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Descriptions for 2/16/19

MESRINE - Source Of Hatred LP
Bran new 2017 album from Quebec City grindcore veterans Mesrine. This album celebrates the 20 years of whirlwind grindcore madness and covers all the era of the band! Mincecore, grinding death, crossover influences and more! The best production the band ever have in years! Mesrine are considered by many as one of the most important grindcore band from the Canadian scene! They did 3 Euro tour, toured Canada, played Obsene Extreme 3 times, played at Maryland death fest and many other great fest in Europe! Mesrine got more than 40 releases if you count all the split e.p's, cassettes and albums! (Doomsday Machine Records #23)

DAHMER - The Studio Sessions 2xLP
Finally available for the first time on vinyl! Dahmer plays some crushing in-your-face crusty grindcore with some pitch shifted vocals accentuated with pissed off vocals!! Dahmer is considered by many as THE BAND as far as Canadian's grindcore scene ever withness! We surely feel the influences from 90's extreme bands such as Agathocles, Disrupt, Crossed Out and of course Dropdead! They play in the ''crusty punk'' side of the grind mixed up with a bit of gory vocals! Dahmer were and are still anti-stardom guys with 100% diy ethic even today! They made a name out of themselves back in the ''tape trading'' era of the punk scene. The Discography includes all the songs from: The split with Saturation, split with Wadge, split with IRF, split with Jean Seberg, split with Denak 2 songs e.p 9 songs 7'', split with Suppression, The 1996 Demo and the album Dahmerized. (Doomsday Machine Records #24)

This is a split LP between Austin, Texas's punk-metal stalwarts BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA and Quebec city's mad thrashers BOMBNATION. BFT features crossover premier drummer, Felix Griffin from DRI and Detroit's COLD AS LIFE original bass player Craig Holloway, who also did a lot of artworks for many hc bands such as Agnostic Front, Negative Approach and much more!. Vocals are really hardcore oriented while guitar riffs are more metal! Tracks from Blunt force Trauma are taken from Hatred for the State ep (self released by the band on cd in the USA) With a different artwork also done by Craig. It's the band's only recording out on vinyl.Bombnation features members of Fistfuck and Mesrine. Dan Lilker once said after sharing the stage with them, this vocalist reminds me of a young Tom Araya! Bombnation's songs are more crossover oriented than the previous release! For fans of DRI, SOD, SLAYER and MUNICIPAL WASTE. (Doomsday Machine Records #8)

Formed in 2016, Olympia, Washington's punk three piece Bad Sleep play short sharp and catchy powerpop songs. With nods to the Ramones, The Mice and even a hint of Cocksparrer their debut full length follows two E.Ps, one European and two U.S Tours and shows with Built to Spill, Iron Chic, RVIVR, Radiator Hospital, Bad Moves, and Screaming Females among others. It's ten tracks of fizzing, poppy, straight ahead garage punk born of basements and dive bars, clocking in at less than 20 brilliant minutes. Featuring members of Parasol and Xylitol. (Square of Opposition Records #89)

I love this record. Mixing gloom and pop, Bad Heaven LTD sounds like if Elliott Smith and Grandaddy joined forces. Delicate vocals hover over bright guitar and an understated low end. Cool Hell is a perfect sun shower of an album: heartfelt, desperate, but with a bit of hope peeking through the clouds. There's a one hundred percent chance this'll be on heavy rotation for the next few months. Members of Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist, Dogs on Acid. First press of 200 on marble vinyl with screened cover. (Square of Opposition Records #88)

TRES OUI - Singles Going Nowhere LP
Eight seconds into the bass/drum combo opening of "Fall Back," Singles Going Nowhere cements its aesthetic by careening into iridescent pop territory. Five songs clocking in at 17 minutes, the debut EP from Austin fivepiece Tres Oui comes across as lyrically abstract aside from "Prince of Pop," a love song for Prefab Sprout courtesy of frontman and guitarist Nathaniel Cardaci, whose Eighties power-pop vocal affectation matches a musical effort focused on building a cohesive sonic luster. Ian Jensen's synth-y sheen and ethereal vocals lent by Hannah Read steer Tres Oui closer to dream-pop, but it's all rooted firmly in jangly, buoyant guitars and Seth Whaland's chugging basslines. The disc's greatest strength lives in its unusual compositions and the group's innate awareness of when to let things breathe, like when the denouement of slower cut "Twin Peaks" unexpectedly rears back into an astral, instrumental clamor. Former members of Literature. EP released on CD by Waterslide Records (Japan). Full length LP released in 2018 by Shrimper. (Square of Opposition Records #84)

MARTIN - Slaughter Beach LP
Between the first time Spraynard broke up and reformed, Pat Graham started a band called Martin w/ Todd (of the Headies) and Stefan (a generally swell person). They released one 7" via Square of Opp and delaware's De Nada Records, went on one tour, and then recorded a full length. By the time that recording was ready to go to a pressing plant, Spraynard was in the process of being resurrected and Pat no longer wanted to release it. The songs were bitter and the new band was going to take a back seat to reforming Spraynard, which actually just turned into a full dissolution. I kept nagging Pat, kept pleading to exorcise the demon that was the ill-fated, unreleased Martin LP. I got what I wanted and we're finally pressing the record. It will not be repressed. Covers will be screened. 300 copies on split trash color vinyl. (Square of Opposition Records #81)

BONEHUNTER - Children of the Atom LP/CD
If BONEHUNTER's debut album, Evil Triumphs Again, became the first and last word on how to do Bathory worship - and becoming something of a mini-classic in the process, especially after their much-talked-about performance at HELLS HEADBANGERS' Hells Headbash 2 in 2015 - and last year's Sexual Panic Human Machine became the shocking sound of the band asserting their own identity with equally compelling results, then Children of the Atom is BONEHUNTER hitting a fucking fever pitch. It would not be untruthful to say that Children of the Atom is the perfect synthesis of BONEHUNTER's first two albums: the dungeon-bred grit of the debut meeting the streamlined cruise of LP#2, without the faintest hint of self-consciousness nor repetitiousness. But - and this is absolutely crucial - the devilish charisma and unfuckwithable confidence with which the band roll out each anthem after another here bespeaks something else together. Simply, Children of the Atom is the new (and very now) sound of BONEHUNTER breaking into the bigtime. (Hells Headbangers Records #249)

WITCHING HOUR - And Silent Grief Shadows The Passing Moon LP/CD
Sequenced like a story and flowing with almost dream-like ease, ...And Silent Grief Shadows the Passing Moon is the album whereby WITCHING HOUR move from sepulchral blackthrash magick towards ancient metal mysticism. The transition is an enviously fluid one, as the characteristically high songwriting standards the band have held from the beginning are now transposed onto more nuanced, dynamic, and timelessly HEAVY METAL creations. It all sounds as old as time itself, yet breathes and heaves with a positively invigorating freshness. Glorious and gloomy melodies gallop forward into the fog-choaked night, instilling an atmosphere that's simply impossible to shake, but also latching their claws into the deepest, most emotional corners of the soul. For WITCHING HOUR create an experience here, one that honorably straddles the divide between traditional metal's rigorous foundation and black metal's orthodox/unorthodox duality. Put another way, ...And Silent Grief Shadows the Passing Moon is a 43-minute, absolutely addicting journey from which you'll never want to return. (Hells Headbangers Records #224)

GOATHAMMER - Ceremony Of Morbid Destruction LP (with poster)
Formed in 2013 and promptly getting to work on a split tape and two successive demos, GOATHAMMER have been a study of staunch underground ethics from the very beginning. Theirs is a sound that's steeped in decades of arcane black/death wisdom, canvassing an array of eras and international flavors whilst being finessed into foul, filthy form by true fanatics. As such, Ceremony of Morbid Destruction is the grand, garish culmination of GOATHAMMER's noble work thus far. Here, the quartet prove they're more than just an identikit "goat"/bestial band; there's a sulfurous aura and true dungeon-bound darkness that bespeak the ancient ways of the 1990s, but completely unselfconsciously so. Sure, the swarming violence of Blasphemy is certainly detectable, but more so is the hammering disgust of legendary labelmates PROFANATICA; likewise, the crude magick of classic Ungod coexists alongside the frantic misery of old Mütiilation. Which is all to say that, despite the signposts being clear, GOATHAMMER possess the unique elan to conjure a sensation that evokes both nostalgia and newness, and above all, put forth an identity that's theirs alone and offering boundless exploration of those depths for the future. The more things change, the more they stay the same, so engage in a true Ceremony of Morbid Destruction with GOATHAMMER! (Hells Headbangers Records #247)

LENNY LASHLEY'S GANG OF ONE - All Are Welcome LP/CD (colored vinyl)
Lenny Lashley is a household name in New England and beyond. Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One is hands down the best example of the talent and creativity pouring out of this incredible soul. The underlying message that this release conveys could not be better timed, as the world is desperately in need of a voice of reason this crisp and clear. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Pirate's Press Records #226)

(repress) LENNY LASHLEY'S GANG OF ONE - Illuminator LP
Lenny Lashley's Gang Of One is the latest project from the former Darkbuster frontman Lenny Lashley. These ten, new, original tunes run the gamut of straight-up rock to heart-wrenching acoustic tunes. It documents some of what life has dealt Lenny over the past few years and how he has come to deal with it and is undoubtedly Lenny Lashley's best work to date. LP includes digital download and is limited to 250 copies. (Pirates Press Records #93)

Descriptions for 2/9/19

Blue Hummingbird on the Left's long-awaited debut album "Atl Tlachinolli" is finally out! The union of fire and water, bringing forth the sacred war. War chapter of the Black Twilight Circle brings life once more to the forgotten words and stories of the Aztec warriors of the past. Indigenous instruments flow like water alongside the fiery force of pagan black metal. Hymns of war, odes to the lords. Hail Huitzilopochtli! Hail Tlaloc! (Nuclear War Now Records #416)

Occasionally, amid the deluge of new music and the endless procession of reissues, some truly remarkable, nearly forgotten recording rises to the surface. Such is the case with Nomenclature Diablerie's 888 demo. Formed in Sydney, Australia in 1988, Nomenclature Diablerie was a short-lived project based on songs written by guitarist Matty Boomsticks. The scene in Sydney at the time was potent. Deathrash pioneers Slaughter Lord spearheaded the extreme metal movement, and Sadistik Exekution's emergence a couple years later set the trajectory for the frenetic and chaotic style that would eventually dominate the Australian scene. Originally released in 1988 in an edition of around 500 tapes, and pressed again in 1999 as a very poor sounding 7" limited to 200, these tracks have never been given a proper release until now. Presented here as a 45 RPM 12" with full size cover art, this definitive reissue is intended to restore Nomenclature Diablerie to its proper place in the canon of Australian extreme metal. (Nuclear War Now Records #427)

DEVIANT - Loading The Gun 7"
Queer hardcore punk from Richmond, VA that pulls from late 2000's Richmond hardcore as much as it doesn 80's USHC. Sharing members with Nosebleed, Mad Existence, Haircut, Itch etc., Deviant seeks not to reinvent the wheel, yet destroy it; preferring to incite chaos than create an artistic statement. Lyrics dealing with self hatred, self homophobia and disease; deviant isn't interested in presenting their pain, but inflicting it. Released on new label, 11 PM records, Deviant will be touring across america in 2019. (11 PM Records #1)

CLARKO - Medeocre Man 7"
Deformed new wave cut with wit and charm played by "America's little brother" who is known to us simply as Clark. A real 2 + 2 = 5 kind of guy. Clark likes Devo and We like Devo therefore We like Clark. Can you math? CLARKO can. Why don't you let him crunch your numbers, maaaaan. 1st of 5 in the Systemic Surgery series each hand numbered and limited to 200. Hand stamped labels on black vinyl housed in a custom die cut sleeve with a risograph print hand glued to the front. Classy. (Iron Lung Records #129)

HOMELESS CADAVER - Fat Skeleton 7"
I once heard a story about seeing a guy in pretty rough shape digging through the trash for something, anything. It was outside of a shitty fast-food joint like Naugles or Jimboy's or something. Anyway, his face lit up when he gripped a prize and whipped a slimy bag of past date steak chunks outta the can. He proceeded to squeeze the contents into his mouth, chewing and gagging the whole time, like a snake trying to choke down a severed leg from a car accident or something. That's what the music sounds like too. Get gross with it, like Bobby Soxx at a high school dance. 2nd of 5 in the Systemic Surgery series each hand numbered and limited to 200. Hand stamped labels on black vinyl housed in a custom die cut sleeve with a risograph print hand glued to the front. Classy. (Iron Lung Records #130)

GOSPEL - The Moon Is A Dead World LPx2
This record was previously released on Level Plane Records in 2005 and has since been out of print. GOSPEL's "The Moon Is A Dead World," originally released in 2005 on Level Plane and recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City, came together at the tail end of the diverse turn-of-the-century hardcore scene. TMIADW was an ambitious, mysterious and innovative blend of hardcore, punk, post-rock, prog, psychedelia, space rock and metal. The album created a sense of adventure, high energy and technical prowess, with each song having an abundance of highlights, with clever changes in tempo and intensity. Taking influence from their contemporaries, but also diversifying and building their own sound, GOSPEL would have easily fit on a bill with bands like Cave In (both "Until Your Heart Stops" and "Jupiter" eras), Converge, Botch, City of Caterpillar, Circle Takes The Square, Mastodon and At The Drive In, however their varied influences also put them in the ranks of bands like King Crimson, Yes and Black Sabbath. This reissue by Repeater Records has been remastered by Josh Bonati with updated art and insert. LP comes with a digital download card. (Repeater Records #5)

SEDITIONARIES - Wherewolf 7"
Seditionaries were a Los Angeles punk band active in the early 80's, playing numerous gigs throughout the city they were able to only release one 7" during their existence. Heavily influenced by The Damned, "Wherewolf" sounds like it could be a lost UK punk classic, played through the classic So Cal punk filter. The B side "Shapes" is a sped up cover of the Yardbirds classic "Shapes Of Things To Come" but done in a way that would make Siouxsie Sioux proud. Meat House Productions and Antitodo are extremely proud to present an official reissue from this lost Los Angeles punk classic with deluxe glue pocket sleeve and lyrics presented for the first time ever. (Meat House Records #1)

The idea of doing this brilliant split was born sometime back in 2014 at a gig in Leeds, where both bands met during the Sheeva Yoga European/UK Tour. After four years of work, this piece of wax is finished and for me personally an eternal remembrance of the gig. Sheeva Yoga from Ostrava (Czech Republic) and their frantic fastcore/powerviolence hardcore cocktail in a typical line is owned by Sheeva Yoga. If you're into bands like Spazz, Iron Lung, Endless Blockade, you're on the right track. Dog Eggs are right from Leeds (UK) and you will find a lot of familiar faces of the UK powerviolence hatchery as members of Famine, Lugubrious Children, The Afternoon Gentlemen, etc. Musically it's a mix of old UK punk, thrash-surf-core and fastcore sticky, forms a genius cloud that kills live. (Dead Heroes Records #60.5)

Expansive five-member grindcore formations are costly dinosaurs, therefore under the influence of the economic crisis PRÜGELKNABE emerged as a straightforward powerviolence duo. The concept of a grindcore band as a permanent body had to be discarded and replaced by a free form of free jazz-fastcore / grind associations, that was why the OTLOUKÁNEK was born. And this is their common schizophrenic recording! Both bands with members of Sheeva Yoga (Cze). For all fans of powerviolence bands duty. (Dead Heroes Records #59.5)

Abrand-new set of tunes from a cider-violence/weed-grinder machine based in Hereford. Fetus Christ are a trio of blast-beat loving miscreants who blend volatile, grindy spasms with a thick layer of rancid crust that wouldn't sound out of place on a Doom record. It's an invigoratingly unpleasant mixture, and if you've ever caught these guys live you'll already be well aware of how much vitriol these guys can muster. A funeral speech of sludgy power-violence madness from Leicester. the best UK response on Iron Lung and The Endless Blockade ..... insanely good riffs, the guys are now in Nazi Killer and Nothing Clean. (Dead Heroes Records #59)

BLACK DEATH - s/t LP (gatefold with a bonus 7")
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present a special, LONG-overdue reissue of BLACK DEATH's self-titled debut album. Highly sought after by collectors, not only is Black Death a crucial piece in the rich history of Cleveland heavy metal, its original 1984 release marks the first full-length by an all-African-American heavy metal band. More than that, with the band's origins dating back to 1977, BLACK DEATH are largely known to be the first African-American metal band. But most of all, BLACK DEATH's lone album is a fucking classic of raw 'n' wild HEAVY fucking METAL with a thirst for the epic and dramatic. BLACK DEATH's original lineup consisted of Siki Spacek on lead vocals and lead guitar, Phillip Bullard on drums and percussion, bassist Daryl Harris, and guitarist Gregg Hicks. "This was the original, classic lineup of the band," says Spacek. "I met these guys waaaaaay back in 1977 while I was in the 11th grade, on the exact same day that I was expelled from school. At this point in time, I had already decided that music was the direction that I wanted to take my life in, and heavy metal was the perfect way to accomplish this goal." (Hells Headbangers Records #209)

PROFANATICA - Disgusting Blasphemies Against God LP
One of 2010's most highly anticipated black metal records, "Disgusting Blasphemies Against God" cements PROFANATICA's position as true legends of extreme Black Metal. The original purveyors of bleeding-raw barbarity and mesmerizing filth, unleash filthy black shit across the album's ten rituals of desecration & destruction, truly becoming "Disgusting Blasphemies Against God." Whereas some listeners felt their preceding record was a bit too "clean," PROFANATICA render DBAG in its foulest, most unclean form... unrepentant & unholy, its hymns embrace the characteristic Profanatica Sound and new avenues of sonic degradation. RECOMMENDED FOR MANIACS OF: blood, blasphemy, desecration, perversion... TRUE PROFANE BLACK METAL BARBARISM! (Hells Headbangers Records #50)

PROFANATICA - Profanatitas De Domonatia LP
Their highly anticipated debut full length studio album from 2007 now re-issued on vinyl over a decade later! One of the most influential and original godfathers of extreme Black Metal. Spilling holy blood with 10 ruthlessly scourging Profanatica signature style hymns, Profanatitas De Domonatia is a continuation from where the black cult vanished in 1992. Profanatica vomit on your god and shit on your so-called Black Metal!! (Hells Headbangers Records #19)

FAITHXTRACTOR - Proverbial Lambs To The Ultimate Slaughter LP
FAITHXTRACTOR are a dark death metal band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed in 2005, the band initially existed as a studio project between brothers Ash and Marquis Thomas. In this form, FAITHXTRACTOR released a number of demos/EPs as well as two full-length albums. In late 2013, a live lineup was finally assembled. After some personnel changes, the lineup was solidified with Zdenka Prado (Estuary lead vocalist) on bass, Cody Knarr (Unkured) on guitar, and Ash handling drums and lead vocals; Ash is also active in such HELLS HEADBANGERS bands as SHED THE SKIN, THE VLADIMIRS, CRUCIFIED MORTALS, and SURGIKILL. Through this incarnation, the existing catalog was finally unleashed upon live audiences. By gigging/touring regularly during 2014 and 2015, FAITHXTRACTOR has gained great appeal and respect throughout the metal underground. Long one of modern metal's best-kept secrets, with Proverbial Lambs to the Ultimate Slaughter will FAITHXTRACTOR achieve the acclaim they so rightly deserve. Step forward for slaughter... (Hells Headbangers #242 CD)

(repress) DRUID LORD - Grotesque Offerings CD
The band's first record for their new label home, Grotesque Offerings is both a consolidation and intensification of DRUID LORD's ever-considerable strengths. Eerie and utterly crushing doom/DEATH metal, DRUID LORD soak their molten creations in obscure, horror-inspired lyrics from beyond the grave. Across the 50 mysterious minutes comprising Grotesque Offerings, they evoke the haunts of old from where shadows conjure spells of gloom. DRUID LORD are grounded in the darkest and most underground death metal, of course, but take considerable influence from old horror films, particularly the atmosphere cloaking the classic movies of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter. It's a deceptively simple formula, but one that's done with masterful subtlety and a graven sense of purpose: simply, they LIVE IT, breathing deeply the true, timeless essence of supernatural horror. And that stark simplicity - the leads that linger like fog, the gutted low-end, the stunning sense of dread-inducing melody - is absolutely bewitching within these Grotesque Offerings. (Hells Headbangers Records #202 CD)

(repress) GORGUTS - Obscura LPx2 gatefold
Relentless, punishing & highly evolved death metal compositions which compel repeated listens and command respect. A definite but logical departure from their earlier more traditional RoadRunner offerings, Obscura sees the band return after 5 years with a new lineup and a much more original, innovative and extreme approach to metal. Obscura is technical, jarring, quite often harsh and discordant, yet maintains a seamless flow and includes elements of disciplined groove and sophisticated harmony. It is quite rightly regarded as a groundbreaking and pioneering work of extreme metal. Over an hour long, this unrivalled monsterous onslaught comes to vinyl for the first time ever - Double Gatefold LP. (Nuclear War Now/War on Music #36)

(repress) GORGUTS - From Wisdom To Hate LP
Groundbreaking Jazz-blasted techincal death metal. In sound and style, FWTH is actually more predecessor than successor to the previous release "Obscura". Less frenetic, more focused and more precise in its ultimate goal. Where "Obscura" shot at you from a thousand different directions at once, this album hits you square between the eyes with one single thread of light. Still remaining are the guitar psycho-scrapes from Luc Lemay and newly-acquired axeman Daniel Mongrain (VOIVOD, MARTYR), but they have been more skilfully interspersed between the bodies of the main riffs. A painfully underrated album, FWTH is perfect combination of the early traditional Gorguts records, and the avant garde mania of Obscura (Nuclear War Now/War on Music #21)

(restock) TOZCOS - Suenos Deceptivos LP (repressed!)
I liked Tozcos' previous 7" quite a bit, but this LP is even better, an explosive yet intricately crafted and precisely performed slab of punk rage. Tozcos are really fast and really tight, and while you can hear a little bit of Discharge influence in their riffing, the songs have more of a put-together, borderline pop kind of structure, and some riffs even get ever so slightly melodic. In terms of contemporary punk Vaaska is a really obvious reference point (though Tozcos don't have the over-the-top guitar solos), but it probably makes more sense to dig into to the deeper / older influences. Basically, Tozcos sound like lightning-fast UK82 punk, like the fastest and best songs by the Exploited or Vice Squad, but even more like the first- and second-gen European hardcore bands influenced by those groups... everything from Lama to Svart Framtid to Malinheads. Sueńos Deceptivos is pretty much perfectly produced and the band sounds like they're laying into every single note that they play. If you like your hardcore punk free of flash and pretension, but still 100% raging, this should be at the top of your "to buy" list. (Verdugo Discos #18)

Descriptions for 2/2/19

ORCHID - Chaos is Me LP 20th anniversary silver foil edition
In 1999 Ebullition released the Orchid - Chaos is Me LP. At the time Orchid was a fairly new and unheard of band. It was the 45th release on Ebullition, but over time it became the most popular band and record that Ebullition ever had the privilege of releasing. In honor of this, in 2019 Ebullition has decided to releases a special limited edition 20th anniversary version of this monumental LP. Colored vinyl and a special foil printed cover with all of the grey elements from the original cover replaced with the silver foil. Limited to 1,500 copies. (Ebullition Records #45)

SABBAT - Evoke LPx2
Over the course of the label's history, few bands have earned and received a level of support from Nuclear War Now! comparable to that of the legendary Sabbat. The long-term mutual respect between label and band culminated in the 2014 box set, "Sabbatical Earlyearslaught," which compiled both the seminal and previously-unreleased recordings of the band and its previous incarnations from its inception up to the release of its first album, "Envenom," from 1991. Since then, NWN! has begun the endeavor or releasing Sabbat's subsequent early albums on LP format for the American market with particular attention paid to maintaining the authentic spirit of the original CD releases from Gezol's own label, Evil Records, beginning with the January 2018 reissue of "Envenom." Now, approximately one year later, NWN! proudly presents the vinyl reissue of the band's second album, "Evoke," originally released in 1992. As was done with "Envenom," no consideration has been overlooked in representing the recording as faithfully as possible to the band's original vision, both musically and aesthetically. (Nuclear War Now Records #422)

ZOUNDS - Can't Cheat Karma LP
The second release on Sealed Records is a 14 Track round up of the five singles by Zounds. The debut single from 1980 Can't Cheat Karma was released on Crass Records and 39 Years later still stands as one of the finest singles both politically and musically. For the next three singles Zounds released them on Rough Trade Records, along with their debut album The Curse of Zounds. 1981's Demystification was a tense and stark masterpiece. It was followed by the haunting Mikey Dread-produced Dancing and then the more straight up pop of More Trouble Coming Everyday. The final single of Zounds Mark 1 was La Vacht Qui Rit released on Belgium label Not So Brave in 1983 and was originally supposed to be a split single with The Mob but ended up with two scratchy studio tracks and two rough and raw live tracks recorded in Holland in 1982. Every home should have these essential Zounds recordings. Comes with A2 double sided poster. (La Vida Es Un Mus/Sealed Records #2)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #430 (March 2019)
Maximum Rocknroll #430, the March 2019 issue, is here. This month our cover features HETEROFOBIA, who interviewer Violeta Hinojosa says "makes you want to dance and spit on straight hardcore dudes' faces"! VITAL IDLES from Glasgow talk about their sound and creating DIY art in the modern age. We also hear from PERRA VIDA, a killer feminist hardcore band from Lima, Peru, and PORVENIR OSCURO from NYC via Colombia, whose raging sound incorporates classic elements of Finnish hardcore and Spanish punk. Experimental post-punk trio COME HOLY SPIRIT discuss life in their home city Pittsburgh, PA, while the UK veterans in SIGNAL CRIMES give us the lowdown on their latest project (and yes, they do mention Thatcher and Reagan!). MRR says goodbye to club owner and all around San Francisco legend Tom Guido. We talk with LA's Denée Segall about her newest band the CIA, and with MOLAR, a band from all over the place geographically and musically. Indonesia's KATASTROV share their thoughts on exploitation, fundamentalism, and Motörhead! Of course there's our usual big-ass record reviews section as well as demo and book reviews, and a BIG announcement from MRR (which you've probably heard if you have the internet) along with a bountiful letters section on that topic. (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #430)

MOCK EXECUTION - Reality Attack 7"
Mock Execution suddenly appeared on the Chicago basement scene and began kicking everyone's ass with their over the top, fast, hardcore-punk garbage, that we all love. 6 tracks of ferocious hardcore that'll bring classic Finnish bands to mind along with some other smearing of eclectic, euro-hardcore trash that peppers most punks record collections. No fakes on this platter just PUNKS playing what they love. Sleeve and insert are silk-screened. (Lengua Armada Records #86)

MURDERER - I Did it All For You LP
Five years after their sudden and striking appearance on the New York punk scene Murderer have re-emerged with their long-awaited full length LP. While earlier efforts constantly reconfigured the blown-out anthems of Nabat (particularly "Asociale Oi"), I Did it All For You is that rarest kind of follow-up: one that moves forward with expansiveness and sophistication that, rather than diluting the original formula, heightens its intensity in an unexpected but wholly natural way. Rolling, infectious Wire-like hooks are set inside the dreary atmosphere of the Wipers, as gang vocals issue simple, hard-headed proclamations about life in the streets and the shadows. Hints of modern soul keyboard and reverb-drenched, faraway guitar leads texture the album. A modern heir not only to the best introspective punk bands but to the street corner rhythm-and-blues groups assembling in the decades before them. (Toxic State Records #34)

THE SMARTHEARTS - On the Line LP The debut LP from Philadelphia's Smarthearts (members of SHEER MAG, THE GUESTS, DEVIL MASTER, GRAVETURNER). Two rerecorded songs from their 2016 demo alongside eight hot new cuts of pure power pop joy. (Wilsuns Recordings #96)

VAASKA - Inocentes Condenados 7"
A lot has happened in the three years since the "FUTURO PRIMITIVO" EP dropped in correlation with the band's 2016 Japanese tour and now VAASKA returns to a world that's worse off with what could possibly be their final statement in the form of the "INOCENTES CONDENADOS" EP. Six tracks of smoldering D-Beat based hardcore punk which could arguably be the greatest recording session of their 10+ years as a band. Mastered by Kenko at Communichaos Media Clay Station in Sweden AKA exactly who you want to be twisting the knobs on a project like this. Each record comes in a Discharge style pocket sleeve with collaborative effort imagery by Todo Destruido, Jack Blackmon and Ryan Fromdeland. Limited to 500 copies. (Beach Impediment #37)

MURO - Ataque Hardcore Punk LP
What is there that can be said about Bogota, Colombia's MURO that can even remotely rationalize the true force of nature that they are both in the recorded setting and as a live entity? The initiated know the deal but for those that don't... welcome! Originally released by the outstanding Nordic based Byllepest Distro label in 2017, the "ATAQUE HARDCORE PUNK" 12" was repressed for the band's explosive appearance at NOT DEAD YET 2018 and the Canadian tour that followed shortly thereafter. Channeling the ferocity of other regional greats while contributing a take on the genre that is undeniably all their own, Beach Impediment Records is honored to aid in the North American advancement of this modern day South American hardcore punk classic. Each record comes in a DIY style paper sleeve containing two massive poster inserts, all of which was screen printed and assembled by the members of MURO at their Casa Rat Trap Collective in Bogota. Keep an ear to the ground as there will be more to come from this outstanding group in 2019. Limited to 500 copies. (Beach Impediment #36)

Desgrasia Jubenil from south México City have been crafting amazing songs in a dirty room since 2014 instead of going to parties and hanging out with pretty punks. If you are not from around, they are pretty much DF's best kept secret. Locally they have been developing a cult following because they are one of the finest bands in the city and they really don't give a fuck about being liked or not.Musically it's hard to describe them, sometimes they sound like spanish TNT or that they have been listening to the Punk Que? Punk comp all their life but you can also listen to the mexican punk influence. They have an unique sound and even if the music is simple and catchy you immediately realize that they take care of each song. Lyrics are about the terrible circumstances of violence in the country but treated some times with a healthy dose of irony and humor other bands haven't been smart enough to use. After all these years they have finally completed their first LP on Cintas Pepe. Desgrasia Jubenil are not in a hurry of getting noticed, they rather drink a caguama, smoke a joint and enjoy a nice afternoon. As expected with Cintas Pepe releases these are silkscreened in really thin card stock and look beautiful. (La Vida Es Un Mus/Cintas Pepa Record #12)

The fourth studio album of Newcastle upon Tyne's crust punk institution by the name HELLKRUSHER. The band formed in 1989 by members of "Hellbastard" and "Energetic Krusher" and soon became an institution within the Crustpunk genre. They released several albums and Eps along their way as well as extensive tours with FINAL WARNING and DIRT in the nineties. Now, apart from a couple of split 7"s between 1997 and 2017, this forth studio album is the first full length in 21 years. Fourteen raging and pumping songs about the horrors of modern society in everyday way. Musically linked somewhere between VARUKERS and "Hear Nothing, Say Nothing" DISCHARGE, all twisted up with a massive doses of thrash and crust core. Well done Hellkrusher! Recorded by Rich Doney at Landscape Studios Stanghow 2015/2016. Artwork by Andy Lefton. Includes Digital Download! (Ruination Records #44)

MORUS - Cialo Obce LP
"Cialo Obce" is polish for "foreign body" and also the debut album of MORUS from Warsaw/Poland. MORUS play fully charged HARDCORE PUNK that comes along very dynamic but is also ridden with razor sharp edges! Lyrically focused on a deeper socio-political statement against the ongoing repression with an strongly feminist message! Forged in the fires of the warsaw punk underground by members of POST REGIMENT (Nika & Rolf) and fellow warsaw punkers ANTIDOTUM, EDELWEISS PIRATEN, ATOMICO PATIBULO & EL BANDA, this just can't go wrong. 12 songs in total. Lyrics are provided in polish and english translations. (Ruination Records #48)

SIGNAL CRIMES - Perfidious Albion LP
Furious raging UK hardcore punk, featuring 3/4 of HERESY (Kalv, Steve and Baz) along with Welly from VIOLENT ARREST and ARTCORE Fanzine delivering the vocals. If you dig any of their previous projects such as HERESY, RIPCORD, VIOLENT ARREST, ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS, GERIATRIC UNIT, CAN'T DECIDE, DUMBSTRUCK, MEATFLY, PLASMID, FORCE FED, SIXHUNDREDANDSIXTYSIXDEAD, FOUR LETTER WORD, STATE FUNERAL ... this will deliver the goods once again! (Ruination/Network Of Friends Records #5)

NEGATIV - Projections LP
Finally! At long last we get a new sign of life from Oslo's "NEGATIV" straight from the dark vaults of Norways riot city number one! Eight new stompers that mix the anarchic chaos and rage of 1982' UK hardcore punk with the fury and raw spirit of japanese punk. All this boosted up with norwegian guitar virtuosity (...or was it madness?), stomping drums and vocal chords lubricated with gasoline and razorblades. (Ruination Records #47)

AKRASIA - First Demons: The Birth Of The Void LP
Limited to 325 Copies! The debut recording of AKRASIA now finally on vinyl. A cataclysmic and massive crust-monster from Planet Oslo, Norway, that sounds like it's made out of bits and pieces of AMEBIX and VENOM with HAWKWIND's "Space Ritual" and heaps of KILLING JOKE in the mix. A huge monolith of black vinyl and eight tracks of "space-crust" if you might say so. Includes digital download. Recorded at Blitz, Oslo 2015-16. Mastered at Enormous Door 2017. (Ruination Records #46)

AUTONOMADS - All Quiet On The Western Front 7"
Almost four years have passed since the AUTONOMADS recent full length album "One Day All This Will be Gone...". Now, in 2018, the band from Manchester team up again with four new tracks of anarcho-politcal fueled mix of punk, ska , dub and folk. Lyrically dealing with the gloom and misery of gentrification, racism, everyday sexism and the repression and despair within the working class. With their numerous tours and previous two full length LPs, not forgetting their split album with the BLACK STAR DUB COLLECTIVE; the AUTONOMADS soon became one of the outstanding UK DUB PUNK acts within the DIY and independent scene. If you like the INNER TERRESTRIALS or AOS3 you can't go wrong here. Recorded and mixed 2017 at Corn.Cop.DS Safehouse by Andy Dazzler. Mastered by Matt Pumpkin at MADE OF ALE Studios. Includes a 4-panel-insert-folder with lyrics and photographs. (Ruination Records #43)

COLUMNA - Las Cosas Que Perdemos LP
Zaragoza, Spain's Columna formed from the ashes of Warsong and released one of our favorite demo's of 2017. "Las Cosas Que Perdemos", the band's debut 7-song LP, features several rerecorded songs from that session as well as some wonderful new additions. The band plays moody, melodic, and political punk sung in Spanish. Fans of Arctic Flowers, Terrible Feelings, and Accidente should take note. (Dirt Cult Records #115)

THESE BASTARDS - Old... and Pissed 7"
Ex members of CONQUEST FOR DEATH, AGENTS OF SATAN, VENKMAN and SLOBBER present 11 songs of chaotic hardcore in this debut EP that is simultaneously crushing and eccentric. Lyrics range from the socially conscious to the darkly occult to the outright silly. Expect no catchy choruses: these songs drive relentlessly forward, linearly and impatiently, while schizophrenic vocals evoke the image of a man possessed. Sometimes, they get a little weird, but in the way punk SHOULD be weird. (These Bastards #1)

BROWER - Buzzsaws LP
"BUZZSAWS" is the debut album by BROWER, the solo project of Nat Brower, resident of Ridgewood Queens and erstwhile NANCY and METALLEG compatriot, already championing the spirits and sounds of our most cherished Punk and Rock musical varietals the world over. After last spring's Little Big EP, BROWER is back, and the fire behind that ass is simply inextinguishable! Enter BUZZSAWS - a glam'd-out glitter-bomb of fuzz guitars and giant vocal melodies within the Venn diagram of Bolan, Bowie and Brett (Smiley). Like Little Big, each song is jammed full of sugarcoated harmonies, laser-beam licks and unearthly hooks. Unlike LITTLE BIG, BROWER shows his teeth on BUZZSAWS - and they're gnarly, thanks to all the sugarcoated harmonies - with several dbs of gain and big city grit added to the mix. From the first crack! of the snare on "Real Girl", the album opener, a barrage of big guitars and bonafied boogie - missing even in this year's finer Rock'n'roll offerings - takes hold for a satisfying spin the whole way thru. Recorded and performed entirely by the BROWER boy himself, Nat has somehow captured the over-produced gleam of the glam era from his bedroom home studio. (Dig Records #8)

HEZ - s/t 7"
HEZ from Panamá return with their newest offering of ultra-dark HC-Punk. Tormented vocals echo over distorted bass and psyched-out guitars, bouncing between grooving moshy parts and stomping 1-2 1-2 beats. HEZ continue to prove themselves to be one of the best contemporary hc-punk bands on a world scale. Coming from a local history of punk that goes back to the mid-late 80s, HEZ builds upon that criminally overlooked scene and creates something that sets an example for the world to take note; punk, and incredible punk at that, happens all over the world, and it's time to look past the hype machines of the Western First World countries and see that the rest of the world is creating music just as ferocious, original and maybe even more relevant. Excellent as always artwork by Yecatl Peńa. Limited to 200 copies in North America. (World Gone Mad Records #17)

S 21 - Operation Menu 7"
S-21's second and final EP "Operation Menu" is finally available via SLUGSALT and WORLD GONE MAD. A 5-piece from Philadelphia, S-21's music highlighted the experiences of historically marginalized voices- those of POC and first generation immigrants navigating the punk scene and society as a whole. Taking its name from the illegal bombings conducted by the US in Cambodia starting in 1969, "Operation Menu" continues the band's message, addressing issues of intergenerational trauma and genocide, toxic masculinity, US imperialism and loss of language and culture through assimilation. Following in the footsteps of their first EP "Year Zero", expect even further refined pummeling, heavy, dirty and driven hardcore punk fueling the unrelenting vocals and lyrics. The total sales on 20% of the pressing will be donated to non-profits benefiting refugees, displaced people and immigrants. (World Gone Mad Records #15)

REPTOIDES - Nueva Especie 7"
As the world plunges into further distortion and absurdity, as the line is blurred between organic and technology, and as humans lose their humanity at an exponential rate, delving into mania and murky thoughts, with no clear sight of any clarity. As the Earth dives into this muck and goo, REPTOIDES have unleashed a monster (or should i say Martian?) of an EP upon the world. Take the pulverizing, laser gun and stomping punk of their previous incredible release from the year prior and hone the music into a more focused and condensed beam of noise laden-sonic-overdriven hardcore-punk. The music is completely incinerating and sinister. To make a close approximation, take the first 2 EPs of Rudimentary Peni, then mix it would early Finnish hardcore punk from 1982 and then put it all through an old school noisecore lens and you'll be somewhere in the vicinity of REPTOIDES. (World Gone Mad Records #24)

HALDOL - The Totalitarianism of Everyday Life LP
Haldol continues to evolve and explore the many facets of deathrock and post-punk on their newly released 3rd LP "The Totalitarianism of Everyday Life". It's difficult to pigeonhole Haldol's sound to one particular band or style, because with every song they evolve from the last and put new twists and turns onto their style. They've always tending to shy away from the mundane, predictable or anticipated structures and sounds of post-punk. Instead, they tend to draw musical inspiration from a farther flung range of styles and approaches. "The Totalitarianism of Everyday Life" is a sonically haunting, decomposing and pained album with bursts of layered noise aggression, constantly pushing forward and unyielding. From Philadelphia, PA. (World Gone Mad Records #12)

BATTALION OF SAINTS - Complete Discography LPx3/CDx2
We say "Complete Discography" and we mean it! This LPx3 or CDx2 set features every single Battalion Of Saints studio recording since their inception including all the singles, albums, rare unreleased demo tracks, alternate versions, compilation appearances, and even 2 new tracks. 60 songs/111 minutes total! Several albums were remastered and sound better than ever. Insert includes a full lyric sheet with lyrics to every track & personnel list for each recording. This is your one-stop-shop to own everything the band has done in one concise, organized place. Download card included with the vinyl version! Battalion Of Saints were the early pioneers of hardcore punk in America. Bringing a raw, aggressive tone and speed to the west coast punk movement. More in line with UK punk above all else, BOS replicated the ferocity of bands like Discharge and Broken Bones in the USA. Leading on to influence countless bands in the punk and metal genres. Since its 1980 inception, many lineup changes have not halted the band from continuing unto present day. RIYL: Discharge, G.B.H., The Exploited, Negative Approach, Dead Kennedys, Agnostic Front, Circle Jerks, Angry Samoans. (Pine Hill Records #22)

(restock) TORSO - Sono Pronta A Morire LP
Domestic version of this LP out now. TORSO was born out of the HOLY & Punch's US tour together in 2013 and the result is a fearsome new band going on into one direction: heavy, hitting, punch you in the face unholy political hardcore. "Sono Pronta A Morire" is their first pulverizing full-lenght following last year's 7" "Community Psychosis". (Sorry State Records #76)

Descriptions for 1/26/19

ANTEDILUVIAN - Septentrional Theophany cassette tape
Recorded at the same time as "Logos," this EP was originally released on 7" format to accompany the first issue of the Haruspex Zine. (Nuclear War Now Records #240 TP)

LOS HUAYCOS - Savage Monstrosities LP
Los Huaycos, Peruvian transplants to Oakland moved into Tankcrimes headquarters and started making a racket! This album sounds like Y2K thrash (think 625 records) meets skate rock/hardcore (think JFA, Gang Green) meets noise rock weirdo jams (think AmRep, Cows). Art by Skinner. Golden foil stamped LP jackets, colored vinyl and download cards. (Tank Crimes Records #115)

KICKER - Pure Drivel LP
Oakland veterans third album. UK meets East Bay punk rock. Pete the Roadie backed by members of Operation Ivy, Dystopia and Neurosis. Gatefold jacket art by Andrei Bouzikov. Colored vinyl for stores and download card included. (Tank Crimes Records #114)

DEAD FRIEND 46 - Hardcore LP
Orange County hardcore punk outfit DEAD FRIENDS 46 have unleashed their debut full-length LP, "Hardcore," and the release is setting the veteran band apart from their Southern California counterparts. DF46 were formed in 2015 by hardcore/punk rock lifers Don Mazza (vocals) and Jason Dovalina (rhythm guitar), who quickly recruited close friends Andy Spraker (drums), Sean McGuire (bass), and Shawn Andri (lead guitar). The purpose was to play aggressive music with a focus on true life experiences, and the hardcore ethos of family, friendship, and surviving hardship. Every show is dedicated to their fallen brothers and sisters, specifically those taken in direct connection to drug and alcohol abuse, and the boys from Fullerton are hitting all their marks. Still, while the band themselves may dismiss similarities to historical Southern Californian punk influences (The Adolescents, Bad Religion, and Uniform Choice come to mind), there is an unmistakable old school spirit and style that has brought them to the forefront of the Orange County punk scene and garnered themselves quite a local following. (Rank N File Records #1)

DIMESACK - Dimesack Says God Says Fuck You LP
On-the-skids negative shit-punk with electronic tweaking from the betesticled half of Phantom Head, Dimesack Dan and Tony (also of Mentira and American Hate). These songs were hashed-out over years of 4-track experimentation and demo cassette releases, rehearsed to perfection and lovingly realized, not some half-baked mess of lo-fi nausea and piss takes.Dimesack has assembled a full band comprised of KCMO hardcore, industrial, and psych veterans and he's looking to tour when the weather gets warm. Sounds like: one of those misters at the zoo full of bong water and piss or like Bolt Thrower as a scum punk band singing about endless baskets of breadsticks instead of war, "let's go get Olive Garden and NOT PAY!" 300 on dank green vinyl. (Blak Skul #9)

JUDICIARY - Surface Noise LP (Color Vinyl)/CD
From the growing scene of hardcore thrash crossover, Texas's own Judiciary release their debut full-length, "Surface Noise." Nine crushing tracks produced by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Xibalba) while being mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, King Nine), and featuring guest appearances from Brody King (God's Hate), Bryan Garris (Knocked Loose), and Jess Nyx (Mortality Rate). This follow-up to the band's 2017 "The Axis Of Equality" EP and two years of touring the US and Europe hits harder with a refined, metallic edge. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #62)

Only a year after the band's smashing full-length "IRON ROSE", Texan thunder CONCRETE ELITE are back with another slab of wax! In a co-production with LSM Vinyl, REBELLION RECORDS is proud to announce the band's latest 12" - "THE SURVIVAL EP"! Featuring seven all new hard-hitters and a guest appearance by no one other than Carl Templar, CONCRETE ELITE definitely released some of their best work to date! Their barbaric sound full of grit is music for goons and maniacs, and therefor right up our alley! From opener "We Want It All" to the final attack of these "Razor Boys", "THE SURVIVAL EP" rips it up from start to finish, making sure CONCRETE ELITE is still one of the hardest - if not, the hardest, Oi! bands around! Concrete and brickwall through and through! Limited to 500 copies. (Rebellion Records #205)

Here come The Reapers! A brand new Dutch outfit that are about to rip it up internationally with their smashing, hard-hitting debut for Rebellion Records! Featuring thirteen songs and an intro, "Rip It Up" could best be described as an heavy-weighted, beefed up take on that classic sound of The Templars, early Perkele and The Veros! You know what that means, right? Clean guitars, brute vocals, powerful sing-a-longs, catchy riffs and a boot in the face! Though these veterans aren't afraid to throw in some Rose Tattoo influences as well, making a track like "Sirens Of Sorrow" sound like it could easily be on the next The Corps, these lads deliver some proper skinhead rock for fans of other Rebellion Records' releases by Last Crusade, Thankless Graft and No Heart! (Rebellion Records #199)

ROGUE TROOPER - Boots On The Ground LP
Both initial releases (their original demo, and their original "Boots On The Ground" EP) compiled on to one LP! Reloaded and remastered, one of the best demos of 2015 and one of the best EP's of 2016 sound better than ever before! Therefore this release is a must for Oi! fans worldwide, simply because this is one of the best new bands around. Limited to 500 copies. (Rebellion Records #198)

(restock) AGATHOCLES/PSYCHO SIN - split 7"
10 brand new unreleased AG songs for this split 7" with the mighty PSYCHO SIN. AG goes for short "blast and go" grindcore punk tracks with early 80's scream and shout punk touch...catchy as fuck. Psycho Sin was formed in 1981. We used to be a hardcore punk band. We decided to take it up a notch. So we created Noisecore! We coined that phrase. Cause everything was called fastcore! If it wasn't for us bands like Napalm Death, D.R.I, Siege, Larm, 7 Minutes of Nausea, Rapt, Sore Throat etc...They were our fans...They Would not exist! Those are the facts! History 101! Our first 3 song demo tape ended up in Europe. Because I was stationed in Germany that's how 400 tapes got around! Tunnel Canary from Canada were our biggest Influence. Crime From San Francisco was another band. Blue Cheer, The Who, The Clash and Hendrix! We also play a style called scrap metal...Sort of like Missing Foundation from NYC! We are anti-cop, Religion, FBI, CIA, Real Anarchist! We are still going. Almost 40 years! (Jerk Off Records #88)

(restock) AGATHOCLES/DECHECHARGE - Agatho Charge 7" (colored vinyl)
AG with 11 raw shredding tracks of extreme earkilling ultra-core in the vein of RAPT, BRIGADA DO ODIO, COCK ROACHS, LARM, PSYCHO SIN backed with vocals like SS DECONTROL "Get it away" era......All in 6 minutes......Be prepared for permanent eardamage. Deche-Charge deliver 356 songs of canadian gang bang noise core. Split Label with Jerk Off Records and Ratgirl Records. Limited to 400 copies. 200 on Black Vinyl. 100 on White Vinyl. 100 on Green Vinyl. Download card only available with colored vinyl. (Jerk Off Records #85)

Descriptions for 1/19/19

PHYSIQUE - The Evolution Of Combat LP
Physique are back to start 2019 with their devastating sophomore release, The Evolution of Combat! 10 tracks of precisely executed Disbones Crasher Crust! (Distort Reality Records #42)

Wolf Brigade comalive 10th anniversary. Havoc records in conjunction with MCR and la familia releases presents a limited edition 10th anniversary repress of Wolfbrigade Comalive LP. This is limited to 500 copies, Havoc is handling all distribution for North and South America. if you are reading this update you are probably familiar with Wolfbrigade by now. Originally known as Wolfpack, this Swedish hardcore band burst onto the scene at the turn of the 21st century playing and aggressive yet melodic form of Swedish hardcore that mixes the traditional raw sounds of 80 Swedish hardcore with more melodic influences of Trall Punk and and Swedish Death Metal. (Havoc Records #1254)

Out now on Hardcore Victim records is the first LP from Melbourne's Havittajat. Havittajat hot play traditional 1980s finish hardcore. Filtered slightly through the lens of Melbourne crustcore. Pressed in Australia. (Havoc/Hardcore Victim Records #29)

PROFANATICA - Altar Of The Virgin Whore LP/CD
PROFANATICA need no introduction: pioneers of American black metal, masters of barbaric minimalism, desecrators of all that's pure and clean - and iconoclasts to the very end. Ever since the band's reformation/reinvigoration with 2007's Profanatitas de Domonatia, full-length albums have been the preferred format for Paul Ledney and crew. However, going back the band's beyond-classic Weeping in Heaven in 1991, it could be argued that PROFANATICA are at their most potent when doing EPs. And that's precisely what Altar of the Virgin Whore is: 20 minutes of cruel 'n' crushing sonic defilement that bears all the bulldozing trademarks of the band post-reformation. No need for further fancy words here; this is simply and totally PROFANATICA, distilled to its short/sharp/shocked essence and rendered in the rudest and rawest form. (Hells Headbangers Records #49)

MEDIEVAL DEMON - Medieval Necromancy LPx2
As one of the true purveyors of the ancient Greek black metal sound - whose 1998 debut album, Demonolatria, is a highly sought-after classic of grimy mysticism - MEDIEVAL DEMON's return is LONG overdue and further proof that the past is indeed alive. MEDIEVAL DEMON were formed in Greece in 1993 by brothers Lord Apollyon and Sirokous. Necrochrist and Muerte joined the band and entered the glorious Storm Studio to record their first demo tape, Night of The Infernal Lords. After releasing some more demos, they recorded their debut album, Demonolatria, in 1995 and released it on Unisound in 1998. Satanism, necromancy, the occultist's practice, the air of darkness and mystery, the meetings in dark forests and forgotten places: all played a significant role in the lives and inspiration of the members. MEDIEVAL DEMON are beyond the mundane - no human civilizations, no modern life, no politics. The only value is chaos eternal, and eternal resistance against God! It's a sound that's as fresh as it is classic, mysterious as it is majestic, unremittingly obsidian as it is immediately invigorating. (Hells Headbangers #210)

By now, DEATHHAMMER should need no introduction. For 13 years, this insatiable Norwegian duo have been at the forefront of the burgeoning blackthrash movement. Though blackthrash has seen intermittent surges in popularity over the last few decades, for sole members Sadomancer and Sargeant Salsten, this is a way of life - not a trend. DEATHHAMMER proved as much as with their cult debut album, Phantom Knights, in 2010 and then proved it yet further and more fully - and more furiously and filthily - with 2013's Onward to the Pits and 2015's Evil Power, both of which were released by HELLS HEADBANGERS to widespread international acclaim. And yet, through it all, the duo kept their wits about them, simply being DEATHHAMMER and taking their irresistible (and irresistibly evil) charm to stages worldwide, including a command performance at HELLS HEADBANGERS' Hells Headbash 2 in 2015. (Hells Headbangers #204)

And what was brewing is a leaner and most definitely meaner NEKROFILTH. Here on Worm Ritual, the power-trio largely leave behind the juvenilia of their early work for real-world evil, upping the nastiness of their patented punk metal and reinventing it in a most respectable way. Naturally, NEKROFILTH's foundational influences of Slaughter (Canada), NME, and Repulsion remain, but with a more overtly muscular aspect - and, most definitely, a more overtly METAL one - Worm Ritual bristles with a punch-in-the-face intensity backed up by enviously compact songwriting, nodding often to the likes of Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Possessed, and even a bit of Autopsy. One after another, the 15 songs comprising the half-hour Worm Ritual state their case swiftly and simply, each one a mini-anthem in itself: rarely has "saying more with less" been this vicious and violent. Fitting for these stronger songs, the album is wrapped in a righteously '80s-style production, warm yet over-the-top, with prominent reverb and delay underlining where NEKROFILTH's allegiances lay. The secret? Analog tape, just like their forebears used to do. And Venom, one of those forebears, receive a rough 'n' rowdy cover of "Poison" here. (Hells Headbangers #257 CD)

DECEASED - Ghostly White CD
Ghostly White is DECEASED's first album since then, and it's massively anticipated to say the very least. And as expected, this is the sound of DECEASED at their finest and most fiery: truly EPIC, narrative songwriting led, as always, by the incomparable creepshow lyricism of founding vocalist King Fowley. Totaling eight songs in a twisting 'n' turning 55 minutes, Ghostly White takes the listener on a breathless yet dynamic ride through the darkest corners of the band's trademark Death Metal From The Grave, with the dual-axe majesty of longtime guitarist Mike Smith and Shane Fuegal (who's been his foil since 2006) taking these songs into almost anthem status. In fact, the urgency and passion with which DECEASED play here is startling to behold; most bands even a fraction of their age rarely exhibit this much intensity nor finesse. Of course, throughout, this is simply what they do, because Ghostly White is simply and 100% DECEASED. (Hells Headbangers #258 CD)

(repressed) SPEEDWOLF - Ride With Death LP with 7" (Gatefold and colored vinyl)/CD
Vinyl version Comes with a bonus 7"! All copies pressed on milky-clear vinyl with heavy black splatter in a gatefold jacket with UV spot gloss and a large 18"x24" poster of the cover artwork. Limited to 666 copies only. Who wants to "Ride With Death"? SPEEDWOLF's highly anticipated debut album is aptly titled: their locomotive, NWOBHM-fueled heavy metal is powered by a hardcore-punk engine, cruising across the wasteland of the not-so-distant future like proverbial Road Warriors... on iron horses they ride, born to lose. Full-fledged Hessians to the bitter end, SPEEDWOLF play for keeps, each of the LP's dozen tracks an anthem unto itself - so come on and "Ride With Death"! Recommended for diehards of later ENGLISH DOGS, MIDNIGHT, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, G.I.S.M., later GBH, and the almighty MOTORHEAD! (Hells Headbangers Records #69)

(restock) PHYSIQUE - Punk Life Is Shit LP (with download)
By now people know that most of the music coming out of Olympia WA is important in some way, be it artistically or politically. PHYSIQUE manages to hit both points by channeling the classic DISCHARGE/Kawakami (RIP) model of poetic, simplistic sloganeering and carefully crafted, noise fueled D-Beat punk music. "Punk Life Is Shit" exists to fight the nightmarish reality of inept politicians, capitalism, colonialism, gender struggles, Jesus useless Christ and impending nuclear war that we all live in. 8 songs pressed on 500 copies of 140gr black vinyl with an etched B-side, 22x22 double sided poster and digital download card all housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket. Photography by Yet Demeanor, Art by Bee, Fucker and Devin N.D.B.. Recorded by Joey at Left Field. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. (Iron Lung Records #117)

Descriptions for 1/12/19

VILE - Vile Says Fuck Off! 7"
Vile were outsiders to an insular scene: kids from the Boston suburbs who decided to gain attention the easy way, by pissing people off. Their most legendary gig featured them opening for the Angelic Upstarts and Jerry's Kids in May of 1982 at Boston's legendary Channel club, in which they insulted the audience, made off-color remarks, and allegedly threw a mic stand into the crowd. Following the gig, there was a lot of local controversy in zines and local publications about their set, to which the band responded by placing a half page ad in Boston Rock magazine that simply said, "VILE SAYS FUCK OFF!" The band played just a handful of other shows, and left behind the notoriously rare, self-financed "Solution" LP. The three songs contained on this 7" were recorded during the LP sessions: "Overload" being previously unreleased, and "Definitions" and "5 To 10" being alternate versions to the LP cuts. These tracks are simple, raw, energetic, and pissed off hardcore songs made by alienated kids. (Radio Rahem Records #26)

REIGN OF TERROR - Don't Blame Me 7"
Formed in Los Angeles in 1983, Reign Of Terror was a bit of an anomaly within the greater LA punk scene - they declared themselves "Modern Metal" and played a punk/metal hybrid that wouldn't dominate the landscape until much later. Led by singer/guitar player Ed Danky (ex-Würm), with support from bassist Jesse Fixx (ex-Stains), and a young Japanese punk named David Ishiki on drums, the band played just a handful of gigs and left behind one incredibly rare 7" single and a track on Mystic's "It Came From Slimey Valley" compilation LP. Perplexing punk and metal collectors alike (and decimating their wallets) for the past 35 years, Radio Raheem and Meat House Productions are extremely proud to present an official reissue of all known recorded material by Reign Of Terror. Unfortunately all three band members have since let this mortal coil, but with the help of SST/Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski, and surviving family members, the single has been remastered and repackaged with unpublished visual material. (Radio Rahem Records #6)

RASH_MON - Pathogen X LP (with download)
The perfect melding of two timeless facets of punk, the honest forward thinking DC style hardcore of Faith/Void split (yes, both sides) with total Deathside style anthemic hardcore. Both are furious and immediate and work together in perfect harmony here without really sounding like either exactly. New, important music is made this way. RASH_MON has had their share of setbacks with immigration, mental health, modern American life in general... and that urgency and frustration is reflected here crystal clear. 500 copies of 150 gram black vinyl with an etched B-side are housed in a beautiful 24 pt jacket along with an insert and a download card. Recorded by the band in DC. Mastered by Golden. Art by Kohei. (Iron Lung Records #125)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #429 (February 2019)
The best part of your year is already here: it's our 2018 Year-End Top Ten Issue! MRR #429, our February 2019 issue, will clue you in on all the rad shit you missed out on over the course of 2018. We've also got Farrah Skeiky and Angela Owens giving us their top 10 photos of the year, plus Angela gives us a visual rundown of this year's Not Dead Yet fest! After reading CONSTANT MONGREL's name so many times in our Top Ten lists, you'll be primed and ready to read their interview in this issue! We've also got the scoop on Austin punks DAMAK and Canadian no wavers RUBY KARINTO, two very different sounding bands who both discuss how being first-generation immigrants affects their music. Plus you can check out what's going on in Beo_in, Serbia, where the local political party may have shut down the underground venue, but they'll never stop the punks. (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #429)

FORRA - Mostrame lo Peor 7"
The debut 6-track EP from FORRA is absolute chaos, destruction and rage. FORRA play primitive hardcore punk with a classic 80's South American twist that would have sat perfectly on any of the four early 80's worldwide compilation tapes Xcentric Noise released or on a split tape with THE NIXE or COCADICTOS. Each track sounds like it could fall apart at any moment but the intensity and passion drives it to a conclusion. Sounding effortlessly punk, the band formed in London and is made up of members from Argentina, Catalonia, The Canaries and Mexico. Limited to 330 copies and recorded by Jonah Falco, this recording may end up as the band's only release. The Mostrame lo Peor pocket sleeve is flimsy and hand-assembled. The record comes with a postcard addressed to British Home Office, so you can share your views on their shitty immigration policies. All the proceeds from the record will be given to The Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS) a London based human rights, feminist organisation run for Latin American women, and 100% run by Latin American women. (La Visa Es Un Mus #181)

MERE MORTAL have arrived! With members hailing from various parts of England, their debut MLP Tartarus, harkens back to the raw sound and atmosphere of the often under-rated UK Thrash Metal scene, with many listeners noticing a distinct similarity in vocalist Liam Fox's approach to that of Benediction-era Barney Greenway, as well as Bolt Thrower's beloved Karl Willetts. Permeated with the darkness, intensity and authority of those forbearers, Fox conjures images of apocalyptic death and despair, leading the charge of MERE MORTAL's thrash assault. Behind him bassist Tom Pimlott, drummer Adam Rogers, and Guitarists Maegan Brooks and Joe Sam Williams charge ahead with a sound that remains equally close to the UK - evoking memories of bands like Virus, Sabbat, Hellbastard, and Sacrilege. Like so many of their progenitors, the members of MERE MORTAL began their musical journeys in the punk scene, and that level of urgency and directness is able to inform their approach to Tartarus, with songs kept brief, direct, and precise. MERE MORTAL's Tartarus is a fine tuned and deadly sharp assault on the once again thriving thrash metal scene. (QCHQ Records #52)

ANEURYSM - Awareness LP
After three seven-inches and roughly 200 shows, the Boston 5-piece has finally immortalized its sound and spirit in full-length fashion. Recorded at GodCity Studio in Salem, MA, by Chris Johnson (bassist of Deafheaven and Doomriders), Awareness is ten tracks' worth of swaggering, melodic, noise-rock that charges forward through the same sewers as Nirvana, Unsane, and Turbonegro. (Tor Johnson Records)

GNAW THEIR TONGUES & CROWHURST - Burning Ad Infinitum: A Collaboration LP
Two entities. Two individuals. Two highly prolific musical organisms have come together to conceive an unholy offering. Crowhurst, formed in 2011, is the project of Jay Gambit, who has created hours of material under the moniker, from noise tapes limited to dozens, to full-fledged albums backed by a complete band and utilizing colleagues and contemporaries such as members of Caďna and Ćvangelist. Employing everything from drone to black metal to harsh noise wall styling, Crowhurst is, in itself, a unique body of work. Gnaw Their Tongues, formed in 2006, is one, some would say most recognized, projects of Maurice De Jong, who plays under a half-dozen aliases in the music world. As prolific as his collaborator Gambit is, De Jong exists in a spot between black metal, industrial noise, dark ambient, and drone that few or none have ventured prior. "Burning Ad Infinitum: A Collaboration" is a four song behemoth showcasing both musicians' talents both separate and in collaboration. Weaving harsh noise, De Jong's distressed vocal styling, and industrial rhythms, the four tracks becomes it's own unique monster; the combination of two organisms birthing what might be something entirely exclusive in life. Artwork conceived, as the music, by the duo of Caroline Harrison and Brandon Geurts. Layout by Jay Gambit and N. Constantino Design. Includes digital download. (Crown & Throne Records #23)

CRUMB - Public Service cassette tape
Being assembled right now and ready to ship with anything listed here. Only 50 copies of this cassette by Vancouver's youngest and brightest. To my ears it comes off as a DC's Faith with more metallic riffing and some serious mosh parts that end up dissolving into abstract feedback. Almost psychedelic parts. All held together with a vocalist that is way more pissed than tough sounding. Future Leash is an anthem if I've ever heard one. (Neon Taste Records #9)

FUERZA BRUTA - Somos el Mal 7"
As the seas of modern Oi! music are diluted into an unrecognizably sad swamp of vapid, overproduced, pop punk nonsense, it is glaringly obvious when the good stuff appears - in context, as well as sound - and for my money (literally), Chicago's FUERZA BRUTA is the top of the heap. Their 12" from last year, "Verdugo," was the best record of 2017 for many people, myself included - made apparent by the initial press as well as two subsequent represses fully selling out in just one year. F.B.'s brand of hard-as-stone Spanish language skinhead anthems - of, by, and for undesirables, immigrants, skins & punks - is anchored firmly by hard, muscular riffs, and choral chants, with chiming guitar leads at every turn. (Warthog Speak Records #33)

ATRAMENT - Scum Sect LP/tape cassette
Tapes come with metallic silver pantone screen silk-screened j-cards and slipcases, vinyl is clear red colored vinyl + black haze, download cards and hype stickers. Nihilistic Bay Area crust punks Atrament (who feature in their ranks current and past members of Vastum, Necrot, Mortuous, Abstracter, Moral Void, and Black September) return with "Scum Sect", a thirty minute sophomore offering of sprawling hostility and of marvelously regressed sonic barbarism. Fusing together crust/anarcho punk, black and death metal with classic Swedish D-Beat, Atrament draw influence from bands like Doom, Discharge, Deviated Instinct, Skitsystem, Craft, Darkthrone and Dismember to instate widespread terror and summon total sonic warfare. A must listen and own for any true fan of Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade, Skitsystem, Gehenna, Vallenfyre, Acephalix, etc. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #66)

CLAVICVLA - Sermons LP/tape cassette
Sentient Ruin is honored and proud to bring you an aural and sensorially devastating experience like nothing else. A masterpiece of infernal aural terror which expands the mind - stretching it to its inevitable death and dissolution - and which paralyses the flesh. Italian one-man dark ambient/death industrial demon Clavicvla seamlessly blends the obsidian immensity of Lustmord and the wretched mantras of Trepaneringsritualen to unleash forty minutes of dismal and infernal atmospherics, drowning the listener into a formless and hallucinatory sonic void of utter dread and of unparalleled darkness. With inhuman and monstrous sub-bass frequencies, diabolical atmospheres, and black hole-sized drones, throughout these five tracks the listener will be transported to an otherwordly and remote realm lost somewhere at the edge of existence, where the boundaries between nightmare and reality begin to blur and dissolve, revealing a world beyond of absolutely omnipotent and boundless demonic enormity. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #75)

DETH CRUX - Mutant Flesh LP/tape cassette
After debuting in 2015 with their staggering first EP "Pears of Anguish", Los Angeles deathrock night stalkers Deth Crux (who feature in their ranks members of US doom legends Buried at Sea and of L.A. black/death heathens Lighting Swords of Death) return with their long awaited debut album - the haunting and chameleonic "Mutant Flesh", forty minutes of shapeshifting and deviant horror punk/gothic rock soaked in neon, blood, sex, and perversion. Shrouded in an aura both erotic and extraterrestrial, "Mutant Flesh" is a modern post-punk juggernaut in which Deth Crux have distilled the most tumultuous, unclean, and eclectic aspects of their home town Los Angeles to create a dark punk opera of unparalleled seductiveness and darkness. Theirs is not the Los Angeles we all know. Instead it is a city they have transformed and reimagined through sound with its most dysfunctional and cinematic traits exaggerated and pushed to the forefront, haunted by neon-hungry ghosts and mutated subhuman creatures hiding behind black sunglasses among the surface population, where strange flesh is sold to fulfill unearthly desires. In "Mutant Flesh" Deth Crux channel the grandiose majesty and gloom of iconic UK goth bands like Bauhaus, Fields of the Nephilim, and Sister of Mercy, with the spooky and feral irreverence of Christian Death, projecting it all against their own personal audio-visual backdrop of decaying urban madness and sinister body horror to yield something truly both unseen and marvelously unsettling and seductive. Recorded and mixed by famed sound designer Sanford Parker (Leviathan, Wovenhand, Nachtmystium, Voivod etc.) in 2017 at Big Band Sound in Los Angeles, "Mutant Flesh" features contributions also by saxophone legend Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House) and is already slated to become a classic dark goth/horror punk opera of our times. Long live the Mutant Flesh. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #67)

AYYUR - The Lunatic Creature LP/tape cassette
Birthed at the very edge of the Mediterranean where the Western world and Europe die and dissolve leaving pace to an ancient and inscrutable frontier land of lost history and arcane mystery, Tunisian black metal enigma Ayyur re-surface after a lengthily slumber with "The Lunatic Creature", a new MLP of soul-tearing atmospheric black metal shrouded in malevolent mysticism and superbly impenetrable atmospheres. On this new offering the North African band is aided on drums by former Deathspell Omega vocalist Shaxul as they channel the remote and most unspeakable lore and darkest history of their land to summon a black metal specter of distant and magnificently wretched esotericism. With soaring mid-tempo progressions reminiscent of MGLA or Drudkh, dense and haunting atmospheres akin to those found in the most mystical fringe of atmospheric USBM, and moods of unparalleled hermetism and isolationism, Ayyur have distilled the very essence of their fringe and cast away existence cut away from the familiarity of the Western world to create a black metal construct of ghastly remoteness and of entrancing mysticism. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #71)

BLACK EARTH - A Cryptic Howl Of Morbid Truth LP
Printer inner sleeves, hype sticker, download card. The debut full length LP from Spanish ritual black ambience/terror electronics sorcerers Black Earth, originally released in 2015 on tape by Graceless Recordings, now this monstrous behemoth of sublime ritualistic aural cacophony finally assumes its ultimate form on black vinyl. On a "A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth" Black Earth unravel over forty minutes of shapeshifting, ghastly, and colossal sound sculpting, constructing before the listener an hallucinatory and blood freezing chasm of slithering drones, spectral orchestrations and wretched electronics that ravage the senses. Weaving black metal, drone, dark ambient, harsh noise, and ritual atmospherics, With "A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth" Black Earth have crossed thresholds unknown in ritual ambient invocations, laying the foundations for a new realm of sensorial sonic abuse and instantly proving themselves as being one of the most visionary and striking entities in modern dark metal and ritual ambience electronics. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #45)

VESSEL OF INIQUITY - Void of Infinite Horror LP
Pantone metallic silvers PMS print on cover, and insert, hype sticker, download card, colored vinyl. Ritual black/death invocation. Terror noise-metal aimed at disintegrating one's being and entire existence through the sheer force of hell in audial form. British one-man sonic extermination entity Vessel of Iniquity returns with its harrowing sophomore LP. Within these five new jagged wounds of deconstructed and malformed sonic terror, mastermind A. White has taken his horrific strain of noise-infested black/death decimation to new and absolutely implausible heights of aural insanity. "Void of Infinite Horror" is an abominable, twisted, and horrific mosaic of modern and visionary extreme metal which has once again managed to violently coerce together the grandiose and bludgeoning sonic warfare of black/death bands like Teitanblood and Impetuous Ritual, and the massacring industrial noise scarifications of entities like Gnaw Their Tongues, Sutekh Hexen, and Abruptum. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #77)

(restock) RIISTETYT - Korppien Paraati LP/CD
One of the pioneers of finnish Hardcore punk is back with a devastating new album. Straight from Tampere punk city since 1981, 11 tracks of dense hardcore as the air on the darkness of finnish forests contaminated by the return of original bassist Piise. The speed and unmistakable attitude under the noise edge of one of the most memorable punk vocals in history is back to Terrotten after 12 years. (Terrotten Records #49)

(discounted price) ECONOCHRIST - discography CDx2
Ebullition has decided to lower the price of this amazing discography CD in an attempt to get some more of these out into the world before the CD format disappears forever. A classic. And a great deal for a double CD that includes every single Econochrist song that was ever released! This double CD discography features forty-one Econochrist songs. It includes the Ruination LP, the Trained To Serve LP, the Skewed 7", the Another Victim 7", the It Runs Deep 7", as well as the songs from the Give Me Back comp LP, the Very Small World comp LPx2, the What Are You Pointing At? comp 10", and the songs from the split 7" that Econochrist did with The Detonators. (Ebullition Records #37 CD)