Sunday, February 24, 2013

Unloading Some RWHAF On eBay!

Currently I'm selling some awesome records from my sprawling private collection. It are doubles I have. And I want some cash. So why not make a buyer, a seller, eBay and the postal services happy by selling them.
It concerns some New York Hardcore, like Madball, Supertouch, Outburst, Breakdown and Raw Deal stuff.

But more importantly I'm also unloading some early European Hardcore records for the first time on eBay. I'm talking about Profound, Rise Above originals. And also about a book giving us some history on that scene from 1982 to 2007.


Thanks for looking and have succes in getting them!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hands Upon Salvation REVIEW

Hands Upon Salvation came together in 1998 and were originally called Destruct. They already had experience gained by playing in earlier bands like Diphterium Hate and Scumbag. It was in early 2002 after lots of line-up changes that they changed their name to Hands Upon Salvation. Later the band recorded their first recordings in 2003 in Avila Studio’s and called it “Celebrate The Newborn”. This became a mini and was originally released by Diorama Records in their own country Indonesia.

These songs were re-released not less than 4 times by different labels from over entire Asia. More precisely in Malaysia, Japan and again in Indonesia over a span of 3 years. On low-budget CDr’s and also on a very collectible (out of 100) cassette and lastly in 2010 as professionally manufactured CD, enhanced with video-material and two later recorded songs from 2006 were also added.

2010 Reissue of  "CELEBRATE THE NEWBORN"
DIY Promotional Poster 

There was a huge time-gap between the 'Celebrate-sessions' and the recent 'Entity-sessions', namely eight years and that's something you can hear. Musically there’s in my opinion a significant difference between those sessions.

“Celebrate The Newborn” sounds very evil. No need to be afraid of using the term Death-metal as influence. Fast-paced Death-core parts with slower and more brutal parts. Heavy and totally awesome stuff. Blistering intro’s bring stir and do not weaken in the flow of the song. Powerful vocals, brutal  and evil screams. Those are the spicy ingredients of their work. I really advise you to collect or search for that release, it’s sincerely majestic evil metalcore.

While “Entity” sound more melodic and less angry. That’s in my opinion the difference between. Facts are that Entity was recorded over the span of one year with intensive revising, mixing and mastering. The result is a more polished, less angry and more mature release. It also has a thrilling intro called "Monolimperium". Also some songs earlier songs were reused for this release.

“Entity” is still available from the band or from the label; HELLAVILLA Records. And was recorded in Studio Kua Etnika at the south of Yogykarta.

Next up are a discography of the band and if wanted an in depth analysis of the lyrical part of "Entity"...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Indonesian Hardcore Introduction

This post is about the INDONESIAN hardcore scene. You might have never heard or cared about them because of the geographic, cultural and economic distance between Indonesia and the Western countries. Don’t be mistaken, there is a flourishing scene over there. And this post is meant to give a look upon that Indonesian scene.

Dutch map of INDONESIA and surrounding countries (Click on it for bigger view)
Let’s start getting a broader view of that scene by listening to and analysing the INDONESIAN “Hardcore Punk Attakk” compilation CD released by ONE VOICE ASIA RECORDS from Singapore. Obviously releasing on vinyl is a Western thing and too exclusive over there...

Because Hand Upon Salvation was the first band from over there that I heard, I actually got and gave in this post a narrow and deformed view upon that scene. When listening to this CD I come to know that it’s actually not all metalcore over there. On the contrary, almost all of the featured bands play a more old-school punk style of hardcore. HUS is actually one of the few metallic band on this compilation.
It’s actually also very cool to hear that there are also female singers in some of the featured bands. And also cool to hear that HUS is actually the flag-bearer of the more progressive metallic hardcore or new-school hardcore. They definitely stand apart and stand out. Also Donor Darah give a brutal metallic input to this release, Donor Darah is also one of the two bands that has lyrics in Indonesian language. All the other band have English lyrics. 

Coming to the lyrical part. I read a lot of criticism towards society over there; the poverty, the smoke clogged city-streets, the wars that happened in the region, greed of the few who ruled them all. But let’s not forget the more positive bands also, songs about unity, friendship, dedication to the core. The vegan and vegetarian lyrics, the straight-edge lyrics are all there.

In short, it is actually a melting pot of all kinds of hardcore. From old-school trashy core, to the metallic new-school and in between styles. And youth-crew styled bands also, vegan-straight-edge metal, in short every sub-genre you can think of. There are also skate-board crews etc.

The hardcore scenes are strictly limited to the urban zones of Indonesia, there's a huge difference between cities and rural areas. Mainly the Java Island which has most cities knows hardcore scenes. Java is the island with cities like Jakarta, Bandung, Yogjakarta, Malang,... Most bands on this compilation CD come from that island.

Bands featured on that compilation and label logo

Keep in mind that they need to do everything with less financial means than us. And are under the constant threat of earth-quakes, volcano's, heavy rains, etc... It all began a tad later over there also, so the hardcore scene still needs to be build out over there.

I did some searching on the web for you guys and I couldn't find one of the featured bands on the web unfortunately. But actually to my surprise all but that one are on the web. So there's actually a way to share to you this music because they have songs on myspace and some of them on facebook! Feel free to check it out for your self:

xReason To Diex:
Don't Look Back:
Donor Darah
Deadly Eye Candy: |
No More Victim Dead:
Hands Upon Salvation
The Jinxz
Battle For Freedom:
Voting Crew



Killed On Juarez

Paper Ganster

Straight Answer

Reasons To Die

For closures I will quote Agus from Indonesia - who is the vocalist of Hands Upon Salvation - on the similarities and differences between Western and Indonesian Hardcore in all it's facets:

“As long as I remember, hardcore/ punk culture entered Indonesia in the late 80's, I remember reading some zines who are describing some bands who started to adopt hardcore/ punk/ metal in the late 80's in Jakarta, after that kids begin to play fast-short-loud-angry distorted music and the fire begins to spark everywhere in every major city in Indonesia after it. Especially on Java Island, most of them are producing many great bands with good and memorable releases. 
Hardcore scene, are mostly consist of young-mature-adult "kids" (age 15 to 35), most of the bands, people who run labels, people who are setting up shows, doing zines, etc are mostly from that variety of age. They came from many types of kids, rich, middle and poor classes, unemployed-students who are working daily, you can find many types of kids here. They come from every different background and are drawn into it for the love of the music, the network between, the spirits of friendship and all that.

DIY ethics? Most of people here are excelling in them here, doing shows, playing on tours, self-producing releases and everything like that. But you know, there are always two sides of everything, those who are close-minded and also those who open-minded in doing all their activities within the scene.

Indonesia is not really a rich 
country, so money always is the first problem we have to deal with in everything we do here. It’s easy to start a band, but it’s not easy to maintain the band, keep playing and this is happening on all types of activities whether you're playing in bands, setting up shows, producing releases, writing zines. I see many friends come and go, good bands break up before they even release something. Chances, experiences, knowledge, and networking is hard over here; maybe that’s what we need here to keep playing as good as we can. We know it will not be as easy like the first time we did it. But the love of the music and every passion in it will always be the first answer of what we do and why we do it, whether it’s only a year or more than a decade.

When it comes to any comparison with the original area from where this subculture comes (USA in the first place and also later Europe), Indonesia is a tiny area. But with interesting and growing scenes of distorted music. Maybe it’s time for fans of hardcore/punk/metal in everywhere they lived to open their ears for any distorted music coming from Indonesia”.       
As you can see they really want to get the word and music out. And apart from material and financial wealth it's not so different over there that here in our Western society. In my opinion, the huge difference is that surviving in Hardcore over in Indonesia is even more difficult than in USA and Europe. Due to the geological, cultural and financial problems they face everyday. You can say what you want but Hardcore is still a product of a welfare society as it originated in the States and many respect to those in Indonesia who manage to survive in Hardcore.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

NAYSAYER United Blood 2011 7 Inches

Last week I found and scored some records I was looking for quite a long time now. It concerns three different 7 inches of the band NAYSAYER. The first two were manufactured by their record label REAPER Records and are the most limited:

naysayer no remorse united blood stamp reaper records vinyl 7 inch
Grey vinyl with red UNITED BLOOD stamp out of 20 copies
There's something weird going on with the grey vinyl, it isn't mixed properly and results in a see-through effect:

see-through effect

Not held toward the light makes it also visible:

Grey vinyl

This one is an older release of the band, it's actually their debut. Dating from the year 2009. Grey was the pre-order color which obviously wasn't totally sold out. If not it wouldn't be possible to use 20 copies for a second pressing.

Next up is also a label made variant by using the pre-order color, white with regular sleeve and putting a stamp on it. In silver ink this time:

naysayer dbno down but not out united blood stamp record vinyl reaper
Naysayer "DBNO" UNITED BLOOD stamp 

Silver stamp close-up

And finally the same release "Down But Not Out" and vinyl color but with a different sleeve and also sold at the same fest in the same year. It's a cover above a cover. And is numbered out of 50 copies on the back. Have a gander at it:

naysayer down but not out dbno reaper records vinyl 7 inch vcu cover
VCU - cover

Numbered 21/50

Cover above cover
Glad I found them, they are totally rare and not purchasable through mailorder. So not so easy to find and to get...

Friday, February 1, 2013

Don't let it EXPIRE...

EXPIRE is one of my favorite contemporary bands. That's why I needed the LP and why not pick it up on Gold while it's still available. It seems that Bridge 9 firstly sold out the pre-order, which is logical. But less logical is that they then sold out the Clear version out of 1000 copies. Probably due to the high distributor-demand.

Also if you are in Belgium, be sure to check them out on 27th of February in Maaseik! They are in Australia now and also do Asia and the rest of Europe. It's actually the first time I post a link to tourdates:
Well, here you are and at your service...

Anyway it wouldn't be RWHAF if the post didn't have a record picture or two:

expire pendulum swings gold vinyl lp bridge nine 9 record
Gold vinyl, first press out of 700 copies

That gold looks amazing to say at least. Well, I already bought the CD version to listen to it a lot and also in my car. It not always fun to hear what is said in the lyrics, but in a way they seem to bring reality in a fun way. That's the art of hardcore I guess. Hard reality compensated by music and being with peers, bandmembers or being together in the moshpit, regardless of how many tattoos a person has. Or how old he is. Or regardless of what their hardcore activity is; passive supporter, active bandmember, label-owner, mailorder-guy or -girl, collector, blogger, zine writer, etc.