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"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dust To Dust - Burial Of Hope MCD

Not to be confused with the (nu-)metal band out of Brooklyn, NY that surfaced a few years later, this Dust To Dust was based out of the Selinsgrove/Williamsport area in Pennsylvania. I think they were a pretty short-lived band, aside from possible demos they did only this 'Burial Of Hope' MCD that I'm aware of. This awesome 6-song slice of late 90s metalcore was released on Undecided Records out of Florida in 1999. I don't know why this band didn't get the attention they deserved, but I seem to recall seeing this MCD a fair bit at the time at various distro's (altho with my shitty memory it was probably always the same distro, and nobody picked it up except me, hah). I'm glad I picked it up tho, this ticks all the right checkboxes. If anybody has any info on this band or the band members, please do share!

Dust To Dust - Burial Of Hope MCD

Saturday, May 20, 2017

We'll Never Be Tamed live comp CD

The 'We'll Never Be Tamed' hardcore compilation CD was the first release on Mad Mob Records out of Berlin, Germany, a label started by the drummer of hardcore band Charley's War. It was recorded at a show at Berlin's legendary SO 36 club, and features 3 bands from Berlin (Murdered Art, Punishable Act and 3rd Statement) and one from Kassel (Brightside). Mostly representing what was known as 'Eurocore' (with bands like Ryker's and Right Direction as well-known names), it's a great document of that side of the Berlin & German hardcore scene at the time. That's not to say that that was all Germany had to offer, far from it, don't get me wrong! Also props to Punishable Act, who are still a pretty active band, almost 25 years after they first started playing. In any case, if yer interested in checking out some Eurocore, enjoy!

We'll Never Be Tamed live comp CD

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sun Burns Cold - May demo

Sun Burns Cold was an emocore band from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in PA. As far as I know they released 2 demos, a self-titled one in 1993 (which I don't have) and the 'May' demo in 1994, which I ripped here. Their style is very emotive and rocking in the early to mid 90s vein, similar to bands like Tomorrows Gone which I blogged about before (here and here), with very personal lyrics dealing with emotional numbness as well as the loss of (I think) the singer's mother. All in all a pretty decent demo, I would love to hear the first demo as well if anybody's got it.

Singer Christopher Sleboda went on to another emo band, Bedford, as well as become a designer for records of bands such as Dashboard Confessional. His brother and guitarist Andrew focused on his guitar playing and went to Berklee School of Music and started exploring all kinds of musical styles. As for the other 3 members, which also includes 2 brothers, beats me...

Sun Burns Cold - May demo

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Rage Generation: A New Hope comp CD

Hardcore is a worldwide thing, even if some scenes get far less attention than others... In the 90s Singapore, aka the Lion City, had a very vibrant and healthy hardcore scene, which was first documented way back in 1993 on the 'Lion City Hardcore: Together At Last' compilation (which I don't have unfortunately, but you can check it out here). Then in 1996 a second LCHC compilation came out called 'Rage Generation: A New Hope', on a new label called Rage Generation (which started out as a fanzine). It features 7 bands that play a wide range of hardcore/punkrock (and admittedly also a wide range in quality): Tools Of Society, Nine One Six, Retribution, Stampede, Jabs, Recover and Revolt. My personal faves on this comp are Tools Of Society and Retribution. I wouldn't say there are any hidden gems on this comp tho, but I do enjoy checking out these local scene compilations which is why I picked this up many years ago. Give it a try!

And in case you thought Lion City hardcore is dead, you're dead wrong. Check out Out For Blood, Losing End and LC93 (made up of oldheads who even played on the aforementioned 1993 comp).

Rage Generation: A New Hope comp CD

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Seize To Exist - Hate Is Human Control demo

Seize To Hate was a hardcore band from Holyoke, MA that recorded this demo in the summer of 1994. Rough hardcore with raspy, burly vocals that are mixed with some pretty strange vocals from time to time that don't fit the music at all. I can't say this is the best demo I've ever heard, to put it mildly, but hey, I doubt many people outside of Western Mass ever heard of this band, let alone heard this demo, so I'm posting it for obscurity's sake, hah. The band would manage to release a CD later that year or in early 1995 called '94 Hatecore' on a local label called Fear The Dead Records, which I don't have. Fear The Dead operated out of Holyoke, MA as well, so it might have been their own label? I couldn't find any information on what the band members did before/after this band, if anybody has some info, please do share.

Seize To Exist - Hate Is Human Control demo

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Face Down NJ - Before My Eyes demo

Recorded in late '96 and released in '97, here's the 'Before My Eyes' demo by the NJHC band Face Down NJ, altho at the time they hadn't yet added NJ to their name. I can't recall where I picked this up, but the band managed to tour Europe in late '97. I saw them in Dilsen, Belgium with I think Trapped In Life and a bunch of other bands. So I might've picked it up there... Anyways, Face Down played heavy metallic hardcore that mixes a harder, tough edge with some Snapcase-style riffs and a mix of vocal styles. Overall, it's a really solid demo, esp 'All Is Gone' is simply awesome. After this demo the band would add NJ to their name as there was also another Face Down active in Canada and over here in Belgium there was also a Facedown. The band then did the 'Angels With Soiled Wings' 7" in 1998 and appeared on some compilations. I have no clue what happened to the band or the band members afterwards tho, so if anybody has more info, please leave a comment!

Face Down NJ - Before My Eyes demo