Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Senile Decay / Canol Caled split Ep 1989
This record is as obscure as one can get in the British punk realms. Released on Fflach records (based in Wales I presume) in 1989, it offers two quite different bands, something not uncommon at the time (see the Generic/Mortal Terror split Lp for instance), Senile Decay and Canol Caled. There is a small ad inside for Acid Stings records, a label that released Hellbastard's "In grind we crust" cd in 1999 as well as Apostles and Astronauts records. If it doesn't come as surprise that the ad promoted the Apostles and the Astronauts, the presence of Tibetan jewelry and tapes of secret chants of lamas on the list made my day.
First, my favourite of the split, Senile Decay, a name they must have taken from the Venom song. Though information about them is rather scarce (they didn't even make it to "Trapped in a scene", in fact there is only one Senile Decay occurence in the whole book), they were apparently from the North of England (Tyne and Wear) and judging from the cover on their side, they were rooted in the crusty side of things as the drawing is strongly reminiscent of some Doom or ENT artworks. There are five songs from them, quite fast on the whole, with lyrics about conformity and alienation and other joyful facts of life. Musically they remind me of their fellow northeners Mortal Terror (their first record), Debauchery and Hellbastard (not as heavy though), with also a touch of Deviated Instinct and Electro Hippies, especially on the faster parts. Needless to say I think that their songs are excellent and that Senile Decay are bound to enthrall all the stenchcore maniacs. I wish they had recorded more of this old-school crust (is there a demo that I don't know of?).
Canol Caled were from Wales and they actually sing in Welsh, which is great since it is not a language I am very likely to hear daily... Musically speaking, there are two songs of dynamic hardcore punk. I suppose if the Anhrefn had played hardcore or if Cowboy Killers had sung in Welsh, the result wouldn't have been too dissimilar to Canol Caled. A great record.
PS: the similarity between Senile Decay and Hellbastard is in fact no coincidental as I realized reading the excellent "Armed with anger" that Scotty from Hellbastard/Hellkrusher also played in Senile Decay at some point and that there was a bloke from Mortal Terror on drums as well. Who said incestuous?