February is the shortest month of the year and though this time we had one extra day to present you some records that couldn’t make it into our review section, it took me much more time than expected to publish my monthly records overview. But here we go with another portion of records that went through my ears during the second month of 2016.
I Recover – S/T 7″
From the moment I heard that Dan Africa (Punch) is in a German emo band I was expecting something that will grab my attention. I Recover doesn’t disappoint at all. The music is very energetic and diverse with beautiful guitar melodies and driving vocals, it’s actually one of the best things I’ve heard in a while and you would fall in love with this record if you’re into the melodic DC/Dischord stuff, namely Dag Nasty. This is not a self-released digital demo but a beautiful 7″ record released by a handful of awesome labels: Boslevan, Cosmic Note, Fear of Heights and Holy Goat Records. Buying this is highly recommended.
Cistem Failure – Cistemfailure
My new favorite folk-punk band is called Cistem Failure. Expect some really angry lyrics over banjo mayhem from this musical collective fighting against all forms of oppression – binary gender roles, transphobia and patriarchy, animal abuse, capitalist wage slavery, police and military – the cistem will fail and we will all dance and sing the songs of freedom & autonomy.
Nailed In – S/T EP
Nailed In is a new band from Zagreb, Croatia, and their self-titled EP came into my facebook newsfeed a few weeks ago. Furious hardcore punk in the veins of Negative Approach and everything that’s fast and punishing. Excellent record, for now only available on their bandcamp page. Listen, share or do whatever you want with this one.
Lack of Soul – S/T EP
Another record coming from Croatia, this is an old one dating back to 2014, but it was handed over to me by Black Sails when the guys were asking us to review their last record. Lack of Soul’s EP is a truly exciting journey through chaotic soundscapes, from emotional hardcore to black metal. It’s definitely a kind of band that I’m excited to listen to. I’m so grateful I was introduced to this Croatian band, so I’m putting their EP on here even if the band is no longer active.
Nocturnal Scum – Demo
Nocturnal Scum hails from Berlin to deliver their intense blend of crust and metal. Four ripping tracks in the veins of Deviated Instinct and a bit of early Swedish death metal. The demo is available on a cassette tape through the band themselves. Play it loud and worship Seitan!
Tigerwizard – Born To Die EP
Imagine being bewitched by a tiger-headed black magician wearing old school Vans hitops and Suicidal Tendencies OG flip-up hat while smoking weed from a huge bong and listening to stoner metal. Tigerwizard is a skate-thrash stoner band from Vienna as weird as it seems. “Born To Die” is their debut EP and it’s all for fun and doing it yourself.
Salviction – Grief-Stricken
Hardcore punk veterans from Poland playing cold and atmospheric post-metal. The band was formed in 2011 in Gdansk and as far as I know they have members of the legendary Polish crust band Filth of Mankind. “Grief-Stricken” was released in 2015 but was sent to me just now and I’m totally into what they are doing on here. It’s bleak and depressive music played the way it has to be, the cold atmosphere is maintained by the use of keyboards, clean bass lines and complex drumming. The lyrical themes are, of course, just as depressive as the music.
Procrastinate – Ideals to Burn EP
Three songs of high-octane crust from Greece, two of the songs are in English and one in Greek. As far as influences go Wolfbrigade and Skitsystem are still the usual suspects. The record is too short to talk about diversity or anything, it’s just a nice 7″ record for your collection of international noise. Keep an eye on Greece and their crust punk scene.
Never Again – Hell No! EP
Never Again comes from Dijon, the Mustard city, and step into the post-hardcore territory with lots of tempo changes, diverse vocals and dynamic guitars. It’s enjoyable record but not the most original stuff out there. If you enjoy melodic hardcore then this could be something right up your alley.
Bitter Grounds – Remnants… EP
Punk rock from the Netherlands debuting with a four-song EP paying homage to The Clash and Rancid. If you like the dirty mix of punk, ska and reggae you’ll enjoy these tunes. Nothing more, nothing less.
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