Strictly speaking, this is a repost - Billy's original post-&-blurb can be still found here. Honestly speaking, this is one of my all-time favorite crust 7"s & this is the reason I chose it as my next post (it also marks the occasion of our statcounter hitting the 300,000 mark - onwards crustian soldiers until half a million visits are recorded...).
Both bands are/were major players in the scene, so I'll keep it short. Contravene (websites here & here) came from Arizona, of course, & are the people behind the Catchphraze label. They produced a series or excellent anarchopunk recordings, one (a long one, in fact!) of which is presented here: their eponymous 7" (self-released, 2000 - repressed, & therefore plans to post it have been postponed), the 7" presented here (Catchphraze, 2000 - the Contravene tracks are from the same session as their eponymous debut), the 'A Call To Action' LP (Tribal War/Skuld, 2002), the 'Prison Sells' 7" (Catchphraze, 2003), & the split 7" with Uprising (Catchphraze, 2004 - still available & also presented here). Plus the 1999 'Forever In Struggle' demo tape... Plus, they seem to be great people & with a great DIY ethic fully reflected on their work in Catchphraze.
Sweden's Svart Aggression are, of course, one of the Operation spin-offs (the other one being Protestera), albeit one that traded the harsh anarchopunk sound of that band for something more venomous - they absolutely shine in this 7", that's for sure! They also have a split 7" with Kaaos out - I had some trouble pinning that one down, & ironically enough due to the fact that Kaaos are in it although I wanted it for the Svart Aggression tracks... Apparently, Scream's Pawel will be releasing a 7" in the near (?) future - I'm certainly waiting, although I'd prefer a full length or even more; I just can't get enough of this band (& two 7"s in ten years are way too little anyhow).
OK, I said I'll keep it short, so I will. Download this, you're bound to fall in love with it.
P.S.: 7inchpunk & Seeing Red were removed from the links list on account of stealing posts from this blog. Todd of 7inchpunk wrote me a polite email & was all around nice about it (I just left a comment in Stewart's blog, so I've no clue how he'll react), so no bad blood whatsoever. Nevertheless, I do have very strong feelings about plagiarism (Billy less so, but then again he's the kind soul in this blog) so this is my innocuous way of making them known - I expect neither to be harmed by my removing their links, this is the virtual world after all...
P.P.S.: What ever happened to Scrounging Cider, Hidden Flagon? I loved that blog :(...
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