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Descriptions for 2/17/18

CHAOS ECHOES - Mouvement CD
Chaos Ech¤s continues the psychological and spiritual explorations pursued with their previous works, but whereas the focus of "Transient" was on the individual and the internal forces operating within, "Mouvement" explores the effect of the external on the self-the sharpening of the individual will against the coarse whetstone of world. The music traces a narrative arc, and, other than the break between the sides of the LP, the segments of the composition are seamlessly merged together to create a single piece of music. "Mouvement" was meticulously composed and painstakingly recorded, mixed, and edited over the span of two years. The band's attention to detail is apparent and the impact of the album is stunning. As on "Transient," the tracks on the new album are structured and stitched together into a larger form such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And as with all Chaos Ech¤s releases, the accompanying visual artwork, created by Stefan Thanneur, is as magnificent and intrinsic to the impact of the release as the music itself. (Nuclear War Now Records #376 CD)

RITES OF THY DEGRINGOLADE - The Blade Philosophical CD
Originally conceived in 1997 as a solo project by Paulus Kressman, known at that time for his phenomenal drumming and vocals for Sacramentary Abolishment (who would evolve into Axis of Advance following Kressman's departure). "The Blade Philosophical" is at once a recapitulation of the band's earlier work and a continued expansion of the boundaries of extreme metal. It is, in the truest sense, a real album, with common sonic and thematic threads woven throughout, drawing the tracks together into something cohesive and whole. (Nuclear War Now Records #362 CD)

KNELT ROTE - Alterity CD
Nuclear War Now! Productions hereby presents "Alterity," Knelt Rote's fourth album and one that continues along the same trajectory established by the previous sequence of recordings. The devastation wrought by the incessant percussive barrage and grinding guitars on "Alterity" is matched by the dark introspection into the human condition that it endeavors to navigate. (Nuclear War Now Records #364 CD)

NOI!SE - The Scars We Hide LP
Following up their recent full-length "The Real Enemy," there has been a lot of interest in Noi!se's back catalog, much of which is out of press. Pirates Press Records is really excited to fill that void, bringing you this remixed and re-mastered version of the Washington-based powerhouse's debut LP. Originally released in 2014 and now long out of print, "The Scars We Hide" is a huge part of what put this band on the map. Now available on 180 gram color vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #185)

Descriptions for 2/10/18

EXTINCTION OF MANKIND - Storm Of Resentment LP
EXTINCTION OF MANKIND have been around since 1992, so they are veterans of the UK punk scene. They started when others finished and when time passed (20 something years) and I get the chance to hear their fourth upcoming full length album, I realise they are one of the very few who are true to what UK punk has always been about. They are the natural continuator of the UK anarcho crust punk movement started in the late 1980s by the likes of ANTI SECT, AMEBIX or AXEGRINDER. "Storm of Resentment" is the concentrate of the UK anarcho punk. Take what is best from it (the lyrics, the statements, the sound, the tempo, the anger and dedication) and add thrashy guitars to top it all. EOM prove you don't need to play very fast to be brutal. "Cash Cow" intro leads you slowly into the record with its instrumental 2-minute piece. And then it all starts. Lengthy punk songs with metal influence and apocaliptic atmosphere. "Turn a Blind Eye" has very good female vocals and "Believers of Their Lies", the 6-minute suite, contains a tirade of spoken words and sampes to complete this anarcho punk feel of this masterpiece. I remember very well the first time I heard the great "Baptised In Shit". This one is equally good, if not better! (Agipunk Records #114)

SIX BREW BANTHA - Blight LP (gatefold)
SIX BREW BANTHA put one of the best technical but brutal grindcore records I had ever heard in 2012, in 2014 they did it again, and I honestly didn't think it was possible but in 2018 they have topped both of those releases. Good things come in threes, and this third LP is everything I wanted in under eighteen minutes of grind. True story, the band flipped their van in 2012 and lived to continue the tour with minimal scrapes besides a full leg brace and I think that speaks everything of them... there is NO STOPPING them. Canada grindcore is alive and comes in a gruesome gatefold LP. (To Live A Lie Records #145)

V/A - To Live A Lie III 7"
The TLAL comp series has taken hours of preparation, tons of communication, and probably about five or six years of hardcore organizing. EAch comp focuses on bands we have wanted to work with and we have tried to create some consistency in what each one brings to the table. To boil them down, VOL I (bronze) TLAL50 is the grindcore album, VOL II (silver) TLAL100 is the powerviolence record, and VOL III (gold) TLAL150 is the hardcore punk album. The golden album brings you the same artwork with the series, the same pressing specs, all are mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound. A perfect album to close the series, this time featuring LOWHANGERS, CLAW, BODY PRESSURE, MEMORY LOSS, METERFEEDER, and OXIDANT. This will most likely come with a digital download of all three comps so you can see where the series has come from and where it finishes. (To Live A Lie Records #150)

ANXIETY - Trash Baby 7"
BOSTON STRANGLER RECORDS and FUN WITH SMACK are proud to present the latest achievement in callous and uncompromising stupidity... The shocking and most likely unwelcome return of Boston's fuckin one and only ANXIETY!!!!!!!!! After a near-decade long absence from the public eye ANXIETY returns to the spotlight with their nastiest, meanest, and best tracks yet. Fans of the band's previous "Pathetic" 12" on Social Napalm will not be disappointed. For the uninitiated, Anxiety features members of BOSTON STRANGLER, SCAPEGOAT, PEACEBREAKERS, KOWARD, and PUBLIC TRUST doing what made them famous... menacing and intense punk with the unmistakable classic Boston Hardcore sound... "Trash Baby" takes it a step further, making things weirder, less safe, and a lot less kid-friendly than the current state of punk can handle. Love it or hate it, ANXIETY don't care. One-time pressing of 350 copies. (Fun With Smack/Boston Strangler #4)

SCUMRAID - Control LP (with download)
17 tracks of pure D-Beat noise punk insanity culled from the ridiculously limited west coast tour tape, the Out of Order ep and the Rip UP ep collected on to one perfect platter, resequenced, remixed and remastered with new artwork. This is how Scumraid should have been presented in the first place, on a proper LP. 150 copies of watermelon pink vinyl, 350 copies on black, housed in a tipon style jacket stuffed with a lyric insert and full download code. Recorded in Seoul, S. Korea. Mixed and mastered at LM Studio in Japan. (Iron Lung Records #109)

SECT MARK - Worship LP (with download)
A new breed of maniacal Italian hardcore. Short, drippy, seething and nasty as hell. The fuzz fucked intro of last song, side A ("Scouts" -ed.) had me shermed up and ready to bust through a brick wall. As a whole 'Worship' brings to mind a broken pugilist pissing in an exhaust stained fountain and then fighting the cops with knuckles full of busted teeth. Not sure why, but that is the image this music evokes. It's ugly, nihilistic and mean. I like that. I hate everything else. For fans of S.H.I.T., Deformity and Warthog. 150 copies on translucent purple vinyl and 350 on black vinyl housed in a heavy reverse board jacket with insert and download code included. Recorded in Rome. Art by Francesco Goats. (Iron Lung Records #113)

INTENSIVE CARE - Everything Has Its Price 7"
The two latest audio bombardments of misanthropic industrial sounds from a duo that would rather lock themselves in a cave than play them live. A signature mountain of harsh noise and looping feedback accompany bass-centric masses of sludgy violence. Not for "people". A one-time pressing of 300 hand stamped black vinyl 7"s housed in the single series style hand stamped j-card sleeve. Recorded in Toronto. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. Art by Ashley Hohman. (Iron Lung Records #108)

V/A - Iron Lung Mixtape III cassette tape
The third installment of all unreleased tracks by friends, colleagues, co-conspirators and bands we admire. Mixtape III is also a place for friends to get loose and step outside the boundaries as they see fit. Some of these friends are called Martin, most of them aren't. All of them are quality humans with creative ideas and skills to match (except Martin K. who is a real piece of shit but he's family so what are you gonna do?). All tracks recorded some time between 2003 and 2017. Features bands from the United States of America, Iceland, England, Scotland, Canada and New York. Pro printed cassettes limited to 500 copies ever. Front cover by Jonathan Bauerle. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. (Iron Lung Records #99 TP)

THE NUMBER ONES - Another Side of the Number Ones 7"
Three years since their debut LP, Dublin's The Number Ones return with a new four track EP that confirms them as kings of pop. 'Lie to Me' is a bitter sweet pop song that oozes golden melodies and youthful energy. After one play it's stuck in your mind and after repeated plays you'll wonder how you lived without this song in your life. It's a mix of a classic Good Vibrations single and The Senseless Things before they signed to a major label. 'Long Way to Go' is the perfect three minute pop song that could have been released in either in 1979 or 1967. It's a bubblegum nugget that hints at a record collection full of the Beatles, The Nerves and Protex. On the flip 'You're So Happy I Could Cry' keeps the energy and hooks coming whilst 'Breaking Loose' has bounce, charm and those gorgeous harmonies that will see the Number Ones possibly break into the mainstream pop world. (Sorry State Records #92)

ENEMY SOIL - Live Nail In The Coffin LP
An absolutely incredible recording of the 2001 Enemy Soil reunion set at CBGBs in NYC. Featuring twelve tracks of unrelenting grindcore mayhem. Limited to 200, hand-numbered copies. Released just in time for their 2018 reunion show in Washington DC. For fans of Terrorizer, Napalm Death and Disrupt. (Blast for Humanity Records #8)

THE COVENTRY AUTOMATICS Aka The Specials - Dawning Of A New Era LP
Back in 1978, THE COVENTRY AUTOMATICS headed into the studio to record some demos in an effort to secure a record deal. It didn't happen, but within months the band had renamed themselves THE SPECIALS and set up their own label called 2 TONE and a movement was born and the rest is history! "DAWNING OF A NEW ERA" is a fascinating collection of demos, now officially re-released for the 40th anniversary of the recordings, and making the tracks officially available on vinyl for the first time in over 2 decades! Of the 13 songs which appear on the release only Wake Up, Look But Don't Touch and Jay Walker failed to make it on to any official release and were dropped from the bands live set early in their career. The remainder of the tracks offer embryonic versions of tracks which make up the bulk of the bands first album. Rock and Roll Nightmare would later appear on the bands More Specials under the name Pearls Cafe abet with slightly different lyrics. The track Raquel appeared on the b-side of the Dutch Concrete Jungle single and later was released in session version as part of the BBC Radio Sessions album. These recordings are must owns for any SPECIALS fan or indeed anyone with a love of the 2Tone/Ska scene Released on our FREE RANGE PRODUCT Imprint, first pressing is on random colour mix/effect vinyl! (Boss Tuneage/Free Range Product #5)

ARCHAGATHUS/NAHU - split CD
Archagathus delivers 7 tracks of intense mince mania... Nahu (South Korea) Death Grinders will blow your shoes right off... A must... (Morbid Reality Records #21 CD)

TWIN FOXES - Sleeping On The Attic Floor LP
Self recorded in the woods of northern Rhode Island, SOTAF contrasts the contemplation of an isolated winter while still capturing the hope of a distant summer. Lyrically it explores the path to self discovery, wrought with pitfalls and atonement when starting anew. Twin Foxes pull from a pallet of sounds- from 90s emo to the heavy fuzz and of shoegaze, and craft them thoughtfully into the songs of Sleeping on the Attic Floor. (Tor Johnson Records #40)

ROTTING SKY - Sedation LP/cassette tape
The devastating debut solo album by T. Messing (guitarist of Nux Vomica) - originally released on 100 tapes in 2014, and now remastered for vinyl and re-released on tape with all new artwork by noise luminary Anderson Cook. Swarming and swelling droney black metal with elements of noise, power electronics, industrial music and doom. A true headfuck of atmospheric majesty and wretched intensity that bridges the gaps between bands like Pyramids, Wraiths, Darkspace, Locrian, Sutekh Hexen, Sunn O))) etc. (Sentient Ruin Records #49)

VESSEL OF INIQUITY - Vessel of Iniquity cassette tape
The life-shattering debut album of UK-based one-man black/death/noise monstrosity Vessel of Iniquity. Fifteen minutes of unfathomable audial terror designed to disintegrate existence directly from within. Fifteen minutes of inconceivable sonic trauma administered through the unholy abuse of the most blighted blackened death metal and of the most anti-human and liminal strains of noise, drone and power electronics. A sensorially annihilating and humiliating sonic holocaust that has brought together the diverse but equally decimating aesthetics of extreme acts like Gnaw Their Tongues, Impetuous Ritual, and Teitanblood to conceive the most absurd and completely unthinkable realms of musical devastation. (Sentient Ruin Records #61 TP)

SLEEPWALKER - 5772 LP
The unparalleled 2016 debut album from elusive multinational psychedelic/avantgarde black metal enigma Sleepwalker now officially re-released on cassette and finally also available on 12" vinyl. A visionary collision of sounds and of different schools of thought in extreme and experimental metal and beyond, that bursts the listener's synapses open with a mind-shattering alloy of drone, raw black metal, kraut/psychedelic rock, free-jazz, noise rock, and tribal ritualism - a truly unparalleled mind-fuck suspended between the visionary opposites of Voivod, Zeni Jeva, Oxbow, John Zorn, King Crimson, Darkthrone, and Xasthur. (Sentient Ruin Records #43)

Descriptions for 2/3/18

PROFESSOR BLACK & GEZOL - Tarantula 7"
Nuclear War Now! is proud to announce the release of the "Tarantula" seven-inch single, a collaboration between Chris "Professor" Black (High Sprits, Dawnbringer, Superchrist) and Gezol (Sabbat, Metalucifer), two highly-respected and venerable musicians in the metal underground. "Tarantula" was written specifically for Gezol's vocals, which he delivers in both English and Japanese as two versions of the song, each on its own side. Professor Black had written the music and English lyrics and recorded the instruments himself during the same studio session as the High Spirits "Motivator" album. (Nuclear War Now Records #373)

SEX PRISONER/HARM DONE - split LP
This split between Arizona's SEX PRISONER and France's HARM DONE is an audible story of the anger you have after the worst day of your life. Each band produces four songs to brutalize your eardrums and make you rethink stepping outside. The SEX PRISONER side is angry and moshy, and HARM DONE have a bit more of a metallic hardcore sound that almost sounds a bit CRO-MAGS at times. I know for a fact you will not want to miss out on this release. For Fans of: WEEKEND NACHOS, CRO-MAGS, MADBALL. (Deep Six Records #282)

MAXIUM ROCK'N'ROLL #418 (March 2018)
Maximum Rocknroll is here to help you navigate the wild world of punk with issue 418, the March 2018 issue! First, we say goodbye to JJ Jacobson, the vocalist of legendary Texas hardcore punks OFFENDERS. But this issue is not complete made up of farewells! We check out Dublin's Karate Klub DIY venue and get a brief rundown of the active scene there. We also speak to two British bands: MARTHA, who talks about Marxism and pop music, and SNOB, who may or may not be punk's ABBA. There's also interviews with three different punk deconstructionists. There's ISS from North Carolina, who use a sampler and hip hop influences to create their own punk landscapes. And both MARAUDEUR from Switzerland and SENYAWA from Singapore discuss the different ways of using improvisation to challenge our ideas of punk. For the more traditionally minded punks out there we speak to F.I.T.S. from Canada about being Francophones, NOT ON TOUR from Israel about what it means to be an Israeli band, and NEO NEOS from Minneapolis about how they aren't a "Jimmy Punk" band. Need more? We've got more: East Bay's Dear Diary Zine Fest talks about changes in zine culture in recent years, while Feral Kid Records and More Power Tapes head honcho Eric Bifaro discusses some incredible stories about his life. Add that to all of the reviews and columnists that you've come to expect, and you have a jam-packed issue! (Maxium Rock'n'roll #418)

DOG SOLDIER - Absolute Epic Horrors LP
Portland ultra punk hardcore veterans are back with a ripping 6 track 12"! Masterfully played metallic punk. Heavily influenced by greats such as English Dogs, Sodom, & The Exploited. (Distort Reality Records #37)

HEAVY LIDS - Final Days LP
Long playing follow-up to Heavy Lids' 2016 debut "We Believe in the Night" on Spacetaker Sounds (nee Pelican Pow Wow). "Final Days" is set to eclipse the popularity of the first LP. Pitchfork has called Heavy Lids one of the finest bands to emerge from the garage-punk scene in New Orleans, ... a breeding ground for weirdos who fuck around with electronics." Buzzing throbbing pounding punk stomp, strobe lights in fog. (Blak Skul Records #8)

Descriptions for 1/27/18

SABBAT - Envenom LPx2
Originally released on CD by Evil Records in 1991, "Envenom," Sabbat's debut album, represented the culmination of work and dedication to the band's craft that founding members Gezol and Elizaveat had initiated in the early 1980s and carried through multiple band name and lineup changes over the course of nearly a decade. Although "Envenom" has been reissued several times on a variety of formats since its original CD pressing, this current version made available to the American market has gone a step further in enhancing the audio and reproducing the visual aesthetic of the original to the greatest extent possible. With the goal of maximizing the sound quality for an album of this length, the track order was rearranged by Gezol himself in order to be pressed on three sides of a double-LP. The fourth side of the vinyl boasts a screen-printed image of the same iconic Elizaveatian artwork that also adorns the cover. Every attention to detail was given to ensure that the layout represented the Evil CD version as faithfully as possible, from the blue ink on black background to the rotated 'e' in the title on the cover, which harkens back to Gezol's painstaking effort in using rub-on letters on the original layout. In sum, this release ensures that the first album in Sabbat's historic discography is properly immortalized for the legions of the band's zealous fanatics, and it serves as a harbinger of more Sabbat album reissues to come from NWN! in the coming months. (Nuclear War Now Records #382)

CHAOS ECHOES - Mouvement LP
Chaos Ech¤s continues the psychological and spiritual explorations pursued with their previous works, but whereas the focus of "Transient" was on the individual and the internal forces operating within, "Mouvement" explores the effect of the external on the self-the sharpening of the individual will against the coarse whetstone of world. The music traces a narrative arc, and, other than the break between the sides of the LP, the segments of the composition are seamlessly merged together to create a single piece of music. "Mouvement" was meticulously composed and painstakingly recorded, mixed, and edited over the span of two years. The band's attention to detail is apparent and the impact of the album is stunning. As on "Transient," the tracks on the new album are structured and stitched together into a larger form such that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And as with all Chaos Ech¤s releases, the accompanying visual artwork, created by Stefan Thanneur, is as magnificent and intrinsic to the impact of the release as the music itself. (Nuclear War Now Records #376)

SIEGE COLUMN - Nocturnal Attack Formation demo tape cassette
NOCTURNAL ATTACK FORMATION is the first demo of SIEGE COLUMN. The NJ cult demonstrates its reverence for pre-subgenre extreme metal music and its complete lack of interest in musical progression or development. Unlike the initial limited run of hand-dubbed cassettes, this professionally duplicated version better captures the UNRESTRAINED DUNGEON IGNORANCE. PREPARE FOR COMBAT. (Nuclear War Now Records #385 TP)

SIEGE COLUMN - Secret Forces of the Pentagram demo tape cassette
SECRET FORCES OF THE PENTAGRAM, the second demo by SIEGE COLUMN, brings forth solid state desecration and loose drumming like a volcano. This previously sold out cassette features five tracks of pure steamroller. SPEED and HEAT increase as the secret forces are unlocked with full headbanging. Recommended soundtrack to THINKING WITH YOUR FISTS. (Nuclear War Now Records #386 TP)

UPROAR - Time is Coming 7"
Three unreleased songs from 1982. For fans of: Skeptix, Varukers or Discharge. Mastered by Tom Lyle of Government Issue, Uproar will tour Australia in February and the U.S. this summer. All original members but one. (Doctor Strange Records #140)

THE GUESTS - Red Scare LP
The Guests formed in 2015 when it was decided that the far-left needed a suitable media platform. The project had to be engaging, drawing the people to its message, but dark, reflecting the dismal current state of history. A pop band, drawing on post-punk and goth, was decided as the medium, built on the obscure memory of a one-off New Order cover band performance that Philadelphia residents Christian Vogan (vocals) and Alkis Meimaris (guitar) had done while at school together in New York state. The lineup was rounded out by brothers Hart and Kyle Seely (also of Sheer Mag) on bass and drums respectively, as well as synth player Florence Lin. Together, the Guests envision an alternate, more revolutionary history of 80s-style jangle pop, built on the rock-solid foundation of the Seely brothers' groove section. Focused guitar hooks and soaring rushes of synth, provided by Meimaris and Lin respectively, interlock atop this, giving breath and motion to Vogan's calls to arms, battered landscapes and righteous indignations. (Sabotage Records #86)

COLD LEATHER - Past Remedy 7"
After that fresh demo comes the first seven inch from these Berlin punkers. Catchy stuff, I tell you. If late 1970's L.A. Dangerhouse rockers took a trip in a timemachine and just landed in 1981 rainy Britain and form a band comes in a screen printed cover. People from Bombenalar, Cult Values, etc. (Sabotage Records #111)

DEAD HERO - La Vida Continua LP
Dead Hero are a punk band from Bogota, Colombia who sing in Spanish but who are specifically inspired by the British oi! and street-punk of the early-'80s. They've got all the scrappy immediacy of today's DIY punk and hardcore, but they've got big, confident riffs and shout-along choruses and a sort of meaty, zero-pretension swagger that makes them anomalies in today's DIY-punk universe. And thanks to singer Paula Suarez, they also offer a way-too-rare opportunity to hear a woman singing oi! (stereogum). (Sabotage Records #109)

ENAMORADOS - s/t LP
ENAMORADOS is a new band out of Barcelona featuring members of Trance, Orden Mundial, Destino Final, Suicidas, Desguace, Derrota, and Carne. They play punk, but not the contemporary kind we are accustomed to hearing. Stylistically they are rooted in the mid 70's while touching upon elements of power pop meets punk/punk meets raw power pop. (Sabotage Records #96)

PURA MANIA - Cerebros Punk LP
Pura Mania are from Vancouver and Mexico City and aren't the easiest band to stick a catagory to. They mix bits of hardcore punk with a dose of indie weirdness. 2014 saw them release the Ratas De Dos Patas cassette plus a couple of 7"s (Musica Para Gente Fea / La Estafa Musical). This is the Debut 12" from this great band.. new wave-tinged punk a la Blitz's New Age with a bit of South American flavor in the vocals. Vancouver's Pura Manĺa is a catchy, scummy and all-around amazing punk rock outfit that consists of members from Fracaso and Spectres. (Sabotage Records #108)

DON'T SLEEP - Bring The Light 7"
Don't Sleep is a new band from Harrisburg, PA, and Washington, D.C., featuring Dave Smalley, the singer of influential hardcore and punk bands such as Dag Nasty, Down By Law, DYS, and All, as well as Garrett Rothman (bass), Tom McGrath (guitar), Jim Bedorf (drums), and Tony Bavaria (guitar), who have also played in a number of bands previously on labels such as Blackout Records, Eulogy Recordings, Art Monk Construction, Sony and Megaforce. While originally Don't Sleep started to back Dave up while playing songs from his former bands, the members all became fast friends and quickly began writing new material. The music they created was not only influenced by Dave and his former bands, but the records that all the members have been listening to and have been influenced by over the years. 7" includes digital download. (Reaper Records #81)

ARMADA - Bandeira Negra LP
For over two decades, the Brazilian punk rock flagship Blind Pigs sailed the wild and tempestuous seas of what punk rock can be in South America. Four of its remaining seamen boldly decided to carry on, enlisting one more sailor to join the ranks of the Armada. Pirates Press Records is extremely proud to help fly this flag by offering up this debut LP to other parts of the world. LP includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #186)

Descriptions for 1/20/18

FRAGMENT - In The Dust LP
Debut LP from Halifax, Nova Scotia's crasher crusties Fragment. A full on attack of raw feedback and reverb saturated crust punk in the tradition of Gloom. This crew has been making crusty noise happen in northern Canada for years (many will be familiar with Contagium in which a couple of these guys played) and they know how to write a killer song. Unlike many bands that take this kind of wall of reverb approach to crust (say Framtid or Ferocious X) Fragment draws less on the Swedish classics in their riffs and more on the early crust scene in England. The dark energy of Deviated Instinct or Axegrinder is definitely an influence here. If you like your punk blown out and crushing this is for you. For fans of Lastly, Aspects of War, Rednecks, Kromosom, etc. Out now on Desolate Records (US) and Rawmantic Disasters (Europe). (Desolate Records #9)

S.F.N./ABRADE - split 10"
Two good things have come from Stoughton, Wisconsin: the coffee break and SFN. After mysteriously dissolving in the last few years, they still seem to pop up every now and then with a new release. Easily the most original band in the mid-2000s power violence revival, SFN have found a way to continuously push the boundaries of what they are doing and stay completely relevant. Terminal Sedation was originally recorded for their 2007 demo but this re-recorded version absolutely crushes the original. A great man once told me SFN moves like a glacier; slow, cold and powerful. I couldn't think of a better way to describe their contribution to this split. Chicago's most elusive grindcore band has finally returned with six new songs that barely crack the five minute mark. The sonic assault is over almost as quickly as it begins but not before it absolutely pummels you into dust and tries to snort you like an eight ball of grindcore cocaine. Try to imagine Discordance Axis performing a drive by on Flesh Parade deep in the concrete jungle of Chicago and you'll start to get the idea. SFN submit their first and only studio recording of 'Terminal Sedation.' A concept that has prevailed through the life of the group and arrives here, at a momentous head, surpassing any conceivable expectation. Abrade delivers their most focused and potent material to date. A sorely missed reminder that they remain a top contender for speed, precision, and ingenuity across the genre. (Malokul Records #13)

ORDER - Demo 2017 cassette tape
Order is a collective of friends and artists, largely from Southeastern Virginia. They play music that is generally loud, and informed by various takes on punk, post-punk, and hardcore through the decades. This is their first recording. We hope you enjoy it, but are undeterred if you do not. For fans of Warsaw, The Boys Next Door, Diat, etc. Limited to 100 copies on pro-dubbed, hi-bias gold cassettes with J-cards. (Anthems of The Undesirable #16 TP)

SEA OF SHIT/RADIATION BLACKBODY - split 7"
Since their 2009 debuts Chicago's Sea of Shit and New York's Radiation Blackbody have been two of the most memorable acts among the new wave of powerviolence. Alongside contemporaries like Water Torture, Column of Heaven, and Gas Chamber, both of these bands have brought new and exhilarating ideas to the genre, but are still somehow familiarly based in the tradition our elders. If you aren't immediately familiar with either act, basically you're looking at grinding prog by Japanese punk aficionados and scientific degenerates on one side, and truly misanthropic hardcore by smut-obsessed, nihilistic degenerates on the other. Like huffing glue before reading about theoretical physics. Or maybe the other way around, depending on which side you play first. Limited to 423 copies. Download code included. (Anthems of The Undesirable #15)

CASTRO - Personal 7"
CASTRO are a relatively new band, but feature many people you will recognise if you know your Norwegian punk history of the past 30 years. Featuring members of Norwegian punk legends ANGOR WAT and ISRAELVIS, and the welcome return of Katja (ex LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT) on vocals, the band released the critically acclaimed "THE RIVER NEED" album at the tail end of 2014. Now, as a taster for the upcoming new album "INFIDELITY" due out February 2018, comes the "PERSONAL" Limited edition 7" EP, featuring a different recording of one track to feature on their album, plus a cover version of "Ting" and the track "Pacific" which is only available on this release. This very limited pressing comes in random colour/mix effect vinyl, and is strictly limited to 250 copies! - whilst the artwork tips a nod of the hat to the CRASS designs of yesteryear! (Boss Tuneage Records #119)

ELECTRO HIPPIES - Deception Of The Instigator Of Tomorrow : Collected Works 1985 1987 LPx2 with CD
ELECTRO HIPPIES need no introduction to anyone familiar with UKHC in the mid to late '80s. Now, for the first time, their recordings that predate their records for Peaceville are collected together officially, including their solitary Peel Session, split LP tracks, their two studio demos and many live and rehearsal tracks previously unheard outside of the band. Released in conjunction with the band, and including liner notes by Simon, as well as lyrics, photos, posters and more, this is a must own collection for any fan of 80s UKHC. (Boss Tuneage Retro #39)

ELECTRO HIPPIES - Deception Of The Instigator Of Tomorrow: Collected Works 1985 1987 CD
ELECTRO HIPPIES need no introduction to anyone familiar with UKHC in the mid to late '80s. Now, for the first time, their recordings that predate their records for Peaceville are collected together officially, including their solitary Peel Session, split LP tracks, their two studio demos and many live and rehearsal tracks previously unheard outside of the band. Released in conjunction with the band, and including liner notes by Simon, as well as lyrics, photos, posters and more, this is a must own collection for any fan of 80s UKHC. (Boss Tuneage Retro #39 CD)

LOUDMOUTH - Easy Tiger LP
Hailing from Sunderland and featuring members of HDQ, RED ALERT and ANGELIC UPSTARTS amongst their ranks, this is the album LOUDMOUTH have been promising to deliver in the past - with "EASY TIGER" they have totally nailed it Powerful, melodic, punk rock - this is a modern, gritty take yet gives a nod to the classic punk bands of yesteryear too - this is what you get when you take the direct influence of LOUDMOUTHs hometown bands LEATHERFACE and HDQ and mix them with a love of RUTS, CLASH and DAMNED. "EASY TIGER" is one of the most complete albums you will hear all year - make sure you don't miss it! Features 11 classic new tracks plus their own tribute to late great Dickie Hammond with a cover of STOKOE'S "Mexican Stand Off" Limited Edition Random Colour Mix Vinyl with CD included of all 12 tracks. (Boss Tuneage Records #117)

PARASITE - Zankyo LP
Finally a full length from Japan's PARASITE! After a sold out 7" & 10" on Tadpole Records and a 7" and split 7" on Holy Terror Records the kings of G.I.S.M worship are back. This time they have 8 tracks on a full length LP. For fans of G.I.S.M, Randy Uchida Group, G.A.T.E.S and Doraid - If you like riffs, solo's and metal punk this is a must for your collection. (Boss Tuneage Records #118)

INTENSIVE CARE - Voyeuirism LP
Not merely a shoehorned-noise-into-hardcore-exercise, "Voyeurism" lurches through roughly 18 minutes of industrial begrimed noise rock hammerings. Bass and drums are hemmed together solidly with drum machines, synths and other implements, intersected by a collection of purloined field recording moments blurring the lines between audience and voyeur. This transmission is total sabotage of the ostensible. Hope you were listening. Members of Column of Heaven, The Endless Blockade, and Flatline Construct. (Anthems of The Undesirable #14)

DSKNT - Phsphr Entropy cassette tape
Hermetic, polymorphic and abstract black metal exclusively glorifying and worshiping the annihilation of all existence. Mysterious Swiss entity DSKNT incarnates with a colossal debut album of total avant-black/death mindfuckery that has taken the aesthetic of bands like Aosoth, Abigor, Deathspell Omega, and Anthaeus and deformed it and disfigured it further - creating a swarming chasm of mutated black chaos worship that pulverizes the psyche and ravages the flesh. (Sentient Ruin Records #58 TP)

ABKEHR - In Asche LP
Debut album finally on vinyl after the casette version sold out in record time. Hideously and relentlessly crawling across four vast movements of pure incarnated darkness, Abkehr's "In Asche" is a towering and commanding work in the current underground black metal panorama, which has managed to harness the primordial savagery of bands like Craft and Judas Iscariot, the vast and enveloping hopelessness of bands like Weakling, Ash Borer and Mg_a, and the visionary wretchedness of brilliant black metal anomalies like Twilight and Leviathan, to create their own personal passageway into a tormented and shadow-torn world. (Sentient Ruin Records #41)

SLEEPWALKER - 5772 cassette tape
The unparalleled 2016 debut album from elusive multinational psychedelic/avantgarde black metal enigma Sleepwalker now officially re-released on cassette and finally also available on 12" vinyl. A visionary collision of sounds and of different schools of thought in extreme and experimental metal and beyond, that bursts the listener's synapses open with a mind-shattering alloy of drone, raw black metal, kraut/psychedelic rock, free-jazz, noise rock, and tribal ritualism - a truly unparalleled mind-fuck suspended between the visionary opposites of Voivod, Zeni Jeva, Oxbow, John Zorn, King Crimson, Darkthrone, and Xasthur. (Sentient Ruin Records #43 TP)

FRIENDSHIP - Hatred cassette tape
The debut full-length album following the massively successful and long sold out I&II compilation earlier this year. A skull-crushing barrage of alienating audial hostility that redefines and re-imagines the most remote and liminal realms of hardcore. Powerviolence, hardcore, grindcore and sludge/doom blended to devastating effects. LP out on Southern Lord Records! (Sentient Ruin Records #48)

COMMUNION - At The Announcement CD
One of the most cult bands in the shit-hot South American black/death scene, for nearly a decade now, COMMUNION have been cultivating a mystique and work ethic like no other. Staunchly DIY and largely rejecting the gross machinations of the European "metal" industry, COMMUNION have built up a sparse yet strangely vast body of work comprising myriad short-length releases - sometimes, true "singles" in that the release will feature only one track - that are either self-released or released through vocalist/bassist Deathmessiah's Proselytism label, which has become ground zero for the very best in nowadays South American black/death. Despite their often-short runtimes, each COMMUNION release is its own special world, ranging the rich history of South American metal, from its blackest, most sulfurous depths to its most traditional, headbanging heights. That one band can encompass a relatively expansive swath of sounds whilst remaining uniquely rigid and focused in their attack has endeared the band to legions the world over, all of whom await each COMMUNION release with bated breath and cherish it as a true artifact. (Hells Headbangers/Sinister Flame Records #5 CD)

COMMUNION - The Communion (CD)
Comes with a 12-page lyrics booklet. Whereas At the Announcement serves as the definitive debut album - that is, the culmination of all that's come before in the COMMUNION canon - then The Communion is the fever-dreaming intensification of those wild hinterlands within the band's signature sound. Totaling nine tracks in a concise yet continually exciting 33 minutes, The Communion works mostly as one massive piece, firing off one diabolic angle after another that's simply engrossing (and often overwhelming, favorably) in its devilish intensity. With the poise and patience of a true power-trio, COMMUNION build each component track with the delicate-yet-confident hand of sonic sorcerers, conjuring a clandestine mood that soon explodes into gibbering, ghastly mania. And yet, for however white-hot and forever-throttling that intensity gets, just teasing the very corners of chaos, COMMUNION reign it all in with a mastery rarely seen in black/death metal - and, daresay, a touch of class. For above all, this is HEAVY METAL, deathly dedicated to the occult and supernatural energies of the beyond. Not for nothing are the band absolutely hypnotic live, weaving their spells and entrancing throngs of diehards baying for blood on every stage COMMUNION stand. (Hells Headbangers #225 CD)

GRANDIOSE MALICE (Black Witchery) - The Eternal Infernal CD
Before his untimely passing, Childers was working on a new solo-project, and had a demo for it. He sent the demo to a few close friends for feedback, but tragically, it was never released. Within days of his death, DEMONIC CHRIST's Dana Duffey (who received the demo tracks from Steve) reached out to Joel Bagley, Steve's best friend, to discuss making sure Steve's work would not be forgotten and be given a proper release on a killer underground label done the way Joel and Dana feel Steve would have wanted it. After shopping labels, they landed on HELLS HEADBANGERS, who were eager to be a part of making sure Steve's legacy lived on. Steeped deep in the metal underground, HELLS HEADBANGERS were honored to be a part of this release, understanding its significance. Chock full of that trademark style of savage simplicity, as well as some surprising but no less extreme twists he hadn't explored in Black Witchery, GRANDIOSE MALICE's The Eternal Infernal serves to forever preserve Steve's musical freedom, his talent, and his undying love for music. He is missed by many, and undoubtedly, he is giving the horns from wherever he is as we pay homage to a legend! (Hells Headbangers #203 CD)

CURSED MOON - Rite Of Darkness LP + 7"
A one-man entity hailing from the greater Los Angeles area, CURSED MOON is one of the most exciting newcomers the label has come across. Branding itself "deathwave," CURSED MOON uniquely combines classic goth-rock from the '80s with early black metal sounds, weaving a witchy atmosphere whilst being grounded firmly in the grit of evil heavy metal. It's a sound that's immediately memorable and positively addicting - and not to mention one that will appeal to a wide variety of metalheads, punks, and other assorted freaks. Comprising 10 track over 54 minutes, CURSED MOON's debut album is a non-stop collection of anthem after anthem, each one darker and more cobwebbed than the last, altogether making for one of the most unique sounds in today's extreme music landscape. Never once lingering too long on one path, Rite of Darkness is total DEATHWAVE perfection, and even includes suitably deathwaved covers of Oz, The Sisters of Mercy, and Skinny Puppy. Behold the Rite of Darkness and witness the rise of deathwave! (Hells Headbangers #201)

ASHKARA - In Silence LP
down-tuned emocrust with dual voices and violin. Their attitude reminds me a lot nineties PC punks. And their music would be the perfect soundtrack of a counterculture movie about how western civilization could collapse. (Les Nains Aussi #42)

SIN ORDEN - Raices De Resistencia LP
The long-planned and awaited Sin Orden record is finally out. Sin Orden is from Chicago. They play fantastic fast and furious Hc in the vein of Los Crudos. But it has never been a poor copy. From the beginning, they have developed their own personality and style. This collection LP gathers the songs of the early years of Sin Orden. Most of them were recorded at the beginning of the century and were previously released on various records between 2000 and 2005. The present LP comes with a full gatefold sleeve designed by a friend of the band and it is introduced by Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos/Limpwrist). (Les Nains Aussi #41)

DISCO OSLO - s/t 7"
Their first LP was a killer. With this 7", D//O still delivers great punk with lots of melodies and energy. They have been often compared to Turbostaat and Leatherface. (Les Nains Aussi #40)

PLAINE CRASSE - First LP
Plaine Crasse is french punkHC band. After almost 10 years of existence, a split with Krapnek and a bunch of demos, Plaine Crass has finally released their first full-lenght record. In 10 minutes, they deliver us 7 songs of highly political punkHC fueled by distorted fury. Think 90's european crust meets french anarchopunk! The record comes with a silk-screened sleeve. Please note that traderate is 2 tp only because the production cost was very low (3 euros/copy) and the band has decided to sell it at 5 euros only. (Les Nains Aussi #38)

HAYMARKET - Friendly Advice To The Poor LP
Oldschool hardcore punk ala Dead Kennedys for this band of veteran punks from Nantes-France. Great political lyrics. This is their 3rd album and certainly the most promising. (Les Nains Aussi #34)

MARCEL DUCHAMP - Contra Nosotros Mismos LP
Marcel Duchamp is certainly one of the most interesting south-american band. Musically speaking, they have been able to make an unique sound, fast, aggressive, orginal. It is a mix between fast hardcore a la Los Crudos and modern hardcore slightly destructured. Humanly speaking the band is strongly involved in the chilean collective Masapunk which has been making punk more than music for several years. An essential record to me... (Les Nains Aussi #28)

ALTERCADO - Radio Rebelion LP
The chilean trio is back with a album. Their music is still raw and fast but shows an increasing emo touch too. I don't talk about the white punk kind of emo, but about a feeling of urgence, desesperation and angriness, a feeling feeded by the south american way of life... I have a long and complex story with Altercado. That's why I love them. Because they're just trying living their life, far from punk cliches, with sincerity even if sometimes in a pure chaotic way. (Les Nains Aussi #21)

URBAN BLIGHT - Pig Justice 7"
Urban Blight is a one-man-anarchopunk-band. On this new 7", it delivers four tracks of intense political punk. It sounds like a mix between eighties french punk, old-school industrial music and anarchopunk. It changes from the usual fashion d-beat crust! As always, lyrics are senseful dealing with justice, womyn conditions, resurgence of fascism in post-communist russia, commodity and alienation. Punkrock is more than cliche! (Les Nains Aussi #12)

SILENCE - Mad Civilisation 10"
500 made. Their long awaited 10" is finally out. This is certainly their best release in date. Music still sounds dark and powerful emocrust. Lyrics are in the same vein, dealing with suffering, isolation, head against the wall, false promises .. This is the music for a mad civilization. (Les Nains Aussi #11)

ALTERCADO - El Ruido Y La Rabia LP
Altercado is a chilean hcpunk band. They play fast and raw southamerican punkHC with a slight emotive touch. Of course, I could use the everlasting comparison with Los Crudos. But I prefer to keep the band away from that. Actually, they're above all a trio of southamerican punks claiming their anger and hatred of the social oppressions they're under. The sleeve is a full-color gatefold one. (Les Nains Aussi #9)

URBAN BLIGHT - 1998 to 2001 CD
It's a kind of discography of this anarchopunk band including most of the songs released on tape between 1998 and 2001. Urban Blight plays a powerful and tense powerful and tense minimalist crustpunk. I really like the clever texts dealing with anarchy, wars, governement, poverty, third world. (Les Nains Aussi #3)

PRIMAL RITE - Dirge Of Escapism LP
Primal Rite is the shot in the arm the hardcore and metal scenes need. With 7"s already on Revelation Records, Grave Mistake Records, and Warthog Speak Records, plus a cassette on Pop Wig Records, the band is unleashing their debut full-length with Revelation this January. Guitars scream and solo, mixing the speed and chaos of Japanese hardcore, the crunch of Cleveland hardcore, the riffing and solos of thrash metal, and the pure, crushing power of the Floridian death-metal scene of the '90s. Vinyl version includes digital download. This is the red vinyl version. (Revelation Records #171)

(restock) DENIAL OF GOD - Death And The Beyond CD
BACK IN STOCK! 2017 CD repress identical to the first pressing. The ghoulish masters of the crypt return! Their first full-length in six years, underground legends DENIAL OF GOD emerge from the grave with "Death and the Beyond," the band's heaviest and most morbid monument to date. Containing eight cursed tracks in 62 minutes and recorded in 13 days the analog way at the legendary Berno Studio (Grotesque, Kaamos, Amon Amarth, etc) in Sweden, "Death and the Beyond" captures all the trademark darkness and ghoulish atmosphere of classic DENIAL OF GOD, now going on 20-plus years. Want the perfect combination of black, death, doom, and heavy metal? Seek "Death and the Beyond"! (Hells Headbangers Records #86 CD)

Descriptions for 1/13/18

ACxDC/GOOLAGOON - split 7"
ACxDC has been on a rampage since their revival and the release of Second Coming. For this split they produce four more straight-forward hardcore punk ditties with less blasts than in the past and more knuckledragging than you've come to expect from this heinous group of miscreants. Super memorable hooks and lyrics as only ACxDC can bundle up. For the first time on vinyl we'd like to welcome GOOLAGOON, who summon the ghost of ACxDC's early days but with a blasting punk ethos. Honestly to me, this sounds like if LACK OF INTEREST were to do a split with LIFE'S HALT, or INFEST were to do a split with E.T.A., or if NO COMMENT were to do a split with SCHOLASTIC DETH. Bonus points go to GOOLAGOON for actually doing an amazing SCHOLASTIC DETH cover to finish their side. ACxDC really give some on point new material to sink our teeth into and do a great job to usher in the newest band that is about to spread around the powerviolence world. Superb packaging includes a poster and printed inner sleeve. (To Live A Lie Records #143)

NEGATIV NULL - Kategorisch Aggressiv LP
Finally...at long last...here`s the new Negativ Null full throttle assault to your ears and eyes!!! Comin in form of a one-sided 12" , packed in an inside-out sleeve, this record is the band`s next step since their 7" on Affront Vinyl and their contribution to the ŃGermany will be worse" compilation on Flowerviolence Recs this year. You can tell NN definetly stepped up their game when it comes to harshness, brutality and SOUND! That being said, this record sounds perfeclty sharp and well produced while also beeing noisy and loud with a lot of feedback! Matching the title ŃKategorisch aggressiv" , the 12" features 24 short stop-and-go rippers in the vein of all that is fast and furious. With a duration of a bit more than 11 minutes, you can also tell this slasher is not meant for sludge and doom lovers. Get your head into it. The cover art was once again nicly executed by Rob ŃThe Bastard" Nabbe (Lifespite/Blind To Faith). His cruel cartoonistic visions of filth and fury perfectly match Negativ Nulls musical outrage and lyrical content.Members of Heaven Shall Burn / Mindflair / Bitterness Exhumed. (RSR Records #172)

HEADLESS DEATH - A Hideous Warning CD
A torrent of sour mockery and high-octane self-loathing soaks through 20 songs of ferocious grindcore on 'A Hideous Warning', the debut album from Australia's Headless Death. Following a string of deservedly ignored demos, split contributions, and an "incredibly ugly" EP, these misanthropic clowns finally pulled their fingers out of their asses and birthed a true monster of tweaked out old school grind. Swarming riffs and bone-shattering blasts are capped off with an outrageously hostile vocal assault, producing an instant tension headache that only frontal lobotomy will cure. With members of Internal Rot, Rort, Contaminated, Pathetic Human and Roskopp, it comes off more like Plutocracy covering Repulsion in a speed battle with Noisear. Hypermanic to the point of self-combustion, this thing rockets along like a bullet train trying to drive off-road in a storm of unpredictable structure and demented force. Humiliation awaits. (RSR Records #175 CD)

SMD - Born Against LP
20 years in the scene LA's owe have been the most aggressive Hardcore Thrash Druken Overlords. 10 Tracks of expert violence at it best! (Morbid Reality Records #24)

NAUSEA - Condemned To The System tape cassette
Los Angeles' Nausea, spearheaded by guitarist / vocalist Oscar Garcia, along with their sister band, Terrorizer (which also featured Garcia) helped define the Grindcore genre in the late 1980s. Now Garcia, along with long-time partner in crime Eric Castro (Majesty) have been joined by two new members: Bassist Alejandro CB (Pounder, Chemical Bitches) and guitarist Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct, ex-Exhumed, Phobia, Impaled, Intronaut) to unleash a ferocious new full-length album via Willowtip Records: "Condemned To The System". The album was recorded by Sean Vahle, (DIS, Phobia, Exhumed, Murder Construct, Intronaut) and mixed/mastered by Alejandro Corredor (Inquisition, Exhumed, Enslaved). The new album will feature a slew of new grinders like "...And We Suffer" and "Hate and Deception", alongside vintage and unreleased tracks like "Falsely Accused" and "Does God Need Help?". The band has been very active in the live arena for the past 3 years, performing at the Maryland Death Fest, Power of the Riff Fest, shows alongside Repulsion, Nails, Nasum, and most recently a European Tour that included a headlining spot at Bloodshed Fest in Holland, Hell Inside Fest, and Dresden Metal Fest in Germany. Next year the band is scheduled to play Mexico and Europe again. With their strongest line-up to date and proper label support, Nausea are ready to reclaim the legendary status that is rightfully theirs. (Morbid Reality Records #23 TP)

HAEMORRHAGE - Punk Carnage tape cassette
The brand new output from spain gore masters HAEMORRHAGE contains nine cover songs from old spanish punk bands, like IV REICH, ULTIMO GORIERNO, ESKORBUTO etc. This is also the first time who Ana is doing the backing vokills. Awesome material and one more special the third songs contains Sku from Kaos Urbano and Arias from Bajo Klero on vocals. 11 Tracks of very intense gore punk, so HAEMORRHAGE GRINDING THE PUNK! So you are ready for this????? (Morbid Reality Records #22 TP)

(restock) MUTILATED VETERANS/VASTATION - split 7"
MUTILATED VETERANS is the side project band formed by Dopi (Bodybag, ex-Machetazo/Dishammer) with Ramon and Makoko ( both from Looking For An Answer) playing rude Death Crust influenced by bands such as Disgust (uk), DeathStrike and Wolfpack. VASTATION (Pdx) these 2 tracks will leave you speech less! Total Bolt thrower influence. (Morbid Reality Records #20)

MAXIUM ROCK'N'ROLL #417 (February 2018)
Maximum Rocknroll's Year End Top Ten issue! Issue 417, our February 2018 issue, brings you lists upon lists of our favorite punk records of the year. What were the best records of the year? Which record labels crushed it? You'll have to pick up this issue to find out more. But that's not all-we also have great photographs from Angela Owens and Farrah Skeiky, and interviews from bands from around the globe. Featured in this issue are anarcho-femme punks CHARMPIT from London, Chicago hardcore freaks RASH, synthesizer lovers ISOTOPE SOAP from Sweden, party animals DFMK from Tijuana, and four-track fiend ERIK NERVOUS from Shipshewana, Indiana. You won't want to miss this issue.! (Maxium Rock'n'roll #417)

USELESS ID/TOPSY TURVYS - split 7"
Useless ID was asked Red Scare to record a Swingin Utters cover for their tribute CD some years ago because we fucking love that band. We also wrote a tribute song to our Japanese promoter "Unionway," where we praise our friends from Japan and also name drop a lot of Japanese HC bands so our side of this split is all about a tribute. Topsy Turvy's is a melodic punk band from Poitiers (South West of France). On this release, they play 2 indie/melodic punk songs recorded in 2017 with Caryl Marolleau. For fans of: Mixtapes, RVIVR, No Use For A Name, etc. Artwork by Ole O' Brian. Split Label with Ratgirl Records. Limited to 300 copies. (Jerk Off Records #82)

Descriptions for 1/6/18

SPAZZ - Live at KZSU 1999 LP
There was only one Spazz! Now long-gone, this 19-song 25 minute live set recorded during 1999 on KZSU radio proves that Spazz was something that will never be again. Mastered at Mammoth Sound. (Rescued From Life Records #121)

IMPIETY - Salve the Goat: Iblis Exelsi LP
After nearly three decades of activity and dozens of releases, the influence of Singapore's Impiety is undeniable. "Salve the Goat...Iblis Exelsi" EP from 1993 represents the apex of the early Impiety sound. With this collection of recordings (2 demos and 7"), all newly mastered from the original tapes, one hears, for the first time, the band's stylistic evolution, and these recordings demonstrate the furious force of Impiety in their most intensely bestial black metal phase. (Nuclear War Now Records #363)

RIK AND THE PIGS - Blue Jean Queen 7"
Rik and his Pigs return! Three tracks recorded this past summer in Portland at the tail end of the Pigs' West coast tour finds the current six piece lineup tight and ruling as ever. "Blue Jean Queen" kicks thing off in fine fashion with a rocking, Dictators-esque stomp brimming with snarled vocals and crunchy guitar hooks. The Pigs work up a new sax-washed version of "TV Bloopers" to finish off side A, which is backed with the brooding, bass-driven "Off/On". Yet another excellent batch of tracks from your favorite gang of Olympia punks, and a fine companion piece to the upcoming LP on Total Punk. 500 copies housed in a full color textured pocket sleeve with lyric insert. (Feel It Records #15)

HAIRCUT - Shutting Down 7"
Five tracks of furious hardcore punk on the debut EP from Richmond's HAIRCUT. Originally formed in nearby Charlottesville, VA (and opening countless shows at the legendary Magnolia House), Haircut released a strong demo at the end of 2016 before landing just down I-64 in Richmond. The speed and precision displayed across "Shutting Down" is rarely captured so well on a band's first record, but the execution on these five tracks (all of which burn through in 60-90 seconds) is hard to match. Just as essential to this release are Juliana's tireless, outspoken lyrics (both in English + Spanish) and vocal delivery which echoes from a very candid perspective often missing in contemporary punk and hardcore. A standout EP devoid of any gimmickry or trend-worship. Simply pure, classic hardcore punk. Housed in a glue pocket sleeve featuring artwork from Shiva Addanki plus lyric insert. 500 made. (Feel It Records #14)

STAGES IN FAITH - Forgiving Man 7"
Stages in Faith live between the self disciplined genre expansion of mid to late 80s hardcore, and the surge of melody and reflection that evolved in the 90s, and manage to hold that small but crucial space beautifully and precariously. This is still HC but coming from a legitimate, and perhaps unintentional continuation of what bands like Leatherface, early Snuff, and the Jailcell Recipes were able to achieve in the UK as tides were turning, all while touching on stylised Americanisms not out of place on Government Issue's "Joy Ride" or American Standard's "Wonderland" LP. Powerfully sung vocals over high velocity and tuneful music that you can still slam and dive to." Stages in Faith come from London and Essex in the UK, with members also playing in hardcore bands such as Blind Authority and Splitknuckle. 'Forgiving Man' is Stages in Faith's first release. (Painkiller/Quality Control Records #41)

BIG CHEESE - Aggravated Mopery 7"
"Man, talk about deja vu all over again: I just saw Outburst last week and it was amazing to witness people go apeshit for them, some literally not born yet when I caught them last in 1989. This vibe continues upon listening to Big Cheese's debut 7" on Quality Control HQ. The record is basically a love letter to the NYHC sound during the late 1980s: I hear a Killing Time/Leeway mosh part here, an Altercation/Warzone divebomb there, of course the aforementioned greats in Outburst, and how the hell does a northern UK lad sing a la Jeff Perlin from Breakdown?! These are all good points in my book as sometimes the implementation of retro styles can be a colorless, slavish reproduction of the past with no heart at it's core. This is not the case here as the obvious affection for a particular time and place manifests itself in well executed grooves that both reflect and transcend their influences. Kudos to old friend Don Fury for a nice, crisp production and to Big Cheese for getting it right and flying the flag for an atavistic ethos that's near and dear to my heart." Freddy Alva, Wardance Records, New York and Author of Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore Big Cheese fly the flag for the New Wave of British Hardcore and hail from various parts of 'The North' of the UK. Members are also currently in bands such as Higher Power, Blind Authority and Rapture, and have previously played in Violent Reaction and Shrapnel. (Painkiller/Quality Control Records #42)

GAME - Who Will Play 7" flexi
Sour metallic riffs touching on NWOBHM and Japanese ADK/Dogma back catalogue lineage, rumbling bass lines, thundering drums and gruff vocals sung in English and Polish produce a pastiche of influences from early hardcore punk's flirtatious relationship with what would become an even more extreme music alongside it. The New Wave of British Hardcore is at its zenith, now producing a soundscape in the context of London's strong sense of diversity despite being the seat of Tory power and surrounded by a firmly pro-Brexit countryside. Game is a confluence of ideas of four different cultures forcing themselves through the same prism - noise and velocity. Such is the cut and paste nature punk that we know and love. (Painkiller/Quality Control Records #46)

XXX - LPx2 compilation (Scene Support version with EDGE: PERSPECTIVES ON DRUG FREE CULTURE DVD)
The Scene Support version comes with spine wrap, insert and a bonus copy of the Edge: Perspectives on Drug Free Culture. For better or worse, some ideas are poisonous. Featuring: Monster X, Portraits of Past, Policy of 3, Groundwork, Pogrom, Threadbare, Shatter The Myth, Endeavor, None Left Standing, Trees Without Leaves, Prozac Memory, Via, Well Away, and Frail. The XXX compilation comes with a 24 page booklet, a full sized poster, and stickers. (Ebullition #24)

SAWPIT - 7" (Scene Support version)
Scene Support version has new limited cover. Limited to 30 copies. Sawpit was a melodic '90s hardcore band out of Japan. (Ebullition #35.5)

ORCHID - Dance Tonight!! 10" (Scene Support Version)
This special Scene Support version comes with a random bonus Ebullition LP compilation (either the Illiterate, Amnesia, or HeartattaCk compilation). Ten blasts of chaotic fury and emotive noise on a cute little 10". The Orchid sound is even more aggressive than on their 12", and anyone that enjoyed any of their previous releases will be floored by these songs. Tuneful, vicious, throbbing, and chaotic hardcore played with finesse, heartfelt energy, and a wee bit of arty pretense. On yellow and black 50/50 colored vinyl. (Ebullition #46)

BLASTING CONCEPT - Sloth Rocket LP (Scene Support 2016 version)
Influenced by Blast, SST, RKL, and Annihilation Time, Blasting Concept expertly melds '70s rock with early '80s SoCal hardcore. Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Ventura have a long history of this sort of ear damage... there is a reason that these cities produced RKL, Annihilation Time, Rat Pack, and Blasting Concept. The only odd thing is that Blasting Concept is releasing an LP on Ebullition Records, which doesn't normally release such rock influenced records, however, Jeff Capra, one of Blasting Concept's two guitarists, was also in Manumission which Ebullition released over 20 years ago. Jeff has actually been in a million hardcore bands over the last 25 years... Like It Or Not, Manumission, Holier Than Thou?, Become, Broken Needle, Embassy, Ochre, Surprise Vacation, and probably a few others as well. When guitarist Calvin (formerly of Bone Explosion) started Blasting Concept back in 2009 he was heavily influenced by Blast, but over the years the band has become more and more influenced by '70s rock while still retaining those original Blast influences. Blasting Concept has previously released an LP and a 7" on It's Alive, which are both sold out at this point. Blasting Concept is also featured in the June issue of Thrasher skate magazine! (Ebullition Records #61.5)

SPITBOY - Rasana 7" (Scene Support 2016 version)
While renovating Ebullition last year we found several hundred Spitboy 7" vinyl that we didn't know we had. These are part of the original pressing from the mid 1990s. We had to make new covers for them, but the vinyl itself is 20 years old! Spitboy was an amazing band from the San Francisco, CA area that consisted of four women. They played powerful political hardcore that was of course influenced by the fact that they were all women living in a male dominated world. "Rasana" was the first release featuring Dominique on bass. There are three tracks on this 7". Scene Support version comes with limited cover. (Ebullition Records #22)

JOHN HENRY WEST - Door Bolted Shut LP with CD (Scene Support 2016 version)
Scene Support version is hand numbered and includes a silk screened plastic dust sleeve, and a Scene Support spine wrap. In the works for what seems like an eternity, Ebullition finally brings the John Henry West discography into existence. John Henry West played 50 shows between the fall of 1992 and the late summer of 1993. Side A of the LP features the 4 tracks from their 7" on Gravity Records, and side B features their songs from the "3/12/93" compilation and "A History of Compassion and Justice?" compilation LP, as well as 2 previously unreleased songs. The bonus CD features the original 6 song demo, their final live show at the Gilman (7 tracks), and a live set that they played on WUSB Radio in July of 1993 (9 tracks). The LP comes with a CD sized booklet with lyrics and photos. John Henry West were members of other great bands such as Fuel, Navio Forge, Bread & Circuits, Sawhorse, Torches To Rome, Sixteen Bullets, End of The Line, and plenty more! (Ebullition Records #60)

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

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

(discounted price) ECONOCHRIST - discography CDx2
Ebullition has decided to lower the price of this amazing discography CD in an attempt to get some more of these out into the world before the CD format disappears forever. A classic. And a great deal for a double CD that includes every single Econochrist song that was ever released! This double CD discography features forty-one Econochrist songs. It includes the Ruination LP, the Trained To Serve LP, the Skewed 7", the Another Victim 7", the It Runs Deep 7", as well as the songs from the Give Me Back comp LP, the Very Small World comp LPx2, the What Are You Pointing At? comp 10", and the songs from the split 7" that Econochrist did with The Detonators. (Ebullition Records #37 CD)

ORCHID - Dance Tonight!! 10" (black/yellow 50/50 vinyl)
Repressed! Ten blasts of chaotic fury and emotive noise on a cute little 10". The Orchid sound is even more aggressive than on their 12", and anyone that enjoyed any of their previous releases will be floored by these songs. Tuneful, vicious, throbbing, and chaotic hardcore played with finesse, heartfelt energy, and a wee bit of arty pretense. Repress of the Chaos is Me LP in the works as well. We went all out this time with each record being 50% black and 50% yellow (they were supposed to be 50/50 black/yellow, but the pressing plant did it wrong). (Ebullition #46)

JOHN HENRY WEST - Door Bolted Shut LP (comes with bonus CD)
Comes with a special spine wrap. In the works for what seems like an eternity, Ebullition finally brings the John Henry West discography into existence. John Henry West played 50 shows between the fall of 1992 and the late summer of 1993. Side A of the LP features the 4 tracks from their 7" on Gravity Records, and side B features their songs from the "3/12/93" compilation and "A History of Compassion and Justice?" compilation LP, as well as 2 previously unreleased songs. The bonus CD features the original 6 song demo, their final live show at the Gilman (7 tracks), and a live set that they played on WUSB Radio in July of 1993 (9 tracks). The LP comes with a CD sized booklet with lyrics and photos. John Henry West members also played in Fuel, Navio Forge, Bread & Circuits, Sawhorse, Torches To Rome, Sixteen Bullets, End of The Line, Please Inform The Captain This Is a Hijack, and plenty more! (Ebullition Records #60)