Concrete Elite - Absolute Guard

Rebellion/Oi! the Boat Records - LP -

1206_cd_guard.jpgAbsolute Guard is new single sided LP of this steam roller bunch from Austin, Texas which is out in 500 copies (150 black and 350 silver). Together you may check 5 songs on side A on circa 12 minutes. Songs are called Maximum Force, Outsiders (, Death Comes Knocking, Knife Edge and 2000 Tons. On side B is silkscreen picture of rose in barbed wire. Now what should you expect – simple all you want from Concrete Elite – hard cover vocals, heavy guitars and drums of war which lead this insane machine straight forward like in Mad Max movie (just check the end of the first song). Songs are not so long (three are under two minutes). I really like Death Comes Knocking (with perfect main riff) and Knife Edge where singer Manny shouts really nice :). It is simple brickwall Oi! which I really love. Inside is paper with lyrics (or their fragments). If you like their previous records and records of Concrete just check this album because they are still standing in their hard line.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 11.03.2020

v/a - Worldwide Viking Rock 2

Vikingarock France Records - LP -

1205_vaviking2.jpgFirst review of 2020 will be compilation called Worldvide Viking Rock 2 which is out on CD and LP through Vikingarock France. Bands which are here are bands in which play Ari so on this issue it is bands such as Mtorr, Rockarska and Seppä Ilmarinen. Then you may listen to French band Carcereduro, Spanish Drakkar and Swedes Vindvak and Hednaljus. Instead of song Faravid from Seppä Ilmarinen and stuff from Carcereduro - Chevaliers Templiers and Napoléon Et Sa Grande Armée are all songs new. Songs from Carcereduro are in new version. Together you may check 12 songs and Seppä Ilmarinen and Mtorr has there just one piece, other bands have two songs. Perfect is that most bands are singing in their native language so you may check mixture of French, Swedish, Spanish, Finnish and English also. After the first hearing I really recommend both Swedish bands. Vindvak are known because they have EP released on Powerfist and in their first song Skogsfrun you amy hear also keyboards and Hednaljus (according to the photo they have two members but due to info on their web they are playing in three). I was quite surprised by Rockarska and their first song Rock Hard for Norden, their second song The Norhtern Lands is in typical marching rhythm of Ari´s projects. Stuff from Drakkar are in slower rhythm. As I wrote above album is out on CD and LP and inside is paper with lyrics and band photos. Cool compilation which is introducing known and not so known Viking rock bands from Europe. Great.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating:  •  Date: 14.02.2020

Crucial Change - The Fire Next Time

Combate Brutal Records - LP -

1204_cc_fire.jpgFourth album from this Seattle based band is finally out on vinyl (I even don´t know if CD was released because on discogs it is not mentioned) thanks to Combate Brutal Records from Portugal. Compared to the CD there are three bonus songs . – Absolution (released on Oi! the Tape 2), Missing Page and The Choice. Songs like Solidarity, The Watcher, 7/26 and The Final Call you may know from The Watcher tape released in 2016. Song Forgotten Identities was released on split EP with Albert Fish. Together there are 15 songs. The band was reviewed on BB many times so we can skip the introduction. Musically it is perfect and songs are really well done – just check tracks like The Final Call, The Watcher, Hand in Hand, July 26, The Time, etc... There is no weak piece and everything fits together. Lyrics are very critical to capitalist system which is not ok for many workers (songs like Solidarity, Dignity) but also supporting of the Kurdish movement (Hand in Hand) where I have personal problem with the end of the song and shout PKK because speaking about freedom and liberty together with communist party is incomprehensible for me (real communism and other bullshit and craps). The same goes with the song 26thJuly which is about Fidel Castro movement 26-7. Cover is perfect with many nice illustrations from the book Devises Heroiques (1556) which contains many illustrtations for coat of arms or guilds. LP is limited to 200 copies (two cover versions) with paper with lyrics inside and some band photos. Musically it is perfect but there is some ideological shift compared to previous records ( (Legion 33 – Rockin´ the Reds...).
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 16.01.2020

Faction - S - s/t

Combate Brutal Records - LP -

1203_faction_s.jpgDemo tape of this French band was release in 2019 on Le Diable Au Corps label and now it is out as single sided LP through Combate Brutal Records. Together on side A you may check seven songs in French and last piece is cover from NY sXe band Judge (which was originally released as New York Crew). In band plays members from well known bands like Lion´s Law, Bromure, Chrome Reverse, Outreau or Tchernobyl. The band says that they are playing negative Oi!. It is middle/slower rhythm with hard vocals and darker sound with light guitar solos. Songs are called Soleil de Plomb (Burning Sun), Zéro (Zero), Croire (Belive), Poseur, Marée Noire (Black Tide), Pierre Tombale and B.S.C. From the first song the band hits you really hard on the chin and it´s a pitty that the B side of this LP is empty. Sound is raw but quality, other members help vocalist Fred in singalongs (like in Zéro or Croire) and bass is really significant (like in Pierre Tombale where are bass and guitar solos together at the beginning). LP was limited to 200 copies (100 with black cover and 100 with white cover). Inside is paper with lyrics plus graphics from drummer Tonio and some band photos. Check them, you won´t be disappointed and bored.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 10.01.2020

Strike Back - MMXIV

Zerowork Records - CD -

1202_sb.pngStrike Back is three piece band from Madrid which has released two albums and one EP and this is their complete discography out on one CD through Zerowork Records. You may find there all songs from Arde Madrid (Fierro Records, 2014 - 11 songs), Alone in the Battle (Fierro Records, 2016 - 4 songs) and About Justice... (Tough Ain´t Enough Records, 2018 - 3 pieces). Most of the songs are in English (instead Arde Madrid – Madrid´s Burning, Mordaza – Gag, Incapaces – Incapable and Bien Atado – Well Tied). The band plays in some songs Chickswick style, in some songs I was really surprised with combination of solos and hard music (like in Unknwon Soldier which sound like a mixtrure of Combat 84/Pöblers United and it is the best song for me or in Traitor), sometimes they sounds like melodic Evil Conduct (We don´t Care) and sometimes I hear viking rock (Beginning of the End). Even they are playing in three pieces the music is perfect and guitar and bass are playing nice solos (guitar in Beginning of the End, Destroy, Divide, etc..., bass in Changing). Lyrics are serious (about nonsense wars, government which act the same and it doesn´t matter if they are left or right, police brutality, etc…) but also fun (for example if you can imagine that on radio is just OiOi music and everyone is a skin). I know the band just by the name and I was fuckin´ surprised because all 17 songs are perfect. Booklet is just one page with band discography. I will leave it without rating because there is no new songs but I will really recommend it to you. Check them!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating:  •  Date: 09.01.2020