We got some cool New Releases this week at Thrillhouse! Here’s a few we were real excited about:
CONVERGE – The Dusk In Us LP
Five years since their last release, Converge returns with “The Dusk In Us”: a brutal but beautiful album that shows the band’s artistic evolution while still capturing their classic sound. The ninth full-length from the Boston, MA-based heavy-music innovators – vocalist Jacob Bannon, guitarist Kurt Ballou, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller – “The Dusk In Us”: proves to be both dark and hopeful, abrasive and melodic, devastating and powerfully cathartic. While “The Dusk In Us” finds Converge defying boundaries and pushing into new sonic terrain, it’s also a natural progression for a band that’s long thrived on making music that both challenges and connects. LP includes digital download. (Deathwish Records #200)
HARAM – When You Have Won, You Have Lost LP
Guttural and furious, the debut LP from New York City’s HARAM delivers 10 songs of unflinchingly political hardcore punk. With a sound rooted in Coastal US hardcore from the last Cold War but with a more contemporary militaristic approach.Arabic vocals growl out over pounding martial rhythms and interlocked, frenetic melodies. This record alternates between forward march and full gallop in what has become their trademark sound. Hand silk-screened cover w/ 18×24 poster and a risographed booklet providing both Arabic and English translations of the lyrics. Released on NYC’s Toxic State Records. (Toxic State Records #29)
UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS – Volume 1 LP
Limited 180gm purple colored vinyl LP pressing, includes digital download. Originally released in 2010, Vol 1 was the first efforts of unknown songwriter, Kevin Starrs. Pressed in small numbers for a non-existing fan base, the album took several months to shift all 30 CD-R copies and provided a small platform to fund it’s follow up, Blood Lust (2011). Recorded on a tight budget of stashed dole money and with little knowledge or regard for conventional recording techniques, the chaotic results speak for themselves. Distorted vocals, out of tune harmonies, ragged musicianship and everything pushed to the red. The clatter of mic stands falling over mid performance, the rustling of lyric papers, the missed key changes and flubbed lines. Everything you would want to avoid is here. Self-funded, self-recorded and self-released to a fanfare of silence, Vol 1 was a true D.I.Y. effort from start to finish. No great ambition, no target audience, no press support. Just a collection of songs for anyone who would listen. With it’s mix of budget horror lyrics, Everly Brothers obsessed harmonies, downer rock riffs, overly long guitar solos and bizarre high pitched vocals, Vol 1 had very limited appeal outside a small group of underground fanatics.
EVIL – Rites of Evil LP
Nuclear War Now! expands its ever-growing roster and reach with its release of “Rites of Evil,” the debut full-length from Evil, a four-piece black/speed metal band from Tokyo, Japan. Including venerable bands such as Bathory, Hellhammer and Slayer in its list of prominent influences that in all span at least three continents and various subsets of first-wave black metal and satanic speed metal, the ones that shine through the most are early Sodom, Sarcofago, and fellow compatriots Sabbat and a certain, notorious Japanese punk metal band.
MIDNIGHT – Sweet Death And Ecstasy LP
By now, MIDNIGHT need no introduction. Guided by the twisted muse of mainman Athenar since 2003, this Cleveland cult have been slaying the metal/punk underground with their own, highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, subsequently building up a sizable catalog and garnering a rabid fanbase. While there’s certainly fanatics for the band’s early EP work, it was MIDNIGHT’s debut album, Satanic Royalty – released to international fanfare in 2011 by HELLS HEADBANGERS – that entered the band’s name into the annals of “classic.” Never one to rush things (nor drop an EP along the way), MIDNIGHT continued their underground dominance with No Mercy for Mayhem in 2014, further perfecting their signature sound. Now, with their massively anticipated third album, Sweet Death and Ecstasy, Athenar and co. return with their darkest and most daring effort yet. Granted, upon the first detonating chords of opener “Crushed by Demons,” it would be fair to assume that Sweet Death and Ecstasy is simply classic MIDNIGHT…until the track time nearly doubles what a characteristic track of theirs would be. This is no mere bloat, though: bookended by two of the band’s longest songs to date, Sweet Death and Ecstasy lays bare a more anguished ‘n’ aggravated MIDNIGHT, forever in thrall to the usual subjects (LUST, FILTH, SLEAZE) but speaking a slightly different, altogether-more-poisonous tongue. It both charges harder than ever – even harder than the band’s early EP work, arguably – and also puts on the brakes to bang ‘n’ clang in a manner most foul. Indeed, MIDNIGHT truly deliver Sweet Death and Ecstasy in a swift 32 minutes, and it’s absolutely addicting. What’s more, the CD version will feature a bonus disc that’s a 12-song live rehearsal recorded in 2015 by Commandor Vanik. There’s no dawn for MIDNIGHT…ever! (Hells Headbangers Records #186)
GOATPENIS – Anesthetic Vapor LP
Through its output over the past twenty-five years, Goatpenis has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most venerable black war metal bands in existence. Anesthetic Vapor, their sixth.
SADIST – Shadow of the Swastika LP
Horryfying and violent noisy d-beat hardcore punk act from Boston with members of G.A.S.H., Video Filth, Aspects of War, Human Bodies. To me its kind of mixture between anarchist/anti-war ideology of Crass, live violent actions of singer Ghost in the vein of GISM, industrial/harsh noise parts by Bombings and all these injected into good overfuzzed d-beat punk! This stuff is intense and forceful with buzzing riffs, thumping percussion and ferocious vocal howls. The LP is including their demo and their following 7″ which was remastered by Jack Control. Enjoy it! incl OBI strip.
AMERICAN WAR MACHINE – Prey Drive 7″
A project over five years in the making, Bridge Nine brings you the debut of hardcore powerhouse American War Machine. Comprised of members of Slapshot, Agnostic Front, Blood For Blood and Intent To Injure, American War Machine brings you three unrelenting tracks of pure, no-frills hardcore punk. 7″ includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #247)
WEEZER – Pacific Daydream LP
Limited vinyl LP pressing including digital download. 2017 release. Following the release of Weezer (The White Album), the band began working on what they called The Black Album, but as they worked, they found the songs they were writing felt more like reveries from a beach at the end of the world. Instead of forcing a different direction, they began an entirely new album; Pacific Daydream was born. – Pacific Daydream – an album full of the melodic mastery and craftsmanship for which Weezer are known – is a record that navigates the uncertainty between reality and dreams, blurring the line between the listener knowing if they are daydreaming the world of the album, or if the world of the album is daydreaming them. It’s a record about finding the gray area between the black and the white, about escaping the everyday into the fantasy of what may be just down the line, but also maybe isn’t. It’s an album that sounds like the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby.