fires within fires (2017/NEUROT)
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. NEUROSIS takes its most dominant step yet with their 11th full-length, "fires within fires". Three decades in the making, striking their signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, this latest album gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. The album is a welcome companion to what's now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, this is the next powerful step toward a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of becoming for the mighty NEUROSIS. Colored (grey) vinyl repress is housed in an old style stoughton gatefold tip on jacket.
through silver in blood (2015/RELAPSE/NEUROT)
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. "through silver in blood", the band's 5th full-length album (originally from 1996) combines straight-ahead metal, vocals that tread lightly into hardcore territory, epic structuring (4 songs either approach or exceed 10 min.), and actual dynamics. "through silver in blood" is an immensly heavy, trance-inducing, and chaotic roller-coaster ride through walls of static, distorted, thickly layered guitars, bizarre samples and spoken-word weirdness, and occasional tranquility. The lyrics are a bit, well, twee, but that's not terribly unsurprising on an album so top-heavy with mystical topics. NEUROSIS are definitive of musical taste and integrity. Vinyl comes with heavy gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
times of grace (2015/NEUROT)
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. This is a double vinyl reissue, featuring the original recording back from 1998 plus NEUROSIS' alter ego TRIBES OF NEUROT. An introspective war cry hurled through space with 11 tracks of jaw-crushing primal rock, relent-free defiance, tribal sonic-roar and brutal psychedelia. Vinyl comes with heavy gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
bomb worship (2013/LOUD PUNK)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Saratoga-based punk band NEUTRON RATS, formed in 2009, and "bomb worship" is their 2nd release. "bomb worship" deliver a sonic assault on the ear drums for this devastating punk trio. Just raw punk that would make DISCHARGE and ANTI-CIMEX proud.
feral dogs (2012/LOUD PUNK)
HARDCORE-PUNK. In the last few years NEUTRON RATS has become symbiotic with Albany hardcore-punk. This new 4 track 7" pushes forward their manic hardcore. The drumming plays everything twice the speed as its contrasted with the muddy guitars and distorted vocals. Overdriven drum production really stands out. This is clearly from the ANTI-CIMEX, GAUZE, DEATH SIDE descent of hardcore-punk.
NEW AMSTERDAMS, THE
outroduction (2013/NIGHTSHOES SYNDICATE)
EMO/INDIE-PUNK. Matt Pryor from THE GET UP KIDS startet THE NEW AMSTERDAMS as a side project. This is the 7th and final album from the band. Acting as a more introspective singer-songwriter outlet than the loud emo-punk of his primary band. When THE GET UP KIDS broke up, THE NEW AMSTERDAMS became his primary focus. It was during this time that the bulk of "outroduction" was recorded. With the release of this record Pryor closes THE NEW AMSTERDAMS chapter of his career. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
basic function (2016/ERSTE THEKE)
POST/POP-PUNK. Indeed, the 13-track, 24min. affair is the stuff that '80s indie dance nights are made of. The McAllen-based trio cut a rug with ringing guitars, frantic bass lines, and hyperactive drums, sounding like a particularly nervous SMITHS trying to impress John Peel. NEW BERLIN brings influences from a host of punk sub-genres together to the year 2016 and made a instant brilliant classic for your ears. Deceptively simple but supremely catchy songwriting, spare arrangements, and memorable vocals. These tracks sound like pretty straightforward punk - and the combination of minimalist production and upbeat, simple pop songs reminds of a BILLY CHILDISH-type record or the TELEVISION PERSONALITIES.
NEW BOMB TURKS, THE
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. "destroy-oh-boy" is the NEW BOMB TURKS' gang-bustin debut album! Balls-out loud-fast-simple punk-rock! You'll get 14 deadly cuts recorded in 7 hours with super-loud distorto-guitar crunch, snot-caked vocals!
NEW BOMB TURKS, THE
pissing out the poison (1995/CRYPT)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. "pissing out the poison" is a 26-song 7" compilation. A swank package indeed! This beastie contains the following: their rare as heck 1st two 7"s, a cut from "bumped by karaoke" CD, the 7"s on Sympathy, Empty, Bag Of Hammers, Demo Derby, GEt Hip, Damaged Goods, 1 cut from the VPRO LP, "cowtown #2", the Xmas cut from "happy birthday" 10" on Sympathy, unissued NEW YORK DOLLS cover, unissued HAWKWIND cover, unissued BLUE cover and more!
NEW BOMB TURKS, THE
tapeworm blues (2013/CRYPT)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. "tapeworm blues" deliver 6-song from NEW BOMB TURK's demo from 1992. Crude, rude and loud punk-rock blort recorded 4 months prior to the epic "destroy-oh-boy" sessions. Contains 2 never-heard originals ("tapeworm blues", "drug chicks") and 4 cuts later re-recorded for "destroy-oh-boy". Vinyl includes a digital download card.
join the brigade (2014/SIX FEET UNDER)
HARDCORE. Two years in the making, this MLP is 8 tracks of California straight-edge brought to you by members of SOUL SEARCH and SLAMMERS with a tip of the hat to classic bands like STOP AND THINK and BREAKDOWN. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
chock full of misery (2012/NO IDEA)
EMO/PUNK-ROCK. After relocating from the Northeast to the Gulf-Coast of Florida, NEW BRUISES jumped back into the studio to record this much anticipated and delayed full-length album that shows the band growing up while staying true to their melodic punk-rock roots, taking cues from HOT WATER MUSIC, early SMALL BROWN BIKE and ALKALINE TRIO.
NEW BRUISES / STOLEN BIKES RIDE FASTER
PUNK/MELODYCORE. Tampa, Florida's NEW BRUISES deliver 2 clever and catchy songs in their anthemic punk-rock style. Still comparable to HOT WATER MUSIC, LATTERMAN and maybe even J CHURCH, featuring ex-members MID CARSON JULY. STOLEN BIKES RIDE FASTER are named after a Grade song and the Italian band play a brand of melodic hardcore similar to their namesake, yet are hardly a carbon copy.
NEW CHRIST, THE
GARAGE-ROCK. It has been an interesting journey since RADIO BIRDMAN front man Rob Younger formed THE NEW CHRISTS in 1984 to support Iggy Pop on his Australian tour of that year. Like a curse, THE NEW CHRISTS' recorded output returns to haunt them. Which is to say that inevitable comparisons to the band's 1st long-player "distemper" that roll out whenever a fresh album hits the racks will be back. Four full albums in 28 years isn't prodigious anyway.
NEW FLESH, THE
POST-PUNK. Hailing from Oakland, California, THE NEW FLESH delivers driving, melodic dark post-punk with the speed and aggression of hardcore. These somber but upbeat songs deal with issues of the personal, political and an intersection of both: alienation within the context of capitalism. Featuring members of NEON PISS, DESKONOCIDOS, and VAASKA. Vinyl includes a digital download card.