Hi folks, and welcome to the first posting specifically regarding the Profane Existence distro. Allow me to introduce myself, my real name is Matthew but some people may know me as Cavewizard who writes some of the record reviews here at P.E. but going further back I wrote (and still do) record reviews and interviewed bands for the webzine Downtune Despondency . I have been here at P.E. filling up the distro for a little over a year and a half with punk, crust, grind, metal and even a little bit of deathrock from all over the world.
OK….so now that that is out of the way, I would like to present what is new here at the distro that I find really exciting!
Just arrived today is the I WANT YOU DEAD: ΑΩ 7” from Greece! This little surprise gem is one of the best new records I have heard in a while. First off, the packaging is AMAZING. Inside a heavy card stock gate fold sleeve is not only one beautiful smokey gray marbled translucent record , but also a lyric sheet printed on vellum with an extra card stock insert that has an old anatomical image on one side and a detail of a photograph of a wolf in the snow bearing its teeth on the other. Two very powerful images. What’s also interesting about this presentation is that the band’s name is nowhere present on the record, insert or sleeve adding to the ambiance of the overall package. And for all you online DJ’s out there, there is a download card! Here are some pics of this masterpiece from the label website.
Now on to the music….wow! This band rules I have to say. It has been described as “metallic punk” but this is some good straight forward heavy crust punk. Yeah there’s some metal elements goin on here but this really is not like a lot of the other heavy metallic crust out there where the lines blur and its hard to say one way the other. This record is clear and well produced without being overproduced, heavy dark and crusty without being blown out or muddy. I find it a bit pointless to compare I WANT YOU DEAD one band or another but if I had to, MORKHIMMEL was the first that came to mind when I first heard this . I would also have to say that if you are a fan of Aborted Society Records releases you will love this. This record has some driving and catchy parts as well as some slower parts making their sound diverse and unpredictable without having to use the oh so trendy breakdowns that most bands resort to in order to make a fast to slow transition. Overall, this record has everything going for it – grandiose visual presentation and a crushing and heavy sound that is unique and fresh. Highly recommended!!!!
Also in this week that is killer:
Stay tuned for more!