domenica 28 settembre 2008

Agents Of Abhorrence intie

I first saw Agents Of Abhorrence when they came to Italy with Potop. I was amazed by the great energy they had, so I spoke with their drummer, Max, that was so cool to accept to make an intie. I suggest you to check em out since they'll make your ears bleed!!!

1- Hi guys, how's life?

BEN: great. its 5am and i cant sleep due to jetlag so why not catch up on the ole emails eh?!
MAX: Tired. No sleep. Straight back to work after tour. Post tour Depression.

2- Tell us some more about Agents Of Abhorrence, when did you start?
Why? How many releases have you put out so far? What are the future plans?

BEN: jan 2004 after a random late night text message i sent to crumber (max) regarding starting a "flat out hardcore grind project")
the rest is well, history. we done a tape demo, covert lobotomy 9", split 7" with Iron Lung, Character Dissection CD / LP, Eart, Water, Sun CD and two split recordings that are never gonna come out.....sigh.....
MAX: We started cos we are old friends who like the same music. The first few years we were a 2 piece. On the demo, 9" and split 7" with Iron Lung it was just Ben on guitar and Me on drums and vocals. Then we got Grant Andrew Johns aka Jason on board for his sensual throat. Everything since then record and live has been better for AOA. The splits may come out. We have had bad luck. A split with Insect Warfare (r.i.p) and Extortion should be out. Should being the operative word!!!

3- What are your biggest influences? What were your first grindcore
bands? What about new ones?

BEN: i only really listen to what i would call classic grind. Axis, Nasum, Regurgitate etc; Australian grind is up there with the best of em though, obviously. Roskopp are unbelievable.
MAX: I only listen to soul and funk. My first taste of grindcore was local melbourne bands like Open Wound, The Kill, Vaginal Carnage, Warsore, Magnacite, fallout, Stammench. Right now it has to be amazing to get my attention. Recently I've been listening to Mortalized, GATE, Looking for an answer, Roskopp and maybe a few others.

4- How about Australia? Do you have/play a lot of gigs there? Any Oz
band you would reccomend? Did you enjoy yourself during your Euro tour?

BEN: Australia, esp Melbourne has a flourishing grind scene. bands such as Roskopp, the Kill, Fuck...I'm Dead and Doubled Over are all totally killer no filler. lots of gigs yes. Very different to Europe but i love Europe so much it would be hard to say anything bad about our experiences there. loved it!
MAX: Other bands you can check out are: Super Happy Fun Slide, Extortion, Crux, Die Pigeon Die, Garbage Guts, The Day Everything Became nothing, Dad They Broke Me, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace, Pathetic Human, Undinism and the mighty Captain Cleanoff. Plus the ones Ben Said.

5- Do you like other kinds of music beside grindcore? What are the
albums you've been listening to lately?

BEN: hell yes! i just got a double GROWING live LP that rules, i listen to a lot of noise and, for want of a better word, experimental stuff. it really gets me off. also, the new Cold Play single is fucking stella. no joke.
MAX: Hell yes. I'm listening to the new Roots Manuva album - fantastic. I love soul, jazz, hip hop and funk records - always have.

6- What are your main hobbies? Do you watch a lot of movies?

BEN: many movies, mainly romantic comedies starring Cameron Diaz or Ben Stiller but preferably both. he has big silly ears.
MAX: Romance and Comedy are the 2 best things in life. Especially on film. I don't have enough of either in my life so I watch Ben Stiller and his ears. Hobbies..I skate when the weather is nice. Buy records allot.

7- Man Is The Bastard or No Comment? Nasum or Retaliation? Grind or

BEN: MITB, NASUM and Grindcore.
MAX: No Comment, Nasum (although I love retaliation), Grindcore. Fuck try hard power violence scenes. Boring idiots.

8- Ok thanks for everything bro! Last comments?
MAX: Thanks my friend. Keep europe fun.

domenica 21 settembre 2008

Reviews special!!

Lately I've been to some concerts, and I had some albums i really wanted to review, so why not doing a review special??
Here it is you guy, enjoy!!

***Cancer Spreading- Raw demo sessions demo tape, Goodbye Mankind
Hailing from Modena, Italy, here's the demo of this stenchcore act.
I met the singer at a concert of his other band, Terror Firmer (thanks again for this tape!!).
This demo consists of 11 tracks included 2 covers, 1 from Sodom (Outbreak of evil) and 1 from Deviated Instinct (Despair) and 3 songs recorded live at DIY fest in 2007.
There is no info about when and where it's been recorded, but it seems like it's a good homemade recording.
The sound they create is cool, especially because it's not always about mid tempos, fast parts alternates to slower ones, and that makes it really interesting to my ears. The guitar sometimes is too low, but it's still hearable with its thrashy anrgry sound, reminding me of some riffs from arise by Amebix. The vocals are guttural, in some parts reminding of Masskontroll. Also the second voice is cool, it's pretty harsh too and create a really good mix with the lead one. I can't tell much about the lyrics and the whole concept because there are no lyrics in the tape, just the pics of flyers from past shows, but I can assume they're all about the misery of life and human extinction. My fave tracks are: Sacrilegio (Sacrilege), Incubo (Nightmare), Catarsi (Catharsis) and Macerie (Junk).
This demo sets all the elements for a good debut, but my suggestions are:
- make guitars a little bit rawer and louder for the next recording
- try to use the 2 kind of vocals (like in the Deviated Instinct cover) more
Big up for the "Cancer Spreading Rotten Cross" graphic made by Niki Berserk.
Ask them or Goodbye Mankind for copies of it.

***Bukkake Violence Kommando/Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium split tape, Grind Block Records
A long time passed before I was able to get this tape with the Ukranians pussy lovers Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium and my Italian fetish addicted friends Bukkake Violence Kommando, since I first heard Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium years ago on a split tape with Nunriders Of Black Doom and I never heard my friends Bukkake Violence Kommando even if me & Andrea know each other from 3 years now.
Bukkake Violence Kommando are a noisegore trio from Rovigo, Italy. In this tape they recorded a session of 20 porno themed songs. Basically the sound is a mix of lo-fi noisecore with downtuned fuzzy guitars and lots of porn samples, bringing to my mind some old school noisecore stuff mixed with some Meat Shits. Songs are basically short blasts and outbursts of rage, except for 3 songs that have a small musical intro or slower tempos. Voice is shifted but not bubbling, it sounds raging and putrid, obtaining different charateristics than the ones that seems to be more trendy nowadays (see all this new bands fighting for the "sickest vocals" title.)
Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium are from Ukraine and they have a live recording from 2006. The sound, even if it's pretty lo-fi is decent and not bad at all even if the vocals are a bit too loud. Think of a rawer version of Gut, with the same joke attitude towards porn, in fact, in the live set, a cover version of the immortal classick Cripple Bitch is included. Mid tempos seems to have more importance than fast blasts, and the voices alternate from high pitch choruses to pitch shifted low verses. The songs has no titles, they're called like New song #13, Erotic song or names like that.
Solid release for those who are not afraid of low tunes, DIY recordings and sick stuff, PC idiots stay away from this!!!
Limited edition of 150 tapes. Contact Grind Block, Bukkake Violence Kommando or Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium for a copy.

***Burmese/Potop split LP, Crucificados Pelo Sistema, Fuck Yoga
Got this split at a Potop show in Alessandria (posted the flyer here some weeks ago). Potop did a great show, lot of distortion, feedback, pounding slow parts and low tunes, despite the fact there was only a bunch of people seeing them.
I was a bit doubtful if buying it or not, so I asked Ivan, Potop's singer, who were Burmese, and he replied me: "It's some eclectic stuff, think of a mix extreme music together". Fuck!, he was right.
Burmese are 4 guys from San Francisco. The first band that comes into my mind while listening to this recording, is Man Is The Bastard, but with less catchier riffs and powerviolence influences, a lot of stop and go parts, and the guitar/bass sound reminds of some MITB works with a bit of distortion added. Also a lot of power electronics intermezzos are present in this recording, that's why the best definition that comes in my mind is: Burmese are like Venetian Snares but for extreme music and with real instruments. Don't get me wrong, no violins, sweet sounds or techno atmospheres in here, but the sound is as chaotic as a Venetian Snares release could be. There's also a song, starting with a fast and frenzy bass line with some seconds of silence later, which "lyrics" are spoken between a noise inferno created using a distorted version of the initial bass line. I find this side interesting for its particularity. If you like experimental stuff you'll like them.
Potop is from Macedonia, and they are 4 guys (one is one of the guys from Fuck Yoga, who recently released an LP version of West side horizons by Despise You), playing 2 songs of really slow doom/sludge. The guitar riffs, altough they're powerful and distorted, they are not as down tuned as other bands and they give space to some malinconic and sad melodies enriched by the painful screams of Ivan, the singer. The drums are pounding, and so slow that kind of drumming could remind some drone bands. I have no idea of the titles of the songs and the lyrics since all is written in cyrillic alphabet.
This split comes in silkscreened cover and is limited to 500 copies. If you're not afraid of experimentation and slow stuff you would like it, and I suggest it to get it by contacting Burmese, Fuck Yoga, Potop, Crucificados Pelo Sistema.

***Various Artists- I'm goin ape #3 7'', N.F.L. & Breathlike Violence

It was a long time I was waiting for the final chapter of the almighty "I'm goin ape" noisecore compilation series, and I have to admit that waiting was so fucking worth it.
This time on this comp there are Intumescence from Holland, Yesmeansyes from Finland, Deche-Charge from Canada and Rotgut from Holland.
Intumescence starts this record with some noisecore songs recorded especially for this comp. The sound is different from the Carcass sound they have in their last recordings, but it's kickass stuff. Think of early Anal Cunt, Sore Throat and Gore Beyond Necropsy and you got them, crunchy and old school sounding guitars, blasting drums and lo-fi screams & growls, it seems like if was recorded in the first 90s. These guys know how to do it!!
After there's Yesmeansyes that blasts with a studio session recorded in Lahti in 1998. This is total noise, short nonstop blasting parts with harsh guitar sound, vox has echo or reverb on it. Countless songs for a big dose of noise.
On side B Deche-Charge opens with a re-recording of their second demo, "Le retour des deche cores". 271 songs in less than 5 minutes!!! This time this demo is recorded with a guitar and real drums too. Noisecore as its best making you feel what sonic confusion is, songs less than 1 second short, funny titles, Deche-Charge!!
Rotgut is pre C.S.M.D. and it's the Dutch answer to Anal Cunt and Sore Throat. This recording features a 1991 never released demo. 6 tracks of pure old school noisecore, raw guitar sounds, fast guitars, growls & screaming together hits the spot creating a great noisecore assault.
For sure a release for people with strong ears & guts, cause this comp is a real blast to them! Get it before it's too late! Mails to:,

***Abortion/Mesrine split 7'', Zas!Autoproduzioni, Jennifer Grind, Ignorant Worm & Trenchcore
Got this one from my friend Luca from Jennifer Grind on mailorder edition limited to 100 white vinyls.
First time I heard Abortion from Slovakia, I was supposed to see them playing at Obscene Extreme but I was too fucking drunk. This recording has 4 songs, including a revisited cover version of "Mon cherie" by Tankard. 4 tracks of fast, aggressive grindcore that reminds of some Agathocles. The guitar is angry and the riffs are punkish, while the voice is most of the times screamed while the drums have different variations. Most of the songs have also slower parts than the blasts, and this, with the guitar riff recalls some crusty sounds. The lyrics deals about personal problems more than politics except for the Tankard cover (if you don't know what Tankard lyrics are about try to guess it by their name!).
Mesrine from Canada, have 3 tracks recorded in 2008 in reharsal room. They deliver 3 tracks of manic, serial killer themed grindcore. Fast blastbeats, fast guitars and a good mix between screams & growls is what you get. The song "Deeper and darker" has a guitar riff that is a bit thrashy, a bit different from the other 2 songs on this record, that are pure grindcore. No time to take a breath with this, so if you're looking for some fast and brutal stuff here you go, you won't be disappointed.
Great release, glad to see this time 3 Italian labels put it out, good work you guys!
Get it from Zas!Autoproduzioni, Jennifer Grind, Ignorant Worm, Trenchcore.

martedì 16 settembre 2008

Podrum Against Nazis Vol.2 - BANDS WANTED!!!

I saw this adversised on a site so bands read carefully!!!

"So, after the Vol.1 - it is time for Volume 2! Podrum Music invites bands of all genres to send us their anti-nazi songs - STRICT THEME! Please, do not send us any other themed songs, we want anti-nazi song!!! All genres are wanted - especially HARDCORE, PUNK, CRUST, GRINDCORE, DEATH METAL!

This will be net release with print-ready covers that you can distribute freely!

What bands should do to participate:

1) send a song in AT LEAST mp3 320 kpbs to

2) IT IS OBLIGATORY TO INCLUDE LYRICS - this is the way to see what your song is all about - no lyrics-you can't take your spot on comp! We're all about anti-nazi attitude, so either agree or fuck off and die!

3. Include band name/e-mail/myspace or website link.

No deadline, but when we collect enough music (around 1h) we will release compilation. Please do not wait for too long, you may be late :(

So, please...respect these three rules, we won't either consider songs without those three steps...sound quality, lyrics and contact info.

Thank you, SIEG SHIT and see you on Podrum Against Nazis Vol.2!!!"

giovedì 4 settembre 2008

Grind Block records intie

Hey guys!!
here's the first blog's interview with a label, this time with my great friend Brandy of Grind Block Records, Sonic Arse tapes, 2 Minuta Dreka, Grinder Mafia (RIP) and Penis Enlargement.
It was translated by me from Italian, I hope everything will be understandable and easy to read!

1- Hi Brandy, how's life?

"Life sucks, then you die". I'll start this intie with a quote and I'll finish it with another one. Apart from the fact that I just finished jacking me off and endorphines makes my mind more relaxed. I'm listening to "Neon Genesis Evangelion" soundtrack, and this helps to make life less shitty. But apart from this 2 things I can't really say it's going fine. It's normal routine, I'm used to it.

2- How's your label going? What are the future plans? When did you start it? Why you decided to start it?

Label's going well, we just made a big distro restock and opening U.S. division helped us making concrete plans on our future releases. We trade a lot and I think that by the end of the year our last release, Agathocles / Repulsione split 7", will sold out. Our future plans are several 7''s and 2 CDs. The upcoming releases are Dispepsiaa / Axed Up Conformist 7", 2 Minuta Dreka / Impotence Trichomonad 7", SMG / Repulsione 7", Final Exit / Deche-Charge 7", 2 Minuta Dreka / Iron Butter 7". By February first Repulsione's full lenght CD should be out. Well when I started...In 2001 I founded a label called Noise Holocaust records, it was a label without expectations, I dubbed tapes and cd-r and I had a small distro I used to carry with me at local gigs. Then I started to release records, my first release was the demo tape of my past noisecore project Grinder Mafia "Terror Demo 2002", followed by a bunch of comps and few things more. In 2004 I started to have a more serious approach to it, and considering that at that time grindcore was everything for me I started to dedicate all myself to the label and I changed the name in Grind Block Records. The name comes from the famous Black Blocks that smashed everything in the streets in Genova (it was the period in which there was G8). If Black Blocks destroys everything in the streets, then Grind Block destroys everything in the musical sphere. During this years I was devoted to the tape format, not giving a shit if a band would sell or not, but nowadays a strong period of chrisis has arrived for tapes. The only ture freaks who buy grind/noisecore are maniacs that are parts of a small group of people, that I don't think has more than 200 guys.
That's why I decided to found a satellite label called Sonic Arse tapes and I also decided to transfer all the distro tapes and to produce new ones with this. Grind Block releases CDs and vinyls, a format we really love. Since a couple of years Grind Block has a new important collaborator, Matteo. We try to do our best trading kickass stuff from all the world, being always updated on new releases.
Despite the fact that the scene is dying, a lot of labels are forced to close and only the big ones have the bands that sell more, we go on with humility and determination, trying to be nice with everyone, receiving respect from our international partners.

3- How and when you discovered grindcore? How's the situation in italy? What are your fave bands?

I first discovered grindcore when I was 17, some friends of mine brought me in a squat (I was a punk back then) and there I saw the first grindcore band, with the passing years I discovered who they were, but nobody knows them and I think they split up so there's no need to speak about them. There I bought my first grindcore 7" Rot's "Fatality". The second concert and the listening of the disc at home really impressed me and from then I really realized where I could channel my adolescential frustration with the right extremism. Time has passed and what was a scene (late 90s/first years of 2000) now it's only a shadow of itself. A shadow that is getting everytime smaller and smaller.
In italy the "scene" it's all about squats because clubs, that only care about money, are rarely interested in organizing gigs for a few people. Should we blame club's owners? NO! It's fault of all the guys that don't come to concerts! The situation is really on the brink of a break, people that organizes grindcore gigs in Italy can be counted on a hand. Some old school bands now have a metal wannabe attitude, and this is a squalid significant symptom.
Speaking again of Squats, nowadays they only bear on themselves and they "go on" just thanks to inertia. Their ruin was due their bending on themselves, being hard-liners and purists without any attempt to evolve, and now they're dead. The only decent underground scenes in Italy, as far as I know, ar Black Metal and Hardcore.
My favourite italian bands? Hard to say, there are only a few good bands in Italy, only Jesus Ain't In Poland and the newcomers Ultimo Mondo Cannibale and Replusione come to my mind.

4- I see you also run Grind Block live events, what are the best gigs you did? What about future gigs?

For sure the first edition of Semptember to Dismember in 2006 with Mixomatosis and Needful Things, then also the show with Squash Bowels / Neuropathia in 2005 was memorable and then some others, but these 2 were the best. On the contrary I can list a lot of shitty concerts where we had to pay bands with our money and where someone did not do what he was supposed to do, fucking up everything. Our next engagement it's the upcoming September to Dismember 2 that comes back after 2 years (and it's really much for Italy), this time instead of 2 days, the days are 4 with international bands coming, some also intercontinental! For sure it will be a "can't miss", most of these bands come in Italy for the first time and for sure it's not so easy to see them near home. The most important bands are Mixomatosis, Agents of Abhorrence, Anal Penetration, 2 Minuta Dreka, Gonorrhea Pussy and Xaros.

5- What about 2 Minuta Dreka? How is it going? Do you still have problems because of PC activist calling you "Sexist"? Are you still searching for a drummer?

Unfortunately with 2 Minuta Dreka we stopped for a year because of personal problems and the loss of our drummer. This has damaged us for sure, but we decided to resist and try to continue in some way, organizing some mini tours abroad and some gigs here in Italy. Unfortunately we can't compose new stuff, it's not impossible, we know, but it's not our style.
Since we can't find a drummer, we decided to ask for help to a guy who is going to play only live. Naturally if he's not busy, because if he is we use a drum machine. As regards the problems with PC people of my balls I thought they would have turn quiet but last year when we were playing a gig, they turned off the electricity after 3 song, so you be the judge.

6- What will be your dream with 2 Minuta Dreka and Grind Block records??

My dream with 2 Minuta Dreka is to make a tour in Japan!!!!!!!!!!!!
With Grind Block Records, my dream is to grow as a distro and as a label, only because it would be a personal satisfaction, as I'm very ambitious.

7- Fear Of God or Napalm Death? 7 M.O.N. or Deche-Charge? CBT or Gut?

Fear of God. Deche-Charge. Gut (Everything before that Hip Hop shit)

8- Ok my friend, last comments?

Thanks for the brief but not expected intie.
As promised at the beginning:
"Deliziosa creatura, vuoi le mie mutande sporche, le mie vecchie mutande? Sai che ciò è di una raffinatezza impareggiabile? Vedi come sono sensibile al valore delle cose? Ascolta, angelo mio, io ho il più gran desiderio del mondo di contentarti in questo poiché sai che rispetto i gusti. I capricci, per barocchi che essi siano, li trovo tutti rispettabili. Sia perché non ne siamo arbitri, sia perché anche il più singolare e il più bizzarro a ben analizzarlo risale sempre a un principe de délicatesse... e sì, vecchi rottinculo: esprit de délicatesse!"(sorry but I couldn't find a translation from the english version- Fibro)

2 Minuta Dreka:
Grind Block Records:
Grind Block Live Events:
Penis Enlargement:
Sonic Arse Tapes:

lunedì 1 settembre 2008

We're Yacøpsae and!

-Agathocles/Disreantiyouthhellchristbastardassmanx split 7'' 1999, Thrashbot & Agromosh records
Agathocles= mincecore gods, Disreanti is powerviolence with caustic lyrics, their side is called "Disgrace to the corpse of new school" (not sure about that, but I heard rumours of Disreanti being a band of some Cattle Decapitation members, does anyone know something more?)

-Agathocles/Permanent Death split 7'' 2005, Self released
TONYBLÉ R.I.P.!!!!Reharsal stuff from 86 by Agathocles, meets raw old school noisecore!

-Agonia- Nessuna agonia ci farà morire LP 1985, La Gabbiano produzioni
Old school hc from Italy, ultrafast stuff, it's considered one of the first influential records for noisecore, with members of Wretched

-Cannibalistic Cult- Sexual motivation: human pieces on my bed 7'' 1993, De Vermiis Mysteris prods.
Old school spanish noisecore, for fans of early Violent Headache and Excreted Alive!!!

-Patareni- Demo 1986, Self released

Yugoslavian grindcore pioneers, must check them out!!!

-Yacøpsae- Demo tape 1991, Self released

Turbo speed violence from Germany with members of the almighty noisecore band Tumor!!!