under the western sky (2015/SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM)
INDIE/ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. "under the western sky" is the debut LP from FERRIDAY. They're a newer band from the Albany area. This record contains 10 songs that mix the spirit of band's like CRAZY HORSE with '80s bands like HÜSKER DÜ or DINOSAUR JR. and the MINUTEMEN.
manticore (2013/DEEP SIX)
GRINDCORE. "manticore" is the new 28 track release from FETUS EATERS. "manticore" keep in the tradition of the vomitcore style that they pioneered 17 years ago, as well as furthering the use of "core" in the title of releases. The incoherent gibbering lyrics coupled with sarcasm, blast beats, spastic screaming, razor sharp riffing and their trademarked use of noise, toys and saxophones make this latest release continue the aural assault that they mastered on their first 2 demos.
HARDCORE. FEVER are a Seattle threesome boasting members of SIDETRACKED, SOJOOURNER and OWEN HART, playing a musical cacophony that meshes bands like COLD SWEAT, RORCHACH, CITIZENS ARREST and INTEGRITY.
as above, so below (2013/MIND MELT ENTERPRISES)
HARDCORE. Walking the line between maniacally fast and brutally heavy, FEVER DREAMS jumped straight into their debut LP, expressing their vision of hopelessness through fast, yet metallic, hardcore that throws in the occasional chugging breakdown but still maintaining a hardcore punk vibe.
life has departed (2014/SELL YOUR SOUL)
HARDCORE. After their 2012 effort "as above, so below" the band has gone through a handful of changes, the most significant being the departure of their singer. Vocal duties now taken over by the bassist and drummer. FEVER DREAMS will continue as a three piece band. With their "call of the void"–like intensity, the band blastbeats ears into seeping cavities and shred vocal chords into a pus-rife coleslaw. The riffs are brutal, wet with sweat from a night of terror. Vinyl is limited to 300 copies and includes a digital download card.
Names (2005/WILD ZERO)
POST-HARDCORE. Das mittlerweile fuenfte Album des Trios aus New York, welches Fans der Band in wahre Begeisterungsstuerme stuerzen duerfte. Nachdem das letzte Album schon kraeftig in die Chaos-Rock-Richtung ging, bewegen sie sich auch auf ihrem neuen Album zwischen chaotisch, modernem Screamo-Hardcore, straightem Rock und verspieltem Post-Rock der Marke FUGAZI, der aber trotz aller Vertracktheit stets Struktur und Aggressivitaet besitzt. Die 10 Songs wirken zwar zunaechst mal sehr nervoes und irgendwie scheint da jeder gegen jeden zu laufen, aber dennoch bilden THE FICTION daraus ein absolut kreatives Gesamtbild voller wirrer Toene, die sich um den catchy Kern jedes Songs legen, zu dem man erst mal durchdringen muss! Kommt auch diesmal wieder in einem arty Cover und mit Textblatt!
out of the bloom (2015/LOCKIN' OUT)
EMO/POST-PUNK. FIDDLEHEAD is a band from Boston whose members have done time or are currently serving in hardcore acts such as HAVE HEART, BASEMENT, INTENT and BIG CONTEST, to name a few. However, FIDDLEHEAD has little-to-no resemblance to any of the aforementioned. Instead, FIDDLEHEAD rocks the way bands like SEAWEED, JAWBREAKER and GARDEN VARIETY rocked in the '90s.
christian television (2010/RORSCHACH)
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK. FIELD DAY are a new instrumental band to come out of Richmond. The band features ex-RESONANCE. The band has a catchy noodley sound that fans of CAP N' JAZZ and ALGERON CADAWALLER will love. If you have enjoyed bands on Rorschach Records in the past such as BRAINWORMS, ANTLERS, you will not be disappointed by this record.
INDIE-ROCK. Recorded in Philadelphia and written through a 12-month period which delivered sudden family illness and a deteriorating relationship, "episodic" is fashioned from 10 feverish bouts of guitar-pop; led by Browne's fearsome and fearless vocal and informed by an instrumental backing that underpins the entire record with a vibrant concoction of guitar, drums and keys. For fans of RILO KILEY, old WEEZER and THE BREEDERS. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
FIEND / RECALCITRANT
GRINDCORE. This split 7" from FIEND and RECALCITRANT is a showcase in brutality from 2 of the best grindcore bands that California has to offer. FIEND is a two piece powerhouse hailing from Fresno. Their crushing guitar tone and punishing blast beats have pushed FIEND straight into grind royalty. Once you've had your fill of blast madness from side-a, RECALCITRANT come from the mean streets of Los Angeles to destroy your ears on the flipside. RECALCITRANT's tracks on this 7" perfectly capture their complex song structure and an intense energy that is unmatched in most modern grindcore. With this release, both these bands are shining examples of the evolution and future of the grind genre.
FIFTH ALLIANCE, THE
unrevealed secrets of ruin (2013/DEMONS RUN AMOK)
POST-HARDCORE. THE FIFTH ALLIANCE was conceived in the underground of Breda, Netherlands late 2006. The band took inspiration from chaotic hardcore bands like COALESCE, BOTCH, CONVERGE combined with heavy acts like DISEMBODIED, CULT OF LUNA. Their new album delivers on top sludge and doom infested hardcore hints, merged into 7 epic tracks, ranging from slow, gut wrenching riffing, claustrophobic screaming, to hectic, lightning fast blasts. "unrevealed secrets of ruin" deals with isolation, loss, self-destructive nature of man, organized religion and blind consumption. Colored vinyl comes with gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
FIFTH HOUR HERO / SAINTE CATHERINES, THE
EMO-PUNK/HARDCORE. Quebec natives FIFTH HOUR HERO have several releases on No Idea Records. Dual male, female vocals over driving emotional upbeat punk influenced indie-rock. Montreal's THE ST. CATHERINE's is a six-piece with 3 guitars, bass, drum and a frontman. Agressive unquie hardcore with husky vocals reminiscent of a heavier UNFUN era JAWBREAKER cranked on 45rpm.
no trace/hide your teeth (2015/REPTILIAN)
NOISE/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. Here at the tail end of what we once referred to as civilized times, Philadelphia boiled up as the new hub of American noise-rock. This 7" on Reptilian, part 4 of their "keystone noise series", carves another notch into FIGHT AMP's developing legacy. "no trace" is a riffy and melodic, tight and precise jam that recalls TAR or QUICKSAND's better moments, while "hide your teeth" is a gritty pummeler showcasing the band's high/low, dual-vocal split and propulsive heaviness. Vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card.
s/t (2007/SOLAR FUNERAL)
HARDCORE. Raging riffs at a destructive pace, this ripper has 3 songs of savage energy, driving drums, harmonic leads, and plenty of speed picking. From their final recording session, 2 new ones and 1 re-recorded that previously appeared on the 2005 tour demo. Hailing from Baltimore and Philadelphia, this is their 4th release; a testament to the progression of their sound. The lyrics tell tale of a blackened earth, but not without the will to dream. The music is nestled somewhere between the early Peaceville sound and modern Swedish crust. Total pressing of 500 copies in a full color sleeve.
s/t (2004/ED WALTERS)
HARDCORE. This is the 1st official record from this politically driven Philadelphia three-piece. This self-titled album features 13 songs of modern hardcore influenced by Bay-Area thrash and international hardcore. Featuring ex-members of R.A.M.B.O.!