the ansar (2008/BEAT GENERATION)
PUNK-ROCK. In 2007 MULETRAIN locked themselves in their practice space with their instruments and recording gear. Songs recorded there will be released as 3 separate singles. This, "the ansar" 7", is one of them. Side A has 2 new original and unreleased tracks right in line with their super raw and energetic last full-length. In addition, side-b has 2 covers, a surprisingly rocking and rough "distant smile" from ULTRAVOX and "ain't no feeble bastard" from DISCHARGE which is transformed into a brutal castilian version. All of that wrapped up in luxurious artwork (by Screaming Mario Loco again) with a screen printed cover they're going to talk about.
2nd (2012/HEART FIRST)
PUNK-ROCK. Gruff and stripped down old-school punk from Germany, combining what we love about early '80s magic with that undefinable quality that makes deutsch-punk stand as its own subgenre. The Berlin citizens managed to record another 6 tracks of dirty punk. The raw production is giving the guitars exactly right ratio of crunch to clarity, and the drums are dominated by the hi-hat, like so many killer lo-fi recordings from the golden years.
no one wins (2013/HALO OF LIES)
HARDCORE. MULTIPLE TRUTHS is a new band from Chicago who formed in 2011. Halo Of Flies compares the band to BALLAST meets FROM ASHES RISE meets GORILLA BISCUITS, which also works as a comparison. They play a style of hardcore that seamlessly melds the melodic stylings with the blackened/metallic sounds. On paper, you'd think these combinations of sounds wouldn't work, but MULTIPLE TRUTHS pull this sound off flawlessly. Features former and current members of CALL ME LIGHTNING, HERDS, Manipulation, Condenada, Zebras, Permanent Ruin, Radar Eyes, Shopping, Canadian Rifle, La Mantra, and Hero of a Hundred Fights.
behold the failure (2009/RELAPSE)
GRINDCORE. Swiss power-grinders MUMAKIL (ex-KNUT and NOSTROMO) lay down the anti-law with their blitzkrieg debut "behold the failure". A truly vicious attack, "behold the failure" detonates 27 lightning-fast firebombs of grinding metal with all the subtlety and remorse of a suicide bomber. "behold the failure" fuses the political angst and frustration of hardcore heyday with some of the most over the top, punishing grind this side of the 21st century.
Under a billion suns (2006/SUB POP)
Mudhoney is a four-piece rock group from the old, weird Seattle. For 18 years they have plugged into wall sockets all over the world, proving to be one of the most consistently electrifying acts to survive the grunge implosion, whatever that was. The wolfish howls of singer Mark Arm, soulful splatterings of guitarist Steve Turner and frenzied fills of drummer Dan Peters have produced 9 albums to date, most of which are considered neo-garage classics. In addition, they have had two bassists over the years, Matt Lukin, who retired in 1999, later replaced by the inimitable Australian Guy Maddison. Under a Billion Suns is the band’s new long-player and it’s performed with the same amplified urgency of their previous work. While history has shown musicians to be a largely unreliable lot, Mudhoney has never swayed in its vision of making really loud rock music and this album is no exception. Produced with the help of three notable knobsters (Phil Ek, Johnny Sangster, Tucker Martine) and boasting a blaring horn section, Under a Billion Suns exposes a more snidely political-fueled side to our shaggy heroes, but one revealed through the invariables of the Mudhoney recipe: thick, soggy punk riffs and underrated guitar dynamics, psychedelic tangents and snot-nosed finger-pointing. It is loud, it is fierce, and it is here for our world right now. Lucky for us, so is Mudhoney.
entre el kaos (2011/KONTON CRASHER)
HARDCORE-PUNK. "entre el kaos" is the debut LP by California's mighty MUNDO MUERTO. Retaining the melody of the earlier 7" and MLP but with a harder, faster edge this LP is by far MUNDO MUERTO's best material to date. You'll get 11 tracks of pure hardcore-punk greatness. The Spanish vocals only add to the amazingness of these tracks and all the "whoa" parts will have you singing along, even if you don't speak the language.
que asko (2011/MATA LA MUSIKA)
HARDCORE-PUNK. This is MUNDO MUERTO's follow up to their 1st 7". Straight forward and classic punk to pogo and throw up too! Catchy melodies, frentic guitar riffing, and awesomly tight drumming. The guitar and bass are urgrent and keep it ripping with influences from COLERA, OHLO SECO. Think classic Spanish and Brazzilain punk with contemporary attitude and feeling. Pick this one up, and and play it loud!
rompe el silencio (2011/MATA LA MUSICA)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Here we have MUNDO MUERTO's 1st 7" re-pressed with some blasting tracks that will make you want to listen more. Good catchy hardcore-punk played hard and delivered with a solid punch to the teeth. Influences range from COLERA, OHLO SECO and ASTA KASK.
MUNICIPAL WASTE / TOXIC HOLOCAUST
toxic waste (2012/TANK CRIMES)
THRASH-METAL. MUNICIPAL WASTE and TOXIC HOLOCAUST, the 2 bands that brought thrash back from the punk basements to the big stage, together on one record! Two tracks each, exclusive to this vinyl split and amazing cover art by Andrei Bouzikov too. Speed metal punx!
fuckpunk (2012/CRICKET CEMETERY)
PUNK/NOISE-ROCK. Here ya go knuckleheads. MURDER from Baltimore deliver their piss soaked road crushing proto-punk debut. Whether you just got a raise at your job, walked in on your girlfriend in bed with your best friend or just smoked some pcp... "fuckpunk" is the soundtrack. Former members of TRIAC. Limited, colored 2nd press with silk-screened cover.
MURDER BY DEATH
who will survive, and what will be left of them? (2012/EYEBALL)
POST-ROCK/FOLK. MURDER BY DEATH is part horror movie climax, part western barroom brawl and a dash of wintery and ambling layers reminiscent of THE CURE. Now there 2003 album is available again on Do10" vinyl with a gatefold-cover.
MURDER BY GUITAR
on parade (2007/SOUNDS OF SUBTERRANIA)
GARAGE-PUNK. The 7" by MURDER BY GUITAR was well recieved but the band felt they needed to progress from their garage rock roots for the album. By the time the songs were finnished they had been listening to a lot of British bands from the late '70s and that certainly influenced their sound. "on parade" still features the raw garage backbone and the catchy hooks of the 7" but some of the 13 songs have a moodier feel and each song has it’s own identity. The album radiates a joy of playing music rarely heard these jaded days. It'll infect you and give you a fever, but don’t worry. Call in sick, turn it up and join the parade!
MURDER CITY DEVILS, THE
empty bottles broken hearts (2009/SUB POP)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. The Sub Pop Records debut full-length (1998) from these JOHNNY THUNDERS and IGGY POP inspired punk kings. Drawing a chalk line around the corpse of bloated indie-rock, expect a much-needed dose of moody punk intensity. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
MURDER CITY DEVILS, THE
in name and blood (2009/SUB POP)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. The Northwestern kings of gritty, nostalgic garage-punk. This time around organ adds to the haunting appeal of an already bleak, party-like presence that the Devils have had since day one. And with the drunken anthems of "Rum to whisky" and "I drink the wine", the all-around results of "in name and blood" equal a dark-humored rock 'n' roll extravaganza. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.
MURDER CITY DEVILS, THE
s/t (2009/SUB POP)
PUNK 'N' ROLL. Straight-ahead punk weighted down with the leg irons of heavy-rock and creepy-crawly organ. The perfect combination of sleazy rock guitar and gravely vocals. Vinyl version includes a digital download card.