holy tears (2008/IPECAC)
POST/PROGRESSIVE-ROCK. "holy tears" is the 1st of 2 releases commemorating ISIS' 10-year anniversary. Appearing on this release are a studio version of "holy tears" as well as a remix of "not in rivers, but in drops" by the MELVINS vs. LUSTMORD, a live version of "holy tears".
in the absence of truth (2014/ROBOTIC EMPIRE)
POST/PROGRESSIVE-ROCK. Robotic Empire Records is thrilled to once again to supply this vinyl edition of ISIS' classic album. The logical expansion of ISIS' multiple personalities yielded "in the absence of truth", their fourth full-length album release. Building upon elements founded across prior albums "celestial", "oceanic" and "panopticon", the atmospheric parts became even more haunting and the heavy parts are even more brutal and crushing. "in the absence of truth" marked ISIS' increased inclusion of actual singing, creating a significant impact on the more mellow moments, but widespread experimentation with new elements reaches far beyond the vocals here. Double vinyl comes with gatefold-cover.
oceanic (2012/ROBOTIC EMPIRE)
POST/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. This is the 2nd proper long-player from Boston's low-end masters ISIS. With a couple previous releases they have carved a niche somewhere between metal, hardcore and atmospheric soundscapes. "oceanic" finds ISIS' signature sound coming to fruition. Expanding on the sound pioneered by NEUROSIS and GODFLESH, ISIS creates one all their own. An album that spawned a genre, "oceanic" influenced a swarm of up and coming metal infused ambient acts. This stunning double-vinyl comes housed in a heavyweight tip-on gatefold sleeve and has been carefully re-mastered and re-cut for optimal sound quality.
panoptican (2015/ROBOTIC EMPIRE)
POST/PROGRESSIVE-ROCK. On ISIS' 3rd full-length album, "panopticon", the unblinking eye of counter-insurgency is exposed with mesmerizing stereophonic clarity. ISIS delving further into the melodic and harmonic possibilities of their immense sound, with layers of droning guitars, rumbling basslines and precise, restrained drumming. "panopticon" is the pinnacle of ISIS' considerable sonic achievements to date; a sprawling epic that firmly cemented their place in underground legend the world over. This deluxe double LP features a stunning gatefold-jacket and double-sided insert on thick reverse board paper stock.
POST/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. "temporal" is a career retrospective of all rare and unreleased tracks from the mighty ISIS spanning the band's entire discography from the "mosquito control" era all the way through the final album, "wavering radiant". This also features a DVD of all of their videos, making-of footage, live videos and more. Vinyl version includes a digital download card for an additional 5 unreleased demos.
s/t (2012/THREE CHORDS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. New band with members of CHUCK DAMAGE, SHORT FUSE and other familiar bands from the Münster area. Musicwise they're in the same vein as newer SHORT FUSE or 86 MENTALITY, BLACK SS or classic NEGATIVE APPROACH and other early Boston bands. This 7" has 5 tracks of hardcore-punk for the working class. No gimmicks, no crews, no bullshit. Raw, abrasive and in-your-face.
folia verso l'interno (2012/LA VIDA ES UN MUS/CRUST WAR)
HARDCORE. Belonging to the generation of Japanese kids that started bands in the early 2000s inspired by the legends of Japanese hardcore such as GLOOM, DISCLOSE and CFDL, ISTERISMO is today one of the most important contemporary Japanese hardcore bands. As always, ISTERISMO remain at the forefront of the contemporary Japanese raw noise hardcore scene along with peers ZYANOSE and D-CLONE. Their unique blend of noise is no doubt indebted to the older statesmen GLOOM who lead Japan’s '90s raw noise crasher scene mixed with a healthy fascination for classics of Italian hardcore. ISTERISMO is no longer the young upstarts of Tokyo hardcore scene that they were once coming up, but after a number of important records, today ISTERISMO is an established, hardened and mature band.
tokyo crusties (2011/540)
HARDCORE. This limited LP contains 7 different recordings, which a total of 35 tracks, from manic Japanese hardcore band ISTERISMO which features members of KRIEGSHOG and brings a raging, noisy brand of hardcore akin to D-CLONE, the aforementioned KRIEGSHOG, and other bands of that scene.
IT DIES TODAY
the caitiff choir/forever scorned (2008/TRUSTKILL)
METALCORE. IT DIES TODAY's debut album, "the caitiff choir", has been remixed and remastered and packaged with all new artwork. The album comes with 7 bonus songs including the re-recorded versions of their "forever scorned" release, as well as their DEPECHE MODE cover of "enjoy the silence", for a total of 18 songs. CD version includes a DVD with 3 videos and behind-the-scenes footage. Colored vinyl comes with a gatefold-cover.
IT'S NOT NOT
bound for the shine (2007/DEFIANCE)
POST-PUNK. Album after album IT'S NOT NOT have proven themselves to be one of the most interesting bands of spanish independent scene. Always mantaining an inconformist, rageful attitude, punk for some, avangardist for others. Their wonderful songs seem to hide in an apparent chaos that only dissipates after a couple or 3 listenings, when your ear adapts to their complexity of rythms, structures and harmonies. Far beyond backgounds, what these 4 guys have in common is their love for music, wherever it comes from, old or modern, aggressive or relaxing. And when that's the starting point, you can only make such interesting, rich, rageful, sensitive, fun and shining records as this one.
s/t (2014/KATORGA WORKS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Delivering on the lo-fi promise of their demo, New York's IVY present their debut, a cleaner and fuller representation of their brand of off-kilter hardcore-punk that, no matter how hard they try to play it by the books, ends up being terribly unique. Ex- and current members of BROWN SUGAR, DEFORMITY, and WEIRD TV.
summer sessions (2011/6131)
EMO/POP-PUNK. Hailing from Texas, IVY LEAGUE has been churning away now for a couple years. After releasing their debut 7" earlier in 2011 on Life To Live Records, the band quickly got back into the studio and recorded their "summer sessions". With their mix of sincerity and excellent songwriting, IVY LEAGUE is going to be around for a long time. For fans of TITLE FIGHT and MAKE DO AND MEND.
EMO/POP-PUNK. It's often said that where people live can deeply impact their creative endeavors and nothing could be truer about Texas's IVY LEAGUE. For their 1st proper full-length, the boys ventured to Southern California to work with Paul Miner (New Found Glory, Man Overboard) and created "transparency", a heartfelt, punk-rock album that is both tender and intense. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
on n'est pas bien a l'ombre (2009/SHOGUN)
CRUST-HARDCORE. IZBA WYTRZEZWIEN deserve on their debut 7" ripping crusty hardcore with a really unique European feeling . This is just straightforward crust-hardcore, almost more of an early '80s Finnish sound than anything else with some unique high-pitched vocals that kind of make this sound like the LIBYANS if they went crust. Just one word- killer!