Two polish bands on one vinyl!
Parricide over 20 years on stage and 20 years experience of making noise! Brutal death/grind!
Kill At Command is young rising band debuting with fresh crust/punk material that will surely kick some asses.
This is a special release from The Party of Helicopters. "Space... and how sweet it was" is a blend of sinister beauty and pop hooks layered with lush vocal harmonies with keyboards added for good measure. It combines the sweet soul of soaring pop vocals with the dark forces of death metal guitar solos and choppy rhythmic clatter. It is an epic orgy of evil themes and narcodelic beauty! The Party of Helicopters have always made it a point to combine their individual eclectic and varied tastes to create a hybrid of metal, punk and pop for a sound that is truly original.These songs are the finest recordings by The Party of Helicopters so far, and truly captures the emotional intensity of their live performance. This is truly one of the most original sounding bands you will hear this year.
HARDCORE. More than 3 1/2 years after "deathinteresse" was unleashed on the hardcore-punk crowd, PATSY O'HARA have returned with their 2nd full-length, "...sings the bourgeois blues". It has everything the genre has to offer in one powerful set of 11 songs (nearly 48min.). Nothing sounds stale and they have their own distinct sound while building off the ideas of the music they love to listen to. "...sings the bourgeois blues" is a huge improvement on every level, with the group's hybrid mix of upbeat hardcore, punk, post-rock and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll - melting together to near perfection throughout their latest effort. The quintet puts on a riveting spectacle, with beatific swells of atmospheric and rocking hardcore - over the top, epic intertwined guitars - beautiful groovy bass lines - galloping, punchy drum patterns - demented, raspy screaming vocals. The band knows how to effectively build up a song, tension that mounts to a breaking point. It leads to many exciting moments, as the boiling point tips over, leading to an explosion of aggression. PATSY O'HARA switches off between fast-paced death 'n’ roll mayhem and slower mini-epics. There are also various interludes that move along the album. Recorded and mixed at the mighty Tonmeisterei, the production is full and lush. This, along with the fantastic dynamics between all the band members and the compelling songwriting, makes for a successful sophomore album. Thick 180gr vinyl comes with an outstanding and eyecatching gatefold-sleeve with reverse side printings, black innersleeve and includes a digital download card. Not sure, but the point remains that this release is a killer - so stop reading and pick it up right away!
"Catchy German shits in the classic Deutschpunk vein, amped up appropriately for the new millennium. Zuviel Hoffnung is full of potential classics, and I’m sure even more for those who sprechen, with leads and hooks galore all delivered with a subdy dark edge. Recommended for future listens"
Mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door
Eight years after No Love For A Nation the german spearhead of Chaos-Punk is back with its third full-length album. Angry and aggressive as usual PESTPOCKEN blast 13 new, politically unambiguous songs into this sick world. And these are real ripsnorters: Sometimes brute, sometimes anthemic, technical versed and well produced, the lyrics in german and english language reflect the band’s history, are dedicated to the historical (Battle Of Cable Street) as well as the contemporary (Rojava Revolution) resistance, talk about the racism against refugees, approach the neoliberal alienated individual or clearify the relationship to state and police. The message couldn’t be more accurate in times of escalating global crises ot the capitalist system: Another world is not only necessary but also possible. Also after more than 20 years these five Punx from Gießen know how to communicate it convincing like an unerring fisticuff. The LP comes in two different variations: As limited Picture LP or on red splattered vinyl. Includes download code.
Old hardness meets new tones! In 2012 the Giessen-based band presented their musically strongest and most diverse album to date. Influences from 82er German punk to rough crust and hardcore and melodic streetpunk together with one female and two male voices resulted in an explosive mixture. The first-class production (Chaos AD Studio) and the subversive, dark design underline the enormous development of PESTPOCKEN successfully. Now the sold-out album has been re-released as a picture LP.
"With this second full-length, Poitiers' THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE annihilate the remaining boundaries between black metal and dark hardcore. This time focusing on the most extreme side of their sound, "Falls" brings the band's unique approach to the next level, invoking reminiscences of various acts such as Deathspell Omega, Cave In, Comity, Deafheaven or Kickback. Songs such as "Dreamers Will Never Stop Dreaming" or "Today We Stand" reveal how much the band has improved their songwriting abilities, burying the listener under piles of epic & technical riffs, labyrinthic structures and unearthly vocals. By throwing into their chaos some more unorthodox influences they gained from their other past and actual experiences, THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE prove that they are digging deeper than your average "blackened hardcore" band. And they will take you with them."
Is this the US in early 80s or Switzerland in 2020? Relentless hardcore that brings in mind early Black Flag, Stalag 13, Necros,… as well as bits of Poison Idea and Tragedy. No frills, no fancy production, just straightforward HC/Punk that sounds as menacing as it´s angry. From ex members of Bad Mojos, Raptus Di Follia, Positive Impact, Strapones,…
This French wrecking crew’s debut full-length, À Nos Morts (To Our Dead), offers up eleven tracks of cruel, carcinogenic deathgrind with a distinct hardcore influence, all caked in a concrete slab of still-smouldering, charcoal-black crust. À Nos Morts isn’t a record; it’s a nullifying cloud of acid raid, a snarling, drooling force of nature with a vice-like jaw and pants-shittingly large fangs, unleashed from the penetralia of Hell, a place so deep and dark that Satan doesn’t even dare venture there. It’s about as close to perfect as a band’s first album can get.
"Kingmaker" is the debut album from Pine Barrens, following on from a very well-received demo that came out in 2010. Pine Barrens efficiently fuse hardcore punk to black metal, among other things, to create an intense and surprisingly catchy experience. For those that care, the band features current and ex-members of Beecher, Atavist, Extinction of Mankind, The Ergon Carousel and Hammers.
Nice dark and heavy apocalypstic hc/punk which reminds us of old Narshardaa-releases like Arsen and Angstzustand includes modern HC like, Old Man Gloom, Coliseum or Isis meets old hc like His Hero Is Gone or Union of Uranus. There are tons of bands playing a similar style today, but for us Planks are one of the very very very few that matter.
The A side shows Planks taking yet another step away from their Hardcore roots. In the vein of their last output The Darkest Of Grays, they deliver their unique blend of gloomy, melody ridden, downtuned heaviness that incooperate aspects of Doom, Black Metal and Dark Wave - but this time they even go one step further and take on Grunge methodologies in Leave And Never Come Back. All they did on their last records finds its way into these three tracks but everything seems more organized, filtered, more mature and in better sound.
Lentic Waters' B side of the split delivers the first three new songs after their impressive first s/t LP. The still fairly new band took the time on the road during the weeks of tours they spent, to distinguish what they are capable of and what they do best. Those tracks bring their facets of grinding emoviolence, double-bass frenzy and super catchy melodies. Also the sound of the recording improved and therefore offers the listener a better inside into what this band is able to. Three string instruments that play three different things at the same time just to have one big harmony in the end. Melodies shattered by ravishing outbursts to flow into massive, epic endings. It should be interesting to see how much more this band has to offer in the future seeing the transition they undertook in such short time. The Split LP comes with drop-dead gorgeous, silver printed artwork by Pierre Johansson on heavy cardboard.
(old) scene activists, well know from bands like AnusPraeter, Brächreiz, Todschicker and the radio show DISHARMONCxNOISExCONSPIRACY deliver oldschool Death Metal / Grindcore in the vein of TERRORIZER, ASSÜCK, NAPALM DEATH
The members of Playing Enemy certainly have an impressive resume of musical ventures in which they have been previously involved: Rorschach, Kiss it Goodbye, Deadguy, Undertow, and Nineironspitfire among others. But rather than re-hash sounds and styles characteristic of those projects, Playing Enemy, instead ventured down a different path in the hardcore/metal realm.
The Seattle-based band first hit the scene in 2000 with their debut release, Cesarean, which was a blend of chaotic yet methodical hardcore and math-metal. The band followed with Ephemera in 2003, further defining their style with their unconventional song structures. This brings us to their newest LP, I Was Your City, their first for upstart label Hawthorne Street Records.
Following the brooding and building intro track "Cancer," the album kicks in typical Playing Enemy form with the track "Jade." The song is best described as calculated chaos - think of "dirtier" version of Botch and you're along the right track. Andrew Gormley's drumming abilities certainly haven't suffered over the years. Rather than relying on traditional drum fills and the ol' double bass, he works the entire kit and quite proficiently.
The band continues to surge through song after song of their unique blend of metal, hardcore, and noise - fully executing the talents of all its members. In particular, bassist Shane Mehling's playing can be heard throughout the entire length of every track. This is somewhat of an anomaly in music of this genre; normally the bass is buried so deep in the mix to hide the bassist's lack of skill. This is not the case here; a pleasant surprise indeed.
The trio, rounded out by guitarist / vocalist Demiam Johnston, does take time to venture away from their stereotypical sound from time to time, something that helps distinguish the band from its peers. Take the track "The End of Something," for example. The majority of the song is made up of cathartic and moody guitar riffs while Johnston screams out passionate lyrics like "I need you... / I'm not telling / This time I'm asking / Please hear me / I want our old life back / I'm so fucking crazed to be so alone in life." The lyrics get even darker and more cryptic towards the end of the song - definitely some deep and personal content.
The band obviously returns to what they do best for the remainder of the album. Another highpoint toward the end of the album is "Angels in a Trailer." There are some excellent and very unique drum fills over the course of the song, not to mention the sweet-ass on/off guitar time-signatures used in the later portion of the song.
I Was Your City is easily Playing Enemy's best album yet, the band has yet again found a way to evolve their signature style into something more captivating that before. It takes great talent to continue to evolve as a band to gather new listeners yet be able to keep your old fans interested. Playing Enemy certainly has that talent, but unless you're a complete dweeb you already knew that.
8.0 / 10 — Michael / Scenepointblank
"Four years after «How Hate Is Hard To Define» and a pair of splits, here's the long-awaited second full-length from Toulouse, France's PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND. «Lowgazers» marks another impressive step in the band's quest of total aural devastation : armed with new drummer Ivo (Stuntman, PAL…), the four-piece picks the most dissonant and experimental aspects of black metal, hardcore and sludge to create an unreal vortex of desolation.
From the first notes of "Thrvst", the band reaches new heights of intensity, switching from inhuman blast beats to slow-motion torture, while unorthodox guitar work and painfully shrieked vocals tear the listener from all quarters. Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé (Birds In Row, Calvaiire, Death Engine…) then mastered at New Alliance East (Converge, Gaza, Xasthur), «Lowgazers»'s sounds commensurate to the band's vision, being a ruthless demonstration of power as well as an untouchable pinnacle in extreme music hybridization."
- Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé at La Senelle, Laval
- Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, Boston
02. Endless Craving
03. Flail In The Bliss
05. Relief Of Troth
06. Svn In Your Head
07. Aimless Roaming
08. Mvrk Diving
This second press comes on black vinyl and is housed in a reverse-side printed jacket.
For the highly-awaited follow-up to 2005's "Struggle" POOSTEW headed to 3rd A Studio in Hamburg on the producing helm where Germany's steamroller finally received the punishing sound it deserves. They've increased the speed again and deliver 14 high explosive deathgrind tracks. What started as rough straight grindcore became to a sophisticated mixture of brutal grindcore, infernal death metal and well-placed harmonies as well as they never forget about their hardcore origin. Their debut "Struggle" convulsed the extreme music scene with the stunning mixture of no-compromise grindcore, well-placed melodies and the hardcore approach but "Plutocracy" will just destroy everything on its way.
first full length struggle delivers 15 tracks of straight forward grindcore sound but takes it to a higher level by mixing it with melodic guitar sounds and heavy chugga breakdowns. produced by the infamous dirk kusche [mörser, systral, absidia ...] it s extremely heavy and contains everything from blastbeats to midtempo driven melodies. all layout workis done by szandor kubassa [legacy zine, ox zine, as we fight ...]. the lyrics mostly deal with politics, abuse of power and personal views on grievances in society)
"L'Amour En Temps De La Peste" is the title of POTENCE's remarkable and stunning debut LP. This new band featuring members of GERANIÜM and DAITRO capture the attitude of some of the darkest and fierceful niches of hardcore, turning its aesthetics into something very personal, emotional and increasingly unpredictable. The new 8 track effort from the French crust hardcore / screamo act were recorded in April 2016 by Steph at Disvlar Studio and mastered by Will Killingsworth at DEAD AIR STUDIOS and it’s really worth the wait! "L’Amour Au Temps De La Peste" is a work of striking emotions, surprisingly immense compositional capacity and colossal, thick arrangements.
ffo: jungbluth, amanda woodward.
Pray For Teeth first LP features four songs, which clock in just under 38 minutes, Pray for Teeth's debut LP "From the Dry Edge of the Shore" is a pecfect example of how post-metal should be done. Equal parts metal, hardcore, shoegaze, and ambient metal, "From the Dry Edge of the Shore" sees the softest notes build up to metal chaos - all just to come crashing back down again. This ambitious debut is a must have for fans of FALL OF EFRAFA, ISIS, CULT OF LUNA and VESTIGES!
Upon returning from a European tour late in 2006, Ballast promptly broke up. 3/5th of the band would continue to play together and soon would form PREYING HANDS including new members whose previous efforts included Montreal bands Snake Master, Desperate Living and Last Days. The sound seamlessly blends an odd combination of crust, melodic hardcore and a touch of pop punk. The powerful female vocals, that lyrically combine the personal with the political, complete an intense picture. Production was handled on this debut effort by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, weird...) at the Pines and mastered at Mammoth Sound by Dan Randall (Limp Wrist, Government Warning).
The Processian brothers humbly submit their definitive epistle, an end to clamour and a route to sustenation for those eager to transcend the lumpen, meagre fetters of Earthly existence. Titan awaits the birth of the red giant, preparing for colonisation. Helios sates his voracious appetite evolving unto nebula. Entropy is inevitable, auguring destruction, predicating reconstitution. Pax Vobiscum, brethren of the Golden Stone, your journey nears conclusion. Rosicrucian fraternity, knowers of veracity, seekers of perfection. Occultus mastery, ancient cognition, draw up and rubricate the Covenant of the Cosmos, the Hermetic binding, for we are all stars. Entwined in the waltz of the Universe, now beating in time, restored. Sol Invictus! As above, so below, the endlessly victorious fire of Surya, the burning eyes, Saturnalia, let the bounties of the Earth be plentiful to those who listen to this treatise. Behold! Kaamos is banished! Hail the everlasting Sun! The posthumous album from Scotland's purveyors of Illuminati influenced holy terror. Features ex-members of Shank, Scatha and In Decades Decline.
This is a solid crusty d-beat-punk record on Rising Riot Records. Profit And Murder released a nice 7" in the past. This is the second output of the old crustys (members of World Chaos and Hellhaak) from Bremen and well, the 7" was real good and this LP is the tangible continuation of it. You get 10 typical boisterous and aggressive d-beat-crust-titles in a great noisy and raw sound. We really waited a long period for this record, but now it finally arrived and the waiting was real worthwhile. Dear crust-fans with fancy, political patches all over your cloths, this one is for you. Songs like '88 Reasons To Hate You' or 'Botox Zombies' are the accomplished soundtrack for long, wet and beloved squadnights. Lyrics are fierce, political and personal, just how it has to be for a proper disbeat-record.
blackened pink marbled (Marbled) Vinyl
This split marks the long awaited third vinyl release of crusty North East UK hardcore oinks Prolefeed, written immediately following 2015s ear pummeling split with War All The Time. The fact that this was recorded and mixed in a single day speaks to the raw speed and agression on display and the ten tracks blitz past within 13 mins.
This is drummer Rob Woodcock’s final release with the band but he goes out on a high, bullying the snare through relentless thrashing d-beats and rapid, clattering fills. This whole side buzzes with a screaming treble-strung intesity to the production, and a suprising (for those unfamiliar with the band) clarity to the instrumentals. The bass in particular has a very clear tone, Dan's fantastic, lighning fast runs cutting through the tradtitionally crusty buzzsaw guitar for some stand out moments of musicianship, running counter to the abrasive vocal screams of frontman Dickie (also of Sawn Off).
Ten rapid fire songs with signature caustic guitar riffs, blitzkrieg basslines and Melvinsesque drumming, this isn’t your average hardcore record.
Quickly following up their debut "Den förstörda människans rike", Henry Kane provides 9 minutes of punishing one-man Swedish Swedeath grindcore. Following the same path of audial terror. Henry Kane is the solo effort of Johnny Pettersson of Wombbath, Ashcloud, Gods Forsaken and dozens of other nightmare inducing death metal bands. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Unbound, you could be forgiven for thinking this side of the split was a previously unreleased Rotten Sound effort. Absolutely relentless clinical blast beats and ear shattering chainsaw guitar sounds argue with throat shredding vocals here.
These five tracks have no time for pretension, no prog moments of atmosphere or technical peacocking. The only atmosphere is that of a dense cloud of gain, the only technicality the speed of the performence. Proper blasting grind!
Art by Prolefeed bassist Daniel Hughes in response to a wave of religious violence and thoughtless hatred perpetuated by the media. Fuck religious violence//Fuck religious hate. The Mass Forfeiture of Collective Responsibility comes with a wrap around 2 foot poster and is released on the 13th October via WOOAAARGH & Goatshead Records!
Milwaukee's PROTESTANT, a full decade into its existence, has made a record more furious, focused and over the top than anything previous combined. This is perhaps a band with nothing to lose and no interest in anything other than spitting in the face of any enemy within reach. After four full-lengths and a plethora of EPs and splits, «In Thy Name» brings the band's brand of dark and crusty metallic hardcore to new levels of sonic destruction. All wrapped up in a raw, noisy production, these eight tracks are nothing but a brutal collision of punk/hardcore and extreme metal that won't give any quarter, ever."
released 15 August 2014
- Recorded and mixed by Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Studios
- Mastered by Carl Saff
- US version on Halo Of Flies
New release by Protestant! It's a bit strange that a number of recent crust-influenced hardcore bands call Milwaukee home; it's not like it's dirtier than any other major city. Following Enabler's catchy, crust-influenced 2012 release, All Hail the Void, their Milwaukee brethren in Protestant have unleashed Reclamation. While Enabler took a more metallic route, Protestant have stuck much closer to the norms of crust. However, the band take the melodicism present in From Ashes Rise and Tragedy and turn it up to 11, causing them to fall short of the aggression of genre pioneers Amebix or later flag bearers (and Tragedy precursor) His Hero is Gone.
Third full full-length album of Italian avantmetal-jazzgrind masters PSYCHOFAGIST.
The album is entitled “Songs of Faint and Distortion” and it has been produced with enlarged squad thanx to the collaboration with patriarchs of industrial/powerelectronics Napalmed.
Not a split album, no re-mixes: it's a clash of different ways to conceive the most extreme audio deviations.
THE SLUDGE LORD ABOUT THIS ALBUM:
"The Psyke Project is a band that are brutal as they come. Their brilliant new album - Guillotine - is a masterclass of extreme metal. Blending Black Metal, Post-Metal, Sludge and Hardcore into something rather sinister that will leave you on edge through out the entire album. The Psyke Project have the key to your worst fucking nightmares coming to life. They play brutal based riffs right from the start. The despair and torment never lets up as these guys are masters of the darkness lurking through us all.
First track - Guillotine - will prove what a great band The Psyke Project actually are. Blending intense riffs with nightmarish vocals to scare the living hell out of anyone. This is music for all us dark souls out there. It's the perfect soundtrack for all doom and gloom merchants. If you want something sinister and terrifying in your life then this is it. The Psyke Project play on your worst fears and bring them to life through the power of their dark music. And I loved every terrifying second of it. This is some of the harshest Post-Metal/Sludge Metal riffs I have heard in some time. The Psyke Project venture into places other bands don't even dare to goto. If Lucifer ever had a voice then it would match the eerie tones of vocalist Martin. He is a man possessed. No one can stop him. Would anyone feel brave enough to. The Psyke Project have released an album of such breathtaking brutality that one listen is never enough. Just take a long rest before listening to this brilliant album again. As you need some time to recover of the bleak carnage held on this heavy and fucked up album. A true masterclass of extreme metal. No question!!!
At war with false noise: Having only just recently done an (albeit great) LP with Amarok I was a little bit reticent to do another so quickly, but when I heard this track I was pretty blown away and knew I had to go for it! On this side Amarok have a total Saint Vitus "Walking Dead" guitar sound - ultra thick and dirgey - but they combine this with a kinda of hardcore and metal intensity that new wave sludge/HC bands like Cough and Thou eschew so well. Three vocalists give a really extreme multi-layered screaming assault and there's most definitely a keen ear for a nice metal guitar line in there. Heavy duty stuff and as good as the often dull sludge genre gets.
Swedes Pyramido impressed me loads with their demo and first two albums (both available on Total Rust and I still have copies of "Sand"), their distinctive heavily-distorted, sub-psychedelic sludge doom stood apart from a quite frankly over-crowded marketplace. There's a definite dry crust/hardcore sound to this that brings to mind Eyehategod or maybe even a less melodious early Crowbar. Top notch!
500 copies: 400 black and 100 brown. Black vinyl only left. Heavy gloss sleeves with heavyweight double-sided lyric inner and a 24x12" poster.