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Friday, November 28, 2014

Dave Lombardo kata OK apa salahnya kalau join MEGADETH?


MEGADAVE hehehe...

Get it? Dave Mustaine, Dave (David) Ellefson, Dave Lombardo

Dengan perkataan Mr Lombardo sendiri,
'I know. I just heard. Dave [Mustaine] has my number, so I'm waiting.'
How cool is that?

Apa-apa double paddle dalam lagu-lagu Megadeth yang lampau, mestilah akan kena tapau habis dengan Mr Lombardo, ye tak?

Performance wise... lagi la gempak. Triple times better than Drover hahaha...

Cuma lagu-lagu glam Megadeth nanti camana, kalau ditanya? Pada saya, tiada masalah juga sebab Mr Lombardo hanya drumming metal dalam kerja. Dalam hati, dia open-minded. Jazz pun dia main. Mr Colauita pun boleh main apa (dalam album The System Has Failed), takkan la Mr Lombardo tak boleh (takde kena mengena tapi saje letak).
Lombardo mentioned that he is self-taught, and a very open-minded musician. He grew up listening to jazz, classic R&B and Cuban music, to which he added fast beats by hitting pots and pans in the kitchen as a child. He mentioned that he began that particular day by listening to Andrea Bocelli. Lombardo in fact ended the clinic by adding double-bass and SLAYER-style drumming over a Ray Charles track.

Mr Lombardo pun pernah jadi drummer terjun dengan Metallica masa Lars Ulrich absent dulu. Apa ada hal?

Abang Mus, apa yang Abang perlu buat sekarang ialah call Abang Lombardo. Nombor kan ada. Ajak beliau makan chicken wings, lepas tu offer the contract. Offer la bagus sikit, jangan macam Slayer. Kami pun tau, takde siapa boleh tahan dengan ego dan pe'el Abang dan kami tak expect beliau akan kekal sampai liang lahad dengan Megadeth. Tapi dapat 1-2 album pun jadi la!

Eiii bestnya!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ulasan: MR BUNGLE s/t CD


Asalnya dengar nama MR BUNGLE dari lagu SACRED REICH, lagu 31 Flavors dalam album The American Way. Lama dah dengar tu, masa album The American Way keluar tahun 1990. Tetapi tidak berkesempatan nak dengar. Hati tetap ada curious.

Mr. Bungle
is so very cool
so don't be
an ignorant fool
there's so much music
for you to choose
so don't just be
a metal dude
it's cool fool - (31 Flavors)
Akhirnya, dapat beli. Bila google, rupa-rupanya band lama Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE). Memang betul seperti yang dikatakan oleh SACRED REICH, anda kena betul open-minded untuk menerima MR BUNGLE. Zaman dulu, open-minded adalah sesuatu taboo, apatah lagi bila serangan Black Metal Norway melanda minda mat metal kental.

Album ini adalah album pertama. Namun begitu, band ini sudah wujud sejak 1985 dengan rilisan beberapa demo. SACRED REICH meletakkan lirik ini pada album mereka tahun 1990 sedangkan album pertama MR BUNGLE ini rilis tahun 1991. Ini menunjukkan bahawa MR BUNGLE sudah dikenali sebelum album pertama ini diriliskan. Belum ada album sudah begitu influential.

Kedengaran di dalam album ini adalah sebuah album rock eksperimental. Tiada definisi tertentu. Ianya berat namun disaluti dengan huru hara, elemen terkejut, melankoli, lawak dan apa saja yang terlintas ketika setiap lagu dicipta. Walaupun kedengaran rojak tetapi saya percaya, ia dibina di atas struktur melodi yang dirintis lebih awal. A planned and well-thought album, walaupun kritik mengatakan album ini sebagai "dizzying, disconcerting, schizophrenic tour through just about any rock style the group can think of, hopping from genre to genre without any apparent rhyme or reason, and sometimes doing so several times in the same song."

Atas sebab ini saya lebih tabik hormat kepada Mike Patton (beliau menggunakan nama pena, Vlad Drac dalam album ini). Saya hanya mengenali beliau melalui FAITH NO MORE, itupun dari satu album hits beliau, The Real Thing. Album ini membuka minda saya kepada muzik yang merentas dimensi ruang dan masa. Oleh itu, album ini bukan untuk semua untuk faham dan hadam. Jika tiada asas, maka mudah untuk pening dan merungut tak puashati. Lebih kurang macam menonton filem Interstellar.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Drover and Broderick quit MEGADETH, so what?

Air dicincang takkan putus

Wow... Drover dan Broderick resign dari Megadeth! So what? 

Drummer banyak takde keje proper sekarang ni weh... Portnoy, Lombardo.

Selama ni tak pernah lagi musicians komplen gaji dan agihan dalam Megadeth, maka Abang Mus, please la jaga Lombardo bebaik kalau dia join nanti ye. Kesian dia, tak pernah dilayan dengan saksama oleh Slayer.

Tapi seriously, Pitrelli dan DeGrasso need to do a 2nd album with megadeth. Ok 3rd album if u consider rude awakening as well. Hero walaupun ada lagu fillers tapi tak boleh tolak lagu2 yang power dalam album tu.

Tapi since Jeff Loomis dah nak ganti Broderick (damn April fools - updated). Kena tunggu pula siapakah drummer itu (nyanyi lenggok lagu Sudirman Milik Siapakah Gadis Ini).

Kita tunggu statement rasmi dari Abang Mus.... sungguh saspender sape nak masuk ni wooohoooo...!!!

Dah tengok Interstellar?



Jika anda di kalangan mereka yang mengatakan ending tak best, tak logik, mengarut dsbgnya kemungkinan besar anda tidak faham teori sains dibelakangnya.

Sebelum menonton filem ini, saya adalah peminat kecil Stephen Hawking (kecil sebab mampu faham bacaan ringan beliau saja) yang menyebutkan tentang masalah graviti, space-time dimension, bending of space-time dimension, masalah mengaitkan fizik kuantum dan fizik relativiti, wormhole, blackhole, 3-dimensi, 5-dimensi, 7-dimensi, multiverse dan lain-lain.

Untuk anda 100% appreciate filem ini, saya cadangkan anda beli dan baca buku The Grand Design. Ia ditulis dengan ayat mudah untuk memudahkan orang awam faham tentang fizik teoretikal.

Bila anda menonton selepas membaca buku ini, anda akan menonton filem ini dengan kefahaman yang baru. Eureka!
 
Kita baca buku Stephen Hawking bukan nak jadi murtad. Kita baca untuk faham dan bila bawa bersembang, kita ada asas yang sama, tak jadi bodoh sombong dan tidak bercakap topik ke laut. Itu saja.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Analog vs digital, lagi.



Saya pakai prinsip mudah. Kalau zaman rekoding tu memang analog, maka worthy la beli 1st press sebab zaman tu memang 100% analog dari rekoding sampai la transfer.

Kalau zaman rekoding dah start digital, maka saya tak le beria-ia nak mencari 1st press. Principally, it is wrong. Kuat atau sebu itu mainan telinga saja (dan of course, the system that you are playing).

Dengan lain perkataan, saya dengar vinyl untuk dengar bunyi analog. Kalau source asal pun dah digital, apa yang nak didengar analog-nya?


Saya sangat skeptik apabila album rilisan tahun 2010 yang sumber rakamannya fully Pro-Tools kemudian press pada vinyl sound jadi sedap. Apatah lagi nak kata inilah sound analog. Secara prinsipnya, ia salah.

Prinsip ini nak memudahkan pencarian/pembelian. Boleh digunakan dalam majoriti keadaan. Kalau tidak, maka pencarian/pembelian dibeli dengan meraba-raba i.e. eh pressing ni sound sedap ke?

Contohnya album AC/DC ni originally recorded 1977. Digital pekebende zaman tu? Maka layaklah dicari 1st pressing sebab principally everything is correct. Dirakam analog, dan dicetak pun analog. Telinga pun tak boleh tipu bahawa ini adalah 100% analog.

Melainkan kalau memang kolek sesuatu band haaa itu lain cerita. Sebu pun balown la beli. saya beli recent reissue IRON MAIDEN picture disc dan black vinyl. Ada orang tanya sedap tak sound, saya tak jawab sebab saya beli bukan pasal sound, sebab saya kononnya peminat setia, kena la beli sedap ke tak sedap sound. Picture disc memang cun. Presentation jacket, gatefold semua pun cun. Kadang2 kita beli bukan pasal sound tu, tapi sebab packaging. Dan of course, MINAT band tu. Sound, tolak tepi dulu.

Nak sedap dengar CD la. Woi, vinyl pun ada banyak buruknya la. Not everything vinyl is supreme.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

November Record Day - 22nd Nov - Collection of an Artist


I was hooked with CAMEL since the day I bought their debut cassette in the bargain bin (STORY HERE). The collection of the album here is almost complete considering the most recent album were not released on vinyls.

If you like PINK FLOYD then you will probably like CAMEL although CAMEL was much more technically profound in all departments. Less dreamy and spacey though. The reason people like CAMEL is probably because the way the guitars and keyboards intertwined together in between the complex (and sometimes, simple) song structures. They don't really rely on vocals. Most of the songs are long passages of instruments with vocal breaks here and there. They did became simpler, moving towards commercialization but never made it. I guess, their place will always be in the cult.



Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founding member Andrew Latimer, they have produced 14 original studio albums, 14 singles plus numerous other compilation and live albums.

Studio albums

Friday, November 21, 2014

November Record Day - 21st Nov - Favourite Record Friday


This is the album where BATHORY decides black metal is enough. Hammerheart was fused with traditional Viking folk elements. Basically, this album shaped the future viking metal music. Although this album was not the first since they even say that they took the idea from Manowar.

The song One Rode To Asa Bay was made as an official video that rotated for some time on MTV. You'll get to see BATHORY as a band in the video. It was the only official music video by BATHORY. I think the video should be expanded as a full blown movie.

This version is the 2-LP orange coloured records reissued and remastered in 2010 by Black Mark Records.


Tracklist

A1     Shores In Flames     11:11
A2     Valhalla     9:36
B1     Baptised In Fire And Ice     8:00
B2     Father To Son     6:30
C1     Song To Hall Up High     2:33
C2     Home Of Once Brave     6:45
D1     One Rode To Asa Bay     10:24
D1     Outro     0:23

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Record Day - 20th Nov - Favourite Soundtrack


I don't have much soundtrack. And I don't think this is a proper soundtrack. It was actually a live album, recorded and then released in theaters just like IRON MAIDEN's Flight 666. But anyway, I chose this instead of IRON MAIDEN since if I opted for IRON MAIDEN then the whole entries would be 50% IRON MAIDEN. Furthermore, the presentation is much better with embed booklet some more.

Mine is the original 1976 pressing (2 LP), not the reissues (4 LP).









The recording of the album and the film took place during three nights of concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden, during the band's 1973 North American tour. All songs were recorded by Eddie Kramer using the Wally Heider Mobile Studio truck, and later mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York and Trident Studios in London.

The album was released on 22 October 1976, by Swan Song Records. The sleeve design depicted a dilapidated movie house located on Old Street film studios in London, which was used by the group for rehearsals prior to their 1973 tour. [1]

Until both the album and the film were remastered and re-released in 2007, there were significant differences between the two in terms of the songs included on each. These differences were as follows:
In addition, of the songs that both the album and the film had in common, some of the recordings featured on the album were of different performances from those in the film. Other tracks which were recorded at Madison Square Garden, but omitted from both the film and the soundtrack album, included "Over The Hills and Far Away", "The Ocean" and "Misty Mountain Hop". A comprehensive analysis of the sources of the original album and the edits is available at The Garden Tapes

November Record Day - 7th Nov - 7" With Adapter (Large Hole 7")


I am sorry I don't follow the exact date but I am committed to finish this up. For now, I don't have any 7" with adapter. In fact, I don't collect 7" that much. I hate to turn the side up after one or two songs. So to substitute, I present to you the 2014 reissue of the IRON MAIDEN 7".

The song Sanctuary was originally NOT in the 1st album but later was put in on the 1998 reissues. Also take note on the controversy surrounding the artwork in which Eddie wielding a knife while crouching over the corpse of then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.





Tracklist
A     Sanctuary
    Written-By – Iron Maiden

   
B1     Drifter
    Written-By – Harris*

   
B2     I've Got The Fire
    Written-By – Ronnie Montrose


Notes

Cardboard sleeve
Made in EU

Original release catalogue number (5065) remains on labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 25646 25179 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 0825646251 797 A MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 0825 6462 51 797 B MPO
  • Rights Society: GEMA/MPCS
  • Label Code: LC0299

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #26 : Z is for ZERO BOYS


Aku mula jatuh cinta dengan muzik bising bernama Punk Rock sejak umur aku 16 tahun dan hingga hari ini muzik ni kekal jadi soundtrack hidup aku sehari-hari. Senarai "ABC’s of Punk” ni bukanlah senarai muktahir untuk muzik punk, hanya setitik rasa dari lautan genre muzik yang penuh variasi dengan bands pelbagai aneka. Setiap budak punk ada senarai tersendiri, cuma citarasa aku lebih ke arah muzik punk yang lebih hardcore yang mungkin kurang mesra buat telinga pendengar baru. Senarai ni hanyalah tribute aku kepada piring hitam dan muzik yang bukan saja jadi peneman masa lapang aku, tapi pencorak identiti dan keperibadian aku. Aku akhiri senarai ni dengan satu lagi piring hitam band hardcore dari old school early 80’s US hardcore scene (my favourite stuff) bernama ZERO BOYS. Tapi jangan hanya stop dengan huruf “Z”, bakar senarai "ABC’s of Punk” ni dan pergi discover semua punk bands kat luar sana dan bikin senarai "ABC’s of Punk” kau sendiri! Bak kata legend punk Kuala Pilah, The Bollocks… VIVA LA PUNK!

Tahun aktif:
1979—1985, 1988—1993

Asal:
Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Stail muzik:
Punk Rock, Hardcore

Influences:
The Germs, The Dictators, The Stooges, MC5

Original line-up (1979):
Vocals - Paul Z Mahern, Guitars - Terry Hollywood, Bass - John Mitchell, Drums - Mark Cutsinger

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
ZERO BOYS — Vicious Circle LP (Nimrod Records, 1981)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Amphetamine Addiction"

Trivia:
Zero Boys punya first 7” EP dari tahun 1980 masuk dalam senarai Top 10 piring hitam hardcore punk paling mahal dalam dunia. Kali terakhir ia dijual pada bulan Februari tahun ni dengan harga USD1,800 (RM5,850). Klik link ni untuk tengok piring hitam lain dalam senarai Top 10 ni: http://www.swedishpunkfanzines.com/?page_id=386


FAHMI REZA

Monday, November 10, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #25 : Y is for YOUTH OF TODAY


YOUTH OF TODAY ialah band 'straight edge’ atau “sXe" (nama singkatan glamournya) yang paling besar pada era pertengahan ‘80an. Mereka juga pioneer subgenre ‘Youth Crew’ hardcore (kadang-kadang dipanggil 88 style hardcore) dengan bands madam Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Straight Ahead, Judge, Side By Side, Chain of Strength, Project X, Warzone dan Sick of It All. Budak-budak youth crew ni lah yang mulakan trend conteng X kat belakang telapak tangan, dan juga trend fesyen ‘youth crew’ dengan rambut crewcut, pakai t-shirt besar, hoodie dan kasut sukan Nike bila pergi gig. Budak-budak youth crew jugak obses dengan huruf “X” yang mereka jadikan simbol untuk gaya hidup sihat mereka tanpa alkohol & tanpa dadah. Selain conteng X dekat tangan, mereka juga suka pakai jam Swatch yang ada X kat atas muka jam, lukis XXX kat atas flyers gig dan t-shirt mereka, dan suka tulis nama mereka diapit dengan 2 huruf “X”. XfahmirezaX

Tahun aktif:
1985—1990

Asal:
Connecticut, US

Stail muzik:
Youth Crew, Straight Edge Hardcore

Influences:
Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, Agnostic Front, Antidote

Original line-up (1985):
Vocals - Ray Cappo, Guitars - John Porcelly, Bass - Graham Phillips, Drums - Darren Pesce

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
YOUTH OF TODAY — Break Down The Walls LP (Wishingwell Records, 1986)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Understand"

Trivia:
Sebelum Youth of Today, Ray Cappo (vokalis) pernah main drums dalam band Violent Children dan juga vokalis untuk band Reflex From Pain masa umur dia 17 tahun. Lepas Youth of Today berpecah, Ray Cappo dengan gitaris John Porcelly jadi pengikut Hare Krishna dan tubuhkan band Shelter yang jadi pioneer sub genre ‘Krishnacore’. Ray Cappo juga salah seorang pengasas Revelation Records.


FAHMI REZA

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #24: X is for X


X ialah salah satu punk bands paling awal dalam Los Angeles punk scene di U.S. lewat ‘70an seangkatan dengan bands macam The Germs, The Weirdos, The Bags, The Dils, The Avengers dan Black Flag. Kau boleh tengok footage dari tahun-tahun awal X dan L.A. punk scene dalam filem dokumentari "The Decline of Western Civilization”. 7” EP pertama X keluar tahun 1978 atas legendary punk label Dangerhouse Records. Album pertama X bertajuk “Los Angeles” pulak diterbitkan oleh Ray Manzarek dari The Doors yang kata X dia punya favourite L.A. band. X siap rakam satu lagu cover The Doors dalam LP ni.

Tahun aktif:
1977—present

Asal:
Los Angeles, California, US

Stail muzik:
Punk Rock

Influences:
Sex Pistols, The Clash, Chuck Berry, The Doors, Gene Vincent

Original line-up (1977):
Vocals - Exene (21 tahun), Vocals & Bass - John Doe (21 tahun), Guitars - Billy Zoom (29 tahun), Drums - Don Bonebreak (22 tahun)

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
X — Los Angeles LP (Slash Records, 1980)

Lagu paling gempak:
“We’re Desperate"

Trivia:
Vokalis dan bassist X, John Doe juga seorang pelakon filem dan TV. Dia pernah berlakon dalam berlambak filem Hollywood, antaranya filem “Boogie Nights” (1997) arahan Paul Thomas Anderson.


FAHMI REZA

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #23 : W is for THE WORST


Dalam sejarah awal muzik punk ada beribu-ribu bands yang datang dan pergi, hilang sekelip mata tak sempat jadi “famous” atau tinggalkan kesan atau pengaruh besar macam bands lain yang masuk dalam senarai "ABC’s of Punk” ni. Semua bands obscure ni kadang-kadang hanya sempat rakam satu atau dua piring hitam yang sekarang dah dianggap “rare". Dalam bahasa punk, bands macam ni boleh dikategorikan sebagai KBD atau “Killed By Death” (sempena nama satu siri bootleg compilation LPs of rare punk bands). Cuba kau search “KBD” kat eBay dan tengok resultnya! Jadi untuk huruf “W” ni aku tak nak letak band “famous” macam Warzone, Weirdos, Wire atau Wasted Youth, tapi nak kongsi satu KBD punk band favourite aku dari zaman old school early 80’s US hardcore, band dari New Jersey bernama THE WORST. The Worst adalah band hardcore pertama yang muncul dalam NY punk scene, sebelum NYHC bands macam Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Urban Waste, Warzone, Murphy’s Law mula bangkit. Mereka hanya sempat keluarkan satu 7” EP dan satu mini LP sebelum mampus. Aku jumpa piring hitam ni dekat rak second hand kedai record dengan harga US$2.99 (RM9.80) lama dulu. Walaupun band ni tak famous tapi album mereka ni aku letakkan sama taraf dengan album-album klasik dari old school hardcore bands macam Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, D.O.A, M.D.C dan Negative Approach.

Tahun aktif:
1979—1984

Asal:
New Jersey, US

Stail muzik:
Hardcore

Influences:
Aku pun tak tahu

Original line-up (1979):
Vocals - Do It, Guitars - Trezza, Bass - Jerome, Drums - Sudz

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
THE WORST — Expect The Worst LP (Mutha Records, 1983)

Lagu paling gempak:
“We Are Those"

Trivia:
The Worst punya band manager ialah Terry Ork, yang juga manager untuk 70’s punk band Television dan juga nama penting dalam scene punk kat CBGB’s kat New York masa tu.


FAHMI REZA

November Record Day - 8th Nov - Most Recently Purchased



I think this band is one of the Swedish metal genius. The other was Bathory. This album has everything that I need; death metal, variations, weirdness, some jazz/odditties, funny sometimes, skills etc. It is simply a death metal album out-of-ordinary.


Pan.Thy.Monium was a Swedish avant-garde metal band formed and led by Dan Swanö with several members from another project of his, Edge of Sanity. The group disbanded in 1996, after recording Khaooohs and Kon-Fus-Ion.
 

Label: The Crypt ‎– CRYPT 47
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Baby Blue
Country: US
Released: 2014
Genre: Rock
Style: Death Metal

Tracklist

A1 Raagoonshinnaah 21:49
B1 Eepitaffph 5:51
B2 Sieegeh 4:03
B3 IV 3:06
B4 Zenotaffph 2:42
B5 Amaraah 4:26
B6 Ekkhoecce II

Notes

333 copies on black vinyl
333 copies on black / gold marble vinyl
333 copies on baby blue vinyl

Friday, November 07, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #22 : V is for VICE SQUAD


Dalam dunia punk yang sejak awal dilihat sebagai muzik agresif yang didominasi lelaki, memang ramai tak nampak peranan wanita dalam sejarah dan perkembangan muzik punk. Sejak tahun ‘70an lagi wanita dah berada di barisan depan scene punk dan hardcore di semua tempat — bukan hanya sebagai peminat, tapi sebagai vokalis, pemuzik, band manager, pemilik record label, designer, jurugambar, pembikin zine dan gig organiser. Dan sepanjang sejarah 4 dekad muzik punk telah bangkit ramai ikon-ikon punk wanita yang berdiri sama tinggi dengan lelaki. Salah seorang ikon punk yang muncul masa second wave UK punk scene pada awal ‘80an ialah Beki Bondage, frontwoman dan vokalis untuk band VICE SQUAD yang diasaskannya pada usia 15 tahun. Sebab tak jumpa record label yang nak release muzik mereka, Beki dan Vice Squad tubuhkan record label mereka sendiri untuk keluarkan piring hitam 7” single pertama mereka “Last Rockers” pada tahun 1980. Nama label itu ialah Riot City Records yang kemudiannya keluarkan piring hitam untuk banyak UK82 bands macam Chaos UK, Disorder, Abrasive Wheels, Chaotic Dischord, Varukers, The Insane dan The Ejected.

Tahun aktif:
1978—1985

Asal:
Bristol, England

Stail muzik:
Punk Rock, UK82

Influences:
X-Ray Spex, Penetration, The Clash

Original line-up (1978):
Vocals - Beki Bondage, Guitars - Dave Bateman, Bass - Mark Hambly, Drums - Shane Baldwin

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
VICE SQUAD — Stand Strong Stand Proud LP (EMI Records, 1982)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Out Of Reach"

Trivia:
Pada tahun 1981, dua band members Vice Squad dengan dua roadies tubuhkan satu band parody untuk buat lawak dan sindir bands noisecore macam Disorder dan Chaos U.K. yang popular masa tu. Tapi ramai yang ambik serius tak nampak lawak disebalik band ni, sampai mereka dapat record deal, jual banyak piring hitam dan jadi famous macam Disorder dan Chaos U.K! Nama band ni ialah Chaotic Dischord.


FAHMI REZA

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #21 : U is for UPRIGHT CITIZENS


Selain Sweden, Finland dan Italy, early 80’s hardcore punk scene kat German pun tak kurang hebatnya dengan bands macam Inferno, Malinheads, Vorkriegsjugend, Razzia, Zerstörte Jugend, Blut + Eisen, Toxoplasma, Wut, OHL, Chaos Z, Bluttat, Canal Terror, Boskops, Normahl, Neurotic Arseholes, Spermbirds dan berlambak lagi. Salah satu bands paling penting yang muncul dalam German hardcore “Deutschpunk” scene awal ‘80an ialah UPRIGHT CITIZENS. Berbeza dengan bands lain, Upright Citizens adalah Deutschpunk band pertama yang nyanyi dalam English dan band pertama yang tour sampai US pada tahun ‘80an.

Tahun aktif:
1981—2003

Asal:
Bottrop, Germany

Stail muzik:
Deutschpunk, Hardcore

Influences:
Discharge, Social Distortion

Original line-up (1981):
Vocals & guitars - Anton, Guitars - Uli, Bass - Crocker, Drums - Mario

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
UPRIGHT CITIZENS — Make The Future Mine And Yours LP (H'art Records 1983)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Stand Up"

Trivia:
Pada tahun 1984, Maximum Rock n Roll zine telah keluarkan satu compilation LP bersejarah bertajuk “Welcome To 1984” yang merupakan LP pertama yang mendokumentasikan first wave scene hardcore dari bands seluruh dunia. Dengan nama-nama besar macam Terveet Kädet (Finland), Olho Seco (Brazil), B.G.K. (Belanda), R.I.P. (Sepanyol), The Stalin (Jepun), Raw Power (Itali), Huvudtvatt (Sweden) dan banyak lagi. Band German yang diberi penghormatan untuk mewakili Germany dalam kompilasi ini ialah Upright Citizens.


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November Record Day - 6th Nov - Guilty Pleasure



A metal-head listening to disco? Well, that is what you get when you were born in the 70s. As we were growing up, disco music was huge. I remember during my schooldays, as we rode the school bus, the driver has always blasted disco selections in the stereo. So it was natural that those disco songs trapped in our head. And BONEY M was the disco act that ruled everywhere on that time. You can't miss the drum-roll intro of the song Nightflight to Venus. Consider also the deep vocal of Rasputin. Every sadness will go away with Brown Girl In The Ring. Excuse my while I boogie my bottom!

Nightflight to Venus is the third album by the band Boney M, and was released in July 1978. The album became a major success in continental Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada, topping most of the album charts during the second half of 1978 and also became their first UK number one album. Nightflight to Venus includes their worldwide hits "Rivers of Babylon" and "Brown Girl in the Ring", a double A-sided single that topped the UK singles chart and has sold over 2 million copies there.[2] The follow-up was another Boney M. classic, "Rasputin", in most countries also a double A-side coupled with "Painter Man", a cover of a 1966 hit by the band The Creation. In the UK, "Rasputin" and "Painter Man" were released separately as A-sides by Atlantic Records, both reaching the Top 10. "Rivers of Babylon" which peaked at No. 30 on The Billboard Hot 100 became their biggest US hit.

In Europe and most other parts of the world the album was followed in November 1978 by the Christmas single, "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord" backed with "Dancing in the Streets", another chart topper – selling over 1.86 million copies in the UK alone. Upon its original 1978 release, these two tracks did not appear on Nightflight to Venus, but they were included on later CD releases of the album.

There were four different pressings of the original Hansa Records vinyl LP, all with slightly altered edits of the tracks. The most significant difference was the length of the title track "Nightflight to Venus". On the very first German pressing it was 7:09 minutes, making the segued medley with the also extended "Rasputin" 13:48 in total, the second pressing 5:55, the third 4:58 and the final and also the one appearing on the UK and US editions 4:46. The timings given here are those of the 1994 and 2007 CD re-issues.

Track listing

Side A

  1. "Nightflight to Venus" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Dietmar Kawohl) – 4:46
  2. "Rasputin" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay, George Reyam (Hans-Jörg Mayer)) – 5:57
  3. "Painter Man" (Eddie Phillips, Kenny Pickett) – 3:10
  4. "He Was a Steppenwolf" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Stefan Klinkhammer) – 6:51
  5. "King of the Road" (Roger Miller) – 2:35

Side B

  1. "Rivers of Babylon" (Brent Dowe, Trevor McNaughton, Frank Farian, George Reyam) – 4:18
  2. "Voodoonight" (Giorgio Sgarbi) – 3:31
  3. "Brown Girl in the Ring" (Traditional; arranged by Frank Farian) – 4:02
  4. "Never Change Lovers in the Middle of the Night" (Mats Björklund, Keith Forsey, Fred Jay) – 5:32
  5. "Heart of Gold" (Neil Young) – 4:00

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

November Record Day - 5th Nov - Transparent Coloured Vinyl





The subgenre "crossover" was coined after the title of this album. It simply means that a hardcore band is making a crossover into metal. The two previous albums by DRI were hardcore-punk; fast and furious. This one was more melodic, slower with added metallic elements.

I think this album is OK. However, this transparent reissue (2013) is muddy. I think the mix was not done properly. The source might be digital. Need to find the first press.

Tracklist

A1 The Five Year Plan
A2 Tear It Down
A3 A Coffin
A4 Probation
A5 I.D.K.Y.
A6 Decisions
B1 Hooked
B2 Go Die
B3 Red Line
B4 No Religion
B5 Fun & Games
B6 Oblivion

The ABC’s of Punk #20 : T is for TERVEET KÄDET


TERVEET KÄDET adalah salah satu bands hardcore pertama dan terbaik yang bangkit dalam punk scene di Finland pada awal 1980an yang melahirkan legendary Finnish Hardcore bands macam Rattus, Riistetyt, Bastards, Kaaos, Appendix, Tampere SS & Kansan Uutiset. Selain Italy dan Sweden, Finland punya punk scene awal ‘80an antara yang paling gempak kat Eropah. Macam Swedish Hardcore bands, Terveet Kädet ambik pengaruh besar dari Discharge, tapi pada masa yang sama tinggalkan pengaruh besar pada banyak early hardcore bands kat Finland, Sweden dan Brazil. Bands metal macam Sepultura pun selalu sebut nama Terveet Kädet sebagai pengaruh besar pada muzik mereka. Pada tahun 1982, Terveet Kädet keluarkan piring hitam 7” paling best dalam sejarah Finnish Hardcore... "Ääretön Joulu” 7” EP. (Piring hitam 12” LP Finnish Hardcore paling best jatuh kepada Rattus - WC Räjähtää LP).

Tahun aktif:
1980—present

Asal:
Tornio, Finland

Stail muzik:
Finnish Hardcore

Influences:
Discharge

Original line-up (1980):
Vocals - Läjä, Guitars - Tiimo, Bass - Piäsky, Drums - Peedro

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
TERVEET KÄDET — Ääretön Joulu 7” EP (Poko Records, 1982)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Tornion Kevät” (Spring of Tornio)

Trivia:
Nama Terveet Kädet bermaksud tangan sihat atau tangan bersih, nama paling tak hardcore yang mereka pilih untuk membezakan mereka dari punk bands lain.


FAHMI REZA

Wordless Wednesday: HIT THE LIGHTS to hit the UTP stage 14th November


Alan - voxum

Zahrul - lead guitars

Dr Bentara - guitars

Raja Moha - bass

Shahrin - drums

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #19 : S is for STIFF LITTLE FINGERS


STIFF LITTLE FINGERS adalah antara bands terbaik dari first wave UK punk bands yang mula bangkit pada tahun 1977. Lupakan Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks LP dan The Clash - The Clash LP... album punk paling gempak dari zaman tu ialah album pertama SLF - Inflammable Material LP! Raw punk songs, catchy melodies, angry vocals, political and sarcastic lyrics, semua ada! Punk bands lain dari zaman tu hanya nyanyi pasal perang, tapi SLF yang tinggal kat Belfast, Ireland Utara betul-betul duduk kat tengah-tengah perang, konflik, rusuhan, tembak-menembak dan letupan bom. Aku pernah baca Bono dari U2 (juga band dari Ireland), pernah kata “One of the best rock ’n’ roll concerts I ever saw was Stiff Little Fingers."

Tahun aktif:
1977–1982, 1987—present

Asal:
Belfast, Ireland Utara

Stail muzik:
Punk Rock

Influences:
The Clash

Original line-up (1977):
Vocals & Guitars - Jake Burns (19 tahun), Guitars - Henry Cluney (20 tahun), Bass - Ali McMordie (18 tahun), Drums - Brian Faloon (19 tahun)

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS — Inflammable Material LP (Rough Trade Records, 1979)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Alternative Ulster"

Trivia:
Nama asal band ni ialah Highway Star yang awalnya main lagu-lagu cover rock bands. Lepas mereka tukar stail main muzik punk, mereka tukar nama band jadi Stiff Little Fingers yang dicuri dari tajuk lagu band punk The Vibrators.


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November Record Day - 4th Nov - Band that broke up


 

DISSECTION was not actually broke up, it was disbanded. Jon Nödtveidt (founder/guitarist/vocalist) was found dead in his apartment in Hässelby, a suburb of Stockholm, by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a circle of lit candles on August 13th, 2006. Apparently he got too much of a dose in occultism? He was a member of the Misanthropic Luciferian Order founded in 1995 at which he described, 
"MLO is a Chaos-Gnostic order, which seek the true light of Lucifer through the study, development and practice of all dark, gnostic and Satanic magical systems. Our goal is to create a synthesis between the dark traditions of all aeons, this way creating the occult keys that shall open the gates to the forthcoming endless dark aeon. My status within the order is the one of a full member of the second grade and a Priest of Satan. To become a candidate one must first of all already be an Anti-cosmic Satanist and actively practicing black magician. He/She must wholeheartedly sympathize and share the misanthropic and anti-cosmic values of the order, and then be ready to dedicate his/her entire existence to following his/her true will in accordance to the dark gods. Becoming an initiate is a long and hard process and can take several years."
Previously, Nödtveidt was convicted of being an accessory to the 1997 murder of Josef ben Meddour, an Algerian gay man. He restarted Dissection upon his release from prison in 2004. Before that Jon and DISSECTION had released two very successful albums, The Somberlain (1993) and Storm of the Light's Bane (1995). Two years after he was released, DISSECTION was on full mode again, recording this album, Reinkaos then touring.


His suicide was very unfortunate, since his last album has the potential despite some criticism from the older fans. Although it was not as technical and complicated as before, Reinkaos still maintains its melodic structure. The production was clear and playing was sturdy. It was a different album from the previous two. That is why I don't have preference to any of the DISSECTION album since each of them has their own strength.

No. Title Length
1. "Nexion 218"   1:32
2. "Beyond the Horizon"   5:20
3. "Starless Aeon"   3:59
4. "Black Dragon"   4:48
5. "Dark Mother Divine"   5:44
6. "Xeper-i-Set"   3:09
7. "Chaosophia"   0:41
8. "God of Forbidden Light"   3:42
9. "Reinkaos" (instrumental) 4:43
10. "Internal Fire"   3:20
11. "Maha Kali"   6:04
Total length:
43:06

Monday, November 03, 2014

The ABC’s of Punk #18 : R is for RAMONES



Tidak akan lahir muzik punk di dunia tanpa THE RAMONES!

Tahun aktif:
1974–1996

Asal:
New York City, US

Stail muzik:
Punk Rock

Influences:
The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Who, The Kinks

Original line-up (1974):
Vocals - Joey Ramone (23 tahun), Guitars - Johnny Ramone (26 tahun), Bass - Dee Dee Ramone (22 tahun), Drums - Tommy Ramone (25 tahun)

Album/release paling best & wajib beli/download:
RAMONES — Ramones LP (Sire Records, 1976)

Lagu paling gempak:
“Blitzkrieg Bop"

Trivia:
Pada 4 Julai 1976, The Ramones main satu gig dekat London. Lepas show tu, budak-budak yang bersemangat lepas tengok The Ramones dapat inspirasi untuk tubuhkan punk bands mereka sendiri… bands yang mereka tubuhkan diberi nama The Clash, The Damned dan The Sex Pistols.


FAHMI REZA

November Record Day - 3rd Nov - Any Triple LP (3 X LP release)


I purchased this in Australia while I was doing my PhD. It was bought from an Irish in Ireland. Definitely one of the best purchase ever since the price at that time was considerably cheap.

One of the highlights of this live album is that Bruce Dickinson sang two songs from the Blaze Bayley era; The Sign of The Cross (from The X Factor album) and The Clansman (from the Virtual XI album). Of course, Bruce sang better (no offense to Blaze though).

Tracklist

A1 Intro 1:55
A2 The Wicker Man 4:42
A3 Ghost Of The Navigator 6:49
A4 Brave New World 6:07
B1 Wrathchild 3:06
B2 2 Minutes To Midnight 6:27
B3 Blood Brothers 7:15
C1 Sign Of The Cross 10:49
C2 The Mercenary 4:43
C3 The Trooper 4:33
D1 Dream Of Mirrors 9:37
D2 The Clansman 9:19
E1 The Evil That Men Do 4:41
E2 Fear Of The Dark 7:41
E3 Iron Maiden 5:52
E4 The Number Of The Beast 5:00
F1 Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:24
F2 Sanctuary 5:17
F3 Run To The Hills 5:59

In triple gatefold - front

In triple gatefold - back of front

In triple gatefold - inner

In triple gatefold - inner fold

In triple gatefold - back

Side A

Side B

Side C

Side D

Side E

Side F