Monday, 31 October 2011

Germany - East

"Germany has a lot to offer when it comes to hardcore. Maybe it is too much at one point. Almost each city and town has a youth club/ center and can put on shows if they want to. Hardcore became a well-diversified scene over the years. You’ll find every kind of genre in Germany. Be it youth crew, mosh, hardcore punk, or what ever. We’ve got it all!!

Basically everything has a root where the voluminous tree grew up and the buds blossomed forth. Growing Movement was one of the pioneers in the German hardcore scene. They were around from 1989 to the early nineties. They are on stage again and play almost at every festival with raw power and energy.

Punishable Act is also a band that has been present for more than 20 years by now. They are from Berlin and have their roots in the mid 80’s, but finally renamed the band to P.A. in 1993.

Up from the Baltic Sea is a band called The Crushing Caspars for more than 20 years now. They’ve got the talent to mix Rock’n’Roll and Hardcore in their own unique way.

Isolated is a very well-know band from Quedlinburg and has shared the stage numerous times with bands like Sick Of It All and Agnostic Front. Keep it oldschool is the device!

Another solid component of German hardcore was the band Ryker's in the 90's. Their sound was heavy and lyrically highly critical about the so-called scene that was coming up.

New generations arose from the ashes of the predecessors. Black Friday 29 hit the stages around Germany.

In the east lives the beast is what people say. If you have ever witness a show in Berlin, Brandenburg or Saxony, you’ll know why people keep saying this. Bands like...

The Tangled Lines

Something Inside

Built On Trust


Reason to Care

G.O.R.P. (RIP)

Radical Address (RIP)

Risk It!

Final Effort

Suffer Survive

Straight Hate

Light It Up

Bitter Verses

Venues are in every town. If you go to Dresden in Saxony, check out the


AZ Conni


the rehearsal room shows at Meschwitzer Straße

Probably the best hardcore shows are at the JH Rosswein

Also the JZ Riot in Lichtenstein is a mecca for many great shows

We’ve got the Buntes Haus in Forst (on the border to Poland)

The Pegasus in Senftenberg

Chekov and Gladhaus in Cottbus

Erebos in Spremberg

AZJ Garage in Weißwasser and countless more.

In Berlin and Potsdam are actually the best knows locations are...


Koma F

Magnet Club


Casseopia, Lido, Archiv and the Black Fleck. Venues and places for shows are really everywhere.

Germany doesn’t lack in anything in terms of hardcore. If you want it, we got it!! Distros, labels, vegan food stalls at shows, international touring bands etc."

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Russia - Moscow 3

Russia - Moscow 2

“I’m from the Moscow region, but now live in the capital. I have a band called Rasplata. Now we are on the way to releasing new EP. Some of us are from Moscow, some from Zhukovsky.

Fight For Fun was a great band that played thrashcore from Zhukovsky. They have two demos and one of them they released on a diskette).

Their last record was the split with malaysian Take It Back.

The same guys and a few from Moscow also played in Rededrang (emo hardcore). They broke up after releasing split with Reflections Of Internal Rain.

The Zhukovsky scene formed mainly thanks to these guys from FxFxF.

Anton had his own label and distro - Fast ’n’ Easy - but now it is in the past. Vova plays guitar in Rasplata and also records different bands from the scene.

We also have a girls trio called Beer Babies.

If we have a look at the Moscow scene, we’ll see that many new bands have appeared and many have released new records.

Rearranged has a new self-titled 7’’

Argument 5.45 have released a new album, which exceeded (I think) their debut CD. And the artwork… one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen).

REKA (post-metal) released their 3rd album this year and they have a new vocalist Sebastien from France.

Members of REKA also played in screamo band Optimus Prime. They had their last show this summer and REKA played at the Fluff Fest this year.

I can also single out The Occult. This band is similar to Converge. They have a 4-song EP.

I want you to check out Invisible Border)) Their vocalist is a great man) He does charity shows mostly for orphan asylums and takes part in this movement.

I also want to direct you to…

On Burnt Ground (На выжженной земле)
Demo (2011)

Dice (Kaliningrad) with their self-titled EP

Beholder (Petrozavodsk) with demo CD

These bands are the ones I found interesting this year.

In Moscow there are not many bands who play fast music. We have a new band From The Depths (thrashcore). They recorded an EP a month ago.

Yeltsin Youth also plays fast.

I Don’t Care (thrashcore) broke up, but has some recordings.

I do vocals for a new band with members of From The Depths and Rasplata. We will play powerviolence.

In grindcore and crust I can single out almost nothing except these bands from St.Petersburg…

Zorka (grindcrust) - split up but left self-titled album and split with belorussian Brud Krou.

Distress (d-beat)


There are some bands which have not long started…

DoublexCrossed (old school)

Rooftops (pop-punk)

Leaftrace (melodic hardcore)

All the bands can be found on funkysouls."

Russia - Petrozavodsk

“I want to talk a bit about the scene in Petrozavodsk. In this city, the scene has always been very well developed, though in recent times it begins to subside. I don’t know what this is due to.

In our city there are groups…

Coasta (melodic hardcore)

Belies (hardcore / emo)

Evolet (post metal)

Minuala (dark-hardcore)

The Minc (d-beat/raw-punk)

Inkcoma (screamo, post -rock)

Stay Fresh RIP (hardcore-punk/youth crew)

Pass the Rubicon (hardcore)

Dies Alliensis (post-hardcore)

Beholder (hardcore)

Apache (hardcore-punk/youth crew)

Antimelodix (brutal punk)

Örk Bastards (thrash as fuck)

Many of them have been on a tour / mini-tour of Russia. The city has been visited by a lot of groups, not only from Russia but from other countries. In our city Xborlandx is a very good promoter.

Petrozavodsk is very often linked with St. Petersburg because the city is close (by Russian standards). The guys who live in Petrozavodsk and St. Petersburg talk regularly, visit each other at home, at concerts, just hang out together and organize all sorts of rallies.

In Petrozavodsk there are zines too…

All Together

My Riot Inward

My Dad Dog/Moj Papa Sobaka

X and Without Faith also.”