deer creek canyon (2012/SUB POP)
INDIE/FOLK-ROCK. "deer creek canyon", SERA CAHOON's 3rd solo album, sees her ruminating on the gravitational pull of home. Since migrating to Seattle in 1998, Sera has played with BAND OF HORSES and others. "deer creek canyon" delves deeper and sees her voice remarkably stronger than on her past albums. Where her previous efforts explored the complicated throes of dark emotions, this album is more richly focused. Cahoone is singing from a firmer foundation this time around, trusting the simplicity, bending against the elements like those trees in "deer creek canyon". Listen closely, the music feels like home. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. Hailing from Tupelo and heavy as all hell, this is SERAPHIM's debut 7". Limited to 500 copies all on mixed vinyl, this will serve as a teaser for their upcoming full-length on A389. Fans of MASTODON, NEUROSIS and BARONESS take note. Colored 7" includes a MP3 download card.
PSYCHEDELIC-ROCK. SEREMONIA comes from Finland, plays heavy psychedelic-rock and sings in their native language. On their sophomore album "ihminen" (Finnish for human) the band both continues the primitive pounding of their eponymous debut and expands their trademark sound into more epic directions.
PSYCHEDELIC-ROCK. There are a few bands from Finland that play some sort of old school psychedelic-rock, but none of them sing in their native language. The debut album by SEREMONIA features fuzz-laden guitar riffage, out-of-control drum grooves, spacey synthscapes, eerily beautiful female vocals and esoteric and apocalyptic lyrics sung in Finnish. SEREMONIA is influenced by the muddy sounds of Anglo-American proto metal, the weirdly fuzzy grooves of psychedelic-rock and the experimental ideas of Finnish progressive-rock. Love for nasty guitar riffs and demented rocking are never out of fashion.
hyena (2013/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA)
METAL/HARDCORE. SERPENT EATER, based out of Cologne, Germany, has been plodding forward with its current lineup since early 2012. With members hailing from HAMMERHEAD, TUMULT, DASKRILL and THROATS, SERPENT EATER has been well rooted in the d.i.y. scene for ages. SERPENT EATER creates its signature dark sound to emphasize this lyrical approach by mixing elements of death and black-metal to (post)-hardcore, crust, heavy and dark rock, and doom to create sludgy, heavy and somber atmospheres of despair and hopelessness infused with moments of calm, sadness and melodic doldrums – only to be interrupted by sudden outbursts of sheer fury.
white summer - black winter (2011/PROPHASE)
DOOM/STONER-METAL. SERPENT THRONE lead the listener on an 8 song journey through the mystical lands of classic metal where the spirits of PENTAGRAM, THIN LIZZY and newer bands like THE SWORD are all passengers. Served up with a gatefold tip-on cover and absolutely no vocals.
glowing (2013/KING OF THE MONSTERS)
BLACK-METAL/AMBIENT. With "glowing", SERVILE SECT's latest 10", we see this duo's penchant for abstraction increase exponentially. A 3-track excursion lasting 23min., "glowing" shows SERVILE SECT at their most mature and polarizing, no doubt to raise eyebrows and cause many an argument on various silly internet forums. Manifesting itself as a sort of slow metamorphosis, "glowing" is a sort of exercise in balance - shifting weight equally between their more alien, experimental side, and, of course, their black-metal roots.
svrrender (2012/KING OF THE MONSTERS)
BLACK-METAL/AMBIENT. The Phoenix-born Northern California/Brooklyn-based noisemakers SERVILE SECT play sci-fi influenced black-metal that draws comparisons to XASTHUR, WEAKLING and STRIBORG. "svrrender" is the vinyl release of the cassette tape put out on Handmade Birds earlier this year. Some of SERVILE SECT's most accomplished and oppressive sounds to date. On yellow/green vinyl with printed inner sleeve and artwork/layout by Kevin from Sutekh Hexen.
Aging (2008/COPPER LUNG)
HARDCORE. Vancouver's SET FOOT bring a heavy, dark, metallic hardcore sound along the lines of LIVING HELL, SHIPWRECK and PULLING TEETH. It's defintely a fast hardcore debut with metal influence and straight up hardcore breakdowns. If you enjoy INTEGRITY, RINGWORM and the newer above mentioned bands get really into SET FOOT and pick this one up cause its pretty off the hook.
SET YOUR GOALS
burning at both ends (2011/EPITAPH)
MELODIC-HARDCORE. Born out of the Bay-Area scene, SET YOUR GOALS first grabbed the world's attention with their critically acclaimed, "mutiny", released in 2006. "burning at both ends" returns the focus of the last album back to what SET YOUR GOALS do best: passionate, positive punk in the tradition of classic '90s Epitaph bands. Colored vinyl includes includes CD of this entire album.
SET YOUR GOALS
the reset demo: 10 year anniversary edition (2014/CALVARAS)
MELODIC-HARDCORE. San Francisco Bay Area's own SET YOUR GOALS 1st hit the scene with their demo in 2004. Like a string of firecrackers, it exploded with praise among music publications, social media, and message boards alike. The band has since regained pressing rights to the recording, and has chosen the "10 year anniversary" reissue as the debut release for their own Calaveras Records. Paving the way for acts such as A DAY TO REMEMBER and THE STORY SO FAR, SET YOUR GOALS carved out their niche with this release. Short and sweet, these are the 6 tracks that started it all. Colored, limited pressing of 700, comes with silver-foiled and cut-out cover and includes a digital download card. * RSD 2014 *
SET YOUR GOALS
this will be the death of us (2009/EPITAPH)
MELODIC-HARDCORE. Born out of the Bay-Area scene, SET YOU GOALS 1st grabbed the world's attention with their critically acclaimed, fan-favorite album "mutiny", released in 2006. Now comes "this will be the death of us", SET YOUR GOALS's Epitaph debut. SET YOUR GOALS has polished the rough gem that was "mutiny" into a glittering diamond able to pierce the armor of even the most cynical fan with its hardcore groove and giant hooks. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
SETE STAR SEPT
all is wrong (2014/SPHC)
GRINDCORE/NOISE. What is a "noisecore song" anyway? 10 songs, 100 songs, 1000 songs, everything blurs right by you as brief moments of expression. Our favorite Japanese grind crew threw two fingers in the air and wrote an 18min. noisecore song a few years ago and released it as a tape. This is a repetitive song that paints a certain kind of decay and 'falling apart' feeling that, yeah, really does just feel like musical destruction. This limited vinyl is a re-release of this song that was originally seen as a tape and 3"CD. Normal version on the a-side, which you can hear in its entirety below, and acoustic remix on the b-side.
SETE STAR SEPT
messenger from the darkness (2014/MASS DEADENING)
GRINDCORE/NOISE. SETE STAR SEPT are a manic Japanese wrecking ball that blurs its way through the listener's temporal lobe with a caustic miasma of blown out and menacing free-grind. Side-b is a 12 minute improv piece with guest guitarist and LOTUS FUCKER noise scientist Mike Walls. Recorded during their 2013 East-Coast tour. Previously only available on cassette and CD.
SETE STAR SEPT
revision of noise (2010/IDONEUM BELLO)
GRINDCORE/NOISE. "revision of noise" is the one-sided LP from japanese SETE STAR SEPT. This is an absolute mess in the very best way. SETE STAR SEPT's form of grinding chaos sounds refreshingly different, taking its cues from classics of the old and new schools of grind and noisecore, but with bizarre song un-structures that give things an almost organic, improvised feel. These vicious slashes of sound are almost too much to take in, with an inordinate amount packed in to 15min., but it's basically a pretty amazing exercise in humans making as inhuman a racket as possible. Colored vinyl is limited to 100 copies (400 black).