B-Squadron - Sons of Tigers

Rebellion Records - CD -

1104_bsq_sons.pngIn 2015 released this English based band from Leicaster their debut EP Saturday´s Soldiers wuth four songs – Saturday´s Soldiers, Means of Escape, B-Squadron and Scratchcard Nation. Then they go underground and it looked like that they have broken up but at the end of January 2018 they are going to release brand new full album called Sons of Tigers. It will contain 13 songs including the old one (but re-recorded), Intro and two covers - Evil from 4Skins and Rapist from Combat 84. In song Day to Day you may hear also Timmo from The Glory. Sound of the band is the same – rough and raw as on their debut EP and it proudly refers to 80´s – just look at the choice of the covers. Sometimes you will hear guitar solo but I think that no one will recognize without info that the album comes from 2018. Also the sound of the covers is the same as the rest of the songs. This is really sound nostalgy and I also hear in their sound Condemned 84 (and their Gang Warfare or When Saturday Comes) or Bootprint from the new breed bands. It is mainly in middle rhythm but there are also some faster songs like This is England which is about English subcultures. Other songs are Mongoose Patrol, Keep the Cover, Means of Escape, Woking Class Heroes and last but not least Sons of Tigers. Raw sound with no compromise, violent and simply good!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 28.11.2017

Battle Ruins - Glorious Death

Rock´n´Roll Disgrace - LP -

1138_br_gd.jpgSecond press of second official full length album from this Boston based band is out on Rock´n´Roll Disgrace now on blue vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Band is lead by Brendan and whole bunch around bands like Hammer and the Nails, Boston Strangler, Rival Mob, Stone Dagger, Lovely Lads, Peacebreaker, Magic Cirlcle, Mind Eraser, Soul Swallower, etc… The band plays in five pieces and they´ve started their career in 2009 with cassete, then came single and first full album. Since that time they become cult (just look at the prizes on discogs) and there are also three bootlegs of their songs released as three singles through Battle Ruins Fan Club. On this LP you may check eight songs and three of them you may know from promo cassette released last year - Glorious Dead Lay Under Waves, Slain Stripped Skalped and We Are the 10th Legion. Most of the songs are in middle rhythm (so do not expect any doom metal) with nice Brendan vocals with nice high tunes (Same Enemy, Atomic Fire or the last one The Day the Idols Fell) and great solo guitar but there are also faster pieces (Below the Black Sun and Slain Stripped Skalped). Do not expect any kind of cliché – these lyrics are about war (from Rome through Hiroshima to Vietnam), suffering, evil, glory, etc…and be ready for the fact that each song is a top one. Top of tops are for me Atomic Fire and We Are the 10th Legion. Inside the cover is paper with lyrics and picture of dragonship. Really cult album and full points from me!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 30.05.2018

Bomber - Mighty Mighty Bomber Mayhem

DIY - EP -

1116_bomber.jpgBomber is brand new band from Sweden (Malmö) with members from Vindicate This! And Lost Warning. Single is out now as digital promo https://goo.gl/ygvtpH or on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nnZl-9Q0Yc), but later this year it will be out on Pretty Shitty Town Records. Online version contains four songs in English called Working for What, Point of No Return, I´m a Bomb! and The Irony. But the band have recorded five songs in studio so maybe the physical version contains one more songs. You can hear there above mentioned bands, music is melodic (as we are used to Swedish bands from that area), straight forward and songs are relatively short (each has under 2 minutes). Drums are fresh and each song is short guitar tune (best one is in the last one The Irony) and in the background is fast bass (you will hear it best in Point of No Return). Cover and band logo correspond with their title. Nice new band with well known veterans in line up.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 29.01.2018

Codi de Silenci/Reconquesta - La Força de la Raó

Disco Nightmare/Roca Sobirana/Fénix Records - EP -

1130_cds_rcq.jpgTitle of the split EP of two Catalan bands Reconquesta and Codi de Silenci can be translated like The Force of Reason. EP is limited to 500 copies (300 black and 200 maroon) and it was released on Disco Nightmare, Roca Sobirana and Fénix Records (last two are probably band labels). Each band sings in their native tongue and each band has there two songs – Codi de Silenci has there El Complot (Conspiracy) and Descans (The Rest), Reconquesta has there Segueix Latent (Still Alive) and Som Una Nacio (We Are the Nation). Codi de Silenci are playing in five pieces and their music is really great which you surely know from two previous EP´s. Descans is slower one with nice guitar and vocal about dying patriot who is summing up his life and he realize that he would not change anything. Song ends with peeping of cardio machine. El Complot is about unsuccessful attempt to kill king Alfons XIII in 1925 and consequences of this on their region. Reconquesta reduced their line up into three but their music is still great, it is rougher but it doesn´t mean that it is worse. Segueix Latent is about dead but not forgiven patriots and historical persons whose fight continues through us. This song contains great refrain. Second one Som Una Nacio is about the feeling of being part of the land your nation don´t belong to. It is the hardest piece from whole EP due to its refrain. Inside is paper with lyrics (English also) and photos. Who likes bands which are not afraid to stood up for their identity and nation this is directly for him. Full points!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 06.04.2018

Doubling Boys - Bide Luzea

Primátor Crew/No Turning Back/Tough Ain´t Enough - EP -

1121_db_ep.jpgDoubling Boys is five piece band from Basque country which has already released CD Denbora Aurrera Doa in 2010 for example and this album is also out on LP through Primátor Crew. The band plays quite long (their debut was released in 2006 and the band was founded in 2004) and this is their first new stuff since 8 years (line up changes, etc…). EP contains three songs - Bide Luzea on side A and Skinhead and Bad Reputation on side B. Cover can be translated like Long Way. EP is limited to 500 copies, it contains insert and it is out due to cooperation of three labels. First two songs are in Basque language, third one is in English. If you like slower Oi! with nice vocals and melodies, bass solos in the background and singalong refrains, you will receive this from Doubling Boys In their songs Bide Luzea and Skinhead. The last one Bad Reputation is fastest and it contains playful rock´n´roll guitar. Again I have to say that native language fits more to the bands and Doubling Boys proves it again. I do not know much about the insert because I have just electronic copy but the cover is done well. If you like melodic stuff like Codi de Silenci, you will love this. Nice one!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 16.02.2018

Dowina - To Each His Own

Tough Ain´t Enough Records - EP -

1125_dowina_ep_new.pngAfter putting their only album Brezalauspurch on EP came Spanish label Tough Ain´t Enough Records with next Dowina EP called To Each his Own, where you may check their demo songs from 2003 Memories, Victim (which you may know from Streetkids 2 compilation) and Dowina Fortress, song Werewolves from compilation Japanese-European Friendship and previously unreleased track called To Each His Own. Ep is limited to 250 copies on black vinyl with absolutely great cover (which reminds me Templars) with great back side with many colours and archangel Michael. Inside you may check paper with lyrics to all songs. Dowina was quite fenomenous oin their active times because it was first attempt in our scene to play with viking rock touches (just check the tune Dowina Fortress) and also sing in English. You should expect great guitar solos (like in Victim) but also bass solos (Werewolves, Memories) and also singalongs. Lyrics are about memories on glory days when we were young, street justice for all rapist and peadophiles or Dowina and its history. It is hard to pick the best song because event he demos are in perfect quality. This is last piece for making Dowina discography complete and all 10 songs you may check (plus demo from 2015) on http://bandzone.cz/dowina. For me full points and thumbs up for Tough Ain´t Enough for realization of boh EP´s.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 27.03.2018

Facção Opposta - Da Luz À Obscuridade

Combate Brutal Records - LP -

1123_f_o_LP.jpgWe have to wait on LP version of the Da Luz À Obscuridade from Facção Opposta for two years since it has been released on CD. This LP version was released by Combate Brutal Records for which this was the first LP release. It is limited to 200 copies – 100 with black and 100 with white cover + 20 test pressings. Vinyl is black. Compared to CD version there is just 8 songs (4 on A and 4 on B side) including cover Dans Les Tribunes from Komintern Sect with Wattie from Lion´s Law on vocals. LP version is without song O Tempo Passa from split EP with FAVL. Playtime is around about 30 minutes. Cover is paper with new graphics – death (maybe because of the song Anjo da Morte), band members photos and tracklist plus paper with lyrics, thankslist and photo from the gig. Detailed review you may check on BB in CD review so this will be quite brief. Band is playing in middle rhythm, their sing in Portuguese (with nice singalongs like in title song or in Farsante), they have two guitar and you will surely hear it (like in Recordaçöes or Veterano do Ultramar). I leave the rating as same as in CD version so 9 from 10. You may look forward to their future split EP with Spanish Asedio.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 19.03.2018

Hammer and the Nails - s/t

Rebellion Records - EP -

1127_hatn.jpgFifth EP from this Boston based band Hammer and the Nails is out on Rebellion Records as maxi LP. According to interview with them they didn´t want to release any full length but just EP´s so you may expect more quality then quantity because each of their EP released till know was masterpiece. On this EP you may check four songs - Controlled Rebellion, Hook, Line and Sinker, Ought and instrumental intro Icepicks Coda which you may know from their maxi EP for example and it means three new songs. You should expect really dark and gloomy sound with two guitars and I have to say that solo guitar is really top in each song, then you may hear also distorted vocals (like in Ought) or grinding samples/keyboards (Hook, Line and Sinker). You should also expect middle rhythm which is driven by accurate drums and supported by Brian´s rough vocal and vocals of the rest of the band. I am not afraid to say that everything what band touches is great and yes, each song on this EP is masterpiece and most of all I like Hook, Line and Sinker. I have to glorify the guitar again, mainly in the song Controlled Rebellion. Inside is paper with lyrics and something like poster. EP is limited to 1000 copies (400 black, 400 white and 200 gold). I have all their previous EP´s and I will buy also this one because it is great! Interesting is that every EP they have released is s/t :).
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 10  •  Date: 29.03.2018

Live by the Sword - s/t

Rebellion Records - LP -

1124_lbts.jpgAfter two EP´s came this Dutch/US studio band with their debut EP. It is some kind of mini album with seven songs including The Bruisers cover Intimidation. LP itself (heavy 180 g plate on black wax limited to 500 copies) is opened by intro Live by the Sword where is just shouting L.B.T.S. but it allows you to guess the type of music which you will hear in next few minutes. Other songs are called Fight for Survival, Rats and Snakes, Jealousy, Attack Attack and Death Dawn. Mostly it is middle rhythm with great Eric (Strongarm and the Bullies) vocals and nice solo guitar (Wouter). Do NOT really expect some kind of cliché lyrics. Songs Jealousy and Intimidation step out from the global sound and there are little bit Chickswick to me. Most of all I really like the last piece Death Dawn with nice guitars beginning, great Eric´s vocals and its whole concept. Cover is black/white similar to previous EP´s . If you like stuff from Hammer and the Nails or Battle Ruins, this is exactly for you. Great!
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 9  •  Date: 26.03.2018

Mercancias - III

Disco Nightmare Records - EP -

1128_mercIII.jpgAfter 7 years came Mercancias from Valencia with brand new EP (150 black and 100 green pieces with this cover and 50 black pieces with different cover) released on Disco Nightmare Records. It is maxi EP called III (because it is their third EP) and it contains three songs plus instrumental acoustic Intro (with acoustic guitar and keyboards). Songs are called Europa, De Santurce al Infierno (From Santurce to Hell) and Seňores de la Guerra (Lords of War). Mercancias plays in five pieces and in their line up you may find Nestor from Glory Boys/Gol Nord/Shaved Dogs. First song is about whole bureaucratic apparatus of current Europe especially of European Central Bank which is enslaving national economics in the name of the trade, second one is about hard life on the streets in concrete jungle, drugs and grey future for those who are already growing up in hell and the last one is about horrors of war. First one Europa is calm song with nice guitar which plays its deep and higher solos, Da Santurce al Inferno is the fastest one with nice singalong and the last one Seňores de la Guerra starts with nice solo (which is repeating during the song) and sound is the darkest (just check the end with bass line and whistle). Inside the cover is paper with lyrics (just in Spanish) and band photos. Who likes their previous stuff will love also this one. Again quality instead of quantity.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 03.04.2018

No Heart - Can´t Get Out

Rebellion Records/LSM Vinyl - LP -

1133_no_heart.jpgNo Heart is new band from Canada (city of Victoria in British Columbia) and they members used to play in bands like Last Crusade nor Thankless Graft and you may know them from the split 12´´with Aussies The Opposition. This is brand new album released through Rebellion Records/LSM vinyl with 10 new songs on it. According to the cover the band plays in three pieces and their music is powered by guitar with no booster effect which sounds like steel and which reminds you bands such as Templars, Righteous, Crown Court, Veros, Janitors, early Perkele (Voice of Anger) or Legionaires for example. Most of the songs are hard and straightforward like Can´t Get Out (which is really into Templars), faster Better Way, Come and Gone (with nice solo guitar), Face in the Crowd (great drums and part with bass + drums) or Do it Again (with one of the best songs from the LP due to breaks and singalong refrain). The band knows also slower songs like Same, Left for Dead or Standards. Vocal is rougher but not so much and guitar is really playful. Cover is done quite simply but I think bands wants this. I can´t speak about the inside because I have just digital copy. Great LP which will not bore you for sure.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8/9  •  Date: 20.04.2018

Tachanka - Vengeance de Classe

Mendeku Diskaks - EP -

1137_tachanka.jpgTachanka is band which comes from Brittany and this is their debiut EP which title can be translated like Class Vengeance. Also the band title is quite unusual and it is machine gun pulled by horses. EP contains four songs Une Historie Qui Finira Mai (Story which Ends in May), Né Pour Être Chomeur (Born as Unemployed), Tous Des Salauds (All the Bastards) and title one Vengeance de Classe. Music is slower and sound is quite depressive, dark and post punk and most of all it reminds me Portuguese project/band Gume. At the end of the first song you may hear also female vocals. Most of all I like the second one Né Pour Être Chomeur with nice guitar solo and refrain. Next piece Tous Des Salauds is most melodic mainly in refrains. Guitar has great steel sound in all sounds. Whole EP can be checked here https://mendekudiskak.bandcamp.com. I do not know nothing more about the band and cover. Really cool release because of the gloomy sound and thumbs up for Mendeku Diskak for releasing such bands
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 7  •  Date: 10.05.2018

Tango 14 - Kioskos, Bares Y Tribunas

Mendeku Diskaks - LP -

1117_tango14.jpgTango 14 is punk rock/Oi! band from Argentina (Boulogne in Buenos Aires province) which is really into football. This is their second album, first one was out in 2012 and it was called Esto es Nuestro. This one is called Kioskos, Bares y Tribunas (Kiosks, Bars and Terraces) is out just on LP on SPanish (or better to say Basque) label Mendeku Diskaks – 500 copies, 400 on black and 100 on white vinyl. Album has been aleready released back in 2014 as a part of the Union y Difusion zine. On album you may check 10 songs in Spanish. I didn´t know about the band before so I was quite curious what style they play. Musically it is really soft, slower and ultramelodic style which will reminds you (also because of the football topics) Vanilla Muffins (but they are faster and they play just in three pieces - Tango 14 plays in five) or slower songs from Orgullo Sur and Salud Por Los Skinheads album. I can hear also poppy Oi! sound like Welcome to the Real World from Business or pub rock influences. Do not expect anything hard/heavy, expect smooth vocal, clapping of hands or slower guitar solos. I will hardly pick up any favourite or best song because most of them are slower anthems like Argentina with nice refrain, Che Barrabrava, Brasil 2014 or Es Mi Vida. Songs are quite long - (playing time between 3:14 and 4:34). Cover is also fine – photo from the terraces, inside are lyrics and long thankslist.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 8  •  Date: 30.01.2018

Tear Up - Playground Politics

Rebellion Records - LP -

1122_tearup.pngTear Up is British band which comes from the city of Watford and this is their debut album which is out on LP (300 copies) on Rebellion Records. The band has already released EP from 2015 called Fuckin´Av It and instead of the song Moose on the Loose (originally from Vicious Rumors) is everything here on that LP also (but I do not know if it is re-recorded or not). So together on LP you may check 12 songs including The Business cover – Real Enemy. I will compare them with B-Squadron (from new bands) because their sound kicks you back to the 80´s but compared with the sound of their colleagues from Leicaster (whose sound like Condemned 84 or Combat 84) Tear Up is more into Cockney Rejects or Sham. From the first to the last song you will be guided by the rude vocal of singer Jamie. The band plays in four and it is typical middle rhythm British Oi! with some guitar solos (like in Playground Politics, King of the Car Park or No Big No Clever). Topics of the songs are web heroes (Fuck Boy or Playground Politics), irresponsible parents (Dead Beat Dad), no smoking law in the pubs (Smoking Ben), unemployment (This is England) or Jimmy Savile from BBC who was found guilty from child abusing. On the cover is nice old photo of fighting kids. Who likes typical British sound, Tear Up is hear for him.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating: 7  •  Date: 09.03.2018

v/a - Worldwide Viking Rock Vol.1

Hakkapeliitta/Espina/Rolling On!/Vikingarock Franc - LP -

1114_wwvr1.jpgThis is LP compilation of current European Viking rock bands. On LP you may check seven bands with twelve songs – Spanish Drakkar, Swedish Blå Brigader and French Carcereduro n side A. These bands has there two songs each and one of these two songs is previously unreleased or re-recorded into new version (Carcereduro). Second side is completely occupied by Finnish bands around Ari so Arska & Hakkapeliitat, Kalevan Soturit, Kareliaani and mTorr (which I haven´t heard about yet). They have six songs there and all are previously unreleased. LP is opened by Drakkar with songs At the Gates of Hel and Odin´s Law (from album Dragonheads) and I have to say that this is really nice example how should Viking rock should sound (great metal guitars wih solos). Then came Blå Brigader with their Xanté (which is Swedish liqueur with cognac and Belgian pears) and Dårarnas Paradis (from s/t CD single which means Fools Paradise). In Xanté you will hear also keyboards and whole song is into two tone mood. Carcereduro has there two known songs - Alexandre de Grand (from D´estoc Et de Taille) and Les Feux de Beltan (from Ad Honorem). Second side is opened by Kalevan Soturit with songs Ukonvasara (Uko´s Hammer) which is quite hard and with nice guitar and keyboards solo at the end and traditional folk song Tuonne Taakse Metsämaan (Back to the Woods). Then came Arska & Hakkapeliitat with song Strong where Ari sing more than in previous songs from Kalevan Soturit. Kareliaani has there English song Nordism which is most melodic for me from whole B side and Oravan Laulu (which is poem from Aleksis Kivi – famous Finnish writer from 19th century). B side is ended with mTorr and their song Northman which has almost ambient start and which has nice title guitar riff and samples/keyboards from the beginning. Cover is done thematic to Viking rock genre, inside is paper with lyrics and band photos and on the backside is picture of Viking helmet and long ships. I didn´t rate compilations with points but I will try to summarize the review so seven bands with twelve songs (eight are previously unreleased), nice artwork and also nice music from new breed and also from classic bands of the genre.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating:  •  Date: 23.01.2018

v/a - Oi! Ain´t Dead Vol. 6

Rebellion Records - LP -

1126_oad6.jpgSixth compilation Oi! Ain´t Dead from Rebellion Records is now focusing on British bands so you may hear bands like Crown Court, Hard Wax, B-Squadron, Tom Dog, City Miles, Brassknuckle, Hostile Minds and Clockwork Soldiers. All bands except the last one are quite new, the last one is pre-Glory band when Timmo used to sing and all three songs didn´t see the light of day for very long time (more than 30 years). Other songs are also previously unreleased. Album is opened by Crown Court with their Made in England which is fast piece without booster but with nice solos in the middle, next two songs are from B-Squadron whose are sounding like from 80´s - Do You Know Stanley and 6-6-44 (about Overlord operation in Normandy), then came Hard Wax with their mod beat/bovver rock sound with blues touches and their songs are called Just One More Drink and Boys are Back, then came Top Dog with their (commercial :)) song Backstreet Battalion and Vigilente. Next band is City Miles which I didn´t heard about and their song called Away Day which is most melodic song from the album and which reminds you genre classics Cock Sparrer or The Business, then we have there Brassknuckle with their Relicts of the Past and Hardkill, Hostile Minds with One Minute and My Way and I fuckin´ like their music – aggressive vocals and sound and one of the best bands on the compilation for me. Album is closed with the oldest band Clockwork Soldiers with three songs It´s a Sham, Out of My Head and 8 Seconds. Inside is paper with lyrics plus some photos. Nice compilation with previously unreleased songs.
Author: Peddy  •  Rating:  •  Date: 28.03.2018