OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
se dice bisonte, no bualo (2007/GSL)
POST-ROCK. One of 4 albums written and recorded by OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ whilst living in Amsterdam in 2005, "e dice bisonte, no bufalo" was conceived simultaneously to THE MARS VOLTA's "amputechture" and OMAR's soundtrack to the forthcoming Jorge Hernandez film, "el bufalo de la noche". Consisting of 3 vocal tracks and 6 instrumentals, the album includes the original studio version of the song "please heat this eventually" (without the vocals of Damo Suzuki). The song "rapid fire tollbooth" has been a feature of THE MARS VOLTA's live set for the past few months and is proving to be a favorite among the rabid fans populating.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ
xenophanes (2009/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ likes to keep himself busy. He’s released an album with THE MARS VOLTA, dropped 2 solo albums, lent his production talent to several, and collaborated with HELLA drummer Zach Hill all just this year. His latest effort finds him both singing and writing lyrics, in addition to the usual guitar playing and composing. "xenophanes" is a triumph of imagination and an inspired, concise statement. A conceptual journey through life, death, and re-birth, the album tells the story of a selfish and judgmental female caseworker who falls in love with a male client. MARS VOLTA members Juan Alderete de la Peña, Thomas Pridgen, and Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez are featured on the album, with jazz keyboardist Mark Aanderud and vocalist Ximena Sariñana lending additional work as well.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & LYDIA LUNCH
s/t (2007/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ has been a fan of Lydia's work since discovering her in the early '90s. When MARS VOLTA curated a festival in 2005 they invited her. And when Omar and Lydia met, they hit it off very well. The release is the first of what Omar hopes will be a series of collaborations with Lydia. The music was recorded in Amsterdam and New York and Lydia's vocals were recorded at her own studio in Barcelona. The politics of the record are fairly obvious and Omar feels as though she speaks for both of them in that regard.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & JEREMY M. WARD
s/t (2008/WILLIE ANDERSON)
POST-ROCK. Back in 2001, just after the breakup of AT THE DRIVE-IN, MARS VOLTA guitarist OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ and his late friend JEREMY MICHAEL WARD (member of DE FACTO) recorded an album together, a minimal affair with nods to composer Steve Reich and the household sound manipulations of Matmos. That album, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Jeremy Michael Ward was released in an edition of 200 minidiscs and given out to friends. Now, this album will finally be widely available again.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ QUINETET
the apocalypse inside of an orange (2008/INFRASONIC)
POST-ROCK. "the apocalypse inside of an orange" is the next in a series of albums written while OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ was living in Amsterdam in 2005. As the name on the album implies, the tracks included are performed by the OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ QUINTET, the band that toured Europe in late 2005. This 60 min., limited edition double-vinyl features 7 new tracks as well as a previously unreleased version of the song "Jacob van lennepkade" that 1st appeared on OMAR's self-titled (aka Dutch) album in 2005.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ-QUARTET
sepulcros de miel (2010/RODRIGUEZLOPEZ)
EXPERIMENTAL-ROCK. After few below the average solo albums in line, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez returned with great one again. Previous duet with John Frusciante release was extremely raw, and could be counted as rehearsal recording only. From the very 1st sounds you will understand what this album is all about - deeply psychedelic guitar jamming with plenty of synth and electronic effects. But differently from many similar O.R.L. - there is spacey atmospheric sound, excellent guitar works, complex rhythmic structures, many jazz fusion elements. And almost no chaotic cacophony at all! It could attract many of the former MARS VOLTA fans. Vinyl includes MP3 download code.
blasts of lunacy (2011/HARDWARE)
HARDCORE. Montreal-based, lords of slam-skank OMEGAS have to be one of the best bands in hardcore at the moment. Their brand of anthemic hardcore gives devotion to their NYC and Boston hardcore influences with a uniquely snarky street-punk attitude, all of which is filtered through a little crazy, making the title of their debut LP all too appropriate. "blasts of lunacy" is 12 tracks of hardcore wizardry. This particular release sees the band emphasizing their NYC influences even more than on previous material. With this 23min. LP the band has proven that it is able to maintain momentum through an entire full-length and that their particular brand of over-the-top hardcore.
n.y. terminator (2012/PAINKILLER)
HARDCORE. Montreal, Canada's OMEGAS is a throwback to early '80s hardcore from the production to the sound to the energy, with these 5 tracks that are layered with fuzzed out guitars and manic, reverb-heavy vocals.
OMNIPRESENT DISEASE, THE
dressed like you (2010/SPASTIC FANTASTIC)
HARDCORE. Unlasting the 4 punks of THE OMNIPRESENT DISEASE are releasing their own 9 track 10" after their split with ALARMSTUFE GERD. "dressed like you" is a dirty and disowned platter, seeking for hideous revenge, ahungered, cornered but ready for anything. THE OMNIPRESENT DISEASE belongs to the precious few hardcore-punk bands, that typify what punk really means.
planet hospice (2012/AMERICAN ENEMY)
HARDCORE. ON BODIES' 9 track debut MCD is a blast from the past. They play a traditional style of melodic, heavy hardcore. The band features ex-members of TERROR, AS FRIENDS RUST, CULTURE, WALLS OF JERICHO, MORNING AGAIN, SHAI HULUD and more.
ON MY SIDE
grow (2008/WORDS OF WAR)
SXE-HARDCORE. ON MY SIDE is a young Houston hardcore band whose intention is to play fast, straight-edge hardcore reminiscent of bands like YOUTH OF TODAY, DESPERATE MEASURES, BEYOND. Following on the successes of "redefinition", ON MY SIDE are back in with their sophomore full-length release titled "grow". And what better name to title an album that clearly defines the maturity of a band that once played music drawn by their influences, to a band that has gone beyond to set lyrical and musical inspiration for new Texas hardcore bands?
SXE-HARDCORE. This is the debut 7" from Bakersfield's ON PARADE. The self-titled 7" contains 7 tracks of excellent violent, self-loathing, straight-edge influenced hardcore tracks for those who are down with the early Boston scene.
look me in the eyes: demo (2012/HARD PRESS)
SXE-HARDCORE. ON POINT was a Southern California straight-edge band styled after the classics UNIFORM CHOICE, UNITY, INSTED and CHAIN OF STRENGTH with this demo being their only output and had members go on to form NEW BRIGADE. This was originally released on cassette in 2009.
ON THE OUTSIDE
demo (2006/GET OUTTA TOWN)
HARDCORE. Featuring members of OUTBREAK, Maine's ON THE OUTSIDE erupt with the force of a hand grenade. With strong influences in both hardcore (think TRAPPED UNDER ICE and TERROR) and metal (think PANTERA), ON THE OUTSIDE is poised to grab the attention of all those who thrive on heavy music. ON THE OUTSIDE's crushing 5 song debut demo pressed on colored vinyl!
ONE AGAINST MANY
take my pound of flesh and sleep well (2010/METASTASIS)
HARDCORE. The debut 7" from these Austin/Texas veterans. Fast hardcore in the vein of NEGATIVE APPROACH, SSD and other classic early '80s bands. Featuring members of ELEVENTH HOUR, NEW YEAR and KILLER APE. Vinyl includes a digital download card.