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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

MONEY OF FOOLS

Ajax- "Bleach For Breakfast" Demo 7" (Even Worse)
First Pressing, 2014
Pink Vinyl /??

Vinyl pressing of the Ajax "Bleach For Breakfast" demo, originally released as a tape. As with their entire catalogue thus far, this is just excellent, gruff hardcore from New York. Certainly one of my favourite bands of the moment.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

NO PARADISE

Crown Court- "The English Disease" 7" (Rebellion)
First Pressing, 2015
White Vinyl /200

2nd EP from Crown Court, three more songs. Minor progressions to note- probably the cleanest and most 'Oi!' recording to date and as a result their most 'Oi!' sounding material so far. Excellent stuff again, but nothing can touch that demo.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

STYLE IDENTIFIED

Crown Court- "Ruck And Roll" 7" (Rebellion)
First Pressing, 2015
Clear Vinyl 270/300

Though a release from last year, this record presents the debut EP from London's Crown Court. Have been sitting on this since it first came out. More catchy, stompy Oi! from members of the wider current UK hardcore scene. Probably not quite as catchy as the bands excellent demo from 2014, but it's not far off. Managed to land the limited clear vinyl pressing.

Monday, February 15, 2016

NO SYMPATHY

No Tolerance- "You Walk Alone" LP (Painkiller)
First Pressing, 2015
Black Vinyl /982

Lots of excitement around this new LP from Boston elite, No Tolerance. This is a regular black press from PKR, the limited red press from this label now fetches big bucks. Quality Control handled the Euro pressing, and likewise, that labels limited blue colourway also fetches princely sums. All I have read and heard is nothing but praise for this album, but I must say, it's not living up to my expectations. By no means a terrible release- it's solid Boston style hardcore, and there's even a couple re-do's of previously released tracks, but it's just not grabbing me in the same way the bands earlier material - particularly the demo - did. Possible the slightly less punchy recording? Maybe. Worth grabbing I suppose though.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

LAST GASP

Hard Stripes- (2nd) s/t 7" (Triple B) 
First Pressing, 2014
Black Vinyl /700

2014 was a strong year for EP's and along with two or three other 7"s from that time, this 2nd vinyl release from Hard Stripes has been receiving regular weekly plays from me via itunes since I first heard about it. For just as long I've also been trying to get my hands on a hard copy for a reasonable price and for the same reasons I'm always complaining about on here, horrible postage rates had just been making it impossible. I bit the bullet few weeks ago and committed to a purchase from an Australian seller along with a handful of other stuff to reduce that sting.
KILLER Hardcore from Richmond Virginia that mixes elements of the good East Coast shit with flourishes of some catchy Oi! and street punk with a few of the bouncy riffs here and there. A total step up from their previous release.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BLIGHT

Extortion- "Obsess" Cassette (Regurgitated Semen)
First Edition, 2015

Newish cassette compilation release from Extortion that puts together all of their non LP releases, along with some unreleased demo stuff, studio sessions left overs and compilation appearances. As with a lot of Extortion stuff, probably only for the collector.