INFERNAL DIATRIBE / SLOW CHILDREN
split (2015/PINE HILL)
HARDCORE. INFERNAL DIATRIBE is the longest running hardcore from Dover. Formerly known as THE NASTY, the band recently had to change their name to avoid confusion. This release features new recordings of 4 old-school "nasty" songs. Previous versions of these songs were from 2005 and 2009 and were very poorly recorded. These new versions breathe well-needed fresh air into these tracks. For fans of MENTAL, CHAIN OF STRENGTH. SLOW CHILDREN is a melodic hardcore-punk band from southern California. Features 3 tracks off their latest full-length "prevalent emotional distress". Suitable for fans of A WILHELM SCREAM or STRIKE ANYWHERE. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
INFERNAL STRONGHOLD / PIZZA HI FIVE
split (2011/SIT & SPIN)
BLACK-METAL/GRINDCORE. Philly black-thrash champions INFERNAL STRONGHOLD lay down 3 pulverizing tracks on the a-side. Definately a great follow up to the "godless hoise" full-length. Fast as hell evil as fuck and downright brutal as it gets! Keepin up the speed is PIZZA HI FIVE from Ohio. They're laying down 8 super fast mincing blasts sure to damage the ear drums.
7 spar (2013/DISTORT REALITY)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Latest 7-song release from this well-regarded Swedish crust band. As for the music, if you were into their earlier stuff you'll no doubt continue to be on board with this - straight up TOTALITÄR worship, executed absolutely perfectly with huge production. Simply amazing hardcore similar to DESPERAT, HERÄTYS, SKITKIDS or INSTITUTION. Fans of those mentioned bands won't be disappointed. Massive, moving Swedish crust-hardcore.
POST-PUNK. Forming in 2010 from past and present members of THE DIAMOND SEA, DEEP HEART and CIRCUITS, INFINITE VOID from Melbourne, Australia play a gritty and melodic tangle of dark, edgy post-punk and '90s indie-rock driven by brilliant guitar interplay and infectious girl/ guy vocals. The album is a must for fans of WIPERS, SLEATER KINNEY, SONIC YOUTH, but also for those into newer post-punk bands such as THE ESTRANGED, TERRIBLE FEELINGS, ARCTIC FLOWERS and alike. All records come on thick 180gr in a thick recycled cardboard cover.
INDIE-POP. "harm", the Topshelf debut from Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston's INFINITY GIRL is rooted in shoegaze - but is less wall-of-sound and more fuzzy dream pop. For fans of THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART or THE PIXIES. Limited edition of 500 copies.
the new nightmare (2012/1124)
HARDCORE. "the new nightmare" is the long-running NY hardcore band's 3rd full-length, but it marks INHUMAN's very 1st vinyl release ever. Released originally on CD only in 2003, the vinyl version through 1124 Records is limited to only 300 copies. INHUMAN features members of AGNOSTIC FRONT and THE LAST STAND.
spoken word (2010/NO REPRIEVE)
HARDCORE. INJ/SYS (aka INJUSTICE SYSTEM) is a early '80s styled hardcore band from Florida. Short, fast bursts of in-your-face hardcore with a few mid-tempo tunes sprinkled in. Draws influence from bands like NEGATIVE FX, KRAUT, URBAN WASTE and ANTIDOTE. Former members of BIG RATS. 300 made with screen-printed cover art.
INJ/SYS / BLOODTYPE
split (2010/NO REPRIEVE)
HARDCORE. BLOODTYPE is an old style straight-edge hardcore band from New Jersey. Their side has a nice gritty recording quality while the vocals have a snotty, aggressive punk sound. A good comparison would be listening to a record by THE ABUSED or LIFE'S BLOOD. INJ/SYS (former BIG-RATS) are from Florida. Fast hardcore played over a early '80s style scissor beat ala NEGATIVE FX or KORO. Many stops and starts, quick tempo changes, often delving into a more traditional punk beat for a mighty circle pit. Modern influences would be bands like WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? or AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER.
INK & DAGGER
love is dead (2010/SIX FEET UNDER)
HARDCORE. Recorded and released in 1996, this 7" was the debut from Philadelphia's vampires INK & DAGGER who took a dark, melodic and unique spin on hardcore. This colored vinyl re-issue is limited to 666 copies and includes a MP3 download code.
HARDCORE. Picking up where their last 7" was headed with a little more influence from bands like SYSTEMATIC DEATH and LIPCREAM, while still bringing that unmistakable Clevo crunch via members of basically every band from Cleveland since the '90s, including (H-100S, CIDER, 9 SHOCS TERROR, GORDON SOLIE MOTHERFUCKERS, INTEGRITY, IN COLD BLOOD, ANNIHILATION TIME and a million more...) But 1st and foremost this is an INMATES record which means raw, bile-spitting hardcore, played by a group of lifers that are aging like the finest of wines.
s/t (2007/PRIME DIRECTIVE)
PROGRESSIVE-ROCK. Two new songs of spacious, psychedelic, progressive-rock from this Southern California bands. Both dynamic tracks drawing influences from LED ZEPPLIN, PINK FLOYD and TORTOISE. 500 pressed on stunning splatter vinyl. The artwork is incredible, too!
tales of terror (2012/SKULD)
PUNK/SKA-ROCK. "tales of terror" took ages to finally be released since the band wasn't too happy with any previous mixes until now. At last "tales of terror" is ready to hit your record player. Satisfyingly thick distortion sandwiches prickly ska on nearly every track and the album is peppered with welcome descents into the experimental realms of dub. The lyrics are brimming with political disdain; passionately decrying outmoded laws, speaking out against the UK’s dubious foreign policy and rejecting aspects of society few have barely questioned. This was well worth the wait - 14 tracks devided on a double LP, wrapped in a nice gatefold and huge booklet.
INNUMERABLE FORMS / BLESSED OFFAL
DEATH-METAL. After a wait that seemed to stretch aeons this split slab of godly sick death-metal see the light of life. INNUMERABLE FORMS return with their vision of frozen misery, now fully realized in the tradition of early DISGRACE and DEMIGOD, presented with the heaviest Paincave recording to date. BLESSED OFFAL in turn, bring 4 songs, recorded between their masterful CD and MLP, with a more direct approach to their filth-caked mix of classic INCANTATION and MORBID ANGEL stench.
s/t (2011/LA VIDA ES UN MAS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Coming from Mexico, a country where street executions and drug Lords are at war with everybody, INSERVIBLES can be described as the soundtrack of the Mexican nightmare. Their blazing hardcore-thrash, reminiscent of bands like RAW POWER or VOID but in a totally deranged, odd lo-fi sound. The 13 tracks contained in this LP may bring to mind some of those bands but there is something else behind all those layers of filth they call music. Housed in a tasteless jacket.
una vida de tristeza (2013/SPHC)
HARDCORE-PUNK. INSERVIBLES is probably coolest, most relevant Mexican band of the past 10-20 years. Hyper negative/realistic attitude with a well-informed and loose sound that brings to mind UNITED MUTATION or CHEETAH CHROME MOTHERFUCKERS. Recorded via 4-track with access to a delay pedal. Everybody always says deranged, weird, disturbed, yeah probably, it always helps to have something to be pissed about. But one should also note their keen abilities as songwriters, to write powerful and memorable hardcore songs that never stray inappropriately into rock or metal or speed. Just straight-forward mastery of all the things we love about hardcore-punk.