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ABC DIABOLO- s/t 7″EP (Off The Disk Records, Switzerland, 1992)

abcd_frontabcdiaboloabcd_lyrics_aabcd_insertbA BAND CALLED DIABOLO. This is one of the latter Off The Disk releases in which I wasn’t really involved. I think Thomas was or is close to the band’s singer Andreas. To be honest, I never cared too much about this EP, but when I recently put it on after years and years, I seemed to understand why this is considered to be a “classic”. I’m asking this without irony: Is this “Emo”? I really don’t know because I never cared for retro HC too much (few exceptions). It’s weird, but when the Revelation-hype was going on, I began to understand that I didn’t understand the scene no more. When the 90s started with records like this (yes, this could be one of the first “real” 90s records), I felt totally alienated. Something had changed completely. Music and the imagery had become a pose: Self-reference, just like in Hip Hop, had begun to play a central role. It all felt so shallow and forced.
Upon doing a little research on ABC DIABOLO, I found an article in which somebody said that the band was heavily influenced by NEGAZIONE. Okay, I can hear that. It’s not only the screaming vocals, it’s also the weird, sometimes atonal riffing. A bit of CCM too, maybe? Apart from that and overwhelmingly so, it’s “the 90s” you hear. I think.
There’s something wicked and sick about this EP and from what I remember, the LP was hefty too. I thzink some of the pressing ofthis was on red vinyl, but I’m not sure. Maybe the testpressings only?
I wish I could tell you a bit more of substance, but I can’t. Fill us all in with your opinions, infos, corrections.

Hatredge.mp3
Superlative People.mp3
Their Choice for you.mp3
Mission.mp3

PS: Here are the exact pressing numbers (thanks much, Thomas!):

915 on red wax
130 on black wax
24  mixed colors red/black wax

27 Comments

  1. ::beatMe::

    FUCKING INTENSE!!!!!!!!!! love this!!!!

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 14:12 | Permalink
  2. white trash suburbia

    well I don’t know. too metal too modern for a man my age but still so much more intresting than what you call retro garbage (over at jbd.com). had no idea you were such a busy man in your past 🙂

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 14:13 | Permalink
  3. Paul

    I read the review of this in MRR and got it as soon as I could from a UK distro in ’92/93. Mine is red vinyl. I loved it when I got it but now I think the sound is a bit ‘muted’ in comparison with the LP – Last Intoxication of the Senses – which still blows me away, really heavy yet diverse and with Eid’s excellent vocals.

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 14:16 | Permalink
  4. Jerry B

    always wondered what the intro came from, any clues?

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 14:21 | Permalink
  5. Jerry B

    oh yeah some one red, I have one.. never cared much for the album at all, way too much for a band like this but a 7″ is ok I guess

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 14:24 | Permalink
  6. It’s weird: One can post such an interesting and never-heard-before 7″ like NIP and would hardly get a reaction at all – but when it comes to music people do already know …..

    As for the colored vinyl: I’m not sure anymore, but I think we pressed 100 on black and 900 on red vinyl. Or was this this the case with the DEMISE 7″? Damn, memory …..

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 15:06 | Permalink
  7. sabby

    like we say in german: what the farmer doesn’t now, he doesn’t eat LOL

    ABCD is great. so great. the blueprint for dozens, hundreds of bands to follow! thanks for the best blog ever and your involvement in some of the best music ever made.

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 15:32 | Permalink
  8. blake

    thanks for posting all this stuff! i will admit that i dont care for this very much.. i cant get into this kind of stuff anymore. ya’mo check yer other posts now! keep on truckin!!

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 18:05 | Permalink
  9. not guilty

    when are you gonna stop throwing up the 2nd rate OTD stuff and rip SLAVE for us all?

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    Posted on 29-Mar-09 at 21:43 | Permalink
  10. TomsyBomsy

    I never liked this 7′ and I still don’t. like it at all.
    I still could puke while listening to this. It’ horrible and badbadbadmusic for very bad times indeed.
    My least favorite OTD-record EVER!!!
    The one I have is red (with little drops of salvia obn it)

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    Posted on 30-Mar-09 at 06:56 | Permalink
  11. tik

    From your own OTD discography: “OTD 11: A Band Called Diabolo (ABC Diabolo)- 7″; Testpressings with special covers, inserts. 100 on black vinyl, 900 on red. Not my cup of tea. Dunno why so many consider this our best release. Came out in early 1992.”
    and about the demise 7″: “OTD 08: Demise- furnace of tension 7″
    1000 pressed on red and black vinyl, I think only 100 on red.”

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    Posted on 30-Mar-09 at 12:11 | Permalink
  12. Sean

    Erich, you sent this one to me as a bonus when Konserven was first pressed and I sent you an insane amount of ircs in trade. I believe you said even then that you weren’t at all into it…and neither was I apparently, since it had a melting disaster on the dash of my car (red vinyl). Same thing happened with the Iabhorher ep (it seems my subconcious wanted to intentionally immolate mediocre records).

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    Posted on 30-Mar-09 at 16:38 | Permalink
  13. Sean

    Oops, “P.S.”…Luzifer’s Mob was better in this “post hXc” sort of style.

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    Posted on 30-Mar-09 at 16:39 | Permalink
  14. @ tik: Check the updated post!
    @ Sean: I love you car, haha. Lutzi Mob play in an entirely different league, I think so too. That stuff is EVILISTIC!!!

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    Posted on 31-Mar-09 at 00:10 | Permalink
  15. Par

    good stuff

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    Posted on 31-Mar-09 at 10:10 | Permalink
  16. adamski

    I remember these guys played Glasgow back in 85 or so, then stayed at our flat after the gig. Musically, not my bag at all. It’s a bit too “dramatic”. My flatmate played their first LP CONSTANTLY at the time. No wonder I ended up kicking him in the face a year or two down the line! I also remember the singer taking an eternity in the toilet, washing himself & his lovely hair.

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    Posted on 31-Mar-09 at 10:18 | Permalink
  17. Adamski

    Oops, ’95 I mean, rather than ’85!

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    Posted on 01-Apr-09 at 00:11 | Permalink
  18. Jay Thurston

    These guys were fueled by….THE DEVIL!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 01-Apr-09 at 08:01 | Permalink
  19. If you need more info on them, go to http://www.rexrotari.de/
    which is the record store run by the singer Andreas Eid.
    He will shurely give you more infos, maybe some rare recordings…. cheers Theo

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    Posted on 03-Apr-09 at 09:17 | Permalink
  20. Martha Splatterhead

    @TomsyBomsy: you never listened to the Demise 12″ and Red Fisher 7″, did you? Hahahaha…

    Incredible band back then; the southern part of the land of sauerkraut and bratworsch had some nice bands around that time (Kurt, Dawnbreed, Luzifers Mob, Zorn…). I also love both LPs on Knopps’ Common Cause label, the first one being ahead of their time but having a shitty production – didn’t care that much about production then – and the second one was slower, darker with a nice layout, having the right production, but Neurosis etc. already got ahead, when this one was released. They were also on the “Strange Notes” Germs cover compilation on Bitzcore.
    The members went on to play in Buchenwald (sadly the 7″ doesn’t stand my test of time altough they tried hard to imitate some Japcore heroes) and Killflavour (great mixture of Chicago, Tortoise, Kraut and Bohren with a 7″ on Andreas’ Rex Rotari label and a 12″ on Common Cause). Actually the Killflavour 12″ is great!

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    Posted on 12-Apr-09 at 14:43 | Permalink
  21. Martha Splatterhead

    P.S.: A decade ago someone stole my jacket with a selfmade ABC Diabolo patch on the back – this person still has to die.

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    Posted on 12-Apr-09 at 14:47 | Permalink
  22. lePAT

    heard for the first time of that G-R-E-A-T band on the rudi rat comp and felt in love immediately!
    think the first time i catched them live was with armicide and assück about 1992-1994 and luckily saw them live for about 8 times and each time it was just great!
    after all the years i prefer to listen to the second lp, since it was the most diverse one – soundwise…

    abc diabolo played our club – the bunker in friedrichshafen / south germany – twice and i rememberance told me, that they were some of the nicer bands we had there…

    well – what i have to say about this band is, that the vocals realy had an influence of the way i tried to sing, hm – think intricate were an influence, too…

    oh – some abc d memory to share… 1995 i drove to play a concert on burt / agathocles backyard and for some reason exhaust fumes infiltrated into the interior of our old vw-bully and i got a illness/contamination from it… when we stopped the car and i rolled of the backseat i puked all about my nice pink abc diabolo shirt!
    great memory, isn’t it!?!

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    Posted on 24-May-09 at 11:14 | Permalink
  23. Thanks Pat :-). I hope you left the shirt as it was ever since!

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    Posted on 24-May-09 at 11:27 | Permalink
  24. can you maybe upload the picture of the cover for this album? thanks for the information and music. Cheers.

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    Admin Reply:

    What?

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    chad Reply:

    im talking about the cover picture, the woman and her child with the umbrella. can you maybe scan it again and send it to me?

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    Admin Reply:

    You bet, sweetheart.

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    Jesse Reply:

    what kind of a douche are you?

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    Posted on 11-Jun-10 at 12:30 | Permalink
  25. Jesse

    not the admin of course that guy asking for scans that are already there.

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    Posted on 22-Jun-10 at 09:32 | Permalink
  26. jesse: three scans are there: the back cover, inlay, and band. i just want the cover.

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    Admin Reply:

    So how much you want to spend for a scan? What kind of money are we talking about?

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    Posted on 22-Jun-10 at 09:59 | Permalink
  27. Odd little interractions going on in those last 8 comments. Wish I had paid attention more in my sociology class. Any chance I could buy a scan of the much rarer Dutch sleeve? Admin, I think that guy called you a douche, ha, ha.

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    Posted on 22-Jun-10 at 20:48 | Permalink

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