Wednesday February 28th 2007, 5:45 am
Filed under: British
WARTORN - “Banzai” EP 1994 (Crust Records)
Of the few releases that actually passed muster from the UK HC scene of the early 90’s, this one seemingly slipped under the radar, despite the fact the band were at that point the fastest and wildest the UK had to offer, challenging and surpassing their mates in VOORHEES for the crown of HC speed freaks! Both bands actually sharing the stage a number of times.
Formed by some noted European luminaries, such as Lentil of Dutch bands DISTRESS and BOYCOTT, Rich of UK bands SORE THROAT and WARFEAR, James of HARD TO SWALLOW and now GERIATRIC WARD, WARTORN existed purely to play as hard and aggressive as they could in as short a time as possible. It’s pretty obvious that their inspirations were Japans GAUZE, along with MADBALL and INFEST from the USA (In fact track 10 is a MADBALL cover from their first 7”) – but for me WARTORN were a lot heavier than your average UK band - I mean jaw droppingly heavy. They never described themselves as “Power violence” or “Grindcore” or whatever the buzzwords were back then, just plain and simple HC punk played at extreme velocity!!
I really like this 7”, its sentiments are honest, its politics pull no punches (Both Anti Nazi and Anti Communist, anti capitalist and anti fucking everything you have to offer!!) and its music is simply superb. Lentil’s drumming is superhuman, seemingly nuclear powered particuarly on “Cause & Effect”, while Rich and James handle the hyperspeed riffs on guitar and bass respectively, all topped off with the gravel throated voice of singer Ian The Merciless. Pretty damn near perfect. It’s interesting to note, that a year after the band split up there were quite a number of bands playing in this vein in the UK rather than the same old tired UK anarcho crust punk style - perhaps they helped kick the scene up the arse despite alienating the “crusties” and “straight edgers” alike for neither conforming musically or lyrically. Released on the US label Crust Records by the bloke of DROP DEAD in 1994 (But actual recorded in early 1993) it’s still an easy find for all the vinyl maniacs, so happy hunting….The cover I believe is a bastardisation of Japanese comp “GREAT PUNK HITS” in tribute to their fascination with Japanese punk god SKV.
Pledge Of Non Allegiance/Relapse To Radicalism
Meltdown & Out
How To Destroy Angels
The Ivory Tower
Last Among Equals
Cause & Effect
Posted by: Discontrol
Saturday February 24th 2007, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Germany
Marplotz - Bombenterror EP (Pogar 11, 1985)
This EP of the german band Marplotz from Flensburg was released 1985 in a pressing of 900 exemplars.
The label pogar is known for releases of Vorkriegsjugend, Vellocet, Malinheads and Disaster Area.
Sry for my stupid english ;)
Posted by: paule
Friday February 23rd 2007, 10:28 am
Filed under: American
Political Justice? - Stating The Truths and Healing The Wounds (Landmind Records ‘85)
I know very little about the band; for a bit more history check out their entry over at the Punk Vault. From Glen-Ellyn, Illinois (outside Chicago) this is their only vinyl. It’s a rare slice of mid-tempo, melodic hardcore, without being too “poppish”.
One Moment Of Empathy
One Life One Chance
O Lady Liberty Pt 1
O Lady Liberty Pt 2
Posted by: meandaddy60
Tuesday February 20th 2007, 9:57 am
Filed under: Japan
JUDGEMENT-Process e.p. (HG Fact 070) 1997
Sorta by request/sorta by duty, to finish the set of 7″s by this amazing band. This is the highly coveted, gig only 2nd (or 1st depending on what you believe) 7″ by JUDGEMENT and it’s pretty cool.
The song “process” starts off deceivingly melodic and builds into a soaring, full scale “burning spirits” epic. I had heard the “No reason why” 7″ before this one and was pretty dissapointed upon hearing “process”. I imagined that this, their first single, would be rawer, faster and any other adjective you could tack “-er” on the end of. Usually bands go from raw and “Green” to something a bit more refined (not always though) so hearing this first song was a bit puzzling for me. This was just a hint of what was to come on the later records and it ended up growing on me.
“The situation” on the other hand is a full scale rager and would sound more at home on the “no reason why” 7″.
This song really embodies what I love about this bands early material (and most Japanese h.c. for that matter), precise devastation and a band set on “kill” for about 2 minutes at a time. Absolutely fierce!!!!
I’m sure the band recorded both these 7″s at the same session and maybe “process” was the token, true “burning spirits” song and the others were just pent-up ragers ala members past bands (DEATHSIDE, BASTARD & CRUCK). No matter, this is still a classic 7″ and well worth your time.
For the history of the band and insightful commentary try HERE for the “no reason why” 7″ post-HERE for the “haunt in the dark” 7″ post and HERE for the “night brings…” 7″ post. There is also a CDep on HG Fact records entitled “just be…..” that may still be in print and is also worth checking out if you dig this band.
ps: The sleeve scan is from the HG Fact website and the songs from my archive via “professer” Stuart Schrader- Check out his masterful new blog HERE
Sunday February 18th 2007, 10:39 am
Filed under: American
The Burnt - Where’s My Head? (Mutha Records Mutha 027) 1985
THE BURNT were one of the earliest PUNK bands in New Jersey. Formed in 1979, they were influenced by bands such as THE RAMONES, DEAD BOYS, SHAM 69, and local bands like T.M.A.
Hailing from Midland Park (in beautiful Bergen County, NJ.), they started off playing local “bars” with Metal bands - they would pretend that they were a Metal band to get the gig - as bar owners never knew at that time “not” to have a Punk band - but quickly learned. The biggest haunt for THE BURNT - and the home of their now famous “Power Drinking” legacy, was JT’s in nearby Suffern, NY. But it didn’t take them long to hook up with The Brighton (in West Long Branch) and get noticed by Mark Chesley and MUTHA records.
In the early 1980’s, THE BURNT “Where’s My Head” LP became one of the first releases on the Mutha Label.
-EARWAX RETRO FANZINE
YES…an Lp and a frickin classic, New Jersey’s own The Burnt on the legendary label Mutha Records. I cant get enough of The Burnts great song titles. What more can be said?…Turn this up!
Living In M.P.
Hey Old Man
I Hate You
Holiday In Guyana
Where Oh Where Did My Baby Go
We Don’t Belong To Nobody
Forget About It
Posted by: stunt
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
Friday February 16th 2007, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Irish
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster (Rough Trade/Rigid Digits) 1978
Another fantastic SLF single with one of the greatest picture sleeve photos ever. Once again for all your SLF info please visit SLF Online.
Posted by: stunt
Tuesday February 13th 2007, 10:19 am
Filed under: Germany
EA80 - Der Mord fällt aus (self-released 1982)
First of all…I dont want to “decorate myself with someone elses feathers” (clumsy translation of a german saying…)…I got these tracks on Cd-Rom from a friend…sleeve scans are from there: http://www.punk-disco.com/
These `five songs´ is the first ep by EA80 from Mönchengladbach,a band that started in the late seventies and is still active today.They never signed to any record labels-at least concerning regular releases (the did contribute to several compilations).
Not sounding very spectacular,this ep was the beginning of a career that should put out a lot of albums of much higher musical quality,still keeping the style and allways featuring lyrics that were far beyond the typical “Deutschpunk” cliche´.As far as I know they never liked beeing interviewed or having photos of them released - nevertheless there´s quite a collection of fanzine articles on http://www.ea80.net/ (sorry…german language only…)
If it´s ok to post ep´s one doesn´t actually own him/herself I really would like to see this appearing on this site…
As a bonus there is “Einleben” from the EA80 vs.Klotz single or the EA80 CD “Punk”…
Der Mord Faellt Aus
Don´t know much ´bout the things in this world
got an idea but don´t know if it fits
A stupid little world view made of 4-colour sheets,headlines and things your hear
labirynths of theories and too great words and finally even god that enlightens the dark
all those tiny lies and inconsistencies better taken with care and after all self-made deformed
Don´t know much ´bout the problems in this world
got my doubts but still don´t know what´s right
Maybe someday I`ll do research,travel to foreign countries
to get impressions that no one would take from me that soon
But supposably i`m gonna leave it to the little worries of mine
that often are trivial…but yet deadly…
Posted by: Seppo
Sunday February 11th 2007, 10:33 am
Filed under: Sweden
E.A.T.E.R. - Doomday Troops EP (Ernst) 1983
E.A.T.E.R stands for Ernst And The Edsholm Rebels
Ernst & the Edsholm Rebels was formed the autumn of 1982 in Kil in Värmland by Gröten – gu, Pelle – dr, Brännström – b and Hasse – vo. Before the recording of the E.P “Doomsday troops” Hasse was replaced by Micke – vo, the record was recorded in Asta Kask’s studio Kloakens Alternativa Anti Studio in Töreboda and was produced by Micke Blomqvist. The record was released the spring -83 and sold in 12 countries, among them U.S.A, where Jello Biafra (from Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles) was distributed it. During 83-84 they played diligent on punkfestivals in Sweden, Denmark etc. The band contributed on lots of tapes and Really Fast vol 1 and represented Sweden on the ROIR tape “ World Class Punk” from New York. A 2:nd E.P was recorded “Abort the system” -84, but never released.
In 1985 the band disbanded, Pelle and Gröten was then playing in Product Assar for a short while.
E.A.T.E.R reunited autumn -85 by Gröten – gu, Micke – vo, Snacke – b and Jerker – dr but the reunion becomes short due to Jerker’s death (R.I.P), after a while of internal problems and movings to Australia the band heading for a European tour in Holland, Germany, Belgium, and a video recording in Bielefeld & live taking that became E.A.T.E.R’s last performance, dec -86
Great Swedish classic band, in the vein of Asta Kask, but much more raw and powerful.
Enjoy it !!!
i rule my life OK
Posted by: Colin
DISCHARGE - LIVE IN PRESTON
Saturday February 10th 2007, 9:43 am
Filed under: British
DISCHARGE - Live In Preston 7″
Alright folks, here it is. Mega-rare (limited to 230 copies) live 7″ from 1980. Poor sound quality, but if you know the songs they’re recognizable. The selling point is of course the unreleased track “Where’s Our Freedom”. Ok, enough said. Enjoy the noise not music.
Realities Of War
They Declare It
Ain’t No Feeble Bastard
War’s No Fairytale
Where’s Our Freedom
Posted by: chaosnonmusica
Wednesday February 07th 2007, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Japan
JUDGEMENT - Haunt in the Dark (HG Fact HG-085) 1997
This is to compliment the previous Judgement posts. On the HG Fact site, this is stated as the 2nd EP. I thought the Process 7″ was the 2nd EP. That 7″ I read was a show only release. Anyone have Process and can you post it? This EP was my introduction to the band.
The Mad Dog
Haunt in the Dark
Posted by: Donofthedead