Friday, March 25, 2011

H8000 Family Massacre SHIRT

Records can make music if combined with a player. Well, shirts can speak encyclopedia's. That's why I also like them. So here's the scoop of what I'm thinking. 

In Europe we have this at the moment:



While thirty years back in the USA we had this:

Get what I mean?

If not please read my initial thoughts:

Black Flag was a band that is seen by many as the most influential punkrock band right on the edge of punkrock evolving into hardcore as we know it. Black Flag's "My War" album had that tip of aggression and psycho insanity edge that is defining Hardcore.
Well, now in Europe there is a band called Six Feet Ditch. They also play a style and have that kind of impact that is uncompromising and challenging to say at least. When listening to this beatdown influenced murdercore you quickly realize that this makes hardcore tremble on it foundations. And pushing it forward whether you like it or not.
If I talk about "aggression" you might also stretch this to it's ultimate form, murder. I believe they wouldn't actually take lives literally, but they do have the edge-spirit of murder. That means you get driven by something - in this case the music and smashing vocals of Peachy - and you take a direction you have no control over. Like some state of psychosis but then without the deeds in effect.
Anyway, SFD is not alone, many bands are with them. Bands like Nasty, Golden Bullet, No Second Chance, etc. Europe is now making hardcore harder and perfecting the sound of it and making that uncompromisable attitude sonic!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Blindfold TESTPRESSING !! (8000-crew essentials)

Couldn't resist to make this BLINDFOLD 8000 crew hardcore related post! Because I'm pretty stoked on having this gem. Am talking about a record from which the title says it all; "Sober Mind Meditation". Many people don't know about this record outside of Europe or even Belgium. People know about H8000 but few know about the phase that went before this, namely 8000 crew.

The record I'm willing to discuss is on Warehouse Records and this is a TESTPRESS of it! Can't believe I have this in my collection now. And do not know how many were pressed. As you can see, Edward wrote on both sides on the blank vinyl label, I recognize his handwriting and he is the one who ran that label!
blindfold sober mind meditation 7 inch test press 8000 crew warehouse records
A side "Sober Mind Meditation"

B-side "*Blindfold* testpressing"

For those who don't know, this is regular version:

blindfold sober mind meditation 7 inch blue vinyl warehouse records

As you can see, pressed on BLUE vinyl, as are all of these!

The first song is called "Fact", a classic that is also to be found on the Restrain The Thought LP.

... bind me to yet another necessity and turn the key another round further into slavery ...

The B-side has an exclusive track called "More Apparent Than Real". Although the Polish put it on the "Live In Simple Beauty" tape also. Fast and devotional, poetic guitars on the background! To the point and intelligent observations of people surrounding the 8000 crew. Things have never changed, BLINDFOLD nailed it in 1992 for the entire decade and things are still relevant up to now!

You try to make my ego grow while waiting to break.
Why should I take your hate and see it as love?
Why should I take your disrespect and see it as support?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Book about European SxE and B.O.A.F. Lp: EBAY

Since I am in possession of the limited to 14 pieces collectors-box of this interesting book and LP, I'm letting this double go.

This is one of the first books that was published to capture the European Straight-edge Hardcore scene. The LP-format book that is filled with live-pictures and well-written English texts about the matter. A document from the entire European sxe hc scene from 1982 to 2007, 25 years! Captured in 103 pages!

Bands featured are: Lärm, Rise Above, Wheel Of Progress (pre-LIAR), Nations On Fire, Blindfold, Feeding The Fire and many many more!

It also comes with the BIRDS OF A FEATHER Lp on ORANGE Color vinyl. This is the first pressing of the LP+BOOK package and this version is limited to only 131 copies. And was written by Marc Hanou and Jean-Paul Frijns. The Past The Present LP+BOOK was released by REFUSE RECORDS from Poland.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Announcement About This Blog

I'm currently moving my activities and efforts to cooperate for the H8000 BOOK. That means that my activity here will lessen, but since I've put my heart and soul in this blog it will stay online in the meanwhile.

It's also a question of time and money, cliché as this sounds it is a hard truth. I putted everything online for free and this took very much of my time and efforts but I got almost nothing back for it. People steal my pictures or my info's without saying a word and I'm getting sick of this internet bullshit. So that's why I decided to no longer put that much effort in it.

This is not my end but it's a new start for me and I'm quite excited about it. Things needed to change and have for the better! Also I've liked making H8000 posts the most, but it will now all be for the H8000 book, as I said before!

Anyway I've learned a lot by doing this blog, got to meet many people online. So I don't regret I did it, on the contrary. I repeat it will stay online so you can look everything up, there's enough content!

All The Best

Saturday, March 5, 2011

CHAIN OF STRENGTH: Has The Edge Gone Dull?

What a breathtaking record this is! I think this is the best late 80's to early 90's SxE album I've ever heard in my entire life. Lyrically they say everything a person into straight-edge thinks, feels and lives. While saying this they constantly hit the core of the matter without saying too many words. Simply amazing!

Final press on GREY WAX (april 2001, 440 made)

I used to have this album and ending up not listening to it for two reasons; getting it from iTunes as a gift was the first reason. I burned this on a CDr and the music just didn't appeal to me because of the very crappy format or music-bearer. The second reason was that later I got it on vinyl from a German collector and that I didn't want to play a colored Revelation classic.
But then I found a sealed black copy from the repress and decided to buy it, so that I could listen it decently! So it happened and it's as I said simply breathtaking, literally!

The record is as the insert says, actually a compilation LP from the two 7"s they released and an unreleased track called "Impact". And was put out for the first time in 1996 on GREEN and BLACK vinyl.

Don't know why but the A-side features the "What Holds Us Apart" 7" that was released on FOUNDATION RECORDS in 1990, while the B-side has the "True Till Death" 7" released on REVELATION RECORDS in 1989? Because it puzzles me why they put the second release first on the LP?

Also need to say that the WHUA 7" has a US pressing (Foundation Records #01) and a EU-pressing on FIRST STRIKE Records. Anyway no need to tell this because it is already made known by Kevin Finn on the Rev.txt page! Look it up here.

Also nice to view the records here on Dobek's blog!

That being known, I'm quite glad to have these songs on a proper format and package. The original eps are something for later I guess, waiting in line... I think I'd go for the True Till Death 7" first because these are the best songs of the LP, IMO.

I've really come to the understanding of "why" this is so desired by collectors now... Truly amazing!!