Punk rock didn’t have it easy in socialist Bulgaria, a country in which all aggressive rock music was officially banned. That didn’t keep Novi Cvetya (“New Flowers”) from performing punk rock as early as 1979. -Read more>
There’s something strangely fascinating about radical skinhead music. We’re not talking Oi! music or ‘street punk’, that politically unadventurous football hooligan variant of punk rock that cropped up in the UK around 1980. We’re talking angry young men who have dedicated their music and their lives to a cause and are not adverse to using physical violence to advance it. Sadly, the majority of these are of the far-right variety. Radically left-wing skinhead bands were a rarity in the 80s and 90s, but they have seen a steady growth in the past few years. Continue reading
Noize Punishment aka Jindrich Brejcha is a one-man act from the Czech Republic, and as the name suggests, an absolutely punishing experience. Do you remember Atari Teenage Riot? Gabba techno beats, distorted hardcore/metal guitars, shouty political lyrics? Noize Punishment takes the concept a few steps further, mixing grindcore and breakbeats into a infernal racket that will make your neighbours think construction works are taking place in your bedroom. Hearing Noize Punishment for the first time gave me a buzz similar to my first exposure to Napalm Death‘s From Enslavement To Obliteration or Einstuerzende Neubauten‘s Kollaps, except there’s a lot more structure to those. -Read more>
Zombie Met Girl sound as if the Dead Kennedys had remained in their embryonic, pre Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables state for a little while longer, and then fleshed out their sound by adding a slight Cramps touch instead of going hardcore.
A new London rock’n’roll band, Zombie Met Girl feature a vocalist who knows how to interact with the audience without resorting to stereotypical poses. They’re smart enough to know that bands earn more from t-shirt sales than from CDs these days, which is why they put extra effort into making really cool looking tees (see pic). I would wear one even if I wasn’t familiar with the band.
Would-be guitar heroes who play 289 notes per second are dime a dozen. Yet those guitarists who possess a truly awe-inspiring ability with their instrument are rare, with so much style that would never be displayed in a vulgar, shallow-minded way. -Read more>