Thursday, June 23, 2016

WAIT FOR THE END

Pleasure Cross- s/t 12" EP (Iron Lung)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /500

Debut s/t vinyl release from this Portland based weirdo Hardcore/Grind outfit, otherwise known as the "Wait For The End" EP. Members have spent time in Walls and Pig Heart Transplant among many other Iron Lung alumni. Quite a few of the songs here have been re recorded after originally appearing on the bands 2013 demo tape. I prefer the somewhat rougher qualities of that tape, but none the less, this is gripping, fantastically chaotic stuff.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

SODOMATIC MALEVOLENCE

Vastum- "Hole Below" LP (20 Buck Spin)
First Pressing, 2015
Black Vinyl /?? 

Discovered Vastum early this year when I went on a bit of an online trek searching for some new heavy music. This is their second LP following a demo (later pressed to 12") and a debut album, and as far as I am concerned, their crowning glory.  They started life with a much more doom orientated Death Metal approach, but it seems that with this newer stuff, while still certainly maintaining that vibe to a degree (this is a 6 song full length), they made a bit of an effort to inject a bit more energy into the song writing. That raised tempo combined with a pretty impressively loud (and still doom orientated) recording really creates a huge sound in general, and I'd be confident in saying that this is probably the best Death metal LP of the last 18 months or so.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

LONER

United Void- Demo Tape
First Edition, 2016

This could be a contender for my favourite demo of the year. Hailing from the Seattle area and comprised of relatively unknown (to me anyway) guys playing stripped down and very well written Hardcore. The recording is excellent and the vocalists approach is absolutely vicious. I love when I discover bands out of the blue like I did with this one.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

BLEACH BATH

Repos- "Poser" LP (Youth Attack)
First Pressing, 2016
Red Vinyl /300

"Poser" marks my first foray into any hard copy material by the Repos for various reasons. One such reason is that as a general rule, over the years, all of their hard copy studio albums have always managed to sell very quickly upon initial release, and then used copies would command a slight premium online etc. Though the main reason would probably be that despite the amount of hype that has always surrounded the band - statements like "the only relevant modern hardcore band" etc are rife among various blogs and message boards - apart from that "Poison Head" tape from a few years ago, I have never been absolutely crazy about these guys. When YA uploaded a couple of tracks a few months ago though, I was instantly captivated by the blown out recording and burly nature of the songs. I'm confident now that this record meets all of that hype (but there are plenty of other modern hardcore bands that are just as worthy, if not more, of the attention).

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

NIGHT QUEEN

Obscure Burial- "Epiphany" Demo Tape (Invictus)
Second Edition, 2015

This second demo from Finland's Obscure Burial made my best of list from last year, and without a doubt, it was the best tape I found in 2015. It was first actually released in 2014 though, this second edition surfaced 12 months later.
Gritty, horrid, guttural Death Metal with a slight Black Metal lean. New LP due soon. I hope it's as shit coated as this.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

NOTHING LEFT TO BLEED

All Out War- "Dying Gods" 12" EP (Organized Crime)
First Pressing, 2015
Red Vinyl /??

"Into The Killing Fields" was one of my favourite LP's of 2010, and it still sits within the top 5 albums of the last 6-7 years for me. So when All Out War announced the follow up to that record, with this new large format EP, "Dying Gods", I got pretty excited. The general consensus seems that this is a true return to form, being the bands first recorded material since "FTWWC" with the full original line up, and the basic hallmarks of that early material are here; it's chuggy as fuck, but with an updated recording. But with listening to this material as much as I have since it's release last year, it's become gradually apparent to me why I was so fond of "ITKKF"; the crawling chug was really toned down in favour of a far faster aural assault with that album, it was snappy and really energetic.
This isn't nearly as jumpy but it's got plenty of signature crawling mosh, and the Amebix and Carnivore covers aren't bad either.

Monday, May 23, 2016

KILL THE BILL

Arms Race- "Gotta Get Out" 7" (Quality Control)
First UK Pressing, 2014
Orange Vinyl /50

Debut EP from this gritty UK Hardcore band. Massive hints to Negative Approach and bands of similar ilk. I originally ordered this on blue vinyl and it arrived to me cracked so Ola at Quality Control was kind enough to send me a copy from the limited orange press. This is of the UK/Euro edition, PKR handled a US pressing.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

COMMON ENEMY

Napalm Death- "Grind Madness At The BBC: The Earache Peel Sessions" LP (Earache)
Reissue, 2014
Black Vinyl /?? 

Reissue/compilation type thing from a few years back. Brings together three seperate Peel Sessions from '87-'90. The '87 sessions are generally considered to be legendary early Napalm Death material and the hard copy versions from this time are relatively coveted items. This reissue is part of a wider collection pressed by the label that also showcases similar releases by Bolt Thrower, Carcass and a few more early staple Earache bands.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

BORN IN A TOMB

Black Jesus- "Everything Black Everything Dead" LP (Doomentia) 
First Pressing, 2015 
Black Vinyl /?? 

One of Australia's strongest active bands is Melbourne's Black Jesus and this is their debut LP "Everything Black Everything Dead". Following a brilliant demo from a few years back that was subsequently pressed to vinyl, I must say that amongst all of life's distractions, I did take far longer than I like to admit to warm to this album. Attribute some of that possibly to the fact that it took quite a while for this to be pressed to wax following it's initial CD release in 2014. It's been receiving regular repeated listens from me for months now though and I'm not bored yet.
Earlier in their career, the band coined the term 'Scrap Metal' when describing their own style and I don't think that a better description could be applied. While firmly rooted in the Death Metal underground, a strong punk undercurrent is apparent throughout, most easily attributed to the recording that tips its hat to 80's pioneers like Repulsion and Terrorizer.
Horrific stuff.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

EIGHT LEGGED DREAMS

Perspex Flesh- "Ordered Image" 12" EP (Static Shock) 
First Pressing, 2015 
Black Vinyl /??

Most recent offering from UK interlopers Perspex Flesh with their "Ordered Image" 12" EP. Gripping, depressing Hardcore Punk. I have been sitting on this for months now and as with their previous full length, it's still not grabbing me as much as their first EP, but it's still very solid display in despondent, anti social, angry guy music.

Friday, April 29, 2016

TRIALS IN NIHILISM

Genocide Pact- "Forged Through Domination" LP (A389)
First Pressing, 2015
Purple Vinyl /??

Debut long player from DC's Genocide Pact. More of the same from this excellent band- plodding Death Metal played in old school Floridan spirit. One of my favourite records from last year. If there's one complaint, it's that there's not enough music on offer here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HUMAN HUNT

Convict- "Barred Life" Demo Tape (Painkiller)
First Edition, 2015

Members of Bone Sickness playing a fuzzed out blend of Scando-ish Hardcore punk with a thick American stomp. There are conflicting reports as to the status of the group at the moment. I hope they record some more in the future.

Monday, April 25, 2016

COUSIN KISSERS

Coffin Birth- "Necrotic Liquefaction" Single Sided 10" (Dead Heroes)
First Pressing, 2015
Black Vinyl, Etched B-side /??

This has been out for more than a year now and I've probably had it in my possession for that amount of time. Supreme quality Grind from Brisbane mates with a noticeable Death Metal lean. Single sided release with an etched b-side.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

BURN IT

Ajax- (1st) s/t 7" (Katorga Works)
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /850

More excellent material from Ajax. This is their debut 7" from 2014. As I have mentioned before, I didn't learn about this band until after their 2nd EP proper and sometimes I wonder why I missed them for that long as all of their material is superbly grizzly hardcore punk, the kind of stuff that rarely goes under my radar. Everything this band has released is excellent and I really have trouble trying to pick my favourite amongst any of it. Essential music.