MERCENARY GOD - CD ROM (Rock Notes)
I've previously reviewed the MERCENARY GOD Burning Generation promo CD, now here's the CD ROM. This features 11 live tracks from March 1981 and all 4 songs from their only original release, the V/A LP Challenge on Bootleg Records 1981.
The live songs have a good enough sound quality and they're probably a good documentation of the band's sound at the time. The studio stuff is alright, but all of it tends to be on the rock side of punk rock and not too exciting. There's the odd track that is good or at least catchy. Too bad it's on a CD ROM so you'll never play it. If i went to a friend's house and said ''let's party, where's the computer?'' I'd be ridiculed to death, and rightly so.
The whole thing takes forever to load and when the menu is finally up there's not much for me to review. The Intro, History, Reviews and Fanzine parts are all in Italian. As is the info and cartoon on the back of the poster fold out cover. About the only thing you can understand is the Picture section, with some old photos.
I couldn't get the Video to work, it just played the audio with cuts every other second. I don't have the patience to find and download the codec and restart the whole thing so if I missed something great I'll never know. The Discography features pics of the sleeves of the two records mentioned above with the info in Italian. The lyric section was disapointing too, with only three of the lyrics featured. They sang in broken English by the way.
Unless you speak Italian or collects everything labeled ''old punk'' this isn't very interesting.
SEKERHETSPOLISEN - Anno 2006 Promo CD (self released)
Here's five songs from Swedish hardcore band SEKERHETSPOLISEN. Three fast ones and and two fairly fast. All but one written by the band.
Musically this is your average DISCHARGE/ANTI-CIMEX guitar riffs with some additional crust and hard rock stuff. It's quite enjoyable actually, with good if somewhat anonymous vocals and an almost too clean production.
Lyrics about cops, bouncers, shit work and the Swedish Security Service (which is what their name means).
Comes with a lyric sheet. Nothing uniqe but cool enough to check out if they play your town. Free songs on their website.
GRAVMAR & THE GRAVEDIGGERS - A Whole New Ballgame Promo CD (self released)
This is a Norweigan band with 8 tracks, taken from previously released 7''s I think.
The first thing you notice, in the first song, is that only the guitarist can actually play. The band's beat starts to drag after a few seconds and it's only a mid-tempo song to begin with. The sound is very late 70's American, like some obscure single from one of those semi-experimental semi-punk bands that fill Bloodstains compilations. It's charming, and really catchy. Good song writing.
It has some cool titles like Penaltyfuckin' With A Cactus (Is What Old People Deserve) and lyrics like ''mensa mensa intelligenca / got the social skills of a soap dispencer'' or ''it starts with an f and ends with uck you''. A bit like a slightly less offensive CHILDMOLESTERS.
Never mind the retro thing, I actually like this a lot and will force this on my friends. Free songs on their website.
Now send me the vinyls.
DOUBLE ECLIPSE - Eloquent Face Down CD (Thirteen 772 Music)
This is the work of two brothers from South Yorks, England. Don't know if it's their first or not. If there was a promo sheet with it I've lost it.
The CD doesn't sound like an album as much as a collection of rough ideas for songs. Most of it is slow to mid-paced hard rock that just goes on for a few minutes.
It varies from a 3rd rate PEARL JAM to slow pop punk. The nicest thing I can say about it is that it occasionally sounds like a poor cheap QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE rip-off, without any originality, energy or imagination.
I didn't play the whole thing because it started to really annoy me that I was wasting time listening to this when I could be doing something fun. I'm sure there's MP3s on their website that you can check out if you want to.