martedì 27 ottobre 2015

WARSORE interview 1996

Time for another Warsore interview taken from my personal archive. Classic australian grindcore from the 90s. Probably my fave in this genre. This one is taken from Ironia'zine #6 outta spain from 1998. Answers by guitarist Paul. My old band was interviewed in the same issue. Layout is a bit blurry but that's how computerized  layout from the late 90s zines look like! Anyhow, still readable and very informative. RIP Erik & Mark.

mercoledì 21 ottobre 2015

Det E'kje Nåkka Artig Længer

When it comes to scandinavia, norwegian hardcore tends to be obscured by their more prolific swedish & finnish counterparts as well as from the legion of local black metal bands of course. If that's not enough, Barn Av Regnbuen seems to be a bit overshadowed by the cult status of other X-Port Plater classics such as Bannlyst or Svart Framtid. Well, at least this little attention kept the price of 1986's B.A.R. debut ep "Det E'kje Nåkka Artig Længer" (that translates to "it's not fun anymore" if I remember well) a bit more reasonable. Nontheless, this stands at the same level as the aforementioned norge classics. Same kind of sound and heavy production but with more peculiar guitar riffs. A very solid release, too bad their flexi from a couple of years later is not that solid (but still worth a listen).
1000 copies pressed on a great looking fold-out cover that has a poster on the other side. My copy came with a small insert with lyrics translated in english but unfortunately I've forgot to include it in the pictures...Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that band's name translate to something like "children of the rainbow" which for some reasons makes me think about T-Rex...

mercoledì 7 ottobre 2015

Yesterday Fairytale, Tommorow's Nightmare

If I remember well, my first encounter with Disclose happened around 2001. It was via their split lp with Totalitar. I picked up a copy of that record from a distro at a show, mainly because of the swedish band. Their side didn't impress me a lot. It just seemed to me they were just another boring dis-band like the way too many horrible Discharge clones that were around in the 90s ("dis is getting pathetic", to quote Diskonto). Then, a couple of years later,  I got their "Apocalypse of Death" 12". I immediately sold my soul to Kawakami. To this day it's still my favourite Disclose release. Especially the song "the war dead". It got stuck in my mind with its almost hypnotic repetitiveness. If I'm not wrong, this is where the "dis-bones" era started. Disclose added a more metallic approach (obviously influenced by Broken Bones) to their mix of Discharge & swedish d-beat. Over the year I've learned to enjoy also their earlier catalogue (with "Tragedy" being the peak of their early days), but the "dis-bones" era is still my favourite. Recently LVEUM repressed their last full length "Yesterday Fairytale, Tommorow's Nightmare". It's a collection of re-recorded version of some songs from their later period and it includes a 10 minutes long version of my favourite of their tracks, "wardead". Even if you own the original press, this is worth just for the in depths writing about their ill-fated 2004 US tour with Framtid by Stuart/GOTA (which is the guy who originally released this lp). Probably the very last influential punk band that shaped the last few punk generations and will continue to do it in the future. RIP Kawakami. 

giovedì 1 ottobre 2015

Rodrigo D. No Futuro soundtrack

If you haven't seen it yet, Rodrigo D. No Futuro is a brilliant 1990 indipendent movie from colombian director Victor Gaviria. A movie that deserves to be watched even if you're not even remotely interested in old colombian bands, a must if you're vaguely into medellin punk/metal in general. It's a crude portray of the life of a punk drummer (who happens to be the drummer/singer for Mutantex in real life) in the most violent city of the world in that period: Medellin. As it happened in real life, while stuck in a city besieged by a violent drug war, music played an essential role in keeping Rodrigo and his friends alive in such a hopeless environment. A lot of kids/gals involved in the late '80/ early 90s' punk & metal medallo scene took part in this movie: Olimpo Ordóñez (Mierda), Ramiro Meneses & Omar (Mutantex), Fredy “El chino”(NN), Piedad & Vicky (Crimen Impune/Fertil miseria) and Cipriano (Parabellum/HPHC). If that's not enough, there are also these bands playing live on a bloody roof: Blasfemia (!!), NN, Mutantex, P-Ne and a few more. What a great movie! Of course a movie like this couldn't have nothing but a solid punk and metal soundtrack, released in the same year of the movie. Along with "La Ciudad Podrida Vol. I", one of the best and most representative sample of what was going on there in that period. It didn't take it too long to become a cult item hunted by greedy collectors everywhere in the world.
Unexpectedly, "Rodrigo D. No Futuro" original soundtrack lp has just been repressed. Comes with a huge fold out insert with tons of pictures and infos about the movie and the bands featured here. While side A is side punk, B is the one with metal bands. What's amazing about this comp. is the fact that, with a couple of notable exceptions, almost all the well known names are missing here. Most of the bands featured on both sides made their only vinyl appearence here. Some didn't even release a demo. All their recorded material is featured here! Yet, this is one of the most solid compilation ever. Another proof of how good and unique this scene was. Of course some tracks have been cut off for a reason or another. Unfortunately one of them happened to be my favourite of the whole movie:
Parabellum/HPHC drummer playing solo an uber brutal noise/punk/hc track that last less than one minute. What a song! Just drum & voice, but more brutal than your stupid band for sure! Too bad this is the only incarnation of this project, I would have loved a whole Cipri EP!!