Descriptions for 2/28/15
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. (625 Productions #229)
SPAZZ - La Revancha LP (Reissue)
(Back in stock!) Next up in the series of legitimate SPAZZ releases is their "La Revancha" LP originally released on Sound Pollution in 1995. This LP marked a new point in SPAZZ's output - they had found their signature sound and tried to push this to its extreme. 20+ minutes of crazed Bay Area power violence with a CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER cover to boot. (625 Productions #228)
STARGAZER - A Merging To The Boundless LP/CD
Despite approaching the 20-year mark of StarGazer's existence, "A Merging to the Boundless" is only the band's third full-length album. Each of the band's releases demonstrates continual growth and evolution, while maintaining the core traits that characterize all of StarGazer's music. With this album, as with the previous one, "A Great Work of Ages," the band continues to shed old skins, revealing new, variegated forms and patterns beneath. (Nuclear War Now Records #276)
DOOMBRINGER - The Grand Sabbath LP/CD
After several magnificent demos and 7" releases, Doombringer now unleashes its debut full-length, "The Grand Sabbath." The band, which features members of Bestial Raids and Cultes des Ghoules, has spent considerable time arriving at this point, and their dedication is manifest. Doombringer imbue the cacophonous intensity of Death Metal with the unconstrained evil of Black Metal, exploring the nexus between the raw, oppressive darkness of Goatlord and the ecstatic and transcendent evil of bands like Varathron and Mortuary Drape. (Nuclear War Now Records #273)
SUFFERING MIND - Messiah Of Extermination LP
SUFFERING MIND has been explosive and vocal in the grind scene. Putting fourth a very unqiue and straight-forward blast set, that is punishing as well as being very upfront in their messages. They combine a assualting 'DIY' grindcore sound, blaring over punk and crust tones. They bring to mind sounds of Excruciating Terror and pure grindcore acts. This LP combines their splits with Scourge Schematic and Asshammer. It is presented on a 1 sided LP, with a etching on the B side. (Give Praise Records #76)
FUNERARY BOX/VICKERS - split 7"
Satan empties his mighty bowels directly into your feeble ears to start 2015 with a bang! Titans of sadistic morbidity FUNERARY BOX commit three acts of unrepentant mongo metal molestation while Midwestern hair-burning cultists VICKERS form the rainbow bridge between vile black metal and violent noisecore. Die forever in miserable agony! A savage slice of true underground barbarity and a memorable battle in the ongoing war on good taste. Limited to 500 copies on militant black wax. Features members of HELLNATION, BRODY'S MILITIA and PLACK BLAGUE. (Give Praise Records #111)
BROKEN BONES - A Single Decade LP
Broken Bones formed after several members left Discharge. They had a similar sound, and like Discharge moved in a more metal direction over the next few years. Broken Bones quickly moved to the front rank of the then production UK hardcore punk scene. Broken Bones mixed the raw drive of early hardcore punk with the power of metal to move into the forefront of the then burgeoning Crossover scene. This LP compiles the bands best tracks from their 1980's singles. It's the vinyl version of a CD which has been out for several years. (Havoc Records #1251)
VIOLENT ARREST - Life Inside The Western Bloc LP (with CD)
Featuring 50% of the line-up of UK hardcore punk legends RIPCORD (as well as DUMBSTRUCK and CAN'T DECIDE, and members' time served in HERESY and SPITE), you should already know that VIOLENT ARREST will not disappoint. This, their seventh release (early releases came out on U.S./Canadian labels Deranged and Grave Mistake) is the follow up to 2013's stunning "Distorted View" 12". VIOLENT ARREST take their cues from the early 80's hardcore scene, and 'Life Inside the Western Bloc' thunders through 10 brand new tracks of this direct distilled approach to punk rock, and are their first recordings featuring new vocalist Welly (of Artcore Fanzine and formerly of FOUR LETTER WORD and STATE FUNERAL), all new original raging stabs of passionate, energetic, angry, political, no nonsense hardcore, stamping their statement on the current state of things. The vinyl comes on limited edition splatter colour vinyl with double foldout insert and heavyweight reverse board full colour deluxe sleeve with CD included! The CD includes 11 bonus tracks, 10 from the full "Distorted View" session including their tracks from the split 7" EP with ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS (that originally came with Artcore Fanzine), and a cover of the Mau Maus and out-take from the Life Inside The Western Bloc session.(Boss Tuneage #92)
VIOLENT ARREST - Life Inside The Western Bloc CD
Featuring 50% of the line-up of UK hardcore punk legends RIPCORD (as well as DUMBSTRUCK and CAN'T DECIDE, and members' time served in HERESY and SPITE), you should already know that VIOLENT ARREST will not disappoint. This, their seventh release (early releases came out on U.S./Canadian labels Deranged and Grave Mistake) is the follow up to 2013's stunning "Distorted View" 12". VIOLENT ARREST take their cues from the early 80's hardcore scene, and 'Life Inside the Western Bloc' thunders through 10 brand new tracks of this direct distilled approach to punk rock, and are their first recordings featuring new vocalist Welly (of Artcore Fanzine and formerly of FOUR LETTER WORD and STATE FUNERAL), all new original raging stabs of passionate, energetic, angry, political, no nonsense hardcore, stamping their statement on the current state of things. The CD includes 11 bonus tracks, 10 from the full "Distorted View" session including their tracks from the split 7" EP with ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS (that originally came with Artcore Fanzine), and a cover of the Mau Maus and out-take from the Life Inside The Western Bloc session. (Boss Tuneage #92)
SCAB EATER - Constant Failure 7"
Out now on Hardcore Victim with Distribtuion by Havoc. New band from Australia whose demo caused quite a stir. Raw and distorted hardcore with a pounding beat, reminds me somewhat of the NYC bands of the last few years. Has solid roots in punk, but squeezed through a crusty filter of noise and distortion. (Hardcore Victim Records #18)
SELF DECONSTRUCTION/ARCHAGATHUS - split 7"
SELF DECONSTRUCTION are from Tokyo, Japan and have been grinding for a few years now, playing shows all over Japan. Here they deliver 4 new tracks plus a DROPDEAD cover and FUCK ON THE BEACH cover! Canada's mighty mincers ARCHAGATHUS continue their vinyl onslaught with this split 7". With the first track being a DAHMER cover, you know what you're in store for! 100% GRINDCORE! (Agromosh Records #39)
BASTARD NOISE - Live at Babycastles CD
Despite being a long-standing and well-respected outfit, one can never predict what sort of aural assault any given Bastard Noise release will bring. Constant and consistent skull servant Eric Wood has continually experimented with different personnel and instrumentation, but the end result is always unmistakably Bastard Noise. Live at Babycastles marks the very first performance of the Anthony Saunders/Eric Wood line-up but the pure chemistry between these expert improvisors is readily apparent in this remarkable set. Their approach was fully electronic: devoid of any vocals or more traditional instrumentation. The near 40-minute performance starts at a slow, quiet boil, and builds progressively into an intense onslaught of oscillators, noise, and ambience. Expertly recorded by Bob Bellerue and mastered by Anthony Saunders, this disc is an impressive document of an incredible concert. Co-released by Skull, RSM, and Small Doses. (Small Doses Records #124 CD)
SSEEPAGE - Depelted Sseepage LP
Debut 12" LP from Chicago hardcore noise punks SSEEPAGE. Contains 16 tracks of fast noisy experimental hardcore feedback clatter. All recorded in 2006. For fans of hardcore music recorded in a giant metal trashcan, in an abandoned junkyard. Full color pocket sleeve cover and thick vinyl. Past and current members of JUD JUD, No Statik, Vertonen, TV Pow, Scholastic Deth... (Coaxt Records #5)
USER ERROR - Hey Fuckers cassette tape
User Error is a hardcore punk 'n roll band from Austin, Texas. Featuring ex-members of legendary 90's hardcore band Assfactor 4, they harness a similar energy in their sound and lyrics. Catchy and driving at times, sparse at others, these 7 songs should appeal to fans of Gang of Four, Naked Raygun, Self Defense Family, and Jawbreaker. Pro-printed and pro-duplicated cassettes housed in hand-screened jackets. (Protagonist Records #37)
WAR EMBLEM - Constant Defeat LP
War Emblem are a Philly hardcore punk band featuring members of Kill The Man Who Questions, Off Minor, Saetia, xDyingx, and more. Their debut LP is a 15 song testament to music as a weapon; the soundtrack to a raging protest. Relying heavily on punishing blasts of crusty hardcore, acid-tongued lyrics, and some nods to 90's punk like Citizens Arrest and Born Against, this record is exactly the kick in the nuts the music scene needs right now. (Protagonist Records #40)
ACID FAST - Rabid Moon LP
Following their super-catchy debut EP, and a couple of successful tours, the band presents their anxiously awaited full-length. Acid Fast play scraggly and jangly, melodic and energetic, fuzzy and catchy Bay Area punk that nods to the past, and embraces its future. Competing and complimentary male/female vocals add just the right finishing touch to the riffs and rhythm in every song, so what you have is an album that totally sticks to your ribs! Featuring members of Big Kids and Pigeon Island, and very well reviewed across the spectrum of outlets as necessary for fans of Jawbreaker, Superchunk, and Archers of Loaf. (Protagonist Records #31)
LIFES/DOUBLE ME - split 7"
LIFES are a thrashing Milwaukee two-piece fastcore band featuring members of Seven Days of Samsara, Get Rad, Conquest for Death, and Kung-Fu Rick. Absolute hardcore mayhem. Double Me hail from northern Italy, playing power-violence influenced hardcore with a punk edge. Fans of Infest take note. This split 7" attack will slap you around a bit and kick you in the gut before it knocks you down. Comes on mixed color vinyl, and with patches for each band, too! Go! (Protagonist Records #35)
GREAT REVERSALS - Natural Burial 7"
The newest release from this Detroit band finds them in darker, heavier territory than ever before. Three songs in about 12 minutes which take you, the listener, into a truly emotional realm of personal anguish, not to mention, driving you to mosh your living room into ruins. A healthy dose of the mid-90's hardcore approach meets the best of today's modern sound, with no frills, no filler, and not a single punch pulled. For fans of Trial, Unbroken, Bane, Chokehold. (Protagonist Records #36)
LYCANTHROPHY/CHIENS - split 7"
New material of these extreme powerviolence grindcore bands from Czech and France. Colored vinyl version. (Dead Heroes Records #33)
TOUCHE AMORE & SELF DEFENSE FAMILY - Self Love 7"
"Self Love" is a collaborative release between Touche Amore and Self Defense Family members. "Self Love" was created by 15 musicians working together as one band, all eventually captured by engineer Will Yip (Blacklisted, Title Fight) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, NJ. For fans of Title Fight, La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth. 7" includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #168)
(restock) WATER TORTURE - Collection LP
A 56-track discog for this powerviolence/grind mob out now via Dead Heroes. It features tracks from their splits with Thedowngoing, Six Brew Bantha, Sea Of Shit, Corrupt Bastards, HIRS, Suffering Mind along with their single. (Dead Heroes Records #32)
(restock) SIX BREW BANTHA - Intravenously Commodified LP
An extremely limited tour edition of the second SIX BREW BANTHA 12" LP which's coming with a different cover and a sticker. The regular version of the "Intravenously Commodified" will be ready soon on Dead Heroes/To live alie/SPHC as well with an original artwork made by Brendan Schieman. Three piece storming canadian grind-violence from Victoria, British Columbia. The limited edition only in 100 copies and hand numbered. (Dead Heroes Records #40)
(restock) FAMINE - Campaign For Expenditure Reduction 7"
A very limited edition of debut 7"EP of Leeds based two piece freaky fast-violence hardcore. One of my favourite UK bands nowadays with super talented and active George, otherwise the new bass player for The Afternoon Gentlemen. The normal version of this single is published in cooperation 6 labels. Limit with seven color variations special cover. The two-man band from Leeds teenage strongly influenced by Despise You. (Dead Heroes Records #35)
(restock) MANGLE - s/t 7"
A brand-new 5 tracks single of this awesome sludgy power-violence band from Leicester (UK). The single comes with killer cover. Hugely inspired by Iron Lung and The Endless Blockade. Andy's brigade rules as always!!! (Dead Heroes Records #36)
(restock) UNIFORM CHOICE - Orange Peel Sessions 7"
Four NEVER before heard songs from Uniform Choice recorded in 1982 with the ORIGINAL line-up! Comes with free download of course... This is a very different sounding Uniform Choice. Recorded right after playing with Black Flag in '1982 at their Palm Springs gig. Expect a more "Punk" sounding Uniform Choice as opposed to their later "straight-edge" sound. This never would have seen the light of day if not for founding member Hanson Meyer making a trip back home and cleaning out his Mom's garage. These reels were thought lost but recently discovered! (Doctor Strange Records #134)
Descriptions for 2/21/15
AGNOSTIC FRONT - No One Rules LP
Radio Raheem proudly presents this collection of long lost material from New York's #1 hardcore band, available here for the first time on (fully authorized) vinyl. The LP includes 34 tracks across two different recording sessions, the first predating the United Blood 7" and the second recorded just before the Victim In Pain LP. In addition, we dug deep into the NYHC vaults and assembled a massive 48-page, full color booklet, containing over 150 archival images tracing the band's early history from their start in 1982 until the end of their first nationwide tour in 1985 - some you may have seen before, but many have never seen the light of day until now - as well as commentary from members of the early NYHC scene. Limited to 1500 copies. (Radio Raheem Records #10)
HORROR VACUI - Return Of The Empire LP
The second full length from Italy's Horror Vacui merges their unique blend of driving death rock and chorus-soaked post punk to a glorious cacophony. reminiscent at times of sisters of mercy or a darker punker sad lovers and giants. this record pulses and reanimates itself from the grim tombs of goth's greats. (Black Water Records #59)
WARCRY - Drone 7"
Three track follow up to their latest "Savage Machinery" LP. their first recordings in 6 years! Continues where they left off with their signature take on early 80's Scandinavian and U.K. hardcore including an alternate remix of Drone from the most recent LP. (Warcry Records #4)
PILLAGE - s/t 7"
Not for the weak...Harsh and aggressive hardcore from Chicago. Nothing is pretty on this record, just pure anger. Excited for this to hit some punks... 8 fast aggro tracks that will make you want to break things. Fans of brutal power-violence hardcore like No Comment and Infest will love this record. Features members of Punch in the Face, Los Crudos, HERDS, Sick/Tired, Divine Right... and a bunch of other bands you like too much. (Residue Records #20)
TURBOKRIEG - Nasa Approved Ultracore LP
After three US tours, splits with DISSENT, GRIDE, & THE SECRET PROSTITUTES and back from their second european tour climaxing in a performance at Obscene Extreme: Houston's mega-speed meta-blasters (assisted by NASA research scientists) constructed a 12" mixtape out of obsolete technology, unproven warp solo theory, oil, the ancient texts of the Speed Khan and re-constructed thrash metal transmissions captured from the next millennium then faxed across time to a cell phone that doesn't receive text messages. Underground players that have quit heavies like PLF and WAR MASTER to focus on the pure genius that is TURBOKRIEG!! Just don't ask them what bands they were kicked out of... 15 songs in 27 minutes limited to 500 copies on Frank Gold colored vinyl. Comes with a 7" die cut circle cover in a picture disc sleeve. (Torture Garden Picture Company Records #62)
OWL - s/t LP
Owl originated from three brothers in Oakland CA, who were "born too late" with their musical tastes firmly rooted in eras of heavy rock music long since past. They self released their first eponymous album in 2012, and Paranoid Hitsophrenic had to say: "Owl reveal a tremendous ability to write the big riff, which seems to pour out of them like spotlight and beer induced sweat, paying homage to hard rock of all eras, especially the 70s, without suppressing their own individual personality as a band. The best way I can describe their sound more specifically than hard rock is to call it prog punk, and if you think that's an oxymoron, and the combination wouldn't work, then this band will make a fool of you." Current lineup includes past members of Annihilation Time, A.N.S. and Acts Of Sedition. 2nd pressing of 300 on coke-bottle-clear vinyl, comes with digital download. (Lummox Records #4)
OWL - Screech tape cassette
Oakland CA's Owl brotherhood present their second full length release, and it's hitting the streets early as a full length cassette! Refining the sound presented on their debut LP, they coast effortlessly through the valleys and mountains that lie between Rush's "Fly By Night" and Iron Maiden's "Killers." Notes of Budgie, Manilla Road and even Black Flag round out this tour-de-force, which was captured on tape by Kurt Schlegel (Melvins' live sound engineer) at Lucky Cat Studios in San Francisco. Lumbering bluesy 70's riffs morph into blitzkrieg early 80's NWOBHM marathons. California acid punk meets burned out British biker sludge. Owl has one foot in the history of hard rock, and one foot on a Stygian Ark which sails into a murky, but highly exciting future! Current lineup includes past members of Annihilation Time, A.N.S. and Acts Of Sedition. Vinyl version soon to follow on Haardvark Records. (Lummox Records/Stop Go Destroy Tapes #9)
HAZZARD'S CURE - The Ugly LP
Hailing from San Francisco, CA, this self described "speed doom" band has been tearing up the Bay Area as well as the entire West Coast since 2009, and are proud to be releasing their debut slice of vinyl. So what exactly is "speed doom?" A contradiction of terms? Some would simply call it "contemporary Bay Area metal," which makes good sense with band members having done time in Walken, Floating Goat, Badr Vogu and Acts Of Sedition. Others would liken it to "a sinister concoction of black metal, crust punk, doom and sludge." Hazzard's Cure demonstrate their range of abilities on this three song 12" EP, from the icy bursts of "Terminal Frost" to the epic desolation of "The Ugly," and finally to the savage and gripping "The Body Amorphous," which features a guest appearance from ex-Ludicra lead vocalist Laurie Sue Shanaman. A must have for fans of High On Fire, Vhol, Saros, and heavy Bay Area metal, past and present. Pressed on brown vinyl and comes with digital download. (Lummox Records #5)
THE COLTRANES - The Cat of Nine Tails 7"
How does one describe the Coltranes? They are a band that has routinely defied categorization, making the scene scratch our collective head while curling into a half smile and making a contented "hum". We struggled to think of what we could compare their first few LPs to. But why expend the effort? We know how the music makes us feel: freaky, dirty, deranged, cynical. We know how the music presents itself to us: unhinged, uncompromising, unpredictable, ugly. Each of the first three LPs found the Coltranes streamlining their style, becoming less moody and more aggressive, less dynamic and more noisy, less dark and more ugly. This EP continues with this trend, being the band's most immediate, rocking, and discordant work yet. Perhaps this is some melting pot of USHC and 90's noise rock influences.....but I prefer to just think of it as "freak music, by freaks, for freaks". (SPHC Records #52)
EXACERBACION - Desastre Humano 7"
This record is a love-at-first-sight story. I heard the recordings and I was instantly transported back in time to being 16 years old, depressed, angry, sitting in my parents' basement alone listening to Cripple Bastards and IRF. I felt like I was hearing grindcore for the first time all over again. The emotion resonated with me at a deep level. As soon as I heard the record, I knew I wanted to help it see the light of day and get it into the hands of as many grinders as possible. You may remember Exacerbacion from a slew of split tapes over the years (including a particularly good one with SPHC stalwarts Penis Geyser, this was my introduction to the band). On this EP, they produce their strongest material yet, fucking RAW grindcore that's more song-oriented and with a better production than a lot of their material. (SPHC Recprds #49)
NUKLEAR BLAST SUNTAN - Prophetic Visions LP
SPHC stalwarts Nuklear Blast Suntan return from a state of dormancy with a new location (Portland OR), a new line-up, and a new LP. Prophetic Visions LP is their most accomplished and refined work yet, merging the super stylized, psychedelic, heavily effected 'space crustcore' style of the first LP with the riff-crafting and songwriting skills of the more stylistically straight-forward EPs. The result is a record that is dynamic, engaging, and unique, a seamlessly flowing mixture of short/fast/loud chaotic noise bombs and mid-tempo, solo-laden hardcore stompers. "like Disrupt meets Hawkwind, a trippier Antischism", these descriptions are no longer totally applicable because I think NBS has reached a point where they have a sound and style that's all their own. Sometimes a little break is all you need to attain the insights you need to reach the next level. (SPHC Records #44)
SACRIFICIO - Juventud Descerebrada 7"
Yet another straight-forward hardcore banger from the angry streets of Mexico City, brought to you by the impeccable Cintas Pepe Records with a little help from SPHC.
Sacrificio carry similar songwriting skills as their contemporaries (Tercer Mundo, Muerte, etc), but have a shorter/faster/louder style of attack. Their hardcore is a bit more streamlined, more fast on the feet, the songs a bit more linear, the arrangements a bit more caustic. The end result is a record that feels fast and furious, out of control, while still feeling catchy and memorable, never blurring or rushing past you. (SPHC/Cintas Pepe #6)
LEGENDARY WINGS - Do You See LP
Kalamazoo's Legendary Wings are back with the 2nd LP for Dirtnap! Do You See improves upon the template set by their first album (Making Paper Roses, Fall 2012), alternating bursts of caffeinated punk-pop with mid-tempo jangly numbers, all served up raw and catchy as hell. Think fun, high energy music, but with enough melancholy in the lyrics to keep this far from the realm of vapid party jams. While this isn't too far removed musically from some of the more well-known bands on Dirtnap (think Denton, TX) there is an unmistakable quality to Legendary Wings that makes them instantly and unmistakably identifiable as hailing from the Midwest. Due to the fact that they don't get out of the Midwest that often, these guys are probably one of the more underrated bands on Dirtnap, but we are convinced that once Do You See gets out into the world, people are going to realize what we've known since they sent us their first demo in the mail: Legendary Wings are one of the best bands around! (Dirtnap Records #135)
CAIRO PYTHIAN - Touched LP
Olympia's Cairo Pythian has long been a hidden master of depraved synth pop and his new LP, "Touched" is his masterpiece. Swimming in New Wave, Industrial, and even heavy, pulpy Britpop influences, Cairo emerges from the murky depths of early Human League as a violently heterosexual Soft Cell. To be blunt, this LP is probably the most excited I've been with a new Katorga Works release in a long time and it's an authentic portal to a time we all wished we had experienced. Get touched. Strictly limited to 300 copies. (Katorga Works Records #37)
LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER - Kraken LP
Raw studio live recording featuring a Minor Threat and Slayer cover, plus 2 other tracks. (Living Dead Society Records #8)
MACHETAZO - Necrocovered CD
Six tracks from this grindcore band. (Living Dead Society Records #7 CD)
WAR ON WOMEN - s/t LP
This co-ed, feminist punk act from Baltimore, MD tackles issues of institutionalized sexism and patriarchy through an uproarious blend of riot grrrl, thrash and rock with sarcastic dalliances and furious aggression on their self-titled, first full-length. Following up the 2012 "Improvised Weapons" EP on Exotic Fever Records (Des Ark, Pygmy Lush), the band capitalize on their expressive, theatrical live performances with an invigorating and inspired record. Having gotten approval from punk royalty both old-school (tours with Canadian legends Propagandhi) and contemporary (Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace), the band looks to take over 2015 with their intense sound and message. Now available on colored vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #220)
BLACKLISTED - When People Grow, People Go LP/CD
Recorded by Will Yip at Studio 4, "When People Grow, People Go" is an 11-song amalgamation of Blacklisted's brave experimental leanings ("No One Deserves..." direction) and their unquestionable hardcore heart ("Heavier Than Heaven..." direction). All of it musically electric, pushed to the point of explosion by vocalist and lyricist George Hirsch's melancholic introspection, widening the gap between them and everyone else with their inspiring originality, vulnerability and power. For fans of Touche Amore, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War and Converge. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #169)
(restock) BACKSLIDER - Consequences 10"
After releases on To Live A Lie and Blastcat Records, Philadelphia, PA's Backslider return with a 10" packed with powerviolence in the same vein as Crossed Out, Man Is The Bastard, Iron Lung, and Weekend Nachos. (Six Weeks #125)
(restock) P.L.F. - Devious Persecution And Wholesale Slaughter CD
Six Weeks Records is proud to announce what could probably be the most devastating grindcore record of 2013. Just end the competition because P.L.F. has unleashed an unbelievable exercise in pure, old-school grindcore at its most damaging on this, their new release: "Devious Persecution And Wholesale Slaughter," a head-crushing battering of 14 new, insanely powerful tracks. Observe all the elements: harsh bolts of terror with influence taken from the legends of grindcore history (Terrorizer, Napalm Death, Assuck, Repulsion) and twisted all together with violent death/thrash metal bloodletting and an immense, ceiling-collapsing studio recording, making this effort a milestone for this veteran Houston, TX band, and grindcore itself. (Six Weeks #123)
(restock) ANTI-YOU - Blank Stares LP
No band has defined the old school mentality and sound of the early US hardcore bands more than Rome, Italy punks ANTI YOU. Many bands try futilely to capture the spirit and sound of those great days, but only a band of veteran punks, well studied and with unequaled talent, like A.Y really get the job done right. They can bring the whole era together seamlessly, taking razor sharp, fast European hardcore influence from bands like MOB 47 and RAW POWER and colliding it with the intensely catchy sounds of the early US 1982-84 scenes, channeling MINOR THREAT, ARTICLES OF FAITH and NEGATIVE FX while retaining solid originality, giving the punk world a new set of classic punk songs for this current millennium. This new, limited 12" really just pushes the whole circle-pitting mess over the top!! 500 made. (Six Weeks Records #128)
(restock) CONGA FURY - Chaotic Noise LP
Available for the first time on vinyl, the debut distortion drenched thrash masterpiece by Japan's CONGA FURY! Originally slated for release on the legendary Slap-A-Ham Records, this screaming blood soaked thrash album was rescued and released on CD by Six Weeks back in 2003 and sold out. Now finally, it can heard once again, with intense full color artwork and remastered especially for vinyl! (Six Weeks Records #65)
Descriptions for 2/14/15
SIEGE - Drop Dead LP (30th anniversary edition!)
Siege 30th anniversary edition... restored definitive sound...with original sessions' outtakes on green opaque wax. Finally re-pressed. Siege was one of those more than awesome hardcore bands from Boston that influenced hundreds and hundreds of bands over the years. These tracks were recorded in 1984 at Radio Beat in Boston, MA. This is a classic. A must have for anyone interested in '80s hardcore. Infest, Drop Dead, Heresy, Ripcord... all of these bands were completely influenced by Siege. (Deep Six #55)
REPROACH/CITIZENS PATROL - split 7"
CITIZENS PATROL from the Netherlands deliver 4 new songs of NEGATIVE APPROACH, DRI or TEAR IT UP, . REPROACH from Belgium are know for their crude and angry hc punk somewhere between INFEST and DEAD STOP - two new songs. Two of Europes most active skate- / thrash- / fast- / 80s hc bands, that team up 500 press only. (Deep Six Records #217)
MAN IS THE BASTARD/CHARRED REMAINS - split 10"
Man is the Bastard "A call for Consciousness" release on one side and Charred Remains A.K.A. Man Is The Bastard "Our Earth's Blood" on the other side. Together one on 10". (Deep Six Records #167)
INSTIGATORS - Nobody Listens Anymore LP
2015 marks the 30 years anniversary of their classic first (and only) full lenghth LP. We're very pleased to say at least to re-issue this uk anarcho-punk milestone and make it available again for the first time since almost 3 decades! Originally released on 'SUBHUMANS' own Bluurg Records back in 1985. The INSTIGATORS where a bunch of enthusiastic Anarcho-punk kids that managed to play a style of raging, powerful and "in your face" punkrock with the right amount of melody and anger. Their lyrix have a bold political message which among other bands of this era left quite an impact on the Anarcho-punk scene of the early eighties of the last century. Needless to say that their lyrical as well as musical content stands the test of time and is as relevant today as it was back then. The (original) INSTIGATORS disbanded shortly after the release of this classic LP just to reform in a different line up to continiue towards a more "American rock" influenced style of punk and never reached the same peak as the (original) line up. Some may disagree, but for us, the original INSTIGATORS are most essential and this is an absolute Anarcho-Punk Classic and a must have for every collection! Comes with original sleeve, insert plus an additional poster and linernotes by Hammy. All 10 tracks remastered by Ian Glasper. Includes DOWNLOAD Codes. (Skuld Records #93)
INSTIGATORS - The Blood Is On Your Hands LP
Part II of our "30 years Anniversary" edition. This 12" LP includes the 'Blood Is On Your Hands' 7" originally released on Bluurg Records 1984 and available on vinyl for the first time since its release. Also included are two remastered tracks from PAX's 'Bollox To The Gonads" Compilation 1984 and unheard and rare DEMO recordings. The original INSTIGATORS were part of the gig-possé around 'Flux of Pink Indians' and 'Subhumans' and you can hear a lot of influence coming from this direction. Another must have of classic and essential anarcho punk for your collection! This LP package includes a lyric sheet + linernotes by Hammy. All tracks remastered at AUDIOSIEGE PDX by Brad Boatright. Includes DOWNLOAD Codes. (Skuld Records #94)
Not Like You Fanzine #3
Featuring the usual news and reviews as well as an article on NYHC band Beyond written by zinester Freddy Alva. This issues interviews include SNFU, Final Conflict, Soul Search, Loud Ones, and BL'AST. Not Like You has quickly become a respected zine amongst the scene from coast to coast, breaking down the barriers and genres which continue to divide it. 40 full size black and white pages. (Not Like You Issue #3)
MASQUERADE - Blood is the new Black LP
Helsinki, Finland's Masquerade undoubtedly live up to their tag as the "Finnish Siouxsie and the Banshees" (as described in a profile on Finnish National Televison) with frontwoman Suzy Sabotage's charismatic vocal delivery leading the way. This timeless sound is given a Finnish punk treatment via her firecracker of a band; their lively chemistry giving each song on this record a melodic vitality that shimmers among the shadows. With a traditional gothic rock aesthetic, this mini album is a dark pop gem that can hold its own among the classics as well as the new crop of post punk bands with DIY hardcore roots such as Arctic Flowers, Cemetery, and Pleasure Leftists. 200 pressed, Red and Black vinyl. (Mass Media Records #28)
THOU - Heathen LPx2
Heathen is the fourth full length record from Baton Rouge, Louisiana band Thou. The domestic version of this record was self-released on the band's in-house Howling Mine label. 180g double LP in Stoughton gatefold tip-on jackets. (Howling Mine Records #7)
THE BODY - The Body LP
Originally released in 2004 on Obscurist Press, this version has been remastered by Machines with Magnets and pressed on 180g black vinyl. New inserts have been letter pressed by Astro Press and with heavy Stoughton jackets. (Howling Mine Records #6)
GRAND COLLAPSE - Far From The Callous Crowd LP
This Welsh band delivers 11 furious tracks from political, melodic thrash on this release. Cal Sewell (son of Stig from ICONS OF FILTH), is on vocal duties. "There are ... blackened melodies underneath proficient PROPAGHANDI-style riffage, creating an excellent genre mash-up for what is basically an anarcho-punk album. The strangulated vocals are spat out like a rabid Templeton at the veritable smorgasbord. The vocal pitch reminds me of Bay Area contemporaries ELEGY, actually. The production is perfect. The musicianship of GRAND COLLAPSE is so skilled that they cannot be pegged down to any one clichéd style. The heavy D-beat under flailed-out endless chords, into bellowing NYHC beatdown styles, will make you want to retrace those steps like a book you just skimmed over and felt like you missed a lot of what was going on. Then you will relax and enjoy something new. This album really has everything. Melody, angst and attitude, and does not let up for a moment. Heart, soul, guts and brains." (MRR) Split release with several UK labels, 100 copies available in USA via 1859. (1859 Records #13)
NERVOUS TREND - s/t LP
Catchy, immediate, and dark post-punk from Australia. 5 tracks on a one-sided, silk-screened 12", originally released as a demo. Brings to mind contemporaries ARCTIC FLOWERS, CRIMSON SCARLET, and BELGRADO. Jen is American (ex-NUCLEAR FAMILY, currently singing for PERMACULTURE). (1859 Records #14)
BLACKBIRD RAUM - Under The Starling Host LP
This classic album from California's premier anarcho folk/punk band finally available on vinyl. 14 angry, yet catchy, tracks provided without the aid of electric instrumentation. New art, separate from the 2009 CD release, by Josh Hardy (STRANGWEATHER, HANG THE OLD YEAR). (1859 Records #16)
WRETCHED OF THE EARTH - Fire To Their Houses LP
Six blazing, dynamic tracks from this Portland band, sounding not unlike a mix of IRON MAIDEN and TRAGEDY. Dark, angry, and political with three vocalists and heavily melodic undertones beneath the crusty exterior. Featuring former members of A//POLITICAL and SQUALORA. (1859 Records #17)
NO///SE - Beach Bathroom Bingo 7"
Two tracks from this hard-hitting punk band that features former members of GLASS AND ASHES, YOUNG LIVERS, STOP BREATHING, and YOUTH BRIGADE. Gravelly vocals, thick guitars with a melodic undertone. Comes with download coupon that features an extra track. (1859 Records #11)
RUBRICS/ABOLITIONIST - split 7"
Six songs from RUBRICS, the FIFTEEN-worshipping crusty punks from South Carolina and 3 tracks from ABOLITIONIST, the LEATHERFACE/JAWBREAKER-worshipping political punks from Portland. Comes with a classic photocopied poster lyric insert. Internationally released between 10 labels in the UK, USA, and Japan. (1859 Records #12)
VICIOUS PLEASURES - s/t 7"
4 tracks of a catchy, dark punk with excellent female vocals from this Portland band. Kind of a cross between CRASS and WIPERS, although it's got a unique edge of its own. (1859 Records #15)
THE CAPITALIST KIDS - At a Loss LP
Austin's The Capitalist Kids return with their third album, "At a Loss". They continue proving their love for classic Lookout! Records pop-punk bands like The Mr. T Experience and Green Day while twisting the genre up just a bit by alternating between perfectly sweet love songs and perfectly insightful songs of social critique. The major difference this time around is the addition of a second guitar player which helps to make the melodies that much more infectious. Comes with a digital download code. (Toxic Pop Records #
WIDOWS WATCH - This Message Repeats LP
Maryland is full of "best kept secret" bands. You know, the kind that quietly write music in their basements and garages, record with their friends, play shows once in a while, and maybe even get to open for their favorite bands from time to time, yet due to jobs, families, and other obligations they are rarely, if ever, able to hit the road and take their music to people that live even just a few hours down the highway. Widows Watch are one of those bands. If you're from the Baltimore area, you may fondly remember bands like Can't Say and Greasegun and their Leatherface/All/Big Drill Car/Doughboys/Sugar worship. Well, Widows Watch is made up of most of those same people (and rounded out with members of Chernobyl Kids and the Gamma Rays) and they still love the same bands. These are songs for people who still believe in the power of music to connect those of us that don't sit quietly while those in charge strip away everything that we hold dear. Earnest songs about the beauty in giving a shit and the ugliness in keeping your mouth shut. Honest songs about the struggles of living with anxiety and depression, and eager songs about sticking it out with your friends and your loved ones by your side. This is their debut LP and if you're lucky it will be the first of many. If you're even luckier you may get a chance to see them play your town. Fingers crossed. Comes with a digital download code. (Toxic Pop Records #22)
THE CAPITALIST KIDS/TIGHT BROS - split 7"
On one side you've got Austin's The Capitalist Kids churning out the hits on par with previous releases. Here they give us a love song, a timely song about government surveillance, and a cover by a band many would consider the antithesis of punk that they've spun into gold and worked out a tune that will be stuck in your head long after the record stops spinning. On the other side we've got three new songs from Columbus, OH's Tight Bros. This was our first introduction to the band and we got very excited very fast upon hearing these songs. An easy description would be something along the lines of a slightly more pop-punk friendly take on The Marked Men. These are songs for summertime. We look forward to more from these guys. Comes with a digital download code. (Toxic Pop Records #20)
DEAD MECHANICAL - OK Night LP
Baltimore's Dead Mechanical offer up their 3rd LP and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring it to you. This is a band we've loved from day one and it's been great watching them grow into the band they've become. Bands like Jawbreaker and Superchunk still hold down the foundation for the sound here, but this threesome has really come into their own with their songwriting, both musically and lyrically. This is easily their best record yet and they show no signs of slowing. Comes with a digital download code. (Toxic Pop Records #19)
EYE HATE GOD - New Orleans Is The New Vietnam 7" pictures disc with etched B side
Ludicrously expensive one sided picture disc from Eyehategod with an etched "B" side. Between touring and their numerous affiliated porjects, the band has slowly been stacking up new demo material to put towards an upcoming album. Their new song "New Orleans Is the New Vietnam," has been included in the band's current live shows, and it's finally available with it's recorded debut here. Super limited picture disc, one sided single with *etched* B side, with printed insert. (A389 Records #110)
DECADES/FAILURES - Goodbye3 LP
A new offering, and vinyl debut, from Richmond's Decades/Failures. Darkwave, coldwave, post-punk... Whatever you call it, it's eight songs of raw and urgent loner pulse. A suite of songs that followed quickly on the heels of this year's previous cassette releases; the lauded "002" full length and "February 14th" single. "GOODBY3" finds Decades/Failures restlessly evolving beyond the claustrophobic dark-synth frameworks of previous releases, creating a more minimal, airy yet tense atmosphere. The sonic palette has expanded too, the variety of synth sounds are dazzling dark jewels, and a strident guitar cuts through much of the album, with dour nods to Wire and early Cure. This is in part due to the addition of new member Alexis Ivy, whom Decades/Failures' mainstay Adam happened upon while searching out ancient electronic albums in thrift stores. And though it is said there is strength in numbers, the feeling of utter dejection and defeat that pervades this album will soak deep into the bones of listeners. Just listen to the reverb-cloaked whispers amidst the panicked rhythms of theses songs and know that all is not well. And it never will be... (Dead Tank Records #38)
SALOME'S DANCE/SIERPIEN - split tape cassette
Salome's Dance is Russia's answer to the modern wave of dark punk, injecting more gloom and romance than most. They've combined the mood of early 80's UK gothpunk with the song writing of eastern European punks from when the iron curtain was still strong. Includes a Part 1 cover, which fits them perfectly. Sierpien follow up their LP release on Mass Media with 3 more tracks of modern anarcho punk, their best tracks yet. Melodic and bleak, this would make the Mob proud to know someone was really listening. (Occult Whispers Records #2 tape)
POSSESSOR - Electric Hell cassette tape
Nine tracks of fuzzed-out occult heavy metal from London's Possessor. Occult Whispers Records is proud to release the first album, "Electric Hell", on proper analog tape. There is very little gloom in this darkness, Possessor conjures up doom and despair without stagnating at one tempo. Taking elements of US doom metal and combining them with UK songwriting, the themes here are esoteric and ritualistic to create an excellent debut album. For fans of Eyehategod, Electric Wizard, the Melvins, etc. (Occult Whispers Records #3 tape)
V/A - Segregation Anxiety Volume 1 cassette tape
An excellent collection of Chicago punk, post-punk, and hardcore bands. A mix of previously released, unreleased and alternate mix tracks from Population, Moral Void, Krang, Cemetery, Decay After Death, Mac Blackout, Staring Problem and more! One pressing, 300 copies total. (Occult Whispers Records #1 tape)
(restock) DISCHARGE - Why LP
Re-issue on Havoc Records. An unrelenting blast of raw punk anger. This genre defining record turned up the intensity of hardcore punk several notches. A searing protest against the insanity of war and madness of politicians set to the most powerful and bombastic hardcore assault laid down to that date. (Havoc Records #1244)
Descriptions for 2/7/15
HEXIS/THIS GIFT IS A CURSE - split 7"
On this epic split, Denmark gives us the bleak, avant-garde black-metal meets hardcore approach of Hexis, while Sweden delivers the aural assault of technical hardcore via black sludge from This Gift Is A Curse. No ears will be the same after listening to the over 11 minutes of darkened noise these bands have offered here. Complete with over-the-top packaging and frightening artwork from Jonas Holmberg, this long-awaited split record is the epitome of extreme music today. Beautifully presented in Arigato fold-out covers, with printed inner-sleeves, and pressed on 70gm heavy-weight vinyl. (King of The Monsters #51)
DETHFOX - Natural Media Teleforce 7"
Dark anarcho-punk in the vein of RUDIMENTARY PENI with ex members of INEPSY. From Montreal Canada, DETHFOX delivers a gloomy anarcho-punk with short and catchy songs filled with ghastly sample, which makes the sound unique without reinventing the wheel. Mysterious, dark and sometime incomprehensible lyrics exposing religious-media-space-traveling-matters and other obscure theme are self-explanatory. The band presents itself more as an "artistic" creation not based on the individual within the project itself. (Chaos Rurale Records #17)
AKATHARSIA - s/t LP
Limited to 250 hand numbered copies. Comes in gatefold cover on heavyweight vinyl. Former members of Lycus and current members of Negative Standards and Fell Voices... An extremely raw production, the absence of a bass, and extremely short, dissonant and stripped-down songs are the key elements to a release that sounds like pure fucking starvation and ruin, and in which you can literally feel the lack of life and human warmth. You can hear the rawness and desperation of No Sanctuary-era Amebix collide with the dismal and hypnotic bleakness of early Burzum, paving the way for a masterful splicing of crust punk rudeness and a hateful surge of vile early Scandinavian black metal. (Econo Jam Records #1)
AGATHOCLES/MPG - split 7"
Agathocles delivers 10 intense ultrafast mince core blasts, recorded in 2013 at DM-STUDIOS in JAKARTA, INDONESIA, on a free night when AG was touring in INDONESIA. So Cal's rowdiest grinding drug lords are out on bail & back. MPG blasts through six tracks of ganja induced madness in less than 7 minutes. Making you overdose or at least catch a contact high along the way. Raw & uncut like Pomona you won't feel your face for a week after this grindviolence onslaught. Split Label with Grindfather, Beat The Meat, Everydayhate, Outrageous Defecation, Rigid, Roedel, Vomi D'Porc, Eatshitbuydie, Straineyes, Crescent Fresh Sounds, and Ratgirl Records. (Jerk Off Records #67)
BOOZE & GLORY - As Bold As Brass LP
London, England's Booze & Glory suffers no curiosity towards anything but their tried and true brand of hook-laden, red-brick sidewalk stompin', skinhead, oi, rock 'n' roll. They have no interest in detouring into awkward metal riffs, compromising mainstream tendencies or any other fraudulent leanings. Booze & Glory stick to who they are, what they know and what they love - working class, oi, punk, rock 'n' roll. (Sailor's Grave Records #30)
Descriptions for 1/31/15
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #382 (March 2015)
It's time for Maximum Rocknroll #382, the March 2015 issue featuring our annual Year End Top Tens! MRR reviewers, columnists, and coordinators get to have their say about their favorite records, tapes, and zines of the year. As always, we asked some of our friends to contribute lists tooÐsee what Ralph from Not Normal Records and Tapes, Paco from La Vida Es Un Mus, Laura from Rakta, Ben from Nuts!, and many more have to say about the records they consumed and were consumed by over the last year. Martin Sorrondeguy sat down with legendary SST producer SPOT to talk about his recent photobook, new coord Grace interviewed NYHC rippers IN SCHOOL, and former coord (and IN SCHOOL drummer) Golnar Nikpour had a conversation with Leatherfist, Shit Zoo, Tilted HC, and Chelsea of PIG DNA. The little piggies also designed our cheeky cover Ð how many times can you spot the word "fucker"? As always we have all the columnists you love to hate (including a new monthly column from COLIN ATROPHY of Slice Harvester zine and a hopefully recurring contribution from Wiki-leaks affiliate JEREMY HAMMOND, writing from federal prison) and the most extensive record review section in punk print. (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #382)
DROPDEAD/BRAINOIL - split 7" color vinyl with download
Finally, the last of the 4 20th anniversary split 7"s has been completed. DROPDEAD with the last two tracks from the same session as the split with CONVERGE. "Harvest" and "Indoctrination", both espousing the daily struggle for personal freedom. BRAINOIL present "Inherit The Rejection Of Stasis" a heavy as fuck sludge metal riffer. Three of the best dudes from many past bands you've heard of, fellow DIY lifers, and our Bay Area friends. This release is completed and complemented by some beautiful artwork by Jacob Bannon done specifically for this release. (Armageddon Records #18)
DROPDEAD/UNHOLY GRAVE - split 7" color vinyl with download
Reissue of this Japanese release that had been out of print for over a decade, both sides freshly mastered in 2014 at New Alliance. The Dropdead tracks were recorded live at Sunlight Studio in Stockholm, Sweden by Thomas Skogsberg back in 1998/99, legendary studio for classics by Entombed, Dismember, Wolfpack etc. Kurt Ballou at God City did some audio magic on them in in February 2003. The Unholy Grave tracks were recorded at studio "Music House" by Takaho, November 2002. A total of ten tracks here, five by each band. Furious, fast and brutal political HC from Dropdead. Noisy blasting grind from Unholy Grave. (Armageddon Records #19)
GAS RAG - On The Beach 7"
Gas Rag's final blast of intense and nasty hardcore/punk. Five numbers that rip right through your skull and make you want to do fucked up things. This band delivers rapid-fire tune-age yet maintaining enough hooks that'll be pasted onto the walls of your mind forever. (Lengua Armada Discos #81.5)
KROMOSOM/NOMAD - split 7"
A tag team or fury is unleashed upon you all. Australia's KROMOSOM pound out three raging tracks that'll have punks kicking shit over within seconds of the needle drop. NYC's NOMAD got in the studio to lay down their final bombardment right before crawling into the coffin and calling it quits. Three noisy and distorted numbers that waste no time attacking ear drums. Two of the worlds prime examples of this style on one little platter. Multi- colored silk-screened sleeves. (Lengua Armada Discos #81)
CHURCHBURN - The Awaiting Coffins CD
CHURCHBURN present their first full length recording, 5 songs plus one unlisted bonus track recorded between 2011-2014. A combination of atmospheric unrelenting heaviness with melody and songwriting skill. The tracks have the pace and aura of properly done doom, with black and death metal influences woven throughout. Layered vocals, guitar harmonies, memorable riffs, heavy percussion. A cohesive and bludgeoning piece of modern metal. CHURCHBURN the new musical collaboration between two of the undergrounds masters of misery. Dave Suzuki, best known for his mesmerizing guitar work and brutal drumming in Vital Remains and Ray McCaffrey, who carved out sonic drum patterns for Sin Of Angels and Grief. CD in standard jewel case packaging. (Armageddon Shop Records #8 CD)
BUZZCOCKS - The Way LP
"The Way" is the follow up to 2006's Flat - Pack Philosophy LP and is the band's ninth studio album since their formation in Manchester in 1976. These 10 tracks penned by the group's long-standing core of Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle were recorded this year in London, and were produced by the band and Dave M Allen (best known for his production work with The Cure, Depeche Mode and Neneh Cherry). The album packs the same classic UK pop punk punch they've been known for over nearly four decades. Response to the lead-off single "It's Not You" has already garnered some excellent praise and over 6000 plays on Soundcloud in less than 24 hours. (1-2-3-4 GO! Records #66)
HARD SKIN - Do You Like Hospital Food LP
Hard Skin are back with six more fucking amazing Oi anthems for the kids on the street. The kids who fight for the working class. The kids who live for the weekend. The kids who've had their car nicked. The kids who wanna have a say but have nothing to say. Coming into 2015 it's crucial these songs are heard - they will change the way you think and drink. There are songs about Beer, Cars, The Old Bill and being proud of what you are!! If you love Sham 69 when they were good in 1978 - then this is for you. This is fucking proper!! (La Vida Es En Mus Records/JT Classics #9)
PRAG - s/t 7"
Perth punks PRAG unleashed 4 tracks of unhinged mutant hardcore. The nasty sounds of this EP are a hybrid of Finnish Hardcore circa 1982, Japanese low production flexis from the ADK days and Spanish heavy hitting hardcore. All blended with a healthy DISORDER vibe and a rat sounding GERMS style vocalist. All in all a damaging piece of pogo inducing hardcore-punk with a teeth cutting guitar tone, a wall of reverb and an urgent beat. File next to GLAM, DESTINO FINAL, CRAZY SPIRIT or SEXUAL. The EP comes housed in a reverse board pocket sleeve with a hard card insert, both designed by Brvce Kallem which manages to match perfectly music and graphics on this release. (La Vida Es En Mus Records #92)
BATTLESCARD - Motorcharge 7"
Battlescard from Yokohama, Japan release their debut 7" on Tadpole Records, 6 tracks of Motor-Punk Rock N Roll for your listening pleasure, 300 copies on black vinyl. (La Vida Es Un Mus/Tadpole Records #49)
TAPE REC - Death Friends LP
Tape Rec hails from Rio in Brasil and I got really lucky a while ago to get a random email list message from Le Almeida's label Transfusao Noise (Very worth checking out), and hearing Tape Rec was like a perfect trip back to raw 90's grunge/indie/punk. This record really just has all the influences that a kid getting into music in the 90's would want - it's got the raw stripped down lo-fi sound that bands like The Breeders and Butterglory do, with occasional noised out mania of Sonic Youth or Pixies. The vocals are pure sugary gold, and even come with the occasional Screeching Weasel style guitar lead. Seriously, this is just the catchiest, most infectious stuff with a perfect raw production - no polish here at all - perfect grunge pop for this punk heart!!! If you dig this one, definitely check out Le's other bands - all of which are in this genre and rule. (IFB Records #77)
WYMYN'S PRYSYN - Head In A Vise LP
Atlanta's Wymyn's Prysyn drop their first full length via Drugged Conscience Records outta Miami. This is a perfect mix of early pounding hardcore stomp with healthy doses of outsider punk and raw pop, equal parts blown up filth and awkward catchy glee. (Drugged Conscience Records #66)
UNIFORM CHOICE - Orange Peel Sessions 7"
Four NEVER before heard songs from Uniform Choice recorded in 1982 with the ORIGINAL line-up! Comes with free download of course... This is a very different sounding Uniform Choice. Recorded right after playing with Black Flag in '1982 at their Palm Springs gig. Expect a more "Punk" sounding Uniform Choice as opposed to their later "straight-edge" sound. This never would have seen the light of day if not for founding member Hanson Meyer making a trip back home and cleaning out his Mom's garage. These reels were thought lost but recently discovered! 500 Pressed. (Doctor Strange Records #134)
JOYCE MANOR/TOYS THAT KILL - split 7"
Brooklyn Vegan says: "Melodic punk new schoolers Joyce Manor and melodic punk veterans Toys That Kill (one of many bands of the great Todd Congelliere) will kick off what's sure to be an excellent double billed tour this December (unfortunately for us in NYC, it's only on the West Coast), and they'll also be putting out a split EP on Todd's label Recess Records in honor of that. It'll have two songs from each band, and one of each of their contributions are now streaming. Joyce Manor's, "Tame," is the revved up version of "See How Tame I Can Be" from their underrated "studio project" album Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired that they've been playing live lately. Toys That Kill's "Times We Can't Let Go" is more of their garagey goodness. Joyce Manor's other cut, "Bride," is presumably JM giving the same type of treatment to "Bride of Usher" from that same album (they've been playing that one live too), and Toys That Kill's is "I Am Decided." (Recess Records #188)
WASTOIDS - Dangerous Spaces 7"
This is a ONE-TIME PRESSING of 300 copies! Wastoids are 4 pretty boys from Etobicoke, Ontario making noisy, bratty hardcore punk. Recorded by Jonah Falco (Fucked Up). (No Idea Records #345.5)
EVIL CONDUCT - That Old Tattoo B/W Ultra-Violence 11" (Shaped Picture Disc)
In many ways, the photo of this little gem speaks for itself. Everyone loves a shaped picture disc, but throwing it in a printed PVC sleeve really takes it over the top. Truly fitting for this fine tune, by one of Europe's most popular oi outfits. (Pirate's Press Records #135)
GIVE - Sonic Bloom LP
GIVE was conceived at the tail end of 2008 and has done very little resting since then. Over the course of extensive touring and releasing two 12"s, a half dozen 7"s plus a cassette, GIVE has proved themselves as a band who are not content to rest either physically or artistically. Sonically, they reference that sweet spot of exploration where the freshman class of Revelation artists dared to trespass in their later days. 12"ep includes digital download. This is the yellow vinyl version, limited to 700 copies. (Revelation Records #157)
DESTROYER 666 - Unchain The Wolves LP (gatefold with poster)
Comes in a Gatefold cover with a large 18" x 24" poster. DESTROYER666 should need no introduction. But back in 1997, the Australians were a relatively new entity, forming from the ashes of Bestial Warlust and introducing themselves to the metal underground with the Violence is the Prince of This World EP in '95. Two years later, DESTROYER666 would throw down the gauntlet to the international metal scene with soon-to-be-classic debut album Unchain the Wolves. Devastating yet dynamic to the bitter, bloody end, Unchain the Wolves comprises 50 minutes of black metal magick 'n' might that quickly became the band's ever-unique trademark: epic and anthemic songwriting, gritty yet considered execution, and each song as integral as the last. Just try not headbanging to stone-cold classics like "Australian and Anti-Christ" and "Satan's Hammer"; if you don't, then you must be dead. Now, HELLS HEADBANGERS unchains the wolves with vinyl LP and pro cassette versions of this heavy metal classic. As DESTROYER666 themselves said, Unchain the Wolves! (Hell's Headbangers Records #133)
INQUISITION - Invoking The Majestic Throne Of Satan LP (Tome edition)
Deluxe LP in custom diecut trifold packaging with foil and parchment pages. Also includes a large 18" x 24" poster of the cover artwork. At long last, INQUISITION's "Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan" receives proper vinyl & CD editions, in deluxe tome packaging, courtesy of longtime supporters HELLS HEADBANGERS. Originally released in 2002 and long out of print, Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan is the moment where INQUISITION truly came into their own and cemented a sound uniquely and entirely theirs: bulldozing, hypnotic, ritualistic, and thoroughly occult, an expansive 'n' absorbing BLACK HOLE that's an awesome power to behold, drone-oblivion chunder stretching to infinity and beyond, and all with the simplest, most stripped-down rudiments of guitar, drums, and voice. Here, INQUISITION both defined and REdefined black metal; the ideology and esoterica of true Satanism imbues everything the duo do across this monolithic, minimal-is-maximal work and yet personalized in such a manner that bespeaks absolute devotion to the darkside. And although the black metal scene at the time of the album's release was far sparser and far less public, the legendary around Invoking the Majestic Throne of Satan continued to grow, to the point where the album's now rightfully considered a classic, and it served as the springboard by which INQUISITION began to dominate the modern underground scene. So, hear the album the way it was intended to be experienced, as a portal to the Other Side, and try returning from the trip unchanged. (Hell's Headbangers Records #130)
NEKROFILTH - Filling My Blood With Poison LP
Last year, HELLS HEADBANGERS unleashed upon the world a virus so violent and depraved, it became one of 2013's most critically acclaimed debut albums. That record was NEKROFILTH's Devil's Breath, and to meet the sick, seething demand for more sonic filth, HELLS HEADBANGERS is unloading a special vinyl LP pressing of Cleveland filth-bangers' Filling My Blood With Poison... demo. Originally self-released in early 2009, Filling My Blood With Poison... was NEKROFILTH's second demo and solidified the power-trio's dirty, diseased brand of grinding metalpunk. Shades of Repulsion, Abscess, Discharge, and Bulldozer abounded, as did G.B.H. (whose "Necrophilia" the band cover here), but the way in which NEKROFILTH piledrove it all together spoke volumes about the fetid future in store. Hear the birth of disease with Filling My Blood With Poison...! (Hell's Headbangers Records #29)
OCTOBER 31 - Bury The Hatchet LP
At long last, the wait is over: OCTOBER 31 deliver their long-awaited fourth album, Bury the Hatchet. The band's first album in nine years, Bury the Hatchet sees OCTOBER 31 returning with a vengeance, firing off one mean, lean headbanger after another. Led by erstwhile DECEASED frontman/founder King Fowley, here OCTOBER 31 range their entire repertoire, which goes all the way back to the mid '90s: from thrashing-like-a-maniac attacks to heart-pumping speed metal missiles and plenty of traditional metal in between, Bury the Hatchet is varied, dynamic, and immediately memorable HEAVY METAL to the bloody, glorious end. However, OCTOBER 31 are far, far beyond "retro" retread; the band entirely comprises 100% dyed-in-the-wool metal maniacs, including ex-Overlord shredder Brian "Hellstorm" Williams and bassist Jim Hunter of epic metal legends While Heaven Wept and Twisted Tower Dire. Ten tracks and nearly 42 minutes, Bury the Hatchet doesn't overstay its welcome, and buries itself deep into your metal heart. (Hell's Headbangers Records #134)
OCTOBER 31 - The Fire Awaits You LP
Overdue reissue, courtesy of the band's new label home, HELLS HEADBANGERS. Released in 1997 to a small yet fervent throng, OCTOBER 31's The Fire Awaits You saw DECEASED vocalist/drummer King Fowley team up with bassist Jim Hunter (WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, TWISTED TOWER DIRE) and guitarist Brian Williams to create a rollicking ride of horror-themed heavy metal. Classic metal songwriting is the order of the day here, as the band ably sweep from speed metal surge to NWOBHM-inspired melodicism to occasionally an epic metal moment or two. At the forefront are King Fowley's clear 'n' commanding vocals, as the erstwhile DECEASED frontman decided to use a cleaner register that lost none of his trademark bite. Finally, The Fire Awaits You! (Hell's Headbangers Records #119)
OCTOBER 31 - Meet Thy Maker/Visions Of The End LPx2 (gatefold)
Comes in a Gatefold Cover with lyrics insert. Features bonus demo & live material along with the Visions of the End 1998 EP. To coincide with the reissue of the band's classic The Fire Awaits You debut, HELLS HEADBANGERS is reissuing OCTOBER 31's celebrated second album, Meet Thy Maker. Originally released in 1999, Meet Thy Maker saw DECEASED vocalist/drummer King Fowley once again command his troops onward to heavy metal glory, this time with an even darker and more epic aspect. Much of this can be credited to the addition of Kevin Lewis on rhythm guitar, allowing original guitarist Brian "Hellstorm" Williams to work his magic on lead guitar, with the lo-end anchored as always by Jim Hunter (WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, TWISTED TOWER DIRE). Capped off by an emblematic cover of SAXON's "Power And The Glory" that they nearly make their own, Meet Thy Maker is truly the album where OCTOBER 31 solidified their unbending, still-enduring aesthetic. With this reissue, HELLS HEADBANGERS - the new label home of OCTOBER 31 - also adds 1998's Visions of the End EP along with four live/demo bonus tracks. Classic heavy metal never goes out of fashion, so time to Meet Thy Maker! (Hell's Headbangers Records #120)
NUNSLAUGHTER/PERVERSOR - split 7"
A match made in hell, NUNSLAUGHTER and PERVERSOR team up for a split 7" on HELLS HEADBANGERS! Two tracks each, both bands deliver exclusive attacks here. Cult institution NUNSLAUGHTER hit quick and deadly, pondering "Impure Thoughts" and then "Bless The Dead" with their trademark Devil Metal. On the flip, PERVERSOR dive deep into the abyss of South American darkness, unloading their clearest and most concise arsenal yet. Feel the fire! (Hell's Headbangers Records #72)
NUNSLAUGHTER/WITCHTRAP - split 7"
South of heaven...South American darkness! Devil Metal supremos NUNSLAUGHTER team up with Colombian cult WITCHTRAP for a special split 7". In a unique twist, NUNSLAUGHTER attack with two characteristically crude 'n' catchy tracks that are instead vocalized in Spanish, "La Ofrenda" and "Altar De La Muerta." Not to be outdone, WITCHTRAP unleash the authoritative "Sex Commander" and the telltale "The Devil's On The Loose," two of the power-trio's most memorable songs yet. (Hell's Headbangers Records #73)
EXECRATION - Morbid Dimensions LPx2
Comes in a gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves. One of death metal's best-kept secrets, Norway's EXECRATION strike with their deadliest and most daring album yet, Morbid Dimensions. Ever aptly titled, Morbid Dimensions is a twisting and twisted slab of miasmic, morbid Metal of Death. The listener is kept on edge the entire time, in a state of perpetual tension, as the quartet deftly slide through sinewy, sometimes-slimy riff and rhythm structures, all executed with stunning tightness yet also a sense of hysteric dangerousness. In many ways, EXECRATION's third album is an album of contrasts: death metal in its purest state, but with a view toward experimentation; doomy and atmospheric at will, but with a forward propulsion that's palpitating; a well-grounded set of old-school influences, particularly homeland heroes Cadaver, but without the slightest whiff of "retro" pandering. All told, Morbid Dimensions is the sound of a still young 'n' hungry band carving out their own niche, and with absolute cunning and confidence. A "best-kept secret" no longer - behold the rise of EXECRATION! (Hell's Headbangers Records #132)
AEVANGELIST - Writhes In The Murky CD
The American band's third album to date, Writhes in the Murk signifies the next phase in the existence of Aevangelist's approach to experimental and extreme dark music. Falling somewhere within, but never fully defined by, the current boundaries of death metal, black metal, dark ambient, industrial, power violence, and black noise with a heavy influence from choral music, jazz textures, and new age sensibilities, Writhes in the Murk is a musically diverse downward spiral of nightmare and horrifying bliss. Through Aevangelist, beauty and transcendence are brought together in the absolute; the corridors of the heart which lead to the eternal vistas of the nether have granted you with access, and then all of life will be abandoned, left writhing in the murk. The keepers of the Great Secret, the sovereign silent ministry of Aevangelist: they sustain the shadow with anticipation for when the sun would fall from the sky into exile, and through divination, they acclaim mastery over all disbelievers, until their return to bestow the equation for utopia and restore the earth to prosperity and Omniquity for all time. Hear all this - and far, FAR more - within Aevangelist's Writhes in the Murk, which is currently being streamed at Zero Tolerance magazine's website. Licensed for North American release by France's elite Debemur Morti Productions. (Hell's Headbangers Records #142 CD)
PORTAL/BLOOD OF KINGU - split 7"
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present a special split 7" between two of death metal's darkest and most penetrating forces, PORTAL and BLOOD OF KINGU. Both bands present exclusive and characteristically unique tracks here. PORTAL offer "Trapezohedron," which is as tangled and twisted as it sounds: recorded in 1999 on a "crooked four-track device" with the founding duo of guitarist Horror Illogium and vocalist The Curator, this unearthed gem literally sounds like time collapsing in on itself. On the flip, BLOOD OF KINGU offer the tellingly titled "Destroyer of Everything Infinite and Timeless": recorded in Febuary/March 2014, the track is a surging, devouring pulse of absolute dread and terror. A once-in-a-lifetime teamup - buy now or forever pose. (Hell's Headbangers Records #75)
THE LURKING CORPSES - Workin' For the Devil CD
The ghoulish quintet's first full-length in six long, undead years, here on Workin' For the Devil, THE LURKING CORPSES both perfect and expand upon their patented "Horror Metal" - a singular and potent blend of dark, Misfits/Samhain-style punk rock, blistering thrash, and classic, hook-laden heavy metal - and deliver all the goods their diehard fanbase expects. But across the 15-track Workin' For the Devil, the masked 'n' becloaked demons from Indiana take many different, more dynamic paths into the haunted woods, including some of their most melodic moments to date. Nevertheless, the emphasis on fulfilling every horror geek's wet dream with their tongue-in-cheek mix of sex, violence, and good, old-fashioned horror-flick gore. Get Workin' For the Devil and start paying your dues! In anticipation for this comeback album, The LURKING CORPSES today unveil a morbid new video for Workin' For the Devil track "The Leech and the Worm." The video can be viewed in its entirety here... (Hell's Headbangers Records #131)
(restock) HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS - s/t 7"
La Vida Es Un Mus reissue the 2011 7" from HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS. These three songs are insanely catchy, keyboard-drenched, punk stompers fronted by a sephardic miscreant known only by the mysterious handle of Hank Wood. This record possesses such snarky, yet dangerous attitude. Lead track 'Shoulda Listen (To Mommah)' is a dirty garage dirge that's part 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, part CRAMPS and part THE DOORS. (La Vida Es En Mus Records #91)
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MANHUNT - s/t LP
Australia's MANHUNT return with their first full length LP: 14 tracks of face-ripping dirge at velocities that approach the absurd, clocking in at just 17 minutes. A long attention span is not required but a new pair of undies and pre-whitened knuckles may be. For fans of stripped down, brutal 1000mph hardcore. (625 Productions #252)
WILDHONEY - Sleep Through It LP
"Sleep Through It" is Wildhoney's first LP. The group formed in late 2011, aiming to write pop songs with the energy and malcontent of hardcore punk, but without its entrenched masculinity. The five-piece has since become one of the loudest-and sweetest-bands in its hometown of Baltimore. Sleep Through It expands on two excellent 7-inches and one cassette EP, drawing influences from '60s girl groups, '80s post punk, indie pop, and shoegaze. New songs like first single "Fall In" showcase just how well Wildhoney combines wall-of-sound power with delicate passages and gorgeous vocal melodies. Older songs such as "Super Stupid" and "Seventeen" return on the LP, newly realized and sounding better than ever. Throughout the album, the group's blasts of distortion and use of dense textures are balanced with beautiful pop tunes and chiming guitar work. The swirl of noise surrounding singer Lauren Shusterich's voice is not unlike the best of the Cocteau Twins, or even Deerhunter, especially on the soaring title track. Sleep Through It was recorded at Beat Babies Studio in Woodstock, Md., with Chris Freeland (Lower Dens, Wye Oak). The album is Wildhoney's first with synthesizers and features liberal amp and pedal experimentation. The recording process was intense and fast, cramming lots of work into a small amount of time. That hectic schedule is impossible to hear on the LP, which unravels at its own dreamy pace. (Deranged Records #262)
PIG HEART TRANSPLANT - For Mass Consumption LP or cassette tape
Comes with digital download. Pig Heart Transplant is the alter ego of Jon Kortland, one half of the men that comprise the surgical Powerviolence duo Iron Lung. Like Iron Lung, Pig Heart Transplant delivers both a vicious beating and violent outcome, however the operating methodology is an entirely different animal; slow, churning, industrial, electronic, painfully percussive, a bureaucratic nightmare of State Power with gears grinding the individual into a hallow shell, perfectly molded into one of Them. This is 1984. For Mass Consumption is composed of 28 tracks, each approximately 44 seconds long, each song title a 4 letter word, structured in a perfectly palatable way for optimum group adoption and mindless adherence to common purpose. Electronic manipulation, no wave guitar noise, abrasive hammering and eerie synthetic ambience imbue the listener with the seedy malaise of manipulation on a societal scale. One might recognize the pulverizing brutality of early Swans on tracks like 'Film' or 'Pigs', the pulsing throb of Brighter Death Now and IRM on 'Coma' or even Robert McNaugton's soundtrack work for Henry: Portrait Of Serial Killer on '1970' or '1980'. Without doubt a horrifying work of aural terror, For Mass Consumption is the logical result of a culture bent on banal conformity and the futile struggle against its domination. Iron Lung Records (LP and Cassette versions) is pleased to bring this tormented future vision into the present. (Iron Lung Records #59)
FINAL WARNING - Demonstration 1983 7"
The original Final Warning demo from 1983. Unearthed after 20+ years and finally seeing the light of day are the "lost" demo tracks from one of Portland, OR's earliest hardcore punk bands. These tracks are taken from the original demo cassette and feature 9 tracks of pissed off hardcore punk in the vein of early Discharge and early Scandinavian hard core that, along with bands like Poison Idea, laid the foundation for northwest punk and hardcore. This release is dedicated to their late singer Jeff Paul who joined the band just after this demo was recorded. (Black Water Records #53)
THOU - Ceremonies of Humiliation LPx3
This triple LP compiles all of the band's material from various split releases over the years. In addition to their highly lauded full-length 'Heathen', Thou has this release 'Ceremonies Of Humiliation', a collection of all of the band's musical output from split releases prior to the release of their mammoth 2010 opus 'Summit'. That means all of Thou's contribution to their splits with Black September, Leech, Mohoram Atta, Salome and Haarp are all accounted for in this triple vinyl set. Recent tours with The Body, and Cloud Rat. Three 180 gram LPs housed in an excellent thick reverse stock tri-fold jacket. (Dead Tank Records #31)
SHADOWHOUSE - Hand In Hand LP
The fertile land of post punk in the USA, Portland Oregon, has out done itself again with one of its more recent progeny, SHADOWHOUSE. This is the bands debut LP, following a widely acclaimed self-released single ("Haunted b/w Lonely Psalm) and the larger vinyl expanse is reflected in both the songwriting and production of this new 12 inch. Although they can definitely appeal to the punk side of the goth revival like BELLICOSE MINDS and CRIMSON SCARLET, their sound is something closer to traditional goth, dark 80s, and even some neo folk twang here and there. With the mixture of synthesizer and guitar leads as well as the painful moan of vocalist Shane HAND IN HAND is an instantly memorable listen that will appeal to punks, goths and others not afraid of some dark pop. Sing along, play loud, and dance slow. (Mass Media Records #27)
COCK SPARRER - Here We Stand LP with CD & DVD
There is no introduction needed for one of the most influential streetpunk/oi bands of all time: Cock Sparrer. In 2007, Captain Oi! Records released Cock Sparrer's first album since 1997's "Two Monkeys." (Pirate's Press Records #23)
BOY SETS FIRE - The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years LP
(After releasing a record on the same label that invaded early 2000s modern rock radio with Creed and Evanescence, Newark, DE, post-hardcore veterans Boysetsfire returned to Equal Vision Records (who issued a split EP with Boysetsfire's peers Snapcase in 1999) for the North American release of their lauded fourth studio album, "The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years," with Epitaph imprint Burning Heart handling worldwide release. The record appeared on Billboard's Top Heatseekers and Top Independent Albums charts upon release and expanded the band's sonic palette (piano, string instruments and horn sections) beyond their already adventurous, aggressive and melodic sound. Bridge Nine is proud to put this album back in print for vinyl collectors in the U.S. LP includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #217)
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MERCY KILLINGS - Snuffed Out 7"
A year after recording what would be the self titled 7", the lads of MERCY KILLINGS returned to the great state of North Carolina to lay down yet another sonic assault of hardcore punk. The resulting material proved to be even more vicious than the band's initial effort, yielding five songs of the savage USHC that certain members have been known for producing for over a decade now with select nods here and there to other spots on the globe that have been known to influence good punk as opposed to shit punk. These guys are, thankfully, too purist and/or out of touch to even consider flirting with any of the cringe inducing trends and fashions that have plagued the genre as a whole in recent memory. Therefore, fans of well executed hardcore punk can rest assured that they will receive just that upon obtaining this slab. Each record comes in a glue pocket sleeve adorned with stunning water color and ink based art by the illustrious Jaybo. (Beach Impediment #13)
SKEMATA - s/t LP
Raleigh's reigning kings of hardcore release their debut vinyl, and it's undoubtedly one of the most scorching records of the year. With a couple of regional tours and a sold-out demo under their belt, word has slowly been spreading that Skemäta is one of the most untouchable hardcore bands on the planet, and this LP confirms that for the masses. Recorded at Legitimate Business in Greensboro, North Carolina and mastered by Ryan Abbott at Side Two Studios, Skemäta's debut brilliantly captures the band's "everything louder than everything else" philosophy. There are legions of bands playing hardcore, d-beat, or whatever these days and one might say that Skemäta aren't reinventing the wheel, but they're just better than everyone else. The riffs are both more technical and catchy, the vocals are more brutal, and the rhythm section is more pummeling. Aside from perhaps Impalers, no other hardcore band out there is coming close to touching this. (Sorry State Records #68)
LOUDER - s/t LP
After a couple of singles on the Japanese label Episode Sounds, Sorry State is proud to release the debut LP from Japan's Louder. I was introduced to Louder by Tsubasa, the guitarist of Sorry State band Rough Kids, and it's clear why he likes them so much, as Louder bear more than a passing resemblance to Rough Kids' song-centered, '77-influenced punk. However, Louder bring a distinctly Japanese take to the table, augmenting the Buzzcocks / Adverts-style melodic punk with some of the wild garage sounds of bands like the Registrators and Teengenerate. 10 tracks, all of them hits. (Sorry State Records #65)
DAVIDIANS - Night Terrors 7"
Second 7" from this new Raleigh punk band and the inaugural release in Sorry State's North Carolina Singles Series. Davidians were born from the ashes of Double Negative, featuring three former members of that band along with Colin Swanson-White (Formaldehyde Junkies, Voight-Kampff, Safewords) on guitar. While you can definitely hear some of Double Negative's quirky hardcore punk in Davidians' sounds, the more straightforward elements have been expunged, leaving a gritty, off-kilter sound that's equal parts Saccharine Trust and CopShootCop. Dark music for dark times. (Sorry State Records #67)
SICK PEOPLE - In My Nightmare 7"
Second 7" from this hardcore punk band out of Brisbane, Australia. Big, mean, and menacing, Sick People fit comfortably in that category of gnarly, oi!-inflected hardcore made popular in recent years by bands with the word "Violent" in their name (i.e. Future, Outburst, Reaction, etc.). There have been a lot of imitators of this style lately, but Sick People are worth contenders to the throne... the production on this is both huge and slightly raw, and the drums crush forward at an absolutely perfect moshable pace, with the occasional pause for a ripping, Negative Approach-type fast part. While Australia has been killing it with post-punk lately, it's rare to find a totally legit US-style hardcore band from there, but this EP from Sick People sticks out from a pretty crowded pack. Great packaging, too, including a lushly illustrated fold-over jacket and LP-style printed inner sleeve. (Sorry State/Urban Rage Records #1)
INTEGRITY - Den Of Iniquity LPx2
This is the same as the RSD version except with a bonus cover and different color vinyl. 2xLP includes digital download and is hand-numbered out of 320 copies. (Organized Crime Records #531)
TURNSTILE - Nonstop Feeling LP/CD
From the release of their 2010 demo to their 2011 "Pressure To Succeed" EP, Turnstile has walked a path all their own - a path that has quickly brought them a rabid following based off of their groove-driven, melodic energies and insane live shows. The release of Turnstile's first full-length record, "Nonstop Feeling," is going to give fans so much more than they're anticipating and draw in a whole new wave of maniacs to the Turnstile tribe. From the signature artwork to the energy infused tunes, this record creates a vibrant slam of emotion that defines Turnstile more than ever as a band leading their own way. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Reaper Records #72)
CHOKE UP - Black Coffee, Bad Habits LP
This Boston, MA quartet has been cracking open their former blasts of chaotic, emotional hardcore and spilling out gigantic stadium-sized songs. "Black Coffee, Bad Habits" sounds like a DIY basement band having a moment of realization on record - they are suddenly ready for the spotlight. Swinging for the fences with big production, strings and lush layered vocals, Choke Up has fleshed out their sound into an album of fully realized emotive punk anthems. LP includes digital download. (Black Numbers #65)
(restock) HOLIER THAN THOU? - You Can't Have Slaughter Without Laughter LP
After years of struggle to finalize, Six Weeks Records is downright ecstatic to announce the final recordings by HOLIER THAN THOU? This band, along with Six Weeks bands like MUNICIPAL WASTE, D.F.A and CRUCIAL UNIT, started the resurgence of American crossover thrash in the early 2000's, releasing their classic debut LP and EP on Six Weeks Records, followed by a few one off releases on Deranged Records (Canada) and Flowerviolence Records (Germany). After a US tour with MUNICIPAL WASTE, and a tour of Europe, the band settled down to record the songs on this 12", only to have a malaise set in, almost dooming these tracks to obscurity. But we here at Six Weeks don't let things go easily and finally this record is ready to unleash on the hordes of thrashers, slammers and headbangers who've been doggedly on our case to release this final assault. For those new to this band, the pedigree is deep: featuring members of ANNIHILATION TIME, DINOSAUR JR, LEACHEROUS GAZE, BROKEN NEEDLE and LIFES HALT, their goal was to re-ignite the lost style of crossover thrash/hardcore, with many considering their "The Hating Of The Guts" LP on Six Weeks an easy equal to MUNICIPAL WASTE's Waste 'Em All LP, if not better. This final will and testament delivers eight unreleased tracks, blazing with thrash metal fury, laced with old school Oxnard style hardcore punk, with heavy doses of classic hard rock originality and mayhem. (Six Weeks Records #124)
(restock) PIG DNA - Control You Fucker #3 7"
Debut 7" containing three tracks of demented hardcore fresh from the Oakland sewers deconstructing DISCHARGE one track at the time. The band is definitely informed by the Kyushu classics...one could say this is CONFUSE worship smothered with weirdo outsider growled female vocals clad in bondage gear. (Nightrider Records #2)
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MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #381 (February 2015)
We've officially survived another rotation around the sun-welcome to 2015 and another killer issue of Maximum Rocknroll. MRR #381, the February 2015 issue features an interview with the Pacific Northwest's sadly-now-defunct HYSTERICS conducted during their European tour, Liz Panella of EARTH GIRLS interviewing Scott Plant of BROKEN PRAYER and vice versa, and a mini-scene report highlighting Icelandic punk and an accompanying interview with Reykjavik's BÖRN. We also talked to Oslo's DARK TIMES, who just released an excellent new LP Give, Madrid's ACCIDENTE, London's QUANGO, and Vancouver's VACANT STATE, and caught up with Mallorca's excellent Metadona label. While we were here in San Francisco, intrepid contributors documented Toronto's Not Dead Yet for our photo spread and interviewed Texan punks WICCANS in between packed gigs at the fest. All this plus book, movie, zine and demo reviews, all the columnist you love to hate (plus a couple new ones), and of course, the most extensive record reviews section in punk print. Get your copy today and support thee longest running, all-volunteer-run, not-for-profit punk zine on the planet! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #381)
GIVE - Electric Flower Circus LP
After various 7" on React!, Young Blood, Pain Killer and an upcoming 12" on Reveltion records - this is Gives first proper debut full lenght. Taking influences from revolution-summer era hardcore, but with an undeniable style of their own, Give isn't following trends or trying to fit in . GIVE deliver 13 new songs. (Adagio 830 Records #121)
AFTERLIFE KIDS/LORD SNOW - split LP
afterlife kids still play their blend of 90ies infliuenced hardcore, but added a good amount of bremen-style to it ; lord snow do what they can do best, intense and wild screamo - chaos, with an insane female voice... (Adagio 830 Records #120)
ATHANATOS - Unholy Union 7_
Athanatos recently emerged from the storied Chilean underground with this 2014 demo, "Unholy Union," which was previously released on cassette format by Iron Bonehead Productions. The band's foundational pedigree is strongly rooted in South America's rich history of unbridled deathrash from the late 1980s and early 1990s. (Anti Goth Records #261)
WAR//PLAGUE - Temperaments of War LP
This is WAR//PLAGUE's 6th release and consists of 4 songs on a 12" format. This particular album is laden with a barrage of punk and rage! These Minneapolis punk veterans have written 4 new songs where each song carries a specific anthem and sound dedicated to the subject at hand. "A concept based on the philosophy of the Four Humors and how they tie into man's obsession with war". This is a concept record (without the prog-rock pretentions of the term, thankfully!) This is a unique thematic approach, which hasn't been explored through extreme music before. A much more interesting take on war and war culture than the countless dis-clone "war is bad/bodies burning" lyrics which have become a sad cliche these days. For those not in the know, War//Plague build upon an impressive legacy of American crust, and bring to mind the glory days of the '90s anarcho/crust scene, but without becoming another rehashed nostalgia band. The passion is there in every note, which you can feel from the minute the needle hits the record. (Profane Existence/Organize And Arise Records #5)
CRAZY & THE BRAINS - Good Lord LP
These Jersey Xylophone punks are back with their most raucous release to date. Six killer new songs about daytime sex, 40oz nights, flipping at parties, and people who dress like they're in VAMPIRE WEEKEND. For fans of THE BLACK LIPS, WORLD INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, and THE MUMMIES. Colored Vinyl. Download code included. (Baldy Longhair #17)
THE DISCONNECTS - ...Wake Up Dead LP
First full length by these leather jacketed, hot dog eating dirt bags from New Jersey. Songs featuring the dirtiest fastest riffs this side of THE DEAD BOYS and JOHNNY THUNDERS... except when they slow it down and get all power poppy ala THE REPLACEMENTS and BIG STAR. Colored Vinyl. Download code included. (Baldy Longhair Records #11)
BETON COMBO - Sound LTD 7"
BETONCOMBO - Sound LTD 7" A mandatory reissue of three of the finest tracks West-Berlin Hardcore Punk had to offer in 1983. It is about time this gem of a 7" was finally reissued. Uncompromising HC Punk with a killer production that is raw yet powerful! "High on War" has got to be one of the best songs by any German Punk band in the 80s, but the other two songs are great, too. The packaging on this one is pretty deluxe and really does the music justice: The EP comes in a heavy silk screened cardboard sleeve, a printed dust sleeve, plus an insert with liner-notes by Tom Schwoll (Zerstörte Jugend etc.). Here is your chance to pick this one up at a normal price 31 years after it originally came out! (Static Age Records #19)
NAPALM - Discography LP
A side is 7"s and b side live 1982 from this German punk band. Reminds me a lot of UK bands from the same time period like Partisans, Blitz, One Way System. (Static Age Records #13)
HEAVY NUKES - s/t LP
Follow up to the oustanding 7", Shitlickers style raw hardcore punk from Sweden with members from Anger Burning. Comes with a nice but simple silkscreened wrapround sleeve. (Static Age Records #17)
HYPNOTIC SLEEP - s/t LP
Outstanding debut LP by this one man project. Hailing from Germany and with a HC-PUNK background I would have never expected the HS LP to be any good. I was wrong. What we have here is a 15 track clusterfuck of dronning and chanting bedroom style. A loner opus akin to CROMAGNON, THE FUGS or CHARLES MANSON - LIE album. Maybe I am loosing my ind but I am really into it. (Static Age Records #14)
TNT - The Complete Recordings LPx2
One of the most important punk bands from Switzerland. 23 songs from 1979-1983 of catchy female fronted punk rock. By September 1978, the band TNT evolved out of the last formation of The Dogbodys. The members were: the guitarist Dani Grässle, Smudi Gross on bass and Gianni Luder playing drums. Sara Schar, a 14 year-old singer, replaced the British-born Ray Fairbrother, the last remaining founding member of The Dogbodys. As of March 1979, Phil Rust took over on drums from Gianni. On June 5, 1979, the label Voxpop released TNT's first single "Züri Brännt" (Zurich is burning). On the B-side "Subway Scene" and a third song called "131" (consisting of that number of words in the song). "Züri brännt" is still the best known Punk song to originate from Switzerland and it ultimately became the band's trademark. TNT's second single was released in April 1980 on the classic Swiss Punk record label, Off Course. The two tracks "Fight" and "Remember" are punchy and sound very much like the English Punk Rock of that time period. Yet, a third track called "Stupid Boy" was also recorded, but not included on the 7" and then completely forgotten about. So, nearly 34 years later, "Stupid Boy" together with some other tracks are here for the first time available on vinyl. Alec von Tavel's label Disctrade then released TNT's third single in 1981. He was also responsible for the final mixing of the two songs "Razzia" (Roundup) and "They Robbed Us". much to the dismay of the musicians who didn't really approve. On February 2, 1981, Dani left Zurich for Berlin and Thomi Bickel from the group Sperma (Sperm) replaced him on guitar. The 10" EP release "Eine kleine Machtmusik" (A small power music) followed, with 9 brand new songs recorded at the Pyramid Studio of Sara's father. However, the guitar tracks had to be redone later by Dani so that only "Clowns" is played by Bickel. You will not recognize all of those songs from that poor mixed record anymore. On this record they sound like real punkrock driven TNT songs! And 2 oversized posters with pictures and interviews. Uberfancy gatefold sleeve with pictures, discography etc. !!! (Static Age Records #18)
ALCOA - Thank You LP
Defeater frontman and Alcoa mastermind Derek Archambault was informed by medical professionals earlier this year that he was in desperate need of a hip replacement. He humbly turned to his bands' fans for help and managed a successful fundraising project on PledgeMusic.com, offering a number of rewards in return. One of those rewards was a brand new, five-song, acoustic, covers EP from Alcoa appropriately titled "Thank You." 12"ep includes digital download and an etched B-side. (Bridge Nine Records #222)
(restock) MOTHER'S CHILDREN - That's Who! LP
From Ottawa Canada, pumping out a unique style of high-energy power pop come MOTHER'S CHILDREN. The four piece got together to start a punk band in the vein of THE BOYS and TEENAGE HEAD with the pop sensibilities of THE RASPBERRIES and THE EASYBEATS, and the stomping rock n' roll energy of T.REX and SLADE. In their two-year existence MOTHER'S CHILDREN have played backyards, birthdays, basements, bedrooms, dive bars, concert halls, cottages, parking lots, even on a boat, and have won over the hearts of local audiences with their positive attitude, and relentless love for rock n' roll. The bubblegum loving punks playing power pop in a modern age are finally starting to receive international attention with their brand new debut album. "That's Who!" is a slice of pop perfection that stands alone today, but probably would've once fit in nicely amongst the STIFF or BOMP! records catalog. The songs are innocent, unpretentious, exciting and filled with unforgettable hooks that sound just as good on your stereo at home as they would on a summer afternoon on the beach, blasting out an AM transistor radio. For fans of MARVELOUS DARLINGS. (Deranged Records #168)