We're baahaack! A few days later than usual, but with five top ten lists as always! To be honest, it was tougher than before - I wasn't as productive as the years prior, so I know I 'missed' out on some great releases I don't own physically just yet like Contempt and The Chisel (for example). And you know my rules, or if you don't...
THE RULES ARE, AS ALWAYS:
1. I am biased as fuck, deal with it.
2. I must own the release, only physical is real. Fuck MP3's.
3. If your band is in one list, it wont be in another - just start more bands.
4. Nür Oi! and a bit of punk and hardcore.
5. Exceptions are always possible, they're my own lists after all!
Now let's go!
DEMO’s (any format)/CASSETTE ONLY RELEASES
SINGLES/EP’s (2 to 4 tracks, any format)
01. Cœur Vaillant - Mercenaire/Démo 12"/CASS (Combate Brutal/Self-Released) Wasn't aware of this demo until I received the vinyl version of this release, but it instantly blew me away!
02. Lawmaker - All Work, No Class EP CASS (Oldschool Factory) The reason I didn't list Lawmaker in my full-length list is because the four songs of this cassette are my favorites! Can't stop listening to "You Cannot Stay"!
03. Oxid – Knights In Satan’s Service CASS (R.ock A.gainst C.hristianity Productions) Raw and barbaric blackened Oi! - of course I love it!
04. Défonce – Blasphème CASS (Tape Or Die Records)
05. Shaved for Battle – Demo 2021 CASS (Clockwork Punk/Liberty Or Death Records)
06. Primitive - Pigs For Slaughter CASS (Subculture For Life Records)
07. Asbestos - S/T CASS (Dure Réalité/Rebel Time Records/Kale Borroka Records)
08. Toxic Boys - Toxicity In My Ears CASS (Clockwork Punk/Enrage Records)
09. Occupation - MMXXI CASS (SFR Hardcore)
10. Claimed Choice - S/T CASS (Pressure)
01. Ultra Razzia/Smerch – Split EP 7" (Primator Crew/Mangy Lil Mut Records) Some of the best of both Canada and Russia has to offer combined on one EP!
02. Kong Kong - From Russia With Punk 7" (Gorilla City Records) The Kings of Kong are back with another brilliant slab of wax!
03. Fléau – S/T EP 7" (Contra Records/Red Scare/Pressure) 2021's favorite debut EP is undoubtedly delivered by Fléau, highly recommended!
04. Crown Court – Sect Fifty Nine b/w The Scum 7" (Rebellion Records)
05. Empire Down - Gallows Of Winter 7" (Primator Crew)
06. Still Defiant – Fight The Evil 7" (Rebellion Records)
07. Alvilda – Négatif 7" (Alien Snatch Records)
08. Born From Pain - Live Forever 12" (German Casuals/South XVI)
09. Hammer And The Nails/Exili – Split EP 12" (Disco Nightmare/Pretty Shitty Town Records)
10. Violent Way/Béton Armé – Release The Skins 7" (Contra Records/Primator Crew)
MINI-ALBUMS (5 to 8 tracks, any format)
01. Trouble? – Backs Against The Wall 12" (Switchlight Records) 2018's split EP with Stokes CPH was good, this 12" is brilliant!
02. 45 Adapters – Now Or Never 12" (Pirates Press Records) Do the 45 Adapters ever disappoint? Nope! Looks and sounds amazing!
03. The Choice Few – One Way Streets 12" (Rebellion Records/LSM Vinyl) Might be the band's first and last release, but at least it's a massive one!
04. Savage Beat – New World 12" (Rebellion Records/LSM Vinyl)
05. RMBLR – RMBLR 12" (Wanda Records/Spaghetty Town Records
06. Teenage Hearts – Want More! 12" (Primator Crew/Tough Ain't Enough)
07. Bart And The Brats – Dogged 10"/CASS (Chickpea Records)
08. Criminal Outfit – A Million Saturdays 12" (Try And Stop Me Records/LSM Vinyl)
09. Proto – At The Foot Of The Mountain 12" (Contra Records)
10. Sharp/Shock – Casual As 12" (Contra Records)
FULL-LENGTHS (9+ tracks, any format)
01. Live By The Sword - Exploring Soldiers Rise LP/CD/CASS (Rebellion Records) My favorite album of the year was already decided very early on in 2021...
02. Östra Aros - Stormvarning! LP (PST Records) Though Östra Aros' latest LP was an excellent contender! Love it!
03. Komintern Sect - Des Jours Plus Durs Que D’Autres LP/CD (Contra Records/Euthanasie/LSM Vinyl) Not a fan of the cover artwork, but the music is brilliant as always! Legends!
04. Chubby And The Gang – The Mutt’s Nuts LP/CD/CASS (Partisan Records)
05. Bull Brigade – Il Fuoco Non Si È Spento LP/CD (Demons Run Amok Entertainment)
06. Kronstadt – Quai De L’Ouest LP (Une Vie Pour Rien?/LADA/Destructure Records/Senseless Acts Of Anger)
07. Liberty & Justice - Pressure LP (Contra Records)
08. Collision – Sur Les Trottoirs LP (Une Vie Pour Rien?)
09. Cuir – Album LP (Offside Records/Rockstar Records)
10. Antagonizers ATL - Kings LP (Pirates Press Records)
COMPILATIONS/REISSUES/ALTERNATIVE PRESSINGS (any format and anything goes)
01. The Templars La Premiere Croisade LP (Templecombe) Recorded in 1993, restored and remastered in 2020 and sounding massive on vinyl in 2021!
02. V/A – Oi! The Antidote do.LP (Crossbar Records) Most of today's favorites combined on one double LP compilation!
03. The Righteous – ...And The Saga Begins LP (Lionheart Records) Originally released on CD by Chapter 11 and TKO Records in 2000 and now issued on vinyl for the very first time!
04. Béton Armé/Ultra Razzia – Demo 2018/Demo 2017 LP (Primator Crew)
05. Paris Violence – Le Vent Divin Souffle Toujours LP (Islika Produktions)
06. Crashed Out – This Is Our Music LP (Common People Records)
07. Semper Eadem – Demo ‘14 12” (Lionheart Records)
08. V/A – Portugal Oi! LP (Zerowork Records)
09. Backfire! – All Bets Are Off LP (Rebellion Records)
10. Lovely Lads – The Best You’ve Got LP (Lionheart Records)