Saturday, September 16, 2017

Asphalt - 357 Knockout CD

Project or band, Cleveland, Ohio's Asphalt was one of a kind. Their sound was both unlike anything that came out of the Clevo scene at the time, while at the same time fitting right in with the creepy, brooding atmosphere it created. In 1994 2 members of Integrity, guitarist Chris 'Hawthorne' Smith and drummer David Nicholi Araca, got together with the bassist of their old band False Hope, Sam 'Salvatore' Lopiccolo, and started jamming. They enlisted the help of various people from the Clevo scene for doing vocals and additional instruments, including Dwid who does vocals on most tracks. The end result was the '357 Knockout' CD which was released on Dwid Integrity's Dark Empire label in 1994. The album also includes one track each from 2 other projects/bands they were doing at the same time, Backslider and Mammoth. All in all, this is a great release, altho I admit it took me quite some time before it really grabbed me, it's just not yer average Clevo hardcore album, hah. If you don't like it, give it time and some more plays... It's well worth the effort.

Within weeks after finishing the recordings for this album, drummer David Araca died of a brain aneurysm. Hawthorne and Lopiccolo would do another 7" a year later (which I don't have unfortunately), but that was basically the end for Asphalt, a unique entry in the already quite diverse history of Cleveland hardcore. Their other band Backslider stayed active for quite a few more years and Hawthorne also ended in Keelhaul.

 Asphalt - 357 Knockout CD

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Omega Man - s/t MCD

While Florida bands like Morning Again and Culture got a lot of attention, other awesome Florida bands stayed fairly obscure and underrated, such as Omega Man from Tampa. I don't know why tho, Omega Man was every bit as great as them. Maybe it's cuz they weren't as prolific and their sound was less polished? In any case, Omega Man deserves more recognition... Formed out of the ashes of another underrated band, Scrog, Omega Man stayed around long enough to contribute to a couple of compilations and self-release a MCD, in 1997. A year later, No! Records out of California re-released that MCD, which is the copy I have (and yes, I'm still looking for the self-released version in case anybody wants to part with it!). Lyrically the band touches upon their straight edge background, but also topics such as domestic violence and rape culture. Oh, and if you're someone who enjoys samples with their metalcore, Omega Man is just the band for you!

Omega Man - s/t MCD

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Force Feed - Offerings Season demo

Here's another of many demo's that I picked up at Alain OFB's distro at a show back in the day, twice actually as the tape of my first copy broke soon after I got it. Anyways, Force Feed was a short-lived band from the Île-de-France, which includes Paris and the surrounding cities and towns. They released this demo in 1998, and as far as I know that's all they did unfortunately. This demo is a prime example of what the term deathcore stood for in the late 90s, it's a mix between death metal and mid-tempo beatdown-ish hardcore with deep guttural grunts. A band like End Of One comes to mind. I quite enjoy this demo, I just wish the production was less dense and muddy. If anybody has any information on this band and its members, leave a comment please!

Force Feed - Offerings Season demo

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Woodenhorse - Title 7"

Woodenhorse played a rocking melodic almost poppunk style that sounded like they could've been from the late 80s D.C. scene. But instead they came from Pensacola, Florida, where the band started out in the mid 80s as The Headless Marines. Around 1989/1990 they had some changes in line-up and sound, and decided they also needed a new bandname to go along with it, so they changed their name to Woodenhorse. The 'Title' 7" was their first record under the new name, and while this is not my usual cup of tea, Woodenhorse definitely  makes the cut, this is a great solid 7". It was released in 1991 by House O' Pain, a Nashville, TN based label that seemed to focus on local bands for the most part, this Woodenhorse 7" being an exception to that rule. Afterwards the band would release another 7" and a full-length CD before calling it quits. Their singer Skott Cowgill is now a painter/graffiti-artist in San Fransisco, and some of the other members now play in a band called 60 Cycles Of Sound. Enjoy!

Woodenhorse - Title 7"

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Human Offense - Supreme Knowledge demo

The Human Offense was a hardcore band out of Union County, NJ. They released the 'Supreme Knowledge' demo in 1992. While they appear to be relatively unknown outside of the east coast, their sound can almost be considered a precursor to later NJHC bands, mixing a raw hardcore style with groovier bass-heavy mid/up-tempo hardcore and hiphop-esque vocals. It's all still pretty rough around the edges tho, and it doesn't work too well in all of these songs, but they were definitely doing their own thing, and there are some excellent parts in songs like 'Terminal Ballistics' and 'And Now We Go To School'.

I am pretty sure they did at least one other demo, but I have no clue if they did anything else besides that or what bands came before or after. Their bass-player helped out NJ Bloodline when they were just starting out tho, but I wouldn't necessarily say they were similar sound-wise. Still, give it a try... I know some of the OnexPath regulars will definitely be able to enjoy this demo for what it is!

The Human Offense - Supreme Knowledge demo

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Arkham - The Wrath CD

I've done posts for Neglect and Cleanser in the past, and today's post is about another one of guitarist Derek Schilling's bands and projects, Arkham. I first became aware of Arkham when German label Gain Ground released their 'Born With Scars' 7" in 1997, which quickly showed up in all distro's at all the shows over here. Soon after that 7" Arkham's first album, called 'The Wrath', got released, on Acrid Production Records, also based in Germany, in 1998. Solid metallic hardcore that doesn't really sound like other bands. Maybe a bit like Cleanser, but with gruffer more burly vocals, with occasional hints of the thrashier, more metallic style of later Arkham records. It took a number of years, till the mid 00s, before they released a few more albums, this time under the name Arkham 13. In any case, you can't really go wrong with Derek and his music, the guy just knows how to write some solid tunes! So enjoy!

Arkham - The Wrath CD

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Save You compilation 7"

Here is one of many benefit compilations that were released in the 90s. Released in 1997 by the Mountain Collective and Fallout Records (altho on my copy there's a small Mountain sticker covering the Fallout name and address), this was a suicide awareness benefit, with proceeds going to suicide prevention centers around the NY & NJ states (where both labels as well as the bands were from). Speaking of the bands, this comp features a song each by So I Had To Shoot Him, C.R., Devoid Of Faith and The Judas Iscariot. If you're familiar with the bands, you know what to expect: short, fast and frantic bursts of harsh grinding hardcore/punk. At barely 6 and a half minutes long, this comp is over before you know. All bands are well worth checking out, and aside from Devoid Of Faith's contribution I believe these tracks only appear on this comp (and C.R.'s discography CD, duh). In typical 90s fashion, the insert has some additional writing on the subject, as well as a reflective 'mirror' with 'You are unique, unprecedented and unrepeatable' printed underneath it. It may come off as corny nowadays, but they really don't make em like this anymore. Hell, there's even a small note apologizing for a fuck up in the insert's layout. Yep, people were actually polite in the 90s! Enjoy!

Save You compilation 7"