A TEXTBOOK TRAGEDY
POST-HARDCORE. "intimidator" is an elbow to the face that will leave any aggressive music fan with a bloodlust for more. "if you want blood.." shows the band's base in hardcore but the seeds of technical development are also planted, demonstrating their desire to reach beyond. Things begin to blossom into a DILLINGER-esque vine and their roots are strengthened by subsequent song "intimidator". This album won't give you one second to rest, constantly keeping your ears fixated on the prize.
i'n search of the truth (2008/NO WAY)
HARDCORE. Finally, this mid '80s Richmond hardcore masterpiece sees the light of day again! This was originally released by the band in an edition of 500 copies in 1986. It's very hard to get your hands on the original, so No Way/Grave Mistake bring this nice reproduction! This is a must have for fans of early to mid '80s US hardcore like C.I.A., BATALLION OF SAINTS, WHITE CROSS and all the good stuff like that! Hardcore for the hardcore, get in or get out!
v/a 20 YEARS OF DISCHORD
HARDCORE/PUNK/EMOCORE. Dischord was founded by teenagers in 1980 to document the music coming out of the D.C. hardcore/punk community, and despite steering clear of the music industry and conventional business practices and theories, it has managed to continue its work for over 2 decades. Initially this release was going to be a double CD featuring one song from every band (50) on the label, but that idea grew to include a 134 page booklet that would include photos and text about each of the bands and the history of the label. Later, a 3rd CD was added, this one featuring unreleased or rare material from the Dischord vaults, as well as some CDR video files of archival footage of performances by TEEN IDLES, UNTOUCHABLES, S.O.A., FAITH, VOID and DEADLINE.
second best sunsets (2010/KISS OF DEATH)
ENO-PUNK. After self-releasing their demo and the "lighter fluid" 7", MAYFLOWER has finally unveiled a sizable chunk of material. This LP is a cynical punk-rock jaunt in the vein of OFF WITH THEIR HEADS or DILLINGER FOUR. MAYFLOWER provide enough variation on this LP to keep it interesting at all times with their rough-around-the-edges brand of punk-rock. This one is perfect for drunken singalongs, but also features smarter-than-average songwriting.
STELLARDRIVE / SCOLD FOR WANDERING
POST-HARDCORE/SCREAMO-HARDCORE. STELLARDRIVE (ex-GANTZ) plays some nice and intense post-rock with a hint of hardcore in the vein of nowadays CULT OF LUNA, MOGWAI, ISIS etc.. Dark and stirring but still soaring, concise and cheery. On the flipside SCOLD FOR WANDERING plays traditional and typical French screamo-hardcore with some post-rock hints, and epic influences in the vein of DAITRO, MHAI EDRISH. Melodic but still heavy.
welcome to trash vegas (2011/ROOKIE)
GARAGE/PUNK 'N' ROLL. On their 4th album the Finns have a look back to their roots: blues, rock 'n' roll, hillbilly, surf. A wild mixture with a goodie for everybody. The rising of CHUCK BERRY, LITTLE RICHARD and JAMES BROWN, flavoured with some modern influences. You'll listen to 8 originals and 3 cover songs. Their best album so far!
the hotel sessions (2011/HALL OF RECORDS)
ALTERNATIVE/INDIE-ROCK. THE LEMONHEADS will release "the hotel sessions" - an intimate recording documenting a Sunday night that Evan Dando spent recording new songs with just an acoustic guitar (and some revealing commentary) in a hotel room in Bondi Beach, Australia. The 14 songs include some that never made it to an official LEMOMHEADS album, but Dando says, the "into your arms" i did here is better than the one on the album.
to be me (2009/DERANGED/NY VAG)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Regarding the bonus 7", it is a 6 song 7" recorded live at 2 different radio stations (great sound quality), one in Toronto, the other from Australia. "to be me" by Swedish überband REGULATIONS deserve 12 new sharp fusillades that make this silly hardcore-punk heart inside of your beaten body jump with joy and pounding pleasure. When it comes to timeless and catchy early '80s US hardcore sound in these fast and modern times of ours, the REGULATIONS take the biggest part of the cake. Once more they managed to step back to the classic hardcore of the ADOLESCENTS, the CIRCLE JERKS or BLACK FLACK and stir it up with ingenuity, inspiration and passion in meldodic mid-tempo songs. This record sure will keep you warm and shaking your bones to these freezing days coming ahead.
HARDCORE. CRUISE MISSILES has been destroying ear drums around the Stuttgart area for a short time, before they broke-up in 2005. This posthum one-sided LP features 8 tracks. All out sonic bombardment of ultrafast and incredibly angry hardcore, old-school sound with nods to early Bay-Area stuff or Slap-a-Ham juggernauts. They only played a few live shows and when they broke up, they only had those kept recordings. CRUISE MISSILES played a perfect blend of styles while still being straight forward thrash. Ripping!
POST-ROCK/INSTRUMENTAL. KHUDA are an instrumental two-piece from Leeds, UK. They have been making noise together since 2007 and have progressed their sound greatly since then into a multi-amped mix of dark progressions and peaks. From ringing guitars to thudding mach waves, from buried melodies to lurching power drones, KHUDA will satisfy with sounds both strange and familiar. "palingenesia" is their newest effort and features 6 tracks with a total playin time of nearly 40min.. Fans of MASERATI, RUSSIAN CIRCLES will love them!
POST-ROCK/INSTRUMENTAL. KHUDA are a heavy instrumental post-rock, math-rock two-piece from Leeds, UK. "iecava" is their newest effort and features 8 tracks with a total playin time of nearly 40min.. KHUDA provide an earthy, spirited instrumental performance with chunky riffs underpinning some cleverly hypnotic, mind-blowing and atmospheric melodies. Cascading guitar riffs and crashing drums, and the next you're being lulled to sleep at the bottom of an ocean of soothing ambience. A positively elemental album for scope, ambition, and vision. 500 pressed with 100 limited edition coloured vinyl. Fans of MASERATI, RUSSIAN CIRCLES will love them - you won't be disappointed!
never follow.. (2004/PER KORO)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The debut full-length of those 5 sparkling, good looking men from South Germany (ex-almost everything; LUZIFERS MOB, DEAD BEAT, STACK, FEAR IS THE PATH TO THE DARKSIDE etc.). Formed in 1996, with a short break, they're back with the line-up of their legendary demo and recorded these 14 tracks of melodic, pissed off, rocking hardcore-punk with political, personal and cynical lyrics. This is the most innovative thing that happened to mankind since wet toilet paper and this is taking a piss on loserbands like early POISON IDEA, R.K.L. and others. DIAVOLO ROSSO is guided by the spirit of the '80s, but dusted-off! So do yourself a favour and swallow this pill of raging hardcore-punk! [PK #040]
s/t (1996/KING OF THE MONSTERS)
HARDCORE. Heavy, hard hitting and intense, ABSINTHE was a powerful head banging burst of angry hardcore. Featuring members of BURY ME STANDING and GROUNDWORK. This 10" has been sold-out for some time now, but has finally been repressed. Comes on white vinyl and is only available in limited quantities.
ROSKOPP / DOUBLED OVER
split (2011/GIVE PRAISE)
GRINDCORE. DOUBLED OVER starts their side blasting through dirty and raw brutal fucking riffs - and it never stop - ever. These Aussie's know how to play grindcore, in a way that takes you back to California in the mid '90s. Super tight, super fast, super heavy. They do a HAYMAKER cover as well. ROSKOPP's side is some of their best material to date. The drums are some of the fastest most blistering drums of any time. All the guitar work reeks of early regurgitate, and the vocals are low and guttural as you can get, rivaled by screaching highs. ROSKOPP make some of the most honest, pissed off grindcore tracks of these year.
DEHUMANIZED EARTH / BANGSAT
split (2009/ROTTEN TO THE CORE)
GRINDCORE. Canadian grinders DEHUMANIZED EARTH offer 4 tracks of politically charged grindcore witrh a crust hint including a STATE OF FEAR cover. BANGSAT hail from Indonesia and offer 4 attacks of a more thrash influenced grind sound including a HELLBASTARD cover. Strictly limited to 550 copies.