The long awaited debut LP from NYC’s FLOWER “Hardly A Dream” is finally set to arrive.
FLOWER’s tedious approach to writing/creating/drawing their debut LP was carefully thought out and the result is a monumental anarcho punk /crust record.
“Hardly A Dream” Takes us on a bleak journey through the dark side of society. As soon as you drop the needle a dark atmosphere is immediately created with a slow intro featuring arpeggio guitar work that builds into pummeling d-beat crust. The albums vocals then leave you with a feeling of being crushed by the ever-present weight of living through our modern world of late stage capitalism that was built on the falsehoods of the so called American dream, religious hypocrisy’s, nationalism, and the greed of humankind.
FLOWER take many cues from predecessors and are most often (and rightfully so) compared to NAUSEA but they also take a heavy influence from ANTISECT, SACRILEGE & other greats. The artwork has a very RUDIMENTARY PENI feel and the record comes with an amazing 24.5 X 34.75 CRASS style poster jacket. All art work was meticulously hand drawn and overseen by the guitarist Willow in true DIY style and spirit. Willow was also cool enough to draw up a special shirt for the record release featuring an alternative PROFANE EXISTENCE backprint!
Dark, heavy, galloping crust from the streets of London. AGNOSY is back to present us with a ferocious beast of an album that can only be forged by the anger and frustration of living in today’s world. “When Daylight Reveals The Torture” aggressively attacks evils such the current rise of fascism and animal abuse. It intelligently and passionately touches on the Afrin invasion and the revolution in Rojava and shows nothing but utter disgust toward the arrogance of humankind’s lust for greed and power that will inevitably lead us down paths of war and environmental devastation.
While lyrically AGNOSY are much more politicly straight forward this time around than on previous releases, musically they have expanded on their sound to create a dark and moody atmosphere while at the same time staying crust as fuck. To say they know what they are doing would be an understatement from this band of vets whose members have played in HIATUS, HEALTH HAZARD, and BEGINNING OF THE END.
Long galloping intros are followed up by traditional d-beat, fierce solo’s are then meet with vicious vocals and pulverizing bass in a brilliant recording captured by Lewis Johns at The Ranch Production House and was mastered by Brad Boatright at Portland’s legendary Audiosiege. We then pressed on deluxe heavyweight 150-gram vinyl, printed on reverse board jackets, and included an 11in x 22in gatefold insert to bring you a high quality and truly epic record.
The legendary crust classic is now available once again!
Authorized and released in cooperation with MISERY, S.D.S., & MCR Japan & Remastered by Jack Butcher at Enormous Door Studio we are beyond proud to make one one the most rare and sought after crust records available once again.
Fuck the scavengers charging punks exuberant amounts of cash on ebay and discogs. We worked meticulously with both bands and with Jack at Enormous door to bring you an updated version that kicks major audio ass while maintaining the original authenticity.
Released on deluxe 150 gram vinyl. With an 11×11 inner sleeve. Black Paper Jacket. Reverse Board Jacket.
Earlier this year we re-issued this legendary LP and sold over 950 copies in just 4 short months. For this second pressing we pressed 490 copies on Krystal Clear & 485 on Grey Vinyl with Black Mist.
Stench crust the way it was meant to be played!
The UK crust scene of the 1980’s inspired band after band but no other band has ever reincarnated the sound of that time as well as SWORDWIELDER. Quite simply if you like crust, then this the album you have waited decades for.
Review by Craig Hayes from “Your Last Rites”… Swordwielder – System Overlord Heavyweight punk fanatics take note: System Overlord is a fucking triumph. The long-awaited sophomore album from Gothenburg stenchcore band Swordwielder is a brooding behemoth, constructed from the filthiest and heftiest strains of punk and metal. System Overlord shimmers with apocalyptic visions, and it’s overflowing with all the grim atmospherics and intimidating intensity that defines consummate crushing crust.
Too much hype? No way… And no apologies, either. Swordwielder deal in definitive stenchcore on System Overlord, and much like their full-length debut, 2013’s Grim Visions of Battle, the band’s latest release is a knockout. Swordwielder’s harsh, gruff and dark sound owes a significant debt to old school icons like Amebix, Axegrinder, Deviated Instinct, and Antisect, and they mix and mangle their influences and leave ’em to rot on the battlefield.
Plenty of hammering rage drives System Overlord tracks like “Violent Revolution,” “Savage Execution” and “Cyborgs,” and thundering epics like “Corrupt Future” and “Northern Lights” exhibit subtler strengths, mixing guttural growls and clean vocals with crashing percussion and dirge-laden riffs. Connoisseurs of corpse-dragging crust will love the brute-force belligerence of “Absolute Fear,” “Nuclear Winter,” and “Second Attack,” which rain down like merciless mortar barrages. As a rule, all of System Overlord‘s mammoth tracks chug and churn with grinding muscle, while reeking of squalor and decay.
Swordwielder exudes tightly coiled aggression from start to finish here—songs rise from the ashes of desolation, and resounding calls for action and resistance ring loud. If you’re a fan of heavy-hitters like Fatum, War//Plague, Carnage, Zygome, Cancer Spreading or (insert your favorite hefty crust crew here), System Overlord‘s trampling tempo and strapping sound are bound to appeal.
WILT combine old school metal and crust in a perfect hybrid that very few others have ever achieved. Prepare for a LP thats equal parts galloping d-beat crust reminiscent of bands like HELLSHOCK, and INSTINCT OF SURVIVAL, meets old school death metal in the vein of BOLT THROWER, MEMORIAM (old) SEPULTURA.
Here is a track from the upcoming LP
“Sermon for the Bootlickers”
Despite the inculcation of helplessness within each there remains great power. Ill at ease with such makes us ill. Learn to see the hand that feeds for what it is. You’ve been fooled if you think you’ve got no power. Refuse to be reduced to a consumer you’re a human being. Define yourself by more than wealth. Define yourself as a human. You don’t need what you’re being sold. Bend your knee to no authority but your own mind. You have the power to avoid the gilded trap. Avarice is what you’re conditioned for. Break the mold discover what’s really valuable to you.
Wed, July 12 Hanover / Germany / Confirmed Thu, July 13 Bremen Fri, July 14 Mulhem / Germany / Confirmed Sat, July 15 Gent, Belgium / CrustPicnic / Confirmed Sun, July 16 Paris / France or Amsterdam / Nederland July 18 North-East France or West Germany July 19 Freiburg / Germany TBC July 20 Winterthur / Switzerland Fri, July 21 Zurich / Switzerland Sat, July 22 Biel / Switzerland July 23 Lausanne or Geneva / Switzerland
July 24 Geneva / Switzerland or Grenoble france
July 25 Treviso (or Milano or Bologna or Verona) / Italy
July 26 Ljubljana Slovenia Confirmed
July 27 No Sanctuary chilling day
Fri, July 28 NoSanctuary Confirmed
Sat, July 29 NoSanctuary Confirmed
July 30 Ilirska Bistrica/Slovenia or Vienna/Austria or Budapest/Hungary.
July 31 Wiena / Austrai or Budapest or / Slovakia
August 1 Brno / Czech Republic.
August 2 Prague / Czech Republic
August 3 Finsterwalde / Germany TBC
Fri, August 4 Leipzig / Germany TBC
Sat, August 5 Berlin / Germany / confirmed
August 6 Dresden
August 7 Wroclaw / Poland
August 8 Warsaw / Poland
August 9 Poznan / Poland
August 10 Szczecin/Poland TBC
Fri, August 11 Rostock / confirmed
Sat, August 12 Hamburg TBC
“We are not giving up despite these harsh weather conditions, sacrificing time with our families, our jobs, our homes, not only to protect land, water and people but to ensure a brighter future for the next 7 generations. We are asking for more support, through road blocks to be in solidarity. This is not just an Elsipogtog issue, this is a global issue and we need to raise awareness. Show us support any way possible, sending thank you’s, road blocks, banners, even dropping by, all and every type of support is appreciated.”
The 3rd encampment in Mi’kmaq Territory, at HWY 11, which saw stand off’s between the Mi’kmaq peoples protecting the water and RCMP protecting corporate interests, is requesting widespread global support.
The Provincial Court of New Brunswick has approved an injunction which names 5 people, including “Jane” and “John Doe”, to target the HWY 11 encampment. This encampment has successfully turned away SWN vehicles and is preventing SWN from conducting seismic testing on unceded Mi’kmaq lands. Each day that SWN cannot conduct its testing, it costs the company $54, 000. SWN is once again looking to the RCMP to enforce the injunction most recently granted. At this time, the RCMP have used the injunction to target the Mi’kmaq and have set up a “check point” on HWY 11, where the RCMP stop vehicles to arrest passengers and drivers at their whim.
We remember the last time the RCMP enforced an injunction against the Mi’kmaq people. As seen historically, the RCMP will continue to enforce the violation of treaties and attack Indigenous self-determination. At this time, the RCMP are not only harassing Mi’kmaq Land Defenders and non-Native supporters, but continuing to throw them in jail. On Thursday, November 28th the Mi’kmaq again turned SWN away – declaring another day of victory. They are standing up against brutal police repression, and continued theft of Indigenous lands and ongoing colonization. Show them they are not alone! On Monday Dec. 2nd HWY 11 Land Defenders are asking you to show your solidarity by taking action in your community. Where possible, highway shutdowns are encouraged however any action of support, such as banner drops, are welcome. #ShutDownCanada
Is it just me, or has the news been far more interesting lately than it usually is? I seem to be noticing a lot of interesting patterns. Follow me for a minute.
January 19, 5 people were shot on Gun Appreciation Day at various gun shows across the USA this year. Right around the same time, one of the top trained snipers in the world was shot and killed, point blank, while at a Texas gun range by a former soldier. All of this followed only a few weeks after the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. And all of this was followed by the most sensationalized story of the year, when ex-cop and former Navy marksman Chris Dorner began killing cops after releasing his manifesto over facebook!
Dorner had begun his war on cops after a number of issues of racism he experienced in the LAPD, capped off by his firing which followed after he turned in another cop for violently assaulting a schizophrenic homeless man who was not resisting. Other cops lied protecting their own, and thus Dorner was seen to be lying. Most of us already know the cops are corrupt violent thugs, but Dorner was one of those liberals who honestly believed he could be the one good cop. He was deadly wrong.
Meanwhile, in BC, just north of the imaginary colonial line, a report was released by Human Rights Watch documenting RCMP sexually assaulting various women and girls, mostly native women. The right wing government of Stephen Harper dismissed the report, and claimed they wanted to see proof, saying the women making the claims needed to come to the police and file reports. This is of course the same area where many Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered over the last couple decades, with nearly no investigation by cops. The same area where serial killer Robert Pickton was praying on Indigeno
us women, then after raping them, feeding them to his pigs… And there have been many accusations of police involvement in those murders. Also the same area where Vancouver’s Martin Tremblay prayed on underage Indigenous girls for years; getting them drunk or drugging them, then videotaping himself raping them. For that he got 11 months. He returns to court to be sentenced March 6 for murder, after 2 of the girls he drugged and raped died.
Yet Harper insists the women being raped by cops should come forward to the cops and file reports. Cause we all know you can trust the cops. Around the same time another report was released, documenting internal abuses in the RCMP, including sexual abuses experienced by female cops being harassed by male cops, and even a greater number of cases of male cops bullying other male cops.
It just doesn’t seem to end. Last week while the Pope was stepping down — first pope to retire in 600 years –after the Vatican has been rocked by repeated lawsuits over priests raping children, Harper right hand man Tom Flanagan was caught on video saying pedophiles shouldn’t go to jail for viewing child sexual abuse images. “I do have some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures,” Flanagan said, before going on to tell the audience he had been on the NAMBLA mailing list for years. Flanagan is not just some right wing nobody though – he pretty much created the current conservative party and ran their election campaign, re-imaging Stephen Harper. He then went on to craft the image and campaign for the Wild Rose Party – a far right offshoot of the Alberta Conservative Party. Flanagan is also a professor at the University of Calgary where he has taught political science for decades. He was the author of the racist anti-Indian hate literature book First Nations Second Thoughts; which argues that Native people were too inferior to have understood the European concept of Nationhood, and thus should not be given the rights of sovereignty, and that before the colonizers came the natives (who were recent imigrants) were just trying to kill each other off in wars over the land, we just happened to be superior so we won. This is also the same man who publicly called for the assassination of Wikileaks founder Julian Assangeon live tv.
All of this was taking place as Indigenous activists and settler allies were taking part in nation wide protests as part of the Idle No More movement. Meanwhile Harper tied to keep media focus on allegations that Chief Teresa Spence had misspent money, going as far as to refer to her as Chief Teresa Spends. This was a valuable distraction, it kept attention away from the concerns the grassroots movement was trying to highlight by instead focusing on the figure head. Harper introduced another racist bill, the Fist Nations Accountability Bill whichrequires First Nations chiefs and councilors to publish their salaries and expenses. The hypocrisy was astounding as Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau was caught for using other peoples addresses to get a housing allowance that he did not qualify for. He had a long history of making racist and sexist comments, and on Feb 7 2013, Brazeau was arrested for sexual assault and domestic violence. He still gets his Senate paycheck though, even though he has also been found to attend less than 35% of the days he is paid to.
Also announced this week, one of this nation state’s most notorious racists, Victoria’s Doug Christie was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than 6 months to live. Christie is most famous for defending white supremacists such as Ernst Zündel, and Malcolm Ross a school teacher famous for holocaust denial; as well as leaders of the Aryan nations, Klu Klux Klan, The church of the Creator, and the Heritage Front. Christie also ran for political office as the head of the Western Canadian Concept Party, and later started the Western Block Party, 2 separatist political parties with far right politics.