Thursday, July 23, 2015

Negate Demo 1997 Cassette

Negate were a band from the Charleroi area, that's in the French speaking part of Belgium. In this demo stage (1997), they played a more old-school sounding Hardcore, that had a tougher edge. Very outspoken and clear lyrics. The line up for this release were only three people. Arnaud played guitar and did vocals, Saïd played bass and did vocals also and the drums were played by Stef.

Negate 1997 demo cassette


They were more connected to the early scene in Brussels with bands like Wise Up and Out For Blood but also had connections with the French scene from Rennes aka the KDS Crew with bands like Right For Life and Stormcore. For those who don't know yet, KDS stands for Karate Dance Style...

These are their earliest recordings, after this they made a few releases together with Next Sentence Recordings. Their last release was with Good Life Recordings, a CD only release. They only did one release on vinyl; a split 7 inch. Compacts Discs were by far the most popular format in the 90's over here.

Thanks to Dimitri Heymans again for lending me his precious cassette to make this video for you people!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Spineless Demo Cassette

The demo of Spineless was recorded in the end of 1996. The first song starts with a religious chant which gets violently interrupted by distorted guitars. The lyrics are a quote from another author. In this text there is described how a devil appeared before a person. The devil is described in full detail what makes it realistic. All about the ethical struggles people had with religion back then. And the hardship they faced by following those catholic morals. And the distance they wanted to take away from it. Not outspoken satanic but still questioning the moral standards. "Enter The Devil" was later rerecorded for the H8000 Compilation Volume 1.
The second song "Demons Are Forever" is an unreleased track, you can't hear it elsewhere. I can't tell what it is about or what they meant with the text. It is rather cryptic.
Then comes "Mean". It is a more concrete song that is about drug free life. Straight-Edge was a huge topic back then.
Finally the song "Greed" that deals with poverty from all around the world. While in our regions people take everything for themselves.

Spineless demo cassette H8000 hardcore straight edge punk metal
Spineless demo cassette from 1996

CMD Records
As you can see, the "CMD" abbreviation already was used in the demo stage. It's the name of the crew they were in. Stands for "Courtrycke Mosh Division". With "Courtrycke" being the old Flemish for "from Kortrijk"...

The Spineless demo is a local highly desired music cassette. Don't know what's up with that abroad but here's a chance to get to know it by listening and reading the lyrics. Also the next generation who will probably never get a chance to own this now can hear it. Also not to mention the amount of copies that got lost and the highly limited amount made... Thanks to Dimitri Heymans again for the cooperation! Enjoy!