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.
this is forever (2008/GOODFELLOW)
HARDCORE. After breaking up in late 2004 this is a well done compiled release features the band's original 1998 demo, their 7" and various unreleased and live material.
ancient rites (2007/SORRY STATE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. On their 3rd 7", North Carolina's CROSS LAWS pick up right where they left off with 6 raging hardcore-punk tracks with plenty of early '80s influence bringing to mind bands like POISON IDEA and ARTICLES OF FAITH. Fuck all of the soundalike bands, this is raw, in-your-face hardcore.
v/a ONE TRACK MIND
HARDCORE. [reduced price] "one track mind" is by, inerrant definition, about only one subject: full energy hardcore with no frills. The compilation showcases some of the best and most promising European bands at the time it was released - such as AFTERLIFE, SKY'Z THE LIMIT, HARSH TRUTH, BLACK FRIDAY 29, NO DENIAL, KNOW YOUR ENEMY, UNCONTROLABLE, BETWEEN US, THE CHANGE, DAMAGE CONTROL, ENFORCER, THE DEAL, DEAD STOP, KINGPIN. A collage of European Hardcore anno 2003.
v/a FOR THE SAKE OF DEDICATION
SXE-HARDCORE. [reduced price] Another document of a time that was full of good bands and a spirit that was long gone in this scene. Bands are: FLOORPUNCH, PAWN, TEN YARD FIGHT, EYEBALL, HALFMAST, ONWARD, RECTIFY, PLAGUED WITH RAGE, SPORTWEAR, OVER THE LINE and MAINSTRIKE. The sound pretty much comes from the same school but the way it's done is so diverse that you wouldn't believe it. Check out the artwork which makes this a hardcore monument.
1989-1992 discography (2006/A389)
HARDCORE. Available on CD for the 1st time ever, this CD compiles this legendary Baltimore tough-guy hardcore band's entire recorded output: the ''Rage and fury'' demo sessions from 1989, the ''Disturbing the peace'' 7'' sessions from 1990, the ''Off the deep end'' demo sessions from 1992, as well as unreleased tracks. It is also an enhanced CD, with 5 professionally edited video clips and a slideshow of show flyers and rare photos. For fans of BREAKDOWN, KILLING TIME and DISTRICT 9!
until the end (2010/DESTRUCTURE)
POST-HARDCORE. After a 1st full-length, split records with YEAR OF NO LIGHT and LORDS, the stoner, crust-metal influenced duo from Caen, France recorded their 2nd full-length. "until the end" is 8 songs clocking in almost 40min.. Different landscape and atmospheres were reached, from straight forward crust to post-rock progressions, from noise and technical metal riffs to minimalist metal-punk rhythm. The duo has also been working with Gerome Desmaison (AMANDA WOODWARD), Dave Edwardson (JESUS FUCKING CHRIST/NEUROSIS) and Ryan Patterson (COLISEUM). It was also time for new musical experiments and new instruments. Piano as well as 3 live drums can be heard. All together this is KARYSUN's best material written and recorded so far.
POST-HARDCORE. The duo of KARYSUN could give BLACK COBRA a a run for the sludgy money - their debut album "interceptor" combines huge crunchy metal-riffs with spaced-out gutteral vocals, leagues of fuzz, and a droning scumbag swagger that reminds of a noise-rock tainted BLACK COBRA or HIGH ON FIRE. All heavy as hell and rocking and loaded with tons of killer fuzzed out groove, a far cry from the hardcore screamo of the members previous band AMANDA WOODWARD.
die on this island (2011/BULKHEAD)
PUNK-ROCK. A super high-energy melodic-punk act/record that recalls aspects of the early-2000's Gainesville sound while maintaining and identity of its own. Darkened elements, heavily associated with the Northwest sound-scape, are undeniably present and lend to an innovative and uncouth final product. Features ex-members of ANCHOR DOWN, DRUNKEN BOAT, and EARLY TIMES.
verde (2007/TOFU GORILLA)
HARDCORE. "verde" is the 2nd full-length by this band from Spain. Complex and technical political motivated hardcore that is very outstanding to everything you've may heard out of Spain.
SCIENCE OF YABRA / OLD GROWTH
split (2008/DEAD TANK)
POST/EMO-PUNK. OLD GROWTHand SCIENCE OF YABRA may be 2 very different bands, but together they make for quite a solid 7". OLD GROWTH sports ex-members of TWELVE HOUR TURN. Though the vocals are oddly reminiscent of a young KEVIN DEVINE, with the band playing 2 straight-ahead, punk-inflected rock tunes that are a little more down-home than MIRACLE OF 86. On the other side, SCIENCE OF YABRA offer 1 track - a raucous tune, with bouncing, slammed post-hardcore riffs ala DRIVE LIKE JEHU.
GORGONIZED DORKS / IRON BUTTER
split (2013/MANNEQUIN RAIN)
GRINDCORE. Two noise spewing grindcore outfits team up for a split. GORGONIZED DORKS are notorious in the non-stop recording game, doing prior splits with the likes of AGATHOCLES, UNHOLLY GRAVE etc. bring 2 tracks of pure noisecore. Flip the side and comes the mighty IRON BUTTER who themselves have been no strangers to vinyl world, doing splits with ROT, MESRINE etc. come at you with 13 tracks of fast blasts in even faster spirts, spastic and raw. Fans of noise, grindcore, blast beats or any of the bands mentioned above will be in heaven.
METALCORE/DEATH-METAL. Mixing good old groovy thrash vibes with the harsh brutality of death metal, beautiful melodies blooming into atmospheric soundscapes, MISERY SPAEKS unite the best of these worlds. Numerous live shows with bands like NAPALM DEATH, ENTOMBED, VADER, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, MAROON, etc, brought an outstanding reputation in the underground music scene.
SKIN LIKE IRON
HARDCORE. [reduced price] SKIN LIKE IRON’s new LP, "arrival" features 10 songs that are mournful, somber and eerily melodic. Fusing an eclectic mixture of influences from BLACK FLAG, SIEGE, and even PIXIES, this album succeeds in accurately portraying SKIN LIKE IRON’s unique take on hardcore music. Huge guitar riffs combine with powerful bass lines and pounding rhythms to form dramatic compositions that are saturated with melody and atmosphere. "arrival" is a record about duality: hope and hopelessness. Beauty and ugliness. Virtue versus the failings of human nature. Vinyl comes with huge React Records sticker and includes a digital download card.
FACADE BURNED BLACK
ashen remains of mid western planet (1999/CLEAN PLATE)
HARDCORE. [reduced price] Slow, powerful, bludgeoning hardcore with a very heavy beat and harsh screaming from Virginia’s FACADE BURNED BLACK. The lyrics are cryptic and dark and they make use of a lot of sound bites and samples. "ashen remains of mid western planet" includes 6 originals with the 7 track being a cover of CITIZENS ARREST's "utopia". Oppressive and desperate.