lunedì 29 dicembre 2008

Review special #2

For you freaks, a small review special! Enjoy!!

**Nonsense- Red i rad demo (Released as split tape with Praia De Vômito)
""Red i Rad" is about bringing back the anger and approach of traditional former Yugoslavian and worldwide hardcore trash. We are not "retro" or "old school", this sound is what we think is missing today, and for Nonsense it perfectly fits the harsh subjects that we are dealing with; life at Balkans, wars, corruption, ideological hypocrisy, and social decay. No preaching here, just the real life disillusion and despair. We follow no "scene" or any other rules for what we should think or play, this demo is our answer to all of that."
This is directly taken from the infos document I received with this demo. Gotta say I 100% agreee, and think this description fits with the whole demo.
I received this from Kktz, the vocalist.
It was recorded in 2008, but some songs were remakes of songs from previous projects involving Kktz and the other members, Gera and Dena, in the 90s.
Musically we have 7 tracks of fast and noisy hardcore with 3 covers bringing back to mind the old gods like Heresy, with touches of scandinavian stuff like Sekunda, all stuff that makes you want to tear down the walls in the room. Songs are mostly less than one minute long, the guitar is harsh but not too noisy, and it can be well heard while the drums are blasting. The vocals are screamed in a style that can remind of Discharge (not the ones of Grave New World, of course). There's no bass in this recording. The covers included are: "U.B.R." from the totally underrated yugo band U.B.R., "Vidim Krv" by Zenevski Dekret and a personal version with a slow chorus of "It's no t.v. sketch" by Discharge.
The lyrics are all in croatian, so i can't tell you exactly what they say (so just read what they wrote on the infos above).
Most of the times I'm disilluded when people speak about "old school hardcore", so I was really happy to see there's still people doing it like that.
In my opinion this piece of noise is really worth, at least, listening (at a loud volume), but I would definitely reccomend getting it in some way, cuz if you like it old and raw and you'll love this!
It's been released as a split tape with the Brazilian band Praia De Vômito by S.A.O.R.S. You can check them out on myspace too.

***C.S.M.D./Intumescence split 8'', N.F.L. Records
Bought this together with the 8'' split between C.S.M.D. and Deche-Charge, from NFL.
It's a lathe cut vinyl, there were only 46 copies of it. (Lathe cut vinyl is a kind of DIY vinyl made with a special machine)
C.S.M.D. stands for Crowd Surfers Must Die and they're a Dutch noisecore act, delivering us 35 tracks of psychedelic noisecore.
The music is a mixture of 7 M.O.N., Sore Throat but with a sci-fi touch, given by the use of a theremin, that creates an odd space atmosphere that fits well with the titles of the songs, that are mostly related to space, monsters and sci-fi movies. Some songs are even covers (?) with changed titles (Suffer the monster, Unchallenged monster).
No guitars here, but the noise is powerful anyway, so you won't miss the lack of 6 strings. Drums are blasting all the time and give you no time to take a breath from the noise immersion in the deep space.
On the other side there's Intumescence. Hailing from Netherlands too, they're the downtuned answer to old Carcass with a touch of early Napalm Death.
The sounds are really raw, and the downtuned riffs give with the mid tempos and the pitch shifted vocals give the songs a sludgy feeling. The blasting parts are amazing too, reminding of the old outbursts by early Carcass/Napalm Death but also Last Days Of Humanity, bringing to mind that rawness that amazes me everytime I play "Scum" by Napalm Death.
If you consider yourself a goregrind fan, then you don't have no excuses for not knowing them.
This record is surely a blast and both bands surely deserve higher consideration, because, in these days, we all need to hear refreshing stuff like this.
It's been re-released, as far as I know, together with C.S.M.D./Deche-Charge 8'', on a pro-printed cd-r, by N.F.L.
If I remember well the cd is limited to 200 copies so write to to get one.

***Grief- Tour 7'', Alerta Antifascista
This one was a special edition 7'' I got at the Grief show in Piacenza.
If you have missed them live, you missed a great live band, too bad the bands who played with them in Piacenza were not even musically close to them, so the venue was full of metal core straight edge guys screaming nonsense stuff about scene unity...Even Trap Them were not that impressive to me...
For those who don't know Grief is a Sludge/Doom band and it shared members with Disrupt (only the guitarist/singer now).
Anyway this 7'' contains 2 live songs recorded somewhere in time by someone (I'm quoting what's written on the inlay).
The 2 songs are "One of those days", the first track of "Miserably ever after", and "Fucked upstairs" from their first full-lenght "Dismal".
Both songs are recorded well and hit your ears with the slow fuzzy heavy pounding sound that wanna makes you bang your head till the end of the song. Too bad the bass is not too loud, but it's still a good recording.
Thumbs up for the cover (I actually love that drawing).
I don't really know how many copies of it exist but ask Alerta Antifascista. Check out Grief on myspace.

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