martedì 23 agosto 2016

Left Hand Path

In a few months I will turn 40. Not sure how you elder readers are ageing, but for me it's a very nostalgic process (speaking about my musical tastes). While I've completely lost interest for modern bands and I'm totally out of touch with the current state of the scene (and totally happy with it), over the last few years I've been gradually going back to the music I used to listen to when I was a young kid. In the early '90s I was obsessed with death metal and grindcore. Around '96 or '97 I got tired of it and moved to hardcore. While I kept all my favourite grindcore records, around 2001 I sold all my death/black metal records that I had accumulated in the previous decade. I needed money to print the first issue of my 'zine so I sold my collection to a local record shop for next to nothing. I could have made good bucks outta it since it was all first press of classics. But back then I was brainwashed by all those stupid columns against eBay that were in every zine in those days, so I went for the only other option I had. Of course all the hardcore/punk heroes of that idealistic crusade against eBay ended up selling their collections there for big bucks. Classic. Anyhow, 15 years later I've decided that it's time to rebuild that collection. I've started with an all time classic, a game changer and a genre defining album: Entombed debut album "left hand path", released by Earache in 1990.  
While they previously released 5 demos as Nihilist, they changed their monicker to Entombed (just to kick out of the band John Hedlund, ahaha) just few months before the release of their debut album "left hand path". Recorded in '89 but released only the following year, this has been unanimously considered the very first swedish death metal album ever. And by many people is revered as the best swedish record of this genre. While for me it's a tie with Dismember debut "like an ever flowing stream", I cannot praise this album enough. It's just death metal perfection. From its gloomy & dark vibe to the crushing guitar sound & perfect riffs, from the flawless balance of slow & faster parts to GL Petrov cavernous growls and Nicke Andersson superb drumming, from the incredible artwork to the classic band picture near the cross in the back cover, there's really nothing to complain about Entombed debut full length. It's so well done that the band itself hasn't been able to reproduce its greatness in their second album "clandestine" and slowly morphed into something different (but equally good in my opinion) with "wolverine blues". It's not a surprise that many bands all over the world tried to reproduce LHP sound over the last 26 year. But none went even to closer to it.
I've scored this copy easily outta eBay, but of course it wasn't as cheap as the one I bought in the early 90s. As a small revenge, I've paid it with the money I made by selling hardcore zines on eBay, ahaha. Lesson learnt. Not sure about pressing numbers but being an Earache release from early '90s, I guess we are talking about thousands of copies. There are actually two early presses, one from 1990 and one from the next year. You can easily recognize the very first one from the cool hype sticker on the upper right corner of the cover.
Crushing guitars & mass death, indeed
Here's the ticket from when I was 17 years old and saw both Napalm Death & Entombed (who were the opener of the gig!!) the for the very first time. This was when Entombed had just released "wolverine blues" but they played a good amount of tracks from the early material. Both bands were incredibly good. Good memories...

martedì 16 agosto 2016

Odio Las Modas

I must admit that my knowledge about chilean music is very limited. If I have to come up with some names, Pentagram is the only band that pops up in my mind right now. Recently I've been offered a trade by my friend Ignacio from Chile. He asked if I wanted to trade a repress of an italian 80s' classic for a copy of the freshly released Anarkia "censurado" demo from 1989, now pressed for the very first time on wax by Rock SVB Discos from NY. Being a sucker for anything outta sur america, I immediately accepted his offer even without listenening to this online before closing the deal. A few weeks later this ep finally landed in my mailbox. Being a south american hardcore demo from the late 80s, I was expecting something pretty raw and primitive. To my suprise, this turned out to be very well recorded and with very well written & catchy tunes. They were well connected with the local thrash scene back then and you can definitely hear that in the music. That probably explains also why they could play their instruments so well and made such a good recording, ahahah. This is a very classic south american release that I've somehow missed until now. Highly recommended to anyone. This is true politicized punk to me: recorded during one of the most brutal & violent dictatorship ever by real people. Not a by a bunch of privileged & annoyed white kids who pretended to be some kind of revolutionaries. Pressed on a nice 3 panels sleeve with flyers, lyrics, pics and much more. I got the limited blue wax. The stamped dust sleeve is a nice extra touch that gives it some extra points. Feel free to school me on anything (metal & punk) from south america that you think I might enjoy!

venerdì 5 agosto 2016

Guerra De Metal

There's nothing better than seeing a uber rare record (when you know you have basically zero chances to score the original) being officially repressed. I'm talking about one of the very first metal band from Medellin that helped shaping the ultrametal medallo sound: Astaroth. Born from the ashes of Molotov around 1985, they played a few shows in their area before quickly disappear a couple of years later. During this brief period they managed to release the now super elusive "guerra de metal/ aullido sepulcral" ep, their only proper release if we don't consider their appearance (with a demo version of "guerra de metal") on the infamous Hell'zine comp. tape from 1989. There's basically no infos at all about this band and my guess is that before the internet days, they were totally unknown outside their homeland. Now colombian metal & hardcore fanatics from all over the world are paying insane price for the real deal, so I guess it was about time for an official repress. Courtesy of the newborn Epidemia Records outta France, this is a perfect reproduction of the original. Limited to 300 copies, it comes with an insert with rare pics & lyrics. Luckily the ultra cheesy satanic artwork hasn't been altered at all. I love it and it fits perfectly with the music: two perfect hymns to metal and the dark lord with the classic super raw sound and approach of the ultrametal bands. Not at all dissimilar from more well known names from the same period like Blasfemia or Parabellum. Basically, just another gem from Medellin scene. I hope more obscure colombian eps (Nemesis above all) will get the same treatment in a not so distant future!

mercoledì 20 luglio 2016

Warsore last gig

You know we are big Warsore fans here @ Perro Maldito HQ. So, when this morning I've ramdomly came across a video of their last gig ever that took place in Melbourne at the legendary Arthouse on April 1, 2000, it was already time for a new Warsore post. What's even more interesting is that vocals here are "handled" by a guy that I guess is Bo, the singer with whom they recorded their last ep "Brutal Reprisal". He ain't bad but without Den on vox they weren't the same band in my opinion....

lunedì 11 luglio 2016

KYLMA SOTA interview 2010

Not sure if they're still active, but Kylma Sota was one of the best band straight outta finland of a few years ago. Taken from MRR#331, december 2010.

venerdì 1 luglio 2016

Cigarettes & Alcohol

It's no secret that I have a soft spot for australian bands but, as an aussie friend once stated, "if we just get a C for hardcore, we'll surely score an A+ for KBD punk". And Brisbane around the end of the '70s was the undisputed capital for it. Not only it gaves birth to the worldwide renewed The Saints but it was also the hometown of lots of incredibly good bands such as Razar, Young Identities, Fun Things and many others. All the originals records by those bands go for buckets of bucks in these days. Being perfectly conscious that I'll never own an OG, when I discovered that a small australian label called LCMR was going to reissue my favourite of those eps, the Leftovers "cigarettes & alcohol" 7", I've immediately broke my rule of not ordering stuff from overseas (because of the insane post rates) and placed my order immediately. A couple of weeks later this landed in my mailbox. While the original was limited to 300 (most of which got destroyed) and without a cover, LCMR did four different versions of this. I've ended up with what is called a "Baron Von Richtofen cover...It's a replica of one of the handmade collage sleeves produced by Warren Lamond and Peter Cornilsen of which there are less than ten in existence". As you can see, my copy is also on purple and handnumbered outta #100. So happy to finally being able to blast these perfect 3 tunes out of my stereo and not anymore on mp3 via my computer!

venerdì 17 giugno 2016

Reckless Boys

This is a perfect example of everything that's wrong with hardcore in this decade. You're finally allowed to release the "long" lost second demo of one of the hottest bands of the last few years and what the hell you do? You print it on the dumbest format ever in 2016, a bloody tape? I am for sure old and jaded but this makes no sense at all. Back in the days, tapes were the cheapest option to spread and trade music with people. In the early 90s' I got into tons of cool bands thanx to tape-trading and I always used to beg my friends with better & bigger collections to tape me new stuff. But everyone my age or even older will confirm you that tapes were a pain in the ass. They could be easily destroyed by your tape player or, even worse, by your stupid walkman. If you want to hear a specific song, you gotta wait and hope to find it when you fast-forward it. After just a few years or several plays, the sound quality usually gets shittier. Overall, a pretty annoying format. When cdr/internet came in the game, I thought that we finally got rid of those stupid magnetic tapes. But hardcore is a very conservative genre so in the end it's not a big surprise that kids are still printing stupid tapes. Even if it makes no sense at all in 2016. But I just bought one so I guess it's time for no more complains. I think this is the recording that was supposed to be Reckless Aggression debut ep but the band broke up and it never happened. So huge props to SFR Hardcore Records for making the european press of this tape. Songs are equally as good as the ones on their first demo. Pissed off australian hardcore with a strong Oi! influence. Perhaps the Oi! vibe here is even stronger and it works perfectly. There's also a big improvement in the sound quality, way cleaner and more powerful. Meatdog's vocals are incredibly powerful here. I was expecting more explicit graphics but the artwork seems more weird like the Gutter Gods one. Nothing wrong with it, Meatdog can't do no wrong. Too bad this guys called it quits too early, this demo shows that they could have become huge. I'm quite sure not too late someone will print this on the format this recording belongs to, a bloody 7"!!!