2015 promo (2015/LAYIN' WASTE)
HARDCORE. Despite forming only a few months before the release of this demo, PROFILE has already been making waves in the Bay-Area scene and beyond with fast, powerful hardcore and important political messages, all played by members of NO SIR, SCALPED and BUSTED OUTLOOK. Limited edition of 100 copies.
KING KHAN & PAT METEOR
fiery tears of st. laurent (2010/SUB POP)
GARAGE-ROCK. the "fiery tears of st. laurent" is KING KHAN's tribute to French Canada. The a-side recalls the story of St. Laurent who was burned at the stake for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ in front of the King. While his flesh was burning he said: "i am crisp on this side it is time to turn me over", an act that earned him a sainthood. Shooting stars (traditionally called the "fiery tears of st. laurent") can often be seen above KING KHAN's hometown of Montreal.
scared to death (2014/MASS MOVEMENT)
HARDCORE. From Long Island, New York, KING NINE has been turning heads as one of the up-and-coming bands in the heavy hardcore scene, featuring members of BACKTRACK and MIND PIECE delivering a pounding style akin to TRAPPED UNDER ICE and BACKTRACK. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
SOCIETY SUCKER / WILL TO DIE
split (2016/BAD GROUND)
HARDCORE. Tennessee's WILL TO DIE and North Carolina's SOCIETY SUCKER drop this split 7", teaming up 2 hardcore heavyweights from non-hardcore hotbeds bringing heavy and hard no-punches-pulled hardcore. Colored vinyl is limited to 500 copies and includes a digital download card.
WILDING INCIDENT, THE
prey for the wolfpack (2016/REAPER)
HARDCORE. THE WILDING INCIDENT is one of the New York hardcore scene's most revered new bands, with an aggressive finesse and artful flare that distills the very essence from which hardcore was born. Lyrically, the band is politically charged, taking its name from the Central Park jogger case, wherein 5 young men of color were sent to prison for a horrible crime they didn't commit. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
NO FRIENDS (MAGA)ZINE
#2 (2016/NO FRIENDS)
HARDCORE/PUNK. Interviews with Australia’s uncertain rock’n’roll saviors ROYAL HEADACHE, Bay-Area sociopolitical comedian, former host of Totally Biased and current host of The United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell, Chicago’s own post-punk/goth darlings STARING PROBLEM, Spain’s infectious, melodic, broody punks JUANITA Y LOS FEOS, Germany’s gruff-n-melodic HELL AND BACK, founding member of the CURE and member through the Disintegration album, LOL TOLHURST, Milwaukee emotional punks, and local scene workhorses Marcy, Macedonia’s favorite post-punk/dance anarchists BERNAY’S PROPAGANDA, Bay-Area based sex worker legal aid resource RED LIGHT LEGAL, and St. Louis’ angular and driven punks TRAUMA HARNESS. We also have a report on the "northern isolation" fest in Minnesota from earlier in the year, and a great tour journal from Chicago, BOILERMAN - not to mention a sea of columns, photographs, and the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of reviews of all the music, zines, and books we’ve received in the past few months. This 2nd issue with a 7” split flexi. All 4 bands have direct connections to Chicago. The record features music by the ethereal post-punks SIAMESE TWINS, brain damaged synth punks PLASTIC, the raging hardcore of basement dwellers MACE, and the beer-soaked garage hardcore of UFUX.
patch the sky (2016/MERGE)
SINGER/SONGWRITER. Here's the deal. In 2012, people loved "silver age", likewise "beauty & ruin" in 2014. But "patch the sky" is the darkest one. BOB MOULD went the punk-rock route - an entire album of 2min. songs. The music makes you forget. But "patch the sky" is also the catchiest one. It's the perfect balance of bright melodies and dark stories. Music is an incredibly powerful drug. BOB MOULD want to be your drug dealer. He has what you need.
station (2016/SARGENT HOUSE/SUICIDE SQUEEZE)
INSTRUMENTAL/POST-ROCK. This Chicago-based trio has achieved a great sophomore album that should extend it's fan-base tremendously. While some of the songs border on metal they still keep a handle on listenability. In typical post-rock fashion RUSSIAN CIRCLES keeps to an average of 7min. per track and only gives us 6 songs to chew on. ISIS and PELICAN fans should even find common ground on "station". While most songs have a moody overtone to them they still stir up emotions that are deep within. Re-press is housed in a gatefold-cover.
high (2015/WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE)
INDIE-POP. "high" injects even more soul and passion into the breakneck formula that became synonymous with ROYAL HEADACHE. If their 1st album was akin to a courtship, think of "high" as the romance. Not just on the level of two people falling in love, but a romance with the qualities of pop music that make ROYAL HEADACHE who they are and inform what they do: eternal optimism, wistful beauty and interlocking presentation that evolves from four guys singing on a street corner to speed-addled rock, and all the brightness and darkness in between, teetering between stability and chaos and total awareness of how unsteady their footing might be. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
terrorize (2016/BEER CITY)
HARDCORE. Bay-Area thrashers ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT has been pummeling audiences since 1985 with a hybrid hardcore, punk and metal attack, and even 30 years after their inception they continue to crank out high-speed, high-powered crossover. Despite lineup changes and 3 decades of touring and recording, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT still proves they are one of the most powerful bands in the biz. * RECORD STORE DAY 2016 *
PRIMITIVE MAN / NORTHLESS
split (2016/HALO OF FLIES)
DOOM/SLUDGE-METAL. Milwaukee doom powerhouse NORTHLESS and Denver's PRIMITIVE MAN collide on a split that could bring down the heavens itself. PRIMITIVE MAN’s music matches its name: a savage, sparse mix of death-metal, blackened noise, and doom riffs. Despite their primeval, bludgeoning approach, PRIMITIVE MAN wouldn’t exist without their savage awareness of modern humanity: simultaneously old and new, atavistic and groundbreaking. NORTHLESS deals in volume. Great, shuddering washes of sound and texture, pummeling rhythms and intense guitars. Hate, anger, pain, disillusionment, abuse. Drawing influence from various heavy sounds, NORTHLESS has placed a boot firmly in the realm of sludge and doom. Vinyl comes housed in a gatefold cover and includes a digital download card.
an open door (2016/MASS MEDIA)
POST-PUNK. SOFT KILL's seminal LP "an open door" re-issue has finally come into fruition. Originally released on Fast Weapons Records. This vinyl re-issue features new artwork by founding drummer Justin Gradin and is limited to red vinyl. Do Not miss out on this beautiful work of art from beginning to end. Cold, dark, depressing post-punk from beginning to end. Echoing vocals and haunting atmospheric guitars will transport you back to the '80s. Heavily influenced by the dark sounds of CHAMELEONS in many ways will evoke a mood of the past but in our modern day. Instant post-punk classic.
the cycle (2016/IRON LUNG)
HARDCORE. After a well-received and quickly sold-out demo, Los Angeles's LOCK presents their debut 7" of 5 tracks of ugly, snarling American hardcore played by gentlemen who are also known for playing in bands like CONDITION, TRASH TALK, FURY, RESPONS, ENOUGH SAID, DOSES, LEATHER SLAVE and HOAX. The sound is harsh and unrelenting with deep, growling vocals reminiscent of YDI. Vinyl is housed in a glued pocket sleeve with a lyrics insert and includes a digital download card.
BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS
carrier (2016/EXILE ON MAINSTREAM)
DOOM-METAL. The only constant is the blackness of the shape. Everything else, including the shape itself, is in a constant state of flux for BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS. From the very beginning, in 2007, when they released their crushing, suffocating debut, it was very clear already that some very dark and menacing clouds were gathering over Mannheim, Germany. B-SON return with a new beast called "carrier". It is a monster record, where the band ventures out further than they ever have before, drenching the songs in atmosphere, aggression and/or even speed, through a tour de force that will exhaust all but the completely deaf. The album cover is self-explanatory and it reveals the one true master that has always been behind BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS in each and every colossal song they drop on you. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
primitive age (2015/HELLS HEADBANGERS/TANKCRIMES)
METAL-PUNK. An unholy union of MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarist Ryan Waste, former D.R.I. drummer Felix Griffin and VOLTURE guitarist Nick Polous, the Virginia/Texas punk/metal merauders invoke spirits of VENOM, MOTÖRHEAD and HELLHAMMER with the "primitive age" release. Colored one-sided vinyl comes with a silk-screened b-side.