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The formative years of the band's life were marked with a host of line up changes as the band strived to find the perfect chemistry. The Truth, while saw the emergence of their Everlasting seven track. The band themselves readily admit how much US hardcore standard bearers like Youth of Today and Gorilla Biscuits influenced their early sound. Much like Nirvana with Bleach and At The Drive-In's Acrobatic Tenement, their earlier recordings, while definitely worth investigating, only really show fleeting glimpses of what the band were truly capable of at a later date.
From seething anti-capitalist rhetoric to venomous tirades on social oppression, it's territory that in time would come to define the band to many, and open the minds of many a young person around the globe. In late we're swamped week in, week out with identikit hardcore bands blatantly pillaging the latter day Refused sound, using the album as a blueprint to success.
So it's a testament to its quality that despite its many imitators, nine years on from its initial release Songs to Fan The Flames of Discontent still sounds like such a remarkable, pure and vital album. Undoubtedly Refused's most aggressive and metallic material, it's the sound of protest music at its very fiercest.
Somehow baby, I never thought we'd do, too. Even in Hardcore, there are so many rules about what is and what is not acceptable, and that completely negates the whole spirit of the original idea.
The fact that the inlay sleeve of The Shape of Punk to Come contained an introductory essay attempting to explain their evolution should go some way to illustrating the full extent to which the band so daringly overhauled their sound. Mixing spoken word, hardcore, traffic and radio samples, electronica and techno; on paper these components appear to make a complete mess, but in reality when it's pumping out of your speakers at full volume, it works magnificently, augmenting as many ideas into one song as many bands manage in their entire career. Every one of following 11 tracks are equally spectacular, all offering something totally unique from the others, each a piece that complete the overall jigsaw.
Similar in one sense to Radiohead's opus OK Computer, what are stunning tracks individually combine and sound even more compelling when heard in their full context. Very few bands have attempted to utterly smash boundaries as Refused did and as a result The Shape of Punk to Come genuinely stands out as one of the 's most pioneering and challenging records. Quite simply, in a genre that is constantly evolving and re-inventing itself, The Shape of Punk to Come has no equals. To this day the band members have rejected all the offers to speak to "disgusting journalists whose only aim is the selling of issues and the cashing in of paychecks", having turning down the cover in Alternative Press The biggest rock magazine in the US last year, and have gone on to in all intents and purposes, disown their swansong release.
Officially their last statement claims that Refused broke up because of their disgust of how music is always categorised, dumbed down and turned into commodity, going on to claim that with four separate projects they would be able to reach more people than one single entity ever could. Of course such a statement was always going to raise a few eyebrows, and in this day and age, where internet messageboard help spread rumours around the world at the click of a mouse button, the reasons behind their demise certainly didn't avoid speculation.
From certain band members having difficulty keeping up the with increasingly complex nature of the music to a widening void in their political philosophies; no stone was left unturned by people wildly speculating from the safe faceless anonymity that the internet provides. Just about anywhere. There's no denying the fact that Refused have undoubtedly become something they'd always have hated, a seminal band much like Fugazi, who due to their fabled ethics and sub-cultural significance have become a credible name to drop by musicians, lazy journalists and scensters.
As they so eloquently in their final press statement, "When people are being praised as geniuses and idols just because they play music We will never play together again and we will never try to glorify or celebrate what was. So that we will no longer be tortured with memories of a time gone by and the mythmaking that single-minded and incompetent journalism offers us.
While it's been proven time and time again that it's difficult, if not impossible to be sufficiently subjective about an album when it has only been released relatively recently just take a look at every music poll the great British public are ever responsible in voting for but with The Shape Of Punk To Come Refused made an album much like The Beatles and Nirvana were famed for producing; an album that will continue to be discovered by younger and younger fans as time goes by.
Music is seldom if ever truly timeless but there's the simple undeniable fact that at the time of its release The Shape Of Punk To Come was a criminally overlooked record. Now, at a time when hardcore has never been so synonymous with the mainstream, it's able to reach so many more people than it ever could at the time of it release. With image driven bands like Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold and Eighteen Visions taking both their running mascara and the rather loosely attached tag of hardcore to a new MTV generation, a fresh audience has emerged, eager to follow the latest in musical fashion.
One final reason as to why Refused stand out is the rather simple fact that they appeared to split, somewhat unusually in the music world, at their artistic peak. It could be argued that along with the likes of At The Drive-In, Jeff Buckley and Nirvana, they ended at the very top of their game though the latter two for much more tragic reasons altogether. While other acts such as Metallica continue to grind out albums, tarnishing their once great legend in the process, these acts never got the opportunity to disappoint fans by playing past their musical "best before date" or releasing a disappointing record.
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New York Hardcore band founded in They have been known to be a major part of the New York hardcore scene. The band was formed during the era of the major hardcore decline, when many pioneering hardcore bands including Black Flag and Minor Threat disbanded. The band began to play Sunday afternoon matinees at renowned venue CBGB's, and soon after released a self-titled 7" on Revelation Records which was later re-issued on the tenth anniversary of its release, in The album's follow-up, Just Look Around, was released in The band received bad publicity in December when Wayne Lo, a prep-college student, shot and killed two people and wounded four others at the Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Widely-circulated photos of him at his arrest showed him wearing a Sick of It All t-shirt. After being inundated with claims that they initiated violence at shows and through their music, the band defended themselves in the press particularly The New York Times. The fair success of Scratch the Surface allowed the band to tour worldwide. In they released their second record on the EastWest label, Built to Last.
More punk-inspired than their previous effort, Built to Last produced a number of live staples for the band, including "Us vs. Them," "Busted" and "Good Lookin' Out. The follow-up Yours Truly was less critically acclaimed. Despite containing some of the bands favored live tracks, including "Blown Away," "The Bland Within," "District" and "America," some fans felt alienated by the album's progressive nature and in a recent interview, frontman Lou Koller claimed that the album's cover art probably contributed to its poor reception.
The album showcased tracks from Sick of It All's entire career up to that point in time. In , the band also released an album of b-sides, covers and rare tracks entitled Outtakes for the Outcast, which contains some Sick of It All recordings. The new album, titled Death to Tyrants, was released on April 18, Following a worldwide tour in support of Death to Tyrants, Sick of It All began working on new material for their next album.
In an August interview with singer Lou Koller, he revealed that the band would begin recording their new album in November for a release. Sick of it all will also be touring in Australia with Rise Against to support their endgame tour in The latter departed in March , while Ted was replaced at the very end of by D.
After a brief rehearsal period, Dead Kennedys played their first gig at Mabuhay Gardens in July The "Fab Mab" was a Filipino restaurant in San Francisco's North Beach section that served as a home to punk bands for nearly ten years. It wasn't too long before the band gained a considerable following around San Francisco.
Live, DKs were a combination of chaos and theatrics. Their sound could be described as a cross between the Sex Pistols and the Ventures. That single was later issued in Britain on the indie label Fast Products. Underpinned by an acute sense of humor, early songs such as "Let's Lynch the Landlord," "I Kill Children" and "Chemical Warfare" satirized the twin elements of extreme violence and conservatism that characterize much of American life.
Dead Kennedys' inflammatory name and provocative behavior in one prank, Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco - and came in fourth attracted the attention of a number of far-right politico-religious groups. The band's problems with these self-appointed moral guardians were compounded by a confrontational relationship with US authorities, ensuring an aggressive police presence at most of their gigs. But the band continued to expand their audience by playing at a mix of underground venues in different corners of the USA and Canada.
They did their first British tour in late , which established the band there as a figurehead for an audience long deprived of the Pistols, Biafra stage-diving to great enthusiasm. Dead Kennedys went on to tour worldwide, covering the continents of North America, Europe and Australia. Possibly their best album, this fine collection of songs retained the trademark savagery and satire, but the musical content had diversified, even including such unexpected moments as Klaus Flouride playing clarinet.
Featured were the singles "Bleed for Me" and "Halloween," and it also included "Moon Over Marin," as closeas Dead Kennedys ever came to a ballad, albeit with anti-pollution lyrics. Detailing several rows of copulating genitalia, it provoked a legal offensive against the band beginning in April As well as having his flat torn apart by the police, Biafra was charged with "distributing harmful matter to minors," a charge which he repulsed on the basis of the First Amendment right to free speech and which was dismissed the following year.
Mention the name "Bad Brains" to anyone today and you will likely get an eye-opening and overwhelmingly positive response. Considered by some to be the "holy grail" of punk rock, Bad Brains have a pure and quintessential attitude that most artists only aspire to achieve -- they are simply one of the most important and influential American bands still working today. Like all great bands, light bulbs go off and charisma enters a room just by the band merely standing in it. For the Bad Brains, they go one step further and supply the electricity to charisma.
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Known for their over-the-top live performances, the band melded punk and reggae into an innovative style that has yet to be copied. Their impact can be felt in many musical circles and the Brains today have impacted virtually every punk band working the airwaves. Although the band released only a handful of records during their lifetime, they are now musical icons that remain humble.
Formed by guitarist Dr. Know, vocalist H. Last Great Dreamers on Facebook. Metal Guru is available to buy here now! Neil Hodge was there to review the proceedings…. This was a hotly anticipated sold-out gig, with people travelling some distances to attend Dublin, England, North of Scotland. They were most definitely not disappointed. Tarbeach Records label-mates ReAction , Heavy Drapes and The Zips came together to provide a high octane, hundred-mile-an-hour punk rock romp.
The running order had been kept under wraps beforehand to ensure maximum attendance for all bands and the ploy worked. By the time they left the stage packed-out venue was now a veritable sweatbox. He has certainly brought a new vibrancy to the band who were on blistering form. It was a colossal assault on the senses from start to finish. It was down to seminal Glasgow punk legends The Zips to close proceedings.
With new songs, imminent albums and forthcoming gigs a-plenty from all three bands, the future looks dazzling for Scottish punk. You can stream it here now. Tickets go on sale on Friday 15 September at 9. Having loitered in the backwaters of the pub rock scene for most of the 70s, Dury was catapulted to chart stardom on the back of New Boots And Panties , released by Stiff in September Although it featured neither of his Top 10 hits to that point, the album was declared platinum in Kurt Ballou at God City did some audio magic on them in in February A total of ten tracks here, five by each band.
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Finally, the last of the 4 20th anniversary split 7"s has been completed. Three of the best dudes from many past bands you've heard of, fellow DIY lifers, and our Bay Area friends. This release is completed and complemented by some beautiful artwork by Jacob Bannon done specifically for this release. At long last, the final Dystopia LP is now out! Comes with a 20 pages full colour booklet. Their first full length album. Although the music has a slight metal-edge it's always delivered in a catchy sing-along style. Being as always full of anger and rage the lyrics deal with the everyday madness in this fucked up system on a collapsing world.
Collecting the entire tracks from their "Feel The Core Of Self" 7", "Act Then Decide" 7", "We Need The Truth" CD-EP, "What Are You gonna Get" 7" and rare compilation appearances for the first time in a remastered collection from the original Sound sources, shows the band defining it's sound of tough vocalled, stripped down hardcore, flourished with guitar solos and melody. Lyrically the LP is poetically reflective and many of the songs address the situation of Post-Tsunami Japan. Landing by surprise from the cold and distant lands of Denmark, HEXIS delivers their first full-length record "Abalam" after a handful of singles and splits.
Directly inspired by the darkness of black metal and the brutality of punk hardcore, the five Danish guys offer us thirteen titles under the signs of monolithism and dedication. The album title "Abalam" refers to the Prince of Hell and his female face, all the lyrics of the record are focused on the demonic concept. We're very pleased to say at least to re-issue this uk anarcho-punk milestone and make it available again for the first time since almost 3 decades! Their lyrix have a bold political message which among other bands of this era left quite an impact on the Anarcho-punk scene of the early eighties of the last century.
Needless to say that their lyrical as well as musical content stands the test of time and is as relevant today as it was back then. Comes with original sleeve, insert plus an additional poster. Includes Linernotes by Hammy. All 10 tracks remastered by Ian Glasper. Another must have of classic and essential anarcho punk for your collection! Vinyl edition featuring 1 exclusive bonus track not on the CD or Cassette. This pressing is on midnight blue vinyl with a heavy black splatter.
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Traditional black vinyl also in stock. Thrash of the Titans!!! Prank Mailorder copies come on Blue vinyl with a bonus blue vinyl LP of the "Raise the Capital" show only CD-R of live tracks, full color record labels, insert and obi strip. Limited to in the U. The copies in stores will just be a single LP of the studio material. Blasting, energetic rocking hardcore from Tokyo, The debut LP by Tokyo, Japan's PAINTBOX is a stunning blend of traditional "burning spirits" Japanese hardcore mixed with melodic pop and driving hard rock influences, fueled by raging guitar leads, a rampaging rhythm section and husky, tough sung vocals.
The fourth full-length release from one of Germany's oldest and most well-known punk rock bands. Once again Rawside deliver the goods, playing 80's style punk rock with just enough of a metal edge to keep it interesting and fresh. Most of the songs are in English and the lyrics cover a wide range of political topics as well as keeping the spirit of punk rock alive.
If you've never heard Rawside before, then it's about fuckin' time for your education to begin!! As usual for a Skuld Releases record, it comes in a beautiful package that includes full-color gatefold sleeve and printed inner sleeve with lyrics. Expect nothing else than the finest punk-rock'n'roll with slight streetpunk and hardcore influences here and there from these old cats, not much different than vocalist Jose's previous band PELIGRO SOCIAL but with a more rock'n'roll approach, offering some variety on the song structures to keep it from monotone and boring but sounding solid as a rock and catchy as fuck.
US pressing on Sorry State Records. Comes with a full colors poster insert! But it's Side 2 that contains my favorite tracks off this new release. Indeed, in an interview I did with Arctic Flowers almost two years ago, founder and guitarist Stan Wright stated, "Our sound is a mix of punk, deathrock, post punk, and goth. Aggressive but at times danceable and melodic. They continue the path of melodic hardcore with a mature edge.
First press is copies on black vinyl. All records come with a coupon for free digital download. Official re-release of the classic on Propaganda Records! Comes as the original in four different covers. Supporting this release with a handful of tours including a full U. The songs took on a deeper and more complex sound incorporating more synths and experimental textures and sounds. In the summer of they made a 5 week tour of Europe in support of "The Subliminal Man".
The songs written during this 3 year period would be their best to date and would be appearing on their new Self-Titled album to be released in January by Dirtnap records and Sabotage Records. Lyrically, on this new album The Estranged have more of an enduring angst ridden approach.
Testifying to an account much more personal than in the past. As a result showing the bands continued maturity in their song writing and in the recording process. Retaining the melody of the earlier 7" and 12" eps but with a harder, faster edge this lp is by far MM's best material to date. From the build up on the first track to the last note this smokes all the way through!!!! The Spanish vocals only add to the amazingness of this lp and all the "whoa" parts will have you singing along even if you dont speak the language. This is some absolutely raging punk in the Spanish tradition, equally influenced by more melodic bands like Eskorbuto and RIP and the more raw bands.
What you get is basic, four-the-floor hardcore with catchy as fuck, whoa-soaked vocals over the top of it. This thing is jam-packed to the hilt with hooks Catch the Histeria!!! Brand new studio recordings by this Berliner combo who seamlessly continue where they stopped years ago! Comes with a brilliant booklet about the history of the battle called "Freedom! This record is a burst of urgent post punk that will have you dancing and thinking at the same time. From the rooter to the tooter, The New Flesh has grown with each release and their songwriting skills are proof of it!
Tuneful surf punk stuff. This whole album is so bloody energetic! Love the surfer vibes with punch-you-in-the-balls punk attitude. Fast and to the point. Much recommended! When not creating the surfy, punk rock din they're oh so infamous for, they enjoy watching shitty movies, discussing where to get the best pizza, eating pizza, and laughing at the misfortunes of others.
Finally out: Official repress of their totally underrated album from ! Formerly on the infamous Rock-o-Rama label! Much more power in this remastered version here compared to the smooth sound on the original vinyl! Contains "Bella ciao" as bonus-track! Comes with a big poster like the original plus dozens of great photos from their legendary US-tour in plus extra lyric-sheet!
Highly recommended!!! This new record features ten songs that explore a range of influences from early west coast punk to British post-punk and anarcho, early death rock and new wave. Comes with the original fanzine! Finnish HC-band from 80ies that recorded their old songs in the studio for the first time. Official reissue of the legendary first record originally released by Rondelet Records in Originally out on the highly collectable OI!
Records label run by Oppressed's frontman and S. Top notch pissed off UK82 punk hardcore! Reissue of the first legendary record by the mighty UK band. Originally released back in by Earache Records, this unofficial reissue comes in a limited number with a crazy clear yellow and red splattered vinyl. This definitely is one of the most influential grind records of all times. Vinyl compilation of rare and previously unreleased tracks taken from EP's, comps and demo's by these influential Swedish '80s HC-legends. Washington, DC based punk rock band originally affiliated with Dischord Records and featuring ex.
This is an official repress of their second record originally released in Innovative, melodic but still powerful U. Raw D-beat brutal crust core from Los Angeles. Check them out! Recorded live in Switzerland, February For what this band is worth, they rule. They're long since broken up now, and in their time together they didn't get quite the opportunity to output a lot of great material. But one thing is for sure, this band's effort, "Pneumatic Slaughter", brings not just raw and uncontrollable animosity to the table, but a sound that is unique, fresh, and easily distinguishable from the massive up rise of grind being seen at this point in time with bands such as Carcass and their "Reek of Putrification", and goregrind only just starting to peek its way into the world.
Great reissue, for the first time on vinyl, of the legendary video tape released by Jettisoundz video in UK punk legends G. H at the peak of their popularity recorded live as raw as punk could get back then. Second 12" from Generacion Suicida. This is their sound, not some knock off, not some imitation, not a homage or retro dress up party I'll save any boring comparisons and you save yours. Jam it up super and see. Recorded in after a European tour.
The record comes in a great one sided screen printed clear red vinyl! Minx is the fourth full-length album by the English punk band Leatherface originally released in Though regarded as a lesser album than its predecessor, Mush, it was still generally well received, many reviews citing its strength as a stand-alone album. Stringy, angular, cynical, and warily sensitive, Beggars is simply one of the best unsung British punk albums of all time.
The restraint and respect NOOTGRUSH treat their instruments with is magnanimously rewarded in the final outcome, adding to the seriousness and depth of their conclusion. All their classics are compiled here and the nice packaging makes this Radiation Records reissue a must have one for all the nostalgic UK punk dudes!
New record after many years of silence by this amazing dark punk combo from Italy. Great lyrics full of despair, hate and hopelessness. Crust as fuck pre and post Extreme Noise Terror. Official reissue of the first Rotten Sound LP originally released in Technical and brutal grindcore from Finland! One of the most seminal Japanese punk bands ever, Stalin formed in and blew away all previous attempts at Japanese punk thanks to their frontman Michiro Endo's crazy on-stage perfomances and their unique style.
Originally released in , the 'Stalinism' LP collected their first flexi 7", the 'Stalinism' EP, the 'Fish Inn' flexi single, along with 'Chicken Farm' their contribution to the legendary international hardcore compilation 'Welcome to ', to whom Stalin owe a good portion of their cult status.
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A great reissue for all Japanese punk fans out there. Hey there Maxi Rockers! Get your copy today and support thee longest running, all-volunteer-run, not-for-profit punk zine on the planet! Stompy, metallic hardcore that has been distilled to satisfy the finest standards. This is unforgiving, confronting, fighting music- the end of the road.
Simply a classic split of UK Anarcho Thrash that was very hard to find when released due to the fact that they all sold out pretty much straight away.
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Generic swing wildly between all out thrash and melodic hippy folk, and yes it works. Great tracks. Electro Hippies play fucking fast but even it out with some nice moody moments and a penchant for tongue in cheek lyrics. This recording feature's one Jeff Walker of Carcass fame amongst the Hippy line up. When the second song from this album kicks in, named "KI-1", You are just being ripped to shreds.
The riffs and breaks are more ingenious here than on the "Detestation" album. They are sharper than a razor. Even 9 years later it still sounds relevant and aggressive. This album is truly intense and dark. GISM has always been a strange, but good band with a strong and cult following. Sakevi had the most vicious and brutal vocals back in the 80's and 90's.
He definitely proves he is still up to this on this album. Imagine when members from Bathory or Venom and Discharge meet and create something new. That's pretty much what GISM sounds like in a nutshell. Ironfist Tatsushima is drumming violently fast on this one. The band is really showing their skills and expertise on this album.
The artwork on this album is awesome. Too bad Randy Uchida died shortly after the release of this album. Rest in peace. In continuing with their recent flurry of activity in the last five to six years, Millions of Dead Cops have paired up with London street punks the Restarts for this rousing song split LP. With the questionable quality of some of MDC's more recent output especially their acoustic split with John the Baker , Mobocracy is undoubtedly some of their finest work since fully reemerging with Magnus Domingus Corpus, an effort that flowed awkwardly at times and was uneven at best.
Here, the songs are biting and terse, with more engaging music and a better vocal delivery by loquacious frontman Dave Dictor. The rough production suits their style well, though it also facilitates a level of homogeny throughout the track list, aside from two songs that do stand out from the bunch. Fans of either band should know what they're getting into with Mobocracy. MDC has compiled some of their best songs in recent years on their half, and the Restarts' aggressive street punk strongly lets up through their eight-song contribution.
Complete with a foldout lyrics poster and great artwork by Kieran Plunkett of the Restarts, Mobocracy is a nice addition to both bands' catalogues. Originally released in by Nemesis Records in copies which took almost 3 yeas to get sold , this is an unofficial reissue of one of the most notorious punk bands of all times. I reckon this is pretty ace. Seven of the tracks are fast, brutal, upper-tier hardcore that go beyond most traditional standards of punishment. Comparisons might include Manpig, Stations, BGK or a bulked-up and incredulous SSD, with everything barked, grinding and heavy enough around the shoulders that you'd definitely think twice about spilling their pint and then laughing in their face about the silly thing you just did.
The singer barely seems to spit the words out fast enough, and oftentimes the band follows suit as though they're all but tripping over themselves to get all that excess rage out. After this initial flurry of activity, the whole of side b comprises antagonistic pounder 'Death Persuades'. This goes on. And it goes on.