venerdì 26 giugno 2015

Nessuna Agonia Ci Farà Morire

Another big want crossed off. And this is a weird one, an obscure gem that came out from this boot shaped penisula around 1985. I'm talking about the elusive Agonia/Hydra split lp. This record is so filled with boring pacifism propaganda that it still amazes me how much I love it. Half of the running time of side A are spoken parts that deals with the typical banal and boring militant squat uberPC rethoric. Side B has just one track and it's a goddamn soporific interview with an ex alcoholist that I've never managed to listen to completely. What a waste of wax. To make it short, if we cut all those useless parts, we got left enough music to fill perfectly a 7" ep. This record would have been indeed way better if it was just a split ep. Hydra mere contribute is just a classic punkrock song with female vocals. A good one but it pales compared to the sheer brutality of the main reason why you should get a copy of this: Agonia. These guys hailing from Modena, featuring Zambo from Wretched under the skins, unleashed some of the most primitive proto-noisecore that I've ever had the pleasure to hear. Fast, violent, brief and unpredictable stuff that was waaay ahead of its time. Is this perhaps the first noisecore record ever? Before noisecore exploded around late '80s, I can't think of another band with such short, abrasive and fast "songs" in the early days of hardcore. A truly underrated classic in my opinion.
This record should be filled with tons of inserts and pamphlets about the stuff I've mentioned before. Unfortunately mine is missing'em all except for Agonia lyrics sheet which in the end is the only one I'm vaguely interested in. On the other hand, what really pisses me off is that inside the sleeve I've found a recent price tag that says that someone sold it for just 5€. And unfortunately I'm not the lucky one who paid that amount for it... 

giovedì 18 giugno 2015

PARABELLUM interview

Here's a weird interview with the legendary Parabellum from Medellin, Colombia. Kinda pointless interview but still worth reading it. Taken from Hell'zine#7, not sure about the year. Both spanish and english translation. Thanx Jum for providing again awesome stuff!!

giovedì 11 giugno 2015

Artic Nights

Here's the record I've got for free that I've mentioned in my previous post: the vinyl debut of Oslo's Shipwrecked "artic nights" on Anger Management Records. I keep thinking about this as a recent release but goddammit it's already ten years old! Here we got a healthy dose of perfectly executed boston hardcore (SSD "the kids..." above all) with a hint of Oi! and norwegian/vikings mythology as graphic & lyrics background. The final result is probably the most coherent band doing this kind of stuff. Way better than most yankee bands that recently attempted to reproduce this sound. While I'd tag them as a bunch of tuff skinheads solely based on their music and imagery, the recent interview on Chunks'zine proved that these are mature and serious people, not a bunch of kids playing tuff. Featuring an ex-Insurance Risk member, if I haven't convinced you yet. No(r)way delivers again. Solid stuff.

mercoledì 3 giugno 2015

Do The Crop Circle

Another big want that I'm finally able to knock off from my want list: the uber rare Darvocets "do the crop circle" 7" released exacly 20 years ago by Non Commercial Records in the mere quantity of 300 copies only. I've been worshipping these guys for such a long time that is still hard to believe that I finally own a copy of their debut release. A mate from downunder unloaded to the masses his collection recently. I've asked him to sell me his copy so many times that I kinda feel like this copy had to be mine. The deal went super smooth (he even thrown in a great extra ep for free!) and a couple of weeks later this ep's journey from the other side of the globe ended safely in my mailbox. Darvocets were the weird band from the clevo scene. While all the clevo bands have that distinctive sound that make them unique and easily recognizable, this stuff would indeed fit better in a Killed By Death compilation. Both musically & lyrically, D. sounds like that dumb retarded kid who did way too much psychedelic drugs and had a morbose obsession for ufos, aliens & sci-fi horror movies. All of course done with a good dose of tasteless humour that makes me appreciate these guys even more! Not only this record is quite hard to find, but there are several cover version. Regular one with coloured back cover, super limited "Darvisettes" version and photocopied sleeve (this one, unsold stock copies that the band sold around 2005-06). Good luck scoring one!