Sunday, 8 June 2014

CONFLICT




















"there's no power without control"
Year:  2003
Country:  UK
Label:  MortarHate
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk         Prog Rock





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"conclusion"
Year:  1993
Country:  UK
City:  Eltham
Label:  Mortarhate
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  37 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Punk


















English anarcho-punk band founded 1981 in Eltham, London and active until nowadays without stop. Despite my huge respect to Conflict and all anarcho / peace / punk-rock bands, Conflict has been never my favourite band strictly musical. Perhaps I like its debut from 1983 "It´s now to know who's is who", but in general the rest of albums I think are quiet "normals" and few original. But few months ago I discovered this "Conclusion" from 1993 and my opinion of Conflict's music has radically changed. This album has nothing to do with the rest of their discography. We deal about punk and hardcore, yes of course, but also with a lot of other styles such as: reggae, psychedelia, prog rock, avantgarde... even a little of experimental music. I don´t mean is an experimental album far from punk and difficult to listen to for the Conflict' s public, not at all. I simply try to explain this is a punk disc different, original and genuin. In fact, the surprise is such big that is difficult to believe this is a Confict album. For example apart de 4 typical rock ban instruments: drums, bass, guitar and voice. There are some sequences wih piano, keywoards, violins, etc. and like in another albums male / female voices. Aftet to listen to several times this "Conclusion", I ask me why nobody (includes me, myself) knowks this brilliant and excellent album? For me is no doubt the best Conflict album ever. One of the best 90s punk-rock albums and finally a kind of Masterpiece.  10 / 10
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"against all odds"
Year:  1989
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Mortahate
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  6
Time:  33 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Punk



















First attempt at an epic-sounding album, which came out around the same time as The Final Conflict, Against All Odds is very depressing and not at all moving like some of their "Conclusion" (1993). This A-side, which is made up of just one song, the title cut, is almost a complete loss musically. It's repetitive and goes nowhere, and the only moments that rock are the few bits when Colin Jerwood sings. The B-side is better. The only worthy tunes on Against All Odds are "Slaughter of Innocence," which is their zillionth or so song about animal rights, but a good one, "A Message to Who," a weird number which seems to be stating that love and friendship are essential to fighting the state, and the closing "A State of Mind," Conflict's first electronic dance number, which is not bad at all, but sounds very '80s. The best thing about "against all odds" is the gatefold album cover on the vinyl copy, which is covered with entertaining articles about Conflict from the mainstream press, some of them from tabloid papers, attacking the band (review by Adam Bregman).
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"the serenade is dead"
Year:  1983
Country:  UK
Label:  MortarHate
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  25
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk





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"Tribute"
Year:  2001
Country:  various
Label:  Black Fish
Format:  CD
Bands:  28
Tracks:  28
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Hardcore





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