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]

sexta-feira, 5 de setembro de 2014


Location: Leicester City, UK 
Release: Dead and Gone Records, 2005
Artwork: Daniel Danger

Upon request, heres Dead & Gone #11. FIFTY ON RED was a straight edge band that was around between 2004-2005. They put out a Demo and one EP. Classic fast paced hardcore filled with sing alongs.

I got the CD version that has 6 extra tracks, 2 re-recorded from the Demo and 1 hidden bonus cover (I'm being watched by THE FACTION)!! Ian from D&G was kind enough to throw in the 7" version for free then I gave it to a friend :)

Later some of them started DEAL WITH IT.


domingo, 31 de agosto de 2014

HARDCORE NEWS 12 "To The Point"

Back for another batch of fresh records, banging the stereo merciless. There are so many that I deciced to call back the "news" format.

Debut EP 7" just days away from release by POWERED RECORDS.
This is what Im talking about, hardcore tried and true no gimmicks. Belgium back on the map!

At first sight I was expecting something very different when I hit ukranian KINGPIN's bandcamp, mix of Leeway and Maximum Penalty? Awesome! Third EP "What Man Is A Man Who Does Not Make The World Better?" out last month, DIY but very well accomplished, hats off!

A punch in the guts, this is what it feels when you listen to FEEDING THE CHAIN's 1st EP "Parasites", pure aggressiveness out of UK. Features ex and current members from Cold Snap, Wayfarer and Ego Trip. Their Demo tape are all goners at Carry The Weight Records. 


Dust off your boots, here comes another UKHC breed MANKIND debut EP by terrific Quality Control, their Demo was handled by Neutral Words Records which sold fast. STOMP!


The UPPERGROUND sound!!!!! Debut 3 song EP tape is out now via Life, Liar, Regret Records. Wanna dance? Jam it! Sarah and the boys are into some serious shit, out of Sydney, AUS.


Still in Sydney, I postponed and end up forgetting to upload MOOD SWING's follow-up to their great Demo, its the split 7" with FROZEN OVER also on Life, Liar, Regret Record. Frozen Over brings that Think I Care angry vibe everybody loves and Mood Swing distills a LOC sound for your 2-steps routine!


From my hometown, SP-Brazil, arises a new super project INSTITUTION, share members with Wolfdog, Clearview and Still Strong. 90's metallic hardcore homage! Debut 4-song EP 7" entitled "Uncritical Receiver" on pre-order.

Hounds of Hate and Blood Red dudes gathered to produce a sound inspired by 1986's NY thrash punk fusion thing (Crumbsuckers, Ludichrist,..). ASHKENAZI demo tape available now at RevHQ.


BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON IS BACK!! Last album was from 2007? Damn. New EP is about 5 straight-edge-in-your-face songs, raw style.


ps.: all download links are in 320kbps
As usual, salute to my bros Big Phil, Pingua & Gonz for tips and knowlegde.

sábado, 30 de agosto de 2014


Location: Nederland / Polska
Release: The Limit / Ratel Records, 2012
Artwork: Bad Mood Design

Poland vs. Netherlands, a great showdown of heavy music! Both bands are up with new stuff in 2014 and more to come soon! Keep up with polish LAST DAYZ and dutch CORNERED for updated info.

Things seems to be slowing down at The Limit Records' headquarters as this split is their latest release (2012!), the label responsible for puttting out records for ICEPICK, CORNERED and BACKTRACK. Polish RATEL is on full force, up up and away!


domingo, 24 de agosto de 2014

DEAL WITH IT - We Were... a complete discography

Location: Leeds, UK
Release: Atonement Records, 2014

To go along with 2 reunion shows that already happened last march, Atonement Records put DEAL WITH IT's discography up for free download to help promote two noble causes: London's Air Ambulance + Cool Earth (the fundraising has far surpassed its goal!).

For DEAL WITH IT it all began in 2006, 5 friends (ex-Fifty On Red) playing heavy straight edge music. 2 years later, now revamped and not so sober they developed an AWESOME crossover sound, full of dark and pessimist views upon mankind. They broke up in 2011 alongside Wardogs in a explosive farewell show, granted by frontman Michael "doghead" Carver maniac performance. Now he sings in Natural Order.

2006 - World Coming Down EP + Demo (Dead and Gone Records)
2008 - End Time Prophecies (Dead and Gone Records)
2009 - "Fear The Birdman" split w/ NEW MORALITY (Demons Run Amok/Flatspot)
2010 - Eyjafjallajökull (Reflections Records)
2011 - My Body is a Cage 7" Single (Powertrip Records)

The first EP had 4 or 5 alternative covers in the 7" version, the CD comes with the Demo songs as bonus.
End Time Prophecies features artwork by renowned artist Ed Repka, guest vocals by Ian Wiles (he used to run Dead & Gone Records and sang in The Last Chance) and a limited silkscreened cover as a farewell to the label.
Split 7" had 2 artworks (one for each label) and 3 limited covers, it contains 2 exclusive tracks by NEW MORALITY and 1 by them.

Then the highly antecipated Eyjafjallajökull (try to pronounce:ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœkʏtl̥named after that damn vulcano that caused a commotion in Europe back in 2010. Killer record 5/5! Pressed in 2 different vinyl colors (100 iceland blue/400 black?) and thats it.
My Body Is a Cage single 7" came with the band's demise and is also the only record available, all the others are out of print. 

Note that they stook with the reptilian sorcerer/monk/harbinger character in most of their covers, bringing bad news to us mortals and clowns. I made the "We were..." artwork based in their last shirt design and the whole meme thing.


"we gave it a bit"
2006 - 2011

quarta-feira, 20 de agosto de 2014

SURVIVAL - Forged In Iron

Location: Machester, UK
Release: Powered / New Instinct Records, 2014

It's on!! Everyone's favorite UK group SURVIVAL with a follow-up EP to Spirit Unchained. 2-steps like its '88. 

Release show is happening this sunday (24th August) w/ their new youth crew project INSIST

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

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