LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
four song (2005/CLARENCE THOMAS)
PUNK-ROCK. This far-flung but Bellingham-based outfit's debut 7" is the sleeper hit of the pile. A really strong, heartfelt punk record with memorable songs made up of excellent vocals, powerful riffs and a rock-solid rhythm section, delivered at a consistent, driving pace that never lags nor degenerates into simple thrash. Highly recommend any fan of NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS, AVENGERS, X-RAY SPEX and any other good quality punk rock act now before the rest of the world catches on.
FUCK ME DEAD
mechanize me (2005/CLARENCE THOMAS)
HARDCORE-PUNK. The debut 7" from Vancouver's FUCK ME DEAD. Taking influences from early '80s Southern California hardcore-punk bands like ANGRY SAMOANS, CIRCLE JERKS, and (early) BLACK FLAG, the band thrashes out 3 snotty hardcore-punk gems on this limited 7" release.
please don't meet me (2012/CAESAR CUTS)
PUNK-ROCK. BLOODHOUSE originates from Halifax and play a kind of warped, noisy-punk that's tough to pin down with the typical genre labels. After a self-titled tape and split with BAD VIBRATIONS, they make their 1st vinyl appearance with this 2 song 7". The a-side showcases the band at their slowest pace, with the bass and drums pulsing under sharp guitar noise, contrasted by the flipside's more up tempo rhythm and ringing vocal melody. Dichotomies aside, this quick hitter delivers to those looking for something heavy and odd around the edges.
gå hem över himlen (2011/ADAGIO 830)
POP-PUNK. HANNA HIRSCH deliver 6 new songs that follow up the great debut "tala svart". They continue with powerful, swedish sung pop-punk. Another masterpiece of beautiful power-pop made in Sweden.
WHERE FEAR AND WEAPONS MEET
HARDCORE. THE WEAPON is back in action with their 4 song Eulogy debut. THE WEAPON still functions on the same grounds as day 1. Play fast, aggressive hardcore. Plain and simple.
fever (2008/CRUCIAL ATTACK)
HARDCORE. Belgiums trashers of DAMAGED GOODS are back with 10 songs on the "Fever" LP. After a solid 7" on Not Just Words Records and playing shows across Europe, DAMAGED GOODS went down to Studio 195 to record this one-sided LP. With 10 songs clocking in below 14 min., "Fever" is faster and with more crazy guitar riffing the friction will drive you insane. To tip it all off there's a laseretch on the B-side. Limited to just 500 copies. Be fast for this record or cry later!
neighborhood watch (2008/FLAT BLACK)
HARDCORE. These youngins from San Pedro/Long Beach blast out song after song of fast, snotty hardcore. If you took JFA's "blantant localism" and mixed it with D.R.I.'s 22 song 7" debut release, then you will know exactly what to look forward to on this release. All the songs are just what you would expect from a tight hardcore band - fast, short songs that pump the adrenaline through yer body. If you like contemporary greats like CITIZENS PATROL you should buy this limited item!
Q AND NOT U
POST/EMO-PUNK. Q AND NOT Not U continue to expand on the dance-punk formula 1st introduced on their debut, though they shedd the dueling guitars for dueling disco rhythms and a more direct politically charged lyrical approach.
through the dark (2009/CONTRASZT)
CRUST-HARDCORE. Upon returning from a European tour, BALLAST promptly broke up - 3/5th of the band would continue to play together and soon would form PREYING HANDS including new members. The sound seamlessly blends an odd combination of crust, melodic hardcore and a touch of punk. The powerful female vocals, that lyrically combine the personal with the political, complete an intense picture.
s/t (2001/MIND CONTROL)
HARDCORE-PUNK. These Texans blaze through 13 tracks of fucking classic hardcore in barely over 20min. with tons of energy and a great multi vocal attack. The songs are the perfect blend of pissed off hardcore and punk rock as well, taking the attitude and slight catchiness of the latter and blending it with the pure aggression and speed of the former. There's even a thrashy crossover feel in a couple of the tracks. Plus there are some totally reckless lead breaks to boot. You can't lose! They even close out with 2 raging covers: "build me a bomb" by JERRY'S KIDS and "i hate myself" by THE OFFENDERS.
scare tactics (2007/HOLD TRUE)
HARDCORE. Boston's THESE ARE bled just about every form of hardcore into one cohesive sound on "scare tactics". The debut consists of 20min. of furious, off-kilter aggression with no remorse, stopping only to unleash volley after fiery volley at the pillars of hypocrisy that can be seen rising throughout society. Pollution, religion and provincialism are all taken to task in "scare tactics". This is an album that references the glory days of hardcore without seeming overly reverential or redundant. It’s a brash, slapacrosstheface album that will not be overlooked. Limited to 500 copies; handnumbered!
OF QUIET WALLS
dopedisco and the hetero elephant (2007/SHARK MEN)
POST-HARDCORE/METALCORE. Fancy artwork, catchy name and weird song titles all created a very good impression to me. OF QUIET WALLS is a band from Germany. They play a mix of modern and new-school metalcore, in the vein of bands like PARKWAY DRIVE, POISON THE WELL mixed up with chaotic parts that reminded me bands like THE CHARIOT and CONVERGE. All this package wrapped up with a sense of melody. Their 2 singers give them a very good advantage too. OF QUIET WALLS show a lot of potential with this 7 song, drawing their influences and mixing up genres, something that is really important in this genre nowadays.
imperfect world (2000/MIA)
GRINDCORE. DISASSOCIATE is a grinding hardcore band with members of JESUS CHRUST, DARKSIDE NYC and BRUTAL TRUTH. Recorded and produced by Steve Austin of Today Is The Day. This is a relentless and crushing album fueled by epic bong hits of medical grade weed. A true old-school grindcore album by these NYC veterans. Brutal, pissed, uncompromising and heavy as fuck. Topped off with amazing cover art by Erik Roper (Sleep, High On Fire), pressed on minty green marble vinyl.
CRACKS IN THE WALL
s/t (2009/CRUCIAL ATTACK)
HARDCORE. With a demo tape, lots of shows under the belt, it was time for CRACKS IN THE WALL to take it to the next level. This debut 7" deliever 11 songs of fast, furious and angry hardcore. As influences they drop the following names: BLACK FLAG, JERRY'S KIDS and NEGATIVE APPROACH - you know what to expect, right? Get into it.
lifeswallower (2007/BRIGHT SKULL)
POST-HARDCORE. "lifeswallower" deliver 5 crushing, chaotic hardcore songs from Louisville's PRIDESWALLOWER, featuring members of KODAN ARMADA, IN TONGUES. PRIDESWALLOWER takes the legacy of late '90s Seattle sound and sends it through the monsterous amps and feedback laden soundscapes that dominate the Louisville hardcore sound in recent years. The result is sure to make your ears bleed and your heart pound. Packed in a nice screenprinted cover!