Saturday, June 28, 2008

COUNTER ATTACK "Masters and Jesters" LP (nab21)

Okay, here is another strong release on NABATE that never came out in the CD format. (UNHINGED will be next ;-D)

Released on Nabate Records 15.07.2000,
COUNTER ATTTACK hailed from Alken, Hasselt and Gent in Flanders. They were influenced by early eighties uk bands like Flux Of Pink Indians, Dirt and CRASS at a time where most punks in Belgium were into stuff like Crust, Metal, Hardcore Emo or Power Violence.
This is the second album following the "Laments and Skulls" LP out on Prejudice Production who suffered of lack of mastering. "Masters and Jesters" was mastered by Alain Martin who did a real great job of making sound great a still very cheap recording.
Ivan is now (July 08) with VISIONS OF WAR (web) and Stef is now doing KISS THE ANUS OF A BLACK CAT (web)

Here is a review cought on the net:
«Counter-Attack was an anarcho-punk band from Belgium that was formed in the mid-'90s and existed through 2004, releasing two LPs, "Laments And Skulls" and "Master And Jester." Musically, they are a perfect blend between Crass and Conflict with interesting and catchy songs. Aside from their music, what set Counter-Attack apart from their '90s contemporaries was their ability to take political issues and attack them from unique and interesting angles in a way that i can only compare to Crass. As an example, the song "Zebra" looks at the prison industrial complex from a perspective that questions correctional institutions and their ability to improve a prisoner's behavior, while never excusing the behaviors of those in prison. They combat both the apathetic punk attitude as well as the political punk movement itself in a critical and engaging way without ever coming off as preachy or condescending.» "Sorry State records" (web)

track list:

1. there is a land... (3:28)
2. ...well is there? (4:48)
3. Redundancy (3:59)
4. Our Hands Are Empty (1:42)
5. Zebra (3:20)
6. Cenetistas (4:38)
7. A Whim Of Melancholy (4:15)

listen to "...Well Is There?":

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

(UNHINGED In Eugene, OR - 13 april 98)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

KIMUSAWEA "Kurze Abhandlung Vom Menchen Und Seinem Glück" LP (nab13)

Released on NABATE on january 1998. KIMUSAWEA hailed from Frankfurt, Germany, and this 12" is the follow up of their debut ep 7" on the MAXIMUM VOICE PRODUCTION label. The band split up the same year following the relocation of the singer Alex to Berlin. She screamed with now dufunct grindcore band BOLZ'N and has several other project to date ( The sleeve was designed by the band and has one hole in the front and the lyrics are printed in varnish on the back. KIMUSAWEA remains the most sophisticated band on the NABATE catalog. Due to their originality and the slit up, the 12" didn't sell well.
edit I: Here the link to the new web site of Alex:
edit II: You can find the 7" on the excelent 7inchcrust.blogspot

track list:
1. Star (Look Up My X-File) (3:58)
2. Blut, Blüte (Weltschmerz-Verbresserer) (3:45)
3. Tagebuch EinerbKrankheit, Die Deinen Namen Trug (4:12)
4. Winter Der Liebe (3:38)
5. Tief (6:19)
6. Kairos (3:33)

Track 3 includes samples taken from: Wild At Heart (by David Lynch), Life Dances On... (by Robert Frank), Brazil (by Terry Gilliam), Phase IV (by Saul Bass) and Elephant Man (again by David Lynch).

review found on internet:
«This LP combines really cool abstract, artistic material and direct punk rock. Each songs has many layers, giving it a really full sound. Kimusawea have an intense sound that doesn't quit. A lot of German bands have this engaging style, but the female vocals bring in a hint of Nausea that can't be ignored. One track goes deep into a trance-like groove that reminded me of Neurosis. The packaging is also really impressive. The lyrics are printed in varnish on the back cover; a nice effect, but it does make them hard to read at times. A superb record.»

Listen to "Blut, Blüte (Weltschmerz-Verbresserer)"

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