Category Archives: HARDCORE

Mendeku Diskak Records / Mess & Repeat Offender reviews

Got this bad ass promo tape from Eduard who is the man behind Mendeku Diskak Records. He is a super committed and supportive dude with the right attitude. These days the most popular release on MD is probably the Mess EP, but there are so many other great releases on this label. There are some crucial records coming out in the near future.
On this promo we can find a track from each of the upcoming Mendeku Diskak releases, which are being pressed at the moment and will be up for sale soon:
Contempt s/t 12″, Astillo One-sided 12″, Ogro demo cassette, Repeat Offender “Summary Execution” 7″, Scalpo “È La Lotta L’Avvenire” Flexi 7″.
There are 200 copies made, 50 of them went to the bands as royalties, 50 more were sent out as promos and the remaining are up for sale at the webshop:

I know these records are not exactly new releases, but maybe you haven’t heard them yet.

Mess – Intercity 12″ EP

For those who are unfamiliar with the band, Mess are a three piece band from Guadalajara, Mexico.
The best thing about Mess is that they sound like a real Oi! band. They have created a catchy tune with blitz-esque riffs, and wrote memorable choruses which make you want to sing along. As I mentioned, while most of their songs feature catchy vocal parts, they never sound like a weak pop punk band. Mess makes early 80’s influenced Oi! music very much in the vein of Blitz, and the best moments from the early part of the Exploited’s discography.
On the cover, under the name of the band, there is an inscription “AKA The Terribles” which is a little tribute to the Terrible Twins. Terrible Twins was a studio band with former Sham roadie and Kidz Next Door vocalist Grant Fleming and Cockney Rejects guitarist Micky Geggus.
Totally great debut release that I have been spinning nonstop for almost a month now, and I can’t wait to see what these Mexican mates have in store next.

Repeat Offender – Demo 7″

I slept on the Repeat Offender tape, their demo cassette was released in March 2020 and sold out shortly after. Fortunately, Eduard brought us the vinyl version of this gem. OK, this release basically covers everything that I love in a hardcore band. This record is a ripper from start to finish, really awesome fast parts, raw production,
dirty guitars and perfect vocal patterns make this 7 inch an absolute powerhouse.
While I have read their sound describes as a skinhead Oi! band worship I’d have to disagree and say that to me it sounds a lot more like Negative Approach mixed with some early Boston bands like Negative FX or Jerry’s Kids. But we will not quarrel about it.
I’ve been jamming these songs a lot, I highly recommend checking this out. Their new release called “Summary Execution” will be out soon on Mendeku Diskak, so keep your eyes and ears are open!

Raw Deal rehearsal tape

Raw Deal rehearsal tape (1989)

Raw Deal founded by Carl Porcaro, Rich McLoughlin, and Anthony Drago, all formerly of classic NYHC band Breakdown. Drago and Carl really liked the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s just the name they came up with. The message of the band was really clear and simple. Their lyrics were kind of realistic, it’s not like they’re positive or negative. It was all about just reality. Don’t live in a fantasy world and be blind to everything around you.

The band’s first show was at the CBGB’s, it was a matinee gig with Sick Of It All, Krakdown, and Absolution on January 24th, 1988. Their first concert at CB’s was unreal, because everyone wanted to see Anthony Comunale’s (ex-Gilligan’s Revenge/Token Entry) return to the stage. “This ain’t Breakdown and it ain’t Token Entry either. This is Raw Deal!”

Raw Deal played the first “Super Bowl of Hardcore” at the Ritz at the beginning of 1988, which was around the same time that they recorded and started distributing their first demo with the help of the legendary Some Records. The demo cassette has become a cult classic and it hasn’t lost any of its power and energy in the decades that have passed since it was first released. They recorded everything live with one take at the Loft studio.

They only played as Raw Deal for about a year and a half. During that time, the band played several times at the Anthrax club in CT, the Right Track Inn (Freeport, NY) and the CBGB’s with Sick Of It All, Krakdown, Maximum Penalty, Warzone and Sheer Terror, furthermore the band was featured on the New Breed compilation tape and the “Where The Wild Things Are…” compilation too.

In 1989 Raw Deal changed their name to Killing Time and ended up signing on with In-Effect Records. (Pic by Bill Wilson)

Eddie Leeway’s fight / GoFundMe


Medicall bills are no joke, every donation will help so please follow the link below. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.
Peace and love.

GoFundMe link:

This campaign is a beginning to help Eddie cover some of his costs and expenses as he fights Stage 3 Adenocarcinoma. This is a form of lung cancer that can be aggressive and spread to other parts of the body, but we’ve already started scheduling chemotherapy at the end of the month because the sooner we bring the fight the better.

“I spent a full week in the hospital getting all tests necessary and the doctors feel this can be treated. They at first found a malignant mass on the top part of my right lung which is the culprit that caused me pain for over 2 weeks before I walked into an ER…I didn’t have any healthcare at the time I’m now trying to acquire state healthcare (Medicaid) because this is going to be expensive even with healthcare

I need the help of my friends and family more than ever and I hope each of you know how much this means to me. I have a lot to look forward in life still and I don’t want to leave this world in such a condition

My love and respect to you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.” Eddie Leeway