Saturday, December 31, 2011



Thursday, December 29, 2011



REVISION OF NOISE 12" on white vinyl (ltd. to 100 copies) plus t-shirt only:

15 € + postage



SHORTLIVED are another New Zealand band worth checking out. Their MINDROT 7” has 8 great tracks of raw, fast & pissed off Hardcore that is influenced by bands like DROPDEAD as well as old U.S. Punk/HC bands. 7 own tracks and a cover of ANGRY SAMOANS’ “Lights Out” as icing on the gravy!


KALI hail from Canada and this 7" contains the 8 tracks of their demo. Fierce POWER VIOLENCE with a strong anti-Christian stance! Considering the fact that the youngest member of KALI is only 16 this is more than awesome! A review said: “Short and chaotic tunes like HELLNATION, DROP DEAD, CROSSED OUT running amok on a nice and warm summer day after taking an overdose of LSD.” That is a poetic but accurate description!

archives incl. the artwork - click the band's names to download

Monday, December 26, 2011


the new six song 7" from Chicago's SEA OF SHIT, which is released in collaboration with PRGNT REC. from the U.S. is back from the plant and already on the way to Europe so it shouldn't take an eternity before you will be able to get it over here too. you can check out SEA OF SHIT via their blog here or just watch the video below.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I.B.R. - 016: SEA OF SHIT - NEW 7" °°
I.B.R. - 017: SICK/TIRED - NEW 7" °°
I.B.R. - 019: SETE

in collaboration with:

Sunday, November 13, 2011


1, 2, 3 Crush…1, 2, 3 Kill…1, 2, 3 Damage…1, 2, 3 Grind…1, 2, 3 Sete-Star-Sept! This Japanese grindnoise band reworked harsh, out-the-box sonic madness into a gnarly 2010 release entitled Revision Of Noise, out now via Fuck Yoga. So what do you get with this album? 15 songs clocking in at just over 15 minutes, and every song is a short bombastic burst of aggro energy! What sticks in my brain about this album are the audio monsters that live under the layers of grind, and seem to share the spirit of jazz or other avant garde music. Then you have the metallic giants that roam the streets of Revision Of Noise, kicking over the garbage cans so that the grindcore rats eat away at the riffs that spew across the pavement. Sete-Star-Sept are wizards at transforming a cyco moment of chaos into an all-out righteous rage and fury. Even though I can’t understand a word of the vocals, I feel where they are coming from 200%. As songwriters, Sete-Star-Sept are smart as fuck, because they have realized with a genre like this, it’s the weird things that make the music more interesting, and that’s why you will encounter many sonic revolutions on this album. I really dig the way that this band has molded hardcore, classic metal riffs and grindcore into their own zany universe of metallic drama. Sete-Star-Sept also keep a constant flow of chaotic grooves weaving themselves in and out of their compositions. When you hear Revision Of Noise, you might think you are listening to a full band, but it’s only two humans conjuring up all of the rad noises you encounter.

Japan Metal Guide's "Reviews" portion from issue #2. This review is of Sete Star Sept's "Revision of Noise!"

von Richard Kropacek, Donnerstag, 4. August 2011 um 03:36

Sete Star Sept - Revision Of Noise (Fuck Yoga Records)
Review by Rich
Japan could be said that they are internationally-known for their grindcore, and if that is true, Tokyo’s Sete Star Sept could partially be held responsible. Outside of grind, their lineup is unconventional; only two members front this band and play with out any session musicians, at venues, such as Earthdom, with fellow-grind band, Su19b, and local death legends, Coffins. They can be said to have had their share of live performances and they have even played possibly the first-ever grind show at Yokosuka’s legendary bar, Fuck Yeah’s. Don’t be mistaken, readers who dislike grind; Sete Star Sept appear to be much more than ‘Just another grind band’, and “Revision of Noise”, their latest offering, is a kick in the mouths of those who ever short-credited this powerful outfit.
What first got my attention from “Revision of Noise” was that there were only 19 tracks to the release, and the music seems to be much longer than the everyday grind bands (or are the songs grouped together properly, with little gaps in between tracks?). I personally believe this to be better (grind fans, hear me out, and hate me later!). The testosterone on “Revision of Noise” does not rip you off or short-change you with only a few measly seconds. Do not get me wrong. There are blatantly-short tracks, yet the music seems to be composed with more quality than the 0.5 second-song-bands.
To further compliment their raging music, there are adequate amounts of great, slow, and catchy riffs, that break the music up better. When paired, the grinding explosions and chaos-inspiring, ear-killing vocals arise with that much more power. There are plenty of Death / Thrash / Black / Doom elements layered within this insane album, so almost any extreme metal fan may find himself or herself headbanging along to the audible-madness that “Revision of Noise “has to offer.In conclusion, I say that this album is indeed worth a listen! Sete Star Sept have really made a revision of the noise, that seem to be taking the extreme blast-beats, blazing guitars, and the grunts and shrieks to a new level, with this interesting and diverse masterpiece of chaos!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


the KALI / ULTIMATE BLOWUP split 7" made it into the Führer's corner in the review section of PLASTIC BOMB # 76 which I find very amusing for different reasons in spite of the fact that the records that appear in the Führer's corner are considered to be the worst records that have been reviewed during the 3 months it takes from one issue to another.

Monday, October 3, 2011


of the MAD BLASTS OF CHAOS series is cursed! period! the fucking paperbags don't fit in the fancy gate-fold covers and so I've to cut the all down to size...

anyway, check this:
GOOD THINGS - Shut Your Mouth Phillips by IDONEUM BELLO REC.

Thursday, September 29, 2011


the SETE STAR SEPT tour is over and I'm back home again but I still need to catch up with replying to e-mails and whatnot. if you are waiting for a reply please have a little bit more patience!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011


or 2 concerts for Nippon's SETE STAR SEPT to be more precise! one for September the 19th and one for September the 23rd!

in the meantime SETE STAR SEPT got booked for a gig in Cologne on September the 23rd but would still need one for the 19th!


the ltd. alternative cover edition!
Volume III of the MAD BLASTS OF CHAOS series a.k.a. the GOOD THINGS / ENTRAILS split 7" is finally out! the split 7" has 3 tracks from Canada's GOOD THINGS as well as from New Zealands ENTRAILS. what you see on the pic is the alternative cover which is ltd. to 50 hand-stamped copies on yellow vinyl.
there'll also be 100 copies on yellow vinyl with the regular gate-fold covers plus 350 copies on black vinyl!

Friday, August 26, 2011


as you can see below Nippon's SETE STAR SEPT still need to close 2 gaps in their Europe tour. any help would be highly appreciated! if you think you could help us in any way please e-mail me at: am.i.mean(a)!

Sat, September 17 - Rostock (Germany)
Sun, September 18 - Hamburg (Germany)
? ? ? ? Mon, September 19
? ? ? ? Tue, September 20
Wed, September 21 - Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Thu, September 22 - Den Haag (Netherlands)
? ? ? ? Fri, September 23
Sat, September 24 - Weimar (Germany)
Sun, September 25 - Berlin (Germany)

Thursday, August 25, 2011


the recordings from SICK/TIRED for a new 7" that will be released on IDONEUM BELLO in collaboration with PRGNT in October 2011 totally rip!

Friday, July 8, 2011


listen to 1 of the 8 tracks that will appear on SEA OF SHIT's up-coming 7" that will be released in collaboration with PRGNT REC. from Boston soon after the 8 tracks have been mastered at Mammoth Sound.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


cause there's some delay for the regular covers of MAD BLASTS OF CHAOS VOL. III there will be a ltd. edition of 50 covers with a spoof of the ULCER / FAILURE FACE split 7" cover, which was supposed to be the cover for the test presses, instead of the regular artwork! those 50 copies will be hand numbered or stamped and on yellow vinyl.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Sete Star Sept – „Revision Of Noise“ (Fuck Yoga/Idoneum Bello)

Grindcore ist so eine Sache. Viele Releases sind mir einfach zu Metal/Death Metal orientiert. Ja Grindcore wirkt oft wie ein Metalgenre. Es gibt aber auch einige wenige (mal mehr, mal weniger) Grindcore-Bands die ich sehr schätze, wie Yacøpsæ, Systral, Daughters, As The Sun Sets, Cadaver In Drag und nun auch Sete Star Sept. Wenn man es genau nimmt, spielen Sete Star Sept auch eher Metal als Hardcore Punk. Gitarren und Schlagzeug sind Metal orientiert. Aber der Aufbau der Songs bzw. die Umsetzung erinnert dann doch wieder an Hardcore. Kaum länger als eine Minute dauert so ein durchschnittliches Stück auf Revision Of Noise. Die Gitarren sind dabei immer höchst nervös, unberechenbar und auch technisch anspruchsvoll, aber nie Death Metal typisch verkopft. Was bei der kurzen Songlänge auch kaum geht. Das Drumming steht dabei den Gitarren in Sachen Dynamik in nichts nach. Chaoscore wenn man so will und so ist man geneigt trotz Metalriffs und Blastbeats die Band eher im Core-Sektor einzuordnen. Das ist wohl die Transzendenz des Grindcore. Die vorwiegend High Pitched Screams von Kae tun ihr übriges. Das Organ der Dame hat einen großen Anteil an der Intensivität des Albums. Was auch daran liegt, dass die Vocals ziemlich nach vorne gemischt sind. Die Produktion von Revision Of Noise ist perfekt gelungen. Weder zu fett und steril noch zu dünn und breiig. Hab ich schon erwähnt das die Mischung aus durch Mark und Bein gehenden Schreiattacken, chaotischen Gitarrenstrukturen und aggressiven Drumming richtig richtig heftig ist?! Revision Of Noise gehört im Bereich schneller Gitarrenmusik zu den extremsten Veröffentlichungen der letzten 20+ Jahre. Viele mag das überfordern. Auch machen die Japaner keine Musik zum fröhlich durch die Gegend springen. Sete Star Sept erschüttern, überrollen einen mit ihren hyperaggressiven und intelligenten Kompositionen und verlangen ein gewissen Maß an Aufmerksamkeit. Schenkt man diese der 12“, wird man mit immer wieder neuen Details und Facetten belohnt. Übrigens haben nur drei! Leute das Album eingespielt. Revision Of Noise ist mit dem tollen Artwork und interessanten Texten ein Gesamtkunstwerk. Gut, die abstrakten und frei interpretierbaren Lyrics sind Geschmackssache, aber ich finde sie großartig. Hier wird eine gewisse Ohnmacht gegenüber der Welt passend ausgedrückt, was die emotionale Komponente der Lieder noch weiter verstärkt. Der Band ist in meinen Augen ein Meisterwerk gelungen. Wer Fan extremster Klänge ist und hier nicht mal ein Ohr riskiert, ist selber schuld. 10/10


taken from here



Another band from Canada (Manitoba this time, like Archagathus and Violent Gorge) and another good one! Skatefucked is the second (I think) effort from Hostile Life, after their 2009 demo CD-r and features six tracks of pure old school American hardcore, mixed with a small amount of thrashcore. Starting from the title of this EP there’s a strong skate-core influence in this CD, easily tracking back to classics such as JFA. Even if it sounds very fresh and personal this record is really stuck in the 80′s American hardcore environment. Along JFA I can add a bit of the early Black Flag, the slower side of Youth Of Today and somehow a little bit of Gorilla Biscuit, especially vocal wise. There’s a very strong “everyday life” feeling going throufh Skatefucked, with lyrics dealing with common issues and normal people’s problem. The songwriting, as stated above, is really fresh and you can enjoy it at multiple levels. Personally, I really like the faster parts switched with the very cool bass lines, while the acid vocals are a great addition to an overall pleasant EP. Grab it!


Chicago's SEA OF SHIT, you probably know them from their split with SOCIALLY RETARDED, will record 9 new songs in a few days and Jack, who runs PRGNT RECORDS, and me will collaborate to release 8 of those 9 songs on a 7". you can see the artwork that is supposed to be the cover of the 7" on the right. as I think they are one of the best bands that are around at the moment I'm really stoked to do this 7"! and in case you aren't familiar with SEA OF SHIT you can download their previous releases here and check out the ugly brutality SEA OF SHIT unleash with their music yourself.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I.B.R. - 015 will be a pro dubbed and imprinted tape which will be ltd. to only 100 copies! also, the tapes will have printed j-cards of course. all other details concerning the tape are still a secret at the moment. more info when the time is right but no matter what, the tape will be sick trust me on that.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Kali / Ultimate Blowup 7"
Genre: Fastcore/powerviolence
Origin: Canada vs. Turkey
Released: 2011
Website: Kali, Ultimate Blowup
Label: 7Degrees Records, Spastic Fantastic Records, Idoneum Bello Records, Incursion Records, #1 Dad Rexxx
Uploaded: 24.05.11

I had no relation to either band on this split, having never heard of them before. Since Kali’s name was first on the cover I gave their side a listen, not knowing what I was about to hear. But I can tell you I didn't anticipate anything this rad. From the first spastic blast and frantic scream I fell in love with Kali. At one moment it’s slow hardcore with a touch of aggression, only to turn into aggravated assault in the blink of an eye. The main vocals actually remind me of a mixture between those of Macabre and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and as soon as I started thinking in those terms I realized it carries even more similarities to the latter of the bands; also song structure wise. And as acts like Boycot, xBraniax, Fatal Nunchaku, Kung Fu Rick and whatnot goes through my mind the result couldn’t be anything but fantastic. A keen sense of riffing, quick tempo changes, tons of diversity in such short songs, excellent vocals and just a buttload of energy and intensity. This is what fastcore should sound like (or is it powerviolence? I don’t know, but either way it kicks some major fucking ass).
Looking through Ultimate Blowup’s thanks list I found two bands that really caught my attention; Burial Invocation and Sakatat, two awesome bands from Turkey. So without looking them up I figured these guys were Turkish too (now I know they are, but I just assumed at first). That’s really a scene on the rise, and there seems to come more and more great acts from the country, be it grindcore, death or black metal. And with Ultimate Blowup I have to add fastcore to the list. In many ways it carries similarities to Boycot and such, but as Kali had a more frantic blasting touch these guys seem to focus a little more on the hardcore side of the matter. It feels like some form of positive youth hardcore as a base, but with the added flair of blasting and brutal aggression. The dual vocal recipe works really well, one of which is quite harsh, the other unfortunately sounds a bit like a stale distorted background shout. It takes away a bit of the intensity, but since the material is too strong to ignore I can’t help but dig it.

Friday, May 20, 2011


SETE STAR SEPT are coming over for a tour in September. below you can see a schedule for the tour but there's nothing really fixed yet - if you can help them in any way drop me a line!

Sat. Sept. 17 - Rostock (Ger)
Sun. Sept. 18 - Kiel (Ger)
Mon. Sept. 19 - Hamburg (Ger)
Tue. Sept. 20 - Groningen (NL)
Wed. Sept. 21 - Rotterdam (NL)
Thu. Sept. 22 - Gent (NL)
Fri. Sept. 23 - Köln (Ger)
Sat. Sept. 24 - Potsdam (Ger)
Sun. Sept. 25 - Berlin (Ger)

SETE STAR SEPT: website | myspace

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Beide Bands führen einen transatlantischen Schulterschluss (inklusive Mittelpfütze) aus (Royal Canadian Mounted Police trifft Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü, den türkischen Polizeiknüppel), stehen sich in ihrer Allianz musikalisch recht nah und zerstören skrupellos die morgendliche Idylle. Vorbei ist die Ruhe, als der Bär noch hinter den Busch kacken konnte, ohne dass der Jägersmann ihm eine auf den Pelz brennen wollte. Beide Bands drücken ohne zu zögern ab und veranlassen Mutter Natur zu panischem Fluchtverhalten, weil ihr ungehemmtes Hatecore / Powerviolence Schrotfeuer im Nacken sitzt. Schrammeliges Gitarrenwirrwarr, hektisches Durcheinandergebrüllkreischgeschrei, wenig Akkorde, viel Aussagekraft! Kurz und knapp, dafür gezielt, das scheint mir die Maxime im Aufeinandertreffen zweier Radau-, und Gewaltmobs. Tempo spielt eine große Rolle, gut umgesetzt in seinen beiden Versionen, eben jenen die bei solch (ab)gearteter Ruhestörung gerade noch als innovativer Kunstgriff statthaft sind, ganz schnell … oder eben nicht. Kehlen werden heiser, Muskeln und Nerven stehen unter dauerhafter Anspannung, Schweiß durchtränkt ausgewaschene T – Shirts, Kippen, Bier, Blut an Fingerknöcheln, der Geschmacksverzerrer bringt die eigenen Eltern dazu, das Erbe der Caritas zu spenden! Ihr erkennt euch dabei? , dann müsst ihr euch diese 7er angeln, kaufen, klauen oder selber malen. Auf jeden Fall lohnt sich der Erwerb für all jene, die Sonntags gern mit dem umgebauten Rasenmäher durch die Kleingartenkolonie knattern, Fahnenmasten und Hecken niederpflügen und gläsernes Alkoholleergut über den Zaun des piefigen Nachbarn donnern. Wenn ihr die innige Freundschaft zur Schrebersekte dann noch mit solcher Musik herausfordert, könnt ihr gar nicht mehr verlieren. Für mich persönlich haben KALI etwas die Nase vorn, da sie ziemlich nassforsch über meine Neuronenautobahn preschen und irgendwas dabei berührt (respektive zerstört) haben müssen, ich finde sie einfach einen Tick prägnanter, mit etwas mehr Biss. Aber generell stehen beide wie schon erwähnt Hand in Hand am Abgrund humanoider Dekadenz, werfen ihr Puzzleteilchen zur Vollendung des menschlichen Gesamtbildes, zur Abrundung terrestrischen Überflusses und Wahnsinns über die Klippe. Das Geschmetter wird euch unterhalten, wenn ihr nicht unbedingt Harmonie zum Frühstück braucht und gern auch mal mit Gewalt und Verderbtheit in den grauen Morgen startet. Freut euch auf die passende Mucke, dem Tag in den Arsch zu treten!


Kali + Ultimate Blowup Split

by Discord on 12/05/2011

This split brings together Kali from Canada with 8 songs, and Ultimate Blowup from Turkey with 6 songs. UxBx is without a doubt a grinding hardcore punk band in the vein of Infest, Rot and Denak, with a similar quality to them. Something they should cherish. I love that kind of sound.Kali does remind of a similar style but plays more Grindcore. The 6 tracks on this release know a lot of slow moments with howling screams resonating through all. This is quite a key feature because this sprecific vocal sound builds up a nice tension in combination with the slow musical aggression that is perfectly balanced against the bursts of blastbeats. Outside the fact that the production leans pretty far into the background, for my taste, I see no problem in giving them a good rating. I hope we can look forward to more future releases from both bands.

Kali is Nick Davison, Jason Mireau, Jace Thibault and Pieter Besselink. They recorded their stuff at RS Sound. Artwork by Jason Mireau.

Ultimate Blowup is Can – six strings and voice, Baris – 4 strings and speech, Ugur – tempo and throat . Artwork done by Gallo.

Rating: 75%

taken from here:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Blowing-Up Kali was the Ultimate Sacrilege

Starting a record with birds tweeting is never a good sign. It’s always a premonition that something really hard and heavy is going to smash your poor face. Kali doesn’t fail the expectations and drills your ears with five songs (plus the tweeting intro) of pure, old school unrelenting powerviolence. Music wise they focus on the contrast between their three souls : blistering speed, breath-taking groovy parts and knee crushing slow tempos. You can draw the influences to the good ol’ times and if you close your eyes you can shift the band hometown from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada to Berkeley, California, USA. They are rad, fast and love to switch from one speed to the other, giving a lot of fresh air to their songs, which can be listened a lot of times in a row without growing old at all. There’s the speed of bands like Capitali$ Casualties and the primal rage of Neanderthal, while Kali demonstrates to have learned to lesson given by Man Is The Bastard in their early days : if you go slow you can hit as hard as if you go fast. Yes, I know, Kali focuses mainly on high speed, but when they slow down are really intense and can grip their hands on your weak neck very, very easily. Speaking of more modern bands, I can draw a comparison to early The Endless Blockade or, more easily, to Life Iron Lung Death by Iron Lung. Vocals are also very cool, but this is a steady factor on both sides. The main style is a pissed off ultra high pitched shriek, not so far from the fast screaming of Charles Bronson fame (even if someone will also say it sounds like Gronibard!), while there some classic lower barks here and there that come directly from the common hardcore background all the mentioned bands have. Lyrics wise they talk about everyday negativity raised by mindless people, numb religion fanatics and so on. Even if the subjects are everything but new, their writing style is very good and makes these topics fresh and interesting. Well, this band is REALLY good and I think I’ll also grab their self titled full EP, because what I’ve heard here is not enough to satisfy my Kali hunger!

I think I could be surprised to find an hardcore/powerviolence band from Turkey, but after Mondo Gecko and {{{D9}}} from Israel, Coffee Rage and Gawj from New Zealand and, well, Sakatat from Turkey, I won’t be surprised by anything. Ultimate Blowup had already won the award for one of the best cover art of the last times with their self titled EP, so they started their career with the right foot and this split EP with Kali makes their reputation even stronger. Their style is more straight forward, more classic if you want, dealing more with extremely pissed off hardcore fueled with some tempo changes, like the last part of Disillusioned and Cast Out. I can’t complain about music. I really love hardcore when it gets REALLY fast and starts to be distorted, dissonant and overall pissed off like every band members’ car has been removed by cops (stupid example, but that’s the true story of my last weekend). There’s a very cool bass sound going on here and in the rare moments when it gets loose it’s really entertaing. Being honest, everything turns out to be very cool on this record, with a lot of tempo changes, very fast and brutal sonic assault, spoken words, ultra-effective drum lines and, above all, vocals. Yes, vocals are surely the best parts of this side of this split EP, with the two singers, Can -also on guitar- and Bariş -also on bass-, making a wide range of vocals creating a very cool Spazz effect. High tones, lower tones, mid ones, fast barking, slower growling and so on. The vocal lines reminds me a lot of a mix of Lack Of Interest and No Comment, making them really near to the Low Threat Profile’s records. Well, even on this side there’s a high level of quality, so I expect to see Ultimate Blowup raging around a lot in the next months!

Thanks to Mat/Idoneum Bello (who has released this one with Spastic Fantastic, 7 Degrees Records, Incursion Records and #1 Dad) for the record!

Gawj are not enough far away from Japan for not seeing it

Ok, this record should be bought even just for the title. So Far Away From Giving A Fuck That We Can’t Be Seen. Holy shit, THAT’S a title. Gawj hails from New Zealand and I’ve already said How much I’m amused to listen to a band from such an uncommon country. While Coffee Rage focuses on the powerviolence/grindcore spectrum of the core music, Gawj deepn their roots in the mid 80′s hardcore/metalpunk/protogrind scene, making their way with chaos and dissonance. I think everyone knows GISM (I REALLY hope so) and how they changed the meaning of the acronym of their monicker on each record, well Gawj starts the list of things that reminds me of that era changing the way Gawj is spelled on the layout for at least foure times : Gawj, G-awj, Gäwj and G-äwj. Yeah, I know, It’s a very tiny thing, but I was immediarely caught by it and got stuck in my mind. Gawj focuses on a chaotic bland of mid 80′s hardcore, mainly in its Japanese version, with the classic frantic and blistering fast drum lines covered in a dissonant and fuzzy wave of guitar riffs. Feedbacks are used quite often, while a good bunch of facemelting solos can be enjoyed throught the record. Vocals are delivered in a ultra classic and old school sleazy barking, which sounds a lot like Chronos singing on a Repulsion cover made by Gai. Gai, GISM, Gastunk, Gauze (Gauze and Gawj…mmmm…just a coincidence?) are some of the names that I can use for describing the sound of Gawj, even if the NZ’s band follows a somewhat more aggressive path, like all those bands combined and reloaded after twenty years of extreme music.Sometimes they lean to a more grindcore environment, even if they are not touching it, because feet are steady on an hardcore ground. Thrash metal, expecially its more contaminated version, is also recognizable here, with a little bit of the early efforts of bands like Sodom or Kreator popping here and there. Lyrics wise you can figure out what to expect just to read the bands I’ve quoted above and than looking at the cover art. They mix an apocalyptic and often dramatic view on society and humanity, sometimes filtered with a nice dose of black humour. This record can sound a little bit too derivative and, well, I think it is, but it’s indeed enjoyable and even if it may sound like the billionth time you’re listening to this stuff I think it’s a kind of music that can never grow old. I want to reccomend it to all the classic Japanese hardcore (I KNOW I don’t have to call it Japcore, I know) fans, who can find twelve minutes of good old school fun, for the newbies of the genre I think they can have more fun with the classics before switching to Gawj.

As all of the Idoneum Bello releases expect a very good packaging, with full color artwork, a booklet with lyrics and the always appreciated obi strip that seals the package. Also for this one, huge thanks to Mat!

Saturday, May 14, 2011



If I have to point out a word when I’ve received the parcel from Idoneum Bello, it must be NEW. My order was driven by Sick/Tired, a band I started to love with their recent Full LP Highlife, but I was smashed by a good bunch of new bands, having the pleasure to listen to their very good efforts. On this post I’m gonne review the first of two chapter of the Mad Blasts Of Chaos saga. What are the characteristics of this saga? Well, the four bands featured on these two 7″ are all dwelling in the fast hardcore/powerviolence environment, even with differences between their styles. Plus these releases share the same amazing layout, with a very cool obi wrapping the top-opened envelope-like cover. Well, let’s stop talking about the whole picture and let’s go into deep with the first chapter of Mad Blasts Of Chaos.

Side A is ripped apart by Disconnected, a band hailing from Ohio, USA, formed by four sickos kidnapped by other local bands (like As Good As Dead, Full Scale Panic and Premonitions Of War). They kick in with four tracks of fast, punishing and somewhat dark pissed off hardcore, leaning sometimes to some crazy old school grindcore, with its oversatured sound and sharp drums beats. There’s a very cool taste in songwriting, with a lot of tempo changes and a nice structure often made by mixing open chords, short hypersonic riffs and simple yet violent drums lines. I really love the parts when Disconnected seems to take a little breath just to come back smashing your face with pure hardcore mid tempo parts, like in Broken Heart Suicide. They put some solos here and there, with the classic high pitched fast series of notes that reminds me the classics from early 90′s. There’s also a cool usage of the vocals. While Patrick’s way of singing can sound a little bit too linear and monotonic, he manages to dominate the scene with a passionate way of spitting out his hate that reminded me the vocal lines of Andy on the Low Threat Profile 12″. This is a very cool side and even if it’s my first time with Disconnected I really hope to listen to more by them really soon.

On the flipside there’s Wasteland from New Zealand. They’re more stuck to the classic powerviolence formula, so expect five songs built from an amazing bunch of tempo changes, slow downs, accelerations, nervous vocals and mind blowing drumming. Guitars and bass create a very enjoyable wall of sound, with a lot of distortions and feedback, also putting the always welcomed fuzzy feeling to each note. There’s a good bunch of slow parts that will make you scream the name of this band in your bedroom hoping to be at one of their gig. Just Scared, People and Sore Loser are perfect examples of how powerviolence should be played in 2011. Put your slow part in, make it punishing, unforgiving, then explode with a super catchy and even funny fast section. Rorschach meeting Charles Bronson. Make the dark part darker and the bright part brighter, make the difference not just big, but EXTREMELY big. Very cool indeed. I want to spend a couple of words on the vocals. Kader has done a very good job singing, using a very enjoyable and uncommon tone for most of the parts, not far from Infest, while he goes a little bit down with his voice he reminds me good ol’ Lack Of Interest.

Well, a very, VERY good split, give it a spin and you won’t be disappointed

Mad Blasts Of Reviews VOL. 2 – SICK/TIRED – COFFEE RAGE

The second chapter of the Mad Blasts Of Chaos series opens with Sick/Tired, a very good band which features members from MK-Ultra and Weekend Nachos. This is their first effort, recently followed by their full length Highlife released by To Live A Lie. These bunch of borderline fuckers delivers four songs of pissed off hardcore which can be called either powerviolence or grindcore without making a mistake. The first thing that will pop out listening to the Sick/Tired side is the pounding way that Gonzo and Kirk are playing their instruments, respectively guitar and bass, giving to each song a strong feeling of brutal violence. Drumming is cool, with a bunch of great mid tempos, like in Another Day, while vocals are stuck to a classic acid growl, which gives to this record a good early 90′s grindcore vibe. I think the best song of this side is Death In California, which can sound both punishingly intense and funny. There are a lot of good intentions going on here, but I think you can feel that they needed a bit more time to let everything take shape. Highlife is better than this first EP, even if they were already displaying a very good taste in songwriting. I want to show my appreciation of the drawings on the inlays, a steady standard in quality from Sick/Tired. This time the cover is very simple, with just the logo, but the inlays feature an amazing rip off of classic Janis Joplin’s Cheap Thrills cover, obviously re-adapted to grindcore and powerviolence imaginary. Follow this band, because Sick/Tired is a name you will hear a lot in the near future!

First of all, I’m VERY happy that I can talk about a band from New Zealand. I’m always down to find bands from unusual places and when the quality is like the one showed by Coffee Rage is a double winning! Coffee Rage assaults your ears with seven songs of restless old school grind…no…ehm…power…well….crust….not even there….hardc…Fuck, they mix a lot of style, imagine a very good blend of grinding powerviolence but with a strong influence by old school hardcore and bass pounding crust. The result is a bunch of songs which sound sometimes violent, sometimes groovy as fuck. Coffee Rage can create both the feeling of smashing someone’s nose with your forehead multiple times, both the one of dancing in the moshpit waving your arms and headbanging till your neck snaps. Lyrics are quite standards for the genre, mainly dealing with hatred and personal issues, with a black humor twist. Vocals are various, mainly dwelling in the pissed off bark environment, classic crusty Agathocles style, with some parts sung in screaming or with a deeper growl. There aren’t slow parts on this side, with all the songs going full throttle without losing the groovy factor. Discharge meeting classic grindcore. This record can be like by a lot of different people, because it combines pieces of many genres creating an all around enjoyable jigsaw of aural violence. Also this side pleases the sight, with a nice cover and a very funny ripoff of the cover from Lotta Per Vivere by Wrecthed (or at least, I think so….I’m pretty sure that design was also featured on a previous record but I can’t recall which one…anyway, if someone knows it, comment!).

Well, another good chapter in the Mad Blasts Of Chaos Series by Idoneum Bello, I can’t wait for the new one whichm by the way, will come out very soon…

Friday, May 13, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011


Kali / Ultimate Blowup - Split 7"

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 @ 6:46am » permalink

More explosive grind from Germany's 7 Degrees Records (this time with the help of #1 Dad Records, Idoneum Bello Records, Incursion Records, and Spastic Fantastic). Kali (Canada) kicks things off with six tracks generally powered by frantic speeds, high/low vocals, and a couple of slower, pounding tempos for good measure. There are no gaps in between the songs either, they just cave in to a bit of feedback and then keep going. The primary vocals are snotty, bitter high-end yells, and that works well with the overall energy of the tracks. Ultimate Blowup (Turkey) then follows with eight songs of their own take on an extremely similar sound. There's a little more differentiation between the high/low vocals, and both vocalists have a little bit of an unusual ring to their voices, but otherwise the approach is damn near the same, so it's a great match-up. Both bands also utilize production values that are perfect for this style: Balanced yet rugged, unpolished without losing detail, etc. At 14 tracks in only 11 minutes, I'm not sure what more to say here. If you're a fan of fast, energetic, grinding hardcore/punk that likely would've been right at home on Slap a Ham Records 15+ years ago, I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy the hell out of this split…

Kali "Bloodsport"
Ultimate Blowup "Fact and Resolution?"

The 7" is limited to 310 on black vinyl, 110 on blue vinyl, and 110 on green vinyl, and as always you can contact 7 Degrees Records directly for ordering information in addition to using the links below…


@ Incursion Records
@ Just Say No! Records
@ Per Koro Records
@ Spastic Fantastic


Sick/Tired - Death In California (2011 Version) by Sick/Tired

I still got some of the SICK/TIRED shirts! go here:

Friday, April 29, 2011


and have been approved. therefore you can expect MAD BLASTS OF CHAOS VOL. III a.k.a. the split 7" that is shared by GOOD THINGS from Canada and ENTRAILS from New Zealand to be out soon! MAD BLASTS OF CHAOS VOL. III will have 3 songs from each band and the usual M.B.O.C. packaging with inlays, stickers and an obi-strip. a ltd. edition on colored vinyl will also be available!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


after ages of waiting I finally got 4 new tracks from Russia's DEMON CITY REAPER together with the promise that I'll get the re-mixed versions of the old recordings tomorrow! that means it could really happen that DEMON CITY REAPER will make it on vinyl in the future!