A true power assault from Japan’s Aggroknuckle. This is as heavy as it gets in the skinhead genre without turning in to pure metal. This is in the tradition of the best of the SSS bands, but the power on this mini-album is just incredible.
Solo album of The Last Resort’s former bass player Arthur “Bilko” Kitchener, a.k.a. Arthur Kay. The cover art and title are somewhat misleading as you expect a rock album, but this is Arthur as a singer songwriter, only accompanied by his a acoustic guitar. This is how he’s been releasing the last few years and he often gets described as a mix between Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. The album also features stripped-down versions of “King of the jungle”, Rebels with a cause” and “Made in England”.
Limited edition single released by Germany’s Rebel Records: 550 copies, 170 black, 380 yellow / black marbled, and handnumbered. The first side features the previously unreleased “Out in the fields”, the flipside features “Remember”, which was taken off the old Voice Of Britain compilation. Comes in a glossy folded cover with lyrics and photos. This is the marbled version of the vinyl.
Reviewing this album is a difficult task: 15 songs in a multitude of styles, from UK punk / Oi! to US East Coast streetpunk, as if the band were from Boston, and then going California punk to finish off with a celtic / folk punk track. All in all it’s a good record with some excellent tracks on it, like for example the title track and “Another country gone wrong”, but due to the different musical styles, it lacks some consistency.
Défiance is basically a one-man project of Ludo of French band Contre-Courant (www.pure-impact.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3438) with some help of Max of Carcereduro. Quite a hard mix of Oi! and RAC soundwise, the lyrics deal with the standard skinhead subjects from partying, tattoos to patriotism. Though not really political, Défiance is non-PC.