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Descriptions for 9/13/14

The Number Ones (AKA THE #1s) will take you to power pop heaven with their razor sharp 10 track self titled debut album. They are a Dublin based four-piece featuring members of Cian Nugent and The Cosmos (Matador / No Quarter), Cheap Freaks (Big Neck), Strong Boys (Milk Run), and The Pacifics (Bachelor). Even though they are based in Dublin, they sound like a classic Good Vibrations band from 1979. The Number Ones have energy, passion and tunes so good, it makes you think you've heard them already. Each track is a golden nugget of power pop fun that never outlasts it's welcome as every track is under three minutes. Although this sort of music seems to have been done a million times before, it sounds fresh in the hands of The Number Ones. This is pure summer fun for fans of Rudi, Protex, Exploding Hearts, Buzzcocks and The Tranzmitors." 7.9 on pitchfork for those who care about that sort of thing. (Deranged Records #246)

TOTAL ABUSE - Looking For Love 7"
Total Abuse, the ugly boys from Texas return after a two year hiatus with Looking For Love, a 3 track 7" EP ...Expect dissonant, debased, sleaze filled dirgy hell tunes... You either love them or hate them but you know to expect the filthiest ear shredding hardcore around . Looking For Love is the a search for forgiveness through the trash filled alley ways and underbelly of a seedy Texas city... Cover art by Jamie Fletcher... Back cover and an incredible illustrated 10 page booklet by Matthew Bellosi. mastered by Dan Randall of Mammoth Sounds. (Deranged Records #253)

GHOUL - We Came For the Dead LP
This album reeks of old school thrash and death metal. This album makes you wish you were in the mosh. This album makes you bang your head. Speedy riffs, well timed beats and kick ass solos. The debut of the mighty GHOUL, We Came for the Dead begins the story of Creepsylvania where people are hunted, eatenand moshed. Now available to enjoy on LP format from Tankcrimes Records. After selling over 10,000 units on CD and digital this album is finally pressed to vinyl. GHOUL is the #1 band from Creepsylvania. GHOUL will be doing a full US tour in September to support. Pressed onto colored vinyl with a digital download card included. People got killed and eaten making this record. (Tank Crimes Records #82)

MAIMED FOR LIFE - s/t LP (1985/1986)
Maimed for Life was a political hardcore punk band from Salt Lake City, Utah that started playing in 1983. This discography LP includes the original six song 7" from 1985 and a six song bonus b-side from the same studio in 1986 (unreleased)! Smokin hardcore with Aldine Strychnine who years later joined up with Poison Idea on their "Feel The Darkness" LP. First press is limited to 350 black vinyl. Comes with 11" x 17" lyric poster. (National Dust Records #24)

GORGUTS - Vol 1 ...And Then Comes Lividity LP
The beginning of Gorguts - the legendary very first demo tape from 1990 which inked Gorguts a deal with Roadrunner. Raw gritty death metal demos, yet clear, tight and intricate with full indication of where they would go with Considered Dead and beyond. Carefully remastered by Colin Marston, 180g 45rpm 12" LP, Limited to 500 copies worldwide. (WOM062 - War on Music)

GORGUTS - Vol 2 ...And Then Comes Lividity LP
Considered Dead and Erosion of Sanity demos in full, first time ever on vinyl. Raw intricate death metal, the gritty texture works with the songs producing versions some might even prefer to the studio takes. Carefully remastered by Colin Marston from GORGUTS, 180g Black Vinyl, limited to 500 copies worldwide. (WOM063 - War on Music)

GORGUTS - Vol 3 ...And Then Comes Lividity LP + 7"
A series of demo tapes from the Obscura era, nearly an hour of insane avant-garde raw death metal spread out over a 12" LP + 7". Tapes from 1993, 1994 and 1995 containing astonishing versions of most of the material that would eventually comprise the Obscura album. Carefully remastered by Colin Marston, 180g Black vinyl, limited to 500 copies worldwide (WOM064 - War on Music)

SETE STAR SEPT - Messenger From The Darkness LP
Sete Star Sept are a manic Japanese wrecking ball that blurs its way through the listener's temporal lobe with a caustic miasma of blown out and menacing free-grind. Side B is a 12 minute improv piece with guest guitarist and Lotus Fucker noise scientist Mike Walls, recorded at Audio Esoterica in Baltimore, MD during their 2013 East Coast tour. Previously only available on cassette and CD. (Mass Deadening Records #5)

NARCOLEPTIC YOUTH - One Nation Under Nothing LP
Without a doubt this is one of the Doc's most anticipated release. Over a year in the making and well worth it. This is Narcoleptic Youth's 13th release in their 18 year career and they've nailed it! Simply put this is classic sounding Southern California PuNk RoCk plain and simple. Produced by the legendary Paul Minor, Narcoleptic Youth have toured with The Adicts and Agent Orange and have opened for all the greats; TSOL, Agent Orange, Shattered Faith, Dead Kennedys, CH3, Dickies, The Skulls, Subhumans and many, many others. (Doctor Strange Records #132)

MEGATON LEVIATHAN - Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell LP
Psychedelic Doom practitioners, MEGATON LEVIATHAN return with their second full length of a psychologically stirring, sprawling manifestation of sound. Self recorded by the band and mastered by Brad Boatright (NAILS, SLEEP, HIGH ON FIRE, INTEGRITY). Sitar and oscillation contributions are provided by Henry Barnes (AMPS FOR CHRIST, BASTARD NOISE) with Kris Force (AMBER ASYLUM) contributing ethereal string arrangements, Past 21 Beyond The Arctic Cell is a heavy doom record laced with psychedelic bliss and minor key melancholic melodies.This vinyl edition is beautifully packaged and printed on a heavy duty jacket. An MP3 download code is also included. For fans of OM, GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR, NEUROSIS, and and all things in outer space. (Seventh Rule Records #38)

Download Code Includes Bonus Track. Featuring ex-members of such luminary post-hardcore pioneers as MILEMARKER and DAHLIA SEED, STATIC IS A CITY is a complex mix of angularity and melodicism, intensity and spaciousness, artful meanderings and sharp staccato attack. These songs avoid the standard pallet of what is considered post-hardcore, and instead weave an enigmatic mix of counter tempo and jarring melody over the sociological noir of the lyrics and vocals. With like-minded intensity of such legends as DRIVE LIKE JEHU, FUGAZI and HOOVER, STATIC IS A CITY is the bridge between confrontation and creativity--between abrasion and beauty. They are future sounds for past generations. (Ideas Records #1)

MODERN PAIN - Self Deconstruction 7"
Modern Pain was formed in 2010 by 4 people with music taste on opposite ends of the spectrum for the sole purpose of playing straight edge music with no gimmicks. No bleached hair, no pseudo-positive lyrics. While their individual music tastes might not be similar, the few bands they mutually love have an apparent influence on their music; from classics like Integrity and Infest to more recent bands like Think I Care. With a handful of tours, a demo and an EP under their belt thus far, MP has no means of slowing down upon the release of Self Deconstruction. (Six Feet Under Records #83)

WRONG ANSWER - Circle Of Blood LP
A collection of all of Wrong Answers vinyl releases. Remastered by Will Yip at Studio 4 and sounding totally new again. If you already have and like these songs on their original formats you will want to get this for sure. If youve never checked out Wrong Answer, now is the time. (Six Feet Under Records #83)

Die Young from Texas bring one new track and two re-recorded tracks off "the message" LP - Confronto hailing from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - re-recorded two tracks from their latest full length as their first and only two english speaking tracks for their first U.S. release. a fixture in the latin america and european metal scene over the past 11 years. these guys ride the line between aggressive 90s vegan metal core and more polished fast hardcore (Brazils answer to terror, hatebreed, etc). (Headfirst Records #24)

DIE YOUNG - Chosen Path 7"
After a four year hiatus, Texas powerhouse DIE YOUNG return with a brand new EP entitled "Chosen Path". Die Young entered the studio this past November to record this EP which is full of brand new material and revisiting two older tracks they wanted to to reconquer for a split 7" with Brazil's Confronto. "Chosen Path" EP - recorded at Origin Sound in Spring, TX (Bitter End, Venomous Maximus, Iron Age, Will to Live, etc) with Craig Douglas overseeing engineering. (Headfirst Records #23)

A bit out of our usual realm. Totally Slow is a punk rock trio from Greensboro, NC comprised of longstanding vets of the punk scene here dating back quite a ways. their broad range of influences and musical talents showthrough on this release. sometimes bordering on surf, sometimes on 90s lookout records punk, to indie rock to straight forward angsty punk. it manages to flow perfectly, and everything down to the packaging is perfect. full color jackets, insert, and all on clear red vinyl with digital download slip included. (Headfirst Records #22)

AUTARCH - The Dead of Actiacus LP
Debut full length on vinyl. hailing from Asheville, NC (ex-kakistocracy, disnomia, etc) remixed and remastered for vinyl release. dynamic range of sounds beautifully crafted together into one nice solid narritive piece. "post-rock" "atmospheric crust punk" "d-beat hardcore" etc. if cult of luna, isis, and his hero is gone had a hellchild this might be it. one of my personal favorite releases of 2013 when we did it on tape. proper vinyl treatment this time. Recorded by band members James Pratt and Jason Cronk (ex-kakistocracy), mixed by Stephen Laughton, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Portland, OR), with new artwork by Nate Burns (Headfirst Records #18)

Young and in the Way has releases on A389 and Deathwish. They are from Charlotte, NC. (Headfirst Records #17)

GUT FEELING - s/t 7"
Debut EP by North Carolina's Gut Feeling (ex-Catharsis, Undying, Torch Runner) pressed to vinyl by Headfirst! and Bitter Melody Records. musically they deviate from the more metallic endeavours but still bring well above average song-writing, structure and musicianship to the table. fast polished anthemic hardcore punk with melodic guitar overtones, tasteful spattering of gang vocals and sing along parts. FFO: champion, modern life is war, comeback kid, etc. Recorded by Kris Hilbert at legitimate business, mastered by Brad Broadright at Audiosiege. All records come on colored vinyl, with 100% screenprinted packaging (two-sided, die-cut, heavy cardstock covers, along with interchangeable 8 headed two sided insert). (Headfirst Records #16)

LOW SKY - How to Kiss 7"
Low Sky is band originally from Greensboro, NC featuring 3/4 Brave Young and 1/4 Advent. Low Sky plays a great style of dirty, fuzzed out and grungey style of music that incorporates elements of post hardcore, crust punk, grunge, and noise rock. incredibly hard to "pinpoint" their sound but its heavy and loud. incredible all around. if brave young had continued on doing their heavier early stuff as Giant; I think Low Sky is about on par for what it would have became. 'How To Kiss' is there 2nd EP and has more influence on the crust punk side of things. (Headfirst Records #10)

Headfirst! Records first vinyl release featuring two of our favorite bands from the region. YAITW new LP out on Deathwish Records now, Torch Runner new LP out on Southern Lord this year, and last LP just reissued on Southern Lord. (Headfirst Records #7)

(restock) TOTALITAR - Vi Ar Eliten CD
Rampaging D-beat hardcore punk, Stockholm's TOTALITAR are one of the longest running and most renowned classic Swedish hardcore bands from the 1980's, with almost twenty releases since their beginnings in 1985. Respected for their challenging political lyrics, Integrity and continual inventive spins on a brutal and straightforward formula of rock-driven, blasting hardcore. After a series of Farewell shows in Sweden and in the U.S. in 2003, TOTALITAR decided to do one final recording and album - "VI AR ELITEN" (We are the Elite) which features 17 Tracks. A combustive steamroller of their trademark desperate angry vocals, pounding rhythm section and searing guitar leads, their third full length album is one of their finest. Mastered at Fantasy Studios. (Prank Records #81)

(restock) FUCKED UP - Hidden World LPx2
"Hidden World," FUCKED UP's first full-length release, was recorded at Signal to Noise Studios with Jon Drew (Brutal Knights, Career Suicide). The album marks a turning point for FUCKED UP, transcending the boundaries of traditional hardcore with melody, aggression and expansive songwriting structures. FUCKED UP taps into its collective influences, but in a challenging way that's off the beaten path of current hardcore traditions. In a word, FUCKED UP and "Hidden World" are dangerous in a time when hardcore has become predictable, stale and manufactured. Packaged as a double LP gatefold with over hour's worth of music. (Deranged Records #87)

(restock) E.A.T.E.R. - Doomsday Troops 7"
Loud Punk Records is proud to bring you the long over due reissue of one of the Holy Grail's of Swedish punk. In 1983 Ernst And The Edsholm Rebels released their first EP "Doomsday Troops" themselves and raised a quite a bit of interest worldwide, Though they recorded 2 other ep's this turned out to be their only release of the 80's before disbanding in 1989, Though in 2010 they reunited and since released the fantastic "If Nothing's Right..." EP. Over they years this has become one of the most collectible punk records to be released from the country of Sweden. You no long have to sell your station wagon in order to obtain a copy of this certified ripper. Remastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Studios and sounding better then ever! (Loud Punk Records #25)

(restock) NEUTRON RATS - Bomb Worship 7"
Brand new sonic assault on the ear drums for this devastating punk trio. 2 copy cat bullshit just raw punk that would make Discharge and Anti-Cimex proud. (Loud Punk Records #29)

(restock) NEUTRON RATS - Feral Dogs 7"
In the last few years Neutron Rats has become symbiotic with Albany hardcore punk. this new 4 track 7inch pushes forward their manic hc. Manic as in the drumming plays everything twice the speed as its contrasted with the muddy guitars and distorted vocals.Overdriven drum production really stands out. This is clearly from the Anti Cimex Gauze,Death Side, Discharge descent of hardcore punk. (Loud Punk Records #27)

(restock) CELEBRITY GRAVES - Cant Get Away LP
Brand new full length LP by some of Portland, Oregon's most infamous punks and rockers. The band started with Dan and Dean formerly of Hellside Stranglers and Poison idea and Matt and Kelly from P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. After a couple of lineup changes the Graves decided to re-record three e.p.'s and make an official LP out of it. Eric came back from Hellside Stranglers to play bass and the Band got long time Portlander Jay Graham from the original Anathema (Portland Mystic records Comp 86) to play second guitar.Cant Get Away is a hard rock punk album that no doubt easily puts itself up there with bands like Poison Idea and even newer bands such as the Bronx. There is no denying the grit, the spit and the "pissed at my world" attitude this LP has to offer. The songs are dark, melodic, fast and slow and all pretty damn brutal lyrically. Celebrity Graves dont discriminate, everyone who sees them love it and being huge fans of all kinds of music for 30 plus years there o.k. with that. (National Dust Records #21)

(restock) BASTARD CHILDREN - To Kill In Cold Blood 1996 to 1998 LP
Twenty-one Tracks of brutal in your face hardcore punk and thrash! This Long player clocks in at 32 minutes of maximum music and packs punches you were not expecting. With topics about destroying religion, mental illness to alcoholism and lots and lots of death its sure to make the listener bang their fuckin head, Alot! Lyrically crazy and dark, Musically even darker. A Portland crew of weirdos, troublemakers and awesome guitar players make this record smoke all the way through from beginning to end. Ex and current members of Nervous Christians, Poison idea, Wehrmacht, Godless, Celebrity Graves, Hellside Stranglers and the Thornes. Comes with full lyric sheet and poster. this is a vinyl only release. (National Dust Records #23)

(discounted price) SHAHMAN - Sounds That Look Like Us LP
This duo from Ottawa, Onatrio, twin borthers, SHAHMAN wield power like an army, weave immense depth and tension with a near psychic interplay that I assume only twins can attain. Somewhere in the realm to the sheer artfulness of YOUNG WIDOWS with the dynamic range of bands like TRUE WIDOW, MARE or OM. (Revolution Winter #11)

(discounted price) SEGWEI - Soul Deep LP
After their incredible split with END OF A YEAR (SELF DEFENSE FAMILY), Tokyo's Segwei return with their first full length, churning, heady, and curiously Japanese post-hardcore, in the range of Revolution Summer-era DC like RITES OF SPRING or DAG NASTY with some of that smart Japanese power punk of EASTERN YOUTH. (Revolution Winter #9)

(discounted price) STALWART SONS - Stay Cold LP
Based in Calgary, the three piece draws on classics like MISSION OF BURMA and FUGAZI, as well as fellow Canadians NORTH OF AMERICA, with a dash of 90s Canadian alt-rock thrown in for good measure. The album continues the bands occupation with Canada's wildness and with making enough noise to answer it with equal abandon, delivered with the staunch sincerity putting them on equal foot with bands like SINALOA. (Revoution Winter 007)

(discounted price) TOWN SHIP - Future Confusion 7"
New band featuring members of Toronto's Ancestors, rock'n'roll taken to it's fullest extreme, equal parts early Load Records abandon like THEE HYDROGEN TERRORS but with the chops of DRIVE LIKE JEHU playing even grosser riffs. (Revolution WInter #6)

(discounted price) THE FUCKING WRATH - Terra Fire LP
The Fucking Wrath was conceived in Montalvo, California by three long-time friends who worked in the same record store and lived on the same street. While the members had each been playing in dedicated bands for more than ten years, they initially formed T.F.W. as a result of jamming for fun after work. Since their first gig in November of 2005, they have gone on to play a continual string of shows that hasn't stopped yet. The band recorded their first album Season Of Evil in the summer of 2006 and In true DIY fashion payed for the recording themselves. Fueled by significant doses of THC, their songs are simultaneously heavy and fast, while cleverly infused with slower, droned-down riffs and sudden timing changes. The band's sound can be described as an amalgamation of groups such as Discharge, Black Flag, Melvins and Kill 'em All era Metallica. (Tee Pee Records #123)

Descriptions for 9/6/14

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #377 (October 2014)
In Maximum Rocknroll #377, the October 2014 issue, we have an extended interview with chaos hardcore band FRACASO featuring reflections on life as a punk in Venezuela and the complications of playing in a band with members spread across the globe. Mia d'Bruzzi from early Bay Area punkettes FRIGHTWIG tells us about life as a feminist in a developing punk scene and the band's current projects. Yecatl Peña (from INSERVIBLES, TERCER MUNDO, and more) drew our cover and shares a long-overdue Mexico City Scene Report, with a rundown on all the bands, venues, festivals, and record shops you need to know about in the new wave of Chilango punk. Poland's GOVERNMENT FLU share reflections on their US tour, while Seoul, South Korea's MYMANMIKE look forward to their upcoming journey through North America and tell us how three dudes from three continents ended up playing in a powerviolence band together. Prolific label MIND CURE RECORDS gives us a window into their multi-layered history as documentors of Pittsburgh punk, and we're introduced to the synthy sounds of Greece's ERA OF FEAR and England's MEN OH PAUSE. Bay Area Motörpunks ELEGY clue us in on their upcoming plans, HARSH WORDS reassure us that there's more to Athens, GA than R.E.M., and we've got two photospreads featuring shots from LA's Beserktown Festival and New York's Latino Punk Fest. And of course, we've got all the columnists you love to hate, demo, book, movie and zine reviews, and, as always, the most extensive record reviews section in punk print. (Maximum RocknRoll #377)

DYSTOPIA - Human=Garbage CD
Repressed on Tank Crimes! Dystopia = Doom-ridden, metal-laced, down-tuned punk with a "Love Earth-Hate People" philosophy. The destructive nature of humans interpreted by three dirtbags from California using guitars, drums, samples and voice. CD has all Dystopia tracks from the "Human=Garbage" LP, plus the split LP with EMBITTERED and split EP with GRIEF, 12 songs total). Members of Dystopia have previously played in MINDROT, CONFRONTATION, and CARCINOGEN. (Tank Crimes Records #85 CD)

BRAINOIL - s/t (Hawk) CD/LP
Both CD and LP formats now available. Long time contributors to the underground punk and metal scenes the guys inBRAINOIL have put in time over the past 20 years in bands like GRIMPLE,DESTROY, LAUDANUM, STORMCROW and others. This debut from 2003 originally was released on the mighty Life is Abuse label and the sound is Sludge. The punk and hardcore influences take this beyond stoner rock. This is for fans of thick ass heavy down tuned riffs, riffs, more riffs and some riffs atop those riffs. Tankcrimes is stoked to bring this beast back to the public after 5 long years out of print, now on colored vinyl with a download card included. Originally released on Life is Abuse Records in 2003. Recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios (TRAGEDY, HIS HERO IS GONE). Sold out for over 5 years. Pressed onto colored vinyl with a digital download card included (Tank Crimes Records #83)

HURULA - Vi Ar Manniskorna... LP
New solo project from Robert Hurula Petterson who is also in Masshysteri, The Vicious, and Regulations. Hurula continuing where he left off with the last amazing Masshysteri album. (Adagio 830/No Good Records #1)

"Still Corner" is the debut LP from Massachusetts post-punk trio Siamese Twins. The band's 2011 demo introduced their unique fusion of dark, gothic, Cure-inspired pop. With this record, Siamese Twins have fleshed out their gloomy, moody, and at times atmospheric style with flourishes of shoegaze and dream pop. (Eunuch Records #2)

TORSO - Community Psychosis 7"
Raging powerful fast hardcore that features members of Punch, Holy and others... Members are from San Francisco/Oakland and Milano, Italy. In your face!! Artwork by Alex Heir (Adagio 830 Records #112)

VIDEO - Cult Of Video 7"
Two killer new songs from everyone's favourite Texas punks. Taken from the "Join The (Hate) Wave" 7" recording session on Total Punk. (Adagio 830/No Good Records #2)

INSTINCT OF SURVIVAL - Call Of The Blue Distance LP
Gatefold cover + poster. The heaviest European crust legion finally landed in the blackest of the Agipunk territories. The music developed a step ahead to a more contaminated sound by some elements coming from the less uncompromised post punk bands like Killing Joke ans Alaric. The reminiscences of stench core heroes like Axegrinder, Amebix and Bolt Thrower are still strong, but there's a new vibe one this record that definitely makes it even more interesting than their previous releases. Be ready to be buried once again by Instinct Of Survival. (Agipunk Records #96)

TOTAL CONTROL - Typical System CD
An import version of their LP on CD! Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne's visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for US/Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records on June 24th and self-release in Australia/New Zealand on June 20th. Total Control emerged from Australia's dynamic punk scene in '08, releasing a succession of 7"s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Their debut LP, Henge Beat, was commended as one of the few records released in 2011 that evaded the ease of classification and competent tribute act status of most modern bands. Subsequently, they have released three very different records: a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees, a 7" single on Sub Pop and a house remix 12". Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases, a further development on their continually evolving sound. (La Vida Es Un Mus/Iron Lung Records #53)

WWHIRR - Modern Hypcrisy LP
WWHIRR is like the warning whistle of a steamroller, setting off from the suburbs threatening to flatten the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur. Life in the metropolis of Malaysia is not a pony farm, as in our small, spoiled western world. Malaysia is still a very poor country and yet it offers a punk scene that is bursting with energy. The level of intensity is hardly matched by any Western scene. WWHIRR should not be confused with the U.S. shoegaze band Whirr. There are no sweet woman's voice but frustrated young people who still want to change the world. They call it Klang Valley Power Violence, but it has a charm of its own. Often the speed is restrained and nastier Sludge is offered. The lack of a guitar gives the feel of Man Is The Bastard, but they're also reaching the high speed of No Comment in some parts. Malaysia has one of the most active punk scenes in the world and WWHIRR is a very important part of it. (Merciless Records #4)

Another confirmation of the unholy alliance between Brno and Novy Bydzov! Brand new album of Evidence Smrti follows the path set out by their 2008 demo (LP out on Insane Society) - with an advancement that you can hear in every track! From the intro - resembling Junkers airplanes patrolling over the Eastern front - to the very last tones of guitars, the album is thick-sown with ideas, making Evidence Smrti one of the most original bands of the czech crust scene and hopefully also its next export! For fans of classic d-beat / crust (ie Bombraid), czechoslovakian oldschool metal bands etc., but mostly for fans of all bands, who refuse to stand still and whose music is more than just copycating of their idols. (Insane Society Records #104)

This is cult stuff for many! Evidence smrti 2008 demo is being released again - but not on CD-R, this time as a one-sided 12" with additional artwork screen-printed on B-side. One of the most original czech crust records, from the very beginning filled with unmistakable nihilistic atmosphere. Frantic drums, sharp guitars and unique declaimed vocal bringing back (together with crisp production) the feeling of czech old-school metal bands! These 16 minutes are an absolute must-have for all fans of classic crust bands or czech metal history as well. “Fear no more, for they will comfort you! (Insane Society Records #101)

MOTHER - Through This Disappearing Land LP + download
Stoner / sludge ex-THEMA ELEVEN! Mother is a new Band from Czech Republik... if you like THEMA ELEVEN, MORNE, SAVIOURS and NEUROSIS... you will love this record. (Insane Society Records #102)

RISPOSTA - Schvalen Byl Novy Rad LP
The one country that does crust and grindcore correctly is, hands down, the Czech Republic. Just about every band of either genre that I hear from there is great. Risposta are yet another band from that country that does crust core right. The music is dark, heavy, abrasive, fast, and interesting: a mix of hardcore with metal (check out some of the solos!). Everything on this record is wired down tight as hell. The drummer is an absolute rager. The drums are bashed to hell and sound like rolling thunder one minute, then they chop away with speed with some crazy fills here and there. "Nabruste Noze!" is the definite standout cut. Great opening that reminds me a little of late '80s youth crew, in that it's as hard as it is melodic, then they rip into the main body of the song which loses no momentum. "Iluze a Mytus" has a nice guitar break at the end that floats over the wall of distortion and gives the song a little more depth. If you like the heavy and dark stuff, then, by all means, get this record. Nice lyric/collage booklet as well. (Insane Society Records #94)

Unholy pyres burning amidst the Brno hills once again! Only two months after the LP reissue of Evidence Smrti demo, the long-awaited album of Festa Desperato is finally out! Guitars hiss like a nest of vipers, drums are carriage, galloping through plague-striken country. A vagrant is telling his story to the silenced land - the story of the fall of men. Ropes are climbing in the wind, the hounds have already brought prey to their Master. 10 tracks clocking at less than 20 minutes - top-notch d-beat crust for all the rotting hearts! (Insane Society Records #103)

GRIDE - Horizont Udalosti LP
The event horizont - borderline place of black hole's influence, the last place, where the absorption can be avoided. This is new GRIDE, cult. There's no need to say more. The best GRIDE stuff so far, balancing on the edge of musical psychosis, lyrics, that send shivers down your spine. Unique thrashcore/grind/fastcore mix with a very sharp edge. It's a tough thing to write about- you listen to it. (Insane Society Records #85)

First full-lenght after 11 years of existence. 26 songs including Uncurbed cover and really good sound. Ancompromising grind/mince core but now inspirated with old scandinavian crustcore school. LP comes with fat booklet. (Insane Society Records #49)

THEMA ELEVEN - The Great Misanthrope LP
"The Great Misanthrope" is a frontal clash, a hit without a warning. Thema Eleven plunges deeply into raw riffs that gush with animal energy. Can you feel it? The corpse is still warm... Not a single ray of light can be found in this record. It's a solid mass, and it refuses processing. The thundering sound is owed to Ond_ej Je_ek and Alex Newport (ex-Fudge Tunnel and Nailbomb, collaborated w/The Melvins, At The Drive-In, Panthers), and it's impact is crushing and merciless. Think of the impenetrable darkness of Neurosis, the jarring urgency of Envy, gathered together with the dark and heavy visionary appeal of Torche. "The Great Misanthrope" has arrived. Listen to it, or get out of the way. (Insane Society Records #77)

GRIDE/THEMA 11 - split 7"
Gride : two new songs in their original way of extrame hardcore + cover "Ziletky" by old Czech underground band Psí Vojáci as a tribute to all underground bands of communist era. Thema Eleven : final swansong - cover of well known song from "Once Upon a Time in the West" movie. (Insane Society Records #91)

GEHENNA - Funeral Embrace 7"
Dark Empire Records was spawned in Cleveland, Ohio during the early 1990's by Dwid Hellion of INTEGRITY. Now almost 20 years later the torch has been passed on to Dwid's son Max. For the second release on the label Max chose to work with The Infamous Gehenna. The result is "Funeral Embrace", a 5 song EP that showcases the most violent, barbaric, drug crazed noise released by the band. (Holy Terror/Dark Empire #11)

(restock) PRIMETIME - s/t 7"
Self-proclaimed 'chaotic neurotics', Primetime release their debut four track EP on La Vida Es Un Mus. These four ladies deal in note perfect post punk which harks back to the glory years of 1979 to 1982. 'Tied Down' is the calling card and is a scratchy mix of Kleenex and Delta 5 with an instant hook. The sound is raw and minimal yet inventive. You can't help but fall in love with this band after just one listen. Comes with Download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus Discos #86)

(restock) MISLED YOUTH - s/t 7"
Hailing from Washington, DC, Misled Youth holds nothing back as they rip through 5 songs in under 6 minutes with nothing but pure, fast Hardcore. Featuring members of other powerhouse bands such as Coke Bust and Meth Lab, the intensity and urgency displayed on the band's debut 7" is not unlike the member's other projects, but with it's own unique identity. Strong influences from Youth Of Today, Poison Idea, and early 2000's DC Hardcore such as Striking Distance are all apparent in Misled Youth's sound, blending together nicely for a new take on a classic style of Hardcore. Split release with Refuse Records. (Refuse Records #97/Society Bleeds Records #1)

Czech Rep.'s own SEE YOU IN HELL assaults with two songs of high-octane & hard-hitting hardcore/thrash, while Japanese 80's hardcore legends SYSTEMATIC DEATH returns from the grave with three mad blasts of furious hardcore destruction. Artwork by classic Japanese hardcore/punk artist Sugi, mastering job by Jack Control {Enormous Door Studio}. (Insane Society Records #95)

(restock) SEE YOU IN HEL /CONTRAST ATTITUDE - split 7"
Brand-new split of two bands from two opposite parts of the world! CONTRAST ATTITUDE from Japan delivers the punch straight to the point with two blasts of loud apocalyptic d-beat raw punk. The legacy of British metal punx of late 80s like BROKEN BONES and (later period) DISCHARGE, Scandinavian käng of SHITLICKERS or ANTI CIMEX and Japanese distorted wall of noise of bands like DISCLOSE and CONFUSE is definitely right here in the music of these maniacs from Mie-city active already since 1998! After split EPs with CROW and SYSTEMATIC DEATH is this split already the third split EP of SEE YOU IN HELL from Brno-city/Czech Republic with Japanese band. Two songs of energetic and ass-kicking hardcore/punk with gravely vocals and gang choruses. Like usually with killer sound from South-Bohemian Hellsound Studio and mastering job by Jack Control (Enormous Door Studio). Record cover artwork by talented artist Murilo Pommer from Brazil in pretty dark and bleak mood like always from this master of pen! (Insane Society Records #98)

(restock) ORIGIN OF M - Struggle - LP
ORIGIN OF M started in the year 2005 in Hiroshima fronted by Japanese hardcore veteran Mr. Guy (bass in the legendary GUDON, owner of Bloodsucker Records). Struggle is their second album (recorded in 2010), originally a japanese CD release only - now for the first time made available on vinyl by Insane Society. These gentlemen play with similar intensity and energy as ie. their well-known mates from Tokio - FORWARD, so you can expect big guitar riffs, guttural vocals and really heavy-hitting rhythm section - but sometimes they slow down the things and can even get into rock parts and these sound incredibly catchy and fresh in their hands! You know there is no chance that the lyrics of these guys won't be affected by the fact that they come from Hiroshima - a town on which the A-bomb was dropped some 67 years ago - the lyrics are often concerned with nuclear disarmament and peaceful coexistence. Experiences from 20 years of playing hardcore in various bands (not only GUDON but also ASPHALT, NEVER AGAIN, WARHEAD JUNK,...) are very present in the music of ORIGIN OF M and Struggle LP is definitely worth a listen even if you don't count yourself among fans of japanese hardcore YET. (Insane Society Records #109)

(restock) AGATHOCLES/PAUCITIES - split 7"
Agathocles on this do whirlwind tornado mince-noise-attack with tons of short songs! Paucities returns with another round of '90s inspired mince. Recorded during the harshest Chicago winter in nearly 3 decades, Paucities teams up with Agathocles for the second time (the two mincers did a split LP in 2011 on Haunted Hotel and DAS) to bring forth true, DIY mincing grind devastation. Split label with Grindfather, Inverted Inhumation, Geet, Crescent Fresh Sounds, Nuclear Alcoholocaust, Death, Agony, & Screams, and Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #61)

(restock) AGATHOCLES/CSMD - split 7"
Agathocles doing some more noisepunk in the old nasty chaotic way. CSMD does the musical version of THE GREEN SLIME! lasers beam noisecore mixed with tentacle noisegrind blasts from outer space! Get ready to be sucked into the black hole of noise and die of cosmic radiation!!! Split Label with Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #62)

NYATB do 163 songs in old school vein of Sore Throat, AxCx, 7MON, Tumour, including various D-Charge and 7 MON covers. Great titles songs from both bands that will make you laugh till death. INSANE and CHAOTIC ONLY FOR TRUE BELIEVERS OF NOISE !! Canadian noise godfathers DECHE-CHARGE with 256 noisecoregrindbluuurrrs songs in this DC UA-UA-UA-UA-UA-UA style. Split label with Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #63)

Descriptions for 8/30/14

PHOBIA - Grind Core 7"
Eight new songs of fast grind core reminiscent of the "Grind Your Focking Head In" LP. Blasting out of the gate and relentless to the end. (Deep Six Records #215)

ORCHID - Totality LP
The complete 1998 - 2002 singles collection finally available on LP! Twentyfour songs remastered from the original recordings, including the self-titled 7", five split releases, three compilation tracks and one unreleased song. Vinyl includes a 20 page, full color, 7" x 7" booklet, and download code. (Clean Plate Records #38)

Frantic yet catchy emotive hardcore in the spirit of early Gravity Records. With 3/4 of Orchid, and members of Ampere and Majorca you know this means business. For those into the likes of Antioch Arrow, Swing Kids, Clikatat Ikatowi, this is not to be missed! (Clean Plate Records #166)

NO FAITH - Dead Weight 7"
Power violence saturated with noise and disgust. No Faith is 3/4 of VACCINE grinding through an ear shattering twelve minutes of pummeling and heavy angst. Not for the faint of heart. Reminiscent of early Suppression, Bucket Full Of Teeth, Man Is The Bastard, and other extremes. (Clean Plate Records #67)

BRAINOIL - s/t (Hawk) LP
Long time contributors to the underground punk and metal scenes the guys inBRAINOIL have put in time over the past 20 years in bands like GRIMPLE,DESTROY, LAUDANUM, STORMCROW and others. This debut from 2003 originally was released on the mighty Life is Abuse label and the sound is Sludge. The punk and hardcore influences take this beyond stoner rock. This is for fans of thick ass heavy down tuned riffs, riffs, more riffs and some riffs atop those riffs. Tankcrimes is stoked to bring this beast back to the public after 5 long years out of print, now on colored vinyl with a download card included. Originally released on Life is Abuse Records in 2003. Recorded by Dan Rathburn at Polymorph Studios (TRAGEDY, HIS HERO IS GONE). Sold out for over 5 years. Pressed onto colored vinyl with a digital download card included (Tank Crimes Records #83)

DEPRESSOR - Filth/Grace LP
Apocalyptic deathcrust conceived midst the urban decay of Bay Area; expanding upon the machine-like dirges of early GODFLESH and PITCHSHIFTER with the socially aware attitude akin to AMEBIX and AXEGRINDER. The "filth/grace" LP represent the earliest incarnation of DEPRESSOR, originally available as two home-dubbed cassettes- "filth" and "grace" (1995 and 1997, respectively)- available only in underground tape-trading circuits. This release sounds as vital as ever both due to the masterful songwriting skills and the true motives behind the songs. 500 made. (Fuck Yoga Records #38)

APARTMENT 213 - Cleveland Power Violence LP
Since their inception over 20 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio- APARTMENT 213 has represented embodiment of inbred brutality and all things wrong. Stompy, metallic hardcore that has been distilled to satisfy the finest standards. This is unforgiving, confronting, fighting music- the end of the road. Album includes collaborations with LOCKWELD and BASTARD NOISE. 500 made. (Fuck Yoga Recors #46)

King Of The Monsters proudly presents The Silver Head, the latest solo offering from visual artist Reuben Sawyer, under the guise of Blood Bright Star. This record stands alone as Sawyers most cathartic and personal work to date, conceived through a period of dreams, revelations and heightened trance states. As abstract force is transmuted into concrete vision, the subconscious shadow illuminates itself and guides its star through the body of the infinite, carving a path for those who seek therein. The Silver Head is a voice deeply rooted in Qabalistic lore and alchemical symbolism, cryptically hypnotic yet rhythmically accessible. Lending its influence from deathrock and krautrock tendencies, Blood Bright Star blends together a seamless representation of the forces present and reinstates them into what he calls "Death Motorik". Previous Blood Bright Star recordings have appeared on Ivory Antler Records, Antithetic Records, and Anti-Matter Records. Reuben also plays in Hollow Sunshine and Dry Insides. (King of the Monsters Records #43)

ARREST - La Poli Bastarda 7"
ARREST follow up their killer demo with La Poli Bastarda 7", finding itself at the perfect intersection of Spanish punk and UK 82/Oi!. On this record, members of other excellent Barcelona bands such as CRIMEN DE ESTADO and SIBERIA harness their appreciation for DECIBELIOS, RIP, and BLITZ into 4 flawless tracks of driving and angry punk, with an infusion of melody and catchiness that recalls NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS. In the true Barcelona spirit, lyrics commenting on state repression and class struggle are delivered with impeccable timing in both Spanish and Catalan, including an added bonus of English translations on the insert. The record comes beautifully packaged in full color with an obvious nod to the timeless 4-SKINS. This is a shared release with Discos Enfermos (Barcelona) and required material for fans of international punk. (No Nostalgia Records #3)

THE UPRISING - Screaming From The Inside" 7"
The Uprising were a UKHC band, heavily influenced by early US hardcore as well as what was going on in their scene at the time. They were a short-lived force to be reckoned with. In 1986 they released a demo tape and like most bands, vanished from the scene. Tape traders have kept the demo circulating for 25+ years.. Called "a minor classic to this day" by Ian Glasper in his book "UK Hardcore" and "Short sweet and well worth looking into" by MRR these UK Thrashers finally have this classic demo released on vinyl. For fans of Discharge, Subhumans, and early US Hardcore. Members went on to play in The English Dogs, Psycho Bombs, and The Damned. One time pressing of 500 copies (Not Like You Records #2)

BURNING KITCHEN - Many Wonder About The Meaning Of Life... LPx2 (1993 to 2000 Discography)
Sweden's Burning Kitchen were instrumental during the '90's in the development of an aggressive melodic punk sound that would inspire a whole generation of Scandinavian bands to come, ranging from MASSHYSTERI, GORILLA ANGREB, TERRIBLE FEELINGS and VANNA INGET to American bands like ARCTIC FLOWERS and SIGNAL LOST. During their initial period of activity, Burning Kitchen toured Europe extensively and were known for their live shows and substantive socio-political lyrics. Since their breakup, they have been extremely missed and as their releases have become harder and harder to find, a demand for a vinyl discography has grown. Man In Decline Records is honored to release this double LP compilation which features the trilogy of 7"s (Confirmation, Consolidation, Confrontation), the "Damn If You Do, Damn If You Don't" 10", various compilation tracks, and 8 UNRELEASED TRACKS from 1998 (35 songs total). This 2xLP also includes a wide spine jacket and a 12 page booklet with pics, flyers, a short history of the band, etc, and, as always, you will receive an immediate download of the record upon purchase. (Man In Decline Records #10)

The "CRUDE EP" is the latest release by Massachusetts punk quartet, CLEANSING WAVE. Crude serves as a follow-up to a previously released demo, a "s/t" 7" EP, and a series of slit releases, including a split flexi with GASH, a split cassette with TINITUS, and a split 7" with San Francisco's MIDNITE BRAIN. Cleansing Wave is known to win audiences over with their ripping live show full of reverb-drenched vocals and all-out punk attack. To honor the session that produced Crude, Man In Decline Records created a 3-Sided 7" cut by long-time MID collaborator and lacquer wizard, Adam Gonsalves of Telegraph Mastering. The A-Side contains two songs and a reverse cut third track, making the overall 7" a 5-track EP. (Man In Decline Records #19)

SNAKE HANDLER - Enjoy The View 7"
Chicago hardcore that is somewhere between NEGATIVE FX and BORN AGAINST. This is no Morrissey-hairstyle "I went to art school and found out about 'Victim in Pain'" nonsense; this is dangerous music by dangerous people with broken fingers, broken teeth, and broken lives. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to hear members of a youth subculture enter adulthood and go completely insane, this is your hard-earned money well spent. 250 copies on black vinyl with hand assembled sleeeves. Recorded by Matt Russel (Young and in the Way) and mixed by Will Killingsworth. (Victimized Records #1)

PRETTY P - Soft Love/In A Well cassette tape
Debut cassingle from Los Angeles based performer and member of Stupid Life Pretty P. Two songs of haunting, melancholy shoegaze mixed with electronic elements to create a whirlwind of loneliness and depression. Each song has been expertly crafted by an artist who has been studying and playing for years, finally deciding to submerge from the underground with his first physical release. A true testament to the power of true, raw emotion, both songs gush out despair, longing, and ultimately sadness. Cover by Los Angeles based photographer and front man of Doses Kristopher Kirk. Incredibly limited one time pressing. Don't sleep. (Video Disease Tapes #1)

FORN - The Departure Of Consciousness LP
FORN formed in the winter of 2012 in boston, ma, Fórn draws inspiration from its predecessors; Grief, Burning Witch and Asunder, while remaining true to natural progression. Blown low end, and gritty leads make Fórn one of the leading sludge bands currently in Boston. Deep, suffocating doom. That seductive melody becomes a crushingly heavy dirge, though no less seductive - this misery is mesmerizing. And the vocals, they sound like sulphuric acid eating through steel, or like some shrieking poltergeist that has become your companion for this slow fall into the void. Mastered at audiosiege. Artwork done by Clovenhoov of Natvres Mortes Illvstration. (Vendetta Records #92)

ANCST - In Turmoil LP
Compilation release of tracks from Ancst's previous works - a vicious blend of black metal, grind, and crust. Limited to 100 pro-printed cassette copies with a two-sided mini-poster/lyric sheet. (Vendetta Records #94)

Council Of Rats is a four piece band from Milan, Italy who formed in April of 2012. Council Of Rats features members of Seesaw and La Crisi. Council Of Rats play a scathing, unhinged, and venomous style of hardcore. Council Of Rats can loosely be compared to bands such as Glasses, Jungbluth, No Statik, and Punch. After releasing a stellar six song EP in April of 2013, Council Of Rats have returned with their debut ten song LP. Ill Weathers features ten songs of blistering no-frills hardcore that is impressive as hell. Seriously, Ill Weathers is completely off the hook and will definitely scratch your hardcore itch. (manic compression) 300 copies. (Adagio 830 Records #111)

4/5 of Daitro started a new Band a couple years ago and what we got is Baton Rouge. We are proud to release their new LP together w/ our friends from Pure Pain Sugar and Bakery Outlet. Baton Rouge play great melodic emo rock mixed w/ raw noisy edge like Unwound meets a little Hot Snakes and Twelve Hour Turn. The new record. Those 9 new songs are even more catchy then on the one before - so it was worth waiting two years. This record has potential to be a timeless classic. (Adagio 830 Records #116)

COCK SPARRER - True Grit Outtakes cassette tape
Remixed and remastered, this includes all of the tracks that were recorded for their debut with Decca, only uncut with all the count-ins and banter in-between. Previously released on CD by Captain Oi! as "Rarities," this record is like a snapshot of being in the studio with Cock Sparrer during the very early days. As would be expected with such an amazing band, many of these songs have held strong through decades of new music and continue to reign as many of the "hits" they still perform today. Now available on cassette. (Pirate's Press Records #30 TP)

COCK SPARRER - Guilty As Charged cassette tape
Remixed and remastered to bring out the energy in this perhaps under-appreciated release, "Guilty As Charged" allows the music to shine, as it should. Amidst all the craziness in the punk rock world in 1994, this was Cock Sparrer's answer... a tip of the hat and two fingers in the air letting everyone know that what all the kids were suddenly making money selling, they'd been doing for over twenty years... because they loved it. Now available on cassette. (Pirate's Press Records #31 TP)

NOISEM - Consumed 7"
NOISEM exploded onto the metal world last year with their incredible 'Agony Defined' LP loaded with nine tracks of legit death/thrash crossover with 0% pretense. Followed up with a year of solid touring (alongside Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder and Ringworm to name a few) the band found some time to record a few singles to hold things over until their new LP drops in 2015. Featuring a brand new song 'Consumed' on Side A with a special surprise over song on the flip! Red vinyl with download code. For fans of Slayer, Morbid Angel, & Pestilence. (A389 Records #147)

These riffs are guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days! Napalm Christ from Little Rock, AR (featuring members of Rwake) deliver six epic tracks blending crust, black metal and doom to create a haunting and mesmerizing sound all their own. Mastered to pummeling perfection by Audiosiege! For fans of IRE, Mammoth Grinder, Seven Sisters of Sleep. Comes on black/white vinyl. (A389 Records #146)

(repress with extra songs) NOTHING - Downward Years To Come LP
REPRESSED with TWO new bonus tracks and new reverse cover! Originally released for RSD 2013. On their third release, Philadelphia's NOTHING orchestrate a dense symphony with guitars and keyboards drenched in reverb and haunting vocal melodies.Featuring members of the band HORROR SHOW, Nothing will appeal to fans of ANNE, WHIRR, Cold Cave and Jesus & Mary Chain. This 2nd pressing comes on WHITE OR black vinyl, complete with download codes. RECENTLY signed to RELAPSE RECORDS! (A389 Records #112)

(with lower price) WOLVES - Simulation 10"
This originally came out on CD 7 years ago. It has been released as a limited run 10". There are only 300 made, so yes they are expensive. It has a full color 7x7 booklet and a printed cover. Nice. The Wolves are playing politically introspective hardcore that has its roots in chaotic emotive hardcore, but their sound feels fresh and modern. This is their second release on Coalition. They also have a split 7" out with Ampere. Good stuff. (Clean Plate Records #62)

(limited repress) RITUAL MESS - 7"
Limited Re-press of 80 copies. Three songs are finally unveiled from this project that until now had been shrouded in years of secrecy. Jayson Green (Orchid, Panthers, Violent Bullshit), Will Killingsworth (Orchid, Ampere, Failures, Vaccine), Andy Skelly (Ampere, Wolves) and James Clarke (Majorca) bring you a sound that harkens back to the foundation of Gravity records with nods to such bands as Antioch Arrow, and Swing Kids, but all the while retaining a sound that is completely their own and brewing over with ferocity. (Clean Plate Records #65)

(discounted price) NO ANSWERS #10
Forty-eight pages printed on a nice white stock with great photo quality. This was the last issue of No Answers that was ever released. This issue features an 11 page interview with Born Against that includes 10 photos of Born Against, an 8 page interview with Amenity and 8 Amenity photos, interviews with Suckerpunch, and photos of such bands as Nausea, Filth, Spitboy, Sawhorse, Head First, Verbal Assault, Life But How To Live It, and Downcast. (No Answers #10)

(discounted price) LARM - Extreme Noise CD
A new lower price on this great discography... last chance to get this CD before it is gone forever! Coalition has finally repressed the Lärm CD. Seventy-five tracks of thrash from the infamous Lärm. The CD includes the Campaign For Musical Destruction LP, the No One Can Be That Dumb 7", the Straight On View LP, the Nothing Is Hard In This World 7", and three extra tracks. Seein' Red is the direct descendent of this awesome '80s thrash band. Lärm is the godfather of bandana thrash, and Extreme Noise is a testament to what they did to start a genre that is still alive and kicking today. (Coalition Records #9)

(discounted price) THE OATH - Uber Alles Collection CD
On a format people need not worry themselves over and in packaging that can be legally sold over counters: everyone's favorite Dutch/American ex-member combo act, 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 to their upcoming LP (7", 9", split 7", plus some unreleased and compilatin 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)

(discounted price) LOOK BACK AND LAUGH - State of Illusion CD (plus 8 tracks)
This new Look Back And Laugh CD features the 4 tracks from the State Of Illusion 12", the 5 tracks from the Street Terrorism 7", and 3 tracks from the split they did with Drop Dead. A total of 12 tracks that offer a relentless barrage of raw and frenzied U.S. hardcore/punk with raging full-throttle politically/socially charged vocals. (Look Back And Laugh #3)

(discounted price) SEVERED HEAD OF STATE - Power Hazard LP/CD
Hard driving riffs and angry vocals give this release a real fist pumping intensity. A lot of the songs are more mid tempo in the tradition of mid period Poison Idea and other hardcore punk bands that took some cues from Motorhead. Severed Head of State have been going for ten years now, but are a band with no geographic center and with all members playing in other bands. Guitarist Todd Burdette (Tragedy, His Hero Is Gone, Warcry) delivers some really searing guitar riffs on this LP and the guitar tone is perfect for the style, biting and corrosive like battery acid. Jack Control (World Burns to Death) has always impressed me with his raw and angry vocals and well thought out lyrics. A lot of bands write about the horror of war and man's inhumanity to man just because it's what fits the music. When I read Jack's lyrics I see that he's looking beyond the black and white pictures of war victims in the history books. The atrocities are not the result of one criminal act, but of the recurring process of unrestrained power and authority run amok. The bleak lryics and their focus on oppression and atrocity are a searing reminder that there is much to be done and things will probably get worse before they get any better. I've always though bassist Kelly Halliburton (Masskontroll, Defiance, Clusterbombunit, Resist) had some of the best style in hardcore dropping in some of his crucial Discharoge style "walking" bass fills. Drummer Chris Pfeffer (Signal Lost, Storm the Tower, Scorched Earth Policy) holds it all together with some sick and precise beats. The CD version of this release also contains the Charge Ahead and Fucking Butchery 7"s as bonus tracks. (Havoc Records #5035/#1235)

(discounted price) THE FREEZE - Live From Cape Cod 1980 LP
The Holy Grail of all Freeze Releases.... This live LP contains the earliest live documentation of the band. The band had just released their classic "I Hate Tourist" 7" and were masking enemies wherever they went. This LP contains unreleased songs and many songs that were rewritten or adapted and would later be featured on the bands classic 80's LP's: "Land of the lost" and "Rabid Reaction". Great sound quality. First press includes a large color poster and colored vinyl. (Schizophrenic Records #29)

(discounted price) TARRAKIAN - The Swarm LP
{This came out in 2007. We are going to discard the entire stock.... So pick up a copy now for $1 before they go the worms!}The debut of San Francisco female fronted stoner rock upstarts Tarrakian mixes haunting ambience with shrill rocking melody and sharp rhythm and focus. Adding elements of metal, crust, doom, and avant-garde acts to create a sound that is discernable and adventurous. Although this is their first output the musicianship and recording quality is fine-tuned giving them a confident layered sound. Amazing artwork by Andrei Bozikov who has worked with the likes of Municipal Waste and Phobia. Runtime is 19:58. (No Options Records #11)

(discounted price) LET DOWN - Anthology LP
This record combines the three sold out EP1s from eastcoast hardcore bulldozer LET DOWN. LET DOWN play furious, straight forward, high energy hardcore, not unfamiliar sounding to a mix of SSD, 97A and Cut The Shit. Included on this LP are the 4 songs from the Sacrify Me 7" EP, the 4 songs from the Crossed Off 7" EP and the songs from the selftitled 11 song debut EP. Everything remastered, with new artwork and limited to 1000 copies on silver/blue swirl colored vinyl. (Coalition Records #100)

(discounted price) THE HOLD - Need LP
The Hold hail from Canada and formed in 2006. After several demos this is their debut record. Raw sounding early eighties hardcore in the vein of early Meatmen or Black Flag. Authentic and original sounding. This record is limited to 400 copies with 10 originals on side A and awesome silkscreened artwork on side B. (Coalition Records/Monorethorik #7)

(discounted price) BOMBENALARM - No Mistakes CD
Bombenalarm play hc/punk with diverse influences, a lot of power, outstanding vocals, and raging guitar leads. This is their second full length, which encompasses the power they have as a band with precision and depth more fully than any of their previous releases. Awesome recording and great artwork by these German punx. 11 tracks destined for glory, and many circle pits. In cooperation with Hate Records Europe and MCR Japan. (No Options #13)

(discounted price) LIMB FROM LIMB - Death.Famine.Plague. CD
Limb From Limb hailing from Vancouver Canada deliver an incredibly caustic debut LP record. Following in the footsteps of older Metal/Crust bands such as Bolt Thrower and Sacrelige the record has all the palm muted galloping guitars and thrashy breaks that could be fit into one full length.Vocals that are depraved yet perfectly fit current societal ills, they are throaty and super catchy creating memorable songs. Nine epics clocking in at 36:23 minutes, recorded at The Hive. The production on this record really shows skill. Amazing cover art by Rob Hope. Fans of Stormcrow and Sanctum should take note. (No Options #12)

(discounted price) STORMCROW - Enslaved In Darkness CD
CD version out now. Stormcrow is an awesome new band! Heavy Amebix style crust which could be likened to bands such as Bolt Thrower, Axegrinder, and Hellshock. Stormcrow's sound of thunderous drums, galloping guitar rythms, intricate time patterns, and intensely dark vocals are sure to put them at the top ranks of crust and metal scenes. Artwork done by Rob Middleton of Deviated Instinct fame (he also did the HellShock CD cover art). Recorded by Greg Wilkinsen of Brainoil. No bullshit, this is a great CD. (No Options #7)

(discounted price) THE TOTAL END - Chasing Nightmares LP
Down tuned crust/punk with melody. Features ex-members of Diallo and React. The Total End sound something like Scandi d-beat mixed with Tragedy burning spirits. (No Options #5)

(lower price) MORNE/WARPRAYER - split LP
For those who have not heard MORNE from Boston, MA feature members of FILTH OF MANKIND, GRIEF, and DISRUPT as well as others. They have a distinctive style which is based on elements of early UK crust such as AMEBIX and AXEGRINDER and newer heavy bands like NEUROSIS and ASSUNDER to create a immense wall of sound that is absolutely crushing. WARPRAYER hail from the United Kingdom and feature Members of MAGGOT SLAYER OVERDRIVE, RIPCORD, and GHURKA. WARPRAYER play the metallic UK crust that was very prevalent in the late 80's-early 90's but has somehow now been lost to the ages. Think DOOM, HEALTH HAZARD, and CONCRETE SOX. There side is a total piledriver of a recording. (No Options Records #20)

(discounted price) SLANG - Immortal Sin CD
Crushing Japanese power core celebrating the bands 20th anniversary. A brutal mix of hardcore, dbeat and metal making this more destructive than any bomb ever dropped on the island. (Schizophrenic Records #40 CD)

(discounted price) UNRULED - Butchers of Warfare CD
The Unruled dominated the early 80's montreal hardcore scene with their rabid blend if UK Hardcore, metallic leads and some of the fastest drumming pre grind hc. The band split up before they could record a proper lp. The Unruled have reformed with Chany and Sami from INEPSY on vocals and drums. The newly reformed band have recorded many of the classic Unruled songs and have written a few newer songs that continue to meld a crustier, heavier element to their sound. (Schizophrenic Records #56 CD)

(discounted price) MUDLARK - s/t LP with 7"
EastVanSludgeViolence sums it up. Mudlark's earth shattering new LP and 7' package is an explosive combination of power, mid 90's sludge and ear shattering thrash which almost borders on noisecore at times. Another staple in the Canadian powerviolence resurgence. If you enjoy the endless blockade you will be soothed by Mudlark's songs of unease. EastVanSludgeViolence. First 500 copies include a mudlark 7". (Schizophrenic Records #48)

(restock) HARD SKIN - We Are The Wankers 7"
A fresh bit of dross and a some old toss from the UK's number one band! Featuring "We Are The Wankers", "Two Bob Cunt" (previously unheard alternate version) and "Fuck It" (previously unreleased). Oi! Oi! (1-2-3-4 Go Records #65)

(restock) KNOW SECRETS - s/t LP
San Francisco's KNOW SECRETS features members of such prominent bay area acts as PUNCH, STATIC THOUGHT, and GREAT APES. KNOW SECRETS combines the riff stylings and heavy tones of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE with the melodic vocal delivery and DIY ethos of FUGAZI and REFUSED, resulting in 5 songs of stripped-down melodic rock/punk, with elements of indie and post-hardcore woven together seamlessly. The Self Titled 12" EP includes a 180-gram 'Bronze' Colored Vinyl, enclosed in a heavyweight uncoated jacket with a lyric sheet and a download card. (301 Collective #3)

(restock) WASTELAND - s/t, LP
Wasteland's monumental full length has been in the works for nearly five years and against all odds has finally seen the light of day. This LP blurs the normal lines set within modern hardcore; here dirgy bass riffs intersect with a mournful triumph of guitar melodies in an all out sonic collapse framed by d-beats and searing vocals. The swan song of Wasteland is finally yours in all of its glory, re-mixed, re-mastered and un-fucking-relenting. The LP is also accompanied by a download code that includes the entire remastered Wasteland discography. Members have been involved in Aerosols, Soul Control, Relics, No Trigger, Suburbanite, Foxfires, Won't Belong, etc, etc. Limited to a one time pressing of 300 on color vinyl. (Clean Plate Records #64)

(restock) ATAQUE DE SONIDO - s/t 7"
Extreme hardcore punk. Aggressive and real. Barbaric clutch of politics against meek life. Limited to 500. (Fuck Yoga Records #42)

Descriptions for 8/23/14

CITIZENS ARREST - Colossus: The Discography LPx2 (gatefold)
The original pressing of this release sold out in 2010. This new pressing is on blue vinyl. Citizens Arrest were a hardcore punk band that formed in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and existed from 1988-1990. They played a bunch of shows at legendary punk venues like CBGBs and ABC No Rio. Considered to be a seminal New York hardcore band by many, their short-lived reign exists within a demo, a 7" EP, some comp tracks, and a full-length album. Heavily influenced by S.O.A., Negative FX, and Siege, this record amalgamates gruff vocals with extremely raw, fast hardcore. This discography release contains pretty much everything they recorded including their 1989 demo, 7", compilation tracks, album, unreleased Red C cover with Daryl on vocals, and a live recording with Daryl on vocals. The 8" live flexi was left out due to its bad sound quality. (Nuclear War Now/Cell Records #7)

The Number Ones (AKA THE #1s) will take you to power pop heaven with their razor sharp 10 track self titled debut album. They are a Dublin based four-piece featuring members of Cian Nugent and The Cosmos (Matador / No Quarter), Cheap Freaks (Big Neck), Strong Boys (Milk Run), and The Pacifics (Bachelor). Even though they are based in Dublin, they sound like a classic Good Vibrations band from 1979. The Number Ones have energy, passion and tunes so good, it makes you think you've heard them already. Each track is a golden nugget of power pop fun that never outlasts it's welcome as every track is under three minutes. Although this sort of music seems to have been done a million times before, it sounds fresh in the hands of The Number Ones. This is pure summer fun for fans of Rudi, Protex, Exploding Hearts, Buzzcocks and The Tranzmitors. (Deranged Records #256 CD)

TOTAL CONTROL - Typical System LP w/download
Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne's visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for US/Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records on June 24th and self-release in Australia/New Zealand on June 20th. Total Control emerged from Australia's dynamic punk scene in '08, releasing a succession of 7"s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Their debut LP, Henge Beat, was commended as one of the few records released in 2011 that evaded the ease of classification and competent tribute act status of most modern bands. Subsequently, they have released three very different records: a split 12" with Thee Oh Sees, a 7" single on Sub Pop and a house remix 12". Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases, a further development on their continually evolving sound. (Iron Lung Records #53)

INSTITUTE - Giddy Boys 7"
Austin, TX's Institute delivers this stunning debut single highlighting their superior brand of punk heavily inspired by anarcho and post-punk greats. Taking obvious cues from bands such as Crisis with hints of Public Image Ltd., and even the Partisans, the band has delivered on the potential of their much-hyped demo cassette. Success! Members of Wiccans, Glue, Blotter, etc. (Katorga Works Records #34)

SLUGZ - s/t LP
It's been a long way to go, but SLUGZ are finally ready to roll with this new self-titled LP. Following their "Suit and Tie" and "Empty Space" singles, the Richmond area group reformed with a fully realized five-piece lineup. The eleven new tracks on this LP capture SLUGZ at their best yet - drawing from late 70s punk, adding a dose of speed to the mix, and bashing things out with just the right amount of rocknroll sensibility. The all-analogue recording on this album really allows the new dual guitar version of SLUGZ to cut through the mix, while the tight rhythm section and snot-dosed vocals present on earlier output shine through stronger than ever. After a couple of spins this album feels like a continuation of the raw, gritty punk rock that you know SLUGZ for melded with a more driving, forceful sound that's propelled the band towards the release of this LP. Bust the shrink open on this album and see for yourself... LP includes a printed inner sleeve designed by artist William Chapman and is limited to 300 copies. (Feel It Records #4)

Finally, after 15 years, Thulsa Doom returns to the studio to bring you 4 new brutal tracks of female fronted political street punk. Picking up right where they left off, this new 7" EP will blow you away and if you don't like it you can go fuck yourself. UP THE PUNX! Includes a download code and poster. (Rotten To The Cord Records #22)

FRAU - Punk Is My Boyfriend 7"
Static Shock Records gets the honour of releasing the debut three track 7" from London feminist punks Frau who feature members of Woolf and Good Throb. They released the much loved 8 track 10 minute demo on Tuff Enuff Records in late 2013 (which has now been reissued on LP by Dead Beat Records) and now return with three more short blasts of discordant and furious noise. 'Punk Is My Boyfriend' is a dirty and scratchy cut with pounding drums and an insistent guitar hook. It comes over like a mix of Pre 'Cut' Slits, Huggy Bear and Kleenex. 'Snakeskin' is possibly the only song in the world that could have appeared on both Crass' 'Bullshit Detector' and any Kill Rock Stars compilation. Final track 'Orca' sounds like it could fall apart at any moment and just about makes the one minute mark. The guitars grind over a busy bass, heavy yet loose drums and explosive vocals. DIY has never sounded so good. Limited to 400 copies with hand stamped sleeves. (Static Shock Records #23)

SICK THOUGHTS - Coming Over 7"
Three new tracks. There's a few ST records out, but this is a shining star. Sure, it sounds and looks similar to the Reatards... do you need a college degree and an iPhone to figure that out? Did you not love those records when they came out? Because I did and I still do. Drew cites GG ALLIN as an influence on this one, and I agree. Sick Thoughts LP out this year on Going Underground ("Home of the Hits")! Edition of 400 (Going Underground Records #32)

UNRESTRAINED - Forward Onto Death LP
After a number of widespread 7"s, split 7"s and compilation tracks Portland, OR natives UNRESTRAINED, who are made up of ex members of The Physical Challenge, Backlash and The Dead Unknown, have crafted their debut full length release containing 8 songs that show a darker, heavier side while still maintaining the urgency of their earlier recordings. This is a more focused UNRESTRAINED, taking cues from some of the 90's metallic hardcore legends such as Strain, Threadbare and For The Love Of both musically and lyrically with topics discussing same sex marriage, religious distrust and political corruption. LP includes a digital download. (Trip Machine Laboratories # 23)

DWARVES - Invented Rock & Roll LP
The DWARVES are Rock Legends. Birthed in the garage rock revival of the 1980's over 30 years ago, they continue to confound and confront audiences all over the world with searing live shows and masterful new records. Coming to prominence as one of Sub/Pop's first signings the DWARVES r eputation for live madness earned the fear and loathing of grunge-era crowds and the shock and awe of their peers. Between 1988 - 92 they performed live with many of the most popular bands of the era including Nirvana, Green Day and the Offspring to name just a few. 1990's "Blood Guts & Pussy" LP with its no nonsense punk rock and disturbing cover art helped to awaken a nation anaesthetized by hair metal and cry baby flannel. The LP's "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" and "Sugarfix" came next . Following the death of guitarist HeWhoCanNotBeNamed the DWARVES signed to Epitaph and proceeded to do for pop punk what they had done for grunge, making "The Dwarves Are Young & Good Looking" and "Come Clean" the definitive LP s of the skateboard punk era. By the turn of the century the Dwarves had toured Europe and the US extensively, as well as Japan and Australia. Appearances on television and radio and dozens of song placements in film and TV solidified their legendary status. In 2005 "The Dwarves Must Die" (Sympathy) was hailed as their most eclectic album yet with producer Eric Valentine and a cast of underground notables featured in cameos that had the dying recording industry buzzing until they remembered who the DWARVES actually were. 2011 saw the release of "The DWARVES Are Born Again" returning to the punk ferocity of yesteryear, but continuing the genre defying experiments their fans now demanded. With 2014 upon us, over 1200 shows under their belt and three decades of sickness to draw from, the Dwarves continue their assault on good taste with "THE DWARVES INVENTED ROCK 'N' ROLL" (Recess/Greedy). The relentless middle finger drive, catchy songwriting and deft production that set the DWARVES apart have never sounded better. And let's face it, there's only one punk band left that matters, so catch them soon at a theater, nightclub or crackhouse near you! (Recess Records #184)

DWARVES - Trailer Trash 7"
Limited lead single for the upcoming "The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll" LP. Colored vinyl! (Recess Records #182)

SUGAR STEMS - Only Come Out At Night LP
Betsy, Jon, Steph, and Drew are back with their third and finest album - and this time they're joined by Andy Harris (ex Goodnight Loving) on organ! Only Come Out At Night is the second Sugar Stems album to be released on Dirtnap and follows last year's wonderful and warmly received Can't Wait. Sugar Stems are still the best power pop band going today, and again the band has delivered a beautifully crafted and immaculately produced collection of songs. Continuing in the direction of Can't Wait, this album finds Betsy's songwriting reaching new levels of sophistication and maturity. And with the added dimension of keyboards, the band's sound is fuller and richer than ever. (Dirt Nap Records #134)

PUNCH - They Don't Have To Believe LP/CD
Deathwish, Inc. is proud to announce the release of "They Don't Have To Believe" from Punch, recorded by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, etc.). Fifteen songs that blur the lines of hardcore and grind. All of them personal, political and uniquely unapologetic. (Deathwish Records #16)

From the remnants of Bay Area bands The Burdens and Romeo's Dead comes the brilliant new streetpunk band the Harrington Saints. As five long-time friends who play with a chip on their shoulder, the Harrington Saints' brand of nuts-and-bolts rock 'n' roll is gripping, intense and full of the realities of working-class life. With subject matter ranging from politics to pints at the pub with the boys, these guys grind out three-minute gems that get the point across like a boot to the ribs. Now available on colored vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download card and is limited to 500 copies. (Pirate's Press Records #11)

Boasting former members of No Motiv and In Control, here's the third EP from California's Somali Pirates. Although these pirates may have a sound rooted in '80s punk and oi, don't write them off as revivalists of any sort; tongue-in-cheek lyrics with a driving, sonic backbone that is as catchy as it is fun. (Indecesion Records #92)

MORAL MAZES - Magic Tommy Jackson 7"
Moral Mazes was formed from a friendship earlier this year between some legendary characters of independent music: Jonah Matranga (Far, Onelinedrawing), Jeff Dean (All Eyes West, Dead Ending), Darren Zentek (Office Of Future Plans) and J. Robbins (Jawbox, Government Issue). This band is a studio project at its finest, and this new two-song 7" is an absolute amalgamation of the members' collective bands and influences. 7" includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #212)

"I Am King" is the new album from Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids), recorded at GodCity Studio by Kurt Ballou. Unpredictability is the law as Code Orange navigate through their distorted world. This release proves that the members of Code Orange are true artists and not just "kids" anymore. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #161)

(restock) THE ESTRANGED - s/t LP
The Estranged return with their 3rd (4th, if you count the Singles Comp LP) album for Dirtnap! The Estranged formed in Portland, OR back in the summer of '06 by Mark Herman (vocals, guitar), Derek Willman (bass) and Keith Testerman (drums). All 3 were in legendary Portland band Remains Of The Day, and various members are/were in notable Portland bands such as From Ashes Rise, Hellshock, Lebenden Toten, plus literally more than I can remember at the moment. The first pressing of 1000 LPs are packaged in ultra-heavy "tip-on" style jacket and inner sleeves. Subsequent pressings will come in regular jacket/sleeves. All copies come with download coupon. (Dirtnap Records #131)

(restock) ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD - Live at the Crescent Ballroom LPx2
This live set was recorded on the band's last show of their 2012 headline tour of the US in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ. This double LP features all the hits and banter that make an AJJ show numero uno. No overdubs, no filters, this is recorded right off the sound board and includes all the mistakes that makes music human. (Asian Man Records #263

Descriptions for 8/16/14

Aftershocks of the earliest recordings of Bathory, Sodom, and Hellhammer can be felt pulsing through the songs on this recording. Even more specifically, Sacrificio's raw sound and reckless performance is a nod to the seminal South American acts that created and cultivated the bestial style as well as the defiant minimalism of early Eastern European bands. This focused and succinct mLP is a welcome and skillfully written return to tradition and portends the issuance of ever more malefic recordings from Sacrificio. (Nuclear War Now Records #28)

P.I.G.Z. - Bloody Belgium 7"
One of the crown jewels of worldwide first-wave punk, this Belgian band's sole release really is as good as it gets. All three songs here are excellent but "Bloody Belgium" and "Stooges" are stone classics. Unavailable since it was released in 1978, with original copies fetching up to four figures, and finally back in print through cooperation with the band. Includes booklet with interview, clippings and unseen photos! (Ugly Pop Records #50)

Brand new split 7" from these two noise punk bands. Attack SS is more in the Confuse/Contempt for Authority mode; in other words you don't get the melodic, Swankys-inspired bass lines that a lot of bands go for. Instead, this is all about simple, raging, noisy punk, and the energy level is off the charts... wild Japanese noisy punk. Intense vocals, buzzing guitars and frantic drumming. As for Frenzy, they're from Portland with a faster, more jagged sound. It's kind of a mess in some ways, with all kinds of crazy tempo changes and some noisy guitar solos, but it's super energetic. Frenzy features members of Nerveskade and Skell who runs Distort Reality. Throw in some sick artwork and you have an all-around solid noise punk release. (Distort Realiry Records #22)

ECTOPLASM - s/t 7"
Second 7" EP from this Florida D-beat band featuring members of Mauser. Really, this picks up right where their previous stuff left off... furious, straightforward D-beat with little in the wall of frills, weirdness, or anything else but raw punk brutality. 100% crust. (Distort Realiry Records #23)

First LP from this Japanese hardcore punk unit - and it's fucking furious! A non-stop barrage of roaring, howling insanity. Killer! (Distort Realiry Records #25)

CORPSE - s/t 7"
Debut 7" from this Portland band. These guys had a demo several years back (maybe 5 years ago) and it sounds like they haven't lost a step since. Total balls-to-the-wall punk with a similarly manic vibe to Gas Rag, though not as D-beat-y. The combination of catchy bass lines and blistering metallic guitar work on this one makes me think of Direct Control if they were way more influenced by the Accused and Attitude Adjustment. Speedy, raw and rampant hardcore with prodding, catchy basslines, short, fast and shredding solos and tendencies towards thrashy crossover riffs. They're from Portland and has the singer who was in Religious War and I must say that his voice suits this thrashier style even better. A total ripper... recommended. (Distort Realiry Records #24)

ORDEN MUNDIAL - Obediencia Debida LP
Hailing from Mallorca ORDEN MUNDIAL plays unadulterated distorted hardcore punk which is equally influenced by WRETCHED/ CRUCIFIX or UNITED MUTATION/ MECHT MENSCH. Their guitar sound is unhinged with an insane tone over a relentless drums/bass and a vocalist which manages to get his point across firmly. Their message is clearly anti-authoritarian with most lyrics on the album questioning dogma and painting a bleak picture of our lifes. An urgent record for urgent times. The album is pressed in 180 gsm vinyl and comes housed on a 350gsm reverse board jacket designed from the band. Includes a 60x30 black and white insert with lyrics and art. (La VidaEs Un Mus Discos #84)

PRIMETIME - s/t 7"
Self-proclaimed 'chaotic neurotics', Primetime release their debut four track EP on La Vida Es Un Mus. These four ladies deal in note perfect post punk which harks back to the glory years of 1979 to 1982. 'Tied Down' is the calling card and is a scratchy mix of Kleenex and Delta 5 with an instant hook. The sound is raw and minimal yet inventive. You can't help but fall in love with this band after just one listen. Comes with Download code. (La VidaEs Un Mus Discos #86)

QLOAQA LETAL - Nunca Siempre LP
Recorded in 1983 in the city of Valladolid, QLOAQA LETAL mythical status made them one of the weirdest bands to come out of the second wave of Spanish Punk. They never released anything on vinyl, they appeared on a bunch of foreign compilation tapes under a pseudonym (DEADLY SEWER) and the rumors about them grew wilder and wilder. I can only imagine how big they would have been had they released a vinyl record, but giving that they came from a rather un-punk city a tapes it was... Said tape has ever since been circulated amongst punks all over in the form of dubbed tapes (and a terribly put together CD from 2001) You'll have to look really hard to find a Spanish Punk which doesn't know them, yet they were mainly (and may I say criminally) unknown abroad. Their cult status was based around their frontman Rouky, a survivor of London 1977 which brought back to this provincial capital the tricks learned in the big Smoke. QLOAQA LETAL looked like a bunch of misfits with leather, face paint and clothes ripped to shreds being their aesthetic. Their sound was equally odd with many people claiming they used a drum machine to record their "Nunca Siempre" Demo Cassette. Their guitar sound was the crudest Spain had witnessed by 1983 and while clearly hardcore infuenced their sound was the perfect hybrid between both punk and hardcore. Their lyrics were something else. Nasty depraved anthems full of hate and strangely enough with a massive poetic edge. They even managed to turn a Espronceda poem into a killer punk song on "Desesperacion". Songs like "Valladolid, Qloaqa Letal", "La Vida Me Escupe" o "Ya Te Vale Policia" will forever be in the pantheon of Spanish Punk Anthems next to any CICATRIZ or ESKORBUTO songs. Finally available thru METADONA RECORDS the "Nunca Siempre" reissue comes housed on a 325gsm reverse board sleeve including a 30x30 lyric insert with pictures of the band. If I had to only buy a reissue record this year (or this decade really) it would be this one. (La VidaEs Un Mus Discos/Metadona #2) On their sophomore release, ASILE from Ottawa, Ontario does exactly what all bands should do, and not release the exact same album they did before. The touches of what gave ASILE the nickname of the 'French Canadian ANTI-CIMEX' on their 1st release are all here and apparent on this new album, but I also hear a lot of other different influences that flow so perfectly with their song structures and bring something fresh and new to the table. More Scandinavian influences such as PUKE and early AVSKUM are noticeable on some tracks, and on certain songs there is some great BLITZ and even CRIMINAL DAMAGE catchy sing along types. ASILE keeps getting better and are excellent song writers. from the futuristic spoken intro to the very last riff, ASILE knows what they are doing and I am very happy to have this thing finally out. Definitely worth the wait. (Rust And Machine Records #26)

THE FLEX - Wild Stabs In The Dark LP
The Flex have been tearing up the fucking world the past few years after their debut 7" on Video Disease/Milk Run. They show NO signs of slowing down with their LP "Wild Stabs In The Dark". 10 Songs of incredible early 80's UK meets late 80's NYHC. The Flex are part of the new breed of UKHC, and "Wild Stabs In The Dark" is a milestone in this new sound and in this new age. Colored vinyl. (Video Disease Records #29)

GLUE - s/t 7"
Following up an endlessly-praised demo is certainly a feat in today's fickle world of hardcore punk, but Austin, TX's Glue pulls it off with aplomb with the band providing us with a slab of classic USHC that improves upon the tremendous promise of the aforementioned demonstration. Living in the darkness, sleeping in the light, Glue's in the city gonna run the night. (Video Disease Records #31)

Milwaukee's Protestant, a full decade into its existence, has made a record more furious, focused and over the top than anything previous combined. This is perhaps a band with nothing to lose and no interest in anything other than spitting in the face of any enemy within reach... After four full-lengths and a plethora of EPs and splits, 'In Thy Name' brings the band's brand of dark and crusty metallic hardcore to new levels of sonic destruction. All wrapped up in a raw, noisy production, these eight tracks are nothing but a brutal collision of punk/hardcore and extreme metal that won't give any quarter, ever. (Halo of Flies Records #73)

NARCOMAN - Demo tape cassette
When Raleigh's Cross Laws broke up in 2007, Matt and Daniel went on to form Devour, but Dennis (bass and vocals) took an entirely different path, serving two years as part of the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan and then returning to North Carolina to be a high school teacher in Asheville. While he wasn't actively playing in any bands, Dennis had his guitar with him through this entire period, crafting and refining a huge backlog on songs. In the summer of 2013 Dennis got together with fellow Cross Laws alumnus Daniel as well as Cameron Craig (Logic Problem, Double Negative, Skemäta) on drums to make raw 4-track recordings of 4 of these songs. The results are quite a bit different from Cross Laws... more complex, refined, melodic, and subtle, Narcoman recalls the best of ambitious, catchy 80s hardcore like Articles of Faith, early Husker Du, and Upright Citizens. This release is limited to 150 copies with a screen-printed j-card, pro-duplicate tapes and download code. (Sorry State Records #62.5)

WRIGGLE - Demo tape cassette
Greensboro, North Carolina's Wriggle are pure North Carolina hardcore... loud, fast, heavy, and slightly metallic in a tradition that started with No Labels and COC and carried on through Double Negative, Devour, and Stripmines. I'm not sure how aware Wriggle are of that tradition or if they even care, but this demo cassette is one of the rawest, meanest, and catchiest slabs of hardcore I've heard in ages. With its spot-on 4-track production this could have been a lost contribution to the No Core compilation cassette, and the music is undiluted angst of the type only a small southern town can engender. Recommended for people who would sooner sell a kidney than part with their copies of Flex Your Head or This Is Boston Not LA. (Sorry State Records #64.5)

Cross Examination might be the least professional band ever. The band's upcoming EP, "Dawn Of The Dude," picks right up where its last left off. The songs remain the same, as does the lyrical fodder - partying, beer, weed, the virtues of DIY basement shows and drunken gluttony all appear in the liner notes, so don't worry, it is still the same Cross Examination. 7" includes digital download and on colored vinyl. (Organized Crime Records #58)

MEAN SEASON - The Memory And I Still Suffer In Love LPx2
This is collection of all of Mean Season's out-of-print studio recordings. Nineteen tracks of pioneering, early '90s, metallic hardcore, three of which have never been released. It includes both their releases on New Age and various compilation tracks. Now available on colored vinyl with a gatefold cover. (Indecesion Records #71)

(restock) WHITE LUNG - Sorry LP
High-energy manic punks, White Lung, are back with their sophomore release, Sorry. Their 2010 debut It's the Evil earned them the title as the primary ambassadors for Canada's emergent punk scene receiving critical acclaim from CHARTAttack to Maximum Rock n' Roll to Terminal Boredom and their follow-up does not disappoint. McCorkell's signature driving, off-kilter riffage paired with Way's snarling and aggressive yet melodic vocals and the hard-hitting rhythmic duo of Grady Mackintosh on bass and Anne-Marie Vassilou on drums amp up White Lung's position from ambassadors to the queens (and king) of Canandian noise rock. Bowing to the inevitable need for comparison, according to Vice Magazine, "White Lung combine the feral energy of the Germs with the taut, wiry dynamics of the Wipers and have released a string of singles that keep improving in a bewilderingly exponential fashion." Also present in their sound are golden era Kurt and Courtney, The Bags, and Rocket from the Crypt. This wealth of influences doesn't mean the band's sound is hard to pin-down. Written and recorded nearly simultaneously, Sorry manages to be both raw and complex, thanks to White Lung's focus on cohesive writing. Sorry may have been stressful to record, but it's a joy to listen to. It signals a new era for White Lung, featuring denser more melodic songs that maintain the rough edge of their punk pedigree. (Deranged Records #209)

(restock) FEMACOFFIN - s/t 7"
What happens when some of members of Oakland's Stormcrow and 2084 congregate? Many things, to be sure. Most of which are not fit to print. Hot off the heels of a much lauded demo tape, comes this 3-track crust ridden 7" from Oakland's FEMACOFFIN. It will give those unwilling to forgive a reason to at least turn a blind eye to the insolence. Swollen with vitriol and sown with lyrics of nuclear horror and the fear of obsolescence. A necessary soundtrack for the wasteland we've created. (Brainsand Records #2)

(restock) NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS - Birth Right 7"
Recorded during their transition from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Birth Right is the fourth (or fifth?) release by Neighborhood Brats. Darker in tone and focus than their previous releases, Neighborhood Brats deliver four doses of loud, unapologetic hardcore-tinged punk rock in the vein of BLACK FLAG if they were in the middle of an orgy with THE LEWD and LEGAL WEAPON. Side B features a cover of YOUTH OF TODAY's Break Down the Walls. Simultaneously being released is a compliation of the BRATS early San Francisco material. NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS are currently writing an LP and planning a September 2013 European tour (limited tour 7" in the works). (Deranged Records #232)

(restock) INFERNOH - 7 Spar LP
Latest 7-song 12" from this well-regarded Swedish crust band, and on a US label so you don't have to pay out the wazoo for it this time. As for the music, if you were into their earlier stuff you'll no doubt continue to be on board with this... straight up Sin Egen Motståndare-era Totalitar worship, executed absolutely perfectly with huge production. Simply amazing hardcore similar to Desperat, Heratys, Skitkids, Institution. Fans of Anti-Cimex (particularly the Painkiller 12") won't be disappointed either... massive, moving Swedish crust. (Distort Reality Records #20)

Descriptions for 8/9/14

LOW THREAT PROFILE - Product #3 7"
Reduced down to it's original two-piece core with Bob (Lack of Interest) on drums and Matt (Infest) on guitar/vox, Low Threat Profile deliver another nine scoops of vanilla hardcore with a dollop of whip cream and a "fuck you" on top. (Deep Six Records #188)

PF COMMANDO - Manipulerade Mongon LP
Self-released in 1979 by one of Sweden's most notorious bands, this monster debut was the country's first punk LP, packing in 15 tracks of pure three-chord bash at its most primal and aggressive. Vocals are alternately barked and snarled, guitars slash and buzz, the rhythm section thrashes along maniacally. Very much in the vein of the Germs LP, "Jealous Again"-era Black Flag and early Misfits-- no pop, no art, just PUNK! Ugly Pop is very pleased to be making this hard-to-find slab available again in its first legitimate vinyl pressing since 1979, with all new insert. (Ugly Pop Records #52)

PF COMMANDO - Rough Sound 7"
Originally released in 1980 as "Nu Ska Vi Ha", this second PF Commando single is a high point of early Euro punk rock. "Rough Sound" is the a-side hit, a massive pure punk blast that hits as hard as anything from the era, balancing melody and impact as effectively as early SLF or DOA. Two tracks on the flip maintain the energy and power, so you'll be turning this one over repeatedly. First reissue since 1980, in one of the best sleeves ever. (Ugly Pop Records #51)

STERILIZED - Chemical Dust 7"
The English may have invented it, but as always, the Americans perfected it. Blazing, brutal, USHC influenced D-Beat from Olympia. 4 songs of in your face P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N. Every record comes in a custom d-beat style sleeve and on illustrious white vinyl. Released simultaneously along with a 7" on the almighty Warthog Speak label. (Video Disease Records #27)

HRA - Good For Nothing LP
Over a year in the making: The second full length for these hateful Houston hardcore assholes. 16 tracks of pre-crossover dirty raw septic rotten power rippers from members of VERBAL ABUSE and MORBOSIDAD who try their hardest to stay within Texas state lines as not to let knowledge of their own badass-ness get out into the public. Only 300 of these insults to music pressed! (Torture Garden Records #61)

The fifth full ep from the masters of kroger brand notebook paper different punk. Six tracks of indo-tejano retardo-mutanto mongo-pogo proving once and for all that no matter what that know-it-all on that message board said: Punks Is Disco! White wax crammed into individually hand drawn/collaged glued pocket covers. Collect all 500! (Torture Garden Records #70)

ETERNAL CHAMPION - The Last King of Pictdom 7"
Eternal Champion deliver their first vinyl outing, a 7" single of the kind of hard-worn, power metal that the USA ran thick with in the 1980's. Musically this is cut from the same cloth as Manilla Road in their Crystal Logic/Open The Gates phase or the first Fates Warning album, and spiritually akin to epic fantasy themes and fixations bands like Cirith Ungol, Omen, and Armored Saint took on, with lyrics inspired by the beloved writing of Robert E. Howard. Limited to 500 copies. (Painkiller/Hell Masacre Records #5)

CHANNEL 3 - History 7"
Brand spanking new and brand spanking amazing!!! Two song banger with the Clash-tinged a-sider , HISTORY and the CH3/AC/DC b-side banger, KICKED IN THE TEETH... limited to 550 copies. (Hostage Records #57)

THE GARDEN - Struggle In Front of Sector 27 7"
That's right kids and vinyl comrades, hostage records proudly brings you the most talked about O.C. band in ages, The Garden's (twins Fletcher and Wyatt) brand new blasting 7". By the time you figure out how great this band is it will most likely be too late. As of this writing, the band was selected by the Genesis Project (Spike Jonez and Shepard Fairey) as one of the 8 greatest "art meets music" bands on the planet... This record will show you why. This ain't your dads punk, this is the modern age and the modern answer. What devo was to Journey, what Joy Division was to the Culture Club and what Killing joke was to Depeche Mode, this is to what you are currently listening to... in other words, it destroys your comfort zone. This will sell out and be sought after. You have been warned. (Hostage Records #58)

ONE MAN ARMY - Last Word Spoken LP
Repressed on tan swirl vinyl; 700 made. One Man Army's follow up full length to 1998's "Dead End Stories". Produced by Billie Joe Armstrong and engineered by Kevin Army. Orignally released in 2000. (Adeline Records #6)

COLISEUM - Deluxe Reissue LPx2/CD
Founded by Louisville, KY musician Ryan Patterson and including Kayhan Vaziri and Carter Wilson, power-trio Coliseum has grown to become one of today's quintessential, contemporary punk bands, successfully melding progressive musicianship, hardcore fervor and vital social awareness into one constantly evolving artistic vision. To celebrate Coliseum's 10th anniversary, Deathwish, Inc. is proud to present the Coliseum "Deluxe Reissue": a 20-song collection featuring their classic, self-titled debut album (out of print since 2006) paired with eight essential bonus tracks from their primordial years. Originally recorded by Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh and now fully remixed by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the release also features new deluxe packaging, insightful liner notes and cover artwork by John Baizley of Baroness. (Deathwish Records #164)

PUNCH - They Don't Have To Believe CD
Deathwish, Inc. is proud to announce the release of "They Don't Have To Believe" from Punch, recorded by Jack Shirley at Atomic Garden Studios (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, etc.). Fifteen songs that blur the lines of hardcore and grind. All of them personal, political and uniquely unapologetic. (Deathwish Records #165 CD)

(restock) AUTONOMY/NO SIR, I WON'T - split LP
Lost split LP recovered from the vaults by Dead Broke & Dirt Cult. Autonomy is originated from Carbondale, IL. and play a Crass-inspired brand of dark and melodic anarcho-crust punk. No Sir, I Won't are from Boston (members of Brain Killer, Awful Man, etc.) and give that Conflict-style assaulting peace punk. Oi. Comes w/ download. (Dead Broke Records #117)

(restock) CONDOMINIUM - Thug 7"
The seventh year of Condominium brings their 7th record, another 7". Entitled "Thug," it offers three new tracks of hardcore music. Self-released with hand-stamped picture sleeve in a first pressing of 600 copies. (Condominium Records #5)

(restock) WHO KILLED SPIKEY JACKET? - Beerstorm Trooper 7"
Boston's WKSJ returns for a follow up to their debut LP. Back with 3 originals, a re-recording of a favorite and all the beer, leather and adhesive as you would expect. Street punk revival? Don't insult them, spikey jacket is a way of life. (Headcount Records #15)

(restock) LOW THREAT PROFILE - Product Number 1 7"
Finally back in stock! Ten tracks of straight forward hardcore with members from No Comment, Infest and Lack of Interest. Recorded before 9/11/2001. (Deep Six #68)

(restock) LOW THREAT PROFILE - Product Number 2 LP
Fifteen tracks of straight forward hardcore with members from No Comment, Infest and Lack of Interest. Music recorded in 2000, and vocals recorded in 2010. (Deep Six #151)

(restock) NAUSEA - Condemned To The System LP
Los Angeles' Nausea, spearheaded by guitarist / vocalist Oscar Garcia, along with their sister band, Terrorizer (which also featured Garcia) helped define the Grindcore genre in the late 1980s. Now Garcia, along with long-time partner in crime Eric Castro (Majesty) have been joined by two new members: Bassist Alejandro CB (Pounder, Chemical Bitches) and guitarist Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct, ex-Exhumed, Phobia, Impaled, Intronaut) to unleash a ferocious new full-length album via Deep Six LP Willowtip Records on CD: "Condemned To The System". The album was recorded by Sean Vahle, (DIS, Phobia, Exhumed, Murder Construct, Intronaut) and mixed/mastered by Alejandro Corredor (Inquisition, Exhumed, Enslaved). The new album will feature a slew of new grinders like "...And We Suffer" and "Hate and Deception", alongside vintage and unreleased tracks like "Falsely Accused" and "Does God Need Help?". The band has been very active in the live arena for the past 3 years, performing at the Maryland Death Fest, Power of the Riff Fest, shows alongside Repulsion, Nails, Nasum, and most recently a European Tour that included a headlining spot at Bloodshed Fest in Holland, Hell Inside Fest, and Dresden Metal Fest in Germany. Next year the band is scheduled to play Mexico and Europe again. (Deep Six Records #204)

Descriptions for 8/2/14

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #376 (September 2014)
How's it going Maxi Rockers! We just got another killer edition of MRR hot off the presses! In this issue of Maximum Rocknroll #376 August 2014 we have an extensive talk with punkettes the DISHRAGS, one of the first all-lady punk bands, who started out in Canada in 1977; we spend some time superbly wasted with Chicago's favorite punk ragers GAS RAG, and we talk to Toronto's hardcore menaces and mobilizers S.H.I.T.. We also have a long talk with Jon and Jensen of IRON LUNG Records; talk abyss punk and goth inspiration with Philly's FAR-OUT FANGTOOTH, and Madrid's EXTINCIÓN DE LOS INSECTOS debate experimentation and creativity within the DIY setting, while director Vladimir Kozlov tells us about his up-coming documentary on '80s Siberian punk, Traces in the Snow. Last but not least, after a great split EP and before their upcoming split tour in the US, we get a split interview with Finnish dark synthy post-punks KUUDES SILMÄ and MAAILMANLOPPU, a chat with PAUL BIRNBAUM of Septic Death, and a scene report from PATRAS, GREECE! This, plus New Blood, Shitworker of the Month, a photo spread, book, demo, zine and movie reviews, all the columns you love to hate and of course, let's not forget, the most extensive review section in punk print! Grab your copy to-day! (Maximum RocknRoll #376)

DISARRAY - 1982 to 1986 LP
The complete recordings of Japanese punks Disarray. 24bit digital remastering recorded all 24 tracks on this disc from the official source. From 1982 - 86 Disarray shook the Sendai hard core scene! This LP compiles their 1984 Flexi EP (ADK Records), full '85 EP (Chicken Shit Records) and both self released Cassettes!! Many years in the making and well worth the wait, for fans of Discharge and 80's Japanese punk/hardcore! Comes with an 11x22 fold out of rare band photos and more. (Black Water Records #42)

LONG KNIFE - Possession 7"
Great follow up 7" to last years killer LP on Feral Ward. 4 tracks of explosive punk rock that is hard to not compare to 'Kings of Punk' thru 'Feel the Darkness' Poison Idea. Straight up hc filled with nihilistic anger and dark personal lyrics. This four piece stand on their own and have been laying waste to Portland - Devastating on record and live - They'll be on the East Coast soon followed by a north american tour in the Fall w/ Forward from Japan!! --- not to be missed! co-release w/ the band. (Black Water/Long Knife #1)

DEAD CONSPIRACY - Abomination Underground LP
Portland's first-ever death metal band have risen from the grave armed with a renewed lease on life and punishing new material to assault old fans and new victims! It's an utterly destructive, dark, depraved, and disgustingly satisfying piece of death metal history that fans of Death, Master, Sodom, Massacre, and all the old gods will surely appreciate. This is beyond old school - this is fucking original! Side A features the band's 2013 Abomination Underground EP plus a brand-new symphony of sickness, "Rites of the Ululatus." Side B offers a rare treat, as the band's cult 1987 demo - which was lost for over twenty years! - has been remastered for vinyl and included on this essential document of death. Formed in 1986, DEAD CONSPIRACY, was a pioneering influence on multitudes of blackened death thrash metal bands worldwide. As Napalm Death's Mitch Harris recalls, "Dead Conspiracy was one of the world's first death metal bands. We were seriously surprised at how heavy and driving and intricate the material was, well advanced back in the day; before it's time. Fucking glad it''s finally getting out there!". (Black Water/ #1)

IRON YOUTH - s/t 7"
Debut 7" from this Austin, TX outfit that shares members of Glue and Institute. Although they may share members with those bands, they do not share sounds. Iron Youth is a massive, nasty, sweat-filled stinking sock of ugly, bottom-feeding hardcore. Think No Trend if they were more suicidal and were bred on a diet of early 80's USHC. Limited to 300 copies and NEVER to be repressed. Most of the copies are gone. Buy one now or lose out forever. (Video Disease Records #28)

First up is the Human Error "DIE" LP, an 80s USHC reissue of the final long lost demo by a criminally unknown Midwest hardcore punk band from Iowa. Mean, raw, nasty, whatever you wanna call it, Human Error formed in the small town of Iowa City in 1984, raged, then seemingly imploded into nothingness by the end of 1985, existing for only a little over one year. Before they broke up, however, they recorded their final demo, "DIE", perfectly encapsulating the vibe of small town hardcore depravity, sounding like a dirty and melted 'The Kids Will Have Their Say'. This is hardcore from the "other" midwest, from the tiny scenes existing in small towns far away from the big cities. This LP comes with a 12 page, full color booklet with band history, flier scans, pictures, and more. (Hard Art Records #3)

XEROX - s/t LP
Next up is the debut 12" EP by Xerox, again from Iowa City, this time current. Xerox plays that kind of post punk that, while really catchy, has no problem peeling back the pop surface and careening into harsh downer territory. The band walks the wavy line between bands like Wire and Fugazi while taking the influence of The Fall it wears on it's sleeve and propelling into weirdo almost psych deconstructions. Members of bands like Solid Attitude and NERV if you must know, but this band stands on it's own. Currently on an east coast and southern US tour. (Hard Art Records #2)

(new) COCK SPARRER - Shock Troops cassette tape
"Shock Troops" is the debut album by punk rock band Cock Sparrer released in 1982 on Razor Records. Now available through Pirates Press Records, this pinnacle record is something that should be available and affordable to everyone looking to invest in some punk roots. For the kids... a true punk classic. Now available on cassette. (Pirates Press Records #27TP)

(restock) ABSOLUT - Punk Survival LP
Absolutely insane punk in the vein of Swedish and Japanese legends such as Anti-Cimex and Gauze! Everything about this new Toronto four-piece is over the top, from the loudspeaker vocals, to the completely chaotic drumming and the incomprehensible guitar work from the one and only Northern Intruder of Black Rock 'n' Rollers Midnight. With an extremely well-received demo tape out earlier this year, the band made sure to pull out all the stops to go even more out of control with its debut vinyl release, 'Punk Survival,' and do not disappoint one bit! Along with Kromosom, Nomad and Glam, ABSOLUT is out to keep punk as urgent as ever. (Electric Assault Records #4)

(restock) BLACK WIZARD - Young Wisdom LP
Indulging in the timeless riffary of bands from the late 70's, it is clear that Vancouver's BLACK WIZARD knows what made these acts so loved and influential over all these years. Rather than replicating them entirely, The Wiz combine a unique blend of 70's groove rock & doom with an arena-like fullness that far surpasses the often tripe "stoner rock" affiliation. Their sophomore full length Young Wisdom, is a near 40 minute assault full of Thin Lizzy-esqe guitar harmonies, colossal choruses, subtle mandatory nods to Sabbath and heavy hitting rhythms that are sure to leave you craving obsessive multiple listen's (and beer runs). Comprised of members from the recently signed Anciients and legendary rock and roll outlaws The Hookers, Black Wizard's talent and pedigree is a force to be reckoned with in the increasingly popular revival of classic metal. (War on Music #59)

(new) EXPEDITE DEATH #3 'zine with sampler CDr
A 22 page black and white full size fanzine. This features Interviews with Perversion (Detroit thrash metal), Agnosy (UK crustcore), Kontrasekt (Minneapolis crust), Killbite (German D-beat crust), and Skeleton (Winnipeg D-beat crust). Plus music reviews and comes with a sampler CDr of the bands interviewed, and the 'zine comes in a nice plastic sleeve. Recently reviewed by M.R.R. (Expedite Death #3)

(restock) NAPALM RAID - Storm 7"
No signs of slowing down, ever. The hardest working band from Halifax, Nova Scotia are back again with a brand new (their 3rd) 7" EP bleakly entitled "Storm". Four new tracks of what is easily their heaviest loudest material to date, An excellent new document to their catalog displaying their progression as a band. Napalm Raid continues their insanely heavy metallic crust punk sound with some of the deepest dispaired vocals to come out of the current genre. Their sound fits right in between bands akin to DISCHARGE, ANTI-CIMEX, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, not to mention their favorites DOOM, which is very clear to pick up on by spinning this record. NAPALM RAID never stops touring. just 6 months ago they completed a successful European tour, and now will be going back to conquer Europe again during May. Plans for Brazil are next...then the world. 1000 copies pressed total just in time for tour. Reverse stock Glue pocket sleeves plus an 11x17" poster crammed in.. Top notch. cover art by Hal Rotter. (Rust & Machine Records #25)

(restock) FUCK YOU PAY ME - s/t LP
Cleveland has been synonymous with wild, unapologetic punk-tinged hardcore since that city's mid-'90s DIY rebirth that spawned legends like the H-100S, INMATES, DARVOCETS and 9 SHOCKS TERROR. One of the architects of that unhinged, no-bullshit scene, Tony Erba, returns yet again, this time fronting FUCK YOU PAY ME, a relentless shitstarter of a band that plays classic hardcore inspired by equal parts BGK, PAGANS, CAREER SUICIDE, Mystic Records bands, and DISCHARGE. FYPM's debut 12" on Schizophrenic contains some of the catchiest and most well-written hardcore tuneage of the modern era, complete with Erba's instantly recognizable vocals and a seriously surly attitude. One of the tightest, funnest live bands around translates to vinyl well enough to seriously fingerblast your tympanic membrane. Many have compared FYPM to GORDON SOLIE MOTHERFUCKERS and that makes sense, considering the personnel here (ex-GSMF, UPSTAB etc.). (Schizophrenic Records #78)

(restock) S.H.I.T. - Collective Unconciousness 7" (with download)
Sexual Humans In Turmoil (or our favorite: Skinheads In Tuxedos), more commonly known as S.H.I.T., debut with four urgently executed 100% uncommon hardcore punk tracks in the modern Toronto style. Collective Unconciousness speaks to a vast generation of sleeping strength and rusted mobility. It's time. Organize. Stand tall. Believe in your movement. Check your spelling. Honest, important music gets made less frequently then it should and gets noticed even less. Don't be a dullard, wake up and smell the S.H.I.T. Sounds: Falco. Art: Jaybo. (Iron Lung Records #47)

Descriptions for 7/26/14

Featuring members of Los Crudos, Sin Orden, Rat Bastards and Chronic Seizure, Chicago's KONTAMINAT is the latest addition to the Midwest's amazing history of abrasive, no-bullshit hardcore. Five well-crafted hardcore songs that pack power and rapid-fire energy with a catchy edge. Great shit! 500 red vinyl in handmade sleeves on velum stock. (Lengua Armada Records #76)

ALERTA ROJA - Algo Esta Cambiando...Y Muy Violentamente LP
Argentinean punk recordings from the years 1982-1986. ALERTA ROJA existed and survived under the nose of a violent and oppressive military dictatorship. The band played gigs in Buenos Aires in the early '80s, giving a voice to a generation of angry Latin American youth. After so many years, these seventeen tracks are finally getting a proper vinyl release under the name "Something Is Changing...And Very Violently." Alerta Roja's influences pulled from music that managed to cross the ocean and fall into the hands of its members - one might hear The Clash, Pistols, or Wire seeping from the groves, but don't be surprised if you get a small dose of The Cure or Joy Division as you listen to this gem. Alongside as other amazing bands from South America (Peru's Leuzemia, Zcuela Cerrada, G3, or Uruguay's Los Invasores), Alerta Roja reaffirms that despite the conditions and lack of resources, these nations produced some amazing punk music/attitude. QUE VIVA EL PUNK LATINO AMERICANO!!!!!! QUE VIVA ALERTA ROJA!!!! (Lengua Armada Records #77)

NOW AVAILABLE ON CD AND LP. After last year's excellent "Procession" EP, an EP that showcased the Arctic Flowers' talent for combining the tradition of anarcho/peace punk with a postpunk sensibility, the new "Weaver" continues in much the same vein. Just great mid-tempo punk rock that, in true Arctic Flowers fashion, blurs the boundaries between classic punk, postpunk, and early gothic rock. The long-running DIY background of the band's members imparts to the songs an urgency one is not likely to find in the more disingenuous bands trying to hop on the recent goth-punk bandwagon. "Weaver" is simply an excellent release. (Deranged Records #245)

The return and final offering from California's STOIC VIOLENCE comes in the form of 8 new songs pressed on the always great 12" 45rpm format, housed in a gatefold jacket featuring some sick art from LA artist Austin Delgadilo. Stoic Violence plays a stripped down, primitive, and spite fueled style of hardcore/punk. Split release with Video Disease. (Deranged Records #247)

Fresh off a 7 week US tour and last year's debut LP on Painkiller, Violent Reaction return with six new tracks; their first recording as a full band (previously all instruments were played by front man Tom Pimlott). Still raging as ever with their Riot-City-meets-Touch-and-Go sound, but now leaning a little more on their British punk fore bearers. (Painkiller Records #54)

Between 2003-2007, Running For Cover was the best kept secret in the Eastern Standard time zone. Dialing in the density and frustration of bands like No Comment and Capitalist Casualties, and playing regional shows along side bands like Iron Lung and Mind Eraser, they never failed to level the audience and the venue. Their 7" and full length album are known by some to be high water marks of their chosen style, but their demo has remained unheard by all but the most devoted. Remixed in 2013 by the band, and properly mastered for the first time, we present their full 2003 demo on a 12". We think those who are already familiar with their work will agree that this stands alongside it perfectly. For those not familiar, welcome to the cult. Members of Running For Cover have also done time in: Gas Chamber, Solutions, Resist Control, Slave State, Dead Language and others. (Painkiller Records #53)

Here's the first EP from Pittsburgh's BLOOD PRESSURE, yet another great band that the Iron City has yielded as of late. A few of these songs were available on a limited tape made by the band earlier in 2014, but this EP features the entire 6 song session in all of its glory. Consisting of members that have served time in the likes of DIRECT CONTROL, BRAIN HANDLE, EEL, and NO TIME, expect ripping hardcore with a certain demented vibe that an area like Pittsburgh tends to bring out in folks. Each record comes in a felt based pocket sleeve. (Beach Impediment Records #12)

ACxDC - Discography '03-'13 picture disc LP
ANTICHRIST DEMONCORE or ACxDC for short aren't your stereotypical satanic grindviolence band. This picture disc stitches together 23 heavy hitting studio tracks on the A side and on the B side there are 28 never pressed to vinyl live and demo tape tracks. After constant touring of the US and overseas, many out of print releases, and a new LP out, this material gets catches you up to their new LP with everything to that point. Only 500 picture discs pressed, this is going to be gone before you know it. (To Live A Lie Records #97 PD)

CHEST PAIN - Weltschmerz LP
Distilling years of basement grinding into one throbbing opus, Chest Pain has emerged after a period of relative inactivity to unveil their best sounding and most unique record yet. "Weltschmerz" starts with the distinctive oeuvre of powerviolence and drifts through the sonic territory of bands like Gasp, Swans, and Killing Joke while remaining entirely its own trip. Chest Pain has unfrozen the sound of caveman hardcore for the anatomically modern human populace. (To Live A Lie Records #102)

Rising from the ashes of grimy mincecore recording, SBB have conjuered up a scathing mince-grind/blasting beast of a recording with all the aural complexities and necessary dirt where needed. This album however, truly shows what SBB are capable, which is more advanced than anything Agathocles, Archagathus, or LT Dan have/could produce, and shows that this Canadian trio can grind with the best of them. The guitar is just beefy, especially when the palm muted riffs come into play. The songs on here all seem well thought out and crafted too, and display a lot of fastcore traits like stop/start riffs and constant tempo changes (which is an easy way to my heart). Occasional grooves pop up, which is always welcome, but for the most part it's just straight blasting and unrelenting brutality. (To Live A Lie Records #86)

SLAG - s/t 7"
Slag are based in San Jose, and they play some fucked up grind tight and create a surely-blissful killer of blasting chaos. Girthy vocals of howling growls and gut-wrenching shrieks are coated over a non-stop orchestra of fuzzed out bass, crunchy riffs and endless amounts of blastbeats...for fans of IN DISGUST! Mastered by Jay Randall. Grab it! (RSR Records #140)

CELLGRAFT - s/t One Sided LP
This is the final record from the Insect Warfare-influenced, vicious Florida grindcore outfit Cellgraft. After their final show on September 1st at the Brass Mug in Tampa, Florida they're calling it quits. They've generously left this unrelenting jagged shard of Grindcore as their final word. Their records have been tremendous, truly doing the grind scene proud, and it's really a shame that they've split - especially considering they deserve a ton of attention for their hard work and dedication to face shredding Grindcore over their short 3 year existence.Self-titled and raw as you could ask for, this record is as short as any GridLink release and approaching their level of might and ferocity, while sidestepping technicality and barreling head-long into darkened, brutal speed. Outside of the opening track "False Sequence of Value" there is only one other track of the 17 here that approaches one minute in length. The opener is also the slowest you'll ingest too, at least for the first minute as it clobbers you with a maniacal set of distorted groves. (RSR Records #123)

COLUMN OF HEAVEN - Ecstatically Embracing All That We Habitually Suppress LP
The Endless Blockade is dead and in their wake Column of Heaven has risen. C.o.H. has Nolan and King from the Blockade lineup continuing on, at this point in their development, in a similar fashion to the later period Blockade material (i.e.Primitive). 6 songs picking up right where Endless Blockade left off, Column of Heaven released the more-than-impressive Ecstatically Embracing All That We Habitually Suppress demo in 2011, and has now returned first time on vinyl While Endless Blockade hinted and flirted with the mix of noise/experimental music with power violence, this 12" sees those ideas taken to their endpoint, fully incorporating noise, dynamic samples, extra instrumentation, and experimental soundscapes into a metal-tinged power violence framework. Blasts of harsh noise and brutal hardcore mix with quieter, creepier atmospherics to make for an engaging and powerful listen from start to finish. This record fits nicely in line with the current crop of bands taking power violence in exciting new directions (Gas Chamber, Iron Lung, Hatred Surge, Suffering Luna, etc). It's a great time to be into hardcore. (RSR Records #131)

In a world full of generic grindcore split 7"s, this one stands a bit taller and shines a bit brighter than the norm. Sete Star Sept is....basically the best band in the world. While their discography grows at an exponential rate, I think this recording is a cut above the rest, and it holds a special place in my heart as it's a product of Mike Walls (Official Lotus Fucker Noise Scientist and resident SPHC audio engineer), recorded on our home turf here in Baltimore. This perfect recording captures Sete Star Sept spontaneously generating totally wild and chaotic grindcore that just barely holds enough form and coherence to qualify beyond "noisecore". For fans of harsh music, there is no equal. New York Against Belzebu is a legendary Brazilian noisecore band that comes from a slightly different scene than bands like Noise and Industrial Holocaust. This material is some of my favorite NYAB stuff to date, totally frantic and balls-to-the-wall noisecore with wild guitar styles, unhinged and chaotic drumming, and crazy fucked up vocals. All grind freaks, hail the masters. (SPHC Records #41)

BRODY'S MILITIA - Napalm Zeppelin Raids 7"
Kentucky's legendary rednecks return with their most rocked out effort to date. You may remember the fast-as-fuck hardcore of their older releases and their previous band Hellnation, but this record has only a few blastbeats and LOTS of sick '70s hard rock riffing and hardman's swagger. While the quintessential Brody's Militia material is a more evenly-keeled mix of fast hardcore, '70s hard rock, and country, this record leans very heavily into the "hard rock/heavy metal" territory, and it's definitely for the better. This EP is such a fascinating counterpoint to all their more generic fast hardcore records. It shows an evolutionary endpoint of the band and a successful mastering of their influences. Out of their large discography, this is one of the must-have releases. (SPHC Records #27)

MUKEKA DI RATO - Gaiola cassette tape
It's our enormous honor and extreme pleasure to help reissue this classic piece of Brazilian hardcore on the cheapest, easiest format, perfectly suited and timed for your summer boombox requirements. The '00s should be remembered for a lot of things... and one of them is Brazilian fastcore. Bands like Discarga, I Shot Cyrus, Merda, Infect were popping out a respectable volume of high-quality fast hardcore, and seemed to put Brazil back on the international hardcore map. But the band that stands out the most to my ears has always been the legendary Mukeka di Rato, who are my favorite post-'80s Brazilian hardcore band. Mukeka di Rato play a loose, wild, super-catchy, and hyper-energetic style of fast hardcore with an appreciation for anthemic mid-tempo pop rockers and the occasional samba/reggae/chiiiillllll part (and the occasional blastbeats-and-grind-vocals part to balance). They have an instantly recognizable sound and vibe entirely their own (well okay maybe their other band Merda feels the same way to me haha). Perfect hardcore music that can't help but bring a smile to your face. (SPHC Records/Laja Tapes #1)

MERDA - Greatest Shits cassette tape
A collection of songs spanning the entire discography of this noteworthy Brazilian hardcore band. From their earlier chaotic and unhinged fast hardcore style to their later style of fast hardcore more influenced by skate rock and pop-punk, Merda has always managed to evoke a feeling of happiness within me. When hardcore is this raging and energetic, but still catchy and fun in a sincere way, it can't help but make me smile. Hearing instant-smash-hit sing-alongs like "Maradona" and "Takusan Nomitai" interspersed amongst balls-to-the-wall mosh-inducing fast hardcore is a guaranteed formula for success. To me, this is one of the best bands in the world. (SPHC Records/Laja Tapes #2)

Lost split LP recovered from the vaults by Dead Broke & Dirt Cult. Autonomy is originated from Carbondale, IL. and play a Crass-inspired brand of dark and melodic anarcho-crust punk. No Sir, I Won't are from Boston (members of Brain Killer, Awful Man, etc.) and give that Conflict-style assaulting peace punk. Oi. Comes w/ download. (Dead Broke Records #117)

BEACH SLANG - Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? 7"
Indie/Emo/Pop-Punk from Philadelphia, PA. featuring members of Weston, Ex Friends & Crybaby. Recorded on August 30th and 31st, 2013 at The Gradwell House In Haddon Heights, NJ by Dave Downham. Mastered at Armstrong Recording Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Stephen Egerton. Their debut release. Comes w/ download. (Dead Broke Records #119)

This split cassette tape chock full of snot-nosed lo-fi pop-punk rock! GREASY WHISTLES is Spent of Closet Fairies/Maine Coons fame, blurting out some of his token hi-speed garage punk jams. While, THE LITTLE RICHARDS from MASS. blaze through some fun party pop-punk. Comes w/ download. (Dead Broke Records #114)

CANCERS - Dig/Moral Net 7"
A 7" single of pop-soaked grunge punk rock from Lenny (UNFUN) & Ella (DEAD DOG). These two songs fucking ruuuule, pick this up and get stoked for their full-length. Str8 outta Athens, GA. Comes w/ download. (Dead Broke Records #112)

CANADIAN RIFLE - Deep Ends cassette tape
Cassette tape version of Canadian Rifle's amazing new album. "Deep Ends" is the second LP from Canadian Rifle, arguably Chicago's best melodic hardcore band. The band plays confessional punk with brash vocals (reminiscent of Leatherface and early Jawebreaker) with themes that range from crossing lines when you know you shouldn't, trying to keep something alive when you're running on empty, as well as struggles with addiction. Needless to say, it's pretty bleak in its lyrical and musical approach, but played with an angered energy that'll keep you fist pumping for the duration. Pretty fucking great for a band with no dreams and no goals. (Dead Broke Records #111)

BEAR TRADE - Blood And Sand LP
Debut full-length album from England's melodic punk rock sleuth brethren. Ex- Blocko, Southport, Former Cell Mates, Mercury League. Comes with digital download. Blue splatter on milky white transparent vinyl! Comes w/ download. (Dead Broke Records #110)

Agathocles on this do whirlwind tornado mince-noise-attack with tons of short songs! Paucities returns with another round of '90s inspired mince. Recorded during the harshest Chicago winter in nearly 3 decades, Paucities teams up with Agathocles for the second time (the two mincers did a split LP in 2011 on Haunted Hotel and DAS) to bring forth true, DIY mincing grind devastation. Split label with Grindfather, Inverted Inhumation, Geet, Crescent Fresh Sounds, Nuclear Alcoholocaust, Death, Agony, & Screams, and Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #61)

Agathocles doing some more noisepunk in the old nasty chaotic way. CSMD does the musical version of THE GREEN SLIME! lasers beam noisecore mixed with tentacle noisegrind blasts from outer space! Get ready to be sucked into the black hole of noise and die of cosmic radiation!!! Split Label with Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #62)

NYATB do 163 songs in old school vein of Sore Throat, AxCx, 7MON, Tumour, including various D-Charge and 7 MON covers. Great titles songs from both bands that will make you laugh till death. INSANE and CHAOTIC ONLY FOR TRUE BELIEVERS OF NOISE !! Canadian noise godfathers DECHE-CHARGE with 256 noisecoregrindbluuurrrs songs in this DC UA-UA-UA-UA-UA-UA style. Split label with Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #63)

NO MISTAKE/BACK OFF!! - split 7"
If you're looking for stripped-down, early '80s hardcore that is tough as fuck, No Mistake (from San Jose) and BACK OFF!! (from Hungary) won't let you down. This is for anyone who likes The Abused, Deathwish, DYS, Negative Approach, or Minor Threat. In addition to the solid music, non-standard lyics stand out. "Copied Folded & Stapled" celebrates fanzines, "Come Out" celebrates gay identity, and "Put Me Away" speaks against our system of railroading people into prisons. No Mistake's sound is even more refined than their debut 7"ep, and features Mike Bullshit from GO! BACK OFF!! features members of Crippled Fox and Motivation. Includes a cover of SSD's "Boiling Point." CRUCIAL record on crucial marble vinyl. (No Mistake Records #2)

GO! - 1989 Demo 7"
Raw as fuck, this captures NYHC's GO! just as they were starting out. From the very first second this 12-minute disc is a serious ride. Different from the hardcore coming out of New York at the time, GO! from the very start were pro-gay, anti-sexist, anti-racist and DIY, but also fun and sarcastic. Later part of the ABC-No-Rio scene, GO! made an impact with their many 7"s and "Existence" LP/CD. (Refuse Records #103)

Raging, genuine old school hardcore from Denmark with Spain's 12 Aullidos' former singer on vocals. LP contains eight brand new tracks at a non-stop pace with great production and an excellent artwork. First pressing is limited to 200 copies and available in the USA via Ebullition. (Putojefe Records #2)

VULGAARI - s/t double LP
Vulgaari is a Sludge/Thrash/Stoner/Death-Metal/Doom from Minneapolis, MN USA. It is the work of two crazed insane geniuses called Zack Kinsey and Brent Hedtke who have blended their favourite Metal genres into one big melting pot and they have came up with this brilliant album. Vulgaari is a 9 song 57 minute masterpiece of Stoner/Sludge Metal music. What they have done is got all the best aspects of Sludge, Stoner, Thrash, Death-Metal, Doom and put their own unique brilliant creative spin to it. (Cubo De Sangre Records #1)

Bitch Witch is mix of styles; there's black metal riffage, nods to Celtic Frost and early Bathory loads of great punk and hardcore riffs and hooks by the bucket load. Plus there are elements of Black Flag in the packaging and in part of their sound they also have some references to crust as well. (Cubo De Sangre Records #2)

SWORDWIELDER - Grim Visions of Battle LP lead off their Top 6 Crust Albums of 2013 feature with Sweden's Swordwielder and this is what they had to say. "Of course, the Axegrinder influence is very clear, but Swordwielder very much stand out from a lot of other crust bands as they go for that more slower, dark, eerie sound which bands like Axegrinder, Amebix and Morne do so well. With lyrics dealing with barren wastelands and war, I think you know what you're in for - primitive and dark sounds which delve further into your soul. This record was also declared the best of 2013 in Sweden's Pussyfoots blog. Touring Germany this September. (Cubo De Sangre Records #3)

EXPEDITE DEATH #3 'zine with sampler CDr
A 22 page black and white full size fanzine. This features Interviews with Perversion (Detroit thrash metal), Agnosy (UK crustcore), Kontrasekt (Minneapolis crust), Killbite (German D-beat crust), and Skeleton (Winnipeg D-beat crust). Plus music reviews and comes with a sampler CDr of the bands interviewed, and the 'zine comes in a nice plastic sleeve. Recently reviewed by M.R.R. (Expedite Death #3)

BISHOPS GREEN - s/t picture disc LP
PICTURE DISC VERSION NOW AVAILABLE. This is the debut release from this amazing new Canadian band from Vancouver. Fronted by Greg Huff and supported by others formerly of bands including ALTERNATE ACTION, THE LANCASTERS, SUBWAY THUGS and GLORY STOMPERS, this is the perfect next step in the evolution of those bands. The sound is still raw yet melodic and catchy, but done with so much more skill and precision than all the aforementioned bands. If you liked any of those bands, then you will LOVE this band!! This is a 6-song 'mini' LP that is just a sign of things to come from this band, so do not miss out and get your copy of this fantastic colour vinyl as soon as you can!! (Longshot Records #112)

Finally reissued on yellow vinyl and limited to 300 copies, this 7" is the only output from the legendary Alone In A Crowd, who featured Jules from Side By Side on vocals and Lars of Judge and Uppercut fame among others. They played one show at The Anthrax in Connecticut with Judge and Chain Of Strength and then vanished, leaving behind nothing but memories and this 7" recording whose original pressing fetches tall sums on online auctions. 7" includes digital download. New from Atomic Action! Records. (Atomic Action Records #62)

Boston, MA's straight edge hardcore up-and-comers Test Of Time is excited to announce the release of their first proper full-length, "By Design." Taking cues from seminal hardcore acts, Test Of Time plays an aggressive onslaught of thoughtful and melodic youth crew hardcore likely to please fans of Youth Of Today, Turning Point and In My Eyes. Songwriting topics on "By Design" include similar themes to the band's previous work: vegetarianism, perseverance and one's own personal growth and change. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #209)

COLD WORLD - How The God's Chill LP/CD
Years in the making, "How The Gods Chill" is the definitive Cold World album that the hardcore world has been clamoring for. Recorded by Will Yip (Studio 4) and Arthur Rizk (Salomon's Gate), "How The Gods Chill" is a 13-song amalgamation of hip hop character and hardcore heart. Queens rapper Meyhem Lauren, George Hirsch of Blacklisted, legendary Kool G. Rap and even Max B are all featured on the album, all together creating an infectious melting pot of sound and spirit unlike anything out there today. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwith Records #162)

(restock) EAGULLS - s/t LP
The ferocious post-punk 5 piece bands, Eagulls based in Leeds, England are pleased to share their 5 track EP on Canada's prestigious punk label Deranged. A few lucky folks have been able to catch the band's European shows. The shows received high accolades as some of the most thrilling and visceral performances ever. EAGULLS has shared the stage with Iceage, Milk Music, Ceremony, and Fucked Up. The five tracks - "Coffin", "Moulting", "No If's, No Buts", "Cripple" and "Still Born"; Drawing from a wide variety of influences, EAGULLS manage to create something new, while still paying homage to classical punk. (Deranged Records #224)

(restock) PLEASURE LEFTISTS - s/t (2nd) LP
On the follow-up to their 2 song EP on Katorga Works (which features both songs off the EP), Pleasure Leftists have expanded upon the moody post-punk they're known for. With these songs, however, the chorusy bass is much more prominent than on their 12 inch debut EP and brings a darker feel to the sound. On first listen it seems easy to compare that sound to that of bands like Masshysteri or Terrible Feelings, but give it a few more spins and you begin to find a lot more depth and weirdness than the often straight-forward approach of the aforementioned. The most notable standout of PL for me is the rare and fiercely original vocal approach of lead singer Haley. Prior to being recruited, Haley was known for her radio show, and since has begun her own solo project called Kiernan Paradise, which sheds light on a more electronic synthy background. Her often incoherent banshee croons set a mood which envelops and entrances you, and the guitar and bassist are smart enough to back it up subtly and simply with jangly leads and dutiful rhythms. Not at all what one might expect from two former members of 9 Shocks Terror, but good enough to make you forget any comparison or dissection. "Hunger Split" accents the rest of the songs perfectly with its surprising brightness in the midst of the otherwise-broody record. The ensuing "Not Over" conjures some Twee elements with its soft loose guitars and driving bass. (Deranged Records #239)

FAILURES - Decline and Fall LP
Failures' second album, Decline and Fall is a work of painstaking scrutiny and craftsmanship years in the making, delivered in an explosion of hardcore aggression. In just over 14 minutes these 14 frenzied songs burst forth with whirlwind drum fills, lighting fast riffs and full throttle vocals in a timeless, stripped down style. To paint a clearer picture, the line up boasts a long "members of" list including Charles Bronson, Orchid, Green Beret, Cut the Shit, etc. "Decline and Fall" features heavy black vinyl, debossed, white foil-stamped matte jackets and euro sleeves with black flood interiors in an edition of 400. (Youth Attack Records #90)

ANCESTORS - In Death 7"
(NOTE: Youth Attack pricing) Following their trilogy of releases, these four new pummeling black metal songs come forth filled with shredding guitars and tortured vocals to convey a hopeless atmosphere. This is a violent, swirling cacophony that pushes their style to the limit to further articulate the hallucinatory nature of despair. In Death features black vinyl housed in black-flood paper inner sleeves and heavy duty gatefold jackets. To enhance the mood of the artwork, the sleeve plays an exclusive audio track, activated by pressing a concealed button inside. (Youth Attack Records #91)

CIVILIZED - Dust and Blood 7"
(NOTE: Youth Attack pricing) Denver's CIVILIZED react violently to their environment with an all-out assault on their debut EP. On these 8 songs we hear bare bones hardcore delivered at its highest intensity, withsinger Zach Reini's ferocious delivery leading the offensive in a tour de force of rage and revenge. Those familiar with their Negative Reflection Demo will take note of their amped up aggression and now masterful execution of riffs, breakdowns, and tempo shifts that heretofore stand unparalleled. You're all to burn! Dust and Blood features 70gm black vinyl, double-sided arigato jackets and cardstock inner sleeves with black flood interiors in an edition of 400. (Youth Attack Records #89)

THE REPOS - Live Munitions LP
One of the most prolific and influential hardcore bands of our generation is finally captured live with this fourteen song assault recorded in Chicago during a private performance on the west side. This LP contains all their best classics like "Attack From All Sides," "Lowlife Legion," and "Voice In My Head," delivered in a non-stop, three-chord barrage under a tornado of growls by a lunatic frontman. Mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios for optimal ferocity, making it almost seem like you were there bashing in faces too. (Youth Attack Records #86)

(restock) RAW NERVE - Every Problem Solved 7" (NOTE: Youth Attack pricing) Chicago hardcore legends RAW NERVE have gone out burning down the whole city with this final four-song frenzy to top off one of the most uncompromising runs in recent hardcore history. Eschewing the reassurance of sing-alongs and melodies, RAW NERVE fixates on the insular world of loneliness and the search for meaning by tearing apart all falsehoods with a bitter vengeance. This is combustive, youthful hardcore at its finest. Features heavy tip-on 7" jackets, 8 page photo booklets, and thick vinyl. (Youth Attack Records #81)