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

 https://mega.nz/#!mpZXTDAA!B3y8vnQCrQjJja4cowiV5BwpPF3nbkpJXoZCZ5gDvIE

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 

 https://mega.nz/#!78ZBSCKQ!GP2DabZWmFYBr8xYJExHitllj39l3rMeDb2TuTB96rw

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

 https://mega.nz/#!WkBSkCAT!hy21SnbNR5D4Ux3NRSxhA9uxPHQf-amgwfJQ-jHaDaM

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 
 https://mega.nz/#!G0BzXDbZ!6UI-TeZ4gFC9ge5hZAJrr8QfT2tKnlV20Lnl9n5qpWo

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 german 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

 https://mega.nz/#!S4BjwLxJ!GTlj1ujY9GlxPflr7reSBbdo0qeuCLbTnMgdVWPXRkw

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 

 https://mega.nz/#!zo43wCTQ!08Tx2zle_dyApQB3Io5tKPyaOB0xLnsuK9XMrcpeUyM

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 

 https://mega.nz/#!noAlAKoZ!42KOUZwzuhxXNQ9wF3DqETwjfiM4jpOrE2xaF_LMxTA
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

 https://mega.nz/#!K8ojCKzA!0DJAPNyoQjuBK6lwLNQCWXb1rv5UjFKXLpiA2mzDPNE

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


 https://mega.nz/#!60oAyLSL!bvYcCQl5N0V1w9z6WMjMcK9AVeZVZiSR20pjvjwUQEo

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

 https://mega.nz/#!HoYF3ArL!xPd4y5OqjFe1HwhaSn0ak-a2dfQ1uTh83hGfT01rZeo

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!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

To Lie Is To Be Strong: 90s german hardcore punk. Part 2.


Note: Who's the boss here? Of course, it is I, David "el puto amo" Hasselhoff 

Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with the second part of our 90s german hardcore punk special post. I'm deeply sorry that I couldn't update it yesterday as I teased you on our Facebook group, but I had some issues when uploading the files. So, I already finished the gathering of all the records that will be featured in our special post. There are some unexpected surprises that weren't supposed to be here, but it's cool to find these kind of things during our researchs. On the other hand, it was nearly impossible to get some records that I wanted to feature right here. Due to some technical issues, I'll have to do it later (probably in our infamous Addenda posts. Promised). Finally, I've been calculating and there will be at least 4 or 5 entries but I'll try to finish it sooner before our summer vacations (Yup, I learnt malas mañas in Europe and I always have mandatory vacations haha). As always, you'll only find pure gold in here. With all that written, let's begin. 

Abolition

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This amazing musical group was born from the ashes of a local band named Violent Arrest, existed between 1991 and 1994 and has already been featured here in our blog. It's by far one of my favorite german hardcore punk bands of all time. They only released Jesus Was A Fuckin' Dick 7" (Equality Records/Homemade Records (Germany), 1991) and Complacency LP (Equality Records/ Homemade Records, 1994) and also contributing some tracks to different compilations, as well. Some of their members owned both Equality Records and Homemade Records, two german record labels, that promoted many local hardcore punk outfits in the 90s.

Regarding the sound, Abolition took the best elements of both late-80s and early-90s NYHC sound (you can think of bands like Bad Trip, Hell No, Downcast, Born Against and Rorschach, for naming a few) with clever, well-structured and politically-charged lyrics. These latter were sung in english (only a few in german) and treated different subjects such as religious hypocrisy, death penalty, animal rights, love and sexuality, prisons, among others.With the release of their only LP, Abolition slightly teased with emo and had a more complex musical structure and instrumentation but still kept their trademark sound.

Finally, when this musical group disbanded in 1994, the next year some of their members formed Stack, one of the best local powerviolence acts of their time. Click on the image above for downloading both records. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Hammerhead 

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One of the heavyweights of german hardcore punk is here. Hammerhead is probably the most well-known outfit of this time. Since their formation, they didn't stop playing (with a brief hiatus) and are still together, one of the few exceptions to the rule because most of the featured bands in the special post no longer exist. They have released the following records so far: split with Not The Same (1990), Resist 7" (1991),  Apocalypse Is Near 7" (1993), Stay Where The Pepper Grows LP (1993), live split with WWK (1994), Weißes Album LP (1998), Farbe / Color CD (2000), Bahn Frei! Für Liste 1 Sozialdemokraten 7" (2001) and Opa War In Ordnung 7" EP (2016) and contributed many tracks to different compilations, as well.

Regarding the sound, like other local groups of their time, Hammerhead also had late-80s NYHC influences in their sound. You can think of bands like Breakdown, Life's Blood, Sheer Terror and Underdog, among others. Their lyrics were fueled with hate, despair, violence, sarcasm and other negative and nihilistic attitudes. This characteristic made of them one of the few exceptions because german hardcore scene had high political and social consciousness.

Also, their first LP release, probably one of the best german hardcore punk jewels ever released, was controversial because of the original front cover. It featured a bank robbery in Germany in 1988, during which three people were killed and a womyn, who is in panic and not drugged, was taken as hostage. The next re-issues featured a blank image. There's also a 2007 re-issue that features a cartoon making fun of the aforementioned front cover, as well as the original artwork hidden inside the record.

Finally, click on the image for downloading Stay Where The Pepper Grows LP and Cut The Melon, a compilation that reunites early Hammerhead's recordings, singles, covers and the first two 7" tracks. You can also visit their official bandcamp, where you can buy some of their records in digital format. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Step Into Nowhere

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Step Into Nowhere existed between 1991 and 1995. This is probably one of the first 90s german hardcore bands and one of the few ones that started to gain international recognition. Even some of their records are hard to get today (at least a decent physical copy). During their lifespan, they released one split with local band Violent Arrest (1991), self-titled (Mugglewump Records, 1992), Blaue Meere Rotte Schiffe (Homemade Records. 1993) and split with Spit Acid (Per Koro, 1995), as well as some contributions to different hardcore punk compilations.

Regarding the sound, just like their contemporaries, Step Into Nowhere started drawing influences from USHC bands such as Antidote, Crucifix, Verbal Assault, Gang Green, among others, with polticial content. With the release of Blaue Meere Rotte Schiffe, and just like Ambush, they started to develop a more profound, mature and blunt sound inspired by the sludge subgenre, in the vein of Neurosis' early recordings and The Melvins, element pretty uncommon to their local scene because other hardcore punk-related subgenres, such as emo, metalcore and powerviolence, gained more importance.

Finally, click on the image for downloading both splits and some unsorted songs of Blaue...Sadly, I couldn't get this record. It's so fantastic. Another german hardcore punk jewel. When I get it, I'll post it. For sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!    

Ambush

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Speaking of Ambush, this interesting hardcore punk outfit from Berlin existed between 1992 and 1999. During their lifetime, they released A Ocean Of Irrelevance, Zebaoth (1992), demo split with Hunger (1993), Lach! (1994), Amarcord, Pigs (1995) and Revue (1999), and contributed some tracks to different local and international hardcore punk compilations such as Andersen, PLOT and Kellercore, as well. There's also a cassette that compiles both A Ocean Of Irrelevance and Zebaoth records, but I think it's a bootleg.

Regarding the sound, just like early local hardcore punk outfits of the time, Ambush had early-90s USHC influences, however, unlike their contemporaries, they added some early-80's british hardcore elements as well. Also, most of their songs were in english with political consciousness but, curiously, some of the lyrics have grammar mistakes. I certainly hope that this was intentional because most of the non-english speaking european hardcore punk bands spoke and wrote in english correctly. In later releases, this characteristic disappeared.

Later, Tom Rusnak, former Rorschach guitarist, joined the band and with the release of Lach!, they dramatically changed their original musical style adding female vocals, sludge, noise, posthardcore and other experimental elements. Therefore, they created a more refined and complex musical structure, filled with a overwhelming, intense and fierce dark ambient. This is probably the first german experimental hardcore punk band and completely advanced for their time. Amazing.

Finally, click on the image for downloading A Ocean Of Irrelevance 7" and Lach! and Pigs CD versions. I highly encourage you to get a physical copy of Lach! (above all the LP version that has some extra tracks absent on the CD release). It's one of the best experimental hardcore punk albums ever released, as well as an absolutely mandatory acquistion if you dig 90s german hardcore punk. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Age

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Yes, it's finally here. Age was a short-lived yet influential hardcore band from Wolfsburg. They only released self-titled 2x7" (Equality Records, 1993) and self-titled LP (Summersault Records/Love Records/Refuge Records, 1994), as well as contributing one track to Benefiz Tape Sampler For Huntsaboteurs compilation. As a matter of fact, Age wasn't only one of the first german vegan straight edge bands, but also was the first emocore band and an international reference to the subgenre at the time.

Regarding the sound, Age played fast and precise hardcore punk, inspired by both late-80s and early 90s american hardcore and emo bands. Even though its sounds wasn't as frantic as french emocore bands of the time such as Finger Print or Ananda, Age had its own superb sound. Also, some of the songs had slow and introspective interludes. And, their lyrics were exclusively in german (with some exceptions in english) with both personal and political content.

Finally, click on the image for downloading both Age's full-length albums. Sadly, the compilation track is absent because I've years trying to get the aforementioned collection and hasn't been possible. Also, remember that along with Abyss, Age made a collaboration song with french emocore band Shatter The Myth, available exclusively on their discography disc. Revisit here the second part of our infamous yet successful 90s french emocore special post to get it. Highly recommended. Their LP is one of my favorite 90s european emo records of all time. Enjoy!   

Nothing Remains

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This is an impressive short-lived hardcore punk outfit that released between 1992 and 1997 two 7" (Grey, 1992, Pictures, 1993 (?) and Où Sont Les Neiges D'antan? (1997). The first two were released through Homemade Records, whilst that the third one was released through Day After Records), and one LP ! Dream ? (Day After Records, 1995). They also contributed tracks to different local and international hardcore punk compilations such as Illiterate and Unter Den Brücken, among others.  

Regarding the sound, just like many of their contemporaries, Nothing Remains played fast-paced politically-charged hardcore punk, influenced by USHC bands like Rorschach, Born Against and Downcast. They also added some early-90s emo elements to their repertory. With the release of their first and only LP, Nothing Remains developped a more mature and complex sound, highly influenced by american posthardcore bands of the time such as Quicksand, Fugazi, Unwound and Into Another. I must admit that ! Dream ? is one of the best and completely forgotten posthardcore jewels ever created.  

Finally, click on the image for downloading all the albums that Nothing Remains ever recorded. Some compilation tracks are missing, though. I highly recommend you ! Dream ? album. You're gonna love it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Hypocritical Society

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Hypocritical Society was a short-lived hardcore punk band that only released one 2x7" named Pyre (Equality Records, 1993) and one LP named Failed And Loyal (Equality Records, 1994). They also contributed to different local and international hardcore punk compilations, notably Ebullition Records' Illiterate, that was the way of knowing the early stages of 90s german hardcore scene outside of their territory.

Regarding the sound, Hypocritical Society also had prominent early 90s american political hardcore influences but also added some slow and metallic breakdowns reminiscent to both crust punk and sludge subgenres. As the name suggests, the lyrics were poltically-charged criticizing different subjects such as capitalism, religion and the so-called "modern life", among others. I think that the sound of this band is the direct blueprint for Northcore style that would get all the attention within the german hardcore scene of the time.

Finally, click on the image for downloading Pyre, with artwork, layouts, inserts and lyrics in both english and german. All-in-one. Sadly, I couldn't get their LP. In the near future, we'll feature it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Luzifers Mob

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Ah!, this outstanding heavyweight couldn't be dismissed and it was about time to get the place they always deserved in our blog. Luzifers Mob was a short-lived yet highly influential band that existed between 1992 and 1996. They only released one self-titled 7" EP (Skuld Releases, 1993), self-titled cassette (self-released 1994) and Am Rande Des Urins/Sympathy For The Devil ‎LP, which is a split with local band Golgatha (X-Mist Records, 1995) and contributing tracks to different international hardcore punk compilations such as Whispers!, Die Human Race and PLOT (all of them available here in the blog), among others. There's also available a complete discography disc named Never Mind Hardcore Punk...Here's Luzifers Mob (Crucificados Pelo Sistema, 2007).

Regarding the sound, Luzifers Mob played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with both crust and powerviolence influences, as well as some slight metalcore elements reminiscent to early Northcore bands such as Carol and Systral. You can view this band like Germany's answer to emerging and popular american crust-influenced powerviolence bands such as Man Is The Bastard, Capitalist Casualties and Dropdead. Also, unlike other local outfits, Luzifers Mob sang exclusively in their native language with dark, sarcastic and pessimistic lyrics.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their entire discography. This is not the aforementioned discography disc because I decided to feature the one made by our friend of Blogged And Quartered blog instead (Thank you, pal!). You'll find some extra surprises in there. I highly recommend this band. It's one of the first german powerviolence bands and their self-titled 7" EP is a reference to the subgenre as well. Enjoy!

ABC Diabolo

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A Band Called Diabolo (or simply ABC Diabolo) was a band from Saarbrücken that existed between 1990 and 1995. Their first self-titled 7" was released in 1992 through Off The Disk Records and their first LP named Last Intoxication Of Senses in 1993 through Common Cause Records. And, their second and last LP named Give Rise To Doubts was released in 1995 once again through Common Cause Records. They also participated to different compilations, among them Whispers!.

Regarding the sound, ABC Diabolo played short, fast and tight hardcore punk influenced by USHC bands such as Rorschach and Citizens Arrest, as well as early american grindcore bands such as Siege, Psycho and Repulsion. Their sound was the perfect mix of speed, power, frenzy and chaos: not so loud, yet not so weak. On the other hand, maybe their last LP is their best work since we find a good mix of metallic hardcore and grindcore, with some sludge and even drone elements. There are also some dark, gloomy and slow-paced interludes that end up in a burst of energy. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading all of their records. You'll find two files: one made by our friend of Blogged And Quartered blog (Thanks once again, pal!) that compiles ABC Diabolo's early recordings (including two Germs' covers that appeared in a tribute album) and the other one contains the last LP. This is a pretty good underrated band whose luster was unfairly outshadowed by Northcore bands such as Acme, Carol and Systral and you must check it out. Give it a try. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Zorn

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Speaking of Northcore, we have here the first band that could be considered part of that trend. Zorn existed between 1993 and 1997. During this period, they released one demo cassette (1993), Heftig Aufflammender Unwille 7" (Equality Records, 1994), a split with german band Zelot (1995, Spring Records), and ...Denn Alle Lust Will Ewigkeit LP  (Maximum Voice Production, 1997). After their last LP, they changed their name to The Men Of Hell, released The Return Of The Gods 12" and disbanded after a while.

Regarding the sound, Zorn played an interesting mix of ultraviolent and soft music. Indeed, there are short, fast-paced metallic hardcore with screamed vocals songs combined with dark, slow-paced and introspective interludes. This unusual mix was the starting point for the whole Northcore style, that made so popular the 90's german hardcore scene. And, just like ABC Diabolo and Luzifers Mob, Zorn didn't have english songs and, unlike their contemporaries with a more established political agenda, their lyrics had a more abstract, personal and obscure touch.

Finally, click on the image above for downloading their 7" and LP. I don't have their 12" as The Men Of Hell. Musically is less superior than Zorn's material but it's still cool to hear. And, their split with Zelot will be featured in the next entry of this special post. If you like different metalcore and screamo bands of the time, you'll like this one, above all their LP. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   
Day By Day

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Day By Day was a short-lived hardcore band from Göttingen and they only self-released Ganz Was Feines? (1994) and We Need More Than Your Compassion (199x). They also contributed some tracks to different local hardcore compilations, notably Agressions In An Emotional Way (that also includes other hardcore outfits from their hometown and outskirts). And, the only official release this band got, was Animal Abuse...Is Nothing Bygone, released in 2010 by Twisted Chords, that compiles almost everything that this band ever recorded during their short existence.

Regarding the sound, Day By Day was one of those few exceptions within their local scene. Indeed, they featured a female vocalist, probably the first local band of the time doing so, and their music was precise and fast-paced but with a particular melodic style. Their sound reminded me somehow Life...But How To Live It?'s. And, unlike other emerging melodic hardcore bands of the time, Day By Day's lyrics weren't exclusively deep and emotional since they also had more political content, above all advocating for veganism and animal rights.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their first record. It's a pretty good option for soothing the ears after long and ferocious 90s german hardcore punk sessions. Pretty cool.  Highly recommended. Enjoy!     
          
Spit Acid

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Spit Acid was a band from Göttingen and, along with Day By Day, was one of the first hardcore punk outfits of their local town. During their short-lived existence, they only released The Tragedy Of Reality EP (1994), self-titled (Per Koro Records, 1994) and a split with Step Into Nowhere (Per Koro, 1995), as well as contributing tracks to different local and international hardcore punk compilations such as Agressions In An Emotional Way and Break The Distrust, among others.

Regarding the sound, Spit Acid also had early-90s NYHC influences. Think of bands such as SFA, Citizens Arrest, Yuppicide and Rorschach, among others. But after the release of their self-titled, they started to develop an unique and particular melodic style: powerful and captivating. It reminded me some works of swedish hardcore outfits of the time like Refused and Abhinanda. Also, this band's lyrics were in both english and german with highly political content.

Finally, click on the image for getting their EP and some unsorted tracks from their self-titled. I couldn't get the latter complete, so in a next time I'll feature it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Golgatha 

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Golgatha was a short-lived band from the Rhine-Area. They only release Ich Weiss Nicht Ob Ich Weinen Oder Kotzen Soll 7" EP /Spring Records, 1994) and Am Rande Des Urins/Sympathy For The Devil ‎LP, which is a split with local band Luzifers Mob (X-Mist Records, 1995). They also contributed different tracks to local and international hardcore punk compilations such as PLOT and Illiterate.

Regarding the sound, Golgatha was one of the first german hardcore bands with a more refined metallic hardcore or metalcore sound. As many other local contemporary bands, Golgatha took elements from US political hardcore acts such as Rorschach, Groundwork and Born Against and created a ferocious and relentless sound. Just like Zorn, Golgatha also marked a starting point for Northcore style. And, their lyrics were in german with sociopolitical critics.

Finally, click on the image above for downloading their EP and the full split with Luzifers Mob with artwork, layouts, inserts and everything else. All-in-one. About the split with Luzifers Mob, there's a curious fact. The record comes with a poster which should have been the cover of the record but printers refused to press it on the cover. So, the aforementioned image is included and you can draw your own conclusions. These german hardcore punks always wanted to set the world on fire, right? Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Peace Of Mind

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Peace Of Mind was a political hardcore punk from Bovenden (near Göttingen) that existed between 1994 and 1997 (with a brief reunion between 2002 and 2004). During their lifetime, they released: Love Your Friends! (1994), Competition, split with Anomie (1995), self-titled 7", split with Strange Fruit (1996), split with Upset (199x), All Set To Boogie And No Place To Go (1997), Reclaim Public Spaces (2002) and Values Between 0 and 1 (2003) and contributing tracks to different local and international hardcore punk compilations. Along with Age and Abyss, Peace Of Mind was one of the references to german emocore in the 90s.

Regarding the sound, Peace Of Mind had both early-90s american political hardcore and emo influences. Think of bands such as Downcast, Born Against, Heroin, Current and Policy Of Three, among others. The music was fast, loud and precise with some slow and introspective interludes in later releases. Like different european emocore bands, Peace Of Mind had both political and personal lyrics with an remarkable DIY spirit.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their first record with artwork, lyrics, layouts and inserts. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Abyss

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Another influential german emo band in the 90s is here. Abyss was a short-lived hardcore band that only released a self-titled 7" (Summersault Records/Love Records, 1993, 1994(?)) and a split with american emo band Iconoclast (Old Glory Records/Love Records, 1995). Along with Age, Abyss was the reference to emo subgenre in both Germany and Europe. 

Regarding the sound, Abyss played short and fast-paced hardcore punk, very similar to american emo bands of the time such as Heroin, Merel and Iconoclast. This wasn't your typical emo band with  complex musical structure, this was your truly passionate and straight-to-the-point 90s hardcore band that you'll hear over and over again. Their lyrics were exclusively in english and had both personal and political content. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading their only 7". It's also one of the best european 90's emo records ever released. It's good, sincere and full of passion, just like emo always meant to be. Their split with Iconoclast won't be here because I'll feature it later in other 90's emo-related post I've lately been thinking of. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 
 
Gnezl Drei


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We finish this first part with an outstanding yet short-lived hardcore punk band that existed between 1989 and 1994. They only released one demo (1991) and one self-titled 7" (1994). They also contributed the Ever track to Ebullition Records' Illiterate compilation and thanks to this, their self-titled had a pretty good reception in North America.  

Regarding the sound, Gnezl Drei had an unique and particular hardcore punk style. We find both late-80s and early-90s american hardcore and emo influences with an interesting and superb fresh, short and fast-paced execution, along with some slow and slight metallic breakdowns and spoken word. Also, their lyrics were sung in both english and german with highly-political content, denouncing subjects like sexism (notably rape), and introspective moments. And, all three members of the band sing each one one song, which makes you think that there are three different bands in one. Pretty cool.

Finally, click on the image for downloading their self-titled. The file includes artwork, layouts and lyrics. All-in-one. Sadly, I couldn't get their demo. So, if I find it later, I'll post it. For sure. If you dig early 90s american metallic hardcore bands mistaken for emo such as Groundwork and Struggle, this is for you. Highly recommended. Enjoy and see you until next week for more surprises. Kisses and hugs!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

To Lie Is To Be Strong: 90s german hardcore punk special post. Part 1

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Coucou, les chaton.ne.s! We're back with our long awaited special post. Yaaayy! This time around, we'll talk about german hardcore punk in the 90s. Since we started this humble website, we've already featured some of these interesting jewels and we wanted to explore more of this amazing hardcore scene. Germany has always been one of the most important epicenters of hardcore and punk. Indeed, since the 80's, we've seen amazing hardcore punk outfits such as Chaos Z, Normahl and Inferno, as well as top-notch post-punk acts like Fliehende Stürme and EA80, among others, that have always been a source of admiration and inspiration. Obviously, for the next decade, german hardcore punks didn't fall sleep and produced a wide variety of brutal and politically-charged music. 

Just like many other contemporary hardcore punk scenes around the world, the american hardcore punk style was gradually gaining more terrain, above all bands of the time such as Downcast, Born Against and Econochrist, whose sound and their highly political sensibilities were a direct influence. When some of these bands made their respective european tours, they couldn't believe how well organized the scene was. Kent McClard, owner of Ebullition Records, remarked this and compiled some of these emerging bands in the Illiterate compilation (we've already posted it, so you can view it once again here. The entry is in spanish, however). 

Thus, during all the decade, many political hardcore punk bands (including vegan straight edge bands) appeared exploring different subgenres. For example, the first wave of 90s german hardcore like Abolition, Truth Against Tradition and Spit Acid, among others, had late-80s and early-90s american hardcore influences. For the second wave, in the same vein as other european scenes of the time, metallic hardcore or metalcore bands were emerging and groups like Loxiran and Lebensreform gained an important reputation inside and outside of Germany. Other bands of the same style such as Bremen-based groups like Systral, Acme, Mörser and Carol, whose ferocious, uncompromising and unbeatable sound also gave them notorious fame. This local scene has also been known as Northcore. Even bands such as Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn have had little mainstream success. Also, some emocore bands like Age and Abyss were a clear reference for the subgenre, and, emerging powerviolence acts like Stack and Y were admired and highly praised as well.  

Finally, like previous special posts, we'll feature you some records and compilations of this spectacular 90s hardcore scene. Also, for this first entry, we'll translate the 90s german hardcore-related compilations we've posted so far (plus one extra). I know this is an uncommon move because the final entries of the previous special posts feature compilations, but these ones will serve as an introduction, or even as an "appetizer", of what we'll talk about. However, the newest compilations we recently got for this special post, will be featured in the last entry. With all that written, let's begin.

500 Years of Genocide

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An impressive compilation released by Per Koro (one of the most influential german hardcore punk record labels) and Peacy Records (Luxemburg) in 1993. It contains the following bands: Downcast (USA), Wounded Knee, No More (Luxemburg), Abolition, Truth Against Tradition (Germany) and P.R.A.C.H. (France). The featured tracks are already available on each's band discographies and were taken from a live performance in Luxemburg, during Downcast's european tour in 1993.

The name of this compilation is clear: it conmemorates the massacre of indigenous people in North America executed by european caucasic men, blinded by their insane craving of conquest and expansion. All proceeds were donated to Mohawk Nation, an american non-profit organization that fights for north american indigenous' settlements (only a few remain), their preservation and respect of their environment and vital space. Also, there's included a short yet complete writing about the negative influence of the rich white men in american territories. It's written in both english and german.

Regarding the sound, we find fast, relentless and ferocious political hardcore, highly influenced by american outfits such as Downcast, Rorschach and Born Against. Nonetheless, I must admit that these european bands took these influences to the next level and, perhaps, they were even more engaged to the cause. And, the lyrics are varied, full of both social and political critics, denouncing colonialism, death penalty and prison, among others.

Finally, I highly recommend this compilation. Click on the image for downloading it. You'll find all artwork, inserts, layouts and the aforementioned booklet in the file. All-in-one. Enjoy! 

The Seed Of The Next Season

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Another impressive german hardcore punk compilation released by german record labels Per Koro and Alveran in 1999. It was released on both CD and LP formats, with no apparent differences between them. It features the following bands: Jane, Chispa, Systral, Y, Acheborn, Heaven Shall Burn, Linsay, Tumult, Man Vs. Humanity, Enfold, Nyari, Gomorrha, Deamon's Jaded Passion, Mörser, Inane, Metalfist, Caliban and Aclys.

Regarding the sound, we find top-notch metalcore (including Northcore bands), screamo and powerviolence. Unlike other german hardcore punk-related compilations of the time, this one has a superior sound quality and a high production value. It also contains exclusive tracks that aren't available on each's band discographic material, for example, some of Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn's early recordings are here, before having their short "fifteen minutes of glory and fame", Acheborn's To Lie Is To Be Strong track, which is a re-interpretation of Seal (Yup, the british soul/pop singer) and Adamksi's Killer track and Gomorrah's Human Slaughter track, whose lyrics are taken from one of Rüdiger Safranski's, a german philosopher, writings. 

Finally, get this record. One of the best 90s german hardcore punk compilations ever released. Click on the image for downloading it. The file contains all the artwork, inserts and layouts. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!


PLOT 

https://mega.co.nz/#!ihw03S4b!F9xbcoQKC9aIGbggWhiKGP7qUnSEJqDxvsh0ioN2_jI

This is a rare compilation released by X-Mist Records in 1994 and contains the following bands: Graue Zellen, Cwill, Ambush, Ego Trip, Golgatha, The Slumlords, Zorn, Acme, Systral, Luzifers Mob, Stack, Time To Suffer Power, Wounded Knee, Mine, Corrosive, Zelot, Dawnbreed and Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore. All of the featured bands are german, except Wounded Knee (Luxemburg) and Mine (Switzerland). Also, all proceeds were used for releasing the first and only issue of a fanzine of the same name. 

Regarding the sound, once again, we have metalcore (including Northcore), powerviolence and even experimental hardcore. Compared with the previous compilation, PLOT doesn't have a high production value nor good sound quality, however, it does have a special charm. Indeed, not only is one of the rarest german hardcore punk compilations, due to its scarce printing, but it also contains some previously unreleased and never heard before tracks. For example, we have Acme's last track ever that didn't have an official release (it's not even included on their discography disc) and Stack's Armistice studio version (originally released on their first demo).   

Finally, get this record. Click on the image for downloading it.The file contains all the artwork, inserts and layouts. All-in-one. Enjoy!

Agressions In An Emotional Way 

 https://mega.nz/#!FHwyXazB!poKChgXCafjp9B69VB-EPtGhnnHO0vxr3NU77k0xby0

A beautiful german hardcore punk compilation released in 1995 by Daydream Records (a short lived german record label owned by Niels Bogdan, bassist of Spit Acid). It contains the following bands: Day By Day, Grey, Spit Acid, Better Tooth Organization, Systral and Peace Of Mind. It was also available in black and white and red. This compilation was meant to appear long time ago here in the blog but I don't know why it didn't happen.

Regarding the sound, we find different styles. For example, Systral surprise us with their Northcore attack; Day By Day is female-fronted with both political and melodic hardcore influences; Grey has post-hardcore influences; Better Tooth Organization has both straight edge hardcore and youth crew influences. They would later form Lebensreform; and, last but not least, Peace Of Mind has emo and post-hardcore influences. Also, the lyrics are in english, except Systral's song, and are highly political.

Finally, get this record. Another outstanding 90s german hardcore punk compilation that it isn't as savage as other releases but it's still pretty cool. Click on the image for downloading it.The file contains all the artwork, inserts and layouts. All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

  
Heart Circle benefit compilation

https://the90sscreamohcemoindie-rockfriends.bandcamp.com/album/v-a-heart-circle

We finally conclude this first part of our special post with this surprising benefit compilation curated by The 90s SCREAMO/HC/EMO/INDIE ROCK FRIENDS Facebook group. All the proceeds were donated to cover Marc Köhler's, a friend of the group and active in german underground scene, medical expenses. He was diagnosed with a strange genetic disorder known as "Factor V Leiden" that severely affects his cardiovascular system. We're not completely sure how he's doing right now, but we hope he gets well soon.

This compilation contains the following 86 (!) bands: Fine Boat That Coffin, A Tired Day's Night, ABCM, Adore_Repel, Andorra Atkins, Apsis, Arktika, Aslov Kinski, Assay, Bängks, BLCKWVS, Bobbie Knollmann, Burke, Carol, CHLRN, Confusing World, Cousin Of Death, Danton, Deadwood, Dear Diary, Decent Paint Box, Derbe Lebowski, Downright, Être, Fallow Deer Fawn, Glasses, H.ate K.ill Z.ersteu, Hatehug, Hell & Back, Hester, Hund Kaputt, Idiotlights, John Matrix, Jukai, Kaschmir Köter, Keep It Alive, Kinetic Crash Cooperation, Kishote, Komma Acht Komma Eins, Kosslowski, La Petite Mort_Little Death, Lassard, Last Beautiful June, Letters To You, Lightsome, Loose Suspense, Lypurá, Mallory Last Dance, Minion, Morla, Mörser, Narrowline, Nausae, Nixion Golden, NOºRD, On Your Marx, Phantoms, Phobos And Eleos, Planks, Rangka, Rant, Redröm, Reno Kid, Resolutions, Rusty James, Sermon, Sesame, Siege Of Hate, Sleep Kit, Sometimes Go, Sonic Skies, Stale, Surmoi, Systral, Tephra, The 244GL, The Notorious Love Affair, The Tidal Sleep, This Too Will Pass, Thurm, Trainwreck, Welk, When There Is None, White Crane, Wolves Reign and Yanos.

Regarding the sound, it has both classical and modern german bands with multiple musical genres and styles. For example, some Northcore and 90s emocore acts such as Systral, Carol, Mörser, Assay, The Notorious Love Affair and Rusty James, some 00s screamo revival bands such as A Fine Boat That Coffin and Trainwreck, as well as other muscial groups that explore post-rock like CHLRN, sludge like BLCKWVS, blackgaze like Apsis, and some 80s Deutschpunk homages like Hund Kaputt. We decided to re-feature this comp, due to the inclusion of the 90s german hardcore punk bands that will be present in this special post. Also, there are some exclusive tracks, for example, Carol's Dark Side Of Genius. Finally, early this year, a second volume was released with only german modern bands. I'm not sure if it's also a benefit compilation for Marc.

Finally, get this record. Click on the image for getting redirected to The 90s SCREAMO/HC/EMO/INDIE ROCK FRIENDS' official bandcamp account. This is probably the best register of the prolific german underground scene, remarking the inclusion of the 90s hardcore punk bands that are all-time classics and an institution for the subgenre, as well. See you next time with more surprises. Enjoy. Kisses and hugs!