MASSGRAVE "our due descent" (Unrest) - 5€
New full length by the Canadian disruptive crust grind masters!
TARANTüLA - st (Voice From Inside) - 5€
Chicago based hardcore punk band with 3/4 members of Cülo. Still the same deranged hardcore punk but with a bit slowed down pace (it was hectic and fast in Cülo) and darker guitar undertone.
MELLAKKA "1984-1986 - 3x7" (Svart Records) BOX SET - 26€
One of the greatest fruits of the early 1980’s Finnish hardcore punk movement was Mellakka and their two 7 inch EPs. Beginning in 1983 in Rauma, Finland, the band released one self-financed EP (Ei…) and then got picked up by Rat Poison Records for the follow-up, Itsenäisyyspäivä. They never succeeded in recording a full length, so three demo tracks done in 1986 are their swan song. All of these recordings are presented here in a new band-approved edition. The first two 7 inches come with reproduced original cover art. Second press, limited edition of 300 copies. Red vinyl. All 7 inches in
GELD "soft power" (Static Shock) - 6€
"A nasty follow up EP to the Perfect Texture LP released earlier this year finds GELD in a more irascible and unhinged state. Soft Power expands on the band's vision of a freer form of D-Beat with noisier sounds, tighter dimensions, wilder visions and subtler experimentation with carefully placed nuances. Don't be tricked into thinking this is some sort of hippy dippy jamband bullshit though, every second of this is cruelly calculated and executed with the utmost care. Damn."
The EP comes house in a reverse board sleeve with hellish artwork from Sam McKenzie. Red vinyl limited to 100 copies is available for mailorder only. Once again, available from Iron Lung in America.
LAST ROUGH CAUSE "the violent few" (No PLan) - 7€
The band´s debut release from 1985. Available on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years.
MUSIC CITY "pretty feelings" (Static Shock) - 6€
"Conor Lumsden from THE NUMBER ONES is MUSIC CITY and the boy proves how talented he is, playing every instrument on this record. 1979 was a magical year in music terms and his debut sounds like a gem from that era. It's a single that will be re-discovered in 40 years time and people will ask how this wasn't loved by more people.
A-Side 'Pretty Feelings' is a slow power pop chugger with gorgeous harmonies and 'Damn The Torpedos' esque moments. The flip 'Do I?' is more uptempo with jangling clean guitars that is part power pop, part Green on Red and part Stars of Heaven." (Sean Forbes)
This 7" is one off pressing of 400 copies and comes housed in a nice and flimsy spot colour picture sleeve.
PURE PRESSURE "relampago de furia" (Painkiller) - 7€
Debut 8-track EP from Toronto hardcores PURE PRESSURE. Members of VIOLENT FUTURE, S.H.I.T., SIYAHKAL, PROTRUDERS playing raging hardcore pulling from pre-Roadrunner era NYHC favorites (because they just made it better then). Thrashing speedcore and screaming vocals ala No Thanks crash into Victim in Pain style breakdowns with plenty of other noticeable reference points (SOIA 7”/Life’s Blood/Side By Side). Lyrics that address the nightmares of today because the 80’s are dead.
RAT CAGE "blood on your boots” (La Vida En Us Mus) - 6€
The Ratman is back with yet another dose of first-calibre hardcore. Taking cues from the golden age of International hardcore punk circa 83 and with eyes fixed on the late TOTALITÄR, this madman manages to write and record four new anthems, which follow the trail of destruction left by his first EP last year. Do not expect many changes, there is the same fixation with HEADCLEANERS, DISARM and Swedish Käng. The same political content than their previous output, a fresh and sharp look at contemporary world affairs somehow missed in current punk.
Blood on Your Boots was written and performed by Bryan Suddaby, and recorded and mixed by J. Fidler. Like previous releases it comes housed in a pocket sleeve designed by Mylo “Mangel” Oxlo and includes a lyric insert.
SHOCKIN' TV / TIRATURA LIMITATA - Milano 1983 (No PLan) - 7€
One of the rarer 7"s of Italian HC/Punk of the 80s that you need up to 200 euros to purchase today. On one side you have Shockin' TV with their political HC/Punk - 9 short, raw and unpolished songs that clock in just over 9 minutes total. On the flipside Tiratura Limitata, more on the Punk side of things, offer very varied songs. They fuse Punk, Oi and Ska and within their 9 minutes of music fit "only" 3 songs. All in all, 12 songs, over 18 minutes of music on one 7"! Foldout poster cover with lyrics and photos.)
SIAL "binasa” (La Vida En Us Mus) - 6€
Following up on their fantastic 7-track 12” from last year, Singapore's SIAL is back with Binasa, a new 6-track 7" with a Malay title that translates to 'Perish'. Binasa sees the band pushing their cacophony of urgent and raw hardcore punk to the red. It takes cues from the likes of COMES, CONFUSE or LEBENDEN TOTEN but makes sure their ferocious sound and message doesn’t get lost in the noise. Their new release is a feast of ripping buzzsaw guitar, ferocious drumming and a vocalist spitting hate towards a racist, classist society that doesn't protect the interests of the marginalised.
Recording this time around was done in their own collective studio space, Project 416 with Mastering done by Will Killingsworth and cover artwork by their drummer Izzad.
SUBDUED - 4 Track E.P. (La Vida En Us Mus) - 6€
Shaking you in and out of misery, Subdued is back. The hardened second release by London's Subdued throttles gasps of brickwall torture in and amongst the poison flora of spoken word which will legitimately make a mother cry. It nods to the impassable corners of Celtic Frost and the broken necks of enthusiastic Amebix fans, all with a listless stare into the white void of repetitive oblivion.
The record comes in a wraparound sleeve with collaborative art between drummer Nicky Rat and singer Jack Sabbath.
NASUM "grind finale" (Unrest) 4 x LP/BOX - 55€
This is the repress version from 2012 pressed on colour vinyl with an added slipcase and revised artwork & poster. Containing 152 songs of legendary grindcore from Sweden, the GRIND FINALE includes all of Nasum's Split EPs, Rare CDs, Compilation Tracks, Demos, Tribute Album Tracks, Japan Only BonusTracks, Unreleased Tracks and much, much more. This is a monster 4xLP set with a double gatefold jacket. Packaging includes a 2x2ft. poster and a 24 page booklet with extensive liner notes on all the tracks, interviews with the band, lyrics and rare pictures. This is absolutely essential for all grindcore freaks and sick fiends alike!!
ΣΚΟΤΟΔΙΝΗ - st (Self Released)
"Skotodini’s hometown is a beautiful but very isolated city of the Greek west, called Ioannina. This place has never been really the home of Greek punk but these young anarcho-punks have managed to bring this area on surface, with various projects they’ve been involved in, and make it a must-stop for touring bands visiting Greece. As Ivan Shentov already mentioned, they self-record, self-produce and self-release all their music and I really admire this passion which definitely is radiated in their unique dark punk and female-fronted sound, including constant guitar shredding and super catchy parts. They have two full-lengths with melodies you should really be aware of!"
ΑΔΙΕΞΟΔΟ ".38" (Scarecrow/B-otherisde) - 13€
Βρήκα μερικές ξεχασμένες κόπιες σε διάφανο βινύλιο.
Πέρασαν κιόλας 27 χρόνια από το 1986 που οι Αδιέξοδο δισκογράφησαν τον πρώτο και μοναδικό τους ολοκληρωμένο δίσκο στην Enigma records. Δυστυχώς "τα Κελιά της οδού Μεσογείων", η "Υποκουλτούρα" , "το Κομματικό Μαντρί" και όλα τα τραγούδια του άλμπουμ παραμένουν ακόμα επίκαιρα , σαν να μην άλλαξε τίποτα από τότε, σε μια χώρα που η εξαθλίωση, η καταπίεση και ο αυταρχισμός έχουν γίνει κανόνας, που ο ναζισμός και ο ρατσισμός δηλητηριάζουν την κοινωνία, και που το πολίτευμα έχει μετατραπεί σε κοινοβουλευτική χούντα. Αποτέλεσμα της επικαιρότητας των "Αδιέξοδο" και της σπανιότητας του άλμπουμ (καθώς ο δίσκος κυκλοφόρησε συνολικά σε 800 αντίτυπα, περισσότερα απο τα οποία διακινήθηκαν με ανταλλαγές στο εξωτερικό), ήταν τα "38 χιλιοστά" να γίνουν συλλεκτικά και δυσθεώρητα ακριβά και υπήρξαν περιπτώσεις επιτήδειων που εκμεταλλεύτηκαν την περίσταση κυκλοφορώντας πλαστά αντίγραφα του αυθεντικού δίσκου σε "συλλεκτικές" πάντα τιμές. Αυτήν την έλλειψη έρχονται να καλύψουν από κοινού οι εταιρείες B-otherSide και Scarecrow Records επανεκδίδοντας τον δίσκο με νέο mastering ειδικά για το βινύλιο. Η έκδοση θα συνοδεύεται απο τετρασέλιδο ένθετο το οποίο περιλαμβάνει τους στίχους και την βιογραφία επιμελημένη από το ίδιο το γκρουπ σε δίγλωσση έκδοση (ελληνικά & αγγλικά) ενώ υπάρχουν ανέκδοτες και ακυκλοφόρητες φωτογραφίες από το αρχείο του Γιώργου Τουρκοβασίλη καθώς και του ίδιου του γκρουπ που κοσμούν το οπισθόφυλλο του ενθέτου.
ACCüSED "the return of martha splatterhead" (Unrest) - 13€
Repress of the Accüsed's first full-length masterpiece released on LP in 1986 by C.O.R / EARACHE. This legendary album has influenced many bands around the world because of its fiercely original style. Martha is back on black!! Includes nice clean packaging with original lyric sheet and collage. And don't forget kids...if it doesn't splatter, it doens't matter!!
ORANGE "living in the darkness" (Fan Club) - 12€
Certainly one of the three most important hardcore records for the burgeoning skate scene in the early eighties (JFA's "Valley Of The Yakes" and Minor Threat's "Out Of Step" being the other two), "Living In Darkness" also happens to be the best example of the marriage between hardcore punk and surf music. Originally released in 1981, this album, unlike many of the other records Drastic Plastic Records release, has consistently been in print on CD and has influenced countless music fans, musicians, and skate fans since its debut. What hasn't been available, however, is a faithful repoduction of the original vinyl release, now available again with 3 bonus songs taken from "Bitchin' Summer" 12" released in 1982.
ALLVARET tänk på döden" (Erste Theke Tontraeger) -
If anyone would ask me if I was serious about releasing this record from a totally unknown Swedish band, I would totally say yes. Why is ETT going to release Allvarets debut LP "Tank pa doden"? Not just because Allvaret means "serious" in Swedish, but because this LP is seriously great. Hailing from the Swedish underground punk scene, this catchy phenomenal guitar lines can only be written by Swedish guys and sound so perfectly vintage! Allvaret emerge from a fertile musical ferment to deliver some totally off the hook KBD punk with tunes that will stick in your head after just one song. The guitar sounds so Scandinavian – Masshysteri and The Vicious say Hello. The driving rhythm section with the harmonic drum and bass parts remind me of some kind of early UK street punk, without sounding stupidly Oi! The most important part is the awesome voice of Sushila, with Swedish lyrics matching perfectly together. A bag full of diamonds for sale, even if you don't speak Swedish, this record will make you want to start the kind of dance action you haven't had since that childish days way back then!
BETA BOYS "late night acts" (Erste Theke Tonträger) - 14€
17 track discography LP. Includes every single recorded BIB track ever. Everything from Demo 2015 - POP - The Face - Mosh Pit on one 12" record.
Olympia, WA 's own Beta Boys are back with more songs in the form of a LP. Since their demo tape (that came out in 2014) and several EPs they have had a lot of time to develop the sound that truly makes them betas. Leaving their aggressive hardcore style in the past, they play more of "Hell Comes To Your House" style songs, more rock`n`roll with a graveyard guitar boogie and a punk Screamin' Jay Hawkins on vocals.
For those of you keeping count this is our second release from Washington's state capital. Time to set up a field office because I don't see this town slowing down anytime soon. Look out Atlanta there's a new contender for the crown. This time around we’ve got Olympia scuzz punks Beta Boys. Following stellar releases on Lumpy, Neck Chop, Total Punk and Goodbye Boozy, they are back with their best outing yet.
Beta Boys have a sound that is a call back to when punk was fresh without sounding like a boring rehash band. All of their songs have a rhythmic echo that stays in your head for days after hearing it. The inconsistent sloppy delivery over a classic mid-tempo 80s punk sound make for an excellent combination. This band fills all the void in your records right now.
It's funny, when you first listen to them, Beta Boys sound like a fairly typical hardcore band, but the more you pay attention the more you realize that they really have managed to stake out their own particular aesthetic. Their songs are fast but not too fast, and the guitars have a chorus effect on them but they never sound too over-the-top goth-y... the descriptions for one of their records mentioned Hell Comes to Your House-style punk, and while I've never heard that mentioned as a genre before, it kind of makes sense...
Beta Boys do fit somewhere on the same part of the punk spectrum occupied by 45 Grave's punkier moments (like the track "Already Dead"), Christian Death, Legal Weapon, and Modern Warfare. In an age when every band seems to break up after just a demo and some 7"s, it's refreshing to hear a band grow a little bit more and really develop their own voice. Here's hoping they continue to push forward, and until then I'll be spinning this LP quite a bit.
A strikingly focused and sonically refined tour de force, these ten new tracks pair the band's Midwestern hardcore roots with a darker, midtempo burn. A pure punk sound if there ever was; precisely capturing the boredom, depression, and ever-present sense of hopelessness spread across modern America. Beta Boys have truly upped the ante on this full length; an album absolutely brimming with stellar production, first-rate songwriting, and unapollegetically punk flavor. Packaged in a full color jacket with artwork from Beta Boys' own Hank Durango.
BIB "a band in hardcore (discography)" (Erste Theke Tonträger) - 14€
For their second release on ETT, Omaha-based BIB continues their streak of making sketchy-as-hell hardcore punk for straight up weirdos. This is a Compilation LP, this rules, ok!
When you hear Omaha, Nebraska, you might think of steak, Warren Buffet, or Saddle Creek Records. But you probably don’t think of hardcore. In comes BIB. Noisey, blown out hardcore from the middle of nowhere. Following the “everything louder than everything else approach” to their demo, Bibs already colossal riffs sound like an avalanche when the bottom drops. Squirmy effected vocals veer their sound from huge to weird. Live, sometimes seen with 3 guitar players, Bib takes their wall of sound to a whole new level that will leave your eardrums vibrating.
BIB continues their wall of noise style production on this compilation release, with delayed vocals that sound like they're being tossed off of a mountain. BIB mixes quick, full chord riffs with crushing breakdowns. Vocals weave between child like shrill barks, primordial grunts, and pressure reducing singing.
The straight ahead, downstroke pounding demo has been compared to the likes of Hoax mixed with Pissed Jeans, this EP is one step over! This band slays harder than riot police at a G8 summit.
FLAG "demos 1982" (Fan Club) - 13€
The only recordings with Chuck Biscuits on drums. Tracks A1 and A2 were never officially released, other tracks are unreleased versions. Great quality boot.
CARCASS "reek of putrefaction" (Fan Club) – 12€
Their first Lp from 1988 availabe again on vinyl with un-censored sleeve, inlay and sticker on plastic sleeve.
CHAOS UK "the chipping sodbury bonfire tapes" (Radiation) - 12€
Their comeback album from 1989 and, according to most, their best one. Probably titled after the band’s number one enemy’s most recent album, Michelle Shocked’s Texas Campfire Tapes (their controversy over the Short, Sharp Shocked album had just ended when this album came out) and originally self-released on their own SLAP UP records label, after a three years long semi-retirement (the band unexplicably disappeared from the music scene right after their 1986 Radiaoctive Earslaughter split LP with Extreme Noise Terror). This is also the last album with Mower on vocals, and the first to move towards a more “classic” UK punk approach compared to their noisy, early 80’s releases, resulting in these 14 tracks of quintessential brit-punk!
CONSTANT MONGREL "living in excellence" (La Vida En Us Mus) - 14€
Formed in 2009 Constant Mongrel begun as a two piece (Tom Ridgewell and Hugh Young) creating immediate and at times improvised songs in an old dishevelled laundry in inner city Melbourne. Inspired by the more flamboyant side of protopunk such as Electric Eels and Chrome, over the next few years the band added members Amy Hill (bass) and Andrew Murray (guitar) building upon their intense sound and developing a unique humour. Consisting of members from Terry, Woollen Kits, Nun and Taco Leg, Constant Mongrel has several previous releases on RIP Society Records and Siltbreeze Records.
After three years since their last release Constant Mongrel have developed a diverse collection of songs gradually over time. Recorded in the summer of 2017 in a studio, produced by Tom Hardisty and Mastered by Mikey Young, ‘Living In Excellence’ brings a more formed sound and aesthetic with striking riffs and catchy rolling bass over an often unhinged, vibrant rhythm section. Added for this on particular tracks is a fried, effected saxophone with warm synths and analogue sounds added to enhance the LP’s thoughtful textures.
The new record has a sharper British Post Punk expression reminiscent of the usual suspects in Wire, Blitz, The Mob, Siekiera and The Fall, while also exploring elements found outside of the genre from Les Rallizes Dénudés to Youth Crew Hardcore to Country music and beyond, there's greater depth and sensibility found amongst the angst.
James Vinciguerra (of Total Control fame) designed the cover which is a perfect depiction of this modern day punk record with its sharpness, colour and feeling of slight discomfort.
The bands lyrics and themes vary in subject matter. Songs of certain romance, the monotonousness of self-loathing, the joy of a riot, atrocity of western religion, an abundance of a fresh modern fascism, white-middle-class-self-entitled guilt and the beauty in misinterpretation. But behind every idea the tongue remains continually in cheek as the bands humor seeps through and prevails in its sound.
The truth is that none of us are truly Living In Excellence and this false mantra is prominent throughout a record that is over flowing with character, bleak satire and grunt.
‘Living In Excellence’ will be available on LP and digitally through La Vida Es Un Mus in Europe and North America and Anti Fade in Australia from Friday 21 September.
(Euro Fan) - 11€
DYS ('Department of Youth Services'), along with fellow band SSD, was the backbone of the so-called 'Boston Crew' - a group of guys who lifted weights, ate lots of red meat, and advocated the straight edge. DYS formed around singer Dave Smalley, a Washington DC native attending school in Boston, and bassist Jon Anastas, previously of Decadence (see the This Is Boston Not L.A. comp). The band released this classic LP in 1983 on SSD's XClaim label and played shows in Boston and elsewhere on the East Coast. Unlike other, (previous) vinyl reissue of this material, this version restores the original artwork. Also includes a really solid-sounding live set from CBGB tacked on the end... ripping stuff. Essential.
DAYGLO ABORTIONS "out of the womb" (Unrest) - 13€
Back in print due to popular demand and it's extreme rarity, this early 80's punk classic is now being re-issued with the original poster. Out of the Womb was released in 1981 by Sharpe Records as a pressing of 1000 copies. Containing many legendary classics, most of this album appeared on the classic Feed Us A Fetus LP in 1985.
EMILS "fight together for..." (Power It Up) LP + 7" - 18€
In the mid 1980s some german bands began to be more inspired by american hardcore punk. Bands like SPERMBIRDS, SKEEZICKS, JINGO DE LUNCH, H.O.A., UNWANTED YOUTH, S.O.S., ... and EMILS from Hamburg. There was all kind of rumors that actually the well know legendary hamburg punks from "SLIME" where fitting behind the "EMILS" moniker. If you read the band name from the back to the front, then these rumors get pushed but of course, that was nonsense.
The EMILS crossed on their debut album Hardcore Punk and with bits and pieces of Metal. D.R.I. had just invented the crossover and the influences from the states were quite big on the local punk-scene. The EMILS quickly became popular. Lyrics sung in german and dealt with all kind of topics, sometimes critical, political or just fun…the church, neo nazis, chernobyl just had gone off… songs about conformity and the stupidity of the scene, which was expressed in the song "Dumb Punk".
"Fight together for ..." was originally released in 1987 and perhaps for many people the first and best EMILS LP ...
The vinyl reissue includes a bonus EP with 4 previously unreleased live cover songs, as well as a 12-page booklet with liner notes / pictures.
EVEN WORSE "lost album" (Radiation) - 15€
On 180-GRAM VINYL, this is the (previously unreleased on vinyl) LOST ALBUM by pre-NYHC outfit Even Worse. The line-up featured Big Takeover magazine editor Jack Rabid (and previously Beastie Boys' founder John Berry and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore in a later incarnation). These very early '80s recordings were co-produced by Bad Brains and there are additional live tracks from 1981.
GELD "perfect texture" (Static Shock) - 14€
Swirling psychedelic D-Beat madness from Melbourne, Australia with members of KRÖMOSOM and POWER. Acidic fuzz guitars and wild distorted vocals snarling out 11 songs about suffering, vulnerability, paranoia and banality are what make up the perfect texture of living in today's doomed world. "Perfect Texture" offers about as much comfort as a swarm of angry bees whose nest has just been kicked.
400 copies on purple vinyl, with a huge full colour poster and lyric sheet housed in a 350gsm glossy sleeve. Available from the all seeing Iron Lung Records in America.
"anarchy violence" (Japcore Fan) DOUBLE LP - 20€
Double LP contains their classic first LP "detestation" from 1983, ultra rare second LP "militaly affairs neurotic" from 1987 and twelve songs from the following compilation: "Hardcore Unlawful Assembley", "The Punx", "Great Punk Hits", "Outsider" and "Document One". 30 songs in total. Top quality fan club release + poster.
HARD ACTION "sinister vibes" (Svart) - 17€
The Finnish 4-piece rock n' roll band HARD ACTION is releasing their 1st full-length on Svart Records. Following the debut 7" "dead dogs" the band takes up where they left off with the 1st release only to take it up a notch with this 10-track LP. The music is deeply rooted in 1970's rock and late-70's punk-rock, and the simple-yet-catchy songs are topped with burning hot lead guitar parts, so expect nothing less than an album filled with electric guitar worshipping rock music. Featuring members of SPEEDTRAP, DEATH TOLL 80K, FORCED KILL etc. This is pit slamming rock 'n' roll, full of fire and energy with no frills. Each song, more often than not, starts at a ferocious pace and HARD ACTION don’t let up for a second.
HELLBASTARDS "heading for internal darkness" (Threats from the Past) - 12€
Finally out on vinyl, the classic, definitive crust records from Hellbastard. In my opinion this is one of the finest and "purest" examples of the heroic era of crust. perfectly mixing the sounds of anarcho punk bands like Antisect and Amebix with Metal to create the modern crust sound. When I first started doing record distro this was one of the records I sold the most copies of, now 20 years later we get to sell it all over again. If you like metallic crust, don't miss the bus on this re issue.
INFERNO "hibakusha" (Power It Up) - 15€
Another classic title from the german hardcore / punk history now for the first time officially reissued. The second full length "Hibakusha" from south germans INFERNO was recorded in summer 85 at the legendary Music Lab Studios in Berlin. 14 brutal songs recorded with a pinch of speedcore that were not to be surpassed in power at the time. The Japanese term "Hibakusha" is used in the Land of the Rising Sun usually in connection with the victims of the atomic bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is as album title already before the recordings. The recordings were remastered by Archie Alert (Guitar,now in TERRORGRUPPE). Cover and Lyricsheet has also been reworked by Howie (Singer).
INFINITE VOID "endless waves" (Contraszt)
INFINITE VOID's final, posthumous recordings has been reanimated and clawed its way from the grave to consume our brains with its brilliants. Formed in 2010 from past and present members of The Diamond Sea, Deep Heat and Circuits, INFINITE VOID from Melbourne / Australia played a gritty and melodic tangle of dark, edgy punk, Australian garage and 90's indie rock driven by brilliant guitar interplay and infectious girl/ guy vocals. Recorded and mixed by Steven Smith at Goatsound Studios on Wurundjeri Land over 2 days in March 2017. Mastered by Steven Smith in March 2018. Cover art by Lou Ellen Cormick. The album is a must for fans of Wipers, For Against, Sleater Kinney, Sonic Youth and alike.
KRONSTADT - st (Destructure)
Here we go again with a band from Lille, risen from the still burning ashes of TRAITRE, KRONSTADT is a new band from this really active punk scene. The ease option would be to compare them to their previous band but we won't. KRONSTADT offers some great punk-rock, heady and melancholic but also straightforward and catchy. A bunch of French punk bands from the 80's may come to mind while listening to this as well as more recent stuff but don't get wrong, KRONSTADT is nothing else but KRONSTADT. This 12" gathers anger, disobedience and urgency. KRONSTADT is also a band which succeeds at this hard task which writing french lyrics. This is a corelease with Une Vie Pour Rien, Senseless acts of Anger and Les Âmes d'Atala.
LEATHERFACE "mush" (Black Label) – 12€
Taking their name from the cult classic horror film, 90s underground punk icons, Leatherface, were stalwarts of the UK scene, arriving at a time many thought that brand of brash songwriting had had its day. Re-writing the rule book when it came to punk requisites; passion; angst and power combined with undeniable songwriting and technical prowess. Led by the impassioned and emotive wordsmith Frankie Stubbs, it made them one of the most exhilarating bands of their time.
Hailing from the industrial town of Sunderland, Leatherface formed in 1988. With a line-up consisting of Stubbs, guitarist Dickie Hammond, bass player Stuart Schooler and drummer Andrew Laing. Stubbs’ rasping vocals complimented the explosive hooks and thrashing guitars, which quickly became their trademark.
Following on from 1989’s ‘Cherry Knowle’, 1990 saw the band sign to Fire and release the fierce and defining, ‘Fill Your Boots’. With Stubbs and Hammond beginning to collaborate more on songwriting, it also introduced new bassist Rob Turnball. (Breaking in a new bass player every album would quickly become a trend for the band.) From this album ‘Razor Blades And Aspirin’ and ‘Peasant in Paradise’ would remain in their repertoire for over twenty years. With ‘Fill Your Boots’ proving a success, later that year they would go on to produce the Smokey Joe EP.
However it was 1991’s follow-up ‘Mush’ that’s continually been regarded as an absolute punk classic. Teaming up with engineer Paul Tipler (who also worked on Stereolab and Chapterhouse), ‘Mush’ was recorded in Greenhouse Studios in North London (owned by Pat Collier of The Vibrators). Following praise from the music press, they soon found themselves doing John Peel and Mark Radcliffe sessions.
Gaining attention throughout the UK and with popularity in the US on the horizon with ‘Mush’, ‘Minx’ was released in 1993. Arriving at the peak of their powers it would also be on the brink of their first hiatus. Channelling Stubbs’ love for Joy Division, the new album had a more emotional direction, in contrast to the group’s earlier recordings. Recorded in Stubbs’ home studio, ‘Minx’ came with the addition of their much loved fourth bassist, former Snuff band member Andy Crichton. The album has since been considered a lost classic by the band’s rabid followers.
LUX - st (Discos En Fermos) - 13€
Debut vinyl from this band out of Barcelona. This popped up on Bandcamp a few months ago and it’s been a favorite around Sorry State HQ ever since, so I think all of us were stoked when the vinyl finally arrived. Lux have a sound that kind of sits on the dividing line between UK82 and very raw and primitive anarcho punk, and the first thing you’ll probably notice is the very Beki Bondage-esque vocals. Indeed the vocalist is certainly the star here, as the music is very straightforward, even primitive (both in its composition and in the very loose playing), while the vocalist tends to inject the songs with subtle little melodic flourishes. If you don’t have a taste for very straightforward punk along the lines of Vice Squad or Anti Pasti you might be tempted to write this one off on the first listen, but after a couple of listens this record really grabs you… there’s a lot more going on than seems to be apparent at the first cursory listen. However, if you do like that UK82 sound of the classic bands I mentioned or newer groups like PMS 84 this is, of course, highly recommended.
MASSACRE 68 "no estamos conformes!" (Kamaset Levyt) - 12€
Official reissue of this classic hc/punk album from Mexico. 15 songs of raw and aggressive hardcore punk with lyrics dealing with corrupt police, military, elections,corruption, support for political prisoners... The band members also played in Atoxxxico and Solucion Mortal, covered songs by Rattus and Olho Seco, so you know what sort of sound to expect. This is a classic Spanish language hardcore punk record, and probably the most influential punk record from Mexico.
MARBLED EYE "leisure"
(Erste Theke Tonträger) - 14€
Debut LP from this Bay Area, California band whose EP we raved and released about a while back, and now that they’re on vinyl full lenght, we still love them. To me, Marbled Eye sound like the perfect mix of Total Control and Parquet Courts. Like both of those bands, Marbled Eye have a way of combining a Krautrock-style groove with angular, Wire-esque post-punk style riffing and wrapping the whole thing up in great pop songwriting.
While their hooks aren’t quite as big as the most memorable moments of the bands I just compared them to, I feel like that’s by design. Even though this is a LP, it’s so grooved out that it feels like a record you put on and get lost in the atmosphere of rather than putting on to pump your fist and sing along. This band is absolutely killer, and I feel like it’s only a matter of time before they’re as big as the two bands I just compared them to, so grab this LP and get in on the ground floor. The Austin band Institute pairs numbing and rigid post-punk with a Krautrock vibe, and the pairing turns out to be perversely appealing.
Flouting Rockist conventions with equal doses of stark minimalism and plodding fury, these post-punks resolutely refuse the "post" prefix. MARBLED EYE slithers effortlessly across genre boundaries, drawing upon myriad eras and localities. The Units, Neu!, Wire, Television, CRISIS, and contemporary sounds from the Australian garage rock subterrain like TOTAL CONTROL or INSTITUTE and DIÄT all come to mind. If you are familiar with the MARBLED EYE demo, you will be fanatic about this new LP.
They lean towards the punk side of post-punk. They recall Crisis & Coitus Int. with a mix of anarcho bands thrown in there, too, and create a fascinating tension, a palpable struggle between their inner selves and their music that demands to be heard. As sharp as the band's earlier work, but you can hear that they climbed the next step with this new EP. Expertly tight and catchy drumming, cold as ice, monotone, pitch perfect post-punk vocals and a rhythm section that would make anyone jealous.
This is just a captivating listen the whole way through, the kind of record I can put on and just watch the turntable spinning, getting lost in its intricacies.
MOSKWA “1984 demo” (Warsaw Pact)
In 1983, in the grey, working-class city of Poland - Łódź, a band appeared which would soon be widely talked about throughout the country. In this period, a wave of fast and aggressive hardcore punk rolled through Europe, and thanks to international tape-trading, traces of it hit the Iron Curtain too. Three guys fascinated by the sound of Discharge, GBH and the Scandinavian HC of the era created absolutely brilliant material with a powerful sound and lyrics about our doomed future. After playing a few shows in the spring of 1984, the band entered a semi-recording studio in the garage of Paweł Haus to record their first demo. The material was sent to the Jarocin Festival, and the rest is history: the band immediately became one of the highlights of the punk scene in Poland. Even so, their debut on vinyl wouldn’t come for another five years. Because of a restrictive political system and censorship, many new great bands never had to chance to do truly good sounding, quality recordings, thus losing incredible potential from the golden years of Polish punk. What is left however are a bunch of demos and live recordings. This early period Moskwa demo is a must have for anyone into Eastern European hardcore history. This is the full version of their demo for the first time on vinyl. It had never been released on any format until 2001 when 14 tracks out of the recordings came out on CD with the unfortunate title “1984 Koncert” on SNFP. Mastering by Smok. Strictly limited to a one-time.
MULE SKINNER “beyond the abuse 1991-1993” LP (F.O.A.D.) - 16€ (Black vinyl, ltd. to 200) / 18€ (Splatter vinyl ltd. to 100 copies)
A descent into the early terrorizing sounds of this legendary New Orleans’ Death / Grindcore unit. This LP includes their “Stripped of flesh” Demo (1991), “Servitude” EP (1993) and a completely unreleased “Abuse” demo (1993) recently found in the band’s archives. As usual meticulously restored and remastered for the most devastating sonic impact on vinyl. Get ready for a fierce bombing of pulverizing, Death-tinged Grindcore delivered with ferocious speed and tightness. LP includes an insert and a poster with liner notes, rare flyers and photos, original artworks and more! click HERE for the trailer!
MULE SKINNER “airstrike” (F.O.A.D.) - 17€ (Black vinyl, ltd. to 200)
Formed in 1990, MULE SKINNER stands as one of the first Death/Grind outfits spawned by the infernal circles of New Orleans that also gave birth to bands like Eyehategod, Crowbar, Soilent Green, Exhorder and so on. Since their first demo, they proved to take no prisoners with their tight, neck-breaking Grindcore aggression. “Airstrike” marks their merciless comeback 23 years after their devastating debut album “Abuse“. And it sounds like no time has passed since then, as they are even faster and more crushing. Ballistic blast beats, caustic vocals and highly addictive riffs make the 13 songs on this new full length a complete aural warfare in the race to be one of the best Grind albums of the year, recommended to fans of Assück, Terrorizer, Flesh Parade, early Brutal Truth etc. click HERE for the trailer!
NEUROSIS "souls at zero" (Fan Club/Alternative Tentacles) - 12€
Great repro their third LP, originally released in 1992 under the Alternative Tentacles Records. The title was taken from a chapter in the book The Great and Secret Show by horror writer Clive Barker. Unlike their previous efforts, this album showcases the band's penchant for playing densely layered, folk-influenced music at radically slower tempos. While this album likely alienated a large portion of their early fan base, it has become an important landmark for newer Neurosis fans. In an interview the band stated that the famous cover art was inspired by the movie The Wicker Man but since they could not acquire the licence for the image affordably, they created their own straw figure for the artwork.
NEWTOWN NEUROTICS "elephant demos" (No PLan) - 16€
In 1980, sometime between their first and second 7", Newtown Neurotics recorded a 10 song demo. Why they never used any of it for later releases is a mystery. Perhaps because shortly afterwards they changed drummers. Either way, the 10 song demo remained unreleased for nearly 40 years. Now it´s here in all it´s beauty, with an added bonus track recorded live the same year where they cover one of Buddy Holly´s biggest hits. Amazing punk rock that is at the same time tuneful and provocative. A must have. Gatefold cover. Black vinyl limited to 300 copies.
NIGHT BIRDS "the other side of darkness" (Taken By Surprise) - 12€
Following three well received 7" EPs, "The Other Side Of Darkness" takes you on a non-stop, demented thrill ride with 13 raging blasts of high-octane surf-inspired punk that the band has become known for. With underlying themes of isolation, paranoia, depression, visions of total annihilation and more horror/B-movie nods and references than you can count, "The Other Side Of Darkness" is the ultimate soundtrack for that post-apocalyptic nightmare that you just can't seem to wake up from. Vinyl version includes digital download.
QUARANTINE "regressive thoughts” (Nikt Nic Nie Wie) GATEFOLD DOUBLE LP - 23€
Available again for the first time in 20 years! - "Quarantine" was a short-lived band from Glasgow, Scotland and featured Brian Curran from Disaffect, Jamie Usher from Sedition and Tracey Fallon debut on Bass & Vocals. - Despite their previous more fast and hardcore inspired bands, QUARANTINE went on playing more passionated and emotional, melancholy fueled punkrock that became semi-legendary among the nineties DIY underground punkrock scene...
This double LP includes their only LP "Automatic Negative Thoughts", released originally 1996 on Nabate Records (Belgium), the "Junction 10" EP and compilation tracks as well as their early demos.
Also included is a zine - format interview about the band’s related stories and their present activities, as well as the lyricsheet. Music and artwork rebuilt with passion. Remastered by Marcin Dymiter and Bri Doom , artwork rebuilt by Mike Champagne (Knife In The Leg, Alert! Alert!, Ohyda and many more).
PUNCH "push/pull" (Assault) - 13€
The Bay Area mosh-bringer unit known as PUNCH delivers their second LP - chock full of 1000mph pissedness with hammers-of-justice mosh-trocious breakdowns that can get even the the longest of the long-hairs starting the mower. A great combination of good people, intelligent and insightful lyrics, and fucking full-on pissed and fast hardcore. One of the best around. Gatefold cover and colored vinyl.
PUNCH "they don't have to believe" (Deathwish) - 13€
San Francisco's PUNCH deliver with "they don't have to believe" their 3rd full-length release. PUNCH combine fast, '80s-influenced hardcore, thrashing blast beats and female vocals. "they don't have to believe" is 15 songs that blur the lines of hardcore and grind. All of them personal, political and uniquely unapologetic. Colored vinyl includes a digital download card.
THE PUNKS "lost & found 1973 to 1977" (Rave Up) DOUBLE LP - 18€
Finally out, after tons of requests, the definitive anthology in a gatefold de-luxe cover, of the bastards sons of the Stooges! The Punks were an American proto punk band from Wateford, Michigan from near Detroit, who were active from 1973-1977. They specialized in a hard-driving, sometimes thrashing sound that anticipated much mid-to-late 1970s punk rock and 1980s hardcore. The group came out of the last vestiges of the Detroit rock scene that produced bands such as MC5, Stooges, and Death, and with these acts they formed a musical bridge between the garage bands of the 1960s and the later punk movement that emerged in New York and London during the mid-1970s. In 1977 they changed their name to the End and moved to New York with hopes of making
their mark in the burgeoning punk rock scene there, but were unsuccessful, and broke up shortly thereafter. Though relatively unknown outside of Detroit and New York in their day, they have more recently garnered the interest and accolades of underground rock enthusiasts who consider them to be pioneers in the prototypical development of punk rock Be fast, this is your last chance to grab the definitive collection of one of the most powerful proto punk bands ever!
RATA NEGRA "justicia cósmica" (La Vida En Us Mus) - 14€
Less than a year and a half after their debut RATA NEGRA from Madrid release their sophomore album. Made up of members from JUANITA Y LOS FEOS and LA URSS this trio have a strong work ethic and deal in super catchy and upbeat punk. On Justicia Cósmica, RATA NEGRA have upped the pop element in the songs and the production is stronger and chunky, without losing any of the raw elements. Again the whole sound is immersed in the darker and morbid side of post punk but mixed with the uptempo nature and tunes and of La's X and Gorilla Angreb. Like on their debut, it's love at first listen.
Justicia Cósmica was recorded and produced by the legendary Paco Loco and as in previous releases the sleeve was designed by the band’s guitarist Fa Feo who also took care of the lyric insert.
RUDIMENTARY PENI "the e.p.'s of r.p." (Corpus Christi) - 13€
The E.P.s of R.P. is a compilation, t contains both of the band's first two 7" EPs, Rudimentary Peni and Farce. Tracks 1-12 were taken from the Rudimentary Peni 7" EP, recorded at Street Level in 1981 and released in August that year. Tracks 13-22 were from the Farce 7" EP, recorded at Southern Studios, London, in 1982, engineered by John Loder, produced by Penny Rimbaud and Rudimentary Peni, and released on Crass Records in July of that year.
RUDIMENTARY PENI "death church" (Corpus Christi) - 13€
Death Church was recorded in two days at Southern Studios in April of 1983. It was the band’s first long-player, following on the heels of their self-titled EP in 1981 and the Farce single on Crass Records in 1982. Arguably the most beloved album album of the band’s many fans, Death Church wore its contents on its sleeve, quite literally. The intricate line drawings of vocalist/guitarist Nick Blinko are dark visions of madness, religion and death...all of which are to be found in the lyrics within. Musically, Death Church has been embraced and claimed by every fringe musical niche of its time... it’s the album that brought together the death rockers, anarcho-punks, peace punks, hardcore punks, proto-metallers and art rockers.
Formed in 1980, Rudimentary Peni were initially inspired by bands such as The Damned, Slaughter and the Dogs, and Discharge. The release of their first EP in 1981 coincided with their first gig, with Flux of Pink Indians in London. Despite many rumours, no member of the band has ever died, (yet!) and the line up has remained constant on all the recorded releases. Packaged in a original fold-out poster sleeve.
SANCTUS IUDA "discography" (Nikt NIc Nie Wie) DOUBLE LP - 21€
Aside of HOMOMILITIA, polish anarchist crusties of SANCTUS IUDA where pretty active touring (and drinking) through europe's squats and youth centers of the nineties. In 2018 they reformed for 3 DIY festivals in poland to celebratee their anniversary. Here you find:
1. split EP w. SARCASM
2. split EP w. SHARPEVILLE
3. split EP w. REGENERACION
4. split EP w. DOG ON A ROPE
5. „ABC” - cassette LP
6. Covers for unreleased 7"
7. Rave / techno re-mix of „Rząd - korporacje - (wy)zysk” LP
8. 1998 Demo for 2nd LP
81 "beton nostalgie" (Destructure/Sabotage) - 13€
18 songs from their Demo, Litovsk split, UVPR compilation song, Desert Urbain, BMAB single serie and Urban Savage split. It is coming in a gatefold jackets with awesome drawing by All Cats Are Grey
France’s Syndrome 81 started gaining momentum in the Punk scene with their 2013 demo tape, drawing comparisons to the plethora of great bands that defined the French Oi sound of the 1980s with a heavy stomp culled from classic USHC. The band has progressed since then, and the sound is more diverse but also more defined, having filed off some of the American influences and moved in a darker, distinctly French direction that is both melancholy and anthemic, with lyrics being influenced by growing up in Brest, France. The band comes from this dark place and write songs about their personal struggles growing up and growing old. These are songs about watching your friends lose sight and move on while you question why you are still here, haunted by your past and having to look your former self in the eye while you apologize for who you’ve become. These are songs about trudging through a desert you built yourself.
TOTAL CONTROL "typical system" (Iron Lung) – 14€
Finally, a new deep cut from Melbourne’s visceral post-punk band Total Control. Typical System, their second LP, was written, recorded, created over the past two years and is set for US/Worldwide release via Iron Lung Records on June 24th and self-release in Australia/New Zealand on June 20th.
Total Control emerged from Australia’s dynamic punk scene in ’08, releasing a succession of 7”s that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house. Their debut LP, Henge Beat, was commended as one of the few records released in 2011 that evaded the ease of classification and competent tribute act status of most modern bands.
Subsequently, they have released three very different records: a split 12” with Thee Oh Sees, a 7” single on Sub Pop and a house remix 12”. Typical System develops on the incongruent demands of their debut LP and ensuing releases, a further development on their continually evolving sound.
TOTENWALD "dirty squats & disco lights" (Plastic Bombs) - 15€
After numerous live gigs, more and more attention in the European undergound scenes and the release of their debut 12“ „Wrong Time Wrong Place“ via US-based anarcho punk label Mass Media Rec., TOTENWALD found their final line-up. New addition sax player Ruby makes TOTENWALD a 4-piece now and she definitely adds to the 80s post-punk & anarcho vibe of the band with her instrument drawing references to bands such as SKELETAL FAMILY or X-RAY SPEX.
The band still works with a sterile, cold drum computer rhythm while adding organic bass and guitar lines & structures to their sound. On top of this, singer Trish vents her anger against capitalism, society, hetero-normativity, lookism and other wrongs of this rotten society. TOTENWALD's music is diverse enough to attract different audiences ranging from post-punk and goth-rock to crusties, UK punk fans and the old anarcho & peace punk crowd. This is the sound of dirty squats and disco lights.
Recorded by Tobi at Don Xuan Productions. Mastered by Daniel Hussayn at North London Bomb Factory Mastering. White 180g vinyl, big poster, lyric sheet.
TRAGEDY "fury" (Self Released) - 16€
Six new songs in a classic Tragedy trademark - furious power interlaced with melody. Pressed on black vinyl, in thick Frovi stock LP jacket. European pressing.
ULTRA "alta montaña" (La Vida En Us Mus) - 14€
Barcelona’s ULTRA finally found time to record their LP in between forced exiles, mountain retreats and relentless touring. Leaving behind a whole lotto touring and two EPs filled to the rim with short burst of hardcore punk energy, they managed to stay still long enough to compose and record their debut LP. This time around you can see they have had space, maybe even mental space, to put together an extremely well balanced and produced record. The wild riffing is still there so is the seamless rhythm section backing one of the most energetic voices in current hardcore punk. Perhaps the most noticeable changes are the delay vocals and the electronic segments and intros joining the 11 tracks together. Don’t worry, ULTRA is still an anti-authoritarian riff powerhouse but this time they are proving that you can keep one foot firmly pressed in the political hardcore scene while breaking free of music expectations.
Released to coincide with ULTRA’s first Japanese/Seoul tour, Alta Montaña comes housed in a 350 gsm board sleeve, designed by the band using location pictures by bass player David G. and singer Ian. Laid out by grumpy extraordinary Daniel Frutos who doubled as studio engineer during the recording at La Cova Studio in Barcelona. Finally, it was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
UNITY "blood days" (Kidnap) - 12€
This Orange County hardcore classic is finally back in press. More mature sounding than their "you are one" 7". This record still packs a powerful punch with songs 13 metallic guitar and more punk-ish tracks. Members of UNITY went on in IGNITE, NO FOR AN ANSWER, UNIFORM CHOICE. Vinyl comes with lyricsheet, poster and includes a digital download card. Truly a piece of hardcore history. Originally released in 1989.
WASTE MANAGEMENT "tried and true" (Painkiller) - 18€
11 years after their classic debut, WASTE MANAGEMENT return with their first ever full-length offering. An expanded version of their original vision, still indebted to nothing more or less than classic hardcore. 11 blasts of power “the old way”.
YOUTH BRIGADE “sound & fury - first version" (Euro Fan) – 10€
Sound & Fury is the first studio album released by the American punk rock band Youth Brigade. It was released in 1982 and was followed in 1983 by an album of the same name that included re-recorded versions of some tracks. Sound & Fury was originally recorded at Mystic Studios in Hollywood, California in July 1982 with engineer Steve Brenner. However, during the Someone Got Their Head Kicked In tour with Social Distortion (as chronicled in the documentary Another State of Mind) in the summer of 1982, which marked their first national tour, Youth Brigade realized that they were disappointed with Sound & Fury and stopped the pressing at only 800 copies, most of which they sold on the tour. After the end of the Someone Got Their Head Kicked In tour, the band returned home and decided to record a second album titled Sound & Fury, keeping only four tracks from the original version. This is fanclub rerelease of the first version of the famous 'Sound & Fury' LP. This also includes bonus tracks from their first EP, old outtakes and a song from the demo. 19 songs of essential anthemic and melodic hardcore.
ZONE INFINIE "rester et fuir" (Destructure)
We're really happy to be involved in the corelease of the second ZONE INFINIE album. We loved their first effort and every time we saw them live it was a blast. With "Rester et Fuir", ZONE INFINIE pick up where they left off, sharpening their identity and making a great step forward in their sound, music and lyrics. The music can we described as melodic and melancholic punk sung in French but it's much more than that in many ways. ZONE INFINIE is ZONE INFINIE and nothing else, that's why we love them so much. Their lyrics are inventive, touching and they will be carved in your head from the first listening. Comes with a great artwork by talented artist Yvan Brun.
V/A "POHJALLA" (Svart) - 19€
This was one of the very first punk rock records to come out of Finland. Although Love Records were nearly bankrupt by the end of the seventies, they still managed to take part in releasing some of the most important ’77 punk rock records in the country. Pohjalla was a showcase of the best young talent in the local punk scene at the time, with all material recorded specifically for this album. There have been a few CD reissues over the years, but this is the first time the album is reissued on vinyl. Black vinyl, 500 copies.