Monday, 10 September 2012

Heavy Discipline "Extreme Mutilation Increases" tape 1986

I am sure you all remember the Heavy Discipline Ep I posted a while ago with its heavy anticapitalist hardcore-punk. Well, good news! Here is a tape that includes early recordings of the band with the Extreme Mutilation Increases demo recorded in January 1986, as well as a live set and a rehearsal from the same year. Quite a treat indeed.

For the unlucky who aren't in the know, HD were a fast, metallic punk band with a strong political message. Obviously, the songs are a bit rougher than on the Ep but that's the point of a demo, isn't it? Not only are they rawer, but they're also slightly faster and direct which I'm sure will delight the raw-punk fanatics. Relevant comparisons would include here GBH, Legion of Parasites or English Dogs for the rocking, thrashy side (the cover does points at the metal world), a pinch of early Chaos UK and Disorder for the distorted guitars and some drumming patterns, and Varukers, early Antisect / Anti-System or even Crucifix for the aggression. The numerous great bass-lines and the raucous vocals really make the songs stand out in my opinion. I admit that a couple of lengthy and sloppy guitar solos were probably unnecessary, but well, that's also part of the charm I suppose. There is even a mid-tempo song there with female vocals, "Never-ending fear", that is strongly reminiscent of classic early anarchopunk (think the Mad Are Sane or Post-Mortem). I really enjoy this demo and a mere look at the lyrics indicates that the band wasn't too happy about the state of things. Of course, you have fairly usual songs about nuclear war, regular war, World War Two, but the song "Dead-end jobs" is more akin to what No Future/Riot City bands sang about, what with having shitty jobs and no hope of a future. Needless to say that the band would later come to be a much more politically articulate outfit, as the Ep testifies.

The rehearsal tracks suggest the more polished sound that they band would have on the "Liberation of economics" Ep and the sound is actually pretty decent. The live set however is a chaotic affair and you can actually hear the people in the audience chatting to each other between songs (this always cracks me up). Despite the rough sound, you should be able to recognize the Discharge cover that closes the set and who doesn't like a Discharge cover as a conclusion?

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