Free Metal Detector: Black Army Jacket

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Usually, we have some new free metal releases for you greedy bastards; this time, we have some old jams that just so happen to be free now.

Powerviolence as a genre has been a tantalizing beast for everyone with the slightest bit of angst in need of release since the late 1980s. Known for short, fast and brutal songs, this sub-genre is fueled by hate and socio-political strife and will surely set your mind at ease after you release a few spin kicks and haymakers. Now, doesn’t that sound like a good time? Yes? Then I have the band for you. Chances are you’ve already heard Black Army Jacket, but if you haven’t you are in for a treat. A fierce treat, that is.

Formed in NYC during 1996, Black Army Jacket made their waves within the powerviolence scene by delivering 3 years of unadulterated, grind-infused hardcore, and now their music can be yours for the low price of absolutely nothing!

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NOW ISN’T THAT SOMETHING! If that doesn’t get your blood pumping and your ass moving, I don’t know what will. In fact, if it doesn’t, just leave. And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

First up we have the band’s first release, 1996 Demo. This demo shows the band in its formative years, though they sound like a well-oiled machine at this point already. This 12 song demo is an eleven and a half minute spanning, vicious assault of drum blasts and pummeling riffs, interlaced with samples from various crime reports and movies. It is over before you know it, but it will leave your violent heart at ease.

Next, we have the band’s 1997 half of a 10″ split with Hemlock. This release shows the band as a tight-knit unit, not afraid to change things up a bit. The vocals sound more controlled and with tracks like “Paint” and “The Last Day For The Rest Of Your Life” we have an opportunity to hear the band slowed down a bit, but no less violent. “Hot Date” is a standout track for me because it is an out of place, goofy tale of a lady setting a dude on fire.

In 1999 Black Army Jacket released their only full-length album of their career, 222. This is a perfect mixture of breakneck blasts, well-executed breakdowns, humor and violence. Throughout the album, you will find yourself lost in a state of maniacal laughter, a flurry of fists and maybe even some blood. I highly recommend this release if you only have time to check out one of these. In addition to the free download you can support the band by purchasing 222 on vinyl, for the low price of eleven bucks. Yes, a piece of shiny, violence filled wax for ELEVEN DOLLARS. This also includes a poster of the newly revamped artwork and a logo patch. You will not regret this decision.

Rounding off the band’s discography is Closed Casket, a 50 song compilation that covers the rest of the band’s material not included already. Pulling from splits with Noothgrush, Spazz, Corrupted and Agathocles and an unreleased Relapse Records EP, Closed Casket ranges from a spectrum of hardcore styles. Songs like “Dantam” display a more traditional Hardcore sound while “Cup Of Many Lands” is an off-kilter, Fugazi-influenced jam. Don’t be fooled by these tracks, however; there are plenty of ragers that help solidify Black Army Jacket as a seminal powerviolence band.


Hopefully this post has informed you of some powerfully violent jams that will get you moving through your sluggish workweek and not break your wallet. That’s what I was going for at least. Be sure to like and follow Black Army Jacket on bandcamp and facebook, and tell them the Toilet sent you!

A most gracious hat tip to the one and only more beer for introducing me to this band, thanks dude!

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  • Óðinn

    Thanks, Señor.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      You’re welcome, Óđinn

  • God

    Free? I like free. Free is good.

    • Óðinn
    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I never got into this band that much. I know their hits but I haven’t heard much else. I do like Paul Rodgers though as well as the guitarist. Where should I start with them?

        • Howard Dean

          They’re no Canned Heat or Kenny Rogers Roasters, that’s for sure.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            I always did liked Canned Heat but even they have nothing on Taste. Rory Gallagher is one of the best guitar players to ever live.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Taste is a band I need to check out more. Solo Rory Gallagher is pretty rad.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            They released a box set of all their stuff last year. They also re-released their Isle of Wight performance which is the reason i enjoy Rory.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I need to check out Canned Heat more.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Anything they did with Alan Wilson is among their best. Shame he died so young because he was one of the best harmonica players ever. My personal favorite is either Future Blues or Hooker And Heat.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Probably Fire and Water, that has All Right Now as well other excellent tracks, Mr. Big and Heavy Load. There’s actually a few albums I’m missing.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quyn6vwvBho
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akFVxbaeF1o

  • Waynecro

    Excellent write-up, Boss! Thanks for the heads-up on this!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I knew you’d be down!

      • Waynecro

        Fuck yes, dude! Black Army Jacket goes hard. I play that 222 reissue you hooked me up with pretty frequently.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Good to hear, Mr. President!

        • more beer

          The bass player who also does the blog No Echo new band Deny tje Cross is pretty good too.

  • Howard Dean

    When all those great new albums get released next month, this’ll be me for the remainder of the year:

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    http://i.makeagif.com/media/12-12-2014/6AGlQ2.gif

  • I think the mighty Dave Whitte of Burnt By The Sun, Discordance Axis plays drums on one of these releases. Haven’t heard these guys in a while, these are my kind of jams.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      You are correct!

      • My music accumen is impecable today!

  • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

    this made me want to start a mpsh pit

    – MrSteez69, 2 years ago

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I’m gonna have to try this “mpsh pit” out one day

      • more beer

        Nothing good can come of that.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Theres a Noothgrush on my toothbrush.

    • W.

      YOU AREN’T ME! PURGE THE INTERLOPER!

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I am now.

        • W.

          You’ll have to stop upvoting yourself if you really want to wear the Dubz mantle.

  • W.

    I like the way you Boss, Ross.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I like the way you . W

    • more beer

      Hey Vlad Putin told me you were going to be in town soon. I guess a beer or two at Trve are in order.

  • CT-12

    Don’t know if it’s already been mentioned, but Cult of Fire put all of their stuff up online for free download as well yesterday.