maere (2014/DRY COUGH)
HARDCORE/METAL. Spear-heading the UK hardcore scene in Manchester, OLD SKIN bring you 5 tracks of everything you'd want from a hardcore 7" - guttural vocals, thick-sludgey bass lines, unrelenting drums, and non-stop riffs, as well as an undertone of bleak atmosphere which clings to you like a damp, cold mist. OLD SKIN aren't afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to songwriting and this debut 7" is only the tip of the iceberg.
who are willing to draw close (2013/DINGLEBERRY)
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. Five guys from Mount Pleasant, France that are experimenting and coming up with some sounds worthy of your time. Both of OLD SOUL's present releases are short and sweet but the content is pretty sweet. They're compelling styles like gloomy, dark CELESTE and early metallic DARKEST HOUR, with a hint of post-rock and black- metal in the KRALLICE vein.
OLD TIME RELIJUN
catharsis in crisis (2007/K)
EMO/INDIE-ROCK. OLD TIME RELIJUN continues to break the confinement of rock-cliché with its newest release, "catharsis in crisis". Song after song, the ferocity of lead singer Arrington draws listeners deeper into a world where language, rhythm and unrepentant libido collide. This music is temperamental, unwieldy and unyielding; aimed to cut listeners to the bone. "Catharsis in crisis" is the 1st album to reveal OLD TIME RELIJUN’s new secret weapon, subversive saxophonista Benjamin, who uses and abuses his classical training to drive the band further into the spheres.
from where we came is where we'll rest (2013/GLORY KID)
HARDCORE. On "from where we came is where we'll rest", these young bucks from New Jersey breathe new life into the crushing, exhilarating scene once ruled by bands like TURMOIL, DISEMBODIED and INDECISION. The under-21 crew seek to revitalize the metallic hardcore scene that boomed before their time - but this is no mere retro action, this is pure passion. Limited colored edition of 500 copies includes a digital download card.
use yer illusion 3'n'4 (2011/HANDSTAND)
POST-HARDCORE. This NY/NJ-based powerhouse's sound lies somewhere between BLACK FLAG and HOT SNAKES, with a touch of D.C. influence. A heavy riff-storm of guitars mixed with pulsating bass lines, thunderous drumming, and burly vocals. Members have done time in a slew of bands, including BOOKS LIE, OFF MINOR, SAETIA, GUILT TRIP and others. Limited to 300 copies on white vinyl, and includes a digital download card.
OLE AND THE ORKS
HARDCORE-PUNK. Die Reihe der dämlichen Bandnamen hat einen neuen Höhepunkt erreicht, aber wir achten ja nach wie vor auf die inneren Werte und die stimmen hier. Ole und seine Jungs spielen 1A Nieten-Punk mit D-Beat und hier und da leichtem Crusteinschlag, macht man nichts falsch und kann man guten Gewissens weiterempfehlen, wenn es nicht gerade um Schwiegermutters Segen geht, den man da gerade einholen möchte.
Holemole (2008/UNDERGROUND COMMUNIQUE)
POST-PUNK. With members of THE GHOST, BURIAL YEAR, and QUEST FOR QUINTANAROO, East-Bay area band OLEHOLE bring a sound that encompasses numerous eclectic influences, mixing the melodic punk of Gainesville bands like HOT WATER MUSIC and SMALL BROWN BIKE with the controlled chaos of their former band BURIAL YEAR.
pilgrimage (2014/SOUTHERN LORD)
PSYCHEDELIC-METAL. The legendary rhythm section of SLEEP: Chris Hakius and Al Cisneros deliver a classic album recorded by Steve Albini. "pilgrimage" is OM's 3rd full-length. Four songs featuring OM's unique use of riff, cadence and chant. Lyrical themes address the processes of mind, psychic reality, astral and causal planes of being, and the nature of the soul. Motifs that were initiated on the band's previous album are continued here unabated. This version of "pilgrimage" comes packaged in a stoughton gatefold-jacket.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
se dice bisonte, no bualo (2007/GSL)
POST/EXPERIMENTAL-ROCK. One of 4 albums written and recorded by OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ whilst living in Amsterdam in 2005, "e dice bisonte, no bufalo" was conceived simultaneously to THE MARS VOLTA's "amputechture" and OMAR's soundtrack to the forthcoming Jorge Hernandez film, "el bufalo de la noche". Consisting of 3 vocal tracks and 6 instrumentals, the album includes the original studio version of the song "please heat this eventually" (without the vocals of Damo Suzuki). The song "rapid fire tollbooth" has been a feature of THE MARS VOLTA's live set for the past few months and is proving to be a favorite among the rabid fans populating.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & JEREMY M. WARD
s/t (2008/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. Back in 2001, just after the breakup of AT THE DRIVE-IN, MARS VOLTA guitarist OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ and his late friend JEREMY MICHAEL WARD (member of DE FACTO) recorded an album together, a minimal affair with nods to composer Steve Reich and the household sound manipulations of Matmos. That album, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Jeremy Michael Ward was released in an edition of 200 minidiscs and given out to friends. Now, this album will finally be widely available again.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & LYDIA LUNCH
s/t (2007/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST/EXPERIMENTAL-ROCK. OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ has been a fan of Lydia's work since discovering her in the early '90s. When MARS VOLTA curated a festival in 2005 they invited her. And when Omar and Lydia met, they hit it off very well. The release is the first of what Omar hopes will be a series of collaborations with Lydia. The music was recorded in Amsterdam and New York and Lydia's vocals were recorded at her own studio in Barcelona. The politics of the record are fairly obvious and Omar feels as though she speaks for both of them in that regard.
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK/DOOM. This 1st full-length offers 6 lengthy, dark and slow post-rock heaviness tracks. Going through their obscure and cold music you can soon start drawing parallels with PELICAN ("australasia" era) where they stamp you with slow, doomy material that blends an expected dose of crushing power chords with droning atmospheric textures and numerous explorations of softer dynamics. Unmerciful guitar heaviness as well as caress you with tender beauty. Songs are repetitive, growing and evolving without facing too many changes until they finally hit you with mightiness of unholy distortion so heavy it will squeeze your ears into meat balls. This is surely a promising album! Thick 180gr vinyl comes with a stunning artwork, gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK/DOOM. TheOMEGA MASSIF debut record "kalt" for the 1st time available on regular vinyl. This is not the usual silent start/big climax thing well-known from post-rock records; this is one of the best instrumental/metal/doom bands of the past years and already a classic of the genre. "kalt" got remastered by James Plotkin. Thick 180gr vinyl comes with a stunning artwork, gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
blasts of lunacy (2012/PARTS UNKNOWN)
HARDCORE. Montreal-based, lords of slam-skank OMEGAS have to be one of the best bands in hardcore at the moment. Their brand of anthemic hardcore gives devotion to their NYC and Boston hardcore influences with a uniquely snarky street-punk attitude, all of which is filtered through a little crazy, making the title of their debut LP all too appropriate. "blasts of lunacy" is 12 tracks of hardcore wizardry. This particular release sees the band emphasizing their NYC influences even more than on previous material. With this 23min. LP the band has proven that it is able to maintain momentum through an entire full-length and that their particular brand of over-the-top hardcore.
n.y. terminator (2012/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. Montreal, Canada's OMEGAS is a throwback to early '80s hardcore from the production to the sound to the energy, with these 5 tracks that are layered with fuzzed out guitars and manic, reverb-heavy vocals.