This isn’t the way the world ends, but it sure was a banging way to wrap up 2017. Fellow troublemakers SYSTEMIK VIØLENCE shook us with an ungraceful selection of songs and topics of discussion, spewing poison left and right in glorious – and equally graceless – Portuguese. They got their first album out and beg you: if you’re to buy it, buy it from them. They could use the cash and, let’s face it, a LP called “Satanarkist Attack” deserves your hard-earned capitalist money https://systemikviolence.bandcamp.com/album/satanarkist-attack
That’s hour two. Hour one sees us not knowing what to expect from our guests and playing music while hoping for the best. All in all, ‘twas dope.
We got inspiration for this episode after reading a great Greg Anderson (from Southern Lord) interview about his hardcore roots in Seattle. Initially we thought about repeating a hardcore drenched episode, just like we did on “Episode 25 – Nothing Ever Changes”, but as Greg’s interview was about how different the Seattle scene was compared to the rest of the West Coast, soon our thoughts drifted to the roots of crossover thrash, particularly the LA of the early 80s. Back then, the punks and skaters didn’t see eye to eye with metalheads, but bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Cryptic Slaughter, Excel or DRI helped change that. Soon, you started seeing punks and skaters turning up at Slayer and Metallica shows, while metal bands started to play faster and harder. So basically this episode is part early crossover thrash and part modern crossover outfits, mostly released (or re-released!) by Southern.
“Like howling dogs I sing.” We went ahead and spoke to darkness to conjure up this one. That doesn’t mean this is a particularly crushing SATAN MADE ME DO IT episode; it’s just the weirdest sounding one we ever did. It was a conscious decision. And honestly, we are in love with the end result.
This episode is as freestyle as it gets. There’s black metal, industrial, hardcore, grind and old stuff that is *still* ahead of time. You’re not afraid of a little experimentation, are you? We don’t want this relationship to become stale…
PLAY IT LOUD! Kick and scream. Break a dish or two if you have to. This is only the beginning.