Saturday, July 31, 2010

Even Worse - What Are They Doing In Trenton Live 45 - 1982

Here's an old school NYHC 7" featuring Thurston Moore , yeah that guy and Jack Rabid from the Big Takeover zine. Recorded live but don't let that scare you, the sound quality is excellent. Cool piece of NYHC history from one of the scenes lessor known bands...despite the pedigree.

P.S. If you like this there is a full length discography cd available right here

Monday, July 26, 2010

Graven Image - Kicked Out of The Scene - Eskimo Records 1983

Richmond VA punkers Graven Image played a loose fast paced brand of hardcore punk with some sloppy guitar solos thrown in for good measure. This is good shit, sort of along the lines of my previous post Law and Order.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Law and Order - 12 Song ep - Fetal Records 1981

Early Maryland / DC punk rock from 81, and what a glorious punk rock mess this record is. Give it a listen for yourself, these guys deserve some recognition. Great songs, very strange and or terrible recording, but it does add some sort of charm to the disc in general. Coulda / shoulda been a classic...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Medieval - st 12" New Renaissance Records 1986 - repost from August 2008

Found a fairly poor review of this record in an old issue of Metal Forces today, and I figured I would report this one for fun and to give people a chance to compare the music with the interview. If I come across more interviews of old posts I think I will update them to include the reviews because I think it adds an interesting dimension to the listening process. Anyway, I think Mr. Exley completely missed the fact that the outdated production values actually add a dimension to the music that I don't think it would have if it had received the standard 1986 thrash / doom metal production...Dave G.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mortal Sin - Mayhemic Destruction 1986

I remember these guys made a pretty big splash with this Lp back in the day. I remember this album seemed so exotic to me when I was a kid because the band was from Australia. AC/ DC exotic...nope, but Mortal Sin holy shit who knew there were fucking thrash bands down under ? Anyway, I wanted this record real bad so I remember going to the post office to get an international money order and having no idea what the hell I was doing. I remember the postal dude had me fill out a long form for some reason and he took my money and sent my letter on its way. To make a long story short I never received my Lp and to this day I have no idea if I even got an international money order or if the guy just put my money in his pocket lol. Anyway, I somehow ended up with 2 copies of this record at the end of the day. The image on the left is the original Aussie release on Mega Metal Productions and the image on the right is the later world wide pressing on Vertigo records. As far as the music goes it sounds somewhat like early Kill Em' All era Metallica...not sure this completely stands the test of time for me musically, but it still holds a special place in my heart. Moral of the story...thank god for paypal lol.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Enerjetics - Don't Stop The....Demo 1983

Two posts in one day you ask ? When you have something this good...why wait ?

The Energetics are a complete mystery band from NJ. I got these files some time ago and I didn't want to post them because I couldn't find any information about this band, and sometimes when I have something really rare I like to keep it to myself. Well, after holding onto these recordings for a while the need to find out more about this band finally caused me to send the tracks over to my friend Erich at Good Bad Music For Bad, Bad Times to see if he could shed any light on these excellent recordings. After about a week Erich got back to me asking me for more information about the band hahaha. Well, to make a long story short Erich convinced me to share these songs with the masses "in then name of the arts", and also to see if we can't find out some more information about this excellent mystery band...Dave G. oh one other thing I almost forgot. The music is mostly uptempo catchy straight up old school punk rock the way you want to hear it done.

Energetics - Don't Stop The...

P.S. Image borrowed from and anonymous follower of this blog...thank you whoever you are.

Blood Feast - Face Fate 12" - New Renaissance Records 1987

What do I do now that I called NRR a sub-par label in my previous post ? I ask for even more punishment by posting this record and claiming straight out that I like it. I remember getting the Blood Lust demo from these Bayonne NJ thrashers before the name change to Blood Feast, I still have that tape in my collection actually. Unlike the Executioner record these dudes are actually tight, and their drummer is much more competent than Executioner's. I think this is a fun record to listen to with it' solid riffs, quick drumming and blood curdling there you go...let me have it...Dave G.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Executioner - Break The Silence -- New Renaissance Records 1987

Stopped by a local video store today that has recently begun selling vinyl...Vinyl in the front and porno in the back hahahaha. Anyway, this shop is owned by an old school punk rock drummer who has played with a few famous 80's Jersey punk bands who shall remain nameless, because I don't want to give away my new vinyl spot. Anyway, I found a few metal records there today including this Lp from Executioner who I had never heard before.

I sort of knew what to expect from this record just because it is on the New Renaissance label who always seemed to release decent quality records by bands who were not yet prime time players in the Thrash scene back in the day. This is the bands sophomore release and it packs enough good riffs to keep me listening. Overall I think this sounds like a record by a band who were one release away from getting something good out there, unfortunately or fortunately depending on your outlook a 3rd album never happened.

P.S. Every time I look at the back cover to this record I can't help but think Slayer. Pull out your copy of Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits and you'll see what I mean.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Underground Soldier - Fun Before Profit ! Speed of Sound Records 1984

Here's a band I had never heard of until my brother pulled it from a used bin a few weeks ago and passed it over to me saying this looks cool. I don't worry about my brother going through the used bin ahead of me since we don't normally look for the same records. Anyway,I looked at the back cover and saw a dude in what I initially thought was a Motorhead shirt and figured that was reason enough to add this Lp to the buy pile. Upon futher inspection when I got home I noticed this baby was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in 1984 by none other than Don Zientra and it was produced by ... Ian Mackaye...score. Musically, this isn't exactly what you would expect based on my lead in and your familiarity with the DC punk scene, but for the most part it is excellent early DC punk, but not completely in the Dischord style. Also the female fronted vocals are a definite bonus for me...Dave G.