police violence (2015/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. These NYC legends need no introduction. AGNOSTIC FRONT is back with their 1st batch of new material since 2011's "my life, my way". "police violence" is a teaser for their upcoming album on Nuclear Blast, "the american dream died", and shows AGNOSTIC FRONT going back to basics with 3 short, violent, hardcore blasts reminiscent of the "united blood"-era of the band, and a more anthemic b-side which is exclusive to this release. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
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s/t (2015/KATORGA WORKS)
HARDCORE. This is the debut 7" from New York's hardcore-punk kids AJAX. Taking the blueprint of blistering US hardcore with riffs reminiscent of Swedish classics like TOTALITÄR and one of the most powerful vocalists going today, AJAX has quickly become one of the most interesting contemporary hardcore bands.
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AT THE GATES
at war With Reality (2014/CENTURY MEDIA)
DEATH-METAL. AT THE GATES return with their follow-up to 1995's classic "slaughter of the soul" with the lineup from that record completely intact. Their signature style of melodic death-metal has influenced countless bands in the years since their original demise but with "at war with reality", the band is back to show who still wears the extreme metal crown.
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sisu (2015/FAT WRECK CHORDS)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. Known for his career with legendary punk band SWINGIN' UTTERS, DARIUS KOSKI's abilities as a songwriter and musician are undeniable. Comprising 15 tracks, "sisu" is a veritable grab bag of acoustic genres and instrumentation, replete with guitar, piano, banjo, accordion, violin, glockenspiel, vibraphone, melodica and ukulele, weaving its way through country, blues, acoustic indie, bluegrass, and both American and Irish folk. Although every track highlights a unique genre, each song shares the strong sense of melody DARIUS KOSKI honed through years of writing hit songs for SWINGIN' UTTERS. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
vapor (2015/SORRY STATE)
HARDCORE. When a hardcore band ventures beyond the 2-5 year lifespan typical of the genre they're treading into largely uncharted territory, and as a result, DARK AGES' latest LP sounds like little in the canon of fast, '80s-inspired hardcore. This is still fast, tight, US hardcore inspired by the Midwest classics, but after 5 years of woodshedding they've managed to excise anything that feels cliche, familiar or obvious from these songs. "vapor" is that rare record that is at the same time visceral and cerebral, constantly surprising you while still making you want to mosh, circle pit or whatever it is that you do. If you're a huge fan of ARTICLES OF FAITH's "give thanks" or you wish that DIE KREUZEN had recorded an LP that fused the energy of their 1st LP with the progressivism of "october file," check this out. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE's 8th studio album is the 1st since the departure of founding member Chris Walla although Walla did record the album with the band before announcing his departure. The album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As Such, "kintsugi" represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an object's history, a fitting title for a band figuring out how to repair breaks and make them a thing of beauty. Thick 180gr, Colored vinyl includes an etched d-side and a CD version.
preservation measures (2015/SORRY STATES)
HARDCORE. The band's remarkable work ethic is apparent on this, their 2nd full-length release. When a band plays this much they get a tightness and cohesiveness that you just can't fake, and indeed HOAX are probably the only rivals of GAY KISS in riding a pit-clearing groove. More than just a particularly tasty salad of mosh riffs, though, "preservation measures" is dense, complex and ambitious, melding the best parts of skewed punk like RUDIMENTARY PENI, forward-thinking hardcore like DOUBLE NEGATIVE and ambitious, yet heavy '90s noise-rock into a sound that is 100% their own. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
the great give back (2015/ANIMAL STYLE)
EMO-POST-HARDCORE. Two years after the band's inception, Salt Lake City's HEARTLESS BREAKERS is ready to show the world what they're made of with a full-length titled "the great give back". The 10-song record is just long enough to give listeners a taste of the band's style without being too lengthy or intimidating. The result is an easily digestible and exceptionally enjoyable listening experience. The band cites influences such as TAKING BACK SUNDAY, THRICE and THE JULIANA THEORY, but there are touches of BRAND NEW to be found throughout "the great give bgack" as well. This is dynamic in its emotionality and delivery, and is sure to please fans of emo and post-hardcore. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card.
HIT THE LIGHTS
summer bones (2015/PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT)
POP-PUNK. HIT THE LIGHTS has been a pop-punk mainstay for nearly 10 years. "summer bones" is their 4th studio album and a chock full of pop-punk bangers and ballads. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
NOISE-ROCK. This double-vinyl package combines 2 of the earliest releases from the often imitated but never duplicated MELVINS. Formed in the early '80s in the scenic wonderland known as Aberdeen, the band took inspiration from BLACK FLAG, BLACK SABBATH, VENOM, FLIPPER, STOOGES and other floggers of high-energy, low-velocity plod. Today, more than 30 years later, they might be more popular than ever. Slow and steady wins the race. "ozma", from 1989, which was recorded soon after their move from Washington to San Francisco and "bullhead," from 1991. The songs are longer, the mood is calmer, yet more menacing. The vinyl have been remastered and are back in print on vinyl for the 1st time in 15 years. The gatefold packaging includes never-before-seen vintage photos, as well as the original artwork and insert. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
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midwaste (2015/JUST ANOTHER DAY)
HARDCORE. "midwaste" is the debut release from St. Louis hardcore crew PERFECT PEOPLE, which is made up of members of local ragers like CARDIAC ARREST, RESOLVE, SORE THROAT SYNDROME and CAN WE WIN, with 7 songs of melodic and aggressive hardcore delivered in the same vein as bands like COUNT ME OUT and RIGHT BRIGADE. Limited edition of 330 copies.
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what we should have said (2015/ANIMAL STYLE)
POST/INDIE-ROCK. Memphis' PILLOW TALK started as a side project and immediately developed into something more substantial. The band displays their new sound on "what we should have said". Though their debut, "recreational feelings", exhibits a certain sinister beauty, this 5-song follow-up reveals a band that has teased their sound into something bigger and bottomless - more sinister, more beautiful. Delving into lush soundscapes, modulated ambient guitar sounds, and catchy vocal melodies, we found influence from '80s bands such as THE CURE, THE SMITHS and MY BLOOD VALENTINE. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card.
confuse and conquer (2015/SOUTHERN LORD)
HARDCORE. The 1st POISON IDEA record since the passing of the illustrious Pig Champion, "confuse and conquer" still features Jerry A. on vocals as well as the return of Eric Olsen on lead guitar and Chris Carey on bass, who played on "latest will and testament", the last recording before Pig passed. You'll get 11 raw and filthy tracks by the "kings of punk". This fully ignited hardcore album booms in 35min. and shows once more the monolithic style the band has provided for nearly 35 year.
tales from wyoming (2015/RISE)
PUNK-ROCK. In an age when overnight internet sensations are an everyday occurrence, it's hard to find a band that's grown organically, the old fashioned way; by word of mouth and non-stop touring, while winning kids over one show at a time. "tales from wyoming" is the band's 6th full-length album. The result is easily the band's strongest material to date. "tales from wyoming" is 14 fast, melodic and catchy songs that will stay stuck in your head for months to come. Colored vinyl version includes a CD version.
v/a HARDCORE: GIMME SOME MORE
HARDCORE. This is a glimpse into a select few modern day practitioners of hardcore that reside within the continent of North America and are considered to be the cream of the crop by the primate in charge of Beach Impediment Records. Contained within this 7" record are exclusive tracks from S.H.I.T. (Toronto), PEACEBREAKERS (Boston), IMPALERS (Austin), AJAX (New York), VIOLENT END (Chicago) and MERCENARY (Atlanta) that you won't hear anywhere else. Each record comes in a pocket sleeve along with a fold out insert featuring art from each band.