We got a ton of great new releases this week. Here’s just a few that we are really excited about:
WARM BODIES – Self Titled LP
Two years deep and finally these beloved KC wingdings have blessed us with a debut album. WARM BODIES are quintessentially the Rush of late 2010s punk. Each member gets their due time to flex in almost every song and at their gigs you’ll get a headache if you try to figure out what they’re all doing. But damn it’s good. A real question mark band who can sure pen a tune. Electric.
HOT SNAKES – Jericho Sirens LP
Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release, the fourth album from the San Diego-based punk rock recidivists. The album was produced by the band and recorded in Philadelphia and San Diego throughout 2017. Hot Snakes are an American post-hardcore band led by Rick Froberg and John Reis, formed in 1999 in San Diego, California. Reis and Froberg had previously performed together in Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu, after which Reis had found international success with Rocket from the Crypt. Hot Snakes disbanded in 2005 but reunited in 2011. Although they share musical similarities with members’ previous outfits, Hot Snakes have a sound that is much more primal than that of Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu or even Rocket from the Crypt. Reis and Froberg were also heavily influenced by bands such as The Wipers, Suicide, and Michael Yonkers Band, and these influences gave Hot Snakes a distinctive sound that has been described by one critic as “hardcore garage punk.”
VILE GASH – Nightmare in a Damaged Brain LP
A masterpiece years in the making, this 12-track expurse of barbarity leaves the entire genre of hardcore in a smoldering crater. VILE GASH has achieved a fully-realized vision, delivering what can only be described as the end of music. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes, the album explodes in a barrage of hatred and disgust, each song showcasing a bitter contempt for life. Their blunt execution has intensified, becoming harsher and uglier, ranging in tempos the band has never before achieved with a perfect, grinding production that showcases the hideous nature of their riffs. This is a feel-bad experience like no other, and to listen is to feel yourself compelled to sickening violence. “Nightmare in a Damaged Brain” is the final command for existence, from which nothing shall follow. (Youth Attack Records #99)
SUBURBANITE – s/t LP
Like a burning skyscraper collapsing in a city siege, SUBURBANITE launches a full-scale takeover with total sonic decimation. Discharging a relentless veteran onslaught of breakneck hardcore led by irate frontman Chris O’Coin, the band fires off an intolerant, hostile and warlike approach, anchoring their debut in one brooding anthem after another. Purveyors of the Bruiser Beat sound, this is New York Hard Core for a new age. Rising up from the ruins of the genre’s failed past while dismissing contemporary values with arrogant disregard, SUBURBANITE calls forth the End Times so that intruders, trapped in a sick and insane society, have no choice but to wreck vengeance upon it. (Youth Attack Records #102)
ISS – s/t 7”
New 4-song EP from this North Carolina punk phenomenon. ISS will tell you that they don’t look good on paper–they’re a punk band that uses sampling prominently and whose lyrics and music often revolve around semi-silly punk/record nerd in-jokes–but despite the concept they manage to make music that is as great and as authentically punk as anything in my collection. They keep the hits coming on this new EP with their trademark combination of minimalist punk, huge pop hooks, and lyrics that are almost (but not quite!) too witty for their own good. There are even a few new wrinkles this time around, like the blistering, Agent Orange-esque guitar work from Jeff Leppard of Skemäta and Vittna on “I Wanna Be Dated.” If you’ve enjoyed ISS’s previous releases on Loki, State Laughter, and Erste Theke Tonträger pick this up as it’s the group’s best stuff yet. (Sorry State Records #90)
ARMS RACE – The Beast 7”
ARMS RACE follow up their “New Wave Of British Hardcore” LP with four new tracks, which see the band solidify their place as one of the strongest pillars of UK hardcore. Touring Europe and Japan since the release of the LP, these 4 new tracks are yet more proof of why the band leaves a trail of fans whenever they play. “The Beast” displays a ferocious hardcore attack with both boots firmly planted in hardcore and punk territories while looking forward to new soundscapes on which they evolve, such as the track ‘Distort Britannia’ that showcases a slowed down, atmospheric stomper. Part classic US hardcore, part Bristol and Stoke On Trent punk, these new tracks are a perfect continuation of what the band has created during these past 5 years. (Painkiller Records #71)
LURKER OF CHALICE – Lurker of Chalice LPx2
The self-titled Lurker of Chalice album, which came out in 2005, was the only widely circulated recording associated with the project, the two previous demos only being released in very limited quantities. The album garnered massive praise before swiftly going out of print, practically ensuring its stature as a cult masterpiece. It would be too simplistic to categorize this album as mere Black Metal because it sweeps so broadly across the musical spectrum; however, even when Wrest strays farthest from Black Metal in a stylistic sense, the sensations and emotions the music conjures are every bit as visceral. At the time of its release, no other album sounded quite like this one, and it’s no exaggeration to say that no comparable release has emerged in the last 12 years since “Lurker of Chalice”; the album truly occupies its own shade along the ever-expanding spectrum of Black Metal. NWN! is honored to present this new edition of “Lurker of Chalice,” which will include the bonus track featured on previous vinyl editions of the album. (Nuclear War Now Records #380)
EXORCIST – Voices From the Graves LP
Nuclear War Now! has once again ventured deep into the forgotten underground wasteland of late-1980s Eastern European metal history to unearth yet another artifact to add to its ever-expanding sub-collection of recordings that were never fully appreciated due to the region’s geopolitical isolation and other related circumstances. This most recent expedition has yielded “Voices from the Graves,” a compilation of Exorcist’s two demos from 1987 and 1988, which continued a Polish tradition of evil thrash first established by Kat and later continued by other similar bands such as Hellias. In order to properly reissue both demos, NWN! has rightfully chosen to reproduce the same morbid artwork from the first demo on the jacket of this vinyl LP release. Additionally, it has included an insert that contains the original artwork, photos, hand-written lyrics, and other layout materials from the original cassette releases of both demos. The result is one that serves as a metal time capsule, transporting the listener to a region and era where the music existed not simply as a sterile product of its own, but rather as a living extension of its practitioners. (Nuclear War Now Records #383)
RITES OF THY DEGRINGOLADE – The Blade Philosophical LP
Originally conceived in 1997 as a solo project by Paulus Kressman, known at that time for his phenomenal drumming and vocals for Sacramentary Abolishment (who would evolve into Axis of Advance following Kressman’s departure). “The Blade Philosophical” is at once a recapitulation of the band’s earlier work and a continued expansion of the boundaries of extreme metal. It is, in the truest sense, a real album, with common sonic and thematic threads woven throughout, drawing the tracks together into something cohesive and whole. (Nuclear War Now Records #362)
LIFE FUCKER – Z LP
Just when you thought these primates looked like they’d hit the evolutionary ceiling, they emerge from the marshlands with ‘Z’ to reveal themselves as the missing link between the Sexual, Destino Final and Chaos Z that’s been puzzling discogs junkies and pit warriors alike for decades. ‘Z’, the first initial of LF vocalist Kalo’s single biggest costume influence (Zorro) and also the name of this new release, this cut is primal but not primitive, the sound of a seasoned pack indulging in their instincts. Comes with A 2 double sided poster and Obi Strip. (Static Age Records #46)
JACK AND THE RIPPERS – No Desire 7″
Limited reissue of this classic Swiss-punk classic from 1979. JACK & THE RIPPERS were one of the 1st punk bands in Switzerland, based in Geneva, which has at that time an equally vibrant punk scene such as Zurich. Musically the band can be describe as brilliant power punk with strong English strike on the right track. So enjoy this wonderful piece of punk-rock! Comes with insert and a cover, treated with an especially UV-continual varnish! (Static Age Records #31)
RUNT – Positions of Power LP
Based between London and Sheffield, and with a lineage as incestuous as the UK scene, RUNT bring us a monumental follow up to their cassette tape from last year. RUNT are total aggro primitive punk built on furious spit and stomp, snarling electric agitation and primal clattering. Each track is short, angry and on the edge of falling apart at any moment. Yet it never does. Ash’s vocals are totally confrontational and in your face while the (a)rhythmic section of Jyoti and Ralph pulverise anything in their way, laying the path for Alex’s guitar to slowly build up the sound of city-living anxiety. It has an obvious nod to early Crass Records releases but mixes it with something more modern and definitely more nihilistic. Favourite track and B side opener “DWP” sounds like a 2018 “Do They Owe Us a Living” and synthetize the band perfectly. A confrontational, forward-thinking underground sound escaping the tick inside the box current state of punk. “Positions of Power” comes housed in a heavy weight reverse board sleeve designed by bassist and artist extraordinaire Jyoti Wariyar with matching lyric insert. (La Vida Es Un Mus #164)
AQUARIUM – Self Titled LP
Debut LP by this most precious Minneapolis supergroup and it’s a real cobra. We’re talking hot meat moist spuds whiplash punk AND a hefty dollop of sauerkraut (that’s vocals in German, BENCH). They’ve tapped the unhinged energy of Hans-A-Plast and Crap Detectors but ditched the nostalgia. No tears for these salty schnitzels, not like the other punkies of the late 2010s who were born 40 years to late. Featuring the frantic rhythms of the world renowned STAG BITCH BABY (LEMONADE, URIANIUM CLUB) Pressed to 45 rpm 12” the greatest format of all time.
MESSTHETICS – Self Titled LP
The Messthetics are an instrumental trio featuring Brendan Canty (drums), Joe Lally (bass), and Anthony Pirog (guitar). Brendan Canty and Joe Lally were the rhythm section of the band Fugazi from its inception in 1987 to its period of hiatus in 2002. This is the first band they’ve had together since then. Anthony Pirog is a jazz and experimental guitarist based in Washington, D.C. One half of the duo Janel & Anthony, he has emerged as a primary figure in the city’s out-music community. The trio’s debut includes nine songs recorded at Canty’s practice space throughout 2017, live and mostly without overdubs. It’s a snapshot of a band dedicated to the live ideal, where structure begets improvisation.
HORRENDOUS NEW WAVE – Compilation LP
Sixteen no name new wave bands from the minds of many celebrated cretins across america and beyond, such as Joe Suss (Nancy, Muff Divers), Rik (Pigs, Mongoloid), Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, Leather Towel), Arielle McCuaig (Janitor Scum, Glitter), Andy Peterson (Gibbous, Trauma Harness), Cody Phifer (HairLong n Freeky, Nosferatu), BB Eye and many many more! Curated by yours truly, with screen printed jackets, art by Janitor Scum.