Harsh Bro!


Oh man. Some days ago I was complaining about the lack of noisecore releases in 2011 and right after that I’ve received this parcel from Richard of Harsh Supplement fame. It contained this split tape with Bro Slaughter and the split CD-R with the might Takeshi Okawa. Well, since I will talk in another post about the disc, let’s focus on the tape. It features a session recorded at the end of January with a two pieces line up, with Richard on drums and vocals and Andrews on guitar. They play an old school kind of noisecore, with short blasts full of distortion and dissonance. The usual structure of the songs is the classic a sticks giving tempo or more musical part + bursts of noise and mayhem. This stuff resembles a cool mix of late Deche Charge, Chavos-era 7 Minutes of Nausea, early New York Against The Belzebu and Aunt Mary, all mixed with a cool usage of vocals that reminded me a bit the first demos by Cripple Bastards. It’s quite weird since even if Harsh Supplement shared their way with a shitload of bands I really love (like Gorgonized Dorks, Disleksick, Sauerkraur, Morality Declined, Ultra 9000, Primordial Sounds and Deche Charge) this is actually the first time that I’ve listened to one of their releases. This stuff is really good and can keep up to a lot of classic bands’ latest efforts. The “production” sticks to the old school style, with songs recorded directly with a distinctive effect of “rehearsal”. Harsh Supplement isn’t only about short bursts and chaotic songs lasting just a bunch of seconds. There’s a cover of classic Ramones’ tune Sheena Is A Punk Rocker and here and there they slow down and play longer songs, with a very cool 80’s hardcore vibe. Not to mention the long and sludgy segments around the fifth minute. I don’t know what you could want more. Harsh Supplement managed to play very cool old school noisecore adding personality and variety in such a narrow genre. Very cool tape indeed.



On the B-Side we can find Bro Slaughter. This legendary act is made by Dave and Pat from Ontario hall of famers Disleksick. They play one track only, called Cage Match Main Event (Shitnoise Remix) which is basically, well, a shitnoise recording of thos two fuckers playing a cage match main event on WWF No Mercy for N64. Yep, nothing more two Canadian noise freaks sitting around and playing videogames and talking nonsense about it. This is the essence of shitcore and a direct reference to the master of noise pioneering, the mighty A.R.C.A.D.E. also knows as Dan Charge, Frank Goshit, Chain Saw & Martin playing with a Mortal Kombat coin op. There’s nothing to talk about this side, this is PURE noisecore attitude recorded on tape, like the Destroying Your Stylus EP by Gorgonized Dorks (a 7″ record porpusely ruined scraping its surface) or  the Pasztö Power EP by Pasztörözött (a sandpaper disc). You will either love it for the concept behind it or hate it considering it a waste of time. I’m totally on the former one and I hope you are thinking about it like I do.


Released by Idiot Music in 30 copies. Thanks to Rich for the tape!


~ by petetheripper on June 5, 2011.

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