true crime (2014/GRAVE MISTAKE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. BREAKOUT's 2nd 7" follows their self-released "razor wire" nicely with a strong brand of U.K.-punk-meets-US-hardcore pummeling. MENACE meets NIHILISTICS, RUTS meets BAD BRAINS - solid, catchy, furiously great songs. Amongst the latest crop of punk bands in Texas, BREAKOUT is one of a kind and "true crime" proves it. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
are broke (2008/FIRESTARTER)
HARDCORE-PUNK. THE BREAKS are bringing 5 more songs of midwest desperation and no-coast bitterness. This one-sided 7" is filled with the fast and the raw with just the right amount of fist-pumping catchiness, THE BREAKS pull no punches. These tracks were recorded at the same time as their "Get saved" 7". This posthumous release will help ensure that these St. Louis ragers won't soon be forgotten. NEGATIVE APPROACH and the NECROS proved it in the past, and THE BREAKS are proving it today.
HARDCORE-PUNK. This is indeed the follow-up to the BREATHE IN debut LP that came out on Bridge Nine. Knowing their previous material leaves you ill-prepared for these 5 blasts of punk-rock fury. Abrasive and very much in-your-face, these guys have gone native, coming up with a sound that is way more pissed and angry, while still retaining BREATHE IN trademarks, namely a keen sense of melody and Louie's unique and hoarse vocals. This isn't another well-designed hardcore product, more of a 'fuck you' to slick layouts and fancy graphics. Fans of TOTAL ABUSE or early PISSED JEANS take note. Limited edition with purple cover.
for the ultimate pain of medusa's love (2012/RESCUED FROM LIFE)
BLACK/DEATH-METAL. Choke to death on the miasmal morbidity of BREATHILIZOR! Recorded inside a decommissioned sulfur mine near Cleveland in early 1993, "for the ultimate pain of medusa's love" was originally slated for release on fledgling Norwegian metal label Deathlike Silence. The album seemed doomed to linger in an abyss of setbacks after the master tapes were confiscated and detained in moralistic quarantine by outraged Scandinavian customs agents. The reels were eventually returned to Ohio and the album was issued on a limited edition compact disc that instantly sold-out and has since become a fiercely sought-after commodity among underground collectors. Now, at long last, this putrid metal classic has again been made available to the masses in the vastly superior vinyl format. This soul-ripping, limited to 300 items slab of blasphemous comes encased in a hand-screened gatefold-cover. Engage your senses with a bestial wad of fist-fucking metal the likes of which only BREATHILIZOR could deliver. This is the true soundtrack of hell.
years of lead (2008/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. In 2004 BREATHING FIRE quietly laid down one of the most impressive demos, following which, they promptly disappeared. In 2007 the band reconvened to unearth the remains of some unused songs and attempt some new ones, thus beginning a brief but fruitful reconnection between the members that produced this album. "Years of lead" takes the framework of their demo and pushes everything much further. The recording is dirtier and much more harsh, the slow sections more ominous, the fast sections more head spinning. Influenced by early power violence, harsh and dark hardcore, classic sludge, and hazy doom standards, but "years of lead" speaks its own language.
fuck the army (2010/COMBAT ROCK)
The second BRIARD single now re-issued, snotty rock'n'roll with a message! Limited pressing of 1000 copies worldwide.
benevolence of beasts (2012/PHOTOBOOTH)
HARDCORE. BRICK is/was a band from Baltimore. They released a demo 7" on Panic Records in 2008, and sometime in 2009 they recorded these songs. In the time since then, Photobooth Records decided to release the material on a 7". These 7 songs are heavily influenced by the NYC sound of CRO-MAGS, with a metallic Cleveland hint in the vein of INTEGRITY. Fast and heavy. Limited edition of 400 copies.
HARDCORE. Featuring ex-members of GET BIG, SURROUNDINGS and SUMMER SO FAR, BRICK was formed in early 2008 with the idea of carrying on Baltimore's longstanding tradition of punishing hardcore. Their sound is heavy and slightly metallic, comparable to PULLING TEETH, INTEGRITY and TRAPPED UNDER ICE.
thou shalt not kill (2009/LITTLE DEPUTY)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. Don't mix them up with Baltimore's BRICK! The debut from Austins superstar hardcore band. "thou shalt not kill" contains 7 songs on one-side of this record make for absolute mayhem. Yet, unlike most power-violence type bands, these songs are distinguishable as songs. This is where SPAZZ got all their ideas (haha). Hand made spray paint splattered covers that were a pain in the ass to make but look great!
HARDCORE. Newcomers from the Haverhill area, BRICK FIGHT, are already busy playing locally, bringing a straight-forward, no frills hardcore sound, providing plenty of opportunities to mosh, bringing to mind such contemporaries as HAMMER BROS, GUNS UP, BLACKLISTED and channeling the spirit of old thrash-bands.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
east/west (2008/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Brooklyn, NY's BRIDGE AND TUNNEL feature members of LATTERMAN and went with a vintage, mesquite style of recording "east/west", stepping aside from the louder, larger, heavier and crunchier approach of the day and opting for a warmer, more organic, reverb-laden sound. The ghosts are in the mix. It seems oddly appropriate that the album was recorded after-hours in an active funeral home. For fans of HOT WATER MUSIC, FUGAZI and SMALL BROWN BIKE.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
indoor (2010/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. "indoor voices" is a chronicle of the last 5 songs BRIDGE AND TUNNEL wrote with their original line-up, prior to the departure of bassist Tia. Fusing their vigorously intertwining guitar work with jazzier rhythms harkens back to the early Polyvinyl days of AMERICAN FOOTBALL and BRAID, while frantic changes anchored by sweeping vocal melodies invoke a strong nod to AT THE DRIVE IN. Lyrically, they continue to bear a strong DC influence, expounding a critical and politicized world view. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
rebuilding year (2011/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Sonically anchored by a guitar-driven melodicism reminiscent of later-era SMALL BROWN BIKE, BRIDGE AND TUNNEL harness the explosive, angular technique employed by luminaries like FUGAZI and CURSIVE to convey a cutting sense of immediacy and intensity. Bookended by soaring atmospheric compositions, the roots of the album lie in a commanding mastery of complex rhythm. Above it all, their voices weave together through a range of emotionally-laden tones as somber harmonies flip to a wrenching howl that echoes the desperation and defiance they've put to paper. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
s/t (2012/RUN FOR COVERS)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Sonically anchored by a guitar-driven melodicism reminiscent of later-era SMALL BROWN BIKE, BRIDGE & TUNNEL harness the explosive, angular technique employed by luminaries like FUGAZI and CURSIVE to convey a cutting sense of immediacy and intensity. Above it all their voices weave together through a range of emotionally laden tones as somber harmonies flip to a wrenching howl that echoes the desperation and defiance they've put to paper. BRIDGE & TUNNEL offer up 2 songs furthering the socially-aware, atmospheric and melodic punk they've become known for. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
s/t (2007/NO IDEA)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Finally, here's a band who's probably influenced by standard '90s (post)-punk legends like FUGAZI and HOT WATER MUSIC, but don't make it that obvious, merely by combining the heartstring-tugging of emotional punk-rock and the intricate, almost atmospheric structures of post-hardcore into one palatable, delicious mixture. BRIDGE & TUNNEL proceed on the 4 track 7" with male/female vocals across songs about gentrification, hopes and dreams, and through singing lines and spinning guitar textures that show an incredible, depth-filled sense of melody.