Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Le Scrawl - Too Short To Ignore (2003)

From last.fm

"Le Scrawl was formed by Mario and Peter in 1989. Initially playing typical grindcore they eventually blended it with a bunch of different musical styles - not necessarily stuff they’re huge fans of, but music they’re listening to occasionally, like jazz, ska, swing, etc."

Le Scrawl isn't QUITE as gimmicky as they seem, trust me. The fusion of grindcore and jazz with hints of ska and swing make it very fun and easy to listen to even if you're not a find of grind. I don't think Le Scrawl tried to be "different" or anything in that regard but just incorporate otherwise ignored elements into their music. They are truly a one-of-a-kind band that you won't find any place else. I'm glad there aren't any other bands that sound as insane as these guys because it'd just ruin it for me.

Alehammer - Mine's A Pint Of Crust (2007)

From last.fm


Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shit! Someone crank up the fucking volume to full max when Alehammer comes on! Alehammer really brings in the metal aspect to crust with tons and tons of death metal influence making them an overall power house band.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Misantropic - Insomnia (2010)

From myspace:

"MISANTROPIC was born in late 2007 by members Matte, Johannes, Rille, Zoid and Eken. We had all been, or still are, members of other local hardcore/punk/grind bands (but thats another story.) After a few local shows we recorded a split EP with Deathrace, released in 2009.The original lineup went through some big changes after the release of the EP: Matte and Eken switched their instruments (it made more sense really!) and Johannes left the band due to him moving down south. Gerda Berglund, who used to sing in local grindcore maniacs Bingo Ume, took his place. In 2010 the "Insomnia" CD was recorded and released with the new lineup."

Take the crust-y Darkthrone, make it sound less sucky, throw in some female vocals, give them an After The Bombs CD, and tell them to make music. The end product is Misantropic.

Two Years Dead - Word (2008)

Two Years Dead is the side project of the band mates from The Stupid Stupid Henchman. As any crack rock steady band does, Two Years Dead brings a negative aspect to the acoustic world dealing with such problems as loneliness, boredom, and carbombs. If you're a fan of The Stupid Stupid Henchman and any CRS-related band these guys are defiantly worth checking out and a personal favorite. Hell, if you're a fan of folk punk than go for it!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Social Infestation - Lasciate Ogni Speranza (1999)

From last.fm:

"Grind/crust outfit, now disbanded. Featured current Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders, current Withered guitarist and drummer Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson (respectively), and Eric Crowe, now known for his projects Marax and Fulci."

Fast, angry, and sludgy. What more could anyone ask for? It's as if Dystopia started playing a lot faster and incorporated more growling in their lyrics and BAM! You get Social Infestation.

Totalt Jävla Mörker - Människans Ringa Värde (2004)

From last.fm

"Totalt Jävla Mörker is a Swedish crust/hardcore punk band, formed in Skellefteå, Sweden in 1996. Their name could be translated to “Total Fucking Darkness”.The hardcore punk band Bitter End, also from this town, had just broken up and some of the members (Anders, Fredrik and Tompa) decided to keep playing together."

Totalt Jävla Mörker kicks it old school bringing it with that Swedish crust sound but incorporates a lot of hardcore influence due to the fact that a few guys from the thrash/hardcore band, Bitter End, are also thrown in. These guys resemble bands to that of Skitsystem and Martydod but leave out the d-beat sound which doesn't make it sound as repetitive. Defiantly great for any library and fun to listen to. Check it.

Dishammer - 2008 Demo (2008)

From last.fm:

"An ear melting caustic concotion made out of Black Metal, Thrash and Crust simmered on D-beat and burning on raw and angry vocals. Sounds like a fist-fight between Hellhammer and Discharge while Motörhead, Bathory & GBH are being blasted in the background!"

Yep, the description of these guys are pretty much summed up in the description. Crust meets d-beat meets black metal meets thrash metal to rape your ears.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blünt - Self Titled (2006)

From last.fm:

"Blünt was a crust punk band from A Coruna (Spain) started in April of 2005 and end in early 2008, with influences of bands like His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Ekkaia, From Ashes Rise , To what end?… some of they keep playing in INU."

I DID IT GUYS! I finally found a neocrust band that didn't incorporate screamo into the mix. FUCK YES! But in all seriousness Blünt is fanfuckingtastic. They bring a whole new level to the playing feel.I LOVE how they don't leave their traditional roots behind and actually fucking growl their lyrics. THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! Thank you, Blünt, for delivering such sweet sweet melodic crust. So yeah, if you've ever wondered what neocrust was like without skramz well here it is! 

Beyond Pink - Jedan Dva, Jebla Te Ja (2007)

From last.fm:

"The band started in 2002. This is definitely something for all those into fast hardcore, as well as riot grrrls sounds and tradition of the 80’s swedish hc/punk. Their music reflects how wide influences they have and it makes their music powerful and kicking. Their lyrics are alongside with the music, they reflect anger and critical views on issues like macho/sexistculture, violent dancing, cops, pro-life fundemantalists or corporate capitalism and their financial institutions like WTO and G8."

What happens when you rip the dudes outta Witch Hunt, replace them with chicks, give them a book on feminism and tell them GO GO GO! Gotta love the riot grrrl influence in this band too. <3

Diskonto - We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About (2004)

From last.fm:

"Diskonto was formed sometime in 1992 when Martin and Malmen wanted something to do besides beeing the usual teenage fucked up things like trying to get as drunk as possible or sniffing glue. We had really been into oldschool Swedish hardcore for some time, and wanted to do play that kind of music. We also played in some other bands as Times Square Prechers and Biomasticator at the time, so Diskonto just rehearsed once in awhile the first 1,5 years or so. After that we recruited Steffe on vocals and Kaj on Bass."

Another one of these fucking Discharge knock offs right??? No! Defiantly not. Well, yes but in a goooooood way. Not to mention they're one of few d-beat bands who actually has fucking female vocals makes it all the more kick ass. I'm not a huge fan of d-beat bands, seeing as how they're all tryhards, but Diskonto just has a different feel to them I don't know how to describe. I couldn't find a youtube link for the album so here's just a random song. Enjoy! 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Dangers - Anger (2006)

From last.fm:

"Dangers is a hardcore band from Southern California.After the Miracle Mile broke up, guitarist Al Brown started a new project in which he assumed vocal duties. The band has included many people from other notable Southern California hardcore bands."

It's just one of those days where everything is going wrong and you're just fucking pissed. You don't know what to do or what to say and you need to put on some tunes before you act on your emotions. Dangers is the key to all of that. They deliver such brutal, pissed off fucking lyrics that'll leave you uncontrollably angry at the world. It's as if someone handed the dudes from Ceremony a fucking gun and told them to get make something of it. For one of those kinds of days, listen to this. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!

Eric Ayotte - Remnants Of Storytown (2008)

From last.fm:

"Singer of Halo Fauna’s solo acoustic thing, which seems to be the rage these days. If you’ve ever seen Eric you know how heartfelt his songs are. He’s been playing shows recently with his traveling film festival, combining it into a 1:2 punch of music and movies. Recently he put out an album of songs he wrote to his grandfather’s poetry. It’s some pretty amazing stuff. He is also known for having a sweet beard."

What happens when you cross the dorky vocals of Ghost Mice, Chris to be exact, with Paul Baribeau-esque lyrics and feel? You get the works of Eric Ayotte. This is an essential folk punk album to have. There is nothing else to explain. GET IT NOW!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Warm Gun - Panic In The Face Of Time (2006)

From last.fm:

"One of the sickest bands on the Baltimore punk scene today."

Could the description on last.fm BE anymore clear?!?! This is the truth. I've never heard powerviolence this bad ass since the first time I listened to Charles Bronson. A Warm Gun brings in the double bass with vengeance and do it WELL. Fuck. The crust-y influences in this make it a power house along with the CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG sound almost that reminiscent of sludge. The dual vocalists in the back, one shouting and the other shrieking only adds to the gritty effect of the music. Pick this shit up if you're a fan of bands like Dropdead, Infest, and Crossed Out.

Trocki - Permanent Revolution (2003)

From myspace:

"The founder of the group was Arek "Szczota" activist in many organizations, anarcho-eco-themed concert organizer. Inability to meet their own, somewhat more direct ideas translated into the activities of sound and visual text, gradually bringing it only to the form of sound and text. In 2000, he recruited others to the possibility of missing the implementation of its plan and created the elements (consisting of the following entities: Sue, TV, Pudding, Flower, Betka) 6 personal formation, which began work on the first album from the still fairly kakofonicznymi sounds.Texts Szczoty on the first disc was a form of Outriggers and threats."

You think this is your typical run of the mill grindcore band? Well, you're in store. This Polish band is fronted by both male and female vocalists, female being the most primary. Trocki's quick pitch shifts and growled lyrics, almost that reminiscent of goregrind, makes this band a fucking knockout

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Real Reggae - Maze + THC Best (2001)

From last.fm:

"a (grind… no) hardcore band from japan who like to have fun and add a couple reggae influences here and there.They also have a justin timberlake influence too. you can hear that cant you."

I love finding one-of-a-kind bands like this. What's more to love than the combination of reggae and powerivolence? OH AND DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE INFLUENCE TOO? 

Paddyrasta - Listen To Your Heart (2005)

From last.fm:

"Paddyrasta are a celtic reggae band half from Ireland half from Africa - check them out on http://www.myspace.com/paddyrasta for streaming"

I bet you're looking at the labels and going "Folk? Reggae? Celtic?" and going what the fuuuuuuuck? No, in all seriousness Paddyrasta is fucking banging. The lyrics focuses on topics such as liberation, equal rights, and protecting your mother nature. They combine folk elements with a reggae beat and celtic instruments.  Who the fuck doesn't wanna light up a spliff while hearing some bagpipes and flutes in the back?If you're lookin for something unique and really far out there Paddyrasta is sure to suite your need for just that.

Polkahontas - Huift Ja Nix (2007)

From last.fm:

"Punk-rock classics to be translated into popular Marnier Bavarian and present, under, covers a different way, is the concept of Polkahontas. The scene police pants down pull, do not stop at greasy Schlage deposit requirements, ironic self-presentation of your roots, always a stupid slogan on the lips and loves to experiment distinguish what is with improvisational lightness and spontaneity played loose from the hand. Whether it's a tuba, a crusher, the impact or simply the bass drum march is completely irrelevant - the only thing that matters is being able to laugh at and with himself and his neighbor."

You're probably like... ARE YOU SHITTING ME? No, I'm serious. This is some authentic polka punk all the way from Germany. These self-proclaimed Bavarians kick it old school bringing a new school sound. Due to the lack of information on this band, this is pretty much all I can provide for now. If you're feeling experimental and getting into something then then check this band out!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Caustic Christ - Can't Relate (2003)

Sited by last.fm:

"Caustic Christ is a hardcore punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are on Havoc Records. In late 2000, Bill Chamberlain (best known as the guitarist for The Pist) quit his band React and moved from Connecticut to Pittsburgh to start a band with guitarist/vocalist Eric Good and bassist Corey Lyons of Aus-Rotten. While Aus-Rotten’s split resulted in vocalist Dave Trenga forming the heavy, deeply political crust band Behind Enemy Lines, Caustic Christ was more in the vein of ’80s hardcore a la Negative Approach and Black Flag and surprisingly didn’t often cover politics as a topic."

Yeah... That's RIGHT! Another Aus-Rotten product. You can't go wrong with Caustic Christ. 'nuff said. Pick this album up NOW!

Toxic Narcotic - 21st Century Discography (2005)

Sited by: last.fm

"Formed in 1989 in Boston, Toxic Narcotic is one of the most hard working and essential DIY hardcore punk bands in the entire scene."

ESSENTIAL, ESSENTIAL, ESSENTIAL to ANY crust library. These guys kick it old school and bring crust to a very hardcore punk sound. In fact, a few band members from Toxic Narcotic left to form Mouth Sewn Shut. A lot of Toxic Narcotic's lyrics focus on green peace and against the war effort which makes you want to get out there and do something with yourself while listening to these guys. They're nothing be raw fucking energy and sure are a slam in your face. Check it.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass - Cash, Money, Etc (2006)

From last.fm:

"Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass is a 5-piece pop-rock band from Southern Vermont. They have released 4 discs, one of which is a full-length. They are planning on releasing a new full length in the spring/summer of 2007. You can check them out at www.myspace.com/michaeljordantouchdownpass and www.sparechange.cjb.net."

Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass delivers a light pop sound to the always pessimistic folk punk side through various twee sounds and overall positive lyrics. The kind of feeling that this band gives you makes you feel very warm and at home. I'm not quite sure how most regular folk punk-ers would think of these guys but it has the notable, Pat The Bunny's, brother as the lead singer so it's defiantly an essential to pick up if you have Johnny Hobo and WDU albums. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Leper - Embarrassed To Be Human (2006)

From last.fm:

"Leper is a Canadian anarchist ska-crust band on Creepcore Records who often cover topics such as the vagrant life, the KKK, and homelessness all in a unique style blending oppressively slow reggae grooves with apocalytpic, world’s end visions and dark sonic brutality. Their myspace: www.myspace.com/lepercreepcore"

OH, CANADA! Oh Canada is fucking right. Leper is an all time personal favorite crust band in so many regards. I remember that first time I listened to them was on the bus and I just wanted to jump up so fucking badly and tell everyone how great this band is but there would go my indie cred, right? This band combines an incredible sound of blackened crust and ska into their style of playing which makes them unrivaled. If you're not a big fan of ska don't worry because you'll defiantly love the catchy hooks and the overall crust-oriented style. Leper is defiantly an essential in ANY crust library. I beg all of you to pick these guys up because you have no clue what you're missing.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I Create - Complete Medley (2009)

From last.fm:

"I Create plays screamo-tinged post-rock in the vein of Russian Circles, Hum, Pianos Become the Teeth, Pelican, Mihai Edrisch, and Satellite Years era Hopesfall, …Who Calls So Loud, The Saddest Landscape, and Funeral Diner."

Okay so I'm not even gonna lie. The first time I listened to this band I thought they were Envy in the flesh except only American. I'm not even sure how I discovered these guys but I've instantly fallen in love with them. The instrumentals sync exactly up with the screaming which makes the music they produce sound fucking phenomenal as a collective. I'm really looking forward to hearing more from these guys because they have great potential. If you're into shit like Envy and heaven in her arms meanwhile trying to expand your horizons than look no further.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Punch - Push Pull (2010)

 From last.fm:

"Punch is a hardcore band based in San Francisco, California, recognizable by fast, heavy sound with pulverizing breakdowns, intelligent song structures and absolutely plastering vocals. Their debut EP, Eyeless (2008), self titled LP (2009) and second LP, Push Pull (2010) are joint releases on record labels 625 Thrashcore and Discos Huegla. They have toured the US, Japan, Australia, and Europe."

The first thing you'll notice about Punch is the that they are a female-fronted power violence band. Yeah, that's right I said it. A fucking FEMALE-FRONTED POWER VIOLENCE BAND! Shit doesn't get much greater than this. They were on tour with Ceremony earlier in the year so you know they deliver that earth-shattering sound. The technical use of guitar in Punch is astounding because you would have never thought of a hardcore band to have such an arsenal of original riffs. Give Punch a go if you're a fan of stuff like Ceremony, Cruel Hand, and Bracewar.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Asking For It - Happy Birthday Hitler (2008)

From last.fm:

"Asking For It hail from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Their only constant member is Chris Burrows who plays guitar and sings, the other members of the band depend on Chris’ location and who is free to take the time to learn a few ditties."

This is folk punk DIY ethic at it's finest. Asking For It reminds me of a couple of friends sitting around the camp fire with a few instruments and an acoustic guitar singing about your heartbreak and heartaches. The way Chris Burrows writes really moves me because it's something you can really relate to. If you're a fan of stuff like Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains than you'll fucking love this band.

Crustina Aguilera - Crushing The Imperialist Machine (2000)

From last.fm:

"Crustina Aguilera was crust punk band from or around Amherst, Massachusetts. They only put out one three song demo called Crushing the Imperialist Machine (One Demo At a Time). The tracks from this demo are sometimes mislabeled as Token Animal Song, Token Environment Song, and Token Religion Song. They were supposed to put out a split with Unholy Grave, but it was never released."

Well... This is it guys! The only thing to be ever put out by Crustina Aguilera and it's a damn shame too. Why does such a deserving crust band such as themselves put out a three track demo and have to disband? That isn't my issue but man, could I listen to this demo all fucking day (already have!) or what. I found this awhile back from a recommendation and thought it was damn good enough to put on this blogspot regardless how many tracks it contains. This is crust at it's finest and most pure. Just raw and uncut.