Interview with Mossen Robert (ASSAC!, 24 Ideas, Unabomber, Bacteria Forte)

A lot seems to be said on multiple websites about the same old Punk personalities.. Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Roger Miret, the list goes on. Though no doubt influential and seminal in creating the Punk/DIY culture we know today, what we end up doing when glorifying these personalities is that we lose touch of several more ‘local’ personalities who have helped sow the seeds in their various European, Asian, Sudamerican etc scenes. Mossen Robert is one such character from Barcelona, Catalonia, who has toiled much since the early 90’s in several different bands, touring the world and wreaking havoc everywhere. Today he is still involved in the Hardcore/Punk scenes with his bands ASSAC!, 24 Ideas and the latest addition Bacteria Forte, as well as having a killer now-defunct band called Unabomber along the way. We have a long and lengthy talk about his past and present, essential Catalan Hardcore bands, his touring experiences as well as his favorite Metal and Punk records. The interview is quite lengthy so make sure you have a cup of tea or something with you to keep you company, haha. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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– Hello Mossen. How’s life for you currently?

 

 

My life kinda sucks currently. Ups and downs, too many quarrel around me with close people (feel kinda like the NIN’s song “Hurt” but the Johnny Cash’s version) and of course no money cuz there’s no jobs, not that I like jobs but money helps you out to do things and to move outside the country. I feel kinda trapped.

Luckily I’ve got some kind of creative input and this helps me to keep my mind busy doing new bands, projects and stuff and makes me rise above all problems.

Currently I´m involved too in the new metallic bastard child in town BACTERIA FORTE. I feel quite excited about being now a full member in that band .

 

 

 

– When, where and why was ASSAC formed? Who were the original members and what’s the lineup now? What does ASSAC mean?

 

 

Assac! was formed in late 2011, probably around November. Me and the bass player we´re doing the recording of another band which was a mixture of HC/NeoCrust (Which of course I only liked half of the songs, I felt it lacked punch and aggression). During a coffee break in the recording sessions I said “It would be cool to do a project a Boston HC inspired band but sung in Catalan .” Sergi the bass player and Jaume the guy behind the recording desk (and future guitar player) took me seriously and a few days after the disastrous recording session they urged me to do a first jammin´ session with the new project.

We asked a drummer I know he liked fast/old HC… et voilà! Chemistry worked out so well… that we decided to left our previous band and concentrate on ASSAC! After a month and a half of jammin we recorded the first demo and did our first two shows and even got time to do the infamous photosession of our future 12″

Since then we’ve been the same people in the band:

Sergi (4 strings)

Jaume (6 strings)

Xavi (Darboukas and cymbals )

Me (Human sounds )

Assac! it’s a game with slang works (A sac!: going straight to the point, Without mercy!)

 

 

 

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– ASSAC plays in a very old school early 80s style punk/hardcore, reminiscent of old Boston bands. Are there other bands in your region doing that sort of stuff?

 

 

Not so much, maybe a few bands but got buried amongst the thousands of crust/ D-beat bands (I like most of them, my all time fave Human Bastard and old I.A.F), Neo-Crust (I don´t like it), Post-Punk, Iberian punk/Iberian d- beat style, Oi/ Punk.. too many to follow them, each days new bands are created, impossible to being aware of all of them. I get lost!

About HC it´s easier to name the bands:

MIND CRASH are great… they play more California inspired HC with a ‘lil crossover touch, nice people, good band…. Made of foreigner people plus one local and this will give you some clues about Barcelona´s scene:

  1. A) Lots of expatriate people in shows and in a few of bands, maybe not more than local but easily 50 % or close
  2. B) Local people prefer other styles than HC, they ´re into other things.

24 IDEAS, heheh

ZOMBI PUJOL, they mix HC with punk rock, excellent political lyrics dealing with local subjects and with the twisted humour touch like ASSAC! . nice and committed people.

ROT. Raw Punk Rock with HC touches, sung in Catalan

Then there´s that guy from Mallorca, relocated to Barcelona, Juan Carlos Riutort

Who was in NETWEIGHT and he does lots of HC/Powerviolence projects like:

X-TORSIÓN . POLLOS HERMANOS etc… He runs a recording studio and he is a Handcraft Beer fan like me! Cool!

PELIGRO were a unique band mixing HC/ Punk with Sabbathy riffs and some of them played in CESIO 157 which I also liked

ADDENDA play PowerViolence/ HC quite well,

EL PUNTO DEVIL and EXTENSITY, did the fast thing paying homage to HHH, which in my eyes is a very good thing. Sadly both are RIP.

HABITACIÓN 101 and ALATAK…. are good too… they do their RKL´s thing

COL.LAPSE.. plays Dag Nasty/Embrace style and yes they have some ASSAC /24 IDEAS members

And then the S.E. CREW with lotsa bands: APPRAISE, GOLEM, CONSTRICT are the ones who are active now as far I know… But they were a few bands more doing different styles from Youth Crew.. to nineties metallic SE..

Outside Catalonia :

In Mallorca Island we can find a collective of dudes fond of old HC, some of them members of the old HC heroes, Bad Taste.

CRASH and WASTED… are excellent bands with lots of American Hc influences from Negative Approach to Circle Jerks .

CEREBROS EXPRIMIDOS were an awesome punk–rock band with Boston HC, California and Old NY Hc influences. Jaime the main brain behind them has deep musical knowledge. Respect! The band has changed the name a ´lil bit and are like a renewed version but they still kick ass!

TRAU play fast Hc influenced by SSD, RAW POWER, good!

ÚSURA play D-beat but it ´s fair to mention them

In Valencia there is ALTERCADO ESPIRITUAL and PODER ABSOLUTO who share members and play some kind of NYHC youth crew style with Boston influences too. Good bands

In Euskadi/Basque Country doing that old style HC exists DICTADURA, they share members with the great crust band HELL DIVISION .

..And well that´s all I know…

Outside the HC / Punk scene I love ASSOT who play a mixture of ENTOMBED meets DOWN kind of thing, HEAVY stuff I love and sung in Catalan…. there are as well some Death Metal bands doing the old style which I also dig: A TOMBA OBERTA, CRUZ, MORBID FLESH, DISGRACER , etc ….. And some Grindcore, Power Violence, Fastcore acts I like: DISTURBANCE PROJECT, RAGEOUS INTENT, TEETHING, FINAL CUNT, 466 /64, SANG, etc

I also enjoyed a Catalan soul band named THE EXCITEMENTS and in a minor degree THE PEPPER POTS (playing soul too)

 

 

 

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– Catalonia is a very intriguing region with a very unique political history. Does the socio-politics of Catalonia influence the lyrics of ASSAC?  

 

 

Of course they do! We may sing about universal and personal issues but deal a lot with local subjects. We deal with many topics and facts happening here in Catalonia so it kinda fits to talk about them using Catalan .. same as if you sing about “favelas” and you ‘re doing it in Portuguese.

The band works quite good as an outlet for frustration about social and political issues surrounding and affecting us very close.. it works the same way also to talk about inner demons and skeletons in the closet.

Lyrics also got a lot of twisted humour and inner jokes but on the other hand we also speak about some universal subjects . We use Catalan in 90 % of the songs but we also used Arab, Spanish, English, Tagalog, German and Italian (In fact all our releases got a song in Italian)

We also feel inspired by many Old Hc international compilations with bands around the world who didn´t sing in English or Spanish. Some of us love languages, the more the better! We feel using our mother tongue comes very natural and fluent, we love our language and we´re not ashamed of our culture, identity or whatever you want to call it

 

 

 

– You were also in the Hardcore band 24 Ideas from the early 90’s and the Powerviolence band Unabomber in late 90’s. Both bands had substantial releases with their own legacies. Are you proud of what you’ve achieved in the underground DIY punk scene over the last 2 decades? How much has the Punk/Hardcore scene changed since the old days, according to you?

 

 

It ´s kinda 40% /50 % … I just accomplished half of the things or less. I would had love to do more tours outside the Spanish state and I think some of the bands deserved more recognition.

24 IDEAS was the best we can do at the time.. It´ s ok for their time and some songs stand the test of time.. So musically it was ok.. I’d love to tour more across Spain and perhaps Europe.. The band was decent and deserved it .. The band had success at the time .. and perhaps the best of it is knowing some people a few years younger than me that say the band left a mark in them. That´s the best thing! I think the band was a ‘lil bit overrated back in the days… And even knowing there´s hard work and good songs behind the band, we also got a lot of luck with labels, promos, acceptance, etc. A luck all the bands I ´ve been in after lacked.

Now the band is back but younger kids don´t get our stuff… so we´re not a lucky band anymore! I like the band how it sounds now, I like the new songs and above all I like keeping my friendship with the another founder member. Let´s see how much we can enjoy the second coming.

After 24 IDEAS I did a band with VIOLENT HEADACHE/I.A.F ´s members and it was killer one! That band was named UPRISING.

It was a very important band for me along with UNABOMBER I think this is the best stuff I ever done! Sadly the band get very unnoticed .

UPRISING was pushing further the stuff I´ve did with 24 IDEAS.. In 24 IDEAS we all liked different styles of HC however we had our preferences.. I was more the guy into fast HC INFEST, LARM, RIPCORD, CITIZENS ARREST, SIEGE, DEEP WOUND, HHH, SEPTIC DEATH , extreme, Japanese stuff.. and the other 3 guys were more into classic bands and the youth crew thing, 7 SECONDS, YOUTH OF TODAY, GORILLA BISCUITS. We all loved the Boston bands and the NYHC first wave bands.. plus some old good US HC. This made some sort of creative tension, some sort of balance that worked very well in the songs…

In UPRISING all the guys in the band were more into INFEST, DROPDEAD, Japanese stuff.. some grindcore bands, some Swedish bands.. We were more focused about playing extremely wild. So it worked out amazingly!

Imagine the harsh wild fastest japcore combined with INFEST and Swedish killer mid-tempos… A cross of the fast jap band and the best Swedish bands.

We did very wild shows… but only 8 in 2 years and a half… during this few wild shows we gained some diehard fans…two of them became UNABOMBER´s founder members. We recorded a couple of demos during 95 … but UPRISING demo mixing both recordings came out in 99.. when the band was dead and gone . We were a very unfocused, disorganized and lazy band.. We were in other bands at the time and focused in another stuff.. I think I was the first one who could have done way more for the band .. I think this band deserved more. We were alive since Easter 94 to November 96. And that´s all. When UPRISING broke up.. I and my closest friends can concentrate in…

 

 

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UNABOMBER !

What can I say about UNABOMBER? It was and still is the band of my life! The best thing I ever did! The band was 50 % a success (We played great music and we still have a beautiful friendship) but 50 % a failure .. we were very underrated , a very few people appreciated our music .. we had some problems about finding labels too we did not find a suitable label for us (the guy running the label is a great person but   the roster of the label was more death / black oriented so their average customers and contacts didn´t work out well for us ).. we also didn´t tour very much.. and   we didn´t managed the band very well when we had to take some steps further…

But in the end the good things are what remain.. We wrote music without screenplay. whether it was Hc , metal or whatever.. We expressed ourselves freely with rage.. the only limitation were our technical skills. I think we were a mix of RORSCHACH, BLACK SABBATH , BRUTAL TRUTH and early ROLLINS BAND drinking together in Japan… If you want to know more and listen to the band read   in the link what our friend Hassan has to say about us:

https://eternalabhorrence.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/unabomber-potemkin-band-sanctioned-download/

The band was active from Easter 97 ´ til July 2005.. with lots of good and some bad moments too…. Due the fact the split up was a friendly one .. we missed each other in the band and by the end of 2006 we talked about burying the band with a tour … and what a tour a South east Asia one!

In February 2007 UNABOMBER started to jam again.. this time with a second guitar, Mike from the almighty ALL ILL.. the band was sounding incredible and we did a few awesome comeback shows in Spain… and then August 2007 the tour in Singapore and Indonesia. IT WAS A BLAST! We did two shows in Singapore… And I can assure that the second show we did in Singapore was one OF THE BEST in our career! And one of the bests in my life! We tried to play in Malaysia but it failed.. and then we did about 7 shows in Indonesia. Great people and friends we met along the way. Very humble and nice people there. We have those times carved in our hearts. A priceless trip.. :). Some awesome shows others not, great people, lots of adventure and funny situations. It was highlight for the band SURE!

After a tour.. bands usually sound in shape, with trained muscles .. and after the tour we sounded brutal as ever … So no wonder people called us for more shows in 2008/2009.. we wanted to quit after the tour.. but the tour went so good.. we decided to do a few shows more… .As a result one of the shows we did was an amazing one with BRUTAL TRUTH .. one of the highlights in band´s history, everyone who was there remembers the show for sure! Finally in January 2009 we did our last show with LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER and MAGRUDERGRIND… And that´s all ´til now.

UNABOMBER was a great experience and I´m proud of being part of it. Maybe not a successful band but each time a year.. when we the UNABOMBER´s friend meet.. I think “Yes, it was a success. and still is “ .. So now I´m waiting for my drinking x-mas sessions with my UNABOMBER´s mates …

 

 

 

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– Have there been attempts to reunite the old bands for new shows?

 

 

Well, 24 IDEAS is back again.. we just reunited for a couple of shows with new blood… but the chemistry worked out good… and we´re keeping with it. I want to keep with it due to big friendship with the original guitar player… Bandmates should be friends too.. at least in my humble opinion ..Working this way is the best way.

We´ve recorded a new album, a 12 “ called “Fragments of a broken faith“ and we´re happy with it. It shows some evolution but still is loyal to the band ´s roots. And yes it ´s going to be released by H-Records next year.

UNABOMBER, you know bro, it’s the band of my life! My most beloved one… All UNABOMBER ´s members live in different cities and it´s quite difficult to organize to jam and doing some shows, also due to work and families. Many people is asking us to come back .. or at least to do some reunion shows. We can do it in any moment ´cuz we´re all still good friends after all these years. So expect one day a few shows.. and perhaps, re-recording some old stuff with better quality. Not to keep on with the band again writing new songs and doing new stuff… But a few shows.. Why not?

UPRISING, was an important band to me too, however a reunion is impossible.

 

 

 

– Back to ASSAC. So far you’ve done a series of EP’s and demos and some compilation appearances. Anything new coming soon?

 

 

Yes, a new record is coming soon.. The new 12 “ is already done, it ´s named “Suïcidi Social “ and it’s very catchy and has a few good surprises this time. We slowed down a lil bit in some songs and add some early Cro-Mags type parts… but I think the songs are catchier and few will become anthems! You’ll love the cover for sure!

Everything’s is almost done…. We´re only waiting for the final mix to send it to pressing plant!

After that we´ve planned a couple of splits:

A split tape with a local death metal band A TOMBA OBERTA, both bands will cover RIPCORD…

And a split EP with the masters of ZOMBI PUJOL

We also must enter the studio to record an HHH´s cover for a tribute compilation .. and that´s all….

 

 

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– Are you planning to tour Europe or any place this year?

 

 

I´D LOVE TO! but due to lack of money it´s being a very hard thing to do!

A UK tour was semi- arranged… but lack of equipment, and lack of our own van… made it hard to play in UK.. with the few money we got from our thin savings.. Some of us didn´t have a job for years.. So we’ve got to make sure we can get the money we need to survive back… We just wanted to get the money from the airfares back.. but for a relatively unknown band like us it was very difficult.

Now we´re thinking in Norway and Sweden.. ´cuz a close friend of the band and longtime fan want to book us some shows in Norway.. plus one of the labels investing money in the new record is a Swedish one.. so we´ll try Sweden too.. We´re in the works, hope this time we can manage to do the thing without being a financial disaster.

We also talked about visiting Italy . And think also in another places during weekends   using low cost flights.. So if you ´re interested in us.. Don´t hesitate to contact us! We´ll love to play in your town.

24 IDEAS, ASSAC!, BACTERIA FORTE… we´re all available to hit the lights!

 

 

 

– Your all time favorite records? Name 5 only.

 

 

HAHAHAHAHA, only five! Impossible!

  1. RORSCHACH “Protestant “. A unique band that inspired some friends and me to do our own band.
  2. HERESY “Face up to it!“ Awful production, one of the worst sounding records ever… But one of my faves too! Great and clever songwriting.. and awesome explanations on lyrics. These kind of records made me want to know more about the Ultra fast Hc than with Death Metal.. and I started to investigate with LARM, SIEGE, Boston Bands, Japanese bands.. (same I can say with NAPALM DEATH´S   “ Scum “ When reading the Thanklist)
  3. RIPCORD. Any.. HERESY´s brother band
  4. BATHORY “Under the sign of a black mark“ Pure atmosphere, very evil recording.. nobody sounded like them in the day. I´m not a black metaller… but this record made a mark on me.. Even when listening HC bands I was looking for this atmosphere.
  5. CELTIC FROST “Morbid Tales“ Less is more! Perfect from start to finish!
  6. D.R.I “Dirty rotten LP /Violent Pacification EP“.. There´s one before and after this record found my turntable…. yeah !
  7. BLACK SABBATH, first 6 LP´s … BLACKS SABBATH it´s everything.. Apha-omega. And yes I love them with Dio and Guillan…. Mandatory ones!
  8. SLAYER.. From “Show no mercy“ to “Decade of Agression“…. Mandatory ones!
  9. INFEST “Slave“/CITIZENS ARREST everything/GO! everything —– I see it as pack of records that restored my faith in Hardcore in the youth crew, melodic hc and death metal era.
  10. CATHEDRAL “Forest of equilibrium “ this record made me to appreciate again the slow sounds.. it was a before and after this record… learned a lot about doom bands in the thanklist.
  11. 13 anything, GRIEF, CORRUPTED, early EYEHATEGOD, IRON MONKEY “Our Problem “ the whole sludge pack from the 90´s made a huge impact on me
  12. JUDAS PRIEST “Unleashed in the east“ It ´s fair to name a classic heavy metal band.. I liked them and MOTÓRHEAD since I was a kid… JUDAS PRIEST´S 70´s records were ahead of their time.

 

Other records that have been with me.. and influenced me deeply: VERBAL ASSAULT “Trial“ , BURN EP, SIEGE demo, LARM everything, MANLIFTINGBANNER 10 “, ACME EP, BLACK FLAG “My war “, BAD BRAINS “Rock for light “, ”I against I “, ANTIDOTE “Thou shall not kill“ EP, Cleanse the bacteria comp, POISON IDEA Any!, GISM “Detestation “ , GRAVE Any! But “You´ll never see“ it’s my fave one. UNLEASHED first 3 lp´s. DISMEMBER first 3 lp´s , ENTOMBED first 3 lp´s … NIHILIST demos.. ASPHYX every fuckin thing but “Last one on earth“ it ´s my fave. CIANIDE “Rage´s war“ demo and “Hell´s rebirth“ , OBITUARY “Cause of death“, AT THE GATES any but “The red in the Sky“ won me, the whole DNA of early death metal from late 80´s to early nineties. PARADISE LOST “Gothic“, JUDGE anything, CRO- MAGS “Age of quarrel“, INTEGRITY “Those who fear tomorrow“ and “Systems overload“, RINGWORM “The promise“ , G-ANX any, COLD WORLD any, EXTORTION “Loose screws “ , ANTI CIMEX any, DOOM lots of records, D.E.Z “Suck your soul“, WARHEAD “Cry of truth“, GAUZE any, SOB Any, OUTO any, STALIN “Stop jap“, COMES “Panic“ , SPAZZTIC BLURR “Befow“ that crazy record made an impact on me… NAKED CITY “torture garden“, NEGAZIONE “Condonatti“ “Lo spirit continua“, SAINT VITUS any, TROUBLE “Psalm 9“, PENTAGRAM any , CANDLEMASS first 3 records, CIRITH UNGOL “King of the dead“, MERCYFUL FATE “Nuns have no fun “ “Mellissa“, VOIVOD “Rrroooaaarrr“ “Killing Technology“, THIN LIZZY “Jailbreak “ “Fighting “ “Live and dangerous“, AC/DC.. Bon Scott´s era , MOTÓRHEAD, ANY ´til “Rocknroll “, MSG “Live at Budokan“, UFO any record with Michale schenker, SCORPIONS “Tokyo tapes “ , IRON MAIDEN “Soundhouse Tapes “ “Killers“ any from Dianno´s era, HELLACOPTERS, ORANGE GOBLIN, TURBONEGRO “ass Cobra “ “Scandinavian leather“, PORTISHEAD any, DENGGUE FEVER ANY, TERRIBLE FEELINGS any , BARON ROJO First 5 records, ANGELES DEL INFIERNO “Diabolicca“ , RUIDO DE RABIA any, HHH any, VENOM classic era , ETC, ETC ETC ETC

 

 

 

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– Thanks for this interview Mossen. Best of luck for the future and thanks for the great music! .

 

 

Thanks to you and for your patience, and reading all the answers ehehheh.

Last day I’ve found a Indian/Pakistani store and I´ve bought a box of sweets.. AWESOME! And yes they had the best ANGRY SAMOSAS I´ve ever seen! Yeah!

If you want to contact me try my FB:

https://www.facebook.com/robert.beltran.566

or better my bands :

https://www.facebook.com/BacteriaForte

https://www.facebook.com/24IdeasOficial?ref=profile

https://www.facebook.com/Assachardcore

https://eternalabhorrence.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/unabomber-potemkin-band-sanctioned-download/

See you all!

 

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“My lil’ Murrican Adventure” – MDF retrospective

Guest writer Shruti Kumar wrote about her experience at Maryland Death Fest and wanted us to put it up here. It’s a nice little read that gives some insight into the things people are willing to do to see the best extreme metal festival in contemporary times. She’s an Indian who currently resides in Australia as a permanent citizen, and regularly attends local shows as well. Read on:

 

 

Asphyx

Asphyx

 

 

So here I was, looking at the Maryland Deathfest XII lineup for the first time. I’m your typical overseas-based university student, with only a fast food job to sustain my gig needs and this wasn’t even a local show. I’d always wistfully gazed at MDF lineups every year but this time the lineup was so fucking unreal that I just HAD to be there. Mostly for the fact that I’ll get to see Immolation twice because I’m a massive Immolation fangirl and by massive I mean being-at-the-front-taking-pictures-screaming-for-autographs fangirl. I hardly ever feel like that for a band because let’s face it, band members are probably just as fucked up as you are, if not more. So anyway, to make this work, I’d have to sort out money, flights, visas, university, immigration and parents (yes, that is actually a legitimate concern for an Indian kid). I had traveled internationally before, but never alone. Thankfully, I have super liberal and highly educated parents, who even though were initially reluctant to let their little girl go alone to a foreign country for an extreme metal festival, eventually thought that this would be good to make me self-sufficient. For money, I worked my arse off and saved up cash. Stopped spending as much, worked full time for the three months I had off after my second semester finished. One thing I had decided right from the start was that I’ll have to make this happen by myself so I didn’t burden my parents financially. Money and parents sorted. Now for the worst part, immigration. Immigration was the one thing that made organizing this trip a massive pain and a lot more difficult than it should’ve been. I lost my passport so I had to deal with cops and some really nasty people at immigration but once my application was finally in, it was just the wait. Oh, the fucking wait. It took about a month for me to get it back but little did I know that my problems had just started. Because bam! As you can guess, it was time for me to get visas. Since I’m a permanent resident in Australia but actually an Indian citizen, I had to get two visas. I won’t bore you with the details, but long story short, the US tourist visa was the reason that led me to be uncertain if I was even gonna make it till the last minute. Literally. I really wish I was kidding, but nope. My visa interview was 2 days before my flight was supposed to leave. Thankfully, I didn’t buy tickets and decided to wait till my visas came through ‘cause I’m smart like that. Anyway, my visa got approved but I read on the US immigration website that my passport won’t be sent back to me within five days. BA DUM TSS! All my hopes of going to the US crushed in a minute. All the months I spent working hard and dealing with immigration gone for nothing. It affected me more than any break up I ever had and it was just plain awful. So much so that I tried to find solace in alcohol when I don’t even fucking drink. But life had something else in store for me. The very next day I found out that my passport had been shipped and I would be able to go to the US afterall! So I did end up going, albeit three days later than planned. It was pretty outrageous, I got my flight tickets at 4 pm and my flight left 7 am the next morning. But as you would’ve guessed by now, I’m a pretty crazy person. It was a jampacked trip, with so much to do and see in just a week. But I was up for it. I admit, I’ve been a very naughty girl to make this work, I skipped uni and rescheduled a few assessments. But look at the fucking lineup! Can you blame me? In a matter of four days I saw Immolation, Incantation, Asphyx, Gorguts, Necros Christos, Mgla, Pseudogod, Coffins, Noothgrush, Crowbar, Agalloch and so many others. Phew! And I was right at the front for almost everything because if you haven’t experienced a band up front, I highly recommend it. I also got to meet Ross Dolan and Rob Vigna of Immolation which was an absolute dream true and made my US trip worthwhile straightaway. I also had great company, my friends Gautam and Nikhil, who were so much fun to hang with! Here’s a few day-to-day updates/diary notes from the time I was in MDF and then came back:

 

 

Noothgrush

Noothgrush

 

 

After the prefest gig: Got to see Immolation in a private gig environment and being practically on top of the stage for the entire thing. Had a super long chat with Ross Dolan and Bob Vigna and it really is amazing to know that your favourite band is comprised of really down-to-earth people instead of dickheads, which they very well deserve to be considering the unreal music they make. They played Into Everlasting Fire! I think now I can die happy.

 

MDF Day 1: Coffins were so fucking good! It’s that amazing feeling you get when you finally see a band you’ve been obsessing about for ages. Every track they played off their Buried Death album made their set exponentially great. Crowbar were insanely heavy and other highlights included Whitehorse and Sourvein. Bring on tomorrow!

 

MDF Day 2: Watching Incantation, Bölzer, Agalloch, Mgla, Necros Christos, Cancer, The Ruins of Beverast, At The Gates and Taake back to back on the same day. FUUUUUUUUUCK. This lineup has ruined every music festival for me. Also, bumped into Ross Dolan again and he recognized me. Fuck yeah. Winning.

 

MDF Day 3: HOLY FUCKING SHIT. Asphyx were fucking perfect. Reformed Pungent Stench and Hooded Menace were really tight and so were Tankard, Dark Angel and Noothgrush. Got my hardcore/grind fix from Victims, Dropdead and Birdflesh. Machetazo destroyed the venue and there were many others I can’t be bothered mentioning. I’m gonna have some serious psychological depression after this festival ends but fucking hell, so many happy feels right now.

 

MDF Day 4: Candlemass. Owned. Everyfuckingthing. So much stoner/sludgy/doomy goodness today with My Dying Bride, Bongripper, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Soilent Green. Inquisition rocked my socks and so did Pseudogod and Gorguts. Immolation ending the festival with a second set was probably the best farewell to MDF. Can’t believe I’m flying back to Sydney tomorrow, it’ll take me some time to readjust to drab ol’ life again.

 

On my way back to Australia: Homeward bound. Maryland Deathfest was amazing, never did I see so many bands, have so many people stage dive on my head and have so many guys come up to me and tell me they thought I was gorgeous (which included this creepy Argentinean guy who wanted to get a picture of me). Even though I’m now drugged on painkillers because I headbanged too much and have heaps of overdue assignments and a raging jetlag to look forward to, there’s nothing in my life I want to change right now.

 

So I’m back home now , with 0$ in my bank account and having some serious MDF withdrawals. Everything is dull in comparison to the time I had. After some of the shit I pulled to make this happen, I don’t know if I’d ever get to do this again. But hey, it was totally worth it.

 

 

 

Immolation

Immolation

 

 

– Shruti Kumar

Snuffx Interview

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– Hey, how’s it going? Introduce the band’s lineup please!

 

MK: hey man looking good, Snuffx is Cris Allin on Guitar and Vocals and Mohammad Kabeer on Drums.

 

 

 

– You guys were born out of the ashes of a grindcore/noisecore band called Necrofilth, with whom you recorded an album. Why abandon it and start over?

 

MK: Well, Zack Massacre from Nekrofilth had messaged us telling us that our name was causing a lot of confusion among listeners and requested us to therefore change it. We were planning to change it anyway because of our change in sound, so it wasn’t really a big deal.

 

CA: We had plans to throw in powerviolence elements into the mix for a slight change in the sound anyway. I wouldn’t say we abandoned the old noisecore/grindcore style there’s still that nasty raw feel to the tracks and in our recent release “Phencyclidine” we took the sound back to the Necrofilth days.

 

 

 

– What bands is Snuffx influenced by the most?

 

MK: Sea of Shit has definitely had a big influence on Snuffx when it comes to our slower, sludgy stuff like Legalize Krokodil and Genocide, especially in the use of feedback and creepy guitar wails. Sex Prisoner has been a big influence as well on our sound, which can be seen in songs like Religion is Slavery, Power Trip and No talent, when it comes to the faster stuff, I think the bands which we are most influenced by are Infest, Chainsaw Squid and Mellow Harsher. And ofcourse our early influences of Fear of God and Anal Cunt will always be there.

 

 

 

– Is Snuffx the first Powerviolence style band in India? How’s the general Grind/PV/Hardcore/Crust/etc scene in the region?

 

MK: There is this one band called Abolish Mornings from Bangalore which play some pretty neat old school powerviolence from Bangalore, I also like Grossty and Nauseate from the same city, Delhi on the other hand is pretty dry, people haven’t even heard of these things, they think punk is Green Day and hardcore is Lamb of God, haha. Which is quite strange actually because Delhi is a pretty Powerviolence place if you look at it, complete chaos everywhere with some parts of the city looking like an urban wasteland.

 

 

 

– You guys are pretty prolific, with releases happening every now and then. Can you tell us all your releases in chronological order up til this point?

 

CA: We’ve had our fair share of noise, so far including demos splits and singles, starting with Necrofilth we had Comprehension of a Grindcore Opus which was our first album after which we did put out quite a few singles. Moving on to Snuffx there were 3 demo’s then we did Human Beard 4​-​way Split with Water Torture, Swallowing Bile and Phosphorus Rex, followed by a split with Frame313. Third World Powerviolence, 120 Minutes, split with Noxious Threat. PV Poems, Noise Violence, Spiritual Ecstasy and finally our most recent Phencyclidine.

 

 

 

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– How do you guys prepare your material? What’s the jamming process like?

 

MK: Very free flowing, there is no specific plan, sometimes I have some ideas which I explain to Cris mostly by just playing the drum parts of the song, most of the time which he understands completely and plays exactly what I had in mind, sometimes when I want something specific, I explain things to him verbally(which can be quite funny at times making the riffs sound like a Bollywood song haha!) , and then there are times when Cris has his ideas which he explains to me , on the guitar, sometimes the drum parts that I have to his riff’s are exactly what he wants, other times he challenges me to do something different and be more creative with my drumming. And then there are times where we just improvise on the spot and have a lot of fun doing so, most of the Necrofilth songs were made like this, most of the times we decide to do covers beforehand, although it is quite common for us to descide doing covers on the spot, we listen to the song in the jamroom , analyse the parts and then begin covering it, Fear of God and Anal cunt were done this way.

 

 

 

– Do you guys play live? If so, what is the response usually like?

 

MK: We have only played once uptil now, at the Pandemonium : The uprising which was held in 2012,people were pretty shocked and didn’t really know how to react, haha. We haven’t really played a gig here since then because there is no audience for this type of music here.

 

 

 

– What do both of you do in your daily life when you’re not making deafening noise?

 

MK: I am a freelance video editor,I edit corporate films, I am a total sellout haha!

 

CA: I work for Amercian Express, that’s right corporate world homie. Representin’ the C, nah it sucks balls, I’m serving notice and will be done with it for good in about 15 days.

 

 

 

– What are your future split/demo/ep etc plans?

 

CA: We are working on a new sound so definitely have a demo lined up, we’ve got an upcoming split with Nihilist Holiday.

 

 

 

– Thanks for the interview, good luck with your band!

 

CA and MK: Thanks!

 

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– Hassan Dozakhi

HospitalxBomber – Demo (2013)

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One thing I am always on the look-out for is music that is hard-as-fucking-concrete, while also being faster than a hijabi running away from loud music on a Friday evening. Pissed off fucken hardcore is my jam at the end of the day, and if you suffer from the same addiction to angry and heavy shit then you might want to check this shit out.

 

To put it simple, HospitalxBomber basically straddle the line between dirty high speed punk, and crunchy fucking beatdown hardcore. It’s 5 songs and under 8 minutes of straight up hatred and negativity, with the vocal attack not hesitating to even throw in some Black Metal touches. The slight vocal influence aside, this is pure fast and angry hardcore with some mean ass breakdowns. If I was to compare to any bands, this is the bastard child of Iron Lung and Harness, and that becomes quite clear to the unsuspecting listener the second he/she puts it on. Instinctively abrasive riffs,  and a kit-destroying drum performance coalesce to create a wall-of-sound that absolutely drips with venom and oozes hatred – reviewing stuff like this is basically why I called this blog “Eternal Abhorrence” in the first place. The mix is put together nicely to, giving the demo a very fuzzed out and absolutely vile sound that makes you want to stab the first person you see. Through both the fast and slower parts, the general aural violence never lets up, and though the fast parts are fun to run around to, it’s the gargantuan breakdowns where HospitalxBomber live up to their equally vicious name. The tracks “Faux News” and “Blackwater” are obvious highlights here for that particular reason. Purists who don’t like chuggy breakdowns better stay clear, but people who like to get down to some heavy shit will love the fuck outta this.

 

These guys should seriously drop some new stuff soon – 8 minutes ain’t nearly enough, considering the riffs these guys have on the table, and the maniac performance on the drumkit. More often than once I wondered if one of the cymbals fell over (then I realized that kits in America are obviously better than the crap we have in Pakistan hahah). Lots of replay value on this, get it if you’re looking for heavy hardcore that isn’t afraid to jump into powerviolence territory.

 

 

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Zombie X Incest – Live Demo (2014)

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Holy Powerviolence! Who would have thought that this style of extremely fast, loud, obnoxious and raging punk music would infiltrate the Himalayas? Well, not most people in the world but this particular reviewer isn’t very surprised at the recent emergence of Zombie X Incest from Nepal. The country is already home to metallic hardcore titans Jugaa and it was only a matter of time their influence spread out to younger acts.

 

In fact, this young Powerviolence/Hardcore Punk act chooses to begin this live set off with a Jugaa cover, the booming mosh riffs being heard alongside the chatter of some crowd that gives the perfect ‘small club’ setting to this live demo. After the cover is done with, they move onto their own original tracks “Revolt” and “Purnibiram” which exhibit the band’s contemporary style of PV indebted to the likes of Magnum Force and Sex Prisoner. I use the word contemporary, because they don’t play the spastic, unpredictable kind of PV of the 90’s that was exhibited best by Spazz and Man Is The Bastard. Zombie X Incest’s style of fast, loud punk music would better be described as Fastcore/Thrashcore (people prefer the former because some metal nerds confuse Thrashcore with Crossover Thrash) but that style seems to have just blended into powerviolence over the last few years with the proliferation of groups such as ACxDC. Indeed, the band even cover one of their tracks “Leech” on this live demo, before delivering their fan favorite “Why So Serious” which sounds like it would be real fun to mosh out to – especially with that Batman/Joker line, haha.

 

Considering the nature of this band, and the fact that they’re the first powerviolence act in Nepal, I think that the choice of a demo recorded live at a gig is the best way to showcase themselves to punk and hardcore fans outside their home country. There is a sense of urgency, and more importantly – a real FUN vibe going on here that makes me want to just run around and throw myself on the wall for no good reason. Looking forward to the Nepali scene growing as well and inspiring other South Asian countries to make some fast fucking punk to let out their aggression.

 

 

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Sleep Disorder – Sleep Disorder (2013)

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Sleep Disorder are a fairly new band based out of Baltimore, Maryland and share members with thrashing death metal act Noisem. Despite the vague connection, there is little death, thrash or any kind of metal on display here, with this crazy quartet preferring to play some fast, noisy, and dissonant-as-fuck powerviolence. This is their first demo, a self-titled release, which was initially put up for free download on Bandcamp before eventually being re-touched and turned into a vinyl release. The version I’m reviewing is the vinyl version – which I actually find a bit superior to the original.

 

The basic sound of Sleep Disorder is a contemporary noise/pv/grind style that nods in the direction of classics like Man Is The Bastard on occasion, but hums to the tune of more recent acts such as Water Torture, Full of Hell, and the like. In what appears to be a clear attempt to stand out and stamp their own individual mark, a lot of emphasis is given to how the tracks are presented. The material contained within this self-titled debut release is fuzzed out to the max, with distortion, feedback, noisy guitar leads, and vocal effects all adding to the chaotic dissonant nature of the music. Like any good release in this genre, the tracks are spontaneous and unpredictable.. however, in this bands case, the unpredictability is a bit more. Even within the short track lengths, all sorts of stuff transpires; the whole noise factor is very well played through both the fast and slow sections. Indeed, it’s that fuzzed out noise aspect that pulls me into their music and interests me the most. Though the emphasis on that end means that the production is not particularly ‘heavy’ but that doesn’t hold the music back from crushing you and causing you to pull your hair apart from your skull. Credit needs to be given to the band for making me feel like a miserable cunt. Solid vocals round off the sum of the parts, but its the vocal effects that are very well done. They aid in creating a nihilistic, drugged out and utterly dreadful atmosphere. There is a substantial amount of grit and negativity here – this is no positive goofy powerviolence for you to pogo to. Songs like “Shallow,” “The Web” and “Pray” (all of which come in quick succession, one after another) in particular almost had me self-flagellating myself like Shia Muslims do on the day of Ashura.

 

The name of the band is interesting indeed, in the sense that they actually try to live up to it. At its most hideous moments, they certainly do sound like a collection of voices haunting a neurotic insomniac mind, though there are moments you’d want to stagedive/circle pit to as well. Personally, it’s their more ugly and noisy moments that draws me, rather than the more typical ones, and I’d like to see more fucked up compositions from these lads in the future. Solid debut, recommended.

 

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– Hassan Dozakhi

Unabomber – Potemkin [Band Sanctioned Download]

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I decided to start doing Band-Sanctioned Free Downloads. So here’s something to start with. Unabomber were a hardcore band formed in 1996 in the Catalunya region of Spain. They played a unique, eclectic style that fused elements from the Powerviolence of Infest and Spazz to the more artistic noodlings of Rollins era Black Flag coupled with some nods to 90s hardcore bands such as Rorschach. The download link below is to their album Potemkin along with three rehearsal tracks and a bunch of scans and pictures sent to me by the vocalist. The music is incredibly schizophrenic in nature – the tempos are always changing, the riffs drive the music from Black Sabbath style jams to crazy grinding sections, the bass fucks with your head and the drummer is full of pure Catalan rage. It’s very spontaneous and it’s all incredibly fun. Vocalist Robert Beltran’s delivery sums up the schizo music as well – he belts out his vocals like a madman running from an insane asylum, doing all sorts of screams, shouts, growls and even spoken word sections in the process. It’s all thoroughly excellent and I can’t think of a negative attribute to the music. Even the production is great and very clear for this kind of music.

 

 

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I’d like to thank the vocalist for sending me this and allowing me to upload it online. As stated before, it contains the album in its entirety along with 3 rehearsal tracks and a bunch of scans and pics. Robert now does vocals for the Hardcore Punk band ASSAC! who play in an early 80s Boston style.

Download Unabomber’s Potemkin here.

– Hassan Dozakhi