IV - part 1 the purple (2012/ROADRUNNER)
DOOM/METAL. "IV - part 1 the purple" is DOWN's 1st new material in 5 years. This 6-song record is the 1st of 4 that the band plan to release over 2013, and features the work of new addition to the lineup Pat Brudners (CROWBAR) on bass, who joins the all-star cast. "IV - part 1 the purple", first and foremost, sounds like DOWN: sludgy and doomy, dripping sweat and tar, everything rendered on a grand scale, anchored by Anselmo's trademark impudent bark. Windstein and Keenan have a fantastic chemistry on guitars. While the sound of this record is classic DOWN, delivered without experimentation or flourish, the form of the album is where the band allow themselves freedom to explore, and very successfully. "IV - part 1 the purple" is at once extremely satisfying, but also leaves the list
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
caught in the cycle (2014/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. Painkiller's 50th release! One of Boston's true cult classics from the last decade, DOWN BUT NOT OUT emerged from the ether as a fully formed hardcore power house in 1999. For a minute it seemed they might take over the world with their perfectly crafted and delivered 4 song demo, and crushing live performances. It wasn't meant to be in the end, but even 14 years later the initial promise of the "caught in the cycle" demo is still obvious, holding up far better than the majority of their peers when you listen now. Here we present it to you, mastered for the first time and pressed to 7" vinyl.
DOWN BY LAW
revolution time (2014/DRY HEAVE)
MELODYCORE. Formed in 1989,DOWN BY LAW has released 8 full-length albums, countless 7"s and have toured the globe several times over. After a hiatus between 2003 to 2009, the band regrouped. Frontman Dave Smalley is a pioneer of the hardcore-punk movement playing in such seminal bands as Boston's D.Y.S. and DAG NASTY in Washington, DC. Later, as the dynamic frontman to the band ALL. Colored and limited edition of 500 copies.
DOWN TO NOTHING
greetings from richmond, virginia (2013/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. This is DOWN TO NOTHING's 7" precursor to their upcoming full-length, "life on the james", due out on Revelation Records. This vinyl features 2 album tracks and the exclusive, non-album b-side track "swallowed up".
DOWN TO NOTHING
life on the james (2013/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. "life on the james", the brand new full-length album from DOWN TO NOTHING, the band's 1st with all-original release since their 2007 album "the most". "life on the james" deliver 12 hardcore rippers from Richmond's best. Colored (green) vinyl includes a digital download card.
DOWN TO NOTHING
the most (2014/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. DOWN TO NOTHING's Revelation debut full-length, "the most", is a fully realized outlet for their sound, melding their energy and strength with a newfound melody. With influences ranging from GORILLA BISCUITS and JUDGE to local Richmond, VA legends FOUR WALLS FALLING, "the most" cements DOWN TO NOTHING's place at the forefront of hardcore. The thick guitars and barreled drums give an accurate replication of their infamous live show. Colored (gold) vinyl includes a digital download card.
DOWN TO NOTHING
HARDCORE. DOWN TO NOTHING started from humble beginnings in 2000. After putting out their 1st full-length, "save it for the birds", they knew they were bound for more. In the next years, DOWN TO NOTHING released 2 splits with KIDS LIKE US and ON THIN ICE. The 2 splits along with 3 unreleased songs were compiled and released as "splitting headache" in 2005. This compilation showed immense growth and acted as a bridge to their most recent work, "the most". After being out-of-print for years, DOWN TO NOTHING's "splitting headache" and "save it for the birds" are finally available again on one release, "unbreakable". Colored (purple) vinyl includes a digital download card.
DOWNFALL OF GAIA
POST/CRUST-HARDCORE. Re-release of the 1st proper full-length from 2010. German crust act DOWNFALL OF GAIA traverse more harrowing emotion than many bands do in their entire discographies. Both intensely atmospheric and relentlessly hard-hitting, the band takes hardcore fundamentals and pushes them to emotional extremes, flickering between fragility and ferocity. For fans of FALL OF EFRAFA and AGRIMONIA.
DOWNFALL OF GAIA / IN THE HEARTS OF EMPERORS
split (2011/MOMENT OF COLLAPSE)
PROGRESSIVE/POST-HARDCORE. DOWNFALL OF GAIA traverse more harrowing emotion than many bands do in their entire discographies. Both intensely atmospheric and relentlessly hard-hitting, the band takes hardcore fundamentals and pushes them to emotional extremes, flickering between fragility and ferocity. IN THE HEARTS OF EMPERORS from Sweden is a 4-piece band from Nyköping. Who perfectly combine different elements from doom, sludge and post-rock and give it a special touch by the emotional vocals and long instrumental-parts. A band with much potential in the footsteps of CULT OF LUNA and ENVY. Vinyl comes in a super heavy gatefold-cover, 180gr vinyl and with a beautiful poster artwork!
don't need a reason (2013/6131)
HARDCORE. Since the release of their debut on Triple-B Records, Santa Barbara's DOWNPRESSER has been churning up the California hardcore scene. Now, with the release of their 1st full-length, "don't need a reason", the boys deliver a devastating hammer of an album filled to the brim with some of the most intense, heavy-hitting metallic hardcore to surface in years. DOWNPRESSER bridge influences from '80s classics to '90s powerhouses, all the while giving their music an original, contemporary spin that creates a pummeling sound all their own. Vinyl comes with a gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
anchors/mexican graffiti (2012/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. Choosing a 7" off "victoria", the DOWNTOWN STRUTS' debut, was an impossible task, as it's stacked with singalongs and anthems all the way through. Someone had to make the tough decision, so why not the band? This limited edition 7" are the 2 songs that they felt most represented. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
hope you're dope (2014/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. It's a fair assessment that lots of Downtown Struts fans will absolutely love this right out of the package; and it will have to grow on others. Staying true to the passion that DOWNTOWN STRUTS has for life, friendship and making top-quality tunes, this 5 track record really shows how diverse one band can be, and how their message and angst can manifest itself many ways. Take a chance on this - you'll be glad you did. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
sail the seas dry (2011/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. "sail the seas dry" is truly a chronicle of their experiences with luck, love and life on the road. This extended vinyl re-release of the 7" has 2 additional tracks recorded in the same session and is available on blue vinyl with a limited edition tour-poster and sticker. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
victoria (2012/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. "victoria" is the long anticipated full-length from one of Chicago's most talked about underground bands. DOWNTOWN STRUTS has raised the bar for what their fans should be expecting. The energy and vigor that shines through on stage is translated crystal clear, track-by-track, on this record. Colored vinyl version includes a digital download, a poster, sticker and is limited to 500 copies.
victory/fool's gold (2013/PIRATES PRESS)
PUNK-ROCK. While DOWNTOWN STRUTS is indeed working on new tracks, this 7" highlights 2 oldies. Recorded as demos leading up to the recording of their full-length "victoria", these 2 tracks never made it onto the record. Available only as part of the limited "under one flag" series. These are sure to go quick. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.