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Descriptions for 2/18/17

ABSOLUTION - Juxtaposition 7"
2017 release of two songs off their 1989 demo with 1 song never released & one re-recorded classic from the New Breed tape compilation. Featuring original members: Djinji Brown, Gavin Van Vlack (BURN) & Andy Guida (SUPERTOUCH), Dan Cav (RESSURECTION). All songs recorded by Andy Guida at Six III studios. 1st pressing of 500 copies on Wardance Records. (Wardance Records #19)

DEADBEAT/BOAK - split 7"
DEADBEAT is seriously my new favorite band. Akin in my mind to MEHKAGO NT or FINALDRAFT but with lightning precision they have created a heavy hardcore, with grindcore riffs, and blistering angry vocals... to create some evil hybrid sound. Now you would think the other band would have to bring a lot after that statement, well BOAK from the UK is probably the most apt band to follow a side like that. Perfectly matched bands, one angry release. The album's lacquers were masterfully cut by Nick Townsend. (To Live A Lie Records #119)

DISCHANGE - The Demos LP
Dischange. Raging Swedish d-beat hardcore punk in the rawest Discharge vein. These were the two demos recorded in 1989 and 1990 and have never seen a proper release until now. Original tapes mastered for vinyl by Kenko at Communichaos media in Sweden. One song on this album was later used by NO SECURITY as both bands share same members. This band continues to this day under the name MEANWHILE. Pressing of 536 copies made. (Rust & Machine Records #33)

MALADY - s/t LP
Malady's sole LP is a unique release, simultaneously embracing and disregarding the abrasive sounds the five members first gained notoriety for as founders of pg.99 and City of Caterpillar. Originally released in the mid-00's, this self-titled album looks even further to the members' roots of grunge, alternative and punk rock music. These styles' straightforward nature mutated with the chaotic sounds of emotional hardcore blend into an unparalleled sound. Available for the first time in over a dozen years, Malady's only album is available again in an edition of just 300 copies, comes on color vinyl and includes a high quality digital download. MALADY's debut is sure to please fans of both CITY OF CATERPILLAR and PG. 99, as well as attract new enthusiasts who will appreciate a more diverse approach to hardcore punk. There is no question that MALADY will raise eyebrows and delight eardrums. (Robotic Empire Records #111)

ISIS - Wavering Radiant LPx2
The music of Isis is a suitable metaphor for their 12-year career; patient, meticulous, fraught with tension and gradually building towards an apex of seismic proportions. Isis have successfully navigated the process of growing and evolving without disavowing their initial vision. Wavering Radiant finds every component of the Isis armoury coming into equal play and becoming an audiophile's dream. Grandiose without being over-indulgent, epic without compromising focus. "Wavering Radiant" is the fifth and final full-length album by American post-metal group Isis, last released by Ipecac Recordings in 2009 and produced by Joe Barresi and recently remastered for vinyl by Mika Jussila. It stands as Isis' last full-length album, as the band split just over a year after its release. The album continues Isis' history of lengthy songwriting, yet presents a slight departure from the soft-loud dynamics and post-metal aesthetic which characterized previous releases. Reviewers noted a continued increase in melody from previous releases, and many were quick to note an increased prominence of keyboardist Bryant Clifford Meyer's work, using a Hammond B3 organ. In keeping with Isis' retinue of concept albums, a thematic strand runs throughout, dealing with dreams and Jungian psychology. Robotic Empire is thrilled to once again to supply this gatefold, double-LP vinyl edition of ISIS' classic album on black and limited colored vinyl. (Robotic Empire Records #119)

CAREER SUICIDE - Machine Response LP
Writhing, sneering, tight cornered "Machine Response" the only acceptable follow up to the blistering and landmark "Attempted Suicide." Nearly ten years of beating around the bush, casually playing around the world and drip releasing music along the way, Career Suicide is backed by their best lineup ever, ready to break back through themselves with this new full length. Machine Response veers in and out of pure speed, bursts of melody, and chunky tempo shifts, indenting the long standing influence of early 80s USHC, late 70s punk, and a peppering of 60s swagger, with their own clearly developed style. Dallas Good (Sadies, Andre Williams, John Doe, Half Japanese, Elevator and a million more) presents a magnificently essential 2nd guitar and lead presence; a screaming contribution by great friend and long time supporter of the band, Souichi Hisatake, (Forward, GISM, Insane Youth, Gudon etc) to crack your brain up; artwork in collaboration with Ryan Tong of S.H.I.T. and Toronto's life-giving Faith/Void; and a thundering recording, once again helmed by the decorated and limitless in his pursuit of smooth hearing loss, Jon Drew, provide the most damaging clarity Career Suicide have been able to capture to date. (Deranged Records #286)

Descriptions for 2/11/17

POISON IDEA - War All The Time LP (red vinyl)
The lost classic returns!! Available for the first time on LP in over 20 years, TKO is bringing you POISON IDEA's seminal second LP from 1987 - "War All The Time." Long a favorite of diehard PI fans, "War.." was a pivotal moment in POISON IDEA's evolution. With the addition of a second guitarist, and the debut of legendary powerhouse drummer Steve "THEE Slayer Hippie" Hanford, this album established the direction POISON IDEA would follow into the second decade of their career. This one has been a long time coming folks, and with the full deluxe "Kings Of Punk" series reissue treatment, this version will prove to be well worth the wait. Stay tuned, more volumes in the KOP series are due to follow in 2017!! (TKO Records #160004)

S.H.I.T. - I 7"
S.H.I.T. have been one of the best bands doing it live and on record for a few years now and here on their fourth 7" (and first since 2014) they reassert their place as mainstays of Toronto's killer scene by serving up four more tracks of total hardcore moving forward through chaos. Insidiation blowing a wild storm hung around an unstoppable chugging riff, panic and terror building as the song pounds onwards. Incorporation shifting from warped siren blare to terrible tear. Barks of frustration, howls of anger, emerging from the bruising punk squall, anguished and disgusted. A record that careers with breakneck verve from sinister pulse to blazing hardcore bombardment. S.H.I.T.S's new EP artwork was designed by the greatest Teodoro Hernández and comes with a download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus #118)

DREAMDECAY - Yu LP with download
Notes on the theme of Yu: Combining the English you and Spanish tu, Yu symbolizes the experience of being stuck between two cultures, struggling to find a sense of legitimacy. It navigates this space and the tension of being pulled in opposite directions - the binary of life: past/future, optimism/pessimism, acceptance/denial, confusion/clarity. Yu orbits two realities seeking a new point of view." -Dreamdecay Seattle's finest band had us waiting a long time for this dirge pop masterpiece. We won't go into too much flower with the description, just know that this is honest music from the heart. A perfectly crafted trip. And seriously, "IAN" might be the best song of the decade. Damn. (Iron Lung Records #85)

ACRYLICS - Despair 7" with download
Taking the modern stomp stamp of weird hardcore to a new generation of outsiders, Santa Rosa's Acrylics rule the outer spheres. Gutsy angular guitar "melodies" intertwined with pummeling drums, urgent bass and a half violent, half snide singer that packs a wallop. Music for wilding. Seeing is believing but enjoy this vinyl debut until you can. Rumor is there's an LP for ILR in the works too. Art by J.Party. Recorded by Jack Shirley. This is part of the ILR single series 3 so there are only 300 made ever. All hand stamped and hand numbered. That is all. Good day. (Iron Lung Records #90)

D.O.C. - Parched Dredge 7" with download
D.C.'s ground-shakers return with their signature brand of hardcore/noise infused grind. Super destructive and maliscious music that wastes no time getting to the point. Before you know it the record is over and you're left wondering where it all went and why you're so alone with the world destroyed around you. Sorry for your loss. 500 copies on black vinyl housed in a 6 panel foldout sleeve adorned with with painstaking artwork by Nolan. (Iron Lung Records #91)

KILL THE CLIENT/FEASTEM - split LP
Kill the client and Feastem released a split 12'' vinyl record on the occasion of their common european tour. two really cool grindcore band so expect quality! Feastem from finland are less known but attracted some deserved attention with their latest record called World delirium. what they plays is a ferocious grind, punk / hardcore oriented, more old school. Kill the client is quite well known, they are masters at producing a really intense and dense grind, and Brian Fajardo (Phobia, P.L.F. etc...) behind is no stranger to it with his usual breath taking relentless and precise drumming. (Bones Brigade/Doomstar Tour Series #1)

AMPS FOR CHRIST - Plains Of Alluvial LP
Never before reissued debut release by AMPS FOR CHRIST from 1995! Originally came out on cassette on Dennis Callaci's SHRIMPER label. Limited to only 600 copies. The alluvial fans on the south side of the San Gabriel mountains are some of the biggest anywhere. I ended a twelve year relationship and moved into my friend's house in East Claremont only about 100 yards from the San Antonio River, on the center of that giant alluvial plain. I made instruments in a falling down garage and in the front of the house built a studio. It was the end of me in MAN IS THE BASTARD and the birth of me returning to folk, but bringing hardcore and noise back with me. I started calling it Folk-core meaning folk and hardcore mixed together and Musnic meaning musical noise. I had at that studio a Hammond S-6 chord organ, pure tube electronics with no mechanical tone wheel to derive the sounds. I circuit bent it to produce the sounds of bodrahns and bagpipes sounds I have always loved. It has 60-80 vacuum tubes in it! A small little organ designed by John Hannert for Hammond; and one was used on Magical Mystery Tour. I had been writing AMPS FOR CHRIST on all the amps and oscillators I made, so it ended up being my new name. The Plains of Alluvial felt meant to be, everything, the name, the recordings just seemed to fall in place. -Henry Barnes. (Waterwing Records #20)

FASHIONISM - Back in the Day 7"
Hot on the heels of the Dirt Cult single 'Subculture Suicide' comes Fashionism's 4th single. Hints of Clash, Teenage Head and sped up Mod Revival. It's the kind of powerpop that made 1979 such a good year for records. Included here are songs that lament the old guard that always want to talk about how things were and an erotic ode to coffee we think? Whatever the persuasion it's a banger of a single and definitely the strongest of their output thus far. (Neon Taste Records #1)

NOSEBLEED - s/t 7"
A new offering from Richmond nihilists, NOSEBLEED. Following an acclaimed demo, Nosebleed continues to lay waste to the world with four more tracks of bleak and desolate d-beat tinged hardcore punk. (Vinyl Conflict Records #10)

MIDNIGHT - Shok of Violence CD
Since 2003, Cleveland's MIDNIGHT have been slaying the metal/punk underground with their own, highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, building up a sizable (and collectible) catalog along the way. And while 2012's HELLS HEADBANGERS-released Complete and Total Hell collection compiled MIDNIGHT's massive amount of EPs and splits up to (and successive of) their now-classic debut album, Satanic Royalty, the new kings of Hell needed yet another bursting-at-the-seams compilation that wrangles all their EPs and splits since that momentous debut: enter Shox of Violence. But more than the usual odds 'n' sods collection so endemic to heavy metal, Shox of Violence features four brand-new songs to keep MIDNIGHT's rabid legion of devotees sated while their third album is being prepared. As such, those four songs are being released as a stand-alone 12" MLP, while the CD and tape versions pack a mammoth 25 tracks total. Across Shox of Violence, in addition to the four new songs, you will find the cover of Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" flexi that was available exclusively to subscribers of Decibel magazine, some super-rowdy live tracks, and a handful of covers of MIDNIGHT favorites The Spits, covers of the likes of Quiet Riot, Girlschool, The Pagans, Australia's Taipan, and NWOBHM cult Crucifixion among others: all songs that have yet to make it to CD format, essentially. Complete and total hell - again! - complete and total MIDNIGHT, hear these legends-in-the-making at their rawest and most rabid...Shox of Violence! (Hells Headbangers #194 CD)

NUKE - s/t LP
DELTA CITY MADMEN! Out of the wastes of Detroit comes NUKE and their self-titled debut album for HELLS HEADBANGERS. With a virtual "who's who" of Detroit metal-punk veterans, NUKE embodies the riffing of Restless and Wild alongside the attitude of Violence and Force or Branded and Exiled, but with an added sense of unique melodicism reminiscent of Di'Anno-era Iron Maiden. Whiskey-burned growls and maniacal high shrieks soar, while frantic nuclear divebomb solos explode stylistically somewhere between Kill 'Em All and Exorcist's Nightmare Theater. This isn't some retro-metal outfit comprised of pretty boys; this is ugly music made by ugly metal men from one of the ugliest cities in America. Riding the buzz of almost two sold-out pressings of their Delta City demo, NUKE completed their Nuke debut album and immediately pitched it to HELLS HEADBANGERS. With Ritchie Riot from SHITFUCKER on vocals alongside members who've played in such cult bands as Reaper, Borrowed Time, Perversion, and Anguish, the label couldn't help but submit to the Delta City onslaught! Armed with a clear 'n' cutting production that doesn't sacrifice any grit or grime, Nuke explodes from the speakers with a nuclear assault of punk-infused speed metal, doomed for all time but anthemic as fuck and not going down without a fight. This is 100% metal death-or-glory that could've come out on Combat or Banzai back in the day, but infused with the wisdom of ages and ready for a street brawl. Inject Nuke and be forever corrupted! (Hell's Headbangers Records #185)

THRONEUM - Morbid Death Tales LP
After five years, Polish death metal cult THRONEUM will return with their seventh album, Morbid Death Tales, on HELLS HEADBANGERS. THRONEUM have worked with HELLS HEADBANGERS in the past - for the vinyl pressing of Deathmass of the Gravedancer as well as split 7"s with NUNSLAUGHTER, DESTRUKTOR, and Morbid Execution - and this latest Morbid Death Tales will be the band's 39th release to date. On Morbid Death Tales, fans can expect nothing but raw, ugly and morbidly tuned Nightmarish Death Metal full of Darkness and Evil. On the album's last two tracks, Mark of the Devil of labelmates CULTES DES GHOULES contributes guest vocals to fill the mood of an old graveyard and create Necrostuprumical Madness! (Hells Headbangers Records #189)

WITCHTRAP - Sorceress Bitch LP
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release an international version of WITCHTRAP's Sorceress Bitch on vinyl and CD formats. Originally released in 2002 on CD and then subsequently receiving a couple limited vinyl pressings, Sorceress Bitch has been out of print for years, but it's high time WITCHTRAP's debut album is given the rebirth it so deserves! A power-trio hailing from Colombia, WITCHTRAP have been at the forefront of the blackthrash resurgence since their first demo in 1997. Taking the evil of early Kreator and the sleaziness of early Razor and then whipping it into a gritty 'n' grimy frenzy, WITCHTRAP have had their sound nailed down for years, and Sorceress Bitch was the first full-length explosion of primal lust, in its rawest and most rabid form. Trying taming this Sorceress Bitch! (Hells Headbangers #162)

CRUCIFIED MORTALS - Psalms of the Dead Choir LP
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present CRUCIFIED MORTALS' highly anticipated second album, Psalms of the Dead Choir. One of the best-kept secrets of the long-fertile Cleveland metal scene, CRUCIFIED MORTALS have been quiet-yet-prolifically perfecting their craft since 2001. Under the steely resolve of founder/mastermind Reaper, a handful of demos and splits culminated in CRUCIFIED MORTALS' critically acclaimed debut album. Released in 2011 and simply self-titled, this debut album largely introduced the band to the wider, international metal scene, proving that they're one of the hungriest and charismatic deathrashing metal bands around. But as much as Crucified Mortals was a highlight for the band, a decade after its formation, it will now be eclipsed by Psalms of the Dead Choir. (Hells Headbangers #188)

WITCHTRAP - Trap The Witch LP
Vinyl edition includes an exclusive BONUS COVER SONG of Exciter's "Under Attack." WITCHTRAP's Trap the Witch on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats. Originally released at the end of last year in a small pressing for the band's native Colombia, Trap the Witch is perhaps the penultimate WITCHTRAP experience. The foundation of Endless Pain-meets-Evil Invaders is as firm as ever, but on this fourth album, the power-trio bring out the latent rock 'n' roll feeling that informed so much early thrash and speed metal. And, perhaps now more than ever, they also bring out the EVIL, as such Trap the Witch titles as "The Subtle Touch of Fire," "Brimstone in the Air," "Don't Lift the Curse," and of course, the title track itself will attest to. Recorded once again at their trusty Dirty Studios, WITCHTRAP get their clearest and most powerful production to date, all without losing their characteristic grit 'n' grime. See if you can Trap the Witch! (Hells Headbangers #177)

WHITE DEATH - White Death LP
WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present the highly anticipated self-titled debut album of WHITE DEATH. Comprising young fanatics of the fertile Finnish underground, WHITE DEATH are black metal classicism incarnate. Bursting into the milky cosmos, White Death exudes a majesty and mysticism that are incredibly rare to find in nowadays "black metal," so pure and true is the young band's ancient flame. Howling to the fullmoon, WHITE DEATH speed forth across seven songs of nightside diabolism and medieval witchcraft, each one evoking a separate splendor, all offering myriad corridors into one's innermost soul. It is a sound that strongly resonates with a mid '90s atmosphere, but so authentic and ingrained is the quintet's fire 'n' fervor that the word "traditionalism" no longer becomes shackling, but rather liberating. Indeed, it is a liberating force that guides White Death, bridging the past and the present with acidic aplomb. WHITE DEATH have begun a glorious new epoch: march or die. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #40)

ROTTEN U.K. (BLUDWULF) - That Is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie LP
Although pure punk rock is a rarity on HELLS HEADBANGERS, the form ROTTEN UK play - and proceed to uniquely twist to their own design - is actually a variety that inspired many early speed metal and thrash bands: commonly known as UK82, this subgenre was indeed a strain of early '80s UK punk that synthesized the anthemic Oi! style before it with the nascent harder/faster style pioneered by the likes of Discharge, The Exploited, and GBH. With other stated influences that include early Finnish legends like Kaaos and Riistetyt as well as England's Disorder and Broken Bones, ROTTEN UK almost effortlessly create a 14-song whirlwind of dark 'n' desperate ANTHEMS with That Is Not Dead. (Hells Headbangers Records #192)

RIDE FOR REVENGE - Thy Horrendous Yearning LP
RIDE FOR REVENGE's sixth album, "Thy Horrendous Yearning," on vinyl LP for the first time ever. For over a decade now, RIDE FOR REVENGE have maintained one of the most unique sounds in the black/death underground - and prolifically, at that - with their debut album, 2007's The King of Snakes, being the watershed moment where this Finnish entity boldly unfurled its uneasy 'n' unclean primitivism-unto-ritualism onto unsuspecting ears. Since then, the duo became a trio, and their original vision - murky, miasmic, even tribal black metal debased down to its most primitive state, originally using only bass and drums - has ever so slightly expanded to include noisier textures and even early grindcore. (Hells Headbangers Records #194)

PROFANATICA - Disgusting Blasphemies Against God CDx2
Their 2010 album now re-issued as a GOLD DISC in a noble digipak with a bonus live disc from 1992. Also includes Once Removed Savior (Disease Infested Cunts Of Dead Nuns), previously only available on the vinyl LP. One of 2010's most highly anticipated black metal records, "Disgusting Blasphemies Against God" cements PROFANATICA's position as true legends of extreme Black Metal. The original purveyors of bleeding-raw barbarity and mesmerizing filth, unleash filthy black shit across the album's ten rituals of desecration & destruction, truly becoming "Disgusting Blasphemies Against God." Whereas some listeners felt their preceding record was a bit too "clean," PROFANATICA render DBAG in its foulest, most unclean form... unrepentant & unholy, its hymns embrace the characteristic Profanatica Sound and new avenues of sonic degradation. RECOMMENDED FOR MANIACS OF: blood, blasphemy, desecration, perversion... TRUE PROFANE BLACK METAL BARBARISM! (Hells Headbangers Records #52 CD)

PROFANATICA - Profanatitas De Domonatia CDx2
Their 2007 debut album now re-issued as a GOLD DISC in a noble digipak with a bonus live disc from 1991 & 1992. Their highly anticipated debut full length studio album from 2007 now re-issued a decade later! One of the most influential and original godfathers of extreme Black Metal. Spilling holy blood with 10 ruthlessly scourging Profanatica signature style hymns, Profanatitas De Domonatia is a continuation from where the black cult vanished in 1992. Profanatica vomit on your god and shit on your so-called Black Metal!! (Hells Headbangers Records #15 CD)

BESTIAL WARLUST - Vengeance War 'til Death CD
At long last, a timeless classic returns: BESTIAL WARLUST's pivotal debut album, Vengeance War 'Til Death, now seeing release on deluxe digipack and cassette through HELLS HEADBANGERS! Widely considered one of the first "war metal" albums - if not THE first, actually - BESTIAL WARLUST's debut was a shockingly violent and utterly barbaric slab of black metal that literally had no peer upon its release in 1994. It spawned countless imitators in the two decades since that original release and even furthered the "bestial metal" subgenre so prolific today, but there's simply no substitute for the original - and HELLS HEADBANGERS couldn't be prouder to reissue it alongside the special Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96 album. SATANIC WAR METAL...BESTIAL fucking WARLUST!!! (Hells Headbangers Records #167 CD)

BLOOD FEAST - The Future State of Wicked CD
At long last, BLOOD FEAST is reborn into the metal underground with their highly anticipated third full-length album, The Future State Of Wicked, set to be released by longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS. Fans old and new will not be disappointed, as the "holy trinity" of releases from the band's early days - Kill For Pleasure (1987), the Face Fate EP (1988) and Chopping Block Blues (1990) - inform much of the new album. All the speed, brutality, and twists 'n' turns BLOOD FEAST is known for are intact and in your face (nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli), yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar). (Hells Headbangers Records #195 CD)

CRUZ - Culto Abismal LP/tape cassette
"Culto Abismal" was one of 2016's most vicious old school death metal releases - a war-injected crust/thrash/death metal monster packed with behemoth riffs_ and skull-crushing rhythms that was ranked #5 in CVLT Nation 's top 10 best Death Metal albums of 2016, and hailed by Decibel Magazine as a "vicious interpretation of a classically evil sound." For fans of Sacrilege, Bolt Thrower, Grave, Deviated Instinct, Discharge, and Dismember. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #28)

GATEWAY - Scriptures of Grief tape cassette
100% DIY one-man death doom destruction straight from the kingdom of the dead. Belgium's Gateway plays sepulchral and bestial death-doom that will rot your mind and batter your flesh. An authentic triumph of rotting riff worship for fans of death-doom legends like Disembowelment, Undergang, Coffins, Winter and Thorr's Hammer. A release hailed by CVLT Nation and Metal Injection as one of the best in recent times death-doom. Cassettes come with a dark outer sleeve. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #33)

PETRIFICATION - Summon Horrendous Destruction tape cassette
Already one of the best old school death metal debuts of the year. Portland OR Petrification's old school death metal trudge batters the flesh and smashes bone with the cruelty of an orc unleashed from hell. Their debut demo tape "Summon Horrendous Destruction" is a glorious onslaught of mummified and gross as fuck old school death metal for fans of Autopsy, Nihilist, Grave, Cruciamentum, Disma etc. CVLT Nation has recently streamed the band's video: http://www.cvltnation.com/video-premiere-petrification-summon-horrendous-destruction/ and track streams are coming soon at Decibel and Metal Injection. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #35)

NAILS/FULL OF HELL - split 7"
Coming together out of a mutual respect, Nails and Full Of Hell musically encapsulate both an internal and external war on this split 7" release. Compiled with some of their more abrasive and angriest material to date, original artwork from Prevailing Darkness Designs completes the visual representation of this release. Now available again on vinyl. 7" includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #46)

GIVE - Electric Flower Cult LP
GIVE's "Electric Flower Cult" 12"ep was recorded during the same sessions that bore the fruit of their last two releases: "Sonic Bloom" EP (Revelation Records) and the self-released "Electric Flower Circus" album. "Electric Flower Cult" delivers four as yet unheard songs into the GIVE repertoire as well as a newly mastered version of the song "Electric Flower Cult," each serving as part of an aggregate reminder of the snaking complexity and cathartic highs that GIVE has made their stock in trade for eight years running. The "Electric Flower Cult" 12"ep hereby signals the end of GIVE's "Electric Flower" cycle, but it undoubtedly reminds the listener of all the things that made it special. (Lockin' Out Records #44)

DRUG CONTROL - Stabbed 7"
Formed in 2014, Drug Control's biggest mission has been to put San Diego, CA straight edge on the map. At a time when California's hardcore scene seems to pale in comparison to its East Coast contingent, Drug Control has been slowly cultivating a scene with such bands as Fury, Discrepancy and Step For Change. Ultimately, this landed them on New Age Records which has released such legendary hardcore bands as Unbroken, Lifetime, Abuse Of Power and many more. (New Age Records #67)

DEATH BY STEREO - Into The Valley Of Death LP
Originally released in a single pressing in 2003 on picture disc with a very small release, this is the first time in over a decade that this album has been available and the first time it's been available for general distribution on vinyl. Pressed exclusively for Black Friday 2016, this will most likely be the only chance to pick this record up on vinyl until the 2023 pressing. Exclusive pressing of 400 copies on red and black swirl vinyl. These are the remaining copies from Black Friday 2016. (Indecision Records #56)

(restock) ACxDC/CHIENS - split 5"
ACXDC are a Los Angeles based powerviolence outfit, The split 5" is including 2 new tracks of wicked intense shrieked vocals over a possibly the fastest blast beats I've heard, along side a really weird guitar riff that I can't find words to describe. The flipside presents 2 tracks from CHIENS, french old school Grindcore done it properly. A storming split 5" for fans of Insect Warfare, Wormrot, Spazz... Limited to 500. (RSR Records #165)

(restock) EXIT ORDER - s/t 7"
Boston's Exit Order returns with a new 8 track EP. Stepping away from the non stop hardcore of their demo this shifts into a catchier UK82 meets Welcome to 1984 euro punk style. Members of Chain Rank, Leather Daddy, No Tolerance, Limp Wrist, Brain Killer and more. (Side Two Records #9)

(restock) 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)

(restock) NO LESS - Lessons 1993 to 1998 CD
Formed out of the ashes of Plutocracy in 1993, No Less brought elements of hardcore, grind, rap, psychedelia, and the West Bay Doomryderz together, and for over five years they terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area with their manic live shows. (Push Down And Turn #1 CD)

Descriptions for 2/4/17

EXIT UNIT - s/t 7"
In the new world order with alternative facts one has to be cautious about misinformation. But in this case if you are told that INFEST is spelled "EXIT UNIT" then you can be sure that this isn't some sort of double speak. Check out the names of the crew responsible for this aural hate (Denunzio, Domino, and Kasitz).... it doesn't get more authentic than that. Eight tracks of blazing hardcore that can serve as the back drop for World War III. (Draw Blank/Deep Six Records #299)

LACK OF INTEREST - Trapped Inside LP
Reissued after many, many years of not being available. Originally released on Slap A Ham Records. Deep Six made 500 of these. About 6 minutes shy of a million years after their formation the Southern Cal gods of thrash violence finally rip the entire universe a new one with their debut long player. It's about time guys. LACK OF INTEREST are the purest old school style thrash band embraced by the power violence scene. They are strongly reminiscent of early eighties hate core legends like NEGATIVE FX and NEGATIVE APPROACH. They have the same intensity, the same rawness, the same anger and the same classic vibe. "Trapped Inside" features newly recorded songs that span most of the band's career including their calling card "My Life" which is THE thrash anthem of the nineties. There are 24 tracks on this puppy and a good half of them run less than thirty seconds (only three of them break the one minute barrier) consequently this album kills with a speed and power not unlike being strapped into an electric chair. This is the band and this is the album that you can cram down the throat of the next jaded old fart who tries to tell you that "punk is dead". (Deep Six Records 250)

WEEKEND NACHOS - Punish and Destroy LP
Originally released on Cowabunga Records, Deep Six has decided to reissue Weekend Nachos first LP! The debut full length by the Northern Illinois powerhouse band. This continues from where both the Torture 7" and the split 7" with CBS left off, but its still got speed and its still crushing, but even more crushing than either of the first two 7" records and the band has incorporated more mid paced songs to the formula. Very brutal. Everyone knows this band by now. Love them or hate them. Their first LP finally reissued! (Deep Six Records #251)

RATA NEGRA - Oido Absoluto LP
RATA NEGRA from Madrid deliver twelve songs of dark, crude and moody punk on their debut LP. Formed of members from JUANITA Y LOS FEOS and LA URSS this power trio have distilled the negativity and uncertainly of the young Spanish generation and transformed it into perfectly crafted punk songs. Sharply turning snaps of daily life into melodic anthems for a doomed generation, musically RATA NEGRA fence between dark melodic OC punk a la RIKK AGNEW solo debut album and Spanish Punk '83 via KGB/VULPESS. Imagine the non keyboard tracks of Yugoslavian KAOS mixed with LA'S X melody, add to it a layer of distortion and a dose of vital desperation and you get close to RATA NEGRA's sound. Oido Absoluto comes housed in a reverse board sleeve with printed inner. Both designed by guitarist Fa of Croke Studio and it is released as a collaboration between Beat Generation in Madrid and La Vida Es Un Mus Discos in Hackney. (La Vida Es Un Mus #132)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #406 (March 2017)
Our March issue of Maximum Rocknroll, #406, is here! Philadelphia hardcore band S-21 tell us the history behind their name, BETON give us their take on a Brazil tour, ZERODENT get us dancing in Perth, PELUQUERÍA CANINA play melodic punk in Madrid, SECOND COMBAT keep straightedge hardcore alive in Malaysia, Brazil's VIDA RUIM spread their love for Hüsker Dü, and Austin's BODY PRESSURE want to "Make Bigots Scared Again." We have an update on our Archive Project progress and then we delve into some lesser known Finnish KBD gems from the new compilation Kuoleman Tappaneet, talk with punk writer and zinester, Jessie Lynn McMains, plus the debut of two new columns on DIY Metal and European punk life. We've also got photos from Chicago's Infestational and This is Austin Not that Great. All this plus the book, zine, and films reviews you love. Order today! (Maximum Rock'n'roll #406)

CAREER SUICIDE - Machine Response LP
Release date February 24th. Writhing, sneering, tight cornered "Machine Response" the only acceptable follow up to the blistering and landmark "Attempted Suicide." Nearly ten years of beating around the bush, casually playing around the world and drip releasing music along the way, Career Suicide is backed by their best lineup ever, ready to break back through themselves with this new full length. Machine Response veers in and out of pure speed, bursts of melody, and chunky tempo shifts, indenting the long standing influence of early 80s USHC, late 70s punk, and a peppering of 60s swagger, with their own clearly developed style. Dallas Good (Sadies, Andre Williams, John Doe, Half Japanese, Elevator and a million more) presents a magnificently essential 2nd guitar and lead presence; a screaming contribution by great friend and long time supporter of the band, Souichi Hisatake, (Forward, GISM, Insane Youth, Gudon etc) to crack your brain up; artwork in collaboration with Ryan Tong of S.H.I.T. and Toronto's life-giving Faith/Void; and a thundering recording, once again helmed by the decorated and limitless in his pursuit of smooth hearing loss, Jon Drew, provide the most damaging clarity Career Suicide have been able to capture to date. (Deranged Records #286)

UV-TV - Glass LP
Release date March 10th. Stuck somewhere in the middle of Florida is UV-TV. Rose Vastola, Ryan Hopewell and Ian Bernacett write melancholy pop songs with jagged, abrasive edges. Combining strong hooks with chainsaw guitars and bliss-ey treble--comparisons to Black Tambourine, JAMC and The Shop Assistants fit best. Shoegaze stripped of its fat and its fluff. After a well-received demo (High Fashion Industries) and 7" split with LA's Shark Toys (Emotional Response) in 2015, "Glass" is the band's first long-play record (available from Deranged). The 11 burning cuts were self-recorded over two days in a retired Gainesville train station with a couple borrowed microphones and a Tascam 388. This is UV-TV. You should listen loud. (Deranged Records #288)

CENTURY PALM - Meet You LP
Release date March 10th. Century Palm are Paul Lawton (Ketamines), Andrew Payne (Zebrassieres), Penny Clark (Tough Age) and Jesse Locke (Dirty Beaches). Their debut album, Meet You, was recorded by the band in Toronto, mixed in Vancouver by Jay Arner and mastered in Australia by Mikey Young. Meet You is 10 songs about getting to know another layer of yourself - even when you think you know yourself. About subtle tones of despair. About the things you aren't encouraged to express on an everyday basis. Musically, Century Palm crib shamelessly from Wire, Neu!, and Eno-era Roxy Music, modern Australian bands like Total Control, and failed experiments from earlier, abandoned projects. Many instances of droning synths ruining perfectly nice pop songs. (Deranged Records #297)

LECHEROUS GAZE - Thing Within 7"
From Oakland, CA, Lecherous Gaze carry on where their former band, Annihilation Time, left off forging an aggressive mix of early 70s hard rock and late 70s punk,. Think Blue Oyster Cult meets the Damned. Classic sounding Chuck Berry / Jimi Hendrix guitar virtuosity with sinister Alice Cooper / HR styled vocals over a Sabbath heavy rhythm section. This is a single off their forthcoming 3rd LP "One Fifteen" on Tee Pee Records. B-side contains the non-album track "Birdman" which sounds like Motorhead with Rory Gallagher standing in on guitar. Cover art taken from the archives of the late legend Frank Frazetta. This is a limited one time pressing of 1000 on the bands own label. (Annihilate Records #4)

RASH - Skinner Box LP
Primitive Noises Hardcore coming out of Chicago. Their first official release in three years, Rash release 11 songs of primal unsettling hardcore. Reminicent of 80's touch & go with a mix of AmRep stylings and swagger. Record comes in 3 color screen printed jacket, black dust sleeves and two sided insert. Press of 550. (High Fashion Industries #8)

THE SECRET PROSTITUTES - Tiger Express LP
THE SECRET PROSTITUTES' final 12"LP of returned, reused, reactionary, and retarded retirement punk. Pointy hat witch rock Indo-Tejano Oi jerks from the bayou are finally throwing in the diet Dr Pepper stained towel! 17 sobering statements on the severity of society's stupidity played at 33 point 3. Play loud and watch phone porn while the meth wears off! Front cover by Dann Miller, back cover illustration by Shaun Filley. Limited to 500 copies. (Torture Garden Records #76)

CHULO - Coragyps Atratus LP
Debut 12"LP of top shelf Colombian poderviolencia from Bogotá's bastards of badass: CHULO! The 444 offering fourteen tracks suppressing benevolent blasting dirges of doom for the crossed out communist casualties making this compelling observation: Man is the vulture! 500 copies on black and white splattered wax! (Torture Garden Records #75)

ABORTICIDIO/LICKER - split flexi 7"
Tex-Mex nuclear noise pop punkers! White vinyl double sided flexi 7" with four cuddly fuzz bangers from each respective bozo boy bands. Who kill Speery? Was it Mexico City? Was it Houston? I have a sneaking suspicion it was Fucker... Only 250 of these exist and feature fold out sleeves with artwork by Amaury of ABORTICIDIO. (Torture Garden Records #74)

ALTERED BEAST - s/t 7"
Equal parts metal and hardcore without being metallic hardcore, Kansas City's Altered Beast delivers riffs with the precision and rhythm of a death metal band, punctuated with heavy youth crew breakdowns. Their blue-collar truthdealer spits tales of city life with venom-tinged PMA, modulating his delivery to keep it interesting and avoiding a strong association with a singular influence. The result is tough guy hardcore if your idea of a tough guy is a working class everyman, crushed by the slings and arrows of our post-industrial reality, but refusing to give up in his pursuit of some elusive transcendence. Besides a self-titled demo tape, this seven inch is the product of three years of gigging with countless unrecognized bands worthy of our respect, as well as opening for the likes of Napalm Death, Exodus, Madball, Phobia, Voivod, Prong, Noisem, Iron Reagan, etc. Mastered at Lucky Lacquers. Edition of 550. (Blak Skul Records #5)

STARGAZER - A Scream That Tore The Sky LP
This is the untouchable debut album from Australian avant-garde black/death metal cult Stargazer released on 12" vinyl by Parasitic Records for the very first time since its original CD release in 2005. Featuring members of MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, CAULDRON BLACK RAM, MARTIRE amongst others. For fans of The Chasm, Atheist. Comes in a full color old school tip-on style jacket. (Parasitic Records #81)

TORTURE RACK - Barbaric Persecution LP
Finally! The gore-drenched and pus-oozing debut full-length from this Portland (Oregon, U.S.A.) based bunch of sickos.this quartet spew forth brutal, gruesome, vicious, bulldozing, ultra-heavy and downtuned death metal that will crack your every bone at their rack and take you back to the glorious Death Metal of yore when bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Rottrevore, Decrepit, Morpheus Descends, Imprecation, Goreaphobia, Baphomet, Deteriorot, Execration or Corpus Rottus reigned supreme in the most foul-smelling pits of the U.S. underground scene. To top it off, "Barbaric Persecution" was mastered by Mike Lastra at Smegma Studios (U.S.A.) with an almost surgical precision in order to keep the band´s sonic delivery as raw, organic, thick and heinous as (in)humanly possible. Cover art by Matt Hopkins. (Parasitic Records #100)

THE HOWLING WIND - Of Babylon LP
The most scathing HOWLING WIND album to date, and the most scathing, vicious and primal album that guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (he of Unearthly Trance, Thralldom, The Serpentine Path and one of the most underrated and prominent musicians in the underground today) has been involved with, "Of Babalon" sees THE HOWLING WIND (also comprised of ALDEBARAN drummer/vocalist Tim "Parasitic" Call as the band's other half) unleash their most searing work yet. An album in which Lipynsky has even dubbed one of his musical triumphs, "Of Babalon" is a genuine black metal vision that hails from the American wastelands, a vision which paints an ominous picture of the fall and destruction of mankind. A continuation of the themes and visions explored with their previous albums, "Pestilence & Peril" and "Into The Cryosphere" respectively, "Of Babalon" is a further exploration and examination of the religious, occult, and metaphysical. (Parasitic Records #38)

FUCKING - Intimacy Issues 7"
Hot on the heels of Atomic Orgasm, FUCKING returns with Intimacy Issues. Now incorporating saxophone into short unpredictable songs, FUCKING is an unrelenting force of screeching chaos. Members of COKSKAR and FALSE fortify their repertoire of SIEGE-inspired manic hardcore with noisy art damaged influences like ESSENTIAL LOGIC and DEADBEATS, one bombastic sax bleat at a time. This is outsider punk played by mental patients, drug addicts, lifelong underachievers and sXe working class heroes. FUCKING further develops their diehard DIY aesthetic with hand stamped sleeves and sloganeering graffiti plastered across the lyric sheet. Self-released and limited to 300 copies only. Intimacy Issues is a sonic and lyrical challenge to hardcore masculinity. FUCKING is repression and liberation. Life is filled with contradictions; maybe FUCKING will help. (Fuck #2)

FUCKING - Atomic Orgasm 7"
Dispatch from Minneapolis, MN-- maniacal, nuclear-obsessed hardcore explodes on the scene with a self-released debut. Salty vets of FALSE and COKSKAR blend the mischief of FEEDERZ and CRUCIFUCKS with raw POISON IDEA-influenced riffs and an unstoppable driving rhythm section, producing a disorienting fastcore/powerviolence assault. Following the rudimentary Live Hardcore Fucking demo, Atomic Orgasm is a nihilistic exercise in restraint with A Harder Commune studio polish. Packaged in a minimalist 45-style paper sleeve with handmade rubber-stamp typography and xeroxed insert art, FUCKING is a DIY punk band in the classic tradition. (Fuck #1)

GENERAL SPEECH #9
Forty page 'zine that has a professional old school look of what punk 'zines were like back in the 1990s. Interviews, photos, and reviews. Bands featured in this issue are Confuse, Tercer Mundo, Sadist, Skumdribblurz, Suburban Filth, U.C.P., and Discharge. (General Speech #9)

AIR HUNGER - Air Hunger 7"
Debut 7" single from this international project. Eerie gothic punk that is saturated in effects and synthesizer while showcasing a heavy rhythm section. The lyrical themes are the haunting reminders of imperialism's false promises to native populations and the pain of watching your loved ones struggle to survive in an increasingly apathetic society. Members of Cemetery, the Flatfield and Blue Cross/Zex. Mastered by Enormous Door. (Occult Whispers Records #12)

V/A - Night Voices Volume 1 compilation tape cassette
A document of the current wave of goth-punk and post-punk commonly referred to as "Dark Punk", this cassette contains previously released songs from 14 bands from all over the world. Bands from North America, Europe, Indonesia and Australia. Previously released tracks from Spectres, Crimson Scarlet, Pawns, Rule of Thirds, Blue Cross, Sierpien, Cemetery and more. Pro-pressed at NAC, high quality cassette tape. (Occult Whispers #11)

THE FUZZLERS - Cyber cassette tape
A band that takes as many cues from Kaiju Big Battel or John Kricfalusi as it does from The Residents and Charles Bronson. This band has a rad stage stage presence and the frontman really truly embodies his band's cartoon aesthetic. Orange cassette EP with risographed j-card, download included, edition of 200. (What's For Breakfast #11)

BLEEDERS - Gash tape cassette
Noisy feminist basement hardcore from eastern PA that sounds like an anguished person having a mental break at an active construction site. This EP breaks boulders. Barefoot, knife-wielding frontwoman alternately drones and screams while a guitar is amplified through a beat up trash can. Bleeders are very, very active in the DIY basement circuit in eastern PA and surrounding areas. White cassette EP with hand stamped shells, download included, edition of 150. (What's For Breakfast #14)

THE MELTAWAYS - s/t 7"
A brand new punk platter from a Brooklyn band that's coming up quick, sharing stages with Coathangers, NOTS, The World, Big Eyes, and so on. Muscular compositions with sharp and meaningful lyrics. This is the one catching some buzz and making me feel confident, but I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think it was a ripper. Black vinyl, hand numbered center labels, download included, edition of 500. (What's For Breakfast #17)

(restock) STAGNATION - 2027 7"
5 tracks of perfectly executed old school death metal influenced crust. 2nd release from the band with even more crusher riffs and greatly improved drumming due to a switch in drummers after the first release. Recorded back in 2008 and just now seeing the vinyl it deserves. Metal for the punks by punks in the vein of Grave, Entombed, Prophecy of Doom, Repulsion, and Bolt Thrower with a more straight forward punk approach. Released in the era of Stormcrow and Sanctum and definitely holding their weight against their peers. A Fenriz "band of the week" who also received praise in the liner notes of "The Underground Resistance". Released 500. (Make 'Em Sweat #7)

(restock) STAGNATION - s/t 7"
Self Released by the band but available for wholesale through Make Em Sweat 4 tracks of perfectly executed old school death metal influenced crust. Released in 2007 by the band who never really pushed the records despite the growing interest. Lost in the back of a closet, and moved from Arizona to Texas and back. They were finally given to me to get into the hands of headbangers across the world. Metal for the punks by punks in the vein of Grave, Entombed, Repulsion, and Bolt Thrower with a more straight forward punk approach. Released in the era of Stormcrow and Sanctum and definitely holding their weight against their peers. A Fenriz "band of the week" who also received praise in the liner notes of "The Underground Resistance". Released 300 on black. (Make 'Em Sweat #7.5)

(restock) DIRTY PROTEST/RAID! - split LP
Born out of the spirit of early '80s punk/hardcore/skaterock and hailing from Boise, Idaho, Raid! consists of Onj on guitar (Septic Death); Andy A. on bass (Demoni, Haggis); Matt Wrecked on vocals (Schoolyard Assassins); and Paulie on drums (Septic Death). In true skatepunk fashion, the songs are fast, aggressive, and to the point. Dirty Protest are five filthy fuckers from Holland and the USA, fueled by enthusiasm and alcohol, playing fast punk rock as if their shitty lives depend on it!! Their roots extend from '77 to crust and wind up somewhere in the middle. Imagine Dead Kennedys fucking Poison Idea using Wendy O Williams as a condom. They have the usual 'ex-member' thing going on (Spittin' Vicars, HDQ, Septic Death, Radio Bikini), but don't let that dissuade you. Each copy is numbered out of 525 copies with 200 on black vinyl; and 325 on clear. (Headbones #007V Records)

ADVENT - Pain & Suffering LP
Six years since calling it quits, North Carolina's Advent has returned and are as fierce as ever. Originally rising from the ashes of Beloved, Advent churns out brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore. "Pain & Suffering" is their first recorded output since 2009's "Naked & Cold" (Solid State Records) and proves that Advent is back and more focused than ever. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #243)

SEARCH - Between The Lines 7"
From the remains of seminal New Jersey straight edge bands Turning Point, Floorpunch and Mouthpiece comes the five-piece unit known as Search. Much like the bands from which they spawned, Search kicks out a classic style of East Coast hardcore that's lean, mean and created to elicit the type of sing-alongs and stage dives you would have expected to witness on Sunday afternoons of yesteryear. While the six songs of their debut 7", "Between The Lines," are a testament to a specific style and sound of hardcore, Search most definitely exists in the here and now with a timeless message that is still as relevant and important today as it was when the members themselves discovered it in their teens. This is the blue vinyl version, limited to 700 copies. (Revelation Records #167)

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REVENGE - Behold.Total.Rejection LPx2
First released by Season of Mist in November 2015, Nuclear War Now! has licensed an additional vinyl release of "Behold.Total.Rejection" in order to further propagate Revenge's 5th strike of unmatched audial violence. Keeping with the tradition that NWN! first established with its 2008 die-hard vinyl edition of the band's third album, "Infiltration.Downfall.Death," this definitive 2LP edition of "Behold.Total.Rejection" is sublimely packaged in a case-wrapped gatefold jacket with black foil stamp on black cloth background and a 24-page booklet attached to the inside panel. Each of the two vinyl LPs includes an exclusive etching on the B-side. This release thus fittingly serves to further bolster the partnership that Revenge and NWN! have developed and continued over the course of the band's existence. (Nuclear War Now Records #400)

MIDNIGHT - Shok of Violence LP
Since 2003, Cleveland's MIDNIGHT have been slaying the metal/punk underground with their own, highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, building up a sizable (and collectible) catalog along the way. And while 2012's HELLS HEADBANGERS-released Complete and Total Hell collection compiled MIDNIGHT's massive amount of EPs and splits up to (and successive of) their now-classic debut album, Satanic Royalty, the new kings of Hell needed yet another bursting-at-the-seams compilation that wrangles all their EPs and splits since that momentous debut: enter Shox of Violence. But more than the usual odds 'n' sods collection so endemic to heavy metal, Shox of Violence features four brand-new songs to keep MIDNIGHT's rabid legion of devotees sated while their third album is being prepared. As such, those four songs are being released as a stand-alone 12" MLP, while the CD and tape versions pack a mammoth 25 tracks total. Across Shox of Violence, in addition to the four new songs, you will find the cover of Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" flexi that was available exclusively to subscribers of Decibel magazine, some super-rowdy live tracks, and a handful of covers of MIDNIGHT favorites The Spits, covers of the likes of Quiet Riot, Girlschool, The Pagans, Australia's Taipan, and NWOBHM cult Crucifixion among others: all songs that have yet to make it to CD format, essentially. Complete and total hell - again! - complete and total MIDNIGHT, hear these legends-in-the-making at their rawest and most rabid...Shox of Violence! (Hells Headbangers Mini LP Records #42)

CONCEALED BLADE - s/t LP
All the way from the city of champions, CONCEALED BLADE follow up their massive 2015 demo with thirteen more tracks of the pummeling hardcore punk that those aligned with the Braddock Hit Factory have been churning out for many moons now; keeping the emphasis on quality over commonplace, riffs over a complete lack of riffs, and really just hardcore over horse shit. This 12" platter is evidence that THE BLADE still ain't for the weak and is just as precise and cutting in the execution of their songs as they've ever been. As a sage like man of wisdom probably once bellowed over a lukewarm bottle of Straubs and a half eaten pizza boat at the Rock Room, "YINZ WANTED DA BEST WELL YINZ GOT DA BEST!" (Beach Impediment Records #25)

NOOTHGRUSH - Failing Early, Failing Often CD
Anthology of early Noothgrush recordings, including the Kashyyyk demo, the Embraced by the Anti-Self EP, plus material from splits and compilations, all recorded between October 1995 and June 1997. Originally released on Slapaham in 2001. (Fuck Yoga/Emetic Records #47 CD)

CLITERATI - s/t tape cassette
Portland, Oregon's Cliterati fronted by Ami Lawless of Voetsek. Hardcore? D-beat? Queer-core? How about total earache party crust. Former members of Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess. Has an anti Donald Trump song, and you can't go wrong with that. (Tank Crimes Records #99 TP)

LEVITATIONS - Dust tape cassette
LEVITATIONS are a powerful, haunting three piece post punk/truewave band from Berlin, and this is the tape version of their debut album. The LP is available on Berlin-based label Adagio830, home to bands such as Diat and Hoax. 9 songs of blistering dark post punk, evocative of powerful/icy bands like DA!, Slant 6, Kleenix/Lilliput, Arctic Flowers, and the Subnormal Girls comp. Raw and catchy at the same time. (Nervous Intent Records #4 TP)

ADVENT - Pain & Suffering LP
Six years since calling it quits, North Carolina's Advent has returned and are as fierce as ever. Originally rising from the ashes of Beloved, Advent churns out brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore. "Pain & Suffering" is their first recorded output since 2009's "Naked & Cold" (Solid State Records) and proves that Advent is back and more focused than ever. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #243)

SEARCH - Between The Lines 7"
From the remains of seminal New Jersey straight edge bands Turning Point, Floorpunch and Mouthpiece comes the five-piece unit known as Search. Much like the bands from which they spawned, Search kicks out a classic style of East Coast hardcore that's lean, mean and created to elicit the type of sing-alongs and stage dives you would have expected to witness on Sunday afternoons of yesteryear. While the six songs of their debut 7", "Between The Lines," are a testament to a specific style and sound of hardcore, Search most definitely exists in the here and now with a timeless message that is still as relevant and important today as it was when the members themselves discovered it in their teens. This is the blue vinyl version, limited to 700 copies. (Revelation Records #167)

Descriptions for 1/21/17

HELLKRUSHER - Wasteland LP (CD included)
Hellkrusher formed in 1989 by singer Ali Lynn and bassist Ian 'Scotty' Scott after they left their former bands - Energetic Krusher and Hellbastard. For Ali, the prospect of having change into nice clothes and alter his singing style to accommodate a proposed new style and direction that Energetic Krusher wanted to move into didn't sit well. Ali and Scotty wanted to bring the old punk sound of Discharge back into the band, rather than the more thrash metal style that their old bands were headed towards. The first line-up was completed with Steve Wingrove on drums and guitarists Dave Thorburn and Paul Knowles. Hellkrusher recorded their first album for RKT Records, recording it twice due to the unsatisfactory first attempt and in the process losing Paul before the second version was recorded. "Wasteland" was released in 1990, and now finally is given the full Boss Tuneage Retro treatment of this UK Crust Punk/Thrash classic! The release features liner notes and unseen memorabilia from the band as well as the vinyl version containing the lyrics as well for the first time.. increasingly scarce to find and commanding a high second hand price, and with a new album in the works, its time to make this 27 year old classic widely available again! (Boss Tuneage Retro #35)

DOWN LOVE - Trust CD
DOWN LOVE is a great new band from Kingston, Surrey, but features members who have been active in the UK underground punk scene for many years (including stints in JERRY BUILT and JETPACK amongst others) - Having changed their original moniker from HEY CHEW to DOWN LOVE, they now unleash their cracking debut album "TRUST", which makes a unique sound that is part the grit of JAWBREAKER, the post punk inventiveness of FUGAZI and the melody and tunes of MEGA CITY 4 (one track of which, "Those Words You Said" is a tribute to the late great MC4 frontman Wiz). DOWN LOVE are a new band and will surely soon become your new favourite band! (Boss Tuneage Records #107)

DECIMATE - Destroy Or Be Destroyed LP
Due to popular demand, and following on from our CD release of the album on Mosh Tuneage last year, we are happy to announce we have teamed up with the awesome folk at Fear Me Music to release a vinyl version of the DECIMATE album! There are just 100 coloured vinyl available, with the rest in black - this is a limited pressing of just 250 copies so won't be around forever! (Mosh Tuneage Records #9979)

D L BURDON - Accidental Aesop LP (CD included)
D L BURDON is the name of the new project from Davey Lee Burdon, who was best known for his stint in LEATHERFACE and also his band FORMER CELL MATES, who released three albums , the last of which was 2010's "Presented As A Work Of Fiction". FORMER CELL MATES stopped when Davey relocated to the States back then, becoming a member of ANCHOR BENDS, but 2017 sees him back in the UK and with a new band behind him picking up where FORMER CELL MATES and ANCHOR BENDS left off, and moving things on. "Accidental Aesop" is a wonderful collection of carefully crafted songs, topped with Burdon's unmistakable vocals. (Boss Tuneage Records #106)

HELLKRUSHER - Wasteland CD
Hellkrusher formed in 1989 by singer Ali Lynn and bassist Ian 'Scotty' Scott after they left their former bands - Energetic Krusher and Hellbastard. For Ali, the prospect of having change into nice clothes and alter his singing style to accommodate a proposed new style and direction that Energetic Krusher wanted to move into didn't sit well. Ali and Scotty wanted to bring the old punk sound of Discharge back into the band, rather than the more thrash metal style that their old bands were headed towards. The first line-up was completed with Steve Wingrove on drums and guitarists Dave Thorburn and Paul Knowles. Hellkrusher recorded their first album for RKT Records, recording it twice due to the unsatisfactory first attempt and in the process losing Paul before the second version was recorded. "Wasteland" was released in 1990, and now finally is given the full Boss Tuneage Retro treatment of this UK Crust Punk/Thrash classic! The release features liner notes and unseen memorabilia from the band as well as the vinyl version containing the lyrics as well for the first time.. increasingly scarce to find and commanding a high second hand price, and with a new album in the works, its time to make this 27 year old classic widely available again! (Boss Tuneage Retro #35 CD)

D L BURDON - Accidental Aesop CD
D L BURDON is the name of the new project from Davey Lee Burdon, who was best known for his stint in LEATHERFACE and also his band FORMER CELL MATES, who released three albums , the last of which was 2010's "Presented As A Work Of Fiction". FORMER CELL MATES stopped when Davey relocated to the States back then, becoming a member of ANCHOR BENDS, but 2017 sees him back in the UK and with a new band behind him picking up where FORMER CELL MATES and ANCHOR BENDS left off, and moving things on. "Accidental Aesop" is a wonderful collection of carefully crafted songs, topped with Burdon's unmistakable vocals. (Boss Tuneage Records #106 CD)

DEMONCY - Within the Sylvan Realms of Frost CD
Nuclear War Now! completes the unearthing of Demoncy's original evil trinity with this presentation of the band's second opus. "Within the Sylvan Realms of Frost" exudes a frozen aura that is worthy of its title and thus serves as the second chapter in a tome written by one of the most innovative originators of black metal to have defiled the North American continent. (Nuclear War Now Records #333 CD)

ACCIDENTE - Pulso LP
Socio-political melodic/pop-punk from Spain. Wait, sorry, really amazing socio-political melodic/pop-punk from Spain. If it wasn't for the fact that the lyrics are in Spanish, I wouldn't have been surprised if you told me this band came up through the New Brunswick, NJ basement scene-or at least were from somewhere on the East Coast. Equal parts melodic hardcore and straight up pop-punk, with beautiful vocals by Blanca. All of this together sounds like something in between the earnest swagger and jangle of the MEASURE [SA] and WORRIERS and the infectious, angered energy of LA FRACTION-or maybe like the too short-lived Syracuse band NO CONNECTION. (Dirt Cult Records #103)

MAD PARADE - s/t LP (record store day release)
SoCal's seminal suburban apocalypse returns to vinyl plus 4 lost tracks! The 1984 LP that put them on the map with heavy rotation on KROQ and radio stations all over the country... With songs like One Tin Soldier, Real Horror Show Hollywood Vampires... The 4 bonus songs are from the same session.. It's not like you never heard them before (like the '87 BYO release "1000 words" LP)... These are the originals!.. Sounds better than the original recordings.. Remastered @ Enormous Door... Destined to be a classic once again... Limited to 450 copies on clear vinyl for Black Friday 2016! (Gutterwail Records #4)

WHITE DEATH - White Death CD
WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present the highly anticipated self-titled debut album of WHITE DEATH. Comprising young fanatics of the fertile Finnish underground, WHITE DEATH are black metal classicism incarnate. Bursting into the milky cosmos, White Death exudes a majesty and mysticism that are incredibly rare to find in nowadays "black metal," so pure and true is the young band's ancient flame. Howling to the fullmoon, WHITE DEATH speed forth across seven songs of nightside diabolism and medieval witchcraft, each one evoking a separate splendor, all offering myriad corridors into one's innermost soul. It is a sound that strongly resonates with a mid '90s atmosphere, but so authentic and ingrained is the quintet's fire 'n' fervor that the word "traditionalism" no longer becomes shackling, but rather liberating. Indeed, it is a liberating force that guides White Death, bridging the past and the present with acidic aplomb. WHITE DEATH have begun a glorious new epoch: march or die. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #40 CD)

HAXXAN - Loch Ness Rising CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the debut album of HAXXAN, Loch Ness Rising. Although "new" in name, HAXXAN features underground legend Killjoy DeSade (Necrophagia, The Ravenous, Wurdulak, et. al.) on vocals and synth. Formed in 2011 by Killjoy and guitarist Shawn Slusarek, the duo decided to write material that had an old-school black metal vibe, citing such influences as Beherit, Archgoat, and Blasphemy with hints of Candlemass and Mercyful Fate. The duo then added bassist Jake Arnette and drummer Serge Streltsov, and soon recorded their debut album, Loch Ness Rising. Spread over 10 tracks, HAXXAN's Loch Ness Rising is conceptually based on Aleister Crowley, as Killjoy has been a life-long Crowley enthusiast. As a full-band unit, HAXXAN soon celebrate the life, works, and magick of Crowley through patiently unfolding vistas of doom and dread, eerieness and unease. Recorded at Thelema Studios and mixed/mastered by Grzegorz Kulawiak at Sin Mix Studios, Loch Ness Rising richly resonates with a pure (and purely eerie/uneasy) tone that lends these songs a unique character: undoubtedly heavy in a manner not unlike To Mega Therion-era Celtic Frost, there's likewise a ghostly aspect to its conversely crushing stomp. As expected, Killjoy delivers a peerless performance, stretching all extremes of his twisted 'n' tortured throat, almost narrating the slowly enveloping fog of unearthly horror. Taken together, Loch Ness Rising is an experience both atmospheric and caustic, bleeding black blood and drinking it from a ceremonial cup - just as Crowley would've wanted it. As longtime fans of Killjoy's incredibly prolific work in the metal underground for the past 30 years, HELLS HEADBANGERS warmly welcomes HAXXAN to the label, and will be working with Killjoy on a special LP reissue of Necrophagia's classic debut album, 1987's Season of the Dead. (Hells Headbangers Records #198 CD)

BESTIAL WARLUST - Storming Bestial Legions Live '96 CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release a special live album from the legendary BESTIAL WARLUST, Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96, on both CD and vinyl LP formats. Just like the title states, Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96 captures these Australian extreme metal pioneers at the height of their powers, not long after their classic second album, Blood & Valour, was released. As such, the setlist BESTIAL WARLUST storm through here encompasses that album as well as their pivotal debut album, Vengeance War 'till Death, which went on to become one of the most mimicked black metal records in the new millennium, where the bestial metal subgenre they helped foment soon flourished. But everything that made BESTIAL WARLUST so deadly - bulldozing heaviness, gnawing violence, hypnotic hatred - is captured in its rawest, most red-eyed state on Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96, making the album an indispensable component to any bestial diehard's collection and a rare document of black/death primitivism in the pre-social media era.In conjunction with this live album, HELLS HEADBANGERS will be reissuing BESTIAL WARLUST's two lone albums, 1994's Vengeance War 'till Death and 1995's Blood & Valour, on deluxe digipack and, for the first time, cassette. BESTIAL fucking WARLUST: enough said! (Hells Headbangers Records #187 CD)

PROFANATICA - Sickened By Holy Host... CD
The original purveyors of bleeding-raw Black Metal barbarity & mesmerizing filth; this is NOT a new PROFANATICA album! This oddity features an a 39 minute mini-album plus the "The Grand Masters Session" Box Set on CD. Nearly 80 minutes of true blasphemy & perversion. PART #1 features 5 new songs plus 2 old classics written and recorded by Ledney with a session member. The performance on this work is much like their primitive NECROVORE-ous atrocities committed in the early '90s and allows for safe assumption of what could have been heard on their long-lost album, "The Raping of the Virgin Mary." Meanwhile, PART #2 features the same titles but written and recorded by Gelso alongside the same drums & vocals performed on part #1. The execution of this session continues in the more musical direction showcased on their first 2 albums and incorporates soundscapes sonically compiled by the late Aragon Amori. The end result is nothing short of devastating, and the vast contrast between these two sessions takes on the form of an album in itself that is sure to appeal to both old & new devotees of the black cult. Finally, "The Grand Masters Session" previously available as a vinyl-only 8" Box Set, is a raging 2008 "live in the studio" recording showcasing many of the classics, a few newer hits and an exclusive medley (a conglomerate of 5 songs). Absolutely mandatory for collectors, and those looking for a supplement to the raw PROFANATICA rehearsal demos ejaculated in the early 90's! (Hells Headbangers Records #76 CD)

MORTICIAN - Domain Of Death LP gatefold
OUT NOW ON HELLS HEADBANGERS! Pressed on traditional black vinyl and oxblood/bronze marbled vinyl. Comes in a gatefold cover. First time on regular vinyl (only ever released as a picture disc)! Phantastic deathgrind fiends Mortician execute unrelenting grim and gruesome Death Metal, leaving hapless blast victims in their bloodstained wake. "Domain of Death," the bands' magnum opus, shows Mortician continuing to morph both stylistically and conceptually, mangling and overwhelming all they encounter. (Hells Headbangers Records #175)

THRONEUM - Morbid Death Tales CD
Comes with an 8-page booklet featuring all lyrics. After five years, Polish death metal cult THRONEUM will return with their seventh album, Morbid Death Tales, on HELLS HEADBANGERS. THRONEUM have worked with HELLS HEADBANGERS in the past - for the vinyl pressing of Deathmass of the Gravedancer as well as split 7"s with NUNSLAUGHTER, DESTRUKTOR, and Morbid Execution - and this latest Morbid Death Tales will be the band's 39th release to date. On Morbid Death Tales, fans can expect nothing but raw, ugly and morbidly tuned Nightmarish Death Metal full of Darkness and Evil. On the album's last two tracks, Mark of the Devil of labelmates CULTES DES GHOULES contributes guest vocals to fill the mood of an old graveyard and create Necrostuprumical Madness! THRONEUM was formed in the deepest dungeons of Hell back in 1996. Influenced by thousands of '80s and early '90s death and black metal, THRONEUM is one of the most well-known pure underground bands to hail from Poland. They should need no further introduction for most true blackened death metal fans, but Morbid Death Tales is nevertheless a mighty and more-than-worthy introduction to the band's signature style of rabid, righteous filth. Hideous and horrific, Morbid Death Tales is more than justifiably titled. Since the beginning, THRONEUM staunchly stands in opposition to the mainstream. No originality, no own style, no musical progress, only metal for the Devil as it should be - that's the only stated goal of the band. As the band themselves proclaim, "If you aren't into Necrovore, Sadistik Exekution, Mortem, Order From Chaos, Imperator, Asphyx, Mayhem, and Merciless - keep away from THRONEUM! That's pure Total Death!" (Hells Headbangers Records #189 CD)

SATANIC WARMASTER - Black Metal Kommando/Gas Chamber CD
Comes with a 12-page booklet featuring all lyrics. WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present a timely CD reissue of SATANIC WARMASTER'S monumental Black Metal Kommando / Gas Chamber collection. SATANIC WARMASTER should need no introduction. Since 1998, main man Werwolf has doggedly pursued his vision of complete and total BLACK METAL - encompassing ancient traditions reverently gleaned from Norse, Polish, and French idioms - and poignantly willed them into a potion that's uniquely his own, in the process influencing thousands with five full-lengths and countless EPs and splits, and largely defining what Finnish black metal means to the worldwide consciousness. Originally released in 2005, Black Metal Kommando / Gas Chamber is a special insight into the SATANIC WARMASTER aesthetic. The six Black Metal Kommando tracks encompass recordings made for what was initially to be the band's first full-length. Although the pivotal Strength & Honour eventually emerged in its place, the BMK songs show a nebulous traditionalism that SATANIC WARMASTER would soon perfect. The three tracks that make up the Gas Chamber recording are an otherwise-unreleased demo that display a harsher, more punk rocked side of the band, recalling Werwolf's earlier bands Pest and especially Blutrache. The last three tracks, generally known as "Project Tireheb," are a one-off experiment whereby Werwolf and Finnish noise artist Moozzhead cover two electronic-era Beherit songs in a more organic manner and offering one song in that style, with a quintessentially Beherit-esque title. Altogether, the dozen songs across this compilation prove that SATANIC WARMASTER's spirit burns restlessly and true, the black flame of hate flickering in many shapes but always ones that honor the original spark. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #7 CD)

THE TRUE WERWOLF - Death Music CD
Comes with an 8-page booklet featuring all lyrics. WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present a timely CD repress of THE TRUE WERWOLF's pivotal Death Music collection. Lurking in the dankest, moldiest depths of the black metal underground, THE TRUE WEREWOLF has prolifically pursued a vision of malodorous decay and plague-ridden melancholy since 2002. Helmed exclusively by SATANIC WARMASTER mastermind Graf Werwolf, THE TRUE WERWOLF in many senses is the obscure and malnourished shadowside to SATANIC WARMASTER. That shadowside is unequivocally BLACK METAL in its purest and proudest definition, but one shackled to the dungeons of the early/mid '90s: rotten, rabid, blown-out, and bleary, but medieval in a manner most cobwebbed and forgotten. Death Music is the penultimate distillation of THE TRUE WERWOLF aesthetic, compiling tracks from a 10" MLP, two 7" EPs, a split, and an otherwise-unreleased track. At 10 tracks in an hour and now featuring a revised layout, Death Music is a chalice overflowing with ancient poison, daring the listener to imbibe. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #30 CD)

HELLS HEADBASH - Part 2: 15th Anniversary Festival DVDx2
All DVDs come with a DOWNLOAD CARD to redeem the live audio soundtrack for free. The DVD is a DOUBLE DISC set with a fold-out poster booklet featuring a massive live photo collage of bands plus a large photo spread of the graffiti banner covered with tons of signatures from those that attended the festival (see above image). HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the long-awaited release of the Hells Headbash Part 2 DVDset. Shot over three days at the Cleveland Agora in September of 2015, this concert film chronicles the performances of 35 some of the most prolific bands in extreme metal today fromall around the globe, featuring the likes of Archgoat (Finland), Destruktor (Australia), Deiphago (Philippines), Deathhammer (Norway), Cianide (Chicago), Midnight (Cleveland), Satanic Warmaster (Finland) and many more! More than just a low-budget video, HellsHeadbash Part 2 is a concert film, professionally shot and edited in sequence to give it a sense of narrative, documenting while not being an informative documentary, but more like the metal facsimile of something like the Woodstock film. It follows the first 'bash DVD, even featuring return performances by Midnight and Acid Witch, but ups the ante with a much taller line-up and running time, among other things. Released as a double disc collectors set with a running time around 2 hours and 45 minutes, watching the film is definitely an event, bringing the nonstop action of the 2015 weekend into your living-room and invading your personal space. With handpicked performances selected from over 120 hours of compiled footage, Found Objects And Dreams productions carefully put together the best representation possible for an event in space and time that can never be relived or redone. (Hells Headbangers DVD #5 DVD)

CULTES DES GHOULES - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love CDx2 (digibook)
Deluxe digibook double CD with 32-page bound booklet. The metal underground is awash with more bands than ever, but none quite sound like Poland's CULTES DES GHOULES. And now, with the release of the band's highly anticipated third album, Coven, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present CULTES DES GHOULES' magnum opus and forever prove that no one ever will quite sound like THIS. A mysterious collective with a full lineup but no facts fully revealed about it, CULTES DES GHOULES have always let their music speak for itself. Their early demos and Odd Spirituality EP, all highly sought after upon their initial release, eventually culminated in CULTES DES GHOULES' classic debut album, Häxan. Released in 2008 but eventually reissued by HELLS HEADBANGERS in 2011 after its first two versions quickly sold out, Häxan was a mesmerizing monolith beyond compare - ghoulish, gibbering, and ghastly in equal measures - although its sinful stench fondly recalled the likes of earliest, evilest Necromantia, Beherit, Mayhem, and Mortuary Drape. Also in 2011 came the Spectres Over Transylvania EP, which was an epic 25-minute track that suggested the ambitious direction to come. And come it did with 2013's Henbane, a five-song/58-minute monster of mesmerizing power. Dread and disease wafting up from the abyss like fumes of the most potent sulfur, coiling and releasing in a tense coitus of godless abandon, the unremittingly repulsive sounds of death worship: Henbane soon became a modern classic for a new generation of black metallers hungry for foul sounds with fathomless depth(s). (Hells Headbangers Records #190 CD)

OCTOBER 31 - Metal Massacre 31 CD
The eight volumes of Metal Massacre released by Metal Blade Records in the 1980s were massively instrumental in chronicling (and furthering) the burgeoning heavy metal movement, particularly in the United States. Here, the earliest songs of Slayer and Ratt, for example, stood side by side each other as a declaration of intent: that HEAVY METAL was here, and it was here to stay. Those who grew up in the '80s and heard these compilations have fond memories of them, as each song was almost always exclusive and almost always exciting - a new stone to unturn, a new head to bang. For the members of OCTOBER 31, these compilations are so cherished and enduring that they've recorded a covers album comprising songs all exclusively on these comps, appropriately titled Metal Massacre 31. For over 20 years now, OCTOBER 31 are no strangers to the heavy metal fight, so it's a no-brainer that the US quintet would reverentially cover the revered likes of Omen, Hallow's Eve, Sacred Blade, and America's Tyrant alongside the more obscure likes Aloha, War Cry, Final Warning, and Canada's Death Dealer among others. From early, more melodically inclined traditional metal to heads-down proto-thrash and speed metal, OCTOBER 31 cover all bases on Metal Massacre 31, rendering the record a veritable time-machine back to the early-to-mid '80s. However, with erstwhile DECEASED frontman (and scene legend) King Fowley on the mic, the band brims with the confidence and elan to make these songs their own - or, at least, songs that could easily be among their original repertoire - serving as a fully satisfying stopgap album before their next full-length for HELLS HEADBANGERS. All you metal merchants, step forth and prepare for OCTOBER 31's Metal Massacre 31! (Hells Headbangers Records #173 CD)

WITCHTRAP - Sorceress Bitch CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release the international version of WITCHTRAP's Trap the Witch on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats. Originally released at the end of last year in a small pressing for the band's native Colombia, Trap the Witch is perhaps the penultimate WITCHTRAP experience. The foundation of Endless Pain-meets-Evil Invaders is as firm as ever, but on this fourth album, the power-trio bring out the latent rock 'n' roll feeling that informed so much early thrash and speed metal. And, perhaps now more than ever, they also bring out the EVIL, as such Trap the Witch titles as "The Subtle Touch of Fire," "Brimstone in the Air," "Don't Lift the Curse," and of course, the title track itself will attest to. Recorded once again at their trusty Dirty Studios, WITCHTRAP get their clearest and most powerful production to date, all without losing their characteristic grit 'n' grime. See if you can Trap the Witch! (Hells Headbangers Records #162 CD)

VOID MEDITATION CULT - Utter The Tongue Of The Dead CD
Comes with a 12-page booklet featuring all lyrics and extra artwork. Five years ago, the entity VOID MEDITATION CULT uttered its "Sulfurous Prayers" and then receded back into the darkness. Now, the altar is set once more, and candles gleam in the shadows as the specter returns. Ten covenants of death, devil worship and sacrifice are offered beneath the ever-watchful gaze of the Blighting Angel, as the many voices of the damned churn against a down-tuned, pestilential roar. Return to the Devil's Temple, for the time has come to "Utter the Tongue of the Dead"... (Hells Headbangers Records #666 CD)

Descriptions for 1/14/17

SVAVELDIOXID - Andlos Mardrom LP
Relentless, devastating, raw kangpunk hammered out by ex-members of Warvictims, Disfear, 3-way Cum and more. Take bands like Anti Cimex, Bombanfall, Totalitar, No Security and the members previous bands, throw them in a blender and you get Svaveldioxid. US press on Konton Crasher. Comes in a gatefold jacket and includes a poste. (Konton Crasher #25 L)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #405 (February 2017)
MRR #405 is here! It's that time again, our Year-End Top Ten Issue, with 2016 best-of lists by everyone from your favorite band, column, or label. We've also got hand-picked show photos from Angela Owens and Farrah Skeiky, and art throughout by Sarah Sequoia. Plus, we talk with Boston goth femme punks DAME, Glasgow's ANXIETY teach us about "wimpy hardcore," FUCKING from Minneapolis live up to their name, then we delve into Filipino Oi! with the EXSENADORS and Finnish post-punk with APATHETICS. All this plus letters, columns, and the record, book, film, and zine reviews you love. Start the new year off right with Maximum Rocknroll! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #405)

QUESTION - s/t LP
Years in the making, this record displays a style of hardcore that has moved from the raw and primal angst of earlier records to a new level of structure and musicianship without losing any of its power or urgency. Furious catchy riffs, sick leads, ill breaks, critical beats, back up Saira's introspective, and sometimes inspirational, lyrics yet coarse delivery. A lot of bands today hide their lack of chops behind a wall or reverb and distortion, Question employs driving hardcore with solid riffs eschewing this sleight of hand. Some of the structure reminds me of Totalitar, but unlike a lot of bands these days you can't say this record "sounds just like..." some other popular or legendary band. For those who wish to rage in hell. -Felix Havoc (Fashionable Idiots #54)

URANIUM CLUB - All Of Them Naturals LP
"All Of Them Naturals" is a fully realized, inclusive world of faux-corporation sponsored surrealist new wave punk music rife with satire and discordance. Robotically tight. Delightfully warped. Ideas as vast as Nebraska's GMO cornfields and as lethal as the pesticides they spray on them. Did the Sunbelt Chemicals Corporation invent DDT? Maybe. Did they invent man? They think so. Did they invent the wheel? No, that was Uranium Club. Truly, our generation's DEVO. An important group. -Jensen Ward (Fashionable Idiots #55)

ANTiSEEN - The Southern Hostility Demos LP
To kick off the new year, TKO is proud to bring the next volume in the "Vault Of ANTiSEEN" series, #8, "The Southern Hostility Demos" LP!! Witness the sonic evolution of ANTiSEEN with these demo tracks, unearthed for the first time in over 25 years!! This is the Kings of Destructo-Rock at their most primal!! Limited to 500 copies on OPAQUE YELLOW vinyl, includes poster. (TKO Records #160003)

KARBONITE - Religious War Continues 7" flexi
KARBONITE is female fronted band out of San Diego, California with intermittent dual vocals. These Punks bring an inspired combination of noise channeling Lebenden Toten and Confuse/Kyushu inspired Punk into an aesthetically strong release. Limited to 100 on red vinyl with red covers and 150 black on black. Both versions of the flexi have silver ink silk-screened card-stock covers with silver center label accents. A release that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to Punk ears of refined and deafened taste. Mastered by Jack Control of Enormous Door, the flexi format does not diminish the sound quality but strongly carries this recording. Karbönite are young Punks and a shining example of Punk future. Please support their honest release through your distribution. (Night Rider Records #10)

Y PANTS - s/t LP
"Y PANTS was a three-woman New York band: BARBARA ESS, ViRGiNIA (VERGE) PIERSOL and GAIL VACHONS, all visual artists. They played in clubs, galleries and performance spaces between 1979 and 1982. They were "as idiosyncratic, edgy, minimal, wry and literate as post-punk no wave got. Furthermore, the fact that these were three ferocious and formidable females was not to be overlooked."-Wolfgang Staehle, Gail found a toy piano on the street and started jamming with Barbara on the ukulele. When they were invited to play a few weeks later at TR3 (the short-lived but influential downtown NY music club), they electrified their instruments and recruited the neophyte drummer Verge for percussion on a children's drum set. Their first gig met with an unexpected wildly enthusiastic reception. The instrumentation was then rounded out with Barbara's bass (former bands Daily Life and The Static), an African thumb drum, and a Casio keyboard for Gail. Verge's initial Mickey Mouse toy kit soon fell apart and she cobbled together a modest trap set. They gained a following and soon recorded a four song EP produced by Glenn Branca for 99 Records. They often shared the stage with label mates the Bush Tetras, ESG, Liquid Liquid, Branca and other NYC "downtown" bands. This release includes their four-song debut EP and two songs never before available on vinyl: Magnetic Attraction (previously released on Tellus Audio Cassette), and the mysterious Kung Fu. In a NY Times review, John Rockwell wrote"...what really makes Y Pants a success is the actual sound of the instrumentals-raw and driving yet exotic and imaginative in terms of timbre and minimalist structure." (Water Wing Records #17)

Y PANTS - Beat It Down LP
After the success of their debut EP, post-punk art rockers Y PANTS performed regularly in NYC and other East Coast venues. In 1981 they toured Europe for six weeks and upon return went into the studio to record their only LP, Beat It Down, released in 1982 on Neutral Records (Sonic Youth, Glenn Branca et al). The album extends the band's signature pared down rollicking minimalism. The 10 songs are varied, using surprising and inventive instrumentation. The music is at once filled with a sense of longing and a fierce ironic rebellion. With exuberant precision they brandish their "toy" instruments and plaintive vocals in emotive expressions of female resistance. In dustedmagazine.com, Seth Watter wrote of the album, "I love the sprightly keyboards of 'The Fly,' the gentle lyricism of 'Lulu,' the anger of 'Beat It Down' that comes through in the music's shambling, atonal jangle. The songs covered a huge range of emotions with an entirely new syntax." (Water Wing Records #18)

S-21 - Year Zero 7"
New ripping, stomping and heavy hardcore punk from Philadelphia, PA. A true power house and one of the city's best hc/punk acts. I personally love the dirty, gritty and stompy hc/punk style but what really captured me was the almost WB2D/Severed Head of State guitar solo that rips through the opening track. The vocals compliment the music well, rough and gravely. 4 song EP and not to be slept on! (World Gone Mad Records #9)

ACxDC/DISPARO! - split 7"
California powerviolence act ACxDC is back with split record with Australian fastcore band DISPARO! Its furious, extreme and aggressive riffs and tempos won't disappoint current followers and will more than likely win over a bunch of new fans. What's most disturbing about this type of hardcore is not only the harshest form, but also a sobering reflection on today's society illustrated through its lyrics. (Here And Now Records #46)

BEARTRAP - Stoughton Forever 7"
Here's some unrelenting fast-core from Boston's Beartrap. This is some absolutely face-ripping hardcore with violent buzzing riffs, pummeling drum insanity and utterly pissed off vocals. These guys are fast and fierce with an undeniably intense delivery. (Here And Now Records #49)

ACxDC/IMPLORE - European Tour split tape
6 tracks for the US powerviolence band ACxDC and 2 tracks for the Berlin based grind/deathmetal band Implore. The result is what you can imagine: a devastating mix of aggressivity and energy. Fans of both bands won't be disappointed. (Here And Now Records #48)

LAMANTIDE - Carnis Tempora: Abyssus LP
Lamantide's music is part hardcore, part death metal, part post-metal, part math-core derangement. The band prove their skill at keeping the listener off-balance, vaulting from brutally effective skull-clobbering to spinning out seductive melodies, while piercing the songs with blinding eruptions of unhinged guitar dissonance or episodes of shimmering cosmic ambience. The tempos and moods turn on a dime, but this is one talented band who know how to make such sharp twists and turns work, even though you never know what's coming next. (Here And Now Records #43)

APE UNIT - Turd 10"
If you have no idea how impactful the sound of Grindcore can be, you better get ready for an intense sonic earthquake that, despite lasting for only around 10 minutes, will surely leave you disoriented and probably all covered in bruises due to its bestial rage. I'm talking about Turd, the new album by Italian Grindcore/Powerviolence lunatics Ape Unit, a delight for fans of the deranged music by acts such as Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Fuck The Facts and Ratos De Porão. (Here And Now Records #42)

CORPORATION OF CONSUMPTION/CxOxSx - split LP
LP split for two Italian grind/ultracore bands. They propose fast grindcore direction that also utilizes a great amount of blast beats along with a great mixture of both growls and screams. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and all of their tracks are very short in length. Growls also get guttural at times and the songs stick mostly a mid paced or fast direction. (Here And Now Records #40)

AGATHOCLES/DEGENERHATE - split 7"
Agathocles side of the split starts out with programmed beats and clean playing that is very close to 80's music along with a touch of blues rock while also still mixing in raspy style vocals with still have a touch of grind to them. The last track the music starts adding in high pitched screams while also getting heavier and returning back to grindcore, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover humorous and hateful themes. Degenerhate side is a mix of grind and hardcore. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats and high pitched screams can be heard and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on their side of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and there is also a brief use of melodic guitar leads, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover anger and real life themes. (Here And Now Records #39)

CRIPPLED FOX - The Final Thrash LP
16 songs in 17 minutes... Crippled Fox combine influences of old thrash bands with "modern" fastcore/hardcore attacks. The result is tasty cake for fans of In Defence, Common Enemy, Insanity Alert, Reproach or The Shining.. In songs of 10 seconds Foxes can do the same job as other band in 1.5 minute. Some songs are closer to 80`s thrash, the others are more fastcore...mostly well balanced between this 2 genres. You will enjoy sing alongs and stop´n´go passages and all these important stuff. (Here And Now Records #38)

DOUBLE ME/xHANSOLOx - split 7"
Both bands from Italy, they play quite furious grindcore/powerviolence with classical structure; So leisurely intros, hard mosh and the resulting frenzy with good groove. Especially nice is that they play very precisely and are well rooted in hardcore. Solid, varied compositions that are straight to the point. For fans of INFEST, GET RAD, CROSSED OUT! (Here And Now Records #35)

CIORAN - s/t LP
Cioran play a blackened and metallic style of hardcore and crust. The dynamics of played parts that differ in rhythm and sound, the singer passing from spoken to screaming, is very effective for emotional outlet that the songs have, until the creation of a narrative pathos. Musically, Cioran can be said to be influenced by bands such as Hierophant, Rise And Fall, Cursed, and Tragedy. (Here And Now Records #33)

JACK/BOMBATOLCSER - split 7"
JACK existed since 1996 and playing crusty, straighten oldschool grind, which often rolls in the oppressive mid-tempo. The Czechs BOMBATOLCSER are as modern with scream growl singers continuous in the fast lane. Two good bands that do their own thing in the grindcore corner with passion and energy. (Here And Now Records #32)

DOUBLE ME/LIFES - split 7"
Double Me music is aggressive that maintains a nice interweaving of tempos and changes. You might throw this in the power violence category, but some of these songs surpass the 1 minute mark, breaking the golden power violence rule. A nice, full guitar sound with tight drumming really give you the impression that Double Me are accomplished at their craft. The vocals have a low, brutal tone to them but for Double Me it seems to compliment the music very well and sit in the mix just right. Lifes take over side 2 with a very distinct brand of two piece hardcore featuring just bass and drums while the two players split up the vocal duties. The use of the 8 string bass employs a bit of circus music type feel to the more noodly parts, however adds texture to the more straight forward sections. (Here And Now Records #31)

EAT YOU ALIVE/COMMON ENEMY - split 7"
Common Enemy slam out their punk, hardcore, thrash everyone has come to love from these PA legends of skatecore, Eat You Alive from Italy rip through 4 tracks that tear it up like their pals on the other side. This matchup is perfect for those that are in the know about Common Enemy. Pressed in Italy limited to 500 7"... Grad your deck, grab your bong, and shred it up. (Here And Now Records #30)

DOWN TO NOTHING - Live! On The James LP
Richmond , VA hardcore veterans Down To Nothing have done it again, this time with their first-ever live album titled "Live! On The James." Recorded on October 25th, 2015 at a sold out show at The Broadberry in their hometown of Richmond, this album captures the ferocity and relentless energy of their live performance in true dirty south style. The set list is comprised of favorites spanning their career and includes tracks from "Life On The James," "The Most," "Unbreakable" and "All My Sons." LP includes digital download of this record. This is the gold vinyl version, limited to 1,096 copies. (Revelation Records #165)

WITHDRAWAL - Never LP
Withdrawal emerges from three years of silence to collaborate with Escapist Records for the release of their debut full length, Never. The band's frst LP boasts ten scathing offerings of miserablist metallic hardcore and is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 split 7" with Young & In The Way. With Never Withdrawal continue to spread their message of despair and delusion, holding nothing back across a thirty-four minute labyrinth of Holy Terror influenced hardcore. Formed in Winnipeg, Canada in 2008, Withdrawal has earned a devoted cult following with numerous releases across various mediums (7" vinyl, cassette, digital) and performances alongside legends and peers alike including Integrity, Power Trip, Catharsis, Xibalba, and more. Guest vocals by Steve Muczynski of Hollow Earth ("The 6th Psalm") and Nick Rockwell of Crucifed ("Book of Death"). FOR FANS OF Integrity, Bolt Thrower, 100 Demons, Neurosis, Ringworm. (Escapist Records #25)

Descriptions for 12/31/16

THE TROUBLE - Shadows On The Street LP_
THE TROUBLE hailed from Boston's massive streetpunk scene of the late 90's. Unlike most of the other bands from the time, their sound has held up over the years, blending the perfect mix of punk rock and hardcore together. Members later went on to form Panic and The Explosion, and they have reformed a few times in recent years for the occasional reunion show. This new LP compiles all their previously out of print material onto one record. Basically everything that isn't on the NOBODY LAUGHS ANYMORE album. (Six Feet Under Records #113)

BELLICOSE MINDS - The Creature LP
"The Creature" is the latest release and second LP from the Portland Oregon based dark punk trio Bellicose minds. Recorded in the winter of 2015/2016 at Red Lantern studios. The LP features 8 tracks of buzz saw guitars, driving bass and searing drums. Packed to its rafters with one cracking track after another, the band's second album not only wastes no time making up for lost time but virtually erases the interim altogether. From the off, with the fist punch opening of "The Hordes," the trio emerges with their signature taut-but-explosive juggernaut of sound fully and immediately intact, the track barreling steadily through its bracing paces, the rhythm section propelling the Vocals and guitar forward as if on a perfectly-contained cataclysmic swell, a post-punked tsunami level of punk that very few do quite this deftly. (Black Water Records #60)

VIVID SEKT - Who Will Protect Us From Ourselves 7"
Portland, Oregon's Vivid Sekt are back with a new three song 7" on Black Water. Continuing their anarco peace punk sound that is influences by The Mob, The System, and A Heads. (Black Water Records #61)

HORROR VACUI - Return Of The Empire tape cassette
Includes the tracks for the limited editon USA 7".The second full length from Italy's Horror Vacui merges their unique blend of driving death rock and chorus-soaked post punk to a glorious cacophony. reminiscent at times of sisters of mercy or a darker punker sad lovers and giants. this record pulses and reanimates itself from the grim tombs of goth's greats. (L.O.T.D./Black Water #1 TP)

HORROR VACUI - In Dakrness You Will Feel Alright tape cassette
Tape cassette version of Italy's Horror Vacui's first LP. Includes the "Can you Still See Reality?" 7" tracks as well. Death rock. L.O.T.D./Black Water #3 TP)

WANUY - Demo tape cassette
Wanuy is from Lima-Peru. Hardcore is a big part of their life. This is not a choice, it is simply an answer of what the see and live daily. Wanuy are punks, their lyrics are dark. Their sound primitive. It is in Quechua, an Andean language spoke in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. (Riposte/Black Water #3 TP)

MISLED YOUTH - Excuse for Existence 7"
Return of the Misled Youth! Angrier than ever, embracing the legacy of 00's DCHC, while showing influences from bands like Poison Idea and YOT with their angry, fast riffs and breakdowns that kill. "Deceive/Exploit/Follow the Trend/Whatever it takes, Just a Means to the End" -- That says it all. No trend, no fashion, just pissed kids shreddin' fast and loud. Split release with Caught Up Records and European press on Refuse Records. (Society Bleeds Records #3)

KLEENEX/LILIPUT - First Songs LPx2
Legendary Swiss punk band from the late 70s. "You can't dispute Liliput's status as pioneers of feminist art-punk. Along with fellow travelers like the Slits and the Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk's anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular. The early material is a riot of exuberant energy, taking stylistic cues from peers like Gang of Four and Wire- propulsive bass, skittering pop rhythms, slashing guitars- and adding distinctive overlapping vocal patterns, which are sung, shrieked, and hiccupped in three languages and made-up dadaistic slang. More than 20 years on, it still sounds fresh." - Lisa Gidley First Songs is a double gatefold LP that combines all the pre-1982 material, all 3 Kleenex singles, the first 2 Liliput 7"'s and all the originally unreleased material prior to Liliput's debut LP. Liner notes by Greil Marcus. (Water Wing Records #19)

MANATEEES - Superman Damn Fool LP
Compilation of the Memphis garbage punk band's first (5) seven inches (2012-2014), alternate versions and mixes, selected and sequenced by head Manateee Abe White (Oscars, True Sons of Thunder, etc) and remastered by Rocket Science Audio. All recordings feature Keith and Charms (later of the NOTS). The Manateees most cohesive and aggressive material, these songs were all written around the same time period and are finally being collected and issued as the full-length they were meant to be. Hardheaded, fist-through-glass, thug music. (Blak Skul Records #3)

STAGNATION - 2027 7"
5 tracks of perfectly executed old school death metal influenced crust. 2nd release from the band with even more crusher riffs and greatly improved drumming due to a switch in drummers after the first release. Recorded back in 2008 and just now seeing the vinyl it deserves. Metal for the punks by punks in the vein of Grave, Entombed, Prophecy of Doom, Repulsion, and Bolt Thrower with a more straight forward punk approach. Released in the era of Stormcrow and Sanctum and definitely holding their weight against their peers. A Fenriz "band of the week" who also received praise in the liner notes of "The Underground Resistance". Released 500. (Make 'Em Sweat #7)

STAGNATION - s/t 7"
Self Released by the band but available for wholesale through Make Em Sweat 4 tracks of perfectly executed old school death metal influenced crust. Released in 2007 by the band who never really pushed the records despite the growing interest. Lost in the back of a closet, and moved from Arizona to Texas and back. They were finally given to me to get into the hands of headbangers across the world. Metal for the punks by punks in the vein of Grave, Entombed, Repulsion, and Bolt Thrower with a more straight forward punk approach. Released in the era of Stormcrow and Sanctum and definitely holding their weight against their peers. A Fenriz "band of the week" who also received praise in the liner notes of "The Underground Resistance". Released 300 on black. (Make 'Em Sweat #7.5)

KARCAVUL - Intersaone LP
Disgusting blackened death/doom from France in the vein of Noothgrush, Undergang, Coffins, Eyehategod etc, - Karcavul have been hailed by outlets like CVLT Nation as "the most repulsive and mentally-deranged band of the year," further elaborating that "There is no time for genre elitism in these songs, as they both embody musicianship just as much as they do brutality. To combine the most provocative elements of Doom, Death, and Black metal is no small feat, and Karcavul rise to the occasion effortlessly". These French death-dealers have been laying European venues to waste for several years now and are one of Europe's underground's best kept secrets. Digital download included. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories Records #21)

UNRU - Als Tier Ist Del Mensch Nichts LP
Vast and tenebrous atmospheric black metal with crust punk influences hailing from Bielefeld, Germany, UNRU are known for crafting songs of fathomless darkness and of mesmerizing vision, and for evoking with their music visions of harrowing ruin deep within the listener. UNRU are masters at crafting black metal which is both vast and furious and shrouded in majesty, and the band are also strong purveyors of a distinct punk and DIY ethic which makes their music something truly fascinating to behold. "Als Tier Ist Del Mensch Nichts" is their debut full-length album, the sublimation of their vision and a soul-shattering opera spread across four massive songs that make the listener travel inward - deep within their most hidden and remote fears. For fans of Ash Borer, Weakling, Walknut, Drudkh, Wolves In The Throne Room, etc. Shrinkwrapped and digital download included. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories Records #18)

ALARIC - End of Mirrors cassette tape
Cassette tape version of the acclaimed second album released on CD/LP by Neurot Recordings. Alaric are a dark doom-rock/goth/post - punk odyssey brought to you by members of Bay Area stalwarts like Noothgrush , Pins of Light, and Cross Stitched eyes. Their music encompasses dark and desolate atmospheres, majestic doom-laden riffs, heart-splitting poetry-like lyrics, and irresistible hooks to bring you a listening experience like none other that perfectly bridges the gaps between post-punk legends like Joy Division, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, and The Cure, and punk-metal monuments like Neurosis and Amebix. Features artwork by Kevin Gan Yuen (Sutekh Hexen), and mastering by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege . Shrinkwrapped. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories Records #24 TP)

FERL LIGHT - A Sound of Moving Shields cassette tape
War-torn crust punk/black metal from this band formed by ex members of Wolvhammer, and risen from the ashes of the apocalypse . Within this debut EP called "A Sound of Moving Shields" you will hear the finest hour of early Scandinavian black metal colliding against the finest grain of British crust and post-punk, all while harrowing lyrical commentary of militarism, death and warfare inject the music with the unbearable stench of death and destruction, evoking crippling visions of human annihilation through the horrors of war. For fans of Darkthrone, Amebix, Carpatian Forrest, Iskra, Wolvhammer. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories Records #25 TP)

NECROT - The Labyrinth cassette tape
Punishing old school death metal with crust punk influences from the Bay Area for fans of Both Thrower, Grave, Asphyx, Grave Miasma, Incantation, Deviated Instinct, etc. Necrot are a fixture among the Bay Area's best underground metal bands, and feature among their ranks members of Acephalix, Vastum, Atrament, Rude, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Mortuous, and Caffa . The CD/LP of "The Labyrinth" was released by Tankcrimes and the release was critically acclaimed and hailed is one of the best old school death metal releases of 2016 by outlets like Decibel Magazine, Invisible Oranges, CVLT Nation etc. The tapes come with a massive 12 panel landscape j-card and are shrinkwrapped. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories Records #21 TP)

(restock) ACxDC/CHIENS - split 5"
ACXDC are a Los Angeles based powerviolence outfit, The split 5" is including 2 new tracks of wicked intense shrieked vocals over a possibly the fastest blast beats I've heard, along side a really weird guitar riff that I can't find words to describe. The flipside presents 2 tracks from CHIENS, french old school Grindcore done it properly. A storming split 5" for fans of Insect Warfare, Wormrot, Spazz... Limited to 500. (RSR Records #165)

Descriptions for 12/24/16

BELLICOSE MINDS - The Creature LP
"The Creature" is the latest release and second LP from the Portland Oregon based dark punk trio Bellicose minds. Recorded in the winter of 2015/2016 at Red Lantern studios. The LP features 8 tracks of buzz saw guitars, driving bass and searing drums. Packed to its rafters with one cracking track after another, the band's second album not only wastes no time making up for lost time but virtually erases the interim altogether. From the off, with the fist punch opening of "The Hordes," the trio emerges with their signature taut-but-explosive juggernaut of sound fully and immediately intact, the track barreling steadily through its bracing paces, the rhythm section propelling the Vocals and guitar forward as if on a perfectly-contained cataclysmic swell, a post-punked tsunami level of punk that very few do quite this deftly. (Black Water Records #60)

VIVID SEKT - Who Will Protect Us From Ourselves 7"
Portland, Oregon's Vivid Sekt are back with a new three song 7" on Black Water. Continuing their anarco peace punk sound that is influences by The Mob, The System, and A Heads. (Black Water Records #61)

HORROR VACUI - Return Of The Empire tape cassette
Includes the tracks for the limited editon USA 7".The second full length from Italy's Horror Vacui merges their unique blend of driving death rock and chorus-soaked post punk to a glorious cacophony. reminiscent at times of sisters of mercy or a darker punker sad lovers and giants. this record pulses and reanimates itself from the grim tombs of goth's greats. (L.O.T.D./Black Water #1 TP)

NASHGUL - Carcava LP (gatefold)
After being a band for fifteen years, NASHGUL has put together the most maniacal sophomore full length that will leave you with your jaw agape. Taking seven years to hone their sound since their initial full length offering, Cárcava is a touch over thirty minutes of grindcore perfection; blasty, angry, crushing riffs. If you have a love for honest, old school grindcore then this is going to be on your top ten for years to come. This LP will be a defining grindcore LP of TLAL along with the ARCHAGATHUS, MAGRUDERGRIND, and THE KILL records. (To Live A Lie Records #122)

WVRM - Heartache LP
WVRM has crawled out of Greenville South Carolina and is PISSED. The band meshes perfectly together a precise grindcore sound with a darkened hardcore edge to it. Six lightning quick blasts on the first side and two angry evil longer tracks on the reverse. Sardonic, brooding, and generally misanthropic, Heartache will make your heart actually hurt a bit after listening to it for better or for worse. I highly suggest this record for when your hatred for humanity has reached a high threshold and you need something to release that feeling. (To Live A Lie Records #121)

SICK TIRED/TRIAC - split LP
This is an unholy pairing of Baltimore's TRIAC and Chicago's SICK/TIRED and To Live A Lie's first split LP record release. The split is the best material to date of either band. TRIAC brings to the table their patented no-nonsense darkened grind hardcore that makes you feel a little uneasy. They are kind of like a NAILS that would let you be one of them. SICK/TIRED unleash their grindiest material that seems almost inspired by TRIAC. They still weave in some grindviolence and the opening track is almost a mincecore song. A perfect pairing for 5pm when you're off work, sitting in rush hour traffic, and done with the day and people. Play this at max volume and your day will melt away. (To Live A Lie Records #120)

WANUY - Demo tape cassette
Wanuy is from Lima-Peru. Hardcore is a big part of their life. This is not a choice, it is simply an answer of what the see and live daily. Wanuy are punks, their lyrics are dark. Their sound primitive. It is in Quechua, an Andean language spoke in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. (Riposte/Black Water #3 TP)

TYRANNAMEN - s/t LP
After five years of playing gigs Melbourne's Tyrannamen (who also feature members of Twerps and Whipper in their ranks) finally released their debut album on Cool Death Records but that pressing sold out instantly so Static Shock decided to do the honourable thing and keep this instant classic in print. The album is just 23 minutes long but every minute is worth the admission price alone. The album starts with calling card 'I Can't Read Your Mind' which is full of ramshackle yet instantly catchy punk rock but with a soulful and rock 'n' roll underbelly. It sits somewhere between Alex Chilton, Royal Headache and Irish power pop kings The Moondogs. Your jaw will drop and your feet start moving. Other highlights include the anthemic 'You Should Leave Him' which starts like The Undertones 'Get Over You' before heading into a straight up pounder with Nic Imfeld's raw but tuneful voice taking the song to pop heaven. This album tugs at your heart, twists at every turn and deserves to be loved for years and years to come. (Static Shock Records #46)

HEAT - s/t 7"
Heat's debut 7" is a hellish, whirlwind onslaught of ultracore agony. It would be easy to just name check the cult HC groups of yore who make up Heat's primary influences--Neanderthal, Citizens Arrest, Impact Unit, Crossed Out, etc.--but these San Diego insurgents aren't content simply paying homage; they're taking their savage influences and pushing the aural torment into a refreshing, self stylized direction. Whether full tilt blasting, stomping at a mid-pace, or trudging through a dirge, there's a natural fluidity and cohesion to Heat's under-a-minute nuclear reactions that belies the group's intensity. Simply put, any fan of extreme hardcore will revel in Heat's burly, mutant approach. Buy it, steal it, hype it, but above all: feel it. - Colin Tappe (Deranged Records #294)

BASTARD NOISE/THE COMMUNION - split 7"
Long time coming and finally here! BASTARD NOISE do a loving tribute / homage / eulogy to our departed friend Lee Altomare of THE COMMUNION. Its truly a remarkable and beautiful track, something very hard to pull off in the noise genre. New York's own THE COMMUNION give us "TABLESPOON CATARACT" , which is the final track that Lee played on. Really intense grindcore that pulls influence from death metal, black metal and hardcore. (Haunted Hotel Records #79)

G.I. JOKE - Discotape cassette tape
Raw and nasty hardcore / grindcore from Belgium, featuring Nils from Agathocles on drums. Reminds of glorious 90's grind! All the tracks from the splits with AGATHOCLES, MESRINE,TEST, and UITSCHOT included. (Haunted Hotel Records #96 TP)

FORWARD/LONG KNIFE - split 7"
Originally released late 2014 in time for their joint 30 date tour around North America and Canada, this split has been repressed just in time for their Japan and Australian tours. Long Knife really step it up into their own on this one, incorporating their usual rock 'n' roll edge but now stepping into more of a metallic realm of sorts whilst still being sickeningly catchy. Japanese long-serving punks FORWARD keep churning out the whirlwind Burning Spirits style hardcore they are known for, with political and sincere lyrics backed up with a sonic fury that'll tear your head off. (Long Knife Records #2)

DERNIER SEX - Haram 7"
Dernier Sex were completely new to me when I first saw them. They started playing and almost instantly i was floored. Layers of cold / precise beats followed by ethereal / shoegaze-y vocals and slightly discordant guitars. I was standing next to my friend and fellow promoter Dan Pellisier who was co-promoting a big upcoming show in October which had many locals vying for a coveted opening slot. At one point we both looked at each other and said "Let's book them for the Chameleons show!" They were THAT GREAT. We couldn't believe it was their first show. How often do you get blown away by a band at their first show?" Limited to a one time press of 330 copies. (Hungry Eye Records #21)

STALE PHISH - Pole Jams CD
Stale Phish is Detroit's addition to the recent crop of current day skate punk icons. "Pole Jams" is the follow up to 2015's well received "Rock N Roll Revert" release. Stale Phish sing about stuff every skater can relate to including rollerbladers, broken bones and of course SKATING! The perfect blend of punk rock, humor and aggression to fuel your next skate session. So if you "Live By The Board & Die By The Board", your life just got a new soundtrack! Brings to mind the classic skate punk energy and fun of bands like JFA, Pennywise & The Faction. (Not Like You Records #19)

(restock) DEATH SIDE - Bet on the Possibility LP
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. (Feral Ward Records #77)

(restock) HATRED SURGE - The KVRX Sessions LP with 7" flexi
Hatred Surge had just recently finished recording the Human Overdose LP and the Purgatory EP when this live performance aired on July 1st 2012 on the For The Dead radio show on KVRX in Austin, Tx. The final line-up of Hughes, Sharp, and Ulsh is featured on this collection of 13 songs throughout the Hatred Surge catalogue. The power trio of these members is the hardest hitting and most powerful line-up. Mike Sharp's precision blasting drives the light speed shredding of Chris Ulsh. Alex Hughes' gnarled grunts over the drilling and grinding bass gears tie this all together into a crushing and violent overture. Early tracks like "Invisible Noose" and "Numb" are retooled, renewed and revived by this lineup. Human Overdose and Deconstruct tracks featured in the same set as earlier tracks like "Rot" and "Pile of Shit" from the split with Insect Warfare really showcase that throughout the lifespan of Hatred Surge, the speed and intensity of this outfit defines their grinding violence sound. The art and layout for this release was designed by the one and only Jack Barfield in the spirit of the Peel Sessions releases. The LP also comes with a bonus flexi 7" featuring tracks that were recording during the Human Overdose session that were originally intended for a split 7" that have remained unreleased until now. (Rescued From Life Records #105)

Descriptions for 12/17/16

NYC HEADHUNTERS - The Rage Of The City 7"
"New Breed" style NYHC has now been entrenched as a stylistic mainstay for hardcore bands longer than the original Lower Eat Side heyday actually lasted, and it will probably remain that way as long as hardcore continues to be a means of expression for young people. But while plenty of bands continue to dip into that plentiful well, few do it as well as NYC HeadHunters, who have an uncanny knack for knowing the right times to dress things up and when to dumb them down. Comprised of personnel from the Rival Mob, Step Forward, and plenty more, and backed by the expected, period appropriate production, NYHH debut 7" manages to tap the vein of raw late 80s NYHC without sounding rote or tired 30 years after the fact. Not retro, just timeless. (Painkiller Records #63)

ARCTIC FLOWERS/INFINITE VOID - split 7"
Melbourne post-punk favorites INFINITE VOID have teamed up with Portland, OR's gritty, dark-punk masters ARCTIC FLOWERS for a special one time pressing split 7". Two tracks of unwavering female fronted post punk. Released in US on clear vinyl. limited to 250 copies. Artwork by Ashley Hohman and mastered by Daniel Husayn of Red Dons. (Mass Media Records #65.5)

MEMORY LOSS - Blackout 7"
First vinyl offering from MEMORY LOSS, one of Richmond's newest and most exciting hardcore punk acts. On "Blackout" you get four songs that mine from the golden era of early 80s hardcore punk and 90s-era noise rock but with a very unique and individual take. Each song is the equivalent of a dark path we've all been down, but never talked or written about. Fear not though, MEMORY LOSS is there to speak for you. They've placed their finger right on the pulse of just how difficult it is to live in the age of anxiety and dread. If you like your punk with a general feeling of despair and disillusionment, look no further. (Vinyl Conflict Records #9)

FINAL EXIT - Seasons Are Going and Going... And Lives Moves On LP
For over 20 years, Final Exit has held as one of the greatest noisecore bands of all time. Their slew of split 7"s and tapes in the 90's made them classics, creating an unmistakable approach to noisecore that melds comically brutal grind blasts with an earnest and humble love for rock and roll, from Kiss and Iron Maiden to surf and pop. With a fast cut-up style held together with expert precision, Final Exit manages to make noise not music that expresses a complex array of emotions both positive and negative. But it was not until 2008 that Final Exit released their masterpiece as a 3" CD on Rage For All Records. Their most contrasting and musically tight cut-up style yet, their cleanest and most powerful production yet, their most fully realized aesthetic yet; the CD was an instant classic for all the noise freaks and grind aficionados, cementing Final Exit's legendary status. It remains one of my personal all-time favorite pieces of music. It was the kind of CD that I spent my college nights sitting with my friends discussing at great length, listening over and over, watching YouTube videos of their gigs with eyes wide and mouths agape. As such, it is with great honor and joy that I present this CD on vinyl for the very first time. Remastered for a one-sided 12" with the same deluxe full-color gatefold packaging as the CD. (SPHC Records #75)

NOISE - Demo Tapes 1991 to 1995 LP
For 25 years, Noise has remained one of the most near-mythological bands to grace the genre of grind. Tucked away in Sao Carlos, Brazil, they play some of the most outspokenly political and unnervingly brutal noisecore ever made, but they've never played consecutive gigs in a row, much less toured. Their records are obscure and difficult to come by, being self-released and distributed solely by trade, in a manner befitting the hardline anti-capitalist politics of the band. Every year they help organize a big outdoors Fest in their hometown, featuring all their similarly long-running friends: Industrial Holocaust, Academic Worms, Masher, Sete Star Sept, Lotus Fucker, and of course the Fest is outspokenly anarchist and 100% free. While their vinyl releases are already on the radar for grind freaks with fine taste, their 90's demo tapes are known by only a few elite tape traders. So it is with immense pleasure that we present them on vinyl for everybody to hear at their leisure. Contained on this 12" are all four of their demo tapes from 1991 to 1995, not just some of the indisputably greatest grind music ever set to tape, but for me, some of my favorite music of all time by a band that has been a tremendous influence on me for many years. Try not to lose your hearing. For those elite tape traders that've already heard all this, there's something special for you too: totally unheard, unreleased rehearsal recordings from Noise's first ever rehearsal session in 1991, before Luiz had even joined the band! (SPHC Records #57)

SURPRISE VACATION - Stealing Office Supplies LP
Los Angeles/Ventura, CA-based melodic punk band Surprise Vacation have a unique style that's influenced equally by classic '77 UK punk (Buzzcocks, Generation X, Ruts) and '80s/'90s U.S. bands like Naked Raygun, Pegboy and the Replacements. Their debut LP Stealing Office Supplies jam packs 10 songs into a span of a little over 20 minutes, and thematically focuses on unfair treatment in the workplace ("Under The Bus," "Surprise Vacation," the self-explanatory title track). It also features a souped up cover of the Television Personalities' 1981 proto-indie pop song "Look Back In Anger." Surprise Vacation take the intensity of their former hardcore bands (Fields of Fire, Broken Needle, Bad Reaction, Dry-Rot), and reapply the same rage to catchy punk music. Layout photography by Steve Insted. They are one of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top's favorite new bands. (Our Damn Selves Records #1)

V/A - Frequency Of The Truewave Volume II tape cassette
This is the newest edition of the notorious compilation tape series from Nervous Intent Records, featuring the likes of PRIESTS, SHOPPING, CROOKED BANGS, STREET EATERS, RAGANA, NO BABIES, MOZART, TROIKA, COMPOSITE, LIE, NAIVE, DAISY WORLD, STRANGE FACES, SPLIT FEET, STEEL CHAINS and VIOLENCE CREEPS. The tracks chosen for the Frequency of the Truewave comps are curated carefully by the label, with a listening flow more akin to classic mixtapes than standard compilations made up of random oddities from the bands. All the bands operate on the punk/hardcore/post-punk spectrum, happen to be fronted by women, and are unified by a common raw, powerful, and distinct vision grounded in truewave/punk aesthetics and ethics. FREQUENCY OF THE TRUEWAVE VOLUME II is available on a high-quality, real-time dubbed C-38 cassette tape, gold shell with black pad print, 2-color risograph-printed insert, and hand-stamped covers (gold and black on grey). Single, limited pressing of 250. (Nervous Intent Records #3)

COLISEUM/DOOMRIDERS - Not of This World split 7"
Back in 2005, COLISEUM's Ryan Patterson self-released a 12" on his label Auxiliary which featured both his band and Boston's DOOMRIDERS' ultimate tribute to the almighty DANZIG. Each band turned a cover of a song from the classic debut DANZIG LP, with COLISEUM adding two originals and DOOMRIDERS putting up one original. A CD version of the release was also issued on the defunct Level Plane label. While the COLISEUM material was later repackaged into a collections release on Temporary Residence, the DOOMRIDERS material remained out of print for many years. As part of the upcoming celebrations to commemorate Magic Bullet Records' 20h anniversary, the label is in turn celebrating the friends and musicians (lifers) that were a significant inspiration as the years went on, starting with a split 7" featuring both bands' DANZIG covers from the 2005 Not of This World split. This special, limited reissue features brand new DANZIG tribute artwork from the steady hands of visual artist Florian Bertmer. (Magic Bullet Records #189)

CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE - 4010 7"
As part of Magic Bullet Records' 20th anniversary celebrations, the label is proud to announce another installment in the CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE reissue project, this time in the form of the "4010" b/w "Away" 7" originally issued on Freewill Records in 1994. Out of print for many years, this classic emo/punk 7" is back with brand new artwork and a choice of either classic black or clear vinyl. Both sides are spun at 45 rpm for maximum fidelity. Everyone from JIMMY EAT WORLD to THE GET UP KIDS to TEXAS IS THE REASON has cited the influence of the band on both their bands and what became known as "emo" at large, with Alternative Press going so far as to name the CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE as one of "13 Bands that Became Legends in Four years or Less" (2010) AND "23 Bands Who Shaped Punk" (2007). (Magic Bullet Records #195)

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - Young Mountain (10th Ann. Edition) CD
To wrap up 2016, the band and label have chosen to commemorate the 10 year mark via a series of live shows wherein the band will perform Young Mountain (in its entirety) back to back with a full performance of 2008's S/T album. For a limited time, fans will also be able to purchase special, limited copies of the recording on CD (limited to 1000 copies) and LP with the bonus track "Sleep," a previously-unheard song recorded during the tracking of the album. (Magic Bullet Records #197 CD)

V/A - Collateral Damage LP
Bloodstains over Beach Blvd.!!!. Hostage Records celebrates it's 20th year anniversary with a re-issue of one of it's most legendary comps; the spectacular Collateral Damage compilation. A virtual NUGGETS collection of So-Cal beach punk, this ripper is chock full of hits from bands you've likely never heard of, and that's what makes it so damn good. 16 tracks ALL EXCLUSIVE, ALL DEBUTS make this the modern day version of those famous Rodney on The ROQ comps. Punk Rock Vinyl Club called this the greatest post 2000 punk compilation ever pressed. Includes the debuts of the Bad Vibrations, the Have-Nots, ADHD and the Damaged Goods. As a Hostage 20th anniversary bonus, each copy comes with a special brown bagged out of press 45 from the Hostage Vaults. A full LP PLUS a limited edition 45. The ultimate Black Friday deal. (Hostage Records #43)

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

(repress) ORCHID - Gatefold LP (red vinyl pressing)
The final recordings of Orchid. These nineteen tracks are probably the best songs that Orchid ever recorded. Their sound has been honed and defined, and the recording perfectly captures Orchid's diverse combination of arty sensibilities, heartfelt emotive song writing, Mohinder-esque drumming, frantic precision, controlled mayhem, and chaotic adrenaline. An excellent record that even surpasses their previous releases. Definitely Orchid's opus. The LP comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve. The various Orchid members have gone on to form Bucket Full of Teeth, the Wolves, Ampere, and the Panthers. (Ebullition #51)

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)