FORESEEN / UPRIGHT
split (2011/TAKE IT BACK)
HARDCORE. Two of Europe's current best bands team up for one great split 7" of hard hitting New York-style hardcore made in Finland. The vinyl includes 4 songs, the digital MP3 download card includes 2 extra songs. The cover features yet again some awesome artwork by Spoiler.
FOREVER CAME CALLING
contenter (2012/PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT)
POP-PUNK. Calling the sleepy California desert town of 29 Palms home, FFOREVER CAME CALLING has had to do things their own way with countless basement shows and relentless touring until they began turning heads with their infectious brand of emotional pop that takes cues from bands like THE EARLY NOVEMBER and NEW FOUND GLORY. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
FOREVER CAME CALLING
what matters most (2014/PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT)
POP-PUNK. FOREVER CAME CALLING is one of the hardest-working bands in pop-punk. Their sophomore full-length, "what matters most" is the band's catchiest and most convincing album to date. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
the lower depths (2009/REAPER)
HARDCORE. FORFEIT is a band birthed by the inspiration that its members drew from the legacy of their local scene. After their highly acclaimed 7" in 2008, FORFEIT recorded yet again their 1st full-length for Reaper Records. The album is entitled "the lower depths" and promises to build and expand on their musical vision. For fans of FLOORPUNCH, TERROR and MADBALL.
s/t (2012/TOO SMALL TO FAIL)
POST/EMO-PUNK. Brooklyn, NY’s FORGETTERS have released their long-awaited debut full-length. Made up of JAWBREAKER/JETS TO BRAZIL leader Blake Schwarzenbach, original AGAINST ME drummer Kevin Mahon and Caroline Paquita of BITCHIN’. They hopped into the studio and cranked out an 9 track debut full-length, which delivers more dark, melodic indie/emo-punk with Blake's trademark croons. This record should win over any fan of the members’ previous projects. CD includes 2 additional tracks. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
the inimitable (2011/SPHC)
NOISE-PUNK. Mr. Wanky of the infamous WANKYSA joins forces with other miscreants from the British Isles (HEALTH HAZARD and ATOMGEVITTER) to release yet another noise-punk gem. This time, the band seems to be focusing a bit more on catchiness than the WANKYS, making this less furious, but more fun. Also, there's an ode to the legendary Donkey Dan on this 7", so don't miss it!
new love (2010/UPSET THE RHYTH)
ELEKTRO/POP. Freddy Ruppert's newest collaborative project is as much an emotional obsession as it is an obsession with sound. The new album is poppier, cleaner. More seductive, sweet, charming, but more bitter. The claustrophobic reverb from the last album has been replaced. The female collaborators on the album (Nika Roza Danilova of ZOLA JESUS Yasmine Kittles of TEARIST) materialize more as simulations, stand-ins or memories of lost loves than as simple musical partners. Roza's intense, operatic style and Yasmin's softer, coquettish beckoning surround Ruppert as the core, writhing, masculine presence in an open, chaotic album. Jamie Stewart of XIU XIU adding percussion, wrap-around synths, extra-textures.
the language that we speak (2011/NO SLEEP)
POST-HARDCORE. Coming from the barren and simple fields of Iowa, FORMER THIEVES has created a record that personifies the feelings and emotions of coming from nothing and fighting the entire way to what they have created. "the language that we speak" takes the listener through a thorough commentary on the frustration of Midwestern life. Articulate, sharp, and sincerely pissed. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
the departure of consciousness (2014/VENDETTA)
SLUDGE/DOOM-METAL. FÒRN formed in the winter of 2012 in Boston. They draws inspiration from its predecessors - GRIEF, BURNING WITCH and ASUNDER, while remaining true to natural progression. Blown low end, and gritty leads make FÒRN one of the leading sludge bands currently in Boston. Deep, suffocating doom, that seductive melody becomes a crushingly heavy dirge, though no less seductive. This misery is mesmerizing and the vocals, they sound like sulphuric acid eating through steel, or like some shrieking poltergeist that has become your companion for this slow fall into the void.
s/t (2013/DEMONS RUN AMOK)
POST/BLACK-METAL. Puked out of the ashes from BEAT DOWN, TRUE BLUE and ABSIDIA, FORTRESS BLACK created a brutal masterpiece of a dark epic emotional sound wall, somewhere between modern hardcore and post-black-metal. This is for fans of DEAFHEAVEN, CELESTE and REKA. The limited record is one-sided, comes with silk-screened b-side, a silk-screened and includes a poster, stickers and a digital download code.
s/t (2005/HIGH FIDELITY)
OLD-SCHOOL HARDCORE. FORTUNATE SON besteht aus (Ex-)Membern von AS HOPE DIES, MIRACLE MILE und WEAR THE MARK. Ihr Hardcore klingt wie eine Mischung aus THE BARS, YOUTH OF TODAY und PANIC. Sowohl textlich, wie auch vom Artwork her beschaeftigen sich die 6 Songs mit Krieg, Amerika, dem Praesidenten und den gruenen Scheinen. Gleich der Opener ''1956'' startet kraftvoll und schnell und bricht zur Mitte zu einem maechtigen Singalongpart zusammen. Vor allem die Stimme ist der Hammer. Schlag auf Schlag und ohne Pause geht es dann mit ''Pound of flesh'' und dem kurzen, schnellen ''F.o.f.'' weiter. Die Rezeptur bleibt auch auf Seite 2 bei ''Can't take it with you'' oder ''Cannon fodder'' die selbe. Schneller, '88er NYC-Hardcore verbindet sich geschickt mit modernem AMERICAN NIGHTMARE oder MODERN LIFE IS WAR Hardcore. Singalongs und langsamere Parts, die jeden Pit anzuenden. Super EP mit schlichtem, aber gut gemachtem Cover!
s/t (2012/HARSH CRUST)
HARDCORE. Intense, loud, fast hardcore from Montreal, with ex-members of ...AND THE SAGA CONTINUES, BIONIC, and HOLY DIVIDE. This self-titled 7" contains 12 songs in under 8min.. Reminiscent of Six Weeks Records releases, but influenced by both the punk and metal scenes of old and new. From early D.R.I., and DROP DEAD, to NAILS. Frantic guitars and distorted bass, held down by a drum charge with pissed off lyrics about being dissatisfied with the world over top. The record is limited to 300 handnumbered copies and on color vinyl.
against their insanity (2014/540)
HARDCORE. What do you say about a new FORWARD record? They've left the "what's the meaning of love" and "revolution" hooks in the annals of punk legend and, along with Prank's "war nuke and death sentence" from 2012, have saved their most searing material for nearly 2 decades into their run. Ishiya's gravel-throated vocals are more devastating than ever and the term bombastic has rarely been more accurate than on this 6-song banger. The anti-war bent on "against their insanity" is unforgiving (and refreshing), and the anger and frustration translates to the harsh metallic riffing matches the frustration conveyed by the song's lyrics. FORWARD bookend the whole thing with their best tracks ever, just to remind you that they have absolutely earned the legendary status that they hold.
just go forward to death (2012/PRANK)
HARDCORE. Tokyo, Japan's FORWARD Formed in 1996 after the break up of Legendary Tokyo Hardcore band DEATHSIDE, with lead singer Ishiya and bassist You joining new members from INSANE YOUTH and KGS to start a new band that would continue FORWARD. With an edgy, raw hardcore attack, "just go forward to death" was a culmination of those early years of the band, and was released in 2000 on the H.G. FACT label. One of the band's Milestone releases with some of the band's most classic tracks, all marked by the band's boisterous vocals, catchy guitar leads and sturdy, pounding rhythm section. This LP was never released outside Japan, has been out-of-print on vinyl in Japan for years and is newly re-mastered.
war nuke & death sentence (2012/PRANK)
HARDCORE. Tokyo's FORWARD return with their 1st new full-length since 2004's "burn down the corrupt justice", with catchy guitar riffs grounded in solid rhythms with intense gravel throated vocals. FORWARD maintain a constant live schedule in their native Japan and have honed these new tracks to make a solid collection of song-driven anthems hammered with hardcore impact. Lyrically the LP is poetically reflective and many of the songs address the situation of post-tsunami Japan. Formed in 1996 comprised of former members of DEATHSIDE, INSANE YOUTH and SYSTEMATIC DEATH, this is the band's 3rd full-length record. This vinyl edition comes housed in a gloss heavy-weight sleeve.