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"

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