Sunday, September 20, 2009

The End - Snutdjavlar/Krossa! 7" EP 1980

Here's Sweden's earliest example of thrash. This single came out in 1980, and the band had been kicking this sound around in 1979. What you get here is one decent, echoey punker and 1 great thrasher. The lack of any other releases by this band guaranteed them long time obscurity, but this record is quite fun and is another testimony of thrash popping up all over the world at the turn of 1980. If only they could have done more songs like "Krossa!" on another slab of wax, they would have gone down in punk rock history.

1. Snutdjavlar
2. Krossa!


Friday, July 17, 2009

United Mutation - 01/07/1983 demo

I've heard a lot of negative things about Lost And Found Records. Been told that they were rip offs or bootleggers, and for all I know, it may all be very true. At the same time, Lost And Found introduced me to lots of great hardcore releases that would have gone under my radar if they hadn't gotten them into the shops. United Mutation were one of these bands, and I need to thank Lost And Found for including United Mutation on various releases. The first United Mutation release I got my hands on was a boxed set which I bought at Vintage Vinyl in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The boxed set included a UM 7", Bored Youth 7", Impatient Youth 7", Meatmen 7" and White Flag 7". How could anyone pass that up? Through tape trading, I was able to acquire everything else this great band did. For all the other United Mutation freaks out there, this is for you. This demo has 1 track which went unreleased called "White Amerika." Enjoy.

1. Fugitive Family/Plain Truth
2. Final Solution
3. White Amerika
4. It's Over
5. I Know A Place
6. Passout
7. Own Way
8. Lice, Flies And Vermin


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Terveet Kadet - 2 one sided EP's ('80 & '81)

Terveet Kadet are one of the longest lasting Finnish hardcore bands. If I am not mistaken, they still play today. My friend Bonedog described seeing them play here in the States in '85, mentioning the presence of skin tight spandex and teased hair. That aside, I remember buying some of their "newer" records a good 15 years ago, and digging what I heard. In 1980, Terveet Kadet debuted with a 1 sided 7" EP titled "Rock La Hausta Vastaan," followed by another 1 sided EP released in 1981 which was self titled. I have compiled both 1 sided EP's for your pleasure. Terveet Kadet were one of the earliest hardcore bands on the scene in Finland, the only other hardcore bands at that time were Lama, Idiooti and Nolla Nolla Nolla, who I will share with you later. Both of these recordings sound a lot like American thrash pioneers Middle Class, with harsher vocals. After these 2 records, Terveet Kadet took on more of a Discharge inspired sound, and later on, began to adopt more metal leanings. I still need to give more of their later material a fair listen, I did enjoy the records these guys released in the 90's.

1. Mina Haluan Poljon Rahaa
Joutuka Sielut
Vapaa Pohjola
Mull On Liian Lyhyt Sanky
Ei Enaa Koskaan Sotaa
Kaks Vihreaa Polkupyoraa


Hellhouse - '85 Demo

This demo tape is equally awesome and ridiculous. It's said that a member of NYC Mayhem/Straight Ahead put this together. It's clearly a one man band, with non stop drum machine blasting, over distorted vocals and some fun riffs that are conjured from repeated listens to "Hell Awaits" and maybe an early Morbid Angel demo tape. This demo made its way around the world via tape trading, as i've found a few people in Europe and South America who had their own copies. A good download for those into early death metal or fans of NYC Mayhem/Straight Ahead who are just a little curious.

1. Kill Your Mother
Meat Cleaver
Rape Your Mother


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Revenge Of The Whores - Demo 1983

I received this demo through tape trading with Jan from the band Agathocles some years back. Jan championed this band as an influence, so I was curious to hear it. I was a bit surprised listening to this, they are certainly a hair faster than your average hardcore band in 1983. Word is that these guys were basically intending to top D.R.I. in the speed department. Revenge Of The Whores were from Arizona, so perhaps the heat was the reason for all the speed and frustration. After this band, members went on to Useless Piece Of Shit, who were an early noisecore thrash band a la Psycho Sin. The ROTW tape I received from Jan has 4 songs on it, I have heard it actually has 7. Sorry if my version is incomplete. The lyrics to the song "Boycott Israel," are possibly sketchy from what I can make out, free speech for the dumb.

1. Hinckley's Brain
Club Foot
Boycott Israel
Robot Man


Average Community - Demo '86

These guys were from Trenton, New Jersey and did one demo under the Average Community name, then changed it to Prisoners Of War and did a couple more demos before breaking up in 1989. Sadly, bass player and my good friend Sam Latini (or as everyone knew him, Psycho Sam), passed away on June 12th this year. Very heartbreaking, I was shocked when I first heard the news. Sam was only 39. I will look back fondly at all the times we had as friends, you will be missed. After playing in Prisoners Of War, Sam went on to play bass for the punk band Rabid Ratfuck (great name!). Sam was a fixture at Trenton's City Gardens, he lived right down the street. If you ever recall a guy who might have been just a little too big to stagedive, taking a kamikaze dive and landing on your head, chances are, it was Sam. He was likeable in every way, his calm and cool demeanor and great attitude made him a rare character. RIP Psycho Sam. Hear his first recorded works as a bass player below.

1. Zitface
Society 5
Mr. O
Stop That Nonsense
7 Seconds
Mr. Happy
Electric World
Like It Or Not
I'm Lou
Move Out


Members of Average Community/Prisoners Of War, have put together a documentary about the band and coming of age in Trenton, New Jersey. You can get info on this documentary here:

Friday, July 10, 2009

Aburadako - ADK flexi 1983

Aburadako are still active today, although the band has spent most of their career as a very experimental ensemble. This debut flexi shows the band playing hardcore/punk, a style they would not wear for very long. Based on what we have here, I would imagine these guys were listening to lots of Stalin and Typhus when they wrote this material.

1. Run High
2. Perseverance
3. The Jerusalem Humiliation
4. Breaking Off
5. Nothing
6. Atomic Bomb