HARDCORE. Making their intentions clear since 1984, New York City's SHEER TERROR has a long, ugly and proud tradition of playing by their own rules and working at their own pace. "spite" is the 1st new recording since 1995. "spite" contains 2 new songs and 1 cover track, with album art by famed NYC artist Sean Taggart. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
standing up for falling down (2014/REAPER)
HARDCORE. In 2010, SHEER TERROR reared its ugly head once again and it appears that the illustrious Paul Bearer along with the new and improved lineup are here to stay this time. After delivering their 1st 7", "spite", to satiate the hunger of the hardcore masses, the 1st SHEER TERROR full-length in 18 years is about to drop on our heads like a bag of cinder blocks. Recorded in early 2014 "standing up for falling down" pulls no punches. Colored vinyl comes with gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
skate assassin (2011/HANDSOME DAN)
HARDCORE. SHEGLANK'D SHOULDERS play songs for skateboarders, about skateboarders, by skateboarders. FREEZE, ADOLESCENTS worship going on here, in the best way possible. Featuring members of SPASTIC PANTHERS and THE MOTHERFUCKERS. Limited edition 2 song Flexi-7" with full cover artwork and includes a MP3 download card.
1000 hurts (2000/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. "1000 hurts" is the 3rd album from Chicago noise-rock combo SHELLAC. You'll get 10 songs, none of them terribly long. There are some classic SHELLAC-style songs, but there are also some unexpected moments. This is a truly head-scratching record. You'll be truly impressed by this band's continued musical inventiveness and their ability to keep it interesting every time. Every SHELLAC fan needs it, and any other fans of interesting sounds should give it a listen. Plus the packaging (a reel-to-reel box) is nice.
at action park (1994/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. Steve Albini's SHELLAC is one of the most intense, powerful, bitter, darkest, meanest, rock acts ever with a sound so harsh you feel like your listening to a party band in a post-nuclear winter. Their 1st full-length album, "at action park" is also their best, most accessible album. From mathrock instrumental to almost whimsical, blugeoning and all out kick-ass rock SHELLAC actually creates a vast and far reaching song list. And despite all the bands spitting, snarling and sneering, it's noisey claxon-like guitar squall, it's pounding rythmic aural assault, "at action park" ironically turns out to be one of the most catchiest, killer records of all time.
dude incredible (2014/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. "dude incredible" is the 5th studio album from Steve Albini and SHELLAC, and was recorded sporadically over the span of a few years by Albini at his studio in Chicago. It continues on the band's path of a minimal but heavy sound. The thick 180gr vinyl version of "dude incredible" includes a CD and comes packaged in a chipboard album jacket.
excellent italian (2007/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. SHELLAC present their 4th full-length effort, which brings recording guru Steve Albini's band back to its minimalist roots, with 9 songs spanning over 42 min.. Songs are about Italy or greyhounds. Both the CD and LP come packaged in a beautiful full-color gatefold sleeve. The LP also includes an OBI or slipcover that was drawn and hand-silk screened by Jay Ryan. The CD has a non-hand-screened OBI. The pressings are 180gr audiophile quality. Vinyl version includes a CD with the entire album.
terraform (2010/TOUCH & GO)
NOISE/POST-ROCK. SHELLAC is about as economical as a band can be. There are no extraneous notes, every sound, every word, every drum beat is put there for a reason. This album moves through a bleak soundscape that sounds barren and uninteresting, lacking variety at first, but on closer examination hidden details that were almost to small to notice become apparent. SHELLAC is a band of subtleties, where every stray movement of a finger against a guitar string is like a symphony, and the recording brings out every nuance and shade of the playing. The dynamic and interplay between each musician is mesmerising and they play off each other perfectly, each contributing a necessary part to the whole. This album is just as good as at "action park", just as enthralling, and just as urgent.
SHELLSHAG / APOGEE SOUND CLUB
POST-PUNK/POP.PUNK. This split 7" features 6 song 7" (3 songs from each band). SHELLSHAG has been the soundtrack to chaotic Brooklyn house shows for years now, and will soon be releasing their 4th album on Don Giovanni Records. They play sweaty, black-out drunk pop music at it's finest. APOGEE SOUND CLUB (Bay-Area) in turn crafts aggressive, angular and politically charged post-punk in the school of THE EX and GANG OF FOUR.
perfection of desire (2014/REVELATION)
MELODYCORE. Their 1st release. Ray Cappo (YOUTH OF TODAY) with music played by Tommy Capone (BEYOND, BOLD, QUICKSAND), and Todd, Dave and Bill from CT's 76% UNCERTAIN. New pressing now available on red vinyl with newly re-mastered audio. Colored (tan) vinyl includes a digital download card.
DOOM-METAL. Swiss SHEVER returned with "rituals" - an album of sludgy death-doom heaviness: crushing riffs, crawling rhythm, hate-drenched vocals, and melodies that create a unique trance-like atmosphere. Those appreciating the sounds as diverse as of CATHEDRAL, BURIED AT SEA, SLEEP or even early MY DYING BRIDE might develop an addiction to these 6 aggressive pieces, stretching over 50 ritualistic min. of doom. Colored vinyl limited to 400 copies.
HARDCORE. Obscure gem from the mid-'90s Umea, Sweden hardcore scene. Every band from this scene (Final Exit, Refused, Abhinanda etc.) seemed to have their own sound which would keep many people interested on what was going on in Umea during that period of time, and SHIELD was no exception. The acoustic parts and overall dark sound mixed with UNBROKEN and OUTSPOKEN-like hardcore would be the band's own stamps. Originally released on CD by Desperate Fight Records in 1995 with this pressing including their track from the "sxe as fuck" compilation. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes digital download ard.
The big, big, breakthrough album for Shift. They further define their musical style, carving a niche for themselves in the evolution of melodic hardcore, as well as completely rocking out.
get in (1997/EQUAL VISION)
POST-HARDCORE. Though often associated with the New York City hardcore scene of the mid-'90s, SHIFT never quite fit in with their contemporaries, and were more apt to play a ballad than to kick over a mic stand. Their sound fuses complex time changes and manic break-outs with blatant pop sensibilities; a combination which won them a loyal underground audience, culminating in a jump to a major label in 1997.
SHIN TO SHIN
HARDCORE/METAL. The brainchild of Aaron Melnick (INTEGRITY/IN COLD BLOOD/INMATES), SHIN TO SHIN's debut album is a mountain of unforgettable riffs laying the foundation for A2's signature guitar solos resulting in a really mean/tough sounding record. Not for the weak. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.