FROM ASHES RISE
HARDCORE. This is after their "concrete & steel" album their 2nd piece of vinyl. FROM ASHES RISE are in the same vein as HIS HERO IS GONE and TRAGEDY, and anyone who likes those bands will be blown away by the awesome assault of these smoldering hardcore songs. The sound is powerful and harsh, but with a very good sense of hidden melody and catchy riffs and it is even more brutal melodic, but also more complex than their earlier stuff. The vocals are strained and desperate, with the overall feel being dark and depressing.
FROM ASHES RISE / VICTIMS
HARDCORE. FROM MASHES RISE plays dark, slightly metallic hardcore that is not unlike early HIS HERO IS GONE mixed with Scandinavian hardcore like SKITSYSTEM and '80s UK crust like ANTISECT. Drawing on those influences FROM ASHES RISE has moved this sound into it's own territory. VICTIMS from Sweden play aggressive fast Scandinavian hardcore not unlike early SKITSYSTEM or WOLFBRIGADE. You can hear the influence of early Swedish hardcore like ANTI-CIMEX, SHITLICKERS and CRUDE SS mixed with the heavier sounds of '90s crustcore. Cover artwork is done by Pushead.
FROM THE DEPTHS
germinate (2010/FIRE AND FLAME/CRIMETHINC)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Formed from members of CATHARSIS and REQUIEM, FROM THE DEPTHS hearken back to the days when anarcho-punk was characterized by bands as diverse as CRASS and CONTROPOTERE, the songs on this album combine crust-hardcore power, slower and faster hardcore, harsh noise and even a passage from a traditional Italian anarchist folk ballad. This is intense, defiant, dark music but it is based in compelling melodies.
FROM THIS DAY ON
ope letters to ones who know (2012/STATELESS SOCIETY )
POST-HARDCORE. Great album by this German band. Emotional hardcore in the vein of newer DEFEATER or bands like TOUCHE AMORE or LA DISPUTE. Limited to 300 items edition comes with gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
FRONT PORCH STEP
aware (2013/PURE NOISE ENTERTAINMENT)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. FRONT PORCH STEP is the acoustic project of Jake Mcelfresh, who brings the raw, honest feel of some indie-acoustic acts like KOJI, but also has this angst that feels like your favorite pop-punk or punk-rock bands. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
the plains (2010/NO SLEEP)
POST-HARDCORE. Featuring former ELLIOTT frontman Chris and ex-members of hardcore standouts MOUTHPIECE, STAY GOLD etc., FRONTIER(S) debut 7", "the plains", manages to seamlessly bridge the gap between the melodic, ethereal indie-rock of ELLIOTT-era material and the blistering hardcore of the other members' earlier efforts. For fans of ELLIOTT, PAVEMENT and even HÜSKER DÜ. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
there will be no miracles here (2010/NO SLEEP/ARENA ROCK)
POST-HARDCORE. The powerful set of pipes that engraved the bombastic flair of ELLLIOTT - and previous to that, FALLING FORWARD - into the tender consciousness of an entire generation of indie kids has returned with FRONTIER(S). The Louisville quartet has been gaining momentum since 2008, gradually building the massive sonic structures that make up their debut full-length. "there will be no miracles here" is a record of an entirely different identity. Hook heavy and dramatic, FRONTIER(S) has the nervous energy of youth alongside the discretion of experience. Proof that for Chris Higdon and company, their finest moment is right now. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
serenade for survivors (2008/WANDA)
STREET-PUNK. 3 brandneue Songs der Berliner. Seid Jahren gehören FRONTKICK mit zum Besten was Deutschland in Sachen melodischem Street-punk zu bieten hat. Hier die ersten Aufnahmen mit Ihrem neuen Drummer Beano.
spelled in bones (2009/SUB POP)
INDIE-POP. This is folk-based pop music that's meditative, fun, and deliriously repetitive. If you've never heard the FRUIT BATS, imagine a less ambitious version of THE SHINS, a well-worn copy of AMERICAN BEAUTY replacing SEVENTEEN SECONDS on the turntable, and you're pretty close. "spelled in bones" is a minor shift towards bigger things: the themes are more cosmic and the music sounds less like the product of bedroom strumming than before. These are big, beautiful, elegiac songs. Stick ‘em in a popular romantic comedy and watch this band become household names.
tripper (2011/SUB POP)
INDIE-POP. "tripper" is the 5th FRUIT BATS full-length. For the 1st week of recording, FRUIT BATS leader Eric D. Johnson brought in a full band to capture some of the live excitement of 2009's "the ruminant band". However, having recently worked alone on soundtracks for an extended period, Johnson knew that he wanted "tripper" to be more of a solitary pursuit than his previous album. The resulting album, a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself, is a reinvention itself. Vinyl includes a MP3 download card.
broken defective (2011/INIMICAL)
HARDCORE-PUNK. If the 1st record was the soundtrack to sleepless nights, this is where days turns to weeks. Aggression and anger begin to rear their ugly heads. This 2nd recording is alternately more dark and brooding and also more violent and straight forward. The d-beat is more prevalent while holding onto the melodies that make it memorable. As with the last one, ex-members of CONSUME, COP ON FIRE, DECREPIT and many more.
paranoia & regret (2012/INIMICAL)
HARDCORE-PUNK. On FRUSTRATION's 3rd release, they deliver 10 songs combining the gravel voiced melodic punk of LEATHERFACE with driving metallic motor-punk of COMPLICATIONS and maybe a touch of a stripped down PAINTBOX. The album's title sums up the lyrical focus, dealing with the the issues of the world from the narrow focus of a shut in with the occasional ray of hope filtering in. You can hear strains of their previous efforts with bands such as STATE OF FEAR, COP ON FIRE, BLACKOUT, CONSUME and a couple more.
HARDCORE-PUNK. If the only thing that matters is a list of previous bands, skip to the final sentence and you will be very pleased. FRUSTRATION is the best new band out of Seattle right now. Their style can be best described as a dark punk approach to a MOTÖRHEAD type sound, Complications or BORN DEAD ICONS might be a good sign post. Melodic and powerful, but still punk in scope and theme, think QUARANTINE. A sum of all those parts. For those that need it, ex-members of, CONSUME, COP ON FIRE, DECREIPT, BLACKOUT and many more.
griller (2011/DOCTOR STRANGE)
PUNK-ROCK. Mike Dirnt of GREEN DAY and friends present their 1st offering in nearly 8 years, bringing the best aspects of JAWBREAKER, earlier GREEN DAY and the solid punch of a Bay-Area punk band at their boiling point.
california crossing demos (2014/FANCLUB)
STONER-ROCK. "fanclub" surfacing of these great demos for FU MANCHU's 2002 album on Mammoth Records, the last to feature Brant Bjork on drums. Recorded as a full album of demos in a proper pre-production studio at the time, and much more rawk than the final produced album. Includes the track "planet of the ape hangers" that did not make it to the official album, but was a bonus track on the Japanese CD at one point.