Tuesday, July 20, 2010

REVIEWS: 7/18/2010 - 7/24/2010

Apache - Radical Sabbatical LP (Burger Records)

Raw grinding punk rock straight out of the hook laden era of the late 70's. Is this some lost KBD gem? No it's a bunch of boozed up/stoned out dudes pouring their sleazy hearts out through sloppy yet catchy guitar leads. I thought going into the record that the first 2 songs were fine and would have been suitable for a 7", skeptical of how they were gonna carry out their sleazy 70's punk anthems over 13 jams. They do it suprisingly well with only 1-2 throwaway tracks, the rest being record party anthems. Grab this LP, a case of beer, a pack of smokes and maybe even your glue bag. Stay sleazy with Apache cos these dudes seem like they know how to party.
(Burger Records/645A S. State College Blvd./Fullerton, CA 92831/http://burgerrecords.webs.com/)

Witchsorrow - Witchsorrow 2xLP (Rise Above Records)

Slowly you crawl out of this pit of despair. You are clawing the ground in hopes that maybe you can escape the soul crushing doomed out anthems from the righteous three piece known as Witchsorrow. Like their labelmates and label owners band's Cathedral, Electric Wizard and The Gates of Slumber, this trio churns out thick resin coated guitar riffs with a tone similar to that of the first Cathedral album. The bass is punchy and the vocals are droney all the while being backed by this crushing beast on drums pounding away at every verse and chorus. This is an extreme step up from their 2008 demo seeing as they've not only pumped up their riffs, but the way they pull those riffs off. The "traditional doom metal hammer-ons" are pulled off with perfection at just the right times for you to go "fuck yah" and throw those shreddin fingers in the air. Search this out, it's well worth a few spins.
(Rise Above Records/www.riseaboverecords.com)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Man Is The Bastard - Abundance Of Guns 7" (1992)

Man Is The Bastard - Abundance Of Guns EP (1992)

Artist: Man Is The Bastard
Album: Abundance Of Guns 7"
Year: 1992
Label: Self-Released (MITB)
Location: Claremont, CA
1.) Regression To Birth
2.) Mocha Rebirth
3.) Semen In The Eyesocket Of Thomas Lenz
4.) Slave To The Bean
5.) The Iron Room
6.) Incoming
7.) Volatile Cocktail
8.) Tumult Being
9.) Abundance Of Guns
10.) Suttee

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Total File Size: 29.4 MB

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Beyond Description - More Power To Your Elbow EP (1992)

Beyond Description - More Power To Your Elbow EP (1992)

Artist: Beyond Description
Album: More Power To Your Elbow 7"
Year: 1992
Label: Desperate Attempt Records
Location: Tokyo, Japan
1.) Problem
2.) Rise
3.) Will
4.) Value
5.) Appearance

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It's been years since I picked up three Beyond Description 7"s from Schoolkid's in Raleigh. Actually, come to think of it, it was probably one of my first trips away from the shithole that was my hometown for most of my life. Those 7"s (one of which I'm sharing with you today) really brought me into this world of international hardcore in which I dwell today. Simply put, those records saved my life.

Anyways, enough with the nostalgia, and now onto some truly brutal Japanese hardcore. Beyond Description formed in 1988 and have been tearing it up ever since. "More Power To Your Elbow" is actually Beyond Description's first "official release" (following a plethora of early demos) and only release on the Desperate Attempt label (home to great one-off and split EPs featuring such gnarly bands as Hiatus, Concrete Sox and Apartment 213). They're still running 'til this day and just passing their 20th anniversary last year. A supposed new album is in the works according to one of their sites.

This record is a rager plain and simple. From the opening riff of the first track "Problem" to the insane drumming in "Rise" this record doesn't let up. There are no gasps for air and your ear drums are left punished and properly thrashed. Not as intense as what the band later unleashes upon us in the late 90's/early 00's, but it still tears shit up. Enjoy!

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