Siekiera (band), On All Fronts of the World, 1984 (2011). Music album
It was established in 1983 in a small town Pulawy near Lublin, and performed until 1988. The composer and lyrics author was Tomasz Adamski, who was also a guitar player, and later a lead singer as well.
Adamski shouted the text with his hoarse voice, accompanied by dirty guitar riffs. With this aggressive vocal, high pace and its sudden changes, an early Siekiera resembles the seed-punk The Exploited or the thrash-metal Motörhead, rather than better-known Western punk stars.
The lyrics of songs such as Atak Już Nadchodzi, Nadchodzi Zwykłe Świństwo, Krwawy Front, Rana Kłuta, Zabij ty!, Oddział ślepych compose of just a few words expressing aggression, cruelty and nihilism of war. Songs may be interpreted as a fascination with violence and chaos of war, but also as an anti-war expression, targeted at the youth which underwent an obligatory army recruitment – in an authoritarian state which has just directed an army against its own civils.
Na wszystkich frontach świata is a compilation of 30 studio demos and concerts’ recordings in Jarocin and Wroclaw in 1984, so the beginnings of the band. Those recordings have never been published before in any form. They were released in 2008 thanks to the activities of Robert Jarosz and his Trasa W-Z Archive. He managed to persuade to cooperate Sławomir Pakos, an owner of a small record company in Katowice, W Moich Oczach, which specialized in punk and reggae. The record was released in a series “Legends’ manufacture” and was accompanied by a modern cover designed by Wilhelm Sasnal, famous Polish painter, as well as 40-pages long booklet with lyrics in Polish and English, photographs and commentaries.
The news on „Jarocin’s music” comeback was noticed in media and the edition was quickly sold out. It inspired the band to get back to making music and releasing a new album in 2011.
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- Szenajch, Piotr
Sienkiewicz Maciej, Siekiera, Culture.pl 2010, https://culture.pl/pl/tworca/siekiera