Listen: The Hammer – Demo 2014

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I’ve been covering some great hardcore the recent years, but there’s been both great hardcore coming out recently and not so great hardcore, but nothing quite like this. At least not when you’re at your demo-stage. The Hammer is a hardcore-band from Gothenburg that released their first demo today, titled “Demo 2014“. We have no idea about the origins of this band or who is behind it, but it sounds very great even though it’s their first demo. That much can’t be said about a lot of bands. It sounds like a crossover in between hardcore, punk and metal, but it’s mainly hardcore and punk. Gothenburg seems to be a stronghold when it comes to certain mind-altering, in a good way, sounds from that particular sphere of genres. What makes it even more interesting is that this crossover blend makes it sound a lot like fastcore and powerviolence, with the fast rhythm, the fast riffs and everything that makes those genres great. The vocalist in particular is absolutely stunning, when you hear his rage and anger between the lines that are riddled with fast-paced hardcore almost all the way. This is certainly one of those demos that you should pay more attention to. You can download this three-tracked release free from their Bandcamp. But I think you should support them with some money if you like what you’re hearing. It was recorded at Fvck Life Studios in Trollhättan, mastered by Fred Hunger. We’re certainly looking forward to future releases by this band.

Free Download: Zoo Books – Why Not Scorpion?

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Getting interesting e-mails is a part of what being a blog-zine is all about. Sometimes you get so many that you can’t sort everything out, and sometimes you get a few of them. Even though I believe this is the fact for many blog-zines, I don’t think that bigger magazines and so-called “alternative” websites take the most interesting out of the bunch. We aim to take both the interesting, and also those that might interest the audience. It’s not always about personal taste, even though it makes up a bit of what you’re doing. You try to stay objective, or at least as those conservative label-guys in the 1960’s, that according to Frank Zappa, said: “…now look at who the executives were in those companies at those times. Not hip young guys. These were cigar-chomping old guys, who looked at the product that came and said: I don’t know, who knows what it is, record it, stick it out – if it sells; alright. We were better off with those guys then we are now with the supposedly ‘hip’, ‘young’ executives, you know, who are making the decisions of what people should see and hear in the marketplace“. I thoroughly agree with that philosophy, and it can also be applied to the “art” of writing about music. I am by no means an artist, but I get the perspective.

Anyway, enough with my babbling. The people whom call themselves Zoo Books, sent me an e-mail in regards to their newly released demo. This trio are playing something in between post-rock and math rock, or so it appears when listening to it. This is also what they categorize themselves as. Don’t worry, their music is way more interesting to listen to than it is repeating their name in my head. The trio is comprised of Matthew Mawhinney on guitar and back-up vocals, Jeremy Link on bass, and Ruben Veguilla on drums and vocals. Their sound is a weird metamorphosis of what was already said, but it also ranges into post-hardcore territory – a genre that I have a hard time grasping, or understanding, the dynamics of. But I know what it sounds like, and there are more then hints of it in this demo. We consulted them ourselves and got them to lend us a hand when it comes to their music, by letting us put up a free download of the last track on this release, namely “Why Not Scorpion?” – a track I think symbolizes what their demo is, as a whole, but also where they might be heading afterwards. You can listen to their demo in its entirety if you wish, down below, but lend them a hand and spread the word. I think they deserve it. Download the track for free and listen to it wherever you please. The artwork for this release was created by Alicia Link.

Artikel: En insikt i Judas Cradle Recordings punkiga byk! [Avsnitt I]

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Introduktion: Lukinzine, Farsot, Judas Cradle Recordings?

Det började i Göteborg, med Lukinzine och andra åtagande som Ramon Calvo hade tagit på sig. Egentligen är det en rätt så brokig resa, med många timmars arbete som följd, när han bestämde sig för att mer och mer avvika från Lukinzine som sådant. Inte helt och hållet, men det märks att hans webb-zine har fått samsas med andra ting. Bland annat så startades skivbolaget Farsot av både Ramon Calvo och Richard Ingemann (Mosher.se). Utöver det skivbolaget så har även Judas Cradle Recordings funnits ett tag, och det verkar som att bägge skivbolag tillhör varandra på något sätt, med den enda skillnaden att Farsot huserar We Live In Trenches, med det enda släppet på det skivbolaget – som är albumet “Life Crisis“. För övrigt är det Johan G. Winther (Scraps Of Tape) som skapat den fina logotypen som Judas Cradle använder sig utav.

Ett släpp som kom i början av 2014, som var ett samsläpp mellan det redan sedan länge etablerade skivbolaget La Familia Recordings, som huserat välkända akter så som Wolfbrigade, Martyrdöd, Hårda Tider, Ursut, Herätys och Disfear – för att nämna några stycken. Tillsammans, så släpptes “Life Crisis” som ett begränsat vinylsläpp, med 375 svarta vinylskivor och 150 vita vinylskivor. Sammanlagt uppgår de i 525 exemplar. Utöver detta så verkar det som att Farsot och Judas Cradle Recordings huserar under samma tak, åtminstone när det gäller den distribution som Judas Cradle Recordings har. Så låt oss nu gå vidare.

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Support: To Live A Lie Records!

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To Live A Lie Records have long been a smaller independent label that you could count on. This American label has since 2005, and maybe even earlier then that, supported and made way for bands within genres such as grindcore, fastcore, hardcore, power violence – and every suitable sub-genre you could think of, within these extreme genres. Since a day ago or so, the label-boss Will Butler decided to put out every release from his label in the shape of a .ZIP-archive with .MP3’s. He didn’t do this just because, but because he wanted to shine a light on how the machinery works with smaller D.I.Y. “franchises” if you will, but also as a call to support every band that is featured within this archive. He wanted to mark the love that was involved in doing what he do, and in what these bands do. Therefore, we’ve decided to list every band, so you can find your way to support them in every way you can.

The following bands are featured in this archive: Godstomper, Magrudergrind, Rhino Charge, Unholy Grave, Archagathus, I Object, FxPxOx, AxRxMx, Final Draft, XBRAINIAX, NoComply, Terminal Youth, LxExAxRxNx, Mehkago N.T., Athrenody, Agathocles, SMG, Bloody Phoenix, Proletar, Hip Cops, Gate, Kakistrocacy, Nux Vomica, Sakatat, Mesrine, P.L.F., Malparido, Party By The Slice, Hummingbird Of Death, Deathrats, Arctic Choke, Mondo Gecko, D9, Get Destroyed!, Thieves, Axed Up Conformist, Charogne Stone, Sick/Tired, Conga Fury, Shitstorm, Disciples Of Christ, Agathocles, Violent Gorge, Sex Prisoner, Pizzahifive, Asshole Parade, Magnum Force, Backslider, Dos Amigos, Suffering Luna, Sissy Spacek, BearTrap, Sidetracked, Capitalist Casualties, Black Hole Of Calcutta, Mind As Prison, ACxDC, Lapse, Eddie Brock, Fatal Nunchaku, Chest Pain, Downtrodden, Wretched Existence, Bleak Future, Roskop, Needful Things, Tinnitus, Nak’ay, Unholy Grave, Nashgul, Malpractice Insurance, Protestant, Suffering Mind, Rape Revenge, Torch Runner, Six Brew Bantha, Cathether, Mass Grave, Mindless, T.F.D., The Kill, Last Words, Seasick, Abuse., Suppression, Bastard Noise, Cave State and Impulse.

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These bands, and probably some more that haven’t been listed, have all been a part of the To Live A Lie Records – and many of them still may be. So for those that want to support this label, please head on over to their Facebook and like them. For those of you that like a release or two, don’t hesitate to donate money to those bands or buy their releases if you like them. In times like these, it’s even more important to support the independent alternatives that really deliver – and I consider this label to be one of them. In fact, it’s probably been somewhat of an indirect inspiration to me. At least when it comes to the working morale of the label-boss who continue to churn out great records together with great bands. If you want to download these archives, don’t hesitate to head on over here. Down below, the latest releases are featured to be streamed. You can also head on over to Bandcamp to check out more.

Mixtape: DJ Snugglez – Vandringar Bland Allt

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Something really weird happened to me today. I got this mail by someone who calls himself/herself “DJ Snugglez“, who said that he wanted to submit a mixtape. Well, I know for one that I haven’t really gotten the offering to put up a mixtape as such by anyone, really. So it was really a surprise to me that whoever this individual may be, actually bothered to send me this. But you know what? I was really impressed when I listened through it. Everything seemed to fit into the formula of this blog very well, even though I don’t limit my acceptance to boundaries that can be called “genres“. Anything that sounds good to me, will do on Invisible Guy. It would seem like this guy, or girl for that matter – might fit into the experimental scene of Sweden. Because the name itself doesn’t give me any hints, but when it comes to the title of the mixtape; “Vandringar Bland Allt” (Wanderings Among Everything), it would suggest that it would be something that could neatly fit into Zeon Light Kassett or something like it. Well, I decided to put it up for you people to enjoy. It contains a lot of different tracks that would’ve seldom fit together, but somehow they do fit on this mixtape. Everything from the most obscure stuff, like Japanese post-punk(?) and some old-school Gabber – to the likes of powerviolence-esque hardcore. Enough talking, let’s get with the program. The tracklist he/she sent me with the mixtape can be found below, and the mixtape can be listened to – down below as well. A lot of great music that I’ve never heard before, and you probably haven’t either.

1. Image Of Life – Weight Loss In Wartime
2. Automatic Writing – Continous
3. The Carjackers – Funky Beat
4. German Army – Lost In A Canyone
5. Youth Code – Sick Skinned
6. Vicious Fish – Not Fade Away
7. Mark Lane – White Glove
8. The Keffat Liv – Snorungarnas Hämnare (Jenni Jenni)
9. Saqqara Dogs – Splatter Dance
10. Vini Reilly – Misere
11. I Spartacus – The House Of Sparto
12. Zana – On
13. Nasa – Paula
14. Passions Of A Primitif – I Move
15. Surrealistic Men – Modern Packs
16. Cyclopede – Your Family
17. First Blood – Next Time I See You You’re Dead
18. Fix – In This Town
19. Nightmare Fortress – Anxiety
20. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Adaptation of the Koto Song (Live)
21. R.A.M.B.O. – The War On Self Esteem
22. The Opposition – Moving Targets
23. Berntholer – Emotions

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* I’m not that technical, so I don’t know how to embed the Mixcloud-link. So just click the link and you’ll hear his/her mixtape.

Some questions for JohnXMcClane!

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JohnXMcClane is a band that i stumbled upon on the (almost) legendary Vinod Karki-channel on YouTube. Needless to say, they play powerviolence, with a hint of hardcore thrown in. One of the more surprising things is that they’re from England. Kent, to be more precise. Since I haven’t heard, or at least haven’t noticed bands in this genre from England at all, it’s a shocker. The band itself consists of Ryan Thompson (guitar), Josh Jordan (bass), Joe Stokes (drums) and Tom Boughton (vocals). They’ve just released their first EP, which contained eighth track of hardcore meets powerviolence, in a totally shredding hysteria. One thing that is noticeable, is their sound, which is a little bit unique. Like a special little snowflake. All kidding aside, they’ve got some originality, which goes along well with the traditional elements of powerviolence. Anyway, I got a hold of Tom Broughton, the vocalist of the band – and asked him a couple of questions about the band, powerviolence and much more. Like Spazz shouted in one of their songs; “Sluta!“, which means “Stop!“, but we’ll never stop!

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Interview with Jakub from Unattended Funeral!

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Unattended Funeral is a powerviolence/grindcore/hardcore band that have existed in the peripheral of Slovakian extreme music, until they released their self-titled debut-EP cassette (limited to 100 copies), in the beginning of May. The members of this band are Dano (Guitar), Michal “Fokular” (Drums) and Jakub (Vocals). It is perfectly noticeable that this band isn’t their first band, because they’re also playing in bands like Möbius and Boiling Point, which makes this even more interesting. When reading their biography, it clearly states: “a desperate call for an utter annihilation of mankind“. This line, in combination with their release, made me interested in interviewing them about primarily that – but also their release, D.I.Y., the scene in Slovakia and much more. Tune in, step down from your throne and read!

First and foremost, who are you and why are you calling for the total annihilation of mankind?

– Hello, my name is Jakub. I’ll turn 27 soon. I teach English at a secondary school. I love noisy music and skateboarding. I fulfill the vocal duties. Other members of the band are: Dano as a guitar player. Dano works at a cultural centre and he’s really into sludge/doom, movies and he’s super talented in many things. He makes flyers for shows, he can repair stuff etc. In comparison to him, MacGyver is nothing. Michal a.k.a. Fokular plays drums, he’s into graffitti, he works in a skate-shop and is interested in punk and leftist politics.

The path mankind has chosen is very destructive and If nothing changes, there´s no other way than that. But I am not a complete pessimist. Maybe we can change this system and choose a different one with a bigger respect to nature and individual human beings. This requires a total change in the way we think and this might be very difficult. I strongly believe that the current capitalist system is not the best one we’re able to maintain as a society, although we are daily taught and persuaded that so is the case. I don’t agree with Fukushima, that this is the end of history!

This seems to be your first album, from what I’ve seen and heard. Could you tell me about the making of this album?

– Although we have existed for some years, this demo is our first record. It took us maybe three years to make it (lazy huh?), but I think it was worth the waiting. We recorded it in our friend’s basement D.I.Y. recording studio. His name is Blum and he plays the guitar in a great czech band called Gattaca (check ’em out!). The cooperation was really cool because he´s a very nice and helpful person and we didn’t have to care about money or lack of time. It took us just a few hours and we also recorded some songs with our other band called Boiling Point.

Do you have any kind of “scene” for this music in Slovakia, since it’s where you’re from?

– Yes, we do. There are some bands worth checking out. Depends on what are your music tastes. There are some good crust bands such as Roxor or Beton, Systemic Damage play oldschool grindcore in a vein of Terrorizer, Ilúzia play a mixture of punkrock and folk music. Weird powerviolence is represented by our buddies from Vocatio Interna and from the same region are The Public, who released tons of stuff and play kick-ass powerviolence.

Have you got any songs recorded that didn’t make it onto your self-titled album release?

Well, we used to play some more songs, but we didn’t rehearse for a long time and we simply quit playing them, because we couldn’t remember them anymore.

You’ve also had some help from other people in the making of the album, amongst them is the label Analog Freaks. What has it been like to collaborate with these people?

– Well, since the people in Analog Freaks are the same people as UxFx (except one dude) the cooperation was really great, hahaha.

Also, there’s a lot of focus on D.I.Y, but what does it mean to you in the long run?

– It means that we try to be as independent as possible. The stuff we´ve already done with our bands was released either by us ourselves or by our friends and small labels. We have never visited a proper studio, all of our stuff was done by our friends only. We play only for the gasmoney and we sell our stuff cheap. Since we also started doing a label of our own,  we gained even more control of our releases and that’s good for us because they can look and sound the way we like. Last week, we made a release show for the tape in a large shipping containter (you know, the one carrying goods on the boat etc.) and it was amazing. We didn’t even need a proper club to play the show and it was a blast. You can check the photos from the release show at www.analogfreaks.net. It was a blast!

What kind of bands and/or artists have been influential for Unattended Funeral?

– There are many styles and bands influential for UxFx sound. We consist of three individuals with slightly different music tastes. I guess we would all agree that sludge/doom bands and the new wave of powerviolence bands such as Weekend Nachos, Iron Lung, Agents of Abhorrence influence our sound a lot. And our drummer is a huge Insect Warfare fan, but we’re not that harsh, hahaha.

Since you’ve released your album some weeks ago, do you already have plans to release something new this year or are you going to play live or something like that?

– This is a difficult question. We haven’t made any plans yet, but surely we’d like to release something more in the future. Due to lack of time (we all go to work etc.), and other bands we’re involved in (Möbius, Boiling Point), I don’t think it will happen very soon. Now we´re concentrating on a new Boiling Point s/t EP, which should be out in June, and because Analog Freaks are co-releasing that, we’ll have a lot of work to do.

Could you tell me why someone should buy one of the 100 tapes that have been created for this release?

– Well, I think we worked really hard on the tape. The tape looks kick-ass and the music is very solid. Everything was made by us or by our friends. The silk-screening, the sticker on the tape, spraying etc. So far, we’ve had only tons of positive reactions, which is great because it motivates us to do more things in the future. And it’s only ten minutes long so you won’t get bored easily.

Thank you for answering my questions! Tell me anything that you’d want to say here, in the end!

– Thank you very much for this interview. I really appreciate that someone from a country such as Sweden is exploring the music from non-attractive countries such as ours and is still interested. All the best with your website.

You can listen to their release down below. If you’re interested in buying, the cassette is limited to 100 copies, whereas 25 are white-painted (came with pre-ordering), 25 black-painted (the band’s copies) and 50 are transparent. Every tape is handmade, and silk-screened on heavy paper, which means quality. When you’ve made up your mind, you can contact Analog Freaks, to get your tape.