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.
INDIE/POST-ROCK. This epic, 36min., 5-song LP has solidified MOVING MOUNTAINS' spot as one of the most talked about bands like SAY ANYTHING, THURSDAY and THE DEAR HUNTER. The vinyl edition features an exclusive remix of "lights and shapes" by Andrew Maury. For fans of THRICE, BRAND NEW and the above mentioned. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
POST-HARDCORE. This is the 1st release from this desert wasteland group introducing 4 tracks and 11min. of explosive, kinetic bedlam. Noisy, rhythmic, dark, and appealingly off, this debut is something that could only make sense for a one-sided petroleum picture-disc. Featuring dead members of DOGS OF IRE, ROGUE STATE and RESTRAINED. Comes with a poster, as well as a lyric sheet. Limited edition of 500 copies.
california (2014/MUSIC ON VINYL)
NOISE/ALTERNATIVE/EXPERIMENTAL. Nobody ever accused MR. BUNGLE of being suckers for a good melody. The syncopated blasts of cartoonish noise that fill 1991's "s/t" and 1995's "disco volante" are one part speed metal and one part speedy gonzalez. Initially, the band served as a more aggressive outlet for singer Mike Patton, widely known for his work in FAITH NO MORE. The 3rd, and possibly final, album from Mike Patton's genre-hopping group was originally released in 1999. Arguably their most accessible and pop-oriented record they still manage to be beguiling and impressive in their range, covering territory as diverse as swing, rockabilly, country and western, bossa nova, jazz, ZAPPA-esque, arty-funk, post-rock, space-age etc. Colored, handnumbered, 180gr vinyl is limited to 2000 copies.
disco volante (2014/MUSIC ON VINYL)
NOISE/ALTERNATIVE/EXPERIMENTAL. One of the most uncompromising and adventurous major label releases of the '90s, MR. BUNGLE's 2nd album, originally released in 1995. While the 1st was a sort of circus-funk-metal-crusher-miscellaneous album, this one can't be broken down as easily. Incorporating death-metal, free-Jazz, experimental electronica, and ambient soundtracks, along with Mike Patton's outrageous vocal style, "disco volante" is probably the most important and groundbreaking release of Patton's storied career, and that's saying a lot. So what is it? It's just MR. BUNGLE. Colored, handnumbered, 180gr vinyl is limited to 2000 copies.
NOISE/ALTERNATIVE/EXPERIMENTAL. This album is by far one of the most original pieces of music you'll ever hear. These guys go above and beyond in creativity. Enthrallingly weird major label debut is a powerful, if tiring experience down the minds of musical madness. For a band that became synonymous with harnessing the true power of fragmentation, a slight majority of tracks here do not add up to a convincing experience, compounded greatly by the unfortunate enslavement to this evil circus theme they were going for at the time. Mr. BUNGLE, thank you for pounding the last nail into pop culture coffin. Be careful with this record. It will change the way your ears work.