This Weeks New Arrivals – May 12th


We got in a ton of cool punk and metal records in this week.  Here’s a few things we are real excited about:


A sonic auto-da-fé, the OJO POR OJO debut LP is an exercise in modern Mexican costumbrismo. Crude and primitive, the band’s aural vomit is a sharp-eyed comment on the trip through the guts of the monster that living in Mexico City has become. Where crime and filth reigns supreme among a society driven by chronic malinchismo and constant life fear. OJO POR OJO follows the path laid out by bands such as INSERVIBLES or RATAS DEL VATICANO while borrowing heavily from Greek gods ΑΝΤΙΔΡΑΣΗ, Colombian demigods PARABELLUM and Italian deities NERORGASMO. Lacking pretence, this Stations of the Cross-like album has 10 tracks instead of 14 and is a raw portrayal of everyday life in the place where the District Federal trio live. Comes packed in a macabre masterpiece created between drummer Mico and guitarist/ vocalist Yecatl Peña which painstakingly depicts the current collective mental state of a nation. Includes a lyric sheet and a disturbing yet normalised picture, depicting a petty thief lynched by locals in Ecatepec. A seemly weekly happening in the Ciudad de Mexico.  (La Vida Es Un Mus #166)


CHAIN CULT – Demo 2018 LP
Chain Cult from Athens released their Demo on tape on the first of January 2018 and it instantly sold out. Now it gets rightfully re-released on Vinyl. The six track demo is full of churning and brooding post punk that is urgent and energetic. It has anger and passion built on a skeletal and distinct production. Dark jagged guitar riffs sit on top of hypnotic bass lines like  the classic VEX 12″ on Fight Back Records mixed with WARSAW and ARTIC FLOWERS.  Demo 2018 comes housed in a 350 gsm sleeve designed by Aris of A.D. Visions and includes a lyric insert.  (La Vida Es Un Mus #169)


CRIMINAL CODE – Welcome To 2534 LP
“2534” is the third full length by Tacoma,WA veterans Criminal Code. The northwest four piece has always kept a well balanced variety of sounds in their arsenal. From the gloomy depressing sounds of The WIPERS to the frantic speed induced pop of HUSKER DU, 2534 is more focused with layers and a dreamy undertone. This album flows with infectious leads and bouncy rhythms familiar to the UK sounds of WIRE and THE CURE. The vocals and guitars are a bit cleaner then previously before but still abrasive and loses no urgency. The album flows seamlessly and at times nostalalgic to the melancholy of the eighties without trapping you in a time capsule.  Artwork by Justin Gallago.  (Deranged Records #310)


Two years in the making, this 12″ EP represents some prime lazy-ass apathy coupled with the kind of wry, bitter nihilism that could only be fueled by the landmines of fuckery that is the current Bay Area. The band pulls influences from such sources as NZ greats THE GORDONS, Australia’s THE MOLES, and Boston’s MISSION OF BURMA while the collage art foldout poster will bring you back the San Francisco of the early ’80s.  (Fullyintercoastal Records #6)


SPAZZ – Sweatin’ to the Oldies LPx2
Sixty-four tracks on 2 long player records pressed on limited colored vinyl including a digital download card plus a 16 page booklet filled with scans, pics, liners and more!  Following their CD reissue in 2016, the volume assassins at Tankcrimes are very pleased to bring you Sweatin’ To The Oldies from iconic, now-defunct, hardcore punk power violence trio, SPAZZ, on vinyl! Originally released on Slap-A-Ham Records in 1997 and out-of-print for fifteen long years, SPAZZ’s Sweatin’ To The Oldies delivers sixty-four tracks compiled from splits released with Charles Bronson, Brutal Truth, Rupture, Floor, and more from 1993-1996, as well as SPAZZ’s debut EP, tracks from various comps including Better Read Than Dead (1996, Epitaph/AK Press), cover tunes, and live cuts from KFJC and 924 Gilman St.  Sweatin’ To The Oldies comes remastered, or in some cases mastered for the first time ever, by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Impaled l) at Mammoth Sound. Set for release on May 11th, the limited edition 2xLP will be available in six different color variations — blue, splatter, pinwheel, white, flo yellow and clear — and includes a sixteen-page booklet chock full of scans, photos, liner notes, and more.  This is the first time this collection has ever been available on vinyl!  (Tank Crimes Records #90)
GHOUL/ILL BILL – split 7”
Creepsylvania’s masked splatterthrashers GHOUL team up with Brooklyn MC, ILL BILL (Non Phixion, Heavy Metal Kings) for this sick split 7” also cialis featuring GORETEX (Non Phixion).  Limited color vinyl, download card included.  (Tank Crimes Records #108)


MORBOSIDAD – Corona de Epidemia LP
For twenty-five years, Morbosidad has been a stoic pillar in the black/death metal underground. Guided by the relentless dedication of demonic mastermind and vocalist, Tomas Stench, the band has maintained a level of consistency in its recordings and live performances that has not been rivaled by many over the course of such an extended tenure. Unlike many highly-respected bands who release an acclaimed masterpiece along with an additional solid album or two before fading into the obscurity of forgettable later recordings, “Corona de Epidemia” maintains the same degree of songwriting, musicianship, and overall hostility that have characterized Morbosidad’s previous recordings.  (Nuclear War Now Records #370)


PSEUDOGOD – Sepulchral Chants LPx2
This collection—released on vinyl for the first time—includes all of the tracks Pseudogod released prior to the recording of the debut album (as well as a few previously unreleased rehearsal tracks). It is a remarkably consistent body of work and remains one of the best representations of Black Death Metal produced in the last 20 years. (Nuclear War Now Records #393)


GRAVE UPHEAVAL – Second s/t LPx2
Once again, Grave Upheaval creates a dense, chthonic, death-laden atmosphere, and this album preserves the air of mystery and anonymity surrounding the band. Grave Upheaval emerges from the shadows, albeit only slightly, with clearer production than previous efforts but with a sound that remains draped in malevolent ambience. The same hazy, hallucinatory effect that characterizes all of the band’s previous work remains intact, but the tonality of the riffs and structural elements of the songs are more vividly apparent. The compositional and stylistic variations are arranged in such a way as to keep the album intriguing and unpredictable, making this one of the most impressive Death Doom albums since diSEMBOWELMENT’s “Transcendence into The Peripheral.”  (Nuclear War Now Records #387)


FETISH – s/t 7”
While one should hesitate to use the term “super group,” it would be kinda hard to not consider utilizing some kind of label in that vein in regards to Portland, Oregon’s FETISH. For starters if we’re gonna talk about genre altering personnel within the ranks of this group, you’d have to note that this recording showcases the first time that Thee Slayer Hippy and Vegetable have come together to create ugly hardcore punk music since their stint together in the “War All The Time” era of the legendary Kings of Punk POISON IDEA three decades ago. It also doesn’t hurt that 3/4 of PDX punk heroes LONG KNIFE (Colin Jarrell, Scott Goto, and Chris Reid respectively) are in the mix as well along with later era PI guitarist Brandon Bentley. Their debut track “TAKE THE KNIFE” showcases the sheer power of this group and is just a sign of what is to come with the band’s full length record that will hopefully see the light of day later this year. On the flip side, a stirring rendition of LOVE’s classic track “A House Is Not A Motel” closes this one out leaving us hungry for more. Each record comes in a glue pocket sleeve featuring cover art by the talented Joe B and includes a download card. (Beach Impediment #31)
LEMURIA – Recreational Hate LP/CD
The 4th full length LP from the Buffalo, NY power pop trio. Contains 10 songs of tracks influenced by the raw intensity of Husker Du and The Replacements juxtapositioned with identity seeking lyrics and introverted vocal approaches for fans of Velocity Girl, Beat Happening and 90’s era-Lemonheads.  (Lemuria/Turbo Worldwide #1)