Wednesday, 27 April 2011

School Jerks - Nothing Else EP - 7" ltd marble vinyl

SCHOOL JERKS - Nothing Else - 7"
Limited marble vinyl

WOW, I'd call this a semi 'CLASSIC' record. This is the 3 song debut EP from Toronto's School Jerks and it's a great follow up to the awesome demo. Ben and Ivan from Terminal State formed a band after TS' demise and rather than take all influence from the east coast, the band looked west. Early Flag, the Germs, Chiefs and Angry Samoans immediately come to mind. I can't recommend this any higher. These are 2nd press copies redone by Grave Mistake but using the covers and labels from the Riff Raff press and on MULTICOLOR WAX. If you don't have the 2nd record (aka Decline EP) or the newest one the Control EP, get those too.

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Brain F# - So Dim - 7"

BRAIN F# - So Dim - 7"

Includes free download code
North Carolina’s BRAIN F≠ bring you their second single; “SO DIM” b/w “SYMPTOM SET” is a double A-sided banger with all the overdriven/overloaded guitar fury of TEENGENERATE or ZERO BOYS and the angry female-fronted charm you love from so many DANGERHOUSE & early L.A. singles. Massive rhythm section a la AVENGERS and NERVOUS EATERS, hook-filled & danceable, the hardest of core. Hostile, angry fun - the perfect follow up to their debut 7" on Static Shock (UK).

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Deep Sleep - Paranoid Futures EP - 7"

DEEP SLEEP - Paranoid Futures EP - 7"

Includes free download code
Blue sleeve
DEEP SLEEP are at it again with their third EP! PARANOID FUTURES delivers six more infectious tracks brimming with the frustrations and anxieties that coincide with the rigors of everyday life. Continuing where 2008's MANIC EUPHORIA 7" left off, PARANOID FUTURES finds the band separating themselves even further from the simple "short and fast" method which laid the groundwork for their debut EP. Opting for a more dynamic approach DEEP SLEEP delve even further into the melodic ALL / DESCENDENTS influenced brand of punk rock while maintaining a healthy dose of both attitude and originality.

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The Ergs -Thrash Compactor EP - 7"

THE ERGS - Thrash Compactor EP - 7"

Includes free ownload code

The Ergs record that never was, but always should have been! The THRASH COMPACTOR E.P., most of which was recorded 7 years ago, finally sees the light of day in the form of this one-sided 7". Five songs of short, fast, and catchy hardcore/punk like only the Ergs can do it. If you're only familiar with their post-Ben Kweller EP catalog, then you might not be aware of their penchant for rippin' hardcore/punk along the lines of bands like Adrenaline OD, "Bonus Fat"-era Descendents, and Angry Samoans. With lyrics about douchebag frontmen of former punk bands, high school killing sprees, suburban banality, and killing presidents ... you know you can't go wrong. This EP will fly right by you, but hook you right in to keep playing it over and over. Thankfully, it's one-sided so you just gotta move the needle back to the start. No flipping required. SPLIT WITH FIRESTARTER RECORDS.

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Night Birds - S/T EP - 7"


Includes free download code
NIGHT BIRDS feature some guys from some bands that you might have heard before (The Ergs, Psyched to Die, Hunchback, to name a few), and this is their debut five song 7" EP! Killer southern California influenced hardcore punk peppered nicely with some wicked surf guitar licks, and topped with just the right amount of melody ... so if bands like JFA, Agent Orange, and Adolescents are up your alley, you should probably check this band out. Split release with the mighty DIRTNAP RECORDS. Comes with download card.

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Monday, 18 April 2011

Culo - Toxic Vision - 7" ltd clear or red vinyl

CULO - Toxic Vision - 7" EP ltd red or clear vinyl

Limited to 100 each colour
RED & CLEAR VINYL The follow-up to their highly praised ‘military trend’ 7” (see MRR review below), TOXIC VISION is CULO’s third 7” and it is a scorcher. Pure piss and vinegar hardcore delivered at high velocity and at no expense to catchy riffing. Mandatory! ‘This ripper will soon be filed under my “this fuckin’ rules!” category, never to be picked out during a desperate purging of the shelves. Listening to this gives me comfort in knowing that the torch of straight-up, yet distinctive hardcore is being passed along through good hands. These dudes throw down fast and frantic traditional HC that sounds like a bit of JERRYS KIDS mixed with Italian hardcore and a dose of fucking whatever it is that sounds just right to these ears. Four tracks and all of them are amazing. And now I’m getting a strange record collection sensation that my life will hereby be incomplete until I track down a copy of this EP for myself. Get this!’

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Red Dons - Pariah - 7" ltd clear vinyl

RED DONS - Pariah - 7" ltd clear vinyl


This limited 7" single for "Pariah" is a track taken from the album "Fake Meets Failure" and is on clear vinyl. It's backed with the non-album track "It's Your Right."

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Bloodtype - S/T - 7" ep

BLOODTYPE - ST - 7" ep

Limited red/black vinyl 100 copies only
Great debut EP from this NJ straight edge hardcore band. I remember getting a demo at random one day last year from Jeff (vox) and being very impressed by said demo tape, which is rare for me as I normally hear a band for myself (as in not getting a demo sent to me) & ask them myself to do a release. Well, this EP mops the floor with that demo stuff. The lyrics more pertain to typical angry topics of hardcore (growing out of the music, being hateful and just not getting along with everyone) than just being straight edge fare, which is rather enjoyable & reminded me of Cold Shoulder in that regard. I mean its like ''yeah, I already know you're drug/alcohol free so tell me something else too in your lyrics'' which is what's so refreshing about these sorts of sXe bands! Musically its of course hardcore punk, doesn't sound like any set band but is def influenced by bands like DYS and the Abused-but only influenced, not a ripoff. Also takes cues from modern edge bands with a huge penchant for punk! MRR said 'if punks were playing youth crew', think along those lines. Jeff's voice also is unique and that's another thing that makes this stand out-his voice has been compared to Craig of the Degenerics and I sort of agree. I'm also guessing by the cover its a subtle reference to their home state's Chronic Sick perhaps? A current fave of mine out of the east, if you really like straight edge HC and general hardcore punk check this out! This is the limited color vinyl for this EP, We asked for RED w BLACK swirls but got DARK MAROON with a RED stripe for the majority of the copies, stripes vary in size and some are more of a clearish BRICK RED without a stripe. Looks KILLER,

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sweet Tooth - Japanese Void EP - 7"

SWEET TOOTH - Japanese Void - 7"
Saved By Hardcore
Therapy Nightmare 
Pig Pen
Small Talk
Dont Come Close To Me
The grand debut from So.IL/St. Louis HC wonder youths Sweet Tooth featuring the brothers Meyer (of the zines 'I Was A Teenage Zombie' & 'Hey Ronnie' respectively). I (like others) raved about the demo & can only say if you enjoyed the demo that this one will knock your socks off. I sound like a used car salesman here! Anyways, its 6 well written short HC songs that are chock full of power. Erik is a great guitarist as his riffs hold a significant bit of importance to their sound and Kevin is a frantic frontman. Comparisons are indeed stupid and I'm guilty as charged, but elements of numerous sources can be culled here- Jellyroll Rockheads, Deep Wound, Siege, VOID, the Futures, Cold Sweat (esp in vocals) etc. Like a lot of stuff done on this label, this is for the cultist nuts for HC. It's never intended this way but I think those heavily involved or obsessed with crazy and intricate HC (like me obviously) will 'get this' the most.

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Coke Bust - Degradation EP - 7" USA issue

COKE BUST - Degradation - 7" USA issue

Tracklist: 1. Another Fucking Problem 2. Long Gone 3. Keep Out 4. Degradation 5. No Authority 6. Deathbed
Following up their LP on Six Weeks Records, DC's COKE BUST have unleashed a monster of a new EP; easily their best and most crushing record to date. DEGRADATION is a blistering, noisy, mind blowing,full-throttle hardcore assault influenced by the masters like Heresy, Ripcord, Infest, and Larm. Tearing through six songs in five minutes, this EP will pummel you down to the ground then leave you on your knees begging for more. Recorded by Kevin at Developing Nations Studios and mastered by Smok (Post Regiment fame).
This band is a fucking force and this is their best material to date... what else is there to say really? This is a certified, grade-A ripper, and if you're into hardcore at all (whether "hardcore" to you means Napalm Death, Youth of Today, or SSD) you will flip your shit to this. God damn... so fucking good. This record will make you see red. Grave Mistake Records.

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Black Market Baby - Potential Suicide - 7" EP

BLACK MARKET BABY - Potential Suicide - 7"

Released nearly 30 years ago and out of print since then, Dr Strange has finally re-released this legendary Killed By Death 7" (originally on Limp Records) with two never before heard live versions of "America's Youth" and "Killing Time" from DC's 9:30 Club in 1984. The studio tracks were originally recorded by Skipp Groff at Inner Ear (Minor Threat, S.O.A., Teen Idles) and the live tracks by Government Issue's Tom Lyle. For fans of Minor Threat, Government Issue, Bad Brains, and Necros.
Black Market Baby from Washington DC were around in the late 70's and early 80's. Unlike most DC bands they played pretty straight forward punk rock instead of hardcore. They were pretty overshadowed by local hardcore bands, but had a great sound and style all their own and mixed well with the hardcore crowd. Their sound was more influenced by the Stooges/Dolls/Heartbreakers and UK Punk than hardcore. This 7" re issue from Dr. Strange features the original two songs on the Limp Records ep plus two never heard live tracks. Because it was on some comps this gets labelled as "KBD" punk at times. However you slice it, great early US punk.

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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Slobs - Look Busy Do Nothing EP - 7"

SLOBS - Look Busy Do Nothing - 7"

Hardly spoken of and rather elusive (NOT MYSTERIOUS) is Montreal's SLOBS, not 'The Slobs' like the KBD band but just SLOBS. This band keeps a low profile probably intentionally out of not giving a damn and their demo made some rounds but seemed to only make it into the hands of well researched demo collectors. Said demo was somehow pressed on vinyl in a very small press in early 2010 by a local Montreal label and I don't see it around much anymore. This is their debut EP and if you didn't know the band they play a rowdy style of east coast hardcore punk that's ready for you to skank & bedroom mosh to. When I first heard the demo in 2009 I immediately thought of stuff like CFD era Necros meets early NYHC injected with a real dose of PUNK and it totally stomped my nuts. This debut EP is more of that same greatness but maybe add in some grittier elements like Nihilistics, make it more tough & make it a little faster & more punk. And yet, they still sound so distinctly Canadian and I mean that in the best way. Boasts members of the lovely OMEGAS for those sorts of people who buy records based off that unimportant 'members of' crap.

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School Jerks - Control EP - 7"

SCHOOL JERKS - Control EP. The 3rd 7'' by Toronto's finest. Regulars should know how much I love this band, so I won't get into it. On this their 3rd record, the band brings you their best tracks to date! These 6 tracks still follow the same path as the other 2 records of 1980'81 influenced punk rock that's fence riding hardcore (with so subtle rock influence), but if you ask me the band has an even grittier influence to it this time from Solger to early PI flowing thru the riffs. Of course Black Flag whether they like it or not remains a comparison note and plus on this one you can actually make out some of Luke's vocals on here. Mastered by Dan Randall for maximum effect making it their finest effort to date.

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Migraine - Weird Tales EP - 7" limited white vinyl

MIGRAINE - Weird Tales EP - 7" limited white vinyl

"Weird Tales" is the second record from bizarre Bay Area punk group Migraine. The A-side continues from where the first one ended in that No Comment meets United Mutation way but the B-side ventures more into a chaotic blend of Slices, Swans and black metal style hardcore. Art done by Dan of Cult Ritual, not unlike the current Youth Attack bands.
1. Pemonitions 2. Visions 3. Feast Or Famine 4. The Occurence 5. Recurring Nightmare 6. Encroaching Darkness

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Vile Nation - No Exit - 7" ltd white vinyl

VILE NATION - No Exit - 7" ltd white vinyl. Such an excellent record, even 3 years later it just sounds classic! This is the debut EP from Memphis' TN own Vile Nation. Very mean, raw and ugly fast 'thrash' (before thrash was a dirty word) hardcore with a heavy dose of punk. One can't listen to this and not hear the 1st 7'' era of D.R.I, Neon Christ and Negative FX and bands of that same time frame and caliber being channeled here. Chris just spews the words out pissed n' fast and the band keeps up. Members of Life Trap & School Jerks play in this band as well. Words can't describe how utterly amazing this record is, its just great great great! These copies with a big center hole & on WHITE WAX.

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Chainsaw To The Face - S/T - 7" ltd clear vinyl

CHAINSAW TO THE FACE - ST - 7" ltd clear vinyl

Long awaited debut EP from CTTF of New Jersey! More than a few things kept this sucker from coming out for sometime but it finally sees the light of day! You may remember them from their early demos, split tapes or of course the split 10'' w Hummingbird of Death which are all fine and good recordings, but they really need to be heard on this record. Harsh, brutal and hate filled east coast grind-violence from these straight edge guys. Violent lyrics & imagery remains the usual theme for this band on this EP (like any of their past material) and its all done in a very non-gimmicky kind of way, which is refreshing. Recording is very punk and the sound is lo-fi,, which is perfect for a record like this. This style of harsh, real 'power violence' is NOT for everyone, so wimps and poseurs need not apply since this is for the real cult freaks. 19 songs in all on this EP, they're influenced by such greats as Plutocracy, Assuck, No Comment and Excruciating Terror who are all bands I'd say if you like and listen to, you should get this record. We have 1 color vinyl EXCLUSIVE to us and the band also has a color vinyl EXCLUSIVE to them. This isn't some collector scheme, it was done to help them sell their records locally and make that color an 'east coast' exclusive.

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Dark Ages - Vicious Lie ep - 7" ltd orange vinyl

DARK AGES - Vicious Lie - 7" ltd orange vinyl

The great debut EP from Kansas City's Dark Ages! Continuing from where their killer 4 song demo (which also saw a pressing on vinyl) left off, this picks it up from point A and yet cover new ground at the same time. Its progressed a little but not to the point where its evil to punks. Its like its more refined and the band knows which direction to take this musically. Lyrically it tackles similar angry topics as the demo did-being pro anti-religion, questioning politics (NOT preaching) and also a song about trying to not think of everything in a negative way, to be positive for a change. It's kind of like stuff you've heard before but really can't make comparisons to other bands with this record as they've developed a sound all their own &t its clearly midwestern. This is just Dark Ages and this is far from boring retread or mysterious HC/punk, comes w nice color covers. This PRESS on OPAQUE RED ORANGE.

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High Life - S/T - 7" ltd lavender vinyl

HIGH LIFE - ST - 7" limited lavender vinyl

Brand new 2nd EP from High Life. The band is now from all over the place from Illinois to Missouri to Texas, but the sound remains the same. Very angry still but this record is a lot louder and a little slower. The style of playing sort of off key and just sounding insane is replaced with a more controlled outburst of rage backed with excellent playing from the band. I really don't know how to define what they sound like now, its almost like later Poison Idea and Citizens Arrest being filtered through Zen and the Art era 9 Shocks Terror. 4 songs of hateful, drug induced hardcore punk. This one literally kills the 1st record.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Fall Out - Criminal World EP - 7" poster sleeve

FALL OUT - Criminal World EP - 7" in poster sleeve

Criminal World/Work Instigates/Regan Hysteria/Punx United/Sick City/Religious Carnage/sucks.

Another outstanding early 80's Italian hardcore record returns on vinyl. Excellent raw punk influenced hardcore, great layout, political stance, everything you love about Italian hardcore on a 7".

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