Saturday, September 5, 2009
ABC DIABOLO s/t 7"(1992)
3.their choice for you
Still packing up for a move, and going through records, CD's, tapes, flyers and photo's. Brings back a lot of good memories.
I first heard Abc Diabolo on a road trip with my buddy Mark Telfian. All Mark talked about 24-7 back then was hardcore. Mark was so into hardcore punk for well over 15 years... It really consumed him. He had an old shitty white astro van that he would drive Devoid Of Faith around to our shows in the early 90's(before we had our own vehicle). He also drove us to our first ever recording studio(Bill T miller in Boston). Because his van was so shitty, and didn't have a stereo, Mark had a boom box in between the driver and passenger seats. The only things he would play on this cassette player were Infest, Dropdead, Fear Of God, Scapegrace, Man Is The Bastard, Abc Diabolo, and Life's Blood. Everything on this boom box sounded like crap, Mark seemed to like it that way. It was annoying because he wouldn't let anyone else touch his "sound system". It got really bad when the batteries started dying, and he would continue to listen like nothing was wrong. "What are you talking about buddy, it sounds sooooo brutal". This shit got so bad that I think I tossed a tape out the window while we were driving once. Mark went on to own at least 3-4 more shit vans and would drive friends like Devon and myself to gigs, seemed like every van had the same story.
A decade later Mark myself a friend Eric and Dan Barker went on to start a band called Death Squad. Little did Barker and Eric know but Mark and I were simply ripping riffs off from Abc Diabolo, recycling them and trying hard to sound like Abc(mixed with some Megadeath of course).
Abc Diabolo were from Germany and put out this 7" on the legendary Off The Disk Record Label. They later went on to record a brutal and classic LP that I still listen to regularly to today. Metal heads and punks alike should dig this shit. The vocals are so over the top, you can tell they were recorded, and pushed into the red. The guitar riffs are classic and just really catchy. This is another record that I own more than one copy of.
If you don't like these guys, you suck at listening to hardcore.