Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Another Victim was always referred to as the "other vegan band from Syracuse". Ill tell you I would have been pretty annoyed if I were them but they really stepped out of the ExC shadow and wrote some pretty damn good songs. Its too bad that the 3 song demo they recorded before they broke up never got a proper release (except on the upcoming discography). Great band that Im glad I got to see a few times before they broke up

Monday, January 28, 2008

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The Cold War comp 7"
Just one of the many, many great comps that came out of the 90s. This one has the following 4 songs:
None Left Standing - Just Another War
Everlast - Crutch
Mean Season - Sea Of Shame (live)
Within A Lie - Him

Saturday, January 26, 2008

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fortydaysrain are a band that I have always felt were very underrated, at least definitely out here on the West Coast. I used to talk to their bass player, Al, back in the old days of the AOL hardcore chat rooms. This was long before the era of message boards and paypal preorders, and some pretty legendary and infamous things happened in those chat rooms. In the late 90s, bands were leaning closer and closer to metal sounds, and these guys played what I consider to be a perfect blend of heavy hardcore with well placed metal leads. As far as I can tell, this is everything they put out aside from some comp tracks that I never got my hands on, and for all I know, the songs on the comps may also be present on these releases.

Demo tape 1997
This tape has 4 songs, and I first got it out of my friend Matt's distro box sometime in 1997. A large part of me misses distros, and taking chances on bands that I had never heard of.

The Price Of Innocence 7"
For a record label that only managed to get out two releases, Even The Score records sure did a damn fine job. Kyle Score put out this record and the Falling Down 7" (who soon changed their name to Day Of Suffering). If you ever find a "Straight Edge means automatic weapons" shirt, send it to me, and I'll love you forever!

fortydaysrain/The Year Of Our Lord split 7"
This is one hell of a split 7 inch. fortydaysrain bust out a new song, and a re-recorded version of "Baptism" from their demo tape. The Year Of Our Lord were also bringing something pretty new to the table, in the form of black metal tinged hardcore. If memory serves me correctly, TYOOL also featured a member or two from the early Cave In lineup.

Temptation Of Our Own Demise
This cd initially came out on One Way Home Records, but quite quickly saw a re-release via East Coast Empire. The first 3 tracks were brand new ditties, followed by a mix of tracks from their previous releases. After this, the singer left, and was replaced by Rob Fusco (who had just left One King Down) for a brief period of time. Then one of the guitar players took over vocally, and fortydaysrain fizzled out without recording anything else.

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Friction Burn Fatal
New Age Records reigned supreme in the 90's. Just think about some of the legendary bands that had releases on New Age: Trial, Unbroken, Turning Point, Strife, etc. And even a lot of their lesser known releases were great as well. Case in point, this Grip 7 inch. Although there's some Krishna cheesiness here, and the lyrics leave a little something to be desired, this is a good example of what metallic hardcore was in the early-mid 90s.

Friday, January 25, 2008

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So heres something a little different, after I said I'd change it up a bit after the last Earth Crisis post. Split Lip is still my favorite (along with Falling Forward) from the 90's Emo-Core days. Real aggressive music and real emotional lyrics. Speaking of Falling Forward, if anyone has the design that Initial Records did and is interested in selling, let me know
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Okay one last Earth Crisis post. The original Victory "Firestorm" design. This is still one of my favorite designs from them and it shows as I have it in a tshirt, longsleeve, and hoodie. Also as an added bonus Im including the live set from Hellfest 2001. The original rip I did (which is the one that ended up on Soulseek) was not very good. I went back and cleaned it up as best I could and I think it sounds significantly better now. This is the entire set (audio only) from quite possibly the hottest show Ive ever been to. When you came out, steam literally rose off your head. Im glad I was there to witness it...I promise to take a break from the ExC posts and focus on something else unless something comes in the mail today.

Earth Crisis "Live At Hellfest 2001, Last Show"

Thursday, January 24, 2008

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I wasnt sure if anyone actually read this thing so Im very pleased with the comments that everyone has been leaving. So now that the Earth Crisis tour is official I figured Id post a few new things Id gotten in the past few days. The first is a design I already had but with a different back print. I was told that this design didnt go over so well and it was discontinued shortly after (not sure how acurate that is...Guav, little help?). The second was for the release of the live "The Oath That Keep Me Free" CD on Victory. This is also one that I already had but the print was so beat to hell that I needed an upgrade. Lastly, is a sticker sheet of very early sticker designs. Patrick "Reaper Records" Kitzel sent this to me because he's just an amazing guy and knows how much I love this band so gracias mi amigo. Im still waiting on a "315" pullover for over a month from someone on Ebay as well as another Conviction Records design courtesy of Mr. Mat Wadsworth of New Zealand and the Inherit The Wasteland tshirt from Sebastian in Germany. Pics when they arrive.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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In the first song, "Declaration", on the Green Rage post, I've noticed that there appears to be some sort of skip in the song around the 1:30 mark or so. Upon listening to the vinyl, it's just there, and all of my usual cleaning techniques don't seem to be getting rid of it. The vinyl appears to be in perfect shape still, so it's possible that a piece of dust is just lodged in there, and until I can afford one of those sweet 400 dollar record cleaners, there isn't a ton I can do about it, BUT I did mess around with the songs a bit in Adobe Audition, and I edited out the skip in a manner where it's pretty damn hard to tell that it was ever there. So, simply download the file below, and use it to replace the first song in the Green Rage folder you already downloaded.
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Self Titled
As a follow up to yesterday's Strife post, here is Strife's second 7", which came out in 1992, and was the first release on the now legendary Indecision Records. Still Rise is the last song on this record, but this version sounds much different than the song it became on the One Truth record. It's amazing what crowd vocals can do to a song, and how much bigger it can make them feel.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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My Fire Burns On...
As requested by my brother from another mother, xchipxsem, here's Strife's debut 7" on New Age Records from 1991. Being one of the 'big 3' on Victory during the mid 90's, I used to listen to Strife a lot, and listening to this record again, now I remember why. During their time, they were definitely a big part of the scene that was starting to modernize the classic sound.

Monday, January 21, 2008

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There's a moment when the feedback started, then the drums kicked in with the bass and guitar. Next thing you know, Rob is over the crowd with the mic stretched out..."ONE KING DOWN". Its like an explosion going off right next to you. OKD is still in constant rotation and now with the prospect of new material or re-recorded material (Rob Loves, Man Kills), I can only hope for a reunion tour.
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The Path played this years Syracuse New Years show and unfortunatly I was unable to go but Punk Rock Pat did and hooked me up. I got these on Saturday from him....thanks Pat.
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My Pain 7"
Unconquered were probably the most notorious band to come out of Reno in the 90's (followed closely by Fall Silent). These guys didn't just sound heavy, they sounded like they would beat the living shit out of you, and from the looks of their singer, he probably could. This 7" came out on Area 51 records in 1995. My copy is on red vinyl, but I'm not sure how many were pressed. I was always disappointed that I never got to see them play. They were supposed to play Portland once in 1998, but neither of the touring bands were going to make it to town, and the whole show was cancelled.
Anyways, here's the record:

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The Crypt Has Eyes
Here's a nice slab of black metal wax from Denial Of God out of Denmark. This 7" has one original titled "The Crypt Has Eyes" and a Death SS cover called "Terror". No keyboards here! Hand numbered out of 500, it came on black marbled vinyl.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

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I'm definitely one of those guys that misses the old days of Scott Vogel bands, so here's a 2fer of Despair, the post Slugfest/pre-Buried Alive band.Demo '95
According to the liner notes, Despair went into the studio and recorded 7 songs in January of 1995. Their 3 favorite songs went to the 7" on Treadwater Records, and the other 4 ended up on this demo tape.

Live & Killing in Europe '97
This tape doesn't give any indication as to the actual date it was recorded, but from listening to it, I've gathered that it was recorded in Hamburg, Germany. There are 10 songs on here of a soundboard quality, including a Judge cover.

Friday, January 18, 2008

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HSB / FOS split 12"
I've never been quite sure as to why this record has never been released in a digital format, especially after Heaven Shall Burn's debut ep "In Battle" saw a re-release a few years ago. This record came out in 1999, and was limited to 500 copies on the Deeds of Revolution label (the same label that put out HSB's debut). Each band has 4 songs on the split, including one cover of each other's song from a previous release. There's some really good material on this split, as I'm sure you'll agree. Heaven Shall Burn are finally doing a US tour in April (I've only been badgering them to come here for 9 fucking years!).
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Continuing on with my South Florida worship, Shai Hulud was a band that the moment I heard them I went nuts. My friend Roy went and saw their first show with their then new singer Chad. He came back saying how "this band Shai Hulud was amazing. Their new singer is 14 and hes got this fucking voice...". I was sold. I went to the next show and was floored. This was before the 7 inch came out so they were playing alot of the demo material and kids went nuts for them. Im happy to say that 11 years later I am still very good friends with them as well as Chad and will be seeing them in March for the first time in 5 years. This design I bought at the Jimmy Rice benefit in November 1996. This, if memory serves, is their second design. The back they ended up using for the title of the first song on their first full length. Rev re-released all their early material (7 inch, split 7 inch, full length, comp tracks, etc) remixed and remastered and it sounds incredible. Pick it up.
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So Strongarm was a Christian what? They were from South Florida and we supported them. Alot of people say alot of negative things about Christian bands whether its the people that go to see them or the preaching on stage...Strongarm (at least in South Florida) never did this. They would get on stage and say "This is what we believe, if you don't agree, thats cool". They were always a great live band and amazing recorded. Their merch goes for pretty ridiculous amounts on Ebay but this one I got at a show right before "The Advent of a Miracle" came out. There are rumors of a reunion tour which if it happens, I would love to see it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Disinfect 7"
I never really got a whole lot of info on these guys, but this record originally came out in 1993 on Reflections Records. My copy is from the second press put out by Very Distro, as noted by the different cover. This is the only release I ever saw from Green Rage, but it's filled with enough awesome 90's chug to satisfy even the biggest 90's vegan straight edge nerds.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Happy birthday to me. Today Im 29...still the same guy, just a few more gray hairs, no biggie. I went to check my PO box and this is what was waiting for me. The Battery design I received in a tshirt and a hoodie. Both (as well as the Earth Crisis hoodie) were brand new. I got them off someone on Ebay who you used to run a wholesale and just had them sitting around. Pretty damn good and Im pretty stoked because I didnt have that particular Earth Crisis design. Ive got more stuff coming...its the waiting I hate.
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Easily in my top 3 hardcore bands of all time. Chokehold were always very confrontational, and that coupled with the fact that they were a straight edge band that didn't dwell on lyrics about straight edge, solidified them as one of my favorites.

Content With Dying
I was always annoyed with the way that the entire LP is one track on the cd, so I uploaded it into Adobe Audition, trimmed out some of the bass, made it a whole lot louder and separated all the songs into separate tracks.

I did the exact same thing with Instilled, as I did with the Content With Dying tracks.

Tooth And Nail
I was never happy with the sound quality of the mp3s that have been floating around the internet for years now, so I finally decided to rip one of my numerous copies, and I think this definitely sounds more true to the actual sound of the vinyl. This was Chokehold's final release.

Comp Tracks
I've also assembled all of the Chokehold compilation tracks that I'm aware of and own. The folder contains the following songs:
Anchor - What Still Holds True comp
Kill Me - Soundtrack To The Revolution comp
We're Not Gonna Take It [Twisted Sister cover] - Sleepless Nights comp
Kickback [Breakdown cover] - Sound And The Fury comp
Nothing [Negative Approach cover] - Reproach comp

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

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From 1993-1996, Tension was South Florida Straight Edge. They put out 2 great 7 inches and a not so great full length (courtesy of recording). The second 7 inch "The Sickness of Our Age" really reflected the emotion they were feeling at the time. When they went to record, supposedly one of their girlfriends had broken up with them and one of them had been thrown out of their home. You can really feel the power and the frustration...Mike's vocals come off so pissed off something that just didnt carry over to the full length. Unfortunate...anyway, this shirt was printed while they were were on Endless Fight records who originally released the "Sickness of Our Age" before it was re-released on Uprising. I got this off a friend of mine who'd had it for a long time just sitting around. Good score for me. Check out Tension's myspace

Monday, January 14, 2008

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