IFB Records is a DIY hardcore/punk label out of sunny Ft. Myers FL. This blog is intended as an easy way to check out the releases and hear them. The label web-site with all the ordering and pricing info, as well as a HUGE international distro is www.ifbrecords.com. Thanks for the support. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions/orders. I also buy used collections of records. Email me a list if you're selling a batch. Peace, Nevin
This is some UK emo of the first order. I'm talking 1995 Subjugation Records, Tree Records, Ida, Hated, September kinda emo. Both bands have a different take on the sound but both absolutely nail it. This is so refreshing - it brings me right back to being 17 and blasting Owltian Mia - I just keep flipping it over and over. Seriously if any of the aforementioned bands/labels means anything to you, then you absolutely cannot go wrong here. This is a split release with lots of labels - DIY cooperation forever. They are $12.
hails from Birmingham AL and features folks from Holiness Church of the Valley
and Coliseum. The album feels like an obscure ritual that would happen in
a desert, or something you might hear far away as you explore a cave.
Slow, dark, and brooding with a great sense of space and atmosphere. The
vocals sound like something Floor and Party of Helicopters might have
collaborated on if that makes any sense. This is a very unique sounding
record - there's some stoner influence, elements of indie, maybe a hazy Pink
Floyd feel, loud and heavy yet calm and airy. Very much worth a listen. This is a split with Dingleberry Records in Germany. They are $14.
Michigan once again belches forth another dose of venomous filth. Dakhma plays super heavy and raw black metal inspired punk with swirling riffs, punishing drums with a snare hand that won't quit, and hideous female vocals to top it all off. Occasional dark quiet passages allow you a moment here and there to breathe, but expect intensity in the vein of Cloud Rat gone black metal. No pretension, no act, just pure punk filth. These are screenprinted on inside out unused record covers to minimize resource use. This is a split release with All We Know Records. They are $10
Sigh Down One is from Montreal
and play a shoegaze/punk hybrid as if My Bloody Valentine hooked up with
Wymyn's Prysyn and old Nirvana and they were commissioned to write songs that could have been
on the Crow soundtrack. It's really really good - the gloom and haze of shoegaze
with the blown up guitars and nervous energy of todays better outsider punk. They are $12
Mrtex has a veteran of Yaphet
Kotto, Makara, Jenny Piccolo, and Anasazi and all these shine through.
They drop two tracks, one being a perfect combination of swirling
emo-violence with the noisy harshness of Makara. Their second track is a
gorgeous post-rocky haunted emo-dirge. People's Temple Project is a time
warp straight back to 1996 Ebullition and Mountain Records comps. Everything
about those 90's emo bands that grabbed me at 17 and still has me at nearly 40
years old is here. Screenprinted cover and hand-stamped center
labels. These are $4
and destructive, ‘Ambivalence’ features seven tracks between epic heaviness and
devastating speed from this San Antonio band. Characterized by an extreme sort
of screamo / hardcore with a metallic edge. The brutal vocals contrast with the
beautiful guitar work, and make this LP stand out as a true masterpiece of the
tumultuous screamo / emo-violence genre.Fans of Honeywell and Shikari take note.
A strong DIY aesthetic, with hand-screened reused, reversed and re-glued LP
Lentic Waters from
Munster, Germany has been flattening forests with their swirling wall of sound for
a few years now. This monster of an LP
continues with huge and heavy screamo laced hardcore coupled with epic building
instrumental passages bringing elements of post-metal and doom to the
table. Definitely a dark and emotional
masterpiece, complete with a large lyrics booklet with some additional writings. Split label release with IFB Records, React
With Protest, Maniyax, Suspended Soul, Deadwood, and Zegema Beach. These are $10.
Bleed The Pigs and Thetan, two of Nashville's finest grindcore ensembles, are inheritors of a rich grind legacy that includes forefather firebrands like Extreme Noise Terror, Repulsion, and early Napalm Death down through Cloud Rat and Iron Lung, and their vicious strengths are on full aural display for this split release. Fifteen politically astute and fucking furious tracks race by in around twenty minutes? Sorry, they just don't have the luxury to fuck around.
Bleed The Pigs' side of the disc is full-on sprinting, grimy extremity. Vicious, blown-out instrumentation and manic, throat-shredding vocals alternate between racing to the cliff to jump and vicious thrashy breakdowns. More so than Thetan, BTP introduce elements of noise and structural meltodown while still reveling in filthy grooves. Time to mosh yet? Sorry, fuck you, it's over.
Bass/drums duo Thetan whip up an unholy racket that is this weird mix of precise and rashly ill-tempered. No song is over two minutes yet somehow they find the time to fit in these micro jams that are incredible. Vocals are delivered in an urgent, shredded scream. Two collaborative tracks are beyond visceral and seal the deal that this is state of the art powerviolence. These days, if you pay even the slightest attention to the world, anger is less a gift than a fucking obligation.
Packaging includes a re-used inside out screen printed jacket, with hand-stamped spine, screen-printed poster on hand-cut waste paper, screen-printed patch, lyrics insert, and killer centerlabel etchings.
Kentucky's Elsinores' debut album Dreams Of Youth was a dark, tense, explosive body of songcraft, showcasing a fully formed creative sensibility, that might be difficult to top - and yet one mere year later they've fulfilled all that early promise by neatly sidestepping the curse of the Difficult. Second. Album. with "New Forms." How did they do it? From the sound of things, listened to a lot of postpunk, drank a lot of coffee and did a lot of midnight wandering down deserted streets in grey raincoats. Cigarettes optional. Elsinores circa "New Forms" are bleak and cinematic in scope. The lineup has solidified around the Oasis-brothers-but-not-shitty (Or the for real Ramones? Dunno, but their interplay on and off stage can be comedy gold) tandem of Joey and Jon Elsinore handling vocals, guitar, and bass and the permanent addition of West Virginian wildman J. Marinelli on drums and vocals. So you've got an unhinged new spin on the "power trio" lineup with everyone bashing away gleefully and physically at the same time AND three vocalists.
Like all old goths, I'm hearing everything from early Cure circa "17 Seconds," to Merchandise, to Echo and the Bunnymen (esp "The Cutter"), to Misfits, to Chameleons and Husker Du. And despite that disparate set of influences, and probably even more I couldn't detect lurking in the respective Elsinore and Marinelli vaults, this is a incredibly cohesive album-as-album. Brittle guitar lines, liquid silver basslines, the Danzig croon of Joey Elsinore, frenetic cavestomp drums, doo-wop-goes-punk style backing vocals, and then weird, dubby experimental breaks,and a wide-eyed appreciation of silence and space in the songs.
Everything fits neatly and fully. "New Forms" is nervy as fuck and accidentally anthemic in all the best ways, where you're not really trying to rally anyone because you kind of hate everyone, but it happens anyway when the tunes are THIS good.
Another lovely little split derived from a great friendship from across the oceans. Autarkeia is from Ft. Myers FL and drops one epic track of pained, heavy emo - giant riffs and chaotic intensity complete with furious female vocals. Made of half Jiyuna and half Merkit personnel. Republic of Dreams hails from Germany and Poland and play maniacal emo-violence of the first order - swirling chaos and pounding filth have never sounded so good. 4 tracks in about 4 minutes on their side and there is no time for breathing - pure mastery of the genre from the masters - ex Resurrectionists and Louise Cyphre. These are screenprinted, and it's a split release with Zegema Beach, Suspended Soul, IFB, React with Protest, and Moment of Collapse. They are $5 in an order or $7ppd alone.
Cloud Rat's 3rd full length and IFB's 8th release for the band, is another absolute masterpiece of venomous grinding hardcore fury. This MI based trio has toured relentlessly and has never failed to keep their sound fresh and interesting, despite being super prolific. This record adds the noise skills of Brandon Hill to great effect, just upping the ante. Madison's vocals again spew hideous poisons unknown since ancient ages, and Adrian has managed to hit the drums harder in an absolutely punishing performance. Rorik drops riff after riff, taking it from grinding intensity to chugging crunch. Seriously, just get this. These are $10 in an order or $13ppd alone. Split release with Halo of Flies, 7 Degrees, Moment of Collapse, and React with Protest.
Le Almeida hails from Rio in Brasil and has been super active pumping out lo-fi indie/grunge/punk for years now. If you have heard the Tape Rec - Death Friends LP, this is from the same minds and should be right up your alley. This record is just absolutely perfect raw pop - if you want to feel like you're in a convertible on your way to the beach, this is the perfect soundtrack. All art features Le's amazing collage work. Truly if stuff like Guided By Voices, Built to Spill, Butterglory, Pixies, Sonic Youth, and 90's indie in general spark your interest, this is guaranteed to please. Aysia says it might be her favorite album ever. These are $12 in an order or $16ppd on their own.
Tampa FL's Recreant dish out their second LP of blackened hardcore.They seamlessly blend the best of dark
hc/crust with harsh screamo influences from the late 90's.Add very well placed and textured violin work
and passionate political lyrics/vocals and you kind of can't lose here.
Old Soul is back
from the icy pits of Michigan to deliver another epic dose of massive post rock
infused hardcore. This is their heaviest
and most intense material to date and blasts away with massive power. Germany's Lentic Waters continue with their
ultra heavy atmospheric hardcore, combining a dark oppressive mood with bits of
chaos and doomy breakdowns. This is
housed in a beautifully screenprinted fold-up sleeve. These are $11 in an order or $15ppd alone.
blastbeat lunatics are back with their 5th studio album - The Last
Defence. This LP has 14 hideous
bulldozer tracks somewhere in the neighborhood of Misery Index, Marduk, Nasum,
or early Deicide - the perfect mix of straight up death metal and grinding
blast. Gorgeous cover art by Florian
Furtkamp. These are sold out.
US vs. UK in an epic emo collaberation here. Autarkeia from Ft. Myers FL plays dark and moody emo with passionate female vocals coupled with powerful lyrics. The material on this split is often darker and heavier than the first LP, using brooding, building riffs then blast beating it into oblivion. Hailing from Kent, UK, Me and Goliath play frantic driving emo with the perfect mix of raw energy and desperation. Take the modern driving emo sound and stir in a good dose of Assfactor 4 and you're in the neighborhood. These are packaged in a screenprinted fold up sleeve with a photo inserted into the cover. This is a split release from IFB, React With Protest, and City 17 Records. They are $11 in an order or $15ppd alone.
Denmark, Whorls deliver a beast of a debut LP on a bunch of labels from around
the world. Founded in 2011, Whorls (with
members of Putrifier) play a modern/post style of black metal and atmospheric
darkened hardcore with hideous chaos and sludgy outbursts. After a killer demo and 7" they attack
again with an absolutely massive full length.
If you are into Celeste, Hexis, or Rorcal this is definitely for
you. Comes in a beautiful gatefold
cover. These are $13 in an order or
Tape Rec hails from Rio in Brasil and I got really lucky a
while ago to get a random email list message from Le Almeida's label Transfusao
Noise (Very worth checking out), and hearing Tape Rec was like a perfect trip
back to raw 90's grunge/indie/punk. This record really just has all the
influences that a kid getting into music in the 90's would want - it's got the
raw stripped down lo-fi sound that bands like The Breeders and Butterglory do,
with occasional noised out mania of Sonic Youth or Pixies. The vocals are
pure sugary gold, and even come with the occasional Screeching Weasel style
guitar lead. Seriously, this is just the catchiest, most infectious stuff
with a perfect raw production - no polish here at all - perfect grunge pop for
this punk heart!!! If you dig this one, definitely check out Le's other
bands - all of which are in this genre and rule. These are $10 in an
order or $14ppd all alone. Get in touch for wholesale or trades.
This is Old Soul's first output, finally put to vinyl after circulating on tours in CD format. Expect crushing screamo inspired post-metal with quiet gorgeous interludes, layered guitar work and the pounding drums from Adrian of Cloud Rat. Michigan wins again and again. This record will follow the packaging format of their first two releases with a screenprinted inner sleeve, booklet and outer sleeve. These are $12 in an order or $16ppd alone.
Michigan's Old Soul return with 2 long tracks of their genius screamo/post metal mastery with bits of post-black metal thrown in the mix as well. This has a gigantic, epic sound with intricate layers of guitar work backed by crushing drums. Nic (they don't really have a name - Nic means nothing) hail from the Czech Republic and play some epic post-black metal in the realm of bands like Fell Voices or Ash Borer. This is a great pairing as each band shares a good bit of influences but each takes it a different way. These are sold out.
Czeck Republic's post black metal masters Marnost are back again, this time with a more experimental track that is rooted in their atmospheric black metal sound, but less structured and more focused on creating a mood. This haunting track crafts a bleak and forlorn image and is very powerful. Slovenia's Leechfeast drop a track of doomy sludgy punk that could trace roots to some Black Sabbath style guitar, but this is much darker and gloomier. You might call it dungeon punk as it alternates between a slow Sabbathy riff coupled with creepy whispered, yet hoarse vocals and beatdowns of lethal sludge straight out of the mire. This is an international cooperative release with 7 labels. These are sold out.
Another awesome pairing of bands on this 7” slab. Pine Barrens from the UK made a huge impression with their Kingmaker lp last year and the two tracks on here are in that same vein. Technical metallish hardcore rage which is hard to classify but if you want names i’ll say bands like Rorschach and Botch will cover some of it. Listen and judge yourself but i’m incredibly proud to partcipate in a release by these gents. They are simply briljant. Grinding Halt come forth with one longer track which combines everything they do so well. Mixing all the good stuff from hardcore, punk, sludge and metal with some high pitched vocals on top. Topnotch hardcore vinyl with killer artwork from Marald to finish it off. These are $5 in an order or $7ppd on their own.
Marnost hail from Czech Republic and have been creating a unique style of atmospheric anarcho black metal for a while now. This effort is one long track, recorded originally as a soundtrack for a short film. Harsh layers of feedback give way to a gorgeous and foreboding build-up, finally lashing you with a wall of noise drenched black metal. Truly an excellent listening experience. Hungary's Oaken drop 2 long tracks of heavy and dark hardcore, influenced as much by His Hero is Gone style bludgeoning as more modern epic post-metal. The mood goes from grinding/beating hardcore to more atmospheric parts complete with haunting singing. This is co-released by many different labels from the US, Canada, and Europe - DIY cooperation forever! They are $12 in an order or $15ppd alone.
This is the 7th release I've done with Cloud Rat, so really what more can I say? They are definitely one of the best bands of our time in the grind/hardcore genre. They've toured relentlessly and are genuine, honest punks that I'm proud to call my friends. These 4 songs are among their most vicious, keeping true to their perfect blend of grinding fury and scathing heavy hardcore, all topped with Madison's signature lyrics and bile. Orgullo Primitivo hails from Texas and Stephan drops one long track of powerful experimental grindcore. It begins with hypnotic and intense spoken word and devolves into crisp and precise blasts of drum/vocal grind. Both sides of the cover feature ambrotype photos by Ginger that only add to the sense of foreboding and disease that this record conveys. These are $5 in an order or $7ppd alone.
Neither of these bands needs much introduction as I've done releases for both in the past, but I'll be damned if they're not in top form here. Resurrectionists are as swirly and chaotic as ever, bludgeoning you with hideous grind filth that manages to somehow maintain that special something that makes you raise both arms and bathe in the glory of all things punk. Gentle Art of Chokin' managed to find a way to play even faster and devise new ways to melt human skin, slowing down only to stir the pot of your stinking melted innards. This reminds you that you are a filthy mammal and punishment is what you deserve. Meaningful powerful lyrics seal the deal. This beast is housed in a terrifying gatefold cover, and oh yeah, the labels are switched but since we're punks and don't give a shit we're rolling with it rather than wasting more plastic. This was co-released with React With Protest and Moment of Collapse. These are sold out.
South Carolina has always been a breeding ground for unique sounding punk, and TETOG give us something really special here. Take a blackened crust base but inform it through a lens of harsh emo, and combine it with a kind of moody oppressive ambience, and you can start to imagine it. The final track is a massive building epic - dark melody with harsh vocals throughout - this stuff rules. It's a split release with All We Know, Get Better, and Anti-Corp Records. These are sold out. http://tetog.bandcamp.com/
Another band that needs no introduction to these esteemed readers - Bloomington's Rat Storm play ripping hc/punk that hits you in all the spots that want that, all the while upping the level in terms of being a meaningful use of resources. Read these lyrics and get to know the art - check out Kathe Kollwitz - my favorite artist. If you're at all interested in blistering punk that is actually saying something relevant, Rat Storm is carrying the banner in fine form, plus they know southern hospitality despite probably being half frozen as I type. It's on random colored vinyl so you get cool colors with no collector bullshit! It's a co-release with Profane Existence and Reality is a Cult. These are $4 on their own or $6.50ppd alone. http://ratstorm.bandcamp.com/album/empty-hands for fun and excitement.
First full length by these Lexington KY guys. This record is a perfect exploration of post punk and garage pop but infused with plenty of punk energy and urgency. The packaging is made of inside out used/screenprinted record jackets, with some copies printed on recycled stock paper. This is a split release with Karmic Swamp, Human Crush, Hip Kid, and Dead Tank. The review below says it better than I can -
“There’s something going on here. When an album starts off with “Unlearn,” a frantic, frenzied burst of a song that’s only one repeated line before immolating itself, just like Wire at their best, followed by “Cult Of Youth,” boasting an epic college rock hook caked in infinite reverb and smeared tones, the mind starts picking up sonic tracks and traces. Lexington, Kentucky’s Elsinores remind me of many things, but lack the patchwork quilt musical assemblage quality that so many younger band fall prey to. Nothing is given away.
“Dreams Of Youth” is a dark album, let’s be clear. Goth goes to the garage maybe? I don’t want to sound too glib, because this is a damn fine album. Listen for whispers of Pixies, the Wipers, Samhain, Lost Sounds, Echo And The Bunnymen, and the Damned. I’m particularly taken by the inventive combinations deep within Elsinores’ musical DNA. A full-throated vocal delivery that calls to mind Dave Vanian, a sonic palette of guitar sounds blurred and obscured by effects, and bass/drums that are whip smart and solid, rumbling foundation.
“Dreams Of Youth” is about hitting back against despair, even though in the back of your mind you know that it’s going to end in tears.”
Review from Matthew Moyer / Popinhil
Listen here - http://theelsinores.bandcamp.com/album/dreams-of-youth
Sadly, these Londoners have already called it quits, but this is one of those releases like the Fracaso demo where I heard it and just had to make a US edition - sometimes these things can't be helped. This comes from members of diverse bands like Lich and Good Throb and play a perfectly fucked up style of punk. The comparison that I have to make is with the Death Wish Kids in the sense that the production value is shit yet perfect, and everything has this total disregard for human life yet manages to pull off the best sound you've heard. These pro made tapes are packaged in legit old UK tourist postcards - each is different (read: cool but without collector limited shit, like yours is unique but not more valuable than another, like how people should be). These are $4 in an order or $6.50ppd on their lonesome.
Remek hail from the Czech Republic and deliver 4 tracks of harsh, powerful emo. Gruff vocals complement the chaos as they perfectly blend the swirly emo chaos sound with heavier hardcore. Paper Plane Crash fly in from Slovenia and drop 5 bombs of raw and catchy driving emo with vocals reminiscent of Former Members of Alfonsin. Both bands have sincere and meaningful lyrics with additional writings as well in a large booklet. The covers are painted, then screenprinted and look amazing. Both of these bands are serious about DIY and building an alternative culture and definitely keep my faith in punk alive! This release is a cooperation between 11 labels. They are $10 in an order or $13ppd alone.
Michigan's Old Soul return with 4 new massive sprawling
tracks.This one hones their post-rock
atmospheric tinged screamo sound to a fine blade.Building, haunting, dark passages give way to
overwhelming power complete with blasting wall of sound parts.The packaging is another art project with a
booklet filled with etchings, a screenprinted inner jacket and an outer jacket
with lyrics and a vellum obi-strip.This is an international
cooperation release with Eastrain (France), Listen to Aylin (Norway), Dog
Knights (UK), and Dingleberry (Germany). These are $10 in an order or $13ppd alone.
This is a one sided LP from Boston's finest powerviolent hardcore outfit. This one just hits you in all the right places, dropping ripping HC riffs in between crushing plods, only to then whip you into shape with a riff perfect in its ability to bring you back to your Neanderthal genetic past and just wreck things in a furious frenzy. All this mess is fronted with Krystina's venomous vocals which are scathing critiques all backed up with nice explanations on the insert. Just like it should be. The packaging features great artwork from Ryan and extensive screenprinting and stamping work. This is a split release with Not Normal (Chicago) and Parade of Spectres (UK). These are sold out.
Alright y'all, so you know that 90's emo is where my heart lies, but I'm old and have most of those records by now and rely on the odd band to actually nail that sound to continue to justify my existence. Well, count me in for a few more years cause this Alabama crew has dropped a true gem on us. This has it all - the slight noisiness, vocals right on the verge of screaming and yelling that sound like they're coming from the next room, and the occasional nod to hardcore ala Assfactor 4, and just the right amount of chaos without getting noodly. Honestly, if you were at all perked when I said 90's emo, this is for you. Split release with House of Love and Spring Street records. These are sold out. http://hcotv.bandcamp.com/album/not-of-the-flock-ep
Tampa FL's Landbridge knows how to put it all together to create dark melodic crust worth remembering. They've listened to enough Ekkaia, Alpinist, Requiem and the like and on this little 4 song platter they drop the gamut on us - everything from galloping D-Beat, ripping HC, charging crust riffs, leads, pounding beat downs, and did I mention pick slides? Male and female vocals dropping passionate, relevant lyrics round it all out. The jacket is screen printed on hand cut waste paper to reduce resource use and its a split label effort with IFB, All We Know, Get Better, and Fill The Void. These are sold out.
This long awaited release finally sees the light of day. Two European emo powerhouses flail away on both sides. Captain YSIS plays emo in the more 90's pleading, driving, yet on the verge of falling apart style that has always been a key to my musical heart. Black Everest take a dose of screamo but bring it a lot of heavier influences as well, going for a more direct knock-out blow. It comes housed in an absolutely gorgeous gatefold jacket. This is a split release with 50 Year Storm, Moment of Collapse, and Win Htein. These are $12 in an order or $15ppd alone. I only have 30 copies so don't wait super long.
is a hardworking band with this, their first vinyl release. Recreant seamlessly
blends a base of dark HC/crust with harsh late 90's style screamo. It has dark
emotional power but never cease pounding with crushing heaviness and hints of
metal from time to time. What really makes this band stand out is the violin
work which really drives it along. This is not just the token violin note here
and there to give it a an epic sound - this is a substantive addition to the
sound and really adds power. The vocals are duel male/female harsh screams and
totally make this perfect for me. These are screenprinted on inside out used
record jackets to reduce resource use. This is a split release with IFB,
Dingleberry, All We Know, and Panda Banda. These are $9 in an order or $12ppd on their own.
This beast pummels away with hideous grinding HC filth and
ups the ante of all their previous work. There's even some haunting singing
(granted, it devolves into venomous fury but it's there and is really cool) and
some dark instrumental work, diversifying the sound on the LP. This record is
housed in another inside out used record sleeve to conserve resources and is
screenprinted and re-glued. That makes it more punk and less hip which rules.
Anyway, it's also a split release with Halo of Flies in the US and in Europe it
will be released by React With Protest and 7 Degrees Records - Europeans check
those labels. These are $9 in an order or $12ppd alone.
From Fort Wayne IN, Parasitic Twins play a style of HC
rooted in the Black Flag/Poison Idea style with plenty of weird riffings going
on - not at all run of the mill HC riffs. The vocals on top are tough as fuck
with tons of anger as well as a fun mocking tone. Nate might be more pissed at
our culture than I am. This is really, really good and is definitely worth
supporting. These are a split release with Reality is a Cult and Black Heart Mountain. They sold out.
Michigan's Old Soul effortlessly combine genres to put forth
a seriously epic set of screamed hardcore.Dark atmospheric parts and haunting post rock quickly devolve into heavy
blasting hardcore, often infused with a distinct black metal element.Harsh, throat shredding screams complement
this perfectly.These are on pink or
purple marble vinyl in a thick inner sleeve with 4 screen prints.A wraparound cover and a big art and lyrics
booklet round it out.Michigan wins
again.This is a split release with
Eastrain and Dingleberry Records. They are sold out.
Bloomington's Closet Burner feature most members of Rat Storm and slash through 12 tracks of pissed queer positive hardcore, most under a minute long. If short, fast, and loud is on your menu and you'd like a good dose of thought and constructive anger thrown in as well, this raging plate serves up the goods. These one sided LP's come in a screen printed cover with an insert with lyrics and writing, and the B-side is screen printed as well, showing through the clear or pink vinyl. This is a split release with Reality is a Cult and Number 1 in Punk. These are $8 in an order or $11ppd alone.
US vs. Germany on this massive split. I have to say that Cloud Rat is the best US hardcore band going - their live set should not be missed as they deliver yet another round of venomous grinding hardcore filled with palpable anger and emotion. They just keep getting better and if you haven't heard any of their stuff before, you are missing out big time. Republic of Dreams is from Germany and rip through wild bursts of emo-violence with all the swirling riffs and high end chords you'd expect from these veterans of Louise Cyphre and Resurrectionists. This is chaos done to perfection, and the dark, long samples add to the feeling of tension. This has a lyrics booklet and a cover screen printed on recycled paper. This is a split release with React with Protest, Moment of Collapse, and 50 Year Storm. These are sold out
Rotting Palms hail from the depths of Tampa, keeping true to that cities storied past of heavy and mean hardcore. These young punks take a powerful, plodding approach, focusing on bludgeoning riffs and pounding drums with vocals in the His Hero is Gone school. This is the kind of crust influenced heavy hardcore that makes me close my eyes and bob my head with clenched fists. The package is screenprinted on waste paper. These are $4 in an order or $6ppd on their own.
A constellation of two German monoliths - both unique in what they do – still a harmonizing team. The A side shows Planks taking yet another step away from their Hardcore roots. In the vein of their last output The Darkest Of Grays, they deliver their unique blend of gloomy, melody ridden, downtuned heaviness that incooperate aspects of Doom, Black Metal and Dark Wave - but this time they even go one step further and take on Grunge methodologies in Leave And Never Come Back. All they did on their last records finds its way into these three tracks but everything seems more organized, filtered, more mature and in better sound.
Lentic Waters' B side of the split delivers the first three new songs after their impressive first s/t LP. The still fairly new band took the time on the road during the weeks of tours they spent, to distinguish what they are capable of and what they do best. Those tracks bring their facets of grinding emoviolence, double-bass frenzy and super catchy melodies. Also the sound of the recording improved and therefore offers the listener a better inside into what this band is able to. Three string instruments that play three different things at the same time just to have one big harmony in the end. Melodies shattered by ravishing outbursts to flow into massive, epic endings. It should be interesting to see how much more this band has to offer in the future seeing the transition they undertook in such short time. This is a split release with React with Protest and Apocaplexy. These are $10 in an order or $13ppd on their own.
Fracaso is from Caracas Venezuela and rips through 7 tracks of raw anarcho-punk seething with frustration. Simple pounding riffs pummel away with a classic sound, backed up with mostly D-beat drumming and reverbed out vocals. Their song "Paranoia" is an absolute classic, bringing to mind Cervix and Nerveskade at the same time. Released in Venezuela by Cabeza de Vaca Records, I liked it so much I asked to do a US version. These are sold out.
Republic of Dreams comes from Germany and brings the European emo-violence sound you know and love. It goes from frantic and wild to a momentary let-up, only to swirl away again a moment later. Members of Resurrectionists and Louise Cyphre are responsible, so you know the drill. Beau Navire are from the US and are no strangers to this sound either, combining melody and chaos in masterful fashion. These are sold out.
Download Republic of Dreams here - Republic of Dreams I don't have the Beau Navire tracks yet.
Panzram and Shoppers come together for a noisy punk parade on this little platter. Syracuse NY's Shoppers play the catchiest noise drenched punk you've ever heard, totally drawing you in with riffs that just remain in your head for days. All that backed up by great vocal work - haunting and full of attitude. Panzram returns from Ft. Myers FL to dish out another dose of mean and ugly non-traditional HC laced with hints of post-punk. If bands like Pollution, Walls, and Drugs of Faith are your thing, you will be right at home with Panzram's offerings. The packaging is screen-printed with 5 prints. This is a split release with Feeble Mind and IFB. These wrecks are $5 alone in an order or $6.50 ppd.
Hexis is from Denmark and plays some seriously heavy and oppressive hardcore/black metal hybrid. It's just an absolute wall of crushing guitar with almost constant double bass. It's not at a super fast pace though, so the double bass has this overpowering sense to it rather than just being a blur. The drummer also plays the floor tom as a snare most of the time, so the blasting feels even more low-end. The vocals are ugly throaty filth that bring to mind the UK's Vuur. This doesn't sound quite like anything else, but if you like the Bremen-sound German HC bands, or stuff like Acrid, this should be right up your alley. As heavy and ugly as they come. This is a split release with IFB Records, Panda Banda, Orchid Scent, Parade of Spectres, and Maximum Douglas. These are sold out
Japan's Vespera offer 2 demos on this release. This is some of the catchiest raw punk you're likely to hear, crafted by punk veterans of bands like DSB. Sung female vocals complement catchy melodic hardcore punk riffs with the odd growl in between. If you're into bands like Ballast or Masshysteri or Preying Hands you will definitely dig this. The J-card is a 2 color screen print on paper recovered from the trash. These are sold out.
Bloominton IN's Rat Storm slash through 6 tracks of furious HC/powerviolence. They make great use of a grinding intensity as well as crushing riffs with that almost out of control sound that brings a sense of urgency and anger. Pissed female vocals front the onslaught, thoughtfully covering such topics as sexuality, prisons, and capitalism, all with additional explanatory writing. Packaging is screen printed on hand cut waste paper to minimize resource use and most insert paper was dumpstered as well. This is a split release with Blackheart Mountain and Plan-it-X Records. They are sold out.