misanthropy pure (2008/METAL BLADE)
HARDCORE/METALCORE. It is impossible not to recognize the impact that SHAI HULUD has had upon the metal and hardcore scene since the band's inception in the mid '90s. "misanthropy pure" revisits all of the energy, intensity and melody of the band's past recordings, but does so with a cleaner and more marketable production job. "misanthropy pure" is the product of extreme attention to detail, with the band expanding on their signature melodic metallic hardcorecore sound with off-kilter time signatures and plenty of bitter lyrics. It's unlikely that a better album will be released this year. Colored, handnumbered vinyl comes with a gatefold-cover.
reach beyond the sun (2013/METAL BLADE)
HARDCORE/METALCORE. "reach beyond the sun" not only finds former SHAI HULUD vocalist at the helm as producer but also returning to the mic, lending his powerful vocals to the band for the 1st time in over a decade. Aside from vocals from Chad Gilbert, this album also features guest vocals from REIGN SUPREME, THE GHOST INSIDE, ALPHA & OMEGA and 1 track with all former SHAI HULUD vocalists.
that within blood ill tempered (2015/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. SHAI HULUD's highly anticipated "that within blood Ill-tempered" is a testament of heart, passion, and sincerity. As the hardcore and metal scenes struggle to breathe in the smog of the overwhelming degree of trend and superficiality of late, SHAI HULUD present a refreshingly true and pretense-less album. Musically, SHAI HULUD has maintained the sound they initially re-invented - an angered and melodic, multi-layered blend of beauty and aggression - and continued to expand its boundaries within "that within blood Ill-tempered". SHAI HULUD is as always uncompromising, musically, lyrically, and ideally- not having succumbed to current trends. Colored (grey) vinyl includes a digital download card.
SHAKING HANDS, THE
s/t (2008/KISS OF DEATH)
EMO-PUNK. Yet, another phenomenal record from the overflowing punk talent pool called Gainesville, Florida. Featuring members of YOUNG LIVERS, don’t be tricked by the preconceived notion of what you think of this band formerly known as THE HORROR sound like. This record delivers anthemic street-punk with tinges of melodic pop-punk. Lyrically tackling social and political issues, the songs are still loaded with sing along choruses and whoa-ohhhs galore. This will be the soundtrack to your next road trip, cruising with the windows down and bobbing your head along on your next adventure. Bringing to mind early AVAIL, GASLIGHT ANTHEM and STRIKE ANYWHERE.
storm watch (2014/NO IDEA)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. One part Minneapolis and 2 parts San Diego, members of DAN PADILLA, MADISON BLOODBATH, DEAR LANDLORD, and GATEWAY DISTRICT got together for beers and accidentally started a band. There is a little bit of DEAR LANDLORD in the catchiness and group vocals running through their debut 7" "storm watch", but it definitely veers away from the more traditional, Lookout-recs pop-punk. SHALLOW CUTS play mid-tempo melodic punk-rock, with enough variety and hooks over the 4 songs to suggest they may be on to something here. There is definitely a '90s punk-rock influence running through the 7". Vinyl includes a digital download card.
waiting for the end (2012/DIRT CULT)
PUNK-ROCK. SHANG-A-LANG has been an incredibly prolific band over the past few years, having done countless splits, several 7"s, a fulll-length, and a collections LP. Lo-fi, melodic, desert-cooked pop-punk that reminds one of HICKEY or SCARED OF CHAKA and a bunch of other great bands. These 5 songs are probably the best SHANG-A-LANG material to date, which makes the break-up even more bittersweet.
SHANG-A-LANG / RUMSPRINGER
split (2011/DIRT CULT)
PUNK-ROCK. Another record that’s been years in the making. SHANG-A-LANG: same lo-fi punk you either love or hate. This is the last recording featuring Joe (MARKED MEN) on bass. RUMSPRINGER: hands down the best band to come out of Arizona ever with the unfortunately pop-punk tagline. A bit different than the more polished recordings you’re used to from this band, but just as great!
s/t (2011/SORRY STATE)
POST/PUNK-ROCK. After 2 great demo tapes, North Carolina's SHARDS return to Sorry State for their debut full-length. The style is still dark, catchy punk in the tradition of bands like T.S.O.L., 45 GRAVE and early CHRISTIAN DEATH, but this time around the production is much more layered and ambitious, driving these great songs into your brain with maximum impact. This one has great packaging, too, including a gatefold jacket, obi strip, and includes a digital download card.
no gods (2012/RISE)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. It's hard to believe that "no gods" is the 1st full-length from UK troop. SHARKS make punk-rock steeped in their influences without being derivative of them, underscored by their insane songwriting talent and playing skills. "no gods" is sure to become a future classic. Their sound is derived from punk-rock and rock 'n' roll predecessors like THE CLASH and SOCIAL DISTORTION, a perfect mix of bounce, drive, and melody. Colored vinyl version includes a digital download card.
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. SHARKS are back with their highly anticipated new full-length album "selfhood". The 11 song album is the band’s most dynamic and explosive material to date. "selfhood" is quite arguably the bands strongest and most impressive material to date. SHARKS make punk-rock steeped in their influences without being derivative of them, underscored by their insane songwriting talent and playing skills. "selfhood" is sure to become a future classic. Vinyl version includes a CD version.
shallow waters (2011/SWAGGER CITY)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. The debut from this UK band is finally available on vinyl. The 5 songs are melodic, upbeat, and rooted in straightforward rock 'n' roll, with influences by THE CLASH, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM all present and appearing on the soon-to-follow full-length on Rise Records. Limited edition of 500 copies. Colored 10" includes a digital download card.
the joys of living 2008-2010 (2011/RISE)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. Born and raised in England, SHARKS is a British group with absolute heart, who embellish their hardcore d.i.y. ethics which is steeply rooted in their soul. They've already established themselves, touring there with The Gaslight Anthem, Gallows, Chuck Ragan, and Alexisonfire and are set to make waves worldwide with this release of tracks recorded from 2008-2010. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
SHARKS / NORTHERN TOWNS
split (2009/SWAGGER CITY)
EMO-PUNK-ROCK. NORTHERN TOWNS return with their unique blend of mod, punk and rock 'n' roll in a continued evolution of the sound they established on their debut, "good as gold". You'll get 2 new originals and beautiful cover of LEONARD COHEN's "the partisan". SHARKS have turned a lot of heads with their online exclusive "shallow waters" tracks and the 2 tracks featured here continue to wow. In addition to the originals, a haunting version of the THE WEDDING PRESENT's "brassneck" is featured. Double vinyl includes a digital download card.
mirrors reflection (2014/HOSTAGE)
PUNK-ROCK. Original Posh Boy legends, SHATTERED FAITH, return with their 1st 7” in 31 long years, total press of 700 copies, each handnumbered. This 3 song ripper contains 3 exclusive songs all recorded in 2013. The FAITH have studio recorded the previously live only song "mirrors reflection" from their debut 1982 LP, tracked the brand new "power to the kids" and ressurected the never recorded 1982 SHATTERED FAITH lost hit, "suburban boredom". For fans of CHANNEL THREE, T.S.O.L., ADOLESCENTS or Posh Boy Records
modern convenience (2014/HOSTAGE)
PUNK-ROCK. Orange County's finest, SHATTERED FAITH return with the 1st ever studio version of "usa", previously only avalaible as a live recording on their debut LP; also included is a version of "modern convenience". There also is a download for a classic nugget of punk nostalgia, the killer live recordings of their entire set from a show in 1982, previously unheard until this day. This live show has all the old hits! For fans of Posh Boy enthusiasts, T.S.O.L., SOCIAL DISTORTION, ADOLESCENTS. Edition of 550 copies on random colored vinyl includes a digital download card. * RSD 2014 *