August 31, 2015

Drunk With Power

Here's a band that shouldn't need any introduction.  Discharge from the UK is still being directly copied to this day by new bands that start up all over the world, so their influence on punk and hardcore cannot be understated.  This is the band's second LP 'Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing.'  Originally released on Clay Records in the UK in 1982, this is the Japanese pressing on Vap released in 1983.  This is the promo version with white center label and an obi strip.  It also includes a lyric insert in Japenese that I apparently didn't take a picture of.

August 26, 2015

Permanent Exile

Here's the debut LP from the UK's Obstruct.  I posted about their No Life EP a while back, and loved it.  'Loss of Blood' is more of the same Boston influenced hardcore as that EP, but falls a little short of that release.  After several listens of this LP it's definitely growing on me but I still prefer the band's previous release.  I think it may have to do with the production on 'Loss of Blood' being a bit more clean than that EP, because it's not an issue of song quality here.  The songs are all up to par for this band.  Members of Violent Reaction, Blind Authority, The Flex, etc.

White vinyl, limited to 100 copies.  Released on Carry the Weight Records.

August 17, 2015

Broken Chain

The demo from Boston's Death Injection was easily one of my favorites from 2014.  No frills early Boston crew worship done right.  After that release came a promo tape with three songs from an upcoming LP.  Again, the songs were killer on that tape and I couldn't wait for the LP to drop.  The band's debut LP, 'Hate For Myself and Everyone Else,' continues in the same fashion and it's a stomper through and through.  Clocking in at under 20 minutes this LP is all killer, no filler.  I love a good negative straight edge band.

This is the clear vinyl version, limited to 100 copies.  This is definitely an odd pairing for both Triple B Records and the band, as neither one seem to fit the other that well.  I assume it's because the label is based and Boston and so is the band?  I'm not hating on it, just thought it was an odd choice on both parts.  The cover art was done by Marc McCoy (Youth Attack Records) and it is killer as well.  Definitely in the top 10 LP's for this year for me.

August 14, 2015

Crust Fund

By now everyone has heard this record.  If you've been sleeping, this is the second LP from the UK's Violent Reaction, titled 'Marching On.'  More of the oi influenced hardcore this band is known for, albeit more oi than their last LP.  A strong second LP for sure, and one that's bound to top a lot of year-end lists.  I'm hoping that since this LP is on Revelation Records the band starts to get even more attention.  They deserve it.  I believe there were 300 on clear, but I'm too lazy to look it up for confirmation right now.  Does it really even matter anyway?

Side note: the labels on this record are really low resolution.  Look at the B-side X label.  Woof.

August 7, 2015

Mental Shock

Another day, another post about a Boston band.  I'll stop posting about bands from Boston when they stop producing some (a lot) of the best hardcore and punk that is coming out.  This is the debut EP from 2X4 which features members of just about all the other good bands from that city that are currently going.  What you get here is fairly similar to the Chain Rank LP, but the early Boston:The Abused ratio is a little more evened out on this one, whereas that LP had a bigger Abused influence.  Eight songs of very solid raging hardcore punk.  If you're a fan of that Chain Rank LP (which of course you are) I highly suggest snagging this EP as well.  Twerp Records.