FORWARD / TEARGAS
burning spirits 2014 (2014/HARDCORE VICTIMS)
HARDCORE. "burning spirits" is an international split from FORWARD and TEARGAS, both of whom deliver their best work to date. Fist-pumping, guitar-blazing, high-octane Japanese/Australian hardcore. Expensive australian import!
hang your head (2013/SIX FEET UNDER)
SXE-HARDCORE. Representing Atlanta straight-edge, FOUNDATION bring a heavy, '90s inspired hardcore sound in the vein of OUTSPOKEN, UNBROKEN, CHOKEHOLD and 108. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
when the smoke clears (2011/BRIDGE NINE)
SXE-HARDCORE. Atlanta's straight-edge hardcore stalwart, FOUNDATION, has delivered one of the best and heaviest records of the year with their Bridge Nine debut, "when the smoke clears". Carrying the torch from alumni bands CHAMPION and HAVE HEART. FOUNDATION's debut full-length album is a must-have for any fan of pure, unadulterated hardcore, both past and present. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
FOUR YEAR STRONG
enemy of the world (2010/UNIVERSAL)
MELODIC-HARDCORE. With influences like LIFETIME, SAVES THE DAY, GORILLA BISCUITS and NEW FOUND GLORY, FOUR YEAR STRONG has become one of the premier bands mixing pop-punk with hardcore. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
FOUR YEAR STRONG
go down in history (2014/PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT)
MELODIC-HARDCORE. "go down in history" is a 5-track MLP that is some of the band's most convincing material and is being released to coincide with the band's appearance at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour. The record is fast, catchy, and just plain fun. You can expect classic FOUR YEAR STRONG but with plenty of new twists and turns. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
FOUR YEAR STRONG
in some way shape or form (2011/UNIVERSAL)
MELODIC-HARDCORE. Worcester outfit FOUR YEAR STRONG continue to move up in the world, releasing 2011's "in some way shape or form" fresh off a big tour with Bad Religion and Rise Against. Their brand of music mixes melodic hardcore and pop-punk with trudging breakdowns similar to A DAY TO REMEMBER but covered in beards.
the golden age (2013/ESCAPIST)
HARDCORE. Founded in 2010, the members of FOXFIRES have cut their teeth in a variety of bands over the years, including time with MOUNTAIN NMAN, FOUR YEAR STRONG and LAST LIGHTS. FOXFIRES creatively piece together a unique, passionate and inspiring listening experience; drawing influence from defining artists like THE SUICIDE FILE. REACH THE SKY and MODERN LIFE IS WAR. Vinyl includes a digital download card plus 2 additional tracks.
the albatross (2014/TRIPLE CROWN)
POST/INDIE-ROCK. With "the albatross", St. Louis's FOXING has created an urgent and cinematic debut album. Gorgeous orchestration and shimmering guitars soar at one moment giving way to fervent vocals and intricate, crashing instrumentation the next. With comparisons ranging from DO MAKE SAY THINK, THE NATIONAL, and MEWITHOUTYOU, FOXING isn't easily pinned down to a genre. Instead, they are something wholly their own which is truly something special. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
POST-HARDCORE. FRAMEWORKS is a melodic hardcore band from Gainesville, Florida who present their debut, "loom" on Topshelf Records. Forming in early 2011, they incorporate elements of post-hardcore and screamo together, promoting their own brand of melody-driven hardcore. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
small victories (2014/TOPSHELF)
POST-HARDCORE. Originally released in 2013, "small victories" feaatures 4 tracks of FRAMEWORKS' now-signature sound of a tense, moody and emotive style of post-hardcore and screamo influenced by bands such as HOT CROSS, PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH and SADDEST LANDSCAPE. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
defeat of civilization (2013/BLACK WATER/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)
HARDCORE. Raw doesn't begin to describe the long-awaited new full-length from these Japanese hardcore vets. The guitars sound like someone stole the copper wires out of the pickups and ran the cable through 3 broken distortion pedals with every knob turned past 10. "defeat of civilization" demonstrates musical growth with songs running longer than on FRAMTID's 4 earlier releases, which allows for ripping, four-note guitar solos. While showcasing the powerful battle cries that made 2002's "under the ashes" an instant hardcore classic, it feeds on intensity and passion, making a return 11 years later no letdown.
under the ashes (2013/LA VIDA ES UN MAS)
HARDCORE. "under the ashes" is finally available again. An absolutely over the top recording comprising 12 tracks of punishing hardcore with a huge wall-of-noize production adding to their faultless song writing. As noisy as the album is, all the songs are hits and hard to forget. They're what the new generation of noize-not-music punk lack, memorable anthems. Housed in a thick tip-on sleeve and without alterations to the art or sound from the original, this reissue tries to bring an undoubtedly classic of our generation back to life.
FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS
hang the goat (2011/GOING UNDERGROUND)
PUNK/NOISE-ROCK. The 1st recordings from Arizona's favorite smashers since the "who said these were happy times" full-length. Two long overdue new blasts of FRANCIS HAROLD's venomous power pressed to a mere 550 copies. Raw and heavy jams in the bands trademark style.
FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS
the white bull weeps from valhalla (2012/VIDEO DISEASE)
PUNK/NOISE-ROCK. [reduced price] The final LP from Arizona drug lords FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS. It starts off with the catchiest riff the band has ever written as the song slowly descends into the madness of Francis Harold's mind. The song then degenerates into a stripped down version of it's former self where it then incorporates noise pedals, piano, and trumpet dragging the listener into the final phase of the record. FRANCIS HAROLD & THE HOLOGRAMS decided to destroy the equipment while they were recording, so if you listen closely you can hear Francis smashing his amps and pedals into oblivion. The band then disintegrated after this recording session and will not be heard from again. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and comes with a screeen-printed b-side.
christmass (2012/VINYL LOVERS)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. Collection of live acoustic performances from FRANK BLACK's (a.k.a. BLACK FRANCIS, ex-frontman of the PIXIES) 2006 US solo-tour. Featuring renditions of PIXIES favorites like "where is my mind?" and "wave of mutilation" and many gems from over the course of Black's solo career. Also includes a 4 track 7" with an ELVIS PRESLEY cover.