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Best 21 Releases of 2017 - Radioshow:
Best 21 Releases of 2017 - Reviews and streaming links:
EXIT UNIT - s/t 7" (Deep Six / Draw Blank)
INFEST 2017! Joe Denunzio and Matt Domino from Infest teamed up with Bob Kasitz from Lack Of Interest (who by the way is the drummer in the killer Infest reunion shows...) to give us this slab of pissed off anger which sounds exactly what could be a new Infest release in the most greater way you can ever imagine. Everything is just perfect: angry, anthemic and hateful tunes which won't easily get away from your head. Infest always had the power of writing perfect fastcore / hardcore / power violence songs and this one is no exception. Don't sleep on this, get your copy right now and enjoy this little monster because it's a truly inspired killer release and we just can only hope it won't be a standalone project. We need more from this band!
SHACKLES - lifeless paradise 10" (Resist)
This Australian destroyer is absolute one of my favorite band of the most recent years. Its pulverizing sound blends the darkest sounds of hardcore mixed with power violence and an overall crusty d-beat feel to complete their awesomeness. The song structures are all great to follow and surprisingly entertaining blast after blast. Once again they crafted a masterpiece in extreme sound all topped with furious vocals delivered with anger and negativity.
BOAK - movies 7" (Grindpromotion)
Insanely good power violence from this UK band that already shined with their previous EPs. This one is massive. Don't get fooled by its cheesy cover, which amuses me by the way, this one is a real destroyer!
EXIT ORDER - seed of hysteria LP (La Vida Es Un Mus / Side Two)
I love this album. Great varied and angry hardcore with a deep post punk influence and a over the top female voice. This platter has all the ingredients necessary to be a true gem and the songwriting is always intriguing. Chapeau!
CANKRO - demo EP (Bandcamp)
Killer pummeling unstoppable d-beat punk from Sao Paulo, Brazil. This demo is a total ripper. One of the best debut of the year. Can someone release this demo on vinyl please?
WOLFBRIGADE - run with the hunted LP (Southern Lord)
Easily one of the greatest crust d-beat album of the year! Another great masterpiece under the bulletbelt of this Swedish veterans. This is not your usual d-beat which sounds all the same from start to finish, they really care about songwriting and that's why it's one of my favorite crust d-beat band of these latest years...
PMS 84 - easy way out LP (Discos Enfermos)
Best oi punk album of the year. You can't miss this one as every track is anthemic. So goooood.
ODIO - ancora LP (Agipunk)
Top notch dark, obscure and pummeling crust punk. An immediate favorite band.
KONTATTO - fino alla fine LP (Agipunk)
One of the best, if not the best, crust punk band from Italy is back with their third LP. Easily their best to date, it finally gives you the power, anger and enjoyment you get every time you see them live. Crust punk to the bone with elephantiac guitars, pulverizing rhythm sectoion and wretched vocals. Not to mention a crew of lovely punx. Mandatory.
DEATH BELLS - standing at the edge of the world LP (Burning Rose / Funeral Party)
Oh Australia, I love you. In the most recent years, this country gave me a shitload of bands that managed to get my attention and placed themselves amongst my favorites... And this one is a great new addition... and in this case we can even say addiction! From the first time I've heard it, it immediately got me. Superb post punk, amazing and intriguing. Don't sleep on this, this is a gorgeous release.
CONCEALED BLADE - s/t LP (Beach Impediment)
This Pittsburgh combo really made a rager of an LP. I listened it countless times: aggressive hardcore with a slight rockish feel which generally isn't my cup of tea, but in this case totally rules. One of the best hardcore releases of the year with no fuckin doubts.
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST - parched dredge 7" (Iron Lung)
Grindcore masterpiece. This is the kind of release that makes you love a band. I enjoyed their past releases but this one really destroyed me and it's a perfect showcase of what grindcore should and could be: a bombastic sound, awesome songwriting and a brutal dose of pissed off anger. And yes, drums are played by mister Chris Moore (Coke Bust and ex Magrudergrind) who is maybe the best grindcore drummer you can have the chance to see in your life. His blastbeats are nothing less than supreme pleasure.
WAILIN STORMS - sick city LP (Antena Krzyku)
I'm new to this band. I just discovered them listening the first single from this new album. I kept this song in my daily player waiting for their new album to come out... In the meantime I kept myself busy with their previous album which I enjoyed a fuckin lot. Once released this new slab of vinyl I felt in love with new one as well.... Post punk and noise punk are all elements you can find in their sound but I will also add a blues feeling throwing in the mix for good measure and surely not to forget their singer style who is pretty close to Danzig. All in all they manage to craft their own style and all tracks are built around a solid and great songwriting. Dark and gloomy this album could appeal to many and definitely this band needs more attention. Try them, chances are that you will add a new favorite band in your bag, so it has been for me.
LEBENDEN TOTEN - static 12" (Iron Lung)
12 minutes song on a single sided 12" and it's a ripper of a freakish weirdo punk with noise interludes, abrasive guitars, hypnotic bass lines, pummeling drums and great female vocals. Their label state this band as one of the greatest punk band to ever exist and I couldn't agree more...
IDLES - brutalism LP (Balley)
Oh come on, this band is so spastic that you can't really resist them... They are crazy as fuck!
LIMP WRIST - facades LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
So they're back! Latest release was dated 2008 and the excitement around this new LP quickly spread through the DiY network. LW started back in the early 2000s with Martin on vocals who you should know was Los Crudos vocalist (one of the best fastcore / hardcore band ever existed in the world. Period. And not to forget his later projects like N/N and Needles among others). Martin teamed up with some great musicians who previously and later formed some greatest kick ass bands too: Paul (Devoid Of Faith, Acid Reflux, Exit Order etc), Scott (Needles, Midnight etc) and Andrew (Kill The Man Who Question). Apart their killer musical output, Limp Wrist are also known for being an inspirational queercore band responsible of the foundation and evolution of the genre. This new LP is a bit different from previous full frontal records. It still have many rager songs in it but also some awesome tunes that mostly indulge in a post punk influence. The 11 tracks LP ends with three synth wave tunes which are interesting as well. And finally it comes with a huge zine with band's lyrics plus writings and arts about queer punk done by some queer artists invited by the band to contribute to their LP in the common effort of showcasing the community... Great stuff.
CERIMONIA SECRETA - da sempre CS (Occult Punk)
I've heard good reviews of this band's gigs. They came from my hometown (Milan, Italy) but for some unlucky events I always missed their shows so I really didn't know what to except from their debut and... wow, I loved it. Very good post punk with synth, theremin and sax thrown in for good measure. With members from Kalashnikov and Corpse, this album is a gem in post punk aesthetics. Don't miss this!
TARANTULA - s/t 7" (Lengua Armada Discos / Erste Theke Tontrager)
Mid paced pummeling awesome punk with gruff vocals from CULO members. Gold.
DOWNTOWN BOYS - cost of living LP (Sub Pop)
Oh this one is so good... Utterly socially conscious political punk with great songwriting, awesome female vocals and saxophone. Produced by Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, these songs are catchy and thoughtful at the same time. Seriously this is a damn good punk album!
ADAMENNON - le nove ombre del chaos CD (Boring Machines)
The highly prolific Adamennon got a huge discography under his belt comprised of many drone, psychedelic, ambient, classical stuff. This release take inspiration from the glorious tradition of Seventies Italian composers (Goblin in primis) but with a darker and blackened tone. This is trippin music and you should definitely not miss this gem especially if you're into old fashioned horror soundtracks...
PETITE - s/t EP (Bandcamp)
Super gorgeous and catchy oi! punk with great female vocals.
Super gorgeous and catchy oi! punk with great female vocals.