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!
several shades of why (2011/SUB POP)
ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. It's hard to believe that after 25 years of squalling guitar rock with DINOSAUR JR and a slew of other bands, J. Mascis is just now releasing his 1st proper solo album, and that it's a laid-back acoustic record. After listening to "several shades of why", it's even harder to believe he hasn't explored this format more often. His maximum rock 'n' roll six-string shredding morphs exceptionally well into this album's earthy, forlorn picking, and Mascis' lazy, stripped-bare backdrop of acoustic guitars and cellos and jingling tambourines is pure magic. Several guest musicians drop in to lend a hand on the album (including BAND OF HORSES, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, A SILVER MOUNT ZION, BLACK HEART PROCESSION etc.), but no one comes close to stealing the spotlight from the veteran Mascis on this affecting collection of solitary ballads. LP includes a MP3 download card.
J. MASCIS / DINOSAUR JR.
live at cbgb's: the first acoustic show (2014/MUSIC ON VINYL)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. This is J. MASCIS 1st ever acoustic performance (recorded in 1993), in which the man who'd made his name with bludgeoning volume and über-heavy electric guitar freakouts quietly stripped his songs down to their framework for an evening. Presented in their simplest form, MASCIS' songs display a tuneful elegance that sometimes gets lost when pumped through a stack of Marshalls, and while on the 1st few numbers he tends to overemphasize the natural drawl in his voice, by the end of the show MASCIS is in admirable form as both a guitarist and a singer. The 1st pressing consists of 1500 numbered copies on silver/black marbled vinyl.
eberkoma (2014/GIVE PRAISE)
GRINDCORE/DEATH-METAL. JACK are back with their follow-up to "inhumanus". "eberkoma" continues on with this Hungarian based band’s breed of blasting grindcore. You'll get 6 tracks of pummeling musical destruction complete with socially based lyrics, attacking the crumbling world that surrounds us. This will appeal to fans of PHOBIA, NAPALM DEATH, TERRORIZER, and EXTREME NOISE TERROR – drawing off those influences to combine a mix of grindcore, death-metal, and hardcore. Limited to 300 on red vinyl.
no solution (2014/HARDWARE)
HARDCORE. Embracing influences from a wide variety of worldwide Hardcore, JACKALS dropped a bomb on their debut LP. The 7" already was a blast, but this one nails it to the cross. Fierce, negativity-ridden, stop'n go hardcore and top-notch artwork make this a sick release.
violent is... (2014/HARDWARE)
HARDCORE. After a 7" and a follow up LP on Hardware Records earlier this year, "violent is..." is the 2nd 7" from this stop'n go hardcore band. More mean, ripping, politically aware hardcore.