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Descriptions for 8/8/2020

ACxDC - Oracles of Death LP
ACxDC have been spreading their satanic grindcore mass since 2003. The early releases were collected on fifty-two tracks discography picture disc. The band then recorded a killer full length LP six years ago where they matured as a band. This LP collects everything after that - GOOLAGOON split, CHIENS split, DISPARO split, and the postcard flexi. The newest tracks still have ripneck speeds and alternating vocals but have a more matured sound to them and provided a bit more to sink your teeth into. With most of these releases only now available on Discogs, this new collection will let you find everything easily and not make you pay $666 for any one release. (To Live A Lie Records #192)

XBRAINIAX - Hail Fastcore cassette tape
Modern fastcore's blackest cult ascends once more from its knighted abyss to deliver thirty-one hymns of infernal savagery. Only for true devotees to the Esoteric Order of Sonic Blasphemy. Twenty-seven minutes of music. Full color foldout jacket with most of the artwork that was on the LP. Originally released in 2010, this is the 10th anniversary release and it's first time on cassette for 2020! Cassette limited to 100 on gold shells. (To Live A Lie Records #40 TP)

LIVID - Life Is Pain Life Is Shit LP
Wisconsin brutal two-piece hardcore with tinges of powerviolence. This isn't for the faint of heart. The LP is the aural equivalent of backyard wrestling - beatdown, slam, but with blastbeats. Slow and fast hyperconverging into an angry mess of coagulated mess left on the ground. (To Live A Lie Records #187)

LEACHATE - Gentrified Swamp tape cassette
Twenty-one tracks of nasty freakviolence, southern fried and served in a Bojangles to-go box. Lo-fi grind/mince from North Carolina's hydra-headed freak collective. Most songs have crazy weird vocals and bass swells. Mostly grindcore, some slam metal, with a mild amount of hip hop love thrown in. (To Live A Lie Records #188 TP)

SIDETRACKED/THE SEEKER - split 7"
Fierce Tacoma fastcore champion is back with a split with Italy's The Seeker. A perfect pairing, both have a lo-fi-ish recording style and hyper-fast blasts. Thirteen songs ranging from 8 to 42 seconds that will blast you into the future. (To Live A Lie Records #194)

SHITSTORMTROOPER - s/t 7"
Twelve tracks of ripping Houston powerviolence including a Cripple Bastards and The Beatles cover. Some tracks are ultra fast with little room to breathe and some slam a bit harder with bigger riffs and more pissed off lyrics. Sometimes very serious, sometimes very silly, always very pissed. (To Live A Lie Records #201)

DAME - s/t LP
At long last, as a follow up to the 7" on the band's own Charm School label a few years back, we are granted the debut 12" by Boston's DAME. Though currently spread out geographically, the quintet were able to capture these modern classic tracks of post punk / gothic brilliance at Side Two Studios before the world turned upside down on us all. Equal parts melancholic and haunting, these seven tracks permeate the deepest corners of your psyche, refusing to vacate for quite some time. Each record comes in a full color jacket along with a fold out 24" x 24" poster insert, both of which feature art by guitarist Anna Cataldo. (Beach Impediment #48)

LONG KNIFE - Night Of The Hunter 7"
Well shit, PDX's 21st century Kings of Punk have graced us with yet another slab of the hardcore punk perfection that they've been crafting for quite some time now! The world we live in has changed considerably since 2017's "Sewers of Babylon" EP and that is reflected in these two songs that serve as a precursor to the band's forthcoming and long awaited full length. While keeping to the tried and true hardcore punk formula that has served as a sonic vessel for numerous trips around the circuit there are some far more rocking elements in the mix this go around which is just a taste of what is to come. Each record comes in a full color glue pocket sleeve featuring a rather arousing back cover. (Beach Impediment #47)

DISFEAR- Soul Scars cassette tape
25th year anniversary Edition! Cassette version of 200 pieces, all Dark blue cassettes. Originally released by Distortion Records in 1995. Forming around 1989, Disfear took elements from both crust and death metal scenes to effectively reinvent the Swedish sound. It is from Disfear's influence that we have seen the likes of Martyrdod, Warcollapse, Wolfpack (now Wolfbrigade), and countless others. Disfear simply took the things that made the Swedish death metal scene so effective such as ferocious/anxious vocals and pummeling drums and put them into the arena of d-beat punk. The result added new dimensions to the genre's sound. Arriving on the scene in Sweden, the band would tour with much of Sweden's metal royalty such as Entombed and Dismember. This happened in part because the band did not have many sonic contemporaries in Sweden at the time. Another innovation made by Disfear was the shift from political commentary on war to the fatalistic and psychological impacts war makes. Again, the band's lyrics also showed influence from the realm of death metal. Gone were the cries for peace and protest against government warmongers and replaced by the resignation that the war was lost. The band's debut LP "Soul Scars" spells this out perfectly. Themes of psychological trauma and irrevocably broken lives from war replaced the politically charged battle cries that Discharge once made. (Mundo En Kaos Records #37 TP)

SIEGE - Drop Dead Complete Discography LPx2 gatefold
We only have a few of these. Not many words needed to introduce SIEGE: they're the undisputed generators of all hyper-speed Hardcore, Grindcore and blasting fast Thrash and have massively influenced a world of maniacs bringing musical extremities to the most outraegous boundaries, the first most obvious example being Napalm Death that mentioned them as an inspiration since the "Scum" era and covered "Walls" on their legendary Mick-Shane-Bill-Lee times Peel Sessions, or Heresy that covered "Conform" and the list goes on forever! In the early '80s SIEGE paved their way into the violent Weymouth/Boston Hardcore scene delivering the fastest and most furious Hardcore ever heard. This double LP collection is the first ever official SIEGE release in Europe and their definitive, most complete discography to date, consisting of: "Drop dead" studio session 1984, "Cleanse the bacteria" tracks 1984, Out takes from the original 1984 studio session, Lost session 1991 with Seth Putnam on vocals, UNRELEASED version of "Grim reaper". All remastered for vinyl from the best audio sources in existence. Housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with silver hot foil stamp logo on the front and partial UV print, including a booklet with rare and never seen before photos, lyrics, original artworks. (F.O.A.D. Records #171)

(restock) LAFFING GAS - It's A Beautiful Day In The Gulch LP
Nearly four years after delivering a handful of demos along with a live tape then seemingly dropping off the radar release wise, Bloomington's LAFFING GAS swing back at any and all credulous hardcore punk enthusiasts who might have forgotten about them or thought they'd just run their course and faded into obscurity as so many tend to do. "It's a Beautiful Day in the Gulch" showcases 10 blazing tracks of classic Midwestern hardcore punk, the vibe of which is more in debt to the revolutionary aural offerings of the early Touch and Go and/or Version Sound labels or even Kick N' Punch Records as a slightly more modern reference than what the region has become synonymous with in more recent times. Each record comes in a stunning glossy jacket featuring art and layout by the band's guitarist Kora Puckett. Limited to 500 copies. (Beach Impediment #45)

(repress) DYSTOPIA - Human = Garbage LPx2
DYSTOPIA was a round from 1991 to 2008. Doom-ridden, metal-laced, down-tuned punk with a "Love Earth-Hate People" philosophy. Human=Garbagewas the first full length (1994) released on the bands own Life is Abuse and Misanthropic Records with help from Common Cause in Germany who booked the bands first European tour. From '91 to '93 DYSTOPIA existed as a four piece (with Dan Kaufman of MINDROT doing lead vocals). Included with this release are the tracks from splits with GRIEF and EMBITTERED both from 1993 and another only previously released on the first cd format of this collection.Visually DYSTOPIA took influence from both anarcho-punk collage art and graffiti culture. Blending images of societal decay, inner turmoil and humanity's destruction of the planet to create a style that goes hand in hand with the music. The 16 page lyric booklet included and the imagery contained are indispensable along side these 12 tracks. Out of print for years these songs find a new home at Tankcrimes. Now packaged as a double LP with 7" sized booklet including a digital download card (CD format also available). The pure anger and misery that is constantly present on this record make it undoubtedly one of the most disturbing, depressing and misanthropic records ever. An essential part of any sludge punk, crust metal or doom fan's collection. An essential crust, metal, doom release - now packaged as double LP for the first time including all tracks from the original CD format. Pressed to clear vinyl with a digital download card included. Highly influential band toured all over USA, Australia, Japan and Europe. 16 page 7" booklet contains all essential DYSTOPIA imagery. (Tank Crimes Records #85)

Descriptions for 8/1/2020

GELD - Beyond The Floor LP
Across 10 songs and a handful of instrumentals, Melbourne's GELD demonstrate a concerted progression from their previous work; raging incendiary hardcore collides with nightmarish bad trip wanderings in a swirling maelstrom of tightly marshaled chaos. The fast parts are faster, the slow parts slower, the weird parts weirder. The vicious thrashing punk of songs like "Invader" and "Infra" come in at a little over a minute; a wild joyride reminiscent of the Japanese Burning Spirits bands alongside Cleveland's infamous '90s hardcore scene. Meandering hallucinogenic badness meanwhile emanates from "Gedankenfleisch", "Forces At Work" and "L.O.W.A.G. II", injecting the record with a terrifying sense of drug paranoia and psychological dissolution bringing to mind STICKMEN WITH RAYGUNS, FLIPPER or POISON IDEA. Purportedly undertaken as something of an exorcism, the writing and recording of 'Beyond The Floor' was characterized by "pills, meth, booze, weed, DMT, hate, betrayal, fear, love, depression, addiction, denial and broken bones". Housed in a full color 24pt jacket kissed by metallic silver ink with a printed inner sleeve and download card included. Recorded at Goat Sound by Jason Fuller. Mastered at Noise Room (Shige). Art & inlay by Makoto Nigorikawa. This is a joint release with the UK's Static Shock Records, a lovely label really. (Iron Lung Records #168)

CAGES - A World In Song LP
CAGES played last year after singer Nola Ranallo's suicide, clinical death, coma, and arduous but positively life changing recovery. They wrote a 2 hour piece titled "A World In Song" just for that performance and made a very positive and healing event out of it in an effort to raise awareness about domestic abuse and the availability of crisis services. It was immense. 30+ performers in a beautiful cathedral venue in the heart of Buffalo, a meal, music, mental health and trauma speakers, information table, an Andrew M. McKenzie quadraphonic sound installation, a massive textile installation and special wardrobe by Gabrielle Duggan, live recording and best of all, totally free to the public. All made possible by generous support from participants, friends and the good citizens of Buffalo. A beautiful coalescence in support of a worthy cause. The feeling in the room was otherworldly, alive... and rather warm. 300 copies of 150gr black vinyl housed in a beautiful heavy duty tipon jacket with printed inner sleeve, lyrics insert and download card included. Recorded by Ron Hensberry. Mixed by Justin Rose. Photography by Jamshid Vafai, Joe Valenti, Nola Ranallo and Vicente Rondon with art by Daniel Galas. Mastered by Rashad Becker and cut by Anne Taegert. This record is part document and part public service so please give it your time. (Iron Lungs Records #162)

ALL HITS - Men And Their Work LP
After a head warping intro "Men And Their Work" kicks into eight driving postpunk rockers full of angst, confidence, feminism, melody, grit and a sense of direction not commonly found in a debut album. Shit, most seasoned bands don't even make albums this coherent. It's a smart moniker as ALL HITS certainly lives up to the promise. There is a 60/40 split of familiar comfort and provocative mystery inherent in every song. You get shouted sloganeering backed with barbed melody and finessed power-ups massaged into the sweetest spots. We can't put our finger on exactly what it is that makes this record so special but whatever it is there is a lot of it. Destined to be a modern classic. Destined to be a modern classic. So much so, that Rough Trade has deemed it their "Record of the Week" for June 26th. Lovely. Housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket with lyrics insert and download card included. Art by Nick Shane, Erika Elizabeth and Mac Pogue. Recorded by Capt. Tripps. Mastered by April Golden. (Iron Lung Records #160)

METH DRINKER - Discography + Oil CDx2 deluxe digipak
All Meth Drinker's vinyl-only releases for the first time compiled on CD + "Oil" album for the first time on professional CD format. Limited to 500 copies worldwide. 6 panel full color digipak. 28 pages full color booklet. CD 1 contains the complete studio, re-mastered in 2019, vinyl-only recordings, for the first time ever on CD their split LP with Open Tomb (2012), the "Meth Drinker" EP (2013), their split LP with Moloch (2013), their split LP with Leechfeast (2015), their split EP with Dead instrument (2016), and compilation tracks (Total running time: 60 minutes). CD 2 contains the "Oil" album re-mastered in 2019, presented as its first "official" CD release ever (original 2014 release was limited to a tour-only CDr of 100 copies) + a banned-in-YouTube 3 video clip tracks. If there has to be just one band in the new millenium which could compare to the 90's forefathers and creators of misanthropic mind-altering Sludge (GRIEF, DYSTOPIA, NOOTHGRUSH) it has undoubtely to be New Zealand's METH DRINKER. The level of NOISE and HATE created by these three sociopaths remains unmatched. This is absolutely unmissable stuff which keeps hundreds of people worldwide hunting for their records even a few years after the band ceased to exist. Highly recommended if you're into: Corrupted, Noothgrush, Dystopia, Grief. (Throne Records #88 CD)

METH DRINKER - Oil LP
Official repress from Meth Drinker's sought-after farewell 2014 album. Re-mastered in 2019. Contains original artwork, including a massive 10"-size 12-paged full color booklet. Black vinyl edition is limited to 200 copies worldwide. If there has to be just one band in the new millenium which could compare to the 90's forefathers and creators of misanthropic mind-altering Sludge (GRIEF, DYSTOPIA, NOOTHGRUSH) it has undoubtely to be New Zealand's METH DRINKER. The level of NOISE and HATE created by these three sociopaths remains unmatched. This is absolutely unmissable stuff which keeps hundreds of people worldwide hunting for their records even a few years after the band ceased to exist. Highly recommended if you're into: Corrupted, Noothgrush, Dystopia, Grief. (Throne Records #89)

SISSYFIT - Make 'Em Pay + Lilith tape cassette
Sissyfit is a hardcore band that hails from Stockton, Ca. Their initial demo ep ("Make 'Em Pay") was released on cassette last year and quickly sold out. But this was just a taste of their fast and ferocious brand hardcore. The "Lilith EP" are two tracks (originally self-released) that were subsequently repressed as a 8" square lathe on Moon Decay Records and sold out in a matter of days. These songs are on another level. Even faster, even angrier, and far more vicious - like Tear It Up meets the current influence of thrash metal/crossover in hardcore - and as a result, these tracks lend themselves closer to a thrash attack that pummels the listener with just a taste of what is to come. This cassette combines "Make 'Em Pay" and "Lilith" onto a single cassette and is limited to 100. (Moon Decay Records #1 TP)

ESCAPISM - Equivocation tape cassette
Escapism is from Poland and plays a dynamic and emotional brand of hardcore. Like Danse Macabre with crunchy and dark rhythms or June Paik with an epic scope to the screamo structure, one might think this is a long lost React with Protest release from 10, 12 or even 15 years ago. However, they still have the modern power of current screamo stalwarts, such as Coma Regalia, Carrion Spring, or Drei Affen. Originally released in Poland on Sorry Hombre Records, Moon Decay Records has re-pressed the ep in the US. Limited to 75 white cassettes. (Moon Decay Records #2 TP)

SCOLOPENDRA - Those of the Catacombs LP
With a history of metal steeped in horror and the occult - as previously established by bands like Death SS, Black Hole, and Mortuary Drape - Italy has proven itself a fertile breeding ground for extreme music that explores these themes. Formed in 2018, Scolopendra is the latest to continue in this tradition, as evidenced on its debut album, "Those of the Catacombs." Unlike its Italian ancestors, however, who have more typically opted for the sounds of doom or black metal, the vehicle that Scolopendra has chosen to deliver its horror-tinged themes is that of death metal. This aspect adds an element to the band's output that distinguishes itself from its predecessors, thus making it a unique addition to its genre. Consisting of two members with a history of many years of collaboration in several bands, including Abhor, Scolopendra boasts both the pedigree and chemistry to give "Those of the Catacombs" the deathly authenticity that is obvious upon first listen. (Nuclear War Now Records #489)

THE FUNERAL ORCHESTRA - Negative Evocation Rites LP
Cloaked in black robes and golden masks since 2002, The Funeral Orchestra released three demos prior to its 2003 debut album, "Feeding the Abyss," which introduced its apocalyptic minimalist doom to a wider audience. Those already acquainted with "Feeding the Abyss" will be certain to find that the band's approach has not varied significantly from its original formula. That said, "Negative Evocation Rites" has somehow managed to present an even darker atmosphere than its predecessor, and one that appropriately reflects the bleak outlook for humanity in these uncertain times. Indeed, the band's name is quite telling in this regard, as each of the four solemn hymns within serves as the perfect accompaniment to the funerary procession that one can easily envision chaperoning our species to its impending mass extinction. (Nuclear War Now Records #492)

ABIGAIL - Blasphemy Night LP
Abigail has been a staple in the roster of Nuclear War Now! since its earliest days nearly twenty years ago. In addition to multiple albums and EPs, the label released a collection of early EPs and the band's contribution to a split, entitled "The Lord of Satan." Now NWN! and Abigail conspire once again to further proliferate the spread of the band's earliest material with the release of "Blasphemy Night." This collection, presented on vinyl LP format, includes both "Demo 1" from 1992 and the "Blasphemy Night" demo from 1993. These tracks document the band's original sound, which is best characterized as an unpolished, abrasive variety of black metal, in contrast to the sharper, more thrash-oriented sort that has resulted from the band's evolution. As such, it is an essential addition to any Abigail fan's collection and, more generally, to anyone who celebrates the true spirit of black metal. (Nuclear War Now Records #495)

ANTICHRIST/GOATSMEGMA - split LP
Although its debut album and only prior recording was executed in the early 1990s, the existence of Canada's Antichrist was not widely recognized until Nuclear War Now! exhumed and properly released "Sacrament of Blood" in 2011. Over twenty-five years since this recording, Antichrist returns with five new tracks to reaffirm its status as an original member of the Vancouver area scene of the time known as the Ross Bay cult. This recording is a worthy successor to "Sacrament of Blood" and is perfectly complemented by the contribution of four tracks plus an intro from Estonia's Goatsmegma. Although this unholy entity is not closely related in geography or history to Antichrist, the two entities share an unrelenting and uncompromising approach to bestial black metal, which makes for an entirely cohesive and utterly destructive split release. (Nuclear War Now Records #498)

VASSAGO - Nattflykt/Hail War LP
Vassago was a project formed by Niclas "Pepa" Andersson and Micke "Sin" Backelin, both of whom were better known at the time for their involvement with Lord Belial. With Vassago, however, the two delivered a bestial, yet intricate onslaught of black death. Self-released on the band's Total War label in 1994, the "Nattflykt" demo is a severe statement of intent, which the band perpetuated with the 1996 self-released "Hail War!" split LP featuring Antichrist (Ger). This new LP collects all the tracks from both the demo and the split LP. (Two songs, identical versions of which appeared on both recordings, have been omitted from the "Hail War" side.) These recordings are a stepping stone to the brilliance of "Knights From Hell," but they are also outstanding in their own right, presenting a unique sound that is generally not associated with the mid-90s Swedish black metal movement. Though more primitive and less frenetic in its execution compared with the album, this material possesses a bludgeoning forcefulness and piercing intensity that characterizes this early incarnation of the band. The tracks are furious, reckless, yet not lacking melody or composition. Sin's raptor-like vocals howl and seethe wrathful vengeance, punctuating the spectral fury of the instrumentation. This LP finally restores these early Vassago recordings to the prominence they deserve. Having completed these reissues of the prior Vassago catalog, NWN! will also be working with the band to release new material in the next year. (Nuclear War Now Records #499)

WITCHCRAFT/ASKE - Dead Christ Prayer split LP
Two of Finland's black metal hordes unite to compile and recite "Dead Christ Prayer," an eight-track split release that represents both the country's unique tradition and its future. Witchcraft, whose style pays reverence in no subtle way to the great Beherit, returns to expand its imprint and demonstrate its continued adherence to the unrefined bestiality that its primary inspiration pioneered thirty years ago. Its co-conspirators in Aske first inhabited the same time and space as Beherit, but then began an eighteen-year hiatus in 1998, returning in 2016 to embark on a second blasphemous stint of new recordings, which have culminated in this effort. "Dead Christ Prayer" thus presides over the exsanguination of the lifeless body of the false savior and the ensuing transfusion ritual, combining the old blood of Aske with the new blood of Witchcraft to perpetuate the cycle of evil. (Nuclear War Now Records #501)

THE SATAN'S SCOURGE - Threads of Subconscious Torment LP
Nuclear War Now! reprises its support of The Satan's Scourge, which first manifested itself in its release of the band's 2011 self-titled compilation LP, by presenting the vinyl reissue of "Threads of Subconscious Torment," an EP originally released on CD in 2016. In addition to the ten tracks of chaos and savagery from the original EP, Side B of this vinyl edition includes eight bonus tracks. Like the band's previous recordings, "Threads of Subconscious Torment" is an authentic example of classic South American metal, cast in the die originally forged by the legendary Cogumelo bands of the mid-to-late 1980s. (Nuclear War Now Records #488)

PROSANCTUS INFERI - Hypnotic Blood Art LP/tape cassette
For 15 years, Ohio's Prosanctus Inferi has unassumingly amassed an impressive catalog of deviant black/death metal. Their sound is distinctive and warped, as are the accompanying conceptual explorations and aesthetic visions. On Prosanctus Inferi's third full-length, "Hypnotic Blood Art," the band has further refined its approach, painstakingly sculpting the songs, chiseling details and carving away superfluous material. On "Hypnotic Blood Art," Kohn sheds some of the technicality and velocity of his prior performances in favor of a heavier sound, reflecting, in many ways, a return to the band's foundations. The instrumentation on "Hypnotic Blood Art" is tightly coiled, anxious. The riffs are taut and lean, their potential fully realized through the kinetic force of the percussion. As with all of Prosanctus Inferi's recordings, eccentric flourishes abound throughout "Hypnotic Blood Art," adding dimension and distinction to the work. Lyrically and conceptually, Kohn also harkens back to the band's earlier days, with a focus on medieval and renaissance conceptions of Hell and damnation - topics that figured prominently on the demo recordings. This album is, therefore, the culmination of the band's work thus far, the fulfillment of its potential, and, yet, still offers stylistic innovation and development for one of the most intriguing and dynamic American bands of the last two decades. (Nuclear War Now Records #494)

(repress) ABIGAIL - The Lord of Satan LP
To honor the nearly 30 year legacy of Abigail, NWN! is proud to present this vinyl collection of some of the band's earliest work. Along with pioneers Sabbat and Sigh, Abigail have long been recognized as among the most influential Black Metal bands to have emerged from beneath the banner of the Rising Sun. While, in recent years, Abigail has shifted its focus to a more depraved blackened thrash sound, the early work presented on this LP is pure Black Metal played in a manner that is harsh and hostile. This LP opens with the five Abigail tracks featured on the band's 1995 split CD with Funeral Winds. Side B of this LP contains the tracks from Abigail's first two EP releases. Through the years Abigail has continued to evolve and change and, yet, as these early recordings reveal, the band has retained characteristic elements that have defined its sound since the beginning. Repress of 250 copies on black vinyl with 3mm jacket and 12" insert. (Nuclear War Now Records #188)

(repress) CARPATHIAN FOREST - Bloodlust and Perversion LPx2
This double LP collects the earliest demo material that the band released, and it is easily among their best output. Despite the fact that they were all released nearly contemporaneously, the two demo recordings and a studio rehearsal on this compilation - "Bloodlust and Perversion" (1992), Rehearsal (1992), and "Journey Through the Cold Moors of Svartjern" (1993) - cover a vast spectrum within the Black Metal genre. Overall, these early recordings capture not only a band in the process of defining its own style, but of the emergence of an entire genre of music and the diverse potential inherent within it. Repress of 800 copies on black vinyl with gatefold jacket. (Nuclear War Now Records #207)

(repress) NECROFAGO - Brutal Mutilation LP
The entirety of Necrofago's recorded legacy is encapsulated in their activities during the years 1897 and 1988 with the most important piece being their 1987 demo entitled "Brutal Mutilation." One of the most unique sounding recordings to have come from the Brazilian scene, "Brutal Mutilation" exemplifies, unlike any other recording, the emphasis those bands placed upon harsh aggression and raw recording techniques. The demo sounds like the result of the potent collision of immense quantities cheap alcohol and inhalants in brains already awash in adrenaline and youthful testosterone. Lacking in nearly every category of technical proficiency, Necrofago focused their entire effort into creating a monument to savagery. Repress of 250 copies on black vinyl with 3mm jacket and 12" insert. (Nuclear War Now Records #177)

(repress) VARATHRON - Walpurgisnacht LP
The importance of Varathron's contribution cannot be overstated. After releasing what is arguably the greatest Greek Black Metal album of all time, 1993's "His Majesty at the Swamp," Varathron recorded and released the superb follow-up, "Walpurgisnacht" two years later. Since that time, the overwhelming brilliance of the former has often overshadowed the fact that "Walpurgisnacht" is a classic album in its own right. When creating this album, Varathron paid attention to every detail, and the profound confluence of every element makes "Walpurgisnacht" not only one of Varathron's most important works, but establishes this recording as one of the greatest works of an era. Repress of 250 copies on blue vinyl with 3mm jacket and 12" insert. (Nuclear War Now Records #266)

THE SLACKERS - Live At Ernesto's! LPx2
Being able to capture the energy and atmosphere of these bands' live performances is a true art form, and is the key ingredient in making a record that can properly illustrate the magnitude and impact a band can have on its fans. Hailed for the better part of two decades by fans as an absolutely crucial part of any Slackers collection, this powerful set and unbelievable package has somehow evaded the world of vinyl, until now. Remixed and remastered to sound better than ever before, this re-issue is not one to pass up. (Pirate's Press Records #268)

THE SLACKERS - Nobody's Listening LP
The Slackers are a band that need no introduction. These are two brand-new, absolutely incredible Slackers songs, both poignant and timely messages in a time when they are so desperately needed. The lyrical savvy and underpinning messages are only boosted by two fantastic, bright, and upbeat tracks meant to get everyone off the couch, dancing, and singing along... just like all the best Slackers songs do. 12" Single includes a UV printed B-side. (Pirate's Press Records #266)

TUNING - Defining The Purpose LP (color vinyl)
Emotionally charged, explosive, and deeply introspective, the Bay Area's Tuning storms into the Indecision Records roster for their sophomore LP, "Defining The Purpose." Formed in 2018, Tuning recorded a demo that ultimately became their debut LP, and spent 2018 and 2019 playing shows with acts such as Strife, Fury, Rejection Pact, and Cell Rot, and started 2020 off with an incredible West Coast tour with Slapshot. "Defining The Purpose," recorded in November 2019 with renowned producer Zack Ohren, expands Tuning's sound with incredible, in-your-face production and songwriting, and lyrically asks the listener to consider living with intention and hope. Limited edition of 500 copies. (Indecision Records #130)

Descriptions for 7/25/2020

AGRESSION - Live At The Underground Railroad 7"
This 7" features six classic songs from the one and only Nardcore (Oxnard, CA) band Agression recorded live in West Virginia 1985. Only 100 pressed and each 7" is hand numberedd and packaging includes stickers, lyric sheets, liner notes, and never before seen Agression artwork. On colored vinyl!!! (It's Alive Records #2202)

ILL REPUTE - Halloween Live 7"x2
Double 7" (2x7") of all the Ill Repute hit songs live on Halloween in 1984. Only 100 pressed and each record is hand numbered!!! Packaging includes detailed liner notes of the show, never before seen photographs, stickers, lyric sheet, etc. On colored vinyl!!! (It's Alive Records #2201)

ANNIHILATION TIME - s/t cassette tape
Only 100 made (hand numbered) and each cassette is shrink-wrapped and placed inside a 6"x9" silkscreened envelope that includes 2 buttons and numerous stickers. Out of print since 2002, this release was the first output from Annihilation Time. Fronted by It's Alive Fanzine czar Fred Hammer and featuring artwork by none other than Raymond Petition, this has the look and feel of a band straight out of 1982 Redondo Beach. A must for fans of scorching, atonal lead breaks, frantic vocals, and off-time, start-stop time signatures. (It's Alive Records #2002 TP)

V/A - Nardcore LP compilation
(These are the last available copies, so limited quantity) The classic NARDCORE LP from 1984 showcases the classic and often duplicated "Nardcore" sound straight from Oxnard, CA. Features songs from Ill Repute, Scared Straight, Rat Pack, Habeas Corpus, Agression, R.K.L., False Confessions, Rotters, AFU, Dr. Know, and Stalag 13. LP includes an 18" x 24" poster, stickers, and a flyer! (It's Alive Records #100)

VIOLENT HAMMER - Riders Of The Wasteland CD
Hailing from the ever-fertile Finnish black/death underground, VIOLENT HAMMER formed in 2006. Two demos followed in short succession, in 2006 and 2007, before the band would go on hiatus. VIOLENT HAMMER would at last return in early 2014 with a new lineup and a new demo, More Victims - Demo 2014, which SHADOW KINGDOM would release on cassette later that year. Then, another hiatus... However rough 'n' rowdy those earlier demos may have been, the reinvigorated VIOLENT HAMMER return with a full-length that handily trounces those not-inconsiderable predecessors. Aptly titled Riders of the Wasteland, VIOLENT HAMMER's debut album encompasses their simple yet scintillating aesthetic - the full span of death metal and black metal from the '80s through early '90s, early thrash, and most significantly early grindcore and UK/Swedish hardcore and crust from the '80s - and blasts it into oblivion with the aplomb of a nuclear fallout. Unremittingly hammering and remorselessly primitive, each of the nine barbaric slabs of song across the album's satisfyingly swift 26 minutes gets in, gets out, and fucking DESTROYS. As such, Riders of the Wasteland is deceptively catchy, much like so much '80s grindcore was, and retains a twisted sense of fun within its gnarled 'n' gnarling sonics. And although VIOLENT HAMMER here invoke many names - from early Blood, Profanatica, Bestial Summoning, and Naked Whipper to likewise early Doom (UK), Extreme Noise Terror, Mob 47, and even earliest/crustiest Bolt Thrower and Napalm Death - the manner in which they slice and dice all these influences bespeaks an identity wholly unique in today's underground landscape. Strap in with VIOLENT HAMMER's Riders of the Wasteland or get smashed in the fucking face! (Hells Headbangers Records #271)

CROW KILLER - Enslaved To One LP (color vinyl)
With an EP out after only three shows (including playing the annual For The Children Fest in Los Angeles), Crow Killer has not looked back or slowed down. With emotionally charged, downtuning "stompcore" and scathing to growly vocals, Crow Killer wants to send chills up and down your spine. With lyrics ranging from personal struggles with depression to fighting those that seek to hold you down, Crow Killer is positioning themselves to be a voice championing hardcore underdogs. (New Age Records #84)

DEATH BY STEREO - We're All Dying Just In Time LP/CD (color vinyl)
Relentless since 1998, Death By Stereo has been a driving force for over 20 years without a single break in touring and recording. From the opening riff of "We're All Dying Just in Time," the band's seventh studio album and first since returning to the label where they first got their start, one can tell that the band has persevered the way they have by being themselves. Death By Stereo, for decades, has repeatedly destroyed definition by doing exactly what it is they want to do. Vinyl version limited to 500 copies. (Indecision Records #127)

Descriptions for 7/18/2020

DEE DEE RAMONE - The Deadline Demos 10"
In 1989 Dee Dee Ramone fled both New York and The Ramones and headed to Europe. After a brief aborted link-up with Stiv Bators and Johnny Thunders in Paris, he moved to London intending to seek out fellow punk rock contemporaries with a plan for a fresh start and to form a new band. DeeDee was introduced by mutual friend Brian James (ex Damned/Lords of the New Church) to Alan Lee Shaw (ex Rings/Maniacs) and George Butler (ex Lighting Raiders) and a band formed with the proposed name of Dee Dee Ramone's Deadline. With rehearsals underway, Alan on bass /backing vocals, George drums and Dee Dee guitar/lead vocals, the project was soon up and running and in the process of negotiating a recording deal with Overground Records, the release would be promoted with a UK tour, when due to unforeseen circumstances (unfortunately the state of Dee Dee's fragile mental/physical shape), the project was sadly and frustratingly brought to an abrupt end, before any studio recordings or gigs could be completed. The demos from 1989 are the only recordings that occurred. They are works in progress, forming an important historical record that show flashes of Dee Dee's genius as one of punk's most important original songwriters. The songs never appeared on any of Dee Dee's other releases and but for this recently re-discovered tape would have been lost forever. All eight tracks from 1989 the session are released as a limited edition 10" of 400 copies. (Overground Records #175)

THE EPILEPTICS - 1970's E.P. 7"
In 1978 forming a punk band and expecting to be taken seriously was not on the list headed "Good Ideas" but that didn't deter four young punks from deciding to lower the tone of the neighbourhood and deciding to call themselves The Epileptics after a suggestion by one of their mothers. Crass played in Bishop's Stortford in August 1978 and the two bands got talking. A few weeks later The Epileptics had a gig with Crass at The Basement in Covent Garden. Only five people turned up during the soundcheck, then left. The Epileptics played their set to Crass followed by Crass playing their set to The Epileptics. An alliance had been formed that would last for many years! Complaints of 'ill-conceited jocularity' from The British Epilepsy Association resulted in a name change to Epi-x, then changed to The Licks under pressure from Stortbeat who released the band's debut '1970s' single, much played by John Peel. More releases and national acclaim followed, all too much for the local punks to handle so a backlash started and in 1979 the last few gigs ended in slanging matches. When Flux Of Pink Indians released Neu Smell in the summer of 1981 it did so well, Stortbeat decided that they were going to re-release 1970's. The band were in Southern and complained about this to Penny Rimbaud. He suggested that they re-record it and played drums on these versions, released in the autumn of 1981 on Spiderleg Records. This reissue of 500 copies reproduces the original artwork and labels as closely as possible and is on white vinyl. (Overground Records #174)

THE CRAVATS - Hoorahland LP/CD
'You feel that when the music stops you're always left without a chair' - Hoorahland We all inhabit Hoorahland. It's the great bemusement park in your head and what Walt would have wanted. We never leave. Trapped by its turnstiles, looping the loop of uncertainty for eternity or, at least, until the Chessington World of Dementia kicks in and brings blissful release. Oh, and Jello Biafra duets with The Shend on Now The Magic Has Gone, a song about two ageing theatre queens whose everlasting love has tragically fragmented into a thousand shards of bitter hate. It's a tango. You what? After 43 years, "Hoorahland" is The Cravats totally in control of where they want to be sonically. A polished progression from 2017's critically aclaimed Dustbin of Sound album. Twelve Carollian compositions chronicling the view from Shend's brain laid like a sumptious set of doilies upon the sax-riddled, bass-laden engine that Biscuits, 91, Garstang and Naan have whittled. It's an intricate Dada Vinci design for the dysfunctional dodgems in which we nervously perch as they bounce off the buffers and each other while we fumble frantically for the imaginary steering wheel. Without employing too many cliched Theme Park music metaphors such as 'white knuckle roller coaster ride' and 'spinning teacups of terror' what do we get? Apart from last year's single Shy and Good For You which were championed on the wireless by Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Henry Rollins amongst others, there are ten other opuses covering everything from the lack of god, Austin Allegros and granny's faded jeans to tight fitting jar lids, grouted portholes in Cartel submersibles and Bryan May's shirt. Plus, of course, that duet with Jello. As I said we all inhabit Hoorahland but it's not about the rides, it's more about the view from the queue. And no, it's not a ruddy concept album . . . although the definition of 'concept' is 'an abstract idea' and as The Cravats have been as abstract as fuck for 43 years then maybe it is. (Overground Records #172)

HATE FOR HUMANITY - Demo tape cassette
Overblown gorilla grindcore from Compton, CA. Short and violent like Joe Pesci beating Billy Batts to the fucking ground. You need someone to help you dig the hole? My man Jeff from Nerve Grind is doing guitar and vocals duties here and will most definitely help with getting rid of the body. He probably already has a favorite spot picked out. (Night Animal Records #17 TP)

MINDRIPPA - s/t tape cassette
Melbourne, Australia's Mindrippa debut full length available on a limited run of 50 gold cassettes. Why gold?! Cause this shit is fucking hip hop swagger grindcore like a big ol' fat 80's gold chain on the neck of Big Daddy Kane. Chunky as your aunts fat ass without being dipped in gore goo. Meaty blast beats like a Renaissance Festival turkey leg. Metal trashcans being thrown through your landlord's oversized truck windshield. That's how good this feels. Let it out. (Night Animal Records #18 TP)

MAXXPOWER - Path of Leased Resistance tape cassette
Thrash skate fastcore Maxxpower from Montreal, Canada comin' at you like a piss filled water balloon flying toward a goth kid. This shit will hit you square in the face, splattering all over your hot topic Crass shirt. It goes by quick like your salty tears flowing down the shower drain. "Why are they so mean?!" You yell into the shower head clenching your tiny fists. Now wash that bullshit out of your hair, hit the play button again and again and come get down with that real shit. (Night Animal Records #19 TP)

Descriptions for 7/11/2020

VISIONS - s/t LP
Dark, gothic, melodic, and catchy punk rock from Portland, OR backed with very solid singing that is delivered with depth and sophistication. Very well done. Three of the four members were previously in the anarcho post punk goth band known as Dead Cult. Two of the members were also in Broken Spirit, another top notch band out of Portland. Akin to older bands like New Model Army, The Chameleons, The Mob, Siouxsie and the Banshees or somewhat newer bands like Bellicose Minds,The Estranged, or Terrible Feelings. This is a split label release with Old City Records and Ebullition. Only 300 made. (Ebullition Records/Old City Records #5)

MOTHERS OF TRACK - Motorcycle Rock 7"
Only after digging deep for years in European junkshops can one find this motor-rock rarity. Covered in dust and bound in a textured picture sleeve is this heavy slab of Flemish biker trash. Popularized on Bonehead Crunchers Vol. 4 and seemingly unbeknownst to those other than fuzz freaks, dust peddlers, and the Belgian hard rock elite. Two songs of proto-metal made by motorcycle enthusiasts, most of which went on to form the longstanding band KILLER. Rare, tough, outlaw music from the streets in 1975. Now back for the first time in 45 years, officially. Limited to 500 copies including unreleased pictures, new artwork, and poster. (Splattered Records #23)

LOSS PREVENTION - Some Kind of War 7"
Straight from Kansas City, Loss Prevention returns with their follow up seven inch, "SHOOT TO KILL", after a great surprise demo was released last year. Inspired by recent KC bands like BETA BOYS and NO CLASS as well as classic Hardcore Punk like AMDI PETERSON ARME and JESUS AND THE GOSPEL FUCKERS, Loss Prevention takes a breakneck approach to Hardcore Punk with three words: "SPEED, SPEED, SPEED" These four tracks are relentless, careening and moving like a runway train. (11 PM Records #9)

CADENAXO - Lenguas Podridas LP
10 spicy hardcore truths, sharp and simple like a bean Tlacoyo, with a good salsa guajillo and fresh nopalitos on top. Cadenaxo is just another intense flavor you can find in the streets of the big Tenochtitlan, Mexico. This monster of a city full of surreality and contrasted universes, has so many secrets, scenes, bands, characters, so many worlds in its self, makes anyone feel lost, disconnected and overstimulated in the noisy daily struggle. A band swinging from the outskirts of this saturated reality, Cadenaxo rule the place with their manic sound without knowing it, they bring people together, people listen, people slam. Hard workers like no others in town, Cadenaxo is known for their no bullshit mentality, extremely good riffs and spicy sing along vocals. This Maxi single has been many years in the making; finally it comes out on the 12" format for your immediate consumption. Now, would you want that for here or to go? (11 PM Records #8)

BIG LAUGH - Manic Revision 7"
Milwaukee youth brings the fire and fury on their first record, Manic Revision. Sharing as much influence from Boston bands such as SSD and DYS and power violence bands such as Heresy and Infest; Big Laugh blends Hardcore and Punk in a way that is truly original and unprescendented. Big Laugh does not try conform to either genre, yet weaves the two together in an uncompromising fabric. (11 PM Records #7)

PSYCHO SIN/CYANAMID/SOCIAL DECAY/LETHAL AGGRESSION - 4 way split 7"
What you about to hear is the sound of New Jersey. Best underground music! These 4 bands have influenced many bands! Order it and hear this for yourself! Pioneers of the 1980's hardcore scene. Ugly, loud, emotional, disturbing, offset, played from their heart & soul, sincere. Cyanamid will take you on a journey, never aiming to please, just sharing their inner feelings and experiences. Social Decay OG NJHC (New Jersey hardcore) started in 1984 these recordings live in 1986 at CBGB! Lethal Aggression OG crossover thrash started in 1985. These tracks from the brick life demo late 80's! (Jerk Off Records #99.5)

NOI!SE - Price We Pay 7" (color vinyl)
Never been shy to speak out on important issues, Noi!se delivers yet another loud and multi-dimensional attack with this incredible, brand-new track targeting the prison-industrial complex. Featured in a very powerful, new video, this incredible crusher of a song is a prime example of their force and their passion for spreading raucous tunes with an important message. This amazing song and package speak for itself, and will no doubt have people talking, shaking fists, and hopefully singing along at the same time. (Pirates Press Records #261)

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

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

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