Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mercy For None

"Mercy For None" is a compilation from the year 2008 released by Reaper Records. Featured upcoming bands like Alpha & Omega, Bad Seed, Naysayer and other bands like Brick, Absolute Madness and Unforgiven. It was pressed in the Fall of 2008, according to the test pressing that I acquired recently.

VA Mercy For None test pressing
According to Reaper Records' tradition there were other colours and versions made. With the coming of the test press I now have a complete collection of it. There were two colours for mob peeps like you and me (red and black) and there was a band exclusive colour (yellow vinyl, with a yellow poster insert). And finally a rare stamped version, which is actually rarer than the test pressing. So I took a photo of the complete collection...

VA Mercy For None complete collection
Glad to finally have it complete. There is a cool poster insert that comes with every version. One matrix etching says 'death to false hardcore'.

yellow poster front side

regular poster back side

Funny how back then this was pumping adrenaline through my veins as I was just getting into Reaper Records and now 9 years later I completed this collection with the test press and all. Feels like an achievement, now passing on to another...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

They Say That You Sold Out

One X More was a Belgian straight-edge band that existed at the end of the 90's. They played fast Youth Crew-inspired Hardcore. And released two records on Commitment Records. This one is called "They Say That You Sold Out" and was the second release, done in 1999. The title captures the situation of Hardcore in Belgium during that period. But would also be the aftermath in many years to come and still is to this very day. Let me explain why in a nutshell...

The first song, "It didn't last too long" is actually a snare at the '88 Hardcore scene from the USA who claimed they would be true till death. And the self-realisation, that if you say such things, you must at least do better yourself with your generation.
The last song "What it's really all about" is about the people past the breaking point, who don't care about the scene any more. And the confrontation of such people with people who are still active. And how that friction is perceived by the lyric writer.

As you can read, it's all about loyalty and commitment. That can realized or can be broken. This a very delicate theme in the local scene. And to not be loyal, means betrayal eventually.

Another insight this record gives us, is that people talk a lot. And that these 'forked tongues' can shape the image people have about other people for good or for worse.

One X More "The Say That You Sold Out" 7 inch

One X More second 7 inch on water melon coloured vinyl

So yeah, I perceive this as an important contribution to the rich legacy of the Belgian Hardcore scene...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Walls Will Fall

Terror's new record "The Walls Will Fall" isn't bad, had expected less of it. Especially the title track is refreshing and has more metal to it than the average Terror song. Terror is no longer released by Reaper Records but by Triple B Records. They have been on series of good Hardcore labels like Bridge Nine, Lockin' Out and Reaper Records but also on bigger labels like Century Media, Victory Records and Trustkill Records.

Typically of Terror fans is that they write them off after every release they do. But still they bring good songs that deliver, even after 15 years of existence. The beast that can not be slaughtered.



There are probably more colours in existence but I won't be chasing them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Side By Side Tourpress

Obviously a misguiding title, since this is a Terror Live recording and has got little to do with the Revelation band. They (label and band) are most likely all fans of the late 80's Revelation band, but this is the only connection.

This is actually a variation of a variation. The record is a limited cover variation of a limited pressing made for MerchPit.com from Germany. It has the splatter vinyl and the numbering sticker of the Merch Pit version on the regular cover (not pictured). But obviously 50 copies of these numbered copies were taken to make a limited cover version with it's own additional numbering (pictured).

Terror "Live In Seattle" 7 inch tour pressing

back cover with live picture and numbering

numbering out of 50 copies with golden marker

Nothing too wild in my opinion, that's why I offered the seller for a lower price than listed. He immediately agreed and relisted it for that lowered price, so the offer must have been still decent.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Legion Demo cassette

This is the demo cassette of the one of the last H8000 bands born in the 90's. Legion was a band close to Vitality and hailing from Knokke at the east side of the Belgian coast and the Jabbeke area. These places are both situated around Bruges.
They play recognisable Metalcore, typical to the mid 90's H8000 style. They started out when the scene had gone passed the glory days, that's why they did not get bigger or lived longer. They released a CD on Days Of Fury in 1999, a British label and Good Life distributed it over here.


Legion demo cassette

The demo cassette has 5 songs. One of the tracks is a long lost tune, that was stuck in my head for ages. I sometimes recalled the melody and the lyrics inside my mind but couldn't find where it came from for ages. I had picked it up during a live show of Legion way back in 1998. After hearing this demo I can finally be sure it is a Legion track and that is called "It's Coming Down". And rest assure that I remembered the lyrics correctly...


I have gotten the tape in trade with a fellow collector from Belgium. Not many of these are still around I guess, so I digitized it for the few people who still read this blog to hear and enjoy.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Clear ODK Crew

Super honoured to have been able to buy the clear ODK Crew 7 inch. ODK Crew was a band that I knew from living in the same town as the band members. They were people I looked up to. The drummers also drummed for Congress, the guitarist was Vitality's lead guitarist and manager, the bassist was also doing bass for Vitality and the singer was a few years older than me and was a friend of a friend.




This particular version is clear vinyl and numbered out of 8 copies. The stamp is the same style as the one used on the Sober Mind and Genet Records release but it's a Frostbite Records Release. There are traces of black mixed in, which gives it an unusual look for clear.

I've started to write down their history this evening and tomorrow on Belgium's National Holiday I will be continuing...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bold "The Search" Compilation

This Bold compilation is actually a good job done by Revelation Records. They have pressed it on a double LP and housed these in a gatefold jacket that has the perfect layout. Along with music on vinyl the consumer of this record gets a short retrospective about the early days of Bold, printed on the inner side of the sleeve. The colour scheme is perfect in my opinion, the royal blue and the maroon with the gold lettering all collide perfectly together. The live shots with the edges blurred together and all just look amazing.

What would be an improvement, though, is that the track list on the back side sleeve should have numbering. Especially when you refer to songs as numbers to tell from what original release they were taken.

Bold "The Search 1985 - 1989"



Coretex Mailorder had two colours available, the blue and this gold version. Although the blue version is more limited I took the gold, cause it was cheaper and who collects this anyway?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

From Beneath The Streets

I needed to hear this record. It's the first LP of Token Entry, released in 1987. Not that good in my opinion. Sounds a bit messy. Just like hearing a band play inside of a building from outside of the building. You can hear underneath it's New York Hardcore for sure but it's not that convincing. Maybe I was too spoiled as a kid with the more technical metal influenced 90's music and that is maybe the reason I don't relate.

Token Entry "From Beneath The Streets"
Token Entry "From beneath The Streets" reissue
vinyl close up

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wanted: KOTF #9/25

Need to tell a story about the Keepers Of The Faith test press. As you will see, I got number 7 of this test press. I won this record on eBay short after the release of this Terror LP. It was an auction done by Reaper Records themselves. I paid for the record but after a month nothing had arrived. So I contacted Kitzel, telling him about the issue we had. The great man he is, he decided to send me another copy of this test press. So this is the copy you see.

Until today still no sign of the first test press he sent, number 9. He told me sent me number 9 in accordance to the Stay Cold test I had bought earlier. And he told me that if I could ever retrieve the lost record, I needed to send it back.

In these internet days, I still have a glance at hope for ever finding it back. Someday someone will post it or sell it. So if you see number 9, please contact me, your help is welcome. One day we'll get the thieve who somewhere between New York and Bruges stole it during the mailing process. I am the record police.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Under The Same Shadow Test Press

Obtained another test press from the Reaper Records catalogue, the Take Offense "Under The Same Shadow" test press. This ep came out as a one sided 12 inch in 2012. The artwork of the standard cover isn't so good in my opinion. But the artwork for the two limited edition covers are very good, that is why I need them. I already had the United Blood cover, which has got screened artwork. Still need the record release, which will be impossible to get.

But I do got the most limited version, the test press. It has the art glued on a plane black sleeve. And is the third limited cover made for this release. So there are four different covers made, standard included.

Take Offense "Under The Same Shadow" test press cover

Reaper Records #49 test press

Reaper Records #49 test press stamped label in red ink

I like the red ink stamps, makes a strong contrast between the black and with test press and the black and white cover.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

eBay Sale!

eBay sale up but with a few changes, grab them while they are cheap. My username is:

willemrwhaf

Use the advanced search function to find my items.

PS: I ship worldwide.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Titan & Witness The Fall 7 inch blue vinyl

Along with the Statement "Decide" pre-orders, I also bought another copy of the Titan and Witness The Fall 7 inch. I already reviewed the split release in a previous post. This time I bought the blue version, which also looks very good. Still loving the music and am starting to appreciate Titan more and more.

Titan and Witness The Fall split 7 inch on blue vinyl (63 copies)



Still available at the Bound By Modern Age webstore by the way!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Statement "Decide"

All of a sudden Statement is back with a new record. They still play that old school sounding metal but now have a new vocalist, Tim. The music is still good, no decay from their earlier work. Even a bit more smoothly executed, it's the best side of the record. The vocals sound deep and heavy and it takes a while to get used to them. The rhythm of the music and the vocals do not always fall together perfectly and that could be better. But they were recorded apart from each other in two different studio's.

It would not be a hardline record if the message was less important than the music. So their message is still uncompromisingly and more confrontational than ever. They command the listener or buyer of the record to decide if they are with them or against them.

Statement "Decide" yellow vinyl pre order cover

pre-order version, numbered out of 50



Statement "Decide" regular cover, yellow vinyl



  regular yellow vinyl, numbered out of 100


The front cover has animals and humans in an anime composition. The back side of the cover has got the claim they do towards the user of this record. The record is released by Bound By Modern Age Records, that's the label of the vocalist himself.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dare Orange County Straight-Edge

It's been a while since I was excited about a new Hardcore release. This band embodies the continuation of the Orange County Straight-Edge started by Uniform Choice way back in the 80's. They do not play the same kind of music, it's old school Hardcore for sure but all a tad heavier and less melodic. Great to hear it, got my attention.

Dare "Orange County Straight-Edge" - orange flexi out of 110 copies

Dare "Orange County Straight-Edge" - green flexi out of 400 copies

Dare flexi discs - both colors

The record is just released by Reaper Records about a week ago. Six songs pressed on die cut flexi disc and looking good. The fold open cover has the lyrics and band photo on the inside. Great to see Reaper Records continuing their epic work after all the shit they got with the Turnstile LP pre-orders. People need to chill the fuck out.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Something Has Happenend Here

This live bootleg was recorded in 1966 during the European leg of Bob Dylan's tour, that mainly took place in the United Kingdom. Bob Dylan started out as a singer and songwriter mainly influenced by Folk and Blues music. His first albums sounded like that, acoustic with guitar, harmonica. The song texts were the main reason why he obtained recognition. He was considered a spokesman for some. His texts were sociologically-conscious, politically-motivating and about American society as he witnessed it. Songs were critical towards the Vietnam war, establishment, corruption, racism and slavery. Besides those protest songs, he also rewrote some ballads and sang about past loves also.

During these recordings Bob Dylan starts with his traditional songs and they were well received by the London audience that expected this type acoustic 'folk songs'. But in the second part he lets himself be accompanied by a band that plays on drums and electric guitars. Never seen before in his folk-styled pieces and highly untraditional for music in general during those years. A man in the audience yelled "Judas" at him, he replied "I don't believe you"...


This recording is a reflection of this twist or change Bob Dylan created within his music and so gave birth to Rock 'n Roll as we know it. The electrical sound he adapted caused many waves. His success increased, although also a group of fans could not appreciate this and evolution went too fast for them. The change gave music a completely new elan. And the audience felt that something had happened in that concert.


The lesson learned is that change is always confrontational. And that by following his inner vision, he no longer gave the audience what they wanted.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nations On Fire 1991 - 2017

Strike The Match was Nations On Fire's first LP. It was originally released in 1991 and is quickly becoming the most representative European Straight-Edge Hardcore release to date. Here's why.
Nations On Fire was more than a Straight-Edge band. They have arisen from Rise Above, a pure Straight-Edge band that had took critical stance towards the Hardcore Punk from the USA. But also a 'beat it' stance towards the fascists over here in Belgium. Although Rise Above was a pioneering band in Europe, the message was not effective enough. The Straight-edge message was essential for them and their public but still they had a higher aim. That aim was not to stay away from drugs and booze only, but to become a movement within the scene that was more politically aware also. Racism, nationalism, organised religion and foreign corporate business became topics. All of this was brought in a clear message, written sharply enough to make it comprehensive and appealing for the wider public. A simple but effective approach in their song writing carried all of this.


Nations On Fire "Strike The Match" LP Refuse Records 2017


Nations On Fire "Strike The Match" LP Refuse Records 2017

Reissue with booklet

Being in the year 2017 and seeing this record reissued for the 5th time, proofs the relevance and appeal this record had in the underground music scene of Europe and beyond. The record had pressings in Spain, Poland, Germany and even in Brazil.

This time around the record comes packaged in a gatefold cover. It was pressed on two colours, blue and yellow translucent vinyl. It's accompanied with a booklet that has an interview with the entire band. Taken a few weeks after the original pressing was done in 1991. It's a translation from German.
Inside the gatefold is a photo of a recent installation artwork, by a friend of the band. It still fits the message of this record.

poster of the release: "Your country ain't your blood"

Another well done reissue of this Belgian Hardcore classic...


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Green Christmas Gremlin

Sometimes it feels like you get nothing back for what you do in life. But I fully realize that the essence is to feel great about what you do inside your self. Other people aren't always good at being positive about others. I have always felt this way about collecting records. Some people ask me why I collect Reaper Records for example. It's because I like it and feel good inside about what I do.
Current internet heroes feel that way when getting many likes and views. If this feels like an achievement for them, so be it. I won't hold it against them. But it's not only their merit that they can feel this way. Because the Instagram and Facebook technology is a not to underestimate force behind it also. The real-time connectivity realized by this technology holds a share in creating the feeling of togetherness. I have always tried to make a change in the real physical world also. On the field itself. I always tried to stay as objective as possible, although with music this can not always be realized. I am biased by my taste and background also. The Blogger.com technology is old. And far less embedded and wide spread than the technology of Facebook. But you can write more text and post more and bigger photos which I still feel as a plus. Also no stupid small digital keyboards that I can't type texts with.

For those who still read this, you know how it went already. Bought this version of the Out Crowd 7 inch accidentally. Listed wrongly by seller for the record release. Being too fast and not inquisitive enough can lead to these events. Although the situation turned out to being surprised and discovering a record that I had never seen before.

Gremlins cover, numbered out of 50 on dustsleeve

Christmas tree screen print

12.13.14

I would like to know the meaning of that cover. Can be a fantasy also. Feels like a meaningless Christmas tree printed on it to. The cover feels weird to me because it's not clear in meaning and message. This in contrast to the band's lyrics.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Out Crowd "Just Us" record release

There was a moment in time when this blog had lots of views. There was a big crowd that craved new posts. There were people looking for information on Google being directed to this site. Nowadays all of this changed. The views declined to about 10% maximum compared to the views in those times.
Actually I don't mind since this has always been a non-profit. And the main reason was and still is that this is a tool to communicate with like minded people who also collect records. Especially in Hardcore circles you have to go international to meet like-minded people.

So nowadays it's just us and nobody else. The biggest crowd is gone. This record is appropriate to that situation. It's one of those records from the Reaper Records catalogue that hadn't too much attention back then, let stand now. But I needed it and was looking for it since I knew it existed. The first time I saw it, I bought it on Discogs.com . But there are no unique photo's on that site and the item was listed wrongly as 'record release' so I got another version I did not expect. I left the seller positive feedback because I hadn't seen this version and didn't have it also. It was another version also dated but not on the release date.

Now I have bought another one listed as 'record release' and it's the correct one. I knew it before I received it, since I sent the seller a photo I found on the internet and he confirmed to me that it was this exact version. A little precaution can't hurt, this is a lesson learned.

Out Crowd "Just Us" record release cover

It's an extra cover with four live shots of the band in action. The record comes on red vinyl with the Out Crowd solidarity logo (the triple hand shake) on the A-side label. The cover also has a short fold over flap with the date, the band name, the record title and the date of the release show (7/7/12). There is also numbering out of 50, this copy is number 35.

Out Crowd "Just Us" record release #35/50
The record also comes with the Out Crowd logo printed on a clear plastic sheet. It's actually quite cool to see through but rather hard to make clear in a picture:

see through plastic with the Out Crowd logo printed on it


Out Crowd was a band from Atlanta, USA who played Hardcore in vein of Youth Of Today. They were a short lived band who also got another record, a split release and also a demo...

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fire And Ice flexi

Glad to see Reaper Records is back at it. They just released a two track flexi by Fire And Ice. The flexi disc is on white vinyl and comes with a cover and a lyrics sheet the same size as the cover. I listened to the songs and I am pleasantly surprised, the songs are real good and better than on their LP in my opinion. They sound less groovy and heavy but that's what improved these songs. They sound more lively and fresh. The groove and heaviness were a bit exaggerated, it dragged down their delivery, I think. Now they have found the perfect proportions.

Fire And Ice "Flex"
Fire And Ice "Flex"

Fire And Ice two-track flexi disc
It is currently only available in the USA at the Reaper Records webstore and RevHQ. Don't know if it will become available in Europe. Will depend on sales. I bought three copies to save on shipping, if someone from over here wants one, hit me up! I am in a generous mood...


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reason To Believe

Finally bought a copy to finally hear this much praised 7 inch. I am old school and buy records to hear them, so also for hearing them a first time. It's sometimes a guess but it makes it so much more exciting than doing a search on google and risk getting a virus while unzipping the download...



As you might have noticed over the years of RWHAF; I am a little sceptical to what collectors generally praise, like Revelation Records, Youth Crew, NYHC, etc. Collectors have a tendency to all like and want the same things. That's what increases the demand for a release for sure. But I have always learned not to trust 'mainstream' things and feel no part from it. I am not saying collecting is mainstream but in that stream of collecting Hardcore, collecting Revelation, Youthcrew, etc. seems to be the main stream.
Now back on topic, I have checked this record now and say this particular praise is justified, I like it a lot. The song "New Foundation" is so well sung by Jon Bunch, it's immediately stuck in my head. Great play copy, not sure whether I will be hunting down the coloured versions. Would need the LP "When Reason Sleeps, Demons Dance"... That's for sure.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rise Above Test Press

I found a test press of the second Rise Above 7 inch. The record was pressed in France and the test is dated in January 1991. The label who released this is called Stand As One Records and hasn't pressed so much releases. The test has printed MPO labels and comes with a regular sleeve, straight from the producer. I asked him how much copies were made and he says he remembers there were only 4 to 5 copies of this test press made. Seems wild, since I know two other people who also have one.

Rise Above "B Is For Boston" test pressing

Rise Above "B Is For Boston" test pressing




I already did a review of this title. Including an interview with Edward on B Is For Boston. At that moment I did not know that there was a test press. Keeps me surprised. The regular version is on olive green vinyl and they are all that way. Cool thing is that there are only 350 copies pressed.

I have also seen on Instagram that the first 7 inch of Rise Above has got another limited sleeve on purple paper, so that might be the last Rise Above 7 inch I need to complete that collection.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A.W.O.L Deep Thoughts About The End

This 7 inch from a French Hardcore band befriended with the Belgian scene and H8000 scene, holds a special place in my heart. I acquired a copy on black way back in 1998. I don't even remember how or where I got it. But what I do remember is that I bought it for the huge cave on the cover. I was immediately drawn into the atmosphere of being in that cave. Maybe I got it at a show in Brugge, I am not sure any more. Or maybe I've seen them perform with Vitality at the old Casino in Koksijde. My memory is blurred. I was only six- or seventeen, so I can forgive myself not remembering. The fact that I merely bought it for the cover art doesn't mean that I was disappointed in the music. I listened to this 7 inch in my bedroom numerous times.
Although I was a lot more positive than the lyrics might presume, they were a precursor for a later moment in time. I could get the meaning objectively by just reading the lyrics. But later the pain became my reality. I danced in my bedroom on the music and my parents did not fully understand what was going on. They said they just tolerated my music taste but they didn't support it or liked it.

The record is called "Deep Thoughts About The End" and is a 45rpm with two songs. The A-side has the song "The Last Scream" and the B-side has the song "Psychopathia". The songs did a lot for me both for the inner and outer self, although nowadays it lessened.

As always back then, in pre-internet times, there were no download or streaming services in order to be sure you liked the music. The only thing you had was a thanks list from the band members. There you could find out to what scene they belonged and to what bands they were befriended with. Then you assumed that the mentioned band from the thanks list were equally as good and then you mail ordered those bands. This thanks list is one of those list I have read so many times, I learned about other bands, their crews and so on... You can see that Bob and Vitality is almost on top of the list.

It's super cool to find a copy on blue vinyl almost 20 years after getting my initial copy. The label who released this is called Braveheart Records and is from the H8000 area. All of their limited coloured editions are on the same clear blue vinyl. At least those I know of. You have the Instinct 7 inch on blue and the split between One Last Sin and Withdrawn on blue vinyl. The guy of this label also did a zine which wasn't that good in my opinion, H8Zine and Yoda for example were better. I have one issue in my collection by the way.

A.W.O.L "Deep Thoughts About The End" 7 inch blue vinyl

A.W.O.L "Deep Thoughts About The End" 7 inch blue vinyl

lyrics

thanks list
The Braveheart zine #4:

Braveheart Zine #4

Maybe I should review this one also one day...