death before disorder (2005/SABOTAGE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. MÖNSTER was formed in 2004 by Alexandre (BORN DEAD ICONS, ex-THE BLACK HAND), Jobst (PEACE OF MIND, HIGHSCORE), Marek (INSUICIETY) and Matthias (A THIN RED LINE, COSTA´S CAKE HOUSE). The band started as a project, but after realizing that such a good chemistry shouldn’t be blown off in the air, decision was made to take it out of the practice space. In terms of sound, comparisons have been made to the modern Swedish-Crust-Portland blabla sound with a good measure of rocking riffs and a classic straight forward hardcore feel.
MÖNSTER / DAYMARES
split (2008/WASTED SOUNDS)
HARDCORE. This is the new split release by Berlins MÖNSTER and their friends from DAYMARES out of Poland. MÖNSTER deliever once more their highly explosive mixture of modern Swedish/Portland-d-beat sound with a good measure of AC/DC and MOTÖRHEAD inspired riffs and classic straight forward hardcore - good as usual. DAYMARES have crafted an excellent, heavy as hell counterpart that combines hardcore, metal and death 'n’ roll into a ticking, time-bomb of catchy, pummeling hardcore that is well-worth picking up - firmly planting the band somewhere between ENTOMBED, GENOCIDE SS and TRAGEDY.
superjudge (2012/MUSIC ON VINL)
PSYCHEDELIC-ROCK/METAL. In a musical era dominated by Nirvana and grunge, New Jersey native Dave Wyndorf and his MONSTER MAGNET managed to set the world on fire with an abrasive bash of retro hard-rock. A simple rehashing of LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH-riffs would never do, and so they set their drug-damaged minds to redefining those riffs to psychedelic effect, creating their own brand of '70s inspired space-rock. Released in 1993, "superjudge" is their 2nd album. The band somewhat abandon the feedback-heavy jams of their debut in favor of groovy, and dare we say catchy, songs that still sound gritty enough to get that essential stoner feel. Vinyl got re-pressed on 180gr vinyl.
Fire the faith (2007/PUNK CORE)
PUNK-HARDCORE. With one critically acclaimed full-length album and a handful of 7" under their belt, Northern California's MONSTER SQUAD have establishing themselves as the number one contenders in the American "street punk" scene. Opening tours for heavyhitters such as the Casualties, the Lower Class Brats and the Unseen, MONSTER SQUAD have joined their tour alumni, teaming up with New York's Punk Core records to dominate the world. This energetic and hard-hitting band's unique and aggressive style has earned them a rabid cult following, the likes of which has not been seen from the street punk scene in years. MONSTER SQUAD endeavor to outdo their own admittedly high standards with their 2nd full-length album, "Fire the faith".
masks (2013/VOODOO RHYTHM)
GARAGE/PUNK-ROCK. THE MONSTERS where formed in Bern, Switzerland back in 1986 , they recorded "mask" as their 1st album in 1989 in an edition of 666 records, they where sold out pretty fast and never reprinted again. 24 jears of silence the original 2" master tapes were found this trash-billy-desaster is available and reborn again. The lyrics are as stupid as it gets . This is an album from teenagers with the attitude to go in a studio with a love for rockabilly, and garage-punk.
pop up yours (2011/VOODOO RHYTHM)
GARAGE-PUNK. Chainsaw massacre garage-rock at it's best from Switzerlands own trash loonies. "pop up yours" is a mixture of rockabilly and garage-punk. THE MONSTERS transformed themselfs into real trash-monsters. The Music is straped down to a minimum, guitar, bass and two drums - thats THE MONSTERS - ultra simple. The only cover version on that album is From Germany's legends SCORPIONS with "speedy coming". So welcome to the world of THE MONSTERS - simple, raw one riff trash rock. LP includes a CD version.
MONUMENT TO THIEVES
anyone but you (2009/NO SLEEP)
HARDCORE. "anyone but you" is the 2nd 7" to be released from Southern California's newest heavyweights, MONUMENT TO THIEVES. While only having been a band since late 2008, MONUMENT TO THIEVES features members of such bands as THROWDOWN, FORCE OF CHANGE and many more, so it is no mystery that they not only know what they are doing. "anyone but you" features 2 tracks and the 7" includes a digital download card.
MONUMENT TO THIEVES
s/t (2010/NO SLEEP)
HARDCORE. MONUMENT TO THIEVES is a southern California hardcore band. While passing on the traditional messages of hardcore and unity, the band also dives heavily into current events, social struggles/issues and political injustice. They may be new to the game, but with members from THROWDOWN, ADAMANTIUM, FORCE OF CHANGE, THE MISTAKE etc., it's obvious they are veterans to the scene. MONUMENT TO THIEVES would like to take advantage of this and help spread positive ideas and bring light to issues they feel are worth the attention. Colored LP includes a CD copy of the album.
say hello to artificial grey (2009/MAJOR LABEL)
POST-PUNK. After 2 self-released CDRs MONOZID from Leipzig went to the studio to record their debut album. The 12 tracks switches between catchy uptempo tunes and sophisticated instrumentals and some more. This is wavey post-punk as it's best. If you dig bands like FLIEHENDE STÜRME you should listen to MONOZID!
live in ravenna (2014/SACRED BONES)
POST-ROCK/ELECTRONIC. After the release of 2012's acclaimed "circles" LP, MOON DUO's Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson relocated the band for the 2nd time since its 2009 formation in San Francisco, this time from Portland with the addition of drummer John Jeffrey. "live in ravenna" is the result of an incredible job of capturing the emerging sound of MOON DUO as a three-piece. The show that night, and the recording of it, sort of encapsulates everything that was happening at the time - the heat wave, the journey, and the shift in the energy and composition of the band. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
shadow of the sun (2015/SACRED BONES)
POST-ROCK/ELECTRONIC. "shadow of the sun" is the result of a few months of MOON DUO wrangling with a new and unsettling way of being. Working both in a dark basement in Portland, and above ground in sunny San Francisco, these new sounds and songs veered dramatically from groove to groove, revealing sonic textures the duo had not previously explored. The songs deliver woozy dance rhythm, an attempt at finding joy and acceptance on this new, shifting ground, while others plays off the familiar MOON DUO sound. The band gives itself entirely up to the trip and cruising along on the fuzzed rhythms, which crashs into clenched-teeths. Every copy of the LP comes with a 7" featuring lead single "animal" and exclusive b-side "fadeaway". Vinyl includes a digital download card.
owner operator (2012/MOON EATER)
GARAGE-PUNK. The debut 7" from Bay-Area garage-punks MOON EATER. Hailing from Santa Cruz, this foursome rocks with a forceful aggressive attitude that many spend years to master. They keep it fresh and original with clear influences ranging from THE WIPERS, DRIVE LIKE JEHU and JAMES BROWN. Fans of the San Diego garage-punk scene will easily connect to the sound and theme with hard authority driven vocals, sharply interwoven guitar lines, muscular rhythms and a natural melodic sense. Limited to just 300, hand numbered on orange vinyl.
the end of time (2014/D.I.Y.)
STONER-ROCK. Whiskey-soaked stoner-rock from the hills of Kentucky. Features David McElfresh of HANK3, Steve Earle of AFGHAN WHIGS and HERMANO, and guest vocals on the track "take it for granted" by John Garcia of KYUSS. Limited edition on red vinyl.
city wrecker (2014/JAGJAGUWAR)
INDIE-ROCK. Spencer Krug’s songwriting is elastic. In the past, his sumptuous, warbling melodrama has been able to serve as the framework for larger arrangements, as in his prior outfits WOLF PARADE and SWAN LAKE, as well as the minimalism sprinkled in his sometimes-solo projects. MOONFACE began as Krug alone and eventually expanded to an entire band. He's singing about Montreal, his longtime home. His melody is limited, but it makes the most of its cramped, claustrophobic clutch of notes. Where "Julia with blue jeans on" filled almost every available space with either emotional fullness or palpable absence, "city wrecker" feels pinched and constrained; the former was a drain to listen to in the best possible way, while this new one only occasionally breaks the skin. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
INDIE-ROCK. MOON FACE is Spencer Krug's (WOLF PARADE) latest project. The 2 song release (approximately 20min. of music on a single side). sounded like classic Krug, but less busy then SUNSET RUBDOWN and definitely a lot less noisy than WOLF PARADE. Just Krug in full story teller mode over a simple instrumental. Vinyl includes a digital download card.