Iskra (band)

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Iskra
Origin Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Black metal, crust punk
Years active 2002–present
Labels Black Raven, Mercy of Slumber
Website http://iskracrust.com/
Members Wolf
Danielle
Cody
Anatol
JP

Iskra is a black metal and crust punk band founded in Victoria, British Columbia in 2002. Their name means "spark" in Polish (iskra) and Russian (искра).

Iskra performs and contributes to the anarchist underground musical tradition, which emerged via punk in the late 1970s and 1980s with bands like Crass, Amebix, Antisect, and Conflict. By blending elements of crust punk, black metal, Iskra say they have created their own sub-genre: "blackened crust".[1]

Iskra includes former members of the crust band Black Kronstadt, who in the 1990s also described their music as "blackened crust", thus coining the phrase.[1][2]

Lyrically, Iskra's material generally follows in the anarchist punk tradition, with topics including criticism of government, war, economics, social issues such as homophobia, sexism, racism, and the struggles of indigenous peoples. The effects of political organization (both right and left wing) is also a common theme. Some songs discuss the global effects of capitalist institutions such as the World Trade Organization, World Bank, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Independent Task Force on North America.[3]

Discography[edit]

  • Demo (2003)
  • Iskra LP (Profane Existence, 2004)
  • Fucking Scum cassette (Harsh Brutal Cold Productions, 2004)
  • The Terrorist Act EP 7" (Unrest Records, 2005)
  • Iskra/Self-Rule Split 7" (Unrest Records, 2005)
  • Bring the War Home split CD/LP with Against Empire (Rabid Records, Rodent Popsicle Records, 2006)
  • Selected Works compilation of all work excluding Bring the War Home (Profane Existence, 2007)
  • Bureval (Black Raven Records, 2009)
  • Iskra LP remastered reissue (Mercy of Slumber Records, 2011)[4]
  • Iskra/Doom Siren Split LP/cassette (Black Raven Records/Threat to Existence/Eat Lead Records/Anti-Corp, 2011)[4]
  • European Tour Demo 2012 LP/CD (self-released, 2012)

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Wolf – guitar[5]
  • Danielle – vocals
  • Cody – drums
  • Anatol Anton – guitar
  • JP – bass

Previous members[edit]

  • Sean – vocals
  • Scott – vocals
  • Mel – vocals
  • Calvert – drums
  • Jasper Van Der Veen – drums
  • Jesse – drums
  • Nick Engwer – guitar
  • Devin – bass

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Iskra Interviews". Archived from the original on June 15, 2006. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iskra "s/t" LP". Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Iskra "Bureval" CS". November 4, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Webpage for Blackened Crust band ISKRA". 
  5. ^ "Composers Who Matter: Wolf Edwards". Retrieved December 11, 2013. 

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