Reconquesta - Valors Perduts

Disco Nightmare/Pretty Shitty Town Records - LP -

1179_reconquesta_valors.jpgSecond album of this Catalan band Reconquesta is out on their “home” label Disco Nightmare and PST Records on LP (500 copies on black wax) and CD. Title of the album can be translated like Lost Values. So on one hand you can not judge the book by its cover but on the otrhe hand I really like the title and I think it will be fine. Together you may check 10 songs – 9 in Catalan (including cover from Rabauken Momente im Leben) and one in English called Real, Dirty and Raw. The band plays again in three but the sound (studio sound) is still great. All songs really catch you for the first time. I really like Jove i Rebel (Young and Rebellious) with totally great solo guitar and refrain, then English one Real, Dirty and Raw (about the fact that someone still tries to tell us what to listen and play but we will do what we want in our way - real, dirty and raw), and from the B side surely Canigó (about the mountains which is symbol of home for Catalan nation) and last but not least the last song Valors Perduts (about the fact that yo ushpould believe in lost values which are part of you and which are not just empty phrases – loyalty, honor and pride). Music is perfect from all views – melodies, solo guitar (like in Per la Teva Sang – For Your Blood for example) and changing in vocals. Lyrics are meaningful (like the first one El Conqueridor about James I the Conqueror for example). All previous covers were in black and white and also this one is in that style. Inside is A3 insert with band logo, thankslist, photos and lyrics in Catalan (with pictures near each lyrics), English and Spanish. Great album and a must have record for those who love real music.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 23.04.2019

First Strike - The Only Good One...Is a Dead One

Powerfist Records - EP -

1178_f_s_new.pngAfter five years came this US band from New York with brand new single called The Only Good One…Is a Dead One. EP is out on Powerfist and first 50 records will be with the t-shirt with the test pressing graphics. On side A is title song and on side B is song called Drugs. The band keeps on playing in three pieces and Unknown Soldier plays bass nowadary and the drummer si known :). The band is lead by singer and guitarist Rich. On the regular cover is iconic photo from Vietnam war where general Loan is executing captured Vietcong captain Lém. And about this is the first song on EP – how to deal with red murderous scumbags. Song starts with half acoustic solo which went into classic tune which you may know from First Strike previous records. Second song starts with simple guitar solo and you will surely know about what the song will be – drugs which bring you faster to your grave but also things which they affect when you are alive – robbing, stealing and begging. Around about three minutes there is just guitar part and then the song started again. Both songs have great refrains. On second side of the cover is also some war photo. Inside is paper with lyrics and band logo. This is pure US Oi! which is conservative, anticommunist, anti drugs, for America, militant, with no compromises and and meaningful for circa 21 years. Cool.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating:  •  Date: 12.04.2019

Sledgehammer - Gekikou

Oldschool Records - EP -

1177_sledgehammer.pngThis is EP version of CD single from Japanese Sledgehammer released in 2017 by Diwphalanx Records. EP is released by Oldschool Records and it is limited to 400 hand numbered copies (165 blue and 235 black). Graphics of the EP is different then CD (where was some demon) but it is typical Japanase art. Inside is paper with lyrics which are also translated into English which is cool because it is not usual on Japanese releases and there are also band photos. Now to the music, the first song on side A is called Sledgehammer (circa 3 minutes) and on B side is called The Barbarian Sun (circa 5 minut). In both songs you will hear hard and heavy metal guitars with nice solos. In both songs there is also great vocal of the singer which varies from rough deeps to high tunes. Second song starts slower but after circa 25 seconds it wents into normal rhythm but it is still slower then the first song. Around about the middle of the tune there is acousit guitar which goes slightly into standard solo. This music is not simple and it is not also easy for listening or for whisteling but it is really great. Cult band since the beginning of the 90´s.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 11.04.2019

Orgullo Sur - Solo nunca vas a estar

Oldschool Records - EP -

1176_orgullosur_snvae.pngNew Orgullo Sur single was planned to be released through Total Noise under the title A Nuestros Amigos (For Our Friends) but finally it is out on Oldschool Records under the name which means something like Only You Will Never Be. On side A is the title song and on Side B is song called Mi fiel Amigo (My Loyal Friend). EP is limited to 370 copies (170 blue and 200 black). Both songs are about death and friendship topics and I really really like the first guitar and its solos in both songs (but especially in Mi fiel Amigo) which are really great and four piece line up with two guitars really fits to the band well. It is still faster middle rhythm and B side song is little bit faster (but it starts slowly). Both songs can be also found on youtube. Inside s paper with lyrics plus band photos. The band has already released 2 albums and 11 EP´s/split EP´s and this is really great music with all necessary things around. Great!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 03.04.2019

Alternate Action - Violent Crime

Rebellion Records/LSM Vinyl - LP -

1175_aa_vc.jpgAlternate Action was disbanded around about 10 years ago and they ended ther career with compilation Thin Line and singer Greg went to form Bishops Green. They have released many albums/singles and now in 2019 Greg reformed also Alternate Action and this is their first record after rebirth. It is single sided LP called Violent Crime with five songs. Album is out as CD but also as mentioned LP (350 silved and 650 white pieces). There are four new pieces called Violent Crime, One Way Street, Antisocial and Pushed Aside plus re-recorded Skinhead Way of Life which you may know from several compilations. Greg has characteristic voice which is typical for all his other bands (like Subway Thugs, The Lancasters, etc...), but I think that here it is the hardest but it is natural voice no plastic roughness (for example in One Way Street which is top song). The first piece Violent Crime kicks you back to 2008 where the band stopped. Next great piece is Antisocial which you may check on and Pushed Aside which is the slowest/most melodic song from the LP with nice guitar tune and lyrics about that even you crucify us and push us aside, we will still be here. The band starts on the spot where they ended years ago plus I really like the format of the album – single sided LP with nice silk screen picture on empty side. Nice one!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 25.03.2019