Myth takes (2007/WARP)
POST-PUNK. This rock collective known by the unmistakable three exclamation points (pronounced Chk, Chk, Chk) might be the most important band you've ever heard. On !!!'s 3rd album, "Myth takes," you'll find the tracks more dense, layered and groovier than ever before - post-punk bass patterns, spaghetti western guitars, African polyrhythms, spaced out disco and vintage Philly soul are just some of the key ingredients. Maybe it's the hard-charging mix of rock and party that recalls the heady heyday of PRIMAL SCREAM and the HAPPY MONDAYS. Deluxe album artwork by Kevin Hooyman. First edition come with a bonus featuring live tracks and remixes!
HARDCORE. Connecticut has always been a breeding ground for heavy and menacing music. And after 5 years of progression, 100 DEMONS have risen to the forefront of the influential Connecticut hardcore community. Encapsulating a pure viciousness and ravenous intensity that few ever could achieve. The 100 DEMONS approach is utterly monstrous, equal parts hardcore intensity and gut wrenching metallic precision.
INDIE/EMO-ROCK. Featuring members of the defunct but forever legendary bands ANTARCTICA and CHRISTIE FRONT DRIVE, THE 101 continues with the passion, beauty, and creativity where their previous bands left off. Contemporary and like-minded musicians (and friends) such as JIMMY EAT WORLD and RAINER MARIA, and their fans, will undoubtedly be pleased with "numbers" as it tugs at the heart-strings and brings its listener on a personal journey of self-discovery and inspiration.
POST-HARDCORE. Recorded over a frigid weekend in Boston, 108 have returned with their most electrifying and intense album to date, "18.61." It's apparent that a spiritual restlessness and awareness continues to write in the collective consciousness of 108 which is an attribute that has set them apart from the rest of the common hardcore scene since their inception. From there, "18.61" pounds forth with the utmost intensity.
a new beat from a dead heart (2007/DEATHWISH)
POST-HARDCORE. No one can deny that fake fashion posturing and lifeless clone music are on the verge of killing heavy music. Of course, there is a reason why 108 has become such an iconic figure in the hardcore landscape back in the days - to put it simply, there are not many bands that can touch the group in terms of its frenetic musical approach. 108 took the ethereal spirit of BAD BRAINS, doused it with the ferocity of "age of quarrel" era CRO-MAGS and imbued itself with the boundary pushing yet introspective lyrical and artistic sensibilities. While many of the older 108’s songs are steeped with a krishna spiritual marrow, the band took on this full-length (thanks for that!) more of a philosophical approach to its art. .
creation. sustenance. destruction. (2006/EQUAL VISION)
POST-HARDCORE. This release is a stunning discography that culls the emotionally eviscerating "songs of separation" release, to the group's unforgettably searing epic "threefold misery", along with its chaotic final, "curse of instinct" release. In addition an unreleased gem known as "panic" will also grace the release. Recently remastered the 108 discography is a moving testament to an era of hardcore that was brimming with passion, intensity and spirit the likes of which have yet to be duplicated.
bridges to burn (2009/RELAPSE)
SLUDGE-HARDCORE. 16 just won't die despite drug and alcohol abuse, a revolving door of members and the general misery of the individuals involved. "bridges to burn" marks the 16th anniversary of the band and features the line-up from their classic 1996 "drop out" record, providing another dozen tunes of pounding sludge that mixes the sound of bands like DYSTOPIA, EYEHATEGOD, HELMET, UNSANE and MELVINS.
amorine queen (2008/CRUNCHY FROG)
POST-ROCK. With their groundbreaking, catchy and consistently explosive rock 18TH DYE earned great recognition in the international music press during the '90s. Noise-rock has moved since the last time 18TH DYE were around, conquering new grounds in way heavier territory. So "amorine queen" seems to be their psychedelic album (in the same sense that WIRE went psychedelic) right down to the cover art. Way less minimal than where they were headed and very different production than Albini supplied. Vinyl version includes coupon for free MP3s of the entire album.
..a better view of the rising moon (2007/VICTORY)
EMO/INDIE-ROCK. At the center of 1997's debut, "..a better view of the rising moon", is the continued search for the band's creative vision as artists and friends. The members of 1997 come from diverse backgrounds, yet by meshing all of their styles and influences into a musical melting pot, the band has created a sound and style that is startlingly fresh and distinctive. The male and female harmonies summon elements of contemporary emo, lovelorn pop, groove and acoustic folk singalong.
on the run (2008/VICTORY)
EMO/INDIE-ROCK. 1997 sprang onto the scene last year and stole everyone's hearts with their bittersweet brand of indie/pop-rock that mixed the classic dual vocals of TAKING BACK SUNDAY, the pop-rock of JIMMY EAT WORLD and the bright harmonies of THE BEATLES and 10000 MANIACS. They return with an exciting and mature 2nd record, entitled "on the run", that is filled with their catchy choruses and memorable stories behind every lyric. While most people have the comfort of being home all the time, 1997 tells restless tales of being a working band on the road with a dream to pursue.
INDIE/POST-ROCK. "polemics" expands 31 KNOTS' sound with the addition of new instrumentation, new timbre, and further experimentation on their syncopated style. The album takes its name from the lyrical content of the album which represents literal arguments representing a conclusion of two or more view points. "Polemics" serves as a precursor to the upcoming 31 KNOTS full-length which the band is currently recording. Their sound swipes FUGAZI's muscular rhythms and GANG OF FOUR's energetic musical dialectic, along with KING CRIMSON and YES' proggy forays into chord progressions unknown.
the days and nights of everything anywhere (2007/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. The best music is always truly indefinable. Portland, Oregon's prolific 31KNOTS have described their sound as "post-apocalyptic vaudevillian punk", and while that's an apt description, it doesn't begin to express the level of demented-pop brilliance on the band's latest full-length, "the days and nights of everything anywhere. From the stuttering sequenced intro of the opener to the airy ambient ending of the closer, "the days and nights of everything anywhere" is the complete realization of the sound 31KNOTS have been working toward for the last 9 years.
worried well (2008/POLYVINYL)
INDIE/POST-ROCK. Though often compared to post-hardcore FUGAZI and prog-rockers alike, 31 KNOTS are far from a flattering mimicry of an already seen and heard genre. They instead introduce a new perspective on the sound with knotty, multi-sectioned compositions that leave no chord behind. On paper, their brooding lo-fi may seem like nothing new, but "worried well" makes it clear that they’ve taken the best bits of their own past albums and edited them together seamlessly. It results in a tight and complex record that translates their angular ambitious sonic textures into the language of punky, melodic glitch.
the tide and its takers (2008/FERRET)
METALCORE. 36 CRAZYFISTS is evidence that there's a beauty in isolation, a newfound purpose from even the worst of tragedies, and that heavy metal and hard rock music doesn't have to be all doom and gloom to have power. The band's patented twists and turns, which already earned them favor amongst fans of bands like THURSDAY and THRICE ensuring that none of it sounds contrived, copied or otherwise rehashed from other bands.
a heart gone black (2006/GSR)
METALCORE. 37 STABWOUNDZ (with ex BORN FROM PAIN members) are back with their follow up album to "embrace solitude" that had already gained the band much critical acclaim. "a heart gone black" is an intense offering that layers endless grooves and hooks that engages in relentless heaviness in the process. Mix that with vocals TO DIE FOR that blend brutal verses and glorious choruses, 37 STABWOUNDZ have an album that will challenge any of the metal elite for album of the year with its infectious melody, head banging grooves and sheer crushing power.