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GEPOPEL- Complete 1982-85 LP (Noise & Distortion, Holland, 2008)

Got a package in the mail today and it came from Niels! One (if not the) high points in European Hardcore saw the light of day when all was almost over: The incredibly catchy and tense EP by Holland’s GEPOPEL. I will never forget how blown away I was over the power of “Paracide”. I had known the tracks from the “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” comp LP, but this EP just left me speechless. And it still does: You know, music in it’s best moments can be a container of memories. It’s not clear pictures or events that I associate with GEPOPEL’s pounding drum beat, desperate and youthful singing and the clean riffs – it’s more of an emotional setting, a mood, a moment. The song “Paracide” would forever be on any “Best of Hardcore” – compilation I might be assembling (although since iTunes, mp3 and all that, I’ve never compiled much no more. Man, I loved sitting in front of my records, pulling everything out, trying if the particular band would hit the right mood needed for the comp and then started recording the songs onto tape, trying to deliver a good cutting job. Here’s another for you re-enactment guys: It was all about the lack of hi-tech!). “Dogs” starts off with one helluva roar and all the other songs on “Paracide” breath the same fresh air. This is Hardcore: No Metal, no more Punk audible. It was something new, somthing unique and in all its limited glory, something ephemeral.

This photo shows an installation entitled «Re-Enactment. The three layers of history.»

This discography contains all (at least this is what it says) of the band’s recording history (Niels: I think there’s plenty of unused stuff from the FUNERAL ORATION / GEPOPEL split demo, isn’t there?). It’s nice to ride through the album and hear how the band developped and changed. The liner notes of Niels are a good and interesting read, very personal and reflected, just like what he always achieved with his greatly missed blog. Yet I must say that this LP has its flaws: First off, it’s the really cheap cover. I mean, Photoshop doesn’t make you a graphic designer and worse yet – if you can’t properly handle it for a prestage printing production, it totally fucks things up. The sound reproduction is okay: Unfortunately the level is extremely low and the EP sound has been “pushed” a little with adding some bass frequencies (or taking out the middle frequencies by accident). Nothing dramatic, but if you have listened to the EP regularly over the past 23 years like I did, you immediately hear a difference. I couldn’t resist it and ripped the EP version of “Paracide” with the same settings for you to compare.
Anyway – if you don’t have the original EP and even if you do, you must get this from noiseanddistortion.com or you might wanna try and ask Niels directly.

Original EP track:
Paracide.mp3

Assorted tracks from the Discography LP:
Paracide.mp3
Dogs.mp3
Blind Faith.mp3
Beuke Hakke.mp3
Almost grew my Hair.mp3

16 Comments

  1. Did I mention, the LP comes on nice dark green marbled vinyl? I did not? Now I did.

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    Posted on 09-Dec-08 at 05:36 | Permalink
  2. jubilee

    Great songs, catchy. If a nearby distro has this lp I’ll be ordering one. The cover is horrible though but your installation is great. Only missed the yellow bear haha.

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    Posted on 09-Dec-08 at 06:01 | Permalink
  3. Jay Thurston

    I love “Almost Grew My Hair”. The rest are played too slow. :)

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    Posted on 09-Dec-08 at 16:49 | Permalink
  4. If you think this cover is bad, you should see my discarded designs :)

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    Posted on 10-Dec-08 at 12:08 | Permalink
  5. BTW, yes, there’s more tracks – for instance the 4 minute Ahriman Hippie Version that we put on the Gepopel/F.O. split tape to piss off Chris “I’ll put out anything that’s hardcore” BCT – but if we’d included everything there would have been 3 or 4 versions of every song on the LP!

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    Posted on 10-Dec-08 at 12:15 | Permalink
  6. Fucker

    Maybe “somebody”should rip the split tape ;-)

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    Posted on 10-Dec-08 at 14:25 | Permalink
  7. Sean

    ??? I liked the cover art Erich! I’ve heard these types of comments before, where some basic photoshopped covers are being bagged on for hXc reissues (ala Anti Cimex a few years back…the covers were “okay”, but not horrendous!). Thing is, (and this is my just my own opinion) I think the digital artists are trying to capture an updated mood to the 80s cut/paste covers.

    But yes, good stuff! :)

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    Posted on 10-Dec-08 at 17:27 | Permalink
  8. Hmm, maybe that is so, Sean. I still think it looks poor.

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    Posted on 11-Dec-08 at 00:07 | Permalink
  9. There´s two European HC 7″es that really does it every time for me: BGK-white male… and the Gepopel 7″. I don´t know which one I like best. Think I´ll go with Gepopel cause of the lyrics to Bandwagon. Too bad the cover design dosen´t do the band justice. Looks like a second rate crust band.

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    Posted on 11-Dec-08 at 12:50 | Permalink
  10. Lee

    I like the cover art a lot. The music is sick, too.

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    Posted on 11-Dec-08 at 17:25 | Permalink
  11. newbie

    As someone above suggested it’ll be great to hear that Gepopel/FO split tape :)

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    Posted on 12-Dec-08 at 08:01 | Permalink
  12. noob

    good stuff!
    just a few questions Erich, how is that fear of god cd coming along?
    also, have you heard of a band called accursed bludgeon ( i think they’re from holland too)..if so are they any good? i can’t find any of their stuff anywhere..i’m curious since they are listed as one of the influences for Agathocles in their biography

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    Posted on 13-Dec-08 at 08:35 | Permalink
  13. Dave & I are currently working on a Fear Of God website which will have the entire recording history for free download. We’ve had a lot of labels, small and big, knocking on our door but in the end we decided to make the complete works available for free. As soon as the work is done, it will get announced.
    Bludgeon? Hmm, doesn’t ring a bell right now …..

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    Posted on 13-Dec-08 at 09:02 | Permalink
  14. Zach

    Oddly enough, there’s an Accursed Bludgeon track up on Last.fm of all places: http://www.last.fm/music/Accursed+Bludgeon. I can imagine most people hating it, I think it’s great. If you’ve heard the pre-Agathocles band Hellsaw, you can see why they were an influence on Jan/AG because Hellsaw is pretty much the same thing, raw noisecore with cardboard box drums.

    I think a certain Admin needs to post the Blood Munster demo so I can finally say I’ve heard a noise band that used a typewriter and cuckoo clock for percussion :)

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    Posted on 13-Dec-08 at 22:00 | Permalink
  15. Yes yes I’d love to hear the Gepøpel/Funeral Oration split tape as well. I’ve been trying to find it for a while but to no avail.

    Great shit here, I’ll be ordering this one soon.

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    Posted on 31-Dec-08 at 17:15 | Permalink
  16. FranFurt

    I had similar feelings than the expressed in Erich’s words when I first heard this EP: Freshness an youthful power sounding.
    Despite I came late to the party ( It was 10 years after the release, but at least was still in the 20th century) I was still unaware of any kind of HiTech -didn’t even own CDs- and it helped a lot to get the “mood”; I Inmediately tape it.
    Later I heard the Gepopel / F.O split, which I loved even more. Almost grew my hair is in my opinion one of the outstanding songs of this demo.

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    Posted on 07-Jul-14 at 14:24 | Permalink

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