the declaration (2006/GET OUTTA TOWN)
HARDCORE. Chicago's HAUNTED LIFE follow up their 7" and their split with MAKE OR BREAK WITH THIS, their debut full-length "the declaration", which is comprised of 9 originals and a MISFITS cover. These windy city kids have also done time in EXPIRED YOUTH and FEW AND THE PROUD and play hardcore in the vein of "Blood Sweat And No Tears"-era SICK OF IT ALL but with a distinct modern style and recording.
bearings & distance (2008/LEVEL PLANE)
HARDCORE. GHOSTLIMB is a three-piece from southern California formed in 2006. Presenting ridiculously pissed hardcore with the elements of melody, thrash and general poor disposition, GHOSTLIMB compile all the rage a minute-long song can handle with sprinklings of social critique and dissatisfied sarcasm. This CD collects both their 2006 self-titled debut and 2008 "bearing & distance" LP.
moment (2003/APE MUST NOT KILL APE/PER KORO)
POST/EMO-HARDCORE. Whatever you're going to call these 6 songs, it will be anything but average. This is not just another trendy emo-screamo-hardcore band. El colectivo TIDAL manages to ban 30min. of music on this vinyl in a blend so unique and touching that you can't just ignore it. The mixture makes this so special. Calm parts reminding of lying on a lonely beach in the Caribbean are interrupted by nervously driving riffs, and from time to time the vocalist starts to sing and the guitars play melodies so urgent and touching that you'll be left entirely stripped and exhausted after listening. All bands you could come up with as comparisons could never even closely describe the complexity of this piece of music. That said, if you like the bands that created the genre of emo-hardcore in the mid '80s, and those with the Spock haircuts, you shall like this too. This is a promise! [PK #035]
sounds that looks like us (2013/REVOLUTION SUMMER)
POST-HARDCORE/ROCK. This duo from Ottawa, Onatrio, twin borthers, SHAHMAN wield power like an army, weave immense depth and tension with a near psychic interplay. "sounds that looks like us" is 8 new songs of the large and the open. Somewhere in the realm to the sheer artfulness of YOUNG WIDOWS with the dynamic range of bands like TRUE WIDOW, MARE or OM. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
covered in dust (2008/ART OF THE UNDERGROUND)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. MALCOLM BAULD returns from his position in the remarkable band THE FRENETICS with a debut full length album on Art of the Underground. For fans of THE WEAKERTHANS, LEATHERFACE and even BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.
SCREWED UP / SICK TIMES
split (2008/DESTINATION UNKNOWN)
HARDCORE-PUNK. SCREWED UP should be known for their "Skate attack" full-length. This newest release blasts through 9 songs of raw and confrontational hardcore with an early '80s punk sort of recklessness. The production grabs you by the throat and slams your head into the wall. This is fast, aggressive and rockin hardcore. SICK TIMES on the flipside serve 9 hardcore-punk tracks of straight up hardcore-punk that explode with anger and aggression, faithfully carrying on the same style of their split-partner. Those who are familiar with both bands from East-Germany know what to expect. Those who aren't, educate yourself. Limited pressing of 500 copies. Get your fix now - if you like real hardcore then you will like this...period.
jedes wort eine lüge (2011/MOMENT OF COLLAPSE)
POST/SCREAMO-HARDCORE. This is the debut - solo release by MIO, which contains former HER BREATH ON GLASS members. The basic concept has not changed, so there are of course comparisons to HER BREATH ON GLASS, but MIO are more aggressive. The 5 songs are pressed on a one-sided LP with an unique etching on the b-side. The cover is screen-printed and completes this artful release skillfully.
FELL TO LOW
half a boy's life (2013/PHOTOBOOTH)
POST/INDIE-PUNK. Hailing from Ventura, FELL TO LOW feature the vocalist of MINUS as well as a member of NAILS and bring forth driving, angular indie-rock that is presented with the same power, emotion and style as bands like DRIVE LIKE JEHU, SLINT and UNWOUND.
BALSA / SEI HEXE
split (2013/STRING BREAK)
POST/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. A split 7" from 2 rising Northwest bands. The angular post-hardcore noise of Seattle's BALSA combines aggressive guitar-driven bursts and themes of perserverance in an AmRep-inspired bar fight of dueling riffs. Portland's SEI HEXE bring harsh brutality and pummeling defiance. The intense all-female band channels forces of nature and darkness with mind-shredding vocals and dense compositions tapping doom, goth, crust and punk, conjuring a blackened Babes in Toyland. Splatter vinyl includes a digital download card.
s/t (2011/TWELVE GAUGE)
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. San Francisco based three-piece with influences ranging from early power-violence, 1st wave US death-metal and darkened hardcore. Recorded to analog tape in one day. This is harsh, unadulterated dissonance. Vinyl includes a silkscreened b-side.
fight like hell (2012/BURAI CORE)
HARDCORE. Drawing influence from the slashing riffs of "give notice of nightmare", crashing open chords in the chorus and a splash of bit crushed distortion for emphasis, "fight like hell" is an all out burner dedicated to living at maximum intensity until your last breath, putting fear in the hearts of those who would oppress the human spirit. Covers are printed black on yellow stock and hand dyed with red detail. Red vinyl, one time press.
HEAVEN & HELL
the devil you know (2009/ROADRUNNER)
HEAVY-METAL. When metal masters Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice reunited for the first time in 15 years to record new bonus tracks for Rhino's 2007 compilation "black sabbath: the dio years", an otherworldly force reignited their musical connection. They reformed as HEAVEN & HELL (named for the classic '80 album that was the lineup's debut as SABBATH) and staged a triumphant. Fueled by their chemistry on the road, the quartet returned to the studio to record "the devil you know", their 1st new set of original material since 1992's "dehumanizer". "the devil you know" ranks right along some of the great BLACK SABBATH albums, with or without Dio. The days of watered-down commercial SABBATH records are gone. This is pure BLACK SABBATH!
the world's my aim (2008/CHAINSAW SAFETY)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The New Jersey quintet returns with a new 7" as their Chainsaw Safety debut. SPLITTING HEADACHE combines the classic elements of West Coast hardcore-punk with the despondent sound of the Midwest early '80s sound. Six new songs about everything that’s not right in this world: and that’s just about everything!
DRIP OF LIES / RIVERS RUN DRY
CRUST-HARDCORE. This split deliver 3 track: DRIP OF LIES is a dark crust-hardcore band with a great punk attitude from Warsaw, Poland. The band tackles the topic of violence, fascism, and the problems this narrow minded way of thinking creates. RIVERS RUN DRY offer up 2 tracks of chaotic, volatile, and ultra pissed hardcore, punk nd crust. Overall, this is a killer split and both bands offer up top notch material for this release.
STORM THE POWER
four songs (2009/LITTLE DEPUTY)
POST-HARDCORE. It’s been a long time since STORM THE TOWER put a record out, and they’ve gone through a lot of changes during that time. This new 7” is a lot more punk and a lot less hardcore than their previous releases, with Chris’ (SEVERED HEAD OF STATE, SIGNAL LOST, J-CHURCH) vocals evoking the early ‘90s sound of HEROIN, JOHN HENRY WEST or even BORN AGAINST. Fast anthemic melodic hardcore; piercing guitar leads and booming drums. Add some screamy vocals and you got it. Tightly played and well recorded, these 4 songs pack quite a punch.