Descriptions for 12/13/14
PSUDOKU - Planetarisk Sudoku LP
The second installment of Norway's psycho-space-grinders PSUDOKU. A mind-melting blend of ultra-tech grindcore constructed with influences of Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Captain Beefheart. Prepare to have your mind disintegrate into the cosmos. (625 Productions #250)
S.H.I.T. - Generation Shit 7"
Toronto's S.H.I.T. delivers its sophomoric 7" of amazing punk insanity. This four track stomper will drive you absolutely nuts with infectious luring riffs and pounding drums, topped with Ryan's insane vocal berating. "Generation Shit" is the soundtrack of right now! Get on it or get the fuck out! (Lengua Armada Records #79)
THE REAL KIDS - Shake... Outta Control LP
It's been 38 years since Boston's REAL KIDS debuted with the finest rock'n'roll record ever committed to tape, and now they're back with a long-awaited new full-length on legendary hometown label Ace Of Hearts and Canada's Ugly Pop. Of course, long time fans can always be excused some apprehension when a band of this vintage presents new material so deep into their career, but there's no cause to fret here. "Shake...Outta Control" is a fantastic return to form, a strong set of powerful, memorable and engaging songs that do absolute justice to this band's legacy. While some bands lose track of their own soul in forced attempts at progression, and others risk diminishing returns by simply treading the water of their earlier work, 2014 finds the Real Kids negotiating this path beautifully. Boasting both the raw energy and tough hooks of 1977 and the matured chops and expanded palette of frontman John Felice's "Nothing Pretty" LP, the dozen songs on this disc settle easily among the band's best work. Producer Rick Harte guides with an expert hand, integrating Hammond organ and pedal steel seamlessly into a full yet suitably unpolished whole, and the songs run the gamut from quieter but intense ballads like a definitive new "Common At Noon" and a sublime take on Jonathan Richman's "Fly Into The Mystery" to fast-paced rockers like "All Night Boppin'" (powered along by highly caffeinated barroom piano) and of course the instant classic title track, a high-energy gem anchored by the sort of classic Boston punk rock'n'roll riff that made this band's name. Culminating in an incendiary "Who Needs You?", this is a genuine Real Kids record that will thrill new fans and old alike. Superbly mastered at New York's renowned Sterling Sound, "Shake...Outta Control" is unleashed this month on Ugly Pop as a ten-song LP (cut 100% analog direct from tape and pressed at RIP-V on 180G vinyl). (Ugly Pop Records #55)
CRIME DESIRE - Your Power LP
Strictly under the influence of 80's international hardcore, Crime Desire's latest LP, "Your Power," is an 11 track, unrelenting aural hellstorm. Taking cues from UK hardcore incendiaries such as Icons of Filth, Antisect and the like, the blazing thrash of Japan's Selfish Records/burning spirits camp, and the infectious songwriting of fellow statesmen Battalion of Saints and Crucifix, "Your Power" is an homage to the worldwide hardcore styles of yore that always retains its own identity and pushes forward. Over four years in the making, following two 12" EPs, Crime Desire didn't want to commit to a full length until everything-the songs, the recording, the artwork, the lyrics-were exactly where they needed to be, and the overall quality control on "Your Power" will not disappoint. Recorded to tape for analogue purists, the sequencing, run time, mastering, and overall presentation were all subject to the highest scrutiny, resulting in an album that's a cohesive statement, rather than a haphazard collection of songs. If you're looking for an 80's style hardcore album that goes beyond the same retread, generic sound, this one's for you. (Standards Records #11)
MALIGNANCY - Epilogue 7"
Brand new 2 song 7" ep from Yonkers, New York's masters of technical death grind: Malignancy. This is the first time in the bands history that they have ever recorded for a 7" vinyl. First press limited to 500 copies. Comes on sick color vinyl, beautiful and twisted artwork by Mukie Abe and comes with a free download coupon. (Haunted Hotel Records #76)
UNHOLY GRAVE - Fake World 7"
Japan's DIY grind gods are back with a full 7" ep. 9 tracks recorded at Holiday Nagoya back in 2009. Unholy Grave have been grinding for over 20 years now and havn't lost a bit of their edge. Respect the masters! (Haunted Hotel Records #77)
ASTRAKHAN - A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin LP
ASTRAKHAN deliver astutely crafted metal with a stoner / sludge backbone and hints of heavy / progressive swirling within the marrow. Cut potentially from the same cloth as Kylesa, Mastodon, Anciients etc... They serve up this confident combination in 4 epic compositions of progressive metal hypnotism. Recorded with Jesse Gander (3 Inches of Blood, Bison, Anciients), "A Tapestry of Scabs and Skin" is a rare, important, and attention inducing debut. 45pm 180g Black Vinyl, Limited to 300 copies Worldwide (War On Music Recods #67)
FORT BS - 1986 LP
FORT BS from Poland is another punk memory of my childhood. In the mid 80's they made an electrifying impression for two reasons: the mixture of punk and coldwave and their great lyrics immersed in filthy PRL ugliness. I do not know if they still sound up-to-date as they did under communism, but 25 years ago they were the only antidote to the then fucked reality. In the spring of 1986, the band recorded a dozen of their songs in an amateur's studio. Soon after that, a friend of the band released it on cassette. It was one of the first independent Polish punk rock release. After several years, we decided to transfer the demo on vinyl. In addition to punk "hits" ("punk side"), there are also less known songs, recorded during their coldwave phase ("cold side"). In this second incarnation, FORT BS sounded dark and desperate, but not quite like Joy Division. They played "cold wave" entirely in their own way, original and unique. Mastering helped a lot, but the quality of these recordings still does not remind of today's standards. Any way you look at it, this album is the true history of the band. (Pasazer Records #31)
CYMEON X - Pokonac Samego Siebie (To Defeat Oneself) LP
Cymeon X is the most important moniker in the history of Polish hardcore / straight edge scene. The first band to be associated with the SE idea, released it's first full length 'Free Your Mind, Free Your Body" in 1993. Cymeon X spoke openly about vegetarianism, environmentalism, anti-fascism and unity, eventually disbanding in 1994. After few occasional shows over a span of a dozen or so years, CX had finally reunited in the Fall of 2011. The result is this album. "PokonaÊ samego siebie" (To Defeat Oneself) contains few brand new songs, few older, unpublished ones and two cover tracks. The record is filled with the very same youthful, idealistic belief in a positive change which the band used to spread among it's crowd. (Pasazer Records #20)
DEZERTER - Jeszcze Zywy Czowiek (Still a Living Man) LPx2
Recording of the legendary Dezerter performance at Jarocin festival 1984. One of the most important documents of Polish punkrock's golden era for the first time available on double vinyl! The whole material was profoundly reconstructed from two separate sources - mixing table's recording and a bootleg tape. It contains 26 tracks played by the band that evening, a dispute with the festival's promoters and exciting yet ambiguous atmosphere of the whole event. All in all, over 70 minutes of recording. "Jeszcze Zywy Czowiek" (Still a Living Man) was originally released on tape by the underground label Tank Records established by the band in 1984. Dezerter members produced few hundred copies which in turn had been copied onward by the fans. In a way it's the first full length Dezerter ever recorded and it fully shows band's energy and unapologetic wit of Polish punk rock. In spite of censorship, Dezerter managed to find a way of criticizing abnormality of the system. Although the songs are rooted deeply in contemporary reality of the communist state, their universal message can't be argued. This record would be a fascinating document for some and a nice tip how to treat the system for the others. (Pasazer Records #21)
BRZYTWA OJCA - s/t LP
Another polish punk crew from the 80's has seen their first record after 20 years. They played punk rock in "classic polish style" with a strong nihilistic and destructive message. The band was formed in Silesia in 1984 and operated almost continuously until 1989. With Absurd, Process and åmierÊ Kliniczna they created the famous Gliwice alternative scene. The LP contains their demo recorded in 1988. Singer Pastor died in an accident in the early 90's, drummer Kissman still plays punk rock - in the 90's in Rottweiler, now in Koyanisquatsi. So we move to unhappy 1987, there was a time when "destruction and chaos, anarchy, hatred". (Pasazer Records #25)
EL BANDA - Skutki Uboczne LPx2
This record is incredible! From beginning to end itís solid; one of the few double-LPs leaving you wanting more! Itís dark and gritty lady-fronted hardcore from Poland, with some mid-tempo and melodic stuff. Thereís some harmonizing vocals and some songs with a horn viola instrumentation (very tastefully done, though). But for the most part, this album is a rager; crushing, gloomy and fucking epic. To compare them directly to anyone would be difficult, because their music twists and turns around so many styles. At times they sound like a cross between MASSHYSTERI and OBSERVERS. Other times they sound like BEYOND PINK crossed with NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS. But out of all of that, they create something original, catchy and totally brutal. Not to mention the artwork looks fucking cool and their insert has the lyrics both in Polish and translated to English. One of the best albums of the month! Highly recommended! (Pasazer Records #5)
EYE FOR AN EYE - Cisza LP
Same as their previous release, the songs jump out immediately and pummel you with a wave of sonic energy: fast hardcore with hints of guitar melody that highlights the power chords. Female vocals are yell/sung and that puts the vocals in the forefront with her unique and distinctive delivery. The recording production is superb and crisp. This and their previous release sound like they were recorded at a top notch studio. You can hear the vocals and guitars mixed in perfectly with the thundering drums and well executed, punchy bass. I like this band so much now that Iím sending an email to the label to order the early material. (Pasazer Records #6)
EYE FOR AN EYE - Krawedz LP
Just few months after their 15th birthday (which involved a sold out show in their hometown of Bielsko Biaa, from which all incomes was allocated to the local Food Not Bombs), they released a new fifth album called "Krawedz". Nowadays they are one of the most popular bands in Polish hardcore / punk underground. The band is consistently concerting on the independent scene and faithful to the principles of DIY punk, they avoid large media and much rather prefer playing in small punk clubs than on large concerts and festivals. Despite that sometimes they have been a support to "stars" of the American scene like Jello Biafra, Sick Of It All and NOFX. "Krawedz" ("The Edge ") contains 13 new songs which are recorded in a analog studio, mastered by a guy who does not know a single word in Polish ... :) This album is very diverse. There are included songs for those who yearn for the old school assertiveness and the Slavic melodic choruses that you can sing along, emotional lyrics sound more "emo" and more "modern", but there is also a lot for those who are looking for it to be hard, powerful and "directly in your face" kind of music. Among the obvious inspiration, you can hear more and more of their own style. Despite the variety of the songs, it is firmly rooted in the style of hardcore/punk, just like Eye For An Eye is. An important role is played by extraordinary, political but also strong personality metaphysics lyrics of bands singer - Anka, whose voice is one of the most important elements of the band's sound. This girl without no doubts has a powerful vocal! (Pasazer Records #24)
(restock) I SHOT CYRUS - Tiranus LP
(We found some copies of this long sold out LP on 625). I Shot Cyrus have been around for years in Sao Paolo, Brazil. But they only have a split EP out so far (plus comp tracks). They play ripping pissed off hardcore that is just blazing. They fucking floored me live, and they just recently got the drummer from Ratos De Porao. Awesome people to boot! Going to Europe too so check 'em out if you can! (625 Productions #123)
(restock) HOUNDS OF HATE - Hate Springs Eternal LP
Bradock, PA's premier straight edge band offer up their second LP entitled "Hate Springs Eternal." Their previous LP on Pain Killer was well received, as was their debut 7" on Katorga Works. This LP has been self-released by the band. Unrepentantly straight edge hardcore in the vein of late '80s NYHC not unlike Sick of It All, Youth of Today, or Warzone. (Braddock Hit Factory Records #8)
(restock) ADULT CRASH - Unfinished Business LP
On Unfinished Business, their debut 12" EP, Adult Crash plays a powerful brand of hardcore, with the dramatic, rhythmic build-ups of Bl'ast!, the concrete-thick guitar work of SS Decontrol, the blunt vocal delivery of early Agnostic Front, and some left-of-center thrash flourishes a'la Septic Death. Far more than just a Frankenstein monster of well-tread influences, Adult Crash has a seamless, naturally flowing sound that can only come from veterans who have truly internalized the craft of hardcore songwriting. Featuring a cadre of San Diego/Chula Vista HC veterans, including Tim Gonzalez of Amenity and House of Suffering, Adult Crash has the credentials and musicianship to convincingly deliver their unique sonic onslaught in spades. Mandatory listening for all true believers in the HC arts. (Standards/LIAR #9
(restock) WACO FUCK - Eliminate Culture LP
Final 12" EP from North County San Diego's ferocious hardcore stalwarts Waco Fuck. Distilling the Totalitar and Napalm Death obsessed ultracore of their earlier output into a more powerful, midpaced assault, Eliminate Culture weaves deftly through Scandinavian-derived thrashings, violent dirges, infectious, Rudimentary Peni style riffing, and the hard hitting SoCal traditions of Battalion of Saints and the like. If you have an ear for forward thinking, well played hardcore bound by neither cliché nor pretension, Eliminate Culture is for you. (Standards/LIAR #10)
(restock) CRIME DESIRE - Alone In A Dream LP
Crime Desire's new five song 12" EP "Alone In A Dream" marks a further step in the straight forward, gruff vocalled, riff driven hardcore punk direction the band took on their "Every Day In Chains" EP. With clear nods to Discharge, Antisect and Celtic Frost, coupled with a healthy dose of 80's death rock, "Alone In A Dream" will prove to be a revelation for those who appreciate traditional hardcore with a darker atmosphere. Contributing in no small part to said atmosphere is the guest vocals of Gitane Demone, whose legendary wails graced a bulk of Christian Death's catalogue, and her daughter Zara, who plays in Gitane's newest outing, the Crystelles. Analog purists will also be pleased to note that "Alone In A Dream" was recorded to tape and mastered to vinyl straight from the reels with care and attention by the fine people at Chicago Mastering Service, creating a warm, earthy sanctuary from the "loudness wars" madness of the digital media era. Crime Desire has a history of going to great lengths to create hardcore records which are as idiosyncratic as they are abrasive, of which "Alone In A Dream" is their latest and greatest excursion. (Life's A Rape Records #128)
(restock) CRIME DESIRE - Every Day... In Chains LP
Crime Desire's "Every Day in Chains" is a four song 12" ep of dark, blistering hardcore, seething with social contempt and morbid imagery. Building off the foundation of the band's 2008 Samhain/Amebix/death rock influenced self-titled lp, Crime Desire injects a dose of 80's UK hardcore into their sound, taking cues from groups like English Dogs and Antisect, giving their trudging, brooding songs a sense of urgency and adrenaline while maintaining a dark atmosphere. Recorded at Big Fish studios and mastered at Chicago Mastering Service, Crime Desire put care into every step of putting their music out on vinyl, and their efforts were not wasted, as "Every Day...In Chains" is truly a sonically devastating work. (Gravity/Life's A Rape #127)
(restock) BREAKOUT - True Crime 7"
BREAKOUT's second single follows their self-released "Razor Wire" nicely with a strong brand of UK punk-meets-US hardcore pummeling. Menace-meets-Nihilistics, Ruts-meets-Bad Brains; solid, catchy, furiously great songs. Amongst the latest crop of punk bands in Austin (and everywhere else), BREAKOUT is one of a kind and "True Crime" proves it. (Grave Mistake Records #72)
(restock) ASYLUM - s/t 7"
The debut EP from Richmond, VA's ASYLUM delivers six tracks of some of the most devastating and precisely executed hardcore punk you'll hear these days; a brooding hardcore assault powered by the driving rhythm of Motorhead, layered with buzzsaw guitars that bring to mind classic Scandinavian bands, and delivered with the non-stop intensity of Discharge. ASYLUM have grown to become one of the best punk bands going in our city, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have their first vinyl output as the fifth Vinyl Conflict release. (Grave Mistake/Vinyl Conflict Label #5)
Descriptions for 12/6/14
S.H.I.T. - Feeding Time 7"
Over the last couple of years, Toronto's S.H.I.T. have come out of nowhere with their acclaimed demo tape, to releasing two killer 7"s, to even opening their own DIY venue, S.H.I.B.G.B's. They are now back with their third 7" and it's just as essential as the two preceeding. You may remember 'Feeding Time' as the opening track off their demo, it has now been re-recorded and is now even more of a rager than before. On the flip, you get a brand new track, the slow burning 'Private Lies'. The package is wrapped up with perfect artwork by Sam Ryser (Crazy Spirit, Dripper World and Dawn Of Humans). Download code is included. (Static Shock Records #26)
BASTARD NOISE AND KALMEX AND THE RIFFMERCHANTS - Ultra Sonic Holocaust LP
Over 10 years in the making! Ultra Sonic Holocaust is a true collaboration between two of the world's most consistent and prolific groups of artists. Bastard Noise's otherworldly soundscapes are woven perfectly into Kalmex and the Riffmerchants' bizarre form of Electric Jungle Violence to create an absurd and perfectly unique listen. Like nothing you've ever heard before. Essential listening for all Dank Daddies and Skull Servants worldwide. The brutality definitely continues.... " This collaboration is really about Kalmex and the Riffmerchants (members of Plutocracy, No Less, Agents of Satan, etc.) with Bastard Noise's sounds skillfully woven throughout their music to create something that's very unique. There's a lot of humor involved, but the music is very similar to No Less or Plutocracy - fans of these two bands will be into it - I know I am! The 20 page color booklet features all original artwork by Aaron Guadamuz. Aaron created an illustration for each track - the tracks where Bastard Noise is involved all work the MITB skull into the artwork. The booklet also includes lyrics for all of the tracks, a written historical piece from Kalmex and from Eric Wood. There are 500 hand-numbered copies total - all pressed on yellow/orange vinyl. The sealable outer sleeve includes a promotional sticker listing out 20 logos of the bands that these guys have been involved in (Man is the Bastard, Plutocracy, Neanderthal, No Less, Agents of Satan, Deadbodieseverywhere, Noothgrush, etc.). (Hear More Records #12)
THE SHRINE - Waiting for the War LP
Venice Beach's THE SHRINE combine the hooks and presence of 70's rock and glam with 80's hardcore / skate punk energy and attitude. On this 12" maxi-single they play homage to early 80's French rock band who nailed the Motor City sound, SOGGY, with their rendition of "Waiting for the War" backed up with a sick original "Rare Breed". Colored vinyl for stores and digital download card included. (Tank Crimes Records #86)
BRAINOIL - Death of this Dry Season CD
Long time contributors to the underground punk and metal scenes the guys inBRAINOIL have put in time over the past 20 years in bands like GRIMPLE,DESTROY, LAUDANUM, STORMCROW and others. Death Of This Dry Season picks up the furious hardcore sludge sound that BRAINOIL is well known for as though they'd never left. A little older and a little wiser (?), Death Of This Dry Season is a short, sharp shock of intense aural battery, conceivably like an amalgamation of other ugly sounding Bay Area stalwarts such as ABSCESS andBLACK COBRA, yet never sounding enough like anyone else to pinpoint a direct influence. Pure doom sludge hardcore punk freak music for fans of heavy. (Tank Crimes Records #55)
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #380 (January 2015)
Hey there Maxi Rockers! It's getting cold here in San Francisco, Halloween wackiness is over, Punxgiving is almost upon us, and we have just finished work on another killer issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #380, the January 2015 issue, includes Mallorca's raging hardcore punks ORDEN MUNDIAL, who have an amazing new LP and will be touring the US in late December, and we've got London's frantic and inspiring FRAU, Memphis' post-punk racket makers NOTS, and New Jersey's prolific Don Giovanni Records, with releases from bands like SCREAMING FEMALES, PRIESTS and the ERGS! Also in this issue, Cyprus' EN PSYCHRO tell us about the island's scene and political tension, trans-national hardcore trio the INSTIGATION share their Japanese tour (and snack) diary, and Des Devlin discusses his insightful documentary film Distorted: Reflections on Early Sydney Punk. We talk to Toby Jeg of Red Scare Industries in light of the label's 10 year anniversary, and catch up (and travel back in time) with Poland's TZN XENNA and Italian hardcore/crossover legends RAW POWER. You'll also find photo spreads from the London's Static Shock Weekend and A Varning from Montreal fest, plus book, movie, zine and demo reviews, all the columnist you love to hate (plus a couple new ones), and of course, the most extensive record reviews section in punk print. Get your copy today and support thee longest running, all-volunteer-run, not-for-profit punk zine on the planet! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #380)
EVIL CONDUCT - Today's Rebellion LP/CD
Brand new album. 10 new instant Oi! classics from these long running Dutch skins. 100% working class Oi from Holland. (Six Feet Under Records #95)
NEW BRIGADE - Join The Brigade LP
Long awaited debut LP from SoCal Straight Edge newcomers New Brigade. Straight Ahead/Youth Of Today vibe. Recorded and mixed by Taylor Young, mastered by Brad at Audioseige. (Six Feet Records #88)
KHMER - Nubes Que Anuncian Tormenta LP
Five new tracks from these Spanish veterans, with the long sold out 5 track demo on the B side. Vicious crusty black metal with nods to their old (legendary?) band Ictus and occasionally the catchiness of a vintage punked out At The Gates.. This LP is the natural continuation for a band with many years in the scene (as well as a split LP last year with After Forever-Japan) behind them. The record just flies by in no time with mandatory repeated spins to follow. 500 copies. All brown with black splatter vinyl. Standard jackets, 11x11 insert, download code. (Halo of Flies Records #77)
VARIETE - Bydgoszcz 1986 LP
Polish new wave/cold wave from 80's. Studio album from 1986. (Pasazer Records #40)
WLOCHATY - N Wbrew Wszystkiemu LP
7th album one of most popular punk band in Poland since 20 years. Between Conflict/anarcho-punk roots (message), and modern sound of US punk. Great quality, great songs. New (2010) release from the Polish anarcho punks, a more sophisticated sound than earlier discs but with plenty of passion and still with that old school UK anarcho punk sing along feel. We used to say they were following Conflict, this is better than anything Conflict have done for a long time. (Pasazer Records #11)
DEZERTER - Mam Kly Mam Pazury LP
"Mam Kly Mam Pazury" is eight Dezerter album - longlived, legendary polish hardcore punk band, being around over 30 years. Originally released in 1996, was surprisingly raw, agressive sounding. Band has alway been provoking, sarcastic, pushing listeners deep down to their thought process over socio-political, and in this case - environmental and vegetarian topics. With this material comes a cover song from polish punk bard - Janusz Reichel. On the other hand, few younger hardcore bands, like Sunrise or Wochaty covered songs from that album. You can finally put that LP on your turntable. (Pasazer Records #33)
DEZERTER - Decydujace Starcie LP
The tenth album from DEZERTER, released in 2000. With every new album coming out, band always developed their style, although always staying in touch with hardcore punk sounding. This one came with idea of adding some loops and to it. Beside thsi, whole album is pretty much classic DEZERTER, with agressive, energetic songs that with socio-political, anti-cosumerist lyrics, seems to be a perfect comment on reality around them. Capstone of that piece would be Gozilla destroying streets of Warsaw, threatening us from the cover of that LP. (Pasazer Records #34)
100 DEMONS - In The Eyes Of The Lord LPx2 (Record Store Day Release)
Finally available again on vinyl after years of being out of print. Legendary Connecticut hardcore heavyweights 100 DEMONS debut LP 'In The Eyes Of The Lord' This definitive/expanded edition includes full re-mastered audio spread over two 12"s for optimum sound quality, a slew of demo/compilation bonus tracks never before available on vinyl featuring original vocalist Bruce LePage, a deluxe gatefold layout with never before seen live photos and a HUGE bonus poster insert!!! Comes on half red, half blue split vinyl and download code. (A389 Records #151)
EX BREATHERS/OVLOV/GNARWHAL/WOOZY - 4 way split LP
A four way collaborative effort by Tallahassee's Ex-Breathers (3 songs of wild thrash antics-meets-Fugazi dynamic), Newtown's Ovlov (one new song of Dino Jr./shoegaze worship), New Orleans's Woozy (2 tracks of technical and melodic jams that break into strange and heavy chrouses), and Nashville's Gnarwhal (2 songs of their 2-man tech-y and strained riff attack). 8 songs ranging from driving hardcore to introspective indie rock. 500 black vinyl pressed. (Hanging Like A Hex Records #30.5)
WEAK TEETH - So You're Ruined Your Life LP
After a few years out of the public eye, weak teeth returns with a brand new 13 track full-length album "So You've Ruined Your Life." Sticking to their guns, the Providence, RI based quartet continues to create their own brand of angular "emo-damaged" hardcore punk while taking some more creative risks, briefly departing from the "short, hard, fast" standby. With a much more cohesive and concrete theme, the music and lyrics ebb and flow organically to create a well-rounded yet always aggressive crossbreed. Introspective, self-aware, and fed up, "So You've Ruined Your Life" fully reflects the dread and abandon of our American century in 30 minutes of forceful, inspired chaos. (Tor Johnson Records #27)
DEATH TOLL 80K - Harsh Realities LP
Finally, real Grindcore is back!! Finland's finest harsh Grindcore maniacs DEATH TOLL 80K destroys your ears with 23 mindblowing tracks between ARSEDESTROYER and INSECT WARFARE! This is the US Pressing of the original LP - It is limited to 300 and is pressed on mixed / marbled colored vinyl. Comes with digital download. (Give Praise Records #97)
SIERPIEN - Zawsze Hasze LP
New LP pressing of this great debut by two man political dark punk from Moscow Russia. The CRISIS and MOB influences are clear and the grim sense of hope that these bands portrayed is reiterated in Sierpien's music in a way I haven't heard in so long. Simple and immediately catchy despite the Russian language this is a peace punk album for the modern times. Classic in approach but with a strong emphasis on the current state of conflict/apathy in Russia and beyond. For fans of classic dark peace punk such as FALL OUT, THE MOB, ZOUNDS, and CRISIS as well as Polish "Zimna Fala"/ "positive punk" from the mid 1980s. (Mass Media Records #24)
(restock) FRAU - Punk Is My Boyfriend 7"
Static Shock Records gets the honour of releasing the debut three track 7" from London feminist punks Frau who feature members of Woolf and Good Throb. They released the much loved 8 track 10 minute demo on Tuff Enuff Records in late 2013 (which has now been reissued on LP by Dead Beat Records) and now return with three more short blasts of discordant and furious noise. 'Punk Is My Boyfriend' is a dirty and scratchy cut with pounding drums and an insistent guitar hook. It comes over like a mix of Pre 'Cut' Slits, Huggy Bear and Kleenex. 'Snakeskin' is possibly the only song in the world that could have appeared on both Crass' 'Bullshit Detector' and any Kill Rock Stars compilation. Final track 'Orca' sounds like it could fall apart at any moment and just about makes the one minute mark. The guitars grind over a busy bass, heavy yet loose drums and explosive vocals. DIY has never sounded so good. Limited to 400 copies with hand stamped sleeves. (Static Shock Records #23)
(restock) WEAK TEETH - What A Plague You Are LP
After relentless touring in 2010 and 2011, Providence, RI's Weak Teeth have finally taken over your turntable with their new LP: "What A Plague You Are". Hardcore has really fallen apart these days, and these four nimrods are here to pick up the pieces. Featuring guest vocals from members of Learn, She Rides, Two Funerals, Wow Owls, and more. These eleven songs combine melody with destruction, asinine song titles, and to-the-point lyrics; all in under 24 minutes. Honestly, what else could you ask for? Oh, and they still hate you. (Tor Johnson Records #17)
Descriptions for 11/29/14
TOKEN ENTRY - From Beneath the Streets LP
MATW is proud to reissue a record that needs no introduction. By the time Token Entry released "From Beneath the Streets" in 1987 on Kevin Seconds' Positive Force label, they were already one of NYHC's most beloved bands. Having existed in a slightly different incarnation as Gilligan's Revenge in the early half of the 1980's, Token Entry were comprised of scene vets from NY's hardcore-rich borough of Queens. One of the few NYHC bands of that era that managed to tour extensively, they were notorious for their high-energy shows and their lack of patience for tough-guy posturing. No account of late 80's, CBGB-matinee era NYHC is complete without this album. The present reissue makes From Beneath The Streets available on vinyl for the first time since the late 90's, complete with faithful reproductions of the original covers and inserts, as well as a digital download card. (Mad At The World Records #1203)
REACTOR - Deadly Visions 7"
New band from Portland, OR. Musically draws on bands like Bastard and Deathside, plus a little Broken Bones, though more straight ahead hardcore and less metal than any of those bands... with raspy distorted vocals. (Distort Reality Records #26)
STUPIDS - The Kids Don't Like It (Deluxe Edition) LPx2 + CD
Strictly limited edition double coloured vinyl LP in heavyweight manilla reverse board sleeve, with 24" x 12" printed insert, CD in pvc wallet - first pressing limited to just 300 copies worldwide!! A lot of people have been asking us when "THE KIDS DON'T LIKE IT" would be back in print - and here's the reason for the delay - a super deluxe DOUBLE VINYL LP version (with the bonus record featuring all tracks from the "Japanese Vacation" EP and an awesome show recorded live on their 2011 Japanese tour in Yokohama - 18 additional tracks, 12 of which appear on vinyl for the first time!) To make this release ultra special, the strictly limited edition pressing is on coloured vinyl, with a 24 x 12" insert and at the bands request the sleeve is a special REVERSE MANILLA BOARD sleeve, featuring brand new front cover artwork courtesy of Chris Shary and the whole album TOTALLY REMASTERED by the band themselves, plus the CD version (with 5 additional bonus live tracks, making 39 on the CD in total!) is also included in a PVC wallet and is limited to 300 copies, so its first come, first served! This is the second of our deluxe repackaging of the STUPIDS albums and more will be appearing over the next year in the run up to a brand new STUPIDS album due in 2015! I know a lot of people missed out when the album first was released back in 2009, but as far as the band is concerned this is their best album alongside "Peruvian Vacation" so its great to make it available again - and the remastering has given the original recording a whole new lease of life! (Boss Tuneage Retro #16)
ISIS - In The Absence Of Truth LPx2
The logical expansion of ISIS' multiple personalities yielded In The Absence Of Truth, their fourth full-length album release. Building upon elements founded across prior albums Celestial, Oceanic and Panopticon, the 'atmospheric' parts became more haunting (yet, uplifting) and the 'heavy' parts even more brutal and crushing. However, it's hardly an album of polar opposites, with the fluidity only achieved by a band who'd been consistently developing on a clear path for nearly a decade. "In The Absence Of Truth" marked ISIS' increased inclusion of actual singing, creating a significant impact on the more mellow moments, but widespread experimentation with new elements reaches far beyond the vocals here. Appropriate usage of unique tones, leads and overall surprising song-structures culminate with nine tracks of ISIS' now-trademark dirges. In The Absence Of Truth really is an astounding album, with a maturity displayed that leaps from ISIS' past into previously uncharted waters of heaviness. Robotic Empire is thrilled to once again to supply this gatefold, double-LP vinyl edition of ISIS' classic album. (Robotic Empire Records #71)
DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY - Violations 7"
DYSTOPIAN SOCIETY are back with a brand new vinyl EP on Mass Media. Its called "Violations" and captures the hardest edges of the bands classic death rock sound. With the infusion of a new drummer and subsequent regular live gigs all around the Eurozone, Dystopian Society continue with their mixture of the traditional sound of goth punk such as CHRISTIAN DEATH and PART 1 with an unmistakable anarcho-punk lyrical sensibility. The title track here is a perfect example of why we love this band. Once the shimmering guitar line rises above the distorted guitars and Max bellows in horror of the modern day crawl to self prescribed extinction, we are there. Indeed we do live in a dystopian society despite all of our modern distractions and petty contentment. The power that has corrupted men continues to wreak havoc upon the earth and the true horror is that for the most part we think the greatest struggles are behind us... 7" vinyl limited to 140. (Mass Media Records #22)
HORROR VACUI - USA Tour 7"
Limited one time pressing for Horror Vacui's US tour in 2014.Two new songs cut from the same sessions as their soon to be released LP on Black Water Records, including a mystery cover of a song "originally recorded in 1980". Horror Vacui are Italy's heaviest death punks, comprised of a core of solid punk musicians lending power and catchy dark punk riffs to the classic death rock sound. Think SISTERS OF MERCY mixed with some classic UK punk heaviness and you've got HORROR VACUI. (Mass Media Records #26)
DOCTOR & THE CRIPPENS - Raphanadosis CD
Finally! Boss Tuneage Retro presents the long awaited reissues of legendary UK Hardcore band DOCTOR AND THE CRIPPENS! "Raphanadosis" is their legendary second album from 1989 and has not been commercially available for over 2 decades!! Reissued in conjunction with the band and features liner notes from both the band and Shane (Manic Ears) and memorabilia from the bands personal collection, but that is not all - the album features a jaw dropping 15 bonus tracks, compiled from the bands second session for the John Peel Show in 1989, the "North Atlantic Noise Attack" comp LP and "Avant Gardening" 12"EP. A must own for all fans of this era of UK Hardcore punk - third instalment due in 2015!! (Boss Tuneage Retro #75 CD)
BOMBSHELL ROCKS - Generation Tranquilized LP/CD
Pirates Press Records brings you "Generation Tranquilized," a brand new full-length from Sweden's streetpunk kings Bombshell Rocks. With the original singer Marten Cedergran back on vocals, this hard-hitting and unbelievably catchy 12-song album is bound to capture tons of new fans and really reawaken lots of old ones. "Generation Tranquilized" is Vasteras' finest's fourth full-length and the first in over 10 years with the original lineup. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Pirate's Press Records #133)
HIEROPHANT - Peste LP/CD
"Peste" is the Italian hardcore band's third full-length and their heaviest and most brutal offering yet, following up to "Great Mother: Holy Monster" and setting a new bar for the modern wave of death metal-influenced hardcore. Hierophant have been making waves since their formation back in 2010. They've toured with the likes of Deafheaven, Oathbreaker, Tombs, Pelican, Cancer Bats and many more, and have a reputation for an intense and relentless live show. Vinyl version includes digital download and is limited to 600 copies. (Bridge Nine Records #219)
(restock) FACADE BURNED BLACK - Ashen Remains of Mid Western Flames LP
(We just found a few copies that we didn't realize were here). Slow, powerful, bludgeoning hardcore with a very heavy beat and harsh screaming from Virginia's Facade Burned Black. The lyrics are cryptic and dark and they make use of a lot of sound bites and samples. Six originals with the seventh track being a cover of Citizens Arrest's "Utopia." Oddly one member is also in Time Flies, but Facade Burned Black's sound isn't even in the same universe. Oppressive and desperate. (Clean Plate Records #21)
Descriptions for 11/22/14
RED DONS - A Vote For The Unknown 7"
A Vote for the Unknown is a collaborative effort between punk legend TV SMITH and the RED DONS. The former ADVERTS front man provides the lyrics and vocals to music recorded by the Red Dons. Tracked in a Swedish bomb shelter and mixed by Hajji Husayn at the NORTH LONDON BOMB FACTORY, A Vote for the Unknown is a must have for any ADVERTS fan looking for one more offering from TV SMITH backed by a punk band. (Deranged Records #260)
VOIGHT KAMPFF - Last House On The Right 7"
The first new VK recording in 3 years and what a gem it is. Now residing in separate states, Sulier and Swanson-White return with two new dark moody tracks rooted in punk but definitely post-punk in delivery. "Last House on the Right" is the definitive standout of the two with Swanson-White's new-wavy guitar rhythm combined with for Sulier's baritone vocals, making this a one of the better post punk track of 2014. Unfortunately it's only two songs but with any luck we'll see a new album in 2015. (Deranged Records #259)
LIFE LIKE - Savages 7"
Life Like's debut EP, Savages, opens with the force of a Mack truck driven by a bull, hellbent and dead set on demolishing the china shop in his crosshairs. As raw and primal as the EP's name implies, the no-frills, thunderous introductory breakdown sets the tone for what is to come as the rest of the six-track offering continues to pummel its listeners into submission, alternating to and from high-speed fury and catastrophic end-of-the-world mosh. From the album's grimy-as-fuck cover art (by Martin "Lumpy" Meyer) to the music's thick, dirty production, the entire affair is exactly as real as true hardcore should be: No bullshit, no marathon songs, no posers allowed. Music to riot to and songs for smashing your fist into the wall until all you pull back is a bleeding shapeless stump. Savage indeed. Words by Daniel Hill. (Deranged Records #251)
CROSS - s/t 7"
CROSS is an swedish punk musical duo, active since 2012 and composed of vocalist and drummer from now long gone Masshysteri. Their unholy meltdown of punk and free jazz blast through this two-song 7" in a blindingly bright and blazingly hard demeanor. Trebly noisy guitars, machine-driven drums and vocals crawling on top of each other to be heard, make up this duo's subterranean sounding debut. (Deranged Records #258)
NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS - Recovery CD
Here's the first proper full length album by this California powerhouse. After a slew of singles and 7" EPs, this Long Beach, CA based quartet develop their style of aggressive Dangerhouse Records meets early 80s SoCal hardcore even further. Yes, the L.A. Times called them a "female fronted BLACK FLAG" - it's that band. Twelve new cuts of pre-Reagan, post-neutron bomb hardcore punk. (Deranged Records #254 CD)
LIFE - The World Lies Across Them LP
Reissue of Tokyo's LIFE debut LP from 1999. Classic second wave Japanese Blown Out Crust Hardcore. Contemporary with bands like DISCLOSE (which Abe Chan from LIFE played bass at times), GLOOM, FRIGORA or COLLAPSE SOCIETY, "The World Lies Across Them" remains as one of the most intense Japanese hardcore records of their time. Their intense music is equally matched by their strong Anti Nuclear and Pro-Peace message. 500 press on time for their European tour in November. (La Vida Es Un Mus #87)
BI MARKS - If You Can't Swim. Drown. LP
Seven new songs from this Portland based hardcore punk group. The foundation is blistering 80s-inspired hardcore a la DIRECT CONTROL, but they add in some melodies and catchier song structures. It's reminiscent of a mix between RKL's blistering, catchy metallic punk and the ADOLESCENTS' more refined approach, throw in a little BLACK SABBATH along with some ZERO BOYS and a little REPLACEMENTS and you can start to get the idea. Basically, though, this is just really good catchy,west coast-style hardscore delivered with rawness, aggression and intensity. Features members of NERVESKADE, FRENZY and BOG PEOPLE. Ripping! (Black Water Records #69)
NO SIR, I WON'T - The Whole Fucking World Is Shit LP
Boston Anarcho Punks No Sir I Won't return with their 4th record, 'Shit' and in my opinion their best. Made up of ex and current members of Surrender Libyans, Witches With Dicks, Shithead, Brain Killer and Foreign Objects. 5 brand new songs of relentless, political punk. Where NSIW wear their Flux Of The Pink Indians/ Conflict and Crass influences on their sleeves, they breathe new life into what had maybe become a stale genre. No Sir, I Won't play revolutionary anarcho-punk without plagiarism, but developed into a modern form. This is anarcho-punk at it's finest, music like this makes you want to change the world. Exhilarating and thought-provoking, if you don't like a message in your music this is not for you. No Sir I Won't might just be one of the most important bands around. (Drunken Sailor Records #40)
FACE THE RAIL - Learning to Die LP
Face the Rail is one of the Bay Area's longest running and most under-appreciated hardcore punk bands. Playing a unique and high-energy amalgamation of classic west coast skate punk/hardcore, Revolution Summer DC, and even surf rock, the band has proven to be one of the most interesting Bay Area bands, to us, at least. This is their first record in four years and it's more than worth the wait. (Katora Works #39)
SECRET FANGS - s/t 10" (with download code)
Secret Fangs produce noisy pop songs that exist within the atmosphere of half-remembered dreams. The tracks on their debut self-titled 10" borrow equally from the catchy songcraft of the Beatles and the avant-garde sound library of the Boredoms, creating slightly damaged tunes that provide listeners with memorable hooks that sometimes defy you to hum along to AM radio static. The EP is available digitally and on vinyl via Glacial Records. (Glacial Records #12)
BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Grind 'Em All 7" (colored vinyl/Black Friday release)
Available for the first time ever!! Michigan's favorite metal marauders THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER present: Grind 'Em All. A small collection of obscure hardcore/metal interpretations originally performed by Left For Dead, Sedition and Gyga. Includes either solid red, or solid yellow vinyl, download code and bonus etched-B-side!!! (A389 Records #152)
PRIMITIVE MAN/FISTER - split LP (colored vinyl/Black Friday release)
Denver and St Louis team up to unleash one of the most brutal and uncompromising splits ever released. PRIMITIVE MAN (Relapse Records) are on side A with three brand new tracks while FISTER are on the flipside with two tracks of pure extended misery. Limited half black/half white vinyl with download code. (A389 Records #153)
THE MOVIELIFE - This Time Next Year LP
With numerous tracks on complations, an LP, two 7"s and a split CD under their belt, The Movielife became a household name with the great response they received from "This Time Next Year." The album is a harmonious mix of the catchiest parts of pop and indie rock blended together with a noticeable hardcore edge. "This Time Next Year," featuring the production of Brian McTernan (Snapcase, Cave-In, Texas Is The Reason), had people talking everywhere. New pressing now available on gold vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Revelation Records #97)
TERROR - Always The Hard Way LP
Defiant Music is born, Terror's own label, with the help of Reaper Records handling the distribution of the albums. This reissue comes with bonus material and new artwork. Terror hunkered down at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts to record their second full-length, "Always The Hard Way." Now available on colored vinyl. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Reaper Records #71)
REDUCERS S.F. - Backing The Longshot LP
Originally released in 1999 on TKO Records, this classic album set the bar and was a core part of the soundtrack to many people's lives for years. The songs on this record became instant classics. Fifteen years on, remastered and released digitally and on colored vinyl, this re-issue will surely give it some new life and remind people how integral this band was, and continues to be, to a scene still flourishing over 15 years later. LP includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #125)
REDUCERS S.F. - Crappy Clubs and Smelly Pubs LP
In 2001, San Francisco, CA's street survivors returned with "Crappy Clubs And Smelly Pubs," the follow-up to their 1999 debut album. After two hard years in the trenches playing gigs with the likes of Dropkick Murphys, Swingin' Utters, Cock Sparrer, Peter & Test Tube Babies and the Angelic Upstarts, the boys returned to the studio to give everyone a taste of their authentic, pub-punk, street rock 'n' roll sound. Remastered and reissued by Pirates Press Records digitally and on colored vinyl, this album will deservedly stand the test of time and continue to make its mark in the Bay and beyond. LP includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #126)
REDUCERS S.F. - Raise Your Hackles LP
Still hanging tough in the streets of San Francisco, CA and gearing up for live gigs, new recordings and more, this is Reducers SF's "latest" album. Previously only available on CD from TKO Records (in 2006), "Raise Your Hackles" was certainly a continued commentary about an ever-changing SF punk scene. The 13 tracks on this album, available here for the first time on vinyl, are still as poignant as ever. (Pirates Press Records #127)
(restock) A PAGE OF PUNK - Fool's Punk Line LP
The amazing A Page Of Punk from Japan are back with their new 49 song album!
A Page of Punk are a frighteningly explosive, 100% energy, raw punk rock band from Tokyo. Formed in 2001, they have played a prominent and hugely active role in the Japanese underground Punk Scene for over 12 years. There are 3 albums to date, (on Japanese/U.S.&U.K labels) all using their distinctive A5, 30 page booklet format. Their short & fast manic punk rock aligns perfectly with abrasive vocals covering issues mainly concerned with political & social injustice & inequality and also about just how god-damn much they love punk rock! Released to coincide with their August UK tour. Comes with download code. (Drunken Sailor Records #29)
(restock) NO SIR, I WON'T/AUTONOMY - split LP
Lost split LP recovered from the vaults by Dead Broke & Dirt Cult. Autonomy is originated from Carbondale, IL. and play a Crass-inspired brand of dark and melodic anarcho-crust punk. No Sir, I Won't are from Boston (members of Brain Killer, Awful Man, etc.) and give that Conflict-style assaulting peace punk. Oi. Comes with download. (Dead Broke Records #117)
(restock) THOU/COWER - split LP
(U.S. pressing) THOU once more deliver 4 songs of their trademark Sludge. Mixing elements of Doom, Metal and Punk they create a beautiful melodic assault that comes wrapped in a beautiful layout. Layers upon layers of heaviness. The packaging is exquisite as you would expect from any other THOU release. COWER from Portland, OR is an awesome band that mixes Hardcore with 90's emotive punk. Being a band hard to describe, they are sure to please fans of the DC/Dischord sound as well as fans of newer bands like PUNCH. Milky clear colored vinyl. (Nuestra Lengua #13)
(restock) EDHOCHULI - s/t LP
Musically, Edhochuli from Pittsburgh, PA mixes equal parts hardcore, sludge, and southern fried post hardcore. Edhochuli features unpredictible guitarwork and unique song structures, which only adds a layer of complexity to the band's sound. For fans of DOGS OF IRE, BREATHER RESIST and bands on LEVEL PLANE RECORDS. (Nuestra Lengua #12)
(restock) NAZARENO EL VIOLENTO - XIII LP
Following their debut 7", Nazareno el Violento from Mexico City is back with a proper full length. This recording is nasty, fast and aggressive. Metal influenced hardcore with smart lyrics about how corrupt the mexican government is, mediocrity, cops. These 13 songs are a direct attack on everything you love. All records come in Coke Bottle Clear. Fold out cover/poster with original artwork made by the drummer Mico. For fans of CONVERGE, OWEN HART, CATHARSIS. (Nuestra Lengua # 15)
(restock) DARTO - All Eyes 7"
Darto is a band from Seattle, WA that consists of three people making beautiful, creative music. Sometimes dreamy and atmospheric but sharp and loud. These two songs were taken from a demo tape that came out in 2012. Somewhere between FUGAZI and MY BLOODY VALENTINE. Features members of Dreamdecay. 200 records pressed. (Nuestra Lengua # 14)
(restock) IN COLD BLOOD - Suicide King LP
Originally released in 2009 (A389-016) and long out of print we're pleased to bring this A389 classic back to the forefront where it belongs. Compiling all the band's demos before and after their incredible 'Hell On Earth' album (Victory Records) packaged in brand new artwork by Szymon Siech and remastered by Brad Boatright/Audiosiege. Relesaed to coincide with the band's reunion at the A389 10th Anniversary Bash. (A389 Records #140)
(restock) SHIN TO SHIN - s/t LP
The brainchild of Aaron Melnick (Integrity/In Cold Blood/Inmates), SHIN TO SHIN's debut album is a mountain of unforgettable riffs laying the foundation for A2's signature guitar solos resulting in a really mean/tough sounding record. Not for the weak! For fans of INTEGRITY, In Cold Blood. (A389 Records #138)
(restock) BLOODLET - Entheogen LPx2
Released in collaboration with Victory Records,we are thrilled to give one of our all time favorite/most influental albums time a deluxe makeover. BLOODLET's 2000 seminal debut full length 'Entheogen' released as a 2x12" remmasterd by Brad Boatright/Audiosiege and cut at 45RPM for optimum sound quality. Comes with gatefold cover, a deluxe poster of Aaron Turner's stunning artwork AND the entire tracklist for the album in the proper running order (as it appears on the original CD). Limited edition of 1000 copies pressed ever to coincide with the band's first performance in ten years at the A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash. Note: Vocalist Scott Angelacos current musical endeavors include JUNIOR BRUCE and HOLLOW LEG. (A389 Records #139)
(restock) BLOODLET - Live On WMFU-FM LP (Record Store Day release)
Enjoy a rare live-on-air radio performance from BLOODLET captured live on WFMU in 1995 before their landmark album Entheogen was completed. Contains slightly different arrangements of their destined-to-be classic tracks, creative improvised interludes and an unreleased/unheard track entitled 'Canker'. Digitally restored/remastered by Audiosiege with original artwork by Aaron Turner of Isis//Mammifer/Old Man Gloom/HYDRA HEAD records fame. Limited edition one-time RSD pressing of 1000. (A389 Records #144)
(restock) VILIPEND - Inamorata LP
Toronto, Canada's Vilipend combine the technical proficiency/reckless abandon of 90's metalcore much like Turmoil and Deadguy, crossed over twith bands such as Buzz'oven and Eyehategod. With Inamorata, their first full length release the record embodies the pain and uncertainty of singer Chris Gramlich that he incurred after fracturing an L-1 vertebra during a show. Their most ambitious offering to date, the result is a developed, intelligent refinement of their brave aesthetic, with great sonic lushness. 300 available on limited baby blue or black vinyl with printed insert and MP3 download codes. (A389 Records #105)
(restock) INTEGRITY/VEGAS - split 7" (red vinyl Record Store Day release)
The legendary INTEGRITY team up the elusive VEGAS for Volume III of the A389 RSD Split 7" series. This time paying tribute to the 1967 British comedy film "Bedazzled" with the movie music of Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. Featuring artwork once again by Szymon Siech and a full size 24x36 movie poster print. Limited edition one-time RSD pressing of 1000 on RED vinyl. (A389 Records #142)
(restock) VOIGHT KAMPFF - s/t LP
It is with great pleasure that we offer in collaboration with Rock Bottom Records the debut album by VOIGHT-KAMPFF. These 7 songs were originally released as a limited cassette Voight-Kampff began as Run Down in 2005 when Sulier and Swanson-White came together due to a shared love of darker moodier punk. After both had been in hardcore bands they decided to try something a little weirder. A 2 song 45 was done after passing songs back and forth and was belatedly released in 2012 on Baltimore's Firestarter Records. At this point the songs were already written for their debut full-length and the two decided to make a clean break from RD with a name change and stripped down format which would involve only the two of them for recording purposes. VK has played roughly a show a year since 07 recruiting different friends to flesh out live line-ups including Doom Town's Ashley Hohman and Tom Valli, Bryan Clarkson and Shaun Morrissey from The Humanoids, Matty Coonfield of Bug Chaser and Tone Rodent, Phil Schwarz of Rock Bottom Records, Ted Howard of the 86'ed, and Brad Stiffler of Condominium. The duo is currently at work writing for their second LP and has plans to finally tour and increase their activities. (Deranged Records #235)
(restock) BUMBKLAATT - Luctus LP
Blasting Metallic Hardcore from the Border of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, BUMBKLAATT have remained a constant of the Californian and Mexican Punk Scene since their formation by former members of CHICKEN FARM and RUN FOR YOUR FUCKING LIFE in the early 2000's. Empassioned screams swap hard and fast with gutteral growls over rocking guitar leads, crushing riffs and ferocious hardcore pummel ignited by speeding drum blasts. Following several well received EP's, This debut album was originally released by the band in a small edition sold primarily at shows. For first time in general distribution, This Deluxe Vinyl edition of "Luctus" on Prank features the full cover artwork by drummer Adrian Balderrama re-printed on a heavy weight sleeve with metallic inks, an exclusive sticker to the first pressing, a large 11" x 22" insert, hand stamped inner sleeve and download code. "Precision, speed, and volume coalesce in to one of the most bad-assed, rippingest, slayingest bands of the genre " - Razorcake. (Prank Records #142)
(restock) IRON LUNG - White Glove Test CDx2
"White Glove Test" is the third studio album by Seattle-San Francisco power violence duo IRON LUNG, and a follow up to 2007's "Sexless, No Sex". A claustrophobic, paranoid attack of water tight Stop-start intense hardcore hammered between crushing sludge bits mixed with hardcore pummel. Artwork by FEEDING. Recorded at Earhammer Studios over summer 2012, the deluxe CDx2 version includes the White GLove Test album and the companion "Finds More Filth" Noise album, which can be played independently or simultaneously with the hardcore record. IRON LUNG are currently on an extensive North American tour and have extensively toured in four of the seven continents multiple times since 2001. Limited edition of 1,000. (Prank Records #138 CD)
(restock) SLANG - Glory Outshines Doom LP
Sapporo, Japan's SLANG 6th's LP may be the most definitive expressions of the bands long Journey as part of and evolution within the History of Japanese hardcore. Starting in the late 1980's a classic sounding Japanese hardcore band, SLANG's sound became heavily influenced in the 1990's by NYHC like AGNOSTIC FRONT, MADBALL and slower breakdowns as a means for impact, In the 00's the band embraced more metallic influences and slowly began to seam all of it together,: the tough, growling vocals, the slow, crushing breakdowns, raging guitar leads, lightening fast hardcore charge. Their Previous two albums " The Immortal Sin" and " Life Made Me hardcore" began the road to this, but " Glory Outshines Doom" goes to another level of combining all these elements to create an intense, dark, completely and totally brutal record, crashing barriers between Punk, Metal and hardcore. Issued on CD by the PIZZA OF DEATH LP, this is it's first appearance on vinyl and comes in a heavy weight sleeve with full color inner sleeve and labels. (Prank Records #140)
(restock) REPLICA - Beast 7"
Blasting urgency with the song-driven edge of early 80's so-cal hardcore mixed at top speed with the brash edges of 90's East Bay punk, this second EP on Prank by Oakland's REPLICA features six tracks of powerful hardcore underlined with undeniable catchiness. Fueled by lighting-quick drumming, pummeling bass lines, ripping riffs, and snarling vocals, "BEAST EP" was recorded at the end of the tour they did last year with Japan's COMPLETED EXPOSITION and it features songs that have long been staples of the band's live set. The EP was recorded at Earhammer by Greg Wilkinson and features a deluxe cover with multiple illustrations by local artist Jon Carling. REPLICA are on tour the East Coast now. Includes download code. (Prank Records #145)
(restock) WINTERLONG - Five Songs 10"
Winterlong's first official release, this five-song (obviously) EP from the Poughkeepsie power-trio offers atonal yet melodic riffs, chant-like vocal harmonies, and virtuosic drumming. Mathy post-hardcore for fans of Chavez, ...Trail of Dead, and Shiner. (Glacial Records #10)
(restock) LIVES OF THE OBSCURE - Deathfete 7"
Jarring, contemplative lyrics over sparse and at times aggressive guitar-driven post-punk. For fans of Guided by Voices, Joan of Arc, and the Birthday Party. (Glacial Records #11)
Descriptions for 11/15/14
NEIGHBORHOOD BRATS - Recovery LP
Here's the first proper full length album by this California powerhouse. After a slew of singles and 7" EPs, this Long Beach, CA based quartet develop their style of aggressive Dangerhouse Records meets early 80s SoCal hardcore even further. Yes, the L.A. Times called them a "female fronted BLACK FLAG" - it's that band. Twelve new cuts of pre-Reagan, post-neutron bomb hardcore punk. (Deranged Records #254)
V/A - Charred Remains LPx2 compilation (1982)
In the annals of early 80's American hardcore, no compilation holds more seminal weight than 'Charred Remains'. Initially released in 1982 on cassette through Bob Moore's Version Sound label and available in limited supply, the release served the world the first earfuls of such groundbreaking and legendary bands such as Husker Du, Die Kreuzen, Void, Violent Apathy, Toxic Reasons, Articles of Faith, Rebel Truth, Personality Crisis and Sin 34. Besides the actual sounds contained on the tape, 'Charred Remains' was a testament to that primary quake of DIY ethics that empowered many a short haired youngster to start bands, record labels and fanzines and forge the underground to where it is today. To find an original copy of this compilation and not have to give up a kidney in exchange would be quite a feat, but now Radio Raheem waves their magic wand and 'Charred Remains' is something for everyone to enjoy in the vinyl format. Re-mastered from the original master tapes with liner notes from Bob Moore and Die Kreuzen vocalist Dan Kubinski, 'Charred Remains' is rescued from the collector ghetto and plopped right down into your lap to behold. Thirty tracks! Band/song list: VOID - Condensed Flesh, VOID - War Hero, HUSKER DU - Bricklayer, 5051 - Too Late, REBEL TRUTH - All I Know, REBEL TRUTH - Dreams of a Boy, REBEL TRUTH - In the Red, REBEL TRUTH - Reagan Youth, PERSONALITY CRISIS - Wonder What They're Thinking 10. PERSONALITY CRISIS - Waiting, PERSONALITY CRISIS - Shotgun, SIN 34 - Runaway, SIN 34 - Not No Fun, VIOLENT APATHY - Real World, VIOLENT APATHY - Hunger Strike, VIOLENT APATHY - Hypocrite, DOGS OF WAR - Crime Watch/Block Parents 18. THE MISGUIDED - Doomsday, ARTICLES OF FAITH - Street Fight, DIE KREUZEN - Pain, DIE KREUZEN - Hate Me, DOUBLE O - The End, ARTICLES OF FAITH - Ghost in the House, ARTICLES OF FAITH - Poison in My Sweat, ARTICLES OF FAITH - AOF, ARTICLES OF FAITH - Belfast, DISTRICT TRADITION - Psychadelic, DISTRICT TRADITION - Vast Realms, TOXIC REASONS - Somebody Help Me, and UXB - El Salvador Stomp! (Radio Raheem Records #9)
STALE PHISH - Rock N Roll Revert LP
After selling over 200 copies of their self-released CD during their "Shred the Southwest" tour earlier this year, Detroit's Stale Phish has joined forces with Not Like You Records to bring you the vinyl release. The band features pro skater Garold Vallie and brings to mind the classic skate punk energy and fun of bands like JFA, Drunk Injuns & The Faction. For fans of Thrasher's Skate Rock compilation series, old school skate punk, & Southern California punk from the mid-80s. (Not Like You Records #3)
DESTRUYE Y HUYE - Oscura Sociedad 7"
After a great demo in 2012, Destruye y Huye return with their debut EP "Oscura Sociedad". These L.A. punks deliver four tracks that remind me of a perfect mix of Las Vulpess, Ultimo Resorte, and Vice Squad. Comes with foldout poster and lyric sheet. Art and design by Abe Social. You can listen to a track here: https://soundcloud.com/verdugodiscos/destruye-y-huye-sera-un-genocidio. (Verdugo Records #3)
EKOLALIA - Si Lo Ke Kieren Es Una Guerra 7"
Ekolalia released an excellent limited demo tape in 2013 which has now found its way onto vinyl. This band features members of Generacion Suicida and La Voz and they kick out perfect catchy punk in the vein of Eskorbuto with bouncy bass lines and great vocal hooks. You can listen to a track here: https://soundcloud.com/verdugodiscos/ekolalia-todo-a-la-mierda. (Verdugo Records #2)
VIOLENT CHARGE - Demo Live & Lambruscore LP
Violent charge was a hardcore band formed in the fall of 1985 to the end of 1987 in Poviglio, Italy , a demo was released in 1986 with 300 copies made with 8 tracks, all other recordings were live in the studio. The LP has the full first demo and other studio recordings that have never been released, 23 tracks total with one Raw Power cover song. This is a limited pressing of 500 with full color insert. (Queer Pills Records #8)
TOM AND BOOT BOYS - Old Punk Generation 7"
This was recorded a few years back, but was never pressed onto vinyl until now. Great stuff from these veteran Japanese pogo-punkers. Contains the singalong fave 'Oi Boy, Oi Girl'. 5 great tracks. Only 500 made. (Fear of War Records #15)
FUTURE CRIMES - s/t 7"(pink vinyl) + MP3 Download
Out of the dark, moldy basements of Raleigh, NC, FUTURE CRIMES arises with their debut 7" EP that is going to "make straight people really uncomfortable." A queer/straight mixed trio, these angry punks are taking a stand against homophobia and bigotry and are certain to become conservative America's worst nightmare. Six songs of stripped down, no bullshit punk rock that will appeal to fans of The Dicks, M.D.C. and The Big Boys (not musically, but in attitude). Limited to 200 copies on pink vinyl with an MP3 download card that includes four bonus songs not on the 7". (No Profit Records #5)
TERROR - One With The Underdogs LP/CD
Defiant Music is born, Terror's own label, with the help of Reaper Records handling the distribution of the albums. This reissue comes with bonus material and new artwork. Terror's "One With The Underdogs" is one of the most celebrated albums in their discography. CD version includes two additional tracks. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Reaper Records #70)
GORILLA BISCUITS - Start Today 25th Anniversary Pressings LP
Gorilla Biscuits' "Start Today" is one of the most influential records in hardcore. Hailing from NYC, Gorilla Biscuits carved a niche within the NY hardcore scene. Blending the aggression and energy of bands like Agnostic Front with a sense of melody likened to Dag Nasty, Gorilla Biscuits still stands as a unique reference point for many hardcore bands that have come after them. This is an essential part of any record collection. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of "Start Today" in 1989, the record has been re-pressed and packaged in embossed jackets with printing on the inside of the jacket sleeve. Available for a limited time. LP includes digital download. (Revelation Records #12)
SEVEN SECONDS - Alt.Music.Hardcore CD
Compilation of 18 formerly 7" tracks from 1982-85. TRACKLISTING: 01. SKINS, BRAINS, & GUTS 02. NO AUTHORITY 03. REDNECK SOCIETY 04. BABY GAMES 05. RACISM SUCKS 06. THIS IS MY LIFE 07. ANTI-KLAN 08. I HATE SPORTS 09. WE'RE GONNA FIGHT 10. 5 YEARS OF LIES 11. DRUG CONTROL 12. BOTTOMLESS PIT 13. FIGHT YOUR OWN FIGHT 14. COMITTED FOR LIFE 15. THIS IS THE ANGRY 16. AGGRO 17. WAR IN THE HEAD 18. THE KIDS ARE UNITED. (Head Hunter Records #53 CD)
(restock) MIELENHAIRIO - 1985 LP
This is Finnish hardcore at its best with 17 tracks in total. Mielenhairio were from Vaasa and released three 7" eps. The first one was one-sided with very poor sound quality , and it was a freebie with Lihanukke #9 'zine in 1985, with no cover or anything. The second 7"ep "Mieleharrio II" was released in 1986 as well as the third one which was called "Sahkokatkos." The band later changed their name to Vihan Lapset and later Lapset (not punk any more). Two of the members started Klamydiaa - a Ramones style punk band with funny lyrics which later became one of the most popular bands in Finland and is still active, with the same vocalist. (Queer Pills Records #2)
(restock) PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION - Hand Of The Rider LP
Picture Frame Seduction (PFS) is a hardcore punk band from Haverfordwest, Wales. The band's influences included their peers of the day, Charged GBH and Discharge. With many other bands of the time like The Varukers, they helped develop the hardcore punk scene in the United Kingdom in the early to mid 1980's. This LP Features 7" bonus tracks from their 7". First time reissued on vinyl classic U.K. punk hardcore, first press of 500. (Queer Pills Records #3)
Descriptions for 11/8/14
HASSLER - Fed, Worked, And Watered LP
Hardcore punk band from Toronto Canada founded in 2012. Featuring a very long ex-members list from bands you may know from the past like BRUTAL KNIGHTS, CAREER SUICIDE, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, REPROBATES, and BAD SKIN. After releasing a 7" ep on Schizophrenic records and a follow up on Beach Impediment records, the band's sound is fully realized on this new LP. A furious mash up of hardcore punk sounds from the past with no concern for current trends. Vocalist Jay Chisamore delivers the goods through 16 storming tracks. No 10 minute nowadays style hardcore "mini LP" here, but a full length LP of unrelenting and enraged hardcoe done for real. (Deranged Records #257)
MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #379 (December 2014)
Maximum Rocknroll #379, the December 2014 issue, features an interview with Brazil's powerful RAKTA, who just took North America by storm and are about to embark on a full European tour; and a conversation with Craig, bassist of Philly's unsung '80s hardcore legends AUTISTIC BEHAVIOR, whose long-lost LP Shattered Cattle was recently released by SRA Records. World-renowned pastry chef Brooks Headley - drummer of BORN AGAINST, (YOUNG) PIONEERS, WRANGLER BRUTES, C.R.A.S.H., UNIVERSAL ORDER OF ARMAGEDDON and more - talks about his new cookbook and cooking on the road in the '90s. Newcomers PROTESTER and MISLED YOUTH take a break from their summer tour to visit the MRR compound, listen to SSD records, and reflect on the value of all-ages shows. Israel's MARMARA STREISAND talk politics and punk; anarcho-punk legends POISON GIRLS discuss the recent reissues of their classic LPs, and the Bay Area's DICK & JANE talk about their decades-long partnership. Rhode Island's Mothers News waxes on the esoteric and exoteric in print media, long-running Brooklyn DIY space Death By Audio gives a swan-song interview before closing later this month, Bay Area by way of Eastern Europe crust label Doomed To Extinction clue us in on their recent releases, and powerviolence grinders NUNHEX offer a peek at life as a punk in Miami, Florida. All of this, plus cover art by Cassidy McGinley, a pullout photo spread from Mateus Mondini, and as always, columns, zine, book and demo reviews, and the most extensive punk record review section in print! (Maximum Rock'n'Roll #379)
PLAIDS - s/t LP
Hailing from Nottingham, UK punx Plaids play raw, explosive hardcore that brings to mind the intensity and passion of early DC Revolution Summer bands. Eschewing track names for numbers, their debut 12" LP sees them draw in a much wider sphere of influence than previous splits and EPs, owing as much to early 90s space rock as it does to the likes of Dag Nasty and Rites of Spring. While most of the record still rushes from your speakers with the same barely-contained energy with which it was recorded, tracks like "Twenty Five" slow down the pace a little, just enough to give twisting guitar lines space to break up around rolling drums and desperate vocals. (Barely Legal Records #18)
BILL BONDSMEN/SBLC - split 7"
Bill Bondsmen team up with Detroit local legends SBLC for a split 7" entitled Resurget Cineribus (which is taken from the Detroit city seal and translates to "it will rise from the ashes"). Bill Bondsmen take their mutant punk chops in a more driving direction with "Terrible Diagnosis" which sounds like Die Kruezen meets Poison Idea doing Eno's "Third Uncle". SBLC (which stands for Surviving Brothers of the Last Crusade) pummel you with their Battalion of Saints meets Broken Bones ripper entitled "Wired". Limited to 300; all hand screened and sealed with a wax stamp. (Rust On The Blade Records #6)
DISCHARGE/OFF WITH THEIR HEADS - split 7"
The first US pressing (originally pressed in the UK by the nice Drunken Sailor Records) of this slab. Easier on the pocketbook. Pick your colored vinyl and let's do this! Off With Their Heads... Mike Watt playing bass, Mike Felix on drums, Todd Congelliere producing, Bill McFadden of The Beltones writes the song, and of course Ryan Young. Discharge... shit, there is nothing you can say, it's just DISCHARGE. (Recess Records #179)
LOW CULTURE/NEEDLES PINS - split 7"
Two of our favorite DIY punk bands come together for a great split! Low Culture should be familiar to anyone into Dirtnap stuff after the well-received Screens LP in early 2013. Ragged, melodic garagepunk originally from Las Cruces, NM, with members now spread out all over the place (including right here in Portland!). Features members of Shang-A-Lang and Marked Men, and sounds pretty much like a cross between the 2 bands, with the former's distinct songwriting style mashed together with the latter's tighter, cleaner performances. These recordings are the results of the band's first trip into a "pro" recording studio, sounding cleaner but no less effective than past material.Vancouver, B.C's Needles//Pins are one of favorite current bands who are NOT already on Dirtnap. We're friends with them, have seen 'em a million times (oftentimes on tour with Dirtnap staples such as Sonic Avenues and Steve Adamyk Band), but for some reason have never gotten around to releasing anything by them until now. On their side of the split, Needless//Pins give us 2 memorable punk/garage rippers that were recorded in the same sessions as their excellent new LP, Shamebirds, just released on Dirt Cult Records. We're stoked to finally be involved with putting something out something by these folks, and hope to do more in the future! This 7" is a one-time only pressing of 1000. All copies come with 320kbps download coupon. (Dirtnap Records #132)
SHALLOW CUTS - Storm Watch 7"
One part Minneapolis and two parts San Diego, members of DAN PADILLA, MADISON BLOODBATH, DEAR LANDLORD, and GATEWAY DISTRICT got together for beers and accidentally started a band. On the quest for an endless summer or at least a late night burrito. (No Idea Records #346)
GATECREEPER - s/t LP
Thick, punishing, bone-rattling death metal like the legendary bands of the late 80's into the mid-90's played it. Certainly reverent, but not without their own identity, GATECREEPER, who formed in Arizona in 2013, pay appropriately violent homage to their forebears, while ringing in a new era of misery. The bitterness and groove of the four tracks here will drag you through the dust of their sweltering desert home, and call upon the vast expanse of darkness above and below to quench your thirst. The resulting assault is a riff-heavy ode to times past, and a glimpse of our bleak future, captured on wax. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and pressed at 45rpm. For fans of: Entombed, Bolt Thrower, & Dismember. (King of The Monsters #52)
LUSITANIA - s/t LP
The first full length release from Lusitania (Phoenix, AZ). Deviant and terrorizing Black Metal featuring members of Gay Kiss, Dealing, Sacred Followers, and Detached Objects. A voice of the total loss of all hope. You're completely justified in your murderous rage, knowing that you'll find no solace in this life sentence with no retribution. For fans of cold-blooded malice and no looking back. Missing for twenty-five years and never coming back. War is hell. Featuring artwork and photos by Mike Martinez and liner notes by Max G Morton. (King of The Monsters #48)
LOST TRIBE - Solace LP
"Lost Tribe's "Solace" is an epic odyssey through the graveyard dimension of punk, drawing inspiration from early crust, 80s California deathrock, UK anarchopunk, and the more tribal side of postpunk bands like Killing Joke. "Solace" combines piercing bass lines with earthquake-like drumming, strong vocals, darkly atmospheric synths, and razor-like guitars to weave a spell of death, lamentation, destruction, and disease over the listener. Punk from the wrong side of midnight. Includes Download code. (Mass Media Records #25)
MOTH - First Second LP
Copenhagen's MOTH follow up their two sold out self released EPs with their debut LP "First Second". This record has a gorgeous and haunting mixture of cold wave synth atmospherics with melodic guitar lines bringing to mind those of THE CURE and CHAMELEONS. This sullen dance party isn't without hints of the bands punk rock roots and this record could easily fill in welcome shelf space with both collections of say LEBANON HANOVER as well as modern post punks such as CRIMINAL CODE or BELLICOSE MINDS. LP vinyl with download code. (Mass Media Records #21)
P.L.F./SUFFERING MIND - split 5"
New output for both bands. P.L.F. with two new grind attacks. Suffering Minds deliver 3 new grind tunes. Artwork designed by Jasper ( Infested Arts). 500 made. (Power It Up Records #213)
MASSGRAV - Extra Nitad LP
Sweden's own MASSGRAV are back on the map in order to annihilate your stereo. The Extra Nitad vinyl contains the tracks from both CD's which released years ago on Sound Pollution (USA) minus the EP tracks on these CD's. All together 36 tracks of rapid-fire, forceful, abrasive as hell Scandicore in the midst of raw, throaty vocal attacks (including a cover version from ATOMVINTER and LIMP WRIST). MASSGRAV plays something not too far from the modern Swedish hardcore, they do a more than adequate job at it. They are faster than VICTIMS and SKITSYSTEM, and their drumming is more "relentless" - altogether, they wind up kinda sounding like KRIGSHOT. With two equally effective vocalists, this is a pretty rippin' listen from start to finish. The drumming is a little monotonous, but the overall feel of this album leans towards the raw and fast. The vinyl re issue housed in a high quality 320gr gatefold sleeve! (Power It Up Records #196)
AGATHOCLES - The LP's 1989 1991 LP
Re-release on vinyl of their 2 first LPs, the split with Lunatic Invasion and "Suppose it was you"... Essential pieces of grind noise!!! I can confess that the early Agathocles recordings are my favorites. This LP contains all their early hits (their early hits are all-time hits!) with this special "rehearsal" sounding really not "clean" at all and great! The good old times of real grindcore! The second part has alot of live tracks, and contrary to "Razor sharp dagger" & "Black clouds determinate" live bonus tracks, this live material is not boring, without a big cheezy sound, just what grind needz: detuned guitars, blasting drums and simply grunt-roared or screamed vocals: what do you want more? Judge by the track listing, there are only great tracks! "Fog", "The accident" or "Big one": cult! cult! cult! The vinyl. Re- issue comes with lyrics and liner notes and is housed in a 320gr. Cover. (Power It Up Records #205)
ENTRAILS MASSACRE - Alienation Anarchism 6"
Entrails Massacre's "Alienation Anarchism" 6" EP is sure going to be a face ripper! Having released numerous Splits in the past, this will be the band's very first solo EP during their 24-year existence. With 7 brandnew songs (including a cover of Sayyadina's "Last days make the least") in a high-quality sound outfit and just under 8.5 minutes, this release promises to leave you bleeding and begging for more! Recorded & mixed by Roy Cable at Ostsee-Rock/Session Studio, Rostock & mastered by Pluto Poserslaughter (Vintagemastering, Berlin), E.M. sounds more crushing and more vicious than ever before. For sure another blazing step forward after their latest album! Conceptually, the EP's lyrical content revolves around problems in today's nightmare society while structurally the music is that blistering & adrenaline- crazed Grindcoreviolence that you would expect from E.M. .... tight, dynamic, fast and loud. Fans of Noisear, Discordance Axis, Magrudergrind, Suffering Mind, Maruta, Pig Destroyer etc. will not want to miss out on this EP! (Power It Up Records #220)
YACOPSAE/RAZORS - split 10"
Hamburg strikes back! If you think, UK '77 style high energy punk rock doesn't fit together with raging high-octane power-violence/ thrash, here you got the counter evidence: Two - at first glance - absolutely different bands team up for the probably most unexpected split of the year! RAZORS, keeping the spirit alive since 1977, they're - without any doubt - one of the very first punk bands in Germany, and they still hit the pedal as far as it will go! Fasten seat belts, and get punched by their three songs of intense punk rock! YACOPSAE, terrorizing the hardcore scene since 1990, and well-known for their short blasting eruptions, contribute two sludgy tracks of sheer fierceness and raw brutality! Putting two bands together with such different ways to express the term "punk rock" is a challenge, but on top they reach an impressively high level of pure energy and aggression, as you can hear on their live recordings. No effects, no overdubs - this is just the real deal! The 10 " are housed in a regular cover with printed inner sleeve! So don't miss it! (Power It Up Records #222)
HAEMORRHAGE - Obnoxious 10"
Back to 1994! Right at the 20th anniversary Power It Up will re-release Haemorrhage's first recording “Obnoxious" . It will come as 10 inch vinyl including the five originals from the 7" plus two bonus songs. Sick sick sick!!! This is empathological grindgore at its best, nothing more to say! It just contains some of the best Haemorrhage tracks like "Anatomized" & "Via anal introspection". Great release, a joyful grinding gore moment! The music is a putrid melting pot of fast and mid-tempos with screamy type of vocals, death metal gruntroars and poignant backing vocal effects... Lyrics are exceedingly deranged: morbid, funny, necrophilic and pathological above all. Feel an early Carcass influence. Get your limited edition on the Record Store Day.For fans of Carcass, Dead Infection, Exhumed, General Surgery, Gut, Impaled, Impetigo, Jig-Ai, Machetazo, Regurgitate, Rompeprop and Squash Bowels. (Power It Up Records #208)
NASUM - Domedagen 7"
Nasum's only demo is probably the noisiest and most abrasive of their releases, though it still sounds very much like Nasum. Ten songs were written in a rush, and together with two re-recordings from the first two recordings and two covers, the songs were recorded as the "Domedagen" demo in November 1994. The recording took place in Studio Ferger, Fjugesta and "Stalemate" of Napalm Death and "Dom styr vara liv" of Mob 47 are the two cover songs. The guitars are a bit crunchier and the snare and cymbals ring out in the higher end a bit more. There's a lot of grinding, the vocals are mostly gruff grunts, and there's room for a few of the heavy grooves that really make the music. "Think" reappears from the split with Agathocles, starting with a simple-but-heavy groove that I'll never forget. The strength of the demo is in the parts that intersperse the fantastic grindy bits - call and response between the low and high vocals, deathgrind grooving, and occasionally a bit of a lead or solo. The grinding parts are split between the noisier, grindier parts, and blasting with tremolo-picked grooves that is part of Nasum's signature style. The slower parts in the slightly longer songs, which are still fast and short, help the music breathe and expand upon the simple formulas of grindcore. While it seems like a bit of a blur, the demo is quite varied and fits an impressive amount of material into eleven minutes. The lyrics aren't constructed very well. While they have the messages that Nasum have always advocated, they're poorly written and choppy. Rather than feeling like a composition, they seem like they're a bunch of words and phrases thrown together and shouted over grindcore. For a Swedish band, they certainly have some leeway early in their career to improve their grasp on the English language. The Special Record Store Day release comes in a 300 gr. glossy Gatefold sleeve and is limited to 300 hand numbered copies in white vinyl. (Power It Up Records #207)
IMPLORE - Black Knell 7"
Implore are a 3-piece band from the cold northern Germany. The enthusiastic metalheads have come together until the end of 2013 to play their idea of "Death Grind". And the guys have fun doing it - you can hear that. The first song "Thorns ov Devotion" are setting the pace. Implore shoot on their debut "Black Knell" a Blast magazine after another empty load in short breaks and after firing at once continue uncompromising. The drums form the skeleton as always, Kevin Talley (including SUFFOCATION) has recorded them, they are implemented Live from new band member. Fast Parts seamlessly switch to groovy and shoutet the singer and bass player and scolds out his gloomy lyrics. Between the lines I read from the lie of religion, egocentrism, conformism and the great battles. The listener is left, as he interprets the text, but one thing is clear: the man is angry and he has something to say. The two strongest songs are "segregates" (nasty and with great lyrics) and "Two Legged Damnation". The distinctive HM-2 sound raises nostalgia. The song draws a good suspense and after a minute then discharge the energy in a pithy blast beat. It is striking that the vocals are not the focus, they share the intensity with the instruments. Hardly a song exceeds the 2-minute mark, but the songwriting on the six-song EP is brought to a very good luck to the point. As soon as I am enjoying it, unfortunately the work is already over. For fans of: NAILS, Deathrite, NASUM, LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER. (Power It Up Records #219)
CONTROLLED EXISTENCE/DAYS OF DESOLATION - split 7"
CONTROLLED EXISTENCE is from Prague, Czech Republic with 5 new crusty power violence songs, Songs all stick to the same style, mid range vocals, lots of speed amongst groove laden riffs. The flipside contains 3 new stench core attacks from hellgiums DAYS OF DESOLATION. Awesone material similar to Destroyed In Seconds and Wolfbrigade. (Power It Up Records #195)
VISIONS OF WAR - Swine Parade CD
Belgium's DOOM crust/d-beat institution VISIONS OF WAR with their last two albums repressed on one CD. The first full length "Shit Parade" contains 9 Tracks of raw and full throttle dual vocal crust core just like its 87 again. The material was recorded in 2008 and 2009 and came out in 2011 in a limited vinyl edition only. Their second full length, 11 brand new bullets and a mighty G.B.H cover that will insanely load your guns. This new shit can be easily compared to early Driller Killer, the best Doom and E.N.T., fuelled by a dose of Hellhammer. Excellent artwork again by master Stiv Of War. (Power It Up Records #216 CD)
WATER TORTURE - Collection LP
A 56-track discog for this powerviolence/grind mob out now via Dead Heroes. It features tracks from their splits with Thedowngoing, Six Brew Bantha, Sea Of Shit, Corrupt Bastards, HIRS, Suffering Mind along with their single. (Dead Heroes Records #32)
SIX BREW BANTHA - Intravenously Commodified LP (tour version)
An extremely limited tour edition of the second SIX BREW BANTHA 12" LP which's coming with a different cover and a sticker. The regular version of the "Intravenously Commodified" will be ready soon on Dead Heroes/To live alie/SPHC as well with an original artwork made by Brendan Schieman. Three piece storming canadian grind-violence from Victoria, British Columbia. The limited edition only in 100 copies and hand numbered. (Dead Heroes Records #40)
FAMINE - Campaign For Expenditure Reduction 7"
A very limited edition of debut 7"EP of Leeds based two piece freaky fast-violence hardcore. One of my favourite UK bands nowadays with super talented and active George, otherwise the new bass player for The Afternoon Gentlemen. The normal version of this single is published in cooperation 6 labels. Limit with seven color variations special cover. The two-man band from Leeds teenage strongly influenced by Despise You. (Dead Heroes Records #35)
MANGLE - s/t 7"
A brand-new 5 tracks single of this awesome sludgy power-violence band from Leicester (UK). The single comes with killer cover. Hugely inspired by Iron Lung and The Endless Blockade. Andy's brigade rules as always!!! (Dead Heroes Records #36)
GETS WORSE/FISSURE - split 7"
Gets Worse (Leeds) brand-new 4 sludgy power-violence tunes full of negative feelings on a pale blue vinyl - stop GO fast slow? AGGGGHHHHHH the collision of Weekend Nachos/The Afternoon Gentlemen. Fissure (from the USA) brand-new 5 hardcore/power-violence bullets from Southern Californian freaks. It's totally awesome band. LA! The cover/artwork was made by Tom is the bastard !!! The split comes with the stickers of both bands. (Dead Heroes Records #37)
PHARAOH - Negative Everything LP
Special edition HALLOWEEN orange/black vinyl pressing! After two incredible 7" releases, New Jersey's PHARAOH finally unveil their debut full length LP. 'Negative Everything' is a eight part epic that takes form as a wall of sound, closing in and crushing you with it's sheer sonic velocity. Huge depressing riffs, crushing beats and tortured vocals enter the vortex with no fear of the unknown. This is Negative Everything. For fans of NEUROSIS, BLOODLET, INTEGRITY. (A389 Records #145)
DOWNTOWN STRUTS - Hope You're Dope LP
It's a fair assessment that lots of Downtown Struts fans will absolutely love this right out of the package; and it will have to grow on others. Staying true to the passion that Downtown Struts has for life, friendship and making top-quality tunes, this EP really shows how diverse one band can be, and how their message and angst can manifest itself many ways. Take a chance on this EP - you'll be glad you did. 12"ep includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #128)
SUEDE RAZORS - Boys Night Out 7"
Having originated as a side project creatively deviating from each member's current band, Suede Razors has built up an unexpected momentum based on the successful release of their two previous singles. This four-piece from the San Francisco, CA Bay Area features members of local favorites Harrington Saints, Hounds & Harlots and Sydney Ducks, and combines elements of '70s punk, pub-rock, bootboy glam and mod revival to create their own hard-hitting brand of amped-up, retro rock 'n' roll. Along with Randale Records in Europe, Pirates Press Records is extremely excited and proud to be working with Suede Razors again on this third single available on limited colored vinyl. 7" includes digital download. (Pirates Press Records #132)
(restock) DARK BLUE - s/t 7"
This is the debut 7" single of Philadelphia's Dark Blue. Reminiscent of late 80's English oi!/pop, the band's sound is not unlike the perfect marriage of the Stone Roses and Last Resort. A magnificent simplicity is paired with tales of life in Canberra, the capital city of Australia and the spiritual home of bandleader John Sharkey III. Ex and current members of Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers, Ceremony, etc. (Katorga Works #31)
(restock) SKAVEN - Discography LP
Everything ever recorded by this Oakland based, shortlived dystopian crust band from the bottom of the gutter. This is authentic, down to earth mid 1990'ies bassheavy CRUST played british style. Lyrix dealing mostly with the misery of life and the personal downfall of the human being in our impersonal, alienated society. The lyrical content is getting perfectly delivered by these eight lovely and life-affirming tunes... imagine that after the music kicks off the wallpapers starts unsticking, mold begins to grow and the smell of decay is spreading in your room... that might describe the amebixish vibe of their sound at it's best. On here you find their split Lp with Dystopia, their 7" + their Split 7" with Stormcrow released years after their demise, both studio-sessions executed by Noah Landis (Neurosis) at Polymorph Studios and remastered 2012 by Brad Boatright from Audiosiege Portland. Great packaging with 2 posters + insert + booklet! (Skuld Releases #92)
Descriptions for 11/1/14
THE INMATES - s/t LP
Back again now in their 20th (!!) year of existence, Cleveland's INfamous INmates IN your face, rude lewd, crude, etc. etc. Painkiller is proud to present this sequel to one of the best records we've ever released, picking up where their last 7" was headed with a little more influence from bands like Systematic Death and Lipcream, while still bringing that unmistakable Clevo crunch via members of basically every band from Cleveland since the 90's, including (but not limited to): H-100s, Cider, 9 Shocks Terror, Darvocets, The Guns(!), False Hope, Gordon Solie Motherfuckers, Integrity, In Cold Blood, Keelhaul, Annihilation Time, Flyin' Trichecos, Brainwashed Youth, Bowel, Hiroshima Pigsmash, Party Plates, The Ruiners, Gag Reflex, Bomb Builder, Wetbrain, Diehard, and of course... Mean Streak. But first and foremost this is an Inmates record which means raw, bile-spitting hardcore punk, played by a group of lifers that are aging like the finest of wines. (Painkiller Records #51)
WETBRAIN - s/t LP
With a rap sheet of prior bands as long as a book - Cleveland's WETBRAIN arrives with their much belated debut lp. Musically this is tuneful speed-core to the absolute max, with call backs to everything from The Adolescents, to (early) Huskers, to Artificial Peace, to the first Indigesti lp, all fronted by the inimitable Larry Darvocet. This is surely the party record of the year. (Painkiller Records #52)
THE ACCUSED - Martha Splatterhead LP
Back on wax!! Here is the re-release of the five song masterpiece from the Kings of Splatter released in 1985 by CONDAR. This rare release has been insanely hard to find and exorbitantly priced. Martha is back on black!! Includes nice, clean revised packaging with original hand drawn lyric sheet and extensive thanks list courtesy of Tommy Niemeyer, the original Splatterhead himself! If it doesn't splatter, it doesn't matter!! Pressing: 1000. (Unrest Records #42)
THE ACCUSED - The Return of Martha Splatterhead LP (blue cover)
Back on wax!! Here is the re-press of the first full-length masterpiece from the Kings of Splatter released in 1986 by SUBCORE. This legendary release has influenced many bands around the world because of its fiercely original style. Martha is back on black!! Includes nice clean packaging with original lyric sheet and collage. If it doesn't splatter it doesn't matter!! Pressing: 1000. (Unrest Records #43)
THE ACCUSED - The Return of Martha Splatterhead LP (black/yellow/red cover)
Back on wax!! Here is the re-press of the first full-length masterpiece from the Kings of Splatter released on LP in 1986 by CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION / EARACHE RECORDS. This legendary release has influenced many bands around the world because of its fiercely original style. Martha is back on black!! Includes nice clean packaging with original lyric sheet and collage. If it doesn't splatter, it doesn't matter!! Pressing: 1000. (Unrest Records #44)
LAUTSTURMER/TARANTUJA - split LP
Tarantuja (tear-in-to-ya) returns with a heavier sound that is more aggressive, but with a bit less of an 80's influence. Raw guitar-driven crusty thrash from the frozen tundras of Northern Canada!! The other side features another crushing release from Sweden's rockin' d-beat masters. From the bowels of Malmös underground punk scene, Lautstürmer is back with five ferocious songs of brutal d-beat fury. Another ripping release to add to their raging repertoire!! First 150 copies were hand numbered, hand screened for their EU tour edition. Label release of 1000 was pressed with alternate art by Stiv Of War!! Pressing: 1000. (Unrest Records #35)
MALIGNANT TUMOUR/ACIDEZ - split 7"
Originally planned for their 2014 Mexico tour that was cancelled due to an incompetent promoter, here is the epic split from Ostrava, Czech Republic's crustiest rock n' roll motor heads Malignant Tumour, and Acidez, the spiky punk sensation of alcohol breathing cabrones from Guadalajara, Mexico, fresh after their 2 full European tours in 2014!! Malignant Tumour delivers one new song, sung in Spanish, as well as a Spanish version of their classic ballad "The Biggest Band". Acidez plays some of their best material yet!! Two songs with a thrash metal influence added to their anthemic punk sound. Comes in a killer Z-fold full colour 7" sleeve!! Pressing: 1000. (Unrest Records #7011)
YDI - A Place In The Sun 7"
We are honored and excited to finally make this classic slab of brutal 80s U.S. hardcore punk available again in its original format!! In the early 1980s, YDi (pronounced "Why Die") put Philadelphia on the map with their ferocious brand of Hardcore. In 1983 they unleashed their debut EP "A Place In The Sun" on Bloodbubble Records, a label formed by notorious Punk/HC promoter "Fat Howard" Saunders (RIP). "A Place In The Sun" is a blistering nine-track blast of HC fury, that holds it's own with "Pick Your King" the Negative Approach EP, and any other prime example of early American Hardcore. Unavailable for over a decade on ANY formate, we are glad to make this vital piece of American Punk history available again. Be sure to look for the complete YDi discography collection, coming soon from our friends at Souther Lord Records, but for now, drop the needle and enjoy some vintage, authentic inner city aggression from YDi!! For Fans Of: DISCHARGE, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, JERRY'S KIDS, EARLY 80s AMERICAN HARDCORE. (TKO Records #202)
KALASHNIKOV/CONTRASTO - split 10"
Both starting during the 90's, Contrasto and Kalashnikov worked hard day by day creating a recognizable sound and a strong fanbase, mixing their musical approach with a strong ethic and social awareness. Contrasto stick more to the traditional late 90's Italian hardcore formula, with inspired songwriting deeply rooted in the classic furious years but with a strong personality, with loads of bass driven parts and catchy hooks. Kalashnikov took the romantic approach, with melody and evocative sections, strong tied to the long-going Italian folk tradition. They sing about social and political issues seen through the eyes of common people struggling for rights and happiness. A strong split MLP, with two bands taking very personal approaches to hardcore and aiming directly for the heart. Comes in a nice full color gatefold sleeve and an amazing 12 pages booklet. Vinyl on blue wax limited to 500 copies. (Chaos Rurale Records #20)
AGATHA - Gravis Atque Gravior LP
The come-back of Agatha opens with a song important, not only because of example of the state of health of the duo and what Gravis Atque Gravior contains the musical point of view, but also for the subject matter, that ever as it appears today current. 1981 was the year in Italy were repealed the statutory provisions relating to the so-called "honor killing", a real shame that seems to come directly from a manual of medieval history and that, unfortunately, continues to lurk still in the folds of a society by no means cured of Alzheimer's machismo. The ardor with which the Agatha addressing the topic through heavy notes and chipped, detached from any form of compromise and born to hit in the stomach, the daughters of an unhealthy encounter between metal, noise and hardcore, but outside of any dominant trend or "hipsterismo" more or less glossy, is worth a thousand declarations of intent. The duo's sound is the result of a vital instinct burning, an organized chaos with the fury of those who collect their things before the flames reach the house, a poster of the discomfort that is also proud of his being out of the chorus, as well summarizes, "A Song For The Different." If you already have the previous Goatness had raised the level of confrontation with Gravis Atque Gravior the conflict is war without quarter and shows the danger of a band that has made it even more explosive his formula bass drums, vocals on which surges from unmistakable stamp, trademark of a language that seems to come from amplifiers into the mud of Louisiana. Seven songs for a race that comes to an end all too soon and makes me want to repeat the ride, to shake his head in time and lose interest in what will happen next, because deep down we know the ending already and we can not do much but the way things are and you might as well enjoy the ride while it lasts ... The Agatha came back more aggressive than ever and once again hit the target. The rest, frankly, matters little. (Chaos Rurale Records #18)
CONCRETE SOX - Your Turn Next LP
Originally released in 1985. CONCRETE SOX hailed from Nottingham and were one of the pioneers of the whole UK Hardcore punk/thrash scene in the mid 80s. Now their debut album "Your Turn Next" is made available again in conjunction with the bands own Soxcore label and for the first time on coloured vinyl! (Boss Tuneage Retro Records #6)
CASTRO - The River Need LP (with CD)
CASTRO are a brand new band, but feature many people you will recognise if you know your Norwegian punk history of the past 30 years. Featuring members of Norwegian punk legends ANGOR WAT and ISRAELVIS, and the welcome return of Katja (ex LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT) on vocals, "THE RIVER NEED" is the amazing debut album. Released in conjunction with the bands own Kong Tiki label, the album features YouTube hit and main song from their recent "Hidden Agenda" 7"EP ("(Your)Hidden Agenda (Is So Obvious)") alongside ten other amazing new tracks. Boss Tuneage don't sign new bands that often, so when we do, you know you have to take notice! Limited Edition Coloured Vinyl version comes with a CD in PVC wallet, because download codes are shit. The CD also contains the other two tracks from the recent "Hidden Agenda" EP. (Boss Tuneage Records #91)
CASTRO - The River Need CD
CASTRO are a brand new band, but feature many people you will recognise if you know your Norwegian punk history of the past 30 years. Featuring members of Norwegian punk legends ANGOR WAT and ISRAELVIS, and the welcome return of Katja (ex LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT) on vocals, "THE RIVER NEED" is the amazing debut album. Released in conjunction with the bands own Kong Tiki label, the album features YouTube hit and main song from their recent "Hidden Agenda" 7"EP ("(Your)Hidden Agenda (Is So Obvious)") alongside ten other amazing new tracks. In addition, the CD also contains the other two tracks from the recent "Hidden Agenda" EP .Boss Tuneage don't sign new bands that often, so when we do, you know you have to take notice! (Boss Tuneage Records #91 CD)
DOCTOR AND THE CRIPPENS - Fired From The Circus LPx2 (with CD)
STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE COLOURED VINYL LP IN HEAVYWEIGHT BOARD SLEEVE, WITH 24 x 12" PRINTED INSERT, CD IN PVC WALLET!! Finally! Boss Tuneage Retro presents the long awaited reissues of legendary UK Hardcore band DOCTOR AND THE CRIPPENS! "Fired From The Circus" is their legendary debut album from 1988 and has not been commercially available for over 2 decades! This is also the very first time this album is available on CD format, which is included in this deluxe double LP reissue! The Limited Edition Double coloured vinyl LP edition also contains a 24 x 12" insert, and is re-issued in conjunction with the band and features liner notes from both the band and Shane (Manic Ears) - and that is not all - the album features a second record with a jaw dropping 23 bonus tracks, compiled from the bands first session for the John Peel Show in 1988, and demo, rehearsal and live recordings from 1985-87. A must own for all fans of this era of UK Hardcore punk - second instalment "Raphanadosis" due out early 2015!! (Boss Tuneage Retro #20)
DOCTOR AND THE CRIPPENS - Fired From The Circus CD
Finally! Boss Tuneage Retro presents the long awaited reissues of legendary UK Hardcore band DOCTOR AND THE CRIPPENS! "Fired From The Circus" is their legendary debut album from 1988 and has not been commercially available for over 2 decades! This is also the very first time this album is available on CD format! The CD is re-issued in conjunction with the band and features liner notes from both the band and Shane (Manic Ears) and memorabilia from the bands personal collection - and that is not all - the album features a jaw dropping 23 bonus tracks, compiled from the bands first session for the John Peel Show in 1988, and demo, rehearsal and live recordings from 1985-87. A must own for all fans of this era of UK Hardcore punk - second instalment "Raphanadosis" due out early 2015!! (Boss Tuneage Retro #20 CD)
HARD ONS - Peel Me Like A Egg CD
The Australian legends are back! 2014 sees the band celebrating their 30 Year Anniversary! And they still going strong, THE HARD ONS return for their first European tour in September for three years - and treat us to this brand new album to co-incide with the tour! This is their first new full length album in five years since 2010's acclaimed "ALFALFA MALES ONCE SUMMER IS DONE CONFORM OR DIE" album. And to celebrate the 30 year milestone, original member Keish Da Silva is back with Ray and Blackie guest featuring on some of the songs here! Featuring the usual amazing artwork from bass player Ray Ahn, its been a long time coming - but has been worth every inch of the wait!! (Boss Tuneage Records #89 CD)
HDQ - When Worlds Collide 7"
First new recordings since last years "Lost in Translation" comeback album! Recorded in just 2 days at the legendary Bunker in Sunderland and released to co-incide with the bands European Tour.. A new album will follow in 2015! Ltd Edition Col Vinyl 7" with download code, just 300 copies pressed. (Boss Tuneage Records #88)
NOT TONIGHT AND THE HEADACHES/EAST ON MAIN - Attack Of the Codheads split 7"
Split 7" of two great new bands from the fishing port of Grimsby on the East Coast of England (hence the split title) Following up on the critically acclaimed "Love And Other Weapons Of Mass Destruction" CD, NOT TONIGHT AND THE HEADACHES return with more 90s inspired pop punk awesomeness for lovers of DECENDENTS, HARD-ONS, FACE TO FACE etc . This time, over on the flipside you can find up and coming hometown neighbous EAST ON MAIN with two gruff punk tracks . Limted Edition Coloured Vinyl 7"EP with download code, A co- release with Anarchy, 300 copies pressed. (Boss Tuneage Records #87)
TV SMITH - I Delete CD
Brand new album by the ex ADVERTS legend - CD only. The former Adverts frontman returns with his sixteenth studio album, a brand new 10 song collection more contemporary than anything he has come up with before. Always ready to catch his audiences by surprise, TV Smith has created a genre-busting punk/pop/garage sound on this self-produced album. Includes 2012's "Dangerous Playground" EP as bonus tracks, remixed for this release. 16 page booklet in Digipack packaging (Boss Tuneage/TV Smith #3)
STUPIDS - The Kids Don't Like It CD (deluxe edition)
A lot of people have been asking us when "THE KIDS DON'T LIKE IT" would be back in print - and here's the reason for the delay - a super deluxe edition version featuring all tracks from the "Japanese Vacation" EP and an awesome show recorded live on their 2011 Japanese tour in Yokohama - 23 additional tracks, 17 of which appear on CD for the first time!) To make this release ultra special, the strictly limited edition deluxe edition reissue features brand new front cover artwork courtesy of Chris Shary and the whole album TOTALLY REMASTERED by the band themselves! This is the second of our deluxe repackaging of the STUPIDS albums and more will be appearing over the next year in the run up to a brand new STUPIDS album due in 2015! I know a lot of people missed out when the album first was released back in 2009, but as far as the band is concerned this is their best album alongside "Peruvian Vacation" so its great to make it available again - and the remastering has given the original recording a whole new lease of life! (Boss Tuneage Records #76)
URBANOIA - Psykisk Terror 7"
Last year, URBANOIA released a great 7" and now I am happy to announce that their new E.P. is ready to blast your ears out. 4 more songs of loud, charging hardcore punk that harkens back to Norway's vibrant, yet under appreciated hardcore history. This comes in a pocket sleeve with 14"x7" fold over insert. Play it fucking loud!" (Solar Funeral Records #24)
DEZERTER - Blasfemia LP
Another DEZERTER album that will be released on vinyl is called "Blasfemia". This piece of music wasn't anything like other punk releases that were released Qqryq Records in 1992 (when it was originally out). As a matter of fact, it still can compete with today's bands, and with remastered sound will please your ears with Polish hardcore punk's finest. (Pasazer Records #28)
DEZERTER - Prawo Do Bycia Idiota LP
2010 has been really arduous for Dezerter, and as for the band that been around for almost 30 years, they seem to be doing pretty well. November 2009 they've played a few shows in US, what didn't worked out in the 80's, just when the band has their first album - "Underground out of Poland" released by Maximum Rock'nRoll. Dezerter drummer and the lyrics writer - Krzysiek Grabowski, has published the book titled "Poroniona Generacja", about band's history, loaded with bunch of archival pictures. They've played many shows, including the one at "Puntulla Rock" festival in Finland, at 15th birthday of Czech publisher - Papagajuv Hlasatel, also at Jarocin festival in Poland, where they did their special show/performance, titled "Kam TV" ("Lie TV"). First of all they've recored their 12th album, with 12 brand new songs - "Prawo do bycia idiota". They stick to punk roots without being retrograde, still not afraid to take a controversial subjects, they keep their accuracy and typical for punk rock, critical look on reality. (Pasazer Records #14)
THE LOWEST - Divided LP (one sided LP)
Maybe the most significant name flying around the Polish hardcore scene recently, who knows. It's dark, it's heavy and depressive but energetic and emotional.. Whole bunch of kickass shows, thousand of miles across Europe, appearance in most of local punk fests and... still, they're hungry for more! Vitality of that crew is amazing. New school hardcore. (Pasazer Records #42)
1984 - Specjalny Rodzaj Kontrastu LP
1984 - the legend of Poland new wave / cold wave / punk. Their first and "lost" proper studio album, recorded in 1988 year, but mother-tape was missing. So this is first time on vinyl after 25 year. Cold wave/post punk with a little bit Swans influence. (Pasazer Records #41)
ZAKON ZEBRZACYCH - A.L.F. LP
My favourite band from my teenage punk years finally out on vinyl - it's been 25 years but better late then never ! Zakon Zebrzacych was a late 80-ties band from Lower Silesia region of Poland. They played on the legendary Jarocin festival in 1988. Their music was definitely on the melodic side of punk, but the message reflected the birth of polish independent punk scene from the 90-ties. They were probably the first Polish band to address animal rights and vegetarianism, and the members were involved in direct action. Political nature of their lyrics was a reason for painful encounters with the police. They played very melodic punk rock with great catchy choruses. A comparison that comes to my mind is Asta Kask, although that might be just my impression. Either way, some of their songs continue to give me goosebumps after all those years. The "A.L.F." demo tape from 1988 is their only recorded material . It's known for the "funny" samples between tracks and the quality doesn't live up to today's standards ñ but fuck the standards! Even with all its flaws these recordings deserve a proper vinyl issue. The LP comes with many original photos, lyrics and history of the band including English translations for those of you who haven't yet learned enough Polish. (Pasazer Records #39)
BIALA GORACZKA - Nieposluszenstwo LP
How the hell could that happen, that this great stuff (being the second album from Biala Goraczka) never seen the daylight, in the world who forgot how to use the cassette tapes (cuz that's the only medium that this music has been put on). It's a pleasure to fix that with having those 14 punk rock songs as both - CD and vinyl. You should dare to have it between your Dezerter and Post Regiment LPs. Yeah, itís that good! Youíll see that every Biala Goraczka album is slightly different but theyíre all energetic, exhilarating and... awesome! Probably thatís the reason that theyíre still around, a lot. This album first came out in 2000, on the casette tape, whatís took the guys out traveling Germany, France or Spain. Now, after 13 years you can put your needle right on that stuff and appreciate that honest and authentic punk band. (Pasazer Records #38)
CYMEON X - Free Your Mind, Free Your Body LP
Legendary pioneers of the polish hardcore straight edge movement in Eastern Europe. First SE band ever in Poland who released a full album. A revolutionary and uncompromising stance on important issues made them an inspiration not only for SE kids but also for others involved in the DIY punk scene. The band was active for a just few years but had created a positive spin which is still active today. Few bands managed to promote Straight Edge ideology, vegetarianism, animal rights and a life free of drugs almost two decades ago. After 17 years, "Free your mind, Free your body" the album originally released by Enigmatic Records and led by current front man of Castet, has been redone. First on vinyl, then on CD. After all mastering was done, the material still sounds fresh and spontaneous as it had been in the 90's but with more power and transparency. Cymeon X is being reborn again. In two months, a brand new album is going to hit the streets. Afterward, Cymeon X will be doing a few comeback shows this year. September 1st we will be introducing a vinyl version of the most important records of polish hardcore/punk. There will be two versions. Each version has a different album cover that was created by the well known and established cartoon artist Jakub Rebelka. (Pasazer Records #19)
1984 - Why Not? LP
1984 - the legend of Poland new wave/cold wave/punk, despite the 27 year history in 2011 will visit the LP. Earlier, in the 80's appeared only on singles and compilation. A little late, but they recall their most punk incarnation of 1987. On the turntables spin the demo called "Why not?", Once issued band self-released on cassette, in microscopic quantities. The material contains most of the flagship works of that time in 1984, with biting irony punk portraying the reality of the late totalitarian communism. Not for nothing did the name Orwell founded. This team and this material is an excellent example of the power of punk rock / new wave at the time. And besides - it let me on a personal note - one of the most important points punk soundtrack of my childhood. The quality of recordings differs from modern standards (it was not a professional studio!), But modern mastering (Studio As One), it certainly has improved, while the energy value of these pieces are in themselves incredible. The material is enriched by bonuses from a year earlier, also Rzeszow team session (winter 1986), presents a slightly more cold face wave'ove 1984. (Pasazer Records #17)
APATIA - 100% Vegetarian Band LP
One of most important bands from Polish DIY hc/punk scene, their old songs 1989-92, recorded in 2000, and "Vegetarian" Good Riddance cover; their 4th album, reissue. (Pasazer Records #16)
DEZERTER - Nielegalny Zabojca Czasu LP
Fashion and currents on the punk scene are changing faster than ever, but there are bands that keep up for thirty years now. Band like DEZERTER - who knows, maybe the most important band for Polish punk rock. Band doesn't write so many songs as in the 80's, they might not release albums so regularly as in the 90's, but with every new one, they come up with well played record, stuffed with "food-for-thought" lyrics - often defiant, accurate and with critical look on reality. Those are constant assets of Dezerter. If you looking for intellect on the punk scene, you need to start with Dezerter. "Nielegalny Zabojca Czasu" is their 11th album, next to last at the moment, originally released in 2004. First time on vinyl in 2010. (Pasazer Records #13)
APATIA - Apatia LP (1997)
One of most important band in Polish independent 1990's and 2000's scene. Emotional hardcore with a little bit of a Verbal Assault influence. This is reissue of their 3rd album from 1997. (Pasazer Records #
DEZERTER - Historia (Jak Powstrzymalem) LPx2
Unknown story of Dezerter. It's a compilation of songs from 1981-93, which hadn't been recorded at the time of their writing. From the band's first rehearsal in 1981, through the turbulent show at Jarocin festival in 1984 (you can hear the clash between the band and the promoters), numerous demo recordings from 1982-85 period, to the 1993 7" EP, the only songs in Dezerter's history that contain female vocals. "Historia" was originally released in 1993. It's the first vinyl edition, with additional tracks. Two differently colored vinyl discs in the limited, numbered edition. Definitely one of the most important documentaries of 1980's Polish punk rock. (Pasazer Records #8)
(restock) VIOLENT OUTBURST - Survival Signs 7"
Out Now, the brand new "Survival Signs" e.p. by Virginia's Violent Outburst. Recorded after 2012's demo and after some minor lineup changes, "Survival Signs" provides a similar fix of rough, fast hardcore akin to the demo tape; two quick pummeling ragers and a couple mid-tempo fist pumpers. For those that care about such things, members of Socialcide, Wasted Time and most recently Mercy Killilngs. (Tension Head Records #9)
(restock) T.S.O.L. - You Don't Have To Die 7" (record store day)
This Record Store Day 2013, TKO Records and Cobraside have unearthed a forgotten punk rock rarity for you! We are very proud to offer up a slice of classic LA punk circa 1980! Side A features a previously unreleased song from a 1980 demo recordings. Side B features two T.S.O.L. classic live the Cuckoo's Nest from the Summer of 1981! To complete this stellar one of a kind record, the cover features a previously unpublished photo of the band, taken by none other than GLEN E. FRIEDMAN. Limited to a one-time pressing of 1,000 copies! (TKO Records #194)
(restock) DEKODER - Flowers To Blossom LP
With "Flowers to blossom" Dekoder continue with their dark yet inspired song writing. Six new songs from Montreal's main post punk band, surpassing their first record with complex melodies laid over a solid and driving rhythm section. Members have played in Born Dead Icons, Complications, Ballast and Preying Hands. (Chaos Rurale Records #16)
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THE NEW FLESH - The Absurd LP
Hailing from Oakland, California, The New Flesh delivers driving, melodic dark post-punk with the speed and aggression of hardcore. These somber but upbeat songs deal with issues of the personal, political and an intersection of both: alienation within the context of capitalism. Featuring members of Neon Piss, Deskonocidos, and Vaaska, (Deranged Records #252)
BIG CRUX - Ponchito LP
BIG CRUX from Seattle is a three-piece inspired by "off-the-beaten-path" hardcore punk groups like BIG BOYS, MINUTEMEN, and THE DICKS. Like their main influences, BIG CRUX has healthy enthusiasm for R&B, blues, hard bop jazz, funk, "latin twang," and bouncy punk rock bands like UNDERTONES, X, PLUGZ. You can hear it come through their sound here and there, but BIG CRUX has a unique sound it's own: bright, twangy, rhythmic guitar; gritty, driving bass; bouncy, muscular drums; and clear, tuneful vocals sung in English and Spanish. They like to call it something like "hard-hard bop," "vacant-stare-chicken-walk boogie," or "tripmaker punk rock". BIG CRUX "PONCHITO" LP is 16 tracks and 26 minutes long. Packaged solidly in a heavy stock, matte-coated cover with colorful 60's era Jazz-inspired record art and layout; liner notes; lyric insert; 150 gram vinyl; and download code. Features ex-member of LIFE'S HALT and PLEASE INFORM THE CAPTAIN THIS IS A HIJACK. Co-released by the band's label (B IS LESS THAN X) and Chicago's premiere DIY hardcore label NOT NORMAL RECORDS & TAPES. (BX Records #2)
LIFE CHAIN - No Laughter 7"
Oh, you thought the "raw d-beat" craze was just a fad? piss off, poser! these halifax punks are the real deal and their 2nd ep continues their manic assault against common decency. While the vocals draw an easy comparison to LEBENDEN TOTEN, these tracks are equally influenced by d-beat heavy weights of old and continue the ferocity of modern acts like PERDITION, FERMIZA 10, or SUDOR. Hell, they even throw in an ICONS OF FILTH cover just to kick you when your down. Additional cover art by Guillem muro of INVASION/DESTINO FINAL delivers the final blow. 6 songs, 10 minutes. not for cowards. (Konton Crasher Records #15 E)
SEX DWARF - Non-Stop Erotic Noise Cabaret LP
"Raw mangel" is a bit of a cliche these days, but what the fuck else would you expect from a band that borrows heavily from both classic and newer swedish and Japanese d-beat/crasher/raw punk? and with a name stolen from a SOFT CELL song, these lunatics have no other choice but to deliver the goods. And they do; first class, next day, early morning, weekend deliver that shit! Well worth the postage from Sweden! Sure, mid-era DISCLOSE is a good place to start when comparing this band to their predecessors, but with members from PROTES BENGT/FILTHY CHRISTIANS I guess you could say that they are equally responsible for this sound in the first place. What's that? You don't understand any of that? Let's talk after your face stops melting off. (Konton Crasher Records #16 L)
BREAKOUT - True Crime 7"
BREAKOUT's second single follows their self-released "Razor Wire" nicely with a strong brand of UK punk-meets-US hardcore pummeling. Menace-meets-Nihilistics, Ruts-meets-Bad Brains; solid, catchy, furiously great songs. Amongst the latest crop of punk bands in Austin (and everywhere else), BREAKOUT is one of a kind and "True Crime" proves it. (Grave Mistake Records #72)
ASYLUM - s/t 7"
The debut EP from Richmond, VA's ASYLUM delivers six tracks of some of the most devastating and precisely executed hardcore punk you'll hear these days; a brooding hardcore assault powered by the driving rhythm of Motorhead, layered with buzzsaw guitars that bring to mind classic Scandinavian bands, and delivered with the non-stop intensity of Discharge. ASYLUM have grown to become one of the best punk bands going in our city, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have their first vinyl output as the fifth Vinyl Conflict release. (Grave Mistake/Vinyl Conflict Label #5)
POISON GIRLS - Chappaquiddick Bridge LP+1 Sided 7"
CHAPPAQUIDDICK BRIDGE, the bands first full length, was originally released on Crass Records in 1980 and featured the same lineup as HEX. And like Hex, it shared the producer/engineer team of Penny Rimbaud and John Loder. This record sees Poison Girls at their most experimental stage. The songs dig deeper into the connections between the personal and political. Starting with an uncredited version of 'State Control' (one of the bands punkiest crowd pleasers) done in an 'unplugged' style, and ending with the similarly stripped down 'Tender Lover', this album broke all the rules of what a 'punk' album should sound like. The songs are long. There are extended sonic workouts and codas, using synths, abused studio effects, electric violin, acoustic piano as well as 'random' electric guitar sounds and vocals. The mix has thundering drums up front that power the songs, and help create a barrage of rich sound.The lyrics speak of love, power, sexual politics, war and peace and most things in between. This is Vi at her most poetic, but with a razor sharp insight, and not holding back on using it. A truly original album. If it was removed, lost or destroyed, your original copy of Chappaquiddick Bridge came with a one-sided flexi disc containing the anthem "Statement". This 2014 reissue also includes "Statement" as a proper one-sided 7" vinyl. Sturdy tip-on gatefold cover. (Water Wing Records #11)
ANDROIDS OF MU - Blood Robots LP
The Androids Of Mu were a noisy all-girl early post-punk band that emerged from London, UK, in 1979, alongside the likes of The Slits and The Raincoats.Legend has it they had been androidised by Atlantean scientists, and sent forward to us by the Timelords of the ancient Utopian Civilisation of Mu, programmed with messages to help us avoid our own self-destruction, following the northern galactic alignment of 2012.They crash-landed early, all over Europe, in the mid-1970's, and met up in the wild squatter-lands of west London. Suze the Blooz, Corrina, Cozmic and Bess became immersed in the local counter-culture. They grounded themselves in psychedelic synthesizer and guitar music, playing with Planet Gong and Here & Now, and musicians from Hawkwind. When they finally got hold of a cheap synth and a noisy guitar of their own, they used them, at full volume, with fat bass and bouncing drums, to record an album expressing the remembered fragments of the Mu-an messages - in the form of their new, colourful and zazzy reflections of life, from under the long dark shadow of puppet Thatcher's Corporate New Britain. Recorded at lo-fi cult studio Street Level in 1979, this was their only ever album, and they have purposely had it suppressed until now. Because now - it is foretold.. Now, cruel world, it is time for you to receive it.. (The 2013 release has been carefully remastered from the original tapes. It contains large insert with early photos and complete songwords). (Water Wing Records #8)
AMPS FOR CHRIST - Circuits LPx2
Circuits was originally released in 1999 on the Vermiform label. It was well received, even charting on CMJ. This reissue puts Circuits on vinyl for the first time as a deluxe double LP with a gatefold cover and a full bonus side of unreleased material . Circuits includes AFC collaborator Tara Tavi (ex-Blue Silk Sutures, Bastard Noise, Savage Republic, currently of Auto Da Fe) who plays yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer) and sings. Former Man Is The Bastard drummer Joel Connell plays tablas and percussion. Remastered for vinyl by Tim Stollenwerk (Mississippi Records, Sublime Frequencies, Fat Possum). Co-released by Turned Word Records. The four song bonus side begins with "Empire", a song recorded for a compilation that was supposed to be released by L.A. venue, The Smell. Barnes and Tavi are joined by then AFC member Erika Anderson (EMA, Gowns).The comp never saw the light of day, but Empire now has. "Yamasuka" adds fellow former MITB member, Aaron Kenyon on bass to this release and rounding off the bonus side are folk standards Knight On The Road and Bonny Greenwoodside. The latter recorded live at the Claremont Forum in 2001. Amps For Christ use unique instrumentation in an eclectic approach to play"folkcore", coined & defined by founder Henry Barnes. Mr. Barnes modifies Hammond organs to a fixed scale that defines AFC's sound. He builds his own electric bouzoukis, sitars, guitars, violins, metronomes, oscillators and noise machines. Prior to AFC, Mr. Barnes was a founder of Man Is The Bastard and Bastard Noise. AFC has at least 15 releases in their prolific catalog on labels such as Kill Rock Stars, Shrimper, Vermiform, RRR and Woodsist. (Water Wing Records #5)
DAMAGED HEAD - Tunnel Vision LP
Sweden's Damaged Head delivers a full-length of 15 brand new songs that brilliantly follows up their self-titled 12" EP; released in spring 2014 on Man In Decline (US) and Adult Crash (EU). "Tunnel Vision" finds the band continuing their successful formula of combining old USHC with classic Swedish hardcore (e.g., Totalitär), only this time with even more energy and urgency. This is likely due to the fact that the music for Tunnel Vision was recorded, live, in less than an hour. For those keeping track, "Tunnel Vision" was recorded by Kenko (MEANWHILE, BURNING KITCHEN) at the Communichaos Media Clay Station and Damaged Head is comprised of ex-and current members of AGENT ATTITUDE, HERATYS, INSTITUTION, and NITAD. If you find yourself wanting more hardcore with an emphasis on songwriting and hooks, this is the record you've been waiting for. (Man In Decline Records #20
STUN EVENT - s/t 7"
STUN EVENT was started by former OUT COLD members, Kevin Mertens and John Evicci, after their recent collaboration on OUT COLD's posthumous release: A Heated Display. Kevin had been the original singer for OUT COLD and rejoined the band on vocals in order to help them complete their final recordings after the tragic passing of the band's primary songwriter: Mark Sheehan. After their collaboration on A Heated Display, they decided to start a new project, including John's brother, Fred (another OUT COLD alumnus), and these six songs are the first recording from the band. Musically, STUN EVENT provides a fresh take on a genre that can be predictably derivative.The familiar elements are there but they're executed in such a way that the maturity of the musicianship and songwriting comes through. There are nods to early punk influences from disparate and somewhat unexpected sources: like THE FIX or NEGATIVE APPROACH playing "Paranoid Time" but the end result is all their own. (Man In Decline Records #21)
THE NUKES - Fascist Perverts 7"
The Nukes play hardcore punk that sounds like it was conceived in that glorious period between 1978 and 1981 when punk was speeding up but hardcore had not fully developed as a distinct sound all its own-think: THE NUBS (SF), THIS IS BOSTON, NOT LA-era GANG GREEN AND F.U.'s, ANGRY SAMOANS and newer bands like CAREER SUICIDE. On Fascist Perverts, the band tears through 6 songs in less than 7 minutes and the no-frills approach works to punishing effect. The Nukes are a band with tons of promise and we hope this is the first of many recordings by the band, so they can take their place as the next addition in a long list of venerated CHICAGO bands. (Man In Decline Records #12)
CSMD/FUNERARY BOX - split 7"
Neanderthal black / death metal cult FUNERARY BOX returns from the abyss with the massively morbid track "Fuck The Moon" while Dutchtopian astral noise horde CROWD SURFERS MUST DIE offers up a cruel batch of cosmic curses entitled "Bestial Invaders". Outer space skull sodomy that is sure to satiate even the most blood-lustful sickos and Satanic perverts! Limited to 300 copies. (Rescued From Life Records #96)
CSMD/ERECTILE DEMENTIA - split 7"
Kentucky braindeath vomitcore tangos with Dutchtopian kings of mutant noise! Non-stop intergalactic deathbeams. The blast furnace fires of noisecore hell awaits your feeble flesh. (Rescued From Life Records 109)
AUTARKEIA/ME AND GOLIATH - split LP
US vs. UK in an epic emo collaberation here. Autarkeia from Ft. Myers FL plays dark and moody emo with passionate female vocals coupled with powerful lyrics. The material on this split is often darker and heavier than the first LP, using brooding, building riffs then blast beating it into oblivion. Hailing from Kent, UK, Me and Goliath play frantic driving emo with the perfect mix of raw energy and desperation. Take the modern driving emo sound and stir in a good dose of Assfactor 4 and you're in the neighborhood. These are packaged in a screenprinted fold up sleeve with a photo inserted into the cover. This is a split release from IFB, React With Protest, and City 17 Records. (IFB Records #79)
CLOSET BURNER - s/t LP
Bloomington's Closet Burner feature most members of Rat Storm and slash through 12 tracks of pissed queer positive hardcore, most under a minute long. If short, fast, and loud is on your menu and you'd like a good dose of thought and constructive anger thrown in as well, this raging plate serves up the goods. These one sided LP's come in a screen printed cover with an insert with lyrics and writing, and the B-side is screen printed as well. (IFB Records #55)
O INIMIGO - Personalidades Plasticas LP
Coming from Sao Paulo, Brazil and with US and European tours in their resume, O Inimigo presents what it's their 4th official release to date: "Personalidades Plasticas", a 12" EP containing 6 songs of high quality melodic hardcore punk. According to Sorry State Records: "Though obviously influenced by hardcore, these guys play a more melodic, catchier sound influenced by bands like Husker Du; and later Government Issue... the result is a heavy, intense attack that reminds me of bands like Canadian Rifle, Manifesto Jukebox, and other bands that kind of sound like Leatherface without sounding like any of the douchier No Idea Records-style bands" O Inimigo was only a side project of members of Discarga, I Shot Cyrus Ratos de Porao and Point Of No Return for many years, until a few years ago when they decided to record their 2nd LP, "Imaginario Absoluto" an outstanding LP released on LP by Nada Nada Discos (Rakta, Anti-Cimex, Masshysteri, etc). Since then, O Inimigo is a full time band and are ready to conquer the punk world with more planned releases for next coming years. (Amendment Records #18)
TEMPORAL - s/t 10"
With members of your favorite bands from the southern cone (Asamblea Internacional del Fuego, La Miseria de Tu Rostro, Entrefuego, Invierno, Mofa, etc), TEMPORAL explore new sounds with this new musical project. A sound between early 90's melodic punk rock and 90's indie rock not far from what Jawbreaker, Samiam or Hot Water Music were doing during that period of time, but what makes Temporal interesting is the darker approach of their compositions with vocals and musical vibes that definitely set them apart from commercial "punk rock". One of the best records to come out from Chile in the last couple years. (Amendment Records #22)
BLUESBREAKER - s/t LP
Ok, the people who support us know we always come up with some great but very underrated bands... here's another example. Bluesbreaker is a hardcore band from Kiev, Ukraine making their own blend of hardcore, taking cues from bands like Burn, Quicksand, Swiz and some late 80s/early 90s NYHC, also adding a little classic rock to their sound. The results are unexpectedly good, in fact, the first time we heard this band we were completely blown away. BB have toured Europe three times and expect to cover new territory after the release of this LP, which actually contains their first 3 EPs in one convenient 12" vinyl record: "Arcanum" (2013), "Never Knowing Peace" (2012) -both available on vinyl for the first time- and "Chain Gang" (2010). Check this band out if you're looking for some hardcore with a a very original sound, you won't be dissapointed. (Amendment Records #19)
FUNERALS - Human Ruin 7"
Debut release for Portland, OR's FUNERALS. 3 Tracks of heavy, low tuned hardcore influenced by Disembodied, The Banner and Integrity. FUNERALS blends old and new hardcore to make something that should appeal to everyone without sounding like a carbon copy. If these songs don't make you want to smash something or someone, you have no soul. Features members of CAST OUT. (Blasphemour Records #9)
DEATH TO TYRANTS - Untitled 7"
Death to Tyrants hadn't played together for six years when they were asked to do a set at the Ampere 10 Year Anniversary Show in 2012. Dusting off the old laboratory and getting the machinery humming and whirring again was easier than they thought, and once the cobwebs were cleared, things began to rip. Now, a couple years later, they are ready to unleash their first recordings since Wake Up & Be. From controlled chaos to mellower frequencies, this three song ep has them firing on all cylinders with songs for fans of everything from This Will Destroy You to Hot Cross; the consummate scientists. (Tor Johnson Records #26)
PYRAMIDO - Saga LP
After 2 LPs and 4 splits, this is the 3rd and latest from Malmo's heaviest. Sweden's Pyramido seem to be the joy of every sludge fan out there. Pyramido is doomy, sludgy, crusty, stoner-esque, and while their music is laced with generics, there is also something extremely well calculated about their brand of doomy sludge. Just like before I draw comparisons to Grief and Noothgrush, but with less Electric Wizard and with the added flair of Eyehategod and Crowbar, completing Pyramido's journey into the sludgy swamp pits of stonered doom. Like all the songs on here,there isn't a huge amount of riffs but each one of the riffs crushes you into submission. If you like Sludge/Doom played with a lot of crusty anger, then check it out. Top notch!' (Halo of Flies Records #78)
RECREANT - Still Burn LP
Yesterday I was just thinking, "There needs to be more post-hardcore/screamo bands." I miss that time in the nineties when there where genres of music hidden and rare. I like that it is coming back, aggressive yet melodic, guitars and dangerous vocals that trigger your mind to think. Tampa, Florida punk band Recreant does just that. Still Burn, their third album, is a mix of great lyrical themes and strong musical presence. Waves of melody from euphoric to violent is laden though out this album. Lyrics cover the anger over rape culture and treatment of mental health issues. Still Burn is an album of anger, it is an album of change. It is an album, which I think, needs to happen often. Recreant's music is dangerous. It brings the need to change the way the listener thinks, it brings an emotion of revolution. Songs like 'United States of Stubenville' brings to light the culture, which young women, held to a standard, that due to their actions or dress are, responsible the actions for others. 'Silent Plague, Secret Trauma' the ideas of image. Society's idea to look a certain way, to make you feel ashamed you are not "the right weight" or "the right height." Punk rock which still is the voice of a revolution. (Halo of Flies Records #75)
COLD BLUE MOUNTAIN - Old Blood LP
Cold Blue Mountain returns with a sophomore LP rife with post metal/doom riffs and bleak, yet somehow uplifting passages telling the tale of imperialism and resistance. 300 pressed. Full color covers, 11x11 insert, download code. (Halo of Flies Records #74)
SICK/TIRED - Dissolution LP (Halloween version with Orange/Black swirl vinyl)
VERY RARE special edition HALLOWEEN pressing on orange/black vinyl!!! After two LPs and a slew of brutal 7" releases, Chicago's hardcore/grind mainstays SICK/TIRED return with their 3rd LP and most brutal offering to date. Pushed to the sonic limit with mixing/mastering by Developing Nations/Audiosiege, this record has everything you'd want from a new S/T record and more! Brutal riffing over short blasts of hardcore/grind?...Check. Scathing bat-shit crazy vocals?...Check. Noise cameos by Merzbow?...Check. Insane artwork?...Check. Your new favorite hardcore/grind record?...Check. (Features ex-members of Weekend Nachos and MK Ultra). For fans of MARGUDERGRIND, WEEKEND NACHOS, PIG DESTROYER. (A389 Records #149)
HOMEWRECKER - Circle Of Death LP (Halloween version with Orange/Black swirl vinyl
VERY limited HALLOWEEN pressing with black and orange splatter vinyl. 'Circle Of Death' marks the rebirth of Ohio's HOMEWRECKER as they return with a streamlined lineup and their highly anticipated sophomore LP. The verdict? It's leaner, meaner and uglier than it's predecessor (2012's Worms And Dirt LP) and will leave you pummeled after the first listen. If you're looking for THE brutal hardcore record of 2014, look no further. Step into the circle of death. For fans of RINGWORM, HARMS WAY, NAILS. (A389 Records #148)
HOMEWRECKER - Worms And Dirt LP (Halloween version with blood red vinyl)
Brand new pressing on BLOOD RED vinyl for Halloween 2014! On their debut LP, Ohio's HOMEWRECKER burns through nine tracks of dark brooding fast metallic hardcore. Imagine this as the unofficial soundtrack to the torture scenes in 'Hostel' and you'll have the right idea. Featuring guest vocals by members of FULL OF HELL and MASAKARI. Repress available on Blood Red vinyl. (A389 Records #101)
ANCIENT WISDOM - Sacrificial LP/CD
Cleveland, Ohio's occult death rock conjurors, ANCIENT VVISDOM, will release their third full-length, entitled Sacrificial, later this Fall via Magic Bullet Records. On Sacrificial, ANCIENT VVISDOM delivers ten tracks that continue to push the boundaries of both death rock and neo-folklore while retaining the memorable simplicity and melodic catchiness present on their previous, critically-lauded manifestations. Produced by founding vocalist Nathan Opposition, engineered by Travis Smith at The Diamond Factory Studios in Austin and mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax, Clutch, Hellyeah, Shadows Fall et al) at Taloowa Mastering in New York, Sacrificial fuses all the prime qualities of the likes of Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Quicksand, into a wholly anthemic album of dark and light. Thematically, Sacrificial delves further into singer Nathan Opposition's personal ascent into the unanticipated enlightenment of exploring humanity's universal darkness. Whereas traditional lore dealing with the occult, paganism, and Satan tends to be heavy-handed (and often synonymous with a proverbial descent away from any sort of positive self-affirmation), Sacrificial spins a slant wherein "down" becomes "up." In Opposition's world, confronting one's own demons and humanity's primordial penchant toward chaos and destructive ritual will ultimately pass each seeker through a threshold unto which deeper knowledge, sage wisdom, and self-realization envelop one's consciousness. (Magic Bullet Records #162)
WORMWOOD - s/t LP
Couple old friends getting together to make heavy depressing/empowering racket. Pupecki also plays guitar in (doomriders) and Bevilacqua was their original drummer!!! Driven by a bestial, hard-hitting mid-tempo grind and a distinctly unpolished, ugly, and bottomless bass rumble, the wheelhouse of this band is clearly the rhythm section. Above the maelstrom, the guitar alternates a discordant ooze with effect-laden sludge atmospherics and consistently unsettles you with brutally effective tritonal dissonance before spacing out in smooth doomed slow jam riff territory (sometimes within a single phrase). In the length of 18 minutes and 5 tracks they will keep your head bobbing even as the groove wobbles and weaves in gruff almost-disharmony. Ragged feedback and thick-as-hell crunch, set the abysmal mood for the submerged hypnosis of the main riff in ollow Black Eyes', which barely moves on the fretboard yet somehow feels liquid and mobile. The strange and phenomenal lead near the end howls with a curious sort of offset wavering/watery feel that matched the yawning void of the verse in a perfectly subtle way. (Magic Bullet Records #162)
411 - The Side You Cannot See: Complete Discography 1990 1992 LP
The long-awaited discography LP by Orange County, CA's post-hardcore pioneers 411. Years ahead of their time musically and lyrically, these legends paved the way for countless southland melodic acts to follow. Fronted by Dan O'Mahony (No For An Answer, Carry Nation, Speak 714) with the tunes being laid down by Kevin Murphy (Farside, Headfirst), Josh Stanton (Farside) and Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket From The Crypt, OFF!, Earthless, The Black Heart Procession), this band represents the cream of the crop from an era never to be repeated. Limited edition of 500 copies. (Workshed Records #11)
KIDCRASH - Jokes LP
Originally released on CD on Init Records in 2007 and shortly thereafter on vinyl by Denovali Records/Ape Must Not Kill Ape Records/Purepainsugar, in a pressing of 1000 copies and both formats were sold out within a year. Five years since this has been sold out in all formats, Init Records is proud to reissue it on LP for it's first U.S. pressing, this time with inverted artwork and a 11"x23" insert in a standard LP jacket. Limited to 500 copies total, Cobraside will have 125 black and 125 white vinyl. Comes with digital download. FFO: Portraits Of Past, Don Caballero, Raein, La Quiete. (Init Records #45)
(restock) RAYOS X - Sufrimiento 7"
Follow up to the very well received 1st EP released on Lengua Armada Records last year. Rayos X bring 3 more tracks of insanely catchy, snotty raw punk from Los Angeles. Influences ranging from Eskorbuto to GBH and everything in between, everyone is sure to find something to love about this EP! Limited to 500 copies. (Damaging Noise #6)
(restock) BIG CRUX - Nature Cruising LP
Seattle's BIG CRUX pick up where the Big Crux Is A Big Funk 7" (released by Iron Lung Records) kindly drop-kicked your cranium. The five song, nine-minute Nature Cruising 12" EP is bouncy, rhythmic, twangy, driving punk influenced by MINUTEMEN, BIG BOYS, and THE PLUGZ. Considering that they're working with a pretty specific aesthetic in mind, they still manage little ways to pay homage and surprise; the bridge in Nature Cruise just fucking kills, for example. The history in BIG CRUX's music is the vacant-stare-chicken-walk-boogie, neo-bop, of assorted Chicano Rockers, R&B groovesters, and punks like Tito Larriva, D. Boon, and Biscuit. (BX Records #1)
(restock) MAIMED FOR LIFE - s/t LP (1985/1986)
Maimed for Life was a political hardcore punk band from Salt Lake City, Utah that started playing in 1983. This discography LP includes the original six song 7" from 1985 and a six song bonus b-side from the same studio in 1986 (unreleased)! Smokin hardcore with Aldine Strychnine who years later joined up with Poison Idea on their "Feel The Darkness" LP. First press is limited to 350 black vinyl. Comes with 11" x 17" lyric poster. (National Dust Records #24)