donderdag 13 december 2012

Upcoming Belgian band: Sounds Like Deceit

In 2011, four guys found love when they met each other in the Kempen and just a few months later Sounds Like Deceit was born. Imagine two singers sharing the stage with a -core orchest smashing the place with breakdowns. Slapping you in the face with drunk laughter and hard music.

Until now the band released a homerecorded demo and an mcd 'The Thruth'  which was recorded by one of the bandmembers from Pushed Too Far.

Last February Belgian-German guy Brian joined the band to assist on the mic and also a second guitar player found his way to Sounds Like Deceit, to take care of the rhythm guitar.

The new members are pushing the band up to a higher level: In 2013 Sounds Like Deceit goes to the studio again to record some new stuff. For those who are curious, 'Scum' is already online.

The band plays another show this Saturday in Sint-Niklaas with Pushed Too Far, Earn Your Scars, Kill For Peace and Countdown. Go and check them out!


donderdag 6 december 2012

Album Review: No Turning Back - No Regrets

No Turning Back - No Regrets

Let me start off with saying that it's been a long time since I got an album that I turned around so much to look at the cover. Props to Sly Masmeijer for his nice work on this.
Anyway, lets talk about the music now.

In 15 years NTB has released 7 full length albums and one 'best of' release. Is this the best album? To me yes, let me tell you why.

To be honest, I never listened to NTB much.
Well you can say the former albums never really spoke to me. But I'm sold on this one.
If you know NTB, you know this album brings nothing new but a refreshment of the same sound.
Not that i'm complaining, it sounds awesome.
Maybe it's because of the new members Michiel and Nik. Or as they say "good wine gets better with age".
This album brings more of a 90's punk/hardcore sound, fast short songs, singalongs and catchy riffs.

I'm not gonna say something about every song on this album, since they are all instant hardcore classics
BUT I just have to take my favorits out.
The album starts off with "Stand & Fight" taking only 1min 15sec. This song kicks in like a carcrash. BANG!

After this song I was thinking that these guys put a lot more work in this album.
"Never understand" stands out thanks to Ricardo Dias' guest vocals from For The Glory. Ricardo and Martijn's voices are a perfect match and I would even say that this is NTB's "Keepers Of The Faith".
"Not Like You" is the shortest song on the album. It doesn't take more time and words to say, what I think every real hardcorekid feels...
The last song I wanna say a few words about is "By my side". Again, here there are awesome guest vocals on this album this time from Gregor Lesky (Risk It) where nother great hardcore anthem is born.

So, it comes down to this:
If you know NTB then you already have this album.
If you where like me and were not convinced by their previous albums,
check it out on FB, youtube, whatever...I'm sure you will love it from the first song.

I can't wait for these guys to play here again.
See you at the show.

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By Glenn Heyse

donderdag 1 november 2012

Interview with Mike and Twig from Hoods (US)

This interview was done in Ghent and although it was already the middle of October, it actually felt like a late summer evening. When I asked Mike if he would be up to doing a small interview, he went to get Twig, the tourmanager and his Belgian mates. "Don't move, stay here!", he said. After two minutes of waiting, we were pulled into the closest bar and beer was served.
I must say that the answers to this interview are funny and sometimes completely absurd. Most important of all is that those guys are as honest as Jesus used to be back in the days.
This is pretty much how it goes:

How is the tour going until now?
Twig: It was fine, but unfortunately we had a few cancellations in germany.
Mike: There have been a couple of technical difficulties, but… Fuck it. Next question.

Could you maybe specify the diffulties for us?
Mike: There has not been enough weed, beer and he (points at Twigg) lost cocaine. Yeah, nooooo.

Do you remember the very first moment this line came to your mind: “I want to be in a band!”.
Mike: I was listening to ‘Catch Scratch Fever’ from Ted Nugent and it was 1980. What year were you born anyway? You wouldn’t even know.

Twig: I had friends that were in a band when I was in sixth grade, around 1986 and that was my motivation to be in a band.

Why is the band called Hoods?
Mike: Hoods is Californian and means we are fucking weird. Actually ‘Hood’ is an American hooligan. But I’m not such a hooligan.

But you look like one.

(Mike looks mad at me and after a short silence the table laughs)

It’s just the footballshirt you are wearing…
Mike: Let me see your glasses.

(I hand over my glassed and Mike puts them on.)

Mike: Do I look sophisticated? I would vote for me. You look taller now by the way.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Mike: My cats. You think I am kidding? I can't explain my love for cats. (takes his phone)
This is Romeo and this is Bella. I’ll show you cats for one week, just a moment. This is Bella, my cat wife. Bella in Italian means good looking chick or beautiful. You want to keep going? (doesn’t leave any time to answer). This is Friendly Beast and here is Chum Chum.

Twig, where does… (Mike starts pulling my arm to watch another thousand of catpictures)

Why is your band about cats?
Mike: Look at this! There is Chum Chum!

After a while…

So Twig, where does your inspiration come from?
Twig: I must say I’m inspired by Mike’s phone. Haha no, actually early 80’s hardcore is an important influence. Also no politics are involved into our music and since we are not straight edge there is alcohol involved.

Mike (Yelling from the background): Knuckledust is the best band in Europe, fuck off!

What is your favourite song of Hoods?
Twig: I don’t have a favourite song… See, he took his fucking phone out and now you are not going to get any answer anymore.

Mike: For me it’s that one song that goes like: "Don'tfuckingfightlet'spartytonightandifyou'restraightedgedon'tworryibuyyouaspriteLOOKATMYCATS".

What about your future plans?
Mike: Never to come back to Belgium.

Twig: We have a new CD coming out in about 6 months containing like 10 songs. Until now we still don't have a name for it.

Mike: The title of the new album is Chum Chum Beast.

Say Mike, where do your cats sleep at night?
Mike: They sleep in my bed. By the way, I went to my very first show was in 1987. What year were you born?

Glenn (Brutality’s promoguy): 1988!

Mike: you weren't even born! I was at my first show when you were not even born. Seven Seconds were playing.

(Twig whispers another question into my ear.)

Can I…?
Twig (laughs): Of course, go ahead!

Mike, have you ever been diagonized with mental disorders?
Mike: Are you asking Mike Hood of Mike Mraz?

Do you remember the very first Hoods show?
Mike: It was in January 1995 with Earth Crisis and Will Haven.
How long do I have planned be in Hoods? I can't fucking quit it, I hate Hoods!

What was your first show in Belgium like?
Mike: It was Ieperfest in 2004… and I beat up the soundman.

Mike: he called me an asshole. So I showed him what an asshole was and kicked his fucking ass. After that we did not play the festival for five years because the organisation did not book us. But after that we played almost every year because the people love us. 

So in the end, the organisation punished you for it…?
Mike: Hey, they did not punish me, they punished themselves. That is because any other band that gets on stage and says bullshit like 'I believe in unity, I like you, make friends with everyone'. I don't want to be fucking friend with everybody, only with the people I love and care about. I'm not a big motherfucker, but when I'm on stage and see things I don't like I'm going to say it. Wheather it's politically correct or not, racist, love, hate. I'm going to tell you exactly what I think, also if I don't like you. I just tell the truth.
Those other bands are all pussies, nobody says the truth. If you got a problem, then speak up. All the hardcorebands now want everybody to love everyone else, but fuck that. It's never been like that. It started with people like us that were the outcasts and now everyone is the popular kid, doing interviews in pubs and wearing beautiful glasses and a having a nice skin. Cheers! (everyone raises their glasses)
Nobody speaks their fucking mind. I am always honest.  People say bad things about me, but what they never want to know is that I love cats.

What is your opinion on straight edge?
Mike: I was straight edge for almost nine years. Because I was a drug addict and an alcoholic. I didn't do it because it was fucking popular. I did it because I needed it. These kids now are straight edge because they think it's a crew because those guys look though just because they are straight edge. Fuck those motherfuckers. If you live in the street and have a hard time, you come up like a hardcore punk like I did; that was a fucking struggle. We fought every fucking minute. When we were in high school everybody was pointing at us because we were different. Now everyone is the fucking same. I am not the same. I am not like those kids at the show tonight. That would be nice, but I'm not a fucking hardcore kid no more. I am not part of this shit. I am distant. I am the real hardcore kid. Now it's popular and everybody thinks it's cool. You know when we were young kids, when you were into hardcore punk or a skinhead, then you were the weirdo. I love hardcore very much, but it's a lot different now.
When we were kids nobody liked us, nobody wanted to be us. But there were ten of us, twenty of us, thirty of us. And then we had a crew, then we became strong. Nobody would say something because we will kick your fucking face.
Now it's like: 'hardcore, whiiiiii!'

Twig: In the 80's hardcore was different. Back then you were the outcast and now it's a cool thing to do. Same with being straight edge or vegan. People are so stupid, it became too cool. Look at Bernie (Hoods' tourmanager), he is into hardcore because he thinks it's cool.
It's not the same as it used to be in the days. And it never will be. We can pretty much give that up. You cannot make it what it was, but you can teach the people now about the past. And make them respect the way it was and bringing some respect into the future of the scene.  It’s important for the nowadays for the scene and the kids to know where bands like Hoods get their input from (think about Agnostic Front for example), because most of them don’t know.

Tell us something about the European fans.
Twig: The German fans obviously need to smoke more weed. The Berlin crowd is boring, it always has been boring there actually, no idea why. But our last show in Germany was very good actually, it was in Aachen.
Belgium is the best fucking country ever. We will be moving here and live in Bernie’s garage!
Belgium is amazing, Poland is amazing, Austria is amazing, Denmark is amazing, Switserland is amazing. Every country around Germany is pretty amazing. It also depends from town to town.
Germany is kind of weird for hardcore. They are very political and take it too extreme. At some point they are not having fun anymore. They are doing music for political reasons instead of doing music to forget about political reasons. It’s a fine line in this. The music and the message is great about their music, but the thin line in this... The Germans are getting there, it’s going better and better but they need some more time.

Special thanks to Twig.

Video from the night the interview was done.

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woensdag 17 oktober 2012

[DEUTSCH] Album Review: One Step Beyond - Our Way (2011)

Wie, bitte?
Hardcore im old skool Einrichtungsverkehr, das ist One Step Beyond. Die West Flamen sind ausgerüstet mit komischen Akzent und die Jungs sind alles außer Straight Edge. Dieses Konzept merkt man sich weil Hauptthemen wie ‚Party machen mit hochgehebenen Gläsern‘ werden ohne Scham rumgeschmissen in den Liedern.

So sieht das Album aus
Es geht los mit 'This Is Hardcore', ein Anfang mit‘m schönen Intro und einem Text die alle sofort speichern können. Lang lebe Minimalismus!
Das interessanteste Lied aus der musikalische Ecke gesehen ist bestimmt 'Reclaiming The Bar', weil es eine faszinierende Wechsel bringt von den schnellen old skool Riffs zusammen mit einem langsameren Gitarrenspiel.
Bei der Song 'Nothing To Lose' kann man die Gastvocals hören von Mad Joe (bekannter Typ weil der bei Wisdom In Chains singt).
Eigentlich händelt sich das größste Teil das Albums über Alkohol konsumieren. Aber aufgepasst, weil nicht das ganze Album steht im Saufthema. Songs so wie CCTV sind mehr ernst gemeint.

Das schöne an One Step Beyond ist das sie einfach Spaß haben und das macht das Album ein sehr spontanes und lustiges Ding.

Die Konklusion: 
Könnte 'Our Way' einen Geruch haben, es würde duften wie ein frisch geöffnetes Bierchen mit etwa Sahne oben drauf.

Wusstet ihr das:
- Die Jungs mal in einem Interview gefragt wurden zu erklären was sie denn gegen die SxE Leute haben? Die Band war komplett erstaunt und sagte dazu dass sie gerne was trinken, aber nichts gegen die jenigen haben die das nicht machen.

Brutality Blog nimmt Verantwortung auf für idiomatische Fehler im obenstehenden Review. Bitte beachten Sie, dass wir nicht verantwortlich sind für banale und auch die eher komplizierte Grammatikfehler.
Vielen Dank für Ihre Verständnis.

dinsdag 16 oktober 2012

Album review: One Step Beyond - Our Way

Album review: One Step Beyond - Our Way (2011)

PARTY HARDCORE! and I’m not talking about the house/techno kind...
One Step Beyond proves to everyone that hardcore doesn't always have to be about being the tough guy.
But in the end, what’s more hardcore then singalongs and having a good time with your hardcore family?

The CD kicks off with "This Is Hardcore".  Immediately after this song you get the point that this is what the bands about: "RECLAIMING THE BAR". Some bands sing about being king or making it big time; but that is just not what One Step Beyond is trying to do. The message they bring is the following: Fuck all that, you’re always welcome in the bar and that’s what OSB is trying to pump in your head with this song.
Sorry for all you straight edgers out there… BUT having a beer with friends? Fuck yeah! That’s life.

When “NOTHING TO LOSE” starts you’re thinking  ‘who's that singing? I know that voice!’
Yes you’re right, it’s frontman Mad Joe from Wisdom In Chains.
Well all I can say about this song is:

When like-minded people come together you get an awesome result.

"Get down" and "Our Way" are another pair of great party songs.
There is no point in explaining the lyrics: GET DOWN,HAVE A PARTY OUR WAY

CCTV and OSB are the more serious songs on the album.
Just to make sure you don't think this band is all about drinking. - What? wait? They’re not?
These songs deliver the message the hardcore way, straight to the point.

Last but not least: What better way to end a CD then with some outtakes.


Overall I love this CD. It’s different from other bands and it has a positive vibe all the way true.
If you’re looking for a party go to a OSB show!
Buy some merch, visit one of their shows or drop them a line on FB.

Glenn Heyse

zaterdag 15 september 2012

Hardcore in its purest form: Interview with Knuckledust

You guys started out in 1996, which means  you stand for sixteen years now strong and you are on your way to become the next Sick Of It All. There are so many bands that stop or replace members. What is the Knuckledust secret of sticking together?

Nicky: We kind of grew up together. We know each other from school, from when we were around eleven. We were friends before we started to play music. We grew up together, we got into music together. We did everything together. We have been a family ever since.

Ray: We were around the same age, into the same stuff. We just played hardcore music, that simple fact was our goal. We never tried to become big, get a label or do famous things. And that is what we still do, we just play music. A lot of band set goals for themselves, they want a major label and if it doesn't hapepen they break up, they reach too high.

Wema: When people that are not in a band look at people that are in band, they think everything is glamourous. But in fact it is a lot of hard work and bullshit you need to take care of. Without a stable base, the band simply falls apart. Forget about getting big. If you love it, do it.

Ray: we wanted to split up for seven or eight times now, we just never did it we really hate each other (laughs)

During all the years you have been involved in the hardcorecscene, have you noticed any evolution or do you have any idea in which direction it is heading right now?

Ray: Here, in this time and age hardcore is more important than ever before because it comes up with the problems that we are all having, it doesn't matter in what part of the world you in. Hardcore has always made a point of speaking about this, that it was hardcore is like in its roots. Over the last years lots of rich people have been involved, with business elements coming into the hardcore scene.
But for the kids that grew up suffering and struggeling of course the music will mean a lot more.
I think it's the best time for hardcore, for the hardcore that says something.

Wema: Unfortunately now the image has become more important than the music.

Ray: The problem in the UK is that the kids' idea of hardcore is not what my idea of hardcore is. If you are into hardcore and you know about hardcore, then it's up to us to educate and tell the kids what hardcore is about. If you watch Kerrang TV, the description of some videos says 'hardcore', but it's not. I'm not going to name bands, but it is simply not hardcore. The kids now say they go to hardcore shows, but they don't because the real hardcore shows remain empty.

The new album ‘Bluff Lies & Alibis’ sounds amazing. What do you think you did different from your previous albums?

Ray: About the last album we were a bit disappointed, because the songwriting and recording all happened very quick. There was just a lot of shouting in combination with a lot of music.
We can say 'Bluff, Lies & Alibis' is different:  We put a lot more hooks in like choruses and we demoted the songs. We wrote the lyrics down and took some parts out. We put more singalongs in the album and parts of the songs that are recognizable. We simply structured the songs in a better way this time.

Wema: We kind of got back to what goes into hardcore in the first place. Lots of bands play what other people like to hear, but 'Bluff, Lies & Alibis' is the outcome of what we wanted to hear.
Another thing that we wanted to come across with this album is that a bunch of people have labeled us as a gangsta tough guy band. If you read our lyrics you will see it has never been about beating someone up, or about how tough we are. It is simply about the shit you see every day.  Also, the lyrics are very honest. If you read the lyrics, you will get to know the person.

Nicky: We also worked with another producer and studio, namely Igor from Born From Pain. He did a really good job on this and this is the best album we ever made. It's a hard album.

Ray: We are a pussy band.

Everybody yells: Whooooooooo (laughing)

Wema:  No, look we are pussies, just in a hard way.

Can we expect Knuckledust brings us another visit this year to promote the album?

Yes, we are coming to Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Rumania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Turkey? You have fans over there?

Wema: We don't know, we've never been there. We'll know when we get there (laughs)
We also never knew we had so many fans in Belgium until we got here.

We really need to go on tour, because the band has been too quiet for the last two years. Some of us had babies and got married. Now that we fixed things at home, we are going on the road again. That is the plan.

‘Bluff, Lies & Alibis’ is your first music video. Did you have fun recording it?

All together: Yeaaaah.

Ray:  It was our first time doing it so we didn't really know what to expect, but I enjoyed it. The thing is that everybody in the clip is singing and shouting, but nobody heard the song. Those people did really well with the recordings.
We also have some serious parts in the video with an actress called Maya Thomas. She helped us out by acting in the video for free. She punched in the wall, cried, threw paper around. We spent a day shooting those things. She is awesome, man! If anybody needs a real good actress, book her!
The first time we played this song live was at Ieperfest actually. What we had to practise is how to sing, what we did last week. With this 'we've all had enough' part in the song 'Bluff, Lies & Alibis'.

Pierre: We respect everybody that joined us with the recordings, the crowd really worked hard for us. A lot of my friends were there, completely acting crazy. Everybody was acting stupid, like little children. Everybody was laughing, we had a real good time.

 Where was the video recorded?
In the twelve bar, a small bar in London. For those who are interested: Every first weekend of the month they have a hardcore gig going on. The one day a London bands plays, the other day it can be a New York band.

What do you think of Ieperfest? Since you are already familiar with the festival let's say it like this: How does it feel to have been invited to Ieperfest again?

Wema: One word, amazing. In London, to organize something like this for hardcore, that would not happen. And certainly not on this scale. Not even in entire England. A lot of festivals have sponsorships and it all becomes business; they just don't have the true spirit anymore. Ieperfest is coming to a festival and you still have the feeling it's a hardcore show. And it's not only about music: the readings and literature are also amazing. I don't think there is a festival like this anywhere in the world.

Pierre: We have been coming to Belgium before Knuckledust even existed to see festivals and Vort’n Vis shows and bands like Stand Your Ground.
bands play like Rise And Fall.

Ray: The whole Belgium scene has had a lot of influence on the England scene. Congress, Liar and Blackbox did not come to the UK, so we took the ferry and came to see them play here. I remember running in circlepits during Liar when I was a kid.

Wema: when we came back from those shows we were still talking about them after a week. We used to copy the band we saw here as well.

- The band got sick of the drum part you can hear at the very beginning of the song 'Bluff, Lies & Alibis' because the band had to face it 125669889 times during the recordings of the video.
- Knuckledust will play a lot more new songs with the tour they are starting.
- The intro of ‘Bluff, Lies & Alibis’ was made by Wema. If you listen carefully, you can hear his baby daughter crying in the background and someone whispering ‘bluff, lies and alibis’.

Maya Thomas:
Twelve Bar: