01. Mort mort mort 02. une heure plus tard 03. le veilleur du grand marché 04. ... 05. huit 06. le kid de la plage 07. on a qu'a se dire qu'on s'en 08. 8 prophète de malheur
Coming from Caen, France, Aussitôt Mort (as soon as dead in french) began playing together in early 2005 : soon after the Apollo Program break up, Antoine, Milouze and Greg decided they wanted to carry on making music together... They teamed up with good friends and great musicians Pierre (also bassplayer in Amanda Woodward) and Cédric (from the experimental-post-rockish local band None-Id). No rules were set, no boundaries erected, just the usual “making music you like with good friends” thing. They first tried to create a new style, “emo-doom”, which could have been called “emoom”, or “doomo”, but they kind of failed. Several months later, some songs have been put together, recorded in le Studio de la Souleuvre, a remote studio in the Normandy countryside. During the process, some played french bowls, a dead mouse was found in a bed, things went pretty good.
01. Maitatzen dut 02. Naci sin carnet II 03. Norbaiten zain 04. Norbaiten zain (outro) 05. Musika eta soberako hitzak 06. Ez zait 07. Baleak 08. Are uholdea 09. Musikaren erabilpenak (buen rollito irratia) 10. Altxa !! 11. Eromenaren ertzean
This album is the Hondarrabia group's second. Harsh rock working with (its own) personality where the influences of punk, hardcore and metal styles are patent. Karlos Osinaga, member of the Lisabö group, just as he did in "Askatu Korapiloa" from Dut and with "Ezarian" from Lisabö, has done all the recording and, with his help, this quintet from Hondarrabia has moulded and concentrated and strengthened their sound on this new album the result is there to be heard.
01. The Unknown Bury Me 02. The Decay 03. Scars Make Life 04. Leaves Fall Rotten 05. The Plague
Their "demo" cd hit me by surprise and I really couldn't refuse to put this out! These folks come from Gothenburg in lovely Sweden and deliver the goods! The demo (minus 1 song though) that you'll find on this black piece of vinyl hold 4 times thundering death and black metal soaked doom, with hints of crust, as well as atmospheric and epic darkness. The guitars range from devastating heaviness to gloomy acoustic sections, with piercing leads that flash through the darkness every now and then. If you've ever wanted to know exactly how your favourite metal, crust, and doom bands would have sounded like if they were one band this is where you should turn. I won't namedrop anything, just ask you to take me on my word that you really need to check this out if you've been even the slightest intrigued with what's written above. Even though I could drop many influential names, as well as list several of your favourite Swedish crustcore bands in the "members of" department. First 1100 copies comes in a nicely done gatefold.
Action Beat - 1977-2007 . thirty years of hurt then us cunts exploded
01. More Hookie 02. Tay 03. Justice Yeldham 04. Daddy Thirsty 05. Maximum Bletchley 06. Beatings
Action Beat are an improv noise/no-wave band which is often made up of musicians who are available to play the gig on any particular date. We sound quite like early sonic youth, Glenn Branca, Swans and Rhys Chatham. We normally have at least 4 guitarists, a bassist and between 1 and 4 drummers.
01. All My Neurotic Friends 02. We Watched Them Thru The Thick Crystal Panes 03. Lucid River 04. Spiral Waves 05. Mosaic Devours 06. Harakiri For The Sky And The Trees 07. - 08. The Racing Marbles Bloom
Snöras eagerly anticipated follow up to their debut Heart of Weakness on Anomalie is sure to be one of the big releases of 2008. What started as a modest experiment among likeminded friends is turning into one of Norway's most daring and sonically intense acts.
Snöras is an Oslo-based band with member-relations to Lukestar Kaospilot and Angora Static and play complex, intense yet also quite melodic hardcore-based rock with long instrumental guitarparts that suggest an influence from noiserock and experimental indie. In the sonic world of Snöras, the Levelplane-sound of Malady and City of Caterpillar meet the more guitar- and structure oriented sound of Fugazi, Hüsker Dü and Big Black.
Mixed by Carl Vikman at EAR studios, Uppsala 2008. Recorded by Carl Vikmann and Sn ras in Uppsala, Oslo and Tronheim 2007/2008. Mastered by Peter Indebetou at Tailor Maid. Violins on track 4 by Magnus Moriarty™. Marius Ergo - bass on track Mads Hornsletten - drums, Mathias Nylenna - guitar, vocals Yngve Hilmo - guitar, bass, vocals. Artwork by K8 Wince
01. Adorno - Life. Love. Don't Need Regret 02. Adorno - Theoretically Driven 03. End of a Year - Michael Ray Richardson 04. End of a Year - Go to Hell, Dickhead
Love this record. A 7 inch split from 2 of the most fresh bands in D.I.Y. punk rock. End Of A Year come from Albany, NY (USA) and they deliver 2 new songs in the old good fashioned punk rock in the vein of Embrace, Rites Of Spring. You all know the sound. Caustic lyrics and a full musical hard-on on their side. 'Michael Ray Richardson' and the noisy 'Go To Hell, Dickhead' are the songs that appear on this record. Flip the side and flip yourself. My cousins from Adorno, the great young band from Lisbon, Portugal, on the other side. Vocal melodies ala At The Drive-In. Pounding bass lines. Amazing 2 emotional songs: 'Life. Love. Don't need regret' a wink to Unbroken and 'Theoretically Driven'. Not Theodor. Just Adorno.
01. A Blues 02. The Destruction Most of All 03. Carriage 04.- 05. New Moon 06. Februaries 07. Tundra 08. The Achievement 09. Kosovo 10. Bells 11. Four Women
Enablers. Those cunning, compulsive and malevolent compatriots we eagerly allow to drag us along to our willful destruction. Those little demons that flutter in our ears encouraging us to do what we know best not to do.
Fitting to its name, the San Francisco quartet Enablers writes songs that are equally manipulative and encouraging to our darkest desires. The band made up of journeyman veterans of Swans, Tarnation, Nice Strong Arm and Toiling Midgets merges dramatic and flowing melodic soundscapes -- of which SF Gate calls "possibly the world's best power trio" -- with the visceral spoken narratives of underground literary veteran Pete Simonelli. It's almost as though the band's fluid and often soothing music exists to distract our better instincts while Simonelli whispers above it all, urging and lulling us into the dark, decrepit world of his words.
Guitarist and recording engineer Joe Goldring has collaborated with Swans, Toiling Midgets, and Doug Scharin of June of ’44 under the moniker Out in Worship, as well as with Neurosis’ Steve Von Till’s solo projects.
Guitarist/bassist Kevin Thomson, veteran of Timco and Nice Strong Arm, has been playing and touring for twenty years and with his own projects and has been a writing partner with Goldring for ten of those years collaborating on Morning Champ, Touched by a Janitor, and now Enablers.
Drummer Yuma Joe Byrnes has lent his unique take on the trapset to Tarnation, Broken Horse and others.
Pete Simonelli has been continually writing and publishing his efforts in underground literary journals for years and now brings his poems to the table for Enablers.
Output Negative Space picks up where Enablers' previous Neurot Recordings album End Note left off, adding more soaring melody to the sometimes parched and brittle, sometimes coiling and steeped in tension. It's musically reminiscent of the dynamics of Slint and the raw neo-beat intellect of Saccharine Trust. And, above it all, Enablers make music that exists in a realm beyond the typical sing-song gestures of traditional tunes. It's something altogether as powerful and motivating as our own psyche.
Split - John Merrick & Dédalo & Frieda´s still in love
TRACKLIST 01.John Merrick - Carreteras perdidas 02.John Merrick - El valor de lo fugaz 03.John Merrick - Lluvia ácida 04.John Merrick - Tu propia víctima 05.John Merrick - Una vida de ensueño 06.Dédalo - 11 07.Dédalo - 8 08.Dédalo - 4 09.Dédalo - 7 10.Frieda's Still in Love - Godzilla 11.Frieda's Still in Love - Thursday 12.Frieda's Still in Love - Too young to suffer, too old to cry
A Salt Lake City, Utah based post-hardcore quintet who are known for their powerful live performance and slowly building a name for themselves with their debut EP, Angler. The band cites a long list of influences including The Casket Lottery, Bear Vs. Shark, At The Drive-In, and Minus The Bear to name a few.
How Is It?:
Angler is a very refreshing and interesting debut release and the experimentation shown throughout the album shows the band had little fear upon entering the studio. As soon as the track “Castles” begins, you realize one of the key components of the band that sets them apart from their peers: a violinist. I am not talking just accents here and there either, the violin is an integral component of the bands sound and sticks out even amongst the frenzied drumming and dizzying, angular guitar work. Before I actually listened to this record and first discovered there was a violinist, I was a bit skeptical, but it just adds more depth to the album. There is never a dull moment on Angler, as Loom is constantly bombarding the listener with their intricate guitar work, explosive percussion and emotion laden screaming and shouting. Loom occasionally will slow the pace a little allowing the listener a short respite before launching right back into their adrenaline-fueled frenzy. Angler is a great starting point for these Salt Lake City natives, and while there are a few parts that could use fine-tuning, my only chief complaint is that this release was not longer. The band is currently working on a full-length and after the talents I observed on this record, I am eagerly anticipating the results of whatever they release next.
01. A sens unique 02. Derrière 03. Hier soir le rock'n'roll m'a sauvé la vie 04. L'avant et l'après 05. Convergence 06. Les mains sales 07. Dégoût exquis 08. Vers la fin
Sometimes you receive a mail from an unknown band with the question if you want to review their album. Rarer is the fact that it’s a French band with French lyrics, a biography in French and the only Ampools related stuff I can find on the internet is in the French language besides a small portion of English on their Myspace.
At school I didn’t succeed very well with French so this review is mostly about the music. The professional sound of Ampools can be categorized in the emorock direction but they combine it with hectic outbursts not unlike At The Drive-In, Refused or even some Botch parts. They succeed quite well because all the songs still have the natural flow and stuck in your head.
Point of discussion is vocalist Antoine Richard. His hysterical way of screaming is something you get used to because after two listener sessions it feels natural and definitely fits in Ampools’ songs so it was a wise decision to put him in front of the Alan Douches’mix.
A professional step for a French band: to go to Alan Douches and when you see the planned gigs on Myspace you know that we're dealing with a band that wants to make huge steps forward. That’s the reason I don’t understand why a press sheet in French language is sent to a foreign webzine. The lyrics and text in the booklet are also in French, a cocky decision but also a strange one if you want to go for European success.
The label asked for only four stars but due to the remarks above I only can go to three and a half. Asice