mercoledì 22 febbraio 2017

Shotgun

Over the years, there has never been too much bands outta Rome that caught my interest. The roman scene always seemed to me more youth crew & Oi! oriented. And I've never developed any interest in these two sub-genres. That being said, there are a couple of classic roman bands from the early 80s that played pure hardcore in the classic crazy italian style. One of them is Shotgun Solution. The best HC band that ever came outta the capital city. They released only a four songs EP titled "shotgun" in 1983 on High Rise Production. Simply a masterpiece. High-octane, fast & unpredictable hardcore that resembles a bit Negazione but, like all the italian bands from the golden era, simply sounds unique. Scored this record via a trade with a guy that I've met a few times at some gigs more than 10 years ago and then completely lost touch with him. Ahhh, the internet era! Cover has seen better days but this is what I call "italian EX conditions". For some reasons it's almost impossible to score local hc classic that weren't used to party hard back then...

domenica 12 febbraio 2017

Demo Tapes 1991-1995

As far as I remember, there has always been an inappropriate use of the term "noisecore". I still have vivid memories of me & my friends going to this anarchist squat in milano in the mid/late '90s to see a gig of unknown bands tagged on a flyers as noisecore. It turned out to be kinda of grunge bands with some feedbacks a la Sonic Youth. Needless to say we were all quite disappointed. Then it was used to describe crappy metalcore bands in the early 00s'. That kind of popular shit that was on Hydrahead Records. In more recent years I've seen it used also to describe noisy hardcore influenced by Kyushu bands. Stuff like Control, Isterismo & the likes. Not totally inappropriate but "noisepunk" is a more appropriate word to describe this scene. Indeed, true noisecore has to follow quite strict parameters: songs must be ultra-short, uber-distorted & with blast beats, lo-fi production & the "singer" must screams his guts out like a dying pig. It has to be released on split 7"s or, even better, DIY tapes. Bands attitude must be radical and dogmatic. This is what true noisecore is all about. Perhaps the only underground subgenre that has never turned mainstream and probably never will. And Noise outta Brazil fits perfectly these rules. They are indeed one of the undisputed pioneers of this style, being active since 1991. As the title suggests, this lp compiles the early demo tapes from this incredible band. Not only their music is radical and truly applies to the "caos non musica" mantra, their political attitude is even more drastic. They indeed follow a hardline anti-capitalistic politics so the only way to get their records/tapes was via trade. Even if you can actually buy this lp, they would be proud of me for getting my copy via a trade that I did with Dan/SPHC. So glad they did this reissue since, while their vinyl outputs are quite easy to find, the early tapes are extremely difficult to get. Not for everyone, but if 7MON, early Cripple Bastards, GBN and similars are constantly on your playlist, you won't be disappointed. 

martedì 31 gennaio 2017

Mutha Records flyers

Here's some awesome flyers (stolen from the net) of one of my fave american hardcore label ever: the mighty Mutha Records! Also a couple of old articles/reviews of Chronic Sick masterpiece...

mercoledì 25 gennaio 2017

Severed Survival

I think I've already mentioned here the big metal records purge I did in 2001. One of my biggest regret ever. Anyhow, a dozen metal records that meant something special to me avoided it. One of them was my copy of Autopsy debut full length "severed survival" released by Peaceville around 1989. To be more accurate, a copy of the second press from 1990 with the different (and way better IMO!) artwork. One of my fave death metal album ever, that I bought in the early 90s' from the legendary Stiv Rottame's New Zabrinskie Point record shop in Milano. This record survived several minor purges until 2014. Had to sell it in order to buy a more expensive record. Regretted it immediately, of course. Recently I've decided that it was time for it to come back in my collection. Found a copy for the same price I had sold mine and it was even in better conditions!
 1989 was a crucial year for death metal. It erupted from the underground to become a recognized genre worldwide. And Autopsy debut album can be included for sure in a top ten of death metal album from that seminal year that had a huge role in shaping and defining this new way of playing metal. Like everything that came out in a creative and experimental period, it has its own unique putrid sound that makes it a masterpiece. Of course songwriting is not yet your formulaic and boring US brutal death metal formula. It's a mix of death metal and doom, all dressed with perverted gory lyrics. A masterpiece, all superbly packed in a sick artwork and a printed dustsleeve with one of the coolest collage of pictures of the band.


mercoledì 18 gennaio 2017

Latino America

I'm a dysfunctional record collector. Over the years, I've started tons of collections. But I've never managed to finish a single one. Usually, I get obsessed with something else and simply forgot about the rest. As the new year started, like everyone else, I made a list of goals for 2017. Of course most of these good purposes will be forgotten soon, but I'll try to achieve at least one: to finally complete my Medellin hardcore '89-'93 collection. I've been working on it for more than 10 years and at this point I just miss a few eps. But these records ain't neither easy to find nor cheap. So, when I found someone selling one of my colombian top wants on a messageboard for a honest price, I simply couldn't pass it. Few days later, Rasix "latino america" 7" was finally mine. I almost got another copy a few years ago but the seller retracted last minute. Glad it went that way. This one is a stock copy from an old distro, cover is in great shape and it comes with the rare insert. "Latino America" was released in 1990, just one year after their split 7" with Sociedad Violenta. But it marks a huge step forward, both in songwriting and production. Songs are indeed better written and the sound is way more powerful here. Yet, all these six tracks are catchy and memorable. If you're not familiar with Rasix, don't expect ultradistorted proto-noisecore a la Imagen or Restos de Tragedia. They're more meat & potato (or should I better say rice & beans) straight forward "vieja escuela" hardcore in the vein of I.R.A. Nonetheless, excellent band. 
According to the insert, this was released by a mysterious label named Lufer Records, even if everyone claim it has been self-released by the band. Maybe was it their own label? As you can see, the copy I got has pink labels. I've just seen another copy like this. All the others have orange labels. Considering that there are at least two presses of the Rasix/Sociedad Violenta split ep, it wouldn't be a surprise to discover that there were two pressings also of this ep. But that's part of the beauty of collecting south-american records: informations are scarce and rare, just like the records themselves...

mercoledì 4 gennaio 2017

Tales of a pretentious asshole#006

Last time I did a "tales of a pretentious asshole" post was more than 2 years ago! Time flies. And, honestly, I wasn't inspired enough to do another one until today. Anyhow, vol. #006 will be about a quite obscure mexican band from early/mid '90s, Revolucion X. Nothing cult or extremely rare that goes for big bucks in these days (indeed, you can cop both these eps for quite cheap!), but a very good & unique band that in my opinion deserves more attention. Plus, there isn't a lot of infos about them out there. I can't even figure out from which mexican city they came from (my guess is DeEfe/Mexico City) since there isn't a contact address in both eps to get in touch with the band directly. 
Their self-titled debut ep was released in 1994 by french label New Wave Records (same label that gave us Ataque Frontal ep) in collaboration with other french labels. It starts with a sample of the EZLN (zapatist army of national liberation) declaration of war from 1993 (also printed on the big fold-out cover) and has Pancho Villa on the cover. Yeah, Revolucion X was a very politicized band which is something you should expect from a mexican hardcore band. But instead of talking about the typical boring hc clichés, their lyrics were about the real political situation in mexico and south america. They also threw in a good dose of humour which is always a winning point. Also they don't sound very mexican: vocals are snotty & nasal like a californian band, few songs are quite melodic and the sound generally is more raw & sharp then dark & downtuned. Not sure how many were printed but it's easy to find for around 5 eurobucks.
During 1995 Lengua Armada and Armia Records both from Chicago joined forces to release the best Revolucion X effort: "Politica Y Esparcimiento..." 7". Housed in a folded cardboard with logo stamped in front and a beautiful artwork glued in the back cover, songs included here are simply perfect: 10 fast, brief and direct nightstick hits of pure hardcore madness. Vocalist seems to spit a thousand words every second. Guitar sound is abrasive, drummer plays fast for all the time. Yet, every song is still catchy and memorable. Awesome release. It includes some great hits like "I love mexican tv", "salinas asesino" & their mastepiece "julio iglesias disecado"! Again, they mixed political lyrics with dummie ones perfectly. This goes for something around 10€, so I think they printed no more than 1000 copies...
The band was supposed to record another EP but unfortunately it never happened. I've been told by a reliable source that also a tape (demo?) exists but it's super rare. Here's a RX discography that I've put together. Considering the lack of informations that surrounds this band, feel free to share any other infos in the comment section!

-"Canciones Electorales" tape, 199?, self-released?
-"Revolucion X" 7", 1994, New Wave Records
-"Politica Y Esparcimiento" 7", 1995, Lengua Armada/ Alarma Records

sabato 24 dicembre 2016

BOLT THROWER interview 1991

Bolt Thrower is the band that I've probably listen to the most this year (well, along with The Saints & Radio Birdman). Especially "...for victory" & "the IV crusade", perfect albums! Anyhow, here's an early interview taken from the legendary Putrefaction'zine #5 outta sweden!