Thursday, July 27, 2017

blast from the past... Undone


few months ago I made post about Outré, emotional hc band which I listened back then as a kid and the other day I again accidentally find some live footage of one other similar band - Undone and I remembered that I was spinning them on the tape countless and countless of times..
only then I realized that I was having a real emotional hardcore phase and I was listening a few such bands so I will make one or two more posts in this "blast from the past" scheme when it's about emo hc/screamo bands that I listened.. and who knows,maybe I'll do it also with some other genres, could be interesting 'cause I'm known as a nostalgic bastard..




first touch, and actually the only one 'till some more recent time when I got internet, with Undone was when I get mix tape from one "mail buddy" back then with few really interesting stuff (see the picture) and among others there were Undone and I remember that they impressed me the most.. probably because the rest of the bands I already knew or because they sounded a way different then other on this tape.. it was actually first emo hardcore band that I ever heard.. I said emo hardcore and not screamo on purpose because this was exactly what such music was called then (to be completely honest they called themselves hardcore punk, but if you wanna describe someone how they sound you would use term emo hc).. there still wasn't those black haired pop emo kids and bands which comes on everyone minds when they hear word "emo" (who knows, maybe that's the reason why later those bands are labeled as screamo, or that comes from American bands like Orchid and the likes, I don't know..)..
even, it's obviously, I'm not some expert for this genre, I know, in that time there were many similar bands, like Ivich, Jasemine and Anomie for example (yes, I did my homework, hehe), and of course Undone together with them makes interesting new noise and for sure were one of the founders of genre which is today known as "french screamo", the term with which even some bands that aren't from France nor have anything with this country gets described by..

but let's go back to Undone.. they were, as you probably realised by now, band from France (Mantes, to be more precise) playing some seriously good hc punk in which they perfectly combined fast and slow parts.. it means slow was usually intros in the songs or some down tempo interludes while most of the songs ends up in fast and intense hardcore, all that nicely completed with great vocal full of emotions and despair, sometimes more like spoken but most of the time screamed from deepest parts of lungs.. oh, how many times I jumped and screamed all over my room listening to them, especially on song Witness (because of it's heaviness) and Ashamed (because it was the fastest one) which were my favourite..
when it's about the lyrics, they are on English and are pretty good, mostly in depressing tone but very socially and politically engaged.. also covers of their releases often contains some texts, opinions about music, politics and such things written by the band members, so obviously they were a band with much to say.. one of those bands that provide the same attention to their music and lyrics and consider both of them equally important..
Dark Future was their LP released in 1995 and I get it recorded on above mentioned tape.. even later I get some more stuff from them this one remains somehow the best and the dearest release by them to me.. from the rest of their releases I remember that from some distos here in Croatia was available their split tape with Pau Etere which was benefit for ALF and for other I found out in times when I got internet access..
even they were short lived band they had decent discography which looks something like this:
Demo tape - 1993 (self released)
Undone 7" - 1994 (Stonehenge Records, Kleines Mädchen)
Undone / Shatter the Myth Split 7" - 1994 (Stonehenge Records, Kleines Mädchen, Autosatisfaction)
Dark Future LP - 1995 (Stonehenge Records, Kleines Mädchen)
Undone / Peu Être split tape (Opale, Le Brun Le Roux Corporation)
The Other Side 7" - 1996 (Stonehenge Records)

yesterday when I was investigating a little on the net about them, with the intention to make this post more interesting, I couldn't find much except almost the whole Dark Future on youtube but then I remembered of a great blog which I follow for already long time LA MORT D'UN(E) MODERNISTE and as I knew which kind of stuff are posted there think to myself, if I can find something about them I will find it there and of course I was right.. this guy made series of posts about french emotional hardcore punk and among others he have complete discography of Undone for download with covers, booklets and all the other interesting stuff included.. awesome.. so if you still didn't hear this great band and you are at least little bit into emotional hardcore (don't know why but even if you aren't into such kind of noise I'm sure you'll like it..) go and check it.. to me they are very interesting band and anytime I'm in the mood I'm coming back to them gladly even if today I listen something different music.. but how the old Croatian saying says - all that is punk, and that is the most important..


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PURA VIDA fest 26.-27.07.2017., Mochvara, Zagreb

today and tomorrow in club Mochvara in Zagreb.. entry is 30 kn for each day.. more info here..


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

NOISE & RESISTANCE festival 2017. - video

 

video is from subsite.hr.. go there and check some cool photos from festival..

Monday, July 24, 2017

some great fresh releases..

there was a ton of good releases this year definitely worth to empty your wallets, some older bands hit us with new recordings a bunch of new one which also deserve full attention, it's actually impossible to catch it up with all or at least with most of them.. but here are some that stuck into my eyes or ears, however you want, in last couple of months.. so let's go..


KONTATTO - Fino Alla Fine (LP)
few months after we were able to hear new single from Italian d-beat punk monsters Kontatto, in March this year they released full album which is available from Agipunk records on vinyl or on band's bandcamp in digital form..
it's their 3rd full length album and even if I like more the 1st two, this one continues the story just well and for sure is one of the best and to me personally one of the favorite releases this year..
there are even 1000 pieces of LP pressed and also there was limited edition of 100 copies (don't know if still available) on red/black splatter vinyl..

favorite tracks: Fino Alla Fine and Picci





MUTABO / VASTATION - split LP
okay this one is here in first row because of Mutabo, which slowly but for sure becoming one of my favorites when it's about some dark crusty stuff.. for Portland's Vastation I must admit didn't ever hear before but I made a quick check at the bandcamp and they are also pretty good band playing some kind of slightly death metal influenced brutal crust punk.. they even cover Nausea's Godless..
but let's go back to Mutabo, really extraordinary material by them 5 songs recorded in January this year and published on bandcamp under the name Omnia Mutantur.. there is something mystically, magically, mad max atmospheric and wild in their music, I can't describe it but check it for yourself, you won't regret it.. there are definitely visibly some influences of members ex bands such as Dažd, Nakot and Atomski Rat which was all great bands but this sound like you took all the best from mentioned ones and created this perfect form of dark and raw anarcho crust punk..
LP is released and available by Neanderthal Stench in Europe and Nero One records in the States..

favorite tracks: Levijatan and Belladonna




CRUTCHES - Såld (LP)
just after finishing their recent euro tour new album of this great d-beat crust maniacs from Sweden is released as a result of collaboration of even 10 worldwide distros: Romantic Disasters, Not Enough records, Breeding for Extinction, Mundo en Kaos records, Profane Existance, Phobia records, Distro-y records for LP, then Distro Rakkos and Mundo en Kaos for CD and Bullwhip records and Doombringer records for tape.. for now only LP is out and the cassettes and CDs are still in the pressing..
all together 11 new songs in already recognizable style by them, d-beat crust hardcore with anarcho colored lyrics, mostly songs are under 2 minutes and don't slow even a little so you maybe can get some picture about what is here about.. maybe just a little bit softer and less chaotic than on previous releases, but still they are one of my favorites of current active bands when it is about such kind of noise..
666 pieces of LP is released, 333 are on splatter vinyl, available from above mentioned records and distros or for more info visit Crutches blogspot..

favorite tracks: Burning Bridges and Guerra Social



VISIONS OF WAR / HELLKRUSHER - split 7"
okay, there is no need for my bragging about this one, 'cause you all know both bands and it's hard to say something new what still hasn't be said.. VOW side is recorded during 2016 in Sweden when they was having tour there and can be heard at bandcamp here: https://visionsofwar.bandcamp.com/album/split-7-with-hellkrusher.. and the Hellkrusher's side is recorded back then in 2012 and contains 2 still unpublished 'till now (I think) songs by them.. I didn't still heard their side, but will hopefully pick this little gem somewhere in closer future..
7" is released by Power it Up records and can be ordered on their site.. and you can read cool review of this release on Good Guys Go Grind blog..

favorite track by VOW: Mindslaughter





LEBENDEN TOTEN - Mind Parasites (LP)
Portland's Lebenden Toten give us headache and are playing with our nerves already some 15-16 years and through all this year they are the most interesting noise punk band to me personally..in few years back there wasn't any fresh releases by them and this year they hit us with 3, this one and also with "Static" released by Iron Lung records which is actually single 7" and with self released flexi 7" named "At The Window".. there are some changes in sound, they even added synth in some songs but it's still good old noise punk with echoed vocals, distorted guitar shredding enormous doze of noise, furious and loud bass (thing that I like the most on this release), actually everything we are already used to hear from them.. LP is self released by the band and I don't have idea where you can buy it here in Europe, I know that there were few copies on Insane Society distro but it's already sold out.. maybe the good solution is to buy the tape released by Voice from Inside Tapes which includes songs from all 3 releases (Static 7", Mind Parasites LP and At The Window flexi 7").. or if nothing else, you can hear it at youtube..

favorite tracks: Inferno and Mind Parasites







HIBERNATION - In the Years of Desolation
and for the end one upcoming release for which I am really looking forward to be released is from the mighty and legendary Greek metal crust punk band Hibernation or Χειμερία Νάρκη on Greek.. album is ready and will be published till the end of 2017, it means 14 years after releasing of their last album.. also they are currently active back again with live shows and are preparing mini euro tour which will be held in next couple of days..
don't know any more details about the record, its format, etc..., and for now there is only one song available on the net (last song of the album) called Chase of the Dream and you can listen it on the youtube..

Sunday, July 23, 2017

MONTEPARADISO festival 03.-05.08.2017., Pula (Croatia)



THURSDAY, 03.08.2017.

Stalag 13 (USA)
Know (USA)
The Mild (IT)
Sick Crap (HR)
3deutige Aussage (A)
Pestarzt (SRB)
Antidotum (PL)


FRIDAY, 04.08.2017.

Vasko Atanasoski (MK)
Aimless Arrow (HR)
Absorber (AT)
Vitamin X (NL)
Open Wounds (NL)
Breakout (FR)
Obscene Revenge (IT)


SATURDAY, 05.08.2017. 

Herida Profunda (PL/UK)
Fonija (MK)
Beton (SK)
A New Scar (IT)
Choix (RUS)
Doom (UK)
Oi Polloi (UK)






The 25th Monteparadiso Hardcore Punk Festival
03rd, 04th and 05th of August 2017
Social Center Rojc 
Pula, Croatia
Tickets: All three days 200kn, one day 100kn


Saturday, July 22, 2017

NO SANCTUARY festival 27.-29.07.2017., Rijeka (Croatia)



THURSDAY;
16:00 Doors open
21:00 PRAKOPA
22:00 LOS REVOLUCIONARIOS
23:00 HYENA
00:00 ALTERED STATE
01:00 VEHEMENCE
02:00 WILT
03:00 APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT

FRIDAY;
18:00 Doors open
20:00 NINE ELEVEN
21:00 GERANIUM
22:00 VOIDFILLER
23:00 HARD CHARGER
00:00 SWORDWIELDER
01:00 HIBERNATION
02:00 KRIEGSZITTERN
03:00 ĐORNATA
04:00 MESSA

SATURDAY;
18:00 Doors open
20:00 EVIL WARRIORS
21:00 PROSLOV
22:00 VISIONS OF WAR
23:00 HORROR VACUI
00:00 ELECTROZOMBIES
01:00 ALEMENT
02:00 HAEMOPHAGUS
03:00 LAUTSTÜRMER
04:00 OKUS



Presale is closed some days ago, but there is NO LIMIT at the doors. Everyone still can catch their tickets at the doors.

Weekend Ticket (3 days) // 30 Euro
2 Day Ticket // 25 Euro
1 Day Ticket // 20 Euro

Thursday, July 13, 2017

upcoming gigs in Ljubljana, Slovenia


while other punks are on summer breaks R.A.F.A.L. crew don't show any intentions to stop doing great gigs during this month.. that's definitely positive, because it's great when you are able to go on "ordinary" gig during this summer madness when everyone are on some festivals or somewhere on the coast.. here are 3 gigs really worthy to visit Ljubljana in next few weeks if you can..


Thursday, July 6, 2017

HIBERNATION mini tour July 2017





26.07. - Karditsa, Greece

27.07. - Sofia, Bulgaria

28.07. - Rijeka, Croatia

30.07. - Vergina, Greece





Wednesday, July 5, 2017

LEBENDEN TOTEN live @ Gromka, Ljubljana 26.06.2017. - video

aaarghh!!.. 35 min of pure noise punk destruction.. prepare your ears, brain and nerves and play it fckn loud!.. masive thanx goes again to rafal crew which are recording all their gigs lately and give to all of us who wasn't there an opportunity to see and feel at least little bit of atmosphere.. there's also video of Đornata who were playing that night as local support and were awesome as well so check it out..

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

upcoming gig in Novi Marof, Croatia







when?..........17.07.2017., Monday
where?.........Stara škola, N. Marof
who?............EAGLEHASLANDED screamo emo violence, Ser
                    MALIŠA BAHAT screamo hc, Cro
                    RADOST-STRADANJE hc punk, Ser
entrance?.....20 kn
                 







"Na ovaj vrući ljetni ponedjeljak, u sklopu svoje europske turneje, u goste nam dolaze prijatelji iz Srbije, direktno iz Županje sa SAWA festa, u pohodu na zapadnu Europu i Fluff Fest, uz podršku lokalnih screamo snaga:

EAGLEHASLANDED (St. Petersburg / Beograd)

Dobro nam poznati street screamo trojac na još jednoj u nizu europskih turneja. Karakterizira ih unikatan intenzivan emoviolence zvuk s neocrust elementima, genijalno sročenim riffovima i ludim 8-bit introima. Ninja kornjače, ukleta predgrađa, pizza i video game soundtrackovi.

http://eaglehaslanded.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/eaglehaslandedsuburbians/

RADOST-STRADANJE (Beograd)

Novi bend s članovima Eaglehaslanded i Wrong Way Kids ekipe na svojoj prvoj europskoj turneji. Mračni, brzi i nadrkani hardcore punk s vrištećim vokalom punim gnjeva i depresije, a ne srame se ni screamo utjecaja i blastbeatova.

http://lifeasadreamrecords.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-1

MALIŠA BAHAT (Koprivnica / Varaždin)

Zna se da Eaglehaslanded gig u Hrvatskoj ne prolazi bez nas... Sanjin, Žmer, Crni i Geč. Melankolično-agresivni screamo, balans patnje i mržnje.

http://malisabahat.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/malisabahatscreamo/


Upad: minimalna donacija 20 kuna
Vrata: 20:00
Početak: 20:30

*** S obzirom da je radni dan, koncert počinje na vrijeme jer moramo biti gotovi do 23:00, pa budite točni. ***


PREKO ZIDOVA NACIONALIZMA I RATA"

Monday, June 26, 2017

D-SAGAWA live @ Gross Outlet, Alston, Massachusetts 11.03.2016 - video






I like when in the sea of similar and sometimes boring d-beat bands I found such gem as this one is.. D-Sagawa are d-beat crust band from Boston, Massachusetts, don't know much about them except they have great demo "I Want to Die Suffering" released in 2016, also on their bandcamp you can listen a new single from upcoming release which also sound great..
even on demo they sound something darker, maybe I'm insane but I swear I hear some black metal influences there, but on few live videos that I found on youtube they deliver pure d-beat, straight into your face and heavy as hell.. just when I thought that perfect d-beat band doesn't exist I found this, well maybe...
also found one nice review and could't agree more with it hehe, go read it here: https://someweirdsinrecords.com/2016/06/28/a-review-of-d-sagawas-i-want-to-die-suffering/


Monday, June 19, 2017

BUKA I OTPOR festival 6. - 8. July 2017, Zagreb


Petak/Friday 7.7.
20.00 – 20.30 Gemišt
20.45. – 21.30 Vohees
21.45 – 22.30 Negative slug
22.30 – 23.15 Bednja
23.30 – 0.15 Pakt
0.30 – 1.00 Left to starve
1.15 – 1.45 Human host body


Subota/Saturday 8.7.
20.00 – 20.30 Vepar
21.00 – 21.30 Aligrindtor
21.45 – 22.15 Proslov
22.30 – 23.15 Mutabo
23.30 – 0.15 Đornata
0.30 – 1.15 Bezdan
1.30 – 02.00 Ekebuba

*we are open from thursday, but bands will play on friday/saturday
** possible changes will maybe occour as well




Monday, June 12, 2017

NUCLEAR ALTAR - Mankind in Decline (tape) [2017]

just few weeks after publishing Nuclear Altar's second demo online on bandcamp I got it by the post mail in its officially release form as a tape.. even though I listened this monster countless times before I got the tape, now the whole feeling is somehow better and complete..
demo was recorded in April this year and the best thing about it is the way it was recorded, apparently on just one microphone and at once and the whole material sounds in that good old primitive and raw way which is the thing that I miss the most on current recordings of nowadays hc punk and crust bands.. and when you see cover which is made in cut and paste style the whole thing just radiates real diy spirit..
there are all together 14 tracks (including some already heard on 1st demo and Dislike, Hellkrusher and U.B.R. covers) in something different sound as it was on "Blessed Ruins".. well I could easily write a book about bands from Požega changing their sound and members so that's the case here as well.. some time after releasing the 1st demo Neno left the band so Gera (previously on bass) take the drums and Nani (ex Fight Back, Hellback...) joined the band as a new vocalist, and Kktz this time sticks to guitar most of the time, doing just some back vocals in few tracks.. of course all that affected on a new sound, as well in speed (new drummer) and in something different guitar sound and riffs similar as in guitarist's other crust/black metal project Gutterskull and of course a new vocals which are now female.. but despite all that they managed to keep this darkness and filth which this band was recognizable for before and to deliver us some serious doze of great raw hardcore punk, still in d-beat style maybe with some more metal/doom influences, all played in old school way without any unnecessary complications.. so few songs are something slower as usual like Infernal Disappearance, Mankind in Decline, Slavonian Funeral, but there are also some real d-beat attacks which are my favorites like Constant Distruction, Legacies of Death, End of Illusion and Ghostblood Rituals.. from other I would like to point out the Dislike cover Victims of Progress which is great and was one of my favorites songs of Dislike.. all lyrics are on English written by Kktz in already familiar minimalistic but strong and powerful style and dark and full of despair tone, and are spited out through angry Nani's vocals..
in short, if you want to know how the apocalypse would sound from it's crushing and devastating beginning to slow and agonized end and death of mankind and nature - listen to this..
beside really nice artwork, xerox cover consists of band pictures and lyrics, all songs are recorded on both side of the tape, also you get sticker with it and the whole thing is released in only 80 pieces so hurry up if you wanna get yourself a copy.. it's available from Olden Sonorities distro for 20 kn / 3 euros..