all things old school: April 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

IN CONTROL - The Nard Curse EP's

Location: Oxnard, California
Release: Six Weeks / Rivalry Records, 1999-2004 (out of print)

Second attempt (third time's a charm) to upload these, but this time with more EPs, by one of my fav bands from the early 00's!! From the very first Demo to the last E.P. all gathered here (except the full-lengths)!

The NARD CURSE EP first appeared in 2000 on 7" format released by themselves (Camel Clutch Records) which sold out quite quickly. In the following year, Six Weeks Records did a CD version and added their "Hometown Pride" '99 Demoand finally, in 2009, 6131 Records did the LP versionThese are fast and to the point songs, caught the nardcore scene by storm!

In 2002 came out "Plays The Hits" possibly their rarest release. It's a 7" with 8 cover songs, tribute to the NARDCORE. If you're not familiar with it, heres a chance to get to know the foundations of the nardcore scene, through the bands covered in this EP.

At last, IN CONTROL's farewell release, the "Kayfabe Memories" (aka Yesterday EP) by dormant Rivalry Records back in 2003/2004. Even though these last songs are not as fast,  that full-hearted-hardcore music they were known for, remains. Will be missed.

Now to recap, the IN CONTROL's EPs:

BREAKING THE CURSE (Six Weeks, 2001) [Tracks 01-07 from Nard Curse EP / Tracks 08-15 from '99 Demo]

01 Give Me Some Reality
02 Oxnard Crew
03 Fuel The Fire
04 Sometime
05 Let It Be
06 Yesterday Or Tomorrow?
07 Something More
08 Cash And Burn
09 It Can Happen
10 Too Little Too Late
11 Hometown Pride
12 Until It's Gone
13 It's For Everyone
14 Break Free
15 Nardcore

PLAYS THE HITS (For The Core, 2002)

A1 Skate To Live [by Skared Straight]
A2 Posi-Change [by Diehard Youth]
A3 Razors In The Night [by Blitz]
A4 Crucified [by Dr. Know]
B1 Oxnard [by Ill Repute]
B2 Die When You Die [by G.G. Allin]
B3 Sometime [by Stalag 13]
B4 Money Machine [by Agression]

KAYFABE MEMORIES (Rivalry, 2004)
01 Victory
02 Tradition
03 Kayfabe Memories
04 He Fails Me
05 Fuel The Fire [CD Bonus]

[Re-up April 2018]

Monday, April 15, 2013

ANCIENT HEADS - Demos Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Location: Toronto, CA
Release: Blank Stare, 2012 (sold out)
Artwork: Andrew Peden

I was looking up for Mosher's Delight Fanzine on the internet and found out about these dudes. With such a weird name I didnt bother to check at first, until I saw the artwork!! Instantly did some research, as my pal Mr. Big Phil give it a go, here's ANCIENT HEADS. 

They've been around for one year now with 2 demos out, 3 songs each. Blank Stare Hardcore handled their tapes, all goners. Unfortunately this label just closed their operations as of last thursday :(

Ancient Head is actually a name of a BEYOND song and with other clear homages to NY youth crew bands in the art you have an idea where they drew their influences from.


Saturday, April 6, 2013


Location: België
Release: Powered Records, 2007-2011

The first decade of this century was very graceful in Belgium when it comes to old school hardcore. Miss the days when Powered and Complete Control were in full operation. I even visited Belgium in 2009, didnt see any show but talked with some cool people.

Two talented friends got together in 2007 and recorded a 2 songs demo with no big expectations, result is everyone was hooked and they had no choice but to go forth with their project. A mix of Iron Age and Leeway!

So far, RHYTHM TO THE MADNESS recorded the following:

DEMO (Powered Records, 2007)
01 till your well runs dry
02 through the mind's eye

SOUL DOUBT (Powered Records, 2007)
01 Intro Tranquility
02 Soul Doubt
03 Deliverance From Suffering
04 Fire, Fire [MOTÖRHEAD]

WELTSCHMERZ (Powered Records, 2008)
01 law of closure (open graves)
02 time grown old
03 into tranquillity
04 man of unclean lips
05 how our pain endures
06 sleepless evil
07 handle the heights
08 where hope is coldest

VA - STRIVING HIGHER (Six Feet Under Records, 2011)
Challenging The Heavens (Part 1 And 2)

A new EP was scheduled for 2009, but it never happened. Later they appeared in a US-based label compilation with an epic almost 8 minutes song! After a long break they came back in 2012 to play a gig, maybe something new come out, who knows?

For an interesting interview check Mind Over Matter's blog.

(christianlowie collection)
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