SETTING SON, THE
spring of hate (2009/BAD AFRO)
GARAGE-ROCK. The sound on "spring of hate" is quite different compared to the debut album. The songwriting of Sebastian Kristiansen has become more varied this time. The references to garage-rock from the '60s, psychedelic-pop and surf are clear but it seems that THE SETTING SON have their own take on neo-psych anno 2009. The strange but addictive vocals of Sebastian just underline that fact.
SETTLE FOR LESS
INDIE-ROCK. SETTLE FOR LESS released their debut called "greetings" a while ago - that captured a young band figuring out their sound and style by taking nods from BRAND NEW and others. "contemporary" showcases a growth that many bands experience by their 2nd or 3rd full-length, and now feel at home in both basements and larger venues. The ride has just begun and this release hints at what is in store. CD includes "greetings" as bonus tracks. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
SETUP / SCHEMATIC OF A WAKING LIFE
split (2004/ELECTRIC HUMAN PROJECT)
POST-HARDCORE. Richmond's the SETUP blast through 13min. of their hardest offerings to date. Combining elements of hardcore, punk-rock, and straight up metal, these southern boys detonate chunky guitar riffs with collapsing vocals. The results? An overly aggresive and sadistic composition for fans of everything from CONVERGE. SCHEMATIC OF A WAKING LIFE lay down 4 tracks of post-hardcore perfection. Songs suggestive of a DC sound from the '90s brewed with the updated offerings of HOT CROSS and OFF MINOR. These new englanders manage to be melodic and cathcy without loosing their frantic edge.
crawl & reign (2009/DEMONS RUN AMOK/GSR)
HARDCORE. This new outing sees THE SETUP evolving in their signature sound, whilst tuning down a notch and adding the rawest and most vicious riffs they've conjured so far, creating a dark, gloomy and above all heavy album, which is bound to pass the test of time. Since "minister of death" 2 previous members quit a lot. Now they're back with a devastating release, ready to continue the road to the top. The 5 rage and anger spitting tracks on "crawl & reign" are a warming up for the next The SETUP full-length album.
SEVEN GENERATIONS / GATHER
split (2010/NEW EDEN)
SXE-HARDCORE. This 7" is a great mix of 2 current bands showing us what they have to offer and their dedication to the straight-edge and vegan lifestyle. This 7" insert is complete with liner notes and explanations only demonstrating more of each band's quality and devotion. Repressed with alternate artwork.
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP
opium morals (2013/A389)
SLUDGE-HARDCORE/METAL. Southern California's purveyors of occult-infused doom/hardcore SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP return with their sophomore full-length featuring 10 brand new tracks of their most intense and bludgeoning material to date. Their brand of steel bridge cable heaviness and microphone engulfing vocals might blow the minds of those unfamiliar with the sludge genre while those that are will simply find their bellies full. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP
s/t (2011/A389/SELL YOUR SOUL)
SLUDGE-METAL/HARDCORE. Giving nods to the horned one, from the land of California, SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP (former ARM AND SWORD OF A BASTARD GOD) deliver 8 devastating tracks of sludgy hardcore and metal done right that brings to mind EYEHATEGOD, GRIEF and BUZZOVEN. Colored vinyl comes with gatefold-cover. Tape edition is limited to 100 copies
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP
SLUDGE-HARDCORE/METAL. Southern California's current kings of sludge metal return with a deluxe gatefold 7" package featuring 3 new songs on vinyl, an enhanced CD with videos and bonus tracks (taken from the COG split), plus a poster insert and a 4" embroidered patch exclusive only to this release with everything housed in a thick, gatefold cover. Colored 7"+CD includes a digital download card.
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP / CHILDREN OF GOD
SLUDGE/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE/METAL. Two of Southern California's hardcore and metal underlords are featured on this split. CHILDREN OF GOD play frantic, metallic, and heavy hardcore akin to THE SWARM, THE CURSED and BACKSTABBERS INC., while SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP bust out the sludge and doom, bringing to mind EYEHATEGOD and GRIEF. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
all down hill (2009/SHUT UP)
PUNK-ROCK. SEVERANCE PACKAGE makes its vinyl debut with this 3 song gem of a 7", featuring the X-like harmonies and anthemic riffs of Robin and Josh Indar (BLACK FORK) paired with the double-fisted percussion of vet drummer Steve Bragg (VOMIT LAUNCH, SPECIAL FORCES). This high-octane power trio hails from the tiny college town of Chico, where the band is a ferocious anomaly in an inland sea of keg-foam and apathy. Limited pressing on Portland’s SHUT UP records with lyric insert and download card.
SEVERED HEAD OF STATE
power hazard (2007/HAVOC)
HARDCORE-PUNK. SEVERED HEAD OF STATE return with 9 punishing tracks. Hard driving riffs and angry vocals give this release a real fist pumping intensity. A lot of the songs are more mid tempo in the tradition of mid period POISON IDEA and other hardcore punk bands that took some cues from MOTÖRHEAD. An amalgam of various influences, from mood driven crust, to modern hardcore, to full blown Japanese distortion and Scandinavian crustcore, all blended to create a venomous assault on the senses. SEVERED HEAD OF STATE have been going for ten years now, but are a band with no geographic center and with all members playing in other bands (current TRAGEDY, WARCRY, WORLD BURNS TO DEATH, SIGNAL LOST etc.). The CD version of this release also contains the "charge ahead" and "fucking butchery" 7"s as bonus tracks.
seasons of decay (2013/MAYFLY)
POST/GOTHIC-PUNK. Featuring members of OLD WOUNDS, New Jersey's SEX CROSS has attempted to create a sound equally engulfed in darker emotions, yet from a completely different approach. SEX CROSS plays pop-driven goth-punk reminiscent of bands like CHRISTIAN DEATH, SISTERS OF MERCY, newcomers like ARCTIC FLOWERS and even AFI. Limited edition of 500 copies.
s/t (2014/CRUCIAL RESPONSE)
HARDCORE. Named after the classic NECROS song, SEX DRIVE from Holland plays raw and primitive hardcore inspired by bands like DIE KREUZEN, SSD and VOID. Not interested in creating a carbon copy of any of these bands. Expect no nonsense, no gimmicks, no posturing. Just fist pumping riffs, ferocious drumming and snarling, demented vocals. This is furious, relentless fast early '80s hardcore that leaves nothing but chaos in your head.
full av aska (2013/KONTON CRASHER)
HARDCORE. After a killer demo tape released in 2012, Sweden's non-stop erotic noise cabaret are back with their debut 7". If you are into Swedish raw-punk and Japanese noise, you will not want to miss this - it's the perfect blend of both! Total electric annihilation. Move fast or regret, these wont come back round again.
non-stop erotic noise cabaret (2014/KONTON CRASHER)
HARDCORE. Raw mangel is a bit of a cliche these days, but what the fuck else would you expect from a band that borrows heavily from both classic and newer swedish and Japanese d-beat/crasher/raw punk? And with a name stolen from a SOFT CELL song, these lunatics have no other choice but to deliver the goods. Sure, mid-era DISCLOSE is a good place to start when comparing this band to their predecessors, but with members from PROTES BENGT and FILTHY CHRISTIANS.