primitive age (2015/HELLS HEADBANGERS/TANKCRIMES)
METAL-PUNK. An unholy union of MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarist Ryan Waste, former D.R.I. drummer Felix Griffin and VOLTURE guitarist Nick Polous, the Virginia/Texas punk/metal merauders invoke spirits of VENOM, MOTÖRHEAD and HELLHAMMER with the "primitive age" release. Colored one-sided vinyl comes with a silk-screened b-side.
GRINDCORE. BENT SEA was formed in 2011 by Dirk Verbeuren (SOILWORK, ABORTED) as a musical homage to the founding fathers of grindcore and noise, such as NAPALM DEATH, REPULSION and TERRORIZER. Enlisting his ABORTED bandmate and fellow belgian Sven De Caluwe on vocals and metal giant Devin Townsend on bass duties and production. Verbeuren handles guitar and drums. The band self released this 12 song tape digitally through their website and now available in physically on cassette format from Tankcrimes.
BERKOWITZ / TAKASHI OHKAWA
split (2015/DROP OUT)
NOISE/ELECTRONIC/AVANTGARDE. Long delayed colaboration between 2 harsh-noise and power-electronic projects from Breslau and Amsterdam. BERKOWITZ features a members of WE ARE IDOLS and nowadays USELESS. TAKASHI OHKAWA is a long running side-project of Extreme Martin, lead singer in such fames as MATKA TERESA, D-COMPOSE, HEADCRASH and recently PARALYZED SOCIETY. This is true d.i.y. release. This is a limited edition of a professionally duplicated tape.
BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA / MAGNICIDE
split (2015/DROP OUT)
HARDCORE/GRINDCORE. Long delayed tape that was supposed to be out in 2009 as a split 5''. Finally this see the daylight on Drop Out Records as a tape. Metal tinged brutal fast hardcore from California, well known from 2 full-length records and a bunch of splits with BLOODY PHOENIX. Against brutal grindcore from Singapore in vein of early PHOBIA. This is limited edition (100) of a professionally duplicated tape.
BLACK PANTIES / SICK THOUGHTS
split (2016/CUT THE CORD THAT...)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. Split tape that was supposed to have been a split LP at some point on some label but that plan went awry somehow and is completely unrelated to a split 7". BLACK PANTIES are far better than you think, it's more similar to the material on the Lumpy Records tapes than the recent 7" - grimy, sludgy, shit-fi-shitrock that the world can always use more of. Drew Owen - SICK THOUGHTS contributes 5 songs, most of which also appeared on a raw demo tape. This is another fine document showcasing the new class of weirdos from across the country. It's a wonderful time for this kind of shit.
demo (2013/CUT THE CORD THAT)
METAL-PUNK. BLACK TOWER from Ottawa, Canada consist of members from the CRUSADES and VISITORS. You could call them fantasy or metal-punk or the BLIND GUARDIAN of melody-punk, ha ha. Limited 4 track demo tape.
2014 demo (2014/BLEEDING EDGES)
HARDCORE-PUNK. A new project from the suburban hell of New Jersey featuring a current member of NIGHT BIRDS, BLOODTYPE and PHIBES. Mainly influenced by bands like SLAPSHOT, BLUNT FORCE blends Boston '82 hardcore with U.K. '82 punk/oi. The songs are melodic yet hard and mid-paced. Includes a cover of a Boston classic.
s/t (2012/YOUTH ATTACK)
HARDCORE. On this all-out hardcore assault, Denver's CADAVER DOG hit hard with their debut of '80s-style anthems filled with gruff vocals, catchy three-chord hooks, and stomping mid-tempo breakdowns. Taking cues from NEGATIVE APPROACH, C.I.A. and NEGATIVE FX, these 5 tracks are timeless in their pissed off delivery. This chrome-pro-printed cassette release features deluxe inner wrap-around sleeves held with custom stickers and enclosed in an outer foldout cover. Limited to 500 copies.
belleza mexicana (2016/D.I.Y.)
HARDCORE. CADENAXO is Mexico City, Mexico's premier hardcore band with this tape release coinciding with their 2016 US tour. This demo features 4 tracks of blazing, early Boston-influenced hardcore, taking cues from the classics like DYS, SSD and NEGATIVE FX.
HARDCORE. CHEAP DRUGS features former VOGUE members. On their debut 7" you'll get 5 tracks packed with mean, dirty hardcore. Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl.
CHEVIN / ANXIETY ATTACK
POWER-VIOLENCE/GRINDCORE. CHEVIN from Dresden, Germany makes power-violence hardcore. Similar to the new german breed of bands, like HENRY FONDA, SICKMARK or DERBE LEBOWSKI. ANXIETY ATTACK out of Lille, France plays ginding hardcore, very cool stuff. Pro-made tape is limited to 100 copies.
tip the scale (2016/WAR)
HARDCORE. Born out of the ashes of former Scandinavian tour machine ANCHOR, a new straight-edge hardcore vessel rises: CITY KEYS (slang for bolt cutter). "tip the scale" is a taste of what's to come from this new band. Features guest appearances by members from CULT OF LUNA and DIE YOUNG. Limited edition of 100 copies.
barred life (2015/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. "barred life" is the 6 song cassette debut of this north-western hardcore band that has members of BONE SICKNESS in tow. There's almost an early-'80s Swedish element to the guitar playing, but shoved through the classic US hardcore blender, and then pumped full of the kind of performance-enhancing drugs that get you banned from professional competition.
HARDCORE-PUNK. First recorded output of the East Bay’s CRONADER. Described as a hardcore AGENT ORNGE, CRONADER mixes early ‘80s SoCal punk and hardcore and skate-rock to create a sound that’s guaranteed to delight your earholes. All members are veterans of the East-Bay scene featuring current/ex-members of STRUNG OUT, CONQUEST OF DEATH, ISOTOPE, ANNIHILATION TIME and more. This 4 song teaser is limited to 100 copies.
paid in full (2014/FLATSPOT)
HARDCORE. "paid in full" was recorded in March 2014, and with an average band age of only 20 years old, impressive is the keyword here. While obvious influences are drawn from New York hardcore both old and new (THE ICEMEN, BACKTRACK), CROSS ME also mix things up and keep it interesting with an array of hooks and tempo changes that invite fans of thrash/crossover as well. Expect to hear more from this Midwestern powerhouse.