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
While there are a million “dis” bands out and around these days, few are standouts. They tend to be lazy about it and just go through the motions so that they can play drunk hoping nobody will notice. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with playing what you love whether it’s good or bad, but fortunately there are a few bands like DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE that pull it off incredibly well. As soon as the needle drops it’s like a runaway freight train of perfect dis-comfort. Other bands should be lucky enough to sneak by the bulls and get a comfortable spot inside a grainer when they belong in the coal car compared to this. All you get here is stripped down power, fury and anger with straight to te point haiku style lyrics and black and white visual atrocity for artwork. Although, it would have been nice to get a little more art on an insert with lyrics, but instead, the lyrics are posted straight to te back of the LP cover. * songs of no BS d-beat bliss (seven sets of lyrics in English and one in Norwegian) covering all the topics you know and love: power struggle, oppression, war and genocide. Nothing original, but everything you want! Get it! (Jake)
Dishonorable Record Company / postboks 49, Valerenga / 0626 Oslo, Norway
This four piece band from Toronto, ON has put out their debut vinyl release with four blistering metallic hardcore songs with a bunch of crust and d-beat thrown in. The singer, if you can call him that since he’s screaming and yelling his throat out on this, is mixed fairly well, the drums are pretty high in the mix which is pretty cool, it makes it a bigger presence and just pounds away throughout. These guys sound like they are trying to win a race the way that they tear through these four songs. If you’re a fan of this stuff, these guys will fit the bill nicely. I was impressed, they really did a good job on this and I’m interested in what comes next. (Rick E.)
Here is my first digital only review. What is the world coming to now with all these digital releases. Can’t really complain when I listen to this, this is a bad ass release. They call themselves D-beat/Crust Punk which I can see but this is better then your average D-beat/Crust band these songs sound way better with the gritty vocals and the heavy guitar. Plus all the songs aren’t long epic riffs there are some like “Bottle of Oblivion” that is a super fast catchy punk song with heavy drums and fast vocals. Track #9 has a nice intro into the song of a Native American talking about the struggle of the white man taking there land away and putting them on reservations. So kind of in the lines of RESISTANT CULTURE. Kind of has the KONTRASEKT sound to them. Then goes into the gritty as hell vocals that I think really make this album, nothing fancy straight to the point and not over produced at all. Please everyone go follow the link and download this album for free or pay whatever you can. You’ll be glad you did. (XbezerkerX)
A pairing of two East Coast crust bands by means of Profane Existence, this definitely sounded like an exciting release when I first got word of it. OILTANKER has a pretty killer sound mixing crust and hardcore, while NO TOMORROW is mostly crust-laden D-beat- what more can a crusty ask for? The two previous releases OILTANKER has are exemplary (the Crusades 7″ and the Shadow of Greed LP) and NO TOMORROW’s demo tape was heavy and epic in its own right. This was a record designed for success.
The Oiltanker side is a continuation of that crust-core sound-rolling drum beat, equal sounding guitars and bass, and raspy hardcore shouts. It isn’t innovative or progressive, but it kept my attention for the duration. All the songs were pretty good- worth streaming / downloading, at least. If you like heavy crust or have been a fan of OILTANKER before, you won’t be disappointed. NO TOMORROW’s side is a mix of DISCHARGE, TRAGEDY, and I can even hear a slight AGNOSTIC FRONT influence (Victim in Pain/ Cause for Alarm era). I do want to like this- I really do. However, the bass sound is almost overwhelming, and the guitar is hard to hear, given that the band seems to do the “wall of sound” style (that being guitars tuned down, bass amped up, and drums in a mid-tempo sort of beat). Some like that sound, but I like to hear the guitars as a separate part of the music (to the band’s credit, they do have a couple break-off points where they have a separate guitar track that?s much more distinct). Also, the mid-tempo beat of this throughout can get dreary after a while. Not “bad” per se, but I didn’t get overly excited.
Overall, a decent split, with OILTANKER being the better side. I’d say stream this first, and it’s likely a case of genre music for genre people. I like the mixing job on the this record, too; props to the audio engineer.
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 //
When I was in high school I played in a band called DFA (Death From Above), we were a total thrash-punk crossover band that listened to healthy doses of DRI, VENOM, METALLICA, COC, the EXPLOITED, etc. We just jammed for our friends and had a good time representing RFHC (Roaring Fork Hard Core). We never recorded anything other than practice tapes and we probably sucked.
This DEATH FROM ABOVE hails from Brazil and plays straight-up D-Beat, this is their first foray into the world of vinyl and they do not suck. DFA does not stray far, if at all, from the patented D-Beat formula and on this 4 song 7” they even cover DISCHARGE’s ‘War’s No Fairytale’ doing it perfectly.
This three-piece packs quite a punch and the production is immaculate. It’s heavy and warm… and punk as fuck! The packaging is the classic black and white imagery so common to this style of music, but folds out into a mini-poster of sorts. There are no lyrics with the genre and songs like ‘Bloody Streets’ and ‘Game of the Arseholes’ you pretty much know what they are about.
This is total DISCHARGE worship with little of its own identity but it is so well done that the record is actually quite fun and is worthy of its existence! (JoshMosh)