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:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MADBALL R.A.H.C. 7 inch United Blood stamp

Who really cares about collecting Madball records nowadays? Maybe I'd better bought their first 7 inch called "Ball Of Destruction"? But no, this one is a cool one to have as their are only twenty in existence. This one in particular has a stamp in silver ink on the cover. They did that to differentiate the copies bought at United Blood festival in 2011 from the regular store copies.

madball nyhc rahc real american hardcore 7 inch reaper records
Madball "R.A.H.C." united blood stamp

Freddy and Hoya in full action 
The copies with the United Blood stamps were easily created by the label but are hard to find specialties for collectors it seems, especially when you are in Europe. The continent on the other side of the Atlantic where the fest took place.

Another one I picked up from the same dude - who runs Save My Soul records - was one I thought to have since it came out. Because I kept it sealed, as it came from the Reaper Records bigcartel store, I never saw they actually delivered the wrong color. A while ago I decided to finally open it and saw I was fooled. But no worries I found this copy reasonably cheap and fast.

SOS "I Owe You Nothing" solid gold vinyl

As you see, S.O.S was a super group in Hardcore, featuring members of Agnostic Front, Terror, Madball, Trapped Under Ice and Hatebreed...