all things old school

sexta-feira, 17 de abril de 2015

FORSAKEN - Cease To Exist

Location: South Wales, UK
Release: Neutral Words Records, 2015
Artwork: Steven Kulesza

FORSAKEN, if Im not mistaken, was recommended by Feral Youth's vocalist back in 2012. Since then, from two solid demos and a debut EP on Neutral Words they came up with a follow-up crossover masterpiece in Cease To Exist. 3 songs with ripping production and rad musicianship, their best so far! Leeway meets Slayer, re-energized.

They are playing non-stop, hardcore and metal shows, and from what I see online they've been setting the venues on fire with incendiary live perfomances!!

2012 - No Peace EP [Purgatory Records]
2013 - Demo [Neutral Words Records]
2013 - Amongst Gods, Below Man [Neutral Words Records]
2015 - Cease To Exist [Neutral Words Records]

DOWNLOAD Discography

sexta-feira, 10 de abril de 2015

SPIRITS - Discontent

Location: Boston, US
Release: State Of Mind Recordings, 2015
Artwork: Hannah Medeiros

From the ashes of Test Of Time rose SPIRITS, which also features ex-members from Offsides and No Harm Done plus many others. This rich background shows off in Spirits music, ranging from straight forward hardcore tunes to high intensity melodic ones in the vein of Bane and Count Me Out.

Within 1 year as a band they already recorded a lot, skilled writing machines, and this week just released a fancy 13-song LP 'Discontent' with an european tour to follow! Also, a song from their previous album (Cointossrecords' 7" debut) was featured on this blog's 2015 sampler.

Support these hardworking labels and bandmates, legit stuff here:
BUY 7" Split w/ Get A Grip @ Speedowax
BUY S/T 7" @ Cointossrecords
PRE-ORDER Discontent LP @ S.O.M. Recordings
BUY Merchandise

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]
(w/ lyrics sheet)


quarta-feira, 8 de abril de 2015

BANG BROS - Group Therapy (+ Live)

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Release: I Drink Milk/ 46 Records, 2012 (out of print)

Fun name for a fun band, as quick as they appreared they were goners. BANG BROS were together from 2010 to 2012 with a reunion show in 2014 and a forthcoming gig as a wedding band (!). They may hold one of the sketchiest band's name in HC but are one of the most fun without doubt.

Got my copy of the now out of print Group Therapy 7" at the Ieper Fest in 2013 and failed to get any of their tape releases, including a cassette collection from Slow It Down Records and a live recording from Life and Death Fest.

Here is the download for the 7" EP + Live tape, for the previous records check here.

terça-feira, 31 de março de 2015

SAY GOODBYE - Boston Area Straight Edge

Location: Southeastern Massachusetts
Release: Western Front, 2002-2005

Back to basics. SAY GOODBYE was the base for a bunch of other cool bands after its inception in 2002. If they were on a more consistent label maybe it would have helped get the word out, for they are a bit underrated. Their music was fast and without frills inspired by local legends in SSD, DYS (members lived near Providence and Boston) and Infest.

In 4 years they recorded 4 albums. The demo tape and first EP presents a more raw production, then comes the awesome full-lenght in 2004 followed by the final EP in 2005, all with songs clocking around the 1 minute mark spreading despise on humankind.

2002 - Demo
2002 - Anti-Social EP (Western Front Records)
2004 - S/T LP (Western Front Records)
2005 - Misanthropy EP (Western Front Records)

Say Goodbye's family tree:
Craig Arms (bass): did vocals in Waste Management and also played bass in Rampage and Mind Eraser. James Whittle (guitar): played guitar in Police Beat, Lovely Lads and drums on Waste Management's first EP. Eli Pizzuto (drums): played in R'n'R at some point and lately in the stoner-outfit Naam. Couldn't find any other related bands to Chris Browndog (vocals) tho. 

DOWNLOAD Discography
(includes scanned lyrics and art covers)

scan credits: demo tape and anti-social by It Follows, misanthropy by suds denim, lp by me. special thanks to Eric Yu for the proper misanthropy EP audio files.

segunda-feira, 23 de março de 2015

We Breed Ugly Cassette Compilation

Release: Neutral Accents, 2015 (sold out)

Neutral Accents Fanzine brings a heavy tape to the table, exclusive tracks of the finest MUZAK style.

Tapes sold out in a few days on pre-order, but check soon at Painkiller Records' online store and here for a small amount of leftovers.

01. Hammer & The Nails - East Meets West
02. Hired Goons - Mania
03. The Repos - Feeling Fine
04. RAMPAGE - Cyberian Overload
05. Lovely Lads - Mourning Soul
06. Fatal Shore - Forbidden Zone
07. Revilers - Scapegoats
01. Burden - Path of Stone
02. Violent End - No Better/Waste
03. MFP - Vanishing point
04. Frost Fangs - In The Metal Zone
05. The Concrete Gods - Whatever Happened To The Angry Brigade
06. Poder Absoluto - Don Martillo Ejecutor
07. NS Mayhem - Pariah Nation
08. Peacebreakers - Madness
09. Outro


sábado, 21 de março de 2015


Location: Canarias, España
Release: Stomp Records, 2012 (unreleased)

Spain's best kept secret!! GOOD FELLAZ first full-length and final record is their pinnacle, heavily influenced by RZL DZL and Justice. Even though The Roots LP never got a physical release thus far, I heard rumours of that happening someday.

For more Good Fellaz use the tag, there are stuff here since year one of this blog.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Gracias a Carlos Identidad

segunda-feira, 16 de março de 2015

AlL ThiNgS OLd SChOol 2015 Sampler

Artwork: Freak City (@instagram)
Logo: Myself

5 YEARS of All Things Old School!! I had part of the tracklist on my mind for awhile but scrapped most of it because, luckily, a good amount of bands and labels joined and made this sampler much more cool. It features premiere tracks plus a few unreleased and rare ones that I've been collecting over the years. Countries represented by bands here goes as far as: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.

Special thanks goes to these people who embraced this fun project and believe that the DIY ethics are the foundation of our (counter) culture, either it's in hardcore punk, thrash metal, hip hop or indie rock: Mathieu @ Freak City, Dan Mourtagh @ Running Thin Records, Zack Retaliate, Indy @ Cointossrecords, Alexis @ Straight & Alert Records, Danny Drug Control, Toxic Shock, Hollow Truth, Shaman Records, Jordan Cold & Distant, Jonny Control, Leeo Surra, Better Days, Street Lights, Roman Sike, Benjamin Guidance, Garcia brothers @ Dedication, O.S.M. and Dan Cantarero @ Life To Live Records.

01. TOXIC SHOCK - The Survivalist [upcoming Split 7" w/ Iron Reagan, Reflections Records]
02. STRAIGHT RAZOR - Strong When Safe [upcoming EP, React! Records]
03. RETALIATE - Infidel [upcoming EP, Running Thin Records]
04. NEGATIVE SELF - Self Destruct... The Pain Never Ends [S/T LP, High Roller Records]
05. THE OTHERS - Rain Dance [Rain Dance EP, Shaman Records]
06. BALANCE - The Game [unreleased]
07. HARDWIRED - Talking In Circles [S/T EP, Life To Live Records]
08. BETTER DAYS - Troll Troll [Nope EP, Encapsulated Records]
09. STREET LIGHTS - Vicious Circle [Going Nowhere Fast, Mustard Rec]
10. SIKE - H.Y.G.I.R. - [Kiev 2015 7", Powertrip Records]
11. STATEMENT X - Never Take Part [upcoming 7", Street Survival Records]
12. POWER ABUSE - Pull The Trigger [XXX Demo, Assurd Records]
13. BREAKTHROUGH - Our Perspective [unreleased]
14. COLD & DISTANT - Hope Brings Destruction [S/T EP, D2C Records]
15. RZL DZL - Trouble Loves Us [Songs For Babies, LOC]
--------------------INTERMISSION BY BEASTIE BOYS--------------------
17. THE ICE - Casting Shadows [The '11 Promo Tape]
18. DRUG CONTROL - Like Brothers [upcoming S/T 7", Straight & AlertCointossrecords]
19. HOLLOW TRUTH - Unchanching Misery [The War Economy 7", Powertrip Records]
20. SPIRITS - In My Way [S/T 7", Coinstossrecords]
21. WESTPOINT - Redwood [upcoming 12" EP]
22. SECOND OPINION - My Disease (Time To Operate) [unreleased]
23. SURRA - Somos Todos Culpados [Somos Todos Culpados EP, Caustic Recordings]
24. ZERO - Giving In/No More [upcoming 7", Climbin' Aboard Records]
25. CONTROL - See-Through [S/T 7", Headrush Records]
26. SWAMPS - Sea of Snakes [Single]
27. DEDICATION - It's Real [upcoming EP, Positive & Focused/ True Spirit]
28. WARDOGS - CHANCES [outtake from Outcast Behaviour session, CTW Records]
29. DCAN - Freestyle Of 3 [Single]
30. GUIDANCE - My Body, My Cage [Path Of Grace LP]

(problems with mediafire? try here)

At the end I contacted over 60 bands/labels and listened to countless albums and demos. I almost have enough material to do another one, maybe a covers only compilation next time? dunno yet. Get updates here:


quinta-feira, 12 de março de 2015

SKULL CRUSHER - Blinded By Illusion

Location: NY, NY
Release: Livewire / Reflections, 2010
Artwork: Linas Garsys

The moribund label Livewire was showing signs that they were getting back on their feet but collapsed not longer after this release, in fact the 2-song EP by Hands Tied was their last output, such a pitty.

Behind SKULL CRUSHER there were two masterminds: Ed McKirdy (Livewire, Hands Tied, etc..) on vocals and Gordo (Double Crossed Zine and Hands Tied in Through The Wreckage EP) on drums jamming some heavy quality shit! They started off with the Blind By Illusion EP, 4 tracks blending elements from Judge, Cro-Mags and The Icemen, a 100% NY breed. Handling the 6 strings and 4 strings were Dan Cav (Resurrection) and Hugo Fitzgerald (On the Rise), respectively.

In 2011 they were demoing for a new 7" that never got accomplished, fortunately 1 new song rose for the Rev Summer Sampler, the Ice Age! I seriously think they should get back together, dont they?


My Skull Crusher collection, t-shirts were sold directly at Livewire Records webstore.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...