Wednesday, 11 October 2017

COCKNEY REJECTS


























"greatest hits vol. 1" 
Year:    1980 
Label:    Universal 
Format:    CD, LP 
Tracks:    14 
Time:    34 min. 
Genre:    rock 
Style:            Oi!









This is the debut album of Cockney Rejects. Inspired by the critically reviled working-class rock of Sham 69, the Cockney Rejects helped give voice to the street rock subgenre tagged "Oi!", partly thanks to the group's 1980 song "Oi! Oi! Oi!" The Rejects' sound was loud, brash, and crudely performed, with an irreverent sense of humor and an inclination toward mindless anarchy that made them appealing to frustrated lower-class youth and, unfortunately, the more extreme right-wing racist faction among the growing skinhead movement. The Rejects initial output was voluminous; their first two albums were both released in 1980 and jokingly titled "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1" and "Greatest Hits Vol. 2". In 1981 they recorded a false live concert entitled "Greatest Hits, Vol. 3: Live & Loud", featuring false "live" versions of their best-known songs (actually recorded in a studio with a false audience), and "The power and the glory" still in 1981. The latter album found the group trying to broaden its approach, employing acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano and a more melodic orientation closer to new wave or pop music. "The wild ones" (1982) and "Quiet storm" (1984) marked a shift toward heavy metal; unsure of their direction and the group disbanded late 1984. Cockney Rejects reunited in 1990 for the album "Lethal", a new attempt to suggest heavy metal public which became in a complete commercial failure. In 2002 was the turn of "out of the gutter", "unforgiven" in 2007 and "east end babylon" in 2012, these three albums positively acclaimed by followers, public and medias. ~ Steve Huey
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"greatest hits vol. II"
Year:    1980
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    16
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!








 

"greatest hits vol. 2" is the second official album of the band released still in 1980. Despite the title, it is not a compilation at all, but just the second studio album which contains sixteen new songs in the same style as their debut: simple, basic, short and direct Oi! music with lyrics related to: parodies, sense of humor, saturday night, football, working class pride, etc.
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"the power and the glory"
Year:    1981
Label:    Universal
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!










This is the third studio album of the band, released in 1981 and it became softer, slower and more melodic and clean than their two predecessors. A little bit close to new wave or classic pop, but just a bit. There are even some kind of ballads such as: "It's over", "BYC" or "On the streets again", using instruments as acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano and also some kind of electronic effects and sounds, but still keeping their usual lyrical themes: sense of humor, saturday night, football, working class pride, etc.
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"back on the street" 
Year:    2000 
Label:    Victory 
Format:    CD 
Tracks:    16 
Time:    40 min. 
Genre:    roc
 Style:            Oi!
 











Actually this is a compilation or collection of sixteeen songs made from 1979 to 1990, recorded again in a new studio, with a new sound and Cockney Rejects musicians, who had a true better technical level than their beggining. The album was issued through three different labels and also different title: "back on the street" (Victory Records), "greatest hits vol.IV" (Rhythm Car Records) and "here they come again (Anagram Records). sixteen old songs which sound better, faster, great and powerful.
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"out of the gutter"
Year:    2002
Label:    CO
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    34 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!










after three attempts into the field of heavy metal and some periods of inactivity, Cockney Rejects fortunately come back to their roots. After two decades these "new" Cockney Rejects comes with this "out of the gutter" in 2002, their best work since 1981. Here the band finally come back to their roots of pure and simple Oi! music, with perhaps some touches of classic rock'n'roll, besides on guitars, riffs, vocals and chorus. Enough of low cost "heavy metal"... Cockney Rejects are come back!
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"unforgiven"
Year:    2007
Label:    G&R
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!







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"east end babylon"
Year:    2012
Label:    Cadiz
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!












Perhaps it is not exagerate to say that this album is one of best but the best of their entire musical career since their beggining in 1978. Elaborated and original songs, using keyboards, spoken words and chorus, with a very good technical level and excellent and clean sound production. It continues to be Oi! music, but more mature and well done. Lyrical themes are as always: sense of humor, parodies, saturday night, football, working class pride, etc.
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

PRIMEVAL SOUP



























"to the great calamity of the inhabitants"
Year:    2017
Country:    UK
City:    Brighton
Label:    Pumpkin
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    42 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Prog Punk









This is perhaps the most important hidden gemm discovered this year 2017. An unknown band from Brighton, UK, which mix political lyrics inspired by bands such as: CRASS, Flux Of Pink Indians, Conflict, Icons Of Filth or Subhumans. But strictly music Primeval Soup has their inspiration sources in styles such: punk rock, ska, reggae and progressive rock. Another exemple of that called "Prog Punk"? maybe. The thing is their songs are elaborated, complicated and long, with changes of tempo, intensity and sound, and go from punk to ska to reggae to prog rock. Excellent album
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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS


























"core"
Year:    1992
Country:    US
City:    San Diego, CA
Label:    Warner music 
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    42 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock









It's been just over a year since former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died. It was a sad way to herald in the end of the year, but that loss spawned a newfound respect. 2015 was not a great year for Weiland, all things considered. Lots of bad publicity surrounded him throughout the year as Stone Temple Pilots toured with Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and Weiland delivered some pretty nightmarish performances with his own band.





There are times where you need to look beyond someone's faults, though. Yes, Weiland was cursed with drug abuse amongst other things, but that did not lessen his artistry or his message. He was a key voice in the grunge generation, and continued to make something of his signature voice right until the very end. Taking a look at where it all began, Stone Temple Pilots' 1992 debut Core, is just what you need to remind you of what Weiland truly stood for.





The album kicks off with the lo-fi intro of Weiland's raspy voice in 'Dead & Bloated,' one of the band's signature tracks. The groovy, chunky riffs usher you into a true grunge experience, with Weiland's voice melodically yet angrily singing with true rock flair. This album came about at the peak of the grunge scene, and this record really puts the rawest elements of the genre forward. 'Naked Sunday' is much the same, its funky riff electrified by its rebellious nature, particularly a result of Weiland's great vocal performance on the track. Another track that's truly grunge to the core is 'Wicked Garden. The band's debut single 'Sex Type Thing' is what truly set their mark, though. The song's blistering riff and pure grunge antics really set a fire in the genre. There's something intrinsically badass about this song, and it comes in many different forms.






It could be the thick guitars. It could also be Weiland's spectacular vocals, too. Whatever it is, this song really set the bar for grunge of this caliber. The song did spawn some controversy, though; the second verse chants "I am a man, a man / I'll give ya something that ya won't forget / I said ya shouldn't have worn that dress," which many took as an advocation of rape. The song is largely the opposite: it's an anti-rape track about a girl Weiland dated in high school who was raped by members of the football team. Weiland explained the song as being "about control, violence and abuse of power".






You can't have a rock record in general without a slower track or two. This record comes with two, both of which became singles. The first of them is 'Creep' - not a cover of the Radiohead track from the same era, but a different type of slow mover. 'Creep' is a song about being on the edge of suicide amidst drug abuse (ironically), the somber chords creating a moody background behind Weiland as her defeatedly sings about his own self-destruction. The lines "Take time with a wounded hand / Cause it likes to heal / Take time with a wounded hand / 'Cause I like to steal... I'm half the man I used to be (This I feel as the dawn / It fades to gray)" really sets the tone of the track and it's distant but hopeful nature.





The second slower track is the slightly more upbeat 'Plush.' The song is electric and has more drive, but at it's core it's still a pretty sad song. The song's loosely based around finding the body of a dead little girl, as proposed by the lines "When the dogs begin to smell her / Will she smell alone?" The song battles with internal conflict, Weiland singing about feelings of loneliness and a fear of no one caring about him if he were to die. The song resolves in a strange way, the haunting words gaining more strength and confidence, as if he becomes more accepting of the fact. "Life's a wasted go," as the first verse claims, and there's no point pondering over what'll happen after it ends.





Core has some weirder tracks that aren't all about the rock n' roll vibe, but each track still maintains those elements. 'Sin' has a big intro, the song resolving into a sweet bridge that builds up into an electrifying guitar solo to bring the song to its climax. 'Piece Of Pie' adds some groove to its huge grunge tonality, Weiland's soaring vocals full of delay in the backing vocals of the verses and in the choruses. There's a weird ending to 'Crackerman' that leads it into the rolling ending song 'Where The River Goes,' which builds up with drive to form a solid, grungy ending.





Core was Scott Weiland's first mark in the world, and it's a timeless effort. Stone Temple Pilots' debut was a key record in the world of grunge. To this day, the power of Scott Weiland's voice still resonates as something unique and powerful. His life was tumultuous, but his music helped craft the very direction of rock music and, furthermore, stood the test of time to be by each fan's side. No matter what he did in his life, he gave back to the world through the avenue he knew how to, and that's all you could ask of him.
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Sunday, 24 September 2017

GRINDCORE AGAINST TRUMP



























"grindcore against Trump"
Year:    2017
Country:    US
Label:    Posers Inc
Format:    cassette
Bands:    25
Tracks:    25
Time:    25 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, politics
Genre:    rock
Style:            Grindcore











"grind against Trump" is a compilation featuring 20 + grindcore, crust punk and powerviolence bands and the first release from Posers Inc. 70% of the proceeds from this compilation will be donated to SPLC to help combat hate groups across the country.
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Saturday, 23 September 2017

SOUNDGARDEN


























"superunknown"
Year:    1994
Country:    US
City:  Seattle
Label:    Universal music
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    15
Time:    73 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Alternative Rock












"superunknown" is the fourth album by the rock band Soundgarden. It was released on March 8, 1994 through A&M Records (Universal Music). The band began work on the album after touring in support of its previous album, Badmotorfinger (1991). The resulting album captured the creativity and heaviness of the band's earlier releases while displaying a more diverse range of influences of 60's and 70's decade as: Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Velvet Underground or The Doors, to mention just a few ones.





The album was a critical and commercial success and became the band's breakout album. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: The Day I Tried to Live, My Wave, Fell on Black Days and the Grammy Award-winning songs Black Hole Sun and Spoonman, the latter two of which helped Soundgarden reach mainstream popularity. In 1995, the album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times Platinum in the United States.





The album's recording sessions took place from July 1993 to September 1993 at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington. The band worked with producer Michael Beinhorn. Regarding the change in producer from previous collaborator Terry Date to Beinhorn, guitarist Kim Thayil said, "We just thought we'd go for a change." The album was mixed by Brendan O'Brien. Soundgarden began work on the album about two months after finishing its stint on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour. The individual band members would work on material on their own and then bring in demos to which the other members of the band would contribute. Frontman Chris Cornell said that the band members allowed each other more freedom than on past records. Thayil observed that even though the band spent as much time writing and arranging as it had on previous albums, it spent a lot more time working on recording the songs. Soundgarden took the approach of recording one song at a time. The drum and bass parts were recorded first for each song, and then Cornell and Thayil would lay down their parts over top.





Cornell said that getting to know Beinhorn contributed to the length of time Soundgarden spent working on the album. The band spent time experimenting with different drum and guitar sounds, as well as utilizing techniques such as layering, resulting in an expansive production sound. Cornell said, "Michael Beinhorn was so into sounds. He was so, almost, anal about it, that it took the piss out of us a lot of the time…By the time you get the sounds that you want to record the song, you're sick and tired of playing it."Soundgarden took a break in the middle of recording to open for Neil Young on a ten-day tour of the United States. The band then brought in Brendan O'Brien to mix the album; O'Brien had come recommended by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Thayil called the mixing process "very painless," and bassist Ben Shepherd said it was "the fastest part of the record".
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Friday, 22 September 2017

BURIAL

























"untrue"
Year:    2007
Country:    UK
City:    City
Label:    Hyperdub
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Dubstept            Ambient









William Emmanuel Bevan, better known by his stage name Burial, is an electronic recording artist from London. His music contains elements of future garage, dubstep, 2-step garage, ambient and jungle music. His eponymous debut album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. The Wire magazine named it their album of the year, along with achieving fifth place in the Mixmag 2006 Album of the Year list, and eighteenth in the best of the year list of The Observer Music Monthly supplement. Burial's second album, Untrue, was also released to critical acclaim and was the second-highest rated album of 2007, according to the review-collating website, Metacritic. In recent years Burial has released a series of acclaimed long-form EPs.
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Saturday, 16 September 2017

COCK SPARRER



























"Idem"
Year:    1978
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Decca
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Oi!








Cock Sparrer is the first album by rock band Cock Sparrer. It was released in 1978 on Decca Records only in Spain. In 1977 Decca released two singles by Cock Sparrer, "Running Riot" b/w "Sister Suzie" and "We Love You" b/w "Chip on my Shoulder", neither of which achieved much success. Although the band recorded an album's worth of material, Decca dropped the band in 1978 and didn't release the album in the UK, but oddly did release it as this self-titled album in Spain, which featured the four songs released on singles and six more. The album was for the first time made available in UK in 1987 entitled "True Grift" by Razor Records. In 2000, the album was released by the austrian label DSS Records, which re-arranged the tracks and called it "Diamonds & Pearls". Then, in 2006, Captain Oi! released it "the decca years", which featured the album with 5 more tracks recorded during the same time. This album is usually described as "Oi! music" but in fact, there are also more music influences as classic rock'n'roll, pub rock or glam rock in the style of early 70's decade bands.
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"shock troops"
Year:    1982
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Razor
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    30 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Oi!






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"running riot '84"
Year:    1984
Country:    UK
City:    London
 
Label:    Syndicate
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    32 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Oi!










"running rio'84" is the third Cock Sparrer album and also their last one of their first era, from their beggining in 1976 until 1984. The album comprise eight new studio songs plus two old songs recorded in live, and became in their most commercial failure probably due their attempt to suggest new wave and synthpop public. The album use in all songs different electronic instruments as: drums, keyboards and modulated voices, perhaps with the goal to sound closer to new wave and to get a bigger public. But the result was in fact the opposite, and Cock Sparrer public and followers didn't accept very well the album. The thing is the band decided to dissolve, still in 1984, and didn't to make music again until ten years later, in 1994. Despite all, it's still a good album, but more melodic and softer than the rest.
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"guilty as charged"
Year:    1994
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Bitzcore
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!








Ten years after dissolution and a long hiatus of inactivity, Cock Sparrer decided to reunite again some day of early 90's decade, and to record this brilliant album entitled "guilty as charged" through label "Bitzcore Records". Later there have been several re-issues in also different formats.
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"two monkeys"
Year:    1997
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Bitzcore
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:   13
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:             Oi!





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"here we stand"
Year:    2007
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Pirates Press
Format:    CD, LP
Tracks:    14
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Oi!






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"forever"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  LP
Tracks:  12
Time:   36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!






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