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Belli Cosi (Ita) & Sparkle (Ita) split-promo (1995)

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Belli Cosi: Mare Di Guai (sea of trouble) / Vertigini (dizziness) / Guardando Il (looking at) / Lei Disse (the law said) / Ferruccia

Sparkle: La Do (give it) / Mal Di Testa (headache) / Oci Ciornie (dark eyes) / Cartoon / Libero Bis (second defender)

Bello Cosi‘ (“so beautiful”) was a hardcore/punk band from Torino with Antonio ‘Tono’ Marincola (bass; later Lele Giraudo of Smartz recs), Davide Turi (guitar), Felice ‘Felix’ Sciscioli (drums) and Sabino Pace (vocals/keyboards).

Felice Sciscioli was also in the band ‘Sparkle’ where his brother Francisco played guitar and sang. The others were Riccardo ‘Riky’ Giachino (bass) and Dario Prodan (accordion).

I believe this promo was sent to me by Davide Turi to ask help with gigs and/or distribution before the release of their 1st 7″ Il Disco Dell’Anno (which was in 1996). They did 2 previous demos (’93/’94). Sabino released most of their material out on his label Sborra recs.

Review in Tilt! #9: >>Need a shot of energy? Listen to B.C. A fresh dash of uptempo to fast HC/punk mixed with some rock and ska. All underlined with playful keyboards. It sounds very enjoyable, very danceable. They even play a ska-core version of the ‘Ramones’ song Punkrocker. I detect the humour and the wit of a band like ‘D.D.I.’, only I hear they’re not as commited to DIY as my friends in Pavia. Lyrics in Italian.<<

“This cassette is entirely self-produced by ‘Sparkle’ and ‘Belli Cosi’ who, after the wine-cellar was emptied, decided to do a small promo in view of the release (when we will have the money), of some nice vinyl with all the recorded songs that we couldn’t include because of a lack of space and money.

‘Sparkle’ are 4 people and ‘Belli Cosi’ are 5, and 4+5 = 8 because Felice, the drummer plays in both bands. ‘Sparkle’ and ‘Belli Cosi’ play to have fun, to drink beers and to get the party going wherever possibe.

Both bands are part of the same scene.

The style varies between … We don’t even know ourselves! So listen to this tape and if you like it, even though it’s just one song, a burp, a phlegm; get in touch!

Thank you”

Vais (Bel) Silent Torture (1991) & Roaming Forever (1992)

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Roaming Forever: side Aside B

A metal band (with connections to the HC/punk-scene) from Antwerp with: Ingrid Martens (vocals), David Jeursen (guitar), Danny Van Honsté (bass; ex ‘Track’, ex ‘Bad Influence’) and Alex Meynen (drums; ex ‘Basement Boys’, replaced first drummer Sascha). After ‘Vais’ Ingrid, David & Danny started ‘Kin Without The Blood’; later on Ingrid & David formed ‘Hellsonics’ (a “punky/metal psychobilly” band).

My review in Tilt! #7: >>Pretty technical downbeat and dark metal. Decent female vocals with a tendency towards the dramatic. They impressed me live [93-04-11] but the tape is not so strong. Still good in it’s style. Minus: the rather high price.<<

They’d started around 1988. David: “We released 3 or 4 tapes and appeared on a few compilation-CDs and -tapes. Our punk roots were still present but there was also more metal, perhaps even nu-metal avant-la-lettre, because we also began to experiment with samples and sub-base sounds e.g., before ‘Korn’ and the likes got known for that.”. Roaming Forever is their second tape: about a year earlier they’d released Silent Torture [ripped and donated by Danny].

Brob

What David says only applied to our next band ‘Kin Without The Blood’ according to me. There we experimented with samples… ‘Vais’ just did these 2 demos. No samples. In the very beginning ‘Vais’ was an all-girl band, that was the intention but it didn’t really get off the ground. Bernaded Dexters (photographer) and myself had just gotten back from New York (1986) and one cold winter-evening we suddenly got the idea to try someting music-wise; still under the spell of CBGBs and the electric vibe of that metrolpolis. Starting from scratch we tried some girl garage-rock ‘The Pandoras’ covers. But the idea of an all-girl band didn’t work out. As a matter of fact Vaïs was the first song ever that I made together with Bernaded: it was in Spanish, influenced by the Spaish no-future punk-scene. “Vais de la vida a la muerte, Vais de la nada en la nada!” [You go from life to death, you go from nothing to nothing!] Becasue our first gig (in the 1000 Appeltjes), supporting ‘Oi Polloi’ [88-07-03], came quickly and we needed a band-name, we couldn’t get anything better than ‘Vais’. Bernaded did that gig with us but shortly after our ways separated and I continued ‘Vais’ with David, Danny & Sascha, later Alex on drums. And we evolved towards punk-metal.

Ingrid Martens

Silent Torture:

Restrictions Of LifeDesire For Pain / Blood On Your Hands / Prisoners in Body, Prisoners In Life / Black Storm / Gates To Hell…

 

Bionic (Ger) & Kick’n’Run (Ger) split-tape (1989)

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On this tape (a donation of Steven ‘Stel’ R.), Spirit Family – a band-collective and small label from Hannover ran by Karl Nagel (and friends) – is presenting 2 bands from the scene there. ‘Kick’n’Run’ was the band of Olivié Wolf (guitar; later in ‘Militant Mothers’); and ‘Bionic’ was with Arne Langguth (bass), ‘Chico’ Roland Wedig (guitar; also ‘M.M.’), Lars Langguth (vocals) & Tilo Drescher (drums). By the way: the guy pictured on the cover of their 12″ is NOT Jens Gallmeyer (‘Gigantor’ guitarist)…

Brob

Both bands split up in 90/91 – and their guitarplayers became the guitarists for ‘Militant Mothers’ [Olivié Wolf / ‘Chico’ Roland Wedig].

Karl Nagel (real name Peter Altenburger; singer of ‘Militant Mothers’)

We were just four friends who started a band, lived, skated and did all kinds of “funny” things together. It was our first expirience in music and we had so much fun doing it we decided to record some tunes. We continued several years in other bands…

Lars Langguth

I founded ‘Kick’n’Run’ with ‘Schwein’/Mirco Lepinski [vocals]. There were several drummers an bassplayers involved – Richi (‘Kybernetics’), Hein (‘Alte Kameraden’) and H.W. [‘Harvey Hustler’ Hans-Werner Quast] who was also playing in ‘Militant Mothers’. I joined ‘M.M.’ because Eike, the former guitarist, left the band. Since H.W. and me were practicing for the ‘M.M.’ European tour, we didn‘t have the time for ‘Kick’n’Run’ and the singer left. We were playing 5 ‘Kick’n’Run’ songs with the ‘Mothers’…all with different lyrics. They’re on the ‘M.M.’ album Different Souls (e.g. Planet Of The Apes).

‘Kick’n’Run’ split up December 89. As I said myself and H.W. were also in M.M. H.W. is Hans-Werner Quast… I don‘t know where ‘Hustler’ comes from. Perhaps from his fast slapping???

Olivié Wolf

I’m a record/memorabilia dealer and “all around punkrock/HC nerd” who reads/consults blogs like yours on a daily basis when it comes to finding out details about rather “obscure” releases. I’m a collector, run a label, play in bands and therefore make a living out of HC/punk. Do as you please; I couldn’t care less about ‘Bionic’.

Tilo Drescher (G-Force recs)

Transgressor (USA) demo (1987)

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Tracks:

D.U.I. / Cold Storage / Poverty Of Intellect, Vacancy Of Mind / Power Trip / Do What Thy Will / Useless War / The Enemy Within / Sonic Dismemberment / One Foot In The Grave / Phantasmal Chaos

‘Transgressor’ was a crossover/ thrash metal band from San Jose (California) with Eric Garrett (drums), Jay Fackler (bass), Pat (vocals) & Steve Von Till (guitar/vocals; later ‘Neurosis’, etc.). This tape was donated by Steven ‘Stel’ R. They also contributed some tracks (from this, plus some others) for the compilation-tape Brainwashed Into Submission.

review in Metallised #8

Grudge (UK) Distortions Of Reality; tape (1991)

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‘Grudge’ was from the South Shields area (East of Newcastle upon Tyne). On this tape here: Duncan Kelsall (guitar), John Boundy (bass), Steve/Stevie James (Wingrove) (drums; later ‘Warwound’) & Keith Cahill (vocals). Keith & John had been in the death-metal band ‘Mortal Remains’, Steve Wingrove was in ‘Hellkrusher’ before, and Duncan in ‘Mortal Terror’ (who did a split-LP with ‘Generic’). Later John played for ‘Blunt Wound Trauma’…

My review in Tilt! #8: >>Crusty thrash (or vice versa) played with a loose wrist. Reminds me of ‘Ripcord’ and ‘Heresy’ but with a more metal sound and a gear slower. There are also some contemporary influences (‘Hiatus’?) and an epic touch. Fucking good…<<

Brob

Grudge’ was a band formed in South Shields, a town just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne in England around 1991. It came about as a result of splits from other bands at the time and wanting to still play and be active within the punk-scene. It was initially formed from member of three bands: ‘Hellkrusher’, ‘Mortal Terror’ and ‘Mortal Remains’. I was the original drummer in ‘Hellkrusher’. I was playing in the band ‘Senile Decay’ with Scotty from ‘Hellbastard’ and was approached by him and Ali from ‘Energetic Krusher’ to play drums for a new band they were putting together. After maybe a year or so it was mentioned to me at the time that the other two member of the band werent happy with the guitarist and they wanted to replace him. I disagreed as I thought he was a friend and wanted to continue to have him stay in the band. In hindsight they were right but friends being friends and all that… Not long after, I was contacted and told they were splitting the band as it wasn’t working out, which surprised me as we had just released the Wasteland album [1990] and were just getting some momentum from it. Gutted I accepted it and moved on.

At some point I noticed the other members of ‘Hellkrusher’ waiting to be picked up for a gig. They obviously hadn’t split up, just replaced both the guitarist and myself, but had neglected to inform us of this. As you can imagine I was shocked and hurt. It was a long time ago and we were really young and sometimes young people go around things the wrong way. We’re fine now and have been for a long time, I’m just telling things how they happened … Anyway, I decided, more determined than ever, to carry on and sought to start a new band with Davey [Thornburn, guitarist] from ‘Hellkrusher’. I was friends from being young kids with Duncan [?] who was the guitarist with ‘Mortal Terror’. He was looking for a band to play in after getting married and feeling himself being pulled in the direction of work, marriage and the like. I had played with him in my first ever band ‘The Betrayed’ and we used to practice in my dad’s shed with another old school-friend Mick. Davey didn’t stay for more than a few practices before we went our separate ways.

‘Hellkrusher’ had been supported by a band from South Shields called ‘Mortal Remains’. They were what you would call a grindcore type band but we didn’t have those labels yet so they were just heavy as fuck with growly vocals. They were kind of falling apart so I approached Keith Cahill about singing for my new band. I also asked him to bring his bassplayer, ‘Brigzzy’ as he had a massive distorted bass-tone and I liked it. He also brought one of the other guitarists Pauly with him too but he only came to one practice and kind of wasn’t interested. So we had a line-up: myself (drums), Duncan (guitar), Cahill (vocals) & ‘Brigzzy’ (bass).

‘Briggzy’ and myself were on the metro to Newcastle one day thinking of names for the band and I suggested ‘Grudge’, which he liked so that was that. He was an artist and came up with the typeset etc., which is exactly the same as the Swedish band ‘Grave’ for some reason. I think that was purely accidental on both our parts as I think we didn’t know their music in ’91.

We used to practice at the same place as ‘Hellkrusher’ (believe it or not) and recorded a few early demos there. We then went to a studio in Gateshead, the neighbouring town to Newcastle and recorded the Distortions Of Reality demo there. It came out really clean and not heavy enough for us at the time but it was done.

We had a gig with ‘Extinction Of Mankind’ in Newcastle and Cahill decided he was leaving the band by not turning up or contacting us. We were thrown in at the deep end so between myself, ‘Briggzy’ and Duncan we got through it and blagged it live. Duncan left soon after just, leaving me and ‘Briggzy’.

I was in a relationship with a vicar’s daughter at the time (believe it or not) and her brother’s friend, Danny, was a guitarist. He was really young (16) but really good. He joined the band and that’s where we really came together as a band. We were really fast and really tight. We had found the sound and band-member we needed. We recorded another demo (with a BBC engineer at the time) that was a rager. I have it somewhere, it was great! We gigged with this line-up for years. I was working in a studio and we used to rehearse and hang out there, our friend Tommy was always there too and we eventually convinced him to do vocals. I had been in a band with him (called ‘Damnation’) so he wasn’t a stranger to being in a band. He wasn’t into the noise (like we were) so he struggled a touch, but he was our friend and we were a band of friends. We used to record our practices and tried to record an album, I have some of that lying around too …

Eventually Danny kind of started to lose a little bit of interest and the communication wasn’t great between us at the time: ‘Grudge’ faded away. I decided to form a new band and asked ‘Briggzy’ if he wanted to play bass. He initially said no, I think he was sick of being in a band with me, haha! I was very driven and a decent drummer, and as we all know: good drummers are rare things. ‘Briggzy’ eventually agreed to play bass in the new band and we asked our friend Lee to play guitar. Danny wasn’t happy when he found out but we had lost touch and thought he wasn’t interested. This was in the days before mobile phones or the internet so it was much easier to lose touch in those days. We eventually asked our friend Al to join on guitar too and recruited two young vocalists Eddie [Liddle] and Idene [Roozbayani]. They took a little time to bed in but they were amazing fronting the band. We called this new band ‘Blunt Wound Trauma’.

I eventually left this band to start ‘Demon 340’, a band put together entirely because Low, a friend of mine had wanted to play bass in a band. He was tattooing me at the time and I agreed to teach him how to play bass and that was that. We recorded an album (Til The End Of My Life) [2005], did some touring and had some great gigs. After that I ended up back in a band with Danny from ‘Grudge’. I had joined one of Tyneside’s oldest punk bands, ‘The Fiend’, and they needed a lead-guitarist so I suggested Danny. (We had made friends by then.) We recorded The Brutal Truth record together so it was great to be back in the studio with him. We gigged and toured a lot with ‘The Fiend’.

I went on to help out on drums for ‘Dogsflesh’ and in doing so bumped into ‘Rat’ [Anthony Martin] from The Varukers, who was singing for ‘Discharge’ at the time. He asked me to help out in his band ‘The Vile’ so I ended up joining them. I then went on to do some drumming for ‘The Varukers’, whilst in ‘The Vile’. We got together with Ian Glasper (author and bassist from ‘Decadence Within’) and Damian Thompson, ex-guitarist of ‘The Varukers’ and guitarist of the one and only ‘Sacrilege’, who had decided to put his old band ‘Warwound’ back together. We (myself on drums, ‘Rat’ on vocals, Ian on bass and Damian on guitar) released all the original material and recorded two new albums and three singles with ‘Warwound’.

Apart from a brief stint drumming for my friends ‘Anti-System’, you are up-to-date with the lockdown of 2020.

Stevie James