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!
Finding this 7” in the mailbox was quite a nice surprise, since this is
the first I’ve heard of them after reviewing their CD What Remains a few
issues back. It would seem that they’ve hit their stride with their own
style of epic crusty thrash laced up with haunting melodies. While this is
still intensely fierce, there is a cohesion that is most likely the result
of time and experience that sets this release ahead. The writing seems to
have matured a bit and Sunrise in Ashes is perfect example. The song kicks
off with short bursts of guitar paired with desperate howls of “This must
be stopped. All this must crumble.”, then a quick tap on the snare and the
entire band bursts in with blasting fury and dissonant chords, then
repeat, but with the next lyric. They manage to build up a tremendous
amount of anticipation in just a few short seconds that could have easily
been wasted had the structure not been set up perfectly. Each of the four
songs has been written much more thoughtfully this time around creating
the perfect atmosphere to deliver their demands to everyone to get our
shit together as a species so that we might slow the damage we’re doing to
the planet and subsequently each other. I almost want to call it
apocalyptic post-crust. Is that even a thing? (Jake)
Dead Rodent Records / PO Box 518 / Plainfield, IN 46168-0518 www.facebook.com/deadrodentrecords
This is the fucking shit yo! Man…I love being surprised and excited by the stuff in my review pile and this is definitely one of those times where I become a fan of a band discovered in the review stack. Starting with the black and white art work (complete with a chaos symbol, a skull, fists and barbed wire) you know in general what sub-genre this band might roll up under. What we have here my black clad friends is a full blown exercise in badassery. NEH play supercharged D-Beat leaning into the underworld of metallic crust. At times the guitar even burns through the riffs with a bit of a thrash metal vibe before exploding into a searing lead. As the disc progresses I can’t help but to hear some EXTINCTION of MANKIND in the mix or even HELLKRUSHER rounded out with the explosiveness of WB2D. I think you get the idea. Lyrically they protest the rich and injustices of the work but also offer hope and encouragement with songs like ‘Save the World’ and ‘Strive to Survive’. I find both songs to be a breath of fresh air against the stark background of what is typically all doom and gloom. They scream out in a call to action and ask the listener to take get off their ass and take a stand! Damn right! The Swedes have always known how to D-Beat/Hardcore punk right and this is obviously not an exception. Mixed and recorded last fall the production of this album is perfect, they achieved a thick and powerful sound without sacrificing any of the rawness that is so essential. I don’t know if it was released on vinyl or not, but I am sure if was the vinyl sounds su-fucking-perb! I really can’t say enough good things about this disc, it is certainly worth seeking out. (JoshMosh)
Maybe they still use myspace in Sweden… http://www.myspace.com/558821481 (OutVillage Records) http://www.myspace.com/notenoughhate
I saw these dudes a couple of years ago and I have to say I wasn’t particularly impressed. Their live performance left a bit to be desired. Maybe they were hung-over, maybe they were tired…Who knows…But the more important question is who cares?! Because this record kicks fucking arse! First off it’s Gabba from CHAOS UK and that is about as good a starting place as any. In fact that is the best place to start and also a great reference point because…dude, they sound a helluva lot like CHAOS UK and the ‘Chipping Sodbury Bonfires Tapes’ to be exact. They have the same buzz saw sound and are punk as fuck. I mean this is everything you think punk is supposed to be when you are young and just learning about all things punky. It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s obnoxious and it’s offensive. It’s like if the SEX PISTOLS were a real band made up of real punks. There is no metal to be heard in the grooves of this platter, there is no crust, they is no BS…Just straight forward UK punk rock! This is a 13 song, 12” 45 on clear vinyl. Shit! Even that is punk as fuck! They all have cool names like Gabba, Glueboy, Cliff Vicious and Hedgepig. Punk! The distro logo on the sleeve has a parrot with a mow-hawk sitting on a safety-pin. Punk! The name of the band is FUK! Super punk! It’s punk done as only the Brits can do it and in case I haven’t said “punk” enough throughout this review here is one more: PUNK! (JoshMosh) http://www.cultberger.cz
The first time I listened to this CD I ripped it from the mailbox on my way to pick up four truck-loads of manure in a truck I borrowed from my in-laws who don’t seem to feel the need to have a car stereo that showcases the detailed work of awesome bands. The only speaker that worked was a small one behind my head. Fail. Fast-forward to post shit shoveling. Popped this in a proper CD play and was blown away by the intensity. Musically I’m reminded of CREATION IS CRUCIFICTION with less math and more fire and the vocals at times remind me of GORGOROTH when Pest was doing the vocals. The riffing is really aggressive and creative without any wankery to muddy up the intensity the drumming brings to the mix. It’s an interesting mix of blackmetal, doom and hardcore (I think I’ve actually heard the term blackcore once) with some grind thrown in. Lyrically the intensity is kicked up a few more notches. On the first page of the booklet is a preface that gives a little back story that explains the theme of the lyrics, which centers around ecology, speciesism and general destruction of the planet due to our selfishness and shortsightedness. I know some people would consider these guys extremists because of their views, but I’m a fan of this kind of passion in music. I wish more bands would sing more about fucking things up and less about getting fucked up. (Jake)
Power-It-Up Records / Zum Holzfelde 12 / 31226 Peine / Germany www.power-it-up.de
I just finished reading White Is The Color of Death published by Combustion Books. it is a collection of 3 short stories including one by Margaret Killjoy, editor of Steampunk Magazine and Graceless: A Journal of the Radical Gothic, and author of What Lies Beneath The Clock Tower.
All 3 stories in this collection are authored by different people, yet there is a strong continuity between them. The stories are set in an apocalyptic version of Victorian England where snow and ash has covered the entire world transforming it into a perpetual winter shifting between twilight and night. A mysterious group known as The Afflicted terrorize and hunt the remaining communities of human survivors in this dark, desolate gothic landscape. All the stories have spiritual, & philosophical elements combined with a bit of madness on the part of the characters. As well most of the characters appear to be queer, yet this is treated in a way that rather than fetishizing their sexuality, instead normalizes it as if it just is and is not actually of any importance to the story or anyone in it.
As the needle drops on the BLOODY PHOENIX side, I sit back with the record insert and let the magic unfold. The cover isn’t misleading at all and lends greatly to the lyrics, which are carried like a patched up casket filled with humanities hopes and dreams into a pit of despair. I swear that just reading the lyrics makes me physically heavy like I’m being filled with 1,000 pound granules of sand made of dread. Just to be clear, I love these folks. Their ability to delivery this sort of emotion through music without giving in to cliché is a thing of absolute beauty. The music is heavy crust/grind/D-beat that at times reminds me of DOOM and ENT. Killer! QUESTION has a slightly different approach to punk. This is the first material of theirs that I’ve actually owned and from what I can see they haven’t released much material, but I can only imagine that they put on one hell of a live show. They just go at it fast and loud letting it all hang out. At times it sounds like Amy from NAUSEA singing for an early ‘90s East Bay outfit with the rage of a band that lives in an area with harsh Winters. Anger, high energy, piss, vinegar. I’m all about this split. (Jake)
Six Weeks Records / www.sixweeksrecords.com
This is some sort of ninja band from the Czech Republic with their name in
silver by itself across a solid black picture-less cover. The inside of
the gatefold has a silver image of each member and includes a lyric
booklet, which includes English translations. So far, so good. Hmm, not
much info about the band in here, so I turn to the internet. Still not
finding much. What I do know is that they are a five piece that play fast
driving punk with fairly clean vocals used to deliver scathing social
commentaries covering topics such as redundancy in the punk scene, blind
consumerism and questioning the validity of the political voting system.
The translation seems a bit rough, but the meanings come through clearly
enough and fit the music really well. This leans more towards the rock
side of punk with an oi feel, minus any sort of sing along and no filler.
There are no drawn out intros or weedly weedly solos, just no nonsense
rocking. The last time I through it on I left it on repeat due to the
sheer catchiness of the writing. The only problem is that I don’t
understand the words and the music is stuck in my head! I’m either going
to make up my own words or end up “meowing” along. Don’t ask. Totally
solid CD. (Jake)
PAPAGÁJŮV HLASATEL/ Pavel Friml / Mrštíkova 393 / Říčany u Brna 664 82
URSUT comes from Sweden, and features members of bands such as KONTROVERS and PROJECT HOPELESS. Much like the members’ previous projects, URSUT plays pounding, blisteringly heavy hardcore in the now-classic Swedish tradition. Somewhat epic, somewhat metallic, yet still punk as fuck. Despite all of these features, this disc left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed. There’s no denying that these dudes are excellent at what they do, and they certainly carry the modern Swedish hardcore banner. However, it all seems a bit too “by the book” and generic for my tastes. There’s very little that stands out here. Nothing that elevates this from a well-played release to an excellent one. After hearing the first two tracks, it got to a point where I could predict all the parts of the rest of the songs before they happened.
That being said, I’m sure this band is absolutely smoking live. These songs and their shout-along choruses are made for a live setting. I just wish I could be somewhat excited by their recorded material. Better luck next time. (Inbred)
Self-Released – www.ursut.se
VICE SQUAD was originally around from 1978 until 1985 and put out three albums although only the first two were with their original lead singer Beki Bondage. Beki had a solo career for awhile and in 1997 she got together a new version of VICE SQUAD and has been releasing albums since then. This was put out in 2009 and is worth picking up if you like old school punk rock. Her vocals are raspier than her earlier songs, and sometimes her vocals can get close to the guttural sounds of Wendy O Williams. This is a nice pogo dancing punk album that should be part of your collection. All the songs are just under three minutes long so no long wank fests here, just tight, punchy, get to the point songs, the way punk rock needs to be. This album can stand with their older albums and make you glad to be into old school punk without any apologies. The production is clear and crisp, but not so smooth that it ruins the listening experience at all, great lyrics on this one too! Punx United is a great song about getting everyone together and is super catchy to boot, Dear Joe is a song dedicated to Joe Strummer, and for a change of pace, Goodnight England is an acoustic number that closes the album as the lucky thirteenth song. All the lyrics are included inside, a great cartoon punk cover picture is on the cover and the vinyl is nice and thick, nothing cheap about this release at all. If you ever get the chance to see VICE SQUAD in concert…DO IT!!!!!!!!!!! (RickE)
Papagajuv Hlasatel Records / Pavel Friml Mrštíkova / 393 Říčany u Brna 664 82 / Czech Republic //
The first thing I did this fine Sunday morning was brew up a Chemex of Ethiopia Yiracheffe, put on this record and kick back in a very comfy chair to ease into the day. It would also be just as effective mixed with your favorite adult beverage while getting your angst on, if that’s your preference. Either way, these guys have put out a few quality compilations over the years. It’s really cool to hear demo and/or live versions of a few of these tunes since I’m not a collector and have stash of rare odds and ends. Example: I’ve never heard the DISCHARGE demos before they settled into their sound that we al know and love so much. The DOOM and ALTERNATIVE demo tracks are a total treat, as is the rare VARUKERS cut. And who can pass up a chance to listen to Can’t Cheat Karma by ZOUNDS? Not I. Completing this Sunday morning punk fest are tracks by PINK TURDS IN SPACE, ANTI-SYSTEM, THE DEFECTS and IMPACT. This didn’t come with any inserts besides the catalog list so that you can order the albums all these tracks are originally on and send them to me. But the cover is full of black and white live band photos and random tomfoolery. It’s hard to believe that punks have such a long history of being so damn pretty. Anyway, this is a great comp that showcases some of the bands that helped bring punk to where it is now. (Jake)
Antisociety Records http://www.facebook.com/AntiSocietyRecords