FANZINE + EP
ARTCORE FANZINE ISSUE 38 WITH NEUROOT "NAZI-FREI" 7"EP - 11€
Artcore has a raging roster of current band interviews with NEUROOT to accompany the 7” EP, Washington DC’s RED DEATH, Edmonton’s NO PROBLEM, Toronto’s UGLY POP RECORDS, Sheffield’s RAT CAGE, London’s STAGES IN FAITH and Madrid’s ACCIDENTE. The VAULTAGE section of the zine has an overview of 70s/80s punk in the Mid-Western States in ‘Can’t Stand the Mid-West’, a look at early South Wales punk history in ‘The Wasteland of my Fathers’, an interview with the authors of ‘Tomorrow Is Too Late’ the Toronto Hardcore book and the action gig photography of Nele Vandermaesen. Finally, all the usual review damage completes the picture, all in a packed 40 page litho printed A4 fanzine rounded off with no advertising dilution whatsoever.
Dutch hardcore masters of the 80s back with a new 7” the ‘Nazi-Frei’ (Nazi Free) EP. Two brand new songs including the anti-fascist anthem title track, two re-recorded NEUROOT 80s blasters and one cover of a 1977 Dutch punk classic, totalling five songs on ultra super limited ‘brown note’ marble vinyl in a foldout sleeve with lyrics and art.
VIDEO - https://youtu.be/58Ry6P7ieY4
CIVILISED SOCIETY? "violence still sucks : scrap metal anthology" (Boss Tuneage/Ruin Nation) 2xCD Set - 13€
CIVILISED SOCIETY? were one of the most recognisable names on the UK hardcore punk scene of the late 80s, and recently reformed, playing a bunch of shows over the past couple of years including the Rebellion Festival, followed by UK and European Tours which saw the release of the new “WAR IN MY HEAD” EP by ourselves last Autumn, which saw the band gaining supporters both old and new to their powerful live dynamics!
Now, to co-incide with their next tour in April, and whilst we await the new album and European tour due later this year, comes this timely double CD re-issue of their two 1980s albums (“SCRAP METAL” and “VIOLENCE SUCKS”) plus 4 bonus tracks recorded for various comps.
Released in co-operation with Boss Tunegae in the UK, this 25 track comp has been lovingly re-mastered and not only features both albums with original artwork, but also a booklet containing liner notes from Shane Dabinett, of Manic Ears Records, for whom the two albums were originally released.
Packaged as 2 x CDs in wallets recreating the original artwork, into card outer spined wallet with a 16 page full colour booklet.
DATA FRAGMENTS - st (Geheimnis) - 16€
Wonky Doll And The Echo is a Greek post punk revival band formed in mid-2010. Their music can be described as a mixture of post-punk, indie rock with a minimal 80’s touch, incorporating a modern, alternative sound. Although recently formed, Wonky Doll And The Echo recorded their promo CD-R/EP on December 2010. Furthermore, Wonky Doll And The Echo have been highly active since their formation, making live performances in various famous Athenian stages, such as Six D.O.G.S, BIOS, Seven Sins and Nouvelle Decadence. They also appeared as supporting act for two of the most famous and high reputable bands of the dark alternative music genre, Clan of Xymox and The Frozen Autumn, in two concerts that took place at Kittaro Live club in Athens, on December 2011 and on February 2012 respectively.
Geheimnis Records proudly welcomes and presents its first collaboration with this new band, releasing its first LP album on 300 limited edition, hand-numbered vinyl records and in digital format for digital downloading. The album includes 9 songs, many of them already known from the band’s live gigs, but with a total new mix and mastering, compared to the promo editions.
THE LAST DRIVE "f*head entropy" (Labyrinth Of Thoughts) - 20€
Åðáíáêõêëïöïñßá ôïõ “F*head Entropy” ôùí The Last Drive. 400 êüðéåò óå ñïæ âéíýëéï. Ìå íÝï mastering, áíáíåùìÝíï artwork êáé bonus track ôï “May this bullet”, ôï ïðïßï õðÞñ÷å ìüíï óôçí CD Ýêäïóç ôïõ album.
Hìåñïìçíßá êõêëïöïñßáò: 10 Ìáßïõ
LAST RITES - st (Stand Against Vivisection) - 13€
D-beat attack in the vein Wolfpack/Skitsystem from Athens.
PROCRASTINATE / MYTERI - Split (Alerta Antifascista) - 15€ (Black Vinyl)
Pressing Details: 180gram Vinyl, Gatefoldcover, LP-sized insert, Double-LP-Sized 4c poster, Silkscreened on the B-Side, Download Code, Artwork by Alex CF. Swedens MYTERI team up with PROCRASTINATE from Greece for a Split LP release. Hight quality crustcore galore guaranteed!
TOXIC MINDS - st (Stand Against Vivisection)
Released on cassette two years ago but now it's time for vinyl. Finnish hardcore from Salonica City.
BUSINESS "saturday s heroes" (Daily) - 16€
Daily Records Vintage Series is back again, this time with the reissue of the second studio LP by The Business originally released in 1985. Includes lyrics inner bag plus previously unseen pictures of the band.
CHRISTIAN DEATH "only theater of pain" (Restless Empire) - 16€
Limited repress on Restless Empire. Gold vinyl. Only Theatre of Pain is the debut studio album by American rock band Christian Death, released in March 24, 1982 by record label Frontier. The album was produced by Christian Death and Thom Wilson. It is considered by most critics to be the harbinger of deathrock.
CRAWL NOISE “wall of noisecore” (F.O.A.D.) - 16€ (Black Vinyl)
when Grindcore was starting to spread all around and some maniacs tried to push the genre to even fiercer extremes, giving birth to the whole short-song Noisecore saga of bands like 7 MINUTES OF NAUSEA, ANAL CUNT, VIOLENT NOISE ATTACK, STENCH OF CORPSE, SOUND POLLUTION, TUMOR and so on. CRAWL NOISE were clearly inspired by early NAPALM DEATH and SORE THROAT, but they pushed the level of madness and brutality to way more devastating boundaries. And their drummer Osi was then called to join the mighty FEAR OF GOD, so try to imagine how fast he was. As Erich Keller states: “After I saw Crawl Noise live, I tried everything to steal the drummer Osi for my own band Fear Of God.” This LP includes all their existing recordings: the first demo “Musical rape” (1988), their Demo #2 (1989) and two complete live sets from 1987 to 1988 (one was included on the B-side of their only 7″ and the other in some killer compilation tapes like “Rudi Rat 1” and SOA’s “Use your anger“).
What you get here is a deadly tornado of aberrant, antimusical Noisecore putrefaction blasting through impossibly fast drumming delirium, some awful background noise that could be a guitar/bass as much as a microphone pushed into a cement mixer, and at the top of all some of the most disturbing vomited grunts you can think of. Countless tracks, complete acoustic demolition! Includes an insert with liner notes and original artworks from their few releases around at the time! Black vinyl limited to 200. Click HERE for the trailer!
DESTRUCTORS "exercise the demons of youth" (Radiation) - 15€
The Destructors were a classic UK82-era group originating from Peterborough, north of London and not exactly a hot-bed of punk activity. Rising out of the ashes of the short-lived first wave punk group The Blanks, who released one single in 1979, The Destructors latched onto the second wave sound and never looked back. Featuring liner notes by none other than the legendary Genesis P-Orridge, who wrote "In vinyl we have the ectoplasm of youth. The final psychic rally. A present testament set in present time. Breath in a dead soul. Hanging by a thread. Convinced and betrayed at zero point lies history." Another killer piece of rare UK '80s punk reissued by the fine folks at Radiation.
DIÄT "positive disintegration" (Blackest Ever Black)
Years in the making, the follow-up or maybe even companion piece to 2015's "Positive Energy", "Positive Disintegration" sees the band with a bit more of a pop zap to the ever present post punk dreariness of modern Berlin life... Or even modern life at large as most of the lyrical content has to do with the monotony of barely getting by or trying to have a meaningful exchange with a remotely interesting person. These things are hard to come by most of the time and this music eats at that very feeling. It's almost enough to make you wanna throw in the towel and move to Spain without a care in the world to haunt your remaining days. You probably won't though, you'll most likely listen to this record while you sip your overpriced room temperature coffee drink whilst ordering new bulbs for your anti depression lamp from a major online retailer. It just feels like life is getting away from you, ya know? Dark.
550 on black 140gr vinyl housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket with lyric sheet, poster and download card included. Recorded by Tobias Lill. Mastered by Daniel Husayn. Art by Yuta Matsumura and Made Ollosp.
EXECUTE "s.l.a.s.h." (D.O.A. Records) - 20€
All genres peak early, followed by uninspiring copy-cats. As for hardcore, the golden years were 1980 – 1985. Execute hailed from Tokyo Japan and made according to eye witness notorious shows.
Execute formed already back in 1982 and the most known member is the guitarist Lemmy, who is also to some extent responsible for the bands later transformation into a more Goth-sound. Execute "Blunt Sleazy" 12" is one of the best Japanese bands ever without a doubt. Includes a small double sided info sheet & sticker. Limited to 200 copies. Import from Mexico.
This Lp collects songs from the following releases:
- Great Punk Hits comp tracks
- Criminal Flowers 7" (1984) -
- Blunt Sleazy 12" (1985) -
FIREBURN "don't stop the youth" (Closed
Casket Activities) - 16€
'Don't Stop The Youth' is the debut 12"EP from Southern California's own Fireburn. Featuring Israel Joseph I (Formerly of Bad Brains), Nick Townsend (Currently/ Formerly of Deadbeat, Knife Fight), Todd Jones (Currently/Formerly of Nails,Terror), and Todd Youth (Currently/Formerly of Bloodclot, Warzone, Danzig, Murphys Law) this 12"EP displays 5 songs of punk influenced hardcore recorded at NGR Studio in North Hollywood. This record features cover art by artist Tim Lehi and additional design by Jon Contino. Available on Color vinyl with a free digital download.
GAME "no one wins" (Quality Control/Beach Impediment) - 15€
At long last, the follow up to 2017’s "Who Will Play?" flexi has materialised in the form of "No One Wins" on the LP format. With influences and membership that span the world of hardcore punk, both stylistically and geographically, this platter sports 10 tracks of pummelling hardcore punk that incorporates metallic elements drawn from the near and far reaches of mid 80s international hardcore and thrash to the simplicity of domestic HC pestilence. Blended with a great finesse that is both tasteful and potent - which seems to be a rare feat to attain this day and age - and buttressed by a top notch mastering job by the great Arthur Rizk (SHIT "What Do You Stand For," Impalers "Cellar Dweller”, Power Trip ‘Nightmare Logic’) which only feeds the fire that is the base of these already enormous tracks. GAME is the conduit. Relatively new but sending sickening sounds into the New Wave of British Hardcore collective, decimating any and all willing to be destroyed.
Seek further advice on Game's sound via the precedent set by Gastunk, Celtic Frost, Sacrilege, Death Side, and the Execute. Members of Arms Race, Fucked Up, Career Suicide, Shrapnel, Violent Reaction and Subdued.
GHOUL "night out" (GhoulNightOut) - 20€
Seminal 80's Japanese punk band, fronted by the one handed, raspy-voiced, fan-punching legend Masami, who passed on young (like many of his contemporaries) in the early 90's, apparently of liver failure brought on by excessive love of the drink. The original Ghoul broke up in '85, as there's the official VHS entitled "Last Gig" out on ACC video label. The band got back together as "Ghoul II" with a different line-up in the late '86 (or possibly in the early '87), changed the name to "Sqwad" (originally called Masami with Sqwad) sometime during the summer of '88, either right before or after they played the "Complete Death" show at the Toshima Public Hall in Tokyo on July 17th '88, then broke up and got back together again as "Ghoul III" in '89 with just a slightly different line-up than "Ghoul II" and pretty much remained active until Masami puked the blood on the stage and went into a coma afterwards in the early '90s. "Ghoul II" and "Ghoul III" - that's exactly how Masami called themselves when they got reformed twice and those names were often mentioned in the interviews, magazine articles and that's how they were usually listed in the gig flyers as well. As most of the serious fans probably noticed, they're credited as "Sqwad (ex-Ghoul)" on the "Complete Death Live" VHS tape (released on January 1st '89), however,
in the flyers for this show they were still listed as "Ghoul II". So, probably they changed the name to "Sqwad" right before this show or after, but sometime before the VHS came out. Later, they played as "Sqwad" during the year of '89, released 7" flexi on Slice Records and broke up before the mid '89 and got back together again later the same year (before the summer). The Ghoul tracks you find on the "Game Of Death" compilation LP (which was released in July '89) are the only recorded material by "Ghoul III", although they're simply credited as "Ghoul" on this release.
Limited to 200 copies, fantastic top quality release, mastered for vinyl for best/huge sound. Includes a double sided insert and sticker! Import from Australia. 15 songs in total.
Tracks 1-5: Carry Out Fucking EP (1984)
Track 6: Oi! Oi! single (1985)
Tracks 7-8: Devil Must Be Driven Out With Devil V/A(1986)
Tracks 9-12: Jerusalem EP (1985)
Tracks 13-15: Game Of Death V/A(1989)
ICTUS "hambrientos de un sol distinto" (Skuld) - 13€
Re-release of their 2005 masterpiece! Ictus formed in 2004 in Galicia/Spain and deliver fucking excellent modern dark and epic Hardcorepunk. Besides showing definately similarities to Ekkaia, Tragedy or even Catharsis, they are a brand of their own! With 3 guitarplayers and a hellish aggressive singer they manage to unleash such a wall of frustration and anger to leave me speechless when I first had a listen! Dark and heavy hardcore crust with undeniable hints to blackmetalmelodies + some ambiental parts and screaming political thoughts all over against those times we are living in today.... - ….this is the perfect soundtrack to fuck shit up.
INFERNO "tod & wahnsinn" (Power It Up) - 17€
Officially repress for the very first time! This classic debut LP of INFERNO (from the Bavaria area of Germany) was probably the most trending hardcore album in the eighties! Originally released by the infamous MÜLLEIMER RECORDS this was a milestone of German hardcore punk and most likely the fastest band around that time! Recorded end of 1983 at the "Music Lab" in Berlin by Harris Johns. 20 tracks with a brutality and speed never heard before at the time being. Responsible for the artwork was no one else than PUSHEAD himself. - This reissue is completely remastered and reworked with being as close to the original as possible. For the first time with the original booklet that never made it into the original first pressing in 1983.
LIMP WRIST - st (La Vida Es Un Mus) - 15€
The cutest band in Hardcore with a slice of paint peeling hardcore punk loud and ugly enough to destroy your closet. European press of their recent one sided 12" including seven new tracks in the A side and their Want Us Dead 7" on the flip. Fuckin classic!
PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES "soberphobia" (Restless Empire) - 16€
This is the 5th studio album by Peter and the Test Tube Babies released in 1986 and contains such hits like All About Love, Every Second Counts, Key To The City, etc. Great tuneful Punk Rock from these Punk legends.
POISON “into the abyss – resurrected” LP + CD + Poster (F.O.A.D.)
Available in 2 different versions:
Die-hard splatter vinyl (black speckles on crystal clear) + CD limited to 100 copies - 19€
Black vinyl + CD limited to 200 copies - 17€
POISON’s infernal cult is alive!! Just when you thought that it was all said and done with FOAD‘s monster-work “Hoelle und vernichtung” (a colossal boxset including the band’s complete discography), the wizard of darkness and evil Uli Hildenbrand unearthed from his rotting vaults a lost & found mastertape of “Into the abyss” transfered directly from the studio reels back in 1987, unlike all the previously existing re-issues that were all taken from the 1st vinyl pressing. This version is the most pristine and faithful to the original studio recordings you can think of, sounding farly better than any other release around. Pure infernal armageddon from one of the most ancient pioneering Black / Death Metal hellhounds of the mittel-European scene of the 80’s. Originally recorded in 1986, released on tape in 1987 and then 6 years later on vinyl/LP by Median Creations, “Into the abyss” is the only real studio recording of this blasphemic Teutonic horde and hands down their most powerful production, considering that the previous demos were all rough DIY recordings made in their practice space.
What you will find on this masterpiece is pummeling and barbaric death / thrash metal with plenty of early black metal elements from their earlier works. The progress this band had made in less then a year of their previous recording is remarkable, but at the same time, when looking at each demo in chronological order, you see a steady progression in their sound from recording to recording, so seeing the band improve this much should not really be a shocker. “Into the abyss” is essential for anyone even remotely into brutal, vicious 80’s death/thrash, as well as old school black metal and the mid-late 80’s proto-death metal sound. LP with bonus CD and A2 poster with photos and liner notes (written by Uli Hildenbrand). Click HERE for the trailer!
RAW POWER “reptile house – XX anniversary” (F.O.A.D.) PICTURE LP + CD - 18€
Originally released on CD and tape back in 1998, “Reptile house” stands as one of RAW POWER‘s best efforts of their ’90s discography. It has all the features that made this band so great and respected: blistering HC drumming, memorable riffing with a Crossover vibe and vitriolic vocals. Here you finally get it for the first time on vinyl and completely remastered, in a special Picture Disc version limited to 400, housed in an elegant die cut sleeve. And to celebrate this album’s 20th anniversary, the original line-up that made it back then reunited to re-record their favorite songs from it. So as bonus to this special edition you’ll find a CD including the brand new recordings and the original session right after it. 28 songs in total, furious Italian Hardcore since 1981 delivered with anger and unfailing energy! Watch the trailer HERE
– Picture LP with the original session (17 songs) specially remastered for vinyl
– Die cut jacket
– Bonus CD with the 2018’s re-recording and the original session (28 songs)
SKITSYSTEM "stigmata" (Havoc) - 15€
US-import! - "Stigmata" is the third LP of dark and menacing Swedish crust core from the masters. It is also the first recording to feature Micke (of Martyrdod) on second guitar. This LP takes one step deeper into the dark realm that Skitystem has created with heavy metallic, crunchy guitars, harshly growled and screamed vocals and a constant D-beat of the drums.
SOCIAL DISTORTION "poshboy little monster" (Radiation) - 15€ (Black Vinyl) / 17€ (Red Vinyl)
Formed in Fullerton, CA in 1978, Social Distortion were one of the original LA punk groups and their first single was released on legendary LA punk label Posh Boy. But far more rare than that first single ('Mainliner' b/w 'Playpen') is the unreleased EP 'Poshboy's Little Monsters'. This EP only made it to the test pressing stage back in 1981, and featured those two tracks from the first single along with 'All The Answers' and 'Justice For All.' This is the absolute holy grail for Social Distortion fans and it's finally available in commercial form for RSD 2019. Also includes 2 bonus tracks: '1945' and 'Moral Threat'.
TRAGEDY s/t (Skuld) – 14€
Official Repress of the first TRAGEDY Album on Skuld Releases, this time in the original package of the US Pressing (Tragedy Records) - From the opening acoustic intro to the last dark, thrashed out note this is one seriously intense album. The obvious comparisons His Hero Is Gone and From Ashes Rise are there for sure but to me this has a bit more of a straight up hardcore feel to it. That said though, this has some excellent heavy pounding drum beats happening and some changes in pace, pitch and mood that are so tight and sudden they scream for your attention. The harsh throaty vocals belt out lyrics that are written as single block paragraphs dealing with overtly sociopolitical issues all looked at from a less than positive point of view. This record is very heavy, very angry and although you will probably like it, it will not make you happy!
TRAGEDY "vengeance" (Skuld) - 14€
Official Repress of the second TRAGEDY Album on Skuld Releases, this time in the original package of the US Pressing (Tragedy Records) - This is the sound of impending doom! The songs are epic, melodic, powerful and crushing - all at once!! Tragedy is fast and extremely heavy hardcore with melancholic melodies and pissed off as fuck vocals. I would say that this record is even better than their first one, even when I thought that this is not possible. You can taste the athmosphere of the songs, while the music crawls under your skin - awesome!
T.S.O.L. "beneath the shadows" (Fan Club) - 15€
Beneath the Shadows is the second studio album by the American hardcore punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), released in 1983 through Alternative Tentacles. With the addition of keyboardist Greg Kuehn to the lineup, the band moved away from punk rock in favor of a gothic rock sound in the vein of The Damned and Siouxsie and the Banshees, alienating much of their hardcore audience in the process. Though the album was critically well received and led to the band being featured in director Penelope Spheeris' film Suburbia, it was largely rejected by their fanbase within the punk scene.
WARCOLLAPSE "deserts of ash" (Phobia) 12" LP - 14€
The Swedish masters of SCANDI-CRUST are finally back on the map with their first new recordings/songs since 2008's "DEFY!" Album on Profane Existence. 5 songs of roaring bulldozer CRUSTCORE with the WARCOLLAPSE heaviness and the unmistaken old school vibe of 90'ties crust-league veterans DOOM, SARCASM and of course some wretched, wrecked and wasted ANTI-CIMEX and DISCHARGE. You can hear the 25 years of crust as fuck existence through this recording. - Artwork by Mr. Stiv of War.
ZODD "operationally ready dead" (La Vida Es Un Mus)
Every genre splinters and flowers out from it's original starting point and hardcore is no exception, mutating fractally out from its supercharged punk roots, twisting through trends, evolutions and regressions, crashing back in on itself until you end up with an international sprawl of scenes and subscenes, styles within styles, odd misshapen fusions and hellbent worship bands.
If you were looking for a sound that could encapsulate the myriad forms that hardcore takes in 2018 one could do a lot worse than slam a record on by ZODD, who have emerged from the vibrant Singapore punk/hardcore scene in the wake of bands like Vaarallinen, Sial and Lubricant. Operationally Ready Dead have an approach based in a vicious pogo-thump but drawing in elements of hardcore's various strands, echoing screams ripping painfully through chomping riffs, weird enough for the freakpunx, hard enough for the mosh kids, chaotic and blown out, squealing and stumbling, but never losing it's dynamism, ten tracks of contemporary anxiety shaped into hardcore anger, apocalyptic angst, psychopaths with uniforms and without, society's born corrupt, getting darker still. ZODD provide a searing soundtrack to this and more. DYSTOPIAN FUTURE IS NOW.
Operationally Ready Dead front cover was designed by Nicky Rat and it comes with a lyric insert designed by the band. Check out the LP on bandcamp