Thursday, 20 October 2011

RAC Encyclopedia - part 5

After a long break the rubric is back online. Sometimes is really hard to collect information from reliable source which is full enough to be called a “ band’s history". To all our readers who are able to help for the next volumes of the “RAC Encyclopedia” – please contact us on the Blog’s e-mail – your help will be welcomed!!! Let’s go forward to the very interesting read of this chapter, this time we focused our attention on Czech/Slovak part of the scene


Buldok is a band from Czech Republic newly formed after the dissolution of Brigada Oi. In 1992 Buldok appears in the scene with their most pure skinhead recording, regarding to the subject of the songs,: the MC 'Patriot', which includes fourteen songs in Czech. Their lyrics are the typical of the skins of those years, as it is evidenced by titles like 'Patriot', 'Renee' or 'Skinhead'. Their RAC was soft and melodic, without being aggressive and where the voice of Tom highlights. My favourite track on this recording is 'Bilá boure'.

In less than two years Buldok recorded their second album 'Ohen a led ', an album that has been very popular since then. That album from 1994 included nine songs in Czech, three of them were included in the international compilation "White Pride World Wide Vol.2", as you can see Buldok had not gone unnoticed at the time. 'Ohen a led' was released again in 1999, this time including fifteen tracks of the band, four of them instrumentals, and the following year, in 2000, it was also published with the title and lyrics in English 'Fire and Ice'. This edition included fourteen songs, with the same four instrumental songs. And a couple of years ago, in 2008, a German label re-released this compact with their subjects in English. So really the album 'Ohen a led'' has been spined out.

 A couple of years passed until we could hear a new Buldok album, in this occasion was 'Skrewface', a miniCD which included six songs, four of them in Czech, one instrumental and one in English. For me, this is their masterpiece, the music and the voice of Tom are full of mysticism, whether or not you understand the lyrics. Perhaps is their most metal album. But undoubtedly the most productive year was 1997 when the band released two LPs. On the one hand, 'Triumf' a CD with eleven songs that continue the same line of their two previous albums, here you can found great songs like 'Nová Krev', 'Mission: Spandau', or the famous' Exodus' and 'Triumph of the will '. In the other LP the band members made their big jump, with an all-English album 'Creed of Iron' with eight songs including the famous closing song "Ode to Bob Matthews." We must highlighting the fact that this year George Burdi, the well known member of that famous band Rahowa (and later a traitor), collaborated with the lyrics of Buldok, especially of the album 'Triumf'.

Finally comes the year 1999, when surprisingly Buldok recorded their next album with the Spanish label Rata-ta-ta-ta. It was 'Blood and Soil', another CD entirely in English this time with twelve songs. Buldok in the decade of the 90’s was already been set over as a band adored by skins but whose lyrics have surpassed the typical skinhead themes talking more about mythological themes, full of pride. Of course this was an original point of view and innovation that allowed Buldok to escape the censorship and repression that in the late nineties suffered the NS scene, to which with no doubt this band belonged.

However Buldok members were not unaware of what was happening around him and finally the band members decided to put an end to the band as they knew for sure that sooner or later the media and the repressive machinery would go after them as it happened in the late nineties with other famous bands that played throughout the decade. Again, as it happened with other bands of the Czech scene, the members of the band dissolved Buldok without being that the end for them. Particularly active, Tom the Buldok's singer, became involved in other projects in the scene, in Thodverdtur, a project with thrash / death metal influences and in Wolfheart, that which no doubt follow the trail of the subjects about Buldok spoke during many years. The truth is that I had not much interest in these projects but for the fans I would say that Thodverdthur recorded his first LP before the dissolution of Buldok, in 1998, entitled "Killed by the night of Nordic wrath" with nine songs in English, and the following year they released a live album with ten songs called 'Live'. Meanwhile Wolfheart appeared on the scene in 2002 with an LP with 12 long songs in English. However, no more than four years ago, Tom breaks this mystical and mythological pattern with an apolitical project called Outsider, which recorded a demo with four songs. This new project is different to other headed by Tom and the lyrics, which a friend describes as 'a response to life', are perhaps more existential. His song 'Láska Je Kurva' is sung in duet with a female voice and there is another song that makes clear what I mean: 'Carpe Diem'.


Another Czech formation formed as a metamorphosis of the band Diktator, after this band published the album 'Vpred Stale’. They do not left too much time to start working on his new style and new songs, but his first album will not be published until 1996 when appears their CD 'Apokalypsa', which for me is their best work. The quality of the band is unique, magnificent and powerful. Their sound has mutated from a typical unpretentious RAC music to a bloody great WP Metal with many technical details that put Excalibur in the collections of the skins from around the world in those years, when from the U.S. they only talked mostly about bands such as BFG, Berserkr and others that were making a more powerful sound than was hitherto the skinhead sound.

'Apokalypsa' is certainly an album well worked and matured. It consist of twelve songs with strong lyrics with space tended to show off their musical quality, with exquisite guitar playing, notable for example in 'Hej Bratre!' o 'I'm your death'.... The opening of the CD and the first song 'Teror' is very good and in this album you could find what to me is a masterpiece and perhaps the best song of Excalibur, 'Bílý rytír Ian'', dedicated to Ian Stuart. This work is also remarkable in other ways, for example, the language. Excalibur dares to sing in English almost half the songs on this album, in a country like the Czech Republic where scarcely only three choirs had been sung in English, especially must be appointed Skrewdriver version of 'European dream', plus 'Excalibur' and 'Stalingrad '.

This album did not go unnoticed in Western Europe and other countries like the U.S., saying for example, the famous Resistance, magazine that "Excalibur was the Metallica of Eastern Europe". No doubt, they were right.

 Sooner in 1997 appears a new album 'Neni cesty zpet, 1994-1996' which includes songs from the band in those years. The band self produced this new album following the same musical line as the previous one, but in this album were repeated a few songs: 'Vladcí Lzí', 'Lovec', '14 Words' and 'Stralingrad'. It included a version of the famous "Free my land' and various original songs in Czech, in total eleven tracks. Excalibur had captured half the world and musicians such as Ed of BFG or Brandom of Squadron began to collaborate with the band, especially in the lyrics in English.

In 1998 appears a new album of the band, 'Auri Sacra Fames', whose cover is quite explicit (notable for its meaning). A new self-produced work in collaboration with an North-American label. This time includes ten tracks without changing the style and you can find in it two of their best songs, in my point of view, it's first cut 'Stigma Zradcú' and the amazing 'Night Trains' which is the last of the eight unforgettable musical minutes of the album . Additionally, this CD had three songs in English and an excellent set.

Excalibur subsequently launched a new album with fifteen songs compiled from his early works, this time the album is produced by the German PC Records and is titled 'Memoirs' (although in some places is called 'Burning Memoirs'). But until 1999 does not appear a new album with new songs, the title 'Thurisaz'. This CD includes twelve lashes in which you can see that the sound of Excalibur was evolving into the extreme metal. I'm not very fond of this style but the instrumental song 'Ritual' is the best along with 'Leon The Brave'. Is in this CD where Ed of BFG collaborates in lyrics such as "Altar of lies', 'Painbringer' and 'Hidden Gods', you can also see Brad's contribution, and to a lesser extent Jim of Squadron in the lyrics of songs like 'Parasite', 'Brave new world' or 'Into Victory’.

Now in the new millennium the band reappeared two years later with the album: ‘The water, the soil & the sand', his latest album. The album was recorded in 2001 and the album included ten songs entirely in English, all own songs with very well done lyrics, except perhaps 'Brainwashed' which has a repetitive chorus. The following year, 2002, Movement Rec published this CD with ten hard Death Metal songs only suitable for the fans. After this, and considering that the band eventually will be objective of the justice, they decided to dissolve the band. Although some things must be noted, first Excalibur never had any illegal song, and second the band members were never arrested.

 Excalibur that year said goodbye to the scene. However, its members did not leave the music. Bruno, the singer pulled out the project Under the Runes and recorded his first album 'Born like the wind' in 2002 that was produced by Draupnir Rec. With a dozen songs sung in Czech and English, with a soft RAC style with some ballads, this album includes versions of Skrewdriver and Brutal Attack. And finally, Bruno, along with the guitar of Excalibur, formed other musical project perhaps best known: Desolated.

Biely Odpor

One of the best ever NS bands of Slovakia was certainly Biely Odpor, a quintet from the capital, Bratislava. A band that is in the top ten of my favourites of the two countries discussed in this reports and whose sound transferee me to my adolescence. Biely Odpor 's discography goes hand in hand with Victory Records who produced all their albums except 'The best of ...'. Biely Odpor knew how to mix in perfection a RAC sound with heavy metal touches with their guitars and drums performing a music than can make you levitate.

Lyrics of Biely Odpor always talked about current affairs issues that even today have relevance as drugs in the discotheque scene in an amazing song called 'Zlodej mysle' (The thief of minds) and others subjects like homosexuality, life on the street and other, for example, about mythological issues. Although Biely Odpor made references in their songs to the gypsy issue, they did not compose any song explicit about Jews and never could be accused of anti-Semitic. Although in some songs there were metaphors that can be understood as references to Zionism.

I do not know exactly when the band was formed, but their first album called 'Hlas Kvri' was published in 1996 with nine tracks edited by the above named Victory Rec. 'Hlas Kvri ' ('The voice of the blood') had nine songs sung in Slovak and a softer RAC compared to the sound that the band would play later. This is perhaps the least known Biely Odpor album so in 2000 Conqueror Records remastered and reissued this album. I have that CD and include the lyrics in Slovak and English in a simple booklet of four pages. It is weird because Biely Odpor never sang in English but was concerned to translate to this language the titles or lyrics of their songs, in a clear gesture to try to reach to as many people as possible.

His second album is also from 1996 and the title was 'Vítazstvo alebo smrt’ (Victory or Death). A CD with nine themes with brilliant sound of what they called ' Hudba tvojho svedomia ', ie 'the music of your conscience' ... the white rock and roll. This is how they define their music on the second song of this CD. This album is superb in the musical aspect as this quintet could play their instruments very well but their lyrics were also to highlight ... 'To je pre Teba' is a song that tells the revenge after the death of a friend in a bus, in a fast paced song with several changes of rhythm. ‘Mestá v ich rukách’ has great music and describe the city at nightfall. Here you will also find the song 'Zlodej mysle' about we talk some lines above. All the songs are remarkable and the albums ends with a magnificent five-minute ballad 'Zlý sen'', an apocalyptic vision of where the world is going. The booklet was a simple eight-page booklet with lyrics translated into English and a photo of the band. I remember that this was the second CD I bought from a Slovak band.

Unfortunately we had to wait three years to listen again a recording from Biely Odpor, with their album 'Slobodyan sen' ('Dream of Freedom') their last CD with original songs. This CD released in 1999 had eleven songs in the style of the band. This album is top class and the lyrical touches all the subjects, for first time talking about ZOG in 'Posol Slobody'', appealing for unity in 'Navzdy Spolu' (a bright song) where they sing a chorus in English for first time; remembering the fallen, in 'Cesta, ktorou íst', but their first two songs are great, 'Vstante' and 'Genocída'. The booklet is very good, with the lyrics both in Slovak and English without photos. But the history of the NS skins scene in Slovakia and in Czech Republic, reminds us that everything good finally ends and Biely Odpor also disappeared but after publishing an album that compiled their best songs: ‘The best of Biely Odpor’, a great compilation with the nineteen most representative songs from the band, and this time edited by VRE Records. The band members remained on the scene. Today Ondrej Durica, Biely Odpor singer, continues his solo career with the release of a new compact 'Zdvihnuty prst'.

* Source: Skinhead magazine (in English)

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