gravestone skylines (2011/PAPER + PLASTIC)
HARDCORE. After living in darkness for far too long, HELLMOUTH is about to d-beat listeners to death with the 2nd album in their fucked-up arsenal of doom, thrash, death and destruction. Picking up where "d.e.w.n."left off, the 2nd slab of wax will continue to bang the heads that will not bang. With nods to bands like CELTIC FROST, BLACK FLAG, TRAP THEM and DISFEAR, HELLMOUTH is drawing from its members' past while carving its own disgusting sound.
HELLMOUTH / EXPLODE AND MAKE UP
split (2010/UNDERGROUND COMMUNIQUE)
HARDCORE. Chicago and Detroit collide on this 7" with EXPLODE AND MAKE UP, featuring members of 88 FINGERS LOUIE, THE METADONES and THE BOMB, doing their best version of '80s melodic hardcore a la DAG NASTY and GRAY MATTER while HELLMOUTH bring a much more metallic approach, crossing the styles of TERROR and DOOMRIDERS. 7" includes MP3 download code.
ghosts of the past (2009/BLACK WATER)
CRUST-HARDCORE/METAL. Raw dark metallic crust (stenchcore) from Portland. HELLSHOCK featuring former and current members of DETESTATION, REMAINS OF THE DAY, THE ESTRANGED, LEBENDEN TOTEN, WARCRY and a couple more. "ghosts of the past" deliever the 1st HELLSHOCK recordings from 2001, originally released on a limited cassette format by the band itself. This vinyl pressing is limited to 1000 copies and comes in an ultra thick tip-on style jacket.
low men in yellow cloaks (2014/BLACK WATER)
CRUST-HARDCORE/METAL. Newest 7" from the masters of metal-crust! A brand new 2 song crusher featuring their 1st new songs in over 5 years and 1st recordings with 2nd guitarist Ethan (GUIDED CRADLE). Both tracks are like a kick in the face, a pulverizing crush of gloom and metal fury that doesn’t disappoint. Definitely worth the wait! Covers printed on special tip-on sleeves with artwork by legendary Japanese artist Sugi.
only the dead will know the end of war (2008/AGIPUNK)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Re-release of the 1st full-length. This all-star Portland act featuring members of ATROCIOUS MADNESS, TRAGEDY, REMAINS OF THE DAY and others. This is a killer! This record sees the band taking a much more thrash-metal oriented direction (like DEVIATED INSTINCT), maintaining the raw aesthetic of their crusty hardcore-punk influences, but injecting more speed and lots of crushing power chord rhythms that are a mix of classic German and American '80s thrash-metal. Expect throaty, low shouting vocals over lots of energetic chugging chords, simple drumbeats and fills, basic song structures with a good amount of tempo changes, etc. - simple awesome!
single collections (2010/BLACK WATER)
CRUST-HARDCORE. This is the limited to 500 copies import-version on Black Water. This DoLP collection featuring all their 7"s - their self-titled 7", splits with CONSUME and EFFIGY, "world darkness", "warlord", "shakonetu joku", and tracks from the "portland city hard punk" compilation. Modern stenchore masters, unmissabale even for the ones who own the originals. Gatefold-jacket, comes with obi-strip and booklet.
they wait for you still (2010/BLACK WATER/AGIPUNK)
CRUST-HARDCORE/METAL. "they wait for you still" is the 3rd full-lenght for the kings of crust-metal-punk! Recorded in Japan whilst on tour and more progressed as their previous 2 full-length's but don't expect any mercy here. This is a steamroller of raging crust in a massive production. Album artwork of the repress differs a bit from the original press as the band decided to include the "reaper" who's on every sleeve prior this release.
death anxiety (2013/NATIONAL DUST)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. HELLSIDE STRANGLERS started in 1999 when most of the bands at that time were doing the JOHNNY THUNDERS thing - ya know doing way too much drugs, drinking till the sun came up and went down again, that kind of thing. Except they had already been doing that for more than 15 years and decided it would be a great idea to make another 10 year run of it. Brutally honest lyrics and a band lineup with BASTARD CHILDREN, NERVOUS XIANS and POISON IDEA members. Very limited represses on vinyl.
HELLTARD / TRUTH, THE
split (2012/FUCKING KILL)
HARDCORE. Both bands are well-known in their country, Serbia. As for the music; THE TRUTH bring 3 tracks of thrashy hardcore mixed with some melodies, singalongs and youth-crew parts to the record. HELLTARD on the flipside delivers 6 songs of grinding fastcore mixed with some dark, doom hints. Limited, colored edition of just 300 items.
HARDCORE. Moving beyond the simple HIS HERO IS GONE comparisons and taking cues from fellow Northwest noisemongers KISS IT GOODBYE, this crew makes things interesting for the noise-damaged ear, yet still makes a lot of room for 2min. anthems of mistrust for a rotten world. Vinyl version includes digital download and comes with gatefold cover.
aftertaste (2012/LET THEM EAT)
ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. "aftertaste" is the 4th album by HELMET, released in 1997 on Interscope. "aftertaste" harkens back to HELMET's earlier, rawer sound, omitting some of the experimental/jazz tendencies of "betty". This album along with "meantime" and "betty" is considered a definitive text in post-metal. Limited to 1000 copies on thick 180gr, colored vinyl.
betty (2014/LET THEM EAT)
ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. "betty" is the 3rd full-length by HELMET, released in 1994 on Interscope. The album was highly anticipated by both music critics and fans as a result of the band's success with the previous album, "meantime". Limited to 500 copies on thick 180gr, colored vinyl.
meantime (2012/LET THEM EAT)
ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. "meantime" is the 2nd full-length and major-label debut by HELMET, released in 1992 on Interscope Records. The album reached #68 on Billboard's Top 200; an unexpected success for the band. Limited to 1000 copies on thick 180gr, colored vinyl.
strap it on (2012/LET THEM EAT)
ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. "strap it on" is the debut full-length by American band HELMET. Originally released in 1990 through Amphetamine Reptile Records, it was subsequently rereleased by Interscope in 1991. Critics considered the album innovative for its explosive, propulsive, and often staccato riff style. It has since become a cult classic in the alternative-rock and post-hardcore genre and even influential on the metal scene. Limited to 1000 copies on thick 180gr, colored vinyl.
sleepwalking sailors (2014/SARGENT HOUSE)
POST-METAL. The Seattle trio's unique amalgam of metal, art-rock and punk is charmingly reminiscent of the fertile creativity that groups once had before the internet seemed to instruct bands to only copy one another. Helms Alee's third album, "sleepwalking sailors", sounds like many styles combined into one, and none of it concerned with any notion other than creating vital, urgent and uniquely characteristic music. They take parts of bands like the MELVINS, KARP, BIG BUSINESS and the like for a product all their own. Vinyl comes with gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.