Descriptions for 6/25/16
BRODY'S MILITIA - Funeral Arrangements 7"
Twenty one fast-as-fuck tracks of hateful thrash created by drooling old perverts high on cobra venom and weasel semen. Suffer yourself some authentic rock n' roll brain trauma not unlike HEIST, HERESY and SORE THROAT. Sure to delight fans of exploding infant corpses, blood-thirsty gorilla revenge and unintentional celebrity suicide via auto-erotic asphyxiation. The cover artwork by Food Fortunata is suitable for framing! First 100 copies on 33 1/3rd RPM vinyl for record store day only so collect them all, you fucking dipshit. Hallelujah! Brought to you by Rescued From Life Records and the raw power of SATAN. (Rescued From Life Records #74.5)
ERECTILE DEMENTIA - Dismal Visions 7"
Twenty-three bursts of barn-burning delirium! A schizo amalgamation of inept noisecore and idiotic rock n' roll ready to escort your daughter to the dance. Brought to you by the international terror triad of No Fucking Labels, Rescued From Life and Backwoods Butcher Records! RFL115 $4.50 (Rescued From Life Records #115)
KNOW SECRETS - At Rise LP
This debut LP from San Francisco's "Community Based" Punk/Rock band draws influence from 90s Dischord bands Fugazi, Jawbox etc. and rock bands like Queens of the Stone Age, and delivers a blend of aggressive riffs backed by catchy melodies, driving drums and unique arrangements. The LP is a collaborative record created by founding member Eric Urbach (formally of Everybody Row and Static Thought) and 19 other members of the Bay Area Punk/Hardcore scene. "At Rise" puts on display the unique voices, diversity and perspectives of different musicians in the community while retaining the sound of a cohesive band. (301 Collective #6)
NOTHING OF MERIT - American Blast 7"
Originally from Chicago this now based in Houston TX band has dropped this slab of multicolored wax that demonstrates the bands multitude of influences from AGENT ORANGE and JFA to JCHURCH. Traded Male/Female vox permeates the release and adds a NAUSEA type feel. Former members of the THE HATES, NEGATIVE ELEMENT DEAD ROSES and the PAIN TEENS blast through four tracks here there is even some sax ala the BIG BOYS. The divergence in styles make this an interesting listen. With lots of high energy live shows under their belt this record shows off what the band can pull off in the studio. (Reason For Resistance Records #1965)
NOTHING OF MERIT - Monolith 7"
This is the second 7' from Houston's Nothing of Merit. Side A features searing male/femail vox with the feel of the AVENGERS meets PROPAGHANDI. The lyrics are a little more thought out and political on this release. Side B is a blazing throwback to 80s HC fans of MECHT MENSCH and ARTICLES OF FAITH should find this thrashable. Comes on hot pink wax this was a limited pressing of 100. The release of this record coincided with being featured in MRR's new blood section. Cover art by local artist Susan Glenney. The artwork can also be seen on pro skater Ben Stevers pro model. (Reason For Resistance Records #1966)
BULLNETTLE - s/t LP
There are people in the world who, if asked (hell, even if not asked), will try to convince you that This Is My Fist! was one of the most exciting and important bands of the early 2000s. I should know, because I'm one of those people. They broke up in 2012, and since that time, lead singer Annie Saunders spent some time playing in the ripping hardcore band Manipulation. But though I liked that band, when Annie reached out to tell me that she was attending veterinary school in Urbana, IL and had started a new band where she was singing, playing guitar, and writing songs, I asked her to send me some songs. I had already decided that I'd ask to release a record before the tracks had finished downloading onto my computer. Self-described as a "punkish," Bullnettle plays urgent, melodic, raspy, and lo-fi rock n roll, which would have been labeled as "college rock" when that meant something cool. Fans of This is My Fist!, rejoice! We're releasing your new favorite record. (Dirt Cult Records #88)
THE STOPS - Nameless Faces LP
Self-described as "5 ladies playing punk rock." The Stops quickly became one of my favorite Portland, OR bands since Dirt Cult made the move a year and a half ago. This, their debut LP, definitely adds to Portland's reputation for dark but melodic punk rock (see: Red Dons, The Observers, The Wipers). The band plays driving distorted punk that is at times informed by power pop. Think of a band that somehow combines the seemingly disparate influence of The Adolescents, The Wipers, and The Go-Gos and you're in the right place. Members of Red Dons, The Pedestrians, and Pataha Hiss. This is the North American version. Sabotage Records is handling Europe. (Dirt Cult Records #87)
HYSTERESE - 2nd s/t LP
A little bit hardcore - a little bit garage, Hysterese is from from Tübingen, Germany and they play dark, melodic, and powerful punk rock. I've been struggling with a point of reference on this one (they have a pretty unique sound!). So lets go with The Soviettes and Marked Men getting together to form a hardcore band. Yeah...that works. This is being released on Dirt Cult Records in the US and Taken By Surprise/Sabotage in Europe. (Dirt Cult Records #76)
CATHOLIC GUILT - s/t LP
Catholic Guilt are from Austria, and they play dark, dense, and discordant hardcore punk that fans of classic 80's hardcore like Poison Idea, Die Kreuzen, and Articles of Faith as well as more recent bands like Sickoids. An all around great record, that we're eager to share with you. (Dirt Cult Records #78)
BLANK PAGES - s/t LP
Berlin's Blank Pages released on the of the best records on the 2013 on Hardward Records out of Germany and Dirt Cult is rereleasing it for their upcoming US tour. Amazing dark and melodic punk for fans of The Fall and The Wipers, or contemporaries such as Red Dons/The Observers. (Dirt Cult Records #72)
NEEDLES//PINS - Shamebirds LP
Airtight power pop from Vancouver, Canada for fans of Steve Adamyk Band, Sonic Avenues, Gentleman Jesse as well as classic Canadian power pop bands like Teenage Head and Pointed Sticks. But this stuff isn't just a carbon copy. Needles//Pins have a sound all of their own. (Dirt Cult Records #74)
CANADIAN RIFLE - Deep Ends LP
Deep Ends is the second LP from Canadian Rifle, arguably Chicago's best melodic hardcore band. The band plays confessional punk with brash vocals (reminiscent of Leatherface and early Jawebreaker) with themes that range from crossing lines when you know you shouldn't, trying to keep something alive when you're running on empty, as well as struggles with addiction. Needless to say, it's pretty bleak in its lyrical and musical approach, but played with an angered energy that'll keep you fist pumping for the duration. Pretty fucking great for a band with no dreams and no goals. (Dirt Cult Records #66)
ALLVARET - Tank da Ploden LP
Swedish outfit Allvaret emerged from a fertile musical background to deliver some totally off the hook KBD punk with tunes that will stick in your head after just one spin. The guitar sounds so Scandinavian - Masshysteri and The Vicious say Hello. The driving rhythm section, with the harmonic drum and bass parts, reminds of some kind of early UK street punk, without sounding stupidly Oi! But the most important part is the awesome voice of Sushila, with perfectly matching Swedish lyrics to top things off and emphasize the band's own character. Members of Vånna Inget. (Dirt Cult Records #69)
BLANK PAGES - No Reception 7"
Blank Pages are from Berlin, Germany and play dark melodic punk that sounds a bit like The Marked Men covering the Wipers. This single includes two killer songs recording in Portland, OR while embarking on their first (and, sadly, last) US tour, that are the perfect follow up to a their self-titled LP we released last year. The band just completed a European tour and announced that they are breaking up. And while this is unfortunate, we're happy to have had the opportunity to bring the majority of their catalog to the US. Members of Modern Pets and Life Fucker. (Dirt Cult Records #85)
DER FADEN - Best Guess 7"
Several years ago I sent Rob from Statues (Deranged Records) an unsolicited e-mail praising his band and essentially begging him to allow me to put out a record. A few months later, I had the pleasure of meeting Rob in Ottawa, Canada while on tour with my band Low Culture, and had the bittersweet experience of watching Statues play their last ever show. Rob apologized and explains that the band would obviously not have any new material for a Dirt Cult release. A few years later, I met up with Rob again and he briefly told me about a new band he had started with his fiancé Sarah (The Johnnies) and he would send me the tracks. A few weeks later, he sent me the two songs that appear on this 7" - and the rest is history as they say. der Faden plays powerful and catchy power pop, and these two songs are frankly either 1) better than anything Statues has ever done (which is saying a lot!) or 2) the best thing Rob has done since Statues fantastic "New People Make Me Nervous" LP. What can we say? We're super excited about this 7" and hope that the world enjoys it as much as we do. (Dirt Cult Records #80)
BLODAD TAND - Control Alt Delete 7"
Straight forward, no bullshit hardcore with Swedish lyrics. Blodad Tand features Rickard Andersson ( Regimen, ex-Commitment Crew), Mikael Kjellman (Skitsystem, Martyrdöd) and Kim Nilsson (Blisterhead, ex-Another Year). (Dirt Cult Records #93)
DIVERS - Achin' On 7"
Hot of the heals of their highly praised "Hello Hello" LP, one of Portland's best band is back with a brand new 7_! For the unacquainted, Divers plays energetic, bombastic, and melodic punk rock. The band combines the dusty, world-weariness of Bruce Springsteen with the peppy but paranoid jumpiness of Elvis Costello. Oh, and the B side is an amazing cover of "Can't Do That" by Portland's Dead Moon! (Dirt Cult Records #95)
DEFECT DEFECT - My Life is Like Death 7"
About a week after Defect Defect announced that they were breaking up, Yoichi at Snuffy Smiles (who we are split releasing this record with) asked the band to tour Japan. And, hey, you don't say "no" to a Japanese tour, so they got back together and went into the studio to record some songs for what appears to be their final release. Defect Defect has been a longtime favorite at Dirt Cult. In case your not acquainted, the band hails from Portland, OR and plays pissed off, catchy, no-frills hardcore. We're sad to see them go, but happy we got the opportunity to release one more record. Ex and current members of The Observers, Clorox Girls, The Stops, Autistic Youth, The Minds, Steel Chains, etc. (Dirt Cult Records #94)
EARTH GIRLS - Someone I'd Like to Know 7"
Following a killer self-released demo tape and 7" on Grave Mistake/Drunken Sailor, Earth Girls return with 4 fierce, slightly bubblegum garage rock songs. Fronted by Liz Panella (Libyans. Broken Prayer, Autonomy, Siamese Twins). Sounds like there's an LP coming soon on Grave Mistake Records. (Dirt Cult Records #83)
CANADIAN RIFLE - Sexually Fucked 7"
Recorded in Germany during a recent European tour, Canadian Rifle return with 2 more bleak, gruff, and misanthropic melodic punk songs. (Dirt Cult Records #84)
MOMENT - Thick And Unwieldy From All Our Layers: A Complete Discography LPx2
This release is over 4 years in the planning. Tor Johnson Records along with All About Records and Teeth Like Swords are releasing a double LP discography from a band named Moment. They were a Boston area band from the late 90s-early 00s. Starting in the suburban VFW/DIY scene, Moment went on to have a huge hand in kickstarting and breathing life into the Boston basement scene. The record comes in a hand letter-pressed and silk-screened chipboard jacket with a hand embossed insert and includes all the music the band ever recorded including unreleased songs. (Tor Johnson Records #33)
POISON RITES - 2016 Demo tape cassette
Debut release from POISON RITES featuring ex members of SPEEDWOLF. While SPEEDWOLF were dipping one foot into the metal cesspool and the other into the riffier side of punk, POISON RITES play with all amps blaring aggressive Rock N Roll. For fans of NEW BOMB TURKS, early TURBONEGRO, HELLACOPTERS, HOOKERS, BULEMICS, ZEKE, and TEENGENERATE. 4 tracks, self-recorded to analog tape, and released on pro-printed cassettes. Hand stamped and limited to 200 copies, each tape includes a download card of all 4 songs. (Splattered! Records #6)
BOOZE & GLORY - Carry On 10" (Shaped Picture Disc)
The latest and greatest from this raucous British powerhouse. For fans of Street Dogs, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid and Cock Sparrer. (Pirate's Press Records #149)
CONVERGE - You Fail Me: Redux LP
Originally released in 2004, the brute force and emotional power on "You Fail Me" is unparalleled, solidifying their reign in the genre that they have defined for over two decades. Never quite content with the original mix, "You Fail Me: Redux" was remixed by guitarist Kurt Ballou at his GodCity Studio. The release was also remastered by Alan Douches (Motorhead, Mastodon) and repackaged by vocalist/artist Jacob Bannon. LP includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #189)
TRUE LOVE (MI) - Heaven's Too Good For Us LP
True Love (MI) takes diverse inspiration from classic, late-'80s youth crew and early 2000s hardcore, turning it into an intense whirlwind on their full-length debut, "Heaven's Too Good For Us." A blistering, cutthroat 16 minutes of cathartic exploration, straight-edge fury and relentless energy featuring guest spots from members of the current hardcore elite (Turnstile, Freedom, Forced Order), "Heaven's Too Good For Us" is a uniquely excellent entry that propels the band into that very class. For fans of American Nightmare, Youth Of Today, Carry On and Right Brigade. LP includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #239)
FRAMEWORKS - Smother LP/CD/CS
"Smother" is the highly anticipated sophomore album from Frameworks, and their first for the Deathwish label. The album was recorded by Matt McClellan (Being As An Ocean, O' Brother, etc.) at Glow In The Dark Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Converge, Self Defense Family, etc.) at Audiosiege Mastering. The album dynamically pulses with hook-laden, melodious riffs and moving emotional crescendos, all of it gushing with a rare creative beauty and maturity that will appeal to listeners from all corners of the underground music world. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #190)
Descriptions for 6/18/16
ABSOLUT/PARANOID - split LP
ABSOLUT (Canada) and PARANOID (Sweden) team up to unleash this split 12" of JAWBREAKING MANGEL DEVASTATION! Repressed in a limited amount (with an alternate layout from the initial pressing) in lieu of both groups embarking on a West Coast tour in June 2016, this split features two bands that absolutely demolish the majority of their contemporaries in the D-Beat genre that has become so overrun with boring, by the numbers bands in recent years. Each record features stunning black and white cover art and layout by Japan's legendary SUGI. (Beach Impediment Records #18)
PRIMETIME - Going Places 7"
Primetime return with their second EP 'Going Places' on La Vida Es un Mus. A four track EP of juvenile Joie de vivre. Each of the four tracks ooze sass, nonchalance and that special ingredient - songs that demand repeat listens. Standout track is 'Pervert' which is one minute and 56 seconds of post punk perfection which would happily sit on Rough Trade's seminal 1980 compilation 'Wanna Buy a Bridge' in between Kleenex, Swell Maps and The Raincoats. You will not find something as instant and essential in 2016. Sleeve designed by the band reflecting precisely what you'll find inside the package. Includes download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus #110)
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! (Zafio Records #1)
MASSES - Moloch LP
Debut LP by Melbourne, Australia's, Masses. MASSES release their 1st full length album MOLOCH out on MASS MEDIA RECORDS (USA). The album maintains the bands anxious goth punk style from earlier releases, this time utilizing more duel vocals from both guitarist James and synth player Nellie. MOLOCH explores both the driving anarcho sounds and politically motivated themes reminiscent of bands such as The Mob or Vex, whilst also delving into more emotive and dancey goth and post punk inspired tracks drawing from bands such as Cocteau Twins or early New Order. Massses will embark on a North American tour in July 2016 and end at San La Muerte fest in San Antonio, Tx. (Mass Media Records #47)
TOTENWALD - Wrong Place Wrong Time LP
Totenwald is an international trio based in Berlin. All three members come from different parts of the world and this adds to the blending of many different sounds. The band started in 2014 and has been consistently playing shows throughout Europe. Their sound is fun and dark at times a blend of Russian wave punk and goth. Lyrically the subject matter deals with personal and political/social/feminist themes like sex-positivity that can not be mistaken. Trish has a very original vocal sound and stage appearance which makes for a great and fun dance rhythms that sets them apart from their contemporaries. (Mass Media Records #40)
PRIVATE PACT - Purity LP
Private Pact from Copenhagen Denmark bring their first vinyl release. Dark and heavy with neo folk and industrial influences. Inspired by the neo-folk martial movement with influences from Death in June, early Swans, and Current 93. At times you can hear the post-industrial sounds of both Rome and Depeche Mode. (Mass Media Records #39)
ALTAR DE FEY - Echoes In The Corridor LP
Altar De Fey originated in San Francisco in the early 1980's as part of the emerging musical form that would come to be known as Deathrock. Out of the Zeitgeist flash of 70's Punk Rock the new sound took the darkest elements of the counter culture into ever deeper gloomier and more mature territory.Performing at legendary San Francisco venues Mabuhay Gardens, Graffiti, The Nightbreak and the rest billed with Christian Death, 45 Grave, and all the fellow architects of West Coast Post Punk. The original incarnation passed through a rotating cast of characters centered strongly by the vision and experimental guitar of founding member Kent Cates. Eschewing the conventional chord progression/solo form entirely Cates's guitar spins strands of melody and rhythm, tone and texture in a style that to this day is all his own. The mood was perfected with the innovative tribal drumming of Aleph Kali (Chrome) and Butch Mason's haunted confrontational vocals. Though the band had a strong base of support, no original recordings were ever released and the young members carried on into new musical endeavors. By 1985 ADF disbanded. Years upon years passed yet the name was never completely forgotten. As Goth Punk culture persisted, grew and developed over time the band began to take on a kind of legendary hue among fans in the know; The lost mysterious phenomenon of Altar De Fey. -There was a kind of poetry to it. Finally in 2011, when asked if they would play a reunion for a festival in San Francisco Kent and Aleph surprised everyone by answering yes. Reforming originally as a 2 piece with a drum machine Kent on guitar and Aleph on vocals to an enthusiastic reception, the duo enjoyed it so much they decided to continue the momentum and quickly added Skot Brown (The Phantom Limbs) on bass, Aleph switched over to live drums, and Jake Hout was added on vocals. The new line up debuted in April of 2012 and has continued regularly performing songs from the original 80's catalogue and steadily adding new material ever since. A new generation of underground Deathrock music is growing across the world, in closer, more direct communication than ever before, and interest in the band has quickly escalated. Altar De Fey has recorded a full album of original material and is eager to get the sound out into the world once and for all. Limited on red vinyl. (Mass Media Records #44)
DJ EONS/MAS.KOHANE - Escape From The Planet Of The Crate Goblins tape cassette
An international battle beats tape featuring members of Spazz and Agents of Abhorrence flexing their middle fingers all over a turntable or two. Mix & match sources, freestyle sound collaborations, all instrumental underground hiphop. Pro printed C-30s limited to 100 copies. 'Nuff said, bet. (Iron Lung Records #81 TP)
ELECTROCUTIONER - 5 Trax Demo 7"
5 tracks of bouncy punk from one of LA's best current bands. This is the bands first recording but 2nd vinyl release. Recorded as a one man band in 2012 but now playing live as a full band. 2nd vinyl release following up MES IV: "The Blood of the Pigs Must Flow in The Street". A refreshing approach to the Japanese classics like GISM, GASMASK, and ZOUO. (Make 'Em Sweat Records #6)
WET NURSE/THE MELTAWAYS - split 7" flexi
A punk single that gives equal due to being love sick and sick of love. Wet Nurse (Orlando, Recess Records) croons out a pop punk ballad about absence and loss. Wet Nurse plays a tight bandwidth of perfectly danceable pop punk and are Florida ambassadors, routinely playing shows for likeminded bands like Mean Jeans, Colleen Green, and Tacocat. Newcomers The Meltaways (Brooklyn, Mirror Universe Tapes) blast out a gnarly track resisting toxic romance. They've been busy establishing themselves on bills with similar brash punks Coathangers, Mea Culpa, and Pill. Each single is numbered of 274 and includes a download card and sticker. (What's For Breakfast Records #8)
NURSE - s/t 7"
After over a year of plant setbacks and managerial ineptitude, Atlanta's best hardcore band finally has a slab of wax on the streets. 4 tracks of Atlanta hardcore that is bleaky AND catchy. (Scavenger of Death Records #23)
CLOUD RAT - Discography 2010 to 2015 CDx2
Cloud Rat are a formidable technical assault of fierce grindcore, mixed with the powerful and personal vocal delivery of Madison Marshall. Witness the history of chaos spawned from the urgencies of punk and metal, as contained within this 2xCD set, spanning all of Cloud Rat's output since the band formed in 2010. Seventy-seven tracks in all. (Dead Tank Records #53 CD)
CRYPTIC VOID - Psycomanteum 7"
11 track debut 7" of raging grind/death metal from Houston. Furious blast beats with killer riffs and gutteral vocals from your favorite GCGC ex. Members. (Rescued From Life Records #117)
SCHNAUZER/SOLIPSIST - split 7"
SCHNAUZER return with two new tracks, more powerviolent and rough than ever before. SOLIPSIST obliterate the senses with their brand of brutal horror death core. (Rescued From Life Records #110.5)
HELLKRUSHER - Doomsday Hour + Victims of Hate CD
Hellkrusher are back. Their 1996 LP "doomsday hour" is finally issued on cd for the first time in 2013. They have been compared to Varukers & Discharge and with buzzsaw guitars & pounding drums & aggressive shouted vocals that's not far off! Formed from the talents of Hellbastard and Energetic Krusher members, Hellkrusher released several albums in 1991 and 1993 and this one in 1996. They have released several splits with bands like DISCLOSE and more recently DEADLY REIGN. They have shared the stage with bands like Doom, D.I.R.T. , Avskum, Extinction of Mankind and many more classic bands. This reissue contains the "Victims of Hate" 7" from 1999 and a bonus Subhumans cover! 24 tracks total and all completely remastered by BRI DOOM. (Rescued From Life Records #97 CD)
P.L.F. - Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration tape cassette
Gulf Coast Grindcore veterans PLF unleash their fourth full-length album of thrash metal-tinged old school grindcore. This time they offer 15 new tracks of pummeling grindcore insanity, witha heavy guitar sound, fast and solid blast beats courtesy of their drummer Bryan Fajardo (Phobia, Noisear, Kill the Client, Gridlink, etc) and plenty of mid-paced thrash parts throughout, not to mention a cover by the mighty Assuck. "Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration" is the second LP to feature Fajardo as PLF's drummer, and listeners should expect no less of a full-scale onslaught than with 2013's "Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter". Since forming in Houston, Texas in the late '90's, PLF have consistently delivered a wealth of old-school grind , releasing several split 7"s, split LPS, and three previous LP's. The release of "Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration" intersects with their fourth tour of Europe, this time with Danish grinders Dead Instrument. (Rescued From Life Records #113 TP)
CRUDE HUMOR - Jeri's Grill tape cassette
Look, everyone wants to be a freak in 2015 and in this age of danglies and glue and Vile t-shirts, it's easy to forget that most fools at the ch(A)os gig couldn't hack it for 5 minutes with a group of true freaks. And, true believers, Crude Humor is a group of true freaks. Teenaged rockers unsullied by neither trend nor pretense, this four piece from Chicago channels classic Texas weirdos like Butthole Surfers and Stickmen With Rayguns and jams them headfirst into Circle Jerks-esque trash. A perfect demo if you still like punk. (NNT#043, $3.00 wholesale) (Not Normal Records #43 CS)
THE FLOOR ABOVE - s/t tape cassette
There's a certain virtuosity and creativity that isolation cultivates. When you have no one left to impress or please, you truly find yourself. The Floor Above is a one-man wrecking crew from Nashville, TN that has been cranking out small-run demos and even a relatively unnoticed, yet completely flawless LP, for some time now of Land Speed Record-era Husker Du meets Mecht Mensch nightmare music. This is completely unhinged, unrelenting, unparalleled hardcore. Pay attention. This is how it's done. (Not Normal Records #44 CS)
MENTHOL - Plastic Garden 7"
Here it is, true believers! The eighth day hail mary, the avatars of that great universal energy rock 'n' roll: Menthol. Six hot tracks sure to bump that needle and melt your brain. Think Death Church era Rudimentary Peni spun in a blender with the 1st Roky Erickson solo record and you could some totally (and tonally) bonkers punk! (Not Normal Records #49.75)
MUJERCITOS - s/t 7"
Fucked-up, gnarly hardcore punk from Mexico, that pays dues to the classic groups from the Motherland like Atoxxxico and Xenofobia, as well as Italian legends CCM and Wretched. (Not Normal Records #49)
POISON PLANET - Boycott Everything LP
Originally pressed as a 7" on Refuse Records out of Europe for Poison Planet's European tour in June 2011, the US version has been a year long project. The band felt that the 7" format lacked the visual impact that they intended and the lyrics and art had been rushed. The US version is a one sided 12" EP, with a screen printed "B" side. The front and back cover art have been updated and the lyric sheet has expanded from a small jam packed insert that was just columns of white text on a black background to include relevant imagery and additional essays. Lastly, to add to the final package they've included a 24"x36" black and white poster. Comparisons are consistently made to early 80's Boston hardcore, early CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, THE REPOS, and with this release an emerging element of DEAD KENNEDYS influence. 1st press of 500. Black vinyl with B side screen print. (Not Normal Records #15)
SIDE FX - s/t tape cassette
The new era of Indianapolis Hardcore is here. Side FX (ex-Picked Clean) has graciously bestowed upon us four tracks of snottified, Straight Ahead worship, the lead singer sounding off like some petulant child. The real deal. (Not Normal Records #17 CS)
SIN MOTIVO - El Desierto LP
True Believers, allow a moment of vulnerability from the venerable. I've dreaded this moment, this release for some time, not because there was any chance of it being a bumbling bargain-binner, quite the opposite; I knew that my attempts to describe this long-awaited long-player would inevitably fall short. Where do you start with this Texas five piece, a group that has consistently defied expectations and flouted attempts to whittle them down to just these three influences, that same old x,y,z? They're certainly heirs to their Texan lineage, that weirdo strain that counts rock 'n' roll maniacs like Roky, Soxx, Floyd, Kerr, Biscuits, Really Red, Mydolls, the Stains, etc among its number. There's that Is This My World-ian wall of guitar, that disorienting, that Shatter-Loosian blend of wonder mixed with contempt. But what's past is past, and Sin Mo is here, a dazzling future given shape for feeble present tense minds. Comes with newsprint poster designed by the ever-talented Olivia Gibb. (Not Normal Records #49.5)
SIN MOTIVO - Laberinto 7"
Long awaited vinyl pressing of this raw demonstration of power. Sin Motivo has been at it for some time now, making a name for themselves by crafting tight, manic hardcore tunes that are always a few notches above their closest peers. What you have here, true believers, is one sprawling behemoth spread out over two sides, blasting off at 45rpm before working itself into a trance and tearing right back into high gear before the whole thing collapses. This is an absolute monster of a record, the burly vocals and wailing guitars calling to mind fellow Texans Wiccans (which makes sense considering there's some incestuousness between the two bands). Comes with two-color screen printed insert courtesy of Ian! Freeze! Ink. Get this rekkid! (Not Normal Records #41)
SIN ORDEN - Ha Llegado El Momento 7"
Chicago's Sin Orden is the band that never quit, over ten years of "Love & Rage" and not a single sign of slowing down or mellowing. If anything, this is a demonstration of them at their absolute best, with seven new songs that meld the raging fast hardcore punk the South side of Chicago has been producing for decades with the D-beat of Texas stalwarts like Vaaska and Criaturas. This band has factored heavily in my life ever since I first started attending shows in the city and it's an absolute honor to release this slab of wax. Play this one loud, true believers. (Not Normal Records #42)
SPUTTER - s/t tape cassettte
Last transmission from this fast, stupid hardcore punk band from Chicago. Sputter kicked around their brand of strange magic for a good year before calling it quits, delivering a much need sense of levity during a rather dour, dismal time for CHC. Hands down one of my favorite local bands from the past year with some primo art designed and screened by the Black Sheep himself, Brian Galecki. Get this shit! FFO: Early Adrenalin OD, JFA, Poison Idea. (Not Normal Records #45 CS)
THE WRONG - Technology cassette tape
The Wrong. What can I say about this band that I haven't already lavished upon them before? Contrary to what they'd have you believe, they were the best, a bright shining beacon in a murky sea of bullshit. A flamboyant, raucous, irreverent, nihilistic cure for your hardcore ennui! True believers, basements shook when the Wrong stepped up so here's your chance to bring summa that home. Comes with one "Wrong" brand prophylactic and screen-printed J-card. FFO: The pogo. (Not Normal Records #47 CS)
(restock) RIXE - Les Nerfs A Vif 7"
Just over a year since the release of the much loved debut 7" 'Coups Et Blessures', RIXE return with another four tracker on La Vida Es Un Mus. RIXE have gone from total obscurity to headlining festivals and gigs in Canada, North America and England and these four new tracks are a clear reason why. Standout 'Hexagone' opens the EP sounding like 'New Age' era BLITZ with extra bite and bile, 'A Contre-Courant' follows with a stomping primitive bass and drum attack before the razor sharp guitar work and growling vocals come in. On the flip the venom and intensity continues with 'Rapport de force' before the self titled track 'Rixe' ends this latest Oi! attack with a track that starts like a late 70's UK SUBS hit before heading into classic 80's French Oi!. RIXE are special and these four tracks show more reasons why. Front cover art and insert by the great Nicky Rat who also draw their first EP cover. (La Vida Es Un Mus #112)
(restock) RIXE - Coups Et Blessures 7"
"Coups Et Blessures" is the debut 7" EP from new Paris Oi! band RIXE. The four track EP harks back to the glory years of Bologna's finest NABAT mixed with the classic 80's French Oi! sound via RAS or L'INFANTERIE SAUVAGE and a heavy BLITZ vibe. The sound is rough, direct and angry and driven by a distorted bass and a vocalist that chews on glass for fun. Like the now defunct CRIMINAL DAMAGE, newbies Pittsburgh's NO TIME and Brest's SYNDROME 81, RIXE are the new voice of a Generation. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #93)
(restock) GRIEF - Dismal LP
Pure filth fueled by mysanthropy and inner segregation has been immortalized on GRIEF's "dismal", a record recognized as a benchmark in extreme music. HEAVY riffs and damaged, painful shrieks spew thoughts of alienation and self-hatred; primitive drums and bass complement the despodent ambience. Truely a genre-defining release, available for the first time since it's original release in 1992. Featuring the original artwork, remastered specially for vinyl by Jack Control at ENORMOUS DOOR MASTERING and pressed on 45 rpm 12" for maximum results. (Fuck Yoga Records #51)
(restock) GRIEF- Depression LP
Slow, utterly depressing and mysanthropic doom - the record that started it all. 4 songs twisting the style of SABBATH and VITUS further down the spiral of physical and mental decay- a testament of the human downfall. Remastered for vinyl by Jack Control at ENORMOUS DOOR MASTERING and pressed on 45 rpm LP for maximum results. (Fuck Yoga Records #53)
(restock) ELECTROCUTIONER - The Blood Of The Pig Must Flow In The Steet 7"
Underground favorite out of LA. This is the bands 2nd tape originally released in 2014 now on vinyl. Remixed/remastered for a much better sound quality than the original tape. Recorded as a one man band but has since recruited members and plays live. Early 80s japan worship done perfectly. In the vein of Gasmask, Zouo, Mobs, GISM. 500 pressed. (Make 'Em Sweat Records #5)
(restock) NOCTURNUS - The Science of Horror LP/CD
In 1990, Nocturnus revolutionized death metal with the release of its first full-length album, "The Key," which for the first time in the history of the sub-genre incorporated keyboards as an essential element of a death metal band's sound. During a critical three-year period prior to the release of this album, Nocturnus developed this unique sound, as documented by two demo recordings, entitled "Nocturnus" and "The Science of Horror," which were disseminated on cassette format in typically limited numbers in 1987 and 1988, respectively. Nuclear War Now! is once again proud to make a less-limited vinyl edition of these demos available to the general public. This version features appropriately and tastefully updated original artwork from the renowned Zbigniew Bielak as well as the most extensive biography ever written on the developmental and demo years of Nocturnus and Mike Browning's previous participation in Morbid Angel and Incubus. In addition, the forty-plus-page booklet contained within and exclusive to this edition also visually documents the band's pre-album era by featuring the demo and flyer artwork of Allen Muse, Ron Harris, and others, along with an impressive collection of band photos. In short, this release serves to invite the listener to revisit the earliest days of one of death metal's greatest bands. (Nuclear War Now Records #257)
Descriptions for 6/4/16
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #398 (July 2016)
Get ready for Maximum Rocknroll #398, the July 2016 issue and the second edition of our Ex-Yugo retrospective special! This one features Croatian bands including the wild synth-punk of KAOS, Rijeka's PARAF as well as KUD IDIJOTI and BESPOSLI_ARI from the small yet bustling scene of Pula, plus some classic Slovenian groups such as BULDO_ER, LUBLANSKI PSI, and Ljubljana's NIET. We also got a chance to get in some of the latest and greatest in North American hardcore, interviewing the globetrotting Bay Area straightedge outfit TØRSÖ and Toronto teenage maniacs MOLLOT. The UK's DOMESTICS talk about their unrelenting dedication to punk in East Anglia, and RED RED KROVVY also sit down for their first MRR interview ten years after their formation as a high school punk band on Australia's isolated north coast. Also featured: an article on Mabel Valdiviezo, whose upcoming documentary Prodigal Daughter tells her story as a punk woman in the DIY subterráneo scene in Lima in the '80s, coming to the US as an undocumented immigrant in the '90s, and her subsequent return home. This issue also includes an Iowa City scene report, a photo spread from Nothing Nice To Say fest, hundreds of reviews (records, demos, books, films; you name it), another fix of your favorite columnists; in short, another high stakes, buy-or-die edition of MRR. (Maximum Rock'N'Roll #398)
L.I. - On The Corner LP
How often do we witness punk bands that seem to rebirth effortless clones of themselves when their previous projects disband? It seems unfamiliar to catch a band that challenge, and progress with their sound. The now expired Freak Vibe has reformed with their new vocalist, Gabe Gutierrez as L.I. (aka Lysol). Gabe's earnest vocals are a breathe of fresh air from a sound that was beginning to be pastiche of a signature Australian howl that once co-existed within the band. The swampy, reverb drenched guitar of Chad Bucklew are still accompanied by the pummeling and driving rhythm section of Xtine Lundberg and Anthony Gaviria who keep locked as Gabe expels his words, and give Chad room to displace his breaking fuzzed out tone. The sound still take odes to the 60's and 70's, but now with bottled intensity of the early 80's. The soundtrack of overtly caffeinated, chain smoking freaks. (Deranged Records #284)
RED DONS - Dead Hand of Tradition LP
Five years after their seminal "Fake Meets Failure" LP, Red Dons return with their junior album "The Dead Hand of Tradition," set to be released this summer on Deranged Records in North America and Taken By Surprise Records in Europe. A lot has happened in those five years. Two of the band's core members Douglas Burns and Hajji Husayn left their hometown Portland, Oregon behind, for Chicago and London. They recorded and released a slew of singles on labels like Grave Mistake and Dirtnap (including a collaboration with TV Smith of UK punk legends The Adverts). Despite the distance between them, they've managed to tour regularly in North America and Europe. In January 2015, they reconvened in Portland to record "The Dead Hand of Tradition" at Buzz Or Howl Studios, the same establishment where they recorded the album's predecessor. "The Dead Hand of Tradition" features ten new tracks of their signature dark, driving, melodic punk rock sound. The formula of their distinctive songwriting hasn't changed, but has matured as a result of having five more nomadic years under their belts. These new experiences have only added to the themes of alienation, emigration, and loss, present in their music. (Deranged Records #275)
SPECTRES - Utopia LP
"Utopia" is an 8-song offering of gloomy and compelling gothy postpunk that shows the five piece evolving further along the road to more complex melodies, guitar lines, and singer Brian Gustavson pushing his vocals into higher ranges, adding a more dynamic cast to the overall song selections here. Put bluntly, Utopia is a magical postpunk masterpiece: while the Spectres' earliest EPs and songs had a gritty Warsaw/Crisis feel, Utopia is a lush and shimmering document of doomy greatness, one of the crowning albums of the current postpunk and deathrock revival. It's more firmly in the ballpark of bands like The Sound or the early 4AD "lush" postpunk bands of the early 1980s than the band's earlier material. Utopia is the band's 3rd LP and was recorded in 2015, but has been delayed for various reasons. It showcases an evolution towards a more nuanced sound - the vocals are more echoey, the guitars feel more atmospheric and shimmery, and Nathan Szilagyi's driving bass provides a firm underpinning for each track. On tracks like the penultimate "Strange Weather" - which was originally supposed to be the title of their last LP - Mitch Allen's drumming chops shine through brilliantly. (Deranged Records #269)
GASMASK TERROR - Chape de Plomb LP
Thirteen years strong, six records and multiple tours of Europe, USA, and Japan, France's premier d-beat machine returns with their third LP. This LP finds the band taking their fluent mastery of Totalitar-inspired d-beat in a slightly more rocking direction, with wild guitar solos, bouncing high-octane riffs, and (over)driving momentum permeating throughout the record. I never get tired of great d-beat and as a result I never get tired of Gasmask Terror. (SPHC Records #63)
THE WANKYS - s/t 7"
Newest 7" by SPHC stalwarts The Wankys, one of the world's chief purveyors of noise punk. Of course they are playing straight-forward noise punk (nothing but braindrill guitars, bouncing bass, and drill beats to be found here) but they have an extensive enough catalog and a unique enough vision that they no longer qualify as "sounding like X", they just sound like themselves. I think this is their best record in a few years. While the last few releases have been a little cleaner, more mid-tempo, more rocking, these 4 songs harken back to the older Wankys catalog of short/fast/loud scorchers, high-velocity ragers best suited for pogo, chaos, and slam dancing. Scathing material with Mark's most pointed and topical political lyrics yet. This is the sound that made me fall in love with The Wankys to begin with. (SPHC Records #67)
PIG DESTROYER - Painter of Dead Girls Deluxe Reissue LP
Finally available on vinyl after over a decade of unavailability, the deluxe edition of "Painter of Dead Girls" showcases grind legends PIG DESTROYER at their most primal. As a then-bassless power trio, these recordings capture the powerful and varied sounds of an envelope-pushing, borderline feral outfit behind the instruments as well as control panel. The first half of this collection album was initially tracked as an equipment burn-in test during the millineal year, leading up to PxDx recording their seminal "Prowler In The Yard" full-length. The secondary bulk of the material initially yielded their most sonically powerful recordings at the time, recorded in the late 1990's at Oblivion Studios (PG.99, ENEMY SOIL, etc). Rounding out this expanded edition of "Painter of Dead Girls" is the long-lost track 'Delusional Supremacy 2K', a raw mosh basement live recording of 'Rejection Fetish', along with a truly bludgeoning cover of HELMET's 'In The Meantime' complimenting the existing DWARVES and STOOGES covers. With 19 blistering tracks in total all meticulously remastered by James Plotkn, this key piece of the PIG DESTROYER catalog looks and sounds better than ever. Including a digital download of the full release, PIG DESTROYER's classic "Painter of Dead Girls" collection is finally done justice on this deluxe edition release. (Robotic Empire Records #34)
SWAMPLAND - The Stranded West LP
The debut LP from Long Beach, California's Swampland conjures the post-punk sounds of bands like Bauhaus and The Sound while incorporating somber notes of black veiled Americana, summoning the spirit of the Gun Club and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. The 12 songs weave their way through jagged angular blasts, a cover of the Dead Moon classic "Graveyard", and songs that sound like lost compositions from an obscure acid western soundtrack. LP includes double-sided insert and digital download. Limited to 400 black copies. (Swampland Records #1)
SILENT SCREAM - Carrion Screaming LP
Silent Scream returns with their third LP "Carrion Screaming." Following 2012's split CD with Murnau's Playhouse, they give us 12 tracks on black vinyl. I get very different feelings from each side of the record. Side A is the sinister side of post-punk: dark, dense and aggressive. Side B is equally dark but also romantic and airy, giving off the same essence as my favorite 80's goth records. The Killing Joke and Play Dead comparisons are undeniable, but there are also nods to early UK deathrock bands like Vex and Part 1. Vinyl housed in a black and white gatefold sleeve, with stunning artwork from Mark Ferelli of Part 1, which graces the front, back, and center of the open gatefold sleeve. Lyrics are included. (Occult Whispers Records #10)
KREATIV IN DEN BODEN - Ars Goetia LP
Kreativ In Den Boden's 4th album "Ars Goetia" gets a proper vinyl release on Occult Whispers Records. KIDB's heavy, dark electro is infused with elements of esoteric world music, as if early DEAD CAN DANCE could have collaborated with SALEM. They have shared the stage with other melancholy electronic and post-punk bands such as TR/ST, SOVIET SOVIET, and MUERAN HUMANOS. Vinyl version includes the 3 tracks from the CD version as well as the single "Rise Up Black Sun," which is exclusive to this LP. The B-side of the LP is a mediatative drone track dedicated to Elphias Levi and was composed to be the ideal ambience for the evocation of spirits. Package includes 18"x24" poster and booklet containing lyrics and woodcut images. (Occult Whispers Records #9)
NULL - Sleepwalking Days LP
Null hails from Birmingham AL and features folks from Holiness Church of the Valley and Coliseum. The album feels like an obscure ritual that would happen in a desert, or something you might hear far away as you explore a cave. Slow, dark, and brooding with a great sense of space and atmosphere. The vocals sound like something Floor and Party of Helicopters might have collaborated on if that makes any sense. This is a very unique sounding record - there's some stoner influence, elements of indie, maybe a hazy Pink Floyd feel, loud and heavy yet calm and airy. Very much worth a listen. (IFB Records #93)
HUMAN HANDS/THE BLUE PERIOD - split LP
This is some UK emo of the first order. I'm talking 1995 Subjugation Records, Tree Records, Ida, Hated, September kinda emo. Both bands have a different take on the sound but both absolutely nail it. This is so refreshing - it brings me right back to being 17 and blasting Owltian Mia - I just keep flipping it over and over. Seriously if any of the aforementioned bands/labels means anything to you, then you absolutely cannot go wrong here. This is a split release with lots of labels - DIY cooperation forever. (IFB Records #96)
STRIKER - Stand In The Fire LP
Hands down one of the best traditional heavy metal acts EVER to come from Canada (That's right, 80's and beyond), Striker have solidified themselves as true bearers of the torch. Stand in the Fire is their 4th full length offering, hot on the heels of 2014's highly acclaimed City of Gold. Anthem after anthem, shred after shred, Striker destroy all opposition with the soaring highs of Dan Cleary on vocals over the smooth and smoldiering dual lead axe work. Stand in the Fire is simply another classic. Don't miss the vinly pressing, limited to 500 copies worldwide on classic black vinyl. (War On Music Records #72)
CRYPTOPSY - Book Of Suffering Tome I LP
The masters return to schoold the discples. Technical death legends Cryptopsy are back with the first of a series of MLP offerings. Book of Suffering Tome I is inventive, attention-devouring technical death metal, more than complex enough to floor the contenders, but all the while maintaining and old school flair that keeps Cryptopsy from melting into the sea of riff magicians prowling the genre. Book of Suffering Tome I is next result of a career of dedication to the craft, and that's why Cryptopsy need stand on the shoulders of no giants - they are the giants. 180g Black Vinyl, High Gloss Heavy Jacket, 45 RPM High Fidelity 12" Vinyl. Limited 500 Copies Worldwide. (War On Music Records #74)
FUNERAL CIRCLE - Sinister Sacrilege LP
Anti-christian, Lovecraft-inspired trad-doom metal made in Canada. This was Funeral Circle's debut EP, released back in 2009 to great underground praise. Long out of print and highly sought after, the reissue of the classic debut comes with brand new cover art from Karmizad, as well as liner notes from the band on the history of the record. Features the cult hit Fist of Satan, Sinister Sacrilege is a record not to be missed twice. Classic Black Vinyl in reverse board print LP jacket, limited to 500 copies worldwide (War On Music Records #66)
BISON - One Thousand Needles LP
Titanic precision sludge metal from the Heaviest band in Canada. Vancouver's BISON need no introduction, as they have crushed staged and blow PA systems across North America and Europe for the better part of the past decade now. 1000 Needles is BISON's latest offering, 2 10+ minute tracks of brooding aural violence pummelled onto a high fideltity 180g 45rpm 12". Limited to 300 copies worldwide. (War On Music Records #68)
ASTRAKHAN - A Reward In Purpose LP
Astrakhan's music is different. A modern take on metal blended with alternative rock. A wide range of styles fight for attention in the band's music. This is essentially hard rock but we get some serious The Doors-vibes here and there. The music is restless, anxious and, for the most part, in a hurry. It is a rather busy wall of sound that hits the listeners. Some parts of this album is seriously spaced out (such as "Omajod" and "Hand On The Stone"). It is some kind of Canadian stoner rock with psychedelic parts and doom influences. It's weird and all over the place and I really like it. It keeps me hooked as you never know what's behind the next funky turn. Give me more of this stuff. These Canadian rockers move in mysterious ways. (War On Music Records #76)
POINT BLANK NYHC - On The DL CD
This new 8 song CD picks up right where their debut 7" left off. Classic hardcore with honest opinions and fresh ideas. Brings to mind the energy and fun of old school NYHC without feeling nostalgic or dated. These guys play NYHC as it was meant to be played, real and from the heart. (Not Like You Records #16 CD)
MOVING UNITS - Damage With Care LP
The fourth LP by indie dance rockers Moving Units, their first LP issued on vinyl since critically-acclaimed 2004 debut Dangerous Dreams. Recently described by VICE as "infectious, dancey and dangerous", the band returns to their dance rock roots while still allowing minimal synth flourishes to shine through. Internet buzz amongst fans agree that this is the bands best album to date and are clamouring for the band to return to the stage in the US and overseas. The band is extensively touring the US throughout the calendar year appearing at the recent BurgerFest in California and have shared the stage with Crystal Castles, Blur, the Pixies and Nine Inch Nails in the past. First pressing limited to 500 copies on a variety of vinyl colors. (Kitty Play Records #38)
MOVING UNITS - Dangerous Dreams LP
Much has been made about Moving Units being the next incarnation of Festival of Dead Deer, a band which burned strong and bright during the late '90s, hacking towards the listener with a complex, off-kilter take on modern punk. Still, while Festival's Chris Hathwell does show up in this band, it must be said that Moving Units are a whole new monster. Formed in November, 2001, by Hathwell, Blake Miller, and Johan Bogeli, this remastered Kitty Play release is the band's debutant ball, a tangled, tight web of interlocking guitar and bass riffs, dark disco breakdowns, Gang Of Four-esque post-punk jangling, and new wave elements that the current crop of nu new wavers try to front, but can't seem to pull off. Comparisons can be made to old schoolers like Delta 5, New Order, Blondie, and the Cure, but a retro act this is not. Moving Units is all today, an immediacy-choked slice of Los Angeles life. Newly remastered by Michael Rozon and pressed on limited edition color vinyl. (Kitty Play Records #39)
DISPOSSESSED - Besieged cassette tape
Limited to 200 pro-done cassettes. Crushing sludge in the vein of Corrupted, Noothgrush, Grief and the like. One of the best sludge bands I've heard in a long time ! If you like Sludge ,Doom and Heavy this is A cassette for you! (End Theory Records #13)
BURIALS - The Tide LP (gatefold)
Limited to 300 follow up to the self titled first LP. Melodic and progressive metal with elements of black metal, technical metal and melodic instrumentals. Flowing complex song structures screaming and guttural vocals. (End Theory/Batholith Records #1)
BURIALS - The Tide cassette tape
Limited to 200 pro-done cassettes. follow up to the self titled first LP. Melodic and progressive metal with elements of black metal, technical metal and melodic instrumentals. Flowing complex song structures screaming and guttural vocals. (End Theory Records #12)
VX GAS ATTACK - Political Subterfuge cassette tape
VX GAS ATTACK is a crossover d-beat band from Portland, Oregon. The band was created as a direct response to the watered down subterfuge passed off as d-beat . Featuring members of Pleasure Cross,Walls,Murderess,Engorged,The, Lords Of Light, Negative Step, Pig Heart Transplant, , Silentist, Society Of Friends and Basement Animal. (End Theory Records #11)
ALDEBARAN - Embacing the Lightless Depths cassette tape
Limited to 300 pro-done cassettes. Portland funeral Doom epic heavy and melodic featuring members of Weregoat, The Howling Wind,Ten speed warlock,Nightfell and many more. (End Theory Records #10)
INFANTACIDE/DOGTAG - split 7"
Infanticide from Sweden confront you with 6 tracks of relentless seething grindcore. Their sixth release of old school influenced metal tinged terror grind. The mysterious Dogtag unearth 5 tracks of unrelenting raw grind from 2005. (End Theory Records #9)
FROM THE DEPTHS - s/t LP (gatefold)
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present a long-overdue vinyl pressing of FROM THE DEPTHS' self-titled debut album. Hailing from the fertile Cleveland metal scene, FROM THE DEPTHS were very much a product of the mid '90s. Existing between 1994 and 2000, FROM THE DEPTHS featured ex-Blood of Christ guitarist Matt Sorg (also in new HELLS HEADBANGERS signees SHED THE SKIN) and fittingly played a form of metal that was somewhere between blackened death and deathened black, depending on the song. Of those songs across From the Depths, all crunch and twist and surge and stomp with diabolical abandon, emitting an atmosphere both evil and otherworldly. In fact, with its robust 'n' gutted soundfield that somehow manages to evoke an ethereal aspect (in no small part to the ancient synth textures), From the Depths is the kind of record that could've come out on the cult Unisound label. Most specially, From the Depths featured the vocals talents of one "Malcolm Judas Anthony," otherwise known as metal-scene legend Jim Konya: tragically, the longtime NUNSLAUGHTER drummer died in September 2015, but his infectious spirit is all across the record, and its packaging will pay tribute to the man. Out of print for many years on CD since its original 1996 release and now with a reconfigured tracklisting exclusively for vinyl, FROM THE DEPTHS' debut album will find a new generation of devotees - and hopefully, stir the memories of those diehards from back in the day. (Hells Headbangers Records #173)
ABHOMINE - Larvae Offal Swine LP/CD
Although a "new" entity in name, ABHOMINE is the latest creation of underground legend Pete Helmkamp (Angelcorpse, Order From Chaos, Revenge, Terror Organ, et al), and his first true solo-project. A composition of social, artistic, and existential modes which reflect our reality, ABHOMINE is a heaving, grinding mass (hypnosis) of gnarliness and abject sonic cruelty. Across Larvae Offal Swine, ABHOMINE presents examples of truth, often ugly and offensive, but true nonetheless. Writing every note, Helmkamp here handles all guitars and bass, with his unmistakable vocals at the forefront of this mental wreckage, with all drum tracks recorded and composed by a session drummer. Together, the bleak 'n' bloody canvas on which they paint is stained with lyrics proclaiming that man is the root of abomination. ABHOMINE sees beyond the masks that spread untruths and falsehoods, and the sonic/lyrical warhead Helmkamp hones is a means to expose these lies. Various links to Helkamp's long, deadly canon can be traced, but the swirling, smothering bulldoze that ABHOMINE chunders forth with here is very much its own entity. Not one to be locked in to a studio, Helmkamp states that ABHOMINE will commence with live assaults in December of 2015. A statement from Helmkamp simply reads: "Worm Pig Shit = Larvae Offal Swine." (Hells Headbangers Records #172)
BARBARIAN - Cult Of The Empty Grave LP (with poster) or CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the highly anticipated third album of Italy's BARBARIAN, Cult of the Empty Grave. Since 2009, the power-trio have been killing it in the metal underground, culminating in 2014's classic Faith Extinguisher on the highly respected Doomentia label. Now, with the backing of longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS, the true BARBARIAN are poised to hail and kill, far and wide, wherever the mighty hooves of the Apocalypse take them, and Cult of the Empty Grave shall be the soundtrack to that domination. The BARBARIAN sound is one that's both ancient and fresh, and has been firmly in place since the beginning. Imagine a sweat-drenched symbiosis of early Running Wild and '80s Manowar with the panache of classic Venom: Cult of the Empty Grave eclipses such a hypothesis, but is rendered with the now-trademark BARBARIAN touch, one that's boisterous and bloodlusting and unapologetically OTT. In the wise words of one Cult of the Empty Grave track, it's verily "Absolute Metal." Total fun done with total seriousness and with total intolerance for posers (leave the hall!), BARBARIAN hail the banner of heavy metal and beckon you to enter the Cult of the Empty Grave! (Hells Headbangers Records #171)
POWER FROM HELL - Sadismo LP
Originally released in 2007 but long out of print, Sadismo will once again be available on the proper format - vinyl - that their ancient black metal regression so deserves. The key to POWER FROM HELL is in the very moniker itself, as the stripped-down 'n' straightforward anthems they so effortlessly discharge directly hail from a time when "black metal" was an extremely nebulous concept and only a handful of diehards played this sort of devilish racket. Indeed, there's an unapologetically raw quality to Sadismo that could've been a Bathory demo from 1984, and the lyrics are likewise equally crude 'n' rude: just witness "Pentagram Forces," "Day of Lust," "More Whores," "This is My Bitch," and the telltale "Raping Angels by the Power From Hell." Brimming with burning-leather solos at nearly every turn, Sadismo is the perfect soundtrack to your next alcoholocaust! (Hells Headbangers Records #167)
COFFIN LUST - Manifestation Of Inner Darkness LP/CD
Once again, HELLS HEADBANGERS unearths a new unholy gem from Down Under, COFFIN LUST and their Manifestation of Inner Darkness debut! Although relative "newcomers," COFFIN LUST comprises two Australian metal veterans, J.R. (drums/guitar/bass/vox) and P.W. (guitar/vox), who collectively number between them such hordes as NOCTURNAL GRAVES, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE, IMPIOUS BAPTISM, DESTRUKTOR, CEREKLOTH, and TRENCH HELL among others. However, despite taking a similarly iron-fisted approach to undergrond metal, COFFIN LUST are their own entity entirely. Begun in 2010 as a vehicle to manifest old-school death metal in the tradition of the late '80s/early '90s, very soon, the duo had four tracks composed, but it wouldn't be until July/August 2012 before recordings for the first demo were completed. Titled Beyond the Dark, the tape comprised four tracks of morbid death metal inspired by the early works of bands like Grave, Autopsy, Dismember, Nihilist, etc. But no matter how auspicious this start was, Manifestation of Inner Darkness wipes the slate clean and obliterates all before it, consuming the listener with wave after wave of unrelenting, unremitting darkness 'n' filth. It's a record that immediately triggers a response of familiarity - essentially, it's Metal of Death in the ancient way - but the signposts are no longer obvious, and a clear identity has emerged. COFFIN LUST range a whole host of elder influences from a wide geographical swath, from north to south and east to west, and mangle them into eight burly, blustering hymns of human depravity and macabre horror: this is the Manifestation of Inner Darkness. (Hells Headbangers Records #178)
EMBALMER - Emanations From The Crypt LP (gatefold) or CD
Comes in a noble gatefold cover featuring lyrics and photos. Artwork by the master Chris Moyen! At long last, legendary American death metal cult EMBALMER returns with their long-awaited second album, Emanations From the Crypt. The long-running band's first album for longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS, Emanations From the Crypt is both a new start for EMBALMER and a return to its classic, core values. In 1995, the band released the classic There Was Blood Everywhere EP (of which HELLS HEADBANGERS reissued in 2014, and which sold out quickly) on then-death metal powerhouse Relapse Records, forever etching EMBALMER's name into death metal legendry. Lineup shuffles ensued in the following years, culminating in the band's debut album, 2006's 13 Faces of Death, which is widely regarded (even by the band) as a misstep. Now armed with a vital 'n' vile lineup, EMBALMER return to their dark 'n' disgusting roots with Emanations From the Crypt. Across a dozen quick-hitting yet complete tracks, you will find all the trademark EMBALMER elements which obsessed fans back in the '90s: insane and completely pure blastbeats, sewer-sick riffing, wretched gurgles, and tortured shrieks atop some of the catchiest (but NOT cheesy) songwriting you'll find on a modern DEATH METAL record. The production is anything but "modern" in the pejorative sense: there are no triggers used on the drums, no beat- or riff-replacement anywhere, and just absolute crushing SICKNESS flowing forth from both guitar and bass, all without losing an ounce of clarity. It's a classic death metal record from a classic death metal band in an era that's far from "classic" and full of pretenders. EMBALMER are the real deal once again. (Hells Headbangers Records #166)
MORTICIAN - Re Animated Dead Flesh LP (gatefold with poster)
Comes in a gatefold cover with a large 18"x24" poster of the cover artwork. The "latest" MORTICIAN album from 2004 now released for the very first time on regular vinyl (previously only available as a picture disc). 22 tracks in 40 minutes delivered at violent volumes from the heaviest death metal band on the planet. (Hells Headbangers Records #174)
DENOUNCEMENT PYRE - Black Sun Unbound CD
At long last, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE are about to unchain their highly anticipated third album, Black Sun Unbound. Three years have passed since the release of their critically acclaimed Almighty Arcanum, which saw these long-running Aussie tyrants evolving well beyond their blackthrashing beginnings and locate a near-perfect balance between aggression and atmosphere. With Black Sun Unbound, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE have perhaps found the balance - between not only aggression and atmosphere, but passion and poison, power and patience, sheer vengeful violence and spiraling night-sky melodicism - in the process delivering a potently BLACK METAL record which emphasizes both titular elements of that genre. In fact, the album title itself bespeaks the brilliance brimming from the band here, as each of these ten tracks spills forth a blinding sensation of absolute occult energy, each distinct track distilled into a greater, wholly diabolical totality. Further evidence of such is compounded by the song titles, as well: among them, "World Encircler," "Transform the Aether," "Deathless Dreaming," and the telltale "Revere the Pyre." Fittingly, the production is clear and cutting without sacrificing an ounce of grit on which DENOUNCEMENT PYRE have built their throne these past 13 years. With the power-trio set to perform their first North American live ritual at this year's Maryland Deathfest, there's no better time to behold Black Sun Unbound! (Hells Headbangers Records #170 CD)
BAT - Wings Of Chains CD
The BAT is back, flying on Wings of Chains! This American speed metal cult have built up a considerable reputation the last couple years, on the back of their Primitive Age demo (which HELLS HEADBANGERS reissued on vinyl, selling out almost immediately) and subsequent Cruel Discipline single as well as tireless treks across the United States. And now, their highly anticipated debut album is at hand, appropriately titled Wings of Chains: a 12-song firestorm of filth and fury. By now, BAT's esteemed membership is well known and their collective experience bleeds through every gnarled note here. But more than that, such hard-charging and immediately headbanging speed metal can only come from total diehards who intimately know the secret of steel. From the opening "Bloodhounds" on down to the band's titular theme song, BAT barrel forth like filth hounds of Hades, pounding metal with violence and force, leaving "Total Wreckage" in their wake. If any doubters do exist, the band will exercise "Cruel Discipline" in teaching the "Rule of the Beast," culminating in their raison d'etre - "Code Rude"! Endlessly wild without sacrificing any seriousness, Wings of Chains wraps itself around your earlobes and commands instant thralldom - but when heavy metal is this dirty and memorable, who's to argue? (Hells Headbangers Records #151 CD)
(restock) MIDNIGHT - Complete And Total Hell LPx2 (gatefold)
Out now on Hells Headbangers: Features all of their studio recordings prior to "Satanic Royalty"! Comes in a Gatefold jacket with heavy printed inner sleeves and silver vinyl. Can't get enough of MIDNIGHT's trademark "Lust, Filth, and Sleaze" after last year's worldwide smash "Satanic Royalty"? Then submit to "Complete and Total Hell"! Exactly what it says on the tin, the exhaustive, 21-track "Complete and Total Hell" collects all of MIDNIGHT's entire pre-"Satanic Royalty" back catalog, much of it long out-of-print and highly sought-after. Hear where Black Heavy Metal first became law, when MIDNIGHT began their subjugation of all subjects at the very start of their Satanically royal reign: the cult is alive and well with MIDNIGHT! (Hell's Headbangers Records #83)
(restock) CRYPTOPSY - None So Vile LP
An undisputed Classic. Cryptopsy's legendary 2nd offering is widely regarded as the bands best and most important work. "None So Vile" see the classic Cryptopsy lineup coming together and reaching a definite climax. Sheer insanity behind the kit from drum virtuoso Flo Mounier, shred / tremolo speed guitars visibly tinged with classical elements and delivering unmistakeable 'hooks' (yes, that's right hooks), madly ordered arpeggio solo sections, and the sickeningly artful gutter screams of the one and only Lord Worm. This album has no equal, and many would claim that the release of None So Vile saw death metal reach it's peak. (War on Music #38)
(restock) CRYPTOPSY - Blasphemy Made Flesh LP
Pioneering Brutal Canadian Death Metal. Cryptopsy's 1994 debut features Flo Mounier on drums and Lord Worm on vocals, and remains to this day one of the most respected and intense works of extreme metal. Maniac blasting speed, morbid groove, cutting rhythm and blistering solos. Although largely overshadowed by it's successor None So Vile, Blasphemy Made Flesh has all the elements that that made early Cryptopsy so unique and spectacular, and many true fans acknowledge BMF as painfully underrated, and the real masterpiece of the early brutal death metal era. (War on Music #37)
Descriptions for 5/28/16
NANDAS - s/t 7"
Debut release for this new NYC band, taking influences from Rudimentary Peni and anarcho punk as a whole and filtering it through their own style of witchy hardcore punk. (Toxic State Records #26)
IMPULSE - Backbreaker 7"
Impulse are back with their sophomore EP dripping with scathing fast powerviolence mixed with pissed youth crew style hardcore. Formed in high school nine years ago the band pumped out pummeling powerviolence and slowly honed their sound and incorporated 80's and 90's style hardcore to round out their perfect style of stop and start powerviolence. This EP is the band at the top of their game and is easily up there with the top releases on TLAL such as SEX PRISONER, SIDETRACKED, and XBRAINIAX. The band mixes old Revelation-style (YOUTH OF TODAY, WARZONE, UNIFORM CHOICE) with both new and old powerviolence (INFEST, CHARLES BRONSON, SPAZZ, NO COMMENT). I cannot stop recommending this band, this is THE TLAL sound, a complete must have... once you hear one song from this band you will be hooked. (To Live A Lie Records #111)
TLALX - Ten Years Running A DIY Hardcore Punk Label 'zine
TLALX is a sixty-two page retrospective of the ten plus years of existence of To Live A Lie Records. The zine, almost a mini book, is broken into a few different sections. In the first section Will Butler provides a series of vignettes detailing the early years along. A bulk of the zine includes classic interviews from BACKSLIDER, SICK/TIRED, HUMMINGBIRD OF DEATH, BEARTRAP, DEATHRATS, ACxDC, and SIXBREWBANTHA. Following that are photos of friends and TLAL love over the years, a catalog of TLAL tattoos, and of course some great vinyl pics. Last are reflections on past releases by artists who worked with the label including Lucas Korte of XBRAINIAX, Matt Gauck the label go-to artguy, Jay Tichy from SIDETRACKED, and last is an amazing story of the ARCHAGATHUS Canadian Horse cover photoshoot by Dan Ryckman. This magazine is the first physical documentation of the history of TLAL unless you include the hundred plus releases that have come out on To Live A Lie. It really gives you insight of a ten year journey of a DIY record label. (To Live A Lie Records #8)
LA URSS - Maravillas del Mundo LP
La URSS from Andalusia, Spain are a band that just keep getting better and better with each release and their third album, Maravillas del Mundo, is no exception. Released to coincide with their tour of the eastern half of the US, Maravillas del Mundo is a brilliant album -- well developed and dynamic. Fans of their previous releases already know that their live shows and recordings are top notch. This is melodic punk rock with heavy influences from Spanish greats like Paralisis Permanente, Larsen, KGB and La Uvi. Excellent guitar work and musicianship, lyrics and artwork put this album over the top -- their best work to date. (Mata La Musica Discos #21)
SIEVEHEAD - Buried Beneath 7"
It takes a scene to raise a band and Sievehead are a product of the vibrant hub that is Sheffield's DIY punk community, one of the key cities in a resurgent UK punk scene that shows no sign of slowing down. Here they offer two tracks on the A-side of burly punk rhythms careening and rumbling through swirling post-punk vibes, catchy and insistent, a howl tamed and torn, packed with pain and power, showcasing the same dark propulsive energy that caught the attention of DIY music fans the world over on last year's Into the Blue LP. Fans like Pure Gold, alter-ego of Dave Forcier (of the Steve Adamyk Band and Pregnancy Scares) and Tommy T (of the Classical Mishaps), who contribute a remix on the b-side here taking the song Try the Mirror from the LP and skinning Sievehead's vehement deathrock-tinged tumult and bathing the skeleton of the song in unsettling synth minimalism, creating an eerie weave of hisses, pops and echoes that could sit comfortably on an early John Carpenter soundtrack. Limited to 500 copies. (Static Shock Records #37)
EFIALTIS - s/t 7"
After last year's haunting demo, London's EFIALTIS get the vinyl treatment with a fresh EP on Static Shock Records. Featuring three primitive stompers from their tape re-recorded plus a riveting new one, EFIALTIS crash through the ruins of reality like an angry goddess in search of retribution. Four feral tracks of stripped down, high-energy, mid-tempo Punk, with despotic vocals and ominous Greek lyrics. The sharp guitar and buzzing bass wade through combative drumming, all tough as nails and perfectly enhancing the nightmarish unease underlying their sound. Ten minutes of '80s-inspired, rudimentary jaggedness, complete with catchy songwriting, tight delivery and a production that's appropriately massive and the right amount of shambolic. Featuring members of GOOD THROB, SARCASM, DREGS, BODY BUTTER and more. A skull-crashing must-have for the coming apocalypse. Limited to 500 copies with all covers handstamped. (Static Shock Records #39)
SUNSHINE WARD - Order LP
Sunshine ward is a Hardcore, punk band from Boston, MA who formed in early 2014, from the looks of things. Sunshine Ward features members of Brainkiller and Forced Order and the band plays a vicious and blistering style of stripped down hardcore, punk, and d-beat. Musically, Sunshine Ward can be loosely compared to bands such as Green Beret, Totalitar, Chaos UK, and Savageheads. Since their inception in 2014, Sunshine Ward have released a five song demo in May of 2014 and appeared on the Cream Of The Crop compilation. Order is the band's debut ten song LP, which was released via Feral Ward records on March 26th, 2016. On Order, Sunshine Ward offer up ten songs of raw and stripped down hardcore, punk, d-beat. Overall, Order is a killer LP and should not be missed. Highly recommended! Enjoy! (Feral Ward Records #88)
DEATH SIDE - Wasted Dream LP
(The pressing sold out already, and we have very limited quantities thus these will sell out immediately. Yes, they are expensive due to band royalties.) The debut LP from Japan's one and only DEATH SIDE has finally received a proper US reissue - Never mind those shit euro bootlegs, these are top-quality legitimate reissues. Legendary Japanese hardcore at its best. No long-winded glamorizing write-up needed. 800 pressed. "Death Side is the greatest hardcore punk band in Japan. They prefer to remain enigmas, hardly ever consenting to do interviews. Yet their popularity has grown tremendously in Japan over time ... the four members of Death Side have been converting 100 energy into a pure hardcore explosion while continually adding to their music, mutating and progressing into a beast of their own. (Feral Ward Records #76)
DEATH SIDE - Bet on the Possibility LP
(The pressing sold out already, and we have very limited quantities thus these will sell out immediately. Yes, they are expensive due to band royalties.) Second LP from Japan's DEATH SIDE reissued officially! Never mind those shit euro bootlegs, these are top-quality legitimate reissues. Legendary Japanese hardcore at its best. No long-winded glamorizing write-up needed. 800 pressed. (Feral Ward Records #77)
FIRING SQUAD - Four Track Demo 7"
Once again, F.S.'s first recording is available for mass consumption, however now as a loud as hell 7" with new art and layout. For those that didn't hear it the first time, four urgent bursts of abrasive USHC done in a tasteful manner without gimmicks or mindful of trends. Limited to 300 copies, all black vinyl. (Agitate Records #2)
DYSNEA BOYS - Forgot How To Read LP
Lead singer Jason Honea from the San Francisco Bay Area was the former front man of the California skate rock legends Social Unrest. His unique vocal style is instantly recognizable and makes the Dysnea Boys sound true to their musical roots. Bass player C.C. Voltage (formerly of the Spitfires/Black Halos/Loyalties) and Chris Frey (formerly of Radio Berlin/Book of Lists/Sludge) are both former Vancouverites who met in Berlin, Germany to collaborate with Honea. The band plays classic 80s skate punk that will surely please fans of Social Unrest, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Agent Orange, and Adolescents. (Take It Back #28)
HESITATION WOUNDS - Awake For Everything LP (colored vinyl)
Hesitation Wounds is the musical collaboration of Jeremy Bolm, Jay Weinberg, Neeraj Kane and Stephen "Scuba" LaCour. The band may have a very modest and organic origin - just four friends making the music they love with no preconceptions - but "Awake For Everything" is far from a slapdash vanity project. It's an album of abrasive and moody hardcore that takes unexpected twists and turns while always remaining satisfyingly aggressive. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Six One Records #94)
FREEWILL - s/t 7"
Freewill was a hardcore band from the late-'80s in Southern California. The band featured a young Mike Hartsfield (Outspoken, Strife, Done Dying) on bass. Freewill made a name for themselves in the Los Angeles and Orange County hardcore scenes, sharing the stage with such bands as Uniform Choice, Insted, No For An Answer and countless others. This 7" features their very first recording, a seven-song demo from 1988 that was responsible for the band getting signed to Wishingwell Records (Youth Of Today, Uniform Choice, Insted), before that label unfortunately went under prior to the release of the Freewill "Sun Return" LP. (Mankind Records #12)
ANTAGONIZERS ATL - Working Class Street Punk LP
Antagonizers ATL is Atlanta, GA's premier streetpunk rock 'n' roll outfit. The music appeals to a wide audience, featuring tinges of straight-ahead punk, oi and rock 'n' roll, with even a dose of soul tossed in. No surprise, knowing that they are a four-piece of veteran rockers from such bands as HR (Bad Brains), Follow For Now, A.P.A and Vibram 94. LP includes digital download. (Pirate's Press Records #148)
THE BARSTOOL PREACHERS - Blatant Propaganda LP
The Barstool Preachers comes to the plate with their debut full-length, "Blatant Propaganda" - and they are definitely turning heads. The Barstool Preachers is the perfect antidote to all of the run-of-the-mill, industry-standard apathy we see in modern music today. Fresh off the back of their first single, "One Fool Down," this LP combines the best of ska, punk and reggae into a fun barrage of songs that can get even the most jaded singing along to. LP includes digital download. (Pirate's Press Records #148)
ILL REPUTE - What Happens Next LP
Reissue on the newly-minted Nardcore Records of the 1985 Mystic Records classic. Combines the "What Happens Next" album with "Oxnard Land of No Toilets" 7" tracks. (Nardcore Records #33005)
Descriptions for 5/21/16
SLANG - Devastation in The Void LP
Slang's "Devastation In The Void" is the legendary Sapporo Japan's band's 7th album, an 11 song destructive mix of pummeling Japanese hardcore, pounding New York hardcore breakdowns and metallic thrashing with political lyrics. A more direct album than their previous Prank releases, it's still sunk deep with heavy riffage, hard vocal attack and crushing rhythms. Comes in a thick sleeve with a 11" x 22" color insert with lyrics in Japanese and English. First pressing limited to 512 copies. (Prank Records #146)
VAASKA - Futuro Primitivo 7"
Rejoice, VAASKA have returned with more hard punk pounders for the masses! Originally pressed in a limited amount by VOX POPULI for the band's Japanese tour in the winter of 2016, Beach Impediment is delighted to make the latest release from Austin's finest available domestically for the hardcore punk fanatics that know the real deal and for those that would like to become more educated in the field. "FUTURO PRIMITIVO" features five tracks of the top notch D-Beat punk with blazing guitar leads and ferociously belted out lyrics in Spanish that you have come to expect from these guys over the years. Each record comes in a felt based glue pocket sleeve adorned with the stark black and white art of the great Brian Miller that has been the band's visual trademark since the beginning. Limited to a one time pressing of 500 copies. (Beach Impediment #23)
LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? - Burn Green Live LPx2
LIFE...BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? are widely acknowledged as not only one of the finest bands to ever come out of Norway, but also one of the finest ever European hardcore punk bands in general. Formed in 1988 and eventually splitting up in 1994, in those six years the band recorded three albums, plus a couple of singles, and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their back catalogue is now highly sought after, with original albums selling for a premium. Boss Tuneage is thrilled to announce a complete reissue series of the entire LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? discography to be released in 2016! Released in conjunction with the band (whose members can also be found in current Boss Tuneage bands DANGER!MAN and CASTRO) the final instalment of this series of four releases is a double vinyl collection of all other recorded tracks by the band - namely "Last Call" from the "Ugly" sessions, the "Burn Green" mini album singles comp of the two 7" plus extra tracks, the original first demo from 1988 and the entire final show from 1994! This is the first time on vinyl for 20 of the 26 tracks included!! All vinyl copies come with a CD in PVC wallet including all tracks instead of a download code (Buss Tuneage Retro Records #31)
BLACKBALL - s/t 7"
Debut EP from Raleigh/Richmond's Blackball. Blackball features current and former members of Pure Scum, Skemäta, Crooked Teeth, Future Binds, Abuse., Stripmines, Vacant Planet and more. Of those bands Skemäta is probably the closest reference point and if you like Jeff's guitar work in Stripmines and Skemäta you'll definitely be into Blackball, but this project is a little different. More along the lines of something like DiE or Glue, Blackball relies on riffs that are a hair simpler and more direct than Skemäta, creating a more straightforward US-hardcore inspired sound that is just as interesting as the aforementioned bands but even catchier. Blackball are total go for the throat music, and the super raw recording here only accentuates their viciousness. (Sorry State Records #81)
HARD LEFT - Economy 7"
Oakland's socialist punks are back with this new 4 song 7" EP entitled "Economy." On the A-side we have the super-tough title track, a modish and Marxist shout from the terraces. Kicked off by a sharp riff and Comrade M's mad cackle, "In A Crowd" is also a nod to the band's mod influences. On the flip the band collaborates with noted ranting poet Tim Wells. "Hoxton Market Forces," taken from Wells' latest book "Everything Crash," is a pin-sharp indictment of urban gentrification set to a roiling pop-art explosion of a tune. The EP wraps up with Wells reciting DH Lawrence's "The Oxford Voice" over a handclap-fueled glam stomper. RIYL STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SEX PISTOLS, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS. (Future Perfect Records #4)
ANCST - Moloch LP
Moloch, the debut full-length from Berlin blackened crust act Ancst, will be released on April 20, 2016, by Halo of Flies. 700 copies of the LP will be pressed, 500 on black and 200 on clear vinyl. European fans are encouraged to order from Vendetta Records. Founded in 2011 as a side project by members of Afterlife Kids and Henry Fonda, Ancst hits that sweet spot between fierce melodic black metal and dark metallic hardcore crust, fusing together extreme metal and hardcore. Having released a string of highly acclaimed cassette-only EPs and splits throughout 2012 to 2014, Ancst has teamed up with DIY powerhouses Halo of Flies, Vendetta, WOOAAARGH, and Yehonala Tapes for its first two full-lengths and live appearances. As furiously and ferociously blackened as anything I've heard in recent times, but possessed of a prominent Punk ethos and a grit n' grime-crusted Hardcore heart, Ancst fully deserve to be held up as a prime example of a band upholding the central spirit and fire of Black Metal, without succumbing to the same-old corpse-painted clichés or blasé blasphemies in the process. The band can be compared to the likes of Iskra, and Cara Neir in certain respects with the strong blend of hardcore punk and black metal. Intertwining with melodic moments but still with a pointed ferocity. Reverse board full color covers. 24x36 poster and lyric sheet. (Halo of Flies Records #79)
GOOD TIME AUSSIE BOGALARS - A Slab Full of Liquid Cunt LP
Good Time Aussie Bogalars originate from the old gold rush town cum industrialized backwater of Ballarat, Victoria on the continent of Orstralia. Born into a metal scene that had once been promising but was subsequently decimated by heroin, these currency lads up and left the bleak musical environs of Ballarat for the state capital of Melbourne to purvey their brutal blend of hardcore, noise and angular sludge. Not totally sounding like Rupture, the Stretchheads, Anal Cunt playing like Big Flame, a post-rock Eyehategod, or King Snake Roost doing hardcore, it's otherwise hard to compare them or find touchstones for their sound. Songs about bad attitudes, bad behavior, bad smells, bad people, all rife with bad language in a working-class Australian slang you'll have to Google to understand as an outsider, these no-neck proles paint vivid pictures of 21st century white trash in Oz like Brueghel down-under, smearing blood up-and-down the fret boards of pawn shop 6-strings. Not sure if these are the be-mulleted, track suit wearing dole-collectors or their victims likely to get their heads bashed in at a tram stop, neither am I. This is their first LP. (Blak Skul Records #2)
BOILERMAN - Feels Ways About Stuff LP
With four EPs, an LP, and a slew of cassettes and compilations released since their 2010 demo, Boilerman has played over 170 shows across the US and Canada. The band's sophomore full length is 12 new songs using a sonic pallet drawn as much from bands like Leatherface and Articles of Faith as it is contemporaries like Canadian Rifle, Tenement, and Witches with Dicks. The album is rounded out by a faithful cover of The Mice's 1986 "Not Proud Of The USA" and illustrations by Shannon Thompson. Members of Earth Girls, Broken Prayer, GIDIM, and more. Released internationally by All In Vinyl (UK), Sad Punk Records (AR), and Waterslide Records (Japan). Includes download card. Over the course of its five-year existence, Boilerman has become a cornerstone of Chicago's DIY punk scene... the quintessential Chicago pop-punk band of this decade. A more contemporary comparison would be that this sounds like the "legit pop-punk" of bands like Tenement (and... is there anyone else who does it well?) filtered through the aesthetic of askew, Die Kreuzen-influenced hardcore bands like Raw Nerve or Nasa Space Universe. (86'D Records #24)
GO WHITE BRONCO - Population Ghost Town LP
Five years in the making, Population: Ghost Town is the first LP from Long Island lifer-band Go White Bronco. A lineup of musicians culled from 20-year collaborators and friends from local bands like Iron Chic, Fellow Project, Deep Pockets, Splurge, and Ancient Tongue, this nine track debut full length is a mostly bleak, sometimes triumphant existential meditation led by three acoustic guitars, crushing lyrics, and soaring multi-part harmonies. Crosby, Stills, Hash, and Old. Recorded to tape by Ian Bryn (Bridge and Tunnel, Fellow Project, Rations) and mastered by Christian Varga at Mastervargas. Acoustic, but in a way that seems to be quite different to that adopted by most of the other "punks" who have gone down this route over the past few years. (86'd Records #23)
ANTAGONIZERS ATL - Working Class Street Punk LP (Color Vinyl)
Antagonizers ATL is Atlanta, GA's premier streetpunk rock 'n' roll outfit. The music appeals to a wide audience, featuring tinges of straight-ahead punk, oi and rock 'n' roll, with even a dose of soul tossed in. No surprise, knowing that they are a four-piece of veteran rockers from such bands as HR (Bad Brains), Follow For Now, A.P.A and Vibram 94. LP includes digital download. (Pirates' Press Records #148)
THE BARSTOOL PREACHERS - Blatant Propaganda LP
The Barstool Preachers comes to the plate with their debut full-length, "Blatant Propaganda" - and they are definitely turning heads. The Barstool Preachers is the perfect antidote to all of the run-of-the-mill, industry-standard apathy we see in modern music today. Fresh off the back of their first single, "One Fool Down," this LP combines the best of ska, punk and reggae into a fun barrage of songs that can get even the most jaded singing along to. LP includes digital download. (Pirates' Press Records #147)
NAYSAYER - Nation Of Greed 7" (Color Vinyl)
Richmond, VA has a long tradition of strong and vital hardcore outfits, and in a scene that consistently puts out that much quality, there is only one surefire way to ignite a crowd: by pouring your heart out and being into every set. Debuting with the EP "No Remorse" in 2009, and continuing with the "Down But Not Out" EP and full-length "Laid To Rest," Naysayer is back with their brutal signature sound on their new EP, "Nation Of Greed." 7" includes digital download. (Reaper Records #77)
(restock) A GLOBAL THREAT - Until We Die LP (colored vinyl)
Third pressing on various colors of vinyl coming in Dec 2015. Considered the best release by A Global Threat, and featuring Mark Unseen on dual vocal duties with Bryan. We can't keep this slab in print. Brand new master used for the repress, this thing sells like crack! If there is such thing as "audiophile" street punk, this is it. Phenomenal sound quality. (Jailhouse Records #67)
(restock) G GAS - Generation Gas LP
Unreleased 1984 recordings by this chaotic hardcore band from Sapporo, Japan featuring members of L.S.D. and Tranquilizer finally sees the light of day. Truly deranged hardcore influenced by The Stalin, as well as their Sapporo contemporaries like Deef, and Tranquilizer who were all pushing the envelope in terms of speed and rawness of sound even in the early years of the 80's. Includes an insert with unseen photos, band interview, and liner notes by Yasushi of Napalm. PLEASE SEE: Unfortunately Ebullition cannot distribute this release to Japan at this time. (General Speech Records #6)
(restock) CASTRO - The River Need LP (with CD)
CASTRO are a brand new band, but feature many people you will recognise if you know your Norwegian punk history of the past 30 years. Featuring members of Norwegian punk legends ANGOR WAT and ISRAELVIS, and the welcome return of Katja (ex LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT) on vocals, "THE RIVER NEED" is the amazing debut album. Released in conjunction with the bands own Kong Tiki label, the album features YouTube hit and main song from their recent "Hidden Agenda" 7"EP ("(Your)Hidden Agenda (Is So Obvious)") alongside ten other amazing new tracks. Boss Tuneage don't sign new bands that often, so when we do, you know you have to take notice! Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl version comes with a CD in PVC wallet, because download codes are shit. The CD also contains the other two tracks from the recent "Hidden Agenda" EP. (Boss Tuneage Records #91)
Descriptions for 5/14/16
WEEKEND NACHOS - Apology LP
Chicago's Weekend Nachos go out in a storm of hatred with the release of their final album Apology. Recorded by the band's own Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios (Lord Mantis, Like Rats, Harms Way), Apology is a veritable tornado of grindcore/powerviolence/hardcore savagery. Apology is thirteen tracks of utter punishment that has Weekend Nachos sounding more dangerous and urgent than ever before. Features guest vocal appearances from Dylan Walker of Full of Hell. (Deep Six Records #271)
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #397 (June 2016)
It's time for MRR #397, the June 2016 issue! On the cover: St. Louis's the DUMPERS. You may know them as the backing band to the slippery and enigmatic LUMPY, but here the slime-punk reputation that precedes them takes a backseat to the real story. From their primordial origins to the Dumpers Rights movement, the only place to get the straight dump is in this exclusive interview. We've also got an interview with Steve Drewett of the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, who last checked in with MRR nearly thirty years ago. Steve catches us up on lineup changes and new projects in the intervening decades, currents in the underground culture at large and his insights into everything from the band's classic records to gigging in North Korea. Reporting from the Rust Belt, hardcore punk warriors CONCEALED BLADE give us the lowdown on the splendid isolation of the Pittsburgh scene, laying down the whole story starting from their explosive first gig. Out of the Midwest, Minneapolis's KITTEN FOREVER dish on their new record of drum and bass anchored punk. There's more: UROCHROMES, 2016's hottest item out of New England, offer a peek into their maniac vision of US hardcore; Vienna's calamitous post-punk group LIME CRUSH dish on their formation and their future. Reaching into the past, the VISITORS talk about the early post-punk scene in Edinburgh and beyond starting in the late '70s; FRENOPATICSS discuss the recent reissue of their demo recordings, a small masterpiece of furtive hardcore wailing from teenage punks in early '80s Barcelona. Plus: TINY KNIVES on their new record and carving their own space between punk, hardcore and metal in Portland. And straight out of Porto, Portugal come DOKUGA, hardcore from the oft-overlooked end of the Iberian peninsula. Topping it off is a scene report from Hattiesburg, MS, a town of less than 50,000 that's quickly becoming one of the most exciting hot-spots of punk in the US. This issue also includes photo spreads from Sin Orden's last show and Damaged City fest in Washington, DC. Of course we also got all your favorite columnists and hundreds of reviews of the latest records, tapes, books, and films to hit the streets. (Maximum Rock'N'Roll #397)
ROUGH KIDS - s/t LP
Rough Kids' second LP for Sorry State is precisely what you want from a follow-up record. Delivering the same infectious combination of hooks and energy that you loved on the first LP, it nevertheless comes off as more intense and more streamlined than their debut. The songs tend to be shorter and faster (well, except for the anthem "Television," whose bold pop hooks are an album highlight), but Rough Kids manage to cram even more ideas and more overlapping vocal and guitar hooks into those tighter spaces. This new record reminds me of classics like the Damned's Machine Gun Etiquette or the Dickies' Dawn of the Dickies in the way that it holds onto the classic pop songwriting and sonic nuance of '77 punk, but ratchets up the density, speed, and urgency to the point where they can complete with the ferocity of the best hardcore bands in the world. Note that the vinyl contains an exclusive bonus track not available on the digital version. (Sorry State Records #79)
ANTI YOU - Nightmare Unfolds 7"
Italian no-frills hardcore punks ANTI YOU are back! "Nightmare Unfolds" is a 6-track attack inspired by the early Dischord/Touch and Go greats, with an obvious nod to the glory days of Italian HC, underpinned by lyrics focusing on the bleak times we live in and wrapped in the usual breath-taking artwork we have come to expect of them. (Agipunk Records #109)
NO FRIENDS (MAGA)ZINE #3 with VIOLENCE CREEPS/SHOCKWAVES/TV SLIME/BLEEDING GUMS 7" compilation
This issue features 120 pages, containing interviews with Oakland art-damaged, weirdo punks VIOLENCE CREEPS, bleak Icelandic post-punks BÖRN, Los Angeles (by way of Chicago) stand-up comedian KYLE KINANE, ringleader behind HALO OF FLIES RECORDS and PROTESTANT - Corey Von Bohlen, angular'n'dancey English punks SHOPPING, the composer of the soundtrack to the film It Follows - DISASTERPEACE, Vermont's queer-centric record label STICKSHIFT RECORDS, comedian CAITLIN GILL, long running zine editor and cartoonist ROBIN BOUGIE of CINEMA SEWER fanzine, international DIY documentarian JOHN YINGLING of the WORLD UNDERGROUD series - focusing on East Asian DIY music and arts communities, Buffalo, NY's one-woman lo-fi punk powerhouse JAMIE AND THE DEBT, plus tons of columns, hundreds of music reviews, and articles about stuff like how to sneak in North Korea to go skateboarding. 120 pages of some of the most interesting and most entertaining DIY punk/hardcore/whatever coverage you're gonna find these days. And as always, every copy of the zine comes with a 7" flexi record. Issue #3 comes with exclusive tracks from Oakland's VIOLENCE CREEPS, the straight-ahead screech and riffs of Brooklyn, NY's SHOCKWAVES, Chicago's weirdo-punk noiseniks TV SLIME, and the best goddamn teenaged punk band the city of Chicago has to offer, BLEEDING GUMS. (No Friends 'zine #3)
SKIZOPHRENIA! - Single Ticket To DemoLition LP
Here comes Skizophrenia! 20 songs discography LP from Tsuyama-city / Okayama-prefecture. It's been already 10 years since their first demo cassette. The LP is the vinyl pressing of the Hardcore Survives released CD out in June 2015. It includes the 1st demo "3 trax demo", the 2nd demo "Freedom land", the 1st EP "Raw punk E.A.T.E.R", the 2nd self-titled EP already released by Kick Rock and Hardcore survives, the 3rd EP "Don't give up", the split EP with Vaaska, and some rare demo tracks to well known sing-a-long songs. All songs are remastered. It's from the past to the future as "RAW PUNK MASTERPIECE"! They've pushed regular local city up to punk paradise, also great influence to so many bands and tour bands from their ideas. One of the biggest punk movement they've done. so The future is always our hands! Released in Europe by Kick Rock, in Japan by Hardcore Survives and in the US by Todo Destruido. No export to Japan or Europe. !! (Todo Destruido Records #31)
FLOORPUNCH - Twin Killing LP
Out of print since the late 90's, we are pleased to bring you reissues of both classic 12"s from New Jersey's FLOORPUNCH. (Six Feet Under Records #109)
FLOORPUNCH - Fast Times LP
Out of print since the late 90's, we are pleased to bring you reissues of both classic 12"s from New Jersey's FLOORPUNCH. (Six Feet Under Records #110)
OLD GHOSTS/LONGEST WAR - split 7"
LONGEST WAR Fronted by Chris Logan of CHOKEHOLD fame and features former members of DESPAIR, SLUGFEST, UNION, and ACHILLES. LONGEST WAR brings a sound one would expect from members of these bands; chunky, heavy hardcore that sounds like it could have been written in 1995 but with modern recording. OLD GHOSTS Comprised of x member of DEAD HEARTS after a brief hiatus OLD GHOSTS are back at it. Fast hardcore with doomy breakdowns and passionately screamed vocals. This is the follow up release to the "drowning" ep. 4 brand new tracks, 2 from each band. This is some awesome hardcore played by some all star hardcore veterans. (State of Mind Records #46)
(restock) GATECREEPER - s/t LP
Thick, punishing, bone-rattling death metal like the legendary bands of the late 80's into the mid-90's played it. Certainly reverent, but not without their own identity, GATECREEPER, who formed in Arizona in 2013, pay appropriately violent homage to their forebears, while ringing in a new era of misery. The bitterness and groove of the four tracks here will drag you through the dust of their sweltering desert home, and call upon the vast expanse of darkness above and below to quench your thirst. The resulting assault is a riff-heavy ode to times past, and a glimpse of our bleak future, captured on wax. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and pressed at 45rpm. For fans of: Entombed, Bolt Thrower, & Dismember. (King of The Monsters #52)
Descriptions for 5/7/16
GREEN BERET - Standing At The Mouth Of Hell LP
Two years since their "The Cult Of State" EP, Green Beret return with another dose of timeless hardcore. "Standing At The Mouth Of Hell" treads the same UK-by-way-of-Sweden ground as past releases, adding a bit of a straight-forward US influence resulting in their strongest work yet. Their influences may be obvious, but this ain't no feeble genre exercise. Green Beret stands as proof that trends come and go but hardcore punk can still be urgent, catchy and relevant in 2016. (Side Two Records #10)
UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE - 10/11/12 Demo LP
UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE was born in 2012 as a side project with members of GLAM, DESTINO FINAL and CROSTA. They got wind of GLAM playing a show in London and decided to jump on the bill. They got a set together and recorded it in a rush to have some tapes to sell as said show. The tape recorded mere weeks after the band's inception remains an extremely powerful recording that only 100 lucky people managed to get on its original format. It shows the band as its rawest, pushing the limits of their previous bands as far as possible and setting the mood for what "Observant Com El Mon Es Destrueix " LP would be. 10-11-12 comes housed in a 12 panel poster similar to the ones CRASS records made popular in the '80s with artwork by Guillem El Muro and Oriol Roca. (La Vida Es Un Mus #115)
BARCELONA - Pueden Ser Ellos 7"
BARCELONA's follow up to their gigantic "Extremo Nihilismo En Barcelona" is another piece of ugly hardcore which sounds just as violently raw and unhinged as their debut. The four tracks on this 7" follow the template of no-snare hardcore with repetitive blown out bass lines and out of control no form guitar playing, fronted by an extremely angry singer which seems to feed her anger on your misery. For those looking for references BARCELONA lays somewhere between SHOTGUN SOLUTION, FIRMEZA 10, QLOAQA LETAL and UNITED MUTATION all filtered thru a Catalan kaleidoskope. The record comes in a pocket sleeve with a double sided 340 x 510 mm poster designed by the greatest Oriol Roca which doubles as drummer in the band. Comes with download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus #113)
RIXE - Les Nerfs A Vif 7"
(First pressing sold out already, and we have very limited quantities thus these will sell out immediately.) Just over a year since the release of the much loved debut 7" 'Coups Et Blessures', RIXE return with another four tracker on La Vida Es Un Mus. RIXE have gone from total obscurity to headlining festivals and gigs in Canada, North America and England and these four new tracks are a clear reason why. Standout 'Hexagone' opens the EP sounding like 'New Age' era BLITZ with extra bite and bile, 'A Contre-Courant' follows with a stomping primitive bass and drum attack before the razor sharp guitar work and growling vocals come in. On the flip the venom and intensity continues with 'Rapport de force' before the self titled track 'Rixe' ends this latest Oi! attack with a track that starts like a late 70's UK SUBS hit before heading into classic 80's French Oi!. RIXE are special and these four tracks show more reasons why. Front cover art and insert by the great Nicky Rat who also draw their first EP cover. (La Vida Es Un Mus #112)
COMMUNAL GRAVE #3 'zine with LP compilation
A brand-new issue of fast-core/grind/power-violence fanzine fully written in English. Exactly a hundred pages full of insanity. Interviews and tracks from SIXBREWBANTHA (Canada), ACxDC (USA), SHEEVA YOGA (Czech), HORSE BASTARD (U.K.), SORDO (USA), SICKMARK (Germany), THE KILL (Australia), FISSURE (USA), BLOODY PHOENIX (USA), CAGED GRAVE (Australia). Plus a CONTROLLED EXISTENCE /TRIGGER tour diary from 2014, an interview with VEGALITE (the vegan restaurant & alternative space in Brno (Czech), plus loads of reviews, etc. The compilations LP features 23 tracks in total. (Dead Heroes Records #50)
FAMINE - Razzin' LP (single sided)
Ten tracks of fast-hardcore madness with grind riffs based in Leeds, U.K. The first recordings with the mighty Warren (Shoot the Bastard drummer) on vocals. They are probably one of the most interesting U.K. fast outfits around these days. Henry (Dog Eggs/Lugubrious Children) on a guest vocals on "In Shortage". (Dead Heroes Records #51)
V/A - Spazzin' To The Oldies LP tribute compilation
This compilation pays tribute to power-violence legends SPAZZ. The band formed in 1992 in Redwood city, California and have gone on to inspire bands all around the world. 26 bands from 14 different countries have covered songs from various Spazz releases to create what we hope is a fitting tribute to a hugely inovative and inspirational band. "To have a band go to the trouble of investing the time, expense and effort to learn & record a song I took part in writting two decades ago is a humbling experience. To have 26 bands do this is staggering. I don't spend all days sitting around listening to old Spazz recordings. Quite the possible. There are countless songs I haven't heard since '90s, and some I've forgotten about entirely. Now that I've finally had a chance to hear this tribute compilation, I'm impressed that these bands from all over the planet have pumped new life into these tracks. The energy is raw. The enthusiasm is pure. I'm reminded why some of these tunes can be punishing yet hilarious, quirky yet fierce. Unlike my own recordings, I'm actually listening to this comp repeatedly. It's flattering beyond words ..... so I guess I should just shut up then ...." - Chris Dodge. Line up includes: Horsebastard (uk), Godhole (uk), Gets Worse (uk), Endless Swarm (uk), Boak (uk), Brainshit (uk), Chinsniffer (uk), Nothing Clean (uk), Fetus Christ (uk), Chulo (colombia), Sordo (usa), OSK (canada), Chiens (france), Catarro (brazil), God's America (usa), Bleed the Pigs (usa), INTHESHIT (usa), xKatexMoshx (italy), Captain Caveman (germany), Sete Star Sept (japan), Teething (spain), Higgs Boson (norway), PowerXchuck (australia), ANF (italy), Purge (usa), Farsas (lithuania). (Dead Heroes #48)
THE KILL - Kill Them All LP
The Kill is a pulverizing grindcore band outta Australia. These bloaks are simply amazing! Ludicrous speeds of grinding chaos are flawlessly executed and right on point. They're brutal and mindbogglingly creative when it comes to constructing destructive and grinding magic. For fans of Maruta, Insect Warfare & Discordance Axis. This is the latest album by the grindcore sensation The Kill. The new album is easily the band's best material - aggressive but focused this time around, top rate precision and phenomenal artwork by none other than Pierre (Braindead Zine). This is the culmination of the genre's expression; 'Kill Them...All' is one of 2015's highlights. (Dead Heroes Records #45)
TENEMENT - Bruised Music, Volume Two LP
In the summer of 2009, Appleton, Wisconsin punk group Tenement prepared to embark on yet another trip across the United States in their 1986 Dodge short bus. Like their recording sessions of the time period, their method of travel was often grueling and economical. They played with brutal honesty and they lived with brutal honesty. After a violent incident that resulted in a lot of blood, a lot of broken glass, and the dismissal of half of the rhythm section from the group, this behavioral pattern would ultimately lead to the demise of the first major lineup of the band, and usher in a new era of introspection and experimentation. In 2011, their first two full length records, Napalm Dream and The Blind Wink, were released only a few months apart and lead to Tenement's widespread recognition as one of America's most notable melodic punk bands. Four years later, they released what many critics, from The New York Times to Rolling Stone, viewed as their major statement and first big achievement- Predatory Headlights. This newest singles collection, Bruised Music, Volume Two, represents the time between the release of their 2011 LPs and their 2015 sprawling double album. Bruised Music, Volume Two is not only a collection of singles, but really a collection of transitional tunes that would form the basis of their present sound and distance them from their early juvenile aesthetic and more simplistic approach to the punk idiom. Much of the material heard within was recorded at home on 8 track machine and cassette recorders; though a small portion of it was engineered and mixed by Napalm Dream and Predatory Headlights' production mastermind, Justin Perkins. These selections have a distinct sheen and lend a signature quality to the record as a whole. You'll hear the first inkling of Tenement's interest in the fusion of classical stringed instruments and pop music in "Wouldn't Let You Go", an instrumental piece called "Jet Slug" that sits somewhere between Pavement and Ferrante & Teicher, the chunky blown out punk/pop of "Blast Exhaust" and "Taking Everything" which seem too aggressive to label simply as "pop punk" yet too melodic to label as "hardcore", the acoustic ballad "Your Sway..." with Nick Drake-esque chord patterns. You'll hear the twinkling pianos of "Perverse Universe" and the jangling, sparkling guitars and lush vocal harmonies of "Paper Airplanes", and it will sound so achingly familiar yet so hard to generalize or pin down. This is the very sorcery of Tenement, and on Bruised Music, Volume Two, the spell is stronger than ever. Fourteen Tracks in all, including material compiled from the Taking Everything EP, split 7" w/ Culo, split 7" with Cheeky, Freak Cast in Iron "Sick Club" 7" single, Puke and Destroy Vol. 2 7" compilation, and split 7" w/ Screaming Females. All material has once again been mastered for this release by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory. (Grave Mistake Records #78)
THE REPOS - Poser LP
(Only 300 made and we have very limited quantities, so these will sell out immediately.) With a legacy spanning 14 years, THE REPOS reign as living legends at the forefront of contemporary Hardcore. Their first two albums are undisputed sought-after classics. Following years of incredible tape and EP releases, they finally usher forth their most accomplished work yet: Poser. Sounding more unhinged than ever, guitarist Joe Phillips shines while cult frontman Aaron Aspinwall delivers his best and most visual lyrics to date. Poser has an unrelenting ferocity that paints a gritty vision of life on the outskirts that few dare tread. THE REPOS are the embodiment of all that YOUTH ATTACK represents: outstanding, pure, uncompromising Hardcore. (Youth Attack Records #94)
ABSOLUTE POWER - s/t LP
(Only 300 made and we have very limited quantities, so these will sell out immediately.) On their highly-anticipated debut ABSOLUTE POWER drops the hammer with 16 songs of unbridled East Coast U.S. Hardcore. In a tornado of anthemic riffs and tempo changes they set the stage for an all-out tear down of authority led by vocalist Chris O'Coin's insane performance. Through themes of security, violence, and voyeurism the band strips away the bullshit to reveal a hideous raw sound that burns with aggression. Recorded by Ian Jacyszyn in NYC and mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air with artwork by renown illustrator and ex-CHARLES BRONSON guitarist, Mike Sutfin. This is music from time-tested YA alumni (featuring members from FAILURES, SUBURBANITE & AEROSOLS) that delivers beyond all conceivable standards. ABSOLUTE POWER stands ready to rule. (Youth Attack Records #92)
V/A - Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach LP
We are excited to announce our third NIRVANA tribute LP, "Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach", completing a trifecta of homages to the legendary band's studio albums. The Hall of Famer's debut LP "Bleach" is covered in full, start to finish, by a diverse range of independent artists including BASEMENT, BEACH SLANG, BIG HUSH, CIRCA SURVIVE, DAUGHTERS, DEFEATER, THE FALL OF TROY, MEAN JEANS, ROB CROW'S GLOOMY PLACE, THE SADDEST LANDSCAPE, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, THOU and YOUNG WIDOWS. Appropriately reflecting NIRVANA's rawest studio album alongside a full-circle nod to Robotic Empire's roots, this is arguably the darkest, heaviest release in the tribute series. A tasteful re-envision of these classic songs sees all 13 "Bleach" tracks run through the bands' creative engines, putting an intense new perspective on these 25+ year old songs. Like both previous tribute LPs Robotic Empire's issued (2015's "Whatever Nevermind" and 2014's "In Utero: In Tribute"), "Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach" is released in conjunction with Record Store Day, occurring on Saturday, April 16th this year. (Robotic Empire Records #117)
PYRAMIDO - Vatten LP
Sweden's Pyramido has consistently churned out gut-wrenching doom, and its fourth full-length, Vatten, is its best yet. The band's first release since 2013 LP Saga (also released by Halo of Flies), Vatten includes nods to Isis, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, and even Coltrane, while maintaining the crushing heaviness and overall sense of doom(metal) that defines Pyramido. There's something for everyone who can appreciate some of the best melodic hooks this genre has to offer. According to the band, Vatten is "as good as it gonna get. And no, it´s not a concept album about water." "Something that is never lost in translation is the huge barrage of riffs that Pyramido once again have at their disposal." - The Sludgelord 500 12" copies are being pressed, 400 on black vinyl and 100 clear. Each include an 11x17" insert and download code. (Halo of Flies Records #89)
DARK CIRCLES/ABSTRACTER - split LP
DARK CIRCLES - The music is unrelenting, punishing, brutal and just fucking pulverizing, but also shows a taste and tact in the songwriting and riff-crafting that is rare to see around - "evolved" almost - and showing clear progressive traits and otherwise unorthodox song structures for the realm of d-beat and crust of which they are a part.
ABSTRACTER - This Oakland-based band piles doom, crust, and sludge on top of each other, building a toxic waste dump of noise that can be oppressive and impossible to navigate your way out of. With download card. (Halo of Flies Records #90)
RADIOHEARTS - Tell You 7"
Hybrid of Buzzcocks, the Jam, the Boys and Elvis Costello is spot on and their sound is authentic and alluring. On these four new tracks, the band could pass for some forgotten sensation of first wave UK punk. While these influences are palpable, Radiohearts don't sound they're tryig too hard to be those bands. They have their own sound, and their songwriting is clearly informed by power-pop, but still unmistakably in the corner of '77 punk with buzzing guitars, meaty bass lines and hooks that just can't be denied. (No Front Teeth Records #175)
RADIOHEARTS - Lot To Learn 7"
In the corners where punk masquerades in pop's clothing, where power marries pop to piss off their parents and where finding a rare single from the years between 1977-79 is as good as winning the lottery is the world Radiohearts lives in. If Powerpears and Shake Some Action comps, The Boys, Elvis Costello and Buzzcocks had a kid and that kid was a band it would e named Radiohearts. Members of The Distraction, The Copouts, The Thingz, Oxidizer and Big Take Over. (No Front Teeth #155)
ROSEN & SPYDDET - Springet Som Symbol/Heroine, Kvindelig Triumf LP
Death Shadow proudly presents the first of two LP's for up and coming Danish electronic artist Rosen & Spyddet. Previously available only on cassette from Posh Isolation and Janushoved, this LP compiles two highly sought after recordings from 2014. Rosen & Spyddet's sound, a mix of lo-fi synth pop and rhythmic ambient, has clear similarities to the current Denmark scene and the earlier works of Lust for Youth or Cold Cave. Remastered for vinyl by J. Short, this LP is issued in an edition limited to 300 copies. (Death Shadow Records #8)
BASTARD NOISE - Dedicated to Koji Tano, Live in Montreal, Canada 2015 cassette tape
Live document of the Fargher / Saunders / Wood trio recorded as a testament to the passing of their dear friend Koji Tano of MSBR. Cassette opens with a touching dedication from band leader Wood before it descends into tribute of their fallen comrade. Limited to 200 copies. (Kitty Play Records #36 TP)
BASTARD NOISE - Our Earths Blood Japan Tour 2015 tape cassette
Live document of Eric Wood collaborating with Toshiki Mikawa (Hijokaidan, Incapacitants) and Government Alpha. The first of only two ever Bastard Noise cassette releases. Limited to 200 copies. (Kitty Play/SR Records #4 TP)
FACIALMESS - When You Know... tape cassette
Prolific fan favored Japanese harsh cut abrasive noise sculptor. Kenny Sanderson aka Facialmess has already recorded two follow ups to this cassette for Kitty Play a collaboration with Chris Goudreau (Sickness, Omei) and a split with Jay Randall (Agoraphobic Nosebleed). Limited to 100 copies. (Kitty Play Records #29 TP)
AMPS FOR CHRIST - Evil Normal tape cassette
Related Acts: Man Is The Bastard, Bastard Noise. LA noise pioneers Amps for Christ, Kitty Play debut, focusing on a blend of harsh electronics and folk leanings. Previous works have appeared via 5 Rue Christine. Limited to 100 copies. (Kitty Play Records #30 TP)
WITCH OF THE WASTE - Made of Teeth 7"
Vancouver's Witch of the Waste have delivered 14 minutes of fast paced, haunting metalcore. Thickly layered, dissonant guitars over constantly shifting drums and topped with shrieking, pained screams creates a blend of post hardcore energy and black metal atmosphere with math rhythms and techdeath precision. Made of Teeth is a genre bending trip into ghost stories inspired by abnormal psychology and horror movies. Pressed on Blue vinyl and featuring lyrics and unsettling minimalist artwork, Made of Teeth is for fans of Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Oathbreaker and Deafheaven. (Witch Of The Waste #1)
(restock) THE AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN - s/t LP (gatefold+heavy vinyl 180g)
"Who are the Afternoon Gentlemen? They are everyone and no-one. As familiar as the midday sun, yet nameless, faceless. They inhabit doorways, alleys and halls in every town, yet they are no-men, invisible, everywhere and nowhere. Like the Tambov wolves, they pass silently in the night. They are the hunger and thirst that sting our bellies, the curses that we cower from and the blessing we dream of. They are ectasy and misery at once, the poison and the cure." Père G. Bru. Self-titled debut 12" LP 2015. 16 tracks/20 minutes. 500 copies. 180g black vinyl. Gatefold sleeves. Artwork by R Storrow. Recorded at Silent City, Leeds . POWER GRIND FAST PUNK or die. You know them from many split ep's with CHIENS, SUFFERING MIND, OSK, CYBORG. (Dead Heroes Records #38)
(restock) RIXE - Coups Et Blessures 7"
"Coups Et Blessures" is the debut 7" EP from new Paris Oi! band RIXE. The four track EP harks back to the glory years of Bologna's finest NABAT mixed with the classic 80's French Oi! sound via RAS or L'INFANTERIE SAUVAGE and a heavy BLITZ vibe. The sound is rough, direct and angry and driven by a distorted bass and a vocalist that chews on glass for fun. Like the now defunct CRIMINAL DAMAGE, newbies Pittsburgh's NO TIME and Brest's SYNDROME 81, RIXE are the new voice of a Generation. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #93)
Descriptions for 4/30/16
IRON LUNG - Life. Iron Lung. Death. LP [remastered] with download
I may have a million ways of saying brutal, but "Life. Iron Lung. Death." has left me damn near speechless. Anyone who reads this zine (InMusicWeTrust.com) with any frequency knows that I live for IRON LUNG. In fact, I have been known to mark time by using IRON LUNG releases as reference points. Some of you may have thought me a bit daft. Some of you may have thought I "overdid" it in my praise of the band. Well, HA HA HA! Once you listen to this album, you'll see that I was RIGHT and you were WRONG! There simply aren't enough words of praise in the English language for me to adequately sing the praises of this album. Jon and Jensen have outdone themselves. Literally. Some of the moments on this are the fastest IRON LUNG have ever tackled and others are the most sludge filled. So many extreme bands seem to reach a cruising speed early in their careers and then just ride it out. IRON LUNG, by contrast, keeps pushing harder and faster each year. The band takes the momentum of the split LP with LANA DAGALES (the band's finest work until now) and cranks everything up one more notch. If you are one of the unlucky ones who have not yet learned to breathe with an IRON LUNG, then this is the perfect album to start with. Lovingly remastered and recut, housed in a high test tip-on sleeve. A classic finally available again in the proper form. 400 on black, 100 on green. (Iron Lung Records #69)
LIFE DRAG - Life Drag cassette tape with download
We have for you today a cassette offer of the new Industrial Strength American Noise band LIFE DRAG. Half dirge, half dub. Minneapolis. The New Brighton Hill Bombing Crew. Wet fucks and loose trucks. The new thing in heaven. Subterranean synapse break. Walk all night. Sleep when you're dead. Thug tunes. Package includes bass, bass, synth, synth, drum machine, guitar, laundry chute and vox. Always one take, always how it needs to be. Upon physical evidence of sound we will pollute the ears of the midwest and beyond. (Iron Lung Records #78)
SUCCUMB - 7"
Succumb, from Massachusetts, USA. They play fast grindcore, similar to Assuck. Some of them have been in other bands you may have heard of (Orchid, Vaccine, Bucket Full of Teeth, Ampere, Death Evocation, The Cancer Kids, No Faith, etc. etc.). 1 sided 7" with 4 tracks. Killer! (RSR Records #158)
AGENTS OF SATAN/PARANOID FREAKOUT - split 7"
TRIBUTE TO STINKWEED Last recordings from the mighty Powerviolence/Sludge/Doom Metal pioneers AGENTS of SATAN together with PARANOID FREAKOUT from Oakland, California. Bad Acid Trip, Lack of Interest,Benumb members) AGENTS of SATAN are a whacked out, gory, obscene grind/pv outfit who seemed to be most active in the late 90s. Crazy, high pitched shrieks meet deep, guttural vocals while the instruments lay down some groovy, grind riffs. PARANOID FREAKOUT burst out 5 tracks of fast as fuck Powerviolence/Grind mix. Pete from BENUMB on vocals. Essential record for every WEST BAY COALITION fan! (RSR Records #139)
SU19B - The World Doomed to Violence LP
Blackend Powerviolence from Tokyo, JAPAN. 10 Brand new Studio Trax Recorded & Mixed Between 2013~2015. These Japanese masterminds play a revolutionary combination of devastating drone/funeral doom in the vein of Ahab or Corrupted interspersed with short, rapid outbursts of Powerviolence/japanese Hardcore fury akin to early Crossed Out. Total 30 mins of blasting Sludge Violence Smash Your Ears! gatefold cover. (RSR Records #159)
HOLY MONEY - 7"
Resurrected from the ashes of HATRED SURGE. HOLY MONEY deliver two doom sludge tracks in the vein of older Noothgrush, Dystopia and Burning witch....they call it "Egodeathsludge". These guys are something of a Houston supergroup: bassist/ runner-up of the all-Texas Ian Mackaye Lookalike Challenge, Michael Tehrani and drummer/ hardcore auteur Alex Hughes formerly played together in the legendary TXHC band Machine Gun Romantics and its crucial powerviolence spinoff Knuckle Scraper while Tehrani and guitarist Kevin Hirth both played guitar in the headsplittingly fun and 100% unGoogleable punk band Gay Marriage. HOLY MONEY is named after a Swans record, and it shows in their doomy, sludgy, awesome music, which you can hear here. (RSR Records #153)
FREEWILL - Sun Return LP
Formed in 1987, Freewill quickly became a staple at local shows in Southern California, sharing the stage with bands like Uniform Choice, No For An Answer, Reason To Believe, Insted and many others. Soon after signing to and recording this record for Wishingwell Records, the label closed down, leaving this release on a shelf. Years later, the master tape was sold to Lost & Found Records in Europe (without the bands knowledge or approval) and was bootlegged and made available on CD. Fast forward to 2016. Here is the first actual authorized release of their one and only LP. (New Age Records #63)
BLASTING CONCEPT - Sloth Rocket LP
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)
(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)