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
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
This begins in darkness and gradually gets darker and darker. Fucking ‘grim’ isn’t the word. This Macedonian-based crust-influenced band confront theses somber elements with bare-knuckled ferocity. The opening track ‘As dawn turns black’ to draw comparisons is at times reminiscent of Tragedy. The second song ‘Downfall’ is more unconventional in it’s sound. It is the complex detours in this that keeps the sound fresh and your foot tapping. Lyrically here they talk of their general disgust and repulsion towards the cataclysmic decline in humanities compassion.
‘Tombs in ruins’ keeps that heavy aggressive tone, this time with dissonant black metal riffing being picked out at immense speed over it. ‘P.T.S.D (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)’ breaks that speed where we can take our breath again. With the bass guiding you down another dark path, where you know things are going to kick off very quickly again. The more you listen the more you notice the musicianship on this. As the ‘Outro’ fades you out, you just want to quickly flick the record stylus back to the start again. The album is one sided, with a beautiful engraving of spectral skeletons on the flipside.
BeforeI start, I’d like to apologize. My computer is not letting me insert the proper symbol, so I have to type AE instead. That being said…
Amazing! It would seem as if these folks are incapable of writing bad material. I’ve had this album in my possession for a little while now and it keeps getting better with every listen. New things seem to pop up while trying to follow the densely woven melodies. In true crust form, the title track opens with political news samples, then blasts right into high speed melodic crust that has a bit 0f a Tragedy feel to it. Drukner, the second track, switches between rhythms and time signitures with dizzying grace. As they blas through the 3rd track, the melodies fall aside and are consumed by an early 90s black metal melee with a very minimalist feel to it, but maintain the duel vocal style that carries their sound. Quite a contrast from the lush body of their more melodic songs. FORRAEDERI continues this grim and frostbitten onslaught through to the intro of the last song where they reign the terror back in and it explodes back into melody then slows into doomy riffing over blast beats, a pause, and back to work. Seven songs is definitley not enough. It’s like eating at NOMA: they serve seven tiny, eplosively beautiful courses that leave you wanting just a bit more, but this album is totally affordableand you won’t get anything weird like scavenged moss seasoned with ants. The vocals might be the best I’ve heard in a really long time, too. One low and gruff, the other higher and raspy in an apocalyptic compliment delivering the socio-political commentary that FORRAEDERI write so well. And to wrap it up, this album comes with a banger of a huge fold out poster. That’ll do FORRAEDERI, that’ll do. (Jake)
When putting on this record, I did like most and started flicking through the lyrics. Born For Slaughter from Skopje/Struga (Macedonia) are poetic and reflective in their views of the world. With that they also have great contrast and variance in their sound. Going since 2011 they have done two European tours, a split LP with Silence Means Death and now this superb split 7′ with Myteri. On this, they open with the song “Prison’s Abyss” which is a complex song consisting of many different and connected changes. There is a twitchiness, perhaps a dark unease that resonates from every note. Their next song “Dead Life” is threatening and has an unrelenting tension that is just ready to burst. But still multiplex in it’s arrangement. You could label them crust, as clearly that is there. But there is so much going on musically it makes them very authentic and not just doing the excepted conventional.
Born For Slaughter and Myteri have gigged together in the past, which eventually brought about the idea for sharing a split together. Both are well suited as they are step above a lot of bands. Myteri have ex-members from exceptional Swedish band Eskatologia. They mix elements of metal, crust punk, hardcore with the melodic. There are obvious comparisons of Tragedy or maybe Victims. But I only compare them due to the innovative harmonies of the dual guitars throughout both songs on this. Myteri are undoubtedly heavily crafted with their numerous guitar runs and bass lines going through every verse and chorus. I would call it sophisticated dark hardcore, but that would sound a tad posey for a sound that is so enraged. Tense attacking dual guitar and vicious sounding vocals, that you have to listen to over and over again. They have a new album coming out this year called “Ruiner”. This ep is a must for the collection.
There are a few punk, death metal and thrash bands called Warpath. This is the crusty punk influenced Warpath based in Milan, Italy. After the breakup of the bands Land of Devastation, Trauma, Attacco alle Menti and Disprogress some ex-members started Warpath who have played noisily in the squat community of Milan since 2009 with various lineups. Since then they have delivered a sound of an industrial city, fused by Doom, Hiatus and crusty DIY squat punk. With dual vocals, Marta and Martina deliver, one a guttural growl and the other the higher vocal. When I say higher vocal, I mean it is like the vocal chords are ready to rip. Before I say another thing about the band it has to be said chunky thick vinyl wins hands down for me. It will always mean that ‘Oblio’ will last years of multitude plays.
The album opens with a strong opener of heavy pummeling drums and old-school crust riffs in the vein of Doom mixed with Disrupt. Take a breath, then at instantaneous speed we are thrust straight into “Smetto Quando Voglio”, which has that fast punch that takes no prisoners. Warpath stick to their guns with their influences but have a taste of new heavy elements within their sound also. Next song I want to mention is the track ‘Bombardati Dalla Merda’ as to me it could sit nicely on Extreme Noise Terror’s ‘Phonophobia’ lp, it has that similar guitar echoing shriek reverberating between riffs towards the end too. Certainly a real stand out song on the album. Their music is sombre and melancholic without slowing down or being melodic. This is a straight up crust punk record, full of political criticism. So I like most people enjoy reading the lyrics while listening to the music. Singing in English and Italian they speak of peoples misinterpretations of squatters, media whitewash, nihilism and the feeling of hopelessness that can hang over us.
There are 300 copies of the album on vinyl from the band for €10. Or you can download the album for free at their bandcamp. Like all the best albums it has been released with the help of friends that gave them some money as individuals and the labels/distros Propaganda Sovversiva, Distrozione, Gustosissimo, Heresy Rex, Dog From Hell, Akaip and Peretta-Core, Senza Sonno Libere Autoproduzioni.
Repression Attack from Russia have been unleashing their heavy brand of stenchcore since 2007. This snot green seven inch sees a new line-up. Yet they still retain that heavy sound which is similar in style to the ‘Welcome To The Orgy’ period of Deviated Instinct. As well as combining elements of Misery and ‘Out from the void’ era Antisect.
They have progressed since their 2013 album “Altar of Destruction”. But still have preserved their dark sound. The song ‘Demon’ delves deep into this darkness. Opening with a hostile menacing riff, with shrieks and shouts as the riff repeats and repeats with things getting more angry and thunderous with every note. As the song progresses, there is a point where it all changes. And it almost seems uplifting in sound or gives hope. But just as life perhaps, it turns back to the cold grey desolate gloom. With the bass remaining very low rumbling but solid throughout. The second song “Rebirth” opens with an icy styled synth. But breaks very quickly into a menacing chug. There is almost a feeling of alienation. Lyrically it talks of nature reclaiming our industrialized earth. Sludgy bass, foreboding thumping drums, where now the vocals sound fearful and repulsed. When everything comes to a halt, you have to experience and listen to this whole record again and again.
Wow there sure were a lot of labels involved in releasing this record. I’ll list them at the end of the review, with links if possible. Gomora open this album with an almost Amebix ambience, perhaps ambience is the wrong word. A very eerie mood, where you feel like your walking on a gloomy moorland in a fog. However this doesn’t last long and any comparison to Amebix stops here. As it really kicks off big time, like a bar room brawl . The guitars go berserk and everything else goes completely hyperactive. The hoarse feral rasping of the singer Havran is dragging you scared through EU streets controlled by corporate greed, surveillance and misinformation.
To describe their sound would be to try and explain that intensity that bands like later Skitsystem has, mixed with Hellshock and some of the guitar stylings of Martyrdöd. All done at immense speed. That description will either leave you puzzled or curious. This is powerful stuff indeed, there are some great guitar melodies being played over everything else while the beat pumps and the tension mounts and mounts. The song that really sticks out for me on this is “Potlačit Sebe”.
It should also be mentioned that the layout has really been well crafted too. A highly illustrated gatefold sleeve with the illustrations done by their guitarist Baboo. Along with lyric translations in Polish and English.
Belgium’s Marginal have that technical type of riffing that Napalm Death has mixed, with at times the growls akin to Extreme Noise Terror. In saying that I don’t mean to throw them into some sort of cliched bag. Far from it, there is plenty of variation. They are as a band very musically sophisticated, the degree of complexity on tracks like ‘The Hunt” and other tracks like “Indoctrination” have much more of a fast grind style about them. “More violence” almost has that “Breed to Breathe” era Napalm Death type of feel to it, a real technical sound. Other times there is an almost Sepultura feel about them. “Sign of the times”, builds and climbs like anger which is about to burst. Then “Stop the bullshit”, has a real fist pumping hardcore chant chorus. There is change and difference in each song, giving it diversity. I think the drawings on the cover of a spiky haired skull punk and another one on a motorbike are a bit misleading. As well as the title of the LP might lead you to believe it is a D-beat punk type of sound. Marginal show a lot if difference in their sound, all very much in the death crust vein of course. Powerful stuff for fans of Entombed, Napalm Death and ENT.
After seeing the cover of this EP, I knew I had to check it out. The cover is similar to perhaps something like Mark Riddick would draw, but with more of a crusty viking vein about it. It was illustrated by Mike Roberts of Portland’s death crust band Vastation. Speaking of which everyone should get to hear their version of Nausea’s ‘Godless’, as covers go it reigns supreme. That is getting off the point a bit. This Dissidence EP starts off with slow heavily distorted riffs with the singer getting the band ready for the charge. This is the prelude for what is to come, it turns very quickly to black metal speed and then turns around again to the opening riffs with a spoken voice, showing the anarcho-punk roots to their sound. It is a raw sound with very guttural, almost animal-like vocals which evoke the ecological apocalyptic bloodied look at the world they write about. Images of a decaying body praying for death, while around them buildings crumble. Perhaps with Trump in power it might not be too off the truth yet. I do like the contrast when the spoken parts come in, like in the title track and on the last song “Comfortable Denial”. It gives almost a sense of purpose rather than just playing heavy music. Or as they describe their music, politically charged. The vocals on the opening of “Comfortable Denial” is like the singer is inhaling or exhaling industrial waste, it is very powerful. The sound of the imminent end of times.
The Fields of War EP is available as a ‘name your price’ download, you don’t get better than that. It would be a nice one on vinyl.
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
Ah…another fine bit of music sent to me from Christopher. Before I get into the sounds, just take a look at the cover art. Black, grey and white, simple yet powerful and there’s a cat on the back. A lot of people think that dogs are punk, but we all know the truth. All Cats Are Beautiful. Anyway, this little gem, instead of being doomy blackened crust, goes the direction of high energy hardcore that would not have been altogether out of place playing with some of the more aggressive hc bands back in the 80s and can easily demolish much of today’s hardcore. The lyrics are less political and more like personal reflections of the hardcore scene and the darker side of emotions. CONCRETE STEPS gives props to the bands that write and play because they love it instead of being concerned with getting props and also address the current state of over-saturation of bands with recycled riffs and lyrics. One track appears to come from the angle of someone who deals with stress by cutting themselves and another song is about getting ripped off in Paris. Great delivery with great vocals! Supporting the lyrics are furious(yet tastefully played)beats with solid time changes that carry the all out onslaught of guitar and bass. I’m a huge fan of their tone. Besides the writing being top shelf, the production is crazy good. And to think that these guys do their own mixing and mastering and release their own albums! D.I.fuckingY.!!! This 7″ goes perfectly with both coffee and beer. I can’t recommend this enough. Cheers! (Jake)