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Descriptions for 2/6/16

TOTAL ABUSE - Excluded LP
The Total Abuse has been a band since 2007. They have released three LPs and two 7"s, and they are considered one of the creators of a rare mixture of the old school hardcore punk sound with 80s industrial / noise aesthetics. Many bands have tried to copy their sound and vibe but no one has been able to emulate the pure hellish intensity of Total Abuse. Excluded is their 4th full length LP and was recorded in Austin,TX at Ohm recording studio and produced by David Williams. After the pure noise sludge mess of Prison Sweat the band decided to take their songs to a different place by focusing on pure riffs. Each song batters the listener down with raging buzz saw guitar riffs and unadulterated heaviness. Total Abuse have always been huge fans of true guitar gods like Nirvana and Slayer and here it is most apparent. These new Total Abuse tracks are still filthy and as noise drenched as ever, but is an album with a stealth and form unlike the three before it. Excluded is an album about survival, an album about identity, an album (as always) about obsession. Excluded is Total Abuse at their best! (Deranged Records #278)

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY - Accumulated Error LP
February 26th street date. Daylight Robbery make expansive sound for tight spaces. This Chicago trio of DIY scene anchors makes anxious post-punk for those who came to throw their bodies on the gears and those who came to dance (and recognize that these categories overlap). David and Christine Wolf are a forever-shifting point-counterpoint to one another, both in their melodic guitar and bass interplay and their big harmonies and vocal trade-offs, and Jeff Rice's propulsive drumming provides a solid metal foundation on which to build song structures that shift, collapse, and grow organically. You may hear echoes of the late '70s and early '80s in what they do, but their restlessness is very much of the now, the sound of the endless post-industrial search for stability rather than the sound of the late Cold War. (Deranged Records #279)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #394 (March 2016)
Here comes Maximum Rocknroll #394, the March 2016 issue! This issue features a six-page bilingual interview with Korea's noizepunks SCUMRAID in advance of their sure-to-be devastating visit to the US this Spring. Former coordinator Golnar Nikpour got a chance to sit down with Hannah Lew of San Francisco's COLD BEAT to discuss their new record, Hannah's label Crime on the Moon, and how to navigate nostalgia and capitalism as a band on the fringes of punk and pop. Scotland's CLOCKED OUT talk about their influences in Clevo HC and the current state of Glaswegian hardcore, and the LANDLORDS ("true hardcore weirdos" of mid-80s Charlottesville, Virginia) discuss their history and their long-lost second LP. Also: CONSTANT INSULT offer up a Minneapolis punk basement tour and a Minnesota punk ethnography; Helsinki hardcore band DARFÜR talk about Finnish DIY projects; a trip down the psych-punk wormhole with Buffalo's UTAH JAZZ; a United Arab Emirates scene report; and a photo spread from January's This Is Austin, Not That Great fest. Of course this all comes with a massive reviews section and all your favorite columnists-in this issue, Not Normal Tapes impresario (and singer in Chicago HC outfit the Bug) Ralph Rivera contributes a brand-new music column to the MRR "PC Hate Vision". This issue also introduces new content co-coordinator Brendan Wells, who just moved in from Minneapolis to help steer the great big clipper ship that is this mag. What a time to be alive. (Maximum Rock'n'Roll magazine #394)

ISOTOPE - Midnight Soldier 7"
Many delays on this one as always with my luck, but the debut single by Oakland's ISOTOPE is finally seeing the light of day. At least it was very much worth the wait, ISOTOPE has already completed 3 tours of US covering the West and East coasts as well as hitting parts of Canada with nothing but a demo tape, yet they have already created quite a commotion and their first time on vinyl represents them at their best. Blasting, hard hitting, gutteral "burning spirits" style hardcore punk with heavy nods to Japanese greats such as DEATH SIDE and BASTARD, yet with their own nasty spin on the genre of course. this record is LOUD. Recorded by Phil Hasha and mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door with cover art by the great Hal Rotter. Members are some Oakland vets that already played in some of your favorite bands and this one is no exception. (Rust And Machine Records #30)

SYNDROME 81 - Desert Urbain 7"
France's Syndrome 81 started gaining momentum in the Oi scene with their 2013 demo tape, drawing comparisons to the plethora of great bands that defined the French Oi sound of the 1980s with a heavy stomp culled from classic USHC. The band has progressed since then, dropping a split with Litovsk and submitting a track to a compilation with their French brethren Rixe, Outreau, and Traitre. 'Desert Urbain' is Syndrome 81's first fully-realized release since that first 2013 demo. The sound is more diverse but also more defined, having filed off some of the American influences and moved in a darker, distinctly French direction that is both melancholy and anthemic, with lyrics being influenced by growing up in Brest, France. Brest was the base of the French Navy in the 1600s, and the city's prime location as a military outpost continued into the 20th century when the German's occupation turned the city into a U-Boat base. After the Allies invaded France, a fierce battle took place in Brest that almost completely destroyed their city, leaving only a few relics of its storied past. The city was hastily rebuilt after the war in a hyper-modern and utilitarian style that lent very little to its classic architectural aesthetic. Growing up in Brest is to be torn between two distinct worlds, one in which you can walk through the past and one in which your history has been stolen from you. The band comes from this dark place and write songs about their personal struggles growing up and growing old. These are songs about watching your friends lose sight and move on while you question why you are still here, haunted by your past and having to look your former self in the eye while you apologize for who you've become. These are songs about trudging through a desert you built yourself. *

SHORT, FAST & LOUD #29 with FUCK YOU PAY ME/TO THE POINT split 7"
Packed to the gills with amazing columns, insights and a million grind/HC/punk and doom reviews with exclusive interviews with UK political thrash legends Active Minds and Canada's grinding monsters Six Brew Bantha, this special mini-issue also comes with a split vinyl 7" with Los Angeles powerviolence kings To The Point (members of Infest, Lack Of Interest and Spazz) and Cleveland hardcore/punks Fuck You Pay Me (ex-Nine Shocks Terror, Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, H-100'S). (Short Fast & Loud #29)

CAGED GRAVE/REMOVALIST - split 7"
Limited to 100 copies. Limited European editions of this gorgeous split between Aussie (Vaccine style) madness and their town buddies from darkened/colohan (Cursed-esque) influenced HC/punk. The split was originally released in Australia throught Life Liar Regret records, so Thanks to Robert and Michael for letting us to make the EU version. (Dead Heroes Records #53)

MECEM NA PLOCHO - debut gatefold 7"
A new czech acquisition on dead heroes label which serves a raw distorted hardcore-punk in vein of almighty Los Crudos or Ruidosa Inmundicia ....... hispanico attitude as hell .... hahaha. Their debut EP comes in an awesome gatefold cover. (Dead Heroes Records #52)

(restock) 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)

Descriptions for 1/30/16

SPAZZ - Dwarf Jester Rising LP (reissue on purple splatter vinyl)
Repressed on purple splatter vinyl! The debut LP from SPAZZ originally released almost 20 years ago in 1994! The rarest of the SPAZZ LPs, "Dwarf" is SPAZZ's most stripped down and raw full length, re-mastered and re-released by 625 for all of the vinyl addicts out there. 900 made. (625 Records #230)

REENCARNACION - 888 Metal LPx2
South America's role in the early evolution of black metal in the 1980s, though it is often most specifically linked to it largest and most populated country, Brazil, achieved its influence in no small part due to the significant contributions of several bands from Colombia, Brazil's neighbor to the far northwest. As the label first did in 2006, Nuclear War Now! is once again proud to reissue "888 Metal," one of YK Insulter's personal favorite albums, along with the "Acompáñame a la tumba" EP on both double-LP and CD formats. Additionally, this release again includes seven live tracks from a concert in 1989, which serve to open a window onto the passion with which Piolín practiced his craft. Also included in the vinyl version is a booklet featuring old photos, zine clippings, lyrics, and a biography written in both English and Spanish. In its entirety, this release exhumes a collective sound and vision once partially obscured by its isolated geographic location and sociopolitical unrest, but one which must endure as a lasting artifact of a genre that was immeasurably shaped by its early South American influence. (Nuclear War Now Records #44)

SNAKEPIT MAGAZINE #22 + MALEDICTION - Condamne 7"
Snakepit zine returns with issue number 22. Yet again, Laurent Remadier has conducted and included the most in-depth, comprehensive interviews of any zine in existence. His impeccable taste in REAL Heavy/Power/Speed/Thrash Metal from the past, present, and future is evident in yet another impressive array of interview subjects, which include celebrated acts such as Slayer, Tank, Onslaught, Dark Angel, Exciter, and Megadeth, in addition to lesser-known gems like Sanctum, Zoetrope, Sin Starlett, and Warhead (NY). All copies also include a 7" EP from the French heavy metal cult, Malediction, comprised of two different recordings of the song, "Condamné," which serve to showcase the music of one of his many interview subjects. (Nuclear War Now Records #305)

DAKHMA - Raze LP
Michigan once again belches forth another dose of venomous filth. Dakhma plays super heavy and raw black metal inspired punk with swirling riffs, punishing drums with a snare hand that won't quit, and hideous female vocals to top it all off. Occasional dark quiet passages allow you a moment here and there to breathe, but expect intensity in the vein of Cloud Rat gone black metal. No pretension, no act, just pure punk filth. These are screenprinted on inside out unused record covers to minimize resource use. This is a split release with All We Know Records. (IFB Records #92)

MRTEX/PEOPLE'S TEMPLE PROJECT - split 7"
Mrtex has a veteran of Yaphet Kotto, Makara, Jenny Piccolo, and Anasazi and all these shine through. They drop two tracks, one being a perfect combination of swirling emo-violence with the noisy harshness of Makara. Their second track is a gorgeous post-rocky haunted emo-dirge. People's Temple Project is a time warp straight back to 1996 Ebullition and Mountain Records comps. Everything about those 90's emo bands that grabbed me at 17 and still has me at nearly 40 years old is here. Screenprinted cover and hand-stamped center labels. (IFB Records #90)

ANOPHELI - The Ache Of Want LP
Comprised of former members of Monuments Collapse and fronted by Alex CF (Carnist, Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer) Anopheli's new album will carry you away in a firestorm of raging guitars, furious d-beat tempos, ripping vocals and rioting atmospheres. As known, the band picks up from where Remains of the Day had left off, injecting in their thick and abrasive guitar sound washes of beautiful cello tapestries and tons of soaring melodies. Their melodic crust punk comes also straight from the gut of Spanish anarco-crust, borrowing essential elements directly from the legendary Iberic crust bands like Madame Germen, Ekkaia, Ictus and Leadershit. 180 gram vinyl, standard jacket, printed inner sleeve, download card. (Halo Of Flies Records #84)

THISCLOSE - Chapter III LP
The cumulative artistic vision, the magnum opus, of the world's finest purveyors of the Grave New Beat. Moving beyond any sort of parody, concept, or tribute, this second LP finds Thisclose at their most matured and fully-formed. Drawing equal influence from the entire spread of the Discharge discography, Thisclose finds a niche style within the tried-and-true formula of "d-beat" that has yet to be fully explored. It rocks, it rages, it does it again (and again), with a tasteful stylistic subtlety that belies a band that has spent time honing their craft and has reached their climax. While everyone else was face-palming and throwing their copy of Grave New World LP in the garbage, Rodney Shades was up late at night studying Massacre Divine LP and Shootin Up the World LP in an attempt to understand how the good parts of these records could be reinterpreted and reapplied to the traditional notion of 'd-beat'. Chapter III LP is the final thesis and SPHC gives it an A+. (SPHC Records #69)

ACTIVE MINDS/THISCLOSE - split 7"
New split 7" by two of the UK's most notable currently active punk bands, released just in time for their USA tour together. Active Minds are one of the best punk bands of all time, period. From their humble beginnings in 1986 as the new iteration of SAS, all the way until the current day and age of 2015, Active Minds has walked, talked, and lived the true meaning of "DIY hardcore punk". Over the course of 5 LPs, tons of 7"s, splits with everyone from Unholy Grave and Yacopsae to Petrograd and Voco Protesta, Active Minds has never deviated from playing straight-forward hardcore punk. Yet their style is not one-dimensional: they can play real chaotic fast hardcore right next to slower melodic punk songs right next to more d-beat-ing songs, and it always makes sense together and sounds natural and proper. Matched with their outspoken hardline politics and their commitment to DIY punk ethics (like self-releasing the majority of their releases, trading heavily, and selling them at a bare minimum price), they are a band that continues to inspire, especially at a time when DIY punk seems so detached and apolitical. Their side is 3 new songs that fit nicely in-line with the rest of the Active Minds discography. Thisclose contributes a 2 song statement of purpose to bookend their discography of hits. A new recording of their own single "Leaders Deceivers", and a cover of Discharge's hit "Leaders Deceivers" from Shootin Up the World LP, which, clearly, ought to be your favorite Discharge record by now. A true summation of the politic of Grave New Beat: to love Discharge, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. (SPHC Records #68)

MALOKIO - Senza Scampo LP
When my hardcore brother Guigui (Coche Bomba) gave me a demo tape of his new band Silent Bones in 2013, it knocked me out. I was a huge fan and an instant believer. Silent Bones managed a short tour and, to my dismay, broke up. In 2014 Guigui gave me another demo tape of his new band, Malokio. Lo and behold....it's Silent Bones with a new singer, same style but new songs. After seeing them live at Varning for Montreal, I immediately signed up to release their LP. For me, this fits nicely with bands like Post Regiment, La Fraction, The Assassinators. Straight-forward melodic punk sound, mid-tempo riff-heavy songs with adept and hook-y singing. Exactly the kind of punk music I enjoy. (SPHC Records #62)

CRYPT VAPOR - Erotik Maniac LP
First EP by the mysterious Crypt Vapor is now issued on vinyl. Nearly 30 minutes of old school, horror soundtrack worship in the vein of John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin and even Tangerine Dream. From the first synth line you will be sucked into a realm of horror. These tracks effortlessly evoke scenes from a lost horror movie, or just your own terrifying nightmares. Limited to 350 copies, this LP comes housed in extra thick glue pocket covers with a matte finish. Do you dare face the Erotik Maniac? (Death Shadow Records #6)

LUST FOR YOUTH & CROATIAN AMOR - Pomegranate LP
Collaborative album by two of Denmark's best contemporary experimental acts; Lust For Youth (Hannes Norrvide) and Croatian Amor (Loke Rahbek of Posh Isolation, Var and Sexdrome). Both acts have drawn international attention in just a few years with their unique takes on industrial and electronic music, having released well received records on Sacred Bones, Big Love and Avant!. This recording is no different with both artists joining forces for a final piece that flows seamlessly from beginning to end as if it was destined to be. Recorded in 2013 and originally released as a very limited tape on Posh Isolation, it has now been remastered to be presented on LP. (Death Shadow Records #5)

ANOPHELI - The Ache Of Want LP
Comprised of former members of Monuments Collapse and fronted by Alex CF (Carnist, Fall of Efrafa, Light Bearer) Anopheli's new album will carry you away in a firestorm of raging guitars, furious d-beat tempos, ripping vocals and rioting atmospheres. As known, the band picks up from where Remains of the Day had left off, injecting in their thick and abrasive guitar sound washes of beautiful cello tapestries and tons of soaring melodies. Their melodic crust punk comes also straight from the gut of Spanish anarco-crust, borrowing essential elements directly from the legendary Iberic crust bands like Madame Germen, Ekkaia, Ictus and Leadershit. 180 gram vinyl, standard jacket, printed inner sleeve, download card. (Halo of Flies Records #84)

PERVERSOR - Anticosmocrator LP
It's been seven long years since PERVERSOR released their classic debut album, Cult of Destruction, and four nearly-as-long years since their last EP, The Shadow of Abomination, which HELLS HEADBANGERS reissued on a wider scale not long after its initial release - but the Chilean maniacs are as restless 'n' wild as ever on their long-awaited second album, Anticosmocrator! Firmly committed to the hellish climes of South American black/death madness, here on Anticosmocrator, PERVERSOR whip up a fury of filthiness and bestiality that could only come from the cult-metal cauldron of Chile. One track detonates after another, with the band seemingly locked into a state of violent possession, each scabrous riff and vocal vomit summoned from a sulfurous pit far beyond the purview of mankind. But through it all, PERVERSOR stay just as committed to the METAL aspect of their black/death madness, thrashing forth with a memorability rooted in the '80s ways. And the world trembles before the imminent doom of Anticosmocrator... (Hells's Headbangers Records #156)

TERROR - Legion Of Gore 7"
All copies pressed on RED/BLACK marbled vinyl. Cover artwork painted by Antichrist Kramer. Back from the dead, cult Cleveland death-thrashers TERROR return with Legion of Gore, the band's first studio recordings in 20 years! From 1987 to 1995, TERROR released a slew of demos - a full dozen, all told - before disbanding. Their sound was a sign of the times, death metal-leaning thrash with twisting song structures and surges of ultra-violence, but always with a knack for punkish simplicity. Now, with the two-song Legion of Gore 7", the glory of deathrash is not forgotten, and TERROR take the torch and proceed to burn all those around. Helmed by vocalist/guitarist Brian Sekula - who's been involved with a long history of bands, including NUNSLAUGHTER, MORTICIAN, and BLOODSICK, among others - and joined by ex-INCANTATION/Goreaphobia drummer Jim Roe, TERROR have a new lineup and are back for the attack, so stay posted to HELLS HEADBANGERS for further strikes from the abyss! (Hells's Headbangers Records #82)

GRAVEWURM - Doomed To Eternity CD
CD edition out now on Hells Headbangers! Comes with a multi-panel booklet featuring lyrics, band photos and extra artwork. The LP edition will surface in March of 2016 and only 111 copies will be pressed. T-Shirt in stock [here]. Gravewurm are one of America's longest-running black/death cults, and Doomed to Eternity is their 11th album. Picking up where they left off with last year's Abyss Sorcery and the Hells Headbangers-released Infernal Minions, Gravewurm honor the ancient ways of Hellhammer and early Bathory with stripped-bare, endlessly headbanging anthems of evil and horror. They've also harnessed their most robust recording to date, rendered in bloody, old-school tones, and NunSlaughter's Don of the Dead does guest vocals on the intro to "The Wolves of Isengard." Above all, Doomed to Eternity marks the final recording of fallen metal legend Jim Sadist also of NunSlaughter, who played drums on every track here and helped co-write its songs: long may he rest in power. Set for release on Christmas day, it's gonna be one unholy holiday that's Doomed to Eternity, and hear the first bell-tolls of doom HERE with the track "The One True Soul of Darkness." (Hells's Headbangers Records #180 CD)

BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY - Crucible of the Infernum LP
All copies pressed on colored vinyl. Comes with a large 18"x24" 2-sided poster featuring the lyrics. CD and T-Shirt in stock below. At long last, BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY return from the dead with a new mini-album for HELLS HEADBANGERS, Crucible of the Infernum! Seven long years after their acclaimed debut album for Osmose, Devil's Mayhem, BLASPHEMIC CRUELTY deliver a four-song nuclear warhead that is truly a Crucible of the Infernum. Led by six-string assassin Gene Palubicki (PERDITION TEMPLE, ex-Angelcorpse), this power-trio remain committed to scabrous-yet-articulate deathrash rooted in the 1980s but loaded up with modern arsenal. Their attacks are swift yet strategic, forward-momentum surge but fully fleshed-out, the songwriting linear yet never predictable. It's a timeless metal sound that spans decades, and bolstered by a cover of Sodom's "The Crippler," Crucible of the Infernum is the perfect crush/kill/destroy length to inflict maximum ritual carnage - reap the whirlwind! (Hells's Headbangers Records #35)

FISTULA - Never Trust A Cop 7"
Fistula returns with their patented of drugged out sludge, this time featuring Alex Smith from MA noise-rock legends NIGHTSTICK. Side B is a cover of 'Ladies in Leather' by the classic SST recording artists OVERKILL LA. Limited to 300 copies on white vinyl. (Patac/Poison Mind #1)

SET - Valley of the Stone LP
The crushing debut album by the emerging MA sludge/doom band SET, equal parts IRON MONKEY & THIN LIZZY, highly recommended. (Patac/Set #1)

CRYPT VAPOR - Erotik Maniac LP
First EP by the mysterious Crypt Vapor is now issued on vinyl. Nearly 30 minutes of old school, horror soundtrack worship in the vein of John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin and even Tangerine Dream. From the first synth line you will be sucked into a realm of horror. These tracks effortlessly evoke scenes from a lost horror movie, or just your own terrifying nightmares. Limited to 350 copies, this LP comes housed in extra thick glue pocket covers with a matte finish. Do you dare face the Erotik Maniac? (Death Shadow Records #6)

LUST FOR YOUTH & CROATIAN AMOR - Pomegranate LP
Collaborative album by two of Denmark's best contemporary experimental acts; Lust For Youth (Hannes Norrvide) and Croatian Amor (Loke Rahbek of Posh Isolation, Var and Sexdrome). Both acts have drawn international attention in just a few years with their unique takes on industrial and electronic music, having released well received records on Sacred Bones, Big Love and Avant!. This recording is no different with both artists joining forces for a final piece that flows seamlessly from beginning to end as if it was destined to be. Recorded in 2013 and originally released as a very limited tape on Posh Isolation, it has now been remastered to be presented on LP. (Death Shadow Records #5)

Descriptions for 1/23/16

SEX PRISONER - Demo 7"
You have probably heard their self titled EP, the State Property EP, and most likely you've heard tracks from their three way split with ACXDC and MAGNUM FORCE but before any of that the band recorded a vicious and raw demo that was put out on a limited tape. If you haven't heard any SEX PRISONER then you're in for a treat. They hail from Tuscon, Arizona and from their music it must be an awful place because their music is beyond pissed. They fold in equal amounts of angry modern hardcore and blasting powerviolence to make a cacophony of scathing noise. The original 2009 demo material was expertly cleaned up by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound and pressed as a limited release on vinyl for your listening pleasure. (To Live A Lie Records #106)

MOMMY - s/t 7"
Mommy are undoubtedly one of the most difficult bands to stylistically pin down within the contemporary NYC hardcore punk scene. Still, with their demo from earlier in the year and their intense live show, we knew they would be a force to be reckoned with and their debut 7" on Toxic State more than proves this. Standing far and above the demo in recording, songwriting, and performance, this is one of the strangest, wildest, and (oddly enough) emotionally revealing records to come out this year. I haven't read lyrics that affected me like this in a long time, let's just say that much. All in all, it makes for one of the most abrasive and difficult listening experiences in all of 2015 punk. As always, the packaging, much like the music of Mommy, is strangely beautiful. Essential. (Toxic State Records #24)

GAG - America's Greatest Hits LP with download
Destined to be the most famous of all the bands. At least in their vision of the future that is. We like them. You like them. Why not? Go big or fuck off. Trippy violence and snake charms drenched in delay and fuel this wild, ugly, mid-tempo hardcore punk vehicle. All the way across the salt. For 180 days. Crew up and get down with America's greatest. 700 copies on black vinyl, 300 on something else, housed in a heavy duty sleeve adorned with Scott Young's perfect artwork. Recorded by Nudity's own Capt. Tripps in Olympia, WA. (Iron Lung Records #75)

BEHAVIOR - 375 Images of Angels LP with download
John Cage related this anecdote: "One evening I was walking along Hollywood Boulevard, nothing much to do. I stopped and looked in the window of a stationary shop. A mechanized pen was suspended in space in such a way that, as a mechanized roll of paper passed by it, the pen went through the motions of the same penmanship exercises I had learned as a child in the third grade. Centrally placed in the window was an advertisement explaining the mechanical reasons for the perfection of the operation of the suspended mechanical pen. I was fascinated, for everything was going wrong. The pen was tearing the paper to shreds and splattering ink all over the window and on the advertisement, which, nevertheless, remained legible." This little musing somehow rhymes with the spirit of BEHAVIOR's '375 Images of Angels,' unique "musical" approach to punk. The very essence of punk is a contemptuous "fuck you" to convention anyway, or at least a troubled groping for new avenues of self creation. There is a simple beauty in deconstruction, in calculated naivety, in messes, in processes and in the plain night air of Los Angeles. '...Angels' dances like a dog shaking off a swim. '...Angels' is as deliberate as it is free. Don't we all want this dichotomy in our lives? The drive to make our time our own and the permission to chase joy? (Iron Lung Records #74)

WILKINSON/KORTLAND - One Scythe Fits All OST 7" with download
The highest fidelity lo-fi synth driven soundtrack written and recorded by PIG HEART TRANSPLANT partners in crime, Greg Wilkinson and Jon Kortland. To say it's heavy and creepy is a no brainer. Are there slight moments of comic relief? Of course, it's a horror movie, duh. In true 80's slasher style there a small bits of dialogue between scintillating score tracks. Imagine listening to a mashup of Black Devil Doll From Hell (Chester N. Turner) and The Fog (John Carpenter) and you start to get an idea of the sounds happening here. Would you swim in a a pool where a dead body was found? We would, and we would listen to this while we were doing it. 300 copies on red and black splatter vinyl housed in a beautiful full color pocket sleeve with merch insert. Art: Amy Browne. Photos: Karoline Collins. Directed: Dionne Stevens & Maya Messoriano. (Iron Lung Records #73)

GAUCHO - Desplazados 7" with download
The darkness and hate of living in the modern day is inescapable. People will always try to control you, force their ideologies on you and bind you with their ridiculous laws. Sooner or later you will get tired and hit back. And if true passion is there, you will succeed. It is hard not to hear the passion on this record. Gaucho delivers a Colombia-via-Canada raw hardcore pogo march to the death of tyrants far and wide. Members of S.H.I.T. give us a 5 song window into the struggle for a higher quality of life and we thank them for that. (Iron Lung Records #72)

APOCALYPSE MEOW - End Is Nigh LP
After years of solo and split 7"s (with bands such as Andrew Jackson Jihad, Rational Anthem and The Dimarcos) Minneapolis's Apocalypse Meow has released their debut LP, The End Is Nigh! Featuring ex-members of Off With Their Heads and Sundowners; keeping with the garage and melodic while throwing in some atmospheric oddness similar of bands like Toys That Kill, Arrivals and Future Virgins. A genre breaking melding of styles: straight poppy jammers, weird discordant rock, psyche rock back into pop punk. If you're looking for something different but still punk, this is it. 5-way split release. (Night Animal Records #1)

ACOUSMA - 2nd and Final 7"
You know, it's 2015 and you think things would be alright. They aren't though. Some things in life just aren't fair and this record is one of those things. This record is the record that Acousma carries to their grave. Four songs of chaotic hardcore that make you wish there was just more time, there isn't. Come October 11th there will be no more Acousma, just the lineage they leave behind. If you missed the boat on the first 7", the split with HOME INVASION, you have one more chance. This is it, you're wake up call. (High Fashion Records #6)

DISGUSTI - 1000 Prickly Needles 7"
It's hard to tell exactly when it happened. Two nearby scenes caught fire and came together as quickly as the onset of weight gain people experience when they start listening to grindcore. Within months, the short distance between Toronto and Hamilton felt a lot shorter, and somewhere between the wild feeling of excitement around new bands, the beer soaked basement shows, and the ruby-eyed nights sitting around someone's tape deck, some kind of a connection emerged. A few years and several hundred beers later, Disgusti happened. Half comprised of reckless freaks from Toronto's western 'burbs and half comprised of some of Hamilton's hardest hitting steelfuckers, Disgusti is something of a Canadian raw punk Arnold Palmer. The result? A platter that feels like you're trying to cook a steak on your turntable: thick and meaty and it doesn't get any less raw no matter how many times you flip it. Those who have heard the band's demo (also recorded by Toronto hardcore superstar Jonah Falco) will be impressed by how much further the band has upped the ante in terms of noised out destruction. For those how have never heard Disgusti before, it's kinda like one of those Marvel "What If" comics - "What if Wastoids and Snakecharmer Battled on Planet D-Beat?" It's kind of like a love song. It's kind of like a sweet disc that comes in a slick limited edition package complete with some extremely cool art. Do you like punk? Whatever. Get fuckin' pricked. (High Fashion Records #7)

TOTAL DICKS - Demo tape cassette
Two grocery store mutants starving in aisle 3 create what is now known as the greatest punk band on the face of the earth Total Dicks Hamilton Ontario Canada Suck It. (High Fashion Records #7.5 TP)

VIDEO DUCT - Anti Human Hate tape Cassette
Video Duct is a low key punk band from Goleta, California. Stripped down and brought back to the basics. This tape sounds like it was found in someones buried time capsule from the 80's. Straight up nosey, guttural punk from a few kids in high school growing up in a suburb they didn't ask to be placed in. Just gross and angry. (High Fashion Records #6.5 TP)

UV TV - Demo tape cassette
This is a demo that will blow you away. Catchy, poppy post punkish coming out of Gainesville. Not what you will expect at all. Play, rewind, repeat. (High Fashion Records #5.5 TP)

WORLD BE FREE - The Anti Circle LP/CD
With a love and appreciation for classic hardcore music and the intent to create something new and refreshing, World Be Free was formed. During the fall of 2014, Scott Vogel (Terror/Buried Alive), Joe Garlipp (Despair), Andrew Kline (Strife) and Sammy Siegler (Judge/CIV/Rival Schools) joined together to start World Be Free, with Arthur Smilios (Gorilla Biscuits) joining later on bass. They worked on crafting a sound that leaned heavily on the inspiration of the classic hardcore and punk albums they all grew up on, while adding a modern twist that kept it new and fresh. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Revelation Records #162)

JUDGE - Bringin' It Down cassette tape
To most fans of hardcore, Judge is a band that needs no introduction. The band took the ideals and positive goals of Youth Of Today and infused them with beefy guitar licks, introspective lyrics and a hefty influx of New York style. Now available on cassette. (Revelation Records #15 TP)

Descriptions for 1/16/16

DESGRACIADOS - Humanidad En La Obscuridad 7"
January 29th street date. Talk about left field - a blazing Spanish hardcore punk band from Calgary/Vancouver - who know? Absolute scorching hardcore punk - no frills no gimmick. A solid 4 song EP that will definitely please fans of international hardcore punk. Art by Matt Bellosi. (Deranged Records #277)

UDUSIC - s/t 7"
Nothing safe or user friendly from these Chicago lifers. A front woman in the mold of Donna Damage (of No Thanks!), riffs that tread a similar path as Die Kreuzen (Cows & Beer era) or Mecht Mensch, and a recording ugly enough to match. Hardcore and nothing more. (Painkiller Records #61)

THINK I CARE - Singles Collection LP
Think I Care were a band that existed in the first half of the aughts in Massachusetts, and available on this LP for the first time since 2002 are their two earliest 7" releases, plus an unreleased song and a stray comp track from that era - remastered for maximum destruction. During 2000-2002 TIC canvased the USA on the back of these 2 7"s, hitting every shithole basement and VFW that would have them. While their later work was known for a midpaced NYHC style, this era of the band was heavily indebted to Infest, DYS, Dropdead, and Siege, or if you're a New England townie local: Hatchetface, Intent to Injure, and Paindriver. Members of TIC also did time in Fit For Abuse, New Lows, Prisoner Abuse, Dead Black, Vaccine, and many more. (Painkiller Records #59)

WARWOUND - A Huge Black Cloud The Demos 1983 LP
Recorded in 1983, this record contains 15 songs from 3 sessions. With a few different takes you get a total of 25 blistering tracks. For those unfamiliar with WARWOUND, they are a UK band formed in 82. WARWOUND recorded 3 demos in 83 before disbanding and members went on to join THE VARUKERS and form SACRILEGE. These demos never received an official release... until now! Highly influenced by DISCHARGE, WARWOUND is one of the first bands ever to take D-Beat Punk to a raw and intense level. Recently reformed in 2015, original guitarist Damian is now joined by Ian Glasper on bass and Rat Varuker on vocals. After a few gigs in the UK word is spreading fast of the relentless onslaught of a live show these veterans put on. WARWOUND have also recently hit the studio to record for the first time in over 30 years. Needless to say WARWOUND is back with a vengeance! (Profane Existence Records #157)

CONMEN - s/t7"
Neutral Accents Fanzine and Stabilizer (AKA Rock N Roll Disgrace) finally got around to releasing something you'll actually wanna listen to...over and over again.... the debut 7" by Boston's only good punk/power-pop band... CONMEN. 5 tracks in 10 minutes of catchy, tight and tuneful three chord punk... for fans of the first Ramones LP, early GG Allin, and Good Vibrations label greats like Undertones, Moondogs and Protex. CONMEN share members with Waste Management, Boston Strangler, Peacebreakers, MFP, and horror-punks The Mangled Dead. (Neutral Accents #3/Stabilizer #3)

SPIT - Poison In Your Head LP
Formed in December 2012, SPIT is the hardcore\punk outfit featuring brothers Yotam Ben Horin (Useless ID) aka Tommy Gunn on guitar and Nadav Ben horin aka Fred Damage (Mondo Gecko) on vocals along with Corey Ben Yehuda (Kids Insane) on drums and Nadav "Mr. Furious" Rotem (Bass). The initial idea was to form a band that takes influences from old school 80's punk bands (Minor threat, Black Flag, D.R.I) and meld it in with later influences (Kid Dynamite, Paint it black) the result: 18 songs in 17 minutes. SPIT's debut album "Poison in your head" was recorded in Israel, mixed by J Robbins (Jawbox, Burning airlines...hell, he was in Government Issue) and mastered by Dan Coutant. SPIT's live shows have been numbered till now mostly in the local Israeli scene but have all been furious, blasting and energetic. The show usually ends with lead singer Fred's microphone chord strapped around his neck and his head in the kick drum. SPIT's music is fast, energetic, destructive and dealing with issues such as society, politics and how the world went completely wrong. SPIT is currently gearing up for the release of their debut album "Poison in your head" in hopes of touring all over the world. US Press is limited to 300 copies on mixed marble. (Rotten To The Core Records #25)

ARES KINGDOM - The Unburiable Dead CD
Nuclear War Now! is proud to conspire again with Ares Kingdom in the release of "The Unburiable Dead" on both LP and CD formats. As with their prior releases, the seven tracks on "The Unburiable Dead" are relentless, scorching examples of metal fire and blood influenced not singularly from one, but instead from several sub-categories of black/death/thrash metal. Thematically, the lyrics examine and reflect the world-shattering conflagration of the Great War for Civilisation (1914-1918) in brutally stark and agonizing, but equally artful terms. The artwork appropriately chosen to adorn all versions features "The Pit" by 'degenerate artist' George Grosz (1893-1959), whose despair over the destruction, terror, and death that nationalism had brought to his country through this conflict is readily apparent. (Nuclear War Now Records #297 CD)

ELYSIAN FIELDS - Adelain CD
Among other less-commonly-referenced bands from the early 90's Greek scene was Elysian Fields, who initially began to garner attention in their country following the circulation of two promo tapes in 1994/1995 and a full length album "Adelain" in 1995. Nuclear War Now! is now proud to offer the first reissue of "Adelain" on both CD and LP formats since its initial release by Unisound in 1995. This reissue also includes three rare bonus tracks taken from the previously-referenced promo tapes from 1994 and 1995. Considering its place not only as an example of its region's uniqueness in a greater context, but also the album's distinctiveness within its own regional context, this reissue once again celebrates Greece's prominent role in black metal history. (Nuclear War Now Records #294 CD)

AGNOSTIC FRONT - Liberty & Justice For... LP
After the demolishing sophomore album "Cause For Alarm", the band continued their blistering crossover mix of New York Hardcore and thrash and delivered an album that pounds, grooves, bangs and rages throughout! Fast-paced, screaming guitars and the roaring (back-up) vocals delivered hit after hit after hit and includes the first studio version of Iron Cross' "Crucified"! A true classic reissued at 45RPM for maximum speed and maximum power! (Strength Records #16)

SHAI HULUD - A Profound Hatred of Man LP (color vinyl)
Never did guitarist Matt Fox think Shai Hulud would go any further than a demo tape or 7". How wrong he was. Shai Hulud's history includes numerous national and foreign tours with all of the biggest acts in hardcore, a strong force that made it through multiple lineup changes, and lyrics that have helped plenty of fans battle the hardships of life. But you can't forget where it all began: "A Profound Hatred Of Man" demonstrated a technical hardcore style that influenced the entire metalcore scene and broke through lyrical theme barriers. New pressing now available on purple vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Revelation Records #137)

SHAI HULUD - Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion LP (color vinyl)
"Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion" displays some of the most honest and darkest thoughts of Shai Hulud's career. From the opening guitar chord of "Solely Concentrating On The Negative Aspects Of Life," it only gets uglier and more real with each track. New pressing now available on purple vinyl and limited to 500 copies. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Revelation Records #138)

(restock) SUPERCRUSH - I Don't Want to be Sad Anymore 7"
Second 7" from Supercrush, aka the duo of Mark Palm (Go It Alone, Black Breath, Modern Charms) and Aaron O'Neil (ON, Lights Out), picks up where their debut 7" (recently reissued on Grave Mistake) left off. Two 90s-inspired melodic blasts, taking cues from the likes of Swervedriver and Mega City Four while doing something completely fresh at the same time, and is a must for all power pop/punk fans. (Debt Offensive Records #8)

Descriptions for 1/9/16

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #393 (February 2016)
Maximum Rocknroll #393, the February 2016 issue. The time has come to drop our 2015 YEAR-END TOP TENS. We've given music "journalists" and rock "critics" a polite but firm kick in the head: these top-tens were composed by real live actual punks. Writers include your favorite MRR reviewers and contributors as well as some special guests: members of the punk community at large including Laura Lança (Rakta, Chroma), Greg Benedetto (S.H.I.T., Not Dead Yet fest organizer), Arto Hietikko (editor of Toinen Vaihtoehto) Ralph Rivera (Not Normal Tapes, The Bug), the ladies of Shequalizing Distort (CIUT Toronto radio takeover), Paco Mus (La Vida Es Un Mus label impresario) and many more. No two lists are alike; over 232 records are discussed here. Expect to find your new favorite records in these pages. We also have an interview with BUSTED OUTLOOK, one of the most exciting hardcore bands in California, getting live on stage and on the page. Australia's SCAB EATER talk about their new record, relive touring in Southeast Asia, relate some controversies at home and explain why they seem to be on the road at least every three months. Another intercontinental enterprise: SEI TO SHI discus splitting members between New York and Kyushu, Japan and the return from their brief hiatus. Texas crust outfit COMMUNION OF THIEVES talk about their origins on both sides of the El Paso-Juárez divide as well as their introductions to the wide world of punk. On top of all that, we managed to pack in a photo spread from Cacophonie Nights, a weekend of noise punk gaiety in Portland; all of the columnists you know and love; and of course, punk's hugest reviews section. (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #393)

HEMGRAVEN - Saudade 7"
In a short period of time, Hemgraven has proved to be one of Sweden's most interesting and energetic bands of recent years, both live and on record, with their feet firmly rooted in the country's history of dark 80's new wave, while at the same time constantly looking forward. Since their highly acclaimed mini-album "Sanddyner av glas" came out on Peter Out Records, the band has been touring Sweden and Denmark, and their tunes have frequently been heard on Nordic student radio stations as well as on goth dance floors around the globe. "Saudade"(An untranslatable Portuguese word, meaning something close to "a feeling of nostalgia for something you know you cannot go back to") is a melodic and sophisticated new wave-gem where the static beats and chilling synth melodies beckons you to dive deeper into the dark waters of doomed nostalgia. "Jag gar hart at min kropp och tvingar den till lydnad" ("I subdue my body to obedience"), on the other hand, is a one-way trip into the physical world - a full- on assault of sweaty, angular and industrially tinged punk-funk where the spirit of Suicide/ Alan Vega haunts the production." Split label release with Peter Out Records, Sweden. (Mass Media Records #42)

L'OBSCURITE - White/Offended 7"
Three piece synth wave band from Stockholm, Sweden. Take heavy influence from Lost Sounds and Gorilla Angreb. 4 tracks of that keep you dancing and screaming along. Dual male / female vocals give rage and urgency to this ep. Heavy synth driven and echoing vocals with layered guitars and pounding drums, how could you go wrong. (Mass Media Records #37)

MOTH/INFINITE VOID - split 7"
Amazing split 7" featuring new material from Melbourne, Australia's Infinite Void and Denmark's Moth. Infinite Void is a four piece band from Melbourne, Australia who formed in 2010. Infinite Void play a dark and haunting style of female fronted post punk. On their side of the split, Infinite Void offer up one track of dark and rhythmic sounding post punk and punk. Moth is a four piece band from Copenhagen, Denmark who formed in 2012. Moth play a killer style of synth driven post punk and no-wave influenced music. Moth offer up one song of cold, dark, synth driven post punk and no-wave. (Mass Media Records #41)

WIVES - Devoted to You LP
Wives are a 4 piece band from Canberra, Australia. Their debut LP features angular rhythms of GANG OF FOUR and Savages meets the lyrical cynicism of CRASS. 11 tracks of Australian post punk that parallel sexual obsession with religious fanaticism. Split label release with NO Patience records Australia. (Mass Media Records #46)

BOILERMAN - Doing Great 7"
A less bleak counterweight to the s/t one-sided 10" released earlier this year, Doing Great boils down the hardcore stuff and uncovers a punk band influenced as much by Dillinger Four and Leatherface as it is by Born Against or Rudimentary Peni. Starting with the title track and ending with a ripper cover of Warren Zevon's "The Factory", Boilerman reigns in the chaos and delivers a modern "90s style" midwestern pop punk record as good as any out there. It bookends their catalog-to-date and clears the ground for a new LP coming out in 2016. Boilerman has played 170 shows in 27 states (plus Canada and DC!) since their first show in hometown Chicago, IL in 2010. Members of Earth Girls, Broken Prayer, GIDIM, and more. Clear vinyl packaged in an old-style 7" single sleeve. Released by 86'd Records (US) and All In Vinyl (UK). (86'd Records #22)

UNDERGROUND: The Subterranean Culture of DIY Punk Shows

by Daniel Makagon
Underground is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA. Daniel Makagon explores the culture of DIY spaces like house shows and community-based music spaces, their impact on underground communities and economies, and why these networks matter. He shows that no matter who you are, organizing, playing, and/or attending a DIY punk show is an opportunity to become a real part of a meaningful movement and to create long-lasting alternatives to the top-down economic and artistic practices of the mainstream music industry. Punk kids playing an illegal show too loudly in someone's basement might not save the world, but they might just be showing us the way to building something better. (Microcosm Printing #7)

GOD, FORGIVE THESE BASTARDS - Book + LP (music by the Taxpayers)

by Rob Morton
Hello there! I was asked to write a few words for the reissue of God, Forgive These Bastards, a book and album about a man named Henry Turner that was originally released in 2012. That there is still interest in the story is really neat and humbling for me and the rest of the folks in the Taxpayers-especially considering the haphazard/shoestring manner in which we tend to create and release things. Henry Turner is a fictional character who was dreamed up around January of 2011 when I was living in a storage container in Florida for the winter with the rest of the Taxpayers. One day, I sat outside the storage container to watch the vultures circle overhead, and wrote a song about a schizophrenic guy living on the streets, telling anybody who'll listen that he used to be a major league pitcher back in the 1970's. That song became "Who the Hell Are You?" We started writing more songs about that guy - eventually enough to make up a whole album about Henry Turner. Then, one day while on tour, I decided a book should be written about him. I thought this would be a neat thing to do because 1) it would give the songs greater context, and 2) it would give flesh and bones to the Turner character. At first I tried to get our friend Keith Rosson to write the book, because he is a real writer. But he had his own writing to work on, so I decided to give it a shot myself. Somewhere along the line, I started writing the book from the perspective of Turner being a guy that I actually knew in real life. It was exciting. I went to the library and researched some actual historical Turner families from Georgia, and linked the fictional Henry to those families. Strangely, I found out that there was a post civil war senator named Henry Gray Turner who married a woman named Lavinia Calhoun Morton - who, according to the librarian who was helping me, might be loosely related to me. The lineage gets muddy somewhere in early 1800's New York City, so according to the librarian it's tough to say for certain, but it was neat to think about. The plan became this: we would release the album/book as a tribute to Henry Turner, a close friend who had recently died. There were a few reasons for this. First, it would give even more authority and dignity to the Turner character. Second, it would be an experiment in group psychology to see how people reacted to this person. The hope was that feelings would be mixed - some people would appreciate the voice being given to this damaged and complicated man, some people would find Turner's crimes repulsive and unforgivable, others would be critical of my relationship with this homeless man and feel he was being taken advantage of, and so forth. All these things happened. There was even an MRR review that demanded the profits (of which there are none, I can assure you - this is DIY punk, after all) be given to Savannah Turner, Henry's (nonexistent) daughter! Pretty funny. So that is how the whole thing came to be. The book had some typos and the songs had some blemishes, but everyone involved with bringing it to life did a great job, I think. If Turner had existed, I don't know if he would be proud or not. So that's that, I guess. I hope you enjoy the story! If not, we will try better next time. Until then, keep trying to look out for each other. Best, Rob. (Microcosm Printing #8)

MAJOR ACCIDENT - The Clockwork Demos
Major Accident's very first recorded material, back from 1981. A warm-up of sorts before their classic first studio album 'Massacred Melodies', chronicling these 'clockwork punks' as they fine-tuned themselves on originals like 'Sidelines' and 'Self Appointed Hero', along with cover versions of the Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Ramones, and Sham 69. This is Major Accident at their rawest and most primitive: 100% fun and fast-paced punk rock from the glory days! (Radiation Records #55)

THE 4 SKINS - Low Life LP
A collection of the earliest singles ('Yesterday's Heroes', 'One Law For Them', and ' Low Life', from 1981-1982) along with a few of the most representative hyhmns from the most epitomal OI! band ever, all packed onto one vinyl LP. A full retrospective on their early era, this is 4 Skins at their absolute top, and a must for all skinheads out there. (Radiation Records #56)

ACCIDENT - Kill The Bee Gees 7"
Bellingham, WA punkers THE ACCIDENT are the epitome of a 'killed by death' punk band. Released one killer 7" in 1979, and disbanded less than two years after leaving almost no trace of their existence. With originals going up to $500 among die-hard collectors, 'Kill The Bee Gees' is the perfect anti-disco single, and a must in any punk rock collection! (Radiation Records #71003)

R.I.P. - No Te Muevas LP
24 pages Booklet. Reissue of the first and only studio LP in Gipuzkoa RIP band, originally published in 1987. After the appearance in 1984 of April 4 topics in the compilation "Special Zona Norte", finally, three years later, RIP IZ entered the studies with Kaki Azkarazo Lasarte as coach. They also had the support of Pepin Fernandez, a highly prized Benitez who contributed their bit, simply because he liked the sound of the band. Three days were enough to capture the fourteen songs that form. They even had to improvise in the studio almost two. It is undoubtedly one of the key to understanding the development of the country rock albums. In addition to respecting the original covers and include the sheet-poster, this reissue features a 24-page fanzine in which a part of the history of the band from its inception to its dissolution is reported. Anecdotes, concerts, projects, pictures and other things. A great opportunity to enjoy this quartet that marked much of a generation. (Radiation/Guns of Brixton Records #17)

PSYCHO - 8 Song 7"
Reissue of 1984 Boston thrash/hardcore classic. (Radiation Records/Antitodo #3)

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS - Kick Out The Tories! 7"
Reissue of 1981 Newtown Neurotics 7" on No Plan Records. (Radiation Records/No Plan Records #10)

BAHNHOF - February 1982 7"
Reissue of 1982 Bahnhof 7" on No Plan Records. Bahnhof was an Italian Oi/Punk band which was founded in 1979 and broke up in 1984, after the singer had an accident. (Radiation Records/No Plan Records #11)

MAD VIRGINS - Fuck & Suck / Contest LP
Studio and live tracks from this 1978 Belgian punk band. (Radiation Records/Belgian Waffles Records #1)

MONSTER SQUAD - Strength Through Pain LP
Classic 2004 LP re-mastered and re-issued via Voltage Records. Monster Squads debut album originally on Charged records and long out of print! Finally available again. (Radiation Records/Voltage Records #21)

IGGY AND THE STOOGES - Move Ass Baby LPx2
Culled from an Olympic studios demo session and rehearsals in Detroit for the band's 1973 tour, Move Ass Baby runs the gamut from full-fledged, ready-to record tunes to the types of swampy jams that the band has claimed indicative of their studio songwriting process. This album explores the creative process that gave birth to nearly all the Stooges albums. Starting with a jam session, an oldie or two, or maybe a blues riff, the songs gradually took shape and were refined from there. Here we find the Stooges in rehearsal, messing around with songs by Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Cream, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. We hear the beginnings of songs that never went any further, such as "Old King Live Forever", "I Come From Nowhere" or "Wild Love", which had as much potential as any of their best material. And we have some very impromptu jams such as "Move Ass Baby" and a fascinating James Williamson solo performance. Much of this material has never been heard before and this is the first time this collection has been released on vinyl! (Radiation Records #42)

V/A - IV3SCR: The Great Complotto #2 LP
The second chapter in the Great Complotto manifesto from Pordenone (birthplace of Italian punk). Originally issued in 1983, though most of its songs were recorded in 1981, Italian Records' second compilation of Italian punk is even more attractive than its first (The Great Complotto - Pordenone (SPITTLE 048LP)). What glues together all the contributors (Sexy Angels, Gigolo' Look, Cancer (credited on the cover as 0010110000010011), and Mess) is their innovative and creative use of electronics. This reissue includes the original artwork (a giant poster folded in four parts) and an extra CD with the LP's tracks and five bonus tracks from the ultra-rare 7" single originally enclosed with the Onda 400 fanzine in 1980 (including contributions from Andy Warhol Banana Technicolor, 001011000010011101, Sexy Angels, Fhedolts, and Mind Invaders). RIYL: The Cure, DEVO, Joy Division. (Spittle Records #60)

CHRISMA - Hibernation LP
In the Italian panorama of the '70s, Chrisma (Christina Moser andMaurizio Arcieri) skirted the common rules of Italian pop (the aura of progressive rock or the first wave of prolific folk singers); in fact, they created Italian new wave from scratch. After the release of their 1977 debut album Chinese Restaurant (SPITTLE 051LP) -- so far from the punk revolution and so deep into the algid dynamics of the Mittel-European sound -- came Hibernation, their creative peak on which they embrace the revelation of the man-machine and venture into the realms of incomparable robots Kraftwerk. Again the album was produced by Niko Papathanassiou (brother of the Greek legend Vangelis), and it features very sophisticated cover artwork created by famous photographer Mario Convertino. Chrisma, so far ahead of their time, crafted an opus that should be considered at the same emotional level as the most famous synth-pop bands from the UK and Germany. Highlights include "Vetra Platz," a long digital ride worthy of the most famous Kraftwerk singles; "Calling" and "Gott Gott Electron," a primeval couplet of furious post-punk numbers; and the lush "Lover," with Miss Moser still in top form. This reissue includes the original artwork with a silver background. RIYL: T. Rex, Nico, Kraftwerk. (Radiation Records/Spittle Records #59)

CHELSEA - s/t LP
Limited repress of Chelsea´s debut studio album originally issued in 1979 on Step Forward-Records. A truly classic 70s UK punk album available again on vinyl format. Includes printed innersleeve replica of the original press. Limited to 500 copies. (Radiation Records/Daily Records Vintage Series #7)

AGENT ORANGE - Demos & More LP
17 Song LP with demos and more from the legendary old dutch hardcore band Agent Orange! Agent Orange were a male/female fronted hardcore/punk band from Amsterdam/The Netherlands, they released 2 classic 7" EPs in '83-'84 and laterr a split LP with Jesus and the Gospelfuckers. "Demos and more" contains their first demo, "Your Mother Sucks Cocks In Hell EP session raw mix, the 2nd demo and a track from VD "Hello Boyfriend" EP. (Radiation Records/Gummopunx Records #17)

SOBERANIA PERSONAL - Benditos Sean Munecos Que Pegan LP
140 gram LP + insert. Buenos Aires (Argentina) 1988. During the post-military dictatorship, still under a heavy handed police oppression a bunch of kids decide to get together as a band and record this Argentine Punk masterpiece. You can feel every word of Johanna's angry lyrics. Lyrics dealing with frustration, anxiety and filled with raging hate and rejecting the standards of Argentine culture, nationalism and daily oppression. Very influenced by Spanish Punk but with a rawer South American sound full of intensity and urgency bringing to mind their friends of DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA which they cover on the tape as well as Peruvian ATAQUE FRONTAL. This legendary recording was impossible to find for years and finally Metadona rescued it after finding the original master tapes. (Radiation Records/Metadona Records #18)

RAW NOISE - A Holocaust In Your Home 1984 demo LP
Nausea Records proudly presents the official vinyl issue of the legendary demo tape containing some early Extreme Noise Terror tracks. Restored and mastered from original tape at North London Bomb Factory. Presented with printed inner sleeve with photos, lyrics and liner notes from Dean Jones. (Radiation Records/Nausea Records #2)

ANGELIC UPSTARTS - Bootlegs And Rarites LP
This Angelic Upstarts album was released on vinyl, the first time in 1985 by Dojo Records, and three years after by Razor Records. Now have been released by Teenage Warning Records for first time since late '80, as a limited edition release to 500 copies. Includes a Poster inside. (Radiation Records/Teenage Warning Records #15)

THE CRACK - All Cracked Up Demos and Rarities LP
The first six tracks on this release were all actually released as singles in the early 80's - "Don't You Ever Let Me Down" was the song that won the band on the 1982 televised "Battle of the Bands" competition. This led to a deal with RCA Records who issued two further 45's "Going Out" and "All Or Nothing". The rest of the tracks was recorded by the original line up, they've remained locked away in record company vaults. There's even a song featuring Shane Woolridge on lead vocals called "The Battle Song". Great artwork with band bio on the back cover and a big A2 size poster inside with an old band picture. This is a limited edition release of 500 copies. We are happy we could release this stuff on our label, it's one of our favourite all time bands. (Radiation Records/Evil Records #6)

THE GLORY - We Are What We Are LP
Originally released on LINK RECORDS in 1988, this album has been re-issued on CD several times but never back on vinyl. We have been in touch with two of the band members, Mark "Timmo" Timson (Vocalist) and Mark McGee (Guitarist), both of them wrote almost all the songs of The Glory and we asked them to help us with this release we licensed from Captain Oi!. Both of them sent us pictures of the band which we used for the insert pages, Mark McGee wrote us a band history that you can find on the backcover and Mark "Timmo" Timson wrote all the lyrics so we could include in the record. This is a thing we love including in our releases, specially for Oi!sters from abroad that have it difficult to understand the songs if they don't have some lyrics to read and translate. The album includes two bonus tracks taken from the "Skins and Punks" Vol. 3 compilation. We just couldn't leave out "Violent World" and "England's Glory", this last song is a top classic of the band since their early days. This limited edition counts with a very limited edition of 10 copies with a different cover and an exclusive A3 size poster. (Radiation Records/Evil Records #3)

V/A - Rodrigo D. No Futruo LP compilation
Soundtrack of the Colombian cult gang film "Rodrigo D. No Futuro," which reflected the violence in the city of Medellin in the 1990s. A powerful sample of raw punk and metal in a context of drugs, death, and nihilism. Bands: Pestes, Mutantex, PE NE, Amen, Ekrion, Agresor, Profanacion, Dexkoncierto, Blasfemia, Mierda. (Radation Records/Beat Generation #56)

THE RUNAWAYS - Wasted: Live At The Palladium, New York City, 7th January 1978 LP/CD
The Runaways recorded live opening for the Ramones at the NYC Palladium in 1978, in a four piece line up with Joan Jett on vocals. Classic hard/glam/punk-rock from one of the best, captured live at the height of their powers and popularity. (Radiation Records/Radio Silence Records #13006)

ANTHRAX - Metal Thrashing Mad Live LP/CD
Twelve live tracks recorded over the radio live from the Arcadia Theater in Dallas, Texas on July 11th in 1989. (Radiation Records/Egg Raid Records #331)

GREEN DAY - WFMU, New Jersey, May 28th 1992 Live CD
Nineteen Green Day tracks recorded in 1992 on the radio in New Jersey. (Radiation Records/Egg Raid Records #332 CD)

STRAY CATS - Live At The Massey Hall Toronto March 28th 1983 CD
Seventeen Stray Cats tracks recorded live at the Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada on March 28th 1983. (Radiation Records/Egg Raid Records #335 CD)

CHANNEL 3 - After The Lights Go Out CD
Classic Channel 3 tracks from their 1983 Posh Boy release. (Radiation Records/Get Back Records #109 CD)

(restock) BOILERMAN - s/t 10"
The Chicago trio is back with five new songs that sounds like someone put the Screeching Weasel/Born Against split 7" in a blender and pressed it to a one-sided 10". The tracks were recorded and mastered under the scratch title "Dark" along with another three songs slated for a forthcoming 7" single - with the scratch title "Pop" - by bass player Kris di Benedetto. This material lives up to its dark moniker with a lyrical trajectory that starts with the meaningless of life, moves on to the filth of the material world, and finally lands on the inevitability of death. Dark stuff. But just as the impending single portends hope, so too do these songs; righteous anger, building crescendos, and buried melodies, all coming together to expand what kind of punk can be called pop. Released by 86'd Records (US), Crapoulet Records (FR), and Waterslide Records (JP). The 10" is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. (86'd Records #16)

(restock) CRATE DIGGER: An Obsession With Punk Records

by Bob Suren
In this engaging memoir, a small town Florida teenager discovers punk rock through a loaned mix tape and before long, punk music and culture slowly takes over all aspects of his life. His new passion causes him to form a band, track down out-of-print records that he loves and begin to reissue them, open a record store, begin a record distribution operation as a public service, mentor a host of young musicians, and befriend all manner of punk luminaries along the way. Slowly, his life's pursuit pushes him to the point of personal ruination and ultimately redemption. (Microcosm Printing)

(restock) HENRY & GLENN FOREVER & EVER

by Rob Halford and Tom Neely
The greatest love story every told has finally been released in graphic novel form. This epic tome features twenty short stories about the domestic life of "Henry" and "Glenn" and sometimes their neighbors "Daryl" and "John." Digging beneath Glenn's bricks in the front yard, Henry uncovers Glenn's mother. Freshly unearthed, she moves in with him and Henry. Glenn's issues come to the surface as she critiques his art, replaces his wardrobe, scrubs their dungeon, and recalls his childhood. Later, Glenn tries to sell his signature to a UPS driver, takes a punch, and has some daydreaming adventures with a plunger. Henry, "a loud guy with a good work ethic," shows his darker side and indifference to a fan as he drinks black coffee and bonds with Glenn over their distaste for their own bands. These are two men who truly suffer best alone together. Among other hijinks, Henry and Glenn go to therapy together, battle an evil cult in the forest, and profess their love for each other, all while dealing with jealousy and other normal relationship problems and trying to figure out if their soft-rocking neighbors are actually Dungeons and Dragons playing Satanists. The saga of Henry and Glenn is a true testament to the power of love to overcome even the biggest, manliest egos of our time. The book collects four serialized comics, adds 100 never-before published pages, including new stories, pin up art, and full color covers from the original series. (Microcosm Printing)

Descriptions for 1/2/16

TENEMENT - The Blind Wink LP
January 29th street date. The repress of Tenement's second album, The Blind Wink courtesy of Deranged Records. Their first album, "Napalm Dream," was heavy on the high octane catchy punk, and definitely great but The Blink Wink is where the band found their confidence and compiled a very distinct and mixed sounding album's worth of material. From the Replacements, the Decendents, and the Lemonheads, the influences are obvious and the delivery spot on. I am not sure how a band that is so deeply rooted in hardcore punk ends up creating such a diverse and strong album so early in their 'career' but Tenement have managed to comfortably move beyond the confines of the punk song and keep us captivated. "This record is a beautiful oddity." Razorcake Magazine. (Deranged Records #265)

WAVELESS - Spirit Island LP
January 29th street date. WAVELESS is a three piece living in Minneapolis, MN playing layered reverberating music. Finding inspiration in the likes of Slowdive, Neil Young, and Sonic Youth. "Its moody without being saccharine and sincere without being self-indulgent." Previously playing together in the short lived noisy punk band TOTAL TRASH and forming in it's demise. (Deranged Records #272)

NO TOLERANCE - You Walk Alone LP
8 years after an impromptu afternoon jam that resulted in their first writing and recording session, and 4 years since their last record, No Tolerance return to deliver the straight edge hardcore album the youth and young-at-heart have been waiting for. Unchanged by the unstoppable march of time, You Walk Alone finds the band still able to mine the same territory as always, but formatted for the ebb and flow of a full length album. Expect a meticulous alloy of "Break Down the Walls", Confont's "Payday", and the Hard Stance E.P.s. (Painkiller Records #60)

WASTED TALENT - Ready To Riot LP
Essential hardcore punk band from State College, Pennsylvania. Previously heard on The Master Tape Vol.2 and Chainsaw Fanzines: OHMIGOD HARDCORE demo tape. The music is ripping fast, snotty & raw. Very well put together hardcore that exceeds my expectations for a top notch album, especially being that the music and lyrics are equally as good. You will find yourself chanting these tunes after a few listens. Music was Re Mastered from the Original 1/4" Reels and cassette tapes. Featuring the 'Self Rule' demo tape from 1982, 4-track demo from 1982, Live Sept. 15 1982 @ Walnut Building, Live May 5 1983 @ The Hubb, October 21st 1983 basement rehearsal tape, and December 4th 1983 basement Rehearsal tape, all put on vinyl for the first time!! The Band's early influences were Ramones and the Sex pistols and all 1977 wave of British punk, with time the American Hardcore scene soon began to impact their sound playing with bands like Minor Threat, Scream, Deadline, White Cross, Heart Attack, Crucifix, Fang, Necros, No Trend and many more. Members went on to form bands such as Heart Of Darkness, Oblivion, Positive Hate, Unseen Force, 2000 Maniacs, The Big Thing, and many others!! A must for any fans of early 80's Raw hardcore punk! Limited to 400 copies. Includes a large double sided poster, lyric insert and sticker! (Going Underground Records #36)

EEL - The Mind Cure Years LP
After lots of mayhem and madness, limited edition records and cassettes here it is - all the records released by EEL on Mind Cure on one LP. These 15 tracks are collected from their Mind Cure single of the month, The Endless Fucker 12in and their side of the EEL/Pissbath split 7". (Mind Cure Records #319)

THE SICKS - Cut Bait 7"
This follow up single to their debut on Austin's Fair Warning records finds the S/CKS again refusing to fall neatly into any category. Guitars that are as tight and angular as Gang of Four while vocalist Rob Henry does his best to channel Mark E Smith doing a John Brannon impersonation. Many people will recall that members of this band have been in a who's who of PIttsburgh Punk bands - The Bats, Direct Action, Aus Rotten, Caustic Christ, Kim Phuc - to name a few - but this band is much more dynamic than the sum of those parts. (Mind Cure Records #320)

NO PAROLE - s/t 7"
The debut 7" by NJ band No Parole, featuring ex-members of Criminal Intent, Altered Boys, and others, for those of you paying attention. 4 songs of rough but tuneful oi!, with definite cues from some of the more bald-headed varieties of hardcore and punk. We're glad to see long-time tri-state area troublemaker Jesse Gasface fronting another band, and even happier to release the band's first outing on wax. Great stuff if you're into the newer bands like Crown Court or Rixe, as well as the classics. (Mad At The World Records #704)

MELLOW HARSHER - Served Cold 7"
Second and most lethal 7" from Stoughton's best behaved good ol' boys. A premium sample of absolute freak grind obscenity with swaps and bumps sharper than a burnt cheese curd. Unconditional full tilt blast-trips split with swerving breaks and hacks for five and half minutes of neck-snappin' perfection. New school speed with the old school funk. 500 copies total. Influences direct from the 90's west bay power violence movement, especially Plutocracy, as well as classic midwest freneticism akin to Die Kruezen...however, much faster. (Malokul Records #12)

GENOCIDE PACT - Forged Through Domination LP/CD
Washington DC's GENOCIDE PACT (members of RED DEATH / D.O.C.) present their crushing debut LP 'Forged Through Domination'. Seven bludgeoning and barbaric tracks that bring to mind the early era of classic Earache bands. Housed in heavy Tip-On style jacket with incredible artwork by Joshy Brettell (ILSA). FFO: OBITUARY, SEPULTURA, MORBID ANGEL, CARCASS (Malokul Records #9/A389 Records #158)

SVALBARD - One Day All This Will End LP
Formed in 2012 and hailing from Bristol, UK's Svalbard finally release their debut album after a string of ep's and splits. 'One Day All This Will End' is blistering post-hardcore of true ambition and scale, production stepped up without losing the intensity of previous output. With influences as disparate as Tragedy, The Cure, and early norwegian black metal, Svalbard bring a viciousness as well as emotion to the modern crust/post hardcore hybrid they play. For fans of PianosBecomeTheTeeth, No Omega, HisHeroIsGone LP comes on Pale Green vinyl(/300), packaged in a standard jacket, with a printed inner sleeve and download card. (Halo of Flies Records #88)

MODERN PROBLEMS - Foolish Times LP
After 2 7" ep releases and a couple of cassettes, Modern Problems is finally ready to unleash their full length LP on the world. Their sound is a blend of the best parts of Uniform Choice, Youth of Today and early 2000's east coast straight edge. (Not Like You Records #10)

NOT LIKE YOU FANZINE #5
Featuring the usual news and reviews as well as what is considered to be the last unpublished interview with Raybeez of Warzone, Joey Keithley of DOA, pro skater Bill Danforth, Stale Phish and part two of our talk with Ian Mackaye. 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 b&w pages. (No Like You #5)

BOY - Darkest Visions LP
Imagine a mix of The Angelic Upstarts and UK Subs with an equally potent blend of Rocket From The Crypt and Turbonegro, and you have a sense of Czech punks BOY and the body of their outstanding debut album DARKEST VISIONS. Fusing old school British punk with a touch of glam and raw rock 'n' roll, this release makes a dramatic entrance into the music market, giving BOY a mighty future within the world of punk rock. You can expect raw antagonistic punk rock of the finest order!! The album features numerous guests including Ronnie King on piano (who has worked with NOFX, Rancid, The Offspring, Snoop Dog), Shawn Smash on guitar (Total Chaos) and many more!! Packaging includes a foil stamped heavy slip case cover which contains a matte finished gatefold jacket with lyric sheet & three different options of slip case & coloured vinyl!! (Unrest Records #47)

PSYCHO SIN - Forward To The Caves LP + Maximum Hardcore CD
A sought after piece of classic New Jersey Hardcore finally available again. Insane political punk, that pushed the limits of hardcore from 1984-1989. Complete with hand made paste on covers like the original, as well as a booklet and bonus CD with the classic LP and "You Axed For It" EP tracks, along with 50 other rare tracks never before available on CD. 73 tracks total! For fans of Rapt, Wretched, Larm, Cyanamid, Koulema, etc. (General Speech Records #7)

G GAS - Generation Gas LP
Unreleased 1984 recordings by this chaotic hardcore band from Sapporo, Japan featuring members of L.S.D. and Tranquilizer finally sees the light of day. Truly deranged hardcore influenced by The Stalin, as well as their Sapporo contemporaries like Deef, and Tranquilizer who were all pushing the envelope in terms of speed and rawness of sound even in the early years of the 80's. Includes an insert with unseen photos, band interview, and liner notes by Yasushi of Napalm. PLEASE SEE: Unfortunately Ebullition cannot distribute this release to Japan at this time. (General Speech Records #6)

TRAFFIC DEATH - Terror On The Freeway 7"
New 5 Song seven inch EP from TRAFFIC DEATH featuring 4 original tracks ranging from fast paced violent punk rock, heavy riff driven metal all the way to speed enfused ragers. This record also includes a cover of the song "Hit & Run" by Girlschool. This is the follow up to the bands first album "Don't be a Projectile" that was released last year on Vehicular Genocide Records last year. This EP shows TD starting to find their sound even more, with a solid dose of sound samples along with the killer cover art by Alexandros Pyromallis. TD Features ex. members of Black Market Fetus and current members of Dark Mirror and NGDS. Limited edition pressing of 500 copies on clear vinyl with blood red splatter, heavy jacket with black inner sleeve and insert. (Give Praise Records #133)

SICK OF STUPIDITY - One Shot, One Kill CD
Come together by a member of the powerviolence force JESUS CRÖST - we have a brand new unapologetic powerviolence / grind slaughtering from Holland (Netherlands). Get ready for a barrage of blastbeats in this 11 song grind opus! (Give Praise Records #138 CD)

INVOCATION SPELLS - Descendent The Black Throne CD
Forever on the hunt for the foulest sounds in the metal underground, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present INVOCATION SPELLS' second album, Descendent The Black Throne. Released earlier this year in South America in a limited CD version, Descendent The Black Throne will be fittingly released on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats by HELLS HEADBANGERS. Hailing from the cult metal hotbed of Chile, INVOCATION SPELLS indeed invoke a potent 'n' poisonous spell here. Bestial metal, blackthrash, and especially classic speed metal all get dumped into the duo's ever-bubbling cauldron, then shot forth with a filth 'n' fury that can only come from South America. The recording crucially finds the balance between fuck-off raw and clear/cutting, with each incensed-yet-impassioned note ringing out through the sulfurous haze before mangling the mind with quintessentially Chilean diabolism. At eight compact songs, Descendent The Black Throne wastes no time and demands repeat invocation, each galloping anthem spelling absolute possession. INVOCATION SPELLS descend the black throne and command obeisance... (Hells Headbangers Records #164)

Descriptions for 12/26/15

TERMINAL NATION - Waste 7"
For Fans of INFEST, LACK OF INTEREST, WEEKEND NACHOS, BREAKDOWN Hardcore with heavy breakdowns... Fans of WEEKEND NACHOS and LACK OF INTEREST will be pleased. Terminal Nation are a hardcore punk band from Little Rock, Arkansas who combine the spirit of NYHC bands like Citizens Arrest and Sheer Terror with the relentlessness of powerviolence. This unique concoction of hardcore makes their new 7" called "Waste" a force to be reckoned with. The eight song EP is chock full of disgruntled aggression that bellows out of every pore of the record. (Deep Six Records #240)

CAVE STATE - Manferior 7"
Hardcore power violence west coast style carrying the torch that SPAZZ and LACK OF INTEREST dropped. Fast tracks with breakdowns to blast the neighborhood with. (Deep Six Records #242)

LIFESPITE - s/t 7"
NEGATIVE HARDCORE! LIFESPITE is ready to pound your worthless skull to dust. Bringing you six tracks of contempt and disgust for mankind, this is crude, blunt and negative hardcore for axewielding maniacs into HAYMAKER, SHEER TERROR, LEFT FOR DEAD and INFEST. (Deep Six Records #242.5)

SM 70 - s/t LP + 7"
Long time awaited discography on Vinyl (LP+ Bonus 7") of this german Punk/Hardcore/Fastcore Pioneers from Berlin (formed later the well know Pink Flamingos), named after an GDR Spring-gun system. As one of Germany's precursors to grindcore and powerviolence SM-70 toured with Satanic Malfunctions and released a few 7"es and a self made do CD. The tracks incl. 2 unreleased live versions on the LP+7" were completely remastered and the Artwork is including pictures and stuff you have never seen before. Fast. Faster. SM-70. Nothing more to say. Limited press of 500. (RSR/Hate Ape Productions #10)

EXTORTION - Obsess CD
New collection Cd of totally 70 tracks of 7"s, 5"es, split 7"es, split Lp with Cold World, Demo tracks and some unreleased tunes. Extortion set out to make ears bleed pure powerviolence that worships at the altar of bands like Crossed Out, Neanderthal and Infest. Their songs whip up into a frenzy of blast beats and growls and slow down into agonizing sludge bits. (RSR Records #161 CD)

EXTORTION - Obsess tape cassette
New collection Cd of totally 70 tracks of 7"s, 5"es, split 7"es, split Lp with Cold World, Demo tracks and some unreleased tunes. Extortion set out to make ears bleed pure powerviolence that worships at the altar of bands like Crossed Out, Neanderthal and Infest. Their songs whip up into a frenzy of blast beats and growls and slow down into agonizing sludge bits. 200 made only!same foldout cardboard cover like the MIND ERASER TAPE. (RSR Records #161 TP)

WHATEVER BRAINS - 2015 s/t LP
On this, the Whatever Brains' fourth and final full-length, the band continues tilting at the windmills of punk's aesthetic myopia and the United States' gradual political unraveling, and it's as musically and lyrically brilliant as ever. The Brains continue to exploit their knack for combining rhythmic complexity with big, melodic hooks, but the vibe here is less frantic than their previous releases. They are now able to ride an EDM-influenced groove or wallow in a sax-drenched psych jam for much longer than the ADD-addled songwriting style of their earlier records would have allowed. There's no small degree of provocation in the fact that the Brains take their most ambitious work and plaster the word "PUNK" across it in giant letters. I still haven't figured out whether this gesture is an homage or an indictment, but forcing myself to square my definition of punk with Whatever Brains' combination of lyrical sincerity and musical nihilism has been one of the chief pleasures of following this band. Limited to a one-time pressing of 300 copies. (Sorry State Records #77)

BANDAGES - All Extreme Measures 7"
The fourth entry in Sorry State's North Carolina singles series is the debut single from Bandages. A Raleigh supergroup of sorts, Bandages includes members from bands like Double Negative, Shoxx (NYC), Future Binds, and many, many others. Of those bands, Double Negative and Shoxx are probably the closest points of comparison as the huge, metallic sound and general attitude of misanthropy and ugliness carries over from those bands. However, Bandages aren't your standard hardcore band, but rather a twisting, writhing, heavy, yet agile beast with a sound all their own. Arrestingly original, this is a band made for fans of heavy music that are too smart for their own good but too dumb to quit. Limited to a one-time pressing of 300 copies. (Sorry Statae Records #78)

WHATEVER BRAINS - An Object 7"
It's only fitting that Whatever Brains contribute a record to Sorry State's NC Single Series because, since the dissolution of Double Negative, Whatever Brains have become the veteran band on the circuit and de facto leaders of the scene (at least as far as many are concerned). The a-side track, "An Object," is ostensibly about the phenomenon of "independent" "punk" bands hiring publicists, though I probably never would have known that if Rich hadn't told me. What I'm more interested in is the song's sweeping, almost triumphant synth melody, which shows just how much the Brains have grown as songwriters since their cacophonous early releases. (By the way, when I remarked that said synth melody sounded to me like the theme from The Love Boat, Rich replied that it was actually inspired by Gizmo's song from Gremlins.) The b-side is a Lee Hazlewood cover built around chiming, reverb-drenched bell sounds and it goes places that no previous Whatever Brains track has gone. Limited to a one-time pressing of 300 copies. Volume 3 of Sorry State's North Carolina Singles Series. (Sorry State Records #75)

FUTURE PUNX - This Is Post Wave LP
Why don't you do yourself a favor and get this through your moldy rind ASAP: Future Punx are punk. Punker than the Tragedy tattoo you got in 2006 and try to forget about. Punker than your "transgressive" Soundcloud-noise-wankery and the fascist imagery you childishly borrowed for the logo. Punker than your dangly earring and your stupid switchblade that you will literally never use, and yes dear reader, punker than YOU. The members of Future Punx have all taken the traditional punk trajectory; playing in crust, garage, weird-punk, hardcore punk bands, and by virtue of thinking for themselves becoming what they were always meant to be: FUTURE PUNX. For far too long the Punx have been a well-kept New York secret. The band, formed in the aftermath of FERGUS & GERONIMO, have become a well-oiled live machine over the last three years. Near-constant gigging at New York institutions like Baby's Alright, Palisades and Silent Barn have found them fiercer than ever, evidenced in 'This Is Post-Wave', their first full length LP. On the self-produced album, Future Punx solidify their vision of a genreless approach to musical creation, finding a focused, diverse and open-hearted approach to exploring the astral planes of punk. Both sonically and conceptually, 'This Is Post-Wave' takes the group to new places. It shouldn't be surprising that the title reads like that of a manifesto, as the opening, titular track is just that. Telling both the bands' cosmic origin-story and ideological agenda, the song ends with an exciting refrain: "Liberate at any rate, don't hesitate, THIS IS POST-WAVE" (Adagio 830 Records #136)

BATON ROUGE - Fragments Deux Memes LP
Repress of their debut LP. Baton Rouge is 4/5 of Daitro playing "a kind of indie - noise in the vein of Unwound /Television /Mission Of Burma / Sonic Youth mixed with some emo-rock ala Twelve Hour Turn / Tubers". 4 friends who grew up in the landscape of the Beaujolais vineyard close to Lyon France, between birds and grapes. They learned how to play together being inspired by Sonic Youth, Mudhonney, Nirvana or things like that. This is a new project in the vein of their first love, a kind of indie rock with power chords, arpeggios, clear voices, and tremelo. Same people, different way to play, different music with the feeling to discover everything, as the beginning of learning music even as they had been playing together for a long time. Everybody says that 30 years is a rebirth in people's life, for Baton Rouge, it's an extra time of their friendship, just good time spent together in playing old things, with a lot of common pleasant recollection. "Fragment deux meme" is an 8 piece record where all these influences are suggested closely or remotely connected, as if it was the natural following of their last ten years. (Adagio 830 Records #130)

ULTHA - Pain Cleanses Every Doubt LP
USBM inspired Black Metal four piece from Cologne. Ex-Planks/Goldust/Atka ... ULTHA's debut record features four epic songs of dark, moody Black Metal somewhere between the traditional Scandinavian school and a more contemporary US-Black Metal approach. "Pain Cleanses Every Doubt" is for fans of Ash Borer, Xasthur, Leviathan, Christicide, Blut Aus Nord... The four songs often vary in speed and mood, yet always functioning as one big entity. A constant feel of urging darkness is present. This manifests in the omnipresent melodies which lure the listener in and also in the sophisticated, metaphor ridden lyrics about melancholia, depression, doubt and anti-religious believes. The record was recorded in the bands rehearsal space only a few months after the band's initial first rehearsal. There is a fine balance of a cold, rough feel to a full and heavy sound, embodied in a very mature songwriting for such a young band. (Vendetta Records #103)

SVFFER - Empathist LP
After a well acclaimed debut LP on Vendetta and Halo Of Flies last year Svffer deliver 8 new songs of chaotic fast emo grind power violence. They combine violent beats, intense tunes and screaming 'til the lungs bleed. This record is catchy and stays in the mind for quite a while and at the same time it is never dull. It is like an invitation to listen devoutly, swaying rhythmically or moshing angrily through the bedroom. (Vendetta Records #104)

SEI TO SHI - Vida Y Muerte 7"
Severely overlooked punk band from NYC circa 2010-2011. Singer is from Kyushu and sings in manic vocals in Japanese over fast-paced raw punk with a Spanish and Scandi influence. Contains members of En La Olla from New York. Honest and pure spirit. (Nightrider Records #4)

PMS 84 - s/t 7"
Catchy punk from PDX. Pogo punk riffs will infect your brain for days. A must record for fans of oi and UK 82. Contains members of Koward, Moral Hex and Vivid Sekt. (Nightrider Records #5)

ELECTRO INSIDES - s/t 7"
Debut EP from New York hc punks, Electro Insides. This 7" contains four tracks of chaotic, heavy punk/hc chaos with psychotic vocals. Think, John Brannon of Negative Approach fronting Born Against. Or, dirty, riff-y bands like Filth. Dark lyrics that speak to a sick, sad world. Members' ex-projects include: Fever Dream, Requin, Don Peyote and Touch Me Satan. (Artificial Limbs Records #1)

BLIND PIGS - Linha De Frente 10" (color vinyl)
"Linha De Frente" ("Frontline" in English) is the latest release by the veteran, Brazilian streetpunk outfit Blind Pigs. This six-song 10" includes four new songs in their native tongue (Portuguese), one in English and a fantastic rewriting of a 1950s rockabilly classic originally done by Don Gibson. This is an amazing EP, arguably better than anything else they've done - and with two English tunes, is even more accessible to the non-Brazilian masses already climbing on board in droves. (Pirate's Press Records #129)

VACATION - Back To The Land 7"
New VACATION 7" Single! Hot off the heels of the bands' newest full-length album, "Non Person" on Don Giovanni Records, we bring you 2 Unreleased exclusive songs cut from the bands', "Candy Waves" album (Lets Pretend Records). 2 vastly different versions of an unreleased track, "Back To The Land". Both versions are widly different, style-wise and performance-wise. Not just an alternate recording. Two completely different versions of this song from these Ohio spazzed-out lo-fi punk rockers. (Dead Broke Rekerds #133)

HORACE PINKER - Recover 7"
Brand new 7" EP from long-standing Chicago-area punk rock veterans. Originally from Arizona, Horace Pinker has been churning out their blend of melodic & powerful punk rock anthems for nearly 25 years. And they still fucking got it. Their first 7" release in almost 20 years. Woah. Follow-up release to 2011's full length album, "Local State Intertia". Recorded & Mastered by Mass Giorgini. Featuring Dan Lumley (Riverdales & Squirtgun) on drums. (Dead Broke Rekerds #129)

CASUAL - s/t LP
Full-length debut from this New Jersey melodic, indie pop-punk band. Ex-members of NONA, Caseracer, Pinkus & more. The members of Casual have been the catalyst for keeping the tiny suburban community of Flemington, New Jersey on the punk map over the past five years. Through a "members of" list that's nearly a decade long and four states wide, as well as their involvement with a DIY space that's become a home to touring bands looking for a spot to play between Philly and New York, their brand of witty, technical "pot punk" has been turning heads for a couple of years. Now, Casual - guitarists Mike Haller and Jeff Hersch, bassist Liz Parsons, and drummer Joe Brendel - is finally dropping their self-titled full length on Square of Opposition and Dead Broke Rekerds. From the jump, the band tackles the issues that pop up in suburban life - boredom and a Magic: The Gathering obsession on the scream-along second track "Mana Burn", drug addiction on the burning, furious closer "Opium" - with a tenacity and thoughtfulness far beyond their years. The highlight is "Doing Business," a dynamic, concise punk song that channels just as much Static Radio NJ as it does RVIVR. Casual is a fantastic first effort for a band that's quietly building a reputation for their energetic live show. (Comes w/download card) (Dead Broke Rekerds #131)

STIGMATA - Pieces Of Me/Fillers For Coffins 7"
For over 20 gut-punching years, Stigmata has defined aural aggression and musical mayhem as the underlying backbone that the Upstate New York hardcore music scene has been built upon. Alumni have gone on to make musical waves with the likes of Shadows Fall, Murderers Row, Great Day For Up, Dead Rabbits, Crisis, The Clay People, Ill Remembered and Burning Human, to name a few. "Pieces Of Me" and "Fillers For Coffins" are the first new tracks from these Troy, NY hardcore vets in 15 years. 7" includes digital download. (Reaper Records #75)

(restock) NO FRIENDS #1 with LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS/AUSMETEANTS split 7" flexi
Interviews with Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos, Capitalist Kids, Trance, Ray Creature, Slugbugs, and lots more... 96 pages! (No Friends #1)

(restock) CONVERGE - All We Love We Leave Behind LPx2 (color vinyl)
"All We Love We Leave Behind" is the latest album from Converge. Once again recorded and mixed by guitarist Kurt Ballou at his renowned GodCity Studio in Salem, MA, "All We Love We Leave Behind" is a no-frills Converge album that sees the band - which also features vocalist Jacob Bannon, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller - eschewing fancy production techniques in order to create 17 songs that work as a cohesive whole, yet can also stand on their own. "There's no artificial distortion, triggers or Auto-Tune on this album," Ballou explains, "it's all organic, it's real sounds that capture the way the band performs live." New pressing now available on green vinyl with a gatefold cover. 2xLP includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #139)

(restock) DAMNATION A.D. - Kingdom Of Lost Souls LP (color vinyl)
Formed by Ken Olden (Worlds Collide, Battery, Better Than A Thousand) and Mike McTernan (When Tigers Fight) in 1993, "Kingdom Of Lost Souls" was their second full-length album and Revelation Records debut released in 1998. Brutally honest and compelling lyrics with a vocal style that can only be described as apocalyptic, the overwhelming production, the matured, dynamic songwriting and the nightmarish lyrics and vocals make this record a truly exhausting listening experience. For fans of Earth Crisis, Integrity and Unbroken. New pressing now available on blue vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download of this record. (Revelation Records #71)

(restock) FARSIDE - The Monroe Doctrine LP (color vinyl)
Farside was a hardcore punk band from Orange County, CA founded in 1989. Their sound was a mixture of late-'80s post-hardcore (Dag Nasty, Husker Du and the Descendents were big influences), '90s alternative metal (Helmet, Quicksand) and the power-pop sensibilities of the late '70s (Elvis Costello), and as a result the band never quite fit in on any bill they were booked to play. "The Monroe Doctrine," the band's final album, was the culmination of ten years of progression for the band and reflected their diverse mixture of punk, post-punk, indie and pop melodies. These are the remaining copies from Black Friday 2015 on red vinyl. LP includes digital download of this record and two additional tracks. (Revelation Records #69)

Descriptions for 12/19/15

GRAND HEAD - s/t LP
Ten times the thunder of the melvins, 66.6% the personnel! Like Hellhamer from the 70's. Two brothers out of Portland Oregon bring the doom and monster riffs with a hardcore slant. No plodding 15 minute songs, instead this album contains 9 songs that will leave your ears bleeding in 30 minutes or less. Raw and dripping with influences ranging from Black Flag, The Melvins, Celtic Frost, and Harvey Milk. This is heavy on the riffs, and minimal on vocals, which sound at times like Cronos from Venom, and other times like Jerry A from Poison Idea. These brothers have been playing together a long time (mid '80s hardcore band Dread, and '90s melodic punk band The Jimmies), you wont believe they make such a loud thud. The vinyl comes with a nice pull out lyric sheet, and some rough sketch artwork from the guitarist himself. (Gorbie International Records #9)

SHEER MAG - I/II CD
Limited CD containing Sheer Mag's first two EP's (originally released on Wilsuns Recording Company in the USA and Static Shock in UK/Europe) to coincide with the bands first EU tour. Eight tracks in twenty seven minutes. In 2014, Sheer Mag seemingly came out of nowhere with possibly Static Shock's favourite release of the year. They are the only band of recent times that manages to sound like a mix of a classic Seventies rock record, power pop and an obscure English DIY 7" from the late 70's. Everything sounds scrappy, fuzzy and scuzzy and it's all the better for it. The riff packed guitar work and fuzzed female vocals sit perfectly together whilst the crude rhythms just adds bounce and basic beats. Think a mix of the power pop delight of Protex, the lo-fi nature of The Seize, the riffs of Thin Lizzy and the powerful female vocal of Suzi Quatro. The CD comes in a reverse board digipack and with a double sided lyric insert. (Static Shock Records #31)

ANTIGAMA/THE KILL/NOISEAR - 7"x3 boxset
Years in the making, this spectacular 3-way split between ANTIGAMA (Poland), THE KILL (Australia) and NOISEAR (USA) is finally available for grind masses yearning for outrageous noise! 17 blistering songs clocking in around 25 minutes; highest dose of unadulterated grindcore. The world-famous brothers in grind of the 21st century to unite for a violent feast and celebrate longtime friendship. This is a must have for every grindcore freak!!! Limited to 500 copies on color vinyl. (Haunted Hotel Records #74)

BIRDS IN ROW - Personal War LP
Birds In Row is a melodic and abrasive band from Laval, France. Blurring the lines between hardcore, punk and related sub-genres, Birds In Row offers something of substantial weight to their listeners. Collectively carrying somber hearts and poignant souls, they navigate through melancholic seas to shape beautifully hook-laden songs unlike anything else out there today. Now available on colored vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #186) (restock) TOZCOS - s/t 7"
Great debut 7" from Santa Ana's Tozcos. This EP contains five raging tracks. Musically, they may remind one of Toreros After Ole or perhaps Svart Framtid but Tozcos are a sound distinct from anything else. The bass lines are unforgettable and the drumming is superb. Monse's vocals provide the perfect complement to each jam. This is one of the best bands to come out of Southern California in recent memory. (Verdugo Discos #9)

(restock) FUMIGADOS - s/t 7"
This four track 7" by Fumigados reminds me of classic punk bands like The Avengers, The Expelled, and even Vice Squad. Fumigados are not limited to this sound though. Erika's distinct vocals (formerly of Grima) rage through each song. The guitar and bass work on this 7" is fantastic. The intensity of this record is matched only by their great live performances. One of the best LA punk bands to come out recently. (Verdugo Discos #8)

(restock) HARRINGTON SAINTS - Pride & Tradition LP
Continually referred to as the cream of the new streetpunk and oi! crop, Harrington Saints has now picked up the banner to lead the charge of the worldwide resurgence of the genre. "Pride & Tradition" is the second long player by the Bay Area's premier streetpunk band. Produced by Lars Frederiksen (Rancid, Old Firm Casuals), "Pride & Tradition" contains 11 brand new tracks of anthemic and blistering street rock 'n' roll with lyrics that are insightful, timely and unapologetic. Now available again on colored vinyl with updated cover artwork. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Pirates Press #56)

(restock) TRAPPER UNDER ICE - Big Kiss Goodnight LP
With roots embedded deep in the hardcore scene, Trapped Under Ice is broadening their reach and exploding far beyond genres like their predecessors Hatebreed did. Trapped Under Ice gets diehard support from hardcore punks, tried and true metal heads, and everyone in between. Here's 13 tracks packed with the signature T.U.I. groove, grit and pit starter. Now available again on colored vinyl with alternate cover artwork. LP includes digital download. (Reaper Records #47)

(restock) TRAPPER UNDER ICE - Stay Cold 7"
Hailing from the port city of Baltimore, MD comes the war-mammoth known as Trapped Under Ice, who proudly inherit and build upon the mantle of their predecessors Next Step Up and Gut Instinct. Compound this with the sonic territories explored by New York bands such as Crown Of Thorns and Breakdown, and the intent of the outfit becomes obvious - total aural brutality. The vinyl version of this EP contains six tracks of unrelenting hardcore reality. Now available again on colored vinyl with alternate cover artwork. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Reaper Records #15)

(restock) JUDGE - Bringing It Down LP
To most fans of hardcore, Judge is a band that needs no introduction. The band took the ideals and positive goals of Youth Of Today and infused them with beefy guitar licks, introspective lyrics and a hefty influx of New York style. This 25th anniversary version of "Bringin' It Down" is limited to 1,000, pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, packaged in an embossed LP jacket with printed Judge hammers on its interior, includes a diecut insert of Judge hammers as well as the original gatefold insert, and has been out of print for more than a decade. (Revelation Records #15)

(restock) ABORTICIDIO - s/t 7"
Raw hardcore from Mexico City. Classic sound of late '80s and early '90s Mexican punk with some influence from '80s japanese punk. Masacre 68, MELI, Kagada De Perro, Herejia meets GAI. Limited to 250 copies. (General Speech Records #7)

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

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

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

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