how they light cigarettes in prison (2000/REVELATION)
POGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. Having already established themselves by virtue of their handful of releases on Hydrahead records, Vermont's least kept secret, DROWNINGMAN, continue to impress with their Revelation debut, "how they light cigarettes in prison" - 4 songs of careening, spastic metal/hardcore are interrupted by haunting sections of emoish melody. Escaping earlier stock comparisons to CONVERGE, CAVE-IN, and DEADGUY, DROWNINGMAN have moved into their own musical territory, finding new ways to tread the line between noise and melody, intricacy and subtlety.
party at dead man's/selling drugs from your mom's condo (2013/SECRET VOICE)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Two songs of primal fury informed by truly petty thoughts. A direct line to the brain of men without motivation, direction or meaningful employment. SEAWEED swirling in a barf-stew thrown against a wall of indifference. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
s/t (2012/NO SLEEP)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Disaffected weirdos DRUG CHURCH offer their debut 7". Consisting of vocalist Patrick (END OF A YEAR), Albany's DRUG CHURCH is the sound of "some college" and a delivery job. Pulling liberally from SEAWEEED, QUICKSAND and KEROSENE 454, the band fully embraces its hardcore-dudes-trying-to-play-alt-rock influences. Colored vinyl includes a digital download of the 7" plus 1 additional track.
s/t (2012/MIND MELT ENTERPRISES)
HARDCORE. Capturing the true essence of the filth of Tacoma, DRUG CULTURE brings you 5 short, snotty, and urgent one-minute fragments of pure anger. Described multiple times as a sweaty wall of noise, you get a one-sided 7" of raw emotion with poignant and gloomy lyrical content akin to the darker mysterious guy hardcore bands that may appear on Youth Attack Records. Taking cues from American hardcore past and present, DRUG CULTURE leaves no area of your partially shaved head unexplored.
s/t (2012/DISEASED AUDIO)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. DRUG PROBLEM from New Zealand deliver 10 songs of dark, sludgy, disgusting power-violence. Chock full of disturbing samples and wretched sounding vocals. This was released as a demo CD in 2009 but never got a proper release before the band reached hiatus. This is the vinyl treatment it deserves. Limited edition of 500 items.
DRUG TEST / R'N'R
split (2008/WORDS OF WAR)
HARDCORE/PUNK. Re-release of a classic split 7" that was never officially released. Only 100 1st press records exist of the original, making it somewhat difficult to find. It's now available again on Words Of War Records, and is a posthumous release for both bands. DRUG TEST hailed from New Hampshire and played a fast, moshy, modern hardcore while R'N'R plyed rock 'n' roll inspired punk-rock and had members of THINK I CARE, MENTAL and MIND ERASER. Here's your chance to finally own this rarity.
motherfucker rising (2012/LAST ANTHEM)
SLUDGE-HARDCORE. These ex-members of '80s hardcore bands UNSEEN FORCE, WHITE CROSS, and HATED YOUTH have slowed things down quite a bit in their new band, but they're still playing angry, heavy music. Dirty, overdriven guitars, crushing slow tempos, and harsh vocals bring to mind sludge titans GRIEF, EYEHATEGOD and older MELVINS. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
riot in the jailhouse (2007/P. TRASH)
HARDCORE-PUNK. While their previous 7" showed the band's commitment to the sonic discharge of the DWARVES, the 3 gentlemen from the Northern part of the republic tread on an even faster and all-out path with their 1st full-length record. The majority of the 16 songs are peppered with the rage and mean power of early '80s US-hardcore. Taking POISON IDEA's speedy riffing and rocking attitude mixed with a fucked-up necessity to spill out some guts, the boys meet with CAREER SUICIDE and the BRUTAL KNIGHTS in a greasy public toilet. But of course you also get some of their roots music here. Packed in a full-color cardboard sleeve with artwork by Fritte, this record is like a stab wound in a cop's chest. Let the riot begin!
death dealer (2010/TORTURE GARDEN PICTURE COMPANY)
METAL/HARDCORE. "death dealing" is the debut LP from THE DRUNKS! Detrimental black out heavy-metal rock n’ roll alcoholocast over a decade in the making. Imagine MOTÖRHEAD in a bare-knuckle brawl with VENOM outside of some Texas dive bar and you get an idea of what your in for: 8 tracks of loud beer basted grim reapin' bloodshed including a BATHORY and KREATOR cover! Limited to only 500 copies with epic cover art from artist Daniel Shaw.
highway to heck (2012/SECRET COOKIES)
PUNK-ROCK. The undisputed kings of Philadelphia Beach surf return with their 2nd 7". DRY FEET is a group that takes all the proper nods to Dick Dale solos and JFA speed. Mix in an appropriate bit of being full on too much burrito and being terrified of girls and you might have found your new favorite band.
fucks your ears (2011/SEX CULT)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Undeniably raging hardcore-punk from Boston, featuring members of MALE NURSES, BRAIN KILLER. Album is continuous, ebbing and flowing between OUT COLD style panicked aggression and POISON IDEA-esq absolute fury. Brutally hectic lead guitars reminiscent of JERRYS KIDS, along with ugly fuzzed-out droning in between tracks. Will thoroughly fuck your ears into submission.
HARDCORE-PUNK. DRY HUMP are hard to describe to other people. Who knows for sure, but these guys just play great, sick hardcore-punk is what you need to know. The follow up to the already awesome "fucks your ears" LP from last year, this 4 song rager is a little more punk and memorable but just as intense. Comes in folded and hand glued covers to boot, this is as nice to look at as it is to hear.
magic man (2009/LIVIN' LOUD)
PUNK-HARDCORE. DRY SPELL is a new Richmond based hardcore band. Mid tempo hardcore-punk that is as tough as it is catchy. It's kind of like a cross breed of late '70s punk and early '80s hardcore. The vocals are great and catchy, as they should be over punchy hardcore songs with great guitar riffs and wailing solos. Great breakdowns within the songs that are tough but not macho. All around a great debut release that was recorded and produced by the band members. DRY SPELL feature 2 members of SOCIALCIDE as well.
s/t (2011/NO WAY)
HARDCORE-PUNK. DRY SPELL's one of Richmond's hardest working bands at the moment, and this LP definetly shows them at their peak. Driving mid tempo punk to full on hardcore with tune-age that immediately gets stuck in your head. The best thing really about DRY SPELL is you can't pidgeon hole them into one genre. You can hear influence from "feel the darkness" era POISON IDEA, mid tempo parts of JERRY'S KIDS, maybe throw in some TURBONEGRO, some Late '70s KBD-punk and '70s rock all at the same time. This lp is 10 great songs, none of them too long to keep your interest.
DUCK. LITTLE BROTHER, DUCK
don't take our filth away (2012/TOPSHELF)
EMO-PUNK. Born and bred in the petri dish of Portland, DUCK. LITTLE BROTHER, DUCK grew up throughout the years with the same friends and the same music tastes, which ultimately left them on the same wavelength. "don't take our filth away" is the mind-scrambling follow-up to their 1st release. Colored vinyl includes a digital dowenload card.