Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cloudburst - '98 demo

I posted Cloudburst's 7" a few weeks ago here, and afterwards Sam from the excellent UK band Renounced contacted me that he had their demo. He was kind enough to part with it, so I ripped it.
The band was still called Cloud Burst at this stage, but they already played the style of their later material. Great demo in the same vein as their 7", a mix of metallic hardcore with more emo/screamo influences. If you enjoy their 7", definitely check out the demo as well. Now I definitely need to get their split 10" with Anomie!

Cloudburst - '98 demo

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Crossfire (UK)

If you've been following my blog over the years you might have noticed I regularly bought/buy records of bands I don't know based solely on the artwork. Take Crossfire from the UK. I used to see their 'Lost' 7" regularly in random distro's and eventually bought it simply because of the way it looked, it interested me. It's not a classic, but it's good, so no regrets, haha... The 7" is pretty decent, mixing an old school sound with a more slowed down 90s sound. The well-written socio-political lyrics deal with subjects like women's rights and religious fanaticism. The 7" was released in 1993 on RPN Records out of Germany.

In recent years I also managed to pick up their demo from 1992 on one of my visits to the UK, either at All Ages in London or Punker Bunker in Brighton (both awesome record stores well worth visiting if you're ever in London or Brighton!). More old school sounding than the 7", it's still a nice listen. The guitars have a nice heavy crunch to them, giving the demo a slight crossover feel. Anyways, despite seeing their 7" all the time over the years, I still know nothing about them, hahaha... If anybody has some more info on this band, please leave a comment.

Crossfire - demo
Crossfire - Lost 7"

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cloudburst - Love - Lies - Bleeding 7"

I used to, and still do, pick up random 7"s at shows or online based on their look or something else that triggers the 'I want to listen to this' itch. But as it happens, with some of these records I listen to em once or twice, and then sorta forget about them. I picked up this Cloudburst 7" at a show sometime in the early 00's. After a few listens it ended up among the 7"s starting with C, never to be played again. Until recently when a buddy of mine asked me about it. So I ripped it for him, and I realized how good this 7" is. I had completely forgotten what they sounded like, and what a shame that is, cuz it's great.

Cloudburst was a band from Bordeaux, France in the late 90s, playing a style that combined heavy metallic hardcore with more emo/screamo. They also did a split 10" with another French band, Acrimonie, which I don't have (yet, I will definitely have to get it now!). After they both folded, members from both bands formed a new, also short-lived, band called G-77, out of which the doommetal band Aguirre formed, who are still around.

Cloudburst - Love - Lies - Bleeding 7"

Saturday, April 4, 2015

New blood: Lockout

Lockout is a new band from Lancaster, PA. They just released their 'The Sickness Spreads' demo. The band currently has 2 members, brothers Jonathan & Jody. They used to play in a band called Common Ground and these songs were originally written for that band, but the band ended due to other commitments. So hopefully Lockout will become a more permanent band once they find more time, and additional members. Cuz I like what I'm hearing, and I'm sure it would sound killer in a live environment. It's heavy, energetic and hard with a nice flow to the song,  this stuff will appeal to fans of bands like Strength For A Reason, Death Threat and Lifeless while not sounding like a copy of any of them. Great stuff, I hope they can stick around and become a full band.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

New blood: Mind Awake

I haven't kept up too much with the French scene the past few years, even tho I've written about a bunch of 90s French bands in the past. There are great bands like xDIGx and Overmars, they just don't pop up on my radar as much as bands the UK or the US for instance. So it's cool that Mind Awake from Paris contacted me. They just released their first demo on Paris-based PPB Records. Combining fast hardcore with groovy and heavy mosh breaks, it's a sound I can totally dig. There's a slight old school/youth crew feel but then they turn up the heaviness and bring the mosh. The lyrics are pretty varied and deal with lost friendships/relationships but also elitism in the scene. But I have to ask, where are the signalongs?! Their sound screams for singalongs... But I'm fine without them too, the band is definitely on the right track, and I can't wait to hear to hear more from them. They are also eager to play all over Europe, I will definitely make an effort to check em out if they play anywhere near me.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chloe - Soon Enough 7"

Chloe was a band from Boston MA in the early 90s. For a band with such a lovely non-hardcore name, they sound much rougher than you'd expect. Their sound is a mixture between Boston's Toe Tag and Detroit's Pittbull. Their 'Soon Enough' 7" was released on Gawdawful Records in 1991. Only 2 songs, but both are solid if yer into the aforementioned bands. There is no lyrics sheet with my copy, so I have no idea what their lyrics are about. In 1992 they would do another 7" called 'Shaman', released on Cinderblock Records. I don't have that one unfortunately, if I get my hands on it, it'll end up on here tho, count on it, haha...

Anyways, with a name like Chloe, finding information on this band is next to impossible, heh... So if anybody has some more information on them, please leave a comment. I am really interested to find out if the band members played in other bands before or after, esp the singer who has an awesome voice! I did find out that someone (maybe from Chloe?) created a bandcamp page for them with some live-recordings, so do check that out if you like what you hear!

Chloe - Soon Enough 7"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Lay It On The Line - A Prelude To The Process EP

London, UK's Lay It On The Line was formed in spring 2012 with ex-members of Hang The Bastard and Phinius Gage, and has since been carving out a name for themselves. If you hadn't guessed from the circle logo on the cover, the Process from the EP's title refers to the Process Church of the Last Judgement, also the bands inspiration for the lyrics on this EP. I wouldn't necessarily put LIOTL's sound under the Holy Terror banner tho.

The band's sound lies somewhere between the rough and gritty hardcore punk sound of bands like Tragedy and a more modern hardcore sound like The Carrier. Defunct and IMHO underrated UK band Burning The Prospect also came to my mind. It's an interesting mix that also works well because of the vocals, which fit the range of influences and sounds well.

I wasn't aware of this band until this release, so I also checked out their previous releases. 'A Prelude..' continues in the direction set by their previous material but also has a darker and more focused sound. I am really into it, and I'm looking forward to their upcoming full-length album. The one thing I feel is lacking somewhat is that the production is a bit thin, I feel their sound could use a bit of extra heaviness. But it's a minor complaint, as I said I am digging this band a lot. Check it out!