RELEASEDATE: Sept. 21st 2018
LP is pressed on 180g black heavy weight vinyl, 300g Sleeve with black print inside, black innersleeves and includes a Poster and Sticker!
SPECIAL PRE-/ MAILORDER EDITION (lim. to 100) includes an ADDITIONAL POSTER AND AN EXCLUSIVE WOVEN LOGO-PATCH!!!
One year after the CD/ Tape release, the vinyl version of this masterpiece finally will see the light of day!!
The LP edition will feature a slightly remixed version of the album and has been re-mastered for vinyl.
“CALVIN: If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.
HOBBES: How so?
CALVIN: Well, when you look into infinity, you realize that there are more important things than what people do all day.”
This quote from Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”, resumes accurately Dephosphorus’ intentions.
With 6 vinyl releases spanning from 2011 to 2015, the Athenians are embarked on a cosmic quest. Their concept and aesthetics draw influences from cosmology, astronomy and science fiction literature, as well as the associated sociopolitical and existential repercussions.
Being impossible to describe their music style by using one or two genre references, they have chosen to call it “astrogrind”.
“Impossible Orbits”is Dephosphorus’ 3rdalbum and their darker and more violent effort to date – both musically and lyrically. Its 9 tracks clocking at under 30’, see them return to a more condensed form of expression, not unlike their critically acclaimed “Axiom”debut mini-LP.
The similarities with the latter do not stop there, as Panos Alexiadishas been once again on boardhandling the live electronics and putting an extra eerie touch to the record’s atmosphere.
“Impossible Orbits”has been recorded and mixed analogically at Unreal Studios. The artwork has been hand drawn by Viral Graphics.
Notorious grindcore label from Poland, Selfmadegod Records, has released the CD and cassette versions in June 2017, while digital copies are distributed directly though the band’s Bandcamp page.
One year later, 7 Degrees Records, the cult German label responsible for (almost) all Dephosphorus vinyl releases until now, will release the long awaited vinyl edition on the 21stSeptember 2018.
“Transcending Boring, Old-Fashioned, Biological Life”
"” (…) So where does the “astrogrind” thing fit in? Why even bother to coin such a term? There is a space-y, otherworldly, extradimensional feel to the band. Like there’s some sort of space opera being woven within our ears. It’s not a psychedelic thing though. After you hear it, it makes sense, but on paper it’s difficult to describe. Dephosphorus weave some intricate and incredible tracks. (…) This is next level grind.”" (Metal Injection)
"(...) So what does this all sound like? Well, if you sent anarchists out into the farthest reaches of the galaxy to form space-squats, they would play some sort of cosmic crust-grind, altered by the journey: the genre’s dystopian anger transmuted into fervent hunger for a real future, and wide-eyed reverence for the approaching stars. (....)" (The Quietus)
"(...) The band exists between dimensions; thematically with their sci-fi influences, but also sonically. It is a balancing act between different worlds of extreme metal. From the brutality of death metal and the volatility of grindcore, to the venomous touch of blackened influences and the attitude of hardcore, Dephosphorus mould these diverse worlds into a fiery result. (...)" (Cvlt Nation)
<<< (...) It is impossible not to be impressed by this third demonstration of strength of the Greeks, which indeed seems to be the most intense and convincing of their career. (...)" (Metalnews . fr)
<<< (...) In short, “Impossible Orbits” due to its torrential nature and therefore to the way it is “consumed” by the audience, constitutes a special beast in Dephosphorus’ discography, while including some of their best moments. >>> (Metal Hammer Greece)
1.Above The Threshold 03:18
2.Micro-Aeons Of Torment 03:07
3.Rational Reappraisal 02:58
4.Αστερόσκονη (Asteroskoni) 02:39
5.Impossible Orbits 01:29
6.Imagination Is Future History 02:55
7.The Light Of Ancient Mistakes 02:59
8.Suspended In A Void Universe 01:46
9.Blessed In A Hail 02:53
Thanos Mantas - guitars
Panos Agoros - vocals
John Votsis - drums
Costas Ragiadakos – bass
The bands type of unquenchable passion and iron-willed dedication went into the making of “The Human Romance”. This is DARKEST HOUR, Version 2.0, which is certainly an upgrade on many levels. "We were able to step back and take something established and re-polish it in a way where we could present it as something new," Schleibaum explained. "It still got the classic vibe, but the music is a little bit more easily digestible, I mean, it's not like John [Henry] is singing all the time. The music is a bit more ethereal yet still aggressive as hell.
In their own words: in this order of things life sometimes is cruel. Sometimes we feel caught in a strange trap. The events appear to us as a dark spiral and our destiny is get lost in it. There, it’s very difficult to understand what is right and what is wrong. There, something must burn and you must accept to lose it. From the consciousness that some things must die in order to change is born Thanatology, the new album from Dead Elephant out in June for shove, sangue dischi and riot season. Thanatology aims to investigate the process of acceptance of loss, a concept particularly timely, son of these transition times. The conflict that emerge in the feral struggle of the parts is where Dead Elephant made their own research. Musically the core of the album is represented by the meeting between the Dead Elephant music approach and the funeral march of South Italy. The claustrofobic and visceral force that emerge from the album trying to go over the stagnant preconceptions of heavy music speaking to the cerebral and to the bowels. Their powerful sonic assault have a wide range of influences that pass through the heavyness of bands like Cherubs, Jesus Lizard, Colossamite, Melvins, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost and the psychedelic attitudes of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster, Neurosis and Badalamenti soundtracks
This is a half hour of super primitive, rabid, super fast hardcore that in it's third decade still sounds like a snotty teenager, but The Dead play it with the same efficiency and foolhardy tongue-in-cheekness as Zeke. Short and to the point, along the lines of D.R.I.'s "Dealing With It" album and with vocals reminiscent of Agnostic Front's Roger Miret, there's a rare professionalism to The Dead that keep them on the healthy side of crust, and a leftist political stance that aligns them with Brazil's Ratos de Porão, making them insane, violent, senseless speed hardcore that you can listen to with a clear conscience. They also cover Beastie Boys' "Heart Attack Man" from "Ill Communication", and if they have nothing new to add to hardcore, they still go straight to the heart of it. Great.
limited edition of 364 doom black vinyl copies.
heavy 380g cover and 275g vintage style discosleeve,
both printed on the reverse side of the board.
Lurching riffs bludgeon the listeners ears on this French math-influenced hardcore LP. The band switches back and forth between Converge or early Dillinger Escape Plan inflected stabbing odd-time chords and thunderous grooving Ken Mode-ish bass led slow motion mosh moments with consumate precision. In places the odd times and dynamic riffing is reminicent of early Relapse hardcore bands like Burnt By The Sun, but less blasting and more growling.
The album art (created by the drummer) references the ancient Greek myth of Persephone. While this is not a full on prog rock concept album about a singular piece of mythology, there are elements of the sound here that certainly draw from a preogressive sensibility.
Several tracks feature lengthly atmospheric sections, atmospheric in the traditional sense rather than the more modern 'noise' sense, with layers of intelligently built guitar sound and washes of cymbals building a feeling of melancholy. These inevitably break down into the next track, crashing against the ears with a sound like a dying machine struggling across an arid landscape of the future. The guitars are hugely heavy without resorting to ear scraping levels of distortion, they both jangle and thunder in the same breath, the bass sits high in the mix, with a touch of a growling, RAT-like edge to it, the drums tie it all together with a clean and punchy sound, no clanging snare or robotic kicks, the sound is very natural and satisfying, vocals range from a deep growl to a desperate, hoarse throated cry, fitting perfectly with the atmosphere of the instrumentals.
This is an exciting and forward thinking album, bringing old school hardcore influences forward into the present while sacrificing none of their raw intensity.
Dead To A Dying World's imminent sophomore "Litany" 2xLP, due out October 15, is now available for pre-order. Litany is an ambitious and defining opus with each of its six triumphant musical
movements, demanding hope and despair in its deliberate parade of the sours of humanity. The album was produced by the celebrated Billy Anderson and features guest appearances from members of
Pallbearer, Sabbath Assembly, Pinkish Black, and contributing musician Sarah Ruth Alexander.
This album is for those who truly appreciate the aesthetic value of deluxe packaging and heavyweight color vinyl. The limited version of this album is pressed on 200-gram vinyl with gold inside milky clear with (white) bone splatter and features heavyweight spot-varnish printed jackets with foil-embossed graphics. This is truly a musical artifact not to be missed.
Dead To A Dying World will embark on a West Coast tour this October in support of the release and in conjunction with the band's appearance for Southwest Terror Fest. The band will also make their European debut next Spring 2016 for their European Litany Tour April 8th-23rd.
Hardcore for the Punks ! Releasing the debut LP from DEATH OF YOUTH. They play emotional hardcore/punk with undertones of good old 90es screamo. The vocals sound angry and desperate with critical lyrics. All records comes with a download code and a beautiful 16-page booklet.
HARDCORE/METAL. DEATHRITE is undoubtedly the definite embodiment of the unholy alliance of music's heaviest spawns. Already smashing skulls and breaking necks with their previous releases, their 1st proper full-length "into extinction" even exceeds these earlier recordings with its uncontainable fury, knuckle-dragging brutality and filthy riff bombardment. DEATHRITE merged only the most severe elements of death-metal, grindcore, hardcore and punk to create an absolutely merciless, harsh record that stands out like a monument of savagery in nowadays watered down scene - a fact also valid for their forceful, stunning live performance that most likely turns into a beer- and blood-soaked mayhem. "into extinction" is the perfect remedy for people who think that the latest NAILS record wasn't heavy enough. "into extinction" comes with a 350gr thick cover, lyricsheet, black innersleeve and includes a digital download card. This album crushes every fake ever.
It's really hard to describe the 8 tracks without mentioning the token words brutal and intense at the end of every sentence. DEATHRITE's noisy assault delivers the urgency of hardcore, the sheer brutality of extreme metal and the high speed attacks in the vein of your favourite power-violence bands - all wrapped up by the no-bullshit and fuck-you attitude of punk. Breakneck speeds, pounding percussion, raw vocals, and frantically raging guitars and bass round out their style which pleasantly scorches the eardrums. This splatter is caustic and merciless. It's an unrelenting torrent, an avalanche of thick grime and vitriol. There's so much hate spewed forth in such a short amount of time (18min.) that it takes a few listens to process everything that's going on. DEATHRITE are quick and to the point, dropping into each number like an unhinged guillotine blade. The band's sound is reminiscent of newer bands like NAILS, TRAP THEM and MIND ERASER, with an early '90s Earache Records (ENTOMBED and NAPALM DEATH) like crudity, complete with the grim production (mastered by Robin Völkert of Dean Dirg). The mysterious artwork is done by Paul Barsch of Julith Krishun. The limited, colored, one-sided LP comes with a screenprinted b-side, 350gr thick cover with reverse side printings, lyricsheet, black innersleeve and is housed in a polybag with sticker. You'll probably also find something to like on DEATHRITE - it's a promise!
Finally the real Grindcore is back !! Finland's finest harsh Grindcore maniacs DEATH TOLL 80K kicks your bloody asses with 23 mindblowing trax between ARSEDESTROYER and INSECT WARFARE ! Featering members of HOODED MENACE.
Black Vinyl Version
Highly anticipated 3rd full length CD Turkish long time brutalizers!! "Malignant Resurrection of the Fallen Souls" features 10 new tracks of relentless barbarism, accompanied by some amazing artwork done by none other that Paulo "The Madman" Girardi!! A must have for all Brutal Death Metal fans!!! TRULY AN INCREDIBLE ALBUM, GET THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LIM. EDITION OF 100 LP of 180gr HEAVY WEIGHT BLACK WAX!
So a band from Greece and a band from Finland walk into a bar...okay, not really, but Greece's Astro Grinders Dephosphorus and Finland's rising stars of the Unparalled Sense of Violent Groove have teamed up to release "Collaboration" LP - a nine song, discordantly brutal masterpiece that explores the more tortured, emotional and existential side of the contemporary extreme underground. But don't worry, it still totally grinds and pummels (and there's even a slow jam for grandma!)
Far more than a mere split, this is a trve kvlt collab: each band exchanged singers on each opening song and guitarists – AND the solo by Haapoja’s Pekka Kivela on Dephosphorus' tribute to Slayer "Shades of Reality", after all the release is dedicated to the late Jeff Hanneman.
Dephosphorus hail from Athens, Greece and play a unique musical style known as astrogrind: they endorse a cosmic, mind expanding aesthetic, striving to forge a creative damage path through the underground scene.
With “Collaboration LP,” Dephosphorus return hot on the heels of 2014’s “Ravenous Solemnity” with 5 tracks of their signature hybrid of grind, thrash and underground delights. Vocals dragged from the corpse of just-dead banshee, a multi-verse of blast-beats and glorious riffs that seize you like a rabid bear hug.
On the other side of the wax we have Finland’s Haapoja, who bring a bit more of a blackened approach to their fierce renditions. Contributing 4 tracks to the “Collaboration LP”, Haapoja return to form heard on their 2011 and 2013 lps, spitting angular, befowled and almost mathy riffs over nuclear-clock precision beats and raw-throated howls.
Borrowing musical sensibilities from black metal, hardcore, thrash and grindcore, Haapoja expound on themes of existential and cosmic plights – man lost in an unknowable universe with nothing but a few bleak stars to guide him.
Viral Graphics is responsible the stunning artwork, and the wax comes with a lyrics insert printed on gorgeous cardstock, with reverse board/uncoated paper jackets.
Available as a digital download directly from the bands, and on limited 180 gm vinyl from Handshake Inc. 7degrees Records and Nerve Altar!
Bundling all things extreme and heavy into a unique, coherent music style known as astrogrind, and endorsing a cosmic, mind expanding concept with the associated aesthetics, Dephosphorus are a creative force on the edge of the contemporary music scene.
Maintaining since 2011 and the now classic “Axiom” mini-LP high standards and a consistent discographic presence, they have been graced with the enthusiastic support of a cult following comprised of eclectic music lovers from all over the globe.
“Ravenous Solemnity”, the 2nd full-length album succeeding to 2012’s critically and fan acclaimed “Night Sky Transform”, marks a milestone for the band. The addition behind the drum kit of John Votsis, one the most talented and dedicated musicians of the local Greek scene, has been instrumental in making of this dense, 43-minute-long odyssey Dephosphorus’ most intense and majestic effort to date.
Illustrated once again with stunning artwork by analog visionaries and friends Viral Graphics, packaged as a glorious gatefold double LP pressed on 180g heavy wax by the good care of the band’s allies and vinyl specialists 7 Degrees Records in cooperation with Handshake Inc., the latter providing for the first time North American distribution for the band, “Ravenous Solemnity” is destined to be a classic gem in any extreme audiophile’s record collection. A digital version is available for a reasonable fee from the band’s Bandcamp page,
DEPHOSPHORUS carry on their „Astrogrind“ the way they did with their outstanding MLP „Axiom“, that has hit several „best of 2011“ lists in several zines and blogs and their 2 split 7“es with WAKE and GREAT FALLS and are even able to take it to the next level. There’s a guest appearence by Ryan Lipynsky (Unearthly Trance, The Howling, Thralldom) who provides his very own stellar vocals, lyrics and lead guitars. The LP will be pressed on 180g heavy weight black wax, packed into a beautiful gatefold sleeve with a lyric sheet and a poster crafted by the amazing Viral Graphics.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Northside Studios with Miltos Schimatariotis, who also provided again the live electronics, the recordings are very agressive and organic and is a big step forward since „Axiom“.
With the help of DIYload 7Degrees provides download-codes with the vinyl.
An Astrogrind – Masterpiece in 7 Acts
The Debut of Greece’s Dephosphorus combines astral blasts, stellar grooves and spaced out soundscapes into a very own and unique experience in extreme music. The artwork crafted by Viral Graphics masterly underlines the band’s cosmic concept.
DEPRAVATION plays a filthy mixture of hardcore, metal and crust. After their 2013 debut "II: maledictvm", the split with SLOWLY WE ROT showed the direction the band was heading to with the songs of their new release "feast with the rats". The current material is heavily influenced by death and black-metal (the vicious BOLT THROWER and MAYHEM style, not the ambient, progressive... 3rd wave crap), spawning 4 loathsome tracks somewhere between despair and fury. They sound ferocious across this record is angry as hell - pure anger - a swirling mass of guitar and bass pinned in by some great drumming with vocals like a sand blaster. It’s a rush, from one end to the other. If you are into BLIND TO FAITH, HESSIAN or WITHDRAWAL, you should definitely check this rager out. Don't worry about the genres - just feel the hate seething from this excellent mini-album. The one-sided, 180gr thick vinyl comes with a screenprinted b-side, a cover and inlay with incredibly blunt artwork by Gravedweller and includes a digital download Card.
"The Finnish quintet Derrida has been active starting from 2004, and have created a couple of smaller releases and a full-length since. Even so, this record, their newest EP/MLP, is the first one of their releases that I've come to hear.
The band's music is a rather original blend of light punk rock, harsh hardcore punk, and more quirky alternative metal. At times the band reminds me of Stam1na and Disease Of The Nation due to the compositions' sudden lead guitar-spices and compositional twists and their overall experimentalism a'la modern alternative metal. The difference with the two aforementioned bands just is that Derrida is rooted way deeper in punk than in metal, both lyrically and musically, and in a sense has a more serious attitude.
The A-side is rather straightforward in its somewhat preachy hostility; sure, there are a couple of fairly sudden mid-parts with cleaner and more melodic guitar-leads and other surprising spices, but the songs still stick to their basic mood and idea for their length. The opener of side B, on the other hand, is more dramatic and heavier in its description of the horrors of war. "Mustan Kullan Demoni" returns to musically lighter spheres and to the simplisticity of hardcore punk with some minor melodic tweaks in the lead-section (and ends to a really cool speed metal-solo), but the finishing tune is again a heavier and more dramatic one. It isn't as bleak as "Kansa Taisteli..." though.
The band keeps the listener on his/her toes throughout the fifteen minutes, but in a good way. After you've gotten acquainted with the songs' numerous twists and turns, along with their base character, the songs still remain as interesting pieces to listen to. The songs vary a lot from each other, but the EP still retains the main chunk of its base idea through its playing time. I think some of the guitars and shouted vocals go over the top here and there, though, tipping over the songs delicate balance by hogging the listener's attention to themselves. In the end the EP's character is too shattered to be an unified whole nor a pleasingly flowing entirety to listen to. The moods switch too quickly for the listener to be able to focus nor relate to each and every one of them.
Also, how have the lyrics of "Erotkaa!" telling about a child listening to his/her parents fighting have gotten lost amidst stories of war, greed and corruption? They're good, surely, but seem very lost amidst the lyrics dealing with way bigger-scale issues.
As a summary, is this EP good? Yes it is. The compositions are fairly original and seem to be the results of a lot of effort, the soundscape suits the varying moods for the most part, and the band handles their instruments professionally and with enough feeling. The EP just tries to approach too many styles and moods at once, making it sound somewhat disjointed and confused, akin to a compilation-release." - Damned by Light
They pumel the shit out of a drop tuned guitar with totally guttural vocals, while the whole pace of this throbs in a dis-beat style that also goes beyond into a thicker combo of crust-grind-punkcore dis style, and I'm into it. Another crust fist in the air band, with a super fucking heavy style.
“The album is stunning. I can imagine firework going off and people losing their minds when they go live with these songs. Make sure you check it out!” – Tue Madsen, Antfarm Studios
"This is our report. The story doesn't end here. We will sing these songs. That's what keeps us alive. A trip through Subversion Valley and it takes us to places unknown. The sound has changed and so have we.“
Deterrence is a debuting project from Lublin, with well know members: Kuchar, guitarist of Suffering Mind and Pawel from Fat Ass Records. 9 songs of raw, heavy grindcore in the vein of Assück, early Dead Infection. Then the fastest unit from France, Yattai, of course, next to the Blockheads and Sylvester Staline. If you want to fix your teeth reach for this one-sided 12" split
limited to 500 copies, available on dirty green color.
multicolored vinyl, different colors available, amount unknown.
one sided 12inch vinyl comes with a heavy sleeve & gloss varnish, insert with lyrics and liner notes
Italian brutality at its finest: DEVANGELIC!
Devangelic established themselves as one of the rising stars in the Brutal Death scene, after just two albums and several festival appereances along with some of the biggest names in extreme metal, their presence is tangible and they are for real!
We at Spikerot Records are stoked to give you for the first time on vinyl Devangelic’s debut album, “RESURRECTION DENIED”, originally released in 2014 by Comatose Music.
9 tracks of furious, iconoclastic, death metal mayhem mastered for vinyl at 16th Cellar Studio (Decrepit Birth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour Of Penance) in 3 different versions:
Melbourne’s Diploid fuse elements of screamo, black metal, noise rock, and powerviolence to create caustic new forms of sonic violence. Their experimental approach sears the psyche with bursts of swirling blackened noise, crackling feedback, and distorted screams. Heavy stuff!
Theabsolute heaviness coupled with dark, dismal despair. Two doom titans from their respective cities of Chicago and Toronto join for this event; each presenting works of such magnitude and density, that in their playing creates
an irreparable chasm which threatens to swallow the continent whole. This is less a soundtrack but more simply heralding the end of all that is...
Put Black Flag, Minor Threat and Ceremony in a blender and you'll get this bloody mess.
These Belgian guys don't f... around. They enjoy chilling on the beach with a long island iced tea but as funny as it gets, the music still has a strong message.
LP is limited to 500 copies!Grita Mietras Puedas album featuring 25 studio songs of pure fucking old school grindcore recorded with the new line up!!! For DENAK, WARSORE, 324, WORMROT, CAPTAIN CLEANOFF fans!Released in colaboration by: Mono Canibal, Corrosión Cerebral Records, Hecatombe Records, EveryDayHate, Bucho Discos, Broca Records.
Doomsisters is a trio from Le Thillot in France, playing intense Grind Crust Punk mixed with sludge parts in DIY/ Punk attitude. S/t album is limited to 500 copies, released on white 12 inch vinyl by: Dream Comes True, Tanker Records, Dingleberry Records, No Way Asso, EveryDayHate, Deviance, Crustatombe, Witch Bukkake Records, Unlogical Feeling, Asso Domi.
DOUBLE ME from Italy deliver a raging and hard-hitting cocktail of 17 tracks on their one-sided black vinyl. DOUBLE ME blaze at unrelenting speed, demonstrating blast-beat precision and guitar-shredding destruction - grinding violence at its best!
Genre: Post-(Black) Metal, Post-Hardcore, Sludge
Country: Czech Republic / Russia
Drom - Věčný hlad
Drom - Kopí v zádech zabodlé
Moro Moro Land - Endless Parade
Moro Moro Land - Speak
Recorded by Anden Music
Mixed by Jan Šmejkal at Anden Music
Mastered by James Plotkin
MORO MORO LAND:
Recorded by Alexey "Batyr" Basyrov at CORSO Studio
Mixed and mastered by Jasmin Dasovic
Artwork by Kuba Sokolski
Hermetic, polymorphic and abstract black metal exclusively glorifying and worshiping the annihilation of all existence. Mysterious Swiss entity DSKNT incarnates with a colossal debut album of total avant-black mindfuckery that has taken the aesthetic of bands like Aosoth, Abigor, Deathspell Omega, and Antaeus and deformed it and disfigured it further – creating a swarming chasm of mutated black chaos worship that pulverizes the psyche and ravages the flesh.
Limited to 100 copies on black vinyl and 300 copies on clear with black haze.
Digital download included with the purchase of physical copies.
From Profound Lore: Entitled “Test Of Submission”, this is the sixth full-length album in DYSRHYTHMIA’s repertoire and the band’s most-intense and accomplished album to date. Already going on a decade-plus career, DYSRYHTMIA were one of the first prominent bands to bring awareness to the instrumental progressive metal movement in America, in an age where there were not even a handful of bands attempting to do what DYSRHYTHMIA were doing in music; setting new standards and helping to create a new movement within extreme metal all on their own. The band would gain even more prominence as part of the Relapse Records roster where not only members from DYSRYHTMIA (them of course being guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, bassist Colin Marston, and drummer Jeff Eber) would also be defined by their musical and playing fortitude, but said members would continue to make a name for themselves even further within such bands as Gorguts, Krallice, Vaura, Byla, and …Behold The Acrtopus.
Nonetheless, such accomplished musicians have once again come together to make a new album at a time where there seems to be a overbearing glut of bands attempting to prove their worth in some rat-race to see which band can outdo themselves in technical prowess or whatever. DYSRHYTHMIA’s “Test Of Submission” will singlehandedly prove this trio’s superiority. With ease.