Friday, August 08, 2008

HeartattaCk 7" Reviews

I was looking through some old issues of HeartattaCk Zine and remember reading a lot of these reviews back when these issues came out in the mid 90's. I used to be so pumped to read a great review and then actually find the 7" at the local store or order it via mailorder. Zines were definitely a big part of spreading info around during the early to mid 90's and if it werent for people like Kent McClard a lot of hardcore would have gone unnoticed. In fact, I would go so far as to say that Zines are the unsung heroes of hardcore for that specific reason.

I thought I would let Kent McClard and Co. do some of the reviewing today. These 7"s are all amazing and they all got reviewed favorably. I am sure many of you have these in one form or another, whether it be the discography or the mp3s, but I thought it would be cool to view them from the eyes of the people that were reviewing them at the time they came out.

Theses Zines were found as pdf's on Operation Phoenix Records. They have full scans of many different zines including Maximum Rock and Roll, Flipside, HeartattaCk and more... They also have a great section of flyers and a music store. Be sure to give them a visit.

Click on the image to download the 7". Apologies if the reviews are hard to read. I had to fit them in this column so I hope they arent too hard to read. All original covers are saved in the mp3s themselves. Enjoy! Have an awesome weekend. Next week I am going to jolt you with a massive cliché. ^_^ b.l.e.n.d.7.7...


Blogger Death Metal Dan said...

This is one of the coolest posts I've seen on any mp3 blog ever. Seriously. And not because of WHAT albums you posted (I have most, if not all of them already), but just the way you did it. Great concept and execution.

1:56 PM  
Blogger enlinea said...

YES, this is pure gold, thanks blend.

Papstar - could you up please challenger - "give people..." thanks in advance

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Sean M. said...

Amazing post, man. All of these records are classics, as far as I'm concerned, and including the HearattaCk reviews was an excellent touch. Thanks!

3:19 PM  
Blogger cretin said...

this is thoroughly awesome stuff. great work.

3:42 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

very, very nice. did you scan those yourself or did you take them from the Operation Phoenix website? They're all indexed and coded (hence searchable) there, I've used them a couple of times in my own reviews but never as elegantly as this.

3:50 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Thanks! I thought it would be cool when I was looking at the reviews to kind of see the records the same way as when they came out. But in an internet/mp3 sort of way, since thats the ubiquitous format...

Thanks for pointing that out Gabba. I had these saved for a while and came across them. They are totally from Operation Phoenix. An awesome site, with fliers and full zine pdf's of MMR, Flipside, HeartattaCk and others..

I should add it in the post...

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is fucking awesome. anasarca is amazing. isn't give me back modeled after this zine?

4:53 PM  
Blogger rybunal said...

great post. this is awesome. i email heartattack today about doing a possible PDF/ONLINE retrospective...doubt i will hear back

10:37 PM  
Blogger j said...

that crud is a cult record is so good.

12:41 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

great post man, definitely a cool way of looking at these old 7's.

enlinea, I will try to get that up for you tonight...maybe tomorrow morning.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fucking amazing man. genius post. i still have my HaC's somewhere.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Batguano said...

Awesome post concept! I have a lot of these zines and recs, but it's a lot of fun to see them assembled like this and doesn't require me to dig in my garage in order to bask in the nostalgia. I recently found the Anasarca 7" in the clearance bin at the local shop... very cool band!

5:02 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

i may be late to the party, but damn son. gotta go and pull the big guns on us huh? it's cool. i mean we all know your down, but you have to go and prove it. that's cool, when i'm in new york this october, i'll show you my ray cappo jump, with jumps like mine you'd wonder why i wasn't in shelter, but then you'd get to know me and realize there's no chance in hell i would have even been considered for a moment. turns out...i like to get high.
on a sadder note:
bernie mac, isaac hayes, and some old couple at the olympics are all dead in a matter of days. what the fuck?

7:32 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

awesome post- probably one of my favorites ever.

8:38 PM  
Blogger JOJOFACE said...

Man! Great post! And thanks for linking to

I just spent the last hour reading heartattaCk. See, I was a ska-kid all through the nineties. So I have a lot of catching up to do.

Also, reading through some of those reviews I have a few bands I need to check out, and if anyone here has any of these I would love you for life!

EXCITEBIKE • Beak/Scoop/ .. .etc CD
GRIVER • demo

11:14 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

some great records here. i love that crud is a cult 7". definitely a gem i rarely hear being discussed.

have you ever heard the Damage cover of "Missionary Position?" It's pretty good.

4:27 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Hey! Thanks so much to all of you. You are all 50% of this site and it wouldnt be nearly as fun without having all of you commenting and sharing ideas and stories and of course awesome music.

I had a lot of fun making this post and only wish I had more room so I couldve made everything bigger. A site re-design may be in the works. But thats a whole 'nother story.

I had a bunch of other reviews that I couldve added but I didnt have or couldnt find covers for them all. If I find enough to make it worth it I may do another one of these.

Anyway, here is Griver. I cant remember where I got this, so apologies, but someone said I would like it and now someone else is asking for it, so here it is..


10:53 AM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

come on blend, now you are just being lazy! can't even write your own reviews anymore! haha. i kid. perhaps this is an homage to all us old folks who used the copy/paste techniques for our flyering/zinemaking. before everyone and their grandma had their own computer? very clever and "deep." but the least you could have done was actually tear into your old heartattacks! those rips don't even look real! faker!

kent mcclard was always a winner in my book. no answers (pre heartattack) was the supreme zine of it's time. probably not alot know the whole MRR backlash days, but i rmemeber it ending in "if you dont like it, start your own fucking zine." and this, heartattack was born. goodtimes.

i never liked anasarca though. NEXT.

12:50 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

Challenger - Give people...

3:47 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

i'm not old enough to remember no answers, other than issue 10 still being available through ebullition, and the first downcast 7" came with issue 9, that predominantly is all i know about, but heartattack was the zine that showed me there was more to punk rock than what mrr was letting on. the first time i heard mention of cap'n jazz was flipping through those pages, as were most of the bands i would come to love. and ebullition as a label, in my book, easily goes down in the ranks of greats along with dischord, touch and go, gravity and the like.
according to the ebulliton website, kent is working on a no answers omnibus reprinting every issue in a 400 page book. he's hoping to finish by 2010. quite fitting being the year we make contact.

3:54 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

@ Phil... man... just. man....

I didnt have time to photoshop "Realistic tears", nor is the focus of this blog my photoshop skills (of which there are a decent few), but instead the words written by McClard and Co.

I would never rip any of the issues I do have though. They reside at my moms house upstate.

A lot of people shit on Anasarca but I dont care. Those two songs have always been tops in my mind.

4:02 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

yeah, kent and a few others were columnists at MRR for awhile. i remember lots of crazy things happening at MRR at the time. some interesting, some ridiculous. all probably silly now looking back at them. but for many people, heartattack became the "new" MRR as their source for music info (this was before the interwebs), especially for the more political/crazy/screaming/emotional/hardcore minded set which was fast becoming the new thing. people started to not like the limitations (or one could argue, the openness) of MRR and literally just said fuck it, we are outta here. and they started their own shit. MRR kinda continued in the more generic "punk" realm and heartattack pretty much took up the previously lacking hardcore side of things. needless to say, we were all very excited when heartattack started. but as all things, it started to get boring and monotonous. i would totally get a book of no answers zines, though. that would be amazing.

4:10 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I definitely was more into the reviews than the articles. They were good articles at times, but sometimezs tedious and I mostly just wanted to know what was going to eviscerate my ears next and how I could find it.

4:41 PM  
Blogger enlinea said...

papstar - thanks a lot.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Joe said...


This is a great blog, and I frequently check out what you've got.

Anyways, I just put the DALETH (; my one man band - RIFL Floor, Kylesa, Torche, Isis, etc.) tracks from the split CD w/ Blue Shift online. I was wondering if you would post them on here to let others check them out. I'd really appreciate it! Thanks, and let me know what you think!




8:01 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

hey tim, got your la quiete 7" for you send me an email with your addy and i'll get this off this week. ya heard.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best blog post ever. that is all.

8:02 PM  
Blogger enlinea said...

La Quiete - Self titled

La quiete - La Fine Non e La Fine

links from

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looking for:

400 years - Transmit Failure

9:38 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

@ Joe, hey man, thanks for your post. I dont normally do requests for posts, but I will definitely check out your stuff and give a shout to you in the near future.

@ Jay, you are the fucking ruleage man... How was the show... I'll catch you on your side. It's only fair.

@ Enlinea, thanks. Everyone should make sure they have both of those. 2 of the best records ever... I wish I could find the vinyl version of La Fine with the leaf graphic on it... That artwork looked so great and minimalist.

@ Anon, I can get that for you.. Great record. Not as good as Suture and their 7" though... I posted that one a ways back. Do a search if you need it..

10:36 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Four Hundred Years - Transmit Failure

11:00 AM  
Blogger krustie said...

really nice presentation...cheers Blend friend

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