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.
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.
what's the meaning of love (2012/PRANK)
HARDCORE. From the forefront of the Japanese hardcore scene of the last 15 years, FORWARD's fierce hardcore was first released on a series of 7"s and compilation appearances in the late '90s and early 2000's. "what's the meaning of love" collecting the entire tracks from their "feel the core of self" 7", "act then decide" 7", "we need the truth" MCD, "what are you gonna get" 7" and rare compilation appearances for the 1st time in a re-mastered collection from the original sound sources, shows the band defining it's sound of tough vocalled, stripped down hardcore, flourished with guitar solos and melody.
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 version includes a MP3 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.