Sunday, June 26, 2011

SLAM COKE First Cookie REVIEW!!



Who would have thought that GOOD LIFE would release this like 15 years back? Or even 4 years back? I wouldn't but these are the mysterious ways of evolution. Although I'm not 100% surprised, because Good Life was and will always push the boundaries of Hardcore and search it's frontiers of what's hot and what's not in Hardcore. That's what's also called pioneering. But is this still hardcore? Or is it vegan-dub step, vegan reggae and doesn't it concur to Hardcore at all?
Well, we need to look to it from another point of view, throw away the musical standards or templates. Nowadays you need to look deeper and know the background of a band. Because it's no longer a musical style but a way of living! The musical style and the life-style of a band seem to have polarized nowadays. So far away from each other that the one doesn't recognize the other!
Yep, that's it polarization and abstraction of the genre. Anyway, I as an elaborated listener of Hardcore, do like the dub step and the reggae they play! There, I said it! Although I hate those genres when they aren't played by SLAM COKE! So am I a traitor to the genre or not real? I guess not, because it's the image or lifestyle that's making everything nowadays even the sound!

I dare even say more! Slam Coke is the only band that dare to make a mix and thereby make a synthesis what lives in the underground. Another thing is that when I went to festivals in the late 90's I was dancing on drum and bass all the time, while I actually was a Hardcore kid! So why would I say it's wrong?
That being said you now know that there are unpleasant surprises on this one for Hardcore purists!

Also the down-beated "Hardcore" they play is rooted in grind, hip hop and has the precision of electric or automatic music! While it breeds a feeling of death around it... Nice conceptual touch? Maybe this is what Converge would sound like if they wanted to play beat down?

To me it's like a gift from above, or the record I waited on for years!

POLL: H8000 Downloads Wanted?

Anyway should I be the bad guy and do downloads in order to keep the H8000 sound real and alive! Please answer the poll and leave a comment if you think necessary!

PRO Arguments:
  • People never heard the music I'm talking about.
  • Keeps people from playing their records, keeps them in good shape
  • Is a good introduction only
  • H8000 records are very rare and hard to find, few people own them
  • Yes, my band needs to be heard again
  • will keep it actual for a moment
  • FF Blogspot needs to deal with the competition of Stuck In The Past 
  • kills the need temporarily
  • ...
CON Arguments:
  • A download is crappy quality
  • Spoils the collecting fun
  • should be exclusive to the few owners
  • I want to release those records
  • people need to wait and be patient
  • people need to look for themselves
  • ...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

ODK Crew 7" limited editions (H8000)

The funny thing about this one is that I own this one since it came out (must be around 12 to 13 years now) but I never knew or even suspected the existence of limited editions! The first one I discovered and bought was the cover with the vocalist Micha that is numbered out of 50 copies!
ODK crew 7 inch h8000 limited red cover edition micha  

But then I figured I had all versions of that sweet record of my hometown bros from ODK Crew. But while surfing the web I saw a BLUE version in a tradelist. So I immediately took action and proposed a trade. The guy needed to think about it for a rather long time but we agreed on a trade!

So it arrived in my mailbox just recently. Blue vinyl with the same vinyl labels as the black regular version and also the same cover.

But then as if that wasn't enough Edward Good Life suddenly listed a Blue version BUT now numbered on the B-side label with a stamp. That is still available here.

So here are the 2 BLUE versions:

ODK crew 7 inch oldschool versus newschool blue vinyl numbered not numbered versions frostbite records

This collecting experience is was of the most surprising one in my entire career; who would have thought ten years back that these even existed and that later on I'd have a complete collection of it...

Anyway to make thing even more interesting for you I have just ripped the song from the vinyl to MP3 format, so that the unknowing can have a taste of this one too. The band is actually a side project from 2 VITALITY members (Marc and Bob) and the drummer of CONGRESS (Ilja), while the vocalist (Micha) is a long time friend of Vitality and local ODK hero!
The project was started from the urge to play something less metal than the other bands they were in or even less metal than the trademark H8000 sound! Hence the name OLDSCHOOL vs NEWSCHOOL. I already made a post about that band here.

Listen to the ep on this video I've made:



When you read the lyrics you get a good scoop on how the ODK scene was constituted and organized! Here they are:


Sunday, June 19, 2011

V/A H8000 Volume 1: Alternate Cover

Collecting H8000 stuff seems to keep me surprised. A few years ago I posted the cover for the legendary and essential H8000 Compilation Volume 01. Well, I got in contact through facebook.com with a reader of my blog. He asked me a question about the cover of that compilation. He had one that he never saw on the web and I also I didn't suspect something important. But on the contrary, his Vol. 01 CD had a cover also I never seen before.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Near Complete LIAR collection!

I recently added a colored LIAR record to the near complete H8000 collection! And the most cool thing about my purchase was that it came from Hungary. The sleeve was pretty beaten up because the seller did not ship the vinyl separated from the jacket! But the vinyl is in pretty decent shape, so it was positive!

liar liar's hell lp burgundy vinyl color alveran recordd

Anyway if someone has a colored LIAR / SUNRISE split LP, I'd be open to a suggestion for trade!