Sunday, January 23, 2011

G.G. Allin - "Freaks, Faggots, Drunks And Junkies"

G.G. Allin. Rock'N' Roll's #1 most wanted terrorist or complete utter waste of flesh and blood. I'll let everyone else decide that amongst themselves. While deciding, please use this album, his "magnum opus" to me, as part of your decision. I know where I stand. Asshole? Sure. One fucked up individual? Of course. Great punk frontman and instigator? Without a doubt. All I know is this...if you get easily offended, then Mr. Allin is by no means for you. If, you are like me and don't take everything exceedingly too seriously, then you might enjoy this. If you don't like it, well...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Puke - "Back To The Stone Age"

Here is the first and only full length from Sweden's Puke, who sounds to me like some punks got a hold of the first two iron maiden records and applied it to fast d-beat punk. That's probably not a good description, but have faith in this: this record kills. It is fast, fun, full of great little maiden-esque riffage, and it makes me want to learn the swedish language so I can sing along with their infectious choruses. They also put out a 7" called "Back To The 30's" and a demo, which is more in lines with swedish bands like Mob 47/Anti-Cimex than the riffage beast they became on this album.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Unsane - "S/T"

Before MTV put their video for "Scrape" into heavy rotation, NY's kings of noise Unsane were just a dark, heavy, noise rock band with bloody album covers. While I'm not a fan of their current output, I hold this album and the "Singles 89-92" compilation in very high regards. This album is a wall of noisy, distorted as hell, yet jangly guitar work, pounding, almost tribal drums, and distorted bass, with shouted vocals over top of it. A great album.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rise - "Fight For Freedom"

Here is a short, but absolutely killer 6 track offering from Rise, a band that I talked about in the early days of Scummified. They are from Japan and play ripping hardcore punk rock, definitely keeping the spirits burning, but I STILL cannot find any info on this band or their elusive demo that I once had a tape copy of, if interested in hearing two tracks from that, please go here. Otherwise, this little EP is great punk rock from a country that, it seems to me, has got punk rock down to a fucking science.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Vlad Tepes & Belketre - "March To The Black Holocaust" Split

Here is the Vlad Tepes & Belketre split album. Both bands were French black metal bands, part of the Les Légions Noires scene in the early-mid nineties, which also gave us bands such as Torgeist, Mutiilation, and Brenoritvrezorkre. This is a fantastic split, as both bands try to out distort and out-grim each other. The Vlad Tepes side is my favorite, just check the awesome 12 minute long "Drink The Poetry Of The Celtic Disciple" for proof. Not to say that the Belketre stuff isn't any less killer. Their contributions to this split are shrieked vocals, light speed drumming, nasty distorted guitar, and both bands have enough atmosphere for 20 other so called "true" black metal bands. Truly, a split release that remains undiminished with age, unrelenting and dark black metal from both of these bands.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Venom & Bathory Split LP

Here is a split record by two bands who need absolutely no introduction. What I know about this record is this: apparently it was made in South America, in a run of at least 300 copies, but I can't tell if mine is one of those or yet another bootleg of a bootleg. The copy I own is on clear green vinyl. It is 7 tracks by Venom, and 5 from Bathory. The Bathory side is my favorite, as it seems to draw demos from the early stages of Quorthon's reign. The first song sounds more like the viking metal they pioneered, while the 2nd track sounds like first album stuff, 3rd track sounds like "Blood Fire Death" era, etc, etc. The Venom side is equally as good, with what I'm guessing is demos from the first 2 albums. A huge reason why I love this record and am very glad to have it in my collection is the fact that it could be just about the most black metal record I own. Sure, I've got some Darkthrone/Ulver albums, but this is really like having the birth of the genre on one LP, as you have the band that coined the term Black Metal and the band that truly defines Black Metal sound and aesthetics to me.