Saturday, November 29, 2008

DISEMBODIED: (Partial) Discography

UPDATED IN NOVEMBER 2009: This post originally included a collection of their early 7"s and rare compilation tracks. However, since the posting of this upload, Prime Directive Records has taken it upon themselves to release a compilation of the band's early material. Completely re-mixed and re-mastered, the album sounds as good as it looks. Please pick up a physical copy of this release on either CD or LP HERE. Make sure to support this label and release for really biting the bullet and releasing an album by a band who knowingly would only be playing a few shows a year (that's crazy talk by label standards).

Being one of the first bands in the hardcore scene to drop their tuning to the drastic level of A, Disembodied was not a band afraid to try new things musically. Taking equal cues from Slayer and Korn, they somehow managed to blend a style that has yet to be replicated even today. Gradually moving away from their initial screamo roots, the band took a more chaotic and metallic feel on their final full length and split releases. The band broke up not long after the release of their split with Brother's Keeper while 4/5s of the band continued on to form Martyr AD. Heretic serves as an almost seamless transition between the two projects.

Being mimicked ten thousand times over, Disembodied finally returned to playing live in May of 2009. From the first notes of the first show back it was obvious that Disembodied hadn't missed a single step in their nearly decade long absence.

As stated above, I removed the links to the band's earlier material which is now readily available. Listening to the original versions is completely pointless anyhow considering how amazing the remix and remaster of the album sounds. I have now uploaded the Disembodied & Brother's Keeper split as a separate upload. Yeah, I included the Broz Keep songs.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Just recently found this band out. While going through my daily studying of Disembodied, I found out that they did a brief west coast tour with this band in the mid-90s. I managed to track down the Mp3s of their one and only album and felt the urge to share with the rest of you. This borders in the screamo realm, yet has a power that I haven't felt from a band since possibly ... Disembodied. Thick, layered guitar work accompanied by driving drum beats coupled with searing vocals make up this album that was released on Great American Steak Religion out of Canada.
Nothing else has been said about this band as they appear to have flown rather under the radar moreso than other bands since their inception.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CIPHER: Protoculture

In my eyes, Cipher stands alongside Earth Crisis as one of the few bands who has managed to maintain the morals and ethics that motivated them to start their respective bands after over 10 years of being together. While Cipher has yet to gain the recognition that Earth Crisis obviously has, I have always felt as though their message has been every bit as relevant and sincere as the aforementioned. Despite the continual release of top-notch music and lyrics, Cipher never seems to get the credit that I so strongly feel they deserve. I mean, I understand why things work the way they do (Cipher actually has a blog on the subject on their MySpace at ... yet it still frustrates me to see a band of individuals as sincere and dedicated as themselves continually get looked over. I fully believe that Cipher will go down in the hardcore record books as being one of the most underated bands of their time.

I continually do everything in my power to further the knowledge on this motivational, intense, and thought-provoking band ... and it seems as though anyone who I expose to the band becomes almost instantly-engaged to the aura that encompasses this group. The band is always well-received in our area and never fails to bring MOSH.

My offering unto you today is their Protoculture EP, which was released in 2000. While the newer releases of the Antidote EP and Children Of God's Fire LP (which are both still available from the band at their shows ... pick them up) show an enormous musical and lyrical progression, the energy and raw intensity on this EP has yet to be matched, in my eyes.