Thursday, July 23, 2015

New blood: Life Betrays Us

UK hardcore has had strong bands since forever, but there are so many awesome bands coming out of the UK these days, it's mind-blowing... Here's yet another new band, Life Betrays Us from London. With members from bands like Crippler LBU and Bun Dem Out, it's no surprise this band doesn't play poppunk. Heavy, hard-hitting hardcore, with some occasional melodic singing thrown in to mix things up a bit. They just released a demo, and it's awesome. I hope somebody picks up these guys for an EP or something. Check them out! FFO: Lifeless, Life Or Death.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mindset - State Of Mind 7"

Here's another request, Mindset's 'State Of Mind' 7". Mindset from Queens, NYC started out under the name Downfall sometime in 1996. They quickly changed their name to Mindset, and did a first recording which ended up on a demo and a compilation. That got them on Rick Ta Life's Back Ta Basics Records, leading to the 'State Of Mind' 7" which was released in 1998. Around that time another Mindset was making waves, so another name change was in order. They finally settled on the name Sworn Enemy in 1999, which they have kept since, and they are still going strong! I've seen Sworn Enemy a number of times on their Euro tours and they're always great, definitely check them out if you haven't yet!

Anyways, the Mindset 7" is awesome, if yer familiar with the early Sworn Enemy material, you'll recognize the sound, hard and heavy beatdown-ish metallic hardcore. Some Mindset songs including 'Never' from this 7", would be re-recorded for Sworn Enemy's 'Negative Outlook' MCD. Sworn Enemy would later on add way more metal influences to their sound, this is still straight up hardcore tho. As per usual with BTB's 7"s, the covers & inserts are photocopied, and in this case, my copy doesn't even have a folded sleeve, but the front and back are separate pieces of paper, cut rather crudely into squares. DIY baby! Gotta love it, I know I do. Enjoy!

Mindset - State Of Mind 7"

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Grin - Part Of Me 7"

Someone requested Grin's 'Part Of Me' 7" from 1989 recently, so here it is. It's not quite 90s but hey, I'm a nice guy, haha... Grin from Massachussets was formed out of the ashes of Apology, who did an EP on Wishingwell Records. As far as I know the 'Part Of Me' 7" is Grin's only recording. It was recorded in late 1988 and released the following year on Italian label Break Even Point Records (Endpoint, Naked Angels, Backlash, Growing Concern). Grin's 7" is in the vein of bands like Dag Nasty and some Endpoint, maybe adding some DC/emo influences here and there? In any case, decent stuff. Their singer, and also Apology's, was Mike Gitter who used to do XXX zine and who currently works as Vice President of A&R at Century Media Records! The always awesome NoEcho.net did an interview with him recently, definitely check it out.

Members moved on to bands like Karate, Jones Very and Alloy.

Grin - Part Of Me 7"

Sunday, June 21, 2015

State Of Mind - Original Hate 7"

State Of Mind was a hardcore band from the Brunswick, Ohio area, and I have no idea if they did anything else besides this 'Original Hate' 7", heh... Information on this band is scarce, to put it mildly. Decent mid-tempo heavy and somewhat metallic hardcore with those semi-sung/semi-screamed vocals that are so typical of this era. They're far from the best of the bunch, bands like Trial By Jury and Betrayed that I've posted before did it much better. But it's still decent enough to give it a listen if yer into this style. The 7" was recorded and released in 1993, on Smog Veil Records, who also released records from other Ohio bands like The Spudmonsters and Face Value.

If anybody has any additional info on this band, please leave a comment. Thank you!

State Of Mind - Original Hate 7"

Sunday, June 14, 2015

By All Means comp 7"

Here's an awesome compilation 7" called 'By All Means'. It was released on Progression Records in 1990. The bands on here are Hardball, Device, Face Value, Relapse and Resolution. Outspoken is listed on the back with a 'cancelled' sign across it. I have no idea why they were dropped from this comp, but whatever reason it was, it happened after the insert had already been designed, there's still a page for Outspoken's track in it. The layout for the cover and the booklet btw was apparently done by none other than Dwid of Integrity. You can see some typical Dwid touches like the Integ skull and Bela Lugosi's face on the back of the sleeve.

Anyways, even without Outspoken, this is one solid slab of vinyl of late 80s/early 90s hardcore. I imagine most of the bands on here are known to OnexPath readers, but just in case... Hardball were a militant sXe band featuring Ryan Downey of Burn It Down & Time In Malta and the vegan sXe rapper known as xEdgex (With The Dreads) who also played in 7 Generations for a while among other bands. Device were from the DC area, members moved on to bands like Elizabeth Herz & Askance. Clevo band Face Value had just started the previous year and would soon become a force to reckon with, singer Tony Erba has been in a ton of bands since, like the H100s and 9 Shocks Terror. Relapse did a couple of pretty cool 7"s before quitting, members moving on to bands like Current, Dearborn S.S. & Ottawa and even doing a label, Council Records. Resolution from the Northwest sorta formed from the ashes of legendary band Brotherhood, members would later play in bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Engine Kid.

By All Means comp 7"

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Wrecking Ball 2015

The States host some awesome punk & hardcore fests that I would love to visit if it weren't for having to fly over there, heh... But  fests like This Is Hardcore, Black & Blue etc all have great line-ups year in year out. This year there will also be an awesome sounding fest down south in Atlanta, GA called The Wrecking Ball. It's taking place August 8th & 9th, and the line-up features bands like Judge, American Nightmare, Coheed And Cambria, The Descendents, Cave In, Blacklisted, Modern Life Is War and local favorites Foundation. I will admit not all bands are up my alley, but with over 60 bands playing across 4 stages, I'm sure even I would have one hell of a time there! The fest takes place at a well-known local venue called The Masquerade, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. So if yer not sure of what to do in early August and yer in that area, check it out!

The Wrecking Ball website
The Wrecking Ball tickets

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dawn Of Orion - Twilight Eternal demo

Dawn Of Orion was a short-lived metalcore band from Georgia, they were around from 1997 till 1999/2000 or so. Their sound was far more metal than hardcore, similar to Day Of Suffering and Arkangel. They were also heavily anti-religious in imagery and lyrical content. Here's their 'Twilight Eternal' demo from 1997, I believe it's the only demo they did. I can't remember how I got hold of the demo, I might have gotten it from Erik, their guitar player. I sent the band an interview (by snailmail of course) for a zine I planned on doing (which never happened), probably after hearing their 7". He wrote me a letter with answers etc, which I've probably lost many years ago, and I imagine this demo. No idea how else I could've gotten it. Anyways, this is an awesome demo, very metal, very 'evil' and very good.

Besides this demo from 1997 they released the 'On Broken Wings' 7" on Undecided Records in 1998 and the 'For The Lust Of Prophecies Undone' CD on Immigrant Sun Records in 1999, both also awesome and well worth seeking out. The CD has re-recordings of a couple of demo-tracks btw. Band members would move on to more full-on death metal bands like Signs Of Dying & Vastion.

Dawn Of Orion - Twilight Eternal demo