V/A - Punks, Skins and rude boys now! Vol.5 CD (GARAZ mag promo CD)This CD came free with #15 of the polish fanzine GARAZ and has both PUNK, SKA and some other stuff on it. I don't like SKA in any form or shape so I only listened to that stuff for 10 seconds or something.
It starts off with SEX BOMBA - that's modern fast pop punk sung in polish. Next is REAZIONE - streetpunk from Italy. MEANTRAITORS are rockabilly played with a metal touch.
I hate the kind of ohh ahh softcore TRAVIS CUT plays. This kind of stuff is what destroyed punk rock. Fuck Off to MTV! After some ska songs we get THE ANALOGS who sounds like a polish ASTA KASK. Then more bleedin ska. BLITZKRIEG from Poland does some streetpunk with football choruses.
I don't need germanys RASTA KNAST.
The best songs are 'This is the Truth' and 'Living a Lie' by THE REBELS with RED ALERT's old Tony van Frater in the line up and REAZIONE's 'Forse Un Giorno Vincers!' but then they disapointed me by doing a ska number. Most bands do two songs on this compilation.
It's free with the fanzine and the bands (+ a lot more) are featured in the mag so it's a pretty good deal even though most of it isn't very exciting.
Too bad the mag is in polish.
GARAZ fanzine reviewed here.
LESS - '' ...and I'll see you never work again'' taunted Florence (IRON MAN records )The music is some sort of US CORPORATE METAL played without any energy whatsoever mixed with a bit of not so rocking SKA and some standard JAZZ riffs. They look and play like they're in their late 40's. I have absolutely no idea why the press info sheet says it's hardcore. The songs are about 4 or 5 minutes each and non of them sticks out.
LESS is put together by members from a bunch of bands and they do some covers of their old stuff. The singer does some 'proper singing' which sound hilarious in the song about SID VICIOUS. Think Freddie Mercury immitation gone wrong. The joke wears thin after a few seconds though. There's a song about how Tony Blair wasn't all he was cracked up to be and some stuff about anarchy and the evils of a 9 to 5 job. Everything done in a 'poetic' round about way. The only lyrics that isn't just fancy word play is about a crush on this sexy punkette someone had back in his school days.
It's the kind of record you forget 30 seconds after listening to it and a year later you see it and you think 'maybe this wasn't so bad after all' and you play about 5 seconds of every song going 'maybe the next song' and you're done with it in a minute, then you throw it away.
In other words - BORING.
Oh, the singer JOHN fancy himself as some kind of poet and spoken word artist too. Can't wait to hear more of that can you?
I.O.D. - Mundane Existence (IRON MAN records )This is fast to really fast metal played well and all that crap. I don't like this kind of stuff and this is mixed kind of funny too.
Lyrics about the usual stuff - EU, jobs, religion and 9 to 5 existence - done slightly above average at least. Some originality and a surprisingly non-PC song called FILTH:
''Just another filthy slut spreading diseases - Filth,
Cum gargling, violated, japanese schoolgirl - Filth''
Don't know who or what it's about, Bukka films I guess, but I don't care anyway. They're just not the kind of lyrics I expected from a dread lock anarcho type gang. Didn't make the record any better though.
Not recommended to anyone.
PIGFISH - The Reverend James CD (IRON MAN records )Out of this batch of IRON MAN records CD's this was easily the best. That label needs to get their shit together.
PIGFISH plays the kind of poppy punk that seems popular in the UK and GERMANY. Not the softcore Fat Wreck type crap, it's more rock'n'roll than that.
They've tried to write some hit songs and if they had been played with a bit more energy and guts this could have been good. It's all too sober and nice. Like they're old ex-punks wanting to be Bryan Adams or something.
This band needs some speed and a good kicking to get back to their punk rock roots.
Only if you're into POP.
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