Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BIG HEET - SUFFOCATION

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: USA

Last year Big Heet put out their amazing "On a Wire" cassette and now this Florida-based group is back with this nice lo-fi two-track release. Don't miss it.

MORON - DEMO CS

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: Germany

Moron is a new band from Berlin. They play classic punkrock with some hints of hardcore and British post-punk. A very promising first release.


Monday, April 16, 2018

PHYSIQUE - PUNK LIFE IS SHIT MLP

Label:     Iron Lung
Year:      2018
Country: USA

Top notch d-beat hardcore from Olympia, WA. Reminds me of bands like Disclose, Gloom, Mauser, Framtid or D-Clone. A must have record if you like d-beat.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

TENTACULO - II 7"

Label:     Andalucía Über Alles/ Colilla/ Tábano/ Mutant/ Producciones Tudancas/ Tormenta de Ideas/ Malditos Vinilos/ The Safety Pin Generation/ Campary/ Muerte a Tipo
Year:      2018
Country: Spain

Melodic punkrock from Seville, Spain. Heavily influenced by early British punk bands from the late '70s.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TUMORTUMOR - S/T 12"

Label:     Order05
Year:      2017
Country: Switzerland

Mike from Switzerland's noise-rockers YC-CY is the guy behind tumortumor. With his new project he dares to venture into a more experimental musical terrain. On this onesided 12" you get two claustrophobic and dangerous sounding compositions that seem like a auditory horror trip. Tumortumor take influences from 80s industrial music in the vein of Throbbing Gristle and merge it with eternal drone sounds, alienated effects of electronics, pungent noise and a few pounding beats. That's how the two ten-minute-songs develope a thrilling cold and industrial feel. This whole 12" is a great example of totally unique and non-conformist experimental noise. Don't miss it!  

Monday, April 2, 2018

GABOR AND THE GABOR GABORS - S/T 7"

Label:     Permaculture/ 9 Lies
Year:      2017
Country: Hungary

Punkrock from Budapest, Hungary. If I didn't know it any better, I would think these are some lost tunes from a "Bloodstains across Europe" compilation. What a great 7"!

Friday, March 30, 2018

SUBCIRCLE - DEMO

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: Norway

Subcircle is a new band from Oslo, Norway. They feature Toshi from The Instigation and musically Subcircle totally pick up where Toshi's previous band left off. On this first demo release you get four blistering tracks of wild and infectious hardcore-punk gems influenced by US-bands from the early '80s. If you are into bands like Circle Jerks, Teen Idles, Angry Samoans and early The Dwarves, you realy can't go wrong with this demo. A very promosing first release. 

RADIUM GRRRLS - PRO CHOICE 7"

Label:     Adagio830
Year:      2018
Country: Sweden

Sweden's Radium Grrrls feature members of Totem Skin and Livet Som Insats. On this nice 7" they blast through 6 tracks of super fast and energetic hardcore with some powervioelence influences. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

TRASH KNIFE - S/T 7"

Label:     P-Trash/ F.D.H./ Crapoulet
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Melodic punkrock from Philadelphia.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

THE COWBOYS - LIVE AT TONY'S GARAGE 7"

Label:     Feel It
Year:      2018
Country: USA

One of my favoruite current bands and this 7" is just another amazing The Cowboys release. Don't miss! 

MULTILATED TONGUE - DEMO

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: USA    

This is the first release from this new band from Oakland. Multilated Tongue's demo release features seven songs of pounding hardcorepunk, that remind me of bands like Poison Idea, Econochrist and Talk Is Poison. A total banger!

AKNE - DEMO CS

Label:     Nervous Energy
Year:      2017
Country: UK

Weird and frantic noise-punk from Leeds. 

LITIGE - FUITE EN AVANT 12"

Label:      Destructure
Year:       2017
Country: France

Brilliant melodic punkrock from Lyon, France. 

DEVIANT - PROMO 2017

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Just another great hardcorepunk group from Richmond, Virginia. Highly recommended!

HIRS - YOU CAN'T KILL US

Label:     Get Better
Year:      2016
Country: USA

Grinding transgender hardcore from Philadelphia. Five super fast and brutal songs. 


MEDICATION TIME - SPLIT 7" with Mental Tension

Label:     Bad Luck/ Analog Freaks
Year:      2018
Country: Slovakia

Medication Time deliver 9 songs of blasting powerviolence.Obvious comparisons are bands like No Comment, Lack Of Interest, Spazz and '90s westcoast powerviolence in general. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GAY KISS - ROUNDED DOWN 7"

Label:     Sorry State/ Blast House
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Gay Kiss from Phoenix, Arizona mix straight hardcorepunk with noise-rock and heavy mid-tempo parts.


MENTIRA - AUTOINITULADO 7"'

Label:     Nada Nada Discos
Year:      2017
Country: Brazil

Minimal synth-Punk from Brazil.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PADKAROSDA - TETOVA LELKEK LP

Label:     Static Age
Year:      2018
Country: Hungary

Brilliant mix of wild punk and death-rock/dark post-punk influences. The album came out in 2016 as a digital file only and now Static Age put out a vinyl version. Highly recommended!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

MAPLE DEATH RECORDS

Maple Death is a quality label from Bologna, Italy doing quality work. The label put out some amazing releases, especially in the past year. It's no wonder, that the His Electro Blue Voice LP and the Tropical Trash/Brutal Birthday 7" were party of my "best of 2017" list. After this post I got in contact Jonathan Clancy, the guy behind Maple Death. Soon the idea grew to review some recent Maple Death releases and this is the result...

HAVAH - CONTRAVVELONE LP (Maple Death)
Havah is the brainchild of Michele Comarani, who was a member of La Quiete and Raein. To be honest I was never crazy about his previous bands, but with Havah he explores very different musical territories. This album offers an amazing mix of post-punk, death-rock and dark-wave, taking the best moments of Christian Death, Vex, Bauhaus and Joy Divsion. But in the end Havah create their very own unique style of goth-punk that sounds like a fresh breath. The songs find a perfect balance between catchy song structures and a cold gloomy atmosphere. Lyrically "Contravvelone" is based on the history of Italian anti-fascist resistance fighters during the Second Wolrd War. An outstandingly great post-punk album! (Listen to it here)

HIS CLANCYNESS - PALE FEAR/COMING UP EMPTY 7" (Maple Death)
What we have got here is a two track single from Bologna's His Clancyness. This four-piece has developed a non-conformist style, that crosses several musical boundaries. The vibe is like some arty krautrock is being channelled through classic Rough Trade postpunk/indie records. "Pale Fear" is a super diverse tune full of unexpected changes. On the flipside His Clanyness slow things done and deliver a well-done minimal pop number. The songs were recorded in Bristol in Portishead’s Invada Studios and the result is an exceptionally good production. An excellent 7". (Listen to it here)

HIS ELECTRO BLUE VOICE - MENTAL HOOP (Maple Death)
After numerous brilliant 7" releases and their Sub Pop debut album "Ruthless Sperm" Italy's His Electro Blue Voice are finally back with a brand new LP. In the past years this band has evolved and developed it's very own trademark sound. The result sounds like a early '90s UK shoegaze oufit trying to get into motorik and repetitive psych/krautrock bathwater while adding a heavy dose of noise-rock. Despite numerous different influences, each song forms a well conceived whole. One main highlight is the loud crashing guitar wall of sound with it's undercurrent of great melodies. A highly addictive spin. (Listen to it here

TROPICAL TRASH / BRUTAL BIRTHDAY - SPLIT 7" (Maple Death)
Tropical Trash's "Ufo Rot" LP was one of my favoruite releases of 2016 and now this Kentucky based group is back with this nice split 7", that came out in support of both band's recent Euro tour. The Tropical Trash side offers a powerful mid-tempo tune, built on driving bass lines and a lot of guitar/synth noise. It all sounds pretty evil and powerful and it's just another great example of Tropical Trash's unqiue style of post-punk/ post-hardcore. Brutal Birthday is a new band from Bologna. They draw from garagepunk, add a slight dose of noise-rock to the mix and bash things out with just the right amount of destruction. If I didn't know any better, I would think this a lost Siltbreeze group from the 1990s. A very promising first release! (Listen to it here)