Thursday, December 18, 2014

Break It Up

Here is another blast of UK hardcore... Break It Up were a short-lived band that featured members of Voorhees and played a similar style of vicious punk, though with a pronounced early sXe influence.  They only released a demo and an Lp, both of which are included here.  The album contains an Antidote cover and the demo features an excellent version of Beyond's flawless track "Effort" - two indications of where these guys were coming from, musically.  Sean, one of the guitarists from the first incarnation of Voorhees and for Break It Up, has a new band going that is in much this same vein.  Check out My Rules if you've dug these past two posts...

Break It Up - No Sides Lp and Demo Ep   

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Voorhees - Smiling at Death

OK, this one is a straight up 1990's classic... "Smiling at Death" compiled all the early Voorhees recordings onto one 69 track CD - two demos, their first 7" and Lp, compilation tracks and studio outtakes.  For those unfamiliar, Voorhees hailed from the U.K. and played vicious, primal hardcore punk reminiscent of the first wave of U.S. bands - Negative Approach, SOA, Negative FX, etc.  All of these influences are at the fore in the lyrics, artwork and the myriad of cover songs sprinkled throughout the disc.  Voorhees lasted for just over a decade, albeit with a constantly changing line-up, and ended up with a slew of 7"ers, split Eps and a couple more Lps.  I dig their entire catalog of material, but for me nothing that came after can touch this release... one of the best hardcore bands of the era for sure.

Voorhees - Smiling at Death

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fields of Fire - The Kids Can't Be Bought Ep

OK, I've been back in town for a bit but have been playing catch up around the house and am finally squeezing in time for a new post... this week I've got a rockin' 7" from Southern California posi band Fields of Fire.  This one came out in 2000 and features some kick ass old school sXe HC in the vein of Insted or Chain of Strength - fast and heavy but with lots of melody.  These guys came from the same scene as Life's Halt and In Control, and like those bands were bridging straight edge and nardcore somewhat.  Good stuff.

Fields of Fire - The Kids Can't Be Bought Ep

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Never Conform - s/t Ep

Alright, I'm about to head out of town again - taking advantage of the holiday to do a little more traveling, but before I go here is a quick post for you guys...  This one is the sole 7" Ep from Japan's Never Conform.  This band appears to have been around for ages (Discogs says 1989-2014) but released very little recorded material.  This Ep came out in 2002 on 625 Thrashcore and features songs apparently written in 1989.  Regardless of the details, Never Conform on this record played some mean thrashy hardcore highly influenced by Never Healed-era Heresy - from the artwork to, sadly, the muddled recording production.  Despite the less than ideal sound quality, the songs are great and totally fit with the 80's U.K. HC vibe that they (and I) obviously love.  Enjoy and I'll be back in a couple of weeks with more tunes...

Never Conform - s/t Ep

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I Accuse!

Ok, here is a bit more early 2000s thrashcore... this time from Detrioit, Michigan's I Accuse!  These guys played super fast, modern thrashy hardcore with an old school U.S. HC vibe - imagine Jerry's Kids meets Charles Bronson.  I Accuse! released a couple of records on Sound Pollution - a self titled 7" and a split Lp with fastcore kings Hummingbird of Death.  I've included both those records in this post, along with their split Ep with Life Set Struggle - pretty much their entire discography, aside from demo and tour cassettes.

I Accuse! - Discography

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Final Plan

Here is another short-lived early 2000s band - this time from the U.S.A.  The Final Plan hailed from Cleveland, Ohio and played pissed off, lightning fast, sXe-influenced hardcore... they had much in common with contemporaries such as Tear It Up, Haymaker, Carry On and Panic.  It looks like they only contributed two releases before calling it quits - an Ep called "Dead End Nights" and a split with Texas band My Luck.  I've included both Final Plan releases here, along with the My Luck tracks from the split as well (they are pretty great in their own right).  Check them all out below.

The Final Plan - Dead End Nights Ep and split with My Luck 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Point of Few

Here are two Eps from Dutch thrashers Point of Few, who appeared in the last post - the Four Corners compilation.  The dudes played ultra-fast, youth crew influenced, political hardcore... they released a slew of 7"ers and split Eps, in addition to contributing songs to quite a few compilations.  Presented for you here are the "Beneath the Surface" and "Silence" Eps.... great accompaniments to their tracks from the "Four Corners" record.

Point of Few - "Beneath the Surface" and "Silence" Eps