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!
This is the first solo project from Tom 77 who formerly sang for the Czech band NO SYMPATHY. I tossed it on while I was building shelves in the basement and after about the fifth track I realized that I had gotten totally lost in it and played it over and over again. Even though it’s not sung in English, each song seemed completely familiar like I’d been listening to them for years. Most of them are mid to fast paced with a few slower tracks thrown in to mix things up. While the writing has some similarities, each song has a different style ranging from country-influenced punk to bluesy rock, but all in a poppy folk punk acoustic style. It’s not too often that I really like folk punk (sorry, I realize that seems a little closed minded, but some of it is just boring), but the writing is fresh and interesting with lots of heart and talent. Though all the lyrics are printed in the sleeve, they aren’t in English so I can’t tell you the subject matter. Not sure if it’s related, but the cover art is rough sketch painting of a man standing in front of a ratty post industrial landscape. (Jake)
PHR Records / www.phr.cz
Here we have hometown heroes BLACK BREATH with their 3rd Lp. The darlings of Seattle. Amazing d-beat/metal crossover. Really nice guys. Where to begin??!! This has been a tough one to review. Listened to this a few times, went and saw them with NASUM, listened a few more times, then played for the roommates. Conclusion…..they have progressed into WAY more of a metal band. The black metal guitars and drum triggers have prevailed. This is by no means a bad album but, a departure from the first two in the sense that the black metal is in high dosage. The songs have so much going on in them that it’s confusing to figure out what they are going for. Like they are cramming so much stuff in each song because they can and not because it should be there. It is a tight album. Everything is perfectly timed and has a great production sound. I guess this was bound to happen. Most of you will probably love this. I do like it but, I wish they had kept with some more of their d-beat/metal aspects of the previous two albums than the scandi-black metal sound they are trying for on this effort. My criticisms aside it really is a tight album. It just wont get as much play as the other two. (Matt)
Southern Lord Records // http://www.southernlord.com/band_BB.php
This has a little bit of everything going on!!!! You have the female singer (great by the way), triple vocals, thrash, punk, Mexican grind, crust, and just straight metal. At times it’s too much. For the most part it works though. They have a little EKKAI going on and the singer sometimes reminds me of CRIATURA. Then you get the BRUJERIA style vocals come in and the grind/metal aspect and it seems to take away from the other stuff. I have listened to it a few times. It grows on you after a bit. Not bad for a demo. I’m sure they will come into their own, if they haven’t already. This was done in 07’. I think the members are from Colombia and Spain. (Matt)
This appears to be a sort of unofficial release in order to have something on hand during a tour. Not sure if the songs are new or if this is like a “best of” sort of deal to try to best showcase the bands sound, but there seems to be an older version of this from 2011 released as an EP. Either way, this disc is really good! As each song played, I was brought back to the mid ‘90s when political crust was totally raging. Bands like DISTRAUGHT, ANTI-PRODUCT, MANKIND? and even some earlier bands like FILTH and SPITBOY came to mind. While they could have gotten away with singing about getting wasted and mindlessly fucking shit up, the lyrics go the route of serious politics, going after horrible social issues like people who stay in abusive relationships and defend their abusers and punk rock scenester bullshit. Also gotta love a band that writes about things that make you learn. Their song September Dawn is about the Mountain Meadows Massacre that was carried out by Mormons who attacked a wagon train of immigrants from Arkansas who were on their way to California in 1857. Maybe this story was common knowledge, but I found it to be pretty interesting. While I dig the fold out poster style lyric sheet smattered with band photos and flyers, having all of this in a sleeve of some sort would have made storage a bit easier. All in all, this band kills it. (Jake)
GENEREATION DECLINE c/o Andy More / 209 Lebo Blvd / Bremerton, WA 98310 Generationdecline.bandcamp.com
Here we have GUIDE from Tennessee with a 6 song 7” called Bastard. They have a thrashy, grindy, HIS HERO IS GONE sorta sound going on. The songs on side A seem to all meld into one and are along the trashier, grindy style. Side B is has the more chugga, low end HIS HERO IS GONE style. This was pretty good. I was expecting total distortion blown out stuff here. The packaging is pretty cool with a fold open sleeve and a pocket insert. Haven’t seen that before. Comes with an insert with band/label info. No lyrics. This is worth a listen. (Matt)
I have very mixed feelings about this and almost didn’t review it, but I’m not here to make decisions for people, just to give honest reviews. This is three-piece from Maryland and it’s put together really well. There’s a free sticker and I’m a fan of the minimal packaging, avoiding any unnecessary crap that might detract from the overall experience. The recording is crisp and the levels perfect adding a nice kick to the RAMONES influenced rock and roll style. Lyrically the band goes less in the direction of straight-forward politics and leans heavily towards the real life experience side of things. Up to this point, I’m totally on board and thoroughly enjoy this release. The issue I take with the lyrics comes with using the word gay in a derogatory manner. I’m not the PC police by any means, but I’d like to think that the punk community would be above the social bullshit that is such a problem in mainstream culture and we should at least keep an open dialogue about these issues, if not flat out call each other out in these situations. My other gripe is with the song The Emo Lesbian Connection where the chorus states that a big reason that so many women are homosexual is due to the fact that emo boys aren’t manly enough. I realize that a large part of the population believes that sexual orientation is a choice, and for some folks that may be the case, though many would argue that it’s who you are from birth. Punk shouldn’t have boundaries or limitations put on it, which is why I chose to review this CD and leave you to decide whether or not you want to pay the $10 for it. I’m all for freedom of expression, but I also rather listen music that doesn’t refer to sexual orientation in a negative fashion. (Jake) http://www.soulfulaggression.com
It would seem that something has sent out a call throughout the universe
that is bringing bands out of hibernation. Among bands like ANTISECT,
AMEBIX and DEVIATED INSTINCT is the noisy as all hell RANCID HELL SPAWN.
After 16 years of inactivity, Charlie Chainsaw has decided that it’s a
good time to assault the world with another 7” with four tracks that are
so drowned in distortion that you could almost get away with playing it at
any speed you wanted to and still get the desired effect. The best way I
could describe the sound is KK NULL covering the Ramones. Once you adjust
to how noisy it is, you’ll realize how melodic the writing actually is. As
far as I can tell this is a one-man project utilizing old school
electronic drum technology. I can’t find much information to share about
this except for a discography. There’s no lyrics in the sleeve or on line
that I can find, but the album photos and song titles are pretty
interesting. If you’re into that lo-fi oldschool noise sound, then this is
your thing. Whether or not there are more releases depends on if this one
sells. The power is in your wallet! (Jake)
Wrench Records / PO Box 67353 London N8 1BQ / England//
This split is very well matched up with two bands from Portland with
slightly different approaches to good political punk. ABOLITIONIST chose
The Bucket Brigade Kills from their It Used to Rain LP. It’s mid paced,
melodic and super catchy. There’s a certain quality to it that brings to
mind an early eighties skate rock sound like T.S.O.L., AGENT ORANGE OR THE
DAMNED. The lyrics are simple enough to stick in your, but are deep and
thoughtful so while you’re singing along they sort of open up and stick in
the back of your mind. I’ve also read a rumor recently that Chad (co-owner
of Food Fight, an all vegan grocery store, is now in the band). On the
flipside is FOOLS RUSH. At first glance you can tell that they’re full of
youthful spirit. The artwork is a drawing of a shaggy haired kid with a
patch-covered backpack full of fliers holding a staple gun. Then, when the
needle hits the record, the feeling is confirmed. Their sound draws
heavily from the young activist folk punk sound that spread like wildfire
a few years back. The vocals even sound a lot like DEFIANCE OHIO, but
backed by jangley
electric guitar and mid paced drumming that almost feels intentionally
slightly sloppy to add emotional intensity. The lyrics are more aggressive
than the music, but fit really well. Every time I put this on I just keep
flipping it over and over. This moldy splattered avocado vinyl is limited
to 300 and comes with digital download codes. (Jake)
1859 Records / www.facebook.com/1859Records
Grindcore is one of those musical genres that seem to have limitless
possibilities, which can make for some very interesting releases since
there are far less limitations than other genres have. These guys have
added their interpretation of the sound by using only drums and keyboards
creating an instrumental sound that is fun, yet still on the harsh side.
Most of the grind bands that I’ve heard that go this minimal are
disgusting digi or pornogrind bands, but fortunately that’s not the case
here. The front cover has a very soft lit shot of a lingerie clad woman
posing with a keyboard, while the back has a cat “giving up the goat”
while playing a keytar and live shots are included on the inside. This was
obviously a fun side project that was encouraged by one Rob Hanna. We’ve
got Luke Lapants on keyboard and Ben Wah on drums ripping out 5 melodic
and chaotic instrumentals. There are only 200 of these gems pressed and
the only way you’ll get mine is if you have a camo neck through ESP Viper
to trade and even then you’d better be a sweet talker! This is no PHOBIA
or NAPALM DEATH, but it’s a nice disc to have around to switch things up.
$5 ppd and email Ben for a download. (Jake)
Ben Wah hippiesinflames (AT) hotmail.com
From sacred grounds do these dudes come. Yes, from the birth place of BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST comes SCARRED SOCIETY. Calling Birmingham England home is about the only thing these guys have in common with the aforementioned bands. SCARRED SOCIETY plays straight up hardcore punk that borrows slightly from the world of metal but really can’t be considered a metal/punk band and certainly cannot be tagged with the “crossover” tag. They are too far entrenched in the punk rock camp for that tag to stick even though they do remind me of the EXPLOITED (with far more intelligent and thought out lyrics) at times. They abrasive punk rock assault might bring to mind a slightly less spastic TOXIC NARCOTIC or maybe even the PIST. Bill from TN is the fucking ‘A’ master of rhyming lyrics but this dude Paul from SCARED SOCIETY is no slacker! He gets in there and gets shit done. The anger and frustration with this whole fucking mess that we are all wrapped up in comes through as he spits out every single word. And I mean “spits”. He’s spitting mad! I bet he gets the mic all slimey and shit so that the bands after them at a gig are grossed out by it! LOL! I can just see the spit flying! The whole ordeal with the dude from NEUROSIS doing the Scion thing caused quite a stir. Most of us are very protective our culture and our scene and when we feel like someone only used our DIY culture as a stepping stone we take offense. The song ‘Corp-Core’ tackles the subject of using DIY as a spring board. Sure maybe you’ll sell a few more records and get your message out there (Isn’t that what those bands always say? They want to reach a wider audience…) but you’ll do so while selling your soul and turning your back on the very people that got you to where you are. We saw a lot of that in the 90’s didn’t we? Debt is the modern slavery designed for ensnaring the poor and debt collectors are a sick bi-product existing only to harass the common and man and degrade them. An interesting song topic that SCARRED SOCIETY dives into with the song ‘Chain of Debt’. The album cover is kind of EXPLOITEDish even with some punk zombies eating some poor fucker…Pretty cool…I like it, these guys pass the acid test. Check’ em out! (JoshMosh)