yhteiskunnan pikkuvikoja (2010/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA)
HARDCORE. An amazing and totally bleak and definitely their best (4th) LP from this finnish band, combining a more muted and moody take on DISFEAR-style rocked out guitar riffs, savagely shouted vocals ala’ VICTIMS, and then the dark and epic scope of NEUROSIS. The recording is crazy serious and megalithic, allowing the weight of the riffs to be literally oppressive and powerful then just clearing enough space for the band to blast fast thrashier parts. If you like any of the above mentioned bands buy this immediately. LP includes the CD and comes in a 350gr cover and 180gr vinyl.
we move (2013/D.I.Y.)
POST-PUNK. Debut full-length from this new California band that plays gnarly, complex, and progressive punk. The guitar riffs are really quirky, reminding of a tradition of punk bands that spans from early WIRE through the MINUTEMEN all the way up to bands like DRIVE LIKE JEHU, but it's all filtered through the d.i.y.-punk. Features 2 members of GOD EQUALS GENOCIDE. A really cool, catchy album - 1st pressing limited to just 330 copies.
what it meant: the complete discography (2013/REVELATION)
SXE-HARDCORE. To most fans of hardcore, JUDGE is a band that needs no introduction. Their debut was released with much fanfare, selling faster than it could be kept in press. The "bringin’ it down" full-length took the band to an entirely different level. The meshing of metal-edged guitar riffs and fast, energetic hardcore without treading too far into the realm of crossover raised the bar for every band that dared to pick up their guitars. It was official- JUDGE was a full-fledged outbreak. And almost as suddenly as it had started, it was over. New pressing on clear grey/black swirl vinyl, comes with a gatefold-cover and includes a digital download card.
why there grieve? (2013/LA VIDA ES UN MUS)
HARDCORE. Osaka ZYANOSE are back with a new LP on time for their european Tour. A twin 4 strings no 6 strings ditch crust-noise-hardcore attack. Mixing the classic GLOOM sound with a bit of ELECTRO HIPPIES stupidity and a lot of their contemporaries DEATH DUST EXTRACTOR and ISTERISMO. The 12 tracks of "why there grieve?" are a highly interesting take on the late noise crasher out of Japan.
s/t (2013/DERANGED/CUT THE CORD THAT)
POST-PUNK. VOIGHT KAMPFF have been working on these sounds since the last millennium and their efforts will reward your earholes with music dripping with dark basement sounds. Far from a goth-punk rehash, this project leans heavily on guitar driven post-punk, so much so that it’s easy to overlook the superb brooding vocals and even to miss the subtle keyboards and concentrate on the gloriously simple guitar leads. The 2 fellows at the center of VOIGHT-KAMPFF know exactly what they are up to and are no strangers to killer sounds (dude from CARDIAC ARREST and FORMALDEHYDE JUNKIES/DAMAGE DEPOSIT), but this is easily their finest work to date. Easily lumped in with both Swedish melodic sounds like VICIOUS or with the current '80s dark punk resurgence, this is one of the few fortunate bands who sound instantly familiar and fiercely original at the same time.
is survived by (2013/DEATHWITH)
POST-HARDCORE. [RELEASEDATE 24.09.2013] "is survived by" is the anticipated new album from TOUCHE AMORE. Throughout the entire album, vocalist/lyricist Jeremy Bolm digs deeper in search of personal catharsis, allowing us to relate to his drive to be clearly heard, truly understood and unapologetically remembered. Without question, "is survived by" is another masterwork from TOUCHE AMORE. Colored vinyl version includes q digital download card.
they fall (2013/THIS CHARMING MAN)
SLUDGE/STONER-METAL. A young trio from Hamburg. THE MOTH is a psych based sludge/stoner metal band that fans of BARONESS, KYLESA and MASTODON will surely love. Their debut album, "they fall" is 11 excellent hard-rocking tracks full of epic riffs. No effects used on the guitar, a hammering drumset and a deep punching bass plus female/male singing. that’s pretty much the trick. If you like you're sludge/stoner with an extra layer of lo-fi psychedelic fuzz based vibes then you can’t go wrong here.
letters home (2013/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. Massachusetts-based DEFEATER is a band that plays by their own rules; they write narrative songs about fictional characters, release concept albums, mix melodic hardcore with acoustic ballads - all the while tapping into issues such as social awareness and environmental activism. DEFEATER's 3rd full-length continues the complex, comprehensive storytelling found in their prior releases through Derek Archambault's screaming and soaring vocals. "letters home" is the band's most mature effort yet, while remaining true to their genre-defying roots. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
DEATH THREAT / RUDE AWAKENING
HARDCORE. Two of the Northeast's finest join forces to bring the hardest split that's been released in years. DEATH THREAT return after not releasing new material for 4 years with 3 new songs and a cover of SIDE BY SIDE's "dead serious" while RUDE AWAKENING return with 4 new songs of MADBALL-inspired hardcore after receiving critical acclaim for their debut 7". For fans of TERROR, MADBALL, TRAPPED UNDER ICE and 100 DEMONS. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
walk on heads (2013/BLIND PROPHET)
POST/INDIE-PUNK. Critical angst from Copenhagen, Denmark. This is the US-edition of the debut vinyl 7" released earlier this year on Escho Records. LOWER have taken the title "walk on heads", which merges the noise and clangor of '70s post-punk and no-wave with an aggression akin to '80s hardcore, stretching those downer feelings across 8,5min.. Think ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN through the filter of late '80s Dischord with members of SEXDROME. The flag is bleached.
TRUE RADICAL MIRACLE
termites (2012/IRON LUNG)
NOISE/POST-PUNK. The current Australian underground music scene is quickly becoming something we will be talking about worldwide in the same way that '80s US hardcore or West-Coast power-violence are now. TRUE RADICAL MIRACLE offers their 2nd LP of jagged sunburnt noise-rock in the fashion of these modern times of struggle and woe. This will not cheer you up. This may drive you further into oblivion. Their best material to date. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
TRUE RADICAL MIRACLE
cockroaches (2011/IRON LUNG)
NOISE/POST-PUNK. It's hard to believe that TRUE RADICAL MIRACLE has been largely ignored outside of Australia. "cockroaches" was only available on CD in Australia back in 2006. The album reflects the "filth/cop" era SWANS but takes it's primitive nature to new level by smashing the mirror and hacking those bands to chunks with the shards. It has spent years in the shadows of the outback but now it's time for the world to experience this madness. Let the cockroaches crawl all over you. Vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card.
common man (2008/ORGANIZED CRIME)
HARDCORE. In the '80s and early '90s, there was a passion and intensity to hardcore that became overshadowed with the apathy of popular music. Bands like YOUTH OF TODAY, JUDGE, UNIFORM CHOICE and NO FOR AN ANSWER took extreme pride in not only their music but in what their lyrics had to say. Formed by ex-vocalist of EXPIRED YOUTH and SIDEWALK, THOUGHT CRUSADE picks up where those bands left off. Vinyl comes with free digital download.
daily massacre (2007/NEW EDEN)
HARDCORE/DEATH-METAL. With one hand dipped in the soil of their political hardcore upbringing and one drenched in the blood of their old-school death-metal influences, Spain's JUSTICE DEPARTMENT create an inter-genre experience that appeals equally to fans of metal, crust, political punk, thrash and the vegan-straight-edge alike. The band will be taking their CATTLE DECAPITATION-influenced sound and style on the road. JUSTIC DEPARTMENT's full-length contains songs from two now out of print releases: "Behind the slaughterhouse walls" and "dehumanization" totaling in 14 tracks of blistering death-metal influenced hardcore.
kingdom of lost souls (1998/REVELATION)
HARDCORE. "kingdom of lost souls" comes roaring at you out of the gates like a panzer tank doing 80. Thick, dense, dark, and incredibly powerful, these 10 tracks were cut at the legendary Inner Ear Studios with Don Zientara (Fugazi, Bad Brains) at the helm. If DAMNATION A.D. music is like an armored assault vehicle, then McTernan's voice is a flame thrower. Brutally honest and compelling lyrics with a vocal style that can only be described as apocalyptic. The overwhelming production, the matured, dynamic songwriting, and the nightmarish lyrics and vocals make this record a truly exhausting listening experience.