Tuesday, 18 June 2019

KHIIS























"bezoar"
Year:  2019
Country:  US
City:  Oakland, CA
Label:  LVEUM
Format:  LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk














Oakland's KHIIS, on this, their first full-length record, unleash a torrent of killer riffs, building songs of purpose and power, absent of the chaos and noise that engulfs many modern hardcore records. While such noise obviously has its place in the canon of punk and its raw machinations, KHIIS know they don't need the obscurant balm of feedback, they stand clear and robust, simply put: they've just got the fuckin riffs. Similarly the vocals are declamatory and forthright, not wild ghosts of delay and reverb, determined attacks, stark in their fury. KHIIS charge mightily through nine striking tracks of thick, full-blooded hardcore punk, taking no prisoners. Recorded and Mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studio.  Mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studio  (Joe Briggs).
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Monday, 3 June 2019

LOS DE MARRAS
























"re-amanecer"
Year:  2017
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  52 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hard Rock















Los De Marras are five veteran musicians who decided to start their own band in 1995, in Valencia city (Spain). Their music style is a mix of: hard rock, punk, ska and acoustic folk, with strongly political lyrics against: religion, nationalism, fascism, racism, capitalism, militarism and related to atheism, internationalism, social issues, politics, pacifism and other factors of society. Los De Marras can to remind The Clash, Deep Purple and Bad Religion, at the same time. In fact, they make simply classic rock with political lyrics. Despite they started in 1995, it was until 2001 when they issued their debut album. High technical level, excellent sound production and intelligent lyrics sung in spanish. They are honest, modest and sincere. Highly recommended for those fans of: La Polla Records, Rosendo or Extremoduro.
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"surrealismo"
Year:  2014
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  42 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hard Rock








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"oscuridad"
Year:  2011
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hard Rock








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"vulnerable"
Year:  2007
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  54 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock








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"gritos de mimo"
Year:  2003
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock







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"precede"
Year:  2001
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock







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Saturday, 1 June 2019

THE SHELL CORPORATION






















"fucked"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Gunner
Format:  CD, LP
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Tracks:  12
Time:  29 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock












The Shell Corporation was formed in 2011 by singer Jan Drees and guitarist Curtiss Lopez. Within a month they recorded a 7” and booked a European tour. Within three months they recorded and released their debut album “Force Majeure”. Extensive touring ensued over the next 9 months before the release of the “Time and Pressure” EP in June 2012 (Solidarity Recordings). More touring across the US and Europe follow as well as more releases, including a split 7” with The Mighty Fine and a track on Solidarity Recording’s Go-Go’s Tribute “Our Lips Are Sealed” along with Masked Intruder, Dan Vapid, and Cobra Skulls. They just finished their second full-length record “Mandrake”, which will be released in March 2014 on Paper+Plastick, and will be followed up by yet more extensive touring. Forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards fame and fortune. Or, at least break-even.
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"mandrake"
Year:  2014
Label:  Gunner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  26 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock








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Monday, 27 May 2019

BULTZ























"erraiak"
Year:  2019
Country:  Basque Country (Spain)
City:  Elorrio
Label:  Mauka
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock













Only two listeners have been enough to realize that this "Erraiak" of Bultz is not another album. The formation of Bizkaia Bultz formed by Xabier Arrieta on drums, Liher Larrañaga on guitar and vocals, Xabier Gallastegi on guitar and Jon Ander Areizaga on bass, presents a complete work composed of twelve insurgent punk rock songs sung at Euskera "Erraiak" is the debut album by Bultz, an album that contains pieces like "Gerraren kronika idatzia", ​​"Oroimenean" and "Sutan hiria". Twelve songs of melodic punk rock with North American influences that deal with close themes such as macho violence, the situation of Basque prisoners or friendship, and that have seen the light thanks to the support given by theirs in the crowdfunding campaign launched by the band at the beginning of 2019. Bultz were in charge of elaborating in 2019 the official theme of the solidarity festival 40 Minutu Rock, a song in which they have the participation of Josune Arakistain and Uxue Amonarriz (Huntza). Bultz mixes in his compositions punkrockero rhythms with direct lyrics and all the themes of this "Erraiak" are highly attractive. Throughout the disc we found that the quartet gives continuity with its new themes to the journey made in previous projects such as Pixontxis, Kruders and Iheskide. In just two years of activity Bultz has created one of the most complete albums that have come to my hands in recent times. A work recorded and mixed in the Higain Studios of Usurbil (Gipuzkoa) by Haritz Harreguy and mastered by Juan Hidalgo, in Mastertips (Madrid) and that will undoubtedly give much to talk about. Mature music and intelligent lyrics which can to remind bands as The Clash, Rancid or Social Distortion.
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Friday, 10 May 2019

LA POLLA RECORDS
























"ni descanso, ni paz"
Year:  2019
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock















La Polla Records is an original punk band from Agurain, an small village from Basque Country (Spain). Active from 1979 to 2003 and since 2019, it is considered one of the greatest references of punk rock in spanish and one of the most important in the history of rock in Spain and South America. Shortly after, in 1984 they released a more complete album of nineteen songs called "Salve". In their lyrics they make strong criticisms against: religion, nationalism, fascism, capitalism, militarism, consumerism and related to atheism, internationalism, social issues, politics, alienation, and other factors of society, something that would characterize their entire career. During the 2002 tour, Fernando Murua died on September 3, because of a heart attack. LPR canceled all their concerts and tours. After the loss of Fernando, they recruited the drummer Tripi and released their last album, as its title indicates: "The last one of the Polla", putting an end to twenty-four years of career in 2003. In 2019 the band come back and recorded a new full lengh album.
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"el último de La Polla"
Year:  2003
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
 
Tracks:  18
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock



 






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"bocas"
Year:  2001
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





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"toda la puta vida igual"
Year:  1999
Label:  Maldito
Format:  CD
Tracks:  21
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock








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"carne para la picadora"
Year:  1996
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock










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"bajo presion" 
Year:  1994
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock
















Big effort to get an  smart and clean, soft and clear, more powerful musical arrangements, taking the guitars much more than before. High quality sound and excellent producion. The battery is also more present. The sound curtain becomes a fundamental protagonist, even over the letters. The beginning, with "Monopoly" is representative of it, with the fast pace that some galloping guitars give him. The title of the song comes to mind because of the high-level goings-on to which it refers. A similar complaint is made in "The eye sees you", which also powerful sound, is responsible for criticizing the omnipresent presence of video cameras that control us. Surprise how, ten years after its debut, La Polla Records are able to continue making records of such intensity. This disc was the last one sent under the name of "La Polla Records", because in 1991 a judicial procedure had begun against the band, on the part of an ex-sound technician. Finally, the court ruling went against the band, and it was forbidden to continue using that name, due to the term "Records", which in English is used for record companies. Therefore, from the following works the group was simply called "La Polla".
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"hoy es el futuro" 
Year:  1993
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock 









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"black"
Year:  1992
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Rock







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"los jubilados"
Year:  1990
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  acoustic
Style:        Folk















understood, underrated and forgot. Actually this was not a serious and official album, but just some kind of "divertimento" with jokes, parodies and a lot of irony. It seems that the original idea was to publish it as an album of a b-side project called "Los Jubilados", with the five original members plus several musicians as collaborations to record many different instruments such as: banjo, flute, trumpet, sax, violin, keyboards, piano, electronic drums and other exotic sounds and effects. Even vocals was not just Evaristo (singer) but also the rest of the band plus a female voice "in off". La Polla Records declared in an interview that the goal of this album was just "to celebrate" the recent fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union collapse. It was did just in some months and recorded in june 1990. Finally the record label "Oihuka" decided to issued as an official album on CD and LP format, plus an original and interessant booklet full of comix by popular spanish artist "Carlos Azagra". None of these songs will be played neither on live concerts, nor in another album. The result was frankly bad and both, audience and medias, didn't like it at all. Disappointment and complete commercial failure then, in 1990. But with the pass of the years it seems the album has been more accepted.
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"ellos dicen mierda nosotros amén"
Year:  1989
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk














Written, recorded and mixed during 1989, but finally issued one year later, in 1990,  through record label "Oihuka". Well known producer Jean Pochas did this work on the "Elkar" studio next to artwork did by visual artist Manolo Gil . The cover, realized by Manolo Gil on idea of the own group, keeps an undeniable similarity with the one of "Beggars Banquet" (Decca, 1968) of The Rolling Stones of 1968. On this occasion the production of the album seems to have a guitar sound perhaps more powerful than other times. At times they even seem like arrangements of a heavy metal or hard rock band. A lot of strong guitars, with a slower tempo and longer songs than ever.
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"donde se habla"
Year:  1988
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk















It is considered their only one album with a mono-theme, given that all songs have titles referring to the animal world. In an interview with Evaristo in May 2010, he affirmed that the name of the album and its concept are inspired by the book "the name of the rose", by Umberto Eco. The song "The ostrich", according to an urban myth, is a song dedicated to the group Eskorbuto, due to an incident in which the group stole a guitar in a 1985 recital, where they had played together. According to this legend, Eskorbuto would have dedicated to them the song "cuidado", which came out on their album "anti todo" de 1986. What is certain that song "el aveztruz" is actually a cover of the song "first time" of the british punk band The Boys. At date this was their best album related to its high quality sound and good production, which was charged Mariño Goñi.
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"no somos nada"
Year:  1986
Label:  Oihuka
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  21
Time:  39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:      Punk















In 1986 the group decided to make their third album totally according to "do it yourself" ethics. So the band founded their own label "Txata records" and edited, produced, recorded and mixed "no somos nada" theyselves in "Du Manoir" studios. The result was not satisfactory and it was delayed due to a series of inconveniences that occurred during the rest of the year, hence this LP went through three different phases and ended up being edited in 1987 through record label "Oihuka". The artist Santi Orue was charged to design the artwork (cover, back and booklet), with also the collaborations of: Carlos (RiP), Natxo (Cicatriz) and Xose Aviles (Dixebra). Strongly political lyrics with some kind of fast punk, direct, simple and very short twenty one songs. Despite then, they were not good musicians and this poor quality sound, "no somos nada" become in one of the best, but the best, La Polla Records album.
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"revolucion"
Year:  1985
Label:  Soñua
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"salve"
Year:  1984
Label:  Soñua
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  23
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"y ahora que?" 
Year:  1982
Label:  Soñua
Format:  EP
Tracks: 4
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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Fernando Murua (Fernandito) drummer of the band from 1979 to 2002.




















Evaristo Paramos, vocalist of the band since 1979.

























































Monday, 29 April 2019

ACCIDENTE























"pulso"
Year:  2016
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Label:  none
Format:   CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk














five piece band started in 2010 in Madrid city. This is "pulso", their succesfull third album, which was issued fisrtly by the own band, but after also through different record labels such as: Dirt Cult (USA), Vox Populi (Japan), Revulsion (Malaysia), LADV (UK)... and others, but the band allow its free download in their own web site. Their style is fresh, simple, easy, basic and direct, with a crude quality sound, few distorted guitars and clear female voices. Lyrical themes are as typical hardcore subjects: social issues, politics, optimism, positivism, personal emotions, etc. Nothing new, neither complicated nor elaborated, but fresh, young and real. Accidente are sincere and real, with alternative attitude. They are a new and young value for the spanish speakers hardcore punk scene, but perhaps also by the rest of the world. The band has already played in many live concerts in Spain, but also in South America, USA, Japan and Europe.
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"amistad y rebelión"
Year:  2014
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk








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"idem"
Year:  2011
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk








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Saturday, 27 April 2019

TV EYE






















"my generation"
Year:  2017
Country:  Sweden
City:  Stockholm
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  24 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock













Toy Dolls, Buzzcocks, Dickies, Zero Boys... are their principal influence. TV EYE is an ultra fast, ultra short and ultra simple 1977 punk rock style with lyrical themes from parodies to jokes to sense of humor or simple absurdities. According to wikipedia this style is called as: punk pathetic . Former members of played in the 80's in hardcore punk bands such as: Raped Teenagers, Ugli, Second Sight and more.
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Thursday, 25 April 2019

MANIFA





















 
"cristales rotos"
Year:  2016
Country:  Basque Country  (Spain)
City:  Barakaldo
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock
















Manifa started as a five-piece band making punk music with little touches from hard rock to classic rock'n'roll or ska music. The band born in 2003 and since then they are active, recording five albums and making a lot of live concerts in Spain and some ones also in South America. Manifa has never invented nothing new, neither avantgarde nor new fussion, but simply punk rock with lirycal themes from social issues to politics, against fascism and religion,third world, injustice, etc.
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

ULTIMO REKURSO






















"que parezca una democracia"
Year:  2019
Country:  Catalonia  (Spain)
City:  Sant Boi
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk















2014 was the year when four musicians decided to form a punk rock band with intelligent lyrics, good technical level and also good quality sound. Just one year later the band recorded their debut album on digital format and avaible totally free, entitled "nos vemos en el infierno". 2019 is the year this band got to record their debut album on physical format, with a good distribution and promotion in Spain and South America. This time Ultimo Rekurso sounds better and faster, with clear voices, rhythmic changes, speed changes and also good lyrics political oriented in spanish language.
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Sunday, 21 April 2019

NO KONFORME






















"delicias de una falsa democracia"
Year:  2017
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Label:  Rock Estatal
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock











We have before us the third album of those of Vallecas No Konforme. The new installment is entitled "Delicias de Una Falsa Democracia", an album of thirteen songs produced by Kosta Vázquez (Boikot), who performs some of the choirs of the album, at Oasis Studios in Madrid. Punk training has waited almost three years to give birth to this new work that comes from the hand of Rock State Records.

The first song that we find is "They say" and from the first moment they become quite assertive as they have always done with their lyrics. This time they give wax to those above. Then follows "The Resistance" with a very strong choirs and a battery that remains with feet of war marking again and again the direction where the song has to go. Well here they get in full with the system we have today. "Vallekas" is a tribute to that neighborhood in Madrid that has seen them grow up in its streets, where good parties have gone into the body. Well here we find the collaborations of the winds section of The Locos: Juanan Rivas and Diego and Perrin de Suzio 13 to the keyboards. In this theme we find Ska rhythms that will make us dance. "Alas De Papel" is the theme chosen to produce the first video clip of this third album. In this song they deal with a topic as much to the order of the day as is school bullying. Anticipating the last part of the song, we find some rapping phrases.

In "Ashes of Capitalism" has collaborated Placi de Segismundo Toxicomano. We are facing a subject a little rougher and faster by parts. It also has more character and attitude. It is here that we begin to see the evolution of No Konforme, the fruit of the effort and work during the making of this new album. In "Los Que Van A Morir" they have had Juanan and Diego from The Locos. It is one of those songs that shows the essence that the band has been marking since its inception. We return to see the outstanding choirs that usually accompany them. "Seremos Millones" is a tribute to Berta Cáceres for all the work that the Honduran activist did for the environment. Here the bass is more accurate, but when the guitars are combined with the drums, the riffs of the guitars and the power are even more accentuated. "Batallas Perdidas" is influenced by the American punk and has a more catchy melody and a refrain easy to recognize perfect to take it to live.

In "Refugiadxs" they had Ángel de Envia Kotxina. It has a mixture between more raw parts and more melodic parts and all seasoned with a letter where they show us another raw reality, how hard life is for many and what they have to do to survive, to the point of crossing the other side of the Mediterranean to reach Europe to try to find a way out. On the other hand, guitars and bass are warming up engines to make way for cut ten, "They lie to us", another of those very current themes for the content of their lyrics. On this occasion they refer again to those who govern us, who do not stop deceiving the people. Here they are throwing a Punk Rock of bands like EUKZ, for example. We reached the final straight with three last songs. First we find "Falsos Ricos", where we find some guitars and a drum set with choirs that are the key and enhance the house's melody and that are introducing more and more. Then we went to a subject with influence of Gatillazo, "Perros de Prensa". Maybe their rhythms are somewhat faster in some places. Once again we see how the bass is taking more power and making a hole. Finally, only "The Ghosts" remains. This appetizer has a catchy chorus, which hooks. With it they roc-roll that gives pleasure and in it we find influence of the melodic punk (*Review by Gloria A. B ).
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