Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nerveskade / D-Clone Split 7" (Tour Version)

Tour version of this killer split. It's got a different sleeve to the regular version and comes on red vinyl. If there is any leftover you will find them at Hardcore Survives.

Nerveskade - Noise Pollution Cassette

This is the latest release from Nerveskade, a tape only release made for their recent tour of Japan. 4 cover songs originally by Disorder, Discharge, SSD and Jerry's Kids. Their version of "Boiling Point" by SSD is the stand out for me. I got mine from Hardcore Survives so try there if you want to buy one. There's a download link here for all the poor punx.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sun Splitter - II

This album is killer! 4 tracks of heavy doom/industrial/noise spread over 30+ minutes of tape. Originally released on cdr but Land Of Decay did the right thing and gave it an analogue release on pro-dubbed high quality chrome cassettes. Sun Splitter use drum machines and samples without sounding electronic at all. There's two guitarists and a hell of a lot of riffs as well as a vocalist that goes from chanting to blackened growls. There was only 100 copies made and they're all gone from the label but if you're quick you can get one here. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Locrian - The Crystal World

After having Locrian's latest LP spinning on my turntable for the last few weeks I'm finally getting around to posting about it. It's not easy to describe the sounds on this record as there's quite a mix of genres all melting together to make music that's both dark and beautiful at the same time. The cover art by Justin Bartlett looks exactly like it sounds, which is what album covers should do. Fans of ambient, drone, noise and black metal would be best off getting this into your eardrums as soon as possible. LP available now from Utech Records.

Here's my favorite track "Obsidian Facades" as well as the new video for "Elevations and Depths". Give them a listen or even better play both at the same time for a bizarre mix.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tad - 8-Way Santa

Here's another score from the record fair on the weekend. Tad's second album from 1991. This one's an Australian pressing on Waterfront Records, red vinyl. The band got sued for this cover art as they had used a found photo without permission of the couple in it. Later pressings have a photo of the band on the sleeve instead. They also got sued by Pepsi for using their logo on the 7" sleeve for Jack Pepsi, the single off this album. That's a lot of bad luck. If you haven't heard these guys before they were one of the lesser known bands in the 90s Seattle grunge scene. They've got a similar vibe to the other bands like Mudhoney, Soundgarden etc.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me

I spent a few hours digging through crates and crates of records at a collectors fair on the weekend. This is just one of the many gems I found. Dinosaur Jr's classic second album from 1987 on SST Records. The very first pressing of this album still had the Dinosaur title on them but were later recalled after a lawsuit made them change the name to Dinosaur Jr. My copy has the Jr title but seems to still be a very early 87 pressing on clear pink vinyl. I don't usually go out of my way to chase original pressings if there's a cheaper reissue available but in this case I scored it for $10. There's a certain nostalgic feel to original pressings though. This record was bought when the album first came out, traveled around, maybe passed hands a few times, played at parties or in some stoners bedroom and now it's getting cranked on my stereo in 2011.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lebanon - Overdose/Overload 7"

Lebanon is a new band out of Portland with two members from From Ashes Rise, Derek Willman on bass and Brad Boatright (also of Deathreat & Warcry) on Vocals/Guitar. This is their debut 7" out now on Southern Lord, the grey splatter vinyl is a limited mailorder version. They obviously sound a little like From Ashes Rise with the same distinctive vocalist but with a total Motorhead influence mixed in. I imagine fans of their label mates Black Breath would probably be into this Hardcore/Metal hybrid. Looking forward to what comes next from these guys.

Find more artists like Lebanon at Myspace Music

Monday, April 11, 2011

J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why

J Mascis has just released his first solo studio album on Sub Pop Records. Known mostly as the singer songwriter for Dinosaur Jr but some of you may be familiar with his drumming for Deep Wound, Witch and Upsidedown Cross. This is an intimate album of mainly stripped back acoustic songs, not usually the type of music I listen to but any fan of Dinosaur Jr is not going to be disappointed here. J seems to be at the top of his game lately with Dinosaur Jr's last album being one of their best so far and now this incredible solo record. I already know for sure that this will be in my best of 2011 list. The LP comes on purple vinyl in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, Marq Spusta's artwork is just perfect.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Winter - Into Darkness

I have wanted a copy of this for a long time but it was just too expensive to get an original. Thanks to Southern Lord it's now back in print and like most of their releases they've gone all out. Super thick gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl and an 18 page booklet with loads of old flyers and artwork. It's interesting to see the type of shows they played back then, sometimes alongside metal bands like Sepultura and Death and other nights at a crust/punk benefit with Nausea. They don't really fit either bill but certainly share elements of those genres. When I try to describe them to someone I'll usually say they sound like Amebix played at half the speed. This came out over 20 years ago and is still some of the slowest heaviest doom ever recorded. If you haven't heard Winter before, nows your chance.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pisschrist - Demo

Magik Crowbar have dubbed a reissue of Pisschrists 2004 demo tape. I think there's only about 50 copies so you might want to jump on this if you haven't already. Such a ripping demo.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Men's Interest - More War 7"

This one came out last year but I've only just got my hands on a copy. There's hardly any information out there for Men's Interest and no credits or song titles on this record either. From what I can gather they have at least one member from Mind Eraser, maybe more and that is most definitely Shaun from Cold Sweat on vocals. It's all a bit "mysterious" but I guess they just want the music to speak for itself. That's fine by me as this is some ripping dirty ass hardcore in a similar vein to Cold Sweat. My copy's a first press with silver cover of 500. Second press with gold cover is out now on Home Invasion.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Crime Desire - Alone In A Dream

Alone In A Dream is the latest 5 song EP from Crime Desire. I initially bought this record after reading a write up describing it as deathrock influenced hardcore with Gitane Demone from Christian Death doing some guest vocals. Having not heard any of Crime Desire's previous releases I guess I was expecting this to sound a little bit more goth, kinda like T.S.O.L. or Christian Death. I can hear a slight goth/deathrock influence but it's still pretty straight up hardcore, maybe it's the gruff vocals that make me think that. I actually really dig the vocals and I'm glad this wasn't a Rozz Williams impersonation gone bad. Of course the wailings of Gitane Demone and her daughter Zara definitely add something different to the mix here, especially on the final track "Hell Of Death". After a few spins and getting over the fact it wasn't what I was expecting, I'm really loving this record. Recorded onto analogue tape and mastered straight to vinyl so it sounds like it's meant to. Out now on Life's A Rape / Gravity Records. Listen to the whole record below and you can download from their bandcamp for a pay as you feel amount.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Iron Age - Saga Demos

Saga Demos is sadly the last release from Iron Age. Two songs recorded in their practice space for the unfinished album " Fate In The Shadow Of Eluvimal". It sounds like they were continuing in the same direction as their previous LP "The Sleeping Eye". Epic thrashy metal with the catchiest fucking riffs that make me headbang in my car, lounge room or wherever else I may be. This just devastates me that there will be no more. Cyclopean Records only made 250 cassettes which sold out almost straight away but you can listen to the whole tape below.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nerveskade - Nerveskade LP + Cassette

This is the first Nerveskade LP that was released late last year on Blackwater Records. More of that awesome punx artwork. The cassette was made up for a tour before the LP came out. I know there's also a glow in the dark vinyl version with hand coloured sleeve that I'd love to chase down too.