SAND IN THE FACE
music made to riot 1982 to 1983 (2015/MAD AT THE WORLD)
HARDCORE-PUNK. This LP compiles the very earliest recordings of New Jersey’s SAND IN THE FACE. The demos, largely recorded at NJ’s Mix-o-Lydian Studios, features the band’s pre-LP line-up. SAND IN THE FACE were one of the 1st wave of New Jersey’s hardcore bands, and contemporaries with the likes of ADRENALIN O.D. and BEDLAM. Musically, it’s disaffected suburban teenage thrash of the best variety. If you’re familiar with the likes of Buy Our Records or Mutha Records, you know the pedigree. Limited to a one-time pressing of 600 copies.
SANDOKHAN / KRUPSKAYA
split (2010/7 DEGREES)
GRINDCORE. This is the 1st recording of SANDOKHAN, whose members play(ed) in some other grind-bands. Sometimes they slow down, playing some neat blastbeat, just to regain the highspeed again. And yet you get the impression of some melody and recognition value within the 13 songs that they finish in 7min! KRUPSKAYA from the UK released a couple records previous. They impress again with a very unique style of extreme music. The riffing reaches from ultra fast shredding to noisy interludes with dissonant melodies that never lack of the right portion groove. One of the best and most innovative grindcore bands nowadays.
bayou (2014/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA)
POST-HARDCORE. SANGHARSHA is a band consisting of 4 guys from Nepal with one motive to realize who they are and what they want to become in life and it’s existence. As the word SANGHARSHA means "struggle". They currently reside in NYC and music wise SANGHARSHA is for friends and followers from Bands like CONVERGE, MASAKARI, CAVE IN and others. The technical mastery is mind-blowing, as is the way they manage to squeeze in brutal melodies and hooks. The vocal lines seem to be woven into the guitars. Tracks overlap and echo. When they slow things down to a momentary crawl, it’s like a chair’s been pulled out from behind you. "bayou" picks all of that up gorgeously. Thick 180gr vinyl comes with printed heavy innersleeve and heavy gatefold-cover.
morgen wieder lustig (2009/DENOVALI)
POST-ROCK/AMBIENT. SANKT OTTEN's 4th album sees the duo’s sound evolving once again, while retaining the undeniable hallmarks of atmosphere, melodic dexterity and depth. “morgen wieder lustig” employs stacks of luscious synthesizers, with knowing nods to fellow Germans KRAFTWERK. While their early sonic experiments explored the brooding and frayed edges of ambient, post-rock and jazz, these new songs push this relationship to a new level. "morgen wieder lustig" shifts from the head-rush ambience to dark and twisted post-jazz or drags you on a melancholic sc-fi odyssey.
under the shadow (2013/MAN IN DECLINE)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Greek melodic crust gods, SARABANTE, return with a 2-song follow up to their crushing full-length, "remnants" on Southern Lord Records. Inexplicably, the songwriting has gotten stronger and the approach more streamlined. These songs highlight the punk elements of SARABANTE's sound and this release should place them amongst the strongest bands of the genre (FROM ASHES RISE, VICTIMS and TRAGEDY). Vinyl comes with digital download card.
slow revenge (2013/MICROSLEEP)
HARDCORE. SARG's long-awaitet debut effort "slow revenge" is finally out. Influenced by the words of Klaus Kinski the band delivers 6 massive songs within 8min.. This is fast and aggressive hardcore which friends of THE CURSED, TRAP THEM or CATHARSIS shouldn't miss! Features former FARGO members.
s/t (2010/COMBAT ROCK INDUSTRY)
PUNK-ROCK. SARKYNEET is a band that is influenced by late '70s/early '80s finnish/swedish melodic punk, like THE NERVES or GO-GO'S. This is their amazing debut. Led by great female vocals, the songs are extremely catchy and full of energy. You might know the members previously from bands such as I WALK THE LINE, MANIFESTO JUKEBOX, PHOENIX FOUNDATION and UNKIND.
beware the living (2002/D.I.Y.)
HARDCORE. SATURATION from Canada features members from COBRA NOIR, BORN DEAD ICONS, THE BLACK HAND and IRE. They're playing dark, fast and heavy hardcore.
SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME
one kiss ends it all (2013/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POP-ROCK. SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME's albums from the early 2000's predicted the reverb-saturated production and girl-group revisitations that indie-rock would embrace several years down the road. "one kiss ends it all" expands on those early lo-fi marvels and feels more like a revelation than a continuance. A spontaneous and breezy vibe flows through the album's 12 selections, drawing on the reference points of '60s pop and early indie-rock, all filtered through the band's skewed pop lens. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
BLACK-METAL/ROCK. After a lengthy hiatus from the studio, Norwegian blackened unit SATYRICON have returned with their self-titled 8th album. While they began as a strictly black-metal band during that genre's Scandinavian glory days, SATYRICON later transitioned to a more straightforward style of melodic hard-rock, though they continue to embrace black-metal's themes and retain a few of its musical motifs. SATYRICON is both accessible and fist-pumping intense – a balance which makes for a pretty effective hook. Make no mistake, the band still finds the opportunity to unleash hell in the form of blistering cuts which tap deepest into the band's black-metal roots.
the age of nero (2008/ROADRUNNER)
BLACK-METAL. Norwegian black-metallers SATYRICON follow up 2006's "now, diabolical" with a powerful, heavy album that takes on more of a rock 'n' roll feel than previous efforts. After starting out in the mid '90s with a sound that was declared medieval-metal, the band have successfully transcended genres, while retaining their knack for well-crafted, heavy-metal music. Largely written in a remote cabin deep in the Norwegian woods "the age of neroby" features 8 of the heaviest songs in SATYRICON's history.
distractions (2015/UPSET THE RHYTHM)
POST/GARAGE-PUNK. SAUNA YOUTH are an evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk, not quite comparable to anything else. "distractions" is a highly intelligent, subtle and thoroughly immersive record. Each hook and strained vocal witholds a considered approach that is testament to the brittle nature of the music that SAUNA YOUTH create. SAUNA YOUTH’s relentless high energy approach is like the snotty teenage lovechild of BUZZCOCKS and THEE OH SEES. With "distractions", SAUNA YOUTH showcase their ability to infuse a classic punk aesthetic with skilful artistry. Of course, they’re not the 1st band to do this, but there’s plenty of depth to the songs and SAUNA YOUTH more than deserve to take their place among the current cerebral punk-rock flag bearers.
SAVAGE AMUSED, THE
1985 demo (2013/MIND CURE)
HARDCORE. THE SAVAGE AMUSED are a hard band to nail down. In their brief 8 month existence in 1985 they crafted a sound that is unlike anything else that you have ever heard. The 22 song demo reissued on this LP would seem to meld equal parts of the expected '80s Midwestern American hardcore but sets it against the non-stop guitar frenzy of contemporary Japanese bands. It's hard to tell and is far stranger than that. With vocals in the vein of NAKED RAYGUN’s earlier records and the non-stop solos of Randy Uchida this is a sound that stands apart from other recordings of the era. You really need to hear it to start to understand it. Features Alan Peters who went on to be in AGNOSTIC FRONT and helped found ABSOLUTION. This is a band that came and went fast, but left an amazing recording behind. Limited and remastered vinyl includes a huge poster inlay and a digital download card which gives a full version of the album as well as their complete set from their show opening for Agnostic Front in 1985.
SAVE YOUR BREATH
there used to be a place for us (2013/ANIMAL STYLE)
POP-PUNK. Though SAVE YOUR BREATH is a veteran of the UK pop-punk scene, "there used to be a place for us" is the band's 1st worldwide release filled to the brim with catchy hooks and punchy guitars for all fans of pop-punk. Vinyl includes a digital download card and is limited to 500 copies.
SAVES THE DAY
s/t (2013/EQUAL VISION)
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. SAVES THE DAY is one of the rare acts that can define a genre, provide a soundtrack for a generation and yet still stay relevant 15 years after their debut album. This release marks a return to Equal Vision Records, the same label that put out their classic albums, "can't slow down" and "through being cool". Thick 180gr vinyl comes housed in a gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.