dedicated cop (2009/FLAT BLACK)
HARDCORE. Like most young hardcore bands of today, C.O.P.’s sophomore release shows us a faster, more intense and musically complicated band that has gotten better with time. The lyrics have matured and they have shed the catchiness of the first ep to bring a brutal slab of so-cal hardcore. Take the nardcore sound of their 1st 7" and the rapid-fire precision of POISON IDEA, NEON CHRIST, MECHT MENSCH and you have the new C.O.P. 7". Although the songs are faster, tighter, and angrier each song stands out, definitely not another hardcore record that sounds like one long song.
ripperside (2007/FLAT BLACK)
HARDCORE. C.O.P. is a young '80s style hardcore group who are based out of Riverside California. Classic nardcore at its finest, raw, rude, and overflowing with a bad attitude. Their sound is compared to old Mystic hardcore groups such as STALAG 13, R.K.L., and ILL REPUTE. This is very good, high quality hardcore.
war on all fronts (2012/POST PRESENT MEDIUM)
PUNK-ROCK. Let it be known that the recipe for a hard-knocking, non-fronting hardcore 7" is as easy as pie. Add 50 years worth of pedigree via Brooks Headley's time in U.O.A., BORN AGAINST, (YOUNG) PIONEERS, and WRANGLER BRUTES, Dean's efforts in WIVES and NO AGES, Cundo's sentences in NAZTI SKINZ and WRANGLER BRUTES, and finally Michelle's terms in MIKA MIKO and LE FACE, bake for 5 hours in L.A.'s MacArthur Park during 100 degree weather, and quickly press record on the tape machine. They crank out punk-rock infused with a heavy dose of themselves.
CABLE CAR THEORY, THE
Fables and fictions.. (2003/DEFIANCE)
EMO-HARDCORE. After the masterpiece, "The deconstruction" one of New York's most talented and most intense hardcore outfits returns with 6 songs, that mark yet another step in the development of THE CABLE CAR THEORY. With straight rhythms and more melodic song-writing the band still manages to authentically channel their energy and aggression into their songs. The band's musical aspiration for this record was to create a symbiosis of the power of the UNBROKEN classic "Life.love.regret." and the unique sound of FUGAZI's masterpiece, "Steady diet of nothing" and the result is impressive. With "Fables and fictions.." the band establishes itself as one the most unique and honest hardcore bands of today.
CABLE CAR THEORY, THE
The deconstruction (2001/DEFIANCE)
EMO-HARDCORE. The music that appears on "The deconstruction" is at times earnest, at times brutal, but always familiar- both engaging and challenging the listener. Their commitment to maintaining the purity of their sound is evident on such standout tacks as "Nakama", the album's opener, which combines as early U2-style guitar riff with an impassioned vocal delivery that is one half MIKE NESS and one half pure desperation. Good, aggressive, melodic music!
s/t (2012/YOUTH ATTACK)
HARDCORE. On this all-out hardcore assault, Denver's CADAVER DOG hit hard with their debut of '80s-style anthems filled with gruff vocals, catchy three-chord hooks, and stomping mid-tempo breakdowns. Taking cues from NEGATIVE APPROACH, C.I.A. and NEGATIVE FX, these 5 tracks are timeless in their pissed off delivery. This chrome-pro-printed cassette release features deluxe inner wrap-around sleeves held with custom stickers and enclosed in an outer foldout cover. Limited to 500 copies.
s/t (2013/WARTHOG SPEAK)
HARDCORE. Debut 7-track 7" of knuckle-dragging, no nonsense, ignorant, moshable, fast hardcore here from this new-ish Bay-Area band. There's not one ounce of originality in these grooves, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Described as SSD covering Madball. Intro by currently-blowing-up Bay-Area rapper Dan Lactose of SPAZZ.
new forms (2012/MELOTOV)
POST-HARDCORE. CALCULATOR use a sound that features mathy riffs and a jazzy tint, embracing the passion of '90s screamo while making it their own.
climbing a mountain.. (2010/BARRET)
HARDCORE. CALEB LIONHEART's 4-track MCD is chock full of melodic guitars, sung vocals and lightning fast drumming that takes a page out of the books written by A WILHELM SCREAM, MAN OVERBOARD and SAVES THE DAY, staying true to the sound that this New York band displayed on their previous 2 recordings.
98-99 road map (2012/QUARTERSTICK)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. In 2011, Quarterstick Records released the limited edition box set "road atlas 1998-2011", a collection of CALEXICO's 8 self-released tour albums in vinyl format for the 1st time ever (previously only available at live concerts). Now, in response to such high fan demand, Quarterstick is happy to announce the release of each of the 8 individual tour albums. Each album includes a coupon for a digital download of the album and comes packaged in the same full color cover art and color inner sleeves as those in the box set. So if you missed your chance on the box set, here's your chance!
say hello to tragedy (2009/CENTURY MEDIA)
METALCORE. CALIBAN is one of the few European metalcore bands who have managed to build up an international following, touring America as well as hitting all of the major metal festivals, and touring Japan. CALIBAN is tracing your tracks again. "say hello to tragedy" unites thrashing viciousness, blasting speed and crushing breaks with emotive melodies and choruses.
shadow hearts (2003/LIFEFORCE)
METALCORE. CALIBAN’s 3rd full-length album is a cornerstone for the European metalcore scene. It combines pure heaviness with catchy melodies supported by a highly powerful production.
the awakening (2007/CENTURY MEDIA)
METALCORE. CALIBAN are the purveyors of the German metal core scene. They have honed and crafted their trademark sound into a well oiled machine they are today. This is new album has huge riffs, big drums and lethal vocals that will please fans of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, UNEARTH and ATREYU.
the opposite from within (2004/ABACUS)
METALCORE. CALIBAN deliver crushing breakdowns, tightly delivered drums, double-bass mosh attacks and hardcore bass lines, but always with a keen sense of melody, and played with utter conviction throughout this twelve song outing.
outside are the vultures (2007/EULOGY)
METALCORE. With 2 selfreleased MCD's and 2 full-lengths releases, CALICO SYSTEM have built a ravenous fanbase for their brand of chaotic, melody laced, metalcore. Once again the CALICO SYSTEM have found themselves changing up their sound in between albums. The band seemed to bring a more varied amount of influences to the table. While some of the songs show the bands metal roots, there is an apparent hardcore influence that wasn’t on their earlier material, while the band’s original contemporary screamo and post-hardcore roots are almost non-apparent on “vultures”. On the surface it’s a generic metalcore album, but if you dig into it, there’s enough little things and efficient musicianship that “outside are the vultures” is easily one of the better albums released this year for the genre.