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Month: September 2011

Anal Cunt – 88 Song EP (1989)

Anal Cunt – 88 Song EP (1989)

This is the first ever EP by legendary noise fools Anal Cunt. It was originally self-released in 1989 by the band, and then re-released in 1997 by Fudgeworthy Records. The Fudgeworthy version (the version I own) was a 1000 pieces on grey wax. The originally 1989 release was on black, although I am unsure how many were made. The 1st original pressing is extremely collectable. If anything, this was a mere sampler of what was to come with the 5643 Song EP, which was released shortly after this. The narrated intro is a great start; the record crackles into life with a brilliant “Hello!” before bashing your head with 88 songs of pure noise, totalling 12 minutes. The drum sound is really good on here, and is a lot clearer than on later AxCx releases. Worth a download (it’s out of print so it’s okay!).

Anal Cunt – 5643 Song EP (1989)

Anal Cunt – 5643 Song EP (1989)

What a horrible, horrible record! This is Anal Cunt’s ridiculous 5643 Song EP, self-released by Seth and put out in Europe by TNT & Records and Stridecore Records. This is one of the European pressings, which is identifiable by it’s slightly odd and perplexing rude artwork. According to scarce info available, this release was pressed continuously in 10 different colours, causing insane overlapping effects on some extremely rare copies. One obscenely rare version of a creamy marble effect is currently for sale on Discogs for £3800 (no joke, but the link might die if some idiot buys it)! I was lucky and I managed to get this for £25. Musically, side A starts off with a sinister slow riff before bursting into a barrage of Anal Cunt’s old school noise attack, multiplied sixteen fold. For those not in the know, there are sixteen tracks playing “songs” at any one time. AxCx recorded all drums, vocals and guitars into one track and then repeated the process fifteen more times. How else would you fit 5643 songs on one 7″ spinning at 33? It’s easy to pass this off as a novelty but do not forget that this is a piece of noisecore history; Anal Cunt’s good effect on grind and noise stems from these years, and while they were to canter into more questionable territory later on in their career, people need to stop and not forget about this era of AxCx’s music – they were once more than that band with the nasty / hilarious song titles, they were helping to shape genres.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / The Endless Blockade – Split 7″  (2009)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / The Endless Blockade – Split 7″ (2009)

Here we have Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s 2009 split with The Endless Blockade, which was released on a 1000 copy press by Relapse Records. 500 were made on blue, and 500 were made on black. Strangely enough, there doesn’t seem to be the usual 100 clear pressed on this Relapse release (2021 edit: the 100 clear run does exist for this one, like every Relapse release). Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s material sounds like a carry-on in the vein of their “Agorapocalypse” tracks. There isn’t any hateful Randall vocals to be heard here, but Katherine Katz and Richard Johnson sure as hell make up for that. The grind is blisteringly fast and the final track is harrowing as fuck. Short, but sweet. The Endless Blockade starts off almost with a doomy feel, before heading full throttle into endless grind terror (no pun intended) melded dangerously with snarling electronic passages and over laps. According to info on the sleeve, vocals on this release were done by a Mick Harris; whether this is the Mick Harris of Napalm Death / Scorn /Lull fame, I do not know. There has been no repress and prices are generally high for such a modern grind 7″, glad I nabbed this on the Bones Brigade stall at Hellfest when I did (it was sold out then, I believe).

Agoraphobic Nosebleed ‎– A Clockwork Sodom / Tentacles Of Destruction (2007)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed ‎– A Clockwork Sodom / Tentacles Of Destruction (2007)

Very interesting EP from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, out on Garden Of Exile in a plethora of different colours. In the first pressing of 800 copies, 350 were made on black, 250 yellow, 150 white and 50 super rare yellow / white “fucked up” versions that were offered as a pre-order. These 50 are hand numbered and fetch up to £40 on Discogs. The entire release was repressed the same year (2007) on a 100 red copies. Oddly, in 2008 another 50 were pressed on red, but this time featuring radically different artwork (mayhaps they ran out of the original jackets – lol). To me, the music on this 7″ feels like the tracks that wouldn’t fit / would be out of place on the “Altered States Of America” mini CD. Unless I am very much mistaken, the tracks are from the same recording period, sharing the same hissing, razor-sharp guitar sound and boxy, mile-a-minute inhuman drumming. It also shares the same clusterfuck of a three vocalist attack, making it a harsh yet satisfying listen. However, if I had to pick my least favourite ANb stuff, it would be the material on this record. That’s not to say I don’t like it, mind you! This post is dedicated to the loss of my friend Gumpy’s copy of the first repress on red. He left it on the bus back from Hellfest in France along with several other fantastic records and it was never seen again! A tragic day!

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Kill The Client – Split 7″ (2007)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Kill The Client – Split 7″ (2007)

This is a special post for me, as this was my first ever Agoraphobic Nosebleed vinyl, and also one of the first 7″s I ever bought (2021 edit: I also now have a significant portion of this artwork tattooed on my arm). I am talking, of course, of the fucking livid split ANb did with Kill The Client on Relapse back in 2007. This is part of the original pressing of 1000, split into 500 on yellow / red splatter, 400 on green / yellow splatter and 100 on clear. It was sneakily repressed in 2010 on 500 copies of solid purple. Kill The Client play some fast-as-fuck blistering grind. The drumming is ultra tight and the guitar work is rapid, but this is just one of those records where one band dominates over the other, and here the monumental digi-grind of Agoraphobic Nosebleed towers over Kill The Client’s performance (as amazing as it is), almost eclipsing it completely! I’ve never heard a guitar tone quite like Scott Hull’s set up on this recording, the guitar itself almost sounds robotic alongside the endless pummelling drum machines. Randall’s cracked, angry-as-fuck white guy voice sits awkwardly on top of bare bones guitar and drums, spitting questioning bursts of hatred and pure anger. Agoraphobic Nosebleed’s self-destructive, nihilistic lyrical angle is never as clear cut as it is here; these few minutes are nothing but pure, spiteful hell. And it’s fucking perfect. I will be silly enough to make a bold enough statement that every single person into heavy music must hear this record (the ANb side, at least). Ladies and gentlemen, this is grindcore.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Total Fucking Destruction – Split 7″ (2007)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Total Fucking Destruction – Split 7″ (2007)

This here is the brilliant split between Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Total Fucking Destruction; two of modern grind’s finest acts coming together on one short record. It was originally released in 2007 by Bones Brigade Records on a press of 1500 copies, 1300 on blue and 200 rare ones on green. It was repressed in 2009 on another 1000 red copies. Not sure how many people realize this, but the record is actually marbled. You can’t see it normally because of the unusually thick blue colouring, but hold it up to the light and it looks boss: Musically, this is about the time when ANb started veering away from the flat-out Randall-fronted cybergrind of old into more, how should I put it, “progressive” territory. It’s still horrible, aggressive music, but the longest song here is 3 minutes; a precursor of what was to come with later ANb splits and albums. Pete from Benumb, a long time collaberator, lends vocals to the second track on the ANb side. This split was my introduction to the weird and wonderful world of Rich Hoak’s Total Fucking Destruction. Featuring a lengthy track spanning the whole side of the 7″ (barring their quick Exploited cover at the end) entitled “Last Night I Dreamt We Destroyed The World”, TFD spazz out over repetitive vocal patterns and odd noise arrangements. It’s not of their usual hyper-fast grind stock, but it’s definitely worth a listen. You can pick up the repress easily these days, and you can still get the original blue one fairly cheap on Discogs, although I have never come across a green one, ever. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed until I did some pressing info research on this release. I highly recommend this 7″ to any fans of grindcore and the related genres.

Agathocles / Jan AG & The Gajna – Split 7″ (2000)

Agathocles / Jan AG & The Gajna – Split 7″ (2000)

My final Agathocles 7″ for the time being! Phew! This here is the cheap Agathocles split with Jan AG & The Gajna, which was not released on any label. Again, there is no pressing info online anywhere, and I am assuming that all copies are black. Considering both bands feature Jan as the frontman, the evidence points to self-release, but something about this tells me it might be a bootleg. Any clarification is welcome! Agathocles offer one song to this 7″, which is plonked right on the end of side b. It’s a bit of a bummer if you bought this for collecting all the Agathocles stuff, because 90% of this 7″ is the fucking abysmal Jan AG & The Gajna “music”. I do not understand why there needs to be another Agathocles-style noise band? They are truely awful and I hope to never come across them again. This is my least favourite Agathocles release in my collection and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I’m torn between selling this (edit: it’s actually fucking worthless, should have seen that coming!) or keeping it in the hope of amassing a gigantic Agathocles collection one day.

Agathocles – Gotcha (2004)

Agathocles – Gotcha (2004)

This is Agathocles’ short EP called “Gotcha”, which is a collection of tracks that originally appeared on their split CD with Comrades (and Ravage on the Malaysia version, by yet another label) that was released by SOA Records. There isn’t label or pressing info included in the release, or easily available online. It is unclear whether the band re-released these songs on this 7″ themselves, or it was done as a bootleg. Judging by the artwork quality I’d take a guess at this being a bootleg, but with Agathocles’ varying degrees of output I can’t really tell for sure. The sound is harsh as usual, but the mix seems to drown out a lot of the actual sound in pure distortion. If you have any information on this release then feel free to leave a comment or email me, I’m really in the dark with this one!

Agathocles / Repulsione – Split 7″ (2008)

Agathocles / Repulsione – Split 7″ (2008)

This is Agathocles’ split with Italian fastcore band Repulsione, released in 2008 as a co-release between the excellent Grind Block Records and ¡ZAS! Autoproduzioni. Limited to 500 copies on black wax. Another great Agathocles release, I’m not entirely sure if these songs are originals or not but they are not of the “what appears on 95% of splits” stock. Sound is raw as per usual, but great tunes. Repulsione, who feature members of 2 Minuta Dreka (also the label is run by Jack Off, the vocalist for 2 Minuta Dreka), play fast, almost powervoilence-esque grind, a whole world away from the groovy sound of 2 Minuta Dreka. If I’m honest the production is a bit muddy but do not let that put you off.

Atomçk / Paucities – Split 7″ (2011)

Atomçk / Paucities – Split 7″ (2011)

Atomçk split with Paucities on black wax, release in March 2011 by a whole team of small labels working together, which is really cool. 7 Degrees Records, Selfish Satan Recordings, Killing Art Records, Rauha Turva & Ill Neglect all worked together to put out this release. All copies are black. Atomçk is the strongest band here by a country mile; their modern “nerdy” grind outshines Paucities’ usual noisy mush. That’s not to say that Paucities aren’t any good – they really are, but it’s one of those split 7″s when one band almost eclipses the other. Atomçk are pretty local to me so it’s great to see such a good band come out of the area. I highly recommend this split, you can still get it on Discogs pretty cheap. Or, if your super cool and into supporting the underground and all that shit, you can get a copy straight from Atomçk themselves, by clicking here (2021 edit: link is dead, soz).

Agathocles – Live And Noisy (1997)

Agathocles – Live And Noisy (1997)

“Live And Noisy” is an Agathocles double 7″ set organised by Bad People Records and Riotous Assembly in 1997. This is the black “repress” version, it is unclear whether the alternate grey version on 500 pieces came before or at the same time as this version. This is one of my favourite Agathocles vinyl, probably because there isn’t an awful noise band hogging the flip side to each record. Sure, the sound is really raw but I find that just lends to the overall atmosphere and sound that Agathocles are all about. Again, as with most of my Agathocles posts so far I will say that this is probably for the die-hard fans and completists only.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Crom – Split 7″ (2009)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Crom – Split 7″ (2009)

This here is the crazy split between grind monsters Agoraphobic Nosebleed and the slightly ridiculous Crom. The fantastically named cult record label Regurgitated Semen Records is wholly responsible for this abomination of a record. This is one of the 500 copies released on black in 2009, along with 500 on red. Strange fact: in 2010 RSR let loose another 100 copies on black which came with a bonus 5″ that turned out to be “fake”. This is indeed a bizarre move. However, if I remember from the Myspace days, this split release was meant to be a 5″ originally, so perhaps those 100 fake 5″s were some weird kind of test pressings, to see how the label / item would look. Who knows??? (You can check out photos of the fake 5″ here) Agoraphobic Nosebleed blast through more totally classic tracks, this time with new, extra fucking vicious female vocalist Katherine Katz in tow. While I find it a terrible shame that Randall takes a back seat on this and several other ANb releases (his fucked up lyrics are still there, though!), I can’t help but think that Kat injected a whole new level of freshness into Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Her vocals are absolutely incredible. Crom are, as I’ve just previously mentioned, ridiculous. Their subject matter and style of grind is so abstract I don’t quite know what to make of them. Actually, writing this out now has made me realise I don’t actually know anything about Crom. I’ll have to check them out before making any decisions upon their music. See, I’ve learned something from my own blog. Fucking genius, that is.

Ariel Sharon’s Head In An Industrial Press – Nothing Gets My Dick Harder Than The Screams Of A Dying American (2004)

Ariel Sharon’s Head In An Industrial Press – Nothing Gets My Dick Harder Than The Screams Of A Dying American (2004)

This shitstorm of a noise/grind record was released in 2004 by Noise Annihilation Records, a sublabel of the parent label Festering Deathfuck Decomposition. All copies are red. I do not know how many were made. This is worth having for the song titles and band name alone. On the back of the sleeve it says “ASHIAIP play lofi as fuck hizbulla blastgrind”, and I don’t think I could have put it better myself. If you’re not into the harsher side of things, you’ll no doubt hate this, but for me it’s a sure winner. Check it out!

Anal Penetration / Gronibard – Split 7″ (2009)

Anal Penetration / Gronibard – Split 7″ (2009)

Another absolutely awesome release from Bones Brigade Records, pairing the craziness of France’s Gronibard and perverse, head-rattled drum machine tunes of Anal Penetration. Pressed in 2009 on a run of 500, with 300 on black and 200 on transparent green. Anal Penetration bring their usual watery, boxy porngrind to the mix, while on the other side of the disc Gronibard take the opportunity to crucify Anal Penetration at every given moment, with song titles such as “The Only Reason Why You’re Making A Split 7″ With Us Is Because You’re Desperate To Meet New Guys”, “I Don’t Need To Be Freud To Know That Calling Your Band Anal Penetration Means That You Want One” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: The Million Dollar Question Who Is The Gayest Dutch Band Ever ? [A] Epica [B] Within Temptation [C] The Gathering [D] Anal Penetration”.

Agathocles / VRV – Split 7″ (2009)

Agathocles / VRV – Split 7″ (2009)

Released in June 2009 on Bringer Of Gore Records in Belgium. Limited edition of 335 on black. Agathocles side is more re-recordings of classic tracks, but the recordings are great. VRV side is pointless noisecore, which is actually a bit grating on my patience (which is a shame as VRV is really cool). As with most split 7″s featuring Agathocles, this is most definitely a completist’s item only.

Agathocles / Morbid Organs Mutilation – Split 7″ (1991)

Agathocles / Morbid Organs Mutilation – Split 7″ (1991)

Released in 1992 on Rodel Records in Germany, although a different original version was released in Japan a year earlier by Fight Men Records (RIP), making this 7″ a reissue. I do not know any exact pressing information, other than the entire run was pressed on black wax. Agathocles spew up a few live recordings, which are surprisingly really good. Morbid Organs Mutilation are pretty cool too. A lot of sources credit M.O.M’s tracks as untitled, but there are Japanese characters on the sleeve: 病的内臓切断. Rodel Records appear to still be operating to this very day, but they don’t seem to have a website.

Agathocles / Embalming Theatre – Split 7″ (2000)

Agathocles / Embalming Theatre – Split 7″ (2000)

Agathocles split with Embalming Theatre, released in 2000 by the now seemingly defunct Paranoia Syndrome label. Pressing limited to 1000 copies on clear/red splatter. I have number 649. Another favourite of mine, with two masters of the 7″ split meeting on one piece of vinyl. Everything by Embalming Theatre is just great (don’t know why, it’s just something about them that makes them very listenable for me) and it’s an amazing that Agathocles seem to have written some original songs for a 7″ (for a change). Shame that this label has gone out of business, because this is a fantastic 7″.

Agathocles / Kadaverficker – Split 7″ (2004)

Agathocles / Kadaverficker – Split 7″ (2004)

One of Agathocles’ many split 7″s, this time on black wax with Kadaverficker. Released as a joint venture between Power It Up and NCU Records. This is far from Agathocles’ best, but nowhere near their worst, repetitive, churned over material. Kadaverficker aren’t too bad, either. Definitely a completist’s item (if your daft enough to try and collect every Agathocles 7″ in the world!).

Agathocles – Agarchy (1991)

Agathocles – Agarchy (1991)

One of Agathocles’ first ever 7″ EPs, released on Flabby Records (RIP) back in 1991. All pressings are on black vinyl, although the artwork varies from shades of white to shades of green and red. I believe that there are equal numbers of each colour out there (there is no evidence to suggest otherwise). This is probably my favourite Agathocles release; it really shows a different sound to the political based noise approach that we are familiar with. Here the sound is fat and extremely bass heavy, and it’s almost as if the guitars are not audible (might just be the condition on my version). Jan even experiments with a pitch shifter, something which died out pretty quickly (2020 edit: I hadn’t heard that much except for late 90s AGx at this point lol). My only gripe about my copy is that it’s a jukebox copy, I just hate those great big holes in the middle of the discs!

Slimewave #2 – Cripple Bastards / Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition – Split 7″ (2006)

Slimewave #2 – Cripple Bastards / Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition – Split 7″ (2006)

This is Slimewave issue #2, featuring Cripple Bastards and Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition. As always with Relapse’s Slimewave Series, it’s strictly limited to 1000 pieces. This is number 379 of 900 on white/blue splatter; the other 100 being the usual clear pressing that Relapse always does. Cripple Bastards’ side isn’t entirely different from a lot of their later stuff, but that in no way implies that it isn’t any good; it’s relentless blasting grind at it’s best. Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition I’m not too familiar with outside of this split. They offer a death-metal-tinged approach to their grinding sound. It makes me think of early 90s Napalm Death but with lower, more brutal death metal vocal styles.