Thursday, January 14, 2016

Chrome Peeler Rec. distro: noise / psych / doom / grindcore / drone / black metal / crust / punk / free jazz

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2673 / UNICORN - "split" CD $5.99
2673 are a mysterious outfit, not just in name, but in sound as well. Their (or his?) three tracks are ultra simple explorations of sine waves and white noise. Two tracks of simple tones, barely audible, that subtly shift over the course of each piece. The other track is a caustic burst of jagged crumbling old fashioned NOISE. Harsh and brutal and speaker shreddingly loud. Unicorn are a little less tranquil here, but no less satisfying. Ultra minimal, expansive drones, constructed from fuzzed out melodies that sound like they could have been wrenched from an electric guitar, but are transformed into lovely muted swirls of distorted loveliness. The first and the last track are creepy and strangely harrowing, a threatening buzz beneath warm washes of distant keening high end, alien vocal melodies and rhythmic pulses of analogue fuzz. The three tracks between are barely there rumbles, thick drones stretched thin, a wispy sonic murmur, traces and barely visible outlines of songs faded and forgotten. So so nice. 

ALARM - "s/t" 7" $5.99
Tucson, AZ's Alarm present six tracks of violent mayhem to this debut 7", with a style that brings to mind bands like Gehenna, Pig Destroyer, Fall Silent, Backstabbers Inc. and Napalm Death. On GREEN vinyl.

ANTILLES / TRIFLE TOWER - "split" 7″ $5.99
A match-up of 2 old-school screamo bands in the vein of such greats as Pg. 99 and City of Caterpillar. Antilles have a jagged and damaged sound with aggressive drumming, jangly guitar playing, and vicious vocals with an almost jazzy vibe at times. On side B, Trifle Tower assault the listener using layered melodies and strong dynamics, giving off the impression of an almost black metal approach to songwriting. Limited to a total of 500 copies, presented in jackets made of 100% post-consumer recycled paper stock and hand-silkscreened with brown ink.

THE ASHAMED - "s/t" CD $5.99
Aggressive, in your face, Punk/Thrashabilly from Richland, Washington. This is a weird fucking album- it's like speed-metal with a touch of thrash and a touch of rockabilly. Cool artwork. Weird lyrics too. The music sounds like new SLAYER mixed with DEAD KENNEDYS. It totally seems like they'd be a fun band to see live.

BLAST AND THE DETERGENTS - "Blast Blast Blast" CD $5.99
Noisey punk from Florida's underbelly. 6 tracks of rock n roll mayhem unleashed by recording first or second takes all in the same room with 3 vocal overdubs on the whole thing.

BUCK GOOTER - "Dogfood Towers" CD $5.99
Serious art-damaged sonic distortion from this two-man wrecking crew. Not entirely a noise-fest, as the melody and riffs do come bubbling to the surface- its got a scratching menace mixed with a dark wave undercurrent. Reminds of some of the better stuff that came out on Blast First back in the 80s. Like a stripped down HEAD OF DAVID colliding with a more fucked up BLANK DOGS.

BULL ANUS - "Enter The Anus" CD-R $5.99
A name like that creates certain expectations. BULL ANUS deliver with 70 minutes of HARSH drone- noise n' scumfuzz hell, like the most brutal early SKULLFLOWER/BORBETOMAGUS skuzz crawling through the gutter and spurting grotesque feedback swarms over your cranium, courtesy of Erik Amlee (CRACKHOUSE) and company. There's little in the way of dynamics here...BULL ANUS lock in with a crackling avalanche of fuzz and distortion and skree, piling it on, layers and layers of dense, cloudy crunch, with gauzy melodies obscured and blurred by the storm of noise. Pure brooding pestilence and evil tone mulch. Guitar amplifiers bare toothy grins and spastic beats grind away at the withering transistor frequencies. Enter The Anus could possibly be heard as a meditation on the sounds of machinery falling apart, a bleeping,grinding mantra of coarse speaker hurl. Good shit.

THE CARBONAS - "s/t" CD $5.99
The much-anticipated third album from Atlanta's Carbonas is a blast of late'70s/early '80s punk rock with a high-energy rock'n' roll influence bringing to mind bands like the Exploding Hearts and The Orphans.

CHROME JACKSON / DIAGRAM A - "split" 7" $5.99
Chrome Jackson = solo guitar noise experiments by Stephen Mattos (member of Athletic Automaton/ex-Arab on Radar). Diagram A = Noise/sound art by Dan Greenwood.

COCK E.S.P. -"Greatest Dicks 3" 3-inch CD $5.99
Cock E.S.P.'s third collection of recorded works is a 3" CD in a limited edition of 500. Covering the years 2001-2003, you get 40 tracks of sublime, cranium crushing noise hijinks and surrealist action from the Midwestern free/noise/core/comedy legends. Includes collaborative work with Crank Sturgeon, Prairiepusher, Eugenics Council, Rotten Piece, Newton and Panicsville, but the highlights of this disc are an incredible krautrock-esque remix by Burning Star Core that channels Faust and This Heat with shrill noise bursts drilling through the periphery of the motorik beat, and a radio interview with the group, conducted by a "Fink Winklebean", which includes hard to follow chitchat about tension, punching each other in the face, Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky VII", spider monkeys, the most unpleasant characteristics of playing in Cock E.S.P., having W.A.S.P. or Sabbath play at their funeral, and prescriptions and influences. Crucial for fellow Cock fans, and those of you that are into harsh noise, brutal improv, mutant jazz, and noisecore, and haven't yet begun to explore Cock E.S.P.'s demented world, this 'lil disc is a perfect introduction to their smash-up spazz noise.

THE COLE QUINTET / LINSAY - "split" picture disc 7" $5.99
German HC influenced by SWING KIDS, CRIMSON CURSE.

Canadian West Coast grind meets United States East Coast grind. COMPOUND TERROR are from Victoria, BC, feature a member of ISKRA and play somewhat DISCORDANCE AXIS-style grind. THE COMMUNION are from Bethpage, NY and toss various styles of grind, savage black metal and urgent hardcore into each song. Limited to 100 copies on blue/purple HEAVY vinyl.

COMPLICATED SHIRT - "Instrument" CD $5.99
Wielding an intelligent, angular garage punk sound similar to early Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, this is challenging, off-center music that combines post-rock and indie rock in a blending of Mission of Burma meets Red Krayola.

CONTAMINATORS - "Minimal Minds" 7" $5.99
Blown out vocal track, skuzzy recording and loud, direct arrangements throw this into a ‘70s punk motif, with great success – “Want me Dead” in particular lifts enough of the Pistols/Dead Boys sorta vibes with the bravado required for ownership, or at least a month-to-month lease. Great, dirty sounds. 300 copies, black vinyl.

Cower resides somewhere in the audible crusty punk house between IRON LUNG and TRAGEDY. Pounding at times, driving at others. It’s always heavy, and it’s always intense. Amidst the legions of copycats and style-prisoners, Cower take healthy helping of various sub-sub-genres such as power violence, d-beat, noise, and melodic crust to formulate a sound that seems naturally punishing. They are a promising detonation of unforgiving, unwavering noise.

CROW TONGUE - "Prophecies And Secrets: The Red Hand Mark In Dub" CDR $5.99
Just like it says, this CDR features nine tracks that take the original source material from the Red Hand Mark and filters it all through various dubby effects and mixing-board fuckery, remixing and "reinterpreting" the songs. The resultant tracks still retain the skeletal throb of the originals, but now they are veiled in echoey beats and trippy electronic textures, and become a druggy, darker doppelganger of Crow Tongue as whirring beats spinning from one speaker to another, the beats sometimes seeming to run backwards, heavy kosmiche drones previously hidden emerge from the depths of Crow Tongue's mutant hypnofolk. The album takes on a darker cast with these remixes, as the new titles attest: "Undead Voices", "Four Horses Ride", and "Corpse Candles" are all included on this companion disc. It's pretty intoxicating.

CRUCIFIXION WOUNDS - "Bastard Son of God" 7" $5.99
If you're a collector into the proto-black & death sounds of the early 90s, this German cult is for you. Dominated evil riffs with maniacal/hostile vocals. KVLT raw tone!

CYCLONE 60 - "Instant Classic" CD $5.99
Sabbath-powered riffs and Blue Cheer guitar licks smoke their way to stoner perfection. Super heavy 70's rock vibe features x-WHITE HILLS member on drums. For fans of FU MANCHU, KYUSS, MONSTER MAGNET.

DATACLAST / EARWIGS - "split" CD $5.99
Synapse-shredding splatter electronics!! Hyperspeed eGrind glitch violence vs. crushing cosmic electronic chaos! New Jersey duo DATACLAST forge an explosive amalgamation of hyperkinetic breaks and blastbeats organically fused to spastic glitch electronica and bestial vocals with their 29 tracks, bringing post-human grind screaming into the 21st Century. DISCORDANCE AXIS hand picked these guys to open their final show, if that tells you anything. For a point of reference, imagine the surgical grindcore of prime CARCASS brutally molested by KID 606, MERZBOW, and AUTECHRE! And shadowy Northwest decibel merchants EARWIGS follow up a decade long career of twisted electronic noise abstraction with 6 tracks of new material that tanges from evocative shards of crystalline debris to Mecha-inspired blastquakes of apocalyptic throb.

DAUGHTERS - "Hell Songs" CD $5.99
The gothic metalcore/grind of Daughter's second release is a welcome new direction from the band, infusing their spastic upper-register mathblast with a heavy dose of sweaty Birthday Party n' Jesus Lizard style post punk lost in the throes of demonic metallic possession. I actually like Hell Songs alot more than Canada Songs, as we have actual songs here rather than minute long blasts of controlled chaos, and the whole lurid vibe of this disc makes it a pretty engaging listen. Daughters actually have more in common with fellow Hydra Headers Oxbow and the art-damaged hardcore of Racebannon now, while retaining the upper-fretboard gymnastics, inventive riffing, high pitched guitar squeals, and hyperspeed blastbeats that had everybody flipping out over their EP and first CD. Definitely recommended, one of the coolest non-grind grindcore albums around!

DD/MM/YYYY - "Blue Screen of Death" CD $5.99
When a band can redeem titles like "Cancer Boy On Hash" and "Welcome To The Fortress of the Fluffy Love Cloud" you know you're onto something special. But when the group effortlessly runs through 25 tunes that recall Modest Mouse, Devo, Mr. Bungle and Zappa all at the same time, it only reinforces the old adage about judging a book by its cover. Blue Screen, then, has a little of everything: guitar skronk with plaintive vocals, carnivalesque keyboard goof-offs, wonky jazzbo interludes and enough ambient noise sketches to make Brian Eno blush.

DD/MM/YYYY - "Are They Masks?" CD $5.99
The follow up album to 2005’s Blue Screen of Death, Are They Masks documents the continued evolution of the band, with twenty one new songs. Ranging from subdued atmospherics to tempo-tantrum art punk, the album retains the experimental learning of the band, while poking fun at familiar pop formats. Taking influence from the works of Frank Zappa, Melt Banana, DADA art and video games.

THE DEATHSET - "Rad Warehouses Bad Neighborhoods" CD $5.99
12 short, fast, synthesizer-heavy tracks often described as “digitized robot nightmares”. If this is the case, these hypothetical nightmares would include visions of pixie sticks, energy drinks, large, gnarly, leafless trees, cloudy night skies, full moons, and helium balloons. Sung in shrill, high-pitched voices that at times remind me of Gravy Train, at others, Melt Banana, and even sometimes, The Locust. Dig highly infectious spaz punk? Pick this CD up immediately, weirdo! Along with remixes by BONDE DO ROLE and DAN DEACON, the enhanced portion of the CD includes a live video of Negative Thinking, from the band’s stunning performance at the Mauled By Tigers Festival in Chicago and a hand silkscreened 10 inch x 15 inch flag (full back patch).

DESTRUCTO SWARMBOTS - "The Mountain" 3-inch CD $5.99
A 3" CD packaged in a standard jewel-case, "The Mountain EP" finds Destructo Swarmbots (Mike Mare and James O'Brien) exploring a more delicate and subtle space than previous releases. The two man guitar and bass team, known for it's abrasive sonic attacks, take their layers of manipulated dissonance and situate them in subtle ambient landscapes. The tracks range from "36 beautiful songs" which plays like an condensed and intensified version of Fripp and Eno's "An Index of Metals." to the somber "saving grace on an 8 hour connection" which finds the group delving into more traditional melodic structures.

DESTRUCTO SWARMBOTS - "Clear Light" CD $5.99
Destructo Swarmbots has carved a unique niche for themselves over the past 4 years. Their live shows consist of chaotic walls of white noise, improvised textures and battered instruments. Their recordings are delicate, at times meditative, washes of ambience constructed from countless piles of tortured sounds. Influenced heavily by 200+ needle-dropped, out of print psyche records, "Clear Light" is their strongest effort yet and the next step on their journey to artistic isolation.

DEVILLOCK - "These Graves" CD $5.99
Devillock is Justin Chris Meyers on organ, tapes and electronics. He also runs the Tone Filth label and also plays as Panther Skull. 'These Graves' is his debut on a real CD, but he has released handmade tapes and CDRs. He offers four tracks of densely layered sound, knitting all the sounds he can find together. Slowing down old reel to reel tapes on the title track provide another dark gesture in this music. Devillock doesn't play harsh noise as such, but he provides a pretty noise related drone sound. Minimal piercing sounds, mainly the lower region of the sound spectrum, making this quite a menacing affair. Noise as it's supposed to be: menacing, not by the harshness of it's sound, but by the content of what its sound has to offer. Despite it's title and bandname, I think it's a much more serious affair than the average noise attack. Great stuff.

THE DRILLS - "Skull Death 2" 7" $5.99
Recorded in 1981, "Skull Death 2" is one of those very special records that any shred of talent would completely ruin. This shit is the sound of a million dust bunnies getting yelled at by the tweekiest tweeker in all of Washington State while wielding a vacuum. Shitty recording, horrible songwriting, yet somehow PURE GENIUS. The guitars just sound like noise (although the riffs are discernable) and there is an amazing out-of-nowhere, what-the-fuck, twice-as-loud-as-the-rest-of-the-levels over-dub dropped in at the end of track one. Like "No Rule" by LEATHER NUN, if they were more hardcore.

EMERGENCY HAND PUPPET - "Please To Enjoy" CD $5.99
Emergency Hand Puppet is a new solo project of Greg F. (Fear of Dolls) made up of sound collage and other noise experiments, created mostly from applying damage and torture to obscure vinyl records.

END THE AGONY - "From The Lungs" 7" $5.99
A cathartic, bleak, draining noise-rock duo from Brighton, these Cat On Form dudes bring some pained, negative vibes in a NOOTHGRUSH / CORRUPTED style!

ESB / THE FANTASTIK HOLE - "split" CD $5.99
A vicious double-shot of French avant-grind! We were already fans of The Fantastikol Hole, a drummachine-powered outfit that mashes insanely complex and jagged grindcore with equally confounding digital rhythms, massive blastbeat action, and a fractured IDM vibe that is somewhat comparable to the kind of fucked-up electronica beats that Genghis Tron employed on Dead Mountain Mouth. If you're a fan of weird, schizophrenic, futuristic-sounding grindcore, you seriously need to check this one out. So here we are with this new split album which features a whopping 17 tracks from the 'Hole, all of them new and exclusive, and just as awesome sounding as their album. Blistering neo-grind metal, with angular meaty riffing and bestial shrieks/distorto roars trading off, is torn apart and stapled back together with glitchy fractured beats, passages of almost total silence suddenly welling up out of a blasting math grind tornado, abrasive electronic textures, breakbeats, weird dissonant rock riffing, bits of French cafe music, samples of mysterious wind instruments, and weird unidentifiable percussive noises. Seriously weird and megaheavy and surreal, like Genghis Tron, Pig Destroyer, and Antigama mashed together with random transmissions of French pop and IDM and old hip hop 12"s into a super heavy and ultra damaged cyclone of electro blastcore violence. How were ESB going to match up to the bizarreness and brutality of The Fantastikol Hole? Not too shabby, actually. Hadn't heard these guys before this split, but we definitely dug their freaked out version of chaotic grindcore, which manages to sound like they take influence from both 90's powerviolence and epic French post-hardcore. Yeah, that might seem weird, but their 12 songs manage to pack in an interesting combination of brutal HC damage a la Infest and Crossed Out with majestic, melodic parts that remind us of bands like Gantz, Amanda Woodward, Cortez, and Envy. Cortez sort of did the same thing, blending brutal grindy HC with epic, brooding heaviness, but ESB are way more ragged and thrashy and savage sounding, while throwing in the odd electronic noise track, sudden departures into French pop, and alien sounding electronic textures into the mix to keep things interesting.

FISTFUCK - "Felicitation Pour Votre Beau Programme" CD $5.99
Latest release from these insane grindcore bastards from Canada! A must for fans of Dahmer, ThinkShit, Warsore, Nasum, etc!

FOOT VILLAGE - "Fuck the Future" CD $5.99
Pure hardcore. No electricity. Fuck the future. Foot Village needs nothing but their own fists to make music, to make you scream, to make you dance, to make you thrash. An imaginary step back to a time more futuristic than now, yet shrouded in magic. Foot Village features members of Men Who Can’t Love, Rainbow Blanket, Gang Wizard, Rose For Bohdan, and tons more.

FROGSKIN / TAUNT - "split" 7" $5.99
Finally this nasty, alcohol imbued and drug-abusing cluster bomb has arrived! Each band one song. While both playing the same style of dirty, grooving sludge, they still emphasize their own approach and blend. Taunt with a monumental, 1 riff-based but very varied song that crumbles every piece of dope. Foaming with rage, Frogskin on the other hand blow out a rumbling blast of a song, spitting acid in nearly 8 minutes. While Taunt are self-destructive and desperate, Frogskin concentrate on suffering, pain and anger. Imported from Germany. Limited to 500 copies.

GHADDAR / PANACEJA - "split" 7" $5.99
International split, GHADDAR from Allentown, PA and PANACEJA from Rijeka, Croatia. Brutal as hell powerviolence-influenced hardcore.

GHAST / ABANDONER – “split” CD $5.99
GHAST: tortured, slow black doom like Moss, Bunkur and Corrupted.
ABANDONER: sparse, post-industrial noise landscapes, a sort of even more twisted, less melodic Wolf Eyes done by members of UNEARTHLY TRANCE.

GHOST AQUARIUM - "Light Cannot Escape" b/w "Spiritual Cramp" 7" $5.99
Early Dinosaur Jr. meets "Only Theater of Pain" Christian Death!! Limited to 300 copies on marbled vinyl!!!

GREEN DRAGON - "Green Dragon" cassette $5.99
Imagine Monster Magnet dozing off in a musty basement after a three-day cough syrup, barbiturate and psych-rock jammola bender. From members of SWEET DIESEL and DAS OATH. Limited to 50 copies.

GREEN DRAGON - "Green Dragon" CD $5.99
Imagine Monster Magnet dozing off in a musty basement after a three-day cough syrup, barbiturate and psych-rock jammola bender. From members of SWEET DIESEL and DAS OATH.

HABSYLL - "Habsyll" CD $5.99
Unbelievably heavy and slow amplifier overload from France! Two long tracks of uber-doom which is seemingly devoid of any coherant structure and exists only to open up a black void in your stereo speakers through which to suck out your very soul. Habsyll sound to me like a less happy-go-lucky Khanate, or Monarch without the hipster irony. Totally morbid! Lovely 8-panel digipaks with black-on-black printing.

HARD VENOM / ADALRUNA - "The Broken Swords of Despotic Villainy" CD $5.99
Two UK black metal bands come together for 74 minutes of black metal fury! Hard Venom seems to draw a lot of influence from all genres of metal: Thrash, Speed, Power, Black, Progressive, etc. There is even a little punkish influence as well. In a genre that has so many copycat conformitive clones, Hard Venom have managed to find a way to add a little variety into the otherwise stagnate world of black metal. Adalruna is for anyone who digs stripped down, raw black metal. Adalruna have a unique sound, but they keep true to the essence of BLACK METAL!!! Limited to 100 copies.

HATED YOUTH / ROACH MOTEL - "split" LP $9.99
Two scorching, early '80s Florida hardcore bands of yore, one great split LP. Nineteen previously unreleased HATED YOUTH tracks from 1984, backed with thirteen rowdy, raunchy Roach Motel songs recorded live in 1983, including a wacky cover song. Packaged with an eight-page lyric/photo book.

HELLBOY 106 - "Some People Make Better Looking Corpses Than Others" CDR $5.99
Hellboy 106 is an one man band, started up on 2006.There's no high-technology equipment on this project, just analogue sounds, a bunch of analogue effects and some recordings of machines, humans and animals.The whole concept behind Hellboy 106 is to transform/translate visual arts into sounds. Like Merzbow jamming with Marcel Duchamp or Nurse With Wound collaborating with Jackson Pollack. Packaged in a 7" sleeve with a sticker. Imported from Greece. Limited to 80 hand numbered copies.

HEP-Z - "Centavos" CD $5.99
Stoner rock parody or a fist-banging 80's hardrock masterpiece- you decide. Pre-dates their "Day Planner Of A Madman" album.

All the noise you've come to love from this group, except this time around they decided to use some beats, imagine Christoph Debabylon and Slayer smoking Lebanese Blonde Hash inside the Swans rehearsal room with Duran Duran spinning in the back ground. Limited to 100 copies.

HOW WE LOST THE WAR - "Jaywalker" clear vinyl 7" $5.99
Six new tracks of blistering powerviolence, from Brooklyn's How We Lost the War. 350 copies pressed on clear vinyl.

HUMAN HOST - "Exploding Demon" CD $5.99
The ten tracks on this disc form an apocalyptic science-fiction space opera of sorts, complete with futuristic synth doodling, strange sounds from various gadgets, and lots of singing / shouting of lyrics. A couple of songs were recorded live, but sound perfectly at home among the studio-induced madness. Cryptic, even bizarre ideas about song structure and sound keep things interesting. If you like your perverse electronica weird and obsessed with science-fiction themes, you'll want to check this out.

INFIDEL?/CASTRO! - "Bioentropic Damage Fractal" 2 x CD (DOUBLE CD) $5.99
Undefineable, uncatagorizeable, INFIDEL? / CASTRO! return with Bioentropic Damage Fractal,a 14-part, 2-disc epic of electro-acoustic experimental electronics harsh noise / ambient metal / avant post-rock that travels the extremes of density and sparsity, speed and sluggishness, length and brevity, beauty and ugliness. Hyper-complex and hyper-epic, the band weaves an engrossing tapestry of spastic electronic carnage, sweeping melodic bliss, futuristic heaviness, and swirling, hypnotic walls of sound. Concepts of degradation and the inherent instability of the organic are thoroughly explored in this cohesive and focused double CD. Features Colin Marston of DYSRHYTHMIA and BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS.

JACUZZI SUICIDE - "s/t" 7" $5.99
Asheville, NC's Jacuzzi Suicide features past & present members of many notable bands: Kakistocracy, Princess Thunderstorm, Ressurectum, Electric Damn, Hadaka Matsuri, Space Weed, Sports, Reagan's Bones, Bomb Threat, Weapons Of Massturbation, etc. This, however, sounds nothing like any of these bands. Imagine people from bands like these deciding to go outside of the punk spectrum & focus more on a Judas Priest, early Motley Crue kinda worship. Cowbells, falsetto vox, & guitar "solos". DIY stadium rock w/a glam twist.

JAPANISCHE KAMPFHORSPIELE means "Japanese combat radio play" auf Deutsch and they are absolutely raging with their admirably busy grindcore which also has a varied attack and isn’t afraid to explore tempos not usually found within the genre. They dive into punk, death-grind and jazz and flirt with flashed of electro. But what should sound cluttered and clumsy kicks like a mule in fuck-you cleats. ARE YOU GOD from Brazil follow up with some dashing grindcore rock! Fans of grind that have lost some faith in the genre, definitely need to get this album.

KAITEN - "Turning of the Heavens" CD $5.99
TURNING OF THE HEAVENS is the debut album from KAITEN, the collaborative project featuring Erik Jarl (IRM, JARL) and Lirim Cajani (INSTITUT, OPERATIV PERMANENT). As would be expected from an alliance of these two Swedish artists, KAITEN is a foray into dark, dense, and superb harsh electronics. Taking their name from the infamous Japanese manned torpedoes, a submarine counterpart of the Kamikaze planes of WWII, KAITEN submerges the listener in a world of claustrophobic, shuddering tension.Distorted echoes of mayhem resonate against the hull of a steel coffin speeding toward certain destruction. Grating, shouted vocals, radio intercepts, and bombastic rhythms are crushed together to represent an inevitable fiery death and a hero's grave in the cold, crushing depths of the Pacific Ocean, all in the name of imperious glory.

KITES - "Royal Paint with the Metallic Gardener " CD $5.99
More often than not though, Royal Paint pursues the path of knob-twiddling ear-gougers like MASONNA and early HANATARASH, modulating malfunctioning white noise processors into jittery squiggles of screeching chaos. Of course, it’s important to remember that this is American music, so naturally Kites is a lot more choppy and restless in his approach to textures and exploration than the focused, ritualistic intensity so distinct to most solitary Japanese noise gurus. It’s less Zen, more ADD (and land of the free).

KITES - "Superior Moon" 3-inch CD $5.99
Christopher Forgues, the man behind Kites, utilizes a phalanx of pedals, circuit breakers, microphones, and amps to achieve his unusual and bracing take on music. Superior Moon is an excellent showcase for his sometimes deranged, sometimes haunting brand of musical experimentation. This album's nine untitled tracks are much shorter and to the point than some of his previous material. While a few tracks do lash out with harsh tentacles of electronic hiss, for the most part these tracks are dominated by subdued beats and slowly swelling sections of white noise. This restraint does serve to make this release one Kites’ most accessible yet.

KORPERSCHWACHE - "Sordid Revelations From The Cult Of The Nazaren" CD $5.99
Extended buzzsaw feedback necrodrone blasts that resemble the slow shrieking and crushing destruction inflicted by heavy machinery. Existing somewhere between pure noise/drone/ambient and the grisliest depths of avant-garde/mutant Black Metal (minus any semblance of percussion, mind you), this is the sound of a small orchestra of fried out amplifiers performing extreme exercises in dissonant annihilation, with occasional vocal proclamations by Elektra Sturmschnell. But believe it or not, there are some DAMN CATCHY moments here. Using tape loops, gadgets, distorted samples, effects pedals, and blown-amp guitars and bass, Korperschwache creates an extremely loud form of isolationism. LIMITED EDITION OF 150

LHD - "Curtains" CD $5.99
John Wiese and Phil Blankenship make five tracks and 19 minutes worth of relentless harsh noise. Expect a shitload of abrasive distortion that rests more in the midrange to high-end, lots of swirling panning effects and crisp, biting feedback, and then some. On rare occasion some really twisted ambience will appear within the midst of the distortion, as well as a few quick cutups, which at times can make it hard to notice when things changeover from one track to the next, but none of the songs have titles so it's not like that's important. The recording is really good, it's right on the line between having a rugged sense of warmth and density and being overly clear, so it's aptly aggressive and forceful but also has a clarity to it that lets a good amount of detail shine through. The disc comes in a nice matte black and white slipcase with minimal artwork and text, no track titles, etc. I think it looks nice and slick though, and the minimalism works in its favor. Good stuff. I definitely enjoy the fact that with this CD the duo recognizes the impact of kicking your ass and then calling it quits, rather than beating you over the head for an hour, so the thing's over in a flash and that's that. Limited to 500 copies, so don't wait around too terribly long if you're interested. Those who like it harsh won't be disappointed.

THE LOVE CLUB - "Pearls Dissolve In Vinegar" CD $5.99
Psych freak rock that slides between blues, grunge, indie and hard rock on a song by song basis. Like a cross between early Velvet Underground and the entire soundtrack of Pulp Fiction.

LOTUS - "Version 2.0" CD $5.99
Lotus take deranged free noise, various samples, retarded electro/dance beats, digital blastbeats, and absurd vocal bird-squawks and create a sort of avant-electro-cheersquad nightmare using only a modified Commodore 64 and two microphones attached to 200 foot cables, allowing the Lotus guys plenty of space to flip out royally. Imagine a drooling, caffiene-overdosed mashup of brain damaged Digital Hardcore Records seizures, the dayglo freak thrash of An Albatross, and primitive computer jams with two lobotimized little kids freaking out on the mic as they are being electrocuted. 

LYSERGENE - "Critical Mass" CD $5.99
Lysergene is the alter ego of Esoteric guitarist and founding member Gordon Bicknell. We've got a member of one of the heaviest doom bands on the planet going off in a completely different, electronica-based direction, but Lysergene's sound is one that I think even hardcore Esoteric fans will want to check out. The core of the sound is definitely EBM and techno/industrial, with lots of pounding, thumping beats and crushing breaks, and it sounds at first like this came right out of the Wax Trax era of heavy dance industrial. Think early Ministry, Front 242, Skinny Puppy, Velvet Acid Christ. Lots of dark electronic textures layered over one another, pounding 4/4 beats, lush dark ambience, with a clear nod to the classic EBM sounds of the late 80's/early 90's. But as Critical Mass unfolds, I'm hearing undercurrents of heavy, distorted guitar drone beneath the pulsating electro rhythms, as well as awesome vintage kosmiche sounds that are right out of the 70's.

MARAX - "Feel Free To Fuck Me" CD-R $5.99
Limited cd-r pressing of the Feel Free conceptual cassette released in an absurdly limited edition wooden crate in the late 90's by Southern extreme noise and abyssal drone artist Eric Crowe (MARAX). Painfully intense power electronic love. These tracks are blistering high-frequency wipeouts with a nervous sense of humor...much different but no less adventurous than the cavernous blackened droneworks of his more recent material. 12 tracks of sweetness. Comes packaged in a full color glossy sleeve thats in an airsealed mylar bag. LIMITED and #d OUT OF 100.

Masato Tanaka: Crunchy guitars and sludgy/grindy hardcore stuff with more than a smattering of odd keyboards. Pocket Gallows: First tune is a noisy bit of metallic skronk; second track is a much quieter—and oddly more unsetting—piece with keyboards and drums. Last tune goes back to the sludge. Screenprinted covers, limited to 300.

MONGREL "Fuck Off, 601" C-10 Ltd. 43 $5.99
A twisted and schizophrenic creation from a loosely wrapped mind unhinges the beast in this short but damaging affair. Contact mic'd Dada body movements, toys, scrap metal, concrete worship, chains and yes, even a harmonica bring a jackboot kick to the head whilst whisteling sounds of dread. For fans of Sickness, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock.

MR. BLANDING'S DREAMHOUSE - "Ninety-Nine Aprils" CD $5.99
Mr. Blanding's Dreamhouse plays late 90's indie rock. Female fronted vocals, backed by powerful yet sweet guitar lines, and held together with a solid building rythm section. MBD is midwest indie rock at its finest. Fans of Rainer Maria, Superchunk, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Mineral take note.

MURKRAT - "s/t" CD $5.99
Wow, the first album from this Australian doom duo totally took me by surprise. An all-female duo no less, Murkrat debut with an eight song disc on Aesthetic Death, who we know by now have a golden ear for strange, crushing new veins of doom, and it's a surprising blend of sounds whose nearest precedent (at least to my ears) is New York ritual-doom experimentalists Bloody Panda. The first three tracks on this album are brand new, and long as fuck, running anywhere from 8 to 11 minutes apiece. The other five tracks are all taken from their demo, and are just as killer. This is weird shit, kind of old school sounding, maybe some traces of Saint Vitus and Candlemass in here somewhere, but that classic doom sound is blended with trippy contemporary downer-doom that's reminiscent of bands like Thergothon and Skepticism, dark, depressive, and miserable. The riffs are heavy and definitely doomy, but have a strange, fuzzy, processed sound, and the drums are super minimal, lumbering through each song with an economy of motion that makes Murkrat's sound that much more trance-inducing. Then there are the vocals, dark and melodramatic but not overwrought, sometimes delivered in a sorrowful Gothic moan that reminds me of Yoshiko Ohara from Bloody Panda, sometimes belting out a blackened screech. Even better is when multiple ladies all join in for some harmonized singing, which happens pretty often. Lots of organ too, which further reminds me of Skepticism. The organ is laid on thick, a dense cathedral pipe organ buzz draped over the depressing Sabbathoid riffs and oozing amp drone, and when the pipe organ tones and delirious singing all melds together, it's goddamn intoxicating. Everything is drenched in a kind of dusty, eldritch murk, the instruments sound like their blurred by age and decay, the sound still definitely heavy, but the music sounds remarkably old. One of my favorite songs is "Morality Slug", with it's vaguely catchy verse and chorus of voices and fuzzy 80's synths, like hearing Saint Vitus playing in a crumbling cathedral while some drugged goatcult performs bizarre rites beneath a canopy of neon sigils. Quite awesome. The demo songs that make up the other half of the disc are even weirder, if anything. There's strange industrial clanging; deep cavernous droning; ultra-distorted riffs that almost sound like old school synthesizers, they're so fuzzy; creepy processed doom riffs bathed in murk and mold, stretched out beneath the awesome witchy vocals, still totally possessed with that classic Vitus vibe, but with tinges of weirdo 70's occult rock and psychedelic folk under the surface, turning their sinister sound into something that much creepier and esoteric. Fans of old school doom are gonna love this, and it goes without saying that anyone that's been bit by the femme-fronted doom sound that's been going around lately with bands like Jex Thoth, Reino Ermitano, Blood Ceremony, Deadmask, etc. will dig this in a big way too. Recommended!

80-minute industrial/noise strike from the Czech Republic. Packaged in multiple psychedelic fold-out sleeve with wire tire.

NECROMONDO - "s/t" CD $5.99
Necromondo is a new project from Tidad at Mechanoise Labs, dealing in gore-soaked industrial scum drone that's been inspired by a healthy diet of classic Italian splatter cinema. Tirdad name drops such spaghetti splat classics as City of the Living Dead, Zombi 2, Burial Ground, and Cannibal Holocaust as his inspiration, and with tracks titled "Flesh Eater", "Theme For A Machete", "Feeding Frenzy", and "A Fistful Of Intestines", he crafts industrial skuzz jams that evoke zombie-infested streets, densely forested tropical islands swarming with gut-munching cannibals, and hidden halogen-lit labs that have been abandoned by their keepers via some seriously sinister oscillator throb layered with deep, heavy low-frequency distortion loops, freakish gurgling vocal noises, sizzling currents of electricity, tribal drumming, bone rattles, putrid death industrial. Sort of like Wolf Eyes at their most droney and hypnotic, getting baked and vomiting up heavy streams of crusty industrial splatter trance. Or like an Atrax Morgue jam mixed in with a greasy copy of the audio track to Fulci's Zombi. Or old school 80's Broken Flag/Iphar/Come Organisation tapes being collaged together with Girolami's Zombie Holocaust. Limited edition of 525 copies. Highly recommended!

Take a look at the back of the jewel case for this CD, and where there would normally be a track listing or some other similar indicator of the content within, there are only the words “172 Songs” beneath the nearly incomprehensible logos of the three bands that make up this 3-way split CD. This absurd statement should hopefully prepare you for the ridiculously wicked blitz of freeform Brazilian grindnoise on order here from NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU, EMPTY GRAVE, and PURE NOISE. While virtually extinct in other regions of the globe, it would seem that the ANAL CUNT / FEAR OF GOD / SORE THROAT noisecore legacy lives strong in Brazil. NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU, who are virtually legends in this “scene”, open this up with 28 blasts of nonsensical blastbeat mayhem, brainmelting Casio melodies, entire riffs lifted from VAN HALEN and RUSH, and mongoloid thrash breakdowns mashed together into a blur of lo-fi speed chaos. Imagine early BOREDOMS action as filtered through the noxious grind of ANAL CUNT. EMPTY GRAVE are a tough-looking drums’n’guitar duo whose 69 songs flirt a little more with old school death and speed metal, busting out some pretty vicious lo-fi speedcore riffs and monstrous breakdowns, but the frequent forays into nursery rhymes, 5-second "songs", and roaring walls of distortion that barely obscure the frenetic, sloppy blastbeating relentlessly going on in the background keep this firmly entrenched in the noisecore/blurr orbit. The production here is slightly improved over NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU’s vaccum-cleaner eruptions, but it’s still no picnic. Mostly it’s multi-second riffblast on par with early CRIPPLE BASTARDS and FEAR OF GOD accented with moments of brootal mid-tempo crustcore, evil monk chants, old time spirituals, and fucked structures like a retarded NAKED CITY, complete with dual cave troll/rabid warthog/electrocuted housewife vocals. PURE NOISE wrap it up with what would appear to be 75 individual compositions, but since a CD can only have 99 labeled track ID’s, all of the PURE NOISE material has been squashed together as one continuous stream of improv blast violence on track 99. None of this really matters…what does matter is that PURE NOISE sounds like Scum-era NAPALM DEATH channeling old school Japanese harsh noise through their shitty practice amps and attempting to lock into some flesh destroying free-jazz thoughtwaves. Obviously, this feast of blast is only recommended to serious noise heads, old school grind freaks, and fans of truly adventurous/fried brutal improv. This disc is packaged in blown color Xerox graphics which make this appear more like black market Brazilian snuff vid product than it has any right to.

NIGHTSTICK JUSTICE - "Claustrophobic E.P." 7" $5.99
On their second E.P. (and third vinyl output) California's NIGHTSTICK JUSTICE bring you five more discordant cuts of raw and explosive hardcore! If you were lucky enough to grab either their demo 7" or the MINDLESS VIOLENCE E.P. on WAY BACK WHEN / EVEN WORSE you have an idea of what to expect: fast and biting hardcore that combines a range of influences and elements from early Boston and California HC to Japanese hardcore. With this new E.P., NIGHTSTICK JUSTICE have honed their sound even tighter and cranked up the power and intensity times ten, pummeling you with a nonstop barrage of sonic insanity.

OHMTRON SEEDLING - "Transfer the Code" 3-inch CD $5.99
Psychedelic electronic sounds from the Netherlands. Utilizing a vintage approach to modern electronic psychedelic music, Ohmtron Seedling seeks to create an atmosphere that is both electronic and organic while similtaneously chaotic and mysterious.

OHMTRON SEEDLING - "Landing in Quadrant Three" 3-inch CD $5.99
Psychedelic electronic sounds from the Netherlands. Utilizing a vintage approach to modern electronic psychedelic music, Ohmtron Seedling seeks to create an atmosphere that is both electronic and organic while similtaneously chaotic and mysterious.  

OKTOBER SKYLINE - "That's How Tripods Work LP $9.99
11 tracks of brutal experimental grind, held together with progressive noisescapes and minimalist rock riffing. Recommended for fans of DAUGHTERS, ED GEIN or CONVERGE. Hand-numbered on baby blue vinyl.

OPEN CITY - "Birth of Cruel" CD $5.99
"The Birth of Cruel" is Open City's follow-up to the 2002 LP "L.A. We Revise Your Neglect". The trio still consists of two electric guitarists (Peter Kolovos and Doug Russell) and a drummer (Andrew Maxwell). This album presents two main differences. First, the pieces are longer. Second, silence plays a more prominent role in the music. That is, the improvisations leave a lot of room for breathing and show minutiae in the spatial-temporal placement of sound gestures. If it sounds arid stated that way, in fact it makes for very dynamic, although fragmented music. Each of the three pieces bears at least four different titles in sequence, hinting at a "suite" form, but identifying a clear transitional points between these "sections" is virtually impossible. Beginning with the "Assembly Language" suite, the piece coming closest in terms of density to the material found on "L.A. We Revise Your Neglect". Maxwell is particularly busy laying down a rough percussive terrain (Paul Lytton comes to mind, but a Lytton who would have spent a couple of summers with Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo). The shortest piece at seven minutes, the "Fetch and Squabble" suite presents two handfuls of ideas and climates flashing by in front of the listener's ears, like the stings from a swarm of bees, each prick more precise than the previous ones. The album finished with the 20-minute "epic" (the word goes well with "suite"; it feels like a progressive rock album) "A Valley Forge," one of Open City's finest moments. The trio manages to sustain the momentum despite several angle shifts. The last five minutes or so see the two guitarists conversing in a noisy but very articulate way, before joining forces for a quiet drone.

ORN - "Teeth/Knowing" CD $5.99
Orn are a new three piece doom metal band from Toronto, one drummer, two guitarists and a wall of amplifiers. Orn's doom is heaving and raw, the drone is delivered in snarling unapologetic straight shots. The intensity is built up and torn down with minimal structures with guttural screams, sustaining guitars and punishing insistent rhythms that force their way into your mind. With extended listen the music becomes impossibly heavy and hypnotic hitting you with wave after wave of hard charging, supremely gratifying, destroyed noise. Welcome the arrival of a new player in the noise world: Orn. FOR FANS OF OCEAN, BURNING WITCH AND GRAVES AT SEA. Limited to 1000 CDs.

OVA! + HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY I CAN'T READ - "split"  CD $5.99
Ova! are a duo whose prog-influenced riffage contains nods to both the light (angular riffs and peppy rhythms) and dark (sludgy drone and bludgeoning attack) sides of their inner musical psyches, all recorded with enough grit to ensure that things never run too smoothly. Ova! may not do quite as many musical summersaults as some of their proggy peers, or cram quite as many notes into each minute of music, but their eight tracks here are a pleasing, if not overly exciting, ruckus.  Happy Mother’s Day I Can’t Read take a different approach, eschewing the rock and roll in favor of some fat analogue grooves. It’s a relatively simple recipe, noisemaking that relies on the qualities of its sounds rather than any gimmickry or overpowering sonic assault (not that the aforementioned are necessarily bad, mind you). The world these songs inhabit is an 8-bit one, they could be mangled video game soundtracks or the gasps of a choking Atari.

OV DUST - "Crushing the American Christ" CD $5.99
Blackened trash whose punk and metal influences spar to devastating effect. Produced and engineered by famed NYHC legend Don Fury. RIYL: KREATOR and TRIPTYKON.

Peacemaker is Rich Hoak from Brutal Truth/Total Fucking Destruction, HOTFUCKACTIONTOTHEMAXX is Kevin from Fetus Eaters/Bacteria Cult, and Actuary is violent west coast analog noise enforcement. Packaged in a bad-as-fuck limited edition, hand-numbered slimline DVD case with mega-artwork (courtesy of Kevin Fetus) are two CD's for your noise-fetish pleasure.

PEACEMAKER / IRON MOLAR - "split" CD $5.99
Transformational harsh noise / power electronics from Peacemaker aka Rich Hoak from Brutal Truth/Total Fucking Destruction with Italian freaks, Iron Molar. Demented artwork and sounds, limited to 300 copies.

PIG EXAM - "Contort Thine Cells" CD $5.99
On Contort Thine Cells, New Zealand native Loren Clements (aka Pig Exam) lets fly with the SHOCK VOLTS - heavy electric razor wire blastage kicking and screaming from your shreded-out speaker cones. Nothing dark, dreary, or mysterious here, just the unadorned sounds of getting shot in the face by a police taser from short range. Twice. Lorent has been creating the sharp painful noise for over ten years in both solo and group settings under various monikers: Downfeed, Zorac5, EggSpecies, Blisstuff, Balance & the Blossum, Mommy Won't Wake Up, Degenerate & Enable, and of course, Pig Exam.

PJ GLAUBERZON - "Cubicle Puppets" CD $5.99
"Cubicle Puppets" is an odd affair, a meticulously crafted pop gem, written and recorded by one PJ Glauberzon. It references an era when artist's made albums as miniature worlds, a place you could visit for the better part of an hour, or as long as two sides of vinyl would allow. The songs fit together like scenes in a movie with Glauberzon adopting the voice of a narrator, wherein he spins tales of paranoia, heartbreak and the mundanity of life's struggle. Glauberzon isn't your typical songwriter. Although he works within the framework of traditional forms, his songs never sound familiar. He is both a talented multi-instrumentalist and clever songsmith. His musical tastes vary from upbeat skiffle tunes and vaudevillian pop to calypso music and bar room piano ballads, while his lyrics read like absurdist adventure stories riddled with shady characters. Conceptually, he is situated somewhere between Warren Zevon and Steely Dan, as he is fond of both irony and comedy in song, as well as musicianship and studio wizardry. His arrangements, although seemingly elaborate, never feel dense or crowded. Like a good composer, he knows how to build on themes but more importantly, when to leave things out.

PONY PANTS - "Fives" CD $5.99
Pony Pants is a three piece DIY dance-punk outfit from Philadelphia, who play complex, driving guitar riffs over smart, sweaty drum machine tracks with songs about sex, politics, friendship and the intersections of these things. On "Fives" they offer up 4 new songs and 2 remixes by GENGHIS TRON and VYTEAR.

POOSTEW - "Misericordia" CD $5.99
Can't say that I've ever heard of a concept cd quite like this before: a grind/melodic death metal band attempting their longest (10 minutes, 53 seconds) and shortest (18 seconds) songs in one tidy EP package. The title track is the behemoth here- four chapters of time changes, incessant growling and mile-a-millisecond riffs. And "Silence Is As Golden As Piss"? Well, its the finest Pig Destroyer slaughter I've scoped in a minute.

PRURIENT - "The Black Post Society" CD $5.99
"The Black Post Society" embraces and accepts the depression of not having anything left to hunt. The mask without a face to hold. The depression of the hunter after the deer is killed. It is better to be hungry than to have eaten. As fantasy shatters under the whip of reality, erotic malaise settles in the nest of the mind inverting this dormant fuel to rekindle the endless cycle of sexual chaos. Black Industrial / Power Noise from this highly respected US act!

RATIONAL ANIMALS - "Perception Becomes Reality" 7" $5.99
Killer hardcore punk from this Rochester, NY band. These guys have the little Greg Ginn riffs down pat, making them sound a lot like ANNIHILATION TIME or B'LAST, though Rational Animals have a bit more straightforward hardcore in their sound than those bands. If you're addicted to that BLACK FLAG riffage than this is is a must.

RED RED RED - "New Action" CD $5.99
Raw power for real that continues throughout, full of chunky punk jammers with an abundance of balls and ugly guitar sounds. Some off-kilter deconstructed angles keep you guessing. 10 songs of fury, punk, angst and rebellion.

RITUAL OF ODDS - "God is an Atheist" CD $5.99
Melodic death metal from Greece for fans of IN FLAMES and LAMB OF GOD.

SAMUS - "Desengano" CD $5.99
Desengano is a surreal landscape of mutated freaked-rock comprised of lumbering sludge riffs that contort into tape/turntable manipulations amidst melodious keyboards and sustained guitar tones/drones. Ranging from the crushing droning doom-laden EARTH-esque guitar thud of “The Happy Sultan”, and the bountiful melodies that playfully flow under the sugary electronica and plunderphonic jazz of “Super Orthopedic Caravan”, to the expansive Ennio Morricone-influenced slide guitar ambience found in “Who’s Pumping Estrada” and the wall reverbating drones and tape oscillating backwash that drifts into the now-wave dissonance of “Bone Ape Tit”, SAMUS create a cohesive, multi dimensional soundtrack for a post-postrock world. Heavy duty psychedelia, avant-rock experimentalism, and opium-den cartoon soundtracks.

SANCTIONS / DAWN - "split" 10" $9.99
Dawn and Sanctions return with the follow-up to their 2008 albums. This record sees both bands developing into way more menacing creatures. Brutal blasts of hardcore, black metal, and doom! Dawn's tracks descend further down the path of depressive art-thrash. Sanctions' songs increase the extremity of their breakneck speed neo-crust agenda. Pressed on thick black 10" wax with screenprinted inserts and a digital download of the tracks included.

THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB - "Path Of Ashen Bone" 3-inch CD $5.99
Crippling Black Doom at it's finest. Their sound is akin to Gnaw Their Tongues, super distorted, almost industrial, the guitars crumbling and nearly formless, the vocals dripping in effects, a filthy abject sonic crawl through broken glass and bloody entrails, an sprawling bit of epic and dismal black ambience, from hushed shimmer, to distorted thrum, to black buzz creep and back again. Featuring members of Welter in Thy Blood and Pro-Death. Limited to 100 hand-numbered copies.

STA$D400 / ELEKTROKILL - "split" CD $5.99
Ever wonder what grindcore drummers do in their spare time? STA$D400 (Sven from grind/death band, WORLD DOWNFALL) churn out Commodore 64- channeling cuts and ELEKTROKILL (Christ, from grind-punkers JAPANISCHE KAMPFHORSPIELE) veer between slightly twisted downtempo tracks and Venetian Snares-like experimentalism. Definitely a must-listen for anyone that's into heady electronic music.

TEAM ROBESPIERRE / BREVATOR - "split" 10" $9.99
Brooklyn's no-wave Screamers-inspired electro punk band, Team Robespierre, join forces with Albany's psych-doom merchants, Brevator, who sound like the Butthole Surfers jamming with Khanate. The best in speed, the best in sludge. Get it while you can. Limited to 500 copies.

THEE ELECTRIC BASTARDS - "Live! At Club Awesome" CD $5.99
Featuring members of CLOUDS, OCTAVE MUSEUM, and PET GENIUS, and produced by Stephen Brodsky of CAVE IN and NEW IDEA SOCIETY, "Live! At Club Awesome" is a 11-song STUDIO recording of the band playing live at their rehearsal space. Boston's Thee Electric Bastards, whose expansive psych-pop falls somewhere in among Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, the Zeppelin end of the White Stripes catalogue (but only if it was scored by an Elephant Six band), and Yoshimi-type Flaming Lips. And if that seems like an awful lot of territory, well, they cover a hell of a lot of it. With songs about futuristic life (Robots Do Not Rock) blatant machismo (The Peepin' Song, Play The Fool), alcoholism and mental health (Millennium Blues, Black Jets), The Bastards have allowed the listener a peek into their sordid little world, where society's ills and fears are celebrated. All of The Bastards songs are well crafted slices of weirdness, with compelling breaks in the music that are sometimes jarring in effect. It harkens back to the days when rock music was more experimental, and less formulaic. RIYL: PIXIES, SYD BARRETT, FLAMING LIPS

TORSO / GACK - "split" cdr $5.99
Torso offer up six tracks of deep dark raw drone/noise music. Beginning with some super minimal shimmer, streaked with low end groans and shards of feedback, Torso wander through fields of power electronics, spaced out glitch, thick synthscapes, complete with super distorted demonic vocals and all sorts of industrial buzz and grind, to crumbling malfunctioning electronic dirges, to dense melodic drones culminating in a nearly 10 minute blast of sci-fi outer space abstract glitched out FX drenched dronoise. Gack respond with something much more minimal and muted, but no less caustic and ominous, LOTS of low end, the sound smeared and blurred and crumbling, tons shimmer and drift, disembodied voices, creaks, and machinelike grunts and murmurs, jagged shards of industrial clatter, deep rumbling ambience, Gack's tracks here sound more like the foley work for some fucked up outer space sci fi horror movie, which is not at all a bad thing. Fans of WOLF EYES and other modern bleak post industrialism as well as folks into the current crop of abstract noise drenched drone cd-r-tists should definitely check this out. LIMITED TO 103 COPIES.

TOTAL DEATH - "La Muerte Os Hara Libres" CD $5.99
Traditional thrasher from Spain offer up "Smash Hits from Hell". For fans of TESTAMENT and KREATOR.

TRAUMA - "The Calming Effects Of The Ocean Vol. 2" cassette $5.99
Part 2 of the 6-part series on Fag Tapes, Arbor, Holy Cheever, Tapeworm and Am Tapes. Strange sea of furious percussive guitar and thundering drums. Eventually becomes a single, soothing wave of energy. Riggs/Hall continue to deliver basement insanity. Full-color fold out art. Edition of 70, C30.

TUSKS OF BLOOD - "Spirit of Decay" 7" $5.99
Ultra heavy sludge from Portland featuring members of ALDEBARAN. Themed around the human condition and the inherent failure of humanity in general, they are heavy on the bass with a straightforward and decrepit vocal delivery, which can be likened to a doomier DYSTOPIA or GRAVES AT SEA. Limited to 300 copies.

UNCONDITIONAL LOATHING - "Cornholecopia" CD $5.99
For several years spanning the late 90's and early 00's, Unconditional Loathing were the kings of the Minneapolis "noise" scene. With line-ups of up to a dozen members, and a million incestuous side-projects, they alternately showcased high-concept performance art and the lowest in scummy absurdity. Beginning in 2001, the core members one by one relocated to various cities on the west coast, leaving many of us to believe the UL magic was lost forever - but this CD proves they're back on top, where they belong. So whats on tap? Nasty improvised static drones and psychic noise and experimental surrealist electronics are interspaced with damaged freak-rock, nuked breakbeats, field recordings, diseased outsider ballads, blasts of fried disembodied AM Radio pop, all glued together by a twisted and thoroughly hardcore psychedelic attack. This stuff RULES. There are also live recordings of the band getting unplugged by local noise promoters. Fun stuff!

URTHQUAKE - "Discograph" CD $5.99
Return of the most sinister left handed band in the world. Bob T. Roller releases bits and pieces of musical bliss from his Urthquake moniker from nearly 10 years of recording. Music ranges from drone rock to noise to fucked up electronica. Urthquake crushes all of it's enemies.

URTHQUAKE - "Last Known Address" 7" $5.99
Bob T. Roller follows up his 2008 CD compendium with a 7" of true New Jersey satanic suicidal black ambient metal. Urthquake's first vinyl release.

15 band STONER/DOOM/ROCK compilation CD featuring With A Bullet, Hellrancho, The Valley, Mendozza, Mos Generator, Kaskadia, Backwoods Payback, Golden Pig Electric Blues Band, Oaks, Lozen, Sower of Dischord, War With Saturn, 3D Witch Hunt, Stone Axe, Bacchus.

VULGAR PIGEONS - "Imperialism" CD $5.99
This is grindcore to its fullest extent. A 26 minute, 14 song ride with blast beats, super hateful/frustrated vocals and thrash breakdowns.

WARBOYS - "Too Drunk to Skate" 7" $5.99
Forming in late 2006 from the ashes of a few other side projects involving everything from crust punk to grindcore, the Leeds based 3 piece known as Warboys have finally conjured up their first vinyl release. What can only be described essentially as 11 tracks of ultra fast grind mixed with manic, 625 styled fastcore/power violence. The band tend to adopt one motto - "No messing about style" and thats exactly what you get, a brutally intense fusion of powerviolence and discordant grind. The record is limited to 500 and the sleeve itself is available in 3 different colours. Warboys draw their influences from INFEST, CHARLES BRONSON, THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE and pretty much any other band that sound like a bomb flattening a city.

THE WAYWARD - "s/t" 7" $5.99
Destructively progressive, noise-rock trio throws early Today is the Day, Big Black, King Crimson and Black Flag into a room and let’s ‘em duke it out for the top dog award. Featuring ex-members of CARRION.

WEAVING THE DEATHBAG - "s/t" 7" $5.99
Raging and galloping intense hardcore, midwest style. Combining the full throttled speed with melodic guitar lines and a full energetic adrenaline. Short and fast songs with good lyrics-including one about not bringing dogs to shows. Quick tempo changes deliver incredible hooks and a relentless energy that makes this both really catchy and memorable. This record comes with one of those old school huge lyric sheets with a poster on one side and the lyrics and the band pictures on the other.

A weird folk/experimental compilation featuring Death By A Thousand Cuts, The Black Swans, CNTR, Boo Hiss, Whitman, The Great Lakes, Carbonic, Red Weather Tigers, The Great Onanist Swindle, Derek Joe Brockett, Everything Is Fine, Cake On Cake, Manipulator, Holly and the Dead Saints, Theath.

WHITE EYES - "A Demonstration of..." CD $5.99
A mix of grind, noise, light jazz and electronic music. Fans of AN ALBATROSS will definitely dig the synth shrapnel and Squarepusher-schooled IDM beats that are sprayed across the screeching of the vocalist. The title "A Demonstration of" certainly lives up to its title as the band shows what it can do and what you can expect more of soon. Definitely for fans of experimental grind!

WILDILDLIFE - "Six" CD $5.99
Heavy, crunchy riffage rolls over celestial FX freakout and gang choral voices: part gluey pop hallucination, part psychedelic blast furnace, part metalloid skullcrush. Super melodic and catchy but vaguely menacing and dark at the same time: this is WILDILDLIFE. Their debut full length Six follows up a fistful of CD-R and vinyl documents and summons a wicked whirlpool of dense distorto crunch and freaky singing, raging metallic percussive pummel, tribal rhythms and crushing effects-soaked guitars, subdued floatational drones and ecstatically gorgeous melodies, all let loose in a series of psychedelic slowcore eruptions and swirling cosmic sludge. Going back and referencing a review that Terrascope Magazine printed about one of the band's earlier CD-R releases, this sounds vaguely like Black Sabbath and Butthole Surfers jamming together with ancient forest mystics, an experience both brutal and beautiful, and which proves that Wildildlife have already established themselves as serious purveyors of blown-out mindmelt heaviness.

WOUNDED HEAD - "Music For Assholes" CD $5.99
First WH full length, 70 minutes of total morbid chaos. Psychoactive free-sludgecore bass/drums improvised assaults with occasional noise outbursts. Pro disc in card sleeve. Recorded during '99-'00.

YUKON - "Medallion" CD $5.99
Regardless of what you prefer to call it — prog, math rock, or otherwise — Yukon are a band that push the technical limits of a traditional guitar rock combo to its logical extremes. Yukon play some sort of post-hardcore Touch & Go / Skingraft memorial rock with a slightly jazzy edge. The guitar, bass and drums all occupy their usual sonic space, and retain a texture and timbre you’re accustomed to, but the players arrange them into inventive structures and intricate polyrhythms that never fall into neatly predictable patterns.

ZAMMUTO - "Willscher" CD $5.99
With a number of post-rock starting points (multiple bass harmonics, motorik pulse hypnosis, lust for 70s German electronics), Zammuto constructs a rhythmically bubbling sound by broadcasting these sounds through a construction of PVC pipes, and sampled the results for hard-disc editing. As if Fridge's percussive grooves and Noto's slow constructions of sine wave oscillation had a meeting of minds.

ZWEIZZ / RU-486 - "Split" C-30 $5.99
A vile and disturbed pairing. The first is Zweizz, better known for his blackened work with Fleurety and Dodheimsgard, now dabbling in avant garde hysteria. The dragging and grunting sounds of moral rape coupled with harsh Norse prose, seething with unapologetic liturgy. The post attack by RU-486 is no less forgiving. Christian zionism held under the blade of flesh skinning contempt. Cascades of deafening bliss. The last bullet of war ripping through dying skin. By devils be driven, they wade through our seed. Limited to 100 copies.

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