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!
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.
cult of culture (2014/MAN IN DECLINE)
HARDCORE. In December 2010, in the midst of personal tragedies and frustrations, OBLIVIONATION was started in Massachusetts by former OUT COLD members. The goal of the band was simple: create the most caustic hardcore that they possibly could, with their chief influences being bands like POISON IDEA, AGNOSTIC FRONT and FINAL CONFLICT. Like their past projects, OBLIVIONATION does not follow trends: they create blistering hardcore on their own terms: short, fast, pissed. Limited edition of 511 copies.
obsession collection (2013/TANK CRIMES)
METAL/HARDCORE. OBSESSOR is a metal/punk band from Richmond, influenced by ENGLISH DOGS, G.B.H. and VENOM, ONSLAUGHT with all instruments done in studio by Brandon Ferrell, the man behind bands like DIRECT CONTROL, GOVERNMENT WARNING and a founding member of MUNICIPAL WASTE. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
HARDCORE. While most of the state seems obsessed with the throwback style hardcore, North Carolina's OBSTRUCTION are one of the few modern bands that incite comparisons to both the FAITH and "Dealing with it" period D.R.I.. Honing their crossover style of hardcore they've become a permanent fixture in NC's thriving scene. This is their debut 7" after a pair of demos. It contains 5 ultra fast songs of blistering hardcore-thrash mayhem. Each record comes with a CD of the songs, comes on colored vinyl, and features hand-colored covers.
human abhorrence (2015/BROKEN LIMBS)
GRINDCORE. OCCULT 45 has been causing mayhem up and down the East-Coast with its intense live performances as of late. At just over 12min. in length, "human abhorrence" is short, vicious and leaves you wanting more. Limited edition of 300 copies