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2673 / UNICORN - "split" CD $7.99
are a mysterious outfit, not just in name, but in sound as well. Their
(or his?) three tracks are ultra simple explorations of sine waves and
white noise. Two tracks of simple tones, barely audible, that subtly
shift over the course of each piece. The other track is a caustic burst
of jagged crumbling old fashioned NOISE. Harsh and brutal and speaker
shreddingly loud. Unicorn are a little less tranquil here, but no less
satisfying. Ultra minimal, expansive drones, constructed from fuzzed out
melodies that sound like they could have been wrenched from an electric
guitar, but are transformed into lovely muted swirls of distorted
loveliness. The first and the last track are creepy and strangely
harrowing, a threatening buzz beneath warm washes of distant keening
high end, alien vocal melodies and rhythmic pulses of analogue fuzz. The
three tracks between are barely there rumbles, thick drones stretched
thin, a wispy sonic murmur, traces and barely visible outlines of songs
faded and forgotten. So so nice.
ACTS OF SEDITION - "Repress" LP $9.99
Acts Of Sedition combine the dark crust sounds of bands like Born/Dead
and Tragedy with the early '90s political NYHC of Citizens Arrest and
Nausea. Repressing of their half of the Bafabegiya split and the "Sick
Blind" EP on one piece of wax. Includes full-color cover and 20-page
ACTS OF SEDITION / SADVILLE - "split" 7" $6.99
delivers a brand new song in three parts which showcases these
Tennessee ragers' southern influenced stoner crust metal. Oakland, CA's
Acts Of Sedition combine the dark crust sounds of bands like Born/Dead
and Tragedy with the early '90s political NYHC of Citizens Arrest and
Nausea. Hand-numbered on WHITE vinyl, limited to 400 copies.
ACTS OF SEDITION / SURRENDER - "split" 7" $6.99
tracks from Oakland's SURRENDER, who are a total throwback to 80's
English peace punk with a slight hint of riot grrrl. and one track from
ACTS OF SEDITION, who borrow punk and hardcore sounds from Black Flag as
well as modern heavyweights such as Artimus Pyle and Hot Cross with
overtly political lyrics. Screened covers with vellum band.
ALARM - "s/t" 7" $6.99
AZ's Alarm present six tracks of violent mayhem to this debut 7", with a
style that brings to mind bands like Gehenna, Pig Destroyer, Fall
Silent, Backstabbers Inc. and Napalm Death. On GREEN vinyl.
AL QAEDA - "collaborative works" 7" $6.99
much-anticipated 7" from AQ featuring Mike Watt (MINUTEMEN, FIREHOSE),
Gabe Serbian (THE LOCUST), Chris Carrico (AARKTICA) and Occassional
Detroit is finally here. On aqua marbled vinyl and limited to 300
ANTILLES / TRIFLE TOWER - "split" 7″ $6.99
match-up of 2 old-school screamo bands in the vein of such greats as
Pg. 99 and City of Caterpillar. Antilles have a jagged and damaged sound
with aggressive drumming, jangly guitar playing, and vicious vocals
with an almost jazzy vibe at times. On side B, Trifle Tower assault the
listener using layered melodies and strong dynamics, giving off the
impression of an almost black metal approach to songwriting. Limited to a
total of 500 copies, presented in jackets made of 100% post-consumer
recycled paper stock and hand-silkscreened with brown ink.
THE ASHAMED - "s/t" CD $7.99
in your face, Punk/Thrashabilly from Richland, Washington. This is a
weird fucking album- it's like speed-metal with a touch of thrash and a
touch of rockabilly. Cool artwork. Weird lyrics too. The music sounds
like new SLAYER mixed with DEAD KENNEDYS. It totally seems like they'd
be a fun band to see live.
AUSTERITY PROGRAM - "Terra Nova" CDEP $7.99
clanging guitars, over machinelike rhythms, with half shouted/half sung
vocals adding slight melody to the caustic, abrasive noisescapes.
Besides the two members, Justin Foley (guitar/vocals) and Thad Calabrese
(bass) especially the drum machine is in the foreground of the action.
The more than nine minute opener brings us bulky machine beats,
screaming guitars and partly hysteric screaming that freezes the marrow
in your bones. You could roughly put the brew of the two Americans
somewhere into the corner of GODFLESH, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and
EYEHATEGOD. Repetitive rhythms and mean feedbacks play with the nerves
of the listener. Monotony can be so beautiful and oppressive.
BLAST AND THE DETERGENTS - "Blast Blast Blast" CD $7.99
punk from Florida's underbelly. 6 tracks of rock n roll mayhem
unleashed by recording first or second takes all in the same room with 3
vocal overdubs on the whole thing.
BUCK GOOTER - "Dogfood Towers" CD $7.99
art-damaged sonic distortion from this two-man wrecking crew. Not
entirely a noise-fest, as the melody and riffs do come bubbling to the
surface- its got a scratching menace mixed with a dark wave
undercurrent. Reminds of some of the better stuff that came out on Blast
First back in the 80s. Like a stripped down HEAD OF DAVID colliding
with a more fucked up BLANK DOGS.
BULL ANUS - "Enter The Anus" CD-R $7.99
name like that creates certain expectations. BULL ANUS deliver with 70
minutes of HARSH drone- noise n' scumfuzz hell, like the most brutal
early SKULLFLOWER/BORBETOMAGUS skuzz crawling through the gutter and
spurting grotesque feedback swarms over your cranium, courtesy of Erik
Amlee (CRACKHOUSE) and company. There's little in the way of dynamics
here...BULL ANUS lock in with a crackling avalanche of fuzz and
distortion and skree, piling it on, layers and layers of dense, cloudy
crunch, with gauzy melodies obscured and blurred by the storm of noise.
Pure brooding pestilence and evil tone mulch. Guitar amplifiers bare
toothy grins and spastic beats grind away at the withering transistor
frequencies. Enter The Anus could possibly be heard as a meditation on
the sounds of machinery falling apart, a bleeping,grinding mantra of
coarse speaker hurl. Good shit.
THE CARBONAS - "s/t" CD $7.99
much-anticipated third album from Atlanta's Carbonas is a blast of
late'70s/early '80s punk rock with a high-energy rock'n' roll influence
bringing to mind bands like the Exploding Hearts and The Orphans.
CHROME JACKSON / DIAGRAM A - "split" 7" $6.99
Chrome Jackson = solo guitar noise experiments by Stephen Mattos (member of Athletic Automaton/ex-Arab on Radar). Diagram A = Noise/sound art by Dan Greenwood.
COCK E.S.P. -"Greatest Dicks 3" 3-inch CD $7.99
E.S.P.'s third collection of recorded works is a 3" CD in a limited
edition of 500. Covering the years 2001-2003, you get 40 tracks of
sublime, cranium crushing noise hijinks and surrealist action from the
Midwestern free/noise/core/comedy legends. Includes collaborative work
with Crank Sturgeon, Prairiepusher, Eugenics Council, Rotten Piece,
Newton and Panicsville, but the highlights of this disc are an
incredible krautrock-esque remix by Burning Star Core that channels
Faust and This Heat with shrill noise bursts drilling through the
periphery of the motorik beat, and a radio interview with the group,
conducted by a "Fink Winklebean", which includes hard to follow chitchat
about tension, punching each other in the face, Sylvester Stallone in
"Rocky VII", spider monkeys, the most unpleasant characteristics of
playing in Cock E.S.P., having W.A.S.P. or Sabbath play at their
funeral, and prescriptions and influences. Crucial for fellow Cock fans,
and those of you that are into harsh noise, brutal improv, mutant jazz,
and noisecore, and haven't yet begun to explore Cock E.S.P.'s demented
world, this 'lil disc is a perfect introduction to their smash-up spazz
THE COLE QUINTET / LINSAY - "split" picture disc 7" $6.99
German HC influenced by SWING KIDS, CRIMSON CURSE.
THE COMMUNION / COMPOUND TERROR - "split" 7" $6.99
West Coast grind meets United States East Coast grind. COMPOUND TERROR
are from Victoria, BC, feature a member of ISKRA and play somewhat
DISCORDANCE AXIS-style grind. THE COMMUNION are from Bethpage, NY and
toss various styles of grind, savage black metal and urgent hardcore
into each song. Limited to 100 copies on blue/purple HEAVY vinyl.
COMPLICATED SHIRT - "Instrument" CD $7.99
Wielding an intelligent, angular garage punk sound similar to early Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, this is challenging, off-center music that combines post-rock and indie rock in a
blending of Mission of Burma meets Red Krayola.
CONTAMINATORS - "Minimal Minds" 7" $6.99
Blown out vocal track, skuzzy recording and loud, direct arrangements
throw this into a ‘70s punk motif, with great success – “Want me Dead”
in particular lifts enough of the Pistols/Dead Boys sorta vibes with the
bravado required for ownership, or at least a month-to-month lease.
Great, dirty sounds. 300 copies, black vinyl.
CORPUSSE - "Surrender To The Passion" CD $7.99
those who have yet to discover Canada’s legendary shock art rock icon,
CORPUSSE, his music can be best described minimal electronic in the vein
of Suicide, Fad Gadget and the early Mute recordings, with vocals that
range from operatic to growling to wrestler-style ranting. A
one-of-a-kind performer, CORPUSSE has long defied labels and
categorizations; his minimalist musical compositions and antagonistic
performance art has been acclaimed for more two decades as he continues
to shock and entertain. Not for squeamish, CORPUSSE’s unique brand of
living theatre and wild absurdist humour has to be experienced to be
believed. “If you think you’ve heard it all, you’ve never heard
Corpusse” – Montreal Mirror
CORPUSSE - "Precious Memento" CD $7.99
is a big man, at least six and a half feet tall, with another foot of
hair sticking straight up. He delivers his lyrics in growls,
wrestler-style rants and operatic vocals. Some of his song titles
include "You Can't Stop The Insanity" and "Wake Up Neighbour (Time To
Die)". While there are elements of humour in Corpusse's work, Corpusse
is NOT comedy. Corpusse is deadly serious, serious enough about his
music to have quit high school to record his first LP, "Delusions" in
1988 and to have never looked back. Providing the musical backbone to
Corpusse's performance is the duty of Lorenz Peters, a comic book artist
well-known in the Toronto scene ("The Last Remaining Ancient Mellish
Bird", "Arriba! The Parkdale Wrestler", etc). Lorenz uses vintage analog
gear to create minimal electronic soundscapes that combine the
synth-plod of Throbbing Gristle with Suicide-style keyboard minimalism
that flirts heavily with no wave.
COWER - "HATRED SONGS" 7" $6.99
resides somewhere in the audible crusty punk house between IRON LUNG
and TRAGEDY. Pounding at times, driving at others. It’s always heavy,
and it’s always intense. Amidst the legions of copycats and
style-prisoners, Cower take healthy helping of various sub-sub-genres
such as power violence, d-beat, noise, and melodic crust to formulate a
sound that seems naturally punishing. They are a promising detonation of
unforgiving, unwavering noise.
CROW TONGUE - "Prophecies And Secrets: The Red Hand Mark In Dub" CDR $7.99
like it says, this CDR features nine tracks that take the original
source material from the Red Hand Mark and filters it all through
various dubby effects and mixing-board fuckery, remixing and
"reinterpreting" the songs. The resultant tracks still retain the
skeletal throb of the originals, but now they are veiled in echoey beats
and trippy electronic textures, and become a druggy, darker
doppelganger of Crow Tongue as whirring beats spinning from one speaker
to another, the beats sometimes seeming to run backwards, heavy kosmiche
drones previously hidden emerge from the depths of Crow Tongue's mutant
hypnofolk. The album takes on a darker cast with these remixes, as the
new titles attest: "Undead Voices", "Four Horses Ride", and "Corpse
Candles" are all included on this companion disc. It's pretty
CRUCIFIXION WOUNDS - "Bastard Son of God" 7" $6.99
you're a collector into the proto-black & death sounds of the
early 90s, this German cult is for you. Dominated evil riffs with
maniacal/hostile vocals. KVLT raw tone!
CYCLONE 60 - "Instant Classic" CD $7.99
riffs and Blue Cheer guitar licks smoke their way to stoner perfection.
Super heavy 70's rock vibe features x-WHITE HILLS member on drums. For
fans of FU MANCHU, KYUSS, MONSTER MAGNET.
DATACLAST / EARWIGS - "split" CD $7.99
splatter electronics!! Hyperspeed eGrind glitch violence vs. crushing
cosmic electronic chaos! New Jersey duo DATACLAST forge an explosive
amalgamation of hyperkinetic breaks and blastbeats organically fused to
spastic glitch electronica and bestial vocals with their 29 tracks,
bringing post-human grind screaming into the 21st Century. DISCORDANCE
AXIS hand picked these guys to open their final show, if that tells you
anything. For a point of reference, imagine the surgical grindcore of
prime CARCASS brutally molested by KID 606, MERZBOW, and AUTECHRE! And
shadowy Northwest decibel merchants EARWIGS follow up a decade long
career of twisted electronic noise abstraction with 6 tracks of new
material that tanges from evocative shards of crystalline debris to
Mecha-inspired blastquakes of apocalyptic throb.
DAUGHTERS - "Hell Songs" CD $7.99
gothic metalcore/grind of Daughter's second release is a welcome new
direction from the band, infusing their spastic upper-register mathblast
with a heavy dose of sweaty Birthday Party n' Jesus Lizard style post
punk lost in the throes of demonic metallic possession. I actually like
Hell Songs alot more than Canada Songs, as we have actual songs here
rather than minute long blasts of controlled chaos, and the whole lurid
vibe of this disc makes it a pretty engaging listen. Daughters actually
have more in common with fellow Hydra Headers Oxbow and the art-damaged
hardcore of Racebannon now, while retaining the upper-fretboard
gymnastics, inventive riffing, high pitched guitar squeals, and
hyperspeed blastbeats that had everybody flipping out over their EP and
first CD. Definitely recommended, one of the coolest non-grind grindcore
DD/MM/YYYY - "Blue Screen of Death" CD $7.99
a band can redeem titles like "Cancer Boy On Hash" and "Welcome To The
Fortress of the Fluffy Love Cloud" you know you're onto something
special. But when the group effortlessly runs through 25 tunes that
recall Modest Mouse, Devo, Mr. Bungle and Zappa all at the same time, it
only reinforces the old adage about judging a book by its cover. Blue
Screen, then, has a little of everything: guitar skronk with plaintive
vocals, carnivalesque keyboard goof-offs, wonky jazzbo interludes and
enough ambient noise sketches to make Brian Eno blush.
DD/MM/YYYY - "Are They Masks?" CD $7.99
follow up album to 2005’s Blue Screen of Death, Are They Masks
documents the continued evolution of the band, with twenty one new
songs. Ranging from subdued atmospherics to tempo-tantrum art punk, the
album retains the experimental learning of the band, while poking fun at
familiar pop formats. Taking influence from the works of Frank Zappa,
Melt Banana, DADA art and video games.
DEADMEN - "Possession of the Void" 7" $6.99
heavy, mid-paced stoner/hardcore with sick but sporadic leads.
Everything is pegged and the pace creates a MOTÖRHEAD-on-'ludes vibe
which is perfect when the fast bits kick in and kick you in the ass.
Filthy Tragedy influenced crust punk with thick, sludgy thrash riffs.
Features ex and current members of the likes of Coffinworm, Lair of the
Minotaur, Whiskeytits, Suicide Note, Demiricous, Salvation, Angelville,
Red Shadows, The Dream Is Dead and The Retreads.
THE DEATHSET - "Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods" CD $7.99
short, fast, synthesizer-heavy tracks often described as “digitized
robot nightmares”. If this is the case, these hypothetical nightmares
would include visions of pixie sticks, energy drinks, large, gnarly,
leafless trees, cloudy night skies, full moons, and helium balloons.
Sung in shrill, high-pitched voices that at times remind me of Gravy
Train, at others, Melt Banana, and even sometimes, The Locust. Dig
highly infectious spaz punk? Pick this CD up immediately, weirdo! Along
with remixes by BONDE DO ROLE and DAN DEACON, the enhanced portion of
the CD includes a live video of Negative Thinking, from the band’s
stunning performance at the Mauled By Tigers Festival in Chicago and a
hand silkscreened 10 inch x 15 inch flag (full back patch).
DER TODESKING - "Dead Horse" 7" $6.99
Todesking is the best American punk band with a German name since Die
Kreuzen. Drawing from disparate influences like the low-end throb of
latter-era Black Flag and the disjointed yelp of the Jesus Lizard's
David Yow and Wrangler Brutes/Born Against's Sam McPheeters, the band
operates on a level of punk not usually emulated by most groups. Rather
than going for '77 style anthems or '80s hardcore, Der Todesking's
sounds fall in that time between punk's hardcore days and the rise of
alternative rock in the early '90s. Limited to 300 copies.
DESTRUCTO SWARMBOTS - "The Mountain" 3-inch CD $7.99
A 3" CD packaged in a standard jewel-case, "The
Mountain EP" finds Destructo Swarmbots (Mike Mare and
James O'Brien) exploring a more delicate and subtle space
than previous releases. The two man guitar and bass team,
known for it's abrasive sonic attacks, take their layers of
manipulated dissonance and situate them in subtle ambient
landscapes. The tracks range from "36 beautiful songs"
which plays like an condensed and intensified version of Fripp
and Eno's "An Index of Metals." to the somber "saving
grace on an 8 hour connection" which finds the group
delving into more traditional melodic structures.
DESTRUCTO SWARMBOTS - "Clear Light" CD $7.99
Swarmbots has carved a unique niche for themselves over the past 4
years. Their live shows consist of chaotic walls of white noise,
improvised textures and battered instruments. Their recordings are
delicate, at times meditative, washes of ambience constructed from
countless piles of tortured sounds. Influenced heavily by 200+
needle-dropped, out of print psyche records, "Clear Light" is their
strongest effort yet and the next step on their journey to artistic
DEVILLOCK - "These Graves" CD $7.99
is Justin Chris Meyers on organ, tapes and electronics. He also runs
the Tone Filth label and also plays as Panther Skull. 'These Graves' is
his debut on a real CD, but he has released handmade tapes and CDRs. He
offers four tracks of densely layered sound, knitting all the sounds he
can find together. Slowing down old reel to reel tapes on the title
track provide another dark gesture in this music. Devillock doesn't play
harsh noise as such, but he provides a pretty noise related drone
sound. Minimal piercing sounds, mainly the lower region of the sound
spectrum, making this quite a menacing affair. Noise as it's supposed to
be: menacing, not by the harshness of it's sound, but by the content of
what its sound has to offer. Despite it's title and bandname, I think
it's a much more serious affair than the average noise attack. Great
THE DRILLS - "Skull Death 2" 7" $6.99
in 1981, "Skull Death 2" is one of those very special records that any
shred of talent would completely ruin. This shit is the sound of a
million dust bunnies getting yelled at by the tweekiest tweeker in all
of Washington State while wielding a vacuum. Shitty recording, horrible
songwriting, yet somehow PURE GENIUS. The guitars just sound like noise
(although the riffs are discernable) and there is an amazing
out-of-nowhere, what-the-fuck, twice-as-loud-as-the-rest-of-the-levels
over-dub dropped in at the end of track one. Like "No Rule" by LEATHER
NUN, if they were more hardcore.
EMERGENCY HAND PUPPET - "Please To Enjoy" CD $7.99
Hand Puppet is a new solo project of Greg F. (Fear of Dolls) made up of
sound collage and other noise experiments, created mostly from applying
damage and torture to obscure vinyl records.
END THE AGONY - "From The Lungs" 7" $6.99
cathartic, bleak, draining noise-rock duo from Brighton, these Cat On
Form dudes bring some pained, negative vibes in a NOOTHGRUSH / CORRUPTED
ESB / THE FANTASTIK HOLE - "split" CD $7.99
vicious double-shot of French avant-grind! We were already fans of The
Fantastikol Hole, a drummachine-powered outfit that mashes insanely
complex and jagged grindcore with equally confounding digital rhythms,
massive blastbeat action, and a fractured IDM vibe that is somewhat
comparable to the kind of fucked-up electronica beats that Genghis Tron
employed on Dead Mountain Mouth. If you're a fan of weird,
schizophrenic, futuristic-sounding grindcore, you seriously need to
check this one out. So here we are with this new split album which
features a whopping 17 tracks from the 'Hole, all of them new and
exclusive, and just as awesome sounding as their album. Blistering
neo-grind metal, with angular meaty riffing and bestial shrieks/distorto
roars trading off, is torn apart and stapled back together with glitchy
fractured beats, passages of almost total silence suddenly welling up
out of a blasting math grind tornado, abrasive electronic textures,
breakbeats, weird dissonant rock riffing, bits of French cafe music,
samples of mysterious wind instruments, and weird unidentifiable
percussive noises. Seriously weird and megaheavy and surreal, like
Genghis Tron, Pig Destroyer, and Antigama mashed together with random
transmissions of French pop and IDM and old hip hop 12"s into a super
heavy and ultra damaged cyclone of electro blastcore violence. How were
ESB going to match up to the bizarreness and brutality of The
Fantastikol Hole? Not too shabby, actually. Hadn't heard these guys
before this split, but we definitely dug their freaked out version of
chaotic grindcore, which manages to sound like they take influence from
both 90's powerviolence and epic French post-hardcore. Yeah, that might
seem weird, but their 12 songs manage to pack in an interesting
combination of brutal HC damage a la Infest and Crossed Out with
majestic, melodic parts that remind us of bands like Gantz, Amanda
Woodward, Cortez, and Envy. Cortez sort of did the same thing, blending
brutal grindy HC with epic, brooding heaviness, but ESB are way more
ragged and thrashy and savage sounding, while throwing in the odd
electronic noise track, sudden departures into French pop, and alien
sounding electronic textures into the mix to keep things interesting.
FISTFUCK - "Felicitation Pour Votre Beau Programme" CD $7.99
Latest release from these insane grindcore bastards from Canada! A must for fans of Dahmer, ThinkShit, Warsore, Nasum, etc!
FOOT VILLAGE - "Fuck the Future" CD $7.99
hardcore. No electricity. Fuck the future. Foot Village needs
nothing but their own fists to make music, to make you scream, to make
you dance, to make you thrash. An imaginary step back to a time more
futuristic than now, yet shrouded in magic. Foot Village features
members of Men Who Can’t Love, Rainbow Blanket, Gang Wizard, Rose For
Bohdan, and tons more.
FROGSKIN / TAUNT - "split" 7" $6.99
this nasty, alcohol imbued and drug-abusing cluster bomb has arrived!
Each band one song. While both playing the same style of dirty, grooving
sludge, they still emphasize their own approach and blend. Taunt with a
monumental, 1 riff-based but very varied song that crumbles every piece
of dope. Foaming with rage, Frogskin on the other hand blow out a
rumbling blast of a song, spitting acid in nearly 8 minutes. While Taunt
are self-destructive and desperate, Frogskin concentrate on suffering,
pain and anger. Imported from Germany. Limited to 500 copies.
FUNERAL SHOCK 7" $6.99
EP from west bay California punk junkers. This is dirty vintage
American waster hardcore, sounds simular to Negative FX or Bad Posture.
Pissed off. Contains ex members of Spazz and Capitalist Casualties.
GHADDAR / PANACEJA - "split" 7" $6.99
split, GHADDAR from Allentown, PA and PANACEJA from Rijeka, Croatia.
Brutal as hell powerviolence-influenced hardcore.
GHAST / ABANDONER – “split” CD $7.99
GHAST: tortured, slow black doom like Moss, Bunkur and Corrupted.
sparse, post-industrial noise landscapes, a sort of even more twisted,
less melodic Wolf Eyes done by members of UNEARTHLY TRANCE.
GHOST AQUARIUM - "Light Cannot Escape" b/w "Spiritual Cramp" 7" $6.99
Early Dinosaur Jr. meets "Only Theater of Pain" Christian Death!! Limited to 300 copies on marbled vinyl!!!
GREEN DRAGON - "Green Dragon" cassette $6.99
Imagine Monster Magnet
dozing off in a musty basement after a three-day cough syrup,
barbiturate and psych-rock jammola bender. From members of SWEET DIESEL
and DAS OATH. Limited to 50 copies.
GREEN DRAGON - "Green Dragon" CD $7.99
Monster Magnet dozing off in a musty basement after a three-day cough
syrup, barbiturate and psych-rock jammola bender. From members of SWEET
DIESEL and DAS OATH.
HABSYLL - "Habsyll" CD $7.99
heavy and slow amplifier overload from France! Two long tracks of
uber-doom which is seemingly devoid of any coherant structure and exists
only to open up a black void in your stereo speakers through which to
suck out your very soul. Habsyll sound to me like a less happy-go-lucky
Khanate, or Monarch without the hipster irony. Totally morbid! Lovely
8-panel digipaks with black-on-black printing.
HARD VENOM / ADALRUNA - "The Broken Swords of Despotic Villainy" CD $7.99
UK black metal bands come together for 74 minutes of black metal fury!
Hard Venom seems to draw a lot of influence from all genres of metal:
Thrash, Speed, Power, Black, Progressive, etc. There is even a little
punkish influence as well. In a genre that has so many copycat
conformitive clones, Hard Venom have managed to find a way to add a
little variety into the otherwise stagnate world of black metal.
Adalruna is for anyone who digs stripped down, raw black metal. Adalruna
have a unique sound, but they keep true to the essence of BLACK
METAL!!! Limited to 100 copies.
HATED YOUTH / ROACH MOTEL - "split" LP $9.99
scorching, early '80s Florida hardcore bands of yore, one great split
LP. Nineteen previously unreleased HATED YOUTH tracks from 1984, backed
with thirteen rowdy, raunchy Roach Motel songs recorded live in 1983,
including a wacky cover song. Packaged with an eight-page lyric/photo
HELLBOY 106 - "Some People Make Better Looking Corpses Than Others" CDR $7.99
106 is an one man band, started up on 2006.There's no high-technology
equipment on this project, just analogue sounds, a bunch of analogue
effects and some recordings of machines, humans and animals.The whole
concept behind Hellboy 106 is to transform/translate visual arts into
sounds. Like Merzbow jamming with Marcel Duchamp or Nurse With Wound
collaborating with Jackson Pollack. Packaged in a 7" sleeve with a
sticker. Imported from Greece. Limited to 80 hand numbered copies.
HEP-Z - "Centavos" CD $7.99
Stoner rock parody or a fist-banging 80's hardrock masterpiece- you decide. Pre-dates their "Day Planner Of A Madman" album.
HOTFUCKACTIONTOTHEMAXX - "Fluff" 3-inch CD $7.99
the noise you've come to love from this group, except this time around
they decided to use some beats, imagine Christoph Debabylon and Slayer
smoking Lebanese Blonde Hash inside the Swans rehearsal room with Duran
Duran spinning in the back ground. Limited to 100 copies.
HOTGUITARS - "Hierarkia" CD $7.99
are Teemu Korpipaa and Jyrki Laiho, who are both members of Finnish
hypno-rockers CIRCLE (Jyrki currently, Teemu formerly), as well as doing
time in STALWART, EKTROVERDE, and LEE MILLER...But HOTGUITARS is a far
cry from CIRCLE and family. This is space-blasting abstract guitar
noise, with lots of glitchy pulses and sub-technoid rhythms created from
looped guitars, endless washes of textured noise, spiralling melodies,
crunchy string bash, squealing bouts of freeform feedback blurt and
pickup/fretboard mangle...but swirling into surprisingly pretty miasmas
most of the time. HOTGUITARS explore similiar axe- terrain as K.K. NULL
and SOLMANIA, so fans of those Japanese guitar/effects shamans will find
much to like. But this album is also a collaboration with Finnish poet
Santuu Puuka, whose stern, ominous sermons add an utterly surreal haze
to HOTGUITARS axe abuse. Killer abstract avant-guitar shrapnel.
HOW WE LOST THE WAR - "Jaywalker" clear vinyl 7" $6.99
Six new tracks of blistering powerviolence, from Brooklyn's How We Lost the War. 350 copies pressed on clear vinyl.
HUMAN HOST - "Exploding Demon" CD $7.99
ten tracks on this disc form an apocalyptic science-fiction space opera
of sorts, complete with futuristic synth doodling, strange sounds from
various gadgets, and lots of singing / shouting of lyrics. A couple of
songs were recorded live, but sound perfectly at home among the
studio-induced madness. Cryptic, even bizarre ideas about song structure
and sound keep things interesting. If you like your perverse
electronica weird and obsessed with science-fiction themes, you'll want
to check this out.
INFIDEL?/CASTRO! - "Bioentropic Damage Fractal" 2 x CD (DOUBLE CD) $7.99
uncatagorizeable, INFIDEL? / CASTRO! return with Bioentropic Damage
Fractal,a 14-part, 2-disc epic of electro-acoustic experimental
electronics harsh noise / ambient metal / avant post-rock that travels
the extremes of density and sparsity, speed and sluggishness, length and
brevity, beauty and ugliness. Hyper-complex and hyper-epic, the band
weaves an engrossing tapestry of spastic electronic carnage, sweeping
melodic bliss, futuristic heaviness, and swirling, hypnotic walls of
sound. Concepts of degradation and the inherent instability of the
organic are thoroughly explored in this cohesive and focused double CD.
Features Colin Marston of DYSRHYTHMIA and BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS.
JACUZZI SUICIDE - "s/t" 7" $6.99
Asheville, NC's Jacuzzi Suicide features past & present members of
many notable bands: Kakistocracy, Princess Thunderstorm, Ressurectum,
Electric Damn, Hadaka Matsuri, Space Weed, Sports, Reagan's Bones, Bomb
Threat, Weapons Of Massturbation, etc. This, however, sounds nothing
like any of these bands. Imagine people from bands like these deciding
to go outside of the punk spectrum & focus more on a Judas Priest,
early Motley Crue kinda worship. Cowbells, falsetto vox, & guitar
DIY stadium rock w/a glam twist.
JAPANISCHE KAMPFHORSPIELE / ARE YOU GOD? - "split" 3-inch CD $7.99
KAMPFHORSPIELE means "Japanese combat radio play" auf Deutsch and they
are absolutely raging with their admirably busy grindcore which also has
a varied attack and isn’t afraid to explore tempos not usually found
within the genre. They dive into punk, death-grind and jazz and flirt
with flashed of electro. But what should sound cluttered and clumsy
kicks like a mule in fuck-you cleats. ARE YOU GOD from Brazil follow up
with some dashing grindcore rock! Fans of grind that have lost some
faith in the genre, definitely need to get this album.
KAITEN - "Turning of the Heavens" CD $7.99
OF THE HEAVENS is the debut album from KAITEN, the collaborative
project featuring Erik Jarl (IRM, JARL) and Lirim Cajani (INSTITUT,
OPERATIV PERMANENT). As would be expected from an alliance of these two
Swedish artists, KAITEN is a foray into dark, dense, and superb harsh
electronics. Taking their name from the infamous Japanese manned
torpedoes, a submarine counterpart of the Kamikaze planes of WWII,
KAITEN submerges the listener in a world of claustrophobic, shuddering
tension.Distorted echoes of mayhem resonate against the hull of a steel
coffin speeding toward certain destruction. Grating, shouted vocals,
radio intercepts, and bombastic rhythms are crushed together to
represent an inevitable fiery death and a hero's grave in the cold,
crushing depths of the Pacific Ocean, all in the name of imperious
KITES - "Royal Paint with the Metallic Gardener " CD $7.99
More often than not though, Royal Paint pursues the path of
knob-twiddling ear-gougers like MASONNA and early HANATARASH, modulating
malfunctioning white noise processors into jittery squiggles of
screeching chaos. Of course, it’s important to remember that this is
American music, so naturally Kites is a lot more choppy and restless in
his approach to textures and exploration than the focused, ritualistic
intensity so distinct to most solitary Japanese noise gurus. It’s less
Zen, more ADD (and land of the free).
KITES - "Superior Moon" 3-inch CD $7.99
Forgues, the man behind Kites, utilizes a phalanx of pedals, circuit
breakers, microphones, and amps to achieve his unusual and bracing take
on music. Superior Moon is an excellent showcase for his sometimes
deranged, sometimes haunting brand of musical experimentation. This
album's nine untitled tracks are much shorter and to the point than some
of his previous material. While a few tracks do lash out with harsh
tentacles of electronic hiss, for the most part these tracks are
dominated by subdued beats and slowly swelling sections of white noise.
This restraint does serve to make this release one Kites’ most
KK NULL / JOHN WIESE - "Mondo Paradoxa" CD $7.99
of 10 untitled pieces & created via mail over a two year
period, it's a most pleasurable match made in (absolute) noise heaven.
Both artists bring their styles into the mix. Null (the leading force
behind proto-metal-group Zeni Geva and the dark-industrial project
Absolut Null Punkt) creates digital sculptures and futuristic
oscillations whilst Wiese's sonic detritus and scummy audio junk adds a
layer of dirt to Null's precise blips and tones. There are some
gargantuan abrasive peaks of pure sound and screeing feedback as well as
more subtle and deep layered pieces. Comes in beautiful full color
digipak, designed by Government Alpha, typesetting by John Wiese.
KORPERSCHWACHE - "Sordid Revelations From The Cult Of The Nazaren" CD $7.99
buzzsaw feedback necrodrone blasts that resemble the slow shrieking and
crushing destruction inflicted by heavy machinery. Existing somewhere
between pure noise/drone/ambient and the grisliest depths of
avant-garde/mutant Black Metal (minus any semblance of percussion, mind
you), this is the sound of a small orchestra of fried out amplifiers
performing extreme exercises in dissonant annihilation, with occasional
vocal proclamations by Elektra Sturmschnell. But believe it or not,
there are some DAMN CATCHY moments here. Using tape loops, gadgets,
distorted samples, effects pedals, and blown-amp guitars and bass,
Korperschwache creates an extremely loud form of isolationism. LIMITED
EDITION OF 150
LHD - "Curtains" CD $7.99
and Phil Blankenship make five tracks and 19 minutes worth of relentless
harsh noise. Expect a shitload of abrasive distortion that rests more
in the midrange to high-end, lots of swirling panning effects and crisp,
biting feedback, and then some. On rare occasion some really twisted
ambience will appear within the midst of the distortion, as well as a
few quick cutups, which at times can make it hard to notice when things
changeover from one track to the next, but none of the songs have titles
so it's not like that's important. The recording is really good, it's
right on the line between having a rugged sense of warmth and density
and being overly clear, so it's aptly aggressive and forceful but also
has a clarity to it that lets a good amount of detail shine through. The
disc comes in a nice matte black and white slipcase with minimal
artwork and text, no track titles, etc. I think it looks nice and slick
though, and the minimalism works in its favor. Good stuff. I definitely
enjoy the fact that with this CD the duo recognizes the impact of
kicking your ass and then calling it quits, rather than beating you over
the head for an hour, so the thing's over in a flash and that's that.
Limited to 500 copies, so don't wait around too terribly long if you're
interested. Those who like it harsh won't be disappointed.
THE LOVE CLUB - "Pearls Dissolve In Vinegar" CD $7.99
freak rock that slides between blues, grunge, indie and hard rock on a
song by song basis. Like a cross between early Velvet Underground and
the entire soundtrack of Pulp Fiction.
LOTUS - "Version 2.0" CD $7.99
take deranged free noise, various samples, retarded electro/dance
beats, digital blastbeats, and absurd vocal bird-squawks and create a
sort of avant-electro-cheersquad nightmare using only a modified
Commodore 64 and two microphones attached to 200 foot cables, allowing
the Lotus guys plenty of space to flip out royally. Imagine a drooling,
caffiene-overdosed mashup of brain damaged Digital Hardcore Records
seizures, the dayglo freak thrash of An Albatross, and primitive
computer jams with two lobotimized little kids freaking out on the mic
as they are being electrocuted.
LYSERGENE - "Critical Mass" CD $7.99
is the alter ego of Esoteric guitarist and founding member Gordon
Bicknell. We've got a member of one of the heaviest doom bands on the
planet going off in a completely different, electronica-based direction,
but Lysergene's sound is one that I think even hardcore Esoteric fans
will want to check out. The core of the sound is definitely EBM and
techno/industrial, with lots of pounding, thumping beats and crushing
breaks, and it sounds at first like this came right out of the Wax Trax
era of heavy dance industrial. Think early Ministry, Front 242, Skinny
Puppy, Velvet Acid Christ. Lots of dark electronic textures layered over
one another, pounding 4/4 beats, lush dark ambience, with a clear nod
to the classic EBM sounds of the late 80's/early 90's. But as Critical
Mass unfolds, I'm hearing undercurrents of heavy, distorted guitar drone
beneath the pulsating electro rhythms, as well as awesome vintage
kosmiche sounds that are right out of the 70's.
MARAX - "Feel Free To Fuck Me" CD-R $7.99
cd-r pressing of the Feel Free conceptual cassette released in an
absurdly limited edition wooden crate in the late 90's by Southern
extreme noise and abyssal drone artist Eric Crowe (MARAX). Painfully
intense power electronic love. These tracks are blistering
high-frequency wipeouts with a nervous sense of humor...much different
but no less adventurous than the cavernous blackened droneworks of his
more recent material. 12 tracks of sweetness. Comes packaged in a full
color glossy sleeve thats in an airsealed mylar bag. LIMITED and #d OUT
MASATO TANAKA / POCKET GALLOWS - split LP $9.99
Masato Tanaka: Crunchy guitars and sludgy/grindy
hardcore stuff with more than a smattering of odd keyboards. Pocket
Gallows: First tune is a noisy bit of metallic skronk; second track is a
much quieter—and oddly more unsetting—piece with keyboards and drums.
Last tune goes back to the sludge. Screenprinted covers, limited to 300.
MERZBOW - "Merzzow" CD $7.99
combines animal concepts and deconstructions of 20th century music,
ambient drones and a deep grinding groove, synth tones and harsh bursts
of liquid electricity in a varied and dynamic 11 tacks in 70 minutes
that is sure to please all you fans. It is even accessible enough that
it makes a perfect introduction for your friends who have never heard
Merzbow music before.
METH AND GOATS - "Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain" CD $7.99
And Goats prove that punk rock doesn't have to be overproduced and
glossy on "Attack From Meth And Goats Mountain". They rip through 42
minutes worth of post-hardcore dirt-rock comparable to bands like
Transistor Transistor, At The Drive In, and The Blood Brothers, but with
an originality all of its own. Meth And Goats marry an art damaged punk
sound with an absurd amount of spaced out jams, numbing feedback, and
distorted screams that reeks of beer and body odor. Raw, rough around
the edges, and catchy as sin.
MILLIONS - "Panic Program" 7" $6.99
brand new tracks from Chicago's noisiest band building on the neurotic
impatience of Black Flag scraping up against the anthemic melodies of
King Crimson. Driven by this tension, the sound of Millions is that of
vicious mood swings. Recorded with Andy Nelson (Harpoon, Weekend Nachos)
and mastered by Carl Saff (Young Widows, The Atlas Moth). Limited to
300 copies on cosmic green vinyl.
MONGREL "Fuck Off, 601" C-10 Ltd. 43 $6.99
twisted and schizophrenic creation from a loosely wrapped mind unhinges
the beast in this short but damaging affair. Contact mic'd Dada body
movements, toys, scrap metal, concrete worship, chains and yes, even a
harmonica bring a jackboot kick to the head whilst whisteling sounds of
dread. For fans of Sickness, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock.
MOS GENERATOR - "Jam Room Demos Vol. 2" 7" COLORED VINYL $6.99
tracks from the vaults on a limited edition (500 only) black n' yellow
splattered 7" vinyl. 'Step Up' kicks off with a Sabbath-esque riff,
before it turns into a catchy MOS GENERATOR song, with its powerful, yet
relaxed groove. Once again the band is in best shape, so that 'Step Up'
is definitely more than just a second-rate tune. On the B-side the band
pays tribute to riffmaster Tony Iommi, aptly named 'Godhand Iommi'.
This is a clever combination of well-known riffs, but the band
integrated them into their very own catchy arrangement. Fans of Colour
Haze, Los Natas, King Crimson, Deep Purple or anything remotely 70's
influenced will be a fan. Pull out the bong for this one.
MR. BLANDING'S DREAMHOUSE - "Ninety-Nine Aprils" CD $7.99
Blanding's Dreamhouse plays late 90's indie rock. Female fronted
vocals, backed by powerful yet sweet guitar lines, and held together
with a solid building rythm section. MBD is midwest indie rock at its
finest. Fans of Rainer Maria, Superchunk, Sunny Day Real Estate, and
Mineral take note.
MURKRAT - "s/t" CD $7.99
first album from this Australian doom duo totally took me by surprise.
An all-female duo no less, Murkrat debut with an eight song disc on
Aesthetic Death, who we know by now have a golden ear for strange,
crushing new veins of doom, and it's a surprising blend of sounds whose
nearest precedent (at least to my ears) is New York ritual-doom
experimentalists Bloody Panda. The first three tracks on this album are
brand new, and long as fuck, running anywhere from 8 to 11 minutes
apiece. The other five tracks are all taken from their demo, and are
just as killer. This is weird shit, kind of old school sounding, maybe
some traces of Saint Vitus and Candlemass in here somewhere, but that
classic doom sound is blended with trippy contemporary downer-doom
that's reminiscent of bands like Thergothon and Skepticism, dark,
depressive, and miserable. The riffs are heavy and definitely doomy, but
have a strange, fuzzy, processed sound, and the drums are super
minimal, lumbering through each song with an economy of motion that
makes Murkrat's sound that much more trance-inducing. Then there are the
vocals, dark and melodramatic but not overwrought, sometimes delivered
in a sorrowful Gothic moan that reminds me of Yoshiko Ohara from Bloody
Panda, sometimes belting out a blackened screech. Even better is when
multiple ladies all join in for some harmonized singing, which happens
pretty often. Lots of organ too, which further reminds me of Skepticism.
The organ is laid on thick, a dense cathedral pipe organ buzz draped
over the depressing Sabbathoid riffs and oozing amp drone, and when the
pipe organ tones and delirious singing all melds together, it's goddamn
intoxicating. Everything is drenched in a kind of dusty, eldritch murk,
the instruments sound like their blurred by age and decay, the sound
still definitely heavy, but the music sounds remarkably old. One of my
favorite songs is "Morality Slug", with it's vaguely catchy verse and
chorus of voices and fuzzy 80's synths, like hearing Saint Vitus playing
in a crumbling cathedral while some drugged goatcult performs bizarre
rites beneath a canopy of neon sigils. Quite awesome. The demo songs
that make up the other half of the disc are even weirder, if anything.
There's strange industrial clanging; deep cavernous droning;
ultra-distorted riffs that almost sound like old school synthesizers,
they're so fuzzy; creepy processed doom riffs bathed in murk and mold,
stretched out beneath the awesome witchy vocals, still totally possessed
with that classic Vitus vibe, but with tinges of weirdo 70's occult
rock and psychedelic folk under the surface, turning their sinister
sound into something that much creepier and esoteric. Fans of old school
doom are gonna love this, and it goes without saying that anyone that's
been bit by the femme-fronted doom sound that's been going around
lately with bands like Jex Thoth, Reino Ermitano, Blood Ceremony,
Deadmask, etc. will dig this in a big way too. Recommended!
NAPALMED -"III" CD $7.99
80-minute industrial/noise strike from the Czech Republic. Packaged in multiple psychedelic fold-out sleeve with wire tire.
NECROMONDO - "s/t" CD $7.99
is a new project from Tidad at Mechanoise Labs, dealing in gore-soaked
industrial scum drone that's been inspired by a healthy diet of classic
Italian splatter cinema. Tirdad name drops such spaghetti splat classics
as City of the Living Dead, Zombi 2, Burial Ground, and Cannibal
Holocaust as his inspiration, and with tracks titled "Flesh Eater",
"Theme For A Machete", "Feeding Frenzy", and "A Fistful Of Intestines",
he crafts industrial skuzz jams that evoke zombie-infested streets,
densely forested tropical islands swarming with gut-munching cannibals,
and hidden halogen-lit labs that have been abandoned by their keepers
via some seriously sinister oscillator throb layered with deep, heavy
low-frequency distortion loops, freakish gurgling vocal noises, sizzling
currents of electricity, tribal drumming, bone rattles, putrid death
industrial. Sort of like Wolf Eyes at their most droney and hypnotic,
getting baked and vomiting up heavy streams of crusty industrial
splatter trance. Or like an Atrax Morgue jam mixed in with a greasy copy
of the audio track to Fulci's Zombi. Or old school 80's Broken
Flag/Iphar/Come Organisation tapes being collaged together with
Girolami's Zombie Holocaust. Limited edition of 525 copies. Highly
NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU / EMPTY GRAVE / PURE NOISE - "split" CD $7.99
a look at the back of the jewel case for this CD, and where there would
normally be a track listing or some other similar indicator of the
content within, there are only the words “172 Songs” beneath the nearly
incomprehensible logos of the three bands that make up this 3-way split
CD. This absurd statement should hopefully prepare you for the
ridiculously wicked blitz of freeform Brazilian grindnoise on order here
from NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU, EMPTY GRAVE, and PURE NOISE. While
virtually extinct in other regions of the globe, it would seem that the
ANAL CUNT / FEAR OF GOD / SORE THROAT noisecore legacy lives strong in
Brazil. NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU, who are virtually legends in this
“scene”, open this up with 28 blasts of nonsensical blastbeat mayhem,
brainmelting Casio melodies, entire riffs lifted from VAN HALEN and
RUSH, and mongoloid thrash breakdowns mashed together into a blur of
lo-fi speed chaos. Imagine early BOREDOMS action as filtered through the
noxious grind of ANAL CUNT. EMPTY GRAVE are a tough-looking
drums’n’guitar duo whose 69 songs flirt a little more with old school
death and speed metal, busting out some pretty vicious lo-fi speedcore
riffs and monstrous breakdowns, but the frequent forays into nursery
rhymes, 5-second "songs", and roaring walls of distortion that barely
obscure the frenetic, sloppy blastbeating relentlessly going on in the
background keep this firmly entrenched in the noisecore/blurr orbit. The
production here is slightly improved over NEW YORK AGAINST THE
BELZEBU’s vaccum-cleaner eruptions, but it’s still no picnic. Mostly
it’s multi-second riffblast on par with early CRIPPLE BASTARDS and FEAR
OF GOD accented with moments of brootal mid-tempo crustcore, evil monk
chants, old time spirituals, and fucked structures like a retarded NAKED
CITY, complete with dual cave troll/rabid warthog/electrocuted
housewife vocals. PURE NOISE wrap it up with what would appear to be 75
individual compositions, but since a CD can only have 99 labeled track
ID’s, all of the PURE NOISE material has been squashed together as one
continuous stream of improv blast violence on track 99. None of this
really matters…what does matter is that PURE NOISE sounds like Scum-era
NAPALM DEATH channeling old school Japanese harsh noise through their
shitty practice amps and attempting to lock into some flesh destroying
free-jazz thoughtwaves. Obviously, this feast of blast is only
recommended to serious noise heads, old school grind freaks, and fans of
truly adventurous/fried brutal improv. This disc is packaged in blown
color Xerox graphics which make this appear more like black market
Brazilian snuff vid product than it has any right to.
NIGHTSTICK JUSTICE - "Claustrophobic E.P." 7" $6.99
their second E.P. (and third vinyl output) California's NIGHTSTICK
JUSTICE bring you five more discordant cuts of raw and explosive
hardcore! If you were lucky enough to grab either their demo 7" or the
MINDLESS VIOLENCE E.P. on WAY BACK WHEN / EVEN WORSE you have an idea of
what to expect: fast and biting hardcore that combines a range of
influences and elements from early Boston and California HC to Japanese
hardcore. With this new E.P., NIGHTSTICK JUSTICE have honed their sound
even tighter and cranked up the power and intensity times ten, pummeling
you with a nonstop barrage of sonic insanity.
NO IDOLS - S/T 7" E.P. $6.99
song debut EP from Syracuse's NO IDOLS. Featuring ex members of THE
FUNERAL and THE DISASTER, NO IDOLS churn out five chaotic blasts of
powerful and noisy hardcore, quite similar to later era UNBROKEN mixed
with the sheer intensity of BLACK FLAG.
OHMTRON SEEDLING - "Transfer the Code" 3-inch CD $7.99
electronic sounds from the Netherlands. Utilizing a vintage approach to
modern electronic psychedelic music, Ohmtron Seedling seeks to create
an atmosphere that is both electronic and organic while similtaneously
chaotic and mysterious.
OHMTRON SEEDLING - "Landing in Quadrant Three" 3-inch CD $7.99
Psychedelic electronic sounds from the Netherlands. Utilizing a vintage
approach to modern electronic psychedelic music, Ohmtron Seedling seeks
to create an atmosphere that is both electronic and organic while
similtaneously chaotic and mysterious.
OKTOBER SKYLINE - "That's How Tripods Work LP $9.99
11 tracks of brutal experimental grind, held together with
progressive noisescapes and minimalist rock riffing. Recommended for
fans of DAUGHTERS, ED GEIN or CONVERGE. Hand-numbered on baby blue vinyl.
OPEN CITY - "Birth of Cruel" CD $7.99
Birth of Cruel" is Open City's follow-up to the 2002 LP "L.A. We Revise
Your Neglect". The trio still consists of two electric guitarists
(Peter Kolovos and Doug Russell) and a drummer (Andrew Maxwell). This
album presents two main differences. First, the pieces are longer.
Second, silence plays a more prominent role in the music. That is, the
improvisations leave a lot of room for breathing and show minutiae in
the spatial-temporal placement of sound gestures. If it sounds arid
stated that way, in fact it makes for very dynamic, although fragmented
music. Each of the three pieces bears at least four different titles in
sequence, hinting at a "suite" form, but identifying a clear
transitional points between these "sections" is virtually impossible.
Beginning with the "Assembly Language" suite, the piece coming closest
in terms of density to the material found on "L.A. We Revise Your
Neglect". Maxwell is particularly busy laying down a rough percussive
terrain (Paul Lytton comes to mind, but a Lytton who would have spent a
couple of summers with Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo). The shortest
piece at seven minutes, the "Fetch and Squabble" suite presents two
handfuls of ideas and climates flashing by in front of the listener's
ears, like the stings from a swarm of bees, each prick more precise than
the previous ones. The album finished with the 20-minute "epic" (the
word goes well with "suite"; it feels like a progressive rock album) "A
Valley Forge," one of Open City's finest moments. The trio manages to
sustain the momentum despite several angle shifts. The last five minutes
or so see the two guitarists conversing in a noisy but very articulate
way, before joining forces for a quiet drone.
ORN - "Teeth/Knowing" CD $7.99
are a new three piece doom metal band from Toronto, one drummer, two
guitarists and a wall of amplifiers. Orn's doom is heaving and raw, the
drone is delivered in snarling unapologetic straight shots. The
intensity is built up and torn down with minimal structures with
guttural screams, sustaining guitars and punishing insistent rhythms
that force their way into your mind. With extended listen the music
becomes impossibly heavy and hypnotic hitting you with wave after wave
of hard charging, supremely gratifying, destroyed noise. Welcome the
arrival of a new player in the noise world: Orn. FOR FANS OF OCEAN,
BURNING WITCH AND GRAVES AT SEA. Limited to 1000 CDs.
OVA! + HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY I CAN'T READ - "split" CD $7.99
are a duo whose prog-influenced riffage contains nods to both the light
(angular riffs and peppy rhythms) and dark (sludgy drone and
bludgeoning attack) sides of their inner musical psyches, all recorded
with enough grit to ensure that things never run too smoothly. Ova! may
not do quite as many musical summersaults as some of their proggy peers,
or cram quite as many notes into each minute of music, but their eight
tracks here are a pleasing, if not overly exciting, ruckus. Happy
Mother’s Day I Can’t Read take a different approach, eschewing the rock
and roll in favor of some fat analogue grooves. It’s a relatively simple
recipe, noisemaking that relies on the qualities of its sounds rather
than any gimmickry or overpowering sonic assault (not that the
aforementioned are necessarily bad, mind you). The world these songs
inhabit is an 8-bit one, they could be mangled video game soundtracks or
the gasps of a choking Atari.
OV DUST - "Crushing the American Christ" CD $7.99
trash whose punk and metal influences spar to devastating effect.
Produced and engineered by famed NYHC legend Don Fury. RIYL: KREATOR and TRIPTYKON.
PEACEMAKER/ACTUARY/HOTFUCKACTIONTOTHEMAXX - "3-way split" DOUBLE CD $7.99
is Rich Hoak from Brutal Truth/Total Fucking Destruction,
HOTFUCKACTIONTOTHEMAXX is Kevin from Fetus Eaters/Bacteria Cult, and
Actuary is violent west coast analog noise enforcement. Packaged in a
bad-as-fuck limited edition, hand-numbered slimline DVD case with
mega-artwork (courtesy of Kevin Fetus) are two CD's for your
PEACEMAKER / IRON MOLAR - "split" CD $7.99
Transformational harsh noise / power electronics from Peacemaker
aka Rich Hoak from Brutal Truth/Total Fucking Destruction with Italian freaks, Iron Molar. Demented artwork and sounds, limited to 300 copies.
PIGEON RELIGION - "Dead Boss" 7" $6.99
and abstract punk, which if you want to exclusively live in the distant
past: a bit of a Flipper, later Black Flag and Birthday Party hybrid of
sorts, a mess that works it way through all senses. This band has
played about 70 times in their first year as a band: clearing out venues
with 45 minute renditions of new tracks, clearing out intestines with
combinations of extreme volume and strobe lights that have constant
speed changes, blowing away virtually every band that they open for as
they come through town and turning living rooms and basements into 1am
destruction zones on a regular basis.
PIG EXAM - "Contort Thine Cells" CD $7.99
Contort Thine Cells, New Zealand native Loren Clements (aka Pig Exam)
lets fly with the SHOCK VOLTS - heavy electric razor wire blastage
kicking and screaming from your shreded-out speaker cones. Nothing dark,
dreary, or mysterious here, just the unadorned sounds of getting shot
in the face by a police taser from short range. Twice. Lorent has been
creating the sharp painful noise for over ten years in both solo and
group settings under various monikers: Downfeed, Zorac5, EggSpecies,
Blisstuff, Balance & the Blossum, Mommy Won't Wake Up,
Degenerate & Enable, and of course, Pig Exam.
PJ GLAUBERZON - "Cubicle Puppets" CD $7.99
Puppets" is an odd affair, a meticulously crafted pop gem, written and
recorded by one PJ Glauberzon. It references an era when artist's made
albums as miniature worlds, a place you could visit for the better part
of an hour, or as long as two sides of vinyl would allow. The songs fit
together like scenes in a movie with Glauberzon adopting the voice of a
narrator, wherein he spins tales of paranoia, heartbreak and the
mundanity of life's struggle. Glauberzon isn't your typical songwriter.
Although he works within the framework of traditional forms, his songs
never sound familiar. He is both a talented multi-instrumentalist and
clever songsmith. His musical tastes vary from upbeat skiffle tunes and
vaudevillian pop to calypso music and bar room piano ballads, while his
lyrics read like absurdist adventure stories riddled with shady
characters. Conceptually, he is situated somewhere between Warren Zevon
and Steely Dan, as he is fond of both irony and comedy in song, as well
as musicianship and studio wizardry. His arrangements, although
seemingly elaborate, never feel dense or crowded. Like a good composer,
he knows how to build on themes but more importantly, when to leave
PONY PANTS - "Fives" CD $7.99
is a three piece DIY dance-punk outfit from Philadelphia, who play
complex, driving guitar riffs over smart, sweaty drum machine tracks
with songs about sex, politics, friendship and the intersections of
these things. On "Fives" they offer up 4 new songs and 2 remixes by
GENGHIS TRON and VYTEAR.
POOSTEW - "Misericordia" CD $7.99
say that I've ever heard of a concept cd quite like this before: a
grind/melodic death metal band attempting their longest (10 minutes, 53
seconds) and shortest (18 seconds) songs in one tidy EP package. The
title track is the behemoth here- four chapters of time changes,
incessant growling and mile-a-millisecond riffs. And "Silence Is As
Golden As Piss"? Well, its the finest Pig Destroyer slaughter I've
scoped in a minute.
PRURIENT - "The Black Post Society" CD $7.99
Black Post Society" embraces and accepts the depression of not having
anything left to hunt. The mask without a face to hold. The depression
of the hunter after the deer is killed. It is better to be hungry than
to have eaten. As fantasy shatters under the whip of reality, erotic
malaise settles in the nest of the mind inverting this dormant fuel to
rekindle the endless cycle of sexual chaos. Black Industrial / Power
Noise from this highly respected US act!
PRURIENT and CARLOS GIFFONI - "Heavy Rain Returns" CD $7.99
collaboration between Carlos Giffoni and Dominik Fernow. Starts off in
an intense, minimal-beats Suicide style before Dominik erupts with
classic Beelzebub throat contortions and Giffoni lays out blankets of
loud chattering insect invasion over what has got to be the ginchiest
rhythmic base ever eviscerated by Prurient. Levels of fuzz are
beautifully eruptive and the second track gets even further into the
whole "we're all Frankies/we're all lying in hell" feel. An intense trip
into harsh noise and electronic sickness.
RATIONAL ANIMALS - "Perception Becomes Reality" 7" $6.99
hardcore punk from this Rochester, NY band. These guys have the little
Greg Ginn riffs down pat, making them sound a lot like ANNIHILATION TIME
or B'LAST, though Rational Animals have a bit more straightforward
hardcore in their sound than those bands. If you're addicted to that
BLACK FLAG riffage than this is is a must.
RED RED RED - "New Action" CD $7.99
power for real that continues throughout, full of chunky punk jammers
with an abundance of balls and ugly guitar sounds. Some off-kilter
deconstructed angles keep you guessing. 10 songs of fury, punk, angst and rebellion.
RITUAL OF ODDS - "God is an Atheist" CD $7.99
Melodic death metal from Greece for fans of IN FLAMES and LAMB OF GOD.
SAME-SEX DICTATOR - "From Beneath You It Devours" LP $9.99
everything from a "two-piece wall of destruction" to "deep space
power-violence", Seattle, WA’s SAME-SEX DICTATOR have documented their
psychedelic heaviness on their first full-length "From Beneath You It
Devours", 41 minutes of dark, experimental hardcore that sounds like a
mutant hybrid of MAN IS THE BASTARD and some cult early 80's heavy
metal, one second battering your skull in with gnarly angular bass
riffage, the next lurching into a quasi-gallop that drunkenly thrashes
around for a minute or two before tumbling back into a swarm of chirping
electronic noise, bestial death metal growls and jagged ultra-heavy
bass. Featuring guest contributions by members of OAKHELM and EMERALDS.
SAMUS - "Desengano" CD $7.99
is a surreal landscape of mutated freaked-rock comprised of lumbering
sludge riffs that contort into tape/turntable manipulations amidst
melodious keyboards and sustained guitar tones/drones. Ranging from the
crushing droning doom-laden EARTH-esque guitar thud of “The Happy
Sultan”, and the bountiful melodies that playfully flow under the sugary
electronica and plunderphonic jazz of “Super Orthopedic Caravan”, to
the expansive Ennio Morricone-influenced slide guitar ambience found in
“Who’s Pumping Estrada” and the wall reverbating drones and tape
oscillating backwash that drifts into the now-wave dissonance of “Bone
Ape Tit”, SAMUS create a cohesive, multi dimensional soundtrack for a
post-postrock world. Heavy duty psychedelia, avant-rock experimentalism,
and opium-den cartoon soundtracks.
SANCTIONS / DAWN - "split" 10" $9.99
and Sanctions return with the follow-up to their 2008 albums. This
record sees both bands developing into way more menacing creatures.
Brutal blasts of hardcore, black metal, and doom! Dawn's tracks descend
further down the path of depressive art-thrash. Sanctions' songs
increase the extremity of their breakneck speed neo-crust agenda.
Pressed on thick black 10" wax with screenprinted inserts and a digital
download of the tracks included.
THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - "Path Of Ashen Bone" 3-inch CD $7.99
Black Doom at it's finest. Their sound is akin to Gnaw Their Tongues,
super distorted, almost industrial, the guitars crumbling and nearly
formless, the vocals dripping in effects, a filthy abject sonic crawl
through broken glass and bloody entrails, an sprawling bit of epic and
dismal black ambience, from hushed shimmer, to distorted thrum, to black
buzz creep and back again. Featuring members of Welter in Thy Blood and
Pro-Death. Limited to 100 hand-numbered copies.
STA$D400 / ELEKTROKILL - "split" CD $7.99
wonder what grindcore drummers do in their spare time? STA$D400 (Sven
from grind/death band, WORLD DOWNFALL) churn out Commodore 64-
channeling cuts and ELEKTROKILL (Christ, from grind-punkers JAPANISCHE
KAMPFHORSPIELE) veer between slightly twisted downtempo tracks and
Venetian Snares-like experimentalism. Definitely a must-listen for
anyone that's into heady electronic music.
SUPPRESSION - "Amputated Brain Stem 1993-2000 Discography" CD $7.99
Well, grindcore with a ton of samples and a bunch of noise tracks
thrown in. One of those bands that successfully mixes noisy raw
grindcore and FULL ON noise. These guys have been around forever and
this CD collects a ton of 7", split 7" and comp tracks, 64 tracks in
all, including the splits with GRIEF, DESPISE YOU, CRIPPLE BASTARDS and
collaborations with FACIALMESS and CRANK STURGEON.
TEAM ROBESPIERRE / BREVATOR - "split" 10" $9.99
no-wave Screamers-inspired electro punk band, Team Robespierre, join
forces with Albany's psych-doom merchants, Brevator, who sound like the
Butthole Surfers jamming with Khanate. The best in speed, the best in
sludge. Get it while you can. Limited to 500 copies.
THEE ELECTRIC BASTARDS - "Live! At Club Awesome" CD $7.99
members of CLOUDS, OCTAVE MUSEUM, and PET GENIUS, and produced by
Stephen Brodsky of CAVE IN and NEW IDEA SOCIETY, "Live! At Club Awesome"
is a 11-song STUDIO recording of the band playing live at their
rehearsal space. Boston's Thee Electric Bastards, whose expansive
psych-pop falls somewhere in among Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, the
Zeppelin end of the White Stripes catalogue (but only if it was scored
by an Elephant Six band), and Yoshimi-type Flaming Lips. And if that
seems like an awful lot of territory, well, they cover a hell of a lot
of it. With songs about futuristic life (Robots Do Not Rock) blatant
machismo (The Peepin' Song, Play The Fool), alcoholism and mental health
(Millennium Blues, Black Jets), The Bastards have allowed the listener a
peek into their sordid little world, where society's ills and fears are
celebrated. All of The Bastards songs are well crafted slices of
weirdness, with compelling breaks in the music that are sometimes
jarring in effect. It harkens back to the days when rock music was more
experimental, and less formulaic. RIYL: PIXIES, SYD BARRETT, FLAMING
TORSO / GACK - "split" cdr $7.99
offer up six tracks of deep dark raw drone/noise music. Beginning with
some super minimal shimmer, streaked with low end groans and shards of
feedback, Torso wander through fields of power electronics, spaced out
glitch, thick synthscapes, complete with super distorted demonic vocals
and all sorts of industrial buzz and grind, to crumbling malfunctioning
electronic dirges, to dense melodic drones culminating in a nearly 10
minute blast of sci-fi outer space abstract glitched out FX drenched
dronoise. Gack respond with something much more minimal and muted, but
no less caustic and ominous, LOTS of low end, the sound smeared and
blurred and crumbling, tons shimmer and drift, disembodied voices,
creaks, and machinelike grunts and murmurs, jagged shards of industrial
clatter, deep rumbling ambience, Gack's tracks here sound more like the
foley work for some fucked up outer space sci fi horror movie, which is
not at all a bad thing. Fans of WOLF EYES and other modern bleak post
industrialism as well as folks into the current crop of abstract noise
drenched drone cd-r-tists should definitely check this out. LIMITED TO
TOTAL DEATH - "La Muerte Os Hara Libres" CD $7.99
Traditional thrasher from Spain offer up "Smash Hits from Hell". For fans of TESTAMENT and KREATOR.
TRAUMA - "The Calming Effects Of The Ocean Vol. 2" cassette $6.99
Part 2 of the 6-part series on Fag Tapes, Arbor, Holy Cheever, Tapeworm
and Am Tapes. Strange sea of furious percussive guitar and thundering
drums. Eventually becomes a single, soothing wave of energy. Riggs/Hall
continue to deliver basement insanity. Full-color fold out art. Edition
of 70, C30.
TUSKS OF BLOOD - "Spirit of Decay" 7" $6.99
heavy sludge from Portland featuring members of ALDEBARAN. Themed
around the human condition and the inherent failure of humanity in
general, they are heavy on the bass with a straightforward and decrepit
vocal delivery, which can be likened to a doomier DYSTOPIA or GRAVES AT
SEA. Limited to 300 copies.
UNCONDITIONAL LOATHING - "Cornholecopia" CD $7.99
several years spanning the late 90's and early 00's, Unconditional
Loathing were the kings of the Minneapolis "noise" scene. With line-ups
of up to a dozen members, and a million incestuous side-projects, they
alternately showcased high-concept performance art and the lowest in
scummy absurdity. Beginning in 2001, the core members one by one
relocated to various cities on the west coast, leaving many of us to
believe the UL magic was lost forever - but this CD proves they're back
on top, where they belong. So whats on tap? Nasty improvised static
drones and psychic noise and experimental surrealist electronics are
interspaced with damaged freak-rock, nuked breakbeats, field recordings,
diseased outsider ballads, blasts of fried disembodied AM Radio pop,
all glued together by a twisted and thoroughly hardcore psychedelic
attack. This stuff RULES. There are also live recordings of the band
getting unplugged by local noise promoters. Fun stuff!
URTHQUAKE - "Discograph" CD $7.99
of the most sinister left handed band in the world. Bob T. Roller
releases bits and pieces of musical bliss from his Urthquake moniker
from nearly 10 years of recording. Music ranges from drone rock to noise
to fucked up electronica. Urthquake crushes all of it's enemies.
URTHQUAKE - "Last Known Address" 7" $6.99
T. Roller follows up his 2008 CD compendium with a 7" of true New
Jersey satanic suicidal black ambient metal. Urthquake's first vinyl
V/A - "MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL PRESENTS: PUBLIC SAFETY" CD $7.99
26-song comp features unreleased songs by the following bands:
Aaritila, Career Suicide, Deadfall, Direct Control, Disease, The First
Step, Formaldehyde Junkies, Framtid, Gorilla Angreb, Holy Shit, Look
Back And Laugh, Limp Wrist, Nightmare, No Hope For The Kids, Observers,
Pedestrians, Persevere, Regress, Regulations, Signal Lost, Sin Dios,
Sleeper Cell, Smalltown, Smartut Kahol Lavan, Strung Up, Sunday Morning
Einsteins. Complete with liner notes and a page dedicated to each band.
VIVA LA RXEVOLUTION - "v/a" CD $7.99
band STONER/DOOM/ROCK compilation CD featuring With A Bullet,
Hellrancho, The Valley, Mendozza, Mos Generator, Kaskadia, Backwoods
Payback, Golden Pig Electric Blues Band, Oaks, Lozen, Sower of Dischord,
War With Saturn, 3D Witch Hunt, Stone Axe, Bacchus.
VOMIT - "Kate Moss" 7" $6.99
and spastic fast hardcore out of SoCal. Eight songs on one side, so you
know what you're getting yourself into: a couple sludgy ones and a
whole bunch of super fast, super short, priceless gems of unsightliness.
Near clean guitar, distorted bass, dry drum sounds work great for their
classic sounding tone. Great artwork. Dig it!
VOODOO SHOCK / IRONKIND - "split" 7" $6.99
split pairs the Swiss/German trio of Voodoo Shock with Colorado's Iron
Kind. Voodoo Shock do melodic Doom Metal with a strong Obsessed
influence, while Ironkind play Rocky Mountain Sludge Doom with homage
paid to Pentagram. Limited edition of 1000 copies.
VULGAR PIGEONS - "Imperialism" CD $7.99
is grindcore to its fullest extent. A 26 minute, 14 song ride with
blast beats, super hateful/frustrated vocals and thrash breakdowns.
WARBOYS - "Too Drunk to Skate" 7" $6.99
in late 2006 from the ashes of a few other side projects involving
everything from crust punk to grindcore, the Leeds based 3 piece known
as Warboys have finally conjured up their first vinyl release. What can
only be described essentially as 11 tracks of ultra fast grind mixed
with manic, 625 styled fastcore/power violence. The band tend to adopt
one motto - "No messing about style" and thats exactly what you get, a
brutally intense fusion of powerviolence and discordant grind. The
record is limited to 500 and the sleeve itself is available in 3
different colours. Warboys draw their influences from INFEST, CHARLES
BRONSON, THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE and pretty much any other band that sound
like a bomb flattening a city.
THE WAYWARD - "s/t" 7" $6.99
progressive, noise-rock trio throws early Today is the Day, Big Black,
King Crimson and Black Flag into a room and let’s ‘em duke it out for
the top dog award. Featuring ex-members of CARRION.
WEAVING THE DEATHBAG - "s/t" 7" $6.99
and galloping intense hardcore, midwest style. Combining the full
throttled speed with melodic guitar lines and a full energetic
adrenaline. Short and fast songs with good lyrics-including one about
not bringing dogs to shows. Quick tempo changes deliver incredible hooks
and a relentless energy that makes this both really catchy and
memorable. This record comes with one of those old school huge lyric
sheets with a poster on one side and the lyrics and the band pictures on
WHAT ARE THE MUSEUMS DOING? CD $7.99
weird folk/experimental compilation featuring Death By A Thousand Cuts,
The Black Swans, CNTR, Boo Hiss, Whitman, The Great Lakes, Carbonic, Red
Weather Tigers, The Great Onanist Swindle, Derek Joe Brockett,
Everything Is Fine, Cake On Cake, Manipulator, Holly and the Dead
WHITE EYES - "A Demonstration of..." CD $7.99
mix of grind, noise, light jazz and electronic music. Fans of AN
ALBATROSS will definitely dig the synth shrapnel and
Squarepusher-schooled IDM beats that are sprayed across the screeching
of the vocalist. The title "A Demonstration of" certainly lives up to
its title as the band shows what it can do and what you can expect more
of soon. Definitely for fans of experimental grind!
WILDILDLIFE - "Six" CD $7.99
crunchy riffage rolls over celestial FX freakout and gang choral
voices: part gluey pop hallucination, part psychedelic blast furnace,
part metalloid skullcrush. Super melodic and catchy but vaguely menacing
and dark at the same time: this is WILDILDLIFE. Their debut full length
Six follows up a fistful of CD-R and vinyl documents and summons a
wicked whirlpool of dense distorto crunch and freaky singing, raging
metallic percussive pummel, tribal rhythms and crushing effects-soaked
guitars, subdued floatational drones and ecstatically gorgeous melodies,
all let loose in a series of psychedelic slowcore eruptions and
swirling cosmic sludge. Going back and referencing a review that
Terrascope Magazine printed about one of the band's earlier CD-R
releases, this sounds vaguely like Black Sabbath and Butthole Surfers
jamming together with ancient forest mystics, an experience both brutal
and beautiful, and which proves that Wildildlife have already
established themselves as serious purveyors of blown-out mindmelt
WINTERS IN OSAKA - "Red Tooth, Red Claw" CD $7.99
new tracks from Chicago based noise band Winters in Osaka. It is the
last recording to feature Erik Stanis, who died earlier in 2008. The
first track is a collaboration with Norway's Zweizz (ex-Dodheimsgard)
and Japanese writer-Kenji Siratori, Entitled "Satyr's Birth", the ten
minute track is WIO's harshest and most intense. In contrast, the second
track is a the bands' quietest and most slow moving song to date. No
surprise, as it is a collaboration with drone legend-Mykel Boyd. Will
appeal to fans of extreme sound art.
WOUNDED HEAD - "Music For Assholes" CD $7.99
WH full length, 70 minutes of total morbid chaos. Psychoactive
free-sludgecore bass/drums improvised assaults with occasional noise
outbursts. Pro disc in card sleeve. Recorded during '99-'00.
YUKON - "Medallion" CD $7.99
of what you prefer to call it — prog, math rock, or otherwise — Yukon
are a band that push the technical limits of a traditional guitar rock
combo to its logical extremes. Yukon play some sort of post-hardcore
Touch & Go / Skingraft memorial rock with a slightly jazzy edge.
The guitar, bass and drums all occupy their usual sonic space, and
retain a texture and timbre you’re accustomed to, but the players
arrange them into inventive structures and intricate polyrhythms that
never fall into neatly predictable patterns.
ZAMMUTO - "Willscher" CD $7.99
a number of post-rock starting points (multiple bass harmonics, motorik
pulse hypnosis, lust for 70s German electronics), Zammuto constructs a
rhythmically bubbling sound by broadcasting these sounds through a
construction of PVC pipes, and sampled the results for hard-disc
editing. As if Fridge's percussive grooves and Noto's slow constructions
of sine wave oscillation had a meeting of minds.
ZWEIZZ / RU-486 - "Split" C-30 $6.99
vile and disturbed pairing. The first is Zweizz, better known for his
blackened work with Fleurety and Dodheimsgard, now dabbling in avant
garde hysteria. The dragging and grunting sounds of moral rape coupled
with harsh Norse prose, seething with unapologetic liturgy. The post
attack by RU-486 is no less forgiving. Christian zionism held under the
blade of flesh skinning contempt. Cascades of deafening bliss. The last
bullet of war ripping through dying skin. By devils be driven, they wade
through our seed. Limited to 100 copies.