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.

Thursday 24 March 2011

Blight - Master

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

Deathskulls/Armed Response Unit - split 7"

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.

Sunday 13 March 2011

Walk The Plank - Thrashgig 7"s

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)

SSS - S/T aka Cliff Burton 7"

Thrash/Hardcore Crossover from Liverpool featuring members of Walk The Plank.
7" also came with an A4 comic strip, click to read

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Nowhere Fast - No Escape 7"

80's style Hardcore from Liverpool.

Crash The Pose - S/T 7"

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.

Sunday 6 March 2011

Thursday 3 March 2011

Wednesday 2 March 2011

Thrash War comp 7"

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.

Deny Everything - Through With This 7"

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.

Armed Response Unit - No Point In Calling The Cops, They Ain't Coming 7"

Crusty Thrashcore from London featuring members of Defcon Zero, Palehorse, Abjure, Kneejerk and Million Dead.

Self Destruct - This Is Not Your World 7"

D.I.Y. Hardcore from Leeds.