Monday, 28 March 2011
A post in which I gush about how bloody brilliant Never Again were and bitch about Holy Roar and Thirty Days Of Night
Some of the best bands had the shortest life spans. Never Again from Canterbury, Kent existed between Summer 2009 and Autumn 2010, two demo tapes, an EP, two split 7”s and several jaunts around Europe, easily the most popular Straight Edge UKHC band since xCanaanx. Around the time they announced they were breaking up there was some rumours about Edge breaking, but all the members have gone on to do other Straight Edge bands (vocalist Luke now plays bass in STAB and the rest are in Norse myth obsessed Holy Terrorists Wayfarer), so nyer. Before they broke up they released a discography LP on Holy Roar, who I have a love/hate relationship with, love because they let you download the songs from the records they sell on their website but hate because they also give the option of selling MP3s separate from the records and continue after the record is sold out. Personally I believe that if the physical record is out of print you should just give the music away for free. Being a record collector I just don’t understand the mentality of people who pay to download music, but I guess you could argue that money goes to support the artists, and at least they aren’t as cuntish as Thirty Days of Night who sell MP3s through iTunes and get blogs taken down for daring to put up download links to their releases, even if they are long out of print. Anyway, back to Never Again, there's one song that isn’t on their discography LP, the demo version of Enough Is Enough from the Repulsed tape, they re-recorded it on the Pressure 7” and that’s the one they went with.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
You know that band Cthulhu Youth everyone's bumming right now, well this is the singers old Holy Terror band. They used to noise/circuit bending stuff between songs when they played live. I saw their first show at an all ages gig at Tap N Tin in Chatham, not the best place to debut an experimental Hardcore band in front of a bunch of sixteen-year-olds waiting for Hang The Bastard to play. I only ever heard about them playing one other show at The 12 Bar in London, I'm not sure if they played many shows after that. This was given away as a free download.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Thrashcore from Essex and London. So London has LBU, Essex has EBD (Essex Beatdown), and like most of the LBU bands, the EBD bands suck, with the exception of Deathskulls, in fact it always baffled me that a scene with such a hard-on for beatdowns accepted a band that played so fast like Deathskulls.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Beasting Crust from Dublin (so not UK, but fuck it, this record is awesome), this link comes from the band themselves and they are encouraging people to spread it around, which is extraordinarly cool of them. You can pick up a copy from here.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
This comp was pretty much my introduction to underground/D.I.Y. Hardcore. My tastes have moved on since then but I do get this out from time to time when I'm feeling nostalgic. Some of these songs have appeared on other things but most of the content is exclusive to this comp. Bands: Unite (doing a cover of Screamager by Therapy?), Incoherence, Decimate, Stampin' Ground (doing a crap cover of Bringin' It Down by Judge), Special Move, Knuckledust, xCanaanx, AKO (doing a horrendous cover of Start Today by Gorrila Biscuits, worse than Fall Out Boy's version), Above All, Divide, Raiden, Underule, Stuntface, Freebase (doing a beefed up cover of No Friend Of Mine by Slapshot), Bluntside, 50 Caliber, In Decades Decline, Understand, January Thirst, Set Against, M.T.A. and Spine.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
OK, not all of these bands are British but this was a UK release on the charmingly named Punch An Emo Records. 12 songs in just under 11 minutes. Brits: Worker And Parasite, Brain Dead, Brainbuster, BSOYM, Yanks: Half Gorilla, Black Hole Of Calcutta, Chainsaw To The Face, Protestant, Have Fun, Dutch: Slapendehoden and Swedes: One Two Fuck You, Undergång.
Friday, 18 March 2011
If I'm honest, this is pretty shit, but it does have Voorhees doing a cover of Life Of My Own and Lecky's Vegan Straight Edge Metalcore side band Withdrawn (see Gonna Make The Pony Trot) doing Hard Times so it's worth having just for that. The only other thing worth mentioning is the cover of We Gotta Know by Public Disturbance, who featured the Peado singer from Lostprophets on drums. Forgetable covers by: D.S.F.A., Stampin' Ground, Set Against, Primate, Divide, Freebase, Underule, I.O.D., 2000 Strong, Step Back, Up In Arms, Co-Exist, Ackbar and Human Error.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Fear/T.S.O.L. style Hardcore Punk from Leeds. This was their only album, they threatened a second for ages but after a deal with an unnamed US label fell threw they went quiet and they were never heard from again. I think Atko would be too bust these dyas with Rise Above signed Gentlemans Pistols, running Grot records, sporadic gigs with The Horror and Rot In Hell
The inlay was accidently printed on the back, they put this note in the back.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Straight Edge Hardcore from Leeds. When I first heard them I thought they were an LBU band, but actually good. After this they went Crossover Thrash in a Best Wishes-era Cro-Mags style. A lot of people didn't really get what they were doing and they broke up for a while, reformed after a few members broke Edge, continued with the Crossover style with greater success. If you get the chance go see them, they have easily the best frontman in UKHC, really great sarcastic sense of humour, they normally play with a bunch of shitty Moshcore bands but they are well worth suffering through to see them.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Mel Gimpsuit, food obsessed Grindcore from Mansfield, Hangover Heartattack Nihilistic Powerviolence from Leicester. This was given away by one of the Mel Gimpsuit guys by just sending a stamped self addressed envelope.
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Pirate themed Hardcore from Liverpool featuring the vocals on Ian Leck of Voorhees and Sick-Fuckin-O. Before they put out their LP on Dead & Gone they released four 7"s simultaneously on Thrashgig (run by Foxy from SSS). Each 7" featured an original song and a cover of a classic Punk/Hardcore song (Night Stalker by Impact Unit, So Ends Our Night by Last Rights, Depression by Black Flag and a version of Nausea by X with swearier lyrics). All the 7"s came in gatefold sleeves and featured a different part of a story.
The Saga (click to read)
Thrash/Hardcore Crossover from Liverpool featuring members of Walk The Plank.
Charlie Chaplin, Sick Of It All Lou, get a grip, get a clue, no hope, boz eyes is betta, if Hitler was around, this is what he'd do, he'd THRASH!
7" also came with an A4 comic strip, click to read
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Classic UKHC from Durham, criminally out of print. This CD compiles the first two demos, Violent 7", a session from a Negative Approach tribute album, Spilling Blood Without A Reason LP plus bonus tracks from that session which came out on the 15th anniversary reissue (I think they're probably on the more recent 20th anniversary reissue too, I don't know, I'm a pretty bad obsessive record collector but not so much that I buy different pressings of records I already have). Covers of: Faith (You're X'd), Negative Approach (I'll Survive, Whatever I Do), D.Y.S. (Open Up), Raw Power (State Oppression) and Black Flag (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme).
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Fastcore from Guildford, the was their last 7" which was supposed to be a four way split but the other bands backed out, so they just released it as a one sided 7" limited to 220 copies.
Monday, 7 March 2011
Great Powerviolence band, failures as people. last time I saw them the bass player got arrested for throwing his instrument at the merch table and hitting someone in the face, Never Again had to wait 'til the police had gone and the ambulence had took the guy who got hit away.
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Friday, 4 March 2011
Political Metalcore from London. For a band who only put out two self released demos they achieved a fantastic amount. Serveral tours of Europe reaching as far as Russia and Turkey. Ivona now plays in Petty Bone.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Powerviolence/Fastcore comp with Leicestershire's Brain Dead and Boston Not Boston's Patient Zero being all serious and Harrogate's Valhalla Pacifists and Surrey's Worker And Parasite bringing the lulz.
No, not the German Melodic Hardcore band, this was a straight up fast Hardcore band to come out of London's LBU clique (which I'm told stands for London Black Up, Weed used to be a big thing in the London Hardcore scene, not that you'd think that now with all the London Straight Edge varsity jackets you see at shows these days). This was their only release, they were also meant to to a split with Injury Time but IT never bothered to do their side so DE just put up their tracks for free download via their MySpace page.
Crusty Thrashcore from London featuring members of Defcon Zero, Palehorse, Abjure, Kneejerk and Million Dead.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
D-Beat with a sense of humour from Nottingham, ex-members of Bumsnogger, some of them now play in Year Of The Flood and End Of History?
Two bands from Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Fuck With Fire, Melodic Hardcore and Valhalla Pacifists, Fastcore with a sense of humour. All the VH songs can be found with more on their side of the split 12" with Průmyslová Smrt from the Czech Republic.