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.
OMNIPRESENT DISEASE, THE
dressed like you (2010/SPASTIC FANTASTIC)
HARDCORE. Unlasting the 4 punks of THE OMNIPRESENT DISEASE are releasing their own 9 track 10" after their split with ALARMSTUFE GERD. "dressed like you" is a dirty and disowned platter, seeking for hideous revenge, ahungered, cornered but ready for anything. THE OMNIPRESENT DISEASE belongs to the precious few hardcore-punk bands, that typify what punk really means.
double vision (2009/REAPER)
SXE-HARDCORE. Combining years of experience with straightforward, powerful, inspirational and heartfelt hardcore, ON puts the broken pieces of their previous projects together to form a new band. Comprised of members from CHAMPION, GO IT ALONE, BLUE MONDAY and LIGHTS OUT, ON plants their feet firmly in the traditions of the past while looking to the future. "double vision" brings the "vital times" 7" and "control" 7" together on one LP that includes a digital download card.
planet hospice (2012/AMERICAN ENEMY)
HARDCORE. ON BODIES' 9 track debut MCD is a blast from the past. They play a traditional style of melodic, heavy hardcore. The band features ex-members of TERROR, AS FRIENDS RUST, CULTURE, WALLS OF JERICHO, MORNING AGAIN, SHAI HULUD and more.
the long con (2013/COFFEEBREATH AND HEARTACHE)
HARDCORE. If you’re familiar with Florida hardcore scene of yesteryear and today, you’ll be extremely impressed and pleased with ON BODIES. The band boasts member of CULTURE, AS FRIEND RUST, MORNING AGAIN, SHAI HULUD, UNTIL THE END and a couple more. All of the insane eclectic styles of hardcore are brought together in ON BODIES. The band’s sound is musically riding a faster-paced hardcore akin to the likes of MOUTHPIECE, BATTERY, and BETTER THAN A THOUSAND. This one-sided, 180gr colored LP comes with a handscreened b-side, is limited to 300 copies and comes with a digital download card.
ON MY SIDE
grow (2008/WORDS OF WAR)
SXE-HARDCORE. ON MY SIDE is a young Houston hardcore band whose intention is to play fast, straight-edge hardcore reminiscent of bands like YOUTH OF TODAY, DESPERATE MEASURES, BEYOND. Following on the successes of "redefinition", ON MY SIDE are back in with their sophomore full-length release titled "grow". And what better name to title an album that clearly defines the maturity of a band that once played music drawn by their influences, to a band that has gone beyond to set lyrical and musical inspiration for new Texas hardcore bands?