Tuesday, July 11, 2017

To Lie Is To Be Strong: 90s german hardcore punk special post. Final part.

Note: Oktoberfest moshpit FTW 


Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We finally conclude our extensive 90s german hardcore punk special post. Sadly, I had some troubles with some of the new compilations that were supposed to appear in the last entry, so I'll have to feature them later in other entry (probably as an Addenda of this special post). Also, last sunday was my 30th birthday (Yup, believe it or not, I'm already old. Hardcore punk kept me young, though haha) and after our mandatory summer vacations, I'll do a special post related to. For creating some sort of celebration and for getting to know me a little bit more. You know, more intimacy moments between us les chaton.ne.s. And, I'm also preparing some entries in spanish for other blogs that gladly invited me as a special guest. When they're ready, I'll make you know through our Facebook fanpage (I could make something in english too. Let's see what happens). Finally, this entry will feature Mörser, Kindle, Chispa, Enfold, Linsay, Kimusawea, Realign, Assay, Aclys, Akephal and Degarne. With all that written, let's begin.

Mörser

https://mega.nz/#!CsxRXIjb!n1YzaPg2yCADLXFYHuLfAP8HbcIEHqcMFxRRNSbt1UQ

Mörser is a Bremen-based metalcore band with more than 15 years of carrer. It also features ex-members of Acme, Carol and Systral. They have released so far: Two Hours To Doom (Per Koro, 1997), split with The Swarm (Per Koro, 1998), 10000 Bad Guys Dead (Chrome Saint Magnus, 2000), Scum (Chrome Saint Magnus, 2002), Pure Scum (Vendetta Records, 2006), First Class Suicide (Farewell Records, 2010), V (Speck Flag, 2015). They also contributed some tracks to different compilations such as The Seed Of The Next Season and Heart Circle, among others. Unlike other local bands, they have an unorthodox line-up featuring 3 vocalists, 4 in early recordings, 2 bass guitars and 3 guitars (in early recordings only one).    

Regarding the sound, Mörser continued where their Northcore predeccesors left off and created a dark, powerful and overwhelming sound. Also, just like Systral, Mörser put an emphasis on both grindcore and death metal and these influences were more evident in subsequent records. You can also compare them with other north american bands of the time such as Monster X (USA) and Acrid (Canada). And, the lyrics were filled with fatidic, pessimistic and apocalyptic points of view.

Finally, click on the image for downloading Mörser's complete discography. You'll be captivated by their brutiful musical style. One of the most powerful and uncompromising german metalcore bands of all time you shouldn't miss out. We do hope more releases in the near future. Highly recommended. 

Kindle 


 https://mega.nz/#!utwiiB4I!NsF7NJxOYXu32L6wfjiQXUXrryrXVakYQiEQdDcIMhw

Kindle was a short-lived hardcore band that only released one self-titled 7" (Desperado Records/No More Heroes Records, 1997) and one split with Lebensreform (Desperado, 1998). Regarding the sound, Kindle played fast-paced emotional hardcore punk with some mid-tempo and slow and introspective moments. Both musical execution and instrumentation were complex and very passionate. Also, just like other emo band of the time, their lyrics were highly political. Finally, click on the image for downloading their material. If you enjoyed other german emo bands such as Age and Azure, this is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Chispa 


 https://mega.nz/#!3wJB0bSB!ZE8PA3zRn7FC1AS7YqTfJ5-lnLDQHx8fGNsV1IC9pKE

Chispa (Spark in spanish) was a short-lived sideproject made by some of the ex-members of Loxiran and Lebensreform. They only released one split with Enfold (Bloodlink Records (USA), 1998) and Obstinator LP/CD (Bloodlink Records / Per Koro Records, 1998). 

About their only LP/CD, there's an additional fact. This record was supposed to be released as a collaboration between both Bloodlink and Per Koro but the american record label didn't respond over several months and Per Koro decided to release the european version. This record contains 4 of the 5 songs previously featured in the split with Enfold and, for years, it was not considered as an official release. A few months later, Bloodlink sent some pressings of the american version to Europe. This version contains different artwork and layouts, as well as a bonus track, Es Gibt Keinen Neuschnee, originally released as Neuschnee in the split with Enfold

Regarding the sound, just like Linsay and Enfold, Chispa played fast-paced metallic hardcore with screamo influences. It's also one of the few bands of the time with Northcore style influences. The lyrics were exclusively in english (except Es Gibt Keinen Neuschnee, which it is in german) with both personal and political content. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading the american version of Obstinator. The artwork, lyric sheet, layouts and everything here is included on the file. All-in-one. Highly recommended if you enjoyed Linsay and Enfold. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Linsay   
 https://mega.nz/#!GwwiVTBJ!CK93WPK6bkLBWWp_OqG7YOc7i4_VUHneFN-2XFXl3xU
Linsay was another short-lived sideproject born from the ashes of Loxiran and Lebensreform. They only released one 7" in 1998 through Per Koro Records and several splits with different local hardcore bands of the time such as The Cole Quintet (Paracelsius, 1999), Enfold (Per Koro, 1999), Stickfigurecarousel (Dim Mak, 1999), as well as one 3-way split with Deamon's Jaded Passion and Springwater (Blackwood Records / Unsubmissive Records, 199x). 

Regarding the sound, Linsay took the best elements of both Loxiran and Lebensreform's Northcore style interpretation and created an impressive metallic hardcore sound with screamed vocals. Also, their lyrics were personal but highly politicial, notably denouncing sexism, homophobia and mass media lies.  

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Linsay ever recorded, except for the split with Stickfigurecarousel and The Cole Quintet because I don't have them. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Enfold
 https://mega.nz/#!esYRiJyL!yziGDSH_sMJKBd1ESLjHbIu8Q_wbRt8sMd3EBCbFXYM

Enfold was the last project of Loxiran and Lebensreform's post-mortem. They released La Familia cassette (self-released, 1996), ...Routine EP (La Familia Records, 1997), splits with Chispa (Bloodlink Records, 1998), Enfold (Per Koro, 1999) and June's Tragic Drive (Tomte Tumme Tott, 1999) and one and only full-length album named No Coming Home (Per Koro, 2000).

Regarding the sound, Enfold also took the best elements of the Northcore style and created an outrageous and precise metalcore with screamed vocals. There are also some slow breakdowns and complex guitar riffs. All the teachings of 90s Bremen hardcore school are condensed here, however, Enfold's sound was not as frantic nor as chaotic as other bands but it still had a powerful musical force to remark. Even some songs are highly reminiscent to Orchid and Jerome's Dream style, the godfathers of the screamo subgenre in the late-90s and early-00s. Also, the lyrics were in english with both personal and political content. 

Finally, click  on the image for downloading everything that this impressive german hardcore band ever recorded, except for the splits with Chispa and Linsay. Both the EP and LP are a must. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Degarne 

https://mega.nz/#!C94xDIDT!fFGLxs9z_eXKfePkaIMZimRp9AVOd8xgi5_tvOJo5-w

Degarne was a short-lived hardcore band that only released two 7"s: Trügerische Stille (Modus Operandi Records, 1996) and The Last Dance (Per Koro, 1998) and contributed one track to Idiomes compilation (Stonehenge Records, 1998). 

Regarding the sound, Degarne played chaotic and frantic metallic hardcore in the same vein as Acme and Carol. Their lyrics were in german with a dark, pessimistic and introvert nature. And, this was also one of the last musical groups in Germany that followed the steps of these aforementioned Northcore style-related bands (at least more detailedly). 

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that this band ever recorded. It's one of those cryptic and obscure hardcore acts we like to introduce de temps en temps. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Kimusawea 
 https://mega.nz/#!2wxQxT6K!Oz_B4TWrU39LW8blKgKPGbZ9bfMO7twC9jppirMdCig

Kimusawea was a short-lived experimental hardcore project of Alexandra Von Bolz'n, a well-known german independent musician that has also worked with different photographers and musicians. Another important project she's been involved with, is Crowskin, a german sludge band. During their short lifetime, Kimusawea released Kapitulation 7" (Maximum Voice Production, 1996) and Kurze Abhandlung Vom Menschen Und Seinem Glück LP (Nabate / Maximum Voice Production, 1998), as well as contributing some tracks to different hardcore punk compilations. 

Regarding the sound, Kimusawea's style is way too experimental and pretty difficult to identify but I detect some influences of different musical genres such as post-hardcore, sludge, harsh electronics, drone and noise. It also had an interesting and involving musical ambient. This band reminded me of american bands such as Slint, Unwound and Jawbox mixed with a more slow-paced version of Neurosis. Pretty cool and obscure for their time. Also, like Ambush, it's one of the few female fronted hardcore bands of the time. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading both of Kimusawea's records. A forgotten and underrated 90s german hardcore jewel that you shouldn't miss out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Assay 
https://mega.nz/#!CtgD1TYC!koX6m5CP75XaE44ZPIymmjhwfGLNN1NlP1nEd6e4kuE

Assay was a short-lived project that only released one LP named Pisschrist (Love Records, 1997). It also featured one original member of Age. I didn't know about this band until I heard the Heart Circle compilation for the first time two years ago. 

Regarding the sound, Assay was an extension of Age but with a more mature and complex musical execution. The instrumentation is also fantastic. So, you'll find "scream-y", fast-paced and vicious emotional hardcore punk with slow and introspective moments. It wasn't as frantic as other local groups, but their musical force is undeniable. Their lyrics were exclusively in german with the characteristic personal and political touch of the time. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading their only LP. It's a pretty good and completely underrated work. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Aclys 
https://mega.nz/#!moQlxbJD!l7rHa3I0RsUx3jHPu58LKon_7zjJ3uKykLsd6L8IgYc

Aclys was a hardcore band that existed between 1998 and 2004 and released one self-titled (Per Koro, 1997), Helduntergang (Per Koro, 1998), Liedergeburt (Per Koro, 2000) and Artefakt (Burning Season Records, 2004). They also contributed some tracks to different hardcore compilations including The Seed Of The Next Season, among others. 
 
Regarding the sound, Aclys played dark, apocalyptic and uncompromising metalcore à la Northcore with both ferocious bursts of energy and slow and introspective moments. The lyrics were in german with personal and abstract writings. In early recordings, emo elements were also relevant. Release after release, Aclys' musical style was getting heavier and closer to Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn's. In fact, after Aclys disbanded in 2004, their guitarist, Dennis Schmidt, joined Caliban as main guitarist and support vocalist with the release of The Opposite Of Within (Roadrunner Records, 2004). 

Finally, click on the image for downloading their first two records. If you enjoyed other bands such as Acme, Systral and Carol, this is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Akephal

 https://mega.nz/#!21AgBJCI!v9fACeM5aUFHNDkSghFlKjfitfHpSA2s8xvIPeGGdLw
 
 Akephal was a short-lived hardcore band that only released Kopflos 7" (Lund Castle Core Records, 1995) and one self-titled LP (Lund Castle Core Records, 1997). There's also a partial discography disc named Akephal (Narshardaa Records, 2008), that contains the LP, some compilation tracks and previously unreleased material.

Regarding the sound, Akephal played ferocious and vicious metalcore like any other german hardcore band related to the Bremen scene of the time, for example, Acme, Systral and Mörser. The lyrics were in german with both personal and political content. Despite the short existence, Akephal was one of the few german hardcore bands that helped to popularize the Northcore style outside of their country and also inspired many screamo and metalcore bands of the next decade.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their 7" and the partial discography disc. This a pretty obscure and underrated Northcore act that you shouldn't miss out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Realign 

 https://mega.nz/#!D95CCS4R!LDTzLwkO_6RG-WDexKiA3BlVXT9d3b9Ia4PF_NUT-TA

We conclude this special post with this cryptic and fairly known hardcore act from Hamburg. Realign was active between 1999 and 2001 and only released Stagnation Is Dead LP/CD (Voice Of Life Records, 1999), one split with The Cable Theory (Rockemotions / Voice Of Life, 2000) and The Urban Rock Addiction LP/CD (Rockemotions / Trece Grabaciones (Spain), 2001).

Regarding the sound, Realign played fast-paced metallic hardcore punk in the vein of Northcore bands, however, they also had a special "groove" emulating popular hardcore bands of the time such as Unbroken, Mean Season, Refused, Snapcase and Outspoken. The music was also executed with fine precision and some elements of post-hardcore and screamo were also prominent. And, just like other late-90s german hardcore bands, Realign was more open to an english-speaking audience (there were at least two exceptions in german).    

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that this band ever recorded. It's probably the last Northcore-related hardcore band ever. Yes, it's true that many screamo and metalcore bands in the 00s had inspiration from this particular style, for example, Shikari, Fear...Is The Path To The Dark Side and Arsen AKA The König Monster, but we haven't seen a band that truly plays as such. Will we ever see a resurgence of the movement? We'd love to. I hope you really enjoyed this special post. We'll be back in august because we haven't yet finished our summer vacations haha. Cheers and stay tuned because more surprises are coming. Kisses and hugs!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

To Lie Is To Be Strong: 90s german hardcore punk special post. Part 4

Note: Tear down the walls, tear them down.

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the fourth part of our 90s german hardcore punk special post. We're almost in the deadline (wow, it has taken a lot of time). In this entry, we'll feature Narsaak, Stack, Acme, Carol, Systral, Acheborn, Corrosive, Tumult, Y and Diavolo Rosso. Let's begin. 

Narsaak

 https://mega.nz/#!jtQwhRhR!lC5iFMw_I82y71odXG5xp2qgOkDSdEyV2PkOBr_5XcU

Narsaak was a hardcore punk band formed in the early 90s and lasted a little more of twenty years. Awesome. This is one of the few 90s german hardcore punk bands that existed so much time. During their lifetime, they released: split with Notwehr (1991), Unter Wölfen EP, split with Dead Beat (1995), Vatra (1997), split with Stack (1998), Das Löschen Der Lichter Der Städte (2004), Prašina (2008) and split with Planks (2011). 

Regarding the sound, Narsaak started like any other US metallic HC-influenced local band of their time. However, during the mid-90s, they started to develop a more vicious and relentless style, a little bit more reminiscent to crust-influenced powerviolence and grindcore bands of the time like Capitalist Casualties and Disrupt. Some songs even have a "sludgy" feel like His Hero Is Gone's sound. And, like their local contemporaries, Narsaak's lyrics were political and sometimes full of irony and sarcasm but they were sung in both german and bosnian (or serbo-croatian (?)) (because his vocalist was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Finally, click on the image for downloading Vatra and the full splits with Dead Beat and Stack. Sadly, these are the only Narsaak's records I've got. If you can, try to get their discography disc named 1990-1999, compiling everything that they ever recorded during the 90s (Duuuuhhh! Elementary, My Dear Watson). Their 00s decade works are good too but I rather to listen to the material released in the previous decade. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Stack

 https://mega.nz/#!DghAhCQY!BuhlVysxzjgiFkK66fOB6HBfIT59LN_Qvn1nJYWqj2g
  
Ah yes! Another of my favorite 90s german powerviolence outfits is finally here. They were born of Abolition's ashes and lasted until 2003. During their lifetime, they released one demo, split with Seein' Red (1995), split with Capitalist Casualties (1996), Mondonervaktion 7", Selbstfindungsgruppe 10", South of Hessen/Welcome To Bremen, which is their split with Carol (1997), split with Narsaak (1998) and Konkret Lichtgeschwindigkeit LP (2001). There's also a discography disc, sharing the same name of the latter, that contains everything that Stack ever recorded (except their demo). 

Regarding the sound, Stack played short, ferocious and relentless powerviolence, whose style was closer to american outfits of the time such as Capitalist Casualties, Man Is The Bastard and Dropdead. Thanks to this sound, they had a good reception outside of Germany (notably in North America). Also, their lyrics were in both english and german with highly-political and critical content, following the same path traced by Abolition a few years before. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading both their discography disc and demo. This latter contains some songs not included in other Stack's records and remember that the studio version of Armistice is available in PLOT compilation (featured in the first entry of this special post). I also have a physical copy of their only LP but I'll feature it in another post after our summer vacations. It will be such a blast, just wait and see. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Acme 

 https://mega.nz/#!X94xQTha!NeVKYukze76C8jTfyenQWUrQzz7B-Ennbb83fTUJKTE

Oh, oh, oh, yes! One of the earliest (and possibly the most well-known and popular) acts of Northcore style is finally here. This is also one of my favorite german hardcore bands that thankfully made me change my perception of the whole metalcore subgenre. They only released one demo named Menschenmaschine cassette (1992) and one self-titled AKA The Demo (1995). Unlike other local acts, Acme managed a low profile and didn't give much information about them in their releases. Even in the few interviews they gave, they were really aware of their privacy and only stressed some details of their music. This characteristic made of Acme a kind of cult-following band. 

There's also one partial discography disc named ...To Reduce The Choir To One Soloist, released by Edison Recordings in 1996, that contains The Demo disc tracks, as well as the contributed tracks to All The President's Men, PLOT (a different version, though) and No Desire To Continue Living compilations. However, some other compilation tracks, as well as Menschenmaschine tracks are missing. Also, as a curious fact, the originally untitled compilation tracks received a name for this record release.  

Regarding the sound, Acme took the best elements of the early-90s US metallic hardcore, notably Rorschach, to the next level. Thus, they created an overwhelming, chaotic and frantic style. I even dare to say that their sound is still unbeatable and enviable for modern metalcore standards today. Unlike other local acts, Acme was one of the first german hardcore bands that exclusively sang in english and their lyrics were dark, ironic and pessimistic. However, you can also detect political content on most of them. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading ...To Reduce The Choir To One Soloist record. Even though is an incomplete discography disc, you'll still get at least Acme's essential songs. I've got years trying to get their first and only cassette but it's been an impossible task. Hope to get it sometime in the near future. One of the most influential german hardcore acts that you shouldn't miss out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!     

Carol  

 https://mega.nz/#!OpgAxARD!zLcaEU3LVpbr9SxqUboVBiJczLxcilqemkzXxuAS79Y

Another impressive Northcore style band that only released Prefabricated EP (1995) and South of Hessen/Welcome To Bremen, which is their split with Stack (1997) and contributed some tracks to Cry Now, Cry Later and Heart Circle compilations. The contained song in the latter is a previously unreleased track, exclusive for the record. Also, as a curious fact, South of Hessen/Welcome To Bremen is a reference to both Slayer's South Of Heaven and Venom's Welcome To Hell releases with modified Stack and Carol's logos on them, respectively. 

Regarding the sound, Carol created a chaotic and frantic screamed metallic hardcore punk with complex musical instrumentation. There are even some traces of crust, grindcore and powerviolence. The lyrics were in both german and english with political and existential content. Even though this band was short-lived, it was highly-influential for other metalcore and screamo outfits. Indeed, Orchid, another influential screamo/emoviolence act, sometime stated that their sound was highly influenced by Northcore acts such as Systral and Carol. Pretty accurate in my humble opinion. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading their EP and the full split with Stack, with artwork, inserts, layout and lyrics sheet included. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Systral 

http://bg.firstpress.net/Systral%201994-1998.zip

Speaking of the devil, Systral couldn't be missed out. The band existed between 1995 and 1998 and featured ex-members of Acme and Carol. During their short yet prolific lifetime, they released: Fever...The Maximum Carnage, Maximum Entertainment (1995), split with Acheborn and Black Smoker (1998). They also contributed different tracks to many local and international hardcore punk compilations.  There's also a CD version named after their first release that contains everything that Systral ever recorded before 1998, including two compilations tracks and one unreleased cover to Motörhead's We Are The Roadcrew song.

Regarding the sound, Systral followed the same path of the Northcore style traced by both Acme and Carol. However, they added more death metal and grindcore elements into their sound. The result was an overwhelming, violent and complex sound. Also, their lyrics were almost in english (only a few german exceptions) with deep, obscure and abstract statements (some of them more personal and some others more political).  

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Systral ever recorded in their short yet influential existence. The file was provided by our friend from Blogged and Quartered blog (Thanks, pal!) that made an excellent work compiling all the material of this excellent german outfit. You'll also find some goodies, for example, the cover to Kylie Minogue's Confide In Me song. Nope, you're not dreaming and we're not joking. Even the aforementioned australian pop star's magic seduced this Bremen-based savage metalcore act. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Acheborn  

 https://mega.nz/#!ilIkwJDC!cZ2rRu_zVHEqJAJ5PHlM5lhYiUGHfOJ0dGrO21eMDTs

Acheborn was another short-lived yet influential Northcore style band. During their existence, they only released The Demon Love EP (1996), split with Systral (1998) and Tuesday Is Dead LP/CD (1999). They also contributed some tracks to different compilations, notably The Seed Of The Next Season (previously posted here in the blog and re-featured in the first entry of this special post) and a tribute to Depeche Mode.

Regarding the sound, Acheborn also played fast and loud metallic hardcore punk in the same vein as their contemporary Northcore counterparts. But they added some slow and introspective interludes as well. The lyrics were in both german and english, with complex, poetic and abstract yet well-structured statements. Even there are some songs whose content is pretty pessimistic and fatidic, not recommended for the faint of heart, spirit and mind nor even psychiatric patients.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their EP, LP and full split with Systral. The artwork, inserts, layout and lyrics sheet of the aforementioned records are included. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Corrosive

http://bg.firstpress.net/Corrosive%20Black%20Forest%20Powerviolence.zip

Corrosive is a powerviolence band from Baden-Württemberg state, formed back in 1986 and still active today. This is one of the first "true" powerviolence bands in Germany. They have released so far: Gefühlsprodukt EP (1995), split with Bohrholm (1996), Nulla Osta, Nakot and Murder Disco Experience (2009), Life Ends (2011), Yacöpsae (2015). There's also a compilation disc named Gesammelte Werke 1986-1996 (Fucking Kill Records, 1986) that contains previously unreleased early material recorded in the mid-80s, as well as their only EP, tracks taken from the split with Bohrholm and some live recordings. 

Regarding the sound, Corrosive only played fast as fuck powerviolence. No experimental approach, no fusion music. Just pure and mean noise madness. You can think of early Slap-A-Ham Records' artists catalog such as Infest, Neanderthal and Crossed Out for getting an idea. Their lyrics are exclusively in their native language with the iconic elements of irony and sarcasm of the whole powerviolence subgenre.

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Corrosive officially released. The link was once again provided by our friend of Blogged and Quartered blog (Thanks, pal!). Sadly, I haven't got yet the Gesammelte Werke disc and I don't know how's the sound of the previously unreleased material. I guess they had influences of early american protogrindcore and protopowerviolence bands such as Deep Wound, Siege and Youth Korps and sounded like 80s german hardcore legends Inferno and Satanic Malfunctions. Maybe. When I get it, I'll immediately upload it. Highly recommended. Enjoy. 

Tumult 

http://bg.firstpress.net/Tumult%20-%20Discography.zip

Another all-time german powerviolence classic is here. If you're a true diehard fan of the subgenre, you must know this band. Period. If you do not know it yet, don't worry. We're here for helping you out. Tumult was from Köln (Cologne) and existed between 1996 and 2000. During their lifetime, they released: The Heroic Bloodshed EP (1997), splits with Gomorrha (1998) and Yacöpsae (2000) and one self-titled LP/CD (2000), as well as contributing some tracks to different hardcore punk compilations.

Regarding the sound, Tumult played powerviolence with some crust and grindcore influences. So, you can imagine that the music was fast as fuck. Also, it contained savage metallic breakdowns with some slow-paced sludge moments, lots of blast beats and the vocal style was darker and more harsher than other local outfits of their time. Just like other contemporary local powerviolence band, the lyrics were in german and filled with hate and despise for human existence and there were also some Kung Fu and B movies references à la Spazz.

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that Tumult ever recorded during their short yet wholesome existence. Once again, our friend of Blogged and Quartered gets all the credits for this. If you dig modern grindviolence bands like Hatred Surge, Magrudergrind and Marion Barry, Tumult is for you. Their only EP is a complete jewel of the powerviolence subgenre. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

    


 https://mega.nz/#!uhRBCZIR!ZOAxrQph0W8jiJVy72WTp8FibUlBb2Wk6E6Qp_aJ79M

Y was a Berlin-based powerviolence band that existed from 1995 to 2002. They released one self-titled 7" (1995), Ali Bomaye LP (1998), splits with Discript (1995), Diavolo Rosso (1998), My Own Lies and Dumbstruck (2002), and Global Prayer LP (2001), as well as contributing tracks to different hardcore compilations. This was one of the first powerviolence bands that I knew when I was exploring deeper in the hardcore punk territory. 

Regarding the sound, Y played ferocious powerviolence just like their local contemporaries Yacöpsae, Tumult and Corrosive. They were a complete exception to the rule because Northcore style and even emo bands were spreading and gaining more attention. Also, like other local powerviolence bands, Y sang most of the time in german (with some english exceptions) with the same characteristic dark sense of humour of the subgenre. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading Pseudo Youth...Human Cespool CD (Sound Pollution Records, 2000) that contains the tracks from their only 7", first LP and the split with Discript, as well as some unreleased tracks. This record was also re-issued but re-named as Bomb Havelland LP (Anomie Records, 2015). If you can, get Global Prayer LP. It's pretty good too. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Diavolo Rosso

 https://mega.nz/#!nxBRVLRT!H2Ok445CfeNzcaSTw44zQmtMTxgqJjI4l6jhwy-Df5M

We finally conclude this entry with Diavolo Rosso. This was a band from Mannheim that existed between 1997 and 2003. They released one self-titled cassette (1997), Groove Down To The Riotrock EP (1998), splits with Revenge (1998) and Y (1999) and Never Follow...LP/CD (2003). There's also a compilation of demos, covers and compilation tracks released in 2013 by both Meta Matter Records and Prügelprinz Records. 

Regarding the sound, Diavolo Rosso played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with early american hardcore influences of bands like Rich Kids On LSD, Attitude Adjustment, Crucifix and Poison Idea. There are also some traits of crust, thrashcore and powerviolence in their sound. In later recordings, however, they would eventually slow down a little bit exploring different musical instrumentation and execution. Therefore, they created an unique style that didn't follow Northcore nor grindviolence trends as other acts did so in their local hardcore scene. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading their split with Y. You can also visit their official bandcamp account, where you can get, either for free or paying the right price you consider, most of their recorded material. There are plenty of good things there. As always, I highly encourage you to support these bands. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next week. More surprises are coming for the last two entries, so stay tuned. Kisses and hugs!     

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

To Lie Is To Be Strong: 90s german hardcore punk special. Part 3

Note: Your personal order is here. 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the third part of our 90s german hardcore punk special post. Featuring: Yacøpsæ, Kassiopeia, Metöke, Azure, Loxiran, Lebensreform, Zelot, Dawnbreed, Rusty James and Veil. Let's begin!. 

Yacøpsæ

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Yacøpsæ (sometimes Yacöpsae, Yacoepsae, Yacopsae, Yacøpsae, Yaköpse and other variants) is a Hamburg-based grindcore band formed in 1990, and also one of the first musical groups of their country playing our beloved cacophonic and ferocious hardcore punk subgenre. During more than 20 years, they released a bunch of LPs, EPs, singles, demos, splits and compilation tracks. Also, Yacøpsæ was an important european reference to the development of  both powerviolence and grindcore subgenres in the 90s. 

Regarding the sound, Yacøpsæ played short, fast and loud hardcore punk. In most of their work, grindcore is the main influence but there are also some thrashcore and powerviolence elements as well. Their Fuck Punk Rock...This Is Turbo Speed Violence 10" (T.V.G. Records, 1998) is one of the perfect registers containing the mix of the aforementioned extreme hardcore punk variants. So, unlike most of their contemporaries, this band wasn't really involved with the NYHC-influenced political hardcore nor the "screamy" metallic hardcore of the time. Indeed, they were more influenced by other musical groups such as Seven Minutes Of Nausea (Australia), Fear Of God (Switzerland) and early UK powerviolence and grindcore acts such as Electro Hippies and Heresy. 

Finally, I'll feature you the two volumes of their Discoregraphy compilation albums. The first one (Regurgitated Semen Records, 2006) contains their first '91 demo, some interviews, Krank Ist Normal, their first EP, tracks from splits with Active Minds, Inner Conflict, Tumult, Deep and Vaseline, as well as some compilation tracks, b-sides, outtakes, covers, rehearsals, untitled tracks and other rarities. And, finally, the second one (F.O.A.D., 2013) contains their first full-length albums Fuck Punk Rock...This Is Turbo Speed Violence 10" and Einstweilige Vernichtung 12" LP,  tracks from splits with Your Kingdom Is Doomed, Sanity's Dawn and Noiseslaughter, Tanz, Grosny, Tanz LP (some songs of this release were taken and added to the In/Memoriam split with colombian hardcore punk bands Res Gestae and La Vendetta), as well as some compilation tracks (including the cover to Napalm Death's Scum), an unreleased 2005 studio session (including the covers to Gang Green's Let's Drink Some Beer and Verbal Abuse's I Hate You that were released in the split with Massgrav) and live performances. Of course, their entire discography is still incomplete but with these two releases (more than 150 tracks. Holy fuck!), you'll have the essential records from one of my favorite german powerviolence/grindcore bands of all time. Click on the image for downloading both records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Kassiopeia 

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Kassiopeia was a short-lived hardcore punk band. They only released one self-titled EP (Love Records, 1995), one split with Nothing To Grasp (Outlet Records, 1995) and contributed tracks to two german compilations: Turnitdown-Compilation Gegen Rechte Strukturen In Musik-(Sub)Kulturen and  Schnittstelle Gold. Their name comes from Cassiopeia constellation, named after the vain queen and Andromeda's mother in greek mythology, which is easily recognized by its W-shape in the sky.

Regarding the sound, Kassiopeia played emo just like local contemporaries Assay and Azure. However, unlike these aformentioned acts, Kassiopeia wasn't so frantic nor chaotic because their music was more melodic and introspective but they still had an impressive and enviable passionate touch. You can compare them with UK emo acts of time such as Bob Tilton and Baby Sharp Seal. And, Kassiopeia exclusively sang in their native language.  

Finally, click on the image for downloading their only EP because it's the only record I've got from them. Personally, their best ever recorded material is here. I really dig so much this band, it's really touching. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Rusty James

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Rusty James was formed when Age disbanded in 1994. They only released one self-titled EP (Love Records, 1995) and Save The Last Dance For Me LP (Love Records, 1996). 

Regarding the sound, Rusty James had emo and melodic hardcore influences. Some songs reminded me of some Descendents, All and Jawbreaker, whilst that others reminded me of Ethel Meserve, Braid and Sunny Day Real Estate. The music was melodic yet powerful. Also, their sound was a clear exception to the rule because german emo bands of the time were more political and tended to play faster. And, their lyrics were exclusively in english with deep emotional and introspective stances.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their self-titled EP because it's the only record that I've got. The file includes the artwork, inserts, layouts and lyrics. All-in-one. It's another good option for soothing the ears after long and relentless 90s german metalcore and powerviolence musical sessions. It has a particular magic. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Azure 
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Azure was a hardcore punk band from Helmsted, featuring members of Artificial Minds. They only released a demo (self-released, 199x), Misunderstood 7" (Honesty Records, 1995) and a split with american band Cerulean (SNC Empire/Coroner Records, 1997) and contributed one track to Erntesegen #3 Benefit Compilation Für Totale Kriegsdienstverweigerung, a german hardcore punk compilation.

Regarding the sound, and following the path of other previous german emo acts such as Age and Abyss, Azure played fast-paced music with some slow and introspective interludes. You can also think of some american acts such Portraits Of Past, Heroin and Mohinder, as well as french outfits like Anomie and Peu Être for getting an idea of what Azure was capable of. Also, their lyrics were mostly in english (with one or two german exceptions) filled with both personal and political content. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading their demo and their only 7", as well as the full split with Cerulean. The file includes the artwork, inserts, layouts and lyrics. All-in-one. It's one of those bittersweet and outraged 90s emocore acts you wouldn't want to miss out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Zelot

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Zelot was short-lived hardcore punk outfit featuring members of Zorn, Luzifers Mob and Diavolo Rosso. They only released the Z split with Zorn (Spring Records, 1995) and contributed one track to PLOT compilation.

Regarding the sound, Zelot played fast-paced metallic hardcore punk in the same vein as local contemporaries like Zorn and Golgatha. I don't have so much information about Zelot because in their official releases didn't feature lyrics. And, it doesn't help either that they sang exclusively in german because I don't quite understand so much their native language.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their split with Zorn. The file contains all the artwork, inserts and layout. All-in-one. Zelot is one of those cryptic bands that appear sometimes here in the blog. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Dawnbreed 

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Dawnbreed was a short-lived band that existed between 1995 and 1998. During their lifetime, they released two full-length albums Kiosk (1995) and Aroma (1997), as well as a split with Switzerland-based band Mine (1995 and three EPs: Unvollkommenheit 7" (1994), Amoklaufgefühl 7" ‎(1995) and Luxus (1998).

Regarding the sound, Dawnbreed started playing political-charged and intense metallic hardcore punk in the same vein as local acts such as Golgatha. With the release of Aroma, the band was experimenting with more emo, indie rock, alternative rock, jazz, posthardcore and other experimental elements. It reminded me of bands such as Monorchid, The Jesus Lizard, Garden Variety, Jejune and Refused's late recordings. Also, they fused with swiss indie rock band Monochrome, forming The Dawnbreed And Monochrome Collective and released one split with american experimental music band The World/Inferno Friendship Society (X-Mist Records, 1997).  

Finally, click on the image for downloading everything that this impressive german hardcore band released. The collective work with Monochrome and some compilation tracks are missing, however. Some of the records contain all the artwork, inserts and layout. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Metöke 

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Metöke was a short-lived yet outstanding hardcore punk outfit (probably from Bremen) that only released one self-titled (Into The Vortex, 199x) and Kalte Bauer (1996), as well as contributing two tracks to No More Heroes - DIY Tape compilation. It also had members of Mörser and is one of the first true exponents of the Northcore style.   

Regarding the sound, Metöke played vicious and relentless metalcore with screamed vocals and german lyrics filled with dark, pessimistic and depressive traits. Their style can also be compared with emerging canadian metalcore bands of the time such as Drift and Union Of Uranus. I even must admit that their style was as frantic and chaotic as "less emotional" Northcore acts such as Acme and Mörser.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their self-titled with all the artwork, inserts and layout. All-in-one. A not so well-known german act that you must check out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Loxiran

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Loxiran was a band from Rendsburg that also was part of the so-called Northcore movement and existed from 1996 to 1998. They only released one demo named Kinder Der Zukunft (self-released, 1996), one self-titled EP (1997, Per Koro) and one self-titled 10" (1998, Per Koro). Per Koro also released another self-titled CD in 1998 that includes both self-titled EP and 10"s, as well as one exclusive live performance track. There's also one discography disc named Loxibang (Audiolith, 2012) containing everything that Loxiran ever recorded.

Regarding the sound, Loxiran magistrally fused metalcore and screamo and created a fast-paced, politically-charged and ferocious hardcore punk. Also, their lyrics were exclusively in german and treated different subjects such as veganism, straight edge, war, consummerism, technology, capitalism, revolution, among others. After Loxiran disbanded, some of the members joined or formed other groups such as Chispa, Enfold, Linsay, Tomte and Marr. The first three followed the Northcore style whilst that Tomte and Marr were in a more indie rock and experimental hardcore punk domain, respectively.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their demo and the self-titled CD. With these records, you'll essentially have everything of this amazing german outfit. One or two tracks from other hardcore punk bands compilations are missing, but there's nothing to worry about. Their only EP is one of the best german hardcore records ever released. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Lebensreform


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Lebensreform was another Northcore-related band from Hamburg and existed between 1996 and 1998. They were born from the ashes of Better Tooth Organization, one of the first german straight edge bands in Germany. During their lifetime, they only released two EPs Licht+Luft+Leben (Per Koro, 1996) and Retor (Per Koro, 1997), as well as one split with Kindle (Desperado, 1998) and contributing one track to Wo Die Wilden Kerle Wohnen compilation.

Regarding the sound, Lebensreform played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with screamo, metalcore and powerviolence influences. Like Loxiran, they were vegan straight edge, had a political agenda and only sang in german. But they also had more intime and abstract personal songs. After they disbanded in 1998, members joined and or formed the same groups after Loxiran's disolution.  

Finally, I'll feature you Discographie (Audiolith, 2012), containing everything that this band ever recorded. I must admit that their two EPs are also two of the greatest german hardcore punk records. The first time I listened to them, I immediately fell in love with. Really good. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Veil

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We finally finish this entry with this interesting Hannover-based vegan straight edge band. During their lifetime, they released a self-titled (1995), Time Will Tell..., The Burden Of Life and split with Drowning Room (1996), Words Against Nothing (1998), Out Of The Shadows (2000) and contributed tracks to different hardcore punk compilations as well. There's also a compilation disc named The Works, released in 1996 by Lifeforce Records that contains their first 7", as well as some compilation tracks (including one cover to Misfits' I Turned Into A Martian).

Regarding the sound, Veil played metalcore in the vein of american and european hardcore bands of the time such as Snapcase, Strife, Congress, Abhinanda and Refused. Their music wasn't really frantic nor chaotic compared with other metalcore bands of their country (notably the Northcore movement) but still had an overwhelming and direct approach. Also, they were sometime influenced by Krsna consciousness, something really uncommon in their local scene because any contact with religious movements was despised or not so well welcomed (at least in some circles). 

Finally, click on the image for downloading The Works and The Burden Of Life. I must admit that the latter has a pretty special emotional touch, slightly different of what we've been featuring so far in this special post. If you dig Abhinanda's Never Ending Well Of Bliss, Snapcase's Progression Through Unlearning and Culture and Kindred split, this record is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!