Tempo of the damned (2008/BACK ON BLACK)
EXODUS, the legitimate founders of Bay Area Thrash Metal, erupted with their album "Tempo of the damned". Twelve years after their last studio record, "Force of habit", the five pioneers in metal presented "Tempo of the damned", a worthy comeback with crushing riff attacks, merciless drumming and distinctive vocal outbreaks. Strong and fresh, behold a real thrash hurricane that continued just as if the band has never left the stage, respectively the studio. "Tempo of the damned" was the comeback of the centaury & now it is available as a special reissue on red splatter vinyl.
EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO
i have made my bed in darkness (2008/MEDIASKARE)
PROGRESSIVE-METAL. A creation combining jazz fusion, progressive metal, alternative and post-rock genres. The Indiana band EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO was formed in 2004 and has toured the US multiple times. Recommended for fans of MR. BUNGLE, MARS VOLTA and DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.
EXPENDABLE YOUTH / CUT THE REINS
split (2010/EXPENDABLE YOUTH)
CRUST-HARDCORE. EXPENDABLE YOUTH's 6min. thrashy melodic crust dominates faces. The song is full of palm muted harmoninzing metallic guitar riffs, screeching vocals, and sum pounding fuckin drums that make up a sick style. On the other side of the split is a band from Ireland called CUT THE REINS. They add a dark melodic song with an upbeat tempo mixed with passionate yelled vocals that are refreshing. Overall they coul be compared to a more upbeat FROM ASHES RISE with REQUIEM sounding vocals.
pendulum swings (2012/BRIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. Midwest hardcore's finest, EXPIRE, is unleashing their debut full-length, "pendulum swings". The album is full of simple and stripped down, yet super fun and heavy, hardcore mixed with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES style thrash. A must-have for any fan of hardcore - this record is sure to be one of the heaviest exports from the Midwest this year. Colored vinyl version includes a digital download card.
sink with me (2012/BIDGE NINE)
HARDCORE. "sink with me" is a quick, 2-song teaser for their full-length debut, "pendulum swings". Searing, angry hardcore offered in concise bursts. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
suffer the cycle (2011/SIX FEET UNDER)
HARDCORE. "suffer the cycle" is the new 7" from EXPIRE. Recorded at Young Brothers Studios with Taylor Young (Nails), EXPIRE has put together 4 songs of straightforward, heavy-hitting hardcore. Members of EXPIRE live in different parts of the midwest and the band seems to draw influences from the East and West-Coasts, finding a happy medium with heavy grooves reminiscent of the NYC hardcore style and fast parts that are worthy of a good 'ole California circle pit. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
where we stand (2006/THINK FAST)
SXE-HARDCORE. Paying homage to their peers and friends, the band has been compared to anything from the early AGNOSTIC FRONT lineup, to UNIFORM CHOICE, to that of early Chicago natives LIFE SENTENCE. EXPIRED YOUTH define all that is needed to pave the way and show that Chicago straight-edge is still alive and well. Singing songs about emotions, broken friendships, and the perils of everyday life, the debut "Where we stand" is a call to arms to not only everyone involved in the hardcore/punk scene, but to straightedge enthusiasts worldwide.
EXPLODE AND MAKE UP
s/t (2009/UNDERGROUND COMMUNIQUE)
HARDCORE. Fronted by Denis Buckley, formerly of 88 FINGERS LOUIE and also featuring members of THE METHADONES and THE BOMB, they deliver a dose of melodic hardcore not too far off from GORILLA BISCUITS, CIV or DAG NASTY.
EXPLODING HEARTS, THE
PUNK-ROCK. On July 20th, 2003, 3 out of 4 members of THE EXPLODING HEARTS lost their lives in a van wreck in Oregon, with the band leaving behind a very short legacy of high energy punk and power pop conjuring up the spirit of the BUZZCOCKS, THE JAM and various other '77 era punk bands. "shattered" collects the band's 7"s, demos and alternative versions of 16 of the band's songs, plus live bonus video footage of 5 songs from their last official show on the CD.
bury me standing (2012/CHUNKSAAH)
MELODIC-PUNK. From 1998-2007, Boston's THE EXPLOSION played upbeat, melodic punk-rock in the same vein as THE CLASH, THE LOVED ONES or SMOKE OR FIRE, and released recordings on labels like Jade Tree and Revelation while containing founding members of IN MY EYES. "bury me standing" was the band's 3rd full-length and was intended for release on Virgin Records but the the band broke up. Now, years after the original release date, "bury me standing" is being released on limited edition colored vinyl with new artwork and includes a digital download card.
steal this (2000/REVELATION)
MELODIC-PUNK. Straight out of the streets of Boston comes THE EXPLOSION. These 5 guys play straightforward '77 style punk-rock that combines elements of street punk and Oi! with the attack and tenacity of hardcore. Highly recommended for fans of STIFF LITTLE FINGERS, THE BUZZCOCKS, MISFITS etc.. These 5 tracks were recorded at Salad Days Studios and are loaded with contagious choruses and fist pounding anthems.
EXPLOSION, THE / STREET BRATS
split (2006/PIRATES PRESS)
MELODIC-PUNK. Bostons THE EXPLOSION unleash 2 tracks off of "black tape" while STREET BRATS, from the windy city bust out 2 tracks for this release. Limited edition on red and white split vinyl.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
all of a sudden.. (2007/TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
POST/INSTRUMENTAL-ROCK. Known for bringing an emotional heft and sense of hope to a usually placid genre, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY have experienced the kind of meteoric rise in popularity that flies in the face of music industry convention. Their 6 songs are too long for radio play or commercial music videos; they avoid performing in LiveNation/Clear Channel venues; they didn't jump to a major label; and they don't sing. After scoring the film "friday night lights", they took 2 years to work on this record, which is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting. If you dig in RADIOHEAD, SIGUR ROS, MOGWAI, GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR and MONO.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
how strange innocence (2005/TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
POST/INSTRUMENTAL-ROCK. Containing the very 1st transmissions from EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY to the world, the songs on "how strange innocence" were freshly written, painstakingly rehearsed, and anxiously put to tape during a whirlwind two-day recording session in 2000. Beautifully remastered with gorgeous new artwork.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
take care, take care, take care (2011/TEMPORARY RESIDENCE)
POST/INSTRUMENTAL-ROCK. On their 5th album, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY take some of their greatest creative leaps yet, experimenting with layers of haunting, unplaceable sounds, euphoric vocals, classical guitar, body percussion, Japanese singing bowls and more. With solitary focus and collaborative vision, each instrument clearly exudes the spirit and inspiration of its player, squeezing more expression and lyricism out of guitars and drums than most singers could ever conjure with their voices. LP and CD includes an incredible quadruple gatefold cover (= a cube; where you could built a house), fold-out poster and postcard. Vinyl version includes a MP3 download card and etched d-side.