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SPAZZ - Crush Kill Destroy LP (reissue)
(Back in stock!) The first in a series of vinyl represses of the long-sold out SPAZZ LPs. Here we got "Crush Kill Destroy," SPAZZ's swan-song recorded back in 1998 and released by Slap A Ham Records. Mastered from the original recording, this LP comes with a full color cover and poster insert. Yellow vinyl. (625 Productions #229)

LEFT CROSS - Hell is Hell 7"
Left Cross has been consistently pummeling audiences across the Mid-Atlantic since early 2015, and we are proud to share with you their first vinyl offering: "Hell Is Hell." With these three tracks of crushing death metal, this Richmond band both strips the genre down to its bones and still bring ripping solos, thunderous drumming, and engaging songs that prove Left Cross is as informed by Discharge as they are Repulsion. This is a split release between Anthems of The Undesirable and Vinyl Conflict. 550 copies, all in black vinyl. (Vinyl Conflict Records #8)

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

BACTERIA - 28 Trax Demo LP
Originally released by Dan-Doh Records as a paper sleeve CD, finally on Vinyl now. 28 songs demo of BACTERIA from 1994 with Kawakami from DISCLOSE. Ultimative stenchcore short cut grind in the vein of FEAR OF GOD and SORE Press to 666 copies. One sided LP. (RSR Records #162)

This is the first 7" after the great demotape from this hyper fast Hardcore band from Berlin, Germany. Ex-members of Stalker, Y, Pink Flamingos and more, these dudes have been at it for years and their experience totally shows. For all speed freaks and hardcore maniacs a like! Their high bpm-Powerviolence-carnage garnished with vile slow riffs will kick your teeth in! (RSR Records #144)

CONCUSIVE is extremely impressive new powerviolence band from Martinez/Pittsburg area of East Bay. Classic West Coast powerviolence sound that can contend with the very best bands you can name or think, most of their songs under 30 seconds, and that's the way it should be. Scum Human is a new one from Vancouver/Can! Powerviolence at it's best like Crossed Out !!! Members of Obacha and Six Brew Bantha. This 7" totally shreds! This split 7" features both Bands Demos !!! (RSR Records #164)

BOLTSTEIN - Rebirth Of Humanity/Into the Smile Zone 1998 to 2012 CD
Formed in 1998 this great Japanese Grindcore/Death Metal band from Yamagata release their first full length after several releases with Insect Warfare, Stench Mass Genocide, Unholy Grave. Old school ripping Grind attack in the vein of S.O.B and Rise Above. incl. Napalm Death "Deceiver" cover. Hail Japanese madness with 25 short songs of the Rebirth LP + 47 additional tracks from the split 7" with UNHOLY GRAVE, INSECT WARARE and compilations, punk riffs, pounding blast-beats, and indecipherable vocals. 72x classic old school grindcore from Japan. (RSR Records #129 CD)

The grind crew SHITSTORM with Jonathan Nuñez and Rick Smith from TORCHE terrorize with gruffer, speed/death metal-tinged destruction 7 great tracks. Gainesville FL's RADIATION release their next split 7"after a highly regarded 7", demo tape and live Grindcore influenced raw punk in vein of CONFUSE, SORE THROAT, FEAR OF GOD, etc. Dueling vocals and a break neck speed & intensity to weed out the posers and copy cats of the genre. (RSR Records #141)

DEATHRAID - Eternal Slumber LP
Ten brand new tracks by a band that needs no introductions anymore as they've definitely entered the Olympus of D-BEAT being one of the best worldwide today's acts. Recorded in Spring 2015, Eternal Slumber has been previously released on tape only in 200 copies and it's been distributed by the band itself during their super successful European Tour in 2015. "Eternal Slumber "has been performed live in its entirety during the aforementioned tour, so, those who got the chance to watch them live, know exactly what we're talking about. For those who haven't had it, well, at least don't miss the chance to get the record! If you're into pummeling scandi style D-BEAT, this is the record for you! 1000 copies pressed. Act fast or die trying! (Agipunk/Deathraid Records #5)

FUNERAL MOTH - Transience LP
Second album from the Japanese cult band. Two songs in 40 minutes. Post-Funeral Doom / Sludge like a haunting mix of late era Corrupted and Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. Impressive reviews all over the globe (Decibel Magazine 8/10, 9/10). Limited to 200 copies worldwide. This album is to extreme music what Kurosawa films became to the film industry. (Throne Records #63)

SUNWOLF - Beholden To Nothing And No One LPx2
Scotland's SUNWØLF may be one of the most underrated bands in the UK. They've been releasing amazing albums in a true D.I.Y. spirit and dedication. Their third album "Beholden To Nothing And No One" is one of 2015's most impressive epic work of art you can imagine. It's equally palatable for fans of Mastodon / Neurosis, as well as fans of Chelsea Wolfe / Mono. Tiffany Ström (Fvnerals) sings in two songs. Features amazing brand new and expanded artwork by Sean Doherty. (Throne Records #62)

SVALBARD - 2012 to 2014 Discography LP
Svalbard are a great example of a band who have done things The Right Way. Existing as a band for approximately 4 years before releasing their debut album, Svalbard played the slow and steady game, holding their cards relatively close to their chest. This enabled them to finely hone their craft over a number of 7"s, EPs and split releases, each time improving slightly on their songwriting and recording methodology, allowing themselves to experiment and push their sound in different directions along the way. This plan of attack enabled the band to consistently improve without the stringent spotlight, or pressure thereof, of an album. It also, rightly, seemed to keep people wanting more... Remastered in full by Brad Boatright (OFF!, Sleep, Converge) this double LP, 15 song, set contains the bands debut self-titled 7", 'Gone Tomorrow' 10", 'Flightless Birds' 7", the split LP with Pariso (including collaboration songs) and a Victims cover that appeared on the 'Cover Buzz' split 7" with MINE, Let It Die and Pariso. This is everything that Svalbard recorded prior to seminal debut album 'One Day All This Will End', collected together in full for the first time, with new, enhanced, sonic punch. Looking beyond specifics, this collection provides a fascinating insight into the growth and growth of one of the most unique bands around right now. Combining post-hardcore, crust/d-beat, post-rock and black metal atmospherics and intensity, Svalbard are a genre unto themselves, rather than a bizarre blur of styles. This release only goes to cement that 'ODATWE' was no fluke - here are another 15 tracks charting the evolution of one of the best and most fascinating bands today. Double wide jacket, printed inner sleeves, download card. (Halo of Flies Records #96)

After their highly acclaimed "Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)" release, Lucifer's Hammer is proud to present their first full length album, "Beyond The Omens". "Beyond The Omens" is a continuation of the magic they've created on the "Night Sacrifice (Demo MMXIII)", but they take it one step further to polish their sound to the next level! They continue their crushing atmosphere, melody, and big chorus type songs that leave a lasting impression. The production suits the mood well and the album cover tells a thousand words of where their sound takes off. This is one that will be remembered for years to come, a classic in the making! Fans that love IRON MAIDEN and WARLORD will freak out when they hear this! (Hells Headbangers/Shadow Kingdom Records #113)

KERASPHORUS (Angelcorpse) - Kerasphorus LP
Comes in a gatefold cover with printed inner sleeve. Pressed on traditional black vinyl, white vinyl and only 200 copies on white vinyl with black splatter (mostly only sold by Hells Headbangers & Osmose Productions). HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present a timely collection of KERASPHORUS' two EPs, simply titled Kerasphorus, on both vinyl LP and CD formats. Originally existing between 2009 and 2011, KERASPHORUS combined the razor-throated doctrines of P. Helmkamp (Angelcorpse, Order From Chaos), the savage attack of J. Read (Revenge, Conqueror), and the esoteric manifestations and conjurations of B. Wolaniuk, altogether enacting a violent occult prophecy of supreme bestial art. In a short amount of time, the band released two EPs through Nuclear War Now! Productions - Cloven Hooves at the Holocaust Dawn in 2010 and Necronaut the following year - that both immediately caused a stir in the metal underground. With an overwhelming gnarliness buttressing a forever-twisting attack of angularity, it was easy to see why both EPs caused that stir...and then the band ceased to be. However, KERASPHORUS re-formed in 2015 and began playing select shows, and with an exclusive appearance slated for HELLS HEADBASH PART 3 this year, KERASPHORUS' entire recorded oeuvre to date has been collected on Kerasphorus, making for a 31-minute slaughter of cosmic might and dread frequency. The cloven hooves have sounded once again... (Hells Headbangers Records #183)

At long last, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE are about to unchain their highly anticipated third album, Black Sun Unbound. Three years have passed since the release of their critically acclaimed Almighty Arcanum, which saw these long-running Aussie tyrants evolving well beyond their blackthrashing beginnings and locate a near-perfect balance between aggression and atmosphere. With Black Sun Unbound, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE have perhaps found the balance - between not only aggression and atmosphere, but passion and poison, power and patience, sheer vengeful violence and spiraling night-sky melodicism - in the process delivering a potently BLACK METAL record which emphasizes both titular elements of that genre. In fact, the album title itself bespeaks the brilliance brimming from the band here, as each of these ten tracks spills forth a blinding sensation of absolute occult energy, each distinct track distilled into a greater, wholly diabolical totality. Further evidence of such is compounded by the song titles, as well: among them, "World Encircler," "Transform the Aether," "Deathless Dreaming," and the telltale "Revere the Pyre." Fittingly, the production is clear and cutting without sacrificing an ounce of grit on which DENOUNCEMENT PYRE have built their throne these past 13 years. With the power-trio set to perform their first North American live ritual at this year's Maryland Deathfest, there's no better time to behold Black Sun Unbound! (Hells Headbangers Records #170)

HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the long-awaited comeback album of HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH, Heaven Bled. Helmed by one relentless maniac named Peter Hobbs, HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH are one of the more unsung cult favorites of '80s metal. Hailing from Australia many years before it was cool to do so, the band released two classic demos in 1987, Angel of Death and the telltale Virgin Metal Invasion From Down Under, before time came for the inevitable debut album. That album, 1988's Hobbs' Angel of Death, was released by Steamhammer during the label's glory years, and quickly found a devoted legion of fans enthralled to HOBBS' Kreator-meets-Dark Angel style of deathrash. With a unique charisma that was devilishly gleeful in a sense, Hobbs' Angel of Death sired the band's self-tagged "virgin metal," which worked in both connotations of the word. It would be many years before a follow-up, 1995's Inheritance, and the band broke up not long after. Come 2002, however, HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH would re-form and play a number of European festivals and scattered tour dates over the next decade, but aside from the Hobbs' Satan Crusade compilation of the two demos, no new material had yet arisen. But now, courtesy of longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS, the first all-new recording of HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH in over two decades has finally come to pass. (Hells Headbangers #193)

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

CRUCIFIED MORTALS - Psalms of the Dead Choir CD
Hells Headbangers sets October 28th as the international release date for Crucified Mortals' highly anticipated second album, Psalms of the Dead Choir. One of the best-kept secrets of the long-fertile Cleveland metal scene, Crucified Mortals have been quiet-yet-prolifically perfecting their craft since 2001. Under the steely resolve of founder/mastermind Reaper, a handful of demos and splits culminated in Crucified Mortals' critically acclaimed debut album. Released in 2011 and simply self-titled, this debut album largely introduced the band to the wider, international metal scene, proving that they're one of the hungriest and most charismatic deathrashing metal bands around. But as much as Crucified Mortals was a highlight for the band, a decade after its formation, it will now be eclipsed by Psalms of the Dead Choir. (Hells Headbangers #188 CD)

EXCUSE - Goddess Injustice LP
All copies pressed on traditional black vinyl. Comes with a lyrics insert. SHADOW KINGDOM RECORDS, in conjunction with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present one of Finland's hottest newcomers: EXCUSE and their brand-new Goddess Injustice EP. Set to be released on 12" vinyl, Goddess Injustice is EXCUSE's second EP to date after a debut demo in 2013. In a short amount of time, this fierce Finnish foursome have developed into a finely honed missile of speed metal glory. In many ways recalling the classic Canadian gods Sacrifice and Razor, EXCUSE take that evil 'n' sleazy surge of power to more darkly melodic lengths, but always never losing sight of true heavy metal feeling. And at four swift and sharp tracks, the EP gets in and gets out, doing maximum cranial damage. Goddess Injustice may be a cruel mistress, but there's no EXCUSE to not worship her! (Hells Headbangers #41)

First press limited to 300 copies. The Berlin trio Levitations make an intense, feverish, raw-nerved form of post-punk, one that takes its cues from the genre's ragged pioneers rather than the sleeker, more danceable acts that came later. The album's title track is a burning headrush of a song, and you can check it out below. (stereogum) Levitations are a three piece post punk / garage band from berlin. The three girls formed in 2009 and after a 7" this is finally their debut LP. Nine songs of blistering dark post punk - somehow reminds of a mix between Super Wild Horse meets Kleenix or Lilliput. Raw and catchy at the same time (Adagio 830 Records #139.5)

Naturalistic black metal that demonstrates an impressive degree of compositional confidence and control of dynamics, concept, and flow, resulting in a rich and immersive album with a lot of depth. A remarkable accomplishment by Ashbringer. (Vendetta Records #114)

VOID OMNIA - Dying Light CD
Void Omnia is a five-member black metal outfit from Oakland, USA, created in 2013 and bringing together former members of Apocryphon, Mutilation Rites and Tombs among others. The band has released a demo in 2014 and "Dying Light" is its first full-length album, available via Vendetta Records. Void Omnia is, in terms of atmosphere, one of those bands that I like to call the "third path". I am talking about those acts which although are diligent students of both classic diabolical Scandinavian sound and the naturalistic US and Canadian black metal, their own atmosphere is not built with eerie, naked 90's riffs nor with ambient and natural sound themes.It's rather based on well-written and well-played guitar riffs that create a sense of melancholic paranoia, a constant state of emotional over-stimulation. (Vendetta Records #117 CD)

The 3rd album and we are so glad to be a part again to co release this master piece w/ a lot of other great labels. The third album is exception of their previous release. SPORT deliever again another beautiful album filled with 9 songs of mid90ies CAP 'N JAZZ / American Football influenced emo punk from LYON. (Adagio 830 Records #139)

SPORT - Colors LP
We are proud to be a part of the SPORT debut LP. After a great demo tape - Sport continue playing awesome catchy pop punk tunes in the vein of Promise Ring and other older Jade tree bands mixed up with modern stuff like Rvivr, Big Kids, Coping etc. Tweleve awesome tunes repressed on green vinyl. (Adagio 830 Records #91)

(restock) SPORT - Bon Voyage LP
Second album and we are happy to be a part again to co release this master piece w/ a lot of other great labels. SPORT deliever another beautiful album filled with 11 songs of mid90ies CAP 'N JAZZ emo punk from Lyon, France. Great. (Adagio 830 Records #101.5)

Finally repressed with new artwork! Musically The Black Heart Rebellion have evolved into a tribalistic beast. Guitars lower in the mix, drums and additional percussive elements compliment Pieter Uyttenhove's impassioned vocals. Opener 'Avraham' demonstrates this beautifully. Chimes, bells, cello and percussion blending until Uyttenhove's breathless vocals begin. Then the feeling of being chased through the woods by an axe-murderer takes over. Something about TBHR reminds me of the much missed The God Machine, but more in the grandiose delivery rather than a direct musical comparision perhaps. There is also a shared vibe with fellow Belgian titans Amenra but without their crushing heaviness. Indeed the friendship between them extends to a collaborative sharing of artistic and musical philosophies and mutual appreciation. (Adagio 830 Records #93)

Descriptions for 10/15/16

COLOR T.V. - Meat Wagon 7"
Hailing from the Twin Cities, C-TV is new band featuring some of the folks who brought you The Retainers, W.H. Walker, and Cheap Time, among others. They play dynamic, hook-laden punk rock that is tight and to the point, with raw production that harkens back to the sounds of yesteryear. You can hear a range of influences that can be traced to the KBD bands, Good Vibrations label, assorted Oz punk, the Red Snerts: Sound of Gulcher comp, and an undeniable early Minneapolis sound via Suicide Commandos. Music that is short and sweet with a black eye. (Deranged Records #293)

BIB - Pop 7"
Omaha, Nebraskas BIB presents POP. Their follow up release to their 2015 Demo. POP takes you on a panicked journey through a wormhole of anxiety and isolation. BIB continues their wall of noise style production on this release, with delayed vocals that sound like they're being tossed off of a mountain. BIB mixes quick, full chord riffs with crushing breakdowns. Vocals weave between child like shrill barks, primordial grunts, and pressure reducing singing. The final track, P. M. F. ends the record with a chaotic blast of organ that perfectly captures BIB's pop and hardcore sound. (Deranged Records #296)

YOUTH AVOIDERS - Spare Parts 7"
Spare Parts is the new recording from Paris's Youth Avoiders. The EP offers 4 new songs in the same vein as their 2014 album (also on Deranged) where the band perfected their brand of fast melodic hardcore like Career Suicide meets hook driven punk of the Red Dons. (Deranged Records #290)

VIOLENT MINDS - Eyes Of Death + bonus tracks LP
Repress of the glorious hardcore classic album EYES OF DEATH by Violent Minds, remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege with two bonus tracks. The repress also includes new art from Raf the Might/Too Many Skulls. For the uninitiated, Violent Minds was/is Zach Amsters who temporarily relocated to Toronto to join No Warning in early 2000s. They wrote two incredible 7"s (s/t and Riot) and then in 2007 this monster album was recorded along with a few Philadelphia locals. Fast forward to 2012, Zach assembles a different crew in Boston and records a handful of new tracks with Chris Cory at the Paincave studio. This repress includes 2 tracks (Prison Planet & False Prophets) from this 2012 session. Features members of No Warning, Fucked Up, Boston Strangler, Mind Eraser, No Tolerance, Shark Attack, The Rival Mob. (Deranged Records #274)

LOS CRUDOS - Doble LP Discografia LPx2
Finally a European version of the long overdue LOS CRUDOS Discography collection. LOS CRUDOS, formed in Chicago's Pilsen neighbourhood in the early 90's, are a Latino punk band with a strong socio-political message and an extremely militant DIY attitude. During their first incarnation, spanning the years 1991 to 1998 the band self-released their own records, printed their own merch, booked their own shows and toured relentlessly around the world. From South America to Japan including a 3 month European tour in the winter of 1996. They spoke to the freaks the outsiders and the minorities and were not afraid of confronting the white middle class punk who reigned supreme during the terrible 90's. A time which will not be remembered for their hardcore output except for a few exceptions, in which CRUDOS are surely included. Their sound, far from being a copycat of whatever flavour of the month was reigning at the time was heavy rooted in the golden years of European and Latino American ferocious hardcore punk. With bands as IMPACT, WRETCHED, OLHO SECO, TERVEET KADET or MASACRE 68 as obvious influences in a time when the simple mention of any of those bands (or any non English speaking bands really) was usually met with a laugh or a joke. They sang in Spanish, with aggression and conviction and that made their message spread out widely, reaching thousands of Spanish speaking punks both in Latino America and Spain as well as inside USA where third generation Latino kids surely were missing a voice within the punk scene. The band split up in 1998 after a really intense year of touring and reformed in 2008. The band will be undertaking their first ever Scandinavian tour in July/ Agust 2016. This collection, originally released as a benefit for MRR magazine last year, includes all the LOS CRUDOS output plus compilation tracks as well as a couple demo tracks and an unreleased song. The European version comes in a gatefold sleeve and brings a 40 page booklet with flyers and the lyrics of all songs. (La Vida Es Un Mus #125)

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

This split 7" from FIEND and RECALCITRANT is a showcase in brutality from two of the best grindcore bands that California has to offer. FIEND is a two piece powerhouse hailing from Fresno that has been bringing the fire since 2012. The A-side of this release is no exception, as from the drop of the needle till it's time to flip, there is no time to come up for air. Their crushing guitar tone and punishing blast beats have pushed FIEND straight into grind royalty. Once you've had your fill of blast madness from side A, RECALCITRANT come from the mean streets of Los Angeles to destroy your ears on the flipside. With a furious vocal attack and an undeniable groove, this 3 piece broke onto the scene in 2015 and have quickly become a major force in west coast grindcore. RECALCITRANT's tracks on this 7" perfectly capture their complex song structure and an intense energy that is unmatched in most modern grindcore. With this release, both these bands are shining examples of the evolution and future of the grind genre. (Agromosh Records #43)

BAD NOIDS - It's A Doggie Bag World 7"
Cleveland's resident punk geniuses and troublemakers are back with a new EP, possibly the best sonic reductions that BAD NOIDS have committed to vinyl. "Into The Future" is a strikingly simple, yet instantly memorable and aggressive punk hit, bearing torch to the top shelf lineage of Cleveland punk doled out over the decades by labels like Drome and Non-Commercial. Side B features two quick and snappy blasts of perfectly disaffected hardcore punk slop, a bit more of a recognizable BAD NOIDS sound from previous outings on Katorga Works and Saucepan, yet even tighter and further refined with age. With clever lines such as "I hate water, it makes me wet" you can bet that BAD NOIDS haven't drifted too far from the Cleveland water supply, though they will be touring Europe for the second time on the heels of this 7". Recorded by the same folks that brought you Cruelster/Perverts Again and with stunning artwork by W.Mass legend Tony Pasquarosa (SQRM, Gluebag, Burnt Envelope) this is a real gamma ray toasted blast into the future. (Feel It Records #10)

POISON RITES - s/t cassette tape
Debut full length album from these Denver, CO based rockers. Fast rock n roll in the vein of early HELLACOPTERS, TEENGENERATE, and NEW BOMB TURKS. Rust belt rock by way of the mile high city and 40 years past the golden era. Features ex members of SPEEDWOLF, SCOTT BAIO ARMY, HOT WHITE, and CONJUGAL VISITS. (Splattered! Records #8)

On their debut EP, Kaiju Daisenso rip through 10 tracks of tumultuous, noisy Grindcore with excellent use of nostalgic sound bytes from Kaiju movies of old. Featuring current and former members of UNEARTHLY TRANCE, GOSPEL, SERPENTINE PATH, and HELEN OF TROY. Kaiju Daisenso mixes the blood of powerviolence, hardcore and grind into one pissed off Japanese monster. This is grindcore that takes you back to your childhood in the 70s. Creature double features were always fun, just like this record. For fans of early Triac, Sick/Tired, Drugs of Faith and of course Godzilla. (Tokyo Fist Records #4)

CRYPT VAPOR - Tombe Della Citta LP
Crypt Vapor returns with his second release on Death Shadow Records. "Tombe Della Città" picks up right where "Erotik Maniac" left off, driving another nail into the coffin of soulless, stale imitators. With a sound and aesthetic that is nearly flawless, Crypt Vapor is truly a force to be reckoned with. Creating original music inspired by greats such as: Goblin, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi and Tangerine Dream, these songs capture the same vibe and atmosphere as those aforementioned classics. Once again limited to 350 copies, this LP comes housed in extra thick glue pocket covers with a matte finish. (Death Shadow Records #9)

BASEMENT FAMILY - Shit From Nothing cassette tape
...And now for something completely different. Written and recorded over the course of the most brutal Chicago winter in some time, these guitar-wanking weird beards have manage to craft the first in a long line of fuzzed-out, psyched-up garage rock masterpieces. (Not Normal Records #32 TP)

THE BUG - Room 44 cassette tape
From the depths of the B.U.G.'s Midwestern, Subterranean compound, the Sonic Destruction Division emerges with six more tracks (four originals, plus Bugg and American Hate covers) of noise and nonsense. The Bug takes cues from Die Kruezen, Mecht Mensch, and Wrangler Brutes to make music as bratty and annoying as the members themselves. Two-color xeroxed insert with lyrics and explanations, plus the first transmission from the Bug's Maw himself, Bartie L. Pugny. (Not Normal Records #69 TP)

THE BUG - What's Buggin' You? cassette tape
After over a year of throbbin' and writhin' underground, these freaks have finally unleashed the first wave of an ongoing infestation. The Bug takes cues from Die Kruezen, Mecht Mensch, and Wrangler Brutes to make music as bratty and annoying as the members themselves. This little piece of rectanguloid plastic trash contains six tracks of contentious, screeching noise played at 78rpm, of palpable cynicism and contempt for the human turd, of rejection of punk as a marketing gimmick. The real fucking deal. (Not Normal Records #40 TP)

FAILED MUTATION - Give Into Sleep b/w Flood Gates cassette tape single
The first in our new "These Are The Voices..." cassingle series. Two brand new tracks from these Wisconsin maniacs, above and beyond their already stellar 2013 demo tape. (Not Normal V Records #1 TP)

GLOW GOD - Yellow Belly b/w Master of Idiots cassette tape single
Oklahoman long-hairs make a noisy, dirty mess, channeling equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Flipper. (Not Normal V Records #3 TP)

MANNEQIN - Nothing b/w Don't Look cassette tape single
Experience the first gasping breaths from this new NWI project Manneqin, the slobbering, herky-jerky brainchild of Judah of Zap fame. Two tracks of awkward, claustrophobic dance-y punk anxious for a bad time. (Not Normal Records #39)

NO NEGATIVE - What Would You Do? b/w Instrumental cassette tape single
Quebecois idiots drop acid at a funeral, blast the Stooges and MC5 on a knockoff walk-man, and end up in the coffin themselves. (Not Normal V Records #4 TP)

SPLASHIN' SAFARI - Unlearn & Million Dead b/w Violent Days cassette tape single
True punk takes a dedication to grime and slime. It takes a willful commitment to having few friends, no money, and bad teeth. If you can't hack that, you probably shouldn't want the new Splashin' Safari cassingle. (Not Normal V Records #2 TP)

"Prey" is the long-awaited new album from Planes Mistaken For Stars. Produced and engineered by Sanford Parker (Wovenhand, Leviathan, Yob), "Prey" is a beautifully haunting return to form. For fans of Against Me!, Hot Water Music and Touche Amore. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #193)

(restock) AUS ROTTEN - The System Works For Them LP
FINALLY RE-ISSUED AFTER 20 YEARS! Originally pressed in 1996 PROFANE EXISTENCE is bringing this quintessential anarcho-punk masterpiece back in circulation. In 1996 AUS-ROTTEN released their first LP "The System Works For Them" on an unsuspecting punk scene. It spread like wildfire in a pre internet era within a genre that mostly depended on tape trading. (at least is was pre internet for us penniless punks) "The System Works For Them" was the perfect mix of anger and intelligence that the scene needed at the time (and still does today). It was like a wake up call that opened the eyes and ears to many punks the world over. The messages where crystal clear and most us were hooked as soon as the beginning shouts of "Boycott" bellowed over the speakers. I don't believe any of us ever expected their message to resonate so well within the scene, but even more surprising is how the songs are just as relevant today as on they the day they were written. Which is why PROFANE EXISTENCE has decided to repress this record. All tracks have been re-masted by Jay Matherson at the Jamroom studios. All original artwork and layout. (Profane Existence Records #164)

(restock) DODLAGE - Ritual Slaughter LP
Crushing D-Beat Kangpunk behind a raw wall of distortion! After 2 EP's(one released as a cassette) DODLAGE unleash their first LP - "Ritual Slaughter"! For those unfamiliar with one of Portland's better kept secrets, prepare to be crushed! DODLAGE are a raw grind/crust band that belt out old school crust the way it was meant to be played! Highly influenced by Swedish Kangpunk (the word DODLAGE is Swedish for "Deadlock"), you can expect a large Scandi influence. DODLAGE mix the more raw eras of ANTI-CIMEX with the earlier years of crust/grind bands like EXTREME NOISE TERROR and DISRUPT. You might be thinking thats it's be done before, and it has... but every once in a while a band does it right! DODLAGE are able to maintain a fine balance of bringing something fresh to the table while taking you back to the earlier glory years of the genre. "Ritual Slaughter" is sixteen ear bleeding tracks of raw crust/grind that will have you banging your fist and grinding your teeth while craving for more! (Profane Existence Records #163)

(restock) BIG CRUX - Ponchito LP
BIG CRUX from Seattle is a three-piece inspired by "off-the-beaten-path" hardcore punk groups like BIG BOYS, MINUTEMEN, and THE DICKS. Like their main influences, BIG CRUX has healthy enthusiasm for R&B, blues, hard bop jazz, funk, "latin twang," and bouncy punk rock bands like UNDERTONES, X, PLUGZ. You can hear it come through their sound here and there, but BIG CRUX has a unique sound it's own: bright, twangy, rhythmic guitar; gritty, driving bass; bouncy, muscular drums; and clear, tuneful vocals sung in English and Spanish. They like to call it something like "hard-hard bop," "vacant-stare-chicken-walk boogie," or "tripmaker punk rock". BIG CRUX "PONCHITO" LP is 16 tracks and 26 minutes long. Packaged solidly in a heavy stock, matte-coated cover with colorful 60's era Jazz-inspired record art and layout; liner notes; lyric insert; 150 gram vinyl; and download code. Features ex-member of LIFE'S HALT and PLEASE INFORM THE CAPTAIN THIS IS A HIJACK. Co-released by the band's label (B IS LESS THAN X) and Chicago's premiere DIY hardcore label NOT NORMAL RECORDS & TAPES. (Not Normal Records #36)

Descriptions for 10/8/16

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #402 (November 2016)
MRR #402 is here, the November 2016 edition of the most comprehensive fanzine in punk. This issue features an interview with the official archivists of Dischord Records: Ian MacKaye and Nichole Procopenko. On top of that: interviews with HALLELUJAH! from Italy, Melted Ice Cream Records from New Zealand, French Oi! powerhouse RIXE, melodic Mexico City duo CREMALLERAS, Portland post-punkers LITHICS, and LAS VENAS from Madrid. Plus: features on renowned drummer Charles Hayward of THIS HEAT, Japanese-style hardcore by way of Greece DIRTY WOMBS, and Philadelphia D-beat band DRONEZ. We've also got photo spreads featuring AMERICAN HATE, LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS, and LEMONADE on a steamboat in Omaha, Nebraska, selections from the Toronto Women in Punk Calendar and shots from Olympia Hardcore Fest by Angela Owens. All that plus all your favorite columnists and the biggest reviews section in punk, don't miss it! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #402)

FRACTURED - Delapidated 7"
Ten songs of fast hardcore, depression, and abuse. Bob of Low Threat Profile. Kevin of Lack of Interest. Hans of False Negative. For fans of No Comment and Despise You. (Deep Six Records #244)

SEX PRISONER - Tannhauser Gate LP
First full length record from Tucson Arizona's Sex Prisoner, blending powerviolence with a more metalcore approach. Limited color mailorder wax. Pre-order now! Also available thru RSR. (Deep Six Records #248)

MAN IS THE BASTARD - Anger And English 10"
Man Is The Bastard/Pink Flamingos split 7" and the double 7" record set Anger And English repressed and recut on one raging 10"! Pre-order available now! Transparent purple wax. (Deep Six Records #201)

GOD'S AMERICA - Merge With The Inifinte LP
From Las Vegas, NV bursts out brutal power-violence/grindcore mix with slow parts. Great mix for fans of Larm and Insect Warfare. 500 press. Color wax Also available from RSR. (Deep Six Records #249)

CALLOUS - Fucking Useless 7"
A multi-daily supplement. A mix of Eyehategod with some Neanderthal being somewhat Corrupted and finishing off with a little Outlaw Order and you got a perfect Callous. Members from Backslider. Limited to 300 copies. (Deep Six Records #203)

BLACK WITCHERY - Evil Shall Prevail LPx2
Nuclear War Now! is proud to resurrect the unholy document of Black Witchery's evil ascension into the dark of night with its release of "Evil Shall Prevail," a collection of all tracks from the band's "Demo 97," "Evil Shall Prevail" demo, "Summoning of Infernal Legions" EP, and its contribution to the "Hellstorm of Evil Vengeance" split with Conqueror. Additionally, previously-unreleased outtakes from the "Hellstorm..." recording session are also included, as is Black Witchery's cover of Sarcófago's "Black Vomit" from the "Tribute to Sarcófago" compilation CD from 2001. The double LP comes housed in gatefold jacket and includes an A2 poster. (Nuclear War Now Records #323)

CAUCHEMAR - Chapelle Ardente CD
Cauchemar, a French-Canadian quartet of practitioners of this craft, are an exception in an otherwise drowning sea of mostly uninspiring, modern-day, traditional heavy metal bands. Beginning with their debut recording, the "La Vierge Noire" MLP, and continuing with their first full-length album, "Tenebrario," Cauchemar laid the necessary groundwork for a strong bid to place themselves atop the mantle under which the flames of true heavy metal still burn. With the release of their second album, "Chapelle Ardente," Cauchemar continues this crusade with the enduring support of Nuclear War Now! (Nuclear War Now Records #309 CD)

SIEGE - Drop Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition cassette tape
Restored definitive sound with all the original sessions' outtakes. This edition features all four bonus tracks unearthed when the tapes were sent off for restoration, making this the most complete and definitive version of the release. Siege was an American hardcore punk band from Weymouth, Massachusetts. They were active in the 1980s Boston hardcore scene from 1983 to 1985, and reunited briefly in the early 1990s. Siege's unprecedented level of extreme hardcore punk was some of the fastest and heaviest of its time, incorporating lightning fast tempos, chord changes, vocal delivery, and blast beats into its style, thus setting the stage for the emerging grindcore scene. And though rather short-lived and little-known during their existence, subsequent musicians have cited the group as a profound influence, including the famous British grindcore band Napalm Death and the American hardcore band Dropdead, whose name was derived from the title of Siege's demo of the same name. An awesome document of SIEGE's Radiobeat recordings, complemented by the stark black and white original demo images, and lyrics. (Armeageddon Shop #001S TP)

BASTARD NOISE - Doomed Expedition LPx2 (3 sided)
The long awaited LIVE AT NO FUN FEST 2009, three sided double 12" L.P. BASTARD NOISE : "DOOMED EXPEDITION" recorded at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York by Chris Goudreau of SICKNESS, "DOOMED EXPEDITION" reflects the strength and confidence of a unit seasoned in its' compositional direction and accuracy. Immaculate fidelity and a precision mix only add to the "sound journey". DE features material from "ROGUE ASTRONAUT" + an exclusive, never before released composition in nearly 50 minutes of playing time. Package includes a double sided full color poster, full color labels on virgin black vinyl, large 4" x 5" vinyl sticker and limited edition "DOOMED EXPEDITION" REESE FOWLER badge. This release was cut by David Cheppa (DEAD KENNEDYS, GETO BOYS, KRAFTWERK, all the BLCK FLAG, TUPAC SHAKUR, among many others) "FOWLER CAN READ MINDS...WITH FRIED EGG EYES !!" (Skull Records #1)

Portland's premier anarcho/ post punk band's first album. 10 angry and passionate songs in the best tradition of the UK anarcho punk bands The Mob, Zounds, Dirt, and dark punk classics such as Siouxsie And the Banshees and Joy Division. Maximum RockNRoll review: "Unaltered throwback post- punk of the goth variety, channeling Skeletal Family. Ten tracks of well executed Siouxsie style vocals and spellbinding musical accomplishments. Insert includes all the lyrics, which carry a poetic rhyme scheme and are worth the read. If you like Crimson Scarlet and Arctic Flowers this will be up your alley for sure." (Doomed To Exinction Records #18)

WOUND MAN - Rolled 7"
Wound Man is the fevered brain child of Breathing Fire's Trevor Vaughn and continues to bulldoze in that harrowed vein. Steel heavy and nimble as a fox, with punishing blasts and wicked pounding sludge interlaced. Recorded in New Bedford, My America on a 4 track by the man himself. Classy pocket sleeve and stickered bag house the limited blue vinyl or unlimited black. Get creepy. (Iron Lung Records #82)

INTENSIVE CARE - This Is Exactly Who You Are 7"
INTENSIVE CARE is the phoenix from the ashes of COLUMN OF HEAVEN, a band we all loved and few understood. Bright and angry. Don't relax and think this will be any easier for you to figure. Pure bitterness, cynicism and furor here. The amount of idiocy in the world is confounding. Let this reset your barometer. Art by Jonathan Bauerle. 500 copies on black vinyl. Thank you. (Iron Lung Records #87)

LATISHIA'S SKULL DRAWING - Romanticized LP (with download)
Do any of these apply to you? Constant irritability. Significantly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all or most activities. Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite. Insomnia or increased desire to sleep. Fatigue or loss of energy. Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt. Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide attempt. If so, you are listening to the right record. (Iron Lung Records #83)

Female trio formed in Moscow during 2012. The follow-up to last year's limited 'Plastilin' LP, this new 6-track MLP of spikey 2-3 minute songs is a post-punk/no wave/ kraut rock mix, all underpinned with a punk urgency. Killer basslines that range from REMA-REMA style brutalism to a throbbing PiL/Metal Box-era JAH WOBBLE metronome with unorthodox drumming, topped off with bitter melodies and arcane, otherworldly synth lines. Self-confessed post-riot grrls in attitude rather than musical style, darkly subversive, simultaneously bleak and uplifting. Think MALARIA/ESG Records/PiL/BUTTHOLE SURFERS. 300 pressed. (Inflammable Material #25)

CEMETERY - Wind And Shadows LP (import version)
U.K. pressing of 300 copies on 180gram vinyl, with gloss insert + flyer. 9 tracks from Chicago deathrock/Goth punks that follows their Demo LP/cassette, totalling over 40 minutes of music. Driving, powerful and anchored in a heavy bass/drum backbeat, a CHAMELEONS cover hints at one obvious influence alongside the usual staples, but Cemetery are rooted in raw/peace punk basement shows and aren't afraid to mix it up with the occasional atmospheric/creepy ambient interlude or anthemic, pounding post-punk dancebeat to penetrate the gloom. Massive-sounding goth-punk ala CHRISTIAN DEATH/KILLING JOKE/TSOL that fits in well with the current wave of bands like ARCTIC FLOWERS, SPECTRES and CRIMSON SCARLET. (Inflammable Material #20)

PERMACULTURE - They Advance 7"
Second EP from Ryan (Social Cirkle, Confines) and Jen (Nuclear Family, Nervous Trend). 4 new tracks that build on the peace-punk/'Penis Envy' vibe of the debut record whilst adding some post-punk touches and a more hardcore edge in places. An updated version of vintage CRASS/DIRT/A.P.P.L.E. 475 copies on 70 gram vinyl with black dust sleeves. (Inflammable Material #18)

REMA REMA - International Scale 7" with DEFIANT POSE Fanzine #8
Two unreleased 1979 Demo tracks. Picture sleeve, 70g vinyl. This is the first unreleased Rema-Rema material to surface in over three decades, comprising two songs recorded as four-track demos in 1978-9. 'International Scale' is a thudding 2-chord denunciation of the music biz, dominated by a metronomic floor-tom/kick-drum backdrop and menacing feedback, whilst 'Short Stories' is a stark, brittle and melodic 2-minute post-punk song. Both songs straddle the moment when Punk became Post-Punk, or rather '77 punk energy plus a touch of VELVETS/STOOGES. Marco Pirroni on guitar (SIOUXSIE, ANTS etc), Gary Asquith (later of MASS and RENEGADE SOUNDWAVE), Mick Allen (MODELS, MASS, WOLFGANG PRESS), Dorothy Prior (PSYCHIC TV). Comes with DP 8 Fanzine, 36 A4 (full-size) pages in poly bag. Mag includes large interview with REMA-REMA, plus BLOOD & ROSES, THE STENCH (1976 UK all-girl punk unknowns), HERETICS and CERVIX. (Inflammable Material #17)

PERMACULTURE - Swallow What You're Given 7" (import version)
Import version. Vinyl pressing of the great Permaculture tape that came out a few months ago. New band from Boston featuring members of Social Circkle, Confines and Nuclear Family who play peace punk not unlike CRASS, A-HEADS, FLUX OF PINK INDIANS etc. With vocals strongly reminiscent of Eve Libertine's, this definitely goes for an all round Crass-Penis Envy vibe. (Inflammable Material #15)

SHEER MAG - II tape cassette
Tape cassette version! Out from under this table, these PHILLY miscreants return stronger than ever, this time toning down (ever so slightly) the power pop undertones that got them comparisons to THE SHIVVERS (female vocals?) and putting the rock in the forefront. Still, the band could pass as THE JACKSON 5 re-imagined as a punk trash compactor and this record stands tall as what will definitely be the hard rock record of the year. (Wilsuns Records #8935 TP)

SHEER MAG - III tape cassette
Tape cassette version! SHEER MAG return with another four tracker of all killers and no fillers on WILSUNS RC / STATIC SHOCK RECORDS. Nothing has changed on this record at all - it's all epic riffs, a lo-fi and compact production, hooks galore and that soulful and gritty voice you already love. 'CAN'T STOP FIGHTING' is three and a half minutes of power pop meets classic rock and sits somewhere between THE SHIVVERS and THIN LIZZY if such a place exists. 'WORTH THE TEARS' is a little cleaner, mellower and soulful. Side two opens with the scuzzy and dense 'NIGHT ISN'T BRIGHT' before the standout cut 'NOBODY'S BABY' - which sounds a 1978 classic rock hit that hints at JUDAS PRIEST's 'LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT' and KISS in their prime. It's an instant pop nugget that sounds like a time long gone. (WILSUNS RC #90-36 TP)

ANTiSEEN - We're Number One! LP
Fresh off their 2016 European Tour, ANTiSEEN are back with this 12" 45 rpm EP of all new material! Limited to 500 copies, this release is available on an insane array of random colored vinyl, hand-mixed at the pressing plant by Mr. TKO himself.....NO TWO COPIES ARE EXACTLY ALIKE! Each 12" includes the "Ape City Stomp" comic book by LOUD COMIX artist Jamie Vanda, as well as a sticker and download card. It doesn't get more deluxe than this, folks... Least there be any doubt, ANTiSEEN is here to stay, but this record is going to be gone before you know it, so ORDER UP!! (TKO Records #16)

ANGRY GODS - The Clearing LP
Long-awaited nine song full length from Chicago's ANGRY GODS (members of BOILING OVER, SCOUT'S HONOR, MANS, etc). A true amalgamation of the band's past work and then some, The Clearing seamlessly melds hardcore, metal, sludge, doom, d-beat, and all the rest into one crushing LP. Honing their craft over a demo and two EPs, we finally get ANGRY GODS on the format that suits them best as they tear through nine songs of NEUROSIS meets CURSED meets HIS HERO IS GONE style punishment. Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl. Screenprinted, hand assembled inside out LP jackets, double sided inserts and hand stamped/numbered dust sleeves. (Hip Kid Records #21)

SEX SNOBS - Pop Songs And Other Ways To Die cassette tape
Ten songs from this OKC noise rock/punk/fuzz pop/garage band. See all those descriptors? SEX SNOBS (member of CHUD, GRASSEATERS, AMERICAN HATE, GLOW GOD, and many more) manage to require all of them and yet maintain a cohesive, unique sound that's all their own. Raucous hardcore punk influenced noise rock jams give way to mellow, spacey ear worms that may never leave your head. Propulsive, engaging, and demanding of multiple listens, yet memorable at the first, the band draws influence from bands ranging from JESUS LIZARD to MY BLOODY VALENTINE to GUN CLUB all filtered through a DIY punk lense. (Hip Kid Records #22)

CLOUD MOUTH - Keep Well 10"
Final songs from Chicago's CLOUD MOUTH. Intricate, yet catchy, powerful DIY music that melds so many genres into a cohesive, incredible record. Drawing influence from bands as varied as FUGAZI, MILEMARKER, and a variety of modern emo and hardcore bands, CLOUD MOUTH is entirely unique and these last four songs find them at the height of their powers. Members would go on to form bands like SCOUNDREL, JOWLS, and more. (Hip Kid/Kid Sister Everything #13)

ANTILLES - Beholder/Destroyer LPx2
Swirling, intense chaotic hardcore with beautiful, entirely handmade packaging. This 2007 recording saw a very limited CD release and is now being remastered and presented the way it was always meant to be - a truly excellent double LP. The band draws influence from the likes of ORCHID, RAEIN, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, and more to create something epic, captivating, and unique. Includes a CD and is limited to 220 copies. (Hid Kid/Kid Sister Everything #10)

CALLOUS - Demo 2010 7"
CALLOUS (members of Backslider and Chainsaw to the Face) reissues their demo via Blastcat Records, on a 7". Gatefold cover with new artwork. Final blast cat release. One time edition of 150 copies. (Callous #1)

LIVET SOM INSATS - Check Your Grind LP
After four years the Swedish grind trio Livet Som Insats is back with Check Your Grind album. This time it's faster and more on-point than ever. 24 songs in 23 minute says it all! It's fast! Intense swedegrind with no remorse. Limited to 500 red splatter vinyls packed in gatefold. (Everyday Hate Records #70)

Ottawa's bastardized grinders and Quebec City's posi-grinders come together to deliver 17 tracks of corrosive brain splattering grindcore that will leave you with a twisted neck and a bloody nose. For high velocity grindfreaks only! (PRC Music #47)

ROADSIDE BOMBS - War On Love/Looking 7" (color vinyl)
Roadside Bombs formed in 2005 in Sonoma, CA, and has steadily grown in popularity, tearing up stages up and down the West Coast and across the world ever since. They have shared stages with legendary punk and hardcore bands like Agnostic Front, The Templars, Old Firm Casuals, Get Dead, Roger Miret And The Disaters, Death March, The Stitches, Pressure Point and hundreds more. With numerous West Coast tours and last year's European invasion under their belt, Roadside Bombs is back from the studio with this eye-catching and ear-pounding single; a taste of what's to come from their new full-length, set to come out in spring 2017. 7" includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #163)

Super Unison has partnered with Deathwish to release their anticipated new album, "Auto." The album was recorded at Atomic Garden Studios by Jack Shirley (Oathbreaker, Deafheaven, Loma Prieta). Within "Auto," Super Unison introduces a wash of discordant melody and texture into the fray, keeping things fast paced and smartly aggressive at every twist and turn. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #195)

(restock) BRUTAL TRUTH/BASTARD NOISE - Axiom Of Post Humanity split LP
Legendary grindcore godfathers BRUTAL TRUTH and seminal, abrasive-noise terrorists BASTARD NOISE have released their new split, The Axiom of Post Inhumanity! The Axiom of Post Inhumanity will no doubt "fry your brain", as Rich Hoak put it, and is available today on CD, LP and digital. Both the CD and LP formats of the release contain entirely different sets of music from both bands while the digital version collects all of the tracks onto one compilation. Combining over four decades of grinding noise dominance, The Axiom of Post Inhumanity is a long overdue pairing of extreme music veterans that is sure to push the limits of even the most masochistic listeners. (Relapse Records #7211)

Descriptions for 10/1/16

ARMS RACE - New Wave Of British Hardcore LP
ARMS RACE unleash their debut album after a well-received 6-track demo in 2013 and a 6-track 7" EP in 2014 on Quality Control HQ and Painkiller. Arms Race arrived on the scene fully formed with their powerful and gnarly UK-meets-USA hardcore: their signature sound of a vocalist chewing on glass is backed by one of the most solid rhythm sections in HC these days, and the guitar work adds a metallic element making the whole sound gigantic while keeping the ugliness and aggression to the max. NWOBHC is a statement of no-frills hardcore that is not scared to reach out to different corners of the punk and metal world. (Painkiller Records #65)

WOUND MAN - Perimeter LP
Returning to the fertile ground that Breathing Fire and Mind Eraser were cultivated on (and featuring members of both), Wound Man unleash a dense storm of blasting speed and oppressive sludge, recorded raw and in-the-red on cassette 4-track. (Painkiller Records #64)

WETBRAIN - s/t 7"
Straight out of Cleveland, WETBRAIN new 5 song EP kills everything in its path! Pure degenerate punk hardcore with the hooks of ADOLESCENTS mixed with the insanity of the CRUCIFUCKS. Maniac music that will break your IPhone 88 and make your Grandma pee out of her depends... ah, yeah, that good. Members of all the great Clevo bands- DARVOCETS, GSMF, INMATES, 9 Shocks, ANNIHILATION TIME etc... Cleveland punk hardcore veterans of 100 Proof insanity! Fans of early 80's So. Cal hardcore and good-old fashion Mid-West punk makes the cream rise to the top. Amazing original artwork (includes obi strip) by Shaun Filley. (Residue Records #22)

POISON GIRLS -Where's the Pleasure LP
First released in September 1982 on their own Xntrix Records label, 'Where's The Pleasure' was described by Johnny Waller in Sounds as "The last great punk record". The record came out of a period of change for Poison Girls. A new house, a new bass player, a completely new set, and, with it, a determination to challenge the expectations of their audience. What resulted is an outstanding collection of songs. Vi Subversa's lyrics seamlessly make the personal political, and the political relevant to everyday life. The music bristles with inventiveness. What we hear is a band at the top of their game, exploring different styles and enjoying themselves in the process. It is Poison Girls flexing their musical muscles, rediscovering their roots, and connecting with the true spirit of punk, which is of course, unbridled, messy and adventurous creativity. 'Where's The Pleasure' is a truly wonderful achievement by a truly unique band. LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES. (Water Wing Records #16)

LOWER CLASS BRATS - Primary Reinforcement Plus LP
Lower Class Brats are an American punk band formed in Austin, Texas in 1995. Their longevity and determination has gained them respect from their fans worldwide, and are today considered one of the genres most respected and influential bands. Having worked with such premier punk labels as Helen of Oi! (England), Combat Rock (France), TKO, GMM and Punk Core just to name a few. Two decades on, Lower Class Brats are still writing, recording and performing. Primary Reinforcement Plus contains the bands first six 7" releases (1995-1999) on one LP. All of which are out of print. The tracks contained on this release are considered some the bands most classic songs and are what initially put Lower Class Brats on the punk rock map. This record contains the first six 7 inches (1995-1999) completely remastered by Enormous Door Mastering with the master cut by the legendary George Horn! This release includes original redone cover artwork by Bones DeLarge and colorist Craig Holloway, printed old style tip-on covers, full-color insert with detailed information on every release included and a reproduction of the very first LCB sticker! (Loud Punk Records #41)

TORTURE CHAIN - Wasting Syndrome LP
For the better part of the last decade, Torture Chain has consistently, if infrequently, released a succession of tapes, each more captivating than its predecessor. While garnering considerable praise from those who have taken notice of the band's activities, Torture Chain has kept the scene at arm's length, affording the band considerable latitude for its musical explorations while also ensuring a degree of mystery and anonymity surrounding the project. Having honed its approach, Torture Chain now presents "Wasting Syndrome," the first proper full-length vinyl release in its catalog. This recording consists of just three tracks, and, like the band's previous material, each one is sprawling, multi-dimensional, and variegated. Indeed, this album reflects the band's most ambitious work to date. Stylistically, Torture Chain effortlessly bridge the chasm between the dramatic harshness of Second Wave European Black Metal and the compositional rigor and focused precision of traditional American Death Metal. One gets the impression when listening to Torture Chain that the band draws upon a far broader range of musical influences that add depth and complexity to the songwriting; however, the music remains appropriately tethered to tradition. The instrumentation on "Wasting Syndrome"-particularly the guitar work-is superb; melodies are strategically woven through a densely arranged latticework of riffs and percussion, and interspersed throughout the songs are sharply delivered and well-positioned guitar leads that forestall any compositional monotony. Effortlessly, the band navigates seemingly incompatible time signatures and shifts in tempo. Shifts in mood are equally abundant. At times, the band revels in depressive and melodious atmospherics, while other passages are frenzied and unhinged, stretching to the edge of chaos-disparate pieces artfully stitched together with masterful precision. For Torture Chain, these extremes are not merely endpoints on a linear continuum. Rather, they represent vertices about which the band constructs a more complicated structure, the shape of which-indiscernible up close-reveals itself most clearly when observed from a distance. Though the performance is often abrasive, the production on the album is warm and sharp, owing to the role played in the recording by Arthur Rizk, known for having recorded Inquisition and Prurient among others. (Darkest Hour Records #2)

RIPCORD - Defiance Of Power LPx2 (with CD)
Limited edition double coloured vinyl LP with CD Included. RIPCORD are one of the most highly respected bands of the whole late 80s UK Hardcore punk scene, who's influence can still be felt today in hardcore punk. In 2016, the band will reform for two final shows, their first shows since 1988, and to co-incide with these two shows Boss Tuneage is delighted to make expanded versions of their two classic albums available again! "DEFIANCE OF POWER" is the legendary debut album, released originally in 1987 on the classic Manic Ears label, following on from their legendary "THE DAMAGE IS DONE" flexidisc. Here the original 14 tracks have been digitally remastered, and then coupled with not only an immense live show recorded July 2nd 1987 in Arnhem in the Netherlands, but also a band rehearsal recorded March 14th 1987 - none of these 33 tracks in total have ever been released before ! Featuring lots of unseen footage and liner notes from Baz and John from the band, our expanded version of DEFIANCE OF POWER gives this UK Hardcore classic the loving treatment it deserves! Available on CD or limited edition coloured double Vinyl LP with CD of all tracks included. (Boss Tuneage Retro #33)

RIPCORD - Poetic Justice LPx2 (with CD)
Limited edition double coloured vinyl LP with CD included. RIPCORD are one of the most highly respected bands of the whole late 80s UK Hardcore punk scene, who's influence can still be felt today in hardcore punk. In 2016, the band will reform for two final shows, their first shows since 1988, and to co-incide with these two shows Boss Tuneage is delighted to make expanded versions of their two classic albums available again! "POETIC JUSTICE" was the bands second and final album, released originally in 1988 on their own Raging Records label. Here the original 21 tracks have been digitally remastered, and then coupled with an awesome live show recorded in Bristol - none of these 24 tracks in total have ever been released before ! Featuring lots of unseen photos and memorobilia and liner notes from Baz and John from the band, our expanded version of POETC JUSTICE gives this UK Hardcore classic the loving treatment it deserves! Available on CD or limited edition coloured double Vinyl LP with CD of all tracks included. (Boss Tuneage Retro #34)

RIPCORD - Defiance Of Power CD
RIPCORD are one of the most highly respected bands of the whole late 80s UK Hardcore punk scene, who's influence can still be felt today in hardcore punk. In 2016, the band will reform for two final shows, their first shows since 1988, and to co-incide with these two shows Boss Tuneage is delighted to make expanded versions of their two classic albums available again! "DEFIANCE OF POWER" is the legendary debut album, released originally in 1987 on the classic Manic Ears label, following on from their legendary "THE DAMAGE IS DONE" flexidisc. Here the original 14 tracks have been digitally remastered, and then coupled with not only an immense live show recorded July 2nd 1987 in Arnhem in the Netherlands, but also a band rehearsal recorded March 14th 1987 - none of these 33 tracks in total have ever been released before ! Featuring lots of unseen footage and liner notes from Baz and John from the band, our expanded version of DEFIANCE OF POWER gives this UK Hardcore classic the loving treatment it deserves! (Boss Tuneage Retro #91 CD)

RIPCORD - Poetic Justice CD
RIPCORD are one of the most highly respected bands of the whole late 80s UK Hardcore punk scene, who's influence can still be felt today in hardcore punk. In 2016, the band will reform for two final shows, their first shows since 1988, and to co-incide with these two shows Boss Tuneage is delighted to make expanded versions of their two classic albums available again! "POETIC JUSTICE" was the bands second and final album, released originally in 1988 on their own Raging Records label. Here the original 21 tracks have been digitally remastered, and then coupled with an awesome live show recorded in Bristol - none of these 24 tracks in total have ever been released before ! Featuring lots of unseen photos and memorobilia and liner notes from Baz and John from the band, our expanded version of POETC JUSTICE gives this UK Hardcore classic the loving treatment it deserves! (Boss Tuneage Retro #92 CD)

NORILSK - The Idea of North LP (gatefold)
Difficult to define, the massive debut full length from Quebec's NORILSK lurks transcendentally in a post-space between the typical guiding lines of death, doom & black metal. The album's purity, its absolutely conservative methodology, clashing with newer, progressive ideas, allows it to sound traditional but also like a completely new experience, a new sonic language. Delivering a mysterious, heavy, slightly bizarre and desolate work, The Idea of North is a strange album depicting bleak vistas; its fuzz uplifting, its growls and sad lullabies dispiriting - and when mixed, they herald a new dawn for doom/death metal. Gatefold LP on Black Vinyl, Split release with Sunmask Records. Strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide. (War on Music Records #75)

CROWN COURT - Capital Offence LP
More trouble from London from the UK's premier contemporary Oi! unit. After unleashing a slew of powerful singles, each one better than the last, these chaps effortlessly demonstrate why they're so highly rated with their debut LP, Capital Offence. Crown Court transcends all contemporary trappings of the genre with a truly classic sound and firmly establish themselves as the world's premier Oi! band with this monolith of an album, which stands as a modern classic. Members of Violent Reaction, Arms Race, DiE, etc. (Katorga Works #48)

VANITY - Don't Be Shy LP
Putting aside some of the driving Oi! sound from the Vain In Life LP in favor of a more Britpop influence, all while developing the hints of glam from their subsequent 7" single, the songs of Evan Radigan and Colman Durkee are now less late 70s/early 80s Poulton-le-Fylde and more early 90s Manchester, propelling the band into bold and exciting new territory. In this day of flaccid plumage, Vanity stands tall above every and all street rock & roll disgrace. (Katorga Works #50)

With an ideological stance that is both topical and timeless, Washington, D.C.'s Pure Disgust combats racist AmeriKKKa with both lyrics that border on uncomfortably real and a masterful approach to hardcore punk that has planted them firmly in the vanguard of the new era of DCHC. Their debut LP sees the band expanding their musical palette to incorporate elements not unlike those that birthed Feel The Darkness and creates one of the most vital punk releases today. (Katorga Works #49)

KINDLING - Everywhere Else LP (with download)
Everywhere Else: A vague sense of want, of escape, or of resignation. Reconciling the limitations of your surroundings with the endlessness of earthly potential. Kindling has made their home in this space: between the dirt and the stars, conscious of the weight of life's anchors, trying to outpace and shed them. Building on the foundation of 2015's Galaxies EP, the band has zoomed out on the map to present a fuller view of their topography: the succinct punk-influenced noise-pop of Galaxies refocused into what is at turns scorchingly anthemic and quietly understated fuzzed-out bliss on Everywhere Else. The band - led by Stephen Pierce and Gretchen Williams - spent a week at Sonelab in rural Easthampton, MA with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Pixies, Speedy Ortiz, Sonic Youth, etc.), resulting in a dynamically layered monolith of towering guitar noise & wistfully hazy vocals, balancing deafening heaviness with a lightness and beauty; a pop sensibility rarely found when the volume and attack ends up this far in the red. From the opening barrage of Coma through the droning guitar outro of Became, Everywhere Else is a geography of peaks and valleys, demonstrating dramatic growth in the short months between it & the Galaxies EP. With their most clearly defined and ambitious set of songs to date, Kindling has taken a leap forward, exploring far beyond the outer reaches of the blueprints laid out thus far, at once cloaked in shadow and drenched in sunlight, celestial but distinctly of this world. (No Idea Records #354)

NOTCHES - Change My Mind tape cassette
Grungy, catchy-as-all-hell, high energy indie/pop-punk from New Hampshire! Follow-up EP to their "High Speed Crimes" album. One of our favorite punk bands on the East Coast right now! You'll dig this shit if you're into: The Lemonheads & Sinkhole, as well as contemporaries like Witches With Dicks & The Ergs. Keep yer eyes on these fools, you know we'll be. 100 copies pressed on a high-quality Green Cassette Tape. Comes withdownload code! (Dead Broke Rekerds #153 TP)

SHALLOW CUTS - Empty Beach Town tape cassette
"One part Minneapolis and two parts San Diego, members of DAN PADILLA, TILTWHEEL, MADISON BLOODBATH, DEAR LANDLORD, & GATEWAY DISTRICT got together for beers and accidentally started a band." Amazing & anthemic punk hooks bursting at the seams with energy. 100 copies pressed on a high-quality Blue Cassette Tape. (Dead Broke Rekerds #151 TP)

RVIVR - Bicker & Breathe tape cassette
RVIVR's newest material, a 5-song EP pressed on a high-quality Cassette tape! "A journey in opposites, we ripped this one out in just a few short weeks, as opposed to the near year it took to do 'The Beauty Between'. Five songs recorded by the illustrious Phil Douglas, with Mattie by his side, at PUNKALL in Olympia, WA." Includes the jams "20 Below" & "Goodbyes". 150 copies pressed on Black Cassettes. Comes withdownload code! (Dead Broke Rekerds #149 TP)

RVIVR - The Beauty Between tape cassette
RVIVR's sophmore album pressed on a high-quality Cassette tape! Their best record jam-packed with beautiful, epic, melodic punk anthems. "We spent all of 2012 recording this shit and it's a pleasure to provide it here for your enjoyment. Fuck ya!" Recorded by the Joester (Left Field Studios) at PUNKALL in Olympia, WA. from July to December 2012. Mixed by the Joester & Mattie Canino also at PUNKALL in December 2012. Mastered by Carl Saff in January 2013. Includes the jams "Wrong Way/One Way", "Paper Thin" & more. 150 copies pressed on White Cassettes. Comes withdownload code! (Dead Broke Rekerds #148 TP)

(repress) IRON CHIC - Shitty Rambo 7"
Iron Chic's vinyl debut with 4 new songs of heartfelt, urgent & melodic pop-punk/indie rock from Long Island. Members of: Latterman, Small Arms Dealer & More. Artwork by: Lubrano. Out of print for many years, finally back around! (Dead Broke Rekerds #42)

SHOOTING GUNS/ZAUM - Himalaya To Mesopotamia LP
Split LP from instrumental heavy psych veterans Shooting Guns and eastern-mystic doomsters Zaum. Pounding Hawkwind and krautrock on one side, a blissed out 19 minute step to the east via OM on the other. Shooting Guns are a long running Canadian heavy psych/stoner rock band with releases on Ridingeasy, Cardinal Fuzz and Light in the attic/one-way static and currently prepping their new soundtrack album for Wolfcop 2 on LITA/one-way static and Zaum is releasing their sophomore album "Eidolon" and touring Europe and Asia this fall. (Sunmask Records #1)

Split LP from two fine western Canadian acts: the stoner/sludge/doom of Regina's Chronobot and the stoner metal of Kelownas Hemptress. Chronobot runs through 3 tracks of fuzzed out sludge metal and heavy stoner doom a la Ufomammut and Electric Wizard and Hemptress rips out the riffs on 3 tracks of lo-fi stoner metal like High On Fire were somehow 16 and playing in your neighbours garage. Insert included. (Sunmask Records #3)

Split LP from two of the best new bands in Canada - Witchstone from Calgary,AB and The Death Wheelers from Quebec City, QC. Witchstone go far beyond the usual stoner doom influences of Sleep and Sabbath and incorporate elements of black and death metal into their heavy psychedelic doom style. On the other side, The Death Wheelers ride their unholy Harleys through 6 tracks of roaring whiskey and exhaust fuelled instrumental stoner/garage punk like the Gruesomes really were 'bikers from hell'. Includes inserts and sticker. (Sunmask Records #4)

THE WEIR - Calmness Of Resolve LP
The heaviest, slowest thing to crawl of Canada yet - Calgary's The Weir sophomore release unleashes 4 tracks of punishing Neurois/Isis style sludge/doom. Slow and cold like oil draining from an engine block at 40 below. Mastered by the mighty James Plotkin. (Sunmask Records #5)

"Rheia" is the groundbreaking album from Belgium's Oathbreaker. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Loma Prieta), "Rheia" is a true game changer for the genre, blurring lines and dissolving the boundaries of heavy music as we know it today. For fans of Neurosis, Deafheaven, Converge and Trap Them. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #196)

(restock) AXEMAN - Arrive LP
The first release by Darkest Heavy. Originally released January 18, 2010 on cassette thru Crepusculo Negro, now mastered with high quality packaging. Axeman is the solo project of Volahn showing more of his crust roots of 80's style fusion of Amebix/G.I.S.M. mixed with 80's Brazilian/L.A. metal sound. With pure devotion to the ancient cults "Arrive" merges indigenous underworld apocalyptic destruction with high caliber song writing/execution as only the prophet can summon. For worshipers of Amebix/Slayer/Sepultura/G.I.S.M./Sarcofago... (Darkest Hour Records #1)

Descriptions for 9/24/16

FUNERAL CHIC - Hatred Swarm LP
Hailing from Charlotte, NC, the band has produced ten tracks of blackened hardcore seething with sardonically angry vocals and crushing guitars to create a bludgeoning aural assault. Formed in 2014, and putting out an amazing EP on NC's own Headfirst Records in 2015, they have brought one of the most pissed off records of 2016. Professionally recorded by Rick Contes and expertly mastered by Brad Boatright at Audio Siege, this will be a truly heavy release. All copies are on super heavy 150 gram virgin black vinyl. (To Live A Lie Records #118)

PEACEBREAKERS - Every Day Battle 7"
Raging 6 song debut from this Boston powerhouse. ripping fast, spiteful, brash and arrogant one-minute hardcore punk anthems with both feet firmly planted in tradition. this is the record NEGATIVE APPROACH would've written if in 1983 instead of disbanding they stole Pig Champion from POISON IDEA, relocated to Massachusetts and moved into a practice space with NEGATIVE FX, VILE, and the FU's. PEACEBREAKERS is 3/5th's of BOSTON STRANGLER and also shares members with WASTE MANAGEMENT, BLOODKROW BUTCHER, AGGRESSION PACT, SCAPEGOAT, SOCIAL CIRCKLE and more. (Rock N Roll Disgrace Records RRD-011)

NO STATIK - Earhammer Soundsystem LP
Vinyl version of the limited 'EARHAMMER SOUNDSYSTEM' cassette released by NO STATIK. A complete reworking of their LP 'EVERYWHERE YOU AREN'T LOOKING' (Prank Records) -- this is an entirely new beast in itself. 'Remixed and completely fucked with by the band and their engineer, Greg Wilkinson. They incorporate elements of techno, noise and loop effects to tear their songs apart and put them back together anew. I'm still on the fence, but this might be my favorite NO STATIK release to date.' (Remote Outposts) Anyone who's heard NO STATIK knows they're easily one of the best contemporary hardcore bands going, and I'm honored to get to work with them. 400 copies pressed on heavy weight black vinyl. (25 Diamond Records #23)

TEENAGE MOODS - Sadness/So Low 7"
Two brand new songs by Minneapolis' TEENAGE MOODS, finding the band at their 'moodiest' yet. While as catchy and well crafted as ever, these songs have a somber beauty to them that add a whole new dimension to the band's sound and versatility. This is the band I have worked with the longest with 25 DIAMONDS, and these are easily 2 of my favorite songs they've ever written. 300 copies pressed on color vinyl, including a download code. (25 Diamond Records #22)

Debut LP by this Michigan/Montreal band featuring Fred Thomas (of the incredible solo LP 'ALL ARE SAVED' (Polyvinyl Records), easily one of the best records of 2015, of SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME, LOVESICK, etc etc). 9 songs of insanely catchy, well crafted dream pop, bringing to mind classics of the late '70s Rough Trade Records catalog, the best tracks of the C86 comp and modern contemporaries such as Veronica Falls, etc. 400 copies pressed on heavy weight color vinyl, including a download code. (25 Diamond Records #21)

SURGIKILL (IMPETIGO) - Sanguinary Revelations LP
Comes with a lyrics insert. HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the worldwide vinyl version of SURGIKILL's highly anticipated debut album, Sanguinary Revelations. SURGIKILL is spearheaded by the legendary Stevo from IMPETIGO and is inspired by all of the right stuff: the horror/gore atmosphere of Autopsy, the evil vibe of Incantation, the neck-breaking speed of Repulsion and Terrorizer, and the heaviness of old Scandinavian death metal such as Grave, Crematory, Funebre, and Demigod. Lyrically and concept-wise, SURGIKILL are inspired by the video nasties of the early '80s, old-school Italian horror, revenge films, post-apocalyptic images, and mental decay themes. (Hells Headbanger Records #182)

HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the highly anticipated debut album of SHED THE SKIN, Harrowing Faith. Late in 2014, HELLS HEADBANGERS released the quintet's first recording, the Rebirth Through Brimstone 7", and the buzz built about this "new" American death metal band. But SHED THE SKIN, in fact, include a number of considerable scene veterans: among them, Kyle Severn of INCANTATION on drums, Matt Sorg of Ringworm on guitars, Ash Thomas of VLADIMIRS and Faithxtractor on vocals, and Ed Stephens from Vindicator on bass. With all that combined experience, it's no surprise that Harrowing Faith is as massive as it is. Just like Rebirth Through Brimstone, the more fully fleshed-out Harrowing Faith is 100% DEATH METAL but does not bow to any one era, "school," or region: simply, this is masterful songwriting coupled with utterly crushing production, all while proudly being "just" death metal. Granted, there's a fine number of balances across the album - melodic vs. gutted, blastbeaten vs. doomed-out, headbanging vs. skullcrushing - but everything is done in service of the song. Each one explodes from the speakers and twists 'n' turns in ways unique to it, with all 12 tracks combining to create a swift but immediately memorable experience. And now with the band slated to play this year's HELLS HEADBASH Part 3 and more live assaults on the way, SHED THE SKIN are poised to exert their dominance on the death metal scene: no better time, then, to indoctrinate to Harrowing Faith! (Hells Headbangers Records #169 CD)

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

AGATUS (ZEMIAL) - The Eternalist (CD)
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the long-awaited third album of legendary Greek black metal institution AGATUS, The Eternalist. Rendered in warm analog tones, gritty but full of life, AGATUS' The Eternalist is an epic journey across the hinterlands of the imagination. In many ways, it follows the heavy metalled direction of 2002's celebrated The Weaving Fates but incorporates the proggier textures of 2012's Gilgamesh EP, thus ushering in a new era for the duo that's respectful of the past but sets its sights on the future - and the unknown. Says founder The Dark, "The Eternalist reflects another dimension of my compositional style whilst maintaining the signature sounds that AGATUS are known for. Here I delve further into old heavy metal sounds that have always been an inspiration to me and created what I consider my most memorable album to date." Kaleidoscopic in its vision, with The Eternalist, AGATUS set a clear course toward older sounds and atmospheres: a golden ratio combining the feel of NWOBHM with '70s rock and everything that you have come to know and anticipate of these two brother musicians over the years. Vorskaath adds, "We decided to take an old-style hard rock/heavy metal approach that is manifest on every aspect of the album, from the performances and recording to the sounds we chose and the way we mixed. From the very first notes of The Eternalist, that feel is unmistakably there. (Hells Headbangers Records #184 CD)

DEAD INFECTION - Surgical Disembowelment CD (digipak)
The 1993 classic debut full length from Poland's DEAD INFECTION has finally got proper reissue after 23 years! 10 intense and merciless purulent goregrind hymns recorded in the line-up: Cyjan, Kelner, Tocha, Ma_y. The CD is housed in 8-panel digipak. "Surgical Disembowelment" is no doubt one of the most important goregrind albums of all time! (Self Made God Records #152 CD)

SUFFERING MIND - Discography 2008 to 2010 CD
SUFFERING MIND from Lublin, Poland are one of the most impressive grind bands today. The "Discography 2008-2010" includes 47 songs from the band's vinyl only releases: "Death To False Grindcore" 3"EP, s/t LP (625 Thrash), split LP w/ ASSHAMMER, split 7"EP w/ WOJTYLA, split 7"EP w/ LYCANTHROPHY, and "Destroy Mankind" 7"EP. 49 minutes of an unrelenting force of face-melting grindcore. A must have for fans of ASSUCK, PHOBIA, INSECT WARFARE, DISCORDANCE AXIS, EXCRUCIATING TERROR, THE KILL, MAGRUDERGRIND. (Self Made God Records #142 CD)

PHOBIA - Decades Of Blastphemy CDx4 box set
Legendary grindcore outfit, PHOBIA, release "Decades Of Blastphemy", a discography of +20 years worth of material on SELFMADEGOD RECORDS. The 4-disc digipak discography encompasses most of the band's releases; everything from splits, EPs, 12_s, CDs from 1990 to their 2012 split 7"EP with SUFFERING MIND. The monolithic grindcore pioneer has been a band for over 25 years. Originally hailing from Orange County, California - a less-than-favorable locale for punks as Orange County is often stigmatized by white supremacists and affluent teenagers (as portrayed by the popular television drama "The OC") - PHOBIA now spreads its grindy, crusty, anti-establishment self across the United States from Phoenix, AZ to Austin, TX. This release is housed in a thick digipak with 4 discs (147 tracks; over 4 hours of music), external booklet with tons of posters, pictures, info and slipcase/O-card. (Self Made God Records #156 CD)

NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST - Overkill Commando CD
The debut full length from the Polish newcomers that have already gained some good reputation thanks to the demo and many great shows across the country. "Overkill Commando" brings forth 20 songs of powerful, dirty, old-fashioned grindcore heavily influenced by classic bands like TERRORIZER, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, REPULSION. (Self Made God Records #155 CD)

This is the CD version of the debut album from Philadelphia's unchained grind trio, DIE CHOKING, co-released with New York-based THE COMPOUND RECS. who released the LP version. "III" sees the band delivering seemingly implausible heaviness delivered at an absolutely unstoppable velocity, the eleven tracks on III deliver even faster BPM-rates and more complicated arrangements than the band's prior releases, merging more elements of hardcore punk and crust with their blinding speed/grind metal. Socio-political topics as intense as the music itself permeate each blazing anthem, which continue the ongoing theme carrying through from their smoldering self-titled release and subsequent II 7" releases, with tracks XI through XXI. With an already unfuckwithable track record built through their prior releases and their insatiable need to play their tunes at maximum speed in the live setting as often as possible, DIE CHOKING - featuring ex and current members of TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION, COP PROBLEM, and BURDEN - is about to take things to the next level with their debut full-length. All in all, "III" is one of the heaviest grindcore albums ever conceived. Written during the shitty Northeastern Winter months, it is an album stripped of overproduction, performed with devastating efficiency, and dripping with a foul aggression that is frequently absent in today's extreme music landscape. "III" was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Will Yip (LAURYN HILL, CIRCA SURVIVE, COP PROBLEM) at Studio 4 and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (BAPTISTS, FROM ASHES RISE, NAILS). There are no samples, no triggers. The band simply drilled the takes until they hit it. The debut album from Philly's most unhinged act is one of the most violent, high-speed releases of recent months! A must have for fans of BRUTAL TRUTH, NAILS, INSECT WARFARE, NOISEAR. (Self Made God Records #146 CD)

ROT - Nowhere CD
After nearly a decade of silence Sao Paulo veterans are back with new studio material. 12 new and unreleased songs recorded during the summer 2015 mark the comeback of ROT and their killer, old school grindcore the band has been practicing since 1990! (Self Made God Records #149 CD)

STURMOVIK - Destination Nowhere CD
Debut full length of the new Polish band risen from the ashes of WILD BITCHES and with two current members of THE DEAD GOATS. This 30-minute journey brings 9 songs of powerful and catchy d-beat/crustpunk full of melody and hardcore/punk energy. "Destination Nowhere" will definitely appeal to all fans of DISFEAR, WOLFBRIGADE, GENOCIDE SS, VICTIMS, HELLSHOCK, MARTYRDOD. (Self Made God Records #145 CD)

DYSTROPHY - Wretched Host CD
Like all the best aural descents into madness, this one has taken its time to ready itself for another level of technical insanity, but now on a much darker plane. It's time for DYSTROPHY to showcase the latest step in evolution, their 2nd album "Wretched Host". The album is bookended by two haunting pieces of violin work, provided by guest Ben Karas (AKA Val_ek) of Windfaerer and Thank You Scientist, while the meaty tracks in between boast of a dissonant, warped and twisted death metal. Downtuned riffs ring out among a maelstrom of rhythmic shifts, and guttural vocals intone tales of the experience of losing your mind, based on personal experiences. "Wretched Host" was mixed by guitarist Peter Lloyd at One Stone Recording & Mastering in New Brunswick, NJ, in keeping with the band's DIY ethic, and was mastered by Alan Douches (ATHEIST, DEATH, CANNIBAL CORPSE) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, NY. A must have for fans of DEATH, GORGUTS, ATHEIST, VOIVOD, RIPPING CORPSE, HUMANS REMAINS, DEATHSPELL OMEGA and the likes. (Self Made God Records #151 CD)

Following an absolutely brilliant demo tape, Steel Chains is back with their first 7" record! The band plays great melodic minor chord punk in only the way a PDX band can. FFO: Red Dons, The Wipers, The Stops, etc. Members of The Observers, Drunken Boat, Clorox Girls, Defect Defect, PRF, and more. (Dirt Cult Records #95)

FASHIONISM - Subculture Suicide 7"
Three songs of power pop perfection. Featuring members of Tranzmitors, New Town Animals, and The Jolts. You probably already know what to expect from this one, and you're probably right! FFO: Pointed Sticks, The Undertones. The Jams. etc. (Dirt Cult Records #100)

EXPIRE - With Regret LP (Color Vinyl)/CD/CS
Expire returns with their third full-length, "With Regret." "With Regret" is the first Expire album recorded outside of their mainstay studio Howl Street, having traveled up to Chicago's Bricktop Studios with Andy Nelson. The new environment takes them out of their comfort zone and results in subtle new twists to the band's sound, which bounces with a caustic, fraught anxiety, more memorable riffs and focused vocals that retain all their previous bile and despair. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #242)

KICKER - Rendered Obsolete LP (Color Vinyl)
Fronted by legendary Pete The Roadie, Kicker is pure punk from members of Neurosis and Dystopia, for fans of Rudimentary Peni and Subhumans. Pete, who for the past 30-odd years has roadied for Subhumans, Amebix, Chumbawamba, Fugazi, Jello Biafra and just about everyone else, has clearly established himself as more than just a roadie. Following up their 2012 full-length "Not You" on Tankcrimes, this album is full of the same cheeky, clever and catchy two-minute, hit-you-over-the-head bouts of realism that got them so much acclaim right out of the gate. LP includes download card. (Pirates Press Records #166)

MILEMARKER - Conditional Love/Recognition 7"
In 2009, guitarist Dave Laney moved to Hamburg and bassist Al Burian moved to Berlin. A re-ignition of the band in Germany seemed inevitable and Milemarker returned to the stage in 2015 with Ezra Cale playing drums and Lena Kilkka on synthesizer and vox. The first recording released by this lineup is a two-song seven inch. Limited edition of 500 copies. (Lovitt Records #82)

MILEMARKER - Frigid Forms Sell LP
Originally released by Lovitt Records in the year 2000, Milemarker's "Frigid Forms Sell" was the album that realized the band's potential and introduced them to a slew of new fans. Coming after two well-received but still musically embryonic albums, "Frigid Forms Sell" was a monumental, creative step forward, blowing many minds and breaking the mold of '90s hardcore. Lovitt Records is proud to re-release the vinyl version of this out-of-print, classic post-hardcore LP. LP includes a download of the entire album plus unreleased demos and is limited to 400 copies. (Lovitt Records #20)

Coming a decade after their last full-length release, "Overseas" is notable for being such a focused and cohesive effort. New members Lena Kilkka (synth, vocals) and Ezra Cale (drums) deepen the krautrock and electronic tendencies, pushing the sound in unexpected directions. Recorded in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany (where the band is now located), with Electrical Audio's Greg Norman (Russian Circles, Godspeed You Black Emperor!) behind the board, "Overseas" combines the confidence and swagger of a band that has grown up playing music together with the fresh ears and attitude of a brand new band. LP includes free digital download code. (Lovitt Records #84)

(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)

Descriptions for 9/17/16

Sombras is the third LP from Los Angeles' Generacion Suicida. Jangly guitars, male/female vocals, the group is obviously influenced by the Vicious and Eskorbuto, but retain the sound they have been playing for years, and once again keep that classic sound fresh, exciting, and most importantly relevant. 10 new tracks recorded in 2016 and finally available on vinyl. Each copy includes a 10 page zine insert. (Going Underground Records #40)

Obraz is a deconstruction of reality to its basic forms and most primitive elements. The starting point after maximum destruction. A reconstruction towards a new reality. The world of images and a thousand spectacles, fragmented, dismantled and reassembled. Dynamism, rhythm, energy and movement. Creative sense over technique. Reality is a construction that we ourselves create. Belgrado delivers a blend of post-punk that takes its influence from many different styles and combines them together into a new form and rhythm. Carefully constructed sound compositions driven by feelingand the senses. Geometrical figures set in motion. Inspired by the mechanical pulse of minimal synth, the hypnotic sounds of dub, the atmosphere of psychedelic and African music, French cold wave and the post-punk classics. The artwork is a collaboration between Jonathan Sirit, Camila Dunster and Patrycja Proniewska. It includes a 28 pages illustrated booklet and comes in a 350 gsm reverse board sleeve. (La Vida Es Un Mus #127)

St Louis Lumpy and the Dumpers delivers their first mini album, after a string of seven inches and tapes which gained them worldwide recognition among the hordes of misfits lovers of slimy bad punk musik. Nine tracks of snotty punk driven by one of the crudest guitars tones heard by these ears in a long time. The songs flow seamlessly, the lyrics are sharp and full of vile and stick in your brain like any classic punk should. The album includes their own classic take on 'Loony' the B-Side of the 1978 by Slime from London which feels both a statement and a re-appropiation of a song which could have easily being written by the Dumpers if it hadn't existed. In fewer words this is a magnificent gross record. The record comes housed in a sleeve designed by Lumpy himself carrying their signature aesthetic. (La Vida Es Un Mus #117)

FRAMTID - The Horrific Visions 7"
European press of FRAMTID's last release. Osaka crust legends FRAMTID return with the first recording since their line up change which brought a new drummer and bass player. As expected the "Horrific Visions" continues what the band started nearly twenty years ago: Their own take on classic early Swedish hardcore with and added over the top delivery, massive distortion and relentless drumming, all mixed with a really strong Anti War message. It is hard not to be infected by their sound as the aggression and song craft remain unmatched with B side opener "By Any Reason" showing a side of FRAMTID we hadn't seen yet mixing samples of war documentaries over a hypnotic more metallic slow paced song. Overall a fantastic release proving why they are probably the best band with black and white overexposed artwork and over-saturated guitar tone there is. The record is pretty much identical than the us press other than coming in a pocket sleeve and have a different B side label. (La Vida Es Un Mus #126)

SEMI - Go Viral 7"
A chance meeting of GLOOM, THROBBING GRISTLE and DISORDER. Treading the fine line between genius and parody, London's SEMI deliver four tracks of pure noise hardcore punk which will fit right in between a Crust War or Overthrow band from the mid 90s and a MB or Hermann Nitsch collection. Too clean for the crusties and too noisy for the hardcore scene, SEMI bring performance back to the stage, making sure no-one is ever indifferent to their live antics. Go Viral documents the band at its peak and shows a conceptual band of the kind a city only produces every decade. The record comes housed in a 12 panel CRASS style sleeve designed by singer Ben Fordree giving you just a peak of the trip the band is in. (La Vida Es Un Mus #124)

ULTRA - Espana Invertebrada 7"
Young Barcelona band made up of half ABSURDO and half ANARQUIA VERTICAL members. Their debut EP is pure fire, idealistic hardcore with venom and punch. Sonically clashing the golden years of Spanish or Italian hardcore with early NYHC and even Midwest hardcore while lyrically carrying the torch of anarchist Barcelona bands. ULTRA is doing a small UK tour this weekend and touring Europe in October. Find the dates on the bandcamp link. (La Vida Es Un Mus #122)

NO DELUSIONS: A Chicago Hardcore Documentary DVD
A project that was over 5 years in the making that doesn't follow the established mold of hardcore documentaries that claim that the genre is now dead, NO DELUSIONS touches on a few of the various styles and sounds in Chicago from the late '80s through the late '00s with an emphasis on how it has evolved into the scene it is today. Featuring live footage and interviews with Plan of Attack, The Killer, Harms Way, Weekend Nachos, Punch in the Face, The Repos, Sin Orden, Extinction, Racetraitor, Charles Bronson, Los Crudos, MK-Ultra, Billingsgate, Even Score, and more. Each DVD copy includes a 40-page zine within its case. (No Delusions #1 DVD)

VIDEO FILTH - s/t 7"
Mean hardcore punk out of Boston featuring members of Sadist and Upset. Songs and lyrics channel the violent struggle of punk life. Four songs of punishing New England aggression with crust vocals and hatred beats. Spread the poison and immorality. (Nightrider Records #7)

AUS ROTTEN - The System Works For Them LP
FINALLY RE-ISSUED AFTER 20 YEARS! Originally pressed in 1996 PROFANE EXISTENCE is bringing this quintessential anarcho-punk masterpiece back in circulation. In 1996 AUS-ROTTEN released their first LP "The System Works For Them" on an unsuspecting punk scene. It spread like wildfire in a pre internet era within a genre that mostly depended on tape trading. (at least is was pre internet for us penniless punks) "The System Works For Them" was the perfect mix of anger and intelligence that the scene needed at the time (and still does today). It was like a wake up call that opened the eyes and ears to many punks the world over. The messages where crystal clear and most us were hooked as soon as the beginning shouts of "Boycott" bellowed over the speakers. I don't believe any of us ever expected their message to resonate so well within the scene, but even more surprising is how the songs are just as relevant today as on they the day they were written. Which is why PROFANE EXISTENCE has decided to repress this record. All tracks have been re-masted by Jay Matherson at the Jamroom studios. All original artwork and layout. (Profane Existence Records #164)

DODLAGE - Ritual Slaughter LP
Crushing D-Beat Kangpunk behind a raw wall of distortion! After 2 EP's(one released as a cassette) DODLAGE unleash their first LP - "Ritual Slaughter"! For those unfamiliar with one of Portland's better kept secrets, prepare to be crushed! DODLAGE are a raw grind/crust band that belt out old school crust the way it was meant to be played! Highly influenced by Swedish Kangpunk (the word DODLAGE is Swedish for "Deadlock"), you can expect a large Scandi influence. DODLAGE mix the more raw eras of ANTI-CIMEX with the earlier years of crust/grind bands like EXTREME NOISE TERROR and DISRUPT. You might be thinking thats it's be done before, and it has... but every once in a while a band does it right! DODLAGE are able to maintain a fine balance of bringing something fresh to the table while taking you back to the earlier glory years of the genre. "Ritual Slaughter" is sixteen ear bleeding tracks of raw crust/grind that will have you banging your fist and grinding your teeth while craving for more! (Profane Existence Records #163)

PSO - My Way Out LP
Debut full length of modern day Skate-Core made by 4 brothers from Lemon Grove, CA. The influence of classic skate punk blended with modern day hardcore make "My Own Way" a must hear for anyone who likes to "Skate, Slam & Jam". (Not Like You Records #7)

FUCK IT...I QUIT - Demo 7"
Featuring Tim from Ensign on vocals. This 12 song (yes 12) 7" owes as much to Discharge as to NYHC. Lyric topics include homophobia, veganism and straight edge but this band is anything but a stereotype. FIIQ is here to break down barriers both musically and in the real world and that's just what this debut 7" does. (Not Like You Records #12)

VICIOUS CIRCLE - Circle of the Doomed 7" (red vinyl)
Original demo from 1984 released on vinyl for the first time with 1 bonus track. Best known for their appearance on the P.E.A.C.E. comp and their early split with Youth Brigade, Vicious Circle is Australia's premier hardcore band and are still going strong today. This 7" is where it all began so many years ago and is offered in a one time pressing of 520 copies on red vinyl. (Not Like You Records #15)

SARDONIC WITCHERY - The Maniac of Steel 7"
Two new songs, 'Rising Hell' and 'Black Fucking Metal', on 7" by this cold and devilish old school black metal band. Sardonic Witchery hails from Dallas by way of Portugal and is influenced by such greats as Maniac Butcher and Judas Iscariot. (Rescued From Life Records #118)

MAD PARADE - Real Horror Show (Demos 1982 To 1983) LP/CD
Left in the can for more than 30 years, this punk rock time capsule has been exhumed by the punk-eologists at Hostage Records. This is NOT some cheap ass 12th generation copy of a boombox recording from a garage, THIS is the most amazing unreleased material we've ever heard. Hoping for a possible Posh Boy Records release in 1982, Mad Parade recorded a cache of anthems in the summers of 82-83 only to see them go unreleased as the punk scene turned metal. This amazing collection was mastered by Jack Control (Enormous Door) and features the pre-debut LP versions of Sex and Violence, I'm a Monster, Real Horror Show and Calling Out (here as Tragic Mind). 12 songs of period-correct 1982 punk, limited to 550 copies and available on colored wax. 2 non-CD exclusives on this LP. A sonic masterpiece. For fans of: posh boy records, mad parade, the adicts, so-cal punk, brit punk, the crowd, shattered faith, channel three, hostage records, old school punk. (Hostage Records #63)

Descriptions for 9/10/16

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #401 (October 2016)
(Here it is, Maximum Rocknroll #401, the October 2016 issue. This special edition is our Art Issue-how much can you take? We've got an interview with Olivia Gibb, who came all the way out from Kansas City as our very first MRR artist-in-residence to design this issue's cover, and conversations between Tokyo photographer Chiro Yoshikawa and Los Angeles artist/designer Sonya Sombreuil (of Come Tees renown) as well as between Toronto's Lia Lepre and Sebbe Melbourne. Plus: interviews with Los Angeles-based artist Jess Scott, New Orleanian comics artist Ben Passmore, and Indiana's Alex Micallef; a convo between Osa Atoe and video artist Perry Holstein; and a feature on the "This Record Changed My Life" exhibition at Copenhagen's K-Town Hardcore Fest. Other artists represented in this issue include Sarah Sequoia, Ashley Hohman, Apolo Chaco, Sam Wallman, Shitboy Face, Trevor 32, Mónica Di Francesco, Luke Kislak, Aaron Demuth, Cecilia Calidera, Joseph Heuermann, Keith Caves, Josh Feigert, and Rael Brian Rau. On top of all that, we've got a photo spread from a gig at the Casa Club Ramones museum on the outskirts of Mexico City, the latest dirt from our columnists, and more reviews than you can handle. (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #401)

Nuclear War Now! is proud to present the unsanctimonious pairing of Demonomancy (Italy) and Witchcraft (Finland), two cults that first shared a stage at the NWN! Fest Volume IV in 2014 and two of the most promising trios of primitive black death metal of today. This five-song split represents the most recent blasphemies conjured by two relatively young bands that are likely to share the duty of carrying the banner of primitive black metal for years to come. (Nuclear War Now #325 CD)

CONQUEROR - War.Cult.Supremacy" CDx2 + DVD
Nuclear War Now! first reissued the "War.Cult.Supremacy" DLP/DCD as the premier collection of all Conqueror recordings back in 2011. Three years later, in November 2014, Conqueror played its first and last live show as the headliner of the Nuclear War Now! Festival Volume IV in Berlin, Germany. In order to commemorate this unique occasion and celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the album's original recording, NWN! is now pleased to offer a repress of the "War.Cult.Supremacy" DLP/DCD, including the band's complete discography, with an additional DVD containing a multi-angle video of the historic Conqueror live set. (Nuclear War Now #178 CD)

ABIGAIL - The Final Damnation CD
With their fifth studio album, "The Final Damnation," hereby released once again under the banner of Nuclear War Now!, Abigail has returned to a noticeable extent to the evil sound of their earliest recordings by increasing the black metal dosage in their satanic vaginal worship cocktail, all the while managing to maintain the rawness of later recordings that has endeared them to a new legion of gutter-dwelling deviants. (Nuclear War Now #326 CD)

DEMONCY - Faustian Dawn CD
Beyond simply serving to present black metal to a new audience, Demoncy's legacy also includes being one of the most influential bands in this style. Over the years, countless bands have attempted to mimic their sound, but none has managed to meet, let alone surpass, the sinisterly dark aura that envelopes their music. "Faustian Dawn," Demoncy's first album from 1993, is an artifact in the band's early discography that perhaps best demonstrates their influence on the black metal landscape that later evolved. Featuring remixed and remastered audio at the hand of Ixithra himself, a reinterpretation of the Damnation CD cover art by the incomparable Chris Moyen as well as the original self-released cassette drawing from the same artist, this latest version is certain to please both old and new Demoncy fans alike. (Nuclear War Now #327)

V/A - Ancient Meat Revived: A Tribute To Cold Meat Industry LP
Established in Sweden in 1987 and active until 2013, the revolutionary, independent label Cold Meat Industry enjoyed its most fruitful years in the early 1990s. In an effort to keep this unique piece of music history afloat, Nuclear War Now! and Iron Bonehead Productions have conspired to release "Ancient Meat Revived - A Tribute to Cold Meat Industry," a collection of six reinterpretations of compositions originally written and performed by six different Cold Meat Industry bands. Bands included on the compilation: Grave Upheaval - Necrose Evangelicum (Brighter Death Now), Antediluvian - Sephiroth (Raison d'être), Sinistrous Diabolus - Sacrifice (Aghast), Spire - Death, Just Only Death... (In Slaughter Natives), Temple Nightside - Winds of a Lost Soul (Arcana), Vassafor - Infernal Affairs II Doom Legion Ultra (MZ.412) (Nuclear War Now Records #322)

Nine track LP collection including MYSTIC INANE's three out of print previous seven inches. Freaked out FLIPPER meets RUDIMENTARY PENI acid punk from New Orleans who channels the weird vibes of earlier SACCHARINE TRUST and battles them against modern distorted hardcore creating a hybrid soundtrack to a bad trip. Whether it is accidental or on purpose MYSTIC INANE are as confusing as they are exciting. The record comes housed in a 350 gsm reverse board sleeve with a 11x11 insert. (La Vida Es Un Mus #120)

Cold Sore (OH) and The Light (CA) team up for one of the most crucial HC splits of the year. Cold Sore bash out three songs of thick, fast, violent hardcore featuring current/ex members of Shut Up, Altars, New Regrets, Big Wooly, Dog Fight, etc. The Light deliver two tracks of raw and unwavering hardcore punk featuring current/ex members of No Statik, Scrotum Grinder, etc. (King of The Monsters #56)

Neither band should need an introduction at this point; this split exhibits new disturbing tracks from both Los Angeles-based bands. DEATHSTENCH bestow two ritual tracks of dense distorted reality cloaked in heavy darkness exposing you to the infinite void. ACTUARY contribute three tracks of layered desolate psychedelic rhythmic ambiance mixed with pure grit harsh noise and tortured demonic screams, sure to make your skin crawl. (King of The Monsters #53)

RIK AND THE PIGS - Life's A Bust 7"
The second 7" from RIK AND THE PIGS is finally here, a smoking follow-up to 2015's "Pig Sweat" single on Total Punk. "Life's A Bust" features three new tracks recorded between Rik's time in Portland and his new home base of Olympia, WA. Side A boasts two cuts of completely savage and hook-filled punk - exactly the kind of snot and filth that you'd expect from Rik & Co. On the flip, "Life's A Bust" is a completely different animal, a loose and driving five minute tune featuring incredible guitar work and drumming from Michael Liebman and Corey Rose of Olympia's VEXX. Cut loud at 45RPM by Josh Bonati and housed in a full color glue pocket sleeve, this just might be the ultimate Pigs release to date. (Feel It Records #9)

RAKTA - s/t LP
Here is what Maximum Rock'n'Roll had to say: "This is what a perfect record sounds like. Every time I talk about it I end up sounding like some blubbering idiot. This music is equal parts post-punk, incantation and psych-hook laden as fuck. RATKA is an all-female band from São Paulo, Brazil, that seem to have come from out of nowhere to make most of the current post-punk/anarcho wave completely irrelevant. This is the next level in this style, borrowing elements from all the spooky classics, but adding something so undeniably new and unique that the game is permanently changed. RAKTA eliminates all sense of retro-ness to the style and come off like they just now invented the damn thing. The songs create an otherworldly atmosphere while still keeping your feet tapping. It transports you to this weird dimension that feels like it's trying to keep you inside of it forever. It would have been the perfect soundtrack for a Maya Deren film. The record comes with a red-and-black on white poster that only adds to the mysterious bruxa vibes that the music gives. Check out my year-end top ten list in MRR #370 for even more gushing about this record. Highest recommendation!" (540 Records #47)

VILE INTENT - Machine into Flesh LP
This is a debut 12"LP with 17 brand-new tracks of power-violence maniacs from Montreal that will melt your face off. These dudes play at rapid speeds with angry as fuck vocals and frenzied riff-age blended with a lots of feedbacks. Many people say that this band is Infest reborn, all I know it's they are nuts !! Radical D.I.Y. principles never die, the bands like them have a massive impact on us in many ways - a huge inspiration. Enormously recommended to all new people who want to set up a band, a label//distro or whatever they want in hardcore/punk. (Dead Hereos Records #55)

Here's a good dose of ferocious fastcore/powerviolence from Orange County, California's FISSURE. This band is an unrelenting force of frantic guitar work, thick bass tones, spastic drum abuse and harsh vocals. These guys construct blistering chaos with absolutely no room to breathe between tracks. On the flip side is Australia's SHACKLES, an unbelievably brutal onslaught of powerviolence and face-shredding grindcore. Deep distortions and heavy feedback flow over these massive riffs, dirty bass sounds and girthy howls with crushing delivery. This band is ripping and hits hard as hell. You can't deny the walls of sounds these guys create. It's insanely good. (Dead Heroes Records #57)

"The brutal/intense side of screamo, veering into grind, along the lines of Orchid, Pg. 99, early Converge and Discordance Axis." - Decibel Magazine. Recorded and mixed by Jonathan Nunez of Torche, Eris is twelve tracks of wounded and rabid hardcore, evoking turn-of-the-millennium screamo bands like Orchid and Pg. 99 who dealt in passion, poetry, and all-out brutality. The sound is so intense, it veers from screamo to grindcore, with blastbeats pelting like a hailstorm and riffs hurtling forward the way Discordance Axis' once did, and occasionally slows to a white-knuckle, Converge-worthy dirge. Akin to newer bands like Loma Prieta,Knife Hits takes the most crushing and emotive vibes of the late '90s/early '00s scene and makes new magic with it. Formed in Orlando, Florida in 2011, and relocated to Philly and Chicago, Knife Hits consists of members of grind-punkers Backslider, and ex-members of Khann, Republicorpse, and more. The album was mastered by Nick Zampiello (Modern Life Is War, Unsane). (Dead Tank Records #50)

MORROW - Covenant Of Teeth LP
Brooding, dark and sombre melodic crust in the vein of Ictus and Fall of Efrafa, vast resonant guitars and cello over thundering D-beat, invoking mythologies of remnant cultures amongst the ruins of our civilisation, the earthen liturgy of forests and ice scapes. Morrow are a collective of friends from all over the world, and features guest vocals from members of Masakari, Monachus, Wildspeaker, Archivist and Anopheli. Morrow create deeply-felt atmospheres and have a firm bleakly melodic side to their sound. Alongside the rawness of the rhythm guitars and the various harsh vocals, these songs have nuance and depth to them as well as the more obvious assets of their heavier, faster side. So, if you're into highly emotive, richly textured music that combines doom, sludge and crust into a 40 minute journey through the dark underground of metal, then Morrow have got you covered. Gatefold covers, 180 gram vinyl, 12 page booklet, download code. (Halo of Flies Records #92)

EXTERNAL MENACE - The Process Of Elimination LP
In the Mid 90's Welshy from Swine Flu to talk Sneddy into reforming Scotland's unsung heroes External Menace. On top of a few singles one of the results of the reformation was this amazing LP originally released in 97. The new version brought a whole new life to band and they continued to be a driving force in the Scottish punk scene. released in co-operation with Urinal Vinyl in the UK. The US version comes with a yellow front cover and yellow with black splatter vinyl exclusive to the US pressing. This version has a slightly different track then the original at request of the band removing recorded tracks and covers in place of songs that better reflected on this era of the band. This is an essential release for any External Menace fan! (Loud Punk Records #43)

I MANIACI - Clone My Cock 7" (one sided)
I Maniaci is the alter ego of CA weirdos Neon Maniacs. This 2 track one sided 7" is from a session they did a while back finally seeing the light of day. A little more hard edged and snotty then your usual Neon Manics release but with everything you love about the band. limited to 300 copies. (Loud Punk Records #36)

SCUZZ - Songs Of The Sordid LP
Scuzz hail from Albany, New York, and play some of the finest hardcore punk I've heard from the States in a while. Chaotic, noisy and infectious, this is their first album released in cooperation with Urinal Vinyl in the UK. All copies are pressed on various colors of vinyl(no black vinyl) whith silk screened jackets, you will receive colors at random. If you order more then one i will do my best to make sure you receive different colors as long as they are available. (Loud Punk Records #42)

LAST RITES - Fascism Means War 7"
"Fascism Means War" was Last Rites 2nd 7" from 1984 originally released on Essential Records. This EP shows the band taking a much harder and politically charged approach then their first ep. This along with their "This Is The Reaction LP(coming later this summer) remain 2 of the rarest and best Scottish punk records from the 80's. Remastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering and sounding better then ever. This is a must have for fans of UK82, Riot City Records, Beat The System rec ect.... (Loud Punk Records #38)

VIRUS (UK) - Illuminati/Vanity 7"
100 copies on yellow vinyl for the USA (pressed in the UK). New EP by great 80's UK anarcho punks. (Loud Punk Records #35)

Two of Albany's newest and most ripping punk bands. members of Neutron Rats, After The Falls, Libyans, Anal Warhead and more. (Loud Punk Records #33)

HARD SKIN - Greatest Hits Vol. 7 CD
"Greatest Hits Vol 7" CD by Hard Skin. It was released for their South American tour this past March 2016. It contains 26 tracks including: Fucking Skins Fucking Punks 10" 2008, Split 7" with Fucked Up, On The Balls LP, Do you Like Hospital Food? 12", Tour 7" 2013. (Sniffing Recording Industries #132)

Gloom Pit inaugurates itself with an intense split effort from Pittsburgh/Los Angeles based Dendritic Arbor and Oakland's Infinite Waste. Dendritic Arbor continue's their noise-tinged take on blackened Grindcore compositions and boundary testing songwriting with two cuts (and a bonus extended noise piece ): Ishi and Snake Oil. Both are amalgamations of all disciplines of metal and blur between scene and style throughout. Tortured vocals, contorted riffing and crisp drums solidify the DA side as a creature of its own, comparable to none (much like their critically acclaimed debut, Romantic Love on Grimoire Records). Converge's Kurt Ballou helmed the engineer duties to extend the brutality with Noel Mueller (of Romantic Love / Grimoire Records fame) in the guest engineer chair. Infinite Waste is a refreshing take on blackened death metal, grind, punk and anti-establishment themes; with two impeccably composed pieces recorded to perfection by Zach Ohren of Castle Ultimate Studios. The things that stand out among this Oakland, CA trio's work is their ability to flesh out crisp, accessible riffs over chaotic rhythms to truly showcase their songwriting skills and knowledge of new methods of arrangement. In Life Till Rot and Suicide Room are both disgustingly grim and vicious while retaining a humane element of protest and loss. (Gloom Pit Records #1)

MIRACLE DRUG - Demo 2015 7"
Take equal parts Mouthpiece, By The Grace of God, Supertouch and CR and you have Louisville, KY's MIRACLE DRUG. While they may get tagged as a hardcore super-group, they sure aren't a routine revival act. No rehashing of their old bands or old themes. The sound here is fresh. The message passionate. The energy is stronger than bands half their age. MIRACLE DRUG is raw, aggressive but in the same breath melodic and driving. If this was the early 90's, they could easily fit on a bill at Spanky's in Riverside, CA with Inside Out, Forced Down, Amenity and Statue. All 7"s come with a digital download. (Trip Machine Records #31)

WARZONE - Don't Forget The Struggle Don't Forget The Streets LP/CD (red vinyl)
Out of print for over 25 years, the debut LP from the legendary WARZONE is finally available again. WARZONE were a cornerstone of the NYHC scene, sharing the stage with AGNOSTIC FRONT, CRO-MAGS, MURPHY'S LAW, YOUTH OF TODAY and many more. Led by the influential and charismatic Ray "Raybeez" Barbieri, WARZONE entered the studio in 1987 and produced Don't Forget The Struggle Don't Forget The Streets which many consider their greatest release. Often imitated but never duplicated, WARZONE had a sound unique to the NYHC scene. Coupled with vocalist Raybeez' uplifting and incisive lyrics, WARZONE's sound influenced generations of bands and kids across the world. Revelation is incredibly proud to present this newly remastered and repackaged version of this important hardcore record, including liner notes by "Lukie" Luke Abbey, new artwork by John "Omen" and many never-before-seen photos. This is the red vinyl version, limited to 2,108 copies. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Revelation Records #163)

(restock) ANCIIENTS - Snakebeard 7"
"Called earlier in the year 'Canadas most talked about unsigned metal band' by Terrorizer Magaine. Self described Positive, Progressive, Stoner Doom - an accomplished balancing act of genres and influences is exactly what shapes ANCIIENTS sound and originality. ANCIIENTS could be described as a well composed stoner giant, adorned with Thin Lizzyand Black Sabbath tattoos, a Mayhem backpatch, and listening obsessively Opeth and High on Fire. (War on Music Records #28)

Descriptions for 9/3/16

WARTHOG - s/t 7"
NYC hardcore punks WARTHOG return with what could possibly be their best recorded output yet. It's been a couple years since their EP's on Katorga Works and Iron Lung Records were unleashed upon us all and in that time the members of the Hog have perfected their particular formula and have finally delivered four more tracks of pounding hardcore savagery that stands out ten fold from most of the bullshit that fans of the genre are bombarded with on a regular basis. Are you a functioning human in a functioning world? Each record comes in a glue pocket sleeve adorned with art by Alexander Heir along with a two color risograph printed insert. (Beach Impediment 24)

BARGE - s/t LP
The debut full length from Richmond, VA's Barge is an unstoppable whirlwind of uncompromising hardcore insanity. These twelve blistering tracks find the band maturing both musically and lyrically from their debut EP, "No Gain." Sonically, Barge pummels through with the speed and ferocity of powerviolence greats like Infest and Crossed Out, and delivers with unadulterated vitriol calling to mind Youth of Today and Ripcord's most searing moments. The opening track, "Social Pressure," kicks this album from 0 to 120 out of the gate, then proceeds with a non-stop barrage of savage riffs and pulverizing breaks (reminiscent of Boston hardcore heavyweights Mind Eraser), straight through to the album's final track, "Dismantle," which trudges to a close with brutal precision. Lyrically, Barge's message is as heavy and powerful as their sound - addressing personal themes of alienation, acceptance, distrust, and disenchantment in the current climate of both our subculture and in the everyday life of 2016. Confronting issues of race and racial identity, masculinity and machismo, and corruption and bigotry in politics and law enforcement, the overall narrative draws parallels to illustrate how the DIY scene in many aspects is very much a microcosm of society, both of which face abuses of privilege and power that need to be properly addressed, confronted, and ultimately destroyed. If there's anything to take from this record, it's to never trust power and those who hold it, as it will inevitably be used to abuse, exploit, and marginalize those without it. Comes with Download, printed inner sleeve, and lyric booklet. (Grave Mistake Records #79)

WAR//PLAGUE - Carrion LP
War//Plague are back with their second full-length and 8th release, "Carrion". Nine crushing songs of protest, rage, and resistance in the classic Minneapolis style. Crust punk in a modern vein, with an emphasis on substance before trendiness. With no end in sight, these Minneapolis punk veterans are at it again, combining crust punk thrash with a barrage of attacking drum hits and apocalyptic guitar riffs. In a world full of self-centered materialism and shallow consumer garbage, these guys are ready to bring down the axe! Punk is protest! (Organize and Arise Records #7)

BRICK ASSASSIN - Bite the Hand That Feeds LP
Oi!-core from Chicago, members of Flatfoot 56. Previously released a 7" that went into three pressings as well as a split 7" with Victory. Have done Midwest and East Coast tours, and will be touring to support this record. (Foreign Legion Records #6)

ROGUE TROOPER - Boots on the Ground 7"
Oi! from Amherst. For fans of Crown Court, Last Crusade. Put out a well received demo tape and recently completed a short East Coast tour, will be touring again later this year. (Foreign Legion Records #5)

Blasting blackened doom dark metal. Combining ambient noise, synths and harsh atmospheric ear terror. Dark and raw production leave this with a old school metal taste which is very well accepted. Ukraine and Poland come together to leave you in the dark, with a scared taste in your mouth. Hail the darkness. (Give Praise Records #131)

TRAFFIC DEATH/LURKING CORPSES - Split Personality split 7"
Coming from Des Moines and Ft. Wayne respectively - This split brings horror to your ears, heart and mind. They manage to combine, ugly metal, thrash, and blaring straight forward punk rock tinged by the use of classic horror samples. (Give Praise Records #144)

Based on exposing the ugliness of the world in the most extreme way possible. TO DUST and BENT SEA bring a marriage of death metal, raw punk and the harshest grindcore you can imagine to create a wedded bliss of destruction. Pushing the envelope on extreme music and bringing sincere riffs and raw power, they create a unique experience. Bringing together members of MEGADETH, NAPALM DEATH, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, PHOBIA and more, they are no strangers to punishing music. (Give Praise Records #132)

100 YEARS - s/t LP
100 Years from Sweden, take and form several genres into one unique dose of metal. Folk punk, Indie metal, noise - What they do is borrow from all of these and create a challenging form of progressive metal. The band cites their influences as: SWANS, KILLING JOKE, NEUROSIS, VOIVOD - but they clearly stand out on their own as the album will make you believe. (Give Praise Records #143)

ROT - Old Dirty Grindcores CDx2
ROT from Brazil, are a main stay in the grindcore scene. They have shared a whole bunch of splits with the who's who of the grind scene. They play utterly punishing and blasting old school grindcore, leaving out all of the flash stuff that takes away from the grind blast beats that have been lost for a few years, no matter what country you hail from. This is a collection containing virtually all studio material recorded between 1991 and 2001 - plus lots of extra stuff including the recordings made between 2002 and 2007. Totaling 150 songs! (Give Praise Records #130 CD)

HAYMAKER - Taxed Tracked Inoculated Enslaved! LP
Fifteen years after the release of their legendary debut LP 'It Only Gets Worse', Hamilton's HAYMAKER (EX LEFT FOR DEAD / CHOKEHOLD) return without missing a beat, offering 20 volatile tracks of fast pissed off hardcore. Gold vinyl. (A389 Records #169)

STADIUM WAY - s/t 7"
Stadium Way is a two-piece, acoustic project featuring Matt and Kenny of renowned Washington streetpunk outfit Noi!se. This long-awaited debut vinyl release showcases four heartfelt, real and emotional tracks, as well as some killer guitarwork and some righteous organ accompaniment by Kevin Bivona from Interrupters. When a few tracks were debuted on YouTube, it instantly excited thousands of people, but it's this 7" that people have really been asking about. 7" includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #158)

STREET DOGS/NOI!SE - split 10"
Both groups have partnered in the past with Pirates Press on previous releases and are extremely excited once again to have this opportunity to really showcase their new material. This EP certainly gives this material the full treatment, and should keep all the fans happy and anxious for the other upcoming releases both bands have in store later this year. Noi!se and Street Dogs both recorded three new songs for this split and the fun that they've both had putting it together has both bands already talking about followup splits with other bands that they love and want to share with their fans. This is the remaining stock from Record Store Day 2014. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #118)

NOI!SE - Dull The Pain 7"
This new double A-side single reveals two long-anticipated new tracks from Seattle, WA-based powerhouse Noi!se. In typical fashion, these two tunes bring the heat and are sure to make their ever-growing fan base even more anxious for the upcoming LP, "The Real Enemy," out this fall. Complete with riveting drums, insane bass lines, great leads and a true verbal assault, both of these tracks show that this band is still a serious force to be reckoned with and assures their fans that the new record is bound to make waves across the entire punk/oi scene. 7" includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #157)

RA - Dragging The Anchor 7"
"Dragging The Anchor" was a special 7" for Record Store Day that lifted two tracks from RA's (Rude Awakening's) menacing, full-length debut, "Collateral Damage," released in 2014 on Bridge Nine. Includes a cover by Wrecking Crew who helped put Boston hardcore on the map in the mid-1980s. For fans of Cro-Mags, Madball, Hatebreed, No Warning and Wrecking Crew. This is the remaining stock from Black Friday Record Store Day 2014. 7" includes digital download and lis limited to 500 copies. (Bridge Nine Records #221)

(restock) DEATH SIDE - Bet on the Possibility LP
Second LP from Japan's DEATH SIDE reissued officially! Never mind those shit euro bootlegs, these are top-quality legitimate reissues. Legendary Japanese hardcore at its best. No long-winded glamorizing write-up needed. (Feral Ward Records #77)

Descriptions for 8/27/16

SIEGE - Drop Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition CD
Restored definitive sound with all the original sessions' outtakes. This edition features all four bonus tracks unearthed when the tapes were sent off for restoration, making this the most complete and definitive version of the release. Siege was an American hardcore punk band from Weymouth, Massachusetts. They were active in the 1980s Boston hardcore scene from 1983 to 1985, and reunited briefly in the early 1990s. Siege's unprecedented level of extreme hardcore punk was some of the fastest and heaviest of its time, incorporating lightning fast tempos, chord changes, vocal delivery, and blast beats into its style, thus setting the stage for the emerging grindcore scene. And though rather short-lived and little-known during their existence, subsequent musicians have cited the group as a profound influence, including the famous British grindcore band Napalm Death and the American hardcore band Dropdead, whose name was derived from the title of Siege's demo of the same name. An awesome document of SIEGE's Radiobeat recordings, complemented by the stark black and white original demo images, lyrics, and side OBI strip jewel case packaging. (Armeageddon Shop #001S CD)

GHOUL - Dungeon Bastards CD
Dungeon Bastards is the long-anticipated new full-length from Creepsylvanian splatterthrashers, GHOUL! The eleven-track audio abduction (and their fifth overall) was recorded and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, California, mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Toxic Holocaust) at Mammoth Sound in California, and comes adorned in the ghoulightful graphics of Mark W. Richards of Heavy Hand Illustration). With Dungeon Bastards, the world's most revered hooded cannibals will rip your flesh with speed and riffs... before eating it. (Tank Crimes Records #96 CD)

There's a more formal description below, but I'll just plug a few extra words in here. Probably everybody knows Sete Star Sept, Japan's primary grind export. They've toured close to everywhere there is tour at this point, I think they're only missing Africa and some parts of South America. They've most likely been to your city. Right now they're in the midst of month long USA (including Alaska!) and European tours in support of Beast World LP, along with small stints in Mongolia and Japan. This is after already hitting Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Perth Australia so far this year. This is their first new full-length album since Sacrifice LP in 2013. It was recorded right here in Baltimore, immediately prior to their 2015 USA tour, at the Queen Wolf space with Mike Walls behind the controls. So naturally, I think it sounds perfect, and between the songs, the production, and the fantastic art/layout from the esteemed Rudolfo de Silva, it ranks as one of the best records of the year for me. (SPHC Records #70)

TV CRIME - Hooligans 7"
Debut Single from TV Crime who are a new garage punk / power pop band from Nottingham who come fully formed. 'Hooligans' is a total stomper of a power pop song that starts like a classic Good Vibrations Records 7" with The Moondogs esque guitar work and the energy of 90's legends New Bomb Turks or Gaunt. Flip 'Wild One' is another pounder but with a more rock 'n' roll twist. As the band say "Killer Tunes - Shitty Attitude". (Static Shock Records #42)

DEEP POCKETS - Nice Life 7"
Brooklyn, NY indie punk from members of Everything Sucks, Brain Slug, Bearchild & more. Follow up EP to their debut full-length, "You Feel Shame". 300 pressed on Clear Blue vinyl. Comes with download. (Dead Beat Records #150)

RATS REST - On The Eastside 7"
Kansas-City melodic punk rock. Melodic, gritty, raging Region Rock style punk rock that we've grown so fond of over the years. This is the shit right here. Get on the damn train, ya hippie. (Members of: Hello Shitty People, Constant Insult, Hard Feelings, Street Legal+) 300 pressed on Clear Green vinyl. Comes with download. (Dead Beat Records #145)

HEAVY METAL - Total Bullshit LP
And you thought the world had run out of great band names!! No sir - welcome to the debut album by Heavy Metal. Over the space of 13 tracks the three piece from Berlin make dirty punk, childlike chaos and raw DIY gems with reckless abandon. In parts it sounds like pissed idiots with a 4 Track recorder armed with a load of ATV 7"s and in other parts like some obscure Australian DIY 7" from 1979. Standout cuts are 'Snail of Rock' which is all snotty 77 punk rock, 'Would You Adam and Eve It?' which could have been one a classic Step Forward Records release and 'Total Bullshit' which sounds like the Sleaford Mods but with the recording quality of 'Bullshit Detector' compilations on Crass. You used to love Heavy Metal when you were young and now you can fall in love with Heavy Metal all over again. (Static Age Records #30)

SPERMA - Zuri Punx 7"
1979 appeared on Urs Steiger label Another Swiss Label the punk anthem "Zuri Punx" ("Zyt from flower power ish verbii / Woodstock ish shit GSII ...") by the group Sperma. This song expressed with his musical directness and their slogans like lyrics ("They träumed vo Punk and Anarchy") very nicely the fierce determination of the first round. The following year, the song reappeared again with a new B- side (Sinnlos insteed of Bombs). Today, 35 years later Static Age Musik from Berlin did release for the first time all 3 songs on a single in an edition of 500 copies with the two original covers and some liner notes. (Static Age Records #24)

PISS - s/t 7"
The great STATIC AGE label is on a roll these days: Last month they brought us a SPERMA 7", now it's time for a PISS 7". So the PISS trio from Berlin finally got its SHIT together and put out an EP, about time! Their great demo from 2013 is already a little worn out. I used to say that they were the best recent Hardcore Punk band from Berlin that was not on the "Berlin Tristesse" compilation. But that does not really matter now, as there are so many good new bands in town, most of which don't sing in Swedish. What I also love about PISS is that they are touring like crazy. Unless you have an ocean between yourself and Berlin it's likely that they will play your shitty burg soon -- or played there last week without you noticing. For some reason the band is also hip with folks who have never seen them, even people from Texas and the notorious CVNTNATION. And when they play locally, they get a strange mix of folks out. Maybe this is because of Robins (vox & git) exquisite dress sense? But back to the music on this platter: I think they recorded around 15 songs and only picked the best 5 for this EP. Then went back to record another EP. Judging by what I hear on this platter, the next best 5 songs from the same session would probably make most other bands proud, but we might never hear them. Esp. "Spränga Allt" is a sure hit and recycled here from the demo. This is totally unhip sounding, straight-up hardcore punk the way it should be played. On the perfect vinyl format for this sound. Do yourself a favour and buy this before the masses discover this band and maybe ruin the fun for us. (Static Age Records #21)

(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)

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

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

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

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