Thursday, September 23, 2010

Red & Anarchist Metalheads of Colombia: video compilation

A new video made by Red & Anarchist Metalheads of Colombia. Yes, there's even such movement, and it's really massive! They even organized a left-wing metal festival "Metal, Conciencia, Cultura & Resistencia" a few days ago. As far as I know, Colombia is the only country to have such strong and well-organized leftist movement consisting of metalheads. Wish we had something like this here in Eastern Europe...

Track list:

  • AZTRA (Ecuador, folk metal) - Sangre Obrera
  • REGIMEN (Colombia, thrash metal) - Tierra & Fuego
  • PROFECIUM (Argentina, black metal) - Proletarios Unidos
  • A PUNTO (Argentina, thrash metal) - Necesitados Unidos
  • RABBIT JUNK (USA, digital hardcore/industrial) - I Vote Bolshevik Lite
  • DYING FETUS (USA, death metal) - Fate Of The Condemned
  • SANGRE ABORIGEN (Chile, crossover thrash) - Ser Latino
  • MANKOCAPAC (Costa Rica, heavy metal) - Acitud
  • APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT (USA, crust metal) - Armageddon Won't Be Brought By Gods
  • JAROST MARKSA (Russia, black metal) - United Under The Red Banner
  • DÖDSÄNGEL (Canada/Norway, blackened crust) - Subatomic Holocaust

And on unrelated note - today's the first day when the majority of the visitors in my blog aren't from US:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tresckow - demo tracks (2007)

TRESCKOW "demo tracks"

Year: 2007
Genre: Anarchist Black Metal / DSBM
Country: Germany

Track List: 
  1. Operation Spark
  2. Anarchist Threat
  3. At The Shores Of Agony
  4. Untitled
  5. Suffer
  6. Winter
  7. Kill The Ones You Love

And finally, some more radical stuff I've kept for you. Tresckow is a solo "back valley black metal" project with anarchist/nihilist roots, emerged from German radical leftist underground in 2007 as a reaction to obvious nationalist currents in the BM scene. This is the first German anarchist black metal (not blackened crust or hardcore) band I've came across for so long. Musically it's atmospheric, mostly instrumental black metal with some prog elements. There never were any proper releases by Tresckow, but there are some demo recordings which I present to you. For me, it's good depressive BM, but a little monotonous and "wall of sound"-like. The project is named after Henning von Tresckow, who was a general in the German Wehrmacht who organized the resistance against Adolf Hitler. Now he's regarded an anti-nazi hero in Germany.

If you're interested in the current state of the project: "realising there's enough ideas and motivation to form a band, i teamed up with some friends from other crustcore/powerviolence bands (namely gunmob, slump, post war depression and hellborn messiah), picking up where i left tresckow. there's no proper recordings as of yet, imagine the older tresckow stuff minus the prog cheesiness, improved riffing, harsh female vocals added and way more aggressive". Well, let's hope for more good releases from them in the future.


P.S. According to some info I've got, some more German BM bands are left wing: namely Nocte Obducta, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Samsas Traum, Coldworld and Eisregen. I've no idea if it's really so, but at least Der Weg Einer Freiheit sounds really good, and definitely simular to some Cascadian BM bands.

Leech & Thou - "We Pass Like Night, From Land to Land" (2008)

LEECH & THOU "We Pass Like Night, From Land to Land"

Year: 2008
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal (Leech) / Blackened Doom/Sludge (Thou)
Country: USA
Label: Woodsmoke

Track List:

  1. Untitled
  1. Unmasked
  2. Here I Stand Head in Hand
  3. Rats and Mice and Swarms of Lice
  4. The Defeatist's Lament

This split album w/ Thou is the latest release by Leech, and nothing is known about the current state of the band. I'm not a big fan of bands like thou, so I wouldn't review their side of the split, but everyone who likes nature-inspired atmospheric black metal should check out the Leech's side. As it was said on Metal-Archives: "Something like WITTR, but with a much darker feel"...

Leech - "Against Leviathan!" (2007)

LEECH "Against Leviathan!"

Year: 2007
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: USA
Label: Woodsmoke

Track List:
  1. At Once, Our Home Was Overcome By a Roar Which Tore Through Our Hearts, Silencing the Wind and the Quiet Songs of the Birds; We Realised What We Had Lost, and Began to Call to Her
  2. Chained to the Ghost of a Lie, We Blindly Stumble Toward Our Death, Stopping Occasionally to Kick (But Never Question) the Rotted Carcass At Our Feet Which Slows Our Pace
bonus tracks:
  1. True History of Mankind (live)
  2. A Long Forgotten Path (live)
  3. I Saw a Hole in the Man, Deep Like a Hunger He Will Never Fill...

Limited to 100 hand-numbered copies w/ poster. The packaging is a 12-page zine detailing the band's anarcho-primitivist sentiments, with the booklet essentially serving as a primer. 50 copies were released on white cassette and also contained the bonus tracks. Limited tour edition reissued with hand-sewn CD cover, sticker, polaroid, poster, and moss housed in a bag block-printed in runes. Limited to 100.
This release by Leech can be characterised by much more "cascadian" sound than their previous words. It's less raw and agressive, and much more atmospheric. Speaking of bonus tracks, they aren't too good when compared with the rest of album, but I've included them in the archive too.
"Leviathan" is a book by Thomas Hobbes published in 1651, concerning the structure of society and origins of state. "Leviathan" itself is a metaphor for a tyrannical government, so the name of this release also reflects the band's anarchist views.

Leech & The Funeral Pyre - "The First Book Of Kings" (2006)

LEECH / THE FUNERAL PYRE "The First Book Of Kings"

Year: 2006
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA
Label: Forest Moon/Woodsmoke

Track List:

  1. On The Eve Of Battle
  2. The Greatest Burden
The Funeral Pyre
  1. The Last Breath Of Man
DOWNLOAD (see comments)

This is a split 7'' between Leech and California-based melodic black/death metal. Can't say much about this release, it's not much different from "10 Black Hymns" in terms of sound.

Leech - "Ten Black Hymns" (2005)

LEECH "Ten Black Hymns"

Year: 2005
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal / Blackened Crust
Country: USA


Leech are a relatively well-known heathen primitivist black metal band from Salem, Oregon, whose members also participate in Mania, Flesh Amulet, Velnias and several other projects. "Ten Black Hymns" is their first release, featuring 10 untitled tracks with clear blackened crust overtones on some of them. Not as atmospheric as the majority of black metal releases from that region, but still good.

Dead And Forgotten - "Strix sive de ludificatione daemonum" (2008)

DEAD AND FORGOTTEN "Strix sive de ludificatione daemonum"

Year: 2008
Genre: DSBM
Country: Italy
Label: Inverno

Track List:
  1. Waiting Again
  2. As A Dying Tree
  3. The Darkest Room
  4. Detail Of Hell
  5. Interlude I
  6. The Wounds Are Never Healed
  7. Interlude II
  8. The End Of Winter

Dead And Forgotten are an anarcho-pagan, pro-environmentalist depressive black metal band from Piemonte, Italy. Their first and only full-length release "Strix sive de ludificatione daemonum" incliudes 6 songs from their earlier EP "Ars Moriendi", and 3 unreleased tracks. The whole album looks more like a compilation of tracks, than a solid work - mostly due to differencies in quality of sound between tracks. But overall it's definitely not bad. It's available for free on their myspace, along with all artwork.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Last Legion Alive - demo (2009)


Year: 2009
Genre: Stenchcore
Country: Belgium

Track List:
  1. A Black New Dawn
  2. From Birth Enslaved
  3. Tomb Of Dirt
  4. Outro

Last Legion Alive are a stenchcore band from Belgium, who describe their style as "anarchist metal punk". They also are a female fronted band... but it's hard to guess from vocals, which are really brutal! All fans of Axegrinder, Hellbastard, Deviated Instinct, etc. are advised to check out these 4 pieces of anarcho-metal - it's actually good for a demo! A split 12'' with Hellstorm (Greece) is in works.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Proletarier - "初夜" (2001)


Year: 2001
Genre: Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
Country: Japan

Track List:
  1. 初夜

This is much less heavy and extreme than most of the stuff I have on my blog. But it's really obscure... and yes, it's left wing.

Proletarier are a very obscure melodic metal/rock band from Japan who released their first and only LP in 1999 and several singles in early 2000s. Almost nothing is known about them, except for the info from their official homepage - but unfortunately it's all in Japanese, and not updated since 2003. They also have some kind of a political blog, so I asked a friend, who knows a little Japanese, to translate it. But we could understand not very much: only that they're leftist and pro-environment. Their leader's name is 覚幸, which could be "Akira Yuki" or "Satoshi Kou"... not sure which transliteration is right. As for the song names, "初夜" is for "First Night", "最良の日" - "Better Day(s)", "幼年期の終わり" - "Childhood's End" (probably a reference to A.Clarke's novel), "赤軍" - "Red Army"... and we couldn't get any better translation for "1945~オッペンハイマーの夏~" than "1945 - Oppenheimer's Summer". Except for this 2001 single, no releases by Proletarier are available anywhere. I'm very interested in getting their first self-titled LP: it seems to be more political, and after 2000 they turned to more glam rock/metal...

By the way, I'm curious about the current state of Eastern Asian leftist movements. There was a lot of anarchists in China and Japan, especially in 1920s, and these guys were pretty badass... but what about today? Anyway, I recommend you to watch the South Korean movie "Anakiseuteu / The Anarchists", and the Japanese one "United Red Army". I'm also going to watch "Lady Snowblood II: The Lovesong Of Vengeance", which is Japanese too, but I'm not sure if it's pro-anarchist or not.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Æsahættr - demo (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Country: Canada

Track List:

Side A
  1. Svalbard Infinite
  2. The Sundering Blade of Bolvangar
  3. The Fury of the Panserbjorn
  4. Among Witches
Side B
  1. Teleutaia Makhaira

This demo was sent to me by Media Tree Recordings, who found it suitable for my blog. Æsahættr is a BM project from Montreal (Quebec, Canada). Though not overtly political (lyrics focus more on anti-christian themes and liberation from religious thought), Æsahættr is still radical black metal. The cassette can be purchased from Media Tree Recordings in North America (http://mediatreerecordings.blogspot.com/), or Sunyata Recordings in Europe. (http://sunyatarecordings.blogspot.com/). The myspace page is: http://www.myspace.com/aesahaettrdestroyerofgods

Addaura - demo (2010)

ADDAURA "demo"

Year: 2010
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. White Deer
  2. Bereavement
  3. Through The Rain
  4. Ochre And Ore

Addaura are a six-piece atmospheric black metal band from Seattle, led by a member of crust/stenchcore band Sanctum. Even though they sound not quite like the majority of other BM bands from Cascadia (just my impression), it's still nature-inspired black metal creating truly melancholic atmosphere. It's definitely one of the best BM released from that area in 2010, and it certainly deserves to be posted on my blog (even though it isn't too political).

Fell Voices - s/t (2009)

FELL VOICES "Fell Voices"

Year: 2009
Genre: Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal
Country: USA

Track List:

  1. As Air To Flame, So Time To Oblivion
  2. To You I Call, That I Better Know My Solitude


I found this album through Chief Commie music blog, where it was posted under "left wing music" label. According to that blog:

"Fell Voices is an atmospheric, "cascadian" black metal band that has only released one demo and this self-titled album. When I first heard the opening track I wasn't overly impressed, but then the second (and final) track came along and blew me away. Not that the first song is bad, it just took me a few listens to get it, while song 2 was love at first listen. The band is probably some flavor of anarchist, and they're from Santa Cruz (where I went to school), so that's something!"

Well, I don't know if it can be called "Cascadian Black Metal", since the Cascade mountain range certainly doesn't extend too far south. Anyway, they're playing atmospheric black metal with strong doom/drone influence, and they're friends of bands like Mania, Ash Borer and Lake of Blood - so they most likely support the ideology of Cascadian BM scene.

Vaba Marat & Hehexun - split (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Raw Black Metal / Noisecore
Country: Brazil

Track List:

  1. A Metrópole
  2. Ao Primeiro Raio De Sol
Vaba Marat

  1. A Larva
  2. Emerson

This is a new release from Curitiba-based anarchist noisecore/BM project Vaba Marat. VM's side of the split consists of two short tracks sounding more like grindcore/noisecore than black metal. As for Hehexun, I can describe their style as primitive black metal / DBSM with a bit of drone. Their sound is very minimalistic, seems like they even don't use any drums. Overall it's really odd stuff, only for fans of really underground noisy black/grind. If you're new to Vaba Marat, it probably would be better for you to start from the first demo.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

PunkWay #3 RABM article: finally translated to English!

As you already know, our comrade RaunijaR from Belarus wrote an article about RABM, which was published in the 3rd issue of the Russian-language zine "PunkWay". Now I translated it to English. Hope it will be useful for you (even though my translation is probably poor, and the article is intended mainly for the audience from ex-USSR):

"Many of us just don't think about the importance of subcultures based on ideas of social change. But these subcultures give youth an opportunity to see the another side of the society, and the alternative world view; to communicate with people who see the world from the alternative point of view, and to join their subculture, accepting its ideas.

There's no openly political or socially conscious subcultures, except for skinheads, punks and HxC kids (and maybe also hippies). Well, there are some hip-hop and metal bands who're singing about major problems of society, but they all are just exceptions, and you can find some such stuff in any subculture. But I'd like to give some more attention to metal. Metalheads are one of the most massive subcultures, and it can be seen by naked eye; but nowadays' metalheads mostly lack any strong convictions or social stance. "Beer, metal and girls"? It isn't a social stance, it's for irresponsible hedonists who are wasting their lives without taking any responcibility for themselves, their vicinity and the whole planet. Speaking of the majority of metalheads from ex-USSR countries, they're mostly just spineless conformists. If these metalheads got beaten by an active group of neonazis just one or two times, then they'll accept the "brown" ideology without any significant resistance. Moreover, some subgenres of metal support not only anti-Christianity and paganism, but also anti-semitism, xenophobia and racism. I speak primarily of NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal). This subgenre quickly became widely popular, because the nazis have lost some of their positions in the skinhead subculture - due to the growth of SHARP and RASH movements, and spreading awareness of the multiracial roots of that subculture. But the influence on subcultures is important for nazis to spread their ideas among the youth, and the pagan metal scene was successfully assimilated by racists due to its traditionalist background. So only two choices were left to the metal fans: they're either narrow-minded persons interested only in alcohol and music, or fascist "neopagans". But such state of affairs could not last forever...

As early as in 1980s, Amebix have mixed crust punk with thrash metal (and some elements of proto-black metal), which was relatively popular in these times. Later in the early 2000s, a band called Iskra was formed in Canada, and they coined the term "blackened crust" (a mixture of black metal and crust punk). They played music with social-themed lyrics, heavy sound and extreme vocals. Their album "Bureval", released in 2009, was dedicated to the revolutionary events in the XX century Russia. Over time, a lot of bands playing music very close to black metal, but with some overtones of post-rock, anarcho-punk, dark ambient, etc., started to emerge in the region of Cascadia (a region near the west of USA-Canada border known for its unique nature, where Iskra came from). Their lyrical themes often included the social and political problems, vegetarianism, anarchism, anti-racism, open-minded atheism, environmentalism, and mythology.

A new subgenre was named RABM - Red & Anarchist Black Metal (compare with RASH). Generally speaking, there always were some leftist people in the BM scene; for example, Euronymous of Mayhem was a member of a radical communist party. But their lyrics didn't openly say about their beliefs. And now it took only a couple of years to get a lot of people interested in the new subgenre, who also are supporters of these political beliefs. Thanks to comrade Black Kronstadt (he's from Russia, BTW), all these people became able to unite and actively communicate. If he reads these lines, I'd like to thank him for all his work. (Yes, I read it! Thank you too, RaunijaR! - BK) Now RABM bands exist all over the world (and in Russia too), and even though only a minority of them openly sing about anarchism, it's still a new step in development of an anarchist culture. Let's hope for a big future for the RABM scene.

A list of bands:

Panopticon – one-man band. Anarcho-pagan black metal, D.I.Y.
Iskra – blackened crust (the founders of genre).
Mrakobesie – communistic raw black metal, Russia.
SorgSvart – rebellious viking metal from Norway.
Skagos – cascadian black metal.

Useful links:

http://r-a-b-m.blogspot.com — RABM blog.
http://rabm.netforums.us – an English-language forum.
http://vkontakte.ru/club12047093 - vkontakte.ru group.

RaunijaR, PunkWay zine #3."

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Eternal Dysphory - "Last Day Of The Autumn" (2009)

ETERNAL DYSPHORY "Last Day Of The Autumn"

Year: 2009
Genre: Instrumental Black Metal / Stenchcore
Country: Russia


I found this one-man project through our RABM@vkontakte.ru group. Eternal Dysphory plays an interesting mix of depressive black metal and crust/stenchcore, with no vocals. It's worth listening, even though it's home-made. There's no track list for this album, and the archive also contains some other demo tracks.

Mystifier - "Göetia" (1993)


Year: 1993
Genre: Black/Thrash Metal
Country: Brazil
Label: Osmose Productions

Track List:

  1. Aleister Crowley and Ordo Templi Orientis
  2. An Elizabethan Devil Worshipper's Prayer Book
  3. The Sight of the Unholy Cross
  4. Caerimonia Sanguilentu (Goetia)
  5. Beelzebuth
  6. The Realm of Antichristus
  7. The True Story About Doctor Faust's Pact With Mephistopheles
  8. Cursed Excruciation / The Sinuous Serpent of Genesis (Levathan)
  9. The Baphometic Goat of Knights Templar in the 12th Century
  10. The Cult & The Ancient Prediction
  11. The Sign Of The Unholy Cross + The Cult Continues


Mystifier were among the first (and the best) black metal bands from Brazil, and moreover - one of the first BM bands with actual black people. Coming from the poor nothern regions of Brazil, Mystifier weren't really a political band, but they condemned the "christian capitalist world" and as far as I know, they were very sad when all that NSBM shit became popular. Taking in account the whole left-leaning culture of Brazil, I think it's not a big mistake to post some of their albums in my blog. "Goetia" is their most well-known album, and it's really good. That's how the real first wave BM should sound like.

Reencarnación - "888 Metal" + "Acompáñame A La Tumba" (1998)

REENCARNACION "888 Metal" & "Acompáñame A La Tumba"

Year: 1988
Genre: Raw Black/Thrash Metal
Country: Colombia

Track List:
  1. Reencarnación (888 Metal)
  2. Nexus Universali-s
  3. Armageddon
  4. El Canto de los Sepulcros
  5. Puta Religión
  6. A la Diestra del Mesias
  7. Funeral del Norte
  8. Reencarnación (II Parte)
  9. Reencarnación (III Parte)
  10. Un Minuto de Vida y un Siglo de Muerte
  11. Acompáñame a la Tumba

Reencarnación is probably the first black metal act in Colombia, and one of the first BM bands influenced by anarchist ideology (though their lyrics are more anti-religious than political). "888 Metal" (and the subsequent EP "Acompáñame A La Tumba") is their first and most well-known release. During 90s they have released a couple of acoustic albums, but they reportedly are really shitty. Their last release "Más Hombres, Menos Estatuas" isn't that bad, but nothing special either - it's just generic thrash metal. As for "888 Metal", it sounds like very chaotic old-school black/thrash metal in the vein of Venom and N.M.E. Of course the quality of production is terrible, but remember it was self-produced and released in 80s...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wraith - "Unending Lands" (2010)

WRAITH "Unending Lands"

Year: 2010
Genre: Cascadian Black Metal
Country: Canada

Track List:
  1. Mountains In October
  2. Leaves Of Autumn
  3. Journey Into The Dying Woods

Wraith is a new nature-inspired black metal band from Victoria, BC. The demo tape is called "Unending Lands", and here's a single-track rip of it. More stuff is to come this week, as I'm still reading and answering to my mail.

"It is very inspired by Skagos who I relativly recently discovered and some of the other bands in the CBM scene, as well as the classic 90's black metal and even a touch of old prog rock. Although the lyrics are not very political, I do support leftist philosophy that I guess strays toward anarchism, though I hesitate to label myself with one ideology right now" - Ian (Wraith)

Fear Of Existence - "Ten Reasons To Die" (complete version, 2010)

FEAR OF EXISTENCE "Ten Reasons To Die (final version)"

Year: 2010
Genre: Blackened Crust / USBM 
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Ghost
  2. Twilight
  3. Crater
  4. Diulated
  5. Blood
  6. Desolation
  7. Erupting
  8. Timewarp
  9. Solace
  10. Vanish

I've already posted a 2-track demo of this Baltimore-based one-man band. As promised, a full-length album was released this summer, and it features 10 tracks of crusty black metal. Fans of raw and noisy USBM probably wouldn't be dissapointed.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Asmodeus Ex Machine - "Hell 2.0" (2008)


Year: 2008
Genre: "Cyber-Communistic Black Metal"
Country: Belarus

Track List:
  1. Anti-Copy-Christ

Well, now I'm finished with my "industrial" day, and from now I'll post BM and blackened crust. And let me start from a band, which played raw black metal, but with a strong "industrial" (or maybe "cyberpunk"?) flavour in both music and aesthetics.

Not much is known about Asmodeus Ex Machine, and I couln't find much info about them even in Russian. Anyway, AEM were a short-lived band (most likely a duo) from Minsk, Belarus, who labeled their music as "cyber-communistic black metal". Their only release is the one-song demo "Hell 2.0", recorded in 2008 (they apparently have recorded at least two more songs, but I couldn't find them anywhere). The name "Asmodeus Ex Machine" is an obvious pun on Deus ex machina, and "Anti-Copy-Christ" is a reference to anti-copyright. While using satanic and occult imagery, typical from BM bands, their main lyrical theme apparently was the freedom of information (which is more typical to cyberpunk). As for music, I'd rather call it raw blackened crust or grindcore than black metal... maybe because of vocals and drums. Not too bad for a first home-recorded demo, though.

Of course, free redistribution of this demo is welcomed, as the members of the band apparently are vehement supporters of informational freedom. Too sad they have released only one song, because AEM had one of the most original concepts ever. Strugge for informational freedom is at least as important as the traditional forms of resistance, especially in our time - call it "cyber-communism", infoanarchism, crypto-anarchism, or whatever you like.

2 Bullet - "You're Downloading Anarchism" (2007)

2 BULLET "You're Downloading Anarchism"

Year: 2007
Genre: Electro-Industrial / Industrial Rock
Country: Japan

Track List:
  1. Humankind
  2. Burn Their Flag
  3. Gung-ho Guns
  4. Worthless Future

This EP is a free internet release by 2 Bullet, licensed under CC NC-BY-SA. "When you get these songs, you're downloading Anarchism!" (c) 2 Bullet. Of course it's an obvious pun on a well-known RIAA poster:

2 Bullet - "Democratic Violence" (2004)

2 BULLET "Democratic Violence"

Year: 2004
Genre: Electro-Industrial / Industrial Rock
Country: Japan

Track List:
  1. Democracy
  2. Pray For Me
  3. Drain People's Blood
  4. Survivor
  5. Liquid Seed
  6. Tell Me Something
  7. Shockwave
  8. Lost

2 Bullet is a relatively well-known radical leftist electro-industrial act from Japan. According to their official site:

"2 Bullet is started early 2003 in Tokyo by anti-totalitarianist.
In 2003, left wing radicalist group of "some artist community" suddenly armed and started uprising.community became dysfunctional and confused. 
Then Dee Lee took command authority of radicalist commando and succeeded revolt.
This is the story of "start of 2 Bullet".
"2 Bullet" means "power balance", "point a gun each other", a metaphor of MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction).
Our motto is "In a revolution, one triumphs or dies".
We fight with tactical industrial sound"

Yes, not very good English, but my English probably isn't much better :/ As for their lyrics, they're written mostly in Japanese, with some parts in English.

DBMG/RAF - "Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe: Red Army Fraction" (2010)

DBMG/RAF "Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe: Red Army Fraction"

Year: 2010
Genre: Dark Ambient / Industrial / Noise
Country: Canada
Label: Mudtown Records

Track List:
  1. Musth
  2. Shoah
  3. IED
  4. Gaza
  5. Fistula
  6. Kalashnikov
  7. LSD-25
  8. Disco-Destructo
  9. Paroxysm
  10. Kanehsatake
  11. Srebrenica
  12. Trisomy 21
  13. Anhedonia
  14. The Fountain Of Blood

DBMG/RAF is a new communist industrial/noise project from Canada, which is quite simular to Klang Ruinen in terms of sound (maybe a little more aggressive than KL). From last.fm:

"Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe / Red Army Faction is Joshua David Richardson with a revolving door of collaborators. DBMG/RAF is a chance for musicians and multi-media artists to explore the use of violence within their chosen medium for the expressed purpose of destroying the economic, social, and artistic structures imposed on them by Late 20th and 21st Century Capitalism. It is inspired by the actions of West-Germany’s Red Army Faction (also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group), which sought the violent overthrow of West-Germany’s post-war governments from the 1970’s until its official disbandment in 1998"

You also can order the CD from Mudtown Records. Thanks to Mirotvorce for this stuff!

Action Directe - "Vanguard" (2009)


Year: 2009
Genre: Electro-Industrial / Industrial Rock
Country: UK

Track List:
  1. Storming Heaven
  2. Frontline States of Mind
  3. Break You!
  4. Epiphany
  5. Natty Droid
  6. A Storm in Heaven
  7. Red Dawn
  8. We Can Rebuild Us

"Vanguard" is the latest full-length release by Action Directe up to date, and to be honest, it's my least favourite from these 3 albums. Yes, there are good tracks too (first two, for example), but overall it's very average. More electronics, less rock... and way too monotonous and boring. Anyway, it's good to hear some industrial music that's left wing, and their upcoming release "Subversion & Contempt" is expected to be very good.

official site

Action Directe - "Under The Pavement, The Beach (The Best of Action Directe 2000-2006)" (2009)

ACTION DIRECTE "Under The Pavement, The Beach!"

Year: 2009
Genre: Electro-Industrial / Industrial Rock / Oi!
Country: UK

Track List:
  1. The Internationale
  2. Hymn of the Soviet Union
  3. Relentless
  4. Kicking Love
  5. Bullet
  6. Gattaca
  7. Anthem of Youth
  8. Left March
  9. Home
  10. Oktober
  11. Compatriot Games
  12. Zealots
  13. Dissidenti
  14. Playing with Monsters (part one)
  15. Better Dead Than Red?
  16. Spirit of '89
  17. England
  18. State Violence State Control
  19. 60 Million Guns
  20. Sufferation
  21. Strike First Strike Hard

"If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement" - Leon Trotsky
All songs Music & Lyrics: Action Directe except: 
  • The Internationale - Lyrics Traditional, Music Action Directe + Morris/Wainwright/Maloney/Roberts;
  • Left March - Lyrics Mayakovsky, Music Action Directe
This is a compilation of various songs by Action Directe from early 2000s. Some of these tracks are really good ("Hymn of the Soviet Union", which has very little to do with the actual hymn of the USSR, or "Bullet"), some are bad. There isn't only industrial rock - some tracks sound much more like classical British oi!/streetpunk. Also a good choice of the name for the album... remember the May 1968 in Paris!

Action Directe - "Slavs To The Rhythm" (2009)

ACTION DIRECTE "Slavs To The Rhythm"

Year: 2009
Genre: Electro-Industrial / Industrial Rock
Country: UK

Track List:
  1. Slavs To The Rhythm
  2. Line In The Sand
  3. Smoke & Mirrors
  4. Total Kazakhstan
  5. Exit Plan
  6. Unholy Lands

Action Directe is a leftist industrial rock act from Leeds, UK, which released a number of albums since 2000. Here's their EP "Slavs To The Rhythm", officially available for free download. The music on this EP is primarily industrial/electronic rock, with influences of punk and even hip-hop (on "Smoke and Mirrors"). I have to say I definitely enjoyed "Line In The Sand" and "Total Kazakhstan"... but why there's an imperial eagle on the album cover?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Insurge - "Power To The Poison People" (1996)

INSURGE "Power To The Poison People"

Year: 1996
Genre: Industrial Rock
Country: Australia

Track List:
  1. Speculator
  2. Time Bomb
  3. I.M.F.
  4. Political Prisoners
  5. Soul 4 Sale
  6. AK-47
  7. Redneck
  8. 51%
  9. Another Day
  10. Welfare State
  11. Not So Free
  12. Suburbia
  13. I Hate Stupid People (bonus)

  • Chris Dubrow - guitar, vocals
  • Monique Wakelin - keyboard sampler, vocals
  • Matt Richmond & Adam Logan - percussion
  • Mattieu McRoth - bass
Insurge (commonly typeset iNsuRge) were a political industrial rock band from Sydney, Australia, formed in 1993. I remember their video "I Hate Stupid People" being aired on MTV Russia ~10 years ago, and I always thought they were a relatively popular band. But now, after doing a little search in Google, I was shocked how little known they are (at least outside Australia). Their second album (called "Globalization") isn't available anywhere, but after a long search I found their debut album. The archive also contains their 1999 single "I Hate Stupid People" and booklet scans - for those who are interested in their political message. By the way, their politics were influenced with anarchism, environmentalism, Noam Chomsky's writings, and anti-globalization movement. Here's an interview with Chris Dubrow.

Watusi Death - "Mental Invasion" (2005?)

WATUSI DEATH "Mental Invasion"

Year: 2005 (?)
Genre: Industrial Rock
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Change Your Ways
  2. Mental Invasion
  3. Snapcase

Watusi Death was a very short-lived anarchist and anti-fascist industrial rock band from Chicago, comprised of black and white punk and skinhead members. "Mental Invasion" is their first and only release, and these 3 tracks are catchy (even though they sound raw as hell). From the last.fm wiki:

"Watusi Death was an American anarchist-industrial band from Chicago, IL. The band lineup was formed in 2005 by anarchist punk and skinhead friends from the Chicago DIY punk rock scene. Except for Revskin, none of the band members had experience making and performing industrial music. The main genre influences for programming back beats were 80s new wave, electro, oi, punk, and 80s punk hardcore. Lyrics focus on anarchist rallying, personal struggle and distrust of authority.

The idea for the band came about one day in calvinchaos’ small apartment. It took a while to pin down the sound he was looking for, but after a few days of tinkering on his computer, he decided to move in the direction of underground dark industrial, while adding in cheesy techno and noise guitar.

Having heard his friend Revskins’ past industrial solo project (dubbed C.O.G.), Calvin thought he would be most instrumental in defining the lyrical direction of the band, as well as bringing his past experience in the industrial scene, and knowledge of equipment and mixing. Band members included calvinchaos (programming and guitar), Revskin (lyrics technical dohickeys and vocals), Freddy Dredd (bass) and Jonathought (vocals).

Unfortunately the band was extremely short-lived. After playing live on stage only once, members were all pulled in different directions by other projects including, bands, careers, tattooing and even BDSM master training"

Her Ethic - 4 albums ("Spoiler Warning: YOU DIE", "Roadkill / The Asclepius", "Skyclad" and "The Machine / Nexus")

HER ETHIC - 4 albums

Years: 2010 
Genre: Industrial Rock / Dark Ambient 
Country: Norway
Label: Extraterrestrial Search For Intelligence 


"Her Ethic is an experimental electro-rock band from Norway, inspired by early post-punk and industrial music. The Order of Her Ethic consists of Fredrik Falk and Sti Wold. They formed June 6, 2006, in an abandoned wearhouse across the street from Union Scene, Drammen."

This description was taken from their last.fm page, and don't know much about Her Ethic, but they have been labeled as "anarcho-industrial", "anarchist goth", "discordian rock", "fnordic rock", etc. All their albums are available for free download from Bandcamp, except for their debut release called "The Overwhelming Unnecessity of Everything". This is really strange stuff, and I can't say I understood it from first listening, but it's a good start for my series of posts about industrial rock.