terça-feira, 21 de outubro de 2014

CLIENT. - Joy Is The Only Treat

Location: Hannover, Deutschland
Release: Street Survival/ Evil Greed, 2014
Artwork: Florian Schommer

Client. is here to present us with their brand new full-length that will definitly be the soundtrack for your next summer trip (alongside Turnstile's Non Stop Feeling), at least for us that live in the southern hemisphere, the rest will have to endure the winter.

The easiest way to review a band/record is to compare to others, which can trigger an instant positive or negative response. Does shoegazin' grunge pop punk makes sense? If not, hit the button and find out!

As it was already mentioned in the Grunge Revival article, since 2012 they recorded 1 demo and 2 EPs, Joy Is The Only Treat is their first LP which 1.000 were done for the first press (100 light pink/ 200 light blue/ 200 white/ 500 black). The dude behind the artwork is the singer of AYS, I've always appreciated his work and like where he is heading to.  

PURCHASE HERE (Blue or Black LP) OR HERE (White LP and Merch)


quinta-feira, 16 de outubro de 2014

CRUCIFIED - Bay Area Hardcore

Location: California, US
Release: Double or Nothing/Get This Right, 08-11

Coldest Winter: Darkest Reaches Of The Mind, a monstrosity of a record, figured in my 2010's top 5 and also for some others I'm sure. Bay Area's CRUCIFIED did 4 albums in its brief existence: 1 demo, 1 split, 1 LP and the posthumous EP Dead Of Sleep which was recently resurrected by Get This Right Records.

Their main influence is incontestably RINGWORM, devilish hardcore packed with metallic and thrash elements. All in all Crucified albums are great and well done but Coldest Winter is their pinnacle, ripping production, shredding guitars and angry-possessed vocals. In Dead of Sleep they picked up exactly where they left but it didn't match up to Coldest's production (LPs sounds better than 7"s anyway).

In the last blog entry I mentioned the trends in hardcore (the cool ones). Crucified makes a good example as they stand in the "dark metallic era" that ruled around 2007-2012. They disbanded in 2011 and members continued playing in their side projects: Secret People and Skin Like Iron.

2008 - Demo (later re-released as a split w/ No Truce by Espapist Records)
2009 - Split w/ Steel Nation (Double or Nothing Records)
2010 - Coldest Winter: Darkest Reaches Of The Mind (Double or Nothing Records)
2011 - Dead Of Sleep (released last month by Get This Right Records)

PURCHASE Dead Of Sleep 7"
PURCHASE Coldest Winter LP

quinta-feira, 9 de outubro de 2014

BREAKOUT - True Crime

Location: Austin, US
Release: Grave Mistake Records, 2014

As in every other scene, hardcore moves on following trends, as hard its for some to admit and hate labeling, I think it does! From late 90's to mid 00's it was about melodic youth crew (In My Eyes, Champion, Have Heart) then dark metallic hardcore took place (Iron Age, Violation, Twitching Tongues). Now since Primitive and Mob Justice landed, the eye of the storm has become raw 80's skinhead-ish hardcore, UKHC stompers meets Bostons ugliest sons.

Dont get me wrong, these styles has always been present and no one is reinventing the wheel here since all these aforementioned "trends" has its roots from a-long-time-ago-masters: Gorilla Biscuits/Turning Point, Carnivore/Onslaught, SSD/Abused, etc. Besides that, there will always be the HYPE EFFECT, its up to us to see whats worth our time and effort.

Following this latest trend BREAKOUT grants us with their second EP out by Grave Mistake that will surely help bring more deserved attention to these texan dudes. Part of their influences has even deeper roots, late 70's Oi! punk music. 


domingo, 5 de outubro de 2014

WORLD VIEW - Face It Demo

Location: Adelaide, AUS
Release: Lethal Dose/Whitewinter Recs., 2014
Artwork: Chun#1

Reminiscents of Can't Relate Adelaide's youth crew surges WORLD VIEW. Their demo is pretty fun and quick which leaves you asking for more. Fortunately new material is on the making!

Another good surprise from Australia, this is already in my mobile playlist and will remain there for weeks to come. 2-steps!!

PURCHASE Tape (2nd press)


quinta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2014


Location: Perth, AUS
Release: Shaman Records, 2013

5 months on the wait! That is the amount of time a LP takes to get from Perth (Australia) to São Paulo (Brazil), across the seven seas here's the debut full-length by THE OTHERS!

In 2012 they put out the Sun and Sea EP, perfect 4-song summer jams, a 5 out of 5 score! For Red Eyes they deliver 11 songs Planet Mental style, mid-tempo 2-steps hardcore flavoured with their distinct Perth groove and boosted by a great overall production.

Weird fact, I remember Six Feet Under Records announcing it sometime in 2013 as a future release and what was supposed to be SFU085 became Mother of Mercy I+II, it also has no mention in SFU discography's website or bandcamp. On the other hand, the Perth based label Shaman Records had it for a while so I made my move and ordered one. Unluckily all limited colored vinyl were gone but they handed a free The Others t-shirt as a compensation for the pricey shipping cost, SWEET!

As I waited for my copy to arrive, Deathwish Inc. put some copies for sale in exclusive limited colour (opaque red in cyan blue). Heres the pressing info for this gorgeous gatefold album:

50: Solid red
150: Bone with red haze
200: Solid black
60: Opaque red in cyan blue 


Scheduled for December is their new EP Rain Dance in 7" and tape formats, also through Shaman Records. Siked!!


segunda-feira, 29 de setembro de 2014

FIELDS OF FIRE - Keep It Alive

Location: Oxnard, US
Release: Phyte Records, 2001 (out of print)

I meant to upload this a long time ago, previous recordings from skate punks FIELDS OF FIRE. Fully charged nardcore hardcore, together as a band around 1999-2002. 

4 years ago I uploaded 2002's Kill The Flock EP. In Keep It Alive they present 8 new tracks straight up nardcore style. It also features the 7 tracks from their first 7" The Kids Can't Be Bought EP (New Leaf Records, 2000), that shows their 80's youth crew influences.

Later they formed Annihilation Time/Lecherous Gaze.


All we've ever needed is in our hands or under our feet
It came in the shape of plank of wood with four wheels
A simpler time when we ran from cops, got picked on by jocks, and made new friends
There's no reason under the sun why all this fun should ever fucking end

Pushed further than our legs could take us
Smashed through walls that coundn't break us
Flew higher than we could hope to try
Acted like we would never fucking die

Skate fuckin' punks


quarta-feira, 17 de setembro de 2014

HARDCORE NEWS 13 "The Grunge Revival"

Artwork: Butcher Billy

Mid 90's was all about grunge. Im far from being an expert in this genre, but it seems they're coming back stronger than ever, the flannel-heads!

Earlier this year I posted about SAID AND DONE'S latest record and also from THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, both embraced grunge influences, giving today's "hardcore audience" some needed diverseness.

With DAYLIGHT's Jar (now Superheaven) and GYPSY's Giant Despair high acceptance its no wonder new bands are emerging from all over sharing similar influences and are surprising in how good they sound from scratch, mainly because most of them are already involved with other (hardcore punk) projects, as in GYPSY. Tittle Fight and Basement also plays big part on this revival but for me their emo influences stands out more.  

Upon some research and advice from friends I selected new groups somehow linked with the hardcore punk community coming from different regions to try to convince you (and myself) that we are facing a legit revival.

 From Birmingham/Leeds, UK comes FADE. Featuring members from SHARPNEL and VIOLENT REACTION, recently they signed with Speedowax to release their 2013 Demo on 7" format. Pre-order here. Debut EP is in progress through Neutral Words Records.


Wilkes-Barre's crew new project KILLJOY nailed it big time, perfect 4 song demo. Singer used to play guitar for UNITED YOUTH and some of the other dudes play in LIFE OF REILLY.

(no artwork)

German CLIENT. in activity since 2012 has 2 records out and an upcoming debut full-length Joy Is The Only Treat, split release between Street Survival and Evil Greed. For now enjoy 2013's EP i am well.
(they also share members with ANGST).


From the dudes who brought us 50 LIONS and WORD UP! arises Byron Bay's new favorites PILOTS. Their Debut EP released last month was recorded/mixed by Nick Didia ((Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine), so it means they took this project most seriously. Over the top production aiming to take over not only Australia but the entire planet with their soothing beach rock grunge style.

DOWNLOAD [128kbps - for promotion use only]

 Canadian rockstars SUPERCRUSH was assembled to go big, headed by Mark Palm (GO IT ALONE, KEEP IT CLEAR, BLACK BREATH) together in a second partnership with Aaron O'Neil (ON and FOR THE CROWN), first one was in DEVOTION. Supercrush's debut single 7" released last december is already in the 2nd press! Another 2-song single 7" is planned for later this year.


Still in north america, newcomers DREAM RITUAL (ex-Wish) from Missouri, closed a deal with 6131 Records and it sounds very promising. Pre-orders for their debut 6 song 12" EP is just around the corner.


Representing south america, Curitiba's SITINGLASS recorded 4 songs last year, sounding as grunge as you can get. Share members with UNDER BAD EYES that recently did an euro tour.


Irish NIBIRU's latest works evolved towards that grunge trend but without losing its heaviness from previous recordings. New 7" Big Soul is on pre-order at the ever great Carry The Weight Records. As for now check 2013's EP Oxygen Eater:

segunda-feira, 15 de setembro de 2014

KID ARMOR - Better Days

Location: California, US
Release: Commitment Records
Artwork: Javi

Orange County Youth Crew is well represented by the kids in KID ARMOR. Last year came out their first EP Better Days, 7 songs of steadfast straightedge hardcore with a thoughtful positive message, bringing influences from local orange county punk legends to nowadays edge groups such as Mindset.

A new record was supposed to be out this season, while expecting some delay they put Better Days for free download!

10 songs were recorded during Better Days session, seven made to the 7" and one was used for the YOUTH CREW '14 Compilation. Keep tuned with KID ARMOR for updated info and their upcoming album The Outcome Replays.   

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

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