Monday, May 19, 2008
Betong Hysteria (Concrete Hysteria) was one of the first Norwegian HC bands and they play mid-tempo HC with hoarse vocals and a lot of fuzz. This killer release clearly shows rage and angst against society and the system the way it should be done. The first track "Snuten Kommer" ("The Pigs Are Coming") is about the violent police, always showing up with their handy riot gear. "Du Er Et Ledd I" ("You're A Chain In The...") is filled with contempt against people being just another tool for the system. "Det Er Bare Løgn" ("It's All Just Lies"), well it is, isn't it? "Mitt Eget Liv" ("My Own Life"), the title says it all. "Sipoene Ser Deg" ("The Sipo Are Watching You") is about being watched by the government, here called the Sipo after the WW2 Nazi monitoring branch. You have to pay a lot of money if you want the original 7" but according to Flo of Heartfirst Records there is a legit re-release on the way. This news dates back to September 2001, and I still haven't seen any release though. There is however a lot of bootlegs floating about."
-BÅRD (from Kill from the Heart)
Betong Hysteria - Spontan Abort
The steam rises as the guitars grind out an echoing assault of streamlined abrasive action and raging speed. This is Bannlyst, an extreme thrash attack from Norway, with crushing vocal growls that melt in with the punching spurts. Slaughtering slices of brutal energy invades the senses as Bannlyst's La Dem Ikke Lure Deg EP outbreaks into a sonic raid of quick riffs and a boiling wrath of combustion. Comes with English translations of all lyrics, and a nice packaging effort. Bannlyst snap and growl in full exhilirating inertia on this excellent 7 song EP. Has an appeal for both crowds, it's fast and efficient! On X-Port Plater.
-Pushead for Puszone, May 1985)
Bannlyst - La Dem Ikke Lure Deg 7" (192kbps)
Don't really have too much info about these guys, besides they consisted of members of such Norwegian classics as Svart Framtid, Kafka Process, and Bannlyst (expect uploads from all three very soon), and that this was the last release from the very classic X-Port Plater label, which I believe was ran by a member of Svart Framtid. This record is definitely worth at least few listens. Sort of reminds me of some Italian records, like 'Into the Void', or 'Los Spirtio Continuo' (though much less manic in the vocal department).
So Much Hate - How We Feel (192kbps)
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The band F - no one seems to have a credible justification for the name - was formed in 1982 and released their first 12-inch record You Are An E.P. a year later. Prior to its release, the band broke up into two bands - one punk rock and the other '70s-style heavy metal - with the same name and performing the same songs in their respective styles.
This miniscule controversy - as well as a number of childish and unfriendly pranks - brought the band to the attention of the South Florida scene. For an effect probably not half as comical as they thought at the time, the band adopted the newly minted straight edge pose, complete with Xs etc., while drinking heavily and behaving like spoiled, self-destructive, carnivorous swine.
Upon the pressing of 1,500 copies of this record in 1983, no less than 200 of the records were smashed with hammers and against walls by the band and attendees at the practice/show. Such was their idea of a punk rock record release party. Calling the police on their own shows was another party favorite, and they delighted in their last show in Fort Lauderdale where the police actually made arrests instead of the usual simple harrassment.
The band toured twice outside of Florida, both times with White Flag - althought their t-shirts and interviews indicated they had toured with the Ramones.
The band consisted of U.S. Ken "The Duke" Decter, John "John Galt" Golf Jr., Eddie Nothing and alternating drummers Ravenous "Mike Hasson" Gangrene and Pete Moss. Tim Swingle also played bass early on.
The Duke moved to California and played solo under that moniker and as guitar-man for the Ex-Idols. John is a financial planner in South Florida and Eddie (who also played for the Gay Cowboys in Bondage) is now a bill collecter in Tampa. Rav has not been heard of in some time, and Pete won't ever be again, as he died in mid-1997 while abusing some straight-edge heroin. (Rest in peace, Pete.)
[Note: Someone wrote to the website to say that this is incorrect; Pete Moss committed suicide in 1997]
In the early 1990s, the F-Boys appeared in South Florida, having no other connection with the band than their name. And then, following their example, F, The Band Formerly Known as the John Birch Society were born in Gainesville in 1994 and released a fine e.p. "Die You Stupid Hippies."
F - You Are An E.P. (VBR vinyl rip)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"Unique 1984 Cleveland hardcore release. More musically adept than most bands of the time, the album is very chromatic and dissonant, there's no shortage of odd time signatures and arrangements, and the drummer is amazing. There's sort of a proto black metal thing happening too, with lyrics inspired by Lovecraft, suicide, post-apocalyptic scenarios and the crumbling and abandoned industrial core of Cleveland, which was the band's playground. Some points of reference could be Void, early Christian Death or 45 Grave if they had a HC screamer, but more extreme and varied."
Spike In Vain - Disease is Relative (VBR)
Vinyl rip. Tracks aren't seperated because I'm lazy. Enjoy