357 JUSTICE - Alone, Cold And Blue CD
Head banging madness from the streets of Troy, New York comes 357 Justice. As the name implies, they shoot to kill with a two guitar assault and then pick up the pieces once the damage is done. Hard hitting metal hardcore with a definite grind and mosh thing going on. (Hater of God #12)
A DAY IN BLACK AND WHITE/BLACK CASTLE - split CD
A Day In Black And White had a LP/CD on Level Plane. Both bands have a growing cult fallowing due to their past 7"s and demos. Black Castle throws down four tracks of intense electro-thrash. A Day In Black And White have 3 hard hitting genius and totally chaotic tracks.. (State of Mind #5)
A TRILLION BARNACLE LAPSE - Black Lava 12"/CD
From Providence, Rhode Island, A Trillion Barnacle Lapse returns with an 8 song release which is a follow up to their full length that was released last year on Level Plane Records. Black Lava delivers a mixture that brings together sounds of bands like Tristeza, The Cure and even moments of early PIL, creating a soundtrack that is truly unlike anything else coming out these days. You can see the progression in their music, as it still holds onto its hardcore roots but now adds an even more synth sound. Thus at times making their music seem layered with an almost spacey feel, giving you an idea what The Cure might have sounded like if they were just starting out as a band today. (Sound Virus #14)
A TRILLION BARNACLE LAPSE - A Cruise In Heaven CD
Clocking in at 40 minutes, this CD intermingles dense guitar work with suave keys and drumming that is both live and programmed. With vocals parallel to Robert Smith's of the Cure, and the musical ability to both soothe and storm, fans of Echo And The Bunnymen, Love And Rockets, and New Order will all find reasons to enduldge in A Trillion Barnacle Lapse's latest work. Keep in mind though that A Trillion Barnacle Lapse are not rehashing any stlye of '80s pop, but instead they are reconstructing it with punk rock motivations. Like the Faint, Radiohead, and the Birthday Party merging into one entity at some nocturnal gala. (Electric Human Project #28)
AMATEUR PARY - Sounds And Halls To House Them CD
Amateur Party is a fairly new band with members of Limpwrist, Kill the Man Who Questions and Off Minor. This EP contains six new songs with an attempt at some melody and nods to a mutual love of DC hardcore, early British postpunk and Philadelphia's reggae-punk tradition. A split release with Golden Brown Records and Cheap Art Records. (Golden Brown Records #10)
AMBITION - A Legacy of Ruin CD
Long Island's THE AMBITION brings forth five new brutal tracks in twenty minutes. Fans of their previous full length should be delighted to hear a tighter, more focused, more aggressive, and ultimately better Ambition than they once knew. With this release they break away from the leagues of mosh metal bands while still remaining fucking heavy as shit. Anyone who is into metal/metalcore along the lines of Prayer for Cleansing, Unearth, or Between the Buried and Me will dig this CD for sure. (Shock Value #9)
ANODYNE - Salo 10"
After the releases of several demos and EPs and an album for Escape Artist Records, Anodyne now serve up their newest work entitled Salo. Anodyne have been constructing with Salo some of their most hard-hitting material to date. Still pummeling and technical, the songs are even more chaotic with a rawer, unpolished feel. Produced by Mike Hill (Lickgoldensky, Premonitions of War, Isis). (Insolito #10)
APEFACE - s/t 12"
The follow up to their split 12" with Zero Hour, this Bay Area band played hardcore in the vein of Finger Print and Econochrist with cynical lyrics about life on planet earth. The cover folds out into a poster. (Hopscotch #4)
THE ASSAILANT - S/T CD
The Assailant bring the highly frenetic song structures of Crom Tech, The Assistant, the Dillinger Escape Plan and the full-on cacophonous pounding of The Locust, while never losing what unique character and energy is built early on in the listen. Our hands are left full; never with the instinct to shake loose what random, cold technicality is strewn around one in cases where bands are more concerned with the analytical and less with the urgency (needed at the foundation, on which to build something this erratic- albeit strong and energizing). (Black Matter #2 CD)
ASSAULT - Martyrdom 7"
Three tracks of slightly metallic hardcore from Japan. The sound is relentless and vicious with a catchy underbelly slightly hidden under the destruction; very well suited for Partners In Crime. Assault recently released a CD on HG:Fact Records in Japan. (Partners In Crime #6)
AT BOTH ENDS Magazine Issue #9/10 with 2x7" compilation
This monster package contains a 148-page magazine/book that combines two new issues worth of AT BOTH ENDS Magazine with a double 7" holding two exclusive songs each from four different bands. The first record pairs up hardcore legends BANE (No introduction needed) with GRADE (Yes, GRADE! Their first new songs since 2001); the second 7" includes newer bands UNRESTRAINED (Surprise Attack Records) and BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY (Greg from TRIAL with former members of CATHARSIS and BY A THREAD). Included in the magazine are articles with BANE, SICK OF IT ALL, VERSE, SHOOK ONES, BILL STEVENSON, SPARKMARKER, SHAI HULUD, GREG BENNICK and much, much. This is about as packed as a zine can get! The magazine is perfect bound with glossy pages and colour covers. Printing is similar to a book and is higher quality than pretty much any commercial magazine you would find in a store. (At Both Ends #9-#10)
AT WAR WITH SHADOWS - Healing Is Not An Option 7" or CDep
At War With Shadows are a depressing journey into the deep void of human existence. Their lyrics are dark and negative while their music is a swirl of hardcore, grind and metal influences. It is well done, well produced, and very strong sounding. The 7" version is limited to 550 copies. (Hater of God Records #16)
AT WAR WITH SHADOWS - The Truckstop Tapes CD
Once upon a time there was no room in metal for soccer moms in rhinestone Iron Maiden shirts. In those days, metal was about being beaten down and terminally depressed. In those times, the horned hand was an invincible signal that burned posers. At War With Shadows still lives in that place and time. Nine long-awaited tracks of no-frills, cold and harsh metal from the frozen lakes of upstate New York. Drop out of school and bang your head. (Hater of God Records #25 CD)
THE AUGUST PROPHECY - Five Endeavors... CD
Heavy and damaged, The August Prophecy play a crazed mixture of hardcore, noise, and metal. The end result is an intentionally messy assault that keeps you guessing with numerous turns and altered directions. Featuring x-members of Another Victim and Hermon Dekalb. (OHEV Records #6)
THE AVENGING DISCO GODFATHERS OF SOUL - This Is The Invasion! LP
Rising from the ashes of Index For Potential Suicide, The Avenging Disco Godfathers of Soul come forth with a whirling and devastating onslaught of electronic noise, bludgeoning hardcore, angry screaming, meandering ambient sounds, and chaotic craziness. Surreal and post-modern hardcore that utilizes the traditional instruments as well as xylophone, trumpet, and electronic gadgetry. (Insolito Records #9)
BACK WHEN - We Sang As Ghosts CD
"We Sang as Ghosts" is a collaboration of mammoth riffs, pounding drums, and quiet country interludes. These seven songs were recorded by Matt Talbott of HUM and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. The album clocks in at about 55 minutes and is in the vein of Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, etc. Members of Back When have also served time in national touring acts such as Statistics, Caught in the fall, Examination of the.., Plosion, and Robots Don't Cry. (Shock Value Records #6)
BALANCE OF TERROR/STRAIGHT TO HELL - split 7"
Straight to Hell are from Rhode Island, while Balance of Terror are from New York. Together they create a vicious and great sounding split 7" that will certainly appeal to all those folks that are into the Talk Is Poison, Deathreat, From Ashes Rise, No Parade camp of hardcore. Well done musically, and packaged in a black and white cover of course. (Partners In Crime #11)
BELCHING PENGUIN - 1985/1988 Demos 7"
Cult-classic Florida hardcore best known for their ultra-rare 1986 album, "Draft Beer... Not Me." This release has four early versions of songs from the LP and four unreleased songs from 1988, perviously heard by only a few of the band's closest friends. Comes with an 8 page booklet, full of photos and old-show flyers PLUS a double-sided 11 by 17 inch poster. Colored vinyl, too. Discover why BP is considered by many to be the best-kept secret in hardcore. (Sound Idea Records #26)
BELEGOST/THE SEA, LIKE LEAD - CD
Two Pennsylvania bands fill 41 minutes of space with three instru-metal exorcisms. Pittsburgh's THE SEA, LIKE LEAD are three men armed with ambience and warmth whose guitar driven sounds are backed with delicate layers of reverb and unwavering drums. Their songs are built up in an almost GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR fashion, persistently pushing and pushing sounds. Philadelphia's BELEGOST (ex-IO, VIRGINIA BLACK LUNG, etc.) end the record with one track topping 22 minutes. A spine-shivering debut from this five piece outfit, featuring three guitarists. Their unique sound intermixes elements of MONO, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, PELICAN, and a love for the nerdiest literature of the land. This is the soundtrack to a decaying landscape and the hope for a change. CDs come packaged in 100% recycled arrigato paks. (Electric Human Project #39)
BG - The Congratulations 7"
Fast, raw metallic hardcore (of the German style) from ex members of Burned Up Bled Dry and Rash of Beatings. They crushed What Happens Next? and Life's Hault when we played with them, and this 7" follows that up with five more fierce songs and a Dicks cover! Watch for them on tour! 500 pressed. Description by Max 625. (625 Productions #83)
BILLY BAO - May 08 LP
The Nigerian monstrosity that is Billy Bao returns in agony. Bleeding. Pointing a colossal black finger at global capitalism, regular music, non-music and anti-music, at the food crisis of 2008, the moribund spirit of 1968, and especially at you, the record buyer, who maybe "really dug" his first LP, Dialectics of Shit, and will come back for more, or perhaps "heard a lot about him" and his bandmate Mattin in the "blogosphere" or even in print media (ooh!) (whatever that is), and are "curious to finally hear his music" because you find the stories "interesting" and this is even heavier and more f'ed up than The Brainbombs at their heaviest right? This LP is so angry the songs don't even have titles. Some of 'em are really long, some are really short, but they're all pretty goddamn infuriating, as they oughta be. May '08 is actually surprising, which is pretty goddamn surprising, because where do you go after those first four platters, honestly? Well you make a record that's somehow noisier than all of those, more tweaked and fucked-with and digitally distorted than anything before it, crammed with grotesque and sublime samples from the noise of yesteryear: Nono, Kuti, Whitehouse, Brainbombs, and Billy, Billy Bao. It should be pretty goddamn clear to you why you want and need to purchase this record. If you don't care about "enjoying" May '08 the way the artists "intended," go download the music for free and completely miss out on the experience of listening to this record on your turntable in "glorious" analogue sound while fixing your gaze on the epic violence of Billy's 12 x 12 cover artwork. Don't play this record if you don't want to. (Parts Unknown #41)
BIRUSHANAH - Akai Yama CD
Summoning forth their mode of pounding tribal psychedelic hardcore, Osaka, Japan's Birushanah captivate your ears in mixing traditional Japanese music stylings with sludgy, deliberate riffage, grating and downright unruly vocals all pushed forth by heavy as hell drumming that will envelop you in their monstrous wall of sound. Epic, irate and refreshingly original, Birushanah possesses the ability to create an atmosphere that will utterly consume you. Prepare yourself for an ethereal journey of crushing proportions. They recently completed a west coast tour with Drain the Sky and decimated all in their path. Features ex-Corrupted and Tetsuo members. (Level Plane Records #118)
BLACK HELL - Deformers of the Universe CD/LP
Arizona's awful dry heat must have really done a number on Black Hell. Their debut full length "Deformers of the Universe" is seven tracks of bleak doom with enough apathy and bitterness to keep even the most jaded listeners interested. No strangers to abrasive music, the members that comprise Black Hell put in hard time in some of Arizona's truly infamous bands (UNRUH, WELLINGTON, CAROL ANN). They show no signs of slowing down on the trail of aural destruction that they've been blazing for years. Black Hell is a crushing funeral dirge topped with molten leads and ghastly vocals. Heavy, unforgiving and dark from beginning to end. You'll be left with a feeling of hopelessness similar to being stranded in the desert at sundown. This release is rounded off with the kind of superior, unique packaging you expect from the good people at Hater Of God and more stunning art from Mike Sutfin (SKINLESS, MONSTER X, 9 SHOCKS TERROR). The Mad Hatters of Black Matter aren't only going to pound you into dust, but they're going to do it in style! For fans of Black Sabbath, Eyehategod and High On Fire. The LP version is limited to 500 copies on 180 gram vinyl! (Hater of God #27)
BREAD AND WATER/REASON OF INSANITY - split 7"
Reason of Insanity Play fast aggressive hardcore without losing that toe tapping quality. The vocals are brutal and harsh, and their artwork is classic cut and paste punk. Bread And Water have political lyrics and they play straight forward hardcore with a bit of melody. Their main vocalist is a woman, and her voice is supplemented by the occasional burst of distorted growling. (Burrito Records #14)
BRING DOWN THE HAMMER - s/t CD
The debut release by Bring Down The Hammer featuring members of Brother Inferior, The Leveling, Assembly of God and Larkin. Politically charged hardcore thrash from Oklahoma for these troubled times. A band of 3 in Tulsa, OK. Collectively we have been in a multitude of bands. We are heavily influenced by the politics of the day and support the rights of workers to organize. We also openly challenge all major religions and stand firmly against the current administrations pull towards Theocracy. We play thrash. (Know Records #152)
THE BLUE HOUR - 7"
Debut release from Keith Vogalsong, AKA The Blue Hour. These two tracks were recorded by Keith in his bedroom, and borrow elements from Bright Eyes, Mogwai, and the likes, to produce dynamic and emotional results. The Blue Hour is a one man operation, but you will find soft vocals, spacey keyboards, reverberating guitars, drums, noise, and bass on both sides of this seven inch. 600 copies pressed, all on clear vinyl. (Electric Human Project #7)
BUYER'S REMORSE - A Thorough Analysis 7"
Buyer's Remorse feature members of Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb and Forming, but rip through these 6 politically charged songs with more of an early LA hardcore influence mixed with the punk flair of Drive Like Jehu. 300 7"'s were pressed on clear vinyl with a cut out-wrap over insert. (Commodity Fetish Records #5)
CALABI YAU - Elitist 7"
Calabi Yau hail from Charlotte, NC and have been around since 2004. Over the last few years they've perfected combination of an upbringing listening to too much of the Skin Graft catalog, early no-wave, and a little D.C. post-punk rhythm and melody. They have a truly unique dual-guitar style with amazing drumming that relies much more on accents than beats, making a sound not unlike DNA. Calabi Yau have done several regional tours, one national tour. (Lunchbox Records #11)
CHARM - Shikami 7"
After a few years on hiatus, one of the most manic Tokyo distort-bands have returned. This picks up where their Hito 7" left off, blistering fast, cranked guitars, fucking 100% ballistic Tokyo thrash. Their live shows are infamous, and one of the few bands that can reproduce that energy on record as well. Ten songs in all from two different sessions, with a COC cover to boot. (625 Productions #137)
CHRIS AND STEPHANIE - Predicted the Whole Civil War CD
This duo offers simple, rustic folk rooted in Appalachian traditions. Their arrangements on mostly acoustic guitars feature Chris and/or Stephanie (who also play in Company) on vocals, which vary the material. Their harmonies are quaint and honest. Stephanie also plays violin answering the vocals or stating the melody line in interspersed passages. Basic and somewhat melancholy, there is an intimacy of form to the rugged and uncomplicated presentation. At a time when Americana styles are being reinvented with contemporary infusions, Chris and Stephanie go beyond technique returning to the tried and true with this mountain music romance. This album includes a version of "My Favorite Housing Project" by Born Against. Haunting and beautiful. (Mountain Records #26)
THE CINEMA EYE - A Complete Arsenal LP/CD
This Columbus, Ohio quartet takes the best of '80s new wave and combines it with hints of classic hair-metal to create the dynamic tempo fluctuations, irresistibly danceable harmonies, and crunching guitar bends that characterize this record. Synth-based, melody driven bass lines and catchy modulated keyboards swarm beneath the surface of fierce, grating guitars and drums, brought together by the powerfully evocative female vocals. This is The Cinema Eye's follow up to their split 10"/cd with Audion. This recording is still filled with hooks but makes more of an attempt to possibly merging the worlds of such bands like Sleater Kinney with Milemarker or Camera Obscura, making The Cinema Eye's sound relentless rock and roll as told by Missing Persons. (Sound Viruse #15)
THE CINEMA EYE - Some Nerve LP/CD
After two EPs and US tours with The Red Light Sting and Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Cinema Eye finally complete their first full length album. Keeping in the vein of their previous songs, TCE continue with their new wave attack that blends Sleater Kinney with the 80's sound of Berlin. Strong female vocals with melodies and choruses that make you want to sing along. (Sound Virus #19)
THE CINEMA EYE/AUDION - split 10" or CD
The Cinema Eye and Audion are Columbus, Ohio's latest additions to the synth-punk sound as well as to the newest bands to join the Sound Virus roster. The Cinema Eye play electro-snap post punk with confidence and sass, and Audion are something like Camera Obscura meets Subtonix electro aggressiveness. The Cinema Eye are known for the extreme catchiness of their near-pop melodies, guitars dripping with gritty spunk and the occasional hint of an 80's new wave sensibility, all topped off with female vocals comparable to those of Sleater-Kinney by their relentless power and deceptively sweet harmonies. Audion represents the more dissonant side of the spectrum with an electronic onslaught that creates a densely discordant sound, much like Braniac or Satisfact. Growlingly shrill guitars coupled with speaker-rumbling sub bass and abrasive, melody-driven keyboards are at the center of Audion's core. (Sound Virus #13)
CLOWN - Livestock World LP Picture Disc
Nagoya City hardcore sensation "CLOWN"!!! This is the deluxe vinyl version of their CD album on MCR JAPAN, with ten deadly serious destructive blasts of driving metallic HARDCORE PUNK! Out of control anger with hardcore spirit for all the true hardcore fighters; deadly drive for VIOLENCE!! Picture disc features new SUGI artwork and comes packaged inside a die cut jacket with the original art plus a lyric insert is included with Japanese & English translations. 33rpm, 32:45 long player. (Hardcore Holocaust #39)
CONTROL DE ESTADO - Acto Criminal 7"
The band is from my town, Brandon, FL, so I am pretty stoked to get this one out. It is their first record and Burrito's twenty-fifth. CONTROL DE ESTADO plays fast hardcore in the style of Los crudos, etc. Most of the lyrics are in Spanish. Most of them are on pink vinyl. Real cool cover art by a local artist, too. They make Los Crudos sound like Meneudo. Hace caliente. Description by Bob Suren/Burrito Records. (Burrito Records #25)
THE CONVERSIONS - Prisoners' Inventions LP
Working within the confines of a scene that seems to embrace nostalgia or boring metallic licks, it's unfortunate that a powerful and original hardcore punk band is such a rarity. Enter Boston's CONVERSIONS into the fray. With a fury that bespeaks their influences without aping them the New England quartet bash their way through fourteen tracks on their Level-Plane debut, Prisoners' Inventions. The CONVERSIONS' formula melds the mid-90's chaos of bands like Merel and Heroin with the bitterness of Reagan-Era American hardcore; updating both sounds for a seemingly hopeless post-9/11 world. Vocalist Terry has no trouble keeping up with the hyper-fast stop-start fury of bassist Rob, drummer Chris and guitarist Beau, delivering lyrics that touch on the personal as well as the political and the frustration wrapped up in a 21st century existence. "Prisoners' Inventions" breathes new life into the often stale hardcore milieu and is recommended for fans of sincere, passionate and skillfully played punk rock. (Level Plane Records #112)
CROPKNOX - Rock and Rot CD
Perhaps one of the most misunderstood bands from the current "street punk" genre. The Cropknox are a band that never left the garage (mentally). With a goofy name and spiky punk image this album delivers melodic punk, anthemic oi, and fast, OC styled punk all on the same disc (and sometimes even in the same song!). Picture a drunken cross pollination group-sex pregnancy, where UPRIGHT CITIZENS, early SOCIAL DISTORTION, THE ZERO BOYS, ONEWAY SYSTEM, SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS, all have to take a paternity test- that is the best way to describe this record. (Punkcore Records #34)
CRUCIAL SECTION - Catch The Future LP
The long awaited follow up LP from Tokyo, Japan's own Crucial Section. Crucial Section continue what they are known for, manic but melodic high energy old school thrash that sounds like "Defiance of Power" era Ripcord. Positive lyrics, tons of flannels, and high-speed thrash! (625 Productions #156)
CRUCIAL SECTION/HIT ME BACK - split 7"
In support of their West Coast Tour (August '06) Tokyo speedcore legends CRUCIAL SECTION and Los Angeles' thrash-n-roll veterans HIT ME BACK went into the studio to lay-down what both bands have become infamous for: high-energy, positive thrashcore. 3 songs each. (625 Production #191)
CUT THE SHIT - Harmed And Dangerous CD
After these Bostonians dropped their debut Bored To Death 7" on the world... They've out done themselves by now writing a completely raging, classic punk album for the hardcore in us all. Fast hardcore, played with tightness, attitude, and aggression. The music could be compared with many greats so I won't even try. The cover art, and insert of this record make it as visually appealing as it is a listening orgasm from start to finish. (Gloom Records #26)
DALTONIC - Radio On CD
Taking parts from punk, hardcore, and good ol' American rock and roll, Daltonic put together a melodic yet powerful record with emotional singing. Straight up rock. Straight up roll. Straight up Daltonic. (Phyte Records #21)
THE DARVOCETS - ...Have Landed CD
Greetings and salutations, earthlings, the Darvocets have landed! The Darvocets in conjunction with Gloom Records present to you 13 alien abductee tested tracks of late 70's 'Killed By Death' style punk, similar to the Crucifucks and Mentally Ill (if they were from Venus). Discovered in the rotting corpse of a freshly mutilated cow, this CD compiles their extremely hard to find 7", new 12", as well as two live tracks, one being a previously unreleased track. When you're done with this you will feel as if you have been probed in... (GLOOM 039)
DEAD LIKE DALLAS - It's A Story As Old As Time 7"
This is the tour version. Only 200 made with 3-D covers (including 3-D glasses!). Dead Like Dallas sound pretty similar to the old Planes Mistaken For Stars recordings. (Square of Oppossition #12)
THE DEAD ONES - LP
After putting out two 7"s (the first on Gloom, the second on Busted Head Records), these Swedish punks deliver sixteen tracks of fast, melodic, yet harsh sounding hardcore. Throw in a quirky Sonics cover song to help weirden things up a bit. This record leaves the listener wanting to hear even more from these unknown Swedish gods. This is modern hardcore at its best with no gimmicks. Great cover art to boot. Description by Nate of Gloom Records. (Gloom Records #23)
DEADLY SINS - 7"x4 box set
Now only $5. This is an amazing box set compilation. It was priced a bit expensive and didn't sell as well as we wish it would have. We are lowering the price to $5, which is an amazing deal. So if you never tried this great compilation then give it a try now! Damn, this thing looks amazing. Beautifully made with a lot of nice touches. The box set opens up to a quality booklet with individual pockets for each 7", and the booklet comes with art, text, and lyrics. Kill The Man Who Questions, Ruination, The Black Hand, Damad, Catharsis, MK-Ultra, and Unruh make the noise. Limited to 2,500 copies. Awesome. (Hater of God #13)
DEATHBAG - 7"
Blast out six tunes of raw, rough, hardcore/crust from upstate NY, mix From Ashes Rise with some Poision Idea. Political lyrics dealing with a lot of issues the band actually deals with. Rad six panal fold out cover with collage from outsider artist Vincent Brown. Includes a cover of Raw Power's "Fuck Authority" complete with cowbell and psychotic vocals. (Get The Axe #8)
DEATH FROM ABOVE - Romantic Rights CD
The follow up to Death From Above's Heads Up on Ache Records. Death From Above are a two piece from Toronto, Canada who play rocking new wave punk made up of only bass and drums (but you would never know it.) Hipster hardcore for the new wave punks. Features ex-Black Cat 13 and Femme Fatal members. (Sound Virus #16)
DEATH SENTENCE - Until The End Of The Sentence CD
Death Sentence terrorized the Australian hardcore scene from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. In their time, they were the fastest band in the southern hemisphere and one of the fastest in the world. They have been compared often to SIEGE and D.R.I. A hard-working band, Death Sentence made numerous recordings. Everything the band ever released-- and more -- is on "Until The End Of The Sentence," a 50 minute, 35 song history lesson. The 24-page CD booklet is filled with live photos, lyrics, show flyers, a 1985 zine interview and other memoribilia. The music has been restored professionally so it is louder and stronger than ever. A must for all thrashers, hardcores and punks. TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 50:13 of high speed Australian thrashcore! (1985-89). (Burrito Records #27 CD)
DEFCON 4 - File Under Fuck CD
Possible the last "Real" punk band in Boston, Defcon 4 are veterans of the Boston Hardcore scene. Combining equal parts Born Against, Black Flag, Eyehategod, booze and skateboarding, "File Under Fuck" displays a raw intensity seldom seen in these days of dudes wearing girls jeans and make-up. You may have seen them kicking the hard jams with Municipal Waste, Converge, Hirax, or possibly vandalizing the invite-only Auburn skate ramp in Brooklyn. If your bag is brutal, bad-vibe hardcore punk "File under Fuck" will deliver the goods. (Black Box Records #7 CD)
DEFIANT TRESPASS/GOVERNMENT SATIRE - split CD
22 songs. Government Satire is similar to Mankind - crusty political punk with dual male/female vocals. Defiant Trespass was much more street punk style when this was recorded - they have since tightened up and sped up considerably (which is demonstrated on the split 7" above). Description by Square of Opposition. (Square of Opposition #1)
DEL CIELO - Wish And Wait LP
Listening to Wish And Wait is an emotionally exhausting experience. The trio of women that make up Del Cielo have constructed a turbulent collection of beautifully raw songs that dip into their collective well of bad times, bitter thoughts, and somber days. Eloquently crafted, the honest experiences of life lived bleeds through in a touching and affecting way. Sure this could be described as mellow and melodic indie rock, but the powerfully melancholy atmosphere puts Wish And Wait into a more authentic and interesting genera. (Golden Brown #5)
DEL CIELO/SIN DESIRES MARIE - split 7"
One song each from these two unique bands. Colorado's Sin Desires Marie offers "The One She Likes," a haunting, bass-driven approach to what once was pop. This western three-piece invokes an angular, jarring dissonance cultivated from equal parts Third Sex, Submission Hold and Gang of Four. Del Cielo, meanwhile, hails from Washington DC and Richmond, VA area, and takes a more up-front indie pop approach, reminiscent of Velocity Girl or Braid. Vocal harmonies and clever writing gel with Warmers-esque drumming and a kinetic bass line for "Richmond Never Forgets." (Ed Walters #013)
DIVIDER - At Twilight LP/CD
DIVIDER brings forth six tracks of tech/thrash metal insanity mixed with raging pissed off hardcore. Rarely does a band fuse hardcore and metal together (especially so early in their lifespan) and still manage to remain innovative. No ex-members, no gimmicks, no bullshit sociopolitical chaotic metal. "At Twilight" falls somewhere in the ballpark of CONVERGE, AS THE SUN SETS, and AT THE GATES. Tech/thrash metal mixed with pissed off hardcore, recorded at God City. (Shock Value #11)
DRY ROT - 3 Records on 1 CD CD
Compiled here are the three releases to date from Southern Cali based Dry Rot. On there first 7" there were compared to the like of Die Kreuzen, Void, and United Mutation, but they threw a total wrench in the works by releasing a follow-up that sounded more like the soundtrack of Twin Peaks or some other David Lynch creep fest. They followed this with a 7" on Painkiller Records, that touched on the theme of human enslavement, based on the real life exploits of a sadist scum monger from out West. As an added bonus a few live jams are thrown on the end. (Parts Unknown #37 CD)
DUTCH DUB - Gasp Rehearsal 7"
The solo project from the drummer of PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES (Nick Dewitt); Dutch Dub is a pop band with all the hooks, keyboards and choruses that ensure the songs get stuck in your head. Imagine a catchier version of Pretty Girls Make Graves, but with male vocals. This is single is a one time pressing, limited to 480 copies on clear vinyl. (Sound Virus #25)
EL BUZZARD - Tranquilizante Del Elephante 10"
The latest rumblings felt in California, crushing homes and sending school children under their desks is not another West Coast earthquake. Its the devestation coming from the amps of El Buzzard! Featuring ex members of Californian legends Mohinder and Duster, El Buzzard blare out monsterous riffs and a "fuck this shit" attitude, building some of the most cataclysmic and lumbering sounds heard since the hay day of the Melvins. This six song release, with the befitting title of Tranquilizante Del Elephante (lephant tranquilizer) is a follow up to the bands self released, self titled CD which received praise from publications such as Alternative Press magazine. El Buzzard pound their instruments into submission, every once in a while allowing them to spew out a contorted Jesus Lizard or Orange Goblin inspired sound, layered in impurity. One listen and you will be done. (Electric Human Project #25)
FAX ARCANA - The Ritual In Routine CD
Featuring former members of Burn it Down, Usurp Synapse, Ice 9, and Rapider than Horsepower as well as current members of Rep Seki, and Majas, Fax Arcana abandon the expected throat shredding vocals for a more melodic approach. The result is razor sharp guitar work, machine-like rhythms and vocals that lean more toward soulful than screaming. Yes, there is singing here. But don't let this lead you to believe this record should be filed next to The Promise Ring. Fax Arcana's sound is urgent, angular, churning, and much too dark for the too easily tear-jerked crowd that spends rainy Sundays sipping tea and playing with their cats. Think Bobby Knight throwing a chair, without the verbal abuse. For fans of VSS, Clikitat Ikatowi, Nation of Ulysses and Unwound. (Alone Records #59)
THE FAERIES - Riot In The Hive Mind CD
Crazy and weird hardcore from New Orleans. A bit of PG. 99 and a bit of Mr. Bungle. Recorded by Jeff Kane of City of Caterpillar and Malady and Mike Taylor of PG. 99... This CD comes packaged in a 7" sleeve with a nice booklet. (Waking Records #7)
THE FICTION - Names CD
The Fiction have stuck together longer than most bands these days, and it shows on "Names," their second full length and 5th release overall. With each release they've shown growth here they are tighter than ever, producing a record that twists and turns all over the place but is undeniably cohesive. The record pulls one hundred different ways, with changes throughout that swing you from pummeling aggression to somber longing to butt shaking all at the drop of a hat. It's never gratuitous though, never manipulative. Every second of this record is passionate and engaging. "This isn't typical hardcore, but heavy music with time changes, great breakdowns, a lo-fi sound and interesting melodies" - Punk Planet. (Waking Records #11 CD)
FIGHTING DOGS - CD
This is the first official record from this politically driven Philadelphia three-piece. Thirteen songs of modern punk influenced by Bay Area speed metal and international hardcore. Featuring ex members of Virginia Black Lung and R.A.M.B.O.! (Ed Walters#17 CD)
FINEST DEAREST - Finest Dearest CD
This five-piece, female-fronted indie rock band from San Francisco is certainly changing the pace of Bloodtown Records releases. But don't be fooled by Finest Dearest's upbeat rhythms, super catchy guitar riffs, and beautifully layered vocals 'cause these kids aren't afraid to get dark and moody. The recording is dynamic, the songs are diverse, and the sporadic use of guest musicians adds to the band's musical creativity. This is Finest Dearest's first full length and they're hitting it hard: The CD packaging includes a six-panel digipack with a 12-page booklet. (Blood Town Records #7)
FIRE DOWN BELOW - G 7"
Fire Down Below is a six piece band from Philadelphia, PA that features male and female screamers, duel guitars, bass, and drums. The sound is heavy, thick, and very aggressive and these three songs will make you grasp those 94' records and Iron Maiden records too. Description by Michael Daily. (Ed Walters #016)
FM BATS - Bats Are Out To Harm LP
The follow up to their 12" on Vinyl Dog, "Bats Are Out To Harm" finds the FM Bats moving into darker territory with a sound that lies somewhere between early LA groups like Germs and Red Kross or UK acts like the Fall. They rip through seven songs in a mere 14 minutes. Fronted by Todd Jacobs formerly of Le Shok, and featuring members of I'm Gonna Stab You, this is the sound of self destruction. (Sound Virus #23)
FORSTELLA FORD/LIFE DETECTING COFFINS - split LP
Another split LP release from Level Plane Records. This time around the damage will be done by Forstella Ford who unleash a fast, frantic, and emotive hardcore groove and Life Detecting Coffins who play quirky, melodic, emotive hardcore with lots of volume and tempo changes; the calm and the storm. (Level Plane Records #11)
GET TO THE CHOPPER - s/t 7"
Loopy, noisey grind stuff. The first pressing is gone, the second pressing is 235 copies on pink vinyl. Featuring members of Masato Tanaka. (Square of Opposition #20)
GHOSTLIMB - Bearing & Distance CD
Ghostlimb is a three-piece from southern California formed in 2006. Presenting ridiculously pissed hardcore with the elements of melody, thrash and general poor disposition, Ghostlimb compile all the rage a minute long song can handle with sprinklings of social critique and dissatisfied sarcasm. In mid-2008, their second full-length, "Bearing & Distance," will be released, promising to clock in near the choice twenty-minute mark and riddled with succinct aesthetics of the fast, heavy and tolerably informed. (Level Plane Records #121)
GOOD CLEAN FUN - On The Streets Saving The Scene From The Forces Of Evil CD
Good Clean Fun's On The Streets... features 11 tracks of fun and sarcastic youth crew hardcore that is influenced by Minor Threat and the Gorilla Biscuits. Good Clean Fun is all about solid hardcore, plenty of choruses, a healthy dose of melody, and having a good time; fun and energetic. (Phyte Records #20)
GOOD CLEAN FUN - Straight Outta Hardcore CD
Good Clean Fun are at it again with ten tracks of high energy straight edge hardcore designed to get the kids smiling and going nuts. Straight Outta Hardcore is serious, humorous, fun, and totally positive. Definitely putting the fun back into straight edge hardcore. They do a solid cover of Youth of Today's "No More" and generally just get the positive energy flowing. Positive go!! (Phyte Records #25)
GUT INSTINCT - 1989 to 1992 Discography CD
This CD contains all the recorded output by Baltimore's Gut Instinct. Started in the late '80s Gut Instinct were a mainstay up and down the East Coast and they gained a cult like status, playing shows with every major band on the era. The CD also contains enhanced footage of band performing live as well as a picture and flyer slideshow. Remastered with rare never before seen artwork/photos, this is a must have for fans of NYHC in the vein of early Breakdown, Outburst, early Sheer Terror, and the Where The Wild Things Are compilation. (Parts Unknown #24 CD)
HATED YOUTH/ROACH MOTEL - split LP
This is a great record for those of you that are interested in hardcore's past. The nineteen Hated Youth tracks are from 1984 and they are classic early '80s sounding hardcore. It is a sound that many bands try to capture today, but Hated Youth was there and they were doing it when it was still new and fresh. Their sound has the same raw primitive energy that made D.R.I.'s first record so good, and judging by the reprinted flyers in the booklet they played more than a show or two with D.R.I. so that all makes sense. Roach Motel is equally as interesting. Their side of the LP is a live set recorded in 1983. The sound quality is great and the show really captures the crazy unpretentious energy that made hardcore so much fun. This was the kind of music that was created before hardcore was crossed with metal or college/indie rock. The production standards were very different and the attitude was untainted by the lure of success. An interesting look back. (Burrito Records #16)
HATS AND GLASSES - s/t 10"
A bit of a departure, TDB Record's newest act Hats and Glasses play a brand of jangly indie rock that is as eclectic as it is nostalgic. Recalling the harmonies of *The Beatles* and the raw stomp of *The Ramones*, all three members of the band pull their weight sharing lead vocal duties. Add to the mix foot tapping drum patterns, poppy guitar jabs, off-kilter keyboard runs, distorted bass and these Bostonians end up with music that is refreshingly memorable and dancey. (Teenage Disco Bloodbath #14)
HELEN OF TROY - The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships CD
This is the final record from Helen of Troy, available posthumously a year after their final show. This release consists of four songs of spacey yet harsh and aggressive "prog-core". Multiple vocalists complement each other nicely with intertwining spoken/sung parts and all out screaming. The guitars range from meandering and ethereal to direct and pummeling, all held down by precision drumming. This record will please the band's existing fans and fans of members' earlier bands such as I Am The Resurrection and The State Secedes, their current bands Gospel and free republic (of soul), as well as fans of bands like Acid Mother Temple and Explosions in the Sky. With an additional extended noise track featuring members of Books Lie and Meneguar, this record has something for everyone and is definitely their best effort and a fitting end. (Waking Records #10)
HELL CHILD/WORD SALAD - split 10"
Japan's Hell Child are sludgy and droning with what sounds like a full fledged drunk on vocals, while the United State's Word Salad play it a bit faster and it sounds as if their singer has had less to drink, but might be missing several screws. Full color freakin' cover and insert with a comic apocalyptic feel. Noise to drive the neighbors totally insane! And when they come over to complain you can shout in their face, "Hey, it must be good! It's on Hater of God you asshole!" (Hater Of God Records #9)
HELLO FEVER - Broken Lines LP
Recorded by Alex Newport, Hello Fever's debut full length "Broken Lines" is 11 songs of post-punk aggression. Channeling early GO GO'S or "Daydream Nation" era SONIC YOUTH, Hello Fever blend pop sensibility with a dark edge, creating an interesting yet somewhat familiar sound. (Sound Virus #26)
HELLO FEVER - Hot communication 7"
Hello Fever is a three piece minimal post-punk band from Los Angeles. Consisting of a female rhythm section as well as male/female vocals, Hello Fever are melodic and dark, while maintaining a direct but angular style. Their sound references such bands as Blondie and Psychedelic Furs. (Sound Virus #21)
HINT HINT - Young Days LP
This is Hint Hint's debut full length and the follow up to their six song Sex is Everything EP on Cold Crush. Young Days is eleven songs of melodic and moody dance tracks that find the band holding true to their sound, still painting a dark post-punk landscape somewhere in the vein of Psychedelic Furs, Satisfact and, at times even, The Fall. (Sound Virus #18)
HOMBRINUS DUDES - Politi-kill CD
If you are fan of bands like DROPDEAD and early NAPALM DEATH then please check this band out. The sound comes from NAPALM DEATH but the lyrics and some of the hardcore parts remind me of DROPDEAD. The A side has a SUPLATURA cover and the B side has a INFEST cover. This record is so much more then your standerd grind/metal record. Every song has something different to it. This could be a classic record. (Punks Before Profits #25 CD)
THE HOMOSTUPIDS - The Intern CD
After two awesomely blown-out singles, Cleveland Ohio's Homostupids give up their debut full length to the Parts Unknown empire. A perturbing stew of full-bore garage spew and psychedelic punkaroo, this disc will be the soundtrack to many losers' bad drug parties for centuries to come. Fourteen songs; one big headache. Featuring members of Nine Shocks Terror. (Parts Unknown Records #31 CD)
HOPE YOU CHOKE - CD
Hope You Choke features ex-members OF HOLDING ON, THE REAL ENEMY, KILLSADIE, BODIES LAY BROKEN. They play hardcore with some metallic influences; think BLOOD FOR BLOOD meets INTEGRITY. Predominantly faced paced with heavy metallic breakdowns and most importantly lots of guitar solos. (One Percent Records #11)
THE HOT LIES - Street Become Hallways CDep
Featuring ex members of The Killchoir Project, Day Of Contempt and I Killed The Prom Queen, Australia's The Hot Lies defines its sound by lacing the power and passion of hardcore with the hooks of pop melody. Drawing inspiration from bands as diverse as At-the drive in, AFI, Foo Fighters and Refused, in there short existence THL have played with the likes of The Bronx, Pilot To Gunner, Gyroscope and throughout August will be touring with After The Fall. (Resist #36)
HUGS - The Tarpit CD
Hugs follow up their self-released debut one-sided 12" with The Tarpit, a 13 song, Mike Lust produced (Ten Grand, Sweep the Leg Johnny, Lustre King) full length. Building on the same foundation as their 12", The Tarpit reveals a more mature, involved, and fully developed sound combining elements from mid-'90s bands like Universal Order of Armageddon with hints of '70s stoner-rock. Hugs fuse art, punk, and social consciousness to create a record that is passionate, angry, and full of integrity. (Waking Records #9 CD)
INDEX FOR POTENTIAL SUCIDE - The Newest Youth Rebellion LP
Originally released on CD by Ohev, The Newest Youth Rebellion finally makes it on to vinyl. Index for Potential Suicide combine experimental sounds with the extremities of noisy, discordant hardcore. Powerful, pissed, and chaotic - for fans of Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust, and Prevail (an ex member of Prevail played on this LP). Guest appearances by Eric Wood of Man Is The Bastard and Neil Burke of Men's Recovery Project and Sinking Body. (Insolito Records #7)
INMATES - Assholes Unanimous Presents... CD
This CD contains their full length LP, 7" and plenty of unreleased tracks. Boasting both Melnick brothers from Integrity, Cleveland's Inmates play a raging, offensive style of hardcore punk rock that mixes the guitars and intensity of Integrity with the speed and outrageous behavior of bands like Gordon Solie Motherfuckers and 9 Shocks Terror. Pure hateful Cleveland thrash. 27 tracks in total!! (Parts Unknown Records #29)
INTERNAL AFFAIRS/LAST NERVE - split 7"
Los Angeles Hardcore heavyweights Internal Affairs (featuring ex & current Carry On, Piece By Piece, Stand And Fight) clash with Australia's own Hardcore kings Last Nerve to produce this uncompromising split 7" on Resist Records. Bringing together Hardcore from both corners of the globe this release is sure to cause a stir among hardcore circles worldwide. The split consists of 6 songs, 3 from each band. Both bands feature 2 new unreleased songs as well as a re recorded song from there demo's. (Resist #35)
JOHN DEERE - Duskdeeredawn 7"
Blazing fastcore/powerviolence with many hooks and breaks from South Germany sometimes compared to Germany's finest Y. They just made it onto a 625 compilation featuring the best thrash and fastcore bands from Europe. (Throw Into Disaster #4)
KARST - Receive The Void CDep
For those that didn't get a chance at the 7", here it is in CD format, along with a bonus track, expanded packaging, and more of Victoria's unique artwork. Damad evolved; vocals are not at all for the weak of heart. Track listing ; 1) Lambs of Rot 2) Circle of Ground 3) Self Struck + Bonus hidden track. Featuring Vicotria from Damad on vocals (Hater of God #16)
KARST - Vision Of Insane Hope CD
Savannah, Georgia's Karst has let out something frightening, eruptive and important with this, their first full length release. Musically and aesthetically, they contribute something of a supremely interesting and commanding character. Melding doom, metal and a rare, dark hardcore, there is an overwhelming sense that this entire record was produced, alternately, through gritted teeth and eyes rolled to the back of the head; whites fully exposed. Having expanded her range since the early/mid-90s (the era of Pushead favorites- Damad) frontwoman, Victoria's droning bellow grows and shifts shape into a horrifyingly fierce and pained screech as these dense, horror songs build and evolve, menacingly. Scott (ex-Antischism/Initial State) demonstrates exceptional drumming that avoids all the trappings of the genre. Where many would abuse double bass and pound mercilessly and unmusically, he somehow incorporates sensitive hi hat and cymbal work and involved playing that contrasts- never compromises or lightens- the weight of the collective output. The results are convincing and finger-curling; frenetic, while terse; fierce and pained, while righteous and satisfying. Prepare. (Hater of God #23 CD)
KILL THE MESSENGER - Five On Seven 7"
As you might have guessed this 7" has five tracks from Kill The Messenger. I was pleasantly surprised by Kill The Messenger's kick ass attack. Their sound is very reminiscent of Blast! influenced Black Flag style hardcore without sounding too much like their influences, and without the metal indulgence. (Phyte Records #19)
THE KILLERS - picture disc 7"
This is the final chapter in the Manual for Self Destruction and The Killers discography. We're not talking about the wankers across the Atlantic but the hardcore fucking Killers. They deliver three tracks of rage fueled hardcore, that will surely have you screaming along. The first track "Sown" starts off with a keyboard intro that builds up to the the chaos we know as The Killers. Classic tempo shifts with screaming vocals trading off. The production on this record is top notch and reflects a matured sound. Welcome to self destruction. Limited to 1,000 copies. Full color cover and picture disc art work by Mike Sutfin. The Killers feature ex-members of legendary Chicago hardcore band Charles Bronson. (Hater of God #24)
KITES - Superior Moon mini 3" CD
While Kites is considered a noise band, this is not your typical collection of random beeps and feedback. This is other worldly electronic sounds that don't give you the feeling that someone is half asleep while they press some store bought effects pedals or tap some keys on a laptop. On this disc you'll find well composed, intense, creepy and beautiful music. There are no cheap tricks; this is lovingly made noise that puts most of the other music in this genre to shame. Parallels can be drawn to Amps for Christ (for the earthy-ness), Wolf Eyes (for the creepiness), and Hair Police (for the intensity). Kites has toured the US extensively with Neon Hunk, Hair Police, Purient and most recently a two month tour with USA is a Monster. Fans of the above mentioned bands will like Kites. Kites will be playing shows in Europe in February and touring with his other band (Dynasty) in March. He has self-released ten tapes, has two full length records and one split (with Purient) on Load Records. This release features a full color insert designed by Kites featuring his art-comic style that you may have seen in the Ganzfeld and Kramers Ergot - the two leading underground comic anthologies. (Mountain Records #33 CD)
KONTRAATTAQUE - Luchas, Tragedias... 7"
El Grito has finally repressed the Kontraattaque 7". This time around it has a new cover and a 20 page booklet. The music, if you dare to call it that, is an assault of screamed and grunted vocals over a torment of harsh fucking hardcore. Lyrics in Spanish and English with translations in the booklet. (Elgrito #3)
KILL YOUR IDOLS - Something Started Here CD
A hefty 38 tracks compilation CD made up of out of print songs they have recorded over the years, taken from various split 7"s and compilation tracks. Includes a 20 page booklet that has restropective written about each individual recording session as well as a final farewell why the band is calling it quits. (Life Line Records #11)
KILLED IN ACTION - Exit Wounds CD
Blasting bursts of anger and energy come rushing forward to shred and thrash and mangle as Killed In Action unleash fifteen tracks of mayhem. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio Killed In Action are a six piece with two guitars, two singers, a bass player and a drummer. Exit Wounds includes all their recorded material as well as a QuickTime video. Damage! (Get The Axe Records #5)
KULTURKAMPF - Existence 7"
The second EP from this young band from upstate NY delivers four tracks of raw and brutal crust. The influences on this EP are much more varied than on the first, with crunchy CELTIC FROST metal riffs exploding into all out grinding thrash. This really reminds me a lot of the late 80's / early 90's crust demos (AXEGRINDER, GLYINE MAX, A//SOLUTION, HELLBASTARD) where things were innovating rather than the current pool of stagnation we wallow in today. These are all on white vinyl (only 100 made) and are hand numbered from a first pressing of 300 copies total. (Trench Rot Records #2)
KURSK/DAMAGE DIGITAL - split 7"
KURSK (canada) - organic grinding hardcore with elaborate arrangements. a warm and melodic, yet amazingly heavy and piercing tone that brings to mind the GORGUTS guitar work comparison, complemented by the established skills of the ex-HEAD HITS CONCRETE skinsman and sarah's painful shouts. KURSK walk the road of genre- bending bands such as VOIVOD and DAMAD, pushing the envelope of extreme hardcore. DAMAGE DIGITAL (japan) - premium thrashy grindcore, an ultimate reminder of why i got into it- very raw and energetic, following the tradition of their countrymen 324 and DISCORDANCE AXIS in making catchy yet extreme grind. with this record DAMAGE DIGITAL mark their 13th anniversary of representing the finest in the underground grindcore scene. (Level Plane Records #124)
LA PIOVRA - The First Discovered Treasures CD
Out just in time for their West Coast stampede, this is a collection of the long sold out one sided 12", a mysterious extra track included only in the picutre disc euro version of the 12" (Agipunk), the"Risacca" 7" (Punks Before Profits), and the super obscure and practically unheard "Maledetto" Demo. Unquestionably finest and most important Italian band since INDIGESTI or IL DIVO. (Youth Attack Records #36 CD)
LANDMINE MARATHON/SCARECROW - split LP/CD
Of all the bands revisiting old styles of metal these days, there is a tiny circle of bands getting it right - finding inspiration in the bands of yore and using these muses to fuel new sounds that are relevant and honest. Landmine Marathon flies the flag for the raw proto-death metal of the early Earache Records era. Lead by ferocious frontwoman Grace Perry (a star of Revolver Magazine's 2007 hottest women in metal issue), Landmine Marathon revitalizes the early days of Bolt Thrower, Carcass and Terrorizer, bringing a fresh new passion to a classic era of extreme music. Scarecrow's ripping metal follows in the tradition of the classic bay area thrash bands, from Testament to Vio-lence. Scarecrow features members hailing from an A-list of other metal acts: Exhumed, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Vicious Rumors, Dekapitator, Cutthroats 9 and more. (Level Plane Records #117)
LANDMINE SPRING - Love With Silver Spears CD
Right on time for the 10th anniversary is coming the new album by Landmine Spring, one of the longest running band coming out of Czech indie/punk scene. A lot of people expected Landmine Spring going down after their second guitar player and founding member Jiri left the band to join Sunshine. But with the intervention of fortune they found a replacement in Jarda, their friend and awesome guitar player who recently moved back to the city from UK and saved the band. Listening to "Love With Silver Spears3 brings on the mind the general feeling that this must be a younger, freshier and enthuiastic brother of the old Landmine Spring as we knew them! Their new songs are narroved, with simplier structure and pleasant vocals while keeping the integrity and drive from previous recordings. Catchy and light melodic lines contrast with intensive guitar sound and astonishing drummer. The new Landmine Spring album sounds similar to the decently blended mixture of later Jimmy Eat World with indie bands like Christiansen or Dismemberment Plan and for fans of guitar driven indie/rock music a guaranteed listening pleasure. (Day After Records #51)
LAST MATCH - 1997 to 1999 LP
Last Match was from Sweden and they released a fantastic 7" as well as a split 7" with Switchblade. They were heavily influenced by Born Against and their sound was powerful, aggressive, and memorable with great lyrics and vocals. This discography LP includes all of their released tracks as well as fifteen unreleased tracks, and it comes with a great looking booklet that includes lyrics and art from this awesome hardcore outfit. (Sound Virus #3)
LETS GROW - Neverending Story 7"
In-your-face fast early-Dischord style hardcore from Serbia. Let's Grow deliver 7 new songs of fast, raw and pissed off hardcore mixed with '80s style and youth crew passion... Positive hardcore for all those into Man Lifting Banner, Infest and Negative Approach! (Know Records #145)
LET'S GROW - Years Between Gatherings 7"
Five tracks of fast paced positive hardcore from Yugoslavia! Let's Grow play it upbeat and energetic recalling a '90s style straight edge sound. Positive go!! (625 Productions #105)
LIARS - We No Longer Knew Who We Were CD
Here the Liars gleefully mash up a number of eras, including punk, hip-hop, and new wave. Their performance is energetic, chaotic and very, very loud. With short, choppy riffs and bottle-breaking drumbeats which together create a dynamic, rhythmic snarl. That's when everything breaks; the bass jives in a fortified funk; drums kick forcefully, the vocal tone shifts from robotic drone to spastic wail. It's a dramatic, exacting chaos, chock full of the kind of political punch that has earned the group references from such acts as Gang of Four and The Pop Group. (Sound Virus #11)
LIFE DETECTING COFFINS - Catatonic Begat Napoleonic CD
Life Detecting Coffins are out for another stroll. Their last trip involved their split LP with Forstella Ford on Level Plane. This time they offer up nearly fifty minutes of their blend of quirky, melodic, emotive hardcore with lots of volume and tempo changes; the calm and the storm. Sort of rockin', sort of 'emo, sort of melodic, sort of gutsy at times. (Golden Brown #3)
MACHINE GUN ROMANTICS - Everything So Far CD
This collects the 625 debut EP, extra tracks from that session, their demo and a live show for a total of 35 tracks!! This band embodies the new breed of fastcore/power violence bands coming up now-a-days... fucking high energy fastcore from the lone star state. (625 Productions #129 CD)
MAN THE CONVEYORS - Cheers! CD
Down-tuned Scandi-crust from Boston / Connecticut with male / female vocals and a sound like MASSMORD meets ANOTHER OPPRESSIVE SYSTEM. Eight brand new tracks with an ultra-heavy recording that blows away the LP! (Vex Records #4 CD)
MASS MOVEMENT OF THE MOTH/THE CATALYST - split CD
An eleven song, collaborative split of apocalyptic proportions from two of DC/VA's most fierce and twisted young bands. Mass Movement Of The Moth returns with blast after contagious blast of synth-driven, psychedelic post-hardcore, while The Catalyst sludge through their latest offering of kerosene-soaked, in-your-face noise-punk/grunge. Song order switches from band to band, allowing no side A or side B to keep the collective rock apart. For fans of BORN AGAINST, PG.99, CAMERA OBSCURA, MELT BANANA, etc. Full US tour June & July 200666. (Electric Human Project #32/Perpetual Motion Machine #13)
MAX REBO KIDS - Ciphers LP
Powerful youth crew hardcore from this five piece straight edge band. The songs are hard driving and have a total youth crew feel but they also play with some melodies and while the break downs are there and the chorus sections the songs are also catchy. The lyrics deal with everything from personal issues to political issues. Well produced with a really strong sound. (Bushido Records #9)
MEMORY AS PERFECTION/SCENT OF HUMAN HISTORY - split 12"
This split 12" features two newer bands, Long Island's Scent of Human History and Louisiana's Memory as Perfection, teaming up to offer varied yet complimentary approaches to modern hardcore. Scent of Human History, containing most of the former members of Sometimes Walking, Sometimes Running, give us four songs that go back and forth from moody, brooding instrumental segments to fast and chaotic screamy hardcore. Hypnotizing at one moment, violent and spastic the next, Scent creates a dramatic roller coaster that fans of 12 hour turn and PG. 99 will enjoy. Memory as Perfection offer up five songs in a different vein. Laid back yet driven, the music shifts from clean, noodley and jazzy guitars - similar perhaps to Off Minor - to straight forward distorted rock all driven by pounding basslines. More shouting than screaming, the vocals could be likened to an angry D. Boon. The influence of Shotmaker can be heard at times, but Memory as Perfection has their own thing going on. The record is packaged in a beautifully letterpress jacket with an original block print done by the amazing hot iron press. All profits from this record go to the Long Island Freewheel Bike Collective and New Orleans' Plan B Bike co-op. (Waking Records #2)
METH AND GOATS - Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain LP/CD
LP press is limited to 500 copies in all. Meth And Goats prove that punk rock doesn't have to be overproduced and glossy on "Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain". They rip through 42 minutes worth of post-hardcore dirt-rock comparable to bands like Transistor Transistor and The Blood Brothers, but with an originality all of its own. Meth And Goats marry an art damaged punk sound with an absured amount of spaced out jams, numbing feedback, and distorted screams that reeks of beer and body odor. Raw, rough around the edges, and catchy as sin. (Electric Human Project #34)
MOMENT OF YOUTH - 7"
This is a 6 song ripper from DC's Moment of Youth. Fast and raw some of these tracks could easily have been left off of Flex Your Head. Great cover art by Jason Powell. Fans of DC Youth Brigade and early Goverment Issue, well dig this one, even though it isn't from '83. (Parts Unknown #3)
MURDER IN THE RED BARN - CD
While respected among its followers, some of the most inventive punk groups often wind up sequestered and sounding perhaps too similar in the end. Milwaukee's Murder in the Red Barn avoids the common fall by infusing a truly melodic, structured skill to the fire of its more erratic elements. Combining the oft-rhythmic guitar work of The Minutemen with the percussive drive of Trenchmouth, Murder In The Red Barn songs are anchored just enough by passionate, emotive melodies to keep feet on the ground (but tapping all the same). This CDep harnesses experimentation and rhythm without giving up the reins. (Ed Walters #4)
MURDER SUICIDE PACT - Full Time 7"
One of two new Murder-Suicide Pact 7"s, released simultaneously, breaking this cult band's 12 year silence. "Full Time" features six new songs recorded in early 2010 with members of Failure Face, Control De Estado and Slap Of Reality. The band has often been described as a mix of Henry-era Black Flag, early Poison Idea and Negative Approach. Maximum Rocknroll calls it, "misanthropic, mid-tempo HC...You will probably feel a little dirty after listening to this, and you might like it." And be sure to check out the "Do It It Or Don't" 7" on Give Praise Records, also distributed by Ebullition. (Bacon Towne Records #8)
MUTATORS/SHEARING PINX - split LP
Spastic thrash and deceptively chaotic freakout droolery from two bands that stand out in Vancouver's exploding neo-no wave/art-damaged punk scene with a degree of focus and aggression often aspired to but very rarely achieved. SHPX deliver one long, wailing psych-punk epic while the Mutators blaze through five shocks of discordant hardcore that come across like Void meets No New York. (Ugly Pop Records #20)
MY WAR/LEGS UP - split CD
Legs Up brings their brand of abrasive, urgent and energetic hardcore punk blended with a touch of rock'n'roll. Pouding beats and melodic guitar lines meet with a set of vicious vocals and wailing quick witted lyrics. Richmond, Virginia brings you it's own My War for an abusive array of tracks. With crunching guitars, blast beat breakdowns and a voice that shreds through furious lyrical content, My War contributes and unstoppable set of songs which are heavy and hypnotic. With many of Black Flag's no nonsense mentalities such as intense live shows, powerfully urgent riffs, dire lyrics, and an honest approach not often found in a scene that is increasingly commercial. For fans of The Hope Conspiracy, Sex Positions and American Nightmare. (State of Mind #6)
NECKTIES MAKE ME NERVOUS - (I'm the Captain and I'm Telling You) This Ship Is Fucked 7"
2nd seven-inch from this Portland band that's been compared to everyone from Pedestrians and Crimpshrine to Cleveland Bound Death Sentence mixed with Palatka, which apparently means they're simultaneously off-kilter and catchy. It's dirty punk rock with frayed cuffs and paper cut abrasions. Dual vocals, lyrics that tackle topics as varied as racism ("Liberty Street"), domestic abuse ("Apartments") and aging in punk ("Old Tats And Oxygen Masks") delivered with both venom and thoughtfulness. This Ship Is Fucked has five songs, colored vinyl, and artwork by Keith Rosson. (Code Of Ethics #17)
NEVER HEALED - s/t CD
Never Healed from Oakland, CA compile all their recorded output together on one CD. Featuring there debut full length and their half of the split 7" with Violent Minds, there are also three new songs, two of which will appear on a forthcoming 7" and one (a cover song) which is exclusive to this release. Featuring members of Look Back And Laugh, Violent Minds, and Yaphet Kotto their sound have been compared to the likes of Citizens Arrest, Rorschach, and Intergrity. While the tunes can be melodic and catchy at times, the stark contrast of the grizzled and growled vocals (sounding like someone's vocal chords being dragged through a paper shredder) make them able to share the bill with anyone throughout the different niches of punk and hardcore. Housed in a eco-friendly 100% recycled 4 panel jacket, because we care. (Parts Unknown #40 CD)
NEWGENICS - s/t 7"
2 songs from their demo featuring Chris Bickel from In/Humanity & Guyana Punch Line. Indie/New Wave Pop, similar to At The Drive-In. (Dangerously Small Records #3)
NINE CURVE - Crossover Thrash Insanity 7"
Fast paced Japanese hardcore influenced by crossover thrash.... ripping leads and ripping riffs, still played like a hardcore band. Five songs. (625 Productions #120)
THE NO JONS - s/t 7"
This will take you back to when pop punk was more punk then pop. This record gives you 4 classic sounding punk tunes. Think of bands like SCREACHING WEASEL/ANGRY SOMOANS/DESCENDENTS style punk. Also great lyrics that you remind you that punk can be fun. (Punks Before Profits #31)
NO PARADE - Ceaseless Fire LP
Fifteen tracks of powerful but catchy hardcore from No Parade. The style is similar to From Ashes Rise or Tragedy, and in fact No Parade features members of From Ashes Rise. The music is harsh and hard hitting with screamed vocals, but the melodic underbelly keeps the songs memorable and almost pleasant. Even better than their debut 7", this LP is one of Lisa's favorites from this era. (No Parade #10)
NO TIME LEFT - 10"
No Time Left mix fast raw youth crew with straight up hardcore/punk elements... with some blazing guitar leads to boot. This follows up their debut EP on Third Party, but in my opinion this goes above and beyond their prior stuff. Members of every band that has ever come from Buffalo (They Live, Halfmast, Project Grizzly, etc) and the mulitple styles of prior bands as well as the attitude. Description by Max 625. (625 Productions #114)
NO TIME LEFT - Zero Effort Solution 7"
Repress of the record originally on Third Party. More straight forward than the 10" on 625. (Underestimated #29)
NOTHING REMAINS - 7"
Four fresh songs, from these pioneers of the DC music from Germany. Pretty much like a Gray Matter/Ignition mix, on golden vinyl and with a cool cover. (Day After Records #18)
THE OATH - Uber Alles Collection CD
The Oath! Hear as they deliver forth burst after pulverising identity-annihilating burst of musical harshness that's impossible not to mosh to! For fans of NYC Mayhem, Pandemonium, early-Agnostic Front, and Void this is thee band that unintentionally kicked off the Thrash Revival of yore and consequently killed it! Contains every track they recorded prior: 7", 9", split 7", plus some unreleased and compilation tracks!. Killer new layout and booklet features all the lyrics and several unreleased, fully-charged photos! A total hardcore necessity. (Gloom #28) (split release between Gloom/Youth Attack/Coalition)
ONCE AGAIN - As The Fire Went Out... 7"
These are from the original press from 1993. We got some and I doubt they will show up again. Once Again played pulsating early '90s emo-hardcore. Not indie rock, but hard hitting emotive hardcore that was the popular style in the early '90s. (Element Records #1)
ORDER - Kickball 7"
This band is from Harrisonburg, VA, Charlottesville, VA and Philly. Members are spread around but mostly from VA. This is the band's first solo offical release after being together for about 6 or 7 years. They just broke up the other day after this came out. This has 4 originals and a The Who cover song. (Blood Of The Drash #6)
ORDRENEKT - Guddommelig Incest CD
Norweigian hardcore punk, killing with searing guitars and '80s punk style. The CD version also includes their debut EP tracks plus an unreleased song from the same session. (Hardcore Holocaust Records #28 CD)
OTOPHOBIA - Malignant CD
Philly's thrashcore heroes deliver an aural anvil to the cranium with 21 new blistering high speed anthems. Extensive touring and previous 7"s have laid the groundwork for the ultimate crustcore epic, Malignant, their full length debut. With markedly (anti) political lyrics and an unrelenting steamroller of speedy hardcore, Otophobia is poised to flatten the punk scene and butcher its sacred cows. When all of the crusty street punks are wearing Otophobia patches, don't say we didn't warn you... (Slap A Ham #64)
PARASYTIC - Hymn CD
The highly anticipated debut release from Richmond, VA's PARASYTIC contains twelve tracks of political "peace punk" rock outrage. Musically they are late 80's UK-style crust / thrash metal crossover in the same spirit as bands such CONCRETE SOX, DEVIATED INSTINCT and HELLBASTARD. PARASYTIC are a pretty new band but have already made great waves for their intense live performances and a totally ripping demo. PARASYTIC includes many veteran player of the Richmond scene, including current and former members of AGHAST, AVAIL, and even ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, etc. Comes packaged with beautiful cover art painted by Thea Duskin. (Vex Records #5 CD)
PASSENGER TRAIN PROPOSAL - 7"
Composed partially of former members of East Coast emo mainstays Autumn, Passenger Train Proposal delivers two, subdued tracks to this EP. Intricate, controlled drumming backs reserved poetic lyrics and guitars swinging from the hushed, whispered strumming of June of 44 and Still Life to swashes of the distorted crash of Endpoint and Anasarca. While more accessibly pop minded than hardcore math rock purists would dictate, PTP's emphasis on the dynamics of volume and technical instrumentation present a quiet, but firm challenge to the notion of what sensitive music ought to sound like. (Ed Walters #002)
PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE - Hardchrist CD/LP
Black doom thrash from San Francisco. Formed by Wolfgang shortly after disbanding black/death metal band Sangre Amado in 2003. The "demo" part sounds like primitive early Darkthrone/Ulver with melodic Swedish/US death metal melodies tossed in here and there. Some of the riffs and solos conjure up old school thrash and even traditional heavy metal like Judas Priest. The "EP" half focuses on better production and more of a black/doom mood. Candlemass meets Dissection if you will. Viking elements are hinted at as well. "Hardchrist" contains the 1st Demo "Given the Chance to Die" and the "Hardchrist" Ep, released in 2007. (Shaxul Records #1)
PHOENIX BODIES - Raise The Bullshit Flag LP
After countless splits and comps, Indiana's Phoenix Bodies have finally graced us with their debut full length recording. As with previous releases, every style under the massive umbrella of "heavy music" is perfectly mashed together to give the listener an experience comparable to bare knuckles pressed against a belt sander. Fans of this band's previous efforts and new fans alike are bound to view this as their best work to date, as well as their most vehement. In an age where too few bands are saying anything worth hearing, this album is more 10 tracks of blistering music; it's also a grand calling out of pretty much the entire human race. (Slave Union Records #17)
PISSED JEANS - Shallow CD
Pissed Jeans crawl out from under hardcore's seedy underbelly to blast out 8 tracks of droning punk noise. Calling to mind the warped visions of Fang, Flipper, and Stickmen With Rayguns, the Jeans point a dirty mirror at themselves, with fractured tales of woe in front of a harsh, blown-out backdrop. (Parts Unknown #106 CD)
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES - 12"
Four tracks from Murder City Devils, Death Wish Kids, Killsadie spin off band. The vocalist has a strong voice that is very similar to Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna. Actually, Pretty Girls Make Graves seems like a shoe in for Kill Rock Stars; punk rock with catchy songs and very strong female vocal work. Good stuff. (Sound Virus #5)
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES - Sad Girls Por Vida 7"
Three new tracks by this Seattle favorite. This record has been long delayed and highly anticipated, it is also part of a three 7" collaboration which has resulted in one 7" on each of the following labels: Sound Virus, Dim Mak, and Hand Held Heart. The three covers were designed together so when you put them along side one another, they connect to make one complete cover. (Sound Virus #9)
QUILL/I DONT CARE - split CD
Dual assault of ballistic hardcore/fastcore from Japan. Quill has been around forever, playing high-speed power violence, while I Don't Care play quirky fast hardcore not unlike Sweden's I Quit. (625 Productions #145 CD)
PATH TO MISERY - s/t CD
Path To Misery carry on the legacy of socially conscious, hardcore bands like Earth Crisis, Chokehold, Race Traitor and Cipher channeling the rage and frustration of a suicidal culture into a musical form of resistance. 9 songs of heavy protest housed in a beautiful, environmentally responsible digipak, this third release from Southern Empire Records is sure to provoke and challenge the rampant consumerism, imperialism and hubris of a dying empire. (Southern Empire Records #3)
POSITIVE NOISE/CRUCIAL SECTION - split 7"
5 new tracks from Positive Noise. Same ripping hardcore as you may have heard on the 1st 7". This also includes a CROSS THE LINE cover. Crucial Section bring you 3 new tracks of fast distorted hardcore punk. If you have heard there past material this is some of the best. (Punks Before Profits #39)
PYRAMIDS - Following the Tracks, Forcing Motion Through Phases CD
Epic in nature, the debut from Pyramids blends churning, chord laden bass, pummeling drums, dark guitars and frantic vocals. A whirlwind guide through the dreams we don't care to remember in the morning. Ex-members of A Petal Fallen and The Holy Fucking Spirit. This also includes video footage and comes packaged in a chipboard case made from 100% recycled material. (Slave Union #16 CD)
PYRAMIDS/VIOLENT BREAKFAST - split 10"
Intense and obscure hardcore screamo with strong postrock influences for both bands. The first from the USA and the second from Italy, deluxe packaging, awesome music. Limited to 600 copies, with under 200 available in the US. (Slave Union Records #24)
R.S.S.R. - Prey 7"
R.S.S.R. = RELIGIOUS SS DISORDER. Dark hardcore punk with in your face political and personal lyrics. Tons of in your face guitar leads and over the top vocals with tons of reverb that sound like a few singers coming at you at once. For fans of TSOL and BORN WITHOUT A FACE. (Punks Before Profits #42)
RACE AGAINST TIME - Depths Of The Antbed 7"
There was a description on the original email, but here it is again: The debut by Houston's Race Against Time, featuring members of Reason Of Insanity and Pretty Little Flower. Precision thrash, taking the best elements of modern day Japanese hardcore and classic American hardcore. Shouted vocals, really big guitar with twisty leads. For fans of bands like Forward, Bastard, Paintbox, N.O.T.A., Offenders, MDC, etc. (Burrito Records #21)
RACE AGAINST TIME/REASON OF INSANITY - split 7"
Five more ragers from the ever-prolific Reason Of Insanity -- a nice mix of hardcore/thrash influences, ranging from the Offenders to Treblinka. The second outing by Houston's Race Against Time: three ear-blasting originals and a Bastard cover. (Burrito Records #23)
THE RED LIGHT STING - Rub 'Em Out LP
No wave meets Antioch Arrow with keyboards and plenty of craziness. This is the exact sort of thing that one would expect from some of the cool 'n hip G.S.L. releases. Modern day no wave. Yow! Time to party! (Sound Virus #4)
THE REQUIEM - Time Is Never On Our Side CD
The complete recorded works from every line-up of St. Louis hardcore heavyweights THE REQUIEM, from the very first demos to the final EP. THE REQUIEM immediately made a huge impact upon their arrival, starting out with a fast, precise attack similar to PANIC or BANE that garnered attention throughout the midwest and soon had them playing as far as California. The band steadily progressed over their two years, creating music both heavier and headier while remaining unmistakabley hardcore. Rather than listing the past decade plus of bands these guys were in, let's simply state that THIS IS SAINT LOUIS HARDCORE. This complete discography includes the original demo tape, the rare and out of print "IN LOVING MEMORY..." and "WE ARE NOT EQUALS" eps, plus exclusive, previously unreleased songs and recordings. R.I.P. 456. In Loving Memory. (Dark Front #6)
RUN FOR YOUR FUCKING LIFE - 45 mph LP
Run For Your Fucking Life's first full length is a triumph of raw hardcore energy that is very much influenced by '80s hardcore, in particular Econochrist or Poison Idea. All twelve songs are angry and harsh and ready to explode. The band hails from San Diegp. Great stuff. (Gloom Records #7)
RUN FOR YOUR FUCKING LIFE - discography CD
This CD includes their LP, their 7", and two extra bonus tracks. Run For Your Fucking Life's sound is a raw surge of '80s hardcore, in particular Econochrist. Every song is harsh and ready to explode, and yet underneath it all there is a melodic element that helps to really round out their sound. (Gloom Records #7 CD)
S.B.V. - s/t 7"
San Diego's S.B.V. deliver the goods on their debut 7", taking the best of old Southern California bands like Uniform Choice, but leaving out the Hallmark card lyrics and poetry intros. Sick artwork by Jeff Gaither, who has worked with everyone from the Accused to Annihilation Time. (Parts Unknown #10)
SAFE INSIDE - 7"
Safe Inside deliver 14 tracks of raw punk/hardcore on this, their debut 72. They have sworn a blood oath to keep each song under one minute... Total fury, unleashed. A clean production drives the chaotic sound. Speed from start to finish. Features ex members of As I lay Dying and Built to Last. Cover artwork by Mike Sutfin of the Killers. Pressing limited to 1000 copies. (Black Matter #3)
SAKE - The Desert 7"
Recorded at the same time as the material on the split 12" with SUBMISSION HOLD. Two songs, probably their best stuff to date. Sake is a Northern California band who is compared to early NEUROSIS, but with violin and female vocals.. (Hopscotch #8)
SANGRE AMADO - Ancient Bitch CD
4th and final album by San Francisco underground experimental Black/Death/Grind band featured members of Weakling, Ludicra, and Passive Aggressive. Without a doubt, Sangre Amado is one of the most original extreme metal bands to ever come out of San Francisco, often eclipsed by other more well known bands who formed after, Sangre lurked below the surface, silently inspiring from 1997-2003. The vocals are mostly black metal style, with a healthy dose of death metal growls thrown in. The longer tunes are packed with chunky riffs, melody, and psychotic black/speed metal dynamics. Sangre Amado was not afraid of solos, and there is a good number of them without overdoing it. Other tunes are more staight forward death metal in the style of early 1990s Florida death metal, but with the band's own original sound. (Shaxul Records #2)
THE SCARLET LETTER - How Is Your Heart? CD
Two 7"s, three split 7"s and several comp tracks later, The Scarlet Letter finally releases a full length. The first release on Black Matter (the newly divided hardcore punk half of Hater of God Records) this 25 song CD (the LP will be released on Lights Out Records out of Sweden) is more diverse than anything they have released and may challenge stale hardcore purists. The incorporation of relentlessly fast and tight hardcore, double-bass, and [no lack of] screaming and growling will get thrashers going, while the somehow naturally flowing melodic aspects of what comes from this band appeal to what so many stifle. Their musicianship has further developed, as has their ability to lyrically articulate battle cries and furious laments. The variety of emotions expressed make this release feel complete, well-rounded and honest. These are the strongest songs they've put out and are heard through their best recording yet. A [perhaps] deceptively pretty layout (borne of all original artwork) brings their willingness to create without apology further to the surface. (Hater of God/Black Mass #1)
SEA OF THOUSAND - Church Of Total Collapse CD
Like a phoenix Sea of Thousand rose up from the ashes of Austin's Employer Employee. With Joey and Craig from Employer Employee on guitar and vocals, and Keith on drums, Sea of Thousand took form with the addition of Derek on bass and Tommy from Dragbody on guitar. Featured on Robotic Empire's v/a mutation comp with Ed Gein, The Minor Times, Tyranny Of Shaw and more. (State Of Mind Records #8)
SEEIN' RED/ JUDAS ISCARIOT - split LP
With the quality of these two bands beyond doubt you can trust that this records kills. Seein' Red are in top form and simply blaze. The Judas Iscariot present more mature material than on their two 7" releases. Their music is more melodic and free making it simultaneously more listenable and more challenging. This is a split release in the Coalition Records Network of Friends series. (Mountain Records #18)
SENTIMIENTOS OPRIMIDOS/DIRTIES - split 7"
If you want to get a glimpse of what's going on in South America musically then here's your chance. This is the vinyl version of a tape released awhile back. Both bands hail from Argentina. Sentimientos Oprimidos zips by in the blink of an eye with their raw, fast and thrashy hardcore while the Dirties keep it upbeat and melodic. All songs mostly in Spanish with political content. This is the first pressing of 500 on orange vinyl. (El Grito #5)
THE SETUP/SCHEMATIC OF A WAKING LIFE - split LP/CD
Richmond, Virginia's the Setup blast through thirteen minutes of their hardest offerings to date. Combining elements of hardcore, punk rock, and straight up metal, these southern boys detonate chunky guitar riffs that would make any early Metallica fan go nuts with collapsing vocals. The results? An overly aggressive and sadistic composition for fans of everything from Converge to Tragedy. Features Chris Kirby from Light The Fuse And Run on guitar. Schematic Of A Waking Life lay down four tracks of post hardcore perfection. Songs suggestive of a DC sound from the 1990s brewed with the updated offerings of Hot Cross and Off Minor. These New Englanders manage to be melodic and catchy without loosing their frantic edge. This split, the bands follow up to their CDep Cinders And Seeds on Bug Empire, takes everything up a notch. Desperate and controlled. Passionate and angry. (Electric Human Project #26)
SHAHRAZAD - 7"
Shahrazad are back, well sort of... They have broken up and remain broken up, but they still have these four songs to contribute. The music is slow and calculated and yet a bit frantic and harsh. The 7"s are all numbered and nicely packaged. Shahrazad did a split 10" with Makara. Featuring x-members of My Increment. (Hand Held Heart #2)
SHORT FUSE - LP/CD
SHORT FUSE charge at you with 18 tracks of pissed-off old school hardcore in just under 20 minutes. These guys have been active in the scene for years and their love for early hardcore from the 80's is more than evident. Stripped down and raging Hardcore that serves as an outlet to vent frustrations, a way to deal with the pressures of the daily grind. Disillusioned and angry, this is where these four guys come alive, proud and passionate. Abrasive and in your face, they nevertheless manage to sneak in some melodies and sweet chorus parts every once in a while, creating a volatile mix that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. If you miss bands like the CIRCLE JERKS, got a soft spot for DISCHARGE and can't get enough FUCKED UP vinyl, SHORT FUSE will deliver the goods. Not concerned with crews and cliques, this is true Hardcore Punk, furious and reckless. (Underestimated Records #35)
(cleareance priced) SHORT FUSE - Fruitless Efforts 7"
Four new songs of hardcore punk reminiscent of Slime, Blitz, the Adolescents, and Discharge. Lyrics owing to the frustration of hopelessness and despair of working your life away for the benefit of someone else. Angry and aggressive, passionate and pissed. (Underestimated #37)
THE SICK LIPSTICK - LCD
If the Go-Go's had let Darby Crash join their band, I think they might have sounded a lot like The Sick Lipstick. Hailing from Ontario Canada, The Sick Lipstick are composed of half of what made up the short lived but ever so popular Black Cat #13. Musically they are not far off from their previous band, still with female vocals, keyboards and dancey drum beats. A combination of early Kill Rock Stars stuff like Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear mixed with the sounds of newer bands like The Subtonix and Errase Errata. (Soundvirus #12)
SILENCIO - Dead Kings CD
Instrumental. Silencio (from Columbus, OH) combines many different styles including harcore, noise, metal, jazz and others to craft very precise and explosive songs. Silencio shares some common ground with the Flying Luttenbachers (longer, more composition oriented racket), Naked City (genre switching, mind boggling, manic intensity), and late Iceburn (unbelievably good musicianship used to make totally innovative music). Silencio are truly forging new ground in music. (Mountain Records #32 CD)
SISTERS - s/t LP
To understand SISTERS, you have to go back to what indie rock used to mean ... before blogs, before "Garden State" and commercial licensing deals. Back when most shows were all half-empty, gas cost 97 cents a gallon, and bands that brought the same sort of untethered sweep of lo-fi pop noise like SISTERS were the alternative to the blind, blockbuster megaculture of Aerosmith reunions, Van Hagar bloat and teenybopper MTV habitrails. Theirs is music meant for cassette tapes and long drives, of letter-writing and that thrift store mothball smell in your clothes times when it seemed like the possibilities for the advancement of a good time were truly evident and boundless. Theirs is a sound of reclaimed hopes and dreams, of buzzing amps and anti-postured, rambunctious punk rock flail. Hailing from the easygoing hamlet of Olympia, Washington, SISTERS rolls up its collective sleeves and reaches back - way back, all the way through the '90s to the impacted, grotty clog of the mid-80s, and pulls out nine tracks of post-hardcore expression, throttled with distortion and anxiety, truth and beauty. At times they might recall the earliest scrapings of DINOSAUR JR or SONIC YOUTH, as passed through the filter of former Oly heroes like UNWOUND or LYNC. Yet it's a rare thing that a modern band can play through influence and create their own internal musical dialogue, one which touches on the past but refuses to condemn themselves to slavish tribute. SISTERS is that band. Everybody... is their record, recorded at Dub Narcotic studios and peeling the paint off its candied walls. Nine songs of classic indie rock, deconstructed fully from the notions of privilege and precious demeanor - nine anthems for a despondent mindset, unconcerned with what's new and instead in search for what's right. (Parts Unknown #36)
SKINLESS - 7"
For those that love metal, Hater of God is the shit. The new Skinless 7" is power driven with machine-gun bass drumming and demonic vocal. The packaging is amazing, even compared to other Hater of God releases; it features a die-cut cover with very aprapo art. Prepare to grovel at the feet of the metal gods. (Hater of God #18)
SKULL SKÜLL - Viet Calm 12"
Are lovely Aaron Hemphill from Liars and Jarret Silberman from Young People. Together with only two guitars they make a mixture of droning atmospheric landscapes, and mind numbing guitar abrasiveness. At times whenever a string is plucked, scraped or gorged, it jumps out of the melee. It's amazing how the cleanest, least-processed sounds are by far the most jarring. The juxtaposition works frighteningly well, so much so that it almost begs for further dabbling. Individually hand etched covers. Limited to one time pressing of 300. (Hand Held Heart #28)
SLEEPER CELL - s/t LP/CD
Sleeper Cell's S/T debut LP. Great hardcore here from one of Boston's best hardcore band's... Recorded at the Jam Room in SC, Mastered by John Golden.... (Partners In Crime #27)
THE SLOWMOTIONS - Dial Eleven LP
The Slowmotions are from Japan. Garagey tuneful fucked up punk rock played by Japanese hardcore veterans. Get these songs stuck in your head and they will not go away. Slowmotions are a longtime running punk band from TOKYO... featuring ex and current members of EVANCE, RAWNECK, SHOCK, HAT TRICKERS, LIBERATE, ACID, STICKS IN THROAT, BLAZE, RUGS CONCLUDE, ORDER, ZIKKEN, RANGE and DIRTY HOSPITAL... etc, etc. This LP features all five of their out of print singles on HG FACT. (Partners In Crime #28)
SNACK TRUCK- Terrier 7"
3 tracks from one of the Snack Truck's three demos they released before Matt moved to Egypt for about a year or so and Nate whet on to go fulltime with the Ultra Dolphins and came back and dropped that Harpoon CD/LP. This is 3 songs from the Terrier demo plus a remix of one of the tracks by Tim Westburg (singer of order). A little bit later we are dropping a new "Snack Truck" (they are changing thier name) release with all new songs!! (Blood Of The Drash #5)
SNAKE APARTMENT - Paint The Walls CD
Snake Apartment let twelve gross inches of ugly, noisy punk slither out of Rhode Island. Heavy scuzz rock drenched in syrup puts on its studio shoes and has a loose night out on the town, sounding like a shelved Am Rep gem just dusted off and released to cumsumers. Here's a small glimmer of hope for middle aged losers who enjoy late Black Flag, Flipper, Brainbombs, Drunks With Guns, God Bullies, and TAD, and neo hipsters and indie label CEO's falling over themselves with glee over bands like Pissed Jeans, Clockcleaner, and Nirvana. CD version includes there awesomely blown out radio set. (Parts Unknown Records #18 CD)
SODOMIZED BY MARCIA BRADY - 7"
New on Burrito Records, this eight song 7" is a lot like early DRI, Neos, or Capitalist Alienation. Actually a one man band. Brutal hardcore. (Burrito Records #20)
SOMMERSET - Fast Cars, Slow Guitars CD
Hailing from New Zealand, Sommerset tear out thirteen tracks of fast melodic rockin' hardcore with plenty of melody and catchy vocals. In the same genera as Lifetime, or Daltonic. Poppy and upbeat. (Phyte Records #29)
SONG OF ZARATHUSTRA - 2 Song EP 7"
WARNING: Your record is NOT damaged!! Song of Zarathustra is merely attempting to damage your hearing with a vicious attack of noise and volume. Two songs here, thus the title, and a shit load of noise. They do a Social Distortion cover, though if they didn't mention it on the lyric sheet it might go unnoticed. (Sound Virus/Hand Held Heart)
THE SOUND OF FAILURE - The Party Is Over CD/LP
Moving on after the Distress Signal 7" and the split 7" with The Great Clearing Off, The Sound of Failure releases thier new full length LP/CD, thier strongest effort to date. "The Party Is Over" offers up 14 songs of noisy, abrasive hardcore. Fast, chaotic blasts give way to heavy, pounding, noisy breakdowns. Lyrically, The Sound of Failure paints bleak, desperate pictures of intensely personal paranoia and terror. (Ed Walters #15)
THE SOUND OF FAILURE/THE GREAT CLEARING OFF - split 7"
The Great Clearing Off offers "Love Song" (not a Damned cover) and "Murder Not Justice." Sometimes compared to '90s East Bay punk (Filth/Econochrist) mixed with a wide-eyed, idealistic sentimentality (The Hated). The GCO delivers strongly on this follow-up to their debut 7" (Cheap Art Records). The Sound of Failure offers two destructive songs, "Assemble/Edit" and "Horsham Clinic." Musically the band molds early Unwound's penchant for chaotic noise with a driving, John Henry West/End of the Line, guitar-driven hardcore. Lyrically, the intensely personal "Horsham Clinic" offfers a less glamorized look at the 'nervous breakdown'/'suicide' chic so popular these days. (Ed Walters #006)
SPARK - Fashion Rats and Status Whores 7"
These Baltimore, MD punks return with their 2nd 7" ep packed with 10 songs of fast, and honest hardcore. These guys (and girl) embody the diy spirit, driving hours to play one show, setting up shows, and traveling all over the East Coast to support other bands. Think a more distorted and raw No Justice... (Mike Fitzgerald #410)
SSION - World's Worth 7"
Three all new songs from from the heart of Kentucky! SSION (pronounced 'shun' as in mission) are part over the top theatrics, and part punk rock inspired chaos. Try to imagine MADONNA fronting HUGGY BEAR if they were a grunge rock band and you're half way there. Long gone are their homemade animal costumes and female backup singers, SSION is now a real rock band with the intention to make you dance, or hate them, or both. (Sound Virus #22)
STATE - All Wrong CD
Never thought I'd see this happen. The State put out one of the greatest hardcore 7"s ever. That's right-one of the best ever. From Michigan and not getting nearly the notice that Negative Approach did, mainly due to the fact that the EP was out of print for years, until Havoc did a re-pressing. It was an ugly, in-your-face sound. Nothing posi or pleasant about it and it provided one hell of a release. There was a mediocre 12" released sometime in the '80s and there's also a scorching '83 demo that will finally see the light of day on the upcoming Grand Theft Audio CD anthology. That was it, until the past few years when The State began playing again, with three-quarters of the original lineup joined by a new bassist. Since they weren't that huge to begin with, it's not like some old band getting back together to cash in. It's probably based more on a desire to rage once again. Hitting middle age sucks, seeing how the world hasn't changed much since the early '80s also sucks. Trust me on that one. This is good therapy for a mid-life crisis, both theirs and mine. People can find that amusing or dismiss it but I'm guessing the State don't give a fuck and I certainly don't give a fuck what any condescending snot-nosed shits think. They just want to play some pissed-off hardcore punk and that's what they do here. Full-bore aggression, sputtering guitar licks, thumping rhythms and angry vocals. Preston Woodward's voice has deepened a bit with age and it makes him sound more agitated. A few of the songs from that '83 demo show up here along with the new material and there's a hardened cynicism to the lyrics and a still-hard approach in the playing. They railed against the futility of army life on "Attention" on their first EP and that returns for "Already Dead" and "Easy Victim." Meanwhile, "Christian" is succinct in its message-there's something enjoyable about hearing Preston bellow "Christian-full of shit!" Mellow out? Give in? Not about to happen. Description by Al Quint/Suburban Voice. (Underestimated Records #36 CD)
STATE - Excommunicated 7"
Legendary Michigan hardcore punk band the STATE delivers yet another burning-hot 45 rpm E.P. of new furious punk gems full of scathing social critique, shredding guitar passages, and rousing gang vocals. Flagship song "Dropout" is a viscious refusnik anthem that betrays the band's Ann Arbor protopunk roots, while "Treason" is a vitriolic indictment of the Bush-Cheney regime, all while spewing musical battery acid in its wake. "Reign of Terror" sums up the times with a heavy-metal punk edge that is devastating. The cover artwork is truly disturbing, and the inner jacket artwork includes a primer of state terror and execution. Along with the recent "Nihil ex nihilo" E.P.(Punksbeforeprofits), this record showcases the STATE juggernaut at its finest. On the band's own Statement Records, the original label of STATE's 1983 classic E.P. "No Illusions". (Statement Records #3)
STATE - Nihil Ex Nihilo 7"
This time its five new rippers. More hardcore this time then you may be used to. All these songs stand on there own and the guitar sound takes a more noisy sound like you may have heard in the early days. The bands goal is to do 3 e.p.s a year well this is one of them and it rules. One of the best bands of today and yesterday. Only 500 pressed. (Punks Before Profits #42.5)
STATE - Sanctimony 7"
Six new rippers from this classic hc punk band. This time around they give you more of the same ripping hardcore with great lyrics. Some of the best stuff yet. (Punks Before Profits #37)
STATE - Verboten German 7"
Ann Arbor's STATE is releasing a hot new 4-song 7" 45 rpm 7" E.P. on its own Statement Records. This novelty 7" features two new hardcore punk songs in German plus two in English! The State's first "German E.P." includes a glossy jacket, lyrics poster w/ English translations, a "State" sticker. Times per side were kept under 3:30 for maximum high fidelity. Interest in this record has been building for a while, and it is a great follow-up to the recent split E.P. with Fuck This (see reviews in March 08 MRR), and is reminiscent of the well-known "No Illusions" E.P. in artwork, musical style, and lyrical content. (Statement Records #2)
STATIONS - s/t LP
Fast, political punk in the vein of Extreme Noise Terror and Warhead. Eight ripping songs lyrically about capitalist statehood, political figureheads, anarchism, and generally being pissed. Musically the apparent influences are Japanese hardcore and crust. Good artwork with an Antischism feel. Members of Lost Cause, Nema, and Jihad. (Abilogy Records #1)
STOP IT!! - The Enhanced Demo CD
Before their amazing full length debut on Robotic Empire and The Perpetual Motion Machine with "Self Made Maps" Stop It!! had been playing for over a year and recorded a demo that knocked me off my feet when I first heard it. This is way above and beyond what should be thought of as a demo, with songs that are as fully developed and "mature" for lack of a better word as any "seasoned" band could hope to have. These songs had to continue to be available so here they are, re-mastered and better than ever! In the same vein as "Self Made Maps" - harsh yet melodic hardcore that twists and turns, rises and falls - these songs are a bit more furious and harsh than the full length - noisier and wilder, more screaming than singing. The CD also comes with enhanced footage, a 20 minute video that compiles footage that will truly allow people to understand the Stop It!! experience. The CD is packaged in silkscreened chipboard covers with a full color insert. (Waking Records #8)
STRAIGHT TO HELL - '02-'04 Discography CD
Straight to Hell is the dirty American bastard child of Swedish and Japanese hardcore (except Straight To Hell is from the artsy fartsy town of Providence, RI). Ex-members don't need to be mentioned, because their music stands on it's own. The music is a pummeling assault of tight drumming, awesome guitar leads, overpowering bass with vocals that are pissed off screams and are convincingly angry! Extremely pissed off, brutal hardcore. This 24 song CD is highly recommended for fans of Death Side and Totalitar. Includes the split 7" with Balance Of Terror, the s/t 7", and the "We Will Bury You" LP. (Gloom #32)
SUTEK CONSPIRACY - CDep
Sutek Conspiracy hailed from Lafayette, IN. They had a slew split releases with bands like Cobra Kai, Murdock, Amputee Set, and more. This is their first solo release since their first release (six song CD). Sutek combined French screamo ala Fingerprint with metal type bands (Iron Maiden). This release also is their final recording. The band broke up the summer of 2002. Members went on to be in bands like Memento Mori and the Dream is Dead. (Ed Walters #004.1)
THIN THE HEARD - Mournful And Overcast LP
Taking major queues from Tragedy, Thin The Heard offers up 7 tracks of heavy, catchy, down-tuned hardcore punk with male/female dual vocals. The LP comes packed in a gatefold LP, and the band features ex-members of Kungfu Rick, High On Crime, Rat Bastards, and Chronic Seizure. It comes on 180 gram vinyl. A total crusher. (Wrench In The Gears #4)
THIS MACHINE KILLS - On The Move 7"
Four more songs from Southern California's This Machine Kills. Fast, melodic, and political, they tap into a 1990's sound (ala Merel and Iconoclast) to produce some hard driving songs that are a swirl of guitar, screams, and buried melodies. On The Move is being released in Europe on Coalition Records, and in the USA by El Grito Records. This is the hardcore punk band the now famous DJ Steve Aoki was in. TMK also has full length LP/CD on Ebullition. (El Grito #6)
THIS MEANS WAR/CANNONBALL - split 7"
Two of New Jersey's best new hardcore punk bands come together for a split 7" that will have you slam dancing and diving off your bed before you even turn the record over. This Means War, with ex-members of seminal NJ bands such as Born Against, Citizens Arrest, Tears of Frustration, Monster X, 97A, Taste of Fear, Something in the Water, and No Contest, churn out three new tracks of blazingly fast NYHC influenced hardcore. Hardcore veterans This Means War meet NJ new jacks Cannonball in their debut side of the split. Fast, aggressive, pissed off punk that spans the gamut of influences from the Cro-Mags to Tear it Up. 500 pressed. (Poker Face Records #1)
TIDES/GIANT - split CD
While both bands share slower tempos and amp-worshiping guitar tones, Tides and Giant manage to strike their own course in a scene that is rife with boring clones and uninspired songwriting. Tides write gorgeously lush soundtracks to movies not yet made, filled with emotive guitar work, dynamic drumming, and huge production. The tone on opening track "The Invisible" ebbs and flows. After rising and falling and rising again, it crescendos into melodic strumming and pounding cymbals before finally crashing into lone distorted bass. Following is a brief but beautiful acoustic interlude that leads to the piano intro of side two. Giant's sole track on this record features the band's three-guitar line weaving it's way through both the heaviest of distortions and hauntingly euphoric passages. Echoes of reverb give way to enormous buildups and the most satisfying of resolutions. Commanding vocals and sparse keyboards compliment the twelve minute opus which concludes the record. Comes packaged in a gatefold CD jacket with letter press printing on the front cover. (Level Plane #110)
TO HELL AND BACK - s/t CD
On their debut self titled CD, Albany New York's To Hell and Back play the soundtrack to every beer and blood soaked bar room brawl you wish you had been at. Through thuggish riffs and with unabashed brutality the members of To Hell and Back (Jim McNaughton on bass and vocals, Matt Laque and Kurt Stegemann on guitars and Rob Cole on drums pull the listener into a maelstrom of rage, sweat, and adolescent hard rock memories. Formed in 2002 from the ashes of McNaughton and Laque's legendary hardcore outfit Devoid of Faith, To Hell and Back draws upon the bands DIY pedigree utilizing it in a way demonstrative of the broader definition of the word "heavy". This project sees the tightly focused songs of the former progressed into early metal laced primordial rock anthems. Released by Black Matter, a subsidiary of Hater of God Records, To Hell and Back's self titled debut is available in a deluxe digipack. With painstaking attention paid to detail, the albums text is debossed in it's entirety over the artwork, resulting in a truly unique package. Recorded in 2005 by William Killingsworth (Orchid, Cut the Shit, No Trigger) at Dead Air Studios, this album's sound stands in bold contrast to the hardcore by-the-numbers malaise of late. With blazing guitar leads and no-nonsense lyrics To Hell and Back defiantly proclaims LET THERE BE ROCK! (Black Matter Records #4 CD)
TOMBS - Wasteland CD
Formed in January 2007, Tombs is a collaboration between Mike Hill, bassist Dominic Seita (ex-Speedloader) and drummer Justin Ennis (ex-The Heuristic). It is the culmination of Hill's lifetime of work, a crushing, soulful sound, inspired by some diverse, almighty influences: the harsh minimalism of Black Flag, the psychedelic overdrive of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, the emotional ice of Godflesh, the sinister rock of Unsane and The Jesus Lizard. The EP has striking cover art courtesy of Coliseum frontman Ryan Patterson (Slayer, Kylesa, Anodyne). (Level Plane Records #115)
TOTAL FURY - 13 Song CD
Finally available in the USA, this thirteen song disk features Japan's Total Fury's best ever recorded stuff. Fast, raw and melodic hardcore. Drawing influences from the early DC scene (ala 1981), the music of course has a very familiar feel to it, that will keep you relistening to this over and over again. (Gloom Records #16)
TOWERS/THE EXELAR - split LP
Split between two original, chaotic, and truly innovative bands. THE EXELAR is start-stop insane hardcore mixing elements of his hero is gone with an early 90s emocore style. Short bursts of fast beats and abrasive vocals spewing short and to the point political messages. TOWERS is a sound explosion bursting with feedback & noise. Their sound falls somewhere between DEADGUY, OLD MAN GLOOM, and early ISIS material with a pinch of orchid in the mix. There are 15 songs on this LP from the band's respective demos, remixed and remastered. Clear vinyl, clear jackets, clear everything. (Shock Value #10)
TOWNCRAFT: Notes From A Local Scene Box Set (DVD, CDx2)
This box sets features a 120 movie about the Little Rock, Arkansas punk scene. It also comes with a double CD soundtrack that features 40 bands, as well as a 60 page booklet with photos and stories. Bands featured are Econochrist, Trusty, Numbskulz, Hatful Day, Chino Horde, Chalk, Quisp, Bloodless Cooties, 12'6", Five-O, Substance, William Martyr 17, Generation Of Vipers, Class Of 84, Red Brigade, Jason Morphew, Red 40, Shake Ray Turbine, The Big Cats, Fizzgig, Soophie Nun Squad, Magic Cropdusters, Lovely Departed, The Stranger Steals, Mulehead, Boondogs, Michael Jukes, New Jazz Assassins, American Princes, Il Libretina , Chinese Girls, Johnny Mac, Applescruffs, The Chicklettes, The Contingencies, Ho-Hum, The Moving Front, Smoke Up Johnny, Sugar & The Raw, The Easys. (Matson Films #1)
TRANSISTOR TRANSISTOR - Ruined Lives CD
Three years in the making since the release of their critically acclaimed debut full length "Erase All Name And Likeness," Transistor Transistor have returned with a crushing and articulate new album in "Ruined Lives." After nearly two years on the road sharing the stage with bands such as Circle Takes The Square, The Fall Of Troy and Fear Before The March Of Flames, the band took a much needed break and began crafting new songs and fine tuning their brand of damaged noise rock. Transistor Transistor returned to Godcity Studios to record "Ruined Lives" with Kurt Ballou (Converge) who captured all the desperation, volume and misanthropy in 11 dark winter days of January. (Level Plane Records #120)
TROPIEZO/OUTRAGED - split 7"
Outraged is from Santa Cruz, CA and play fast hardcore punk with no signs of slowing down. They Have a very strong LOS CRUDOS feel to them; just basic punk but done very well. Tropiezo are from Puerto Rico and play some catchy and pissed hardcore punk. They have a strong YOUTH OF TODAY fell to them; awsome music with killer breakdowns then very clear shouted vocals over top it all. All covers are hand screened. Two new bands worth checking out. Cover art features a cop getting his head cut off with a meat cleaver. Oh, yeah, punk. (Punks Before Profits #21)
UG MAN/CHARM - split LP
UG MAN are legendary Tokyo skate-core, featuring members of SPITFIRE, GODS GUTS among many others. Along with UG MAN is CHARM, who are one of the craziest Tokyo thrash mongers ever. Insane distortion, stand-up bass, crazy time changes... this is a pure blast of insanity. This is a limited vinyl pressing of 1000 copies. (625 Productions #190)
VIIMEINEN KOLONNA - Tuhat Aurinkoa 7"
Viimeinen Kolonna offer up eight killer new tracks from their new line-up. The VK sound is still pure Finnish hardcore like their "Aistien Juhlaa" & "Irvikuva" albums, but now they've added an even more raw and brutal 82-hardcore edge. Fans of Propaganda-era Finnish hardcore punk take note. Pressing: 450 blue-white splatter vinyl/550 black. Available here on blue-white splatter. (Hardcore Holocaust Records #41)
VIOLENT MINDS - Violent Minds CD
This CD complies both the self-titled 7" on the now defunct My War records and the "Riot" 7" as well as "Hit List" from the Town Of Hardcore comp (12 tracks in total). Liner notes by the one and only Thousand Dollar Brian. This will be a nice little appetizer for the soon to be releases "Eyes Of Death" LP due out on Parts Unknown in a few months and the "We Are Nothing" LP coming sometime in fall. Sick layout by the truly talented Ben West. As long time hardcore groupie and overall music historian Don Rettman put it (he got his leg broke at a Circle Jerks show in like '81 by a member of Autistic Behavior) "Pig Champion did not die in vain". I agree. Description by Rich Warwick. (Parts Unknown Records #20 CD)
VIOLENT STUDENTS - CD
Violent Students came to fruition with the expressed interest to obliterate all the poseurs who've come upon the scene in the past few years. Eight tracks of brain throbbing annoyance that will draw the line in the sand between the real deal fucked-up/drugged up Hardcore youth and all the other bespectacled ironic moshers, noise losers, and various other butter users. Do you know The Brainbombs, The Fuckin' Flyin' A-Heads, The Sickness or Kilslug? Then you already know Violent Students. But don't believe me listen to what these other, very well paid critics have to say! (Parts Unknown #19 CD)
VOID CONTROL - Self Titled CDep
Void Control is a Jersey Shore punk band that has been looked over and criminally under-appreciated for years. This stuff is very early '80s Cali-punk sounding. Not unlike Agent Orange, D.I. and Social Distortion. They were recently on tour with D.O.A. and the Dickies. This CD is a co-release with the band. Quick melodic punk that really does have an early '80s feel to it. (17CM #4 CD)
VOLUME ELEVEN - Kotadelic Cytex LP
Get ready to go to the outer limits with Volume Eleven. Buckle up, and hold on tight. It might get freaky, it might get crazed, it might go boo! in the night. And then they will get down to playing some fucking fast chaotic hardcore, just to break for another sighting of freekdom. It is orange and ready to rumble. Aye, kotadelic cytex indeed. (Hand Held Heart #10)
WE MARCH - The Madness Ends Here CD
Hailing from Ohio, We March offer up a great hardcore punk CD. Twelve tracks of hard hitting stuff that is catchy and vibrant. Fast, loud and aggressive with great singing. An unknown band that is worth a listen. (Non-Prophet Records #5)
WARPRIEST - Archaic Revival LP
Baltimore, MD's Warpriest bring a dark, crusty, slightly metallic and down-tuned, yet fast, hardcore to this debut LP with influences that cover a range of bands like Discharge, Warcry, World Burns To Death, Nausea and Wolfbrigade. (Streetcleaner Records #2)
WITH RESISTANCE/TWENTY INCH BURIAL - split CD
New Jersey's With Resistance plays a mix of chaotic metal/screamo hardcore with tetchnical melodic structure. Chaotic and complex with harsh screaming vocals. After releasing several CDs and records on foreign labels in Portugal & Spain and raining from Portugal,Twenty Inch Burial is proud to release their debut USA release. Twenty Inch Burial plays a inspiring blend of positive melodic hardcore/metal based around essential values of positive hardcore. (State Of Mind Recordings #3)
WOLFDOWNERS - Wolf It Down LP
Clevo does it again. Featuring members of the Inmates, Darovcets, Cider, and pretty much every other Cleveland band worth mentioning in the past 10 years, The Wolfdowners debut (and swansong) "Wolf It Down" is upon us. Fuzzy, noisy, groovy, and kinda hard to tie down, the WD's won't disappoint. I swear there is a song on here that Geza X must have written. Remember when the Dwarves used to be kinda a psych band? Remember when Man's Ruin used to be a label that could do no wrong? Well it's kinda like that but better. Full of weirdness, trippy guitar solo's, and overall madness. Like my good freind Kiko Bermudez sez, "It's not your Daddy's rock n' roll". This is a one time press of 500 copies. (Parts Unknown Records #33)
THE YELLOW PRESS - Comfortable Curses LP
Established in early 2002. Musically speaking, the Yellow Press are most certainly in that post-punk realm where the object is to get the audience to shake their asses and clap their hands. But their vehemence and urgency differentiate them from the majority of other bands drawing the inspiration from similar basement roots and brings the heavy 90`s emo hardcore and "DC" rock influencies to mind. After a brief look into history its not surprising - vocalist and bassist, Steven Chamberlain, used to play in inspiring band Torches To Rome (with album on Ebullition). The Yellow Press build their songs around punchy drums and extremely loud bass with supple, pulsing guitar and keyboard lines. Sharp vocals help to create an extremely catchy and danceable music that is rarely found in this presently oversaturated genre. Those who saw their show will agree - no matter how much you are worrying about your ears during their first song, you find yourself screaming for more volume just a few songs later. Summary: As alarmed as early Panthers or Liars, as urgent as your favorite 90`s emo hardcore band, as smart as early Fugazi. (Day After Records #52)
YOUNG PEOPLE - The Single 12"
Young People's quiet/loud approach feels at times mournful and gospel-like, at others raging and thrashing. Their songs are mercifully short, complete with dramatic thoughts. Recordings and live shows move rapidly between worlds of exhilaration, sorrow, quietude and redemption. Vocalist Katie Eastburn, Jeff Rosenberg (ex-Pink and Brown, Tarentel), and Jarrett Silberman (ex-Uphill Gardeners, The Get Hustle) multi-task electric and bass guitars, drums, and violin, producing spacious but concise music that reflects band members' roots in Nashville, Los Angeles and Middle America. Currently on tour with the Kills in Europe. A full U.S. tour later this year. Description by Brian of Hand Held Heart. (Hand Held Heart #24)
YOUNG OFFENDERS - s/t 7"
Straight out of the boozer and into the studio, these balding old timers from San Francisco bring the sounds of a northern council estate onto their second vinyl release. Four tracks of WIPERS, REALLY RED inspired post-punk darkness mixed with some C86 WEDDING PRESENT jangle and a dash of late 70's Irish powerpop. (Parts Unknown #30)
ZONE - Squeezed State LP
Japanese hardcore legends Zone are back! We are very honored to be releasing their first full length on vinyl. Existing for well over ten years, Zone has toured and played with all of the great modern Japanese hardcore heavyweights, Deathside, Warhead, Liberate, Forward... etc, etc. For those of you who have heard their first two 7" EPs on H:G Fact, you know what to expect; non-stop japanese hardcore... with great hints of UK '83
(Chaos UK, Disorder, GBH, etc.) style punk thrown in for good measure. This is a one time pressing of 1000!!! (Partners in Crime #18)
V/A - Decide on Change LP compilation
Featuring Straight To Hell, Totalitar, Balance Of Terror, Last Security, Vuur, Scholastic Deth, Esperanza, Cockroach, Self Defense, Diallo, Something in The Water, and Melee. All coming together to support the NYC More Gardens Coalition. In addition to being an amazing sonic experience, this record also contains some inspiring writing concerning the history of More Gardens Coalition and discusses taking back control of the world around you, and specifically, your city. "Fucking great compilation." - Mike Thorn, Maximumrocknroll fanzine. (Mountain Records #28)
V/A - Euro Thrash Retribution CD compilation
A barrage of current high-speed hardcore, grindcore and punk bands from all over Europe, including: KNIFED, CINDER, FxPxO, BIZARRE X, DESTROYER, INFANTICIDE, POINTING FINGER, MIHOEN, SEE YOU IN HELL, BURN ALL FLAGS, CHOICE OF MY OWN, DISYOUTH ARMY, DISSCAP, EARTH TODAY, FLAME STILL BURNS, JOHN DEERE, LAHAR, LET'S GROW, MUSTANG REPORT, PANACEJA, SECOND THOUGHT, SIKA, STEP ON IT, TEKKEN, and VIOLENT PACIFICATION. A solid sampling of various scenes from Macedonia to Sweden, from Czech Republic to England. Comes in a digipak cover with fold-out insert. (625 Productions #145 CD)
V/A - Farm Sanctuary Benefit CD compilation
Atom and His Package, Submission Hold, Anti-product, Bloodpact, Seven Days of Samsara and 7 other bands contributed to this important benefit for Farm Sanctuary. Sue Coe contributed original cover (back and front) art. One of the most enjoyable and diverse comps to come out recently, the music ranges from the searing crust of Anti-product to the melody of Submission Hold, the hip-hop of Fermented Reptile to the spoken word track by Dave Awl. All proceeds from this comp will be donated to Farm Sanctuary in order to continue their work rehabilitating farm animals and agitating for animal rights. (Mountain Records #22)
V/A - Internationally Pist #2 7" compilation
Two tracks from B.U.S.H., two tracks from Black SS, one track from Destrux, two tracks from Taste of Flesh, two tracks from Tropiezo, and one track from Reaccion. Crazy pissed off hardcore from all over the world. Comes with multiple inserts and a small poster. (Punks Before Profits #19)
V/A - Mosh Circle, Jerk Punks LP comp
A crazed Japanese comp featuring Idol Punch, Razors Edge, Tomorrow, and BBQ Chicken. Sixteen songs of high energy Japanese thrash/punk. Description by Max 625. (625 Productions #103)
V/A - Nothing's Quiet On The Eastern Front CD comp
Compilation CD with Assfactor 4, Monster X, Devoid of Faith, C.R., Drop Dead, Halfman, Black Army Jacket, Brutal Truth, and more... (Reservoir Records #7)
V/A - Ratas de Ciudad compilation CD
Featuring Non Fiktion Nois, I Attack, Reaccion, Eske, Los Jodidos, Tras de Nada, and Pkdores (3 Songs frome each band). One of the reasons Southkore Records started. A document of the initial Southkore scene in Pilsen/Little Village. (SouthKore #4)
V/A - Save You 7" compilation
Four amazing bands: Judas Iscariot, SoIHadToShootHim, CR and Devoid of Faith + an excellent packaging + an excellent cause = a must-have record. CR and Devoid of Faith are now part of the N.Y.H.C. canon (SoIHadToShootHim & Judas Iscariot certainly would have joined them had they stayed together longer). Worth owning for the packaging alone. (Mountain Records #13)