all things old school: 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

MIND X CONTROL / HARDOUT - From the Alleys to the Valleys Split EP

Location: Cardiff / Eastbourne, UK
Release: Rites Of Passage / Speedowax, 2015
Artwork: Woody Troják

One of the last realeases of this year came out as a big surprise because I thought both bands were dead but was hoping to hear new material from them. 2 new songs each, MIND X CONTROL continues where they left off from their killer demo and HARDOUT shows improvements in music writing/recording and sounds much better than their previous stuff. Overall a solid split with plenty of dance parts to bust some moves and hard edge!

Speedowax together with a new label (Rites Of Passage) delivered a vinyl piece to feast your eyes on, super cool choice of colors, labels and artwork, nice job as usual Rich!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

VOICE OF REASON - Looking Back To The Way Things Were

Location: Connecticut, US
Release: Ear One Productions, 2014

VOICE OF REASON was a melodic youth crew band that was active between 1995 to 2001, influenced by the likes of Turning Point, Gorilla Biscuits and 7 Seconds. Back then they used to share the stage with other cool melodic acts such as Fastbreak, Saves The Day and Grey Area.

This discography album comes as digipack CD and it compiles 33 heartfelt, positive, west coast influenced youthcrew songs, including demos, compilation, unreleased tracks, and their full length album all remastered! After the band's demise, Jay Reason (vocals) started The Distance.


Monday, December 14, 2015

BELIEF - Two Songs Demo

Location: Dresden, Deutschland
Release: DIY, 2015

BELIEF is a new band that share members with other german hardcore acts such as Risk It! and The Heist. Two songs were uploaded yesterday as a teaser for the upcoming EP on Farewell Records! Already plenty of positive feedback, it's classic bursting energy youth crew in ya face!


Location: Machester, UK
Release: DIY, 2015

REFLECT is a new project from the same dudes who brought us Survival and Insist but this time around with more melodies and intensity not unlike Battery, Outspoken and Have Heart. Recordings came out pretty solid, making it a very enjoyable 4-song demo that leaves you asking for more.

[link provided by the band]

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Location: Maine, US
Release: Broke & Infamous Records, 2015
Artwork: Chris X

Fresh straight edge band hailing from the City of Bangor, playing that classic 80's hardcore in the vein of Straight Ahead, no frills! Braden (vocals) sent me the link a few weeks ago and now the Germany based label Broke & Infamous has the european version of this tape that sold fast on US soil. 


Also be sure to check the small yet increasing Broke & Infamous' catalog, a label that is run by my buddy Athos (DisXease)!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

HIGHER GIANT - The First Five + Al's Moustache

Location: New York
Release: Black Numbers/ Creep Records, 2009

I was just listening to Black Train Jack and started to remember about Ernie Parada's bands, one in special is somewhat underrated: HIGHER GIANT. This short lived super group produced 2 EPs and a total of 9 pop punk tracks in the vein of CIV and Black Train Jack.

The band was comprised of David W. (Kid Dynamite, Paint It Black), J-Sin (Warzone, Grey Area), Alex (The Arsons) and of course Ernie Parada (Token Entry, In Your Face,...). When it comes to melodic shit I'm very specific, there are only a few dudes that can lay down this kind of solid melodic punk and these heavywheights are definetely amongst them.


HIGHER GIANT - Al's Moustache (Black Numbers Records, August 2009)

HIGHER GIANT - The First Five EP (Runner Up/ Creep Records, March 2009)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

HUMAN GARBAGE - Guilty Of Being A Man

Location: Los Angeles, US
Release: 7th Circle Records, 2014

With Sleepwalkers on a hiatus, Aldo and his pals started another project last year: HUMAN GARBAGE, a no holds barred hardcore reminiscent of Think I Care, Slapshot. In their first and only record (so far), they came up with 7 tracks full of hostility, speed and intense tempo changes. Lace up and mosh on!  


Thursday, November 12, 2015

V/A - Tribute To BREAKDOWN

Not an official release (or even bootleg). The thing is, I'm gathering tracks for a covers only compilation and came across a bunch of Breakdown ones and damn, they are good! Classic bands playing classic hardcore plus a few underdogs makes this short but hard-hitting online compilation a well deserved tribute to one of the most crucial bands out there: BREAKDOWN NYC.

I. TERROR - Kickback
III. BITTER END - Don't Give Up
V. CATHARSIS - Sick People
VI. LOSING GRIP - Street Fight
VII. JUSTICE - Intro/Blacklisted
IX. CHOKEHOLD - Kickback
X. MENTAL OCTOPUS - Safe In a Crowd
XI. UNEASY PEACE - Sick People
BONUS: FLOORPUNCH - All I Ask (live)


Notes: No Turning Back has also recorded the song Sick People. On a search for different Breakdown covered songs found that Power Trip plays Jail Of Depression live but they don't have an audio file of it. The artwork (crappy collage) was done by me (Cesar PC) using the image archive from Breakdown's facebook page.

Friday, November 6, 2015


Location: Seattle, US
Release: Alternatives, 2015
Artwork: Nate Walters

Fast and to the point youth crew! 7 blasts clockin' under the 1 minute mark on the debut 7" from Seattle's young blood MOVING ON. They recently got back from tour with Red Scare and Clarity (new EP out as well). Vinyl has just been up for pre-order, scheduled to ship next week!


Friday, October 30, 2015

MEDEA - Doomed From Birth

Location: Stockholm, Sverige
Release: Injustice Records, 2015
Artwork: Staffan Tengnér

MEDEA is the swedish answer to nowadays Power Trip and Foreseen or even Violator, yeah it's that good. I'm guessing we will be hearing a lot more of them in 2016 as a full-length is being written!

Doomed From Birth is their debut EP on the german Injustice Records that sold about hundreds of copies worldwide in just a few weeks. This EP is already impressived, skilled rippin' fast thrash metal with heavy doses of crossover but... what they presented on the new Promo Tape I take my hat off, in fact the hat exploded, the first time I heard it I threw my chair out of the windown and smashed the keyboard on the pc screen. Gadem! I'm talking about possessed riffs, neckbreaking hooks and breakdowns (3 or 4 on each song) it will leave you like you spent the last 7 and a half minutes inside a hurricane or a laundry-machine, it will fuck you up. CAUGHT IN A MOSH!


Caution! Before playing the Promo Tape, be advised we are not responsible of any injury it may cause to you or others nearby. Play at your own risk!

Monday, October 26, 2015

AWOL - Vision + Demos

Location: Newburgh, NY
Release: Back Again Records, 1990 (long out-of-print)

This is one of those posts that would be better suited in blogs like Blogged And Quartered or One Track To Hell because we are talking about here of one of those real obscure gems and its complete discography. A.W.O.L. was a band from the second wave of NYHC that lasted from '88 to '91 featuring Sam Carbone, Darryl Quirk and Tom Connelly from All Out War, basically they changed the vocalist (Rich to Mike Score) in 1991 and All Out War was born.

A.W.O.L. is higly recommended for those into that nostalgic late 80's/early 90's
hardcore in the vein of Social Justice, Visual Discrimination, Release and a bunch of others bands/records we grown to love uncovered to us by infamous Lost & Found in a time of need (pre-internet era)! Hence AWOL's records never got reissued,  their music started to fade in people's memories doomed to become only a footnote on AOW's wikipage and would remain so, if it weren't for a couple of dudes in the B9 board.

1988 Two Faced Demo
1990 Vision 7" (self-released)
1990 "Having a Ball" Compilation Tracks


Acknowledgment: Vista Fanzine and B9board users: EscapedFromTheValley, cthc89, Henry 'unionwiththeabsolute'.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Location: North Carolina, US
Release: DIY, 2015

Allriiiight, fasten your seatbelts, Stephen and The First Step crew are back!!!

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

First show takes place in two weeks. This also marks one of the last shows from MINDSET.

Thanx to the Garcia Bros. for the heads-up yesterday, which allowed to get a limited free download on bandcamp itself.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BUSTED OUTLOOK - Grand Slam Sessions

Location: Bay Area
Release: Layin' Waste, 2015

This band is fuckin' rad!! From aesthetics to the urgent music, BUSTED OUTLOOK has all the elements that hardcore punk were initially established upon, not just all that mindless rage and reppin' your local crew we are becoming used to.

They play a mix of youth crew and fastcore with riffs galore and thought provoking lyrics, featuring members from dozens of cali groups, such as: Permanent Ruin, In Digust, Condition, Ritual Control, Scalped, and the list goes on.

B.O. has plans for an US tour (with some dates already confirmed) and also Europe for 2016, for that matter they demoed some songs on this promo tape "grand slam sessions" that will appear on the upcoming full-length by REFUSE RECORDS, scheduled for July. I believe this is their second promo tape, first one was for their debut EP on Warthog and sold on a festival last year, the demo "plagued in horder" was recently issued in vinyl by Speedowax!

 2015 Promo Tape [Layin' Waste Records]
Spitting Wind EP [Warthog Speak Records]
Plagued Hoarder 7" [Speedowax]

[includes '15 promo tape, demo and zine w/ lyrics commented by Rich] 

if your lyrics lack substance / while you are talking about being hardcore / me and my friends will show you the door
- scholastic deth

Sunday, October 18, 2015


New label in da house! Primarily focused on cassettes, Jeremy B.O. has just started Layin' Waste showcasing 5 of the finest Bay Area's hardcore groups and they are all new to me (except Busted Outlook). If you are down with that retro sound New Breed Comp. meets UK82 you may want to watch this label closely, it's raw and hard.

Tapes (and possibly a webstore) are promised to be available early november.

PROFILE - 2015 Promo
Members of Scalped, No Sir and Stressor. SFHC back on the map.

Members of Spinebreakers and Bad Times Crew. South Bay Oi punx.


Members of Scalped, Profile and Provos. Boston homage. San Fran Mob Stomp!


Wild music for wild people. Bay Area's Alaska enthusiasts. 

I skipped B.O. on purpose because I was already writing an article about'em and they are up next!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

KID ARMOR - The Outcome Replays

Location: Orange County, US
Release: DIY, 2014

One year after the well received Better Days EP, KID ARMOR presented in 2014 their second album The Outcome Replays. This time around the punk O.C. influences speaks even louder, more crafted/thought-through and harder then previous compositions, it also features a kickass Adolescents cover.

The first EP was love at first sight, high energy youth crew cali style. The latest EP is one of those records that grows on you and asks for second or third replay as they got really creative with breakdowns and skankin' parts. However, almost a year after its release I can't figure out why there's still no label backing this up!

FFO: Rotting Out, late Down To Nothing, 90's Epitaph Records. 

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]


Saturday, October 10, 2015

S.O.S. - S/T EP + Demo

Location: Boston, US
Release: Lockin' Out/Perfect Victim, 2003-2004

Lotsa bands named after SOS and at least 2 in hardcore alone. The one in question is from Boston, led by guitarist and producer Eric Lomon and existed for no longer than a year. They recorded 2 albums, each with its own style and shared members with Cruch Time.

The 2003 Demo must be the weirdest release on the LOC host, strange looking artwork and pretty hard to come by. Musically is total youth crew of that trendy early 2000's Boston style.

  The 2004 EP shows the band taking a different path with vocals resembling to R'N'R and musically to The Suicide File, nothing groundbreaking here but very interesting neverthless. My favorite track is the last one, an instrumental trippy song, always listen to it more than once when I put it for a spin.

The main picture above was taken by deathwish inc for an auction for their EP, hence the fancy background, very alluring! It features an even stranger artwork, even so they were referred as the SOS of unicorns. I got my copy on CD format, god knows when.

To complete SOS' discography, there is an exclusive track on the notorious Sweet Vision compilaton by Lockin' Out and thats a wrap. For the other SOS hardcore band (Scott Vogel, Nick Jett, Matt Henderson) I asked Nick if they were going to record more under that name and he said there's no chance of that happening but Scott has another thing coming with Sammy Siegel, Walter Schreifels and Andrew Kline: WORLD BE FREE

PURCHASE EP [last few!]
DOWNLOAD [+ scanned inlay & lyrics]

Thursday, October 8, 2015

HEF - Wont' Rain Forever

Location: La Plata, Argentina
Release: DIY, 2015

I've just read an article on Noisey about a youth crew group from Peru! It blew my mind just to think people overseas are starting to grow interest in our region's hardcore punk productions.

The main issue for me here is that we live a big dilemma: to be a punk kid in the third world means, in most cases, you come from a (very) low income family, therefore you won't have access to decent instruments and minimum standard recording/practicing facilities. On the other hand IF you can afford a few upgrades, most local punks will turn their backs on you! So we are caught in a vicious circle, lots of bands playing 'outdated' punk rock and a few others trying a different path striving just to get local support, it often splits the scene and weakness us all. The attitude is there, alive and should not be related to someones aqquisition power but the output is often undesirable (aka boring).

Maybe, as a result, it's been quite a while I don't hear such an exciting band hailing from Argentina, since JUSTIFY I guess. A quick search showed that a new wave of bands are emerging and on the epicenter of that tsunami is HEF! Their debut album Won't Rain Forever doesn't have a dull moment, 9 tracks of positive and fast old school hardcore. You can tell they spent some effort on production, potent guitar tones, vigorous rhythm section and well balanced vocals between shouting and melodic parts. At the end, can't help to compare them with the formidable We Ride but HEF is more down my lane. Check'em!!

ps.: once I found out when and which label will be doing physical copies, I will update here. Digital version was just released 6 days ago.

porque sempre que llovió, paró

Saturday, October 3, 2015

RHYTHM OF FEAR - Mass Illusion

Location: Florida, US
Release: Injustice Records, 2015

HOLY FUCK! This record already sounds like a classic! Mass Illusion is actually RHYTHM OF FEAR's promo tape on Injustice Recs for their upcoming LP Maze Of Confusion. They developed more of a technical crossover sound than the one presented on the demo, more tight and heavier with a strong retro feeling, sounding like it could have been released by Combat Core or Roadrunner back in the days!

Highly recommend for appreciators of Crumbsuckers, Morbid Saint, Kreator and D.R.I.    

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

EXPIRED YOUTH - Where We Stand [+3 unreleased songs]

Location: Chicago, US
Release: Think Fast! Records, 2005 - 2007

If this was released today a bunch of people would be all over it, wearing shirts, top 'whatever' lists and so on. The fact is it really caused a certain commotion when the EP came out but with social media nowadays it would reach different scales. Ironically, the other day, as I was putting this record for a spin decided to google for EXPIRED YOUTH which ended up finding out that they do have a facebook page going on and even launched a bandcamp recently with 3 UNRELEASED SONGS (demos for an upcoming LP that didn't come through)!

EY is all about fast youth crew with nods to Uniform Choice that are more apparent on the Where We Stand EP, it starts with Win Or Lose which causes a similar effect as if you put your fingers into a socket, you get electrified! The demo is more raw and sort of generic youth crew but even so it's freaking good, filled with punch-through-a-wall type of breakdowns, I wish they re-recorded those.

After EY broke up in 2007 you can find them on other 2 hardcore projects: One Foot In The Grave (Third x Party records) and DECLINE with dudes from Noose, both awesome by the way!

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

[Tracks 1-5 Where We Stand, 2006 / Tracks 6-9 Demo, 2005 / Tracks 10-12 Unreleased, 2007]

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Location: Köln / Hannover, Deutschland
Release: Street Survival Records, 2015
Artwork: Dude Of Death

Street Survival main release in 2015 thus far, a split 7" between two german youth crew groups. They made about 3 or 4 different covers for pre-orders and such, paying homage to Brotherhood and Stop & Think. Record release show happened last week and to celebrate they put the whole thing for free download!

A Side brings HANGIN' TOUGH in their 3rd release with their customary wisecrack lyrics and envolving 2-steps sound: hangin' tough. la vida loca. just without the booze and the fuckin' coca. sippin' on juice without the gin. the HT crew is out to win!

B Side has STATEMENT X, a recent group from Hannover City that appeared on this blog's 2015 Sampler, no tongue-in-cheek lyrics here, just punk attitude and straight edge stomps! Best track: foundation of doubt.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WARBOX - Demo 2

Location: New England, US
Release: Bossdog Records, 2015

A cover can say a lot about a band, specially a new one. This art shouts the 80's, sega®, uproar and slam dance! WARBOX sound stick to those attributes, totally rooted on the first wave of Boston/NY hardcore, raw and wild! The ragga-dub samples make it even more fun and distinct, keeping the same vibe they presented on the 1st demo, the hard way!!

PURCHASE '14 DEMO TAPE [Demo II available soon]
DOWNLOAD [both demos]

Friday, September 18, 2015

NO THANKS - No Thanks EP

Location: Oklahoma, US
Release: Commitment Records, 2015
Artwork: Ev Wivell (Mindset)

BUST IT! Oklahoma Straight Edge back on the map
If you didn't know well now you do
We're taking out the trash

There are a few things you can always rely on when it comes to hardcore and that's Youth Crew and Commitment Records! For long as I remember they are putting out pieces of vinyl from bands worldwide, from South to North America to Scandinavia and so on, hardcore without boundaries.

This time around, their latest output is NOxTHANKS with a 7" that bursts energy and righteousness. Favorite tracks are University Ave. and Creep, first one stressing the sick mentality and behaviour of most men upon women, killer tune! Also, for the EP, they re-recorded 3 songs from their 2013 Demo which I also added in the link below.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Sunday, September 13, 2015

TOXIC SHOCK - Some Record Labels Are Pretentious Assholes On Record Store Day

Location: Antwerp, België
Release: Fat Kat / Toxic Waste Records, 2015

Two words: F U C K  Y E A H ! !

[2-song Record Store Day 7"]


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

GONE TO WASTE - Barking Dogs Don't Bite

Location: Warburg, Deutschland
Release: Powertrip Records, 2014

I've been on the lookout for this release in high quality for over a year now and for that, you can't beat free legal downloads.

GONE TO WASTE debut full-length on PTR is out for that long already, their best stuff! The good combination of heaviness, grooviness and kickass production resulted in a blustering hardcore record that helped settle their name in the european scene with constant touring alongside Demonwomb, Slope, Benchpress and most recently w/ Guns Up! 

[2nd press]
DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Friday, September 4, 2015

HOLLOW TRUTH - The War Economy

Location: Bray Area, Ireland
Release: Powertrip Records, 2015

No bullshiting here, one of my favorite releases in 2015 so far! HOLLOW TRUTH moved a big step up in their game since 2014's EP The Power To Endure.

In The War Economy they reached that perfect balance between thrash metal and hardcore, it's highly addictive and mosh-inducing crossover! The only downside (as usual) it has only 4 tracks.. but they are writing new ones. May the Celtic deities, Raybeez and Cliff Burton enlighten their minds once again during this process!

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PROTESTER - No Identity

Location: Washington, US
Release: Triple B, 2015

Up for free download is the new 7" from straight edge punks in PROTESTER. You should've heard from them at this point, it has Jubert from Coke Bust on it and they play enraged straight forward hardcore, DC/Clevo style. FFO: Confront, Life's Blood.

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Monday, August 31, 2015

CLOBBERIN' TIME - Against The Odds

Location: Piracicaba, Brasil
Release: DIY, 2015

The long overdue first EP from C'T is finally out! After some line-up changes since their 2013 Live Session they struggled to get things done and managed to hit the studio laying down 5 heavy jams, starting off with a massive intro and packed with ragin' metallic riffage throughout. Guitars sound thick and powerful so as the vocals. Think Raw Deal meets O.L.C.!!

Bass player Bruno Pinga contributes to this blog on regular basis so you know you're up to, guaranteed to slam dance... it's CLOBBERIN' TIME!

DOWNLOAD [320kbps]

Shouts to Ivan and C.O.F. unit.

Friday, August 21, 2015

HITTIN' RANDOM - Where's Your Rage?

Location: Venezia, Italia
Release: DIY, 2015

I've been missing out on the italian scene newest outputs but recently came across HITTIN' RANDOM, an awesome surprise! Their sound fuses 00's Boston with 80's NYHC, think early Agnostic Front meets an even earlier Biohazard resembling Rampage in some parts, a monstrous formula: fast beats and angry riffs.

Where's Your Rage? is their first and self-released EP in tape format, limited to 25 copies. I believe Assurd Records has the last few units.


The same dudes in Hittin' Random has another thing going named KNIGHTZZ: more raw, more medieval!!

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