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Crom – The Cocaine Wars 1974-1989

14 Sep

Crom are all about 2 things – Conan The Barbarian and drugs. Lots of drugs.

Essentially they’re a grind/powerviolence band and this is their first 12″ – The Cocaine Wars 1974-1989. Originally released on CD by Pessimiser (the label ran by Despise You’s vocalist I think) in 2001 and later pressed onto vinyl and re-released by Forest Moon Special Products (Endor, surely?) on a limited run of 250.

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Yes that’s a warrior woman riding on a polar bear.
The bands influences are no secret:

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I said they were ‘essentially’ a grind/pv band, but this gets nowhere near to describe what it’s like to listen to Crom. The best I could do to let you in on it, would be a track by track for the first few minutes of this album. Ok, here we go:

We start with howling winds, an operatic war march tune fades in, all choirs and violins. It lasts for a few seconds and fades out again. Winds still howling. Slow, crusty metal starts playing that sounds like it’s building to something which then … stops. A sample of Venom on stage in (presumably) the 80’s asking the crowd if they like “SPEEEEED METAL?! BLAAAACK METAL?”. A quick 40 second burst of Crom actually playing some fast/slow powerviolence. A tiny Arnie Conan sample. Another 30 second burst of Crom. More howling winds for 40 seconds. Pounding drums come in, another Conan sample appears behind it. Stops. Crom play screaming, deranged grindcore for 20 seconds. Howling winds fade in…. then Crom actually play for around 4 minutes, a song with an actual beginning and ending. Pan pipes and howling winds fade in and close the track….

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Thats all in the first 8 tracks. No pauses, no gaps. There’s another 23 tracks to come. Listening to Crom is like having someone channel hopping between 3 TV channels rapidly – one showing Conan, one playing old 80’s metal videos and one playing some really well put together grindcore. It’s like nothing else.

Please listen to Crom, bang your head and laugh your face off.

The worst 0.67p I never spent & some Agoraphobic Nosebleed

13 Jun

I was hoping my next post would be about Agorapocalypse by Agoraphobic Nosebleed. It’s not.
That LP is, for the moment, at the very top of my want list but keeps slipping through my fingers.
Last week I lost out on one by $1, otherwise known as 0.67p for all you exchange rate nerds.
These seem to surface irregularly with months in between so it’s back to waiting. I’m informed that life does indeed go on. I’ll do something I intended to do eventually anyway and put some of my other ANB stuff up here. This is an ANB/ANS split, released in 2010 on the always-awesome Tankcrimes label. Both bands do a cover of a Gang Green song, who i have never heard of and don’t know if i should admit that. It’s a 5″ record and it’s the smallest thing known to science. Pressed on what was called ‘coke white’. Those guys.

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ANB split with Crom. A similar production sound to what they’re churning out now. With some phenomenal vocals by Kat Katz who is without a doubt the most incredible female metal vocalist I have ever heard.

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Crom on the flip side are straight up bat shit crazy no messin’. Seemingly obsessed with Conan and cocaine, it’s hard to tell where the film and 80’s metal samples stop and Crom start. It’s a weird patchwork set of tracks but, in all honesty, it’s fucking brilliant. Cool biro-vandalism cover art too.

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ANB & Total Fucking Destruction spit. Great artwork by Florian. Pretty rough inside cover pictures of skating accidents that would make your mum worry about you and that I won’t show. Pressed on red on the Bones Brigade label out of 1000.
Not remarkable work by either band but pretty cool either way.

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ANB split with Kill The Client. Awful production on the ANB stuff. It’s before Scott Hull really found his feet and made ANB sound like the end of the world so it sounds like it’s coming out of a tin can and not in the good way. It’s a shame because the tracks are pretty good, with cool Randall vocals. Ah well. Purple wax out of 500 on Relapse. Got it cheap too so I won’t moan.

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Lastly, the split 12″ with Despise You – ‘And on and on…’ Released this year on Relapse and its incredible. I pre-ordered this harder than I’ve ever pre-ordered anything before. Both bands do their best stuff in my opinion, Despise You especially sound ultra focused, straight up and totally crushing. Pressed on a marble mix of a run of 335 on Relapse.

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The only disappointing thing is that the booklet is only CD cover sized, which I thought was a fault but looking around the internetz it seems that’s the way it is. Poor, but it does have a pic of a skater bloke with a skull for a head and some backwardy writing. So all is not lost.

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