mercoledì 27 novembre 2013

Domestic Violence Kept The Neighbourhood Quiet

The last effort from Coffin Cut Records has been a split 12" between two Sydney's bands: Deathcage & Unknown To God. Limited to 300 copies, 100 on white for the aussies, 100 on red for overseas market and 100 on grey that came with a bonus 7". I was indeed expecting red wax since I got it from an euro dealer but I've ended up with a white copy. Nothing to complain about it, I think it matches better with the cover colours. Gatefold cover. All in all a very well packaged release with super cheesy artwork!
I've been a huge sucker for all Deathcage material, although I think they reached their peak in their third ep "tomorrow we die". Perfect songs with the perfect production. While the "plague of the rats" full length suffered a bit from the too clean production, here Deathcage went back to a rougher sound. Maybe a bit too raw for a burning spirits band and the mixing could've been way better (expecially for the vocals). Nerdy details apart, these tracks prove again that they still are one of the few bands able to nail down this style perfectly (outside japan). I was unfamiliar with Unknown To God from Sydney too but their midpaced metallic crust didn't impress me at all. Sounds like the dumb Tragedy cousin from downunder. Never been a fan of this style, sorry. 
In the same order I've managed to get a record that somehow I kept forgetting to order during the last 5+ years. The one and only full length from one of my favourite aussie band ever, the mighty A.V.O. (Apprehended Violence Order). Downloaded it when it came out and loved every seconds of it but  I've ended up getting a real copy only now. Well, better later than never. Solid hardcore deeply rooted in the early 80s' USHC tradition but with a typical aussie "fuck you" attitude. A band that never got the recognition they deserved, probably only due to their geographic isolation. 19 tunes of perfectly executed, pissed off, un-PC hardcore that sounds like the retarded child of a Vile & Gang Green gang bang. This version contains indeed a Vile cover, while the cd version has a Bad Posture cover (Get Tough). They broke up after releasing this, so this is their testament. Do I even need to comment the incredible artwork? A truly australian hc classic. Praise to Even Worse & Kangaroo Records for releasing it on wax.

mercoledì 20 novembre 2013

WRETCHED interview 1985

Since I've posted a lot about italian hc recently, I guess that it was the right time to post this interview. Taken from Warning'zine vol. I. Originally it was supposed to appear in 80s' dutch 'zine De Minima but ended up being unpublished for two decades. Not the best interview of course but a nice document of that era.

lunedì 11 novembre 2013

Lonely Rock

Recent repress of Lipcream's debut ep "lonely rock" 7" that originally came out on Hold Up Records sometimes around 1984. Courtesy of Dynamite Records, a label that I guess has some direct connection with the band. It's a perfect reproduction of the OG version and it also comes with a sticker of the looks-like-a-penis-to-me famous rocket cover. Here we're dealing with the debut release of an unfuckwithable japanese institution that had a huge role in defining the traditional japanese hc sound associated to the legendary Selfish label. A bit rougher compared to the albums but it's still a feast of an awesome riff after another. One of the few puck/hc bands that is able to incorporate solos that don't suck in their tracks. At this point I'm quite hopeful that also "night rider more than fight!" will get the same treatment in a not so far future...

mercoledì 6 novembre 2013

Passione Nera

I can't think to a better record for this period of the year than Nerorgasmo "passione nera: discografia 1985-1993" double lp. Well, a copy of the self titled ep would be better of course but hey, you cannot always win. And, honestly, the guys at F.O.A.D. headquarter have outdone themselves so much this time that I can live happily with this for now. Seriously, the whole packaging of this record is so outstanding that left me wordless. Housed in a hard bound case wrapped book-like fat gatefold that includes a 24 pages booklet with Luca Abort's drawings (some unpublished 'till now), liner notes, lyrics & pics, this is probably one of the best packaged record ever.
Born from the ashes of Blue Vomit, Nerorgasmo was the darkest, gloomiest & most nihilistic band that ever came out of italy during the 80s'. Definitely an unique band way ahead of its times. Not only musically, but also lyrically. I'm indeed sorry for all ya non-italian readers. Without understanding Luca Abort's lyrics, you're missing 50% of Nerorgasmo greatness. Seriously, some of the sickest & most obscure poems you'll ever read. 
On lp one you'll get the infamous s/t ep, some awesome unreleased studio recordings from 1987 & a couple of live sessions respectively from '86 and '93. The second lp has the remastered version of the 1993 full length. Great stuff but way inferior to the earlier material. There's something about the sound of the full length that doesn't work. Plus Luca's vocals aren't as sick as they used to be in the ep. Anyhow, way better than your bands lp. Get this record as soon as you can, for 20€ only it's a bloody good deal.