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!
weird tales (2010/COWABUNGA)
HARDCORE. The follow up to the "st" 7" sees the band progressing a little bit and the word "weird" from the title sums up this sequel record. Still doing a NO COMMENT meets NEOS sort of spastic style of hardcore the band also brances out with some SWANS influence and more weirder elements in the music that are hard to pinpoint. For those who like their hardcore fast but also different. Limited to 500 screenprinted, colored edition.
MIKE & THE MELVINS
three men and a baby (2016/SUB POP)
NOISE-ROCK. "three men and a baby" is the new album by MIKE & THE MELVINS. It was supposed to come out 16 years ago. In 1998, around the time his band GODHEADSILO went on hiatus, Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends THE MELVINS. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music's next big thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group's debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999. The incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015. So, about the record? Mike's signature bass crunch and vocals are all over it and the MELVINS are in fine form. It has everything from hefty noise-rock churn to a PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. song to cough-syrup blues to deconstructed black-metal. Neither Melvins nor GODHEADSILO fans will be disappointed. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
MIKE HALE / MIKE REED
split (2010/SECOND NATURE)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. MIKE HALE and MIKE READ are best known for their loud rock bands GUNMOLL and IN THE RED, along with SMALL BROWN BIKE and ABLE BAKER FOX, respectively. In April 2009, the 2 collaborated on a pair of acoustic songs for a 7" that shows the stripped down, quieter side of their songwriting. The end result is 2 honest and sincere songs that bring together 2 friends who respect and admire each other's music. Colored vinyl is limited to 650 copies and includes a digital download card.
pris á la gorge (2013/MOMENT OF COLLAPSE)
POST-HARDCORE/METAL. On "pris á la gorge", Quebecois act MILANKU craft extremely solid post-metal-type post-rock, with a couple moments during this nearly hour-long affair. These guys remind of a heavier ENVY. It's nonetheless awesome at times. Opener "la chute" is a great example summing up what the band does so well: roll along at a slower tempo with moody, atmospheric rhythms that give way into harsh, growled, crushing juggernauts that warrant comparisons to ENVY's sorta contemporaries ISIS or CULT OF LUNA.
MILES & FEET
lies. words. love (2014/LIFE IS A FUNNY THING)
POST-HARDCORE. "lies. words. love" is the debut from MILES & FEET out of Leipzig, Germany. This one-sided LP brings 6 tracks of powerful and emotional melodic post-hardcore hardcore. The limited edition of 350, colored copies includes a free CD of this entire album.
consequences (2009/SHARK MEN/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. MILES AWAY hail from Perth, Australia. MILES AWAY take influence from such old-school bands as GORILLA BISCUITS and 7 SECONDS to newer bands like CHAMPION and early COMEBACK KID. But three things are clear: mosh, melody and message. Sandwiched between fast hardcore and catchy harmonic sections lie heartfelt lyrics.
endless roads (2010/SIX FEET UNDER/RESIST)
HARDCORE. From Perth, isolated on Australia's West Coast, MILES AWAY has been churning out several releases during the past years and now present "endless roads" which is a heartfelt testament to their time spent on the road and is 10 tracks of melodic, heavy, and polished hardcore in the same vein of early COMEBACK KID, HAVE HEART and MODERN LIFE IS WAR. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
tide (2015/SIX FEET UNDER)
HARDCORE. Proving distance is no divide when it comes to songwriting, now the Berlin-based guitarist collaborated electronically on the songwriting and structure for the new album. When it came to enlisting help to record, MILES AWAY has myriad friends from all corners of the globe to call upon with former DEFEATER drummer, THE OTHERS bass player. Pitching in on backing vocals are members from BANE, DREAMTIGERS, CLEAVE and A DEATH IN THE FAMILY. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
true brew (2015/EPITAPH)
MELODYCORE/PUNK. Swedish skate-punk quartet MILLENCOLIN return with their 1st album in 7 years, "true brew". Titled to reflect the tight bonds and egalitarian politics that have kept the original band lineup in place for over 20 years, "true brew" is a return to the punk roots that inspired the band's formation. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
bones dust nothing (2010/A389)
HARDCORE. Featuring Damian of FUCKED UP on vocals as well as former members of NO WARNING and TERROR, MILLENIAL REIGN do their best tribute to early INTEGRITY complete with dark vocals and wailing guitar solos. Guest vocals on 2 tracks courtesy of Chris Colohan (CURSED, LEFT FOR DEAD, THE SWARM). Colored 7" includes MP3 download code.
MILLIONS OF THEM
failures (2010/ADAGIO 830)
HARDCORE. MILLIONS OF THEM from Belgium are one of the most intense bands out of europe nowadays. They play angry heavy hardcore that reminds on all those end '90s hardcore bands like BOTCH, DISEMBODIED, NINE IRON SPITFIRE etc.. The 10 track debut record (with former AM I DEAD YET members) comebines noise, chaos, and unbridled anger - just plain brutal, heartfelt and dirty. Pressed on heavy vinyl and packed in 350gr sleeves.
s/t (2010/TRASH KING PRODUCTIONS)
HARDCORE. Oakland's MIND feature members of bands like LIGHTS OUT, NEVER HEALED and THE SNOBS but play heavy rock 'n' roll with beefy riffs, carrying on the same tradition as ANNIHILATION TIME or DOOMRIDERS.
MIND AS PRISON
maryland grindcore (2011/TO LIVE A LIE)
GRINDCORE. There is something powerful in the water in the area in and abouve our state's capital. That power has seeped out and created some mutant musicians who play grindcore more insane than any others. First it spawned MAGRUDERGRIND, then it birthed TRIAC, then there was A WARM GUN, following later was DISCIPLES OF CHRIST... and finally from the goo of infernal blasterdom came MIND AS PRISON. Superior blasting, raw classic metal chops thrown in on top of a huge wall of noise. Imagine P.L.F. if they got all raged out on DEATH and NASUM. They simply won't waste your time.
MIND AS PRISON / DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
split (2012/TO LIVE A LIE)
GRINDCORE. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST from DC play raging power-violence/grindcore (with a MAGRUDERGRIND member). On the flipside MIND AS PRISON plays ripping grind - damn hard as well. If you like grind, don’t think…just get it!