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
Brace yourself for one of the most uncompromising hard hitting and politically outspoken records of this era. STORM OF SEDITION are an anti-civilization anarchist crust punk band based out of Victoria BC. Sharing members with the mighty ISKRA you can definitely expect some serious blackened crust, and yes a huge metal influence is prevalent however STORM OF SEDITION are a bit more reminiscent of bands like CONTRAVENE & NAUSEA. “Decivilize” brings a heavy anarcho punk dynamic to the table combined with over the top blackened crust grind thats littered with blistering solo’s, insanely powerful drumbeats, and thought productive lyrics that challenge our current state of human civilization. All in all this is an absolute monster of a release!
Comes with a 12 page booklet containing lyrics, notes, and song explanations.
STORM OF SEDITION WILL TOURING THE WEST COAST THIS SUMMER!!!
Keep you eye’s peeled for a list of tour dates soon!
Listen to the song “Disconnect” here…
Living a domesticated existence Starves people of meaning in their lives Everyone feels the void beneath the surface Of everyday activities and routines
Miserable, exploited, mass populations Feeding the industrial systems endless hunger Treated like machines, living beings Enslaved and kept passive in a technological noose
We live in these cages Made of concrete, glass, and steel A functioning human made hell Complete with natural scenery
Yet there is no community Deprived of connection with real people Technology perpetuates alienation But promises to connect us
And fill the void in our lives In constant need of escape and distraction From this fucking ugly world Technology creeping into our lives
Pop culture, pacifying shit Endless distractions to curb dissent A society of lonely domesticated beings Attempting social interaction behind a digital screen
Clinging to the feeling of connectedness Personalized profiles, mass communication tools Monitored and funded by pigs Spying on people, on movements While corporations profit off government control Microsoft, apple, fedbook Endless lists of corporations Infiltrating our everyday lives The NSA, the CSE Databases created from what you share Information for incrimination Millions of people on terrorist watch lists Technology’s a weapon used against us
Its function is to propel their ability To efficiently exploit us and the natural world While doing so capitalizing off selling us Gadgets to distract us from the lives we live and hate
Turn off that shit, enter the real world You are not connected You are alone staring into a fucking a screen
Get outside, meet with real people! Even if we use these tools We must never forget
Technology is a system created by and for those in power And it will only exist with Division of labor, exploitation, and death
Becoming connected through technology Is a sick fucking joke
PROFANE EXISTENCE RECORDS – PO BOX 647 – HUNTINGTON WV – 25711 – UNITED STATES
Originally pressed in 1996 PROFANE EXISTENCE is bringing this quintessential anarcho punk masterpiece back in circulation.
In 1996 AUS-ROTTEN released their first LP “The System Works For Them” on an unsuspecting punk scene. It spread like wildfire in a pre internet era within a genre that mostly depended on tape trading. (at least is was pre internet for us penniless punks) “The System Works For Them” was the perfect mix of anger and intelligence that the scene needed at the time (and still does today). It was like a wake up call that opened the eyes and ears to many punks the world over. The messages where crystal clear and most us were hooked as soon as the beginning shouts of “Boycott” bellowed over the speakers. I don’t believe any of us ever expected their message to resonate so well within the scene, but even more surprising is how the songs are just as relevant today as on they the day they were written. Which is why PROFANE EXISTENCE has decided to repress this record. We feel that that messages that AUS-ROTTEN brought to the table are to powerful to ignore. We feel that this LP is important and therefore should be highly available and priced affordably.
PROFANE EXISTENCE has worked out every last detail of this release with the members of AUS-ROTTEN whom have been involved from step one. All tracks have been re-masted by Jay Matherson at the Jamroom studios. To be 100% honest we didn’t want to do a complete re-master of what we already considered a good recording. However when we opened the tracks on protools we noticed a few balance issues that required fixing. These fixes resulted in a tremendous upgrade to the overall quality of the tracks. We painstakingly scanned, puzzled, and photoshopped the original artwork to make sure that it was as close to authentic as it could possible be. We then went for broke by pressing in three different vinyl color combinations! Overall to say that we are pumped to release this would be an understatement, we are absolutely ecstatic to bring you this LP on PROFANE EXISTENCE!
To top this all off we worked with AUS-ROTTEN vocalist Dave Trenga on redrawing the classic “What Good Is Money, When There Is No One Left To Buy” design for a T-Shirt to concede with the albums release. This is a fresh take on an old image to create a new and original design.
Vinyl options are…
1. Standard black vinyl
2. “The Battlefield is Still Red” Bloodsplatter vinyl.
3. See through “Smoke”. – Available at SKULLFEST only
Silence are a highly active post-punk/peace-punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” strives (and succeeds) to achieve the perfect balance between peace and post punk. By taking influences from The Mob, Bauhaus, Zounds, Killing Joke, Amebix, Crass, Conflict, Internal Autonomy and Joy Division SILENCE have created what can only be described a brilliant debut LP. At one moment this record is dark, heavy, and atmospheric and then the next moment it makes you want to dance and sing along. Lyrically SILENCE are much closer to the anarcho side of the previously listed influences. Lyrics focus on a variety of topics but often have a strong focus on the way punk and activist communities deal with political struggle in our current political climate.
“The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing” comes with a 16 page magazine size zine containing lyrics, personal writings and song explanations. Designed, printed and assembled by the band themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion.
Silence will be having a record release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh PA at the Rock Room Friday April 22nd with SHADOW AGE and SKELETON HANDS. Then later this month SILENCE will embark on a full United States tour to support “The Deafening Sound of Absolutely Nothing”. Here is a list of dates. Be show to check in with the bands “bandcamp” or “Facebook” page for show updates.
When all that remains is a world in flames. Is that when they’ll say the wars are finally won? That wars are finally done?
They’re beating on the drums again, they’re fueling up the planes. The congressmen fall into line and sing the old refrain. In the name of peace they’ll burn the land and drop a thousand bombs.
Meanwhile we’ll just stay at home and go back to our sitcoms. It’s the same old song, we’ve heard it before. They’re beating the drums and they’re calling for war. What it’s supposed to accomplish, no one is sure But the victims are always the hungry and the poor.
Once the drums of war begin it’s hard to make them stop. The noise silences the dissidents once the bombs begin to drop. All those who call for peace will be mocked and pushed aside. In 10 years they’ll admit we were right after many thousands more have died.
Finally after many delays from the pressing plant the WARWOUND Demo’s LP “A Huge Black Cloud” is out and copies are moving fast!
Recorded in 1983, this record contains 15 songs from 3 sessions. With a few different takes you get a total of 25 blistering tracks. For those unfamiliar with WARWOUND, they are a UK band formed in 82. WARWOUND recorded 3 demos in 83 before disbanding and members went on to join THE VARUKERS and form SACRILEGE. These demos never received an official release… until now! Highly influenced by DISCHARGE, WARWOUND is one of the first bands ever to take D-Beat Punk to a raw and intense level. Recently reformed in 2015, original guitarist Damian is now joined by Ian Glasper on bass and Rat Varuker on vocals. After a few gigs in the UK word is spreading fast of the relentless onslaught of a live show these veterans put on. WARWOUND have also recently hit the studio to record for the first time in over 30 years. Needless to say WARWOUND is back with a vengeance!
I FAIL is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and has put out a five song e.p. that has a lot of raw power in the songs, but the songs tend to be a little long in the tooth at times. From a short minute and a half, to almost six minutes long, they could have condensed some of the slower parts and just raged. The production is pretty clear, giving everything space to be heard, with the vocals being a bit screamo at times, but still retaing enough hardcore anger to make you take a listen more than once. This came in a foldout sleeve with a lyric sheetI did think that this was a more screamo version of late period Black Flag in parts, and some of the lyrics seem to be a bit Republican/Christian to me, but still a pretty good e.p. from a band that if they tightened up the songs a bit, could be interesting to hear where they go from here. This is out on compact disc, 10″ vinyl, and cassette. (Rick E)
Sacred Plague Records 7746 Whitehall Cir E, West Chester, OH 45069 /
I’ve been a fan of this band for a while and looking at their discography I think I own all of their stuff! I’ve never seen them live but I have met just about everyone in the band through different trips to the Haz Mat. But with that said this is might be my first introduction to their new vocalist, Hekka Bekka. Hekka Bekka adds and interesting and new dynamic to the fold. Although the previous vocalist sometimes sounded like Jake from FILTH I think I like Hekka’s vocals better. She can sound nasty and crusty when she wants or just pissed and punk when that’s what the song calls for. Either way, she always sounds powerful and in command. SHORT CHANGED play Bay Area Hardcore Punk, that really describes them well, I mean they capture the spirit well. They play fast and punk, sometimes with a metal edge and always with a stinky, sticky crusty undertone. They sound like the scum stuck covering your shoes after a night of pitting it up at the Haz Matt. It’s dirty, filthy, punk rock. To sum it up they are punk as fuck! There is so much energy on this record and if I haven’t said it already this is by far their best release. Everyone in the band has really started to get comfortable behind their instruments and are simply kicking ass. I mean holy shit! They do a kick ass, tight as shit, cover of SEPULTURA’s ‘Refuse/Resist and fucking nail it, guitar solo and all!!!! Fuck yea! The song ‘Punx with an X’ is re-worked version of an earlier song called ‘X Marks the Spot’…I think…At least they have major similarities!! The cover art is awesome and certainly worthy of mention. Metal Matt seems to be the genius behind that. Also of note is that this was recorded by the late Jeff Leppard (RIP). It’s also great to see another killer release on the Rodent Popsicle label, Bill has been at it forever and certainly deserves some credit for keeping it DIY, he is truly one of the “Tru Punx”! Great effort from a great band. (Josh Mosh) http://www.rodentpopsicle.com/ http://www.myspace.com/goatpowerrec
I’m a big fan of bands releasing things digitally, in order to reduce packaging, save on fuel and cut down on pollution all together, but in this case, I wouldn’t mind the hard copy since, in true CRASS fashion, this release comes with a specially designed fold out poster and illustrated booklet. Their visual art has always been as interesting to me as their music. That said, you either love them or hate them. When I was a youngster they had a huge impact on my political view and I was completely sucked in to the world I believed they lived in. Yep, I became a total “Crasshole”. Whatever, better that than crack, yeah? I think I’ve actually encountered more punks that find them annoying than actually like them. Fortunately my wife loves them as much as I do. Anyway, This was recorded between the Winter of 1984 and Summer 1985, giving it more in common sonically with Yes Sir, I Will than earlier and rowdier releases like Feeding of the 5000 and Stations of the Crass. Tack two appears to be an instrumental version of the over ten minute first track. It’s a nice bit of insight into the construction of the sound collage. These two versions of Ten Notes on a Summer’s Day are followed by four short songs that cold almost be outtakes, but are free standing audio art bits. Another solid release by a band that has always been good for a controversy. (Jake)
It’s interesting to hear this sort of sound these days, but thankfully Croatia hasn’t forgotten. Originally formed in 2008 as a quartet, then slimming down to a three piece in 2009, JOE 4 kicks out five tracks of straight forward noisy rock that one could swear was produced by Steve Albini. The recording is minimal in a claustrophobic sense, if you know what I mean. The guitar plays more in the background putting the focus on percussion and rhythm and not so much melody making everything feel choppy and angular. The bass is beautifully punchy and clean, while drums are crisp, full and simple. I’m not trying to say that the guitar isn’t important, because it truly adds that magical layer that brings everything together. It’s intense and aggressive like rack whiskey, but without the horrible after effects. Imagine the repetitiveness and jolting progressions of METROSCHIFTER without the sappy vocals and melody. If you like bands like SHELLAC or THE JESUS LIZARD you might be into this. There’s not a note or beat that isn’t calculated in any of the five tracks. It’s hard to listen to without deconstructing and analyzing it in order to fully appreciate the musicianship. I’ve never put this on as background music, I just put it on pay close attention. (Jake)
From New Brunswick, NJ, comes Soft Dov with an all out assault on your senses. Totally fast, loud, wild and to the point on this release with ten tracks in just over eleven minutes! A great d-beat sound on here played with all the intensity you need with an old school feel that makes this stand out from the pack. This makes you want to play it loud and get out the combat boots to thrash around the house and fuck shit up! The production is pretty good, clear for being self released and the playing is tight, no lyrics included in this, but the really cool part is that you can get the digital download for free! I would go look for this on cassette to keep it old school, but go get the free download and play the hell out of this one. (Rick E)
Soft Dov/Barley Point Island/142 Black Point Road/Bungalow #c-4/Rumson, NJ/87760 //
Twenty one track album on yellow vinyl with five bands each getting between three to six songs each. Two Indonesian acts have some great tunes, making this a fun listen, with TRIPLE X and HANKER HOAX HAPHAZARD having a great sound and lots of power on their tracks. MDC of course always deliver great stuff and hear they continue doing just that, with them giving a song to Tim Yohannon of MRR for those who remember him. ASSPISS and CRACKBOX both from the U.S.A. have some great tracks too and all of the bands have great sound quality on this record as well as good production. The MDC tracks are not new songs, but some from previous releases which still makes it worthwhile to hear this band and get people into them since they have been around since 1979 in Austin, TX as THE STAINS, and in 1982 they moved to San Francisco, California, and renamed themselves MDC. Great lyrics on this release and a totally cool album that will be stuck to the turntable for quite a while, the sad part is that it’s supposed to come with a patch, and I never got one in my album. If you see this comp, pick it up, it’s totally worth it! (Rick E)
Suburban White Trash Records/P.O. Box 270594/Fort Collins, CO/80527-0594//
Finally a new release from these hardcore hooligans from New Jersey. It’s been a couple of years since there last recording and PHAROAH has not lost there place as one of the up and coming hardcore/doom acts. For this new release you get 2 brand new songs. “This House is Doomed” and “Waste”. This is there heaviest stuff to date “This House is Doomed” clocks in at almost 7 minutes long and is epic, it will keep you listening the whole entire time so heavy you wont want to get up. “Waste” is the shorter of the two songs I wouldn’t say it’s as heavy as the last track but still is heavy enough you’ll still enjoy it. For fans of INTEGRITY, NORTHLESS and PULLING TEETH. (Bezerker)
A389 Recordings- PO Box 12058 – Baltimore, MD – 21281
BRING DOWN THE HAMMER gives us twenty tracks of blazingly fast, in your face and pissed off hardcore thrash with the last song being a fantastic slower, but still great punk, cover of LEON ROSSELSON’s “The World Turned Upside Down”. The production for this cd is surprisingly clear and the band is super tight and comes with the lyrics that are lots of fun to shout along with and pretty damn good as well. Super short songs with the cover song being the longest at just over two minutes, so you won’t get bored with guitar wanking, just to the point songs with great political and personal lyrics dealing with worker’s rights like on the title track, “Bring Down The Hammer”, anti religion on “What The Fuck” and others and against the far right wing thinker “Ann Coulter”, also it’s nice to see that the over thirty punks get some love on “Never Give In, Never Give Up”. Great first album for this three piece band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, worth tracking it down and plying it loud to piss off the right wingers in your town. (Rick E)
Know Records/P.O. Box 90579/LONG BEACH, CA 90809 //
It’s always a pleasure to be asked to review something that is a little out of the ordinary for P.E. Not that I’m not interested in the brutal crust, but since Dawn and I live out in the woods with no cable and slow internet, we’re not always privy to what’s going on in indie music so, as I said before, this is always nice. This four piece from Holland has been quite active in the past few years with television appearances, film scores, national festivals and recording a few albums. It’s no surprise that they’ve received so much attention since their sound is very palatable with just enough grit to set them apart from other indie pop acts. RATS ON RAFTS borrow heavily from New Wave and 70s punk with a folky college rock feel that make for a very memorable listen even if you aren’t really a big post punk fan. The song Emma Sofia is so catchy and well written that it could stand alone asa solo acoustic piece. Having the rest of the instrumentation on the track just sweetened it up a little. The B side song, Kevin in Cabbage Town, is nice mid-paced bass driven number with tasteful use of guitar effects and has a splash of the CLASH in it, but also very much reminds me of the intro music to Kids in the Hall. Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, this is the sort of indie rock I can get into. (Jake)
Knowing very little about BARREN WOMB, I was very surprised to find that they are a two piece. Their sound is very full of atmosphere and chaos, leaving no empty space or void where the listener might be left missing bass, second guitar, violin or any other instrumentation. They bring two energetic tracks of loose knit hardcore that lean toward the darker side of melodic and have a certain mid ’90s midwest post hardcore feel with some stressed out screaming balanced with singing. Sort of. It’s hard to explain, but at certain points it reminds me of THIS DAY FOWARD or I,ROBOT with a slight metallic undertone and deep poetic lyrics. On side FORRÆDERI, this split takes a darker tone. Now, I’m not sure what the message is since the lyrics aren’t printed in English, but the music is seriously brutal and angry. If you aren’t paying close attention, you might not realize that there are three songs on this side. They flow together like a live RAMONES set with only a quick soundbite linking tracks two and three, which creates one hell of a mood. Their sound is blackened d-beat with a heavy grind influence with a gritty production that lends perfectly to their writing. Quite a few bands are attempting this style, but few can pull it off really well and I’m into the way FORRÆDERI use creepy melodies to make it their own. Overall this spit is great and only 300 were pressed, so don’t sleep on this one. Oh, and thanks for including stickers! (Jake)