Archive for August, 2012

A Little More Instinto

Posted in Heads Up with tags on August 7, 2012 by Magadh

Paco from Instinto pointed me to this, and since I listen to this song about once a day I thought I’d pass it along.

And then YouTube yielded up this as well…


Fuck Nazi Sympathy

Posted in News and Notes with tags , , , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by Magadh

This morning it was confirmed the shooter in yesterday’s massacre which left six dead at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a long time white supremacist named Wade Michael Page. Page played in a litany of American Nazi bands before fronting his own outfit, called End Apathy, which also boasts the dubious talents of fellow Confederate Hammerskin Brent Rackley. Noted fascist music label and blog, Label 56, released the End Apathy record. It is also the primary voice behind the fascist webzine Uprise Direct.

When anti-fascists disrupt white nationalist events and concerts they do so to prevent the seeds of hatred from bearing fruit in their communities. In our view, silence is complicity. Aus Rotten said it best in the song from which the title of this post is drawn.

Don’t respect something that deserves no respect; don’t sympathize with something that deserves no sympathy; don’t understand something that has no understanding. Don’t give them their freedom, because they’re not going to give you yours. Fuck nazi sympathy!

Rick 56 and Doug Sacred are so proud of the platform they provided to End Apathy that a 2010 interview with the band was scrubbed from Uprise Direct last night. Luckily, we’re far smarter than they are and preserved it for your review below. It’s remarkable only in its banality, but perhaps that’s the point. Page sounds like any other musician talking about his band. The problem is that he wasn’t any other musician, he was a sociopath who turned his words into deeds and six people are dead because of it.

We extend our condolences to the Sikh community in Wisconsin. Never again.

– Captain of Games and Magadh

Good evening Wade, this interview is long overdue due to my own fault but with all the good stuff going on with your band now I don’t think the timing could be more perfect. I`d like to do this interview to let everyone know about End Apathy from the very beginning up until now. It was at least three years ago when I first got in touch with you after hearing your music on your my space page. Can you give the readers a quick background to End Apathy? More specifically- how long ago did you actually come up with the idea for End Apathy (and why you choose the name End Apathy) and start writing music for it?
End Apathy began in 2005 and the concept was based on trying to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society and what is holding us back. A lot of what I realized at the time was that if we could figure out how to end peoples apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward. Of course after that it requires discipline, strict discipline to stay the course in our sick society. So, in a sense it was view of psychology and sociology. But I didn’t want to just point the finger at what other people should do, but also I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back. And that is how I wrote the song “Self Destruct”.

As you said End Apathy was entirely your own creation. What was your inspiration for wanting to do the band?
Yes, it was entirely my own idea. The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.

The music you write is very clean sounding and to me has an old school 80`s California skate punk sound to it. Am I totally off base here? Lol. How would you describe your music and can you tell us why you choose to write in this style?
When I first started writing these songs I didn’t have a set plan on the style of sound, it just came together. I think it is mainly based on the mix of my influences and that is 80′s punk, metal, and Oi.

What kind of topics do you write about in your lyrics?
The topics vary from sociological issues, religion, and how the value of human life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny and hypocrisy that we are subjugated to.

As mentioned you have been writing music for End Apathy over 5 years but until now it has been a solo project. I`m very happy you stayed persistent with it because I personally love the music style you create for the band. Your persistence has paid off as you now have a complete line up. Can you let everyone know what is going on with End Apathy now?
End Apathy as a band has taken a long time to develop, mainly because it was a one man project. But now there is a full line up with Brent on bass and Ozzie on drums – both from Definite Hate and 13 Knots. We have the luxury of living close to each other and are able to have practice often, as a result we are ready to record our first release which is a 7″ split with Definite Hate, then another song that we’re contributing to the UPRISE compilation and our full length CD will come out after that.

I`m really glad that worked out for you. Just in this short time you have already done a live show playing with Definite Hate and you guys are all practicing together. How long do you think it will be before we will see End Apathy on stage live?
End Apathy will be playing at the Independent Artist Uprise fest, but we will also be playing at some local clubs here in North Carolina and possibly playing the midwest this fall.

You guys are also getting ready to do some recording for both bands. Label 56 will be releasing a split 7″ this summer between End Apathy and Definite Hate. We are also planning to do your full length sometime early next year. Is there anything you want to let the readers know about these. What else do you guys have planned?
Even though End Apathy, Definite Hate, and 13 Knots share some of the same members each band has it’s own unique style and sound. Our main focus is the upcoming recording and playing shows.

Aside from your band I`d like the readers to know a bit about you. Not many people may be aware but you used to play with Youngland out in California before moving out to the east coast. How long have you yourself been involved in music and are there any other bands you have been involved with?
I had the opportunity to play bass with Youngland for 2 years back in 2001 – 2003 and during that time I filled in for various bands on guitar and bass including Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force, Blue Eyed Devils. I have been playing music since I was 13, off and on over the years.

Are you originally from out in California? How did you wind up moving from one side of the country to the complete other?
I am originally from Colorado and had always been independent, but back in 2000 I set out to get involved and wanted to basically start over. So, I sold everything I owned except for my motorcycle and what I could fit into a backpack and went on cross country trip visiting friends and attending festivals and shows. I went to the Hammerfest 2000 in Georgia, over to North Carolina, up to Ohio, down to West Virginia, and out to California and that’s when I joined Youngland.

What do you see as any differences between the east and west coast whether in the music scene or just lifestyle in general?
In some ways things are generally the same, but each area has it’s own unique style and traditions. Influenced by surroundings and events. The southeast is much more laid back and relaxed with more of a hillbilly attitude and that is reflected in the music. SoCal was more of a fast paced, tense environment and that definitely comes across in their music.

Well I`m glad you have made yourself a home out here and things are coming together for you. I hope to see End Apathy around and making music for years. The closing words are yours.
I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at Label 56 for believing in End Apathy and putting out our
Wade – Vocals/Guitars….Brent – Bass…..Ozzie – Drums
Label 56

Popek: Eyeball Tattooing

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , on August 5, 2012 by Magadh

Complex Art + Design blog recently posted a video of Popek, a Polish MMA fighter and rapper getting his eye ball tattooed. I encountered it via the good people at Needles and Sins Tattoo Blog and felt compelled to share it with you. Enjoy!

– Captain of Games

Review: Enabler

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Magadh

Enabler, All Hail the Void Southern Lord

The first thing I thought when I heard this record was, are these guys really from North America? It’s not like this sort of music is never made on this side of the Atlantic, but for every Black Dahlia Murder or Darkest Hour, Europe produces two dozen bands on the model of Carnal Forge, Nightrage, Fear My Thoughts (feel free to spin this list out as long as your sanity will bear). Yes, Milwaukee’s Enabler can be classified as part of the latter day development originated in the Gothenburg death metal sound of the late 1980s/early 1990s. But, lest one fear that we are simply going to pigeonhole them with this label, let it be said that Enabler have produced a wicked disc with a sound that is, if not all their own, a fresh take on the genre.

Let us take Black Dahlia Murder as a point of comparison, both because they plow a somewhat similar stylistic furrow as Enabler and because they hail from roughly the same part of the country. Before going further, allow me to say that the version of BDM that I am discussing is what they were playing in the first half of the aughties, i.e. around the time of Unhallowed and Miasma, after which I kind of lost interest. The first thing that really distinguishes Enabler is their guitar sound. I don’t think that they are tuned down quite as far as BDM, but the sound that they achieve on All Hail the Void is meaner and nastier by a long length, recalling the sort of thick, razors through flesh type of sound that emerged from Sunlight Studios all those years ago. Ok, maybe they don’t quite reach the dank heaviness of Left Hand Path, but they are close enough to make the comparison valid.

Where other bands have marched down the tried and true paths of the Swedish deathmetal scene, Enabler merge this style with an element of crust that gives their music a tone and feel that is all its own. In addition, there are elements on All Hail the Void that fans of the U.S. deathmetal scene of the 1980s will find satisfying. There are blast beats here, a goodly number of them in fact, but used in such a way as to move the songs forward rather than just wallowing in them. There are also pleasing elements of melody that provide a nice change up from the aggression that spews forth in most of the tunes on this record.

Once again, Southern Lord has picked a winner. From start to finish, All Hail the Void is blistering blackened HC at its very very best. This is a band that could really go a long way. Should they choose to, Enabler have the option to be a really dominant act in this field. Their next disc will tell us a lot about what they are going to be. That is for the future. For now it is enough to rock hard and enjoy a real slug of excellence. Well played, gentlemen.
[Note: I really dig these guys’ attitude, if this interview in Noisecreep is anything to go by.]