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FUCKED UP - Year of the Snake LP
Fucked Up's latest entry into the Zodiac Series documents the journey of self care and opening awareness through the use of psychedelics and medicinal plants. 24 minute epic track follows the narrative of a trip with strange instrumentation and electronics. Held together sonically with the bands own loose inturpretation of hardcore punk. (Tank Crimes Records #100)

FUCK YOU PAY ME - Dumbed Down LP
Fast, negative, anthemic dark hardcore done correctly. From Cleveland. Fronted by Tony Erba of 9 Shocks Terror, Gordon Solie Mother Fuckers. (Tank Crimes Records #101)

RIXE - Bapteme Du Feu 7"
French Oi! poster boys Rixe return with EP number three. Again it's a four tracker and there is no let up in the quality. It's full of snarl, bite and anthems. Tenter Le Diable starts the onslaught with some immense tom tom work before heading into another classic Rixe Oi! pounder. Paris-Est begins with a military beat before the guttural vocals and crunching guitars come in and smash you over the head. Every part of this two minutes and 53 seconds song is precise and perfect pop. Condamne is a straight down the line Oi! smash full of hate and bile and that Rixe wall of sound we know and love already. Last cut Hécatombe is a total head nodder that has bounce and a chorus to either die for or sing-a-long to Three EPs in and Rixe continue to take Oi! to new heights. As it is a tradition on the Rixe 7" trilogy Bapteme Du Feu 7" comes housed in a reverse board sleeve with collaborative artwork between Nick Rat and Maxime Smadja. Comes with lyric insert and download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus #136)

STRAIGHTJACKET NATION - s/t LP
Forming in 2004, Straightjacket Nation (featuring members of other important Australian bands such as Pisschrist, Total Control and The UV Race) have long been considered by many to be among the best that modern hardcore has to offer. Whether rearing their ugliness live or remaining underground and birthing releases sporadically, Straightjacket Nation absolutely DESTROY - undeniably deserving the cult following they've earned over the years, and the cult is alive. 2017 sees the release of the second Straightjacket Nation LP. Intimidating and foul, ridden with feedback, lurching and slamming, screeching and boiling over. There's no hint of youthfulness here, instead lurks a fearful incarnation of hardcore punk at it's darkest and most foul. One moment disciplined, the next a sprawling chaos. Straightjacket Nation stands alone, a horrible entity carved out in stone. Mean. Strict. Remorseless. Vengeful. Harsh. SJN. File between GAUZE, POISON IDEA Pick Your King era and LIP CREAM great hits. (La Vida Es Un Mus #129)

MELLOW HARSHER/INVERTEBRATE - split 7"
Wisconsin role models, Mellow Harsher, return with seven more assaults on everything civil. Yet another testament to their established seat at the top of the midwest blast game. Invertebrate kick out five tracks furthering the history of bay area brutality. Nods towards the classic 90's power violence kings stitching samples and speed switchin in all directions. Co-released with Malokul; Limited to 500. (625 Productions Records #255.5)

PUBLIC TRUST - The Leper 7"
The debut recording of PUBLIC TRUST, starring the infamous and notorious BAN (mastermind and vocalist for Boston Strangler, Anxiety, drummer for Scapegoat). Four blistering tracks of brash, obnoxious and violent hardcore PUNK... For fans of scummy New England punk shit like The Freeze, Jabbers-era GG Allin, Unnatural Axe, FU's, early Out Cold, and only the finer moments in KBD/BLOODSTAINS history. One-time pressing of 500... buy or cry. (Boston Strangler Records #3.6)

DEATH COURIER - Demise LP
Nuclear War Now! and Weird Face Productions first conspired to draw much-deserved attention to Death Courier's landmark 1992 Greek death metal album, "Demise," by reissuing it in 2014 as a limited 12" picture disc. Now the same two partners resume that effort by offering the album on a standard vinyl format. This unearthing and reanimation of Death Courier's earliest scourging imprints erases a longstanding void in the availability of the most essential recordings from one of the most important pillars in the Greek black/death metal canon. (Nuclear War Now Records #267)

DEATH COURIER - EP and Demo LP
Death Courier's foreboding 1989 "Deny Your Destiny" demo and 1990 "Necrorgasm" EP have been compiled on a single LP to document the band's early trajectory, which eventually led to the release of "Demise." This "EP and Demo" LP also includes four live tracks taken from the 1990 Molon Lave Festival and a 1991 gig at the Villa Amalias Squat in Athens. This unearthing and reanimation of Death Courier's earliest scourging imprints erases a longstanding void in the availability of the most essential recordings from one of the most important pillars in the Greek black/death metal canon. (Nuclear War Now Records #317)

SACRIFICIO - Guerra Eterna LP
Spain's Sacrificio has sought to channel the barbaric spirit of the original black metal gods and thus recapture the essence of an art that has largely been diluted by a rather formulaic recipe in more recent times. The purposeful anachronism of "Guerra Eterna" draws on the influences of archetypal bands such as Bathory, Sodom, Hellhammer, Tormentor, and Sarcofago to achieve a product that both pays homage to its ancestors and creates something unique through a recombination of elements that were particular to the individual bands of this conglomerate. (Nuclear War Now Records #336)

BASTARD NOISE/BRUTALOMANIA - split 7"
Long time friends Manual Cubas (formerly of Spain's GENITAL MASTICATOR) of BRUTALOMANIA and WOOD (BN) unite to create a split of total intensity and ear slaying violence. With a lasting reverence to avenging animal cruelty where ever it may exist, BASTARD NOISE offers up four unique, multi-layered and complex electronic pieces, each one complete with aggressive vocals, sickening textures and frequency expansion overload. Crystal clear production allowing the biggest sound is a lasting BN trademark and this e.p. is no exception. BRUTALOMANIA (from the Canary Islands of Spain) features a single decimating track of thick, electric wall assault. Fury of complete disintegrating audio destruction. Complete, unbridled power ! As extreme as it gets... Comes in random colored vinyl. (Skull Releases #5)

SICK TIRED/NAK'AY - split 7"
Two titans of Midwest grindcore finally paired together on the same 7". Each band delivers their own distinct brand of blazing fast grind that is sure to sonically destroy your eardrums, for better or for worse. Nak'ay hails from Ft. Wayne, IN and Sick/Tired from Chicago. Both bands have been long-running acts at this point and the material on this split 7" is their strongest to date. (Diseased Audio #17)

GAS CHAMBER/D.O.C. - split 7"
Gas Chamber hails from Buffalo, NY and draws influence from their former hardcore/pv project RUNNING FOR COVER, with chaotic blast parts as tight as ever, but also now bearing a more dynamic song structure overall with noise elements and slower melodic parts interlaced throughout. A truly unique form of hardcore made by genuine outsiders. D.O.C., on the flipside, play extremely heavy, downtuned, noisey grindviolence, no frills and no letting up ever until it's over. Hailing from Washington, DC and comprised of ex members of Magrudergrind. (Diseased Audio #18)

FIRING SQUAD - At Their Mercy 7"
Richmond's purveyors of straight-forward, classic style hardcore punk are back with six more relentless tracks. If their previous recording was towards the fast 'n loose spectrum of punk, this new platter comes off as utterly cold and calculating. Think of it inspired equally by traditional USHC and late 80s-90s Japanese groups, a la Bastard. For those who like riff oriented hardcore with piercing guitars, a driving rhythm section, and commanding vocals. Mastered by Josh Bonati, and comes in a glue pocket sleeve with artwork by Matt Bellosi. (Agitate Records #3)

DAKHMA - Suna Kulto LP
Dakhma's second full length takes their hideous black metal inspired punk sound to new heights, with 2 epic 20 minute tracks. Overwhelming and punishing with torn throat filth vocals and good doses of atmosphere. (IFB Records #108)

PLURAL BEING - Demo tape cassette
Noisy outsider punk from Fort Myers FL - members of Merkit and Panzram return to deliver 5 new tracks of disgusted punk. Each song has it's own personality ranging from almost blown up pounding, to a catchy pop-punk riff that ends in a miserable dirge, to a one riff dance-hall banger. Fresh and ugly from some small-town lifers. (IFB Records #109)

SUBJECTS RULERS - s/t tape cassette
Subjects Rulers were a short lived project out of Nashville with folks from Cease Upon the Capitol and Dolcim. They recorded this full length then spread out across the country, leaving us this lovely little tape as a document of their existence. This is expertly executed screamo with just the right amount of chaos, massive, uplifting passages, dynamic drumming and powerful vocals. These guys have been doing this a long time and it shows. (IFB Records #94)

LE ALMEIDA - Todas As Brisas LP
Brasil's master of lo-fi 90's indie/psych/grunge worship returns with yet another masterpiece of the genre. For easy references, think Guided By Voices or early Pixies, but on this record Le adds more of a psychedelic element to these tracks - a bit more stoned if you will, but maintaining his signature ability to take a simple riff and turn it into something truly special. There are riffs on this record that I could live the rest of my life with on a desert island. Perfect raw pop for an ugly world. Burn some candles and turn it up loud - it's the last thing we can count on. (IFB Records #104)

SHOTWELL/MIAMI - split LP
Reissue of one of our favorite DIY punk rock split LPs, EVER. Punk veterans from San Fransisco, CA. that includes members of: Strawman, Allergic To Bullshit, Hickey, Chickenhead, Onion Flavored Rings, Black Rainbow & so many more. Originally released in 2000, this is just in time for its' 17th anniversary! After one year in-the-works & a meticulous release process, we're stoked for finally have this out into the world again. Reissued & pressed from the original master tapes, as well as cover art being pro re-touched & restored! Includes original 32 PAGE ZINE, as well as a video code for the original VHS companion tape that was released. 400 pressed. Comes with download code. (Dead Broke Rekerds #144)

NOTCHES - Change My Mind 7"/tape cassette
Grungy, catchy-as-all-hell, high energy indie/pop-punk from New Hampshire! You'll dig this shit if you're into: Lemonheads, Sinkhole, Witches With Dicks, etc. (Dead Broke Rekerds #

ADULT MAGIC - s/t 7"/tape cassette
New 4-song EP of alt-rock punk from members of Iron Chic, Broadcaster, Crow Bait, Sister Kisser. 7" vinyl version finally available. First 50 orders get opaque Orange color vinyl! (Dead Broke Rekerds #154)

TENEMENT - Bruised Music Vol. 2 tape cassette
Fourteen Tracks in all, including material compiled from the Taking Everything EP, split 7" w/ Culo, split 7" with Cheeky, Freak Cast in Iron "Sick Club" 7" single, Puke+Destroy Vol. 2 7" compilation, and split 7" w/ Screaming Females. All material has once again been remastered for this release by North London Bomb Factory. (Comes w/download) Cassette press! (Dead Broke Rekerds #156 TP)

CULTES DES GHOULES - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love LPx3
Comes in a hardbound outer slipcase housing 3-LPs with a 20-page A5 book. The metal underground is awash with more bands than ever, but none quite sound like Poland's CULTES DES GHOULES. And now, with the release of the band's highly anticipated third album, Coven, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present CULTES DES GHOULES' magnum opus and forever prove that no one ever will quite sound like THIS. A mysterious collective with a full lineup but no facts fully revealed about it, CULTES DES GHOULES have always let their music speak for itself. Their early demos and Odd Spirituality EP, all highly sought after upon their initial release, eventually culminated in CULTES DES GHOULES' classic debut album, Haxan. Released in 2008 but eventually reissued by HELLS HEADBANGERS in 2011 after its first two versions quickly sold out, Haxan was a mesmerizing monolith beyond compare - ghoulish, gibbering, and ghastly in equal measures - although its sinful stench fondly recalled the likes of earliest, evilest Necromantia, Beherit, Mayhem, and Mortuary Drape. Also in 2011 came the Spectres Over Transylvania EP, which was an epic 25-minute track that suggested the ambitious direction to come. And come it did with 2013's Henbane, a five-song/58-minute monster of mesmerizing power. Dread and disease wafting up from the abyss like fumes of the most potent sulfur, coiling and releasing in a tense coitus of godless abandon, the unremittingly repulsive sounds of death worship: Henbane soon became a modern classic for a new generation of black metallers hungry for foul sounds with fathomless depth(s). (Hells Headbangers Records #190)

MORTICIAN - Darkest Day Of Horror LP
Comes in a gatefold cover. Heinous horror-lords Mortician reanimate the golden age of low-budget splatter, hammering home gruesome anti-music. Darkest Day of Horror is pure sonic zombification as terror-filled atmospheres, hyperspeed rhythms, subterranean blower bass and neanderthal-like vocals annihilate with no concern for subtlety or musical nuance. You may as well dig your grave in anticipation as the heaviest death metal band on the planet delivers devastating digital damage at vicious, violent volumes. (Hells Headbangers Records #176)

INCANTATION - Decimate Christendom LP
Their 2004 album now re-issued on vinyl in a gatefold cover with silver hot foil print and liner notes on a printed inner sleeve. Choose from traditional black vinyl or purple/oxblood marbled vinyl. 111 copies pressed as a picture disc (with the same packaging as the regular LP) exclusively for HHR mailorder. One of the most important bands ever to merge in the death metal genre, INCANTATION is often imitated but never equaled. "Decimate Christendom" picks up where "Blasphemy" left off, while harking back to their doomier past. (Hells Headbangers Records #229)

INCANTATION - Primordial Domination LP
Their 2006 album now re-issued on vinyl in a gatefold cover with gold hot foil print and liner notes on a printed inner sleeve. Choose from traditional black vinyl or gold/bronze marbled vinyl. 111 copies pressed as a picture disc (with the same packaging as the regular LP) exclusively for HHR mailorder. One of the most important bands ever to merge in the death metal genre, INCANTATION is often imitated but never equaled. (Hells Headbangers Records #230)

HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH - Heaven Bled LP with 7" included
Pressed as a 12" with 7" housed in a gatefold cover with gold foil stamping on the front and back. Helmed by one relentless maniac named Peter Hobbs, HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH are one of the more unsung cult favorites of '80s metal. Hailing from Australia many years before it was cool to do so, the band released two classic demos in 1987, Angel of Death and the telltale Virgin Metal Invasion From Down Under, before time came for the inevitable debut album. That album, 1988's Hobbs' Angel of Death, was released by Steamhammer during the label's glory years, and quickly found a devoted legion of fans enthralled to HOBBS' Kreator-meets-Dark Angel style of deathrash. With a unique charisma that was devilishly gleeful in a sense, Hobbs' Angel of Death sired the band's self-tagged "virgin metal," which worked in both connotations of the word. It would be many years before a follow-up, 1995's Inheritance, and the band broke up not long after. Come 2002, however, HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH would re-form and play a number of European festivals and scattered tour dates over the next decade, but aside from the Hobbs' Satan Crusade compilation of the two demos, no new material had yet arisen. There's demonic fury in abundance, but it's tempered with the quiet confidence of age and wisdom, through which Hobbs LOUDLY casts his incisive gaze on a whole host of subjects, each one more vitriolic (and catchier) than the next. Altogether, Heaven Bled is a timeless blend of extreme metals throughout the ages, sounding as fresh as HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH's explosion onto the international scene in 1987. (Hells Headbangers Records #193)

BESTIAL WARLUST - Storming Bestial Legions Live '96 LP
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release a special live album from the legendary BESTIAL WARLUST, Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96, on both CD and vinyl LP formats. Just like the title states, Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96 captures these Australian extreme metal pioneers at the height of their powers, not long after their classic second album, Blood & Valour, was released. As such, the setlist BESTIAL WARLUST storm through here encompasses that album as well as their pivotal debut album, Vengeance War 'till Death, which went on to become one of the most mimicked black metal records in the new millennium, where the bestial metal subgenre they helped foment soon flourished. But everything that made BESTIAL WARLUST so deadly - bulldozing heaviness, gnawing violence, hypnotic hatred - is captured in its rawest, most red-eyed state on Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96, making the album an indispensable component to any bestial diehard's collection and a rare document of black/death primitivism in the pre-social media era. In conjunction with this live album, HELLS HEADBANGERS will be reissuing BESTIAL WARLUST's two lone albums, 1994's Vengeance War 'till Death and 1995's Blood & Valour, on deluxe digipack and, for the first time, cassette. BESTIAL fucking WARLUST: enough said! (Hell's Headbangers Records #187)

DISCHARGE - Live 2014 Rennes, France LP/CD
Live in 2014. Songs are Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing, The Nightmare Continues, Look At Tomorrow, The End, Hell on Earth, Cries of Pain, Feeble Bastard, Protest and Survive, Hype Overload, CCTV, Blood of the Innocent, Corpse of Decadence, Fight Back, War s Hell, Never Again, State Violence, Realities of War, Decontrol, Possibilities of Life's Destruction, You Deserve Me, The Blood Runs Red. (Mass Productions #204)

PITFALL - Demo 12"
After Chicago legends PUNCH IN THE FACE called it quits in 2007, three of the members reformed some time after to start PITFALL. Taking a decidedly melodic yet still hard-edged approach, veterans Jeff Jelen, Ebro Virumbrales, and Dave Song recorded these incredible 8 tracks. Get ready to have these songs stuck in your head because these are some of the catchiest anthems in ages. Taking influence from classic Oi! and Chicago punk, this is one masterpiece of a demo. Includes a smashing cover of "Victims of the Vampire" by Slaughter and the Dogs! 1 sided LP, limited to 500 copies! 8 tracks. (Hate Ape Records#12)

Descriptions for 3/11/17

BOSTON STRANGLER - Outcast LP
The band's long out of print 2010 demo tape finally gets the superior vinyl treatment. contains all five tracks and the previously unheard alt version of outcast as a bonus. widely considered a "modern classic" since day one, this is Boston Hardcore in it's purest, most perfectly executed form. Mastered for vinyl by Carl Saff and dumped onto a one-sided 45 RPM 12", the outcast demo has never sounded this good. Boston Strangler shares members with WASTE MANAGEMENT, PEACEBREAKERS, SCAPEGOAT, BATTLE RUINS, RIVAL MOB, and AGGRESSION PACT. (Boston Strangler Records #2)

DS13 - Last Mosh For Charlie: Live In Umea Hard Core LP
16 tracks recorded live in the raw frozen blizzard of northern Sweden, 2015. No overdubs, no studio magic, no fucks given. This is hardcore punk. All copies will come with a download that also includes the live video of the show these recordings came from. There has NEVER before been a record so intensely Umea Hard Fucking Core, as these 22 minutes. From the 8 second soundcheck that opens the record, to the closing chaos of Dennis doing "Steppin stone" with us as Andre fucking smashes the drums to pieces. You can hear every person in the crowd breathing, boozin' and burpin' between the songs. Every out of tune note is here for the world to hear. Kids shouting stupid shit, us saying stupid shit, people just grabbing the mic and screaming "ARRRRRRGH!" for no apparent fucking reason. The singalongs, the stagedives, the lights in the ceiling crashing down - it's all here. A night of total love and total musical destruction with an intensity few people in their 40's can match. A memory to bring to the grave. (Rotten To The Core Records #28)

WET THE ROPE - The Sum Of Our Scars LP
Wet The Rope is a hardcore band consisting of members of Pitchfork, Amber Inn, Sinker, Exhale and many others. It's members have been actively making music for almost 30 years. "The Sum of Our Scars" is their debut album, and while you can hear the influences of the members' previous bands, the anger of this LP may catch you by surprise. This album deals with the consequences of sexual abuse and predatory behavior. It is meant as both a personal and a political statement. 12 tracks of intense emotional pissed political hardcore!!! (Adagio 830 Records #140)

VIRUS - Carheart LP
The outlandish threesome's debut, originally released on CD by Jester Records in 2003, and later on vinyl by Duplicate in 2009, remains a fan favorite with its unheard of mixture of Czral's trademark dissonant riffs and alien vocals, Plenum's rollercoaster-gone-bad bass excursions and Einz' infectious grooves. All is seasoned with a healthy dose of Monty Python'esque imagery and absurd darkness. (Nuclear War Now Records #340)

VIRUS - The Black Flux LP
The Black Flux was the catharsis of Carl-Michael "Czral" Eide as an artist, writer and performer and it represents a watershed in the field of avantgarde metal / rock. Hailed as "album of the year" in several publications, the album saw the band rise from curious underdogs to recognised innovators. Taking the eccentric guitar disharmonics of Ved Buens Ende beyond a dense maelstrom of sound and placing it within a surprisingly "rock" format, albeit never losing touch with the alien accents of the band's Carheart debut, The Black Flux is the sound of an organism coming of age and understanding its purpose. (Nuclear War Now Records #341)

VIRUS - The Agent That Shapes the Desert LP
"The Agent That Shapes The Desert" is the third album from Norwegian avantgarde rock maestros, Virus. Whereas its predecessor, "The Black Flux," was a dense maelstrom that threatened to pull you under, "The Agent..." is dry, sharp, and refined. It combines the dissonant guitar-washes of mastermind Czral's former band Ved Buens Ende and "The Black Flux" with the outlandish nature of the band's "Carheart" debut, while simultaneously moving in several new directions at once. (Nuclear War Now Records #342)

HARVEST GULGALTHA - Altars of Devotion LP
Harvest Gulgaltha filters out the more ornamental features of black/death metal and distills the essential qualities of the subgenre into its most primordial base, leaving no frills to distract from its lethal potency. "Altars..." seeks not to deviate substantially from the blueprint laid by Harvest Gulgaltha's earlier works, but rather succeeds in its singular goal of capturing an aura of suffocating obscurity. Limited to 250 copies with patch and sticker. (Nuclear War Now Records #319)

V/A - Ancient Meat Revived: A Tribute To Cold Meat Industry CD
Established in Sweden in 1987 and active until 2013, the revolutionary, independent label Cold Meat Industry enjoyed its most fruitful years in the early 1990s. In an effort to keep this unique piece of music history afloat, Nuclear War Now! and Iron Bonehead Productions have conspired to release "Ancient Meat Revived - A Tribute to Cold Meat Industry," a collection of six reinterpretations of compositions originally written and performed by six different Cold Meat Industry bands, which are now resurrected by a parish of death fanatics from their own dark corners of the metal underworld. (Nuclear War Now Records #322)

RITES OF THY DEGRINGOLADE - Arch Spatial LP
Nuclear War Now! is proud to offer "Arch Spatial," a collection of some of the band's early recordings. Including all tracks from the original, self-titled demo and the "Totality's Kommand" EP, this compilation also features one previously-unreleased song, which serves as the opening track and gives the compendium its name. Limited to 250 copies with patch and sticker. (Nuclear War Now Records #307)

STYMIE - Condescending World LP
Let's be honest: The world's an awful place that wants nothing more than to make you feel bad about yourself. And just short of having the doctor say "Welcome to Hell" upon your birth, there's not much you can do to prepare yourself for the wave of bullshit, uncertainty, and garbage that befalls us all. But still, sometimes good things try to warn you. One of those things is An Introduction to the Condescending World by the Texas punk band Stymie. Recorded nearly 10-years ago, Condescending World has the world weariness of someone being told "No" for far too long, being told "you can't" for too long, and being told to "fuck off" for too long. At a time when pop punk continues to get weaker, bogged down by phony immaturity and even phonier relationship woes, Stymie holds true to the ideals the band was formed on: Stupidity is inherit in us all, and to indulge in that stupidity is to be human. It's 14 tracks of pure, blistering pop punk without the extras that make the world so unpleasant, i.e. phoniness, pretentiousness, etc. This is the real deal. Those tired of wading through pop punk clones, rejoice! After 10 years, your Introduction to the Condescending World is here. Listen to it, study it, live it. This invaluable artifact of pop punk perfection is essential to life in the condescending world. Something you didn't know you needed is now yours for the taking. (Rabid Dog Records #13)

RANK/XEROX - M.Y.T.H. LP
RANK/XEROX from San Francisco finally return with four songs of messy post-punk with hidden pop james and dark guitar scratchers and synth screamers. Distorting messy and catchy at the same time. (Adagio 830 Records #140.6)

RANK/XEROX - Mass Transit tape cassette
This tapes includes the songs from the out of print tape with Grass Widow and the out of print 7". One hundred made. (Adagio 830 Records #140.7 TP)

WRETCHED - Libero E Selvaggio 7"x4 box set with 16 page booklet
To celebrate our release number 100, Agipunk is proud to announce the world that we'll be officially putting out the first and only Wretched singles collection approved by the ex members of the band. Forget all the bad sounding bootlegs and all the cheap quality products that have been released so far, this one's gonna be a real blast! This 4 x 7" box set will contain the split 7" with Indigesti (only the Wretched side) on black vinyl, the "In Nome Del Loro Potere" 7" EP on red vinyl, the "Finira Mai" 7" EP on blue vinyl and the "In Controluce" single 7" in milky clear vinyl. The songs will sound better than ever as the original records and tapes have been remastered for delivering a new vibe of destructive CHAOS NON MUSICA!!! The box set will be available in 500 copies and will come in a stunning thick matte black cardboard with a 16 pages booklet with all the original Wretched artworks and flyers rearranged to provide a better visual quality. (Agipunk Records #100 B)

ARTEFACT - Votive Offering LP
You might have previously chanced upon Artefact if you've got your ear to the ground of the fertile, exciting DIY punk circuit in the UK. Equally, they might be brand new to you, but there's no shame in that game. Release-wise, the four-piece have gone straight from a demo to a debut LP - a step-up that, 'Votive Offering', the long player in question, justifies in a half-hour blaze of elegant, alluring gothic punk grandeur. Anyone whose tastes include foundation stones of goth such as Siouxsie & The Banshees or Bauhaus; The Mob, Part 1 and other names from the gloomier end of 1980s anarcho punk; or contemporary burners of the flame like Belgrado, Arctic Flowers or Anasazi... Artefact have made an album for you to fall in love with too. (Adagio 830 Records #150)

KINDLING - No Generation LP
Kindling is comprised of my good buddies Stephen and Andy who also play in WMass hardcore outfit Ampere, as well as Gretschen (who plays guitar and sings) and Andrew, who plays bass. I can tell you these people have the most solid musical knowledge I know... While it would be easy to compare them to My Bloody Valentine, a closer listen will also led you to find evident traces of Superchunk guitar riffs, Teenage Fanclub and Jesus & Mary Chain melodies to serve a very personnal and unique sound... They blur they dreamy melodies into a wall of a massive fuzz sounds with a a pop sensibility rarely found when the volume and attack ends up this far in the red. While they spent a week at Sonelab in rural Easthampton, MA with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Pixies, Speedy Ortiz, Sonic Youth, etc.) to record their first full length Galaxies for the amazing No Idea Records in Florida, they cut 6 extra songs for this euro-only release ! Adagio 830 and Echo Canyon team up one more timeto bring you this amazing EP for you ! (Adagio 830 Records #140.5)

WHITEHORSE/UPYR - split LP
When you're listening to the right kind of doom metal, you should feel like you're slowly falling into a vortex of darkness and pain. No two bands are more up to the task of throwing you into black holes than Upyr and Whitehorse, and they've teamed up to drop a new split LP. Whitehorse's "Settled Dust" rings out for almost 20 minutes, featuring a slow, consuming, quicksand-like riff that pounds and pounds. As it progresses, things get brighter - or more fatal, depending on your perspective - the band incorporating a string section that creates a kind of funeral procession vibe. Upyr's side takes a more metallic, sludgy, Sabbath-like approach. "Rise of the Mighty Tyrant" is chunky and huge, making for a strange feeling when solos are obscured by louder, overbearing riffs. "Webs of Sorrow" comes off like a recitation of funeral rites, before everything picks up for a final, fast-paced end section. Both bands provide equally valid shades of doom, a reminder of the genre's emotive and powerful potential. (Vendetta Records #129)

VUKARI - Divination LP
Perhaps most impressive of all would be Vukari's articulation of melody, which like any doom/death album that's worth a damn, is steadied by deliberate, mid-paced tempos and thick atmospheres that slather on layers of melancholy. It is a fitting comparison, and a seeming contradiction given the previous statement, but the melodies don't lie; the tempered stylistic approach borrows specifics from different subgenres and is delivered through an understanding that seeks to reconcile differences by focusing on strengths without creating conflict. The end result is an expertly balanced album with a fulcrum of black metal, which is quite a feat indeed, considering how far removed it can seem from the subgenre. Vukari is quite a special band in this regard, and this album represents a very early pinnacle of what could be a stellar career. (Vendetta Records #124)

HEAVY METAL - Smash Criticism Smash Optimism Smash Arachnophobia LP
Heavy Metal return from their punker bunker with LP number two and it's equally as stunning. Again it's all over the place musically with a common thread of needle in the red whatever style they are destroying. It starts with an ecstasy drenched lo-fi distorted disco number that oozes sex appeal for the Heavy Metal massive before moving onto 'Blue Suede Shoe' which sounds like a classic dirty 1979 DIY hit with a masterful hook that demands repeated plays. Elsewhere 'Dingo Ate Your Baby' mixes the lovely lo-finess of early Flying Nun releases with a vocal that is straight from the Nikki Sudden school of drawls whilst 'Communication or Surprise' should have been one of the first five seminal Alternative TV singles. Heavy Metal do what they want and they don't care whether you are listening or not - they are having too much fun. The fact they won't play any gigs gives this band more appeal. People will discover these albums in 20 years time and love them just as much as I do now. Heavy Metal top of the class - stuff the media up your arse!! (Static Age Records #40)

HYANE - s/t 7"
You can take the easy route and say: this is postpunk. (and make me cringe and walk away). I will rather pull out a chain and some leather gloves and correct you by saying: "o.k. punk, maybe this could be postpunk. but not for the goth and eyeliner crowd." This is postpunk for the geeks that wear boots and shitty haircuts who rather reach out for their CHAOS Z record than for the FLIEHENDE STÜRME LP (OK, maybe they are listening to some FEHLFARBEN when they are alone with a Sunday evening hangover). I've seen HYÄNE live quite a few times and i assure you these guys deliver live. The cool thing about this 7 inch is its more direct than HYÄNE live. More brutal than your average postpunk crush. With less words: MORE PUNK. What's not to like about that? (Static Age Records #34)

INEPT/REGURGISTATE - Live In Peace, Rest In Peace split tape cassette
Inept were from Raleigh 1994-1995.Female/ male vocals, a wide range of influences from FINAL WARNING, MANKIND, to UK PEACE PUNK. 6 songs are from the out of print 1995 Straight out of the dumpster 7".4 unrealsed songs. Along the way the played with BLOWNAPART BASTARDS, VARUKERS,AUS ROTTEN, FINAL WARNING and more.... REGURISTATE- 6 songs from 3 unreleased demos. Raleigh punk/ crust, 1997-2000. Full of heart and anger....Played many shows. some with DAMAD, DROP DEAD, SUBMISSION HOLD,ZEGOTA.. This is Raleigh NC FILTH/BLATZ split!!! (Yage Records #2)

ROOT - Hell Symphony LP
Gatefold LP with 18"x24" poster. 25th anniversary re-issue of this classic black metal album. ROOT was founded in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) at the end of '87. Although they have released 10 full length albums during their nearly 30 year history (the latest in November 2016), most of their fans cite "Hell Symphony" (along with with their debut "Zjeveni") as the band's best output. Similar to their countrymen Master's Hammer, rather than trying to push the limits of speed or aggression as many of their BM contemporaries did, these two albums are more focused on building atmosphere and using rhythmic patterns to hypnotize the listener. The vinyl version includes an exclusive 18x24" poster and the digiCD version includes 5 live tracks recorded in 1993 (Brno, CZ). (Eternal Death Records #20)

ABIGAIL/LUSTRUM - split 7"
Description: Dubbed the "the most evil band in Japan", Abigail has been releasing heavy and grimy black metal since 1992. Although they just released an excellent full-length on Nuclear War Now!, the songs on this split EP are more straightforward throwbacks to some of their first-wave Venom influenced period. Harkening back to a time when power was more important that musicianship, Lustrum are a US-based black metal project who play primitive first-wave influenced black metal. Although they had a demo in 2011, this split EP is their first widely distributed release. Simultaneous with this 7", the band is also releasing a split EP with the Ecuadoran filth-lords Alcoholic Rites. (Eternal Death Records #19)

ALCOHOLIC RITES/LUSTRUM - split 7"
Based in Quito, Ecuador, Alcoholic Rites have been playing their brand of powerful and thrashy black metal since 2002. Crushing poseurs for nearly fifteen years, these Ecuadoran atavists have built a name for themselves with a series of headbanging releases, including a full length and EP on the mighty Iron Bonehead records. The two songs on this 7" set the stage for their upcoming full-length 'Alcohomancy.' Harkening back to a time when power was more important than musicianship, Lustrum follow the code of a pre-natal version of Venom and play a punked up slop of lo-fi first wave BM. Featuring members of One Master and Morgirion, Lustrum is releasing this split EP simultaneously with a split 7" featuring the classic Japanese BM band Abigail. (Eternal Death Records #18)

HAXEN - s/t LP
For over a decade, Haxen has been a mainstay of the Providence, RI metal underground. Beginning as a solo project at the turn of the century, Haxen started performing live as a full band in 2008. The self-titles album consists of 10 songs spannin 40 minutes. The album takes the listener through a vast landscape of dark and haunting black metal. Always raw and minimalistic, Haxen deliver both aggression and atmosphere in their music. "There are many parts that incorporate old school, lo-fi Norwegian black metal, but their east coast USBM style can't be missed. (Eternal Death Records #15)

WOLVES OF AVALON - Die Hard 7"
'Die Hard' is the latest release from the Pagan Metal project the Wolves of Avalon (Metatron / Meads of Asphodel). Side A is a cover of the classic Venom song 'Die Hard' featuring guest appearances from Mantas (Venom) on guitar and vocals; Rob Miller (Amebix/Tau Cross) on vocals; Mirai (Sigh) on vocals; and, Alan Averill (Primordial) on vocals. Side B is a re-arranged, re-recorded version of a Wolves of Avalon original from their first full length titled 'Carrion Crows Reprise.' (Eternal Death Records #13)

ONE MASTER - Reclusive Blasphemy LP
Featured on many 'best of 2015' metal release lists (including Metal Sucks and Loudwire), 'Reclusive Blasphemy' is one of the most highly acclaimed US black metal releases of the last few years. For over 15 years, One Master has been producing raw and aggressive black metal in the dark corners of the underground. Expertly produced (recorded by Ian Jacyszyn and mastered by Will Killingsworth), this record demonstrates that One Master is rising towards the elite of US black metal. (Eternal Death Records #12)

THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL/TJOLGTJAR - split LP
The Meads of Asphodel was a project conceived in the UK by Metatron in 1998 as a unique myriad of colliding musical styles tethered to a Black Metal spine. Having released several full length albums (including on underground heavyweight Candlelight Records), Meads of Asphodel have been spreading their anachronistic take on black metal across the globe. For the past 19 years, the Reverend JR Preston has been releasing some of the most bizarre, psychedelic / garage rock influenced black metal through the band Tjolgtjar. With over 11 full lengths and numerous splits and EPs, Tjolgtjar has consistently challenged their listeners by combining a wide range of influences and sounds. Pushing the boundaries of black metal, Tjolgtjar belongs in the conversation with Arcturus, Urfaust, and Sigh as one of the premiere experimental bands in black metal. (Eternal Death Records #11)

SANGUS - Saevitia 7"
Description: This Providence, RI band combines elements of black metal, crust punk, war metal, and Japanese hardcore, delivering a visceral and pummeling 4 song EP. "It's an absolute beast of speed, blast beats, snarling vocals and profanity." (Eternal Death Records #8)

PRIMAL RITE - Sensory Link To Pain 7"
Formed from the ashes of the scene's best kept secret, Scalped, Primal Rite comes blazing out of the dirty club stages of the California Bay Area with a sound that takes influence from the powerful, metallic hardcore of the '90s as well as that era's most punishing crossover, thrash and death metal bands. Lyrically, Primal Rite doesn't settle for typical hardcore, stabbed-in-the-back cliches or meaningless metal morbidity, instead tackling important personal politics. Vocalist Lucy expounds on the subjects of mental illness, self-doubt, betrayal and perseverance with uncommon grace. (Revelation Records #169)

THE SLACKERS - Redlight LP (20th Anniversary Edition on 180 Gram)
Long out-of-print, this classic sophomore album by one of the greatest ska bands ever has been given the proper 20th anniversary treatment. Having been re-mastered for and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, "Redlight" has never sounded as good. Originally released by Hellcat Records in 1997, this album truly solidified The Slackers' iconic sound, blending ska, reggae, soul, jazz and dub seamlessly, with the passion and integrity that the band has embodied for over 25 years. LP includes digital download with previously unreleased bonus tracks. (Pirate's Press Records #167)

(restock) FACEDOWNINSHIT- s/t tape cassette
These are the earliest recordings of Facedowninshit. Taken from 3 releases from there incarnation in 1999-2001. 3 of the members were in Rent America in the mid 90's from Goldsboro and very close friends. A little after their move to Greensboro and along with Jason Crumer they formed. They were very involved with Earth First and Food Not Bombs and the infamous Lee Street punk house. Lyrics ranged from class issues and personal stuggles. The original line up was Kevin Henderson, bass and vocals. Kevin was in Attitude Problem after and most recently FANG in the east bay. Chris Newsom, guitar and vocals who left after the crimes against humanity, Shit Bloody Shit CD. Chris later played in UWHARRIA and BUILDINGS TO DUST before moving to S.F. Jason Crumer, guitar and vocals and does a noise label out of Baltimore. Ryan Wolfe aka "wolfie" who played drums and sang vocals. He is currently in WINDHAND out of RVA. Minus Chris Newsom they had a few line ups of guitarists but always remained the 3 original members and they ended as a 3 piece. They went on to release "passing times" on Crime Thinc and then there final release nothing positive only negative on Relapse. Theres 8 songs on this cassette. "into the woods" is taken from "Aint a fucking demo", "Cinders" taken from the split with Electric Cold Fire. "Doused spirits","Bleeding in the streets", "Rigid limbs", "Distant cries"," Broken Hands" and "Born in fucking chains", are from the long out of print "Concrete World" LP. (Yage Records #1)

Descriptions for 3/4/17

TRUE VISION - Against The Grain 7"
Riding high on the New Wave Of British Hardcore, True Vision deliver their debut EP, featuring five tracks of straight edge hardcore with an Incredible burst of energy and speed whilst keeping it catchy and memorable. This record showcases what skillful hardcore song writing is all about, channeling the original spirit that made this sub-genre of hardcore punk so great: Side by Side, Youth of Today, et al. Features members of Violent Reaction, Shrapnel, Arms Race, The Flex. Includes large fold out poster and fancy screen printed jacket. (Painkiller Records #66)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #407 (April 2017)
It's time for our April Issue of Maximum Rocknroll, #407, can you handle it? We talk to FUTURO, on tour from Brazil, L.A.'s GENERACION SUICIDA give us their U.K./Ireland tour diary, OHYDA bring back punk hardcore punk to Poland, Barcelona's ULTRA play anarcho-punk that rips, THE CAVEMEN get nuts in New Zealand, CROOKED BANGS make dark punk out of Austin, Finland's KOVAA RASVAA teach us about their steady diet of Discharge, pork fat, and alcohol, and ROHT from Iceland find the sweet spot between power violence and punk. Plus, we have a scene report from Cleveland that proves it's not "The Most Miserable Place to Live" and we speak to K9-67, the most mysterious guy hardcore band of them all! All this plus the biggest film, record, book, and zine review section going. (Maximum Rock'n'roll #407)

STORM OF SEDITION - Decivilize LP
Are you prepared to brave the storm?... Brace yourself for one of the most uncompromising hard hitting and politically outspoken records of this era. STORM OF SEDITION are an anti-civilization anarchist crust punk band based out of Victoria BC. Sharing members with the mighty ISKRA you can definitely expect some serious blackened crust, and yes a huge metal influence is prevalent however STORM OF SEDITION are a bit more reminiscent of bands like CONTRAVENE & NAUSEA. "Decivilize" brings a heavy anarcho punk dynamic to the table combined with over the top blackened crust grind thats littered with blistering solo's, insanely powerful drumbeats, and thought productive lyrics that challenge our current state of human civilization. All in all this is an absolute monster of a release! Comes with a 12 page booklet containing lyrics, notes, and song explanations. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. (Profane Existence Records #165)

WEEKEND NACHOS - Punish And Destroy/Torture tape cassette
Twenty-five tracks from the "Punish and Destroy" LP on one side, and seventeen tracks from the "Torture" EP on the other side. (Hate Ape Records #12)

VOID OMNIA - Dying Light LP/CD
Void Omnia is a five-member black metal outfit from Oakland, USA, created in 2013 and bringing together former members of Apocryphon, Mutilation Rites and Tombs among others. The band has released a demo in 2014 and "Dying Light" is its first full-length album, available via Vendetta Records. Void Omnia is, in terms of atmosphere, one of those bands that I like to call the "third path". I am talking about those acts which although are diligent students of both classic diabolical Scandinavian sound and the naturalistic US and Canadian black metal, their own atmosphere is not built with eerie, naked 90's riffs nor with ambient and natural sound themes.It's rather based on well-written and well-played guitar riffs that create a sense of melancholic paranoia, a constant state of emotional over-stimulation. (Vendetta Records #115)

WOE - A Spell For The Death Of Man LP
Thrusting mightly, like a craggy Nightside Eclipse encrusted in crumbling punk nihilism, this album rarely relents. As the work of a single man, A Spell... is a nearly-obsessive vision of destruction (as well as its cathartic wake), but is devoid of theatrics and posturing. Xos' screams of vitriol fully embace the human/animal primalism that condemns our very existence, and his command of the riff is as organic as it is supreme. The ballsy, blackpunk sneer that climaxes "Longing Is All That Will Remain" (the album's true landmark) again spews nothing but honesty, albeit through mouthfuls of strained sinew and shards of bone. The nonstop venom that volcanoes from the core of "I See No Civilization" is of unmatched potency, instigating volume cranks and neck fractures with ease. Woe takes the "depressive" tag that has been glued to Stateside blackness for the past few years and turns its head on an axis. Forcefully. While the deliberate torture of the closing track,"Memento Mori," sludges things up (down), it sounds almost anti-climactic when stacked against the rest of this white-hot tome. By comparision, however, so do the wares of those scrambling for the vacant USBM throne. Woe does not scramble; Woe lays stake. A Spell For The Death of Man is easily 2008's most criminally overlooked album, and is quite simply the most important black metal release in years--not by virtue of perfection, but of relevance. (Vendetta Records #123)

UV-TV - Glass LP
Stuck somewhere in the middle of Florida is UV-TV. Rose Vastola, Ryan Hopewell and Ian Bernacett write melancholy pop songs with jagged, abrasive edges. Combining strong hooks with chainsaw guitars and bliss-ey treble--comparisons to Black Tambourine, JAMC and The Shop Assistants fit best. Shoegaze stripped of its fat and its fluff. After a well-received demo (High Fashion Industries) and 7" split with LA's Shark Toys (Emotional Response) in 2015, "Glass" is the band's first long-play record (available from Deranged). The 11 burning cuts were self-recorded over two days in a retired Gainesville train station with a couple borrowed microphones and a Tascam 388. This is UV-TV. You should listen loud. (Deranged Records #288)

CENTURY PALM - Meet You LP
Century Palm are Paul Lawton (Ketamines), Andrew Payne (Zebrassieres), Penny Clark (Tough Age) and Jesse Locke (Dirty Beaches). Their debut album, Meet You, was recorded by the band in Toronto, mixed in Vancouver by Jay Arner and mastered in Australia by Mikey Young. Meet You is 10 songs about getting to know another layer of yourself - even when you think you know yourself. About subtle tones of despair. About the things you aren't encouraged to express on an everyday basis. Musically, Century Palm crib shamelessly from Wire, Neu!, and Eno-era Roxy Music, modern Australian bands like Total Control, and failed experiments from earlier, abandoned projects. Many instances of droning synths ruining perfectly nice pop songs. (Deranged Records #297)

JEFF CAUDILL - Voice/Wishing Well 7" (Color Vinyl)
Not many artists stay relevant to their fanbase over a sustained period of time, but California singer-songwriter Jeff Caudill is one such rarity. Fronting and writing for pop punk band Gameface in the early 1990s, his voice and knack for a memorable hook and melody quickly established a dedicated following. After the death of his friend Jon Bunch from Sense Field, Jeff was asked to perform the Sense Field track "Voice" with the surviving members at the east coast memorial concert, and shorty afterward decided to record the track and release it (with the Black Sabbath song "Wishing Well" on the B-side) as a benefit for Jon's family. (Revelation Records #166)

FULL OF HELL - Amber Mote In The Black Vault 7" (Color Vinyl)
Finally back in print, the definitive EP from death grind mutants Full Of Hell. Originally recorded in 2015 and quickly falling out of print upon it's initial release, "Amber Mote In The Black Vault" features three moldy cuts of harsh, grinding death, a brutal profile of greed, faith and violence, the most base of human weaknesses. Also included is the band's cover of "Oven" by The Melvins. 7" includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #48)

XIBALBA - Diablo, Con Amor.. Adios. 7" (Color Vinyl)
One year since the release of the "Tierra Y Libertad" LP (Southern Lord), Xibalba returns with three monstrous new acts of vengeance on "Diablo, Con Amor.. Adios.," the EP delivering the gritty, down-tuned, metallic hardcore grooves the band's followers have come to expect from the quartet over the past seven years. As with their prior titles, "Diablo, Con Amor.. Adios." was recorded at The Pit Recording Studio with longtime cohort Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues, Disgrace) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Integrity, Nails, Harm's Way). Xibabla also once again secured artwork from Dan Seagrave (Dismember, Entombed, Suffocation) to visually depict the wrath of these three relentless tracks. 7" includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #49)

FALL SILENT - Cart Return 7" (Color Vinyl)
Reno, NV hardcore legends Fall Silent return from the dead with all the speed and brutality they possessed when they started playing more than 20 years ago. Their 2016 EP, "Cart Return," brings Fall Silent full circle. These four tracks continue where the band last left us - with lyrical content that rakes today's world over the coals in the way only Fall Silent can do. (Revelation Records #168)

SIMBA #14 Fanzine
The new issue of Simba fanzine features a collection of writings from 2012-2016 by radical feminist Vique Simba, picking up where the 2012 Simba book left off, with 48 pages in this half-sized 'zine. (Simba #14)

Descriptions for 2/25/17

EXOTICA - Musique Exotique #01 7"
EXOTICA's debut is worth a million listens. Unfiltered punk which manages to mix elements of early Brazilian punk, the aggression of 82 post DISCHARGE explosion and mutant punk worldwide. Based in NYC but with members from Mexico, Argentina and USA they are prime example of a melting pot of the finest international hardcore punk. Originally released as a cassette tape in the tail end of 2016 and now getting the vinyl treatment as this tape was simply too good to stay as a cassette tape. Reverse board pocket sleeve with a beautiful Cyan 68 and Black cover as you'd expect from the fools at LVEUM. Comes with a download code and lyric insert. (La Vida Es Em Mus Records #133)

RAT CAGE - Caged Like Rats 7"
RAT CAGE is Bryan J. Suddaby's solo project. A one man stand against the world. Armed with guitar, bass, drums and a sick brain he brings six relentless tracks of total Sheffield mangel. Heavily influenced by the all time greatest TOTALITÄR and with a clear political edge RAT CAGE delivers track after track of high energy hardcore punk that will make fans of DISARM or PARTISANS equally happy. Caged Like Rats comes in a reverse board pocket sleeve with a lyric insert and download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus Records #134)

SUSS LAW - s/t 7"
Chaos. In the tradition of "Noise not music." Portland, Or offers up pure noise... as Sorry State said "It's so over-the-top shitty and repulsive that you just have to love it. And, like the artwork, if you choose to start picking things apart and looking for interesting things in the details you'll certainly find them, but take one step back and you're just overwhelmed by the sheer chaos of it all. Definitely not for everyone, but if you truly adhere to the "noise not music" philosophy then you should try this one on for size." (Distort Reality #34)

POISON RITES - s/t LP
An Ex- SPEEDWOLF group of punk rock n roll garage freaks speeding from middle America (Denver, CO). A true testament to the older fast rock of the HELLACOPTERS, NEW BOMB TURKS, TURBONEGRO, ZEKE and more. Their debut full length album, which has been self-released on their very own Splattered! Records will be the fuel for 2017 as they tour to SXSW and the Mess Around in ATL, GA this Spring. In the spirit of old groups such as RADIO BIRDMAN, MC5, DEAD BOYS, and other rock n' roll trash, these 10 songs add the speed, attitude, and frustration of the teenage millennium. Mastered at 45rpm for fully loaded sonic overload. Don't miss a real rock n roll revival without the usual carbon copy bozos! (Splattered Records #8)

SHACKLES - Lifeless Paradise 10"
After the unleashing of 'Forced To Regress' back in 2014, SHACKLES have only doubled down and intensifed on all fronts. Their blastbeat soden, grind tinged hardcore has been forced deeper into the earsockets of every state of Australia, via numerous tours and festival slots in 2014 and 15', and abroad via tours in both New Zealand and Europe in 2016. The band has refused to slow down or deviate at all from what it does best in channelling sheer aggression. While constantly playing the band has kept a steady drip feed of smaller releases coming via 2015s 'West Coast Live Destruction' live tape, (via a split release of Castigated and Televised Suicide Records,) and last years split 10" with LA powerviolence crew FISSURE, (Dead Heroes Records). This year however will see the band returning home to Resist Records and dropping their largest slab of material since 'Forced To Regress' in the form of 'LIFELESS PARADISE'. Harshly stripping away any flab and consolidating the bands sound to its most primal elements 'LIFELESS PARADISE' clocks in at a lean 17 minutes of complete unmitigated fury, hatred and despair and further cements SHACKLES as one of countries most distinct powerhouses in extreme music. (Resist Records #139)

SHACKLES - Forced To Regress LP
Northern New South Wales tyrants of drear and isolation, Shackles, are a dark reminder that hard work often pays off. Stacking up a hefty catalogue of releases across the vinyl and tape formats in barely two years, prolific may be one word to describe the group; ferocious, vulgar, and barbaric may be others. Combining elements of the late 80's Californian Powerviolence scene with the early 90's Death Metal/Grindcore movement as well as a few contemporary influences, the band have built one of the more unique approaches to hardcore to emerge from the region. With a solid touring regime funded entirely by the band themselves there is no denying Shackles are one of Australia's hardest working young bands and you should expect much more from them over the next year. (Resist Records #122)

DEATH WORSHIP - Extermination Mass LP/tape/CD
Invoked by the 'Deathlord of Abomination and War Apocalypse' (aka R. Förster of Conqueror/Blasphemy), performing all six- and four-stringed strangulations and lead vocals, and joined by 'Nocturnal Grave Desecrater and Black Winds' (Blasphemy) on additional vocals and J. Read (Conqueror/Revenge) on session percussion, the collective pedigree of Death Worship's members is second to none. Combining the utter violence of Conqueror and Revenge with the songwriting insensibilities of Blasphemy, "Extermination Mass" achieves a perfect balance among the three bands with whom its members are most closely associated. (Nuclear War Now Records #331)

PERVERTED CEREMONY - Sabbat Of Behezael tape cassette
Although the band lists such revered acts as Demoncy, Mystifier, Von, Blasphemy, Profanatica, Archgoat, and Beherit, as their primary influences, their sound tends to gravitate somewhat more towards the latter two (along with Barathrum), who represent the Finnish tradition of bestial black metal. That said, Perverted Ceremony's style is not easily compartmentalized according to their influences. On the contrary, with their distinctive approach to songwriting, production, and atmosphere, they have achieved a ritualistic blend of black metal that is unique unto itself. (Nuclear War Now Records #344 TP)

RITES OF THY DEGRINGOLADE - The Universe in Three Parts tape cassette
Originally self-produced and made available at its live performances in late 2016, Nuclear War Now! is pleased to make this cassette more widely available to the general public with its own version of this release. At least as important as this demo's confirmation of the band's sustained level of songwriting and musicianship is its foreshadowing of even more to come. In fact, another version of "The Universe in Three Parts" is slated to be included on the upcoming, fourth Rites of Thy Degringolade album, which is currently in the process of being recorded. As such, this demo bridges the gap between Rites of Thy Degringolade's past and future and builds anticipation for what the latter will bring. (Nuclear War Now Records #342 TP)

SANGUE - s/t tape cassette
Sangue's approach harkens back to a time before there was a clear demarcation between Death Metal and Black Metal but transcends the usual combination of these genres that, by now, is often formulaic and predictable. In this way, Sangue's approach is entirely modern, reflecting a new synthesis of the band's stylistic antecedents such that, despite the band's clear reverence for tradition, there emerges something unique and unorthodox in the final concoction that defies simple characterization or comparison. (Nuclear War Now Records #338 TP)

NECROSIC - Putrid Decimation CD
Eric Cutler, having long served in his role as a founding and current member of the legendary Autopsy, is unquestionably one of the most technically-proficient and well-respected guitarists in the history of death metal. In 2016, almost thirty years after having first been introduced on the inaugural Autopsy demo, Cutler seeks to further expand his already wide footprint with his newest band, Necrosic, a five-piece outfit that also incorporates the talents of Sean McGrath (Impaled), Erika Osterhout (Scolex), Charlie Koryn (Ascended Dead), and Christian LaRocca (Gravehill). With its four-song debut EP, "Putrid Decimation," Necrosic illustrates why the timeless sound pioneered by Autopsy and others decades ago remains just as relevant today. (Nuclear War Now Records #314 CD)

POISON IDEA/ROVSVETT - split 7"
Portland's kings of punk, Poison Idea meets Sweden kings of punk on this 5 song EP. (Just For Fun Records #29)

ROVSVETT - Ryssen Kommer 7"
Sweden kings of hardcore/punk are back with a new 5 track EP. (Just For Fun Records #31)

F.Y.P. - Five Year Plan LP
Don't ask me how Recess reached its 100th release, all I know is that when it came, I wanted it to be an F.Y.P release and fortunately I had some F.Y.P demo material in the vaults. The songs on this release are the demo versions for the last F.Y.P album (F.Y.P - Toys That Kill Recess#67). Some of the songs never made it to the last album and one ("Keep Caroline") later became a TOYS THAT KILL song. These versions, in our opinion, are a tad superior due to its rawness. This is the way F.Y.P should sound? Maybe. -T.C. (Recess Records #100)

SCREECHING WEASEL - How to Make Enemies LP
The 6th Screeching Weasel studio album rises from the dead again! Some would consider this the second "last" Screeching Weasel album. Riverdales were right around the corner at this point so it makes sense that this album is even more Ramones-inspired than the last. Mike Dirnt ( Green Day ) filled in Vapid's shoes, for this album, after his departure. Recut for the best vinyl pleasure by Lucky Lacquers and the best SW art rework to date by Riccardo Bucchioni!! -T.C. (Recess Records #129)

SCREECHING WEASEL - Baby Fat LPx2
Act 1 of a rock opera by Screeching Weasel. Featuring performances by Ben Weasel, Kat Spazzy, Blag Dahlia, Roger Lima, Chris Burrows, Todd Congelliere, Paul Collins, Joe Baiza, Line Cecilie Dahlmann, Zac Damon, Pierre Marche, Mike Hunchback, Poutine, Dave Klein, Chris Gaylor, The Manges, and more. (Recess Records #189)

TOYS THAT KILL - Sentimental Ward LP
After 15 active years, Toys That Kill continue to do their thing, while inspiring others in their town and abroad, making them without a doubt, the "anchor" of the San Pedro punk community (like the Minutemen were before them). SIDE NOTE: Todd, Jimmy, Chachi and Sean (along with Jack Doyle, Trevor Roundsville and John Predny) also play in the band, the Underground Railroad to Candyland. With each new Toys That Kill release, their output keeps getting better and stronger, giving their fans something to look forward to with each release, which is rare in this day and age. Well guess what, folks? The new Toys That Kill record, Sentimental Ward is finally here! With much anticipation and mucho touring to follow. Sentimental Ward is also Recess Records' 200th release, to boot! A fitting release for this rare milestone, for any label in existence, I have to say. Not too shabby for this humble veteran Pedro outfit. Get all Sentimental why don't you. - Craig Ibarra, 2016 (Recess Records #200)

TOYS THAT KILL - Fambly 42 LP
"Fambly 42" comes after a six-year ... not really a break, since Cole and Congelliere each were up front in their own bands and playing in friends' bands and delivering the world the Underground Railroad to Candyland, Stoned at Heart and That's Incredible!, which you should you should go grab (preferably on cassette!) as soon as you're done with this album. But Toys returns rested and ready with an album recorded in Congelliere's home-built Clown Sound studio, steady and strong on probably its most potent line-up, built around longtime drummer Jimmy, who Congelliere calls one of his best finds ever: "F.Y.P always had rotating members so I never take for granted how long we have been able to play together," he says. "Especially since it always seems new and fresh. I've never had chemistry with anyone quite like this." (Recess Records #157)

(restock) UNITY - You Are One 7"
Unavailable for over thirteen years, this Orange County hardcore classic is finally back in press. Guitarist, Joe D. Foster, went on to play in No For An Answer and later form the band Ignite. Pat Longrie and Pat Dubar, drummer and singer respectively, went on to form the influential Uniform Choice. Now available again on colored vinyl. (Indescison Records #20)

(restock) DEATH BY STEREO - If Looks Could Kill, I'd Watch You Die LP
Death By Stereo create a mixture of hardcore, punk and metal all their own, without any comparison. Never subscribing exclusively to or deflecting away from any one genre. Truly in a category all their own. Now available again on colored vinyl. (Indecision Records #19)

(restock) CHARLES MANSON - Inner Sanctum 7"
Reissue of the single originally released on the Holy Terror label, with 3 exclusive tracks and special silkscreened cover. Limited to 500 copies! (Magic Bullet Records #146)

(restock) MANATEEES - Superman Damn Fool LP
Compilation of the Memphis garbage punk band's first (5) seven inches (2012-2014), alternate versions and mixes, selected and sequenced by head Manateee Abe White (Oscars, True Sons of Thunder, etc) and remastered by Rocket Science Audio. All recordings feature Keith and Charms (later of the NOTS). The Manateees most cohesive and aggressive material, these songs were all written around the same time period and are finally being collected and issued as the full-length they were meant to be. Hardheaded, fist-through-glass, thug music. (Blak Skul Records #3)

Descriptions for 2/18/17

ABSOLUTION - Juxtaposition 7"
2017 release of two songs off their 1989 demo with 1 song never released & one re-recorded classic from the New Breed tape compilation. Featuring original members: Djinji Brown, Gavin Van Vlack (BURN) & Andy Guida (SUPERTOUCH), Dan Cav (RESSURECTION). All songs recorded by Andy Guida at Six III studios. 1st pressing of 500 copies on Wardance Records. (Wardance Records #19)

DEADBEAT/BOAK - split 7"
DEADBEAT is seriously my new favorite band. Akin in my mind to MEHKAGO NT or FINALDRAFT but with lightning precision they have created a heavy hardcore, with grindcore riffs, and blistering angry vocals... to create some evil hybrid sound. Now you would think the other band would have to bring a lot after that statement, well BOAK from the UK is probably the most apt band to follow a side like that. Perfectly matched bands, one angry release. The album's lacquers were masterfully cut by Nick Townsend. (To Live A Lie Records #119)

DISCHANGE - The Demos LP
Dischange. Raging Swedish d-beat hardcore punk in the rawest Discharge vein. These were the two demos recorded in 1989 and 1990 and have never seen a proper release until now. Original tapes mastered for vinyl by Kenko at Communichaos media in Sweden. One song on this album was later used by NO SECURITY as both bands share same members. This band continues to this day under the name MEANWHILE. Pressing of 536 copies made. (Rust & Machine Records #33)

MALADY - s/t LP
Malady's sole LP is a unique release, simultaneously embracing and disregarding the abrasive sounds the five members first gained notoriety for as founders of pg.99 and City of Caterpillar. Originally released in the mid-00's, this self-titled album looks even further to the members' roots of grunge, alternative and punk rock music. These styles' straightforward nature mutated with the chaotic sounds of emotional hardcore blend into an unparalleled sound. Available for the first time in over a dozen years, Malady's only album is available again in an edition of just 300 copies, comes on color vinyl and includes a high quality digital download. MALADY's debut is sure to please fans of both CITY OF CATERPILLAR and PG. 99, as well as attract new enthusiasts who will appreciate a more diverse approach to hardcore punk. There is no question that MALADY will raise eyebrows and delight eardrums. (Robotic Empire Records #111)

ISIS - Wavering Radiant LPx2
The music of Isis is a suitable metaphor for their 12-year career; patient, meticulous, fraught with tension and gradually building towards an apex of seismic proportions. Isis have successfully navigated the process of growing and evolving without disavowing their initial vision. Wavering Radiant finds every component of the Isis armoury coming into equal play and becoming an audiophile's dream. Grandiose without being over-indulgent, epic without compromising focus. "Wavering Radiant" is the fifth and final full-length album by American post-metal group Isis, last released by Ipecac Recordings in 2009 and produced by Joe Barresi and recently remastered for vinyl by Mika Jussila. It stands as Isis' last full-length album, as the band split just over a year after its release. The album continues Isis' history of lengthy songwriting, yet presents a slight departure from the soft-loud dynamics and post-metal aesthetic which characterized previous releases. Reviewers noted a continued increase in melody from previous releases, and many were quick to note an increased prominence of keyboardist Bryant Clifford Meyer's work, using a Hammond B3 organ. In keeping with Isis' retinue of concept albums, a thematic strand runs throughout, dealing with dreams and Jungian psychology. Robotic Empire is thrilled to once again to supply this gatefold, double-LP vinyl edition of ISIS' classic album on black and limited colored vinyl. (Robotic Empire Records #119)

CAREER SUICIDE - Machine Response LP
Writhing, sneering, tight cornered "Machine Response" the only acceptable follow up to the blistering and landmark "Attempted Suicide." Nearly ten years of beating around the bush, casually playing around the world and drip releasing music along the way, Career Suicide is backed by their best lineup ever, ready to break back through themselves with this new full length. Machine Response veers in and out of pure speed, bursts of melody, and chunky tempo shifts, indenting the long standing influence of early 80s USHC, late 70s punk, and a peppering of 60s swagger, with their own clearly developed style. Dallas Good (Sadies, Andre Williams, John Doe, Half Japanese, Elevator and a million more) presents a magnificently essential 2nd guitar and lead presence; a screaming contribution by great friend and long time supporter of the band, Souichi Hisatake, (Forward, GISM, Insane Youth, Gudon etc) to crack your brain up; artwork in collaboration with Ryan Tong of S.H.I.T. and Toronto's life-giving Faith/Void; and a thundering recording, once again helmed by the decorated and limitless in his pursuit of smooth hearing loss, Jon Drew, provide the most damaging clarity Career Suicide have been able to capture to date. (Deranged Records #286)

Descriptions for 2/11/17

POISON IDEA - War All The Time LP (red vinyl)
The lost classic returns!! Available for the first time on LP in over 20 years, TKO is bringing you POISON IDEA's seminal second LP from 1987 - "War All The Time." Long a favorite of diehard PI fans, "War.." was a pivotal moment in POISON IDEA's evolution. With the addition of a second guitarist, and the debut of legendary powerhouse drummer Steve "THEE Slayer Hippie" Hanford, this album established the direction POISON IDEA would follow into the second decade of their career. This one has been a long time coming folks, and with the full deluxe "Kings Of Punk" series reissue treatment, this version will prove to be well worth the wait. Stay tuned, more volumes in the KOP series are due to follow in 2017!! (TKO Records #160004)

S.H.I.T. - I 7"
S.H.I.T. have been one of the best bands doing it live and on record for a few years now and here on their fourth 7" (and first since 2014) they reassert their place as mainstays of Toronto's killer scene by serving up four more tracks of total hardcore moving forward through chaos. Insidiation blowing a wild storm hung around an unstoppable chugging riff, panic and terror building as the song pounds onwards. Incorporation shifting from warped siren blare to terrible tear. Barks of frustration, howls of anger, emerging from the bruising punk squall, anguished and disgusted. A record that careers with breakneck verve from sinister pulse to blazing hardcore bombardment. S.H.I.T.S's new EP artwork was designed by the greatest Teodoro Hernández and comes with a download code. (La Vida Es Un Mus #118)

DREAMDECAY - Yu LP with download
Notes on the theme of Yu: Combining the English you and Spanish tu, Yu symbolizes the experience of being stuck between two cultures, struggling to find a sense of legitimacy. It navigates this space and the tension of being pulled in opposite directions - the binary of life: past/future, optimism/pessimism, acceptance/denial, confusion/clarity. Yu orbits two realities seeking a new point of view." -Dreamdecay Seattle's finest band had us waiting a long time for this dirge pop masterpiece. We won't go into too much flower with the description, just know that this is honest music from the heart. A perfectly crafted trip. And seriously, "IAN" might be the best song of the decade. Damn. (Iron Lung Records #85)

ACRYLICS - Despair 7" with download
Taking the modern stomp stamp of weird hardcore to a new generation of outsiders, Santa Rosa's Acrylics rule the outer spheres. Gutsy angular guitar "melodies" intertwined with pummeling drums, urgent bass and a half violent, half snide singer that packs a wallop. Music for wilding. Seeing is believing but enjoy this vinyl debut until you can. Rumor is there's an LP for ILR in the works too. Art by J.Party. Recorded by Jack Shirley. This is part of the ILR single series 3 so there are only 300 made ever. All hand stamped and hand numbered. That is all. Good day. (Iron Lung Records #90)

D.O.C. - Parched Dredge 7" with download
D.C.'s ground-shakers return with their signature brand of hardcore/noise infused grind. Super destructive and maliscious music that wastes no time getting to the point. Before you know it the record is over and you're left wondering where it all went and why you're so alone with the world destroyed around you. Sorry for your loss. 500 copies on black vinyl housed in a 6 panel foldout sleeve adorned with with painstaking artwork by Nolan. (Iron Lung Records #91)

KILL THE CLIENT/FEASTEM - split LP
Kill the client and Feastem released a split 12'' vinyl record on the occasion of their common european tour. two really cool grindcore band so expect quality! Feastem from finland are less known but attracted some deserved attention with their latest record called World delirium. what they plays is a ferocious grind, punk / hardcore oriented, more old school. Kill the client is quite well known, they are masters at producing a really intense and dense grind, and Brian Fajardo (Phobia, P.L.F. etc...) behind is no stranger to it with his usual breath taking relentless and precise drumming. (Bones Brigade/Doomstar Tour Series #1)

AMPS FOR CHRIST - Plains Of Alluvial LP
Never before reissued debut release by AMPS FOR CHRIST from 1995! Originally came out on cassette on Dennis Callaci's SHRIMPER label. Limited to only 600 copies. The alluvial fans on the south side of the San Gabriel mountains are some of the biggest anywhere. I ended a twelve year relationship and moved into my friend's house in East Claremont only about 100 yards from the San Antonio River, on the center of that giant alluvial plain. I made instruments in a falling down garage and in the front of the house built a studio. It was the end of me in MAN IS THE BASTARD and the birth of me returning to folk, but bringing hardcore and noise back with me. I started calling it Folk-core meaning folk and hardcore mixed together and Musnic meaning musical noise. I had at that studio a Hammond S-6 chord organ, pure tube electronics with no mechanical tone wheel to derive the sounds. I circuit bent it to produce the sounds of bodrahns and bagpipes sounds I have always loved. It has 60-80 vacuum tubes in it! A small little organ designed by John Hannert for Hammond; and one was used on Magical Mystery Tour. I had been writing AMPS FOR CHRIST on all the amps and oscillators I made, so it ended up being my new name. The Plains of Alluvial felt meant to be, everything, the name, the recordings just seemed to fall in place. -Henry Barnes. (Waterwing Records #20)

FASHIONISM - Back in the Day 7"
Hot on the heels of the Dirt Cult single 'Subculture Suicide' comes Fashionism's 4th single. Hints of Clash, Teenage Head and sped up Mod Revival. It's the kind of powerpop that made 1979 such a good year for records. Included here are songs that lament the old guard that always want to talk about how things were and an erotic ode to coffee we think? Whatever the persuasion it's a banger of a single and definitely the strongest of their output thus far. (Neon Taste Records #1)

NOSEBLEED - s/t 7"
A new offering from Richmond nihilists, NOSEBLEED. Following an acclaimed demo, Nosebleed continues to lay waste to the world with four more tracks of bleak and desolate d-beat tinged hardcore punk. (Vinyl Conflict Records #10)

MIDNIGHT - Shok of Violence CD
Since 2003, Cleveland's MIDNIGHT have been slaying the metal/punk underground with their own, highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, building up a sizable (and collectible) catalog along the way. And while 2012's HELLS HEADBANGERS-released Complete and Total Hell collection compiled MIDNIGHT's massive amount of EPs and splits up to (and successive of) their now-classic debut album, Satanic Royalty, the new kings of Hell needed yet another bursting-at-the-seams compilation that wrangles all their EPs and splits since that momentous debut: enter Shox of Violence. But more than the usual odds 'n' sods collection so endemic to heavy metal, Shox of Violence features four brand-new songs to keep MIDNIGHT's rabid legion of devotees sated while their third album is being prepared. As such, those four songs are being released as a stand-alone 12" MLP, while the CD and tape versions pack a mammoth 25 tracks total. Across Shox of Violence, in addition to the four new songs, you will find the cover of Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" flexi that was available exclusively to subscribers of Decibel magazine, some super-rowdy live tracks, and a handful of covers of MIDNIGHT favorites The Spits, covers of the likes of Quiet Riot, Girlschool, The Pagans, Australia's Taipan, and NWOBHM cult Crucifixion among others: all songs that have yet to make it to CD format, essentially. Complete and total hell - again! - complete and total MIDNIGHT, hear these legends-in-the-making at their rawest and most rabid...Shox of Violence! (Hells Headbangers #194 CD)

NUKE - s/t LP
DELTA CITY MADMEN! Out of the wastes of Detroit comes NUKE and their self-titled debut album for HELLS HEADBANGERS. With a virtual "who's who" of Detroit metal-punk veterans, NUKE embodies the riffing of Restless and Wild alongside the attitude of Violence and Force or Branded and Exiled, but with an added sense of unique melodicism reminiscent of Di'Anno-era Iron Maiden. Whiskey-burned growls and maniacal high shrieks soar, while frantic nuclear divebomb solos explode stylistically somewhere between Kill 'Em All and Exorcist's Nightmare Theater. This isn't some retro-metal outfit comprised of pretty boys; this is ugly music made by ugly metal men from one of the ugliest cities in America. Riding the buzz of almost two sold-out pressings of their Delta City demo, NUKE completed their Nuke debut album and immediately pitched it to HELLS HEADBANGERS. With Ritchie Riot from SHITFUCKER on vocals alongside members who've played in such cult bands as Reaper, Borrowed Time, Perversion, and Anguish, the label couldn't help but submit to the Delta City onslaught! Armed with a clear 'n' cutting production that doesn't sacrifice any grit or grime, Nuke explodes from the speakers with a nuclear assault of punk-infused speed metal, doomed for all time but anthemic as fuck and not going down without a fight. This is 100% metal death-or-glory that could've come out on Combat or Banzai back in the day, but infused with the wisdom of ages and ready for a street brawl. Inject Nuke and be forever corrupted! (Hell's Headbangers Records #185)

THRONEUM - Morbid Death Tales LP
After five years, Polish death metal cult THRONEUM will return with their seventh album, Morbid Death Tales, on HELLS HEADBANGERS. THRONEUM have worked with HELLS HEADBANGERS in the past - for the vinyl pressing of Deathmass of the Gravedancer as well as split 7"s with NUNSLAUGHTER, DESTRUKTOR, and Morbid Execution - and this latest Morbid Death Tales will be the band's 39th release to date. On Morbid Death Tales, fans can expect nothing but raw, ugly and morbidly tuned Nightmarish Death Metal full of Darkness and Evil. On the album's last two tracks, Mark of the Devil of labelmates CULTES DES GHOULES contributes guest vocals to fill the mood of an old graveyard and create Necrostuprumical Madness! (Hells Headbangers Records #189)

WITCHTRAP - Sorceress Bitch LP
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release an international version of WITCHTRAP's Sorceress Bitch on vinyl and CD formats. Originally released in 2002 on CD and then subsequently receiving a couple limited vinyl pressings, Sorceress Bitch has been out of print for years, but it's high time WITCHTRAP's debut album is given the rebirth it so deserves! A power-trio hailing from Colombia, WITCHTRAP have been at the forefront of the blackthrash resurgence since their first demo in 1997. Taking the evil of early Kreator and the sleaziness of early Razor and then whipping it into a gritty 'n' grimy frenzy, WITCHTRAP have had their sound nailed down for years, and Sorceress Bitch was the first full-length explosion of primal lust, in its rawest and most rabid form. Trying taming this Sorceress Bitch! (Hells Headbangers #162)

CRUCIFIED MORTALS - Psalms of the Dead Choir LP
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present CRUCIFIED MORTALS' highly anticipated second album, Psalms of the Dead Choir. One of the best-kept secrets of the long-fertile Cleveland metal scene, CRUCIFIED MORTALS have been quiet-yet-prolifically perfecting their craft since 2001. Under the steely resolve of founder/mastermind Reaper, a handful of demos and splits culminated in CRUCIFIED MORTALS' critically acclaimed debut album. Released in 2011 and simply self-titled, this debut album largely introduced the band to the wider, international metal scene, proving that they're one of the hungriest and charismatic deathrashing metal bands around. But as much as Crucified Mortals was a highlight for the band, a decade after its formation, it will now be eclipsed by Psalms of the Dead Choir. (Hells Headbangers #188)

WITCHTRAP - Trap The Witch LP
Vinyl edition includes an exclusive BONUS COVER SONG of Exciter's "Under Attack." WITCHTRAP's Trap the Witch on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats. Originally released at the end of last year in a small pressing for the band's native Colombia, Trap the Witch is perhaps the penultimate WITCHTRAP experience. The foundation of Endless Pain-meets-Evil Invaders is as firm as ever, but on this fourth album, the power-trio bring out the latent rock 'n' roll feeling that informed so much early thrash and speed metal. And, perhaps now more than ever, they also bring out the EVIL, as such Trap the Witch titles as "The Subtle Touch of Fire," "Brimstone in the Air," "Don't Lift the Curse," and of course, the title track itself will attest to. Recorded once again at their trusty Dirty Studios, WITCHTRAP get their clearest and most powerful production to date, all without losing their characteristic grit 'n' grime. See if you can Trap the Witch! (Hells Headbangers #177)

WHITE DEATH - White Death LP
WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present the highly anticipated self-titled debut album of WHITE DEATH. Comprising young fanatics of the fertile Finnish underground, WHITE DEATH are black metal classicism incarnate. Bursting into the milky cosmos, White Death exudes a majesty and mysticism that are incredibly rare to find in nowadays "black metal," so pure and true is the young band's ancient flame. Howling to the fullmoon, WHITE DEATH speed forth across seven songs of nightside diabolism and medieval witchcraft, each one evoking a separate splendor, all offering myriad corridors into one's innermost soul. It is a sound that strongly resonates with a mid '90s atmosphere, but so authentic and ingrained is the quintet's fire 'n' fervor that the word "traditionalism" no longer becomes shackling, but rather liberating. Indeed, it is a liberating force that guides White Death, bridging the past and the present with acidic aplomb. WHITE DEATH have begun a glorious new epoch: march or die. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #40)

ROTTEN U.K. (BLUDWULF) - That Is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie LP
Although pure punk rock is a rarity on HELLS HEADBANGERS, the form ROTTEN UK play - and proceed to uniquely twist to their own design - is actually a variety that inspired many early speed metal and thrash bands: commonly known as UK82, this subgenre was indeed a strain of early '80s UK punk that synthesized the anthemic Oi! style before it with the nascent harder/faster style pioneered by the likes of Discharge, The Exploited, and GBH. With other stated influences that include early Finnish legends like Kaaos and Riistetyt as well as England's Disorder and Broken Bones, ROTTEN UK almost effortlessly create a 14-song whirlwind of dark 'n' desperate ANTHEMS with That Is Not Dead. (Hells Headbangers Records #192)

RIDE FOR REVENGE - Thy Horrendous Yearning LP
RIDE FOR REVENGE's sixth album, "Thy Horrendous Yearning," on vinyl LP for the first time ever. For over a decade now, RIDE FOR REVENGE have maintained one of the most unique sounds in the black/death underground - and prolifically, at that - with their debut album, 2007's The King of Snakes, being the watershed moment where this Finnish entity boldly unfurled its uneasy 'n' unclean primitivism-unto-ritualism onto unsuspecting ears. Since then, the duo became a trio, and their original vision - murky, miasmic, even tribal black metal debased down to its most primitive state, originally using only bass and drums - has ever so slightly expanded to include noisier textures and even early grindcore. (Hells Headbangers Records #194)

PROFANATICA - Disgusting Blasphemies Against God CDx2
Their 2010 album now re-issued as a GOLD DISC in a noble digipak with a bonus live disc from 1992. Also includes Once Removed Savior (Disease Infested Cunts Of Dead Nuns), previously only available on the vinyl LP. One of 2010's most highly anticipated black metal records, "Disgusting Blasphemies Against God" cements PROFANATICA's position as true legends of extreme Black Metal. The original purveyors of bleeding-raw barbarity and mesmerizing filth, unleash filthy black shit across the album's ten rituals of desecration & destruction, truly becoming "Disgusting Blasphemies Against God." Whereas some listeners felt their preceding record was a bit too "clean," PROFANATICA render DBAG in its foulest, most unclean form... unrepentant & unholy, its hymns embrace the characteristic Profanatica Sound and new avenues of sonic degradation. RECOMMENDED FOR MANIACS OF: blood, blasphemy, desecration, perversion... TRUE PROFANE BLACK METAL BARBARISM! (Hells Headbangers Records #52 CD)

PROFANATICA - Profanatitas De Domonatia CDx2
Their 2007 debut album now re-issued as a GOLD DISC in a noble digipak with a bonus live disc from 1991 & 1992. Their highly anticipated debut full length studio album from 2007 now re-issued a decade later! One of the most influential and original godfathers of extreme Black Metal. Spilling holy blood with 10 ruthlessly scourging Profanatica signature style hymns, Profanatitas De Domonatia is a continuation from where the black cult vanished in 1992. Profanatica vomit on your god and shit on your so-called Black Metal!! (Hells Headbangers Records #15 CD)

BESTIAL WARLUST - Vengeance War 'til Death CD
At long last, a timeless classic returns: BESTIAL WARLUST's pivotal debut album, Vengeance War 'Til Death, now seeing release on deluxe digipack and cassette through HELLS HEADBANGERS! Widely considered one of the first "war metal" albums - if not THE first, actually - BESTIAL WARLUST's debut was a shockingly violent and utterly barbaric slab of black metal that literally had no peer upon its release in 1994. It spawned countless imitators in the two decades since that original release and even furthered the "bestial metal" subgenre so prolific today, but there's simply no substitute for the original - and HELLS HEADBANGERS couldn't be prouder to reissue it alongside the special Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96 album. SATANIC WAR METAL...BESTIAL fucking WARLUST!!! (Hells Headbangers Records #167 CD)

BLOOD FEAST - The Future State of Wicked CD
At long last, BLOOD FEAST is reborn into the metal underground with their highly anticipated third full-length album, The Future State Of Wicked, set to be released by longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS. Fans old and new will not be disappointed, as the "holy trinity" of releases from the band's early days - Kill For Pleasure (1987), the Face Fate EP (1988) and Chopping Block Blues (1990) - inform much of the new album. All the speed, brutality, and twists 'n' turns BLOOD FEAST is known for are intact and in your face (nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli), yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar). (Hells Headbangers Records #195 CD)

CRUZ - Culto Abismal LP/tape cassette
"Culto Abismal" was one of 2016's most vicious old school death metal releases - a war-injected crust/thrash/death metal monster packed with behemoth riffs_ and skull-crushing rhythms that was ranked #5 in CVLT Nation 's top 10 best Death Metal albums of 2016, and hailed by Decibel Magazine as a "vicious interpretation of a classically evil sound." For fans of Sacrilege, Bolt Thrower, Grave, Deviated Instinct, Discharge, and Dismember. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #28)

GATEWAY - Scriptures of Grief tape cassette
100% DIY one-man death doom destruction straight from the kingdom of the dead. Belgium's Gateway plays sepulchral and bestial death-doom that will rot your mind and batter your flesh. An authentic triumph of rotting riff worship for fans of death-doom legends like Disembowelment, Undergang, Coffins, Winter and Thorr's Hammer. A release hailed by CVLT Nation and Metal Injection as one of the best in recent times death-doom. Cassettes come with a dark outer sleeve. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #33)

PETRIFICATION - Summon Horrendous Destruction tape cassette
Already one of the best old school death metal debuts of the year. Portland OR Petrification's old school death metal trudge batters the flesh and smashes bone with the cruelty of an orc unleashed from hell. Their debut demo tape "Summon Horrendous Destruction" is a glorious onslaught of mummified and gross as fuck old school death metal for fans of Autopsy, Nihilist, Grave, Cruciamentum, Disma etc. CVLT Nation has recently streamed the band's video: http://www.cvltnation.com/video-premiere-petrification-summon-horrendous-destruction/ and track streams are coming soon at Decibel and Metal Injection. (Sentient Ruin Laboratories #35)

NAILS/FULL OF HELL - split 7"
Coming together out of a mutual respect, Nails and Full Of Hell musically encapsulate both an internal and external war on this split 7" release. Compiled with some of their more abrasive and angriest material to date, original artwork from Prevailing Darkness Designs completes the visual representation of this release. Now available again on vinyl. 7" includes digital download. (Closed Casket Records #46)

GIVE - Electric Flower Cult LP
GIVE's "Electric Flower Cult" 12"ep was recorded during the same sessions that bore the fruit of their last two releases: "Sonic Bloom" EP (Revelation Records) and the self-released "Electric Flower Circus" album. "Electric Flower Cult" delivers four as yet unheard songs into the GIVE repertoire as well as a newly mastered version of the song "Electric Flower Cult," each serving as part of an aggregate reminder of the snaking complexity and cathartic highs that GIVE has made their stock in trade for eight years running. The "Electric Flower Cult" 12"ep hereby signals the end of GIVE's "Electric Flower" cycle, but it undoubtedly reminds the listener of all the things that made it special. (Lockin' Out Records #44)

DRUG CONTROL - Stabbed 7"
Formed in 2014, Drug Control's biggest mission has been to put San Diego, CA straight edge on the map. At a time when California's hardcore scene seems to pale in comparison to its East Coast contingent, Drug Control has been slowly cultivating a scene with such bands as Fury, Discrepancy and Step For Change. Ultimately, this landed them on New Age Records which has released such legendary hardcore bands as Unbroken, Lifetime, Abuse Of Power and many more. (New Age Records #67)

DEATH BY STEREO - Into The Valley Of Death LP
Originally released in a single pressing in 2003 on picture disc with a very small release, this is the first time in over a decade that this album has been available and the first time it's been available for general distribution on vinyl. Pressed exclusively for Black Friday 2016, this will most likely be the only chance to pick this record up on vinyl until the 2023 pressing. Exclusive pressing of 400 copies on red and black swirl vinyl. These are the remaining copies from Black Friday 2016. (Indecision Records #56)

(restock) ACxDC/CHIENS - split 5"
ACXDC are a Los Angeles based powerviolence outfit, The split 5" is including 2 new tracks of wicked intense shrieked vocals over a possibly the fastest blast beats I've heard, along side a really weird guitar riff that I can't find words to describe. The flipside presents 2 tracks from CHIENS, french old school Grindcore done it properly. A storming split 5" for fans of Insect Warfare, Wormrot, Spazz... Limited to 500. (RSR Records #165)

(restock) EXIT ORDER - s/t 7"
Boston's Exit Order returns with a new 8 track EP. Stepping away from the non stop hardcore of their demo this shifts into a catchier UK82 meets Welcome to 1984 euro punk style. Members of Chain Rank, Leather Daddy, No Tolerance, Limp Wrist, Brain Killer and more. (Side Two Records #9)

(restock) GREEN BERET - Standing At The Mouth Of Hell LP
Two years since their "The Cult Of State" EP, Green Beret return with another dose of timeless hardcore. "Standing At The Mouth Of Hell" treads the same UK-by-way-of-Sweden ground as past releases, adding a bit of a straight-forward US influence resulting in their strongest work yet. Their influences may be obvious, but this ain't no feeble genre exercise. Green Beret stands as proof that trends come and go but hardcore punk can still be urgent, catchy and relevant in 2016. (Side Two Records #10)

(restock) NO LESS - Lessons 1993 to 1998 CD
Formed out of the ashes of Plutocracy in 1993, No Less brought elements of hardcore, grind, rap, psychedelia, and the West Bay Doomryderz together, and for over five years they terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area with their manic live shows. (Push Down And Turn #1 CD)

Descriptions for 2/4/17

EXIT UNIT - s/t 7"
In the new world order with alternative facts one has to be cautious about misinformation. But in this case if you are told that INFEST is spelled "EXIT UNIT" then you can be sure that this isn't some sort of double speak. Check out the names of the crew responsible for this aural hate (Denunzio, Domino, and Kasitz).... it doesn't get more authentic than that. Eight tracks of blazing hardcore that can serve as the back drop for World War III. (Draw Blank/Deep Six Records #299)

LACK OF INTEREST - Trapped Inside LP
Reissued after many, many years of not being available. Originally released on Slap A Ham Records. Deep Six made 500 of these. About 6 minutes shy of a million years after their formation the Southern Cal gods of thrash violence finally rip the entire universe a new one with their debut long player. It's about time guys. LACK OF INTEREST are the purest old school style thrash band embraced by the power violence scene. They are strongly reminiscent of early eighties hate core legends like NEGATIVE FX and NEGATIVE APPROACH. They have the same intensity, the same rawness, the same anger and the same classic vibe. "Trapped Inside" features newly recorded songs that span most of the band's career including their calling card "My Life" which is THE thrash anthem of the nineties. There are 24 tracks on this puppy and a good half of them run less than thirty seconds (only three of them break the one minute barrier) consequently this album kills with a speed and power not unlike being strapped into an electric chair. This is the band and this is the album that you can cram down the throat of the next jaded old fart who tries to tell you that "punk is dead". (Deep Six Records 250)

WEEKEND NACHOS - Punish and Destroy LP
Originally released on Cowabunga Records, Deep Six has decided to reissue Weekend Nachos first LP! The debut full length by the Northern Illinois powerhouse band. This continues from where both the Torture 7" and the split 7" with CBS left off, but its still got speed and its still crushing, but even more crushing than either of the first two 7" records and the band has incorporated more mid paced songs to the formula. Very brutal. Everyone knows this band by now. Love them or hate them. Their first LP finally reissued! (Deep Six Records #251)

RATA NEGRA - Oido Absoluto LP
RATA NEGRA from Madrid deliver twelve songs of dark, crude and moody punk on their debut LP. Formed of members from JUANITA Y LOS FEOS and LA URSS this power trio have distilled the negativity and uncertainly of the young Spanish generation and transformed it into perfectly crafted punk songs. Sharply turning snaps of daily life into melodic anthems for a doomed generation, musically RATA NEGRA fence between dark melodic OC punk a la RIKK AGNEW solo debut album and Spanish Punk '83 via KGB/VULPESS. Imagine the non keyboard tracks of Yugoslavian KAOS mixed with LA'S X melody, add to it a layer of distortion and a dose of vital desperation and you get close to RATA NEGRA's sound. Oido Absoluto comes housed in a reverse board sleeve with printed inner. Both designed by guitarist Fa of Croke Studio and it is released as a collaboration between Beat Generation in Madrid and La Vida Es Un Mus Discos in Hackney. (La Vida Es Un Mus #132)

MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL #406 (March 2017)
Our March issue of Maximum Rocknroll, #406, is here! Philadelphia hardcore band S-21 tell us the history behind their name, BETON give us their take on a Brazil tour, ZERODENT get us dancing in Perth, PELUQUERÍA CANINA play melodic punk in Madrid, SECOND COMBAT keep straightedge hardcore alive in Malaysia, Brazil's VIDA RUIM spread their love for Hüsker Dü, and Austin's BODY PRESSURE want to "Make Bigots Scared Again." We have an update on our Archive Project progress and then we delve into some lesser known Finnish KBD gems from the new compilation Kuoleman Tappaneet, talk with punk writer and zinester, Jessie Lynn McMains, plus the debut of two new columns on DIY Metal and European punk life. We've also got photos from Chicago's Infestational and This is Austin Not that Great. All this plus the book, zine, and films reviews you love. Order today! (Maximum Rock'n'roll #406)

CAREER SUICIDE - Machine Response LP
Release date February 24th. Writhing, sneering, tight cornered "Machine Response" the only acceptable follow up to the blistering and landmark "Attempted Suicide." Nearly ten years of beating around the bush, casually playing around the world and drip releasing music along the way, Career Suicide is backed by their best lineup ever, ready to break back through themselves with this new full length. Machine Response veers in and out of pure speed, bursts of melody, and chunky tempo shifts, indenting the long standing influence of early 80s USHC, late 70s punk, and a peppering of 60s swagger, with their own clearly developed style. Dallas Good (Sadies, Andre Williams, John Doe, Half Japanese, Elevator and a million more) presents a magnificently essential 2nd guitar and lead presence; a screaming contribution by great friend and long time supporter of the band, Souichi Hisatake, (Forward, GISM, Insane Youth, Gudon etc) to crack your brain up; artwork in collaboration with Ryan Tong of S.H.I.T. and Toronto's life-giving Faith/Void; and a thundering recording, once again helmed by the decorated and limitless in his pursuit of smooth hearing loss, Jon Drew, provide the most damaging clarity Career Suicide have been able to capture to date. (Deranged Records #286)

UV-TV - Glass LP
Release date March 10th. Stuck somewhere in the middle of Florida is UV-TV. Rose Vastola, Ryan Hopewell and Ian Bernacett write melancholy pop songs with jagged, abrasive edges. Combining strong hooks with chainsaw guitars and bliss-ey treble--comparisons to Black Tambourine, JAMC and The Shop Assistants fit best. Shoegaze stripped of its fat and its fluff. After a well-received demo (High Fashion Industries) and 7" split with LA's Shark Toys (Emotional Response) in 2015, "Glass" is the band's first long-play record (available from Deranged). The 11 burning cuts were self-recorded over two days in a retired Gainesville train station with a couple borrowed microphones and a Tascam 388. This is UV-TV. You should listen loud. (Deranged Records #288)

CENTURY PALM - Meet You LP
Release date March 10th. Century Palm are Paul Lawton (Ketamines), Andrew Payne (Zebrassieres), Penny Clark (Tough Age) and Jesse Locke (Dirty Beaches). Their debut album, Meet You, was recorded by the band in Toronto, mixed in Vancouver by Jay Arner and mastered in Australia by Mikey Young. Meet You is 10 songs about getting to know another layer of yourself - even when you think you know yourself. About subtle tones of despair. About the things you aren't encouraged to express on an everyday basis. Musically, Century Palm crib shamelessly from Wire, Neu!, and Eno-era Roxy Music, modern Australian bands like Total Control, and failed experiments from earlier, abandoned projects. Many instances of droning synths ruining perfectly nice pop songs. (Deranged Records #297)

LECHEROUS GAZE - Thing Within 7"
From Oakland, CA, Lecherous Gaze carry on where their former band, Annihilation Time, left off forging an aggressive mix of early 70s hard rock and late 70s punk,. Think Blue Oyster Cult meets the Damned. Classic sounding Chuck Berry / Jimi Hendrix guitar virtuosity with sinister Alice Cooper / HR styled vocals over a Sabbath heavy rhythm section. This is a single off their forthcoming 3rd LP "One Fifteen" on Tee Pee Records. B-side contains the non-album track "Birdman" which sounds like Motorhead with Rory Gallagher standing in on guitar. Cover art taken from the archives of the late legend Frank Frazetta. This is a limited one time pressing of 1000 on the bands own label. (Annihilate Records #4)

RASH - Skinner Box LP
Primitive Noises Hardcore coming out of Chicago. Their first official release in three years, Rash release 11 songs of primal unsettling hardcore. Reminicent of 80's touch & go with a mix of AmRep stylings and swagger. Record comes in 3 color screen printed jacket, black dust sleeves and two sided insert. Press of 550. (High Fashion Industries #8)

THE SECRET PROSTITUTES - Tiger Express LP
THE SECRET PROSTITUTES' final 12"LP of returned, reused, reactionary, and retarded retirement punk. Pointy hat witch rock Indo-Tejano Oi jerks from the bayou are finally throwing in the diet Dr Pepper stained towel! 17 sobering statements on the severity of society's stupidity played at 33 point 3. Play loud and watch phone porn while the meth wears off! Front cover by Dann Miller, back cover illustration by Shaun Filley. Limited to 500 copies. (Torture Garden Records #76)

CHULO - Coragyps Atratus LP
Debut 12"LP of top shelf Colombian poderviolencia from Bogotá's bastards of badass: CHULO! The 444 offering fourteen tracks suppressing benevolent blasting dirges of doom for the crossed out communist casualties making this compelling observation: Man is the vulture! 500 copies on black and white splattered wax! (Torture Garden Records #75)

ABORTICIDIO/LICKER - split flexi 7"
Tex-Mex nuclear noise pop punkers! White vinyl double sided flexi 7" with four cuddly fuzz bangers from each respective bozo boy bands. Who kill Speery? Was it Mexico City? Was it Houston? I have a sneaking suspicion it was Fucker... Only 250 of these exist and feature fold out sleeves with artwork by Amaury of ABORTICIDIO. (Torture Garden Records #74)

ALTERED BEAST - s/t 7"
Equal parts metal and hardcore without being metallic hardcore, Kansas City's Altered Beast delivers riffs with the precision and rhythm of a death metal band, punctuated with heavy youth crew breakdowns. Their blue-collar truthdealer spits tales of city life with venom-tinged PMA, modulating his delivery to keep it interesting and avoiding a strong association with a singular influence. The result is tough guy hardcore if your idea of a tough guy is a working class everyman, crushed by the slings and arrows of our post-industrial reality, but refusing to give up in his pursuit of some elusive transcendence. Besides a self-titled demo tape, this seven inch is the product of three years of gigging with countless unrecognized bands worthy of our respect, as well as opening for the likes of Napalm Death, Exodus, Madball, Phobia, Voivod, Prong, Noisem, Iron Reagan, etc. Mastered at Lucky Lacquers. Edition of 550. (Blak Skul Records #5)

STARGAZER - A Scream That Tore The Sky LP
This is the untouchable debut album from Australian avant-garde black/death metal cult Stargazer released on 12" vinyl by Parasitic Records for the very first time since its original CD release in 2005. Featuring members of MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, CAULDRON BLACK RAM, MARTIRE amongst others. For fans of The Chasm, Atheist. Comes in a full color old school tip-on style jacket. (Parasitic Records #81)

TORTURE RACK - Barbaric Persecution LP
Finally! The gore-drenched and pus-oozing debut full-length from this Portland (Oregon, U.S.A.) based bunch of sickos.this quartet spew forth brutal, gruesome, vicious, bulldozing, ultra-heavy and downtuned death metal that will crack your every bone at their rack and take you back to the glorious Death Metal of yore when bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Rottrevore, Decrepit, Morpheus Descends, Imprecation, Goreaphobia, Baphomet, Deteriorot, Execration or Corpus Rottus reigned supreme in the most foul-smelling pits of the U.S. underground scene. To top it off, "Barbaric Persecution" was mastered by Mike Lastra at Smegma Studios (U.S.A.) with an almost surgical precision in order to keep the band´s sonic delivery as raw, organic, thick and heinous as (in)humanly possible. Cover art by Matt Hopkins. (Parasitic Records #100)

THE HOWLING WIND - Of Babylon LP
The most scathing HOWLING WIND album to date, and the most scathing, vicious and primal album that guitarist/vocalist Ryan Lipynsky (he of Unearthly Trance, Thralldom, The Serpentine Path and one of the most underrated and prominent musicians in the underground today) has been involved with, "Of Babalon" sees THE HOWLING WIND (also comprised of ALDEBARAN drummer/vocalist Tim "Parasitic" Call as the band's other half) unleash their most searing work yet. An album in which Lipynsky has even dubbed one of his musical triumphs, "Of Babalon" is a genuine black metal vision that hails from the American wastelands, a vision which paints an ominous picture of the fall and destruction of mankind. A continuation of the themes and visions explored with their previous albums, "Pestilence & Peril" and "Into The Cryosphere" respectively, "Of Babalon" is a further exploration and examination of the religious, occult, and metaphysical. (Parasitic Records #38)

FUCKING - Intimacy Issues 7"
Hot on the heels of Atomic Orgasm, FUCKING returns with Intimacy Issues. Now incorporating saxophone into short unpredictable songs, FUCKING is an unrelenting force of screeching chaos. Members of COKSKAR and FALSE fortify their repertoire of SIEGE-inspired manic hardcore with noisy art damaged influences like ESSENTIAL LOGIC and DEADBEATS, one bombastic sax bleat at a time. This is outsider punk played by mental patients, drug addicts, lifelong underachievers and sXe working class heroes. FUCKING further develops their diehard DIY aesthetic with hand stamped sleeves and sloganeering graffiti plastered across the lyric sheet. Self-released and limited to 300 copies only. Intimacy Issues is a sonic and lyrical challenge to hardcore masculinity. FUCKING is repression and liberation. Life is filled with contradictions; maybe FUCKING will help. (Fuck #2)

FUCKING - Atomic Orgasm 7"
Dispatch from Minneapolis, MN-- maniacal, nuclear-obsessed hardcore explodes on the scene with a self-released debut. Salty vets of FALSE and COKSKAR blend the mischief of FEEDERZ and CRUCIFUCKS with raw POISON IDEA-influenced riffs and an unstoppable driving rhythm section, producing a disorienting fastcore/powerviolence assault. Following the rudimentary Live Hardcore Fucking demo, Atomic Orgasm is a nihilistic exercise in restraint with A Harder Commune studio polish. Packaged in a minimalist 45-style paper sleeve with handmade rubber-stamp typography and xeroxed insert art, FUCKING is a DIY punk band in the classic tradition. (Fuck #1)

GENERAL SPEECH #9
Forty page 'zine that has a professional old school look of what punk 'zines were like back in the 1990s. Interviews, photos, and reviews. Bands featured in this issue are Confuse, Tercer Mundo, Sadist, Skumdribblurz, Suburban Filth, U.C.P., and Discharge. (General Speech #9)

AIR HUNGER - Air Hunger 7"
Debut 7" single from this international project. Eerie gothic punk that is saturated in effects and synthesizer while showcasing a heavy rhythm section. The lyrical themes are the haunting reminders of imperialism's false promises to native populations and the pain of watching your loved ones struggle to survive in an increasingly apathetic society. Members of Cemetery, the Flatfield and Blue Cross/Zex. Mastered by Enormous Door. (Occult Whispers Records #12)

V/A - Night Voices Volume 1 compilation tape cassette
A document of the current wave of goth-punk and post-punk commonly referred to as "Dark Punk", this cassette contains previously released songs from 14 bands from all over the world. Bands from North America, Europe, Indonesia and Australia. Previously released tracks from Spectres, Crimson Scarlet, Pawns, Rule of Thirds, Blue Cross, Sierpien, Cemetery and more. Pro-pressed at NAC, high quality cassette tape. (Occult Whispers #11)

THE FUZZLERS - Cyber cassette tape
A band that takes as many cues from Kaiju Big Battel or John Kricfalusi as it does from The Residents and Charles Bronson. This band has a rad stage stage presence and the frontman really truly embodies his band's cartoon aesthetic. Orange cassette EP with risographed j-card, download included, edition of 200. (What's For Breakfast #11)

BLEEDERS - Gash tape cassette
Noisy feminist basement hardcore from eastern PA that sounds like an anguished person having a mental break at an active construction site. This EP breaks boulders. Barefoot, knife-wielding frontwoman alternately drones and screams while a guitar is amplified through a beat up trash can. Bleeders are very, very active in the DIY basement circuit in eastern PA and surrounding areas. White cassette EP with hand stamped shells, download included, edition of 150. (What's For Breakfast #14)

THE MELTAWAYS - s/t 7"
A brand new punk platter from a Brooklyn band that's coming up quick, sharing stages with Coathangers, NOTS, The World, Big Eyes, and so on. Muscular compositions with sharp and meaningful lyrics. This is the one catching some buzz and making me feel confident, but I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think it was a ripper. Black vinyl, hand numbered center labels, download included, edition of 500. (What's For Breakfast #17)

(restock) STAGNATION - 2027 7"
5 tracks of perfectly executed old school death metal influenced crust. 2nd release from the band with even more crusher riffs and greatly improved drumming due to a switch in drummers after the first release. Recorded back in 2008 and just now seeing the vinyl it deserves. Metal for the punks by punks in the vein of Grave, Entombed, Prophecy of Doom, Repulsion, and Bolt Thrower with a more straight forward punk approach. Released in the era of Stormcrow and Sanctum and definitely holding their weight against their peers. A Fenriz "band of the week" who also received praise in the liner notes of "The Underground Resistance". Released 500. (Make 'Em Sweat #7)

(restock) STAGNATION - s/t 7"
Self Released by the band but available for wholesale through Make Em Sweat 4 tracks of perfectly executed old school death metal influenced crust. Released in 2007 by the band who never really pushed the records despite the growing interest. Lost in the back of a closet, and moved from Arizona to Texas and back. They were finally given to me to get into the hands of headbangers across the world. Metal for the punks by punks in the vein of Grave, Entombed, Repulsion, and Bolt Thrower with a more straight forward punk approach. Released in the era of Stormcrow and Sanctum and definitely holding their weight against their peers. A Fenriz "band of the week" who also received praise in the liner notes of "The Underground Resistance". Released 300 on black. (Make 'Em Sweat #7.5)

(restock) DIRTY PROTEST/RAID! - split LP
Born out of the spirit of early '80s punk/hardcore/skaterock and hailing from Boise, Idaho, Raid! consists of Onj on guitar (Septic Death); Andy A. on bass (Demoni, Haggis); Matt Wrecked on vocals (Schoolyard Assassins); and Paulie on drums (Septic Death). In true skatepunk fashion, the songs are fast, aggressive, and to the point. Dirty Protest are five filthy fuckers from Holland and the USA, fueled by enthusiasm and alcohol, playing fast punk rock as if their shitty lives depend on it!! Their roots extend from '77 to crust and wind up somewhere in the middle. Imagine Dead Kennedys fucking Poison Idea using Wendy O Williams as a condom. They have the usual 'ex-member' thing going on (Spittin' Vicars, HDQ, Septic Death, Radio Bikini), but don't let that dissuade you. Each copy is numbered out of 525 copies with 200 on black vinyl; and 325 on clear. (Headbones #007V Records)

ADVENT - Pain & Suffering LP
Six years since calling it quits, North Carolina's Advent has returned and are as fierce as ever. Originally rising from the ashes of Beloved, Advent churns out brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore. "Pain & Suffering" is their first recorded output since 2009's "Naked & Cold" (Solid State Records) and proves that Advent is back and more focused than ever. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #243)

SEARCH - Between The Lines 7"
From the remains of seminal New Jersey straight edge bands Turning Point, Floorpunch and Mouthpiece comes the five-piece unit known as Search. Much like the bands from which they spawned, Search kicks out a classic style of East Coast hardcore that's lean, mean and created to elicit the type of sing-alongs and stage dives you would have expected to witness on Sunday afternoons of yesteryear. While the six songs of their debut 7", "Between The Lines," are a testament to a specific style and sound of hardcore, Search most definitely exists in the here and now with a timeless message that is still as relevant and important today as it was when the members themselves discovered it in their teens. This is the blue vinyl version, limited to 700 copies. (Revelation Records #167)

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REVENGE - Behold.Total.Rejection LPx2
First released by Season of Mist in November 2015, Nuclear War Now! has licensed an additional vinyl release of "Behold.Total.Rejection" in order to further propagate Revenge's 5th strike of unmatched audial violence. Keeping with the tradition that NWN! first established with its 2008 die-hard vinyl edition of the band's third album, "Infiltration.Downfall.Death," this definitive 2LP edition of "Behold.Total.Rejection" is sublimely packaged in a case-wrapped gatefold jacket with black foil stamp on black cloth background and a 24-page booklet attached to the inside panel. Each of the two vinyl LPs includes an exclusive etching on the B-side. This release thus fittingly serves to further bolster the partnership that Revenge and NWN! have developed and continued over the course of the band's existence. (Nuclear War Now Records #400)

MIDNIGHT - Shok of Violence LP
Since 2003, Cleveland's MIDNIGHT have been slaying the metal/punk underground with their own, highly addictive brand of lust, filth, and sleaze, building up a sizable (and collectible) catalog along the way. And while 2012's HELLS HEADBANGERS-released Complete and Total Hell collection compiled MIDNIGHT's massive amount of EPs and splits up to (and successive of) their now-classic debut album, Satanic Royalty, the new kings of Hell needed yet another bursting-at-the-seams compilation that wrangles all their EPs and splits since that momentous debut: enter Shox of Violence. But more than the usual odds 'n' sods collection so endemic to heavy metal, Shox of Violence features four brand-new songs to keep MIDNIGHT's rabid legion of devotees sated while their third album is being prepared. As such, those four songs are being released as a stand-alone 12" MLP, while the CD and tape versions pack a mammoth 25 tracks total. Across Shox of Violence, in addition to the four new songs, you will find the cover of Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" flexi that was available exclusively to subscribers of Decibel magazine, some super-rowdy live tracks, and a handful of covers of MIDNIGHT favorites The Spits, covers of the likes of Quiet Riot, Girlschool, The Pagans, Australia's Taipan, and NWOBHM cult Crucifixion among others: all songs that have yet to make it to CD format, essentially. Complete and total hell - again! - complete and total MIDNIGHT, hear these legends-in-the-making at their rawest and most rabid...Shox of Violence! (Hells Headbangers Mini LP Records #42)

CONCEALED BLADE - s/t LP
All the way from the city of champions, CONCEALED BLADE follow up their massive 2015 demo with thirteen more tracks of the pummeling hardcore punk that those aligned with the Braddock Hit Factory have been churning out for many moons now; keeping the emphasis on quality over commonplace, riffs over a complete lack of riffs, and really just hardcore over horse shit. This 12" platter is evidence that THE BLADE still ain't for the weak and is just as precise and cutting in the execution of their songs as they've ever been. As a sage like man of wisdom probably once bellowed over a lukewarm bottle of Straubs and a half eaten pizza boat at the Rock Room, "YINZ WANTED DA BEST WELL YINZ GOT DA BEST!" (Beach Impediment Records #25)

NOOTHGRUSH - Failing Early, Failing Often CD
Anthology of early Noothgrush recordings, including the Kashyyyk demo, the Embraced by the Anti-Self EP, plus material from splits and compilations, all recorded between October 1995 and June 1997. Originally released on Slapaham in 2001. (Fuck Yoga/Emetic Records #47 CD)

CLITERATI - s/t tape cassette
Portland, Oregon's Cliterati fronted by Ami Lawless of Voetsek. Hardcore? D-beat? Queer-core? How about total earache party crust. Former members of Poison Idea, Voetsek, and Murderess. Has an anti Donald Trump song, and you can't go wrong with that. (Tank Crimes Records #99 TP)

LEVITATIONS - Dust tape cassette
LEVITATIONS are a powerful, haunting three piece post punk/truewave band from Berlin, and this is the tape version of their debut album. The LP is available on Berlin-based label Adagio830, home to bands such as Diat and Hoax. 9 songs of blistering dark post punk, evocative of powerful/icy bands like DA!, Slant 6, Kleenix/Lilliput, Arctic Flowers, and the Subnormal Girls comp. Raw and catchy at the same time. (Nervous Intent Records #4 TP)

ADVENT - Pain & Suffering LP
Six years since calling it quits, North Carolina's Advent has returned and are as fierce as ever. Originally rising from the ashes of Beloved, Advent churns out brutally heavy, metal-infused hardcore. "Pain & Suffering" is their first recorded output since 2009's "Naked & Cold" (Solid State Records) and proves that Advent is back and more focused than ever. Vinyl version includes digital download. (Bridge Nine Records #243)

SEARCH - Between The Lines 7"
From the remains of seminal New Jersey straight edge bands Turning Point, Floorpunch and Mouthpiece comes the five-piece unit known as Search. Much like the bands from which they spawned, Search kicks out a classic style of East Coast hardcore that's lean, mean and created to elicit the type of sing-alongs and stage dives you would have expected to witness on Sunday afternoons of yesteryear. While the six songs of their debut 7", "Between The Lines," are a testament to a specific style and sound of hardcore, Search most definitely exists in the here and now with a timeless message that is still as relevant and important today as it was when the members themselves discovered it in their teens. This is the blue vinyl version, limited to 700 copies. (Revelation Records #167)

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HELLKRUSHER - Wasteland LP (CD included)
Hellkrusher formed in 1989 by singer Ali Lynn and bassist Ian 'Scotty' Scott after they left their former bands - Energetic Krusher and Hellbastard. For Ali, the prospect of having change into nice clothes and alter his singing style to accommodate a proposed new style and direction that Energetic Krusher wanted to move into didn't sit well. Ali and Scotty wanted to bring the old punk sound of Discharge back into the band, rather than the more thrash metal style that their old bands were headed towards. The first line-up was completed with Steve Wingrove on drums and guitarists Dave Thorburn and Paul Knowles. Hellkrusher recorded their first album for RKT Records, recording it twice due to the unsatisfactory first attempt and in the process losing Paul before the second version was recorded. "Wasteland" was released in 1990, and now finally is given the full Boss Tuneage Retro treatment of this UK Crust Punk/Thrash classic! The release features liner notes and unseen memorabilia from the band as well as the vinyl version containing the lyrics as well for the first time.. increasingly scarce to find and commanding a high second hand price, and with a new album in the works, its time to make this 27 year old classic widely available again! (Boss Tuneage Retro #35)

DOWN LOVE - Trust CD
DOWN LOVE is a great new band from Kingston, Surrey, but features members who have been active in the UK underground punk scene for many years (including stints in JERRY BUILT and JETPACK amongst others) - Having changed their original moniker from HEY CHEW to DOWN LOVE, they now unleash their cracking debut album "TRUST", which makes a unique sound that is part the grit of JAWBREAKER, the post punk inventiveness of FUGAZI and the melody and tunes of MEGA CITY 4 (one track of which, "Those Words You Said" is a tribute to the late great MC4 frontman Wiz). DOWN LOVE are a new band and will surely soon become your new favourite band! (Boss Tuneage Records #107)

DECIMATE - Destroy Or Be Destroyed LP
Due to popular demand, and following on from our CD release of the album on Mosh Tuneage last year, we are happy to announce we have teamed up with the awesome folk at Fear Me Music to release a vinyl version of the DECIMATE album! There are just 100 coloured vinyl available, with the rest in black - this is a limited pressing of just 250 copies so won't be around forever! (Mosh Tuneage Records #9979)

D L BURDON - Accidental Aesop LP (CD included)
D L BURDON is the name of the new project from Davey Lee Burdon, who was best known for his stint in LEATHERFACE and also his band FORMER CELL MATES, who released three albums , the last of which was 2010's "Presented As A Work Of Fiction". FORMER CELL MATES stopped when Davey relocated to the States back then, becoming a member of ANCHOR BENDS, but 2017 sees him back in the UK and with a new band behind him picking up where FORMER CELL MATES and ANCHOR BENDS left off, and moving things on. "Accidental Aesop" is a wonderful collection of carefully crafted songs, topped with Burdon's unmistakable vocals. (Boss Tuneage Records #106)

HELLKRUSHER - Wasteland CD
Hellkrusher formed in 1989 by singer Ali Lynn and bassist Ian 'Scotty' Scott after they left their former bands - Energetic Krusher and Hellbastard. For Ali, the prospect of having change into nice clothes and alter his singing style to accommodate a proposed new style and direction that Energetic Krusher wanted to move into didn't sit well. Ali and Scotty wanted to bring the old punk sound of Discharge back into the band, rather than the more thrash metal style that their old bands were headed towards. The first line-up was completed with Steve Wingrove on drums and guitarists Dave Thorburn and Paul Knowles. Hellkrusher recorded their first album for RKT Records, recording it twice due to the unsatisfactory first attempt and in the process losing Paul before the second version was recorded. "Wasteland" was released in 1990, and now finally is given the full Boss Tuneage Retro treatment of this UK Crust Punk/Thrash classic! The release features liner notes and unseen memorabilia from the band as well as the vinyl version containing the lyrics as well for the first time.. increasingly scarce to find and commanding a high second hand price, and with a new album in the works, its time to make this 27 year old classic widely available again! (Boss Tuneage Retro #35 CD)

D L BURDON - Accidental Aesop CD
D L BURDON is the name of the new project from Davey Lee Burdon, who was best known for his stint in LEATHERFACE and also his band FORMER CELL MATES, who released three albums , the last of which was 2010's "Presented As A Work Of Fiction". FORMER CELL MATES stopped when Davey relocated to the States back then, becoming a member of ANCHOR BENDS, but 2017 sees him back in the UK and with a new band behind him picking up where FORMER CELL MATES and ANCHOR BENDS left off, and moving things on. "Accidental Aesop" is a wonderful collection of carefully crafted songs, topped with Burdon's unmistakable vocals. (Boss Tuneage Records #106 CD)

DEMONCY - Within the Sylvan Realms of Frost CD
Nuclear War Now! completes the unearthing of Demoncy's original evil trinity with this presentation of the band's second opus. "Within the Sylvan Realms of Frost" exudes a frozen aura that is worthy of its title and thus serves as the second chapter in a tome written by one of the most innovative originators of black metal to have defiled the North American continent. (Nuclear War Now Records #333 CD)

ACCIDENTE - Pulso LP
Socio-political melodic/pop-punk from Spain. Wait, sorry, really amazing socio-political melodic/pop-punk from Spain. If it wasn't for the fact that the lyrics are in Spanish, I wouldn't have been surprised if you told me this band came up through the New Brunswick, NJ basement scene-or at least were from somewhere on the East Coast. Equal parts melodic hardcore and straight up pop-punk, with beautiful vocals by Blanca. All of this together sounds like something in between the earnest swagger and jangle of the MEASURE [SA] and WORRIERS and the infectious, angered energy of LA FRACTION-or maybe like the too short-lived Syracuse band NO CONNECTION. (Dirt Cult Records #103)

MAD PARADE - s/t LP (record store day release)
SoCal's seminal suburban apocalypse returns to vinyl plus 4 lost tracks! The 1984 LP that put them on the map with heavy rotation on KROQ and radio stations all over the country... With songs like One Tin Soldier, Real Horror Show Hollywood Vampires... The 4 bonus songs are from the same session.. It's not like you never heard them before (like the '87 BYO release "1000 words" LP)... These are the originals!.. Sounds better than the original recordings.. Remastered @ Enormous Door... Destined to be a classic once again... Limited to 450 copies on clear vinyl for Black Friday 2016! (Gutterwail Records #4)

WHITE DEATH - White Death CD
WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present the highly anticipated self-titled debut album of WHITE DEATH. Comprising young fanatics of the fertile Finnish underground, WHITE DEATH are black metal classicism incarnate. Bursting into the milky cosmos, White Death exudes a majesty and mysticism that are incredibly rare to find in nowadays "black metal," so pure and true is the young band's ancient flame. Howling to the fullmoon, WHITE DEATH speed forth across seven songs of nightside diabolism and medieval witchcraft, each one evoking a separate splendor, all offering myriad corridors into one's innermost soul. It is a sound that strongly resonates with a mid '90s atmosphere, but so authentic and ingrained is the quintet's fire 'n' fervor that the word "traditionalism" no longer becomes shackling, but rather liberating. Indeed, it is a liberating force that guides White Death, bridging the past and the present with acidic aplomb. WHITE DEATH have begun a glorious new epoch: march or die. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #40 CD)

HAXXAN - Loch Ness Rising CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the debut album of HAXXAN, Loch Ness Rising. Although "new" in name, HAXXAN features underground legend Killjoy DeSade (Necrophagia, The Ravenous, Wurdulak, et. al.) on vocals and synth. Formed in 2011 by Killjoy and guitarist Shawn Slusarek, the duo decided to write material that had an old-school black metal vibe, citing such influences as Beherit, Archgoat, and Blasphemy with hints of Candlemass and Mercyful Fate. The duo then added bassist Jake Arnette and drummer Serge Streltsov, and soon recorded their debut album, Loch Ness Rising. Spread over 10 tracks, HAXXAN's Loch Ness Rising is conceptually based on Aleister Crowley, as Killjoy has been a life-long Crowley enthusiast. As a full-band unit, HAXXAN soon celebrate the life, works, and magick of Crowley through patiently unfolding vistas of doom and dread, eerieness and unease. Recorded at Thelema Studios and mixed/mastered by Grzegorz Kulawiak at Sin Mix Studios, Loch Ness Rising richly resonates with a pure (and purely eerie/uneasy) tone that lends these songs a unique character: undoubtedly heavy in a manner not unlike To Mega Therion-era Celtic Frost, there's likewise a ghostly aspect to its conversely crushing stomp. As expected, Killjoy delivers a peerless performance, stretching all extremes of his twisted 'n' tortured throat, almost narrating the slowly enveloping fog of unearthly horror. Taken together, Loch Ness Rising is an experience both atmospheric and caustic, bleeding black blood and drinking it from a ceremonial cup - just as Crowley would've wanted it. As longtime fans of Killjoy's incredibly prolific work in the metal underground for the past 30 years, HELLS HEADBANGERS warmly welcomes HAXXAN to the label, and will be working with Killjoy on a special LP reissue of Necrophagia's classic debut album, 1987's Season of the Dead. (Hells Headbangers Records #198 CD)

BESTIAL WARLUST - Storming Bestial Legions Live '96 CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release a special live album from the legendary BESTIAL WARLUST, Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96, on both CD and vinyl LP formats. Just like the title states, Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96 captures these Australian extreme metal pioneers at the height of their powers, not long after their classic second album, Blood & Valour, was released. As such, the setlist BESTIAL WARLUST storm through here encompasses that album as well as their pivotal debut album, Vengeance War 'till Death, which went on to become one of the most mimicked black metal records in the new millennium, where the bestial metal subgenre they helped foment soon flourished. But everything that made BESTIAL WARLUST so deadly - bulldozing heaviness, gnawing violence, hypnotic hatred - is captured in its rawest, most red-eyed state on Storming Bestial Legions LIVE '96, making the album an indispensable component to any bestial diehard's collection and a rare document of black/death primitivism in the pre-social media era.In conjunction with this live album, HELLS HEADBANGERS will be reissuing BESTIAL WARLUST's two lone albums, 1994's Vengeance War 'till Death and 1995's Blood & Valour, on deluxe digipack and, for the first time, cassette. BESTIAL fucking WARLUST: enough said! (Hells Headbangers Records #187 CD)

PROFANATICA - Sickened By Holy Host... CD
The original purveyors of bleeding-raw Black Metal barbarity & mesmerizing filth; this is NOT a new PROFANATICA album! This oddity features an a 39 minute mini-album plus the "The Grand Masters Session" Box Set on CD. Nearly 80 minutes of true blasphemy & perversion. PART #1 features 5 new songs plus 2 old classics written and recorded by Ledney with a session member. The performance on this work is much like their primitive NECROVORE-ous atrocities committed in the early '90s and allows for safe assumption of what could have been heard on their long-lost album, "The Raping of the Virgin Mary." Meanwhile, PART #2 features the same titles but written and recorded by Gelso alongside the same drums & vocals performed on part #1. The execution of this session continues in the more musical direction showcased on their first 2 albums and incorporates soundscapes sonically compiled by the late Aragon Amori. The end result is nothing short of devastating, and the vast contrast between these two sessions takes on the form of an album in itself that is sure to appeal to both old & new devotees of the black cult. Finally, "The Grand Masters Session" previously available as a vinyl-only 8" Box Set, is a raging 2008 "live in the studio" recording showcasing many of the classics, a few newer hits and an exclusive medley (a conglomerate of 5 songs). Absolutely mandatory for collectors, and those looking for a supplement to the raw PROFANATICA rehearsal demos ejaculated in the early 90's! (Hells Headbangers Records #76 CD)

MORTICIAN - Domain Of Death LP gatefold
OUT NOW ON HELLS HEADBANGERS! Pressed on traditional black vinyl and oxblood/bronze marbled vinyl. Comes in a gatefold cover. First time on regular vinyl (only ever released as a picture disc)! Phantastic deathgrind fiends Mortician execute unrelenting grim and gruesome Death Metal, leaving hapless blast victims in their bloodstained wake. "Domain of Death," the bands' magnum opus, shows Mortician continuing to morph both stylistically and conceptually, mangling and overwhelming all they encounter. (Hells Headbangers Records #175)

THRONEUM - Morbid Death Tales CD
Comes with an 8-page booklet featuring all lyrics. After five years, Polish death metal cult THRONEUM will return with their seventh album, Morbid Death Tales, on HELLS HEADBANGERS. THRONEUM have worked with HELLS HEADBANGERS in the past - for the vinyl pressing of Deathmass of the Gravedancer as well as split 7"s with NUNSLAUGHTER, DESTRUKTOR, and Morbid Execution - and this latest Morbid Death Tales will be the band's 39th release to date. On Morbid Death Tales, fans can expect nothing but raw, ugly and morbidly tuned Nightmarish Death Metal full of Darkness and Evil. On the album's last two tracks, Mark of the Devil of labelmates CULTES DES GHOULES contributes guest vocals to fill the mood of an old graveyard and create Necrostuprumical Madness! THRONEUM was formed in the deepest dungeons of Hell back in 1996. Influenced by thousands of '80s and early '90s death and black metal, THRONEUM is one of the most well-known pure underground bands to hail from Poland. They should need no further introduction for most true blackened death metal fans, but Morbid Death Tales is nevertheless a mighty and more-than-worthy introduction to the band's signature style of rabid, righteous filth. Hideous and horrific, Morbid Death Tales is more than justifiably titled. Since the beginning, THRONEUM staunchly stands in opposition to the mainstream. No originality, no own style, no musical progress, only metal for the Devil as it should be - that's the only stated goal of the band. As the band themselves proclaim, "If you aren't into Necrovore, Sadistik Exekution, Mortem, Order From Chaos, Imperator, Asphyx, Mayhem, and Merciless - keep away from THRONEUM! That's pure Total Death!" (Hells Headbangers Records #189 CD)

SATANIC WARMASTER - Black Metal Kommando/Gas Chamber CD
Comes with a 12-page booklet featuring all lyrics. WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present a timely CD reissue of SATANIC WARMASTER'S monumental Black Metal Kommando / Gas Chamber collection. SATANIC WARMASTER should need no introduction. Since 1998, main man Werwolf has doggedly pursued his vision of complete and total BLACK METAL - encompassing ancient traditions reverently gleaned from Norse, Polish, and French idioms - and poignantly willed them into a potion that's uniquely his own, in the process influencing thousands with five full-lengths and countless EPs and splits, and largely defining what Finnish black metal means to the worldwide consciousness. Originally released in 2005, Black Metal Kommando / Gas Chamber is a special insight into the SATANIC WARMASTER aesthetic. The six Black Metal Kommando tracks encompass recordings made for what was initially to be the band's first full-length. Although the pivotal Strength & Honour eventually emerged in its place, the BMK songs show a nebulous traditionalism that SATANIC WARMASTER would soon perfect. The three tracks that make up the Gas Chamber recording are an otherwise-unreleased demo that display a harsher, more punk rocked side of the band, recalling Werwolf's earlier bands Pest and especially Blutrache. The last three tracks, generally known as "Project Tireheb," are a one-off experiment whereby Werwolf and Finnish noise artist Moozzhead cover two electronic-era Beherit songs in a more organic manner and offering one song in that style, with a quintessentially Beherit-esque title. Altogether, the dozen songs across this compilation prove that SATANIC WARMASTER's spirit burns restlessly and true, the black flame of hate flickering in many shapes but always ones that honor the original spark. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #7 CD)

THE TRUE WERWOLF - Death Music CD
Comes with an 8-page booklet featuring all lyrics. WEREWOLF RECORDS, freshly in conspiracy with HELLS HEADBANGERS, is proud to present a timely CD repress of THE TRUE WERWOLF's pivotal Death Music collection. Lurking in the dankest, moldiest depths of the black metal underground, THE TRUE WEREWOLF has prolifically pursued a vision of malodorous decay and plague-ridden melancholy since 2002. Helmed exclusively by SATANIC WARMASTER mastermind Graf Werwolf, THE TRUE WERWOLF in many senses is the obscure and malnourished shadowside to SATANIC WARMASTER. That shadowside is unequivocally BLACK METAL in its purest and proudest definition, but one shackled to the dungeons of the early/mid '90s: rotten, rabid, blown-out, and bleary, but medieval in a manner most cobwebbed and forgotten. Death Music is the penultimate distillation of THE TRUE WERWOLF aesthetic, compiling tracks from a 10" MLP, two 7" EPs, a split, and an otherwise-unreleased track. At 10 tracks in an hour and now featuring a revised layout, Death Music is a chalice overflowing with ancient poison, daring the listener to imbibe. (Hells Headbangers/Werewolf Records #30 CD)

HELLS HEADBASH - Part 2: 15th Anniversary Festival DVDx2
All DVDs come with a DOWNLOAD CARD to redeem the live audio soundtrack for free. The DVD is a DOUBLE DISC set with a fold-out poster booklet featuring a massive live photo collage of bands plus a large photo spread of the graffiti banner covered with tons of signatures from those that attended the festival (see above image). HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present the long-awaited release of the Hells Headbash Part 2 DVDset. Shot over three days at the Cleveland Agora in September of 2015, this concert film chronicles the performances of 35 some of the most prolific bands in extreme metal today fromall around the globe, featuring the likes of Archgoat (Finland), Destruktor (Australia), Deiphago (Philippines), Deathhammer (Norway), Cianide (Chicago), Midnight (Cleveland), Satanic Warmaster (Finland) and many more! More than just a low-budget video, HellsHeadbash Part 2 is a concert film, professionally shot and edited in sequence to give it a sense of narrative, documenting while not being an informative documentary, but more like the metal facsimile of something like the Woodstock film. It follows the first 'bash DVD, even featuring return performances by Midnight and Acid Witch, but ups the ante with a much taller line-up and running time, among other things. Released as a double disc collectors set with a running time around 2 hours and 45 minutes, watching the film is definitely an event, bringing the nonstop action of the 2015 weekend into your living-room and invading your personal space. With handpicked performances selected from over 120 hours of compiled footage, Found Objects And Dreams productions carefully put together the best representation possible for an event in space and time that can never be relived or redone. (Hells Headbangers DVD #5 DVD)

CULTES DES GHOULES - Coven, or Evil Ways Instead of Love CDx2 (digibook)
Deluxe digibook double CD with 32-page bound booklet. The metal underground is awash with more bands than ever, but none quite sound like Poland's CULTES DES GHOULES. And now, with the release of the band's highly anticipated third album, Coven, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to present CULTES DES GHOULES' magnum opus and forever prove that no one ever will quite sound like THIS. A mysterious collective with a full lineup but no facts fully revealed about it, CULTES DES GHOULES have always let their music speak for itself. Their early demos and Odd Spirituality EP, all highly sought after upon their initial release, eventually culminated in CULTES DES GHOULES' classic debut album, Häxan. Released in 2008 but eventually reissued by HELLS HEADBANGERS in 2011 after its first two versions quickly sold out, Häxan was a mesmerizing monolith beyond compare - ghoulish, gibbering, and ghastly in equal measures - although its sinful stench fondly recalled the likes of earliest, evilest Necromantia, Beherit, Mayhem, and Mortuary Drape. Also in 2011 came the Spectres Over Transylvania EP, which was an epic 25-minute track that suggested the ambitious direction to come. And come it did with 2013's Henbane, a five-song/58-minute monster of mesmerizing power. Dread and disease wafting up from the abyss like fumes of the most potent sulfur, coiling and releasing in a tense coitus of godless abandon, the unremittingly repulsive sounds of death worship: Henbane soon became a modern classic for a new generation of black metallers hungry for foul sounds with fathomless depth(s). (Hells Headbangers Records #190 CD)

OCTOBER 31 - Metal Massacre 31 CD
The eight volumes of Metal Massacre released by Metal Blade Records in the 1980s were massively instrumental in chronicling (and furthering) the burgeoning heavy metal movement, particularly in the United States. Here, the earliest songs of Slayer and Ratt, for example, stood side by side each other as a declaration of intent: that HEAVY METAL was here, and it was here to stay. Those who grew up in the '80s and heard these compilations have fond memories of them, as each song was almost always exclusive and almost always exciting - a new stone to unturn, a new head to bang. For the members of OCTOBER 31, these compilations are so cherished and enduring that they've recorded a covers album comprising songs all exclusively on these comps, appropriately titled Metal Massacre 31. For over 20 years now, OCTOBER 31 are no strangers to the heavy metal fight, so it's a no-brainer that the US quintet would reverentially cover the revered likes of Omen, Hallow's Eve, Sacred Blade, and America's Tyrant alongside the more obscure likes Aloha, War Cry, Final Warning, and Canada's Death Dealer among others. From early, more melodically inclined traditional metal to heads-down proto-thrash and speed metal, OCTOBER 31 cover all bases on Metal Massacre 31, rendering the record a veritable time-machine back to the early-to-mid '80s. However, with erstwhile DECEASED frontman (and scene legend) King Fowley on the mic, the band brims with the confidence and elan to make these songs their own - or, at least, songs that could easily be among their original repertoire - serving as a fully satisfying stopgap album before their next full-length for HELLS HEADBANGERS. All you metal merchants, step forth and prepare for OCTOBER 31's Metal Massacre 31! (Hells Headbangers Records #173 CD)

WITCHTRAP - Sorceress Bitch CD
HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release the international version of WITCHTRAP's Trap the Witch on vinyl, CD, and cassette tape formats. Originally released at the end of last year in a small pressing for the band's native Colombia, Trap the Witch is perhaps the penultimate WITCHTRAP experience. The foundation of Endless Pain-meets-Evil Invaders is as firm as ever, but on this fourth album, the power-trio bring out the latent rock 'n' roll feeling that informed so much early thrash and speed metal. And, perhaps now more than ever, they also bring out the EVIL, as such Trap the Witch titles as "The Subtle Touch of Fire," "Brimstone in the Air," "Don't Lift the Curse," and of course, the title track itself will attest to. Recorded once again at their trusty Dirty Studios, WITCHTRAP get their clearest and most powerful production to date, all without losing their characteristic grit 'n' grime. See if you can Trap the Witch! (Hells Headbangers Records #162 CD)

VOID MEDITATION CULT - Utter The Tongue Of The Dead CD
Comes with a 12-page booklet featuring all lyrics and extra artwork. Five years ago, the entity VOID MEDITATION CULT uttered its "Sulfurous Prayers" and then receded back into the darkness. Now, the altar is set once more, and candles gleam in the shadows as the specter returns. Ten covenants of death, devil worship and sacrifice are offered beneath the ever-watchful gaze of the Blighting Angel, as the many voices of the damned churn against a down-tuned, pestilential roar. Return to the Devil's Temple, for the time has come to "Utter the Tongue of the Dead"... (Hells Headbangers Records #666 CD)

(restock) ORCHID - Totality LP
The complete 1998 - 2002 singles collection finally available on LP! Twentyfour songs remastered from the original recordings, including the self-titled 7", five split releases, three compilation tracks and one unreleased song. Vinyl includes a 20 page, full color, 7" x 7" booklet, and download code. (Clean Plate Records #38)

(repress) ORCHID - Gatefold LP (red vinyl pressing)
The final recordings of Orchid. These nineteen tracks are probably the best songs that Orchid ever recorded. Their sound has been honed and defined, and the recording perfectly captures Orchid's diverse combination of arty sensibilities, heartfelt emotive song writing, Mohinder-esque drumming, frantic precision, controlled mayhem, and chaotic adrenaline. An excellent record that even surpasses their previous releases. Definitely Orchid's opus. The LP comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve. The various Orchid members have gone on to form Bucket Full of Teeth, the Wolves, Ampere, and the Panthers. (Ebullition #51)

BLASTING CONCEPT - Sloth Rocket LP
Influenced by Blast, SST, RKL, and Annihilation Time, Blasting Concept expertly melds '70s rock with early '80s SoCal hardcore. Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Ventura have a long history of this sort of ear damage... there is a reason that these cities produced RKL, Annihilation Time, Rat Pack, and Blasting Concept. The only odd thing is that Blasting Concept is releasing an LP on Ebullition Records, which doesn't normally release such rock influenced records, however, Jeff Capra, one of Blasting Concept's two guitarists, was also in Manumission which Ebullition released over 20 years ago. Jeff has actually been in a million hardcore bands over the last 25 years... Like It Or Not, Manumission, Holier Than Thou?, Become, Broken Needle, Embassy, Ochre, Surprise Vacation, and probably a few others as well. When guitarist Calvin (formerly of Bone Explosion) started Blasting Concept back in 2009 he was heavily influenced by Blast, but over the years the band has become more and more influenced by '70s rock while still retaining those original Blast influences. Blasting Concept has previously released an LP and a 7" on It's Alive, which are both sold out at this point. Blasting Concept is also featured in the June issue of Thrasher skate magazine! (Ebullition Records #61.5)

(discounted price) ECONOCHRIST - discography CDx2
Ebullition has decided to lower the price of this amazing discography CD in an attempt to get some more of these out into the world before the CD format disappears forever. A classic. And a great deal for a double CD that includes every single Econochrist song that was ever released! This double CD discography features forty-one Econochrist songs. It includes the Ruination LP, the Trained To Serve LP, the Skewed 7", the Another Victim 7", the It Runs Deep 7", as well as the songs from the Give Me Back comp LP, the Very Small World comp LPx2, the What Are You Pointing At? comp 10", and the songs from the split 7" that Econochrist did with The Detonators. (Ebullition Records #37 CD)

ORCHID - Dance Tonight!! 10" (black/yellow 50/50 vinyl)
Repressed! Ten blasts of chaotic fury and emotive noise on a cute little 10". The Orchid sound is even more aggressive than on their 12", and anyone that enjoyed any of their previous releases will be floored by these songs. Tuneful, vicious, throbbing, and chaotic hardcore played with finesse, heartfelt energy, and a wee bit of arty pretense. Repress of the Chaos is Me LP in the works as well. We went all out this time with each record being 50% black and 50% yellow (they were supposed to be 50/50 black/yellow, but the pressing plant did it wrong). (Ebullition #46)

JOHN HENRY WEST - Door Bolted Shut LP (comes with bonus CD)
Comes with a special spine wrap. In the works for what seems like an eternity, Ebullition finally brings the John Henry West discography into existence. John Henry West played 50 shows between the fall of 1992 and the late summer of 1993. Side A of the LP features the 4 tracks from their 7" on Gravity Records, and side B features their songs from the "3/12/93" compilation and "A History of Compassion and Justice?" compilation LP, as well as 2 previously unreleased songs. The bonus CD features the original 6 song demo, their final live show at the Gilman (7 tracks), and a live set that they played on WUSB Radio in July of 1993 (9 tracks). The LP comes with a CD sized booklet with lyrics and photos. John Henry West members also played in Fuel, Navio Forge, Bread & Circuits, Sawhorse, Torches To Rome, Sixteen Bullets, End of The Line, Please Inform The Captain This Is a Hijack, and plenty more! (Ebullition Records #60)