May 31, 2010

Despite everything - With my bear hands 7'' (2010) & In desperate times 7'' (2009)

Despite everything is hardcore punk band from athens, greece featuring former (or current) members of bands globally known as 925, nekra katsikia trikavalo, schwartz and anger, endsight and censored sound.
Heavily influenced by the us punk rock scene (fucking boring) they have accomplished to refresh a sound, more or less, trivial. Mixing it with stuff like strike anywhere and late-Propagandhi the band has made it. Angry vocals, beautiful lyrics and up-tempo "hard"core music. Great live acts as the "too-tough-judge-Dredd" Dbill agreed in the past. Even if you don't like this type of music they are so uplifting and catchy that you'll defenetily shake your right leg for sure.. Even if i am jealous about how girls look at Peyio i must declare that the band "has it", the "it" for enthousiasm and love for what they're doing. Don't miss them live if you got the chance.
Maybe my description is a little bit misleading but these two seveninches are damn good. Being obsessed for some time now, i choose to post them 'coz the band had them already posted in their myasspace.
They toured for over a month in europe so the band is tight and this is reflected on the wax.
Also the track "prison" is not included in the vinyl version so this is a "plus".
the seveninches comes in recycled paper, has been printed by the band itself with great sepia inks so don't be fool...

"I feel i'm getting old and i've been singing the same old song
It's all your fault"

May 27, 2010

Desolation - Rest in panic 7'' (2010)

This is a brand new release and maybe it's a fucked up thing to post it.
I suspect that prank records will ask me to remove it, so if you are "in time" you'll get it.

Desolation is a hardcore / crust band from bay-area. Although, they have released a split with audio kollaps, a self titled lp (that contains a great nausea cover) and a seveninch, i can say that they weren't "the hell of a band" in my ears. A little bit boring, a little bit "i've heard it all before". Even if i expected a lot more from a member of Born/Dead (a band that i love and their guitarist plays here).

But this seveninch it's blistering, fucking great and enormous destroyer for sure. As the band woke-up from hibernation with a new vocalist, this three-track ep is by far their best release and it's damn good. Great d-beat thrash by members of Born/Dead, Scurvy dogs, Abrupt and Strung up. Throw some japanese influences (mainly from the crust side of japan alongside "burning-spirit" excellent drumming). I wouldn't post something so fast after the great Constant state of terror - demo, if it wasn't equally great.

Grab a cold beer and make some headbanging. Did i mentioned the great Vocals? Killer..


May 26, 2010

Constant state of terror - demo 2006

This is another fucked-up day. Everything goes from shit to more shit, nerves are in "red allert", mind is bleeding from tediousness and boredom.
I don't know, it's just the spring or i'm getting old before my time?
As i had to go out to make a walk to calm down, i'm loading in my mp3-player some good (or not so-good) demos to hear. One of them i wanna share with you guys.

Constant state of Terror are a DIY hardcore band from Brighton, uk. This demo has been recorded in november of 2005 and released in 2006. The band has formed in 2004 so the tracks included are the "first" band's attempt. Heavy political hardcore crust as the uk produces over the years. Solid drums, heavy bass, guitars schissoring and angry, clear vocals by members of Substandard, Vulcan death grip, MTA, Combat shock and Seven arrows in your bastard heart. Mid-temo to a little bit faster d-beat with great riffs. A mixture of Antisect, amebix, discharge and the likes. Black, black, black fellings by old-school crusties.

I have included a text with the lyrics so you can judge for your own, but as a political uk crust band you'll get topics as personal relationships, the war on terror or the war in general, fucking work and the rest. You should defenetely look at the lyrics, they deserve your time. Plus they gonna release a full-lenght lp some day soon, as they have released a 7'' called "Liberation" On Inflammable Material Records and Squawk Records.
Contact the band also through this email :

That's all folks, just for now, fuck the bad vibes and listen some good crust.


May 23, 2010

Tetsu arrey - discography part 2

After some time this is the second and last part of Tetsu arrey's discography.
I have write some lines in first part, so i'll keep it simple (add that i'm feeling a bit bored so you get the picture).

Tetsu arrey (or tetsu array if you wish...) is a legend band from tokyo, japan. As a part of the (in)famous vinyl comp. "eyes of the thrash guerilla", Iron dumbbell (as the band's name translation is) continue the delivering of raging, pissed-off hardcore with rock elements and metallic edge. For me just motorhead playing japcore. But foe some other guy : "these guys are as punked out as they get, but it's the way they combine typically catchy street-punk screamalongs with Sabbath-esque guitar sludge that gives them an edge up on the competition". I think they have some connection with the band Extinct government.

Here you'll get their second album, their mini-lp "14all" (note that this one was released back in 2000 and not 2003 as the folder says) and the rocket / core 7''.
The masterminds of "burning-spirits" term.
Dedicated to ilias (you don't have to wait anymore). cheers...
...and also to the old-school japcrust freak 7inchcrust...

enjoy and leave comments...

May 21, 2010

2 : 20 - Self titled 12'' Lp

Long time ago, i wanted to post this norway's piece of sweat, i don't know why i didn't do it 'till now, but as people use to say "better later than never".
2 : 20 was a band active from 2004 - 2008, who their members have paricipated less or more in other well-known non-blackmetal bands from motherland of black metal. To name a few : boyeng beng, Life... but how to live it?, dead gerhardnes and captain not responsible. They have released this 12'' lp and a seveninch called "God natt til alle barna", both released from On Sjakk Matt Plater records.

The music magic can be described as the majority of colours that punk-rock can create. Beautiful solid drums gives the up-tempo feeling while bass-lines are fast and clear opening perfectly the way for the guitar and the vocals to reserve the main dish. More on the punk-rock side than clearly hardcore, this old wolves gives me a "this is how it's gonna be..." impression. Continuing the legacy of melodic hardcore punk origins of norway (now, that i'm re-thinking it, they are-not "continuing" 'coz these guys, each one of them played a part in creating it in the first place) like other great bands such as Toamol, I.O.U and the rest and they defenetely now how to do it.

For a weird reason i'm in love with the vocals, maybe of the ugly, beer stinking sound-lands that Tor Idar creates in my mind. If you are not too tough for hearing it - i mean if you can listen different things, from pop-punk to power-violence - you gonna worship them.
2 : 20 members nowadays can be found on Knuste Ruter and DANGER!MAN.


May 16, 2010

The assasinators - Sigt efter hjertet & 7''

After a while, i'm going back to the k-town posts.
When we started the k-town series i was thinking assasinators as the first band. While dbill doesn't like them or enjoy them so much, we didn't make that post until now.

The assasinators is a hardcore punk or punk rock - say it as you like - band that have released some of the most catchy punk tunes. With lyrics about social themes, social struggles and our passion for revolution and anarchy, i can say that they are "militant" in the way they approach themes lyrically (and one of the main reasons i like them so much).

Former members of Paragraf 119, they have started the band in the dawn of 2006, in the rehearsing rooms of Ungdomshuset. I don't have to say much, here you'll get their ep from 2006 and the "sigt efter hjertet" lp from 2008. Melodic and catchy punk rock, up-tempo with acidic vocals. As Batguano once stated : "This Danish band gets compared to La Fraction excessively, so in my pessimism I figured they sound like nothing of the sort. They actually do, though, with some mixed in accents of other melodic European hardcore bands like Inner Conflict and Post Regiment. The band departs from the La Fraction mould with their less stylized lead vocals, more pronounced harmonies, and a layer of somberness that gets me all excited. The pop sensibilities and melody will compel you to spin this thing over and over, but there's enough punk grit to keep your crust-credentials intact."

Rumours about disbanding may be true, but before that they will release a split 7'' with japan's D.S.B.
Cheers to doesitmatter that i know he likes them a lot.


May 11, 2010

Thou & Mohorram atta - split Lp

A few weeks back, i uploaded some mohorram atta's stuff in my account to post in the blog. While today i was making the usual google-search for band-infos (citys, former bands and the rest fuck-ups that bloggers do) i found out that Thou is one hell of a band. And i don't mean in the music making, but much more in the lyrics / artwork thing. Plus : with the download you'll get a gift. mohorram atta's "desolate motherfuckers" 7''.

Let's take it step by step.
Mohorram atta is a crust / hardcore band from santa cruz, california including three guitarists, so you can imagine how heavy is their sound. They have released a demo (that is totally mind-blowing and maybe their best release - more in the tragedy / cursed vein) and "Weight of existence" (both self-released). Some of the guys also plays in santa cruz's crusties Fell voices.
Their side on this split are more on mid-tempo, in comparison with their earlier releases. The influences from tragedy and cursed are more than obvious (they remind me chris colohan but no clone-thing, also some well-hidden Entombed for me). They have put more black metal into songs, mainly the feeling, the cold, freezing and desperate emotions of black metal. They are melodic but they rule, if you liked Iron hand you'll dig them as well.

B side : THOU! thou is a sludge / core band from Luisiana. What is amazing about this band? Well, these fuckers have written some of the best lyrics lately. Check their page here and you'll see.
Their music is heavy as hell sludge, but the interesting thing is that they have kept all the punk influences (and playing) not hidden. If you already love the "Tyrant" lp you must know that this one is more up-tempo madness. Like some gloomy mental clinic patients found out the joy of life! and that's for sure the case.
Don't except iron maiden leeds and dio's vocals. This is shit, this is down to hell, ugly and against you... Thou!
I don't know what else to say, so download this split and then search and buy all their releases (including mohorram's releases). CHECK THE LYRICS!!! (the track "don't hate" is called "don't vote". sorry, for the mistake)
Almost forgotten : If you want to hear some mongoloids to pay u.s hardcore in a d-beat punk form... Thou covers minor threat's "screaming at a wall"!!!
Go fuck yourself now.

"there is a violence that liberates, there is a violence that enslaves.
there is a violence that is moral, there is a violence that is immoral."

"While they lounge in the decadence of their capitols and dream up new rules of social conduct, we shall sink a knife in every Caesar, we shall aim our rifles and fire at every president, every senator, every statesman.  Wake up. There won't be any change. 
In the sewer of capitalism, only the scum will rise."

May 7, 2010

Iron hand - Demo 2008

Some months ago i made a trade with rawter (troubles on your system blog). I sent him the split antimob / burial and he sent me iron hand's first (and only) demo cassette.
What a weeling to release a demo-cassette in the devastating year 2008. This is dedication.

Iron hand are from connecticut, and they have some members from the band They and the children.
In this demo you'll find one of the more solid and out-breaking releases of the last years. You can say that they play heavy political hardcore full of (neo-)crust influences. But i know that my description is too "general" so, let's make it more "specific".

The band's influences seems to be the old-school swedish crusties like anti-cimex or skitsystem. Put some awesome guitar riffs mixing tragedy with japanese hardcore and brilliant drum parts (d-beatish but not the usual boring crap, something like from ashes rise-meets-victims). The band itself mentions Poison idea as influence, but i don't find any connection except that poison idea rules (feel the darkness album is on top-5). I could say that the whole sound makes you wanna headbang really hard. Add the dual vocals, shouting / screaming stuff like the old days, his hero is gone's "monuments to thieves" era and you have IRON HAND!

Hope that this band will make a proper vinyl release (a lp or a 12'') some day soon 'coz the guys rule!
Alongside hammers and masakari, iron hand is the best crust/core (or neo-) band that i have heard lately.

This one is dedicated to rawter.. He runs one of the best blogs, and i wish it's not dead. Rawter we miss you, man. Take your time and CHEERS.

enjoy and leave comments.

May 4, 2010

Tragedy - The interview

A while back (nearly a year) the almighty portland's Tragedy came for three gigs in greece. Besides the total fury that the band unleashed back then, they also were very cool guys, with no crust-superstars attitude. Individuals that with the one or the other way contributeted (and still contributes) in the diy scene for almost 20 years and they are still "down to earth". G. and F. isolated the almighty Burdette brothers and with fake promises (for fresh baklavas) made them answer some questions in the backyard of the polytechnic school in athens.
Thanx to G. who gave me the permission to post it. So, put the first Lp on your turntable and alongside some "You can die in their hands, but no on your own" screams, check it out.

Q : Since you guys come from the u.s, and to most people in Athens the whole hardcore punk- crust scene is very unknown, I 'd like you guys if you could, to say a couple of words about the scene, and about what goes on especially in Portland where you guys live, or maybe in the states in general, like about, spaces where you guys play, the mentality of the people in the punk rock scene, is the scene political? Are there any solidarity concerts go on?

Paul : Well it's a big country, it's hard to say, it might be completely different in Portland Oregon and in Florida for example. We don't have places like this at all, there's no occupying anything. Pretty much most diy shows happen at peoples basements, and I think there are gigs that happen that are political like you're saying but I wouldn't say that there's any kind of solidarity. I think there's so many bactions within  punk, I don't feel like there's any kind of feeling of solidarity within punk as a whole. Τhere's lots of punks in Portland and lots of different scenes. I don't think there's much of a unifying....

Todd : We live in such a police state in our country, that if you tried to do something like this, it would be pretty crazy, I can't imagine it happening.

Paul : Squats just don't exist.

Q : Do people try to organize stuff? Do lots of concerts happen in people's basements like you said?

Todd : That's how most of the  concerts happen. At peoples houses, but it's always changing place, you can't do the same place all the time because the cops come. There's one or two bars where will play, because there cheap and the places are cool, but normally we don't like to play bars, and we like to play 'all ages' gigs so we have to always change and play a different place. But  we don't have  one place, a center, a youth center or anything like that. It's very difficult to have something like that.

Paul : We don't have no state funding, there's no squatting, rent is expensive so if you can't make a place survive economically, then it doesn't happen.

Todd : In Germany the state pays for stuff like that and you can have a squat, but we don't have anything like that, we don't even have a health care system, we are a third world country that's acting like the greatest country in the world.

Q : Ok to take you a bit back, since you guys have been in a band for some years….we’ve heard from people from the states that a lot of changes happened after 9/11 and the crash of the twin towers and how repression increased and how the movement broke up- after Seattle there were people on the streets and they tried to organize stuff and after that everything changed caused the repression was so tough….what impacts have you seen after 9/11 not only on the movement but also on the punk scene.

Todd : I think it’s the opposite, I think the punk scene, the anti-war movement, the counter culture movement in the states got stronger under Bush, and that happened because most free thinking people saw that it was bullshit, from the very beginning. I think it made everything stronger.

Paul : the movement you describe from Seattle I think it destroyed itself ..I think that there were so many different bactions that had different interests. I don’t think there was a wide scale, anything in common, what you’re describing I think is altogether different.

Todd : But that’s what’s so funny about punk or any kind of counter culture, sometimes is stronger in very bad times, cause when things get really bad then people have to do something. So the best times for punk rock in my opinion were…Reagan, Thatcher in England, and Bush in the U.S., in my lifetime these were the best eras of punk rock…and the time when the people felt the most anger and passion. So that’s kind of the irony of punk, that when things get really bad, that’s when things get better.

Q : It’s good that you say that because it leads me to my next question. We have been hearing about the elections in the states,do you think that having a new president -even if it’s from the democrats- is going to change anything and have you seen any difference since he was elected?

Todd : The only thing I have seen change is that people don’t care anymore because they think everything is ok now. That’s the only thing I’ve seen change. there’s still new wars in new places, there’s still no health care in our country, nothing has gotten better, nothing.

Paul : Obama promised to close Guantanamo but he’s expanding the major prison in Afghanistan, which is where the most political prisoners from the war have been to begin with. So I think that it seems like he’s doing a lot of things on paper- it’s symbolic closing Guantanamo but he also condemned all these signing statements that Bush did, which is basically that when congress passes something in a law and the president signs it they can essentially add an addendum to it, say like well, this law may be fine but I also think the law should say that I get a haircut every Tuesday or something and he can decide it and it’s a law.

Todd : I actually think he’s a more dangerous president than Bush because so many people believe what he says. He’s potentially more dangerous. I think so. Because he has a lot of the same advisors, he’s continuing a lot of the same policies that Bush had, but he can say it in a different way and people will think it’s good because he’s a new face.

Paul : I honestly think in terms of good and evil ,Bush, Cheynny was worse. I think he (Obama) might have had better intentions, but I think there is something so much more powerful than who ever is the president, and  I think that no matter what intentions he may have he’s going to have to answer to that. I think like Todd said he is potentially more dangerous and that  he has to continue to answer at the same interests.

Todd : I think it’s kind of like when a big business gets a new boss, the boss wants to fire all the old people and get a bunch of new people so that he can make it his thing. That’s how I feel about Obama. He wants to end the war in Iraq but he wants to make his own war. He wants to start a new war in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or continue the war in Afghanistan but make it his war. Or like Paul said he wants to close Guantanamo bay but expand a different prison, I feel he wants to put his own stamp on it. To say I’m not like Bush, but it seems like the same kind of shit to me.

Q : You guys have been a band for like 9 years, and you ‘re still going on tours. Especially from the states I imagine it’s kind of hard going overseas and through Europe. I’d like you guys to describe how it's been especially compare to the beginning, how is it to be touring and what gets you going after 9 years?

Todd : It’s definitely harder than it was when we were younger, because now you start to appreciate things a little differently, you appreciate a nice comfortable bed, the way you eat at home. I mean people feed us very well but the way you eat is different.

Paul : The last few days when we came from Rome, we slept two hours after a show in Rome, flew to Athens got taken to an apartment slept a little bit and I thought to my self: “this is difficult, but would I rather be at home? No.” Sure as time goes on things seem a little more difficult, but I feel lucky to be able to do this.

Todd : There is nothing worse than getting to travel and complaining about it. We still feel lucky to be able to travel but Tragedy have been together for 9 years and Paul and I are brothers, and together with Billy the bass Player we have been playing music together for almost 20 years now, were kind of use to each other.

Paul : and with Yannick we have been 13 years.

Q : So what keeps you guys going, and keeps you stuck to diy, to putting out stuff on your own and organizing tours on your own and doesn’t get you into some kind of big commercial label, not wanting to seek a career.

Todd : I just don’t think that any of us think about combining music with business, I mean we have to because we are touring and we’re selling stuff.. we have to think about business a little bit but we don’t want the business side of it to change our expression of music.

Q : There are many bands that have gone through the diy  scene – started out putting out records on their own, forming bands playing in underground places, squats and stuff and suddenly during change of time they go to commercial label, they start playing in festivals with security guards, and sponsors and commercials. What do you think about bands like that

Paul : I think, honestly, usually when bands make that decision, I don't even think it's a smart business move. I think that people think that they're going to break in to something new, but the economics of the rock industry are such, that you have to truly be generating an immense amount of popularity. Because everyone involved in a situation wants to get something out of it. I think that the beauty of diy is that we're all saying “we're here for the music, we're not here for business”,but unfortunately there are economics of it,like, we have to rent a P.A., sometimes we need to rent a space, and if you're a band on tour you got to pay for your plane tickets, and we had to make some T-shirts and stuff like that. I mean there are economics involved, but I think when things become economically focused, then suddenly you have people there to make money, and if everyone is there to make money, suddenly the price of everything becomes more expensive. So I think, to me the spirit of it is, that, what other scene could you travel the world, meet people, and do it for relatively little money. In my opinion even if you lose money on a tour, you got to travel the world, meet new people play music, experience different cultures, it's pretty lucky.

Todd : At the place I work they don't know much about punk so people I work with ask me “how do you do it? How do you travel Europe, Greece or Finland or Russia?How do you get a concert there?” I think we take it for granted because we've been doing it for so long, but when you really think about it, it's pretty amazing. That a shitty punk rock or hardcore band can travel the world,get to meet people...we 're just grateful that we get to do it. But I think the question about bands making that decision is that mainly we don't think of ourselves as a professional band, we just think of ourselves as friends playing music, we don't think in that way that were a professional band, and I don't think we're good enough at our instruments to be a professional band  anyway, we just don't think that way, it's not something we'd ever talk about or consider, but in the same way I don't really care what other bands do either.

Paul : I think that if you're going to tour all the time, you're making a decision that you're not going to have a normal life at home and you're going to spend hours and hours on the road, you're going to get tired, you're going to have a hard time paying bills at home and not have any stability at home. Sometimes it's hard to criticize someone who says ”Hey I m going to go do that and it would be nice if I could be able to pay the bills while I 'm gone. I can relate to it, I can't criticize it. I own a business ,I do construction and I can do what I do because I can choose to leave, and I don't have to give notice to anyone, but for me I have chosen my profession and my lifestyle around touring. I think I 'm lucky to travel the world for really cheaply.

Q : Why do you think that happens to bands? For example from playing shows diy to go to what they think is bigger...

Todd : well sometimes the diy scene is tough...sometimes it fails. I think some people get sick of quitting their job, then tour and work really hard and then have the diy scene sometimes...the scene doesn't give you the same commitment that you're giving it. Sometimes the diy scene is amazing, and sometimes it fails.

Paul : For me I just feel that there's no other choice, nothing feels better to me.

Todd : I would rather play the diy scene and have it fail then do the other, because the other option is worse.

Paul : I'd rather do what I believe in and fail, then do something I don't believe in, make a little bit more money, and then at the end of the day you don't feel good about what it is you're doing.

Todd : I think people get frustrated of dedicating their lives to playing music and always losing money.

Q : I noticed that you guys don't have a website or myspace. What do you guys think about my-space? Do you think that it's something that helps the scene and people getting music and learning about music or do you think that it's another commercial thing that isn't helping anything..

Todd : I think it's both. I mean I hate it, but I understand that to some people it's how they hear about a band. We just don't care about that kind advertising or self-advertising, so we don't have a website. We just don't care about that.

Paul : In my opinion it's the exact same answer to the last question. I think we do little that we feel distasteful about and I think we're lucky that we're able to do what we feel good about. I think that some bands they feel like they work hard, and they feel that if they do things like that  maybe its not distasteful to them, they do things like that and maybe it's going to help them.

Todd : We just don't care about trying to reach more people, expand our audience, we just want to play music and if people find out about it and they like it cool, it's all good to me.

Q : You guys played one gig together with Amebix, what did you think about it, how did it seem to you guys playing with them, how did you see them playing together after all these years...

Todd : we had a good experience, also we didn't know anything about the money thing, and I have heard some weird stories about the money. But our experience was really good, they were very humble, down to earth, really nice guys and they played really well, and they worked really hard, you could tell that they put a lot of work into it, making sure that they did the songs right we had a good impression.

Paul : Honestly I don't even think that the money thing seems so weird to me. Sure the diy scene has worn Amebix patches for a really long time, but I think these guys for the most part of they've moved on, and they decided to get back together and they probably have wives and families and expenses and for them to do it cost money. I think people like us, well basically we choose to be poor, so that we can tour all the time, it's a lifestyle choice. If you move on and 20 years down the road you're doing something different, for you to be able to tour realistically costs money. You have rent to pay, family. I mean being on tour all the time I know has ruined many relationships, and I m sure they have to worry about keeping their marriages- I don't actually know that, I m just saying- it's hard for me to get too offended because they seemed humble and very genuine, and I really appreciated it. If I had met them and I had gotten a bad vibe from then it could have completely gone the other way but I felt like they truly enjoyed what they were doing.

Todd : But also I think they were asking for maybe like 3.000 dollars- If 800 people come to the gig...10 dollars each, that's 8.000 dollars. I don't think it's that weird to give them  3.000  it's less than half. I don't think it's that weird, I don't know the details but they seemed very genuine.

Q : What are your favorite Tragedy lyrics, of which song and for what reason.

Todd : I like ending fight.

Paul : I agree, because, I personally can relate to all song lyrics that I from my other band, but I think I understand the feeling of feeling desperate and exasperated and and feeling like you 're essentially losing and nothing you can do can possibly win, but you can't give up the spirit of the fight. There's a difference between understanding that basically you're losing a battle and giving up.

Todd : And even if you know you can't win, you're still fighting because it's in your blood to resist and to fight.

Paul : It's a fucked up positive-negative...I get called a lot and we get this with our lyrics and my other band gets it with their lyrics we get called negative in dsfgdgf but  I think there's a difference between...I always say people often mis characterize optimism to pessimism. If you go to sleep and you wake up and you're on a room with shit up to your neck... to say I have shit up to my neck isn't pessimistic, it's realistic. So often times if you describe the world around you...

Todd : Although it's being optimistic, because you're saying I have got shit up to my neck and I don't want it anymore. I want something better.

Paul recognize that the situation around you is being terrible and maybe even totally defeating, isn't necessarily pessimistic, it's just recognizing what it is  and  I think that to me I wouldn't really consider myself an optimist, I consider myself a survivalist or a survivor, and I think we live in fucked up times and in a fucked up world and if I think about it philosophically, I think there's no positive end, but I don't want to let it ruin my life. So i think that the best thing to do is to live your life according to what feels good to you and what feels right, you don't fight to win, you fight to fight. I think in some ways it answers the question about diy and all of it. I think you just do what feels right to you and in some ways you win no matter what because the whole goal in life is to enjoy living.

Todd : Thats the whole paradox  with punk and politics anyways, that were antiwar, and then were talking about fighting back, and fighting, that kind of sums it up...

May 2, 2010

Korova - Another happy customer

Some days ago, Ian from Korova contacted me and asked me if i could post their 2009 album "another happy customer". Since this album has already been posted in a lot blogs i was a little bit hesitant. But then, this album is good enough and you maybe interested in giving it a try. So, i'm letting Ian to make the introduction. Cheers.

"The original line-up got together in late 2001 and was supposed to be a grindcore band, but none of the original people were really into it, so I brought those songs into a band some other friends of mine were starting that was more along the lines of early Black Flag and Dead Kennedys. We put out a couple of demos and were on several compilations (the song "Nazis Ruined Shanved Heads" was on several comps I've totally forgotten about and a lot of bootlegged CDs in Europe) before going on hiatus in early 2006. Some of those early demos were remastered for a 7" called "If There is a Future" that came out in 2007.

I was playing bass in a band with the original drummer of MK Ultra called Government for Hire when Korova got back together in late 2008, and we wrote most of the songs for Another Happy Customer in about 2 weeks. We set a date to record and our drummer quit something like 3 days before we were going to record. Our bassist moved to drums and I moved to bass and we rehearsed exactly once and then went in to record all the songs. A couple of the songs from the CD were older songs we re-recorded and the newer songs were all written in the month before recording. A lot of the lyrics deal with my divorce and separation from my child, but also with the pressures of day-to-day existence and how monotony can drive a person completely insane.

We've played with Demented Are Go, Agnostic Front, Dr. Know, I Object, Bones Brigade, and about a million other bands. We're writing some new songs right now for a demo that should be out next month. Our current line-up is myself, Ian (vocals), Chad (guitar), Jamie (drums), and Kayhan (bass). We're ex members of Die Young TX, Government for Hire, Slag, Accusor, and about a million other bands. 

I think we sound like Ceremony crossed with Cult Ritual, but the recording is pretty slick compared to a lot of underground hardcore coming out right now. Really, we just rip off Black Flag really hard. The physical CD is available from Victimized Records (the label I run..)"
Ian. Korova.