Monday, December 1, 2014

RWHAF Is Done. But I'll Be Back!

To every reader, participant, lurker, lover and/or hater of the RWHAF-site. I wanted to thank you for the continuous support during the 8 years we have been firing posts upon the internet. We've done our bests to make of this site a reliable and quality source for information and purchasing, but as all good things come to an end, so has it happened with RWHAF.

I have the blueprint of another site in my head. And are taking courses for website development. Those educational sessions take time and skills also need time to develop. And then there comes the building period also. The current current site will just be adopted as a part of the bigger new site. At least those are the plans.

Anyway I'll quit posting here. And I can't tell the release date of the new site. As things are looking right now, it will at least take 9 months to have everything up and going again.

Thanks again and I hope to be back soon.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Surrounded Records #4: V/A Out Of Cages

Surrounded Records from Italy, Rome to be exact, was a label who focused on the truly Vegan Straight-Edge bands during the late 90's. The most well-known bands on this label were undoubtedly Strength Approach and Purification. I have several of their releases but not all. Will start with the first one I have (Surrounded #4) and continue to post up until their last (Surrounded #9).

The series of posts will be the following, according to those I have:

SR04 Various "Out Of Cages"
SR05 split Statement / Dim Mak
SR06 Dehumanize "Restore the Sacred Order Of Nature"
SR07 Dim-Mak "s/t"
SR08 Purification "Vessel Of Wrath"
SR09 Until Today "Hate Free"

Surrounded Records #4: V/A Out Of Cages

There were several benefit compilations made during the 90's. This one is one of the lesser known. And was exactly made to financially help imprisoned animal rights activists. Most likely for lawyers and such. When people were convinced that political correctness or making people conscious of these critical issues via zines, books, speeches, lectures and pamphlets aren't helpful enough. Or they were so angry about some practices of the meat-industry or multi-nationals, they did direct actions against them. Police arrested them and they got sued. That's the background as to why this record needed to be pressed and how it all came so far.

various artists out of cages benefit compilation surrounded records
V/A Out Of Cages benefit compilation

Technically about the label's work, I have to say the following. The title is very well chosen. People were imprisoned for trying to set imprisoned animals free. So they got the same fate as the species they tried to set free. Both parties now 'speak' out of their cages.

"One day people won't have to rescue animals from prison... only to end up there themselves"

Bands and songs featured on this compilation are:

A1 Insurrection "Higher Justice"
A2 Vengeance Of Gaia "The Myth"
B1 Rancor "Victim 206"
B2 Purification "Purified In Blood"

All but one sound pretty common to other vegan straight-edge bands, so you won't get wiser or be surprised when hearing these tracks. The one that stands out is the Rancor track. Have I already mentioned that band? They used a drum machine instead of a real drummer. The result is pure mayhem. Ultra fast drumming like you've never heard before. Actually in words that sounds stupid but when you'd hear it, you realize it's not that bad actually. With a little listening effort it fits right in.

Also some pink colored vinyl exists, I haven't got one, but there a mentioning with picture on the Discogs site. Seems suspicious, colored vinyl for a benefit compilation is unusual. Making collectible items is kind of a foresight one has. So that it survives the test of time and doesn't sink into oblivion.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wheel Of Progress "It's Alive" 7 inch

Wheel Of Progress was an important band that is considered to have produced the embryonic sound of edge-metal. That's a statement that can be defied by many authors of the history of Hardcore and Punk. This is why I choose not to oppress this statement but let you hear it for yourself.

The recordings were done in Brugge (Bruges) and the layout of their 7 inch was made by René Natzel who is now involved in Reaper Records. Also the vocalist of the band Rob Fransen is now the frontman of the metalcore band Born From Pain. Being both German and/or Dutch nationalities this shows us that Hardcore isn't something 'national' but operates international, with English as the key-language.

For sure there were H8000 alumni in the band also. The guitars were wielded by Josh, the drumming was done by Hans and the bass guitar was played by UxJx. Josh and UxJx came from Dreft, an outspoken doomy metal band and Hans from several other bands such as Rise Above, Shortsight and even (in the very beginning) Spirit Of Youth, which were Straight-edge Hardcore bands.

They have to say the following about it:

When the trend was set you got involved in again something different than the popular HC and SxE-HC sound you created with Rise Above. Because you played in a historical important band called Wheel Of Progress. What made you evolve from the traditional HC sound like Rise Above to the metal infused sound of Wheel Of Progress?We did only a couple of shows with this band, and I guess we got a record deal pretty easily because the sound/style was totally new and far away from the typical hardcore sound, it was basically a slower version of Liar/Congress and probably less technical…The Liar songs Blade & 2000 ad (Invictus) where Wheel Of Progress songs so was the Congress song ' Body Weeps' (Blackened Persistence). I guess the lyrical part was Rob's (Born From pain), it was pretty outspoken and militant edge, the hard metal crunch gave it an extra touch, we wanted to do something different and it worked out the way we wanted it. Most people didn't understand the style and kinda hated our guts for it, nobody could realize this was the beginning of a new style that is normal today as it is. We're talking '93-94. (Taken from my interview with Hans)

With WHEEL OF PROGRESS you guys definitely laid the foundations of your later 'invention' (edge-metal), do you recall what drove you into adding more metal to the sound? Why did you want to make it heavier and harder? Anything to do with the music you listened to? Or is t rather a personal urge you dealt with? Or a trend?Everyone in that band was really into metal but none of them had combined their HC attitude with metal-music. So I came up with those Slayer meets Ministry riffs, which Hans started drumming very basic. Rob (Born From Pain) had this really raw angry voice that fitted in, so we got ourselves a rather new sound for that time. While in WOP, UxJ and me also did Dreft, which was down-tuned death/doom metal. I didn't want to retune my guitar all the time (I only had one) so I kept the low-tuned sound. I listened mainly to bands from Paul Speckmann (Master, Abomination or Speckmann Project) and early Slayer or Morbid Angel back then. (Taken from my interview with Josh)
Although I hear that is was more the foundations of your other band LIAR. Correct?Yeah, sure was the foundation for Liar, extreme metal with a HC message. Although on 'Blackened Persistence' the song "Body Wheeps" got the once-over and was a WOP song... After WOP I quit Dreft too, I had enough of the metal attitude and wanted to start an interesting HC band. I was in a band called Burning Fight at the time, which also had Ilja on vocals (!). Their bassplayer quit so I asked UxJ to join. He said yes but didn't like the drummer, so Ilja switched from mike to drums and we had to find ourselves a singer to move on. (Taken from my interview with Josh)
Wheel Of Progress "It's Alive" 7 inch (1993)

The label who released this was from Canada, Rank And File Records. I guess the ep will never get repressed, but nobody can predict the course of events to come. And I also have no financial gain by putting this online. Educating the masses and introducing this landmark transition in Hardcore history to the next generation of kids is what it's all about.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

L.O.T "How Good The World Could Be Again" LP/CD

After the two great earlier releases; "Approach To The New World" and "Shame To This Weakness Modern World", Length Of Time made their most clear statement. Opinions about what is their 'most defining' or just 'best' release differ. I've heard compliments on all three in an equal amount. The spread of opinions works in their advantage. There's no general consensus.

I got into their work in 1998 with the release of their first LP. I wouldn't say that it was because the H8000 was declining that they got bigger, that's not it. Bands are dependent of circumstances beyond their power for sure. But that implicates that also the broader society and spirit of age play a role in a band's popularity. There was already a lot of criticism towards (Christian) religion started by the H8000 bands. Length Of Time took it to a more organized form with their Holy Terror embrace.

Length Of Time LP red vinyl how good the world could be
Length Of Time "How Good The World Could Be Again..." LP red vinyl

Also it was the last release on Good Life Recordings. I guess after working together for two full lengths and one 12 inch ep things between them and Good Life weren't that bad after all.

This sound is further away from their fast paced sound from their begin days. It slowed down. Also the Merauder-styled riffs combined with Life Of Agony melodic parts haunt you in the middle of the night. At the end of the record there's a neo-folk song.

What many people don't know is that there a limited digipack CD out there, that has an extra and rather long spoken word (not by the band) at the end of it. Also the lettering on this CD is glossy silver. Would have been cool if the vinyl cover also had gotten this treatment.

digipack CD with shiny silver lettering of front and back cover

I'm glad to own these two objects.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Absone / Primal Age - Split / Best Of Tape

Besides now writing for Records With History And Future, I do other stuff as well. I have a small label and this post is to promote my fourth release. It's a best of split release on cassette. Bands featured are Primal Age and Absone. It was released just a day ago. Read everything about it in the following post.

Absone / Primal Age - My Legacy / Eternal Struggle
The Best Of 17 Years XVX 90's Metalcore (And Still Going Strong)
BBMA04 - 1st Press/60 (15 Pre-Order, 45 Regular)
Out Now!

Primal Age were founded '97 in France, as a vegan straight edge metalcore band. After some compilation Songs and a full length in '99, they went on hiatus... But just to mainly focus on their side-project Absone (3, and later 4 of the 5 members were the same as in Primal Age). Under that name they released a split EP with Decontaminate and a killer LP entitled A Last Kiss Before, which came out on Sober Mind Records in Belgium and on x83x in Swiss, both awesome labels!
Unfortunately, in '04 (?) they got some serious beef with their drummer and so they decided to lay things to rest (what only few people know is, this happened right after a studio session! so there is a whole Absone LP out there, in "some box" according to them, that never saw the light of day... and probably never will - I really tried my best to convince them that I should hear it... not a chance!)

Anyway, this was no reason for the remaining guys to stop making music and spreading the good (vegan straight edge) message, so they just revived Primal Age! They started playing some shows in '05 again and Eternalis re-released their LP in '06. (Remastered, with a nice new artwork, etc. - although only on CD) In '07 finally a new Record followed and despite what many people might have thought, they still delivered! Havent sold out or anything like that. In '10 another (even better) album followed and a 3-Way-Split CD in '13.

So, these guys have been around for more than 17 years now and are still going strong! They're still playing shows and (maybe) a new record is planned as well! With these tapes, it was virtually my chance to give something back to them... to kind of honor their memory.

Therefore I equipped these tapes with a lot of information, pictures, lyrics and even an Interview I did with them (for those of you who thought that this whole insert thing just looked like a paper for ants, dont worry, I'll upload pdf's in the next days).

However, just head over to the store now, get yourself a copy of it and decide for yourself:

Thank you for your attention. xRULEx

Introducing xRULEx: A New Author For RWHAF

I am very pleased to announce that there is a new author for Records With History And Future. His blogger name is xRULEx and he resides in Germany. We met up through the internet by a record deal. Communication went smooth and our mutual respect only grew during other conversations.
He is not such an addicted record collector but does like my blog for the quality content about Hardline, the 90's history in general and for the H8000 history I posted here in the beginning. He dislikes the music industry and cherishes bands and listeners independence of that business. Also the social dynamic that sprouts from sharing music is something he takes in high regard.
Despite the fact that we have our differences, I decided to invite him to write for this blog. He accepted and will write here on a monthly basis approximately.
It's not a matter of vinyl collector's blogs versus download blogs per definition. The sometimes hard stances that are taken by both parties take lead us to into a polarized social situation. That's something I dislike and he also. We both have the same passion about the 90's and that unites us. So expect some cool posts coming from him in the future. I'll lift my lazy bump and will try to get things back written up also...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AGNOSTIC FRONT Cause For Alarm LP reissue

Because I liked the cover art of this release so much I decided to buy a copy of this classic. Didn't want to go for the original because I had the price in mind. Also in the mind was the fact that I knew this one was recently reissued on Strength Records. So I searched eBay and found a copy of the limited first press color of this reissue. Shipping was from Germany so that was reasonable also. All these facts made me decide to buy it.

reissue of Cause For Alarm by Strength Records (100 copies on splatter vinyl from first press)

As I already mentioned this artwork is done by Sean Taggart in 1985. He also did the design for numerous flyers according to Wikipedia.

You can still buy the second press of this reissue. This time it comes in a high gloss laminated cover. That will do that artwork more justice I think. You can also use this high gloss laminated cover to display in a glass closet or frame it to hang on your wall or something. Makes me want to pre-order it right away. But having two pressings of a reissue would be over the top...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NAYSAYER No Remorse 7 inch collection

I recently scratched a long time want of the need list. It was the pre-order version of the Naysayer "No Remorse" 7 inch. As this version only has about 200 copies, you can imagine it was hard to find. Nothing too fancy about it also so not actually a record that is sold too much to make some cash also.

I already had versions that seem harder to find than this one before. And all the regular pressings also. So I decided to make a collection photo. It's not complete, it hasn't got the test pressing and it also misses a splatter version with a United Blood 2011 stamp. Although the Reaper Records (outdated) pressing info page doesn't tell about it's existence I've seen and heard about such copies also.

So to my knowledge this 'only' misses two versions:

naysayer no remorse collection photo shot group shot reaper records
Silver vinyl out of 200 copies for pre-order
Splatter vinyl out of 725 copies for regular first press
Red vinyl fold cover is 930 copies for second press
Silver vinyl with United Blood 2011 stamp
Splatter vinyl United Blood fest 2009 out 75 copies
red vinyl for This Is Hardcore fest out of 50 copies

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Backtrack and Sean Taggart

You know the Agnostic Front "Cause For Alarm" cover. It's a cool one for sure, if you aren't familiar with it, check an image here. That cover is drawn by Sean Taggart. Recently Reaper Records and Backtrack used one of his works also. It was three years after the release of the Darker Half LP that there was a new limited edition made. They made these prints to serve as extra cover for the copies sold at United Blood Fest in 2014.

It's cool to say at least. At first I didn't like the monochrome character of it when I saw it pictured. But now that I've found an opportunity to buy it and hold it in my hands I like it a lot. Here are some pictures that I hope does the package justice.

Backtrack darker half united blood 2014 limited vinyl edition reaper records LP
Backtrack "Darker Half" United Blood 2014 edition

Sean taggart print backtrack darker half lp united blood 2014
Sean Taggart 1988 print or cover hand-numbered out of 80

The vinyl comes with rainbow splatter in it. I like the part where the different colored splatters are mixed in the vinyl. Makes me think of paint on a pallet.

Mixed rainbow splatters in the clear vinyl

As usual the limited edition was created after the pressing of the records and comes with a regular cover also. Why should one get rid of these sealed covers? Would be a giant work to open them all to keep the covers as spares for the label. So they actually give the buyer two covers.

I couldn't resist to make a comparison of both covers:

Comparison picture for both covers. Left Spoiler artwork and right Sean Taggart artwork

Copyright Spoiler 2011 left and copyright S.M. Taggart 1988 right
Both covers have the same ambiance going on in the artwork to an extend. Artwork totally suit for Hardcore covers for sure...

Friday, October 31, 2014


In the high season of the H8000 scene, there were also other genres besides the popular Edge-Metal released on Good Life Recordings. It was in the year 1997 when the band Catafalque entered Midas Studio in Lokeren to record this 22 minutes long CD. They play  Death-Metal, although not the necromancy and purgatory style but Death-Metal served with lots of melody. So Catafalque can easily be defined as melodic Death-Metal.

Surprisingly (to me) it was Good Life Recordings who released their output. I actually knew nothing of this band nor did I expect their existence. The thanks-list in the  CD-booklet gave me an insight in who they are. They are coming out of the H8000 region and their social circles included UxJx of Congress and Hans of Liar. It's also a rather early Good Life release, it has category number 'ED14'.

CD cover Catafalque Awaking Good Life Recordings Records

If you ever come to find this release, expect evil lyrics, gory screams. And as said earlier a well-proportioned dose of Death-Metal with lots of melody. I played the CD several times and like it. The cover features fantasy artwork. It's the Midas sound that makes it accessible for me most likely.

Quite a cool find if you ask me. It's again displaying that the 90's Belgian local scene has got tentacles in several different Metal genres and circles.

Anybody else who has more information to share about Catafalque? I'd be happy to learn it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The RWHAF URL changed!

For all those who link up to my site on their site, take note that the domain name of Records With History And Future changed. If you want the link on your site to still work please change it to the current URL:

Thanks to all who are still spreading the Hardcore reality and still support the tangible format! It will never die!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Poison Idea "Pick Your King" RSD 7 inch

You know that feeling of having a poisonous thought or idea? You know the kinda thoughts when you are thinking about something that's taboo or something that is not thought off before? Or even a thought that's not allowed to be said out loud? The kind of thoughts that are challenging and maybe progressive but actually not a good idea? Or even an idea that's irrelevant for the masses?

Well, the band Poison Idea cares not about what others might think or how other will react about such thoughts or even ideas. It's a characteristic of Punk and Hardcore to enjoy the freedom of saying what you want or having the freedom of thought and even freedom of speech.

The content of this record title and according cover is maybe blasphemous or even a useless dilemma. But it says a lot about the properties of the Hardcore Punk movement and even echoes characteristics of American society.

Pick Your King Poison Idea
Pick Your King e.p. from Poison Idea (front and back cover merged in one picture)
So now that you see the concrete cover and record I'm talking about, the question arises; "Who do you prefer as king to worship?"

As to collectors information, this record is a reissue that was made for Record Store Day in the year 2012. Comes on crystal clear vinyl and was pressed by TKO Records. To see more info on the release go to

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


There was a short phase where Ezekiel cooperated in writing for RWHAF. His first post was about the band Roses Never Fade. Musically that was something totally new here. As I almost exclusively feature Hardcore in all it's facets. Ezekiel was directly operating under the same URL, but it turned out to be an impossible dream.
Anyway, there are other people who do the same thing as me still, although under their own flag. A person who was blogging already a short while before me was Marcus from the blog site and label Endless Quest. That is a good name, because record collecting is indeed an endless quest as the genres evolve further. Well I've traded with him recently.
So when I got something he wanted, I was invited to look for something I wanted from him. It turned out more than one record I was interested in. I will post this one that I listened to the most recently. The facts behind my choice already written out. Ezekiel who made me interested in their sound and Marcus who collects Integrity. 

Although this is not Integrity, Dwid is intensely related to this band and release. His artwork is featured in the lay out, he does vocals and plays piano. Dwid has in my opinion - when swiftly over viewing his output - made other facets of music, artwork, philosophy and reality crawl into the field of Hardcore. He is an artist who explores many different musical styles and creates them too. Nobody needs to be told that Holy Terror came into Hardcore due to his release "Humanity Is The Devil". That was probably his biggest realization.

I won't go elaborating all I know about his work. Just shedding light upon this release. 

Roses Never Fade "Fade To Black" LP clear vinyl

The first thing that caught my attention was the artwork. The packaging mostly is the first impression when flipping (or nowadays browsing) through records. It's an eye-catcher for sure. The warm yellow on black cover is simple yet effective due the contrast. Also the typographical back side works in the same way. The almost symmetrical creature is interesting because it fools you as to what it exactly is. You might think it's symmetrical but it isn't. You might see a bat in it or a dragon or whatever you imagination tells at the moment.
I've a soft spot for crystal clear vinyl. And this record is made in such vinyl. A-side label is the standard A389 artwork, while I'm sure the B-side label is by Dwid's hand.

Back cover and B-side label

The music is not easy listening because it's acoustic, pretty far from. This music requires attention and effort to consume. To me it's best described as having a dark moody undertone created by several guitars, percussion instruments and the piano. But now and then light sheds and scares away the darkness. The musicians are not too lush with the parts that shed light on the whole.
Vocals are whispered. You know the feeling of hearing someone whispering and not being able to understand. It creates a feeling of curiosity but also distrust towards the whisperers.

Lyrically Dwid explores the thoughts of alienation and feeling of being the misfit. But also about initial believes that cannot hold true any longer. The journey of finding and realizing the truth. The suffering and darkness he witnesses by other souls of mankind. Ethics and other impulses that steer our behavior. 

Anyway, I won't go more deeply into the lyrics as they are worth more than a post alone. Very broad and deep they reach and would be too long.

Monday, September 22, 2014

BROTHERHOOD LP and 7 inch Reissues

I recently saw the Brotherhood reissue blooming on every social medium like Instagram and Facebook. So I realized I slept on pre-ordering the reissue of this late 80's classic. So I asked my Facebook followers if they had ordered multiple copies or not. Almost immediately, Nico - a fellow collector and blogger - got at me, saying he was down to trade his double.
And so it happened. Since we both speak Dutch but still live in another country the shipping was international. Nico posted the record after 5 pm and the next day at 11:30 am the record was delivered at my doorstep. That's less than 24 hours. Amazing to say at least!

Let us get to the point now. The record was reissued by Southern Lord records and was originally pressed in Europe in 1989 by Crucial Response from Germany. Yes, already in 1989 a European label pressed an American old school sounding band. That's pretty noteworthy I think because the overseas distribution was not as well-functioning as nowadays. How this American band got on Crucial Response, I would like to know.

Brotherhood came from Seattle (a city in the North-west of the USA) to be more precise. Was formed there and in that period also other West coast bands were already popular; Uniform Choice, Insted and Chain Of Strength just to name a few.

Lyrically they stand up for equality of races and sexes. And are explicitly against intolerance towards 'different' people. So they are a straight-edge band laying extra accents on intolerance for racism. Social values are cherished. Also I think there needed to come a band called "brotherhood" in Hardcore, as for the lion part Hardcore it's is all about brotherhood.

Brotherhood LP reissue Till Death red vinyl
The Brotherhood LP reissue called "Till Death..."
+ the 7" sized booklet and 7 inch reissue

The front cover capturing that feeling of brotherhood so well...

Also with this record on red vinyl there came a reissue 7 inch called "No Tolerance For Ingnorance" also on red vinyl. This 7 inch was originally released by Skate Edge Records.

Also good to know is that some band members later became involved in greater acts like Foo Fighters and (Sun O))).

Brotherhood Fuck racism no tolerance 7 inch red vinyl reissue

You can say what you want about social media sites but they are becoming more and more useful to traders. The previously classical trade boards are wilting and replaced by such sites. Why would you still host and pay for a message board if sites like Facebook have a higher connectivity-level and are completely free for use? Also if photo's are easily uploaded and don't need to be linked from another (paying) host? But we need to stay critical about it too. A healthy dose of criticism is always in place. Because sometimes they get too big to remain social, real and hardcore...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DECADENCE Into The Mouth Of Hell 10 Inch

Growing up with Metalcore in the mid to late 90's, it is the sound I'm most familiar with and know many different aspects off. Living in the area where the Edge-Metal was created and trademarked. I can't deny that playing this record brings memories back  to live. But this band comes from the Andalusia area, that is the most Southern area of Spain.

I recognize sounds of previously well-known Hardcore bands I listened too. Sektor and early Firestone are the H8000 sounds I hear the best in it, both bands have that death core edge in them. But I also hear the heavier New York edge, not unlike All Out War. But overall I think this is best compared to Reprisal because of the hardness of the music and the brutality. If these aforementioned bands actually influenced Decadence I leave in the middle...

Decadence Into The mouth of hell cover photo spain vegan straight edge
Decadence "Into The Mouth Of hell" 10 inch

The bleak and agonizing reality reflected in the songtitles

Although I make many comparisons to past bands does not mean it sounds like the same old thing. They make a different mixture using old ingredients. It's creative enough to give the European Metalcore a new sound and character. Even some modern beat down parts are found. The music was recorded in Winter 2014.

The cover art couldn't match the title of the record more. It also comes with a double-sided insert. Lyrics are insightful and deal mainly with worldly problems, such as the decay of nature caused by mankind's first world. But also the decay of societal values. Ofcourse the animal rights song is present on here too. And they are hardline about it too.
While all these subjects are outer-world observations, there is an inner observation also in the last song's lyrics. About the inner strength that is found by thinking with the mind; "The power of the mind is infinite". "Condemned to suffer is your decision". So they close of with a positive note.

Seems like there are a few purple colored copies also, so only one colored version as in the nineties tradition.

You can find more information on the band and both labels online too:

band's Facebook Page:

both label pages:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two Revelation Represses: CIV & Chain

These represses from Revelation are aesthetically the most correct. That is why I bought them. What a first world problem or luxury problem it has become? Earlier people were happy with having one colored version of certain Revelation Records releases. No matter what color it was. No matter if it was aesthetically correct or not. Nowadays - as I said earlier - you can choose what suits you best...

So I did and saw the CIV on pink, wich is the color of best choice, it matches the cover more than every other color. So I thought I added this particular one to the collection.

CIV Set Your Goals LP pink vinyl Revelation Records

A weird detail is that Revelation has new colored vinyl stickers. As you can see on the LP's from mcs post here. While the CIV is the only one who hasn't got this new sticker. 

Another one I had my eyes on was the green marbled Chain Of Strength ep's compilation 12 inch. Also looking very good in my opinion:

Chain Of Strength LP green vinyl reissue Revelation Records

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DEFEATER Letters Home LP

I've been ignorant to Defeater way too long. It was in a conversation between Ed Good Life and me that I became aware about Defeater's work and impact. I was making the statement that no great records and or classics were made nowadays. Then Ed replied about the change that Defeater had made in Hardcore. Still I remained skeptical about it. I had heard them before and read about some aspects of their work in theory. The melody woven into their sound and the story-telling in the lyrics. Also the time-lapse made in the content. Combined with the ferocious and passionate vocals.

I also had their first LP that was reissued by Bridge 9 and so came more known in 2009. I actually also had the double seven inch from and their second last etched double LP from 2011 called "Empty Days and Sleepless Nights". I listened to it, but it couldn't go through me like it now does with this latest album.

So I decided to buy this latest LP also. And now when I'm listening to it. Man, it goes to the bone and I feel such a solace in the melody. The song text are so accurate to and touching my emotions. I like it a lot. Such a deeply felt delivery.

Defeater "Letters Home" LP

Defeater Letters home LP grey vinyl Bridge 9 nine
Lovely grey marbled vinyl

11inches square sized booklet

booklet opened with handwritten texts
The time-lapse I'm talking about is indeed a great change in Hardcore. Usually in Hardcore it goes about the reality that the vocalists experienced themselves (in their own lives). But this is a more objective story-telling about a working class family in the post WWII time-period of USA. But the message remains equally powerful in my opinion.

Musically the vocals are ferocious and capture the same anger and frustration as many other 'traditional' hardcore bands. I don't want to go ahead of history. Because usually history is written a while after the events. But the fact that this is such a substantive change and this coming out on a hardcore label.

Well, I have to agree with Ed Good Life on this one...  This is classical music in the making!

Monday, September 15, 2014

V/A Land Of Greed... World Of Need LP

I finally found a good prized and fine condition copy of this LP. I needed it because the songs A1 and B1 are actually H8000 bands that were covering their song of the Embrace s/t LP on Dischord. As you already knew, Embrace is a band that has Ian MacKaye on vocals.
For those who don't know, Ian Mackaye was the one who introduced the Straight-Edge into Punk. The band covered here is on of his later post-Hardcore bands. It's a good album overall. Every song of Embrace's self-titled album is covered by relatively famous 90's bands. And was meant to be a fund-raiser for the homeless. Hence the title, hinting the fact that besides a greedy culture of few in a certain country there's also a world of needy people in it too.

Various artists Land Of Greed World of need LP trustkill Records vinyl

First press, recognizable from the blank labels that got stamped 

Bands on this compilation are: Nations On Fire, Current, Undertow, Groundwork, Outspoken, Sparkmaker, Function, Blindfold, Avail, Rancid, Lifetime, Process, Farside and Ashes

Some pretty big names featured. This LP dates from the year 1994 so this must have been one of Nations On Fire's last recordings? Both the Belgian bands are lucky to take the first track of each side. The tracks that are listened to the most attentively.

But there's also Rancid, which is now a huge band that is still active nowadays. And also Farside, a Revelation/Crisis Records band are present. Ofcourse Outspoken were also pretty famous and on New Age Records.

Given the fact that Nations On Fire and Blindfold are on there, we can conclude that Belgium was already pretty known in the USA in the mid-nineties. And that those two bands (NOF and BF) were flag-bearers.
Also the label who released this one - Trustkill - was a befriended label of Edward Nations On Fire, Trustkill together with Good Life, later did several releases together up to early 00's. Good Life Recordings mainly took care of the vinyl releases under license of Trustkill.
The other involved label was Watermark Records, they released also a single of Conviction, a band with Earth Crisis members.

The LP also comes with a CD-sized booklet, where every band writes their opinions or views about homelessness. It's also filled with addresses of shelters for the homeless. So that you can guide them to it or support these shelters.

Look up this post to see the cover of the Embrace s/t LP, which you might want to track down!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DYS s/t LP

Boston Hardcore might not be so sublimated as New York Hardcore or DC Hardcore, but still there are some legendary records made in Boston. I'm thinking about SSD "The Kids Will Have Their Say", with the most iconic Hardcore Punk LP cover ever made in my opinion. But also the "Get It Away" 12 inch ep is great. So I wanted to check out more of that early Boston Hardcore material.
And DYS is another of those big names from the early days. 
I came upon this self-tilted release from 1985 from DYS on Discogs. Several people told me this is their favorite DYS record. So all of the above reasons made me decide to buy it. Also the price was alright.

DYS st LP Modern Method Records Boston Hardcore Dave Smalley
The cover art is a snippet from the painting "Triumph Of Death" from the painter Pieter Breughel The Elder (a Dutch renaissance painter).

DYS was actually Dave Smalley's earlier band before Dag Nasty. The record is cool, although far from what you'd expect musically. It's not that stereo-typical crushing Punk anymore. The vocals are more melodic also, more a metal kind of singing. Also some slower 'emotional' parts in their delivery. The record was recorded in 1984, the nostalgic year and was released the year after in 1985.
I think it's a cool record but it takes a few spins to get into it. I repeat already a remarkable relatively high metal influence for that period in Hardcore.

The second remarkable fact is that this second LP of DYS goes approximately ten times less that the original "Brotherhood" LP. That one was their first. Probably because it lacks that Straight-Edge Hardcore Punk touch, that is so much fancied by collectors... Any other opinions?

Monday, September 8, 2014


Waiting in the mail when coming back home were the long awaited pre-order records from React! Records. When I was opening the parcel I saw that this label puts time and effort in their packaging. It's save with a sturdy mailer and cardboard stiffeners and all. So I'm glad with that.

The first thing I wanted to check, was the digital download from the NOT AFRAID Locked Out LP. I realized the packaging and layout are top notch again, while downloading the music. It's a thick cover in mat. But the printed inner is glossy which forms a bit of a contrast. Basic layout, a live shot and the band logo well placed. The tracklisting is all over the back of the cover, there's nothing else but that pictured. Very basic graphics on the backside, they might be containing too less information. But then there is the printed inner with a shot filled with live action, that compensates it.

So far the packaging. Packo's voice sounds rougher than ever before. A bit hollowed out also. The music is as the packaging suggest pure Straight-edge Hardcore. Very to the point, no filler involved.

Not Afraid locked out LP vinyl orange vinyl react! Records powered

The band's dedication to the American old school 80's hardcore is obvious. Straight-edge hardcore is their passion and their lives. Their dedication to it is the fuel to make such a good and true straight-edge hardcore that doesn't sound as a duplicate, they understand the concept fully and go further on the elan to create something totally original again and again. Positive hardcore will never die!

Friday, September 5, 2014

TURNSTILE This Is Hardcore 2014 edition

So Turnstile is the new standard nowadays. And they played This Is Hardcore festival earlier this summer. Was surfing on Instagram and saw that Reaper Records had a special limited edition record made to sell to Turnstile fans on TIH fest the day before TIH began. While the fest took place I was doing my (almost) daily check-up on Discogs for missing records and to my surprise I saw it listed the evening after Turnstile played.
The price was steep compared to the price they probably sold them for directly on the merch table. But that's way things go in Hardcore. If you didn't buy it at the fest you need to pay more later. That's the law. I found myself thinking whether I'd buy it or not? But then the price wasn't that steep after all, so I bought it.
Later on, after I confirmed the purchase, I was thinking to check eBay, there must have been a copy over there also... Because that's the way it always is. So I searched - merely out of curiosity - the record and saw indeed one listed. A few days before auctions end it already had a price three times as much as the copy I bought on Discogs!

The record is very cool, it combines the two existing releases of Turnstile in one record. The record has a white gatefold 7 inch cover and the layout is silk screened on it. Also the inside of the gatefold cover is screened with text. Here are some pictures:

Turnstile step 2 rhythm pressure to succeed double 7 inch reaper Records vinyl this is hardcore
TURNSTILE This Is Hardcore 2x 7inch

Screened inside of gatefold 7inch cover

Step 2 Rhythm screened cover side

Pressure To Succeed screened cover side

It's kinda weird also. Because I'm wondering under which catalog number this one must be classified? And also how the release must be titled? But then again, who cares...?

Here's a video of them at Ieperfest in Belgium: