Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nos Fumamos Todo compilation

Cough, cough, thiiisssss weeeeddd is sooooo gooooodddd, cough, cough. Mmm, sorry. What? Oh yes...Coucou les! We're back once again and today is the happiest day on earth: 420! Yay! No, I'm just kidding but everyone on the internet seems to be crazy about this 420 stuff. You should live 420 everyday, right? Anyway, thanks to our friends from ANTI blog, we realized that Discos Muertos Records alongside with Black Hole Records released 2 years ago this impressive compilation reuniting some colombian hardcore punk bands ready to smoke it all. Fuck yeah. I've shared some joints with some members of these bands. Yeah!, hahaha. So, the featured bands are: Kitate, Los Maricas, Devenir, Mentes Destruidas, Aasvöel, Pütchi, Narcolepsia, Crisiss and Poo-Heads. Regarding the sound, we find different hardcore punk styles such as crust, d-beat, powerviolence and thrashcore. Now, this is probably an unorthodox soundtrack for "rollin' it" since the sound of these bands is fast. I know that most of you would have prefered to listen to sludge/stoner rock outfits such as Dopethrone, Electric Wizard or Sleep in these instances. However, just chill out and relax. Let's smoke together and ejnoy the music (WTF did I just say?). Lastly, click on the image for getting redirected to the official bandcamp site where you can download it for free or paying the right price you consider. Support these bands. Some of them are still active and they're pretty good. Enjoy and blaze it. Highly recommended. See you until the smoke disappears. Kisses and hugs!.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mes lèvres innocentes: 90s french emotional hardcore punk special post. Final part

Coucou, les! We finish our 90s french emotional hardcore punk special post with some french compilations that reunite this kind of bands. I must tell you that there aren't 90s french emo-related compilations that exclusively contain these kind of bands because they were mostly featured in different collections alongside with different hardcore punk acts. So, that's why you'll also find here other impressive acts exploring different subgenres such as crust punk, grindcore and powerviolence.

Now, as I already mentioned you, most of these compilations were originally featured here in spanish. So, I've rewritten the review in english for you, although you can still check the original posts out. Also, I must confess that it's really difficult to get this kind of compilations because some of them were limited to few copies and, since more than 20 years have passed, they're out of press today. It's unlikely to see again an official reissue. However, you can still get some used decent copies for a good price, but it's still very hard. 

Finally, I'll only feature some of them because they're the only ones I 've got. For example, I recently got one but there are many others that are missing. I was truly desperate to share them with you but it wasn't possible. If I get them in the near future, I'll immediately upload them for sure. I hope you really enjoyed this special post. We have more surprises prepared for you, so stay tuned. With all that said, let's begin. 
"Le Garage" (21/07/92 - 11/04/93) Compilation


An interesting compilation released by Obstination Records in 1993. The featured bands are: Sea Shepherd, Ivich, Finger Print (France), Human Alert (Netherlands) and Abolition (Germany). This record conmemorates Phoque Aime All (phonetically sounds like Fuck'em all) collective activities at "Le Garage" squat in Orléans, France, closed by local authorities. It's remarkable that this social centre was a venue for Hell No, Downcast and Bad Trip's european tours, three musical groups whose sound was really influential for many european hardcore bands of the time. The insert contains some souvenirs of many personalities and bands that participated in. As the front cover suggests, the social centre had a short lifespan (from July 21, 1992 to April 11, 1993).  

Regarding the sound, only looking to the repertory you can imagine what to expect: fast and ferocious politically-charged hardcore punk. Each band treats different subjects such as homosexuality, animal rights, inconformity about some events at the time, state of hardcore punk scene and DIY movement, among others. And, you already know the french bands' affinity to emo style.

Finally, click on the image for downloading this jewel. The file contains artwork, inserts and lyrics sheet. All-in-one. Hughly recommended. Enjoy!

Autonomie Vol. 1!asRAQDxS!bLYfo78pSU-wcTRV2yXckhOUvz36aBu8_o7cRHqocp0

A really interesting compilation released by Stonehenge Records in 1997. It only contains 4 bands: Ivich, Alcatraz, Headway and Coche Bomba. Originally, this record was supposed to support Food Not Bombs program in Paris, but since it went inactive just before the release of this record, all the money reunited was transfered to San Francisco's chapter instead. This is one of the few Food Not Bombs hardcore punk benefit compilations released in the 90s. The lyrics of the featured songs treats the subject of famine, still a worldwide problem today. 

Regarding the sound, some of the best french hardcore bands of the time are there. First, we have Ivich and Alcatraz, both bands related to the french emotional hardcore, make move your heart's muscles fibers with their intense and particular sound. Next, we have Headway. This Toulouse-based band was already featured here in the blog when we reviewed The Nightmare Remains...In This Other Land - A French Hardcore Document compilation‎. This time around, they bring us a song with some screamed and metallic moments, pretty similar to german hardcore bands of the time such as Linsay and Enfold. And, last but not least, Coche Bomba from Lyon, also featured here when we reviewed D.I.Y. or Die Vol. 1 comp, delight us with its superb crust and powerviolence touch. 
Finally, click on the image for downloading this jewel. The file contains artwork, inserts and lyrics sheet. All-in-one. Oh, I almost forgot. There's also a second volume released in 1999 that contains What's Wrong, Uneven, Aside and Spit but this record won't be featured here because I lost it and I can't find my .mp3 files backup. It must be somewhere but when I find it, I'll immediately upload it. For sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Reconstruction LP!DtoxkLia!tHd0qDoA9oAE9nFfKttJgWdAIPC4M64uOd6fwf9LpC4

A great compilation released by Stonehenge Records and Ras L'Bol Fanzine in 1994. It features the following bands: Ivich, Sea Shepherd, Thrill Of Confusion, Ultimate Disorder, Fingerprint, Escape, Autonomía Indígena, Shatter The Myth, Cause 'n Effect, Undone, Coexist and Vanilla. Don't confuse it with another french comp of the same name that was released in 1997 by Boislève Records.
 Regarding the sound, we see some of the greatest hardcore punk bands related to the emo subgenre in the 90s: Ivich, Sea Shepherd, Thrill Of Confusion, Fingerprint, Shatter The Myth, Undone and Vanilla. It's interesting to remark that these bands managed a top-notch sound, social and political sensibilities and an unmatched DIY and self-management spirit. Also, the remaining bands have evident crust and grindcore influences and are very impressive too.

Lastly, click on the image for getting this impressive 90s french hardcore punk jewel. Some of the best french hardcore outfits in the 90s are here. You'll only find raged, passionate, politically-charged and intense hardcore punk, as it should be. The file contains artwork, inserts and lyrics sheet. All-in-one. Hughly recommended. Enjoy!

Soutiennement Wolnitza!jlg11DYI!y8P9fU9UyM2FIyQ7lUG_MU9in9X4N2j9C1dEZ_IOaH4

We finish this entry with this rare yet amazing Wolnitza squat compilation benefit. All the money reunited was donated for aiding this Lyon-based social centre that faced many different legal disputes with french authorities, who always tried to close its doors by all means (both violent and non-violent). I'm not really sure if this squat exists today (I hope yes). So, this compilation was released by activists from Le Garage squat in Orléans, who made a concert benefit for Wolnitza's cause. I'm not really sure the concert's date but, judging by the tape's front cover, it was in december 1992, a few months before its definitive closure. And, I don't know when this tape was released, probably a few months later. 

The featured Orléans-based bands are: Rabia, QQQ, D.C.A., Escape, Sea Shepherd and Shatter The Myth. Regarding the sound, we find, for example, Shatter The Myth and Sea Shepherd that belonged to french emo wave in the 90s. Surprisingly, some of their songs sound rawer and and more intense due to the live performance. Next, we have Rabia that played fast-paced hardcore punk influenced by crust punk, anarcho-punk and some grindcore. They had spanish lyrics, something really uncommon for french hardcore bands of the time. Also, Escape have old-school french hardcore punk influences, paying homage to different classic outfits such as Butcher, The Vandales and Heimat-Los. And, last but not least, both D.C.A. and QQQ's sound is way closer to protohardcore with a pretty interesting musical execution. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading this jewel. The file contains artwork, inserts and lyrics sheet. All-in-one. It's one of the rarest 90s hardcore punk you'll ever find. These live recordings are exclusive to this release, so give it a try. You won't regret it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mes lèvres innocentes: 90s french emotional hardcore punk special post. Part 4

Coucou, les! We're almost finishing our 90s french emotional hardcore punk special post. For this entry, we'll feature Alcatraz, What's Wrong, Carther Matha, Rachel, Symptom Of Isaac and L'Invention De Morel. Let's begin.

Alcatraz - Ni Dieu Ni Maître, À Bas La Calotte Et Vive La Sociale! Discography disc!vxwGSbTK!JX7Mo-H4sfQLUWisFWrF5zPHzoWPwOjp04Uf4lPKBg0

Just before Peu Être's dissolution in 1998, some ex-members formed Alcatraz. This short-lived project existed between 1997 and 2000. During their lifespan, they released: self-titled 7" EP (1997,  Opale/Le Brun Le Roux Corporation), Ni Dieu Ni Maître, À Bas La Calotte Et Vive La Sociale! (1999, Opale/Le Brun Le Roux Corporation), split with Tempo Zero (1998, Opale/Le Brun Le Roux Corporation) and contributed tracks to different compilations, including the legendary Reconstruction: 1997 Hardcore (1997, Boislève).

Regarding the sound, Alcatraz played fast-paced hardcore punk with a complex musical structure like other french emo-related outfits such as Anomie and Peu Être. They also had female back vocals just like the early works of Ananda, but there were a few songs where only the magic of their female vocalist fully sparked. And, as you may expect, the lyrics were in french with very social and political sensibilities. Just read the title of this record (No gods no masters, down with the clergy and long live the social) and you'll get the idea what the band sang of.   

Finally, Stonehenge Records released in 2000 this record containing everything that Alcatraz ever recorded. It's one of the few complete discography discs of this kind of bands. We'd wish more compilations like this one. Click on the image for downloading this record. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

What's Wrong - self-titled!644XwSII!kkkWk4WktgG8DX47s7pVYH7eJlv5jcQ8EiZOLswA2e4

This is the posthumous album of this enigmatic short-lived Epinal-based hardcore band. Many people have mistakenly labeled it as their discography disc. This is false because the split tracks with fellow french band Unlogistic and Viokasamotiva demo tracks are missing. I'm not really sure but the featured songs were previously unreleased and recorded just before the band's dissolution. On the other hand, Emergence Records, a french label, released it in 2003 and it's the perfect epitaph of this now defunct outfit. Some of their members are actually in many modern hardcore projects such as Rotten Tofu Adventures, Le Temps Des Mobylettes, Enregistré Par Steve Albini, Geraniüm or Amer Béton. 

Regarding the sound, What's Wrong in their early works had more old-school hardcore influences but later adopted more emo sensibilities. Like many of their french homologues, What's Wrong had a pretty passionate and powerful hardcore sound but with more dissonant and frantic moments than slow-paced interludes. The lyrics were in french (with some english exceptions) and politically-charged and deeply personal stances. And, there's also a cover to Coexist's (a local hardcore punk band) song Lalaïlou

Finally, click on the image for getting this record. It's pretty cool and it's almost been forgotten in the sands of the time. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Carther Matha - Demo and split with Hebb!rtABkRoJ!fVxSvLWrY5nyPqNEbA0-18op1O4Pk42YQiPDozla4FA

Carther Matha was a short-lived hardcore outfit that existed betwwen 1995 and 1998. They only released a demo (1995), splits with fellow french emo bands Hebb (199x, ????. Featuring once again the demo tracks) and Rachel and Peu Être (1997, Le Brun Le Roux Corporation). After the band's dissolution, some of the ex-members joined local powerviolence kings Öpstand and others formed brand new acts such as Amanda Woodward, one of the responsibles of the screamo revival movement in the 00s.

Regarding the sound, Carther Matha played fast-paced, "screamy" and direct hardcore punk with some slow interludes and politically-charged lyrics in french. The musical structure and instrumentation is top-notch, which is a little bit far away from Finger Print and Co. formula but the same sentiment is present. You can imagine a more rudimentary version of Amanda Woodward or even as their blueprint.  

Finally, click on the image for getting the demo and the whole split with Hebb. The latter is pretty cool because Hebb had similar sound to Carther Matha's and they prefectly complement each other. Also, Carther Matha makes a superb re-interpretation of one of Hebb's tracks. And, don't forget to view the last entry where you can download the full split with Rachel and Peu Être. Note that these split tracks are Carther Matha's only studio recordings. A little bit more polished than the demo tracks (some of them are re-recorded here, actually) but they're still heart-ripping and touching. Highly recommended. Enoy!    

Rachel - Demo, ...Last Songs 7" and Lost Songs demo tape sessions!T9BUgKQQ!Uc7le-tUmDtro6GY3aqSaheZ6fAAI4cP26PhA6YSA6Q

Rachel was also a short-lived emo outfit that shared some members with Alcatraz and Carther Matha. It existed between 1996 and 1998 and they only released two demos (one in 1995 and another in 1997 named Lost Songs. The latter featured some tracks from the first demo and other brand new tracks) and a split with Carther Matha and Peu Être (1997, Le Brun Le Roux Corporation). In 2001, Stonehenge Records along with Rice Control Records released ...Last Songs 7" featuring the first 4 songs of the second demo with remastered sound. 

Regarding the sound, Rachel played fast-paced yet complex hardcore punk with screamed vocals and slow interludes. Just like Carther Matha, Rachel didn't follow Finger Print and Co. formula strictly but also created an involving atmosphere of both chaos and introspection. Many screamo revival bands such as Amanda Woodward (France), Envy (Japan) and Louise Cyphre (Germany) draw influences from Rachel's sound.

Finally, click on the image for downloading both demos and ...Last Songs 7". One of the most impressive and forgotten french emotional hardcore outfits in the 90s. And, remember to visit the last entry where you can download the full split with Carther Matha and Peu Être. Don't miss out the opportunity of having this amazing hardcore jewel. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Symptom Of Isaac - self-titled, live split with Ananda and live performance in Poitiers!G04gVIBb!dLayVCRtbCYJvsXRM7G1wdcxWX3cPnY2IuoZiyTJfWc

Symptom of Isaac was a short-lived outfit from Châtelaillon-Plage that only released a self-titled 7" (1994, Laissez-nous jouer Records) and a live split with Ananda (1994, Not on label). Particulary the self-titled caught my attention for different reasons. Firstly, it's the first time I see on the front cover the lyrics of the songs. Secondly, both sides of the record have different speeds. The Side A must be played at 45 rpm whilst the Side B must be played at 33 rpm. None of the almost infinite vinyl records I've ever known in my life have this feature. It could exist one with this characteristic but I don't know it yet. And, last but not least, like Finger Print and Undone, Symptom Of Isaac exclusively sang in english. 

Regarding the sound, Symptom of Isaac played emo in the same vein as not well-known american outfits such as Sarin, Plunger and Moonraker. Unlike Finger Print and Co., this band's sound wasn't as frantic and chaotic as many of you could wish but it had a particular and involving sound that shouldn't be missed out. Also, the lyrics were more personal than political with abstract and complex statements. 

Finally, click on the image for downloading this amazing 7" along with the live split with Ananda and a live performance in Poitiers, France as a bonus. About this live performance, our anonymous collaborator (yup, s/he did it again) gave us this precious gift, but I completely ignore the venue and the year. The only thing we know is the city. Nothing else. And, don't forget to get the live split because it contains Ananda's Fragile Réalité and Ma Vérité tracks, absent in their debut album Masqué. The audio quality is pretty neat. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

L'Invention De Morel - 1996 Demo and Les Jeunes Années EP!b5BGDJDJ!qrmW48cX68s9wsZV08AKgoAnr90cYQcRc6kOkGFPqG8

We finish this fourth part with this superb short-lived Paris-based hardcore punk band. They existed between 1995 and 1997 and only released one demo in 1996. Next year, an american record label named  Unfortunate For The Fortunate Records released Les Jeunes Années EP when the band was already disolved. This record contains four songs taken from the 1996 demo with remastered sound. There's one song named Tangente that remained exclusive to the original 1996 demo, because, for some strange reason, is absent in this remastered release. 

Regarding the sound, L'Invention De Morel emulated the sound of different early american 90s emocore bands such as Hoover and Moss Icon but with the intriguing 90s french emo touch. Thus, the music was fast, precise and intense with slow-paced and instrumental interludes and deep, abstract and personal lyrics in french. However, in  these lyrics we see profound political sensibilities craving freedom and autonomy. 

Lastly, click on the image for downloading everything that this cryptic yet outstanding french emo band ever recorded. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!