Featured first, is VHOL, from San Francisco, California. They play Metal shaped with influences in 80′s Black Metal, Discharge Worship and the Grey Metal sound that the core members helped establish with their previous band Ludicra. This is one of those bands that comes around and challenges the listeners perception of what should be by combining incredibly talented individuals with a wealth of musical appreciation and a passion for Crushing!
The ABC After School Special from 1987 titled The Day My Kid Went Punk brings back so many memories about how misunderstood kids were in the 80′s. This absurd film was made during a time when a youngster getting into punk could get them sent to a boot camp. Watch The Day My Kid Went Punk and see the garbage that ended up on TV back in the day. Actually you will get a good laugh out of this movie!
Canadian hardcore band Acousma have really set the bar high with their self-titled cassette EP released this past May. This tape is gritty, raw and completely mosh-worthy, falling somewhere between the blasting stomps of Ceremony circa 2008 and the evil mid-tempo groove of Hoax. The band recorded these six songs live in their own practice studio by Calvin Monaghan, and the tracks were mixed and mastered by Orchid mastermind Will Killingsworth at his Dead Air Studios. These songs also harken to classic powerviolence acts like No Comment and Crossed Out at times, with grinding passages suddenly stopping on a dime and inciting total war on the dance floor.
In 1983, there weren’t very many ways to see hardcore on TV, and not too many people were documenting this subculture on film. We did have Target Video from San Francisco and they knew how to combine live footage that was filmed in their studios with weird archival footage to create ART! One of their most famous sessions was with BLACK FLAG in 1983 while the band was in their prime! Get blasted into the past, when VH1 was king!
The Misfits featuring Danzig on vocals is one of my all time favourite bands. I got to see them perform a couple of songs at the Black Flack Reunion show at the Santa Monica Civic in 1983, and I’m still wishing I had seen their full set. This is a band that gets almost daily spins in the CVLT Nation HQ, and the fact that our two year old daughter is a fan makes me super proud. The Misfits represent more than just music to me, they make me remember many friendships that I had in the 80′s because this is a band that bonded my crew of homies! This why today FUCK YEAH THE MISFITS is our favourite tumblr. It’s full of rad pictures that you won’t see anywhere else, so walk among us and check out our gallery of MISFITS photos!
How much chaos can you fit in eight and a half minutes? Well, according to Obliterations’s debut EP, a fair fucking bit. The four songs found here are anthems of mayhem and disorder, wrapped in an inexplicable amount of anger and raw energy. The clue is that even though the general vibe of the album is quite punkish, there is still a great amount of heavy metal influence. In other words Obliterations do not only worship Black Flag, but Black Sabbath as well.
The guitar work is a testament on the influence that Black Sabbath had on the band’s sound. The main riff of “Kick Against the Pricks” is addictive, while the energy of the music is contagious, and it even features a face melting solo near the end. The feedback intro to “Deaf, Dumb & Blind Faith” soon transforms to a devastating path of destruction with the vocals howling relentlessly.
The whistling start of “Wage Slaves” soon takes over, with just the bass and the drums leading the track until the guitars kick in with a solo and then start unleashing the intoxicating riffs that the band finds so easy to come up with, while the yelling vocals still accompany you through this trip. Finally “Twisted & Pissed” comes in with its in-your-face attitude, with the deeper growls used on the background adding further aggression to the track and the whole vibe provoking you to start a mosh pit.
The sound of the EP might be retro but Obliterations have definitely shown their teeth with this release. Now we just need to wait for a full-length simply because eight and a half minutes are not enough.
I just spent 14 minutes watching another inspiring episode of The Art Of Punk, this one about the story behind the Dead Kennedy‘s logo & the art of Winston Smith. One of my best New Year’s Eves ever happened in 1984 – it was a Dead Kennedy’s gig and they opened with “Welcome to 1984,” and I will never forget that night! CVLT Nation salutes our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell on their killer series about Punk Art brought to the world by MocaTv…Now check out this on point documentary!
For now and forever, The Misfits are one of my favorite bands. They are blasted a least once a week in CVLT Nation HQ. I recently found this killer full set of them performing in Los Angeles in 1982. This is a must-see video for any Misfits fan – on the real, the quality is damn good considering the footage is over 30 years old…Do me a favor and share this with your homies…All hail the Ghouls, this is a great dark journey down memory lane!
What was the sign of a good hardcore logo during the 80′s? If kids could write it out themselves on their notebooks, tees, shoes etc…then you knew you had a winner. One of the most iconic logos ever has to be the Black Flag bars. Our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell have teamed up with MocaTV for a new series about Punk Art. The first installment is about the Black Flag bars – check it out!
Every time I think that I’ve heard it all, that there are no more exciting bands and that there’s nothing happening anymore in Germany’s Hardcore scene, a band like NOTHING comes around and proves me wrong. Without warning, Berlin’s NOTHING (not to be confused with the shoegaze Nothing from Philly or any of the other Nothings there are probably) kick in your front door and tear down your house with the dirtiest Hardcore-Metal-Punk you’ve probably heard in quite a while.
Imagine Poison Idea partying with Slayer while Discharge pukes in the kitchen sink and you might be able to conceive what’s going on Embrace The Hatred. The band’s second album (or EP?) was released by This Charming Man Records and features seven songs of ripping solos, often with fine twin-guitar harmonies and crazy mosh parts, carefully nestled in insanely fast palm-muted, thrashy riffs, topped by a voice that expresses more fuck you attitude than… hell I don’t even know anything that comes close to the minimum of fucks given here. And fortunately NOTHING don’t sound like one of those countless, awefully unoriginal Thrash revival bands the last years brought upon us. The band rather seems to be a bunch of really pissed punk ass motherfuckers who grew up on early C.O.C., D.R.I., Cro-Mags, Suicidal Tendencies etc. and internalized the mighty powers of Metal-PUNK full-on.