sexta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2015

THE ICE - Touching The Void

Location: Köln, Deutschland
Release: Street Survival / Countdown Recs, 2009

Taking it's name and main influence from fellow countrymen in True Blue, german THE ICE were together from 2007 to 2012 with 2 records out: the MMVII Demo and Touching The Void MLP. In 2011, they headed back to the recording room (for a possible new 7") resulting in 2 new songs, one entitled have hearts (feat. Eddy Sutton) made into HHF's Sampler and the other casting shadows into a Promo Tape sold on their last tour.

In Touching The Void they added slow spacey parts in intros and in between songs with synthesizers which I found pretty damn cool, it helps set them apart from other similar sounding bands, but dont be mistaken the heavy riffs are there. The production here is also outstanding, musically and visually!

In the past, they shared members with Settle The Score and Cheap Thrills, now Christian sing in Look My Way and Mr. Vega plays the synth in this jazzy band.

PURCHASE CD/LP
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PRESSING INFO: 13 Test Pressings / 74 White / 124 Transparent / 305 Black
props to Tim Edge(Bound By Modern Age)

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segunda-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2015

FREEDOM - LP Promo Cassette

Location: Detroit, US
Release: Moshers Delight, 2015

A little heads up on FREEDOM's upcoming debut full-length on Triple-B. Warzone cover is exclusive to this tape!

Triple-B will be also handling the 2nd press for their 'Pay the Price' EP. Is Back To Back Records done?

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sábado, 17 de janeiro de 2015

SEEKERS OF THE TRUTH - 2 Decades Shunning Masks

Location: Lyon, France
Release: Customcore, 2009

Ultra-classic french band collecting 27 years of existence! Already posted SEEKERS OF THE TRUTH's previous EP 'Tinman' in the past and shed a light on their background history. '2 Decades...' released in '09 still remains their latest record but not for long, it seems a new one will surface in 2015.

These fairly sparse time between releases may have accumulated a lot of writing and resulted in one of the lengthiest (if not THE lengthiest) hardcore album ever done, '2 Decades...' gathers 20 songs in 55 minutes! Despite its unappeliang length you will find here some very fine tracks in the vein of early Sick Of All mixed with Vision and a bit of Shelter, singing about positiveness, krishnaism and a drug free lifestyle. 

segunda-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2015

BREAKER BREAKER - San Francisco Straight Edge

Location: California, US
Release: Bridge 9 / Martyr Records, 2001-2002 (out of print)

I used to listen to BREAKER BREAKER a lot back in early 00's, even had a DIY shirt with their logo on it. They were contemporary of similar acts such as American Nightmare and Horror Show, fast charged hardcore with negative lyrics.

After a solid Demo on B9 they recorded a new EP that was supposed to come out in the same label but shortly after they broke up and B9 lost interest. This new material was noticeably better and more tight than the demo songs, Martyr Records couldn't let this go into oblivion and released it as a 6-song MCD in 2002.

Mark Kelley's skilled vocals can also be heard on another short-lived project named Treason. Drummer Ben Kinzie and bass player Jonah Nishihara went to play in Allegiance.



2001 - Demo Y2X1 7" (Bridge 9 Records)
2002 - Out Of Service MCD (Martyr Records)

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quarta-feira, 31 de dezembro de 2014

UNITY - Blood Days (Reissue 2014-Remastered)

Location: Orange County, US
Release: Kidnap Music/Good Life, 2014

One last post before 2014 folds!

This came out of the blue for me: reissue of this legendary album, remastered! I gotta say I was a little bummed with the insert, poor selection of photos 2 page booklet (nothing close to those reissues by Southern Lord) but the vinyl itself is awesome (300x turquoise green / 700x black) and sound sweeter as ever before (remasters by Nicolas Declève), Pat Dubar freakin' rules!!!!

Here are Joe D. Foster's (No For An Answer, Killing Flame, Ignite, Speak 714) forewords  for this release:

If you didn't know about this band or album or even the dudes involved you flunked this year's (old) school of H.C. graduation. At the request of the band part of the proceeds will be donated to Sea Shepherd!



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Think positive PMA!
Live positive PMA!
Act positive PMA!

segunda-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2014

PLANET 5: A Golden Bros. Summertape


It's official, summertime has began in this part of the planet! The self-proclaimed gang GOLDEN BROS. has selected 5 ballads each as a celebration of the upcoming 5th anniversary of this damn blog and our trip to the shores: bikini state of mind.

Not the usual old school soundtrack here. It consists of 15+1 tunes to simmer down, stretch the legs and shotgun a can on your favorite chillzone™. That extra song goes as a tribute to the thuggiest of all thugs, the ladie's man dancer.


-----mene-----
1. THE SUPERVILLAINS - Careless Whisper
2. THE ZIGGENS - Paddle Out
3. STATE RADIO - Black Cab Motorcade
4. HOLLIE COOK - Postman
5. DR. RING-DING - My Sound Remix (feat. G-Clef Da Mad Komposa)
-----gonz-----
6. SHWAYZE - Buzzin'
7. SATANIC SURFERS - Nun
8. TEENAGE FANCLUB - Sometimes I Don't Need to Believe in Anything
9. SOULCHEF - Eyes Like Blue Skies (feat. Need Not Worry)
10. RATATAT - Loud Pipes
----big phil----
11. PENNYWISE - It's What You Do With It
12. WAVVES - King of the Beach
13. VIOLENT SOHO - Neighbour Neighbour
14. 311 - Amber (Live)
15. CIV - Haven't Been Myself in a While
*BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY - Tha Crossroads*


credits: background image "space beach" by Bradius.net, '5' logo by Mr. TT, Sharivan appears courtesy of Toei Company, Ltd.

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remember, it's always summer somewhere
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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



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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.
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