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Tropel Nat (Spa) demo (1989)


Tropel Nat letteringSide ASide B

(A) Tú Frente a Ti (You Against You) / La Lejanía No Existe (Distance Doesn’t Exist) / Me Gusta Oir Tu Voz (I Love To Hear Your Voice / Como Mínimo (At Least) / Try To No Fall

(B) Mi Propio Temor (My Own Fear) / Lo Mismo (The Same) / Música (Music) / Horas Congeladas (Frozen Hours) / Fresas (Strawberries) / Sólo y Plenamente Eso (Only and Completely This)

After having met Semolina (Julijana Tomic), a professional dancer from Barcelona, at Van Hall (see: Smurfpunx @ Van Hall, Amsterdam), her friend ‘Boliche’ wrote me asking for a gig for his band ‘Tropel Nat’ and send this tape. Can ‘t remember why a show didn’t work out but eventually he played here with his other band ‘Subterranean Kids’ (90-03-31)…

Tropel Nat intro (-)

‘Tropel Nat’ consisted of ‘Boliche’ Carlos Antonio Buira Monferrer (drums), Marc Petit (vocals, ex ‘AntiDogmatikss’), Enric Granollers (guitar, ex ‘Acció Directa’) & Kio Aubà  (bass). Late ’89 Alfred (ex ‘Corn Flakes’) replaced Marc; he sang on Vivir(LP ’92).

Here’s some history ‘Boliche’ wrote:

>> TROPEL NAT started by the end of 1986. Enric, guitar in ‘Accio Directa’ at that time and Bolo, also drummer in ‘Subterranean Kids’, came up with the idea and contacted the others members. Marc, the singer – used to play in ‘Anti-dogmatikss’ for a short while – and Kio, the bass-player. The initial idea was to play savagery with a metallic sound. At that time we were significantly influenced by early ‘D.R.I.’, ‘Septic Death’ & ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ (among others) and that inspired us to get started. The main feature of ‘Tropel Nat’ is the personal cross-over between hardcore-punk and metal, loud instruments and melodic vocals, often with a more relaxed tempo. We gave away the 11 track demo (recorded in 1989) when people bought a T-shirt. We used to play in Catalonia but also in Euskadi, the Basque Country (thanks to the generous help of Javi of Basati Diskak recs [San Sebastian; wild albums, in Basque] and Destruye zine). Petra Ostertag [used to book gigs; nowadays married to David Pollack of Destiny recs] from Berlin also managed to set up a tour in 1989 (one month in Germany and the Netherlands). It was then that Marc realised he couldn’t continue singing at that pace and decided to leave the band. We did our last concert together at the Sala KGB in Barcelona (September 28th, 1989). Our second line-up was with Alfred who used to sing for ‘Corn Flakes’ . By the end of 1991 we could combine a tour with the recording of an album in Switzerland. We played during the weekend and got into the studio during the week. The result was the release of Vivir on the label Momentos Trashicos (in 1992). ‘Tropel Nat’ did some more concerts again after the record but the band split because of personal reasons . Again our last concert was at the KGB on May 23rd, 1992. <<

The lyrics were quite personal, difficult to translate. The words to Try To No Fall are written by Semolina. ‘Tropel Nat’ is a mix of 2 different words: >Tropel< is a large group of people, animals or things that move quickly, violently, noisy and messy. >Nat< means born, in Catalan language. The name was chosen more for the sound, rather than for any meaning.

Tropel Nat live pic''

Tropel Nat pose

Cathode (Hol) demo (2001)


Cathode cover(Listen!)

tracks: Vernal Desire / Sincere Lifetime / Stranglehold / Steeped In Conviction

‘Cathode’ was a screamo HC band from Rijssen (The Netherlands) with my correspondent Mark van de Maat (vocals), and Daan Jansen (guitar), Ed(win) van Vliet (bass), Nico Nijland (guitar) & Will(iam) te Morsche (drums). He probably gave/sent me this demo (recorded 2001) as introduction for gigs. Later (2003) they did a self-released LP (that was put on a CD – out on the Brazilian label Usina De Sangue – and on tape by Insane Society from the Czech republic) entitled …A Machine That Never Falters (the music there was compared with ‘Catharsis’), and a split-7” with Sick Terror (2004).

Nico and Mark quit in 2004-05. Marcel van Losser took over vocals and Thale Roosien started playing guitar. Later on Nico ended up playing for ‘Kriegstanz’ (with Jos Houtveen of ‘Seein’Red’, Edo Schreuders & Thale Roosien of ‘The Barnhouse Effect’ and Rogier ‘Betercore’). Nowadays Mark runs the Knekelhuis label (industrial, synth, wave – together with Ron van de Kerkhof; it’s also an agency run by Thijs Hoebers) and does the vocals for ‘Black Decades’ with Will (ex ‘Cathode’), Thale Roosien & Marcel van Losser.

Cathode lyrics

Nausea (USA) live (Alkmaar, Nl, 91-04-27)


91-04-27 Gorilla Biscuits - Nausea (Parkhof)


Tech-No-Logic-Kill / Inherit The Wastelands / Cybergod / Battered / Butchers / Self Destruct / Godless / Clutches / Extinction / Blackened Dove / Body Of Christ / Productive Not Destructive

One of the most memorable amongst the hundreds (thousands?) of concerts I witnessed, was the one we did for ‘Nausea’ (during their 1991 European tour) at the autonomous centre Vort’n Vis (91-04-28). Unfortunately there were no means there to make decent recordings of that. The day before they played at the Parkhof, in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. The P.A. tape of that is on the internet (as a video) but Jurjen Van Dijk contributes some of the tracks (full set-list) here. Glad to be able to make it downloadable in this way…

91-04-27 Nausea Amy (Alkmaar)91-04-27 Nausea Roy (Alkmaar)pics (concert in Leiden, Hol) provided by Eef ‘Boycot’

Assassins Of God (USA) promo (1991)


Assassins Of God coverSide ASide B

Assassins Of God tracksAssassins Of God tracks'

Spring ’91 our Smurfpunx collective organised its last concert. We’d started to loose too much money… [read: 91-05-04] We’d never had to inform a tour-promotor that a gig was cancelled but we had to do that 91-05-25… ‘Zündi’ (Michael Laszlo of Bonzen recs & zine) & Ute (Füsgen, later Mad Booking) from Berlin, who were doing the tour for ‘Assassins Of God’ weren’t very glad and until today I feel uncomfortable with that. I didn’t wanna give up and wanted to see/hear the band live but…

This tape here was a promo for that tour. ‘Assassins Of God’ had already released the LP The Jupiter Ox Revealed (with Buddy Saleman – bass & vocals, Bruce Ducheneaux – drums, Kenny Kearney – guitar & vocals) on Bonzen recs and the songs here are from Black Tongue Speaks Vol I (same label; with bassist Ellen Schoenwetter).

Their music reminded me of ‘Victims Family’ (and sometimes ‘Rich Kids On LSD’); it was often dubbed jazzcore, others decribed it as “rocking progpunkthrash”. Sure thing: they were skilled musicians. In Tilt! #5 I reviewed their 1st album, referring to their stylistical diversity, the rhythm-changes and the surrealist lyrics.

Assassins Of God promo