La Familia Releases is re-issuing all three LPs by Disfear chronologically! I have been anticipating this one specifically for sometime!! They did A Brutal Sight of War first, and following this LP will be Everyday Slaughter. Sorry State just has a cassette version of Soul Scars from Mundo En Kaos Records in stock but hopefully we will stock the actual LP version when we get copies of Give Notice of Nightmare...
This cassette version is a beautiful replication of the LP onto a j-card layout. The 4-panel cover is high-gloss, double-sided, and features all original photos, lyrics, and information from the original release. It's cool they chose the color blue for the tape itself cos the limited edition version of Soul Scars was originally on blue vinyl. Disfear originally began as Anti-Bofors in 1989, Sweden. They released one EP in 1991. Within a year of the EP's release they had changed their name to Disfear and recorded for another self-titled EP. The line-up was the same as Anti-Bofors except they had changed vocalists. In my opinion, this change made the band's sound come together in the fiercest of ways. Although the band maintained a somewhat steady line-up, the only consistent members through its lifetime were the guitarist and bassist, Björn Pettersson and Henrik Frykman (R.I.P.) After Everyday Slaughter, the 1997 LP, I stop listening to the band. They had changed vocalists after that, and the sound had developed into less käng and more "stadium crust" to me.
When it comes to Disfear, or the many "dis" bands, I don't really have high expectations. If you can play a solid d-beat and the riffs are not complete shit, I will always listen. I didn't listen to 90's "dis" bands for a long time; the names were cheesy and sometimes the content just way too on the nose, in a humorous way. Four Minutes Passed Midnight by Discard (Sweden) was the album the opened the doors for me. I'll write about Discard some other time, but they started in the 80's playing mängel, and they continued into the 90's playing the same style but a bit more polished. Hearing this evolution made something click in my head, and down the hole I went into 90's dis-bands. Yes, I guess you can call Disfear a dis-band. But they do not follow the typical "dis" formula in my opinion. Or maybe they're just too good for me to group them with other dis-bands, haha. Their first EP is absolutely disgusting. It is played in the traditional käng style, but it has this extra punishing edge similar to Bombanfall. Following the self-titled EP they released A Brutal Sight of War. While I enjoy this EP very much, the sound was not as good in my opinion as the first. The seemed to follow a bit more of a "dis-band" formula on this recording, the songs weren't as ripping to me but nonetheless it is certainly worth a listen! (I mention this as an LP at the beginning of my writing; it was originally released as a CD with bonus tracks of the first EP. It was re-issued as a 7" with the same title a few years later, but not with the bonus tracks of the first EP. The La Familia pressing was an LP with both EPs, just like the first CD pressing.)
After A Brutal Sight of War, Disfear had changed drummers and put out my absolute favorite release of theirs Soul Scars. This record is everything I want on a record. It's brutal but ripping riffs, with some perfectly executed mid-tempo jams, and the lyrical content is political with a few quite relatable "personal" songs. Usually I dislike when vocalists write personal or abstract lyrics, cos you could use this platform to spread important information or write protest songs. The drummer on this record is Jallo Lehto, from No Security/Totalitär, maybe that's why I like it so much.. Those are some of my favorite bands, and Jallo is a huge inspiration to me when it comes to drumming. After this LP they would put out Everyday Slaughter with a new drummer, Robin (he plays in Svaveldioxid now and is very friendly guy!) The sound had developed even more on this LP, sounding the most metallic so far. I think the main thing about this band is the quality and sound of the recordings. Specifically to Soul Scars, it sounds like everything is pushed to the max, but it's all still so clear. You can vividly hear everything is blasting into your head - it sounds like the end of the world and you can't escape. Tomas Skogsberg recorded most of their material (at least all the records I have.) If you don't know the name, he is a legendary Swedish sound engineer who recorded countless death metal bands. I think this band had become popular in the metal scene because of this, and gained quite a bit of notoriety. Unfortunately, I think that still a lot of people avoid Disfear due to the "dis-band" stigma or simply just don't know how damn good the early stuff was. Check 'em out! So stoked that La Familia is doing a Disfear series.
OH SHIT ITS JEFFS BIRTHDAY!!! Someone sell this man a Portland Edition of Kings of Punk!