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Missiles of October are:
Lionel Beyet: bass & scream
Bob Seytor: drums
Mathias Salas: guitar & scream
extra Guitar on "Looser man" by Ralf Jock

All songs and texts by Missiles of October
Recorded 28-29 may 2016 at Sthor sound studio - Germany by Ralf Jock & Guido Lucas
Mixed 20 august 2016 at Sthor sound studio - Germany by Ralf Jock, Guido Lucas & Missiles of October
Mastered 26 aout by Nicolas Beyet

Artwork by Sisca Locca


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22.10.16: Breda @ Pob + 2 more
28.10.16: Mochenglabach @ Sthor sound Release party! + Triebault
11.11.16: Bruxelles @ Magasin4 - Release party! + Membrane + Revok + Galvanize + Grant National
12.11.16: Liege @ Garage - Release party! + Membrane + Revok

04.02.17: Dour (Be) @ En attendant le Printemps festival + La jungle + Morkobot + Animal Youth + L'effondras + more !
04.03.17: Bruxelles @ Barlok + Frau Blucher + bollocks breakers + more!!
05.03.17: Paris @ Cirque electrique + Nine Eleven + Remote
18.03.17: Tilburg @ Extase + more!
05.04.17: London (GB) @ The Underworld Camden + Whores + Big Business
29.04.17: Zaventem (be) @ private party
13.05.17: Bruxelles (Be) @ Bunker + krakenizer + lapins électriques
22.09.17 : La Louviere @ La Taverne du theatre

(...) Missiles Of October offer up ten tracks of raw and dirty sounding punk, grunge, sludge, and noise rock. Overall, Better Days is a really solid album and is definitely worth checking out. Great stuff. Enjoy!

From the opening ominous bass notes of the album Better Days, Missiles of October set out their stall and demand that you lean in and engage. State of Crisis grows from that bass note to a rhythmic, driving punk song that demands that you bang your head as the Dead Kennedys style guitar riff hooks you in.
Hailing from Belgium, the Missiles of October have been touring aggressively across the continent and they’ve released a very strong album. No Brain No Headache channels Fugazi and Front 242 in the juxtaposition of choppy guitars leading into pogo inducing choruses. There is an angular approach to much of the bands output and it combines to produce a very unique and effective package of songs. The third song on the ten track album, Satisfaction in Nothing reminded me a little of the early Pixies whilst the sub-two minute Better Days is much more Black Flag with Rollins style vocals over a pulsating backing.
At the half-way point, we are treated to the seven-minute plus, sludge fest of Everyday. The song shows the bands songwriting chops and does not let up continuing to pound the bass and overlay chaotic guitar solos – Wow!
Loser takes us back up a notch with a Black Sabbath style riff, Rammstein style vocals and Missiles of October style delivery! Loved this song! The band visits a faster approach with another shorter song in Chainsaw that had me reaching for my early Metallica albums and then Problems rocks it up another notch. The penultimate track, Blah-blah-blah is a more, in your face, punk track reminiscent of west coat US bands like the Circle Jerks.
Last up is Two Feet in Sludge, almost four minutes of one of the most appropriately named songs of the year! As the band grinds away behind the raw throat vocals, the album comes to a very satisfying conclusion. Missiles of October are good, very good and are hitting their stride. Check out this super album here

Segundo álbum do colectivo belga conhecido como Missiles Of October e que já é um velho conhecido nosso. O que temos é um rock sujo, visceral, muito próximo do punk (tão próximo que temos mesmo que assumir que são mesmo punk) e do sludge, não deixando de ter a sua pitada de stoner. Ou seja, temos uma série de coisas e ao mesmo tempo não temos especificamente nenhuma delas, portanto vamos dizer apenas que os Missiles são uma bujarda de sujidade e distorção e que "Better Days" é o seu melhor trabalho até agora por uma simples razão: é o seu trabalho mais dinâmico e intenso de sempre. Duvidam? Arrisquem a conhecê-los e verão que temos razão.
Nota 8/10

If you’re unfamiliar with Missiles Of October, they’re a sludgy noise-punk band out of Brussels, Belgium. They’re second full length album Better Days dropped in October and it rages with heavy rhythm guitars, popping bass-lines, blood curdling vocals and off-kilter structures. The opening track “State of Crisis” immediately evokes fragments of Black Flag‘s Damaged era with the doomy sludginess of The Melvins. Similarly, the band delivers an attack of crunchy guitar chords, upbeat rawness and vocal rasp on “Better Days,” “Chainsaw” and “Problems.”
Missiles Of October also unleashes their knack for irregular guitar riffs, adding an element of experimentation to gritty and hard-hitting soundscape. The second track “No Brain No Headache” epitomizes such guitar riffs during the verses, but the same can be heard on “Satisfaction In Nothing” and “Blah-blah-blah.” Better Days is a fun album if you’re a fan of classic hardcore, stoner rock and sludge-metal.

Second album for Missiles of October, who continue with their combined sounds of punk, sludge and stoner rock to serve up a real noise fest with ten new songs making up to one whole titled ‘Better Days’. With the band comprising of members Bob Seytor, Lionel Beyet and Mathias Salas, this trio creates a mighty racket which first track, ‘State of Crisis’, immediately suggests with its pummeling sound of guitars and drums and rasping vocal. Following on, ‘No Brain No Headache’ is dense in sound to begin with, before kicking out, all limbs flailing, during its chorus (of sorts). However, where this song differs is in the vocals, giving the impression of wanting the song’s message to be heard due to far more clarity than what Missiles of October has perhaps dared to give before. The disillusionment with life continues during ‘Satisfaction In Nothing’ that once more contains more clarity in the vocal department, and not without a whiff of Fugazi about it as well. There’s no doubt that many truths regarding everyday mundanity is being communicated here, with song titles providing their own clues (‘Looser Man’, ‘Two Feet In Sludge’, ‘Better Days’, etc.), in addition to the battered and bruised rawness of the music as evidenced by tracks ‘Everyday’ and ‘Problems’. With a limited run of ‘Better Days’ to be issued early next year on yellow vinyl, Missiles of October’s second album can be purchased on all digital formats right now.

Friday Freebies 10-21-2016 by Bill Goodman

One of my favourite things about reviewing music: being introduced to a band that you would never have otherwise come into contact with who sit very nicely within your tastes. I have huge soft spots for anything that is filthy and unpredictable, two boxes of which are thoroughly ticked and pissed all over in Better Days.
Missiles Of October produce a very raw sound, with songs flitting between setups with dual guitars and a rough bassline, and a satisfyingly overdriven bass and single guitar. The lack of studio processing keep things simple and clean cut, and give the sound a unique edge over most music you come across these days.
The songs themselves power through some simple, catchy riffs that tend to steal the show as they are thrashed out through heavy repetition. This approach can fall either way; Better Days will lose you if your attention flits away for too long, or it will continuously dig it’s hooks in through the course of the album. The structures are similar to that of Queens Of The Stone Age, who’s best songs are essentially the same, simple riffs repeated for the entire song, except where Missiles of October stand out (aside from not being fronted by a massive cunt) is the unpredictable nature.
The opener, State Of Crisis, packs a riff that will stick with you for days after listening. Title track, Better Days, is by far the catchiest of them all, a 2 minute blazer capturing the heavier, punk side of the band. This then drops you into Everyday, a 7 minute epic that completely contrasts their sound and styles, slowing things right down before breaking down in an extremely loud, wailing fashion, which makes you wish you were witnessing this whole ordeal live.
Which is essentially the biggest problem with Better Days. The music has been captured so well, but it would all be so much better live with the physical energy encompassing the room, and your attention fully focussed on what is happening. It is sometimes too easy to become distracted and lose the dynamics of the album. Not that Missiles Of October are one of those serious, deep and complex bands, but the way the songs work best, without the similar sounding guitars becoming too samey, relies on you paying more attention on this one. But don’t let that put you off, if you like rough, noisy and unpredictable guitar driven music, this is an album you will want to delve your ears into and give a good opportunity to sink in.

Belgium is a well known tour spot for British and European underground music. You ask any small-time or underground band they will tell you they wish to go or have actually been, with many of the bands featured on Musically Fresh testament to this. But what of the country of Belgium and it’s own exports?
We’ve grappled with Cocaine Piss and destroyed our hearing with El Yunque but what about the projectile explosives of Missiles Of October? We won’t spend too long on this one but enough time will elapse that your interests are sufficiently peaked. Speaking of which…
With five releases to date and more riffs you can shake a stick at, Missiles Of October have that certifiable Stoner Rock repetition, with drawn-out chugging riffs and a sleazy gloom. Its simplistic but its not trying to be anything else and that’s why it works.
But that’s not all, there some Punk-Rock in there too, as well as a very serious lack of taking themselves too seriously. Making your way through this bands discography you find yourself feeling the pangs of disappointment, not because of what you’re hearing so much but more because you are unable to see it live as you listen.
Better Days was released on the 17th October and as a full length, nigh-on fills the needs of the Stoner Rock, Sludge Metal inclined head-banging stoner to a T. The chord progressions are simple, powerful and driven, providing those neck exercises you were missing from your exercise routine.
The old school Hardcore Punk infusion is welcome and sits well with Belgium’s Punk tradition. The albums title track crunches down on 77′ riffs and a slightly more contemporary melodic guitar line that may be out of place but in the most positive way possible. If you were to pick a track to showcase, as part of three-track sampler etc.. then ‘Better Days’ would be a prime cut, keeping with the lumbering powerhouse of Missiles Of October but showing they aren’t afraid to pick up the pace.
By this fifth release you find that the band have settled into their sound, maturity may be the wrong word for an overall summation but for lack of a better word, we’ll settle for it’s use.
Better Days isn’t a departure but rather a leaning or nod in the direction that could well become a departure. The Punk-Rock is intensified and the stoner/sludge groove is actually morphed into more of a conditioning as the band explore the faster Punk, Rock n’ Roll, Metal and even slight Garage Rock temptations further.

Wie sehen die besseren Tage aus? Missiles of October skizzieren ein destruktives Bild und arrangieren aus dieser Perspektive ein düsteres Klangbild mit dunklen Tönen und einem hohen Energielevel, der überhaupt keinen Wert auf einen Wandel legt, sondern in einem steten Gleichklang der Destruktivität seine Veränderungswiderstände lautmalt, ohne destruktive Kompromisse einzugehen oder aufzuzeigen.
Im monotonen gleichtönigen Rhythmus wie in "Satisfaction for nothing" wird der genial einfache Impulsfaktor offenbar. Das Spannungsverhältnis aufrechterhalten und die stärker werdende Kraft als einfaches instrumentales Gestaltungsmittel nutzbar machen, bis aus dem getriebenen Rhythmus eine Bedrohung wird. MISSILES OF OCTOBER scahffen es erneut, Chaos und Anarchie hervorzubringen. Dazu wird die kreative Spannung und die klare Vorstellung von der gegenwärtigen Realität in ein intensiv dichtes Klangbild projiziert, dass die Auswirkungen der Frustrationsprozesse kaum zu ertragen sind.

(...) Et puis, petit à petit, tu te dis que la guitare dissonante et le travail des deux voix sur « No Brain No Headache »( je me demande si c'est un hommage à l'ancien webzine ou pas...) sont vraiment bien foutus. Que le côté punk du titre éponyme ne peux t'empêcher de taper du pied et de secouer la tête. Que le travail sur la wha wha d' « Everyday » est simplement mortel. De même que le côté planant de ce même morceau qui apporte un peu de répit dans ce vortex de violence. Que « Looser Man », qui est ce que je considère comme le « hit » de ce « Better Days ». Cette chanson fourmille de bonnes idées et est incroyablement catchy. Que le travail des voix ( rappelant volontairement ou non Vandal X), sur « Blah Blah Blah » est des plus réussi.
C'est donc vraiment un album plein que nous livre Missiles of October. Si jamais vous aimez Jesus Lizard, Lightning Bolt, Vandal X, Dazzling Killmen… Donnez la chance à cet album. Vous ne le regretterez pas.

Ako se sećate, a nadam se da je odgovor potvrdan (što bi u mnogome skratilo moju pisanijadu), o ovom bendu pisah kada sam radila recenziju njihovog izdanja Don’t panic” iz 2014. godine. Sada su se oglasili ponovo.
Najava za album bila je u obliku EP-ja nazvanog “No brain” koji se pojavio mesec dana ranije. Četiri pesme, lepo upoznavanje sa materijalom i tako to. Onda je objavljen album. Za one koji su čitali ono napisano oko dve godine ranije da ne ponavljam, ali moram zbog novopridošlih fanova mog rada i dela... hehehe... Ekipa je iz Belgije, a sviraju neku mešavinu punk / hard core / noisecore muzike. Iako sam znala šta me čeka, na prvo slušanje mi se nisu baš najbolje približili. Zato je usledilo drugo, treće, četvrto... preslušavanje i obraćanje pažnje na detalje. Da, naravno da je sve krenulo na bolje! Deset pesama, neke su malo duže, neke taman koliko treba, ali gledano u celini sve je ok. Izdvojila bih “State of Crisis”, “Satisfaction in nothing”, “Better days”, “Chainsaw”, “Looser man”,... Fino! Naravno, nije ovo nešto što me je oduvalo svojom lepršavošću, ali u skladu sa muzičkim stilom sasvim je dobro, slušljivo - a to mi je najbitnije.

(...) Volviendo a Better days", 10 temas de noise, punk, rock, stoner, sludge.... dificil combinación pero con un sonido impresionante a cargo de estos dinosaurios del punk, (...)

(...) Alors avec une bonne grosse basse distordue jamais graissée, une batterie à deux balles, la voix d'un charbonneux, des accords de guitare à faire pâlir Satriani, la rage d'un pitbull et des compos bas du front, Better Days n'a pas la vie facile, ne montre pas la voie à des lendemains qui chantent. Mais les pieds dans la boue, les mains dans le cambouis, se taper la tête contre les murs et les emmerdes, Missiles Of October ne cherche que ça. Un vilain petit canard aussi repoussant qu'attirant. Mais je crois bien que je vais finir par l'adopter.



released October 17, 2016



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