Sydney d-beat crust hardcore punx roxers Dark Horse have got their 2011 demo online for free download. It's pretty nice man. Real raging, nice noisy, crust production and solid playing.
The band is full of old mates who have been around for ages. Dark Horse has members of Dischord, Frank Rizzo, None Remain, Rock N' Roll Weapon, Unclean, Vae Victus, Cause and Effect, etc. That's probably why they don't suck.
Then you can like them on Facebook and we can all be e-friends.
Dearest grindpals, please enjoy this free download of Water Torture - a duo playign seething crust, raging d-beat and furious grindcore out of Buffalo, New York.
Tell the pals how much you love them over at their Facebook page.
I know I'm digging it. Another awesome release by Grindcore Karaoke!
Such Is Life is a DIY punk (heeeeeps crust) festival organised on a not-for-profit basis. It first took place in 2004 and is the only festival of its kind happening in Australia. This is a great little festival for those who love their music fast, food vegan and jackets heavily patched. Since attending/playing a previous Such Is Life Fest this comes highly recommended although not for the faint hearted. Get some of your punk mates together and head to this to crust up. Don't forget the goon bag.
Camping space + limited amounts of food and beverages will be provided. Bands will play everyday. No dogs, no fires, no fancy lodgings, no sooks -camping only!
Last Chaos (Bris)
The Bigots (Melb/Can)
Panel Van Halen (Melb)
Pneumatic Slaughter (Melb)
Iron Wurzel (Adelaide)
Video Nasty (Syd)
Obat Batuk (Newcastle)
Prison Bitch (Adelaide)
Soma Coma (Melb)
Last Measure (Melb)
Rogue Elephant (Melb)
Hordes Ov The Black Cross (Melb)
Shit Weather (Melb)
Heroin SS (Bris)
Hex On The Beach (Melb)
Having formed in 1990, Phobia has been playing raging socio-political grindcore for around 18 years in Orange County, California. Their style is rooted in old school grind mixed with some extremely aggressive crusty hardcore punk influences.
If you follow my tastes in music at all (and why the hell would you) it has traditionally been pretty rare for me to endorse older grind bands. I really don’t see the big deal about bands like Terrorizer, early Carcass, early Napalm Death and early Brutal Truth other than a historic perspective. Early grind albums sound like they were played and recorded like shit, and they’re usually pretty bloody slow slow. I’ve always been more partial to newer school grind like Gridlink, Discordance Axis, Pig Destroyer, Rotten Sound and Trap Them – however, with the rise of some incredible new bands playing stripped down, old school grind (such as The Kill, Captain Cleanoff, Insect Warfare and Kill the Client), and by realizing the limitations of some of the formulaic modern grind bands (Rotten Sound) I've had to eat my own words.
Phobia has helped continue this trend. I can vaguely remember hearing one Phobia album sometime in my youth and not really thinking much of it. I can’t tell you what that album was called, but I can tell you this: this album fucking RULES! 22 Random Acts of Violence’s is an absolutely relentless slab of pure grindcore, seething with political frustration and violent empathy.
Production wise the album has an awesome stripped back feel, with crusty grind guitar tones and minimalist drum mic’ing. There is no production trickery to be had now, just unabated grind fury. The vocals are heavily hardcore punk influences, consisting more of throaty yells than (lame) death growls. I’ve always preferred a hardcore or mid-range vocal style; death metal vocals have always come across to me as contrived, dull, over-used and above all, totally lacking in aggression. “Raarr arra raar”, “Yeah you sound like like a retarded frog, how ‘brutal’.”
What is impressive is that Phobia do take small elements from more modern grindcore, like a Swedish grind influenced passage in Rise Up, or a punk styled breakdown in Bring The War. They don’t shy away from some old school metal solo’ing either, and there are some hilarious samples scattered throughout the album.
Phobia have managed to encapsulate my favourite type of grindcore; relentless, raw and aggressive while maintaining throwbacks to hardcore punk and introducing any additional elements as they see fit. There is a reason why Phobia have been one of the most respected and enduring bands in the grind scene. This is definitely one of the best extreme releases to come out this year; hats off to Willowtip. Recommended for fans of Insect Warfare, Kill the Client, Captain Cleanoff or violence grindcore in general; just sit back and enjoy.
Now these bastards just have to tour Australia!
Any self respecting Melbournite will be watching The Kill destroy all alongside Super Fun Happy Slide and Pathetic Human at the Arthouse tonight; just like most self respecting Sydney folk will be scoping out Dining in Tuscany, Crux and Walrora (VIC) at Maggotsville.
Give em clam digger...
Japanese hardcore/crust band Realized will be touring Australia in August:
Realized hail from the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. Based around the famed venue, Klub Counter Action, the Sapporo HC scene has been thriving since the mid 80s producing bands such as Face of Change, Spitfire & Knucklehead.
While taking their cues from the traditions of hardcore and crust, Realized go way beyond the usually limited strictures of these genres. Their arrangements are densely layered, precisely executed and frequently build towards epic crescendos. Despite possessing a brutal set of lungs, vocalist Fuji has a distinctly feminine, Iggy/Bowie-esque presence that provides them with an engaging focal point. Realized has supported the likes of The Locust and Insect Warfare in recent years.
WeEmptyRooms & Broke Me Records, the team that brought you Birushanah, Palm & Ryokuchi, are proud to announce their forthcoming Australian tour. To commemorate, WeEmptyRooms will release a limited edition cassette of their long out-of-print second album. Their new album is out now through SMD.