A note on getting in touch about wholesale: I don't want to buy your shit. See how I've got a huge distro here? Know how that was built up? TRADING. Who the fuck are you to expect that I'll want to give you cash money for your stuff? See if I want to buy stuff off you, I'll let you know! I very seldom turn down trades because I think it's a fundamental part of the survival of underground know what ISN'T? Some wee Johnny-come-lately releasing some crap LP and having the priveleged, expectant attitude that we all owe them a living. Course we do? Course we don't! Fuck off. I'm warning you cos see when I do get emails like this to which I respond with "can't afford to buy but happy to trade" and you dare to send me back a "Hey man, yeah we don't trade! But I'll do you a good deal lol", you WILL get an absolute fucking roasting in return. So think beyond yourselves and don't be selfish twats, the "scene" is bigger than all of you and always will be.

CDs/7"s/TAPES:£1.50 for first,50p each one thereafter in UK.
LPs: £3.50 for first, £1 each thereafter in UK

CDs/7"s/TAPES:£4 for first,£1 each one thereafter Europe
LPs: £7.50 for first, £2.50 each thereafter Europe

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New stuff in comes first in the list, so you know what's fresh in at At War Towers. Everything else after that is ordered by format in the following order: LPs, 7"s, CDs, tapes, CDrs, DVDs, zines etc.

You can search for stuff by clicking CTRL+F. Easy! A lot of folk have moaned that this list is cumbersome and annoying to read but you know what? Tough shit. I've spent ten years now listing distro up on here and I hold the idea of actually listening to stuff I get in and giving an opinion on it very dear. Hardly any other distro in the world does this, cos nobody's got an opinion on anything any more other than how many units they can shift and how cool they look posing in daft leather spiky outfits. I spent my youth going through distro lists I got in the mail, reading about bands I'd never heard of and sending off for stuff based on what some guy on the other side of the world thought of it, and this distro list is an unapologetic continuation of that idea. This is underground music, we should be ENCOURAGING communication, I kinda like getting to know the people who buys records off me. I don't want to just see a Paypal payment in my inbox then ship yer gear out. If you want some middle-class fucking coffee-table vinyl boxset and the ability to pay via credit card without actually communicating with a human being, stick to the Nuclear War Nigels or Hell's Ballbangers.



AFTERNOON GENTLEMEN - Afternoon Gentlemen 12" [Dead Heroes]

Great full-length (well, it's still a 45 but their songs are dead short!) from one of the UK's best proponents of fast. White vinyl. £8

ARMAGEDOM - Sem Esperancas LP [Insane Society]

Armagedom have been going for years (check out their first LP from 1984, Silencio Funebre and be BLOWN AWAY!), and they've never gone away, releasing records every few years to little fanfare. As a label who's been releasing records to little fanfare I can totally respect that! This just sounds like it should: totally old-school and with none of the crappy new production a lot of older band favour; raging vocals, razor-sharp's magic! Highly recommended. £8

ARMAGEDOM - 10 Mil Anos De Terror LP [Insane Society]

Great raging fast hardcore from Brazil. Raging stuff. £8

BISMUTH - The Slow Dying Of The Great Barrier Reef LP [Dry Cough]

Great new album from these masters of ultra-slow, insanely loud ultra-doom. On white vinyl. £10

BLACK FLAG - Jealous Again 10" [SST]

One of the greatest punk EPs ever recorded, this is Flag's only output with Ron Reyes and picks up the pieces of their aborted first full-length. I can't really describe anything on this other than to say it's perfect. The most important hardcore punk band ever; if this isnae in your record collection you don't have a clue, pal! Sort it out. £10

BODY VOID - You Will Know The Fear You Forced Upon Us 12" [Dry Cough]

Pretty standard ultra-slow doom with the odd "core" fast bit coming in and shrieking Iron Monkey-ish vox. I like the horrible guitar tone, very heavy. £8

BUZZOV.EN - To A Frown LP [Behind The Mountain]

One of the greatest sludge bands, always thought Buzzov.en had a bit more of an accessible sound than say, Eyehategod. I remember when I first got Sore as a teenager being a bit gutted and thinking it sounded like Alice In Chains or something in comparison to the brutal nihilism of EHG, but you've got to take this in context of the late 80s/early 90s, think about Pessimiser bands, noise rock, stuff like 16 etc and you can see the massive influence Buzzov.en had. Listening to this now for the first time in absolute years it's still absolute fuckin class actually, would defo recommend picking it up. £10

CARDINAL'S FOLLY - Deranged Pagan Sons LP [Topillo]

These guys are from Finland and play doom metal. They are NOT Reverend Bizarre but if you were to walk into a room and here this playing you'd be forgiven for thinking they were. It's decent stuff that makes me think of a heavier COD by Saint Vitus. Decent gear; if you like punchy doom metal then this will be up your strasse. £8

CELLGRAFT - Cellgraft one-sided LP [RSR]

Very intense, focussed and RAW grind. Short. Sharp. Shock! £8

DICTATOR - Dysangelist 2xLP [Aesthetic Death]

Epic funeral doom with a black metal production and aesthetic here. If you liked Nortt then you'll definitely be into this. Really grim stuff which sounds like it could conjure a Tolkein ring wraith. Double vinyl in a really heavy-duty package, usual ultra-high standards of presentation from AD. £14


Minimal, droning doom. Much as I find a lot of this kinda stuff really boring, there's a mournful quality to this that does actually have a semblence of the original doom bands and what made them good, so I'm onboard with these fellas. If only they had tunes about the Old Testament and had a singer who sounded like Rob Lowe! £8

EVIDENCE SMRTI - Demo 2008 one-sided 12" [Insane Society]

Raw crushing crust metal. Great packaging with a die-cut sleeve and a cool screen printed B-side showing through. £8

EVIDENCE SMRTI - Evidence Smrti LP [Insane Society]

Great stuff which builds on their excellent demo (above). Dark, raw crusty hardcore with a real metal sound. £8

EXIT 13 FEATURING BLISS BLOOD - Smoking Songs LP [Behind The Mountain]

Subtitled "13 Songs Of Refer Madness". Love how they didn't change this spelling error on the reissue; unsure if the label also don't know how to spend "reefer". I guess if you smoke a lot of funny fags it impedes yer ability to spell cos you're too busy talking endless boring incomprehensible shite and eating Monster Munch. Anyway, Exit 13 were a great grind band from the 90s featuring all manner of premier league grinders amongst their ranks, and this one features Pain Teens vocalist Bliss Blood. ON PAPER, and excellent prospect. This however is not a grind record and instead is a kinda comedy loungue album of covers of songs about weed. You may have gotten this from any comments I ever make on stoner culture, but I find it entirely tiresome, find spending time with stoners incredibly irritating, and any form of stoner comedy makes me want to smash everyone involved over the head with a Youth Of Today LP. So honestly, I find this to be one of the most annoying things I've heard in ages, and presumably I never got it when I was a kid because I wasn't a childish fucking idiot like anyone who might gain any enjoyment from this plop. That said, if yer a personality-free smelly loser who loves talking about how much they smoke, knock yerself out, hippy! £10


RESTOCK! Extortion: you know the score by now, raging grind/PV in the vein of Siege and Infest, these guys have been mega-prolific in the past couple of years and this is another good split to add to the collection! Cold World have been going about for over 20 years now and still come out with old-school fast thrashcore with the odd PV bass lead and fist-pumping chorus. Good stuff! Clear vinyl. £8

FISSURE / SHACKLES - Split 10" [Dead Heroes]

Fissure: shredding guitar work shrieking fastcore. Shackles: much thicker PV sound with those MITB plodding bits and heavy bass parts. Like em a lot!! £7

MATTIN - Songbook #7 LP [Munster]

I'm not gonna try and dissect the ART behind this cos I'll be honest, I've not given it more than one listen and I feel much of Mattin's stuff requires you to really get inside it and think about what's going on. Musically, there is a lot of spoken word here and the lyrics often seem to be political allusions/confusing rhetoric ("Liberals listen to Leonard Cohen", "Dark....Dick Cheyney.....SATAN!"); musically we have a stellar cast of improvisors channelling the words with some blasting skronk. As with all Mattin's work, this is a difficult one, but his stuff always endures! £8

MAUSOLEUM - Back From The Funeral LP [Behind The Mountain]

Ultra old-school death metal from a bunch of scene vets (members of Incantation, Morpheus Descends). Great early Death/Autopsy/Deceased-style stuff going on here. Vocals are amazing! £8

MORKHIMMEL - Ostri Cerne Kosy Zni LP [Insane Society]

Crust core with an early 90s swedish death metal guitar tone. £8

MORKHIMMEL / THE TOWER - Split LP [Insane Society]

Dark crusty hardcore from Morkhimmel meets doom metal from The Tower. I've had stuff in by them before and realy like em, they have a definite 90s euro-doom vibe to them. Weird combo of bands but a nice contrast! £8

OVERCHARGE - Speedsick LP [Insane Society]

Metal punk which is pretty much just Motorhead. If you dig Motorhead I'd be astonished if you didn't at least enjoy this fleetingly. It doesnae have the charm or tunes of Motorhead but it's enjoyable to chuck on! £8

PASCAGOULA - The Path/Cross/The Aftermath LP [Dry Cough]

Really dig this, sounds like Jesus Lizard but heavier and with slow, sludgey bits. £10

SHEEVA YOGA / DOG EGGS - Split 12" [Dead Heroes]

Power violence/fastcore from both bands. Dog Eggs make me think of a faster Lawnwmower Deth, they're a bit daft really. £8

SLUTET - Livet Dodar Min Sjal LP [Insane Society]

Dual-vocal crust-core from Sweden, featuring members of Warcollapse. £8

SONS OF ISHMAEL - Mimsy With The Borogoves 10" [Sell-Out Activities]

Managed to get my hands on a bunch of dead stock of this rager from 1990, all unplayed! Sons Of Ishmael were a hardcore band from Toronto who came out as the first wave of hardcore was dying (their debut 7 came out in 1985), and unlike DOA who left Canada altogether, or Nomeansno who got major distribution and toured all over, SoI remained under-the-radar, and like a lot of later-80s HC bands found more of an audience in Europe than North America. Their Pariah Martyr Demands A Sacrifice is to me one of the finest Canuck hardcore LPs ever recorded, and whilst this isn't uite as good, it's got some great tunes and real dry humour. Bargain, gettit! £5

THE TEMPLE / ACOLYTES OF MOROS - Strength For A New Dawn / The Bitter Wind 12" [Topillo]

Temple: these guys rule, absolutely great epic doom metal! No screaming vocals or feedback here, just total hymns of solemnity and twin leads with soaring chorus vocals. Love it! Acolytes Of Moros is still doom but has a much rawer production and harsher vocals. It's very bleak but the thin sound is totally blown away by the majesty of the Temple side. Worth it for them alone, though. £8

TOE TAG - Toe Tag LP [Behind The Mountain]

Essentially The Accused under a different name (they are now known as "Accused AD"), this recording originally came out as a split CD nearly 10 years ago and is resurrected as a single-sided 12". Musically, it's really not a million miles away from The Accused and is much better than the "new" Accused with BRAD from Burning Witch (!) on vocals. It does have "tribute" artwork (Earth AD) which I'm never a big fan of. Yer legends yourselves guys, no need to pay homage to anybody else eh! £10

VARIOUS - Communal Grave No. 3 LP + zine [Dead Heroes]

Third in this always-excellent series of LPs/zines features big features on all the bands and more. This one features music by and words on: ACxDC, Horsebastard, Fissure, The Kill, Bloody Pheonixand more. £8

VUIL - Hell 10" [Alone]

10" version of the best FAST METAL band on the planet! For an in-depth review, go to the "releases" page, cos I released this un on CD! £8

WATER TORTURE - Collection LP [Dead Heroes]

Excellent intense power violence/grind. Pretty standard Dropdead/Siege/Infest worship but with a nice ear for melody (honest) and proper heavy parts. Do it almost as well as AWWFN's own MANGLE! £8

THE BLACK COFFINS - III: Graveyard Incantation 7" [252]

Decent rocking stuff here, reminds me loads of mid-period Entombed, with harsh throat-stripping vocals but really catchy riffs. £4

DISCARD - Death From Above 7" [Insane Society]

Reissue of early Discharge worship (was this the first Dis- band?) from members of Mod 47. GREAT! £4

MOB 47 - EP 7" [Insane Society]

AKA Karnvapen Attack. One of the absolute best Swedish hardcore records (my personal favourite!), this is just brilliant fast, crushing hardcore from start to finish. It's just insanely fuckin pissed off. The tone of it is just perfect, I absolutely fuckin LOVE this record! £4

URUTU - Urutu 7" [Nada Nada]

These guys are really weird but I really like them. They play punk ostensibly but have a total NWOBHM influence, twin leads all over the shop! Really like this, not much stuff around that sounds like em. £4

MERCYFUL FATE - Damned By The Living Dead CD [fanclub]

Decent quality boot from their reunion tour in 1993. Good mix of stuff from the two 80s albums and In The Shadows, which I think is a really decent record! £4

MISTY GREY - Chapter II CD [Topillo]

It's doom metal, it sounds like Black Sabbath. There's nothing new here and they don't have the interesting proggy songwriting know-how of the amazing Blood Ceremony, but if you like standard doom metal then this will serve your needs well. £4

ROT - Messiah Death CD [DOOM]

Not the Brazilian (and better!) Rot but this is reasonable blasting black metal which reminds me a wee bit of Bestial Summoning. £4

SADOTANK - Black Thrash Assault CD [Inverted Inhumation]

It's always good when an album's title does the description for you. Really have nothing to add. £4

GG Allin - Eat My Fuc (1983-1985) tape [bootleg]

Eat My Fuc is my favourite GG release: it's still got great, listenable tunes but is filthy, anarchic and fucked up, but not so much so as to render it just a recording of a maniac but a mc up his bum, which a lot of the later stuff became. This tape also features rare 7" gear from the same period. Absolutely essential listening as far as I'm concerned, and if you wanna get into GG, THIS is easily the best place to start! £4

GG Allin - No Room tape [bootleg]

Totally unnecessary and idiotic bootleg. The "No Room..." was the first boot to be released after GG died and a kinda way of letting racist goons cash in on the GG "anti-everything" philosophy. I guess when you're anti-everything, you're gonna attract people who aren't anti-everything but just dicks. Music-wise this has the original 7 plus a bunch of live stuff which is pretty unlistenable. I mean GG live stuff always sucks cos the sound of a microphone being shoved up yer hoop isnae all that interesting. Though I'm pretty sure there's a fella doin that in Cafe Oto next week. £4

ARAGON - Executed By Gibbet tape [DOOM]

Blasphemic, blasting death/black metal. £3

BOLT THROWER - 5th May 2010 Wales tape [bootleg]

Top set (this is a boot, but no more of a boot than the snide Earache issues that have been comin out lately) from one of the greatest death metal bands ever. This must've been on their last tour, and has a bunch of their final album as well as all the "hits". Top! £4

CADAVERIC POSSESSION - Sanctity Collapsed tape [DOOM]

Primal, driving black death with amazing double bass drums and horrid vocals. Sounds like a total steamroller of WAR. Great!! £3

ENSLAVED - Erbore Tyskland tape [bootleg]

Live boot from 1995 (Frost era). The first two albums are best in my opinion so this is a stellar tracklist, though qualty is sometimes not all that great, apparently the audio came from a VHS recording of the show. Regardless, well worth a few quid and smart to hear them do "The Freezing Moon" too. £4

KAT - Oddech Wymarlych Swiatow Rehearsal tape [Wilczy Kutas]

Rough (but still more than listenable) rehearsal from one of the best Polish metal bands. A pretty over-looked band for me; their first few albums are absolute class. Played here last year but tickets were about 25 quid for some reason and I'm lef to believe they are now bollocks. Four quid will get you the good gear instead! £4


Necrostuprum is pretty weird death/black metal. Guitars are turned waaaay down and you hear pretty much mostly drums and (more than anything else) this kinda gargled deep voice for vocals which sounds exactly like that weird burpy voice from the first Sepultura record. I like it! Satanic Torment isn't a million miles away, reckon whoever recorded this had a button stuck on the reocrding device for the vocalists. Still pretty decent blasting death. £3

ROT - Kingdom Of Antigod Sodomy tape [DOOM]

NOT the masters of Brazilian grindcore (unfortunately), but a pretty generic blasting black metal band. If yr into Von/Blasphemy etc then this might float your boat. Bewar though, absolutely minging and really not-needed imagery in the booklet. £3

VARIOUS - Grind Makes Sludge tape [Posthuman / Sekac]

Grind bands playing sludge tunes. So many combine the genres these days, and often the tone and aesthetics are so similar that this actually works really well. Nicely packaged in an embridered sleeve, badge, patch and big insert. £4

WITCH TRAIL - Call From The Grave tape [Inverted Inhumation]

Black thrash from Belgium. Think early Bathory etc. The name's causing me some amusement/confusion though. Is it a typo (ie "Witch Trial), or are they talking about a tail of witches? Or a trail TO some witches? Either way, it's a trail I wanna be on, that's for sure! £4

VINYL: LPs, 12"s, 10"s


ABORTION - All You Need Is Hate LP [Rodel]

Long-running (since 1989!) grind veterans' new LP. £8

A CASA - Escaleras Abajo De Los Arbelos LP [213]

This is described on the sticker on the front as similar to Popol Vuh, Neu and Nurse With Wound. Advice: never over-egg the pudding in yer hype stickers! I know that they're called that for a reason, but honestly, this doesn't sound anything like any of those bands. Which isn't to say it's not probably influenced by them - fair enough - but if you're expecting some wild, free-form, anything-goes exploration of the boundaries of sound implied by existing in the same Ur-world as the aforementioned acts, then yr gonna be gutted when you plonk this on your turntable! So what is it like then? Well it is actually ok. The first track's pretty boring Low-esque guff (which I think is what put me against it from the start) but it soon gets going to some nice driving, rhythmic analogue-synthy sub-Kraut jams that aren't a million miles away from a futuristic Neu! I guess. The second side's kinda cut-up noisescapes with some synth overlay. I dunno about this, it's all over the place really and doesn't fit together as a coherent piece of work at all. Check it out on Bandcamp, don't let me be yr almighty music Magi all the time. £9

ACID WITCH - Midnight Movies 12" [Hell's Headbangers]

I had a bunch of Acid Witch records in a few years ago and found it to be kinda bland sludge that seemed to stand out from the crowd more cos of the cover art than anything else. Well check this out, now they're doing an EP of tunes from 80s US horror films in a buttrock style. It is absolutely fucking awful. The thing is, people listen to this kinda stuff and think THIS is like "true" metal and NOT FOR POSERS. Is it fuck, this kinda shite is the most poser crap out there. We're not even past A on this update and I already cannae wait to get to fucking Manilla Road. On red and gold swirl vinyl, that's the only reason anyone buys this crap. £9

ACTIVE MINDS - The Cracks Start Appearing LP [Looney Tunes]

2014 album of raging, intelligent hardcore punk. £5

ACTIVE MINDS - Turn Back The Tide Of Bigotry LP [Looney Tunes]

Personal favourite of this batch of AM LPs. First tune is an anti-EDL song and has one of the best lyrics I've heard in years: "This nation is what it’s become – it doesn’t matter where we all came from". Bang fuckin on! £5

ACTIVE MINDS - The Age Of Mass Distraction LP [Looney Tunes]

Great new album from long-running punkers. First tune particularly took me by surprise...a 7 min+ kinda mid-paced rocker. Ace. £5


Third album of heavy rockers here. These guys don't push many boundaries, but they do a decent Budgie/Motorhead/Sir Lord Baltimore send-up pretty well. They're definitely doing their best vintage store shopping to look dead like heavies from The Professionals too, fair play. Bonus points awarded for the wee "From the makers of...." bit on the back of the LP, and if you don't get the reference, get off my website, poser! £17

AFFLICTION GATE - Shattered Ante Mortem Illusions 10" [Gospels Of Death]

Interesting stuff here. Driving, battle-ready metallic riffing not unlike later-period Bolt Thrower with some mournful guitar leads ala-As The Flower Withers-era My Dying Bride. The more death metal material of the early death/doom bands is a decent point of comparison for this, though these guys have more of a Swede-style spark about them. Really good stuff. £6

AFGRUND - Corporatocracy LP [Fat Ass]

Modern-sounding heavy-hitting grindcore from Sweden. £5

AFTERLIFE KIDS - Morgengauen LP [Vendetta]

Frantic screamo/hardcore from Germany. £4

AFTERMATH - When Will You Die? Demos 1986/1997 LP [FOAD]

Excellent early US thrash here. Very influenced by Metallica, who were of course always a good couple of years ahead of the game, but nevertheless really decent stuff. £10

AFTERMATH - When Will You Die? Demos 1989/1990 LP [FOAD]

I got these guys' album, Eyes Of Tomorrow I think it's called, when I was a teenager at a record fair just cos I liked the cover and thought it looked metal...I was right! Razor-sharp thrash very much in the vein of Annihilator. These demos are from close to that time as I recognise the odd track, but obviously a bit rougher around the edges. Good stuff. £10

AGATHOCLES - Abrir Las Puertas LP [Bringer Of Gore]

Superb recording from a TV show (!) AG played on whilst on their South American tour a couple of years back. Mix of old classics and newer stuff, very high quality recording. Can't beat Agathocles really, you know the score. £6

AGATHOCLES - From Grey....To Black LP [Vulgar/CCA]

Bizarre new (well, it says it was recorded between 2000 and 2004) from Agathocles. Sounds like Skinny Puppy or something. I actually thought the record was wrong but checked out reviews online and indeed "Agathocles' most strange album ever" was the response. There are grind bits (well, "cyber-grind!) but a lot of it is really weird electronic blips and beats. Usually Agathocles are the most solid band for being able to say "you know what you're getting here" but in this case...nope! Definitely a curio! Very limited, only 315 copies on grey/black vinyl. £6

AGATHOCLES - Commence To Mince LP [SMG]

New album (not the same re-hashed tunes or shit rehearsal tracks) from AG. They're also grinding and not doing that weird drum machine guff any more. It's decent! £8

ANONYMOUS - Inside The Shadow LP [Machu Picchu]

Another vintage reissue from Machu Picchu, like a lot of great private press records, this psychedelic curio was released some time after the summer of love and as per the band name, was released in 1976 to utter obscurity and vanished soon after. That's a shame because here we have some brilliant shimmering pysch rock with brilliant mulit-vocal harmonies that brings to mind The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and The Hollies for sure. Certainly worth picking up if you're into your psychedelic obscurities. Lovely packaging as seems to be the norm from Machu Picchu. £14


Ultra-obscure death/doom demo time! This came out in 1993, at a time where I guess death/doom had probably already reached its peak, so they were most likely strongly influenced by the early records of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost etc. This is a great mix of haunting doom and crunching death metal; it feels like a demo in that different songs feel a wee bit divergent in terms of style, but that's kinda part of the charm with demo recordings innit! I reckon if these guys had got a full album together it would've been a belter. Really nice package with an interview on the inside and three different colours to choose from: black, orange smoke and brown smoke. Limited to 100 of each colour, and I have copies of all. Be quick, this'll go fast! £10

ANTIGAMA - Depressant LP [SMG]

Progressive, complex grindcore from Poland. Some decent riffs in here. £8


Odd pairing here: Relapse avante-garde grind from Antigama meets 70s soundtrack style stuff from Anima Morte. See my comments below for my thoughts on modern bands trying to be like bands from the 70s and failing miserably; this is kinda one of those occassions. Embarassingly shite cover art, better music, but not enough to convince me personally to shed any coin on it. As ever, of course, I am not the boss of you! £8

ANTISECT - Demos / Live 82 LP [Antisociety]

Earliest material from one of the most important anarcho bands. Antisect have always been a very special band to me; they never had much material but the evolution of their sound is totally fascinating and totally engrossing, and their message one of the strongest. While honestly I don't think much of the new record (note it's absence in this update) or the nonsense going on with the band's membership, the message is nevertheless still strong, and I wish more bands would subscribe to the idea of eschewing that message! Anyway, the demos here are really pretty rough and they were clearly still finding their sound, but the tunes are still great. The live set on the flip actually sounds well better, and is a great early listen in on a legendary band in their formative years. £11

ANTISECT - Leeds 2.4.86 LP [Antisociety]

Superb live set from near the end of the band. This is mainly material from their never-finished/released second full-length and is much more "metal" I guess than "In Darkness...". The grotty metal/punk hybrid on this and their legendary Out From The Void 7er are pretty much exactly what I think of when I hear the term "crust". Imagine this stuff had actually made it out properly? Jeez. Pretty much one of the UK's most important ever punk bands, this is essential material in my mind. Comes with a smashing big foldout with interviews, pics and essays. Gettit! £11

ANTISECT - The Rising Of The Lights LP [Rise Above]

First new album in 35 years from the "resurrected" Antisect (is this band reay Antisect?). This one has really polarized fans, with some people describing it as a bold, new sound with incisive cutting socialist lyrics. In fact, the Rise Above speil for this really labours that point but makes almost no mention of the music: which is presumably because it's total shite. Sounds completely like boring late-90s groove metal with almost nothing of any interest at all. Really, if this was by anyone else would Rise Above even be listening to this at all? Would they fuck! I'll be honest, not even really thinking the lyrics are all that up to much either. I've had a couple of folk say to me "ah if it was by any other band you'd like it, it's just cos it's Antisect you're saying you're not into it". My response to that is: no. I do not like Pantera. If you wanna hear classic stuff, grab one of the demo collections on a PUNK label at a punk price elsewhere on this list and sack this shite. £17

ANTI-SYSTEM - No Laughing Matter LP [Antisociety]

Superb debut album of raging anarcho punk. Absolutely love the lyrics on this one, absolutely no prisoners taken at all! Classic punk. (OUT OF STOCK) £11

ANTI-SYSTEM - A Look At Life Plus Compilation Tracks And 1982 Demo LP [Antisociety]

Great final EP (until their recent return!) from one of the UK's best anarcho bands. This includes somewhat incongruously their first demo from 1982 and a couple of early tracks from comps. I guess it's quite cool that you can see how they progressed in terms of sound, though I'd have rather seen a seperate release with their classic "Defence of The Realm" 7" on it, my favourite of their! £11

AORTAORTA - Violent Meditation LP [Ramekuukkeli]

After dominating sludge for so many years, Finland seems to be a breeding ground for the recently-resurgent noise rock scene. These guys are maybe a little more sluggish than most the AmRep bands for example, but there's a metallic heaviness to them and a definite punk swagger also. Comes in a huge Crass Records-style foldout sleeve, limited to only 300 copies. £4

APOCALYPSE / OMEGA - Blood Sacrifice LP [High Roller]

If you were into the Apocalypse 12" I've got for sale this will be of interest. This LP contains that full EP as well as demos from the band pre and post...under the names Apocalypse and Omega. The Apocalypse material is the better, more heavy, gloomy and hard-edged. The songs have been remastered and sound a bit better than the very rough, muffled Youtube videos I'd heard before. These guys were never going to be in the big league of other London bands like Angel Witch, Samson, Praying Mantis etc but if you're a NWOBHM fan then this is well worth a listen! £12

APOKALYPTIC RAIDS - The Third Storm LP [Hell's Headbangers]

Reissue of the third album by one of the best rip-off bands ever, Apokalyptic Raids. These guys are pretty ridiculous, absolutely everything is just totally bang-on Hellhammer. There kinda gets a point whereby slagging someone off for ripping another band loses its point, cos they've just gone so far. It's pretty much as simple as this: do you like Hellhammer's music, image and artwork? If so, you will like Apokalyptic Raids. Clear/red splatter vinyl. £10

ARCHAGATHUS / TERROR FIRMA - Split 10" [Grindfather]

Old school grind all the way here, good gear! £7

ART OF BURNING WATER - Between Life And Nowhere LP [Superfi]

If you read these pages ever you'll probably have a rough idea of what AOBW are all about by now as I've had al of their 1000 releases in stock at some point! Taking complex metallic hardcore as their base, stoner and grind emerge from the twisted limbs every so often and there are plenty of great moments of satisfying chugg going on. £8

ASHENCULT / MEPHORASH - Opus Serpens 10" [Unholy Anarchy]

Brilliant first release on their own by Unholy Anarchy, a new label who I'll be doing a lot of work with over the next wee while and who deserves the support for being generally great! Starting as they mean to go on, this is a real high-quality package all round, with a lot of attention paid to sound, artwork and the wee extras included! Ashencult are one of the few USBM bands to interest me in recent years (in fact at press now is their debut album on vinyl which myself and UA will be co-releasing), and their track here is a venomous spewing of thrashing, rasping black metal that doesn't let up. Mephorash take a more considered appraoch with a very occultish vibe throughout and dark synthesiser sounds complementing the ebb and flow of their lengthy track. The cover art is absolutely astounding and the package comes with a huge poster of the art as well as a nice embroidered patch. Recommended! £8 £6

ASHTAR - Ilmasaari LP [Throne]

Really dig this! New to me, Ashtar are a duo from Switzerland and play a real amalgamation of various metal styles, and listening to it now I don't think they're a million miles away from new At War band Heavydeath. Driving, repetitive riffs form the backbone to the tunes, with melodic black metal guitar lines and sinister rasping vocals mixed with ethereal singing. Actually it's got a real Bergtatt vibe to it (best Ulver by far by the way!). Majestic! £10

A STORM OF LIGHT - Untitled LP [Latitudes]

This is the band formed by Josh Graham, a guy who I believe makes possibly the most terrible art in metal. Quite how he's managed to make a living Photoshopping forest animals onto backgrounds of big buildings with a stormy sky in the background is beyond me. His stuff looks like the kinda images you see middle-aged american tourists wearing on their jumpers. Anyway, he's a long-time collaborator with Neurosis, and his band sounds pretty much like the boring, post-rock bits of later-period Neurosis, with none of the intensity or heaviness. Luckily, this record comes in a generic Latitudes "company" sleeve so at least you don't have to look at his gash artwork. £9

ATKA / SHIMETSU - Split LP [Crucificiados]

Very chaotic, unpredictable technical grindcore from Atka and more old school deathgrind from Shimetsu. Really nicely done varnished record sleeve. £3

ATLANTIDE - Atlantide LP [Replica]

Stonking french obscurity here, futuristic sci-fi prog characterised by complex arrangements and jarring off-beat sensibility. Like an alien YES crash-landing to earth during the interval of a FOCUS concert. Brilliant. £10

ATOMCK - Every Room In Britain LP [SuperFi + more]

Great catchy, quite chaotic grindcore from this long-running UK band. Some of the weirdest vocals I've ever heard. I once accidently saw my cat murdering a frog and the noise it made was this really horrible wee shriek, and this guy's vocals sound like that frog. I did save the frog, so it's possible he just hopped away and became the singer in a grindcore band. £8

ATOMIC ROAR - The Warfare Merchants LP [Crush Until Madness]

Brazilian supergroup (featuring members of Apokalyptic Raids, Iron Fist and the excellent Whipstriker) who play ultra-retro early 80s-style thrash, with a heavy punk influence. Raw guitar sound and the production is bang on like a dusty old garage recording, this one could've came straight out the back of a tape trader's manky old sock drawer. Fans of old Venom, Razor and anythig remotely resemlbing Motorhead or Discharge will dig this. Regular edition on black vinyl with poster. £5

ATOMIC ROAR - The Warfare Merchants LP [Crush Until Madness]

Brazilian supergroup (featuring members of Apokalyptic Raids, Iron Fist and the excellent Whipstriker) who play ultra-retro early 80s-style thrash, with a heavy punk influence. Raw guitar sound and the production is bang on like a dusty old garage recording, this one could've came straight out the back of a tape trader's manky old sock drawer. Fans of old Venom, Razor and anythig remotely resemlbing Motorhead or Discharge will dig this. Diehard edition on yellow and black "toxic waste" vinyl and embroidered patch. £6

AT WAR - Ordered To Kill LP [High Roller]

Great debut of war thrash from these guys. Coming across like a kinda cross between Venom and Motorhead via the nascent thrash sound, and with a lyrical penchant for war, these guys came at a time when Rambo was blasting Commies out the jungle, the Cold War wasn't yet a distant memory and the gun-toting action film was in ascendence. As a time-and-a-place document therefore this is bang on and the tunes are pretty good too! Red and white splatter vinyl. £16

AT WAR - Ordered To Kill LP [High Roller]

Great debut of war thrash from these guys. Coming across like a kinda cross between Venom and Motorhead via the nascent thrash sound, and with a lyrical penchant for war, these guys came at a time when Rambo was blasting Commies out the jungle, the Cold War wasn't yet a distant memory and the gun-toting action film was in ascendence. As a time-and-a-place document therefore this is bang on and the tunes are pretty good too! Red and white splatter vinyl. Black vinyl. £16

AT WAR - Retaliatory Strike LP [High Roller]

Second album and for me a big improvement on their debut. Ordered To Kill was good but not spectacular thrash, whereas this album is much more up there with Vio-Lence (who I think they're very close to in sound), Whiplash, Exodus etc. Production is better, though still pretty raw and with an almost live sound to it. Songs are much better, with loads of really catchy choruses. Still very Venom/Motorhead influenced and every song's about war, but that's not a bad thing! White with black streaks OR black vinyl £12

AURA NOIR - Deep Tracts Of Hell LP [Peaceville]

When this came out in the late 90s I guess the Norwegian black metal scene had imploded, metal in general was pretty shite all things considered, and kids were wearing baggy jeans and thinking it was acceptable to combine hip hop and guitars (it's not). This is why Aura Noir are fucking great, because amidst all this nonsense, and when bands like Kreator and Sodom were a pitiful shadow of their former selves, Aura Noir were putting out records of absolute rabid chaos like this one, a fast and furious black thrash attack that is up their with any classic of the genre you care to mention. Get it! £14

AUTOPSY - Fiend For Blood 12" [Peaceville]

Reissue on vinyl of this odd wee EP that came just after Mental Funeral. It's been ages since I listened to this and in my head the songs were shorter....I seem to remember the CD single I had of it lasting for about 4 minutes but there are a couple of decently-lengthed plodders in here amongst the blasts. Doesn't have the grotty stoner sound of Mental Funeral but does have Steve DiGiorgio absolutely tearing it up on the bass, thumping the twisted guitar lines into the dust. Love the simple, bloody artwork too. £13

AUTOPSY - Puncturing The Grotesque LP [Peaceville]

SUPERB new mini-album and the best thing I've heard Autopsy come out with since they got back together. Really punk sounding (Abscess was the direction I wanted em to continue with to be honest!), the tunes, the artwork. Just perfect! Really highly recommended. £16

AUTOPSY - Critical Madness: The Demo Years LP [Peaceville]

Both pre-album demos and a couple of extra tunes, these recordings have surfaced under several names over the years (my favourite is the CD with the Mike Diana artwork from the 90s). This is still dear for a collection of demos but better than spending 30 quid on the middle-class gimp-fest that is the Nuclear War Now diehard LP. It's like the metal nerd equivalent of going out for a kids' McDonald's meal. £18

BACKSLIDER - Motherfucker LP [Feast Of Tentacles]

A real mish-mash here, these guys initially seem like a grind band but there's really prominent sludgy parts, some definite power-violence nods, and even the odd wee bit of heavy rock riffing. Not too sure if it's really my kinda thing, but if you like an ecclecticly-influenced take on grind, then this is fer you! £8

BASTARD NOISE / BLOODRED BACTERIA - From Zero To Hero And Blackwards one-sided 12" [Streaks]

Restock! Excellent reissue of a long-gone CDr which features one track by each band cross-fading in the middle. Expansive electronics meets savage grindcore. Nice silk-screened B-side. £7

BATHORY - The Return LP [Black Mark]

The second Bathory album and whilst their debut was an instant classic, THIS is the record by which all others are judged! If you're looking for where the true black metal sound really comes from, THIS is it. Along with Beherit's Drawing Down The Moon, properly the most evil-sounding record ever recorded. Brilliant in every way; if you don't have this you don't know metal, simple as that. £14

BATHORY - Twilight Of The Gods 2xLP [Black Mark]

The final chapter in Bathory's second trilogy (this being the first "viking" records), "Twilight.." was somewhat aptly-named as Quorthon would go into a period of artistic hibernation for a few years after its release, possibly seeing nowhere else he could take the epic, soaring sound he'd so brilliantly cultivated on this and its two predecessors. Masterful, epic, driving, emotive metal: another masterpiece from one of the greatest metal musicians to ever have lived. £16

BATHORY - Requiem LP [Black Mark]

So the first three Bathory albums defined black metal as we know it pretty much, whilst the second trilogy showed that Quorthon could produce some of the most epic, sweeping battle metal ever made. Would there be a third trilogy and would he further define the parameters of underground metal? Unfortunately not, no. This was a real step back in terms of musical progression but it's nothing like the disaster some people would believe you it is. In fact, as a standalone thrash album, it's pretty great. The vocals are amongst his best and sound totally brutal and some of the riffs are razor sharp. The drums sound like someone's hitting a skip with hammers and there's little variation throughout, but it's still streets ahead of most stuff. So basically, if you have all the "famous" Bathory albums (and if you don't, why not?) then you could a lot worse than this! £14

BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP - The Radiophonic Workshop LP [Music On Vinyl]

This one's from 1971 and is the most synth-based of their compilations. Excellent! £14

BBC RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP & PETER HOWELL - Through A Glass Darkly LP [Music On Vinyl]

Brilliant late 70s Radiophonic Worshop record, this one isn't a collection of themes but more of a concept album, with one side-length song. Pretty much a prog rock album, with a rock band backing. Cracking stuff! £14


Reissue of Beausoleil's second album from 2001 (first time on vinyl), this is a definite continuation of the ideas from his masterful counter-culture epic "Lucifer Rising". This is a haunting slice of third-eye opening raga-trance, with moments of proper psych-rock freak out. Limited to only 300 copies so get it quick. £17

BEDLAM - Demos Anthology 1968-70 (The Cozy Powell Beginnings) LP [Acid Nightmare]

This is a bit of misnomer in that only a couple of the tracks are really by Badlam proper, but most are pre-Bedlam (ie Ideal Milk, Big Bertha etc). A lot of the later material on this is similar to the nascent hard rock sound on the Bedlam LP but in the main this is very Cream/early Jeff Beck Group worship showcasing what a talen Cozy was at a young age! A great set with liner notes and limited to only 400 copies. £10

BERKOWITZ - All Hell Broke Loose LP [Rodel]

It's nice to come across something in this update that isn't "crusty grind", or maybe even "grinding crust". These guys play kinda slow-mo industrial metal that seems to have gone out of fashion, and for the life of me I can't understand why, cos it's infinitel more interesting that crust or grind. Reminds me of the brilliant and short-lived Tom Choi band IT IS I. Ditto if you like the first Godflesh album dig in. £8

BILLY BAO - Communisation LP [Fuck Yoga/Insulin Addicted]

Absolutely impossible to tie down to any one sound, this latest record from Billy Bao starts off with a side of repetitive, raw AmRep-via-Brainbombs punk and is soon interjected by electronic bursts and frazzled tones. The 20-minute second side begins like a disco party and soon succumbs to what sounds like some sort of industrial experiment in a prison yard. It's completely unfathomable and pretty great! £8


Third restock of a very popular title! Absolutely STUNNING debut from both bands. Bird Eye is the new band of Edgy 59 of Burning Witch/Sarin fame and wow...he's made up for the bollocks that was Sinistarr in a big way! If you're into Burning Witch and have been fed up with the boring Tesco Value versions we've been subjected to for the past few years (did anyone ever actually listen to Monarch?!) then these guys are what you've been after! Really raw, brutal droning doom all held together by the most unique vocalist in underground metal for many years. TRA are the reincarnation of the most excellent UFO Gestapo. I guess the three of you who actually read the bollocks I write here will know how much I loved UFO Gestapo and this "new" band are just as good. This is even more out-there and mad than their previous guise and I have difficult even descibing what this sounds like. Basically if you're into heavy music that really pushes the boundaries then GET ON THESE GUYS. The number of people who I've turned on to UFO Gestapo and then got back to me to say how blown away they've been is ridiculous!! An excellent split from an excellent label. £7

BIRDFLESH / PLF - Split LP [Haunted Hotel]

Never been too into Birdflesh, they sound too nouncy and fun for my liking. It's competent grind, but quite how they're so poular I can only attest to so many grind fans being kinda roasters. PLF are much more like the thing, dead filthy sounding with death metal inflected guitar bits and rough vocals. Even their art is cool as fuck. Worth it for their side alone I reckon. £8

BIRUSHANA / MONARCH - Split LP [Music Fear Satan]

Stripped-down heavy doom from Monarch meets much more interesting weird, angular avant-metal from the always-excellent Birushana. Limited version on white vinyl (300) £8

BiSKAIDAN - BiSKaidan 2 LP [Specific]

Second album of this bizarre meeting of Japanese all-girl pop music crossed with power-drill electronics. Honestly, I'm still not convinced. I know there's a kinda big thing in more highbrow circles these days to enjoy J-Pop and all that, y'know the "it's all just good fun" brigade. Like, it's an undisputable FACT that everyone inherently likes all pop music with a catchy tune and if they don't it's just denial on a grand scale. Well, I spent my time in Japan avoiding this crap cos it's irritating. I spent most of this LP trying to ignore the pop bits and listen to the Hijokaidan parts, but even then they've got riffs and that. Wacky novelty: not what I signed up for! £9



BLACKFINGER - Blackfinger LP [Church Within]

What happens when you add Eric Wagner, vocalist of Trouble, to Terry Weston, guitarist of Penance and Dream Death? Well, this! It's a solid modern doom-metal album but it's very much in the vein of what Eric's been putting out for the past....well honestly, 25 years now! If yer expecting some epic doom metal tour-de-force it's not gonna happen; this is pretty modern-sounding doom rock. Which isn't really a bad thing, and the tunes are good. Weston is obviously a riff master and Wagner's vocals still rule. Good gear. £17

BLACK FLAG - Who's Got The 10 1/2? LP [SST]

Live record capturing Flag in their late lineup. They weren't long for this world at this point and tensions were running high between band members, audience - in fact anyone who Rollins came into contact with - and this recording captures it perfectly. Mostly newer material (they loved not giing the punks Louie, Louie), with just a bastardised "Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie", this is Flag with Ginn at his schizophrenic best, wild solos all over the place, and Hank seething and writhing over everything. Fucking brilliant. Just to ruin the surprise for you by the way, the answer to the titular question is "Kira"! £13



BLACKSMOKER - Origins LP [Voice Of Azram]

The front cover for this is an old man's head coming out of some clouds. Not it's not, it's a MONKEY in a CAGE. Wait...whit? It's both mate, an optimical illusion! Old monkey heid man is one of the more interesting things about this, it's pretty standard heavy metal, kinda High On Fire/Grand Magus in bits, maybe a bit like Mastodon from what I remember they sound like. Doomy, fast, leads, shouty vocals. Pretty much most stuff is a bit like this now. If every member of the band doesn't have a beard I'll be gutted. £8

BLANK VEINS - From One Head 12" [Killed By An Axe]

There's been a resurgence of dirge punk in the past few years, and Blank Veins are the best along with the amazing Drunk In Hell. Blank Veins play total repetitious grotty dirges that just go on and on and on and's like an even more abstract Brainbombs playing No Wave. Love it! Split LP with the amazing NO BALLS coming out on At War very soon! £9

DE BLENDERS / SEDEM MINUT STRACHU - Split 10" [Various labels]

Manic noisecore split. £7

BLITZKRIEG - A Time Of Changes LP [Back On Black]

Blitzkrieg are noteable for being one of the NWOBHM who not only managed to come out with an album at the time (well, a wee bit later on), but managed to come out with an absolute BELTER of an album which more than lived up to the promise of their debut 7er. This record is one of my favourite from the New Wave; if you're not absolutely blown away by the sheer power of the intro (matched only by the start of Ride The Lightning in my lugs) then you're not on the same heavy metal planet as I am, fella. These guys were the heaviest NWOBHM band; such a bombastic, brutal sound, but with great tunes. This album got re-recorded a few months ago and released by High Roller because "there were issues with the licence". Appears not, cos here it is! Honestly, reissuing records these days is basically just a bunch of Shylock characters trying to figure out what the best way to squeeze every last ounce of cash out of old bands they can find. (OUT OF STOCK) £15

BLOOD CEREMONY - Lord Of Misrule LP [Rise Above]

Superb new album from a band who've grown on me loads in the past few years. They really set themselves apart from the Scooby Doo shite that's been floating to the surface these past few years (seriously, if any of you have ever bought a Bloody Hammers album get in touch with me, I'd like to kick you up the rear please) with a clear appreciation for early 70s prog and a great ear for a tune. This one develops the more streamlined, driving sound of the last album and again has less of an overt Sabbath influence. Sure the subject matter's a bit corny (the Lord Of Misrule sounds cooler than what it actually is - "In the night we exist, eat, make merry and get pissed") but since when has metal been the place for contemplative deep lyrical subject matter? I saw these guys live just last month and they were the absolute business. Highly recommended! White vinyl. £16

BLOODY HEAD - Freedom/Mobility/Speed LP [Viral Age]

Absolute amazing dirge punk from Bloody Head, whose stuff I've been all over since their first tape hit a couple of years ago. Real grotty stuff that brings to mind Kilslug (I cannae be the only one who got the reference in the title, right?) and is easily the equal of contemporaries Drunk In Hell. New 7" coming very soon on At War/Viral Age!! £10

BLOWFLY - Oldies But Goodies LP [Weird World]

Blowfly takes on rock and roll here. Suck Around The Clock! Every single song is about sex in some way, absurd but great. £10

BLOWFLY - Rappin', Dancin' And Laughin' LP [Weird World]

Excellent proto-rap record from the maestro. £10

BOLESNO GRINJE - Chronicles From The Tomb LP [Power From Hell & many more]

Excellent grindcore from Croatia. Shamelessly old school, very similar to these ears to the great MACHETAZO! Slight seam split to top of sleeve (one day all labels will figure out that they should take more care to ship their packages PROPERLY!!!!) so price reduced accordinly. £5

BOLESNO GRINJE - Grd LP [Grindpromotion]

Quality blasting deathgrind, reminds me of Misery Index. £7

BOOKWAR - Bookwar LP [Bookwar]

"Avante garde hip hop". Not for me, fella. Some sleeve damage (one corner bent on all copies) due to snide packaging on its way to me. £4

BOOKWAR - Five Bayonets Of Happiness LP [Bookwar]

Quite different to the oter Bookwar stuff, this is pretty post-punk. I actually quite like the 80s-electro-meets-guitar distortion sound going on here but the rap vocals totally put me off. Some sleeve damage (one corner bent on all copies) due to snide packaging on its way to me. £4

SIMON BOSWELL - Stage Fright LP [Flick]

Little-heard soundtrack to Michel Soavi's bonkers neo-Giallo, which holds a special place for me mainly due to Giovanni Lombardo Radicci's hilariously camp turn as a theatre director. This soundtrack is VERY 80s sounding but that's not a bad's most definitely made by a man who knows his craft (Boswell produced a lot of 80s dance music and did TONS of really great soundtracks from around this period) and in terms of sounds and how out-there he was willing to go, this is a tour de force. There's a post-punk aggression to it with an almost kosmiche spacey element to the synth parts; it's at turns full of boundless violent energy and head-nodding pounding rhythms. Fuck, I might go and wathc the film again now! Very highly recommended! £10

BOYJAZZ - Unlimited Nights And Weekends LP [For Once]

This one took me by surprise a bit. Checking out the retro cover art and liner notes on the back by Tim Green, I kinda thought this would be hipster art rock or something. I still think it's a bit hipster-y to be honest with you, but it's very much a kinda rockin garage take on the early heavy metal sound, the singer coming across more than a little early Halford. There's a definite cock rock swagger to proceedings here too, and the first Guns N Roses album definitely comes to mind. These guys apparently toured with The Fucking Champs and I can imagine they went down a storm, definite head-banging potential here. £5

BRATAKUS - Target Grrrl 12" [Screaming Babies]

When I first heard of this two-piece they were described as "straight-edge veggie punx from the North of Scotland". I mean that's every box ticked for me and I hadn't even heard them yet! Having seen them live a few times now (and just back from seeing them last night actually), these guys are the best punk band going right now for me, just total raw attitude with fuckin great tunes. I totally admire how they're just going for it, sticking out their own records at such a young age, playing gigs and channeling the rage into PUNK. Which is what punk should be, innit. Sound-wise, songs are usually 2-minute melodic blasts with great terse raw/singy vocal interplay. Main touch-points would definitely be early 80s US hardcore, 77 punk and Riot Grrrl (obviously). They use a drum machine, which actually works ace and keeps the songs high-tempo/abrupt end blasts. This also gets a final bonus point for including Rick's poem from my favourite TV show ever, The Young Ones. Get on this! £10

BRITO / GRINDING HALT - Split LP [SNCL/De Graan/Shove]

Terse noise rock from Brito, has a nice 90s sound to it. Grinding Halt have a bit of noise rock going on there too, but with a tight snare, borderline grind style coming through frantic riffing and vocals. £4

BROTHERHOOD - Till Death... LP [Southern Lord]

Absolutely STORMING 80s straight edge here. Very youth-crew sound with plenty of gang choruses and totally right-on lyrics. These guys most certainly would've gone straight into obscurity beyond a few HC collectors were it not for the fact that Greg Anderson (of Sunn, Goatsnake, Southern Lord Records) and Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters were members! I assume it's maybe a rights issue but this seems to be exactly the same as the previous comp (this isn't an actual album but their demo and 7" bundled to make an LP) as the "...Thick As Blood" record. Highly recommended! £15

BxSxRx / PARLAMENTARISK SODOMI - Split LP [Haunted Hotel]

Fast, daft grind from BxSxRx, reminds me of a rougher Righteous Pigs a bit. Crazy, £8

BURZUM - Burzum/Aske 2xLP [Back On Black]

The first two Burzum records in one handy double LP set. This is Burzum at its most vicious, with a really dank basement sound and a total punk edge to it. Really haunting, primitive black metal. £16

BURZUM - Det Som Engang Var LP [Back On Black]

The second Burzum record. This has more meat to it than the thin sound of the debut LP and there's a bit more Celtic Forst riffing going on as well. The repetitive, trance-like riffing is starting to come to the fore more, and would be explored further on the next album. A mighty follow-up to a brilliant debut! Coloured vinyl, though don't know what colour! £15

BURZUM - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss LP [Back On Black]

This is probably my favourite Burzum album, and by extension, one of my favourite records ever made. The component parts of the Burzum sound came together perfectly here, and it's never been touched or even come close to being equalled by any band since. The riffs are glacial, their circular nature builds up atmosphere perfectly, and the vocal delivery utterly savage and wretched-sounding, NOBODY sounds like Varg! There were a lot of great records being made at this time but even then Burzum was doing something different and for that reason will always stand out from the pack as the true black metal innovator. £15

CAEN - Middlefield LP [Urashima]

New project from Concern/Oscillating Innards mastermind Gordon Ashworth. This is maybe not what you'd expect from this guy, this LP being built around dense tones which bring to mind what Mories of Gnaw Their Tongues is doing these days with Seirom. The early 70s tonal experiments of Kluster, Gunter Schikert, Klaus Schulze etc are definitely a touchpoint here too. Not what you'd expect from Urashima maybe, but definitely worth a listen! £12

CAGE GRIND NOIR - Pilots "The Director's Cut" LP [RRSS]

This is an album where each song is about Nicholas Cage and has a Nicholas Cage sample in. We've finally reached meta-irony. I cannae really be hooped with Nic Cage, or Youtube clips of him being wacky, or films he's in where his acting is not very good and that's why it's funny. where that's the central premise isnae gonna really do much for me. If you think Nicholas Cage is really funny then you should get this, bet the lyrics are HEEEE-HEEE-HEEEE-LARIOUS! Black and gold splattery vinyl. £8

CANDLEMASS - Tales Of Creation LP [Peaceville]

Absolutely STUNNING doom metal here from one of the best bands of the genre. This is perfect, soaring, epic heavy metal. My favourite with Messiah in fact. Recommended. £17

CARPATHIAN FOREST - Through Chasm, Caves And Titan Woods LP [Peaceville]

I'm not really a big fan of Carpathian Forest, far too tongue-in-cheek and "fun" for my liking, but this record (along with their demos) I think is absolutely GREAT. Utterly grim and foreboding black metal with truly dark keyboard lines this is early black metal at its absolute peak. Highly recommended. £15

CARPATHIAN FOREST - Black Shining Leather LP [Peaceville]

My review above (of "Chasm, Caves....") should maybe be redacted somewhat cos I listened all the way through to this, Carpathian Forest's first full-length, and it's not too bad. Have to say the riffs are really memorable, catchy songs, decent dark atmosphere. It's got a much more "modern" black metal sound that I hear TONS of bands these days nicking, but for me doesn't have the same enveloping evil tone of the first classic EP. Still, if you like fast, memorable riffs this is defo worth a purchase. £18

CATHETER - Southwest Doom Violence LP [Dropout/Zaraza]

Third full-length (though these guys have done about a gazillion split 7"s along the way) from these grinders. 17 tracks in just 28 minutes of pretty beefy grindcore, with the odd slowed-down sludgy bit and nod to power violence structures. Really nice thick-spine gatefold sleeve. £7

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS - The Skeleton Tree LP [Bad Seed]

Absolutely stunning latest album from Nick Cave. Recorded around the time of the tragic death of his son, this is his most stripped-back, minimal album. Electronic-based and with more a more personal lyrical stance and subdued vocals. It's absolutely amazing in every way and essential listening in my view. £16

CAVERNICULAR - Man's Place In Nature 12" [Rodel]

Dual vocal punk-grind. £6

CELEBRATE HATE - High Gain, Low Budget LP [self-released]

Really decent raw grind/death metal. Very old school sound that brings to mind Blood. £7

CEMENTERIO - Cementerio LP [Boue/Odio Sonoro]

Crusty sludge, doom sounding but with definite punk influences ala Amebix. Good stuff, nice artwork. £5

CHAD AND JEREMY - Three In The Attic Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP [Lost Century]

Excellent breezy psychedelic pop from british duo Chad And Jeremy, to the swinging 60s girls-avenge-themselves-to-hunky-Lothario flick Three In The Attic. £10

CHAMBER - Chamber Noir 2xLP [Rinderherz]

Epic, cold melodies permeate this black metal opus, full of dark atmosphere. Would definitely be one for fans of the new US black metal wave; Ash Borer, Wolves In The Throne Room etc. Nice gatefold sleeve and printed inners. £7


Reissue of the early 90s 7" here on the bigger format from these two noise legends. Bunch of short tracks of creeping, organic noise from MITB and a long blown-out blast from Bizarre Uproar that's a perfect conduit from the Aunt Mary noisecore to the power electronic assault of today. Recommended of course! £10

CHICALOYOH - Porte Devergondee LP [213]

This is cool. Very weird, it's a solo project by Alice Dourlen and totally harks back to the great experimentalists of the early-mid 70s in tone but without sounding like a Nico tribute. Lots of nearly-singing and melancholic drones and jarring sounds in the background. I love the kinda odd ritualistic atmosphere of it. Also comes with a nice book of essays and lyrics. Great stuff, I'm gonna check out more! £8

CIRCLE JERKS - Group Sex LP [Frontier]

Debut album and one of the best punk records you could ever hear. Keith Morris had just been boosted out of Black Flag and immediately formed a new band, and Group Sex is the sum of their early labours. It's fast and furious with great melodies and every tune has a bang-on chorus that's hard to get out your head. I think it clocks in at about 16 minutes, and doesn't for one second stop for breath. I remember the CD of this having the whole album on it twice so once it'd ended you could fire right back in from the start and still be finished in the time it takes to watch an episode of Coronation Street. £12

CLOVEN HOOF - Cloven Hoof LP [Back On Black]

Like Blitzkreig above, Cloven Hoof are one of the more enduring NWOBHM bands. I remember when I was a wee guy reading an article on "the most terrible metal abnds of all time" and I remember the top two being Cloven Hoof and Lawnmower Deth. Well, all seeing that I ignored what they had to see as they were championing Green Day at the time, and 20 years on I think Hoof and Deth are the business. This is the best Cloven Hoof record (they did a bunch, they're ok); it's powerful, has great riffs, has a quite progressive edge and has a total occult edge that I guess a lot of bands were doing around then, the schlocky Hammer stuff that Electric Wizard have taken to its conclusion I guess. The first tune, "Clove Hoof" is just one of the best NWOBHM songs ever, perfect! (OUT OF STOCK) £15

CLOVER - Raika LP [Death Crush]

Raging hardcore from Italy that has a bit of the classic Italian hardcore sound but with total thrash riffs. Good stuff. £5

COIL - Astral Disaster LP [Prescription/Acme]

Well this is a turn up for the books! As a big Coil fan, getting a hold of an original Astral Disaster has been something I've been desperate to do for years, and I kinda wish I'd just went for it ten years ago when copies were changing hands for 200 quid and I thought that was a ridiculous amount...haha! So, the story of this record was Gary Ramon of Sun Dial convinced Coil to come in and record in his studio, which used to be an old gaol and which was owned at one point by Iron Maiden (!). Always on the lookout for a macabre and weird vibe, Coil turned up and recorded what would be their most free-form, spontaneous record....possibly becuase of this it was ensured that it would com out in a tiny edition and be deleted forever as per the bands' wishes. Of course, years later they remixed it, added bits in and the "new" Astral Disaster was a much more cohesive record, and is the one I'm familiar with. with the stuff on Cold Spring, now that both members are deid, everyone's taking an opportunity to cash in and this reissue of the original release is back in the public domain again. I kinda have mixed feelings about this one....absolutely the band clearly did NOT want this reissued in this form, or they'd have done it themselves, so from that point of view I kinda think this is a bit full of shit. From a fan's point of view, well it's fuckin ace to hear this properly and own a copy. I dunno, tough call. Anyway, the tunes are absolutely ace, and if you can't get onboard with the Sun Ra rocketship-to-yr inner-mind of The Sea Priestess then I doubt you have a soul. £16

COIL - Backwards 2xLP [Cold Spring]

"Lost" Coil album recorded over various years after Loves Secret Domain and scattered in various forms throughout bootlegs, internet forums, traders and compilations. Much of the material here turned up in re-worked form on The New Backwards and The Ape Of Naples just after Jhonn Balance died. The tunes are amazing of course, and if you're only familiar with Coil's major works then this is a really good bridge between LSD and the Musick To Play In The Dark LPs. £17

COMMITMENT CREW - What Are You? LP [Crucial Response]

These guys are from Sweden but have a pure Boston sound. Total steamroller duh-duh-duh-duh-da---da----da----daaaa! If you dig the 80s Boston crews this will definitely be up yer alley. Great! £6

COMUS - East Of Sweden 2xLP [Rise Above]

Decent live recording of this reunited group who released the all-time classic acid-psych record, "First Utterance". They play most of that album here, and smartly avoid anything from their shite second album. I'm not entirely convinced by the addition of the cover of Venus In Furs, think had I been there that might have a good juncture for a toilet break, but overall this is a pretty decent reunion record. Still not heard the new album, but on the strength of this one they might still have it in em to come out with a decent record. £10

CONAN - Monnos LP [Peaceville]

Second (I think?) Conan LP, reissued by Peaceville. These guys have fallen off my radar lately; when they first came out I thought their ultra-distorted driving doom was pretty cool. It wasn't really reinventing the wheel (first High On Fire album eh!) but they had some decent riffs and I loved the cartoony Warrior At The Edge Of Time artwork. I'm mostly acquainted with them now via daily posts from main guy Jon telling the world that if you work really hard then you too can be as cool as he is cos he's in a moderately popular band. I think he might be my hero! £18

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS - Crowd Pleaser LP [Hand To Mouth]

Early CE post-Whitehouse comeback, this isn't a great deviation from the angry-wee-guy-shouting-at-everyone period of the aformentioned noise act. Four short blasts of middle-aged expletives remind me of my dad when he's trying to fix some pipes and keeps makin an arse of it, but much more posh and using bigger words. Side 2 is a creeping minimal instrumental. Good gear! £15

CONTRASTO - Tornare Ai Testi LP [Disco Autoprodotto]

Political, urgent, thrashing punk from Italy. Some wear to the sleeves on these so I've brought the price down accordingly. £3

CONTROLLED BY FEAR - The Only Good Cop Is A Dead One LP [Hate Ape]

This is great! Pre-Rupture (Gus when he was still plain "Andrew"), this is well, pretty right-on and not what a lot of people would imagine given the very out-there lyrical sbject of much of Rupture's stuff. Though anyone with a brain could see they were always the absolute masters of piss-taking anyway eh! So anyway, this is great heavy and sloppy hardcore with a definite grind sound, impressive given this was recorded in 1989! Highly recommended. £8

CORRUPTED - Felicific Algorithm LP [Cold Spring]

New Corrupted LP, and it's gone right under the radar. Possibly cos it's not available to listen to and the promo from Cold Spring is so vague that it doesn't in any way describe the tunes (Corrupted have been a band for a while and they're heavy!), plus it's also one of those "plays at 33 or 45" records, which gives most people the fear. So, let me do what Cold Spring failed to do and attempt to describe it! I guess this one will turn off tons of Corrupted fans cos, well it's not doom. But then, they did a double album once that had like half an hour of solitary piano on it, and they've collaborated live and released collaborations with Solmania several times over the years. Corrupted's message, sound and aesthetic has been a constant, but the style of music they play has been constantly evolving. This ight be their most esoteric release yet, but it's still very much Corrupted in tone, and any fandan hitting out with "aaaah this isn't's not heavy" doesnae have a clue. 33 is where I've been listening to it most. Side one starts in almost silence, building up layers of deep tone and low end in a way that the band have been doing in a more "rock" format for years. This is suddenly blown away by screeching feedback and white noise wipeouts over a bass sound dangerously threatening the needle of my turntable. I mentoned him earlier, but this sounds like Solmania could be involved again! This violence gives way to some really beautiful shimmering drone to end the side. Second side is a much more minimal affair of building tones and textures throughout; again very heavy. Reminds me a bit of Nurse With Wound's Spiral Insana actually. Been listening to this loads since getting it and it gets better and more immersive on every listen. 100% recommended, brilliant! £15

CREATION - This Is Creation LP [Klimt]

Amazing direct-to-tape (and thus essentially live!) album from 1978 from these Japanese psychers. The raw energy of the early Blues Creation days is gone but there's still that inimitable spark of far-out creativity (pun intended) that really set these guys apart fro the rest. Highly recommended. £13

CRIPPLE BASTARDS - Live To Hate People LP [Haunted Hotel]

Reissue of a great live set from these grind legends. £8

CRITICAL CONVICTIONS - Divisions LP [self-released]

Raging, pissed-off hardcore with that real angry, urgent Boston sound. Ultra raging vocals. Great! £7

CROWBAR - Sonic Excess In Its Purest Form LP [Back On Black]

It says a lot about me that I consider this the "new" Crowbar album when I just looked it up and it came out 17 years ago! I mind getting this when it first came out and thinking the opening track was an absolute mind-blower and the rest of them just total plodded their way into nothing, and I honestly lost interest in buying another Crowbar album after that. Well, I never did and I'm sure they've done hunners since then but I'm kinda fine wih the first few CDs cos they definitely rule. Crowbar are probably the most meat and potatoes underground metal band going. I kinda find it difficult to take seriously when I hear these really hearfelt tunes of misery then look to the stage to see it being delivered by a beefy bald character in cargo shorts who finishes the song by saying something like "FUCK YEAH BEER". Also I think he always sounds like he's squeezing out the most magnificent jobby he's ever produced. Bet they do that in the studio actually, just don't go to the toilet for like a week before recording the album to achieve maximum vocal potency. Anyway, gone off on a bit of a tangent there....this is not in the same league as Obedience Thru Suffering but kinda doesn't really sound all that different, and the first tune is dead good. £15

CROWSKIN - Black Lava LP [Vendetta]

Thick, black sludge with a hardcore underbelly. £5


Feedback-soaked, ugly sludge from Crowskin, start-stop grind/black metal with doomy bits from BF. £5

CRUMBSUCKERS - Beast On My Back LP [Back On Black]

Second Crumbsuckers album and much more metal than the first. Less songs, longer songs. Technicality is out of the world here, I have no idea what the feck they'd done if they'de made a third album. A lot of people say it shows whether you're a punk or a metaller depending on which Crumbsuckers album you prefer but who gives a fuck about that, certainly not them. For me, the track BOMB is maybe their best-ever tune in fact, and Nirvana ripped off the bass line on the riff for the song School. I'm convinced of it! Used to tell that to all the Nirvana bams at school and try and get them to listen to it but they just thought I was a fuckin nerd. Tell you what, I don't give much of a shit about Nirvana any more, but the Crumbsuckers still have the ability to reinforce my faith in life! £10

FANTA DAMBA - Accompagnee A La Cora LP [Tembo]


DARKTHRONE - A Blaze In The Northern Sky LP [Peaceville]

The album that really set the benchmark to the general public as far as Norwegian black metal is concerned: after a couple of years of playing decent death metal, Darkthrone took their cues from the scene going on around them, stripped it back a bit (more than a bit on the next couple!) and came out with their take on the genre. The results of course were beyond successful and Darkthrone became one of the leading bands of the genre, with Blaze... rightfully being considered a seminal work since. If you do't have it, why not? Here's your chance! £17

DARKTHRONE - Transilvanian Hunger LP [Peaceville]

Unrelenting black metal that just never gives up. It's got that same pounding beat all the way through and rabid sawblade guitars that just cut through. When people think of black metal THIS is what it sounds like. Another absolutely essential release. £17

DARKTHRONE - The Wind Of 666 Black Hearts 2xLP [Peaceville]

Excellent collection of early black metal demos across two LPs here. Given that Darkthrone's trilogy of BM classics deliberately sound like they were recorded in a bin, I'm not quite sure how muhc point demo recordings are, but if like me you've listened to those albums a gazillion times, hearing embryonic versions of the tunes is pretty cool. £20

DAVID EXPLOSION - A Bright To-Morrow LP [Acme]

Very obscure stuff here: this was originally released as a private press in Belgium in an edition of 300 copies. These guys are a kinda Beligan Doors, with plenty of Mellotron, but with a grand Sgt Pepper psych-pop sound. Cool! £10

DBC - Dead Brain Cells LP [War On Music]

One of the first crossover bands, DBC from Canada took Metallica's heavy NWOBHM sound and added a bit more of a hardcore edge to it, similar to what bands like Corrosion Of Conformity, DRI, Crumbsuckers etc were doing in the States. The result is this, their classic debut, a blistering set of powerful thrash with frantic solos and obnoxious vocals, all put together with a thick, heavy production from the then little-known Randy Burns. £10

DBC - Universe LP [War On Music]

Second album and much more technical and "metal" than the debut. Very tight playing here, and at times it's a total speed-fest. As with a lot of thrash bands, these guys cut their teeth on a rougher debut before coming into their own on their second album, but luckilly they never did a third album of dull groove metal! Bingo. An early production credit for "Gggarth" Richardson here, who went on to produce the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, and all manner of nu-metal crud in the mid-late 90s. £10

DEAD INFECTION - Brain Corrosion LP [SMG]

Reissue of 2004 album from these gore grind legends. As always, stellar work. £8

DEAD INFECTION - Corpses Of The Universe LP [Haunted Hotel]

Restock.....apparently this record is 10 years old (!). Jings. Anyway, as I've probably said many times on here, I love early Dead Infection. Some of THE most filthy, rotten grind ever recorded, and their first LP is absolute pinnacle for me. This one is much cleaner sounding (though this is very much a relative term!). I feel the grinding, ultra-heavy bass sound is lost a lot here to the guitar, but the riffs are generally absolute banging so I guess it's swings and roundabouts. Well worth checking out if you don't know them or want some proper good grind. £8

DEAD IN THE WATER - In The End Of Hope LP [Winter]

This sounds stylistically like funeral doom but it's a little bit cleaner and doesn't have the brutal bludgeon stuff like Thergothon/Skepticism does, but has an almost post-rock approach. If you like the past couple of Corrupted albums then you'll dig these guys. Some wear to the sleeves. £7 £3

DEAD IN THE WOODS - The Sign Of The Son Of Man LP [Winter]

Pretty spacey sludge with some hardcore leanings. £5

DEADMOCRACY / HINFAMY - Split LP [Absurd Records]

Deadmocracy play really fast grind with that really tight snare sound, top stuff. Never heard of Hinfamy, turns out they're from as far back as 1990 and their side of this record was recorded in '96. Best bit is the bonus tracks on their side though, real lo-fi and is that bang-on mid-90s grind rehersal tape sound! £4

THE DEATH OF MONEY - Ghost Pains LP [SuperFi]

Superfi's write-up of this describes it as "sort-of Neurosis-meets-My Bloody Valentine-meets Can" and whilst I don't think these guys hold a candle to any of those bands, it's a good description! Heavy but melodic, driving and repetitive but catchy, I think it's not bad. £8

DEATH PENALTY - Death Penalty 2xLP [Rise Above]

New project from Gaz Jennings, ex- of Cathedral. This isn't a million miles away, having a definite doom bent to it, but the most prevalent influence here is the NWOBHM. Given the name it's not a surprise that Witchfinder General are a basis for the sound, but like Age Of Taurus etc they've got a modern, polished and heavy production. For me, a lot of what's great about the early metal sound is the primitive, raw sound and I think a lot of these modern bands playing trad metal lose a lot of their charm with a "nice" production. Nevertheless there are some good tunes on this and cool female vocals that remind me a bit of older Rise Above band Mourn. £17

DECOLLATION - Cursed Lands LP [The Crypt]

A weird one this. This was originally released as an EP on CD only in 1992, but as a record cut at Sunlight Studios it doesn't quite have that Swe-death sound that we're all accustomed too. There are certainly elements, but this record shows a near-schizophrenic amalgamation of styles, with black metal-ish termelo picking, death metal riffing, classic metal stylistics and the odd gutteral vocal. It's maybe not avante-garde in the way that say, Pan-Thy-Monium were, but it's bizarre enough to be of interest to anyone into extreme music which is a little left-of-centre, and before genre boundaries were so rigid and restrictively boring as they are today. Recommended. On red or black vinyl £14

FRANCESCO DE MASI - The New York Ripper OST LP [Death Waltz]

Italian exploitation soundtrack legend De Masi's up-tempo 80s soundtrack to grotty slasher New York Ripper sounds like a cross between late 70s disco and the theme tune to a Channel 4 daytime TV quiz. The perfect music to stalk and slash young maidens to whilst predending to be a duck down the phone! £10


Doom with crusty hardcore blasts from DeNo meets clasutrophobic, lofi doom from WOTH. This is a restock and I got tons so I'm doing them really cheap. Total bargain! £3

DEUIL - Acceptance/Rebuild LP [Boue]

Driving doom with black metal bits. Former hardcore band. All got short hair. You know the score. £5

DEVISER - Unspeakable Cults LP [Floga]

Reissue (and first time on vinyl) of this classic Hellenic black metal album. Released in 1996, this is one of the high-points of the Greek black metal scene and embodies much of what stands that wave from the mid-90s apart: majestic, sweeping choruses, melodic riffing, savage vocals, excellent use of keyboards; all creating a truly haunting atmosphere. Highly recommended to anyone into Rotting Christ etc! £10

DEVISER - Transmission To Chaos LP [Floga]

Second album and a worthy follow-up to the classic debut "Unspeakable Cults", this is grade A Greek black metal. Almost melodic death-style guitar riffs are contrasted against an often gloomy tone and neo-classical style synthesiser leads. It sounds bizarre, but if you're into the Greek black metal sound you will definitely get this! First time on vinyl also! £10

DEW - Live At The 2nd All Japan Folk Jamboree 7th August 1971 LP [B13]

Live project of Fumio Nunoya (vocalist of Blues Creation), this is a live set of his insane shredding, gruff vocals over some slow, pondering heavy blues riffs. Brilliant stuff and could only have come from the wild early 70s Japan scene. Green vinyl and screeprinted clear sleeve. £8

DHARMA BLUES BAND - Dharma Blues LP [Klimt]

Amazing debut LP from Dave Brock's first band. There's not much by the way of psychedelia on here, but this is top-class gritty blues rock. The electric blues revolution had happened a few years previously, which of course went on to form "rock" music, but these guys took a purist approach, playing a more roots-50s style of blues. Absolutely great stuff, and worth tracking down for the interested Hawkwind fan of course! £12

DHK - La Krudeza No Muere LP [La Vida Es Un Mus]

Absolutely amazing hardcore from Peru. Got their demo a wee while back after being introduced to the excellent Alta Intensidaz tape label by a pal. These guys play very rough hardcore, pretty sloppy but the total intensity and feeling is there. Some of the best raw punk I've heard in ages, maybe only second to the astounding SENTENCIA. £8

D.I.S. - Critical Failure LP [Deep Six]

Simplistic, Swe-beat thrashing hardcore here from ex-members of PHOBIA. Marbled purple vinyl. £5

DISCHARGE - Why LP [Let Them Eat Vinyl]

Debut album from one of the most influential punk bands of all time. Direct, pounding beats and metallic riffs with simple, to-the-point, brutal lyrics. This is where it began! £14

DISCHARGE - Never Again LP [Let Them Eat Vinyl]

Great compiltion of early material from one of the best punk bands ever; this is probably the best introduction to the band. Classic tunes start to finish here. £14

DISROTTED / IRN - Split LP [Feast Of Tentacles]

Plodding, droning sludge from both bands. £8

DISTURBANCE PROJECT / RAS - Split 10" [Corrosion Cerebral]

DP: ex members of DENAK playing non-stop old school grindcore. Ras: ultra-fast pummeling grind with maybe a bit of a gore-grind edge to it. £7 £4

DREAM DEATH - Dissemination LP [Rise Above]

Third full-length (second since their recent reformation) from Dream Death, and oddly it actually features the exact lineup of Penance's classic Road Less Travelled lineup. I thought their last album was absolutely storming, and one of the very few examples of an old band getting back together and coming out with something informed by the past but still looking forward and trying something new. This one....hmm, maybe a bit less so. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, with some absolutely cracking Frost-ian riffs and their trademark tempo changes, but comes across to me as a pretty straightforward, predictable album compared to the last one. I kinda found listening to this like checking out a new Autopsy album: it got a couple of listens and then got filed away, and when I next want to listen to Dream Death I'll seek of Journey Into Mystery and that'll be that. Red vinyl, lim 200. £17


Drone Throne play heavy stoner doom in the vein of Sleep and Eyehatgod whilst Toad play Murder City Devils-style melodic punk. £4

DR STRANGELY STRANGE - Kip Of The Serene LP [Timeless]


DRUGS OF FAITH - Drugs Of Faith LP [Fast And Furious]

Great, ultra-catchy grindcore! This is from a few years ago, old stock found! £7


These guys sound like a faster Extreme Noise Terror. Cool! £6


Top class lo-fi grind from ED meets great and pretty original power violence from Scotland. EXCELLENT cover art too! £5

THE ELECTRIC MORMONS - Ainsi Soient-Ils LP [Mormons Records]

Top class garage/punk/pub rock-style stuff from France. Reminds me of stuff like early Hives maybe, pretty rockin stuff. No bullshit, just bang-on rock n roll. Sung in French too! Slight wear to sleeves, price reduced accordingly. £3

ELECTRIC WIZARD - Black Masses 2xLP [Rise Above]

This one really seemed to split opinion but I must say I love it! The early 70s horror references are tuned to perfection and there's a real scuzzy, sleazy garage vibe to them these days. The addition of the creeping, almost ambient final track was a stroke of genius and the best way to end an album ever, a total nod to spiritual forebears Anotnius Rex! Heard a lot of internet warriors moaning about that one: "it's not a real song", "it's boring" etc...if you don't get that song you don't get Electric Wizard, end of! High recommendation from me! £18

EMBALMING THEATRE - Unamused Rancid Flesh LP [Haunted Hotel]

Let's get the title out of the way first: what exactly is UNAMUSED rancid flesh. Can rancid flesh be unamused? If, say, rancid flesh were able to have sentient thoughts, given the fact that it's rancid and no longer part of a living being, would it be anything BUT unamused? Further to that, woud unamused really be the right verb to describe the situation the flesh had found itself in? I kinda think that grind bands these days are either really fucking stupid, or just gave up trying cos they're so entirely devoid of ideas. It makes me totally unamused. This is ok gore-grind which is neither amusing nor unamusing. Brown/green marble vinyl. £8

ENCOFFINATION - O' Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres LP [Selfmadegod]

Absolutely astounding, driving death metal here. This is some of the most atmospheric stuff I've heard in some time....utterly oppressive in sound and tone; it doesn't rely on riffs, rather the soul-sucking black atmosphere. Recommended! £9

ENEMY INSECTS / RADICAL DICHARGE - Split 12" [Unholy Anarchy]

Fast and furious thrashcore from Enemy Insects, kinda thinkin somewhere near Charles Bronson but a bit more metal-sounding, meets party-thrash from RD, think Municipal Waste etc. Smart graphics on the front, guy with a fly's head chewing down on a minging-looking pizza. £6

ENGULFED - Through The Eternal Damnation 12" [Me Saco Un Ojo]

Total diabolical death metal which sounds like it came right from 1992. Reminds me quite a bit of MONSTROSITY if you remember their first album. Deep growls and plenty of Morbid Angel "whheeeeee" guitar solos. Great! £6

ENSLAVED - Hordanes Land LP [By Norse Music]

Absolute genius first EP of nordic black metal here. These guys were one of the first to take the black metal sound of the second wave and go in the "viking" direction of Bathory with it. This EP came out at the same time as the legendary first EP by Emperor and was in fact released as a split CD (one of my earliest introductions to black metal actually!), and the three lengthy tracks from that are augmented by an unreleased demo track, making this album length. Highly recommended! £17

ENSYNC - Ensyc LP [213]

Now, I'm sure you're reasonably intelligent but just in case you're not: this isnae an LP by that 90s boy band. I like to pride myself on the diversity of stock I atake in but that would be a step beyond. So what is this? Well it's a French duo; one guy on drums playing really rudeimntary basic beats with another guy utilising deep feedback, sub-bass drones and synth lines. It's great, meditative mantra music and I realy dig it! Lim 213 copies. £8

ERHABENHEIT - Tracat Zum Brandtmale LP [Black Devastation]

Cult, raw black metal. Very limited (100 copies!) £10

ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN - Les Trois Fou's Perdigagnent (Au Paysdes...) LP [Replica]

Might seem hard to imagine if you've heard Batelages, but this follow-up is perhaps even more out there. Sounds like free jazz at times, but I don't think there's improvisation going on here, it's just insane composition. Madder than a box of frogs, this is proper out-there 70s music, the spirit of which just can't be replicated. Highly recommended. £10

EUTHENASIE - Prison Pain (Demo And Live 1988/9) LP [Looney Tunes]

Superb reissue from Looney Tunes from a band who I'd never even heard of before. Euthenasie were a German anarcho/peace punk band from the late 80s: this record includes their demo, two comp tracks and a live set. Lyrics in German and English. Cracking stuff here, defo worth the measly 3 quid! £3

EXCRUCIATION - Last Judgement / First Assualt + Early Recordings 2xLP [FOAD]

You thought Swiss metal began and ended with Celtic Frost, Hellhammer and Messiah? Wrong! Excruciation recorded a sole 12" back in 1987 that borrowed heavily from the riffing of Tom G and the diabolical recording sound of Messiah yet definitely had something of its own going on. There are shades of black metal here, particular in the truly macabre vocal performance that isn't a million miles away from the strange tones of Attila Csihar. Along with the 12" material, there's the usual raft of extras that FOAD always have - three sides of vinyl in fact! - with plenty of demo and live tracks to keep the diehard thrash fan happy. £16

EXHUMED - Garbage Daze Re-Regurgitated LP [Behind The Mountain]

Excellent covers album from these long-running gore-grinders, including covers by a pretty diverse range of bands: Master, Metallica, Siege, Sadus, Pentagram, GBH, Led Zeppelin and The Cure (!) amongst others. Slight wear to sleeve. £6

EXIT CONDITION - Bite Down Hard/Impact Time LP [Boss Tuneage]

Stupendous reissue of two fantastic releases by this oft-overlooked hardcore band who prove it wasn't always the Americans who did fast punk the best. This compiles the rabid "Bite Down Hard" 7" which originally came out on the legendary Pusmort label as well as their debut demo tape, "Impact Time" as well as a bunch of early compilation tracks. Essential collection, red vinyl 300 copies. £8

THE FALL - Totale's Turns LP [Let Them Eat Vinyl]

The first Fall live LP, and in classic Fall style, they released a record recorded mainly in working men's clubs where the audience weren't into it, included a tune where MES has a right go at the band for "showing off" (playing a drum fill) and includes two studio tracks, one of which was recorded in Smith's kitchen. It sounds mostly like shit and is absolutely fucking brilliant in every way. £15

FCDN TORMENTOR - Dungeon Days 1982-1985 LP + CD [FOAD]

Somewhat of a misnomer here on the title: this is NOT old stuff but a re-recording of their early gear which was never released previously. That said, it's dead good, ultra-fast thrashcore. The drummer from NO COMMENT was in these guys, nuff said! Comes with a CD of the original rough-sounding material too. £16

F.D.S. - Planeta Terra S.A. LP [Rodel]

Old school hardcore from Brazil, bit youth crew-sounding. £4

FELLWOODS - Wulfram LP [Svart]

Absolutely brilliant retro rock that was originally released on this very label! For a better description see "Releases" page! £8


Fetus Eaters play manic grind with lots of really strange samples and "funny" song titles. They are worth a listen mind. Borstels Rache are absolutely top notch oi-influenced hardcore with dual rasping/oi vocals. They bring to mind early Bohse Onkelz (in sound not attitude!). Wear to sleeves. £4

FETUS EATERS - Manticore LP [Deep Six/Haunted Hotel]

Ultra-fast grind in the vein of Yacopsae, but with a shit sense of humour. £8

NICO FIDENCO - Black Emanuelle: Orient Reportage OST LP [Dagored]

Soundtrack to the excellent sequel to Black Emanuelle (you'll know this better as Emanuelle In Bangkok and perhaps for the imposing presence of Ivan Rassimov and the rather eye-watering scene in the strip club!). The opening tune "Sweet Living Thing" is 100% 70s exploitation theme: great soaring vocals, acoustic guitar, strings, just the right side of cheese...a proper anthem! An absolute must-own for those into the aesthetics of 70s euro-cine, another masterpiece from the legend Nico Fidenco. £15

FINAL EXIT - Seasons Are Going And Going...But Lives Goes On One-Sided LP [SPHC]

Totally unique, crazy noisecore from Japan. This was originally a mini-CD and SPHC has steped up to put it out on vinyl. It's got a really clean production, about a million musical styles going on, it sounds completely all-over-the-place but also totally cohesive at the same time. Definitely a head-scratcher, but one of those which you find yourself constantly coming back to. Basically, the band members are both credited as "hand-craps" in the liner notes, nuff said. £8

FISSURE / SHACKLES - Split 10" [Dead Heroes]

Fissure are from California and play a thrashcore/PV kinda style. Shackles are Australian and much less controlled, proper beefy out-of-control grind/PV. I really like their side, actually, bit mental. £7

FLESH WORLD - Flesh World LP [La Vida Es Un Mus]

La Vida hit out with another belter here...these San Franciscans play a lovely fuzzed-up post hardcore with a definite C86 sound. Some great memorable hooks: maybe the most "pop" thing the label has put out, guarentee these guys will make a name for themselves. £9

FLEUR DE LIS - Facing Morning LP [Valhalla]

Not the british freakbeat band but an obscure Danish psych/prog act from 1972. These guys aren't all-out space rock or prog, bringing to mind the first Hawkwind album or the less out-there stoner Kraut bands. Some great fuzzy guitar and organ going on here. Cheap cos I cannae sell it on Discogs any more as they deem it a bootleg so I want shot! £7

FORTRESS - Unto The Nothing LP [Unholy Anarchy]

Massive death-doom here from this new US band. These guys were most certainly brought up on an unwholesome diet of WINTER and GRIEF and this is a despondent dark trip of grave-robbing menace from start to finish. Really heavy but with riffs to back up the chest-baring of the feedback, this is one of the strongest doom/sludge records I've heard in ages. Recommended. Lovely Stoughton gatefold sleeve, clear vinyl with black splatter. Lim to 100 in this colour. £10

KIM FOWLEY - The Day The Earth Stood Still LP [Klimt]

Very possibly Fowley's best record, this was recorded in 1970 while vacationing in Sweden with a local band. Revolutionary/revelatory social/pop commentary from the master. His lyrics are absolutely bang-on, about a million years ahead of the boring sloganeering of so many of his peers. Such an important figure but never made an impact with the yoursel a favour and check it out! Even the cover art looks like an 80s d-beat 12". £10

FUCK GEEZ - Once Upon A Time There Was Fuck Geez... LP [Social Napalm]

Excellent early Japanese hardcore here. These guys take many of the same influences of a lot of the Jap punk bands (ie Disorder, Chaos UK, Discharge) but also have a prevailing 77 sound, and are as a result much less reliant on the super-distortion of many of their contemporaries. This comp features 7" and flexi material from the early 80s and comes with a download for two full recent live sets. £7


New album from these long-running Japanese fast-core legends and it.....sounds exactly the same as their previously LPs. Which honestly isn't really a bad thing, cos these guys rule. Got their first record when it came out near 20 years ago now from Slap A Ham and they're still as intense as ever. £8

FYNN MCCOOL - Fynn McCool LP [Prog Temple]

Decent UK prog here from 1970. Has the odd shade of the Dr Z album, with quite a lot of key-led parts. £10

GALLOW GOD - False Mystical Prose LP [Psychedoomelic]

Epic-sounding doom metal, emphasis on the "metal"! The label describes this as "the record Sabbath should have made after Technical Ecstacy", which sounds like a decent description to me! £6

MARIO GARCIA - Sr. Cisne LP [Golden Pavillion]

Very under-the-radar obscure latin-infused psych prog from 1982 with plenty of fuzz guitar and wild Sanatana-esque solos with complex time signatures and some great crazy percussive parts. Available on red or black vinyl/sleeves. £8

GENESIS - The Magic Of Time LP [Verne]

Uninteresting fact: my favourite band who aren't The Fall are Genesis. Hackett-era Genesis I mean. This LP is PRE-Hackett Genesis, in their days as posh schoolboys being taken under the wing of creepy beast Jonathan King, and compiles a bunch of demos and out-takes from 67-68. The material here - and on their first album - isn't very progressive and has been pretty much ignored by the band, but for me there are still some great moments of psychedelic pop in a very sub-Moody Blues style going on here, and clear indications of what was to come. Peter Gabriel's early vocals in particular are something else! Maybe not recommended as your first Genesis album (I'd go for The Lamb or Foxtrot to ease yourself in!), but nevertheless highly recommended. £12

GERIATRIC UNIT - Distance And Damage LP [Boss Tuneage]

Excellent hardcore supergroup proving that the old guard do it better! Raging stuff. £6

GERK - First Discography LP [Crapoulet/Ravachol]

Speedy, grinding crust-punk from Argentina. This LP features 32 tracks from various splits and EPs. £4

THE GEROGERIGEGEGE - The Gerogerigegege 12" [Scrotum]

New Gero, first vinyl since the "reappearance". The A side is a stolen Japanese disco track with a bit of huffing over the top and the B side is wee excerpts of the same track repeated a few times. The back cover has a press release lifted completely from some US hip-hop live 12. I guess most people would consider this one of the worst and most pointless records ever produced; for me it confirms that Gero is the best fuckin band who isn't The Fall to have ever existed. I kinda hope everyone hates what he's coming up with now, cos I saw a lot of folk jump on the "oooohhh a ker-azeee LEGENDARY Japanese band are back together....yeaaaaah!!!" without having half a fucking clue what Gero is all about. Here's a story actually: a guy got in touch with me about 10 years ago asking my then-band to submit a track to his Gero tribute album. I guess he'd seen we were little more than a tribute band and played sort-of noisecore. So I said "yes, of course", and proceeded to tape a conversation of some workies out my back door having their lunch. I submitted it and he was like "erm this is not what The Gerogerigegege sound like", to which I replied, "YES IT FUCKING IS YOU IDIOT. I DON'T WANT TO BE ON YOUR POSER CLOWNSHOE COMPILATION ANYWAY". Track remains unreleased. It's a belter. £10

GERONIMO BLACK - Geronimo Black LP [Klimt]

Short-lived band formed by Jimmy Carl Black (that's right, The Indian of The Group!), this is their solitary (well there'd be a kinda-follow-up a few years later) album from 1972. The lineup is completed by various members of The Mothers Of Invention, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Love, Dr John's band.....pretty fuckin stellar basically! This isn't quite as out-there as some of those bands but without knowing a discerning ear would guess the provinence I reckon! Absolutely top stuff, and worth the entry price alone for the greasy fuzz stomp of opening track "Low Rider Man". Very good stuff! £10

GHOST - Opus Eponymous LP [Rise Above]

Restock! Debut album by the band who have probably caused the biggest stir in the underground in the past few years. I have to be honest, I think these guys are a kinda weak version of Mercyful Fate with gimmicky costumes and a good album sleeve designer. I'm not sure if the whole "occult rock" thing will run its course but this is pretty catchy heavy metal, I can imagine the game plan will be normalising this stuff and playing on Strictly Come Dancing within five years. (I wrote this description four years ago.....are we really that far off?) £17

GHOSTRIDER - Mayhemic Destruction + Rehearsal 1984 LP [FOAD]

Absolutely cracking demo from 1984 here. These guys definitely share the Italian horror metal sound of Death SS/Sacrilege etc but are way more extreme! There's a big Venom influence here: songs all have heavy occultish leanings and the recording is incredibly lo-fi. In fact I can hear the nascent sound of the South American bands very strongly here! Tons of bonus tracks are also included, best of all a brutal cover of one of my favourite ever metal bands: Omen's "The Axeman". Comes with a poster with loads of info, limited to only 150 on orange and black splatter vinyl. £13

GIN GOBLINS - What Lies Beyond LP [Deviance]

Long-running Scottish psychedelic horror punk. Still decent! £8

GINNUNGAGAP - Nejsi Vitez LP [Phobia]

Nope, not that kinda boring acoustic band Stephen O'Malley briefly did, these guys are Czech and play pretty standard crust-ish punk/HC. I dig the raw vocals, make me think of one of my favourites, Terveet Kadet. Musically, it's pretty melodic, raw hardcore, sounds pretty angry. £5

GOBLIN - Tour EP 2013 12" [Death Waltz]

Four of their most famous tracks re-recorded by the "new" Goblin here at a nice price. Included in this wee EP are Suspiria, Tenebrae, Roller and Profundo Rosso. I think it's bollocks, personally, but the Death Waltz fannies are all over it. £7

GODSTOPPER - What Matters LP [Insulin Addicted/Milgram/City 17/AOTU/Absurd Eposition]

Really heavy but also incredibly listenable, hook-laden sludge. These guys even remind me a bit of a properly heavy doomy version of Fugazi or something, there's certainly a very post-hardcore element to it (but not in a pure boring way like all those shite bands who sound like a Tesco Value Neurosis). Would definitely be the business for fans of mid-period Melvins, early Torche, Floor etc. £6

GOREPHILIA - Ascend To Chaos LP [Me Saco Un Ojo]

Excellent gloomy death metal from Finland that very much harks back to the glory days of the scene. There was always very much a doom element to the Finnish bands (Demigod's first album is the absolute peak of the style if you ask me and worth tracking down) and this one is sludgy as fuck with great gutteral vocals ala Impetigo's "Ultimo Mondo Cannibale" record. This is what Domination would've sounded like if Morbid Angel hadn't gone a bit shit by that point. £6

GRAND MAGUS - Triumph And Power LP [Nuclear Blast]

Now on their seventh album (it really doesn't feel that long since I saw them supporting Orange Goblin just after releasing their debut!), Grand Magus are 100% 'eavy metal these days and have settled into a sound that's gained them a huge army of loyal fans. They're pretty polished these days, but really powerful sounding with a total 80s sound that nevertheless never sounds willfully "retro". Total chest-pounding, longboat-rowing stuff! If Priest weren't quite so prog these days (not a bad thing by the way) they'd sound like this. Excellent art from the man of the moment, Tony Roberts. pound;13

GRATEFUL DAD - Moomin Valley Of The Dolls LP [Ramekuukkeli]

Music made by a Finnish guy (presumably the titular Dad) utilising his kid's toys exclusively. Sounds range from spacey, ambient, floating, almost kosmiche numbers to harsh industrial noise-fests. I guess it depends what toy he's playing with at the time eh. Interesting stuff, and limited to 200 copies! £6

JUSTIN GREAVES - The Devil's Business OST LP [Death Waltz]

It's not often that a modern horror film does much for me but I really enjoyed The Devil's Business. Reminded me a lot of the excellent films of Ben Wheatley. The soundtrack (by Crippled Black Phoenix/ex-Electric Wizard/Iron Monkey drummer Justin Greaves) is excellent...going from sparse almost post-rock to moments of palpable creeping tension, and certainly befits the otherworldly demonic atmosphere the film evokes. Top marks. £8

HAAN - Sing Praises 12" [Kaos Kontrol]

Debut 12er from this NYC noise rock band. Theese guys aren't reinventing the wheel here. They're not even refining it to be honest....but if you've worn out your Unsane, Helmet and 16 records or just proper love that muscular, ultra-riffing/screeching feedback sound then this is worth a listen. £7

HAEMOPHAGUS - Slaves To The Necromancer LP [Zas]

Really punchy and catchy grind/death metal. I think these guys are Italian, there's definitely a very Euro sound to em, also a big Razorback Records influence I think. They've listened to the Repulsion more than a few times most definitely, I've definitely heard a few of these riffs before. Sleeves are a bit worn as this label is physically incapable of sending me records that don't have damage to the fucking covers. I also sold a sealed LP to a guy from this band with the addendum "I don't know the colour of this LP as it's sealed!" and he gave me negative feedback cos it was a different colour. What a fucking penis. As a result of these two massive crimes against humanity, and since I don't really want to be associated in any way with such creitnous behaviour, the price has been reduced accordingly. £2

HANGMAN'S CHAIR - Banlieue Triste 2xLP [Music Fear Satan]

Fifth (!) album from these guys. Dunno if they're really doom or what...they play a kinda ultra-polished commercial doom. It's kinda like what Ghost are to heavy metal. I can see tons of folk being proper into it but defo doesnae do anyfink for me. £12


Hangman's Chair do kinda poppy doom metal. It's sometimes heavy as fuck and I think it's really decent but I can;t shake the fact that it sounds a wee bit like Michael Bolton playing doom and I suspect my mum would enjoy them. Greenmachine are the business, saw them live over a decade ago in a Japanese shed with Corrupted! Theyve been going forever without making much of an impact on the international scene which is kinda astonishing, cos they're a million miles better than a lot of the guff that folk cream their pants over. Their one long tune here is a decent slow crawler. Not as stoner-ish as their early gear though....always thought Greenmachine were as good as Church Of Misery. Someone get out the first two albums on vinyl, they were the business! £8


Cool-as-you-like score for one of the coolest films of the swinging 60s (and one of my favourite-ever films in fact!). Not only featuring Hancock, this has the brilliant Train Keeps A Rollin by The Yardbirds, which has to be the best appearance by a rock band in the history of cinema. Could be wrong but I'm pretty sure this is the only recorded document of both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck appearing together on a Yardbirds tune, absolutely franic, guitar-obliterating stuff! Soundtrack heaven....get it! £18

HARPON - Beji LP [Kaos Kontrol]

Gotta be honest, this one appealed to me immediately well more than the Haan record above. It's still noise rock I guess, but it's much looser and less METAL sounding, with tons of dissonant, sub-gothic guitar wails all over the shop. There's still stop/start tempos and gruff vocals but I love how it just comes across as an absolute fucking mess. Cool! £7

HARROWED - Into Inferno 12" [Feast Of Tentacles]

Raging, savage metallic hardcore with some good mid-paced breakdowns. £4

HC MINDS - The Beginning Of The End LP [Streaks]

Powerful and punchy sludge metal from ex-members of Corrupted and future YOB guys. £5

HEADLESS DEATH - A Hideous Warning LP [RSR]

Rough grind. £8

HEATHENDOM - Heathendom LP [Pariah Child]

Quite an interesting sound these guys; they take the choral choruses and sweeping sound of King Diamond solo albums with a mournful traditional doom sound. It comes across pretty well, even though it may seem a little pompous at times, though I guess if you've got this far into reading this you're likely interested enough in Euro metal that you're probably quite used to pomp with your metal! £6


Hellbastard made maybe the quintessential crust demo, "Ripper Crust", their debut Lp was an absolute classic dank punk/metal hybrid and their second album "Natural Order" was a face-ripping violent thrash belter. But you know what? Nobody gets a pass for life, particularly in punk - a genre which came about from rallying against complacency and musical conservatism - so I'm not gonna crawl up their arses just cos I love their early material, and frankly, this stuff is pretty balls. The music is kinda ok. Stupid intro track aside, it's just standard thrash, maybe a wee bit stop-start Pantera in places, but not a complete disaster. The lyrics are abysmal, just total moron "I hate the system, me" crud. Opening chorus: "We're all bitches now, Nobody gives a shit, Locked on 100 targets, Nobody gives a fuck". Whoa. Somebody overturn the government right now. Herida Profunda play pretty boring hardcore with a crust bent and kinda grind vocals. It's on a picture disc, but rather than put all the info on one of the gazillion inserts that come along with this thing, they've jammed it all on the record, along with the fucking gash new Hellbastard logo, which features skulls, wings, AND GUNS. Thinking I've maybe been too harsh here, but christ, just seems amazing to me that so many people involved in reformed bands these days can be so out of touch with what the score is, probably cos they're surrounded with sycophantic arse candles who tell them everything they come up with is class. Get the Endless Grinning Skulls record instead, guys who've been at it for years who are actually still relevant. £5

HELLISHEAVEN - Abyss Of War LP [Zaraza]

Rough, crusty grindcore from Poland. £5

HELL UNITED - Aura Damage LP [Hellthrasher]

Crap name but nevertheless good Polish death metal with a really raw production and head-pummeling blasts throughout. Nice gatefold sleeve. £4

HIDDEN MASTERS - Of This And Other Worlds LP [Rise Above]

Excellent debut album from this Glasgow three-piece who have been gracing stages here for the past few years, so chuffed to see them get a bit of widespread recognition at last! Given that Rise Above have been plumping for reasonably safe Tesco Value Sabbath kids of late, it's nice to see them release a record by (an albeit very retro-influenced) band who are both diverse and ecclectic in tone and influence. I guess at base is a late 60's psychedelic pop sound but there's electric blues, soul, early 70s prog rock, the odd heavy metal riff and I'm sure I heard a bit of surf guitar in there at one point, all held together with some really sublime vocal harmonies. Really cracking stuff! £17

HIJOKAIDAN - Emergency Stairway To Heaven LP + CD [Cold Spring]

New album from one of the all-time heavy-hitters of not just Japanese noise but noise in general. This new album sees them at their free-form, caustic best...full-blown guitar feedback blowout, screeching electronic tones and mental vocals. As a bonus this comes with a full recent live set of them performing this material. Hijokaidan are definitely a live band (I saw them play Glasgow a few years ago and it was the loudest thing I have ever heard!) and this disc captures them perfectly. Smart picture disc that actually sounds ok. £12

HIRAX - Not Dead Yet: Raging Violence / Hate, Fear And Power LP [War On Music]

Superb vinyl reissue of the first two Hirax albums, with a gatefold sleeve and full artwork for both. Speedy thrash with a big dollop of hardcore energy, these guys were one of the earliest proponents of the crossover sound, yet never hit the big league of luminaries such as Metallica, Megadeth and Exodus. Both these LPs are excellent though and their best material by some way. Egg On The Hirax Cover! £10

HIRAX - The New Age Of Terror LP [SMG]

After 20 years this was Hirax's comeback album, and it's an absolute rager! Not quite up to the ultimately high standard of the first two LPs but this un's still a topper. Gatefold sleeve. £7

HOLOCAUST - Live (Hot Curry And Wine) LP + 7" [High Roller]

"The Nightcomers" was one of the first ever NWOBHM albums I ever got, my local record store in Killie having a copy on CD sitting there for years gathering dust before I picked it up, based entirely on the idea that any band called Holocaust must be good. I was right! This one is one of the best live metal albums ever for me, a proper storming set comprising mostly new material at the time. Brilliant hard rock/heavy metal and maybe Scotland's best-ever metal band. Black and white split vinyl, limited to 350. £14

HORSE BASTARD - Giraffetermath 10" [Dead Heroes]

Wow! Really raging and non-stop speed grindcore from Liverpool. Never heard of these guys before but they've probably been in loads of other bands before. This is definitely total paint-stripping stuff and will appeal to fans of UK heroes The Afternoon Gentlemen. Best artwork of the week here too; a great drawing of "Terminator horse vs 50% black metal Robocop"! £8 £5

HOW / VIOLENT HEADACHE - Split LP [Parade/Mundo Mejor/Kremon]

Violent grindcore split. £4

THE HOWLING WIND - Vortex LP [Throne]

New album from long-running black metal band from Ryan of Unearthly Trance. There's certainly some crossover from his UT days but the sound of Howling Wind is very firmly rooted in repetitive, droning black metal. Always thought The Howling Wind was an absolute beezer of a band name and it suits their eerie sound perfectly. £8

HUMANS THE SIZE OF MICROPHONES - Human Crop Circles LP [Superfi]

Good stuff here, metallic hardcore that has that really massive sound where it's as if ten bands are playing the same thing at the same time. Great! Apparently were due to do a split with Electric Wizard at one point but I cannae see it myself. £7

HUMILIATION - Under The Siege Of Invasion LP [Dark Side Of Punk]

"Military death metal". Is that a thing, now? Well, this sounds pretty much like later Bolt Thrower from the off so I guess it is. Honestly, if you like "Honour, Valour, Pride" then you I deny you to not enjoy this. Otherwise, well I probably lost you at "military death metal", eh? £7

HAL HUTCHINSON - Corrupted Scrap LP [Freak Animal]

Scrap metal noise attack! £12

HYPNOSIS - Moon Of Death And Other Recent Works LP [Urashima]

Sewer Election meets Skull Defekts fro some really minimal cold tape drones. As with all Urashima release, this is limited to 99 copies and apparently comes in luxury packaging, but it actually comes in the cheapest packaging possible: blank labels, printing on one side of a sleeve, insert out a home printer and snide thin plastic wrap. £12

HYPO-CHRISTIANS - Terror During Prayer LP [Haunted Hotel]

Raw, very old-school-sounding grindcore. £8

IC REX - Sielun Kadotuksen Sinfonia / Lunar Possession 2xLP [Ahdistuksen Aihio]

Absolutely exemplary black metal from Finland, I know absolutely nothing about these guys but the sound is total Burzum demo...real fuzzy, abrasive guitar sounds, desperate vocals and a truly haunting atmosphere. Another of my all-time favourites, Ildjarn, definitely springs to mind when listening to this too. Comes with a bonus LP with the bands demo on too. Highly recommended! £10

INEVITABLE END - The Severed Inception LP [Relapse]

Insanely tight, ultra-fast, all-over-the-place death/grind/thrash from Sweden. I listened to a side of this and it was pretty unrelenting stuff, with the odd moment of somewhat melodious relief before the onslaught of 100mph riffs and blasts came in again! £4

INJEKTING KHAOS - Injekting Khaos 12" [Temple Of Flesh]

Ultra-violent, primal black metal from Greece. A real face-ripper this one, at close range it could definitely flay the skin right off yer chops! Very good, and nice screenprinted packaging to boot. £6

THE INSECT TRUST - The Insect Trust LP [Phoenix]

Excellent debut (from 1969) of exploratory psych/folk/progressive from the US. Sharing a sound maybe with contemporaries Jefferson Airplane, this is often quite acid-tinged but with a definite blues, roots feel. Their second album I think is even better but this is great stuff! £8

INSULTERS - We Are The Plague LP [Trabuc/Equinox]

Members of Graveyard and Morbid Flesh come together to pay tribute to the old guard here with an unapologetic take on thrash/death. It's not going to win any awards, indeed songs like "Dynamite The Mosque" are likely to have them stoned in certain countries, but subtle these guys are not. If punky death metal with songs about putting priests to death whilst drinking beer and fornicating with loose women are your thing, welcome to your new favourite album. £5

INSURANCE RISK - Violence In Our Minds LP [Crucial Response]

When I was a teenager, Crucial Response was one of the first more "underground" labels I got into, and the first time I picked up records by bands who SOUNDED LIKE bands I liked but I'd otherwise never heard of. Nowadays we've got Youtube and Bandcamp and all that everything's available but it was cool sometimes to just pick up some cheap CDs based on a "this band sounds like SSD but faster!" description. Looking at the cover, which is a rip of the Negative FX album, tells us all about these guys: very violent, aggressive hardcore in the Boston style, pretty big chunk of Negative Approach going on there too. Needless to say, it's pretty good and if I'd got it blind in the mail as a kid I'd have fecking loved it. £6

INTRO5PECT - Realpolitik! LP [Looney Tunes]

Odd mix of techno and anarcho punk. Featuring members of Leftover Crack. £3

IRON FIST OF THE SUN - We Can Yield Our Own Footsteps LP [Cold Spring]

Great new album from one of the best modern PE acts around. Had the pleasure of coming out of gig retirement to put IFotS on last year and his set was the highlight for me: absolutely brutal and meticulous in their planning and delivery. Played a few tunes of this too I believe! If you're into PE and haven't checked this guy out et, yer missing out big time pal! I have clear and black vinyl copies. £9

IZUKAITZ - Otsoa Dantzan LP [Guerssen]

Second (and very slightly more progressive) album from this late-70s Basque folk band. Straddling the early Steeleye Span/folk-oriented Fairport line, this will definitely appeal to 70s folk fans. £8


Dunno about this...electro-pop-sounding stuff, Bookwar has some rapping in Russian on it? Erm aye. Some sleeve damage (one corner bent on all copies) due to snide packaging on its way to me. £4

JERRY'S KIDS - Is This My World? + This Is Boston Not LA Sessions LP [fanclub]

One of the greatest (quite possibly THE greatest?) hardcore full-lengths of all time. I'm not gonna go into a lengthy essay about why this is ace, I'd like to think you'll trust me and pick it up, cos if you think yer into hardcore and don't know this one, you've been missing out, pal. By some way the msot intense HC recording ever made in my humble opinion...entirely flawless! Also has their tracks from Boston Not LA which are similarly fuckin brilliant. Gettit!!! £12

JESUS CROST - 1986 LP [Rodel]

The 1986 World Cup is memorable for Maradonna's brilliant goal against England and also the one where he beat loads of players single-handedly then scored (see what I did there?). It's also noteable for yet another instance of Scotland being drawn in a pure fuckin brutal group and getting knocked out very narrowly despite definitely deserving to get out their group. It's now also the subject of a grindcore album. Jesus Crost play really catchy grind with dual vocals (one a kinda death rasp and the other that really annoying pig squeal thing); it's often start-stop stuff but sometimes a great riffs kicks in and it's proper good. Each song I assume is meant to be named after a player who played at the World Cup, except John Fashanu never played at a World Cup. Should've named it Gordon Strachan instead. Amateurs. £8

JOYTHIEF - Crooked-Edge Carnivores 10" + CD [RRSS]

I'm completely baffled by this: the art is a pair of fists with a line of cocaine and streaky bacon making an X on each hand. Are they taking the piss out of straight edge people? Are they straight edge themselves? Are they taking the piss out of lapsed edgers? Why would anyone care? As someone who doesn't smoke, drink, take drugs or eat meat, the idea of defining yerself by what you don't do seems absurd to me now I'm not a teenager, and the idea of criticising someone else for something they don't even more stupid. The cover art is fucking terrible either way. So what do these guys sound like? Ok grind, pretty gnarly. Plenty of pop culture samples taken right out the Spazz book of "how to use a funny sample out of the Simpsons", Chapter One. £6

SUSAN JUSTIN - Forbidden World OST LP [Death Waltz]

This one's a belter, an 80s synth score with a real driving new wave sound to it. Great later Corman space-based splatter film too! £10

KALLOUSED - Damn You Believer LP [Feast Of Tentacles]

A bastard child of doom, sludge and post-hardcore. Might be cos I was listening to Neurosis earlier today but didn't do much for me. Clear vinyl. £8

KATAKLYSM - The Mystical Gate Of Reincarnation LP [Animate]


KATAKLYSM - The Prophecy (Stigmata Of The Immaculate) LP [Animate]

2000 album and I'd lost touch with these guys by this point so this is my first-ever listen to this album. I seem to remember them getting like a hardcore guy in to do vocals but there's no trace of that here, it sounds class. So much so in fact, that I'm keeping one of these for myself! The sound is tempered and more "mature" (ie it's not just all going in totally different directons madness, but it's still ultra-techy and intense. Great! £10

KATATONIA - For Funerals To Come... LP [Peaceville]

An excellent companion piece to Brave Murder Day, this EP came out before it I think and features a whole B side of extra tracks (well two of them!). Superb goth-infused black/doom. £15

KEITZER - As The World Burns LP [7 Degrees]

Grind with a crust/hardcore edge and a definite early Florida death metal influence (some of these riffs are very Altars Of Madness!) going on. £4

KIND EYES - It's Ok, It's Not Ok LP [Superfi]

Congratulations are due here for having the wettest band name AND album title I've ever seen....and both on the one record. I can almost hear these guys giving a mumbled apology for it and I've not even listened to the record yet. Haaaaaa.......take that back! Was expecting a pure sissy weep-fest but there you go, don't judge a band by their poofy name, this is alright. Two piece guitar/drums, very stripped back and reminiscent of mid-90s Dischord I guess, maybe a bit of Kill Rock Stars sound say in there too, good riffs. I dig it. Sorry for making fun of your name. £7

KISSING SPELL - Los Pajaros LP [Essex]

One of the most legendary of the South American early progressive albums, this is a classic of melodic, beautifully-crafter compositions with the odd killer fuzz lead and a transcendental otherwordly atmosphere. Remastered from original master tapes in stereo sound for the first time. £12

KNIFEDOUTOFEXISTENCE - Immaturity Of Movement LP [Outisder Art]

Pretty lo-fi, spacious-sounding PE/noise. Loops/feedback/distorted vox. Could have come from Broken Flag early 80s era. £6

KOBORY / METRALLETA - Split 10" [Khhapspmch]

Kobory: very lo-fi (all hi hat and drums way high in the mix) grindcore with great vocals like Oscar Garcia was coming out with on that first Terrorizer record, before everyone tried to be more "extreme" than each other and just ended up sounding stupid. Great stuff! Metralleta: fast screaming hardcore. £7 £4

KOLLAPSE - Angst LP [RRSS etc]

Different to pin down, these guys play sometimes grind, moreoften metalcore, kinda Breach-ish, sometimes more post-metal like Isis or something. It's not bad! Blue or black vinyl. £8

TAKEHISA KOSUGI - Studio Improvisations, Tokyo 16th and 17th September, 1974 LP [B13]

Debut solo recording from Taj Mahal Travellers man Kosugi. While maintaining the spacey, psychedelic improvisations of THT, this record (which is essentially just a reissue of his debut album Catch-Wave under a different name) is instead two tracks of deep, probing drone. Excellent minimalist music that sits alongside western contemporaries like Cage, Conrad etc. Clear screenprinted sleeve, red vinyl. £7

KULTURKAMPF - Caught In A Web Of Violence LP [Looney Tunes]

Absolutely cracking comp of this anarcho band's two demos. Bargain!!! £3

LAHDON AIKA - II LP [Ramekuukkeli]

Crushing, heavy sludge with a strong crust/dark hardcore influence £6

LAMORT - Jus LP [various labels]

Great new album from one of my favourite nu-sludge bands. Actually, that's not a fair term cos they're not really sludge. They take their cues from Kilslug/Upsidedown Cross, maybe played at a slower pace. Theye've definitely been listening to stuff like Eyehategod in their time, but it's got none of that fucking guff southern-fried riffing that let's face it, fuck all bands except Eyehategod are any good at. Anyway, this is proper twisted stuff love it!! £8

LATINS 80 - Foglie Gialle All'Imbrunire LP [Cinedelic]

Fantastic bossa from 1970 here, this is bang-on euro-cine soundtrack material straight outta Emanuelle film. Nice cheap price on this one as got some bargain stock from Cinedelic! £5

JOSH LAY - Rotted Afterlife LP [Urashima]

Superb echoing, dark and oppressive death industrial. £8

THE LAZE - Phantom Of The Opera OST LP [One Way Static]

I'm not sure about this one. On one hand, it's an absolute fuckin' BELTER of a soundtrack...taking in heavy-riffing bum rock, 80s-synth, cheesy guitar, atmospheric ambient parts....but as a score to the original silent 20s classic I don't think it works at all. I just don't really get the motivation behind it really, they could've essentially re-scored ANY film with this soundtrack. So, in summation: get it cos the music's good. Don't listen to it with the film on! £12

LEBENSESSENZ - Tage Der Nostalgie LP [Dunkelheit]

Solo piano composition from Brazil, seems to be concerned with Victorian art; certainly there's a Leighton painting on the front cover and a Mallais on the inside. Got to be honest I'm a feedback-loving troglodyte so this isn't really my bag and thus I can't give much critical commentary on it. £5

LEDGE - Year One LP [Feast Of Tentacles]

Crushing doom/sludge. £8

LEECHFEAST / METH DRINKER - Split 12" [Dry Cough]

Leechfeast are from Slovenia, this is the first I've heard em. Pretty decent stuff, clean vocals buried deep in the mix mixed with the usual bile-spewing. Definite funeral doom influence with some total Skepticism guitar lines. Obvious comparisons to Burning Witch but that's no bad thing. Decent. Meth Drinker are from New Zealand and I've no idea what they've got to be so miserable about. When I was there it was lovely. Should come and live in Killie for a wee while. Anyway, their ten minuter here comes across a bit like a less punk-influenced Grief; I like that it's pretty much bass-led throughout. Again, pretty good! £8

LEFT FOR DEAD - Mass Media Distortion LP [Looney Tunes]

Melodic old-school punk with an aggressive edge. £4

LIVE FAST DIE FAST - Keep Your Fingers Crossed LP [Full Circle]

Was hoping this band were named after the GG song but I doubt it...this is total 90s NYHC style hardcore. Lots of songs about how hardcore will never die, how everyone's brothers, and gan choruses on every song. If you like 90s-era Agnostic Front, big man with tattoos who wear shorts no matter the weather, bandanas, guitar breaks where everyone jumps at the same time, circle pits, Biohazard, the vocalist pointing his microphone into the crowd a lot, videos with guys walking pitbulls don the street, the prison drama OZ, buttoning yer shirt right up to the top along with really white socks.....then you'll dig this brah! £5

LOADED FOR BEAR / BIZARRE X - Split LP [Dead Heroes]

Raw, savage PV from Loaded For Bear (good name, I still dig The Nuge if no-one else does). This is pretty loose but I really like the savagery of it. Bizarre X should need no of those bands who by accident I manage to have about 20 7"s by. Going since the mid 90s these guys are one of the best of the German grind/thrashcore/PV bands and their side of this LP is top-class stuff, very much in the vein of the early US power vilence bands, with those vocals that sound like the singer's in the middle of eating a huge cake while in the recording booth and plenty of stop-start tempos. Recommended! £4

LOST BOYS / IRRADIATES - Split 12" [Impure Muzik/Insulin Addicted/Dangerhouse/Brazos Locos]

Lost Boys give us a couple of tracks steeped very much in the early-80s USA punk/HC style. Think early DOA, JFA and Aganet Orange. The Irradiates play punky surf rock not a million miles from Man Or Astroman? etc. £3

THE LOWEST FORM - Personal Space LP [Harbinger Sound]

Pretty chaotic stuff here, I dunno honestly if I'd call this hardcore. It's probably closest in sound to the more quirky Finn bands of the early 80s. Not bad stuff. £12

LYOTO MUSIC - Lyoto Music LP [Urashima]

Creeping, sparse collaboration between Pietro Mazzocchin (The New Sadism, Observation Clinique, Swastika Kommando) and Pierpaolo Zoppo (Mathausen Orchestra). Great. £17

MACERATION - A Serenade Of Agony LP [The Crypt]

Decent if not spectacular death metal here from Denmark from 1990. These guys owe an awful lot to the Florida sound: in particular Obituary is a major touchstone with the gloomy majestic leads intersposed with moments of blasting speed. These guys are mostly known for the fact that Dan Swano filled in on vocals to record this album, which is a shame as this is much more than just another Swano project. Good stuff, recommended for anyone seeking new (old) death metal! Black and red vinyl available. £15

MAGMA - Riah Sahiltaahk LP [Jaa Village]

New record of impossibly complex, brilliantly catchy prog from one of the best bands ever. Lovely shiny metallic sleeve. £15

THE MAKAI - Embracing The Shroud Of A Blackened Sky LP [Halo Of Flies]

One epic song over a whole LP infusing elements of metal, blackened crust, doom and hardcore. Very intense listen. Nice package, comes with a gigantic poster. £5

MANSION - We Shall Live LP [Streaks]

RESTOCK! Another entry into the seemingly-endless tide of "occult rock" bands hitting us like a never-ending late-night Channel 4 Friday night showing of Hammer Horror films, Mansion are neverthless not bad. Hailing from Finland, their riff-heavy stern female-vocal approach isn't a million miles away from countrymen/women Jess And The Ancient Ones or maybe Seremonia. There's a heavy NWOBHM vibe going on here, with precise riffing and a lot of doomy passages. Overall a really solid slice of doom rock with great vox and a stellar production. One to watch out for! Limited to 500 copies only on clear vinyl. £7

MASSGRAV - Stockholm Rockers LP [SMG]

Ultra-ultra-fast punk. Proper aggressive but with a great ear for a decent tune. £8

MASSGRAVE / SUFFERING MIND - Split 9" + DVD [Behind The Mountain]

Behind The Mountain certainly seem to be a label obsessed with awkward vinyl sizes. I'm not really one for gimmicky stuff like this - it just makes the record more expensive to produce for no real tangible benefit other than it's got an inch less of diameter - but fair play to them, there's a million labels out there and you've got to differentiate yourself in some way really. You get around ten minutes from each band; Massgrave have a really rough dirty grind sound with a totally tinny drum sound, whilst SM play top-notch old school grind. I've had tons of gear in by them in the past year or so, I guess you'll know the score by now! This release also features a DVD which has a live set by each band on it. Great value package! £9 £6

MASSGRAVE - Massgrave LP [Haunted Hotel]

Raw, chaotic grind from Canada. £8

MASSGRAVE - The Absurdity Of Humanity LP [Haunted Hotel]

Rabid, crusty grind. £8

MASTER - Command Your Fate: The Demo Collection LP [Animate]

This is A demo collection rather than THE demo collection, which in my mind would imply the band's first recordings. This is in fact a kinda random selection of bonus tracks seemingly picked out the air. It includes the Follow The Saviour EP from 2001, the "Everything Is Rotten" demo from 2005 (which appeared previously as bonus tracks on Slave To Society), and a demo called "The Final Word2 from 95. All good stuff (it's MASTER innit!) but seems like a cheap cash-in to me with no artistic coherence at all. £9

MATTIN - Songbook #6 LP [Crudites]

Mattin is one of the coolest guys going. I love his total dedication to pushing boundaries, his ceaseless energy, and the fact that he thinks the Lou Reed/Metallic LP is the best album ever. This album sees him bring together a bunch of musicians (none of which I know but I'm sure have done stuff somewhere else) and make some cut-up-sounding (but not cut up) OUT-rock. I guess a lazy comparison would be Boredoms or maybe Buttholes at their most non-linear, but this doesn't really sound like anyone, which is really what Mattin's work is all about. Every so often they'll hit upon a TUNE though that shows they're not just fucking about. Ace. £8

MAUTHAUSEN ORCHESTRA - Murderfuck LP [Urashima]

Brutal early power electronics from the master. £17

MAYHEM - Live In Leipzig LP [Peaceville]

For me, one of the greatest black metal albums of all time. The recording quality sometimes isn't quite there, but the songs are, and Dead's performance is the absolute BOLLOCKS. Leipzig, are you Dead? Utterly essential black metal. Reissued with the original sleeve. Black vinyl. £18

MAYHEM - Live In Zeitz LP [Peaceville]

It sounds like absolute shite and really isn't worthy of any more than bonus tracks on a CD (which....I believe it was, ha!), but if you must be a vinyl guy for things that have no discernable audio quality then knock yerself out, fella. Has some decent liner notes and that cool picture of Euronymous where he looks like an evil statue. Black vinyl. £18

MAYHEM - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas LP [Back On Black]

Reissue of what I'd honestly call the ultimate black metal album. It may have come out after several of the other seminal releases of the genre and after both vocalist and guitarist and main songwriter were dead, but the power of the songs and sound and atmospherics were utterly undiminished. Cold, dark, fast and grim - this is everything black metal should be, with a great bizarre vocal performance from studio hand (and later official singer), Attila Csihar. If yer into black metal and don't have this, yer not into black metal pal. £14

CECIL MCCARTNEY - Om LP [Lost Century]

Wow. Pretty far-out hippie folk pop from Cecil (a cousin of Paul!) from 1968, this features mainly tunes penned by him but also tracks written for him by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Penny Seeger. Written off as a nut-case by most, this was his only album and the "love everyone, don't eat animals, shalom" message may seem trite (and he's mostly known for apparently falling out with close friend Van Morrison over where Myra Hindley was a true Christian or not), but this is nevertheless often wonderful folk-psych and is a perfect late-60s time capsule. Great stuff! £8

MEGATOMB - Louder Than A Thousand Deaths 12" [Me Saco Un Ojo]

Fierce and relentless whirlwind black-tinged thrash metal that seldom lets up during its 17 minute run-time. Definitely one for fans of the early teutonic thrash wave, early Desaster and Kreator in particular. £5

MELVINS - Stoner Witch LP [Music On Vinyl]

It's easy to forget with some of the absolute boring dross and impossible-to-purchase shit they've been giving us the past 2 decades that there was a time when the Melvins were just about the best fuckin band on the planet. That time very well may have been around 1994 when Stoner Witch was inexplicably released on a major label. Totally twisted, with moments of utter brilliance throughout. It's still ultra-heavy but by this point they were really concentrating on writing top tunes. Mark D was in and probably a major factor on the more weird material (see Stag then Honky for further journeys into madness). At The Stake remains one of my favourite songs ever recorded and is enough to justify anyone shelling out 17 quid to own this on vinyl! £17

MELVINS - Stag LP [Music On Vinyl]

It took me a while to get into this one. It was my pal - and ultra Melvins fan - Leckie's favourite Melvins album, and my teenage self should've listened to him, paid more attention and not dismissed the "weird songs that aren't music", cos that's what makes the Melvins GOOD. The idea that they joined a major label (it seems purely on the basis that they were pals with Kurt Cobain) and made music that was probably less viable than the already not-very-commercially-viable gear from before, is very cool indeed. This album was the final straw for Atlantic, and it's pretty obvious why. It's schizophrenic as fuck, with brass, sitar, heavy tunes, ambient tunes, white noise. It's fucked! It rules! Side note: a Funeral Mongoloids album was recorded featuring Pasi from Bizarre Uproar, me, George Mutant Ape and Pekka Gelsomina. We recorded it on a tape machine but I couldn't find any blank tapes in my house, so I just took my copy of Stag on cassette, recorded off a CD in the 90s. Dunno why, but it only recorded over one channel, so that album should be in mono. (might have been even better if the Melvins songs had been kept in one channel tbh!) £17

MESSIAH - Underground LP [Floga]

The death metal was gone by this one unfortunately and this is probably Messiah's least inspiring album. Not a disaster by any manner of means, this is copetent Exhorder-style thrash that doesn't live up to the high standard of previous offerings. Limited to 200 on gold/black swirl vinyl. £7

METRALLETA - Metralleta 12" [Chaos 666]

Powerful, angry hardcore with pure rabid shredding vocals. £4

MICHEL ANOIA - Plethora LP [Underground Pollution]

Savage, caustic and raw grindcore from France. £5

MINION - Out Of The Carnage... LP [Vendetta]

Swedish-sound death metal with a heavy thrash bent and the odd grindcore-style fast bit in there for good measure. Bargain! £3

MINKIONS - Distorted Pictures From Distorted Reality LP [Doomentia]

An absolutely unknown quantity to me, I picked this one up for distro entirely based on the fact that I thought the cover art was pretty cool. Can you imagine how good it would be were there a band who sound like a cross between VOIVOD and THE ACCUSED? Well, imagine no more Sparky and just buy this record!! The cover and band logo instantly screams "MARTHA!!!" and indeed the punk/thrash hybrid is there but a lot of the early guitar lines are 100% total early Piggy. Fuckin great stuff, cannae get enough of these guys!! £7

MISFITS - Evilive LP [Plan 9/Caroline]

Brilliant first official live alum from the Misfits. Heavy on the Walk Among Us tracklist - think most of that album is represented here - this is prime horror punk. Not the best recording in the whole world, but then what Misfits live recordings are? "This is Henry from Black Flag", class. Unfortunately copies of this came in with dings to the bottom left corners so price is reduced accordingly. £8

MOKSHA - Sang De Roure LP [Odio Sonoro]

Raging punky metal/hardcore that has elements of HHIG and definitely mid-period (ie To Ride...) Entombed to it. Pretty good!! £5

MOLOCH - Horizont LP [Le Crepuscle Du Soir]

New album from this prolific Ukrainian one-man band. Moloch is one of the better synth/black metal acts going, with a very strong Burzum element to its sound, particularly the simplistic synth songs from Filosofem. There's one "proper" black metal song on here which comes as a bit of a surprise (not a bad one, mind) and has a nearly Hammerheart element to it. Would like to hear and album's worth of just that stuff! I don't reall like picture discs, but this comes with a really nice simple winter forest image, and supplements the evocative sound of the music brilliantly. Lim 250. £7

MOLOCH / ENSORCELOR - Split LP [Feast Of Tentacles/De Graan Republiek/Psychic Assault]

Interesting pairing of two sludge bands who both take the genre from different end of the spectrum. Moloch are in the Eyehategod school of downtuned feedback-drenched slow-punk riff interspersed with fast parts; Ensorcelor are more esoteric in their approach with a really tortured bass trawl with death-throe howls. Really impressive packaging! £6

MONARCH - Die Tonight LP [Music Fear Satan]

Restock. I'm not gonna beat about the bush here okay, I think Monarch are shit. And as happens every time I say I don't like a band, and I get a greeting faced whingy email from them moaning that I'm "talking shit" about them blah blah blah.....I don't like your band, deal with it. If you ever heard any bands I was in, you'd probably hate them, they were crap. some guy's opinion generally doesn't count for a whole lot so change your wet pants, compose yourself and get a grip! So, given all of that, I do realise that every time I get Monarch records in, they always sell really well, so the kinda folk who buy off me really like the band, so fair enough! Musically it's the worst kind of hipster "DOOOOOOM" crap that goes on forever without ever really actually doing anything (not in a good way), and has cutesy artwork with stars all over and Hello Kitty inverted crosses, and the band members probably have a picture of Abbath from Immortal Photoshopped onto a pony as their desktop screensaver....but if that's yer bag, bingo! Personally I'd get the Legion Of Andromeda album to hear what heavy and repetitive is all about, but as I said, one man's opinion! £8

MONARCH - Sabbracadaver 2xLP [Music Fear Satan]

Ultra-slow droning amplifier worship from France. Fair fucks to these guys, ten years on from when everyone was doing this kinda thing they're still sticking at it. It's definitely far from an easy listen! And that's as good as it'll get from me. Doom isn't meant to be positive anyway, is it? £12

MORDGRUND - Omnia Intereunt LP [Black Devastation]

Driving old school black metal. Limited to 97. £7

ENNIO MORRICONE - The Link (Extrasensorial) OST LP [Dagored]

I've not seen the film from which this soundtrack comes, but the cover art looks suitably early 80s-cold/grim sci-fi so shall have to check it out. Music-wise it's on the face of it quite traditional almost melodramatic Morricone fare; swooping strings and beautiful, memorable melodies, but there are layers of electronic manipulation, dark synths creeping in, long ambient short, a great variation on a theme (pun intended!). Now, to check out the film! All my copies of this have a 2" split seam on the top, so price is reduced accordingly. That's twice now the distributor have attempted to get them to me in one piece, and twice now they have failed in their mission. I give up! £8


Hugely under-rated early 90s Motorhead LP that's one of my personal favourites. £13

MURDER CORPORATION - Der Totenkopf LP [Menstrual Recordings]

First new recordings for over ten years from this legendary Italian power electronics unit. Grotesque, grim noise, really harrowing stuff. Very limited, recommended. £12

MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL - Afraid Of... LP [Soleil De Gaia]

Excellent psychedelic acid rock from France. Very reminiscent of neo-proggers The Bevis Frond, maybe the more freak-out elements of masters like Cream or Jefferson Airplane. Definitely channel the late 60s spirit far more effectively than the anemic shite that passes for "psychedelia" these days. A couple of puffs of low-grade weed, a Grateful Dead album and playing the same boring riff while pretending to be out your tits for 20 minutes do not a psychedelic band make, Tarquin. Fuck off. This is the real deal, though. £10

MURDERS CALLING - All You Need Is Violence LP [Death Crush]

Old school grindcore from Italy heavilly influenced by Terrorizer, Phobia, early Brutal Truth etc. Features members of Ultimo Mondo Cannibale. Sleeves are damaged at top, price reduced accordingly. £3

NACHTHEXEN - Nachthexen 10" [Harbinger Sound]

Amazing all-girl post-punk rager here. Saw them with Sleaford Mods a wee while back and they were superb. £8

NADJA & VAMPILLIA -/imp?'f?k??(???)?n/ LP [Throne]

I've never been a great fan of Nadja (as is probably obvious from any reviews I've given them on here) and that's probably as much to do with my musical tastes than actually thinking they're bad....I just find the kind of music they make really, really boring. So this is a collaboration and I'm writing this very sentence before even listening to it so gimme ten minutes to give it a blast...........(10 minutes elapsed)........This is less "shoegaze" than Nadja's usual stuff, sounding a LOT like early (Absolute Go)-era Boris or Sunn, but it's not got the nice beefy, heavy tone they have and sounds gratingly high-end. Vampillia add strings giving quite a cinematic feel to proceedings. Honestly, I'm still bored and cannae make it all the way through, but I do listen to an awful lot of Graham Bonnet so maybe if you're into this kinda gear I'm not the chap you should be asking. £6

NAILBITER - The Bait LP [La Vida Es Un Mus]

Gloomy metallic hardcore very much in the vein of Anti Cimex (they do a cover here actually!) and maybe Japanese bands like DEATHSIDE. Dark and intense. £8

NAKED STAR - Bloodmoon Prophecy 10" [Voice Of Azram]

There aren't any wheels being re-invented here, bt if you like your wheel to sound solidly like doom metal then yer onto a winner here. Pretty cool Ozzy-wannabe vocals, heavy, thick tone and songs where Satan is mentioned every so know the score. Definitely worth a listen if doom's yer thing. £8

NASDAQ / MOTHERTRUCKER - A Bulletin From The Department For Transport And Finance LP [Peaceville]

Nasdaq: great quiet/loud instrumental metal. Has a bit of Gary Arce's amazing heavy-reverb noodling guitar sound to it (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson). The terribly-named Mothertrucker are thankfully well better than their monicker suggests, and play kinda post-rock instrumental stoner metal. Definitely not typical "stoner rock" though. Definitely a split well worth giving a listen to, two new ones to me who I'll be checking out more of. £8


Pretty much exactly the opposite that you'd expect from a former member of Hijokaidan, but then, the Japanese noise scene was never best known for its predictable characters! This is pretty much gentle folk guitar, whispy vocals and the odd flourish of lush strings. £8

NECROS - Conquest For Death LP [Fanclub]

Fanclub boot of one of THE classic first-wave hardcore records, and one of the few to release a proper full-length at the time. This is just absolute raging, totally intense stuff from start to finish, and has some of the most memorable tunes from that early first wave. The second record on Touch and Go and never reissued on wax so unless you want to pay over a ton then the only way to get it on vinyl. I checked it against my original and sound isn't quite so great (its clearly been mastered off a good vinyl copy) but totally acceptable for a tenner and it's not exactly a Steinman production in the first place is it? £10

NEGATIVE NULL - Kategorisch Aggressiv one-sided LP [RSR]

Great grind/power violence hybrid. Loads of that stop-feeeeeeeeedback-start-blast beat kinda thing goin on. Cool! £7

THE NEW BLACK - A Monster's Life LP [Voice Of Azram]

So just looking at the design of this album cover automatically has me reaching for my shotgun for crimes against composition, but as of now I have not listened to any tunes. Let's Google em and have a go at a song on Youtube. This is total shite. Seems like these guys have a budget behind them? Maybe they're really big and I've just not noticed cos I don't listen to boring bumcore metal. Well, I kinda just have cos I made it through 30 seconds of one of their bent tunes. Honestly, avoid. I'll get rid of these on Discogs. Weird choice for the othrwise ace Voice of Azram. £4

NIFELHEIM - Servants Of Darkness LP [Back On Black]

Must be not far from a year now since that absolute disaster of a festival Caledonian Dorkness happened. Mind, a complete turnip put on a couple of gigs and thought he knew the score, then booked out two days of bands who mostly all sounded exactly the same, charged a mint for it and ran everything so badly that it was running about 4 hours behind by dinner time, then told the headlining bands that he wasnae going to pay them? Then blamed the entire disaster not on his ego-driven need to look like a big man, his entire lack of organisational skills or strategic fore-thought and planning, but on BREXIT, followed by some superb deflection onto some gimp painting a swastika in the bogs. I put that to him on the event Facebook page soon after, but he removed anything negative and sent me a threatening message. Tam Glenn I believe his name is, a complete trombone. Anyway, the reason I brought that story up is cos Nifelheim were the headliners and pretty much about the only reason I bothered my arse to sit through what seemed like 72 hours of solid shite, and rather than just leave without playing, they gave us a 15 minute set, which is better than nothing and 15 minutes more than they were honestly due. This is their third album and I cannae remember if they played anything off it that night cos I was absolutely beeling that they were so cut short. Nifelheim are absolute masters of razor-sharp brutal tunes overlaid with haunting melodic guitar lines, and this LP is chock-full of em. It sounds to me like a great synthesis of early and mid-period Bathory with a massive melodic, epic Maiden influence. Course the twins are right into Maiden, saw them at the last Glasgow gig! £15

NOMADIC RITUALS / TOME - Split 12" [self-released]

Saw these guys a few weeks ago when my pal put them on in the Note and they were pretty cool. In fact very cool cos they asked me to take a couple of copies of this record to flog. This is slow, ponderous doom which isn't quite sludge, isn't quite funeral doom. I mean...does it fuckin matter what it's called? It's dead slow and sounds like it was recorded in that big creature in Empire Strikes Back that they think is a cave. Tome are dead good. Really repetitive riffing. Very lofi, dirgey sound with vox pushed way back with lots of haunting reverb. Good gear! £8

NOTHING CLEAN - Cheat LP [Superfi etc]

Ultra-intense grind/HC here. There's a fine line between stuff like this which rules and stuff like this which is generic and bland. And honestly, I cannae put my finger on it. But I think this rules! Check them out. £8

WILLIAM NOWIK - Pan Symphony In E Minor LP [Guerssen]

Tripped-out, instrumental experimental progressive rock from 1974. Very much in the vein of Crimson or Floyd from the same period, this one was most certainly created under the influence of a few hallucigenics! £8

THE NUNS - The Nuns LP [Radiation Reissues]

Perhaps best known as the opening band for the Sex Pistols ill-fated final concert, The Nuns were a pretty solid draw of the first wave of US punk bands, and their early material definitely has a heavy new wave-y Blondie vibe to it. This LP was recorded after they'd split up (they got back together to record it) and the tracks are more polished than their more rough and ready 70s single versions. This is well worth a listen and probably would've got much more attention if they'd got it together in 1978. £10

NYCTOPHOBIC - War Criminal Views LP [Grindfather]

First time on vinyl for this mid-90s under-the-radar grind belter.....ridiculously heavy duty guitar tone going on here and great brutal cry-from-the-crypt/dog-eating-another-dog vocals. Top notch, recommended. £7

OBSERVATION CLINIQUE - The Mental Answer 1 LP [Menstrual Recordings]

The sole recording under this name from Pietro Mazzocchin, this originally came out in 1984 in a tiny edition of tapes and was long forgotten about until now. High-end analogue squeels over layers of fuzz, this sounds a bit like a nightmarish extension of lab scenes from a 60s episode of Doctor Who. Brilliant. £15

ODAL - Der Dunkelheit Reiter LP [Black Devastation]

Pretty dramatic-sounding, mighty pagan black metal.£8

OD VRATOT NADOLU - Mercury LP [Superfi/Fuck Yoga]

This absolutely blew me away when I had it in before, so glad to get another bunch of copies in. If you like the brutality of Man Is The Bastard and Zeni Geva, check out these Macedonian mentalists! Face-ripping sonic torment of the best kind. £5

OGRE - The Last Neanderthal LP + 7" [Pariah Child]

Everything comes around; the stoner/doom hybrid is back in style, big time! These guys play a total hard-rockin' style that's equally influenced by Budgie and Thin Lizzy as it is by Sabbath. Catchy, riff-heavy bluesy heavy metal with great Ozzy/Gillan vocals. Comes with a bonus 7" and quality comic book-style art. £12

OMISSION - Pioneers Of The Storm LP [Emanes Metal]

Total old school third-division heavy metal/thrash. Excellent teenage cover art. £10

OMMADON - V 2xLP [Burning World/Dry Cough/Domestic Genocide]

Very slow, ponderous and ultra-heavy doom from Glasgow. These guys were half of Snowblood but this strips back all the post-rock elements of their previous band and focusses entirely on utterly flattening you. Total holcaustal winds of death. Double LP with two songs; if yer into Boris when they were good, Sunn, Corrupted etc this will be yer bag! £10

OMMADON - Empathy For The Wicked LP [Golden Mantra]

Interesting one, here: not quite a proper album, the first side of this was originally released as Ommadon's contribution to the ace three-way tape they did with Coltsblood and Horse Latitudes. Seeing it as too good a tune (all 20+ minutes!) to be just on a limited tape, they decided to make a record of it, with a B-side that comes across like a kinda more esoteric analogue to the more riff-heavy flip. Much as I really like it when Ommadon go for it with the meaty riffs, I quite like the expansive sound of the B-side and it's that one I've been giving more attention to since getting this. The artwork is ace to, black and white etching I think of what seems to be an underground cave, which fits the claustrophobic subterranean sound of this record perfectly. Recommended. £8

ONE VOICE - Break Free LP [Crucial Response]

Total youth crew here. I kinda like how a lot of these modern hardcore bands just carry on like music hasn't progressed in any way for the past 30 years, there's a something quiet nice about picking up a record where without even listening to it everything is exactly the same as a Youth Of Today LP. So, if you're looking for some new and interesting tunes, well, look elsewhere. If you like youth crew and know all the obvious records and want something cheap that won't dissappoint, spend seven quid on this! £7

ONSLAUGHT - Power From Hell LP [High Roller]

British thrash is often though of exclusively as the more cartoony goonish Lawnmower Deth/Acid Reign stuff, but in Onslaught, we had a miles-ahead-of-their-time dark thrash band who were without certainty instrumental in the growth of death metal. Along with Possessed on the other side of the pond, Onslaught created some of the grimiest, heaviest thrash there was at the time, much more vicious-sounding than most of their contemporaries. This is still their finest moment by a long way for me, nice to see it getting a reissue so a new generation can check it out! £16

OPEC/JAZZKAMER LP [Posh Isolation]

Only 50 copies! Fuckin' hell! £7

OPEN TOMB - Dead Weight LP [Dry Cough]

Uber sludge doom here with a really heavy sicko guitar tone. Honestly, seems like it's trying a bit too hard for me, not really into this kinda gear. Absolutely revolting collage artwork. £8

ORGANISMOS - Manejos Invisibles 12" [Me Saco Un Ojo]

The first time I got this in I wrote a reasonably garbled review of this and wasn't really sure what to make of it. "Doesn't sound quite right...heavilly-processed vocals that sound slowed down"...I was listenig to the thing at the wrong fucking speed. Note to labels: if you release a 45 rpm 12" WRITE IT ON THE LABEL! Anyway, this is quite off-the-wall death metal. At root it's got the South American sound (these guys are from Columbia) but it deviates from traditional song sturcture often. Vocals still remind me of Brujeria, pretty smart. Apparently these guys include a member of PARABELLUM, great underground band! £6

PANTA RHEI - Panta Rhei LP [Acme]

Early 70s East German jazz/soul/prog fusion here. Pretty cool stuff, reminds me a wee bit of the first Frumpy record or even maybe early Colliseum. £10

PAN.THY.MONIUM - Khaooohs LP [The Crypt]

Further avante-garde death metal from Pan.Thy.Monium here, this one is as equally bonkers as the debut but perhaps a little more refined sounding as the debut. Complex, twisting, weird death metal that sounds like it's come from another world. Some excellent really doomy death dirges on this one. Sky blue vinyl. £15

PARADISE LOST - Lost Paradise LP [Peaceville]

Debut album which is pretty much the definition of meat and potatoes death metal. I personally love it! Gothic will always be where they blew the doors off for me, but this ne has a dry, ponderous sound to it that just totally captures the raw sound of early death metal. £17

DON PEAKE - The Hills Have Eyes OST LP [One Way Static]

Brilliant synthesiser score to Wes Craven's cracking Deliverance-meets-The beverley Hillbillys movie, this one is beyond tense and has that magic 80s synth sound to it. You may not know this but the guy who did this soundtrack also played guitar on River Deep, Mountain High, played in the Everley Brothers, and wrote the theme tune to Knightrider! Beautiful packaging from One Way Static, leading the way with soundtrack reissues. £10

PEEESSEYE - Sci Fi Deathmask LP [Human Sacrifice]

The final ever recordings from bonkers American ex-pat Fritz Welch's free-form trio. Primitive and never restrained, these guys come across very much as three improvisors with a tacit knowledge of what the others are doing, the sporadic noodlings coming together to some brilliant kraut crescendos. An excellent record to bow out on! True to form, the pro sleeves are all defaced with paint and have the logo hand-written in pen, along with various inserts. Mine had a letter written apologising to the neighbours for the noise. £10

GINO PERTOT - Jew Nails LP [Golden Pavillion]

Long-lost (originally only released in two presses of 100 copies) freak-psych-folk from Austria. Often bizarre and straddling a line between whimsy and an acid-freid dark tone, this one is a real underground 70s gem! NOTE: all my copies of these have wee bumps to the top right corners. £9

PINE BARRENS - Kingmaker LP [Superfi]

Firstly: cracking band name! I assume they're named after that episode of The Sopranos where Pauli and Christopher get lost in the woods overnight chasing the mad indestructible Russian guy. Anyway, I digress. This is savage hardcore (with Calum and Shane of the sadly-gone They Are Cowards) with a black metal touch: ultra-fast tempos, stacatto riffing, screamed vocals. Great stuff! £5

PIOGGIA NERA - Teatri Di Menzogne LP [Calimocho/NKTN/Nuclear Chaos]

You know when someone says a band play "dark punk" and they always sound totally bent? I'm thinking AFI here as a good example. I mind my pal at school got one of their records cos it was meant to be like Samhain or something and it just sounded like the usual guff pop-punk crap. So....this is the real deal! Great dark sub-gothic riffs, horrible gutteral screaming vocals. Even the artwork is absolutely bang-on! Release of the week easy. £8

PIOGGIA NERA - Danze Dei Miserabili LP [Kalashnikov]

Their debut album is one of the best things I've got in this year so I had to track down the second album and here it is! This takes up just where the debut left off; totally gnarly as fuck evil gothy punk. Really nasty, horrible stuff. I absolutely love it. Proper dark thoughts man. Brilliant. £8

POHJAMUTA / USKO - Split LP [Penny Whistles And Moon Pies]

Pohjamuta play slow sludge (occasionally picking up a wee bit of pace). It's not exactly redefining anything but the vocals are pretty cool early Burzum-esque howls and if yr a fan of sludge you'll find this perfectly acceptable. Usko play a mix of slow sludge metal with raging fast almost power violence-y bits with a total basement sound (the snare sounds like a biscuit tin and the vocals are way higher in the mix than everything else). I'd usually not be into this kinda gear but I kinda like it to be honest, think the total primitivism of it is cool. Limited to 202. £8

POLLUTION - Nasty DNA LP [Feast Of Tentacles]


PONTIUS PIRATE - Pterodactyl Island LP [Wheelchair Full Of Old Men]

Food and Poopy of Sockeye meet up again to continue their abject stupidity with this new band. Maybe a bit more "psychedelic" than Sockeye, this sometimes comes across a bit like someone with mental issues trying to play Hawkwind. Which is kinda also a description of the Butthole Surfers, ha! As with everything these guys have ever been involved with, ace! £7

POWER OF JISM - Your Son Died Laughing 2xLP [HCB]

Absolutely fucking cracking limited reissue of an album that was originally released in 1997 and dissappeared into obscurity soon after. These guys play pummeling noise rock with a real industrial bent, incredibly heavy and lumbering stuff. Think early Swans, Zeni Geva, Godflesh, Skin Chamber etc. If you are into any of those bands then you need this! Price reduced because the packaging job to me was shite, they were rattling all about in there (send packages TIGHTLY PACKED, CORNERS PROTECTED - NOT HARD TO DO!) so the corners are all a little bent. Nevetheless, a proper great double album for a tenner - go fer it! pound;9

PROTESTANT - Reclamation 12" [Halo Of Flies]

Dark and intense hardcore from a band who have spearheaded this style of music, in the past few years there's been TONS of this kinda gear passing through the distro. This is pretty short and sweet, abotu 20 mins runtime I think, but keeps you wanting more. Never lets up at all! £6

PUNGENT STENCH - First Recordings LP [Back On Black]

Combining the split with Disharmonic Orchestra, first 7"/demo ad some extra stuff, this is a great collection of one of the best most bizarre death metal bands ever. £17

JOSEPH PUSEY - In My Lady's Chamber LP [Mandrax]

Originally a private press ultra rarity from the late 70s, this acid-folk masterpiece gets the reissue treatment courtesy of the excellent Mandraz label. Pusey is American, but the sound here is very British, with a big Incredible String Band influence. Some incredible guitar playing going on here, fans of the first Comus record will be all over this! My copies of this have a wee seam split on the bottom of the sleeve. £7

PUTRID FEVER - Do You Remember? LP [Gonna Puke Retro]

Classic Italian hardcore from the mid 80s, this is a complete discography. From a time when experimenting with different styles was much more prevalent than it is now, and every band didn't have to be "something"-core. Their 7" in particular is superb and worth the entry price alone. £7

YVES RAKOTOMALALA - Ce Matin Encore LP [Golden Pavillion]

Another weirdo slab of wax from Golden Pavillion, this one is a french guy who recorded an album that sounds exactly like After The Goldrush era Neil Young. Quite a bizarre thing to come out in 1981 it must be said but if you're a fan of Shakey or just like weirdo obscurities then this comes highly recommended! £8

RAMLEH - Conquest Play / Clockwork 12" [Entropy]

BRILLIANT new 12" from Ramleh. One side is a rhythmic post-punk repetitive chug-a-thon that's as memorable as anything they've ever come out with, while the flip is the absolute definition of "industrial": thundering, terrifying metallic noise that is an totally all-encapsulating war on the lugs. Sounds great as a 45. Only 200 copies, get em quick - highly recommended! £8

RANK/XEROX - Rank/Xerox LP [Blast First Petite/Sabtoage]

Post-punk in the vein of old Wire. £7


These guys are a kinda ultra-eager hardcore bands who play fast and have grindy guitars. It's ok but nothing you probably haven't heard from about a gazillion support bands in the past couple of decades tbh. £8

RATIONS - For Victory one-sided 12" [86'd]

Punk that reminds me a bit of the "Revolution Summer" bands of mid-80s DC but maybe with an almost pop-punk element to it all. Very listenable stuff. Comes in a nice screen-printed sleeve, with a wee booklet, insert and screen-printed B-side. £3

RAVEN - Who Do You See... LP [Golden Pavillion]

Hard-driving mid-70s prog from the USA which brings to mind a more aggressive, to-the-point Yes. This was never released at the time and finally finds a proper release from the vaults of Golden Pavillion! £10

REACTORY - Killed By Thrash 12" [Death Crush]

German thrash that sounds like....german thrash. Very straight-forward Kreator worship here (particularly the gargled/rasping vocals are very Mille Petroza), these guys aren't breaking any new ground at all but if you want an injection of old-school thrash and have worn out your Destruction records then these guys are well worth a listen. £5

THE REALITY SHOW - Liberation Eschatology LP [Face Your Gods]

Blazing metallic hardcore from Finland. Lim 300. £3

LE REVEIL DES TROPIQUES - Big Bang LP [Music Fear Satan]

These guys are something else. Probably the best I've heard at emulating the early Can/Kraftwerk sound, but not just being a boring soundalike. They play what sounds like free improvisation but not sure it is; dead repetitive looping melodies underpinned by droning synths and a motorik beat. Amazing. I'd love to heard these guys get together with The Cosmic Dead, might open a portal into another fuckin dimension! Limited red/blue/white splatter. £10

REVENGE - Behold.Total.Rejection 2xLP [Nuclear War Now]

Utterly brutal, repetitive death/black metal which comes in the most ridiculous packaging: gatefold velvet sleeve, double vinyl with etchings on a side of each record, with a book stapled inside. Pointless but quite cool. £22

ROBANERA - Meco Discordia LP [Death Crush]

Really great punked-up sludgey metal. Definitely a cut above the usual boring sludge bands, this reminds me a lot of early Buzzov.en material. Limited to 300 copies. £3

HARRY ROBINSON - Twins Of Evil OST LP [Death Waltz]

Solid gold classic Hammer flick, this is a great soundtrack, being a kinda odd mixture of austere, almost baroque orchestral sounds and near-spaghetti western stylings. GREAT! £12

ROEDELIUS - Offene Turen LP [Bureau B]

Pretty avante offering (originally released in 1981) from Cluster/Harmonia man. More in the vein of Cluster's more experimental and "difficult" work of the late 70s/early 80s I guess than the more listenable hip gear that most folks are into. I personally dig it! £12

ROTTING CHRIST - Thy Mighty Contract LP [Peaceville]

Debut - and in my opinion by far best - record by this Hellenic black metal hoarde. While the Norwegians get all the praise, Rotting Christ were pioneers of the less famous but almost as seminal Greek black metal scene. I suppose at the time (this came out in 1993) they probably didn't identify themselves as "black metal" and were just playing a style which came naturally...but this raw blend of dark death metal, subtle keyboard lines, soaring melodies and at root a classic heavy metal sensibility came to define the Greek black metal sound. I don't mind their second album but this is the only one I really come back to time and time again because it's just masterful from start to finish. Brilliant! Nicely done reissue with the original cover art restored. £18

ROTTING REPUGNANCY - Harbingers Of The Last Judgeent LP [Locust Amber]

Decent death metal from the Midlands. Good tight riffing. It's not gonna blow any minds, but total solid stuff. Limited to only 100 copies! £7

RUBRICS - Apathy Is An Institution LP [86'd]

Really great fast, snotty punk rock that reminds me a lot of SF punks Grimple. This compiles all their releases to date, including a CD album, a couple of 7"s and some covers. Nice half black/half pink vinyl. £4

RUDOLF BRAUER SEXTETT - Die Schleife LP [Rock O Tronic]

Basement recordings of kinda weirdo avant punk tunes. Dead murky no-fi recording. £4

RUIN LUST - Ruin Lust LP [Psychic Violence]

Wow! Pure savage death metal from NY, these guys aren't a million miles away from one of my favourite US death metal bands ever, MASSACRE. Lots of mid-paced riffs and powerful drums with a savage guitar sound that has to be heard to be believed! Absolutely top class stuff. £7

SAGA - Saga LP [Acid Nightmare]

Sole album by these early 70s prog monsters, formed from the ashes of the genius NOVEMBER. There's a much more heavy and progressive sound here than in their previous band and this album showcases some truly exhilarating heavy prog. Top marks. £9

SAISON DE ROUILLE - Caduta Dei Gravi LP [Heart & Crossbone]

Raw industrial racket comes clattering out of the deep bass throb from this French underground supergroup. Hear the whole thing here: The corners of the sleeves on these are all bashed a wee bit thanks to poor packaging from the label to me, hence the cheaper price. £4

SATURN - Beyond Spectra LP [Rise Above]

Second album from "heavy metal space rockers from Sweden". Honestly, I'm not hearing much space rock here. It's not bad, ut reading the write-up on the Rise Above website about these guys being "IN STARK CONTRAST TO SO MANY RETRO-THEMED BANDS OF THE DAY".....are they, aye? So nay retro-themed bands of the day, aye? Like every other record on Rise Above then. Sorry, I'm being snide, just get tired as fuck at how putting out records has just descended into a really cynical advertising campaign and little else. What's this sound like? It's much more well-rounded than the first album, with a beefier, more "metal" production. I'm thinking kinda Sad Wings songs with a Sin After Sin sound. It's not bad to be honest, but if yer looking for a) space rock or b) something in stark contrast to every other Rise Above band....then buy In Search of Space by Hawkwind. £17

SCHIZOPHASIA - 3000 12" [Streaks]

Restock of this absolutely bonkers 12". One side is ultra-manic harsh noise punk/noisecore whilst the second side is really primitive ambient noise soundscape. I love this record, highly recommended! £5


Collaboration between a Slovakian noisecore band Sedem Minut Strachu and noisers Supraphon Family. SMS are one of my favourite recent noisecore bands and are helmed by my pal Rado who is one of the coolest guys I've come into contact with since starting the label, definitely someone who gets what an underground label is all about. This collaboration is absolutely fucking brilliant, totally savage noisecore blasts, blurr meets electronic wipeouts. Not since (Man Is The) Bastard Noise or Endless Bloackade (and various offshoots) has anyone been so successful with this merging of styles. Highly recommended, record of the week! Hluk off! £8 £6

SENSUURI - Hulinaa LP [Svart]

Hook-driven, raw punk rock from Finland. This originally came out in 79 and is definitely one of the best of the bunch of the early Finn-punk scene. £9

SEPTIC TANK - Rotting Civilisation LP [Rise Above]

Old-school hardcore from Lee Dorrian, Gaz Jennings, Scott Carlson, and some other beard. It doesn't live up to the promise of the amazing debut 7" for me, but it's still mroe than decent and blows most new "crust" out of the water. Do find it a wee bit hilarious mind you that we;re getting lyrics here railing against the capitalist system and folk spending all their time on Facebook from a guy who runs one of the most cynical, expensive and un-punk labels about, who give their bands fuck all copies of their wn records and have treated several people I know like shit. I guess what's more punk than being a complete fuckin let-down though, eh? LIMITED EDITION white vinyl! £17

SERPENT VENOM - Carnal Altar 2xLP [Church Within]

Despite being named after one of my favourite doom tracks of all-time, these guys don't really sound very much like Bedemon at all, but are bevertheless very doom-orientated. They come across as quite similar to recent US bands actually like Samothrace and their simplistic but really powerful approach reminds me loads of the great Hellhound band BLOOD FARMERS. One of the best doom metal records to come out of the UK in recent years! Great packaging too like an old pulp book. £18


Sete Star Sept always keep their best material for their full-lengths, and this new one is no different. While much of their split 7" output is a bit throwaway (go in a rehearsal room, knowck out some blurr, get some fucker to make crazy cover art: bingo), this is well more considered, has a great recording sound (very clear, not a muddy lofi mess) and I really dig the sub-Mike Diana artwork. Good gear! £8


Old school noisecore legends meet the (relatively new-ish) kids on the block for a double aural assault. Got black and silver vinyl. £8

SETE STAR SEPT / UNHOLY GRAVE - Split LP [Bringer Of Gore]

SSS continue their quest to do a split wih every one of the most prolific bands around by teaming up with Unholy Grave. Got to be hoenst, I'm massively surprised they never did one with these old-school grinders already to be honest, but there ya go. Black vinyl. Sleeve got wavy as a result of water damage in transit. £4

SETE STAR SEPT / UNHOLY GRAVE - Split LP [Bringer Of Gore]

SSS continue their quest to do a split wih every one of the most prolific bands around by teaming up with Unholy Grave. Got to be hoenst, I'm massively surprised they never did one with these old-school grinders already to be honest, but there ya go. Gold vinyl, very slight wave to sleeve. £6


Rough (I guess this gets called "crust's not) hardcore here with kinda death metal vocals. It's far from offensive to my lugholes but it's not gonna change anyone's world. If "blackened crust" or whatever it is they call this kinda thing now is your bag or you just really really wanna hear a vaguey Swedish-sounding guitar but for some reason the first Entombed record doesnae do it for you any more, be my guest! £8

SEX DRIVE - Sex Drive 12" [Crucial Response]

This is what I'm all about! Naming yer band after a Necros's song is always gonna get my attention and these guys are like an agressive mix of them, SSD and maybe early Die Kreuzen. There's plenty of proper metallic pummeling riffs in there and a real disjointed, violent and not-all-there sound to it that makes me think VOID. Recommended! £5

THE SICKNESS - Complete Sickness LP [????]

Well this was album of the update before I even listened to it! Absolute legendary dirge-punk band here, Sickness came pre-Groinoids and pre-Kilslug. They released one 7" (which I have but it doesn't have a cover....anyone with a sleeve message me thanks!) but there'd been talk of a bunch of unreleased stuff seeing the light of day at some point....well, here it is! Here we have two more tracks recorded properly during the 7" session. The A side has two more unheard studio tracks for a radio session. The flip is three live tracks, including a rare rehearsal from 1979. Think about it, coming out with shit like this in '79, unreal man! This is totall deranged stuff, not a million miles away from Flipper who I guess most folk consider the masters at this gear. Personally think Sicness/Groinoids/Kilslug are every bit as good if not better. If you have to get one record in this update, go fer this one. If you have to get two, get this and the Bloody Head LP to hear the masters and apprentices together! £10

SIGIRIYA - Return To Earth LP [Church Within]

These guys are formed from 4/5ths of stoner legends Acrimony but this is a little less psychedelic than the aformentioned Welshies and they adopt a more straightforward stoner rock approach that nevertheless nods to classic 70s rock and doom. Doesn't quite hit the heights of Tumali Shroomaroom but then....what does? £12

SILMIENVAIHTAJAT - 1985-1986 LP [Svart]

Total under-the-radar stuff here, know absolutely nothing about these guys but thoroughly enjoying this! I cannot find any info about the band at all but it doesn't look like they ever released anything while they were going. This collection contains over 90 minutes worth of great post-punk with a hard, almost metal edge and the odd foray into widdling weirdness. Maybe a hint of noise rock about them too, I think the closest comparison I can think of is maybe Lubricated Goat? Great stuff anyway and highly recommended. £10

SIORAI GEIMHREADH - Sitting Patiently LP [SuperFi]

Wow, this is fuckin wild. Not sure what to make of it to be honest. It's totally free-form and utterly fucked, it sounds like there's a flushing toilet going on the whole way through it, the guitarist is just playing anything over the whole lot, the drums occasionally start blasting and everything else joins in, and the vocalist (there might be two actually) just sounds like a ranting maniac who's wandered into the recording studio and is trying to ask everyone to stop playing and give him some cider. Think this might be the best release of this update, cos it's completely fucking mental. £8

SKINCRAWLER - Lair Of The Foul LP [Weed Hunter]

Very Hellhammer-sounding punkish black metal, I believe Kam Lee was originally the vocalist for these guys. Abrasive! Wear to sleeves hence reduced price. £3

SKY:LARK! LP2 LP [Superfi]

So when I set up this trade with Kunal of Superfi I wasn't sure what to go for, so I just said "send me some stuff you think is cool, but NO EMO!", so when I got in an LP by a band called Sky!Lark I kinda shat it to be honest. Didn't look good. Luckily the guff name isn't an indication of the quality of the music. What we have here is mad, almost freeform hardcore blasts, sometimes nearly settling down to become somewhat Karp-esque, but usually that's blown out the sea 20 seconds later by a sax solo. Smart! £8

SLEAFORD MODS - Live At SO36 LP [Harbinger Sound]

Mods are an absolutely brilliant live force and this LP captures them at their most visceral. Mainly culled off the latest album but with all the hits on there too. Top stuff! £12

SLOGUN - A Breed Apart LP [Urashima]

Another entry into Urashima's series of reissues of rare Slaughter Productions material, here comes the turn of Slogun, and one of John Ballisteri's earliest releases. This is grinding noise which has a lot of parrallels with contemporaries Bloodyminded. Very influenced by the caustic early 80s wave of power electronics - but much less sparse - with layer upon layer of horrible noise, samples and feedback. Harrowing but brilliant stuff. Lim 99. £13

SLUMP / LIFE ENDS - Split LP [Vulgar]

Slump are grind with mid-tempo sludge parts. Life Ends play fast and harsh grindcore. £4

SNOWBLOOD - Snowblood 2xLP [Superfi]

Posthumous final album from Glasgow's post-doomers. Really nice chipboard gatefold packaging. £7

SODB - Don Seantalamh A Chuid Fein 12" [Into The Void]

Haunting, minimal, repetitive black metal. It has a real droning quality that's maybe not a million miles away from the american bands like WITTR etc. £7

SOFISTICATOR - Camping The Vein LP [Deathcrush]

These guys are alright: absolutely the opposite of being sofisticated (sic), they play straight-up scuzzy thrash metal with a huge Venom influence. In fact, if Venom had done an album of songs all in the vein of "Teacher's Pet" it probably would have sounded like this. You've got to respect a record with a song titled "Total Flatulence War (When Beans Attack)". Black or green vinyl (lim 100). £6

STARVE - Wasteland LP [Badger]

Restock of this excellent sludge debut. In a genre that is massively over-saturated these guys really stood out to me. £4

STRATO'S - Lo Sbirro, La Liceale, Il Maniaco LP [Retro Vox]

There's a kinda trend at the moment for fake film scores (fuck, I even got in on the action....though to be fair the Repeated Viewing record was actually conceived about 5 years ago just took ages to sort it out!). Anyway, this is one of them, dunno the band but looks like it's meant to be a Politzioteschi. Sound-wise it's not far off the money; there's a bit of tape hiss, funky bass, Hammond organ going on, samples. Like a lot of these things the art isn't up to snuff, have hardly ever seen anyone get art to look like an actual old record, presumably because....they don't actually know fuck all about old records. SHOTS FIRED! £8

STRIKE - Back In Flames LP [Jolly Roger Records]

Holy shit this is a fuckin' belter! These guys are famous for having released the first heavy metal LP from Italy it is, along with four bonus cuts! Listening to this as I type I'm astonished these lads never got much of a big name for themselves because this is really top class heavy metal. Really sharp production that brings to mind the best Judas Priest albums (Sad Wings to Killing Machine now you ask!) everything about this record is bang on point and while the obscure weirdo demos from Italy are often amazing, it's nice to head and actual proper album from the country produced within the key period. Highly recommended!! 200 copies on black vinyl. £10

STRIKE FIRST - Reuiem For The Aftermath LP [Crucial Response]

Metallic-ish hard-hitting hardcore from the Netherlands. Reminds me a wee bit of Sick Of It All but with more aggro vocals. Decent stuff! £5

SU19B - Neutralize LP [RSR/SPHC]

Amazing grind from Japan that sounds like it was recorded underneath a murky swamp. Has tons of slow crawling parts that progress into blasting. Think early Imeptigo, Autopsy or countrymen Corrupted. Great! £8

SUBORDINATE - To See Their Demise one-sided LP [Anarchotic/Suburban White Trash]

Heavy crust/d-beat with a very metal sound from Ireland. Covers have a wee bit of wear to them caused by the irritatingly regular slapdash packaging job. £3

SUFFERING MIND / H.407 - Split LP [Grindfather/Zaraza]

Decent quality punk/grind meets crusty grindcore. £5

SUFFER THE PAIN - Midnight Sacrifice LP [Peaceville]

It sounds like death metal, but these gus have a heavy punk edge and a very erm punk production job going on. There are moments when the gutteral vocals and buzzsaw guitar work pretty well, but honestly there are a bunch of bands doing the whole metal/punk hybrid in a much more convincing way. £4

SUTCLIFFE JUGEND - Pursuit Of Pleasure LP [4iB]

Absolutely brilliant new album from long-running power electronics duo SJ. Taking a similar approach to later Whitehouse, this sets itself apart from the primitive, early feedback experiments in that it is very well-recorded, varied and heavy noise. Dense drones are counter-balanced with ultra high-end feedback and metal clattering, brilliantlly constructed and held together by superb production values. Packaging is great, heavy gatefold sleeve and heavy coloured vinyl. Limited to 300 copies on red vinyl with gold splatters. £14

TAPIMAN - Hey You + 3 12" [Guerssen]

Comp of two 1973 singles from "Barcelona's greatest hard rock band from the early seventies", and it's hard to disagree with that description based on the first track on here: a real heavy-hitting stomper, total high-energy bonehead material with some rolicking moog at the end. Right on! £7

TERRORAZOR - Abysmal Hymns Of Disgust LP [SMG]

Ripping old school grindocre with death and thrash influences. £8

TERVEET KADET - Lapin Helvetti LP [SPHC]

Final LP by one of the finest hardcore bands of all time, period! And they've left on a high note; this record is just as pissed-off and heavy as their early stuff. Never lets up from the start and the riffs are great. Just top notch Finn hardcore, recommended. £8

THERION - Of Darkness... LP [Peaceville]

So Therion are a massively popular symphonic gothic metal band now, but in their early days they were a proper grotty death metal band. As usual with this kinda gear, I think this record is absolutely head and shoulders above their more "accompished" albums; and maybe even further to that, may be one of the greatest Scandanavian debuts of all time. Totally steeped in dark atmosphere, this record has thrashing riffs, haunting keyboard parts, and evil ambien passages. It's fuckin great. £18


This Ends Here: decent stuff, reminds me quite a bit of Word As Law-era Neurosis. Heavy bits but still with an edge of kinda-melodic punk. Very "crust" production! Conqueror Worm: barberous, savage grind. £7

THOU / RAGANA - Let Our Names Be Forgotten LP [Feast Of Tentacles]

Quiet/loud/nice ethereal vocals/evil shrieking vocals from Ragana. I think if you took away the evil shrieking vocals it'd be ace. Driving post-doom from Thou with Immortal-stye BM vox. Not bad! "Beer" coloured vinyl. As someone who has never drank a beer in my life I'm probably not best-placed to comment, but it must be weak fuckin beer cos it looks clear to me! £10

THOU / HIRS - I Have Become Your Pupil LP [Feast Of Tentacles]

This is a real weird one: two bands doing a split LP with absolutely no information on it in any way at all, and both sides are only Nirvana covers. I've never heard HIRS before so no idea if they've changed their style to accomodate the Nirvana tunes. They do a kind thrash take on the originals with some pretty cool screamed vocals. Not sure if it's two singers or just double tracked. Not greatly fond of the Thou tracks, those vocals man....sound fuckin brutal doing this kinda music and the older Nirvana tunes weirdly sounded miles heavier when Nirvana were doing them. In Bloom is no bad cos a lassie sings it and her vox suit the tune much better. I'll be honest....this record just kinda annoyed me a wee bit and made me want to listen to Nirvana. If you're into either band, really like covers or enjoy novelty records, then wire in! Pink vinyl. £10

THROAT - Short Circuit 12" [Kaos Kontrol]

New EP from the best noise rock band going right now! This is the first record they've put out that I've not been involved with in some way but that's no indication of quality: quite the opposite, it's the absolute business and follows on perfectly from the previous two. Savage, unrelenting, driving dirge. GREAT! £5

TIAMAT - Sumerian Cry LP [Back On Black]

Tiamat went downhill really quickly and beyond this record I don't bother my arse to be honest BUT looking at this on its own....what a record! Classic early death metal with a suffocating sound, buzzsaw guitar and creepy, evil growls and whispers, this has a really occult edge to it. There's a song on the end of side two that I remember being really stupid but just ignore that one, the rest of the album is up there with Drawing Down The Moon in terms of nocturnal aesthetics! £15


Totally on-point raging d-beat from SWEDEN. Alright! £8

TOKYO KARANKORON - Go Nin No Entertainer LP [Specific]

Kinda post-punk-ish angular guitar pop from Japan. This isn't my thing at all it must be said, but if yer into jangly, hook-laden pop-rock then this will certainly be yer bag. I know some people tend to like stuff simply by virtue of the fact that it's Japanese. To those people I said: it's a tenner. £8

TOME OF THE UNREPLENISHED - Cosmoprism: The Theurgy - Act I LP [Order Of Theta]

So I guess this is pretty much dictionary definition of "pretentious". Tome Of The Unreplenished....what does that actually mean? A book about things which need refilled? Maybe there's some sort of cosmic origin story....honestly, I could not give half a shit. Anyway, this is actually really pretty decent. Reminds me quite a bit of TOMB. It's mainly a thick murky fog of noise with blasts of black metal occassionally emerging from the gloom. I daresay these guys think they're probably cutting edge and honestly, Abruptum were doing it much more simply and effectively 25 years ago, but this was nevertheless a decent listen and no doubt loads would get more out of it than me. £8

FRANCOIS TUSQUES - La Reine Des Vampires 1967 LP [Finders Keepers]

Superb experimental, improvisational soundtrack to Rollin's earliest vampire films. Really quite disquieting, this is jazzy, fractured and off-kilter and drifts in and out, and adds to the odd, surrealistic atmosphere of the film perfectly. Highly recommended. £12

UFO GESTAPO - Grandemissair LP [Streaks]

Restock - last of these I'll be able to get in so snooze and lose! Astonishing psychedelic sludge that really shouldn't be lumped in with what is often a very redundant genre. Absolutely out there! One of my favourite bands of the past few years, gutted they split up. £7


Inspired, cool-as-you-like jazz soundtrack to early 60s Italian hip-fest Smog, a day-in-the-life-of-an-Italian-stranded-in-LA which more than doffs its cap to the French New Wave style, both cinematically and in this slick score. Great vocal theme as well by Helen Merrill. £10


Long-awaited vinyl reissue of the debut album (there were only 30 copies of their debut put on on CDr...and I got one!). I don't think this album has the tunes of Bloodlust or the songwriting sensibility of Mind Control, but you can hear from a cursory listen that this guy knew what he was doing. Ok, there were a gazillion rubbish sound-a-likes coming in their wake, but to give credit where credit's due, Uncle Acid are a massive cut above the rest! £17

UNHAIM - Unhaim LP [Rinderherz]

Fast aggressive punk from Sweden (I think) with really rasping vocals. Interesting in that it has "three sides"; ie there are two grooves on one side of the LP so depending on where you place the needle you'll hear different songs. Nice packaging with a spray-painted inner sleeve, but there is some wear to the DIY sleeves so price is reduced. £3

UZALA - Tales Of Blood & Fire LP [King Of The Monsters]

Restock. New Uzala - yes! This is the follow-up to their excellent debut which I had the greatest pleasure to release a year or so ago, and I'm glad to say this one lives up to the incredibly high standards of its predecessor! There seems to be a more epic vibe about this one, with most of the songs coming in at quite lengthy playing times, and there is more of a concentration on atmosphere than riffs, which is no bad thing. Darcy's soaring, siren vocals are even more stunning here, and having only her taking lead on all songs gives the album more of a sense of coherancy than on the debut. One of the best bands around and absolute unequivocal proof that you can do something new with doom! Lovely Tony Roberts artwork and nice tip-on Stoughton sleeves (like the debut). £10

VANEXA - 1979-1980 LP [Jolly Roger Records]

This is a new one to me! Here is a collection of early material from one of Italy's pioneering heavy metal bands. These guys have a total NWOBHM (I'd say NWOIHM but I don't think such a think exists, ha!) sound, with the chugging riffs and punky attitude. The singer even sounds a bit like the gravelling bark of the legendary Paul Di'Anno! Been giving this heavy play the past few days, top notch driving 'eavy metal! There's some wear to the sleeve so price reduced accordingly. £6

VARIOUS - Avon Calling LP [Radiation]

Reissue of this excellent statement of intent from the Heartbeat label, showcasing the best punk bands Bristol had to offer in 1979. Includes Vice Squad, Glaxo Babies, X-Certs, Private Dicks and The Stingrays. £10

VARIOUS - Clone: Play Slow Die Fast Volume III LP [Streaks]

Compliation of sludge/doom bands doing covers. Includes , Fistula, Habsyll, Sollubi and Crowskin amongst others doing some really bizarre covers. Nirvana, Dead Kennedys, Kiss, Neanderthal....some of this is decent. Nice packaging with embossed and die-cut recycled sleeve. £8

VARIOUS - The Few, The Proud: A Tribute To Negative FX LP [RSR]

Excellent tribute to one of the best Boston bands, remarkable for the fact that I think there's more material on this tribute than they ever actually recorded (didn't they only play like 3 shows or something too?). Anyway, 19 songs here, including covers by Pignation, Cripple Bastards, Voetsek, Ruination, Voorhees and Extortion plus many more. £8 £6

VARIOUS - Hell's Angels '69 LP [Reel Time]

Not one of the more famous biker films, this one has most of the biker movie elements (ie long scenes of Hell's Angels running about causing mayhem and destruction), but with the added element of heist movie in there too. As I remember a couple of guys are trying to rob a casino and pretend to be Hell's's ridiculous of course! Anyway, this is a pretty psychedelic soundtrack, lots of flute and bongos going on. Good stuff! Think this is the one that's got Sonny Berger in it?! £17

VARIOUS - Mondo Hollywood LP [Reel Time]

Ace late-60s documentary on the excesses of Hollywood, and an essential place-marker in underground exploito-docs, Mondo Hollywood is a total greasy journey into the underbelly of the industry, through the magnifying lens of star-studded sparkle. The authorities banned it, saying: "This film, in the opinion of certain experts of the Commission [of Control], presents an apology for a certain number of perversities, including drugs and homosexuality, and constitutes a danger to the mental health of the public by its visual aggressivity and the psychology of its editing". Sounds like it has everything I'd want in a film, really! The soundtrack is as you'd imagine, a rocking comp featuring various weirdo garage and psych acts, including Davie Allen And The Arrows and cult singer Bobby Jameson. Right on! £10

VARIOUS - Monomaniac Volumes Two & Three LP [Blastbeat]

Great idea for a comp: 19 bands all doing songs around a minute long! They're all fast of course, but good bunch of styles documented here. Bands include Dephosphorus, Ravencult, Dodsferd, Necrosadist and Witchrist. £8

VARIOUS - Monomaniac Volume Four LP [Blastbeat]

Even better than the last one, this has a few big names on it: Bolzer, Column Of Heaven, Archagathus, Lobotomized and Yuyvr all blast out 1-minute (or so) tunes. £8

VARIOUS - Sepulchral Voices LP [Locust Amber]

Great 4-way split here with Master of Cruelty, Fetid Zombie, Nocturnized and Vomit Church; an EP's worth of material from each! Limited to 250 copies on white vinyl. £8

VARIOUS - Thrashcoreball VI-Live In Ludwigsfelde LP [TVG]

Excellent compilation of some of TVG's best, taken from their annual Thrashcore Ball. Featuring Bizarre X, Wormrot, Saywhy?, Idiot's Parade, Entrails Massacre and Yacopsae. £8 £5

VARIOUS - Too Short To Handle LP [Eatshitbuydie]

Grindcore compilation featuring lightnight-fast blasts from all around the world in varying styles. 30 bands here, including Terlarang, Slapendehonden, Fleishwald, Meatpacker and After The Last Sky. On purple vinyl. £7 £4

VARIOUS - Tribute To MSBR LP [Urashima]

K2, Sshe Retina Stimulants, Macronympha, Richard Ramirez, Haters and Government Alpha pay tribute by their interpretations of material by one of the classic industrial acts. £12

VARIOUS - Valkoinen Kohina LP [Urashima]

Urashima's output of new bands is of infinitely more interest to me I must say than the constant stream of snide reissues, and this collection is a great example. Focussing on Finland and directed by the stern master Finn behind Sick Seed, Pekka PT, this is a superb collection of contemporary Finnish noise/PE that shows well.....the Finns do it best! Featuring Chloroform Rapost, Edge Of Decay, Silence Of Vacuum, Sick Seed, Snuff, and Unclean, this is a rivetting collection of the highest quality depraved, grimy, power electronics with a very distinct regional sound. A couple of these bands are new to me and I will be keeping close tabs on them cos there's not one act on this comp who isn't superb. Lim 99. £17

VARIOUS - Wild Angels Vol. II LP [Tower]

Second instalment of maybe the most famous biker movie/biker movie soundtrack of all time. Plenty of ultra-fuzz from the grand masters, Davie Allen And The Arrows. If you don't know "Blue's Theme" by now you need to sort yerself out maaaan! £12

DANIEL VEGA - La Noche Que Precede A La Batalla LP [Fonomusic]

Raw folk very heavilly based around the excellent guitar playing of Vega. This is his sole album and is excellent, often sparse, dark folk. Bizarre Bruegel-esque artwork in a nice gatefold sleeve. £7

VILE INTENT - Machine Into Flesh LP [Dead Heroes]

Power violence from Canada that's very Infest. £5


Violent Frustration: violent fastcore with dual vocals from Germany. Cavernicular: erm....kinda the same but not as fast. £8


VG - hyper-speed grind core, pretty rotten, loose sound. MA - pretty catchy goregrind but with those absolute shit vocals that sound like a wee pig getting bummed. £7

VISITOR - High Speed Savage 12" [Imminent Destruction]

Total fuckin raging, destructive, savage metallic hardcore from Japan. Absolutely NO let up at all in its short run-time! If you dig Gism, Outo, Warhead, Framtid, you WILL enjoy this! £7

VITAL REMAINS - Let Us Prey LP [Peaceville]

Superb debut here, one of the less talked-about death metal classics in my opinion. Maybe not a million miles away from say, "Human"-era DEATH, this isn't a speed-fest but has enough twisting riffs, tempo changes and diabolical lyrical passages to keep any DM fan interested. Great murky sound here and top growls. Essential death metal listening. £17

VORTEX - Metal Bats LP [Steelhunter]

Picture disc. £10

VORTEX - Open The Gate LP [Steelhunter]

Picture disc £10

VUYVR - Eiskalt LP [Blastbeat]

Intense, blasting black metal that has an intricate metallic hardcore backbone. £8

VUYVR - Incinerated Gods LP [Blastbeat]

Blasting, unorthodox black metal from a bunch of guys who've come up the ranks of metal/hardcore bands (the drummer was in Knut). This influence shows a lot: there's a full, heavy production and the playing is excellent, and the technicality adds to the cold black metal sound. It's not as atmospheric as I like my black metal personally, but if you're after a full-on metallic rage then this is a good place to go. £8

VYST - Try Again, Fail Again, Keep On Trying, Keep On Living, Gain While Living LP [Vendetta]

Dark metallic hardcore in the vein of His Hero Is Gone. £3

WALLS - The Future Is Wide Open LP [De Graanrepubliek]

Really pissed-off hardcore, sounds maybe like what Swans would be like if they were really fast. Think Void, Rorschach, mid-90s screaming hardcore. £3

WANKYS - Weapons Of Musical Destruction Plus Wank Mag 8" + Zine [La Vida Es Un Mus]

Nice wee release here; an EIGHT INCH record along with a 12 page booklet featuring comic art, discography and interviews, all in a plain paper bag! 100% pure ultra-distorted noise punk in the finest tradition. £6

WANKYS - Knock One Out LP [SPHC]

Third LP of Jap-style noise punk from these scene vets. This one isn't quite as abrasive as their previous stuff. Mind seeing them for the first time, basically the guitar didn't seem to be playing any tune at all in any way, it just sounded like "sssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh". So this is well more "musical" I guess, some good tunes going on here. My favourite bit about this record though is the peurile schoolboy snakes and ladders board game enclosed, which seems to be mainly about wanking. £8

WARD - Ward LP [Ramekuukkeli/Tuska & Ahdistus]

Doom metal with gruff death growls. Chugging heavy-duty riffing with quite a mournful sound that is very reminiscent of the Finnish death metal scene and just after I wrote that I see these guys are from....Finland! Great grim serial killer-looking painted artwork. Most copies of this have tiny wee corner dings to a corner. £3


Bolt Thrower meets early Swedish sound here from WM, pretty up-beat but nevertheless savage riffs. You know what to expect from Unholy Grave; raw, shrieking no-comprimise grindcore straight from the rehearsal studio. £5

WE ARE IDOLS - Powerless LP [Dropout/HR/Long Walk/NIC]

Apparently these guys sound like a mix of Eyehategod and The Stooges. Eh?! I can't see that it sounds anything like either of those bands to be honest, it's kinda death n' roll ala Entombed with the odd melodic hardcore flourish. Not too bad, but fuckin hell if I read that description and got this record I'd be calling trading standards. £3

WEICHE - Weiche LP [tons of labels]

These guys rule. Driving heavy duty metal; at first it came across like kinda mid-paced rolling sludge like early Corrupted but there's bit of more rocking material going on there too. Very listenable, good tunes! £6

DAVID WIFFEN - Live At Bunkhouse Coffeehouse, Vancouver, BC, 1965 LP [B13]

Reissue of the debut album by this american folker. This is a great example of sparse, early american folk music. Clear screenprinted sleeve, yellow vinyl. £5

WILD EYES SF - Get In To It! LP [Who Can You Trust?]

Hard rockin' riff-heavy rock from San Fran (duh!). Bit of a throwback to the glut of garage/stoner bands coming out in the mid-to-late 90s, this is decent enough stuff with strong, gritty female vocals and a nice sparse, tough sound. £7

WRECK OF THE HESPERUS - Light Rotting Out LP [Streaks]

Restock! Claustrophobic tortured doom from Ireland. Very gloomy stuff highly recommended! Lovely gatefold sleeve and heavy inner too. £7

YACOPSAE - Tanz, Grosny, Tanz... LP [Vulgar]

Full-length from one of THE most intense, full-on powerviolence bands around. I remember getting their record on Slap A Ham back when I was at school and - despite being heavy into Napalm, Carcass and all them, thinking "jeez, this is a bit much, innit?". And by that, I mean...this is fucking great! £8

YACOPSAE / IRATE ARCHITECT - Split 10" [Haunted Hotel]

German fastcre veterans deal up a side of face-ripping velocity whilst the worst-named band in this update.....also play fast grindcore. £7


These guys are from Israel and play "math-core" (I'm a maths teacher eh...I fucking HATE that term....actually someone write in and tell me what bellend came up with it). So anyway, it's like kinda jaggedy metallic hardcore with the odd post-rock bit. Yep. £3

AHMAD ZAHIR - Volume 2 2xLP [Guerssen]

A fascinating blend of traditional Afghan music with a late 60s/early 70s psychedelic edge and some excellent crooning from the man Zahir. £8


Brilliant deranged black metal from both bands. £3

ZEPPO - Mue LP + 2xCD [Action Ecoanarchiste]

Superb anarcho punk from Switzerland. These guys have been going for 20 years now and this is a great idea: a new LP of raging, angry Euro punk with plenty of gang choruses and razor-sharp guitar leads, along with a CD version of the album, as well as a 21-track retrospective CD with tracks covering their entire two decades as a band. Great value package! £5

ZODIAC - Menschenstaub 12" [7 Degrees]

Sort of a cross between hardcore and death metal with the odd ambient soundscape thrown in for good measure. £3

ZODIAC - Rasierter Affe 10" [7 Degrees]

Intense and powerful metalcore from Germany. £5 £3

ZOS KIA / COIL - Transparent 2xLP [Cold Spring]

Essential early document of the creation of Coil, when membership, aesthetic and style was still very embryonic. This double LP set reissues the tape credited mainly to Zos Kia, featuring at the time John Balance who, along with John Gosling, was still playing in Genesis P-Orridge's (oc)cult-obsessed free-form collective Psychic TV. Their ultra-dark, tribal tracks are total early industrial in their sound and execution, and fit well with the first Coil recordings: Manson, Crowley, Spare are the obvious inspirations and thematic touchpoints. The music here can often be a wee bit aimless but it represents a time of total juvenile musical and artistic freedom, and showed Balance what he was capable of and where he could take Coil in years to come. £17

VINYL: 7"s


ABIGAIL / AKASHAH - Split 7" [Darker Than Black]

Excellent new 7" from the always solid sleaze BM machine Abigail and some excellent epic euro-metal-stroke-black metal from Akasha. Top notch nurse/nun with big breests ripping out Christ's guts artwork too. Excuse the high price but these cost a fortune to buy in, pretty much guarantee you won't get it cheaper anywhere else. Limited to only 300 copies, get em while you can! £3

ACTIVE MINDS - The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - Behind The Mask 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - Recipe For Disaster 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - The National Lotta E 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - Bury The Past: Build The Future 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - New Puppets: Same Old Machine 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - The Storm Before The Calm 7" [Looney Tunes]


ACTIVE MINDS - The Freedom Of The Borough 7" [Looney Tunes]


AENAON / SATANOCHIO - A Parallel Zoetrope 7" [Floga]

Another day, another death metal split seven inch with an utterly redundant title meant to sound clever but which actually means nothing at all to anybody. Aenaon are driving, mid-paced death metal whilst Satanochio (where do these guys come up with these names?) play quite lo-fi death-ish chugging metal. £2


Frantic power violence/grind from one of the UK's best meets tight grind from Weekend Nachos under a different name! £2

AGATHOCLES - If This Is Cruel What's Vivisection Then? 7" [Selfmadegod]

Right, you've checked out all the recent splits Agathocles have done and thought "aye not bad, but what's with all the fuss with these guys?". Well, wonder no more, because here one of their all-time classic EPs is reissued just like the original. This is quality sludgey, grindcore (or as they termed it at the time, "mincecore") straight out the Napalm Death songbook. Some of the tunes on here are amongst their best and would appear on other stuff. For my money, this is just about the best place to start with AxGx. You don't need to collect everything, but if you're into grindcore you're absolutely missing out if you don't own this. £4

AGATHOCLES / VATICAN CITY SYNDROME - Split 7" [Zas/Grindfather/Hecatombe]

Three brand new Agathocles tracks. You know the score by now, nothing flashy just pure, simple dirty-sounding grind riffs all the way. VCS are a new Italian band playing crust-influenced grindcore, no a million miles away from early Nasum. £2

AGATHOCLES / PAUCITIES - Split 7" [Loads of labels]

More noisecore style from Agathocles. Paucities sound more Agathocles than Agathocles do! £2

AGATHOCLES / CUM SOCK - Split 7" [Vulgar]

You have to wonder how people come up with their band names. I mean, when people in the real world ask about my record label, I feel a bit of a twat saying "oh it's called At War With False Noise", cos they look at you like "ah, very good mate". Now, let's be clear, I don't give a floppy shite what people think about me, but if I was to get speaking to someone and ask what their band was called, and they said "Cum Sock", I'd probably say "ah, I realise you are a total roaster. Goodbye!". Cos only a total roaster would call their band Cum Sock. So anyway, I've just put Cum Sock on my stereo and they are total turd. The Agathcoles side is much better, actualy some decent grindcore rather than a lot of the sub-par plop they've been churning out the past few years. £4

AGATHOCLES / MPG - ....And The Loser Still Is.... 7" [Rodel]

Always find it amazing how AxGx make themselves to be proper right-on then release records by bands who have songs like "Magic Johnson Has The Good AIDS". So MPG are basically a bunch of children making boring music that sound like Spazz if they were a bunch of children. AxGx is as boring as they have been really since they gave up trying about 20 years ago. I see Ratgirl Records is involved in this one too, people still happy to deal with that snidey wee thieving cunt? RIGHT ON! £4


Agents Of Satan! One of those bands who you never go out of your way to seek out but own their entire discography by dint of them doing split 7"s with some ace bands. They were going about in the 90s and made some actually pretty great gloomy power violence type stuff. This is new material and it's top; pretty fast with good groovy grinding riffs. Paranoid Freak Out are dead speedy grind/PV with the guy from BENUMB (remember them?) on vox. Pretty good. £4

ALI AGCA / WOJTYLA - Split 7" [COPSA/CYC/Drop Out/etc]

D-beat meets grind, from Spain and Poland. £ 2

AL QAEDA / BBBLOOD - Split 7" [Trans-Dimensional Sushi]

£ 2


Anarchus are one of the earliest grind bands from Mexico and their "Total Hate" demo is a lofi grinding classic. Thsi track, honestly, isnae. It's a Lords Of The New Church cover (?!) and it's a kinda black metal-sounding novelty and little more. Disrotted give a song of plodding heaviness that works better than the big long songs; Corrupted and Grief showed that brevity can work for slow music, not everything has to be an epic slug-a-thon! £3


Kunal calls this side from AOBW "a sped-up Keelhaul partying with Motorhead". I'll go with that! Harrowed play a pretty 90s-sounding PV with some dbeat and slow parts. £4


AOBW are as great as usual: noise rock, complex hardcore, top class. Nervous Mothers are quite Coalesce-esque seering walls of hardcore noise. £4


Frantic hardcore split. £2

ATOMIC CRIES - Suspended Between The Mouth Of God And The Fist Of Man 7" [Svart]

Debut 7" of lo-fi doom. It's nice to see a new doom band coming out with something that deviates entirely from what's "cool" at the moment and there's no horror samples from films the band members have never seen or a goaty tit on the cover art anywhere to be seen. Given that Andy from Persistence In Mourning is involved here, PIM isn't a bad starting point as this is total troglodyte sludge, sounds totally out of tune (but in a good way haha) with great solemn gothy vocals. Actually the goth/doom comparison isn't a mile wide and they bring to mind the two best proponents of that style, namely SEVENCHURCH and STILLBORN. Top marks! £2

AXESLAUGHTER - Of Catharsis And The Dying World 7" [Against Audio]

Fucking great death etal from Finland. Primitive, simplistic, with a rotten sound and deep, filthy, heavy tone and funeral dirge to coffin-splintering speed at the drop of a hat. Even the band's logo is fuckin cool, not enough people have an arm wielding a weapon in the logos any more! £3

AXT / BLUTHUF - Split 7" [Bluthuf]

Powerful grindcore from Axt meets slower crust(core) from Germany's Bluthuf. £2

BASTARD - Bastard 7" [RSR]

Excellent crossover from Caper of Righteous Pigs and Tony Costanza (original Machine Head drummer/Crowbar) £2

BASTARD NOISE / THE COMMUNION - Split 7" [Haunted Hotel]

Tribute to the Communion singer Lee Altomare who sadly died. Communion side is the final tracks he recorded with them: dense, precise grind/PV. BN do a haunting soundscape in tribute. £4

BBBLOOD / RANK SINATRA - Split 7" [Mourning Glory]


BEAST AS GOD / CROWS - Split 7" [Feast Of Tentacles]

Beast As God: really heavy kinda early-Neurosis-meets-mid-period-Neurosis. If you remember the ace Logical Nonsense these guys sound a wee bit like them! Crows: pummeling sludgy hardcore. £4

BEG - EP 7" [Superfi]

Members of Afternoon Gentlemen and Art Of Burning Water hit out with a proper grinding chug-fest. Decent! £4

BEER CORPSE - Keg Nuts 7" [Give Praise]

Raw and brutal grindcore with an emphasis on the "core". Not a million miles away from Machetazo. £ 2

THE BLACK COFFINS - III: Graveyard Incantation 7" [255]

Brazilian band who play pretty rockin death metal, think Wolverine Blues-era Entombed. £4

BLACK TEMPLE BELOW / AUSTERITY - Split 7" [Bubonic Doom]

Black Temple Below: mid-paced, driving doom, pretty twisted and with a great clarity of sound. Top! Austerity: snail-paced doom-death. £4

BLACK TOTEM - I Will Haunt You 7" [Svart]

When I got this in I thought it was gonna be another occult rock band but it turned out to be total lo-fi early Danzig worship! Pretty raw blues cool sub-Glen "whoa!", "yyyrrreaah", "ooaauuragh!" vocals. Recommended. £3


BT: primitive black/death metal ala Mayhem demos. CS: early punk/crust that brings to mind Bolt Thrower in their demo era. £2

BLUE HOLOCAUST / EXPURGO - Split 7" [Troskot/Zas/Shove/High Voltage]

BH play Giallo-inspired goregrind before it became in-vogue to do so, cracking stuff! Their album is well worth checking out too I should mention. Expurgo play top-notch punky grind with that hi-hat snare really high in the mix sound with ultra-harsh vocals. Highly recommended split! £3

BOMBANGREPP - Forradd Av Samhallet 7" [Phobia]

Great fast hardcore with raw vocals. £4

BROKEN BRAINS - Broken Brains 7" [Our Future]

Great ultra-fuzz hardcore/noise punk from a fabled Japanese hardcore band who may or may not exist! £3

BRUMM BRUMM BOESE - Endliche Platte 7" [TVG]

Intense grind punk from Germany. £2


No-frills, gutteral old school grind, grinding like it's 1989. £2


Relentless death metal from the USA and Poland, very Suffocation-like. Breakdowns-a-hoy. £4

CARNIVAL OF CARNAGE - Chili Con Carnage 7" [Bringer Of Gore]

Live recordings from this grind/gore outfit in the vein of Last Days Of Humanity. £2

CASKET / SEWERCIDE - Split 7" [Unholy Anarchy]

New release from my favourite new label and co-conspirator, Unholy Anarchy! This is a double bill of terroraging deathrash from each band. Casket has a really evil, ripping guitar sound with brilliant punk leads and Euro-death style vox. Magic! Sewercide is more straight-up thrash, very much in the late-80s American style. Think the frantic but powerful raging sound of Whiplash or Sadus. A great split, and superb cover art too! £2

CHAMBRE FROIDE - Des Allies Et Des Rats 7" [Wee Wee]

Great driving, mid-paced, lo-fi, filthy black metal from France. £4

CIBO / AIRLINES OF TERROR - Split 7" [Hecatombe/Zas/Underground Pollution]

Cibo play a kinda grind 'n' roll style, pretty catchy. Airlines Of Terror play a very Eastern block style of punk rock that reminds me a bit of The Pogues, bouncey punk with a big folk element. £2

CLIMAX - No Time For Heroes 7" [Ravachol]

Powerful and raging punk rock/hardcore from Czech Republic. Quite Finnish-sounding but with maybe a bit more of a melodic edge. £2

CLOSURE - Closure 7" [Feast Of Tentacles]

Infest-style PV/HC from Leeds. £2


US press! Column Of Heaven continue to amaze me to be quite honest. If you thought The Endless Blockade were perfecting their craft, CoH continually manage to go steo after step further. So often I get records in here for distro and can't think of anything to say about them cos they're just fucking boring and sound like everything else. CoH are so far ahead of the game I can't think of any easy things to compare them to at all. Do me a favour and just get this and make your own mind up! Radioactive Vomir are great too, actually. It's always difficult when you follow such a top-notch band on a split record, but they do so with aplomb, their primitive black/death metal providing a good foil to CoH. £4

CONSPIRACY OF EQUALS - Grand Illusion 7" [Dog Day Sunrise]


JESS COX - One In A Million 7" [Neat]

Cracking debut single from ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang singer Jess Cox. After recording their debut album, Wild Cat, Cox left to pursue a solo career. It never went much further than an album and a couple of singles (this being the first one) but this is decent hard rock which covers similar ground to mid-period Rainbow if not maybe with the god-like guitar playing. Warehouse find - mint original from 1983 (wee bit of storage wear to the sleeves) £5

CRISIS HOTLINES - A.R.T.I.F.I.C.I.A.L. 7" [Ken Rock]

High-energy first wave-influenced punk rock from Texas. £2

CRYPTIC REALMS - Eve Of Fatality 7" [Bloody Productions]

Dead old school death metal that reminds me loads of Obituary; same rolling sound, sick guitar tone and the vocalist is even reasonably similar (though not as good obviously!) to John Tardy. Definite hints of MASSACRE in here too (hey!). Really like these guys, will be keeping an eye out!! £4

CSMD / AxSxHx - Split 7" [No Fucking Labels]

Sci-fi monster noisecore vs pissed-off fastcore. Red vinyl with bi centre hole 100 copies. £2


Excellent live tracks from my favourite sci-fi noisecore band meets new NC guys on the block, Nekromantiker. Excellent split! £3

CSMD / NEW YORK AGAINST THE BELZEBU - Split 7" [Ratgirl/Jerk Off]

Great new sci-fi blurrcore from CSMD - they always deliver - versus long-running noisecore heroes from Brazil. I'll state now clearly that these came in trade from Jerk Off and he'll be getting fuck all in return from me, hopefully sales of these 7"s will go some way to paying for the dosh he shafted me over from the Agathocles debacle. Note to labels: don't ever work with this shady little weasel. £3


As-always, brilliant space age noisecore from CSMD. Harsh, cavernous-sounding noisecore from ED. £3

DADDY NO! - Daddy No! 7" [Chipped Teeth]



Dark Mother: supoib doom which brings to mind Acid King loads, not just cos of the vocals (which are DEAD similar), but the general crushing heaviness/soaring melody. Top! Shrykull: pretty good raw sludge with screeching, tortured vox. £4

D-BEATLES - D-Beatl:s 7" [Rakalevyt]

That name.....fuck sake. I fucking HATE wacky names. I fucking hate wacky anything actually. People especially, do my nut. "Here's my friend Tony, he's CRAZY!". Bet he's no. Sure fire sign of an absolute wank. Anyway, this isnae d-beat at all, there's the odd bit that sounds like 80s Finn or Swede hardcore which is cool, but more often than not it's just pretty bland euro HC/"crust". This came in the batch with the tanned sleeves, so free if you buy something else. £0

D-BEATLES - D-Beatles 7" [Rakalevyt]

This 7" is a complete departure from the one above, where the D-Beatles take you on a musical oddysee of light and shade, peace and war, fragility and violence; Moog tones pushing through complex, eccentric twin guitar interplay and jazz drum fills. A musical tour de force based on themes from Proust's "À la recherche du temps perdu". Only kidding, is it fuck. Sounds like the other one. £0


DU: mid-period Husker Du stylings; Credentials: quite late-80s Dischord sound. £2

DESGUACE BENI - A Tumba Abierta 7" [Truco Esparrago]

Driving instrumental garage rock from Spain, bit surf-ish in places. £2

DISCHARGE - Never Again 7" [Havoc]

This is post-"Why?" and maybe my favourite Discharge 7". To me, it was them at their most potent, and is probably the blueprint for the Dis-sound that so many bands rip off nowadays. I got this when I was in my early teens and the impact of it is still pretty much the same when I stick it on now. If you don't have this record in your collection you ain't no punk, punk! £4

DS-13 - Aborted Teen Generation 7" [Havoc]

Top class late 90s hardcore from Sweden, but more in the USA angry-youth vein than the usual raw D-beat sound of most Scandi hardcore. £4

THE ELDORADO / SCALARE - Split 7" [Heavy Chains]


EMBALMING THEATRE / FUBAR - Split 7" [Power It Up]

Embalming Theatre: older school-than-thou long-running grindcore from Switzerland, three tracks of death-influenced grindcore. Fubar: in-your-face grind from Netherlands with a punchy, hardcore sound. £2


Restock! Really catchy, punky grindcore from Embalming Theatre that's very reminiscent of the Razorback roster from a few years back. T-13 play very a sort of thrash metal/grindcore fusion, that remains chaotic enough to be very much on the "core" side of things! £4

EMERSON - Something Special/Stars In Hollywood 7" [Neat]

Another one-single wonder from the early days of Neat, whilst a lot of bands did a cracking 45 and things conspired against them, in Honesty Emerson are probably best consigned to the bargain bin. This isn't really very NWOBHM at all and kinda plunders the depths of Journey-esque AOR, resplendent with naff keyboards and big hair. Worth it as a curio but little else really. Warehouse find - mint original from 1983! £1


Un fuckwith-able pairing here. Wadge are the most original grind band going and EB were the most forward-thinking PV of their time too. Restock on orange vinyl. £3


Crusty grind from Endless Demise (ex-Nausea/Excrutiating Terror) and old-school no-nonsense grindcore from SOTI. £2

ENDLESS GRINNING SKULLS - Endless Grinning Spirits 7" [Viral Age]

New EGS, yes! Brilliant anarcho-inflected raw hardcore, and as you may have noticed from the title, there's a definite Japanese influence going on here too. Great stuff as ever. £4

ERECTILE DEMENTIA / MADRE COCA - Split 7" [No Fucking Labels]

Fast grinding noisecore from ED meets out-there psychy blasts from Madre Coca. £3

EVIL SURVIVES - Judas Priest Live/Dragonslayer 7" [War On Music]

Speed metal from Canada, sense these guys' tongues firly reside in their cheeks. Nevertheless good stuff, with wailing tight-codpiece vocals and Ed Repka artwork for added authenticity. £2

FANTASTIKOLHOLE / YATTAI - Split 7" [Obskure Sombre]


Complex "mathcore" (sigh) meets raging grind, both from France I believe. Blue vinyl. £2

FAUX PAS - Stoy = Gull 7" [Turgid Animal]

Collaboration between Lasse Marhaug of Testicle Hazard and everyone else, and Sten Ove Toft, who I had over to play once a few years ago and who pissed himself whilst asleep on my rug. True story. Music: very harsh, face-drilling noise, brutal stuff. £2

FLEURETY - Et Spiritus Meus Semper Sub Sanguinantibus Stellis Habitat 7" [Aesthetic Death]

Recent-ish 7" of avant black metal from this impossible-to-pin-down band. I'm not even sure what the heck you'd call this if I'm honest, there's BM-style tremelo picking, classic rock guitar licks and weirdo vocals, along with odd tempo changes and time signatures all over the shop. If you like your metal with a strange, off-kilter edge, these guys are yer new favourite band. £4

FORMBY CHANNEL - The Inimitable 7" [Noise Punk]

Great noise punk from Roddy of Atomgevitter and Mark from The Wankys. Blue vinyl £2

FORMBY CHANNEL - The Saucy Seaside 7" [Noise Punk]

Top class noisey punk in the Japanese style, in tribute to George Formby. I don't know what that's all about either! Clear vinyl £2

440 - 440 7" [RSR]

Very simplistic, repetitive caveman grindcore with one riff battered into submission. Works really well, I like it! £2

FROM THE ASHES - Heading For Dystopia 7" [TVG]

Razor-sharp, no nonsense grind! £2

GALVANIZER - Horrid Tales Of Death... 7" [Equinox Discos]

Properly rotten ultra old-school death metal from Finland. Has a bit of the Finish sound though not quite as thick and murky, and with proper basement recording values. Love this band name too. Quite what's death metal about coating a metal in a protective layer of zinc is beyond me. Eourgh! £4

GANZMORD - In Praise Of The Weeping Filth 7" [Unrest]

Great depressive black metal. £2

GATTACA - Gattaca 7" [Dog Lovers/Halo Of Flies/Music For Liberation]

Interesting female-fronted crust from Czech Republic. This is very mournful crust and features cello at some points (!). It definitely fits the melancholic "vibe" though, an interesting listen. £2


Godeater play old-style power violence (Infest/No Comment style) whilst Kurt Russell (argh stop the comedy names!) play chaotic grindcore. £2

GODHOLE & CROZIER - Anthrophobia 7" [RRSS]

Collaboration between power violence/grind mob Godhole and long-running At War comrade Deek of Messiah Complex/Sufferinfuck etc. Deek's noise certainly adds to the grind, but I found myself enjoying the bits where he added his walls of static way more than the music if I'm honest. £4

GODORRHOEA - Zeitgeist 7" [Looney Tunes]

Mid-80s punk reissued, very Rudimentary Peni sounding. £2

GODSTOMPER / TERSANJUNG 13 - Split 7" [Fat Ass]

Long-running grinders Godstomper hit us with a new split not a million miles away from the old-school grind they've been doing for years now. Tersangjung 13 seem to be doing quite a lot of stuff these days, decent thrashy hardcore/PV-sounding grind. £2

GO WHITE BRONCO - Life As A Monument 7" [86'd]

Acoustic poof core. £1



GREED FORCE - 7 Inches Of Disppointment 7" [Suburban White Trash]

Starting off with a sample of Jeremy and Super Hans from Peep Show, this is fast crust/hardcore, bordering on grind territory. I think the vocals stink to be honest, Sounds like the guy's trying to make a screaming sound but without waking up his mum in the next room. £2

GRINDING HALT / SUFFERING QUOTA - Split 7" [De Graanrepubliek]

Faster than the other 7" above, on this one Grinding Halt are a bit more Iron Lung. Suffering Quota aren't a million miles away and have a bit of a screamo (fuck, did I just say that?) sound to em, remind me a bit of Orchid. £2


We Are Idols are punky death n roll band from Poland (and do a cover of the Fear classic I Love Living In The City). GPP are post hardcore/doom type stuff that I think sounds like fuckin' Coldplay but with shouting. £2

HAKARISTI - Hakaristi 7" [Legion Blotan]

Beyond primitive black metal from Finland, originally released on Filth And Violence on tape. Total raw sound and noisecore recording fidelity, love it! £3


EH: grinding hardcore/UV: blackened grind. £4

HARK - Mythopoeia 7" [Superfi]

Ex-Taint, who I saw about 20 years ago now! Think it was supporting Electric Wizard maybe? If any members of Taint are reading this, did you ever support Electric Wizard in Glasgow? Or maybe Cathedral? I dunno. Anyway, I remember them being quite good. This is also quite good. Heavy duty riffing, sludgy but powerful and with a hardcore edge. Nice printed acetate sleeve. £4


Ultra raw, lofi noisecore in the early 90s style by both bands. Great stuff! Cool smoke coloured vinyl. £2


Hate Your Fate: excellent crossover late-80s style from these Brazilians. Come across very SOD/Nuclear Assault (in their hardcore moments)/second album onwards DRI. Crucifer: more straightforward thrash from Greece that has a galloping Exodus sound to it. Seems to be loads of cool thrash coming from Greece these days! £2

HEAVY BABY SEA SLUGS - Minotaur/Trout Fishin' Man 7" [Heavy Baby Records]

Superb 7" here: absolute riffage! Repetitive uber-metal riffing, great heavy tone and vocals buried deep and swirling somewhere beneath the surface sludge. Top marks. £4

HEBOSAGIL - Heratys 7" [Kult Of Nihilow]

Absolutely in-the-red blown-out noise-doom dirges from Finland. Violent and uncomprimising stuff, probably the best stuff I've heard from them yet. £ 3

HEBOSAGIL / THROAT - Split 7" [Kult Of Nihilow]

Two of Finland's finest representing the two best Finish music genres of the past few years: sludge and noise rock. Great stuff, recommended. £4

HIC IACET - Prophecy Of Doom 7" [Hell's Headbangers]

Wow, this is great! Mid-paced, grinding, cavernous death metal. Real death-stench to this one, utterly filthy and necrotic in every way! Recommended. £4

HOLY MONEY - Holy Money 7" [RSR]

Heavy as fuck sludge (Swans reference in the name there) from Alex of Hatred Surge/Mammoth Grinder/Insect Warfare etc. £4

HORISONT - Writing On The Wall 7" [Rise Above]

I kinda think bands like this, all with matching moustaches and carefully-chosen 70s jackets are gonna look back in a few years and think "man, we looked like dicks". I'll leave this in writing in perpetuum so I can state unequivocally I think they look like dicks NOW. Anyway, I'm probably just jealous I can't grow a tache myself so I'll move on. Musically these guys are another 70s-style rock band, people will call it "proto-metal" even though I fail to understand how you can be fucking proto-metal once metal has been discovered. Next time I eat a tattie should I call it "proto-chips"? Maybe before I punch an idiot in the face before he makes up a stupid musical sub-genre I'll call him "proto-injured". Anyway, my POINT can get at least two - maybe three - proper class Status Quo albums in a charity shop for the same price as this single. Think about that. £4

THE HORROR / WAR ALL THE TIME - Split 7" [Zandor]

Absolutely storming split between two of the best hardcore bands in the UK right now. £2

HORROS - Horros 7" [Johnny Park Avenue]

Extreme Noise Terror worship from these Finns. Grey vinyl. £2

INFANT DEATH - Funeral Massacre 7" [Bloody Productions]

Really harsh, uncompromising black thrash from Italy. Rough stuff! A massacre at a funeral as well, what a shitter that would be, eh? £3

INSOMNIA ISTERICA - Alcoholarchy 7" [Dead Heroes etc]

Savage drunken grindcore. £3

IRON MERDA - Iron Merda 7" [Desorden/1984/Rodel/Old Kids Brigade]

This 7" starts out with exactly the same sample as Iron Maiden's "Number Of The Beast". So once we've heard that we should let he who hath understanding know the number of the beast and just before "I left alone, my mind was blank", we instead hit by the sound of a fart and then some lofi basement crust punk. Much as I live by the religion of Maiden and would never desecrate their legacy in such a way, the tunes on here are actually top fuckin drawer and you cannae argue with a record that has a wonderfully-rendered line drawing of a big curly jobby poking out the porcelain on the front. £2

JACK AND THE BEARDED FISHERMEN / HOMBRE MALO - Split 7" [Odio Sonoro/lots of other labels!]

Stoner/sludge and heavy rock. £3


Poland meets Germany in friendly combat in this grindcore split. £2

JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN / TORTURE PULSE - Lair Of The Wretched 7" [Funeral Industries]

Prolific Swede Rogga Johansson teams up with death metal legend Phil Speckmann for this uninterestingly-monikered band. Rollicking death metal is what's going on here, got a bit of a "death 'n' roll" sound to it. I really like the Torture Pulse side, more raw with quite a thin but jagged sound. They're from Finland but very much have an early-90s Entombed vibe. Limited to 300. £3

KALI VS ULTIMATE BLOWUP - Split 7" [7 Degrees]

Spastic hardcore from Kali meets heavy grind from Skatat members. £2

KARANTEENI - Kaljupainen Gangsteri 7" [Svart]

Restock! Debut 7" reissue, prime Finnish punk rock. The B-side particularly, "Vihaan John Travolta" is a belter. No idea what "vihaan" means but I hope it's something unpleasant. £4

KARANTEENI - Haluan Toimintaa 7" [Svart]

Restock! Melodic Finnish punk rock, this is their second 7" from 1979. £4

KEITZER / DAS KRILL - Split 7" [7 Degrees]

Keitzer play black/death metal-influenced grindcore. Das Krill aren't a million miles away from stuff like The Locust with keyboard-driven chaotic grind. £2

KOBORY / GODDAMMIT - Split 7" [Khhapspmch]

Old old school grind meets all-out noise war from Goddammit. Again quite like Hellnation, sounds like maybe a girl on vocals? Top notch! £2


Thrashing metal punk from Russia meets a great band from Finland with a ridiculously long name who shared a split with our own Filthpact last year. 80s-sounding Finn punk is the name of the game, and this side features, as the label says "Dik" from Oi Polloi on vocals, which I can only assume is DEEK. Crazy Europeans. Red vinyl.£3

LAHDON AIKA / FROGSKIN - Split 7" [Ramekuukkeli]

Heavy sludge metal from both bands. £2

LIFE POSSESSION - Miliony Let 7" [Aback]

Raw crusty d-beat from Czech Rep, very much in the early 80s UK/Finland sound. Blue splatter vinyl. £2

LIZ GIZZAD - Crime Trilogy 7" [Behemoth]


LOST BOYS - Work. Life. Regret. 7" [Trabuc]

Old school melodic hardcore from France. £ 2

LOTAO - In Nomine Diablous 7" [Hellville]


LOVE POTION - Intimacy 7" [Hate Ape]

Excellent Danish hardcore with a bit of a crusty sound, comes across like Motorhead playing Lipcream songs. I think. £3

LVTHN - Adversalianism 7" [Ordo MCM]

Primitive, violent, raw black metal heavily influenced by the second wave. £4

MACHETAZO / RAS - Split 7" [Equinox]

None-more old school grindcore from both bands. Looks like this may be the last Machetazo record too, shame! £2

MANGLE / FETUS CHRIST - Split 7" [Feast Of Tentacles]

Mangle are one of the best UK bands to come out in the past decade for me. Total stripped-down, brutal PV that sounds like it could've come out of the Slap-A-Ham days. Ace. Fetus Grinder are a lot more all-ver-the-place but still pretty raging grind/HC. £4

MARROW - Of Slaughter And Slime 7" [Horror Pain Gore Death]

Gore-obsessed death metal. Think Symphonies-era Carcass, Imapled etc. Good stuff! £2

MASS STERLISATION / SLAVE - Split 7" [Give Praise]


MATKA TERESA / SAKATAT - Split 7" + zine [Drop Out]

Restock! Grindviolence from Holland's Matka Teresa meets old school rough grind from Turkey's Sakatat. £3

MAUSOLEUM / HAEMOPHAGUS - Split 7" [Equinox Discos]

Mausoleum offer up a pretty straight-up cover of gore legends' Impetigo's Intense Mortification whilst Haemophagus give us three new horror-inspired death metal numbers. Kinda went off Haemophagus when one of the guys from the band bought a sealed LP off me on Discogs then gave me bad feedback when it turned out to be a different colour than advertised. "But it wasn't as advertised" I hear your shrill wee girly voice pipe up from the back off the room. Fair point, sparky, but all these nu vinyl "collectors" want their shit sealed these days (presumably cos they're not gonna listen to it) and the description did say "I DON'T KNOW THE COLOUR" in capital letters. It's got to be put under SOME listing, right? I realise I've given more time to moaning about why this guy's a fucking tool than I have to the reasonably boring music on this 7", but honestly the five minutes I spent sending him a message calling him a twat through the Discogs messenger system had more impact on my life than his music is ever likely to. £4


Mellow Harsher....jeez, they really are pretty harsh! Dead fast, every song under 40 seconds, full-on stuff. Internal Rot are punky grind from Oz, quite good but not matching the intensity of Mellow Harsher. £4

MEN AS WITCHES - Drone & Domination 7" [Witch Bukkake]

Excellent power violence with loads of slow sludgy parts and gruff, deep vocals. Took me back to the late 90s this one did! £3

MESMER - Peace In Progress 7" [Svart]

Took a punt on this and was a bit gutted when it came in wih a piss-takey Bathory Goat sleeve. Then I heard the music and it was worse. Psych-y, hip, tight-trouser-wearing nonsense. Watch out, Rise Above Records! £1

THE MILD - Left To Starve 7" [RRSS]

Reasonably good wall-of-noise grindcore from Italy. £4

MOLOCH / DISROTTED - Split 7" [Feast Of Tentacles]

Sludge/drone doom. £4

MOSKWA - Studio '84 7" [Warsaw Pact]

My pal - whose an absolute font of knowledge on pretty much anything to do with the Eastern Bloc - got me into these guys a few years ago and they're for my money one of the best mainland European hardcore bands ever. I guess Poland maybe doesn't have a very famous hardcore scene but these guys make up for that: great aggressive, fast hardcore that isn't a million miles away from what the Italians (not a million miles away....) were doing at the same time. Highly recommended! £4

MR PETER HAYDEN - We Fly High 7" [Doogna/Ramekuukkeli-Levyt]

I wasn't sure how these guys would do on the limited space constraints of a 7", but they pull it off! Grade A swirling, psychedelic, heavy space rock led by grandiose synthesisers. Another excellent release. £2


Goregrind double bill. Yellow vinyl. £4

THE NEFARIOUS INTEGRATION - Articles Of Execution 7" [Inverted Inhumation]

Right good raging death with a bit of a stenchcore sound. Mid-paced with plenty of "oogh"s. I really like this total simplistic sound, sometimes that is all you want from death metal! Lim 200. £2

NOISE COMPLAINT - Fuck Off And Thrash 7" [Suburban White Trash]

Noisy, snotty hardcore that reminds me very much of Charles Bronson and a lot of those mid-90s "thrash" bands. Decent stuff. £2

NUCLEAR CULT - Internal Aggressor 7" [Rodel]

Really good gear here, gloomy hardcore/grind, very dark but with great tunes. £4

NUNSLAUGHTER - Metal Assault On Melbourne 2x7" [Hell's Headbangers]

Double EP of top-drawer death metal recorded live in Australia. £6

NUNSLAUGHTER / SLOTH - Split 7" [Hell's Headbangers]

Reissue of a 10-year-old 7" with hideous artwork: an terrible cartoon of a sloth-like ninja slaughtering nuns (gettit? clever!). Sloth's tune is an absolutely amazing tale of a "nerdinja" (@you are a nerd and you are a ninja - nerdinja!"). Nunslaughter side is some boring death metal. I guess this is just coming out so Hell's Headbangers can get some instant coin from yet another Nunslaughter picture disc that people seem to be desperate for, for some reason. Doubt they give half a shit about the brilliant SLOTH. £4

PANICSVILLE - New Directions In Creative Nihilism 7" [Turgid Animal]


PARANOID - Praise No Deity 7" [Konton Crasher]

"The loudest 7" you will ever hear" proclaims the liner. Dunno about that (have you heard SPENDING LOUD NIGHT?!), but not far off! In-the-red metallic punk fury, the fuckin best!! £4

PARLAMENTARISK SODOMI - Krig Mot Norge 7" [Superfi]

One-man punk-grind-blurr from Steinar of the excellent Brutal Blues. This is really great stuff and totally listenable. Is still totally bonkers but has much more groove to it I guess than BB. Supoib! £4

PATARENI / BUREK DEATH SQUAT - Split 7" [Haunted Hotel]

Unrelased gear from 2002 from legens Patareni meets a Patareni side-project (I think) wih Guilio The Bastard on vox. Not bad, I think the songs are all Japcore covers but info on the sleeve is hard to understand. £4

PAUCITIES / CHULO - Split 7" [Inverted Inhumation]

Excellent mincecore-style grind from Paucities (who feature one Adam Jennings of Winters In Osaka on vox) meets even more buzzing ultra-raw grind from Chulo. Material on this 7" is some of their strongest yet, even better than the 7" I helped put out recently in fact! Total face-ripper this one. £2

PERMANENT DEATH / PISSDEADS - Split 7" [Bringer Of Gore]

PD are ultra-fast grind, verging on noisecore, Pissdeads are just all-out, in-the-red racket! £2

THE PINK DOGS - Rabbits Require Rights 7" [self-released]


PLANES OF SATORI - Son Of A Gun/Dichotomies 7" [Who Can You Trust?]

I read a review of this describing it as a mixture of Can and Echo And The Bunnymen and that's a startlingly bang-on summation! Laid back drumming, sparse guitar flourishes and very, very Ian McCulloch Ocean Rain-era ultra echo vocals. Shouldn't work by does, really well in fact! £2

PRISONER 639 / KADAVERFICKER - Split 7" [Vleesklak]

Raging PV from P639, long-running (early 90s) death grind from Kadaverficker. £3

PROGERIA / DYSMORFIC - Split 7" [Zas/Death Agony and Scremas/Nucelar BBQ]

Total repressed rage outletting from Progeria, when you say "raging grind" this is pretty much it! This band was fronted by Aimee from Bastard Noise and Eric Wood appears on vocals here too. Very old school grind from Italians Dysmorfic, who have had a few cracking 7s out the past few years (and appear on At War's own grind comp "Incident At Ape Canyon". Red vinyl £2

PURSON - Leaning On A Bear 7" [Rise Above]

Theatrical organ-led pop-prog from these Rise Above retro-worshipers. Better choice of single than the previous "Rocking Horse" (which I found pretty boring), wish they'd chosen "Spiderwood Farm" though, that tune is a belter! Black vinyl £4

RELENTLESS APPROACH - Juicy 7" [World Trade/Give Praise]

Fast and furious hardcore with plenty of chuggy breaks and RIFFS. £ 2

REVEL IN FLESH / THE DEAD GOATS - Split 7" [Self Made God]


RIISTETYT - Kahleet 7" [Havoc]

Classic Finnish hardcore. £4

RIISTETYT - Tuomiopaiva 7" [Havoc]

Primitive, brillant early hardcore from Finland. £4

THE ROGUE NATIONS - Regi Mentle Rides Again 7" [Wheelchair Full Of Old Men]

Really good late 70s-style American melodic punk. Featuring art and lyrics by Regi Mentle, who was part of the Germs' circle back in the day and who spent time in prison for murder I think (?). £4

ROMAN CASTEVET - 16H! 7" [Odio Sonoro/lots of other labels!]

Fast hardcore £2

ROT IN HELL / THE PROCESS - Split 7" [Feast Of Tentacles]


RUNGS - Rungs 7" [Cool Your Jets]


RUN RIOT - Break Mirrors 7" [Give Praise]

Youthful and energetic hardcore £2


The corpse of Rupture continues to get picked right down to the bones here with three songs from their last show. Which you can get in full for free from Mortville. Opposition Party: long-running but pretty obscure metal punx from Singapore. £3

RUPTURE / NIHILISTICS - Split 7" [Haunted Hotel]

That last Rupture live gig must be the most plundered-from recording in the history of music. I don't think there have even been as many boots of the last Sex Pistols gig as there have been splits made up of tunes from this Rupture set. Anyhoo, their two songs ARE belters, "Normaloid Void" being one my my fave tunes by them. Nihilistics have one of the worst-taste covers I've ever seen and they continue to play raw, horrid punk rock. You wouldn't show this to your gran (or indeed anyone), but the tunes are good. £4


New Satanic Malfunction isnae really Satanic Malfunctions. It's not bad in a kinda generically crusty way but doesn't compare at all to the early material. Famine is pretty standard fast/breakdown grind. £4

SBS - Grinding Under The Influence 7" [Skullhouse]

Half covers/half new songs. Grindcore! Weird choice of covers: Judas Priest, Rotten Sound, Haemorrhage and Venemous Concept (eh?). £3

SCHNAUZER / DOKTOR BITCH - Split 7" [Vulgar]

Restock of a very popular title. Great batch of new Schnauzer songs, these sound a lot like early SLOTH to me, which is never a bad thing! Doktor Bitch is really catchy Celtic Frost-style riffing but with a daft sense of humour. Ex-Sockeye should tell you all you need to know! £3

SCHNAUZER / SOLIPSIST - Split 7" [Vulgar/Shifty/Haunted Hotel]

New Schnauzer! Cracking. This one is really pretty rough sounding and has an almost power violence feel to it. Solipsist is quite savage grindcore with overt death metal influences. I got limited red vinyl copies of this one! £3


SMS are maybe my favourite of the current crop of ressurgent noisecore bands coming out right now. 100% old-school, adhering strictly to the teachings of masters Cripple Bastards! Adolf Shitter: rapid-fire feedback noisecore assault. £3

SEDEM MINUT STRACHU / PERCY JERK-OFF - Split 7" lathe [Self-released]

Machine-gun noisecore from SMS meets an unrelenting barrage of noise from PJO. Limited to only 66 copies on a lathe, get em here before they're gone! £4

SEDEM MINUT STRACHU / PTAO - Split 7" [Psychocontrol]

SMS's trademark full-on old-school noisecore meets their forefathers here as they share a split with one of the best 90s noisecore bands, countrymen PTAO. Great split! £3


Straight after the amazing LP on AWWFN, new split from SMS meets insanely harsh white-noise grind from Japan. Sheesh! £3

SENSUURI - Kaupunki Nukkuu 7" [Svart]

Restock! These Finns have a bit more of a post-punk bent than the others of the scene. 1979. £4

SENSUURI - Kirjoitan Seinaan 7" [Svart]

Restock! This one is a little more abrasive than the "Kaupunki" EP but still sounds a bit to me like Gang Of Four played on 45. 1979 £4

SESSO VIOLENTO - Sesso Violento 7" [Mordgrimm]


SETE STAR SEPT / MADRE COCA - Split 7" [Bringer Of Gore]

Total unevenly-recorded noisecore attack from SSS here, drums way up in the mix, rough as fuck. Cool! Mare Coca is a really old school blur assault that coul've been recorded in the early 90s. Bonus points for some of the best cover art I've ever seen on the SSS side, rotting Sesame Street characters....My Heroes! £2

SETE STAR SEPT / ANXIETY DISORDER - Split 7" [Legs Akimbo/Vleesklak/Warfare]

Sloppy avant-noisecore from SSS and speedy but groovy grind from AD. £3

SETE STAR SEPT / GRINDER BUENO - Split 7" [Bringer Of Gore]

Noisecore/grind split. £3


This is more on the "song" side of 7MON on display here. II are quite groovy grind, not altogether dissimilar to Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium. £2

SHE - Never Surrender 7" [Neat]

Typical mid-80s singalong-chorus female-fronted (SHE! Gettit?!) polished rock with a chorus that sounds EXACTLY like "More Than A Feeling". Definitely worth a listen, it's fuckin class. Warehouse find - mint original from 1985! £2

SHIFT / ANEOMONE TUBE - Split 7" [Unrest]


SHIFT - Have No Fury 7" [Heidenlarm]



Shitfun: dirty rotten grind duo from Brazil. Industrial Holocaust: long-running legendary noisecore also from Brazil. £3

SLAG - Slag 7" [RSR]

Fuzzed-out bass/hi-lo vocals, blasts-a-hoy from this San Jose grind outfit. £4

SLAVE HANDS - Slave Hands 7" [self released]

Very Grief-sounding sludge here from Finland. I have a few things by these guys and they're always pretty on point. £4


Restock. Decent hardcore-grind from Holland meets long-running old-school grind from Germany. Pink marble vinyl. £2



STARVE - Black Sludge/White Sludge 7" [Badger]

This sounds a little heavier, more anguished and slower to my ears than their LP. Extra points for referencing Black Mama/White Mama and having Pam Grier and Margaret Markov on the cover too! £ 2

STRONG INTENTION - Each Day Lived...An Act Of Defiance 7" [Six Weeks]


STRONG INTENTION - Make Up Your Mind 7" [Strong Intention]



Stuntman play twisted venomous nearly-grind. AOBW are playing at top speed here, like noise rock played on double speed. £4

SUSPIRAL - Dawn Of Kezef 7" [Equinox Discos]

Amazing, void-conjuring death/black metal. Utterly chaotic and with a dense, thick sound this is truly unholy music. Strongly recommended! £3

SVAVELDIOXID - Krigets Brutalitet 7" [Phobia]

Yes! Fuckin cracker of a 7 here from these Swedes. Total ANTI CIMEX sound...raw and direct! £4

TAETER - The Hunt Has Gone Full Circle 7" [Narcolepsia]

Wow, this is REALLY good. Ultra-menacing minimal power electronics from Nicola of Fecalove/Turgid Animal. Reminds me loads of Whitehouse's classic Quality Time era. Total perverse menace. Very highly recommended, best 7" of the month! £4

TENSE REACTION - Black Hole 7" [Bong]

Fast, loud, pissed-off hardcore from members of Vitamin-X. £2

TERRORAZOR / SLAPENDEHONDEN - Split 7" [Negative Care Outcome/loads of others]

Fucking great grind! Terrorazor are amazing, remind me a bit of demo-era Repulsion. Great fast old-school grind with the occassional mid-paced riff thrown in for good measure. Slapenhonden are good too, bit more modern-sounding.£2

TERRORDROME - Seeds Of Fear, Begotten 7" [Floga]

Brutal and fast technical death metal with a goregrind vocals from Greece. This band ALL wear sunglasses in the band pic, they well mean business. £2


Early Earache worship from Terror Firmer (including an Agathocles cover) meets American duo Eating Machine who hit us with five blasts of ultra-fast machine-gun grind. £2

TERROR FIRMER / INSOMNIA ISTERICA - Split 7" [Audio Lesion/Grindfather/Ratto/Zas]

Thrashing old school grind from Italians TF (including a Fear Of God cover!) and raging drunken grind from Swiss band Insomnia. £2


DP are absolutely blistering fast blur/grind, fucking amazing stuff. Just doesn't give an inch at all! TM have a bit more of a tune going on and a bit of a gore-grind feel to them. £ 2

THISCLOSE - Burnin' Anger 7" [Antisociety]

Restock of this 7" from Scotland's premier Dis band, thundering out metallic Discharge riffs with Roddy's absolutely fucking weird mad wee lassie shrieks. £4

THISCLOSE - What Glory? 7" [SPHC]

New 7" of old Discharge riffs meets shrieking girl vocals from Rodney Shades. This is Thisclose lineup mk XVIII I think now. £4

TOUGHSKINS / ZITSQATCH - Split 7" [Wheelchair Full Of Old Men]

Great Oi! parody band from Sockeye guys (their LP is brilliant by the way) meets noise punk with Steveggs and Poopy from Sockeye. Great! £4

TRAUMA 84 - Pachut Silenosti 7" [tons of labels]

Superb pitch-black punk. Reminds me loads of Terveet Kadet. Love this!! £4

TYSONDOG - School's Out 7" [Neat]

Geordie NWOBHM band covering Alice! This is tail-end of the new wave and has a wee bit of an American sound to it, particularly in the beefy very "metallic" production. Warehouse find - mint original from 1986! £3

UNHOLY GRAVE - Fake World 7" [Haunted Hotel]

New 7 from predictably solid Japanese grinders. If you know them, you know the score! £4

USKO - Kullankukkula / Liipola 7" [Penny Whistles And Moon Pies]

Rough-as-a-badger's arse sludge. Limited to 100 copies (I think) on marbled white vinyl with nice vellum inserts. £4

UTANFORSKAPET - Skarvor Fran Livet!! 7" [Phobia]

Superb raw punk from Sweden. Total direct, face-tearing stuff. £4

VARIOUS - Boum Couer Records Volume 2 7" [Boum Couer]

One minute per band; lots of raw punk and grind I've never heard of but well worth a listen! £ 2

VARIOUS - I'm Going Ape #2 7" [NFL]

Restock of a great and long sold-out comp featuring CSMD, Gorgonized Dorks, Straightedge Kegger and NOYFB. £4

VARIOUS - Monomaniac Volume One 7" [Blastbeat]

First edition of this excellent series of short, sharp blasts; this one being on the best format for short, sharp blasts: the 7"! Featuring Sete Star Sept, Head Cleaner, Diocletian, The Howling Wind and more. £4

VARIOUS - Saastaa Suomesta 7" [Obscurex]

Excellent noisecore comp from the best country for this kind of thing right now: FINLAND! Featuring: Nihilist Commando, Aunt Mary, Funeral Mongoloids, Anal Barbara, Musta Oksennus, ProDeath, Chains Of Death Command, Luostari, Pahoinvointi and Unpeace. A pure 12 monute ravaging of the senses! Includes a wee booklet. Very sorry for the high price but the wholesale price on these was bloody ridiculous. DIY or don't, eh. £4

VARIOUS - Sekec Mazec Quattro 7" [tons of labels]

Fast/hardcore/grind compilation with pithy contributions from: Balaclava, Kobra XI, Idiot's Parade, Spes Erepta, Rabies, Coconut Bulldozer £2

VILLAINY - The View From My Ivory Tower 7" [Inverted Inhumation]

Top class stuff here, melodic thrash with some magic classic metal leads and elements of more extreme influence here and there. £2

WANKYS - Wankys 7" [SPHC]

Noise punk a-go-go! £3

WARHEAD - Cry Of Truth 7" [Farewell]

One of the absolute classic early 90s Japcore records here. Just 100% pure fucking RAGING stuff. I doesn't get much more intense and full-on than this. If you like Japanese HC and dont know this one then I suggest you change that right now and pick this up! £4

WARM NEEDLES - Pretty Tambo 7" [86'd]

Very melodic punk, not really sure what to make of this, has a kinda upbeat "running around a mall" kinda vibe to it. Gave a listen through side one of the first Amebix LP to make get myself back to normal again though so all is fine. £2

W>A>S>P>S / Nacht Und Nebel - Split 7" [self released]

W>A>S>P>S are an unknown quantity to me, but on the strength is this side they're worth keeping an eye out for. Very distorted and bass-heavy with a Gieger Counter atomic decay sound, this crackles away like nobody's business. Top stuff. Henry Davies (he of Army Of Flying Robots and Moloch fame) has been doing Nacht Und Nebel for a good few years now - in fact I put him on at Glasgow Implodes in what was one of his first performances under that moniker. Proving that there's more musical smarts about hardcore kids than most give credit for, he manages to make more interesting sounds from a cello and an effects pedal than most dopes get from an army of shit computer sound effects. Very dark and dirty-sounding grinding soundscapes that aren't a million miles away from the early-80s Italian scene. Plus he's one of the most sound guys I know, so support his debut vinyl release! £2



WICKED LESTER - You Are Doomed 2x7" [Numero Group]

Nope, not early KISS, they just nicked the name! I'll tell ya what though, this is better than Kiss, realy simplistic but raw heavy metal sound; influenced by both the trogoldyte caveman metal sound and the nascent NWOBHM scene (these guys came from the USA 1980). Total tunes to raise your middle finger to while riding yer bike through your square neigbhour's lawn. Fuck da man! £9

WIDOWS - Wall Of Berlin 7" [Svart]

Maybe the only Finn punk band who performed in english? I guess maybe they were having a go at trying to match the english sound because they have a very oi! style (love those R'n'R guitar leads). Excellent! 1979 £4

WINGS OF WAR - Prepare For War 7" [Legion Blotan]

Blasting, imperious war metal from Poland. £3

WISHMASTER - Far Away From The Sun 7" [Bestial Invasion/Floga]

Quite melodic trad-y sounding metal with rasping vocals, closest comparison I can think of is maybe Edge Of Sanity? Definitely has the Scando-melodic DM sound going on, good stuff. £2

WIZARDS OF FIRETOP MOUNTAIN - Sonic War/Dollar Hips 7" [Into The Void]

Hard rock with a bit of a stoner-y vibe to it here from Ireland. Not really my kind of thing if I'm honest, bit too naff for my liking (any song where the singer says "oh baby" more than once usually has me gone). Keeping a copy for my dad though, he'll be right into this. imited to 250 copies for Record Store Gay. £3

YACOPSAE / SLIGHT SLAPPERS - Split 7" + Communal Grave No 2 fanzine [Dead Heroes]

Great combo here. Slight Slappers are one of the best of the early power violence bands, coming from Japan they have a bit of a Japcore influence going on and play really manic PV. Yacopsae play ulta-intense grind, one of the best! Comes with an absolutely cracking wee 7" square zine, really thick and professionally done, with articles on both bands on the split, Backslider, TFD, Despise You, tons of reviews etc. Highly recommended to all PV/grind fans! £4

YACOPSAE - Krank Ist Normal EP 7" [Vulgar]

All-time legendary fastcore here. Pretty much the standard for this style of music. First tune with the slow riff....oh yes!! £4



ABATUAR - Perversiones De Muerte Putrefacta CD [Dunkelheit]

This is cracking stuff, dead fast and quite amateurish-sounding one-man black/death that I guess many would probably call grindcore. The riffs are absolutely top-notch, and this guy does the rolling mid-paced bit followed by a heavy duty breakdown absolutely PERFECTLY. Superb. £5

ABISMO - Ventos De Eter CD [Obscure Sombre]


ADAMENNON - Le Nove Ombre Del Caos CD [Boring Machines]

Another week, another "soundtrack for a film that doesn't exist". Now I know I participated in this fucking nonsense with the Repeated Viewing record but 1) we came up with the idea to do that years ago and 2) to be fair, I think it was executed absolutely bang-on, conceptually and with an eye for detail of people who know what they are talking about. 995 of this stuff however, is just some goon with a midi keyboard and a Photoshopped random Italian film poster from the 70s, for a film they've probably never even seen. Which is pretty much what this is. If you like Simonetti's "new" Goblin you'll like this. I do not. £3

ADMLITHI - Tyrants CD [Armellodie]

Wow! Admlithi is Adam Cresser, who played on many Seppuku records and released music on At War previously as Rejectamenta. Admlithi sees him doing somehing more "musical" yet even more forward-thinking. It's hard to describe this as it genuinely sounds like nothing else; informed by industrial, shoegaze, maybe a bit of goth and electronica, everything is tied together with some proper heavy metal bass. Some of the melodies are the absolute business and despite some songs traversing several genres, there's a cohesive sound to this which gives one of the most satisfying listens I've had from a full album in ages. Amazing stuff! £5

AGATHOCLES - Mincecore History 1989-1993 CD[SMG]

Some of AxGx's best stuff on this one, including the great split with PSYCHO: "Hail To Japan"! Top quality early grindcore. £5

AGATHOCLES - Mincecore History 1993-1996 CD[SMG]

More cuts from the crypt from one of the most influential grind bands of all time. £5

AGATHOCLES - Mincecore History 1997-1999 CD[SMG]

Comp of late 90's 7" material from the band who showed us all how DIY was done! £5

AGATHOCLES - Black Clouds Determinate CD [Selfmadegod]

Reissue of Agathocles' second studio album, this is more grind than their debut, the death metal-influenced Theatric Symbolisation Of Life. Classic mincecore! Missing the bonus tracks of the last reissue of this mind, and new updated cover art, something I am very seldom a fan of! £5 £4

AGATHOCLES - Peel Sessions 1997 CD [SMG]

Cool Peel Session from the late 90s on a nice easy format (I used to have the double 7" in ridiculous packaging that was just a pain in the hoop to play quite honestly!) £5

AGATHOCLES - Cliche/Pressure CD [Haunted Hotel]

Reissue of a couple of Agathocles records here, somewhat random though. Cliche? (they've taken away the ? symbol, haha, apt!) came out on vinyl in 1992 and is a great live set at a time when AxGx weren't just papping out every fart they made. Pressure was originally half an LP with Deadmocracy from 1998. Decent gear. Dunno why these have been paired together to be honest, but I'm sure AxGx don't give half a shit as long as they've got some more records for the merch table. £5

AGATHOCLES - Superiority Overdose CD [SMG]

Solid 7th full length from one of the longest-running grind bands going. £5

AGATHOCLES - This Is Not A Threat, It's A Promise CD [SMG]

Newer album odf lo-fi grind, though this one has quite a lot of hardcore sound to it I reckon. £5

AGATHOCLES - To Serve...To Protect CD [Vacation House]

Album's worth of material recorded roughly on a 4 track in their rehearsal space in the late 90s. You know what you're getting with Agathocles! £3

AGATHOCLES - Commence To Mince CD [SMG]

New studio album (new songs!) from the longest-running of the grind bands. This is decent stuff, I guess as with a lot of bands Agathocles palm off their shite on the split 7"s and keep the good stuff for the albums. £4

AGE OF AGONY - Death Metal Artillery CD [Metal Or Die]

Well, there's a title that means business eh! These guys are from Hungary and the guitar sound is total later-period Bolt Thrower. Very aggressive, direct and in-your-face death metal. Like it a lot!! £3

AGGRESION - Forja Infernal CD [Terceiro Mundo Chaos Discos]

Superbly catchy death metal from Brazil here, reminds me quite a bit of Sarcofago's incredibly under-rated "Laws Of Scourge" LP. Lots of varied tempos and some truly fantastic riffs that the more well-known bands of the genre would kill to write! Recommended. £3

ALUCARDA - Raw Howls CD [Church Within]

Wow, this is quite remarkable in how much it totally rips off Satan's Satyrs. Really pretty shameless. Much as it's a Tesco Value Euro ripoff, it's still better than that pure shite second album they did for Will Palmer's label. UP YE, WILL. £5

AMORPHOUS - A Perfect Evil CD [Seven Gates]

Really good thrash with a distinct grind sound (and often tempo) from Poland, featuring members of Polish godfathers of death metal, Vader. Apparently these guys have been going since 1991 and have only in recent years actually put out any music. Decent stuff! Digipak. £3

ANGEL BUTCHER - 25 Years Bleeding Ears CD [Dead Centre Prod]

Had never heard of these guys before but the great logo that looks bang-on like some private-press metal rarity and the fact these guys have ex-members of Sarcofago amongst their ranks (quite who I have no idea!) got me interested. What we have here is a new EP, and extra demos from the late 80s in these guys' original incarnation. They play excellent crossover thrash, nothing like as grim/evil-sounding as contemporaries like Vulcano, Holocausto, Chakal etc but they have the same kinda sloppy sound. Maybe not a million miles away from what some of these bands went on to become when they got more "metal" in the early 90s. £3

ANGUSTA TAURINORUM - Giochi Fatui CD [ZAS+tons of labels!]

Intense, savage hardcore from Italy. £2

APOLION - Death Grows Into Sperm CD [Bylec-Tum]

Death growing into sperm is a terrifying thought and honestly not entirely sure where that idea could have been convcieved from. This is described on the inlay as "harsh, impudent black metal". I like the idea that these guys are HARSH as fuck, all evil and that, but also just a wee bit cheeky. I also think they might not have an entirely brilliant grasp on english. It's quite fast and raw sounding, but with the odd flowery bit. It's kinda boring really. But defintely IMPUDENT! (SOLD OUT) £2

APOSTATE - Trapped In A Sleep CD [Metallic Media]

Decent death/doom that sounds very eastern-European mid-90s to my ears. This sort of thing used to be ten a penny a few years ago but these guys do mid-paced growl/clean vocal heavy/trad quite well. £2

APOTHEOSIS OMEGA - Vama Marga CD [Godeater]

"Anti-hipster black metal from Aachen". Oooh, you have my attention! Went to Aachen on a pilgrimage to Charlemagne's seat of power a couple of years back and it was a great place. Anyway, is this as good as the palace of Europe's greatest-ever ruler? Course it isnae! That's not to say it's bad mind. It's ok.....vocals are a bit guff - sounds like a teenager who's been sent to his room and is shouting to his mum to hurry up with the dinner - but there are a few decent riffs on the go here. Mostly mid-paced atmospheric tremelo guitar. One for the die-hards, really. £3

ARCANEGOAT - De Profundis CD [Thanatology]

Not where you'd really expect to hear traditional doom metal, but this one-man band from China play exactly that! Really enjoyed this one, actually comes across like a slightly less bombastic Church Of Misery in fact. I'm always intrigued by bands playing somewhat odd music from countries where there is no discernible scene, respect due! £3

ARMY OF FLYING ROBOTS - Life Is Cheap CD [Superfi]

Restock of the only album by this great spastic grind band, saw them live loads and they always delivered the goods! £3

ASTAROT - Light Of Despair / Silhouettes Reflecting In The Nightsky CD [Thanatology]

Excellent instrumental black metal from Mexico. This is a one-man band and he keeps it simple: long synthesiser chords dominate here giving a real sweeping, haunting atmosphere. Recommended. £2

ATOMCK - Never Work CD [RRSS]

Powerful and brutal grindcore with a dual-vocal delivery (I think) and a wee bit of a complex hardcore edge. Mad screeching vocals and PV-style barks. CD version features a full live set as a bonus! £3

ATOMIZER - Grave Disturbances CD [Arkham Chronicles]

Early years compilation from this solid black thrash band, this CD includes their early demos and singles/splits from the late 90s/early 00s. £3

ATTACK OF THE MAD AXEMAN - Scumdogs Of The Universe CD [Scrotum Jus]

Bizarre cosplay grind focussed on forest animals. All the songs are themed around their favourite beasts (Morbid Angler, Squirrel Vs Glen Benton etc) and the fron and back covers show the band dressed as various animals nicking about the trees. It's daft of course but probably more sensible than a lot of the cod-political crap so many grind bands come up with, or boring songs about rape and murder from basement-dwelling virgins. Musically, this is as good as their first record: total single-minded, savage, sharp grindcore. Very (surprisingly maybe) focussed, pointed fast grind. Recommended! £3

BAND OF PAIN - Sacred Flesh OST CD [Cold Spring]

I've got to be honest, I think Nigel Wingrove is a total tool. Not only is he racist twat (see his views on MUSLIM'S TAKING OVER THE WORLD AAARGGH!) but he's also responsible for the fact that whenever I bought a cool Redemption video (like Shiver Of The Vampires) as a teenager I'd get a funny look from the girl behind the counter at HMV for buyng something with Emily Booth on the cover with her top off, wielding a machine gun or something. Anyway, I digress. This film is utter guff for stupid goths who want to be in Cradle Of Filth BUT the soundtrack's not bad, and was done by Steve Pittis who runs Dirter Promotions. I'm really selling this one, eh. £3

BATRAKOS - Degenerate Collection CD [Temple Of Theta]

Collection of three demos of minimalist, lofi black metal. Comes in a weird package with an A5 insert. Limited to 100 copies. £3

BATTLESTORM - Demonic Incursion CD [Deathrash Armaggedon]

Essential debut album from this brilliant Singapore death metal band. Total old-style bestial DM in the vein of the classic Asian bands (Impeity etc) and the classic South American first wave (Sarcofago, Vulcano etc). BRILLIANT STUFF! At War will be releasing this on vinyl in 2011! £3

BEAST IN HEAT - The Real Fonzie... CD [Mortville]

Rough as a badger's arse punk side project from Rupture. Think this is Stumbles and Zombo and two other guys. Or maybe it's all of Rupture playing different instruments. It's fuckin ace anyway. £4

BEAST IN HEAT - The Rocky Road To Euphoria CD [Haunted Hotel]

Unreleased album that's laid dormant for 20 years. This is top-notch sing-along rotten punk, dead good! £5



BILLY CRYSTAL METH - Meth Metal CD [Mortville]

Excellent instumental rif-a-rama from Andy of Mortville Noise/Captain Three Leg etc and a couple of other fellas. £4

BIOPSY - Fractals Of Derangement CD [Transcending Obscurity]

Brutal death metal here from Mumbai. Think Suffocation or Devourment more than the "slamming" style; the riffs are pretty precise. Good gutteral vocals, all in a decent death metal EP. £2

BLACK BLEEDING - The Awakening CD [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Reissue of this death/black metal band's demo. £3

THE BLACK COFFINS - Dead Sky Sepulchre CD [Black Hole]

Dirty rot n roll here, reminds me quite a bit of Entombed. Death metal at its base but the punk and hardcore riffs come through. Worth a go! £3

BLACK DEPTHS GREY WAVES - Nightmare Of The Blackened Heart CD [Aesthetic Death]

Multi-layered, crushing power electronic/industrial holocaust here. Total holocaustal wind of death sound going on here, brutal and unrelenting stuff. £3

BLAZING CORPSE - The Universe Shouts My Name CD [Death Voice]

Keyboard-heavy atmospheric black metal from Brazil. Reminds me of HOTH from Portugal. £4

BLOOD - O Agios Pethane CD [Dunkelheit]

Blood were a great band. Coming out in the late 80s, they played a very death metal-heavy version of grind with some heavy punk influence. This is their third and probably best album, just totally oozing evil atmosphere. Reissued finally after years of being out of print! £5

BLOOD PATROL - From Beyond And Below CD [Drunk With Power]

Great crossover! Good to see bands still having a go at this type of music. If yer into the recent influx of thrash bands but like a bit of hardcore you'll do well to give these guys a shot. £2

BLOOMING LATIGO - Esfinteres Y Faquires CD [Feretro]

Off-kilter noise rock with weird screeching vocals, lots of stop-starts and jagged, off-kilter riffs. Definitely one for Melvins or maybe KARP fans. £2

BOLESNO GRINJE - Nitko Nas Ne Vidi...Ali Mi Ipak Postojimo! CD [Deathbag]

Great grind from Croatia that certainly has the Eastern European sound that I can't quite pinpoint but has the old Repulsion/Napalm Death blueprint but with lots of Discharge/crust elements too. Good! £2

BOTULISTUM / GOLL - Split CD [Dying Sun]

Bizarre, grotty black metal belched forth (quite literally in the vocal department!) from Botulistum meets almost-equally mental BM with crazed vocals from Goll. £3

BRAQUEMAARD - Pendu, Traine Par Une Olaie Jusqu'a La Potence Et Mis En Quart CD [Chaos In My Head]

This is really great, absolutely punishing death metal; vicious, violent and caustic. Top class gore-style vocals and cracking Morbid Angel ripoff riffs all over the shop. Reminds me quite a bit of gore/deather countrymen Brodequin. If you're into ultra-intense death metal get this one snatched up. £3

BREAKING THE WILL - Choosing Death CD [Narcolepsia]

Fantastic ultra-harsh cut-up noise. Taking the "junk noise" sound that seems to have become really popular in the past couple of years, but informed by the Japanese masters and with a deft hand for piecing everything together, this is one of the best noise records I've heard in some time. Recommended. £3

BURIAL HORDES - The Termination Thesis CD [Folter]

Members of Dead Congregation give us some black magic occultation here. Really dark atmospheric black death. Mid-paced and sounding like it was recorded deep underground, this is proper good stuff. On my way to see what else these guys have put out so I can get my paws on it! £4

BURNING SONS - Built To Fall: The Mystic Recordings CD [Drunk With Power]

7" comp from these American punks. Got a bit of a crossover sound that reminds me a wee bit of later Sick Of It All (Call To Arms: favourite SOIA record!) and cool vocals that sound a bit like a mix of Chris Notaro from Crumbsuckers and John Joseph from Cro Mags. £2

CALL OV UNEARTHLY - Blast Them All Away CD [Seven Gates Of Hell]

Call ov unearthly what? Blasting blackened death metal, has a bit of a South East Asian Impiety sound to it but think these guys are Eastern European. £3

CALM HATCHERY - Fading Beliefs CD [Selfmadegod]

Excellent modern death metal which is technical but has plenty of great riffs and nice melodic touches. Reminds me a lot of later period Morbid Angel or Hate Eternal, or maybe stuff like Nile (can even hear a wee bit of an eastern influence in there too!) £3

CAPTAIN THREE LEG - All Fours CD [Mortville]



C3L give us tons of noiscore tracks interspersed with harsh noise whilst Stinkhole hit out with a bunch of no-production noisecore nonsense. £5

CARMA - Carma CD [Dying Sun]

Melancholic funeral doom/dark ambient inspired stuff. £3

CIKUTA - The Golden Root Era CD [Cikuta]


CLOAK OF ALTERING - Manifestation CD [Crucial Blast]

Project of Mories/Gnaw Their Tongues which combines synth-led symphonic black metal with industrial blasts and extreme's generally all-over-the-place, bizarre, maniacal stuff. £3

CONCRETE BLOCK - Twilight Of The Gods CD [FOAD]

Decent muscular hardcore with plenty of headbanging parts....think Crowbar meets 80s crossover. I imagine a lot of cargo trousers went into the making of this album. £2

CORMAN - The Corman Film School CD [Sinais]


COTARD DELUSION - Le Delire De Negation CD [Pestis Insaniae]

Excellent mix of short, cold dark ambient tracks and longer, razor-sharp instrumental black metal. Very original and highly recommended. £2

COVEN 13 - Destiny Of The Gods CD [Shadow Kingdom]

Coven released one album in the late 80s which is an obscure doomy metal belter, one of those unheard classics that's worth the years searching when you finally hear it. This is their long-awaited follow-up, and lauded as an instant classic by Shadow Kingdom. On sticking it in and hearing the Trooper rip-off "She Rides The Dawn", I thought it wasn't too bad, but honestly doesn't sound that much like the original Coven. Giving a few other tracks a go, I'm not really feeling it at all. It's just more bum-metal to pretend to be going on an epic crusade to, or for men with stupid beards to stick on whilst raising their fists a lot. Big disappointment. £2

CRUCIFIED MORTALS - Crucified Mortals CD [Hell's Headbangers]

Great Carnivore-esque thrash metal. Hard as nails! £2

CRUMBSUCKERS - Turn Back Time: The Early Years 1983-1985 2xCD [FOAD]

Anyone who ever listens to my rantings (almost nobody) will be aware that The Crumbsuckers are one of my favourite bands, and their debut album in particular is pretty much up there in the greatest things ever recorded if you ask me. So a collection of demos along with a full live set definitely got my attention, and here we have it! This set comprises their very first demo, which is stylistically nothing like their later stuff at all, having no real metal influence at all and being pretty much straight hardcore. Still, it got em a slot on many a Hardcore Matinee at CBGB and that where things really started to get serious! The 1983 tape has some of the material that would make it onto Life Of Dreams, albeit in a much more punk form, but it's the Charge Of The Light Brigade demo where things really start to get serious, and with the introduction of Chuck Lenihan and his furious metal riffs the beast was properly born! Also included here is a live CD of material recorded in 84 and 85 at CBGB (where else?). Can't recommend this release enough! £10

CRUSADER - Skinclad CD [Shiver]

4th division euro metal here. I have to say I quite like it even though it is beyond naff, and the Casio keyboards are either utterly awful or genius. Some good flat singing going on too and a cover done by the same guy who did Dance Of Death by Iron Maiden I reckon. Give it a wee go! £2

D9 - D9 CD [HCB/Urban Decay]

Varied grindcore racket incorporating power violence elements and the odd electronic wipeout. £2


Power electronics/death industrial. £1

DAYS OF BETRAYAL - Decapitated For Research CD [Shiver]

I can't say I listen to any deathcore - seems a made-up genre for twats who couldn't listen to death metal without having some kinda bent element to it to make it more palatable to their merch-core sensibilities to me - but then, that's me innit and you may not agree. In fact, I hope you don't, then you'll buy a copy of this record by Belgian metalcore band Days Of Betrayal and it won't be in my house any more! £1

DEADLY FROST / EXMORTUM - Split CD [Krew Diabla]

Absolutely STORMING split here! Deadly Frost are kinda blackened filthy-sounding basement thrash, Exmortum are more mid-paced funeral death. This seriously sounds like it could've been released in 1991. If yer a fan of Winter, Dream Death etc then this is for you!! £2

DEAD PROCESSION - Rituais E Mantras Do Medo 2xCD [Dunkelheit]

The promo for this by the label says this is black metal without actually having any traditional black metal instrumentation at all and I have to say they are absolutely bang-on. Much like Mortiis perfectly captured the dark majestical atmosphere of BM, Dead Procession manage to translate the downbeat ritualism without going into "metal band" territory. Simplistic drumming, chanted vocals, sparse synth chords....this is absolutely fucking stunning. Love this band! £6

DEATH SS - In Death Of Steve Sylvester CD [Shadow Kingdom]

Death SS may have lost Paul Chain but they carried on under Sylvester's stewardship and their first album proper is a solid gold classic if you ask me. The production values are upped dramatically and the sound is much more metal than before, but the tunes are absolutely amazing! Not as macabre as the early work but still catchy as fuck horror metal genius. It's apparently remastered and all that but the artwork is horrid, really dark and badly reproduced. These fancy-dan reissue labels could do with screwing the nut and making sure things are done properly for classic albums, cos this looks snide. Regardless, the tunes are ace. £5

DEATH SS - Black Mass CD [Shadow Kingdom]

Following up "In Death Of..." was always gonna be a task but this one comes close. There are still a few old numbers here and they come across well with the kinda stadium metal-ish sheen on them. You absolutely cannot mess with stuff like "Kings Of Evil" (now a total sing-a-long anthem), "Horrible Eyes" and the masterful "Welcome To My Hell". Brilliant album. £5

DECAYED - A Styggian Heritage CD [Self-released]

The very first ever recordings (from 1991!) made by this long-running Portguese death metal band. This has much less of the "n roll" that their current "death 'n' roll" tag merits. Utter basement death metal! £2

DECAYED - Unholy Demon Seed CD [Iron Blood]


DECAYED / DARKNESS - United In Blasphemy CD [Aphelion]

Blackened death metal by both bands. £2

DECAYED / EXCRUCIATE 666 - Split CD [Infernal Kommando]

Cult old school black metal from long-running Portuguese band Decayed meets pounding war metal from Excruciate. £2

DECONDITION - Sukella Tuntemattomin Syvyyksiin CD [Force Majeure]

Smart repetitive and austere industrial here. It's quite hypnotic with real industrial noises and the odd bit of power electronics. Like a kinda death-industrial Grunt (this guy released a tape on Freak Animal!) £2

DECREPITAPH - Forgotten Scriptures (The Collection) CD [Selfmadegod]

Compilation of vinyl-only and split material from this old school Razorback band. If you know yer death metal you know the Razorback MO - ultra-old school gore-worshipping death metal, no technicality or ultra-fast stuff, just grotty Impetigo-alike stuff that sounds like a caustic, soupy mess. Great! £3

DEDICTED - Argonauts CD [Shiver]

Melodic death metal from Belgium.£2

DEPROGRAMMAZIONE - Non Esiste CD [tons of labels!]

Sounds like Cripple Bastards playing Darkthrone covers; grindcore but with a very dinstinct black metal edge to it. Probably the most minimal album design I've ever seen to, White Album eat yer heart out! £2

DESNUTRICAO - Uma Discografia Punk DIY CD [Terceiro Mundo Chaos Discos]

Top notch hardcore with a metal edge to it, not a million miles away from someone like RDP. Complete discography collecting sporadic CDr and tape releases from between 1996 and 2005. £2

DESTINO/ENTIERRO - Cryptic Procession Of The Yellow Sign CD [Trauma]

This is one band, not a split! This album starts off with a song called "The Will Ov GG" and has a guru/deified GG Allin on the cover surrounded by various unsavoury accolytes. So already we know where these guys stand, cool. This is dirty death/doom not a million miles away from ABSCESS. I can't help but think it would've been cool with GG-like vocals rather than these horrible piggy "porno gore" squeels, yuck. If you can get over that, cool rotten death. £2

DETONATOR - Demo 1990 CD [Metal Or Die]

Wow this is amazing! Metal Or Die have hit me with some absolute belters that I wouldn't have otherwise known in the yars we've been trading, and here's another one. It's also become clear that there's a definite Hungarian sound: tremelo picking, fast tempos, rasping vocals. These guys have a really thin, tinny demo sound but it adds to the charm. Riffs, atmosphere, evil! Absolute belting. Massive recommendation from me! £4

DEUS OTIOSUS - Sis Mortuus Mondo CD [Godeater]

This is a two-track EP.....with the band's full debut album as bonus tracks. Which is odd. Anyway, this is quite upbeat-sounding, jumpy death metal. The odd mid-paced doomy bit is quite good, otherwise reasonably forgettable. £2

DIABOLICAL PRINCIPLES - Beyond The Horizion CD [Witchcraft Records]

Greek black metal. £3

DISCREATE - Contingent Development Of Inanimate Modifications CD [Metallic Media]

Technical gore grind from the Philippines. Pig squeely vocals and that tight snare sound, EP length. Pretty boring. £2

DISJECTA MEMBRAE - Taedium Vitae CD [Black Mass]


DORMANT INFERNO / DIONYSUS - Beyond Forgotten Shores 2xCD [Transcending Obscurity]

This is kind of an odd one....a double disc split record. Why not just put out two different albums? I don't think I've ever seen a split CD go across two CDs before. Anyway, that aside this is absolutely class. Dormant Inferno are from India and play superb death/doom. It's melodic and melancholy but still heavy and with a bit of an agressive edge. Reminds me of the Asunder record A Clarrion Call. Excellent. Dionysus are from Pakistan and play a kinda gothic black doom. Again, it's executed brilliantly and complements the other band perfectly. These guys both sound like they could've come out in 1991 and if they had, they'd have been huge. Like the weird but strangely compelling cover art too. Favourite release of the month for me, very highly recommended! £4

DOWNSLIDE - Nowhere To Hide CD [Crucial Response]

Nice wee EP of aggressive hardcore in the vein of JUDGE. £2

DRUNKEN BASTARDS - Posercrusher CD [Metal Or Die]

Blackened punk-style thrash: it's a sub-sub genre that's pretty well catered-for to be honest. Will this have you dropping your bullet belt to the floor and running to you wallet to part with a fiver? Probably not, but if you're into simplistic punky thrash then this'll definitely pass half an hour for you well enough. I'm not so sure about the rapey cartoon artwork though, definitely drawn by someone who's never actually seen a naked lady who's not on a webcam. £2

DRUNKEN BASTARDS / ROTTEN - Global Nuclearism CD [Metal Or Die]

Thrash with a punk edge from both bands. Rotten are the better of the two for me, more thrash n' roll with a bit more swing and bite to em. I'll be doing their full-length on tape very soon in fact! £2

DUST TO DEARTH / LYSERGENE - The Death Of The Sun CD [Aesthetic Death]

Dust To Dearth is the gothy/dark ambient/doom project of Mandy VKS Cattleprod of the excellent Murkrat. Very gloomy and bleak stuff. Lysergene is the very dark EBM-influenced side project of Gordo Bicknell of Esoteric. £2

EARTH PLAGUE - Cult Of Damnation CD [Metal Or Die]

Sinister, evil black/death from Hungary with a hollow sound straight from hell. Excellent as with everything on this label. £3

EBOLA - Hell's Death Metal CD [Old Temple]

Old school black metal, 90s worship. Think Malevolent Creation etc but less technical. £2

EGGTHER - Volume Null CD [Dying Sun]

This one's a belter. Ex-members of the excellent Obskure Torture, this is doom metal as its base but with significant influence from grim black metal. Cathedral meets Moonblood? £2


Elephant Man play kind of mid-paced stoner grind with a lot of doomy very Sabbath bits, great stuff. Featuring ex-members of Capitaslit Casualties and Agents Of Satan. Bastard Squad immediately get thumbs up from me because a) their cover art is from a poster from the excellent Henry Silva/Barbara Bouchet film "Cry Of The Prostitute" and b) they presumably got their name from the cop show in one of the best TV shows ever made, The Young Ones. Doing a bit of research they are NOT the Bastard Squad from Australia who some allege were the band who anonymously recorded the frankly brilliant soundtrack to Romper Stomper but they do feature Stinkweed of Plutocracy amongst their ranks. Bloody hell. Musically it's difficult to categorise, quite spasticated metal with loads of samples and weird glithcy noises all over the place. Overall, a bloody great release that been getting a lot of airtime here! £3

EMBRIONAL - Annihilation CD [Old Temple]

Reissue of 2007 demo. Powerful black metal with loads of blasting parts and harsh DM vocals. Loads of live bonus tracks. £2

EMBRIONAL / EMPHERIS - Split CD [Old Temple]

Split CD of cover versions from these two Polish bands. Covers include: Mayhem, Sarcofago, Pestilence, Assassin, Blasphemy and Obituary. You get the picture! £2

ENCOFFINATION - Ritual Ascension Beyond Flesh CD [SMG]

Reissue of the debut of this masterful death/doom band. Absolutely crushing, suffocating ritual evil. £5

ENGORGED - Engorged CD [Deatvomit/Necropolis]

I remember getting this albm when it came out about ten years ago now and really enjoying it, and listening back for the first time in about 5 years it's still a stonker. Mixing death metal with hardcore and a rough thrash sound, I'd wager stuff like this was probably quite a big influence on a lot of the nu-old school death/thrash stuff kicking about today that's suddenly so popular. £3

EVIG NATT - I Am Silence CD [Omvina]

Jesus, "gothic metal". Got to be honest, I'd rather stick my plonker in a blender than sit through a full album of people in crushed velvet warbling away, but it very well may float yer boat, weirdo. £1

EXOGENE - Humain Low Cost CD [Ravachol]

Synth-led industrial from France with an anarcho standpoint. £1


Collection of over 70 tunes from singles and comps from this Siege/Infest clone. £5


Excellent three-way split representing the Chilean scene, showcasing doom metal from MA, grim black metal from The Temple and death/doom from The Fallen. £3

THE FALLEN - Drowned In An Unknown Meaning Of Life And Death CD [From The Grave]

Excellent funeral oration here from The Fallen. Epic funeral doom with classic Solitude Aeturnus doom metal guitar lines. Smashing. £3

FANATIC ATTACK - Waiting To Rot CD [Metal Or Die]

The fantasticly-named Metal Or Die label consistently comes up with total crackers every time I get anything in from them, and this new band from Hungary are no exception. Banging, ripping thrash which has elements of the cold harshness of the German sound mixed with the raw aggression of the Bay Area thrashers. Great! £2

FANTOM / FANATIC ATTACK - Fantomania Ultra CD [Metal Or Die]

Whilst TORMENTOR are generally considered to be the most important Hungarian underground metal band, I think that might just be becaue most people haven't heard FANTOM, but thankfully the excellent Metal Or Die label is intent on fixing that by releasing tons of tributes to Fantom, and here's the best one yet: the first half is their classic first demo from 1987, and the second is that demo covered in its entirety by contemporary countrymen Fanatic Attack. Fantom are something else: really dirgey dank sound with great ultra-distorted vocals and black metal-before-black metal treelo guitar lines that those in the know will recognise as being really particular to the Hungarian underground metal sound. Honestly, the fact that this came out in 1987, before most of the "second wave" should be considered massively significant, I can't think of many band who were hitting out with shit like this back then. Total proto-black metal and 100% deserving of more attention!! £3

FATUM ELISUM - Homo Nihilis CD [Aesthetic Death]

Epic, majesterial doom. Fans of Warning will love this, absolutely class stuff. £3

FECALOVE - Great Northern War CD [Narcolepsia/Untergeschloss]

New album from one of the sickest guys in the noise underground! Straddling a line between dark electronics, PE and junk noise, Fecalove is most definitely a product of an informed mind. High quality noise as always! £3

FECALOVE - Void Chaos And Cum + artzine + poster set CD [Crucial Blast]

Insane perverted noise/power electronics from Fecalove, one of the best noisers to come out of Europe in the last few years. Comes with a DVD case with a wee booklet with loads of his garish sick art! £3

FLESHPRESS - III CD [Kult Of Nihilow]

Brutal Finish sludge. £3



FOKEN ROTTEN NOISE - Wastedlands CD [Thanatology]

I love trans-literation. Foken Rotten Noise are from Chile and play old school, simplistic grindcore straight out the Rot songbook, with a heavy fuzzy guitar/group back-up vocals punk influence. The blurb for this release included this statement: "Rehearse means party for them, and they endow an unique and strong posture due to the use of drugs and alcohol along the way". Nuff said. £2

FOLKSTORM - Sweden CD [Cold Spring]

Legendary harsh industrial noise, recorded ten years ago now. Highly recommended. £3

FORNACE - Pregnant Is The Night CD [Paragon]

Black/death metal with great morbid female vocals from Russia. £2

FRIEBAND - Replicas CD [Monochrome Vision]

Solo album from Frans De Waard of Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen and Shifts. He also gave a lot of At War releases some rather brutal reviews on Vital Weekly for not being experimental enough. Well if his definition of "experimental" is this boring shite then I'll stick with my own tunes, cheers. £1

FUNERARY BOX - Temporary Interment CD [Backwoods Butcher]

Ex-Sockeye making some absolutely top-class retarded death metal with a total punk rock attitude. Great! £3

GALOPE MORTAL / THRASHERA - Split CD [American Line]

Galope Mortal play a kind of amateurish heroic-sounding trad metal that I've got a bit of a soft spot for. Dunno how many weird private press records (often from Bulgaria or somewhere like that) I have of this kinda gear. Thrashera are really good, got a definite sort of drunken practice room quality to them, really heavy bass throughout that makes me think Dan Lilker. Top class punky thrash metal, great titles too:"An Excess Night", "Metal In My Mind". Class. £2

GHAST / RAPE X - Split CD [Obskure Sombre]

Restock: drone doom vs brutal power electronics. £2

GHAST / ZOMBIE BLASPHEMY - Split CD [Lost Rivers Product]

Two 12 min+ tracks from Ghast, the first of which starts off quite late-Corrupted and ends in a kind of Khanate dirge. Second track has a great long electronic passage with creepy heavilly-effected vocals. ZB are total wall-of-noise mid-paced sludge; quite often it's actually pretty impossible to discern what the hell's going on. Nice one! £3

GNAW THEIR TONGUES - All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity CD [Crucial Blast]

Restock of classic black noise from At War favourite Gnaw Their Tongues. This is one of my favourite of Mories' albums, just dark as fuck from the start to the end, the guy's just not right. £3

GNAW THEIR TONGUES - L'Arrivee De La Terne Mort Triomphante CD [Crucial Blast]

This is less black metal in sound than previous recordings, but is more grandiose hell symphony than anything else...there's an orchestral sound going on here that is backed by harrowing screams and industrial drums. I can imagine this would be the soundtrack playing in the background to the bit in Lord Of The Rings when all the mad goblin guys are being forged in the big pit of fire. Nice gatefold sleeve, comes highly recommended! £3

GOATBLOOD - Veneration Of Armageddon CD [Dunkelheit]

These guys make Blasphemy sound like King Crimson. So much so that this duo even have a guest in to do guitar solos for them, cos presumably that would be a bit too prog. This is fuckin wild gear likes, just unrelenting brutality, all over the shop. Cracking! £5

GOATPSALM - Erset La Tari CD [Aesthetic Death]

Absolutely revolting, subterranean black metal. £3

GODLESS CRUELTY - Gott...Im Chaos Gestorben CD [Nordsturm]

Primitive, hateful (fast!) German black metal £2

GOL - Appaller CD [Margin Art]

Brutal black death metal from Australia. £2

GORILLA BISCUITS - Lost Rehearsal Tape CD [boot]

Interesting curio, this is stuff from the classic first 7" (one of the best HC 7s ever and the soundtrack to my teenage years!). It's rehearsal quality and there are a few versions of a couple of songs as the band fuck things up and have to keep having another go. I love listening to stuff like this cos it really reminds you that bands like this were just wee kids who hadn't be playing music all that long, and that to me is cool as fuck. £3

GRIMLAIR - Tragedy In Silence CD [Rigorism]


GRIMLAIR - Self-Inflicted State CD [Rigorism]


HAIKU FUNERAL - Nightmare Painting CD [Aesthetic Death]

Nightmare-ish droning soundscapes with avant elements. £3


Wow! Staggeringly good garage psych blown-out from this duo. Their first collaboration was fuckin raging, but this one ups it all to 11, Haino transcending beyond all with electrifying bolts of guitar shock flying all over the place. Maximum volume yields maximum results! Sorry for the expensive price but these were really dear to buy in, and I'm pretty convinced on this being the cheapest you'll get a copy of this from anywhere. £15

HAISHA/MIZUKO - Split CD [Crucial Blast]

Back in stock at last! Excellent drum-machine grind like Fear Of God/dense dark ambient. £3


Very old-school sounding Italian hardcore. As with a lot of the classic Italian HC bands there's a real dark edge to these guys, if you're into WRETCHED or NERORGASMO I'd strongly recommend them! Digipak. £2

HEADLESS DEATH - A Hideous Warning CD [RSR]

Full-on grindcore with a raw sound but often quite complex song structures. £5

HEAVY BABY SEA SLUGS - Fistula Missile CD [Heavy Baby Records]

"lofi avante garde heavy metal" is the descriptor for this on their site. Is that what's going on here? Dunno really. I always think avante garde is a pretty bent term used to describe summat that....well, you can't describe. I'm not even sure this is "experimental", it's just weird. But good. Quite punk in places, shouty vocals, total lapses in structure and form. It's cool. Get the 7" and tape too, they're all totally different. £3

HEAVY BABY SEA SLUGS - Evely McHale's Psychedelic Freakout CD [Heavy Baby Records]

"lofi avante garde heavy metal" is the descriptor for this on their site. Is that what's going on here? Dunno really. I always think avante garde is a pretty bent term used to describe summat that....well, you can't describe. I'm not even sure this is "experimental", it's just weird. But good. Quite punk in places, shouty vocals, total lapses in structure and form. It's cool. Get the 7" and tape too, they're all totally different. £3

HELVETTE - Purging Of The Worthless CD [Infernal Kommand]

Total Darkthrone worship from Singapore. £3

HEWHOCORRUPTS - The Smell Of Money CD [Eugenics]

Eight minutes of frenzied grindcore. £2


Black metal/hardcore hybrid here; is hard to pinpoint where it's coming from really as this isn't the blackened d-beat style that's very popular at the moment, but more of a kinda post-BM repetitive sound with a screamo-ish rawness to it. Not really my kinda thing if I'm being honest but if you like this sort thing these guys are well worth a listen. £2

HIGHGATE - Shrines To The Warhead CD [Total Rust]

Varied doom/sludge, slow but with the odd fast-paced interjection. Think Burning Witch/Grief/Corrupted. £2

HIPOXIA - Hipoxia CD [Feretro]

Hateful sludge. £2



HJARNIDAUDI - Psykostarevoid CD [Music Fear Satan]

One-man droning black metal project here, decent, cold and atmospheric stuff. £5

HOLLENPOETIK - Hollenpoetik CD [Ewiges Eis]

Storming black metal from Germany. Definitely has that distinct Germanic BM sound, and the German language definitely lends itself to being very effective for such music. Great vocals, alternating between Grishnahk howls and bellowed germanic orders. Comes in a nice slipcase with text printed on the underside of the disc. Highly recommended from me! £1

HOLLOWING & MOAR APPELBAUM - Collaborating Torture CD [HCB/Topeth]

Dark and sinister bleak drone and noise soundscapes. £2

HOLY TERROR - Total Terror 4xCD + DVD boxset [Dissonance]

Amazing collection of everything perhaps the most under-rated thrash band of all-time produced, all in one handy and affordable place. Both albums, augmented with a shit ton of unreleased stuff, live and demos as well as two full sets on DVD. All for 24 squid! £24

HORRID - Beyond The Dark Border CD [Dunkelheit]

Total no-frills death metal from this long-running Italian horde. There's nothing fancy about this at all, but I guess that's this band's strength: just all-out chugging riffs start to finish. £5

HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM - Gold From The Sea CD [Obskure Sombre]

Absolutely outstanding mournful old school doom metal. Bonus points for covering Hiding Mask by The Obsessed! £2

HOUR OF 13 - Salt The Dead 2xCD [Shadow Kingdom]

Massive comp of the band's first demo from 2007, alternative takes and arrangements of various songs and a live set from 2011. Honestly, I don't get the big deal over these guys or any of the 300 bands Phil Swanson's in who all sound pretty much the same. They're decent classic metal with a doomy vibe I guess, if yer a fan of 70s Priest this might be up yr alley. £6

HYMENS - Suppertime CD [Heavy Baby Records]

Bizarro, punk-experimental-improv (?) from Texas. £2

IGNIS FATUUS - Pluje Na Twoj Grob CD [Old Temple]

Great raw black metal with a total early Emperor sound. £2

IMPALER - Old School Ghouls CD [Root Of All Evil]

They might look pretty naff but I love Impaler! Yes, even their later material like this stuff is good. Starting out in the mid-80s they had a few great records (check out the If We Had Brains... LP, produced by Bob Mould of all people!). These days they play kinda punked-up horror metal. There's definitely a huge Alice Cooper influence (this album has a cover of "Dead Babies" and I remember another album I have featuring a song called "Alice And Ozzy"). New Misfits is crap, these guys do it well better! £3

IMPALER - One Nation Under Ground CD [Root Of All Evil]

2000 album from these horror metal stalwarts. Top class cheese fest! £3

INCREMATE - Prospect Of Death CD [Godeater]

Early 90s-sounding, thrash-infused death metal. £2

INDIGESTI - Lubeck Live 02.09.87 CD [Vacation House]

Excellent live recording from these Italian punks at their peak: 26 tracks of raging, melodic hardcore. £2

INFERIS - Obscure Rituals Of Death And Destruction CD [Old Temple]


INFERNAL CURSE - The End Upon Us/Ceilanic Exhumations CD [Trauma]


INFIDEL - Eviscerate Yourself CD [Old Temple]

No frills raw bloody black/death metal; mini album. £3

INFIDEL - Ejaculating Chaos CD [Old Temple]

Great blasphemous, grim and uncomprimising black/death. If you're into the usual suspects: Incantation, Blasphemy, Sarcofago etc then give this a blast (pun intended!) £3

INQUISITOR / VIRGIN KILLER - Speed Metal Soldiers CD [Dead Centre]

Razor-sharp speed metal from both bands. £3

INSANE PROPHECY - Apogee Of An Inquisition CD [self released]

Here's an interesting one: a duo - identical twins! - from India, playing powerful, evil-sounding black/death metal! Bringing to mind early Behemoth or maybe later Immortal, there's a symphonic sound here without it being too flowery. £2

IR / URGE - Split CD [Old Legend]

Intense, hateful black metal from Czech Republic and Poland, and featuring members of Belphegor! £2

I SHIT ON YOUR FACE - Defecation Domination CD [Terceiro Mundo Chaos Discos]

Restock. Frantic, blasting, fast goregrind but with the odd groove. Hilariously over-the-top artwork too that's worth the entry price alone. £2

JESSICA 93 - Rise CD [Music Fear Satan]

This is a surprise, looking at the cover I thought it'd be shite but it's really decent goth with a bit of kinda sub-industrial influence. Definitely takes a lot from The Cure's trilogy of Faith, 17 Seconds and Pornography (all you need by them in my humble opinion!). Dead good. £5


Intense cyber-grind, takes the sound of Enemy Soil (features ex members) and adds to the machine sound even further, total white noise wipeout! £2

K SVETU T'MY - Zov Predkov CD [Vegvisir]


KETCH - The Anthems Of Dread CD [Aesthetic Death]

Pretty standard doom/sludge here. Maybe the odd BM bit coming in. £3

KRAKEN DUUMVIRATE - From The Dying Soil To The Eternal Sea CD [Ahdistuksen Aihio Productions]

Excellent (if short!) EP of funeral doom from Finland, a country with excellent pedigree in the field! £2

KRUZR KEN - Addicts & Satan CD [RAIG]

This album is apparently meant to be a solution to alcohol addiction. Well I'm from Scotland so it'll do alright here, might just open my windows and play it loud out to the jackies currently taking up precious space and air in the park. What does it sound like? I dunno, the Butthole Surfers being bummed by Caroliner while listening to a Smell & Quim album. Comes (aptly) in a wee brown envelope. £1

KTT / VOMIR - Espace CD [Narcolepsia]

I've never heard of KTT before but apparenty he plays his own insrument which I think is processed bass; this adds some extra texture to Vomir's walls of dense noise. £5

LAMORT - Purge CD [Heart & Crossbones]

Noise sludge metal. £3

LAMURIA ABISSAL - O Ultimo Descanso Finalmente Lhe E Concedido CD [Rigorism]


LASHBLOOD - UnBeing CD [Aesthetic Death]

This is pretty cool. It's all-over-the shop black metal with saxophone and plenty of "not black metal" lounge-y breakdowns. Bizarre. I'm not sure it always works, and honestly it's not really my thing (the black metal parts still sound black metal....I dunno, if yr gonna be mad go ALL OUT) but if ya dig stuff that's coming out of left field then this may be up yr alley. £3

GOH LEE KWANG / TIM BLECHMANN - Findars CD [Herbal International]

Minimal squeeking electronics, with some nice creeping bass tone. £2

LEGION OF ANDROMEDA - Iron Scorn CD [Crucial BLast]

CD version of the brutal classic At War released last year! See "Releases" section for a full description. £3



LIGHT OF DARK - World War Satan CD [American Line]

Very brutal - in fact pretty unrelenting - death metal from Mexico. If you're one of those folk who love to stand down the front at gigs on your own smashing your head against the stage while shouting "yyyaaaargggh brruuuuutal" this might be for you. £2

LINE - They Took Great Proud In Their Work CD [Superfi]

Sort of acoustic indie with a hint of Krautrock. Not really my thing I must say but a bit of a departure for Superfi! £1

LITURGIA MALEFICARUM - Totus Tuus CD [A Fine Day To Die]

Really cool stuff, deep underground sound here, cavernous heavy reverb on the vocals and swirling, trance-like guitars. £3

LOAN - Kobazuloan Saiakerak CD [Odio Sonoro]

Heavy-riffing sludge/bit of a later Neurosis post-rock influence. Think Neurosis, Electric Wizard, Unsane etc etc £2

TED LORSSON / CAULIFLOWER ASS AND BOB - Present A CD That Will Be Loved By Generations CD [Wheelchair Full Of Old Men]


LOST BREED - The Evil In You And Me CD [Shadow Kingdom]

Solid gold classic debut here from Lost Breed. Most of the "Wino Daze" demo which I released a couple of years ago is here, but with a much beefier sound, along with a bunch more anthemic doom-rock classics. No doom band comes close to the tunes Lost Breed wrote for me, these guys are just untouchable. On vinyl soon! £4

LOST BREED - Save Yourself CD [Shadow Kingdom]

Anyone who knows much about me knows that I LOVE Lost Breed. In fact, I consider this album to be one of the best albums ever recorded. It's absolute genius from start to finish, every song is just the best doom metal I can concieve of. I'm not even going to go into detail cos I'll be reissuing this on vinyl soon* and will do a gushing write-up then. In the meantime...may as well part with a fiver and give it a go! *(did ask Shadow Kingdom if they wanted to go in on a co-release, but got the class response "NOT INTERESTED IN LOST BREED VINYL". It's good to see a label with a lot of faith in their product! £4

LYSERGENE - Critical Mass CD [Aesthetic Death]

EBM/PE Esoteric side-project. £2

MACHETAZO - Live At CBGB CD [Selfmadegod]

Excellent live recording of intense grindcore recorded round about the time this legendary venue was getting ready to shut its doors I reckon. Very chuffed I got to catch a gig there when I visited NY! £3

MAJESTY - Bestial Vomit / Demo 2 CD [Haunted Hotel]

Majesty were one of the earliest death metal bands, who went on to become grindcore master Nausea, which of course helped from the mighty TERRORIZER! This is their first two demos compiled and it's absolutely brilliant stuff. Early DM history here, gettit! £5

MALAS - Path To Holocaust CD [Maldito/Shaman]

Excellent pure MASSACRE worship; if you're into first wave frantic death metal then these guys willl blow you away! £3


RESTOCK! Mamoth Grinder: beefy grindcore, chock full of riffs. Hatred Surge: violent grind, razor-sharp with a big metal influence. £3

THE MANSON FAMILY - Sings The Songs Of Charles Manson CD [boot]

This is the infamous "Family Jams" record, recorded in 1970 as the murder trial of various family members (and Manson himself) was ongoing. As a result, this is very much like Manson's earlier work: really amateurish hippy folk with some haunting lyrics (there are several references to the killers in the lyrics). How much of this material is songs entirely written by Manson is debatable but I guess as with everything relates to these guys, his spiritual influence permeates it all. Great stuff. £5

MARES OF DIOMEDES - Mares Of Diomedes CD [Heavy Earth Records]

New band and new label here and I'm impressed with them both! These guys are a two-piece (I think!) and play very heavy sludge/doom. Usually the sludge/doom tag coupled with cod-ritual artwork with skulls would have me running for the hills but this is good stuff. It's a bit all over the place - I could do without the stoner rock riffs and screechy vocals - but when these guys go for the epic, sprawling Neurosis sound they nail it. There's a tune on this one that has a few minutes of total monolithic, tarpit majesty, with a clarrion call synth line throughout and great heavy tribal drumming.....but it ends with some Iron Monkey riffing/shrieking that I cannae be doing with. Not perfect but have the potential to be a cracking band I reckon! Nice digipak. £3

LASSE MARHAUG - White Inferno CD [Narcolepsia]

Ultra-harsh and dense analogue noise from the Norwgian master here, this originally came out on tape in 1996 and appeared in truncated form on the Marhaug box from a few yars ago. This is fully remastered and contains a bunch of contemporaneous bonus material. Six-panel digipak, lovely package. £5

MARZURAAN - Solid State CD [Traqueto]

I was down in Newcastle last month with Vuil and got talking to Lee about distro-ing this when it came out nearly 15 years ago (!) and he told me he still had hunners of copies of it, cos back then you'd press 1000 copies of something no bother (check early AWWFN titles still very much available!). Anyway, since Lee is one of the best human beings there is, a few weeks later a wee parcel arrived at my door with the new Culver boxset, a bunch of new Matching Head tapes, and several copies of Solid State. So here we go, the best post-doom record ever, packaged in an amazing inverted-cross Stephen O'Malley sleeve. Heavy as it gets. Shortly after release I put these guys on in a (now legendary I think) gig at Cottier's in Glasgow, which I later released and later gave the catalogue number ATWAR001 to make it seem like I knew what I was doing at the start of the label. Highly recommended, best band! £3

MASHER - Destroy Music Now And Ever 2xCD [Poco Discos]

Alright! Sprawling double CD set of classic 90s Brasilian grind/noisecore here. If you know the score with this kinda gear this will be an absolute treasure trove for you: raw, dirty blasts of grind with mincing riffs. £5


Really decent grindcore from Mexico. These guys have that Bolt Thrower metal militia guitar chug but often speed it up to ultra-fast tempo. Has those mad shrieking pig vocals as well. Worth a listen! £2

MASSGRAVE - The Absurdity Of Humanity CD [Haunted Hotel]

Rabid, crusty grind. £5

MAZAKON TACTICS - The Entrancing Cage CD [Horror]

Great power electronics utilising scrap metal. Powerful, raw stuff. £3

MEGALITH TEMPLE - European PM CD [Loneravn]

Oh dearie me. This is "folk doom" apparently. It sounds like a cross between fucking Enya and the soundtrack to Golden Axe 2. Each song is named after a different European country, but they've got their timelines mixed up and put in France, Burgundy and Normandian. Geography, use of tenses, historical timelines all over the fuckin shop here lads. Pass me ma panpipes! £2

MEKIGAH - Litost CD [Aesthetic Death]

Jeez....I thought Bismuth had the heaviest bass tone ever when I listened to their album earlier today, but fuckin hell Mekigah come close! Nightmarish synthesiser doom metal? Fuck knows what you call this but it's bloody great!! £3

MEKIGAH - Autexousious CD [Aesthetic Death]

I really liked these guys' debut album from a couple of years back and this one is good too. There aren't too many bands who sound different these days, but these fellas manage it. Really dank, synthesiser-led, incredibly macabre-sounding music that there aren't too many obvious signposts to. Maybe a funeral doom GGFH is as close as I can think of. I'm not too hot on the croaky BM vocals and reckon this would have been perfect as an instrumental record, but I guess that's personal preference. Recommended. £3

MELCHIOR ALIAS - Melchior Alias... CD [Aurora]

Strange, mysterious stuff here from this band of anonymous French-Canadians. 1969 was an important year for psych and this is one of many underground belters that came out in that year, then vanished into relative obscurity until recently. A blend of catchy pop, funky grooves and spaced-out psychedelia with plenty of acid guitar. Far out! £3

MELVINS - Sugar Daddy Live CD [Ipecac]

Great live set from 2008 featurng mainly songs from the Nude With Boots and A)Senile Animal albums. This album was also released as a rather pointless series of split 12"s with a variety of different bands, got this in cos I have no bloody interest in spending several hundred quid for them when all the tunes are available together for a fiver! £5

MIND AND FLESH - Martyr Generation CD [Force Majeure]

Excellent, nasty death industrial/PE. If you dug the mortuary sounds of Atrax Morgue then this is for you! £3

MISTY GREY - The Third Man CD [Metal Or Die]

The old school occult doom train seems to keep a rollin, but if this is your bag then as long as there's a Sabbathy sound, decent riffs, appropriate artwork and production then you're sorted. This ticks all the boxes! It's all demo material so is suitably grotty-sounding, but I quite like the sparse, amateurish nature of it. Possibly as a result it reminds me a lot of Saint Vitus's much-maligned C.O.D. LP! The sinister vocals a-la Wounded Kings/the bad witch out The Wizard Of Oz might put some people off a bit but I kinda dig em. £3

MISTY GREY - Grey Mist CD [Out Of The Past]

Pretty standard doom metal here with female vox. It could be that I've been really enjoying the new Blood Ceremony, but everything is relative innit and this doesn't really cut the mustard for me. If I was feeling in a harsh mood (which I am), I'd say the music on here was as inspiring as the album's title. £3


Primitive raw black metal from Poland. £2

MONEYISGOD - M.A.R.K.Z. CD [Heart & Crossbone]

Crap name but don't let that put you off, this is seriously good stuff! MONEYISGOD is fronted by amazing 80s Japanese hardcore band ASBESTOS, so you get an idea of where we're coming from here. This is a very varied record, but to me sounds a bit like a less relentlessly-pumelling Zeni Geva, maybe later-period Crow. Really top stuff, been listening to this one a lot myself lately. £2

THURSTON MOORE - Please Just Leave Me (My Paul Desmond) CD [RRR]

Early solo record from Sonic Youth main man. £2

MORTE SUICIDA - Morte Suicida CD [Na Figueredo]

Punchy grind heavily-influenced by hardcore from Brazil. They kinda look like wiggas in the band photos, but can probably forgive em, sure a lot gets lost in translation. £1

MORTUUS CAELUM - Ad Libertatem Per Mortem CD [War]

This is okay. Pretty much very generic black metal, but that's kinda it's strength. Quite "dramatic", epic sound. Reminds me a bit of the second Moonblood album actually. If yer one of those guys who has everything and wants to lay two notes down on some meat and potatoes BM, here you go mate. £2

MOURNFUL WINTER - Demo I CD [Black Devastation]

Was sold on this just looking at the cover art tbh, but shoving it on it's the bollocks! Total Burzum worship, great repetitive riffing with Hvis Lysett-era vocals set high in the mix like Panzerfaust. Some smashing breakdowns with Frostian riffs ala Moonblood. Great cold atmosphere. Album of the week! £3

MOURNING DAWN - Waste CD [Aesthetic Death]

Driving black metal/doom hybrid. £3

MUMMIFIED - Embalming The Nazarene CD [Vomit In Silence]

Horror-inspired death metal from Costa Rica. £3

MURDER HOLLOW - Titan CD [Loneravn]

Great thunderous doom with savage death-raspy vocals from Finland. Decent! £2

MUSIIKKIVYORY - Tulemme Sokeiksi CD [Ektro]

Originally issued in 1981, this was recorded when the guy was a teenager in 1981. Atonal riffs, home electronics, randomly cut-up radio sounds, noise, and primitive industrial weltschmertz blend into a rough, highly personalized whole. £3

NACHTRUF - Geistwerdung CD [Black Devastation]

Decent black metal with a strong death metal influence in the riffs. £3

NAKED INCISE - Naked Incise CD [Thanatology]

Intense mid-paced grindcore from China with gore-grind style vocals and quite a lot of forays into more traditional metal patterns, maybe not a million miles away from Japanese grindcore weirdos CSSO or a less thought-out Sigh. £2

NASHVILLE PUSSY / ZEKE - Live At The Confederacy Of Scum Supershow 1997 CD [boot]

Full sets from these two great punk n roll bands, both at the peak of their powers. I saw Zeke a couple of years after this and they were RAGING. I have the original Confederacy Of Scum CD which featured a few tracks by other bands who played: Cocknoose, Rancid Vat, Antiseen and others; this is a great companion release. £5

NEBULA VII - Dawn Of A New Era CD [Kadaath]


NECROTOMY - Inhuman Mankind CD [Metal Or Die]

Metal Or Die hit it out the park once again with this Hungarian obscurity. This is Necrotomy's only release (from 1991) and kinda chimes with a lot of Hungarian bands from the early 90s in that it's got a really all-over-the-place sound, drums and vocals well high in the mix, and informed by classic metal as well as the usual Hellhammer/Slayer/Death bits. It's quite schizophrenic sounding and all the better for it. If you dug for example Angel Reaper that I've had in for a while you will love these guys! Highly recommended. £3

NEE! - Does Noise Belong In Music? CD [Mortville]

The complete collected works of one of the best noisecore bands ever, Dutch masters, Nee! I was in touch with one of them years ago and used to trade stuff with him loads and he turned me on to loads of great stuff. This is 98 tracks of insane blurr/noise/grind that's much more listenable than a lot of this stuff, with riffs coming in, an actual grasp of humour, weird wee "musical" interludes. It's fucking ace and what noisecore is all about; it needn't just be a few talentless fucks making an unlistenable racket (though that's not always a disaster either!). Huge recommentation from me, I wish I'd released this!! £4

NEVERTANEZRA - NTNR CD [Self-released]

Absolutely excellent, crushing heavy doom death from Utah. This has an As The Flower Withers/Lost Paradise vibe to it: dark, gloomy, often quite one-dimensional-sounding (which in the context of this sort of thing isn't bad!). Will be keeping an eye on these guys.£2

NIGHT LONER - Night Loner CD [False Profit]

Ultra-lo-fi bin-core here from the US. Think Flipper, Kilslug, Brainbombs but recorded by (even more) drugged-up tramps. I dig it! £3

THE NIHILISTIC FRONT - Procession To Annihilation CD [Aesthetic Death]

Pretty unstructured, crashing death-ish sludge metal. £3

NIKUDOREI AKA MEATSLAVE - Chain Of Evil Dead CD [Dotsmark]

Absolutely brilliant noise grind/blur from Japan. Love this guy, first came across him on the amazing split flexi with Corrupted. Highly recommended! £3


I don't even know what kind of music this is. They all sound like Fugazi played on 45 to me. I genuinely can't be arsed to listen to more than 3 minutes of this stuff. £2

NOCTURNAL DAMNATION - Desecration, Crucifixion, Perversion CD [Dunkelheit]

Total nuclear war metal (TM) from South Korea. If you like Impeity, Blasphemy etc then this will float yer boat. Nothing new, but they do what they do well. £5

NOCTURNE - Ave Nortem CD [Do Or Die]

Superlative progressive death/black metal, all the more impressive in that it was all written and performed by one guy! Dark and morose but with melodic flourishes and an always progressive, probing sound and attitude. Top marks. £2

NORTT - Endeligt CD [Avantgarde]

Sickeningly slow funeral doom. I mind these guys having a real buzz about them about a decade ago but never really was all that fussed. Listening to this I'm still not if I'm honest, but it's not entirely without its charms and definitely has a lot of atmosphere. £5

NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST - Overkill Commando CD [SMG]

Stomp-along raw thrash/death with great harsh vocals. £3

OBLITERATION - Obscured Within CD [Boss Tuneage]

Obscure savage thrash from the UK. When people think of British thrash the daft comedy stuff immediately comes to mind but there was a decent underbelly going on. This record sits alongside Hellbastard's massively under-rated "Natural Order" LP as an excellent example of razor-sharp brit thrash. Along with the album are two demos, both from 1989. Recommended. £3

THE OBSCENE - Architects Of Deliverance CD [UKEM]

Old school blasting death metal from the UK. £2

OBSKURE TORTURE - Nythra Death King CD [Dying Sun]

Amazing final chapter in one of the most unqique death metal bands of the last few years for me, this one sees Obskure Torture play two incredibly dark, dank tracks of ritualistic dark black metal. Brilliant! £3

OF SPIRE AND THRONE - Sanctum In The Light CD [Aesthetic Death]

Great stuff: heavy funeral sludge from Edinburgh. Seen these guys a few times live and always decent and the album is suitably bass-heavy and thundering. £3

OGOTAY - Eye Of The Last Day CD [Let It Bleed]

Superb, incredibly heavy, dense death metal. Absolutely love the nightmarish cover painting too, truly bizarre. Recommended. £2

OGOTAY - Dead God's Prophet CD [SMG]

I LOVED their debut and this one is just as ace. Total second-phase Morbid Angel going on here. Proper brutal stuff. GREAT! £5

OHMU - Hive Mind CD [Thanatology]

Weird avant rock from Austria. Lots of jazzy rhythms, heavy guitars and bass coming together in plenty of smart driving jams, interspersed with creeping electronic passages and crunching noise. Worth a listen! £2

ON HORNS IMPALED - Total World Domination CD [Nordsturm]

Fast, hateful raw German black metal in the vein of the early 90s Swedish scene. £2

ONOMATOPOEIA - A Marble Holder From Andover CD [Cheeses International]

Clattering percussion and strange, otherwordly, eerie tones give this single 20-minute track a very odd and creepy feeling to it. Excellent stuff as always with this band. £3

ORDEAL - Atrocities CD [Shiver]

These guys are good. Not exactly reinventing the wheel but they sound pretty much like early DEATH, which is always a plus point for me! £2

ORTEGA - 1634 CD [Aesthetic Death]

Very Neurosis-esque post-doom here. Quiet melody -----> crushing heaviness. I don't need owt else since TIMES OF GRACE came out, but if you like that kinda gear, fire in! Ace black-on-black spot varnish digipak. £2

OSSUAIRE - Le Troubadour Necrophageophile CD [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Top class, gutter-level, diabolical death metal that reminds me a bit of the first VADER album. Really good stuff, highly recommended! £3

OV PLAGUES - Ashed CD [Seven Gates Of Hell]

Pretty unrelenting, hateful black metal with howling, bestial vocals. Good stuff. £2

PAGANUS - Paganus CD [Total Rust]


PARANOID - Satyagraha CD [Southern Lord]

One of the best bands in the world right now for my money. Absolute total raw punk ferocity here. I guess this is the record that really put Paranoid on the map, and for good reason: it's entirely distilled punk/metal fury, just blasting with rage from start to finish. I also absolute love how these guys are proper punks; having worked with them now I can attest to that. I fucking love PARANOID! £5

PARLAMENTARISK SODOMI - De Anarkistiske An(n)aler CD [Haunted Hotel]

Unique insane one-man grindco attack. Brilliant! £5

PATHOGEN - Lust Of Evil CD [Old Temple]

Superb very old school thrash/death from the Philippines with razor-sharp early Slayer-esque riffs, pounding drums (and the odd d-beat in there for good measure) and frenzied, reverb-drenched screams. Exactly what old school death metal should be all about! £2

PERSISTENCE IN MOURNING - Defector CD [Witch Sermon]

EP of different versions of a track off the forthcoming PIM full-length on Land Of Decay along with a new unreleased track. As ever, superlative funeral doom. £2

PERVERTUM OBSCURUM - Within The Maelstrom Of Fire CD [Vomit In Silence]

Old school satanic death metal from down under. £2

PLF - Pulverizing Lethal Force CD [Hauned Hotel]

Reissue of this 2004 LP of intense grindcore. Proper in-yer-face stuff. £5

BRIAN POSEHN - Live In: Nerd Rage CD [Relapse]

Unfunny commedian validates stereotypes of metal fans being speccy ginger virgins. £1

POSEIDON - Back From The Abyss: The Anthology CD [Dying Victims]

These guys are a new one to me. Only ever released on 12" back in 1989 and a limited demo, and they're both collected here. The crappy "muscular sea monster groping a naked lady" artwork shouldn't put you off (note to labels: these bands had a rough sound, did small press releases....polished, moden cover art is NOT befitting the music or aesthetic AT ALL!), the music is great. It's not quite full-on teutonic-sounding (though the rasping vocals are there), but more a wee bit of the Bay Area sound and informed by speed metal. It's fuckin great and I am going to add the 12" to my wantlist immediately! £3

POSITIVA - Prodigal Songs CD [Odio Sonoro]

Very retro-sounding rock, think Blue Cheer/Sabbath/Grand Funk. Good stuff.£2

PRELUDIUM - Redemption CD [Transcending Obscurity]

Solid blasting blackened death metal from Poland. Not bringing anything new to the table - and if you're into the Polish scene these guys are pretty standard - but they're on album number four now and they do what they do well. £2

PRIMIGENIUM - As Eternal As The Night... CD [Deviant]

(Un)holy shit! This is astounding. Absolutely never heard of these guys before but this record is remarkable in that 1) it came out originally in 1995 on Wild Rags and 2) the band are from Spain. Apparently they're one of the first black metal acts from the region and christ on a bike, the four songs here are the absolute bollocks! Totally not sounding like a demo, they're powerful, fast, brutal and with a great punchy production. Total violence. Reminds me loads of early Carpathian Forest but faster and tighter. A great find!! £3

PROFANE ANGER - Fall Of The Liar CD [Death Voice]

Very old school death metal from Brazil. Think the early masters: Sarcofago, Sepultra, Mystifier etc. £4

PROPHECY OF DOOM - Total Mind War CD [Selfmadegod]

Odd comp here, this is a radio session from 1991, just after the amazing Acknowledge The Confusion Master album along with a demo session from 1996 that's ok but in my opinion non-essential. The 1991 session is the business though, classic crust/metal sound that at the time would've probably just been called "thrash" but now you could file along with luminaries such as Deviated Instinct, Amebix, Hellbastard, Axegrinder etc. Recommended. £5

PROTESTANT - As Dead As We Look CD [Halo Of Flies]

Super-heavy grinding hardcore power violence. £2

PSYCHO - Chainsaw Priest CD [Selfmadegod]

So.... 30 years after the release of one of THE seminal punk/grind albums of all time - their debut, Hosebags From Hell - Psycho return for a follow-up! This has all their trademarks: old school sound, catchy riffs, fast and frantic but not overly techy. They do a punk take on grind absolutely perfectly and this is a totally worthy record (though I'd still say check out Hosebags... for the ultimate!) £5

PTAO - 4ka 2 3" CD [Kaz]

NOISECORE! Great 3" in an ace six-panel wee mini-size digipak. £2

PUTRID CHRIST - Burning Temples Of The Holy CD [Times End]

Decent, raw, satanic USBM. Nowt fancy going on here, just thrash riffing-influenced black metal. £2


Quattro Stagioni existed from 1998-2008 and played a mix of downtuned grindcore & hyperblast power violence with tons of groovy moshparts & screaming vocals. This CD includes the LP, split 5 " with Iron lung, the 7" on 625, the demo tape, live tracks and a remix. £5

RABID - Annihilation CD [Reaper Metal]

These guys initially started out as an Impetigo rip-off before tempering the sound a bit and playing more straight-up thrash, albeit with a wee bit of a death metal influence and a bit of the morbid humour still in check. £2

RAUCOUS - In The Name Of Moving On CD [Roadkill/Future Noise]

Seven tracks of crushing heaviness interspersed with skewed melody and moments of fragile beauty. £2

REIKETSU - Cinza CD [Crust Or Die/etc]

This was quoted as being "gloomy stenchcore" when I ordered it in but I can only guess whoever wrote that was doing their bit for stenchcore and sniffing a lot of glue when they wrote that cos Deviated Instinct this is not. It's too polished, production is really clear, there are elements of kinda post-hardcore in there (euch)...the band are wearing matching shirt and ties combos for fuck sake. I guess on its own it's not really offensive in any way, fast melodic-ish hardcore bits and slow build ups, but if you're expecting some dank and horrible crust go somewhere else. £1

RESGESTAE - Etat D'Urgence CD [Force Majeure]

Total POWER industrial here, really grim and sample-heavy bleak stuff. £3

LE REVEIL DES TROPIQUES - Le Reveil Des Tropiques 2xCD [Music Fear Satan]

Debut (double!) album from these kraut-worshippers. I think I maybe prefer their other album I have in stock on vinyl but this is also ace, and 6 notes for a double CD is not to be sniffed at, Sparky. £6

REVELATION - Revelation CD [Church Within]

Basically an un-produced demo version of Salvation's Answer, the tunes here are amazing but the sound leaves a lot to be desired. Salvation's Answer is one of the all-time classic doom metal albums, so this is well worth a listen to hear it in embryonic form. £5

RISE IN HATRED - Castle Of Misanthropy CD [Deleting Soul]

Melodic, pretty catchy black metal. £2

ROOT - Madness Of The Graves CD [Paragon]

Maybe the least "metal" Root album I've ever heard (this one was new to me), but as ever with em, absolutely bonkers, unique-sounding weirdo metal. It's really hard to pinpoint what these guys are like; basically if you're into odd, out-there, unique stuff then this is for you! £4

ROT - Nowhere CD [SMG]

Great new EP from one of the best grind bands ever. Total POWER! £3

RUPTURE - Killing On The Brain CD [Straight Up]

I love Rupture but christ almighty, they don't half have a huge amount of releases that really would be better served as part of a coherent big collection boxset. This CD is three and a half minutes long and 3 of the tracks appeared on one side of a 5" on a boxset whos name I cannae remember which I used to have but sold ages ago. It's fuckin raging buzzsaw hardcore that only Rupture do properly. Do us a favour but: do a boxset of everything, collected together in order cos that would be the absolute business, and mean nobody has to listen to the shite nowadays bands who want a "split with Rupture"! £3

RUSTING SUN - Behind The Shadows CD [Black Devastation]

Almost avant black metal with the odd progressive bit, £3

SABBATH BLAATH - Sabbath Blaath CD [Heart & Crossbone]

Picked this one up on a whim. It was marketed as "re-edited and chopped-up" Black Sabbath songs so I thought it might be quite interesting. What we have here is half of Black Sabbath and Master Of Reality, with wee bits and pieces repeated and snippets taken and replaced at different bits of songs. It's quite frankly really, really, REALLY fucking annoying and one of the stupidest ideas ever concieved. It made me really want listen to Black Sabbath while repeatedly punching whatever idiot came up with this stupid idea right in the face. NEVER ACT ON YOUR WHIMS. Edit: I met the stupid idiot who came up with this idea when on holiday this year, and he's not a stupid idiot at all and I feel bad for calling him that. In fact I'm doing a record with his band soon cos most everything else I've heard by him rules! I still think this record is total gash mind :-) £1

SACRILEGIOUS RITE - Summoned From Beyond CD [Dunkelheit]

Raw, brutal black metal. £5

SATANIZE - Apocalyptic Impious Command CD [Deviant]

Just total Impiety/Beherit/Blasphemy worship from Portugal. It's weird how these sub-sub-sub genres get so generic, from the way the band dress (short hair, hoods up, bullet belts), to the artwork (looks like Chris Moyen) to the sound. I mean it's not bad at all (I did release that Battlestorm LP remember!), but if you're looking for something new, this ain't it. £3

SEPULCHRAL AURA - Demonstrational CD [Ahdistuksen Aihio]

Professionally-produced demo. Black/death metal that the label likens to Portal, Morbid Angel and Conqueror. £2

SERPENT VENOM - Carnal Altar CD [Church Within]

Despite being named after one of my favourite doom tracks of all-time, these guys don't really sound very much like Bedemon at all, but are bevertheless very doom-orientated. They come across as quite similar to recent US bands actually like Samothrace and their simplistic but really powerful approach reminds me loads of the great Hellhound band BLOOD FARMERS. One of the best doom metal records to come out of the UK in recent years! Great packaging too like an old pulp book. £6

SERPENT VENOM - Of Things Seen And Unseen CD [Church Within]

Second album of great, pummeling trad doom. Stupendous packaging too, in like a hardback book stye digi sleeve that all folds out. Recommended! £6


FH feature guys who went on to do HABSYLL! £1

SHEMHAMFORASH - Luciferi Omnis Ysighda With Dolor Ante Lucem Dark Opera CD [Hellthrasher]

Very keyboard-based black metal with a grand, symphonic sound somewhere in the region of Summoning or perhaps HOTH if you're familiar with them. This is a reissue of a demo from 1998 and the epic, occultish vibe works really well. £3

THE SHITTY LIMITS - Beware The Limits CD [Boss Tuneage]

Highly regarded UK punkers, sitting somewhere between punk, post-punk and garage rock, I can defiitely hear a bit of Red Kross and maybe the less "hardcore" end of early Dischord here...Marginal Man etc. Decent stuff. £2

SICK SEED - Technological Singularity CD [Untergeschoss/Filth And Violence]

Post-industrial power electronics from the Finnish master. Harsh and austere grinding metal abuse, this sounds like the scene at the end of Terminator. Successfully confusing matters beyond all recognition, the last track is a cover of my favourite Jethro Tull tune (seriously!), Heavy Horses. To be honest, it's kinda just in exactly the same style as the rest of the tracks (though the riff is kinda played at the end of the track on a synth!), with Pekka intoning in his well-pronounced clipped tones the lyrics to the song over an industrial backing. Fuckin bizarre man. Recommended, of course! £3

SIDUS TENEBRARUM - Born From The Dark Rib CD [Obskure Sombre]

Decent black/thrash hybrid, think early German stuff like Sodom, Kreator etc. £2

SIGNS OF DARKNESS - The Fall Of Amen CD [Shiver]

Battle-ready driving black metal. £2

SIGNS OF DARKNESS - The Age Of Decay CD [Shiver]

Black metal with a driving, melodic sound not dissimilar to Dissection. £2

SILCHARDE - Cacolepsie CD [Obskure Sombre]

Creeping ambience which brings to mind the twisted experiments of Abruptum. Soundtrack music to being stalked down a long, dark corridor. £2

SKRUPEL - Skrupel CD [RSR]

Top class grindcore from Germany. Inckudes a cover of "I Hope You Die In A Hotel Fire" by Righteous Pigs: extra points! £2


Not entirely sure how you herd fact do you ever even get sloths in a herd? It'd take fucking ages, and where would you want them to go, don't they die if they're not in trees or something? Important questions for David Attenborough should I ever meet him. Sloth Herder are a pretty good frantic black metal/grind hybrid...lots of teremlo picking and rabid vocals and pummeling all-over-the-kit drums. Horde Of The Eclipse start off with a despondant acoustic guitar track that made me think they were ploughing Steve Von Till territory, until suddenly came blasting some intense black metal. These guys remind me quite a bit of early Carpathian Forest or maybe Gehenna, melodic without being naff and a nice blend of atmosphere and decent riffs. As with a lot of US black metal I hear a punk influence in there, but I guess everyone doing BM these days is probably from the hardcore scene innit blud. £2

SOCKEYE - Retards Hiss Past My Window CD [Mortville]

Superb CD reissue of what is quite frankly THE "tard core" album for me. It's utterly absurd, with brilliantly insane and bonkers lyrics. It's not just a bunch of weirdos making a racket though, and whilst some of their early tapes are a hard listen, this LP had a bunch of old tunes and is a proper fully-formed album. High point might be their re-imagining of House Of The Rising Sun, dubbed "House Of Your Testicles". Class. £3

SOCKEYE - Red Salmon CD [Sludgesicle]

First demo from 1987 here and it's a cracker. Absolutely bonkers, heavy-on-the-Butthole-Surfers, surrealistic childish nonsense. It's very hard to describe Sockeye in a way that does the tunes justice, so just get it and ake up yer own mind! £3

SOJARUUN - Org CD [Black Devastation]

Grim pagan black metal with cracking harsh vocals. Not quite sure why they thought it a good idea to have a photo of some steps in a park as the album art, mind. £2

SPLINTER VS STALIN - Eravamo Cosi Felica CD [Turgid Animal]

Brilliant power electronics from Italy! £2

SQUASH BOWELS - Tnyribal CD [Selfmadegod]

I was heavilly into these guys when I was younger but haven't listened to them in years, more because I just didn't listen to stuff like this so much any more than out of any dissatisfaction with the band's output. This is their first full-length and listening now to it for the first time in probably ten years it still totally stands up. These guys were gore-grind but in a completely unique way; this album comes across as totally free-form, with each track having several titles, the grind elements of it sitting between drum solos, post-industrial soundscapes, crunching noise and mad freakouts. It's jarring as fuck and totally original. I bet a lot of people see these guys and think they're just another shit Euro grind act but they definitely had something else to offer. Check this out, highly recommended! £3

STEINGRAB - Aon CD [Deviant]

Decent atmospheric black metal from Germany. £2


VERY dark sound experiments that bring to mind Abruptum and, more recently, Stallaggh/Gullaggh. Actual autopsy samples mingle with white noise and metal percussives. Very grim. £2

STORM BREEDER - The Knave CD [Paragon]

Solo recordings from Mournful Congregation's former guitarist, this is a million miles away from the depressive doomers however. This is very technically-adept thrash with a big traditional metal (almost symphonic) bent. The riffs and guitar sound are very Metallica (as are most of the vocals) and the gallop is total Maiden. It's often quite clumsy and a bit all over the place but I really enjoyed this, hardly anyone does music like this these days so it's good to see the banner still held high by someone! Good stuff. £2

STUMM - I CD [Aesthetic Death]

One of the best in a long line of great sludge bands from Finland, Stumm play totally thick, droning slow-core and are fucking great! Will appeal to fans of Fleshpress, Taunt, Grief, Eyehategod etc. £3

STUNTCOCK VS THE SONTARAN EXPERIMENT - When I Heard You Were Dying... CDr [Future Noise]

Intense power electronic wipeouts and heavy doom/electronics hybrid, both helmed by Paul "The Cat" Catten, formerly of the amazing Medulla Nocte. £1

STUPIDS - Japanese Vacation CD [Boss Tuneage]

Released for a recent tour of Japan, this short disc contains the Feel The Suck 7" and a few tracks from sessions from comeback studio album "The Kids Don't Like It". Mini gatefold sleeve and OBI strip. £3

SU19B - The World Doomed To Violence CD [RSR]

Blackened power violence from Tokyo. £3

SUBJECT - Inevitable. Inimitable... Unexcelled CD [Metal Or Die]

Another Hungarian obscurity here from the excellent Metal Or Die, Subject were an early 90s death metal band who recorded a few demos and a couple of full-lengths; this CD compiles their first demo and 7". This stuff is much more album-quality than a lot of the demos MoD put out, it sounds really full and heavy. Some brilliant meat and potatoes riffs going on, love it. The vocals are absolute top-class chest-ripping stuff and there are moments of proper whirldwind Autopsy doss goin on. Superb! £4

SUBTERROR - Antropomortum CD [Black Hole]

Rotten death metal with a heavy crust/dbeat influence. £3

SUIDIDAL VORTEX - My Existence: A Series Of Thoughts Amidst Infinitive CD [Afflicted Phonica Records]

Ultra-fast depressive black metal £2

SUN RA / MERZBOW - Strange City CD [Cold Spring]

Weird one here; basically Cold Spring seem to have bought the rights to some Sun Ra tunes and Marzbow has used them as a basis to make some noise from. The CD and LP versions are completely different, with the CD being twice as long and honestly, twice as interesting. Where Sun Ra comes in is often hard to hear, with Merzbow's unrelenting whirrs, lazer jets and white noise wipeouts ceaselessly invalidating any conventional (has Sun Ra ever been called "conventional" before?) sounds. There is often a rhythmical undercurrent and the odd skronk is definitely there. Not entirely sure though if this'll really appeal to Sun Ra fans, but as a Merzbow record, it works. £6

SUTCLIFFE JUGEND AND JUNKO - Sans Palatine Uvula CD [4iB Records]

Somewhat unlikely collaboration between these two stalwarts of the noise scene: original power electronics duo SJ and long-time Hijokaidan screamer Junko. The result sees SJ actually take a bit of a back seat and provide the musical (well, in a way!) backdrop to Junko's shreiking, torturous wail. Junko's vocals are weird, after ten minutes I tend to find them unbearably annoying, but give it half and hour and they become part of the overall sound and the cautic, violent effect wouldn't be the same without them. An excellent opportunity for SJ to get back to some all-out aural assault! Unavailable pretty much anywhere else, get on this one while you can! £5


Taste Of Fear have been going for years; they released a split with Disrupt on Off The Disk as well as a great debut, perhaps notable for featuring Nurse With Wound doing a guest intro (!). Anyway, their inclusion on this split is a bit of a gip, cos even though the tracks are great, they all appeared on the discography CD put out by Throne a few years ago. First time I've seen someone release a "new" split of material by a band who have a complete discography out! So, kinda pointless unless you've never heard the band and want to check them out (they are great!). Voice Of Hate I don't know but play old school grind, very Terrorizer-esque. £2

TENHORNEDBEAST - Death Has No Companion CD [Cold Spring]

Slowly-evolving, encompassing drones from Chris Walton, these three lengthy pieces (and his first album in what seems ages) perfectly capture the solitary nature of his work. Or, if you regularly catch a glimps of his Facebook feed, a man alone in the woods taking pictures of bird shit! £6

TEOFOBIA - La Venganza De Las Bestias CD [American Line]

Death/thrash metal from Chile. £2

TERRA CAPUT MUNDI - Live In The Hive CDr [Self-released]

Pro-done CDr of decently-recorded live stuff from US thrashers. Comes in a slim-line DVD case. £2

TERRODROWN - Colonize And Regulate CD [Infernal Kommando]

Intense & dark blackened industrial metal. Limited to 500 copies. £2

TERRORAZOR - Abysmal Hymns Of Disgust CD [SMG]

Old school grind-core (they sound a WEE BIT LIKE TERRORIZER). £3

THORNSICK - Games For Annihilation EP CD [American Line]

Debut full-length from this new thrash band who are very much rooted in the early 90s! Recommended for fans of the new thrash revival: municipal Waste etc. £2

THORNSPAWN / ISTIDRAJ - Split CD [Infernal Horde]

Split CD from two long-running barbaric black metal hordes. £3

THOSE WHO BRING THE TORTURE - Piling Up CD [Selfmadegod]

Old school buzzing death metal from Rogga Johansson; think the rolling tempos of Bolt Thrower and brutalist razor riffs of Hypocrisy. £3

THUGNOR - Scrolls Of Grimace CD [Aphelion]

Epic, atmospheric blackened doom. £2

TORT CD [Total Rust]

Very varied metal going on here, influences coming from all over the place: slow doomy parts, mid-paced sludge dirges and fast primitive raging thrash passages. £2

TORTURERAMA - Close Encounters Of The Morbid Kind CD [Godeater]

Shameless wholesale ripping of the Swedish sound here, but done so successfully that you cannae knock them for it. You know the score, if yer into that kinda gear then this will most certainly tickle yr fancy! £3

TOXOID - Aurora Satanae CD [Transcending Obscurity]

These guys are absolutely fecking great! Unashamedly old school, they play proper black metal in the vein of old Gorgoroth, Dark Funeral etc. It's vicious, feral stuff but still has melody. And to top it all off....they're from India! One to look out for definitely. £2

TRINAKRIUS - Massacro CD [Jolly Roger Records]

Decent doom-tinged heavy metal with an 80s-style Euro sound. £2

TYRANATH / KVAATHAN / EINGAR - Three-Way Split CD [Heidenwut]

Three pretty boring black metal bands here. Looking at the booklet for this there's a lot of "Support the resistance!", sunwheels etc. Sigh. These bands all seem to be part of the "Vinland" scene, which seems to be like the Cascadian thing - equally as lame but with the added bonus of casual racism! Quite how these chumps feel pride that for five minutes a small bunch of Vikings got lost on their way somewhere else and camped on a beach in Canada before presumably getting eaten by a giant prehistoric walrus is beyond me, or how indeed any of that equates to having black people sit at the back of the bus. I guess if you'r Canadian you've got to try and manufacture some kind of bullshit to have a degree of national pride. Whoopa! Yeah so...two quid if you care. Can't say I do to be honest. £2

TYRUS - Tyrus CD [Arkham Chronicles]

Tyrus were the band Peter Hobbs was in before the legendary Hobbs' Angel Of Death. Finally seeing the light of day, this is their previously-unrelease demo. This was also subsequently released on vinyl by Iron Pegasus which I had in stock a couple of years ago just when it was released. Stylistically there's not a huge amount to separate them from HAOD (in fact three of the four demo songs appear on their debut album). Of course, they're a bit rougher around the edges and don't have quite the same razor-sharp thrash precision of that Oz classic but the barebones are there. £3

ULVDALIR - Soul Void CD [Black Devastation]

Raw, fast black metal with some great powerful screaming vox. £3

UMPIO - Pantanothing CD [Narcolepsia]

Junk noise meets throbbing electronics. £5

UNHOLY GRAVE - Grind Killers CD [SMG]

Like Agathocles, Unholy Grave are guilty of papping out an awful lot of stuff that in the grand scheme of things just isn't necessary. This is probably one of those. It's a "live in the studio" recording, and while it features a lot of their best tunes and has a decent sound to it, I kinda think there's something pretty horribly cynical about bands who pay lip service to bringing down the bloated capitalist system, whilst plugging up that bloated capitalist system with the same 30 songs that they happened to record whilst rehearsing one day. If you've never heard them and want to know what all the fuss is about (I mean, they ARE good), then fire in! If you've heard them before, put that four quid to some better use, like umm.....sticking a wee knife in the bloated capitalist system. £3

VALTAKUNTA - Valtakunta CD [Bestial Burst]

Hypnotic, twisting, weirdo black metal from Finland. Cues from the stranger LLN bands this will appeal to fans of Dead Reptile Shrine etc. £3

VARIOUS - Aural Bowels CD [Soopa/Let's Go To War]

Compilation of artists who perform annually at the "ritual occult festival", Matancas in Oporto. Lots of different styles, from avant-metal to drone, noise etc going on here, all with a ritualistic slant. Decent stuff. £1

VARIOUS: Fantomania II CD [Metal Or Die]

Decent comp of bands each featuring demo songs along with a Fantom cover. Includes Dog, Drunken Bastards, Funebre, Sacrifical Dagger amd Ravendark's Monarchal Canticle. £2

VARIOUS - Give & Take: Malaysian Hardcore Punk Compilation 2012 CD [Piss Art/Neryhous/Red Ink]

Does what it says on the tin really! Mix of new bands I've never heard of running the whole gammunt of hardcore/grind/punk styles. Worth a listen, a few real belters on there! £2

VARIOUS - Magnetic Fields And Zero Dimension Planes CD [Consouling]

Ambient compilation featuring N, Distant Fires Burning, IAM., Mirko Uhlig, Monotonos (fucking hell, there's a review of this collection in one word, ha!) and more. £1

VARIOUS - The New Wave Of Grave New Beat Volume Two CD [Our Future]

Great budget comp (featuring real bands this time!) from Rodney Shades. 24 racks of raw punk, d-beat, crust, featuring (amongst others): Paranoid, Thisclose, Gaze, Endless Grinning Skulls, Sludge, Rodney Shades Band. CD with big booklet: top! £2

V/A - Noise.Il [Topheth Prophet]

Excellent comp of Isreali power electronics and noise acts. £2

VARIOUS - Slitherama! Volume 3 CD [Bamboo]

Excellent 60s hammond-driven Japanese psych comp. £3

VARIOUS - Sometimes...Death Is Better Part 2,3 & 4 3xCD [Shiver]

Massive triple disc box set from the mid 90s here, collecting mostly death metal bands from Europe. It's not got a 100% hit-rate and there are a few stinkers in here, but then there are a few absolute stormers too and a couple of early appearances by bands who'd go on to big things (Birdflesh, Enchanted, Evoke all spring to mind). Basically, pretty much every band here would get a deluxe double LP of demos on The Crypt and it'd be called a "seminal classic" retroactively. 4 hours of 90s death metal and a big booklet for 6 quid? Yer not gonna go wrong! £6

VARIOUS - 6-Way Zombified Humanity CD [Various]

Excellent goregrind comp of Brazilian bands, featuring: Rancid Flesh, Syphilitic Abortion, Mass Of Shit, Hierarchical Punishment, Mithrubick and Triturador. £2

VARIOUS - (Triskaidekaphobia) 13,000.00 MilliSeconds CD [Ratskin]

Gazillions of bands doing 13 second-long songs. £2

VARIOUS - What Pleasing The Lord Looks Like Marriage: Extreme, Noise...And Terror From Japan & Israel CD [HCB]

Feat. Cadaver Eyes, Moneyisgod, Ryokuchi, Zenocide etc £1

VENOM - Assault! 6xCD boxset [Dissonance]

Essential collection of Venom live material, including both the proper Assault!s as well as the bootlegs/grey area releases. Quality varies and any Venom fan worth their salt will have all these already, but to have em all in one place is cool for a cheap price and I've enjoyed blasting these in the car for the past week or so, so it gets a big thumbs up from me! £24

VOMIR - Cloitrez Et Tuez Vous Tous CD [Narcolepsia]

New album from the harsh noise wall master. £4

VORKUTA - Where Darkness Still Dwells CD [Metal Or Die]

Comp of demo tracks by this great black metal band. Really lo-fi, haunting stuff, this brings to mind the classic second wave sound or perhaps the more "orthodox" LLN bands in its tone and basement sound. Great! £4

VRANOROD - Vranorod CD [Le Crepuscule Du Soir]

Nature-inspired black metal. Not affiliated with Cascadia though, thank fuck. £1

WADGE - The End Of Ethnography CD [Mortville]

The final Wadge LP and it's an absolute belter. One thing I love about Wadge is the daft and frankly weird obsession with tiki culture, but this record has a much more serious sounds pissed off as fuck. The machine gun drum sound is there but there's a kinda experimental bent to this that brings to mind what Man Is The Bastard did at their best: push boundaries of what extreme metal" could be all about. The last track, "I Give Up" is my favourite and says it all, really: power violence blasting, repeated, simplistic lyrics, then descending into an avalanche of tortured screams and crumbling harsh noise. A real loss if this really is the last Wadge record. Needless to say, album of the month! £3

WALD GEIST WINTER - Teufelsfreise CD [Black Devastation]

Immortal-esque cold melodic black metal. £3

WHELM - A Gaze Blank And Pitiless As The Sun CD [Aesthetic Death]

Pretty decent doom metal that sometimes goes down the funeral sludge path a bit but has the odd interesting time signature that has shades of PENANCE. Though never quite hits that band's highs! £3

WITCHCURSE - Fantomania III: Anti-Disco CD [Metal Or Die]

Excellent very NWOBHM style from Greece, these guys hit us with a bunch of originals and then do a bunch of covers of tunes by Hungarian legends FANTOM. £2

WITCHER / VRAG - Hoseinkert... CD [Het Vezer Haragja/Metal Or Die]

Harsh black metal from both bands, interestingly though both these guys "commemorate the fallen Hungarian heroes of the WW II with metallic cover versions of old military songs". Well I guess Hungary were on the side of the Nazis so fair play, losers have to have songs too. Nothing to be proud of, lads, write some songs about goulash instead. £2

WITCHFINDER GENERAL - Death Penalty CD [Heavy Metal]

Restock. Debut album and one of the finest NWOBHM releases ever! Witchfinder are pretty much the perfect blend of the bluesy, slow and doomy Black Sabbath and the more up-tempo, sharp riffs of Judas Priest. This album is just perfect from start to finish, the riffs are unreal and choruses simply amazing. Burn her, burn her, burn her to the ground! £5

WITCHHELM - Jotunn CD [Mantratya]

Pretty standard drone-stoner-doom but has quite a cool heavy tone to it. £3

WOLFSSCHREI - Demons Of My Inner Self CD [Black Devastation]

Raw production, violent sound. Total early 90s black metal worship from Germany. £3

WRECK OF THE HESPERUS - Light Rotting Out CD [Aesthetic Death]

Claustrophobic tortured doom from Ireland. Smart A5 digi packaging. £3

WYVERN - The Red Flame Of Pain CD [Jolly Roger Records]

Excellent heavy metal from late 80s Italy. Around this period death metal and thrash were all the rage and those few bands still playing this style were either derided or just plain sank without a trace. Luckily Jolly Roger are at hand to re-release this cracking raw Italo euro metal. Recommended! £2

WYVERN - Lords Of Winter CD [Jolly Roger Records]

Comeback album from 2010, this follows a much more power metal sound but still has a real heroic dragon-slaying vibe about it! Goood gear that only the Europeans can come up with. £2

YACOPSAE - Krank Ist Normal EP Reloaded CD [RSR]

Classic 7" of uber-fast grind, supplemented with a ton of extra gear. Great! £5

YATTAI - Fast Music Means Love CD [Obskure Sombre]

New album of fast and intense grindcore. £2

YEAR OF NO LIGHT - Ausserwelt CD [Music Fear Satan]

Drone/black metal/sludge. Epic stuff. £5

THE YELLOW PAYGES - Yellow Payges Vol. 1 CD [Relics]

Amazing late 60s garage/beat from the US. Really raw, youthful and gritty sound. Recommended! £3

ZOMBIE BLASPHEMY / GHAST - Split CD [Lost Rivers Product]

Low-end blackened sludge assault. £2

ZORORMR - IHS CD [Seven Gates Of Hell]

Varied progressive black meal from Poland with a raw yet complex sound. £2

ZOS KIA / COIL - Transparent CD [Cold Spring]

Essential early document of the creation of Coil, when membership, aesthetic and style was still very embryonic. This double LP set reissues the tape credited mainly to Zos Kia, featuring at the time John Balance who, along with John Gosling, was still playing in Genesis P-Orridge's (oc)cult-obsessed free-form collective Psychic TV. Their ultra-dark, tribal tracks are total early industrial in their sound and execution, and fit well with the first Coil recordings: Manson, Crowley, Spare are the obvious inspirations and thematic touchpoints. The music here can often be a wee bit aimless but it represents a time of total juvenile musical and artistic freedom, and showed Balance what he was capable of and where he could take Coil in years to come. £6



ABIGAIL / WINDS OF GENOCIDE - Split tape [Inverted Inhumation]

Savage-sounding death-crust from Winds and punked-up scuzz metal from the masters, Abigail! £2

ABSINTHROPY / EPOCH.OF.STARS - Split tape [Dying Sun]

I saw that Abisanthropy covered "The Model" by Kraftwerk and unfortunately listened to that first. It's as lame as you'd imagine. Played straight with fuckin goblin vocals and everything. I don't know, I despair. The rest of it might be ok, fuck knows. Epoch.Of.Stars (what's with the full stops?) don't have any novelty cover versions thankfully and play quite grandiose, well-produced instrumental black metal. £4

AEDH - Torches Of The Badb tape [Dying Sun]

Everything about this seems to be celtic, from the name and lyrics to the album art. These guys from from that famously historically celtic country, Canada. It's reasonable, catchy, fast black metal with some decent stacatto riffing. £4

AGASIA - Vieraantuneet tape [self-released]

Epic post-doom crust from Finland. Not a million miles away from the sound of the last Corrupted record! Lim 50. £2

AGATHOCLES - If This Is Gore, What's Meat Then? tape [Grindfather]

This was released as the second AG demo, but I think it came out originally as a split 7". While much of their output in recent years has been re-treading, sub-par or just plain crap, THIS is the kinda gear that I think of when I want to listen to Agathocles! Total Scum worship, great simplistic caveman riffs, blasting fast parts, proper shit recording quality. Perfect! £4

ALLERGY - Smog tape [No Name]

Pretty lo-fi amateurish hardcore with a big Disorder influence going on. £3

ASTRO - Colorization Of Sound tape [Irrational Arts]

Three superb live sets of swirling stabs of electronic psychedelia from the master! £2

ATAVISMA - Where Wolves Once Dwelled tape [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Utterly rancid death metal here with a thick, sloppy guitar tone and basement production. Great stuff! I'll even forgive the poor grammar of the title. £2

AU-DESSUS - Au-Dessus tape [Godz Ov War]

Good black metal here from Lithuania, these guys have that cascading wall guitar sound of Drudkh and the melodic progressiveness of WITTR etc. I don't tend to really listen to this kinda stuff myself but it's done well. £2


Audicion Irritable are an early noisecore band from Peru and their side of this split was originally released in 1993. As per the South American NC sound, this is ultra primitive non-music; caustic, blasting stuff. Faecalgia are from Italy and play a style of deathy grindcore which verges on noisecore in its execution. Cool tape. £3

AVARUUDEN SAHKO - Avaruuden Sahko tape [Heavy Meditation]

Really cosmic (kosmiche) soundscapes here. Think a more harsh-sounding and dense Affenstunde. In construction, if not sound, similar to the Haare tape below, in fact this makes a great companion piece. £4

AXNAAR -Shite Into Death tape [Legion Blotan]

Amazing ultra lo-fi black metal from Gaz Howells of Sump, Barbarians etc. Layers of really filthy-sounding racket all under a deep layer of tape hiss....perfecto! £4

BAD AURA - Animus tape [Winning Sperm Party]

This is the second release from Chas of Vom's new(ish) dirge punk band, and the second lineup. In fact, I'm pretty sure they're on the third lineup now. So this is proper grotty, reptitive, murky-sounding punk. And when I say murky, I mean it sounds like it was recorded in a bin, underwater. On a dictaphone. I can hear a lot of later-period Black Flag here for sure, the more fucked Flipper tunes, Hallows Victim-era Saint Vitus, maybe Fang in their heavier moments, possibly a bit of Brainbombs too. If that doesn't get you interested, I don't know what will! 50 copies I think. £4

BAD AURA - Notes From A Sinking Nation tape [False Profit]

Third full-length from Glasgow's premier dirge punkers and this one is a beast. I thought the production on the last one was kinda distractingly basement-sounding, but they're close to nailing it on this one, and I think (third!) vocalist Sandy is absolute class, delivering heavilly-distorted spoken word assaults with great caustic lyrics over the din. Absolutely great and should not be out in such a small edition! Limited to 32. £4

BATTLESTORM - Tempest of The Orient tape [Locust Amber]

Bestial death/black metal from Singapore: it was this demo which convinced me to sign these guys up to do a full-length LP! Top stuff and nice to see a pro-done repress. £4

BELL WITCH - Longing tape [Tartarus]

Debut album from these ultra-heavy doomers. Green transparent tape limited to 70. £6

BELL WITCH - Four Phantoms tape [Tartarus]

Second full-length and breakthrough album of brutal sludge/doom. Really nice packaging. Orange transparent tape limited to 70. £6

BELL WITCH - Mirror Reaper tape [Tartarus]

Seem to be seeing every man and his dog losing the plot over this record lately. I mean, it's no bad. Don't quite get the hype if I'm honest. Yellow transparent tape limited to 35. £6

BENZOATE - Hate The Living, Love The Dead! tape [Basement Records]

This stash from Basement Records in Malaysia has been absolutely great. Benzoate are bang-on raw punk with great gang oi! oi! choruses. Stripped-back, simple stuff. NO MESSING. £2

SINDRE BJERGA - Foreign Tongues tape [Matching Head]

Top-notch triple live set comp from my favourite Norse noiseman! £2

BLACK BLEEDING - A Bright Future tape [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Decent black/death here that reminds me of Nunslaughter. £2

BLACK BILE - Coacal Meditation tape [Dying Sun]

Proper fetid, dank sewer doom here. Black metal is probably the starting point, but it's the Abruptum end of the shitty stick we're talking here. If yr into Gnaw Their Tongues get on this! £4

BLACK PACKERS - Living The Dream tape [Tanzprocesz]

Jazzkammer side-project, this is relentless ear-bleeding electronic noise. £2

BLOOD OF SOKAR - Blood Of Sokar cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Immense, walls-closing-in funerary doom. Organ-led with psychedelic, heavilly-processed tortured vocals, this is great stuff which - in a massively over-saturated genre - sounds pretty unique to me. Really nice library case packaging. £5

BLOODY HEAD - Bloody Head tape [Viral Age]

Man this is top! Has that recorded-in-a-dumpster sound that Brainbombs perfected years ago, distorted vocals, distroted guitar, distorted everything. Excellent dirge punk. If yr fed up waiting on that Drunk In Hell LP then this will do just nicely! £4

BLOODY HEAD - Failed Experiments In Kindness tape [Narcissistic Hypnotist]

Best new band going right now! Caustic dirge punk, raging! £4

BLOODWALL - Tonic cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

When I saw this cassette, the first thing that I thought was "In The Wake Of Poseidon" cos the weird floating heads and colours of the sleeve remind me loads of the creepy cover art of King Crimson's second LP. That's where the comparions end however! This is pretty cool, laid-back ambience, with minimal beats, synth and guitar loops coming together to form some nice laid-back, pretty chilling stuff. £3

BURIAL HEX/CROWN OF BONE - Split tape [Crucial Blast]

Ritualistic black noise. £2

BURIAL SUIT - Bare Hanger tape [Casual Seizures]

Sparse but heavy electronics which recalls the early Broken Flag/United Dairies/Come Org scene. Heavy reverb and blistering wipeouts. £1

CHOP OFF YOUR ARM - Chop Off Your Arm tape [NTS/Penny Whistles And Moon Pies]

Class stuff here; this is really neanderthal mid-paced grind. Total mongo riffing (I mean this in a positive way!) and gruff vocals. Rough as! Love it. £3

CICUTOXIN - Demo 2010 tape [self-released]

Excellent noise-rock-influenced sludge from Finland (where this scene seems to be most fertile!). Think of a more listenable Brainbombs. £ 2

CICUTOXIN - Delirious Excommunication Tape [Ramekuukkell]

New tape that follows on from their demo (see below, still got a couple left for sale!) from these noise rock Finns. Very repetitive, really quite hypnotic sludge, this one betters the demo recordings. Good stuff. £2

CLEAR FLUIDS - Canis Major cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Cosmic trance techno? This bears the greatest resemblance to rudimentary stuff like the motorik beat of Neu! or the proto-punk drum machine minimalism of Suicide, overlaid with simple synth melody. Great! £3

CONFINE - C.I.O.D.E. tape [RRSS]

Decent hardcore from Italy here. It's not really got the Italian sound so much (apart from the great intonation on the vox....for some reason the Italian language just sounds cool as fuck in hardcore tunes!). It's a bit more Euro-melodic hardcore really with a wee bit of powerviolence maybe thrown in there. £3

CROWN OF BONE / UTARM - Split tape [Crucial Blast]


CRUCIFIX EYE - Yokai tape [Forever Escaping Boredom]

Almost-wall (it's hard to tell sometimes!) from Belgium. There's definitely something goin on here, but it's buried underneath a very satisfying wall of crunching heaviness. Reminds me of that bit at the beginning of Terminator 2 when the big machines are driving over tons of human skulls. £ 2

CRUELTY - Cruelty cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Repetitive, bummed-out drum machine/synth/vox here. It's like Suicide-gone lounge/horror. Pretty cool. £3

CULVER & LA MANCHA PECADO - Collaboration Six tape [Matching Head]

Very minimal collaboration. Culver takes the fore at the start but after quite some time his crunching tones slowly melt away to the background for a more clean drone. £3

DEATHWANK / ANAL-A-GO-GO-GEDDON cassette [Vile Noise]

Deathwank is a Sufferinfuck side project dedicated to...well, total nonsense. Absolutely over-the-top noisecore. I've no idea who Anal-A-Go-Go-Geddon are - the name suggests maybe some kind of tribute to Gero? Anyway, this is even more over-the-top than Deathwank, just pure noise with plenty of count-ins. No pretense, no thoughtful lyrics, no production values...amazing! £1

DEMENTIA FIVE - Revolt In The Fifth Dimension tape [Yoshiwara]

These guys are pretty cool: featuring members of OGRE, this is proper 70s psychy heavy rock. There's a bit of a desert vibe to it with some nice keyboard lines a cracking 70s guitar licks. Right on! £3

DESCARGA NOCIVA - Demo I & II: Desolacion Total/Triste Futuro tape [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Absolutely superb, raw and punishing grind noise from Peru, 1990. Essential historical document for noisecore fans! £4

DEUSZEBUL - Abandono / Live At Natal tape [Death Voice]

Frantic, blasting chainsaw grind. £4

DEW OF NOTHING - Outsider tape [Locust Amber]

Decent death metal from Mexico here. These guys have been going since 1995 but only ever did one album at the time as far as I can see. This is pretty decent old school death metal, and nice to see a band who play in the old style without sounding like Autopsy for a bloody change! Pretty well played, well composed diabolical stuff! £2

DISJAWN - Social Anxiety tape [No Name Records]

Raw d-beat punk from USA. £3

DOGRELLA DECIDED UPON - Soggy Samsonite cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

The strange collage art (Napeleon with ham for a face) is as bizarrely bang-on a description of the music contained within than I could give using words. Really out-there creeping sounds that seem to be cut-up and pasted back together, coalesced through a murky, lo-fi recording regimen. £3

EDUCATOR - Skin tape [Produc]


EGZEKWIE - Czarna Noc Duszy tape [Third Eye Temple]

Top class funeral doom: crushingly heavy and with brutal vocals. Excellent! £2

EMBRIONAL - The Devil Inside tape [Godz Ov War]

Superb second album from these Polish deathers, this is really creepy, twisted death metal full of evil, brooding atmosphere. Often mid-paced and with great spidery lead guitar work, this is a total tour de force in how to do atmospheric death metal RIGHT. Highly recommended. £2

ENSACOSIS DEMONICA - Quotes Of A Dangerous Creation tape [Locust Amber]

Black metal from Greece which styas pretty close to the classic greek style really; fast but with flourishes of traditional metal melody and galloping rhythms and nice synth chords throughout providing the musical backbone. Great release from a label I'll be keeping my eye on. £2

EPIDEMICS - No Reply EP cassette [Cactus]

When I stuck this tape on I thought "I've heard this before very recently"....well reading up on them I have, this is pretty much the band Disconvenience (see CD elsewhere) under a new name! Very 77 sound with the odd UK82 fast bit with wailing girly vocals. £2

EXCORIATE - ...Of The Ghastly Stench tape [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Old school death/doom. £3

EXECUTED - Executed EP cassette [Cactus]

All-out, raging, ultra-raw fast and brutal hardcore from Malaysia. These guys take equal parts heavy-hitting Boston sound and the later Japanese fast raw punk, which equates to a no-frills, in-the-red hardcore shock. Top class!! £2

FALGAR - En La Vanguardia cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

I guess you'd call this neo-folk. It's a bit more "gentle" than a lot of the neo-folk I know (though honestly, beyond the "big names" who I am dead into, I'm far from an expert). It's quite gentle and there are lots of tracks here that are very much more ambient electronica, but it's the stuff with minimal drums and almost chanted vocals that I really dig here. Good stuff. £3

FECAL FETAL -Lopun Ajat tape [Against Audio]

Total high-end screeching, unpredictable noisecore. £4

FEMME – Alors Elles Accepterent Les Poisons Synthetiques tape [Tanzprocesz]

Excellent analogue explorations here which bring to mind the early brain experiments of the Kosmiche movement. £2

FONIK/FORD MADDOX BROWN - Split tape [Casual Seizures]


FYOELKE - Trampolin tape [Erode]

Just found this one....the most hipster cunt I've ever seen came in the shop and asked me to keep this ONE POUND TAPE for him until the next day, then never re-appeared. I know it's intolerant of me, but see if someone looks like an absolute fuckin weapon, chances are high that....they are an absolute fuckin weapon. Dunno what this tape sounds like, chances are if that character was into it, it's pish tbh. £1

GALACTIC GULAG - To The Stars By Hard Ways tape [Catamaran]

Instrumental psych/progressive from Brazil. Wailing guitar solos and monster riff-a-rama! £4

GATE - Early Works tape [Grindfather]

First demo, 7" and live set from 2000 here. Great Japanese bonehead grindcore. £4

GHAST - Dread Doom Ruin tape [Under The Dark Soil]

Second album from Wales's finest doom band. These guys make some ultra-depressive, evil doom. Total suicide soundtrack. £5

GROTESQUE DEITY - Bloodream tape [Locust Amber]

Twisting, macabre death metal. £4

GRYLLE - Monstres Et Merveilles tape [Antiq]

This is a totally bizarre one. Sounds like medieval folk music, but with black metal vocals. I'm not sure if I think this is cool, terrible, ridiculous, stupid or hilarious. It's kinda all of the above. I don't know what on earth they were thinking when they made this. I'm absolutely positive this album came straight out a Monty Python sketch. Recommended. £2

HASSOKK - Kai Betonas Tampa Niekio Manifestacijatape [Narcolepsia]

Tense, claustrophic, immersive noise from Lithuania. Digging this. £4

HASTUR - Live In Fear tape [Sodomistic Rituals]

Real rough early black metal (1994) from these Italians. I really like this, but its the kinda thing that almost certainly went under everyone's radar back then, cos Burzum it is not! Keyboards are kinda amateurishly plonked into the mix and often it sounds quite death metal...and there are definite leanings to where metal was going in the mid 90s going on there! Which is cool I guess, cos this really is a product of its time. Worth a listen if not a classic of the genre (as everything these days is proclaimed to be!) £4

HEAVY BABY SEA SLUGS - 1950DA tape [Heavy Baby Records]

These guys are really class. This is nothing like the 7" I just listened to; it's an hour of weird, gonzo soundscapes. Brings to mind what would happen if Dylan Carlson had gotten really into Drome Triler Of Puzzle Zoo People by GASP. £4

HEFAISTOS - Hefaistos tape [Heavy Meditation]

This is a proper weird one, but I like it! Off-kilter late-60s sounding free-form psych with a kinda eastern edge to it, but with total drunken Abruptum-style black metal moans. It's off the wall but in a way a more listenable version of what a lot of the LLN were getting at. COOL! £3

HIEROPHANTE - Monument tape [Antiq]

Raw doom metal/ £ 2

HIDDEN FORCES TRIO - Out To Punch! Tape [Feretro]

When I heard this was made up of Orthodox members I assumed it was going to be either doom or at least some way rooted in metal, but what we have here is really loose jazz, sometimes going full-force into free jazz territory. Double bass, drums and clarinet (I think). I'm well out of my comfort zone on this one like! £2

HORRID - Black Metal Crasher Crusties tape [No Name]

I think this is just bass and drums. It's kinda ridiculously bollocks on one hand but I've found myself listening all the way through a few times now. If you like proper raw (and I mean RAW) noise punk this is one fer you! £3

INFEKTIONSABTEILUNG - Luzifers Traum tape [Narcolepsia]

Primitive creeping analogue synth from Italy. Very old school in approach, very MB! Cool! £4

INSEMINOID - A Nun And A Mk 1 Escort Van tape [Matching Head]

The Culver/Mutant Ape collaboration rumbles on (!) with this dense, droning noisescape.Love the nod to Lee's two favourite things: vintage scudders and vintage motors. £4

IRONHAWK - Boozehounds From Hell cassette [Heavy Chains]

Gritty, pummeling punk from Tasmania, these guys have a hefty, power-charged Motorhead sound going on, but there are quite a few chugging mid-paced chuggers here that really remind me of the classic Amebix record Monolith. Amazing stuff! £4

JAZZFINGER - Tar Of The Moon Vol 2 tape [Unrest]


KAKAERLAK / TASMASTER - Split tape [Narcolepsia]

Ultra harsh noise split. I proposed these guys do a comp with Vomir over 10 years ago and they turned me down. Shiter! Ah well, is still dead good. £4

KAMPFAR - Trolldomssanger 5xtape boxset [Animate]

Complete discography of this long-running black metal band. Nice box. £30

KARMICIEL WSZY - Teorema cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Deep-tone shimmering ambient drone. £3

KNURL - Phenohalasin tape [Terror]

Great, dynamic harsh noise. £4

LAMENTATION - Lamentation tape [Equinox]

Nihilistic grindcore very much in the late 80s vein of Repulsion, Terrorizer, Napalm etc. Cool stuff! £2

LEAVER - Head Home tape [Serpent Eve]

Very sombre post-rock drone here. Even the really poofy title and band name rubs me up the wrong way if I'm honest. If you like solitary notes being struck by someone probably making a really emotional face then this is your bag. I like Iron Maiden myself. £4

LEPILLANTOKULLO - Nesze! Metal tape [Jancsibohoc Rekordsz]

Well this is a really weird one. Lepillantokullo are a Hungarian thrash band from 1992 who released one demo that saw a CD release last year. This is their first material since then and it's well worth a listen, I kinda like how they seem to have existed in a bit of a time capsule. Not sure whether the bizarre cover art is praise-worthy or not: it features a fish leaping out of the water with a massive human erection, and a fist at the end of its penis. I wonder why these guys never achieved mainstream success. £3

LA MANCHA DEL PECADO / CULVER - Collaboration 5 tape [Narcolepsia]

Fifth collaboration between the superb La Mancha and the ever-dependable Culver. Two great noise/drone minds coming together here, it's easy to see how they've managed so many collaborations. £4

MASADA - Hideous Rot tape [Serpent Eve]

Raw, unpolished death metal, mid-paced with gutteral vocals. This should sit well with fans of Immolation, Cianide etc. This is the limited tape version and will also be released on vinyl and CD on other lables. Pro sleeves, nice clear red tapes and shrinkwrapped (fancy!) £1

MASS SEPARATION / UNHOLY GRAVE - Split tape [Basement Records]

Absolutely great thunderous buzzsaw grind from Mass Separation. Unholy Grave in comparison doesn't sound half as brutal. The tunes are probably a bit more pro but gotta say there's not as much crunch to em. Maybe if you crank it up! £2

MAZE OF ROOTS - We The Vermin/This End Is Clear tape [Serpent Eve]

Wow, this is cool. Two long tracks of really basic funeral dirge here with sparse, howled kinda operatic vocals. It's a bit like a more stripped-down WARNING (second album-era). Really like this! Limited to only 50 copies too, so get them while you can. £4

JASON MILLARD - Tall Reeds cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

I really quite dig this, it's pretty out-there psych-folk in the rambling tradition of weirdo outsiders like Jandek, Manson even. The horrible production values shore up this idea of some kinda damaged freakout, sounding like the music's playing on a broken tape deck in a locked room far away. I really like it loads but approach with caution. £3

MOLOCH / VOIDSTAR - Split tape [Locust Amber]

Dark ambient split. £4

MUBLES / GRASSA DATO - Split tape [Truca Esparrago]


MURDER BOOK - Cooked tape [Turgid Animal]


MURDER BOOK - Diary Entry #1 Stalked Walking Home tape [Narcolepsia]

Static, droning noise from George Proctor, not a million miles away from compatriot Lee Stokoe's Culver. £3

MUTANT APE - Folk Devil tape [Turgid Animal]


MUTANT APE - Urban Thieves tape [Turgid Animal]


MUTILATION - Massacre On Bodies cassette [Basement Records]

(Un)holy shit! Great demo expunged from the deepest of the seven hells here, the excellent Afterlife Productions bring us this underground gem from 1990. These Malaysians played really grimy brutal grind/death with an ultra-murky production and evil, haunting heavy-reverbed vocals. Some of the riffs here are superb, just check out the instrumental intro! A great shame these guys never made it to a proper studio to record anything else as this one is magic. This is a new reissue and has different art to the other one I have in, with original cover art but less in the way of liner notes. Choice, eh! £3

MYTRIP - Filament tape [Serpent Eve]

Decent stuff here, quite droning but with a real minimal dub sound to it. Kinda like techno without the beats. Reminds me a lot of Coil's Musick To Play In The Dark records. £4

NACHT UND NEBEL / BLACKCLOUDSUMMONER - Split tape [self-released]

Vreeping tones, harsh ultra high-end and some weird spaced-out wails from Nacht Und Nebel and I continue to be astonished quote how the hell he makes these bloody noises with a cello! The less harsh tracks remind me of Maurizio Bianchi. Recommended! Blacksummoner sounds like a bunch of feedbacking in a big shed on their first track, and a someone wearing a contact mic in their clogs whilst going for a long walk on their second. I quite like it. £4

NAPALMED - Live Performance tape [Pestology]

A3 packaging in ziplock bag £1.50

NECROSE - Discography tape [Grindfather]

The Acrostichon: The Rack 7" has long been a favourite of mine, a brilliantly scummy take on grind/noisecore from Brazil. Some excellent ripping of Rot ripping Napalm Death going on here. This tape features everything the band did over two hours (!). I mean, honestly it flags a bit and I couldn't be hooped listening to 120 minutes of ANY band blasting away, but if you're lucky enough to have a shitty old motor with a tape deck this is the perfect way to make the quick car journeys to pick up the weans from school fly in. Seriously but, recommended! £4

NIDERUNG - II: Nihtbealu tape [Legion Blotan]

A new project from Gaz Howells, this is still very lo-fi but maybe not with the same grimy sound of Axnaar. To be honest you could call it the same project and I don't think anybody would bother too much....the important thing is, the music is class! £2

OBSEQUIES - Necro tape [Order Of Theta]

This is something else. Have to admit I hadn't even heard of this band, but apparently they were about during the late 90s/early 00s, recorded two demos then disappeared from whence they came (Cyprus, by the way). So this is willfully obtuse black metal that definitely references LLN, maybe Ildjarn too. If you like "songs" then do not entry! Personally think it's fucking great. Packaing is smart too, comes in a printed cloth sack! £5

OBSIDIAN SEA - Dreams. Illusions. Obsessions. tape [Serpent Eve]

Tape version of this great psych doom album that Nuclear War Now put out earlier this year. This one has an other-wordly atmosphere, pretty trippy and weird at times. Decent stuff! £4

OFFICE SKIN - Slough cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

After reading the description of this on the label's Bandcamp and honestly getting absolutely nowhere (The only instrument to be heard on this recording besides the human voice & a standard drum kit is the Ansible. It has a purple gray face and sensitive ears that can reproduce anything it is told, within reason. A cluster of wires in the guise of a marionette...) the best way I can describe this EP is a couple of guys dicking around after listening to Neu. £3

OLD CORPSE ROAD - Of Campfires And Evening Mists tape [Locust Amber]

Black/folk metal. £4

ORDO BLASPHEMUS - Lemegeton tape [Angels Are Whores Of Satan]

So the cover for this has what looks like the guy off the Down album and uses that kinda "chilling" child-like "I'm a serial killer" writing on the front. You know the type, it's all scrawly and the "e"s are backwards. Immeditael I'm thinking, FALSE. Rather than stick the tape in I figured I'd go for the quick method and checked out a video on Youtube. The singer has short hair and was wearing a wife-beater vest. You can say all you want about it being all about the music, but these characters have failed miserably before I've even heard a note. As it stands, the music is totally boring, weak drivel for folk with short hair who wear vests. £2

OSSUAIRE - Le Troubadour Necrophageophile tape [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Top class, gutter-level, diabolical death metal that reminds me a bit of the first VADER album. Really good stuff, highly recommended! £2

OSTIE / BLACK MAYONNAISE / FECES DEVOURER / SLOTH - Dick Goddard's Wintery Forest Revisited tape [Matching Head]

Four-way split, very interesting indeed! Raw black metal from Ostie of Toronto, first new material from avant crawl-metaller Black Mayo, lofi ultra-primitive home-recorded death recorded in 1989 from Feces Devourer (Don Of The Dead of Nunslaughter no less) and dense blackened noise from Sloth. £3

OURANG MEDAN - Ourange Medan [self-released]

Crawling, rotten slo-core sludge from Brazil. £4

OVERSCAN - Time Erases Memory cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Analogue melodic synth here that's a little too plinky-plonky nice-sounding and not enough spacey Kosmische for my tastes. £3

PARANOID - Punkdemonium Hell tape [No Name Records]

Raw fast HC/punk, tape edition of their great 7er from last year! £3

PATHOGEN - Lust Of Evil cassette [Afterlife]

Superb very old school thrash/death from the Philippines with razor-sharp early Slayer-esque riffs, pounding drums (and the odd d-beat in there for good measure) and frenzied, reverb-drenched screams. Exactly what old school death metal should be all about! £3

RORO PERROT / ANGOLA - Split tape [Poco Discos/Turgid Animal]

Ridiculous, retarded-sounding "ultra shit folk" from Roro Perrot AKA VOMIR. I fucking love it! Angola is ultra mega harsh noisecore, total Instruments Disorder GGGGG ripoff! Good release. £3

ROMAIN PERROT & ANDY BOLUS - Free As Dead Original Film Soundtrack cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Brilliant soundtrack to the film (available elsewhere in this update) by Romain and Andy AKA Vomir and Evil Moisture. An utterly horrifying soundtrack that sounds convceived straight from the bowels of hell, all dread synth tones, scraping metal and eerie static; anyone expecting the rigid droning wall of Vomir's output will be dissappointed. Or not, I guess. This is just as oppressive as Romain's day job, but Bolus is an absolute master of the weird, uncomfortable sicktone and these guys set each other of perfectly. I've only seen a trailer for the film so it's impossible to judge it on that basis, but as a standalone piece of music this is astonishingly good. £3

PESTILENT ENDEAVORS - Adult Onset Death tape [Wheelchair Full Of Old Men]

Great scuzzy noise rock/punk duo who definitely include Food Fortunata. If you dig Sockeye and all his other bands you'll like this, though this is some of the more listenable projects I've heard him do. Great stuff as always! £3

CLAUS POULSEN - Electric Lobby tape [Matching Head]

Interesting and varied noise/drone from Norway (I think). Limited to only 32 copies in a zip-lock bag. £4

PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE - Psychedelic Episodes tape [Locust Amber]

I think these guys are British. They play a decent mix of black metal with some pretty heavy thrash influences. Lots of double bass drumming and tremelo picking all over the shop. £3

P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. - Make It Through The Night cassette [Cactus]

Whooft, this blew my breeks off! Really overdriven, all-men-play-on-10 powerful 80s-style garage punk from Portland. I was gonna describe this as "frantic", but it's perfectly considered and everything sounds like it should for a reason: RAGING would be a more accurate descriptor. Stupendous stuff, gonna search for more by these guys definitely. £3

PROFANE ANGER - Fall Of The Liar tape [Death Voice]

Very old school death metal from Brazil. Think the early masters: Sarcofago, Sepultra, Mystifier etc. £4

PUSRAD - Discography tape [Yakuzzi]

Righty, best band I've heard in quite some time here! Pusrad from Sweden play ultra-short hardcore punk songs, but not in the blur/noisecore style, in 20 seconds they usually fit in a couple of riffs, a chorus and a verse. This tape features their two 7"s and 12". Signed em up to do a release on AWWFN, absolutely love them! Check em out online, sure this tape is streaming somewhere. Sorry for the comparitively high price but the label wouldn't trade and I had to buy these, and they weren't cheap. Now the price has come down cos nobody bought them, and the release on AWWFN is no longer happening cos like my wife, they just stopped speaking to me. Good stuff. £3

PUTRID MINDS - Era Of Doom tape [self released]

Raw metallic, crusty punk from Chile. Side-project of the excellent Perversor I believe! £2

PYROX - Detach tape [Narcolepsia]

Really bright-sounding, well recorded harsh noise. Ultra-dynamic, this is ace. £4

QUARTZ - Fear No Evil tape [Under The Dark Soil]

First album in 20-odd years from these NWOBHM legends and it's not bad! You often find when these type of bands come back they''ve completely lost the plot and don't get what it's all about, playing some kind of bouncy, overly-produced snide metal, but Quartz hit out with a collection of heavy metal belters. Defo worth a listen if (like me!) yr into their earlier gear. £5

RABOR - Voices Of... cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Cold, naturistic ambient soundscapes with very clear nods to dungeon synth. £3

RAPE-X - False tape [Urgent Telepathy]

Reissue on tape of this stinking power electronics record originally released on this very label many years ago! Total dank criminal brutality. £2

RECLVSE - Olde Gloom tape [Under The Dark Soil]

This fucking RULES. Total depressive doom metal that is proper early 90s old-school sounding. Grotty basement production abslutely blows away all the doom bands from these days who sound dead polished and too "heavy metal" for my liking. Basically, this would've fitted right in on the Dark Passages compilation. And that's as big a recommendation as I can give. Get it!! £5

REMAINS - Raw Moans Remainssance tape [The Magus]

Very raw, sleazy punk metal from Tasmania, presumably from the same guys who brought us most of the bands on Heavy Chains! Total filthy stuff, there's even a Divine cover on here! £3

RIGOR SARDONICUS Cassette [Witch Sermon]

Excellent live recording from this superb death/doom band from the US, this is really heavy stuff with top-notch deep gutteral vocals. Would make an excellent companion piece to the MOSS live album also released on Witch Sermon (which I also have for sale!!) £ 3

RIPRIDE - Demo 2015 tape [Against Audio]

This is class. Total raw thrashing punky metal. Total trash-sounding recording, like Mentors trying to play Motorhead but it ending up sounding like GG. Recommended! £2

THE RITA / HERUKAT - Red Imprint From Ankle Ribbon tape [Nil By Mouth]

Unrelentingly harsh noise from The Rita. Try as they might, still no-one comes close to his crumbling wall of abslute brutality. Herukat is a new one on me and I have to say these two tracks are ace. There's not much room for dynamic here, it's just full-on harsh harsh PE. I think there's vocals going on and not samples, but hard to tell. Good gear! £4

ROT - Old Dirty Grindcores tape [Grindfather]

Reissue of a CD I got when it first came out. I'd have changed it to be a complete EP discography cos it's crap that the first two 7"s (which are AMAZING) are not included on this. Why?! Regardless, for four quid you're getting like 70 tracks or something by one of the best grind bands ever so it's not a disaster. £4

ROT IN PIECES / HYPOPTALASIAS - Split tape [Obscure Sombre]

Reissue of this 2003 grindcore split. Very old school in sound and presentation, excellent raw DIY grind! £2

THE ROTTED - Ad Nauseam Tape [Kandar Mosh]

Previously known as Gorerotted, they've cast aside the daft names and really annoying album titles and started playing a more d-beat-orientated death metal style. I guess there are tons of bands doing this kind of thing these days, but you can tell these guys have been at it for a while because the tunes are pretty top-notch £3

ROTTEN RUCKUS - Social Control tape [Basement Records]

Raw melodic punk from Malaysia with female vox, it's very influenced by the late 80s East Bay punk sound. £2

ROUGH SEX QUARTET - Synopsis : Rape Victim / Bar / Slit Throat / Gas Station / Strippers 3xtape boxset [Narcolepsia]

Brutal, caustic walls of static from this long-running, mysterious and sinister four-piece. £15

SCYTHE - Subterranean Steel tape [Serpent Eve]

Thrash/black metal hybrid from ex-Usurper guitarist. There is definitely a really traditional heavy metal bent to this and it gallops away at a cracking pace, great stuff! £2

LE SEUL ELEMENT - Gin Pleos cassette [Dans La Vide]

Post rock from France. Some of the nicest, most inventive tape packaging I've seen in a long time! £1

JULIEN SKROBEK - Minutes tape [KIKS]

Wall noise. £2

SOJII - Sojii tape [False Profit]

Pretty weird stuff here, this has a wee bit of the quiet/loud and off-kilter melodic style of Shellac (Albini recorded it!), maybe Fugazi's post-punk experimentalism, put through a really messy Teenage Jesus blender. Fuck knows. It's really good but. Limited to 50. £4

J SOLIDAY - The Din Of Celestial Birds tape [Maximum Magnetics]

Incredibly obscure tape from Animal Law man and Bloodyminded collaborator Jason Soliday. This must've been sat here never put up on the website in 10 years! £3

SUMP - Dicta Hell tape [Bizarre Intoxication]

Recent live recording, good sound. £3

SUMP - Live In Yorkshire tape [All Dead Tapes]

6 new songs of black metal/punk. Very rough rehearsal recording. £3

TABOO - Every Funeral Ever All At Once Right Now Forever 2 x cassette boxset[Lighten Up Sounds]

Absolutely amazing acid-fried lo-fi deathrock psych here. Double tape so this is lengthy, meandering stuff. Dunno if it's just got me at a certain frame of mind but this really hit the spot for me and I've just gone and bought every LP these guys have done. Totally recommended, check these guys out! £10

TASER - Social Exclusion Blues tape [NTS/Penny Whistles And Moon Pies]

Driving, powerful sludge from Finland (where else?!). It's not quite Fleshpress standard though if I'm honest and lapses into pretty ridiculous Eyehategod rip-off territory a wee bit too often for me to be that bothered with it if I'm honest. £3

TEMPLE MOON - Demo I tape [Iron Bonehead]

A majestic funeral march through grim mist-enshourded trees to a desolate mystical cavern. Reminds me loads of the first Carpathian Forest record (ie the good one). Stunning dark, mysterious black metal £4

TEPHRA - Gravel Bath tape [Turgid Animal]


TERG/SCHMERZ UND ERLOSUNG - Split tape [100% Unsocial]


TETRAMORPHE - Tetramorphe I tape [Les Hommes Chiens]

Really amazing ultra-heavy drone here. Similar in terms of heavy tone to Culver, but much less static and more progressive. Absolutely SUPOIB! £2

1349 - Demonoir cassette [Witch Sermon]

New album from these long-running secon-wave Norwegian black metallers, bit of a boon for Witch Sermon to get these guys on board, excellent! Usual high-quality and pro tape package from WS. £2

TIESE - Show tape [Terror]

Rough, energetic, harsh noise from Lithuania. £4

TOPON DAS / HARSH SUPPLEMENT - Split tape [Supplemental]

Topon Das: ambient harsh noise from Fuck The Facts guy. Harsh Supplement - lofi noisecore, very old school sounding. £2

TORBA - Dvott Stovn tape [Narcolepsia]

Great crashing metal junk noise here from Torba, who I released a 7" by a couple of years ago. If you dig Hal Hutchison then you'll be heavy into this! £4

TRANSYLVANIA - As The Wicked Prosper tape [Under The Dark Soil]

Melodic, majestic and almost gothicly-tinged black metal. Reminds me sometimes of mid-period Paradise Lost but with a much rougher edge. £5

TRYSTH - Soulchambers Reworked tape [Serpent Eve]

An interesting concept if not something I'm personally into. Trysth (I believe!) are a kinda post-doom band, and this tape sees six electronic artists remixing tracks from their album "Soulchambers". Some of the stuff is pretty cool; I'm not heavy into this kinda music but I like the harder more industrial stuff. Interesting. £4

24 REASONS - Why They're Starving While Others Gain Billions tape [Basement Records]

Reissue of 1996 Malaysian hardcore tape. This has a pretty NYHC sound, sounds to me a lot like the first Sick Of It All EP in fact! Fast parts and nice chuggy breakdowns. Dig it a lot! £2

TWIN WHIPS - Twin Whips cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Creeping dungeon electronics here: unsettling tons, a fog of hazy synths and heavyprocessed vox lead to, as descirbed by the label "bad vibes all round". Reminds me quite a lot of the excellent Double Leopards. £3

UNDIGNIFIED CAVE - Obliteration Of Mankind tape [Death Voice]

Top class crawling funeral doom from Brazil here. It's ultra-simple, but that's what makes it so good: no flowery shit, just grinding, painfully slow doom. Very much in the old style. Perfecto!! £4

UNKIRK - Burial tape [Tartarus]

Saw these guys play a wee while ago and was really impressed. Great drawnout droning and drums. I personally could've sacked the drums and jut listened to the swirling apocalyptic drones all night. The sound is great, excellent emulation of the brilliant Thrones And Dominions tone. Recommended! £5

VAMPYRES - Moonphase tape [Quagga Curious Sounds]

Ominous, atmospheric drones and analogue electronics from this amazing new duo. Limited to 35 so get on this one quick! £4

VAMPYRES - Despondent Kingdom tape [Narcolepsia]

New tape of creeping electronics from the best new noise/drone band around. £4

VARIOUS - Descent Into Madness: Against Audio Complication Tape Vol. I tape [Against Audio]

Great cop of Finish bands, mainly raw metal of various genres. Includes Axeslaughter, Ride For Revenge, Usko, RIpride and Ghastly amongst others. £3

VASECTOMY PARTY - The Wulfgar Command II tape [Forever Escaping Boredom]

Excellent harsh noise wall/power violence from Hal Harmon. Really really savage stuff, this is quite something! Gonna track down more from this project, one of the most interesting things I've heard in ages! £2

VASSBOTN - Besok Far Italia tape [Terror]

High quality, dynamic old school harsh noise recorded direct to tape. £3

VEINEN - Black Hypnonsis tape [Todestreib]


VELEMARA / HSSK / VR / FULMAR - Untitled 2xtape box [Terror]

Absolutely superlative stuff here from one of the best labels around;a label that doesn't get the credit it deserves quite frankly. The unifying theme of these four bands is "city" apparently, and the music reflects that: from the Cold Meat-style industrial of Velemara, raw power electronic blow-out of VR, harsh brutal electronics (Fulmar) and pitch-black soundscapes from HSSK. Comes in a kinda mini VHS-style box with inserts. Very smart! £10

VIDEODROME - Videodrome tape [No Name Records]

All-out violent hardcore/noise punk. Ultra raw sound. £3

VIDINE RAMYBE - Aukstas, Aukstesnis, Auksciausias tape [Terror]

Decent minimal power electronics from Lithuania, apparently entirely on the subject of skyscrapers! Much as that sounds pretty stupid, listening to this and looking at the art I can understand where this guy's coming from: the cold clinicism, giant oppressive structures, man-made monoliths to industry. It's really very good indeed! £3

VIOLENT FRUSTRATION - Peace Was Never an Option tape [Rodel]

Ultra-speed grindcore but with a total crusty Extreme Noise Terror sound. Give it a rest with the pinch harmonics though boys, nobody in the world has ever liked that. Nevertheless, decent gear. £4

VULGAR DISEASE - Testosterona tape [Narcolepsia]

Volent, grimy PE straight from the Sutcliffe Jugend early 80s era here. Honestly, I'd reach for my Whitehouse records before stuff like this, but if you've worn out yr old tapes this is worth a punt. £4

VUYVR - Eiskalt cassette [Monotonstudio]

Intense, blasting black metal that has an intricate metallic hardcore backbone. £3

WAPENTAKE - Murmurations cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Decent neo-folk (sort of) here; it all kinda sounds like the folky intro tunes to black metal records, but without the black metal following. That's not really a criticism, rather an attempt to stylistically describe this gear. Put it this way: it works well better than Lord Wind! £3

WAVE SWINGER - Merciless tape [Heavy Baby Records]

I'm not really down with what's hip at the moment but I think this might be "synth wave". It's got a kinda 80s sleeve and has plenty of throbbing synth lines and pulsing beats with breathy girl vocals. £3

WEEPING WINDOWS - Weeping Windows cassette [Lighten Up Sounds]

Really weird, freaked-out ritual ambient here. Think the more "musical" end of early-mid 80s NWW. £3

WORMS - Worms tape [Till You Fukkin Bleed]

Loose, raw death metal here. Love the Oscar Garcia vocals and sub-Autopsy/early Death sound. Cracking band! £4

WRITHING / AD PATRES - Split tape [Nihilistic Holocaust]

Suffocation-style death from Writhing and a more modern, big-production deathcore from Ad Patres. Featuring members of Enthroned and Seth, these guys are pretty pro but not really my thing to be honest. £4

XSAXONX - xSAXONx tape [x4298x]

Great hardcore punk from Rodney Shades, the master of the knowing hardcore/metal reference! £4

XSAXONX / CRIPPLED FOX - Split tape [Sacrificial]

Split tour tape. £4



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ABBS/BROWN/HARDY/JEWELL - Live At The Maquise Dance Hall CDr [Small Doses]


BBBLOOD/ECOUTE LA MERDE - Split CDr [Symbolic Prod]


BBBLOOD - Untitled 3" CDr [Small Doses]


BONEMACHINE - Combat CDr [Symbolic Prod]


BRB>VOICECOIL - Sonan 3" CDr [Muza Muza]


BRB>VOICECOIL - Occupation By Killers 3" CDr [Muza Muza]


CAPTAIN THREE LEG - A Few Lixxx! CDr [Mortville]

Weird, not what I'm used to from these guys: longer tracks of instrumental rock. Maybe a precursor to Billy Crystal Meth? Lim 100. £2

CAPTAIN THREE LEG - All Fours CDr [Mortville]

24 tracks of sleazy rock. £2

DE SELBY - Black Air CDr [Sultans Of Swing]


DOCTOR LOXLEY PRESENTS - Mini Diamondstone And The Brian Meuter Experience: "Let's Be Frank" CDr [Hard Up And Parish Damned]

Utterly stupid weirdness from Newcastle. Myself and several other unfortunates were forced to listen to this in my living room after Glasgow Implodes this year. It's an hour or so we'll never get back. £0







GOAT THRON - Aktion 4 - Vernichtung Von Levensumvertem Leven CDr [Symbolic Prod]


KILT - Vaya Con Nada 3" CDr [Small Doses]


THE MIGHTY ACCELERATOR - Soccer Mom EP CDr [Mortville]

Really enjoyed this one, kinda metal-influenced 70s-style rock from members of Billy Crystal Meth, Captain 3-Leg and Grand Old Lady. £2

MURDER BOOK/ROSES - Split CDr [Casual Seizures]


PECUS - Purple Eggs 3" CDr [Casual Seizures]


PUMMELER - Ydre 3" CDr [Small Doses]

Meditative drone £2

ROSES - Spared The Lash 3" CDr [Casual Seizures]


MIKE SHIFLET - KO 3" CDr [Small Doses]


SMEAR CAMPAIGN - Nit Season CDr [Casual Seizures]


NICHOLAS SZCZEPANIK - A Stillness Rarely Seen CDr [Small Doses]


NICOLAS SZCZEPANIK - Astilbe Rubra CDr [Small Doses]


th. - Afflux CDr [Small Doses]


UNICORN LOVE - October 2007 Studio Mix CDr [Sultans Of Swing]


VEEEDEEE & TIMOTHY C HOLEHOUSE - Untitled CDr [self released]


VELEHENTOR - ??? CDr [Abgurd]

Can't figure out how to do cirillyc on my keyboard! Lim 100 £1

VHELVET - Home Is Where The Hate Is CDr [Symbolic Prod]



Russian noise. £3

VOSTOK - From Lofty Peaks CDr [self-released]

Amazing solo black/drone from my good friend Hamish of Haar. Beautifully presented! £4

WINCE/BACULUM - Split 3" CDr [Small Doses]




AGALLOCH - The Silence Of Forgotten Tombs DVD [Shiver]

Full live set of these highly influential avante-black metallers, including an interview with history of the band. £6

ENEMY SOIL - Smashes The State Live DVD [SMG]

Great quality live shows from 1996 and 1998, as well as their reunion gig in 2001 at CBGB, along with previously-unreleased live-in-the-studio recordings. Highly influential grind band who I was personally really into when they were going. Top stuff! £6 £5

FREE AS DEAD VHS [Lighten Up Sounds]

So Ive only seen the trailer for this because several years ago I sold all my tapes and got rid of my tape player. "How could you?" I hear the man in the mac cry at the back, but honestly, much as when I was a wee guy videos were how I watched all my favourite films, I don't have the same attachement to the format that I do to, say, vinyl or a lesser extent tapes. There's certainly no issues on it being better quality, which is honestly the best reasoning I can think of for getting rid of stuff for a shit-ton of money and replacing with DVDs costing a tenner each. Then selling them a few years later. Anyway, I've seen the trailer and this looks suitably bleak, disturbing and obtuse. The soundtrack is amazing and the packaging superb, so if you HAVE a working tape player, GET IT! Limited to only 66 and no Euro distro apart from me! £10

GMM: Beyond The Rockumentary DVD [Shiver]

Weird one this, it's a film made at the Graspop Metal Meeting (biggest metal festival in Europe they say!), featuring no music, just interviews with fans. I've not watched it, could be a good laugh or maybe just a bunch of tubby Germans in Helloween tshirts shouting "meeeetaaaaal!!!" a lot. £4

HERESY - 1987 DVD [Boss Tuneage]

Compilation of a bunch of live material filmed at four seperate gigs in 1987. Check out what it used to be like at a hardcore gig, before it was either a haircut contest or full of beefy nobs trying to start a fight every five minutes. £6 £5



KOMMISSAR HJULER UND FRAU - The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Live At The Shiphorst Avantgarde Festival (Excerpt) floppy disc [Quagga Curious Sounds]

See comment below, minus the "I know what this sounds like" sentiment. £2

SETE STAR SEPT - Dead Leaves floppy disc [Quagga Curious Sounds]

This is a flopp disk and since I don't own a computer from 1994 I have no idea what it sounds like. Only kidding I definitely do: lo-fi noisecore recorded on a mobile phone. £2



ULTIMATE UNDERGROUND posters + CDRom [Galeria De Meurte]

Very weird release but a belter! This is essentially two gigantic posters made up of hundreds of covers from death metal, grind, black metal and thrash zines throughout the years, along with a CDRom featuring thousands of cover images as well as a ton of zines in PDF form. I think it was released as part of an exhibition on metal zines in Japan. I'd highly recomend grabbing one of these, been browsing through it since I got them in! £6


Absolutely smashing zine, wish I'd picked up the first one! The feature on the "X-Claim! 6" is well worth a read, it's good to find someone else who thinks Jerry's Kids "Is This My World?" is maybe the best hardcore record ever! Features and interviews on Hawkwind (!), Pollution, Spike In Vain and Milk music, a ton of reviews and wee bit on Flipper, Gut Instinct (yes!!) and some bits on a few good films (Turkey Shoot, classic) make this the best zine I've read all year. £2


Superb new issue of my favourite zine doing the rounds. Old school cut and paste layout, this blends old with new, with features on classic HC material as well as the newest bands doing the round right now. Includes interviews with School Jerks and Kremlins, Raw Power, film reviews and a feature on Black Sabbath album covers! £2


Excellent third issue, interviews with Gun OUtfit, The Lowest Form, Rational Animals and GLAM. Good wee essay on why "In My Head" is his favourite Flag album (fair play, was my first actually!), a feature on Ramones album covers, and loads of pictures of Poison Idea. What's not to like? £2


As above! This one features Archgoat, Asunder, Caina, Coffins, Cult Of Daath, Harvey Milk, Moss, Portal and Wold amongst others. CD with all featured bands. £8

PLOPPY PANTS Issue 12 + WANKYS - Please For Fuck Me 7" flexi [Ploppy Pants]

Roddy out-does himself with a great new issue of Ploppy and includes a flexi of the best noise-punk band going, The Wankys! Having seen them live earlier this year and been completely blown away by them I cannot recommend this enough. Loads of good features in the zine too, all centred around Roddy's tour with Wankys, zine and demos reviews. £5

SLASHER ZINE + CDr - Issue 10 [N/A]

Bizarre, fucked-up, crude artistry which reminds me a lot of Mike Diana's 90s comic Boiled Angel and a free noise comp. Never heard of bugger all of the bands on it apart from the lead track from the great DRUNK IN HELL which should be worth the entry price alone. £3


Hilarious and bizarre insight ito the contents of Phil Differ's head, this comic follows the downfall of a jakey high school head who happens across some seriously dodgy goings-on in his school's chemistry lab. Cracking! £3

TROUBLED SLEEP - Issue 2. Winter 2012 Zine [Narcolepsia]

Excellent second issue of this power electronics/rough noise zine, 100 pages in the old style with cut-and-paste interviews and images throughout. Features include in-depth interviews with: N., ALFARMANIA, TASKMASTER, SECOND SLEEP, HORRID CROSS, KNULLKRAFT, WINCE, COPROLALIAC PRESS, DIE REITENDEN LEICHEN and VETALA £4

TROUBLED SLEEP - Issue 3 zine [Narcolepsia]

Great new issue of the best fanzine around. Lengthy articles with Haters, Kakerlak, Mike Diana, Untergeschoss Records, Necrobutcher amongst others, all tied together by some amazing collage art. Such a great read with varied artists! £5

YOU POSE BUT WHY? #1 Zine + 7" flexi [Uranium Overdose]