False Flag EP
India’s False Flag only formed in June 2015 in the aftermath of witnessing grindcore legends Napalm Death live at Bangalore Open Air Festival, due to their uncompromising DIY ethic and intense soundtrack they started to make waves in their local scene with their early recordings and shows receiving a positive response from the South Asian Punk scene. False Flag‘s debut self titled EP features a dark and heavy mix that brings to mind contemporary chaotic hardcore acts from Europe, along with the origins of the UK grindcore scene.
Spectrum Disorder kicks in with kind of dissonant menace that you’d hope for, before the band launch into some aggressive fast hardcore that contains a hefty influence from grindcore scene in the vocal delivery, and in the pulverising breakdowns that pepper their opening salvo. The second track, Sisyphus Lament, despite having a title that would sound more at home on an early Pink Floyd album, continues the relentless hardcore assault, on each track on False Flag‘s debut EP the songs have progressively increased in length and the epic, by hardcore standards, Unbroken brings things to a suitably intense and chaotic finale.
False Flag‘s debut release is an impressive and remorseless attack that encompasses the extreme ends of the punk and hardcore scenes to impressive effect, if you are a fan of the harder edged side of hardcore punk, or of the early grindcore releases then this will be a band you’ll want to experience. False Flag look set to become a band that push the boundaries of punk, they have fused grindcore and hardcore with an existential outlook and a progressive political stance against all forms of bigotry, from casteism to misogyny, and however you look at it that’s a pretty impressive statement of intent.
False Flag‘s debut EP is released today and can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp here
False Flag‘s Facebook page can be found here
India’s False Flag formed in June 2015 in the aftermath of witnessing grindcore legends Napalm Death live at Bangalore Open Air Festival, due to their uncompromising DIY ethic their early recordings and shows received a positive response from the South Asian Punk scene, now the band have released their self-titled EP via Bandcamp. The EP features a dark and heavy mix that brings to mind contemporary chaotic hardcore acts from Europe, False Flag look set to push the boundaries of punk, fusing an existential outlook with progressive political stances against all forms of bigotry from casteism to misogyny.
False Flag‘s debut EP is now available via their Bandcamp here
The Hanged Man
Advocate Records unleashed The Hanged Man EP on the 3rd March, this is the latest release by Kentucky grindcore merchants, Pissed On, this quintet of tracks, that was recorded at Bricktop Recordings in Chicago, follows on from their debut release last year, a split EP with Street Rat. Whilst they only formed in 2015, Pissed On are quickly developing a reputation as a band that take no prisoners, both for their uncompromising studio recordings, and as an incendiary live act. The five tracks contained on the EP follow the mental anguish of a man in his final days, and the lyrics tell of his desperation as he awaits his execution.
The Hanged Man opens in brutal fashion with Reader, an intense sub one minute opener that recalls Extreme Noise Terror in full flow, this opener segues straight into Enter The Void which continues the relentless aural pounding. Zoetic Disgrace marks the halfway mark in the EP, this is the third in the series of short sharp shocks that have populated the first half of the EP, these tracks between them are done and dusted in less than four minutes. Shrivelled Minds is epic in comparison to the initial tracks, weighing in at over two minutes, this carries the same brutality but contains an extended pounding breakdown that acts a prequel to the EP’s title track, this is a somewhat slower affair that contains four minutes of slower sludgier grind that brings The Hanged Man to a confrontational close, and the tale to it’s inevitable end.
The Hanged Man is ten minutes of old school grindcore that is delivered without any compromise, as with any release from the various cores that punk has spawned, I will always feel that music of this nature is best experienced live, I find that the intensity of bands like Pissed On is lost in the recording studio, but having said that if your tastes are towards the extreme end of hardcore, or if you like to dabble in the world of extreme metal, then this is a band you need to take notice of, as I doubt there are many bands delivering the kind of extreme dark grind that Pissed On deliver on The Hanged Man.
Pissed On‘s Bandcamp can be found here
Kentucky grinders Pissed On have teamed up with Invisible Oranges to reveal Zoetic Disgrace, a new track from their forthcoming EP, The Hanged Man.
The Hanged Man will be released on Friday March 3rd via Advocate Records.
Pissed On‘s Facebook page can be found here
You can stream Zoetic Disgrace via Invisible Oranges here
WOOAAARGH / Downfall Records
Hyperakusi, a Swedish word that translates as hypersensitivity to everyday sounds, is a split album with a distinctly European feel to it, it is a meeting of German record labels, WOOAAARGH and Downfall Records, that boasts an intense combination of two Swedish grind bands, Resonance Cascade and Järnbörd. Järnbörd combine their version of filthy grindcore with tight uncompromising d-beat, while Resonance Cascade have a crushing old school grindcore sound with whirlwind drumming and a harsh guitar tone, from the outset it’s clear that this is not an album that was made for the faint hearted.
Järnbörd formed in the summer of 2012 under the name of Den Mänskliga Faktorn, which translates as The Human Factor, in 2015 the band adopted the moniker of Järnbörd after discovering another band with the same name, that is the only change the band made, the continued to play their trademark tough intense brand of grindpunk, the press release informs me that the lyrics are in Swedish and they deal with issues of enduring and maintaining your sense in an idiotic world, although I’ll have to take their word for that as my language skills don’t extend to Swedish. Malmö’s Resonance Cascade were formed in the same year as Järnbörd with a stated goal to play raw and simple, but effective, grindcore, which is a goal the band have clearly achieved on the evidence of their side of this split album.
This is an album that is exactly as you’d expect if you’re at all familiar with grindcore, between the two bands there are sixteen tracks, that are delivered in an intense whirlwind of manic drums, downtuned grinding guitars and guttural vocals that make this easily the most intense album I’ve encountered this year, and it’s one that bears all the hallmarks of the forefathers of this genre. If you’re a fan of the extreme end of hardcore, or already have a love for grindcore acts such as Napalm Death, Insect Warfare and Brutal Truth then this will be an album you’ll happily add to your collection, personally I always find bands like this are best experienced live, but if you’re looking for something that’s an incredibly intense and aggressive listen then the twin attack of Resonance Cascade and Järnbörd will have you covered.
Hyperakusi can be ordered from Downfall Records here
WOOAAARGH / Hectacombe Records / EveryDayHate
Austrian grind band Six-Score hail from the city of Vienna, a European cultural capital famous for it’s opera houses and Mozart‘s classical compositions, but it appears that this city has something of a split personality, as Six-Score are far removed from that city’s renowned musical heritage. The band have been in existence since 2008 and they have now released their sophomore album, Lebensräume, that is being issued on all formats by a collective of labels including WOOAAARGH, Hectacombe Records and EveryDayHate. This latest release builds on the band’s blend of d-beat, hardcore punk and metal that was first unleashed on their 2010 debut album, Drudge.
I haven’t heard an album like this is a long time, this is an intense collection of eighteen tracks of blistering grindcore that is true to the roots of the scene. I was a regular at shows by the likes of Extreme Noise Terror, Napalm Death and Carcass and I remember how intense and frenzied those shows were, and I would imagine that this is the case with Six-Score, but, and this is a big but, I own very few of the albums by those bands. To me this is a scene that will always be at it’s best when experienced live, I feel the same way about most of the intense music that goes under the various core scenes, the energy and brutality of the music is something that will always appeal to me in a live setting, but when it’s recorded I find it loses the very element that makes it work in an intimate live venue.
If you are a fan of the original grindcore scene, or have a love of the more brutal side of hardcore punk, then Six Score are a band you need to acquaint yourself with, as Lebensräume is an aunthentic aural pummelling that carries the same menace and relentless battery as the original bands did. For me Lebensräume became a interchangeable assault and battery of the senses, so as a recording this isn’t an album that’s for me, but live I would bet a decent bar tab that they’re something to behold.
Lebensräume can be ordered here