Sonntag, 31. Juli 2011

Chicago Style Hardcore 2011: UNRECKONED's Summer Demo 2011 - Play it loud!!!

UNRECKONED - "SUMMER DEMO 2011"
("D.I.Y."; MP3-Download):
Whoa, that's cool!!! Not that long ago I reviewed the great first proper output of the young band UNRECKONED, released earlier this very year, and now this Chicago Hardcore Roughnecks are already back with their new smasher, their second proper "SUMMER DEMO 2011" titled output. Again this one is solely out to get as a MP3-Download (it's about time that a proper physical release will see the light of the day some hopfully soon/near day), officially by the band itself put up on the web for downloading for free, and as usual in cases like this I will give you the link to the site from where you can get it (it's- again- the Bandcamp site of the band) at the end of this review. Okay, the only minus point I will name you now at first: Two songs, less than five minutes playing/running time... and that's just way far too less of new material by this awesome band, period. We get the two new songs "WASTED EFFORT" und "AGONY" and they (which means UNRECKONED) cultivated their music again quite an impressive bit. They are back on the map and they are back to attack (don't say anything, I just wanted to write this little rime anyhow, that's it all with it anyway;-)...), and that's damn fucking great!!! They made their sound more round (okay, if ya can say this just by judging by two new songs... but after this two new songs are chosen to be recorded and released as their second demo this year we can maybe think that this songs are 'rolemodels' for more of UNRECKONED to come and so we should and can judge by this songs anyhow, even if it are just two new songs at and after all... I hope you got what I wanted you to get with this words...), I mean that they worked out more all the details and that it's all even more precise and onward to more of a full blast of great and truly damn fresh Hardcore music. They've cutted quite a bit the Sludge Core influences and also the Old School Thrash Core respectively Powerviolence vibe they've turned down nearly to zero and they've sticked with and stayed true to pure through and through REAL HARDCORE approach and made it all more flowing and floating perfectly into each other, forming their own Chicago Style Hardcore 2011 out of beating and stomping, punishing and every resistance down crushing New York Hardcore like it was born and bred by especially 25 TA LIFE and MADBALL and also out of totally devastating and atomizing metallic Beatdown Hardcore in the tradition of UNIT 731 or xTYRANTx, and they are doing it all with a damn fucking huge dose of their very own identity, not copying anything or anyone. The guitar work is just an sheer musical artillery inferno of damn heavy and breath-taking brutal and hard, amazing harsh and aggressive riffs, grooves, leads and rhythms, the bass is an evil sawing and cracking demolition machinery, the drum work is just a pure assault of skills, attitude, energy and dynamic, and the sheer incredible charismatic, through and through authentic and 'naturally-organic' über-brutal Hardcore lead shouts are just pure platinum. Oh yes, damn it, that's just so damn fantastic, awesome!!! The skills of the musicians involved are just above any discussions, and the songwriting is incredible tight and intense, dynamic and forceful, grapping and interesting as fuck, just for example in the song "WASTED EFFORT" in something short above two minutes way far more is going on then in songs that other bands use to stretch for more and longer than seven minutes or something like this. Great pace and rhythm work, interesting grooves, beatdowns, changes of pace, rhythm, style and structure, to say it short and precise: Awesome!!! The lyrics are also just great, pretty hard and real stuff, and just check out their bandcamp site (there you'll find them) for a read or two, the production sound is also already brilliant stuff, and the artwork (which means in this case the cover motif) fits perfectly to and/or for the music and looks just great, period. Btw, it (which means the picture) always makes my brain scream: "American Psycho!", haha;-). So, yes, what shall I say respectively write more here and now, I just hope that finally UNRECKONED will be finally releasing a proper physical record with more songs and more playing time and hopefully a good label will give them a proper deal. One of the very best young fresh new bands (Hardcore in particular, music in general) around that owns the potential to write some pages of history with and in their style of music. Just get this one asap (as well as their "VIOLENT SOCIETY" precursor release) and support and enjoy this awesome pure platinum band. Almighty and incredible great, sheer amazing and awesome band and music. Get it!!! (10 of 10 points)

"UNBREAKABLE" IFBB Professional Bodybuilding Masterpiece: DEXTER JACKSON a.k.a. "THE BLADE", the 2008 Mister O. is finally here!!!



Hey folks, dear readers, I know that this was a damn 'slow' month up here. I've written something to this topic already one or two weeks or so ago in the introduction to the DOC. MARTEN 'American Oi! History Series' tribute post. And I also know that latest also already the last month with just 'Record Reviews' and 'Videos' up here wasn't up to the standard that you came to know this blog for. It was a hard time for me this year, with frustration and depression while searching for a new job, giant personal dissapointments in private life, the death of a good friend, etc. pp. and a lot of other fucked up and me up fucking crap... but how-ever, since are getting better, the at first like a giant personal dissapointment seeming loss in my private life turned out to be nothing else than a long, long overdue 'free-setting' of myself, I'm incredible damn happy that I finally found a new real job and I will start my work promptly next month, tomorrow I'll be finally able again to do my sports (yes!!!), and so on and on, things are getting better and better again and even I totally don't know how Iwill have free time to spend with writing up here you can be sure that finally again more 'weighty' things will be coming up here asap again, and I've already started it with the mentioned DOC.MARTEN tribute and I will continue it with this one here, finally a new 'Sports' entry again and this time I will introduce to you and pay tribute to no one else than the mighty DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON, yes, and here we'll go for this time, let's go!

DEXTER ''THE BLADE'' JACKSON

Okay, time to get things going on again. Dexter (Tyrone) Jackson was born at the 25. of November in 1969 as the second child of his parents that used to have six children at all. Early in High School he started to get his-self worked heavily into doing sports. So he used to run track and to play football (in both sports he managed it to make it on the wall of fame of his high school), he was a fourth degree black belt, played baseball and was also a active break dancer, and beside this he also trained cheerleaders in doing tumbles (or how-ever this is be called anyhow...), and so you see that he pretty soon became pretty active and also succesful in doing sports. And until the present day he stayed and remained a huge football fan, just to let you know this here and now btw. In 1990 finally he started training in the gym and doing bodybuilding after he saw his brother again after he came home from out of a bootcamp. A few months later some friends of him convincd him trying to compete in a local bodybuilding competition, okay, they didn't convinced him at once, but after he saw a local show by himself he finally was truly convinced and the start of his professional going bodybuilding career was finally made. And so with being twenty years old he did his first show competition, in the so called Bantamweight Class. He was the first one to win not only this class but also the overall rating with being this weight class in the state of Florida. After or with this the flame was set alight, the flame that should and would lead Dexter Jackson to his succesful professional bodybuilding career. In private life he is a huge "Madden" nerd at the Playstation (II) and loves to collect and watch DVD's. Important icons for him should become out of FLEX WHEELER (for having the greatest physique in the perception of DEXTER JACKSON and becoming a supporter of him) and CHRIS CORMIER (that shoul become some kind of a mentor in bodybuilding for him). His nickname, "THE BLADE", DEXTER JACKSON received from ED PARRISO, the husband of the IFBB Pro BETTY PARRISO, due to his pretty very precise definition of his physique (especially of his back). The title he's most proud of, of all the titles he earned, is the winning of his first major show, the GNC "SHOW OF STRENGTH". He was and still is featured over his whole career in a lot of different bodybuilding magazines, like for example the legendary and mighty "FLEX", and he's also a part of a lot of several different DVD's and stuff like this. Btw, when it comes to music he's a big Rap/Hip Hop and R&B fan (so maybe we can all agree on the fact, that this blog here paying rightnow right here tribute to him is musically not really ''his'' stuff, haha;-)...). He got brown eyes and is currently living in Jacksonville, Florida and is a fathr to four kids. Oh, yes, and he's a huge BMW fan, btw.

His first official professional NPC (/National Physique Committee) competition show was the 1992 NPC SOUTHERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIP at which he took the third place. In 1999 he finally became a IFBB Professional Bodybuilder with competing at the "ARNOLD CLASSIC" (7th place), the "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" (3rd place) and the "MISTER OLYMPIA" (9th place) shows. He then moved on with doing a lot of different shows all across the globe and I'll give you a more or less hopefull pretty complete list of his show career at the end of this post. In 2007 then he scored in third at the "MISTER OLYMPIA" contest, with a little controversy around this due to many critics talking he would have scored in too high with this third place/position. Finally in 2008 at the "MISTER OLYMPIA" he was coming off big and strong with taking the title in a giant triumph and with defeating the then currently (and also again today) reigning champion JAY CUTLER (who's also already featured up here on this blog in the 'Sports' posting series). So in 2008 he became the 12th man to win this title and only the second one who should win the "MISTER OLYMPIA" trophy and the "ARNOLD CLASSIC" title both in one and the same year. Beside this major triumphes also all the year of 2008 should be a very succesful year for "THE BLADE", with also winning the Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, the New Zealand and the Russian Grand Prix. And even "THE BLADE" couldn't hold that level of triumph and succes since 2008 he's still very succesful around in the world of IFBB Pro Bodybuilding.

Some few more or less statistic-facts about "THE BLADE", yehp, that's what you will now get from me here at this place. So, da-da-da-da, here we go: He's height 5,6'', his weight during his contest period is 233 lbs. while his off season weight is around 245 lbs., and the ambit of his chest (in-season) is 45'' to 46'', the ambit of his arms (in-seaon) is around 21'' to 22'' and the one of his wast (also in-season) is around 27'' to 28''. At the bench press he's pumping around 435 lbs. with a massive amount of four to six reps. At the Barbell Curl he's doing 205 lbs. with around four to six reps., and at the Squat he's battling 550 lbs. with six to eight reps. And that's quite an impressive statement!!! Ah, and if he should describe himself with only one word it would be the one called 'humble', just that you know about it. I think it will be pretty interesting to see DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON taking it on again also this year with the supreme eigning force JAY CUTLER to beat, the incredible strong going WILLIAM "BRANCH" WARREN also on the attack, the (if you ask me) definite future Mister Olympia DENNIS WOLF making his way to the throne, with KAI GREENE doing and trying everything to overcome his bitter and dissapointing loss at the 2010 "MISTER OLYMPIA" show, and with, yes, DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON by himself in his best shape making also his heavy and massive attack again. Seems like an pretty interesting year and we will see how far it all goes and what will all 'go', and I think "THE BLADE" everyone should have pretty high on his list!!! Much respect for this great champ and hard worker!!!

Now you get a hopefully at best more at least less complete list of his career so far:
1992 NPC Southern States, Lightweight, 3rd

1995 NPC USA Championships, Light-Heavyweight, 1st
1996 NPC Nationals, Light-Heavyweight, 6th
1998 North American Championships, Light-HeavyWeight, 1st and Overall
1999 Arnold Classic, 7th
1999 Grand Prix England, 4th
1999 Night of Champions, 3rd
1999 Mr. Olympia, 9th
1999 World Pro Championships, 4th
2000 Arnold Classic, 5th
2000 Grand Prix Hungary, 2nd
2000 Ironman Pro Invitational, 3rd
2000 Night of Champions, 8th
2000 Mr. Olympia, 9th
2000 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
2001 Arnold Classic, 5th
2001 Grand Prix Australia, 3rd
2001 Grand Prix England, 4th
2001 Grand Prix Hungary, 3rd
2001 Night of Champions, 2nd
2001 Mr. Olympia, 8th
2001 Toronto Pro Invitational, 2nd
2002 Arnold Classic, 3rd
2002 Grand Prix Australia, 2nd
2002 Grand Prix Austria, 2nd
2002 Grand Prix England, 1st
2002 Grand Prix Holland, 3rd
2002 Mr. Olympia, 4th
2002 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
2002 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 6th
2003 Arnold Classic, 4th
2003 Maximum Pro Invitational, 3rd
2003 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2003 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 3rd
2003 Show of Strength Pro Championship, 1st
2004 Arnold Classic, 3rd
2004 Grand Prix Australia, 1st
2004 Ironman Pro Invitational, 1st
2004 Mr. Olympia, 4th
2004 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 1st
2005 Arnold Classic, 1st
2005 San Francisco Pro Invitational, 2nd
2006 Arnold Classic, 1st
2006 Mr. Olympia, 4th
2007 Arnold Classic, 2nd
2007 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2008 Arnold Classic, 1st
2008 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, 1st
2008 IFBB New Zealand Grand Prix, 1st
2008 IFBB Russian Grand Prix, 1st
2008 Mr. Olympia, 1st
2009 Mr. Olympia, 3rd
2010 Arnold Classic, 4th
2010 IFBB Australian Pro Grand Prix, 2nd
2010 Mr. Olympia, 4th
2011 Flex Pro, 2nd


And now you get- as you know it- a few (out-) chosen video clips to shocase "THE BLADE" a little bit more intense to and/or for all of you interested out there. So, yehp, here we go:



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DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON - Workout Video Clip

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DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON - Training Video Clip

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DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON - Chest Workout

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DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON - Back Workout
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DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON - ''UNBREAKABLE'' DVD Promo Video Clip


And here's the link to the official homepage of Mister DEXTER "THE BLADE" JACKSON, so if ya want ta know more about this great athlete then go their and find what ya're searching for via http://www.dexterjacksonshredded.com/.


Mittwoch, 27. Juli 2011

PATRIOT - American Oi! over Europe in 1997: "To serve and protect!" "Yeah, fuck you!" - A.C.A.B.

PATRIOT - "LIVE OVER EUROPE 1997"
("Blind Beggar Records"; CD):
Also this is the review of a release that used to be released many, many years ago and it's (like you may have already thought due to the title of the record) a live record by no one else than the almighty, legendary and immortal PATRIOT. Uh, and it's really for the very first time that this almighty band is becoming a part of this very blog here, and so it's truly about time, because, ha, it's hard to believe because PATRIOT are and have always been one of my very all-time favorite bands ever, no matter out of which specific genre ever, point and fact!!! With their forceful, hard and pushing, yet damn melodic, catchy (in every positive sense of this word/term) and anthemic, simply larger than life American Oi! they are really a statement of its own. (I hope you got what I wanted to say with this words.) They released three full length albums so far, besde quite an impressive amount of singles, compilation songs, etc. pp., and after Eddie is finally getting well again (THANK the gods or whom or what else for this) hopefully we will finally see the release of their new album asap. But okay, they will become a important part of the 'American Oi! History Series' up here one (maybe far away) day and so I won't say that much more about them right now. This here is their second live album (for all what I know they've released another earlier live album before this one) and it was released by the german "BLIND BEGGAR RECORDS" label. The concert was recorded back on their europe tour in 1997 over here in Germany, while this album here was just released in 1999, don't ask me why. Anyhow, it's not that important at all, what only matters is the fact that it was released anyhow anyway. Okay, we get at all 22 of their great hits and some nice introduction stuff and the journey goes from their fantastic "CADENCE FROM THE STREETS" debut all the way to their great "WE, THE PEOPLE" album (wasn't released when they played the show but they play/-ed the opener of this album, "NEW WORLD ORDER", live here, pretty cool), and so the main focus lies on their debut and on their "ANOTHER DEAD GENERATION" masterpiece. And they do play also some great cover tunes: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" (COCK SPARRER), "WE ARE THE BOYS" (BLITZ), "LET'S BREAK THE LAW" (ANTI-NOWHERE LAGUE) and "CHAOS" (THE 4 SKINS), and all are done just awesome. You shouldn't think twice and just get this album even if you're normally not that big fan of live albums at all. Supreme American Oi!, hard stomping and fist swinging, as well as anthemic as fuck, just awesome and amazing stuff, just PATRIOT!!! I have not a single clou from where the fucking damn bloody hell you still can buy it today but if you see it then get it and maybe after I think it's pretty much sold out and over an decade old you can maybe also hope that Bernando of "THE U.S. OF Oi! OF SWEDEN" blog will finally load it up one more or less soon day, we will see, but I'm damn happy that I call it my own. The artwork looks pretty cool and the recording sound is as real as it can get and it's just great. Jackpot!!! Get it!!! Also Eddie is making some cool announcements, just btw. This is a great album by a great band, point and fact!!! Cheers & Oi! (10 of 10 points)
(http://www.myspace.com/patriotoi)

Mittwoch, 13. Juli 2011

*** LIBERTY 37 - The PATRIOTS HAMMER swinging 'round, while every single traitor of the flag is shot dead with a GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD and we all get aware of the failed ambitions of the WELFARE STATE... ***

LIBERTY 37 - "UNDER SIEGE"
("B.H. Records"; CD):
Okay folks, up next is a review of a record that is already quite a big bunch of years old and so we can maybe call it a review of a classic - even a lot of you guys out there may have totally missed out on this one. Okay, to start from and with the beginning: The record is a 'baby' of the glorious 1990's and maybe we can locate it in the area of American Oi! music, at least more or less in one way or the other. The band was a 'follow-up-band' of the Detroit City based American Oi! legends ALMIGHTY LUMBERJACKS OF DEATH, the American R.A.C. band RIVAL, the American Oi!/Streetpunk band ROGUES (at least LIBERTY 37 shared some members with the mentioned bands and used to come out of that environment) and some guys of LIBERTY 37 are today around in the obscure occult Nazi White Power Metal band REBEL HELL (a White Power Nationalsocialist verion of MOTÖRHEAD mixed up with heavy doses of old school Trash Metal, for everyone of you out there who might be interestd in some stuff like this for what reasons ever...). All in all so you see that LIBERTY 37 are to be located on the right wing and pretty much already on the far corners of it. But for all what I would say then here's no WP/NS 14/88 stuff to be recognized by anyone of us (even I would bet that all the AFA homies as well as the WP dudes out there will find something to benefit their needs in handling this band), maybe beside the edition of "THE TURNER DIARIES" that they display as a part of their bandpicture (as well as a pretty cool old school KISS bandshirt, btw). Here you find 'just' patriotic (eventually nationalistic), militant, conservative, anti-liberal, anti-communist, and also 'anti-welfare-politics', 'pro-militia', 'anti-fire-weapon-control', 'anti-(mass-)immigration', 'pro-the-american-constitution', 'pro-heritage' (and I mean 'pro-heritage' and not 'pro-white') and 'anti-power-expansion-of-the-governemnt' focussed lyrics, also all very gladiatorial and - like already mentioned before - damn militant, and I have to say that they've done quite a great job with their lyrics, no matter if you like to read this here and now or not and also no matter if you may agree on everything or nothing or if you not agree, anyhow, great lyrics that also speak some good healthy doses of truth even if your standpoint may is a totally diffrent one and your consequences might also be total different ones then the one/-s of LIBERTY 37. Musically this is basically based on Oi!/Streetpunk heavy and brutal Rock music (which means also good old R.A.C. music) with some doses of Metal put into it. Ah, but the main-focus really lies on the Rock and also then after this on the Metal, not so much on the Streetpunk or Oi!, just that you know it. When I first listened to this record some years ago it blew me away right from the start, and still today it totally convinces me time and time again!!! Incredible heavy and hard and really brutal and totally real, yet damn melodic and catchy as fuck and packed up full with great suprises and all very dynamic and energetic as well as really incredible grapping, intense and interesting, just brilliant stuff, point and fact!!! Great guitar work, harsh and martial war-like riffing, as well as great melody lines and symphonic leads that really at first seem to stand opposed to the sheer aggression and the stoic brutality of the pushing and beating and battling guitar riffing but at second (and here second comes quick after first) you realize how great it's all flowing and how damn great they've melted it all together in a great and just 'made-round' way, and then there we have a pounding, forceful, very marking and present, tight and brutal rhythm section, and awesome charismatic, really hard (but still sung not shouted, maybe a little it spitted-into-the-mic) lead vocals that really shine. The pace of most of the songs is quite a pretty fast and up-tempo one but they change it clever and also the arrangements of the songs are done so damn great that none of the songs sounds the same and so really nothing gets anyhow boring, and that's just great. It graps you again and again when you listen to it. What a great band!!! I love it!!! We get 14 songs (not words, hehe;-)...) all in all on this one and my favorite ones are "ARMED OR ENSLAVED", "WELFARE STATE" (awesome, and also amazing lyrics, too), "BROKEN GLORY", "SPOILS OF WAR" (what a great intense atmosphere), "GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD", "TWO ROUNDS FOR SISTER SARAH", and the mighty stomping "PATRIOTS HAMMER", all are just pure platinum, but also the other songs are at least just pure gold, just damn fucking outstanding great, point and fact!!! To the - great - lyrics I've already said enough, the artwork (even it's pretty slim) looks really good and the earthy and dirty, yet good pushing production sound is also a hit of the jackpot. I have no idea about the obscure record label, hm, anyhow... I have no clue or idea from where the hell you might can get this one here still today but you should search it or at least keep one or two eyes open for it, and if you find or just see it then you really need to grab it because otherwise you would miss a phenomenal band and record. A stand-alone band and record!!! Awesome!!! Cheers & Oi! (10 of 10 points)
(Sorry, I wasn't able to fnd any link, Homepage, MySpace site, Facebook profile or what else ever of or to this band and I also found no other proper informations, sorry. And this is also even more extremly sad because I would love to let LIBERTY 37 become a part of the 'American Oi! History Series' here on this very blog but without more informations then the few ones I've given you here via the review this would be a stupid move to do... so if anyone knows more about this band please just let me know about it and get in contact with me on which way ever, thanks a lot guys.)

Montag, 11. Juli 2011

DOC. MARTEN - American Oi! History Series, finally coming to the closing chapters of the golden 1980's.

Hey folks, finally things get started up ready again up here. I’m very sorry but honestly I have currently simply not that much free time to spend… and also honestly: In the rare free time I have these days I felt and feel no real need to sit at home infront of my computer screen and ‘write’ stuff down, nah, I really hated the thought especially over the last two weeks or so, but also a little bit longer, that’s the reason why especially June was a month that was just filled with ‘Record Reviews’ and ‘Videos’ posts. They just don’t take normally that much time to be written down… okay, the ‘Record Reviews’ pretty often take some time anyhow… I won’t lie to you so I can’t say anything if that (my rare free time and my motivation) will change this month so I won’t say anything about what and how much of it will be coming up this very month. It’s just like if you’re working around ten hours each day when you’re then finally at home you just don’t have the time and/or the motivation to sit down and write something, nah, I really rather do my sports, spend time with my girlfriend, play with my dog, hang around with friends and family, listen relaxed to music, go and out and have some fun, etc. pp. instead of spending my rare free time infront of my personal computer. So, okay, enough crying around or so, this here will finally be a new and the next post up here, and also the first in two weeks or so and also the first for this very month and finally the ‘American Oi! History Series’ will be continued up here by me. This entry will feature (as announced) the legendary and great DOC. MARTEN, an American Oi! band active around the mid to late 1980’s, and now onward into their history and tribute we will ride…

*** ONE LAND TO CARE FOR ***

DOC. MARTEN

*** ‘HAIL THE IRON HAND’… ‘THE STREETS ARE OURS’!!! ***

DOC. MARTEN were founded in New Jersey, NY and they formed back then by the late of the year of 1984 and they always used to have troubles to recruit a proper and reliable bass player. The band consisted of Paul Link at the drums, John Devine playing the guitar and singing, Stephano Morisi (as the most ‘consequent guy’) at the bass and also playing the saxophone, and also Brent Eaton on the second guitar. They used to play over their career several different gigs/concerts, especially and first-and-foremost in the New Jersey-New York area. Their first release was a demo D.I.Y. tape that also made them known over here in Europe and eventually led them to a deal with the then already pretty ‘prominent’ german record label of the name of “ROCK O RAMA RECORDS” where DOC. MARTEN used to release their first and for all what I know solely full length album, “ONE LAND TO CARE FOR”, released around 1989 or so. On their mentioned tape they used to do a big bunch of cover tunes of all the famous British Oi! legends, and with that demo tape recordings also a lot of other rare recordings and also live recordings you can find compiled together on a bootleg CD that was compiled by the german “FORCE OF HATE” fan-/webzine quite a while ago (but you should still be able to buy it anyhow, or download it at the “THUGROCK” blog… even it seems that this blog was taken out of the web in sometime in the not so long ago past because somehow I couldn’t visit it today and it was announced that the blog would be no more around what would really be a huge pity). Beside this releases I think that they’ve also released a 7’’ back then, but I’m not so sure if, where and when right now and I don’t call it my own anyway in contrast to their mentioned full length album. (It’s pretty hard to get some proper informations about this band, so that’s the cause why this here may seem ‘shorter’ and ‘not-so-detailed’ like the precursor posts of this posting series, just that you know it.)

DOC. MARTEN had been an American Skinhead band that always used to focuss pretty strong on a political or (how they used to call it) social side and not so much on the subcultural and Way of Life side of things, and this they’ve also propagated in interviews back then. They had a strong and pretty militant patriotic (and maybe nationalistic) and also anti-communist stance, like a lot of other more or less right wing American Oi! bands of the 1980’s due to the fact that this was the last and also pretty heated phase of the so called Cold War so that a lot of a militant potential in society was created and that also found its expressions in the different subcultures and for that DOC. MARTEN also used and still use to be a pretty good example. But they’ve always used to have some really damn strong and good lyrics, no matter if you take the issues they’ve dealt with or the way how they’ve dealt with them. And also they always stayed away for all what I would say away from any WP and/or NS stuff. (At least if we’re not talking about the back then still future to come of one of the mentioned band members…) Anyhow, great lyrics, and they’re also worth a read today and still speak really a good healthy dose of truth even still today, no matter if some now may like it or not. (If written already in the future enough about late Cold War bands and ideology and society and subculture so that I won’t repeat myself again here, just read for example th stories about the ARRESTING OFFICERS, NEW GLORY, BEST DEFENSE and/or the YOUTH DEFENSE LEAGUE, and you will know what I’m talking about.)

Musically DOC. MARTEN played some sort of a mixture out of Oi!, R.A.C., and Rock & Roll and Rock music in general. It was and is all very rockin’ and guitar dominated and also pretty melodic, yet damn heavy, and if you can imagine a great mixture out of the TEMPLARS, early R.A.C. like BRUTAL ATTACK and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN you should know pretty good how DOC. MARTEN used to sound, and they should also be interesting for fans of the dutch BADLANDS. Also musically they had and still have a lot to offer and it’s basically totally free of any Hardcore moments or Tough Guy attitude (something that was pretty unusual for American Oi! back then), and anyhow also musically DOC. MARTEN are very relevant even still today, especially when it’s about how they’ve melted symphonic melodies together with a streetcharmed heavyness and all cultivated with strong roots rockin’ impressions, something you won’t be able to listen to that often, no matter if back then or today or in-between this two time periods. So you should take care of getting your hands finally on their great “ONE LAND TO CARE FOR” full length album anyhow asap, point and fact!!! I don’t know what the bandmembers used to do after the defunction and split of DOC. MARTEN, beside the fact that Brent Eaton used to play in and for the WP NS Hate Core band AGGRAVATED ASSAULT after his career in DOC. MARTEN.

That’s it for now (like I’ve already mentioned was it a very hard to get any informations about this band so don’t wonder about the ‘shortness’ of this entry), next stop in this series will be Boston, MA and next up then will be the almighty and infamous STARS & STRIPES, so be prepared for it (but don’t ask me when it will come). Also no video clips found by now, but I will try it sometime again or I will maybe get by myself a little clip settled together or so, we will see. Keep the spirit alive!!! Oi! Oi! Oi!