trace: early years selection (2014/GENERAL SPEECH)
HARDCORE. CONFRONT from Mie City, Japan steeped in the traditional Japanese hardcore style which is so known for great riffs, blazing solos, and catchy gang choruses you will shouting after the first listen. This full-length houses a collection of CONFRONT's best tracks compiled from self released CD's and compilations, completely remastered for this release. Limited edition of 500 copies.
UNRU / PARAMNESIA
BLACK/POST-METAL. PARAMNESIA is a French black-metal band and their half of this split is a 15min. track enigmatically named "III". This is epic, searing and mystical black-metal with some atmospheric post- and doom-metal sections included. If you think of black-metal such as DEAFHEAVEN you’ll be in the right area stylistically. UNRU from Germany, made some waves with their demo and split LP, contribute a 13min. song called "die welt in der wir sterben" to this release. UNRU's offering is a real mood-builder, with melody and post-metal influences tempered against the harsh, icy black-metal. The anguished vocals slice through the music and as with PARAMNESIA’s track the sound is first-rate and everything flows perfectly. The artwork sums up the top quality release.
whatever it takes... (2014/REVELATION)
SXE-HARDCORE. Washington, D.C.'s BATTERY bring 12 tracks of old-school style hardcore with a twist sound on their final full-length, "whatever it takes...". BATTERY features members of bands like SHELTER, WORLDS COLLIDE, ASHES, DAMNATION A.D., and BETTER THAN A THOUSAND. Colored (maroon) vinyl includes a digital download card.
SOVIET NUNS / F.U.G.
split (2009/RISING RIOT)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The SOVIET NUNS and F.U.G, both from Palermo, Italy, team up to release this piece of 180 gr. heavy vinyl. Both bands did an awesome job, recording some fine, fine '80 hardcore-punk tunes. The F.U.G. come up with 8 catchy singalong songs in their well-known manner, simple verse-chorus-verse styled hardcore without frills and experiments and an awesome ADOLESCENTS cover of "word attack". The SOVIET NUNS are way harder and way more aggressiv. The NUNS really remind of bands like BLACK SS or TEAR IT UP, raw and dirty, a really pissed off and angry voice. This is hardcore-punk the way it should be.
2nd (2012/VIDEO DISEASE)
HARDCORE. YADOKAI is back armed with a new drummer and an even bigger sound. Taking cues from classic Japanese and Italian hardcore but infusing it with the buzzsaw attack of DISCHARGE they have truly become a hardcore monster. Piercing guitars, thunderous drums, and the screams and distorted yells of a singer in opposition to all forms of tyranny and hypocrisy. Their best and most consistent material to date, this it the standard to which bands of this ilk should be measured.
kevin (2012/VIDEO DISEASE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The newest release from Ohio's WHITE WALLS show's the band revisiting and reinventing a song that was released on tape a few years ago. The recording on the tape however did not do the song justice, and the band decided it was time to enter into a new studio for a sound different than their previous releases. The results are quite possibly the bands best, most powerful statement yet. Accompanying "kevin" are 2 new songs that find the band at their peak. Somewhere between BLACK FLAG, SHELLAC, and early NIRVANA. They've managed to find an incredibly great disjointed sound that represents all of their talents. Rounding out the record is a jaw dropping cover of THE PIXIES "bone machine" which rivals, if not surpasses the original.
tyrant (2012/VIDEO DISEASE)
HARDCORE. Latest and greatest 7" from these So Cal hardcore warriors. Rejecting the more traditional d-beat approach the band injects a huge amount of early US-hardcore influence into their DISCHARGE-tinged riffs, bringing to mind trailblazers such as the legendary POISON IDEA. They are not simply paying homage though, they are jumping out from the pack of trendy d-beat and rehash hardcore to bring a record with an incredibly powerful sound and incredibly catchy songs. On this recording they have stayed away from the raw-ponx trend that is sweeping Los Angeles and instead opted for a brighter and cleaner recording to capture the power that these juggernauts have. All copies on colored vinyl.
scum on the run (2013/VIDEO DISEASE)
HARDCORE. "scum on the run" is 6 songs of boot-to-the gut, fist-to-the-teeth hardcore. THE FLEX has created the perfect hybrid of Boston '82 and NYC '87 but putting their own original twist on the tried and true formula. Features VIOLENT REACTION/SECTARIAN VIOLENCE and PERSPEX FLESH members.
STRAIGHT JACKET NATION
live on pbs 8/3/07 (2013/VIDEO DISEASE)
HARDCORE. Originally released on cassette and limited to 100 copies, it’s been 6 years since Australia’s STRAIGHTJACKET NATION 1st took to the airwaves and this incredible live set was captured. A band known around the world for their rabid live shows this recording comes closer to capturing that raw energy and power than any before or since - 11 tracks of Cleveland influenced hardcore fury for fans of 9 SHOCKS TERROR, and H100s. Searing guitar meets manic cat-in-a-bag style vocals backed up by relentless bass and drums. Wild and chaotic hardcore punk from one of Australia’s finest, featuring members of THE UV RACE, PISSCHRIST, BLOODY HAMMER, TOTAL CONTROL and more.
hell is empty (2009/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. In today's world of pacification and placation in the hardcore scene, RUINER came screaming out of Baltimore in 2005 and they have not stopped. "hell is empty", produced by J. Robbins (Against Me, Jets To Brazil, Modern Life Is War), is a brooding, caustic hardcore record - dirty, full of attitude and lyrical wit with a humor not found in most bands. Their sarcastic, clear "fuck you" to the world is well written, powerful and doesn't care if you agree or not.
the calm before the storm (2005/THIS BLESSING, THIS CURSE)
HARDORE. This band is unafraid to tackle larger issues that many are afraid to take a stand on, delivering an infectiously anthemic, but pointed social commentary over hard-edged rhythms that are classically hardcore.
fuck now denial (2011/TOR JOHNSON)
POST-HARDCORE. Beware - don't mix them up with the German THE NOW-DENIAL. After a debut 7", 2 full-lengths, and almost 10 years of continually banging heads, Boston's NOW DENIAL are stronger than ever with this dynamic 5 dynamic tracks. "fuck now denial" explodes with thunderous rhythms, urgent riffs, and doomed-out metal. The epic songs bring to mind influences of everyone from BARONESS to BORN AGAINST to BOTCH. This album comes on hand-numbered colored vinyl.
only the dead will know the end of war (2008/AGIPUNK)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Re-release of the 1st full-length. This all-star Portland act featuring members of ATROCIOUS MADNESS, TRAGEDY, REMAINS OF THE DAY and others. This is a killer! This record sees the band taking a much more thrash-metal oriented direction (like DEVIATED INSTINCT), maintaining the raw aesthetic of their crusty hardcore-punk influences, but injecting more speed and lots of crushing power chord rhythms that are a mix of classic German and American '80s thrash-metal. Expect throaty, low shouting vocals over lots of energetic chugging chords, simple drumbeats and fills, basic song structures with a good amount of tempo changes, etc. - simple awesome!
FALL OF EFRAFA
inlé (2011/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA)
POST/PROGRESSIVE-HARDCORE. "inlé" is the final chapter of the "the warren of snares" trilogy, FALL OF EFRAFA conclude their mythological tale of an uprising against an oppressive regime, based upon an interpretation of the classic novel "watership down" by Richard Adams. "inlé" is crushing yet beautiful - ambient and atmospheric - heavy post-hardcore, bringing to mind the likes of NEUROSIS, BURIED INSIDE, ENVY, EARTH and GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR. The DoLP come with heavy gatefold-cover.
GOOD, THE BAD & THE ZUGLY, THE
anti world music (2013/FYSISK FORMAT)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Behold! The debut album by Norwegian scum punk revivalists in THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE ZUGLY! Oslo is widely regarded as the ugliest capital in the world. It's no wonder then that the city is breeding some of the most distasteful music that is around. THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE ZUGLY has produced four 7"s that have caused shock and awe amongst Norwegian natives and brought comparisons to DEAD BOYS and GG ALLIN, as well as label-mates HARABALL. Musically, it's incredibly tight, tough and catchy. The lyrics range from downright stupid to more substantial songs.