The long awaited debut LP from NYC’s FLOWER “Hardly A Dream” is finally set to arrive.
FLOWER’s tedious approach to writing/creating/drawing their debut LP was carefully thought out and the result is a monumental anarcho punk /crust record.
“Hardly A Dream” Takes us on a bleak journey through the dark side of society. As soon as you drop the needle a dark atmosphere is immediately created with a slow intro featuring arpeggio guitar work that builds into pummeling d-beat crust. The albums vocals then leave you with a feeling of being crushed by the ever-present weight of living through our modern world of late stage capitalism that was built on the falsehoods of the so called American dream, religious hypocrisy’s, nationalism, and the greed of humankind.
FLOWER take many cues from predecessors and are most often (and rightfully so) compared to NAUSEA but they also take a heavy influence from ANTISECT, SACRILEGE & other greats. The artwork has a very RUDIMENTARY PENI feel and the record comes with an amazing 24.5 X 34.75 CRASS style poster jacket. All art work was meticulously hand drawn and overseen by the guitarist Willow in true DIY style and spirit. Willow was also cool enough to draw up a special shirt for the record release featuring an alternative PROFANE EXISTENCE backprint!
Dark, heavy, galloping crust from the streets of London. AGNOSY is back to present us with a ferocious beast of an album that can only be forged by the anger and frustration of living in today’s world. “When Daylight Reveals The Torture” aggressively attacks evils such the current rise of fascism and animal abuse. It intelligently and passionately touches on the Afrin invasion and the revolution in Rojava and shows nothing but utter disgust toward the arrogance of humankind’s lust for greed and power that will inevitably lead us down paths of war and environmental devastation.
While lyrically AGNOSY are much more politicly straight forward this time around than on previous releases, musically they have expanded on their sound to create a dark and moody atmosphere while at the same time staying crust as fuck. To say they know what they are doing would be an understatement from this band of vets whose members have played in HIATUS, HEALTH HAZARD, and BEGINNING OF THE END.
Long galloping intros are followed up by traditional d-beat, fierce solo’s are then meet with vicious vocals and pulverizing bass in a brilliant recording captured by Lewis Johns at The Ranch Production House and was mastered by Brad Boatright at Portland’s legendary Audiosiege. We then pressed on deluxe heavyweight 150-gram vinyl, printed on reverse board jackets, and included an 11in x 22in gatefold insert to bring you a high quality and truly epic record.
The legendary crust classic is now available once again!
Authorized and released in cooperation with MISERY, S.D.S., & MCR Japan & Remastered by Jack Butcher at Enormous Door Studio we are beyond proud to make one one the most rare and sought after crust records available once again.
Fuck the scavengers charging punks exuberant amounts of cash on ebay and discogs. We worked meticulously with both bands and with Jack at Enormous door to bring you an updated version that kicks major audio ass while maintaining the original authenticity.
Released on deluxe 150 gram vinyl. With an 11×11 inner sleeve. Black Paper Jacket. Reverse Board Jacket.
Earlier this year we re-issued this legendary LP and sold over 950 copies in just 4 short months. For this second pressing we pressed 490 copies on Krystal Clear & 485 on Grey Vinyl with Black Mist.
Stench crust the way it was meant to be played!
The UK crust scene of the 1980’s inspired band after band but no other band has ever reincarnated the sound of that time as well as SWORDWIELDER. Quite simply if you like crust, then this the album you have waited decades for.
Review by Craig Hayes from “Your Last Rites”… Swordwielder – System Overlord Heavyweight punk fanatics take note: System Overlord is a fucking triumph. The long-awaited sophomore album from Gothenburg stenchcore band Swordwielder is a brooding behemoth, constructed from the filthiest and heftiest strains of punk and metal. System Overlord shimmers with apocalyptic visions, and it’s overflowing with all the grim atmospherics and intimidating intensity that defines consummate crushing crust.
Too much hype? No way… And no apologies, either. Swordwielder deal in definitive stenchcore on System Overlord, and much like their full-length debut, 2013’s Grim Visions of Battle, the band’s latest release is a knockout. Swordwielder’s harsh, gruff and dark sound owes a significant debt to old school icons like Amebix, Axegrinder, Deviated Instinct, and Antisect, and they mix and mangle their influences and leave ’em to rot on the battlefield.
Plenty of hammering rage drives System Overlord tracks like “Violent Revolution,” “Savage Execution” and “Cyborgs,” and thundering epics like “Corrupt Future” and “Northern Lights” exhibit subtler strengths, mixing guttural growls and clean vocals with crashing percussion and dirge-laden riffs. Connoisseurs of corpse-dragging crust will love the brute-force belligerence of “Absolute Fear,” “Nuclear Winter,” and “Second Attack,” which rain down like merciless mortar barrages. As a rule, all of System Overlord‘s mammoth tracks chug and churn with grinding muscle, while reeking of squalor and decay.
Swordwielder exudes tightly coiled aggression from start to finish here—songs rise from the ashes of desolation, and resounding calls for action and resistance ring loud. If you’re a fan of heavy-hitters like Fatum, War//Plague, Carnage, Zygome, Cancer Spreading or (insert your favorite hefty crust crew here), System Overlord‘s trampling tempo and strapping sound are bound to appeal.
WILT combine old school metal and crust in a perfect hybrid that very few others have ever achieved. Prepare for a LP thats equal parts galloping d-beat crust reminiscent of bands like HELLSHOCK, and INSTINCT OF SURVIVAL, meets old school death metal in the vein of BOLT THROWER, MEMORIAM (old) SEPULTURA.
Here is a track from the upcoming LP
“Sermon for the Bootlickers”
Despite the inculcation of helplessness within each there remains great power. Ill at ease with such makes us ill. Learn to see the hand that feeds for what it is. You’ve been fooled if you think you’ve got no power. Refuse to be reduced to a consumer you’re a human being. Define yourself by more than wealth. Define yourself as a human. You don’t need what you’re being sold. Bend your knee to no authority but your own mind. You have the power to avoid the gilded trap. Avarice is what you’re conditioned for. Break the mold discover what’s really valuable to you.
Wed, July 12 Hanover / Germany / Confirmed Thu, July 13 Bremen Fri, July 14 Mulhem / Germany / Confirmed Sat, July 15 Gent, Belgium / CrustPicnic / Confirmed Sun, July 16 Paris / France or Amsterdam / Nederland July 18 North-East France or West Germany July 19 Freiburg / Germany TBC July 20 Winterthur / Switzerland Fri, July 21 Zurich / Switzerland Sat, July 22 Biel / Switzerland July 23 Lausanne or Geneva / Switzerland
July 24 Geneva / Switzerland or Grenoble france
July 25 Treviso (or Milano or Bologna or Verona) / Italy
July 26 Ljubljana Slovenia Confirmed
July 27 No Sanctuary chilling day
Fri, July 28 NoSanctuary Confirmed
Sat, July 29 NoSanctuary Confirmed
July 30 Ilirska Bistrica/Slovenia or Vienna/Austria or Budapest/Hungary.
July 31 Wiena / Austrai or Budapest or / Slovakia
August 1 Brno / Czech Republic.
August 2 Prague / Czech Republic
August 3 Finsterwalde / Germany TBC
Fri, August 4 Leipzig / Germany TBC
Sat, August 5 Berlin / Germany / confirmed
August 6 Dresden
August 7 Wroclaw / Poland
August 8 Warsaw / Poland
August 9 Poznan / Poland
August 10 Szczecin/Poland TBC
Fri, August 11 Rostock / confirmed
Sat, August 12 Hamburg TBC
Contains information about upcoming PE releases!
PE’s received a lot of negative flak in certain cesspools of the internet lately and I’m going to use this opportunity to call out some of the bullshit and clarify what’s been going on.
As many of you already know, Profane Existence printed magazine is no longer going to be published. The magazine has survived the last few year with an all volunteer labor force and has faced declining subscriptions, distro and “newsstand” sales and advertising income, while facing major price hikes from the printers and Post Office. No matter how we changed the format, we’ve found that it impossible to come close to a break-even proposition. With the number of visitors on our web site surpassing the number of readers of the magazine—and with the web site being a fraction of the cost of a published magazine—it’s a no brainer to put our content online. Thus we can reach even more people faster, easier and stop throwing away money and resources on a dying format. It sucks we can no longer provide free copies to prisoners (who usually can’t access the internet), but we haven’t exactly been rolling in donations to the prisoner fund either. Everyone who subscribed after September 2010 have received a credit for the amount at PE distro. People who subscribed before that date, I’m afraid you’ve made an involuntary donation to the cause of anarchy. Oh boo hoo, it’s been happening to me for the last 25 years! If you really have a problem with that, then contact me through this blog.
Next item is the griping about “high prices” of PE records and distro.
First of all, until you’ve released a whole bunch of records and run a distro, then you have no business judging what prices should be. Putting out high quality records costs money—lots of money—and we have to charge accordingly. Also, PE is too big to fit into a house or be run entirely be volunteers, so there’s things like rent, utilities and labor that must be added to to the equation.
Second, the latest “price increase” was simply bringing PE back to our pre-2011 prices. About a year ago we decided try doing all of our own distribution and cut out all the middlemen that handle our releases. The idea was that we’d be able to pass the savings on to our customers and therefore we lowered our prices accordingly. Two things happened in the last year that undermined this strategy: 1.) A big record release in the pipeline for 2011 – perhaps the biggest one ever – was suddenly sold to another label out from under us. 2.) We found that lower prices weren’t enough to lure new customers away from our former distributors. We did experience additional sales from our web store, but on the whole we sold a lot less, spent more money doing so, and earned negative net income in the process. It was cool to sell records last year for the same prices as we did in 1995, but the proof was in numbers and they just weren’t adding up.
Third, PE has always been about charging as little as possible for our products and all too often thus has been to our detriment. It takes a large crew to run something like PE and our workers have always gotten totally shit for pay or none at all. This also means PE is totally broke all the time and you constantly have to hear us complain about it . And then when something unexpected happens, we have to quit doing PE until we can scrounge up enough cash to relaunch it. I’ve use my own money to bring PE back from the brink three times now, and while I never complain that I’ve not been paid back any of it, I also don’t want to keep shoring up PE’s bank account for the rest of my life. PE is on it’s own now and it’s sink or swim. And just to be perfectly clear here: I do not get paid to work for Profane Existence nor do I have any plans to.
Fourth and most importantly, even though our new prices are higher than a month ago, WE’RE STILL WAY CHEAPER than the vast majority of record labels out there. And we put out better music too! If that’s still too expensive for you, then don’t buy or records, but also don’t complain when we stop releasing them either.
Next month PE is going to be moving to a new space and we’re actually going to have to pay all of our own rent, utilities and labor costs for the first time since 2006. Most of us are volunteers—myself included—and everyone who will be paid will receive a fraction of what their labor is worth . In spite of the illusion of PE being a giant record label, after April 1st we’ll have just two part time employees and everything else will still be done by volunteers. We’re going to continue making the most with the little resources we have, and hopefully PE will continue to grow stronger and more self-sufficient with time. In spite of the few loudmouth complainers, the general consensus seems to be that people are happy to see PE back in operation I hope we’ll keep things moving forward in a positive direction.
Ben Crew is now running PE records, but I can’t contain my own excitement about the new releases PE has in the pipeline right now. Since Ben is busy at work right now, I’m going to spill the beans as to what’s coming up…
We just received a pallet of goodness from our pressing plant that includes the new OILTANKER / NO TOMORROW split LP and APPALACHIAN TERROR UNIT “Armageddon…” 7″ repress. Both of these records rank high on the ass-kicking charts and I’m super excited for them to come out. It’s going to be some days before all the printing and assembly is finished and the official release date is slated for the 3rd of April. If you’re not absolutely certain these are must have releases, then do some Google magic and you’ll probably find some MP3 versions floating around. In related news, ATU is planning to tour the a good chunk of the US in June—including the big PE fest happening in San Francisco on June 22nd. We’ll have full tour dates and more info about the big PE circle jerk posted here soon.
While Minneapolis may be spiritual center of the crust punk movement, the UK is still our peoples’ birthplace and unholiest of of our unholy ground. Therefore PE is proud to announce that DEVIATED INSTINCT are currently in the studio finishing up a brand new 12″ that will be released by some rad fucking punks in Minneapolis as soon as the recording and mixing are done. DI are playing the Maryland Deathfest and some additional US dates this spring. Yes, dates to be posted here and of course we plan to have records available for DI on tour. Speaking of unholy Brits, HELLBASTARD have just recorded their side of a split LP to be joined by DRESDEN who are recording at the end of April. This platter of wickedness will be pressed by PE as soon as the recording, mixing and artwork are done. HELLBASTARD are also slated to play MDDF this year. Sell your should and buy your tickets before it’s too late! One final UK crusty bit: DOOM have agreed to let us continue repressing the “Police Bastard” EP indefinitely. Therefore there’s a new pressing in the pipeline and rumor has it that it’s going to be on colored vinyl. I know yours is worn out so you should be planning to buy several additional backup copies next month.
Last thing: PE Distribution is having a pre-moving sale right now and we’re lowering prices 5% every day until March 31st. If you are one of the people bitching and moaning about the high prices, then I expect to see a massive order from you before the month is over. In order take advantage of the sale you must use the coupon code I’M A WHINING BITCH at checkout to receive the current day’s discount. Everyone else can use the code MOVING to receive yours. As usually happens when we have a big blowout sale, the best stuff always goes first, so the longer you wait the smaller the selection. And please please please pretty fucking lease do me a favor and buy one of the last MURDER DISCO EXPERIENCE LPs. They are so awesome and totally underrated!
Well put. Too many backseat drivers (or is that “total fucking wankers”?)
Dan as long as I’ve known you… and that has been a very long time indeed, you have never done a “half-assed” job on anything. Your effort is always 100% and your insight and vision has always been HONEST and beyond scrutiny.
I can’t believe you have to address the griping about raised prices- tell those fucks to shut up and ask mommy and daddy to raise their allowance, sheesh!!!
Re: griping about the cost of records… Apparently it is still 1996? Christ, I look ancient for an 11 year old!
Too bad PE doesn’t get a donation every time you have to write a column about this. You’d be rich-rich I tell you! But then people would probably complain about it…
Cheers to you and all you guys do, Maygun
Well geez Dan, aren’t ya’ll supposed to give those records away for “the cause”….looking forward to the west coast mess….