"Crossover The Edge : Where Hardcore, Punk and Metal Collide" - Alexandros Anesiadis (Cherry Red) - 19€
During the 1980s, a time of conflict among alternative and increasingly tribal musical subcultures, an interesting compromise began to take form in the hardcore, punk and metal worlds. Blending the musical and visual elements of all three, this scene within several scenes came to be known as Crossover. Pulling together bands from diverse subcultural backgrounds (including the Skinhead, Oi and Anarcho scenes) to create a unique fusion whose appeal reached out to a large proportion of each of their fans, the movement was nevertheless overlooked by purists from each side. But inarguably, Crossover (or "Speedcore" as some came to call it), lent a fresh air to a metal scene at risk of stagnation, and brought a welcome atmosphere of experimentation to punk rock. Crossover The Edge contains in-depth features on over 100 key bands from the scene's 1980s heyday, including Agnostic Front, Cro Mags, Crumbsuckers, Leeway, Gang Green, Nuclear Assault, Lethal Aggression, D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity, Impulse Manslaughter, Verbal Abuse, Attitude Adjustment, Suicidal Tendencies, Excel, Beowulf, Dr. Know, Septic Death, Cryptic Slaughter, Accused, Dayglo Abortions, Discharge, Broken Bones, English Dogs, Sacrilege, Warfare, Raw Power, Rumble Militia, Lobotomia, Overkill L.A., Mentors, Void and Amebix. Another 500 bands are also featured briefly.
Format Paperback | 600 pages
Publisher Cherry Red Records
"XXX Fanzine (1983-1988) : Hardcore and Punk in the
Eighties" - Mike Gitter (Bridge Nine Press) - 30€
xXx Fanzine (1983-1988): Hardcore & Punk In The Eighties" isn't merely a collection of articles, reviews and photographs from one of hardcore America's best-known fanzines. It's a chronicle of punk's evolution in the '80s: a story of music and ideologies in motion. xXx's story picks up while the first wave of hardcore was in full swing. Major players including Minor Threat had already released landmark records and bands were loading up station wagons to play now infamous venues like The Channel, A7 or D.C. Space. While based in Boston, MA, xXx's main writer and editor, Mike Gitter, not only concentrated on his own city's burgeoning scene, spearheaded by bands like S.S. Decontrol and DYS, but looked to other states and countries for xXx's reportage. This 288-page book documents a time when hardcore and punk were not mutually exclusive and bands and cities had a chance to develop their own diverse and strident sounds. Now, in addition to
reproducing (and restoring) countless interviews and pages from the'zine itself, xXx Fanzine re-interviews countless bands and musical prime-movers including Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris and members of Agnostic Front, Bad Brains and Cro-Mags to give the book a rare "then-and-now"perspective. "xXx Fanzine (1983-1988): Hardcore & Punk in The Eighties" isn't merely a look back at hardcore's salad days, but a unique look at how punk's music and message shook the mainstream itself.
Format Hardback | 288 pages
Dimensions 279 x 279 x 23mm | 1,792g
"Banned in DC : Photos and Ancedotes from the DC Punk Underground (1979-85)" - Cynthia Connolly (Sun Dog Pr) - 27€
Sometimes being a Washington DC insider means access to political movers and shakers--sometimes, as in the case of photographer Cynthia Connolly, it means access to a great collection of photographs from the glory days of DC hardcore punk. Taken both by Connolly and an assortment of punk enthusiasts, BANNED IN DC is a set of vibrant shots that portray the anarchic spirit, pure energy, and camaraderie of the DC scene in a series of 450 black and white photographs. Major figures in the hardcore movement, like Dischord Records co-owner and then-Minor Threat member Ian MacKaye and Bad Brains vocalist HR, share space with naked musicians, ubiquitous scenesters, shaven-headed audience members, and riotous punks, in a freewheeling combination of pictures and quotes. Vividly capturing the scene's idealistic intensity, BANNED IN DC is an invaluable document of Washington hardcore's exuberance and aspirations.
Format Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions 200 x 274 x 10mm | 598.75g
"Dance Of Days: Updated Edition : Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital" Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins (Akashic Books,U.S.) - 28€
Washington, DC’s creative, politically insurgent punk scene is studied for the first time by local activist Mark Andersen and arts writer Mark Jenkins. The nation’s capital gave birth to the most influential punk underground of the ’80s and ’90s. Dance of Days recounts the rise of trailblazing artists such as Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and Bikini Kill, while examining the roots of PMA, straight edge, Dischord Records, Revolution Summer, Positive Force, and Riot Grrrl. This book provides a window on the hidden history of a grassroots rock revolution that burst into the mainstream in the early ’90s following the success of Nirvana and its groundbreaking album, Nevermind.
Format Paperback | 436 pages
Dimensions 203 x 203 x 25.4mm | 771g
"Making a Scene : New York Hardcore in Photos, Lyrics & Commentary Revisited 1985-1988" - Bri Hurley and Chris Daily (Butter Goose Press) - 19
Originally released in 1989 with a scant 79 photos and under 100 pages; this expanded edition brings over 200 photographs as well as reflections from key characters documenting a special time period in one of the most notorious hardcore music scene in the country. Making a Scene - New York Hardcore in Photos, Lyrics and Commentary Revisited 1985-1988 captures the energy of the New York hardcore music scene in photographs, lyrics, and comments from those involved in their music, their attitudes, and their lifestyle. Hardcore is a way of life for thousands of band members and fans all over the world. Here, New York City's hardcore movement is represented in all of its outspoken, opinionated, and often contradictory variety.
Format Paperback | 160 pages
Dimensions 175.26 x 251.46 x 10.16mm | 294.83g
KRIEGSHÖG "paint it black / white out” (La Vida En Us Mus)
Tokyo powerhouse KRIEGSHÖG returns with a two track 7” of distorted hardcore punk perfection. Facing a line up change the band sound was altered slightly after the previous guitarist quit. The new line up may have taken the guitar fuzziness a notch down in favour of a crunchier guitar tone but amped up the songwriting to the next level with a overdose of riffs, attacking each note with the same ferocious venom they have us accustomed to. These two tracks display both sides of KRIEGSHÖG perfectly, a mid tempo bass driven 4 minute banger backed up by a classic destructive sonic jam with the gnarliest punk vocals out there. Quoting the band “Play Loud and DIE!!!”
The high contrast black and white of their aesthetic and sound takes a new turn making room for a conceptual record. Housed in a heavy duty PVC pocket sleeve with artwork silkscreened on it the clear vinyl record with pure black and white labels.
Ì¢ÔÉ - st (Self Released) - 7€
Debut 7” from this New York City hardcore band, and it is a ripper. ÌÜôé has an aggressive metallic punk sound that sounds like Warthog leaning into their Scandinavian Jawbreaker-era Anti-Cimex influence. The sound is big and heavy and there’s a lot of blistering palm muting and the occasional short guitar solo, but the riffs themselves tend toward the simple and catchy rather than the ornate and technical. The straightforwardness isn’t about cutting corners, but about achieving the maximum level of blunt force impact. Crushing.
STIGMATISM - s/t (Beach Imoediment) - 8€
Ya know that Big City Records compilation "Montreal New York Connection 85 Live" with all the wild looking cartoon punks on it? STIGMATISM is the sonic equivalent of that big fella on the cover with the mohawk rocking boots and braces whilst letting off and undoubtedly blood curdling howl doing key bumps of meth with that flag toting skinhead from the back of the "United Blood" EP in a real seedy alleyway at like, 3:41 AM on a Tuesday. STIGMATISM is an infatuation with and/or an astute observation of the more, dare I say, "early man" aspects of that first wave of NYHC. Featuring an ex OMEGA and a native New Yorker united in their love of this particular style of hardcore punk, this demo recording has been slapped onto some slabs of plastic that can be played loud on a phonograph or utilized as a level plane for those aforementioned servings of meth. Each record comes in a glue pocket sleeve adorned with a design by the illustrious Spoiler. Limited to 500 copies.
URIN "incydent" (Erste Theke Tontraeger)
It's always great to release records of bands with members of other outstanding bands, especially when they sound fucking dope! Members of Rock (Karolina), Piss (Per), Cuntroaches (David) and Vexx/G.L.O.S.S. (Corey), got together in Berlin and started this band.
This is raw lo-fi hardcore punk in the vein of SKITLICKERS - which seems to be plasphemic, but believe me, it is not! Most of the time I am bored when there are new bands trying to deliver hardcorepunk. So I have just a real ear for bands that take hardcore to some new, weird, and exciting places. And thats why ETT brings you this EP. straight out of the Berlin gutters.
The new wave of raw Berlin hardcore is here and alongside fellow bands like LIFE FUCKER and PISS, URIN are holding a match to the firecracker set to explode under the asses of all the would-be artists, internet activists and party people currently scourging the German capital too.
Short, fast, loud, brutal, heavy, obnoxious. Too punk for metal, too metal for punk. This is deadly serious raw punk, much better than most of the so called "raw punk" bands out there. It has that "broke into the studio in the middle of the night" sound quality. The vocals, drums and guitar tone - everything sounds like a lost 1982 recording out of Gothenburg. Four perfect tunes in the vein of Shitlickers and Anti Cimex! No compromises - just pure Swedish! Ultra! Mega! Raw! Hardcore! Punk!
TOXIC MINDS - st (Stand Against Vivisection)
Released on cassette two years ago but now it's time for vinyl. Finnish hardcore from Salonica City.
AGNOSTIC FRONT "first warning - the "united blood" era recordings, new york
city, 1983" (Radiation)
THE 'UNITED BLOOD' ERA RECORDINGS, NEW YORK CITY, 1983' - Controversial east coast punk band Agnostic Front were lynchpins of the New York hardcore scene. Formed in 1982 by former Eliminators guitarist Vinnie Stigma along with vocalist John Watson, drummer Rob Crib Crash and bassist Diego, the band went through several other early members to settle on Vinnie Stigma, bassist Adam Mucci, drummer Raybeez and Cuban-born singer Roger Miret for these recordings. Often misunderstood in their early days due largely to their majority skinhead following and the shock imagery of their record covers, the group carved out its reputation in the dilapidated Lower East Side of Manhattan, then blighty by poverty, drugs, violence and high levels of urban decay. The recordings featured on this incendiary compilation date from the very start of their recording career, beginning with the demos that led to their debut seven-inch release, the self-issued 'United Blood' EP, bolstered by other recordings from the period that were left unissued at the time; some of the material included here later appeared on the 'Raw And Unleased' CD, but several songs are appearing on vinyl here for the very first time. Agnostic Front went on to reign supreme on the New York hardcore scene throughout the 1980s and although later recordings once again saw membership changes that brought a shift in style to include thrash-metal crossover elements, their longevity and high standing is such that they were featured on Showtime's 'The Godfathers Of Hardcore' documentary, ultimately leading to Roger Miret's recently released autobiography 'My Riot'.
'United Blood' 7" (Two-Track Mixdown)
01. No One Rules
02. Final War
03. Last Warning
05. Friend Or Foe
06. United Blood
08. Discriminate Me
09. In Control
'Extended United Blood Recording'
11. Smell The Bacon/What's With You
12. In Control
13. Last Warning
14. Fuck All Authority
16. Final War
17. Discriminate Me
18. United Blood
19. No Rights (No One Rules)
20. Friend Or Foe
21. We Shoud Care
22. Crucial Changes
24. United Blood
25. Discriminate Me
26. We Should Care
'Pre-United Blood Recording'
01. Smell The Bacon/What's With You
02. In Control
03. Last Warning
04. Fuck All Authority
06. Get Out/Final War
07. Discriminate Me
08. United Blood
09. Society Suckers
10. No Rights (No One Rules)
11. Friend Or Foe
12. We Should Care
13. Blind Justice
14. Crucial Changes
16. Skins Go Marching In/We Can Do Anything
17. It's My Life
'Message From The Underground Comp.' (Urinal Records)
18. United Blood
19. Time Will Come
AGNOSY "when daylight reveals the torture" (Profane Existence/Scream) - 16€
Brandnew full length album of this London based Metallic crust/d-beat band kicking it since 2010. Seven tracks of galloping and shredding high octane crust core better than never before.
Recorded and mixed by Lewis Johns at The Ranch Production House. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
BIG BLACK "songs about fucking" (Touch And Go) - 20€
Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Lungs, the first Big Black release was recorded by Steve on a borrowed 4-track. He played everything on the EP himself - except the sax bleating courtesy of pal John Bohnen and the drums courtesy of Roland.
Soon after, Steve recruited Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun) on bass, and Santiago Durango (also Naked Raygun) joined them on guitar. In 1983, together with live drummer Pat Byrne, they recorded the Bulldozer EP. By 1984, the band had done some touring and recorded the Racer X EP and the start of the Il Duce 7”. After that, Jeff returned to Naked Raygun and was replaced by Dave Riley.
In 1985, Big Black recorded their first full-length, Atomizer, as well as finishing the Il Duce 7”. Atomizer was released in 1986 along with the release of the Hammer Party compilation CD.
In 1987, the Headache EP and Heartbeat 7” were released. That same year, the band recorded and released the 7” of The Model/He’s A Whore as well as their second full-length album, Songs About Fucking. They toured extensively (for Big Black). And they broke up.
BIG BLACK "atomizer" (Touch And Go) - 20€
Originally released in 1985, and now remastered by Steve Albini and Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering, Big Black's first full-length album Atomizer will be re-released on September 25th, 2015. To save you having to do the math in your head, yes, that makes this a 30th anniversary reissue.
This remastered version of Atomizer includes the song "Strange Things" which appeared on the first pressing of Atomizer, but was not present on subsequent vinyl pressings nor on The Rich Man's Eight Track CD. It also comes with a double sided insert and a digital download coupon.
To put this release into context for the uninformed: Big Black began in 1982. Steve Steve Albini, then a sophomore at Northwestern University, fanzine writer and loudmouth, released the Lungs EP on the Chicago co-operative label Ruthless (whose other artists at the time included Naked Raygun and the Effigies). Lungs was recorded in his apartment on a borrowed 4-track for the price of one case of beer. After that record’s release, Jeff Pezzati (singer for Naked Raygun) and Santiago Durango (Naked Raygun, Arsenal), both linchpins of the burgeoning Chicago music scene, joined Big Black. During this period, the band established itself as a live act, recorded two more records, the Bulldozer EP and the Racer X EP, toured the U.S., and had -in general– a pretty good time.
Jeff Pezzati’s other obligations precipitated his departure from the band in 1984, when he was replaced by Dave Riley, bass player for Chicago swing-punk band Savage Beliefs. This lineup persisted until the band’s self-destruction in August of 1987.
Big Black toured the U.S., England, Europe, and Austrailia. They recorded a sh**load of records: Il Duce 45, Atomizer LP, Headache EP (which bore the heartbreakingly-honest disclaimer “Warning! Not as good as Atomizer. Don’t get your hopes up, Cheese.”), Heartbeat 45, He’s A Whore 45, Songs About Fucking LP, and Pig Pile LP / Video.
ENDLESS COLUMN - st (Erste Theke Tontraeger)
Each record ETT is releasing is special but this LP is the most special one so far. Because it involves one of my alltime favourite songwriter, artists and the first person I ever set up a punk show for. I talk about Douglas Burns and I am so proud te be part of this release - thanks my friend.
ENDLESS COLUMN started in 2010 when Doug Burns (OBSERVERS, RED DONS) moved to Chicago and started the band together with Jimmy Hollywood (TYRADES), David Wolf (DAYLIGHT ROBBERY) and Eric Watts. They deliver rocking lo-fi garagerock with surfy undertones. These ten songs are like all songs Doug Burns is involved in, unique catchy and memorable as possible.
There are bands that are content to sit within a pigeonhole and there are bands that diligently push against the edges, rebelling against expectations to find a sound all their own. The tune, at its core a smart bit of minor chord pop, is rife with echoes of time past and present—a bit of lofi garage punk here, some surf there, darkness, and the ubiquitous, insistent thud in the drums—rearranged and repurposed so that all are present but none overwhelms another.
The remaining tunes follow along the same lines, each familiar yet retaining its own sound. The whole? A gritty-yet-tasty selection from a band that continues to wow with each successive release.
Endless Column deliver ten songs of surfy, dark, crude and moody lofi garage punk on their debut LP. And if you have any sense about great music, you will not drop this LP from your turntable until you can sing every word along!
G.B.H. "a fridge too far" (PHR) - 16€
By the time UK punks GBH came to record their difficult fifth album, A Fridge Too Far in 1988, it might have been understandable (if not forgivable) had they chosen to rest on their laurels and merely rehash former glories. However, the band sensibly incorporated elements of then-current punk styles speed punk, thrash and metal, while largely retaining their trademark proto-hardcore sound. It’s interesting to note that, at a time when more than one of the band’s early 80s contemporaries (who shall remain nameless) were going totally overboard with the metal side of things, with often embarrassing results, GBH always sidestepped such indignities. Perhaps the fact that they retained almost their original line-up through A Fridge Too Far, From Here To Reality (1990) and Church Of The Truly Warped (1992) and, indeed, almost up to the present day, kept them grounded and focused. A keen sense of humour always helped, of course.
G.B.H. "punk junkies" (PHR) - 16€
On vinyl, here's a reissue of the 1990 album by punk legends GBH, originally released on Rough Justice.
GAME "no one wins" (Quality Control/Beach Impediment) - 17€
At long last, the follow up to 2017’s "Who Will Play?" flexi has materialised in the form of "No One Wins" on the LP format. With influences and membership that span the world of hardcore punk, both stylistically and geographically, this platter sports 10 tracks of pummelling hardcore punk that incorporates metallic elements drawn from the near and far reaches of mid 80s international hardcore and thrash to the simplicity of domestic HC pestilence. Blended with a great finesse that is both tasteful and potent - which seems to be a rare feat to attain this day and age - and buttressed by a top notch mastering job by the great Arthur Rizk (SHIT "What Do You Stand For," Impalers "Cellar Dweller”, Power Trip ‘Nightmare Logic’) which only feeds the fire that is the base of these already enormous tracks. GAME is the conduit. Relatively new but sending sickening sounds into the New Wave of British Hardcore collective, decimating any and all willing to be destroyed.
Seek further advice on Game's sound via the precedent set by Gastunk, Celtic Frost, Sacrilege, Death Side, and the Execute. Members of Arms Race, Fucked Up, Career Suicide, Shrapnel, Violent Reaction and Subdued.
HALSHUG “drøm” (Southern Lord)
Third vinyl release from our favorite Danes on Southern Lord: Blodets Band (2015) and Sort Sind (2016).
Follows in the line of Sort Sind with some Black Flag like medium tempo as well as the ever raging D-beat but a few new ingredients have been added to the mix: A tiny dash of goth gloom, a pinch of fucked up electronics and a rather healthy dose of furious saxophones. That's right, saxophones!!! Kinda like Fear sang 'Copenhagen's all right if you like saxophones!'. Some would say mature but that said, it's all Halshug and all very very angry! Lauren Barley takes on this is to be read by clicking on the link.
HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS "stay home" (La Vida En Us Mus) - 15€
Two years ago HANK WOOD asked us to go home, they were young and pissed off and they wrote what in my humble opinion was hands down the best album of that year. In the two years since 2012 HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS have been playing sporadically, gaining fans with every show and selling out show after show in their native NYC. Their irreverent live show is incendiary showing a really angry front man backed by a volatile band playing the nastiest keyboard garage punk you can imagine. Punk without the outfit. All songs no filler. Riffs. They have it. Somehow they managed to spend enough time in the same room to write a perfect follow up to "Go Home".
"Stay Home" sees the band at their peak, they have matured enough to write a masterpiece of dual-drumming-keyboard-driven punk. Their sound is still raw and unpolished, the drummer and percussionist hit hard and the guitar plays a superb mix of surf and classic first wave NYC Punk. I could list all the qualities of this record and praise this band for pages but they had that je ne sais quoi which is impossible to explain. Do yourself a favour, listen to their album and you'll understand. It is free online after all. Or if you feel like it buy a physical copy as there is so much hard work behind this monster.
The European press of "Stay Home" comes in blue and black sleeve, including a 2 colour poster, risographed lyric sheet and hand stamped center label. A beautiful package for an otherwise nasty punk record.
INSECT WARFARE “Entomological siege 2004/2009” (F.O.A.D.)
REGULAR TRIFOLD SLEEVE VERSION: (3 x LP’s + DVD, ltd to 400 copies on black
vinyl housed in a trifold jacket with booklet.) - 42€
Get ready for a pulverising sonic hecatomb delivered by Texas’ unmatchable Grindcore assassins! After being in the works for years, here it is – the ultimate INSECT WARFARE collection including all their singles, demos, compilation tracks, out takes and alternate recordings, unreleased tracks and rare live material… 99 songs, nearly 3 hours of merciless brutality. All scrupulously mastered for the best dynamic impact on vinyl! Triple LP set served in a deluxe trifold jacket with exclusive art by Lucas Korte, with a massive booklet filled with original artworks, scans of all the included works, flyers and photos. The CD version comes in a 8 panel L-pack with 24 page booklet. Plus a bonus DVD with their complete gig at Annie’s that simply kills! If you dreamed of having all the hard to find INSECT WARFARE singles and rarest recordings all gathered in the same place, this is finally the definitive chance! Watch the trailer HERE
INSTITUTE "readjusting the locks" (Sacred Bones) - 22€ (Black) // 23€ (Colour)
US Import. With half the band having left their native Texas for New York, Readjusting the Locks is the first Institute album written across the country. Despite the distance it sounds every bit as cohesive as if they were all still hanging out every night in the same Austin dives. The newly NYC-based Moses Brown and Arak Avakian flew to Houston in October 2018, where they joined Barry Elkanick and Adam Cahoon to demo the entirety of the new album in a single day. In December, the band got back together in Brooklyn to record with their longtime producer Ben Greenberg (Uniform).
Where the previous Institute albums often wandered into the experimental, Readjusting the Locks strives to be economical, its 13 tracks clocking in at a tight 29 minutes. The band has seamlessly incorporated more ’77 rock n’ roll into their sound, some songs feeling like they could’ve been a Stiff Records single. This sound is emphasized by Greenberg’s expert production — crisp but still blown out and dirty. Lyrically, Readjusting the Locks moves away from the traditionally personal words of frontman Moses Brown. Rather than attacking the internal workings of his brain or its socialization, as on previous records, this album attempts to address the societal atmosphere in which his agita exists.
Blaming Neoliberalism and the irresponsible notions of utopia fostered under it, Brown argues that in recent decades the Western world’s assumption that humanity would continue to prosper into the future has, on the contrary, created a disastrous political vacuum. This has allowed banks, corporations, and their politicians to aimlessly advance the Neoliberal agenda into an inconceivably dangerous place. He argues that we are deadlocked in a permanent existential crisis, stuck in an unhumanitarian and environmentally destructive system so all-consuming that we will not find a clear alternative. Without a true plan for a sustainable future those in power will continue to offer humanity new policies, technologies, and politicians that promise change but are only capable of “readjusting the locks” on our incomprehensible existential predicament.
LETHAL AGGRESSION “life is hard… but that's
no excuse at all!” (F.O.A.D.) - 15€
An unforgettable New Jersey Thrashcore masterpiece for the first time on vinyl since its original 1st press in 1989, completely remastered with 2 bonus tracks. Housed in a thick gatefold cover with printed inner sleeve. 23 bursts of fast, uncompromised Hardcore/Crossover the perfect blend of blistering Thrash and old school HC that is a trademark choice here at FOAD Records (Wehrmacht, DRI, SOD, Aftermath, Jester Beast etc.).
OFFENDERS "endless struggle / we must rebel + i hate myself / bad
times" (Southern Lord) - 2xLP
The OFFENDERS were formed in 1978 in Killeen, and after relocating to Austin in 1980, became known worldwide as one of the premiere hardcore bands out of the Lone Star state. Raw and rabid but more than proficient in the delivery of their musical rebellion -- alongside friends and scenemates D.R.I. and M.D.C. -- OFFENDERS completely ruled the hardcore scene throughout the infamous Reagan-era. Southern Lord is honored to present all the band's official recordings harnessed in a weighty 2xLP collection, with the audio fully boosted for this release courtesy of Audiosiege. Confirmed for parole on March 18th, the reissue features the band's two full-length albums -- Endless Struggle and We Must Rebel, as well as the I Hate Myself / Bad Times 7" -- fitted to two 180-gram slabs of black wax, housed in a gatefold jacket with the original covers and inserts faithfully replicated.
of the OFFENDERS. Inspired by the hardest rock the '70s offered, Tony took it to the next level with his high-speed style of shredding on the guitar. Following the disbanding of the OFFENDERS in 1986, Tony continued to play in bands until until he lost a long battle to lung cancer in 2012. Tony was also a dedicated Civil War re-enactor and member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Past Commander of Camp #59.
ONE WAY SYSTEM "all systems go" (PHR) - 16€
One Way System are a street punk band formed in the Fleetwood area of Lancashire, England in 1979. "All systems go" is their debut album, it reached No.1 in the UK indie album charts upon it's initial release in 1982. One of the best UK82 punk recordings.
THE OUTSIDERS "close up" (Captured Tracks) - 25€
US Import. The Outsiders, hailing from Wimbledon, England, were one of the many bands to rise up through the UK is punk explosion of the late 70s. Citing the Velvet Underground as their primary influence, The Outsiders were fronted by Adrian Borland, who went on to form the seminal post-punk band The Sound following the demise of the band. Gaining exposure through opening for acts such as The Jam and The Vibrators. Bob Lawrence (bass) and Adrian Janes (aka Jan, drums) rounded out the band.
The Outsiders were the first UK punk band to self-release a full album (their first LP Calling on Youth), on their own Raw Edge label. With Close Up, the band matured and further developed into the punk sound that was clearly a gateway to Borland's work with The Sound. The band were clearly influenced by the Detroit rock sound of The Stooges and were even joined on stage by Iggy Pop himself for their rendition of 'Raw Power'. Long out of print on vinyl, this reissue provides a great look into not only the development of the legendary Adrian Borland, but also a look into the transitional phase of UK rock from classic to punk.
This release includes diary entries from the diary of Phil King (Lush, Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Servants) written during The Outsiders' active years as a band, and includes memories of attending their shows, buying instruments from Adrian Borland and the original art from his diaries. Available on vinyl only in a run of 1,000.
PROPAGANDHI "victory lap" (Epitaph) - 18€
Since forming in Manitoba in 1986, Propagandhi have brought an emphatic anti-fascist message to their music. Along with addressing a number of personal losses suffered in recent years, Victory Lap, the band's first full-length since 2012's Failed States, finds the band facing a landscape in which fascism is—among a certain crowd—suddenly trendy.
Victory Lap also marks Propagandhi’s first album with new guitarist Sulynn Hago, who joins Samolesky, frontman Chris Hannah, and bassist Todd Kowalski. Replacing longtime guitarist David Guillas (who appears on several tracks on Victory Lap), Hago was added to the lineup after Propagandhi put out a call for audition tapes and received over 400 responses.
The band are continuing to morph their spry, catchy pop-punk leanings into the aggressive blend of melodic hardcore and thrash that has permeated their past two releases. Propagandhi know they can’t save the world all by themselves. With Victory Lap, their collection of heady, pulverizing opuses hopes to inspire you to join in the battle. And sure, it’s OK if you take a couple breaks to slam dance.
PUBLIC INTEREST "between" (Erste Theke Tontraeger)
This is utterly brilliant, amazing stuff - my ears are blessed. Nihilistic post punk jams with a generous serve of primitive electronics. The music is beyond this universe, the message is perfect for our times.
The post and synth punk on the first public interest recording, hailing from Oakland is quite variable, e.g. Sometimes hanging out the cold synthwave sounds like another electrified variant of DIÄT and USELESS EATERS in a spacy abgroovemode. Or how would it sound like AUSMUTEANTS and PUFF if both bands took something seriously?
To put it simply, what we’ve got here is something like an under-caffeinated Television Personalities, or a darker Wire who stumbled upon synth. Great synthpop songs delivered with just the right amount of damage. But just really vicious at times, too. I mean, these teeth are gleaming.
Rolling down a hill in a garbage can. Each song is belted out with a short, sharp fit, with some synthesisers occasionally glistening out at the edges. The restraint is all the more fierce as it amplifies everything that's fucked about them.
This is pure and damn good, futuristic Post-Punk. Warm synthesizer sounds meet minimal instrumentation that already reminds of a purified version of TOTAL CONTROL. Behind the mask and the project hides Chris from MARBLED EYE, which the sound alone suggests, with such a sensitivity for super-mature songwriting that would have been even ahead in the '80s, and especially now. Great!
R.M.F.C - HIVE "volumes 1 & 2" (Erste Theke Tontraeger)
We "invented" the DEVO-CORE so here is more for you freaks!
Child prodigy Buz Clatworthy's latest and greatest project! Features some very tight riffs and some of the catchiest song writing we've heard in a while. Reminds me of something that would fit right in to the NWI scene.
Totally punk and totally weird at the same time. DEVO is an obvious band familiar, but there’ve been many bands since those Ohio freaks exploded the scene whose sounds ooze out of these electronic punk spasms made by R.M.F.C (GERTY FARISH, JAY REATARD, PARASITES OF THE WESTERN WORLD, and THE GIRLS and (NEW ENGLAND) PATRIOTS, the latter two of Boston, to name a few).
R.M.F.C are making some really interesting punk in 2019. It keeps you guessing, and the band is tight as hell, which isn’t something I get to say about the punk I usually end up standing behind. It’s very true here though. Perhaps one of the the most sonically interesting bands currently creating noise for the plebs of our prison planet, all 11 tracks of this platter are essential.
Meanwhile, the lo-fi recording is a key element to the sound, giving fuzzy guitars and bass and muddled drums and vocals. It plays well with the teen-age themes the band touches on.
So if your into EGGPUNK or DEVO CORE that matter, you'll definitely dig! DEVO-CORE, EGGPUNK, Whatever - this shit bumps! You need to jam this EP NOW, because Skull Cult is stupidly amazing. I don’t care what any of you nudniks have to say, ROCK MUSIC FAN CLUB is a movement I can fuckin’ get behind.
SACRILEGE "ambulance station squat + demos" (Unrest)
Sacrilege "Ambulance Station Squat, London, 1985 + The First & Second Demos" - Fully authorized DEMOS & LIVE assault from legends of UK punk/metal SACRILEGE licensed by founding members Damian Thompson and Lynda ‘Tam’ Simpson. Contains the first two ’84 and ’85 Sacrilege demos alongside a remarkable unreleased live set from the eminent Ambulance Station Squat on Old Kent Road in London, 1985. All material featured was taken from source tapes and meticulously restored to modern brilliance by dominant Swedish kångpunk master Mattias “Kenko” Kennhed of Dischange, Meanwhile and No Security notoriety at the Communichaos Clay Station Studio in Sweden. Sacrilege is soon to be featured in a 7pg. “Hall of Fame” article by US based Decibel Magazine, and rightfully fucking so!! Ripping new reaper artwork knotted and stippled by the highly skilled illustrator Sean Fitzgerald, in seamless Sacrilege style.
SIEGE “drop dead – complete discography” 2xLP
gatefold (F.O.A.D. 171) REGULAR BLACK version limited to 400 copies - 25€
Not many words needed to introduce SIEGE: they’re the undisputed generators of all hyper-speed Hardcore, Grindcore and blasting fast Thrash and have massively influenced a world of maniacs bringing musical extremities to the most outraegous boundaries, the first most obvious example being Napalm Death that mentioned them as an inspiration since the “Scum” era and covered “Walls” on their legendary Mick-Shane-Bill-Lee times Peel Sessions, or Heresy that covered “Conform” and the list goes on forever! In the early ’80s SIEGE paved their way into the violent Weymouth/Boston Hardcore scene delivering the fastest and most furious Hardcore ever heard. This double LP collection is the first ever official SIEGE release in Europe and their definitive, most complete discography to date, consisting of:
– “Drop dead” studio session 1984
– “Cleanse the bacteria” tracks 1984
– Out takes from the original 1984 studio session
– Lost session 1991 with Seth Putnam on vocals
– UNRELEASED version of “Grim reaper”
All remastered for vinyl from the best audio sources in existence. Housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with silver hot foil stamp logo on the front and partial UV print, including a booklet with rare and never seen before photos, lyrics, original artworks. Watch the trailer HERE
THE STRAPS - st (PHR) - 16€
The Straps are an English streetpunk band, formed in 1978 in Battersea, South London by vocalist John Grant (aka Jock Strap) and guitarist Dave Reeves. The band's debut album was issued in 1982 on the Cyclops label. The album featured UK Subs drummer Pete Davies (Walker only played on one track, departing for the Human Condition) and guest appearances by Andi Sex Gang and the Damned's Rat Scabies. Debut album of The Straps first time reissued. Including insert, coloured vinyl.
T.S.O.L. "beneath the shadows" (Fan Club) - 15€
Beneath the Shadows is the second studio album by the American hardcore punk band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), released in 1983 through Alternative Tentacles. With the addition of keyboardist Greg Kuehn to the lineup, the band moved away from punk rock in favor of a gothic rock sound in the vein of The Damned and Siouxsie and the Banshees, alienating much of their hardcore audience in the process. Though the album was critically well received and led to the band being featured in director Penelope Spheeris' film Suburbia, it was largely rejected by their fanbase within the punk scene.
UNIFORM CHOICE “screaming for change” (Southern Lord)
One of the greatest American Hardcore releases of the 80s’ gets the deluxe Southern Lord reissue treatment!
"Screaming For Change" was the debut album from Orange County, Californias’ godfathers of positive Hardcore: Uniform Choice. It was originally released in 1986 on the bands own label: Wishing Well Records. Vocalist Pat Dubar recently contacted Southern Lord with the desire to have a official re-issue of the classic album “done right”. After several unauthorized, completely sub-par bootlegs appeared Pat wanted a definitive version released to set the record straight! This essential piece of hardcore history has been remastered from the original tapes by Brad Boatright (Excel, Nails, High on Fire, YDI, Brotherhood). The elaborate packaging includes a 8 page 12”x12” booklet bound into a stoughton tip-on gatefold jacket. There are a ton of amazing, never before published photos from the personal archives of the band and their friends. This is a very special release that is not to be missed!
YDI "a place in the sun/black dust" (Southern Lord) 2x LP
In the early 1980s, Y.D.I. (pronounced: Why-die) put Philadelphia on the map with their ferocious brand of Hardcore. In 1983 they unleashed their debut 7” EP “A Place In The Sun” a blistering nine-track blast of american-hardcore fury. Circa-1985 the band changed musical directions and created filthy, metallic, damaged punk. The “Black Dust” (a concoction of PCP, heroin and formaldehyde) 12”- LP was YDIs’ final recording and a criminally underrated slab of disgusting mayhem.
This double vinyl document contains every known recording of the band. Also inside is a 10”x10” full color photo book with tons of never before seen images from the era.
ZODD "operationally ready dead" (La Vida Es
Every genre splinters and flowers out from it's original starting point and hardcore is no exception, mutating fractally out from its supercharged punk roots, twisting through trends, evolutions and regressions, crashing back in on itself until you end up with an international sprawl of scenes and subscenes, styles within styles, odd misshapen fusions and hellbent worship bands.
If you were looking for a sound that could encapsulate the myriad forms that hardcore takes in 2018 one could do a lot worse than slam a record on by ZODD, who have emerged from the vibrant Singapore punk/hardcore scene in the wake of bands like Vaarallinen, Sial and Lubricant. Operationally Ready Dead have an approach based in a vicious pogo-thump but drawing in elements of hardcore's various strands, echoing screams ripping painfully through chomping riffs, weird enough for the freakpunx, hard enough for the mosh kids, chaotic and blown out, squealing and stumbling, but never losing it's dynamism, ten tracks of contemporary anxiety shaped into hardcore anger, apocalyptic angst, psychopaths with uniforms and without, society's born corrupt, getting darker still. ZODD provide a searing soundtrack to this and more. DYSTOPIAN FUTURE IS NOW.
Operationally Ready Dead front cover was designed by Nicky Rat and it comes with a lyric insert designed by the band. Check out the LP on bandcamp