Saturday, July 31, 2010

Embrace s/t And a 90's Benefit Compilation

A few weeks ago, when I was searching after NATIONS ON FIRE stuff on the bay, I found this compilation CD. I already knew it existed, because I saw it on the BLINDFOLD discography page on Discogs, but I thought I'd never come by a copy for sale.
When I read the item description I discovered this CD actually consists out of covers from the entire EMBRACE s/t LP from DISCHORD Records! I knew that LP already because I was recommended it from a nice poster on this blog, but never heard it before. And didn't know that this compilation and the EMBRACE LP actually were connected to each other.

Thanks to buying this CD, listening to it, and liking it, I came to wanting to hear how these songs sounded originally. And since it would be a nice addition to my colored DISCHORD reissues collection. I needed no more arguments to finally buy this LP. I knew where to get it but I never came to buying it before.

embrace LP dischord records red vinyl repress reissue ian mackaye

You can see that searching for records from BLINDFOLD and NATIONS ON FIRE and doing this blog can really be instructive. I totally liked this CD because it has a lot of other bands that I really needed to check out also:

various land of greed world of need CD trustkill watermark records benefit for the homeless

Also liking it because it came to me in almost new condition, no scratches or whatsoever. That's quite seldom for a infamous compilation CD from the 90's (1994 exactly).

I also saw the vinyl version of this compilation on ebay last week, but figured it wasn't really necessary to buy it (it was in the USA). As you can see this was released by TRUSTKILL and was a homeless benefit compilation.


For those who never heard about EMBRACE; it is Ian MacKaye from MINOR THREAT who is doing the vocals. If you want to find out more about it go check their page on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace_%28American_band%29

If you also want this LP, the seller has some copies left: fill in this item number in your ebay search-bar: 400136612131

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NASTY 'Give A Shit' Review


NASTY proofs with this album to be the guardian of ethics and good behavior of those who still believe in real hardcore and live the life. With their second opening song called "Second Life" they give in their own blatant way a sharp critic on those who are living the life but are afraid to live it openly. Being true is the basic condition, but not enough, you have to come out for it and express yourself with no fear or shame. That being said they analyze their own music as a mean of coming together and finding points of coherence amongst fans.
Ice Age is an expression of a feeling of hardcore elders that kids really need to take notice of and even try to comprehend. Namely the feeling of cold, distance and horror reality of modern social contacts. Things aren't as they were like in the teenage years when there was more brotherhood and sisterhood amongst each other. NASTY shoots out to preserve or restore the warmth amongst brothers and sisters. Another aspect of modernity is that violence seems to be the only mean of leaving something behind or making a statement nowadays. But NASTY realizes this and has heart enough to make a kind statement and as it goes, this gets misunderstood. That's what the song and maybe even NASTY is all about. I mean don't you think of NASTY as a violent group of individuals who teach violence to the kids? No, this is just wrong!!
"F*ck It" is a simple but correct view upon our system. 'Babylonsystem', 'moneypulation' as they call it. They simply do not listen to this anymore, fuck it is their answer to false truths people get inflicted. They rather die than give in... And they want justice, asking themselves who has the spirit to stand up for justice. This is a call for all the hardcore kids and elders to do so in the song "Justice"! Another warning they give is that nowadays people get f*cked in the head. Rather than the false truths of the song "F*ck It" are the media, companies and even some individuals who have the power to indulge people to crazy stuff, to false remedies or cures or even believes for instance. NASTY say "do not swallow it, but spit it out instead!".

This being said I truly believe that this is a real hardcore record in true vein and spirit, add to this the necessary evolution of making the music harder and harder and you have a real impact-full statement that still cannot be ignored. Also the increase of parts with gang-vocals is a good evolution I think. I totally like this record and have listened to it many times and still do, because I hope that bands like NASTY are the future to come!! Give a shit and give me more bands like NASTY!!


This is released by GOOD LIFE RECORDINGS: find the album here

Check their myspace here

Check my first NASTY review on this blog here

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chapter I of AMENRA Evolution: SPINELESS

Time for another H8000 post, the posts I like making the most. The post contains an interesting history and evolution from Spineless (90's H8000) to AmenRa (1st decade of the 21st century). This post is the product of reflection and more than a day in writing it down and rewriting it again and again, erasing and adding stuff, looking for examples, evidence, etc. But finally it is here, enjoy!

Dedicated readers know that I have already made a post about Spineless. So they know that this is pre-AmenRa. I you haven't read it already look it up here.

Now that I have obtained the missing piece in my collection called "A Talk Between Me And The Stars", I need no further explanation to the relation between these 2 bands.
Because this full-length really is the gateway from their early work (the Painfields 7") to the nowadays band of Collin and Mondy; the legendary AmenRa (altough Mondy is not in Amenra anymore nowadays).
Therefore this full length is a crucial release for the local scene and sound. So, in this post I will do my best to give a to the point evolution and sonic history of the band in a nutshell, because I know you do not like lengthy texts. I will not say everything, but this is rather a guide for those who own these records. Merely hinting the deeper meaning.

SPINELESS "Painfields"

cover spineless painfields 7 inch sober mind records

This 7"/midCD was released by Hans of Sober Mind Records. Respect!
In sound: the music is vivid and has a lot of stir, fast mosh parts combined with metallic heaviness and brutal vocal delivery of Colio. A typical sound for the H8000 scene at its peak of expansion, also known as Edge-Metal.
In lyrics: also stereotypical to the H8000 scene. And this because they have the following subjects in the lyrics:
  • The song called "The Key" has lyrics about the scene they are in; a call for respect and a warning for their peers about some who pollute the community. They call the key 'UNITY' in this song. And stress the fact that the X stands for respect in their scene.
  • "Painfields" is about the perception Colin has of the suffering that surround us all in the society we live in, by taking and killing animal life.
  • The next song, called "Human Disgrace" is more philosophical; an attitude that typifies every H8000 kid; criticism and hate towards religion.
  • But also the existential emotion of solitude and about the individual journey of life, aware of darkness and death that crosses everybody's path is described in the last song. Related is "Eclips Of Hate", a very important and almost visionary song for the lyric-writer himself.
The conclusion is that with this 7" they do not make a groundbreaking or pioneering piece of hardcore like their predecessors LIAR and CONGRESS, but still very worthy of being in the H8000 hall of fame, because they play the edge-metal well and are true to the core of the sound.



SPINELESS "A Talk Between Me And The Stars"

cover spineless a talk between me and the stars CD sober mind records
After the 7", they recorded their one and only full-length called "A Talk Between Me And the Stars". It came out on CD as well on colored vinyl, and was also released by Hans Sober Mind.

If have to be careful in describing this one, because it is a subtle change that they made in writing their music. Despite this subtle change they stay true to the genre. Doing this is hard but they succeed very well. The transition lies in the following points:
  • The music becomes more down-tempo and therefore heavier sounding, they slow down their pace.
  • The voice becomes more screamy.
  • The themes of their lyrics also evolve from outer/social perceptions to perceptions of the inner-self. With a high sensitivity for and awareness of suffering and adversity.
  • The two last songs of the Spineless 7", "Human Disgrace" and "Eclipse Of Hate" are also on this full length. They are both rather about the inner-self…and therefore fittingly on this record. Another related song and about an event very influential for their later work is the song "Afraid To Live"
  • The song 'Worromot Yadot' is instrumental, but not entirely, there are numerous screams that echo endlessly… With this track AmenRa was born!

I'm not saying that SPINELESS and AMENRA are uniform, but there are elements that started with "Painfields", continued with "A Talk Between Me And The Stars" and that these elements return in every later release made by these guys. Also not saying that the evolution is entirely linear, as in the tempo slowing down, but when you hear "A Talk Between Me And The Stars" you can surely hear that the band became ripe and that they became able to make a change within the H8000 hardcore blend and got innovative.

So LIAR and CONGRESS made the edge-metal great, later SPINELESS adapted this sound in their beginnings, to then make something unique after the 90's. In this Spineless full length is the embryo of that change. Disciples became masters, to start something of their own. And continue to keep the West-Flanders underground music scene innovative and evolving.




LINKS:

You can hear some songs on the infamous SPINELESS myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/spinelessh8000

AmenRa has a website and a myspace:
http://www.churchofra.com/

http://www.myspace.com/amenra

You can buy Amenra music and clothing at Hardcore.gl:
http://www.hardcore.gl/en/products/music/bands/amenra.htm

And you can find the legendary blog of Hans Sober Mind/Liar here (if you haven't already):
http://h8000central.blogspot.com


Notes:

  1. The LP has a different cover than the CD
  2. The 7" cover is the same as the midCD cover
  3. The cover art of the full-length CD shown here is courtesy of Matthieu Claus
  4. I'm not going to provide a download of this, this is illegal. And is not respectful for the band nor the label. So DO NOT REQUEST A DOWNLOAD. Search for this LP or CD your entire life; you won't regret you did it once you have found it! I have done one download once and nobody gave reply to the band nor label nor me, so why the hell would I do this again?
  5. You can discuss what I'm saying in the comments, I'm not saying that my truth is a holy truth.
  6. Note that I never heard the demo so I can't include this in the evolution, but I do start from the "Painfields" 7".

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Coming Up

A few weeks ago I went back on a vegetarian diet and I'm loving it! Then I read John Joseph's new book "Meat Is For Pussies" and I was even more glad that I'm back on track... Ok, enough said about that. This post is to make clear what's coming up on this blog:

  1. SPINELESS Full length review and a small positioning of the release between the Painfields 7" and the contemporary work (Amen Ra)
  2. I have a Bridge Nine testpress, so I will definitely try my best to say my opinion about the release and it's historicity, but I'm saying to much already
  3. Another 8000 crew post: NATIONS ON FIRE. I scored some crucial records of the band.
  4. Modern European hardcore in the spotlight also: NASTY's new full length
  5. And maybe some record collection outtakes, but that's not a 100% sure
I would also like to make a few more interviews with important people from the (H)8000 scene, but since I do not have that many contacts it's hard for me to realize this. If you've got connections, hook me up please...

Thanks for reading and following my blog, I appreciate it and surely hope you appreciate my effort vice versa!

So stay tuned

Sincere Greetings
-FF

Sunday, July 4, 2010

TRAPPED UNDER ICE demo 2007 Collection

trapped under ice demo 2007 colors blue clear vinyl flatspot records 1st press
This is a good one! TRAPPED UNDER ICE in their primary state of mind and according music.

The isolation that follows out of modern society and coldness that's left behind when you loose someone dear in life is perceived an described very well by Justice: you get the feeling that everything you love is slipping away, you feel fear and solitude, you pay for mistakes even for those you did not commend, you are left behind; you get trapped under ice. When your only mean is to witness all this by sinking into self-reflection. Also by the aggression you feel. You cannot love or give love yourself anymore, you have learned to stay cold...

This is the summary of what the 2007 demo of Trapped Under Ice is all about. You can perfectly understand that this precedes the Stay Cold 7". A natural evolution that many hardcore kids can identify with and therefore so popular nowadays.

Musically this is also very hardcore: slow beat down parts, merciless breakdowns, an aggressive style that seems forgotten now and then in this decade. Trapped Under Ice play it still and can be called the best band when it comes to true hardcore in this decade I believe!

It is the underground label FLATSPOT RECORDS who released this demo on vinyl and pressed it on 2 colors for the first press and a black version for the second press:

CLEAR = /400
BLUE = /100 from which 50 with a record release cover

BLACK = second press out of 1000

Visit the site of FLATSPOT RECORDS here!