magic tommy jackson (2014/BRIDGE NINE)
EMO/POST-PUNK. MORAL MAZES was formed from a friendship earlier this year between some former members of FAR/ONELINEDRAWING, DEAD ENDING, JAWBOX/GOVERNMENT ISSUE. This band is a studio project at its finest, and this 2-song 7" is an absolute amalgamation of the members' collective bands and influences. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
vientos de mierda (2012/MALOKA)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Yet another inbreed combo from the european capital of crustcore - known as Barcelona, Spain. MÖRDARE spits out 10 songs of vicious, pissed off crust that comes along raw and fat with a crucial rock 'n' roll guitar and heaps of MOTÖRHEAD here and there. MÖRDARE keep going full throttle forward on this album, wasting no time on pauses and just knocking everything over with a wall of sound! Comes with a TOTALITÄR cover and features members of APATIA NO, NO CONFORME, LOS DOLARES, VIOLENT HEADACHE and others.
DEATH-METAL. Unlike many in this certain business, MORDBRAND does not have a thick, buzzing guitar sound: this is a more regular, breathing death (and perhaps slightly black) metal tone. A good dose of solos are added on top of the crumbling riffs, backed by a lot of d-beats. Vocal delivery is in the very common style, meaning low-pitched growls, and tempo is kept at moderate levels. Adorned with a fantastic artwork, not only does it include 3 new tracks, but as a special treat it also features one killer EXCITER cover ("war is hell") with added eerie keyboard layers that makes it even more evil-sounding. "unmake" could just as well have been recorded at Sunlight Studios in 1991, cause many wouldn't know the difference. Svensk dödsmetall rules!
dances from left (2014/SVART)
DEATH-METAL. This official 20th anniversary release marks the vinyl debut of MORDICUS' debut album "dances from left", originally release by Thrash Records on CD in 1993. As an added bonus the package also features an exact replica of the band's debut 7" "three way dissection" from 1992. Despite 20 years of close scrutiny since its release, it is still easy to say MORDICUS' "dances from left" was one of those groundbreaking releases that, along other early Finnish death-metal albums built up the solid foundation for all that what was to come. MORDICUS cleverly and skillfully fused elements from both Finnish dark, wrist-cutting, eerie-tinged and sorrowful death-metal and the Swedish type of murky, utterly down-tuned and heavy metal (ála DISMEMBER, UNLEASHED etc.).
among majestic ruin (2009/KREATION)
DOOM/DEATH-METAL. MORGION play strongly death-metal-influenced doom. Guttural vocals and uptempo sections occasionally come into play during the epic compositions, but for the most part, this is a fine doom-metal offering, combining extremely heavy riffing at times with slow, majestic, keyboard-laden atmospheric flourishes. MORGION weave out 5 anguished offerings on this album, every one of them an amazement in itself, each one sorrowfully adept at proving that MORGION are an awesome band and deserve more recognition than they currently garner. This vinyl release is the 1st ever by this great band and contains a bonus track from a 1995 demo that is quality.
cloaked by ages, crowned in earth (2012/KREATION)
DOOM/DEATH-METAL. Long awaited vinyl release of this 2004 doom masterpiece. This album is nothing short of a mesmerizing combination of melodic, atmospheric passages coupled with slow, rumbling doom laden guitars. The vocals range from mournful chants to reververating death growls, exploring all facets of sorrow and despair. These deep and somber songs encompass a wide range of sounds and emotions. From beautiful acoustic guitar to low death vocals. This is highly recommended to all doom fans as they will surely find something of great interest here.
in the shadow of the city (2011/SHOGUN)
CRUST-METAL/PUNK. Members of BETON and MASS GENOCIDE PROCESS playing raw (black) metal-punk. Think of DARKTHRONE, VENOM and CREBAIN in a punkish way. The new line-up includes people from GUIDED CRADLE and HELLSHOCK. Limited edition vinyl of just 350 copies packed in a nice silkscreened cover.
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE/METAL. Entitled "asylum", this Boston contingent have been known (in their somewhat-short career) to create some of the heaviest, most absorbing, and overwhelming sounds in heavy music. Sounds that mirror the vibe bands like NEUROSIS had back in their "souls at zero" days. It didnt take long for MORNE to become a notable force within the modern-day crust and hardcore-punk movement. Nonetheless, "asylum" is MORNE's heaviest, most atmospheric and cinematic sonic offering to date. While still maintaining the bands crust, hardcore, and post-metal leanings, "asylum" sees the band delve more into genres such as progressive-metal and prog-rock. Comes as 180gr heavy deluxe vinyl!
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE/METAL. With influences ranging from doom-metal and classic-rock all the way to progressive and chamber music, MORNE's unique brand of post-sludge/crust is unrelentingly heavy and cinematic in scope. "shadows" is an even colder and bleaker outing than their previous 2 full-lengths, marked by crawling tempos and colossal atmospherics. Melodic and morose, the album is infused with a new sense of doom, with moments reminiscent of EVOKEN or the now-defunct MORGION. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
untold wait (2009/FERAL WARD)
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE/METAL. "untold wait" is the 1st full-length from this Boston crust outfit. MORNE feature members of FILTH OF MANKIND, GRIEF and DISRUPT as well as others. They have a distinctive style which is based on elements of early UK crust such as AMEBIX and AXEGRINDER and newer heavy bands like NEUROSIS and ASSUNDER to create a immense wall of sound that is absolutely crushing. "untold wait" is heavy, brooding and venomous.
MORNE / WARPRAYER
split (2009/ALERTA ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA)
CRUST/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. The band that stands before you known as MORNE (features Milosz (ex-FILTH OF MANKIND) and Jeff (ex-DISRUPT, GRIEF) started with many trials and tribulations. MORNE draws it's influence from powerful, intense bands such as AMEBIX, NEUROSIS and SACRILEGE. The undertones of these bands can certainly be heard in MORNE's sound, but they create an atmosphere all their own. WARPRAYER from the UK features members of RIPCORD, DUMBSTRUCK and they play raw crust-hardcore.
born to december (2013/FAT WRECK CHORDS)
PUNK-ROCK. As anyone familiar MORNING GLORY's album "poets were my heroes" can attest to, MORNING GLORY has a remarkable ability to craft elaborate, emotive songs, forged from a punk-rock nucleus. That unique quality is on full display with the release of "born to december". The a-side is a legendary journey that exemplifies MORNING GLORY's expansive songwriting skill set, while the 2 unreleased tracks from the b-side are a bit more straight forward.
HARDCORE. This debut 7" features 6 tracks of rampaging noise! Torrential waves of guitar distortion blast as vocals shout and swirl through the burning chaos, fueled by rapid fire drumming and thundering bass charges. This San Francisco band makes an explosive combination of Japanese-styled noisy hardcore (KURO, GAI, CONFUSE, DISCLOSE) and heavy early '80s Finnish hardcore influences ( KAAOS, BASTARDS, KANSAN UUTISET ), with lyrics sung entirely in Japanese. Comes in a hard pocket sleeve with an insert.
1st class suicide (2010/7 DEGREE)
DEATH-METAL/GRINDCORE. MÖRSER have been Bremens grinding death-metal powerhouse for more than 10 years now! ''first class suicide'' is their latest audiophile effort. This album is the resurrection of what was called "bremer schule" in the late '90s of the last millennium: a brutal bastard of groove, death-metal and grindcore making no compromises to alternate with instrumental parts and some painful dissonaces. MÖRSER are ready for 10 more years - "first class suicide" is the evidence.