Sunday, November 23, 2008
1.true love always
2.mind on paper
6.pictures upside down
Thinking about records I some how destroyed through the years, this one comes to mind(from So bummed).
I first heard these guys in 1987 from a compilation tape I ordered through the mail called "Open Your Eyes". It was demo stuff by R2B that appeared on the tape. To this day, I've still never found the entire demo, just those tracks.
After hearing that stuff I ended up getting their 7" that came out on Soul Force records. My friend in San Ramon California (Kurt Dittmer)was buddies with the Unit Pride dudes, and their ep was also on the label, so they had copies of both 7"s for sale. We would sit in his room smoking up, wishing we were edge listening over and over to this ep(took me a while to actually get the edge, before it went dull again). This shit was so catchy and well played, but at the same time retained speed, and an element of rawness that makes this record stick out. The only thing I could compare this to would be Minor Threat meets Verbal Assault maybe(the guitar playing).
My copy of this got destroyed by my cat when he was a kitten in like 1991. Sock clawed and scratched up the cover, tearing through to the wax, and mangling even that. It's okay because over the years I managed to get more than one copy of the repress on Nemesis, and to this day don't really think I need the OG(or maybe I do?). The band later released a great LP on Nemesis. Maybe one day I'll upload that one as well.
Friday, November 21, 2008
So bummed. I Destroyed two Cirith Ungol LPs Last night, after leaving them to close to a radiator. To much bourbon I guess. This ruined my day for sure. I've had both these records since I was 17 years old. This Means I'm looking for copies of both "king of the dead" and "frost and fire". It means I'll be paying lots of money on the ebay machine, so please view and bid on some auctions I have up right now. If you have copies of these LPs and want to part and or trade them, please get in touch. Thanks. Nate
Thursday, November 20, 2008
2.wish you could feel
5.big warning, big mistake
Okay, this is one of the earlier of the Dutch bands that I can recall hearing when I was a youngster, and discovering international punk(after BGK of course). The first tracks I heard by these "gals" was off a compilation LP called beware of the wolf in Sheep's clothing. I bought this 7" and the Indirekt 7" based on hearing both bands tracks on the LP. I must admit that I wasn't interested in hearing all that much punk/hardcore with female vox back then. To me, back then it sounded wimpy. I still recall Tim Yohannon comparing them to the Avengers in a record review he did for MR&R. Pretty sure this was an all female hardcore band, and man its fucking raging as hell(think Sacrilege UK mixed with Avengers). The music Moves from thrashy hardcore with killer melodic bass riffs, to slower and heavier Avengers meets Fang styled stuff. My favorite song is "fear", the first song on side two. Its a slowy, but a beauty. I think these girls helped me to realize females could play thrashy hardcore, and it wasn't just a boys game. I was a pretty close minded metalhead up until the mid 80's, so this was typical of guys like me at the time.
When I first went to Holland to tour with my then band das Oath, I recall trying to talk to the older punks like Henk, Rudolf and Noel about where the Nog Watt girls were today. We instead got drunk and I watching these guys circle pit in a basement to the Offenders, so I didn't get more info out of these guys about the band, other than "they were a bunch of dirty squatters". Typical Dutch humor, poking fun at my interest. "Big warning, big mistake" and "neighborhood watch" are sharing the same track (.05), as the songs go right into one another.
1.I've got the disease
2.suck and fuck
3.with friends like you
7.I wanna be on tv
8.everybody makes me happy
10.Berkeley heathen scum
I've posted Fang's Landshark LP on here in the past. This one is the bands 2nd LP, and almost as good, coming out a year after Landshark in 1983. The Band formed in around 1980, and put out a 7" that predates the LPs. I wish I had that one.
I sold this LP years ago, When I became disgusted with SammyTown's past(his conviction for the murder of his girlfriend in 1989). I Recently bought it again from a store in Oregon. Sammy was a Junkie going back years and years in S.F./Berkely area. Looking back I really am glad I got to see these guys in the mid 80's with my Buddy Zoran Theodorovic. We loved getting wasted, skating, and watching Fang play badly at random clubs in the bay area. It really is amazing to listen to both the bands first records, and to hear the major impact and influence it had on Kurt Cobain. The guitar playing is brilliant on the records. Weird and pretty experimental for the time period.
Living in the Bay area in the 80's was insane. Both the metal and punk scenes were infested with meth. It was almost impossible to not be involved in it. Frankly, I feel pretty lucky to have lived through the 80's, as it was a dangerous time to be fucking around with shit out there. This record, and Fang in general bring me back to a time when life was really dangerous. Enjoy, and as always say Hi!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
2.live for money
3.newtons bad apple
This is D45's second 7", it came out in 1988, and is a real treat, holding a special place in my heart. The band was formed in 1985 in Houston Texas, the home of Verbal Abuse, and DRI(before those bands both relocated to San Francisco). Dresden put out a number of 7"s(maybe four total?), and a LP. This 7" is the beginning of their thrashy crossover sound. Lots of crazy guitar solos, noodles and pointless wanks keep me loving this ep. The vocals are snotty, nerdy, but fast and sharp.
I recall reading a review of this ep in Maximum Rock n Roll back in the day when I looked at it as a bible for punk hardcore. The review, and the band name made me write the band, sending them $2 and a copy of my band the Romper Room Rejects demo tape. A few weeks later I received this ep in the mail, with a nice note from the guitarist (Pat I think). Was a pretty inspirational lil note that made me proud to be in RRR. For a good month this ep didn't leave my turntable, and even gained the attention of my metalheaded roomy Kenny D. Through the bands years they became even tighter, and more metal influenced. The "paradise lost" LP is a good place to go from here. Enjoy and please comment if you download.
Monday, November 17, 2008
1.fragment of hope
4.don't stop my fight
5.cold dark world
10.die for your country!
11.love of my life
12.the own love song
COI were part of the mid 80’s German Hardcore/punk scene. I was heavily into this shit back then. I don’t know why I obsessed over German stuff so much back then. Could be the fact that there was a wall up between West and East Germany, and things were socially fucked up in both places, and it made for good music. When I think of Crowd of Isolated I think of other German bands like Sons of Sadism, Challenger Crew, Hostages Of Ayatollah, Spermbirds, Tu Du Hospital, etc. I also can’t help thinking about Iron Maiden. These guys really have a maiden influence that works well with their style of hardcore/punk. I’m sort of doubting it was intentional. I definitely hear it in both the bass playing, and sometimes the vox.
Listening to this again makes me think back to a trip I did across country when I moved home to Albany NY from Livermore California. I taped this LP, and must have listened to it 3 times a day in my shitty tape deck that was in my 1972 purple AMC Gremlin. Good memories. This is the type of record you can find for almost free(if you can locate one), as it was obscure even in the 80’s. Can’t imagine any one besides myself remembers this stuff. The last 3 songs are all on track 10.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
4.One In A Crowd
8.Tearing Me Apart
The Beasts put out three 7" eps before releasing this bluesy NWOBHM LP. There are hints of some southern rock, lots of hardrock/metal, and some blues. The band was fronted by that dude on the front cover of this record, Garry Dalloway (who had the nick-name "the original fat bastard"). Garry passed away in 2005. The bummer about this LP is that most the songs were on the 7"s, so when I got the LP i was bummed to realize there were only four songs I hadn't heard yet. My copies cover is way fucked up, and been through thick and thin with me.
The band formed in the late 70's, and the dude that ran Heavy Metal Records(Witchfinder General, Holocaust, etc)started the label because he couldn't get the Beasts an LP deal with Major labels.
A buddy of mine from Spencer Van-Etten NY, where I spent my youth in the sticks of one of America's last "dry" towns, turned me onto to this Record. John played drums and we would jam to the likes of these guys, Nugent, Ozzy, Rush, Kiss, etc. We would party in the woods, "camping" in an old school bus converted into a cabin, and burning down a mountainside (by accident of course)while getting high, drinking, and listening to this shit on bad boombox's. This stuff makes me remember the good times in my youth hanging out with friends like John Grippo, Keith Grap, Jim Lampila, and Zeke the freak.
Enjoy, and comment. This might be a little mellow for some of the folks that follow the blog.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
1.the other side
3.let me know why
4.shape of somethings
5.less than gravity
Moving Targets were from Boston, and played a very melodic style of punk hardcore. The music stayed raw, and very real, and it was hard to believe that such tightness was achieved by a three piece band. The main reason I'm posting this one is because Pat Leonard the bass player and founding member died last week due to complications of head trauma. Sad in that he was only 42 years young. The band put out at least 4 LPs, this one being the first one.
I ended up with this copy of the record about a month ago at Wfmu's record convention. My buddy Charles came over waving it in my face asking me if I had it. I didn't because I sold it in the 90's because I thought it to be to melodic, and wimpy. Only Because I said no I didn't have it, Charles pushed it on me, told me to go home and listen.
I did, and was shocked to hear how much bands like Leatherface took the Moving Targets sound. Its easy to see how far ahead of their time M.T.'s were... I'd say the alternative scene of the early 90's owes these guys some recognition. My favorite song on this record is the last tune "coming home". Enjoy, and please Comment if you download.
Monday, November 10, 2008
2.all systems go
Amazing Metal that I know very little about. This UK band were an obscurity for sure. Bought the record in hopes of finding out more about the band, but To my knowledge This is it. Rock Out is such a catchy song that I find myself screaming the lyrics in the shower. Toeards the middle and end of the song you start realizing that the riffs and drums are sounding much like Maidens "running free". Great stuff that makes me wish I still had my '67 dart. Junior High school music for sure. Totally worth ripping these, you won't be disapointed if your a fan of the nwobhm.
5.on the wing
This is one weird assed raging Finnish hardcore ep. What's so strange about the band is that they've gone from this strange hardcore punk sound/attitude to being one of the most popular bands in Finland ever. They were voted the "Best Band of All Time" in Finland, though they are virtually unknown outside the country. The band put out a few great hardcore records, and then leaned more towards mainstream sounds in the 90's. It really is hard to fathom this being the same band. They are still together today putting out records and making music.
There are probably 500 of these ep's and somehow I own two copies. I was a weird collector fiend in the late 80's. I'd buy anything that was obscure and from another country. This debut I prolly didn't "get" like I do now.... but what I think makes these guys is the fact that they weren't doing the d beat crust thing that has been a staple in the Scandi hardcore scene. This stuff is weird, but pure, raw and fast.
Friday, November 7, 2008
7.yankee go home
1.feet on the ground
5.the spark inside
Fucking hell man... Been blasting this one for twenty years and it still never gets old to me. Both bands were political/social UK punk bands in the sense of the word, but both took punk to a whole new level. Both were heavy in a very metal and raw sorta way, though keeping the shit sound of punk alive and well. They sounded as influenced by metal as much as they were by punk. Generic were so gruff and hard sounding. Mortal Terror were heavy and raw in that Electro Hippies sorta way. Sloppy stench core Is what I would call their style. According to a friend, Sned he tells me that The drummer of Mortal Terror played in HellBastard as well.
I recall my old band Devoid Of Faith finding out we were touring with the UK band Suffer, whom included drummer Sned, who played in a slew of UK punk bands including Generic. I drove in a van with Andrew from Black Army Jacket on the tour, and we listened to this split over and over on cassette. I was so excited to be touring with Sned, as I have all the Generic records.
Watching Sned walk through a taco bell drive thru was hilarious. Dudes feet seriously stunk, he took crust to a whole new level, when he would take off his shoes. Listening back to this reminds me of his loud assed snoring that kept me from getting any sleep on that mini tour.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
This is the Third ep by these Swedish punkrockers. Most purists are going to tell you they love the first 7" best due to its raw punkness...Me I love the metallic over tones this ep has. Don't get me wrong its still a pure hardcore punk masterpiece, but the production is so thick, and heavy that I think most metalheads will be able to handle this shit without thinking its to fucking punk. The band goes far beyond what many other Swedish bands are doing at the time. Another Band that refused to fall into the dis thing that was/is happening so heavily over there forever now. Sweden is known for its d beat crust masters, so its always refreshing to hear something that doesn't sound like everything else in the region.
I bought this one on a fluke. Driving across country when I was moving from S.F. back to New York in 1989. I had a little purple 1972 Gremlin that was filled with my records, a guitar, and some clothes. At any rate it took me 5 days to make the trip. I stopped in a record store in the middle of Omaha Nebraska, and saw this 7" in the used bin for .49 cents.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1.too wild to tame
2.on the rocks
Avenger are another of the bands who got lost in NWOBHM obscurity. The records I love by these guys are This ep, and then the "blood sport" LP. Both have tremendous amounts of energy. I bought the single on Neat records at strawberry's records and tapes in Albany NY when it came out. As soon as blood sport came out I was at record stores looking for it. I couldn't find it at any of the chain stores locally, and stumbled into worlds records(well didn't stumble, was pointed by a comic employee at Fantaco) where they they were selling all the hard to find stuff whether it be punk or metal. Actually I found my first copy of Maximum Rock N Roll here as well.
Avenger have a similar sound of the UK band Satan, and were formed by ex Blitzkrieg members.
As a youngster in high school, a bunch of friends of mine and myself who hung out in a suburban area called "southgate" in Latham NY would blare metal on a boom box, and go hopping. Hopping was a gag we invented that happened on snow days when we had no school. A group of us would hang out at a 4 way stop sign in southgate(with a boom box blaring my newest metal find), and wait for cars to pull up, and stop. Two or three of us would then approach the back of the car, squat as though we were shitting, grab onto the bumper and go for a ride, with our feet acting as ski's. People would usually stop, chase us away, drive normally, or drive like madmen trying to shake us off.
Listening to "blood sport" gave us motivation and the balls to keep on hopping. I miss those friends, the Paulson Brothers, Gene Koreman, goofy, and Yom Bones. Dudes were trouble making heroes.
2.no longer to choose
Anti-System formed in England in 1981, and put this, their first record out in 1983. Great d beat discore stuff from these Animal rights activists. Supposedly Members went to prison for roles in Animal rights acts. The only other band I really knew who sounded, and played like this at the time were Discharge.
In any case these guys have had a huge influence on hardcore bands even still today.
The song "Animal welfare" had an impact on my vegetarian ways early on...More so then the likes of Crass whom sorta played a more hippie style of punk, sharing some of the same ideas/values as bands such as Anti-system. Myself and buddies Louis and Roger would drive around the suburbs of Albany blasting the likes of this shit, while using sling shots to take out windows at fast food joints.
The political lyrics these dudes were writing were all things that thinking people growing up in the late 70's and 80's could relate to. Reagan and the cold war scared the shit out of all of us. Every day we thought a nuclear war was going to break out. Listening back to Its no wonder I was so fucking scared. This record reminds me of the fear and anger I was living with through my teenage years.
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small
Now have all been wiped out, the good bomb took them all
Dismantle all your weapons, they only bring you harm
I hope I never see destruction or hear the warning alarm
A bomb threat forever hangs over our heads
I hope I never see the end, I pray the bomb they never send
If the sirens start to ring, for the fallout shelter I will head
I know some will never make it -- needless deaths
Monday, November 3, 2008
Dream Police were a radical and obscure punk band that were from Denmark, who put out three records that I know of. The 3rd one is a 12" that I recently scored(clearly not as good as the first two eps). They were fronted by the insane Johnny Concrete, who put out some solo records that used the Dream Police members as the backing band. This 7" ep I was lucky enough to hear through my old pals Luke and Roger in Albany. They were huge fans of both the 1981 7" and the 1986 ep. Pretty raw punk noise, That in 2008 sounds like something that could have come out on Am Rep in the late 80's. Noisy for sure.
This is the first Danish hardcore band I'd ever heard. I loved the speed of the songs on the one side, but now sorta like the other side for its rockin metal riffs. This ep was recorded live, though you really can't tell. Its also the bands 1st release ever. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this when one of the bands I played in toured Europe and played shows in Scandinavia. A great Punkish Motorhead vibe in some of this material.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
5.Barbapappa & Ankan Kalle
10.Have A Coke And A Smile
13.Fred Och Frihet
14.Vår Dagliga Dos
15.Mor & Far
16.The Crippled Brain
These dudes were from Sweden, and played some fast assed thrash that was quirky and weird. Lots of strange circus sounding jazz parts that most hardcore bands wouldn't have the balls to try, because it wasn't the "norm" within the mostly dogmatic thrash scene. All I can compare the bands weird parts to would be the likes of early Victims Family, Rhythm Pigs, and Die Kreuzen. Some of the reg thrash parts remind me of A.O.D. Its incredible to me even 20 years later that these guys had the ability to play this fast, so tight, and so oddly. Totally different then all the dis stuff from Sweden that everyone has been gushing about for years.
I was turned onto these guys by my older Albany Pal Roger Vandusen. He later sang in a band that I played in. The dude was into lots of German, Swedish, and Finnish stuff. He played me the RTs first release from 1985, and I was automatically searching for the bands other releases. Roger had a humongous European record collection, that most of us were in aw of in the 80's. He became pretty disgusted by punk and hardcore by 1992, and smartly dropped out. I ended up with all his Raped Teenagers stuff. Rog turned me on to so much good stuff. I left off song one, the instrumental, as I had a problem with the transfer. Enjoy.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
2.on to lliad
7.widows mite(chapter 11)
9.masque of the red death
I recently bought this at the wfmu record convention because it was cheap, and I was unsure that I still owned it. I store most all of my record collection at my mothers house upstate, so a lot of times I forget what I own. At any rate when my buddy Charles Maggio whom I was working for selling records at the convention saw this LP, he looked on the back cover to show me that one of the members, "Dan Lorenzo" later was Charles sisters soft ball coach. The band was from his home town in N.J. Pretty hilarious and weird as hell.
When one listens to this LP you can hear much of what was happening in the speed metal scene of the 80's for sure. People like to say these guys were a power metal band, whatever. I hear lots of early Death Angel, and even some Overkill in both the song writing and the production. I'd seen both those bands in the 80's, but never saw these bros. live, I'm feeling like I missed out for sure. Most punks will detest this one as there are true metal vocals with awesome high pitched falsetto screams, weird bass lines, acoustic intros and triumphant double bass drumming. I love this shit for sure...great vocals that make me wanna go back and listen to those Overkill records I thought I out grew. This record really makes me feel young again. Thanks Hades. Comment if you download.
01. Growing Pains
02. Love vs. Hate
03. Side by Side
04. More Than One
05. Forked Road
06. Lake Ontario Smells Like Shit
07. Don't Bug Me
08. Top 10
09. I Hate
Also known as D.O.G., these Canadians put out only one record that I know of, and this is it. Fast melodic thrash, with cool lyrics, and catchy riffs. The guitars are totally primitive sounding almost in that Abused/Antidote sort of way. Think of the Abused with the singer from the Asexuals screaming bout everything that bothers him.
My Friend Simon turned me on to them in around 1993 or something like that. My good buddy/band mate Jim DOF was getting married, and Simon stayed with me in my Watervliet apt that weekend. Dude kept trying to trade anything he could for my Infest 7". He played me this obscure 7" on a cassette he had, and I loved it...though I of course did not go for that trade. A few years later I found this killer punk slab for .99 cents at Reptilian records in Baltimore. Tracks 4 and 5 are as one, so when downloading this it will come up as only 9 tracks. Enjoy this jem.