Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Calloused - "Still Failing World "7" (Sin Fronteras, 2003) and "The Masquerade" 12" (Fired Up!, 2002)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
In wading through the bone heap of dark and obscure hardcore that this blog has become over the years, it's hard not to stumble over a few relics that could use a bit more polishing, or which deserve some further exposure befitting their hallowed place (at least in my world). The records you see above and below are getting the treatment today due to previous ripping issues, such as low bit rate (Zero Hour), a turn table apparently on meth (Asebia- thanks Mikexxx for pointing it out), low volume (Nux Vomica), or a barely-attached needle (Ambulance). Obviously, I felt they were worthy of doing this all over again, and I can't recommend these bands enough if they are new to you. We begin with Zero Hour, who became one of my all time favorite bands on the strength of their 7" alone way back in 1995. I still can't listen to these four songs without feeling like I've been nailed in the chest by a flying hobo sack of wisdom and emotion. This is the EP's third and probably last appearance on this blog, the first being almost five years ago.
The folder also has re-ripped versions of the band's excellent tracks from the split LP with Apeface.
Zero Hour Tracks
"Face of Civilization" LP
Nux Vomica have former members of Wake Up On Fire, and are now based in Portland. Their fantastic debut always kills me.
The Uninspired 7"
"The End of Our Time" LP
Monday, April 9, 2012
Axegrinder "Grind the Enemy" demo, unofficial LP release
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I hope the reader will forgive my ADD by springtime proxy that has kept me away from this blog for so long. I hope s/he will also forgive this brief break from crusty hardcore to allow us to revel in a band which I always associate with spring, and not only because they are so obviously influenced by Rites of Spring. The Shivering may have artistic roots in DC/Maryland (ie. The Hated), but there is something all too Californian about them (Burlingame to be exact). The sap-risen angst of these youths pours out in April torrents of awakening and transformation, and always with that stabbing twinge of sadness, perhaps due to the overwhelming grandness of the splendor surrounding them, but with such little time and such paltry senses with which to take it all in. A noisier and more aggressive Rites of Spring is as good a start as any in describing The Shivering (or Bullets In, if you've heard of them), but their early work did garner at least one Jawbreaker comparison (merely a genre reference point). The link below offers their CD, two 7"s, and a 10".
"Behind Broken Eyes" CD (No! Records, 2000)
"To the Ground" 10" (Council, Into the Hurricane, and Owsla Records, 2002)
"Wires of Storm and Song" 7" (Council Records, 2002)
"Brand the Lion's Mouth" 7" (Council, Ahoalton, and Into the Hurricane Records, 2003)