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Dogma: Disarm or Die – Album Overview

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Dogma from Ottawa provide up a batch of songs which concurrently units out issues people face caught in our fashionable capitalist society and a path we should always transfer in to begin to handle them. Nathan Brown hears a whole lot of love for the sounds of 80s anarcho punk shining via.

Technically that is in all probability a mini LP however positively extra of an album than an EP. Amongst its 7 tracks Dogma have given us in collaboration with Develop Your Personal, this report options new variations of 4 of the songs beforehand out there on digital/cassette Pils Periods launch, together with their model of The Mob’s Witch Hunt. They should have loved that session as this report was laid down on the similar Nomansland studio. The eco vinyl urgent is housed in a gatefold sleeve adorned with art work and an internal bag that could be very a lot within the peace punk vein, carrying on within the fashion of their final launch. An A2 poster model and stickers come as a part of the bundle with the vinyl.   The CD is available in a slip card cowl, printed envelope and A3 poster/lyric sheet.Images of the band members in entrance of backdrops with a sepia impact could possibly be taken from one of many growing variety of retrospective volumes concerning the 80s anarcho-punk scene.

Dogma put on their influences on their sleeves. They draw on the melodic finish of 80s anarcho-punk. The best way the melodic bass and chorus-laden guitar interaction is paying homage to the likes of Political Asylum. The guitar leans a bit of in the direction of goth with loads of refrain, a tactic utilized by Karma Sutra, Half 1 and even Cult Maniax. At instances it takes me again to early Instigators and The System. The bass typically has a driving chew like Flux of Pink Indians however there are additionally bouncy bass strains like Subhumans and Anthrax. The best way it really works in tandem with the drums – and among the drum patterns – bears similarity to the method of Zounds, The Mob and Omega Tribe (of their 80s incarnation). Total they occupy the same sonic house to the much less noisy choices by Grime and Poisonous Waste and US band Harum Scarum. Stable sound with the entire band gelling reasonably than competing with one another. It’s like they every have a piece of the soundscape to assert as their very own. By holding issues pretty clear reasonably than filling the gaps with distortion they go away all essential house. There’s an echoey really feel with all that house. No wall of sound right here. It’s clear they love the perfect of the anarcho bands however regardless of adopting the same method, they nonetheless handle to create their very own id and sound. Whereas some songs might have you ever guessing on the unsuitable band, as quickly as Steph’s vocals kick in it’s clear who you’re listening to.

Dogma: Disarm or Die – Album ReviewThe message Dogma goal to unfold is comparable. Nevertheless, it’s no much less related. In actual fact, the Doomsday clock is now nearer to midnight than it has ever been but bizarrely receiving much less consideration than through the chilly struggle. They select innocence and hope over cynicism and misanthropy. There’s a narrative thread of kinds at work via the songs introduced right here. There are folks in positions of energy, who put us all in imminent hazard of struggle whereas oppressing their communities in their very own international locations. They care not for the city blight many people should undergo. This energy was derived by stealing land and assets and struggle perpetuates that energy. The answer is to create alternatives of hope, discover widespread trigger, educate, agitate and create peace via a society re-organised at neighborhood stage. That is just about an anarchist evaluation of inequality, poverty and what’s to be finished about it.

After opening with a floaty picked guitar, the chunky bass melodies and snappy emphasis of Widespread Trigger switches from melodic verses to heavy refrain. It’s a mixture of aspirational poetic scene setting and sloganeering name to arms. Query Their Energy units out the issue of energy hungry rulers. They name on the listener to “Query their function, Query their energy” repeating the answer “What we’d like is neighborhood energy!” In the event you’ve bought a easy message repeat it – it’s a well-known propagandising method. They use the identical tactic on the third tune, Disarm or Die, repeating this line 6 instances every refrain. In addition they warn in opposition to complacency concerning the ongoing arms race “The chilly struggle was not the previous, it was the longer term, now it’s right here”.


City Blight has a gradual moody bass intro earlier than kicking off with a bouncy driving tune. Once more a repettive refrain is used to hammer dwelling a message concerning the state of the cities we dwell in seemed down on from ivory towers: “No Hope Down Right here”. There’s a qualifying questioning operator that spins this establishment, sparking a bit of hope “Or Is There?”. It’s within the spirit of the Durruti quote which they partially borrowed for a refrain in New World on their earlier LP. When the anarchist was interviewed within the Spanish Civil Battle and it was implied that in the event that they gained they might be sitting in a pile of ruins, his response was “We aren’t within the least afraid of ruins. We’re going to inherit the earth, there’s not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie would possibly blast and smash its personal world earlier than it leaves the stage of historical past. We supply a brand new world, right here, in our hearts.” Because the tune ends, there’s a pause after which they repeat the refrain for added impression.

World At Peace is considerably simplistic and could possibly be written off as naive sloganeering however typically there is no such thing as a must over-complicate such an easy message that we would like a world with out struggle. The refrain “The World at peace not in items” was written on the quilt of their debut Dogma LP. That phrase was additionally the title of a stay tape by Scots anarchos Different again in 1983, though I think it could have been doing the rounds within the peace motion for lots longer, and yow will discover it attributed to numerous sources on-line. Subsequent up, Stolen sounds very very like a continuation of the tune New World (talked about above). The robust drum rolls specifically actually stand out on this one. Hailing from Canada, the place environmental battles are nonetheless being fought by indigenous communities to guard what little land European colonisers didn’t steal, Dogma in all probability see proof of the impression of stolen land regularly. Within the refrain they set out “Reconciliation is the one resolution” presumably by returning the land to these from whom it was stolen. I’m impressed by how they handle to spell out the adverse impression of colonisation on folks in such stark phrases throughout simply two verses.

In the event you have been in any doubt concerning the ever current affect of the heyday of anarcho-punk, Dogma end this MLP off with a reliable cowl of The Mob’s Witch Hunt (Coincidentally, Harum Scarum who I discussed above additionally lined that tune). Their’s is a reverential model – they don’t mess an excessive amount of with the association of the unique.

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