80s hardcore punk revival is the thing in the last couple of years and I am glad people are still interested in that kind of sound. There’s nothing better than two minute soundtracks for hangouts with friends somewhere in the local pub, surrounded with cigarette smoke and bunch of empty beer bottles . The Young Livers are that kind of band which gets under your skin after the first listening. There’s nothing you can hate about their combination of three chord songs played under distortion which sounds something like a surf rock meets 70s punk rock, but with anger such as Germs, Fear, Black Flag and tons of other good bands had back in the 80s. On the other hand, from time to time you can hear a lot of british influences maybe taken from the The Ruts, The Vibrators, The Clash, The Jam, but once again with that ”The Young Livers” unique approach to it. Perfect record for those who want to explore how the real punk rock should sound in these modern times when records are overproduced and music is insincere to the max. This cassette includes their material from ”Perfect 10” EP, ”In The Flesh” and ”The Good Takes’. It’s limited to 50 copies and surprisingly it’s still available through Nailbat Tapes.
What do you get when you mix up noise rock, stoner, sludge and vocals full of anger and bitterness. You get German Castro, amazing band from Nashville, Tenessee. Their music is fuzzy, dirty, sometimes chaotic, a little bit depressive from times to times, but it will hit you like a brick in the head with heavy vocals, heavy riffs and slowdown tempos. ”The Passion Of German Castro” is their retrospective tape including self titled demo, previously unreleased studio and rehearsal tracks, tracks from split release with Makeup And Vanity, Sounds Of Justice compilation and Petrol Coast EP. The thing I like the most is the sound quality of their tracks. Their songs are not overproduced like some recordings of the bands in the same music genre, so that adds up a little bit more garage atmosphere to the whole listening pleasure. German Castro is one of those bands that is catchy enough to get your full attention all the time during the album. Despite the fact that this cassette is published back in 2014, it’s still available through always amazing Nailbat Tapes. Grab it!
Red Boiling Springs is coming back with another great release and this tape is following the events of the night Matt’s daughter was born. All sounds were captured in utero by fetal doppler monitor except some vocals at the end of the recording. His intention was to capture anticipation, panic and relief from that night, as he stated on his bandcamp profile. The sounds are organic, of course, but you can hear small doses of distortion and delay which are maybe result of doppler effect, so there are oscillations in the sound. As the tracks are passing by, layers of sound are giving such an incredible complexity to the whole material, so the musical style on this release ranges from pure ambient to listenable, but not an artsy noise. Vocals at the end of a B side are just a big plus and they are giving a sense of relief, like those musical sequencies in movies when people are coming out from their shelters after the storm. Just imagine both tracks as one mega structure built by tons of layers with a great story supporting it’s foundations and you’ll love this album even more. Highly recommended!
Chaos is, by it’s definition, a state of things in which chance is supreme, especially in the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms such as cosmos or the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (such as the atmosphere, boiling water or the beating heart). However, sometimes chaos can be arranged in much more organized form, such as melody, sound or in this case noise. Sometimes predictable, sometimes unpredictable, Hadals manage to control that chaos with their ideas and implement it in much more complex chaotic sound which can be defined as some sort of noise with ocassional depressive drum rhytms, but suprisingly that combination goes quite well and their brand new tape called ”The Dog” is a piece of fine art. Their definition of sound is intelligent, calculated, but it gives various expressions each time you listen to it. It’s definetly unique and I highly recommend it.
Today we have a band from Portland with such an interesting name. Maltheism is philosophy with promotes religion as malicious and gods are necessary evil and do only evil things to a mankind. Maltheist perfectly suits as a band name for the style of music they play. Despite the fact that band exists as a duo, that doesn’t stop them to create and record some evil stuff in vein of the best death metal and grind bands would do. As a longtime fan of grindcore, this tape is right up my alley with growls, screams, amazing rifs and tons of blastbeats. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I can hear an influence of some powerviolence which can only be a bonus. All the tracks are no longer than two minutes which only proves my philosophy that all the good stuff is always under two minutes. I can only imagine how their album will sound if their demo tape sounds this good. In the meantime grab their tape and enjoy in some deathgrind chaos.
Sometimes, collection of works recorded in a timespan of five years can be extremely good and that’s the case with Red Boiling Springs, amazing project of Matt Sullivan, who also runs Nailbat Tapes, record label currently located in Portland, Oregon. ”Adrift” conisists of four tracks with similiar flow, very suitable for times when you need some relaxing sounds between pleasant ambient drones and disturbing, but listenable noises.
This tape will serve you half of an hour of pure enjoyment in constant organic sounds, layers of beautifully recorded ambience, glitchy drones and almost industrial noises. I simply like those moments when the sounds are almost haunting, you can feel the tension in the sound causing that thrilling, but slightly scary feeling. This is one of those albums you listen to couple of times and then you simply need it to play it once again. It’s addictive, astonishing and it will not dissapoint you at anytime.
”Time Is The Enemy” is extraordinary collaboration between Sonologyst and Kshatriy. Sonologyst is the solo project of Raffaele Pazzela, enthusiast who based his sound around experiments from fifsties and sixties with modern school of electro acoustic art. Kshatriy is the solo project of Sergey Bulychev, brilliant russian native and sound artist. ”Time Is The Enemy” comes up with five distinctive tracks with interesting titles such as ”Unaltered Mind”, ”Venus Smile”, Self Luminosity”, ”Chronopolis” and album titled ”Time Is The Enemy”. The most interesting thing about this collaboration are it’s dynamics, melody and repetition during each track. Tracks are mostly based on one melody which is repetative from begining to an end, but it doesn’t sounds like some boring ambient or drone track. Layers of vocals, violin alike tones, white noise and creepy ambience are added as the time goes by and the whole idea of the album title reveals itself through beautiful cacophony. Your listening experience may vary of your sound system, since the whole album is well produced with all layers of sound being present at one time without spoiling one another. ”Time Is The Enemy” is released by Attenuation Circuit and it’s already sold out, but you can purchase it digitally and by that you will support both artists and the label.