hell is empty (2009/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. In today's world of pacification and placation in the hardcore scene, RUINER came screaming out of Baltimore in 2005 and they have not stopped. "hell is empty", produced by J. Robbins (Against Me, Jets To Brazil, Modern Life Is War), is a brooding, caustic hardcore record - dirty, full of attitude and lyrical wit with a humor not found in most bands. Their sarcastic, clear "fuck you" to the world is well written, powerful and doesn't care if you agree or not. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
i heard these dudes are assholes (2008/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. RUINER has made a name for themselves in the hardcore scenes with relentless touring and their selfreleased redcords when no one would give these Baltimore upstarts a chance. "I heard these dudes are assholes" is a 14 song collection of the "What could possibly go right" 7" released in various forms, the split 7" with Portugal's DAY OF THE DEAD as well as the band's original demo. All of these songs are out of print an have been re-mastered by Nick at New Alliance to give this 14 song collection a sharper, louder and heavier sound. Colored (bronze) vinyl includes a digital download card.
prepare to be let down (2007/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. RUINER's debut, "prepare to be let down", begins with the line "i gave up on metaphors and acts of sarcastic wit" and sets the tone for the remainder of this 12 song blast of hardcore. Lyrically, RUINER's "prepare to be let down" embarks on an album that is an honest and uniquely witty view of what happens when you screw up your own life and deal with the consequences. Musically, RUINER takes hardcore and punk and adds a dark melody along with mixing up song structures and tempos to keep the listener from being able to predict what's next. Colored (ocher) includes a digital download card.
incidents (2013/TWISTED CHORDS)
CRUST-HARDCORE. RUINS from Bielefeld deliver their first proper full-length release after a split LP with KYREST and a demo. RUINS have current/former members of such bands as PATSY O' HARA or SHOYU SQUAD and have established a reputation for delivering high quality, down-tuned neo-crust hardcore. You'll get 5 tracks with an excellent recording production with an absolutely huge sound. It's so unique, that it's not just another d-beat imitiation. Prepare to be blown away! Vinyl comes with great artwork, booklet and includes a digital download card.
RULE OF NINES, THE
s/t (2013/IRISH VOODOO)
POST-HARDCORE. This 7" was originally released as a demo in 1995. THE RULE OF NINES was a hardcore band from Los Angeles that featured Jon Roa of JUSTICE LEAGUE and END TO END on vocals and Joseph Patrick of FORCED DOWN and PITCHFORCK on drums. For fans of 108, EYELID, and HELMET.
RULE OF THIRDS
s/t (2015/MASS MEDIA)
POST-PUNK. From the 1st song the new LP comes across as a more focused, even sophisticated, affair than their 2 previous efforts, the 2013 "altars" 7" and the 2012 demo. The earlier RULE OF THIRDS material had a grittier sound – it harkened back to the early '80s L.A. death-rock of the 45 GTAVE and VOODO CHURCH. This 9 song LP, however, feels more British – more in line with the nuanced early gothic-rock of SKELETAL FAMILY and "juju"-era SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES. In all, this self-titled LP is as good as contemporary dark post-punk gets; it’s an essential document of modern dark music. Their gloominess is the result of a meticulous building of sonic tension and not from the blunt bashing out of power chords. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
aqui no es (2013/SORRY STATE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Debut album from this San Francisco punk band that have a split 7" with Mexico's LOS MONJO. Like LOS MONJO or PELIGRO SOCIAL, RULETA RUSA take the big, anthemic riffs of old Spanish punk like ESKORBUTO and inject them with the wild energy of '80s US hardcore, sealing the deal with a sprinkling of infectious, rocked-out lead guitar. Whether they're bashing out an upbeat singalong or a darker, more downbeat song like the title track, RULETA RUSA fill every moment with maximum power and energy. Recommended for punks who like punk.
is dead (2005/NO IDEA)
FOLK-PUNK. RUMBLESEAT was the acoustic project band featuring Chris and Chuck from HOT WATER MUSIC. This long awaited collection includes 7 songs from their 4 out-of-print 7" records, 2 songs from compilations, and 4 previously unreleased songs. Recorded in Gainesville 1998-1999. The vinyl version comes with elegant, professionally screen-printed covers and colored vinyl!
living for death, destroying the rest (2009/RELAPSE)
THRASH-METAL. After helping to pave the way for the old-school metal revival, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER does more than just rehash thrash on "living for death, destroying the rest" rather, the band's sophomore release transcends mere nostalgia as it ushers speed-metal, kicking and screaming, into the new millennium at last. What separates the Philly foursome from the rest is not the precise riffing, raging solos, or the pummeling percussion; rather, it's the attitude, one as contagious as the songs themselves. On their 2nd full-length they continue along those lines, bringing blistering thrash comparable to MUNICIPAL WASTE, EXODUS and TOXIC HOLOCAUST.
american despair/the coming (2013/FIRESTARTER)
POST-PUNK. Shortly after the demise of THE BREAKS and FORMALDEHYDE JUNKIES, Joseph (vocalist for the former) and Colin (drummer for the latter) got together to work on a project inspired by the late '70s garage and post-punk bands that drenched themselves in darkness and depression (think an amalgamation of bands like CRIME, DEAD BOYS, THE GUN CLUB and THE BIRTHDAY PARTY. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card and is limited to 300 copies.
RUN FOR YOUR FUCKING LIFE
45 mph (2001/GLOOM)
HARDCORE. RUN FOR YOUR FUCKING LIFE is a triumph of raw hardcore energy that is very much influenced by '80s hardcore, in particular ECONOCHRIST or POISON IDEA. All songs are angry and harsh and ready to explode. CD compiles the LP, 7", and 2 extra bonus tracks from this California band.
big vacation (2015/NO SLEEP)
INDIE-ROCK. "big vacation" is a hazy, jangly, summertime jam that showcases vocalist/guitarist Anthony Heubel's impressively diverse evolution as a songwriter. Its memorable hooks and melodies grab hold of listeners with each telling note, while the bittersweet lyrics are fed by Heubel's newfound discontent for complacency and exploitation. For fans of TIGERS JAW and TITLE FIGHT. Colored vinyl includes digital download.
s/t (2015/NO SLEEP)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. Pittsburgh indie-rock band RUN FOREVER releasing a new, self-titled album, that features 11 songs, including the recently released single "big vacation". The album showcases vocalist/guitarist Anthony Heubel's impressively diverse evolution as a songwriter. Over the last several years RUN FOREVER has become well known for their gifted songwriting and alt-indie musical style. Colored (blue) vinyl includes a digital download card.
break mirrors (2008/GIVE PRAISE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. "break mirrors" contain 5 Tracks of youthful and energetic hardcore-punk out of Cleveland. Mosh friendly but spastic, shouted vocals and a pissed off vibe. With songs like "i don't hate religion, i just hate you" you know what you're in for.
RUN WITH THE HUNTED
HARDCORE. On their debut, RUN WITH THE HUNTED has architected songs founded around the heaviness and technicality of bands like INDECISION and TURMOIL intermixed with the strong, noisy flourishes akin to BOTCH and CATHARSIS. The end result as shown on their self-titled album is anything but the typical aping of either niched genre - it's a powerful combination of both, without the shortcomings of either and a unique style all its own. Colored vinyl version includes a MP3 download code.