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

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fragment Of Reality - Demo 1998

Here's yet another demo I picked up from Alain RPP's amazing distro, at a show in Belgium in the summer of 1998. At that time, in the late 90s, there were a ton of bands in France that followed in the footsteps of French bands like Stormcore, Drowning, Kickback and Trapped In Life, playing hard and heavy metalcore. Fragment Of Reality from the Nantes area is no exception. Stylistically the band has a lot in common with the KDS crew bands from Rennes, just north of Nantes. Especially A Way Of Life comes to mind, altho they never quite reach that level of awesomeness. Still, this is a great demo with some awesome riffs. The lyrics are fairly simplistic tho, but don't sweat it, even with the lyrics sheet it's difficult to follow them anyways, hah.

Aside from this demo they appeared on a couple of compilations, I don't think this band released anything else. Band members moved on to bands like Right 4 Life, Slamface, Nantes Resilience, Die Die Die and Tromatized Youth.

Fragment Of Reality - Demo 1998

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cage - Earth At 95 demo

A random demo from a band I know virtually nothing about. Anyways, Cage was from Methuen, Massachusetts (also the town where Cave-In was formed btw) and played a heavy and downtuned hardcore/metal hybrid, similar to bands such as Blood Has Been Shed. Add to that a singer whose vocals alternates between gruff shouts to the type of singing that brings to mind BHBS's Howard Jones (also Driven & Killswitch Engage), and you should know by now whether this might be interesting for you or not. They recorded the 'Earth At 95' demo in 1995, and I think this was their second demo. I don't think they did anything else after this one tho, but if somebody has more information about Cage, please leave a comment!

Band members moved on to bands like Nok, Never Got Caught (which also featured someone from Boston hardcore band Tree) and Gozu.

Cage - Earth At 95 demo

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Manifold - When Silence Erases My Name 7"

Manifold was a new school hardcore band from the Lazio region in central Italy during the second half of the 90s. Their 'When Silence Erases My Name' 7" was released on Rebound Action in 1997, a label run by their drummer Andrea 'Capò' Corsetti who still runs the label and also still drums, in a brutal grind/hardcore band called Neid...

Anyways, Manifold was a (partly?) vegan sXe band with lyrics about those subjects, and played a heavy style somewhere between more early/mid 90s new school sounding and the more metallic sound of Italian edgemetal bands like Reprisal and Purification. But rougher and less polished, both in execution and production. Good stuff tho, it's a shame they remained fairly obscure, especially outside of Italy... They also did a split 7", but I don't have it unfortunately. Members also played in bands like Muddle and Tear Me Down.

Manifold - When Silence Erases My Name 7"