green horse (2011/THIS CHARMING MAN)
POST/EMO-PUNK. "green horse" is the 2nd full-length by Münsters DRAMAMINE and they know how to worship the '90s! This is full of influences from late Dischord/D.C. stuff, SONIC YOUTH, WIPERS, AT THE DRIVE-IN. The most notable development - besides the distinct enlargement that went along with the adding of a 2nd guitar - can be found in the vocals - now their singer has reinvented his singing completely and finds his space in the band's very own sound. You’ll find the old DRAMAMINE hectic, the drive and the passion but also a noisier and more experimental attempt. Overall, the songs developed more different directions. The record comes in a limited pressing run of 500 pieces and includes a digital download card..
POST/EMO-PUNK. DRAMAMINE is a band from Münster, Germany which featuring members of PRESS GANG, IDLE HANDS. DRAMANINE is loud, noisy, with a certain pop-affinity, minimalistic, but in the very next second pretentious, doomy and oozing with pathos. A heavy, deep bass, guitars which you will find hard to classify, a krauty drumming - all this put together with resentful, hectic vocals, which will finally leave you asking for more. It's 2010 and you might think that the creative reservoir of noisy and drugged guitar music has been exhausted for a long time now: DRAMAMINE prove you wrong! Vinyl includes a digital download card.
the calm before the storm (2005/THIS BLESSING, THIS CURSE)
HARDORE. This band is unafraid to tackle larger issues that many are afraid to take a stand on, delivering an infectiously anthemic, but pointed social commentary over hard-edged rhythms that are classically hardcore.
DREADEYE / SU19B
split (2010/REGURGITATED SEMEN)
POWER-VIOLENCE. New stuff by the japanese sludgy power-violence monsters SU19B. Soundwise again a holly mixture of CORRUPTED and CROSSED OUT. Members of FINAL EXIT (japanese) continuing their audio onslaught with 3 smashers. On the flipside you'll get 3 tracks from DREADEYE. Pure Tokyo power-violence with an unlimited destruction. Limited to 500 copies.
surfer joe (2012/UGLY POP)
PUNK-ROCK. The final 7" from this excellent Hamilton band, culled from the same 1979 session that gave us their "moans on the phone" and "mess you're in" releases. The a-side's a ripping rendition of a lesser-known SURFARIS number, while the flip attacks Freddie Cannon's "tallahassee lassie" in similar fashion, all blazing, dirty guitars, sneering vocals and amphetamine pace. If you heard both previous 7"s, you know what to expect - pure late '70s North American-style punk-rock in the vein of DEAD BOYS, HEARTBREAKERS, TEENAGE HEAD and THE USERS. Not technically a reissue, but it sure fits the theme. Limited edition of 500 copies, black vinyl, no gimmicks!
n v n v n v (2013/IRON LUNG)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. A lunging, murky noise-rock master stroke from this Seattle trio who is constantly evolving and refining their craft into something truly massive and unique. Feel free to open your life to the interesting and embrace this twisted vision of northwest heaviness. On "n v n v n v" the band have loosened up the from the arid atonal scrape that they presented previously, and have saturated these tracks with a level of blown out mountainous feedback that in no way seems out of place on Iron Lung. These guys released a post-apocalyptic industrial guitar noise set that blasted a very dense dry noise upon the listener.
final hour (2010/PROFANE EXISTENCE)
CRUST-HARDCORE. The 1st full-length album from the latest addition to the Wisconsin crust pantheon. DRESDEN play a powerful mixture of d-beat hardcore and powerful punk with an intensity that comes from their depth of experience, containing members of bands WARTORN, DESPITE, and REMISSION to name a few. This album contains 8 length crust anthems, including the tracks from their limited edition "god has no mercy" tour 7". The vinyl includes a large poster with graphic inventions from the skulls and bullet belts school of punk rock art.
blue hour (2011/TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
POST-ROCK. Without a doubt their most meditative release since their "travels in constants" debut, "blue hour" eases off the jazz and dub influences that had become a trademark of THE DRIFT's sound, and instead focuses on hypnotic repetition and subtle, textural layering of guitars, keyboards, electric bass and drums. Beautiful, fragile melodies descend into sheets of noise atop an unwavering lockstep groove, and the near-silence of a single bass note becomes alternately haunting and near transcendent.
memory drawings (2008/TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
POST-ROCK. The follow-up to their debut "Noumena". San Francisco’s THE DRIFT specialize in chilled out, emotional post-rock that is heavily influenced by jazz and dub traditions, crafting a warm and boisterous sound that should please fans of TORTOISE and Toronto’s own DO MAKE SAY THINK. The album is completely instrumental and refrains from indulging in flashy solos or pretentious sonic experiments. While the consistency across these 7 songs is welcoming and accessible, it leaves them all sounding rather similar, as the band are reluctant to burst from the beautiful womb they’ve built for themselves. The deluxe double LP comes in a awesome gatefold cover an additional bonus track!
DRIP OF LIES
HARDCORE. Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, DRIP OF LIES deliver with "failure" a really outstanding debut LP. Matured songstructures - a driving drumming forms the fundament. Thought-out, catchy melodies merge with powerful and harsh guitar-riffs. The bass lines have a very good sense for hidden melodies. All this is framed by the desperate, yet aggressive vocals. If you are into heavy dark hardcore, which has its roots in crust and dig bands like ALPINIST and FROM MASHES RISE are or even TRAGEDY, you will definetly be blown away by this massive assault of smoldering hardcore songs.
DRIVE LIKE JEHU
POST-PUNK/HARDCORE. Repressed again with liner notes. The San Diego post-hardcore/punk band's debut album from 1991, containing the legendary Rick Froberg and John Reis guitar team dipped in battery acid, wired to a power station, wailing and screaming, with nervous riffs piled on and taking off for the planet Mars. Both John and Rick were also well-known to bludgeon ear drums in highly respected bands such as PITCHFORK, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, HOT SNAKES, THE SULTANS, THE NIGHT MARCHERS and OBITS.
DRIVE LIKE JEHU
yank crime (2014/SWAMI)
POST-PUNK/HARDCORE. "yank crime" is the 2nd and final album by the San Diego post-punk/hardcore band DRIVE LIKE JEHU, originally released in 1994 by Interscope Records. It was the band's major-label debut.
discography 1991-1993 (2012/ARMAGEDDON)
HARDCORE. Originally released in 1994 as a limited 11" on Clearview and regular LP on Flat Earth in the UK in 1995. A collection of 39 songs compiled from the 1st 7", the split 8" with RUPTURE, the split 5" with CROSSED OUT and several compilation songs. The complete early studio tracks on one release. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
s/t (1993) (2012/ARMAGEDDON)
HARDCORE. Influenced by the old Japanese, European and some US hardcore. An extreme mix of fast and mid-paced parts with angry vocals and personal/political lyrics. Available again on colored vinyl, which includes a digital download card.
s/t (1998) (2010/ARMAGEDDON)
HARDCORE. This 2nd full-length feature 18 songs in a decidedly more Swedish hardcore vein, but with the usual odd breaks and fast parts throughout. More melodic than the 1st full-length in some ways and noisier in others. Available again on colored vinyl, which includes a digital download card.