MOTHER OF MERCY
III (2009/SIX FEET UNDER)
HARDCORE. MOTHER OF MERCY's debut full-length continues where they left off on their 2 highly acclaimed 7"s with a dark, heavy, hardcore sound with gloomy imagery, taking cues from bands like IRON AGE and BITTER END as well as the classic Clevo crunch of RINGWORM. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
MOTHER OF MERCY
IV: symptoms of existence (2011/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. Formed in 2007, MOTHER OF MERCY plays contemporary metallic hardcore that draws some of the best elements of '90s hardcore with a well-executed tinge of metal. Their music is raw, abrasive and dark - highly influenced by UNDERTOW, IRON AGE and metallic RINGWORM. With several prior releases, MOTHER OF MERCY's full-length is nothing less than stellar and poised to be one of the best metallic hardcore releases of 2011. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
are you tough enough? (2011/TAKEN BY SURPRISE)
POP/GLAM-PUNK. Canada seems to be the new fertile ground for smashing power-pop. MOTHER'S CHILDREN hail from Ottawa, the same place as great bands like SEDATIVES, STEVE ADAMYK BAND (who they share a member with), WHITE WIRES and many others are from there. This 6 track MLP is the follow up to their well received full-length on Deranged. This is power-pop glam 'n' roll driven to perfection - that should be spinning on your record player multiple times a day. Take your personal hits from the "powerpearls" compilations add your favorite BOYS, STIFFS and FAST CARS records and imagine you would be warped right back to the '70s, where you would be seeing all those bands live on stage, because this is the moment when you realize that you are dancing and beerspitting right in front of the stage of a MOTHER`S CHILDREN show.
lemon (2014/TAKEN BY SURPRISE)
POP/GLAM-PUNK. From the mean sour streets of Ottawa, Canada comes the 2nd full-length of MOTHER'S CHILDREN. "lemon" deliver 12 tracks of stompy and glammy power-pop with that old wham-a-lam-bam-thanks-ma'am attitude that we're used to from those four mouseketeers. Get your fix of Vitamin MC from the sweetest fruit that grows in Canada. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
i wanna be a cop.. (2010/HANDSOME DAN)
PUNK-HARDCORE. MOTHERFUCKERS easily pack so much attitude, crap and corruption onto one little slab of 7" that it’s scary. Yet again, the Calgary-based outfit tear through 6 pieces of crusty gutter punk. Still revelling in their '80s US hardcore collection, yet more recently comparable to the likes of the CASUALTIES, KRUM BUMS and other Mohican-sporting squeegee kids, these tasteless goons would make the DAYGLO ABORTIONS wonder how some bands could be so disturbingly sullied.
MOTHERSPEED / RETARD STRENGTH
split (2008/PARTY TIME)
HARDCORE. Hailing from all over California, MOTHERSPEED offer up 2 songs about the Sega classic "altered beast". Plus 2 CIRCLE JERKS covers! Fast, thrashy hardcore in the vein of LIFE'S HALT, NERVE AGENTS, INFEST, DYS. RETARD STRENGTH from Philadelphia play a rough and burly style of old East-Coast hardcore, not really sounding like any band or anything but the style. They offer 5 songs on their side which 2 of them being covers - a song by LOAFASS and the infamous ARYAN DISGRACE tune which they chose as a cover. Full color cover for sheer absurdity, have at it!
DRONE-ROCK. 2 monumental songs, mastered by James Plotkin. The most hopeless and destructive doom/drone you’ve ever heard; these 3 guys from Würzburg mix the destructive atmosphere created by bands such as GRIEF with the monotonous elements used by EARTH! They somehow reminds of more brutal SWITCHBLADE as well! There must be a fucking desert in Würzburg... a desert where the sun never rises but the soil is cooking. Join these 3 doom-rockers on the ride to the light... and let them break some of your bones.
two (2012/NO SLEEP)
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. Drawing influences from the likes of SWANS and NEUROSIS, MOUNTAIN MAN meld turbulent riffs, fierce rhythm and aggressive vocals resulting in a whirlwind of intense hardcore. MOUNTAIN MAN's follow-up to "one", and their full-length album, "grief", "two" expands on the band's previous efforts musically and lyrically with darker and more atmospheric elements. The record features 4 blistering tracks. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
no visible light (2013/VENDETTA)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. MOURNING CLOAK made up of members of TORCH RUNNER, GRAF ORLOCK etc.. "no visible light" clocks in at just over 33min. of crushing riffs, devastating beats and thunderous vocals. The title is apt, because this is an ominous cloud blocking the sun, raining down charcoal dust, black mud, and infant ash on us all. This doesn’t sulk through the cemetery, it grooves hard enough to split the catacombs in half, releasing the crypt bats into the air. After the quickly dissipating opening ambience the guitars crawl from open graves and shake the rust off their bones with godless black-and-blues riffs. This is some seriously bleak stuff that fans of BONGZILLA and COUGH should feverishly inhale.
lila (2009/ADAGIO 830)
POST-HARDCORE. This is the new release by Richmond's MOUTHBREATHER (ex WOW OWLS, THE SET UP). You'll get 5 songs of raw pissed of hardcore that reminds on BURN or SOUL CONTROL, but more dirty, more raw, more pissed, more punk. European edition of 500 copies on black vinyl.
MOUTHBREATHER / ENVIROMENTAL YOUTH CRUNC
POST-HARDCORE/PUNK. Florida and Richmond round 2 - this time MOUTHBREATHER and ENVIROMENTAL YOUTH CRUNCH. Spread out in the Northen part of Florida and sharing members with TUBERS and ALLIGATOR, E.Y.C. have managed to drop 3 solid tracks of punk-rock that lies somewhere inbetween traditional pop-punk bands. On the flipside MOUTHBREATHER debut their 1st two new tracks. These gentelemen were born from WOW OWLS and THE SET UP and play a form of hardcore similar to late '80s Dischord and HOT SNAKES. This record was beautifully illustrated by Tyler Thomas and includes a digital download.
colonial (2011/LAST ANTHEM)
NOISE/POST-HARDCORE. After two 7"s, a split with VEGAS, a full-length that never made it onto vinyl and some lineup changes on the way, Virginia's MOUTHEATER have returned with 4 new tracks of heavy and dirty hardcore with the heavy riffage of THE MELVINS, weirdness of THE JESUS LIZARD and speed and intensity of BLACK FLAG. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
ornament (2013/HEAD 2 WALL)
NOISE/POST-HARDCORE. VA's Moutheater present their debut full-length, paying homage to late-'80s Sub Pop bands like TAD and THE JESUS LIZARD, all while throwing modern metallic riffage onto the heap of influences to result in one mean, nasty record. Now available on colored vinyl and limited to 250 copies.
can't kill what's inside (2014/REVELATION)
SXE-HARDCORE. While many of the early '80s pioneers of hardcore had moved along, the scene went through something of a renaissance with a new crop of energetic kids who had seized the power of the music and molded it into something that was relevant to the style of their times. Fast forward to 2008 and the inspiration for MOUTHPIECE's formation comes full circle with the release of "can't kill what's inside: the complete discography". The CD contains 3 additional previously unreleased live tracks and an enhanced portion which includes a 13 song live set recorded live at CBGBs as well as a video for the song "cinder". Colored (gold) vinyl includes a digital download card.
MOVIE STAR JUNKIES
melville (2008/VOODOO RHYTHM)
GARAGE-PUNK. This combo is very influenced by the BIRTHDAY PARTY or the GUN CLUB combined with a soft touch of incredible strange exotica rhythms easy listening and surf and a nuance of trash. Slow, moody, mean floor crawler will remind you of everything negative or of a dark sounding record in the Crypt Catalogue, but without leaving with the possibility to refer to this or that band...desperate vocals, moaning organ, trashy distorted guitar MOVE STAR JUNKIES were performing in clubs, squats galleries and in the streets of your city. After listening to this 12 amazing tracks you’ll feel like pushed in the year of 1634 and you are on a big boat and got homesick and ready to die but you have to fight. This is exactly what this album gives to you. Buy this record and become a MOVIE STAR JUNKIE junkie.