• KOWARD "Desperate" 7" [Side Two]
Brand new 7" from this Boston band, and it's a ripper. I guess the sound they're going for is the kind of straightforward, barreling, Doom-inspired kind of thing, and they definitely have that going on (and in that respect they actually sound a bit like Sorry State faves No Tomorrow), but I think it's the other aspects of their sound that really elevate Koward. The vocals are very hardcore... it sounds more like the type of singing on like a Boston Strangler record or something, and I can't overstate how great it is to hear a crusty-sounding record without boring vocals. They also have a couple of little musical tricks up their sleeve... a blazing guitar solo here, a "Protest & Survive"-esque palm-muted part there... it's definitely enough variation to keep this 7" snapping along.
• KYLMÄ SOTA / YDINTUHO split 7" [Svart Records]
This is a repress of the sold-out-in-10-minutes split 7". Originally released in the summer of 2012, the re-edition is on transparent red vinyl and is cut at 45 RPM for some added volume. RED VINYL
"Fucking crap, I love KYLMÄ SOTA. If you like classic '80's Finnish HC with some straight up Japanese buzzing DISCLOSE-style guitars, this is your shit. This is fast and relentlessly driving with frightening vocals, this sound is familiar but still completely all consuming. The second track on this side will make you rip your face off. This split is worth picking up for their three tracks alone. The YDINTUHO side on this had a tough act to follow but this is good shit! This is fast as shit with similar sounds to their split mates, but a sound more true to old school RIISTETYT. The vocals have chaotic moments, the guitars are hook-laden and only veer into some squeals here and there and the drums are pummeling. This is a solid split, get it!" - Maximumrocknroll
• KYLMÄ SOTA / RAJOITUS split 7" [Svart Records]
Rajoitus: Systeemin ruumis / Elämä lopussa / Total silence
Kylmä Sota: Uhrilahja / Velka
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• KING TUBBY / JOHNNY CLARKE - None Shall Escape the Judgement / Judgement Dub 7" [Clocktower Records]
The EP feature both among the best songs from each artist.Johnny Clarke are bringing the “None Shall Escape the Judgement” in Side A & King Tubby bring the Judgement Dub in Side B.Keeping the Original style of 45 with big hole. Reissue again in 2012. RM 30
• LOMA PRIETA/RAEIN split 7" [Deahtwish] - WHITE VINYL
Loma Prieta’s sound is difficult to describe, however it is clear that they come from the rich tradition of creative Bay Area hardcore bands such as Mohinder, Funeral Diner, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, and Indian Summer. Eschewing sub-genres in favor of organically writing songs that are personally fulfilling, each Loma Prieta record is substantially different from the last. Nonetheless, Loma Prieta have managed to forge a distinctive form of expression that is entirely their own.
Raein are an emotional and discordant punk band from Italy originally founded by members from La Quiete and Neil on Impression. Upon their formation in 2002, the band began releasing a dizzying amount of music, over 12 influential releases/appearance in under four years time. This original incarnation of Raein disbanded in late 2005. But after a hiatus of almost 2 years the band officially regrouped in September 2007. Since the reformation the band has released to moving albums and toured the world extensively on their own terms. Considered to be leaders in the new wave of emotional post-hardcore, Raein carry a similar spirit and sound as bands Orchid, Saetia, and others. Melding melody and discordance into something truly beautiful to experience.
• LAKES - 'Carved Remains / A Face in the Ash' 7" EP [No Patience Records]
The Follow up single to last year’s well received ‘Blood of the Grove’ LP from Melbourne based musician Sean Bailey under the moniker of LAKES. This 7” sees LAKES expand further on the sound established with ‘Blood of the Grove’ to embrace a fuller and more encompassing post punk approach. Performing live with the assistance of Lee Parker (TEARGAS, SPITEHOUSE) and Justin Fuller (TAX, ZOND) – LAKES are set to release this single in lead up to their 6th full length album due next year. Post punk meets dark folk delivered with military like precision, for fans of DEATH IN JUNE and THE MOB. Mixing bleak pop with an underlying aggression, delivering stark melodies with understated power. A true progression of sound and style, this 2 track RM 30
• LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER/ COMRADES Split 7" [Power It Up]
LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER with 6 new grinding assaults on metallic grust tunes, includes the new European hymn of grind "Cadaveres De Libertad".
The flipside has the Italian thrashcore outfit COMRADES with three brandnew attacks.
• LIFELOCK / RAPPA split 7" [4490 Records]
A fine split between DIS-worship punks, LIFELOCK from Singapore and raw hardcore punkers, RAPPA from Morioka, Japan. No artwork, no bullshit. Just pure destruction. 500 copies. Lifelock will be touring japan soon!
• LIFELOCK - And For What? 7" [Hammercharge]
Four untitled tracks of noisey d-beat insanity from Malaysia[?]'s Lifelock, not to be confused with L.A.'s Life Lock. This is a lot better than I expected and the recording is painful! Thinks Disaster meets Disclose in really good way. The best D-beat bands from South East Asian.
• LUBRICANT "Self titled" 7" [Symphony Of Destruction]
Solid hardcore from this Singapore band, with sharing member of bands like Abrasion, Daily Ritual, Sarabante etc. Well done song crafting making this seem like to be one of the another great band to be look upon in the future. Well if you like mid tempo angry hardcore shit like SHIT or PMS 84, then grab this before it sold out!
• MAGNICIDE / BLACK HOLE OF CALCUTTA split 7" [Overflod records records]
A great split! Magnicide deliver a tight, heavy and pulverizing grindcore music that not so much bands can hold that not so many bands can do it well right now. Still playing grindcore and never give up. Black Hole of Calcutta on this split play sludgy mixed with fast driven dark crust tunes inside.
• MDC / NAKED AGRESSION / SOM / HI NOISE / RAW POWER - No More Borders 7" [Jailhouse]
Four Brand new tracks from MDC, Naked Aggression, Som Hi Noise, and Raw Power! All new material, excellent artwork, comes with full lyrics, full color double sided insert. Multiple colors of vinyl. Black, Red, Clear and Blue. Track Listing: A1 - MDC (Acoustic) 2012 - The End Of Everything. A2 – Söm-Hi Noise - Ciao Cavaliere. B1 – Raw Power - Tired And Furious. B2 - Naked Aggression - Fuck Shit Up.
• MINDSET "Nothing Less" 7"EP - BLACK VINYL [React! Records]
The new music, backed by the best-in-the-business drumming of Daniel Fang, delivers all the speed, crunch and crescendo that made Mindset’s full-length LP, Leave No Doubt, a generational document. And the lyrics, as urgent and authoritative as ever, rise to the occasion of a last will and testament: reflective, free of regret and apology, and more wrenchingly personal than ever before. Mindset will soon be gone, but with Nothing Less they have defied us to forget them.
• MAKABERT FYND "Self-titled" 7" [Fat Black Records]
This record is brutal and a big change from what we usually release on Flat Black. This is intense Swedish hardcore that is played by guys that sound like they grew up listening to all the great Swedish bands of yesteryear. If you are a fan of the newer slew of hardcore bands that have come from that area like Fy Fan or Skitkids, you will dig this. Also, this is highly recommended for fans of Totalitar. Poffen sings backup on five of the tracks!
• MILISI KECOA/PUSHER split 7" [Cactus/Knot/Doombringer/Atonal]
South East Asian hardcore - punk split. I must say that both bands are my fave. Talking about Milisi Kecoa, they are from the city of love, Bandung, that played a very good fusion of hardcore (80's style), and melodic punk. And Pusher is from Klang Valley, Malaysia, and they throw some good funkadelic punk style, tight bassline, great guitar work with intense music driven. This split EP contains 6 songs. 2 original songs by both band and Pusher do some good funk twist song by MK, Ini bukan arab, while Milisi Kecoa do cover Artificial Life by Pusher. Both bands do it well. The packaging come in tri fold pack in 400 g paper which is very thick with nice first press orange/yellow color vinyl. All tracks mastered by Daniel Husayn (Red Dons) at North London Bomb Factory Mastering, UK. RM 25
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• MASTERS APPRENTICES "Undecided" 7" [UGLY POP]
Australia's legendary Masters Apprentices debuted with this superb 45 in November 1966, hitting hard with Undecided's raucous, early-Kinks-inspired punk R&B but truly achieving godhead with the flipside. Wars Or Hands Of Time is about as good as it gets, a sublime, driving garage-psych gem later to be immortalized on the Nuggets 2 boxset. Among my all-time top five or ten singles, and an absolute dream to reissue. High-quality pressing taken from the recent Aztec remaster, in full-colour jacket with all-new insert.
• MILD SHAG - SELF TITLED 7" [Imminent Destruction records]
6 song debut 7" release from Singapore Hardcore Punks MILD SHAG. Members of DAILY RITUAL and VAARALLINEN combine to produce raw, snotty and angry punk rock with crisp, thumping drums, buzzed out, melodic but powerful guitar work and snarling vocals. Catchy time changes with bouncy riffs and straight to the point lyrics. This has an almost 'street punk' vibe to it and soundwise is comparable to the band REGULATIONS from Sweden (to these ears anyway) Co-release with KIBOU records (UK) and limited to 300 copies. Comes with download code.
• NAPALM RAID - Storm 7" [Imminent Destruction records]
4 tracks of crushing D-Beat Hardcore Crust which draws out the best elements of bands such as DOOM, DISCHARGE (Hear Nothing era), ANTI-CIMEX, and (early) EXTREME NOISE TERROR. This is a huge sonic cloud of darkness come to envelop your soul. Pounding drums that sound almost tribal, huge bass lines and wailing guitar solos in just the right amount, all topped by roaring, desperate, almost haunting vocals. Housed in a sharp looking pocket sleeve with 11"x 17" poster insert, plus awesome cover artwork by Hal Rotter and lyrics to all songs printed on the reverse.
• NEWTOWN NEUROTICS - Hypocrite / You Said No 7" EP [Nada Nada Discos]
"If there was a vote for the best lyrical content in the 80s Punk songs, Steve Drewett of Newtown Neurotics would probably have blown everyone out of the water with his sharp to the point lyrics about the socio-political situation in the UK back during the Thatcherism. That aside, Newtown Neurotics were one of the best UK Punk bands of the second Punk wave. “Hypocrite / You Said No” was their first release from 1979.
• NUN SLAUGHTER / ALL THESE WHILE split 7" ep [Basement records]
Well, this is great. I mean All These While had been in silent mode for a while but to prove they are not dead yet, a killer split with mighty Nun Slaughter had been released on the end of 2013. Well you know that All these while had taken fast hardcore, powerviolence seriously in nihilist way and Nun Slaughter done messed around with their superb Metal style but in this split both bands recorded one slow, doomy, and yet Crushing in their own way. Get this now!
• NIHIL BAXTER - ST 7"
After their first impressive demotape out of the year 2008, Nihil Baxter is ready to accelerate with 10 new thrashpunk killersongs on wonderful black and pink vinyl! Some of you might see some anologys to SURF NAZIS MUST DIE and indeed it's a smiliar direction, even fans of DRI or TEAR IT UP will have a nice time with this single. For me, it is going to be an upcoming classic in german punk historyRM 15
• NOOTHGRUSH - Entropy 7" [Fuck Yoga Records]
With style reserved only for the true scholars of doom, NOOTHGRUSH offer their latest rendering- a micro/macro requiem EP. This release presents NOOTHGRUSH at their most refined; the songs are immensely paced in relation to the lyrical content, opting for acceptance of decay, and ultimately death. The restraint and respect NOOTHGRUSH treat their instruments with is magnanimously rewarded in the final outcome, adding to the seriousness and depth of their conclusion. Recorded and mixed at EARHAMMER STUDIOS and mastered by AUDIOSIEGE for maximum sonic impact.
Live at Roadburn
• NORTHWEST COMPANY - Hard To Cry 7" [UGLY POP]
Vancouver's legendary Northwest Company released a fair number of records, but nothing touched this impossible-to-find 1967 debut for sheer roughness. Hard To Cry is a wild, fast punk screamer with nasty proto-metal riffing and a caveman rhythm section and the flip's a similarly aggressive pounder with some serious frustration bleeding through. Clearly inspired by the toughest early Kinks and Who 45s, this is one of the most very sought after of all Canadian garage records, but now's your chance to pick up a high-quality, authorized reissue with excellent remastered sound and brand new sleeve.
• OCCULTS - 'S/T' 7" EP [No Patience Records]
Proving once again what a hotbed of creativity the sweaty musical underbelly of Queensland can be, this is the exciting debut offering from Brisbane 3 piece, OCCULTS. A swampy, downer, rock and roll sound reminiscent of groups like FEEDTIME and THE BIRTHDAY PARTY meets the swagger and sex of THE CRAMPS. Fantastic male / female dual vocals mix with pounding drums and bass, and a fuzzed out yet melodic guitar sound to create a real sonic presence. This record is a strut through the dark and muggy streets of Brisbane suburbia. A real sunglasses after dark kind of affair. 4 track EP, with 100 on limited white vinyl. Great stuff! THIS VERSION IS ON BLACK VINYL RM 30
• PENAKLUK "Api" 7" [Gempita Records]
Penakluk is an obscure and unique metal band from Malaysia. These 2 tracks have been recorded in 1998 and will be released for the first time on vinyl format only. This is a metamorphosis art of metal by Penakluk. A manifestation sound entangled with the thread of Kursani. RM 30
• POIKKEUS "KATSMESSER, YOU CAN'T ESCAPE..." 7" EP [Crust War Records]
They were well known as playing 80's FINNISH RAW HC style, such as BASTARDS or KAAOS. and today with new lineup, they incredibly changed their sound style to HELLISH METAL HARDCORE PUNK, influenced by such as ZOUO, GISM, MOTORHEAD!!!
SIDE-A : HELL'S RIDER
SIDE-AA : KATSMESSER
• POISON IDEA / ANGRY SNOWMANS split 7" [TKO records]
This year, the spirit of capitali-…(cough), I mean, Christmas is alive and well with this Black Friday exclusive split single featuring nihilistic HC/punk madmen Poison Idea and Christmas Season Punk Rock satirists Angry Snowmans!
01. Poison Idea - Santa Claus Is Back In Town
02. Angry Snowmans - Sugar Plum
• RED DONS & TV SMITHS "A Vote For The Unknown" 7" [Deranged]
"A Vote For The Unknown" is a collaborative effort between punk legend TV Smith and the Red Dons. The former Adverts frontman provides the lyrics and vocals to music recorded by the Red Dons. Tracked in a Swedish bomb shelter and mixed by Hajji Husayn at the North London Bomb Factory, "A Vote For The Unknown" is a must-have for any Adverts fan looking for one more offering from TV Smith backed by a punk band. 7" includes digital download.
• RULE OF THIRDS - 'S/T' 7" EP [No Patience Records]
After last year’s well received demo tape, Adelaide based 5 piece RULE OF THIRDS have continued on their path of batcave-esque deathrock offering up 3 lengthy tracks of downer pop on this excellent 7” EP. Haunting keyboards and chilling vocals meet pounding bass lines and eerie guitars. For fans of SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, XMAL DEUTSCHLAND, and SKELETAL FAMILY. A fantastic 80s goth sound meets late 70s post-punk. RM 30
• REGULATIONS "Different Needs" 7" [Ny Vag]
An outstanding mix of the sounds of late 70's Swedish punk with the early LA scene. At first listen you hear the influence of the Germs and early Black Flag, but more structured and complex guitar work and arrangements on this release show that beneath the sneering raw hardcore punk is a more cerebral approach to hardcore song writing based on the 70's Svensk Punk sound. Top notch material from one of the best hardcore punk bands around today.
• S.H.I. "LUCIFER RISING" 7" EP [Crust War Records]
Second and very recent offering from the "Struggling Harsh Immortals" with a bit more of a member shuffle this time around. Koshi from Nashi has departed the band with Debaso from ZOUO taking over guitar duties and Keigo from The Stalin / Nicky & The Warriors departing from Drums being taken over by Mitchung from OUTO / Rise From The Dead.
Lucifer Rising carries on from where the self titled left off...just as noisy, just as creative.
• SEPTIC TANK "s/t" 7" EP [Crust War Records]
SEPTIC TANK is a great new band from U.K., LEE DORRIAN is singing here from CATHEDRAL, ex. NAPALM DEATH!!!, other member : Scott Carlson (Repulsion/Death Breath/Cathedral) Bass, Garry Jennings (Cathedral) Guitar and Gomez ? Drums!!! Influences are Anti-Cimex. Siege and Slaughter. Total brutal hardcore sound!!! Debut 7" from MCR!!!
• SOTATILA "8 tracks" 7" [Havoc]
HARDCORE. "vituiks meni" is 8 tracks of raging, fast distorted and thrashing old-school Finnish hardcore. You'll immediately whiffed back to early '80s to a dirty finish squat with MELLAKKA, KAOSS and RIISTETYT pumping tunes straight into your blood-veins..
• SUNSHINE S.S "Teen Choice" 7" [Sacred Plague]
HARDCORE-PUNK. The 2nd 7" from Asheville, NC punkers. This time they bring a 7" explaining the genius of never letting go of a teenage mentality. SSSS play an early '80s hardcore influenced punk with somewhat snotty vocals, and steer away from the traditionally anarcho-post-society mythology that's become traditional for Asheville, and focus more on classic punk subjects like being "banned from the record store" and generally losing the will to do anything. Fucked up bolt punk played by grown-ups. RM 18
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