Descriptions for 6/16/18
FUCKED UP - High Rise 7"
Fucked Up celebrates Dreamsday this June 15 with the release of this limited 2 song 45, including a cover of the classic "High Rise" by The Train Spotters. "Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise." Tracklist: A. High Rise and B. Tower on Time. (Tank Crimes Records #112)
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #422 (July 2018)
We're excited to present to you yet another issue of Maximum Rocknroll: issue #422, our July 2018 issue! This month we feature Italy's SHITTY LIFE, who spill all about politics in Italy and their love of Peavey amps. We also feature HAIRCUT from Virginia, where they speak about what it means to be sober and a punk as well as the first-generation American experience. MURO from Colombia also speak about their Rat Trap Collective and punk and politics in their country. Also featured are Olympia's GEN POP, who don't want to be pigeonholed as just another Olympia band. AIWT from Russia tell about how they don't really care about what their fans think, while LARS FINBERG talks about why he's only just now released his first solo album after years of work in A-FRAMES, THE INTELLIGENCE, THEE OH SEES, and more. WHIP from Winnipeg talk about being a "couple band," their signing to Neck Chop Records, and their reaction to being called a "female-infused" band. We've also got an interview with STEFAN CHRISTENSEN of C/Site Recordings, who splurges all about the history of his label and how the REPTILE RANCH reissue came about. For those dying for more punk coverage, there's a Manic Relapse Photospread and all of the letters, columns, and reviews that you love to complain about on Instagram. Don't wait: pick this issue up today! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #421)
S.H.I.T. - Complete S.H.I.T. LP
It could have been Total Shit, Utter Shit, All Shit or any other number of puns but you lucky fuckers get Complete Shit - the 21 track round up of everything these Toronto Shitters have committed to 7" Vinyl and tape from 2014 to 2016 on Static Shock Records, Iron Lung, Lengua Armada Discos and La Vida Es Un Mus. S.H.I.T. came from the womb fully formed with a stunning Demo in 2012 (included here) but that was no surprise as within their ranks are ex-members of Violent Future, Urban Blight and Purity Control. Their sound is raging hardcore with stomping drums, dirty guitar work with and vocals drenched in reverb. I know you've heard that all before, but the trick is that S.H.I.T. write songs that stick in your head, and have Jonah Falco doing production.These tracks are too good to be lost on sold out 7"s. (La Vida Es Un Mus #170)
BLASPHEMY - Live Ritual: Friday the 13th CD/tape cassette
"Live Ritual: Friday the 13th" LP was the first vinyl LP in what has since become Nuclear War Now!'s extensive discography. Approximately seventeen years and several hundred other releases later, "Live Ritual" has become one of the rarest and most sought-after of all NWN releases, and so the time has come for a repress of this historic album. The audio has undergone an additional round of mastering at the hands of James Plotkin to remove the distracting preamble and improve the overall sound. The layout has also been updated to include a more extensive description of events that led to the recording as well as many photos from the gig. While Nuclear War Now! has continued to evolve from its humble beginnings to its current state, "Live Ritual: Friday the 13th" will always represent the enduring essence of the label, and therefore it is truly fitting that it once again see the dark of night. (Nuclear War Now Records #4)
BLASPHEMY - Victory (Son of the Damned) CD/tape cassette
After having recorded the "Live Ritual" performance in July, YK shipped the very same MiniDisc recorder used for that event to Ryan Frster, along with instructions on how to use it. The aforementioned rehearsal session took place in the basement of then-bassist Bestial Saviour of the Undead Legions, and Frster captured the event by placing the MiniDisc recorder on the top of a washing machine in the room. Given the circumstances, one might erroneously assume the resulting audio quality to be inferior. On the contrary, the audio turned out to be compellingly good and thus worthy of its own release. What makes this release particularly unique is the first-time inclusion of the track "Victory (Son of the Damned)," from which the rehearsal now derives its name. Though debate continues to this day as to which - between "Fallen Angel of Doom...." and the "Blood Upon the Altar" demo - represents the most essential Blasphemy recording, "Victory (Son of the Damned)" promises to hold its own place atop the mantle of bestial black metal history as a snapshot in time of the world's most notorious black metal band. (Nuclear War Now Records #395)
KNELT ROTE - Alterity LP
Nuclear War Now! Productions hereby presents "Alterity," Knelt Rote's fourth album and one that continues along the same trajectory established by the previous sequence of recordings. The devastation wrought by the incessant percussive barrage and grinding guitars on "Alterity" is matched by the dark introspection into the human condition that it endeavors to navigate. (Nuclear War Now Records #364)
SPIRITUAL CRAMP - Police State 7"
Spiritual Cramp exist in a strange vacuum somewhere between David Byrnes oversized suit and a bar fight between a bunch of drunk goons on Polk Street in San Francisco. Citing sources from early Dub influenced Clash, Blitz and The Modern Lovers - San Francisco California's Spiritual Cramps new EP "Police State" picks up a where their last EP Mass Hysteria left off, just a bit more torqued. Hate for the police, the government, the status quo and himself are reoccurring themes in Michael Bingham's lyrics while toxic bass tones go heavy with solid drums and guitars on the full upstroke or full downstroke depending on which way the wind is blowing. Spiritual Cramp, it's over. Spiritual Cramp features ex-members of Creative Adult, Fearing, Profile, and Primal Rite. "Danger, mystery and youthful restlessness have long been vital elements of rock 'n roll. Spiritual Cramp communicates a state of unease in a seemingly at ease system, shaking things up in a way that only truly impactful art can. Their sound borrows from the past, echoes of late '70s and early '80s working-class rock and punk, and functions on the upbeat showcasing very bright guitars yet generating darker vocal rhythms and darker patterning." (Deranged Records #314)
NO PROBLEM - Let God Sort 'Em Out LP
Standing on the precipice of a damaged world circling the drain Edmonton Punks No Problem are set to figuratively "kill'em all" with the release of Let God Sort'em Out, their ambitious third studio album out on Deranged Records. No Problem welcomes listeners into a frightening world filled with heavy riffs and nervous, gloomy, frustrated sounds. The perfect summer playlist to underscore our impending doom. A mainstay in Edmonton Alberta's underground punk community, No Problem formed in 2010, blending the mutant sounds of early Canadian punk with the classic primitive stomp of American hardcore. Drenched in atmosphere No Problem have created the ultimate soundtrack to society's impending doom. No Problem's notorious high energy show has toured over twenty countries across three continents, sharing the stage with bands like Career Suicide, Fucked UP, DOA, Night Birds, Red Dons, The Regulations and many more. With three studio albums and over four 7"/EPs, No Problem are one of Canada's top DIY exports. (Deranged Records #311)
TARANTLA - The Very Best Of Sex And Violence 7"
The very best of sex and violence is the third vinyl installment from Chicago's TARANTLA with 5 new glorious hardcore punk tracks. For those unfamiliar, TARANTLA is the reincarnation of CLO and they play an intoxicating blend of classic punk and meat & potato hardcore. "While one might consider the idea of catchy, song-oriented hardcore to be completely played out, Tarantula toe the line between poppy and aggressive so perfectly that their music feels fresh. You can hear the influences quite clearly-the snotty, aggressive punk of bands like the Angry Samoans and Zero Boys, the earnest drive of early 80s midwest hardcore like Articles of Faith and early Husker Du, and a dash of Devo / Geza X-style irreverence-but they're swirled together in a way that's just different enough from anything I've heard before to be noteworthy." From Daniel/Sorry State. Art from DrugFace as per usual. Mastered by Geza X (DK, Germs, Black Flag). (Deranged Records #313)
DAMAGERS - s/t 7"
New Toronto band of familiar faces playing rough and ready HC punk indebted to early to mid eighties international hardcode not far from what would have bene on 'Welcom to 1984" and/or "All's Quiet on the Western Front". Empty, ugly, loud and fast. Live for no one, love for everyone. (Deranged Records #312)
V/A - Benefit for Big Frank LP
This is the scene coming together to help one of our own in a time of need. Each band was handpicked by Big Frank and all donated their time and their music to this great cause. Big Frank has described it as "showing my diverse taste in music and is a pretty good representation of the direction my label would have gone had I carried on with it all these years." Featuring artists as diverse as Terror, Integrity, Electric Frankenstein, Nails, Done Dying, Himsa, Disfear, Take Offense and more, there is something here for even the most discerning fan. (Not Like You Records #28)
AUS - s/t LP
How does something so vintage sound like such a breath of fresh air?! Berlin's AUS tap into the Heimatland's heritage of notoriously cold and humorless nihilism to produce a danceable sense of dread. When the rhythm section isn't driving us closer to armageddon it's providing a pounding tribal backdrop for brooding and disaffected witchy incantations. Distant guitars cut like broken glass and the synth rises up through the cracks like a blend of cigarette smoke and fog machine. Collectors take note!: Comes in a heavy 320g sleeve with band photo in handstamped wax envelope. Night time only record. (Static Age Records #50)
DRUX - s/t LP
Straight ahead 1980's style influenced hardcore filled with punching mid tempo parts, showing hints of classic Boston style like SSD with the UK82 sound of Chaos UK. (Static Age Records #49)
JILTED JOHN - True Love Stories 40th Anniversary Edition LP + 7"
JILTED JOHN is the legendary punk/new wave creation of Graham Fellows (nowadays better known as JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH) who's eponymous single was released back in 1978, rising to Number 4 in the UK charts and selling nearly half a million copies in the process, and became the most hated song by people called Gordon ever released with its anthemic "Gordon is a Moron" chant. The single was followed by cult classic album "TRUE LOVE STORIES", which has been name checked by many as a real inspiration to the likes of Jarvis Cocker and more with its concept album of the trials and tribulations of Jilted John's teenage angst. Fast forward to 2018, and to co-incide with a JILTED JOHN 40th anniversary tour, here is a rather special 40th Anniversary Edition of not only the classic album, which has been out of print on vinyl for over 35 years, but also the legendary 7" single included complete in picture sleeve as per the original Rabid Records release back in 1978!. The package also includes new liner notes from Graham Fellows, and a replica of the original "Mice And Ladders" board that featured in the very initial pressing, and collectors have been searching high and low for in copies for the past 40 years! This album is an essential part of the UK punk and new wave history, and its fantastic to be able to make this available again on vinyl, with the classic single as a bonus to boot! First pressing is on random colour/mix effect vinyl! (Boss Tuneage Retro Records #40)
PARASITE - Zankyo (Reverberation) CD
Finally a full length from Japans Parasite. After a sold out 7" & 10" on Tadpole Records and a 7" and Split 7" on Holy Terror Records , the kings of G.I.S.M worship are back, this time they have 8 tracks on a full length LP, For fans of G.I.S.M, Randy Uchida Group, G.A.T.E.S and Draid - If you like riffs, solo's and Metal Punk this is a must for your collection. Following the success of the vinyl version, here is a special limited edition CD Version, containing three bonus tracks from the bands unreleased first demo from 2009! CD version is packaged in a full colour gatefold sleeve style CD wallet. (Boss Tuneage Records #118 CD)
SPOILERS - Recently Rereleased CD
SPOILERS have over the past couple of years established themselves as one of the most promising new bands on the UK underground punk scene. Supporting tours with the likes of FACE TO FACE and SNUFF last year (and more to follow again this year with LAGWAGON and BAD COP BAD COP) mean that they are gaining new fans wherever they play. With this in mind, "RECENTLY RE-RELEASED" is a limited edition CD compilation featuring their now out of print "STAY AFLOAT" debut mini LP, plus split 7" EP tracks , and also one previously unreleased studio track and three acoustic tracks to compile the story so far, released to co-incide with the bands first ever Canada dates with FACE TO FACE and more UK shows with SNUFF, and to act as a taster for their debut album due later this year! CD version is packaged in a full colour gatefold sleeve style CD wallet. (Boss Tuneage Records #123 CD)
HIVE/NO SKIN - split 7"
Two Minnesotan heavy weight bands combine to put out one badass 7". HIVE (featuring members/ex-members of - DISEMBODIED, 108, THREADBARE, ENDEAVOR, BOSNIA) bring two heavy, doom meets d-beat, songs reminiscent of NEUROSIS and WARTORN. Side B features thrashers NO SKIN (featuring members/ex-members of - IN DEFENSE, DETERIORATION, NO FUNERAL). NO SKIN brings back an 80's punk sound ala NEGATIVE APPROACH or OUT COLD. This is the perfect combination of heavy meets insanity. Both bands are seasoned with at least 4 years of history each, several releases and tours and mini-tours (HIVE recently mini-toured with SECT in the Midwest). This ep was released on limited clear vinyl. Each EP also comes with a download card. (FTWNU3 Records Vinyl #2)
BONEFIRE - Murderapolis CD
Minnesotan seasoned vets, BONEFIRE, bring in 6 studio tracks, +2 live tracks on their tour re-release cd. BONEFIRE (featuring ex-members of MISERY, SOCIAL SCHISM, TROUBLE MAKER and THE MURDERERS). This cd immediately throws the listener back to early/mid 80's d-beat/punk. For fans of DISCHARGE, GBH and the EXPLOITED this cd will not disappoint! With songwriters, SID and GAGS (both ex-MISERY) listeners get the authentic feel of punk roots. These two have been doing this sound for over 30 years! CD was originally released by the band as a sample tour cd. FTWNU2 picked it up, re-released it with 2 bonus tracks, a 6 panel lyric poster, stickers and digital download card. This is the perfect addition to any punk collectors collection.
(FTWNU2 Records CD #2)
DISSIDENT CLONE - Creating The Consumed 7"
This Minnesotan duo features Chad (drummer for WAR//PLAGUE) and Pat (ex-DEMONICON, NAILED SHUT). After almost 10 years of being a band, this is their first vinyl release. 4 songs from the "TRI-DROID RECORDS" recording sessions, these blistering rippers bring in a style reminiscent of early EARACHE RECORDS ala NAPALM DEATH, BOLT THROWER and GENERAL SURGERY. With an amazing combination of d-beat, blast beat and hardcore beats, this ep is a stand out! The ep comes in black or "SWAMP COLORED" vinyl, stickers, 8 song download card (featuring all the songs from the "TRI-DROID RECORDS" recording session) and a huge 22"X32", 2 sided, newsprint poster (like early PUSMORT RECORD releases). (FTWNU2 Records Vinyl #1)
DISSIDENT CLONE - Civilized CD
This well anticipated follow up to "CREATING THE CONSUMED", Minnesota's DISSIDENT CLONE take off the gloves and brings out 10 new songs that destroy. "COLLAPSED" starts the listener off with an immediate audio attack and from there they get a roller coaster of d-beat, blast beats and hardcore beats that devastate! Now seasoned, and fresh off a tour with DETERIORATION, DISSIDENT CLONE took the "CIVILIZED" cd to a whole new level. Hiring artist VINCE LOCKE (CANNIBAL CORPSE fame) to do their cover art, DISSIDENT CLONE really steps up their game with a more polished NAPALM DEATH meets MALEVOLENT CREATION/CROWBAR guitar sound. Lyrically, even more pissed off and ready to destroy, this cd is the ultimate for today's political situation. CD includes 6 panel lyric poster, stickers and 10 song download card. (FTWNU2 Records CD #1)
SPINE - Faith LP
Kansas City, MO's Spine returns with their second full-length album, "Faith." Spine continues seamlessly blending the sounds of NYHC a la Youth Of Today, Cro-Mags, and Agnostic Front with the whiplash speed and intensity of bands like Infest and Siege. With multiple EPs and a full-length record already under their belt, these nine brand-new songs are Spine's hardest and most focused material to date. LP includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #255)
CRIPPLED YOUTH - Join The Fight 7" + booklet
Before they were called Bold, this K-Town mosh crew were originally known as Crippled Youth. "Join The Fight Fight" was their debut EP as well as the first release for up and coming West Coast hardcore label New Beginning Records (Underdog, Halfoff, P.H.C.), recorded in late 1985 and released in 1986. With song topics covering the positivity of their scene, being straight edge, and friends sticking together, this record was the catalyst for a thousand sing-alongs. Includes 28 page color booklet with liner notes from people involved with the band and the original release of the 7" with lots of photos and other artwork from that period in the band's history. (Revelation Records #172)
(repressed) ELDER - Lore LPx2 (with download)
Elder is a heavy psych band from Boston, USA. Founded by long-time friends Nicholas DiSalvo, Jack Donovan and Matt Couto, the group spent years plodding in Sabbathian territory, releasing their self-titled debut 2007, followed by "Dead Roots Stirring" in 2011. They also released a two song EP "Spires Burn / Release" in 2012 showing musical growth in a more refined vision of the band's sound. Their third full length "Lore" is a watershed moment in the band's history. Joining the interplay of heaviness and melody which has become the hallmark Elder sound are a host of new meanderings through uncharted kosmische territory; krautrock, prog as well as classic heavy rock and doom can all be heard unfolding throughout the record's five songs. While Elder's sound is now much more evloved and varied, it is still consistently based around rock and metal, originally influenced by such heavy landmark bands as Black Sabbath, Sleep and Electric Wizard. (Armageddon Shop Records #9)
(restock) POISON RITES - s/t LP or tape cassette
An Ex- SPEEDWOLF group of punk rock n roll garage freaks speeding from middle America (Denver, CO). A true testament to the older fast rock of the HELLACOPTERS, NEW BOMB TURKS, TURBONEGRO, ZEKE and more. Their debut full length album, which has been self-released on their very own Splattered! Records will be the fuel for 2017 as they tour to SXSW and the Mess Around in ATL, GA this Spring. In the spirit of old groups such as RADIO BIRDMAN, MC5, DEAD BOYS, and other rock n' roll trash, these 10 songs add the speed, attitude, and frustration of the teenage millennium. Mastered at 45rpm for fully loaded sonic overload. Don't miss a real rock n roll revival without the usual carbon copy bozos! (Splattered Records #8)
Descriptions for 6/9/18
DROIDZ - Strange World Strange Years LP
Sam and Chany from Inepsy + Sharavan from Aghast new project! Don't expect the usual overdose of raw punk noise and rock'n'roll this is a new wave / post punk record! If you're into Lords Of The New Church, Bauhaus and Death Cult, this record is for you. If you think three of the strongest personalities in the noise, d-beat, rock'n'roll and crust panorama are behind the curtains of this band, you won't believe your ears. Available in 500 copies on green vinyl. (Agipunk Records #115)
BOUND - Lost Songs 7"
During the early to mid '90s, an ample scene of hardcore freaks and fresh townie skids flourished among the crumbling bricks of the former celluloid comb capital of the country. With its toxic ruins of paper mills, and the poisonous footprint of a shuttered Foster Grant plant, the long-passed-its-prime repression of north-central Massachusetts' "Twin Cities" (Fitchburg and Leominster [area]) didn't offer a lot of opportunity for kids, especially teenagers, to stay out of trouble-and to be real, to stay alive. As much as the corridors of the Searstown Mall, the curbs behind Loewes Theatre, and the late night tables at Denny's played a significant role in nourishing and occupying the TCHCs, to many, no spot was more important than the one block stretch of Main Street Fitchburg that housed Allan Esper's Club 490. On many a night, just down the steps below the club's neon sign (which still hangs frozen in place, 24 years after the final show), hordes of go-nowhere-kids of all ages could be found slamming around and taking the stage in bands like DIVE, SCATTERED REMNANTS, FIT FOR ABUSE, OPPOSITION, ENTROPY, OVERCAST, CONVERGE, BOUND/HATCHETFACE, and a mile-long list of local and national hardcore punk, and metal bands of the era. For the statisticians, members of BOUND were also active in FIT FOR ABUSE, ENTROPY, DIVE, GET HIGH, and another band that you've definitely heard of. Pressing of 250 copies, all on black. (Warthog Speak Records #24)
HEALER/DJ EONS - split 7"
A heady, not-so-obvious-until-you-hear-it tag team of blast-and-chill from a couple Bay Area rippers splitting a titanic, future-classic two-sider. One side spins out the sample-laden, blink-and-you-missed it, 2017 demo of ripping-tearing-and-slashing grind-violence from HEALER. Originally limited to 50 copies on cassette, this material needed a wider physical audience. Fuck with HEALER if you dig EXCRUCIATING TERROR, CROSSED OUT, prime era West Bay cartel groups, and that whole thing. Over on the opposite side of this black and waxy platter, three cuts of spooky, instrumental gloom-groove, hip-hop-doom, beat-butchery is roached off the hands of almighty DJ Eons (aka Kung Fu Dan, aka Dan Lactose), teamed up with PLUTO / REDACTED / AGENTS' Frankobadanko, and Andres Wade from GOD'S AMERICA. This record dusts it. Period. Pressing of 250, all on black. (Warthog Speak Records #30)
ALIENATION - Bitter Reality 7"
Bitter Reality, the third vinyl psalm in the ALIENATION gospel is a harsher, faster, and more abrasive yoke than the Halifax bad bois have yet to strap into. Eleven tracks of raw-skinned, breakneck, stop-n-go thrashing exhaustion with the hooks hidden a little deeper than on previous outings, resulting in a much deeper wound when the sharpest blades of quality riffage tear out of the screaming, steady darkness of this hellish blaze. It's bands like this and NOSFERATU that really keep modern hardcore exciting. Thrash til fuckin' death. Pressing of 250 copies, all on black. (Warthog Speak Records #32)
AGATHOCLES/DECHECHARGE - Agatho Charge 7"
AG with 11 raw shredding tracks of extreme earkilling ultra-core in the vein of RAPT, BRIGADA DO ODIO, COCK ROACHS, LARM, PSYCHO SIN backed with vocals like SS DECONTROL "Get it away" era......All in 6 minutes......Be prepared for permanent eardamage. Deche-Charge deliver 356 songs of canadian gang bang noise core. Split Label with Jerk Off Records and Ratgirl Records. Limited to 400 copies. 200 on Black Vinyl. 100 on White Vinyl. 100 on Green Vinyl. Download card only available with colored vinyl. (Jerk Off Records #85)
MOB TERROR - Superstimulus LP (one sided)
It's a one sided 45 with a screen printed b side. Limited to 200. They are from Philly and include Alex from Horrendous on bass. Sounds a lot like Ice Nine with a little Rorschach, some blast beats and some vintage AmRep noise. ...a chaotic, spastic blur that reimagined Husker Du's "Land Speed Record" if Earache released it in 1989. (Financial Ruin Records #27)
THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR - And Darkness Fell LP
A cult name in the metal underground, THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR were one of the first bands to carry forward the torch of perverse primitivism originally lit by PROFANATICA before their successive comeback. And just like that pioneering American black metal band, PROFANATICAlikewise have two eras. Now, at long last, 2017 sees the release of THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR's long-awaited debut album, through longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS. Fittingly titled And Darkness Fell, the album contains 14 tracks of utterly blasphemous black/death metal. Right from the ominous intro onward, And Darkness Fell explodes into being with a goat-grinding sensibility that's simply impossible to ignore - and even more impossible not to submit to. One black cum ejaculate after another, THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR create a desecrating whirlwind of barbarity and crudity that's quintessentially American - and proudly so. For And Darkness Fell is cut from a cloth too long neglected, too vile for trend-jumpers and tourists, resurrected in its most reviling form from a time when the divisions between black metal and death metal weren't so divided and divisive... Both a continuation of the band's original era and their second, equally sick era, And Darkness Fell is totally THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR, and totally uncompromising - not for wimps! (Hells Headbangers Records #214)
SACROCURSE - Gnostic Holocaust CD
Following hot on the heels of their Destroying Chapels 7" last year, Gnostic Holocaust sees SACROCURSE going from strength to strength and reaping their most ravenous whirlwind yet. Whereas the Destroying Angels EP introduced the live lineup that's been in place for a couple years now, Gnostic Holocaust is the first full-length display of the band's true power and potency. Here, SACROCURSE take all their original rudiments - bestial propulsion, immediately memorable songwriting, and mind-melted solos - and adds even more insanity and ritualism, more red-eyed and rabid than ever. It's quintessential South American-style black/death witchery, but given a dosage of Ross Bay-steeped sturm und drang. What's more, while the power-trio are just as apt to blast away at dangerous speeds, there's expert pacing in their down-tempo death-marches, giving further iron-fisted thrust to what is truly a Gnostic Holocaust. Fan the flames of zealotry and prepare for SACROCURSE's Gnostic Holocaust! (Hells Headbangers Records #175 CD)
THE SHELTERING SKY/REDACTED - split 7"
Sharing this simple 7" format comes a band from each coast on a mission to wreak havoc on the human senses. From the East Coast emerge The Sheltering Sky, from New York. Here, they disinter three tracks of blackened death emerging from dark shadows from all corners. They start off slow and plodding with their intro, like an undead corpse crawling out of its grave and ambling around in the night. They then pick up the pace and unleash some unholy screams. The discordant notes slash and tear as if by sharpened claws. They then conclude with a primal and angular number as if they were summoning the dead to rampage and bludgeon. Repping the West Coast is Redacted, who continues on the tradition of Bay Area Power Violence with their five tracks presented here. It is from their pedigree from which they have honed their sound and tight execution, as they would bring forth their influences gained from their member's involvement in past bands such as Plutocracy, No Less, Utter Bastard, The Riffmerchants, etc. They would hit hard and fast with all the combined history behind them in their ammunition. (Agromosh Records #46)
VESSEL OF INIQUITY - Vessel of Iniquity LP
The life-shattering debut album of UK-based one-man black/death/noise monstrosity Vessel of Iniquity. Fifteen minutes of unfathomable audial terror designed to disintegrate existence directly from within. Fifteen minutes of inconceivable sonic trauma administered through the unholy abuse of the most blighted blackened death metal and of the most anti-human and liminal strains of noise, drone and power electronics. A sensorially annihilating and humiliating sonic holocaust that has brought together the diverse but equally decimating aesthetics of extreme acts like Gnaw Their Tongues, Impetuous Ritual, and Teitanblood to conceive the most absurd and completely unthinkable realms of musical devastation. For fans of: Gnaw Their Tongues, Impetuous Ritual, Spektr. (Sentient Ruin Labotatories #61 TP)
SHATTERBOX - Strung Out on the Line LP
Official reissue of obscure Seattle Punk RocknRoll from '81, restored and remastered from original reels. DIG! Records Archeological Division presents Strung Out on the Line, the all but lost private press powerhouse LP from SHATTERBOX. The band formed in 1979, at a major and sketchy (read: majorly sketchy) generational crossroads for what threatened to be the last gasp of Rock'n'roll in the '70s, and the shaky-new directions it'd take in the '80s. Recorded in their Seattle basement, the band utilized a mobile studio unit a la a low-rent D.I.Y. Exile Main on St., and self-released the album on New Year's Day 1981 in an unknown quantity, and in an array of handmade album art designs: stencil and spray paint; paste-on Xerox cutout; and bare-white factory sleeves, Shatterbox never followed standard operating procedures and Strung Out on the Line captures the band's wild and ragged original sound and style in full. Newly restored and remastered by DAVID ECK from the original quarter-inch reels and housed in properly printed jackets with liner notes displaying the numerous versions of album art and an oral history from the band's sole surviving member, Richard Pleasant, this LP is finally receiving the presentation it deserves. Rocketing through twelve brash and energetic cuts of exuberant Punk Rock and raw Power Pop, the album sonically falls somewhere between The Heartbreakers, Nervous Eaters and either-or, better yet-both iterations of The Gizmos. (Dig! Records #7)
DANCER - I'm Not Giving Up/Teenage Punk 7"
Here with an anthemic scorcher of an A-Side: "I'm Not Giving Up", channels equal parts Cheap Trick & Thin Lizzy, delivering the ROCK GOD goods so convincingly its time to THROW your Kiss records out! Flip it over for "Teenage Punk", a swirling synth punk slice of misfit solace with words to live by ("all our friends, we don't have friends"). Six singles in, and Dancer proves there are sick new moves comin' from the crew responsible for Apache, Glitz, and Slick! Recorded by Greg Ashley in a one and done press featuring awesome album art by the Human Lawnmower's inimitable Avi Spivak. (Dig! Records #5)
NOVAE MILITIAE - Gash'khalah cassette tape
Evil, blasphemous, hideous, and utterly horrific, on their sophomore LP mysterious French black metal abomination Novae Militiae summon total armageddon. In strict adherence to France's infamous tradition of birthing the most heinous and fucked black metal imaginable, "Gash'khalah" does not disappoint, spewing forth a wretched swarm of otherworldly aural annihilation that engulfs the listener like a blaze. In an attempt to harness complete and unadulterated ruin, on "Gash'khalah" Novae Militiae meticulously unravel almost an hour of vile and blasphemous sonic trauma that paints a picture of absolutely daunting horror. Through a sapient and unorthodox interweaving of unsettling atmospheres, deviant religious commentary, warped and disorienting instrumental passages, and an absolutely crushing delivery, "Gash'khalah"'s hideous silhouette takes shape through the same realms of ruin and torment that have birthed masterpieces by other similar French black metal aberrations like Aosoth, Deathspell Omega, Antaeus, etc. For fans of: Aosoth, Deathspell Omega, Anteus. (Sentient Ruin Labotatories #51 TP)
SLEEPWALKER - For This Time Only, Never Again tape cassette
This japanese idiom is the central theme of the new, second, unbelievable album of the same name by the elusive psychedelic/avantgarde black metal enigma Sleepwalker. Once again fusing drone, raw black metal, kraut/psychedelic rock, free-jazz, noise rock, and tribal ritualism to absolutely mind-melting effect, Sleepwalker's idea behind this new record was to take central superstitions that rule the rhetoric of eastern lore and funnel them through the prism of the modern world. The final result: the band's staple psychedelic black metal mind-fuck ritual gloriously preserved and burning brighter and more insanely than ever. Suspended between the visionary opposites of bands like Voivod, Zeni Geva, Oxbow, King Crimson, Ornassi Pazuzu, Lurker of Chalice, and Xasthur, with Sleepwalker have once again proven to be one of the most mind-expanding and visionary experimental black metal acts of our times. For fans of: Lurker of Chalice, Oranssi Pazuzu. (Sentient Ruin Labotatories #44 TP)
PETRIFICATION - Hollow of the Void cassette tape
Bastard old school death metal orcs Petrification return with their debut full-length album, unleashing a lawless legion of pummeling and brain-eating riffs designed to annihilate the listener and dismantle their flesh in the most barbarous and least efficient way possible. Through these eleven new cuts of decaying brutality and mental abuse, the Portland death metal butchers unleash a barrage of classically gruesome and traditionally repulsive death metal chaos that worships directly at the rotting altar of legends Autopsy, Nihilist, Grave, Convulse, Funebre, Bolt Thrower etc., while also setting their footmark as a visionary and ambitious entity all of their own, set on a path of total self-determination within the most liminal realms of absurd death metal de(con)struction. For fans of: Bolt Thrower, Acephalix, Vastum, Convulse. (Sentient Ruin Labotatories #64 TP)
ASSUMPTION - Absconditus tape cassette
Italian death-doom behemoths Assumption return with their otherworldly debut LP - once again dragging the listener to a warped and hallucinated twilight zone lost at the edge of the cosmos. Inspired by the majestic and dismal craft of bands like Disembowelment, Thergothon and early Esoteric, within the crushing vastness of these three colossal songs the listener will feel the weight of omnipotent emptiness pushing them down toward the event horizon where they are slowly and meticulously pulled apart by invisible tidal forces before they decay into the singularity. (Sentient Ruin Labotatories #62 TP)
DEPRAVED - Demo 2016 7"
Vinyl version of demo tape from Reseda (CA) powerviolence hardcores Depraved. Contains 7 tracks in 9 minutes of pure california powerviolence style with distorted voice and fury rhythmics. Vinyl version has 3 more songs than tape version. Definitely for fans of Infest, Crossed Out, Neanderthal and new bands like Concussive, Cave State and modern West Coast Powerviolence. Past Members of Forged and play now also in Intruder and Terror Suspect. Limited 300 Copies. (Grindpromotion Records #42)
SCUM HUMAN/DEPRAVED - split 7"
What a split! I'm not sure if it is appropriate to use the term "classic" when it comes to a music style as powerviolence but the canadian Scum Human sound like a modern version of Crossed Out. The Depraved sound is too raw and fast with some noise arrangments with new synth parts in these 6 tracks. Reseda Powerviolence even more sick and agressive. Strong Influences from Crossed Out, No Comment and Infest! White Vinyl. Limited 400 Copies. (Grindpromotion Records #41)
BOAK - Movies 7" (one sided)
Boak just use photo of Alien Ant Farm members and put them in this "art". Looks very stupid but cool, I'm sure the guys from AAF wouldn't understand that joke. Anyway, these 2 sick guys from Aberdeen (Scotland) managed to shove a huge amount of energy, anger, riffs, groove and screams into this 4 minute release. The boak sound is the perfect mix with European grind bands like napalm death and the new hardcore / powerviolence from new continent like Six Brew Bantha. Limited 300 Copies (Grindpromotion Records #40)
FORGED - Forged 7"
17 songs in 9 minutes is it possible? Yes, it's possible if you play the true west coast powerviolence.Punchy bass, overwhelming vocals, solid guitar and drums, it all together sound just like a fighting crowd! These guys from San Fernando Valley reminded a little of good old No Comment, but a lot angrier and with much deeper and wider sound. Pressed on clear red vinyl. Limited 500 Copies (Grindpromotion Records #37)
IMPLORE - Thanatos 7"
In 8 minutes Implore creates another recording that takes blackened death metal, grindcore and crust and mixes them together to put out a very heavy 7 inch, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover conspiracy, occultism, anti religion, anti fascism, and human misery themes. "Thanatos" keeps the essence of the brutality but adding more mix with hardcore and crust parts furious blast beat like the first Napalm Death and new sounds like bands as Trap Them. Collaboration With Woooaargh. (Grindpromotion Records #35)
LIFE OF REFUSAL - Survival In Negative 7"
10 minutes of sound have a powerful hardcore kernel which is overgrown with various extreme noises like grindcore and powerviolence. Apple Walley guys make the sound like Ultra Negative and Vile Intent, but with a pure straightforward hardcore approach, more in the vein of Weeken Nachos or early Hatred Surge. The monotonous voice only adds a curious vibe, sometimes not so far from early NYHC, sometimes (when Chris spits out words faster than a machinegun) an odd Rupture feeling. Extra "Lucid fairytale" Napalm Death cover.Clear Smoke Vinyl. Limitred 300 Copies. (Grindpromotion Records #34)
SAVAGE/MPG - split 7"
This release is strongly recommended for fans of good powerviolence and grindcore with more punk-oriented sound. Savage from Washington is a dream team band with Raheem, Mike (Capitalist Casualties) and Haroldo (Capitalist Casualties & Catheter) . The vocals on "Horrified" and "Point Blank" is amazing and reminded Spazz with the groovy guitar riffs on groovy mid-tempo. MPG are from sunny California. Their grindcore has this pleasant bit of raw and dirty sound. When every instrument in their hands start to put up some noise simultaneously, it turns into a goddamn tornado that will blow you away with some really smart inclusions of powerviolence-influenced stuff in their side. Limited 300 Copies. (Grindpromotion Records #33)
PASSIV DODSHIALP - Tecken Pa Idioti 10"
Brand new recordings from swedish crust/ punk monsters Passiv Ddshjlp. Seven raw d-takt songs with metal sound in the vein of old good Skitsystem / Wolfbrigade or Martyrdd. Cover artwork is again from mighty Costin Chioreanu (designs fpr Grave, Vader, Svart Records etc. etc). With members of Forgiftad, Kronisk Misantropi and Irritation. Co-relased with Phobia Records and Halvfabrikat Records. (Grindpromotion Records #31)
BOLESNO GRINJE - Grd LP
From Pula, Croatia straight into your face come the grind psychos Bolesno Grinje (which in English seems to be Sick Mites) with their album number 8 called simply "GRD".It can easily grind your bloody ears to the bone! Bolesno Grinje mix oldschool grindcore attacks with crust, hardcore and thrash passages and the result is an album that will make you bang your head 'til your neck breaks. The speed is on a very high level and so is the production of "GRD" - every instrument may be clearly heard. For Nasum, Rotten Sound and Disrupt fan. Co-Relased Rest Of Noise and Hecatombe Records. (Grindpromotion Records #30)
FINAL DRAFT/FISSURE - split 7"
Old power violence generation Vs the new one! After 3 years, the Inglewood power violence guys are back with 5 new furious songs. The sound reminder old school grindcore with west coast hardcore / fastcore influence. In another side, Fissure play a modern and youg sound. The screaming vocals with fastcore punk sound rip your ears. In these 6 songs there's a perfect exaple of new southern california fastcore / powerviolence. Relased on withe vinyl with A3 poster. Limited 500 Copies. (Grindpromotion Records #29)
O - Pietra LP (one sided)
O from Italy is a four piece band delivering an extremely heavy mixture of post hardcore/black metal. Pietra is the second album mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, mastodon, nile..). The suffering lyrics, the dark sound and fierce rhythms make this album a perfect mix of intensity and anger. For fans of The Secret and Celeste. Relased with Unquiet Records on 180g marbled vinyl. Limited 300 Copies. (Grindpromotion Records #28)
PASSIV DODSHIALP/ACHILLES - split LP
Pure crustcore power. Pure fucking hate. A split between Passiv ddshjlp (Gvle) and Achilles (Stockholm). On this piece of plastic you can actually hear Passiv ddshjlp turning to the east for help; the first track Parallella vrldar, could easily have been made by Distress from Russia. Achilles were formerly known as Achilles last stand and formerly from the small town of Oskarshamn, down south Sweden. The music can be described as the cousin to End of all. Excellent metal/crust. No fucking bullshit! (Grindpromotion Records #23)
REPULSIONE - Sunrip LP
Finally, after ten years blasting around, Repulsion deliver their first full length, "Sunrip"! Shifted a bit in their style, but their recipe is always based on some solid ground: tremendously aggressive old school powerviolence straight in your face! With their heavy-as-hell bass infused sound they will rip through your ears with violent songs that can only stand against their sheerness brutality is their catchiness. Repulsion amazing set of skills is definitely enough to lose one's love! This amazing full length effort even includes cover versions of classics by Agathocles and Hellnation! For fans of early Man Is The Bastard, Capitalist Casualties, Ulcer and Bizarre X! Co-Produciont with Grindfather and Rodel Records.(Grindpromotion Records #17)
SLAPSHOT - Make America Hate Again LP/CD
Boston hardcore legends Slapshot return with their latest album "Make America Hate Again." An institution in hardcore punk since 1985, Slapshot is still writing music as urgent and relevant as ever. Thirty-plus years later, Choke and company are still pissed off and evoke the same aggression that gave Slapshot their notorious reputation they have today. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #253)
THE PROLETARIAT - The Murder Of Alton Sterling 7"
In the fall of 2016, after a 33-year hiatus, The Proletariat decided to reunite to celebrate the re-release of their groundbreaking record "Soma Holiday." The shows went so well that the band decided to play more shows and write new music. They recorded two songs for an EP entitled "The Murder Of Alton Sterling." 7" includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #254)
LINE OF SIGHT - Dissent 7"
Debut EP from Line Of Sight featuring five tracks of DC hardcore played at neck-breaking speed. Urgent and to the point, the record rages from start-to-finish. For fans of Youth Of Today, Faith, and Uniform Choice. 7" includes digital download. (Youngblood Records #47)
THE FILAMENTS - Look To The Skies LP/CD
Since The Filaments reformed in 2009, they've taken their long-established track record of amazing songwriting and energetic stage performances to new heights, and have been steadily attracting swaths of new fans across England, Europe, and the world. With multiple full-lengths and countless tours under their belts, these veterans are still full of drive, and roaring to deliver this amazing new album to the world. Grab a copy of "Look To The Skies" today and you'll truly understand why people all over the world are going nuts for The Filaments. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #206)
THE BARSTOOL PREACHERS - Choose My Friends 7"
To tease the upcoming full-length release "Grazie Governo," The Barstool Preachers filmed a trilogy of music videos and Pirates Press Records released three corresponding picture flexis that are being distributed for free through record stores and mail orders all over the world. These 7" singles take that one step further and pair each track with a B-side, and create some amazing merch items for the band's endless touring brigade in the leadup to the album release this summer. These singles and their previous full-length, "Blatant Propaganda," speak volumes, but seeing this mayhem in the flesh truly proves that they are the real deal. (Pirates Press Records #203)
THE BARSTOOL PREACHERS - Grazie Governo 7"
To tease the upcoming full-length release "Grazie Governo," The Barstool Preachers filmed a trilogy of music videos and Pirates Press Records released three corresponding picture flexis that are being distributed for free through record stores and mail orders all over the world. These 7" singles take that one step further and pair each track with a B-side, and create some amazing merch items for the band's endless touring brigade in the leadup to the album release this summer. These singles and their previous full-length, "Blatant Propaganda," speak volumes, but seeing this mayhem in the flesh truly proves that they are the real deal. (Pirates Press Records #201)
THE BARSTOOL PREACHERS - Warchief 7"
To tease the upcoming full-length release "Grazie Governo," The Barstool Preachers filmed a trilogy of music videos and Pirates Press Records released three corresponding picture flexis that are being distributed for free through record stores and mail orders all over the world. These 7" singles take that one step further and pair each track with a B-side, and create some amazing merch items for the band's endless touring brigade in the leadup to the album release this summer. These singles and their previous full-length, "Blatant Propaganda," speak volumes, but seeing this mayhem in the flesh truly proves that they are the real deal. (Pirates Press Records #202)
THE OLD FIRM CASUALS - Wartime Rock 'N' Roll LP
The first pressing of this fantastic EP that Rebellion Records released in Europe (2017) absolutely flew off the shelves. With Pirates Press Records joining rank on this repress, they decided to take it up a notch. They have reworked the original insert into a proper jacket and turned Tim Lehi's etching from the first pressing into a silver silkscreen on the B-side. These are the remaining copies from Record Store Day 2018 on black vinyl, limited to 500 copies. 12"ep includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #192)
THE OLD FIRM CASUALS - s/t LP
180 gram color vinyl. Originally released on Oi! The Boat Records in 2011, The Old Firm Casuals' debut kicker of a 7" was the one obvious component left off "For The Love Of It All...," the 2xLP/CD compilation that brought together all of the band's early singles. In many ways, that was intentional - because this release deserves it's own royal treatment. With all four tracks on the A-side, and Dannyboy Smith's art from the original insert silkscreened on the B-side (so it shows through while on the ol' turntable), this 12"ep gives you the tracks sounding better than ever before, and one hell of an impressive art piece to celebrate a band that has become truly integral to the scene. These are the remaining copies from Record Store Day 2018 on clear vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies. (Pirates Press Records #193)
BOOZE & GLORY - London Skinhead Crew LP
180 Gram Die Cut. It's not common for a punk video to get 10 million views on YouTube, but that's just what this fantastic tune has done. In celebration, Pirates Press Records has taken Booze & Glory's newly recorded "Jamaican" reggae version of the song, and the original recording, and created one of the coolest and most unique records that has hit the market in a long time. And while a picture speaks a thousand words, especially in regards to impressive pieces of art like this one, it's also important to note that both sides play from the inside out, making it even more special. (Pirates Press Records #189)
MONSTER SQUAD - Depression LP
"Depression" is an album of overcoming the struggles that we all encounter in one form or another; seeing the strength that we all possess, though rarely recognizing it. In addition to some amazing artwork by Winston Smith (Dead Kennedys, Green Day), the band collaborated with Bryan Lothian (A Global Threat) and Mike "Rufio" Kadomiya (Life Is Posers) to throw some pretty incredible finishing touches on this extremely well thought- out release. "Depression" is a soundtrack to our intelligent screams at the world, and ourselves; it'll pick you up and set you back in motion, spinning around in that circle pit of life with the energy and heart of a teenager all over again. LP includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #205)
MANIC HISPANIC - The Menudo Incident LP
Manic Hispanic takes the punk songs that they love but they add a large dose of barrio humor. Members of Manic Hispanic have been in and are currently in Adolescents, Cadillac Tramps, D.I., The Grabbers, Punk Rock Karaoke, The X-Members, 22 Jacks, Final Conflict, Agent Orange, and Death By Stereo. The debut album from Southern California's Manic Hispanic was originally released in 1995 and has been out-of-print on vinyl for over 20 years. LP includes digital download and is limited to 500 copies. (Indecision Records #106)
CUTTING THROUGH - Empathy 7"
Cutting Through consists of current and former members of Go It Alone, Get The Most, Fired Up, Blue Monday, Safe And Sound, and Unrestrained. This four-song 7" entitled "Empathy" is the follow-up to their debut New Age 12"ep, "A Will To Change." For fans of Turnstile, Turning Point, and Youth Of Today. This is the blue vinyl version. (New Age Records #72)
(restock) BLATZ - Mike Montano LP
BLATZ released the classic East Bay punk record "The Shit Split" with FILTH back in 1991, and since then their female-male chaos-punk weirdness has infected generations of punx! In 2013 Mike Montano (aka Mike-O the Psycho aka Mike Filth), the bassist from BLATZ's sister band FILTH, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer so BLATZ headlined an insanely overpacked 924 Gilman reunion show. It was a sold-out show and the 6 original BLATZ members- Anna Joy, Annie Lalania, Marshall Stax, Joey, Eggplant, & Jesse Luscious- were in the same place playing the same music for the 1st time in 21 years! Fourteen tracks recorded live at the Gilman in 2013. (Zafio Records #1)
(discounted) DIRTY PROTEST/RAID! - split LP
Born out of the spirit of early '80s punk/hardcore/skaterock and hailing from Boise, Idaho, Raid! consists of Onj on guitar (Septic Death); Andy A. on bass (Demoni, Haggis); Matt Wrecked on vocals (Schoolyard Assassins); and Paulie on drums (Septic Death). In true skatepunk fashion, the songs are fast, aggressive, and to the point.
Dirty Protest are five filthy fuckers from Holland and the USA, fueled by enthusiasm and alcohol, playing fast punk rock as if their shitty lives depend on it!! Their roots extend from '77 to crust and wind up somewhere in the middle. Imagine Dead Kennedys fucking Poison Idea using Wendy O Williams as a condom. They have the usual 'ex-member' thing going on (Spittin' Vicars, HDQ, Septic Death, Radio Bikini), but don't let that dissuade you. Each copy is numbered out of 525 copies with 200 on black vinyl; and 325 on clear. (Headbones #007V Records)
Descriptions for 6/2/18
SPAZZ - Dwarf Jester Rising CD
(street date June 15th) The debut album released in 1994 on Clearview Records. 25 tracks. Spazz, from the Bay Area, California, may be the best known band, along side Infest and Man is the Bastard, from whats now referred to as the "power violence" scene from the west coast in the 90's. Rapid fire hardcore that assaulted all borders of death, thrash, grind core and punk. Extreme speed, crushing stops, sludgy dirge, explosive torrents of blast beats and savagely barked vocals. Standing out from the pack by being wacky, including everything they loved in the music. Skateboarding, hip hop, tagging, pro-wrestling, kung fu movies, all represented in their songs along with the occasional banjo or saxophone. (Tank Crimes Records #105 CD)
SPAZZ - La Revancha CD
(street date June 15th) The second album released in 1997 on Sound Pollution Records. Regarded as some of the bands strongest material. Includes guest spot by hip hop legend Kool Keith. In January 2015 Decibel Magazine added this album to their Hall of Fame. 26 tracks. CD out of print for over 15 years. Spazz, from the Bay Area, California, may be the best known band, along side Infest and Man is the Bastard, from whats now referred to as the "power violence" scene from the west coast in the 90's. Rapid fire hardcore that assaulted all borders of death, thrash, grind core and punk. Extreme speed, crushing stops, sludgy dirge, explosive torrents of blast beats and savagely barked vocals. Standing out from the pack by being wacky, including everything they loved in the music. Skateboarding, hip hop, tagging, pro-wrestling, kung fu movies, all represented in their songs along with the occasional banjo or saxophone. (Tank Crimes Records #106 CD)
SPAZZ - Crush Kill Destroy CD
(street date June 15th) The final album released in 1999 on Slap A Ham Records. 25 tracks. CD out of print for over 15 years. Spazz, from the Bay Area, California, may be the best known band, along side Infest and Man is the Bastard, from whats now referred to as the "power violence" scene from the west coast in the 90's. Rapid fire hardcore that assaulted all borders of death, thrash, grind core and punk. Extreme speed, crushing stops, sludgy dirge, explosive torrents of blast beats and savagely barked vocals. Standing out from the pack by being wacky, including everything they loved in the music. Skateboarding, hip hop, tagging, pro-wrestling, kung fu movies, all represented in their songs along with the occasional banjo or saxophone. (Tank Crimes Records #107 CD)
AGAINST - Welcome To The Aftermath LP
Back in the early '80s, the D-beat sound that was patented by Discharge was not as ubiquitous as it is now, where armies of Discharge clone bands pound out their variations of the time tested sonic booms. There were the likes of Crucifix, Diatribe, Iconoclast, Battalion Of Saints, and a small handful of bands bashing out such sounds across California., including a little-known band from Venice Beach called Against. They hadn't simply come out from some void, as their lineage tied them to other bands that had become more well known in the scene - before Against, Michael Dunnigan and his brother Sean (guitar and drums, respectively) were half of an early lineup of Suicidal Tendencies and members also had involvement with another obscure LA band, The Runns, who would later mutate into Wasted Youth. During their brief original run, Against recorded two sessions in 1983-1984 which yielded a demo tape and an EP for Upstart Records that was never fully realized. These 18 tracks are presented there for the first time ever on vinyl and are accompanied by a 12"x36" poster insert with liner notes, lyrics and many unseen photos and flyers, as well as newly commissioned artwork by Venice legend Ric Clayton. (Radio Raheem Records #19)
ACID ATTACK - Suburbia's Dream LP
Hailing from Portsmouth, UK, Acid Attack were in existence for four years in which time they released the 13 track cassette album "Sulphuric" and contributed the track "Suburbia's Dream" to the Sane Records 1984 compilation LP "On the Street". In terms of era, they fit into what is now known as the UK82 punk scene but their sound is not so easy to categorize. They were neither Oi or hardcore punk - they were aiming beyond such restricting labels. They mainly gigged locally, aside from one headline slot in South Wales, but their name spread far and wide thanks to word of mouth, sales of Sulphuric (aided greatly by the practice of smearing postage stamps with soap in order to reuse them) and interviews in many of the punk fanzines of the time. Sulphuric also received a short but favorable review in the music paper Sounds, who noted that "Acid Attack are a spirited punk band with sufficient ideas and energy to lift them above the morass of thrash-and-screech merchants". This LP collects all of their studio material plus several unreleased tracks and includes a full-color 16-page booklet. These are the wholesale copies and they do not come with a flexi like the direct mailorder copies. (Radio Raheem Records #20)
HELLBENT - 1983 1984 Demos LP
Emerging from New York City's Lower East Side in an era when loud and fast ruled the scene, Hellbent forged a unique and innovative sound mixing equal parts of ferocious Discharge-inspired hardcore with the pummeling heaviness of metal bands like Venom and Motorhead, all steeped in a heavy dose of macabre lyrics and imagery. The band existed from mid-1983 to mid-1984, and during that brief window they managed to record two sessions at Don Fury's famous Demo Demo Studios, and score opening slots on a handful of high-profile gigs with likes of Discharge, The Exploited, and Samhain's first ever live appearance, as well as many other smaller shows around New York City. After Hellbent's breakyup, guitarist Vic Venom would go on to join Reagan Youth, and eventually form Sacrilege, who later morphed into NYC crust stalwarts Nausea. Drummer Brian Damage also did time with LA punk legends Verbal Abuse, as well as a brief stint with the Misfits, which culminated in their legendary final performance at Detroit's Graystone Hall. This LP collects both long-lost recording sessions in their entirety, complemented by a 12"x36" poster insert with many never-before-seen photos and flyers, as well as detailed liner notes by bassist Jon "Fury" Wiley. (Radio Raheem Records #24)
SYNDROME 81 - Beton Nostalgie LP
"Beton Nostalgie" is a collection of songs released on various EP and split records. 18 songs from their Demo, Litovsk split, UVPR compilation song, Desert Urbain, BMAB single serie and Urban Savage split. It is coming in a gatefold jackets with awesome drawing by All Cats Are Grey France's Syndrome 81 started gaining momentum in the Punk scene with their 2013 demo tape, drawing comparisons to the plethora of great bands that defined the French Oi sound of the 1980s with a heavy stomp culled from classic USHC. The band has progressed since then, and the sound is more diverse but also more defined, having filed off some of the American influences and moved in a darker, distinctly French direction that is both melancholy and anthemic, with lyrics being influenced by growing up in Brest, France. The band comes from this dark place and write songs about their personal struggles growing up and growing old. These are songs about watching your friends lose sight and move on while you question why you are still here, haunted by your past and having to look your former self in the eye while you apologize for who you've become. These are songs about trudging through a desert you built yourself. (Black Water Records #70)
APOCALYPSE NOW - s/t 7"
Four tracks of ripping Scandinavian influenced hardcore punk from Portland. Strong Anti-Cimex influence. Ex-members of Hellshock and Bog People. PDX hardcore punk! (Distort Reality Records #33)
CONTRAST ATTITUDE - 12 Track Compilation 2018 LP
A compilation of 12 previously released tracks, compiled to coincide with there Relentless Assault 2018 USA west coast tour. Mie, Japan chainsaw destruction sound of hell! Tracks from the 2nd EP Black or White, split EP with See You In Hell, split EP with Aspects Of War, split CD with Final Bombs and Heal compilation. (Distort Reality Records #40)
RIDE FOR REVENGE/SATANIC TORMENT - split 7"
Under the banner of molestification (the Finnish way), the forces of RIDE FOR REVENGE and SATANIC TORMENT have united to affirm the power of metal. It is cruel and spiteful; primitive and deadly- urgh!!! Artwork illustrated by Marko Marov. (Fuck Yoga Records #57)
SUPERCRUSH - I Can't Lie 7"
Supercrush pops back up with the 4th instalment in their supersingle series. Pink is the hue this time around as the 'Crush drops another pair of big shiny tunes. 'I Can't Lie' is what we've come to expect from the group: two minutes of powerpop excellence. At this point the formula has been distilled down to it's most efficient and effective state - not a second is wasted. Each moment of the song is as catchy and infectious, if not more so, than the one that proceeded it. 'Walking Backwards' on side B reaches back to some guitar pop influences of an earlier vintage. 300 copies pressed on black vinyl, comes with download code. (Debt Offensive Records #21)
MANIAC - Dead Dance Club LP
Maniac features members of The Girls, Cute Lepers, Clorox Girls, L.A. Drugz, The Telephone Lovers, and Images. The band plays high octane punk rock for fans of the vintage LA or Pacific Northwest punk, but they play without any sense of nostalgia or fetish for a particular scene. There is something quintessentially LA about them, even if their punk rock would have fit perfectly with any decaying, hedonistic City of the West trying to abuse its body to believe in its soul. (Dirt Cult Records #113)
GLOOM SLEEPER - Luminous Galaxies LP
Gloom Sleeper return to the fray with a mighty sophomore album - a manic collision of driving pop melodicism, post-punk sang-froid and four-to-the-floor garage rock energy. Funny word, 'sophomore'. It's used as a fancy way of saying 'second' - sophomore movie, sophomore record - although you'll never catch anyone completing a foot race and commenting, 'yeah, I came in sophomore place.' That's 'cause it only makes sense when you recognise that it describes a position on a learning curve - and on this follow-up to Gloom Sleeper's 2016 debut A Void, it's plain to see that the Bielefeld band are learning fast. Physically they're in Germany, but their hearts are scattered all over the place: Macclesfield, where they've absorbed the raw gothic clatter of proto-Joy, Divisionists Warsaw; Notting Hill, where the darkling shimmer of Killing Joke somehow found its way into the world; Manchester with the rawness of The Sound's early works and finally Portland, Oregon with its classics like Wipers and today's Estranged... plus all manner of other US punk rock hotspots (New York, Detroit, Cleveland, you name it) dribble into the music like blood into water. (Dirt Cult Records #114)
DARK/LIGHT - Dark Slash Light 7"
Dark/Light (pronounced Dark Slash Light) return with their first new batch of songs since their 2017 debut LP "Kill Some Time" also released on Dirt Cult Records. Singer Candy and guitarist Justin met in the late nighties at a Dead and Gone/Black Fork show in the Bay Area, moved to Portland in 2000 and have been playing together ever since, first in The Triggers and then in Sleepwalkers R.I.P., the later which also features Dark/Light's drummer Mary. This recording is the first to feature Colin of, well, to many bands to list here. Let's just say if you've been paying even a little attention to the Portland punk scene of the last 15 years, you have no doubt at least heard - though you've probably loved - one of his past or current bands. Dark/Light plays dirty garage punk with post-punk vibes that's dark, looming, pissed the fuck off, and howling at the moon like a maniac. Carrying the pillars of anti-social Portland punk, Dark/Light's music feels like a celebration of rebellion against the gentrifying city that's indistinguishable from the one the members cut their teeth in. (Dirt Cult Records #117)
SANGRE DE MUERDAGO - Vagalumes 10"
"Vagalumes" takes another detour, leading Sangre De Murdago into the realm of classical guitars and forest nights. Recorded and performed by Pablo C. Ursusson, 7 instrumental songs inspired by 7 nights in the forest with the fireflies, who turned the woods into a fairy tale for a couple of hours every night. Sangre De Murdago proves the much-needed point that there is still room for passion and authenticity in the world of neofolk. For its focus, its integrity, and its beauty. Neo-Folk / Post-Black Metal. Limited to 500 copies worldwide. (Throne Records #74)
DEAD REGISTER - Fiber LP
Forged within the Do It Yourself and hard work ethos, Atlanta's DEAD REGISTER have accomplished a never-before dreamt blend of Dead Can Dance, Godflesh, Swans, Isis and Fields Of The Nephilim. Yet managing to sound unique and sublime, a delicatessen craft of their own. "Waves of despair", "crushing sadness", "long, haunting, glacial, genre-bending beautiful bleakness". Post-Metal / Post-Rock / Goth Doom Rock. Limited to 200 copies worldwide. (Throne Records #68)
MINDKULT - Lucifer's Dream LP
Mindkult is the sole creation of Fowst. Analog worshipping ancient luciferian vampyr occvlt Doom Rock like no other. Doom Rock / Stoner Rock. Limited to 200 copies worldwide. (Throne Records #70)
LES CHANTS DU HASARD - s/t LP
NO GUITAR. NO BASS. NO DRUMS. ORCHESTRA IS THE NEW BLACK. In close cooperation with the visionary italian label I, Voidhanger, Throne presents the vinyl version of an album half a century ahead of our time! Neo-Classical / Opera / Post-Black Metal. Limited to 200 copies worldwide. (Throne Records #71)
AGNOSTIC FRONT - Dead Yuppies LP
With the reissue of "DEAD YUPPIES", STRENGTH RECORDS finalizes the triptych AGNOSTIC FRONT has released for Epitaph Records! Often (wrongfully) mistaken as the band's weakest record (though let's be honest, AGNOSTIC FRONT NEVER released a weak album), "DEAD YUPPIES" is full of hidden gems we are about to unfold with this reissue! Released on royal blue vinyl (and of course, black vinyl) - tracks like "I Wanna Know", "Liberty", "Uncle Sam", "Love To Be Hated" and title-track "Dead Yuppies" are about to be rediscovered by both a whole new crowd and AGNOSTIC FRONT fans worldwide! This is New York Hardcore. These are the pioneers. This is AGNOSTIC FRONT! (Strength Records #31)
AGNOSTIC FRONT - Riot Riot Upstart LP
Thriving on the success of "SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE", AGNOSTIC FRONT released "RIOT RIOT UPSTART" only a year later, in 1999. Just like its predecessor, "RIOT RIOT UPSTART" was only issued in that very year by Epitaph Records, making this the very first official reissue - of course by STRENGTH RECORDS! Providing yet another uncompromising mixture of fast, ferocious New York Hardcore and punk-rock sing-alongs, "RIOT RIOT UPSTART's" structure is very much alike "SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE". With a total of 17 songs, the tracklist offers a variety of stompers - barely clocking the 90 second mark, and street rockin' anthems such as title-track "Riot Riot Upstart" and "My Life", undoubtedly leaving producer Lars Frederiksen's (Rancid, The Bastards, Old Firm Casuals) mark on to this record! (Strength Records #30)
AGNOSTIC FRONT - Something's Gotta Give LP
Originally released as a one-time pressing (yet on a variety of colors) by Epitaph Records back in 1998, this masterpiece hasn't received any represses since. Until now! Because STRENGTH RECORDS is extremely proud to inform you that we have officially licensed ALL of AGNOSTIC FRONT's albums released by Epitaph Records - including the most anticipated of them all, the anthemic hard-hitter "SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE"! Though originally released 20 years ago already (time sure does flies), the mix of crude New York Hardcore and Oi!'ish sing-along anthems hasn't lost any of its impact, remaining crucial - and for quite a few AGNOSTIC FRONT's favorite album - until this very day! Including the band's biggest hit "Gotta Go" (over 7 million views on YouTube and counting!), "SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE" features a total of 15 scorchers, all making sure this was the best comeback-album the pioneers of New York Hardcore could ever make! A must-have in every punk's, skin's or hardcore kid's record collection! (Strength Records #29)
CRYPTOPSY - Whisper Supremacy LP
Legendary death metal outfit from CANADA. The Whisper Supremacy album was originally released in 1998 and the first album on their new label Century Media. Here is the official vinyl repress on Cosmic Key Creations limited to 500 copies on silver vinyl. Issued under exclusive license from Century Media Records. (Cosmic Key Records #29)
NAKED AGGRESSION/OPPOSITION RISING - split 7"
West coast and east coast legends pair up to create a fierce, politically charged split available on vibrant 3-color splatter wax. Both sides contain all-new tracks exclusive to this split only! (Pine Hill Records #21)
THE SPITBOY RULE - book by Michelle Cruz Gonzales
Michelle Cruz Gonzales played drums and wrote lyrics in the influential, 1990s female hardcore band Spitboy, and now she's written a book - a punk rock herstory. Though not a riot grrl band, Spitboy blazed trails for women musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, but it wasn't easy. Misogyny, sexism, abusive fans, class and color blindness, and all-out racism were foes, especially for Gonzales, a Xicana and the only person of color in the band. Unlike touring rock bands before them, the unapologetically feminist Spitboy preferred Scrabble games between shows rather than sex and drugs, and they were not the angry manhaters that many expected them to be. Serious about women's issues and being the band that they themselves wanted to hear, a band that rocked as hard as men but sounded like women, Spitboy released several records and toured internationally. The memoir details these travels while chronicling Spitboy's successes and failures, and for Gonzales, discovering her own identity along the way. Fully illustrated with rare photos and flyers from the punk rock underground, this fast-paced, first-person recollection is populated by scenesters and musical allies from the time including Econochrist, Paxston Quiggly, Neurosis, Los Crudos, Aaron Cometbus, Pete the Roadie, Green Day, Fugazi and Kamala And The Karnivores. (PM Press #1400)
(repressed) NOOTHGRUSH - s/t LP
Crusty torturous doom, truly refined in its execution. Unlike the later releases that defined the sludge genre, this album is leaning more towards the psychedelic side with clean, depressing vocals in symbiosis with noise and moog synths - existing on the territory between WINTER and HAWKWIND. NOOTHGRUSH have recorded these songs shortly after the band was conceived in 1994 and were released only on a handful of cassettes. None of them appear on any other release except a rearranged version of one song. The cover artwork is envisioned and materialized as kind courtesy of Jason Barnett. (Fuck Yoga Records #34)
(repressed) RASHOMON - Demo 7"
Rashomon are perhaps the most exciting new band to emerge from the latest wave of DC hardcore. Out of all the "NWODCHC" tagged groups, I felt like most have lacked any kind of endearing sound and have felt like projects to exercise a take on a particular sub-sub genre. That feeling aside, Rash_mon have been turning heads with this excellent four song demo, and for good reason. The group incorporates a few older DCHC heads (guys from Aghast, Sick Fix, etc. - though hardly any of that sound is present) with younger folks from Kombat and Misled Youth, fronted by the energetic Kohei Urakami. The sound here isn't precisely Japanese, nor by the numbers hardcore, also incorporating some metallic guitar licks that don't overpower the beat. A truly exciting demo one of the best new bands currently operating out of DC. (Society Bleeds Records #4)
(repressed) SUPERCRUSH - I've Been Around 7"
After far too long Supercrush is finally back with Supersingle #3. Luckily the wait has been worth it and the reward is two more hummable ear-worms that will refuse to leave your head. The A side, "I've Been Around," is two minutes of uptempo summertime guitar-pop perfection, full of stacked vocal harmonies, rock 'n' roll flourishes, and just a touch of fuzz when it really counts - quite possibly the 'Crush's catchiest tune yet. Side B, on the other hand, finds the group exploring somewhat more bittersweet territory with the song "Brutal Honesty." While equally as melodic as the A side, "Brutal Honesty" takes the energy down a notch in order to evoke a more forlorn set of emotions, landing on the the clich, but inescapably accurate truism: "life's not fair." Not exactly a "feel good" song, and yet, it strikes that irresistible chord of melancholy that aches so pleasantly. (Debt Offensive Records #19)
(repressed) OJO POR OJO - s/t LP
A sonic auto-da-f, the OJO POR OJO debut LP is an exercise in modern Mexican costumbrismo. Crude and primitive, the band's aural vomit is a sharp-eyed comment on the trip through the guts of the monster that living in Mexico City has become. Where crime and filth reigns supreme among a society driven by chronic malinchismo and constant life fear. OJO POR OJO follows the path laid out by bands such as INSERVIBLES or RATAS DEL VATICANO while borrowing heavily from Greek gods, Colombian demigods PARABELLUM and Italian deities NERORGASMO. Lacking pretence, this Stations of the Cross-like album has 10 tracks instead of 14 and is a raw portrayal of everyday life in the place where the District Federal trio live. Comes packed in a macabre masterpiece created between drummer Mico and guitarist/ vocalist Yecatl Pea which painstakingly depicts the current collective mental state of a nation. Includes a lyric sheet and a disturbing yet normalised picture, depicting a petty thief lynched by locals in Ecatepec. A seemly weekly happening in the Ciudad de Mexico. (La Vida Es Un Mus #166)
(repressed) WITCHTRIAL - Demo 2017 LP
Rather than let it remain exclusive to a small run on the cassette tape format, Beach Impediment is proud to give the 2017 Demo by the Mid-Atlantic metalpunk power house WITCHTRIAL a proper go on vinyl. While the members of this band are known to many for creating a slew of well done hardcore punk outfits in recent years, their venture into this particular realm of the heavier and far more grisly has proven to be a worthy one as evidenced through these four tracks. Featuring a new mastering job by Will Killingsworth (the ferocity of which is truly magnified on a 45 RPM 12") along with striking cover art by Alex Heir and logo by Guilherme Bacellar. Limited to a one time pressing of 500 copies on black vinyl." (Beach Impediment #30)
Descriptions for 5/26/18
ANTiSEEN - EP Royalty LP
Volume 10 of the "Vault of ANTiSEEN" Reissue Series revisits ANTiSEEN's second EP from 1986. Remastered for sonic impact! Expanded with three bonus tracks from the "HONOUR AMONG THIEVES" session. Two of those tracks NEVER released until now!! Printed inner sleeve and reproduction of the CONCERNED CHARLOTTEANS anti-obscenity manifesto as bonus insert. Limited to 500 on HOT PINK VINYL!!! (TKO Records #170004)
REPULSIONE - Desecrating LP
Veteran Bologna blasters REPULSIONE release 'Desecrating', a new full length collection of gore splattered, grooving grindcore and powerviolence. On the face of it the assumption would be that they would draw heavily from bands like Sete Star Sept and Water Torture, being a guitarless line up, but REPULSIONE draw more heavily from old school grind bands in terms of style, having something of an early Carcass vibe around some of the more groove heavy tracks through to the blasting excess of Last Days Of Humanity when the snare really kicks in. The drum sound is particularly brutal, being of the metallic clanging type. This, combined with the primarily low-pitched growls of vocalist 'Mosh', lends their sound parallels to gore or mince but without any cliche like resorting to 'oompa-beat', think more 'Reek Of Putrefaction' rather than 'Babykiller' or some contemporary equivalent. Keeping the blasts harsh and intense ties them more closely to their Powerviolence influences. Special note has to be made of the tightness of the performance shown on this recording - REPULSIONE have a really controlled and punchy bass sound, more Fuzz than outright distortion, this makes their start-stop sections almost mechanical in their precision, some tracks becoming like a high speed Godflesh with the extremes of low pitch and incredible gating on the instruments. There is not a sound out of place - marking these guys out for their uniqueness in not just giving in to outright noise - they know that it is more effective to break it up, creating dynamics through structure rather than volume, which is at a consistently tinitus inducing pitch, as it should be on any proper grind release. Furthering their grind legitimacy this album features art by seminal grind/punk art veteran Luis Sendon. 'Desecrating' is a mosh-heavy collection of groovy blast tracks with a unique edge to the sound deserving of a place on any grind fans turntable! (Here And Now Records #54)
FUCK ON THE BEACH/TERLARANG - split LP
Fuck On The Beach: If you don't know what to expect here I can't really help, this is brutal, lightspeed clattering blasts, razorwire treble drenched guitar and whirling layered screaming at it's finest. Plenty of ear splitting distortion, feedback, mics peaking and everything way too loud in the best way. This is fun loving fastcore powervioelce from Japan which I'm pretty sure even has a 'clap-track' on the self titled outro track. Fucking excelent. This side of the split is primarily hyper fast d-beats with the odd blast thrown in, so is sonically the inverse of the Terlarang side. For fants of Japanese style everything faster and louder style grindviolence. Terlarang : Lo-fi to the point of incomprehensibility this side of the split goes even further down the slopes of treble-valley than Fuck On The Beach, sounding like the guitars are physically tearing the speaker cones from the amp and the rest of the band are trying frantically to hold them back in. Everything here is fast, no slow at all on this side. Maybe one or two slightly slower than lightspeed d-beat smashers floating about in there but this is really all about the pace. The fast as fuck and don't care nature is epitomised by the cats on the split cover and the last track basically sounding like black metal but being called 'Stop The Hate' in what seems to be a conscious rejection of the bullshit ideals of traditional NSBM. Nice. (Here And Now Records #57)
THIS IS HELL - Full Length Tape Box Set tape x 5
This is the first time any of these This Is Hell releases have been on tape. The discography includes Sundowning, Bastards Still Remain, Weight of The World, Misfourtunes, and Black Mass. It comes in a wrap around "box set" numbered out of 100. This box set comes with a digital download of all the records. (Coin Toss Records #10.1 TP)
DISCOURAGE - s/t 7"
Stemming from Oakland, Ca, DISCOURAGE is out of the gate, not with a bang, but with an explosion. The quartet draws influences from early 2000's hardcore such as CARRY ON, GO IT ALONE and VERSE. Their first proper EP, this self titled 7" promises six songs for fans of fast, pissed off, true to roots hardcore. A joint release between CoinToss Records (US), State of Mind Recordings (US), Assault Records (EU), and Speedowax Records (UK) this recording was done with Charles Chaussinand (Spirits, Test of Time, The Distance) and features hand drawn art by Bill Hauser complete with unique packaging thought up by the band. Each label will have an individualized B-side stamped label. (Coin Toss Records #17)
RULETA RUSA - Viviendo Una Maldicion LP
It's been nearly five years since Ruleta Rusa released Aqui No Es, their debut LP for Sorry State, but if you think they've slowed, mellowed, or otherwise slipped off their game you are sorely mistaken. If anything, they're harder, faster, and punker on Viviendo Una Maldicion than they were on Aqui No Es, as perfectly exhibited on Viviendo's furious opening track, "No Hay Paz." Elsewhere on the album you get a similar mixture of classic Spanish punk, US hardcore, and second-wave UK punk that you heard on the band's previous releases, but everything feels a little more direct and a little rougher around the edges. Oh, and dig the show-stopping pair of Paralisis Permanente covers that close the album! In a word, Ruleta Rusa have gotten better... the tougher parts are tougher, the catchy parts are catchier, and they've delivered what is (to date, at least) the crowning achievement of their discography. (Sorry State Records #87)
ANCIENT EMBLEM - Throne With No God CD
Ancient emblem born from the passion for gloomy and raw sounds of 4 individuals which were coming from different past projects (Sejtan, Destierro, Annunaki Revenge, Crickbat, Justice Department, etc.) but with many points in common such as a strong believe in DIY as the only way for working as a band, and an even stronger hate for any authoritarian attitude which tries to dominate others, being human or not. Believe in a veg(etari)an way of life and stand against all kinds of domination and discrimination such as religion, homophobia, sexism, speciesism, racism, fascism or nazism. Maybe it sounds obvious for a kind of band like this, but sadly, strange times are running everywhere, even also in this community. And on this first album you will enjoy 8 tracks of blackened crust. The Crust is obviously expressed in dirty guitars, a high D-Beat rhythm and a cavernous song worthy of a living buried having reviewed the light of day after two weeks of confinement. (Mundo En Kaos #15)
VOIDFILLER - s/t CD
This is the debut 12_ or mini LP for the new international crust band "VOIDFILLER". Made up by members of VISIONS OF WAR, CRUTCHES, URSUT & 3 WAY CUM, these well known swedish and belgian representatives of the old school mangel genre know how to produce some real nasty special brew of ultra-intense and shredding crustcore that will rip your fucking ears off. Distortion til Deafness is a threat again! (Mundo En Kaos #19)
SOCIETY'S DECLINE - 6 Track 7"
Society's Decline is Stockholm's d-beat finest band. And this is another fresh debut vinyl coming out from cold Sweden. This time you will be attacked by pure d-takt horde from Stockholm including members of bands like Makabert Fynd, Dissekerad etc. Six tracks influenced by Discharge, Anti-Cimex or Mob 47. One time press of 300 copies on black vinyls. (Mundo En Kaos #21)
NAPALM RAID - 2010 to 2015 CD digipak
Canadian d-beat crust punk kings NAPALM RAID is releasing all of its vinyl and limited releases on one CD Digipak version for the tour in Mexico, yeah, you are reading this correctly: All of the band's current studio work is now available on this limited edition CD Digipak of 666 pieces.This is an absolute must for fans of DISCHARGE, DOOM and EXTREME NOISE TERROR. (Mundo En Kaos #27)
Descriptions for 5/19/18
NANDAS - 2nd s/t 7"
Dark and ominous, Nandas hails from the black forest between Nog Watt's Holland and the Denmark of the Electric Deads. Strange, driving, pulsating, yet all without a drop of "arty"-ness, Nandas bends jagged, undeniable melodies over a fever pitch of primal, tom-heavy drums as anxious, breathy vocals echo against it all. Melodically and rhythmically eerie in ways Bedboys or Rudimentary Peni might applaud from afar. A near untraceable but astronomical progression from their previous releases-consider this EP a full interior renovation of Nandas' own sound. (Toxic State Records #31)
OKSENNUS - Kolme Toista LPx2 (with booklet)
Stylistically eccentric, Oksennus' music is a controlled departure from the constraints of the death metal genre, and, yet, the band nevertheless remains properly steeped in tradition. With this new album, Oksennus' ambitious tendencies are on prominent display. "Kolme Toista" is as bold an artistic proclamation as one could expect in metal without stretching the fabric of the genre so thin as to leave it threadbare. The album consists of a single 39-minute composition, broken into three 13-minute movements, seamlessly woven together, guiding the listener through a sprawling array of mercurial states of consciousness, calling to mind the complex compositions by fellow NWN! act Chaos Echoes. (Nuclear War Now Records #374)
PENUMA HAGION - Trinity LP
Pneuma Hagion first introduced itself to the metal underworld with the 2015 release of its debut demo, "Trinity I," which was made available on cassette by Nuclear War Now! Since then, the band has gone on to produce two additional demos in the same series, aptly titled "Trinity II" and "Trinity III," which were also followed by two split EPs and the 2017 EP, "Rituals of Extinction." However, to this point the band has yet to receive the wider acknowledgement that it deserves, which is likely due in part to the fact that each of these five latter releases has only been made available until now on digital format. Nonetheless, NWN! has continued to recognize the band's merits and thus hopes to encourage the same respect from a greater audience with this LP release of "Trinity," a collection of all three demos in the aforementioned series along with the "Rituals of Extinction" EP tracks. (Nuclear War Now Records #377)
MERCY - Swedish Metal/Session 1981 LP
In 1982, Mercy released its first vinyl record, a 12" MLP boldly titled "Swedish Metal." The five tracks on "Swedish Metal" are primal and impassioned; vigorous, raw Heavy Metal without refinement or finesse. Among the many phenomenal contemporaneous records released in Sweden around that time, "Swedish Metal" clearly stands out. This reissue marks the first time that this seminal recording has been made available on vinyl in over 35 years. Additionally, this reissue includes as bonus material the Session 1981 tracks. (Nuclear War Now Records #388)
MERCY - s/t LP
Compared with the feral, street-fight sound of the "Swedish Metal" MLP, "Mercy" represented a more polished effort by the band. With the self-titled debut, Mercy firmly established itself as a major force in the Swedish Heavy Metal scene. It would prove to be the last Mercy recording to feature the classic Heavy Metal era lineup, however. By the time of the 1985 follow-up, "Witchburner," Valjaca and Marcolin would reconstitute the band and enter into darker and doomier territory. This faithful reissue of Mercy's legendary self-titled debut is the first vinyl edition since the original. (Nuclear War Now Records #389)
MERCY - Sessions 1983 to 1986 LP
The final installment of this three-volume tribute to Mercy is a collection of rare tracks, most of which have never before been released on vinyl. Showcased on side A of the LP are the Session 1983 tracks recorded just prior to the recruitment of Eddie "Messiah" Marcolin on vocals. These demo recordings are unbridled, stripped down, and forceful. This Heavy Metal-era lineup is often overshadowed by the subsequent Doom-era, largely because of Marcolin's later fame with Candlemass, but in the context of FWOSHM, the Mercy recordings are legendary. The second side of this LP features Marcolin's last session with Mercy. This reissue marks the first time these tracks have been presented in a standard vinyl edition. In addition, the sound has been improved for this release. Although "Bangers of Destruction" was previously remastered for a compilation (which never actually came out), the sound quality of "Black Death" remained poor. NWN! had the track remastered especially for this edition to reduce the distortion and other elements that previously compromised the integrity of the recording. (Nuclear War Now Records #390)
LURKER OF CHALICE - Lurker of Chalice CD
The self-titled Lurker of Chalice album, which came out in 2005, was the only widely circulated recording associated with the project, the two previous demos only being released in very limited quantities. The album garnered massive praise before swiftly going out of print, practically ensuring its stature as a cult masterpiece. It would be too simplistic to categorize this album as mere Black Metal because it sweeps so broadly across the musical spectrum; however, even when Wrest strays farthest from Black Metal in a stylistic sense, the sensations and emotions the music conjures are every bit as visceral. At the time of its release, no other album sounded quite like this one, and it's no exaggeration to say that no comparable release has emerged in the last 12 years since "Lurker of Chalice"; the album truly occupies its own shade along the ever-expanding spectrum of Black Metal. NWN! is honored to present this new edition of "Lurker of Chalice," which will include the bonus track featured on previous vinyl editions of the album. (Nuclear War Now Records #380 CD)
DEADLOCK - s/t 7"
Tracked in Boston and London but mostly indebted to the early days of DCHC, Deadlock arrive with a trans-Atlantic tribute to the rough and ready sounds of Dischord 1-6, featuring the return of Violent Reaction main man Tom Pimott to the microphone. 9 songs in about as many minutes, tape wrinkles and all. Members have also done time in No Tolerance, Arms Race, and Chain Rank and many others. One-time pressing of 500 copies, black vinyl only. (Painkiller Records #72)
THE FLEX - Flexual Healing Vol. 7 cassette tape
Just off of their East Coast USA tour with Arms Race, The Flex return with their signature blend of early 80s UK punk and late 80s NYHC in advance of their upcoming LP on Static Shock. Thundering 'Inferno' goes straight for the jugular with a wall-of-noise beating, swiftly followed up with the ever so catchy and funked up 'Soma Holiday'. Meanwhile 'Flex 4' is a moody rumbler, with quieter bass and drum led sections, powerful vocals that seem to have been recorded from the top of a mountain, and turbo charged speed change. The new songs will feature on the upcoming LP, and this recording also includes a cover of Gut Instinct's 'Disturbing the Peace'. (Painkiller Records #13.5)
THE GUESTS - Popular Music LP
Building on the sleek '80s guitar pop of 2017's "Red Scare" LP, their 2018 effort will appeal to fans of all shades of post-punk and new wave, from the Smiths to New Order. The guitar playing is intricate yet understated, evocative of Johnny Marr or the Banshees' John McGeoch. Yet, the Guests take that idea further by fusing jangle pop with machine-powered dance grooves and infectious hooks. (Wilsuns Recordings #1917)
GEN POP - II 7"
First proper EP from Olympia's GEN POP following an excellent demo that was pressed to vinyl by Lumpy and Upset The Rhythm. 6 tracks of forward-thinking, angular, and dynamic hardcore punk. GEN POP has a striking originality, which will certainly appeal to anyone following the burgeoning Olympia scene (including VEXX and RIK & THE PIGS, with whom GEN POP share members). Recorded with Capt. Tripps at the famed High Command Studios (MILK MUSIC, GUN OUTFIT, SEX/VID) and cut directly from tape. GEN POP have given us a strikingly powerful and memorable EP with "II", a well-rounded, yet firmly contemporary and creative effort. Packaged in a textured glue pocket sleeve with lyric insert. (Feel It Records#18)
CAVERNICULAR - Man's Place In Earth LP
Cavernicular are back after a 7" with "Man's place in Nature" LP. All people well known in the european scene for their members other project like ANF, Caino, Haemophagus and many others. This full lenght is the perfect consequence of their first work, a great combination between powerviolence and grind. A furious brutal spund for blast beats maniacs and grinding style. (Here And Now Records #60)
MEDIEVAL DEMON - Medieval Necromancy CD
As one of the true purveyors of the ancient Greek black metal sound - whose 1998 debut album, Demonolatria, is a highly sought-after classic of grimy mysticism - MEDIEVAL DEMON's return is LONG overdue and further proof that the past is indeed alive. MEDIEVAL DEMON were formed in Greece in 1993 by brothers Lord Apollyon and Sirokous. Necrochrist and Muerte joined the band and entered the glorious Storm Studio to record their first demo tape, Night of The Infernal Lords. After releasing some more demos, they recorded their debut album, Demonolatria, in 1995 and released it on Unisound in 1998. Satanism, necromancy, the occultist's practice, the air of darkness and mystery, the meetings in dark forests and forgotten places: all played a significant role in the lives and inspiration of the members. MEDIEVAL DEMON are beyond the mundane - no human civilizations, no modern life, no politics. The only value is chaos eternal, and eternal resistance against God! (Hells Headbangers Records #210 CD)
HAMMER AND THE NAILS - s/t LP
HAMMER AND THE NAILS are one of Boston's finest Oi! bands out there! Recording and mixing in the true spirit of 'Do Oi! Yourself', the band released one modern classic after another, each selling out with the blink of an eye! Therefore REBELLION RECORDS is proud to release the band's latest installment, a brand new same titled 12" maxi-EP. If you loved their previous releases (and we know you do), this is an absolute must-have because we guarantee you that it's their best work to date! Raw, tough as nails Oi! from the lovely lads who also brought you Tommy And The Terrors, Battle Ruins and mucho more! Limited edition of 500 copies. (ebellion Records #191)
LIVE BY THE SWORD - s/t LP
The Dutch-American war machine LIVE BY THE SWORD is BACK! After two hard-hitting singles in 2016, the band - initially formed out of the ashes of STRONGARM AND THE BULLIES and RAZORBLADE - marches on with their first ever, self-titled mini album for REBELLION RECORDS - an all-out attack that will slaughter you at 45 revolutions per minute! Besides a hard-hitting take on The Bruisers' classic "INTIMIDATION", LIVE BY THE SWORD present six more - all new - battle anthems in their crusade against posers, fakes, rats and snakes! With a vile, dark and dangerous sound, the mix of 80's Oi! and streetpunk rock n' roll sounds classic, yet contemporary, while always going for the kill! From the short, fast-paced stomper "LIVE BY THE SWORD" to the pure brilliance of the grand finale of "DEATH DAWN RISING", this powerhouse will leave your jaw on the floor! (ebellion Records #189)
V/A - OI! AIN'T DEAD 6 LP
Rebellion Records has been the home of bands like CROWN COURT, HOSTILE MINDS, B-SQUADRON, TOP DOG and BRASSKNUCKLE for several years now. Though none of the bands sound alike, they all have that raw, authentic sound of the 80's - each giving their own twist to it. Remember the days when there was no mess and fuss, just pure impact? Those days are back and REBELLION RECORDS is proud to be the center of this insanity! Besides the British Oi!'sters, we also have REBELLION's own bovver brigade HARD WAX on board, we welcome CITY MILES with their first ever appearance and their superb contribution "AWAY DAY" and we honor the past with CLOCKWORK SOLDIERS (pre-THE GLORY) and three tracks of their unreleased, '85 demo. All in all fifteen brand new/unreleased tracks EXCLUSIVELY for "Oi! AIN'T DEAD 6" - blinding! Limited to 1000 copies. (Rebellion Records #182)
OXYMORON - Westworld LP
Full of savage punk tunes, "Westworld" followed OXYMORON's sophomore album "The Pack Is Back" with six more blistering streetpunk anthems for the legion of the nineties youth! The Oxy's produced hit after hit and "Westworld", reckoned by some as their best work ever, is no exception! Radio stations, send the warning - red alert, because "Westworld" will finally be available again on vinyl through Rebellion Records! Limited to 500 copies worldwide. (Rebellion Records #153)
Descriptions for 5/12/18
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #421 (June 2018)
Hot off the press, it's the latest Maximum Rocknroll! Our June issue, MRR #421, brings you the hot gossip on all your favorite bands. Vancouver's FASHIONISM has a nun fetish, for example, while Berlin's CUNTROACHES shit themselves onstage, and New York's MORAL PANIC may have pissed the couch. Too scandalous for you? Read APPRAISE's opinions on the Spanish sXe scene and Catalan independence, Portland's MR. WRONG on their social responsibilities as a band, Mexico's CRUZ DE NAVAJAS discussing the femicides in their country, or Australia's EXEK contemplating tomorrow's lunch. Plus we've got DURS COEURS on the Ottawa scene, North Carolina's NO LOVE admitting their most embarrassing shows, and, oh yeah, Japanese legends FIRESTARTER preparing for their only US show! If that's not enough for you, check out some sick photos from DC's Damaged City festival, our new DIY recording tips section, and all the columns and reviews that you love to get mad about every month. It's right here in the newest issue of Maximum Rocknroll! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #421)
HERESY - Face Up To It! 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition LPx2 (with CD)/CD
Available on double LP with CD included or as a stand alone CD. Total ground up restoration/remix by the band from the original 2" master tapes! Finally, after 30 years "Face Up To It" has the production it should have had back in 1988. To say that the results have been remarkable would be an understatement and have exceeded the bands own expectations - turns out underneath the muddy production there was a phenomenal album just waiting to get out! Liner notes from all 4 members of the band, and features the 8 extra songs from the session that originally only appeared on the Japanese "Voice Your Opinion" release! Gatefold sleeve for first pressing, including 24" x 12" insert and CD in PVC wallet of all tracks. (Boss Tuneage Retro #41/#96 CD)
DAUDYFLIN - Daupiflin 7" (with download)
6 tracks of incendiary Icelandic hardcore punk custom built to destroy even the sturdiest of preconceived notions. Have no doubts, these fierce women (and Fannar) of Reykjavk are laying down an unholy path to the icy acid bath that waits for us all. Hell has frozen over. Burn yourself all the way down with this one. Pogo to the prophecy beat. Housed in an ILR custom 12pt glued pocket sleeve with printed inner sleeve and download card included. Art by the band. Recorded by the band. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. Cut at Golden Mastering. (Iron Lung Records #118)
WOUND MAN - Prehistory 7" (with download)
The lyrics to the titular track beg the question: "What will evolution come up with?" Seeing people purposely devolve, becoming more stupid and cro-magnon by the year, provides the answer: Evolutionary life is a curiously destructive downward spiral ending back at the simian simplicity that started this whole planet draining mess in the first place. 'Prehistory' is 9 songs of blistering New Bedford style power violence complete with the stop start blaze and sludgery that makes their brand so brutally enthralling. Housed in an ILR custom 12 pt reverse board glued pocket sleeve with insert and download card. Recorded by Trevor Vaughn. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. Cut at Golden Mastering. Artwork by Cassidy McGinley. (Iron Lung Records #115)
VILE CREATURE - Cast Of Static And Smoke LP
Halo of Flies & Dry Cough are proud to announce Cast of Static and Smoke, the new record from Canadian two piece Vile Creature. This album is a logical progression from their previous releases, both in sound and content. Three years ago their first LP, A Steady Descent into the Soil mirrored bleak, blackened doom metal with equally melancholy stories of growing up queer before it was part of the greater lexicon as it is today . 2016 EP A Pessimistic Doomsayer explored escaping your demons by forging relationships with works of fiction. With Cast of Static and Smoke the band have delved into building a world of their own while writing a compelling 44 minutes of suffering metal. Cast of Static and Smoke is a record & short story. A dystopian science fiction taking place well after civilization has been destroyed by its own nuclear ambitions. The record is 4 songs that embody emotions felt by characters & moments that take place within the story, the album is less chronological and more a response to certain instances. Musically the band is as heavy as they have ever been and then some, weaving through different paces & influences with ease while maintaining their foundation in Doom. The record also features guest contributions from members/ex-members of Cursed, False, Sect, & Former Worlds. The record is accompanied by a 16 page booklet that includes lyrics, credits, and the full story itself, as well there is an audio recording of the entire story scored by Vile Creature for those who have a hard time reading small print (like me!) or just want another way to experience it. (Halo of Flies Records #107)
PMS 84 - Easy Way Out LP
Debut LP by Portland, OR punks PMS 84. Formed in early 2014, featuring members of Vivid Sekt, MoraL, Lifeform, Koward, Petite etc. Eight tracks of Oi! and UK82 influenced hardcore punk with nods to bands like the Partisans, Ultra Violent, and early Blitz. With super catchy guitar leads, bass breaks, and squealing guitar feedback this is a perfectly-executed punk full-length by a band with some of the most airtight songwriting you'll find. This album is hard hitting, it combines hardcore and Oi! and it takes no prisoners. The absolute best UK82 going right now. (Black Water Records #68)
DEAD CELLS - Demo 2018 cassette tape
Coming off like an english language Rata Negra. Desperation, angst and frustration pepper the words that twist and turn like daggers to the back of emperors from this new Vancouver BC band. Twin guitar attacks carry melody and smart chord changes backed by a rhythm section that runs the risk of falling off the edge of the cliff. It's complimented by a brooding vocalist that half shouts-half sings. At times it's like a teen-aged, pre-drama school Rozz Williams fronting the Estranged with a quicker pace. One of my favorite demos this year. I can firmly claim this and it's April. We're so stoked to put this piece out. (Neon Taste Records #5 TP)
INCENDIARY - Thousand Mile Stare LP (color vinyl)
"Thousand Mile Stare" is the third full-length from New York's own Incendiary. Featuring ten tracks of unapologetic, metallic hardcore, the effort was recorded by Will Putney of Graphic Nature Audio (Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain). While drawing influence from past decades, such as 108, Vision Of Disorder and Buried Alive, Incendiary dives deeper into their socially conscious and aggressive sound to deliver their hardest hitting release to date. Now available again on colored vinyl with a gatefold cover. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #50)
INCENDIARY - Cost Of Living LP (color vinyl)
"Cost Of Living" is the sophomore release from New York's own Incendiary. This 10-track LP of '90s-inspired hardcore is reminiscent of acts such as Indecision, Strife and Buried Alive with a modern, metal influenced sound. Now available again on colored vinyl with a gatefold cover. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #26)
STOMPER 98 - Althergebracht LP (color vinyl)
With releases spanning 20+ years, this German oi powerhouse just seems to get better with age. Now with the addition of Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) doing what he does best, this already ridiculously talented and exciting band has taken things to new heights in the past few years. This brand new LP is far-and-away their best record ever; firing on all cylinders, and giving the world a taste of the medicine they've been dishing out all over Europe for decades. LP includes digital download and is limited to 500 copies. (Pirates Press Records #197)
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing LPx2 (Color Vinyl)
Despite poor sales on the initial release nearly 25 years ago, "Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing" gained a cult following and helped launch singer Devin Townsend's career into progressive metal icon-status, while simultaneously influencing the likes of Gojira and The Dillinger Escape Plan. With the previous vinyl pressing of "Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing" nearly impossible to find on the after market, "Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing" has been in dire need of a repress. Think Fast!'s 2018 version is pressed on 180-gram, 2xLP vinyl with the 2006 re-master bonus tracks and housed inside a sturdy gatefold jacket. These are the remaining copies from Record Store Day 2018 on blue and red vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies. (Think Fast Records #62)
HAVE HEART - Songs To Scream At The Sun cassette tape
Have Heart's "Songs To Scream At The Sun" is a landmark for the history of Boston, MA's prolific hardcore scene. Recorded with Kurt Ballou of Converge at GodCity Studio, Have Heart has created an album that is truly unlike any hardcore record out there in terms of sheer power and emotion, as well as production. Similar to Refused a decade ago, Have Heart has taken the hardcore genre and redefined what it means to be a hardcore band and they're geared to leave everyone else in their wake. Now available on cassette. (Bridge Nine Records #96 TP)
HAVE HEART - The Things We Carry cassette tape
This is the debut full-length, "The Things We Carry," from Massachusetts' most sincere Have Heart. From the mecca of hardcore, Boston, comes 11 unrelenting songs full of substance not found in todays scene. With the production of master Jim Siegel (Dropkick Murphys, Guns Up!, Blacklisted) the massive sound and fury of Have Heart was perfectly captured in 27 minutes of pure energy. Now available on cassette. (Bridge Nine Records #75 TP)
Descriptions for 5/5/18
CHAIN CULT - Demo 2018 LP
Chain Cult from Athens released their Demo on tape on the first of January 2018 and it instantly sold out. Now it gets rightfully re-released on Vinyl. The six track demo is full of churning and brooding post punk that is urgent and energetic. It has anger and passion built on a skeletal and distinct production. Dark jagged guitar riffs sit on top of hypnotic bass lines like the classic VEX 12" on Fight Back Records mixed with WARSAW and ARTIC FLOWERS. Demo 2018 comes housed in a 350 gsm sleeve designed by Aris of A.D. Visions and includes a lyric insert. (La Vida Es Un Mus #169)
OJO POR OJO - s/t LP
A sonic auto-da-f, the OJO POR OJO debut LP is an exercise in modern Mexican costumbrismo. Crude and primitive, the band's aural vomit is a sharp-eyed comment on the trip through the guts of the monster that living in Mexico City has become. Where crime and filth reigns supreme among a society driven by chronic malinchismo and constant life fear. OJO POR OJO follows the path laid out by bands such as INSERVIBLES or RATAS DEL VATICANO while borrowing heavily from Greek gods, Colombian demigods PARABELLUM and Italian deities NERORGASMO. Lacking pretence, this Stations of the Cross-like album has 10 tracks instead of 14 and is a raw portrayal of everyday life in the place where the District Federal trio live. Comes packed in a macabre masterpiece created between drummer Mico and guitarist/ vocalist Yecatl Pea which painstakingly depicts the current collective mental state of a nation. Includes a lyric sheet and a disturbing yet normalised picture, depicting a petty thief lynched by locals in Ecatepec. A seemly weekly happening in the Ciudad de Mexico. (La Vida Es Un Mus #166)
PRO PATRIA MORI - Where Shadows Lie LP
Pro Patria Mori, meaning "to die for your country", formed in Wokingham, Southeast of England in 1984. Though they never released any records, not even a track on a compilation but they did record two demos of which Where Shadows Lie is the second. Recorded and released in 1986, the demo is a total jewel of that era. It's aggressive and fast paced anarcho punk with dual vocals, spoken word pieces, eerie interludes and dark political lyrics. The band were offered a release on Peaceville Records which never happened and played lots of gigs with Anti Sect and toured Italy playing a two day festival at the Virus in Milan. This release comes with a A3 Lyric Sheet plus a 44 Page Booklet with interviews, handouts, Fanzine pieces, reviews and more. If you yearn for the glory days of the 80's and Anti Sect, Anti System and AOA - then this is a must. Demo Tapes have put their heart and soul into this release. (La Vida Es Un Mus/Demo Tapes #10)
END TIME - s/t LP
Two years in the making, this 12" EP represents some prime lazy-ass apathy coupled with the kind of wry, bitter nihilism that could only be fueled by the landmines of fuckery that is the current Bay Area. The band pulls influences from such sources as NZ greats THE GORDONS, Australia's THE MOLES, and Boston's MISSION OF BURMA while the collage art foldout poster will bring you back the San Francisco of the early '80s. (Fullyintercoastal Records #6)
Descriptions for 4/28/18
SPAZZ - Sweatin' to the Oldies LPx2
(street day May 11th) Sixty-four tracks on 2 long player records pressed on limited colored vinyl including a digital download card plus a 16 page booklet filled with scans, pics, liners and more! Following their CD reissue in 2016, the volume assassins at Tankcrimes are very pleased to bring you Sweatin' To The Oldies from iconic, now-defunct, hardcore punk power violence trio, SPAZZ, on vinyl! Originally released on Slap-A-Ham Records in 1997 and out-of-print for fifteen long years, SPAZZ's Sweatin' To The Oldies delivers sixty-four tracks compiled from splits released with Charles Bronson, Brutal Truth, Rupture, Floor, and more from 1993-1996, as well as SPAZZ's debut EP, tracks from various comps including Better Read Than Dead (1996, Epitaph/AK Press), cover tunes, and live cuts from KFJC and 924 Gilman St. Sweatin' To The Oldies comes remastered, or in some cases mastered for the first time ever, by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Impaled l) at Mammoth Sound. Set for release on May 11th, the limited edition 2xLP will be available in six different color variations - blue, splatter, pinwheel, white, flo yellow and clear - and includes a sixteen-page booklet chock full of scans, photos, liner notes, and more. This is the first time this collection has ever been available on vinyl! (Tank Crimes Records #90)
GHOUL/ILL BILL - split 7"
(street day May 11th) Creepsylvania's masked splatterthrashers GHOUL team up with Brooklyn MC, ILL BILL (Non Phixion, Heavy Metal Kings) for this sick split 7" also featuring GORETEX (Non Phixion). Limited color vinyl, download card included. (Tank Crimes Records #108)
CRIMINAL CODE - Welcome To 2534 LP
(street day May 11th) "2534" is the third full length by Tacoma,WA veterans Criminal Code. The northwest four piece has always kept a well balanced variety of sounds in their arsenal. From the gloomy depressing sounds of The WIPERS to the frantic speed induced pop of HUSKER DU, 2534 is more focused with layers and a dreamy undertone. This album flows with infectious leads and bouncy rhythms familiar to the UK sounds of WIRE and THE CURE. The vocals and guitars are a bit cleaner then previously before but still abrasive and loses no urgency. The album flows seamlessly and at times nostalalgic to the melancholy of the eighties without trapping you in a time capsule. Artwork by Justin Gallago. (Deranged Records #310)
MORBOSIDAD - Corona de Epidemia LP/CD
For twenty-five years, Morbosidad has been a stoic pillar in the black/death metal underground. Guided by the relentless dedication of demonic mastermind and vocalist, Tomas Stench, the band has maintained a level of consistency in its recordings and live performances that has not been rivaled by many over the course of such an extended tenure. Unlike many highly-respected bands who release an acclaimed masterpiece along with an additional solid album or two before fading into the obscurity of forgettable later recordings, "Corona de Epidemia" maintains the same degree of songwriting, musicianship, and overall hostility that have characterized Morbosidad's previous recordings. (Nuclear War Now Records #370)
OKSENNUS - Kolme Toista CD
Stylistically eccentric, Oksennus' music is a controlled departure from the constraints of the death metal genre, and, yet, the band nevertheless remains properly steeped in tradition. With this new album, Oksennus' ambitious tendencies are on prominent display. "Kolme Toista" is as bold an artistic proclamation as one could expect in metal without stretching the fabric of the genre so thin as to leave it threadbare. The album consists of a single 39-minute composition, broken into three 13-minute movements, seamlessly woven together, guiding the listener through a sprawling array of mercurial states of consciousness, calling to mind the complex compositions by fellow NWN! act Chaos Echoes. (Nuclear War Now Records #374 CD)
CASUAL HEX - Zig Zag Lady Illusion LP
Casual Hex is a three-piece formed in Seattle, WA, in 2015. Drawing influence from a variety of genres (post-punk, no-wave, noise rock), The band relies on the contrast of heavy, catchy, minimal, and dissonant. It's difficult to draw a direct lineage, but flashes of PYLON, THE CONTORTIONS or early SONIC YOUTH come to mind. Erica's voice is a commanding narration, stern in delivery. Lyrical content is heady and cryptic, encouraging the listener to question human behavior and inspire positive change. Clocking in at 21 minutes, Zig Zag Lady Illusion is as much of a full length as you're gonna get with most songs not even hitting the 2 minute mark. This is Casual Hex's debut on Water Wing and their first effort to be pressed on vinyl. Limited to 300 copies. (Water Wing Records #24)
NOVAE MILITIAE - Gash'khalah LPx2
Evil, blasphemous, hideous, and utterly horrific, on their sophomore LP mysterious French black metal abomination Novae Militiae summon total armageddon. In strict adherence to France's infamous tradition of birthing the most heinous and fucked black metal imaginable, "Gash'khalah" does not disappoint, spewing forth a wretched swarm of otherworldly aural annihilation that engulfs the listener like a blaze. In an attempt to harness complete and unadulterated ruin, on "Gash'khalah" Novae Militiae meticulously unravel almost an hour of vile and blasphemous sonic trauma that paints a picture of absolutely daunting horror. Through a sapient and unorthodox interweaving of unsettling atmospheres, deviant religious commentary, warped and disorienting instrumental passages, and an absolutely crushing delivery, "Gash'khalah"'s hideous silhouette takes shape through the same realms of ruin and torment that have birthed masterpieces by other similar French black metal aberrations like Aosoth, Deathspell Omega, Antaeus, etc. (Sentient Ruin Labratories #51)
SOCIETY ABUSE - s/t 7"
Debut 7" from Florida's own Society Abuse. Putting out a well-received demo in early 2014 these guys have quickly rose to be one of the leading bands out of the recent hot bed that is Florida Hardcore. Drawing influences from old and new bands such as Negative FX and Knife Fight, Society Abuse has several tours coming up throughout the year and is definitely a band you should be keeping an eye on. (Mind Rot Records #12)
SKOURGE - Spiritual Despair 7"
Debut 7" from Houston's Skourge. Featuring members of Dress Code, Narrow Head and Back to Back Skourge has already done a few tours on both sides of the country and have a few more planned for the future including an appearance at the upcoming Damaged City Fest. Skourge have their own unique take on hardcore and have been described as throwing blast beats, old school death metal and classic NYHC into a blender and this would be the result. We know, it sounds weird but it somehow works. (Mind Rot Records #15)
HAGGUS/HEINOUS - split 7"
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen... Our good fellas from Heinous & Haggus finally made a split! Before their tour, the guys quickly released a tape version, and now (hopefully very soon) the vinyl will be released (and I'm freaking excited about that). So this split has a bitter gory taste, you will start to feel just from looking at this cover art. The artist did great work again! This creepy art looks fantastic! Strange guy that destroys human remains by turning them into minced meat, that is pretty rad! Haggus is the first band on this split and they started with almost Rock'n'Roll like tunes! These 3 songs were recorded in the end of last summer and they sound really tasty. Our masked trio put a lot of groovy punk energy into their songs. The riffs and song structures are so simple but they are also memorable. I can't say that they plunged into the gore in this records. Their side sounds more like mincecore with a good portion of old punk. The sound of their guitar is strong and buzzing, but I can't say the same about bass guitar sound. The bass sound is a little bit deaf and it is lost against the background of all the other instruments. But in general this is really awesome noise! 3 piece gore tornado from Phoenix sacrificed its recent record "Four Under The Floor" for this split. I can honestly say that Heinous has found its sound... slowly, but the guys made some noticeable progression, this recording session sounds really strong. The slimy guitar and drums are the best part, I have no complaints. The drumming is the perfect blend of slow beats, polka beats and blast beats which are fairly distributed throughout the entirety of the release. The guitar tone is deep and distorted, but crisp enough to enjoy and the riffs are really nice. No lyrics can be heard (if there are any), the vocals fit in perfect with the music. The guys use fierce screams, pitch shifted roars and something like growls... and I must admit, the hellish yelling is great! If you haven't heard this band before, then you should fix that mistake. (Morbid Reality Records #25)
MORTICIAN - Zombie Massacre Live LPx2 (gatefold)
MORTICIAN's Zombie Massacre Live on double-LP vinyl for the first time ever! Comprising a staggering 37 tracks in 66 gore-soaked minutes, Zombie Massacre Live captures these legendary death metallers on the live front in the early 2000s, spanning shows in the US as well as Europe. As expected of such a long-running band with a deep discography, this live collection encompasses countless '90s classics as well as then-new cuts from Domain of Death (2001) and Darkest Day of Horror (2002), all captured in their rawest 'n' bloodiest state. Originally released in 2004 on CD by the band on their own label, Zombie Massacre Live is long overdue for the vinyl treatment. Above all, it's MORTICIAN: enough said! (Hells Headbangers Records #234)
HADES ARCHER - Temple Of The Impure LP
Comes with a large 12 page 12"x12" booklet. Hailing from Chile, HADES ARCHER are staunchly and proudly a duo: foul and filthy, yet fuller than most bands twice their membership. Across their prolific canon, HADES ARCHER have come to define - and set the gold standard for - modern black/death metal hailing from South America. Rabid fans for many years, HELLS HEADBANGERS couldn't be more pleased to work with the diabolical duo for Temple of the Impure and other upcoming assaults. HADES ARCHER was formed in 2006 in Santiago, Chile by N-III on guitars and voice and Infernal Desolator on drums. The band launched their first demo-rehearsals through Chilean label Kuravilu, unleashing their glorious influences such as Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer, Sarcofago, Sextrash, Mayhem, Impaled Nazarene, Bestial Warlust, Black Witchery, Inquisition, and more. Later in 2007, Hateaxes Command came in on drums. With this new lineup, the duo recorded the Penis MetalGloria Rex Infernvs EPs- released in 2008 and 2010, respectively - and their debut album, 2011's For The Diabolical Ages. This cult era is considered by HADES ARCHER where the band's history truly began. (Hells Headbangers Records #212)
DRUID LORD - Grotesque Offerings LPx2 (gatefold)
Double LP edition in gatefold cover featuring 4 exclusive live bonus tracks not on the CD or tape. The band's first record for their new label home, Grotesque Offerings is both a consolidation and intensification of DRUID LORD's ever-considerable strengths. Eerie and utterly crushing doom/DEATH metal, DRUID LORD soak their molten creations in obscure, horror-inspired lyrics from beyond the grave. Across the 50 mysterious minutes comprising Grotesque Offerings, they evoke the haunts of old from where shadows conjure spells of gloom. DRUID LORD are grounded in the darkest and most underground death metal, of course, but take considerable influence from old horror films, particularly the atmosphere cloaking the classic movies of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter. It's a deceptively simple formula, but one that's done with masterful subtlety and a graven sense of purpose: simply, they LIVE IT, breathing deeply the true, timeless essence of supernatural horror. And that stark simplicity - the leads that linger like fog, the gutted low-end, the stunning sense of dread-inducing melody - is absolutely bewitching within these Grotesque Offerings. DRUID LORD released their debut album, Hymns for the Wicked, in 2010. Second guitarist Ben Ross joined the band right after its release; his sick riffing added to the DRUID LORD style. Since then, the band has put out countless split CDs and 7" EPs, which have gained them worldwide attention. The band went through some various changes over the course of 2015, but with current drummer Elden Santos, DRUID LORD have found the perfect fit to complement their brand of crushing music. (Hells Headbangers Records #202)
(restock) DESPAIR - Visions Of The Inferno LP
DESPAIR were from Vancouver BC, Canada and worked hard to perfect Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing era DISCHARGE, and succeeded with Visions of the Inferno being the proof. Each member has many years experience under their bullet belt, playing in bands such as DECONTROL, TOTAL WAR, LIMB FROM LIMB, SUSS LAW, PHANE, DEAD HUNT, MULE and a slew of others. While playing dbeat in this stage of the game is by no means reinventing the wheel, these 5 guys make the war machine roll in a devestating, ear blasting way that breathes new life in a genre filled with dime a dozen knock offs who can't pull it off correctly. Visions of the Inferno is 8 dbeat masterpieces on 45RPM, mastered on the same machinery as HNSNSN by Kenko from Communichaos/MEANWHILE/DISCHANGE/etc. For any true fan of studded, charged, no frills hardcore punk. (Brain Damage Records #1)
XXX - LPx2 compilation (Scene Support version with EDGE: PERSPECTIVES ON DRUG FREE CULTURE DVD)
The Scene Support version comes with spine wrap, insert and a bonus copy of the Edge: Perspectives on Drug Free Culture. For better or worse, some ideas are poisonous. Featuring: Monster X, Portraits of Past, Policy of 3, Groundwork, Pogrom, Threadbare, Shatter The Myth, Endeavor, None Left Standing, Trees Without Leaves, Prozac Memory, Via, Well Away, and Frail. The XXX compilation comes with a 24 page booklet, a full sized poster, and stickers. (Ebullition #24)
SAWPIT - 7" (Scene Support version)
Scene Support version has new limited cover. Limited to 30 copies. Sawpit was a melodic '90s hardcore band out of Japan. (Ebullition #35.5)
ORCHID - Dance Tonight!! 10" (Scene Support Version)
This special Scene Support version comes with a random bonus Ebullition LP compilation (either the Illiterate, Amnesia, or HeartattaCk compilation). Ten blasts of chaotic fury and emotive noise on a cute little 10". The Orchid sound is even more aggressive than on their 12", and anyone that enjoyed any of their previous releases will be floored by these songs. Tuneful, vicious, throbbing, and chaotic hardcore played with finesse, heartfelt energy, and a wee bit of arty pretense. On yellow and black 50/50 colored vinyl. (Ebullition #46)
BLASTING CONCEPT - Sloth Rocket LP (Scene Support 2016 version)
Influenced by Blast, SST, RKL, and Annihilation Time, Blasting Concept expertly melds '70s rock with early '80s SoCal hardcore. Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Ventura have a long history of this sort of ear damage... there is a reason that these cities produced RKL, Annihilation Time, Rat Pack, and Blasting Concept. The only odd thing is that Blasting Concept is releasing an LP on Ebullition Records, which doesn't normally release such rock influenced records, however, Jeff Capra, one of Blasting Concept's two guitarists, was also in Manumission which Ebullition released over 20 years ago. Jeff has actually been in a million hardcore bands over the last 25 years... Like It Or Not, Manumission, Holier Than Thou?, Become, Broken Needle, Embassy, Ochre, Surprise Vacation, and probably a few others as well. When guitarist Calvin (formerly of Bone Explosion) started Blasting Concept back in 2009 he was heavily influenced by Blast, but over the years the band has become more and more influenced by '70s rock while still retaining those original Blast influences. Blasting Concept has previously released an LP and a 7" on It's Alive, which are both sold out at this point. Blasting Concept is also featured in the June issue of Thrasher skate magazine! (Ebullition Records #61.5)
SPITBOY - Rasana 7" (Scene Support 2016 version)
While renovating Ebullition last year we found several hundred Spitboy 7" vinyl that we didn't know we had. These are part of the original pressing from the mid 1990s. We had to make new covers for them, but the vinyl itself is 20 years old! Spitboy was an amazing band from the San Francisco, CA area that consisted of four women. They played powerful political hardcore that was of course influenced by the fact that they were all women living in a male dominated world. "Rasana" was the first release featuring Dominique on bass. There are three tracks on this 7". Scene Support version comes with limited cover. (Ebullition Records #22)
JOHN HENRY WEST - Door Bolted Shut LP with CD (Scene Support 2016 version)
Scene Support version is hand numbered and includes a silk screened plastic dust sleeve, and a Scene Support spine wrap. In the works for what seems like an eternity, Ebullition finally brings the John Henry West discography into existence. John Henry West played 50 shows between the fall of 1992 and the late summer of 1993. Side A of the LP features the 4 tracks from their 7" on Gravity Records, and side B features their songs from the "3/12/93" compilation and "A History of Compassion and Justice?" compilation LP, as well as 2 previously unreleased songs. The bonus CD features the original 6 song demo, their final live show at the Gilman (7 tracks), and a live set that they played on WUSB Radio in July of 1993 (9 tracks). The LP comes with a CD sized booklet with lyrics and photos. John Henry West were members of other great bands such as Fuel, Navio Forge, Bread & Circuits, Sawhorse, Torches To Rome, Sixteen Bullets, End of The Line, and plenty more! (Ebullition Records #60)
(restock) 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)
(repress) ORCHID - Gatefold LP (red vinyl pressing)
The final recordings of Orchid. These nineteen tracks are probably the best songs that Orchid ever recorded. Their sound has been honed and defined, and the recording perfectly captures Orchid's diverse combination of arty sensibilities, heartfelt emotive song writing, Mohinder-esque drumming, frantic precision, controlled mayhem, and chaotic adrenaline. An excellent record that even surpasses their previous releases. Definitely Orchid's opus. The LP comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve. The various Orchid members have gone on to form Bucket Full of Teeth, the Wolves, Ampere, and the Panthers. (Ebullition #51)
(discounted price) ECONOCHRIST - discography CDx2
Ebullition has decided to lower the price of this amazing discography CD in an attempt to get some more of these out into the world before the CD format disappears forever. A classic. And a great deal for a double CD that includes every single Econochrist song that was ever released! This double CD discography features forty-one Econochrist songs. It includes the Ruination LP, the Trained To Serve LP, the Skewed 7", the Another Victim 7", the It Runs Deep 7", as well as the songs from the Give Me Back comp LP, the Very Small World comp LPx2, the What Are You Pointing At? comp 10", and the songs from the split 7" that Econochrist did with The Detonators. (Ebullition Records #37 CD)
ORCHID - Dance Tonight!! 10" (black/yellow 50/50 vinyl)
Repressed! Ten blasts of chaotic fury and emotive noise on a cute little 10". The Orchid sound is even more aggressive than on their 12", and anyone that enjoyed any of their previous releases will be floored by these songs. Tuneful, vicious, throbbing, and chaotic hardcore played with finesse, heartfelt energy, and a wee bit of arty pretense. Repress of the Chaos is Me LP in the works as well. We went all out this time with each record being 50% black and 50% yellow (they were supposed to be 50/50 black/yellow, but the pressing plant did it wrong). (Ebullition #46)
JOHN HENRY WEST - Door Bolted Shut LP (comes with bonus CD)
Comes with a special spine wrap. In the works for what seems like an eternity, Ebullition finally brings the John Henry West discography into existence. John Henry West played 50 shows between the fall of 1992 and the late summer of 1993. Side A of the LP features the 4 tracks from their 7" on Gravity Records, and side B features their songs from the "3/12/93" compilation and "A History of Compassion and Justice?" compilation LP, as well as 2 previously unreleased songs. The bonus CD features the original 6 song demo, their final live show at the Gilman (7 tracks), and a live set that they played on WUSB Radio in July of 1993 (9 tracks). The LP comes with a CD sized booklet with lyrics and photos. John Henry West members also played in Fuel, Navio Forge, Bread & Circuits, Sawhorse, Torches To Rome, Sixteen Bullets, End of The Line, Please Inform The Captain This Is a Hijack, and plenty more! (Ebullition Records #60)