Exklusiv Premiär: Agenda / Mørkt Kapittel – Split

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Bombardemanget fortsätter när Norrmännen bjuder upp till kamp. Mørkt Kapittel känner ni förmodligen till sedan tidigare om ni läst vad jag skriver här på blogg-zinet. Jag fick äran att lägga ut hela albumsläppet för streaming när det släpptes av dem själva, 2013. “Gro Igjen” var namnet på albumet och var deras första album, då de endast släppt en EP tidigare och det var år 2010. Ett år senare så har de färdigställt sitt första split-album tillsammans med Stavanger-hårdingarna Agenda – ett norskt hardcoreband utan några pretentioner alls. Tidigare har de varit med på samlingsplattan “No Power, No Punk” med låten “Når Dommen Faller“, och de har även släppt ett album med titeln “Menneskehetens Massegrav” i Mars detta år. Det är ungefär några veckor kvar tills detta split-släpp kommer ut för att kunna köpas i butikerna. Jag har redan tagit del av de fyra låtar som finns på albumet, nämligen “Guddomelig Massemord“, “Misantrolypse Nå!” och “Religiøs Terror (Svart Framtid Cover)” med Agenda, samt låten “Bokbål” med Mørkt Kapittel. Allt från de nästan crossover-orienterade låtar som Agenda presterar med, till den ynka låt Mørkt Kapittel bidrar med – som närmast påminner om en stoner (och svartmetall)-orienterad låt, stöter på patrull i hardcoresvängen – så kan man konstatera att det är ett sjujäkla bra släpp.

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Nu har tiden kommit för mig att lägga upp den för er att lyssna till. Istället för skämt om norrmän kan ni hålla till godo med allvarligheten inom dessa genrer, tillsammans med det mörka sväng som skjuter er båt i sank. Hela spliten kan lyssnas till på Repartiserarens soundcloud, där alla låtar kommer att ligga uppe. Detta släpp kommer att komma ut via Negative Vibe Records den 1:a Augusti, så om ni vill ha en bit av kakan så kan ni först lyssna till det i sin helhet här nedanför och sedan beställa spliten när den kommer.

To The Death Records släpper Knivad i år!

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Ni anar inte hur peppen steg när man fick reda på detta. Tydligen så har Knivad gått och hittat sig ett väldigt bra bolag, inget mindre än To The Death Records, att släppa på. Därför gör de oss äran och släpper deras kommande alster, vilket är en ytterst bra nyhet med tanke på hur många sömnlösa nätter som har påbörjats och avslutats med låtar som “Ryggen full av kniv“, “Ner i skiten igen” samt “En dag med inget kvar“. Förutom detta har även några av deras låtar fått plats på den numera nedlagda podcastserien som jag styrde och ställde med, som ni alla vet hette Svensk Punk och Hardcore. Spänningen stiger och ni kommer förmodligen att få mer detaljer om detta i framtiden, men tills dess kan ni lyssna på deras demolåtar och de nyligen tillagda låtarna “Av skam är du kommen” samt “Mata elden” här nedanför.

Lukinzine och Mosher skapar Farsot!

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Två av musikvärldens ihärdiga hardcorekrigare har slutit sig samman för att sprida sitt budskap ånyo. Skillnaden denna gången är att deras sammanlagda expertis även borrar sig djupare in i musikvärlden, då de med detta sammanslagande av hjärnkraft mellan dessa två individer, resulterar i ett kommande och väldigt intressant släpp. Innan vi kommer dit, så uppdagades det att de valt att både driva ett skivbolag och ett fanzine. Enligt herrarna är detta på grund av att de vill hålla oss vakna på vad som händer med och runtomkring Farsot. När det kommer till själva syftet med bolaget kör de på gammal hederlig D.I.Y-stil, i kombination med att bolaget drivs enligt dessa principer, så gör det även att de vill att förhållandet mellan artist och bolag ska vara starkt. Det ska vara och kännas familjärt, samt hjälp skall finnas till banden så att de lyckas starta upp på riktigt. Allt från promotion, till distribution och sist men inte minst; turneér.

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När det kommer till släpp så har de ett ess i rockärmen. Det första släppet på Farsot kommer att vara We Live In Trenches uppkommande LP “Life Crisis“. Men när denna kommer ut, vet vi ingenting om än, men den kommer förmodligen att komma väldigt snart. Släppet är i samarbete med La Familia Releases, som bland annat har varit involverade i släpp med band såsom Victims, Kylesa, Ursut och Herätys. Intrycket man får av bolaget är seriositet, då de ger ett städat intryck men samtidigt ett rebelliskt sådant, då de vill premiera hur bolag och artister/bands relation bör vara, snarare än hur det ser ut i den verkliga världen hos en hel del större bolag. Endast detta får en att vilja stödja projektet med full kraft, så titta gärna in där. Ni kommer även att kunna se fram emot att de kommer att dyka upp här fler gånger, men den tiden – den sorgen.

Recension: Inkvisitionen – Dö som lejon

2415768213-1Hardcore för hårdhudade människor. Inkvisitionen är ett namn som jag hört otaliga gånger på Lukinzine, då han matat mig med det bästa av den senaste punk och hardcore som finns därute. Fick upp ögonen för detta band på grund av det och tänkte att jag skulle recensera deras senaste släpp. Äntligen kommer det ännu mer hardcore som bryter sig ur den konventionella fåran och smiskar allt i sin väg hittills. När den första låten som går under namnet “Repris” kommer på, så vill man helt sonika brista ut i ett avgrundsvrål och cirkulera runt i rummet, samt slänga upp näven.

Den här skiten knockar mig ur mina bekväma tofflor och kör runt mig likt en virvelvind, då trummorna och riffen är så pass hårda att man försvinner ut i molnen och spottas ut i havet. Även om det är förhållandevist repetetivt så är ljudbilden utmärkt ur många avseenden och inte alltför finslipad, vilket gör att allting låter mycket mer brutalt än vad det skulle kunna ha gjort. Ser gärna en repris av denna låt igen och har därför satt den på rullning ytterligare en gång. Kaos, krig och erbarmlig död letar sig in i min skalle. För någonstans därinne finns det en icke-invigd hardcoreentusiast som vill ut ur skalet och bara röja loss totalt.

När man tror att den första låten var epitomen av vad Inkvisitionen innebär, så kommer ytterligare en jävla handgranat som sprängs i nyllet på en. Inte bildligt talat, men musikaliskt talat. Vi är alltså på den andra låten, vid namn “Dö som lejon“. Riffen innan skiten släpper loss totalt är fullständigt urartade och hela ljudbilden påminner mycket mer om något experiment än någon statisk hardcoreetikett kan frambringa. Här har man kopplat in alla bandmedlemmarna till en maskin som kan spotta ur sig sådana fullständigt galna låtstrukturer, riff och trummor.

Känns som att man påminns om varför man lever och det är säkerligen något som förgyller Decemberkvällen ytterligare. När man svettas i ögonhålorna, känner sig lagom fräsch och rantar runt i ringen. Det här, det är boxningshardcore för den hårdhudade människan. För en oinvigd så ter sig detta brutalt och primitivt, men det är långt ifrån det. Vad är det då? Jo, det är genomtänkt jävla hardcore som tar din puls och kör all-in direkt genom att släppa lös en fullskalig kaskad av allt det som gör att hardcore kan bli bra och faktiskt blir det.

Efter att man tagit sig igenom vad som verkar vara timmar, men som egentligen bara är strax över en minut, så är man utpumpad till max. Hjärnsubstansen har letat sig upp i innerväggarna och nerverna processar information snabbare än någonsin förut. Men vad händer då? De tar givetvis åt sig av äran och har döpt sin sista låt på ep:n till “Göteborgs bästa punkband” och här har de ett långsammare tempo, men fortfarande energin som var så närvarande i de andra låtarna på helspänn, ifall någonting skulle hända. Dock så kör de igång med en riktig manglare och krossar allt i sin värld, som sig bör.

När man tror att man hört det hårdaste som finns inom respektive genre, så hör man det här och blir totalt överkörd på alla sätt och vis. Det här är nog något av det snabbaste och hårdaste jag hört i år, om man inte undantar Christer Pettersson. Men de här grabbarna går utöver det och har kommit på väldigt hårda om än melodiska sektioner som för allting framåt ett snäpp, just för att de ska kunna knäppa mig på näsan och säga: “nej du, vi regerar trots att året snart är slut“. Jag kan bara hålla med, ni håller fanan högt och trampar in som om det inte vore någonting. Nog en av de bästa hardcoreplattorna jag hört i år, trots ett sådant litet antal låtar. Fy fasiken vad bra!

Countdown to Christmas – 18th December

Since I’m way off on the countdown this time, I’m going to introduce one new clip each day until the 24th of December. I’m eagerly awaiting Christmas (or Yule as we say) and this day is dedicated to Martyrdöd which is not an obvious candidate for these posts, but whatever, it’s their time to shine. So far, they’ve released four albums, an EP and also a compilation-split with a few other renowned bands within the genre. I don’t know when I started to listen to them, but it was when I searched for a lot of D-Beat on blogs and alike. There, I found one of their albums which became my instant favorite.

The album I’m talking about is In Extremis (2005) which has a lot of great songs and I believe it’s one of their best albums up to date. Another album that I also have listened a lot to would be Sekt (2010) which is a real piece of crust punk that delivers a smack to your face instantly. With some of my favorite songs which are “Gloria Runt Iris“, “Sekt” and “Död Åt Vek Punk“. Since I’m not that into crust, I believe that they have a different formula when it comes to their music, which engages me.

I like when it’s raw and I like when there are a lot of things happening at the same time. But I like some refinement to it too, it can’t just be something effortless. They’re also going to release an album on the eminent label D-Takt & Råpunk in January/February in the year of 2013. I’m looking forward to it and it will probably be the first Martyrdöd that I buy since I bought their two CD’s a long time ago. So I’m hoping that I have enough money to buy it, because seriously, you should. I’m also telling you to check out the Parasit release, because I believe it will be as great.

This is the 18th of December and I’m the Invisible Guy.

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Harvesting #11: Find some time within the hardcore-shrine! [Part III]

This is the final Part of this hardcore, punk and everything-in-between endeavor. I’ll be updating this piece with another band, as soon as I get something back from them. I searched far and wide in my personal archives for something worthy, which I always save for other parts. But since this was the last Part in Harvesting #11, I might as well put forth the greatest artillery of them all. So I chose some bands randomly and some because I’ve wanted to review and/or introduce them for a while. Therefore, this part is filled to the brink with some great bands. I’d say that there’s something for everybody here in this mix, hopefully everyone will like it too. Or, yeah, I’m just dreaming. In this Part you’ll get to know the following bands a little bit better: Real Problems, Stat Dad, Narratives, Noise Complaint, Necklacing, Condition and Institution. Since I haven’t received the material I need for the very secretive band I’ll include later on, you’ll have to fix your eyes on the short but sturdy questionnaire for the newly founded Swedish hardcore-band Institution. Also, enjoy this piece in any way you want.

Real Problems – Curious Feast

An alternatively sounding hardcore-record with a lot of sampling. In the beginning, the first track “The Thing On The Fourble Board” displays a playfulness with different elements like garage, rock and punk all together. With a driving baseline which is almost too distorted for the sound-scape as a whole. They employ a lot of different techniques when it comes to this particular song, a clever trick with silencing the instruments and playing a sample, just to head start it and gear it in the right direction again. I like the vocals in this song, because it stresses my own rock’n’roll feelings of how I would like to sound if I had made a record myself. He’s very good at articulating and getting it up with the tempo, it doesn’t feel out of place and it reeks of discipline and harmonies alike. The ironic song “Dumpster Diving (For Your Love)” makes me laugh when I listen to it and I love the clever song-title. Picturing some bearded rock-n-rollers diving in the dumpster, looking for a wedding ring. Pretty much a “joke’s on you” turned against the hipsters themselves, because I define them with that word at least.

Or, I could call them pretentious bastards. I don’t really want to get into a discussion about the necessities of dumpster diving for rich kids with so little to do, so I’ll leave it up for speculations instead. It’s a catchy and overall fun song, there’s a lot of great spirit but also sarcasm being delivered with this song. One of my absolute favorite songs from this album must be the “Bed Bug Boogie” song. I like the simpleness of this song and I also like the sarcastically made song, both from the singer’s part of it and the lyrical. It delivers a great groove and is easily one of the more easy songs to listen to on this album. The amount of catchiness and ridiculousness take it to a whole other level. Also, the song “You Gotta Lotta Nerve” is one of the harder songs on this album and maybe also one of the more serious ones. I like the lyrics and the instruments on this one, especially in the beginning, where the baseline takes it up a notch and simply goes up-tempo with the whole sound-scape. Makes me want to go crazy and throw stuff around.

Buy their album over at their bandcamp, either digitally or physically. You’ll get a physical CD for the price of 6 dollars, which is just a 1 dollar increase from the digital-only download release.

Stat Dad – Mominatrix

This is where it gets even funnier, hardcore with some skate influences. As their first song “The Church of Shit” rolls on to the speakers, I’m pretty much eavesdropping to everything that’s going on. It feels as if I’m locked out of the show and have to look in at the show when it’s rolling. One of those pretty short but furious hardcore-pieces, that experiment within and on the outer skirts of the genre hardcore. The vocalist is crazy and deserves a medal for this piece, even though it might not sound like anything out of the ordinary. But I like it how it is, he develops his vocalist presence the more you get into it. I also like the baseline intermezzo which launches into a total adrenaline-pumping experience. The only thing I don’t really like is that it’s kind of predictable, maybe not the subject at hand, but the structure of the song. Second song “Sunday Night” is a striking resemblance of how it is when you’re going out to some club you really don’t want to go to, but still go to because of the company that you’re in.

A total misery and alcohol rampage, and if the last ingredient isn’t present at the time, you’ll get to know it sooner or later. So, lyrically, it’s powerful in its meaning and it delivers the subject within a wrap of nice riffing and interesting parts with the baseline and the drums. I like the sound of the baseline and how it gradually forces itself upon you and just garners the frustration you have within you, it makes me let loose my anger over all this meaningless sifting through public spaces, seeing douches and jackasses. There’s also something apathetic about this, just observing the reality that is revolving around the vocalist. It reflects itself well within the speedy changes of the structure of the song, the further in you get. There’s also a nice solo when you get further into the song. One of the songs, namely “Mominatrix“, as the closing song is the bomb. I like the baseline in the intro and how it just sounds so repetitive and ghastly. A great conclusion for a pretty good album, but I still need to figure out what the hell a Mominatrix is. Now that I know, it cannot be unseen…

You can buy their digital-only release on their bandcamp for 5.50 US dollars, or you could buy the physical release for the same price over at Interpunk Record Store.

Narratives – Hell Is Here

If there’s a thing called “down-tempo” hardcore, this is the epitome of it. There’s such a wasteland within the first song “Bearing“. It’s a spiral, downwards, into unknown territory if you appreciate hardcore. Even though I at first glanced at it, listened and threw it away for a while – I started to appreciate it more and more. It’s a short song with extreme dedication to creating an absolute barren wasteland, a “nullpunkt” if you will, something you shouldn’t have striven for but something you’d experience after a total Armageddon. It sounds like something in between crust punk and metal, the riffing sounds more metal and the general sound-scape also goes with that flow. But there’s the vocalist and the secondary influence that points its rotten fingers and wants a piece of the action. Second song “Birth” shows a very unmelodious but uncompromising nature, in which they’ve blended together two genres and created the absolute zeroed out space possible, to lay out their black-metal atmosphere at times.

Even though it’s no significant factor within this, you can hear it from time to time. But the dominant nature of the secondary influence, namely: crust-punk, shows that you can actually blend these two. It feels very draining to say the least, like the music is sucking the life out of me. But it’s still not overtly romanticized, it’s not entirely uncompromising, but they’ve walked the walk and sure know how to talk the talk. One of the absolute heightened points in this albums existence is the song “Death“, which symbolizes everything about what’s spelled out in the meaning of that word. They somehow manage to stay down-tempo when it comes to riffing, but when it comes to the baseline and vocalist, it sparks a little flame within the more straight-forward and up-tempo situation within the sound-scape. A must have for anyone that shares the lust for crust-punk, but can’t stand the general themes of it and want a more metal-oriented approach to it.

You can either download it for free by visiting this link. Or buy the digital-only release on their bandcamp for 2 US dollars, or the physical 7¨ for 7 dollars and if you want you could get a t-shirt for 8 dollars.

Noise Complaint – Fuck Off And Thrash

Thrash can be very dull at times, but this is the anti-pole of that word. I like the touch that I hear in the first song “Noise Complaint“, with a perfect position for the sampling in the beginning. But I wonder why they use the American dialect for this kind of music, but I guess that just satisfied my Bay Area thrash need. He’s a very fast singer and the back-up singers surely make up for the more imperfect parts of the sound-scape, since they manage to hold it tight and still make it interesting, even though you might not like some parts of it. The song “Nord EST” is absolutely wonderful, even though I don’t really get what they’re singing about and what kind of language that is. Sounds like some Latin-american version of American thrash-metal, with a lot of punk influences when it comes to the riffing and the structure of it. It’s got that punk-oriented tempo that I like so much, with thrash-influences being scattered all over the place, leaving no one safe when it comes to the sound-scape.

I’m sensing a little bit of babble here and now from my side, so let’s continue with my other favorite song from this album. The only thing I like about the song “Bomb The Bus“, more than the tempo and the instruments being completely spazzed out, is the odd riff in the chorus that make it much more enjoyable in the end. One of my absolute favorite songs on this album is actually a song that reminds me much more of fastcore than anything else, employing the basics of that genre, is the song “Constipation”. It’s a worthy closer for this album and a rather childish one at that, but I mean, I didn’t have time to process all the information that came to me via the fucking idiot-proofed thrashing that came my way. I noticed the sample in the end, though. Just kidding, it’s a great closer and it’s good before this whole ordeal gets a little bit too boring. Overall an enjoyable record that serves its purpose, a little bit unconventional around the edges but also a little bit repetitive at times.

You can buy the physical 7¨ of it for only 4 brittish pounds over at A World We Never Made. But be sure to buy it directly from the band instead.

Necklacing – I

Let’s end this piece of nice shit with a great addition to the fastcore, noise and powerviolence family. Total chaos ensures, nothing is controlled, the instruments are fucking outrageously loud. Which I noticed when listening to the first song “Criminal“. I sense a little bit of the old-school and conventional way of making fastcore and powerviolence, but the distortion amidst these songs are pretty damn rad when it shows. But it manages to drown out some of those sounds you’d like to hear a little bit better. It sounds like the singer’s been pitched up a notch, or maybe he/she does it that fast with the vocals. The song titled “Icepick” is absolutely devastating and throws everything out at you, just to prove a point, that this is one heck of a fastcore/powerviolence band  – and it’ll stay that way! Even though the other songs are enjoyable at best, but painful at the very worst, I must say that this song is one of the greater ones on this album.

I’d have to say that the song “Chemical” also hits the spot at a good rate, but it’s only 15 seconds long. There’s also a hell of a lot going on in the track “Disease“, which just seems to be a way to bang the life out of your drums and ensure that you’ll get some painful treatment for your fingers when playing in this tempo. However, it’s pure adrenaline that gets pumping and it’s as if you’d go bananas in a totally different setting. I’m sitting here, everything is wonderful, but suddenly chaos ensures and everything turns into total anarchy. Finding myself jumping around in my chair, because I don’t know how I should move to this tempo. The sound-scape is lacking in a sense that it’s too damn distorted, but that is also one of the strengths of it and it’s an album that I’d recommend. It’s pretty good, at least.

Download it for free over at their bandcamp, but while you’re at it, you should give them some money. Mail them if you want a physical version of the release, which will cost you about 5.50 US Dollars. You can find the mail here: necklacingma@gmail.com

Condition – Deteriorating

One of the most menacing releases, both aesthetically speaking and musically. Breaking with the conventions and doing their own thing, which makes it pleasurable to listen to. In their first song “Smoldering Wreckage“, they balance on the edge of everything but have quite an enjoyable sound-scape to listen to. It’s heavy, rough and tough at the same time. The riffs are completely intriguing, filling up the whole sound-scape with smoldering feelings and conquering up the space at the same time. I’m pretty surprised by their sheer talent, as I listen through it, from time to time. The vocals are absolutely perfect on the second song “Sensation Defect“, which leaves me with a great feeling inside after listening to it and the tempo of the drums are absolutely astonishing. I believe that their strength lies in the balance of their combinations, since they mold it perfectly with one another, which takes the listening pleasure to a whole other level.

The songs themselves are not hard to listen to, and it gives you pleasure even though it’s such a serious subject they’ve brought to the table. The aesthetics are frightening and they blend in with the music with total effect, which I think is a great deal of what you’re expecting. When that gets delivered, almost to the point, it makes it so much better. I can also sense some kind of scandicore, vaguely mixed in between the crust punk and the harsher hardcore elements. Also, the song “Complete Fucking Robbery” pretty much sums up what Condition are and have a potential of being. They are stepping it up with each song and it’s also got its own unique sound-scape, even though there can be some repetitiveness, there’s a larger contrast between the songs. Some are more focused on the overall sound-scape, some are just focusing on the total mayhem of it. Great release, you should get it from De:Nihil if they still have any left. Oh, how I love the relentlessness of great hardcore.

You can order a copy of this release from De:Nihil Records and you can also listen to one song from the release, below.

Jallo from the newly founded hardcore-band “Institution” got some questions sent his way and he answered them.

Why the name ”Institution” and what sound do you think you’re going to go for within the hardcore sphere?

– Well, it’s just a name and it happens to be a good name. It’s hardcore punk the way we (the guys in the band) have done in our other bands in the past. Totalitär, Herätys etc.

Are there any new bands that you’d like to recommend for this blog?

– Warcry (US).

How far have you progressed when it comes to your first album “Domen Är Satt” and how did you go about when creating it?

– The album is recorded and mastered. Martin (the guitarist and me made the songs), then we just rehearsed for a weekend, then a short intense recording, 2 days.

What are your plans for the near future and next year?

– Well, I think there’s gonna be some gigs in the near future. Don’t know about next year. Oh, there’s going to be a new 7″ coming spring 2013.

Thank you for this! What have you got to say here in the end?

– Thank you.