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Descriptions for 7/25/15

NO PROBLEM - Kid Killer 7"
Three new tracks from Canada's NO PROBLEM. "The Killing Game" starts with a slow build, increasing tension with an eerie guitar line not far from something East Bay Ray would pump out during the Dead Kennedys' classic run. The song shifts momentum with ease and precision before it eventually evolves into an eruption topped with an anthemic shout. "Eyes of ISIS" stays a little closer to the classic hardcore formula, with the rumbling bass line acting as the rigid backbone in conjunction with the pounding drums. "Never See the Sun" rides on the same post apocalyptic slant the Subhumans (UK) capitalized upon in the early 80s. The song displays an icy disposition that screams of desolation. Frankly it's a fantastic way to finish of the EP. No Problem are able to put forth an eclectic group of songs in a short amount of time, all the while sticking to a basic hardcore template. Many bands struggle to handle the weight of their influences, but No Problem are able to maintain a cohesive sound without sounding like a simple retread. (Deranged Records #266)

FUCK YOU PAY ME - Public Disgrace LP
Fuck You Pay Me's second LP. An American hardcore band from Cleveland Ohio with Tony Erba on vocals from former bands GORDON SOLIE MOTHER FUCKERS and NINE SHOCKS TERROR. Hardcore tunes with hooks. For Fans Of INFEST, GORDON SOLIE MOTHER FUCKERS,NINE SHOCKS TERROR,UNIFORM CHOICE,FUCKED UP. (Deep Six Records #222)

URANIUM CLUB - Human Exploration LP
In this era of blogs, instant virtual collection, and high school kids who are sometimes more informed than the maniac collectors of 25 years ago, its rare to come across a band with a truly refreshing and original take on punk rock. Well, if that's what you've been waiting for, then look no further than the Minneapolis Uranium Club Band. Sure, there's lots of familiar touchstones on "Human Exploration" - you can picture these guys having a home on the Dangerhouse roster at times, and their nervous, herky jerky riffs lead one to assume they've spent a lot of time listening to Hardcore era Devo - but taken as a whole this record is an entirely different animal than the sum of the band's apparent influences. Even though they have obviously put a lot more thought into their sound than your usual genre purists, this record rages with the best of them from start to finish. Want to hear the state of punk rock art circa 2015? Look no further. (Fashionable Idiots #53)

WARWOUND - A Huge Black Cloud The Demos 1983 CD
Dormant for nearly a third of a century, originally formed in 1982 by (then) bassist Damian Thompson & drummer Andy Baker (joined by Freaky Freeman on vox & Anarchy Mole on guitar).WARWOUND spat & cursed out three demos of 'fast, no bullshit, hardcore punk' through late 82/early 83.Heavily influenced by the sounds of the time (Discharge, Crass, Rudimentary Peni, Motorhead, Bad Brains etc) the band played a handful of gigs around the midlands area of the U.K.before in the autumn of 1983 Damian & Andy were enlisted to join the VARUKERS. WARWOUND as it was, ceased to be. During their time in the VARUKERS, the pair recorded two WARWOUND numbers which were to be featured on the classic VARUKERS album 'Another Religion, Another War'. Since that time some thirty years ago the original WARWOUND demo tapes have been copied & circulated many times through underground circles of D-beat noise enthusiasts. The emergence of Sacrilege in 1984 also added to keep interest alive in the old WARWOUND material. Finally now, these hugely influential recordings (25 tracks, 15 songs in various versions) are made commercially available for the first time, to co-incide with a brand new version of the band (featuring orginal member Damian Thompson alongside past and present members of VARUKERS, DISCHARGE, STAMPING GROUND, DECADENCE WITHIN , SACRILEGE and others) who have a new album and gigs planned for later this year. A must for all lovers of D-Beat Hardcore Punk!! (Boss Tuneage Retro #82 CD)

DOCTOR BISON - The Bloated Vegas Years LP (with CD) or CD
The next band to be given the Boss Tuneage comprehensive reissue treatment is the mighty DOCTOR BISON! Formed in the early 90s as an allegiance between South Wales and the North East, when Baz and The Rev from THE ABS teamed up with Dickie Hammond, guitarist of LEATHERFACE and HDQ . Over the course of the next decade the band would cement themselves as one of the finest melodic punk / rock bands from the UK through a series of singles and EPs and constant touring in Europe. Now for the first time all their recordings are brought together in the form of two discography reissues. The first instalment, "THE BLOATED VEGAS YEARS" compiles the 11 tracks from their first three releases recorded 1994-1996. All tracks have been totally re-mastered to give them some 21st century beef This is the limited Edition Coloured Vinyl LP which includes a CD in PVC wallet of all tracks (because download codes are shit) whilst stocks last. Completed with brand new artwork From Welly at Creator Graphics and liner notes from singer/guitarist Baz Oldfield, this is a must own for all fans of UK melodic punk rock. (Boss Tuneage Retro #26)

DOCTOR BISON - Dewhursts: The Musical / Bring It On 2LP (with CD) or CD
The next band to be given the Boss Tuneage comprehensive reissue treatment is the mighty DOCTOR BISON! Formed in the early 90s as an allegiance between South Wales and the North East, when Baz and The Rev from THE ABS teamed up with Dickie Hammond, guitarist of LEATHERFACE and HDQ . Over the course of the next decade the band would cement themselves as one of the finest melodic punk / rock bands from the UK through a series of singles and EPs and constant touring in Europe. Now for the first time all their recordings are brought together in the form of two discography reissues. The second and final instalment, "DEWHURSTS: THE MUSICAL / BRING IT ON" compiles the tracks from their 1998 and 2002 releases of the same name, but also includes 4 bonus previously unreleased tracks - three studio demos from the Wessex Studios session, plus previously unreleased track "Marshall Artillery" a stripped down acoustic version recorded by Baz of a song that was never officially released - until now!. All tracks have been totally re-mastered to give them some 21st century beef This is the limited Edition Double Coloured Vinyl LP which includes a CD in PVC wallet of all tracks (because download codes are shit) whilst stocks last. Completed with brand new artwork From Welly at Creator Graphics and liner notes from drummer The Rev JD Oldfield, this is a must own for all fans of UK melodic punk rock. (Boss Tuneage Retro #27)

PETER BLACK - Clearly You Didn't Like The Show CD
Peter Black is best known by not only his nickname Blackie, but also as the singer / guitarist of Australian pop punk rock legends the HARD-ONS for the past 31 years! Such is Blackie's constant work ethic with his music, that he has amassed tons of extra songs that don't necessarily fit for either HARD-ONS or his other band NUNCHUKKA SUPERFLY. "Clearly You Didn't Like The Show" is Blackie's fourth solo album, and is released to co-incide with his first ever solo European tour (whilst HARD-ONS take a well earned break after their 30th anniversary world tour last year) which runs from late August through to mid October all across Europe. (Boss Tuneage #95)

GEOFFREY OI!COTT - Sticky Wickets LP (with CD) or CD
Geoffrey Oi!cott - everyone's favourite sports themed street punk band - are back with third album "STICKY WICKETS" . Since the release of the critically acclaimed debut "THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE GOOGLY", and follow up "No 1 Hits", the band have found themselves mentioned numerously in the UK national press such as The Daily Mirror and BBC2 TV due to recording the walk on music for BDO Darts World Championship Quarter Finalist Garry Thompson as well as mentions/features in publications such as NME, Vice and The Guardian as well as several plays and mentions on Steve Lamacq's 6 Music show, and even mentions on Test Match Special! Coupled with eye catching artwork which is a trademark of the band, "Sticky Wickets" features 10 street punk anthems, six songs about cricket and four that come under the title of "arrows and shit" about Darts and Robin Hood. The album is released to co-incide with the band's seventh consecutive appearance at the Rebellion Festival where they have become firm favourites. Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl LP with CD included. For fans of COCKNEY REJECTS, COCK SPARRER, 4 SKINS, PROFFESSIONALS etc. (Boss Tuneage #96)

STONE THE CROWZ - Protest Songs 85-86' LP/CD
"Stone The Crows and fuck the pigs and pass the ammunition..." 1982, Death Church by the magnificent Rudimentary Peni never left our turntables and a year later we would use the above lyric to name our little anarcho outfit. Many thought using the Z to replace the S at the end of Crowz was just a case of punk rock spelling but in fact it was to ensure we were not mistaken for the Glaswegian Blues Rock band of the same name. Formed in East London/Essex, a mutual love of Crass and all things anarcho first brought Trevor Speed and Trevor Delasalle together and the band was formed. After several false starts with different musicians we finally found what we were looking for in Steve Beatty (drums) and Matthew Sheath (bass). Very quickly we had a set and made our live debut supporting The Subhumans. A baptism in fire, we were mostly awful but had a ball. In just under a year we were in the studio and recorded our first six track demo in 1985. All the anarcho subjects were covered but with three vegetarians and one vegan in the band our real passion was animal rights. NOTE; Steve went on to release the seminal 'Out From The Void' EP by Anti-Sect which helped kick start a whole new genre of punk metal/crust which in turn inspired Trev S and Matt to form Axegrinder. (Overground Records #148)

PARANOID VISIONS - Cryptic Crosswords LP/CD
Paranoid Visions formed in Dublin in 1981 and are Eire's longest-running punk band. "Cryptic Cross Words" is the 5th album that Paranoid Visions have released since their 2006 reboot. Add to this the multitude of singles and a myriad of historical re-releases and compilations and it becomes clear that Paranoid Visions are a band who are not content to sit back and relax or attempt to trade on past glories. Indeed founder members Deko and P.A are of the opinion that there are no past glories with the recent releases being more reflective of what the band were about in the first place. Cryptic Cross Words, a culmination of a year's recording and writing is an attempt to craft a specific album with a specific modus operandi. The album is an aesthetically beautiful white vinyl LP with free CD and 16 page booklet which includes a real cryptic cross word and word search on the sleeve (hint...the answers may all be song titles!) (Overground Records #147)

Just like most cities, there's a new generation of kids and lots of new bands have been popping up. Dallas is no exception, and Slimy Member is one of those bands. Slimy Member play dark/anarcho/punk. The main reason this band really stood out to me amongst the many goth/post punk/dark bands(whatever) is because even though they have elements of those sounds, they still maintain to sound punk through the whole thing. The band reminds me of a mix between Exit-Stance and 80's L.A/OC Punk. After a demo tape and a U.S tour, this is their debut 7". Limited to 500 copies/pocket sleeve. (Todo Destruido #29)

TRAGIEDIA - Punk Til Destruction 88 to 89 LP
Todo Destruido's newest release chronicles Tragiedia's 2 demos from 1988 and 1989 that were never officially released, just passed around through tape trading circles and some select tracks more recently released as a split tape with PSI by Malarie Records. You might recognize some of their songs from Post Regiment's "Tragedia" LP. Tragiedia was a late 80's polish band that played raw HC/Punk with anger and fury. For fans of Siekiera (1984), TZN Xenna, etc. Mastered by Smoku of Post Regiment. (Todo Destruido #26)

ESPERANZA - The Beginning 7"
From the ashes of Persevere comes a new band from Hiroshima, Japan, Esperanza. This 7" is a mini-cd that was originally released on Insane World Records (Japan). We loved at at first listen and knew this was something Todo Destruido wanted to release. Esperanza play raw pogo punk in the way that only the Japanese can do it. Very catchy, energetic, and fun. For fans of bands like Laukaus, Last Survivors and Persevere. Limited to 500 copies, pocket sleeve and 100 on colored vinyl for mail-order and from the band. Don't miss out on this one! (Todo Destruido #25)

LA URSS - Sonidos De Un Derrumbe LP
After the "Producto" Lp, La URSS released a 7" called "Mecanismo". On this Ep I felt the band had grown and finally got a sound all of there own so I was curious to what the new Lp would sound like. As soon as I heard the new Lp it clicked immediatley. It was better than anything they had done before and even catchier than before. This has alot to do with the back-up vocals added, something they usually don't do. The songs get a little darker on this Lp without getting into the Post Punk/Goth realm. Great guitar work, catchy bass lines/back up vocals can be expected on this release. Amazing record, highly recommended! (Todo Destruido #19)

Drapetomania released one of the best demos last year in my opinion, so I was stoked when they agreed for me to do a 7" for them. Drapetomania's sounds is not easy to describe, as they mix South American punk with melodic/Oi! influences while still keeping it raw and aggressive. Intead of me trying to describe it I will post a link to the song so you can hear for yourself. Limited to 500 copies on full color offset fold out sleeve. Members of Mata Mata and Tuberculosis for those keeping tabs. (Todo Destruido #16)

ZYANOSE - Noise Philia 2005 to 2011 LP
Crazy, blown out, HC/Noise punk done the way only the Japanese can. This Lp compiles all of their 7", demos, comp songs etc...Full color sleeve with black dust sleeve. Great record/live band as well. (Todo Destruido #17)

2nd self titled album (first for Dirtnap) from hard-touring Ohio dark-punks. An improvement on their (also awesome) first album in every way. The fast songs are meaner and more aggressive, the slower songs are more textured and atmospheric. Impeccable recording, truly impressive musicianship (not a compliment you'll hear us at Dirtnap throw around very often) and songwriting inspiration to burn. This goes way, way beyond the "punk kids playing post punk" thing going around these days. Fits in perfectly on the darker end of the Dirtnap Records spectrum, alongside suck fine company as The Estranged, The Splits, Autistic Youth Truly an important and epic mind-bender of an album. (Dirtnap Records #140)

Seems pretty safe to assume that almost no one doubted Radioactivity's ability to follow up their 2013 Dirtnap debut with something equally stunning. Frontman and chief songwriter Jeff Burke (The Marked Men, The Reds, The Potential Johns) has certainly done more than enough to earn that kind of expectation and pressure. But Silent Kill, which finds Burke backed by Marked Men compatriot Mark Ryan and two-thirds of Bad Sports (Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford), does more than merely match the virtues of its self-titled predecessor. Radioactivity's first LP was rightly hailed as a sort of sequel to The Marked Men's remarkable run through the first decade of the millennium, and while Silent Kill bears the unmistakable hallmarks of that band's tightly wound "Denton sound," Radioactivity can now lay claim to a sonic territory of their very own. Burke's distinctive hooks dig as deep as ever, but the scope of his vision has expanded, and now that the Burke/Ryan/Fried/Rutherford all-star team has had some time to cohere, Radioactivity can do all sorts of damage in less than thirty minutes. (Dirtnap Records #138)

NO WEATHER TALKS - Undoing Defeat LP
With members distributed between the northern German towns of Hamburg and Kiel, punk-pop five-piece NO WEATHER TALKS is set to release their debut-album 'Undoing Defeat' in 2015. Following two EPs and extensive touring, with shows from Athens to yearly appearances at Gainesville Florida's FEST, their first LP sums up the band's first years and gets to the heart of their sound. Equipped with plenty of experience from respective members' past Hardcore- and Punk-projects, NO WEATHER TALKS draws inspiration from the vast musical landscape between 90s indierock, postcore or contemporary postpunk. Their songs attempt to rephrase the political within personal issues, reflect upon their own privilege and sometimes scream it out loud. (No Idea Records #347)

FREAK VIBE - Cuss Gang" b/w "Jesus in the Kitchen 7"
From the sewers of Seattle comes Freak Vibe. They play punk in the vein of The Cramps and The Stooges. That means heavy on the cool guitars, the blues vibe and the scummy attitude of those early punk bands that just loved primitive and simple rock and roll. If you cried when Lux Interior died, you think that Poison Ivy is the best guitarist in the world or are just like me, a poseur that rediscovered The Cramps just a couple of years ago and now think it is the best band in rock history, then Freak Vibe is for you. This guys and girls are doing a Spring Tour. Check them out they are good. First time I saw them in their native Seattle they blew me away, they are like wild animals with instruments. The drummer is Latino and one of the most violent hitters I have seen, the guitarist has the moves and nice facial hair, the bass player has STYLE and cool hair and the vocalist is just Latino scum.They are even playing a few fests here and there, just in case you go to those kind of events. (CV Records #36)

WANUY - s/t 7"
Wanuy is from Lima-Peru. Hardcore is a big part of their life. The same way poverty, anger at the injustice and love for a better world is. This is not a choice, it is simply part of their life in Peru. This is an important document. Lima, Peru is a place were people know how to make hardcore. From the same people that brought you DHK comes Wanuy. "Wanuy" means death or eclipse. It is in Quechua, an Andean language spoke in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Musically Wanuy plays hardcore in the vein of bands like Ataque Frontal with some hints of italian hardcore here and there. (CV Records #29)

ORQUESTA EL MACABEO - La Culpa/Se Pone Dificil 7"
This is, without a doubt, something different for CV, Orquesta el Macabeo does't really play the raw hardcore punk style that is most associate with the label. Instead you get 70s influenced big band salsa from Puerto Rico made by/for punks. This is not a gimmick, it is not some fusion bullshit, but just good old salsa played properly from the poorest neighborhoods of Puerto Rico. This band got really huge in their native Puerto Rico and toured the world a couple of times. They released a couple of 12", but this is their seminal single (and best songs) that started everything. (CV Records #18)

SEA OF STORMS - Dead Weight LP
When the 3/5 of the post-hardcore outfit Mouthbreather formed Sea of Storms in 2012, they brought together a varied archive of influences from Jimmy Eat World to 400 Years to Coheed and Cambria. However, Dead Weight sounds nothing like these bands. What Dead Weight (to be released on Tor Johnson and Self Aware Records) does sounds like is a rock record from a time when Danzig and Smashing Pumpkins were considered fresh, filtered through the distilled punk essence of late-1990s angsty indie rockers such as The Get Up Kids and Blank. Having played together for six years, Sea of Storms' dynamics are impressive. From bassist John Martin's rolling bass lines to drummer Chris Brown's propulsive, metered beats, Sea of Storms has found their groove. Singer/guitarist Brandon Peck makes an excellent front man, creatively filling in space with feedback, riffs and vocals. Take, for example, the hazy rock tracks such as "Weak Ones" and "Crimson Tide". Dramatic moments ebb and flow with a series of guitar and vocal interplay as the rhythm section holds down the fort, calling to mind Walter Screifels' projects or a more aggressive, spaced out Hot Rod Circuit. (Tor Johnson Records #29)

(restock) ALL AGES: The Rise and Fall of Portland Punk Rock 1977 to 1981 book by Mark Sten
Arguably THE definitive account of the early Portland underground Punk scene, ALL AGES provides a blow-by-blow history written by someone who was there to witness it all. Mark "Sten" Stanley was a participant in most aspects of Portland's proto-Punk music culture, playing in bands, organizing concerts, and helping to lay the foundations of what was to become a world-class music scene. Stanley lays it all out in this treasure trove of dirt, gossip, and opinionated commentary. ALL AGES features a wealth of information about all of the major players of Portland's early punk scenes - WIPERS, SADO-NATION, NEO BOYS, SMEGMA, STIPHNOIDS, RATS and POISON IDEA, as well as scores of lesser-known but equally compelling groups like ICE-9, the CLEAVERS, KINETICS, RUBBERS, LO TEK, and many more. Featuring more than 300 pages of never-before seen photos, flyers, and artifacts, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the 1970's American Punk culture and the beginnings of Punk Rock in general. (Reptilicus Press)

(restock) LOS CRUDOS - Doble LP Discografia LPx2
We got the last 100 of this double LPs. Once they are sold out it is gone. We can't get any more after this. This double LP is a benefit for Maximum Rock'n'roll magazine, and is limited to 2,000 copies. It features 66 Los Crudos songs in total! It also comes with a 40 page booklet filled with Crudos lyrics, photos and flyers! Crudos was one of the most intelligent and powerful hardcore bands from the 1990s, and this double LP is a fine tribute to their amazing output, plus by getting this great discography you are also helping to support Maximum Rock'n'Rolls ongoing mission to document the hardcore/punk scene! (Maximum Rock'n'roll Records #17)

Descriptions for 7/18/15

Three songs in seven minutes of booze-soaked grind-violence from Leeds, UK. This is the true NWOBPJPV (new wave of British power joogle pogger violence. US Pressing, cover colors vary. (To Live A Lie Records #107)

Havoc Records presents the third LP from Finland's Lapinpolthajat. Hard hitting Finnish punk drawing heavily on the tradition of late 70's and early 80's bands like Lama and Appendix. The cold northern regions have produced these hard, direct, catchy and memorable punk songs. Comes with a poster and with Lyrics translated into English. Pressed in Europe, North American distribution by Havoc, split release with Kamasat Levyt, Hoehnie and some other labels for Europe and Brazil. (Havoc Records #1252)

NOT LIKE YOU photo 'zine
New photo issue with 40 pages of punk and hardcore bands... including X, Sheer Terror, Faction, Blast, Swiz, Sick of It All, Fugazi, Negative Approach, 7 Seconds, JFA, CroMags, etc... (Not Like You 'zine)

(restock) MCRAD - Lion Pure LPx2
You can't have a discussion about Skate Punk without the name McRad. Formed by east coast skateboarder Chuck Treece in the early 80's, McRad instantly left a mark on the Philly punk scene. Their initial ep "Dominant Force" and the full length "Absence of Sanity" became instant skate rock classics. An appearance on Thrasher Magazine's Skate Rock Vol. 2 compilation coupled with their music being used in classic Powell Peralta skate videos like Ban This and Public Domain all but assured McRad would go down in skate punk history. Contains both the Absence of Sanity LP and Dominant Force 12" (both out of print on vinyl since the mid 80s) the tracks from Thrasher Skate Rock Vol 2 and more. Also features HR from Bad Brains on 2 tracks. Comes with a free digital download. Look for the band to hit the road this summer to promote the record as well. (Not Like You Records #4)

Descriptions for 7/11/15

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #387 (August 2015)
It's time for Maximum Rocknroll #387, the August 2015 issue! Philadelphia's SHEER MAG discuss livin' in the city and their new record, CADAVER EM TRANSE (featuring a member of RAKTA) talk about life in the concrete jungle of So Paolo, and JUANITA Y LOS FEOS give us a taste of life in Madrid. The mind behind BUCK BILOXI AND THE FUCKS and GIORGIO MURDERER provides a window into his madness through a two-part interview with Eric Oblivian and Layla Gibbon. The NO-TALENTS prepare for their upcoming reunion tour, Stockholm's DATA CONTROL still love HSKER D, and Bob Suren and the VICTIM PARTY reflect on growing older in punk. And Aklasan Records talks Filipino hardcore distribution and promotion in the United States! Plus, a photo spread from Boston's Smash It Dead fest by Angela Owens and a cover by Cretins of Distortion creator and MRR columnist Emmy Ramone. And, as always, all the columnists you love to hate and the most extensive record, book, zine, demo and film review sections in punk print! (Maximum rock'n'roll #387)

180 Gram record housed in a paste on board sleeve. Indiscriminate cruelty to common people: the slogan could be about war or it could be about your eardrums while listening to 'Tragedy.' Disclose's first LP is a landmark of cacophonous, guitar-forward noisy hardcore. Heavily influenced by classic 80s Swedish raw punk, these fifteen songs perfect the unrelenting formula as only Kawakami could. Originally released in Japan on the cult label Overthrow in 1994, this reissue restores the fierce original mix two decades later. It differs from the mix on later represses hailing from Uppsala, where Swedish bombshelter-dwellers keep the flame alive. This authorized reissue reproduces the original artwork, with insert. Crack your brain up! (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #101)

DISCLOSE - Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare LP
180 Gram record housed in a paste on board sleeve. Layer upon layer of noise and distortion, like ashes of nuclear apocalypse raining down. The final LP Disclose released, in 2004, captured the band at a high point. When other d-beat raw punk bands were running low on ideas, Kawakami reinvented the sound, incorporating more metallic influences like Broken Bones while still sticking assiduously close to the template. Originally released for Disclose's tour of the US west coast, 'Yesterday's Fairytale, Tomorrow's Nightmare' includes ten tracks and closes with a rampaging masterpiece, the 10-minute 'Wardead,' which exists on another astral plane from generic Discharge copyists. This authorized reissue reproduces the original artwork and includes a new insert with liner notes by Stuart Schrader. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #96)

CHAOS ECHOES - Transient LPx2 (gatefold deluxe tip on jacket booklet)
Among the most highly anticipated releases on NWN! for 2015 is the debut full length release byChaos Echoes. Regarded as a whole, "Transient" is unlike any other metal release to date. A perfect synthesis of conservative reverence for tradition and iconoclastic novelty, Chaos Echoesaccomplishes with this album something that, arguably, no band has ever successfully done before. Comes housed in super deluxe tip on gatefold jacket with spot UV gloss + 20 page 12" booklet and A2 poster. (Nuclear War Now Records #271)

THE SQUATS - Noise Overdose 7"
Official reissue of one of the scarcest Dutch punk records. Hailing from Nijmegen Squats were popular from simply being a bunch of punks which loved to fuck shit up. Raised on a steady diet of SHAM 69 and COCKNEY REJECTS which they covered on their demo tape it is a mystery what happened to them before recording their 'Noise Overdose', in my eyes simply a perfect teenage inept punk record. The five tracks within this EP are catchy, aggressive and exemplifies perfectly how the second wave of punk had spread everywhere by 1981 and the influence of what we now call UK82 was really present. Reissue maintaining the original design of the artwork except for the size which made most original copies in circulation in poor condition due to its oversize nature. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #98)

VULTURES - s/t 7"
Official reissue of another of the scarcest Dutch punk records that was listed in the top 25 European punk rarities in Record Collector. THE VULTURES hailed from Epe, in the middle of the Dutch Bible-Belt. They recorded this 4 Track EP in 1981 that overtime has became impossible to find. Which is a shame as it is simply a masterpiece of Dutch Punk. Loud, proud and snotty, the sound is based around a trademark chainsaw guitar tone, plodding bass, passionate vocals and overall a clear UK influence. Without doubt if this band was english they would have been on Riot City, Rot or Secret Records or seen supporting the MAU MAUS, THE EXPLOITED or both DISORDER's (Bristol and North East). Reissued replicating the artwork as originally printed but adding a few unseen full colour pictures on the reverse sleeve. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #99)

BLAZING EYE - s/t 7"
Originally released in USA on Los Angeles based Overdose Records and selling both presses of the record immediately. LVEUM finally makes BLAZING EYE's debut EP available in Europe in preparation of what we hope will be BLAZING EYE tour next year. Hailing from Los Angeles BLAZING EYE sound lay somewhere between ZOUO, THE SEXUAL and QLOAQA LETAL. That is Japanese inspired hardcore punk with demonic vocals and hard as nail beats which is extremely hard to shake once you hear it. The four distorted tracks on this EP mix perfectly the low end reverb soaked Japanese influences with the best of the International Hardcore Punk of the early 80's. Making it a masterpiece of timeless punk. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #95)

PEASANT - Go to Hell LP
Debut 12" LP from the New Wave of Houston Heavy Metal, Peasant. From the portrait of torture on the cover to the galloping Judas Priest riffs hopped up on home-mad speed, Peasant's Go to Hell is an album with equal adoration for classic European metal and the ghastliest thrash from America's underbelly. These Houstonians mix Midnight's greasy, grindhouse attack with Mercyful Fate's aesthetics and the rotten punk of the Murder Junkies. Pound a beer, crush the can in your fist, and punch the sky to these twisted tunes. Watch out for these weirdos during their fall west coast tour later this year. Self released and limited to 500 vinyl. (Peasant Records #2)

LUNCH - Let us Have Madness Openly LP
Another great post punk band from Portland? BELIEVE IT. Lunch is a young band that has matured quickly and being among bands both locally and sonically such as ESTRANGED, ARCTIC FLOWERS, BELLICOSE MINDS, UNDERPASS, and SHADOWHOUSE has treated their brooding mixture of post punk and downtrodden garage well. ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN and GUN CLUB are two of the most apparent influences as LUNCH don't shy away from melody and a pounding mid tempo punk backbone, while retaining the austere tones of THE MOB and CHAMELEONS. Immediately catchy and well produced with lots of extra instrumentation (saxophone , synth, etc) to give this record a full sound worthy of their 80's influences. (Mass Media Records #32.5)

ANNEX - Despues de VI LP
Young dark punks from a border town in Texas give the classic goth rock sound a well needed raw punk update. The distorted effect driven guitar theatrics are intact, but they are given extra bite as they shine from behind shadows of feedback. Vocalist Nikole sings in desperation and fury without abandoning melody, giving this record a hard-core edge. Its hard to hear where the post punk influences end and the dark melodic hard-core begin, which is a great thing in my opinion! Not dance floor goth music for sure but sure to tear up a post punk club near you and knock you and your drink to the ground. (Mass Media Records #36)

ACTIVES - Kick It Down LP
Pukenvomit is proud to announce the first ever official vinyl reissue of Scottish punk legends Actives' debut 1983 LP Kick It Down. Though Actives may lack the notoriety of their UK82 kinsmen such as Exploited, GBH, Discharge, Blitz, etc., Kick It Down is nonetheless a sterling example of what made hardcore punk so exciting in the UK during the first half of the 80's. With infectious songwriting, non-stop energy and incendiary, street level political outrage, this reissue is absolutely mandatory for anyone with even a passing interest in classic UK punk. Fully authorized by the band and mastered from original recordings, this faithful reissue presents the artwork, music and ideas of this scarce, cult punk ripper to a contemporary audience without the burden of paying collector prices. Highly recommended. (Puke N Vomit Records #52)

Seattle punks STUPORHERO serve up a 9-song 12" record full of fast, fun, garage-fueled punk rock, including the vinyl-only cover of Tom Petty's "Breakdown." BUZZCOCKS, RAMONES, DESCENDENTS, RADON, and SUPERCHUNK influences bounce around in step with more recent upbeat contemporaries like WIMPS, UNNATURAL HELPERS and TOUGH AGE. Featuring members of TARANTULADA and BIG CRUX, the band's songs are short, filled with hooks, harmonies, catchy melodies, and shout-out choruses: toe-tappers for basement kicks and party-jams for working stiffs. Razorcake says "Then the music came on and I got happy. Really fucking happy. It's poppy surf-punk, done well. Really fucking well." (Basement Tape Records #12)

WINTERCOFFIN - Forest of Blitzkrieg 7"
Wintercoffin was childhood friends Rob Evil (guitar and drums here, vocals and guitar for Memphis thrash unit, Evil Army) and the late Jimmy Blitzkrieg (vocals and bass here, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey and known elsewhere as Jay Reatard). At the time of Wintercoffin's inception, Jimmy had been playing bass for Evil Army, filling in for the previous original bassist Sgt Death. Rob and Jimmy spawned Wintercoffin out of their love for 90s Black Metal, going for an emulation of Darkthrone, Burzum and Bathory. This 7", their only finished recording, ends up incorporating thrashier, hookier elements in the vein of Aura Noir and 90s Ddheimsgard. Side one is Forest of Blitzkrieg, an honest homage to the genre with a lampooning of lyrical subject matter about an evil forests full of dead Nazis. Side two is etched with appropriately grim artwork. Wintercoffin went on hiatus as Rob continued to write and tour with Evil Army and Jimmy focused on his solo career. Unfortunately, Jimmy would pass and additional Wintercoffin recordings would not be realized. (Blak Skul Records #1)

SEXFACE - Village Life 7"
GBH influenced punk from Montreal, Canada. (Distort Reality Records #28)

AUSENCIA - s/t 7"
LA's AUSENCIA put to vinyl 4 songs from their excellent demo tape. Remixed and mastered, these tracks sound better than ever. AUSENCIA features regulars of the LA punk scene but brings a much more melodic punk, even French Oi-influenced feel to their sound. Comparisons therefore gravitate towards Camera Silens or Komintern Sect, which are not unfounded. The songs are uplifting with gruff vocals and a knack for superb song structure. The title track "Ausencia" is an unstoppable anthem, just try not to sing along with the chanting chorus again and again and again. Art done by Krab and risograph design/packaging by Abe Social. Color vinyl for the first 45 mail orders. (Verdugo Records #6)

FERRIDAY - Under the Western Sky LP
Under The Western Sky is the debut LP from Ferriday. Ferriday is a newer band from the Albany, NY Area. This record contains 10 songs that mix the spirit of band's like Crazy Horse with 80's college rock bands like Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr. and the Minutemen. (Shock To The System Records/Ferriday #1)

THE AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN - s/t LP (gatefold+heavy vinyl 180g)
"Who are the Afternoon Gentlemen? They are everyone and no-one. As familiar as the midday sun, yet nameless, faceless. They inhabit doorways, alleys and halls in every town, yet they are no-men, invisible, everywhere and nowhere. Like the Tambov wolves, they pass silently in the night. They are the hunger and thirst that sting our bellies, the curses that we cower from and the blessing we dream of. They are ectasy and misery at once, the poison and the cure." Pre G. Bru. Self-titled debut 12" LP 2015. 16 tracks/20 minutes. 500 copies. 180g black vinyl. Gatefold sleeves. Artwork by R Storrow. Recorded at Silent City, Leeds . POWER GRIND FAST PUNK or die. You know them from many split ep's with CHIENS, SUFFERING MIND, OSK, CYBORG. (Communal Grave Records #38)

VERTIGO - s/t 7"
Spain's Vertigo, who follow up their cracking demo with these 4 new stick-in-your-head numbers. They keep it simple, with basic chord structures, punchy vocals, and catchy choruses. Had me thinking Crosta jamming on No Hope For The Kids, with Warsaw whirring away in the background. But hey, what do I know! The moody 'Inoren Inon' is especially great and for some reason I kept half expecting Jeff Pezzati to chip in on vocals. A great job by Tadpole for sticking this EP out and further exposing some cool Spanish sounds. (Tadpole Records #54)

Hank Wood And The Hammerheads have been playing sporadically, gaining fans with every show and selling out show after show in their native NYC. Their irreverent live show is incendiary showing a really angry front man backed by a volatile band playing the nastiest keyboard garage punk you can imagine. They're one of the most unique and exciting bands in punk today... kinda surfy, kinda garagey riffs augmented with Sonics style farfisa organ, a supplementary percussionist that makes some totally wild rhythms, and vocals that are more like really simple rapping than any punk vocalist you've heard before. It's a wild combination, but it's completely infectious, as anyone who has heard the band will tell you. Definitely one of the best LPs of 2014. (Toxic State Records #9)

(restock) DAWN OF HUMANS - Slurping At The Cosmos Spine LP
Well, here it is: the Dawn of Humans LP. This is probably the most anticipated record to come from NYC this year and for good reason. After being a band for about eight years, Dawn of Humans have emerged as the most unique of the already exemplary NYC hardcore punk bands in recent memory. Each release has been better than the one before, and this LP continues that trend. There were always two things I wished were different about the Dawn of Humans 7"s: 1. cleaner recording and 2. more space on the format for the band to stretch out and have no time limitations. Well, that's exactly what this LP accomplishes and without having to operate within the confines of a 7", the band has created their magnum opus, a much stranger and, dare I say, less conventionally punk than their previous material. This record exists completely outside of the stale confines of contemporary hardcore punk and while that may turn off some, I think it makes it one of the best records in recent years. (Toxic State Records #21)

Descriptions for 7/4/15

Dynamically beautiful, yet heavy, neo-folk (w/ elements of doom) from this Portland quartet. Intelligent lyrics with an anarcho slant. Overall, a unique & fantastic release that 1859 is very proud to be involved with! Matte-finished insert + jacket with art & layout by the band + sticker. (1859 Records #25)

NO///SE - Lower Berth LP
13 new power-packed punch tracks from this incredible American punk band (now with members split between Portland and Oakland). Ex-members of Youth Brigade, Glass & Ashes, Young Livers, Stop Breathing, et cetera. Co-released with MAN-IN-DECLINE RECORDS (USA). (1859 Records #19)

Heavy, bleak, and blackened crust from these Montreal punks. Definitely for fans of Tragedy, HHIG, From Ashes Rise, et cetera ... This is a multi-national release, with labels from Canada, Russia, and Germany (and one other USA label, Replenish Records). (1859 Records #25.5)

MALE PATTERNS - Thinking Too Much 7"
Thinking Too Much is the debut 7" EP from this Albany, NY band. Male Patterns play snotty hardcore punk in the vein of Poison Idea and Circle Jerks. Angst filled hardcore that focuses on isolation, getting old, hating life and posers infiltrating the scene. Members of After the Fall, Libyans, Neutron Rats and Nuclear Family. For fans of punk. (Shock to the System Records #25)

QUAALUDES - Nothing New 7"
I've said it before and I'll say it again: QUAALUDES are addictive. Nothing New is their first vinyl release, a limited press on pink bubblegum vinyl, and the rest are black. If you're late in the game you might be shit out of luck for both. QUAALUDES are a true force in San Francisco, an all-girl band that seemingly fits on any punk bill with ease. This phenomenon is true to their sound in terms of punk. It's 80's GERMS and a whole lotta Riot Grrrl, with a hardcore edge. They are a hot unhinged mess live, and although this recording is a hell of a lot cleaner than their live set, it does a fine job of capturing this. Aimee's bratty Riot Grrrl vocals are as salty as they are sweet. Faves on this 7": "Nothing New" which has some sweet melodic guitar and a rad solo to boot; "Drool" which is a bit tougher, faster and is a great build up to "Stiff Little Single," which ebbs and throbs with a genius bass riff that makes this song an instant classic. If you see it, buy it. They are about to release a second EP so be on the lookout! Review from Maximum RocknRoll #384. (Dollskin/Thrillhouse Records)

Epic Doom. FUNERAL CIRCLE and GATEKEEPER - 2 Canadian acts at the very forefront of this formidable genre team up to deliver a heavy metal wax masterpiece. FUNERAL CIRCLE return with Hades Triumphant - the first new material since their 2013 S/T debut which solidified them as one of the leading new acts of heavy doom. Hades Triumphant also is the FUNERAL CIRCLE debut of the soaring Jean-Pierre Abboud on vocals, well known for his previous work in BORROWED TIME. Epic heavy traditionalists from Western Canada GATEKEEPER come galloping forth with Bell of Tarantia, a monumental track blazing in metal glory, and as well the first new material since their highly acclaimed Prophecy and Judgment LP in 2012. Both tracks evidence bands on a relentless quest to progress and evolve, showcasing what many can easily consider the best work by both groups. Vinyl-only release, limited to a single pressing of 500 copies worldwide on classic black wax. (War on Music Records #69)

BESIEGED - Mindslave/Subjective Reality 7"
At long last these death-thrash destroyers have returned with new material. This is just a taste in advance of their 2nd album, following up the 2009 masterpiece Victims Beyond All Help. But don't worry - these two tracks will definitely tide you over until then. Unstoppable riffs and pummeling intensity, this is 100% genuine old school death-thrash. With massive artwork by Juanjo Castellano Rosado, pressing limited to 500 copies worldwide on classic black wax. (War on Music Records #70)

Hamburg strikes back! If you think, UK '77 style high energy punk rock doesn't fit together with raging high-octane power-violence/ thrash, here you got the counter evidence: Two - at first glance - absolutely different bands team up for the probably most unexpected split of the year! RAZORS, keeping the spirit alive since 1977, they're - without any doubt - one of the very first punk bands in Germany, and they still hit the pedal as far as it will go! Fasten seat belts, and get punched by their three songs of intense punk rock! YACOPAE, terrorizing the hardcore scene since 1990, and well-known for their short blasting eruptions, contribute two sludgy tracks of sheer fierceness and raw brutality! Putting two bands together with such different ways to express the term "punk rock" is a challenge, but on top they reach an impressively high level of pure energy and aggression, as you can hear on their live recordings. No effects, no overdubs - thi s is just the real deal! The CD contains from each band bonustracks. So don't miss it! (Power It Up Records #172 CD)

Bristol Punk Pioneers DISORDER formed around 1980, Disorder is one of the few 'big' names of UK hardcore still going strong today. The new recordings from 2012 but still raw and intense. The three new tracks are traditional UK noisepunk. No more words needed!!!!!!!!!! Legendary!!!! The other side contains the next big name, AGATHOCLES mince core gods from Belgium team up with! Agathocles recording four new tracks in 2014 specially for these CD. (Power It Up Records #180 CD)

MORNING AGAIN - As Tradition Dies Slowly LP (Color Vinyl)
Late '90s-era Florida hardcore outt MORNING AGAIN released their only fulllength album As Tradition Dies Slowly in 1998. The band was originally started three years prior by former members of hardcore punk band CULTURE, John Wylie, Damien Moyal, and Louie Long. During the length of their existence, band members would rotate out and in with bands like CULTURE, OUTCAST, and BIRD OF ILL OMEN. As part of the vegan straight-edge movement, MORNING AGAIN incorporated melodies into their metallic hardcore sound. Often described as a hardcore version of SLAYER, As Tradition Dies Slowly is one of the heavier metalcore albums to come out at the time. Though the band broke up in 2000, they have reunited a handful of times over the last decade and a half. The year 2015 brings another reunion and a brand new color pressing of the As Tradition Dies Slowly. New pressing now available on clear vinyl. LP includes digital download of this record. (Revelation Records #70)

Descriptions for 6/27/15

14 new tracks of anti-fascist, head-erupting blastcore from one of the most brutal grindcore bands in the world today. Poland's SUFFERING MIND have been refining their unique brand of unrelenting political grindcore with multiple 7" Eps and splits since their classic self-titled LP on 625 back in 2010. This LP confirms their status as one of the best grind bands of the new century. Limited to 500 copies, gatefold 12" cover. (625 Productions #253)

Over 2 years in the making, "OUR EARTH'S BLOOD PT. V" v/a 7" e.p. continues the philosophical sound journey of BASTARD NOISE with veteran Japan-based sounds artists : GUILTY CONNECTOR, SHAYNE BOWDEN (transplanted from his home country of Australia), TOSHIJI MIKAWA (INCAPACITANTS), HIROSHI HASEGAWA (C.C.C.C./ASTRO), FACIALMESS (transplanted from his home country of England), K2, GOVERNMENT ALPHA, KATSURA MOURI, and MAKIKO SUDA (FLATIGIOUS IDIOSYCRACY IN THE DILAPIDATION) Each track features extreme, complex, textural power electronics and vocals/lyrics expertly recorded and mixed/produced by BN producer Michael Rozon ("THE RED LIST", A CULTURE OF MONSTERS", "SKULLDOZER", etc.) Packaged in a high quality pocket sleeve and including a double sided insert with all the lyrics, the 7" comes in a brilliant "starburst" vinyl mixed color and is ready to assault ears & minds in a way no other recording of its' genre ever has. This 7" is limited to a strict 500 copies. The brutality continues... with classic Bastard Noise vocals on all but one track! (Bastard Noise SR #3)

ZERO - Paradox 7"
Blazing hardcore punk from this Minneapolis band. Catchy and driving songs with a strong burning spirits influence. These guys are one of the most exciting bands around and while they have obvious influences their attention to melody and quality song writing stands out in today's punk scene. Packaged in 2 color screen printed (inside and outer) cover with a risographed insert and hand cut stamp on the inner sleeve. Recorded by Matt Castore (of Condominium) at a Harder Commune and mastered by Enormous Door. (Desolate Records #2)

DISGUISE - Signs Of The Future LP
Dublin, like New York or London, is a city whose punk in 2015 matches its vibrancy with its refusal to be defined by one sound. Multiple bands, all with wildly divergent takes on 2015 punk, all unified in their DIY ethic and refusal to compromise. The first 12" from searing rawpunx Disguise (who also feature 2/3 of Zom and members of Strong Boys) continues where their System Shock 7" left off, slamming together the lithe turmoil of Gloom, the monstrous purpose of Bastard, the ugly burn of Crude SS into a violent driving gunk, like Florida's Mauser or Australia's Kromosom, taking that Scandi-Japanese rawpunk axis and stretching it out to their own corner of the globe. Built on a relentless sinister thrum, a taut propulsive clatter, Disguise explode with scalding fury in the screaming guitars and tortured barks and roars echoing out of the radioactive slurry. From Constant Victim pure vitriol rolling into Signs of the Future's noisestomp groove, to Depleted Uranium heady crash and BBFM's broken fade, this is ferocious hardcore punk, worked til its end. (Static Shock Records #30)

PERMANENT RUIN - Are You Ready To Sacrifice? LP
PERMANENT RUIN is probably one of the best current (and accessible) Bay Area bands. You should really only have to know that PERMANENT RUIN are 2/3 of IN DISGUST with the singer from CONDENADA, but the grinding insanity that was IN DISGUST has been injected with manic Japanese riffing and howling insistent female vocals that keep you on edge from their first belt. This is powerful shit! This LP compiles their 3 7" EP's plus a bunch of unheard songs (5 tracks) for a total of 21 songs!!! So let's talk about the debut Permanent Ruin first EP ("Hell Is Real"). This is INSANE - breakneck thrash with huge divebombs and red-eyed intensity. The first scream singer Mariam lets off on opener "Legacy" sounds like it's going to jump off of the record and wrap itself around your throat. Six tracks and it never lets up for a moment! That'll never go down, though. Maybe it didn't take eight years of Republican bullshit to really get political punk kicked back into gear, but rather the five years and counting of misery that followed. Boot's still down on your throat. In their second EP ("Ms All De La Muerte") there's a stronger power violence influence, but like my favorite bands who get described as power violence, this sounds more like straightforward hardcore played super, super fast and angry. In other words, it's fast, but the changes from fast to mid-paced parts don't feel gimmicky or overwrought. Definitely one of the tightest, angriest bands out right now... The newer 7" EP is called "San Jose" and, just like before, you know this fucker ain't for no damn milk-babies, this is for the true punk freaks, from the blinding speed, the hard-as-fuck breakdowns, and the best vox in the biz! About the new unheard songs, well, that's gonna be a surprise. (Agipunk Records #102)

WALK PROUD - Too Much Is Never Enough LP
One of the original hardcore bands from the Nemesis Records roster is back with their first full length in 25 years. Walk Proud is probably best known in the hardcore scene for having been the first release for New Age Records all the way back in 1988 with the "Be Yourself" EP. The band followed that up with the "RIP" LP in 1990 and the "One More Time" EP in 1991, both on Nemesis Records. An appearance on the "Furious World" compilation on Basement Records in 2003 was the band's last release, making this their first new record in over a decade. The band returns with 13 new tracks for fans of Agnostic Front, Bad Religion and Suicidal Tendencies. LP includes digital download. (Know Records #157)

Armistice: Southern California peace punk band-Armistice are back with their brand of political punk. The trademark distorted guitars and dive bombs are still present on this release. 100% paws up in the air punk rock from the Harbor Area of Los Angeles. Holokaust: Riverside, California's crust/punk veteran's deliver another lethal dose of their D-beat inspired punk. This marks Holokaust's first release since their split with Rattus. Straight to the point hard hitting lyrics! (Know Records #156)

MCRAD - Lion Pure LPx2
You can't have a discussion about Skate Punk without the name McRad. Formed by east coast skateboarder Chuck Treece in the early 80's, McRad instantly left a mark on the Philly punk scene. Their initial ep "Dominant Force" and the full length "Absence of Sanity" became instant skate rock classics. An appearance on Thrasher Magazine's Skate Rock Vol. 2 compilation coupled with their music being used in classic Powell Peralta skate videos like Ban This and Public Domain all but assured McRad would go down in skate punk history. Contains both the Absence of Sanity LP and Dominant Force 12" (both out of print on vinyl since the mid 80s) the tracks from Thrasher Skate Rock Vol 2 and more. Also features HR from Bad Brains on 2 tracks. Comes with a free digital download. Look for the band to hit the road this summer to promote the record as well. (Not Like You Records #4)

GOAT SEMEN - Ego Sum Sathan LP
At long last, one of the most highly anticipated debut albums ever arrives: GOAT SEMEN's Ego Sum Sathana. At ground zero of the rebirth and resurgence of South American black/death at the dawn of the new millennium, these Peruvian devils delivered one of the most classic demos ever with their self-titled 2002 demo, which has seen countless re-editions in the past decade as well as the band's legendary grow to enviable levels. But alas, a debut album has eluded the band, and the fervor 'n' anticipation for one have reached critical mass in the metal underground. Taking on almost mythical status (not unlike Sadistic Intent's long-promised debut LP), GOAT SEMEN's Ego Sum Sathana has been in the making for literally a decade. Granted, the band's been keeping busy in the underground since the 2002 demo, releasing a handful of splits with the likes of Nazxul, Krieg, Levifer, and Japan's Sabbat, among others, as well as two highly coveted live albums - but each step of the way, it's only been a few songs teasingly released a time. But now, Ego Sum Sathana explodes into being, fully formed as the ultimate GOAT SEMEN statement. Like a veritable travelogue across the history of South American metal barbarity the past three decades, Ego Sum Sathana surges and gnashes with all the hellfire and hatred the continent's black/death is world renowned for, and yet the quartet imbibe all these traditions and spit them out nastier than ever. Song dynamics and even lengths range a surprising amount of ground for metal so hideous and maniacal; likewise, the production finds the right balance between raw and well-rounded. Through it all, however, the feeling of imminent implosion lurks around every dark 'n' diseased corner, chaos nearly taking hold and never losing its grip, whipping the listener into either a full-on frenzy or a state of perpetual tension. GOAT SEMEN laugh all the while, the masters taunting their servants, and Ego Sum Sathana summarily the execution the latter's begging for. If you were ever seeking the perfect combination of INRI, Black Force Domain, Aquelarre, Sexual Carnage, and Wicca...look no further. (Hells Headbangers Records #147)

ABOMINATOR - Evil Proclaimed LP
At long last, legendary black/death heretics ABOMINATOR return from suspended animation with their highly anticipated comeback album, Evil Proclaimed. After eight years in the abyss, the core creative duo of drummer/vocalist Chris Volcano and guitarist Andrew Undertaker - both longtime veterans of the deadly Australian metal scene - have reignited the hellfire, having learned their lessons well from a devilish hiatus, and thusly deliver a demonic slab of black/death metal carnage. Aptly titled, Evil Proclaimed is ABOMINATOR's fifth album to date, and their first album for HELLS HEADBANGERS. Here, these Oz barbarians range their entire discography, the filth 'n' fury of their earliest days well accounted for whilst showing a nuanced sense of dynamics not heard on their previous albums. The attack's not unlike a heat-seeking missile: stealthy, insistent, focused, FAST...and death imminent. With a history that stretches back more than 20 years now, ABOMINATOR display no signs of softening nor compromise; if anything, they're more committed than ever to harnessing the powers of chaos and unleashing them back as a maelstrom of blackened Metal of Death. Rounded off by the band's best, burliest production ever, Evil Proclaimed is the victorious return everyone's been awaiting of ABOMINATOR. Onward they march... (Hells Headbangers Records #149)

PORTAL - Seepia LP (gatefold)
A vision of utter horror, 'Seepia' is perhaps one of the most unique and intimidating albums ever conceived. Depraved, artsy and morally-impaired, through a twisted mindfuck of oppressive histrionics and the class of classic avant-garde cinema, Portal portrays theatrical musical dementia through a death metal lens. (Hells Headbangers Records #137)

BONEHUNTER - Evil Triumphs Again CD
Much like they've done with ARMOUR and EVILNIGHT, once again, HELLS HEADBANGERS unleashes an underground gem from darkest Finland, ready to take up the heavy metal fight: BONEHUNTER and their debut album, Evil Triumphs Again. All too appropriately titled, Evil Triumphs Again is a cryogenically frozen blast from the past, offering obeisance to debut-era Bathory in its unremittingly cavernous atmosphere yet resolutely punk-rocking thrust. BONEHUNTER hail all forms of evil (a quick rundown of some of the album's song titles include "Acid Fuck," "Succubus," "Burning Skulls," the telltale "Devil Metal Punks" and, of course, the title track itself) and extol these virtues through simple, pounding metalpunk drenched in sulfur and sewage, each anthem crankier and catchier than the last. One listen through and these songs will NOT leave your head - and thus, Evil Triumphs Again! (Hells Headbangers Records#153 CD)

"Outre" sees Portal take their adhering style of surreal demented bizarre death metal (although Portal really transcend such a term these days, especially in this day in age where most bands that pass as "death metal" present a feeble display, far from what true horrifying death metal should encompass) and take it to a much more disturbing paradigm, than was found on the band's monumental "Seepia" observation. Overall, such an album as "Outre" will only alienate Portal even more from the so-called death metal scene of today. Were most musicians like to play it safe and typical in such a genre, where things become easy to comprehend, Portal merely transcend all boundaries and go much beyond into a realm where no other band in the genre dare step foot in (on a musical and lyrical sense). (Hells Headbangers Records #80)

The 80's in Poland it's when underground punk thrives, but neither thanks to the radio shows, cassettes nor vinyl discs, but as the DIY recordings from Jarocin Festival that punkers were able to fix with their tape recorders. Most of the bands of that era didn't last long enough nor left much mark on the scene, but still - there are people who remember. Luckily one of those people, Bunt - singer of Uliczny Opryszek, has collected tons of recordings over the years. With all those unique stuff from various 80's polish punk bands, it's no surprise that his band recorded THIS kickass album, with 19 unforgettable punk anthems taken from years 1978-93, that originally didn't get a chance to be recorded. This album seems to be real time travel. For old timers it's the reminiscent of their punk youth, for youngsters - interesting and exciting history lesson. Every song starts with a few seconds intro taken from original versions, so that the whole stuff sounds more authentic. We can hear songs of: Zakon Zebrzacych, Lumpersi, Kanada, Nocne Szczury, Detonator BN, Defloracja, Poercoks, Liberum Veto, Konwent A, and many more) (Pasazer Records #47)

DEZERTER - Wiekszy Zjada Mniejszego LP
Those guys are real long distance runners. Constantly active, probably most important band of the Polish punk scene got our attention again, with their 13th studio album - "Wiekszy Zjada Mniejszego". This album is 10 condensed, dark, crucial songs, recorded analog to feed your ears with 100% authenticity of band's sound. Recorded without use of anything besides magnetic tape, band has to put real effort to make it sound just right, cuz there's no cut-and-paste there! That resulted in a better energy flow among the band members and gives those pieces a lot of extra energy, as well as, of course - old school feel to it. Grabowski's lyrics, as usual aren't nice and easy. It's a heavy weight topics that will force your brain cells to work overtime. He said: "This album doesn't contain easy listening rock'n'roll, even despite the fact that it is all guitars, with a strong dose of melodic vocal lines." (Pasazer Records #46)

DEZERTER - Ile Procent Duszy (20th anniversary edition) LP
Existing for 33 years already, Dezerter is beyond doubt the most creative force of Polish musical underground and the punk rock scene. In the 80's, the band had been troubled with all the problems caused by a communist regime - their first name: SS20 was banned by the authorities, part of the first pressing of their 1984 debut EP was destroyed, their first full-lenght was released only in US thanks to the help of D.O.A.'s Joey Shithead and only a limited amount of the copies of their first official Polish LP was released (and that also after an interferance of a state censorship). The communism in the Easter Europe fell in 1989, but Dezerter didn't want to remain a legendary "system opposing band" and soon found a new ways of expressions for their non-conformist, peaceful and ecological ideas. Despite becoming fairly popular act, they never lost their touch with the reality and the punk scene. Dezerter had released twelve full lengths, toured the whole Europe and Japan. Few generations of punk rock bands appeared in the meantime, yet Dezerter still can claim to be the leading unit among them. It's the second vinyl edition of Dezerter seventh album, originally released in 1994. "Ile Procent Duszy" is probably the best, and surely the most popular record the band made in the 1990s. As usually, very inspirational and packed with punk message. (Pasazer Records #7)

CELA NR 3 - Stilonka LP
The immortal hits of CELA Nr 3 at least gonna scratch on the real vinyl! After 27 years, we want to remind the most famous demo of theband from Grudzidz. Realized in 1987, 18 punk anthems / punk party hits (choose the right one!) gonna appear on the first vinyl of the band! CELA NR. 3 was one of the very few teams in Polish scene of those years remembering that punk rock can have kind of melody as well. Not only "Flowers", "Does it matter?", "Six" or "Cela nr 3", but literally every number of the album is a part of the must have punk bible book and a must of every punk rock party. Anyway, the band is still doing it successfully live and systematically recalls on their new studio works. After a quarter of a century (what a statement!) we have upgraded their earliest, the original version, done by the singer Kurdupel (RIP), played in the characteristic sound of the 80s with the old schoolkeyboard, the true rare phenomenon in the punk of the communist Poland, Anyone who recorded live punk shows on those cheap tapes in the 80s understands the title Stilonka. This stuff survived thanks to stilonka tapes as well. ... The punk champion Wechter painted the cover with the band looking same way, as they were while in the era of Jaruzelski. Weve everything possible to make these great songs sound fresh as never before, and at the same time to bring up the mood of those funny, but not always merry time. Ladies and gentlemen! Wipe tears of emotion, get the beer in your hand hand and get ready ready to dance. Heres The CELA NR 3! (Pasazer Records #44)

ALIANS - Gavroche LP
ALIANS flagship LP available for the first time on vinyl. Out on its 20's birthday! The first half of the 90's is a great time for the Polish independent hc/punk scene. One of the most popular trends that time was the original combination of punk, reggae and folk, which grew up particularly in surrounded by forests city of Piza. And one of the flagship bands of that trend was ALIANS. The band was extremely active that time, both live and in a studio, with the surprising sound of so unusual instruments like the accordion, melodica or... flutes, while playing aggressive and anarchistic punk rock of flesh and blood, guitars and drums same time. Exactly the way punk noise should be and differently than everyone else the same time. Their most memorable album for many was "Gavroche", realized in 1994 in the legendary studio Golden Rock. And as it just 20 years since that, and for the moment the band will celebrate 25 years being around, we decided to send you all a gift and see how this album gonna sound on vinyl. We are happy to announce that the album sounds great and has perfectly done the test of time. In addition to the well-known attack songs ("Homemade Bombs", "Deserts Lords"), you gonna find a large format and a new artwork in the rich and strong character. (Pasazer Records #45)

Among TILT, and KSU, NOCNE SZCZURY were one of first Polish punk band ever. This is 5 songs from New Wave Festival in Kolobrzeg 1980. Punk rock in a Sex Pistols style. EP includes photos, and story of singer ZIBI. (Pasazer Records #8)

DEZERTER - Jeszcze Zywy Czowiek (Still a Living Man) LPx2
Recording of the legendary Dezerter performance at Jarocin festival 1984. One of the most important documents of Polish punkrock's golden era for the first time available on double vinyl! The whole material was profoundly reconstructed from two separate sources - mixing table's recording and a bootleg tape. It contains 26 tracks played by the band that evening, a dispute with the festival's promoters and exciting yet ambiguous atmosphere of the whole event. All in all, over 70 minutes of recording. "Jeszcze Zywy Czowiek" (Still a Living Man) was originally released on tape by the underground label Tank Records established by the band in 1984. Dezerter members produced few hundred copies which in turn had been copied onward by the fans. In a way it's the first full length Dezerter ever recorded and it fully shows band's energy and unapologetic wit of Polish punk rock. In spite of censorship, Dezerter managed to find a way of criticizing abnormality of the system. Although the songs are rooted deeply in contemporary reality of the communist state, their universal message can't be argued. This record would be a fascinating document for some and a nice tip how to treat the system for the others. (Pasazer Records #21)

V/A - Leave Nothing But Footprints, Take Nothing but Photographs 7"x3 compilation box set
I found Myself in Austin Texas, Bail. Her Breath on Glass, The Rabbit Theory, Kids Return, Duct Hearts, Eucalypt, Empire! Empire!, Your Neighbour the Liar, and Smithsonian all having tracks on this triple 7" compilation. Comes in a small box with a thick little booklet thingy... very 1990's emo. (Time As A Color Records #20)

digitial download) The Daydream Fit offer a classic mid 90s song, sad, but still a banger summer tune! Dotlights is a project of Casper from Captain, Your Ship Is Sinking. beautiful works on reverbs and clean guitar sounds alongside electronic-ish drum sounds. on the flipside Lorraine offer their excellent version of beaty, pissed off, raw, distorted emo. Finally Duct Hearts Close the record with their shortest and most straight forward song so far, a full band version of a song that was released as an acoustic version on the "leave nothing but footprints..." 7" series. less delays than all other songs they recorded so far, and no silent parts in between, just the rock! The artwork itself is astonishing, lots of cuts and folds, screenprinted packing paper combined with paper taken from books, hence each cover is unique. comes with a b&w inlay made of 100g recycling paper and a download code. (Time As A Color Records #34)

DUCT HEARTS - If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed? 7" (with digitial download)
After 3 split records duct hearts' long awaited debut 7" delivers one giant 11:30 song, edited into 2 parts and pressed onto a 45 RPM 7". musically if you prick us, do we not bleed?" spans a bridge between the simplicity of mid 90's emo (as done by Christie Front Drive, Mineral, or Jimmy Eat World before their Bleed American era) and postrock's excessive orchestration, strongly influenced by those bands who take other influences from metal or posthardcore into postrock, like Isis, Pelican or German now defunct bands Amber or Arktika. you get twinkly chords, airy delays, reverbs, walls-of-sound, whispers, singing, screaming, ebbs and tides, frustration, sudden stops, sudden anger. records come in black cardboard folder with black and silver screenprint, black inner sleeves, insert sheet with lyrics and download code. (Time As A Color Records #33)

AMOUTH - Awaken LP
Self-proclaimed minimalists, Amouth provides what feels like a stripped down take on post-metal compared to Pelican, Isis or even Russian Circles. This makes the album feel more accessible to newcomers to the genre. Despite complex layering, one can still follow what each instrument is doing. This accessibility can also be attributed to Amouth's songwriting prowess. As with bands such as Porcupine Tree, while each instrument may be playing a complicated part (rhythmically or otherwise), you don't necessarily notice because they all gel so well. (Time As A Color Records #32)

'90s emo/postrock/ambient. One song each. human hands deliver a ferociously bleak effort entitled "rot", all heavy hearted basslines and generally not too amused. mars to stay compliment them with a spaced out slow jam reminiscent of various bands who did that in the 90s. (Time As A Color Records #31)

BAIL - In Closing Memories LP (with digitial download)
Bail have been kicking around for a good 8 years now and I just read that a couple of them were in Collin Kramer. Never knew that! I saw Collin Kramer play with Belle Epoque when I was living in Strasbourg in about 2003-4 - what a great show that was. This record though is also something special. The opening track has me convinced from the off - it's that kind of rolling, melodic and urgent blend of powerful post hardcore and emo that harks back to the 90s. There's a little bit of Native Nod going on and it's driven and urgent. The vocals are bang on - strained and wrought without going over into screamo territory. When it breaks down into a lone guitar line about halfway through the sound is all twinkly before things get more desperate again. There are moments throughout where things get nice and sad like on the brief "Interlude" and the opening to "Triangle #3" before its more desperate second half. The contrast is nicely done every time. "Passerby" might be the standout for me for its urgency and the way it slows down to a lone guitar before the vocals come back and strain to get over the line. This is an absolutely fantastic song. The instrumental last track, "Epilogue" brings the sadness again and closes the record on a sombre note. This band should be talked about a lot more. This is exceptional. I'd heard this record was coming out but had kind of forgotten about it until it appeared in the review list the other day. What a great band, what a cracking record. (Time As A Color Records #30)

PLANS FOR NOBODY - s/t LP (with digitial download)
Released february 5th 2014, 328 copies on black vinyl. A totally typical release for time as a color as this is a release of a long time friend's music, this time from my hometown. A super untypical release though, because it's totally different from most music released on this label. If this would feature a big bearded shouter it would remind me of bands like Amber, which I admire a lot, although it contains less "Post-" in the "Rock" and "Metal". But this being combined witha voice that sounds like something between Paramore and Evanescence and contains influences of corporate modern rock and poppy metal. Mastered at the almighty tonmeisterei, comes in full color inside out sleeves and printed inner sleeves. (Time As A Color Records #27)

ALL OUT WAR - Dying Gods LP/CD
Now nearing the band's two-and-a-half decade mark, All Out War proves that age has only refined the band's killing capabilities on "Dying Gods," a brand-new release which the band is about to unleash upon humanity. "Dying Gods" sees the band return to the sound of "For Those Who Were Crucified," and just like that timelessly brutal album, "Dying Gods" was engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Turmoil, Buried Alive, Suicide Silence) and mastered by Alan Douches, both at West West Side Studios in New York. The release sees the band bringing five decimating, new, original tracks and covers of two iconic, underground anthems. Vinyl version includes digital download. CD version includes digital download of three additonal tracks. (Organized Crime Records #62)

BITTER END - Illusions Of Dominance LP/CD
"Illusions Of Dominance" is the monstrous new album from Bitter End, produced by Nick Jett (Terror, Piece By Piece). Thematically, the album takes on the subject of mankind's fragility in the face of nature's overwhelming and inescapable power. For fans of Terror, Cro-Mags, Madball, Cold World, Biohazard and No Warning. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #176)

ILSA - The Felon's Claw LPx2
Washington DC's masters of occult inspired doom/crust return with their fourth full length offering: The Felon's claw. Ten severely down-tuned and pulverizing tracks culminating into ILSA's most focused and sonically oppressive album to date. For fans of: COFFINS / BOLT THROWER / AMEBIX Initial copies on neon vinyl. Not available to Universal accounts. (A389 Records #159)

(restock) VIOLENT REACTION - Marching On LP/CD
Originally conceived and executed as a one-man project by Tom Pimlott on the banks of the Mersey River in Liverpool, England, Violent Reaction recorded a demo in 2011, an EP in 2012 and an LP for Painkiller Records in 2013. Soon after, Tom relocated to Leeds to assemble a full band with an end result that finds the lads playing straight edge, hardcore punk with an obvious oi influence. With a lengthy American tour with their brother band The Flex under their belt, Violent Reaction is set to make their Revelation Records debut with "Marching On." Vinyl version includes digital download. (Revelation Records #158)

(restock) THOU - Heathen LPx2
Heathen is the fourth full length record from Baton Rouge, Louisiana band Thou. The domestic version of this record was self-released on the band's in-house Howling Mine label. 180g double LP in Stoughton gatefold tip-on jackets. (Howling Mine Records #7)

(restock) THE BODY - The Body LP
Originally released in 2004 on Obscurist Press, this version has been remastered by Machines with Magnets and pressed on 180g black vinyl. New inserts have been letter pressed by Astro Press and with heavy Stoughton jackets. (Howling Mine Records #6)

Descriptions for 6/20/15

GOATLORD - Sodomize the Goat LPx2/CD
Although the "Sodomize the Goat" demo has been re-issued twice since its initial, foreboding conception in 1988, the version that Nuclear War Now! hereby presents is unparalleled in terms of its quality and its adherence to the integrity of the original recording. No expense was spared in an attempt to capture the sound that the band itself would have produced at the time of its recording if the means to do so had been made readily available. To this end, NWN! conspired with guitarist Joe Frankulin to obtain a vintage Vestafire 4-track recorder, the very same machine that had been used for the original recording, and the original tape was remixed and remastered by James Plotkin under the direct supervision of Frankulin himself. The original unholy artwork has appropriately been resurrected to adorn the cover of this release. (Nuclear War Now Records #285)

GOATLORD - Demo '87 / Rehersal '88 LPx2/CD
With the greatest of personal pleasure and pride, Nuclear War Now! announces its re-issue of the complete, original Demo '87 in conjunction with a first-time release of a 1988 rehearsal recording that exemplifies Goatlord's majestic devolution. This release features the original cover artwork from Demo '87 and as a bonus includes alternate versions of "Chicken Dance" and "Voodoo Mass," taken from the recording session of Reflections of the Solstice. (Nuclear War Now Records #286)

GNOSIS - The Third Eye Gate LP
Hailing from Florida (and its members having previously participated in other regional bands of somewhat disparate styles), GNOSIS was born into the esteemed lineage of a highly-regarded tradition in black/death metal. Their geographic roots notwithstanding, GNOSIS (from the Greek term denoting a "religion of knowledge") may actually share more in common musically with the tradition of the country from which the name is derived. (Nuclear War Now Records #255)

KATECHON - Coronation CD
"Coronation" is Katechon's second attempt at redefining the Norwegian black metal genre. This album embraces the sickness and delirium that are prone to infect the imperfect being's mind, and it prefers to proclaim Nietzsche a coward by instead staring directly into the abyss and diving right in. (Nuclear War Now Records #288 CD)

ORDER FROM CHAOS - Frozen in Steel CDx5 Boxset
To bring the music of Order From Chaos into proper focus, the band worked together with NWN! Productions to produce this definitive discography collection. "Frozen in Steel" contains all of the material Order From Chaos released during its existence. Included in this 5xCD box set are all the demos and early EPs. In addition to these releases, "Frozen in Steel" contains several rare and/or previously unreleased rehearsal and live recordings to provide the listener with the full spectrum of Order From Chaos' dynamics. Accompanying the musical content of each of the five CDs is a substantial booklet, the sum of which compile a complete bio written by the band members, numerous previously unseen photos from their personal collections, and a complete presentation of the lyrics. (Nuclear War Now Records #183 CD)

DOOM SNAKE CULT - Love Sorrow Doom LP/CD
In 2004, Nuclear War Now! rightfully sought to resurrect this Black Doom Metal masterpiece by reissuing "Love, Sorrow, Doom" on vinyl LP format for the first time. Now, eleven years later, NWN! endeavors to further cement Doom Snake Cult's oft-overlooked legacy. Much in the same schizophrenic way in which a brain functions under the influence of hallucinogens, this re-release continues in the tradition of previous versions by altering a few of its prominent components. As with the transition between the original JL America release and the first NWN! version, the cover art has once again been replaced, this time with a much more fitting piece from the incomparable Manuel Tinnemans, with the layout as a whole executed brilliantly by TLMN. Also, just as the original track list had been modified for the 2004 vinyl release, the current version's track list reflects the band's recent decision to improve the sequencing of songs. As such, this version opens with "Enchanted Cerebral Forest," which immediately beckons the listener to "journey to the center of your mind" and perfectly sets the scene for the dark introspection that one would be sure to undergo upon following the inherently prescribed chemical enhancement. (Nuclear War Now Records #22)

BLASPHEMY - Fallen Angel of Doom.... CD
"Fallen Angel of Doom...." is a monument of the black metal genre and still holds the magic that inspired an entire subgenre of black metal globally from Beherit in Finland, Abhorer in Singapore, Braindead in Malaysia, Impurity in Brazil, Dead Christ in the UK, Naked Whipper in Germany, to countless others. NWN and Ross Bay Cult are very proud to unearth this classic album once again on CD and LP formats. (Nuclear War Now Records #69 CD)

GOATLORD - The Last Sodomy of Mary LP
As it first did in 2007, Nuclear War Now! is once again honored to re-release "The Last Sodomy of Mary," a collection of both the earliest and last of the band's recordings, some of which were still in need of lyrics being written. In addition to the seven aforementioned songs that were intended to be included on a second album, this compilation includes the band's first-ever recording, "Unholy Black Slut," the same version of which was played by a friend on his radio show at a local university soon after the band's inception. It also contains the first recorded version of "Sacrifice," one of the band's longest-tenured and most highly-revered songs, as it was first committed to tape with Glen Bonner from Doom Snake Cult on guitar. In sum, "The Last Sodomy of Mary" represents both the first and final nails in the coffin of a band's whose undead presence will forever outlast its short-lived active existence. (Nuclear War Now Records #57)

ARCHAGATHUS - Dehumanizer LP
Shift yo ass Agathocles, your space in my playlist and record shelves is detracting me from the one true mince god: Archagathus. Here is the long overdue full length; "Dehumanizer," contained in this bloated grotesquery of punk is 21 minutes of the meanest mince slop, gutter riffs and choleric vocals; this sewer of music overpopulated by perversion, sonic torture and other horrors. Pathologically speaking Dehumanizer is the apex of the current mince-gore progression/regression/corruption Archagathus have been undergoing lately and as such Dehumanizer and the last half a dozen splits or so all bring strong parallels to kinsmen and split partners Grotesque Organ Defilement and Hypermesis, but most importantly the band have still ultimately kept their classic archagathus sense of identity/idiocy. (RSR Records #147)

INSECT WARFARE/THE KILL - split 7" flexi
Originally released on Torture Garden as limited 100 tape. this masterpiece its now first time on 7" flexi, 48 seconds of total blasting Grindcore from US and Australia. Insect Warfare is presenting 17 seconds of blastbeat, The Kill is answering with 31 seconds. Limited release, grab your copy before its gone. Original Artwork by Daniel Shaw. (RSR Records #125)

MASSGRAV - Kill your Darlings 7"
Hailed as the most good looking and pissed off band to ever walk the earth, Massgrav now pays tribute to some of the bands that have inspired them throughout the years. From thrash metal to hip hop, Swedish punk classics of the 80s and 90s and even a Motrhead track - they all get the special Massgrav treatment that transform each and every one of them into an intense punch to the throat and a kick in the nuts. (RSR Records #137)

Hamburgs finest Animalgrind and SW HQ Varnvs Blasters join for a south european tour all the way down to istanbul and back. in conclusion with this trip RSR releases a split "7 of both bands as tour edition. limited release! (RSR Records #132)

MIND ERASER - Legacy of Brutality tape cassette
Mind Eraser are Boston's powerviolence heavyweights, featuring members of The Rival Mob, No Tolerance, Boston Strangler or Step Forward. Their "Glacial Reign" LP is nothing but a masterpiece, drawing influences from bands like Infest, Napalm Death, Siege or Entombed. "Legacy Of Brutality" features 16 songs collected between 2005 and 2010. Limited European press to 200 copies. Don't miss this one. (RSR Records #160 TP)

SAND IN THE FACE - Music Made to Riot 1982 to 1983 LP
This LP compiles the very earliest recordings of Montville, New Jersey's Sand in the Face. The demos, largely recorded at Boonton, NJ's Mix-o-Lydian Studios, features the band's pre-LP line-up, containing a young, pre-Chrome Crank Peter 'Aaron' Wegele on bass, who also contributes extensive liner notes for the record. Note that Mix-o-Lydian is the studio that gave us the Misfits' "Walk Among Us" not much earlier. Sand in the Face were one of the first wave of New Jersey's hardcore bands, and contemporaries with the likes of Adrenalin OD and Bedlam. Mike Judge, the singer of late-'80s New York hardcore band Judge, attended the same high school as members of Sand in the Face and credits them with inspiring him to start his own band. Musically, it's disaffected suburban teenage thrash of the best variety. If you're familiar with the likes of Buy Our Records or Mutha Records, you know the pedigree. Limited to a one-time pressing of 600 copies. (Mad At The World Records #1204)

Featuring the usual news and reviews as well as interviews with Backtrack, Since We Were Kids, Praise, Burn and Ian Mackaye. The interview with Ian Mackaye is long and detailed about the early days of DC hardcore. Not Like You has quickly become a respected zine amongst the scene from coast to coast, breaking down the barriers and genres which continue to divide it. 40 full size b&w pages. (Not Like You Records #4)

THE ACTHUNGS - Welcome to Hell LP
Teen Punk is a universal language. Red Cross' Born Innocent is a masterpiece. A little is more than a lot. If you disagree with any of the preceding, you can probably skip The Achtung's new album "Welcome to Hell." But you really ought to reconsider. This very short record feels even shorter, because the folks who made it sound like they're having a blast. Perhaps you should join them. Features the hits "You're Not My Friend," "I Wanna Be Mean," and "They sent Me Back to Hell." They're from Finland, but you'd never guess. On the Going Underground label, so you know it's messed up. (Going Underground Records #35)

After a slight delay at the pressing plant, we are finally able to unleash the beast of an ep. Two japanese grindcore megaforces join together to just destroy your stylus. Brand new material from both bands. (Haunted Hotel Records #84)

PONTIUS PIRATE - Pterodactyl Island LP
Seventeen tracks of bad vibes and sinister sounds from two of the wizards who brought you SOCKEYE and FOSSIL FUEL plus one other idiot. Even the most hearing-impaired fans of early BUTTHOLE SURFERS, JERRY CLOWER and severely-damaged HAWKWIND records will find it challenging to endure this nightmare soundtrack of regressive retard rock in one sitting. Explore the lowest depths of alcohol-fueled dementia while simultaneously reaching new heights of terrifying pleasure in ways previously thought impossible! Somewhere between bewildering annoyance and absolute brilliance lies PONTIUS PIRATE. Could this be the record that finally ruins music for you completely? Dab the wound, wipe away the vomit and order without hesitation. Like a real man do! (Haunted Hotel Records #85)

CLOUD RAT - Qliphoth LP
Cloud Rat's 3rd full length and IFB Records' 8th release for the band, is another absolute masterpiece of venomous grinding hardcore fury. This MI based trio has toured relentlessly and has never failed to keep their sound fresh and interesting, despite being super prolific. This record adds the noise skills of Brandon Hill to great effect, just upping the ante. Madison's vocals again spew hideous poisons unknown since ancient ages, and Adrian has managed to hit the drums harder in an absolutely punishing performance. Rorik drops riff after riff, taking it from grinding intensity to chugging crunch. Seriously, just get this. (IFB Records #84)

Another lovely little split derived from a great friendship from across the oceans. Autarkeia is from Ft. Myers FL and drops one epic track of pained, heavy emo - giant riffs and chaotic intensity complete with furious female vocals. Made of half Jiyuna and half Merkit personnel. Republic of Dreams hails from Germany and Poland and play maniacal emo-violence of the first order - swirling chaos and pounding filth have never sounded so good. 4 tracks in about 4 minutes on their side and there is no time for breathing - pure mastery of the genre from the masters - ex Resurrectionists and Louise Cyphre. (IFB Records #85)

(repressed!) CRYPTOPSY - None So Vile LP
An undisputed Classic. Cryptopsy's legendary 2nd offering is widely regarded as the bands best and most important work. "None So Vile" see the classic Cryptopsy lineup coming together and reaching a definite climax. Sheer insanity behind the kit from drum virtuoso Flo Mounier, shred / tremolo speed guitars visibly tinged with classical elements and delivering unmistakeable 'hooks' (yes, that's right hooks), madly ordered arpeggio solo sections, and the sickeningly artful gutter screams of the one and only Lord Worm. This album has no equal, and many would claim that the release of None So Vile saw death metal reach it's peak. (War on Music #38)

(repressed!) CRYPTOPSY - Blasphemy Made Flesh LP
Pioneering Brutal Canadian Death Metal. Cryptopsy's 1994 debut features Flo Mounier on drums and Lord Worm on vocals, and remains to this day one of the most respected and intense works of extreme metal. Maniac blasting speed, morbid groove, cutting rhythm and blistering solos. Although largely overshadowed by it's successor None So Vile, Blasphemy Made Flesh has all the elements that that made early Cryptopsy so unique and spectacular, and many true fans acknowledge BMF as painfully underrated, and the real masterpiece of the early brutal death metal era. (War on Music #37)

DISTORT #47 'zine
Modern Melbourne comedown: interviews with Brando's Island, Justin K Fuller and Moon Rituals, a piece by Jess Johnson who illustrated the art on the cover, a piece by Jesse Thomas about the YDI record Black Dust, and some writing on choice modern psychedelic, hardcore and psychotic electronic music: Glue, Blotter, Puce Mary, Culo, Long Knife, Perspex Flesh, Martyr Privates, Goosebumps. (Distort #47)

DISTORT #48 'zine
A tribute to Al Montfort, Snake, who has spent the last decade playing in some of Melbourne's most active underground bands - Straightjacket Nation, The UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver, East Link and Lower Plenty. From mutant glam punk to psychotic hardcore to damaged post punk to feral dole wave, Snake has made a huge impact on the sound and drive of contemporary Australian music. In 2013, Douglas Lance Gibson interviewed Al and I about our playing in bands together for the past ten years, and shot some photographs of us. The bulk of this issue is this interview and photographs. Also in this issue is an interview by Tim Scott with Al Montfort and a complete to time of printing discography of his recording career, numbering a significant 66 releases. (Distort #48)

PURPLE 7 - Gulf Of The Afterglow LP
Proper vinyl release of super limited cassette tape - only release from this Bloomington, IN. Trio. 11 songs of Lo-fi pop, indie, punk band compiled of members of DEFIANCE OHIO, LANDLORD & HOT NEW MEXICANS! (Dead Broke Records #127)

MILES AWAY - Tide LP/CD/Tape Cassette
In the years since their last full length album Miles Away have managed to refine their sound adding subtle new elements that build on the foundations found throughout their extensive back catalogue. Tracks like "Entitlement" and Port of Call" bring back memories of the bands very first release, the "Make It Count" EP, whilst the song "Grateful" has a real "Rewind, Repeat..." vibe. Other tracks from "Tide" such as "Terra Incognita" and "Mousetraps" would feel right at home upon the bands last full length "Endless Roads". Entering their thirteenth year as a band, Miles Away have produced an album that touches on themes such as gratitude and positive growth but also dismay at what they see in the world around today, all with a distinct Australian feel. Vocalist Nick Horsnell's raw and isolated vocal delivery is once again present, with the band adding more vocal melody into the mix than ever before. Pitching in on backing vocals are Zach from Bane, Jake from Dreamtigers, Dahei from Japanese band Cleave and renowned Aussie crooner Jamie Hay who put in time with A Death In The Family, Pitfall and Conation. (Six Feet Under Records #98)

PALM - The Unusual 7"
"The Unusual" is Palm's follow up to their 2012 debut masterpiece "My Darkest Friends". Continuing in the tense Japanese punk metal style and increasing in sharpness and harshness, this work is the most intense of the band to date. "The Unusual" was produced and recorded in California while the band tour, with TAYLOR YOUNG of NAILS / TWITCHING TONGUES at the healm. Mastered by Brad at AUDIOSIEGE, Artwork by Szymon Siech / berretard known for A389 Recordings releases by INTEGRITY. Only 333 copies of the EP will be available in the USA from Six Feet Under. (Six Feet Under Records #93)

Album contains 11 songs with approximate 38 minutes of crust/d-beat mayhem, in manners of Wolfpack, Skitsystem and State of Fear, longer songs with a powerful sound mixed and mastered on Sweden by Mattias Persson in Sceleris Studio in 2011. This will be their seventh album first edition on CD version released by Embrace my Funeral label from Mexico in 2011, and now this LP version by Mundo en Kaos records from USA/Mexico May 2015. Coaccion is a Crust d-beat band from Tijuana Mexico formed on 1999 with ex-members of Discordia. Coaccion have released a great stuff during their project as a underground band, first material was Mahoyani/Coaccion split Live Bootleg CDr,mini by Tercermundistas label in 2000, Desorden CD in 2002 and Invertebrado in 2004 both by Cryptas records from Mexico, also Amordazado 7" by Despotic Records in 2006, Cenizas 7" by Morbid Reality label in 2006 and Revolver 7" by Vex label in 2009. The band have experienced two USA tours and two Mexican tours, their last tour in Brazil and Coaccion is going to Europe on June 2015. This album is highly recommended for lovers of Crust d-beat as hell. Enjoy! (Mundo En Kaos Records #13)

Self Defense Family is one of the most prolific punk bands out there today. "Heaven Is Earth" was recorded at four classic indie/punk studios by a diverse group of engineers: Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser), Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio (Converge), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr.) and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile). Each engineer leaves his own distinct audio fingerprint on the collection of songs. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #170)

(restock) WEEKEND NACHOS/WOJCZECH - split 7"
Both bands from Chicago and Rostock presenting a live set from Fluff Fest as a support for their upcoming Tour 2014. The sound is really good and deliver the intense they built up over the years, Powerviolence vs. Grindcore! A perfect meal. (RSR Records #148)

(restock) PLF - Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration LP
Gulf Coast Grindcore veterans PLF unleash their fourth full-length album of thrash metal-tinged old school grindcore. This time they offer 15 new tracks of pummeling grindcore insanity, witha heavy guitar sound, fast and solid blast beats courtesy of their drummer Bryan Fajardo (Phobia, Noisear, Kill the Client, Gridlink, etc) and plenty of mid-paced thrash parts throughout, not to mention a cover by the mighty Assuck. "Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration" is the second LP to feature Fajardo as PLF's drummer, and listeners should expect no less of a full-scale onslaught than with 2013's "Devious Persecution and Wholesale Slaughter". Since forming in Houston, Texas in the late '90's, PLF have consistently delivered a wealth of old-school grind , releasing several split 7"s, split LPS, and three previous LP's. The release of "Ultimate Whirlwind of Incineration" intersects with their fourth tour of Europe, this time with Danish grinders Dead Instrument. (RSR Records #145)

Descriptions for 6/13/15

HARD LEFT - We Are Hard Left LP
Debut LP from Oakland's HARD LEFT. Classic-sounding '77 style punk with echoes of glam and hard mod, reference points might be SEX PISTOLS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, GENERATION X and NEWTOWN NEUROTICS. While there's also an Oi flavor here these guys and ladies are far from being yobbos; what sets Hard Left apart are their utopian leftist politics and the sheer quality of the tunes. Every song here is a shout-along anthem, the playing is loose without being sloppy, and the production is loud and dynamic. A ripper from start to finish. 11 songs plus three interludes, with sharp full-color sleeve, lyric insert and sticker. (Future Perfect Records #3)

Young guns from Northwest Indiana playing early Dischord Records riffs the way they should be played; with absolutely no regard for anyone. In a (literal) state full of Neo-Nazis, economic collapse, and no prospects, these four teens are writing music that reflects the fact that while some kids are growing up looking at Facebook and a college education, the land that America forgot is raising children destined to a steel mill that will be closing before they are even old enough to drink. No hope, no future, oi, oi, oi? (Foreign Legion Records #2)

NO OMEGA - Occupants LP
Following their highly regarded "Shame" LP from 2013, No Omega have continued their evolution, this time bringing us the powerful "Occupants" LP. Picking up with their refreshing take on melodic, but harsh and driving hardcore, you will feel the urgency of these songs right from the starting notes. There is also an overlaying haze bringing out the space and ambiance of the room it was recorded in, and despite the bombastic energy of the songs, this allows a gloomy side to shine through as well. If ever a hardcore record could capture the feeling of hopelessness; nowhere to go with the inevitable end impending, Occupants definitely takes on the challenge of that achievement. Beautifully presented on various colors of vinyl, all with an etched B-side, in heavy covers and printed inner-sleeves. Adorned with artwork by Jonas Holmberg (This Gift Is A Cvrse). Must listen for fans of Touche Amore, Birds In Row, Totem Skin, Killing The Dream. (Protagonist Records #46)

Two bands approach the variety of the "DC sound" here, one by having been a big part of it, the other by having been inspired by it. Alarms & Controls hail from Maryland, and feature members of such DC area legends as Circus Lupus, 1.6 Band, Monorchid and Crownhate Ruin. They bring post-punk in a creative direction, exploring funk and rock as well, on this follow-up to their LP on Dischord. On the flip, Secret Smoker, from Baton Rouge, have two new songs which follow their very well-regarded debut LP. Continuing their brand of emotional post-hardcore, much like their influences such as 400 Years, Hoover, Sleepytime Trio, they carve out melody with urgency and passion. Each record comes with a digital download, on gold vinyl. (Protagonist Records #39)

BOILERMAN - s/t 10"
The Chicago trio is back with five new songs that sounds like someone put the Screeching Weasel/Born Against split 7" in a blender and pressed it to a one-sided 10". The tracks were recorded and mastered under the scratch title "Dark" along with another three songs slated for a forthcoming 7" single - with the scratch title "Pop" - by bass player Kris di Benedetto. This material lives up to its dark moniker with a lyrical trajectory that starts with the meaningless of life, moves on to the filth of the material world, and finally lands on the inevitability of death. Dark stuff. But just as the impending single portends hope, so too do these songs; righteous anger, building crescendos, and buried melodies, all coming together to expand what kind of punk can be called pop. Released by 86'd Records (US), Crapoulet Records (FR), and Waterslide Records (JP). The 10" is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. (86'd Records #16)

ROAC - Rites of Ostara tape cassette
Out now on PROFANE EXISTENCE! Four song cassette from Denver crusters ROAC. A swirling cesspool of Amebix, Misery, and Neurosis with a twist of Joy Division. For those that haven't heard ROAC yet you are missing out. ROAC hail from Denver, Colorado and feature several contrubutors from Profane Existence magazine as well as members Denver's longest running crust band, THE CLUSTERFUX. This demo cassette is hot of the trails of their brilliant debut LP and not to be underestimated. You have been warned! (Profane Existence Records #161 TP)

ACID WITCH - Midnight Movies LP
Already one of the cultest names in the metal underground, the diabolical ACID WITCH dig deeper into the cult with four exclusive covers of heavy metal songs from 1980s horror movies! Sorcery's "I'm Back" from Rocktober Blood, Fastway's "After Midnight" from Trick or Treat, Black Roses' "Soldiers of the Night" from Black Roses, and 45 Grave's "Partytime" from The Return of the Living Dead - all get ACID WITCH's signature ghoulish touch, and it's the touch of true horror! You're never gonna find a more perfect combination than here on Midnight Movies! (Hells Headbangers Records #34)

DWELL - Vermin And Ashes LP
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the debut of a doom-death juggernaut whose name will surely be on everyone's tongues soon enough: DWELL's Vermin and Ashes, which compiles the band's demo debut as well as three new songs, making for a full-length release. Hailing from Denmark and boasting a membership with deep veteran status - including current members of HELLS HEADBANGERS death-commandos CEREKLOTH - the five-piece DWELL create a tar-thick, ominously bubbling brew on Vermin and Ashes. Their sound is undoubtedy rooted firmly in classic death metal, but their heaving, lumbering thrust is equally grounded in ancient doom metal. Along with half-sorrowful/half-haunting lead lines, well-timed bouts of blasting speed, and the occasional dusting of mystical synth, DWELL's Vermin and Ashes encompasses all that its song titles suggest: among them, "Vermin In My Arteries," "A Collapse Sublime," "Plunging Into Ash Tombs," and the telltale "Become the Void." Moody yet never totally defeatist, it's a sound that's at once lost to the mists of time yet also surprisingly fresh, for DWELL have few compatriots mining this barren wasteland of doomed-decibel wreckage. Hear the beginning of greatness with Vermin and Ashes, and jump on the VERMIN bandwagon before it's too late. (Hells Headbangers Records #32)

TERMINAL DEATH - Terminal Death LP (gatefold)
When you talk about the earliest Death Metal bands, we think of SEPULTURA, DEATH, POSSESSED (all stemming from VENOM) right off the top, but there were a few ripping bands that quickly fell into obscurity and TERMINAL DEATH is one of those bands. This is not just an obscure band; they could have been a HUGE Death Metal band if they were signed to the right label back then. They certainly had all of the talent the aforementioned bands did. Their 1985 Demo tape screams with energy and intensity! This is a re-mastered collection of their complete and very short-lived career. The CD booklet is massive with a very in-depth and lengthy interview done by Laurent from Snakepit Magazine. There aren't that many Death Metal bands can come close to how amazing these songs were. This collection is another snapshot of that amazing early Slayer-esque Death Metal. Co-founder Shaun Glass, whom also co-found SINDROME later joined the more well known classic Death Metal band BROKEN HOPE in the early 1990s. Shadow Kingdom Records teamed up with Hells Headbangers Records to release this lost gem on vinyl! (Hells Headbangers Records #125)

SACROCURSE - Unholier Master LP (gatefold)
Hot on the heels of their internationally acclaimed Sulphur Blessing demo, black/death barbarians SACROCURSE deliver their highly anticipated debut album, Unholier Master. Much like that debut demo, Unholier Master sees scene veteran Zolrak Montes - most known for Nodens and Unholier, but also a former member of Morbosidad and Obeisance - joined by Turkey's Godslaying Hellblast, unleashing one furious, fiery barrage of bestiality after another, their surging onslaught whipping the listener into a diabolical possession. But here, SACROCURSE receive the properly crushing production their maniacal metal so deserves: robust and rounded, full yet feral, highlighting the red-eyed and rabid performances rendered by Zolrak and company. Immediately memorable from beginning to bloody end, Unholier Master proves who the new masters are... (Hells Headbangers Records #128)

BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY - Crucible of the Infernum CD
At long last, BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY return from the dead with a new mini-album for HELLS HEADBANGERS, Crucible of the Infernum! Seven long years after their acclaimed debut album for Osmose, Devil's Mayhem, BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY deliver a four-song nuclear warhead that is truly a Crucible of the Infernum. Led by six-string assassin Gene Palubicki (PERDITION TEMPLE, ex-Angelcorpse), this power-trio remain committed to scabrous-yet-articulate deathrash rooted in the 1980s but loaded up with modern arsenal. Their attacks are swift yet strategic, forward-momentum surge but fully fleshed-out, the songwriting linear yet never predictable. It's a timeless metal sound that spans decades, and bolstered by a cover of Sodom's "The Crippler," Crucible of the Infernum is the perfect crush/kill/destroy length to inflict maximum ritual carnage - reap the whirlwind! (Hells Headbangers Records #140 CD)

EXECRATION - Morbid Dimensions CD
One of death metal's best-kept secrets, Norway's EXECRATION strike with their deadliest and most daring album yet, Morbid Dimensions. Ever aptly titled, Morbid Dimensions is a twisting and twisted slab of miasmic, morbid Metal of Death. The listener is kept on edge the entire time, in a state of perpetual tension, as the quartet deftly slide through sinewy, sometimes-slimy riff and rhythm structures, all executed with stunning tightness yet also a sense of hysteric dangerousness. In many ways, EXECRATION's third album is an album of contrasts: death metal in its purest state, but with a view toward experimentation; doomy and atmospheric at will, but with a forward propulsion that's palpitating; a well-grounded set of old-school influences, particularly homeland heroes Cadaver, but without the slightest whiff of "retro" pandering. All told, Morbid Dimensions is the sound of a still young 'n' hungry band carving out their own niche, and with absolute cunning and confidence. A "best-kept secret" no longer - behold the rise of EXECRATION! (Hells Headbangers Records #127 CD)

FORCE OF DARKNESS - Absolute Verb Of Chaos And Darkness CD
Following on from HELLS HEADBANGERS' vinyl attack of their cult Darkness Revelation debut, Chile's FORCE OF DARKNESS unleash Absolute Verb of Chaos and Destruction on CD! Released earlier this year on vinyl by Iron Pegasus, Absolute Verb of Chaos and Destruction consolidates all of FORCE OF DARKNESS' strengths and blitzkriegs them into 20 shadowy, sepulchral minutes. Just like Darkness Revelation, the influences across the EP are clear and cutting - classic Sarcofago, Kreator, Vulcano, and Sodom, all 1986 vintage - but once again, FORCE OF DARKNESS swarm and sicken with a touch that's truly their own. Between absolutely feral execution and immediately memorable songs brimming with everything that makes black/death so timeless, Absolute Verb of Chaos and Destruction is a language worth learning - and now, at last, readily available on CD format. (Hells Headbangers Records #121 CD)

FORCE OF DARKNESS - Darkness Revelation CD
Once again, HELLS HEADBANGERS presses a modern underground gem onto the unholiest of formats, vinyl: FORCE OF DARKNESS' nuclear-powered second album, Darkness Revelation! Formed in 2002 in cult metal hotbed Chile, FORCE OF DARKNESS have been patiently perfecting their craft across a number of splits and demos, but it was 2010's Darkness Revelation where the power-trio really came into their own. On one hand, the influences across Darkness Revelation are clear as day - classic Sarcofago, Kreator, Vulcano, and Sodom, all 1986 vintage - but on the other, more important hand, FORCE OF DARKNESS know how to blacken the night with absolutely feral execution and immediately memorable songs brimming with everything that makes black/death so timeless. And at a lean 'n' mean 45 minutes, it's the perfect length to get in, get out, and DESTROY everything in its path. Now for the first time on vinyl LP and available again on CD, witness Darkness Revelation! (Hells Headbangers Records #120 CD)

DESTRUKTOR - Opprobrium CD
Today, Hells Headbangers sets July 24th as the international release date for Destruktor's highly anticipated second album, Opprobrium. The band's first full-length in six years, Opprobrium follows the warring black/death path laid out on their critically acclaim debut album, Nailed. Since 1997, these Aussie tyrants have been patiently honing a sound that seethes with the war-metalled fire their homeland's world renowned for, yet over the years finessed with an acute attention to propulsive, immediately memorable songcraft. Nowhere is this more pronounced than on Opprobrium. Across seven swift songs in a lean 'n' mean 34 minutes, Destruktor quickly whip up a fury that walks the fine line between chaos and control - neither too blackened, nor too deathly - maintaining the teeth-gnashing gnarliness of their early work whilst exhibiting a startling sense of clarity. That clear-yet crushing production amplifies Destruktor's scabrous assault tenfold here, every track a heat-seeking missile until the penultimate closer, "Forever the Blood Shall Flow." Indeed it shall, as you prepare for the force of Opprobrium... (Hells Headbangers Records #148 CD)

DEIPHAGO - Into The Eye Of Satan CD
Deiphago - one of the most violent bands on the planet, as well as one of the most envelope-pushing - are set to release their highly anticipated fourth album, Into the Eye of Satan, on August 7th via Hells Headbangers. Each Deiphago album has seen the Filipino power-trio push the furthest reaches of musical extremity, marking a place in time in their demonic development whilst creating a monument for all perpetuity. Into the Eye of Satan is no different in this respect: founding demons Voltaire 666 (bass bulldozers and black vomits) and Sidapa (crasheraxe and leads) are once again joined by Savnok on deathhammers, picking up where they left off with the critically acclaimed/challenging Satan Alpha Omega in 2012. (Hells Headbangers Records #129 CD)

(restock) GENERACION SUICIDA - Todo Termina LP
Second LP from Generacion Suicida. This time around the group (from South Central, not East LA) brings 9 tracks of their sound. This is their sound, not some knock off, not some imitation, not a homage or retro dress up party... this is what the group does best. I'll save any boring comparisons and you save yours. Jam it up super and see. Recorded in 2014 after a European tour. (Going Underground Records #33)

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

Descriptions for 6/6/15

CONNOISSEUR - Stoner Justice LP/CD
Stoner Justice was the debut EP from California smoke kings, CONNOISSEUR. Likening themselves to EARTH CRISIS "if they smoked weed and listened to SPAZZ," the Smokeland, California based trio ravages ears with an upbeat/d-beat barrage of West Bay Power Violence packed with resin coated sludge downs and chronically brutal, comically cheeba-charged vocal onslaughts that consume the listener in a violently stoned, inescapable haze, all captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (ANNIHILATION TIME, BRAINOIL). Following a solid year of blunt rolling and live perversions, the glassy-eyed ganja squad decided to revisit Stoner Justice. Now re-mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) with an updated, wholly mind-bending cover art collaboration between Skinner (MASTODON) and Hal Rotter, Stoner Justice redux has been expanded to fourteen weedian skull crushers, including a live set (on the CD and included on the digital download card with vinyl) recorded at the Tankcrimes Takeover of 924 Gilman on 2/13/15 (mixed and mastered by the same team). Those who puff to the gutter crusted sounds of PLUTOCRACY, SPAZZ, DYSTOPIA, and of course, EARTH CRISIS, pay heed. (Tank Crimes Records #87)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #386 (July 2015)
It's time for Maximum Rocknroll #386, the July 2015 issue! FLESH WORLD dished on their new record, out now on Iron Lung, and clued us into the secrets to surviving in a rapidly changing San Francisco. PISS TEST reflects on their hometown of Portland and talks some shit in advance of their upcoming West Coast tour. We've got two blasts from the past: Philadelphia's YDI talk about their recently reissued records and THE WRECKS (featured on Not So Quiet On The Western Front!) give us a window into Reno's early punk scene and the role of women within it. The producer and director of Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits clue us into the progress of the documentary, which was spearheaded by Ari Up just before her death. We've also got conversations with PDX rockers BITCH SCHOOL, Russian post-punkers SIERPIEN, Australia's Homeless Records, and a massive London, UK scene report! Plus, a photo spread documenting many of the MRR Presents shows that happened all around the world on May 16th, new regular columns from Erika Elizabeth (of Dynamite Hemorrhage fanzine and Expressway To Yr Skull radio) and Sadie Switchblade (of G.L.O.S.S. and PEEPLE WATCHIN'), and all the reviews fit to print. (Maximum rock'n'roll #386)

FLESH WORLD - Just To Tear Me Down 7"
The first installment in the 3rd series of ILR 2 song singles. This new series sees blank labels, color specific to the band (light blue in FW's case), that will be hand stamped and a standardized j-card sleeve that will also be hand stamped and numbered. All singles in this series will be strictly limited to 304 copies. More of that dreamy yet jagged pop sensation that you've come to know from FLESH WORLD. The A side is from the album and the B is an exclusive remix done by none other than that Canadian audio shaman Don Pyle. This is a booster slab for the upcoming "The Wild Animals In My Life" LP due out in June on this fine imprint. Art by Jess Scott ("she's very good"). (Iron Lung Records #68)

FLESH WORLD - The Wild Animals In My Life LP (with download)
It's not often that fuzzed-out C86 jangle and brash queercore find common musical ground, Flesh World's inception focused less on their other bands (Limp Wrist, Needles and Brilliant Colors), and more on their mutual love for drag shows and punk gigs, as their vision took form in the under dwellings of San Francisco's DIY scene." -Max Mohenu/Pitchfork. "The Wild Animals In My Life" is the first full album and second 12" sized record for this incredible reverb swarm. Knowing and growing from the past unto now, power is the underlying draw here. Lulled by the fist/pummeled by the euphoria. Hearty black vinyl in a heavyweight full color jacket with a poster insert even. (Iron Lung Records #64)

SCUMRAID - Rip Up 7" (with download)
Completely raging crasher style punk music from Seoul, South Korea. Unorthodox song structures and virtually note free noise thrash with dual, over-the-top aggro vocals. The guitarist tells us he doesn't even listen to punk (only blues). WTF?! Unbelievable. Seeing is believing and what we saw was fucking fantastic. 700 copies on an etched black disc housed in a quality glued pocket sleeve with a collage crust insert. (Iron Lung Records #66)

FIT FOR ABUSE - Mindless Violence LP w/download
This Massachusetts HC classic finally sees the light of day again, reissued after 17 years. The 12 tracks have been mastered at New Alliance East, pressed on 150 gram vinyl, housed in a heavy duty Stoughton tip-on jacket, includes a 12x12 insert and download with bonus track. Fit For Abuse started in the winter of 1995 inspired to play hardcore in the vein of classic bands like Negative FX, Poison Idea, Gang Green and Negative Approach. After numerous local shows and one demo, in September of 1996 FFA recorded these 12 tracks with Kurt Ballou of Converge in his original 8-Track home studio. The "Mindless Violence EP" was originally released in a pressing of 1000 copies in early 1997, and repressed one time in 1998. Urban HC legend has it that several more tracks were recorded at the same time, but so far have been impossible to track down... beyond one cover song, "Nuclear Threat" originally by The Abused. Not long after the original record came out, singer Matt Kelly was asked to join the Dropkick Murphys as their drummer. He made the choice to leave FFA due to his nonstop touring schedule. The band decided to continue on without him. Over the years, Joe continued playing music with Think I Care, R'n'R, Vaccine and others. Muzzi was in Out Cold for a while. Matt is still in The Dropkick Murphys. Where everyone else is, well who knows. "Mindless Violence" made a mark in the 1990's for some of us, an often underrated and constantly overlooked piece of Massachusetts musical history. Hopefully now this properly mastered version will leave it's mark on a new generation of hardcore fans, and make some older ones clean the wax out of their ears. 12 songs. Hardcore done the way it's meant to be done, with no bullshit added. (Armageddon Shop Records #7)

ALL AGES: The Rise and Fall of Portland Punk Rock 1977 to 1981 book by Mark Sten
Arguably THE definitive account of the early Portland underground Punk scene, ALL AGES provides a blow-by-blow history written by someone who was there to witness it all. Mark "Sten" Stanley was a participant in most aspects of Portland's proto-Punk music culture, playing in bands, organizing concerts, and helping to lay the foundations of what was to become a world-class music scene. Stanley lays it all out in this treasure trove of dirt, gossip, and opinionated commentary. ALL AGES features a wealth of information about all of the major players of Portland's early punk scenes - WIPERS, SADO-NATION, NEO BOYS, SMEGMA, STIPHNOIDS, RATS and POISON IDEA, as well as scores of lesser-known but equally compelling groups like ICE-9, the CLEAVERS, KINETICS, RUBBERS, LO TEK, and many more. Featuring more than 300 pages of never-before seen photos, flyers, and artifacts, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in the 1970's American Punk culture and the beginnings of Punk Rock in general. (Reptilicus Press)

The prodigal sons of Boston hardcore have returned with their much-anticipated sophomore record. Picking up where their 2011 vinyl debut "Primitive" left off, Boston Strangler moves forward and upward on this release, still proudly wearing the same regional influences on their sleeve (SS Decontrol, Last Rights, Jerry's Kids, Deathwish to name a few) while both fearlessly treading new territory and further establishing their own unmistakable sound. All the elements that originally drew people to the band are still present, Ban's throaty commanding growl, Cliff and Dave's dual-buzzsaw guitar attack, DFJ's precision machine-gun drumming, but with the arrival of Dan "Danimal" Abramovich on bass came an element of melody and cohesiveness that was only hinted at in the past. Boston Strangler shares members with Rival Mob, Waste Management, Peacebreakers, No Tolerance, Battle Ruins, Scapegoat and more. All proceeds from the sales of this record go directly to the Please Mosh Foundation. (Boston Strangler Records #1)

SPIRITS - Discontent LP
"Discontent", the debut LP by Boston straight edge hardcore quintet Spirits (x members of TEST OF TIME, NO HARM DONE, BEARTRAP, OFFSIDES, DAYTRADER, and more), is an unrelenting 24 minute listening experience. Musically, it is a natural evolutionary step forward following the bands self-titled 7 inch EP and it marks the first fully cohesive release on which Spirits have carved out a niche for their own melting-pot style of punk and hardcore with dashes of outside genres also thrown in for taste. An eloquent push in lyrical themes, ranging from deeply personal and introspective notations to observations on the current social and political climate pair effortlessly with the often urgent playing style of the instrumentation to create a truly unique release. The contents of the grooves on the LP are far from the only distinctive feature of the LP, as the record itself is housed in a tri-layer package. It starts with a vertical 7.5 inch wide printed wrap that, once removed, allows for the die-cut diagonally-opening jacket to be pulled apart, revealing the last but not least layer of a printed inner dust sleeve. With stunning hand-drawn artwork that lends itself to this notable design, the package as a whole is really something to behold. For Fans of: BATTERY / COUNT ME OUT / GO IT ALONE. (State of Mind Records #43)

BROKEN CROSS - Through Light to Night LP
"Through Light to Night" is the first full-length album from Swedish one-man Broken Cross. As with previous Broken Cross releases, this album blends the genres of punk and metal in a raw and uncompromising way, without losing melody or catchiness. There is also an added layer of noise and samples, pushing the music into the realms of pure insanity. The lyrics are even darker and gloomier than before. All copies include a 12-page booklet. Artwork by Dwid Hellion. (Apocalyptic Visions #4)

P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. - Another Day LP/CD
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. have distilled the essence of the rainy Portland skies on this ten-song platter of rock and roll devastation. Delivered in precise and well-crafted blasts of channeled frustration and anger, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. deliver more of the kind of manic, high-energy punk rock that they've become known for. Following a period of extensive touring in the U.S. and abroad, "Another Day" is their homage to the emotional roller-coaster of daily life, loss, and redemption. Ex-members-of Poison Idea, Detestation, Severed Head of State. (Doomtown Records #10)

YOUNG TRYNAS - Probably Music 7"
DC hardcore has a rich and illustrious history, and you might as well stuff it all into the toilet when Young Trynas are out on the prowl. They play an ugly, unrefined form of hardcore-punk that's equally indebted to Madball, Hole and Fang, both sonically and spiritually, although Young Trynas are simply making music the only way they know how, rather than attempting to reenact any bygone era. Having previously self-released these five songs on a highly-limited cassette in 2013, White Denim has had the tracks remastered for vinyl, keeping the basement crud and upping the sonic punch for what is surely one of the most unique yet gnarly hardcore EPs this year or any. (White Denim Records #26)

Much-needed repress of this demo from one of contemporary NYC punk's trailblazing bands, Crazy Spirit. This is where it all started... (Toxic State Records #6)

This is the repress of the self-titled LP from NY punks Crazy Spirit whose sound is hard to pin down, pulling influences from traditional USHC, garage, psych, Born Against and who knows what else, creating a truly unique hardcore listening experience. Comes with a huge hand-screened poster. (Toxic State Records #10)

Hank Wood And The Hammerheads have been playing sporadically, gaining fans with every show and selling out show after show in their native NYC. Their irreverent live show is incendiary showing a really angry front man backed by a volatile band playing the nastiest keyboard garage punk you can imagine. They're one of the most unique and exciting bands in punk today... kinda surfy, kinda garagey riffs augmented with Sonics style farfisa organ, a supplementary percussionist that makes some totally wild rhythms, and vocals that are more like really simple rapping than any punk vocalist you've heard before. It's a wild combination, but it's completely infectious, as anyone who has heard the band will tell you. Definitely one of the best LPs of 2014. (Toxic State Records #9)

DAWN OF HUMANS - Slurping At The Cosmos Spine LP
Well, here it is: the Dawn of Humans LP. This is probably the most anticipated record to come from NYC this year and for good reason. After being a band for about eight years, Dawn of Humans have emerged as the most unique of the already exemplary NYC hardcore punk bands in recent memory. Each release has been better than the one before, and this LP continues that trend. There were always two things I wished were different about the Dawn of Humans 7"s: 1. cleaner recording and 2. more space on the format for the band to stretch out and have no time limitations. Well, that's exactly what this LP accomplishes and without having to operate within the confines of a 7", the band has created their magnum opus, a much stranger and, dare I say, less conventionally punk than their previous material. This record exists completely outside of the stale confines of contemporary hardcore punk and while that may turn off some, I think it makes it one of the best records in recent years. (Toxic State Records #21)

ANASAZI - Nasty Witch Rock LP (domestic version)
After two 7" singles (on Sacred Bones and Toxic State), a flexi and demos galore, Nuke York's ANASAZI finally unleash their debut album on La Vida Es Un Mus in Europe and Toxic State in America. 'Nasty Witch Rock' comes from the dirty, rotten and seedier side of New York. The album is built on raw energy, passion and intensity. The sound is blown out with distorted and echoey guitar work akin to Fire Of Love era GUN CLUB , pounding tribal drum patterns and a vocalist who oozes violence and desperation. If you have 'In The Flat Field' era BAUHAUS, TSOL or CHRISTIAN DEATH in your collection or loved it when the early 80's UK anarcho bands added a bit of goth edge to their sound then ANASAZI is a must hear. (Toxic State Records #19)

MOTH - Singles And Demos LP
New LP compiling previously self released and sold out EPs, two demos, and an EPs worth of NEW material from Copenhagen Denmark's post punk, cold wave band MOTH. The sound is consistent with their acclaimed "First Second" LP (MMR 21) especially on the two previous EPs. Blending the BATCAVE atmospherics with some jagged post punk spirit, MOTH is a rare breed on which the synthesizer and guitar are equal parts melodic device yet still lend to the same dark sound. With the new material we can see even DARKER tendencies from the band, which has a great full sound of despair on the dancefloor. (Mass Media Records #30)

TERVEET KADET - Lapin Helvetti LP
The last record by one of the greatest punk bands of all time. It's an honor to help make this record easily available for cheap here in my stupid asshole country. Since 1979, Terveet Kadet has been "one of the best punk bands in the world". Tons of classic records, and like all true champions, they're leaving on a high note. This final (?) LP is a textbook example of the short-songs blazing-fast demented-and-vicious hardcore punk that Terveet Kadet stylized and popularized (yet nobody else has come close in copying). True masters. Stick a candle up your butt and pay your respects to the Black Gods of Noise. (SPHC Records #59)

Scotland's premier hardcore unit drops their first LP across a consortium of UK labels, and of course SPHC is happy to help make this easily available in our swath of the world. For me, the obvious reference point is Nine Shocks Terror (and Clevo-style USHC in general). Brutal, throat-wrecked vocals howling over high-charge, riff-tastic hardcore punk, with just the right amounts of mid-tempo rocking and just the right flashes of guitar lead. Memorable songs captured with a heavy production, a perfect execution of "hardcore punk". We've always made it a point to distribute this band's records here in the USA because they're just so damn good, the records are consistently excellent and they're a fucking fantastic live unit, and it's with a little bit of pride that we can provide the same service for what is easily, by far, their best record yet. All hail the new kings. USA tour coming in the fall. (SPHC Records #59.5)

TOE TAG - s/t LP (Accused members)
Blane Cooke (verbal killing machine) has returned with two other ex Accused members (Alex Maggot Brain & Steve "O' Ring Nelson") of the splatter thrash legend's from Seattle. They have recorded the most sick and disgusting 12" since the nineties ...The most murderous mix of punk & thrash I've ever heard oozing with melodic, powerful riffs and inhuman fury.If you miss good old eighties splatterpunk, do not miss this 12". (Behind The Mountain #8)

For the first time on vinyl New Orlean classic from 1995... Pressed on transparent royal blue vinyl. Comes in heavy poly bag with stickers on the front and back. (Behind The Mountain #6)

EXHUMED - Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated LP
Exhumed covers Amebix, The Cure, Samhain, Metallica, Pentagram, Master, Unseen Terror, Led Zeppelin, G.B.H., Epidemic, Sadus, and Siege! (Behind The Mountain #5)

CLOUD RAT - Qliphoth tape cassette
Michigan's favorite four-piece grindcore punk ensemble returns with another soul-wrenching, heart-pounding album gorgeously wrapped in delicate artwork that contains the storm within. CLOUD RAT slays with grace and style on QLIPHOTH - a word rooted in the Hermetic Qabalah, represents a dark, even demonic realm within a philosophy that embraces mysticism and the occult. Much like the idealogy Qliphoth embodies, Cloud Rat's newest work strays toward the left hand path. As stated by the band, "technically and sonically, I think we just wanted to create something powerful and relevant, that builds on past works while expanding into new territory [...] Headspace though? Awful hell. Blood, sweat, and tears, literally. The end goal is really just for cathartic therapy, as it's hard to express yourself in public. You can't beat up your boss, you can't stop the clock, etc. So we need this outlet to survive at this point." The all consuming cacophony... (Dead Tank Records #40)

COLD WASTE/BURNT HAIR - Burnt Waste split tape cassette
The exhausted synth gloom of Burnt Hair and the punk inspired 80's proto-goth of Cold Waste all on one tape. (Dead Tank Records #43)

ARS PHOENIX/BURNT HAIR - Shinju split tape cassette
...two staples of the FL darkwave underground... With names that conjure images of fire and destruction, both bands share a white-hot intensity kept in check by a penchant for understatement. Balancing synth-driven noise and melody over hypnotically mechanical rhythms, Ars Phoenix and Burnt Hair stand but a few paces from the brink: the sound of chaos tempered by melancholy and quiet yearning. (Dead Tank Records #41)

MODERN PROBLEMS - Identity cassette tape
The transgenerational youth crew. An uncut brand of straightedge hardcore from the cold and unrelenting streets of Western New York. This is the third release from MODERN PROBLEMS, as the band continues a progression in the sounds and spirit blazed by Orange County, California circa the late '80s and early '90s (UNIFORM CHOICE, IGNITE). With blunt force and high-octane energy, the band proves that the conviction tied to hardcore punk, both as a music and as a movement, remains as relevant today as it was in decades past. (Black Dots #5)

WRONG - Stop Giving LP
Miami, Florida's WRONG formed from the ashes of CAPSULE and debut with an absolutely pummelling four-track EP titled "Stop Giving". With an emphasis on bludgeon and groove, it's hard not to compare their first recordings to heyday-era HELMET. But WRONG brings their own dissonance, atmosphere and attitude in a massive combination of power and skill. This is truly an impressive first effort, and preludes a full-length due on Robotic Empire later this year. The "Stop Giving" EP vinyl plays at 45rpm, is limited to 300 copies, comes in silk screened packaging with artwork by TORCHE's Rick Smith and printed at Seattle's Broken Press. Includes a high quality digital download. Recorded and mixed in Summer 2014 at Pinecrust studios in Miami, FL by Ryan Haft. Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance. Artwork by Rick Smith. Wrong is: Eric Hernandez - Guitars/ Vocals, Brian Hernandez - Drums, Andres Ascanio - Bass, Ryan Haft - Guitars. (Robotic Empire Records #114)

TERMINAL FUZZ TERROR - Vol. 0: In The Shadow of the Mountain LP
Terminal Fuzz Terror unleash a raw fury of rock n' roll drifted through the filters of punk, psychedelia and blues on their vinyl debut, Vol. 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain. Pummelling percussion and wailing riffs accompany a vocal delivery that channels an obliterated Jim Morrison at the height of religious revelry! The magnanimous 17-minute title track B-side closes the album with a long form, slow burning mind melter. Terminal Fuzz Terror is comprised of D. Rodriguez (guitar, vocals), D. Nelson (guitar, vocals), A. Crawshaw (drums) and J. Kleine (bass). Vol. 0: In The Shadow Of The Mountain was recorded at Witch Ape Studio, engineered and mixed by Tad Doyle (TAD) and mastered by James Plotkin. Vinyl edition comes housed in a silk screened jacket printed by drummer A. Crawshaw at Broken Press in Seattle, WA and is limited to 300 copies. (Robotic Empire Records #114)

TIDELAND - Asleep In The Grave LP
Grunge/punkrock three-piece from Sterling, Virginia. From the same cauldron of suburban wretchedness that birthed PG.99, SAIL and PIZZA, members of these bands have now converged as TIDELAND. Delivering a hazy yet melodic sonic assault, with caustic vocals pouring over 11 songs of grungy/poppy punk like poison syrup. Catchy yet dirty, "Asleep In The Graveyard" walks a tightrope between digestible and destructive. Over 35 minutes of horrific visions and druggy nightmares on this impressive debut LP. (Robotic Empire Records #95)

TILTS - Cuatro Hombres LP
The St. Louis quartet TILTS return with 10 brand new tracks of killer rock and roll on Cuatro Hombres, with just enough spice to keep things nice! Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Elstner splits his time between TILTS and TORCHE and can sing like a mofo! These soaring vocals land atop catchy songs both heavy and melodic. Once again, the band's drummer Ken McCray self-recorded this at Marmadook Studios, then had Richmond, Virginia engineer Ian Whalen (RAH BRAHS, TOMBS, LAMB OF GOD) mix the beast. James Plotkin (ISIS, CAVE IN, THOU) carefully mastered the final banger specifically for vinyl, and separately for the included high-quality digital download. Rounded out by bassist Shawn Hart and guitar player Andy White, TILTS triumphantly deliver a seriously infectious sophomore album with 10 songs of "ALL KILLER NO FILLER" rock music! Like the debut LP, Tom Huck's brilliant woodcut artwork adorns the sleeve, with righteous pink/clear color vinyl inside. (Robotic Empire Records #112)

Striking out from the wastelands of conventional "indie" or "emo" rock, SOME STRANGER emerge with five incredibly catchy tracks on their debut release. Blissful melodic vocals soaring over an erratic and driving rhythm section are combined with hyper yet delicate guitars run through an arsenal of effects pedals. The overall haunting results are leaps and bounds beyond most debut releases, the clear result of seasoned veterans combining forces to yield amazing results. Formerly of emo-rock outfit DAYTRADER, vocalist Tym joined friend and acclaimed visual artist / guitarist Daniel Danger to form SOME STRANGER with a mutual affliction for left-of-center angular rock. The duo enlisted longtime friend Derrick Flanagin (also of DAYTRADER, CAPSULE) to track drums and promptly hammering out their first set of recordings with engineer Gary Cioffi (TRANSIT, MISSER) also handling bass duties. Vince Ratti (CIRCA SURVIVE, BALANCE AND COMPOSURE) expertly mixed the session, which was then mastered by Will Yip (TITLE FIGHT, BLACKLISTED). Finally, Jacob Van Loon contributed artwork and the debut EP is now ready to be unleashed. This 45RPM vinyl 12" has a first press limited to 500 pieces and includes a digital download. (Robotic Empire Records #104)

HEWHOCORRUPTS - Midi Of Profits USB bracelet
Chicago's HEWHOCORRUPTS are no stranger to weird releases; the "corporate grindcore" outfit have formerly issued a credit card sized CD housed in a wallet, a NSFW split calendar, an EP packaged with shredded money, etc... but this one probably takes the cake. Midi of Profits is what it's called, and a goddamn 1gb USB bracelet is what it is: that's right, we've released a rubber USB bracelet with MIDI files on it. The files in question are meticulously re-created computerized versions ofHEWHOCORRUPTS' classic Master of Profits EP, but now with MIDI guitars, machine drums and vocoded vocals. An insane amount of time was spent making these fully completely absurd tracks, and we are blown away with how accurately they digitally reflect the originals. To spice it up even further, the band includes tablature for all the songs, two classic/incredible related music videos, album art, credits and more on this fully functional 1gb USB-chip-infused rubber bracelet. Fashionable AND functional, per the HEWHOCORRUPTS corporate mantra. This is easily one of the wackiest releases we've been a part of in over a decade of weird releases, and limited to just 200 copies we don't expect this to last too long... (Robotic Empire Records #76)

AIDAN BAKER - Spectrum of Distraction CDx2
Specifically designed to be played on shuffle and yield a completely unique experience each time, AIDAN BAKER's audacious monsterpiece, The Spectrum of Distraction, takes a nod from Zappa's technique of 'xenochrony' and runs it though the digital age via the shuffle aspect of CD and MP3 players. 96(!) tracks spanning two discs create an incredibly varied landscape through each listen, with pieces ranging from just a few seconds to over seven minutes, there is no shortage of diversity here. Hallucinatory dreamscapes weave into frantic noize into dubby passages into chilled out jazz into psychedelic grooves into an oppressive industrial crunch into a hip hop bop into almighty sludge dirges and almost everything else the kitchen sink offers can all be found somewhere within this bold beast of a project. Start to finish / through and through, nowhere else is it possible to experience anything quite like AIDAN BAKER's truly enthralling creation, The Spectrum of Distraction. Well known for being a core part of prolific heavyweights NADJA, AIDAN BAKER is backed here by an impressive array of notable drummers who've cut their teeth in SWANS, THE JESUS LIZARD, SLOWDIVE, KILLING JOKE, GODFLESH, JESU and many more. All shimmering through an unlikely pairing of narcotic neuroses and the Choose Your Own Adventure series, the loftiness of this concept album is thankfully only matched by the project's vast content. Founded in the late 2009 when AIDAN BAKER began soliciting drum tracks and loops, he ending up with roughly six hours of material from 18 different percussionists. Alternately in Toronto and Berlin throughout the winter of 2010, he then recorded guitar and bass to go along with these drum tracks and from that initial six hours edited the mass of content down to the 96 slices (spanning two hours) that appear on this pair of discs. The edits allow for the album to be played on shuffle so that each listen is different and it is then that The Spectrum of Distraction comes into full light and glory. Take from it. Expanded full-sets of the individual sessions are simultaneously available within a free digital download card included in the entire pressing. (Robotic Empire Records #098 CD)

CAINA - Setter of Unseen Snares LP
After a decade spent exploring almost every genre imaginable, Cana's upcoming LP and fifth album, Setter of Unseen Snares, is a return to the project's inception as a black metal act, as well as founder Andrew Curtis-Brignell's personal roots in punk rock and hardcore. This is the first release in which the Cana frontman shares production duties with anyone else, giving the project an enormous new sound. Andrew explains, "Setter of Unseen Snares tells the story of Earth's last family and the way in which each member chooses (or is chosen) to deal with the end of the world. Some are sacrificed, others are less fortunate. The snares tighten regardless." With this full length, Cana has produced a massive cacophony of desperation and anxiety. 500 copies are available. (Broken Limbs Records #37)

Brooklyn's Mortals and Philadelphia's Repellers have teamed up for this explosive split 10" on New York label Broken Limbs Recordings. After sharing the stage with acts ranging from Eyehategod to Pallbearer, the release of Cursed to See the Future solidified Mortals as a force to be reckoned with. Repellers' burst out of the underground in 2012 and has been pummeling the east coast with its vicious, no-holds-barred live act ever since. 500 copies are available. (Broken Limbs Records #49)

RAMLORD - s/t 7"
The eternal war on blackened stenchviolence ever rages, as Ramlord is preparing to unleash a new 7" via Broken Limbs Recordings on March 10th. Having been comrades for several years ever since the band's split with Cara Neir, the time is right to unleash filth once again together. 300 copies are available. (Broken Limbs Records #31)

OCCULT 45 - Human Abhorrence 7"
Occult 45 has been causing mayhem up and down the east coast with its intense live performances as of late. Now with so much experience under its belt, the band has allgned with Broken Limbs Recordings and is ready to take 2015 by storm. At just over 12 minutes in length, Human Abhorrence is short, vicious and leaves you wanting more. 300 copies are available. (Broken Limbs Records #50)

Coming off its impressive new LP, New Jersey's Planning For Burial teams up with midwest act Liar In Wait for a split 7 ", which will be released on October 14 by Broken Limbs Recordings. Liar In Wait has been steadily gathering a strong fanbase ever since last year's debut EP, its cold wave/post-punk throwback sound marrying perfectly with Planning For Burial's introspective, droning fusion of slowcore, post-rock, and shoegazing tendencies. 500 copies are available. (Broken Limbs Records #39)

The Splits and their new LP defy easy classification. They are the kind of band that can be well received at hardcore fests, and then turn around and go on tour with garage punk bands. There are definite dark undertones and a slight post-punk influence to their music and lyrics, but this is still far more aggressive and stripped down than the sounds of the currently fashionable goth-revival thing. The band lists some of their favorites as Poison Idea, Testors, Dead Moon, Pagans, Wipers, Marked Men, and Varuas, all of which make sense after listening to the album. (They also want you to know that they like beer, hamburgers, cats, and bicycles, which proves they are good people!) Think of the dark, driving sounds of the bands born of American Pacific Northwest winters, mixed with the trashy rock n' roll sensibilities of Memphis, along with an abiding love of obscure 70's punk. At a relatively concise 9-songs, II captures an effective snapshot of a specific time and place, and a mish-mash of different influences coming together to create a haunting, memorable album. We could be very surprised if this is the last we hear from The Splits. (Dirtnap Records #136)

SUCH A MESS - Good Intentions Giving Way LP
For 5 years this band has stood out in the Southern California pop-punk scene. "Good Intentions Giving Way" shows a new found sense of maturity for the band. 9 Tracks in just over 26 minutes that showcase exactly why SUCH A MESS has been successful thus far: energy, passion, and catchy choruses that will leave even the most jaded scene junkie singing along. This is on clear green vinyl mixed with black and is limited to 265 copies. Includes digital download coupon. Influenced by bands like: The Wonder Years / Turnover / Citizen / The Story So Far / Brand New / The Starting Line / Balance and Composure. (State of Mind Records #42)

ELDER ABUSE - Born to Lose LP
Elder Abuse is a group of guys spread across. the Canadian prairies including x members of DAGGERMOUTH that are playing fast and captivating punk while bringing together emotional lyrics and sing-a-longs. Born to Lose will definitely please punk rock and pop punk fans as well as the hardcore crowd. For fans of: DAGGERMOUTH, The Movielife, Lifetime, Alkaline Trio, and Propagandhi. (State of Mind Records #41)

For over 7 years Germanys GOLDUST haunts the seedy places that lie between hardcore, punk and metal and with their 3rd full-length "thirst" the band reaches a definite peak of their rich and uncompromising discography. Their unforgiving sound maintains deeply rooted in hardcore's aggressiveness, yet the five-piece perfected the inclusion of various other influences that range from bleak and nihilistic black-metal to the ugly swamps of sludge with its violent, uncontrollable noise attacks. According to the band, "thirst" is the product of quite difficult times on personal and band-wise levels, thus being without a doubt GOLDUSTs most intimate and important output to date. Vinyl comes with great artwork, thick inside-out cover, black innersleeve, lyricsheet and includes a digital download card. For Fans of INTEGRITY, EYEHATEGOD, GEHENNA , RISE & FALL,and CURSED. (State of Mind Records #40)

PRECURSOR - Miles & Miles Apart LP
PRECURSOR hails from Vancouver BC, no pop punk cheese ball songs about friends here. No studio magic either. Just some grown ass men playing fast. PRECURSOR delivers wild drumming, jangly guitars, big veiny bass, and some of the best vocal delivery in the genre. Don't be a poser. This includes a digital download coupon for the whole record. Featuring members of DAGGERMOUTH, THE FULLBLAST, CARPENTER, and more. For fans of HOT WATER MUSIC, TOUCHE AMORE, and DAGGERMOUTH. (State of Mind Records #39)

Buffalo, NY band Better Times started in late 2010, when members of Our Times, No Love Lost and Impact teamed up to form a new straight edge band. Better Times, musically influenced by bands like Insted, Floorpunch, Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of Today, plays energetic, mid-tempo-to-fast youth crew hardcore. Lyrically, the band celebrates their local scene and stresses the importance of being positive, having a critical mind and doing something worthwhile with your life. This record has seven full, fast, hard-hitting, youth crew jams. 7" includes digital download and is limited to 210 copies. Members went on to play in MALFUNCTION. (State of Mind Records #38)

COMPOUND - The Inaugural Demo 7"
Long Island, NY Straight Edge hardcore with a 80's sound that will that brings you back to the days of Judge and Warzone. COMPOUND now leads the Long Island sXe scene. Current members are in BOTTOM OUT and INCENDIARY team up for this 1 time vinyl pressing. Also for fans of Insted / Dump Truck / Breakdown / Judge / NYHC. Features guest vocals by Brendan of INCENDIARY. (State of Mind Records #32)

SOLDIERS - Hit The Bricks 7"
Playing heavy New York-styled hardcore the way the masters VOD, Biohazard, and Sick of it All played it. After leaving Trustkill Records and joining the State of Mind Rec family Long Island, NY's Soldiers return another four devastating tracks. You might recognize members from bands like THIS IS HELL, INCENDIARY, ICE AGE, and STRAY FROM THE PATH. (State of Mind Records #31)

REVIVER - Potential Wasteland 7"
Salt Lake City, UT's own Reviver follow up their now out-of-print debut full-length with a seven-track effort of melodic hardcore with a dark, experimental side in the same vein as Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, and Refused. Features guest vocals by Derek of DEFEATER. Matt of Reviver also plays in DAYTRADER(Rise Rec) and other members now play in CULT LEADER (Deathwish Rec). (State of Mind Records #28.5)

ANCHOR - The Singles Collected LP
From the ashes of Damage Control (Livewire Rec) and Set My Path comes ANCHOR! Hailing from Sweden, ANCHOR plays a heavy and aggressive blend of 90's style metal / hardcore that brings to mind bands like TRIAL and REFUSED. ANCHOR can be seen on tour almost anywhere in the world, one of the hardest working bands in hardcore today. This record compiles 11 songs of passionate, straight edge, heart filled hardcore. FFO Refused / Judge / Trial / Snapcase. (State of Mind Records #30)

DEAD HEARTS - A Death In The Family 7"
In September of 2008, Dead Hearts played their last show. At that show they released a portion of their last recording session as "A Death In The Family" EP. This 3 song CDep was pressed only once, limited to 100 copies and sold out at that show. Later, they went back and finished up one last track to release this, the last four recorded songs by Dead Hearts. This four song 7" comes with 11-track digital download that includes "All Good Things Must End" (live at CBGB's) and"A Death In The Family". Includes digital download. Members went on to form OLD GHOSTS and also play in RUST BELT LIGHTS. (State of Mind Records #29)

Los Angeles based Gentlemen Prefer Blood are back with their third full-length album and first with It's Alive Records. Used Books And Guns hits the mark with smart lyrics, buzz-saw chords, raspy vocals and anthemic style that echos the sound and spirit defined by punk rock of the late 70s and early 90s. Front man Todd Smailes and bassist Dr. J have been friends since childhood and playing in bands together nearly as long. Their long time camaraderie is readily apparent in the way their instrumentation and vocals play off of one anther - never overdone and never lacking. Recently banded with the formidable skills of Michael Spaid on drums, the three-piece is able to fill the room with dynamic punk rock prowess while still maintaining that comfortable airy room to breathe - an art that all the best power trios perfect over time. (It's Alive Records #95)

ALL PEOPLE - Learn Forget Repeat LP
All People are a four piece band out of New Orleans, Louisiana who are committed to taking their sounds and ideas beyond the reaches of their hometown. "Learn Forget Repeat" is the bands second full-length album. Organ driven post punk that invokes some of the aggressive sounds of the early '90s - taking influence from Fugazi and late-era Jawbreaker along with melody and chord structure absorbed from their hometown. (Asian Man Records 295)

KEMURI - Mirai Wa Akarui LP
Tokyo's Kemuri have been playing energetic ska/punk for 20 years, with an emphasis on optimism and PMA. "Mirai Wa Akarui" collects some of the best songs from their legendary discography. (Asian Man Records #292)

LA DISPUTE - Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair LPx2 (Color Vinyl)
Most frequently referred to as post-hardcore (but sometimes also progressive rock and screamo), La Dispute has spent the last year of its existence writing and recording their first full length album, "Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair." The result of countless sleepless nights, exhaustingly precise recording sessions and a diligence bordering psychosis, "Somewhere..." is far and away the band's most mature, articulate and diverse release thus far - expanding significantly upon the groundwork from its previous two short releases. Recorded at StudiOtte in Grand Rapids by Joel and Troy Otte with artwork by Nick Satinover, "Somewhere..." attempts to display an unceasing passion for art, emotion, love, community and any other aspect of life that inspires humanity to create for the better. Now available again on colored vinyl with a gatefold cover. (No Sleep Records #12A)

LA DISPUTE/KOJI - split LP (Color Vinyl)
"Never Come Undone," the forthcoming split 12" release from Harrisburg, PA singer-songwriter Andrew Koji Shiraki and Grand Rapids, MI outfit La Dispute is, above all things, an attempt to transcend musical differences; to show that, where a middle ground exists ethically and emotionally, differences in genre and style are rendered irrelevant, and the greater truth is made apparent. Featuring two songs from Koji (one original and one cover) and two songs from La Dispute (one original and one re-imagining of a track from 2008's "Somewhere..."), the record reflects heavily on the two artists' individual experiences with loss and their reaction to it. Recorded separately at Drasik Studios in Chicago, IL (Koji) and at Stadium Red in Harlem, NY (La Dispute), "Never Come Undone" shows Koji and La Dispute at the peak of their friendship, exploring new personal ground both musically and lyrically and will be released on a one-sided 12" with an etched B-side by No Sleep Records. Now available again on colored vinyl. 12"ep includes digital download. (No Sleep Records #44)

COLD CAVE - Full Cold Moon LP (Color Vinyl)
Full Cold Moon is a compilation of EP recordings originally individually released in 2013, now presented as one collection; "A Little Death To Laugh," "Oceans With No End," "God Made The World," "Black Boots" and "Nausea, The Earth And Me." Notably this is also the first vinyl appearance of the song "Dandelion" as well as the entire "Nausea, The Earth And Me" EP (previously only available on limited CD and digital formats). This is Cold Cave at its most artistically skeletal, similar to the celebrated "Cremations" and "Love Comes Close" releases. (Deathwish Records #179)

FUCKED UP - Year Of The Hare LP (Color Vinyl)
Fucked Up's "Year Of The Hare" is the latest installment of their Zodiac themed releases. Title track "Year Of The Hare" is a 21-minute epic that frantically mixes traditional instrumentation, piano/synths, flutes and sax, experimental editing/soundscapes and guest vocals from great Isla Craig into one dizzying experience. While B-side "California Cold" slowly builds and deconstructs over an eight-and-a-half minute stretch, organically shifting from jangly melodic-punk anthem into a fuzzed-out psychedelic jam session. LP includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #172)

(restock) PLASTIC IDOLS - Singles, Demos And Live... CD
Houston punk from '78 to '80. Very early Houston punk band finally documented on CD with all the original 7" singles...i.u.d., Einstein experience, "Are we too late for the trend-esr" compilation track. Plus studio demos and live recordings that include tracks recorded live at the "island" in Houston, Texas. Total track time 55:00!! Full color 16 page booklet with rare flyer's and pix. Liner notes by Chris Lord (original singer), Bill Loner (bass player) and Dan Workman. (Hot Box Review #5 CD)

(restock) CULTURCIDE - Year One CD
Culturcide - Year One, its a VERY hard to find industrial punk LP from 1982 that's been remastered by the original guitarist Dan Workman, has a 14 page full color booklet (very similar to the Dicks booklet). We added on the 7" single from 1980, "Consider Museums as Concentration Camps" to the CD. Punk rock artist JR Delgado original owner of the pink rock club the Axiom from the 80's in Houston has done all art lay outs from flyer's, photos and art from the band and friends. (Hot Box Review #4 CD)

(restock) CAGES - Vivipary LP
CAGES has existed in one form or another for a decade, growing into a cohesive and undefinable act. "Avant-garde post-noise" or "experimental neo-folk:" we're not so sure. In lieu of descriptive precision, this is music not to be classified or pigeon-holed. Members David Bailey and Nola Ranallo have served time in a wide array of bands in the Western New York underground music scene, but none of them quite compare to their work in CAGES. Recorded in 2012 and lying dormant until now, Vivipary is the band's defining output to date. As instrumentally alluring as it is aggressive, vocally haunting, and engaging, this record is an all-consuming listening experience. Includes a digital download code. (Black Dots Records #3)

(restock) TIED DOWN - Demo + 2 cassette tape
Buffalo's premier youth crew hardcore and the standout act emanating from the Upstate and Western New York straightedge scene. Comprised of members of the late OUR TIMES, 1988 becomes 2003 becomes 2014 and beyond. YOUTH OF TODAY, WARZONE, SIDE BY SIDE, letterman jackets, and X swatches-a familiar sound, aesthetic and vibe, for a new generation of seekers and believers. Hardcore remains a youth rebellion, relevant and genuine, simply because of bands like TIED DOWN. This is a reissue of the demonstration tape released in 2012 as well as two additional tracks the band recorded, yet never released physically, the following year. (Black Dots Records #2 TP)

(restock) TANK - DEMO 2006 cassette tape
Until now, one would be hard-pressed to find much evidence of TANK's existence in the physical world. A small handful of CD-R demos were exchanged amongst friends in the Buffalo punk scene nearly a decade ago. TANK was a band whose life spanned a couple dozen shows in less than two year's time and while members would continue on divergent paths across the hardcore, punk, "extreme music" spectrum, this recording stands time's test as some of their most memorable output. A stylistically unique collection of bleak sounds, owing as much to predecessors NAPALM DEATH or INFEST as it does to the frigid hopelessness of Western New York life. A powerful, hard-hitting document of local hardcore that we're proud to unearth for an unsuspecting public. (Black Dots Records #1 TP)

(restock) FLESH WORLD - Planned Obsolescence 7"
Devastating noisy hardcore from Australia mixing classic USHC power with the intensity and aggression of Italian greats such as WRETCHED and INDIGESTI. This is the vinyl pressing of their cassette only EP from 2011, criminally overlooked and almost lost to time, a cult record in the making. Claustrophobic and chaotic, one of the most over looked Australian hardcore punk records of the last 5 years. Members of TEARGAS, PATHETIC HUMAN, THE ZINGERS, LAKES, RATSAK, and more. Record comes shrinkwrapped, on blood red vinyl, housed in a red and black jacket. (No Patience Records #23)

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)

(Scene Support/restock) JOHN HENRY WEST - Door Bolted Shut LP (comes with bonus CD)
Scene Support version is hand numbered and includes a silk screened plastic dust sleeve, and a Scene Support spine wrap. In the works for what seems like an eternity, Ebullition finally brings the John Henry West discography into existence. John Henry West played 50 shows between the fall of 1992 and the late summer of 1993. Side A of the LP features the 4 tracks from their 7" on Gravity Records, and side B features their songs from the "3/12/93" compilation and "A History of Compassion and Justice?" compilation LP, as well as 2 previously unreleased songs. The bonus CD features the original 6 song demo, their final live show at the Gilman (7 tracks), and a live set that they played on WUSB Radio in July of 1993 (9 tracks). The LP comes with a CD sized booklet with lyrics and photos. John Henry West 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)