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
This new band from the southern parts of Finland plays hardcore Scandinavian Punk rock. The members are each from different southern towns in the country, but it seems like the band maybe centered in Helsinki, the capitol of Finland. The guitar has a massive sound and flies through riffs at a buzz saw speed while the drums keep the circle pit a movin. Fem vocals emanate from a scratchy throat with a “no bullshit no compromise” attitude that keeps things fun yet serious. Chorus parts sometimes have the whole band singing along, which fills out the wall of sound approach, and provides a fun atmosphere. Rare guitar solos pan from one ear to the other side while the bass keeps the melodic structure flowing, then both come racing back to keep up the punch n drunk distortion. The last song Ylivallan Orja has a poppy chorus with what sounds like 10 people singing, and just makes one wanna pogo (yeah I know, cheesy, but eat my shit anyways). This is that kind of punk: good to listen to, good to dance to, dont give a fuck who ya slam into cos its all in good fun. This well done debut was officially released the beginning of November last year (2012), and the bandcamp page includes 3 songs that aren’t on the bombastic 7″. All songs are available for free download, but as always, if ya like it and and can afford to buy it, you should!
Stolen Kidneys is a relatively new garage / psychedelic punk band from Finland, and this record ep was released August of 2013. Here we have 3 new songs in just over 10 minutes on a heavy slab o wax that says play at 33rpm, but should be 45rpm. The lyrics cover topics such as corporate greed, and being trapped by material possessions in your apartment. Musically, hopping drums keep an odd time signature, while the guitar and bass play cold riffs. The riffs aren’t melodic, more like knife chops through meat. The heavily distorted sound can drown out parts of the drums at times, and some parts get really chaotic. The singer basically just shouts out urgent messages while trying to keep time with the music, not very original in my opinion. The opening of side B (omnipresence) reminds me of a Dead Kennedys song, but I forgot which one. The music is very choppy and goes right with the beat, before eventually going into a psychedelic breakdown, followed by loads of feedback before eventually spacing out. Both sides of this record end in the same manner, being overwhelmed by feedback and noise, and then just passing out into unconsciousness.
I’m a sucker for apocalyptic artwork, so this was right up my alley. Whoever came up with this might be a little touched. Anyway, BNB are a Finnish five piece that play a mix of hyper d-beat and Midwest U.S. hardcore that is a lot less gloomy and desolate sounding than the artwork would have you believe. Aside from intros and breaks, these guys are high energy maniacs tat probably put on a great live show. And when you get to the last track, Freefall, it changes up a little and starts with a nice slow, melodic creepy intro that quickly gets interrupted by blast beats and chaos then settles into fast hardcore and revisits all those elements. The sound quality and mix are well executed, especially for a DIY recording from the band’s practice studio. Initially I thought this was done by an experienced label. Nice work. Hopefully they’ll work with some other bands and either show them the way or release albums for them. It even comes with a download card. All the songs are printed in English and are of personal nature, but have sociopolitical angles. This is a killer band and I hope they release more material soon. This 7″ is a hand-numbered 300 pressing, so make sure you get a copy soon. (Jake)
This is DEATH BY SNOO SNOO’s first album, they were originally known as “Moominvalley Hardcore Crew” and had some tapes/cd-rs out before this and they got their name from an episode of Futurama. They are from Oulu, Northern Finland and the album is all sung in Finnish, but don’t let that stop you from looking for this release as it’s a very cool punk rock album with a bit of experimentation added to the mix, but nothing to get in the way of the fun of this band. This comes with lyrics and is a very well produced album, with the female vocals right up in front. There are eighteen songs on here with the shortest being just under one minute and the longest at just over three minutes, so it goes by at a pretty good pace and is a pretty bouncy album to make you play it more than once. This is available on cd, vinyl, or download, try it out, you may just be surprised. (Rick E)
DEATH BY SNOO SNOO c/o Laura Rekila Valtatie / 31B4 90500 / Oulu, Finland //
This is supposed to be a new pressing of a previously unreleased demo from 1983. The sound quality seems a bit good to be from a demo that’s just about 30 years old but who knows, right? The good thing is even if this isn’t from ’83 its still really damn good. SALMIAKKI YÖUTH were/are from Tampere, Finland(I’m a sucker for Finnish HC) and I’d never heard them until now. They have some of the great elements of early Finnish bands like KAAOS, RATTUS, etc. but what really fucked me up was the extreme ECONOCHRIST vibe I got from SALMIAKKI YÖUTH. They have some of the technical guitar work and rhythms that you would hear from the Eastbay circa 1993 but the vocals have that early Scandinavian reverb. Then I read the little SALMIAKKI YÖUTH quiz that came with the record and Question #19 gives it away first: they reference JUGGLING JUGULARS as a old band that they try to copy, only JUGGLING JUGULARS started in 1989, gotcha! They also make reference to using an online translator, being hard-to-find punk legends, and getting their hard-disk stolen in an armed robbery, classic. All that aside SALMIAKKI YÖUTH are really fucking good!
This 10 inch is really well put together; it’s single-sided and pressed into white wax, has good CRASS styled cut n’ paste artwork, the little quiz, and a CD copy. No lyrics were provided but judging by the imagery it’s probably political in nature.
I liked this record enough to listen to it at least a dozen times and like I said even if it isn’t a long-lost demo from ’83 it’s still great.(JasonS)
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