Friday, December 28, 2012

SUPERTOUCH Record Store Day 2012

Let's start this one of with a picture. Because this one is one you probably have never seen before. It was never for sale online, since the entire stock of the record went to GENERATION RECORDS STORE in NYC...

supertouch lost my way generation records rsd record store day vinyl 7 inch reaper records
Limited edition cover with black vinyl

It's a limited edition out of 70 copies only and is numbered on the back of the sleeve.

Back of the cover, made blue for this edition.

All the info is mentioned along on the sleeve. Hand numbered
So obviously I wasn't on vacation in NYC on Record Store Day. I traded to get it... And it came in the mail just today.

The person I got it from though, was in NYC when it was for sale at Generation Records on RSD 2012 and Supertouch was playing a free show in the basement of the building.

Wish I was there...

PS: Would be much cooler if the vinyl was the first press aqua blue with this cover. Would have fitted so perfectly!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

GRIM Band Q&A about the Demo 2012

The band GRIM is a four-piece that spawned from the melodic hardcore band REBUILD and the groove-oriented old-school band GET WISE. Three of them come out of the East of Belgium, Limburg, while the vocalist hails from the province Antwerp.

Listen to their 2012 demo on bandcamp:

A few Q&A’s to get to know this band better:
You guys only have a demo, when did you start jamming together and decided to record a demo?

In the momentary line-up we are rehearsing since April. If memory serves the first show we did was in May. We decided to record a demo in July, while it was put online in September and later on released by LIVE AND LEARN Records in November as cassette. The band copies are already sold out and the label has a few left.

Do you want to share any more details on how you got together and form band?

I met Gijs in de 4-day tour he did with his band Rebuild together with Conviction. We started talking and and discovered that we both wanted to start a heavier hardcore band. That’s when and where the idea sprouted. It didn’t take long to start jamming together, after I asked Stef form Get Wise and Trapped Inside to drum in heavier band also. There-after we found a bass-player after searching a while.  It was Dirk and with his joining we started writing the Demo.

Cool! To which bands do you guys look up to? And what do you consider to be influential on the sound you deliver?

I think it’s safe to say that FOUNDATION’s very important especially to Gijs. But also the more recent bands like EXPIRE and SOUL SEARCH are inspiring to what we did in the beginning. Later on we wanted to add more metal to the sound and bands like SEPULTURA, OBITUARY and LEEWAY gained more influence. 

That’s a very clear view upon your creation! With a lot of self-knowledge too. But now on to the lyrical part. Very dark lyrics. Is it to write down what you think and to get it of your back?

I write down what darkness I feel and this is fitted with the music we make.

I also feel the harsh character and self-punishing way of your thoughts. Especially in the songs “(I Have A) Deathwish”. But also a lot on the suicidal trip in the song “Catharsis” and in the artwork, the noose and all.

The majority of the lyrics deal with the search for happiness and the fact that it’s not able to be found. I feel the urge to seek appreciation with other fueled by self-hate and that seems to scare people away. The feeling of giving for others and not being cared for in return, although not with the same intensity.

Personally I totally dig this band, I can relate to the lyrics a lot. And the music is a very good delivery of well-placed breakdowns here and there and ideal-paced pounding of drums and riffs. That's why I posted this here.

Note: The questions were asked by FF by email and answered by Kristof the vocalist!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

RISE AND FALL Discography Project

Some people ask me to write down my knowledge concerning the RISE AND FALL discography. Well here they have it. Also for others accessible if interested. 

Again I repeat, this is not the completest nor is it the truest discography online. But it's what I know and are certain about it solely. 

If you have proof it's wrong you can also contact me and I'll correct or adjust it.

Demotape 2003

first press (blank tape)
second press (company tape)

Demo 7inch (pressed 2010)

Control Records
/16 black wax / white labels / numbered / testpressing.
/100 red wax / numbered / mailorder.
/400 black wax
/1 red-black split wax
/3 red-black swirl wax

Hellmouth LP

Anger Management Pressing (2004)

Deathwish Pressing (2011 Reissue)
Solid Orange /756
Clear Gold /330

Into Oblivion LP

Reflections Records (2005)
Red with Black Splatter
Sleeve Misprint (rarest version)

Deathwish Inc. (2010 Reissue)
/309 White with Silver Splatter
/719 White with Silver swirl

Clawing 7inch

Deathwish Inc. (2007)
0 Testpresses
/30 Vellum Cover, pink vinyl (sold on mini-tour in USA)
/300 Blue / Pink 
/850 Blue
/820 Pink

Our Circle Is Viscious LP

Deathwish Inc.

  • FIRST PRESS (2009)

/50 Record Release (Handnumbered on dustsleeve; vinyl is White with Bronze Splatter)
/50 Tour press (dustsleeve is DJ sleeve, made for US tour, came with stickers and vinyl is White with Bronze Splatter)
/50 White with Bronze Splatter
/300 White/Bronze Mix
/700 Yellow/Bronze Mix
/1000 Black/Bronze Mix

  • SECOND PRESS (2010)

/1029 Bronze 

Deceiver b/w Sinking In Sin 7inch

Deathwish Inc. (2011)
/330 Clear
/770 Grey
/1100 White

Faith LP

Deathwish Inc. (2012)
/750 Water
/750 Air
/750 Fire
/750 Earth
/80 Record Release Show edition, handnumbered and came with Where It Ends Zine

Friday, December 21, 2012

LENGTH OF TIME - Let The World With The Sun Go Down

If you are reading this today and the world is still spinning then those Mayans had it wrong with their calendar, but no worries since many more foresee the end of the world soon. LENGTH OF TIME is one of  those bands that will greet the end of the world with open arms.
Brussels finest advocates of the Process church return with a new release. Let The World With The Sun Go Down is their latest album that was recently released through GSR music. After a long time of inactivity Kirby and his crew of unholy warriors return with a brand new album. The last thing we heard from LENGTH OF TIME was in 2010 when they released a few songs on the split with SANTA KARLA on Thirty Days Of Night Records. Both of those tracks appear on this new album so this actually is a new album with only four new tracks on it. For having to wait almost ten years on new work from LENGTH OF TIME, four new tracks is a bit of a dissapointment then.

length of time let the world with the sun go down lp vinyl gsr records
Robert DeGrimston is ready for December 21st. 

It took a long time to get LENGTH OF TIME back together to record this album since vocalist Ross spend most of his time traveling between Belgium and Brazil so pinning him down to record or even perform live was one hell of a task while guitarplayer and creative mastermind behing the band Kirby was occupied with numerous other projects such as GOATCLOAKS, BROKEN CLOWN, ARKANGEL and his own record store in Belgium's capital city. Luckily for all their fans they decided to show the world how it needs to be done so the return of LOT was imminent.

Basic artwork for the back of the album sleeve
The new album was released through their cooperation with the GSR music record label and was released in a CD version and an LP. Since we at RWHAF are vinylfreaks it's time to take a closer look at the vinyl release of Let The World With The Sun Go Down. This time Theo GSR and LOT went for a picture disc with the new album and for me personal i find this a bit of a dissapointing choice. Sure the provided artwork comes out very nice with this kind of release but the choice for picture disc does mean a lower quality of sound in the end. And taking into consideration they could have put more effort into the artwork overall cause now the focus lays on the picture disc on it's own while the albumsleeve is left with a more or less minimalistic design. The front of the albumsleeve depicts Robert DeGrimston, cult leader of the Process Church, the much admired prophet of doom that gets idolised by Kirby and the band. The influence of this Process Church is allover nowadays with LOT, recently the band gave a live show for the release of the album at the Brussels venue Magasin 4 where the whole stage setup was heavily influenced and decorated with Process symbols, excerpts from DeGrimston's wrtitings and much more of those influences seem to have inspired this album than ever before. The back of the albumsleeve is pretty basic and just holds the necesarry info regarding the albumtracks, composition of the band and the label, all in a gothic font. A bit of a downside is the fact that this all you get, no extra's included such as a lyricsheet or other info on the band or even some pictures.

Dark and demonic as usual with LENGTH OF TIME
The record itself consists of two completely different albums, the A side is the new album Let The World With The Sun Go Down while the B side is a reissue of the 1997 demo We Choose The Violent Way. These demo tracks are a nice added value to this vinylrelease but the overall impression of this album is that you get two completely different sides of LOT with this release. While the new songs that appear on Let The World With The Sun Go Down have more of a metal ring to them, closer to Slayer than to a hardcore band,  a road that Kirby and fellow bandmembers have been following for quite a while now with their other projects, then the contrast with those demo recordings on We Choose The Violent Way make a huge difference. There we get to hear the LOT as we all got to know them in the '90's, a more hardcore oriented sound with metal influences.

Roman warriors overseeing the killing field
As said before the two sides of this release are very different and given the fact that this is a picture disc the sound quality is below par. Added to that quality loss you also get the demo tracks that were recorded on a tape recorder in the summer of 1997 that don't really help the overall quality here. The new tracks have been produced and mixed by their new bassplayer Jeremy Bezier of ENTHRONED fame, it still remains a bit messy in the end to my ears, combined with the picture disc sound quality this release won't be gift to audiophiles allover. Still after all those years it's great to hear the return of LENGTH OF TIME to the scene again in an era where hardcore and metal based music has become so uncreative and dull and more of a look than truly an attitude.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wir Sind Kampfbereit

I must admit I just bought this record because of the labels  involved. First off all Reaper is selling this album in their webstore on both colors as they did the vinylversion. The other label involved, GSR Music did the CD version and probably also the merchandise. GSR went strong this year with several good releases. So I gave it a chance and bought it.

I didn't even wanted to open it to hear or use the record. I thought it to be a bad choice in buying. But then I wanted to verify the color. And it seems to be sweet green vinyl. And the best thing was that there was a download coupon. So I downloaded that music and was able to save the vinyl from being played. And was very surprised because it actually is a very surprising and progressive record.

born from pain the new future lp vinyl gsr reaper records green

They actually used a keyboard to make the music in some songs, mixed with the usual instruments of Hardcore bands (electric guitars, drums, bass guitar). Might seems weird or experimental but the result is pretty awesome. I truly think it's their best record to date. The two bonus songs on it are hardcore power combined with the funkiness on Dubstep. Coolest result I've heard in a while...

But before these progressive songs with keyboard and mixing come a couple of pure hardcore songs on the tracklist. Also these are pretty solid hardcore. A bit 'modal' hardcore but I like that ofcourse. But then the electronic music infused song start of to give an atmospheric result.

Definitely worth to buy and ultra limited. Only 100 on black and 400 copies only on color. And comes with a beautiful lay-outed gatefold cover.

If this is the new musical future, count me in for it!

Friday, December 7, 2012

CRAWLSPACE Enter The Realm Of Chaos LP

I'm back again with more Belgian Hardcore pride. We hadn't have the opportunity to review the CRAWLSPACE LP yet. And with the new release on Good Life Recordings in the background, it's time to do that.

 "Enter The Realm Of Chaos" is one of those nasty releases on FINAL BEATDOWN Recordings, a sub-label of Good Life Recordings. This sub-label sprouted from Ed's visionary view way back in time. Amongst releases from E-Town Concrete, Breakdown, Trapped In Life and Stigmata we find this jewel of Crawlspace. As if Good Life felt the rise of beat-down influenced hardcore coming. And there's no denial that his vision has become reality now...

It's a fine tradition that the vinyl-pressing machines aren't cleaned out when switching colors at Good Life. So it seems that also for Final Beatdown this is the case. There are to my knowledge a Black and a White version. The common sense tells us there must be some  white / grey mix copies to. Well there are, here you see the proof of the GREY MARBLED transitional copies' existence.

crawlspace enter the realm of chaos lp final beatdown good life recordings
Grey marbled vinyl: transitional copy between Black and plain White
The artwork can be classified in the genre of death-metal and is done by the collectible artist Kris Verwimp who also did the artwork for Liar's first release. Looking at his delivery, a gifted artist.

Front Cover by Kris Verwimp

Back Cover also by Kris Verwimp
Listen to a couple of songs here, the first song "New Breed" is from the new album called 'Carved Into Flesh'. The others are from this release, from the split release with Full Court Press, and from their Mid-CD on Released Power Productions...

As the straight from hell scenery on the cover might suggest, this music is no traditional hardcore. Down beated parts are varied with fast death metal parts. Brutal vocals carve their way through this album. If you listen to the contemporary fully established beatdown bands you will realize that this was way ahead of it's time, pioneered their sound in the late nineties already...

Critically we must also add on a sidenote that the Hip Hop influence in contemporary beatdown, is nowhere to be found in this release though. But more the extremer metal, like grindcore and deathcore are used as influence on their sound...

So far the retro-review of this Limburg band. Hope you enjoyed it...