REVIEW: Generation 84 – Relentless

Generation 84 – Relentless
CD 2017 Thanks but no thanks records, Morning Wood Records, Indelirium Records

As a Belgian I always found myself blessed growing up with a load of great Belgian punk and hardcore bands, bands that I could go and see live somewhere every weekend. Some of those bands/members became friends or good acquaintances over the years. Getting older I’ve seen a lot of those bands come and go … it all moves in waves with its up and downs. I still am convinced that we should support our local bands more. It seems that it, in a way, is more accepted to embrace foreign bands without hesitation instead of our own bands. Bands like Generation 84 can use it.

Besides Young Hearts, For I Am, Steele Justice, F.O.D., The Spacelys, Toxic Shock, … and a shitload of other bands worth mentioning Generation 84 is still one of my most favourite bands and with their latest album ‘Relentless’ they just keep on proving why. Although the band has undergone some line-up changes over the years they are a solid punk rock formation that, in my opinion, always released quality albums. Relentless has everything a good punk rock album needs to have: straightforward, high energy socio political punk, a good 90s skatepunk vibe, good harmonies and nice melodies and great singalongs.  It keeps the punk into punk rock.

Keepers of the punk you should all get this one it is awesome 9/10.

Track list:
1. Potemkin Smile
2. Turn Your Cheek
3. Blistered Hands
4. Black On Stage
5. Razor Wired Sleepwalkers
6. Empty Shot Glass
7. Redeemer
8. Bedtime Stories
9. Presidential Dump
10.Rolling With The Punches
Let’s do this EP bonus tracks
11. Trying To Belong
12. The Backfire Effect
13. Take It To The Floor
14. Childish Game
15. Production Line



REVIEW: Full Strike – Where Does The Wind Come From

Full Strike – Where Does The Wind Come From
CDEP 2017 Profan Records.

In March this year the Indonesian hardcore band Full Strike (est. 2012) released their EP Where Does The Wind Come From on Profan Records. The record contains six passionate hardcore punk tracks in a good melodic old school tradition. With tracks about their daily life, their passions, resistance and solidarity and music that comes from the heart you will get hardcore as hardcore should be. Nothing out of the extraordinary but plain and simple tunes in a good hardcore punk tradition. World wide hardcore punk – you can’t slow down 7.5/10

Track list:
1. Intro
2. Under Pressure
3. For The Hopeless People
4. Determinasi Bernyali
5. Golden Youth
6. No More Pain


REVIEW: Spirits – Unrest

Spirits – Unrest
LP/Cassette/Digital 2017 via State of Mind Recordings (USA), Useless Pride Records (FR), Here and Now Records (IT), and Ride & Hun Records (DE).

Last month Boston sXe outfit Spirits released their second full lenght album ‘Unrest’. Its the follower to their 2015 full lengt début ‘discontent’ which was well appreciated here. After only listening to a few songs I could conclude that this is an album I but also you, hardcore and edge fanatics would love.

UNREST clocks in at 24 minutes and 37 seconds and is packed with 12 hardcore punk songs with old school hardcore and melodic hardcore roots. Twelve songs in a good Spirits tradtion: hard hitting, energetic and fast forward. Not a shallow case filled with heavy tunes just to mosh on but loaded with committed hardcore, emotion and socio-political messages. Check it, you will love it. 9/10

Track list:
1. Human Credential
2. Fearful Symmetry
3. OSU
4. The Syndicate
5. Adopt Don’t Shop
6. Unruhe
7. Eyes of Love
8. Cerulean Blue
9. Learn The Hard Way
10. Anesthetized
11. El Mundo Gira
12. OR7



REVIEW: Destroy-Oh-Boy – S/T

Destroy-Oh-Boy – S/T
LP 2017 Monster Zero Records

Earlier this year the punkband Destroy-Oh-Boy released their selftitled début album on Monster Zero Records. This punk rock’n’roll outfit from the Netherlands combine garage rock and punkrock to a catchy, swinging whole on their début album.

All the songs are by Destroy-Oh-Boy except for ‘Back In The City’ which is a cover from The Devil Dogs. This album will definitely be appreciated by the fans of bands as Zeke, Turbonegro, the Ramones and ofcourse the New Bomb Turks but what would you expect form a band that called themselves after a New Bomb Turks album. If you are a fan of punk rock with a rock’n’roll beat you thave to take this rollercoaster ride called Destroy-Oh-Boy, they will make you scream for more in the end. 8/10

Track list:
1. Take That Dick Boy
2. Retoxicated
3. Tropical Heat
4. Let’s Go
5. Don’t Come Closer
6. Anal Invaders
7. Dick for Brains
8. Hello Bitch
9. Head First Going Down
10. Riding Low
11. Back in the City
12. Deathwish Kamikaze


Passion for vinyl: Seppe Van Ael

Introduce yourself?
I’m Seppe and I play bass in a new female-fronted hardcore punk band called CLCKWS. I also founded RockXXL five years ago. It’s a website/organization where I write reviews and organize a lot of punk, rock and hardcore shows.

Why your passion for vinyl?
I started out as a collector of cd’s. A few years ago, when vinyl was becoming a hype, I also started collecting vinyl. I always thought it was a waste of money because I already had so many cd’s and yes, all my money is now going to vinyl records, but it’s worth it! I like the sound of vinyl, the artwork and all the possibilities you can get from colours to sizes of the records.

Which turntable do you use?
A “House of Marley Stir It Up”. It’s a Bob Marley signature. No more links to this guy, but how cool does this turntable look?

What are your 5 favourite records?
It’s very difficult to put them in order but I think this is what it looks like:

  1. Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

This one is relatively new. I first fell in love with their previous EP: ‘The Stranger’. I was so happy when I found a copy and I saw them live once in Hasselt. I preordered their new full album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ and it’s just sooo good! It’s some new kind of emo punk, you either love it or you hate it.

  1. The Distillers – Sing Sing Death House

One of the first punk bands I really liked were The Distillers. They already broke up when I found out about them. It’s straight forward punk rock with a raw female voice. Their breakthrough album ‘Sing Sing Death House’ is the definition of punk rock itself!

  1. Nightwish – Imaginaerum

My interest in heavier music started with this one band: Nightwish. While everybody was hating on their second singer they released ‘Imaginaerum’. This album is a rollercoaster to a lot of styles and emotions. I think this one is more like a piece of art instead of music.

  1. Taylor Swift – Red

So simple, so catchy, so full of love, so happy, … Every song on ‘Red’ from Taylor Swift is just perfect. No more words needed!

  1. John Coffey – Bright Companions

John Coffey where friends from friends. I first saw them perform live at Groezrock 2012 on the smallest stage playing for no more than 40 people. Two years later after their release of ‘Bright Companions’ they were booming. Listen to the album and you’ll know why. Oh, a funny detail: I’m part of the backcover. I found out two years after the release.

What is your favourite album cover?
This is definitely the hardest question! I think I’ll go with Creeper – The Stranger. There’s just so much to think about if you look at this relatively simple cover.

Original or repress?
Simple: the one that sounds the best.

Black, Colour or Picture disc?
I would lie if I say I don’t care about coloured records and picture discs. I just want to make sure that the colour is not uglier than a basic black record.

A vinyl tip
Treat your records like your girlfriend! If you see something you really like, just buy it. Maybe it will be hard to find afterwards and you will regret it. Story of my life…



REVIEW: Dowzer – So much for Silver Linings

Dowzer – So much for Silver Linings
CD/LP/tape/digital 2017 Shield Recordings, Umlaut Records, Waterslide Records Trilob Records

I have been following Dowzer for many years now and honestly ‘So much for Silver Linings’ is wihtout hesitation their best work to date. Its is a great blend of punkrock and pop bulking with great melodies, nice vocal harmonies and powerful tunes. There is a lot of energy and even some modesty coming from this album. ‘So much for Silver Linings’ is one of those albums you can easily put on repeat without getting bored out. A song as ‘No One Knows’ give me goosebumbs everytime the first notes kick in.

Dowzer fans has to get their copy wihtout hesitation. If you don’t know Dowzer but are a fan of punkrock and pop punk you also should not hesitate and get a copy, you will not regret it. 9/10.

1. Scenes Are For Sinners
2. Hindsight Bias Blues
3. Broken Record
4. No One Knows
5. Making Waves
6. On The Beat Of Repentance
7. Scars
8. Back-Up Plan
9. A Swo,g And A Miss
10. Glimpses


REVIEW: Badger – Sett

Badger – Sett
CD/tape 2017 Lost Youth Records

Badger … Sett … Go.

Badger is a pretty new punk band from Belgium who recently released their first EP ‘Sett’. Punk does not cover it all because the Badger sound is richer than that: it has element from (post)hardcore, metal and even stoner rock with a DIY attitude. The EP starts with a treatening sounding and a bid lingering track applicable called ‘Finish’. ‘Weekend’ has a higher tempo and is a more pounding track while ‘Wolves’ seem to combine both. The Final track ‘Jihad’ start with a kind off military beat (which comes back at times during the song) and the song ends with a Disney alike outro. Overall Sett offers a nice blend of styles and a divers sound of draging tones and pounding beats. Heavy with a treatening and dark feel, its like the shadow of Mordor hanging over their shoulders. 7.5/10

1. Finish
2. Weekend
3. Wolves
4. Jihad