Lärm – Straight On View (LP 1986)
Fuck… Where do I even begin… I think I heard about Lärm back in 1987, and bought the lp by mail order from Rock Uglen that same year. Unfortunately the record had suffered in the mail and had cracked from the center to the edge, so I had to record it to cassette before it was totally destroyed. So for many years I lived with a cassette with a noticable crack every time the lp had revolved. I had the iconic cover pinned to my wall.
I think it was through Napalm Death interviews that I learned about Lärm. Their speedy hardcore was hyped by many a band at that time, and since I was heavily into fast bands like Wehrmacht and Cryptic Slaughter I was rather stoked to hear Lärm. And I wasn’t disappointed!
Their fast punk music has followed me throughout the years, first on that shitty cassette, then on the discographic cd Extreme Noise which unfortunately omitted the live tracks from side B of the Straight On View lp.
And now. Finally. 30 years after the release, and 29 years after I received my broken lp in the mail, I have gotten my hands on another copy.
My old band Sardonic Death wrote a song called Terror Lärm in homage to Lärm, and my current band Kusari Gama Kill has released an EP with the same title.
Exithippies/Lotus Fucker – Disgrace To The Corpse Of Elmo/Lotus Fucker (LP)
I bought this split for two reasons, first and foremost because it’s a Lotus Fucker record, and I really like Lotus Fucker. Second, due to the Exithippies cover art, which is another take on Sore Throat’s classic lp Disgrace To The Corpse Of Sid (Deche-Charge also made a version).
I couldn’t find a video for this one…
Cows – Cunning Stunts
I honestly can’t tell how and when I discovered this album. But recently I stumbled upon a Spotify playlist I made with it, and I have listened rather much to it since.
The opening slap and crying child, is a instant attention-getter, and the following 39 minutes is catchy rocky bliss.
I rather quickly decided to obtain this album, and luckily at has just been rereleased, so it was a nobrainer getting it.
I really dig the cover, and I have a very soft spot for extensive liner notes.
I have stolen the images for this blog post from the discogs entry, as I’m writing this away from my own copy of the record.
Low Threat Profile – Low Threat Profile (x 3)
What we are dealing with here, is three releases (one 12″ and two 7″‘s) by a so-called powerviolence dream team. Features Andy from No Comment, Matt from Infest and Bob from Lack of Interest.
They have released the above mentioned three records so far, and they are all of very high standard. As you can see the records have very similar layout, and the records’ sides are continuously numbered 1-6 as you can see on the photo below.
I’ll stand back, and let the music speak for itself…
Sepik – Hunt The Ghost
I thought I’d never do this… A download only release on a vinyl blog. But then again – rules are there to be broken, right?
Sepik is all about groovy riffs and catchy choruses. The lyrics deal with not being too young anymore, dealing with tinnitus and other age-related stuff. I feel a deep bond with Sepik. This is a tribute to all us middle aged noiseniks.
It was released on Jay Randall’s Grindcore Karaoke label in 2013, and has gone unnoticed by the masses ever since – undeservedly so! Hence I decided to spread the word of this ought-to-be classic!
V/A – Hiatus, The Peaceville Sampler
This is one of the best 1980’s compilations I know of, alongside A Vile Peace and Hardcore Holocaust, this is top notch! I especially like the variety of the genres on Hiatus. Gold, Frankincense and Disk Drive was a strange band to put on a punk compilation, but in a peculiar manner they fit comfortably. I suggest you track down a copy of this gem, the video below is of GF+DD, as I think they deserve to be heard more. Other good bands on Hiatus are Electro Hippies, Doom, Sore Throat and Extra Hot Sauce. Enjoy!
Lotus Fucker – Lotus Fucker
I got this fucker – or should I say Lotus Fucker ahahaha – in the mail today. Lotus Fucker is a band I don’t know anything about, apart from the fact, that I like their peculiar hardcore… Enjoy and go hunting…
Condemned? – Humanoid or Biomechanoid?
Back in the olden days, I was a big fan of Attitude Adjustment and Attitude?. Condemned? is the band bassist Keith Chatham made after a relocation to Australia. Attitude? was for a brief time called Condemned Attitude, and the bands recorded some of the same songs. I might be mistaken on some of this, as I have this information from my faulty memory of articles read in xeroxed punk/hardcore mags 20-odd years ago. And it seems to be quite wrong, read their real bio here: https://www.facebook.com/condemned/info?tab=page_info
I ordered this lp at Radio Holm in Ribe, but forgot to pick it up, and later discovered it in the bargains crate – my luck. Musically it is dark, spaced out and a tiny bit experimental crossover.
Nevertheless, this is a good record, that still gets frequent spins.
Condemned? are still active and in 2011 released the excellent Condemned 2 Death cd.
Sete Star Sept/Lotus Fucker – Supplication/Destroy All Music Now
This is a record I have been having dirty thoughts about since I heard of it. Unfortunately it was sold only on the Sete Star Sept 2014 North American tour, (comes with tour poster), and I am kinda living in Denmark, with no funds for going to a noisecore show on another continent.
Luckily my good friend Josh of Limbs Bin had the privilege of being the opening act for Sete Star Sept and Lotus Fucker in NYC, and he was kind enough to purchase this marvelous split for me. And slap my ass and call me Charlie if obtaining this isn’t well worth the trouble. Both bands deliver top work. An interesting detail is that 7S7 emulate Lotus Fucker’s hardcore, and Lotus Fucker in turn emulate the trademark 7S7 noisegrind. Also they have swapped artwork style.
I’m too stoked to write more, I’ll have yet another listen instead.
I couldn’t find a vid from this particular split, and I have chosen to link to a Lotus Fucker video instead, as I love the band a lot, and want to share the joy. And let’s face it, everybody knows how Sete Star Sept sounds…
Nails – Obscene Humanity & Abandon All Life
Nails are to me a very anonymous band. I know next to nothing about them, and I’m not curious. But I like these two slabs o’ wax. A lot. Fast and fierce hardcore with elements of grindcore.
I honestly can’t rcall how I heard about them, I guess it could have been in a Decibel Magazine, or a review on the grindtodeath.com blog. But I can’t be bothered to find out.
The anonymity and my disinterest in knowing about the band even stretches to me not knowing to lyrical content or their world view. Things that normally are important to me. But you see, the music does an excellent job in itself, and I’m afraid to break the spell, if I start reading about them. I like the innocence in it, like it was back in the pre-internet days, where you sometimes got a tape in the mail, with music on it, about which you knew nothing – and had no means to gather information about. All you had was a band name and some titles, and that’s the relationship I want from Nails. All dirty fast sex and no emotions. And that is what I get.
About these two records, I like both a lot, but favor Abandon All Life just a tiny bit over Obscene Humanity.
Nothing to see here, please disperse, daddy’s getting fucked.