Bolt Thrower – In Battle There Is No Law LP

Artist: Bolt Thrower
Title: In Battle There Is No Law
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:26:32
Size (mb): 193
Label: Vinyl Solution (defunct)
Year: 1988

01. In Battle There Is No Law
02. Challenge for Power
03. Forgotten Existence
04. Denial of Destiny
05. Concession of Pain
06. Attack in the Aftermath
07. Psychological Warfare
08. Nuclear Annihilation

It had been a long time since I last heard this album, but I was inspired to dig it out after listening to Sanctum’s ‘On The Horizon’ LP and hearing something that struck a familiar chord. After a good clean, I threw it on the deck and sat back. What a difference many years (and some seriously upgraded hi-fi kit) makes.

Although I loved this album at the time, being a poor punk with a barely-functioning music system meant I didn’t necessarily hear it at its best. Now that’s been remedied, it’s almost like I’ve bought a new record, albeit one that doesn’t see the light of day much any more. At at time when punks were playing with the more extreme end of the metal scale, Bolt Thrower took the bull by the horns and produced this rumbling behemoth of a crusty grind record. The bass and drums thud like sledgehammers in the solar plexus, the guitars create the sort of noise you’d expect if you gave Slayer a gallon of scrumpy before letting ’em rip, while the vox growl with a menace rarely heard outside of an active earthquake zone.

BT went on to become doomy metal parodies of themselves, falling ever deeper into a world of Dungeons & Dragons-based nonsense and conforming to pretty much all of the stereotypes you’d expect from the pale-faced death-obsessed nerds who inhabit such realms. That doesn’t detract from the fact that this is an almost faultless piece of genre-defining grind.

OP’s opinion: Four half

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Flipping To FLAC

I’ve been mulling over this for a while now, but I’ve decided to take the plunge and start encoding my rips as FLACs rather than MP3s. It’s the best way of ensuring as flawless a copy as possible of the original source (within the restrictions of the kit I use). With a FLAC file you’re getting the full package, without the audio compression you get from MP3s. FLAC files can be converted back to WAV files (for burning CDs) to give you a perfect copy of the original audio. What’s more, you can compress FLACs to MP3s if you want smaller files for your pocket player, just as you would a normal CD.

The big drawback with FLAC files is their size – although they’re about 30% smaller than WAV files, they’re also around 4 times as big as MP3s. It’s worth the ‘trade-off’ when you play the music back on anything half-decent.

And not all audio players can handle FLAC files. Audacious and similar will do the job on Linux, while Foobar2000 is perfect for Windows users (and much better than pretty much any other audio player for that OS).

If you can’t work it out, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Antisect – Live In The Darkness LP

Artist: Antisect
Title: Live In The Darkness
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:33:23
Size (mb): 68.7
Label: Clown Discs (defunct)
Year: 1991

01. Intro (War)
02. They (The Eternal Myth And Paradox)
03. Tortured And Abused
04. Yet They Still Ignore
05. Education Or Indoctrination
06. The World’s Biggest Runt
07. In Darkness
08. Heresy
09. The Buck Stops Here

I could’ve written a blinding piece about this record, but someone far more intimate with it than me has already done it:

The only release on the Clown Disc label run by Pete Alberto, who was originally from Ipswich, but at this point in time was living in a house in Wood Green, London, N22 with Penguin and others. Pete did the running around, Lippy from Antisect listened to, and chose his favorite tape (Brighton Richmond 02/02/84). Bully from Bristol (one time member of the H.H.C. [Hackney Hell Crew – ed.]) supplied a rather nice picture of an English football hooligan as the opposing centre label to the ‘Celtic Skull’ design on the other side of the record. Penguin stumped up the cash (or most of it!) for the pressing up and printing costs. This was a very pretty release. The grey Celtic cover in reverse board, the record’s a nice grey marble vinyl and all limited to 900 copies [although mine’s numbered 0285/1000 – ed.]. This release took about a week to sell out and is so rare it is not listed on any Antisect discographies! The LP came out some time before the live release on Vinyl Japan, which by comparison is not as good as this lovely item. I may well be biased though!

Biased my arse! I was there, it was fucking awesome! For a recording from 1984, this release does an amazing job of capturing some of that power. Play it loud, and you’ll feel exactly what I mean.

OP’s opinion: Four

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Footnote: this album was also released in the US sometime afterwards under the title ‘Hallo There…How’s Life?’, by Al Long (Nausea / Misery) on his Graven Image label, after he got chatting to Antisect’s Pete Lyons at a Kulturo gig in London and was given the OK to do it.

Corrupted Ambitions

I received a lovely email from Chris Willshire (the force behind the ‘You’ve Heard It All Before’ comp) about the upload:

Thanks very much for adding the downloads to the Crass Covers compilation “You’ve Heard It All Before” (appreciate as I’ve no longer a copy myself other than on the DAT master and a shoddy cassette copy!!) – but, just to letcha know, the label Ruptured Ambitions ain’t defunct! There’s more on the way! Wonderful you made the suggestion of a Rape Crisis donation… love it. Cheers lots.
Love’n’Laughs,
Chris =:0)

Chris’ website is currently down, but hopefully not for too much longer. There are some interesting plans in the pipeline from what I can gather.

Squandered Message – Life LP

Artist: Squandered Message
Title: Life
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:39:01
Size (mb): 81.3
Label: Destiny Records
Year: 1988

01. Beware-Teddybear
02. Social Worker
03. It’s a Scream
04. Big City Soldier
05. Parallel
06. Caught Up
07. Hidden Powers
08. Chainsaw Massacre

Hailing from Berlin, SM were part of the ferocious yet melodic Euro hardcore scene that was at its peak right then. Although maybe not quite as well known as bands like Jingo De Lunch, Life…But How To Live It? and Negazione, they exhibited a similar musical prowess and approach to their sound. If you like any of the bands from this era, there’s a good chance you’ll like this too.

To be honest, I never listen to this kind of stuff at home very often. I’ve always preferred this style in the flesh – watching the musicians play shit-hot licks while usually jumping around like kangaroos on speed is quality entertainment and you’ll always find me in the thick of it (although maybe not for the duration these days). But when the mood takes me, taking myself back to this time of my life in the comfort of my living room works a treat. And I still can’t help flailing about wildly when it goes mental.

OP’s opinion: Three half

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VA – You’ve Heard It All Before 2xLP

Artist: VA
Title: You’ve Heard It All Before
Source: Vinyl 12″ DLP
Bitrate: V0 VBR
Running time (h:m:s): 01:26:22
Size (mb): 167
Label: Ruptured Ambitions
Year: 1993

Disc 1
1. Blyth Power – Reality Asylum
2. Decadence Within – Mother Earth
3. The Apostles – Walls
4. Corpus Vile – Berketex Bribe
5. Urin-8 – Darling (Versus Andy T.)
6. The Obscene Females – Securicor
7. Backbone O’Reilly – What Did You Know…?
8. Influx – Shaved Women
9. Time To Think – Major General Despair
10. Useful Idiot – So What?
11. Mortified – What The Fuck?
12. Spinners – So What?
13. Roddy & The Six-Packs – Do They Owe Us A Living
14. C.D.S. – You’ve Got Big Hands

Disc 2
1. Maggot Slayer Overdrive – General Bacardi
2. Academy 23 – Demo(N)Crats
3. M.D.M. – Big A Little A
4. Wordbug – Reality Whitewash
5. Ten Naked Fish – Securicor
6. The Desired – Poison In A Pretty Pill
7. Radio Schizo – Bloody Revolutions
8. Freedom Empire Of The Umpteenth Generation – Big Man Big M.A.N.
9. P.M.T. – Hearthrob Of The Mortuary
10. Good Grief – You’re Already Dead
11. Wat Tyler – Our Wedding
12. Anxiety Society – Don’t Tell Me You Care
13. Oi Polloi – The Greatest Working Class Rip-Off

This is a right mix of stuff, from the humorous to the bizarre, and feels very much like a ‘Bullshit Detector’ comp (but generally with better production on most of the tracks). Outstanding numbers include Wat Tyler’s ‘Our Wedding’ (natch), Ten Naked Fish’s ‘Securicor’ (just for being the Wessex Massive), Blyth Power’s ‘Reality Asylum’ (typically clever and funny) and Maggot Slayer Overdrive’s ‘Major General Despair’ (great band, great noise). The weirdest / most artistically challenging award goes to Academy 23’s reworking of ‘Demo(n)crats’, which reminds me very much of a punk Aphex Twin.

You probably won’t like it all, but I reckon there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy. 2000 were pressed in total, and it was a benefit to raise money for Rape Crisis (click to make a donation if you can).

OP’s opinion: Four

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PS: I have failed miserably at my goal of making regular monthly posts. So I’ve introduced a simple subscrition option that will send you a brief email whenever I get my lazy arse into gear and put something up here.

Superstar DJ!

I was asked to put together a playlist for Sunday night’s shenanigans at the pub but, for various reasons, it wasn’t needed in the end.

Rather than put all that hard work to waste, I’ve uploaded the set for you to all check out. It’s in the order I would’ve probably played it on the night, but you’re not obliged to listen to it that way. Everyone’s a DJ these days, and that’s a good thing.

Track list (Band – Album – Track):

Stage Bottles – (We Need A) New Flag – Real Skinhead
Choking Victim – No Gods, No Managers – Crack Rock Steady
Dub War – Dub Warning MLP – Crack
Fighting Chance – Dacrifice & Struggle LP – History Repeats
Capdown – New Revolutionaries CD EP – I Wanna Riot
Runnin’ Riot – The Best Of CD – Work Together
Inner Terrestrials – Guns Of Brixton EP – Guns Of Brixton
The AK47’s – Don’t Call Me Vanilla – Tottenham Three
Blaggers I.T.A. – Blaggamuffin MLP – Emergency
The Fallout – Dismantlement – The End Of The War Years
Link 80 – The Struggle Continues… – Intolerance
Star Fucking Hipsters – Until Were Dead – Immigrants & Hypocrites
Oxymoron – Feed The Breed – R.I.P.
Esclaves Salaries – Hate the State Vol. II – Histoire De Skinhead
The Oppressed – Music for Hooligans – Sleeping With The Enemy
P.A.I.N. – Oh My God – We’re Doing It – Punks With Guns
Scum Of Toytown – Strike – Jackboot Crusade
Operation Ivy – Operation Ivy (remastered) – Unity
Los Fastidios – Rebels ‘N’ Revels – 3 Tone
Sonic Boom Six – City of Thieves – Rum Little Skallywag
D.O.A. – Bloodied But Unbowed & War On 45 CD – Class War
The Ruts – The Crack & Grin And Bear It – Staring At The Rude Boys
Los Fastidios – Siempre Contra – Antifa Hooligans
The 241ers – Murderers – Stories Of Old

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Dub War – Dub Warning Mini-LP

Artist: Dub War
Title: Dub Warning
Source: Vinyl 12″ mini-LP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:30:36
Size (mb): 64.5
Label: Words Of Warning (defunct)
Year: 1994

1. Original Murder
2. Crack
3. Psycho System
4. Words of Warning
5. Crack D Dub
6. Dub War

Proving that the M4 isn’t the only good thing to come out of Wales, these Newport boys took all of the punk attitude and influences around them, then smashed them into a pulp with anything else they could lay their hands on. The result? This lovely slab of well-honed noise, intense, gentle, urgent and perfectly unpredictable. They continued to broaden their style as they developed, but I think this releases captures them at their most raw and honest best. And, for a Christian, Benji (vox) has one hell of a devilish voice.

OP’s opinion: Four half

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Open House

If anyone’s interested, Punk Torrents is currently open for registration (although probably not for long). So hurry up and sign up if you want the chance to grab and share some fine rare punk and punk-related audio, video and literature. There’s also general info, discussions, intelligent debate and occasional stupidity to entertain you while you’re waiting for your downloads to finish (except in the ‘Ninjas In Pink Leather Pants’ forum, which is pretty much wall-to-wall stupidity).

If anyone needs advice and guidance on how to use torrent software, there’s a very handy help section and wiki that should get you up and running. Alternatively, ask me and I’ll try and point you in the right direction.

Scatha – Respect, Protect, Reconnect LP

Artist: Scatha
Title: Respect, Protect, Reconnect
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:30:36
Size (mb): 64.5
Label: Flat Earth Records (defunct)
Year: 1996

1. From The Heart
2. Manannan Weeps
3. Uni-Verse
4. I Am One!
5. Cry! Wolf
6. Respect, Protect, Reconnect
7. Pagan Idolatry
8. Blinded By Sight
9. Prognostication
10. Why Fur?

Following up on my promise to subject you all to some more Jockish hardcore, here it is. Better late than never n’ all that.

Scatha were made up from parts of Sedition and Disaffect, but managed to sound all like themselves. And themselves sound like a nailbomb detonating in your cranium, a full-on metal-sharded compression blast ripping you apart. It may be intense brain-bruising music, but it hides some surprisingly complex and delicate concepts. Like Sedition, the lyrics align themselves with the neo-pagan ideology that the band favoured and, like Sedition, they manage to lay bare the unnecessary cruelty of modern life. But they also carry some hope for us all, regardless of whether we go for the whole tribal ethic that they’re espousing or not. It’s designed to make us think about what future we want, and to act to make it happen.

It always struck me as slightly weird that a ‘deep’ green band would make and produce music that relies on very modern technologies, but I’m glad they didn’t let their ideologies get in the way of putting out this fossil-fuelled weapon of mass deconstruction.

OP’s opinion: Four half

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