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Descriptions for 1/16/2021

HARD FOUL - s/t cassette tape
Building from the history of West Bay projects such as AGENTS OF SATAN, SHED DWELLAZ, SPAZZ and PLUTOCRACY, HARD FOUL kick down 8 original songs of beer drenched, fast and pissed hardcore songs. Side A contains 8 studio tracks, 5 of which appeared on the THESE BASTARDS/HARD FOUL split 7". Side B is a radio session recorded live on 89.7 KFJC in March 2000. Co-release by 625 and 36 Crazy Fists; limited to 250 copies. (625 Records #266)

MORBID LIFE SOCIETY - 1991 and 1988 Demos cassette tape
MORBID LIFE SOCIETY were a late-1980s Bay Area crossover band that combined the speed of crossover with the hooks and politics of hardcore punk - this at a time when the scene shifted towards pop-punk or grunge metal. After their 1988 demo, MxLxSx continued to refine their style, incorporating influences from early NEUROSIS which you can hear in the 1991 demo. Guitarist Alex Yeung went on to play in bands such as SAY BOK GWAI, CONQUEST FOR DEATH and THESE BASTARDS. This includes both demos: 1991 (Tracks 1-4) and 1988 (tracks 5-10); co-release by 625 and Monkey King Records; limited to 200. (625 Records #268)

GRAND INVINCIBLE - Demolition Strictly LP
The dynamic duo of Luke Sick (SACRED HOOP, ON TILT, RIME FORCE MOST ILLIN' + million more) and DJ Eons (DANK GOBLINS, SHED DWELLAZ, SPAZZ) are back with the real, the unstoppable, the undefeatable West-Bay-all-day rap album of the year! Fresh for 2021 with a genuine 90's feel. Perfect production by the inimitable DJ Eons here. Some of his finest work. Luke has been rapping his ass off lately and while this year has been a shit heap for most, this dude has managed to make it one of his most prolific and best yet. We are in awe and, more importantly, honored to be a part of the West Bay Coalition's superior musical onslaught. 400 pressed on 420gr (sike! 150, c'mon!) vinyl housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket with insert and download card included. Artwork by Dan Lactose and Luke Sick with layout by L-Wood Media. Produced by DJ Eons. Mastered by Dan Randall. Cut by John Golden. (Iron Lung Records #176)

SOFT KILL & JERRY A - New Age 7"
Soft Kill & Jerry A (Poison Idea) team up to cover two songs by UK Punk/Oi heroes BLITZ. Sleeve designed by BLITZ bassist Mackie, who illustrated the sleeves of the first three BLITZ singles and designed the band's iconic logos. (TKO Records #2000027)

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - Live In Reykjavik, Iceland LPx3 (Color Vinyl)
This Will Destroy You's "Live In Reykjavik, Iceland" captures 11 gorgeous, live versions of the band's material spanning across "Young Mountain," "s/t," and "Tunnel Blanket." All songs were performed and recorded at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, while on tour in 2012. Originally released on October 29, 2013, via Magic Bullet Records, the album is now being reissued via a 3xLP on Dark Operative with artwork updated to a new, metallic color scheme. (Dark Operative Records #37)

Descriptions for 1/9/2021

In 2017, NOT FOR THE WEAK had the pleasure of releasing our first piece of wax with the release of LETHAL MEANS debut EP, "CONSTANT FEAR". Three years later and in the midst of the world's destruction, LETHAL is back to drop their atomic follow up and NFTW's first LP release. "ZERO SUM GAME" features eight tracks of top-shelf Scandinavian D-Beat that pays heavy respects to Anti Cimex. Powerful bass and drums, blazing leads, and primal vocals belted over flawlessly aggressive and catchy guitar hooks. Polished off with a master brought to you by the one and only Will Killingsworth, this is by far the bands best material to date and well worth the wait! (Not For The Weak Records #5)

EVIL - Possessed by Evil CD
Nuclear War Now! is proud to announce its continued allegiance with Evil (Jpn) in releasing the band's second album, "Possessed by Evil." Previous points of comparison between Evil and early Sodom continue to hold true, as do those that recognize similarities with the most notorious of Japanese hardcore outfits, especially insofar as the unhinged vocal delivery is concerned. Evil is anything but apologetic in its reverence to its metal heritage, which is what lends its recordings such a high degree of authenticity. "Possessed by Evil" is an unabashed conglomerate of riffs, accentuated by incisive leads and rabidly barked vocals. If there is one notable contrast with the debut album, it would be an increased cohesiveness among the instruments. Whereas "Rites of Evil" at times felt a bit loose, the performances on this album are characterized by noticeably tighter synchronicity, which one could logically assume to be the result of the band's greater longevity. In any case, the outcome is one that represents a step forward from an already impressive debut and one that confirms Evil among the best of its black/thrash metal contemporaries. (Nuclear War Now Records #540 CD)

(restock) VENGEANCE BY PROXY - s/t LP
Crust is back! Deput LP from Swedish veterans. Think early Inpesy but crustier! Members of Doom and Anti Cimex. The bastard child of Thin Lizzy and Discharge. All copies on deluxe 150 gram transparent root beer colored vinyl. (Profane Existence Records #180)

G.I.S.M. - Detestation LP/CD/Cassette tape
Relapse Records is proud to announce the first-ever, fully-authorized reissue of G.I.S.M.'s landmark debut full-length, "Detestation." Originally released in 1983, "Detestation" has since remained one of the most innovative, bewildering, extreme, and wildly influential albums in the punk and metal canon. For fans of Venom, Motorhead, Discharge, Gauze, Septic Death, Integrity, GBH, Deathside, and Doom. Vinyl version includes an 11.75" x 16.5" poster. (Relapse Records #7466)

013 - Takaisin Todellisuuteen LP
One of the best and most underappreciated albums to emerge from the legendary Finnish punk explosion. The band's only album was the "Takaisin Todellisuuteen" full-length, which was released on Propaganda Records in 1983 and the band split up shortly afterwards. Puke N Vomit is proud to announce the only domestic release of one of the best punk albums you'll ever hear. (Puke N Vomit Records #104)

THE ADICTS - Smart Alex LP
"Smart Alex," originally released in 1985, is just as great as their first two albums; this time out they took some chances and slowed things down at times, giving the album a cool ominous tone, creating a fantastic slice of darkness tinged punk with doses of pop and new wave without compromising anything that made them the great punk band that they had become. Just check out tracks like "California or "Jellybaby" to see how a band can progress and evolve without losing site of everything they were and could be. (Puke N Vomit Records #91)

THE ADICTS - Sound Of Music LP
"The Sound Of Music" may be one of the most underappreciated punk albums of 1982; while many great and genre defining and seminal albums were released that year, few were released that were as fun and imaginative as The Adicts "The Sound Of Music." It features classics such as "Joker In The Pack," "Chinese Takeaway," and "My Baby Got Run Over By A Steamroller," just to name a few. (Puke N Vomit Records #90)

CIRCLE ONE - Patterns Of Force: Alternate Mix LP
Unreleased, alternate mix of their legendary 1983 album taken from the original tapes. Fast and furious, early '80s, Southern California hardcore. The original album is now considered a pioneering classic of American hardcore for its lyrics dealing with teenage frustration and angst, along with such bands as Suicidal Tendencies and Black Flag. (Puke N Vomit Records #75)

CONDEMNED TO DEATH - Diary Of A Love Monster LP
Condemned To Death was a San Francisco, CA-based band associated with the Vats; the Vats were an abandoned Hams Brewery where Bay Area punks squatted and bands such as MDC, Sluglords, and D.R.I., among others, rehearsed in the '80s. Condemned To Death was one of the best known bands that formed and rehearsed at the Vats. This will be the first official re-press/reissue of their popular 1984 full-length originally on Land Mine/R Radical Records and features future members of Verbal Abuse. (Puke N Vomit Records #86)

CONDEMNED TO DEATH - Vat Rats: 1983 EP And Demo Sessions LP
Condemned To Death was a San Francisco, CA-based band associated with the Vats; the Vats were an abandoned Hams Brewery where Bay Area punks squatted and bands such as MDC, Sluglords, and D.R.I., among others, rehearsed in the '80s. Condemned To Death was one of the best known bands that formed and rehearsed at the Vats. This full-length features their 1983 demo on vinyl for the first time and their sought after, 1984, full-session, R Radical Records EP. (Puke N Vomit Records #87)

THE DEFECTS - Defective Breakdown LP
The Defects are one of Belfast, Ireland's most iconic and longest-running punk bands; believe it or not, they are still out touring and playing live after 42 years as a band, and releasing new albums. They released this blistering and ferocious slab of UK punk in 1982 on the legendary WXYZ Records. This reissue marks the first time it's been available domestically in the US. LP includes a 24" x 24" poster. (Puke N Vomit Records #

Vinyl reissue of their rad, self-released demo tapes. Straight-up, off-the-rails, blistering, pre-teen hardcore punk from Goteborg, Sweden. This is teen angst in its purest form; we are talking hyper-fast, blow-the-speakers, full-throttle, screaming hardcore done only they way that kids can do it. (Puke N Vomit Records #101)

RF7 - Fall In LP
Originally released in 1982, this will be the first-ever reissue of this sought after mini-LP. This is one of the best, under appreciated SoCal records full of dark, death-punk tinged punk/hardcore. Includes their "Submit To Them Freely" EP as bonus tracks. (Puke N Vomit Records #83)

RF7 - Traditional Values LP
Their 1991 album that was originally available on CD only finally gets a vinyl release. Hard-hitting, vicious punk/hardcore. Limited edition of 300 copies. (Puke N Vomit Records #84)

One of the coolest bands to emerge out of the early East L.A. scene, The Undertakers started out in 1977/1978 and would develop a unique, darkness-tinged, ominous punk sound that was unlike anyone else at the time. Puke N Vomit is excited to finally make available for the first time on vinyl, their unreleased, 1981 studio album that was scheduled to be released on Tito Larriva's Fatima Records, but remained unreleased until it was briefly available on CD in 2001. This will be the first vinyl release of this now legendary slice of L.A. punk in it's intended form with extensive packaging. (Puke N Vomit Records #95)

V/A - A Country Fit or Heroes LP
Repressed for the first time since being released in '82, Puke N Vomit is releasing both volumes of what are now considered essential slices of '82 UK/punk/oi from the legendary No Future Records. The comp features many exclusive and rare, early demo versions of tracks from well-known, scene-defining bands such as Violators, One Way System, Attak, and Crux, along with other obscure and lesser known bands such as Pseudo Sadists, Chaotic Youth, Protest, and Hostile Youth among others. (Puke N Vomit Records #98)

V/A - A Country Fit For Heroes: Volume 2 LP
Repressed for the first time since being released in '82, Puke N Vomit is releasing both volumes of what are now considered essential slices of '82 UK/punk/oi from the legendary No Future Records. The comp features many exclusive and rare, early demo versions of tracks from well-known, scene-defining bands such as Intensive Care, ABH, and Impact, along with other obscure and lesser known bands such as Patrol, Mania, and On Parole among others. (Puke N Vomit Records #99)

V/A - Russia Bombs Finland LP
For many folks around the world, this compilation was what introduced them to Finnish punk/hardcore. In 1982, legendary Finnish fanzine Propaganda released one of the best hardcore compilations that still makes jaws drop. The comp contains 35 tracks total by the likes of Bastards, Kaaos, NATO, Terveet Kadet, Riistetyt, 013, Maho Neityht, Appendix, Sekunda, Antikeho, and Dachau. (Puke N Vomit Records #96)

Descriptions for 1/2/2021

BLAZE - Still Nothing Ever Change CD/LP
Official reissue of this early 90's Japanese hardcore band led by guitarist Kazu, who has played in The Slowmotions, Sticks in Throat, etc. and now Turtle Island. The highly anticipated complete discography, available in a 14 track LP and 21 track CD versions, both containing completely unheard studio tracks. The CD version collects the same studio tracks from the LP, along with an excellent quality 7 track studio demo with even more unreleased material. Both are accompanied by the original lyrics and historical photos, and have been remastered for analog and digital from the original master tapes to coalesce as one full length album, that had they been able to release during their existence, would largely be considered a classic. (General Speech Records #16)

21st century stench core filth. Zygome hail from remote eastern Canada, while KAD crawl radiation filled streets of Tokyo. Both heavily influenced by Amebix, Prophecy Of Doom, Bolt Thrower and Axegrinder. (Doomed To Extinction Records #32)

V/A - Robovi Slobode cassette compilation
The newest release on Doomed To Extinction Records is a 3-way split cassette titled Slaves Of Freedom. The bands featured are Ego (based in Berlin, Germany), Disciplina (out of Oakland, California), and Otih (from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina). While musically different from each other, all three bands relay similar lyrical content: alienation and loneliness, proliferation of technology, surveillance and control, consumerism, and war. The other unifying factors are the language all three bands sing in, Serbo-Croatian, and the fact that the 3 members of the bands who worked on this release are immigrants and refugees from various parts of ex-Yugoslavia (from Serbia to Germany, from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the US, from Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina). Ego was formed in Berlin in 2019. The singer and guitarist were previously in a band called GAU. Their 2 songs featured on Slaves Of Freedom are from the very first studio recordings the band did back in mid 2019. Recorded DIY by the Ego guitarist. Disciplina is a one man band formed after the break up of Oakland based crust punk bands Filthchain and Antifact. Recorded DIY at home with a 3 string guitar, 2 string bass, and a drum machine. Otih was formed in Banja Luka in 2020. A 2 piece band whose members have been in numerous hc/punk bands since the 1990s. Recorded and mixed at Otih rehearsal space, DIY. Artwork was done by Doomsday Graphics. (Doomed To Exitinction #35 TP)

Descriptions for 12/26/2020

GOATPENIS - Decapitation Philosophy LP
Goatpenis returns, once again under the unflinching banner of Nuclear War Now!, to bring forth its latest atrocity in the form of "Decapitation Philosophy," the band's seventh full-length album. Rarely is the term "war metal" used as appropriately as it is in describing the aural onslaught of Goatpenis. Unlike many bestial black metal bands to whom this label is mistakenly given, Goatpenis's militaristic essence and complete disdain for human existence are the defining characteristics of each and every release, and "Decapitation Philosophy" proudly carries on that tradition. Beginning with the call to arms of "Torrid Screaming Trumpet," and continuing through the coda that is "Inhuman Scars," Goatpenis delivers another strike of pinpoint accuracy that lays waste to the pathetic human condition. (Nuclear War Now Records #521)

EVIL - Possessed by Evil CD
Nuclear War Now! is proud to announce its continued allegiance with Evil (Jpn) in releasing the band's second album, "Possessed by Evil." Previous points of comparison between Evil and early Sodom continue to hold true, as do those that recognize similarities with the most notorious of Japanese hardcore outfits, especially insofar as the unhinged vocal delivery is concerned. Evil is anything but apologetic in its reverence to its metal heritage, which is what lends its recordings such a high degree of authenticity. "Possessed by Evil" is an unabashed conglomerate of riffs, accentuated by incisive leads and rabidly barked vocals. If there is one notable contrast with the debut album, it would be an increased cohesiveness among the instruments. Whereas "Rites of Evil" at times felt a bit loose, the performances on this album are characterized by noticeably tighter synchronicity, which one could logically assume to be the result of the band's greater longevity. In any case, the outcome is one that represents a step forward from an already impressive debut and one that confirms Evil among the best of its black/thrash metal contemporaries. (Nuclear War Now Records #540 CD)

ARCANE SHADOWS - From the Dungeons LP
Originating in Hutchinson, Kansas in the early-mid 90_s, Arcane Shadows unleashed a very raw and sinister brand of American Black Metal. This LP collects the "Enthroned Mysticism" demo from 1995, "X.E.S." demo from 1996, and unreleased tracks. For fans of early Black Funeral/Sorath and Demoncy. (Nuclear War Now Records #518)

ASGARD - Cachticka Pani Hrabenka Bathory LP
Forgotten Czech black metal demo recording from 1995, resurrected once again for maniacs of early 90_s Eastern Bloc black metal like Torr, Drakar, Amon, and Root. This is the band's first demo, which was followed two years later by "Demo 1997," which has also been unearthed and presented on vinyl by Nuclear War Now! (Nuclear War Now Records #523)

ASGARD - Demo 1997 LP
Summoned from the dark mists of Behoemia, Asgard's second demo now sees vinyl treatment for the first time ever. This overlooked demo contains six tracks of authentic black metal in the Czech tradition with powerful production. This is the second Asgard demo, which was preceded approximately two years earlier by "Cachtická Pani Hrabenka Bathory," which has also been unearthed by Nuclear War Now! Recommended for fans of Amon, Drakar, and Torr. (Nuclear War Now Records #525)

APOCHRYPHAL REVELATION - Primeval Devilish Wisdom LP
Hailing from the improbable location of Lexington, Kentucky, Apochryphal Revelation conspires with Nuclear War Now! to release "Primeval Devilish Wisdom," the band's second album and its first recording since 2017's "Reverence for the Kings of Hell." Although the band's previous output has to a certain extent languished in obscurity, "Primeval Devilish Wisdom" succeeds in fully establishing Apochryphal Revelation's manifestation of black metal as one that is sure to draw comparisons to both that which was propagated by the old Unisound Records label roster and that of the Brazilian legends, Mystifier. These thirteen tracks, among which are interspersed several shorter instrumental hymns to darkness, achieve a potent, atmosphere-rich sound, which owes itself in equal parts to convincing songwriting, prodigious riffs, skillful leads, judicious use of keyboards, harrowing vocals, and cavernous production. The grand sum of these contributions results in a recording that is worthy of its mention with reverence towards the aforementioned greats that undoubtedly inspired it. (Nuclear War Now Records #517)

OHURA-MAZDO - The Incarnation of Sathanas LP
Cult Japanese black doom metal demo from 1992 reissued for the first time on vinyl. Limited pressing of 300 copies all on purple/black marble vinyl. Audio will be sourced from the best quality tape and fully mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin (Regurgitation, OLD, Khanate, etc.). It will sound much better than what's been posted on youtube and elsewhere. The layout features an old Chris Moyen artwork that was drawn for Ohura-Mazdo in 1992-93 as a T Shirt design. For fans of early Unholy, Xantotol, and early Samael. (Nuclear War Now Records #527)

PROCLAMATION - Advent Of The Black Omen LP

PROCLAMATION - Messiah Of Darkness And Impurity LP

PROCLAMATION - Execration Of Cruel Bestiality LP

PROCLAMATION - Nether Tombs Of Abaddon LP
Reissued!! Few bands working within this subgenre have so successfully delivered such aggressive and violent onslaughts and few have remained so faithful to the blueprints established by Blasphemy, Beherit, Impurity, Sarcofago, etc. This is not a "retro" band, however. These releases easily stand alongside the classics produced by those masters. Among the seemingly endless tide of Bestial Black Death bands released each month, few can be as favorably compared to the pregenitors of the genre. All four reissue LPs are presented in glossy gatefold jacket with 12" insert and 24"x24" poster of the cover art. (Nuclear War Now Records #50/#88/#128/#209)

ABIGAIL - Ultimate Unholy Death LP
A long-overdue vinyl reissue of Abigail's fourth studio album from 2005, and an album dedicated to the memory of Kurt Struebing of NME. "Ultimate Unholy Death" represents a milestone in Abigail's evolution from a more traditionally-defined black metal band to one that began infusing elements of thrash and metal punk, in a similar vein to that of Motörhead, to achieve a sexually-depraved and alcohol-soaked sound that has become its current trademark. (Nuclear War Now Records #33)

ABIGAIL - Sweet Baby Metal Slut LP
Abigail have returned with their fourth album. Entitled "Sweet Baby Metal Slut," this album continues in the style Abigail began exploring on "Forever Street Metal Bitch" and further refined on "Ultimate Unholy Death." Playing a style that sounds like a syphilitic union of Bathory, G.G. Allin, and Destruction, Abigail reach new lows of perversion and degeneracy. Abigail understand that, while some may find Satan through arcane ritual, one may also find Him in the immoral stench of fresh pussy. "Sweet Baby Metal Slut" is the ultimate culmination of Abigail's recent work and represents the perfection of their indulgence in insane and Satanic lust. (Nuclear War Now Records #130)

ABIGAIL - Intercourse and Lust LP
Abigail's debut album, released in 1996, highlights the manner in which Abigail infused its traditionalist Black/Thrash approach with eccentric embellishments. When NWN! was still in its infancy, YK Insulter reached out to Abigail to seek approval to commit this legendary album to vinyl. Abigail agreed and, in 2002, NWN! released the LP, which became one of the first and most highly regarded releases on the label. As Abigail's popularity has grown dramatically through the past decade, "Intercourse and Lust" has assumed the stature of a classic album. NWN! is honored to make available once again this masterpiece of Far East Black Metal on vinyl. (Nuclear War Now Records #10)

All contribution issue dedicated to skateboarding legend Jeff Grosso who died in 2020. Photos and stories from friends, fans and fellow pros including Salba, Steve Olson, J Grant Brittain, Tim Kerr (art work) and many others. 80 Full color half sized pages. (Not Like You #9.5)

Includes vinyl only bonus tracks. One of West Bay's finest underground rappers meets beats from Toronto's most promising new producer with a little help from the homies near, far and in-between. Yegg War is a little drugged, a little thugged and criminally smooth. We've dispensed with the cassette version and upgraded the listening experience to include 2 more tracks that are exclusive to the vinyl version. 300 copies on 150gr black vinyl come housed in a 24pt jacket with download card included. Brand new LP only artwork by Dan Lactose. Mastered by Chemo. Cut by John Golden. (Iron Lung Records #154)

THE TOMS - The 1979 Sessions LP
A recently unearthed US power pop gem from the same sessions as the classic '79 Toms LP! FFO: The Nerves, Dwight Twilley Band, Shoes. For many years, Tommy Marolda has been a versatile member of the American music industry: a multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, composer, Grammy-nominated songwriter...the list goes on. But record nerds like me know Tommy because of a single weekend in 1979. He was scheduled to record demos with the Smithereens in his New Jersey home studio, but their last-minute cancelation gave Tommy a small window to record something of his own. After three days of hitting the record button and dashing back to his instruments, Tommy had more than 30 slabs of pop perfection on tape, 12 of which became his seminal power pop LP 'The Toms'. Other tracks from that weekend session have trickled out via reissues of 'The Toms' over the years, but little did anyone know Tommy recorded enough material to fill up three long players! Presented here are the last of the 1979 Toms sessions. Savor them like the rare commodities that they are. (Feel It Records #48)

THE COWBOYS - Lovers in Marble cassette tape
Pro-duplicated 16 minute cassette. Continuing on in their ever-prolific and sensational run of releases, The Cowboys are back with five tracks of pure analog gold on "Lovers in Marble". Recorded by the band in Cincinnati and mixed with John Hoffman (Vacation), this EP finds The Cowboys as cool and collected as ever, with Keith Harman's driving piano lines and vocal range atop the mix. It's quite the divine distillation of garage pop melody, (think 'Loaded' era VU, Walker Brothers, or Emitt Rhodes) given a sinister coating of The Kinks and Syd Barrett, curious production flourishes intact. The Cowboys have truly spent their quarantine days well, pairing brilliant pop compositions with some of the best instrumentation and recording quality across their ever-expanding discography. "Lovers in Marble" is a pivotal Cowboys release, perhaps their most accessible, but also most refined piece of work yet. A perfect sonic respite from the long, dark days of 2020. Pro-duplicated cassette edition of 400 with double sided J-card featuring artwork from The Cowboys' own Jordan Tarantino. (Feel It Records #52 TP)

STAR PARTY - Demo 2020 cassette tape
Pro-duplicated 8 minute cassette. Star Party is a new Washington State group formed during the quarantine days of 2020. Carrie Brennan and Ian Corrigan (Gen Pop, Vexx) have joined forces to create something new - a sound they proclaim as "saturated, misty coastal rock". Their four track demo is comprised of two originals and covers of Shop Assistants and Cher (by way of Bob Dylan). It's a sound that draws inspiration from eighties Scottish punk and noisy American dream pop of the nineties, with a dash of Seamus Heaney and Alex Taylor hanging in White Sands, New Mexico for lyrical inspiration. Star Party have turned in a curious and compelling set of pop tunes on this 2020 demo and are already hard at work on new material for the brighter days ahead. Pro-duplicated cassette edition of 300 with pink shell and double sided J-card featuring artwork from Star Party's own Carrie Brennan. (Feel It Records #53 TP)

VOID ROT - Descending Pillars LP
Death-doom (USA). LP with full color sleeve, black flood inside the pocket, insert, poster, download card, hype sticker, shrinkwrap. American death-doom titans Void Rot return with their colossal debut full-length LP "Descending Pillars", an imposing sonic monolith of obsidian slow death metal and dismal atmospherics that encases the listener into a monstrous sarcophagus of sound. In its immense forty minutes "Descending Pillars" conjures visions of otherworldly finality and of absurd forms of death and demise taking shape at the edge of a formless and implacable dark cosmos. With influences ranging from Grave, to Disembowelment, Incantation and Bolt Thrower, on "Descending Pillars" the Minnesota quartet re-establishes itself as visionary new act with an unparalleled sound and aesthetic of dismally towering proportions, cementing their reputation as one of contemporary death-doom's most promising and visionary prospects along the ranks of entities like Krypts, Spectral Voice, and Vastum. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #124)

PURO ODIO - Demo 2018 10"/tape cassette
Hardocre punk from Spain. Matte sleeve with special neon/teal pantone, xeroxed insert, poster, etched D-side, download card, hype sticker, shrinkwrap. Degenerate nihilistic punk commando Puro Odio seal an unholy pact with Sentient Ruin to reissue their incendiary 2018 debut demo on 10" vinyl and cassette tape, making it available for the first time ever on analog physical formats in North America. On the verminous and heinous demo the Basque raw punk terrorists first came together as a rogue entity of total barbarism and inhumanity, glorifying cruelty, violence and sadism at their most gratuitous and senseless stages through six primordial stabs of complete hatred and perversion. Firmly rooted in the proudest and fiercest tradition of raw punk and hardcore, Oi!, crust and d-beat, what sets Puro Odio apart from their far less controversial and harmless peers is their unique and sophisticated visual aesthetic and their meticulous yet unsettling sound blending nefarious black metal-like vocals, violent lyrics, barbaric d-beats and a meat grinder of unrelenting chainsawing guitars - a proud exercise in sonic atavism that has yielded a blood-drenched hardcore punk twilight of total darkness and bestiality. With an overall sound reminiscent of celebrated punk/metal plunderers like GISM, Bone Awl, Hellhammer, Von, Gag, and Glue, the eleven-minute demo has established Puro Odio as an unforgiving beacon of violence and immorality within underground punk and as a perverted sonic exaltation of humanity's most negative and repulsive traits. (Sentient Ruin Records #120)

VOREUS - The Proclamation tape cassette
German black/death metal legion Voreus debut with "The Proclamation" mini album, a twenty three-minute light-devouring hellscape of complete chaos and inhumanity that establishes the band as an implacable rising force in the elite of German extreme metal. With a massive cavernous sound, a delivery of pure and unbridled ferocity and atmospheres of complete lightlessness and abandon "The Proclamation" evokes complete hell on earth, conjuring the same otherworldly and hellish realms of aural obliteration we've seen in highly elitarian and evocative blackened death metal entities like Teitanblood, Temple Nightside, Vassafor, Impetuous Ritual, Pseudogod, and Proclamation. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #121 TP)

Descriptions for 12/19/2020

SHATTERED FAITH - I Love America: 1979 to 1981 Recordings LP
During the late 1970s, hardcore punk hit the surfer town of HuntingTon Beach, southeast of Los Angeles, like a gnarly wave. Shattered Faith are among the most revered of the groups to surface from her shores, co-founder Kerry Martinez and early member Goblin both from the Latino community. This indispensable collection gathers all six tracks from their renowned Poshboy session of 1981 that yielded the classic protest single "I Love America"/"Ronald Reagan," as well as the entire slew of 1979 demos, appearing on vinyl for the very first time. This is So-Cal hardcore at its irresistible best. All tracks remastered by California Punk rock mastermind GEZA X. Comes with folded poster with exclusive Shattered Faith 1982 photos by punk photographer Alison Braun. Essential! (Radiation Records #130)

Long-awaited (by us at least) is this follow-up to the 2018 Demo from the best fed group in so-called British Columbia - a name that gets more and more confusing to say every time I think of it. Nutrition the band. Cooking food with radiation. It's quick. It's easy. It tastes surprisingly good but it'll probably kill you in the long run. You'll die waddling in your consumption. While 1/4 of the world are starving, the rest are LIVING, BABY. Overfed on insensitivity. All varnished to excess. 'No' is 6 tracks about medication, bleak vulnerability and jabs at existence expressed in short, frantic exclamations. Is it good for you? Who cares. Does that even remotely matter right now? We know how fast life/death happens. Blink an eye. Blink again. You won't find this in your recommended diet so don't bother to even ask how it relates to your caloric intake. At least shoving these songs in your head is a lot easier and more enjoyable than oatmeal and Yoga or whatever real people do for the privilege of "self care." It says so on the fucking box. Nutrition. It's gotta be true. I wouldn't lie to you would I? (Neon Taste Records #15.5)

500 Copies. 8.5" X 11". FULL COLOR. 80 pages. This time around we'll be featuring interviews with California hardcore legends INFEST, the best live band I've ever seen aka Bogota's MURO, Richmond's own melodious noise mavens SENSUAL WORLD, Oakland's melodic hardcore mavens TUNING, SOLARIZED vocalist and Afrofuturist author ALEX SMITH and finally CVLTNATION founders Sean Reveron & Meghan MacRae. Of course, the first love of this zine is photography and in this issue we'll be featuring features on photographers VERA VELMA (Texas), JOE CALIXTO (Los Angeles), ALEX KRESS (Toronto), & MYRON FUNG (SF Bay Area). And as usual the issue will be rounded out with my own images plus reviews of records, books & zines from around the globe. (Razorblades & Aspirin #11)

One final, monstrous split 7" fitting for the end of 2020 is none-other than the split record between Mortiferum and Hyperdontia! On this record, Mortiferum and Hyperdontia unleash one track each of truly Doom-ridden Death Metal. First Press Limited to 1000 copies available on two Vinyl Variants: Classic Black or Gray with Black and White Splatter. Fold-Over Jacket housed inside a poly-bag sleeve. Mortiferum/Hyperdontia Stickers and Download Card included on all orders through Carbonized Records. 500 copies exclusive to the United States through Carbonized Records and 500 copies exclusive to Europe through Me Saco Un Ojo. (Carbonized Records #12)

A lethal pairing of insanely wicked grindcore from Texas, and from Australia! PLF hammers out fast-blasting, frenetic grind that retains an old-school feel but has a lot of toe-tapping, razor-sharp thrash metal riffs woven into the songs. Their side also includes an Unholy Grave cover. INCINERATED bludgeon any and every listener into willful pignorance with a positively crushing, mega-downtuned bulldozer of blastbeats and hefty riffs. The songwriting calls to mind the best elements of Mortician and Dead Infection, but has its own feel. You are guaranteed to frown and slowly nod your head as you listen. Artwork by Morbid Mark and limited to 300 copies. (Rescued From Life Records #131)

GARUDA - Immemorial LP
Death, Grind, crust and overall heaviness. Fort Worth, TX's favorite sons return with a pummeling return to form after 18 yrs of silence. The bands live shows were infamous. All tracks recorded @ Cloudland Recording Studio, Fort Worth. Mixed and Mastered by Colin Marston @ The Thousand Caves, NYC. Guest vocals on 'Nakedness as Insult?' by Amie. "Nakedness As Insult?" was originally recorded by Bread and Water, DFW. 250 pressed. (Rescued From Life Records #130)

SWEET JESUS - You Destroy Yourself LP
Featuring Pat Flynn of Have Heart/Fiddlehead/Free on vocals along with members of Dropdead, Fucking Invncible, Soul Control, Verse and Holy Hands. Ten songs recorded by J.Robbins down in his studio Magpie Cage in Baltimore, MD and featuring guest vocals by Shawn Brown from Swiz/Dag Nasty/Red Hare. Heavily DCHC influenced hardcore from Boston. Originally released in 2015 our first re-issue is limited to 300 on aqua blue vinyl. (Atomic Action Records #65)

ROVSVETT - Jesus Var En Tomte LP
RÖVSVETT release the first 7" EP entitled "Jesus Var En Tomte" (Jesus Was A Santa) in 1985. A real classic release! The record is considered one of the most brutal hardcore album ever released ! In 2020 it's 35 years since this single was released and it's celebrated with a new release that is newly mixed and newly mastered. Now with 22 bonus songs. CLASSIC HARDCORE! (Radiation/Just For Fun Records #32)

Innovative cosmic infused grinding hardcore that defies categorization. The fourth full length from these mysterious Greek "astrogrinders" and heavily inspired by esteemed scifi writer Iain M Banks. "With Sublimation, [Dephosphorus] appear to have finally broken through to their own righteous dimension beyond anything previously imagined." (Nerve Altar Records #52)

SPINE - L.O.V. LP (color vinyl)
Midwest hardcore outfit Spine returns with their follow-up to 2018's acclaimed album "Faith." This nine-song 12"ep entitled "L.O.V." sees the band embracing their power-violence roots a la Crossed Out and Man Is The Bastard, while still retaining their NYHC influences. "L.O.V." was recorded and mixed by guitarist Alex Tunks in a true DIY effort, with mastering handled by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege (Obituary, Poison Idea, Integrity). 12"ep includes digital download and a silkscreened B-side. (Bridge Nine Records #268)

WORLD BE FREE - One Time For Unity LP/CD
"One Time For Unity" is the new five-song EP from World Be Free, the Los Angeles, CA-based band formed in 2014 and comprised of vocalist Scott Vogel (Terror, Buried Alive), guitarist Joe Garlipp (Envy), guitarist Andrew Kline (Strife, Berthold City), drummer Sammy Siegler (Judge, CIV, Rival Schools), and bassist Alex Barreto (Chain Of Strength, Excel). Since releasing their debut full-length album, "The Anti-Circle," in 2016, World Be Free played a handful of shows, but were sidelined by everyone's schedules, including frontman Vogel's neck surgery. During this forced hiatus, World Be Free continued to write new material and when the moment presented itself, they focused on the five tracks which eventually became "One Time For Unity." 12"ep includes digital download and a laser-etched B-side. (Revelation Records #184)

(restock) SEX DWARF - Sensou Hatai 7" (gatefold)
Brand new EP from Sweden's noisy Mangel masters packaged in a gatefold jacket. Recorded in Japan during their 2018 tour. Cover artwork by Jacky Framtid. (Konton Crasher Records #37 E)

(restock) FATUM - Edge of the Wild LP
Raging and ripping metal/crust from Moscow new LP. (Konton Crasher Records #40 L)

(restock) PARANOID - Out Raising Hell LP
Brand new LP from Sweden's premier Heavy Me(n)tal Punk masters. 650 made. (Konton Crashers Records #43 L)

Descriptions for 12/12/2020

NEKRA - Royal Disruptor 7"
Nekra's ripping and long awaited follow up to their demo blisters and pummels through five tracks of punishing punk. Tight tempo changes bracket blasted, buzzing guitars, rumbling bass, reckless drumming, and powerful vocals. Five tracks and no mercy! (La Vida Es Un Mus #221)

OILY BOYS - Cro Memory Grin LP
When Sydney's Oily Boys dropped their long awaited debut LP on Cool Death over the summer we were caught unawares, and quickly fell in love with it. Static Shock is now very pleased to be releasing this across the pond for the uninitiated. Here's what the Cool Death originally said about this record, as we couldn't agree more: "Chthonic, catatonic, chronic... Cro Memory Grin is a masterpiece. Thirteen turbocharged tracks indebted to the pleasures and pitfalls of their lives in the modern city of Sydney and to the the first and second waves of international extreme music freaks and loonies: pure fucking aggression. The Oily Boys have graced us with a beast of an album that swells between direct, gripping, tangible hardcore punk and near nauseating psychedelia and throb which at moments feels like either ritual trance or a nervous breakdown. Cro Memory Grin contains near equal measures of tension and release; an exercise in high catharsis. It's rare that a punk record can give the listener anywhere near the same intoxicating feel of an "everything louder than everything else" live show, but that's what Oily Boys have done. That lightning in a bottle feeling of excitement, chaotic energy, delirium, presence in a moment and frenzied flight into a mind state both frightening and ecstatic. The stone has been carved, the fire has been lit, and this is it... Cro. Memory. Grin. The LP is pressed on blue marbled vinyl and comes packaged in a slightly different sleeve to the Cool Death pressing. (Static Shock Records #81)

CLOCK OF TIME - Pestilent Planet LP
Pestilent Planet is the debut 7 track album from Berlin's Clock of Time and it's released a mere 8 months after they played their first gig. The band comes fully formed and up to speed but that is not surprising considering some of the members other projects such as Diat, Vexx and Useless Eaters. Pestilent Planet is a stunning statement of intent. The sound is a driving mix of post punk like Jeopardy era The Sound, and that classic 80's death rock that Vex and Arch Criminals perfected. It's instant and urgent especially tracks like 'Rotten Master' which has a fuller Joy Division esque vibe especially in the skeletal guitar hook. It will be love on first listen. (Static Shock Records #78)

IMPALERS - Cellar Dweller LP
Back in print on yellow vinyl. "Gasp, choke, puke, roll, die, live again. 10 songs to destruction, 10 songs to live, 10 songs that wrap up all the velocity and disturbance beneath planet earth. Impalers have Sweden in their back pocket, the U S of A dripping down the back of their legs, and use the designs that Anti-Cimex and Discard laid out to mop up the mess. There are other words to describe this blessed mess, but they become insufficient by the time the last track rolls around. In this case, Cellar Dweller can only be described as a party that you've been invited to but that you might not make it out of alive. Full colour, hellish and hilarious poster insert by Mason Tucker, and sterile, alienating, squint-to-focus-on-the-horror cover by the steamroller talent J.S. Aurelius. "When the Nukes Come Down I Keep it Underground". (Static Shock Records #54)

ERASER - Mutual Overkill Deterence LP
Taking it back to the bare bones beginning of grindcore stylings, Palermo Italy's Eraser come out with a thuggish debut LP of head banging, thrashing, circle pit mania 18 track onslaught. This is straight hoodlum music. Breaking into the mausoleums in the cemetery at night to drink shitty beers and smoke joints filled with dirt weed. It's chunky, raw and lo-fi caveman grind. (Night Animal Records #12)

Like a sewer roach crawling into your undies whilst on the throne this PROLAPSO/ PERMENANT HEADACHE split tape is gonna crawl up your skin. Prolapso, from Cali, Columbia bring that mid classic- silver age- grindcore sound of bands like Insect Warfare, PLF, and Internal Rot. Punishing like your boss talking politics at work. It's all good though, just find some shit to punch while on break and feel better. Prolapso is your fist smashing through the door. Auditory rage. Permanent Headache from Viareggio, Italy on the flip side with some low down crusty grind. Like kicking sand in some police bastards face. Fuck fighting fair you exclaim. Blind em then disrupt em up. Tiny tears of sandy wet discharge leaking from their eyes. It's disgusting! (Night Animal Records #20 TP)

DAYDREAM - Mystic Operative LP
Daydream has been one of my favorite PDX bands for several years now. Their sound is difficult to describe. It's noisy and chaotic but held together by riffs and melodies that will get stuck in your head for days. It sounds like Lebenden Toten through a Jesus Lizard filter. This is the band's second LP. Their first was released by Symphony of Destruction in Italy, and seemed to go under the radar, at least in the United States. On their second LP, the band takes on the commodification of every aspect of our lives. The band writes about the record, "We are designed and raised to be soldiers, informants, producers, and workers for the state. The more categorized we are by identity, the easier it is to be commodified; all culture, ideas, and thoughts throw into countless algorithms. Just as any of our sacred experiences continually changed - joy and loss, oppression and pain, sexual and gender deviancy, bliss and enlightenment - so do their tactics. Every moment has the potential to be capitalized on or commodified. Every moment offers them useful data to sell to you, implicate you, or both. They empower us to inflict violence and implicate on another. Relation and even existence feel impossible without their tools. But there are moments, those sacred moments, that are unique to us. WE have to fight the operative to keep those experiences ours, without giving it to them for their uses. Watch out for the mystics, inside and out. TL;DR: Kill the cop in your head. (Dirt Cult Records #143)

ROVSVETT - Jesus Var En Tomte LP
RÖVSVETT release the first 7" EP entitled "Jesus Var En Tomte" (Jesus Was A Santa) in 1985. A real classic release! The record is considered one of the most brutal hardcore album ever released ! In 2020 it's 35 years since this single was released and it's celebrated with a new release that is newly mixed and newly mastered. Now with 22 bonus songs. CLASSIC HARDCORE! (Cobraside/Just For Fun Records #32)

V/A - Valley Blvd LP compilation
From the smoggy San Gabriel Valley in Southern CA, buried deep in a vault for over 35 years, comes the never before heard new LP Valley Boulevard. A nod to Beach Boulevard, Posh Boy approved. This gem contains 3 of San Gabriel Valley's finest from 1983-1986. Featuring Mad Parade, The Steps and Chainsaw Pop. This 14 song compilation LP contains some of the best demos, that have now been remastered by Enormous Door, that you wouldn't believe are taken from demos. Mad Parade - 5 songs of different versions from the 1984 debut album and a never before heard cover of The Guess Who's "No Time". Introducing 6 songs from 15 year old kids cut from the same cloth as Mad Parade, The Steps. You've seen them on flyers, you've seen them in Flipside. If you're a fan of early Descendents and the Dickies this is for you! 3 songs from the punk/power pop trio Chainsaw Pop "Mother Secretary" which opens side B, you will wonder why these guys didn't hit the big time. A definite must have for any fan of SoCal punk of the early 80s. Available on colored vinyl on Gutterwail Records. (Cobraside/Gutterwail Records #9)

BLEACH EVERYTHING - Welcome Idiots: 2012-2018 LP (Color Vinyl)
"Welcome Idiots: 2012-2018" collects all of the out-of-print and sold-out 7"s, split 7"s, comp tracks, and flexis that Richmond/San Diego outfit Bleach Everything released from 2012-2018. All tracks have been remastered by Bryan Walthall at Stereoimage. For those that enjoyed all of the early output of the band, it is now available in one singular and convenient collection from this point on. (Dark Operative Records #34)

Now an established force in the reggae world, The Aggrolites just kept pumping out a steady stream of toe-tapping adventures all the way through the first decade of the 2000s. To many fans, this album really represents the point when this band permanently affixed themselves as a "forever" staple in the reggae world. "IV" would be their last album on Hellcat, but it would by no means be the last thing heard from these passionate and illustrious cats. (Pirates Press Records #273)

The Aggrolites delivered a third album that completely busted the myth that surrounds this often difficult time in a band's career. In 2007, they released this phenomenal record containing what many consider their best track ever, "Free Time." Using what could be unearthed of the original design, Pirates Press Records is proud to give this fantastic album new legs, and to give fans and collectors alike something very special to commemorate this period of the band's history. (Pirates Press Records #272)

Argued by diehards as the most under-appreciated full-length by The Aggrolites, the Pirates would just make the case for it simply being the least heard. Following their exit from Hellcat, this album certainly didn't get the mainstream press attention that the three previous albums did, or the outright accolades of their debut album, "Dirty Reggae," but for many true fans, this is the gem in the collection. With great pride, the Pirates present to you this remastered, stellar, vinyl version of "Rugged Road." (Pirates Press Records #275)

After exploding onto the scene and turning just about every head in the reggae and ska world with their debut full-length, "Dirty Reggae," this upstart group of hooligans set their sights on bigger stages and new opportunities. This, their self-titled debut on Hellcat Records originally released in 2006, really became the fuel in the tank sending this band across the globe and back, bringing their "dirty reggae" to the masses. With huge thanks to Epitaph/Hellcat and everyone who has made this record what it is to so many millions of people, the Pirates are unbelievably proud to bring you this re-press - a true gem - in all its brilliance. (Pirates Press Records #271)

JOHNNY PEEBUCKS & THE SWINGIN' UTTERS - Live At Ritchie's New Years Eve Party 7"+ Fanzine
This is the first edition of an autobiographical graphic novel set in a small California beach town during the '80s. The comic comes with an exclusive 7" featuring early Swingin' Utters (known then as Johnny Peebucks & The Swingin' Utters) recorded live at one of the parties documented in this comic. Based in Santa Cruz, CA, Boots-N-Booze covered the entire traditional skinhead movement, including music reviews, booze reviews, and interviews with bands and musicians spanning the entire scope of the culture. (Pirates Press Records #285)

V/A - OI: 40 Years Untamed LP/CD compilation
It has been forty years since the release of "Oi! The Album." Four decades of laughter, defiance, and working class rebellion. To celebrate its ruby anniversary, Garry Bushell, who put together that very first oi compilation in 1980, has teamed up with Pirates Press Records to present this superb new album, "Oi: 40 Years Untamed." (Pirates Press Records #278)

V/A - OI! This Is Streetpunk! 2020 10"x2 compilation
Forty years after Garry Bushell's famous "Oi! The Album" solidified the moniker for this style of music, a vibrant scene rages on - worldwide. These bands clearly represent a wide array of viewpoints on specific issues but together they are anti-racist, anti-facist, and they care about people and the future of this planet. Fight the good fight. (Pirates Press Recors #277)

(repress) BEYOND - No Longer At Ease LP (Color Vinyl)
Beyond, though short lived in the NYHC scene (1988-1989), made an impact with their personal brand of Long Island metal-tinged hardcore with intricate riffage and members going on to other influential hardcore bands on both coasts. Originally released in 1989 by Combined Effort Records and later reissued in 1997 on CD by Some Records, this is the first time "No Longer At Ease" has been available again on any format since then. This Revelation Records reissue is remastered from the original analog tapes and features original artwork. New pressing now available on green vinyl. LP includes digital download of this record. (Revelation Records #164)

DOWNCAST - Tell Me I'm Alive LP
30 years ago Ebullition came into existence when we released the Downcast 7" with No Answers #10. Downcast was a key ingredient in Ebullition's beginning. Brent, the Downcast guitarist, drew the Ebullition logo and Downcast played a major part in creating the ideology that would define Ebullition. When Downcast broke up they left unrecorded songs on the table. "Tell Me I Am Alive" picks those unrecorded songs up, and also moves forward with a whole set of brand new Downcast tracks; 10 tracks in total. Ebullition is extremely proud to be involved in releasing this new Downcast LP. This LP is not about the past, however, it is about now and the future. It picks up where the debut Downcast LP left off and continues pushing their sound forward both musically and politically. Ebullition is ecstatic to be releasing this LP in 2020. This is the sort of LP that Ebullition was created to release. Amazing. (Ebullition Records #61)

ORCHID - Chaos is Me LP 20th anniversary silver foil edition (Scene Support version)
In 1999 Ebullition released the Orchid - Chaos is Me LP. At the time Orchid was a fairly new and unheard of band. It was the 45th release on Ebullition, but over time it became the most popular band and record that Ebullition ever had the privilege of releasing. In honor of this, in 2019 Ebullition has decided to releases a special limited edition 20th anniversary version of this monumental LP. Colored vinyl and a special foil printed cover with all of the grey elements from the original cover replaced with the silver foil. Scene Support version is on brown vinyl and comes with limited poster insert and alternative lyric sheet. (Ebullition Records #45)

(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)