“On the Hunt”
Now in 2017, many who are involved into any sort of extreme music -be it either metal or noise or grind or punk (or all of it) are rather spoiled with a huge quantity of physical items. At least I am. It sounds snobby & I don’t want to sound it like that, but I see no other way to say it- I usually find the major stuff I’m looking for sooner or later. Like you, thanks to experience, contacts, patience, trades or just orders from mailorders & bands. Recently I was in Panama & by pure chance I got an item that I was looking for for four and a half years. It’s good to have such experience in recent times – an exception. How did I react? Excited I was! Back in 2012 I was in Mexico & bought a huge box of old tapes from American Line Productions. Among was a compilation called “Massacres from the Jungle” that has three parts. I’m talking about the first part here. It includes early 90’s central American bands & there was a song of a Salvadorian band called Metal Doom that really hooked me. I was searching for one of their demos & despite good tape trade contacts & a circulating bootleg I couldn’t find it ’til recently. It made me remember how hard it once was to get some items in the pre-internet era. I belong to the younger generation that would start listening to Metal & stuff in the late 90’s. Back then, thanks to advertisements or reviews in magazines, flyers or mailorders, I got my releases, marking my wants & the stuff I was keen for with a pen, waiting & browsing lists. To eventually find stuff from this or that band, at least was hoping for. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. Then making an order by phone or by sending money in a registered letter.
Well what I’m talking about here, you guys of similar or older age know that well. I got to read an article in ’99-’00 about US Black Metal & stumbled upon a band called Profanatica. As a youngster I was super intrigued by these guy’s that piss on bibles that are put in a toilet & appear nude on band photos. I was searching the lists & it took a few months ’til I get my first item that was Live CD. Unlike today, Profanatica stuff was difficult to get in that time. They weren’t reformed yet & later I would get (by pure luck & thanks with the help of an elder guy) the “As Tears of Blood” 7” & split with Impiety.
I’m not going to say that I want to rate & value nowadays market as better or worse, or that Metal Doom or Profanatica are the creme de la creme. These are just examples, great acts, but examples. I’m just sometimes missing that feeling of hunting releases for a longer time for the sake of hunting & the excitement when it’s eventually found. It’s good to still face such experience these days in times, when internet has made a lot of things easier to get. Acts like Metal Doom or even more famous examples would maybe never reach attention abroad or would’ve been able to record something & offer it to others if there would be no tape format. A major part of old Southeast Asian & Latin American bands would’ve never gained attention otherwise if there would be no tape. Back then economic backgrounds or lack of pressing plants, labels etc. made it hard for a young band to put out their stuff. Thanks to the horned bloke, there still is tape format, but that’s a topic for another article…
Column by João Felipe of Brazilian noisemongers MORTE LENTA. João also runs DENTE PODI Records (Brazil)
For a long time throughout my life, I’ve heard phrases like “Why do you still listen to and buy this shit? Noisecore has been dead since the 90’s!!” Well, this phrase is not all wrong. Of course the underground is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Bandcamp, YouTube, downloads and other web tools have changed a lot of things, but I think it’s terrible to say that “noisecore is dead.” Probably one reason that this phrase is used nowadays is the “cyber-wave” of noise. A lots of people are making noise, but they really don’t know what they are doing—computer drums, computer guitars and vocals drowned in shitty effects. Is this noise? No. This is absolute shit! A lot of people make noise. But why? That’s no reason. No rage, no hate, no passion, no ideas; it’s only for “status” to have a band and release a shitty web-release on Bandcamp and delight the “noise trends” of nowadays. Noisecore is not a trend, it’s a serious activity, political or not— analog and fistfuls of passion.
I live in Brazil. In my opinion, in the 80’s and 90’s this country had one of the most radical, true and extremist scenes ever seen in the world, and it’s very common to hear people saying that kind of phrase (“noisecore is dead”). I totally understand their reasons and respect this! But posers and trendy people always existed and will always exist. Same thing applies to the maniacs that really care about the noise scene and support the old and new bands. So, that’s one reason that motivates me to still make noise! Not only my reasons, but all the friends I made around my country and the world that I really love and respect! And I’m sure to say: Noisecore is NOT dead! Still analog, still underground and still honest!
And that’s all. All around the world, I see resistance. I will not name any bands,labels, zines or supporters, because the real ones know what I’m talking about (or maybe I’d forget someone, haha). To the true, keep the flame burning! To the false: FUCK OFF!!