Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FOUR RETROSPECTIVE LPs

BASTARD - WIND OF PAIN LP  (Feral Ward)
This record has become a classic, even if it mostly circulated in form of mp3 files. For everyone, who didn't have the privilege to get a copy back then, Feral Ward finally delivers an official reissue of this Japanese hardcore classic. It orginally came out on Bastard Records and Blood Sucker Records in 1992. Back in the late 80s and early 90s a new wave of Japanese hardcore bands fused crust punk with the instrumental ferocity of ’80s speed metal. Death Side and Bastard were he most influental acts among this "burning spirits" hardcore scene. They've paved the way for Crude, Forward, Paintbox, Crow and many other Japanese hardcore bands. The sound of "burning spirits" has also influenced Tragedy and the whole neo-crust scene. "Wind of Pain" features eight pounding tracks of furious crust combined with flashy guitar solos and highly charismatic top notch vocals. If you like hardcorepunk, this one's a must have. (Listen to it here)

THE PENETRATORS - KINGS OF BASEMENT ROCK LP (Solvenly)
The Penetrators from Syracuse, New York existed from 1976 to 1984, but you're wrong if you think the explosion of punk had an major influence on their music. This band took the sound of The Sonics, The Stooges, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and all their rock'n'roll favourites from the 60s and 70s to fuse it with their very own primitive and twisted punk attitude. The result is some of the best garage rock ever. "Kings Of Basement Rock" is a collection of their twelve best songs. It originally came out in 1986 on Fred Records. In 2000 Rave Up Records from Italy reissued it for the first time and now Slovenly brings the second reissue. Of particular note are the tracks from their "Teenage Lifestyle" and "Gotta Have Here" 7"s, that both originally came out in 1979. "Teenage Lifestyle" (also part of Killed By Death #19) is a Stooges influenced blasting protopunk anthem with great lyrics. "Baby, Dontcha Tell Me" is another snotty, super-cool and loud garage tune. But the whole record is filled with brilliant songs and the term "Kings Of Basement Rock" is more than true. (Listen to it here)
 
SADO-NATION - DISRUPTIVE PATTERN LP (Gummopunx) 
Sado-Nation were an early punk group from Portland, Oregon. Their hard to find debut 7" came out on Greg Sage's Trap Records in 1980. One year later the band recorded songs for their "Disruptive Pattern" LP, but it wasn't released back then and it took 32 years until they've now been pressed on vinyl for the very first time. Sado-Nation nail down out eight tracks of catchy no frills punkrock with distinctive female vocals and plenty of brilliant melodies. The music is of the same quality as your favourite Dangerhouse singles. It pairs the vibe of early US-westcoast bands like The Bags, X, The Avengers and The Eyes with some darker undertones. In addition to that the LP features three more songs from a 1983 recording session, that were sent for promotion to the Maximum Rock'n'Roll fanzine back then. On these recordings Sad-Nation are heavily influenced by the US hardcore boom of that time and so the songs are faster and a more agressive. (Listen to it here)

VA - BONEHEAD CRUNCHERS VOLUME 5 LP (Belter)
During it's previous four volumes the "Bonhead Crunchers" compilation series has led us from the USA to the UK to continental Europe. Now it has arrived in one the homelands of dirty, loud and brash rock'n'roll: Australia. All songs on this LP are taken from hard to find singles released from the early 70s to 1977. Musically this volume offers a tough as nails combination of hard rock, protopunk and protometal with a focus on great sing-a-long refrains. It is striking, that all bands have a totally anti-intellectual attitude. Most lyrics are written in the view of a thug dealing with alcohol, parties, violence, girls and more simularily important topics. The big names are missing here: No AC/DC, no Coloured Balls and no Supernaut even they've been a main influence for many bands included here. It isn't useful to point out certain bands and tracks, because this whole compilation is a great example of Australia's ripping rock scene during the 70s. You get thirteen tracks by Twister, Fat Daddy, Francis Butler's Sixty-Niners, Head, Chook, Sparkle, Toxic, The Ash Band, U Turn, Ceeza, Bullet, Marcarthur and King Harvest. Most of the listed groups have been previously unknown to me, but they're worth it without exception. (Listen to it here)