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Loxiran

Schizophrenic Melodies

post #18

Loxiran EP – 199?

This EP really grabbed me.  This is some absolutely raging modern hardcore from Germany.  I can only describe this sound as modern, even though this record is pretty old now. This band was definitely way ahead of their time.  There is no date on this 7″, but I’m guessing that it was released in 1996, or ’97 at the latest (no website listed, all cut and paste, no pixelated images).

When I say that this band was ahead of their time, I mean that the music is, in certain aspects, very similar to the good parts from some of the modern metal-core stuff that is so popular with the kids these days.  Now hold on,  wait a second! Before you surf away in disgust, let me assure you that this is indeed 100% hardcore punk!  There are no confusing guitar solos, no nauseating melodic vocals, no salon-styled hairdos.  As I said before, just absolutely fucking raging hardcore. But it is played in a very unconventional way, and I’ve literally never heard this style done any earlier than this. Not that no one has, I’ve just never heard it.

The lyrics are certainly punk, too.  Although they are all in German, the graphics and key words make it pretty clear what these six songs are about: the environment, work, war, punk rock, vegetarianism, etc.  All pretty standard stuff, to be sure.  While I don’t fully understand what these guys are carrying on about, I can certainly tell that they are filled with anger and passion for what they are singing about.  So much so in fact, that I cannot resist hollering along with the chorus “Mord ist Mord und Leben ist Leben!”, the battlecry at the end of the song which is surely their anthem, ‘Wa(h)re Wessen’.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the music rips?  It’s hard for me to describe it, except to say that listening to it invariably induces in me fits of involuntary head banging, air drumming and other strange, spasmodic gestures.

I remember that one time I asked myself “why haven’t I heard many great punk bands from Germany?”  Well, if you have ever wondered that yourself, here is the remedy. So put on your Baseballcappies, lace up your Skateschuhen and pull on your Kapuzenpullies and listen to LOXIRAN, Assface!

And here’s a video I made that features the entire record illustrated with the images from the record sleeve:

DEFAULT

Eat Cheese Or Die

post #4

Default – Restraint EP 199X

Here we have what I consider to be the best record by one of the most important Wisconsin hardcore bands of the 1990’s.  Default, from Manitowoc, released three or four EP’s in the mid 90’s, most of which were on local labels, but this one is on Anomie Records, out of Germany.  Members of this group have been in dozens of other hardcore and punk bands, and they were very influential to a lot of bands from the Wisconsin countryside during that time.  This particular record just fuckin’ rages from start to finish.  The eleven songs speed by in twelve minutes, and all of them have that perfect combination of simplicity and hooks.  Don’t be mistaken, the three pissed off singers aren’t being melodic at all, in fact they scream like bloody banshees the whole time; but the guitar riffs are just really good, giving even the shortest songs an epic quality.  One of my favorite things about these songs are the ringing guitar tones that occasionally rise above the chaos.  The bass is pummeling throughout, and the drums have an excellent sound and intensity.  The lyrics are pretty standard misanthropic fare, fitting the archetype for disenfranchised middle class youth. 

 The photograph on the front cover is fantastic.  It’s a really amazing picture, anyone know anything about it?  The back cover is a pretty darn good shot, too.  My favorite song on here is ‘The Failure’, and not only because it’s 17 seconds long, but because it’s a kick ass song! Check this record out, it’s really fucking good! 

Click below for HQ Rips & Scans…

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EAT CHEESE OR DIE

post #2

Hinge

HINGE – Meaning EP 1994

This is a great EP from an all but forgotten Milwaukee band. I found this record in a local dollar bin, and I was immediately struck by the stark but beautiful artwork, featuring appropriated photographs.  I had never heard of this group, but I am definately happy to add this record to my collection.  The music is well written emotional hardcore, which could perhaps be likened to a less gruff Econochrist,  and it sounds great on the record.  This also came with a nice 8 page booklet with full lyrics, and artwork.  The best song on here is  ‘How The West Was Won’, an impassioned rebellion against the bullshit lies that we as American children are taught in order to gloss over the sick reality of the genocide which was perpetrated by the US government, and it’s citizens, against aboriginal Americans.  The first song, ‘Psalm’ also kicks ass with its pissed off chorus of “Where is your God? Where is Your God?”.   My favorite of these four songs, however, is ‘Rhyme and Reason’, a short, tight, thrash number that manages to remind me of both Oi Polloi and Minor Threat, oddly enough.  All in all a kick ass record from Wisconsin that deserves to be heard. Anyone with info on Hinge or Vagary Records, please comment!

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For the zip archive containing 320 kbps MP3’s of each song, and full quality JPG’s of all covers, vinyl and 8 page booklet, click below.

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