GOLD “OPTIMIST” LP GATEFOLD
CASTLE “SECOND COMING / LABYRINTH OF DEATH” EP
REST “REST” CD
REST’s self-titled debut EP is a punch in the stomach for all All Pigs Must Die and The Secret’s lovers! No compromise crust blackened hardcore for this band hailing from Udine, Italy!
A sick journey in conspiracy and suffering,
POSTVORTA “CARMENTIS” CD
The band: “The “Carmentis” album is the second chapter of the trilogy started by the band with the previous “Aegeria”.
Discomfort, dark soundscapes, all aspects focusing onto loss, mindbreaking suffering and difficult times in life, will go hand in hand with the listener through the whole journey, without mercy.
The album will include important collaborations, featuring Tero Holopainen from the Finnish cult band Callisto who has channelled his visions by writing for the band the song titled “13”, and featuring also Mers Sumida, singer of the New York based band Black Table for the song “Patau”.
LODO “LODO” CD
FUCKED UP “YEAR OF THE SNAKE” LP
FUCKED UP “YEAR OF THE DRAGON” LP
ENSLAVED “VERTEBRAE” DOBLE LP
Few bands can boast the genre-bending savviness of Norway’s Enslaved. Spanning black, death and Viking metal with healthy sprinklings of prog and post-rock, the band’s style is anything but predictable. But what largely sets Enslaved apart from others who dabble in different sounds is the band’s authenticity. Few can go from Nordic sing-a-longs to black-metal shrieks and avoid sounding like jackals of all trades. And the thought of melding of dissonant riffs with swaggering beats may strike many as being all over the map. But with Vertebrae, Enslaved has managed to do just that with an album that is complex, abrasive and subtle all at once.
“Clouds” begins with a textural intro recalling vintage Rush, before moving into Viking territory with a set of melodic verses. But it’s not long before the eeriness sets in with a flurry of demonic hurls courtesy of vocalist Grutle Kjellson. “To The Coast” is crushing enough with its initial growls but quickly dissolves into a haze of multi-layered voices and enveloping guitars, all before launching into a staccato vocal affront. “Ground” has a jangly, psychedelic feel that recalls Pink Floyd, as does “Center,” once it moves past the Sabbath-esque intro. The title track is one of the more progressive numbers with an erratic structure that thrives on busy guitars, melodic choruses and some tasty keyboard work—none of which overpowers the other.
With Vertebrae, Enslaved further cements its legacy as an outfit hell-bent on musical exploration and genre manipulation. But besides the sonic barrage of power and volume, it’s largely a melodic album with a meticulous attention to detail.
CROWBAR “THE SERPENT ONLY LIES” LP+CD
Twenty-six years in, and Crowbar sounds more like being killed by a gorilla than ever. On their 11th full-length album, the NOLA sludge-metal quartet returns to form with a pessimistic beatdown that recalls the glory days of classics like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest. Riff master Kirk Windstein shrieks and groans with snarling vigor, while his chugging guitar parts sport renewed heft due to the return of founding bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange. Certain metal bands, like cast-iron pans, only get better with age and elbow grease.
FARSIDE “THE MONROE DOCTRINE” LP
Some things are worth the wait. Despite the fact that their last record came out in 1995, doesn’t mean the band hasn’t been busy. The Monroe Doctrine is the culmination of ten years of progression for the band and reflects their diverse mixture of punk, post-punk, indie and pop melodies (not to mention a throw back or two to some good old grind core). “It’s absolutely the best record we’ve ever done,” says the band and they’re not joking.
CATTLE DECAPITATION “THE ANTHROPOCENE EXTINCTION” LP
The The Anthropocene Extinction is Cattle Decapitation’s seventh full length album. It was released on August seventh, 2015. The album primarily focuses upon the human race annihilating itself.
BRAND NEW “THE DEVIL AND GOD ARE RAGING” DOBLE LP
The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is the third studio album by the alternative rock band, Brand New.
The name of the album came from a conversation frontman Jesse Lacey was having with a friend about musician Daniel Johnston who suffers from schizophrenia.
The record was released in 2006.
MONO “THE LAST DAWN” LP
The Last Dawn is the first of these two companion albums, and is the “lighter” of the two, thematically and melodically. It contains undoubtedly some of MONO’s strongest songs ever, drawing on an array of influences from minimalist film score to vintage shoegaze. It is MONO at their absolute purest, executing an uncanny, unspoken dialogue with each other without the dozens of stringed instruments that have been so prominent throughout their catalog. The songs are also noticeably more efficient – there hasn’t been a MONO full-length record to fit on a single slab of vinyl since 2003’s One Step More And You Die – and the album benefits immeasurably from this streamlined approach. MONO have always been masters of telling compelling stories without words. But now they’ve proven they can do it without frills, too.
MONO “RAYS OF DARKNESS” LP
Rays of Darkness is the first MONO album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band’s reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is MONO’s blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy. The album ends with the smoldering wreckage of distorted guitars and ominous drones playing out a eulogy to the days when MONO shot blinding rays of light through seemingly endless darkness.
FANGE “POISSE” LP
Time for something heavy and hard hitting as hell from the depths of hell. FANGE are a loud as fuck Noise/Sludge Metal band put on this planet to scare the utter hell out of you. FANGE are a noisy as hell Sludge Metal band with a delicious dark edge to their music. Their debut release – Poisse – is 30 minutes of finely tuned pile-driving sludge metal riffs that will play havoc with your nervous system.
The vocals from Jean-Baptiste feel they have came from a soundtrack to a violent horror movie from the 70s and 80s. He doesn’t mess around here folks. He is loud, mean and pissed off as hell. From the very first chainsaw based riffs of opening track – Grêle Molle – you can feel the terror and torture of FANGE coming to claim you as their next victim. That’s how powerful and scary their music actually is.
If you’re a fan of Primitive Man then you’re going to love these guys as they play the same kind of filth ridden torturous Sludge Metal riffs that band is known for. It’s hard to believe that this band features members from Huata and Brian Pyramid. Benjamin and Baptiste must have had a really bad day when they decided to form this band with Jean-Baptiste as this is dangerous as hell Sludge Metal with a capital – FUCK ME. THIS IS HEAVY.
FANGE blast their way through a stunning arsenal of tracks to leave you feeling emotionally drained. Though it’s the 8 minute epic – Suaire – that makes this album such a rewarding experience. It’s packed full of ambient based noises before the scary as hell Sludge Metal atmospheric kick into action once again.
I think I have said too much. Take my word – Listen to this album and feel the terrifying experience that is FANGE. A truly intense band have announced their arrival to the world. Pray for us all as it maybe to late to save our souls!!!
SHELTER “PERFECTION OF DESIRE” LP
Their first release. Ray Cappo (Youth Of Today) with music played by Tommy Capone (Beyond, Bold, Quicksand), and Todd, Dave and Bill from CT’s 76% Uncertain. CD includes sermon.
GHOLD “PYR” LP
Ghold return with the next chapter in their ever-expanding direction, emerging with the new album PYR, which also marks the band’s first recording as a trio with multi-instrumentalist/guitarist Oliver Martin.
PYR is towering with a sonic thickness, frantic dizzying energy and shattering immediacy, penetrated by despondent howls and an uncompromising slice of remorselessness. Yet even the seasoned Ghold fans will find something new here, as collaborative noises and instruments creep into their sound. On their third album, they have elevated their tectonic tonality to a level of innate expertise, with an evident sincerity that cannot be learned. Encased in a heavy exoskeleton, these compositions are at their heart achieving the special form of beauty that can only be conveyed by some special artists working in the medium of loud music, and their wide palette and strong instrumental bonds are the result of a fearless approach, drawing inspiration directly from themselves and their surroundings. Influencing the four track album was the band’s previous dwellings, Pyrford House, Brixton (London). At the time of recording it was undergoing vast changes, multiple evictions and imminent demolition. The site no longer exists but the music that was created there shall bellow forward and beyond.
The lyrics harken to the abstract – where the disjointed dystopic present intertwines destructive futures; the successive decline of consciousness and the forced negation between nomadity and nonentity. The artwork is a collection of overlaid images found and arranged to form prismatic and shifting landscapes; uneasy and disorientating – just like the sonic, just like the present.
Closing this raw, honest and unrelenting four-track is ‘Despert Thrang’ – a long-form progressive piece of music that fills the entirety of Side B on the LP, featuring guest vocalist Rose Dagul adding to the disorienting cavalcade that is PYR.
Heavy 12″ black vinyl housed in spined sleeve with double sided insert.
GHOLD “OF RUIN” LP
The two components of bass and drums are bound together so tight on Of Ruin that they resemble a singular gnarled entity, kneading together groove and melody like putty in the palm of their hands, with explosive results. Intrinsically heavy and elastically supercharged, Ghold create a strain of viscous rock that is as plainly devastating as it is capricious, pushing down the scales in a myriad of manners to achieve an ever heavier outcome. The wealth of ideas presented by Paul Antony and Aleks Wilson on Of Ruin surpass the imaginations of the majority, and it’s easy to see why Terrorizer tipped them as one to watch for 2015.
The alchemic duo fuse elements of power violence, doom, gloom and heavy rock with enchanting vocal incantations. Since their inception in 2012, Ghold have been steadily amassing fans of their filth jams from countless shows performing alongside the likes of Yob, Pallbearer, Stephen O’Malley and Årabrot.
Of Ruin was mastered by James Plotkin, and the CD and LP artwork features different paintings by Alex Virji.
DAN SWANO “MOONTOWER” LP
Moontower is a solo studio album by the Swedish musician Dan Swanö.
Dan Swanö described the album as sounding like “If Rush played death metal in the 1970s”.
CULT OF LUNA “MARINER” DOBLE LP
Mariner is a collaborative studio album between the Swedish band Cult of Luna and the American vocalist Julie Christmas, formerly of the bands Made Out of Babies and Battle of Mice. Serving as Cult of Luna’s seventh studio album and the first time Christmas has appeared on the entirety of a full-length album since her 2010 solo debut The Bad Wife, Mariner was released on April 8, 2016 through Indie Recordings. Contrasting the industrial city themes of Cult of Luna’s last studio efforts, Vertikal and Vertikal II from 2013, Mariner focuses its concept on space exploration.
CULT OF LUNA “LIVE AT LA GAITE LYRIQUE: PARIS” TRIPLE LP
Swedish six-piece Cult Of Luna is well known for its mesmerising live shows, so even those with the highest expectations for this release will not be disappointed. This is post-metal at its best, presented on three black or orange/yellow vinyl platters in a trifold sleeve.
KADAVAR “KADAVAR” LP
Kadavar is the debut studio album by German rock band Kadavar, released on July 10, 2012 by This Charming Man Records/Tee Pee Records. The album consists of six songs, all composed by the band, including the lengthy “Purple Sage”, plus bonus track “Living in Your Head”.
ED GEIN “JUDAS GOATS AND DIESELEATERS” LP
The point where grindcore and noisy hardcore meets is where you will find ED GEIN (the band anyway). On “Judas Goats and Dieseleaters” the trio plays a brand of planned wreckage made from piles of iron riffs, clanging bass, and tolerably scathing, pissed off vocals, all of which contains elements of TURMOIL, UNSANE, and (in small doses) musical battering rams like SWARM OF THE LOTUS. A thin coat of sludge covers the album. The music sounds very familiar, but all of it is played with passion.
At an average track length of around two and a half minutes (not counting the 13 minutes or so of hidden messing about that elongates unlisted track 14), the band gets in, rants about a societal/political bug up the butt, and gets out. When the pace slows on “United Ninety Three” and a pavement-scraping riff groove begins, that UNSANE element is brought out and works well in providing an effective break between the amphetamine races on either side. Reading the lyrics, it is readily apparent that ED GEIN doesn’t look to “The O’Reilly Factor” for political direction. The samples of President Bush aren’t exactly placed there to serve as a rallying point for the disenfranchised either. “Small Towns, Small Minds” slams the peanut-brained and inbred ways of the white supremacist, “Christianity as Foreign Policy” is self explanatory, and “We’re Drowning It” runs the gamut of societal/political ills (“drunks, wife beaters, child molesters, racism, sexism, homophobia, plutocracy, bureaucracy, health insurance cancer…”). After 13 tracks, you are then treated to an unlisted cover of NIRVANA’s “Breed”, a rendition that does an already great song big time justice.
Stopping short of producing calamity and noise for the sake of calamity and noise, “Judas Goats and Dieseleaters” is a jarring listen, but it is done with a purpose. The album may not fall into the “totally awesome, dude!” category, but it is a good effort just the same.
DOWN “IV – PART I THE PURPLE EP” LP
Down IV – Part I (informally known as the The Purple EP) is the first EP by sludge/southern metal band Down. It was released on September 18, 2012. It is the first album featuring bassist Pat Bruders due to the departure of former bassist Rex Brown in 2011, and the last to feature guitarist Kirk Windstein, who left in 2013.
CATHEDRAL “IN MEMORIAM” DOBLE LP
Vinyl LP pressing. As with a choice few truly great bands, the first self-financed 1990 cassette recording by Cathedral was a pioneering underground masterpiece in it’s own right – the sound of a young band exploring it’s newfound chemistry, finding confident variations on a flawless list of influences and cultivating a sound and style that would prove hugely inspirational throughout the 1990s and beyond, being a major influence on everyone from Electric Wizard through to Reverend Bizarre. Where most demos are little more than a dry run for the first album, In Memoriam still has it’s own distinct and important identity in the Cathedral canon. The debut LP that followed, Forest Of Equilibrium, has a somber, devout, melodic and mystical grandeur all of it’s own – but In Memoriam has a far murkier, earthier, more deathly intent. Creepy, cryptic and bowel-looseningly heavy, it represents the first time that the doom metal styling’s of Trouble, Saint Vitus, Pentagram, and Watchfinder General had been rendered in a new, more extreme metallic form. At the beginning of the new decade, it was really only Cathedral who were proud to assert the influence of true doom metal – a perennially unfashionable genre, but especially in a turn-of-the-decade metal scene so obsessed with speed, technicality, brutality and modernity.
SANTI LEAL FLX “UN ANGEL LLORA” CD
Haciendo referencia al titulo de este disco es para que no sólo un ángel llore de emoción , si no para que lloremos de felicidad por el contenido de este ambicioso trabajo que junta de nuevo a dos grandes músicos cómo son SANTI LEAL y FÉLIX BUSTILLO que ya nos dejaron muestras de su calidad musical en 2.012 con Proyecto ZEUS y “DEFENSORES” en dónde grababan temas de la pionera banda de HEAVY METAL catalana ZEUS que se quedaron aparcados sin poder llegar a grabarse en su momento , a más de uno que conozco ese disco que también fue editado en formato LP nos dejo con la boca abierta.Y el que ahora nos presentan con otra denominación SANTI LEAL FLX es otra buena muestra de la calidad que estos veteranos músicos atesoran.SANTI LEAL que se encarga de la producción, guitarras, batería, orquestación y coros , junto a FELIX BUSTILLO voz y letrista de muchas canciones ,y junto a SERGI RIERA en el bajo eléctrico nos dan un estupendo CD lleno de sonidos HARD ROCK , HEAVY METAL y partes progresivas que podríamos denominar un disco conceptual y nada lineal. Abren el CD con “TRAICIÓN PRELUDIO” un tema corto instrumental y orquestado ,bombástico de corte operístico que da paso al enrevesado sonido de guitarras netamente metálicas de “TRAIDOR” entrando de una manera asesina para este espídico tema de corte épico y letal en dónde se muestra la labor guitarrera de SANTI LEAL que nos deja KO y la imprescindible labor vocal de FÉLIX BUSTILLO con su inconfundible estilo vocal, dramatizando en esta pieza compleja de estribillo pegadizo. Más experimental y progresiva es “SAL DE MI CABEZA ” un tema complejo y atrayente con muchas atmósferas musicales que hacen que estemos expectantes a su escucha y ante los buenos argumentos sonoros que estos tres músicos desarrollan brillando la técnica guitarristica de SANTI LEAL. Bonitos matices musicales que abren esta gran canción de sonido más clásico “JUNTOS” nos llevan a un potente tema de HARD ROCK a medio tiempo en dónde la labor vocal de FÉLIX BUSTILLO imprime su firma ante esta gran canción de melódico y pegadizo estribillo ,es un tema que realmente tiene un feeling bestial, que atrae por su sencillez y mensaje. Rápido y centelleante metal melódico nos dan con “VAMOS A PARARLO” un tema directo con desarrollos progresivos que no rompen la dinámica de este tema realmente técnico en lo musical. Más tradicional en la forma de enfocar la canción es “SOMBRAS” aunque nos sorprendan con sonidos más metaleros progresivos , para este tema lleno de potencia .Arrebatador es el siguiente tema “HAZME ARDER ” un temazo de Heavy rock de esos que hoy día poco podemos escuchar , guitarras incandescentes que dan paso a un estribillo demoledor y luminoso por parte de FÉLIX BUSTILLO es una gran canción. Lo oímos y sentimos es otro trallazo de Heavy Metal “OYELO Y SIENTELO ” directo al corazón ,otra buena muestra del potencial que tiene este proyecto con un SANTI LEAL totalmente desatado en las guitarras. De nuevo los ejercicios de pirotecnia guitarristica dan paso a otro tema incandescente y rápido Heavy Metal de “CABALGA HASTA EL FINAL ” , que contrasta mucho con la siguiente canción que es la que da nombre a este CD “UN ÁNGEL LLORA ” una estremecedora canción lenta cantada estupendamente por FÉLIX BUSTILLO de una manera muy teatral y opera Rock , en dónde dan rienda suelta de nuevo a partes muy progresivas con coros , una canción muy dramática en la parte vocal y experimental en la instrumental dónde comprobamos retazos jazzeros y complicados ejercicios guitarristicos muy técnicos cerrando así una de las mejores y diferentes canciónes del CD, y que pone el epitafio final otra corta instrumental llamada “PLEGARIA POR UN ÁNGEL” así cerrando un trabajo excelente por parte de estos músicos ,una gran prueba de madurez y de calidad musical sin ninguna duda.
LORDS “FUCK ALL Y’ALL MOTHERFUCKERS” LP
The first press is gone, a small repress is out, there are 250 copies on light blue wax.
FAYMF is a the long awaited following to Swords that was released in 2005 on Jade Tree Records. This new album features 16 intenses songs in 23 minutes with no breaks, no time to rest. A noisy and crazy sonic cocktail of thrash, hardcore punk and metal that will blow your ears down ! This 250 copies limited pressing on colored vinyl is packed in a beautiful sleeve with impressive design by Stan Doll.
OBITUARY “FROZEN IN TIME” LP
In early 2004, Obituary finally decided to start working on their sixth studio record. Often, when bands haven’t been together for years, writing sessions are initially strained or unproductive and it takes a while for the musicians to get back on their creative feet. Obituary had no such problem. One listen to the band’s new album, ‘Frozen In Time,’ and it’s clear that Obituary have returned with the same force and fortitude they had in the early ’90s. From start to finish, ‘Frozen In Time’ was created without any major trauma or turbulence. In fact, one of the biggest challenges for Obituary happened after they finished in the studio and were trying to come up with a name for the record. They considered titling it after one of the album tracks, but decided that no single cut could adequately represent the album. They thought about naming it something that would make reference to their reunification after seven long years. Finally, they decided they were best off with ‘Frozen In Time.’
CULT OF LUNA / THE OLD WIND “RAANGEST” LP
CLUTCH “ELEPHANT RIDERS” LP
Moving to a major label hardly dilutes Clutch’s music. The Elephant Riders finds the band continuing the stylistic breakthroughs of Clutch, sharpening their guitar attack while adding subliminal elements of funk to their rhythms. Furthermore, their songwriting has strengthened; no longer are they simply riff-oriented rockers who get off on the sheer force of sound, turning in a set of consistently strong songs that suggest a song cycle. It’s an impressive effort that hopefully should bring them an audience the size of Deftones, if not Korn.