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Subcaos (Por) Genocidio; demo (1992)

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Subcaos demo coverIntro / Escravo Da Droga (Drug Slave) / Mundo De Hoje (World Of Today) / Progresso? (Progress?) / Sugadores (Suckers) / Chacina Legal (Legal Slaughter) / Neutralizados (Neutralized) / Estado Novo? (New State?) / Porcos Nacionalistas (Nazionalist Pigs) / Faz A Diferença (Make A Difference) / Subcaos!!!

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João Abrantes (guitar), Rui Abrantes (bass), Hugo Begucho (drums; also in ‘Alcoore’) & ‘Xico’ Francisco Dias (vocals) were the guys in the band during the recording of this demo. When they did shows over here (93/94) ‘Subcaos’ (who were from the Lisbon area) consisted of Diogo (Tovar) Carvalho (vocals; also did Recognize No Authority zine), ‘Xico’ (or ‘Chico’ or FJ; vocals), João Abrantes (guitar), João Barrelas ‘Libelinha’ (guitar; also in ‘X-Acto’), To-Pê (bass) & David (drums). The music on Genocidio was described as “chaotic crustcore” but I reviewed it (Tilt! #7) as follows: “Raging, grinding HC in the ‘Ripcord’-vein with politically aware lyrics… Furiously shouting vocalist, fast but tight drumming and crunchy guitars.”.

I believe that the tape was sent to me by my pen-pal Miguel Crespo of the Portugese concert-collective Ratazana Productions.

Brob

David left the band the day before we took of for the ’94 tour. We almost had to cancel but we managed and brought on Hugo. He knew some songs and learned others while se were driving. Unfortunately he couldn’t play lots of new songs we had from the 7”revolution EP

João Abrantes

Artwork and lay-out by Diogo and Pedro Mateus of ‘X-Acto’.

Francisco ‘FJ’ Dias

 

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Bugeyed (UK) demo (1992)

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‘Bugeyed’ (from Leeds) played (as described in Tilt! #7) “Noisy and heavy HC loaded with angry power.”. I also wrote: “Devilish! It brings out the bad in people.”. For those who want comparisons; I read somewhere: “‘Venom’ meets ‘Black Flag’; down-tuned, sloppy, negative punk rock”. They were: Andrew ‘Monkey’ Clark-Monks (guitar), Paul ‘Pig Havoc/Havok’ Clarke (vocals) – both ex ‘Pleasant Valley Children’, Sarah Smith (bass; ex ‘Generic’ & ‘P.V.C.’) and Brian Talbot (drums; also ‘Doom’, etc.). Eric ‘Rich’ Rucker played 2nd guitar on the recordings of this and their album (Monsters Rule My World, LP out on Karl Horton’s label Words Of Warning). Actually these tracks also appeared on that.

They did a show at the autonomous centre Vort’n Vis: 93-05-01

Lifecycle (Bel) There Is Hope Again; demo (1997)

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‘Lifecycle’ was a ‘new-school’ metal-influenced HC band from the Ieper/Kortrijk region (H8000 but not with that typical sound; because of the female vocals they reminded of ‘Shortsight’). On the recordings (at Michael ‘Link’ Maes’ home-studio) of this demo: Sofie Vantomme (vocals; co-founder Vincent Merveillie soon went on to sing for ‘Spirit Of Youth’), Karel Deweerdt (guitar), Steve Noyelle (guitar), Jurgen Degryse (bass; later replaced by Maarten Kinet, Peter Leuwers & Jelle Dobbelaere) and Jan ‘Relle’ Verhelst (drums; Jan Volckaert of ‘Resist The Pain’ stood in a few times during gigs; Vincent Tetaert joined in a later stage). A few years later a mini-album (CD) entitled Forever…Until… was recorded at 195 studio (released on SoberMind recs).

Some people in the H8000 scene (and outside) considered them “naïve idealist hippies”. In my book, however, a lot of the ‘genuine’ H8000 were ignorant, uncaring machos. The band never aimed at being a ‘real’ H8000-styled band, they just did their own thing and I value them for that…

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Raped Teenagers (Swe) promo (1988)

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Raped teenagers - I Kräftans KlorTracklist: 1. I kräftans Klor / 2. Svara Ann / 3. Fröet / 4. Fängslad / 5. Pusselbitar / 6. Sill I Dill / 7. 40-årskrisen / 8. Arbetarens Tankar / 9. Iskalla Blickar / 10. Skylten (all appeared on the I kräftans klor LP)

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Peter Swedenhammar sent me this tape before ‘Raped Teenagers’ got to tour in 1988. We invited them to come over and play (88-06-11) but they never showed up because their van broke down…

There was no lyrics or insert to this tape so I asked the guys  what the songs are. Peter told me it’s a 4-channel recording they did before the I Kräftans Klor LP (Chickenbrain recs ’88 – there was also a flexi with the same name that was released to promote the LP, included with the German  zine Trust #12)… This here was not an official demo. Fresh, crazy, melodic HC with great hooks!

The band (from Linköping) consisted of Ola Fagerberg (bass/vocals), Patrik ‘Packe’ Sjösten (guitar/vocals) & Peter ‘Sveden’ Swedenhammar (drums/vocals). The latter 2 are playing in ‘Pusrad’ nowadays.

Adelheid Streidel Experience (Ger) promo (1997)

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‘Adelheid Streidel Experience’ (‘A.S.E.’; Adelheid Streidel was the woman that attempted to murder the German politician Oskar Lafontaine with a knife) was a political hardcore band from Bremen. The guys playing in the band were Lars & Martin (guitar), Olaf (bass), ‘Quaddel’ (drums; ex ‘Acid Rain Dance’) and Hanno ‘H-No’ (vocals). They had 3 releases out: a self-titled 7″ in ’93, the Holidays In Portugal LP  in ’95 (released on their own Gags & Gore, distributed by Per Koro) and Jenseits Der Stille 7” got out on Barbaren Musi in ’98. Find out more about them on their old website

This tape was sent to me by Andrea Preiss (Quaddel’s girlfriend at that time) who was booking for a lot of bands. It was just made for gig-organisers (most the songs actually appeared on their last 7″). The band was heading for Great-Britain and she wanted help, trying to find a gig in Belgium for 98-04-10 (but that turned out difficult). Too bad I didn’t get to see them play live…

Hanno & Lars were also doing Gags & Gore (hardcore/punk fanzine that existed from 1990-95, very political and with a good sense of humor – in German though).

Brob

We got together as a band basically right out of highschool (1990/91). Came up with a (shitty) demo-tape that was just given away locally (called Beirut – some songs were later recorded for the first 7” and the LP). That 7” came out in 1993. By then Olaf had replaced our first bass-player Carsten and after recording (as one of the first band at Dirk Kusche’s recording-studio), drummer ‘Kolli’ moved to the UK (he eventually came back) and ‘Quaddel’ replaced him (since ‘Acid Rain Dance’ just dissolved somewhat before). That was the line-up you’ll find on all our releases until the end (1993-1999). Our first tour was in 1994 (Southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic). Later on we played in Poland (a tour with ‘Los Crudos’), Spain (& Basque Country) and UK & Scotland in 1997, US Westcoast in 1998 (started at the BOB festival in Oakland with a lot of other bands from Bremen), 1999 was the final tour in Holland. Lars then left the band because he got a job in Hamburg, we tried to get on with a new guitar-player but it wasn’t the same so we called it quits. It was more about being best friends in a band together and not about just some musicians. There were 2 ‘reunions’ though…gigs in front of our house in Bremen – 1999 and 2002. Olaf still plays in ‘Profit For Murder’, Martin has some project in Berlin. The rest ‘retired’ from making music. I am occasionally operating as the ‘host’ and moderator of our punk-karaoke band called ‘Gorilla Beerkidz’ (Bremen). I also started as a DJ in clubs and bars (during the day I am a historian at university)… About our releases: we weren’t happy with the outcome of our LP/CD (1995). The guy in the studio in Berlin didn’t really know what to do with punk/HC and we went to the studio right after touring Poland – so my voice was actually gone and I hate my singing on that record… The songs we recorded in 1997 were actually supposed to be released on 2 7”s but we only managed to release one of them before ‘A.S.E.’ split up. So there are still some songs somewhere that are not published yet (Living In The City is one of them). But well, that’s the way it goes.

Hanno

A.S.E. demo-tracklist

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Huasipungo (USA) demo (1991)

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Tracks: Estúpida Ambición (Stupid Ambition; also appeared on In the Spirit of Total Resistance 2×7″ compilation released by Profane Existence) / Ninos (Children; ‘Descontrol’ cover) / Let’s Save A Cow Today / Slaves Of An Imperial Country / Anarquia (Anarchy; ‘Garotos Podres’ cover) / Servicio Militar (The Draft) / Asco (Disgust; ‘Ataque Frontal’ cover) / Muerte (Death; ‘Napalm Death’ cover) / Union (Unity) / Suenos De Una Noche De Verano… (Dreams Of A Midsummer Night…)

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I started corresponding (probably through the introdcution of Freddy Alva) with ‘Huasipungo’s vocalist Esneider – who became involved in the New Yorker ABC No Rio scene – in the early 90s (read his story in Sam McPheeters’ zine Dear Jesus #38).

The name ‘Huasipungo‘ refers to the fact that the people in the band were born in a different country and immigrated (willingly of forcefully). They are a political, Latino hardcore band. The line-up on their first demo (the label on the tape  says ‘Nuncanchic’) was Ivan (guitar), Dave (bass), Francisco ‘Pancho’ (drums) & Esneider (vocals).

Over the years there have been quite a few changes in members. At one timepoint, another correspondent of mine (Amanda Trevens) played guitar for them (at the time she was doing an internship for Tribal War recs, ’93). Nowadays the band still exists; with -amongst others- Jane Guskin (ex ‘Yeastie Girlz’) on bass.

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Union Morbide (Hol) demo (1988)

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‘Union Morbide’ (from Beverwijk/Heemskerk) played melodic HC/punk. They played for our Smurfpunx collective (89-03-25) in the original line-up with bassplayer Eelco Boonacker, guitarist Philip van Koeveringe (both had been in ‘Cas Prawde’), singer Maxim Aafjes, & drummer Michel Weijgertse (R.I.P. 2008). Later they did a gig at the Vort’n Vis (91-11-23) aswell (Dennis Cornelissens had replaced Eelco, who did second guitar by then.). I think it was Mariska Schram (who organised tours, and Eelco’s partner at the time) who sent me this demo.

Union Morbide tracksThese tracks were used for the compilation-LP Young ‘Til I Die (Westfries Radio Front, 1989). Buried Memories also appeared on their Ditto album. From Tilt! #5: “…the right mix of melody and power. Great singalong tunes and catchy vocals…”

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Hans Engel and myself are making an attempt at background-vocals in the last song. Funny recordings, but the mix could’ve been a bit more solid (I believe I also had a finger in the mixing-pie, but it remains a bit of a pots’n’pans-sound…).

Niels de Wit, ‘Vernon Walters’ guitarist

That’s indeed Hans and Niels singing there; gives me goosebumps all over! By the way: in 1988 these recording also made it to the offices of an A&R manager at Warner Music in L.A. and he even got on the plane to the Netherlands to discuss a contract with us. It was the pre-internet era, so no idea how he’d found us. I talked with him over the phone a few times and we agreed to meet with the band at Mariska’s house. He got a bit of a scare when he saw us: he’d expected heavy metal guys and not us punx. He wanted to turn us into some sort of alternative to ‘Metallica’ and had more of those ‘wonderful’ ideas. One of his proposals was to let us grow long hair and we had to move to L.A., etc. Maxim was turning green! In the end we put him on a railway-sleeper, drenched him in tar and feathers, and put him back on the plane. What a laugh!

Eelco Boonacker, ‘Union Morbide’ bassist