On File - The Real Mc Oi!

Common People Records - LP -

1170_of_trmo.jpgRe-edition of one of the greatest and true album from little bit underrated Scottish band. Originally it was released in 2001 on Screwed Up Records (CD and LP), then came CD re-edition in 2006 and now came LP re-edition limited to 500 copies (400 black and 100 yellow with poster). LP contains one bonus song called The 1990´s way which you may know from compilation Punks, Skins and Herberts vol. 4. We really love this album with our crew back in those times and after the Breaking Rules release we organized gig of On File here and it was huge success (check the videos on youtube On File Vyškov) and I think that Scots like it also – the first day in Prague and second one in Vyškov. Hedgy also had some speech on The Riot release. I have really strong memories on that album for example the first song which we play loud in the pub was kept in stereo around about for three seconds and then waiter stop it :). Or We Are All the Same when band sings about going in van many miles to see the band. We go to This is Belgium in 2009 1000 km without having a place to sleep and after the gig we went back to CZ :). So I reallylove the album, just check the songs Let the Lager Decide, 14 Up, Down the Bingo, Another Day in Paradise from single or slower pieces like Fight in the Dark, We Are the Same, Rather do the Time (with great refrain) or Left it All Behind. This album was recorded in three pieces line up – Hedgy used to sing and play guitar, on Breaking Rules he just sings. Guitar has light booster and do not expect some twenty minute solos but there are some like at the beginning of Tired of Working. Second side of the cover is different then on original LP, inside are lyrics plus many photos. Yes On File are not virutosos and yes it not the best skinhead band in the universe but if ANY band can characterize my teenage years and the first decade of 21st century, it will be On File. And that´s why I really love this album.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 07.02.2019

Zóna A - Dneska idem von

Inflagranti Records - EP -

1169_zonaEP.jpgAfter long years an EP from Slovak punk rock legend Zona A is out, it contains 3 songs and it is limited to 500 copies (150 black, 150 clear and 250 purple). Interesting fact is that first song Dneska idem von (Today I´m Going Out) is recorded with different people on bass and drums then two others which you may find out on B side – Já už nebudem píť (I Will Not Drink Anymore) and Prečo ode mňa každý pítá prachy (Why Still Somebody Asking Me For Money). Song titles are quite clear about the content so the day you will leave jail and you will taste freedom again (cover is done according to this topic), consequences of drinking, moral hangover and fights with partner and the last one is about paying the bills for whole month. First song is nice 77 punkrock with solos (there is also second guitarist as a guest) spiced with French horn, second one is similar with fine melody in refrain and the last one is the hardest song (due to guitars) but it is still in Zona standard. Inside is no paper with lyrics and on the back side of the cover are photos of the offenders who did thi EP. You can order it straight on http://www.inflagrantirecords.sk/ for 9 Euros.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 24.01.2019

Ukonnaula - Vanhan Vallan Kahleet

Nordic Noise Records - CD -

1168_ukonnaula.jpgMembers of King´s Cross (Tomppa and Sanntu) founded new project called Ukonnaula (which means something with nails). The band name is in their native language so the songs will be in Finnish also. On demo tape will be six songs but on their web https://ukonnaula.bandcamp.com/ you may check first three songs. Also one song will be on EP which will be released with Spanish skinzine called La Veu de València. On the tape are three songs on side A (Vanhan Vallan Kahleet – Old Strong Bonds, Pimeä Puoli – Dark Side and Verijäljet - Blood) and three on side B (Köysi Kiristyy – Tightening Rope, Tuomittu - Doomed and Vapaa, Vankka ja Vakaa – Free, Strong and Stable). Since their first song Vanhan Vallan Kahleet the band kicks your balls as hard as King´s Cross – guitar with solo in each song, great bass in the background and singalongs (like in Verijäljet, Pimeä Puoli, with one vocal over another and with mutings and drownings or the last Vapaa, Vankka ja Vakaa). Solo at the beginning of Tuomittu is really into hard rock for example. Graphics of the tape cover is also OK. The band says that these songs are demo records but the sound (and mainly music) quality is OK for me and I hope the songs will be later out in some standard way. I really recommend it to all who likes quality music without compromise and people who are behind this project are the proof of quality. Great!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 15.01.2019

The Reapers - Rip it Up

Rebellion Records - LP -

1167_reapers_RIU.jpgThe Reapers is Dutch band from Utrecht/Rotterdam which was founded on the ruins of Discharger after the Tim went to for Haymaker. They play in four but they have two guitars and all members are helping in vocals. This is their debut album but they´ve already released three songs on Oi! Ain´t Dead 7 compilation. Together you may check 13 songs in English plus spoken intro from some movie called Things Are Bad. Music is somewhere in middle rhythm and two guitars can be really heard. Their sound is inspired by Templars, Legionaires or Janitors – just check the songs like Ugly Mug or Wrong Side of the River (with great straight forward drive) but there are also melodic pieces like Always the Underdog (with nice guitar at the beginning and great refrain), Bankers (which starts similar to Get a Rope from Cock Sparrer) or Sirens of Sorrow with slide guitar which reminds me many Australian bands. Here you may check the first song from the album called Ultra Violence https://youtu.be/c20MPWlzfKk. The band brings what I like in Discharger songs and they´ve added more hardness which make the sound perfect. To all of this you may add nice dark cover and you will receive great albumfor the beginning of 2019. Perfect.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9/10  •  Date: 11.01.2019

Savage Beat - Wired

Rebellion Records/LSM Vinyl - LP -

1166_savage_beat_wired.jpgAfter minialbum Trench Warfare came these Dutch guys with full album called Wired with ten brand new songs. In the band are experienced musicians from bands such as Wanderlust, Heroes and Zeros (Marko Petrovič) or Open Wounds for example. From the beginning you have to listen their fast Chicskwick sound with steel guitars without booster with their r´n´r guitars (some are really great), use of tambourine (Tar and Feathers) and fast drums. As I said the rhythm is faster and the hi-hat plays almost nonstop but the band knows also slower things like title one Wired with blues touches raped by dirty rock or Leather On Leather. You may also hear great catchy melodies (not just in refrains) like Man´s Thunder or All Odds Against You. Other great songs are Down the Drain, On the Outside or the first one Take it Further. LP will be limited to 500 copies – 150 black for USA and 350 green for Europe. I can guarantee that not a single song will bore you! Great!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 10.01.2019