Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Connections split series

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Coucou, les! We're back after long time. I've been absent because I was busy with some affaires in the real world. Also, I must confess that am not very inspired for writing lately but I recently found these three beloved and well-known splits in my digital musical library that were originally released by german record label Moments Of Collapse Records. Now, the first two splits were published in our ancient blog and, along other different compilations and splits, we made a little guide to screamo or skramz for the homies and underground fans. Basically, as the name suggests, the D.I.Y. spirit that nourish the hardcore punk scene doesn't know boundaries and since long time ago we've seen many collaborations from different bands around the world. Hence, this split series follow this principle and proves that we can create this kind of projects and establish "connections" with no material limits. Sadly, I've only got the .mp3 files because I still don't have the records. But don't worry, we'll get a physical copy soon and we'll update the links when the time comes. Promised. On the other hand, I was considering making a such entry but I rather introduce those records separately since I've got other special and unofficial guides posts in mind, so...who knows. It could happen. Maybe. Just maybe...Lastly, stay tuned because we've got more surprises. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, the link is in the Disclaimer section. With all that said, let's begin.  

Connections Pt. I!W5wklCiS!NxWimQfeMAHTV26-Xi9veqY0dCfHwgUruBdTiUKTrmw

This record was released in 2008 and was also the first official release of the record label. It contains 6 different bands from 6 different countries: Arse Moreira from Mexico, Eucalypt from Australia, Amalthea from Sweden, Orbit Cinta Benjamin from Malaysia, Dodeward from the Netherlands and Hiro from France. I remember when this record was out, I couldn't get a physical copy because I haven't enough money for getting it. An old good friend gave me the .mp3 files. I don't know how did he get them. Regarding the sound, we find different influences from screamo, emoviolence and posthardcore. Most of these bands were such a boom within the international hardcore/punk scene ten years ago, above all the featured non-european bands because no one ever imagined that these kind of sounds could ever be created outside the U.S. and Europe. Simply amazing. Finally, click on the image for downloading this out-of-sale album. You won't regret. If you can, get a physical copy. Just do it. It has a superb and top-notch artwork made by Sebastian Weiss and the vinyl disc is purple. There was also a vinyl, CD and tote bag bundle (limited only to 50 copies) but this is almost impossible to get. It's much easier to get a decent used copy of the original vinyl release, though. Highly recommended. Enjoy!   

Connections Pt. II!PlI3wQQI!WcRYVxvpSSn4EUKpdh66PHDg0kR1IPn_advoxccDBJY

Following the success of the first split, Moments of Collapse released in 2010 the second one with the same formula: 6 bands from 6 different countries. The featured bands are: Suis La Lune (Sweden), The Saddest Landscape (USA), Captain, Your Ship Is Sinking (The Netherlands), Kias Fansuri (Malaysia), Isaïah (Belgium) and Adorno (Portugal). The featured songs were previously unreleased at the time. Once again, Sebastian Weiss was behind the artwork and the vinyl disc was green. Also, this record included a poster with lyrics, artwork, words and statements from the bands concerning, how they think about D.I.Y., making music and in which way they are "connected" to these ethics. Regarding the sound, this record follows the same patron as the previous split. So, you'll know what to expect. Finally, click on the image for downloading this out-of-sale album. You should get this record. Just like the previous one, it's really amazing. If you're fans of the skramz revival movement, this is for you. Such a classic. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Connections Pt. III!exQVjT7T!H0CSIaWd8GEb8brLM92e2jh7Jjzx_OI5RDMRj5acsLM

We finally conclude this entry with the third, and most recent, part of the Connections split series. It was released in 2015 and contained, once again, 6 bands from 6 different countries: Sundowning (Germany), Reka (Russia), Maudlin (Belgium), Black Table (USA), I Not Dance (Austria) and Quantis (Malaysia). We had to wait 5 years for this next part. At some point, I even thought that it was really unlikely that Moments of Collapse would ever release it. But, fortunately, I was wrong. Nonetheless, the game rules changed a little bit. For example, regarding the sound, most of the bands explore different musical genres such as sludge, ambient, posthardcore, post-metal and even post-black metal. The only band near to the sound of the previous releases is Quantis. I Not Dance also started as a screamo outfit but their style in this release dramatically change. Now, I have to admit that the overall sound of the record is really amazing. I loved the new musical proposal of this record. These new sounds have been timidly explored here in the blog but we do hope in the near future feature more bands like these ones. I wonder how would be the next part of the Connections series if it's ever released...We'll just have to wait. Finally, click on the image for downloading this album. Unlike the previous parts, this one is more accesible. And, you should get this record, with its more experimental approach. Give it a try. You won't regret it. Highly recommended. Enjoy and until next time. Kisses and hugs!        

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Más Allá De Los Gritos! 90s U.S.-based Latino and Chicano Hardcore Punk bands special post. Final part.

Coucou, les! We're back with the final part of our US latino and chicano hardcore punk in the 90s special post. We'll feature Bread And Circuits / Former Members Of Alfonsin split, Short Hate Temper / Godstomper split, as well as some compilations. Also, this entry features some extra special guests (both featured and non-featured in the documentary) that don't necessarily fit in this category but at least had a latin@ or chican@ as a member and/or treated social and political issues concerning the latino and chicano communities in the U.S.A. Let's begin. 

Bread And Circuits / Former Members Of Alfonsin split!blYnSSjC!Tz6DLUImIueDY-SvS4wtmrlAJMcsvKJHGq5P8luwPQ0

This interesting split was released in 2003 by El Grito Records. You may be asking: why does this split appear here? Well, both bands were born and had their moments of glory in the 90s. Also, the featured tracks were recorded in that decade. When this split was released, both musical groups were already disbanded. And, if you watched Más Allá De Los Gritos documentary, you may have noticed that Bread And Circuits was named in the credits but not entirely featured. However, one of their members, José Palafox (who also played drums for both Struggle and Swing Kids) was interviewed and has also worked with immigration issues. On the other hand, I'm not really sure if Former... had a latin@ and/or chican@ as a member but they were really sensitive to the cause. Finally, both bands have emo and posthardcore influences with politically-charged lyrics. Both musical instrumentation and execution are pretty amazing. You should check it out. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Short Hate Temper / Godstomper split!blYnSSjC!Tz6DLUImIueDY-SvS4wtmrlAJMcsvKJHGq5P8luwPQ0
This is an impressive split released in 1998 by El Grito Records. Both bands were meant to have their respective review in the special post but I decided to feature this split instead. I'll explain you why. Firstly, Short Hate Temper, as far as I know, didn't release a full-length album nor an EP. They only contributed to different splits and compilations; and, secondly, Godstomper has an extensive discography and it was really difficult to get some records. Regarding the sound, both bands play short, fast and loud powerviolence in the same vein as No Le$$, Charles Bronson and MK Ultra. Also, these two bands were a key element for the development of our beloved weird, complex and cacophonic hardcore subgenre. Finally, I guess I shouldn't write more about it. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Yo Hablo compilation!boohiRRJ!Uexnq4Y89csI4IuMTCrXN5QsFjbtYPfuERA1TzBXL4s

This amazing compilation was released in 1996 by Lengua Armada Records. It features the following bands: Copout, Animal Farm, Arma Contra Arma, Haymarket, Jara, Assfactor 4 and Spitboy. As you may know, Arma Contra Arma was already featured in the special post. In Más Allá De Los Gritos documentary, Spitboy is named in the credits and one of its members, Michelle Gonzales, was interviewed. She gave her perspective as a latina within the hardcore punk scene. Regarding the sound, you'll find outstanding political hardcore punk bands with influences from different subgenres such as powerviolence, thrashcore and emo. The lyrics are politically-charged criticizing different social and political topics such as capitalism and sexism. For years, I've been looking for this compilation and I finally got it. If you have already enjoyed the different 90s political hardcore-related posts so far, you'll love this one. Obviously you'll think that Assfactor 4 and Spitboy are a must but don't miss out the other bands. They are great too. All artwork, inserts, lyrics sheet and layouts are included in the file (except for Spitboy. I wonder why it wasn't included any info about them). All-in-one. Highly recommended. Enjoy! 

Libérame compilation 

This superb compilation was released in 1998 by El Grito Records and contains the 8 following bands: Los Crudos, Huasipungo, Kontrattaque, Godstomper, Youth Against, Former Members Of Alfonsin (USA), Parades End (Canada) and Swipe (Japan). It was already featured here in the blog but its content perfectly fits in this special post. It couldn't be ignored and it would have been a huge mistake if this compilation wasn't here. You can read the original review here.

Resistencia En Los Angeles compilation!fkBmGA6K!871Rcht6S5nhpQmrALlWjV3PWCokesWsXWpZXZbyBjo

This is a pretty rare and almost unknown compilation that was released in Mexico as a complement of the Cryptas fanzine. I'm not really sure in which issue was featured nor even the release year. It features the following bands: Subsistencia, Kontrattaque, Fronterrorismo, Tezacrifico and Ruido. Regarding the sound, you'll find the top-notch 90s latino and chicano hardcore style (most of the bands drawing influences from thrashcore and powerviolence) with politically-charged spanish lyrics treating subjects such as capitalism, sexism, war and, of course, the abuse of power of US authorities, among others. The featured tracks were taken from each band's early material, including Tezacrifico and Ruido split (already featured in our special post). I wanted to feature Fronterrorismo's s/t but I couldn't get it, so this compilation was perfect. Finally, the audio quality of this version isn't the best out there but it's still audible and don't forget that this is puro pinche ruido. It wouldn't need a sophisticated sound arrangement. Also, I'm not really sure but there are two additional and unlisted Ruido's tracks. I don't know about their original source but I don't think they were taken from the aforementioned split with Tezacrifico. Nonetheless, they're cool as fuck. Highly recommended. Enjoy!  

Ratas De Ciudad compilation!CtJBWBYJ!3H_895dymcgv7ns8g21bHWUMAynP9aeNuikLKx1K_MM

We conclude this special post with this compilation. I have already told you that I was going to feature it and here it is. It was released in 2004 by Southkore Records and features the following Chicago-based latino and chicano hardcore bands: Tras de Nada, PKDores (featuring members of Los Crudos, Youth Against and Arma Contra Arma), NFN, Los Jodidos, Eske, I Attack and Reacción. Regarding the sound, these bands inherited the musical sensibilities of the 90s latino and chicano hardcore scene in the US. So, you'll expect short, fast and loud politically-charged spanish-speaking hardcore punk. All of these bands (except for Tras de Nada) are also contemporary to Sin Orden and Tragátelo, as you may know, two of the best examples of the second generation of US latino and chicano hardcore. Also, some of the featured tracks are exclusive to this release. Finally, I highly recommend you this record. This the register for starting to know the heirs of the first generation of US latino and chicano hardcore. You won't regret it. Enjoy and until next time!  Kisses and Hugs!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Más Allá De Los Gritos! 90s U.S.-based Latino and Chicano Hardcore Punk bands special post. Part 4.

Coucou, les! On est de retour with the fourth part of our latino and chicano hardcore punk special post. We'll feature Huasipungo and Los Crudos, probably the most influential bands in the movement. Let's begin. 

Huasipungo - Complete Discography 1991 - 1998

Once again, our friend from Blogged and Quartered blog (Thank you, pal!) made another fantastic work compiling the early works of this influential New York-based hardcore punk outfit. This band started in 1989 and its name comes from Jorge Icaza's book that treats the oppression of indigenous people in Ecuador. Also, this band wasn't only one of the first US latino and chicano bands in the 90s, but contributed as well to the rise of political hardcore bands within the ABC No Rio squat in New York. They're still active today and have released so far: their first demo (1991), Canciones Para Una Causa Perdida (1992), Nunca Nada Cambia...A Menos Que Lo Hagamos Cambiar (split with Los Crudos, 1993), Tiempos De Miseria Y Lucha (1995), Ñucanchic Huasipungo! (1997), ¡Existimos! (split with No Abuse, 2009) and Sembrando / Sowing (split with Rai Ko Ris from Nepal (!), 2014), as well as some contributions to different compilations. Regarding the sound, they draw influences from both american and latin american old school hardcore punk styles with politically-charged spanish lyrics. So, you'll expect some of the best musical performances within the 90s political hardcore punk spectre in the US. For many people, Huasipungo was a little bit overshadowed by the greatness of Los Crudos, though. But I deeply think that they don't have anything to envy to this band or even another american hardcore band of the time. Lastly, click on the image for being redirected to the original post where you can download two files: the 1991 demo with a live performance @WFMU radio in 1997 as a bonus, and a discography compiling everything that this band ever recorded between 1991 and 1998. If you ever imagined how Born Against would be if they were latino, well, Huasipungo is your answer. One of my favorite spanish-speaking hardcore punk bands of all time. For sure. Highly recommended. Enjoy!      

Los Crudos - Discografía (1991 - 1998) + El último concierto + split with MK Ultra

We successfully conclude this entry with one of the most beloved and influential hardcore punk bands ever: Los Crudos. Writing about this band would be unnecessary and even useless, due to their fame within the international hardcore/punk scenes but we must do it, though. How could we dare to have a special post about latino and chicano hardcore punk in the US without having them? That'd be sacrilege. This Chicago-based hardcore band was born in 1990 and disbanded in 1998. Even though this band is officially disbanded, they sporadically play some shows, for example, last year they played in Tijuana, Mexico and some european cities such as Hannover, Germany, Oslo, Norway and Amsterdam, Netherlands (Gosh, why did I miss them out?). Also, his vocalist, Martin Sorrondeguy, still runs his record label, Lengua Armada Records, which has been an important engine for the latino and chicano hardcore punk scene in the US since its beginnings, although these last years has been a little bit dormant. Regarding the sound, Los Crudos played short, fast and loud hardcore punk with traces of crust punk and thrashcore, even in their final recordings we can find some powerviolence sensibilities too. Most of their songs were in spanish and their lyrics denounced different social and political issues around the immigrants in the US such as discrimination, xenophobia, racism, transborder struggles, etc. As we've already seen, these subjects were almost taboo within the american hardcore scene because many people either ignore them or didn't want to talk about it. Also, Los Crudos motivated different latino and chicano hardcore bands to express themselves about this lifelong struggles and contributed to the rise of different spanish-speaking hardcore bands around the world. Finally, in 1998, during their last show in Mexico City, before singing Asesinos, their most well-known anthem, Martin "came out of the closet" and confessed his homosexuality to his audience. Later, he formed Limp Wrist, one of the promoters of the expansion of the queercore style during the last decade. It does exist El Último Concierto CD/K7 (Bazar Rock, Sin Miedo Producciones, Biblioteca Social Reconstruir, México, 2004), which contains this amazing live performance (in fact, they played faster than ever), as well as some bonus tracks. You can download it here. (Link provided by our friends of Gritando Kaos blog. Thank you, pals!). Lastly, click on the image for downloading their discography (Difusión Libertaria La Idea and Beat Generation, Spain, 2002) that contains almost everything Los Crudos ever recorded during their lifespan including their full-length albums Canciones Para Liberar Nuestras Fronteras and La Rabia Nubla Nuestros Ojos..., compilation and splits tracks, and some live studio sessions.  Nonetheless, the tracks from the split with MK Ultra are missing. But don't worry, you can get the split here, once again, courtesy of our friends of Gritando Kaos blog. And, Maximum Rock 'N Roll also released a double LP discography but we don't have it yet. When we get it, we'll immediately upload it. Don't miss out the opportunity of having this superb hardcore punk band in your collection. One of my favorite bands of all time. Highly recommended. See you tomorrow for the final part of this special post. Kisses and hugs!