June 29, 2012


I can't even remember how long I've been waiting for Homewrecker's new LP, Worms and Dirt, to drop.  I've been waiting since I saw them play in a garage around here over a year ago.  They had just dropped their split with The Love Below, and their side of the split was so fucking good, so I was waiting (im)patiently for this to come out.

What we get with this LP is more of that same style - heavy, metallic Clevo hardcore, with a powerviolence influence.  Heavy mosh parts, reverbed vocals, and some heavy-as-balls riffs make for a top grade debut LP.  I can't get enough of this LP right now.  If you have any interest in this style, Cleveland bands, or hardcore in general, do yourself a favor and listen to this.  I know there's at least one stream somewhere online.

This LP reminds me of the Crowd Control LP from two years back, if that helps as a reference point.  Albeit with a cleaner production.  For fans of Crowd Control, Weekend Nachos, other good bands.

Also comes with a huge foldout poster of the album art.

On red/grey split vinyl, limited to probably 150 copies - that's how A389 generally presses things like this.

June 25, 2012

A Parallel Hell

Today the mail brings a copy of the much anticipated Gehenna/Integrity split.  Integrity is my favorite band, so it's safe to say I was looking forward to this release.  Gehenna start off side A with a slow build up before exploding into their normal fashion - short, fast, and fucking filthy.  The second track plays in the reverse fashion, starting off fast and then slowing down a bit.  This band breathes pure hate.

On the reverse side Integrity offer up a single track that continues in the fashion of their latest LP, Detonate VVorlds Plague.  It starts off with a metal intro, before Dvvids legendary howls come into play.  If you are into any newer Integ stuff, you will probably dig this track.  It took a few listens for it to sink in but I definitely like it.  That is the same for anything the band has released in the past few years.

Pink vinyl, limited to 200 copies, and long sold out.

June 22, 2012

Bukkake Surprise

This is a band I hadn't heard before stumbling across their new LP on Sorry State Records' web store.  After taking a quick listen to them on the Sorry State Bandcamp page, I knew I had to snag a copy of this record - especially since there were still color copies left!  Taking the best parts of Japanese hardcore and mixing them with the best parts of US hardcore, Bukkake Boys deliver one hell of a ripping debut LP.  This one is a serious rager, and an awesome addition to my collection.  If you have any interest in JHC or USHC, or just hardcore in general, give this band a listen.

Magenta vinyl, limited to 100 copies.

I love printed dust sleeves like this.

June 13, 2012

Breaking Bad

I love powerviolence, and I love the cassette tape format.  Couple these two things together and there's a good chance I'll be interested.  Today's post is for Richmond, VA's Meth Lab.  Five tracks of straightforward, blisteringly fast, no bullshit powerviolence.  Taking cues from the usual suspects, this is a very solid demo.

Clear blue shell, limited to 100 copies.

If you're a fan of this genre, I recommend checking out this band.  http://methlab.bandcamp.com/

June 10, 2012

Getting Sidetracked

Up for today is a new EP from Sidetracked.  I wanted to say newest EP, but they have so many releases dropping all the time it's hard to know if this is the newest or not.  Either way, it's a solid effort from the band.  It doesn't measure up to the 'Uniform' EP that was released last(?) year, but it's still good, solid fastcore.  One thing I have to point out is that they put a single track on the B side that could have easily been part of the A side.  Not a major issue, just kind of a pain to have to get up and flip the record for a B side that's less than a minute long.

They even do a Nasum cover.  Even though it's only about 0:03 long, it's still a cool idea.

I was able to grab the pre-order mail edition of this release.  Red text on the cover with red vinyl, limited to 100 copies.

June 6, 2012

Record Store Day 2012

Okay, so I know I'm a few weeks late, but I just started this blog so cut me some slack.  I wasn't able to make it out for RSD this year, but I'm lucky enough to have a friend who got everything I wanted anyway, aside from the one Ringworm LP.  More on that in a bit.

First up is All Out War's "Assassins in the House of God."  Some would say this is one of the band's weaker efforts, but I can't agree.  I love everything this band has done - including 2010's very overlooked "Into the Killing Fields."  In all honesty that's probably one of their better releases.  Anyway, back to the records at hand.  This is the first time this release has seen the vinyl treatment.

Record Store Day pressing, limited to 400 copies on pink vinyl.

Next up is Ringworm's "Justice Replaced By Revenge."  Ringworm is one of my favorite bands, period.  So I'm out to collect any and all of their releases.  This marks the first time this has been pressed to vinyl as well.

Record Store Day pressing, limited to 400 copies on white vinyl.

Next up is the second Ringworm LP that was put out by Victory this year exclusively for Record Store Day.  The record store my friend went to didn't have this in stock, so I had to scour eBay the week after RSD in order to secure a copy.  Luckily I was able to find a Buy It Now auction for $15 - which is how much it was being sold for in stores.  Score!  Another Victory release that hasn't been released on vinyl until now.

Record Store Day pressing, limited to 400 copies on yellow vinyl.

Lastly is the Poison Idea reissue that TKO put out this year.  I don't think anything needs to be said about this band.  If you aren't familiar with them and call yourself a fan of hardcore and/or punk, you need to check them out ASAP.

Record Store Day pressing, limited to 1,000 copies on clear vinyl.

Say what you will about Victory's roster at this point, or as a label as a whole.  They are finally putting some crucial releases onto vinyl.  As long as they keep releasing things from All Out War and Ringworm, I'll keep buying!

June 5, 2012

Full of Hell - Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home

After keeping up with various other record collecting blogs for the past few years, I finally decided to start one of my own.  The main reason I never started one of my own was because I'd just have to use my phone's camera for the pictures, since I don't have a digital camera.  In the end I decided I don't care if the quality of the pictures is a little lower, I'd still like to get on with this.

Since I didn't have any records arrive in the mail today, I decided my first post would be for one of my favorite LP's of 2011, Full of Hell's "Roots of Earth are Consuming My Home."  Put out by the always on point A389 Records, this band can best be described as a hardcore band with heavy grind, crust, powerviolence, and power electronics elements.  If any of the aforementioned genres turn you off, don't let them deter you.  This LP is way too good to be overlooked.  I can't think of specific bands to compare them to because I think they are very much in a league of their own.  However, I'm sure fans of Trap Them, Cursed, Integrity, etc. will all find something to like here.

As I stated before, sorry for the less than stellar photo quality.  I took them with my phone.

White vinyl from the first pressing, out of 150 copies.