all things old school

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WILD LIFE - Turning The Tide

Location: Ghent, Belgie
Release: Kick Out The Jams, 2016

Another pass due upload, WILD LIFE'S second and last release, the 10-track Turning The Tide which got a limited cassette treatment by Kick Out The Jams Records. It brings me back to Belgium's heyday of old school hardcore revival. Influences goes from 80's Krakdown and DYS to more recent years as in Think I Care and Not Afraid.

For their first killer EP on Powered Records, you may find it here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

WARHEADS - Demo

Location: Manchester, UK
Release: DIY, 2018

Manchester straight edge back on the map!! Dudes in SURVIVAL on a new project, now in a 80's NY metallic hardcore style.

Props to Alexis Straight & Alert for spreading the word about this band.



Bottle in hand, needle in vein
Anything to transfer the pain away
I can’t believe what I just saw
In a war on chaos we sit back
Same mistakes we’ve made before
When the warheads drop and the skies turn black

Sunday, November 4, 2018

STIGMATISM - Promo Tape

Location: NYC + Montreal
Release: Beach Impediment / Static Shock, 2018

Beach Impediment never ceases to amaze me, releases by Blood Pressure, Long Knife, Omegas, Concealed Blade, Battering Ram and now STIGMATISM!

This new north american joint is fronted by none other than SPOILER paying homage to early AF and Madball. Just wild!

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stigmaaaaa

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

INTENT TO INJURE - Discography

Location: New Bedford, US
Release: DIY, 1989-1999
Artwork: Roger Andrews

Not an official release. I could only find the audio files compiled as a discography, so I decided to leave as it is and added some extras to make it more complete.

INTENT TO INJURE, from New Bedford and Dartmouth, MA. People often mistake them from being from Boston, the proximity definitely influenced on their music though. From '89 to '92 they produced a total of 18 tracks, straight forward hardcore punk clocking around 1 minute and a half each. The rap tracks "Takin Out Racists" and "Just Burling" were an interesting add to their repertoire.

Before going on a hiatus ITI was featured, with one exclusive track, on the Boston Hardcore compilation in 1995 (re-released this year for the Record Store Day), then in 1999 they got back together to record a song for the Slapshot Tribute(Fun note: Intent To Injure is also a name taken from Ice Hockey)

Band-members can now be found on both SLOW DEATH and AMERICAN WAR MACHINE, 2 new hardcore super groups very worth checking! Also, if you didn't notice or checked, PEACE TEST recorded a sick cover by Intent To Injure (and used the band's first EP artwork).

ITI has put 3x 7", the second one on the legendary Nemesis and their final one was the first release by the cool german label Striving For Togetherness, such a rad name for a label.

Tracks 1-8 Keep Us Strong EP (Overkill Records, 1989)
Tracks 9-12 Reinforcement 7" (Nemesis Records, 1991)
Tracks 13-18 Habit Of Thought 7" (Striving For Togetherness Records, 1992)
Track 19 You're A Fool (Boston Hardcore - Taang! Records, 1995)
Track 20 Step On It (Boston Drops The Glove: A Tribute To Slapshot - TKO Records, 1999)  


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As a special bonus I am leaving a link to download the IT'S ALL GOOD compilation by Striving For Togetherness. It's a 27 track CD featuring the label's first 4 out-of-print releases plus extras:

SFT01 ITI - Habit Of Thought (better sound quality), SFT02 Headfirst - Black EP, SFT03 X MARKS THE SPOT (Up Front, Wide Awake, Pressure Release) and SFT04 Without A Cause - Nation Of Neglect 7" (Pre-Fahrenheit 451).



Credit for the 7" scans: Pay No More Than blog 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

COUNTER-BLAST - Karma Crusher LP

Location: USA
Release: DIY, 2018

COUNTER-BLAST gave us an incredible surprise by finally putting out their first full record, 8 tracks total! The Promo Tape was released 3 years ago and they only played a handful shows here and there, due the fact that the band members live too far away from each other, headquarters used to be in Austin, TX.

Their sound can be described as late 90's Krishnacore a la Equal Vision Records' glory days mixed with NYHC and funky elements, 108 and BURN comes to mind. No physical release  has been announced thus far, only digital.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Urban Styles Mix Tape - Compilation

Location: New York
Release: Wardance Records, 2017
Artwork: STAK TFP

Exactly 1 year ago the sold-out DiWulf's book "Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore" was released along with this limited 25-track compilation on tape format. Now it's getting a revamped 2nd edition already on pre-order.

This compilation features bands whose members are/were part of the NY graffiti scene, a few of the tracks are unreleased like the ones by Crazy Eddie (one of the comp's highlights).

SIDE A

Frontline: Formed in 1981 and featured HYPE, ME 62, RATE 5, RAGE, and NOAH. Members would later go on to the Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, The Icemen, and others. RATE 5 and ME 62 formed Stimulated Dummies and went on to produce golden era hip-hop classics in the '90s.

Adam 12: Early '80s NYHC band that featured REVS, FRIPP, and ENO. REVS went on to release a solo LP in the '90s, as well as playing in God Squad, all the while becoming one of the more notorious graffiti writers NYC has ever seen.

Terminal Confusion: Formed out of the ashes of STD (Skinheads Til Death). Terminal Confusion released their first demo in 1986 and featured VOYER, NIM, MAR, BUNK; all writers affiliated with northern Queens crew TMR (The Mob Rules). Members would go on to Unholy Alliance, Second 2 None, and Seizure Crypt.

Loud and Boisterous: Brooklyn band formed in 1985 featuring MANOR and SATYR. MANOR would go on to play in Warzone, Project X, and Gorilla Biscuits.




SIDE B

DIE 116: Named after an alternate tagging name by legendary writers SANE SMITH, featuring NATZ and CREEP. NATZ had played in NY Hoods, Side By Side, Absolution, and went on to Burn, Pry, and Big Collapse in the '90s.

Second 2 None: Another TMR crew related band featuring BUNK, ZZ, ACID, and TRETAL. BUNK published two of the earliest NYHC fanzines that included graffiti: The Village Noize and Yes Zista zines.

Crazy Eddie: A new band featuring Chucky Brown (CB) with members of past NYHC outfits Fahrenheit 451, Abject!, Downlow, Dominican Day Parade, and others.

Scoundrel: Featuring Brooklyn writer HESA from all-city crew STAFF (Satanic Teens Attacking for Fame). HESA has played in various underground outfits throughout the past three decades and continues to churn out uncompromising sounds.

Last Cause: Featuring NOW, WOES, and YOURS 174. NOW played in Fit of Anger in the late '80s and went on to Everybody Gets Hurt. WOES played in Taste of Fear and continues to perform under the Woe Is Me name. YOURS 174 is a toy from Jackson Heights, Queens.



Also the 89's infamous NEW BREED Tape Compilation, which was published originally by Urban Styles Records, has a documentary being screened on selected theaters since 2016, still not available in any other way. Wardance records is taking care of its memorabilia sales.


Monday, October 15, 2018

BYSTANDER - S/T 7"

Location: Chicago / Seattle / Boston, US
Release: Safe Inside / Goodwill Records, 2018

Not unlike Berthold City, another brilliant 90's hardcore frontman takes on a Youth Crew revival project.

Greg Bennick from TRIAL, together with dudes in Expired Youth, Decline and Test Of Time, return to the stages with a clear message "BYSTANDER: participatory hardcore for those who don't like standing idly by. Four friends from across the country coming together to play music and share ideas with more friends who come together all across the world".

The italian label Goodwill resurged to press the European version of this 5-track EP, already on sale. North american version is on pre-order by Safe Inside Records with lots of extra goods, including a X-watch. Also, in two days from now, the YOUTH CREW 2018 compilation, with an exclusive track from them, will be officially on the streets worldwide.



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Saturday, October 13, 2018

STILLBORN - Answers Left Unquestioned

Location: New York, NY
Release: PunkRecords, 2009

Someone told me this blog was lacking some real old school bands, so here is an OG outfit, Brooklyn own's STILLBORN in a full discography, a release by an also obscure and sensational label.

If you're an old school aficionado like me you probably saw their logo on flyers or thank-you lists before. For them it all began in '84, playing gigs with Life's Blood, Ludichrist, Raw Deal, Rest In Pieces... damn! Only to break up in '89. That's enough street credit to instigate anyone's interest to check'em, the problem is (was) the lack of source to do so. 

They've put 4 demos out, often found in rough shape poor sounding quality. All the effort from the label to restore this whole material is incredible (similar to Radio Raheem works), housed in a limited 30-track LP, the CD version comes with 5 extra tracks.


I'm almost certain that it was Blogged & Quartered who upped this at first, but I couldn't find it anymore. Here's NYHC Stillborn full output:

Tracks 1-7 There For The Taking 1987 Demo 
Tracks 8-27 Answer's Left Unquestioned 1986 Demo (10 of these tracks are re-recordings from '85 Demo Dying For Progress)
Tracks 28-34 Scorn Of Absence 1988 Demo
Track 35 Live Studio Set, May 7th 1987

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This youtube user is one of the band members, take a look at his account for more Stillborn material!

Monday, October 8, 2018

AWARE - Stop And Think! Complete Discography

Location: Connecticut, US
Release: Smorgasbord Records, 2010

Connecticut hardcore, home of many classic hardcore bands since the 80's but many of them remained only in the mind of a few kids from that time, which is a normal process. Thanks to guys like Jeff Terranova and his associates at Smorgasbord they brought back AWARE!

This album compiles all their recordings from '87 to '89 plus some rehersal and live extras, 39 tracks in total! Due to budget constraints this discography never got a physical release, in CD as it was meant to be, nevertheless all tracks were re-mastered from the original reels and includes a nice full 10-page insert/layout in pdf.

My favorite album from them is their last one, the New Lease On Life LP, despite the ugly artwork (don't judge the cover type of situation) their sound is very reminiscent to other second-wave-straight-edge bands like Up Front, Token Entry and Beyond.

Tracks 1-12 “New Lease On Life” LP 1989 - Iron Face Records
Tracks 13-18 s/t 7” 1987 - Double Trouble Records
Tracks 19-26 Cassette Demo 5/24/87 - Think Records
Tracks 27-31 recorded 6/29/88 mixed 7/12/88 "River Street Studio Sessions"
Tracks 32-37 recorded 12/27/88 mixed 12/28/88 "River Street Studio Sessions"
Tracks 38 and 39 Recorded Live @ The Anthrax, Norwalk, CT 1/9/88
Born To Be Wild originally by Steppenwolf, For Your Love originally by The Yardbirds

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"It’s a remarkable experience to see and hear a compilation of the fun we had twenty years since our last show. That last show was on August 17th, 1990 at the Anthrax in Norwalk, CT. We look back and feel honored to have been a part of a movement that brought energy and friendships to us and so many others."
- Sean Marcus and Mike Feinson


Sean Marcus - Vocals, Nicholas Lamberto - Guitar, Mike Feinson - Bass, Mike Eddy - Drums

Sunday, October 7, 2018

GUARD DOG - Demo 2016

Location: Seattle, US
Release: Fazer Records, 2016

Still in the Pacific Northwest and keepin' up with the overdue posts, GUARD DOG's demo is raw and packs a heavy dose of NYHC, New Breed Comp style, a favorite in the All Things Old School office, never gets out of trend.

Features members from other Washington area bands like The Scare (rip). Limited tapes were made by Fazer Recs who put out like 3 releases and folded. First one by The Surge from cali.



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