all things old school

sexta-feira, 29 de maio de 2015

GUIDANCE - Path Of Grace

Location: London, UK
Release: Ugly & Proud / Monument, 2015

I must say, Im not into 90's metallic hardcore that much but Path Of Grace grew on me quite fast, it's full of passion and intensity like I haven't heard in long time! This posthumous full-length by London Straight Edge GUIDANCE was released digitally in 2014, now bulgarian and swedish labels are pressing 274 handnumbered copies on vinyl and are ready to be ordered.

Members of this extinguished project can be seen on Mankind, Violent Reaction, xRepentancex and Digress. This video shows one of their last and rare live perfomances.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

They were featured on this blog's 2015 Sampler, more bands from there will come up here eventually.

quinta-feira, 28 de maio de 2015


Location: Austin, US
Release: DIY, 2015

Less than a year BREAKOUT is back with a new demo, still faithful to their late 70's street punk and UK82 homage. Previous record True Crime got plenty of positive feedback!

Check the dates for their Summer Tour in US and Canada that started last saturday.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

terça-feira, 26 de maio de 2015


Location: Tokyo, 日本
Release: DIY

Awesome old school from Japan. SOUL DISCHARGE take their cues from classic 80's NYHC with hints of 90's Clevo style. To make things more interesting they throw in a few reggae dubs not unlike to Bad Brains, Underdog and Real Reggae, which definitely helps them stand out.

They recorded 2 demos and contributed with a song to This Is Tokyo compilation, where I got to know them. I believe everything is sold out as they made quite a name for themselves in the local scene.

I asked them for the audio files and they kindly sent both demos! A new record is also on the works.

DOWNLOAD [both demos]

segunda-feira, 25 de maio de 2015

STRAIGHT RAZOR - Straight Razor EP

Location: New Bedford, US
Release: React! Records, 2015
Artwork: Alexander Heir

One of 2015's most anticipated records, Straight Razor's debut EP. Fast and harsh hardcore punk, slashing through the wicked minds!

This project features: Brendon (vox) and Trevor (6-strings) from Rival Mob + Dean (4-strings) and Tyler (drums) from Caught In A Crowd.


terça-feira, 19 de maio de 2015

STRANGE PLACES - Strange(r) Places

Location: Ipswich, UK
Release: Carry The Weight, 2014

BASEMENT's side project, totally different approach. In STRANGE PLACES they play heavy metallic hardcore with a stoner/doom vibe and they kill at it!

Strange(r) Places is their second EP in which they are more tight as a band and got bolder on music writing, drawing influences from Life Of Agony, Leeway and some other classic 80's thrash. First album (self titled EP) came out in 2013, also on CTW Records. Vocals are done by Max from Wayfarer, the other dudes play in Basement making it hard for them to conciliate among other duties and play live with Strange Places.


Thanks to: Big Phil, Pinguim Metälhead & Crabby Love.

quinta-feira, 7 de maio de 2015

LIFE OF REILLY - Break The Silence

Location: Wilkes-Barre, US
Release: Xpressions Records, 2015

Throwback to 80's DC thats what John Reilly and his gang are up to in their 10-song debut 7" on Xpressions, their first release as well. No bs harcore punk.

LIFE OF REILLY started in 2012 comprised of members from Stick Together, United Youth and Westpoint. I believe all songs featured on their demo were rerecorded for this 7".

(pressing info: 100 green / 400 black)
DOWNLOAD [128kbps]

quinta-feira, 30 de abril de 2015


Location: Lancaster, California
Release: Running Thin Records, 2015

COOLSIDE is here to stay! They are back with a follow-up to last year's Own The Zone, the 5-song EP Be Cool and it shows improvements. More tight and diversified Be Cool keeps you entertained from start to finish with their 00's youth crew sound full of swing.

Tapes are just in and they are looking good! 7" version will be handled by D2C and Outlast Records.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

"You ever wake up in the middle of the night from massive heat sweats from thinking about your ex girl? Flip your pillow over to The CoolSide"

segunda-feira, 27 de abril de 2015

IDENTIDAD - Demo 2015 [+ interview]

Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España
Release: DIY, 2015

IDENTIDAD is a fresh Youth Crew band from Spain with veterans behind it and as of last month their first demo is online.

I asked a few questions to Carlos (vocals) about this new project and the Canarias Straight Edge scene:

What was your involvement with hardcore before Identidad and how was the scene in the Tenerife area 10 years ago compared to nowadays (amount of local bands, foreign bands touring by, trends…)? I've been in another Youth Crew band called Pollution since 1999 to 2007 and the hc scene here is very small but very active the last years. There were many bands like Goodfellaz, Frontside, En La Distancia, Wreckage, 466/64, Milk Fiction, Pollution... Actually there are some active bands like The Hollowmen, Bonestorm, Reacción (all Identidad's members playing 80's HC like Abused, SSD, Agnostic Front...), Identidad and others projects without name. In Canary Island there aren't many foreing touring shows, its very expensive to come here, we organize shows for spanish bands the last one was Constrict, it was insane.

Is there any specific reason for choosing to sing in castellanoYes, because is our mother language and we speak english or another language very bad, haha.

The demo will get a physical release? Yes, will be edited in 7" for a new Canary label called 3DB Records and another label called In My Heart Empire. Maybe will be edited in South America, not confirmed.

Name 10 records you’ve been listening a lot lately:
Pure Disgust – Chained
Fury – Kingdom Come
Adventures – Supersonic Home
Violent Reaction – Marching On
Digress – The Seventh Day
Glue – s/t
Whirr – Sway
Bonestorm – Life is poison
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Concealed Blade – Demo 2015

What can we expect from IDENTIDAD in 2015/2016? I hope some tour, new records and more hardcore!

Please feel free to give shout outs and tips on what to listen from other current local groups. Thanks for your support and I recommend you these local bands: WRECKAGE, BONESTORM, GOOD FELLAZ.

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