Karcer (Pol) Blindman; demo (1990)

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Karcer‘ (meaning ‘detention’), a punk band from Słupsk (west of Gdansk). They started in 1982 and still exist. The line-up changed a few times but in 1990 the guys playing were Krzysztof Żeromski a.k.a. ‘Ferment’ (guitar/vocals), Adam Lao (bass), Tomasz Fangrat (drums) and Przemek/Przemysław Brosz (guitar).

Some of the songs here were also on their first (self-titled) LP that got out in 1991. The demo was probably sent to me to get gigs but as far as I remember they never made to the lowlands.

My review (Tilt! #6) goes as follows: >>Very good stuff here! The music ranges from melodic HCpunk to metal-influenced HC/thrash. Excellent (english) voacals. Sounds very “western” (whatever that might mean)… My Polish friends tell me however they could work a bit harder to support their own scene. No lyrics [provided].<<

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Ludichrist (USA) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-12-04)

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(soundcheck) / Blown Into The Arms Of Christ / Big Business / Only As Directed / Government Kids / Damage Done / Games Once Played / Fire At The Firehouse / You’re In A Jungle / Young, White And Well Behaved / Powertrip / Zad / Legal Murder / Mengele / Earache My Eye (‘Cheech And Chong’ cover)

The Barber Of Sevilla [T.B.O.S. = Barbiere Di Siviglia] / Sweet Home Alabama (‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ cover) / (band-introduction) / Green Eggs & Ham / You Can’t Have Fun / This Party Sucks / Most People Are Dicks

[recorded by Jan ‘Bux De Vriendt]

This is the set ‘Ludichrist’ played on their Smurfpunx show (88-12-04) together with ‘Erosion’ (Ger; the band they were touring with), and ‘Angry Red Planet’ (USA) & ‘Stengte Dører’ (Nor). It was their last show of their first (Power Trip) tour in Europe. The people playing here were: Glen Cummings (guitar), Tommy ‘Christ’ (vocals), Guy Brogna (not Mike Walters who played on the album) (bass), Dave Miranda (drums) & Paul Nieder (guitar). Most songs are from their albums Immaculate Deception (1986) and Powertrip (1988).

Before this I’d done a brief interview with Tommy ‘Christ’ (Tilt! #2) and here’s my review of their Immaculate Deception LP (Tilt! #3): >>Musically I find this album an innovation. From the interview you’ll know they call their music hardcore-rock’n’roll. Well, that’s a suitable discription. It has a bit of everything in it. They start off with the explosive Fire At The Firehouse. This bomb has a kaleidoscopic effect: bluesy, aggressive, psychedelic, hypnotising, rocking, … Wonderful what Glen does on that guitar of his. In their lyrics, they don’t take anything seriously: religion, army, governments, big business, moral majority, media; industries, … Tommy’s voice sneers ruthless, rages on at full speed. You sometimes  cannot imagine that he’s actually singing all this…but he is! For me this is the best album of the past semester. Includes the ultimate hardcore-rap Green Eggs And Ham.

Spellbound (Hol) Use Your Headphones; live demo (1994)

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Cry Of Terror‘ (Winterswijk) called it quits in 1991, their singer Hans Aalbers moved to Curaçao and later Amsterdam, and got involved with ‘Spellbound’. The others in the band were Michael Wedel (drums), Paul ‘Wally’ Wallerbos (guitar) and Sven Giersmann (bass).

Hans had also been in ‘Royal Vomit’ with Walter Raben halfway the 80s and joined a few bands in the 90s: ‘The Unknown’, ‘Dripfeed’ & ‘7HATE6’.

My review of this tape ended up in Tilt! #8: >>This new band was announced as metal but that would be to simple. I’ld call it fusioncore (metal, funk, rap, pyscho, jazz, HC,…). It also sounds as if the band has listened to ‘Urban Dance Squad’ a lot [in retrospect: also ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’]. It’s certainly very complex and technical music, but it made my head nod more than once.<< Hans tells me the tape was recorded live at a show in Vragender (Oost Gelre, The Netherlands) on 94-11-04; their first gig ever… Most of these tracks also appeared on a CD (live recordings from 1995).

Brob

After ‘C.O.T.’ broke up, Walter [Raben], Marc [Baks] and myself formed ‘The Unknown’ with Paul Wallerbos & Michael Wedel (temporary drummer of ‘Disabuse’) – a project that only lasted for a year. Michael and I left to go abroad. When we returned Paul Wallerbos approached us again and Sven Giersmann (from the German hardcore-band ‘Distorted Truth’) – who had come to live in Winterswijk – became the bassist of ‘Spellbound’. In 1997 Sven & Michael quit and I moved on with the band ‘Dripfeed’… After a year I decided to leave that band because it wasn’t really my thing. Then I was contacted by Arch(y)/Arno [Wamelink] (ex ‘Disabuse’ [vocals]) and ended up in ‘7HATES6’, including Pierre [ter Bogt] (drums; ex ‘C.O.T.’ [also in ‘Mad Rats’ with ‘C.O.T.’s Wouter Maarse halfway the 80s]) & Erwin Ruijs (bass). After rehearsing a few months Pierre was replaced by Jeroen Keetels (‘Disabuse’) and after a year Erwin was substituted by Harm Lutter (nowadays ‘Rise Above’ bassist). ‘7HATES6’ did pretty well: we went into the studio and did some demos but despite the recordings/songs sounding pretty OK, nothing happened with them  and in 2004 the curtains closed for ‘7HATES6’. Archy/Arno went on with Patrick van der Beek [‘Disabuse’ bassist] at first and after a few changes they became ‘Rise Above’.

Hans Aalbers

Israelvis (Nor) We Only Live Twice; tape (1991)

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This was sent to me as a promo, most probably by my friend Kent Nielsen (ex ‘Leben Und Leben Lassen’, ‘Attent!on’, ‘Ugly Food’ & ‘Band Full Of Leroys’) – who released it on his label D.D.R. (Devil Dance recs, the label he did with Ulrich ‘Uli’ Saltzmann) when he’d moved from Odense to Lübeck. It was licensed to QQRYQ productions (Warsaw) for a tape-release.

‘Israelvis’ – Viggo Mastad (guitar/vocals; formerly ‘Angor Wat’ & ‘Attent!on’, later ‘Castro’), Tor Egil Ingebrigtsen (bass) & Jens-Petter Wiig (drums; formerly ‘Angor Wat’, later ‘Castro’) – was a band from Trondheim (Norway). (Vocalist Bård Henning Noodt had left.) Their music is usualy described as post-punk or alternative rock but the members definitely originated from the hardcore/punk-scene and to me their music could be described as (metal/crossover) hardcore, influenced by jazz & electronics… This release contains quite orginal covers of ‘ABBA’s S.O.S. and It’s Obvious by the ‘Au Pairs’.

My review in Tilt! #7: >>Mostly the same tracks as on the Half Past Heaven album. Thrashrockwavecore!? Definitely an own style… Quite powerful too (metal riffs)! Vocals balance between strained and dramatic. Personal metaphorical lyrics.<<

Jens-Petter and Vigo are now in ‘Castro‘ with Katja of ‘Life But How To Live It’…

Kulturális Szemle (Hun) Fucking Night; tape (1992)

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Tracks:

(A) Fucking Night / Ilyenkor Mi Van? (What Is What?) / A Múlt Rendszerben… (Past System…) / Decided / Anti Szerelem (Anti Love) / Köpj Egyet! (Spit!) / Pretty Vacant / Húzd Fel Magad (Lift Yourself Up) / Punk Rock, King’s Road

(B) Serkenj Fel! (Wake Up!) / Sheena Még Mindig Punk Rocker (Sheena Is Still A Punk Rocker) / Jamaica Virágzó Sziget (Jamaica Blooming Island) / Biztositótü A Szívemben (Safe My Heart) / London Lady / Beverték A Képem (Punched My Face) / A Múlté Lett (It Became History) / Van Még Fikám (Still Have Snot)

‘Kulturalis Szemle’ (“Cultural Review”) was a band from Orosháza, South-Eastern Hungary. They played at the Vort’n Vis on 94-04-02 (they did two mini-tours in France & Belgium with the French band ‘Constant Summer’). The people in the band were: ‘Eörsi’ Eörs Kugyela (guitar), ‘Kicsi’ József Feldmann (drums/vocals) & ‘Csiri’ Imre Széplaki (bass/vocals); and Steve wrote the lyrics. The band had a total of six demos (downloadable via their website kulturalisszemle.mindenkilapja.hu) out. They were also featured on Maloka’s compilation-tape Europa-Solidarity! Their music was melodic punk-rock, “mixed with alternative and indie influences”. Most songs had Hungarian lyrics. They also played covers (‘Sex Pistols’, ‘Stranglers’, ‘Ramones’).

Review in Tilt! #8: >>Sympathetic band playing uptempo no-nonsense punkrock with a distinct 77’s feel. The covers indicate where their roots lie…<<

Brob

‘Kulturális Szemle’ @ La Zone, Liège (94-04)

Our band existed from September 1990 to December 1998. We did many gigs in clubs, pubs, festivals throughout our country plus two mini-tours. The quality of the recordings is poor in some cases but the DIY-spirit rules, so enjoy them! “The punks grew older but they are still alive!”.

Eörs Kugyela

 

 

Juggling Jugulars (Fin) promo (1995)

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Positivity / Passersby / Muuttolinnut [Migratory birds, ‘Treblinka’ cover] / Master / Fed Up / Popularized Fascism / Living By Wars / No Fucking War / So Clear: Anti-Nuclear! / Big Hands – Hit Fascist Harder / Fools And Fanatics – Natseja Vastaan [Against Nazis] / Liberation / Harmless Business?

These are basically (a rehearsal of) the songs that were on the Positively Fed Up! CD released by Jukka Junttila (on his label Hiljaiset Levyt) in 1996. My mate ‘Peku’ Petteri Mikkilä sent me the tape because I helped/was always trying to help them with gigs. ‘Juggling Jugulars’ were/are my favourite Finnish hardcore band, since I got to know them in the early 90s and helped them out with their first concerts in our neighbourhood (e.g. @ the Pits in Kortrijk 91-06-23). Early on playing rather timid/intimate melodic hardcore and gradually turning into a confident/more brutal political/DIY HC outfit. The recordings here were with ‘Peku’ (guitar/vocals; ex ‘Sabotaasi’), ‘Jantsa’ Jani Kärkkäinen (bass/vocals;ex ‘Treblinka’, also editor of Toinen Vaihtoehto zine, R.I.P.), Tero Luoma (guitar) and Marko Nurmi (drums).

Arja Rantanen (ex ‘Snotface’) joined as lead vocalist in 2000 and after ‘Jantsa’ got disabled by an intracranial hemorrhage in 2006 (he passed away in 2008), they got another bassplayer (Jaani Mantere). The band (Tampere/Seinäjoki/Vaasa region) still exists today and continues to make/release great/inspiring music and tour.

I did an interview for Tilt! #9 with guitarist/vocalist ‘Peku’ & bassist/vocalist ‘Jantsa’ (1996-97). Check their releases on jugglingjugulars.bandcamp.

Some of my reviews go as follows: >>Both their debut and their 2nd 7″ (Gun In My Heart) contain melodic HCpunk with some catchy tunes and sensitive vocals/chorusses. Exuberance and reservedness mixed in equal shares. Personal lyrics about the questions in life.<< (Tilt! #6); (about the 7″ My Dream) >>These lads have a special place in my heart; not in the least ’cause they play very touching melodic HC with extra-ordinary chorusses. This is their most political relase so far. Lyrics deal with unified Europe, democracy?,… Excellent!<< (Tilt! #7); (about the CD …For Humanity) >>That Suomi is more than just crustpunk-heaven is proven by this bunch. They’ve developed the melodic open sound of their 7″s into something a bit tighter/faster and it sounds even more fantastic. Their trademark: powerful melody-lines and enchanting chorusses, are also still overtly present. Great musicianship and a wide range of vocal emotions. Some of the lyrics could’ve sprouted from my own brain. A band that means a lot to me…<< (Tilt! #8); (on Positively Fed Up!, & New Toys) >>One of my favourite bands for quite some years now… They keep elabortaing their music. The etheric sound of their first releases has disappeared. There’s a definite crusty influence but they have mixed it with a firm dash of melody into their own brand of fast, tuneful crustcore that they keep spicing with reggae-licks and chugga-chugga breaks. […] Once again a blast! And again they do things a bit differently: still fast, rough-edged and melodic but you’ll hear the difference. Somewhere in the back of my head comparisons with ‘Seein’Red’ & ‘So Much Hate’ pop up. […] Brilliant stuff!<< (Tilt! #9)

91-06-23 Brob – ‘Juggling Jugulars’ (with original vocalist Timmo & drummer Timppa) – Piet ‘Pits’

98-05-11 ‘Juggling Jugulars’ (Jantsa & Peku) @ Clockwork, Leuven

 

Bad Attitude (Ger) demo (1987)

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No idea how I got this tape. The band was from the surroundings of Peine (Braunschweig area, Germany), where the record-label Old World recs (ran by Thomas Lenz & Rüdiger ‘Rudy’ Wöhrle) was located. I distributed a few of the records they released…

The members of the band were Curt Bodenstedt (vocals), ‘Quirl’ (guitar), ‘Pogo’/Thomas (bass) & ‘Olli’/Oliver (drums). The first two later joined ‘X Woolhead’ (7” on Old World recs in ’91). Besides this tape they did 3 7″s – a split with a Swiss band and 2 on a British label: Inner Motives (songs also on this tape here) & A Long Way…. Curt started his own label (Snoop recs) by issuing their discography.

In Tilt! #4 I described this as simple hardcore (not too fast, not too slow) and expressed that they might sound better live…