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CHAIN REACTION- Gabbie 7″EP (Belfagor Records, Italy, 1985)

More furious Hardcore from Italy! CHAIN REACTION released this smokin’ and steamin’ six tracker of an avalanche whirlitzer megaton missile in 1985 and unfortunately I’ve never heard from them again. The band consisted of three Nicolas, an Edy and a Guido and as far as I know know, they never played outside Italy. As always – feel free to fill  us in with any additional information!
Hard to pick a fave track here. All six songs are fast, tuneful Hardcore, 100% metalfree and with a great angry singer (check “Your bloody War”!). I used to call “No way out” my most beloved song here, mainly due to Berlin’s PINK FLAMINGO’s killer cover version (they covered this and the F.U’s “Pennies from Heaven” live and I tell you, that RIPPED! Must dig up some live tapes one day). What I especially like is the cheap recording. It sounds like it’s recorded in a bo or something, with no production whatsoever. And it’s especially this which transports the power of the band and compositions. Unlike all this crap music that is being released as “Punk” or “Hardcore” since 20 years and which all has the same production and riffs, this is the real deal. Enjoy!

Cages.mp3
Bloody Ways.mp3
No Way out.mp3
Run.mp3
Your bloody War.mp3
Personal Autodistruzione.mp3

PS: Too lazy to scan and reassemble the fold out lyric sheet. Might add it later.

26 Comments

  1. kev

    thanx to this blog I found at least a hundred bands I had never heard of before. this is no exception. so catchy! hats off to you sir for the best blog for this kind of music!

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    Posted on 29-Jun-08 at 12:24 | Permalink
  2. I.L.O.V.I.T.A.L.Y.

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    Posted on 29-Jun-08 at 21:50 | Permalink
  3. henrysugly

    this band is really great, i like the no way out song a lot, but the other songs really kill on this record, its too band they never recorded anything after this(?) hopefully find osmething from them one day,
    i like Pink Flamingos a lot too, i heard a live recording of this band doing the cover, fuck it kills. hopefully you do rip the live shit one day, till then take care, and keep posting up those crazy shits:)

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    Posted on 29-Jun-08 at 23:51 | Permalink
  4. chano

    Totally CCM inspired shred-core . One of the fastest italian records . Recorded on the same studios that gave us the IMPACT “solo odio” 12″ep . Great .

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 02:22 | Permalink
  5. I don’t think this sounds anything like the twisted and HEAVY CCM, Chano ….

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 02:34 | Permalink
  6. Chano

    Well , CHAIN REACTION were more straight ahead but the sound and vocals are very close to CCM . 🙂

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 05:47 | Permalink
  7. Chano

    I’ve read somewhere that C.R. recorded a killer demo with 20 or so songs but the master went incidentally destroyed or something like that . So it’s sadly lost forever . Too bad… 🙁

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 06:14 | Permalink
  8. fernando

    Nice! Good job with the scans too!
    Now that you’re an Italo-HC trip (well, sort of), I invite you to consider re-upping Soglia el Dolore (yes, I know requests are not accepted…)
    I forgot, thanks to your excellents scans (Raptus) I finally got some light on the correct chronology of Raw Power’s early works, i.e. the “Brown Studio” tape is earlier than the LP, contrary to what I had read (that is, that they recorded the tape because of their insatisfaction with the LP sound).
    About the Raptus post, Erich, you didn’t say a word about the Petrolio & Stigmathe links I mentioned, were them of use? Grazie

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 08:31 | Permalink
  9. Jerry B

    Yeah! One of my altime top Italocore records, the vocals are craaaazyyyy

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 10:59 | Permalink
  10. alfonsin

    Thanks for posting this great slab of vinyl,
    Heard the song “No Way Out” for the first time in ’87 from a guy who recorded some tunes from a french radio show called the “Western Front”, held by the person who runs Neg. FX records back in those days…
    Could it be possible for you to scan the lyrics sheet, just to see at which point the english lyrics were distorted by that sweet italian accent,
    or eventually to do some sing-along in public transportation, why not?

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    Posted on 30-Jun-08 at 16:05 | Permalink
  11. CHANO

    Man , the SOGLIA DEL DOLORE 7″ is horrible beyond belief…

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    Posted on 01-Jul-08 at 03:04 | Permalink
  12. C’mon Chano! That’s a very good ep, albeit not the standard of the quintessential italian stuff, but still ….. I’m pretty sure you don’t like the godly BEDBOYS either, do you?

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    Posted on 01-Jul-08 at 07:20 | Permalink
  13. fernando

    Chano wrote: «the SOGLIA DEL DOLORE 7″ is horrible beyond belief…» Well, I don’t know, that’s why I’d like it to be reposted. I only heard one song which appeared in the “Reanimated by life” comp that megawimp did. One member (the singer) came from Uart Punk if memory serves.
    I also thank the admin (even tho lately he doesnt answer me for reasons unknown) for BEDBOYS, they are huge, immense, supernatural, yes, godly!! 😀

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    Posted on 01-Jul-08 at 08:20 | Permalink
  14. Oopsy, Fernando: Did I overlook something? I’m a bit slow and clumsy these days when it comes to social interactions. Nothing personal (in your case) – just me going slowly insane. Or sane.

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    Posted on 01-Jul-08 at 08:30 | Permalink
  15. fernando

    “”…going slowly insane. Or sane.” Sounds nice, enjoy! 😀
    Overlook… Well in the Raptus post you asked for the petrolio demo and the stigmathe 82/87 ep, then I wrote some links to help and a total silence followed, then again I asked here if the links were useful and again but, anyway, if there’s no personal reason for that, that’s OK (and, come to think of it, when you go personal it’s kinda scary… I’m thinking of your «obscene love» feelings and such – see Mustard Relics, Meat Puppets post, haha)
    Saludos 🙂

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    Posted on 01-Jul-08 at 15:30 | Permalink
  16. Chano

    The BEDBOYS ep is one the best italian hc records of all times . I LOVE IT !!! 🙂

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    Posted on 02-Jul-08 at 00:51 | Permalink
  17. Dave

    PINK FLAMINGOS!! please dig up those live tapes you were talking about. live material by these guys is very hard to find.

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    Posted on 02-Jul-08 at 15:16 | Permalink
  18. chano

    BEDBOYS are incredible . I’ve heard a few hc bands with such an IMPLODING sound . Don’t you think , Admin ?

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    Posted on 03-Jul-08 at 00:56 | Permalink
  19. bLoOd

    LYRIC SHEET PLEASE!!!!

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    Posted on 12-Jul-08 at 12:10 | Permalink
  20. Jan-Roger

    Please scan the lyric sheet. This must be some of italy’s best hardcore record! Maybe some other by peggio punx or negazione. Tutti pazzi! Thanks for great site. Hails from Norway

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    Posted on 17-Jul-08 at 13:23 | Permalink
  21. Billy D. Zero

    lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! lyrics sheet! pink flamingos! thx!

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    Posted on 19-Feb-09 at 02:17 | Permalink
  22. mulla Karel

    Hi mr. F.O.G. Thank you for this post. Finally a good opportunity to hear “No way out” straight from CHAIN REACTION. Cheers from the land of crazy CZECHCORE S.R.K. and mighty SKIMMED. 🙂

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    Posted on 23-May-09 at 09:23 | Permalink
  23. BoWu

    just found out, that they playing music together again..look for their myspace site…

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    Posted on 27-Dec-09 at 17:09 | Permalink
  24. Bunny

    IF anyone is interested.
    CHAIN REACTION are now back togheter

    check here :

    http://www.myspace.com/chainreactionhc

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    chano Reply:

    The new material is just boring & generic punk/hc. Delete.

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    Posted on 18-Jun-10 at 12:28 | Permalink
  25. jimothy

    please post the lyric sheet!!!! this is one my favorite records

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    Posted on 02-Dec-13 at 08:42 | Permalink
  26. timothy

    a year later still one of my favorite records, please post the lyric sheet my guy. Real curious as to what the lyrics pertain to.

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    Posted on 13-Jan-15 at 09:18 | Permalink

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