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Descriptions for 5/28/16

NANDAS - s/t 7"
Debut release for this new NYC band, taking influences from Rudimentary Peni and anarcho punk as a whole and filtering it through their own style of witchy hardcore punk. (Toxic State Records #26)

IMPULSE - Backbreaker 7"
Impulse are back with their sophomore EP dripping with scathing fast powerviolence mixed with pissed youth crew style hardcore. Formed in high school nine years ago the band pumped out pummeling powerviolence and slowly honed their sound and incorporated 80's and 90's style hardcore to round out their perfect style of stop and start powerviolence. This EP is the band at the top of their game and is easily up there with the top releases on TLAL such as SEX PRISONER, SIDETRACKED, and XBRAINIAX. The band mixes old Revelation-style (YOUTH OF TODAY, WARZONE, UNIFORM CHOICE) with both new and old powerviolence (INFEST, CHARLES BRONSON, SPAZZ, NO COMMENT). I cannot stop recommending this band, this is THE TLAL sound, a complete must have... once you hear one song from this band you will be hooked. (To Live A Lie Records #111)

TLALX - Ten Years Running A DIY Hardcore Punk Label 'zine
TLALX is a sixty-two page retrospective of the ten plus years of existence of To Live A Lie Records. The zine, almost a mini book, is broken into a few different sections. In the first section Will Butler provides a series of vignettes detailing the early years along. A bulk of the zine includes classic interviews from BACKSLIDER, SICK/TIRED, HUMMINGBIRD OF DEATH, BEARTRAP, DEATHRATS, ACxDC, and SIXBREWBANTHA. Following that are photos of friends and TLAL love over the years, a catalog of TLAL tattoos, and of course some great vinyl pics. Last are reflections on past releases by artists who worked with the label including Lucas Korte of XBRAINIAX, Matt Gauck the label go-to artguy, Jay Tichy from SIDETRACKED, and last is an amazing story of the ARCHAGATHUS Canadian Horse cover photoshoot by Dan Ryckman. This magazine is the first physical documentation of the history of TLAL unless you include the hundred plus releases that have come out on To Live A Lie. It really gives you insight of a ten year journey of a DIY record label. (To Live A Lie Records #8)

LA URSS - Maravillas del Mundo LP
La URSS from Andalusia, Spain are a band that just keep getting better and better with each release and their third album, Maravillas del Mundo, is no exception. Released to coincide with their tour of the eastern half of the US, Maravillas del Mundo is a brilliant album -- well developed and dynamic. Fans of their previous releases already know that their live shows and recordings are top notch. This is melodic punk rock with heavy influences from Spanish greats like Paralisis Permanente, Larsen, KGB and La Uvi. Excellent guitar work and musicianship, lyrics and artwork put this album over the top -- their best work to date. (Mata La Musica Discos #21)

SIEVEHEAD - Buried Beneath 7"
It takes a scene to raise a band and Sievehead are a product of the vibrant hub that is Sheffield's DIY punk community, one of the key cities in a resurgent UK punk scene that shows no sign of slowing down. Here they offer two tracks on the A-side of burly punk rhythms careening and rumbling through swirling post-punk vibes, catchy and insistent, a howl tamed and torn, packed with pain and power, showcasing the same dark propulsive energy that caught the attention of DIY music fans the world over on last year's Into the Blue LP. Fans like Pure Gold, alter-ego of Dave Forcier (of the Steve Adamyk Band and Pregnancy Scares) and Tommy T (of the Classical Mishaps), who contribute a remix on the b-side here taking the song Try the Mirror from the LP and skinning Sievehead's vehement deathrock-tinged tumult and bathing the skeleton of the song in unsettling synth minimalism, creating an eerie weave of hisses, pops and echoes that could sit comfortably on an early John Carpenter soundtrack. Limited to 500 copies. (Static Shock Records #37)

EFIALTIS - s/t 7"
After last year's haunting demo, London's EFIALTIS get the vinyl treatment with a fresh EP on Static Shock Records. Featuring three primitive stompers from their tape re-recorded plus a riveting new one, EFIALTIS crash through the ruins of reality like an angry goddess in search of retribution. Four feral tracks of stripped down, high-energy, mid-tempo Punk, with despotic vocals and ominous Greek lyrics. The sharp guitar and buzzing bass wade through combative drumming, all tough as nails and perfectly enhancing the nightmarish unease underlying their sound. Ten minutes of '80s-inspired, rudimentary jaggedness, complete with catchy songwriting, tight delivery and a production that's appropriately massive and the right amount of shambolic. Featuring members of GOOD THROB, SARCASM, DREGS, BODY BUTTER and more. A skull-crashing must-have for the coming apocalypse. Limited to 500 copies with all covers handstamped. (Static Shock Records #39)

Sunshine ward is a Hardcore, punk band from Boston, MA who formed in early 2014, from the looks of things. Sunshine Ward features members of Brainkiller and Forced Order and the band plays a vicious and blistering style of stripped down hardcore, punk, and d-beat. Musically, Sunshine Ward can be loosely compared to bands such as Green Beret, Totalitar, Chaos UK, and Savageheads. Since their inception in 2014, Sunshine Ward have released a five song demo in May of 2014 and appeared on the Cream Of The Crop compilation. Order is the band's debut ten song LP, which was released via Feral Ward records on March 26th, 2016. On Order, Sunshine Ward offer up ten songs of raw and stripped down hardcore, punk, d-beat. Overall, Order is a killer LP and should not be missed. Highly recommended! Enjoy! (Feral Ward Records #88)

DEATH SIDE - Wasted Dream LP
(The pressing sold out already, and we have very limited quantities thus these will sell out immediately. Yes, they are expensive due to band royalties.) The debut LP from Japan's one and only DEATH SIDE has finally received a proper US reissue - Never mind those shit euro bootlegs, these are top-quality legitimate reissues. Legendary Japanese hardcore at its best. No long-winded glamorizing write-up needed. 800 pressed. "Death Side is the greatest hardcore punk band in Japan. They prefer to remain enigmas, hardly ever consenting to do interviews. Yet their popularity has grown tremendously in Japan over time ... the four members of Death Side have been converting 100 energy into a pure hardcore explosion while continually adding to their music, mutating and progressing into a beast of their own. (Feral Ward Records #76)

DEATH SIDE - Bet on the Possibility LP
(The pressing sold out already, and we have very limited quantities thus these will sell out immediately. Yes, they are expensive due to band royalties.) Second LP from Japan's DEATH SIDE reissued officially! Never mind those shit euro bootlegs, these are top-quality legitimate reissues. Legendary Japanese hardcore at its best. No long-winded glamorizing write-up needed. 800 pressed. (Feral Ward Records #77)

FIRING SQUAD - Four Track Demo 7"
Once again, F.S.'s first recording is available for mass consumption, however now as a loud as hell 7" with new art and layout. For those that didn't hear it the first time, four urgent bursts of abrasive USHC done in a tasteful manner without gimmicks or mindful of trends. Limited to 300 copies, all black vinyl. (Agitate Records #2)

DYSNEA BOYS - Forgot How To Read LP
Lead singer Jason Honea from the San Francisco Bay Area was the former front man of the California skate rock legends Social Unrest. His unique vocal style is instantly recognizable and makes the Dysnea Boys sound true to their musical roots. Bass player C.C. Voltage (formerly of the Spitfires/Black Halos/Loyalties) and Chris Frey (formerly of Radio Berlin/Book of Lists/Sludge) are both former Vancouverites who met in Berlin, Germany to collaborate with Honea. The band plays classic 80s skate punk that will surely please fans of Social Unrest, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Agent Orange, and Adolescents. (Take It Back #28)

HESITATION WOUNDS - Awake For Everything LP (colored vinyl)
Hesitation Wounds is the musical collaboration of Jeremy Bolm, Jay Weinberg, Neeraj Kane and Stephen "Scuba" LaCour. The band may have a very modest and organic origin - just four friends making the music they love with no preconceptions - but "Awake For Everything" is far from a slapdash vanity project. It's an album of abrasive and moody hardcore that takes unexpected twists and turns while always remaining satisfyingly aggressive. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Six One Records #94)

FREEWILL - s/t 7"
Freewill was a hardcore band from the late-'80s in Southern California. The band featured a young Mike Hartsfield (Outspoken, Strife, Done Dying) on bass. Freewill made a name for themselves in the Los Angeles and Orange County hardcore scenes, sharing the stage with such bands as Uniform Choice, Insted, No For An Answer and countless others. This 7" features their very first recording, a seven-song demo from 1988 that was responsible for the band getting signed to Wishingwell Records (Youth Of Today, Uniform Choice, Insted), before that label unfortunately went under prior to the release of the Freewill "Sun Return" LP. (Mankind Records #12)

ANTAGONIZERS ATL - Working Class Street Punk LP
Antagonizers ATL is Atlanta, GA's premier streetpunk rock 'n' roll outfit. The music appeals to a wide audience, featuring tinges of straight-ahead punk, oi and rock 'n' roll, with even a dose of soul tossed in. No surprise, knowing that they are a four-piece of veteran rockers from such bands as HR (Bad Brains), Follow For Now, A.P.A and Vibram 94. LP includes digital download. (Pirate's Press Records #148)

The Barstool Preachers comes to the plate with their debut full-length, "Blatant Propaganda" - and they are definitely turning heads. The Barstool Preachers is the perfect antidote to all of the run-of-the-mill, industry-standard apathy we see in modern music today. Fresh off the back of their first single, "One Fool Down," this LP combines the best of ska, punk and reggae into a fun barrage of songs that can get even the most jaded singing along to. LP includes digital download. (Pirate's Press Records #148)

ILL REPUTE - What Happens Next LP
Reissue on the newly-minted Nardcore Records of the 1985 Mystic Records classic. Combines the "What Happens Next" album with "Oxnard Land of No Toilets" 7" tracks. (Nardcore Records #33005)

Descriptions for 5/21/16

SLANG - Devastation in The Void LP
Slang's "Devastation In The Void" is the legendary Sapporo Japan's band's 7th album, an 11 song destructive mix of pummeling Japanese hardcore, pounding New York hardcore breakdowns and metallic thrashing with political lyrics. A more direct album than their previous Prank releases, it's still sunk deep with heavy riffage, hard vocal attack and crushing rhythms. Comes in a thick sleeve with a 11" x 22" color insert with lyrics in Japanese and English. First pressing limited to 512 copies. (Prank Records #146)

VAASKA - Futuro Primitivo 7"
Rejoice, VAASKA have returned with more hard punk pounders for the masses! Originally pressed in a limited amount by VOX POPULI for the band's Japanese tour in the winter of 2016, Beach Impediment is delighted to make the latest release from Austin's finest available domestically for the hardcore punk fanatics that know the real deal and for those that would like to become more educated in the field. "FUTURO PRIMITIVO" features five tracks of the top notch D-Beat punk with blazing guitar leads and ferociously belted out lyrics in Spanish that you have come to expect from these guys over the years. Each record comes in a felt based glue pocket sleeve adorned with the stark black and white art of the great Brian Miller that has been the band's visual trademark since the beginning. Limited to a one time pressing of 500 copies. (Beach Impediment #23)

LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? - Burn Green Live LPx2
LIFE...BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? are widely acknowledged as not only one of the finest bands to ever come out of Norway, but also one of the finest ever European hardcore punk bands in general. Formed in 1988 and eventually splitting up in 1994, in those six years the band recorded three albums, plus a couple of singles, and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their back catalogue is now highly sought after, with original albums selling for a premium. Boss Tuneage is thrilled to announce a complete reissue series of the entire LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? discography to be released in 2016! Released in conjunction with the band (whose members can also be found in current Boss Tuneage bands DANGER!MAN and CASTRO) the final instalment of this series of four releases is a double vinyl collection of all other recorded tracks by the band - namely "Last Call" from the "Ugly" sessions, the "Burn Green" mini album singles comp of the two 7" plus extra tracks, the original first demo from 1988 and the entire final show from 1994! This is the first time on vinyl for 20 of the 26 tracks included!! All vinyl copies come with a CD in PVC wallet including all tracks instead of a download code (Buss Tuneage Retro Records #31)

BLACKBALL - s/t 7"
Debut EP from Raleigh/Richmond's Blackball. Blackball features current and former members of Pure Scum, Skemäta, Crooked Teeth, Future Binds, Abuse., Stripmines, Vacant Planet and more. Of those bands Skemäta is probably the closest reference point and if you like Jeff's guitar work in Stripmines and Skemäta you'll definitely be into Blackball, but this project is a little different. More along the lines of something like DiE or Glue, Blackball relies on riffs that are a hair simpler and more direct than Skemäta, creating a more straightforward US-hardcore inspired sound that is just as interesting as the aforementioned bands but even catchier. Blackball are total go for the throat music, and the super raw recording here only accentuates their viciousness. (Sorry State Records #81)

HARD LEFT - Economy 7"
Oakland's socialist punks are back with this new 4 song 7" EP entitled "Economy." On the A-side we have the super-tough title track, a modish and Marxist shout from the terraces. Kicked off by a sharp riff and Comrade M's mad cackle, "In A Crowd" is also a nod to the band's mod influences. On the flip the band collaborates with noted ranting poet Tim Wells. "Hoxton Market Forces," taken from Wells' latest book "Everything Crash," is a pin-sharp indictment of urban gentrification set to a roiling pop-art explosion of a tune. The EP wraps up with Wells reciting DH Lawrence's "The Oxford Voice" over a handclap-fueled glam stomper. RIYL STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, SEX PISTOLS, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS. (Future Perfect Records #4)

ANCST - Moloch LP
Moloch, the debut full-length from Berlin blackened crust act Ancst, will be released on April 20, 2016, by Halo of Flies. 700 copies of the LP will be pressed, 500 on black and 200 on clear vinyl. European fans are encouraged to order from Vendetta Records. Founded in 2011 as a side project by members of Afterlife Kids and Henry Fonda, Ancst hits that sweet spot between fierce melodic black metal and dark metallic hardcore crust, fusing together extreme metal and hardcore. Having released a string of highly acclaimed cassette-only EPs and splits throughout 2012 to 2014, Ancst has teamed up with DIY powerhouses Halo of Flies, Vendetta, WOOAAARGH, and Yehonala Tapes for its first two full-lengths and live appearances. As furiously and ferociously blackened as anything I've heard in recent times, but possessed of a prominent Punk ethos and a grit n' grime-crusted Hardcore heart, Ancst fully deserve to be held up as a prime example of a band upholding the central spirit and fire of Black Metal, without succumbing to the same-old corpse-painted clichés or blasé blasphemies in the process. The band can be compared to the likes of Iskra, and Cara Neir in certain respects with the strong blend of hardcore punk and black metal. Intertwining with melodic moments but still with a pointed ferocity. Reverse board full color covers. 24x36 poster and lyric sheet. (Halo of Flies Records #79)

Good Time Aussie Bogalars originate from the old gold rush town cum industrialized backwater of Ballarat, Victoria on the continent of Orstralia. Born into a metal scene that had once been promising but was subsequently decimated by heroin, these currency lads up and left the bleak musical environs of Ballarat for the state capital of Melbourne to purvey their brutal blend of hardcore, noise and angular sludge. Not totally sounding like Rupture, the Stretchheads, Anal Cunt playing like Big Flame, a post-rock Eyehategod, or King Snake Roost doing hardcore, it's otherwise hard to compare them or find touchstones for their sound. Songs about bad attitudes, bad behavior, bad smells, bad people, all rife with bad language in a working-class Australian slang you'll have to Google to understand as an outsider, these no-neck proles paint vivid pictures of 21st century white trash in Oz like Brueghel down-under, smearing blood up-and-down the fret boards of pawn shop 6-strings. Not sure if these are the be-mulleted, track suit wearing dole-collectors or their victims likely to get their heads bashed in at a tram stop, neither am I. This is their first LP. (Blak Skul Records #2)

BOILERMAN - Feels Ways About Stuff LP
With four EPs, an LP, and a slew of cassettes and compilations released since their 2010 demo, Boilerman has played over 170 shows across the US and Canada. The band's sophomore full length is 12 new songs using a sonic pallet drawn as much from bands like Leatherface and Articles of Faith as it is contemporaries like Canadian Rifle, Tenement, and Witches with Dicks. The album is rounded out by a faithful cover of The Mice's 1986 "Not Proud Of The USA" and illustrations by Shannon Thompson. Members of Earth Girls, Broken Prayer, GIDIM, and more. Released internationally by All In Vinyl (UK), Sad Punk Records (AR), and Waterslide Records (Japan). Includes download card. Over the course of its five-year existence, Boilerman has become a cornerstone of Chicago's DIY punk scene... the quintessential Chicago pop-punk band of this decade. A more contemporary comparison would be that this sounds like the "legit pop-punk" of bands like Tenement (and... is there anyone else who does it well?) filtered through the aesthetic of askew, Die Kreuzen-influenced hardcore bands like Raw Nerve or Nasa Space Universe. (86'D Records #24)

GO WHITE BRONCO - Population Ghost Town LP
Five years in the making, Population: Ghost Town is the first LP from Long Island lifer-band Go White Bronco. A lineup of musicians culled from 20-year collaborators and friends from local bands like Iron Chic, Fellow Project, Deep Pockets, Splurge, and Ancient Tongue, this nine track debut full length is a mostly bleak, sometimes triumphant existential meditation led by three acoustic guitars, crushing lyrics, and soaring multi-part harmonies. Crosby, Stills, Hash, and Old. Recorded to tape by Ian Bryn (Bridge and Tunnel, Fellow Project, Rations) and mastered by Christian Varga at Mastervargas. Acoustic, but in a way that seems to be quite different to that adopted by most of the other "punks" who have gone down this route over the past few years. (86'd Records #23)

ANTAGONIZERS ATL - Working Class Street Punk LP (Color Vinyl)
Antagonizers ATL is Atlanta, GA's premier streetpunk rock 'n' roll outfit. The music appeals to a wide audience, featuring tinges of straight-ahead punk, oi and rock 'n' roll, with even a dose of soul tossed in. No surprise, knowing that they are a four-piece of veteran rockers from such bands as HR (Bad Brains), Follow For Now, A.P.A and Vibram 94. LP includes digital download. (Pirates' Press Records #148)

The Barstool Preachers comes to the plate with their debut full-length, "Blatant Propaganda" - and they are definitely turning heads. The Barstool Preachers is the perfect antidote to all of the run-of-the-mill, industry-standard apathy we see in modern music today. Fresh off the back of their first single, "One Fool Down," this LP combines the best of ska, punk and reggae into a fun barrage of songs that can get even the most jaded singing along to. LP includes digital download. (Pirates' Press Records #147)

NAYSAYER - Nation Of Greed 7" (Color Vinyl)
Richmond, VA has a long tradition of strong and vital hardcore outfits, and in a scene that consistently puts out that much quality, there is only one surefire way to ignite a crowd: by pouring your heart out and being into every set. Debuting with the EP "No Remorse" in 2009, and continuing with the "Down But Not Out" EP and full-length "Laid To Rest," Naysayer is back with their brutal signature sound on their new EP, "Nation Of Greed." 7" includes digital download. (Reaper Records #77)

(restock) A GLOBAL THREAT - Until We Die LP (colored vinyl)
Third pressing on various colors of vinyl coming in Dec 2015. Considered the best release by A Global Threat, and featuring Mark Unseen on dual vocal duties with Bryan. We can't keep this slab in print. Brand new master used for the repress, this thing sells like crack! If there is such thing as "audiophile" street punk, this is it. Phenomenal sound quality. (Jailhouse Records #67)

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

(restock) 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)

Descriptions for 5/14/16

Chicago's Weekend Nachos go out in a storm of hatred with the release of their final album Apology. Recorded by the band's own Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios (Lord Mantis, Like Rats, Harms Way), Apology is a veritable tornado of grindcore/powerviolence/hardcore savagery. Apology is thirteen tracks of utter punishment that has Weekend Nachos sounding more dangerous and urgent than ever before. Features guest vocal appearances from Dylan Walker of Full of Hell. (Deep Six Records #271)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #397 (June 2016)
It's time for MRR #397, the June 2016 issue! On the cover: St. Louis's the DUMPERS. You may know them as the backing band to the slippery and enigmatic LUMPY, but here the slime-punk reputation that precedes them takes a backseat to the real story. From their primordial origins to the Dumpers Rights movement, the only place to get the straight dump is in this exclusive interview. We've also got an interview with Steve Drewett of the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, who last checked in with MRR nearly thirty years ago. Steve catches us up on lineup changes and new projects in the intervening decades, currents in the underground culture at large and his insights into everything from the band's classic records to gigging in North Korea. Reporting from the Rust Belt, hardcore punk warriors CONCEALED BLADE give us the lowdown on the splendid isolation of the Pittsburgh scene, laying down the whole story starting from their explosive first gig. Out of the Midwest, Minneapolis's KITTEN FOREVER dish on their new record of drum and bass anchored punk. There's more: UROCHROMES, 2016's hottest item out of New England, offer a peek into their maniac vision of US hardcore; Vienna's calamitous post-punk group LIME CRUSH dish on their formation and their future. Reaching into the past, the VISITORS talk about the early post-punk scene in Edinburgh and beyond starting in the late '70s; FRENOPATICSS discuss the recent reissue of their demo recordings, a small masterpiece of furtive hardcore wailing from teenage punks in early '80s Barcelona. Plus: TINY KNIVES on their new record and carving their own space between punk, hardcore and metal in Portland. And straight out of Porto, Portugal come DOKUGA, hardcore from the oft-overlooked end of the Iberian peninsula. Topping it off is a scene report from Hattiesburg, MS, a town of less than 50,000 that's quickly becoming one of the most exciting hot-spots of punk in the US. This issue also includes photo spreads from Sin Orden's last show and Damaged City fest in Washington, DC. Of course we also got all your favorite columnists and hundreds of reviews of the latest records, tapes, books, and films to hit the streets. (Maximum Rock'N'Roll #397)

Rough Kids' second LP for Sorry State is precisely what you want from a follow-up record. Delivering the same infectious combination of hooks and energy that you loved on the first LP, it nevertheless comes off as more intense and more streamlined than their debut. The songs tend to be shorter and faster (well, except for the anthem "Television," whose bold pop hooks are an album highlight), but Rough Kids manage to cram even more ideas and more overlapping vocal and guitar hooks into those tighter spaces. This new record reminds me of classics like the Damned's Machine Gun Etiquette or the Dickies' Dawn of the Dickies in the way that it holds onto the classic pop songwriting and sonic nuance of '77 punk, but ratchets up the density, speed, and urgency to the point where they can complete with the ferocity of the best hardcore bands in the world. Note that the vinyl contains an exclusive bonus track not available on the digital version. (Sorry State Records #79)

ANTI YOU - Nightmare Unfolds 7"
Italian no-frills hardcore punks ANTI YOU are back! "Nightmare Unfolds" is a 6-track attack inspired by the early Dischord/Touch and Go greats, with an obvious nod to the glory days of Italian HC, underpinned by lyrics focusing on the bleak times we live in and wrapped in the usual breath-taking artwork we have come to expect of them. (Agipunk Records #109)

This issue features 120 pages, containing interviews with Oakland art-damaged, weirdo punks VIOLENCE CREEPS, bleak Icelandic post-punks BÖRN, Los Angeles (by way of Chicago) stand-up comedian KYLE KINANE, ringleader behind HALO OF FLIES RECORDS and PROTESTANT - Corey Von Bohlen, angular'n'dancey English punks SHOPPING, the composer of the soundtrack to the film It Follows - DISASTERPEACE, Vermont's queer-centric record label STICKSHIFT RECORDS, comedian CAITLIN GILL, long running zine editor and cartoonist ROBIN BOUGIE of CINEMA SEWER fanzine, international DIY documentarian JOHN YINGLING of the WORLD UNDERGROUD series - focusing on East Asian DIY music and arts communities, Buffalo, NY's one-woman lo-fi punk powerhouse JAMIE AND THE DEBT, plus tons of columns, hundreds of music reviews, and articles about stuff like how to sneak in North Korea to go skateboarding. 120 pages of some of the most interesting and most entertaining DIY punk/hardcore/whatever coverage you're gonna find these days. And as always, every copy of the zine comes with a 7" flexi record. Issue #3 comes with exclusive tracks from Oakland's VIOLENCE CREEPS, the straight-ahead screech and riffs of Brooklyn, NY's SHOCKWAVES, Chicago's weirdo-punk noiseniks TV SLIME, and the best goddamn teenaged punk band the city of Chicago has to offer, BLEEDING GUMS. (No Friends 'zine #3)

SKIZOPHRENIA! - Single Ticket To DemoLition LP
Here comes Skizophrenia! 20 songs discography LP from Tsuyama-city / Okayama-prefecture. It's been already 10 years since their first demo cassette. The LP is the vinyl pressing of the Hardcore Survives released CD out in June 2015. It includes the 1st demo "3 trax demo", the 2nd demo "Freedom land", the 1st EP "Raw punk E.A.T.E.R", the 2nd self-titled EP already released by Kick Rock and Hardcore survives, the 3rd EP "Don't give up", the split EP with Vaaska, and some rare demo tracks to well known sing-a-long songs. All songs are remastered. It's from the past to the future as "RAW PUNK MASTERPIECE"! They've pushed regular local city up to punk paradise, also great influence to so many bands and tour bands from their ideas. One of the biggest punk movement they've done. so The future is always our hands! Released in Europe by Kick Rock, in Japan by Hardcore Survives and in the US by Todo Destruido. No export to Japan or Europe. !! (Todo Destruido Records #31)

FLOORPUNCH - Twin Killing LP
Out of print since the late 90's, we are pleased to bring you reissues of both classic 12"s from New Jersey's FLOORPUNCH. (Six Feet Under Records #109)

Out of print since the late 90's, we are pleased to bring you reissues of both classic 12"s from New Jersey's FLOORPUNCH. (Six Feet Under Records #110)

LONGEST WAR Fronted by Chris Logan of CHOKEHOLD fame and features former members of DESPAIR, SLUGFEST, UNION, and ACHILLES. LONGEST WAR brings a sound one would expect from members of these bands; chunky, heavy hardcore that sounds like it could have been written in 1995 but with modern recording. OLD GHOSTS Comprised of x member of DEAD HEARTS after a brief hiatus OLD GHOSTS are back at it. Fast hardcore with doomy breakdowns and passionately screamed vocals. This is the follow up release to the "drowning" ep. 4 brand new tracks, 2 from each band. This is some awesome hardcore played by some all star hardcore veterans. (State of Mind Records #46)

(restock) 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)

Descriptions for 5/7/16

GREEN BERET - Standing At The Mouth Of Hell LP
Two years since their "The Cult Of State" EP, Green Beret return with another dose of timeless hardcore. "Standing At The Mouth Of Hell" treads the same UK-by-way-of-Sweden ground as past releases, adding a bit of a straight-forward US influence resulting in their strongest work yet. Their influences may be obvious, but this ain't no feeble genre exercise. Green Beret stands as proof that trends come and go but hardcore punk can still be urgent, catchy and relevant in 2016. (Side Two Records #10)

UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE was born in 2012 as a side project with members of GLAM, DESTINO FINAL and CROSTA. They got wind of GLAM playing a show in London and decided to jump on the bill. They got a set together and recorded it in a rush to have some tapes to sell as said show. The tape recorded mere weeks after the band's inception remains an extremely powerful recording that only 100 lucky people managed to get on its original format. It shows the band as its rawest, pushing the limits of their previous bands as far as possible and setting the mood for what "Observant Com El Mon Es Destrueix " LP would be. 10-11-12 comes housed in a 12 panel poster similar to the ones CRASS records made popular in the '80s with artwork by Guillem El Muro and Oriol Roca. (La Vida Es Un Mus #115)

BARCELONA - Pueden Ser Ellos 7"
BARCELONA's follow up to their gigantic "Extremo Nihilismo En Barcelona" is another piece of ugly hardcore which sounds just as violently raw and unhinged as their debut. The four tracks on this 7" follow the template of no-snare hardcore with repetitive blown out bass lines and out of control no form guitar playing, fronted by an extremely angry singer which seems to feed her anger on your misery. For those looking for references BARCELONA lays somewhere between SHOTGUN SOLUTION, FIRMEZA 10, QLOAQA LETAL and UNITED MUTATION all filtered thru a Catalan kaleidoskope. The record comes in a pocket sleeve with a double sided 340 x 510 mm poster designed by the greatest Oriol Roca which doubles as drummer in the band. Comes with download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus #113)

RIXE - Les Nerfs A Vif 7"
(First pressing sold out already, and we have very limited quantities thus these will sell out immediately.) Just over a year since the release of the much loved debut 7" 'Coups Et Blessures', RIXE return with another four tracker on La Vida Es Un Mus. RIXE have gone from total obscurity to headlining festivals and gigs in Canada, North America and England and these four new tracks are a clear reason why. Standout 'Hexagone' opens the EP sounding like 'New Age' era BLITZ with extra bite and bile, 'A Contre-Courant' follows with a stomping primitive bass and drum attack before the razor sharp guitar work and growling vocals come in. On the flip the venom and intensity continues with 'Rapport de force' before the self titled track 'Rixe' ends this latest Oi! attack with a track that starts like a late 70's UK SUBS hit before heading into classic 80's French Oi!. RIXE are special and these four tracks show more reasons why. Front cover art and insert by the great Nicky Rat who also draw their first EP cover. (La Vida Es Un Mus #112)

COMMUNAL GRAVE #3 'zine with LP compilation
A brand-new issue of fast-core/grind/power-violence fanzine fully written in English. Exactly a hundred pages full of insanity. Interviews and tracks from SIXBREWBANTHA (Canada), ACxDC (USA), SHEEVA YOGA (Czech), HORSE BASTARD (U.K.), SORDO (USA), SICKMARK (Germany), THE KILL (Australia), FISSURE (USA), BLOODY PHOENIX (USA), CAGED GRAVE (Australia). Plus a CONTROLLED EXISTENCE /TRIGGER tour diary from 2014, an interview with VEGALITE (the vegan restaurant & alternative space in Brno (Czech), plus loads of reviews, etc. The compilations LP features 23 tracks in total. (Dead Heroes Records #50)

FAMINE - Razzin' LP (single sided)
Ten tracks of fast-hardcore madness with grind riffs based in Leeds, U.K. The first recordings with the mighty Warren (Shoot the Bastard drummer) on vocals. They are probably one of the most interesting U.K. fast outfits around these days. Henry (Dog Eggs/Lugubrious Children) on a guest vocals on "In Shortage". (Dead Heroes Records #51)

V/A - Spazzin' To The Oldies LP tribute compilation
This compilation pays tribute to power-violence legends SPAZZ. The band formed in 1992 in Redwood city, California and have gone on to inspire bands all around the world. 26 bands from 14 different countries have covered songs from various Spazz releases to create what we hope is a fitting tribute to a hugely inovative and inspirational band. "To have a band go to the trouble of investing the time, expense and effort to learn & record a song I took part in writting two decades ago is a humbling experience. To have 26 bands do this is staggering. I don't spend all days sitting around listening to old Spazz recordings. Quite the possible. There are countless songs I haven't heard since '90s, and some I've forgotten about entirely. Now that I've finally had a chance to hear this tribute compilation, I'm impressed that these bands from all over the planet have pumped new life into these tracks. The energy is raw. The enthusiasm is pure. I'm reminded why some of these tunes can be punishing yet hilarious, quirky yet fierce. Unlike my own recordings, I'm actually listening to this comp repeatedly. It's flattering beyond words ..... so I guess I should just shut up then ...." - Chris Dodge. Line up includes: Horsebastard (uk), Godhole (uk), Gets Worse (uk), Endless Swarm (uk), Boak (uk), Brainshit (uk), Chinsniffer (uk), Nothing Clean (uk), Fetus Christ (uk), Chulo (colombia), Sordo (usa), OSK (canada), Chiens (france), Catarro (brazil), God's America (usa), Bleed the Pigs (usa), INTHESHIT (usa), xKatexMoshx (italy), Captain Caveman (germany), Sete Star Sept (japan), Teething (spain), Higgs Boson (norway), PowerXchuck (australia), ANF (italy), Purge (usa), Farsas (lithuania). (Dead Heroes #48)

THE KILL - Kill Them All LP
The Kill is a pulverizing grindcore band outta Australia. These bloaks are simply amazing! Ludicrous speeds of grinding chaos are flawlessly executed and right on point. They're brutal and mindbogglingly creative when it comes to constructing destructive and grinding magic. For fans of Maruta, Insect Warfare & Discordance Axis. This is the latest album by the grindcore sensation The Kill. The new album is easily the band's best material - aggressive but focused this time around, top rate precision and phenomenal artwork by none other than Pierre (Braindead Zine). This is the culmination of the genre's expression; 'Kill Them...All' is one of 2015's highlights. (Dead Heroes Records #45)

TENEMENT - Bruised Music, Volume Two LP
In the summer of 2009, Appleton, Wisconsin punk group Tenement prepared to embark on yet another trip across the United States in their 1986 Dodge short bus. Like their recording sessions of the time period, their method of travel was often grueling and economical. They played with brutal honesty and they lived with brutal honesty. After a violent incident that resulted in a lot of blood, a lot of broken glass, and the dismissal of half of the rhythm section from the group, this behavioral pattern would ultimately lead to the demise of the first major lineup of the band, and usher in a new era of introspection and experimentation. In 2011, their first two full length records, Napalm Dream and The Blind Wink, were released only a few months apart and lead to Tenement's widespread recognition as one of America's most notable melodic punk bands. Four years later, they released what many critics, from The New York Times to Rolling Stone, viewed as their major statement and first big achievement- Predatory Headlights. This newest singles collection, Bruised Music, Volume Two, represents the time between the release of their 2011 LPs and their 2015 sprawling double album. Bruised Music, Volume Two is not only a collection of singles, but really a collection of transitional tunes that would form the basis of their present sound and distance them from their early juvenile aesthetic and more simplistic approach to the punk idiom. Much of the material heard within was recorded at home on 8 track machine and cassette recorders; though a small portion of it was engineered and mixed by Napalm Dream and Predatory Headlights' production mastermind, Justin Perkins. These selections have a distinct sheen and lend a signature quality to the record as a whole. You'll hear the first inkling of Tenement's interest in the fusion of classical stringed instruments and pop music in "Wouldn't Let You Go", an instrumental piece called "Jet Slug" that sits somewhere between Pavement and Ferrante & Teicher, the chunky blown out punk/pop of "Blast Exhaust" and "Taking Everything" which seem too aggressive to label simply as "pop punk" yet too melodic to label as "hardcore", the acoustic ballad "Your Sway..." with Nick Drake-esque chord patterns. You'll hear the twinkling pianos of "Perverse Universe" and the jangling, sparkling guitars and lush vocal harmonies of "Paper Airplanes", and it will sound so achingly familiar yet so hard to generalize or pin down. This is the very sorcery of Tenement, and on Bruised Music, Volume Two, the spell is stronger than ever. Fourteen Tracks in all, including material compiled from the Taking Everything EP, split 7" w/ Culo, split 7" with Cheeky, Freak Cast in Iron "Sick Club" 7" single, Puke and Destroy Vol. 2 7" compilation, and split 7" w/ Screaming Females. All material has once again been mastered for this release by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory. (Grave Mistake Records #78)

(Only 300 made and we have very limited quantities, so these will sell out immediately.) With a legacy spanning 14 years, THE REPOS reign as living legends at the forefront of contemporary Hardcore. Their first two albums are undisputed sought-after classics. Following years of incredible tape and EP releases, they finally usher forth their most accomplished work yet: Poser. Sounding more unhinged than ever, guitarist Joe Phillips shines while cult frontman Aaron Aspinwall delivers his best and most visual lyrics to date. Poser has an unrelenting ferocity that paints a gritty vision of life on the outskirts that few dare tread. THE REPOS are the embodiment of all that YOUTH ATTACK represents: outstanding, pure, uncompromising Hardcore. (Youth Attack Records #94)

(Only 300 made and we have very limited quantities, so these will sell out immediately.) On their highly-anticipated debut ABSOLUTE POWER drops the hammer with 16 songs of unbridled East Coast U.S. Hardcore. In a tornado of anthemic riffs and tempo changes they set the stage for an all-out tear down of authority led by vocalist Chris O'Coin's insane performance. Through themes of security, violence, and voyeurism the band strips away the bullshit to reveal a hideous raw sound that burns with aggression. Recorded by Ian Jacyszyn in NYC and mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air with artwork by renown illustrator and ex-CHARLES BRONSON guitarist, Mike Sutfin. This is music from time-tested YA alumni (featuring members from FAILURES, SUBURBANITE & AEROSOLS) that delivers beyond all conceivable standards. ABSOLUTE POWER stands ready to rule. (Youth Attack Records #92)

V/A - Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach LP
We are excited to announce our third NIRVANA tribute LP, "Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach", completing a trifecta of homages to the legendary band's studio albums. The Hall of Famer's debut LP "Bleach" is covered in full, start to finish, by a diverse range of independent artists including BASEMENT, BEACH SLANG, BIG HUSH, CIRCA SURVIVE, DAUGHTERS, DEFEATER, THE FALL OF TROY, MEAN JEANS, ROB CROW'S GLOOMY PLACE, THE SADDEST LANDSCAPE, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, THOU and YOUNG WIDOWS. Appropriately reflecting NIRVANA's rawest studio album alongside a full-circle nod to Robotic Empire's roots, this is arguably the darkest, heaviest release in the tribute series. A tasteful re-envision of these classic songs sees all 13 "Bleach" tracks run through the bands' creative engines, putting an intense new perspective on these 25+ year old songs. Like both previous tribute LPs Robotic Empire's issued (2015's "Whatever Nevermind" and 2014's "In Utero: In Tribute"), "Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach" is released in conjunction with Record Store Day, occurring on Saturday, April 16th this year. (Robotic Empire Records #117)

Sweden's Pyramido has consistently churned out gut-wrenching doom, and its fourth full-length, Vatten, is its best yet. The band's first release since 2013 LP Saga (also released by Halo of Flies), Vatten includes nods to Isis, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, and even Coltrane, while maintaining the crushing heaviness and overall sense of doom(metal) that defines Pyramido. There's something for everyone who can appreciate some of the best melodic hooks this genre has to offer. According to the band, Vatten is "as good as it gonna get. And no, it´s not a concept album about water." "Something that is never lost in translation is the huge barrage of riffs that Pyramido once again have at their disposal." - The Sludgelord 500 12" copies are being pressed, 400 on black vinyl and 100 clear. Each include an 11x17" insert and download code. (Halo of Flies Records #89)

DARK CIRCLES - The music is unrelenting, punishing, brutal and just fucking pulverizing, but also shows a taste and tact in the songwriting and riff-crafting that is rare to see around - "evolved" almost - and showing clear progressive traits and otherwise unorthodox song structures for the realm of d-beat and crust of which they are a part. ABSTRACTER - This Oakland-based band piles doom, crust, and sludge on top of each other, building a toxic waste dump of noise that can be oppressive and impossible to navigate your way out of. With download card. (Halo of Flies Records #90)

Hybrid of Buzzcocks, the Jam, the Boys and Elvis Costello is spot on and their sound is authentic and alluring. On these four new tracks, the band could pass for some forgotten sensation of first wave UK punk. While these influences are palpable, Radiohearts don't sound they're tryig too hard to be those bands. They have their own sound, and their songwriting is clearly informed by power-pop, but still unmistakably in the corner of '77 punk with buzzing guitars, meaty bass lines and hooks that just can't be denied. (No Front Teeth Records #175)

RADIOHEARTS - Lot To Learn 7"
In the corners where punk masquerades in pop's clothing, where power marries pop to piss off their parents and where finding a rare single from the years between 1977-79 is as good as winning the lottery is the world Radiohearts lives in. If Powerpears and Shake Some Action comps, The Boys, Elvis Costello and Buzzcocks had a kid and that kid was a band it would e named Radiohearts. Members of The Distraction, The Copouts, The Thingz, Oxidizer and Big Take Over. (No Front Teeth #155)

ROSEN & SPYDDET - Springet Som Symbol/Heroine, Kvindelig Triumf LP
Death Shadow proudly presents the first of two LP's for up and coming Danish electronic artist Rosen & Spyddet. Previously available only on cassette from Posh Isolation and Janushoved, this LP compiles two highly sought after recordings from 2014. Rosen & Spyddet's sound, a mix of lo-fi synth pop and rhythmic ambient, has clear similarities to the current Denmark scene and the earlier works of Lust for Youth or Cold Cave. Remastered for vinyl by J. Short, this LP is issued in an edition limited to 300 copies. (Death Shadow Records #8)

BASTARD NOISE - Dedicated to Koji Tano, Live in Montreal, Canada 2015 cassette tape
Live document of the Fargher / Saunders / Wood trio recorded as a testament to the passing of their dear friend Koji Tano of MSBR. Cassette opens with a touching dedication from band leader Wood before it descends into tribute of their fallen comrade. Limited to 200 copies. (Kitty Play Records #36 TP)

BASTARD NOISE - Our Earths Blood Japan Tour 2015 tape cassette
Live document of Eric Wood collaborating with Toshiki Mikawa (Hijokaidan, Incapacitants) and Government Alpha. The first of only two ever Bastard Noise cassette releases. Limited to 200 copies. (Kitty Play/SR Records #4 TP)

FACIALMESS - When You Know... tape cassette
Prolific fan favored Japanese harsh cut abrasive noise sculptor. Kenny Sanderson aka Facialmess has already recorded two follow ups to this cassette for Kitty Play a collaboration with Chris Goudreau (Sickness, Omei) and a split with Jay Randall (Agoraphobic Nosebleed). Limited to 100 copies. (Kitty Play Records #29 TP)

AMPS FOR CHRIST - Evil Normal tape cassette
Related Acts: Man Is The Bastard, Bastard Noise. LA noise pioneers Amps for Christ, Kitty Play debut, focusing on a blend of harsh electronics and folk leanings. Previous works have appeared via 5 Rue Christine. Limited to 100 copies. (Kitty Play Records #30 TP)

WITCH OF THE WASTE - Made of Teeth 7"
Vancouver's Witch of the Waste have delivered 14 minutes of fast paced, haunting metalcore. Thickly layered, dissonant guitars over constantly shifting drums and topped with shrieking, pained screams creates a blend of post hardcore energy and black metal atmosphere with math rhythms and techdeath precision. Made of Teeth is a genre bending trip into ghost stories inspired by abnormal psychology and horror movies. Pressed on Blue vinyl and featuring lyrics and unsettling minimalist artwork, Made of Teeth is for fans of Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Oathbreaker and Deafheaven. (Witch Of The Waste #1)

(restock) THE AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN - s/t LP (gatefold+heavy vinyl 180g)
"Who are the Afternoon Gentlemen? They are everyone and no-one. As familiar as the midday sun, yet nameless, faceless. They inhabit doorways, alleys and halls in every town, yet they are no-men, invisible, everywhere and nowhere. Like the Tambov wolves, they pass silently in the night. They are the hunger and thirst that sting our bellies, the curses that we cower from and the blessing we dream of. They are ectasy and misery at once, the poison and the cure." Père G. Bru. Self-titled debut 12" LP 2015. 16 tracks/20 minutes. 500 copies. 180g black vinyl. Gatefold sleeves. Artwork by R Storrow. Recorded at Silent City, Leeds . POWER GRIND FAST PUNK or die. You know them from many split ep's with CHIENS, SUFFERING MIND, OSK, CYBORG. (Dead Heroes Records #38)

(restock) RIXE - Coups Et Blessures 7"
"Coups Et Blessures" is the debut 7" EP from new Paris Oi! band RIXE. The four track EP harks back to the glory years of Bologna's finest NABAT mixed with the classic 80's French Oi! sound via RAS or L'INFANTERIE SAUVAGE and a heavy BLITZ vibe. The sound is rough, direct and angry and driven by a distorted bass and a vocalist that chews on glass for fun. Like the now defunct CRIMINAL DAMAGE, newbies Pittsburgh's NO TIME and Brest's SYNDROME 81, RIXE are the new voice of a Generation. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #93)

Descriptions for 4/30/16

IRON LUNG - Life. Iron Lung. Death. LP [remastered] with download
I may have a million ways of saying brutal, but "Life. Iron Lung. Death." has left me damn near speechless. Anyone who reads this zine ( with any frequency knows that I live for IRON LUNG. In fact, I have been known to mark time by using IRON LUNG releases as reference points. Some of you may have thought me a bit daft. Some of you may have thought I "overdid" it in my praise of the band. Well, HA HA HA! Once you listen to this album, you'll see that I was RIGHT and you were WRONG! There simply aren't enough words of praise in the English language for me to adequately sing the praises of this album. Jon and Jensen have outdone themselves. Literally. Some of the moments on this are the fastest IRON LUNG have ever tackled and others are the most sludge filled. So many extreme bands seem to reach a cruising speed early in their careers and then just ride it out. IRON LUNG, by contrast, keeps pushing harder and faster each year. The band takes the momentum of the split LP with LANA DAGALES (the band's finest work until now) and cranks everything up one more notch. If you are one of the unlucky ones who have not yet learned to breathe with an IRON LUNG, then this is the perfect album to start with. Lovingly remastered and recut, housed in a high test tip-on sleeve. A classic finally available again in the proper form. 400 on black, 100 on green. (Iron Lung Records #69)

LIFE DRAG - Life Drag cassette tape with download
We have for you today a cassette offer of the new Industrial Strength American Noise band LIFE DRAG. Half dirge, half dub. Minneapolis. The New Brighton Hill Bombing Crew. Wet fucks and loose trucks. The new thing in heaven. Subterranean synapse break. Walk all night. Sleep when you're dead. Thug tunes. Package includes bass, bass, synth, synth, drum machine, guitar, laundry chute and vox. Always one take, always how it needs to be. Upon physical evidence of sound we will pollute the ears of the midwest and beyond. (Iron Lung Records #78)

Succumb, from Massachusetts, USA. They play fast grindcore, similar to Assuck. Some of them have been in other bands you may have heard of (Orchid, Vaccine, Bucket Full of Teeth, Ampere, Death Evocation, The Cancer Kids, No Faith, etc. etc.). 1 sided 7" with 4 tracks. Killer! (RSR Records #158)

TRIBUTE TO STINKWEED Last recordings from the mighty Powerviolence/Sludge/Doom Metal pioneers AGENTS of SATAN together with PARANOID FREAKOUT from Oakland, California. Bad Acid Trip, Lack of Interest,Benumb members) AGENTS of SATAN are a whacked out, gory, obscene grind/pv outfit who seemed to be most active in the late 90s. Crazy, high pitched shrieks meet deep, guttural vocals while the instruments lay down some groovy, grind riffs. PARANOID FREAKOUT burst out 5 tracks of fast as fuck Powerviolence/Grind mix. Pete from BENUMB on vocals. Essential record for every WEST BAY COALITION fan! (RSR Records #139)

SU19B - The World Doomed to Violence LP
Blackend Powerviolence from Tokyo, JAPAN. 10 Brand new Studio Trax Recorded & Mixed Between 2013~2015. These Japanese masterminds play a revolutionary combination of devastating drone/funeral doom in the vein of Ahab or Corrupted interspersed with short, rapid outbursts of Powerviolence/japanese Hardcore fury akin to early Crossed Out. Total 30 mins of blasting Sludge Violence Smash Your Ears! gatefold cover. (RSR Records #159)

Resurrected from the ashes of HATRED SURGE. HOLY MONEY deliver two doom sludge tracks in the vein of older Noothgrush, Dystopia and Burning witch....they call it "Egodeathsludge". These guys are something of a Houston supergroup: bassist/ runner-up of the all-Texas Ian Mackaye Lookalike Challenge, Michael Tehrani and drummer/ hardcore auteur Alex Hughes formerly played together in the legendary TXHC band Machine Gun Romantics and its crucial powerviolence spinoff Knuckle Scraper while Tehrani and guitarist Kevin Hirth both played guitar in the headsplittingly fun and 100% unGoogleable punk band Gay Marriage. HOLY MONEY is named after a Swans record, and it shows in their doomy, sludgy, awesome music, which you can hear here. (RSR Records #153)

FREEWILL - Sun Return LP
Formed in 1987, Freewill quickly became a staple at local shows in Southern California, sharing the stage with bands like Uniform Choice, No For An Answer, Reason To Believe, Insted and many others. Soon after signing to and recording this record for Wishingwell Records, the label closed down, leaving this release on a shelf. Years later, the master tape was sold to Lost & Found Records in Europe (without the bands knowledge or approval) and was bootlegged and made available on CD. Fast forward to 2016. Here is the first actual authorized release of their one and only LP. (New Age Records #63)

Descriptions for 4/23/16

XIBALBA - Ah Tza 7"
Five years after its most recent demo, Xibalba now once again resurfaces to present "Ah Tza!," a three-song vinyl EP released with the continuing support of Nuclear War Now! Although combination of pagan Mesoamerican culture and metal has become somewhat more popular in this day and age, Xibalba stands alone in its authenticity and its status as one of the most highly-regarded black metal bands from Mexico. (Nuclear War Now Records #304)

ZERO - s/t LP
Another band from the Norther region that is Minneapolis. Hot on the heels of last year's twin 7" releases ZERO brings it with an LP of tracks spanning melodic stompers to tough ragers. Lots of comparisons have been made to traditional Japanese punk sounds, but this LP shows that ZERO isn't only aping one style but is their own band. Screen printed covers drawn by the legendary Japanese artist Sugi. Co released with Farewell Records (DE) and Anomie Reocords (DE). (Desolate Records #6)

DIRTY WOMBS - Wrecked Youth 7"
Three new tracks from this band from Patras, Greece that blends the aggression of classic Greek crust with the urgency and energy of Japanese/Burning Spirits hardcore. General concusses is that this is far and away the band's best work to date. Full color pocket sleeves. Co release with Imminent Destruction (UK). (Desolate Records #5)

GEIGER COUNTER - Fear Tomorrow tape cassette
Minneapolis' new classic crust band! 8 track pro recorded cassette of hardcore punk influenced by d-beat crust like State of Fear and Warcollapse. Lyrics updated to deal with fears of our modern digital reality and this issues faced in this post Cold War nuclear age. (Desolate Records #4 TP)

VCR - R.I.P. Sportsboy LP
Is this VCR's swan song? I don't know. It is easily the band's most ambitious work to date. Do they pants the Prime Minister? Do they kill a cop? Do they get abducted by aliens? Would you expect anything less from these punks? This is louder, brattier and more obnoxious than anything the band has ever done before. Toronto's most important current punk act has finally given us their opus and it's some mutated combination of The Screamers, The Swankys and who knows what else! (Barfbag Records #2)

TRIAGE - Power Beat 7"
POWER BEAT" is TRIAGE's first commission to wax. It is without a doubt that this recording captures the true POWER that TRIAGE has on offer. Crusty & crunchy rhythm with soaring vocals and leads to match, backed by a lock-tight rhythm section. Some intense combination of SACRILEGE meets NWOBHM filtered through Japan in 1986. TRIAGE are one of those bands that are greatly in debt to punk's past but with their eyes set on writing it's future. (Barbag Records #3)

Featuring the usual news and reviews as well as interviews with Sammytown of Fang, Night Birds, Freddy Alva talks about the New Breed Tape Comp and the new documentary about it, and Eddie Leeway. We also have interviews with skateboarders Julz Lynn and Greg Harbour. 40 full size pages including our first full color cover. Not Like You has quickly become a respected zine amongst the scene from coast to coast, breaking down the barriers and genres which continue to divide it. 40 full size black and white pages. (No Like You Fanzaine #6)

FORCE & FIRE - Disintegration Process LP
140gr vinyl. 50gr sleeve printed inside-out with UV varnish spots. Printed CMYK inner paper sleeve. Limited to 200 copies worldwide. FORCE&FIRE is the brand new band from Ryan Lipynsky (master-mind behind Unearthly Trance, Serpentine Path, The Howling Wind, Humanless, etc.) and Steve Bago / Pat Flynn (bassist and drummer in NYHC legends Indecision). "Disintegration Process" is a sick, vicious, twisting blend of Crust, Sludge, Black Metal and Hardcore. A truly awesome debut album!!! (Throne Records #58)

UNEARTHLY TRANCE - In The Red LP (gatefold)
140gr vinyl. 350gr gatefold varnish-coated sleeve. Enhanced artwork. Black-inked polylined inner bag. Limited to a one-time pressing of 400 copies worldwide. Official repress after 10 years from its original pressing on Rise Above Records. Comes with enhanced artwork on a stunning gatefold sleeve this time. "In The Red" is like a good old red wine... most appreciated as years pass by. (Throne Records #59)

ASHTAR - Ilmasaari LP (gatefold)
140gr vinyl. 350gr gatefold sleeve printed inside-out. Printed CMYK inner paper sleeve. Cover Art by Alfons Mucha. Mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Lychgate). Limited edition of 200 copies worldwide. Switzerland's female-fronted Ashtar is an exotic and perfect blend of pagan Black Metal and Doom, with a distinctive European trade mark. Actually they come from a country worldwide known for its high mountains, snowfalls and Celtic Frost!!! Ashtar's debut album is the perfect record to listen to at night with candle light, while outside a snowstorm is blazing. You can recognize elements of Celtic Frost, Ludicra, Bathory and Sacrilege. While Ashtar develop these influences one step further and mold their own sonic brand by adding acoustic guitars, string arrangements and didgeridoos. "Ilmassari" is a haunting magick album, so rich and dense you'll spin it several times in a row. (Throne Records #60)

After many splits and releases on RELAPSE Records Agoraphobic Nosebleed decide to join their Grindcore power with Total Fucking Destruction for an amazing piece of brutality designed by Florian who did also cover art for Pig Destroyer, Napalm Death, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan etc... Total Fucking Destruction (Feat. Brutal Truth members) deliver us songs of pure anger without compromises. Red vinyl. (Bones Brigade Records #36)

BRUTAL TRUTH - Evolution In One Take Vol. 2 LP
Reunited seminal grindcore/extreme metal outfit BRUTAL TRUTH release the "Evolution In One Take: For Grindfreaks Only! Volume 2" . "Evolution In One Take..." is an audio recording of the band "Evolution Through Revolution", from beginning to end in one live take at Mark It Zero studios with engineer Dan O'Hare. "Evolution Through Revolution", the first full-length album in 10 years from BRUTAL TRUTH, sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. (Bones Brigade Records #57)

CHIENS - Vultures Are Our Future 10" (gatefold)
Vultures are our Future is without a shred of doubt the most tight, energetic and invigorating Grindcore/Fastcore feat of this year, a blastathon of epically extravagant proportions, blasting its way past the finishing line leaving all contenders in the dust a far distance behind, fatigued and irrelevant. Chiens' earlier attempts at breaching the land speed record such as the split with booze jooglers The Afternoon Gentleman and solo venture the one sided LP already boasted an extraordinary scintillating composite of colourful contagions and inhuman velocities, Vultures are our Future sees all that endurance training and repeated distillations of vocal animus elevate to a spectacular Olympian performance. (Bones Brigade Records #65)

Crushing Death Gore Metal / Death Metal laden Doom caked in bile with a violent punch of the old school masters! Pure Japan sleaziness!! More than famous in the Death/Doom world, COFFINS are back with a split with BUTCHER ABC. COFFINSdid many releases on Osmose Productions and the new album is out Relapse Records. (Bones Brigade Records #77)

EVISORAX - Goodbye to the Feast...Welcome to the Famine LP
The new Evisorax record is about what you'd expect from a grindcore band, only noisier and more distorted (if you can believe it)."So Many Fat People During the Famine" is easily the highlight of the record. It's got more girth to throw around, and is also much further advanced in sound; the writing is more complex, and seems to play to a point (whereas previous tracks seemed to just exist for the sake of pure chaos). Then, at the end, you have "All the Best Bits, They Left Out Your Death", which features a strong assault of drums and some especially tortured vocals. EVISORAX (Feat. member of Narcosis) is for fans of Discorance Axis, Gridlink etc... (Bones Brigade Records #63)

This album, "1986," holds twenty-two songs, barely varied from twenty seconds to one minute and twenty seconds. One minute ditties of grind crust packed in crispy production are Jesus Cröst's hallmark. The duo played Maryland Death Fest (2010) and France's mammoth Hellfest! (2012). Declaring allegiance to no moniker except "hooligan," the music is surprisingly grindcore/powerviolence (despite naming their EP Fuck Powerviolence). Each song is a name of a famous or beloved Footbal player. (Bones Brigade Records #68)

LYCANTHROPHY/BLOOD I BLEED - split 10" Czech Republic's cult Fastcore monster, LYCANTHROPHY, after 15 years and countless splits and EPs. Monster production, relentless violence, this is rage in its purest form and a total must for all Grind freaks around! Holland's Blood I Bleed started off right after My Minds Mine quit in 2002. BIB's style is full speed raging "1-2-3-go" thrash and is just a logical follow up of the later fast hardcore/grindcore assault, which MMM stood for. (Bones Brigade Records #62)

DWARVES - Lick It (The Psychedelic Years) 1983 to 1986 LPx2 The early paisley garage Dwarves are represented here tearing through their first LP (Horror Stories) and early singles and unreleased tracks that predate their rebirth as punk icons. Thrill to tambourines, Farfisa organs and background vocals with attitude! (Recess Records #52)

RORCAL - Creon LPx2 Rorcal emerged from the depths of Geneva in 2005, born of a common aim of five Switzerland-based musicians to reach the deepest depths of darkness and express the unnamable. This path has taken multiple shapes, from slow forms of sonic punishment to cathartic experiences of sound's malevolence. Rorcal's releases to date, three full-length albums exploring all the shades of extreme music, and various EPs, splits, and collaborations, show the wide range of possibilities lying within the band and display a different face of this ever-evolving entity. Creon is a moody, bleak, oppressive, and hate-filled conglomeration of the more post-metal influenced side of black metal and doom. Creon is more epic narrative than mere album. This double LP contains over 50 minutes of layered, atmospheric doom, drone and black metal divided into four tracks, each depicting the death of characters embedded in Greek mythology, a new take on the modern "concept album. For fans of Celeste, Deathspell Omega, The Body. 666 copies limited, Double LP, 180gr vinyl in gatefold, printed innersleeve with insert. (Halo Of Flies Records #91)

NORTHLESS - Cold Migration LP Northless has been pumping out releases for a few years, since 2008 to be exact. Since then, they have released three albums - including the amazing, World Keeps Sinking, three EPs, and four splits. on 'Cold Migration' there is a calmer, colder batch of songs. Northless, of course, again deliver fierce, intense music. The three tracks here are confrontational and reflective. Diseased thoughts pervade as ugly , thick riffs distort and bandy bent notes. Between this and the Primitive Man split, Northless are having a hell of a year. Northless is definitely a band for those looking for a thinking man's Primitive Man or Fister, or an answer to TheAtlasMoth or KenMode, though Northless is far too unique to compare. 500 pressed. Fold over hand screened covers. download code. (Halo of Flies/Triple Ey Industries #10)

WET NURSE - So It Goes LP Orlando's Wet Nurse cranks out a sophomore gem right here! Power Pop,Pop Punk, whatever you wanna call it is fine. Regardless, it's greatly penned tunes with musicianship that's top notch. If you haven't seen or heard em yet imagine Breeders/Ramones blasted out by fun and shy people. My kinda fools! This band deserves your attention right now! Hand it over fukrs! (Recess Records #196)

Descriptions for 4/16/16

G.L.O.S.S. - Girls Living Outside Society's Shit 7" (with 'zine)
We finally got more of these! They flew out of here last time and we didn't even advertise them the first time around! Girls Living Outside Society's Shit. Vinyl pressing following two initial cassette runs of the stellar debut from this Olympia, WA powerhouse. All copies come with a 'zine from members of the band, and also five perfect hardcore rippers pressed into the surface of the record for hours of your enjoyment. Now available again on vinyl from Nervous Nelly Records. (Nervous Nelly Records #8.5)

LIFE...BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? are widely acknowledged as not only one of the finest bands to ever come out of Norway, but also one of the finest ever European hardcore punk bands in general. Formed in 1988 and eventually splitting up in 1994, in those six years the band recorded three albums, plus a couple of singles, and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their back catalogue is now highly sought after, with original albums selling for a premium. Boss Tuneage is thrilled to announce a complete reissue series of the entire LIFE BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? discography to be released in 2016! Released in conjunction with the band (whose members can also be found in current Boss Tuneage bands DANGER!MAN and CASTRO) the third instalment of this series of four releases is the third and final album from 1993, originally released on Boss Tuneage, Progress and RPN. This is the first time it has been re-released, so is highly sought after and probably the most requested of our old releases to put back in print!. A classic album in a classic series of reissues! All vinyl copies come with a CD in PVC wallet including all tracks instead of a download code. (Boss Tuneage Retro #30)

DAYGLO ABORTIONS - Armageddon Survival Guide LP/CD
The Dayglo Abortions ninth full-length album, Armageddon Survival Guide, proves that Cretin still has what it takes to write legendary punk songs with the same energy that he harnessed when writing their first album released in 1981. This new album combines their unique blend of catchy punk rock, comical humor and pissed off political rhetoric, with lyrical content that challenges and disputes the verities of modern life. Canada's bad guys are back with their first new record since 2003. Since the departure of their original drummer, The Cretin (guitarist, lead vocals, song writer) is the one original member. Nonetheless, they remain the same as in the old days; fast, humorous, sarcastic & nihilistic, mixing fast HC punk with touch of metal and ugly rock 'n' roll. This new Dayglo Abortions record definitely goes back to their roots with song writing and sound both favouring the punk side of the spectrum. Classic Dayglo Abortions style here goes hand in hand with feelings that are not so far from bands like Antiseen, and their anti-social nihilism attitude. In general, Armageddon Survival Guide is their best material since the classic DGA records from the 80's. 9th album from these Canadian legends playing punk rock since 1980. (Unrest Records #40/#28 CD)

ZOOM - Sweet Desperation LP
Bored of cover bands and Toronto's stagnant bar scene, Chris Haight and John Hamilton formed ZOOM in 1976, inspired by such pre-punk touchstones as the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Bowie and Sparks. The band quickly set to gigging locally, but were soon caught up in the punk scene that exploded to life around them. An obscure but seminal 1976 45 -- arguably Toronto's first punk record-- was their sole release before the band dissolved as Haight joined the Viletones and Hamilton began drumming for the Diodes. Despite their duties in two of Canada's leading punk bands, however, the pair didn't want great songs like "Schoolgirl Hitch Hiker", "My Baby's Got No Brains" and "They Only Come Out At Night" to go undocumented, so they entered the studio to get this stuff on tape. Produced by Bob Segarini and BB Gabor, and with musical contributions from members of The Ugly, The B-Girls and The Curse, the session captured a pretty special time in Toronto music history. It seems especially poignant that it would then remain unheard for decades. In 2014, Hamilton, who had gone on to an illustrious career of his own but had never entirely forgotten Zoom, located the tapes and had them professionally baked and restored. A trove of photographs, flyers and graphics was similarly uncovered, and now Ugly Pop is very pleased to announce a 13-track LP due for release in early 2016. Superb pressing with full insert featuring new liner notes and unseen pictures, and this one won't be staying in print. (Ugly Pop Records #61)

THE UGLY - Off The Hook 7"
This storied first-wave Toronto punk outfit have been sadly under-represented on vinyl. Apart from a couple of live comp tracks, their sole '70s waxing was a misguided attempt at a power pop hit single-- not a completely miserable 45, but hardly suggesting the raw power they were capable of. A '90s CD collected their incendiary studio recordings, proving true their live reputation as a rough, hard-edged punk outfit, but that material is tied up by bad contracts and will probably never see legit vinyl release. Now The Ugly are back; while legendary local hooligan and original frontman Mike Nightmare passed away in the '90s, new vocalist Greg Dick (of contemporaries The Dream Dates) is about as capable and credible as they come, and the veteran Ugly trio of drummer Tony Torcher, bassist Screamin' Sam Ferrara (both of The Viletones) and guitarist Steve Koch (also of the Demics) are determined to set the record straight. This isn't the usual castrated reunion schtick, either-- the new 45 is as tough as they ever been, swaggering through the topside's punkified early Stones in classic fashion but turning up the aggression on the 1978-vintage flipside, a raw, mean and quick-paced hard punk blast with a grinding guitar recalling early Black Flag or Subhumans. One time pressing of 480 only in swank pocket sleeve with insert, produced by Don Pyle (Crash Kills Five) and cut loud by Peter Moore for maximum impact. No colour vinyl or gimmick versions. (Ugly Pop Records #60)

LAST CHAOS - Only Fit for Ghosts LP
From the ashes of Teargas (one of the best hardcore bands of recent memory) comes Last Chaos. After taking the southern hemisphere by storm with Australian and Asian tours on a few 7"s, they now prepare for the big leap to our shitty country, the USA, touring on their first LP. Last Chaos play straight-forward hardcore punk, veering into Finnish/Japanese/d-beat-y/raw punk-y territory of songwriting but without becoming an overt genre-exercise, saved by a compelling style of riff-crafting that is both familiar and distinct, sometimes rocking with an energetic swagger and sometimes lurching forward with a forlorn stomp. The playing is tight, with booming and driving drums propelling everything with a satisfying momentum, guitars with just the right amount of fuzz captured with a strong and clear production that keeps everything at a maximum power, and vocals with a tasteful hint of the reverb that too many bands abuse. This should be an easy record to digest if you are at all interested in hardcore punk in 2015. (SPHC Records #61)

With their eclectic mix of fast hardcore, pop-punk, ska and reggae, off-kilter instrumentation, and shit-fi artistry, Sun Children Sun makes music that is both genius and idiocy, an expression of wild rage against our fucked up world but also an exuberant celebration of the joys of life. With reckless abandon and a neverending stream of energy, they make music on their own terms, a totally unique expression of "punk". Coupled to an electrifying live show, and you've got my favorite band in the world right now. This LP has been the most anticipated release here at SPHC, and we're so happy to bring it into the world. A-side is brand new material from their self-titled CD on mAjor Label, B-side is material from their split CD with Super Floor on Depression Records and split 7" with The Act We Act on We Suck Records. None of these releases received any distribution outside Japan. (SPHC Records #64)

CREATION IS CRUCIFIXION - Antenna Builder: The Soldering Iron Gives Us Control LPx2
Pittsburgh tech-metal hactivists Creation is Crucifixion emulate Lazarus with a double-LP collecting their last recordings along with an impressive live set. The long-rumored Antenna Builder track, the 'final' recording by Creation is Crucifixion's last active lineup is a 9-minute opus that brilliantly merges CIC's heavy technical metal along with the noise passages the band became renown for. As one of the highest-fidelity recordings from the band's extensive output, the lineup's similarly oppressive Rerecorded Splits material fleshes out the first 12" in this gatefold double-LP package. Accompanying the studio-recordings 12" is a live LP from a classic CIC's set from on their last European tour, captured live in Geneva during May of the millennial year. These 15+ year recordings showcase tracks from across the band's catalog of material, with a higher clarity than some of their raw studio recordings. Specifically mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin, the Antenna Builder + Rerecorded Splits / Live In Geneva 2xLP comes housed in a stark black and white gatefold jacket with gold ink overlaid. A digital download of the full release is included. This version comes on GOLD COLORED VINYL!. (Robotic Empire Records #20/21)

Descriptions for 4/9/16

NECROSIC - Putrid Decimation LP
Eric Cutler, having long served in his role as a founding and current member of the legendary Autopsy, is unquestionably one of the most technically-proficient and well-respected guitarists in the history of death metal. In 2016, almost thirty years after having first been introduced on the inaugural Autopsy demo, Cutler seeks to further expand his already wide footprint with his newest band, Necrosic, a five-piece outfit that also incorporates the talents of Sean McGrath (Impaled), Erika Osterhout (Scolex), Charlie Koryn (Ascended Dead), and Christian LaRocca (Gravehill). With its four-song debut EP, "Putrid Decimation," Necrosic illustrates why the timeless sound pioneered by Autopsy and others decades ago remains just as relevant today. (Nuclear War Now Records #314)

NOCTURNUS - The Science of Horror CD
In 1990, Nocturnus revolutionized death metal with the release of its first full-length album, "The Key," which for the first time in the history of the sub-genre incorporated keyboards as an essential element of a death metal band's sound. During a critical three-year period prior to the release of this album, Nocturnus developed this unique sound, as documented by two demo recordings, entitled "Nocturnus" and "The Science of Horror," which were disseminated on cassette format in typically limited numbers in 1987 and 1988, respectively. Nuclear War Now! is once again proud to make a less-limited vinyl edition of these demos available to the general public. This version features appropriately and tastefully updated original artwork from the renowned Zbigniew Bielak as well as the most extensive biography ever written on the developmental and demo years of Nocturnus and Mike Browning's previous participation in Morbid Angel and Incubus. In addition, the forty-plus-page booklet contained within and exclusive to this edition also visually documents the band's pre-album era by featuring the demo and flyer artwork of Allen Muse, Ron Harris, and others, along with an impressive collection of band photos. In short, this release serves to invite the listener to revisit the earliest days of one of death metal's greatest bands. (Nuclear War Now Records #257 CD)

NECROMANTIC WORSHIP - The Calling... demo tape cassette
With its 2015 debut demo, "Spirit of the Entrance unto Death," Necromantic Worship firmly established itself as a worthy successor to the ancient Greek gods of black metal. Having first re-conjured the evil spirit of the great Necromantia and their brethren with this three-song offering, Necromantic Worship now returns a mere several months later with its second demo, "The Calling...," which continues in the same arcane spirit as the first, while adding new elements which serve to yield an even greater result. (Nuclear War Now Records #315 TP)

YACOPSAE/IRATE ARCHITECT - split 10"/CD Two of germany's finest team up for one hell of a split. Extreme hardcore / powerviolence speed vs brutal and techy death metal. (Haunted Hotel Records #80)

Finally available on vinyl. This album was on everyones top 10 of 2015, and now the vinyl version will for sure be on the 2016 list. Debut LP from this Canadian band. A 31 minute grindcore rollercoaster. It's slimy, raw old school grindcore with a punk rockheart. GOD for dessert serves covers Repulsion, Carnage and CSSO. Responsible for the graphic design is exquisite French artist Pierre Braindead. Comes with a beautiful A2 Sized poster as well. Vinyl is limited to 500 copies. (Haunted Hotel Records #90)

Descriptions for 4/2/16

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #396 (May 2016)
We've got over a dozen features on zines from all over the US and planet Earth, each of them revealing a living print culture that is truly killer, absolutely vital and undeniably punk. To scratch at the surface, Emmy Ramone talks about their zines Cretins of Distortion and the Mental Whiff, digging at the roots of human expression through punk in the midwest and beyond. Alex Ratcharge conducts an interview with NUTS! fanzine: learn all about the long journey from Olympia to New York City and all the ink stains in between. And Golnar Nikpour interviews Tom Mayhugh on General Speech, his compendium of noisy hardcore from the chaotic to the psychotic. After that, Fluke fanzine celebrates its 25th anniversary, the folks behind No Shame Distro, a zine and art distributor highlighting work by people of color, write about eight of their favorite zines, and Burn Collector's Al Burian talks about his music and his move from New York to Berlin. Right here in the Bay Area we have As You Were, a comic zine anthology based out of San Francisco label/publisher Silver Sprocket; Not Shit, Bay Area based skate fanzine dedicated to the punk/DIY approach; and the Enthusiast, a brilliant and ASCII art-laden email newsletter. Across the water there's also Another Subculture, an annual audio mag released on cassette in the UK: editor Ben Perkins expounds on the nature of capturing the moment and keeping the thrill of zinemaking alive in audio. Down in Barcelona, Mierda editor Dani Frutos goes head to head with interviewer Paco Mus on everything from Barcelona punk's tenuous relationship with Europe and the world over the last decade to anarchism and Catalonian independence. There's also an interview highlighting the Finnish Fanzine Archive, a project digitizing over 300 Finnish fanzines dating from 1977 to 1982. Rounding it out is a feature collecting almost half a dozen current video zines, your favorite columnists digging up even more punk dirt, all the reviews you can possibly bear to read, and a photo spread from Everything Is Not OK Vol. 2. Are zines dead? Do zines suck? Don't say you didn't have an opportunity to find out for yourself. (Maximum Rock'N'Roll #396)

Surging with a dozen boiling new anthems, VICTIMS delivers their sixth album and first full-length since 2011's acclaimed A Dissident LP, the band continuing to bridge slightly new flourishes into their exceptionally tried-and-trusted attack. With equal parts morose and triumphant d-beat fury, Sirens was recorded at Studio Gutterview by Fred Estby (Dismember, At The Gates) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Nails, Integrity), and features the expected white-knuckled surges of angst as well as some more expansive elements throughout the album, all enshrouded in a barbed-wire vocal delivery, packed with unstoppable gang-chants and inescapable hooks. In a coordinated attack with the LP's impending release, the band will return to North America preceding the street date of Sirens, with a string of West Coast dates beginning in late March as well as festivals and headlining dates across Europe all summer. (Tank Crimes Records #89)

NECROT - The Labyrinth LP/CD
Oakland-based old-school death metal squad NECROT, featuring within its ranks current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours and Watch Them Die, has joined the Tankcrimes roster for the release of their The Labyrinth full-length. Featuring eight tracks cultivated from three hard-to-find and long out-of-print demo tapes, The Labyrinth was recorded at Lennon Studios by the late great Jef "Leppard" Davis (Abscess, Acephalix, Vastum) and at Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, Annihilation Time, Noothgrush), mastered at Mammoth Sound by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust) and will see release on April 15th on CD, digitally and deluxe, foil-stamped LP. Fans of the bone-crush of Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Sacrilege etc. pay heed. (Tank Crimes Records #92)

VIVISICK - Nuked Identity LP/CD
Tokyo, Japan-based VIVISICK drop their ravenous second full-length via Tankcrimes Records. Titled, Nuked Identity, the ten-track bruiser and follow-up to 2008's smoldering Respect And Hate long player was tracked at Sonic Band Studio in Tokyo, mixed and mastered at UGA Chaotic and boasts twenty-three-minutes of deliciously manic hardcore punk doused in boisterous sing alongs, melody and wackiness for fans of The Stalin, Toy Dolls, 625 and traditional Japcore. Comments vocalist Sunao: "The god named 'economy' was exposed. Absolute existence has begun to fluctuate. People have fallen into identity crisis. What am I? Where is the answer? It is coming time to seek it. I feel each of us will have to find it. In that meaning, this title 'Nuked Identity' includes our wish. We will find our new identity and build them again." (Tank Crimes Records #88)

In the same fashion as the first album, "Apollyon" achieves its effect by dragging the listener down into the most abysmal depths of subconscious Death Metal oblivion. This descent is blanketed in a palpably dark atmosphere and primarily driven by a unique array of percussive patterns and instrumentation, all of which is complemented by the alternating swelling and contraction of the guitar riffs. (Nuclear War Now #313)

CHAOS U.K. - Shit Man Fucker 7"
Over the past 35+ years, Bristol's Chaos UK have helped to pioneer so many different styles that it's difficult to keep track. Getting a handle on the embarrassment of riches that is their discography is difficult enough; mapping the influence they've had on worldwide punk and hardcore would be a herculean task, though one would be remiss not to mention how central their sound is to the development of Kyushu-style noise-punk and Burning Spirits hardcore in Japan. Now they're back with a brand new 4-song EP, and it's as loud, political, and uncompromising as anything they've done before. You can hear strains of their old stuff throughout these tracks: the catchy choruses of their earliest Riot City-era singles; the noise and the manic pogo beats of their Short, Sharp, Shock period; the metallic crunch of their 90s material. While it's tempting to call this new EP a distillation of everything that's come before, in reality it's simply a band who has remained consistently innovative and exciting for nearly four decades doing what they do best. (540 Records #57)

BACKSLIDER - Discography 2008 to 2013 CD
Backslider has been a mainstay of the Philly scene since 2009 when they started up. They have recently added Jake (ex Republicorpse) to the ranks as a bass player so this CD represents a time capsule of the band's sound as one of the most crushing two-piece powerviolence bands ever to grace a stage. In five years they racked up 51 tracks between their self titled EP, the Maladapted EP, their splits with both Chainsaw to the Face, and Nimbus Terrifix, the Consequences 10", the Reality 5 comp tracks, and their very first output, the Skull Fracturing Fastcore demo tape. If you haven't been lucky enough to see the band or hear their music, the band mixes uncomfortably fast fastcore/powerviolence with some unconventional stoner metal and death metal style riffs. Professionally mastered from original sound sources by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound, this is a great grab and a no-brainer to grab so much out-of-print material. (To Live A Lie Records #99 CD)

BLASTING CONCEPT - Live 5/20/13 plus out of print studio tracks
This band made tape has a live Blasting Concept shows form 2013 that was recorded at the Unit B Skate Park in Santa Ana. And the flip side has songs from their out of print releases. Seven live tracks and 9 studio tracks. (Its Alive/Ebullition)

ADVLTS - Black Bile 7"
Advlts is the new-ish outing from members of some of Baltimore's favorite punk bands, like The Fuses, The Uniform, Deep Sleep, and Paper Dragons. Influences range from classic rock 'n' roll like The Saints and Rose Tattoo to British art-punk like Wire and The Fall to early American hardcore like Circle Jerks and The Germs. This is their second EP (their self-titled first EP was released on Southpaw Records) and their first outing with the new line-up featuring Mike Riley (Paper Dragons, Pulling Teeth) on vocals and Brendan Bartow (The Fuses) on guitar. Catchy toe-tappers mingle with short, sharp blasts of punk fury. This is the type of band that fits well playing with well-groomed rockers, sweaty basement punks, and everyone in between. Comes with a digital download. (Toxic Pop Records #24)

Tyler Daniel Bean's two-part track, "Willow," his first offering since the 2013 EP Everything You Do Scares Me, boasts a seven-piece band featuring members of The New & Very Welcome, Cbrasnke, Noodle, and Nyiko. "Willow," a song about coping with death, delves into our response to loss, our escapist tendencies, and our desire to not exist alone. Ending ambiguously and repetitiously, "Willow" proclaims that while it may not always seem the case, everything will always be alright. Au Revoir's "Repose," their follow up to 2013's Black Hills, showcases the band's new 5-piece line up. It also stands as the first song they've recorded with vocals since 2012's In The Key Of Night-a dynamic they continue to explore on their new LP Veles (due out in March). Weaving melody with discord in a way that can only be compared to bands on Constellation Records, Au Revoir explores the weight of daily life, suggesting that it's getting harder and harder to wake from their dreams. (Tor Johnson Recorsds #30)

YOUNG AND IN THE WAY/GATECREEPER - All Your Sins And Solitude 7" (Record Store Day Release)
North Carolina's YOUNG AND IN THE WAY (YAITW) and Arizona's GATECREEPER will be releasing a split single for Record Store Day 2016 titled "All Your Sins And Solitude" on A389 Recordings. This fourth installment in A389's RSD split series continues to combine two cover songs (this time originally by Pentagram and Candlemass) with packaging themed around an imaginary horror movie, based on the song titles by visual artist Szymon Siech. The single will be pressed in a one-time limited quantity of 1000 copies on blood red vinyl, with 24" x 36" movie poster insert, and will only be available in select locations. A389 encourages you to "support your local record store and try your luck." (A389 Recordings #160)

Orange County's original saviors of sound, SHATTERED FAITH return with their 3rd full length, Volume III. 10 brand new 2015 recordings, including lost and previously unrecorded songs from their early set lists that never made it to the studios back in 1981. With the nearly identical line-up to their 1983 debut LP (Steve Shears replaces Chris Moon on drums), this is Shattered Faith at it's finest; soaring vocals, searing guitars and that classic Orange County punk attack. Includes the smash hit Rise And Fall, Last Name First and the 1st ever studio version of Born to You. Limited To 666 copies on LP. FFO: Posh Boy Music, Orange County Punk, TSOL, Social Distortion, Hostage Records, CH3, Agent Orange, US Bombs. (Hostage Records #62)

411 - Say It 7"
Recorded by Brett Gurewitz in September of 1990. (Headhunter Records #702)

Chrome Over Brass is the one-man instrumental band of Alex Garcia-Rivera, drummer of American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost). After years of playing in traditional multi-member bands, Alex set out to do something that was 100% of his creation and control. A true DIY project, the debut album from Chrome Over Brass was recorded in a 100% analog process on 2" tape at Alex's own Mystic Valley Studio, a fully analog studio he built with his own hands. LP includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #175)

GREYHOUSE - Dives To The Deep End LPx2 (Color Vinyl)
The mid-nineties were an interesting time in the world of hardcore. Bands were experimenting, pushing the boundaries of what was post-hardcore or indie-rock, and still punk. Greyhouse ignored the constraints of these different genres, choosing to write songs that represented their thoughts and emotions - the way music is supposed to. This is a limited pressing of 700 copies on grey vinyl for the special April 16th record store release date. (Simba Records #24)

INTEGRITY - Humanity Is The Devil LP (20th Anniversary Edition - Color Vinyl)
Organized Crime Records is proud to present this groundbreaking record in its ultimate "20th Anniversary Edition." Composed of limited edition color vinyl housed in a stunning five-color gatefold jacket and featuring the iconic art by the legendary Pushead and layout by Dwid Hellion, this edition also includes an expanded version of the rare "Humanity Is The Devil" pamphlet, 16" x 22" poster, expanded artwork and liner notes by Aaron Melnick. Also included for the first time on vinyl is the narrative story of "Humanity Is The Devil" by Frank Araca. This is a limited pressing of 1,000 copies on red vinyl for the special April 16th record store release date. (Organzied Crime Records #63)

KILL HOLIDAY - Somewhere Between The Wrong Is Right LP (Color Vinyl)
Kill Holiday was formed in 1994 by Steven Andrew Miller (Unbroken), Robert Moran (Unbroken), Barry Kellman (Amenity/House Of Suffering) and Oscar Paz (Statement, Impel). Taking a big risk, "Somewhere Between The Wrong Is Right" was released by Revelation Records in 1999, followed by a European tour with local friends Jejune and a US tour after that. After one more tour of the US the same year, Kill Holiday decided to call it quits in 2000. LP includes digital download. This is a limited pressing of 700 copies on opaque purple vinyl for the special April 16th record store release date. (Revelation Records #77)

SHADES APART - Save It LP (Color Vinyl)
Shades Apart released their debut album in December 1988 on Wishingwell Records, followed by two EPs, "Dude Danger" and "Neon," which caught the ear of Descendents' Bill Stevenson. Shades Apart jumped at the chance to work with their proto-punk icon, and Mr. Stevenson (along with bandmate Stephen Egerton) became the producers of their next LP. 1995's "Save It." was the product of that union. This is a limited pressing of 700 copies on blue vinyl for the special April 16th record store release date. (Revelation Records #40)

The history of Microcosm Publishing, from its origins as a record label and zine distro in Joe Biel's bedroom closet in Cleveland to a thriving, sustainable publisher of life-changing books. The book comes out to mark Microcosm's 20th anniversary and all the shit and splendor that's gone into making us who we are. In 1996, everything about Joe Biel's life seemed like a mistake. He was 18, he lived in Cleveland, he got drunk every day, and he had mystery health problems and weird social tics. All his friends' lives were as bad or worse. To escape a nihilistic, apocalyptic worldview and to bring reading and documentation into a communal punk scene, he started assembling self-published misfit zines and bringing them in milk crates to underground punk shows. As he applied the economics and values of underground punk rock music to publishing books, his worldview expanded along with his business, and so did and the punk community's idea of what was possible. Eventually this became Microcosm Publishing. But all was not rosy. Biel's head for math was stronger than his ability to relate to people, and for everything that added up right, more things broke down. He developed valuable skills and workarounds, but it wasn't until he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome that it all began to fall into place. Good Trouble is a tale of screwing up, trying again, and always finding a way do it better. It's a book for anyone who has ever failed big and dreamed bigger. It's about developing a toolkit for turning your difficulties into superpowers, building the world that you envision, and inspiring others to do the same. This is the story of how, over 20 years, one person turned a litany of continuing mistakes and seemingly wrong turns into a happy, fulfilled life and a thriving publishing business that defies all odds. With a foreword by Sander Hicks, founder of Soft Skull Press, and an introduction by Joyce Brabner, co-author with Harvey Pekar of Our Cancer Year. (Microcosm Publishing)

A very literal guide, "A DIY Guide to Cultural Manipulation" is a great resource for learning to use the microbes around you. Wanna learn how to make your own sourdough? Miso? Beer? Yogurt? Injera (Ethiopian sourdough) bread?!!! It's in this handy dandy and super resourceful guide for fermenting in the comfort of your own home. Yummy home made sour cream! Buttermilk! Cheese and tempeh!!! Double and triple wow your friends and family with the helpful directions on how to ferment your own kimchi and other tasty, briny treats. This is the original zine written by Sandor Ellix Katz before he went on to become an international fermenting superstar. It's still his most accessible, basic, and pocket-sized guide! (Microcosm Publishing)

Cecilia Granata grew up cooking with her family in Italy. As a vegan, she learned to adapt her favorite recipes to be animal-free while retaining the flavor and feeling of true Italian home cooking. She shares her commitment to ethical and artful eating in this alphabetically-arranged volume with over 100 recipes, ranging from traditional favorites from across Italy to homemade liqueurs to aphrodisiacs-all "senza sofferenza"-without suffering. The recipes are lushly illustrated with Granata's food-inspired tattoo art. (Microcosm Publishing)

THE ROCK & ROLL OF SAN FRANCISCO'S EAST BAY, 1950-1980 by Cory M. Linstrum
"For every successful local group that ever packed the Fillmore, Avalon, or Winterland Ballrooms, there were dozens of overlooked, and much better, groups that also hailed from the City by the Bay." Explore the primitive, rocking rhythm and blues of the fifties, the garage and psych of the sixties, and the seventies punk and new wave scenes with Cory M. Lindstrum's history zine. Spanning rock & roll's first three decades, these were the bands left out of the history books. Essential reading for music history nuts and record collectors and mandatory for all Bay Area devotees. This zine is part of our Scene History series! (Microcosm Publishing)

OUR BODIES, OUR BIKES by Elly Blue, Katura Reynolds, Emily June Street and April Streeter
An homage to the classic Our Bodies, Ourselves, this encyclopedic, crowd-sourced compilation of essays, resources, information, and advice about the intersection of gender and bicycling covers a lot of ground-bold meditations on body parts, stories about recovery from illness and injury, biking to the birth center, and loud and proud declarations of physical and emotional freedom. Includes accounts of bicycling while pregnant, tips about how to ride fast or what to wear when you need to look professional, stories of cycling with kids, biking with various experiences of gender, age, ability, sexuality, menstruation, chronic illness, an extensive and illuminating article about the vulva and contact with your bike saddle, thoughts about abortion and reproductive rights, and much more. There's something for everyone in here, and something to expand everyone's idea of what's for them. (Microcosm Publishing)

Ben Snakepit returns with an all-new book of daily diary comics, continuing to draw years of his life day by day in three-panel comic format. No matter how mundane the events of each day appear at the time, and without being able to know what the future will hold from one panel to the next, a narrative always begins to emerge in Ben's life as characters re-appear and interact with him at 'Some Shitty Job,' at the local taqueria, out socializing, or at home. As the title implies, Ben transitions from the pants-pooping idiocy of youth to the dark, sobering responsibilities of adulthood. Read along in amazement as he quits his bands, gets a real job, has a kidney stone removed and much much more. A truly existential text that can be (uh, 18+) fun for the whole family! (Microcosm Publishing)

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

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

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

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