Tag Archive: Thrash


Estigia

Schizophrenic Melodies

post #20Estigia EP – 2001

This was an awesome dollar bin find.  There isn’t much info around in English about this raging hardcore band from Zaragoza, Espana; but their music speaks for itself.  This record was recorded a few weeks after 9/11, and it opens with a shocking audio sample from a video of that infamous day. The music is straight up fast thrash crust with dual male/female vocals, and Spanish lyrics about the standard punk topics, with a heavy focus on animal rights.

The first song on this record, ‘IV Poder’, is especially remarkable because it features something I have never heard before: dueling male vs. female gang vocals!  It’s totally awesome to hear first the men, then the women scream “Cuarto Poder!” in this anti-corporate media song.

My favorite song from the record is the last song on the record: ‘Masacre Animal’, which features a great thrashing riff and fantastic vocals from the female singer in the group.  In fact, I like this song so much, I made a video for it!

This disk is something of a collecting gem for me because I found this DIY record from Spain in a $1 bin in Wisconsin.  The sleeve is hand made: the front is silk screened (you can see in the scan the strange color distortion caused by using a dirty squeegee to apply the ink), the picture on the back was hand cut and glued, and the sleeve is pink card stock that is held together with electrical tape. The record also came with a glossy printed insert with lyrics, song explanations and other propaganda, even some rough English lyrical translations. You can even see on the back cover where this sleeve stuck to the ink from another sleeve when it was stacked on top of it before the ink dried! Ah, DIY; ya gotta love it. The most notable thing about my copy is that it is hand-numbered “#001”.

You can tell this image is screen-printed by the tiny squares visible in this closeup… looks like a screen, don’t it?!

This definately is a cool hardcore record.  The only thing that really mars it is the overwhelming amount of loud audio samples in between songs, but all of the thrashin in the songs more than makes up for that.

Check it out Here!

This Spanish blog seems to have a discography and interview with the band.

The Way of the Fat Boy

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post #16

Garlic Boys EP

Garlic Boys EP 1990 (Japan)

Ahhhh. The sweet, sweet sounds of Japanese Hardcore.  Is there any better music in the known universe? None that I am aware of…  I have never seen any mention of this band anywhere before, but as soon as I saw this record in the bargain bin my heart leapt and I knew I had found something good.  Apparently this band is still around, and has been for a quarter of a century, but I have never ever heard anything about them.   It’s very strange, because this record is amazing! I can’t attest to any of their other material, because I have not heard it, but if these four tracks of thrashy, melodic hardcore are any indication of the rest of their work, this band rules!  Priding themselves on being fat and smelly (just like me!), Garlic Boys apparently takes a humorous approach to their music.  They seem to me like something like Japan’s answer to NOFX.

Garlic Boys - The band with Large Members

This is an american repress of what was probably several different records originally, and unfortunately the sound sucks.  The volume fades in and out, all of the tracks have different volumes, and most of the record just sounds like shit.  Despite all of that, the music shines through as some great, rip-roarin’ punk rock and roll.  These are the kind of songs that are so good that I find myself literally craving the sound of them! I will never be able to see sumo wrestling again without chanting “YOKOZUNA – Yokozuna” in my head and hearing the sweet guitar lead that distinguishes that song (all in my head, of course).

Interestingly enough, this record was released by a label out of Madison, Wisconsin.  Also, in the picture on the back cover (shown above) it appears as though all of the guys in the band are wearing Harley Davidson t-shirts, which is of course a Wisconsin company… and an obsession among local dummies.  They look like they could be hanging out in the alley behind my house here in Milwaukee, getting drunk on cans of Miller Light, listening to “Classic Rock” radio and repeatedly revving their motorcycle engines until they collapse. Excepting their Nipponese countenances, that is. 

Rock on.   http://www.mediafire.com/?vzeb6ig7rcxeiac

Inspector 12

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Post # 9

Inspector 12 – Jack EP 1991

I think this record may have been the very first punk 7″ I ever held in my hands.  I remember that a few of my friends saw this band play and were totally stoked on them, and then they showed me this record, and probably played it for me (if they had a turntable…).  That may or may not be a real memory, but I was stoked when my wife found this record for me!  I definately remember that Inspector 12 (who were from Madison, Wisconsin) were the first independent, local, original rock band that I’d ever heard of.  That was at least 16 years ago, but the first time I can be sure that I’ve heard their music was just a couple of months ago!

The music on this 7″ is pretty much a 50/50 hardcore/thrash mix.  Just how I like it!  The first song, which features a sweet classic thrash riff, is definately the hit.  The rest of the tracks are all pretty good, and thankfully only slightly dated sounding.  I know they put out a few other records, and maybe a tape or two.  I would not be the least surprised to hear that some of the dudes from this group are still kickin’ around playing bar shows in Beloit…

I think that most of the lovely pics above were also taken by this lady

This is classic Wisconsin hardcore, so check it out!

NOT ENOUGH

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post #11

VA – Not Enough – Five Bands From Milan 1995 Italy

This is an awesome little 7″ featuring one song each from 5 hardcore punk rock bands from Milano, Italia.  Need I say more? Everyone loves Italian hardcore, right?  There are some seriously fuckin rad songs on this record, mostly in a melodic thrashcore style.  ‘Milano da Pippare’ by Less Than Zero is my absolute favorite, but almost every song is awesome; the type of songs that stick in your head for days kind of awesome.  These bands and this label seem to be all but forgotten today, but at least they are not lost!

Yet another reason to buy old used records: you never know what you’ll find in them – Max, the guy who apparently released this comp put a hand typed letter inside the sleave, and apparently no one ever took it out.  After searching for the records he mentions, I’ve determined that the letter must have been meant for whoever runs Initial Records out of Kentucky. The funny thing is that he apologizes for the fact that the bands on his record play “old (italian) school” hardcore, as if that were a bad thing!  Anyway, here’s the letter:

To downoad the high quality rips and scans of the 8 page booklet (which features some pretty fancy-pants computer image manipulation for the time) click THIS.

Eat Cheese Or Die

Post # 8

Crimson – Forge Winter – Cassette LP 1992 Milwaukee Wisconsin USA

Sometimes you can strike musical gold in the most unlikely places.  You just have be willing to dig for it!  I lucked out big time, when I found not one but four different demo tapes by this all-but-forgotten Progressive Thrash Metal band from Milwaukee.  This is the oldest one out of the bunch, and presumably their first.  Obviously as soon as I saw the sweet drawing of the Gnollish Minotaur with a short sword on the cover I had to shell out the two quarters for this tape!

The music is heavy progressive thrash metal with psychedelic tendencies.  There are a few rippin thrash tunes on this tape which definately make it worth the listen.  This is some great head banging shit!  The musicians are good, but they are obviously  inexperienced, so there are a few minor flubs and the solos aren’t that great, but for a first demo it’s really top notch.  The singer has a decent voice, and is not afraid to sing the high pitched Heavy Metal accents. 

This is a sweet DIY album, and I have found 3 more tapes by this group, each of which is better than the last, so stay tuned as I will post them soon.

Forge Winter

HARDCORE 918V

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post #5

Hardcore 918V – s/t EP 198X

It almost always turns out to be the record that you almost didn’t buy, even though it was on sale for $0.50, that turns out to be one of the best out of the whole stack.  I was so iffy about this 45 because of the strange band name, and the fact that there was only a photocopied half sheet of paper inside of the dust sleeve instead of a proper cover.  And the store had like 4 of them that looked like they had been sitting there untouched for 25 years, which they more than likely had been.  Now I am kicking myself for not shelling out the two bucks for all four of them! 

So this is some sweet, ass kickin’, Slayer worshippin’ L.A. thrash metal!  I love this shit.  Straight forward, hardcore influenced thrash metal.  They sound sort of like Slayer mixed with Nuclear Assault, I guess.  They have a webpage which laments the fact that they were never signed to a major label, and that’s probably because this kinda stuff was all over the place back then.  Even if they had been signed, they’d probably be just as forgotten about today, but whatever, this shit kicks ass.  Especially ‘Think’, the last song. That song shows their punk influence the most, especially in the vocals and lyrics. It’s played all super fast and raging, and sounds kinda like if Cryptic Slaughter were a little bit slower and a lotta bit tighter. Killer stuff!

 UNfortunately, some aspects of the mix on this record aren’t very good, so some guitar leads are lost, but overall it’s a pretty good recording.  3 of the 4 tracks on this disk are on the bands ‘space, but my rips actually sound better, so HERE.

 They also have another, punker song up on their page.

INSULT TO INJURY

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Post #4

Insult To Injury – Hostile Behavior EP – 1993

Oh man.  From Chicago, Illinois, USA – it’s Insult To Injury.  What can I say?  This band is the hardest, most shredding, fastest, toughest, meanest, ass kickin’est motherfuckin’ hardcore band to ever come out of Chicago.  No Fucking Shit.  Not only can you file this record right next to your Infest 7″ alphabetically, but you can also file it right next to Infest in your heart.

Most hardcore bands from Chicago, with a few notable exceptions, are a bunch of pussies.  That’s just an indisputable Fact.  They might sound tough, they might play fast, but really, they’re just a bunch of pale, skinny college kids with nice equipment.  Insult To Injury, on the other hand – they’re the real fuckin’ deal.

Ok, Ok, they might be pale and skinny, but these dudes scared the shit out of me when I was a teenager.  Just listen to this ass ripping record and you, too, will have your shit scared out of your own self.  (?)  Read the lyrics. They revolve around three key themes: 1)Beating the shit out of motherfuckers who ask for it. 2)Having a fucked up life/childhood. 3)Believing in yourself and living by your own rules.  Oh, and listen to the goddamn singer.  He gives the guy from Verbal Assault a real run for his money in the ‘yell at a thousand miles an hour’ category. Before I start to sound like Bruce Roehrs and ejaculate excessive amounts of adjectives about how much this band  fucking kicks ass, let me just say this: If you like hardcore punk, you will love I II I.  If you think you like hardcore punk, but you don’t like this record, then fuck off and die.   “.”

So far as I am concerned, this 10 song, 8 minute long record is their crowning acheivement.  They also released a split 7″ with 10-96 (which rules – see the link in my first post), and a split 7″ with Mexican Power Authority, (yeah – the post-Neos band).  If anyone has a copy of that record, I WANT IT.  I also found a copy of a CD that the band released several years later.  Unfortunately, on the CD they had abandoned the ripping mosquito guitars, brain boggling bass lines and lightning speed drumming that made their early releases so unique, in favor of a more moshy/NYHC sound.  It’s still a good hardcore record, but not as gonad grindingly good as their early material.  If anyone has or knows of any other material, please comment!  They do have an old Myspace with a few songs from the CD, and a pretty radical write up on how they were viewed in the ‘scene’:

www.myspace.com/insulttoinjurychicago

By the way, I never saw this band play, I never heard anyone ever mention them, I never even saw one of their T-shirts.  They were basically unknown in the more well-known Chicago punk ‘scene’ of the 90’s.  I found out about them from their split 7″ with 10-96.

Here’s A video I made for the song ‘Nothing To Lose’.  Lyrics are included, so be sure to sing along!

Click the link below to download high quality 320 Kbps Mp3 files and complete cover scans in a .zip archive.  Enjoy!

http://www.mediafire.com/?cmqkx2zdqlx

SORE NECK, RINGING EARS

post #1

Dead Radical

Two of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last two years just put out a split LP.  Sidetracked, from Tacoma Washington, and Dead Radical, from Scranton Pensylvania, who unfortunately just broke up.  Both of these bands specialize(d) in intense, short songs, and I was lucky enough to see both of them play in basements for hardly anyone else but me.  I had never heard of either band before I saw them, but I was definately won over by their respective performances, so imagine my delight when I found out that they were releasing a split LP together. So i have a few nice shots of Dead Radical, which are two years old now, and I feel like a total douche for not getting them to the band before they broke up.  So here, belatedly are those few pictures that I snapped whilst enjoying their fucking insane thrash:

 DeadRadical3

I know that the guys in Dead Radical don’t look like the crustiest dudes ever to befoul the Earth, but they sure as fuck can sonically wallop the hell out of just about any bunch of dreadlocked dirtbag dipshits you can think of.  If you need proof, listen to their goddamn amazing self titled 18 song seven inch. I shit you not, it fucking kills.  Just look at this close-up of their drummer, taken from the first picture:

Drummer

I mean, how can you get that beet red and sweaty without thrashin’ to the max?

DeadRadical2

It’s been less than a year since I saw Sidetracked, and I’m pretty sure that they are still together.  The set they played was seriously awesome, totally tight and succinct hardcore exclamations, most of which seemed to be within that magical 12 to 30 second length that I really love.  They played a lot of songs, but their set lasted no more than ten minutes, and it fucking kicked ass.  I only took a couple of snapshots, since i normally don’t even take out my camera until a band’s set is nearly over, and these guys caught me by surprise with an extremely short set. So at first I thought that this one picture that i am posting here really sucked, because all of the bandmembers’ faces are obscured, and the singer (who, incidentally, writes all of the songs and plays all of the instruments on the records) is nowhere in sight, but upon further contemplation, it struck me that this image might be a near perfect representation of this antithetical band.  Or it just sucks. You be the judge. One thing is certain, Sidetracked does NOT suck.

Sidetracked