Friday, October 31, 2014

CATAFALQUE "Awaking" CD

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:

http://www.rwhaf.net





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 http://www.discogs.com/artist/253295-Poison-Idea.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ROSES NEVER FADE Fade To Black LP

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.