onsdag 4 maj 2016

Norwegian Hardcore 1980-1989

There´s a certain sound to classic norwegian hardcore. Sure, there´s a big dose of american hardcore in the mix. But there´s also a something else that makes it stand out and make that special sound that can only be derived from Norway in the eighties. The 1980´s was a hotbed for hardcore wherever you came from. Everything was new and you made it up as you went along and probably took influence from your peers or bands you played with. That is one of the things that made each country have sort of it´s own sound. Sure, there were bands influenced by Discharge even in Norway as shown by this compilations first track. But you can certainly hear when a band is from Norway just by the sound of the classic style.

Here´s thirty songs of hardcore from 1980´s Norway. There is some bands like Hærverk and Wannskrækk that might have been more on the punk rock side of things but the tracks I´ve included have a certain hardcore feel to them. You might call Hærverk Norwegian proto hardcore, but since that term makes me cringe I´ll leave it at that.

Enclosed are a file containing info of where the tracks are pulled from.

Hope you enjoy this little compilation I made and hopefully there´s something new for you to discover.


1. Fader War - Religiøs Terror (1:49)
2. Bannlyst - 40000 Døde Barn (1:55)
3. Ø.B.K. - Nekrofil (1:29)
4. TMB - Visjon Eller Virkelighet (1:05)
5. Alternative Norge - Why Why Why (1:04)
6. Forbudt Ungdom - Tema (1:08)
7. Hærverk - Ingen Visjoner (1:59)
8. Kafka Prosess - Faller Du 1 (1:44)
9. Seppo Goes To Holocaust - Pizzafyll I Beirut (1:37)
10. Betong Hysteria - Snuten Kommer (1:51)
11. Angor Wat - Have A Nice Day (1:10)
12. Svart Framtid - Når Bomba Kommer (1:45)
13. Wannskrækk - Warsawa (2:53)
14. K-Anfall - Du Katastrofe (1:31)
15. Skjit-Lars - Arne Treholt (0:59)
16. Brent Jord - Ingen Utvei? (3:15)
17. Data Morgana - Bare En Jord (1:34)
18. Kongelige Ræver - Protester Og Overlev (0:42)
19. Within Range - Fuckin Scout (2:34)
20. Akutt Innleggelse - Tenk Nå (1:25)
21. Life... But How To Live It - Holes (1:53)
22. Overlagt Drap - Pain (2:01)
23. Stengte Dører - Pålen (1:22)
24. Blindt Hat - Isolat (1:42)
25. Paranoia - Tvilsom Frihet (1:54)
26. Barn Av Regnbuen - Dommedag (1:00)
27. Siste Dagers Helvete - Blomster Av Plastikk (1:54)
28. Psykisk Terror - TV Skrik (1:21)
29. So Much Hate - Tanker Fra Et Menneske (2:15)
30. Tvang - Snutedauen (0:53)

söndag 27 september 2015

Demo reviews

Strul - Nu Blir Det Strul Demo MC

I got two demos sent to me by the always nice Mr. Hedberg a few months ago and in true Doomsday Mag fashion I haven´t reviewed them until now. I guess the "I´ll do it later" mentality has grown bigger in my life this year. Anyway, what we have here is eleven songs of full throttle hardcore influenced by Missbrukarna, Headcleaners and maybe a pinch of Totalitär. Or you can simply just call it råpunk if you like. Cathy riffs and a rabid Mr. Hedberg behind the mic who delivers clever lyrics that only can originate from a guy grown up in Kristinehamn that deals with idiots, russians, cops and more idiots.

Can´t say enough good things about this demo so I urge you to go and have a listen for yourselves. I´ve played this tape non stop since I got it and can easily say it´s one of this years best releases. That is if the upcoming EP won´t top it, if it even gets released in 2015.

This tape is now sold out, but the band have uploaded the whole thing to their bandcamp and you can also download the songs from there. Check it out and be sure to enjoy it as much as I do.

Strålskadad - Bli Aldrig Dom Demo MC

This is the second demo I got from Hedberg and here you find him behind the drums. I have to admit that for a guy who started playing drums a few years ago he manages to do what is expected in this type of band. Nothing to complain about in that department although it´s nothing spectacular. But I wouldn´t listen to this type of music if I were after some magic to happen behind the drum kit.

I haven´t listened to this tape as much as the Strul one cuz that took me completely by surprise, but listening to this now to freshen up my impressions I have to say that this is not bad at all. Pär the guitar player plays in both bands and you can tell by the catchy riffs going on through out both of these tapes. Five tracks of cool hardcore/råpunk is served and although this came in the same package as Strul I wouldn´t write this band off just yet. Don´t know how active they are at the moment but hopefully they haven´t broken up.

The whole demo is up at their Soundcloud page. Shoot them an email at straalskadad(a)gmail.com if you want to buy the tape.

fredag 25 september 2015

Suffer The Pain - Midnight Sacrifice LP (Phobia Records)

Suffer The Pain - Midnight Sacrifice LP (Phobia Records)

Suffer The Pain´s first LP serves up fourteen songs of metal punk this time leaning a bit more to the metal side of things. Still you can´t mistake that it´s Suffer The Pain you´re listening to. There´s some slower numbers thrown in among the fast ones and I think that was necessary for this to not be so one dimensional. It´s still primitive as hell (pun intended) but to manage to make fourteen songs interesting there needs to be some variation and even though they´re not reinventing their sound, they´re not at all actually, the slower songs is there for a reason and it works really well. There´s some re-recorded songs on here and although I´m not really a fan of that move you can´t deny the sheer greatness of the songs chosen to be re-recorded.

All in all a really cool LP and if you´re into bands like Dishammer you should definately pick this up.

I reviewed a promo CD. The actual vinyl is set to be released in November the last I heard. Keep checking Phobia Records for more info. You can also listen to the whole thing over at the bands bandcamp site.

fredag 27 mars 2015

Kronofogden - Arbete Och/Eller Fritid LP (Blindead Productions)

I´ve been looking forward to this LP ever since Krogh announced he would release it and while I was sure it wouldn´t disappoint, I figured the production would go more in the direction of the previously released EP "Käftarna Maler". Kronofogden does the exact opposite though and goes for a much rawer production which suits them perfectly. I´ve always thought Kronofogden sounds like Missbrukarna and where that band had a fair amount of US hardcore/punk in their sound I have to say Kronofogden adds a whole lot more of that to their Angry Hudik hardcore punk. There´s even a song featuring Hasse and Rolf from said band making this LP kind of a full circle kind of thing. This is full of straight forward raw and direct songs filled with great riffs and smart and well written lyrics. I especially like the nod to Fy Fan! with the song title Dum I Huvve (Inte Arbetslös). I could chose some favorite songs but decided not to because I´d rather listen to the whole thing. Pick this up, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Besides the great music the packaging is really cool with a lyric insert and a 16 page comic book.

You can listen to and download the record here: Blindead bandcamp

You can buy the record here: Blindead mailorder

fredag 13 februari 2015

American Hardcore 1978-1987 CD6

Another compilation of eighties hardcore from North America? Yeah, I just couldn´t keep away from doing another since I found some cool bands and figured I could make a smaller volume. However, I didn´t really plan on it to be this extensive and along the years since the last one I did I must have forgotten how much work it is to do one of these. I must say it feels pretty good to have it done and I´m just as happy with this one as I´ve been with the other ones. If you look at the playlist you´ll see mostly obscurities of the (North) American hardcore scene of the eighties, but also some shit I forgot to add to the other volumes like Infest, Beastie Boys etc. Also some band I would call straight up punk rock bands like The Lewd and Fear but I included them since the songs I´ve chosen are obviously on the hardcore side of things. Some of these bands feature people whose "fame" comes from being in later bands. Tom Lyle of Government Issue played in Beaver, Dave Grohl played in Mission Impossible, some members from Infest played in Open Your Mind, Almost 21 became the rhythm section of D.I. on the Horse Bites, Dog Cries LP and so on.

Anyway, hope you´re just as curious as me about this shit. It seems like I´m not able to shake this curiosity about 80´s american hardcore off me but I hardly see that as something negative. I doubt I´ll make another one of these though, but I don´t dare to say anything definitive. You´ll find the download link below the tracklist at the bottom. Enjoy! And please, leave a comment.

Oh, I might as well explain that the Landlords song is written sarcastically about a case that freed the assailants in a rape charge, nothing else. The Genocide song however, is probably just what they sing about. Those teenagers and their urge to shock.

01. Infest - Sick-O
02. DXA - Interests
03. The Burnt - Action Action
04. Fear - Gimme Some Action
05. The Crewd - Every Mother´s Dream
06. Angry Thalomide Babies - Crib Death
07. Virus - Rhetoric
08. Lockjaw - Gang Violence
09. Sado-Nation - On The Wall
10. Almost 21 - Drowning In The Rug
11. Youthquake - We Don´t Need
12. Insanity Defense - Let Me Help
13. Neighborhood Watch - Acid Rain
14. Vicious Circle - Weird
15. Don´t No - Innocence Of Youth
16. Krieg Kopf - Immortal
17. Assault - Never Ending Greed
18. Mission Impossible - Into Your Shell
19. Red C - Pressure´s On
20. Power Of The Spoken Word - Decide Or Die
21. Front Line - Beach Impediment
22. Open Your Mind - Pseudo Skater
23. Stillborn Christians - Money/Kill
24. Beastie Boys - Transit Cop
25. Funeral - Waiting For The Bomb Blast
26. Braille Party - Let It Burn
27. The Landlords - No Good Woman
28. Desecration - Macho Man
29. Suburban Mutilation - Police State
30. Caustic Defiance - Educated Pain
31. Iconoclast - Battlefields (Nightmare)
32. Teenage Warning - No War
33. No Crisis - On Your Head
34. Genocide - Teenage Girls
35. Spastic Rats - Snap Judgement
36. Unruled - Lost Cause
37. Bad Influence - I Don´t Care
38. Homo Picnic - War Stories
39. Violent Tumor - Abortion
40. Beaver - Video Disease
41. God´s Will - Space Queers From Pluto
42. Scapegoats - Shitcan
43. Born Without A Face - The Lesser
44. Death Sentence - Real World
45. Satan´s Cheerleaders - Darwin Social Hour
46. Pig Children - Sick
47. Capitol Punishment - God Of Greed
48. Zero Mentality - Revenge Motive
49. Direct Action - Direct Action
50. Falling Idols - Hell No
51. Ribzy - Cyanide Pill
52. Subculture - Sadness
53. The Lewd - Beyond Moderation
54. Death Puppy - Star Spangled Sickness
55. Special Forces - Gung Ho

American Hardcore CD6

fredag 8 augusti 2014

D-Takt & Råpunk needs help!

Disaster struck the D-Takt & Råpunk headquarters and a GoFundMe-account has been set up for his aid. What happened is one of my worst nightmares, so consider helping Jocke out. Any amount counts, big as small.

Help out here: GoFundMe

Below are Jockes own words about what happened.

" Records and merch, tour/band gifts and parts of my private collection is totally drenched, ruined and must be discarded at a value of around: 41.200€ / $54.900 / 35.200£ / 5.650.000YEN and my insurance covers only: 5100€ / $6800 / 4000£ / 700.000YEN because our stock is located in a storage room. I dont know/think I will survive this personal and economic crisis. And as it seems, this might be the end of D-takt & Råpunk Records. When a damage such as this strikes against a d.i.y punk label its hard to get back in the ring again. I could really need all your help and support right now. Feel free to get in touch if you think that you can help us out in any way. More information will follow as soon as i know more about this total mess. I really hate to beg and ask for favours and I would not do it if I absolutely not needed. I need some sleep, been working day and night for two days straight in a row now. I will try my best to keep the punk spirit up, but at the same time I must admit that it feels pretty fucking hopeless right now. The label, distro and everything around it will be closed indefinitely until I got a better overview of the whole situation. Thanks for all your support! "

fredag 1 augusti 2014

Tristess Demos

People probably remember Tristess as a 77 punk band. They released a couple of records on Cage Match Federation, Kick N' Punch and Ny Våg. Before that, they released these two smoking hardcore demos entitled "Ge Fan I Mig!" and "Inget Liv" pulling more than one chord from the almighty Mob 47. They certainly don´t try to hide it either since they cover Mob 47´s classic "Jag Hatar Ert System" on the first demo. I don´t have the exact release years for these, but since the first LP were released in 2004 I would say these came out in 2002-2003. Members of this band on these demos were or would be in bands such as D.S.-13, E.T.A., Warchild, Regulations, The Vicious, UX Vileheads and so on. That generation of Umeå hardcore is what made the biggest mark for me personally. So many great bands came out after the first wave of Umeå Hardcore. The rips aren´t at the best bitrate and I know there´s better rips somewhere on some external HDD in my home but I don´t really feel the urge to go on a treasure hunt for them at the moment. Enjoy these demos, someone should release them as a LP or something.

Tristess Demos

onsdag 30 juli 2014

Adult Crash

Adult Crash are going strong with a string of great releases this year. Already released are EP´s and 12"s by Agent Attitude, Damaged Head and Dogmatist. Coming up is the Damaged Head 12", Primitive Rites EP, Agent Attitude LP and last but not least the new Night Fever 12" which has been in the making for a long time. I´m sure none of these releases will disappoint and I´m also sure some of the will end up on my year end list of crucial releases to get from 2014. Adult Crash hhave always been a great label but I´m pretty sure 2014´s gonna be the high point this far for the label. But then again, 2015 is not that long away. Just hope the label keeps churning out those great releases.

fredag 30 maj 2014

Bombangrepp - Förrådd Av Samhället EP (Halvfabrikat/Skäven/Phobia)

I´d never heard Bombangrepp before the band sent me this EP and I must say that I´m positively surprised. Don´t get me wrong, there´s nothing new here at all. But they have the feeling that atleast I need to like a hardcore band in this day and age. There´s hordes of bands doing what other bands have already done a thousand times before and to get through to me you have to express that feeling with your music for me to be able to enjoy it. Bombangrepp manages to do that. There´s nine songs on this EP co-released by three labels and if you could´nt tell by the number of songs it´s going fast. While I listen to this EP I tend to think it sounds quite like a slower Krigshot on some of the songs while other songs tend to slow down the tempo a bit and reminds me of early and a less metallic Skitsystem. All with Bombangrepp´s own touch of course. A nice new acquintance and a band I wouldn´t mind seeing live.

But the EP from Halvfabrikat Phobia or Skaven

Listen to the EP at their Bandcamp

Distortion Faith #6 & Kissan Päivät #3

Doing a fanzine in this digital time and age is something that should be praised. People that use their creativity and spare time to sit and create a fanzine under a long period of time are few and far between these days. Most people , like me, take the easier way although even the blog count aren´t what it once was. Distortion Faith is here with it´s sixth issue in just a few years. And as always it´s a great read. Featured amongst the pages are Hellgasm, Nekromantiker, Ydinaseeton Pohjola and a newly conducted interview with Robert Williams about his old band Siege. Add to that a bunch of columns, photos, best of lists and so on. Distortion Faith is always a good read and if I´m not too far off the tracks I´m guessing Krogh and Jocke are already planning the next issue in some way. In english by the way. Get it from Blindead

Kissan Päivät on the other hand is all in swedish and focuses more on politics than music. Since I´m more into music than politics I tend to read the politics part with only one eye. But since the guy put down so much effort doing a fanzine I guess he cares alot about the issues he brings up. Almost exclusively about the north where he lives. Music wise there are interviews with The Skull Defects, Optic Nest, Padington DC, Crush and Creat Records/fanzine and a Kranium/Dispose tour diary. add a bunch of reviews and you´re home. Can´t find any adress but use the google machine and you may find it.