Ultima Thule - 1458

Ultima Thule Records - LP -

1152_1458.jpgAfter three years come Ultima Thile with brand new full album called 1458. Title is not linked to some year but to the numbers on the cover which are held by politicians (leader of social democrats, speaker of green party, leader of left party and maybe leader of Centre party) who sold Sveden (you will notice it in the song). On last singles you may get used to old/new singer Bruno who recorded this album (plus some song on 25 years anniversary if Fäderneslandet album). On this piece you may check ten songs in Swedish which are equaly distributed on side A and B. The last song En sista sång (One Last Song) was written by Mathias from Mjölner. Since first tunes you will be sure that this is Ultima Thule – title one 613 with nice refrain, Den Höges Visdom (Higher Visdom) with typical Viking rock sound, slower Skaka åldrig hand (Shake Older Hand), half acoustic Håtuna Svek (about some conflict between king and his brothers back in 14th century) which reminds me Bäring Nord, Trollpolska with intro like from middle age, long and accusing 1458, Marnätter (with official video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2DHNi5nF6Q), Gator i Brand, Nya Eran (New Age) and En Sista Sång (which is slower ballad/lullaby with keyboards). Album is out on CD and LP in black, blue and yellow cover plus bookle in 7´´ format with lyrics and photos. Yes it is still Ultima Thule which you either hate or love.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 21.09.2018

Arogants - 1

DIY - CD -

1151_arogants.jpgDebut album from Arogants which hail from east part of Bohemia contains two record sessions – Epizode 1 and 2. Difference is that the 1st one was recorded with two guitars. Both contain 6 and 6 songs. Boys have experiences with playing on deifferent bands like Driák, Everyday Hate, Svarog, Todleto Rebels or Out of Control so it varies from punk, Oi! to HC and you may hear and feel in their sound. There are ultra melodic songs like Skinhead Rock´n´Roll ort he last one against war Nezažiješ, Nepochopíš – No Experience, No Understanding (which has acoustic start and you may hear keyboars in it), but also harder stuff like the first one Arogants, Závidíš (You Envy) or Loser Skinhed. Singer has really nice vocal and he knows how to work with it so you may hear many levels from melodic to rough, guitar has nice riffs and you may hear that guitarist likes harder music (but there are also solos like in Timebomb), bass in the background with the steel sound (like in Pijavice – Bloodsucker). I really like song Pokrytec (Hypocrite) with nice singalong like from Normals?! Lyrics are both serious (like Čikatilo or Nezažiješ, nepochopíš) and classic topics like Working Class, way of life (Žádný vyzrálý blues – No Mature Blues), fun on gigs (Arogants), violence (Vem ho tyčí – Hit Him with Bat), etc… Booklet was done by tlustej Tony so whole stuff is in comix/cartoon style, inside are lyrics in Czech (English version can be found on their bandzone), short thankslist and band photo from the pub. Nice debut.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 18.09.2018

Mean Streak - s/t

Shout Proud/Bambule Records - EP -

1150_mean_streak.jpgSo I really don´t expect this line up. So Garry Hodges (4Skins) on vocals, Deptford John (Combat 84, Exploited, UK Subs) on guitar, Dave Reese (The Straps) on bass and Mark Hannan (The Crack, The Blood, The Elite) on drums. EP is limited to 500 copies – 100 on white vinyl on Shout Proud Records and 400 on black vinyl on Bambule Recordz (which is label of the band I suppose). On EP you may check four songs called Mean Streak, See No Evil, Still Angry and You Don´t Know Me. If you expect classic British sound you expect it right but it is more clear then in the past. Garry has also more covered vocals compared with older albums. I really like B side of the EP especially song Still Angry when band describes that even they are older they are still full of rage. You Don´t Know Me reminds me B-Squadron stuff and second song See No Evil is like from 4 Skins. Inside is some band photos plus long thankslist. Main cover is done very simple – brick wall with band name. Who likes classic stuff will surely look after this EP, I think that Bambule Records version will be still available.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 7/8  •  Date: 17.09.2018

Castilion - s/t

Shout Proud Records - LP -

1149_castilion.jpgDebut piece from Spanish band Castilion is out now on Shout Proud Records as single sided LP. One version is called Eterna Batalla (Eternal Battle) limited to 100 copies on green vinyl and knight on the cover, second version is called Lista Negra (Black List), limited to 50 copies on black vinyl with dancing skeletons on the cover. There are also 20 copies of test pressing with helmet on cover. On LP are five songs in Spanish and I have to say that I really like idea of single sided LP more then 10´´ with both sides. Even the band is new members has experiences with other bands – there is Victor from Drakkar od Nestor from Glory Boys, Mercancias, Shaved Dogs, etc… Except the two title songs there are three other called Cabalgando (Ride), Terrores (Terrors) and the first one Llorando el Perdón (Crying for Forgiveness). The first song show you how the other will look like – faster music with playful guitar (like the beginning of Terrores or parts of other songs), vocal is shouted and it reminds me older Ultimo Asalto stuff or some Brazil bands and sometimes other members help the vocalist (like in the first one Llorando el Perdón. In the last but one song Lista Negra the vocals are very fast. I really like Spanish language in that project and most of all I like song Eterna Batalla with perfect refrain and beginning. Cover is done as a list with LP inside and from the backside are lyrics, photos and thankslist. Who likes Spanish bands like Asedio, Drakkar or Revolta will like this band also.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 13.09.2018

Sabotage/No Heart - s/t

Rebellion/Bords de Seine/Longshot Music - CD -

1148_sabotage_no_heart.jpgSplit from Swedish Sabotage and Canadians No Heart is out due to cooperation of three labels so quality is guaranteed. Both bands has already released something and you can read it hear on BB. They are playing similar style of music and both are working with lightly or non boostered guitar. Difference is that Sabotage are playing in slower/middle rhythm and No Heart are faster. Sabotage opens LP with four songs in Swedish, No Heart has there five songs in English. Sabotage´s songs can be translated like PC Way, Turncoat, Apology and Those who are Coming. I really like their first and last song - PC Väg and Dom Som Kommer. Music is melodic and Robban´s vocal is better and better. Their style is tactful and more depressive then No Heart. They are playing more straightforward music, guitar still without booster, great bass and covered vocal. Great songs are Youth Tribes which gives you information about the music style of the band and last piece Fine By Me with nice singalong. I really like the cover graphics. Nice stuff for the fans of classic sound.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9/10  •  Date: 06.09.2018