old tyme hardcore (2012/TAANG)
HARDCORE. SLAPSHOT's swan song, "old tyme hardcore", was released in 1996 with the group disbanding soon after. It was a return to the familiar hardcore sound after a departure from it on the more metal "blast furnace".
empire (2010/GOOD FIGHT)
HARDCORE. NYC hardcore mainstay MADBALL continue their world domination with "legacy", another 16 hard tracks straight from the streets. For "empire", the band stripped down to their bare essentials and cranked out a record that was more in vain of the style they are used too. MADBALL sounding like MADBALL is exactly what we all want. If you are a fan of the band, well you know what you are getting and that’s a good thing. MADBALL continue to do their thing...just plain NYC hardcore.
living the dream? (2010/HORROR BUSINESS)
TRASH-HARDCORE. The masterpiece "living the dream?" is the result of COMMON ENEMY's long time line-up and new vocalist instant writing chemistry. Producing 20 anthems about kating, partying, and politics for 2009, the band invited HELLMOUTH singer to the party to guest on the title track. Touring road miles, empty beer cans, broken decks, COMMON ENEMY started gaining a fanatical and frenzied fanbase that was finally sticking to their grip tape. Comparable to early VITAMIN X, RKL and all those early Oxnard-bands. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
the tale of me and you (2013/EXPECT CANDY)
INDIE/POP-ROCK. After more than 10 years of guitar and vocal duties in ALL GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND, Kim Baxter wrote and co-produced her debut solo album, "the tale of me and you", with her husband, Chris Flanagan (LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS). The pair played all the instruments on the album which was recorded in their home studio in Oregon. Baxter is best known for her catchy, short and sweet pop song writing, but on "the tale of me and you", she flexes her song writing muscles. The result is an album that is still fun and catchy but the songs are longer, the lyrics are deeper, and the instrumentation is layered and more dynamic. Years of love and hard work went into these songs and it can be heard.
RESURRECTIONISTS / ARSE MOREIRA
split (2010/REACT WITH PROTEST)
HARDCORE. Latest output of RESURRECTIONISTS and the last songs from ARSE MOREIRA pressed on a wonderful 6". RESURRECTIONISTS starting with slow intro, before they switch into fast, dark and downtuned hardcore-grind. Well written melody lines, extreme fast drums and this lovely mix of bright and dark vocals. ARSE MOREIRA will contribute 2 songs to this split. These songs were formally planed to be used for a split with LOUISE CYPHRE years ago. Both songs deliver technical and fast played hardcore. Too bad, that this band calls is quit some time ago.
darker handcraft (2011/PROSTHETIC)
HARDCORE/METAL. Formed by members of BACKSTABBERS INC. and DECEMBER WOLVES who had a mutual love of bands like ENTOMBED, NASUM, NAILS and TRAGEDY, TRAP THEM churned out 2 full-length records for Deathwish before moving to Prosthetic where they will continue to push the envelope of extreme hardcore, infusing influences of metal, grind and d-beat. Thick 180gr vinyl comes with an outstanding gatefold-cover.
doomed to destroy, destined to die (2013/PROSTHETIC)
METAL/HARDCORE. "doomed to destroy, destined to die", which sees the band in full-on battering ram-bulldozer-wrecking ball mode. Recorded at GodCity Studio and mastered at AudoSiege, the album's 13 tracks memorably combine the charging rhythms of d-beat hardcore and the aggression of thrash with nwobhm-worthy guitar harmonies and grind's blinding speed. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
EVERYTHING WENT BLACK
cycles of light (2012/PROSTHETIC)
HARDCORE. Hailing from the at times barren wasteland that is the St. Louis music scene, EVERYTHING WENT BLACK play a concise, sophisticated brand of fast and ultra-heavy aggressive music drawing influence from the likes of COLISEUM and LEWD ACTS. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
BLACK-METAL. NYC's ugliest black-metal outfit, MUTILATION RITES play filthy crusty black-metal. Influences include, but are not limited to, DARKTHRONE, DISCHARGE and DISSECTION. The brutal assault is dialed back just a bit on this one in favor of a somewhat more melodic approach, and it works really, really well. It’s nice to see a band that is so adept at bringing it fast and furious have the ability to slow down a little bit and insert a little more melody into their songs. Members have done time in acts such as TOMBS, HEURISTIC and CURENDERA.
no light for mass (2010/FYSISK FORMAT)
METAL/HARDCORE/PUNK. Part of the Nekromantic Norway-scene with HAUST and ÅRABROT. Already a growing cult hit in the international underground. This is a collection of songs that have been created over half a year of intensive and focused song writing, rehearsing and recording. The basis of "no light for mass" atmosphere and lyrics is in the fascination of atheistic metaphysics. OKKULTOKRATI channel the negative energy into 9 tracks of necro-spirituals and conjure spiritual rationality. The band was born out of the need to cut through the crap of meaningless metal and punk that are pouring in over us from abroad. For fans of HIGH ON FIRE, POISON IDEA, CELTIC FROST.
bilder fressen strom (2010/WE DELIVER THE GUTS/UNUNDEUX)
GRINDCORE. JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE, in addition to their pretty unique approach at a combination of punk-infused death/grind with whatever samples they dig up, have always been about the lyrics. The brilliant booklet artwork give hints as to how much these guys despise what’s around them, as the lyrics reek of insidious cynicism and ridicule against our beloved system. The full-length contains 27 songs and packed with great riffing, thick groove and an equally punchy, yet subtly improved production; compared to their last full-length “rauchen und yoga” to boot. The tempo is a bit slower, blast beats are used only as complementary elements, heaviness and groove are more prominent, chaos less so. If you like MISERY INDEX check this out.
sleep tall (2013/FYSISK FORMAT)
HARDCORE. "sleep tall" consists of 15 tracks written after the principle of maximum musical energy effect per second. "sleep tall" is not a tribute to BAD BRAINS, BLACK FLAG or MINOR THREAT. It is a competent refinement of a genre that most new bands misinterpret. Features former members of Norway's most infamous straight-edge bands, TIEBREAK and FAIRFUCK.
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snakes and ladders (2013/REGURGITATED SEMEN)
HARDCORE. This 7" flexi is a companion piece to the "snakes and ladders" 7" that came out in 2011 from the band that features members of HAYMAKER and LEFT FOR DEAD.
BODY, THE & THOU
released from love (2014/VINYL RITES)
SLUDGE-HARDCORE/METAL. This is not a split but a total collaboration between THE BODY and THOU on all tracks. These are 2 of America's heaviest acts colliding to bring 4 tracks of the darkest, doomiest metal the world has seen including one VIC CHESTNUTT cover.
beats off (2014/BEACH IMPEDIMENT)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The anarcho-prostitutes of Chicago's GAS RAG return with the "beasts off", featuring 11 more tracks of the hardcore-punk that you dingles have come to know them for. GAS RAG continues to pay homage to their Midwestern homeland whilst sending warm regards to the distant land of Scandinavia all the while churning out a special brand of aggressive rock. This is a platter full of frantic yet tasteful riffs, a savage vocal delivery, and professionally executed pre-teen drumming - producing an end result that will inevitably aid in the listener's self destructive course of choice. Try not to freak the fuck out.