Solid black vinyl limited to 200 copies.
Unsung heroes outside their country but for us one of the greatest treasures that the Jugoslavian Rock scene spawned in the 80s, GRC were formed back in 1982 in the early Punk/Dark/New Wave scene of Rijeka, Croatia. Their album "Sloboda Narodu" originally released in 1987 only on tape represents one of the most gloomy and hopeless expressions of negativity that whatever you may label as Dark, Death Rock or Post Punk has ever conceived. It transpires blood, secular blackness and distress at its purest form. Their musical approach is a solid amalgamation of Doom tinged post-industrial Rock (think of early Swans and Young Gods) with uncompromised Dark Punk atmospheres. The incredible downtuned vocals of their ominous frontman Zoff consolidate a feeling of solemn black decadence that go hand in hand with wonderful lyrics, a desperate cry for freedom in a landscape of war, urban decay, social oppression. With the opening track "Noćas se Beograd pali" ("Belgrade's burning tonight") they somehow predicted the bloody conflict that dismembered Yugoslavia few years later, and the mood is equally hopeless on the following "Blood is still running" or "Black gloves". The album also includes a musical trasposition of the 2WW poem "Jama" ("The pit") by Ivan Goran Kovačić, one of the strongest and harshest examples of anti-war poetry ever written. By releasing this masterpiece for the first time on vinyl/LP (as back then there were no funds to go beyond a limited run on cassette) we are proud of making justice to what we consider a completely undiscovered classic representing an area that has always been vital in terms of musical creativity. Today's newcomers of Dark and DeathRock should take their hats off to a band like GRC.
Remastered from the original 1/4" reels, housed in a special rough reverse board jacket including a 8 page booklet with lyrics (also translated in English), rare photos and flyers.