the choir belongs to you (2013/ADAGIO 830)
POST-HARDCORE. MNMNTS deliver with "the choir belongs to you", 3 epic long songs. The new tracks got recorded with a new singer and they going further in the direction of catchiness. The songs are raw and melodic and will stuck in your head for days. The record comes with screenprinted jackets, a die-cut sleeve and a screenprinted b-side.
false xmas (2011/KATORGA WORKS)
POST-PUNK/NEW-WAVE. [reduced price] ( ) is the vinyl debut of MERCHANDISE's David Vassalotti's pet project. How do you pronounce it? "false xmas" was originally released as a seldom-heard tape on Cult Maternal, but now the 2 tracks found its way on vinyl. This particular ( ) record finds David channeling NEW ORDER through a more lo-fi lens with even worse vocals reciting emotionally devastating prose. These 2 songs make up what is a perfect pop single. The band is called "( )" or "parenthesis".
deep in the shallow end (2009/CHAINSAW SAFETY)
POST-HARDCORE. Atlanta's GRAY GHOST continues their slow, dark sound towards oblivion with their 2nd release. Still loosely based in the realm of hardcore, the band's sound is a progressive mixture of drone, hardcore, and metal. "deep in the shallow end" shows the band adding more complex layers to their songwriting process. Lyrically the record announces an unapologetic reaction to our modern day, dysfunctional world. Each song bleeds into the next to retain a choke hold effect.
use yer illusion 3'n'4 (2011/HANDSTAND)
POST-HARDCORE. This NY/NJ-based powerhouse's sound lies somewhere between BLACK FLAG and HOT SNAKES, with a touch of D.C. influence. A heavy riff-storm of guitars mixed with pulsating bass lines, thunderous drumming, and burly vocals. Members have done time in a slew of bands, including BOOKS LIE, OFF MINOR, SAETIA, GUILT TRIP and others. Limited to 300 copies on white vinyl, and includes a digital download card.
everytime we write a love song (2008/DSTNTN UNKNOWN)
PUNK-ROCK. Very melodic, catchy and well done punk-rock.
GHOST OF WEM
s/t (2011/BLIND DATE)
SLUDGE-METAL/HARDCORE. GHOST OF WEM is a sludge band from South-Germany. This debut full-length contains 6 tracks (34min.). These guys sounds fucking pissed and filthy. Their songs contain a refreshing black-metal and progressive-hardcore breeze. If you dig BURNING WITCH you will bang your head here. This record is limited to 300 copies and comes with black inner-sleeve and lyric-sheet.
UNDER AL KRITIK
s/t (2010/BAD HAIR LIFE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. This is the 1st long-player for this Danish hardcore-punk band from Odense. A throwback sound from Reagan's second term can be heard in the 17 tracks. Riffs and short solos recall the sound of hardcore bands that had heard "bonded by blood" and "kill em all" and liked them. UNDER AL KRITIK could be likened to crossover because of their combination of hardcore-punk with thrash, but this band is punk before metal. Picture them playing with FEARLESS IRANIANS, SEPTIC DEATH, CHRIST ON PARADE, or most obviously, D.R.I.. UNDER AL KRITIK would have fit perfectly into the time and this LP could pass as a genuine release from the end of the arms race.
HARDCORE-PUNK. Tighter, faster and harder, EMPTY GRAVE returns with 13 blistering tracks of hardcore-punk. Mix CHRIST ON PARADE, STATE OF ALERT, GOVERNMENT ISSUE and other early hardcore bands, then you can get an idea of how this hits your ears. Filled with unique hooks and cynical lyrics, this album captures the darker side of existence in an uncommon way.
JUMP OFF A BUILDING
bird watching in new zealand (2007/LENGUA ARMADA)
HARDCORE-PUNK. "bird watching in new zealand" is the debut 7" from San Francisco's JUMP OFF A BUILDING. These 6 tracks pay homage to hardcore-punk from the early '80s, taking influence from early Los Angeles skate-core and D.C. legends and adding vital elements of originality and good songwriting. Sounds like early ZERO BOYS mixed up with BLACK FLAG or other D.C. bands. Has an off beat thing going on in a VOID sort of way. This band has been blowing minds away. Buy now or cry later.
olasyliszka (2012/LENGUA ARMADA)
HARDCORE. Short, raging sounds all the way from Hungary. This is one tight, fucking record with no time for bullshit, to the point and aggressive as hell. You don’t speak Hungarian? It doesn’t matter, you will understand angst and fury no matter what tongue it is in. RAKOSI bring us their 2nd 7" on Lengua Armada and this shit kills. Limited to 500 items.
callejon sin salida (2012/LENGUA ARMADA)
HARDCORE. "callejon sin salida" is the 3rd record from this Canadian band, and what a monstrous 7" it is. If you are familiar with previous output by ILEGAL, expect no less - 3 tracks of chaotic drumming, insane guitar riffs and vocals desperately spat out. ILEGAL bring us much more than a sound, they evoke a spirit and attitude that pops off the groves of this ep. If you have not heard of this band by now, it is time to get your head out of your ass. Limited edition of 500 copies.
RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER / MAE SHI, THE
do not ignore the potential (2005/NARSHARDAA)
POST-PUNK. RAPIDER THAN HORSEPOWER are members of RACENANNON and REP SEKI and come from Bloomington, Indiana. They are playing some geeky avangarde post-punk influenced by bands like CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, PAVEMENT or LES SAVY FAV, but do not sound like any of these bands at all. THE MAE SHI are from Los Angeles and play surprise music and are just influenced by homemade mixtapes and mainstream hip-hop as they are by fat day or the ex. None of this X meets Y shit is gonna work though, because THE MAE SHI is a band that you will listen to more than talk about.
v/a STARTING FROM ZERO
HARDCORE. [reduced price] On this compilation you'll get 24 bands with 34 songs. Most songs are less than a minute long, while others are longer than a minute. So this is a hardcore compilation through and through but mixed with all kind of different styles within the hardcore/punk parameter. Here is a not complete list of bands taking part on this record: TIMES TOGETHER, CRUCIAL SECTION, COMMITMENT CREW, ZERO PROGRESS, REPROACH, SEX DRIVE, SNOB VALUE, SEEIN' RED, CLOCKED OUT, BURIAL, NIGHT PROWLER, SNIFFING GLUE, CIZIZENS PATROL, VITAMIN X… to name a few of the pack! This compilation comes with a huge 12 page booklet with all lyrics printed and tons of live pictures.
too many parties/kinda funny (2010/WALLRIDE)
GARAGE-PUNK-ROCK. The newest manifesto from Montreal, Canada's RED MASS, fronted by Choyce of CPC GANGBANGS. Two infectiously catchy and equally deranged slices of noisy, experimental, garage-punk. Electronic and live drums, fuzzed out guitars, sound effects with hook-drenched choruses to tie it all together into a manic odditorium of psychedelic weirdness.
outside my window (2008/WALLRIDE)
INDIE/ALTERNATIVE-ROCK. HEAD HOME is a indie-rock/alternative band from Baltimore. The band is best known for its catchy songs driven by overdriven guitar hooks and the voice combinations of Mike Stearns and Jesse Davis. Think stolen BEATLES riffs with a fuzz pedal and dipped heavily in some J.Mascis (DINOSAUR JR.) sauce with a side order or SUPERCHUNK.