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As historical artifacts go, the forthcoming compilation of music by the Russian band Fucker (entitled Dichlofos) is an un-earthing of sounds that’s unlikely to generate global headlines. It may be immediately meaningful only to a collective of nostalgic Russian fans, but though I knew nothing about Fucker before being introducing to this new comp, I’m still getting my own feelings of nostalgia from the music, and so agreed to make this premiere today.

 

Fucker’s music is sometimes pretty far off the usual beaten paths at this site. The vocals do get harsh, but mainly consist of singing in the tracks we’re presenting, and those tracks are far more rock ‘n’ roll and old school heavy metal than the kind of extreme stuff we usually spread around. But on the other hand, the songs do pack a visceral punch, and they’re definitely devilish. But before we get to the music, a history lesson is in order, one with its fair share of tragedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a paraphrasing and quoting of the history provided by the label (GrimmDistribution) that’s releasing Dichlofos on April 9th:

 

Fuckers was born in the city of Novorossiysk at a time when rock culture was strengthening in the old USSR. “It all started in the garage of one of the “fuckers” Igor Prokopenko, where hippies, punks and avant-garde artists gathered and peacefully coexisted. The official foundation date is considered to be July 8th of 1990, when Artur Silkov and Dmitry Polovko came up with the name Fucker. In the beginning, the band’s work was influenced by blues, heavy metal and hardcore punk.”

 

“In the summer of 1991, Fucker was certified by the Culture Department of the City Executive Committee together with other Novorossiysk groups. From 1991 to 1992 the band moved on to thrash and death metal. One of the first in the city, the rhythm section was overclocked to grindcore speeds in the spirit of Napalm Death. In 1996, experiments with electronics unexpectedly followed (the album Casiopeya).”

 

Artur Silkov was murdered in February 1997. Since then, festivals have been held in his memory. Other members joined or re-joined, and Fuckers‘ music continued to change. In the mid-2000s the health of drummer Andrey Lisovskiy began to deteriorate, and the group has not played since 2008. “There were repeated attempts to resuscitate the group, but the death of Andrey Lisovsky in September 2014 put the final point”.

 

What Dichlofos encompasses is a collection of songs recorded from 1993 to 2003, and we have two of those songs to share with you today.

 

 

 

One of those songs is a premiere (except for Fucker fans who heard it long ago). Its name is “Bastard Liar“, and it moves between two phases. The initial one is mid-paced and witchy, with a wailing voice and narcotic guitar. But the music gets more menacing, thanks to a cold heavy riff and the vocals becoming both more gritty and furiously screaming. Back and forth the song goes, alternately seductive and savage, but throughout those movements the heavyweight bass tones and hard-hitting drumwork makes the song one you can bob your head to. Don’t be surprised if it hangs around your head for a while too.

 

The other song, which was previously released, is “Shadows” (a free download at Bandcamp). It’s a more sinister and bruising track, which incorporates bursts of electronically distorted vocals and elements of diabolic psychedelia to go along with its stomping-monster cadence.

 

 

 

The songs on Dichlofos were recorded by Alexey Chernyakevich. Mixing and mastering was done by Igor Malov in 2004. The artwork and logo were created by Mary Kankava.

 

https://www.nocleansinging.com/2021/03/25/an-ncs-premiere-fucker-bastard-liar/

Russian band Fucker were mainly active in the 1990's, and kept going until 2005 when the band went on hiatus and then in 2014 they officially disbanded. This compilation documents the legacy of the band. We are presented with a band that has a distinct underground sound to them, exploring material ranging from traditional heavy metal through a more hardcore tinged variety of the style alongside examples of a more basic variety of extreme metal. There's something of a primal and also playful streak to the music here, with inserts of sounds and voices of the kind one normally finds in more avant-oriented bands. Those with an interest in metal bands with a sound and expression that has a distinct underground touch to them are the ones I suspect will get the most out of this compilation, besides old fans of the band obviously.

 

https://www.facebook.com/wildernessviking/posts/4070065486425120

 

 

I Fucker sono stati una band heavy metal russa. Certo, la cosa può apparire irrilevante, ma questa band e questa compilation sono una pagina di storia del rock, del metal, proveniente da un paese con un passato decisamente incompatibile con questo genere musicale. I Fucker iniziarono ad esistere a fine anni ’80, quando il paese uscì dal ‘periodo nero’ ed iniziò ad importare influenze artistiche prima sconosciute o… illegali. Nella città di Novorossiysk c’era lo scantinato di un certo Igor Prokopenko (basso, voce, chitarra), luogo nel quale vari hippies ed artisti alternativi amavano incontrarsi, alimentando cultura non convenzionale e aprendo la strada per la fondazione di una band. La data di nascita ufficiale dei Fucker risale poi all’estate del 1990, con l’entrata in formazione di altri membri, ta questi Artur Silkov (chitarra, voce, basso) e Dmitry Polovko (testi e backing vocals)… i due personaggi che concepirono il moniker. Nei primi tempi il genere ruotava attorno blues, heavy metal e punk, portando il gruppo ad essere riconosciuto artisticamente dal dipartimento della cultura della città. Successivamente la band abbracciò il death metal, il thrash e perfino il grindcore, deviando su teorie elettroniche dopo la metà degli anni ’90, dimostrando integrità artistica e senso eclettico. È da questo punto che la strada iniziò a presentare molti ostacoli. Prima di tutto Artur Silkov viene assassinato; poi torna un membro che aveva lasciato la formazione, Oleg Tonkonog (chitarra e basso), fino all’aggiunta di Alexei Voronov (chitarra), per una band impegnata sostanzialmente a suonare festival in memoria di Artur, dando vita una nutrita fanbase la quale poteva godersi concerti ricchi di effetti pirotecnici e costumi teatrali. Il genere della band continuava a cambiare, ad evolvere, tanto che nel 2005 i ragazzi avrebbero dovuto suonare un importante concerto a San Pietroburgo, purtroppo cancellato per l’intervento d’urgenza subito dal batterista e creativo Andrey Lisovsky, la cui salute in seguito andò deteriorando rallentando le future attività della band. Dal 2008 l’attività live viene sospesa e la morte di Andrey nel 2014 scrive sostanzialmente la parola fine alla storia. I Fucker non saranno stati una band particolarmente eccelsa, oltre ad essere sconosciuti fuori dal proprio paese, ma ci sono molti fans che li ricordano, specialmente per la sincerità artistica e l’immensa passione dimostrata, oltre per il fatto che una band formatasi in quegli anni in Russia è quasi automaticamente da considerare pionieristica. “Dichlofos” è una raccolta di canzoni composte e registrate tra il 1993 ed il 2003… e dentro ci troverete davvero di tutto, con sorprese di ogni genere, come quelle che emergono da pezzi quali “Bastard Liar”, “Fly”, “Свинья” o “Chizhik-Pyzhik”. Quaranta minuti ben spesi, divertenti, curiosi… con una storia rock alle spalle.

 

https://www.metalhead.it/album/fucker-dichlofos-compilation/