skate attack (2006/MARKER)
HARDCORE. After a couple well done releases (THE TANGLED LINES and SHUT THE FUCK UP etc.) Marker records from the Münster area is back with another awesome rerelease. The 14 tracks are quite good, with lots of anger, energy, and speed. SCREWED UP going to mix their early `80s US-hardcore with today's 625 bandana-trashcore! All tracks are built on a foundation of solid trashy and positive hardcore song writing and the occassional inclusion of a catchy melody. The lyrics shifts from your standard "stabbed in the back" fare to songs that are actually interesting and make you think Fast and energetic hardcore recommended for fans of LIF'S HALT, DEAD NATION, SHARK ATTACK or anyone disgruntled in skate- thrash- and fastcore with a hint of positive message.
HIRO / AMALTHEA
split (2008/SM MUSIK)
SCREAMO/EMO-HARDCORE. AMALTHEA from Sweden take a new dimension - they continue with their epic end '90s influenced emocore stuff on side-a and on the flip side we have new songs by HIRO (ex GANTZ) from France. HIRO play wonderful, emotional french screamo-hardcore in the way of traditional french bands from the early '90s or japanese ENVY (their earlier stuff for shure). This is a great split with nice cover artwork.
CHAMBERS / DEATH OF ANNA KARINA, THE
SCREAMO/POST-HARDCORE. CHAMBERS have an interesting sound that incorporates a very matter of fact vocal style over top of some of slightly dirty tunes that keep a melodic, yet edgy tone to them. This is what YAGE would sound like if they sang in Italian. There’s a little bit of RAEIN sound in here too at times when things take on a more rock approach to them. Mildy distorted guitars with big chords are on display for most of the duration while the busy drums keep the tempo moving and interesting. THE DEATH OF ANNA KARINA come out of the gates with an upbeat track that features a nice catchy hook. Their sound is a bit more on the straight forward rock side of things, though the tones of the guitars and taseful drum work are similar to CHAMBERS in some respects. The vocal delivery is a bit screamier here though and works to make the more straigh forward style more intense. Picture AMANDA WOODWARD meets the GOODTIME BOYS and you start to get an idea of what’s going on here. Vinyl comes with aoutstanding gatefold-cover.
METALCORE. Mixing fierce heavy-metal with blistering hardcore and a touch of melody, EIGHTEEN VISIONS garnered attention on the 2004 Warped Tour, which coincided with the release of the band's 4th Trustkill Records album, "obsession". Fueled by plenty of angst and aggression, the music of EIGHTEEN VISIONS occasionally verges on emo territory, making it appealing to anyone that likes their music loud and intense.
thirst (2013/PER KORO/LIFE AND DEATH/STATE OF MIND)
HARDCORE/METAL. For over 7 years GOLDUST haunts the seedy places that lie between hardcore, punk and metal – and with their 3rd full-length "thirst" the band reaches a definite peak of their rich and uncompromising discography. Their unforgiving sound maintains deeply rooted in hardcore’s aggressiveness, yet the five-piece perfected the inclusion of various other influences that range from bleak and nihilistic black-metal to the ugly swamps of sludge with its violent, uncontrollable noise attacks. According to the band, "thirst" is the product of quite difficult times on personal and band-wise levels, thus being without a doubt GOLDUST’s most intimate and important output to date. The fact that they took care of the complete recording and the artwork all by themselves underlines this statement even more. Vinyl comes with great artwork, thick inside-out cover, black innersleeve, lyricsheet and includes a digital download card. [PK 064]
GOLDUST / CURBBITE
split (2011/WALKING DEAD)
HARDCORE/POWER-VIOLENCE. GOLDUST deliver once more black-soaked, heavy, progressive hardcore with a hint of death/black-metal in the vein of early INTEGRITY, RINGWORM or newer PULLING TEETH, RISE & FALL etc.. CURBBITE plays ugly, brutal, down-tuned stop-and-go hardcore influenced by TRASH TALK, CROSSED OUT and SIEGE. This is crushing violence from both German powerhouses. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
UNION OF SLEEP
s/t (2009/PER KORO)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. ** REDUCED PRICE ** Heavy as fuck, these guys from Hagen/Germany love to worship SABBATH. Influenced from the classics of both metal and hardcore, UNION OF SLEEP blend the two together seamlessly while throwing in some good old fashioned stoner/doom and of course a whole bunch of rock 'n' roll. Sometimes they rock out like shit, but still keep the pace slow. A genre of riffs, with grate and dirt, spit, all taken into directions, angles, and awkward spaces. Rhythm and bass that flows like a rolling river, sometimes rapid, sometimes heavy, thick, and melodic, but always moving forward. These albums are laden with vocals that can haunt, entrance, or enrage, with angry lyrics and very low attitude. This record contains 4 brandnew songs as well as 4 songs from their 1st demo (re-mastered). If you love relentless heavy music, dirty and loud - this full-length is for you! LP comes with 350gr thick inside-out cover, and inlay. For fans of SLEEP or DOOMRIDERS. Be afraid, be in awe - UNION OF SLEEP is a journey worth taking. [PK 048]
UNION OF SLEEP
death in the place of rebirth (2010/PER KORO)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. ** REDUCED PRICE ** After last year's self-titled debut, UNION OF SLEEP deliver their 2nd release "death in the place of rebirth". Yet again they dish out uncomplicated, riff-based songs and solos which are obviously rooted in rock, but they come with a doom-metal, sludge and even a hardcore edge. Ruder and more decisive, this record punches like a steam hammer! Besides the essential sludgy, heavy riffs and fucked up atmosphere, you will discover a lot of subliminal grooves, too. Be aware of eight beastly fuckers, raw and crude, from the lowest instincts of mankind. Comprehensive yet refined, the union of extreme influences, instinctual prowess and rugged beauty on "death in the place of rebirth" is nothing less than impressive. If you have any sort of neck, "death in the place of rebirth" will force movement out of your head - in an up and down motion. Tech-metal freaks and hipsters alike will pretend to hate it, but they'll be missing out one of the year's best albums. Imagine THE MELVINS committing fornication with NEUROSIS and you'll get a slight idea of what it's about. LP comes with 350gr thick inside-out cover, and inlay. [PK 050]
jettison (2016/HAUNTED TOWN)
PUNK-ROCK. A reissue of this classic punk-rock record from Chicago's seminal '80s quartet. "jettison" is NAKED RAYGUN's 3rd album. All 12 original tracks re-mastered and sounding better than ever. Includes the 7" "vanilla blue" as a bonus. Colored vinyl is handnumbered out of 500 copies.
black and white and red all over (2002/ASSAULT)
HARDCORE. Lyrically dark and desperate, THE DISASTER come out of New York City with a blast of powerful and melodic hardcore with raspy forced singing. The music is classic hardcore with melodic sensibilities. THE DISASTER sound like the most incredible combination of KID DYNAMITE, ANOTHER BREATH and VERSE. The hoarse vocals are hard and harsh. They fuel the music with angst-ridden lyrics about depression, death and other dismal outcomes. Great lyrics, fast-paced drumming, blazing guitars, and thumping bass propel this into a fireball of fury. Every song is short, unyielding, and lethal. While banging out straight-ahead adrenalized rhythms, THE DISASTER is capable of sneaking in gusts of catchy melody.
WORDS THAT BURN
spawning ground for hatred (2004/CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY)
CRUST-HARDCORE. WORDS THAT BURN play an insane mix of crust, grind, hardcore and metal with fast as hell songs, blazing riffs that stick to your brain and some seriously insane vocal tradeoffs mixing blood curdling growls and high pitched screams/shouts. These guys lay down some serious damage for only a three piece, that's for certain. Despite the speed on display here, WORDS THAT BURN have an extremely dense sound that gives you a claustrophobic feeling as if you're head will explode at any moment. This is an essential album for all crust/grind fanatics out there, very highly recommended stuff with great lyrics and an awesome layout.
CHRIS LEO'S VAGUE ANGELS
the sunny day... (2010/EXPECT CANDY)
EMO/INDIE-ROCK. First of all, CHRIS LEO recorded this album with actual bands rather than the one man drunken show making his rounds around whatever toys were in the studio that day we're used to (and many of us love). These are bands he'd toured with and the songs congeal like these musicians have seen some nights together. These songs aren't forced, they sit comfortably in his discomfort; it's almost more disconcerting. This is the album where CHRIS LEO picks up new fans, let's hope that doesn't send him running deeper into oblivion. The cover art was painted by Gibb Slife (Les Savy Fav).
DEAD LIKE YOU / GERDA
POST-HARDCORE. This is a split between 2 of the europeans most violent band. DEAD LIKE YOU practice the good old metalic hardore, the one that summons BOTCH, COALESCE, DEADGUY. Powerful, dissonant and uncomfortable as fuck. GERDA have decided to go further into audio violence, with only one long song, vicious and crawling, with the purpose of mistreating the listener. The feedback that greets the listener at the start of this 3 song split between French, DEAD LIKE YOU and their Italian counterparts GERDA, makes you eagerly anticipate what lurks beneath, as you can feel yourself being dragged to something that you may not like. It's a blast of pure noise, that does actually hurt your head, not in a subtle way at all, but in a sledgehammer to the face kind of way.
mayor on crack (2014/UGLY POP)
PUNK-ROCK. Toronto "mayor" Rob Ford is an ignorant, corrupt, lying, bigoted, drunk-driving clown of a drug addict, so it’s clearly incumbent upon us to issue a punk-rock record attacking him personally. Luckily, SFH had already written the necessary response to this unfortunate episode in our city’s history, so Ugly Pop are putting it on the 7" it deserves. SFH frontman Kinsella is known to aficionados of Canadian punk for his part in '80s HOT NASTIES 7", and to most of the country as a persistent thorn in the side of the national right. His present band continue to churn out the sort of tuneful, topical but angry punk that the tasteless goons of ford nation would find decidedly unappealing.
the very best of (2011/RESURRECTION)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. This is a 4 song best of 7" from this short lived Bay-Area, California '60s style punk 'n' roll band. The self proclaimed "toughest band in California". Includes a ROLLING STONES cover too! Featuring the singer of the Los Angeles hardcore band RABIES, and the bass player from ANNIHILATION TIME. Limited one time pressing of 500.