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.