Expendable Youth – The Exposing Of The Immortal Person LP

Expendable YouthI love it when I take a bit of a punt and end up with another slice of perfectly turned out coloured vinyl (black-splattered beer) and accompanying noise (blood-splattered ears). Such is the case with EY’s ‘The Exposing Of The Immortal Person’ LP, put out (at least in part) by the eternally-friendly Alex of Distro-y Records. I’m still a bit of an amateur when it comes to this ‘neo / melodic crust’ thing but, as Alex has made wholesome comparisons with a couple of the prime movers and shakers of the style, I thought ‘why not?’. I’ve got to say it’s one of the best instinctive moves I’ve made in a fair while.

Chugging riffage à la Metallica in their heyday but embellished with well-crafted crust twiddles, sharp breakdowns that kill the pace but not the power, a skinbasher who appears to have eight arms and legs in faultless syncronicity, bass licks that aren’t afraid to hold centre-stage without forgetting their main job of fleshing out the bones, and all topped by the voices of the righteously angry – you get the impression that they would turn themselves inside out if they screamed any harder against the injustice and oppression that pervades our lives. The spot-on production job gives space to every member while drawing out the collective dynamics perfectly. If this is what the kids are listening to and creating these days, count me in.

Overall, it’s a melodic, heavy, tight and shining example of punk evolution in practice.

For people who also like: Ekkaia, Remains Of The Day (apparently)

OP’s opinion: Five

Download sample track – Rising From The Right (320k mp3)
Expendable Youth Myspace
Buy from Distro-y (EU), Sysdumb (US) or Shaman (US)

Right now this is on sale at Distro-y for the absolute bargain price of €5 plus shipping, but hurry up – only 500 have been pressed across the world and stocks are limited.

V.A. – Grindcore Collection

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Grindcore Collection
Mixed: Ernest Embryo
Date: November 2010
Genre: Grindcore/Crust
Codec: LAME 3.92 (mp3)
Bit rate: Nothing less than 192kbps

Track Listing
01. Dead Battery – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
02. Rot – Hatred Surge
03. Time To Act – Nasum
04. Timelord Zero (Chronovore) – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
05. Yawning God – Cretin
06. Conference Call Immolation – Watchmaker
07. Cheerleader Corpses – Pig Destroyer
08. Nazi Punks Fuck Off – Napalm Death
09. Genocide – Heresy
10. Blood And Circus – Nausea
11. Drug Me – Sepultura
12. Information Superlost Highway – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
13. Cold – Caustic Christ
14. Corporation Pull-In – Terrorizer
15. Your Turn Next – Concrete Sox
16. Chickens – Electro Hippies
17. Stench Of Death – Raw Noise
18. You Will Be Shot – Naked City
19. Spray Paint The Walls – Remembering Never
20. Christianity Regurgitater – Agathocles
21. Moral Distortion – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
22. Function Function – Beecher
23. Slaughtercult – Exhumed
24. Follow Suit – Heresy
25. I Hate People – Nasum
26. Fucktoy – Brutal Truth
27. Each Day A New Low – Concrete Sox
28. Systems Shit – Extreme Noise Terror
29. Mentally Murdered – Napalm Death
30. Die And Get The Fuck Out Of The Way – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
31. Euphoric State Of Butchery – Regurgitate
32. Old And Tired – Hatred Surge
33. Fuckable – Carnival In Coal
34. Another Needs To Be Fed – Agathocles
35. Sadists – Concrete Sox
36. Slithering Maceration Of Ulcerous Facial Tissue – General Surgery
37. Scarlet Hourglass – Pig Destroyer
38. Butchers – Nausea
39. Meltdown – Electro Hippies
40. And If – The Distance
41. Unleash The Bastards – Municipal Waste
42. Pestilent Decay – Repulsion
43. Blank Stare – Caustic Christ
44. Negative Appeal – Insect Warfare
45. Agorapocalypse Now – Agoraphobic Nosebleed
46. Today’s World – Concrete Sox

Here’s another compilation for your listening pleasure. This one’s a selection of various different grindcore bands though there’s also a bit of crust mixed in as well. Though whatever genre you want to call it this is all full on, blazing fast, brutal hardcore. Not for the faint hearted 🙂

Grindcore is an extreme genre of music that started in the early to mid 1980s. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive music genres – including death metal, industrial music, noise and the more extreme varieties of hardcore punk.

It goes on for around 70 minutes so it should fit onto a CD if you want to burn yourself a copy.

Enjoy 🙂

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CRASS – Stations Of The Crass CD (Remastered)

Stations... coverThe same general observations I made about the previous remastered CD release apply equally here too, with one exception. This time round, the bonus tracks are fucking amazing!

They were recorded live in BBC studios for one of the world-renowned Peel Sessions in March 1979, where sadly-missed DJ and nation’s favourite uncle John Peel would champion bands he appreciated by giving them airtime during one of his shows. Previously only available on an outrageously priced bootleg that nowhere near matches the clarity and power on show here (taken as they are from the studio masters), it’s about time this incredible piece of broadcasting and musical history got the polish and audience it deserves.

On a related note, can anyone imagine the Beeb having a DJ with either the underground awareness or straight-up audacity of Uncle John these days? Me neither.

More info on the Southern website (and available from their shop).

CRASS – The Feeding Of The Five Thousand CD (Remastered)

Feeding Of The 5000CRASS. The point where it really all began as far as I’m concerned. The band that gave punk the direction it needed to go if it was to really mean anything, and who called it a day when they felt they’d said everything they could as a collective unit. And, although they’ve been almost completely ignored in the deluge of ‘punk’ history books that have been spawned over the years, their influence cannot be overstated.

Having come to the conclusion that the early digital versions of their output really didn’t do justice to how they should’ve looked or sounded, some members of the band (primarily Penny and Gee from what I can tell) decided that they would put in the time and effort required to rework the whole lot. But it didn’t pan out quite so smoothly. Pete had unresolved personal issues with Penny from back in the day and decided to use the planned re-issues as a weapon in that dispute. He refused to give permission for the remasters to be released. The last I heard, it was on the verge of court but it seems like Penny et al have adopted the ‘published and be damned’ approach, much like they’ve always done.

So on to the end product. There’s no remixing here, just clever use of the latest tools and technologies that’s allowed them to bring out the full power and energy of the recording. It’s definitely the next-best-thing if you don’t have the vinyl version, and I’d recommend it even if you do. I’ve read some criticism that the remastering just added a dose of compression to make everything more equally loud, but it definitely sounds a lot more subtle than that to my (admittedly well-used) ears. There’s a presence about the bass that really emphasises just how good the riffs were, while the work on the guitars has created a subtle separation that allows both to stand proud while still combining precisely for that classic jittering, jarring sound. Vox and drums find a comfortable home among them and the overall balance definitely hits the sweet spot.

Along with the studio tracks, there are an additional 16 tracks resurrected from some ultra-scarce demos recorded in the very early days. They’re historically interesting, if slightly more challenging to listen to more than once.

Gee’s also been no slouch with creating a completely fresh approach to the package as a whole. The accompanying 64-page lyric booklet is a pleasure to hold and read. Not only are there snippets of images that any CRASS afficionado will know intimately, there are also new photos, clever background textures, beautiful type-setting and intros from Steve Igs and Gandalf Rimbaud himself. The original poster sleeve has been reduced to CD size and opens up just like its big brother. Everything is boxed in a cardboard slipcase which has a photo of part of the CRASS logo on Penny’s bass drum skin (the six planned remasters will make up the whole image when put together). Needless to say, the materials used are all top-notch and do the artwork and creator full credit.

‘Stations…’ is next up and I’m seriously excited about it. Hell, they may even be able to tempt me to part with my hard-earned to get ‘Ten Notes…’ just for the non-musical content. OK, so none of these releases are really essential any more, but for anyone whose life has been influenced in any way by these angry songs and bitter words, they’re more than a justifiable indulgence.

OP’s opinion: Four half

Download sample track – So What?
CRASS pages on the Southern website
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Sonic Boom Six – Rude Awakening CD/LP

Rude Awakening coverFor anyone not yet familiar with this bunch of cheeky Mancs, you could do worse than pick up either (or both) of these juicy releases. Hand-picked by the band, the tracks on show represent the finest fruits of the skapunkdubfunkmetaljungle tree. Tunes have been collected from their earliest works to their most recent offerings, with a particular emphasis on the ones they love to play out on the road (something they do a great deal of), to give a really nicely rounded overview of their energy, range and capabilities.

Both versions share tracks, but there are one or two differences too that make owning the pair very appealing. If you have to plump for one, get the CD – there are more songs, an exclusive new version of Puretone’s ‘Addicted To Bass’ and a couple of videos thrown in too. For a tenner a piece they’re a top deal in these recessionary times, and will certainly help keep your revolutionary fervour fiesty.

OP’s opinion: Five

Sonic Boom Six website
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