Hello dear punks! It’s been a while and we are back some new stuff! Check ’em out!
GOOD CLEAN FUN On The Streets Saving The Scene From The Forces Of Evil TAPE (Refuse Records) [RM8]
Tape version of their second full length. Positive old school straight edge HC from Washington DC
CATHARSIS Samsara TAPE (Youth Culture Records) [RM8]
Catharsis was an influential American hardcore punk band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina that was active from 1994 to 2002. They were associated with “Holy Terror”, a phenomenon commonly regarded as a form of apocalyptic metallic hardcore that was breeding during the mid-’90s. Catharsis were also known for writing extremely lengthy songs (sometimes broken into multiple parts) with complex title names and unusual time signatures. Catharsis took appreciable influence from Integrity, Neurosis, His Hero Is Gone, Breakdown, Starkweather, Amebix, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Diamanda Galás, GISM, Refused and the early demo recordings of Belgian hardcore band, Negate. The dark, reggae-styled song, ‘Deserts Without Mirages’ on the album, Passion, is perhaps a reflection of the singer’s appreciation for Peter Tosh. The song’s lyrics also heavily borrow from the spoken word passages in the Godspeed You! Black Emperor song ‘The Dead Flag Blues’. Passion album also samples from Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man
GOVERNMENT FLU Fuck Poetics + Demo 2008 CD (Refuse Records) [RM20]
Polish punk / hardcore “all stars” combo playing early 80s influenced brand of Black Flag, Minor Threat, Faith, Negative Approach, Die Kreuzen, Dead Kennedys, N.O.T.A. influenced music, following the paths of Direct Control, Career Suicide, Government Warning or Citizens Patrol. This CD combines their 1st two 7″ EPs both released in 2009.
HIT ME BACK Life CD (Refuse Records) [RM20]
This is full length-release from this Los Angeles band. After two 7’s and two split 7″s we have it here thirteen brand new songs that have more influences of more anthemic and melodic early 80’s punk and hardcore, but still with fast and thrash hardcore parts. You can expect lots of youthful expression and energy coming out of this record. Their lyrics covering personal and social issues, not forgetting about some humor and passions of the band members – skateboarding and records collecting. All the songs were recorded in LA by Craigums (What Happens Next?). CD version contains eight bonus songs. Seven of them are taken from “Only Magic School Bus Goes Back In Time” 7″ep (including Heresy cover) and one coming from the same session, previously never released.
V/A PUT THOSE COOKIES BACK! (Middle Man Records) [RM10]
You miss 90’s punk rock? Well this one is for you! It’s not a 90’s punk rock revival, but REALLY a product from the 90’s! This compilation was released back then! Featuring awesome bands you may or may have not heard before such as Chumpslap, The Fairmonts, Swampfoot, The Groms, White Trash Superman, One Good Eye, The Flatspots, Crackbabies, John Q. Public, Archie & The Pukes, Dead End Kids, Phallocracy, Funeral Oration, Link 80, Log, Product Four, Drunk N’ Anger, Squatweiler and No More!
LITTLE GIRL TERRORIST demo tape [RM6]
Just like the name itself, the band’s music is unexpected, furious, sometimes subtle, intricate and yet devastating. Working hard to strip the gloss from today’s manufactured music. Little Girl Terrorist’s music is at once beautiful, complicated and yet consuming – the guitars are feverish and sweepingly frantic, punctuated by technical drums and harsh, screaming, honest vocals. Their live shows are intimate, the dancefloors are just as intense. Sing with them, scream into that microphone – they would want you to. The band is always trying to be as close to the crowd as possible, diminish the distance between stage and floor, chaos and beauty keeping their music genuine. (taken from their myspace)
JANE HOE demo tape [RM6]
Scremo from Germany, first release on Epileptic Media, hand-numbered tape limited to 150 copies only worldwide!
ONSET OF SERIOUS PROBLEMS Oblivions EP TAPE (Rip Kids/Teriak/Happy Thrash Distro) [RM6]
Where am I going with this? Enter one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets: (unless you’ve never heard of Proletar, in which case this is the second best kept secret) Onset Of Serious Problems. This two-man destruction unit fucking grinds. They know how write proper intros. They string together crust riffs like seasoned veterans. They know how (and when) to thrash. And they’ve got plenty of double bass. All the ingredients are in place to state firmly that these guys are a grind band. But two glaring things stand out to change my mind. The first is their tone. Guitarist/Vocalist Wahyu uses a tone that distinctly “sounds” like the brand of punk that evolved into mid-90’s powerviolence. The second element comes from the vocals. Wahyu screams his lungs out like an Indonesian Issac from ManMadePredator era Leng Tch’e. The EP is seven songs in eight minutes. Considering it’s a mini CD from a band I’ve never heard of on a label I’m unfamiliar with, I’d say the production is stellar. In true EP fashion, track one, Mass Obliteration, sets the tone with a brief and familiar instrumental intro. This builds up through three different drum beats and then the Onset begins. OOSP never mess around when it comes to riffs. They seem to be always changing. Some are brought back later in a song, or exchanged verse-chorus-verse style, but nothing sticks around long enough to wear out its welcome. The drumming from Bondie follows along, constantly changing up between punk/thrash, blast and double bass. It’s an old punk’s dream come true. Those non punk, non-powerviolence fans among us might be a little bothered by what could be considered monotonous vocals. Anyone demanding variation in this regard will be disappointed. Those of you who can look past this will be duly rewarded. I absolutely love it. If Wahyu ever figures out a death growl, look out world. Either way, this is a band that with a bright future. [review stolen from: chainsawjustice]
ROGGON/STATEMENT OF OUTRAGE split tape (Bad Creature Records) [RM6]
Malaysian and Singaporean grindcore combo!
[http://www.myspace.com/roggon] [sorry no link to SOF]
SMG/WAGE GARNISHER split tape (Jerry’s Night Spot) [RM6]
Only 50 copies made on brutal analog pro-tape. SMG offer up 5 brand new tracks and 7 live tracks recorded March 2009, and WG bring 8 brand new songs to the table including a Tegan & Sara cover.
SMG Too Many Human: Double CD-R [RM12]
For the first time, debut full-length CD-R (double discs). This is not a discography, but a collection of: exclusive new studio tracks from 2009 – 2010 + unreleased/ live/ rehearsal/ rarity/ etc. 2004 – 2010 + bonus tracks from split tape with OWL and TJMS. 49 tracks / over 70 minutes! Grind your fucking head in!
BETERCORE YouthcrustDiscography!! CD (Karatekore/Sxetan) [RM10]
Betercore is a fastcore/”youthcrust” (whatever the fuck that is) band from Amsterdam. They don’t exist anymore but this a fucking great record if you’re into short fast songs with screaming vocals that sound like they can’t possibly be coming out of a human being.
KESUMAT/THRASH OHOII split 7″ EP (Pissart/Basement) [RM18]
5 + 5 new energetic no nonsense thrashing and chaotic HC violence, Pissart’s first 7″ releases! come with A3 posters, rad drawings, excessive hard paper usage all in this piece!! This is awesome tight shit!
MASKED READER #10 [RM3]
Zine from the east-coast of malaysia, by Anix (founder of Crysis Records). This issue features the usual articles, columns, poetry, reviews and also an interview with John D. Madman
HOMESICK: A Malaysian Zine Omnibus (Vol. 1) [RM4]
This is a superb effort to combine a bunch of NEW zine writings and release them together. Featuring Abastained Agogo, DRSA, A Dream?, Conscious, Mosh, Adaptation, Ancaman Kecil, Bebal, Qaseh Sayunk, Dead Memories, Hitam Putih, Masked Reader, Sebutir Bintang Merah, Ranjau Di Jalanan and Blur. Punk who love to read, rule and you lose!