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Descriptions for 4/10/2021

INSECT WARFARE - World Extermination LP
What more can be said about "World Extermination" that hasn't already been said? In our opinion it is one of the top five grindcore albums of all time. It's distinct, catchy, brutal, unpredictable, relentless, mechanically tight, razor sharp and that artwork is iconic as hell. A perfect album in every way. This is an official reissue, lovingly recreated with the best available materials to be as close to the original release specifications as possible. This version improves on the original in that it comes with more legible insert art, a heavier jacket and a much, much bigger poster. Everything is bigger in Texas, right? 1000 copies of black 150gr vinyl housed in a 24pt jacket with lyric insert, poster and download card included. Recorded at Red Room Studios in Houston TX. Re-Mastered by John Golden. Art by Daniel Shaw and Tom Triplett. (Iron Lung Records #178)

GAG - Killing For Both Realities 3 '92 LP
Have you longed, hoped...nay, prayed for the paradisical utopia where the availability of all GAG's yesteryear classics were at your beck and call? Well, long no longer... "Killing For Both Realities 3 '92", is the answer to your prayers! It's a collection of selections from the early EPs including hits like "Don't Like", "Intro", "No Cops", "Haunted Truck Bed", "Clown Farm", "I'm A Punk", "Locker Room", "Chains And Barbwire", "HAHAHA", "Steel Shank", "Chains And Barbed Wire", "Raw Meat", "Squeeze", "Meth Lab", "No Hope, No Change", "Warm Milk" and "Warm Milk", sure to delight every listener's dangly lobes into sheer bliss. (Iron Lung Records #167)

ELECTRIC CHAIR - Social Capital 7"
Picking up right where "Performative Justice" left off with ELECTRIC CHAIR cranking out their pitch perfect hyper active USHC filled to the brim with snarl and style. These manglers have sharpened their sticks and aimed them square at the hackneyed garbage parade that is modern society, just jabbing away at it until all thats left is a bloodied lump and maybe a tooth or something. Listen and bear witness to one of the best punk bands of our generation doing what needs to be done. 1000 copies of Discharge black 70gr vinyl housed inside a stunning silver foiled glue pocket sleeve with a full color 14x14 poster and download card included. Recorded by Detto. Mastered by Jack Control. Art by Collin Buhr with photographs by Dave Hoekje and type/design by Leoff Spennit. (Iron Lung records #179)

NERVOUS SS/RAT CAGE - Skopje VS Sheffield split LP
It's a stark and baron land out there right now. What we all need is some fucking loud, fast, uncompromising raw punk to drown out the constant bullshit being broadcasted as 2021 develops. Both following up storming debut LP's with five new tracks plus a local cover each, Nervous SS and Rat Cage clash head to head on this 12 song barrage of hell for leather punk rock. The Nervous SS side (Skopje) undoubtedly wears a Totalitär influence on its sleeve, but combine that sweet sound with a complete powerhouse vocal bombardment that sets Nervous SS a cut above the rest. Flip to the Rat Cage side (Sheffield) for a rapid attack of Scandi riffs with the relentless urgency we've grown to know and love from the band. The side ends with a U.K. Subs cover, clearly displaying Rat Cage's classic British Punk influence. With Master dials set firmly to 'destroy mode', this record will be your saviour in these dark times. Crank it. (La Vida Es Un Mus #231)

M.A.Z.E. - II LP
2nd Twelve Inch from Japan's rising stars M.A.Z.E. delivering short snappy punk songs with groovy bass and guitar accents in the vein of Minutemen/Suburban Lawns - a superb blend of high energy punk, new wave, post punk for fun, well crafted songs with excellent protest type lyrics. Rejoice, the most feverish expression from Japan's top group is finally available on vinyl record! Pogo for the people in the back, 9 raucous wave punk songs snaked straight to the dome. True political and societal dissent often postured by today's bands, laid out in cool fashion over smart, tense guitar and bass interplay-- but undeniably fun! Bombs away music, pacing panther through the circus bars music-- Eriko's vocals might remind one of Plastics' Chica Sato, but sung with more deranged intent. Punks slamming to the disco beat. Tatsuya's slick guitar parts chime like bells at the plant, driving the songs like a blistering flash from the sun. Urgent songs by shiny people in the new style, great music for no future. (Lumpy Records #105)

THE MIND - Open Up The Window and Leave Your Body LP
Short Version: 2nd LP from Cleveland's THE MIND who make noise in a Bizarre dimension where Cocteau Twins were on Ralph Records and The Space Lady scored David Lynch films. Noisy Dream Pop / Post Punk strangeness straight from the ether. My favorite time of day is the millisecond around 5:08am when a glitch causes gravity's suspension just long enough to reset your tiny toxic prejudices, your color palette, your misaligned spine. The cause of your death - some distant past, now - revealed by screeching tires as you walk to the store for a Nutter Butter, or intuited by the metronomical drip of your faucet as you lay down to "sleep." You get just the faintest phantom odor of a plane you've been to before and will visit again. And yet you go on, day in and day out, heading towards something in this world, trying to get somewhere. The simulation has programmed it as Free Will(tm) in the shiny-marble flesh-computer at your top, but Artificial Intelligence has been infiltrating the Arts for a minute now - like a video game designer making their game more difficult. Just look at Scriabin's Mysterium. People were flipping! Babies recited Paradise Lost and Himalayan farmers contracted to wave Mountain Fishtails at the ether were plucking their toenails out in uncanny jubilee! This is how humans evolve, after all. A sentient grain of sand from somewhere far, far away enmeshes itself in the cultural fabric of a point in time - a little germ, fecundated by the permutations of human chaos, trying to shatter your pretty fragile brain for the sake of rebuilding it. AI has gotten much more tactful recently. Enter: The Mind. You won't know how many forks in the road this record decided for you until 2036. I wager it'll be sometime in June, around 5:08am... Members of Note: Steve Peffer (Nine Shocks Terror), Jordan Darby (Dry Rot). (Lumpy Records #104)

VARATHRON - Genesis of the Unaltered Evil CD
Along with contemporary releases by Rotting Christ and Necromantia, Varathron's demo material firmly established a style that is thoroughly Grecian in character. Thick with a damp and heavy Hellenistic darkness, Varathron explored a sound that was infused with the epic and the ancient. As with so much of the most evocative and potent Black Metal, the ancient currents are revealed through the expression of the modern. Varathron's music is as mystical as it is visceral. The recordings on this compilation comprise the earliest seeds of what would become one of the greatest bands in the history of the genre. This collection contains all of Varathron's work leading the band toward the creation of their monumental debut LP, "His Majesty at the Swamp." (Nuclear War Now Records #204 CD)

MYSTIFIER - Wicca CD
Mystifier's status as one of the most celebrated and respected black metal bands ever to have risen from the Brazilian underground is unchallenged. The band's recorded works extend back over thirty years to 1989, when the "Tormenting the Holy Trinity" demo was released. During the course of the ensuing four years, Mystifier recorded and released the "T.E.A.R. (The Evil Ascension Returns)" EP, the "Aleister Crowley" demo, and its first two full-lengths, "Wicca" and "Göetia." Each of these recordings documents the incremental steps that the band undertook in developing the infernal sound that it eventually perfected with the release of its second album. In reissuing these seminal recordings on all conventional formats, Nuclear War Now! is honored to resume the unholy alliance with Mystifier that was first established in 2008 with the release of the "Baphometic Goat Worship" vinyl box set. Commencing with the CD release of "Wicca," this new campaign of Mystifier reissues, to which the copyrights have been secured by NWN!, promises to keep these essential recordings available indefinitely. (Nuclear War Now Records #543 CD)

SYNTELEIA - Ending Of The Unknown Path LP
Limited to only 300 copies - all on black vinyl. Although a relatively new band, SYNTELEIA breathe the breath of the ancients and maintain an authentically classic Hellenic black metal style. Naturally, the influence of the Greek "Big Three" (Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia) looms large, but also within the SYNTELEIA sound can one detect traces of early Septic Flesh, Thou Art Lord, and Nightfall. Above all, despite being grounded in the early '90s, SYNTELEIA exhibit a vital fire and freshness of approach which makes Ending of the Unknown Path truly timeless. SYNTELEIA was founded in 2015 by guitarist Drakon Hesperion and vocalist Nyctelios. Being devoted followers of the Greek black metal scene for more than 20 years, they started composing original stuff, heavily influenced by the pioneers of the scene - Rotting Christ, Varathron, Horrified, Necromantia, Thou Art Lord, and more. (Hells Headbangers Records #259)

DANA ALBERTS - Nick of Time 7"
Thrasher's Skate Rock #1 is where it all began. So many bands, so many different styles all coming together for the perfect compilation. One of the stand outs in a full list of killer bands was Minus One. Their 4 tracks have stood the test of time and remain classics to this day. Dana Albert's is their singer/guitarist and these are those 4 classic songs redone "acoustic". Don't let that word scare you, this ain't no hippie shit. Just another take on these now legendary songs that have never been on vinyl...until now! (Not Like You #36)

WITNESS MARKER - s/t LP
Witness Marker's debut LP has finally landed. A blend of 1990's skate rock, DC's Revolution Summer and some of the stronger 1990's basement core bands...yet a simple description eludes me when talking about them. Central Pennsylvania isn't a hotbed for skate rock by any means, yet we were able to find this gem out there. Now it finds its way to you! If you were a fan of the soundtracks to some of the 1990's hottest skate videos, you will want to check this out. (Not Like You #35)

(repress) SHITFUCKER - Suck Cocks In Hell LP
One of the metal underground's best-kept secrets, Detroit scum-crew SHITFUCKER have finally delivered a full-length of filth after a prolific slew/spew of EPs and demos, under the fuck-off-tourists title of Suck Cocks in Hell. A power-trio in the grand tradition of early SODOM, VENOM, and MOTORHEAD, the three nuclear zombies of SHITFUCKER gnarl together ancient blackthrash and toxic hardcore-punk into a blown-out brew bubbling over with disease, degradation, and devil worship. Bow before apocalyptic witching metal of the highest order/odor : this is SHITFUCKER's Suck Cocks in Hell! Recommended for diehards of GISM, early SODOM, ABIGAIL, and early BATHORY. (Hell's Headbangers Records #110)

COME CLOSER - Pretty Garbage LP
While time has seemed to stand still over the past year, this has given Come Closer's J. Wang the time to put together this debut record, "Pretty Garbage," that will undoubtedly be turning heads very quickly. Embodying the quintessential DIY spirit from years in bands such as Dan Padilla, Tiltwheel, Altaira, and more, Wang produced the record in the back room of his house with some help from an all-star cast. Davey Quinn (Tiltwheel, Dan Padilla) and Chris Prescott (Pinback, No Knife, Rocket From The Crypt) lent their musical and engineering talents that helped bring this record to life. (Pirates Press Records #289)

Descriptions for 4/3/2021

V/A - A Tribute To Capitalist Casualties: West Coast Power Violence Forever LP
International tribute to the Godfathers of Power Violence and the memory of Shawn Elliott. 6 countries, 24 bands, 25 songs. Contributing bands are Completed Exposition, Maxxpower, Human Garbage, Self Deconstruction, Entrails Massacre, Cliterati, Godstomper, Sick/Tired. Hummingbird Of Death, Tired Of Everything, Yacopsae, Endorphins Lost, God's America, Fractured, Thulsa Doom, Days Of Desolation, Grin And Bear It, PLF, Sidetracked, Hangal, Soil Of Ignorance, Massgrave, To The Point, and Squelch Chamber. Digital download and limited sticker are included. Rest In Power Violence, Shawn. (Rotten to The Core Records #34)

DOLLHOUSE - The First Day Of Spring 7"
Members of CRAZY SPIRIT, PHARMAKON,MOMMY,LOTION,HANK WOOD). On their debut EP " The First Day of Spring", New York City's DOLLHOUSE fuses the type of dark, galloping melodies and unrelenting bass and drums peculiar to their past projects into monstrous and catchy hardcore punk. Driving, demented pop sensibilites are further unhinged by singer Mike Caiazzo's manic ravings as they run the gamut between coy sassiness and stark, guttural outbursts. Four tracks, with artwork designed by the band hand screen printed here in NYC. (Toxic State Records #43)

MYSTIFIER - Wicca cassette tape
Debut album of Brazilian bestial black metal from 1992 is finally available on cassette format. For fans of Blasphemy, Beherit and Sarcofago. (Nuclear War Now Records #543 TP)

MYSTIFIER - Goetia cassette tape
Second and best album of Brazilian bestial black metal from 1992 is finally available on cassette format. For fans of Blasphemy, Beherit and Sarcofago. (Nuclear War Now Records #545 TP)

XIBALBA - Ah Dzam Poop Ek cassette tape
The highly praised early 90_s Mexican black metal album is available again on Tape format with proper packaging. Included are all album tracks with the original mix and four extra tracks taken from their split demo with Avzhia. (Nuclear War Now Records #62 TP)

CAIXAO - Demo 2020 cassette tape
Caixão is a one man traditional black metal band from Lisbon, Portugal. It follows the steps of the craft created by others that created the genre before in what could be loosely called occult/black metal. Its style can float around a few axes or regional scenes' influences. It could be the mystical sound of 90s greek/italian/portuguese bands or south american, the finnish or the eastern european. Inspiration comes directly from many sources, some well known and others not. Master's Hammer, Barathrum, Beherit, Tormentor, Necromantia, Varathron, Sigh, Mystifier, Sarcofago, Zemial could be the most direct of obvious influences. 80s bands are also a big part of it: Celtic Frost, Bathory, Desexult, Mayhem, Messiah, Obscurity, Treblinka. Caixão assumes itself has a southern band paying tribute to the unwritten or forgotten history of mediterranean and atlantic cultures. (Nuclear War Now Records #555 TP)

STARGAZER - Psychic Secretions tape cassette
On this tape cassette, StarGazer embraces the more aggressive aspects of its sound, harkening back, in a sense, to the band's earlier era. But instead of the raw, bestial attack that characterized its earliest work, "Psychic Secretions" is refined and chiseled to perfection. The so-called "progressive" or "avant garde" elements that the band has folded into its sound over the years are on full display, even as the overall intensity of the songs is amplified. With the exception of the poignant lament in the first half of the monumental album-closer, "Pilgram Age," the album is primarily forceful and direct. The performances are precise and tightly wound, yet the songs themselves evolve in serpentine dimensions, blurred and warped in a masterful display of some of the most spectacular songwriting in metal. The abstruse themes and compositional intricacy of StarGazer's koanlike music are such that the album demands repeated, concentrated listens before it can be adequately deciphered, and even then, it remains mystifying and obscure. (Nuclear War Now Records #539 TP)

CONQUEST FOR DEATH - A Maelstrom of Resentment & Remorse LP
After several years in the shadows, CONQUEST FOR DEATH offer their first full length slab since 2013's Many Nations, One Underground. Breaking from their routine of haste and geographical separation, A Maelstrom Of Resentment and Remorse was written in Oakland over the course of several months following their East Asian tour in 2015, giving them time to fully develop and realize songs while honing sights on the short blasts of fury that have been their signature since the band was born out of an impossible idea more than a decade ago. Razor sharp guitars have a heft that we haven't heard before from CFD, and the addition of B (SCHOLASTIC DEATH, NO STATIK) on drums has turned their thrash into a battering ram. Dating back to his time in WHN?, and ALL YOU CAN EAT before that, Devon's words have always provoked thought, but this record shows a reflection that is not always pretty, or even hopeful...and he's showing us our own faces in that mirror. Doses of frustration to rip the scabs off of still healing wounds, exposing our differences and our hypocrisies with lyrics decidedly more dark than the band's previous releases, a darkness and intensity that consumes the vocal delivery. But the record is not without hope, far from it, and closes with a two minute sonic montage featuring the voices of friends from all over the world celebrating the power of DIY hardcore in more than fifteen languages. Grit your teeth if you need to, fight through the frustration, because there's a reason we are still here. (Refuse Records #171)

SCRAPS - Wrapped Up in This Society LP
Refuse Records is excited to present part two of the reissue of recordings by SCRAPS from France. This time it's their first full-length LP, released exactly 30 years ago! The original pressing was released on vinyl by very small DIY label, Be Yourself Records, run by a friend of the band. Two years later it was released on CD on X-Mist Records in Germany, sharing that disc with the classic album "Strike the Match" by NATIONS ON FIRE (both bands were sharing the same singer - David). The first three SCRAPS 7"s from 1985-1989 set a high bar, and although the full length LP album brought a slightly subdued sound, these 17 tracks are fully energetic with fast tempos, a few melodic parts, and furious political messages. The texts accompanying the songs are aimed at those who would revive fascism in Europe, and also at racism, injustice, economic and gender inequalities, and the exploitation of animals and the earth. The song "Refuse" gave its name to a small distribution and zine, from which a small cassette (and then record) label emerged somewhere in Warsaw...and who now has the pleasure to reissue these recordings on vinyl! One-time pressing limited to 500 copies. Like the original version, the album contains a 24 page booklet with lyrics. Remastered by Smok, Studio As One. (Refuse Records #170)

STEP FORWARD - Demos 1989-1990 LP
Step Forward. Umeå Hardcore Originals. In 1989 there were no such things as Umeå Hardcore. There was no scene and hardly any punk bands. A bunch of friends got together under the moniker of Step Forward to play fast and wild Hardcore. This is the first proper Straight Edge band of Sweden - started a couple of years after some members of legendary Svart Parad brought it to Scandinavia. They were in many ways the origins of the scene that in the 90's exploded with bands like Refused, Abhinanda, The Doughnuts, Final Exit and Umeå Hardcore became a thing outside of Sweden. In their short lifespan between 89-91 they recorded two demos, put on numerous shows and did a fanzine called Umeå Hardcore Zine. For the first time ever the 2 demos are being released on vinyl. Remastered and with liner notes from Dennis Lyxzen and a bunch of unseen photos. The band was only around for a fraction of time but they had a huge impact on the small world surrounding them and Dennis of course went on to form REFUSED right after the break up. Members of STEP FORWARD were also involved in bands like FINAL EXIT, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, E.T.A., REGULATIONS, AC4 or INVSN in next three decades! If you are into fast Hardcore done by a bunch of alienated teens from the north of Sweden you need to check out this record. (Refuse Records #173)

CHANGE - Closer Still LP
It's time to grow towards the sun again. It's time for Change. Closer Still is the debut LP from Change, the Pacific Northwest Straight Edge band made up of Aram Arslanian, Chris Williams, Jeff Caffey, Mike Jurek and Matt Bertell. The record is 13 songs of urgent hardcore influenced by Youth of Today, Uniform Choice, INSTED, Sportswear, Turning Point and Embrace. However, the song writing pulls inspiration from across genres keeping the record from painting itself in a corner musically. Lyrically, Closer Still was written over a year and at its core is about coping with loss, anxiety and depression and trying to make the changes needed to find a better path. The songs focus on growth, both personal and social, and encourage embracing who we are while also working on becoming the best version of ourselves. Written and recorded by Aram Arslanian, Dave Mitchell, Carl McBeath and Alex Schollen, the LP was tracked and mixed by Jesse Gander at Rain City Records, with lead vocals recorded Avrinder Dhillon at Ziyen Studios and mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music. The record features art by Eric Himle and the packaging was designed by Evan Wivell with help from Jon A Gaasland. Closer Still will be released on LP through REACT! Records in North America and by Refuse Records in Europe, and on cassette by Life.Liar.Regret Records in Australia. (Refuse Records #166)

DREGS - Built to Rot 7"
The Vienna based 4-piece strikes once again. Pissed off by the current state of the world they provide 6 brand new fast and heavy songs. Lyrics aimed to criticize police oppression, inhumanity and overall lack of empathy and to endorse a drug free, revolutionary mindset, are wrapped up in an instrumental that takes a slight nod towards 80's thrash metal and classic Straight Edge Hardcore with a typical DREGS twist to it. This system is built to rot! (Refuse Records #172)

CHILD'S POSE - Eyes to the Right 7"
CHILD'S POSE build little worlds. We're emerging from a long slumber and they're inviting you in! This is New Wave for Now People, lush, warm vignettes of start-stop punk-pop, played by members of SAUNA YOUTH, WOOLF, SARCASM, and NEKRA. Sop's fluid - almost taunting! - vocal delivery is at once dark and jubilant, punctuated by instrumentation that reinvents itself over and over, twisting and turning songs that reward repeat listens. Limited to 400 copies on black vinyl, accompanied by a Risograph printed insert and housed in a full color jacket. (Thrilling Living Records #21)

DEATHSLAUGHTER - The Last Great War of Humanity LP
Direct from the crypts of São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, Deathslaughter delivers 29 minutes of primal, bloodthirsty horror. While drawing strength from Brazil's bestial forefathers Sarcófago and Holocausto, spiritual guidance from Greek occultists Rotting Christ and Varathron, and wielding the buzzsaw attack of GISM and Discharge, Deathslaughter has conjured a thing of terrible power, five songs that would make the late Coffin Joe proud but also fuel the punks and metal heads partying through the last days of humanity. There is something for all the miscreants and mutants worldwide itching to revisit the open graves and vomit ridden alleyways of the 1980s. 100 hand numbered copies on black vinyl. Includes sticker and lyric sheet. (Financial Ruin Records #19)

SULFURIC CAUTERY - Cornea Lacerations 7"
If 2020 was a sound, it would be this grotesque malformed cascading swarth of mutilated absolutes. But Sulfuric doesn't look at calendars. The war never ends. Let this replenish your vigor beyond disgust. Fuck the last thing you heard with a blast beat. Five tracks. Nine minutes. Cover by J. Hodges of Suppression. Mastered by Will Killingsworth. 505 copies in heavy uncoated glue pocket sleeves with double sided insert and download code included. Members of PIZZAHIFIVE, MURDERMAN, MASTICATED POLYPS and dozens more freak mince grind noise blast mayhem. FFO: Napalm Death, Sore Throat, Agathocles, Suppression. (Malokul Records #19)

WET SPECIMENS/CARTRIDGE - split 7"
Wet Specimens (Albany, NY) and Cartridge (Boston, MA) team up for a rush of battering hardcore punk peddling misanthropic bad vibes for everyone. Wet Specimens have always managed to hide hypermelodic and catchy weirdo shit just beneath their frenzied and raw hardcore punk, but here it's far more subtle and even more expertly employed this time around. Cartridge can be described as blindingly fast, blown out and bellicose. Cartridge baits the apocalypse, beckoning the end with the same ferocity of Anti Cimex, Totalitär, or Framtid.. Members of Sadist & Video Filth - Review by No Echo (Brain Slash Records #5)

DISABLE - ...Slamming In The Depths Of Hell 7"
D-beat by definition is derivative which, for a d-beat fan, is fortunate because there is a wealth of paint by numbers releases that will satisfy your mania for conquest. DISABLE from Atlanta, Georgia however have been bringing a fresh take on a classic subgenre that blends catchy riffage with screaming noise that fills a room while keeping all the best parts of d-beat in place. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Laser tight, hard hitting drums back a vicious sounding string section and singer Ben's doubled up vocal howl. Consistently putting out good releases, they have returned with their first slab of wax since the Annihilation Konton Crasher Omnibus comp in 2013. (Brain Slash Records #3)

THERE WERE WIRES - Somnambulists LP
There Were Wires were an underground hardcore/metal band from Boston, MA that formed in the late 90s. They quickly gained notoriety in New England for their intense and chaotic live shows. The band played regularly throughout the early 2000's, sharing stages with prominent bands like Mastodon, Converge, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, along with successful tours with Daughters (Ipecac Records) and Zombi (Relapse Records). There Were Wires were one of the early pioneers of the Doom Metal genre, and became an influential giant that would pave the way for a wave of slow, heavy music that would follow after the band's demise. Members of There Were Wires later went on to play in Doomriders (Deathwish Inc.) and Disappearer (Magic Bullet Theory). (Tor Johnson Records #50)

Descriptions for 3/27/2021

BLASFEMIA - Guerra Total LP
With its previous releases from the likes of Reencarnacion and Nemesis, Nuclear War Now has demonstrated its affinity to the "Ultra Metal" scene that was endemic to the city of Medellin, Colombia in the late 1980's and early 1990's. This strain of unhinged fury was spawned by the great Parabellum, who is recognized as the first extreme metal band to emerge from Colombia and one of the first from the entire continent of South America. Upon Parabellum's disbandment in 1986, the similarly-styled Blasfemia was born. Founded by two members of Parabellum, Ramon Restrepo (vocals/bass) and Jhon Jairo Martinez (guitars), Blasfemia sought to outdo the rawness and brutality of its predecessor in a sound that reflected the harsh reality of existence in a place ruled unofficially but unequivocally by the sinister hand of a powerful drug cartel. Nuclear War Now hereby presents a highly-merited reissue of the "Guerra Total" 7", along with all other Blasfemia recordings known to exist from its original era. With this release, the legendary Medellin Ultra Metal scene is deservedly given new life. (Nuclear War Now Records #532)

STARGAZER - Psychic Secretions LP
On this album, StarGazer embraces the more aggressive aspects of its sound, harkening back, in a sense, to the band's earlier era. But instead of the raw, bestial attack that characterized its earliest work, "Psychic Secretions" is refined and chiseled to perfection. The so-called "progressive" or "avant garde" elements that the band has folded into its sound over the years are on full display, even as the overall intensity of the songs is amplified. With the exception of the poignant lament in the first half of the monumental album-closer, "Pilgram Age," the album is primarily forceful and direct. The performances are precise and tightly wound, yet the songs themselves evolve in serpentine dimensions, blurred and warped in a masterful display of some of the most spectacular songwriting in metal. The abstruse themes and compositional intricacy of StarGazer's koanlike music are such that the album demands repeated, concentrated listens before it can be adequately deciphered, and even then, it remains mystifying and obscure. (Nuclear War Now Records #539)

SABBAT - The Dwelling LPx2
Nuclear War Now proudly continues its well-established objective of reissing Sabbat's impressive catalog of studio albums for the North American market with this release of "The Dwelling" on LPx2 format. Whereas each of the first four Sabbat full-lengths were released in consecutive years, almost two years passed in the interim between the releases of "Fetishism" in 1994 and "The Dwelling"in 1996. This additional time between releases is fully justified in the attention to detail paid in the composition of this masterpiece. As the band's fifth album, "The Dwelling" represents the culmination of the band's songwriting evolution in a single, hour-long track that journeys through every manifestation of its trademarked Japanese blacking metal. As with NWN's previous Sabbat reissues, one can expect the best in terms of its audial and visual presentation. This version is complete with the original artwork by Juha Vuorma (see Beherit "Demonomancy" cover, etc.), and the music is recorded on three sides of a double LP, with a screen-printed Side D, as with previous Sabbat album reissues. Once again, the band and label have brilliantly conspired to bring new life to the classic recordings of one of the most celebrated black metal cults. (Nuclear War Now Records #514)

DARK OPERA - The Day of Pariah LP
In 1991, Dark Opera was formed in Lodz, Poland, the very same city in which the band's compatriots of similar ilk in Pandemonium had united approximately two years earlier. Dark Opera's first year of existence was plagued by several lineup changes, but it stabilized later that year when the band began to write its own songs and played its first live gig in Lom_a. The following April, Dark Opera recorded its first demo, "The Day of Pariah," at Ariadna Studio in Lodz. Originally, this cassette was self-released, but the band was later signed by Carnage Records, who released a second iteration of the tape with alternate artwork. In 1993, the band added a second guitarist and recorded its first and only album, "Calling the Legend," in April of that same year. Like the demo that had preceded it, the album was released by another Polish label, Baron Records, who made it available on cassette format only. Like the aforementioned Pandemonium, Dark Opera's music was reminiscent of the great Samael and others like Alastis and Taranis, but it also incorporated a somewhat greater influence from both death and doom metal. Nuclear War Now is proud to be the first to reissue both Dark Opera recordings on vinyl and thus continue its neverending objective of rekindling the great fires once set and then left unattended in the most obscure caverns of the underground (Nuclear War Now #535)

DARK OPERA - Calling the Legend LP
In 1991, Dark Opera was formed in Lodz, Poland, the very same city in which the band's compatriots of similar ilk in Pandemonium had united approximately two years earlier. Dark Opera's first year of existence was plagued by several lineup changes, but it stabilized later that year when the band began to write its own songs and played its first live gig in Lomza. The following April, Dark Opera recorded its first demo, "The Day of Pariah," at Ariadna Studio in Lodz. Originally, this cassette was self-released, but the band was later signed by Carnage Records, who released a second iteration of the tape with alternate artwork. In 1993, the band added a second guitarist and recorded its first and only album, "Calling the Legend," in April of that same year. Like the demo that had preceded it, the album was released by another Polish label, Baron Records, who made it available on cassette format only. Like the aforementioned Pandemonium, Dark Opera's music was reminiscent of the great Samael and others like Alastis and Taranis, but it also incorporated a somewhat greater influence from both death and doom metal. Nuclear War Now is proud to be the first to reissue both Dark Opera recordings on vinyl and thus continue its neverending objective of rekindling the great fires once set and then left unattended in the most obscure caverns of the underground. (Nuclear War Now #536)

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. I LP
Pulling from a dense archive comprised of 15 years worth of demos, unreleased tracks, variations on material that later evolved into something else, unused soundtrack cues, and everything in between, This Will Destroy You and Dark Operative are proud to announce the launch of "Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. I," an ongoing audio series. The first installment features six selections of completely unheard material from roughly a three-year period in the middle of the band's career. Whereas traditional rarity collections can feel like an archive dump (wherein the songs don't have a discernible relation to one another in any capacity), "Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. I," has been meticulously crafted to flow seamlessly from beginning to end, communicating a long-form narrative that can only be experienced in full when listening to the piece in its entirety. (Dark Operative Records #30)

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. II LP
Pulling from a dense archive comprised of 15 years worth of demos, unreleased tracks, variations on material that later evolved into something else, unused soundtrack cues, and everything in between, This Will Destroy You and Dark Operative are proud to continue "Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. II," an ongoing audio series. The second installment focuses heavily on the self-titled era, giving all a previously unseen and unheard glimpse behind the curtain at some of the early stages and ideas for songs that ultimately became the band's most successful album to date. (Dark Operative Records #32)

CEREMONY - The Doldrums (Friendly City)/Into The Wayside Part V 7" (Color Vinyl)
A new Ceremony 7" single to help commemorate 10 years of their landmark album "Rohnert Park." "Rohnert Park" cemented Ceremony's legacy as a once-in-a-generation California punk band, and indeed one of the all-time great, quintessentially California bands, period. This 7" single features "The Doldrums (Friendly City)" on side A and an unreleased track unearthed from the original "Rohnert Park" recording session on side B. This is the yellow vinyl version, exclusive to Rev and limited to 200 copies. (Bridge Nine Records #271)

Descriptions for 3/20/2021

XANTOTOL - Thus Spake Zaratustra LP
While their output was limited to just two demos and a single album, Xantotol have maintained a cult status in the quarter century since the band's dissolution. Formed in 1991 by drummer Jacek "Venom" Szczepa_ski and female guitarist and vocalist Ma_a, while they were still in high school, Xantotol were among the vanguard of Poland's Satanic elite in the early days of the Polish black metal movement. Inspired by the likes of Venom, Bathory, Samael, Necromantia, and a host of other obscure metal the teenagers encountered through avid tape-trading, Xantotol developed a style of black metal that was at once primitive, brooding, and atmospheric. The extreme economic conditions Poland experienced at that time due to the slow decay of the communist regime profoundly impacted the band's sound. They relied on cheap equipment and could only rehearse a couple times per week in a room they rented at the local culture center. In 1995, Xantotol entered the studio to record their first proper album. Entitled "Thus Spake Zaratustra" and releasd in 1995 by Witching Hour Productions, the album displayed a fully realized expression of the sound and themes found on the demos. Stylistically, the songs on the album are more varied, with the band advancing beyond the purely mid-paced, Samael-influenced sound featured on the demos. Adding to the effect of the album are the keyboard intros and outros performed by Hermh, a project formed by Witching Hour owner Bart_omiej "Bart" Krysiuk. The album also featured a bassist named Siwy (who also appeared on the "Cult of the Black Pentagram" demo) adding greater depth to the sound. In every respect, "Thus Spake Zaratustra" is a phenomenal debut. It is proficient and possesses a distinctive and sinister character that truly sets the band apart from their peers in that era. (Nuclear War Now Records #533)

TRIFIXION (Venezuela) - Crucificados LP
Existing for a brief period in the mid 1990s, Trifixion of Venezuela harnessed the sound and spirit of their more renowned Brazilian neighbors far to the southeast. Their two demos, Crucificados (1995) and Demo 1996, are a snapshot of a truly obscure and forgotten scene, now unearthed for a new audience. These off-the-rails recordings of Venezuelan deathcore are certain to please fans of the mighty Sarcófago, Necrófago, and Death Yell. Nuclear War Now! proudly presents the first-ever reissues of both demos on 12-inch vinyl format. (Nuclear War Now #496)

TRIFIXION (Venezuela) - Demo 1996 LP
Existing for a brief period in the mid 1990s, Trifixion of Venezuela harnessed the sound and spirit of their more renowned Brazilian neighbors far to the southeast. Their two demos, Crucificados (1995) and Demo 1996, are a snapshot of a truly obscure and forgotten scene, now unearthed for a new audience. These off-the-rails recordings of Venezuelan deathcore are certain to please fans of the mighty Sarcófago, Necrófago, and Death Yell. Nuclear War Now! proudly presents the first-ever reissues of both demos on 12-inch vinyl format. (Nuclear War Now #504)

MYSTIC INANE - Natural Beauty 7"
Mystic Inane from New Orleans called it a day but before they disbanded they recorded one last EP. 4 tracks of dissonant Punk with a heavy no-wave flavour. This time a split release with the greatest Cleta-Patra Records out of MN. (La Vida Es Un Mus #227)

Descriptions for 3/13/2021

CAMPANA DEL TERROR - Atropello cassette tape
9 songs of fast, pissed off, political Chilean thrash, recorded as a solo-project in 2020. Only one song clocks in over 1 minute, so you know this is stripped down fast thrash. Co-release between 625 and To Live a Lie; pro-cassette, two color-cover, limited to 125 copies. (625 Productions Records #275 TP)

SMIRK - LP LP
Hailing from Los Angeles and coated in a layer of warbled analog glory comes the debut full length album from Smirk, the solo project helmed by Nick Vicario (Public Eye, Crisis Man). These 11 meticulously crafted tracks originally appeared on two small run cassettes in 2020 and have since been remastered at North London Bomb Factory and paired with fresh artwork from Smoking Room. A trebly & wiry punk sound comes into effect straight out of the gate, reminiscent of the early Dangerhouse Records singles as well as the "Bloodstains Across..." comps (to be more precise). But there's far more to Smirk - with great songwriting, precision, and instrumentation that seem to emanate from a past that never was, bursting any preconceived sub-genre bubbles from this reality and those parallel to it. 'LP' is a tour de force of bratty, pissed off punk energy. 'LP' comes packaged in a reverse board sleeve with download code. (Feel It Records #51)

XIBALBA - Ancients cassette tape
While NWN! has immense respect for and was highly influenced by much of the Black Metal output of the 1990's, very little of it still retains as much of its original allure as that created by Mexico's earliest masters, Xibalba. "Ancients" features the 1992 "In Lucescitae Tristis Hiei" demo as well as a rehearsal recording from 1994. While drawing their musical inspiration from the same sources as the Norwegian Black Metal pioneers of the early 1990's (Bathory, Hellhammer, Sodom, etc.), Xibalba turned toward the ancient traditional Mayan culture for guidance in their rejection of the Catholic plague infesting Mexico. The result is Raw Black Metal perfection similar in some ways to their contemporaries, but still distinctively Xibalba. (Nuclear War Now Records #63 TP)

LUCIFER'S HAMMER - The Burning Church cassette tape
Formed in Michigan during the late 80s, Lucifer's Hammer was a prominent fixture in the Midwest underground, playing numerous regional gigs and routinely featured in the lineup of at Michigan Death-fest. Although Lucifer's Hammer released two earlier demos, it was with their 1994 self-released tape, "The Burning Church," that the band left its most enduring mark. Lucifer's Hammer was among the first American bands to play death metal suffused with the atmospheric darkness and savage ferocity associated with the then-emerging black metal movement. On "The Burning Church," the band plays relentless blackened death steeped in a miasma of blasphemy. Indeed, this demo is among the darkest death metal recordings of its time. Lucifer's Hammer should be mentioned alongside bands like Profanatica, Demoncy, and Absu. (Nuclear War Now Records #509 TP)

XANTOTOL - Thus Spake Zaratustra cassette tape
While their output was limited to just two demos and a single album, Xantotol have maintained a cult status in the quarter century since the band's dissolution. Formed in 1991 by drummer Jacek "Venom" Szczepa_ski and female guitarist and vocalist Ma_a, while they were still in high school, Xantotol were among the vanguard of Poland's Satanic elite in the early days of the Polish black metal movement. Inspired by the likes of Venom, Bathory, Samael, Necromantia, and a host of other obscure metal the teenagers encountered through avid tape-trading, Xantotol developed a style of black metal that was at once primitive, brooding, and atmospheric. Last year, in an effort to restore some of the glory denied the band during its short existence, NWN! compiled the two demos as a single release called "Black Doom Metal." After the overwhelmingly positive response to that release, NWN! now presents a new edition of the band's monumental "Thus Spake Zaratustra" album. (Nuclear War Now Records #533 TP)

SATANCHIST - Drtici Kacirskych Pohlavi cassette tape
Among the more curious entries in the annals of underground Czech black metal obscurities is Satanchist. Czech extreme metal from the late '80s and early '90s always had an elusive, indescribable character; prominent bands like Root, Master's Hammer, and Torr produced a body of work that avoided adherence to formula. Though unknown compared with the aforementioned bands, Satanchist left an eccentric mark of their own. Formed in 1989-the same year that Communist Czechoslovakia dissolved amid the so-called "Velvet Revolution," giving rise to the Czech Republic-Satanchist began as a duo playing blackened grind metal. After the demo came out, Satanchist played a handful of local shows before disbanding, and the remarkable demo recording remained largely lost to the decaying processes of memory and time. It's time to revisit and reevaluate this excellent recording, and this reissue from NWN! will hopefully deliver it to a broader audience and solidify Satanchist's legacy. (Nuclear War Now Records #538 TP)

FUNERAL WINDS - Screaming for Resurrection cassette tape
This tape collects their third demo, debut 7_, and split LP with Abigail. Formed in 1991 and still active to this very day, Funeral Winds plays apocalypse-born Dutch Black Metal in the ancient way. Satanic metal that's sure to please fans of old Gorgoroth, Bestial Summoning and old Mayhem. (Nuclear War Now Records #541 TP)

FUNERAL WINDS - The Unholy Saviour cassette tape
This tape collects their first two demo recordsings, a live track and an unreleased studio track from 1995. Formed in 1991 and still active to this very day, Funeral Winds plays apocalypse-born Dutch Black Metal in the ancient way. Satanic metal that's sure to please fans of old Gorgoroth, Bestial Summoning and old Mayhem. (Nuclear War Now Records #542 TP)

SCOURGE LAIR - Abominable Entities Demo 1 2017 cassette tape
Finnish black death metal demos from 2017 and 2019 are available again, this time as pro cassettes under the NWN banner. For fans of Necros Christos, Demoncy, and Mefitic. (Nuclear War Now Records #537 TP)

SCOURGE LAIR - One Hundred Eyes One Hundred Arms Demo 2 2019 cassette tape
Finnish black death metal demos from 2017 and 2019 are available again, this time as pro cassettes under the NWN banner. For fans of Necros Christos, Demoncy, and Mefitic. (Nuclear War Now Records #538 TP)

SABBAT - The Dwelling cassette tape
As the band's fifth album, "The Dwelling" represents the culmination of the band's songwriting evolution in a single, hour-long track that journeys through every manifestation of its trademarked Japanese blacking metal. As with NWN's previous Sabbat reissues, one can expect the best in terms of its audial and visual presentation. This version is complete with the original artwork by Juha Vuorma (see Beherit "Demonomancy" cover, etc.). Once again, the band and label have brilliantly conspired to bring new life to the classic recordings of one of the most celebrated black metal cults. (Nuclear War Now Records #514 TP)

VENEFICES - Succubacy Demo cassette tape
Death/Black Metal abomination released from Hades with members of Bestial Raids. (Nuclear War Now Records #549 TP)

ULTRA-VIOLENT - Crime For Revenge 7"
Originally released on Riot City Records in 1983 and quickly becoming one of the label's most highly sought after releases, Ultra-Violent recorded just one single before breaking up when vocalist Adie went on to front the Metal incarnation of the English Dogs. Three songs of blistering UK82, and quite possibly the best record in the genre. Finally reissued in it's original format, with original copies regularly selling for £70+ online. An excruciating amount of thought and love has been poured into this release to make it the best reissue it could be. The accompanying insert also features reprints of original fanzine coverage, several previously unpublished photographs and also for the first time, a lyric sheet. Remastered at North London Bomb Factory by Daniel Husayn. (Static Shock Records #25)

SARCASM - Creeping Life LP
Sarcasm's final offering is the much-needed shot in the arm you don't even have to queue for. Sonically their six-track EP is a potent mix of the ignorant anarcho clatter and arch post(-graduate) punk you already love them for, but moreso. Picture UK DECAY squatting the Barbican. Still eschewing distortion for a truly inspired use of phase, the cavernous production (another Falco joint) will leave you staring at a city trader until he switches carriages. Whether it's echo-laden pronouncements on our worst instincts for techno addiction ('Digital Colony') or odes to modernist artist Paul Nash ('Marsh Personage') each track is as desperate as it is restrained by the same conditions. Heavily reminiscent of FALLOUT and the more cerebral end of UK82, mercilessly taut and lyrically about as obtuse as you'd hope from punk songs about rare varieties of lichen. Some guy once said something about the need for pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will in abject times, and this band amply proved the evergreen joy to be had in being a smart arse. Bury 'Creeping Life' under the rubble of the A3030 at Stonehenge when they start tunnelling, because this is one for the well-groomed future druids. Justified and ancient, 'Creeping Life' absolutely goes. (Static Shock Records #82)

HORRENDOUS 3D - debut 7"
Portland-City noisecore! Retinal dilating crust collision of "Greatest Invention" era Doom, "Disgrace to the Corpse of Sid" Sore Throat and Japanese noise disintegration! Four songs with poster and lyric inserts. (Whisper In Darkness #35)

DEATHCHARGE - Bad Dream Forever cassette tape
Long out of print 2013 LP, now on tape! Living in a river of darkness, beneath the neon lights. This is what it's like to be buried alive. (Whisper In Darkness/Distruction #3)

CHAIN REACTION - Figurehead LP
Featuring members of incredible Belgian acts Rise And Fall, Congress and Spirit Of Youth comes Chain Reaction. A band that works to bridge the sonic gap of 80s and 90s NYHC bringing to mind acts like Crown Of Thornz, Outburst and later era Leeway. (Atomic Action Records #93)

NOOSE ROT - The Creeping Unknown LP
Death metal (USA). Reverse board sleeve, insert. download card, hype sticker, shrinkwrap. Gruesomely regressed and appallingly involved, in their wretched and bludgeoning debut EP NOOSE ROT (who feature in their ranks members of Gatecreeper, Skeletonwitch, and Wolvhammer) spew forth a vomited cascade of complete aural filth that engulfs the listener in a blinding deluge of chainsawing guitars, steamrolling drums, and putridly tortured vocals. At its most delicate and refined The Creeping Unknown is nothing more than a coffin-born aural stampede of complete aural rot where caveman-death metal is taken to a sickening new extreme, conjuring similar diseased atmospheres as seen in bands like Cruciamentum, Vastum, Acephalix, Disma, and Grave Miasma. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #63)

CTHONICA - The Lesser Incantations of Chthonic Lore LP
Black/death metal (Venezuela). Matte sleeve, download card, hype sticker, shrinkwrap. Venezuelan aural plague Cthonica re-emerge from the sepulchers and sewers of Caracas with a new chapter in their abominable saga of repulsive and sepulchral ritualistic raw black/death metal. Hideous beyond comprehension and utterly horrific, "The Lesser Incantations of Chthonic Lore" was conceived as some kind of perverse telepathic link to the underworld and it reconfirms the Venezuelan necromancers as an absolute horror of creation. Across its three mammoth spells of slithering cacophony and ritualized horrors, on the horrific new MLP Cthonica regurgitate another stomach-churning thirty-minute subterranean emanation of death ridden incantations and complete aural deformities, rummaging the depths of total perversion and abandon to unearth one of the most nauseating, primitive, and hallucinatory rituals of aural blasphemies to have been vomited out of South America in recent years. (Sentient Ruin Laboratores #129)

(repress) FRIENDSHIP - I & II LP
Don't let the name fool you. Crippling powerviolence/grind and crushing doom is what you get from this mysterious and elusive Japanese foursome from Chiba prefecture in Japan. A firestorm of bleak and crushing fastcore and black hole-sized doom - for fans of Hatred Surge, Corrupted, Full of Hell, Column of Heaven, Thou, and Nails. After we "discovered" their "I" and "II" self titled EPs on Bandcamp, we contacted the band to release both EPs on one tape earlier this year as a compilation, and due to high vinyl demand and the tape selling out in record time, we're now happy to bring you this beast on 45RPM white 180 gr wax. After we released I&II on tape, Southern Lord Records took note and signed the band on the spot for an (upcoming) debut album with will see light soon. So expect this vinyl to sell FAST once their new album is released. (King of the Monster/Sentient Ruin Laboratories #34)

NEUROOT - Plead Insanity LP
One of the roughest and most politically active hardcore punk bands of the 80s from Holland were NEUROOT from Arnhem. Legendary is the song "(Wir sind) Die Ratten vom Müll" from their 7" from 1985. For many years they have been organizing concerts at the "Goudvishall"-Squat in Arnhem. In 1987 the "Plead Insanity" LP was released, a milestone in the history of the dutch Punk Rock scene of the 80s, whose music and lyrical content is still highly relevant today. This LP is now rereleased for the first time including the originally intended (but back then not used) LP cover artwork as well as a previously unreleased song! A true Killer! (Power It Up Records #273)

DÖDSDÖMT - 1989 to 2019 LP
Norway has produced a lot of HC punk classic bands like SO MUCH HATE, STENGTE DORER, BANNLYST or KORT PROSESS. DODSDOMT from Horten, founded in 1993, released the "Logn" 7" in 1994 and disbanded shortly after. In 2016 the band got together again and released in the meantime the two extremely good 7 "es "Deg Allein" and "Dine Siste Tanker" on their own record lable, but were available only in small quantities outside of Norway. Therefore POWER IT UP Records will rerelease these maximum brutal hardcore punk smasher songs as a full-length LP! The music by DØDSDØMT is like a Viking raid in Lindisfarne, England back in 793! No prisoners are taken! (Power It Up Records #265)

ARCHAGATHUS - Atrocious Halitosis From Nauseated Disgorging LP
Archagathus is one of the best mincecore bands of the past decade. Musically a bastard of AGATHOCLES and MESRINE, of course these guys, like their teachers, have a lot of releases now, lots of splits, some Ep and some LP's, but this LP is something special. "Atrocious Halitosis from Nauseated Disgorging" represents the best of these Canadian maniacs. Crazy and catchy groove, raw sound and countless cool riffs. All of this happened 10 years ago, the album has been sold out for years. Now this LP is 10 years old and on this occasion these 18 tracks will be released in vinyl format for the first time! The LP comes in an inside / out cover design and also includes a 400gr insert. (Power It Up Records #259)

AGATHOCLES - Baltimore Mince Massacre LP
Regular Edition Green vinyl 200 pressed 2016, BALTIMORE, USA....... Years after frequent attempts of AGATHOCLES trying to get into the USA for making a tour, being refused entrance into the land of freedom several times in the 90's and last time in 2015, AGATHOCLES managed to get into the "country of freedom and hope" in summer 2016. Wasting no time and playing a show everyday, AGATHOCLES also got the chance, on a very hot afternoon in July 2016, to make a full studio session of 38 songs with JOE WARKENTIN doing all the vocals and second guitars. Imagine the combination of a heated up (near 40 degrees) small studio in Baltimore, with friends around, no sleep, all adrenaline, the "we wanna make noise now" spirit and the plan of playing a show that same night... The result: a massive driller killer sensation of old AGATHOCLES cognac poured with the finess of ARCHAGATHUS whiskey and the bulldozing bass gin of MORTICIAN. STIR IT WELL AND YOU GET THIS ALBUM !!! The LP is housed in an inside/outside cover design and contains a huge full colored booklet. Shipping day March16th!!!!! (Power It Up Records #252)

AGATHOCLES - Thanks for Your Hostility LPx2
The title leapt at me when I first heard about it! I think that "Thanks for your hostility" is the best Agathocles record title ever. But then, I've been a little disappointed when I listened to the musical content itself; probably by the inadequat sound production. It's very clear and actually powerful, but guitars sound a little weak and find a way a little bit more technical than before, drums also have a slightly snare, feeble sound... vocals are great though, well, at least on the grindcore songs, because there's a very high percentage of crusty/hardcore influences on songs like "Until it bleeds", "Hatred is the cure", "Cheers humanity cheers", "No use... hatred" & many more! But all in all I truly enjoy their crust side there! Then, maybe the sound is too clear to play crust here too... But anyway, some riffs reminded me good old crust bands like Mob 47 and alikes... So, it's nice! And yes! Agathocles is always Agathocles and their mincing feeling is always alive and well; There are many grindcore tracks, with fast drumming, growls, tortured screams and an abundant use of splattery vocal effects! The great songs are "Criminalisation of strange behaviour", "Strangulation", "Life control", "Be your own god", "He cared" & more.... The lyrics are always socially aware and always more sarcastic... The cover artwork is not a masterpiece. Well, this is although a 40 tracks LP of really intense musical aggression! It will probably please to those more into hardcore & crust, but it has a big portion of great grind! So recquires the listening of grind freaks too. Obviously a must-have for Agathocles completists. The bonus material (11 tracks) was recorded in the Natianal Radio Station in april 96 and was broadcasted a few month later. (Power It Up Records #256)

VLADIMIR HARKONNEN - Vlad Smash! LP
VLADIMIR HARKONNEN were right into the process of doing songwriting for the next record, THE GREEN ALBUM, when suddenly a wild idea came up: What would it be like to do a special record with short but crisp songs only? Of course with all the trademarks of VLADIMIR-HARKONNEN (Punk, Thrash, speed, melodies, destruction...)! At first it sounded a bit too crazy, but then the songs were creating themselves very fast! CRASH! BANG! WALLOP! Like both previous records "VLAD SMASH!" was recorded by Ulf Nagel at the DEMOLITION ROOM in Kiel (THE CREETINS, BONEHOUSE, SMOKE BLOW, WALLCRAWLER). You are hearing the band as if it is playing in your living room (can you see your neighbour's lawn dying?). The basics were recorded live. Nearly all lyrics are written by vocalist Philipp. Some take a stand against fascism ("13 Minutes" is dedicated to Georg Elser), some against dictators ("Butcher Of Petrograd" describes the bloody defeat of the Kronstadt Rebellion by the Red Army in 1921), some against transfigurers of the past ("In The Good Old Days It Used To Be ...Worse"), some against colonialism ("White Ghosts") and other against Flat-Earth-Society alu hat conspiracy believers ("Flatties"). And then there's this book named "Les jeux sont faits" by Jean-Paul Sartre which Philipp found on the street and which inspired him for "The Chips Are Down". "Ram It Down" = finally a pathetic representer praising the band and the live-situation! Not to forget the topic of alienating work, about which bassplayer Andi wrote a song ("Stagnation Is Death"). VLADIMIR HARKONNEN's influences were generated from thirty years of collecting records. Of course they are speedfreaks. They love HEAVY METAL. They love PUNK. They love THRASH... As Robert Z. is saying: "Vladimir Harkonnen are their own steelhorse, which simply is destroying everything that dares to block their way ---but with a lot of love." (Scene2Act) The coverartwork was done by Jeff Gaither (THE ACCUSED, MISFITS, GUNS N' ROSES...). (Power It Up Records #262)

VLADIMIR HARKONNEN - Into Dreadnought Fever LP
Repress from the Second full lengh by this north-german Thrash flavoured Hardcore crew. This is a massive slap of power feat. the fromer singer of Kiel Hardcore legends BONEHOUSE. Lyrically quite a lot to say with songs like "Frontex Fuckers", "Black Metal Duckface", "Death For Profit" and "Do you feel safer now?". The LP comes in a nice gatefold sleeve and contains a 72 sided magazine. (Power It Up Records #263)

M.A.F. (MUT AUS FLASCHEN) - Hau Ab... LP
"Mut aus Flaschen" (M.A.F.) is another classic German hardcore / punk story, for the first time the complete discography on vinyl. The material is a rough, fast and trashy hardcore / punk will. Full of alcohol and anger is the sound of M.A.F. . The first LP contains the songs of the "Hau Ab" LP on Rock O Rama, on the second LP there are songs from the demo recorded in 1983, as well as songs from the split demo with MACH 3 and live material from 1983. The double LP comes with an inside out Cover plus a very nicely opened 20-page booklet. Plus very nice gimmick. (Power It Up Records #270)

BRIGADE FOZZY - Jetzt Erst Recht LP
BRIGADE FOZZY was one of the early hardcore punk bands from the Westphalian MÑnsterland. They started in 1983 with a trashy kind of punk, which the "Maximum Rock'n'Roll Magazine" described as "enjoyable, old-fashioned punk with verve". The band played in various formations until 1989, learned their instruments well and changed their style into "good, driving hardcore with sharp drums and cutting guitar" (MRR). The band released two EPs on their own label "Punk Anderson Records" and played most of their shows in the nearby Netherlands. They also contributed a song to the legendary Dutch "Babylon Staying" sampler. In 1989 they released their last studio recording, the "Resident Mockery" tape, which praised the fanzine "Aardvark" as "crystal clear hardcore with critical lyrics". The LP features the band's complete studio recordings, including their 1984 DIY Lifelong Debut EP, the critically acclaimed 1986 "War War" EP and the 1989 "Resident Mockery" tape. The LP also includes two previously unreleased songs (Resident Mockery, Tea and Peace) from the recording session of 1984. The LP comes in a beautiful Inside Out cover plus a 16-page booklet with lyrics, band history and many pictures of bands, posters and flyers , As always with Brigade Fozzy: everything in black and white. (Power It Up Records #264)

EVERYTHING FALLS APART - Lost In Limbo LP
Regular Edition 200 copies on brown vinyl EVERYTHING FALLS APART was a short-lived punk band from Munich, u. a. with two members of ZSD, which existed just under a year before the end of 1986, at the very time bands such as Spermbirds, Skeezicks, Hostages of Ayatollah or Combat Not Conform with American-influenced hardcore provided movement in the scene. "Lost in Limbo" features a complete retrospective and includes the seven songs that were posthumously released on the 1987 split-LP on Double-A and X-Mist, the piece from the "Viva Umkhonto!" Sampler and a unreleased Song from the same session plus a selection of live pieces, including cover versions of pieces by Government Issue, The Freeze and Minor Threat. This nice piece of plastic comes in an Inside Out Cover design and include a big full color booklet, with rare photos, lyrics, history and linernotes. (Power It Up Records #236)

WARWOUND - War Crimes LP
This 12" compiles 9 tracks from the early days of the second version of Warwound. Some were Warwound songs from 1983 before Damien joined Varukers that were reworked, one is a Sacrilege track, and the rest were written when Warwound came back together in 2015. Several were previously released on comps and splits. I really like this material as it is more of a fast hardcore punk vibe than Warwoud's material which followed. There is almost no metal/crust influence here, just fast paced hardcore in the "Another Religion Another War" vein. Green Vinyl. (Havoc/Vile Records #9)

DISCHARGE - Japan 09 LP
Originally a CD only release for the bands 2009 tour, four studio and three live tracks with Rat on vocals, and Rainy on bass. Very limited vinyl re-issue. (Havoc/Discharge #1)

DEECRACKS - Serious Issues LP
In a world doused with problems, the eternal flame that is rock 'n' roll seems to provide the medicine we all need to get us through the day. Aptly named "Serious Issues," this new album from your favorite Austrian rock 'n' rollers fills that prescription completely. We need the world to return to normal so these guys can literally bring the party to your doorstep, but in the meantime, grab a record, your favorite adult beverage, and let the party come to you. (Pirates Press Records #287)

NINEIRONSPITFIRE - Seventh Soul Sacrificed LP (Color Vinyl)
Dischordant, chaotic, noise-core from Seattle, WA, in the vein of Deadguy. Features members of the late, great Undertow. Scary. Now available again as a colored vinyl 12" and limited to 199 copies. (Indecision Records #7)

Descriptions for 3/6/2021

ANTI CIMEX - The Complete Demos Collection 1982 1983 LP
It's with great pleasure that we announce the Swedish raw punk legends ANTI CIMEX have finally reached the joyful lands of Agipunk. On this record we're collecting in chronological order all the demos and the studio recording sessions that haven't been released on any official release so far. A total of 29 tracks that originally appeared on "K.A.A.S January 1982", "K.A.A.S April 1982", "En Produkt Av Dagens Skitsamhälle" tapes plus the studio session right before the "Raped Ass" 7" EP and the discarded recordings for the full length that never saw the light and eventually became the "Victims Of A Bomb Raid" 7" EP. All you Cimex maniacs out there probably already know most of the songs, but you'll definitely find a bunch of extremely obscure tracks which I bet you've never heard before. All the tracks come from the original tapes and the sound has been restored and remastered by Lasse at Ballade Studio in Copenhagen. 1000 copies pressed super detailed insert full of informations. (Agipunk Records #122)

WARCHILD - No Vicotry In Death 7"
The latest slab of Swedish hardcore. Blistering tracks of unrelenting angry punk rock. (Black Water Records #81)

HAKUCHI - The Best Works 1991 to 1994 LP
Japan's HAKUCHI (Niigata City) getting the long awaited vinyl treatment they deserve! HAKUCHI spanned 1991 - 1994 and released 2 EP's and several demos and compilation appearances. Members would later go on to form one of the more prolific bands in the Japanese metal/punk scene A.G.E.. While their early recordings follow the more classic japanese hardcore tradition of the time they morphed into their own unique crust punk style that peaked with their 93' EP God's Disturb on Overthrow Records. While you can hear the nods to Amebix and Extreme Noise Terror, these punks were blazing their own trail. (Black Water Records #81.5)

GROUPIE - Ephemeral LP
This Brooklyn 4-piece play a captivating style of surfy post-punk somewhere within the venn diagram of The Breeders, Bikini Kill, and The Raincoats. Purple fruit punch color vinyl limited to 220 copies + download code. The record has been getting a ton of positive press from The AV Club, Post Trash, AudioFemme, and even NPR. The song "Poor You" also appears on the recent Hands Off benefit compilation with Kathleen Hanna, Alice Bag, Courtney Barnett, and more. (Handstand Records #47)

CSMD/CRACK - split 7"
CSMD are the masters.... Since 1998, they've been pumping out their own unique style of noisecore that's steeped in kaiju movies, theremins, and cover songs. They're one of the all-time greats, brimming with personality and passion. Their side fits neatly in-line with the rest of their discography, an exuberant mix of brutal noisecore and theremin space jams, like if a 70's sci-fi movie soundtrack got set on fire. ....and Crack are the disciples. On the flip side, Crack follow up their 2016 tape with a long psychedelic noise jammer. They clearly take influence from the space sounds and joyful freedom of CSMD, but take it in their own lo-fi direction. A delightful split that's been too long in the making. (SPHC Records #123)

EXACERBACION - Ser Humano Atroz 10"
For 12 years, Exacerbacion has been consistently pumping out some of the most heartfelt and resonating grindcore that this world has known. I became a fan with 2011's split tape with Penis Geyser and then REALLY fell in love with them with Desastre Humano EP, which remains one of my favorite records I've been so fortunate to release. Their style is somewhat straightforward, I mean it's grind after all. Blastbeats, brutal chunky riffs, brutal vocals, raw production. You know the drill. But also, Exacerbacion has their own style that just hits me right in the gut, it's everything I want to see in grind. Rapid-fire attack, songs barely last beyond a minute at the max. Raw production but still a clear powerful mix. Playing that's loose but coherent, with passion and conviction, like a lot of the best punk records that exemplify energy and attitude above form and technique. This is not grind for technical nerds, this is grind for the soul. This 10" compiles the best tracks from 12 years of obscure tapes, splits, and lathes that may not have been on your radar. Get ready to put your head through a fuckin wall as you dive deep into Central America's greatest grind export. (SPHC Records #116)

ATROFIA CEREBRAL - Fase Critica LP
Peru 1989. Atrofia Cerebral forms and proceeds to unleash a slew of cassettes of pure, unadulterated noisecore nihilism. No riffs, no mid-tempo, nothing but blasting noise wrapped in the desperation and carnage of the human experience. By 1995, they had gracefully exited the stage.....until their return in the 2010's, picking up right where they left off in their personal war on music. While their discography has expanded a bit with a consistent stream of splits, tapes, CDs, lathes, their style of no-frills bludgeoning noisecore brutality has remained untouched by time, as powerful and relevant as ever. But across this stream of releases, there hasn't been much in the way of vinyl output. A 7" and a split 7" with our crew Sete Star Sept, both in 2015, but otherwise this stuff has been limited mostly to small-run cassettes and lathes. And with this in mind, we are delighted to present Atrofia Cerebral's first proper full-length LP to the world. 54 tracks in 26 minutes, no fuckin music, nothing but noise. One more victory in the campaign for musical destruction. Not for the faint of heart. (SPHC Records #111)

HAPEA - Valistuksen Aika On Ohi 7"
To my ears, Finland has had the best scene in punk over the last few years. An endless trickle of shockingly great hardcore records, a lot of which never seem to make it outside of Finland, and fewer of which get much recognition for it. For me, the cream of the crop, keeping the spirit of Finnish hardcore as vibrant and exciting as ever, are Hapea and Ydinaseeton Pohjola. And after making some effort to ensure the first two Hapea EPs were adequately distributed here in the USA, I finally put my money where my mouth is and released their third 7". Lotus Fucker played with Hapea on our second European tour and they were one of the best bands we saw. The short sharp shock songwriting of Terveet Kadet, the reckless and wild execution of Bastards, a wall of raw noise blasting sound like Kuolema. Channeling all the things I love about Finnish hardcore, to me Hapea are the flag-bearers of a new generation and I hope everyone gets hip to this shit! (SPHC Records #125)

BACKLASH - Danger/(I Hope) Fight 7"
Unlike a small wild west town, Finland is big enough for the two of them: Selfish and Backlash. Two bands that play Japanese hardcore-style, crafted with intention and refined with expertise, creating some of the better punk songs of the last few years. And while Selfish is practically a household name in DIY punk, Backlash has remained under the radar, active for 10 years now but releasing only a single LP in 2012. But with their 10 year anniversary gig looming close on the horizon, we decided to finally stop tinkering with this damn record and get it out into the world.....only for coronavirus to cause those gigs to get canceled, figures. Here we have two smash hits that showcase Seve's impeccable songwriting skills. "Danger" is my favorite Backlash song, the ultimate anthemic mid-tempo sing-along that is a highlight of every live show. "Fight" could have been taken off Bet on the Possibility LP with its epic arrangements and Chelsea-influenced guitar solos. Music for the soul. (SPHC Records #84)

BACKLASH - Punk is Danger 7"
I was already a fan of Backlash from their first LP in 2012, so when they invited Lotus Fucker to tour Scandinavia together, I was stoked. Their fluent understanding and tireless dedication to punk moved me, their PUNK IS DANGER attitude inspired me, their powerful live shows put my fist in the air, so of course I happily shook hands to release their next 7". Fast forward a few years and we've gone through so many iterations of art, mastering, waiting for the insert to be laid out, new color scheme, etc etc. But with their 10 year anniversary gigs coming up fast, we decided that we have to capture the moment while we can....only to lose the moment because of coronavirus, which basically fits the gist of this release. Here we have 4 tracks of Japanese hardcore-style punk music that evokes bands like Evance or AI, with its slightly faster tempo and leaner/meaner songwriting that never veers into a sense of "thrash". Music for the soul. (SPHC Records #83)

FALL SILENT - You Knew I Was Poison LP/CD (color vinyl)
Reno, NV, hardcore legends Fall Silent return with the full-length "You Knew I Was Poison." Founding members Danny Galecki, Damon Watson, and Levi Watson join bass player Joe Foley to bring you more aggressive "fastcore" that you have come to expect from this outfit. These tracks continue where the band last left us - with lyrical content that rakes today's world over the coals in the way only Fall Silent can do. This is the red vinyl version. (Revelation Records #185)

CIRCLE ONE - Demos & Comp LP
Furious and raw hardcore from one of the most infamous and legendary bands to emerge from Southern California. This LP from Puke N Vomit Records rounds up their sought after pre-"Patterns Of Force" demos from 1980 and 1981 along with rare comp tracks, officially available for the first time on vinyl. For fans of Necros, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Sin 34, Dr. Know, and Wasted Youth. (Puke N Vomit Records #70)

DEFIANCE - The Very Best Of And We Don't Care LP
Puke N Vomit Records is proud to announce that for the first time on vinyl you can get this awesome collection of PDX punk that until now had only been available on CD and tape. The collection showcases some of the fiercest and catchy, blistering '90s anarcho-tinged street punk/rock 'n' roll to assault the Pacific Northwest. The album features tracks from the "No Future No Hope" LP, "No Time" EP, "Nothing Last Forever" LP, "Out Of The Ashes" LP, "Against The Law" EP, and "Rise And Fall" LP. (Puke N Vomit Records #85)

ICONS OF FILTH - Onward Christian Soldiers LP
Puke N Vomit presents the first domestic vinyl release of this seminal, UK, anarcho-punk classic from 1984. "Onward Christian Soldiers," by Icons Of Filth, is a fiery slice of fierce punk/hardcore with lyrics dealing with a need for individual responsibility, action, and positive change. For fans of Crass, Instigators, Flux Of Pink Indians, Conflict, Poison Girls, Crucifix, Antisect, and countless others. (Puke N Vomit Records #78)

SUBCULTURE - I Heard A Scream LP
Subculture hailed from the same North Carolina scene as Corrosion Of Conformity and this LP, recorded in 1985 at the tail end of the first wave of hardcore, is an oft-overlooked and underrated document of that time. It's more than just adolescent punk rock, the musicianship is of a much more mature caliber but all the makings of a raging hardcore record are there, bringing to mind "Eye For An Eye"-era Corrosion Of Conformity and Urban Waste. Members would eventually go on to form Double Negative decades later. (Puke N Vomit Records #64)

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

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

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