Outburst, Beyond every so subtly entwined. Track ‘America’ showcases the band’s ferocious side, with a guitar hook that catches you immediately, and huge crew back up vocals. Meanwhile ‘Lost in the Funhouse’ is more reflective and melodic, with the inclusion of sung vocals in the background that pull you into an expansive dynamic soundscape that Fury are known for. With that in mind, the cover is given such love, respect and attention, in its diverse parts, that one can be forgiven for not realising it was originally by a different band from LA in 2008, when a very different hardcore sound ruled the waves.
xServitudex – Path to Amnesty [Tape]
Debut release from the UK’s newest vegan straight edge export. xServitudex bring to mind bands like Congress, Arkangel and xRepentancex playing chunky message driven metallic hardcore.
Force Of Will – Mercenary [Tape]
Debut release from the upcoming Melbourne new breed Force Of Will. Three tracks showcasing their brand of metallic hardcore bringing to mind Martyr AD.
Ill Natured – Twisted Vision [LP]
Ill Natured’s debut full length “Twisted Visions” is a wicked inferno of demonic proportions. Following 2014’s “Depths of Despair” 7″, Ill Natured return once more with 10 songs of cavernous barbarity. “Twisted Visions” was recorded and mixed by Elliott Gallart at Chameleon Sound, mastered by Arthur Rizk at Solomon’s Gate, and album artwork was provided by Paolo Girardi. FFO : Harms Way / Turmoil / Incendiary / Heavy Hardcore.
This is the Euro Press in Blue & Pink swirl limited to 100 exclusive to Grim Reality records.
Break Through – The Seventh Circle of Hell [7″]
Picking up where their label debut Self Titled tape finished off, Break Through are back with four more songs of unrelenting bleak and dark mosh metal. Focusing on the true hell of mental illness and anguish, Break Through’s form of catharsis draws from influences Disembodied, Martyr AD and Damnation AD.
Rebirth – Final Act Of Defiance [Tape]
One of Australia’s finest exports. Vegan Straight Edge hardcore of the highest kind. Musicially not dissimilar from Turmoil and Buried Alive, or (for a contemporary comparison): Foundation. To celebrate the death of Rebirth, their last show was recorded and here we are releasing it as the final Rebirth release; The Final Act of Defiance CS. 40 minutes of live music.
Rebirth – Crucible [LP]
One of Australia’s finest exports. Vegan Straight Edge hardcore of the highest kind. Musicially not dissimilar from Turmoil and Buried Alive, or (for a contemporary comparison): Foundation. Released on Life.Lair.Regret Records in Australia and Carry The Weight records in UK.
This is the Australian press on Life.Lair.Regret records
25 Ta Life – Realitys End [7″]
2 track 7″ featuring “Realitys End” and “Keepin It Real”. The songs originally appears on the “New York ‘s Hardest” compilation out on IJT records in 1995. Official release on Hardcoretrooper records.
Limited edition of 70 handnumbered copies, transparent vinyl.
Chiller Than Most – Issue 5 [Fanzine]
Issue 5 of Chiller Than Most fanzine is finally out! This is for sure one of the best European fanzines these days. Here is what you’ll find in this new issue :
– How do you evaluate the work of Mental? An in-depth analysis of the history of Mental. Interview with Ambrose Nzams and Dylan Chadwick.
– Things to check out in NYC, a hardcore-lover’s guide (171A, A7, The Pyramid Club, CBGB, Tompkins Square Park, Ray’s Candy Store).
– Interviews with Nancy Barile, Tony Rettman, Firm Standing Law, The Accursed, Supertouch.
– The unedited BOLD chapter (“Straight Edge: A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History”)
– The story of the infamous Buff Hall show (Minor Threat, SS Decontrol, Agnostic Front).
The cut’n’paste fanzine is A4 size, 32 pages. Cover art by Chun One.
Straight Edge – A Clear-Headed Hardcore Punk History [Book]
Starting in 1981 via Minor Threat’s revolutionary call to arms, the clean and positive straight edge hardcore punk movement took hold and prospered during the 1980s, earning a position as one of the most durable yet chronically misunderstood music subcultures. Straight edge created its own sound and visual style, went on to embrace vegetarianism, and later saw the rise of a militant fringe. As the “don’t drink, don’t smoke” message spread from Washington D.C., to Boston, California, New York City, and, eventually, the world, adherents struggled to define the fundamental ideals and limits of what may be the ultimate youth movement.
NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 [Book]
Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim, urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York Hardcore as bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law and Youth Of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7 and the numerous squats in the area. Tony Rettman’s ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggling, including the scene’s original rivalries with DC and boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straight edge movement and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.