Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 TOP TEN. HARDCORE LPs

BOSTON STRANGLER - PRIMITIVE LP (Fun With Smack)
I bet this record will reach the status of a modern Boston hardcore classic. At least it has the potential to become one. It features tough, straight ahead 80s style hardcore filled with punsihing mid tempo songs, showing hints of British Oi! and classic punkrock. It's got a heavy SS Decontrol "Get It Away" era influence whilst adding a touch of Blitz "Voice Of A Generation". On top of that Boston Strangler have some really amazing deep and gnarly vocals. This is just throughout a great hardcore record. (Listen to it here)
 
CREEM - S/T LP (Katorga Works / Deranged)
This 12" is a lot better than their debut 7". A great mix of early 80s Boston and NY Hardcore with hints of classic 70s punkrock not unlike current bands like Boston Strangler or Prisoner Abuse. Based on throaty vocals, short guitar solos and a good change of catchy midtempo parts and blasting hardcore. Furthermore Creem have a great old-fashioned production. 6 songs plus a cover of "What The Fuck" by Black Easter, well known from Killed By Death #5. Frontcover and backcover pictures looks untypical for a hardcore record and that's just perfect. (Listen to it here)
 
GREEN BERET - VIOLENCE IS THEIR CURRENCY LP (Side Two)
Another great new band from Boston. "Violence Is Their Currency" features 10 songs of Discharge and Scandinavian d-beat influenced hardcore, but don't expect this popular kind of noisy d-beat full of reverbs and distortion. Green Beret are more focused on writing simple, fast and catchy songs with some 80s US hardcore mixed in for good measure. It would not be possible to review this record without referencing Totalitär, since the way the guitar sounds like is heavily influenced by them. Members from Social Cirkle are involved here. (Listen to it here)
  
MAUSER - ISOLATION LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
So many current bands play a noisy style of hardcorepunk inspired by Confuse, Gai, Disorder, Atrocious Madness, Gloom and others. While most of them are pretty boring (at least outside Japan), Florida's Mauser are the ultimate figureheads of this trend and they are at least as good as the originals! After an amazing debut 7" and their three way Split 7" with D-Clone and Folkeiis, this is their first full lenght release. You get super distorted hardcorepunk, done by musicans, that definitely know how to play their instruments. And the recording has an amazing production: it's super noisy, but still powerfull. (Listen to it here)
    
NEON BLUD- DISCOTHELE DEATHBED LP (Vinyl Rites)
Noise is a steady growing influence in Neon Blud's discogrpahy: Their first 7" featured noisy punk/ proto-hc, their "B-Girls" 12" and Split 7" with Diet Cokeheads were influenced by the noisy aspects of Sonic Youth and their current full lengh gets them in the door to pure droning noise and experimental music, heaviliy influenced by drugs. At least that's how it sounds like. It's an amazing trip trough distortion, reverbs and improvisation. There's a lack of common song structrures, but within this chaos Neon Blud still remaine the control to turn it into something special. (Listen to it here)

 
OFF! - S/T LP (Vice)
Off! is an allstar band including Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) and other ex-members. These old guys still now how to play the classic style of hardcorepunk. they are famous for: It has all the frustration and angst-ridden approach, you would only expect from a bunch of teenagers. The songs are very short, but Off! come to the point and there's absolutely nothing missing. Not only because of Keith Morris' distinctive vocals, Off! sounds a lot like early Black Flag or Circle Jerks's "Group Sex" LP, but it would be wrong to desciribe Off! as a copy of their old bands. It's definitely more than this. (Listen to it here)  

PRISONER ABUSE- S/T LP (Painkiller)
This might be the best 80s styled hardcore record in 2012. So don't expect something new: Prisoner Abuse's brand of pummeling straight edge hardcore sounds like an lost Xclaim! release from 1983. Imagine a mix of your favourite Boston and New York hardcore records from Negative FX, SS Decontrol, The Absued or Antidote and you'll get an impression how amazing Prisoners Abuse debut lenght is. Also the artwork looks this release came directly from the early 80s. (Listen to it here)

TRAUMA - S/T LP (Feral Ward)
Trauma feature two guys from Tragedy, but fortunataly they pass on emo-crust melodies, shitty vocals and atmospheric parts. This is just straight forward pounding Portland style hardcorepunk, that doesn't give a fuck about any current trends and hypes. There's not a single slow or midtempo song on this record. Sounds a lot like Deathreat with some links of Japanese hardcore like Warhead, Death Side or European clones like Burial and Selfish. (Listen to it here)

 
WHITE LUNG - SORRY LP (Deranged)
This is White Lung's best release so far. They are often compared to Bikini Kill, but the fact, that they are a 3 girls involved, doesn't necessarily mean, that it's a simular style of music. The rythm-section plays a more or less typical hardcorepunk style, while the guitarist does some real weird stuff: He plays melodies most of the time and It has almost an free-jazz approach or whatever, but it works. Furthermore I have to mention the brilliant, shouted or melodic vocals, that are characteristic for White Lung's very own brand of hardcorepunk. (Listen to it here)

WOOLF - THE RIGHT WAY TO PLAY LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
London based all-girl band, doing a kind of music, that is hard to be labeled. So don't expect any typical sounds here. It's a wild and primitive mix of dissonant punk, proto-hardcore and ugly noisy parts. The full playtime of this 10 song lp is about 13 minutes, so you know Woolf like it short and straight to the point. Sound like they combine Crass with Bikini Kil while playing hardcorepunk. This is defenitely no standard music and that's the great thing about this record. Awesome! (Listen to it here)