SXE-HARDCORE. Seattle’s SINKING SHIPS Revelation debut album, "disconnecting", is a look at the trials and tribulations that we go through in everyday life. Weaving elements of melody and hard edge riffs, SINKING SHIPS are creating a sound all their own, somewhere between the familiar echoes of hardcore bands such as BANE and IN MY EYES, but making their own unique, morose overtones a distinctly new addition to this sound. The rhythm section gives the aggressive feel from past acts such as CHAIN OF STRENGTH and a melodic nod to Louisville’s BY THE GRACE OF GOD. SINKING SHIPS then take it a step further, adding guitar melodies reminiscent of AVAIL or even STRIKE ANYWHERE.
HARDCORE. Although "calling" is SIRENS' 1st sign of life, the band’s maturity and tightness can easily compete with the scene’s old stagers. At the same time SIRENS represent a stirring youthful and energetic spirit. With influences reaching from late '80s and mid '90s hardcore to modern bands like WITH HONOR or REACH THE SKY, SIRENS manage to create their very own style. Straight forward hardcore music with an honest retro feel to it, a good portion of melody and challenging guitar work. Their unique style combined with their experience as musicians and their long-lasting dedication to hardcore music and lifestyle, entitles them to be one of Germany's most outstanding bands these days.
in circles (2007/COBRA)
HARDCORE. SIRENS playing driving, rhythmic and powerful hardcore with loads of melodic elements. This band is a reflection of a time when hardcore had much more compassion, awareness and accountability. The 10 songs on this record sound pretty diverse and very dynamic. You'll get some very good guitar riffs on this full-length, too. You can hear there are some skilled musicians in this band. The overall production is decent and this record really shows the capabilities of this promising German band, definitely a step forward to there debut. LP comes in limited colored vinyl with a delicious gatefold cover and beautiful artwork. DigiCD version comes with 2 additional bonustracks.
SIX & VIOLENCE
bastards of the universe: the 20 year anthology (2012/DIGNIFIED BASTARD)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Established in NYC, in 1985, SIX & VIOLENCE immediately made an impression in the New York hardcore scene. They shared the stage, studio, and scene with all bands of that era. Their songs shared punk rock's criticism of organized religion, corporate America and conventional thinking but did so in a unique, comedic way, matched with an unparalleled live show. This double CD set compiles 59 tracks spanning the band's career from 1985 to 2005.
SIX FEET UNDER
death rituals (2008/METAL BLADE)
DEATH-METAL. SIX FEET UNDER consistently delivers quality American death-metal, and "death rituals" is no exception. SIX FEET UNDER’s style is very recognizable, and they don’t deviate very far from that path. Mid-tempo songs are crushingly heavy, but have ample groove and hooks. There has been criticism of SIX FEET UNDER that every album sounds very similar, and while there’s no mistaking their sound, they do make an effort at injecting more diversity on "death rituals", which contains 13 tracks of groove-laden destruction complete with dark themes, featuring legendary vocalist Chris Barnes.
SIX REASONS TO KILL
METALCORE. The Bulldozer returns with an uncompromising masterpiece of modern metal and hardcore serving the full range between skull-splitting blastbeats and crushing melodies. SIX REASONS TO KILL is "reborn" and again easily sets standards in brutality and heaviness!
remember when (2003/THORP)
Spearheaded by a deep love for the staples of traditional hardcore (Madball, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, etc.) Coupled with a fresh grasp of the newer styles by such torchbearers as Hatebreed, Terror, and Death Threat, Skare Tactic has forged a blazing path of hardcore force and brutality.
the rage within (2007/GHOST TOWN)
HARDCORE. After 2 releases for Thorp Records, including a split with COMIN' CORRECT, LA's SKARE TACTIC present their 1st full-length for their own bass player's label, Ghost Town Records. "the rage within" is 9 tracks of heavy, pounding hardcore with thunderous drums, metallic riffs and chugging breakdowns that bring to mind other LA area bands such as TERROR, DONNYBROOK and THROWDOWN. SKARE TACTIC is a bludgeoning force to be sure, but one put to good use. Get the record, learn the words, head out to the show and get yourself.
dreams don't die (2011/I SCREAM)
HARDCORE. In 1995, New York hardcore legend Lord Ezec formed the 7 piece thug-core ensemble SKARHEAD. Now they give you "dreams don't die", a new SKARHEAD record as tribute to some of Lord Ezec's favorite bands from the unforgettable era between '86 and '89. Another 13 tracks from one of the hardest New York bands with guest appearances by Eddie Sutton (LEEWAY), Paul Bearer (SHEER TERROR), Mad Joe (WISDOM IN CHAINS), Scott Vogel (TERROR) and many more.
drugs, music & sex (2010/REALITY/I SCREAM)
HARDCORE. SKARHEAD's debut, "drugs, money & sex", was released in 1997 and shortly after that they signed to Victory Records for the release of the world famous and classic NYC hardcore record "kings at crime", which hit stores in 1999. Being a lead vocalist and leader in the hardcore community for over 15 years, Lord Ezec is now back with SKARHEAD's long awaited new record "drugs, music & sex". Ezec has managed to record another timeless album for those who love a good blend of street brutality and the most ignorant hardcore party anthems a band can create.
kickin' it oldschool (2011/REALITY)
HARDCORE. SKARHEAD's classic "drugs, money & sex" release is now available again as "kickin' it oldschool". Included with the recording are 5 bonus demo, studio and live tracks, all of them totally remastered.
kings of time (1999/VICTORY)
HARDCORE. SKARHEAD unleashed their brand of NYC-hardcore in 1995. Spawned from the ashes of CROWN OF THORNZ these "kings from queens" crack the hardcore scene between the eyes with their two-fisted, streetwise style. SKARHEAD is one of the most dynamic and energetic live acts.
bury your dead (2006/INIMICAL)
GRINDCORE. The 1st full-length release from Seattle's purveyors of grind. More raw than their release on Alternative Tentacles, but still as brutal. Raging hardcore with a couple of brutal grind hints. The missing link between the punk early releases and the full on grind of "requiem". More overtly political than later work. Contains a NASUM cover as well as the infamous SKITSYSTEM cover. Nice picture-disk LP - limited to 500 copies.
Requiem (2005/ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)
HARDCORE. Formed in 2000, as a band heavily influenced by CHOKING VICTIM (the pre-LEFTOVER CRACK ska-punks), SKARP quickly steered their ship into heavier, more turbulent waters, trading the ska elements for blast beats and precision crust riffs. The band crafted "Requiem" under the watchful eye of veteran producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Logical Nonsense, Sleep, etc.) creating a fearsome new aural assault to rival any current metal band. SKARP's savage brand of grinding mayhem, known as blackout grind amongst the band's true believers, will strike a chord with all fans of crust, grind, hardcore and even some of the more virulent strains of metal.