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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fucking Hell - s/t

Name: Fucking Hell
Album: s/t
Year: 2008
Style: Post Punk / Punk
Similar Bands: Bad Religion, Minor Threat, Social Distortion, punk Velvet Underground, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
"One Word" Review: Velvet Fuzzed Surf Punk
Based Out Of: NYC
Label: self released
Fucking Hell  - Cover & CD
Fucking Hell - Back
Fucking Hell (2008)
  1. A Minar  1:13
  2. Arabian Knights 1:37
  3. Killer of Sheep 2:16
  4. Intro 0:24
  5. Drum Roll 1:10
  6. Pan Tierra Libertad 1:44
  7. Eddie Diaz 2:03
  8. Pipeline / Sloppy Seconds 3:36
Album Rating (1-10): 8.0

Members & Other Bands:
Joe
Mark Perro - Drums, Vocals (The Men, Everyone, Dream Police)
Nick Chiericozzi (The Men, Everyone, Dream Police)
Anna
James

Unknown-ness: I’ve never heard of this band. I assume they are local, perhaps to the Philly area, since this is a homemade demo (Verbatim printable CD-R) surfaced in a Philly thrift store. I got it because I like the screen printed cover (not sure what it is, though...a nuclear blast, maybe?), the well-made sip cover, the back is explanatory at least to the songs and band members' first names, and the stenciled FH on the CD proved to match to the packaging’s band name. So it was a complete set (a high find in a disorderly thrift store). I am guessing it will be in the complex-hard side of the music relm. Despite the possibility with the name, I don’t project any indie synth stuff here. I think it will be either heavy dark metal, punk or prog.

Album Review: Now this band does not have anything about them on-line. I found a myspage page with one song from this record on it, and two members are currently still together in the somewhat popular, and genre revolving band, The Men. But FH is just a foot note in The Men’s biography, and I don’t know who Joe, Anna or James are aside from members mentioned on the back cover. I don’t even know if the song titles are split up correctly, since there looks like 10 songs, but there are only 8 tracks.

“A Minar” starts with pounding fuzzy guitars, and a Henery Rollins style of spoken punk, and Social Distortion guitars with extra grit.
“Arabian Knights” is another fast pace, chaotic-in-check electric guitar, and somewhat monotone spoken lyrics. Toward the end, emotion comes into play and the vocals change to shouting.
“Killer of Sheep” is the one song I found on line, on their myspace page. It is calmer and more straightforward punk song influenced a little by the Velvet Underground. The echoing guitar feels like it is sloppy and is going to careen out of control at any second. The marching drum instrumental supports the echoing repetitive drone of the guitar until the verse kicks back in one last time.
“Intro” is electronic feedback for a few seconds, like Atari Super Break out effects on a scrambled, static-y TV.
“Drum Roll” brings in a surf punk vibe with a rolling drum and heavy distorted vibrating surf rock chords. The cycle repeats twice, the second time gaining more confidence and melody.
“Pan Tierra Libertad” is a really fun and melodic guitar played in a warbling loop with playful changes and aggressive vocals alongside pounding and crashing drums. The second half of the song loses the fun guitar, but it still makes a powerful statement.
“Eddie Diaz” is a little darker, but still has whining electric guitars and heavy, fuzzy, droning production. The song comes together in the second half of the song, with spoken vocals over a simplified, and clearer guitar structure.
“Pipeline” has all the elements of a 90’s alternative song, including some Velcro-ripping feedback in the bridge and a catchy bass hook that is the backbone of the song. It is fully instrumental, and is a sludgy take on a surf melody. It ends at about the 2 minute mark, and “Sloppy Seconds” starts on the same track. It still follows the 90’s alternative theme, but loses the catchy surf guitar, and is replaced with Op Ivy/Rancid guitars imbedded in the background. 


Stand Out Track: Killer of Sheep

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