Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Blast (Belgium)

A friend of mine informed me on this unknown and very obscure proto-punk band from Belgium a while ago. They only released one 7" in 1974 with the songs 'Hope' and 'Damned Flame'. Don't know which track is uploaded on Youtube. Check it out!
More info on Blast on Belgian Metal History.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

IM-PRE-SSIVE !!!
How's the other track ?
FAB

Curious Guy said...

I would like to know too!

schizophrenicmelodies said...

Wow, I'd call that not just punk, but the earliest hardcore I've ever heard (if it's really from '74). Besides the lame vocals, the music is straight up hardcore punk fuckin' d-beat shit! I always thought it was strange that no one seemed to be playing like that any earlier than '78 - especially since it's such a simple and sort of natural way to play the guitar (and drums). You can hear hints of that style on some records from the 70's and even the 60's, but the producers always seem to have faded out the tracks just as the band was starting to get really wild. Though, in those instances that I have heard, it is always during the climax of the song that fast riffing and drumming starts to come out. In the example of this BLAST song, the whole composotion is obviously trying to be as fast, loud and dirty as possible (except the vocals) therefore making it musically hardcore.
This is fucking awesome, and people need to hear this! Thanks again.

madmohawk said...

Yups Lxxxe. Koel da je dat ier post. The siengle is we degelijk van 1974. T'is topen dan der vele mensen e kji lustrn want t'was nie aljinne brol in Belgie. What about ZAKARY THAKS who also played early hardcore punk in 1966.But indeed it's a strange record and if you live in Belgium you know what i mean. tjow

Anonymous said...

Still about Belgium, that X-Pulsion track "Castration" (off the split 7" with Streets-1978) sounds like what the Necros did 2 ou 3 years later.
FAB

Curious Guy said...

Hi Schizo, feel free to spread around. I agree that the vocals are weak (it's recorded in 74, you can't expect the angry shouting of punk, but at least we're not confronted with high-pitched vocals either) and indeed those guys played pretty fast for the time.
Yo moatje, alles OK? Zot ploatje in e zot land zekers :)

Ezra said...

That's awesome! Like very early Belgian Bad Brains!

Anonymous said...

These vocals aren't bad AT ALL. Why does everyone want everything to sound like everything else.......what a bummer......I thought punks were evolving but they're just getting younger apparently

Anonymous said...

Awesome... weird no one has the a-side, though! Or at least, no one's sharing it.