quarta-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2014

INSANITY ALERT - S/T

Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Release: Empire Records, 2014
Artwork: Andrei Bouzikov

My kind of thrash right here. Debut full-length by INSANITY ALERT, follow-up to their EP 'Second Opinion'. Lyrics shout about mental illness, harmful toys, munchies, marijuana cigarettes, horror movies and weapons of destruction... similar to the works of Gama Bomb, Municipal Waste and Cross Examination.

Vocalist Kevin Stout seems to be pretty busy this year between this crossover thrash project and his long run homeland band The Apers, classy bubblegum punk rock that just release a new album as well. 

Pressing for the LP goes as:
101 on electric blue
199 on piss yellow
200 on black vinyl



PURCHASE RECORDS & MERCH

sábado, 13 de dezembro de 2014

PROFILE: ERIC OZENNE


Eric Ozenne (aka Sheric D.) was the voice in 3 seminal Cali hardcore punk groups: Unit Pride (1986-1989), Redemption 87 (1995-1998) and The Nerve Agents (1998-2002) each one with its own characteristics. Later in 2007 he also sang in a new project named Said Radio.

I was first introduced to his work in The Nerve Agents – S/T, released in 1998 by Revelation Records, to most old schoolers, Nerve’s best record. Then, not much after, I found out about the other two bands.

('89 tour w/ UP FRONT)

UNIT PRIDE is full of classic tunes and represented the Bay Area Youth Crew in the late 80’s, fronted by young Eric and co-founded by guitarist Tim Monroe, playing side to side with such acts as Up Front, Wide Awake, No For An Answer, Insted and Bold. They recorded 1 demo and 1 EP, those were unofficially reproduced in the 90’s by everyone’s favorite European label - Lost & Found Records. In 2002, Mankind Records reissued their discography into a LP. Pressing is red/309 and black/715. Got myself a red copy not much time after its release through RevHq and as I remember, it wasn’t such a big deal at the time, actually don’t know if Unit Pride records are coveted nowadays, for me it’s a must have!




In the mid 90’s Eric started REDEMPTION 87, the band that people either love it or don’t give a rats ass. They were comprised of Jade AFI, Jimmy Token Entry, Ian Skankin’ Pickle and local punk drummer Gary.
His iconic vocals and positive lyrics are present once again and helps R87 withstand the test of time. They recorded one EP and two full-lengths and while active they were known for playing straight forward old school hardcore in a time when the trend was none but chug-chug metalcore. After the release of their first album in '96, R87 managed to built some hype around them that soon faded as the follow-up record took too long to be released (Spidey Sessions and All Guns Poolside, both in '98) due to Label and recording issues.   

(At shows R87 used to do covers by Youth Of Today and Antidote)

Curse the day that I decided to pursue a colored copy of their S/T LP, released in 1996 by New Age Records. It turns out it’s a sought after record, both clear and purple versions. The pressing info is a REAL mystery on this one (as stated in these expert sites 1/2/3), the common sense goes by the marbled purple vinyl being the rarest, followed by coke bottle clear and then regular black. It took me a great deal of time to snag one in a good price, but finally got my hands on a purple copy a few months ago on ebay, in a single bid low priced auction, due to its lack of appealing listing title (no rival mobs, lockin out or stray rats attached to it) and the seller was focused on listing laser disc movies. Notice: even the black copies are hard to come by these days.



Then, in 1998, rose THE NERVE AGENTS, the most well known amongst the 4 bands. Their debut on Revelation got people’s attention almost instantly as the artwork didn’t fit the labels usual catalogue, it seemed more suitable as an Earache/ Relapse Records release. After the first (wrong) impression you face some pretty cool fast and acid hardcore punk. By the second album they emerged in an (energized) Misfits worship which pulled some audience off and attracted a bunch of new ones. For me it has one of Eric’s most remarkable output, the opening song is fixed in my mind like words carved in stone: “fall of the all-American, fa-fa- fa- faaaaaaaaaaall”. Went it comes to live performances, they threw one of the wildest gigs with hospitalized attendees from time to time.

(Eric in Nerve Agents sporting a custom NO JUSTICE shirt)

As of today I only have their first record in vinyl, pressing of 222 on clear green/ 409 on grey (there are also unknown quantities in regular black). Days Of The White Owl got a second pressing recently at Revelation.



After several attempts to form a new band, Eric reunites in 2007 with Dante Sigone (from Nerve Agents) to come up with SAID RADIO, surf induced gritty punk rock, TSOL style . They also count with the help from Tim Unit Pride, Gary R87 and Anthony Ceremony, how cool is that? They made a 9-song record, one East Coast Tour and broke up right after that very year.

Here is Eric Ozenne's discography:

1988 – UNIT PRIDE “Holding On Strong” Demo (come as a B-Side on the 2002 reissue by Mankind Records)
1988 – UNIT PRIDE “Then and Now” (1st press by StepForward Records/ 2nd press in 1990 by Point Blank Records/ Reissued in 2002 by Mankind Records)
1996 – REDEMPTION 87 “Self-Titled LP” (New Age Records)
1998 – REDEMPTION 87 “Spidey Sessions 1995” (Breakout Records)
1998 – REDEMPTION 87 “All Guns Poolside!” (Blackout! Records)
1998 – THE NERVE AGENTS “Self-Titled 12'' EP” (Revelation Records)
2000 – THE NERVE AGENTS / KILL YOUR IDOLS “Split” (Mankind Records)
2000 – THE NERVE AGENTS “Days Of The White Owl” (Revelation Records)
2001 – THE NERVE AGENTS “The Butterfly Collection” (Hell-cat Records)
2007 – SAID RADIO “Tidal Waves And Teeth “ (Mankind Records)


PURCHASE:
THE NERVE AGENTS RECORDS & MERCH
UNIT PRIDE CD & T-SHIRT
(official reprint of the Unit Pride "Holding On Strong" design Tee)

DOWNLOAD:
Part I (Unit Pride + Redemption 87)
Part II (The Nerve Agents + Said Radio)
[High quality audio files + imprints scanned by me and WhoisWho/ItFollows blog] 


Photo Credits: Dayton Paiva, Carl Gunhouse, Trent Nelson. Vinyl photos by myself (Cesar).
Acknowledgment: The Poisoning, Ad Rates, Unit Pride (FB), The Nerve Agents (FB), Mankind Records, Who Is Who? blog,  and Kyle Whitlow's highly comprehensive hardcore database.

quarta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2014

STAND UNITED - 此処に立つ理由

Location: Tokyo, 日本
Release: Six Feet Under Records, 2014
Artwork: YOYO Tome

They are BACK! Dave SFU always keep an eye on Japan for the coolest bands. STAND UNITED debut EP will be the label's #097 release, and before that he already put out records by Inside and As We Let Go.

This 1st EP 7" shows improved production over their Demo which was already good, the vocals stands out, 100% japanese. Their circle of friends consists of one of today's best bands in Japan: Soul Vice/Doggy Hood$, Elephant Stone... For more fine Tokyo Hardcore check this comp. THIS IS TOKYO!

Last saturday (december 6th) Stand United participated in Triple B's Fest with a great set! Glorious time for Japanese and worldwide hardcore.



DOWNLOAD [128kbps]
PRE-ORDERS SOON!


Koko ni tatsu riyū

terça-feira, 9 de dezembro de 2014

REVISION - Demo 2014

Location: California, US
Release: D2C Limited, 2014
Artwork: Matt Cantrell

Hardcore music made by ex-Internal Affairs members, one of my fav bands in mid 00's, so you can expect that fast shredding guitars full of rage type of hardcore.

Revision is playing this weekend (December 13th) together with an I.A. reunion and tons of others, including HARDSTANCE.


DOWNLOAD [320kbps + lyrics]

First batch of hard copies was done by D2C and limited to 10 tapes (!) in a special cover, I believe more will be made with regular artwork.



Credits to: Gonz, Big Phil and the Garcia brothers.

quinta-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2014

HISTORICAL WEEKEND - Part 2


You can feel the electricity in the air, a weekend not to be forgotten: JUDGE, CIV, GORILLA BISCUITS and.... PROJECT X.




This was only possible thanks to the relentless effort from 78Life Recordings, Rafael Madeira (Pointing Finger/Critical Point) and the willing of the band members, the New York Crew. All artwork featured here was done by Alexandre "Bill" Kool (except the chart above).

Videos will be posted as soon as they show up:












put on your dancing shoes São Paulo

quarta-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2014

WORLD VIEW - The Blast Furnace Sessions

Location: Adelaide, AUS
Release: DIY, 2014

Subsequent release to their Demo. Its a raw recording of 2 new songs that might end up on a future EP sometime in 2015. These songs have that early 00's Youngblood Records feel and shows that WORLD VIEW mean business!



hoods up!

segunda-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2014

BRAINWRECK - Evil Ways

Location: Buffalo, US
Release: Life To Live Records, 2013 (unreleased)
Artwork: Ed Repka

In the urge for more crossover? Scheduled to be released in early 2013 through Life2Live, BRAINWRECK's debut 5-song EP 'Evil Ways' never saw the light of the day! Before entering on a sudden hiatus and accomplishing the pressing of the 7" the band uploaded the songs on the web and vanished.

It seems they nearly lasted for 2 years, starting in 2011 with a powerful Demo and then recording the songs for their debut throughout 2012 along with a few live performances. They even picked master Ed Repka for the artwork, to ensure the whole 'seal of quality thrash album' package. Hence it never became an official release, some bands stole parts of this Repka's art in a crappy'n'crafty montage

DOWNLOAD [EP+Demo]


thanx to pingua metalhead

domingo, 23 de novembro de 2014

ICEBREAKER - Breaching The Surface

Location: Stockholm, Sverige
Release: DIY, 2014

New project from the GUILTY fellas, together with others from Anchor and Gust they bring us ICEBREAKER in a 4-song demo of thrash-induced hardcore. It has even more metal influences than Guilty, track 4 features Martijin from No Turning Back. HEAVY!  



thanx to pingua metalhead
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