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

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"