Samstag, 17. Mai 2014

Absence / Destroy Babylon

Metallic 90's Mosh Hardcore (Chugga-Chugga) from Italy.
They were founded in '94 and after some shows they also recorded a demo, entitled
"The Epilogue Of Our Pain" (which unfortunately seems to be impossible to find), around '95 (?).
After this they went on a short hiatus, because Fabio, their singer went to the USA,
getting in touch with lots of Hardline people and movements (Vanguard, etc.)
But after he returned, '96 (?), he picke up things with absence again - more radical than before,
wrote a Hardline Zine called  "War Bulletin" (anyone has a copy of this? i'd really like to see!)
and recorded their first 7" - "From The Bloodshed" with which they also toured the UK.
Oh, and their Guitarist Stefano started Cycle Records, where he would later release
several Records with his other band One Fine Day as well!

In '98 they released their first full length - "Shall The Sentence Be Death"
on the UK based label Screams Of Salvation (seams like they've made some connections).
Still 90's Style Chugga-Chugga Metal Hardcore like Green Rage or (early) Earth Crisis.
Lyricwise you can really see their Hardline ideals (Pro-Life and stuff like that).

Their second full length - "I'll Cast The First Stone" - released on Catalyst Records in '99,
is way more tactical and melodical - I like this one the most, cause you can actually call it Metalcore!
Also has some more quiet parts and some of these florida metal parts, like Shai Hulud, you know?
So, I guess I just want to say that this is really a good album and anything but boring!
But decide for yourself, check them out - every release is worth a listen!

Anyway, after they played their last show on Ieper Fest 2002, they went on some kind
of hiatus, just to return in 2006 - still standing strong, still the same beliefs!
But as they noticed that their sound has changed, they also changed their name and so
they released a killer 90's Metalcore album (with some Newschool Hardcore influence of course),
under the name "Destroy Babylon - By The Knife" in 2007.
But as far as I know they have broken up as well, at least there is no sign of life since 2010...
For more information on them check out this cool Interview with Fabio, on Sparks Of Dissent!

edit: already got their demo! :-)

Absence - The Epilog Of Our Pain (1996)

Freitag, 2. Mai 2014


Gather was a vegan straight edge hardcore band from California, US. 
The band was formed by: Eva (vocals), Dustin (drums), 
Allan (guitar) & Randy (bass). They had a strong green anarchist attitude 
and didn’t mince their mouth for what they stand for. 

They released their first demo, together with a zine in 2004. With assistance 
from Scott Crouse, band member of Earth Crisis, on an additional 
guitar part for one song and the producing, 
they spread the word out to the world and especially their first tour. 

Because the band xMaroonx from Germany was not able
 to come to the states in 2004, they filled-in for the well known Total 
Liberation Fest Tour. A short time later the official demo, also called 
Total Liberation 7“ was released. Henceforth the connections to other vsxe bands 
were made and in 2005 the split with the awesome band Seven Generations came out. 

This was also the second and at the same time last 7“ from Gather, 
but fortunately not their last record. One year later, in 2006, I guess their biggest step 
to become more popular, was the European Tour with To Kill. 
The 12“ „Beyond the Ruins“ was released the same year on xCatalystx Records. 
By the way the other two, were released on New Eden Records.

 Together with their last release, there were also made some with special covers, 
for their reunion show as a tribute for Seven Generations, whom played on 
that date their last show. As some of you might know the date was 2009-10-24. 
They toured together with bands like To Kill, Seven Generations, Kingdom and Punch. 

Today, both Eva and Dustin are playing still music, but in other different bands. 
Eva is singer in the band called Rats in the wall, Dustin is in the band: The Videos. 
Unfortunately I have no information regarding the other two old band members, 
but if you came across them and any updates, feel free to hit me up!

Gather - Demo (2004)

If you are interested on more detailed information regarding this great band, feel free to check out the blog: