January 31, 2014

2013 Halloween Surprise

As I'm sure some of you know, Organized Crime Records does a surprise Halloween release every year.  Every year they ask for a shirt size and state that the item(s) will be Integrity related.  Seeing as how Integrity is my favorite band, I couldn't pass up on it.  In Cold Blood played this year's A389 Bash, and seeing as how the 'Suicide King' LP has just been reissued by A389, it only makes sense that Organized Crime would reissue the band's self titled 7".  This release is on a clear red/pink vinyl, with the OCR logo stamped on the dust sleeve.  The package also came with a long sleeve shirt of the cover art (not pictured.)  The band is set to play in Cleveland in the next few weeks so this release makes a lot of sense.  I've definitely grown fond of these four tracks.  For those unfamiliar, this is the band that the Melnicks started at the tail end of their run with Integrity.  Overall the songs are more straight forward but they still have those classic A2 solos.

January 29, 2014


California's Cave State have dropped a mammoth first EP.  If the cover art and band logo aren't evidence enough, Cave State play a very straight forward style of powerviolence, taking massive cues from Crossed Out specifically.  I haven't heard Crossed Out worship this good since the first Scapegoat EP.  Committed to wax by the ever powerful To Live A Lie, the pink variant is limited to 100 copies.  Buy now or forever pose.

January 20, 2014


As sort of a continuation of my last post, here is another post for a band that is a point of influence to many other great bands.  This the recent 'Runnin' Scared' compilation LP release for NYC's Breakdown.  A split release by Painkiller Records and 540 Records, this LP compiles the band's second demo, 'Runnin' Scared,' a few unreleased tracks, and the band's WNYU session, and is completely essential for any fan of NYHC.  Seems to be sold out from both labels as of now, but I'm sure you can track down a copy in a distro somewhere.

January 19, 2014

Die For God

Here's another OG Xclaim! release that I got recently in a trade.  The first LP (EP?) 'Kill For Christ,' from The FUs.  The influence of this band (along with the other releases on this label) is immeasurable and is most definitely a reference point for many modern bands that I love.  Now that I've gotten Xclaim! No. 2 (this) and Xclaim! No.3 (SSD - Get It Away) I feel the need to try and acquire the other four.  This is going to be an expensive endeavor to say the least.

January 11, 2014

Pus Ride

DC's Disciples of Christ, or DOC, have unleashed a new one sided 12" full of blasting grindcore titled 'Decomposition Fantasy.'  Boasting members of Coke Bust, Magrudergrind, and Genocide Pact, you can safely add DOC to the list of bands currently killing it from the capitol.  Five new tracks straight up grind, and a sludgey cover of Wire's 'Pink Flag' on the A side, and the coolest screen print on the B side make this a killer slab.  First press is limited to 300 copies on clear yellow.

January 9, 2014

The Kids Don't Care

The Repos from Chicago are probably one of the most important bands of the current generation of hardcore/punk.  Formed in the early 2000's and broken up in 2008, they released a handful of quality hardcore punk, clearly influenced by Poison Idea, Infest, and Youth of Today (they're last full length before their break up was a cover of the entire 'We're Not In This Alone' LP).  The band reformed in 2011 under the moniker The Ropes with all the same members and released a couple more essential demo's/7"s, then changed their name back to The Repos.  This self titled LP was released in 2004 on Youth Attack Records and is some highly recommended listening if you haven't heard this band yet.

January 7, 2014

Japanese Reign

Reign In Blood is the best metal record of all time.  At least it's my favorite, and there are thousands (millions?) of others who share my opinion.  I've wanted an OG copy of Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' on vinyl for so long, but every time it came up on eBay I seemed to miss out.  I'm glad I didn't get a copy until recently though.  I was browsing Discogs and came across a copy I had never seen before.  I had found a copy of the Japanese pressing for sale for a great price, so snatched is as quickly as possible.  This is the coolest pressing of this record I've ever seen.

Sorry for the lighting on these pictures.  I'm fully convinced that the camera on my phone is incapable of taking a good picture, which is insane considering the (supposed) high quality camera it has.

January 5, 2014

Submission Reigns

A few weeks back I posted about the cassette version of the Genocide Pact demo.  I noted that Malokul Records had preorders up for the 7" version, due out late December.  This 7" version of the demo arrived last week and is a vast improvement upon the cassette.  This one has a full layout whereas the cassette version was essentially a plain J card (meaning no lyrics, credits, etc.)  I didn't realize at the time but this vinyl version is a split release between Malokul and Flophouse (which I believe is Nicktape of Coke Bust's new label.)  Anyway, this is the definitive version of this demo and is highly recommended for anyone into death metal.

January 4, 2014

New Warning

No Warning split up a few years back, and showed no signs of life for quite a while.  With all the recent reunions that have been happening, it isn't far fetched to think (or hope) for a No Warning reunion too.  The tail end of last year brought us just that.  Well, sort of.  Instead of the band officially getting back together, they decided to release a two song 7" to raise funds for a band mate's family.

Released on the singer's own Bad Actors Inc, what we get here is one new track and one cover.  The A side brings a song that will easily appeal to fans of the band's first LP, while the B side is a cover of a Violent Minds song.  I'm not quite sure why the band would opt to put a cover of a band that was active around the same time, but it's well done.  This 7" is limited to 500 copies.