OAK & BONE
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. Despite only having been a band for a short period of time, Syracuse's OAK & BONE have been turning heads by touring the East-Coast and bringing a heavy, dirty hardcore sound with sludgy influences, crossing the styles of COLISEUM and CURSED with the doom and gloom of UNSANE and 16. Vinyl includes a digital download card with an extra song not on the 7".
OAK & BONE
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. On their debut full-length, Syracuse's OAK & BONE finally realize the sound they have been working towards since their inception, toning down the fuzzed-out hardcore that was apparent on their 7"s and focusing on the heavy, presenting a sound comparable to KYUSS, UNSANE and EYEHATEGOD. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
betwixt and between (2008/KREATION/FOREST MOON)
BLACK-METAL. Viking/Folk black-metal from the Pacific Northwest which features ex-members of ASSÜCK and FALL OF THE BASTARDS and current members of L'ACEPHALE. This album is one of the better pieces of auditory art to come out of the crusty Northwest in the past. Although not as epic as a band such as LUDICRA, they do have more of the traditional raw black-metal sound. For fans of ENSLAVED and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. Comes with well designed artwork by Kris Verwimp (IMMORTAL, ABSU).
hymn to pan (2013/EXIL ON MAINSTREAM)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. The new album by Franconian stalwarts OBELYSKKH combines the monstrous riffage they're known for since their 2012 album "white lightnin'" with a new approach to songwriting. Retrieving their sound in a much more thronging way than ever before OBELYSKKH seem to be picking up speed and urgency. OBELYSKKH manage the impossible at ease: maintaining a trademark while simultaneously adding another complexity, another approach, another dimension and thus reaching freedom in a stunning way. "hymn to pan" remains indeed a battle call, loud, aggressive and in roaring manner, but rooted in a fearless presentation of something precise, something conceived.
white lightnin’ (2012/EXILE ON MAINSTREAM)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. "white lightning" is a monstrous pound of sonic heaviness, psychedelic approaches and emotional riffage - ingredients that, if mixed together with love for the music can bring stunning results. OBELYSKKH fear no boundaries and no flavour of the heavy: this 7 tracks draws from pure sludge filth through psychedelic soundscapes into post-rock and back. Sure, this album is heavy and massive but it also breathes some kinda repetitive mantra-like ambition, which clears the air here and there and thus declines total negativity. Thick 180gr vinyl comes in a gatefold-cover, is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card inclusive 2 non-LP tracks.
OBEY THE BRAVE
young blood (2012/EPITAPH)
METALCORE. Canadian metalcore band OBEY THE BRAVE 1st emerged onto the landscape of aggressive audio in 2012, combining ex-members of heralded deathcore outfit DESPISED ICON and metalcore quintet BLIND WITNESS. Now their Epitaph debut, "young blood" displays a ferocity and passion most young bands only hint at. Tracks like "get real", which features TERROR's Scott Vogel on guest vocals, pay homage to '90s hardcore while peppering in more modern elements like massive metalcore breakdowns and an always-driving beat. Vinyl version includes free CD of this entire album.
bed & bugs (2013/SUB POP)
POST-PUNK. OBITS are a four-piece band who currently live in Brooklyn, NYC and whose music is probably considered an occupant of the rock music genre, specifically in the areas of garage, punk, surf and post-punk. On listening to "bed & bugs", the 3rd album from OBITS, the discerning listener may well note more than a passing similarity to such bands as HOT SNAKES, EDSEL, DRIVE LIKE JEHU, GIRLS AGAINST BOYS and possibly the WIPERS. This is not coincidental. With the exception of the last named, OBITS share members with all of those bands. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
i blame you (2009/SUB POP)
POST-PUNK. "i blame you" is the 1st full-length from OBITS, whose frontman Rick Froberg has led bands like DRIVE LIKE JEHU, HOT SNAKES and PITCHFORK. With OBITS, Froberg brings his unmistakable vocal styles to a rockin' punk sound with garage influences. This record breaks absolutely no new musical ground. OBITS’ next record might resolve these minor quibbles. More likely, it will sound just like their last, and it will be excellent. Vinyl version includes a MP3 download card.
let me dream if i want to (2012/SUB POP)
POST-PUNK. The rock band OBITS is from Brooklyn, NYC, and so far Sub Pop managed to release both of their full-length records. On this new single, OBITS have provided us with daring new interpretations of well-loved near-standards by MINK DE VILLE and THE KIDS.
moody, standard and poor (2011/SUB POP)
POST-PUNK. Fronted by Rick Froberg of legendary bands DRIVE LIKE JEHU, HOT SNAKES and PITCHFORK, OBITS bring together influences from punk, garage, and even surf to their sound, contributing to the members' legacy of quality music for the thinking listener. These 12 songs will take you on a series of emotional road trips. Some will be as brief as a walk to the fridge. Others will be epic pilgrimages to the shady hinterlands of your subconscious. Great records can do this - moody, standard and poor is no exception. LP includes a MP3 download card.
cause of death (2010/ROADRUNNER)
DEATH-METAL. "cause of death" is one of the finest releases from any death-metal outfit since the '80s. Considering the album as a whole, it blisters from start to finish, relentlessly leaving its listener in the midst of an uncontrollable head nod. The vocals are rough and gnarly, spanning from a low growl to a medial shriek, remaining decipherable throughout. It shows a level of artistry that is way beyond the strereotypical death-metal album. The tracks are absoloutely bone crushing. This album is not for the faint of heart!
frozen in time (2011/ROADRUNNER)
DEATH-METAL. "frozen in time" is the 2005 comeback album by American death-metal band OBITUARY. It was the band's 1st album in 8 years. OBITUARY have always been all about simplicity; austere riffing laid over thick slabs of pounding, neck-snapping groove. "frozen in time" is no different. This is the record that OBITUARY's fans have wanted, and that's what they've been given - no more, no less!
world demise (2010/ROADRUNNER)
DEATH-METAL. OBITUARY were victims of their own success. With the stunning combination of a legendary debut, a follow up album which many rate better than the 1st, it was bound to come a little unstuck on the 4th album. There is nothing obviously wrong with "world demise". It takes the raw brutality of "slowly we rot", the CELTIC FROST worship of "cause of death", and the clinical precision of "the end complete" to a new level. Everything OBITUARY made their name with is here - thunderous guitars, assault and battery of the drum kit and of course Tardy's trademark vomitory death grunt.
war is our destiny (2013/BEACH IMPEDIMENT)
HARDCORE. Almost lost to the sands of time but resurrected for a limited time by Beach Impediment Records, here's the final 7" from OBLITERATION who feature members of KNIFE FIGHT, MIND ERASER, THE RIVAL MOB, STEP FORWARD, WASTE MANAGEMENT, etc.. More of the Americanized Scandi-core from their last two 7"s: glass-in-throat vocals, driving, manic drums, abusive, tasteless guitar solos and the title track is a dumbed-down version of the SAINT VITUS classic. No overcooked crasher crust, just balls to the wall hardcore punk. Limited edition of 600 copies.
poison everything (2014/SOUTHERN LORD)
HARDCORE. Comprised of current and former members of BLACK MOUNTAIN, BLUEBIRD, SAVIOURS and NIGHT HORSE, Los Angeles's OBLITERATIONS delivers a blazing blend of POISON IDEA, DISCHARGE set to a live show that willfully incites and encourages one's aggressive tendencies to shine. The blueprint isn't the point here, it's the results. The sound is abrasive and raw, driving and aggressive, and fully infectious. OBLITERATIONS' mission is simple a one - write, record, tour, and that's just what they do. Vinyl comes with a gatefold-cover.