rated o (2009/JAGJAGUWAR)
POST/KRAUT-ROCK. ONEIDA has delivered a monster named "rated o" which happens to be the crowning achievement of their storied creative lives. The music contained within the covers of "rated o" must be seen as a gifted wilderness that when traversed will grant the traveler both a fractured mirror and a demolished and worried pathway deeper into the abyss. This album is an attempt to contain the entirety of ONEIDA and thus it points the way to infinite rebirth and boundless creativity. It is a finite map and the suggestion of unknown worlds. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the greatest triple albums ever recorded.
ONEIDA / MUGSTAR
collisions 02 (2011/ROCKET)
POST/KRAUT-ROCK. New York's ONEIDA and Liverpool's MUGSTAR exert overdriven oscillating forces on an interstellar trip. This pulsating kaleidoscopic maelstrom illuminates ONEIDA at their most free'est, from its beginning which implodes under its own stress, wherein drums scatter, amps buzz, strings are stressed, drops in drops out, gradually becoming coherent to the point of no return. MUGSTAR set chase with their own odyssean endeavor, the Aurora Borealis viewed from within. With the hum and drone of layered synths, drawing the listener in, these psychedelic warlords hit you hard with a supercolossal HAWKWIND'esque rockout like a centrifugal force that twists and turns morphing on a continual humming of valves, into the artifice of repetitive noise until at saturation point the asymptotic curve annihilates you in the quest for the perfect ion.
The force (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
In 1986, the English of ONSLAUGHT started an ultimate assault against all wimps and posers with their "The force" titled second record. The songs had been more matured than on the debut, but the songs didn't lose any brutality, heaviness or speed. On the contrary, songs like the rhythmic opener "Let there be death", the midtempo hammer "Metal forces" or the speed massacre "Thrash till the death" with its great break are the best of 80’s extreme Metal.
HARDCORE-PUNK. Featuring members of rock legends the DESCENDENTS, GOOD RIDDANCE, BANE and MODERN LIFE IS WAR, ONLY CRIME was formed in 2002-2003. With their latest release, "pursuance", the band pushes their limits with rhythmic experimentation and ambitious arrangements. The band's sound is heavy without being the least bit metal, melodic without sounding pop and experimental without treading into the arcane realm of art rock. Colored vinyl includes a CD version.
Killing peace (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
Reformed with an original line up after some 15 years, Formed in 1983, Bristol’s ONSLAUGHT went on to become one of Europe’s top trash metal outfits through the rest of the decade. Releasing three classic albums, ”Power from hell”, “The force” and “In search of sanity” ,the band helped to inspire a generation of thrash and death metal bands. Songs such as “Power from hell”, ”Let there be death” and “Metal forces” provided a soundtrack to the halcyon days Following the birth of thrash. ONSLAUGHT’s kudos as an amazing live act was cemented through a series of classic, savage live performances – a series of legendary gigs that built from support slots at The Marquee including a frenetic response the band’s soundchecks, through their home town Colston Hall show, stealing the days special guest at Hammersmith Odeon’s Longest Day thrash fest, supporting MOTÖRHEAD throughout Europe on the Orgasmatron tour, being the first thrashers to tear the hell out of Belfast ,to a hallmark performance at Eindhoven’s Dynamo Festival – the band gaining a reputation that was the envy of their contemporaries. 2005 saw original members Steve Grice, Nige Rockett, Sy Keeler and Jim Hinder reform and joined by guitarist Alan Jordan. The new material, scheduled for release on the album “Killing peace” 23rd of October 2006, is sounding desperately heavy, with an emphasis on strong song structures. The new Onslaught album promises to be an uncompromising experience and will be recorded by the Legendary “Andy Sneap” “Trivium” “Testament”. As 2005 drew to a close Onslaught once again took to the stage; a sold – out show in Bristol and was followed by a brace of appearances at the X – Mass festivals in Tilburg and Antwerp, on a bill that also featured EXODUS and HYPOCRISY. At all of the shows the crowd were presented with a blend of old and well – received new material, with the band receiving a rapturous welcome after fifteen years absence from the live scene.
Power from hell (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
THRASH-METAL. ONSLAUGHT, the British thrash-metal band, formed in 1983 influence from the 2nd wave of punk and upcomung hardcore bands. In 1984 began to write more heavy-metal songs than their original punk influenced sound. This was mainly influenced by the early releases of thrash-metal bands. The original output of "Power from hell" was in 1985. “Power from hell” came into a time when satanic imagery was labeled "childish VENOM worship" and black-metal was a swear word terrifying musicians labeled as such. Their convincing powerful black-thrash is as enjoyable in 2007 as it was in 1985. Every song on this re-release is thrash with class! Comes in nice gatefold and colored vinyl!
Destruktiv utveckling (1999/SKULD)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Sad to say but this is their farewell record after an excellent LP and a succesful tour. 8 songs of angry, pissed off political hardcore with female/male vocals. Even a bit faster and more tight than their already excellent LP. Lyrix are kind of indepth analysis of punk politics that remind a lot of CONFLICT and the likes. Very inspiring stuff - comes with LP size booklet with translations and comments.
HARDCORE-PUNK. The sleeve looks like a total peace punk clichŽ - but there are no complaints. The music is roughly described as a perfect mix of CONFLICT and MOB 47 - in one word excellent! Female/male vocalists screaming out their anger about every day suppression. The topics of the lyrics are not new at all, but who cares, because there's still an oppressive system, animal suffering, sexism and racism out there. Comes with booklet & lyrics translated in english.
SKA-PUNK. After being out-of-print for years, "energy" is finally available again. This is a re-issue of the highly influential and important full-length from these Bay-Area's band. OPERATION IVY featured both Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of RANCID along with Jesse Michaels of COMMON RIDER and Dave Mello of SCHLONG and influenced generations of ska-punk bands all over the world. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
SKA-PUNK. Originally released in 1988, "hectic" was the classic 6 song 7" that preceded 1989's "energy" and has been out-of-print on vinyl for many years until now. OPERATION IVY featured both Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of RANCID along with Jesse Michaels of COMMON RIDER and Dave Mello of SCHLONG and influenced generations of ska-punk bands all over the world. Mini-LP includes a digital download card.
damnation (2012/MUSIC ON VINYL)
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. Before "damnation" was released in 2003, all of OPETH's albums were known for the contrasting black and white, violent and delicate, heavy and light aspects in their music. On "damnation" however, they abandoned this concept of short musical interludes separating the band's explosions of black-metal fury and progressive-rock. The album is filled with only mellow melancholy, reflective and alluringly mournful tracks. After the 1st release, OPETH fans needed time for this novelty to sink in but when it did it became an absolute new successful chapter to the band's repertoire. This full-length got re-pressed on 180gr vinyl.
deliverance (2012/MUSIC ON VINYL)
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. "deliverance" is OPETH's 6th studio album, following the band's highly successful 2001 album, "blackwater park". It was recorded at the same time as "damnation". These albums were originally intended to be released as a double album but in the end they decided to release them separately. The 2 albums contrast starkly with one another, purposely dividing the band's 2 most prevalent styles, as "deliverance" is considered to be one of the band's heaviest albums, whereas "damnation" experiments with a much mellower progressive rock-influenced sound. This double vinyl got re-pressed on 180gr vinyl.
ghost reveries (2013/ROADRUNNER)
PROGRESSIVE-METAL/ROCK. As hard to believe as it appears there are still exceptions to the rule out there. For the past 15 years OPETH have managed to tread their very own path through a scene full of wannabes and traditionalists without ever heeding metal laws or fashion trends. Death-metal was trasnformed into a melting pot in the hands of OPETH who added goth, '70s prog-rock, folk and even elements of jazz with great skill transcending each genre in turn. "ghost reveries" is positively brimming with grand emotions, brutal riffs, spherical guitars, acoustic breaks, epic keyboards, rocking organs, enchanting solos und vocals reaching from downright evil to heart-breakingly beautiful. You can detect MORBID ANGEL just as well as PINK FLOYD, KING CRIMSON and NICK DRAKE. Let "ghost reveries" be your personal expedition. Metal by and for visionaries.
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. The band's roots in the doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death-metal and dark romanticism are undeniable and will never elicit apology. But the transcendent emotional and melodic heights achieved on the brilliantly titled tenth full-length OPETH album, "heritage", marks a new chapter in the storied quintet's career. Band leader, singer, guitarist, songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has reshaped the pathway forward for his artistic vehicle. This masterwork is a mind-boggling dense maze of tempo shifts, off-time signatures, percussive experimentation and warped rhythms. It is all expertly melded together by a myriad range of emotional outpouring and breezy melodic optimism which soars above the songs like a woodland spirit surveying its forest. There are multiple hints of darkness but "heritage" moves the band forward into broader dimensions.
morning rise (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
DEATH/PROGRESSIVE-METAL. The band have been a major musical influence over the last five years. They followed this album with "my arms, your hearse" which (along with their other releases!) proved to be a big seller. Again, this release has been completely re-mastered, the sleeve and artwork have been updated by the band and also included is a previously unavailable bonus track "eternal soul torture". This is a great chance for old and new fans to check the whole OPETH back catalogue which are (without doubt) essential additions to any metal fans collection. Re-issue of OPETH’s classic 2nd album, comes on 180gr and is housed in a gatefold-cover.