Sunday, May 17, 2015

Suckerpunch

Alright, I've finally got some time for a proper new post... lately I've been revisiting a bunch of Ebullition records and related releases - 1990's "emo" influenced hardcore and the like.  Suckerpunch was one of those sort of bands and appeared on the great "Give Me Back" compilation that Ebullition issued (and which I posted a while back here).  While I think their track on that comp. (Religious Phallos) is their best song, their other material is definitely worth a listen.  Collected here for you is their self-titled 10" and their side of the split flexi Ep with Born Against - fair warning, my copy of the flexi is relatively degraded and the sound quality is pretty terrible.  It appears that the band only released one other split Ep before calling it quits.  For those unfamiliar or who haven't heard their contribution to the Give Me Back comp., Suckerpunch had a relatively metallic HC sound which is in keeping with Ebullition stalwarts like Downcast and Struggle but which also brings to mind East Coast bands like Citizens Arrest or Rorschach, though not quite as heavy.  Lyrically and aesthetically they were firmly in the Ebullition style as well.  Anyways, check them out and hope you dig this relatively overlooked group from the 1990s California HC scene.

Suckerpunch - s/t 10" and Split Ep w/ Born Against   

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Undone

OK, sorry for the silence... its been fairly busy around here and several projects have been taking up my time as of late, though I'm trying to get back into posting more regularly soon.  For now, here is a quick re-post of some more French emo hardcore... Undone were another of those groups from France in the mid 90s who took their cues from Dischord bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace as well as early Ebullition Records hardcore.  On Stonehenge Records, along with the likes of Fingerprint and Ivich, Undone mixed chaotic tempos, quiet intros and bombastic crescendos with impassioned screaming vocals.  This post contains their "Dark Future" Lp and their two 7" Eps, the majority of their recorded output. 

Undone - Dark Future Lp and two Eps

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Soar - Discography CD

Here is another French HC band that were attached to Stonehenge Records... Soar featured folks from Cause & Effect and a future member of Amanda Woodward.  Soar was quite different from both of those bands, however... they played a more metal influenced hardcore that stood somewhere in the nexus of screamo, metalcore and grind.  While each song seems to traverse these genres, the constant emphasis is on heaviness and power.  This CD compiles their self-titled 7" and a split Ep with Grievance, seven songs that are effectively the entire discography of this short lived band.  Great stuff.

Soar - Discography CD

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Finger Print - Discography

OK, this post is a response to a request, of sorts, from a commenter.  Noisenoisetom wanted to see material from the great French HC label Stonehenge records posted... as I told him, Batguano over at Fugitive Equilibrium had already uploaded quite a bit of that stuff already.  However, when I went back to his site I saw that some of the links are now dead so, in the interest in keeping this great music out there I'm going to repost some of it - starting with perhaps the best band to come out of the 1990s scene in France; Finger Print.  Fugitive Equilibrium still has a great write-up of the band on the site and there's not much I can add so I'd suggest checking out the original post.  I'll just add that when I heard Finger Print for the first time in the mid 90's it was quite a game changer... "Emo" was definitely in the air (in its early form, more related to hardcore than pop-punk) but Finger Print had ratcheted up the speed and power in a way that a lot of the "screamo" stuff that came after obviously tried to emulate, however much of it couldn't quite reach the same heights.  That's my two cents anyways, download and check it out for yourself!

Finger Print - Discography CD 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I Object! - First Two Years

More early 2000s hardcore... I Object! were a straight edge band from upstate New York that played old school style HC with political lyrics and tons of spirit.  I saw these folks live several times on their numerous U.S. tours and each time they delivered the goods.  This post contains their 25 track CD that compiles their first Ep, a split 7" and quite a few compilation and demo tracks.  I Object! went on to release a proper full length on Alternative Tentacles but I've always dug this early stuff from them more.  Good times and good memories.

I Object! - First Two Years CD

Saturday, March 28, 2015

L'Amico Di Martucci/Ohuzaru

This time out I've got two early 2000s Italian thrashcore bands - L'Amico Di Martucci and Ohuzaru.  Both bands were active at the roughly the same time, were closely related and shared members.  Despite the different names the bands had a similar sound, one that will be familiar to those who follow this blog.  With both groups you get fast and heavy hardcore with a bit of a straight edge HC sound - similar to bands I've already posted like E-150, Highscore or Point of Few.  This post contains a CD issued by 625 Records that collects the 7" Eps of both L'Amico Di Martucci and Ohuzaru on one disc.  I've also included the self titled 12" that Ohuzaru put out, 625 Records as well, in 2005.  I got to see Ohuzaru on their US tour that year with Iron Lung and it was awesome with Ohuzaru playing a blistering set and finishing up with some fun cover songs.  Great stuff.... enjoy!

L'Amico Di Martucci/Ohuzaru - Collection CD and Ohuzaru - s/t Lp
  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

E-150

OK, now for something different...  On a personal note, I am a huge football fan (or soccer to my fellow Yanks) and tomorrow is one of the biggest matches of the year - El Clasico in Barcelona.  So in preparation for this huge game, here is a post of one of my favorite Spanish HC bands - E-150.  Hailing from Barcelona and active in the late 1990s through the early 2000s, E-150 played blistering thrashcore that the folks over at Six Weeks or Sound Pollution records would highly endorse.  Their sound compares well with the heavyweights of this genre, bands such as Scholastic Deth, Hellnation, or even Sick Terror.  This post covers most of their discography - a self-titled CD that collects most of their 7"ers along with their split Ep with Intensity that was left off the CD.  These guys have soldiered on in other bands, most notably Fix Me and Gulag, though to me their other projects don't quite measure up to the high standards set by E-150.  Download, enjoy and for tomorrow, Visca Barça!

E-150 - Discography