wavering on the cresting heft (2007/CONSPIRACY)
POST-ROCK. With MUSTARD GAS AND ROSES guitarist Mike Gallagher (of renowned dirge architects ISIS) unveils a compendium of sparse ruminations culled from years of underground musical experience. Gallagher has developed a style characterized by dense, sustained textures coupled with a penchant for the subtle melodicism associated with the post-Sabbath riff. Imagine ISIS with much of the bombast stripped away, leaving only dark, moody and melancholic soundscapes. MGR is an emotionally charged amalgamation of sounds that, much to its credit, refuses to fit neatly into any particular category.
s/t (2012/AGI PUNK)
DEATH-METAL. Swedish death-metal scene has always been related to the punk one. MIASMAL is a new band but in the same spirit, they share members with AGRIMONIA and MARTYRDÖD, while unleashing a death-metal attack in the pure old Swedish tradition, and with great results most of all. "left hand path" and "like an ever flowing stream" times are back! This repress of MIASMAL full-lenght, originally released in 2011, is supporting their european tour in 2012.
wild girls walk (2009/BONE VOYAGE)
GARAGE-PUNK. If you like your sound wild and raw, primitive and ramshackle, blaring out of tiny micra-car speakers, all windows rolled down for fresh northern wind in the face, then this is for you. If you liked their fast songs, this here is speedier. you liked their deeper blue moments? this here is darker. The only cover in the 12 song collection, "funnel of love", gives a hint from which era the 3 ladies from Kuopio once draw their influences from. Sure, their own stuff is still running on '60s fuel, but is so much now and their own. Disturbing? MICRAGIRLS turned on the switch.
stovall (2016/SIDE ONE DUMMY)
EMO/INDIE-PUNK. Originally released in 2014 on Antique Records, Side One Dummy presents the reissue of "stovall" from Atlanta's MICROWAVE, reissued and repressed for the masses. Their brand of passionate indie-rock and emocore hits close to home. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
scars (2009/FASHIONABLE IDIOTS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. On "scars", Allentown's MIDDLE AMERICA offer up 3 more tracks of twisted and demented hardcore. The direction is a bit slowed down compared to their highly recommended debut record, but without losing their damaged edge. This is by far "end times"-music at it's best.
out of vogue (2008/FRONTIER)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Debate continues to this day as to whether or not THE MIDDLE CLASS were the 1st hardcore band, but even if they weren't, their "out of vogue" 7" is universally hailed as one of the most influential recordings of the original '70s punk era. THE MIDDLE CLASS's sound evolved out of a blistering, shouted, arty version of punk, one that had an enormous influence on the hardcore sound that would emerge in the years following their 1st release, the 1978 "out of vogue" 7". This record features the title track along with 3 other songs.
the early material (2008/FRONTIER)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The MIDDLE CLASS are credited with releasing what is considered the 1st hardcore or proto-hardcore record, 1978's faster than fast "out of vogue". With the 30th anniversary of that ground-breaking and influential 7" upon us, Frontier Records is overjoyed to announce the release of the MIDDLE CLASS "out of vogue - the early material". The collection includes all of MIDDLE CLASS' early studio recordings along with a never before released, 4 song studio-demo from 1977.
no mercy for mayhem (2014/HELLS HEADBANGERS)
METAL-PUNK. Hotter than Hell in the metal/punk underworld, MIDNIGHT's debut album, "satanic royalty", became an instant classic upon its release in 2011. Whereas "satanic royalty" was the culmination of nearly a decade's worth of hard slogging in the underground, "no mercy for mayhem" is an intensification of everything its predecessor seemingly perfected: the hooks even more anthemic, the power more piledriving, the dirt dirtier, the sum effect being absolute BLACKOUT. Really, there's no current band who are able to mainline classic heavy-metal, hard-charging punk-rock, and grimy rock 'n' roll quite like MIDNIGHT can, and "no mercy for mayhem" is studded-leather, 10-track proof that mainman Athenar and crew are at the top of their game and bow to no one.
satanic royalty (2012/HELLS HEADBANGERS)
METAL-PUNK. Black-heavy-metal is the law, and MIDNIGHT subjugate all subjects with their highly anticipated debut album after nearly a decade of 7"s and splits. "satanic royalty" is both a distillation of first-wave black-metal magick and an extension into harder-rocking territories rampant with lust, filth, and sleaze. The name MIDNIGHT has been a cult one for years now, but here they prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt - bow down before their "satanic royalty"! Limited vinyl comes with poster. Recommended for diehards of MIDNIGHT, MIDNIGHT, and MIDNIGHT: there is only MIDNIGHT!
1985 (2011/QUEER PILLS)
HARDCORE. This is Finnish hardcore at its best with 17 tracks in total. MIELENHAIRIO were from Vaasa and released three 7"s. The 1st one was one-sided with very poor sound quality, and it was a freebie with a fanzine in 1985, with no cover or anything. The 2nd 7" "mieleharrio II" was released in 1986 as well as the 3rd one which was called "sahkokatkos". The band later changed their name to VIHAN LAPSET and later LAPSET. Two of the members started KLAMYDIAA which later became one of the most popular bands in Finland and is still active.
INDIE/POST-ROCK. MIGHTY CLOUDS is the new project from Fred Thomas and Betty Barnes (both SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME). Their self-titled debut is a collaboration of the sort that can only occur when two musicians connect on a level that goes beyond the songs they are performing. Thomas and Barnes's musical camaraderie generates a gentle electricity that exudes intimacy and beckons the listener to move in for a closer listen. Against a backdrop of delicate, unified instrumentation and subtle orchestration, Barnes' incredible voice and Thomas' songwriting prowess shine unabated. Limited edition of 500 on black 180gr vinyl. LP includes bonus Fred Thomas digital sampler. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
MIGHTY FINE, THE
brothers and smugglers (2014/CREATOR-DESTRUCTOR)
EMO-PUNK. Formed in 2008, the California four-piece has been making waves with their special brand of mid-tempo, melodic-punk, sure to please fans of HOT WATER MUSIC and THE LAWRENCE ARMS. "brothers and smugglers" is chock-full of powerful singalongs and punk-rock anthems that are reminiscent of the No Idea/Epitaph persuasion of the last 20 years, while offering up a memorable and exciting spin on the sound. Colored vinyl is limited to 250 copies and includes a digital download card.
MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, THE
more noise and other disturbances (2014/TAANG)
SKA-PUNK-ROCK. This is the 2nd full-length from Boston's partying ska-core troop THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES. Vinyl comes with a gatefold-cover.
resurrection/inferno of joy (2011/A389)
GOTH/WAVE/PUNK. "resurrection/inferno of joy" marks the return of this legendary, yet obscure, American goth/punk/metal band. Releasing music since the late '70s, THE COUNT (Doug Clark) and company are back in fine form with 2 new songs loaded with his unique style of guitar playing and new-dark experimentation. Features guest vocals by INTEGRITY's Dwid Hellion on the track "inferno of joy". Vinyl includes a MP3 download card.
s/t (2009/STRESS DOMAINE)
HARDCORE. After an absolutely ripping but unfortunately fairly sheltered demo, Concord's MIGRAINE present their debut 7", tearing through 6 songs of death worship and paranoia. This is some real "end-of-your-life" hardcore. Savage bass lines, mind bending guitar riffs, speedy, violent drumming, and some pretty brutal vocals. Think of early '80s Boston classics like YOUTH KORPS or SIEGE. This is a one-time pressing of 500 copies!