Saturday, 11 May 2019

3 Chord Propaganda

My band has released an album.
A wiser man than me has said it sounds like
Killing Joke meets Motorhead and the Cancer Bats.
It is free to download.

Your choice.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

April Punk/Hardcore releases


This is the stuff that caught my attention this month.
I found most of 'em all by trawling through Bandcamp
or blogs so you don't have to.


Pop punk/punk drive this album along nicely. Infectious
riffs and vocals hooks spew ear worms into your brain
while making you want to jump up and down.


Blistering hardcore/math-rock from Ithaca. Heavy,
blistering guitar work elevate this band heads and
shoulders above the cut'n'paste bands who seem to be
just going through the motions. This is the good shit.


Triple Deke dish up another slice of melodic skatepunk
with such ease and poise you have to wonder why they
have not become bigger than they already are.


Tongues of Fire are post-punk indie warriors who
wanna make your day start off with a bang. Great riffs
and songs with hooks that just slay.



Grindcore/hardcore/powerviolence - all tags that let
know that the ride ahead is going to be a wild one.
Heavy as fuck, this takes no prisoners.



These Japanese bruisers play hardcore with a rightous
power and sound. Add some screaming guitar solos
and all is right with the world.



Hardcore from Uruguay. That's all you really need to
know. Good Stuff.



Ear splitting, soul draining crust/hardcore from Fluoride.
Extreme music for extreme times.



Foxgrave play stupidly uplifting punk. Clean vocals
sit on top of punk'roll songs to fantastic effect.

Some of these bands are Name Your Own Price on
Bandcamp. Some are not. Get downloading.



Monday, 1 April 2019

March Punk and Hardcore releases

This is the stuff that caught my attention this month.
I found most of 'em all by trawling through Bandcamp
so you don't have to.



Noise rock blurring into hardcore make this a lovely
chaotic racket to listen to.



A screaming voice bursts from the speakers, telling
you that some fine post-hardcore is gonna get you
jumping up and down.



Some Polish hardcore coming your way. Dual vocals
give an interesting slant to things. Fuck knows what
they are saying but they sound pissed off.



Garage punk makes a rare appearance in my
collection but hey, I'm a sucker for shouty vocals with
surf guitar.



Punk and stoner mixed together to give you some
dirges to delight your soul.



Described as feminist punk, this evokes a feeling of
hope and fury all at once.



Punk'n'roll - speedy riffs of malice and chants.



Berlin street punks play short and sweet bursts of anger.



Punk hardcore with melody and power.



Melodic punk with kicking gang vocals.



Hardcore with hints of melody but always buried in
the ultra heavy riffs.

Support all these bands - all available from Bandcamp
 - many as Name Your Own price.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

BIL comp from 2013

I did this years ago but realised there is some banging tunes on it,
all available as a a free download. Help your self.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

February Punk/Hardcore releases on Bandcamp

This is not a random list of releases but albums on
Bandcamp that I have actually brought or been sent.


Hands down my favourite find of the month, Stiff
Richards play primal punk'n'roll, digging deep from
the rich well of riffs which was first mined by the MC5,
Stooges, Sonics etc but much faster. Pedal to the metal
tunes that want to make me jump up and down.



Adrenalized are having fun with melodic hardcore.
Controlled solos are sprayed around the tuneful, breakneck
riffs with gang vocals and plenty of power.



Let's go skate crazy with Sober Daze. Great crossover
punk being played with a sense of fun and purpose. Makes
me wish I still had my board.


Better Than Mending play cathartic post-hardcore which
sometimes can come across as another cut'n'paste band
but these guys bring real passion and honesty to the party.



Gamblers fuse raucous punk and hardcore riffing with big 
hooks to create something entirely their own. Very infectious
stuff here.



Anarcho-punk and spoken word combine to make The
Mighty Ur something rarely heard in my collection.
And it fucking works. Socio-political lyrics over the top
of what sounds like Stooges outtakes from "Funhouse"
are of course gonna sound very cool indeed.



The World is a Vampire delivers a serving of unsettled 
noisy goth punk. Add doses of 90's grunge and goth influence 
but create something truly nightmarish with it as they layer 
on bouts of vicious hardcore and moments of complete dementia.

Michigan's Cloud Rat absolutely stuns here with some of their 
best material. A gorgeous haunting piano and vocals track devolves 
into the swirling maelstrom that could only be Cloud Rat - 
blistering and dynamic grinding hardcore with Madison's pure venom on vocals.

 

Straight ahead, no fucking about hardcore that delivers
it's message in short, sharp, shocks.


Punk rock with catchy as hell choruses and gruff but tuneful
vocals. Anthemic riffs compete with solid song writing and
sometimes that's all you need.


Influenced by 80’s and 90’s punk rock waves and the 
skateboard lifestyle, Blowfuse crafts a style all its own, 
mixing the agressiveness of hardcore punk, the catchy
 melodies of 90’s punk rock, the powerful classic rock riffs, 
with acid and paranoic lyrics.

Mathcore and post-hardcore. Brutal with variation between clean
and chaos. I felt kinda worn out at the end but in a good way.


Noise rock and punk recorded live. Great sound, all yelping vocals
and angular riffs. Say hello to Metal Jeff!


Dr Ghost play anarcho-punk and crossover as if their lives
depend on it. Double bass drum madness drives these scorching
tunes to a frenetic conclusion that makes you press play
when the album ends.

Until next month ......farewell.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

January Punk/Hardcore on Bandcamp.




Amplify - Deadlines
Melodic Hardcore that  races along with Skate Punk solos
that are sprayed all over the tracks.


My Favourite Weapon - Welcome To Hell
Punk Rock with melody and passion.


Native World - Native World
Post-Punk with female vocals, ragged riffs that dip a toe into Math-Rock.


Egg - Sophia
Punk with tunes, buzzsaw guitar and world-weary lyrics.

Terra Mater - Holocene Extinction Parts I & II
Two epic tracks of Crust Punk and Hardcore. Never has a 
violin sounded so sinister.

A Restless Mind - Where The Gold Grows
Punk Metal - don't wanna call it metalcore because there is much
more light and shade than normal.

Muro - Ataque Hardcore Punk
Classic hardcore sound - heads down and just play really fast.

Please, Believe! - In Potential
Noise Rock that straddles the world of Punk and AmRep.

Ils - Pain Don't Hurt
Sludge and Noise make an ear bleeding mixture which is
pulled off very well.

When I say Jump - Separation Anxiety
Emo Hardcore that veers between anguish and violence.


Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg what has been released.
These are the ones I found and jumped up and down to.
I am right and you are wrong.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Disasteratti - Cerebal Hack Artist (2014)

Just played this and realised how fucking good it was!
This Minneapolis 3-piece are a noise/groove/attack rock band
that have produced an album of twisted beauty. 


Punk and noise-rock rarely sound as fucked up and beautiful
at the same time as this. Claustrophobic tension abounds on these
dark tracks of twisted mayhem which are solid with the weight of
delicate intensity that confronts the listener.

Song templates are ripped apart as the riffs thunder across expectations,
giving the impression of an out-of-control muscle car plowing through
a crowd of innocent bystanders. Disasteratti are quite clearly doing 
their own thing without any genre restrictions holding them back.

This is a chaotic but thoughtful noise being pulled together to give
the tracks their own identity - something sometimes missing from
other bands. There is a sparseness in some of the song arrangements
that give some breathing space which are helped by cleanish guitars
that slash and burn their way through the more melodic passages 
lodging in your head.

Highly recommended!

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Friday, 4 January 2019

Black Flag - Live '84




With tracks culled mainly from My War and Slip It In, 
this is a fiery document of a band kicking down any
preconceptions of how hardcore was supposed to sound.
I know that many people hold Damaged as their finest
hour but without taking anything away from that awesome
album, the next two were my personal highlights. Rollins was
sinking even deeper with his personal problems and this was
reflected in the lyrics and Greg Ginn was forging ahead with
his intense metal/jazz riffs and writing slower, longer songs
which just seemed to intensify the power and aggression. This
is a searing set with a band finding their peak.