Amebix's "final" album (I've still not got the new one, kinda wish bands would just leave it where it is really), in many ways this is my favourite of theirs. Each Amebix record was totally different to the one preceding it, and Monolith is the final iteration of their experiments into combining punk and metal. For me it's most probably the ultimate and most succesful hybrid of the two genres, even the grim alien/humanoid creature on the cover hints at this. The trio of ICBM/Chain Reaction/Fallen From grace on Side 2 is amongst the best 20 minutes ever commited to vinyl if you ask me. Essential listening. £15
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
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
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
Superb debut album of raging anarcho punk. Absolutely love the lyrics on this one, absolutely no prisoners taken at all! Classic punk. £11
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
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. £15
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
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! £15
Classic third album, this seems to have become the yardstick by which not just Electric Wizard albums are judged but by which ANY doom/stoner band is! I remember there being a real buzz about this when it first came out and I'll be honest, I was a bit let down by it after the unrelenting heaviness of Come My Fanatics. Going back to it now, this really is an absolute mind-bender of an album and reaches levels of dense heaviness that their spiritual forebears like Hawkwind never even came close to. I guess after this one it made sense that they completely changed sound as it couldn't really go any further than this. Superb stuff. £18
Not a Fall album that the man on the street might choose, but the man on the street also eats his lunch out Greggs and voted for Brexit, so fuck him. This is a Fall fan's Fall album, and since they're my favourite band I fucking love it! They were really expanding and experimenting here and this record is maybe their best synthesis of techno beats, post-punk/rockabilly sensibilities, and the odd absolute belter tune, shoved in a mixer to give what may initially be perceieved as an uneven album, but with time turns out to be a bizarre cornucopia of never-ending weird delight. There's little of the meandering stuff that blights "later" Fall records in my opinion, and the first three tunes are as good a start to any Fall album you'll ever hear. "When you're dying for a pee/And you go behind a tree/And a Star Wars police vehicle pulls up I say/Get me a taxi!". Nuff said. £15
These guys get a bit of a bad rap but I dunno why. The goofy lyrics maybe, but how many NWOBHM had deep, thoughtful lyric books? That's right, absolutely hee-haw of em! This LP is a cracker, sticking Jaguar in the (reasonably small) camp of "NWOBHM band who made a decent full-length album after an amazing EP". It doesnae scale the heights of Axe Crazy, but that 7er is one of the finest slices of NWOBHM ever pressed to wax in my opinion. This record nevertheless has top riffs all over the shop, a great rough sound and some ace proto-thrash bursts of speed. Top marks! £15
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. Coure the twins are right into Maiden, saw them at the last Glasgow gig! £11
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 laoads would get more out of it than me. £11
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! I got white vinyl, limited to 200 copies. £17
Second album of doomy NWOBHM. This one is another belter, and actually in the past few years has been getting more plays than the first record. "Love On Smack" is one of the best opening tunes around, "Music" is a naff attempy at a radio hit but nevertheless totally belting, and the epic title track is total heaviosity. Brilliant. £15
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
Absolutelt 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
Manic noisecore split. £7
After the excellent 12" here we have two new tracks of occult rock. It's incredibly hokey (listen to the "foreword" by lyricist Mikael on their Bandcamp page) but nevertheless very listenable stuff. Whether, as warned, it'll give you "chills up your spine" or drive you to commit acts of lustful sodomy against be-hoofed beasts is another matter. £4
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
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
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
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
Great, caustic and savage black metal from France who I released a 7" by many moons ago now! £4
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
Repetitive, bummed-out drum machine/synth/vox here. It's like Suicide-gone lounge/horror. Pretty cool. £3
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
Old school death/doom. £3
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
Really grand, epic-sounding dungeon synth from Argentina (!) here. There's a real sweeping, dramatic sound to this, it's absolutely class. In what seems to me like a tribute to ealry 90s RPGs, this comes in a custom leather satchel that if you were playing Zelda you might carry some kind of magical potion in. Superb. £5
Great, dynamic harsh noise. £4
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
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
Analogue melodic synth here that's a little too plinky-plonky nice-sounding and not enough spacey Kosmische for my tastes. £3
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
Cold, naturistic ambient soundscapes with very clear nods to dungeon synth. £3
Brutal, caustic walls of static from this long-running, mysterious and sinister four-piece. £15
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
Rough, energetic, harsh noise from Lithuania. £4
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
Absolutely superlative stuff here from one of the best labels around;a label that doesn't get the redit 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
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
Really weird, freaked-out ritual ambient here. Think the more "musical" end of early-mid 80s NWW. £3
Deep-tone shimmering ambient drone. £3
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
Debut solo album by everyone's favourite comedy black metal star. Honestly, this holds almost no interest to me and I reckon he should've well stuck with the rest of a band who were still making decent tunes. Pretty bland BM. £17
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
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
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
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.
Modern-sounding heavy-hitting grindcore from Sweden.
Frantic screamo/hardcore from Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is more llike it. No nonsense live in the rehearsal room recording here from Agathocles. Reckon they've ever played a note of music that hasn't got taped and released in the past 20 years?
Ex Far East Family band solo album, this is full-on lush orchestral cosmic rock. There's a bit in it I swear was just directly nicked out Dark Side Of The Moon (!) but it is pretty cool, particularly given it was released in the early 80s, the dacade that progressive music forgot! £12
Digital HNW from Urashima's head honcho. £10
Excellent post-Serenades 12" from one of the best death/doom bands. This is still in the death metal style and is the last recording with vocalist Darren White. There are shades of the less harsh gothic-esque style coming in but this (much like Paradise Lost's "Gothic") is a lovely blending of the the two styles. Very dark and perfectly executed. £17
Harsh noise (is this wall?) from Richard Ramirez. Have a hard time keeping up with Richard and all his various guises, mainly cos so many of them honestly sound the same and have similar names and titles. That said, his stuff is always very high quality and yer seldom let down! £12
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.
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
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.
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! £15
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
Superb sole album from this late-70s prog act. These guys played very intricate, complex and dark progressive with an off-the-wall RIO/zeuhl flavour. Think the heavier, more dense and sinister moments of King Crimson and you're on the right track. Highly recommended! £13
Excellent new record from these Canadians who do the full-on late-80s grind sound perfectly. I know some people call this "mince core" but those folk are fucking benders. This does sound like Agathocles late 80s era though, but with a more beefy, less murky production. Excellent. £8
Old school grind all the way here, good gear! £7
Unfortunately Argus do not sound like the album by Wishbone Ash after which they may or maybe not be named, which is a pity as it's one of my favourite-ever albums. Nevertheless, they are still really quite good, playing as they do a chest-beating mix of traditional metal in the muscular style of Cirith Ungol, Omen etc crossed with the more heavy metal end of doom, namely Penance, Candlemass etc. Listening to this really takes me back to the stoner rock days of the mid-to-late 90s where pretty much everyone sounded vaguely like this, I guess everything comes round again at some point and fair play to these guys for sticking to this sound. £6
I had a single in stock by these guys last year and it was absolutely brilliant so when I saw this was available I jumped on it right away! The Finnish scene seems to specialise in a mix of avante-garde and a love for old-school heavy metal with a somewhat bizarre slant that I'm not sure is a weird sense of humour or just weird (judging by every Finnish person I've ever met, I'd go for the latter, there's not much daylight up there). Anyway, this is ace! It kinda sounds like early Dismember or maybe more accurately Edge Of Sanity in that there are death metal vocals but with plenty of Maiden-esque guitar lines. EoS is maybe the best place marker because like them, these guys definitely seem to have a visionary flair for writing a great tune. After just one listen through it seems there's a Lovecraftian theme to the record too, all boxes ticked! Highly recommended.
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
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!
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
Debut album from one of the UK's most lauded bands of the moment. Which is odd since they have been going about forever, but fair play on credit eventually coming! This is very Motorhead-influenced turbp-charged metal, no frills, just balls-to-the-wall rocking stuff. Cool! £10
RESTOCK! Debut album from the best modern drone/doom band since Sunn. I saw these guys live before this album came out and they were pretty breathtaking, literally in fact with the insane level of volume employed. You hear people saying "anyone can play slow", but these guys are really several bounds ahead of the rest of the pack. I can't forgive the rogue apostrophe in the title though, you're never going to be considered the most intelligent metal band in the underground when you can't spell, lads. Limited clear OR black vinyl both available.
RESTOCK! Second album of ultra-slow avant-doom from one of the best bands in the genre. Truly evocative, atmospheric stuff. Beautiful gatefold chipboard sleeve, double vinyl.
Very chaotic, unpredictable technical grindcore from Atka and more old school deathgrind from Shimetsu. Really nicely done varnished record sleeve.
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. £12
Debut album of melodic, symphonic prog very much in the vein of YES. I love this multi-layered, multi-faceted prog, totally top stuff. £13
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.
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.
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
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
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. £16
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! Black vinyl. £16
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!
Psyched-out and weird sludgy black metal from Finland. Great really heavy board sleeve.
Supreme crust/grind-sounding gear from Kawakami (RIP) of Disclose. Reminiscent of Fear Of God/Sore Throat etc. I mean, it sounds like absolute shit and honestly I wouldn't have stuck this out on vinyl, would've made an ace tape though. I guess the non-production is half the appeal, mind. This short-lived/one-off project got a limited release at the time, so good of RSR to step in and make it available again. £8
Perfect hardcore, captured at their peak in the best venue in the world. What more do you want?
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
Classic debut album, said by many to be the birthplace of true black metal. It's hard to argue; Bathory took the crude musicianship and aesthetics of Venom and moved everything up a notch. What we have here is still a recording that sounds like a more vicious, punk metal take on the Motorhead blueprint. Truly legendary stuff, every metal fan should have this record in their collection! £13
Classic debut album, said by many to be the birthplace of true black metal. It's hard to argue; Bathory took the crude musicianship and aesthetics of Venom and moved everything up a notch. What we have here is still a recording that sounds like a more vicious, punk metal take on the Motorhead blueprint. Truly legendary stuff, every metal fan should have this record in their collection! £14
Following up the underworld black mass of The Return Of Darkness And Evil was always going to be a near-impossible task but Quothorn managed it with Under The Sign. The production and playing is less sloppy and murky than the previous record, but the result is a more viscous sound, if a tad less atmospheric. Both these albums are my personal favourite Bathory LPs and I find it difficult to choose between them.£14
The final chapter in Bathory's second trilogy (this being the "viking" trilogy), "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. (OUT OF STOCK) £16
Excellent reissue of Bathory's first proper foray into the second genre they instigated, so-called "viking metal". The previous "Blood Fire Death" had hinted at that but this was the first of his albums that really had that rowing-a-longboat-to-battle sound. "Epic" is a completely overused word these days, usually describing anything that's a) loud and b) long: this record's songs fulfil those criteria but the sounds and subject material within truly are "epic". Probably the last properly essential Bathory record, recommended. £16
Repetitive, angular, jarring riffs, like a post-noise rock Brainbombs. £8
Great first comp of pioneering electronic music from the BBC's in-house trio. Included here are a selection of TV soundtracks, pieces of analogue synth experimentation and weird bizarre musique concrete. Brilliant bit of musical history. (OUT OF STOCK) £17
Essentially a Paddy Kingsland solo album, this is another brilliant collection of synth themes from late 60s/early 70s BBC shows. £17
This one's from 1971 and is the most synth-based of their compilations. Excellent! £17
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! £17
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
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.
Great demo from this now-shite death metal band....this is from there proper black metal days. Grim but with a quite majestic sound, not a million miles away from early Carpathian Forest, before they coincidently also went shite. Very highly recommended, nice package with silver foil embossing and coloured vinyl. £13
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! £10
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
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! £10
Gatefold LP, heavy vinyl.
Penultimate Flag album and at this point they'd settled into as much of a "sound" as they ever had really, one that would be developed and mastered - in my eyes anyway - on In My Head. Some classic tunes on here, the title track, the ultra-heavy Sabbath riff of Modern Man, Bastard In Love, the troglodyte stomp of Six Pack's sister tune Annihilate This Week...brilliant. £13
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
Unreleased second album by these occult-ish doomers. These guys hold a near-mythical place in the Italian metal heirarchy and rightly so, and this twisting, bizarre, macabre record is a just testament to their power. Great stuff. I won't be getting any more of these in since the label RIPPED ME OFF when I bought these so get em while you can. Limited purple vinly, 100 copies only! £14
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
Restock. Excellent occultist/Lovecraftian-themed basement dirge from BTB. Never heard these guys before and shall be checking them out, good stuff. Really wretched underground bunker sound. Fuoco Fatuo aren't a million miles away, excellent use of organ. They've definitely taken their cues from the mid 80s (brief) wave of "horror metal" that followed the great Death SS and applied a more extreme vocal approach and maybe a wee bit of Carpathian Forest-style mid-paced black metal. A superb split, well worth your cash!
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
4-way international grind/PV split here from the always-reliable Dead Heroes. £7
Ridiculous live recordings of Clarence Reid AKA Blowfly, with his take on pop classics but usually replacing the chorus with expletives of various degrees of offensiveness. The cover is a naked lady with Blowfly and his logo is tweaking her boob. £10
One of my favourites here: this is Blowfly doing his own version of TV themes. He takes on Batman, Sesame Street and the Ed Sullivan Show amongst others. The front cover is a bunch of nudie ladies sitting on a telly with BF giving the finger. Magic. £10
My personal favourite Blowfly record, this is the first one I heard and is absolute gold. Going through the zodiac, BF gives his opinion on various ethnicities ("Chinese chicks....they like to suck big dicks, and all you Jew bastards....yo' ass is a disaster!"). Indeed. He also tells us how Leos are "real nasty muthafuckers", obviously. £10
Blowfly takes on rock and roll here. Suck Around The Clock! Every single song is about sex in some way, absurd but great. £10
Early 80s record, as if there needed to be a reason for Blowfly to record a bunch of songs about porn. £10
Excellent proto-rap record from the maestro. £10
"Party" version of the classic Disco LP. £10
Astonishingly good stuff here from this ultra-obscure anonymous band of early 70s psychedelic space rockers. Wild, heavy guitar driving fuzz riffs and great space-age 70s keyboards tones all over the place. Absolutely wonderful. Even the cover art is gloriously bonkers. £12
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
Quality blasting deathgrind, reminds me of Misery Index. £7
"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. £5
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. £5
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 thing...it'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! £15
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.
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! £16
Bit of a forgotten gem here, and I suspect it's because it came out in 1969, when all the bands playing this style of hard-driving, hook-laden mod-psych had all grown beards and moved onto side-long tunes about magical wizards and playing 10-minute long keyboard solos. Which is a big shame cos this LP is the absolute business, been on heavy rotation since I got these in the other week! Highly recommended. £15
Re-recorded early tracks by Burzum. I was pretty sceptical when I heard this was happening; the atmosphere and sound of those early Burzum albums is above and beyond any other black metal (or maybe music full stop) that I know, so quite what improvements could be made I don't know. So, these recordings certainly aren't improvements to the originals, but they do give another perspective. Whether or no they are truly representative of Varg's "original vision" is debatable, but for those who thought the songs on new albums were crap or for the Burzum diehard, this double LP is well worth picking up. (OUT OF STOCK) £16
Newest Burzum album and with this one he's gone full into dark ambient folk. The synthesisers are there but he's using a lot more guitar, percussion and vocals this time, more fully integrated into the tunes as well. The structure and sound of the songs is still very much (and instantly recognisable as) Burzum. I'm really enjoying this, but then I find it difficult to not enjoy anything Varg does. Recommended as ever. £16
Real SMOOTH prog here, very much in the CAMEL vein with maybe a wee bit of that slick Steely Dan sound going on.
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
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. So....music 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
Ex-Esoteric. Great psychedelic doom/sludge here. This is coming from more of a freeform weirdo angle than the claustrophobic, druggy punishment of Esoteric, reminds me of Negative Reaction, very overlooked band from the early 00s. Good! £8
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
Vinyl reissue of what is probably the most important doom demo of all time. When first released this tape absolutely blew open the doors and essentially started a small (and it never got big....let's make that clear!) scene which nevertheless had a huge impact throughout the world. Lee Dorrian left Napalm Death arguably at their absolute peak and what did he do? Start a band with the geezer out of Acid Reign, playing Witchfinder General tunes at a tenth of the speed. I can imagine back then that rather bonkers statement would've sounded a million times more bonkers, and rightly so. But it worked perfectly. This demo is even slower and heavier than their classic debut album, and for a while in my teenage years I was completely obsessed by it. In fact, I still fuckin am. It's just about the peak of slow music in my opinion, and it's kinda a shame that they just absolutely nailed it first time, but also justifies why they had to go on to the Huggy Bear jazz later on! Comes with a bonus LP which features the great live material from the CD reissue from some years back. ESSENTIAL. £18
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.
Crusty sludge, doom sounding but with definite punk influences ala Amebix. Good stuff, nice artwork.
This is a record that really does what it says on the tin! Lengthy workouts of wah-wah soloing, it's totally bizarre, with funky bass and off-kilter rhythms, it's got an almost Chrome edge to it with the squelching electronic bleeps and blips. Cracking 70s curio. £12
Expensive but check out the prices of these Shadoks issues....you'll not get em cheaper anywhere else in the country! £28
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. £12
Moving into more psychedelic territory for the first time here, Paul Chain was starting to experiment with different moods, and I guess the title and cover art was as much a show of "I don't have to nick around graveyards all the time" as the more cosmic sounds within. Nevertheless it's a great album (I love his later spacey stuff also!) and stands up beside the darker morose material of the 80s. £15
Reissue of long-OOP self-released CD (think it was a CD) from the early 90s. It's decent stuff which while I don't think compares to classic era Chaos UK (what does), is solid punk. As a bonus you get the Chaos UK tunes from the split with Jap punks Death Side which for me are well better, raging fuzz scummy punk assault! £12
Once again delving deep into their archive of obscurities and long forgotten rediscoveries, Finders Keepers present this 1974 collaboration between French prog-pop star Jacky Chalard (and his group, Dynastie Crisis) with science fiction writer/voice actor, Gilbert Deflez. This album is like a psychedelic radio play, setting incredible French rock music backdrops against spoken passages. As tends to be the case with the best FInders Keepers releases, listening to Je Suis Vivant, Mais J'ai Peur is a transportive experience, taking you to a corner of the musical world you probably never knew even existed, and even if you don't understand the French well enough to keep up with what's going on, the band's soundtrack and the atmospheric sound designs that line the album give you ample cause to investigate this. Expect some great vintage pop songs and instrumental workouts nestled among the narrative pieces too - recommended. £14
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.
Japanese electro duo, this is poppy electro beat-driven stuff with almost rappy robotic vocals. These two girls dismantle Japanese society with spiteful glee, but I cannae understand what they're singing so I'll have to take them at their word on that one! It's quite poppy but with a near cold-wave sound at times. Not summat I'd listen to really but this could work as a considerably more attractive foreign analogue to Sleaford Mods! £10
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
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! £9
1970 psychedelia here, these guys were a pure acid-fried group of hippies who recorded one album for the Metromedia label before presumably becoming casualties. Within these grooves are some of the wildest wah-wah freakout solos I've ever heard, but it's not a total noodle-fest, these guy have some properly good Jefferson/Cream tunes going on too. Love the wacked-out cover photo too (taken in the crash pad from the film "The Trip" no less!). Official new reissue, not the Akarma boot.
So this is the new Church Of Misery album....but it's got a three-quarters American line-up. There seems to be a lot of "ex-members of!!" hype going on right now, and this ticks all those boxes....Scott Carlson of Repulsion (not too much of a stretch here....remember he was in Cathedral for a reasonable amount of time in the mid 90s, just didn't record anything!), Dave Depraved of Blood Farmers, and Eric Little of the brilliant Internal Void. CoM were always Tatsu's band though, and he writes the songs as far as I know, so I guess the line-up doesn't make much of a difference, though I find being able to make out what the vocalist is saying is a little off-putting (a lot of the charm of CoM - and a lot of Japanese music - is the mispronounciation of words and the particular delivery on a Japanses singer can do. Anyway, the tunes here are still great, very Sabbathy doom metal. Maybe a bit more of a stoner element (ha, remember on their first LP they wrote "WE HATE STONER!!!!") than before and the sound is perhaps a little less deranged than previous records. Still, it's Church Of Misery...you know what you're gonna get. (OUT OF STOCK) £17
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
Raging hardcore from Italy that has a bit of the classic Italian hardcore sound but with total thrash riffs. Good stuff.
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. So....as 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. (OUT OF STOCK) £16
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! £7
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.
Political, urgent, thrashing punk from Italy. Some wear to the sleeves on these so I've brought the price down accordingly.
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
Girth: pretty standard gore-grind here with screamy/frrrrwwwrrgghhh dual vocals. No much more to say about that, really. Couple Skate: weirdly-monickered and totally boring pitch-shifted-vocal gore grind. £7
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.
Raging, pissed-off hardcore with that real angry, urgent Boston sound. Ultra raging vocals. Great! £8
Thick, black sludge with a hardcore underbelly.
Feedback-soaked, ugly sludge from Crowskin, start-stop grind/black metal with doomy bits from BF.
Loved their 7" I got in a wee while back and this full-length is ever more RAW than that. Sounds like they just went in to a practice room, plugged in and just absolutely rattled this collection of utterly brutal, stripped down hardcore ragers in a oner. Absolutely top class! £10
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! £13
Superb off-kilter score to Jean Rollin's excellent horror film, and maybe one of his most "straight" works. The soundtrack is great, lots of ponderous double bass, baroque stylings and strings, but with weird out-of-place elements too like theremin. Another great Rollin soundtrack from Finders Keepers. (OUT OF STOCK) £13
Eeeeeeuuuurgh! Coming out the same scene as the big three German thrash bands (Sodom, Kreator and Destruction!), Darkness peddle a very similar sound to the earliest records of these three bands. Total speed all the way, intense as fuck, raging, primitive production. Brilliant crude cover art too that reminds me loads of Slayer's "Live Undead". For me an abslute classic European thrash album, and see to see it getting some recognition and a reissue. £15
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
The first Darkthrone record I got and probably my favourite. This is quite possibly THE black metal album, the one by which everything else is judged! Perfect. £17
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
New album from the inimitable Darkthrone. I liked the last one where hey went all viking metal on us, this one reminds me a wee bit of the excellent Hate Them, though not as interesting. Probably the most "black metal" album they've done in years and years, it's reasonably good stuff, but I kinda feel that if it wasn't by Darkthrone, people wouldn't be half as forgiving...it's like they've constructed this armour out of "we're not interested in the scene" rhetoric, that means they could release whatever the fuck they want and people would be convinced it was brilliant. Orange vinyl, limited to about 3000000 copies. (OUT OF STOCK) £18
Demo from between Soulside Journey and A Blaze... that got vocals added on in 1994. Maybe shows a bit the transition from death to black metal. Usual good job by Peaceville, new cover art that's much better than the CD I have! £17
Darkthrone's "collaborative" album, in that most of the songs are written by members of other black metal bands, this one came just after Panzerfaust and isn't really in the same league as that drunken masterpiece. It's cool that they were going somewhere a bit different though and there are a few really good thrash and more doomy moments on this one which makes it worth a listen. £17
Triple LP set and book; this features a bunch of tracks selected by metal's favourite autist, Fenriz. Each LP represents the band's three "sounds": death metal, black metal, and....the other shit I don't care about where they do tunes about hiking and that. I've not opened one but apparently the book is class and features loads of stuff written by all previous members of the band. £45
French black metal here that pays a definite nod to Les Legiones Noires. There's a disordant lead guitar running through the whole thing that brings to mind Voivod and sets a really disarming, uncomfrotable and creepy tone. I've noticed tons of bands doing this lately, but these guys were amongst the fore-runners. Great. (OUT OF STOCK) £15
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! £12
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. £12
Dead Goats do a decent job at getting the Sunlight Studios guitar sound then fuck it all up by having their drums sound like a pair of Pringles Tubes being rattled with a pencil. They quite hardcore-y, it's honestly not to my liking. Icon Of Evil are heavier and more atmospheric, mid-pacing buldozing riffs but kinda naff low/high dual vocals that never work in death metal ever. Not sold on this one, lads. £5
Reissue of 2004 album from these gore grind legends. As always, stellar work. £8
Maybe a wee bit darker than the albums, there's definite evidence of a dark hardcore background to these guys. His Hero Is Gone is a touchpoint here amongst the sombre plodding doom.
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.
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!
Crusty d-beat with savage raw vocals and a wee bit of a melodic death metal influence. Dinged corners on these ones. PACK YOUR RECORDS PROPERLY AAAARAGAGAGAGAH.
Wow! Material by this band has been almost mythical up until now but here we go! One LP of studio recordings and one of two live shows, including an infamous performance at the Equinox Festival (featuring Philip Best of Whitehouse/Consumer Electronics) that got shut down by the rozzers. Really primitive percussive post-punk jams that for 1982/83 are well ahead of their time.
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. £18
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, ad before genre boundaries were so rigid and restrictively boring as they are today. Recommended. On red or black vinyl £17
Classic grotty soundtrack to a classic grotty film. There's an air of sinister violence throughout, the crusty synthesisers and off-beat near-jazz punctuated with piercing sounds as the brutal acts are unveiled on screen. Never knew this but it's never been released before! Nice packaging. £14
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! £14
Great death metal from Italy, which has a total Drawing Down The Moon tone to it. You know that song "Christ's Death" from INRI? That's the total blueprint these guys are working from here: evil as fuck! (OUT OF STOCK) £15
I missed these guys when they played Glasgow cos despite having a ticket (it was part of a festival), the venue was too wee, and half of us weren't allowed in, which is kinda snide. I think most people were just interested cos they'd hear the band were racists and they were effecting supreme edgy status in a safe, enclosed, not-quite-public space. Anyway....I dont think these guys are really racist, just like most metal virgins, kinda nobheads starved of attention. The music on here is pretty decent, it's totally full-on. Very early Slayer vibes goin on here, furious pace and mad leads, rolling breakdowns and the odd "eeeaaaargh" falsetto scream fer good measure. Decent stuff. £17
Driving doom with black metal bits. Former hardcore band. All got short hair. You know the score.
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!
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!
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.
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! £14
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. £9
Simplistic, Swe-beat thrashing hardcore here from ex-members of PHOBIA. Marbled purple vinyl. £7
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
THE Discharge album! This is the one where everything came together in this singular vision of brutal, dystopian, crude hardcore, powered by the d-beat and some of the best razor-sharp sub-Motorhead riffing ever. The raw, barked vocals and sparse lyrics are devestating. One of the finest punk albums ever, no punk should be without this in their collection! £14
Pretty class plodding, basic death/doom from the USA here. This is totally no frills, barebones but raw and heavy stuff. Sounds like an Asphyx record played at the wrong speed. Bit cheaper cos they came to me packaged in a Trader Joes bag and little else (?!) and so have taken a wee bit of damage in the mail. £6
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.
I've seen this hailed as a classic a lot lately, but in honesty, I bought it about 18 years ago and think I've listened to it maybe once in the past decade before now. It's pretty good but I think probably gets a lot more attention simply because it's from the mid 90s, is Norwegian, and Fenriz is in the band. Very thin production (aart from Fenriz's bass parts, which sound great), interesting vocal (a kinda aggressive bark/shout) and the odd really nice melodious riff make this a decent record, but it doesn't hold a candilabra to Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone, Emperor, Immortal etc. £17
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.
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Great, ultra-catchy grindcore! This is from a few years ago, old stock found! £7
Primitive, rough version of what would become the best progressive death metal band ever (in my humble opinion!). This demo came out in the days before the "Swedish sound" was developed really, and in honesty Edge Of Sanity always did their own thing. That said, this is pretty meat-n-potatoes death metal, with a nice creepy atmosphere and some grotty riffs and deep growling vocals, but reasonably unremarkable when compared to much of their later catalogue. Regardless, this will still be an absollute treat for anyone into old school death metal! Picture disc. £14
Top class lo-fi grind from ED meets great and pretty original power violence from Scotland. EXCELLENT cover art too! £7
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!
I remember getting this in the post when it came out. I remember cos I preordered it from Alice's Records (RIP - great mailorder!) and I got it a week before release, I had been working a really shitey job with the council and had spent the day clearing out shite from a burnt-out house. Anyway, that's got nowt to do with anything, when I heard it I was totally taken aback: it didn't have the deep bass fuzz of Dopethrone, it was quite short in duration and there were almost no vocals....and when there were they were totally buried deep in the mix. I thought that mabe since it was a pre-order they'd got it mixed up with another band, I couldn't get my head around it. Like most brilliant albums though, giving it a bunch of proper listens totally opened it up to me and it's the absolut perfect follow-up to Dopethrone. Honestly, it's probably the Wizard album I got back to most these days, I think it's absolute lysergic doom perfection. Utterly dark and sinister as fuck and everything about it is totally esoteric....no cheesy artwork or lyrics about witch-finding, it's just a completely dark, brooing and often confusing trawl through a damaged brain. My opinion: if you have to own one Wizard album, get this one. Every other modern doom record will totally pale into insignificance. (OUT OF STOCK) £18
Quite a strange one this: it's very much a band in transition. I know everyone thinks Justin Greaves is the more fantastic drummer ever, but on the basis of this record and the couple of times I saw this line-up, it just doesn't fit with Wizard. I've seen the kinda lame Faceboook campaign, "No Greening No Wizard", but let's be honest here: Mark's drumming just fit's absolutely perfectly with the damaged sound Wizard had going back then, and the last album when he rejoined sounded totally different to the more straightforward recent albums. So yeah, it sounds a bit staid to me. The title track is absolutely brilliant mind (dunno if it's available, but the version of that and Another Perfect Day on the Peel Session they recorded around then is absolutely perfect!), the other standout being the vinyl-only instrumental bonus track (foreshadowing Rise Above's predeliction with cornering the "collector" - read, "autistic loser" - market). It's my least-favourite Wizard album but it's still well worth a listen, and better than 99% of other doom bands to be fair. £18
New album from Electric Wizard, this one seems to have divided opinion a wee bit, but then the change in sound on the past couple of LPs has really gotten peoples' backs up. This one could best be described as falling somewhere in between the two styles, and definitely benefits from the return of Mark Greening and the more organically jam-based songwriting process. There's an absolutely caustic, nasty guitar tone going on that hasn't been heard on a Wizard record since the days of the genius Let Us Prey album; in terms of heaviness this really is a step beyond what ost bands are coming out with right now. It's a shame everything's gone to pot with the lineup and it's gone back to the "Jus+Liz+session guys" lineup because I think the more collaboraive approach really works here. To be honest, Electric Wizard are one of the few bands who I actuallly really look forward to hearing new stuff by and who I don't think have really put much of a foot wrong, so I was probably always gonna like this to be fair! Proper heavy duty nasty horror doom metal. Double vinyl, gatefold sleeve, poster and download code. £20
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
New album of crushing, dank death metal from one of the best bands going right now. Straddling the line between funeral doom and doom/death, as with the album above, these guys rely on total atmosphere and hit the mark perfectly. Their logo isn't EXACTLY like Incantation's for nothing ya know! SUPERB! £10
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. £9
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!
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. £9
1975 debut album from these Basque folk legends. Probably their least psychedelic-tinged album, this is pretty straight, mainly acoustic typically 70s-sounding folk in the main.
Third album (and the one considered their masterpiece). This one has hardly any folk elements to it at all; with two 15 min+ tracks here this is very much a prog album! Great electric leads ala-Hillage and some really nifty percussive work going on here.
Another entry into Aesthetic Death's Esoteric reissue series, this is once again a triple LP in a lovely thick gatefold sleeve. I love the first Esoteric album, I got it when I was at school mainly cos I heard they had a real beef with Electric Wizard about who was heavier, and I'm sure the run-out grooves on the first Wizard album (?) say "FUCK ESOTERIC!" so I had to hear them. What did they sound like? Well they were as heavy as Wizard, but on first listen much more boring. In fact, listening to Esoteric's early work is a complete endurance test. I dunno what it is though....when you get in the zone with it, it's brilliant. So anyway, this is the follow-up and their ear for a tune and the recording is much better here, and this for me is one of the great doom-death albums that still sounds unlike anything else. WARHORSE would take a lot from these guys in terms of lysergic atmosphere, and the super-phased guitar sound is just unreal. It feels like being sucked into some void of madness; I'd imagine listening to this in a fragule state of mind could put you over the edge. Very highly recommended! (OUT OF STOCK) £19
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. £13
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.
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. £10
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. Limited version with different artwork. £10
An absolutely storming first full album from one of the most important UKHC bands ever. This is just unrelenting aggression from start to finish. Massively influential and still sounds as raging today as it did when I was heavilly listening to it 20 years ago! Get it! (OUT OF STOCK) £14
So, if you know me, you'll know my favourite band in the whole world are The Fall. I didn't grow up listening to them and in fact got into them when I was at uni...maybe they came at the right time or something, but I've never known any other band (well, man really, let's be honest here) to be so completely compelling and to continue to push the boundaries over the entire course of their career. The Fall will never give up and that's kinda a massive comfort to me, and as long as there's a new Fall LP on the way I have a reason to continue with this earthly toil! So anyway, here's a reissue of one of their best LPs, Grotesque. A sprawling, dark and complex record, telling tales of R and J Totale in riddles that only MES has a clue about. Some of their most well-loved tunes are on here: The repetitious NWRA, the rollicking punk-a-billy classic The Container Drivers, the brooding Gramme Friday, MES's amazing yelping on New Face In Hell...there's not a song on here I don't love. Essential listening. £15
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
Mabe the Fall album I recommend to people when they need to hear ONE Fall album, this is the first one with Brix on it, and features some of their most epic, grand tunes: Garden is as baffling a description of the Second Coming as Genesis's Supper's Ready; Hotel Bloedel is a surprisingly heart-warming duet, and the masterful Hexen Definitive/Strife Knot is a dense, massive closer. Perverted is as complex and dark as Hex Enduction Hour but probably with more listenable tunes. You need this record! (OUT OF STOCK) £15
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
Old school hardcore from Brazil, bit youth crew-sounding.
Absolutely brilliant retro rock that was originally released on this very label! For a better description see "Releases" page! £11
Debut (and best in my opinion) record originally released in 1992 by these Norwegians. I guess if you take it in context and think what the music scene was like around in this very year in Norway, this is pretty interesting stuff, blending death metal with a doom atmosphere and rasping, high-pitched vocals which sit most certainly in the black metal register. Bit of an obscurity that is definitely more than worthy of your time.
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!).
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. £19
One of the absolute best Emanuelle scores, Emanuelle Around The World. A particularly wierd film and one of my favourite Emanuelles (I absolutely love the series!), this one has a completely incoherent plot that revolves around Emanuelle investigating women being trafficked and some Indian cult leader who puts anyone to death who has an orgasm. It also has a scene with a woman and a goat that's particularly unpleasant as I remember! Anyway...tunes. This one has the all-time best Emanuelle theme tune on it: "Picture Of Love". If ABBA had recorded this it'd have been a huge hit. Stupendous euro-beat cheese of the absolute highest calibre. Not the biggest fan of Death Waltz and they've done it again here with this rush-job for Record Store Day: black company sleeve, none of the spectacular original artwork to be seen. That's what you get when you let hipsters run the show. No doubt it's on splatter vinyl though, fuck sake. Regardless of that, the tunes are top-notch. Highly recommend both soundtrack AND film! £18
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
I remember being blown away when the first Firebird record came out; it was so diamterically opposed to Carcass and the laid-back late 60s blues sound was just unlike anything else going at the time. Years on and I've completely lost track of what these guys have been up to, and this is the first record I've heard by them in ages. This has a bit more of a metal sound to it, is still quite bluesy but there's a definite NWOBHM edge to it. Decent stuff. £14
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
Latest (though it came out two years ago now - where have I been?! - album from these Finnish sludge veterans, and it sees them in more comtemplative mood. Not that there are some sludge monsters on here, but there's a definite air of the later-period Corrupted or Earth about this album, with the moments of more melodic ambience actually being the most enjoyable parts for me. Pressed on double 12" at 45 for maximum bass and with the smartest insert I've ever seen (printed like an X-ray!). £13
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
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.
Perfect double set of live Flipper recordings, taken from various sources throughout their most important period. Their chaotic, violent, instrument-swapping live shows were always where Flipper were at their best. In fact, still are: seeing them live at the Captain's Rest a couple of years ago is as good a live set as I've ever seen from ANY band! This is crammed full of stuff and features all the best tunes, my favourite being the fan-invading improv iics of "If I Can't Be Drunk" which seems to be 100% what this band were all about. Brilliant. £16
You'd think from the odd band name and strange cover art that these guys would be a pretty weirdo-beardo psych band but they're actually a band formed by the bassist of Country Joe And The Dish and are quite laid-back country-influenced acid rock. There's a wee bit of a jazz influence going on (pretty much every LP released in 1971 had a jazz influence!), reckon they're maybe not a million miles away from Quicksilver Messenger Service. £13
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. £14
The first solo LP by this cultish counter-cultrue figure is a real weird one (of course); flower power parody but as a document of its time it's a fascinating listen and somewhat aptly it captures the hippy vibe perfectly. £16
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 masses...do yoursel a favour and check it out! Even the cover art looks like an 80s d-beat 12". £14
Comeback album from one of the best hardcore bands to come out of Japan in recent years. It's been ten years since "Under The Ashes", but this is is just as raging, taking the Scandi sound and putting it through the mid-80s Japan ringer, birthing nothing but some of the most uncomprimising hardcore around today. Top notch. £9
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. £10
It looks unlikely that there'll ever be a new Fugazi record, so here's the next best thing: their first-ever recordings (before Guy Piciotto was fully integrated into the band). These are a wee bit rougher than their usual excellent recording quality, and it's great to hear rudimentary versions of songs from their first releases as well as a "new" one and one that never got recorded until their final record (Furniture). Hear the first recordings of one of the best bands who ever existed! £12
Decent UK prog here from 1970. Has the odd shade of the Dr Z album, with quite a lot of key-led parts. £13
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!
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.
Uninteresting fact: my favourite band who aren't The Fall are Genesis. Post-Hackett 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 Te Lamb or Foxtrot to ease yourself in!), but nevertheless highly recommended. £12
Excellent hardcore supergroup proving that the old guard do it better! Raging stuff.
Speedy, grinding crust-punk from Argentina. This LP features 32 tracks from various splits and EPs.
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 ym 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
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! £14
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. £17
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
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. £6
An oddity this one, a lot of people consider it their second album, but it's definitely NOT. Instead it's kinda more a collection of a bunch of half-finished ideas of songs that might have made a second album, along with a couple of proper brutally-recorded very early tracks. The tunes are top notch, some great chugging filthy riffs going on (the band's trademark). Maybe not as doomy as their only LP, with quite a lot of faster-paced numbers. The new vocalist isn't as deranged as Ace Still, but a lot of that could be to do with the pretty priitive recording. A curio worth a listen if you're into Goatlord, a band who got little recognition until this past decade. This is an LP but the sleeve is for a double LP. I checked it up and only the diehard version has a double LP, so it's either a fuck-up or a cost-cutting measure from NWN. £17
This vinyl fetishism is kinda getting out of control. I absolutely do not deny the significance of this, the first Goatlord demo; but at the end of the day it is a four-song, rough demo tape with the crudest artwork and I can only imagine was meant at the time as a means of getting their name out there and little more. Now fair enough, but do we need a double LP in a gatefold sleeve with a bunch of even rougher tracks as a "bonus" and a diehard version for the virgins? My personal opinion - no, we do not. And it was all available on the Distorted Birth CD over ten years ago anyway. But, if you have to, knock yerself out. £17
Superb lost gem from 1990 from this little-known Polish band. These guys maybe from Poland but the sound here is total Sweden, and if you didn't know better you'd imagine this came from the same gloomy, savage depths as Grave, Nihilist, Carnage, Crematory etc. Chugging riffing, gloomy sound, raw vocals, doomy melodic guitar leads....it's all there. Highly recommended. Gold/red vinyl £20
Expensive but really smart new reissue (the first since it originally came out?) of this fantastic Goblin score to one of Argento's most daft but nevertheless entertaining films. This LP is just the score, without the Iron Maiden heavy metal interludes of the original, and it's a great, funky sub-disco set with shades of their classic proggy sound a-la Susperia/Deep Red. This one will go quickly despite the shocking price! £25
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. £9
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.
Debut album after a couple of great 7"s (both of which I've had here and sold quickly). Featuring members of Shitty Limits, these guys are a very British distillation of the punk rock sound: a raw sound, great sarcastic/angry girl vox and, more than anything else, an abundance of good tunes. Highly recommended. £8
Essential reissue of the first GORE album. I got into these guys cos they played as Henry Rollins' backing band on one live LP and their muscular instrumental pummel fitted perfectly in with his drill instructor barking. Very pounding, heavy stuff that the whole noise rock scene really took and ran with. This comes with a full extra LP of live material. Great expanded artwork, extensive liner notes and heavy gatefold sleeve. Highly recommended! £12
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.
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;14
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! £8
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. £12
Two extended tracks from one of the best Krautrock bands ever, Guru Guru. This set was recorded shortly after bassist Uli Trepte had jumped ship to Neu! but his departure doesn affect things too badly as this is still a free-flowing band playing at the absolute peak of their powers. Drumming in particular is outstanding. Jam bands are back in fashion again, listen to these guys to hear how it should be done! Red vinyl and screeprinted clear sleeve.
Excellent companion piece to the record above (happy to do both for 30 notes by the way if you want the set!), the first side of this - the classic "Ooga Booga" was most probably recorded at the same gig as the other B13 record, with the second side featuring tracks from the Don't Call Us album. Tight yet flowing Krautrock jams from the masters of the scene. Red vinyl and screeprinted clear sleeve.
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. £8
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. Recommended! Sleeves are a bit worn as this label is physically incapable of sending me records that don't have damage to the fucking covers. Price reduced accordingly.
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
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! £8
Raging, savage metallic hardcore with some good mid-paced breakdowns.
Reissue of late 80s tape from GX Jupiter Larsson's long-running Haters. This is jubilant cut-up noise; glass-smashing, brick-chucking, amp-collapsing brilliance. Get it! £17
Guitar-shredding frenetic grindcore featuring members of Insect Warfare and Mammoth Grinder. Female and male vocal interplay and high velocity mixed with the occassional slow dirge are characteristic elements of this band's sound. £8
Apparently it's been 15 years since Haymaker's debut album. Who knew? These guys do the pissed-off, abrasive and vicious hardcore thing really well, and I'd take em over powderpuffs like Nails any day. Limited RSR-version blue vinyl. £8
Superb lost gem from 1990 from this little-known Polish band. These guys maybe from Poland but the sound here is total Sweden, and if you didn't know better you'd imagine this came from the same gloomy, savage depths as Grave, Nihilist, Carnage, Crematory etc. Chugging riffing, gloomy sound, raw vocals, doomy melodic guitar leads....it's all there. Highly recommended. Gold/red vinyl £20
Powerful and punchy sludge metal from ex-members of Corrupted and future YOB guys.
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!
Really enjoyed this one, it's like a kinda psych stoner attempt at early-70s prog rock. There are certainly allusions to Van Der Graaf and King Crimson in there, but it's more simplistic and less grand in scale. Vocals definitely are love them or hate them: I personally love them! Very akin to Mark Shelton of Manilla Road, they're a pretty tuneless nasal whine, but it sounds quite interesting, particularly as there's a second femal vocalist who just kinda does complimentary ethereal uh-uh-uuhhhh-uuuuhh-oooooohs like Gilli Smyth from Gong. Definitely a curio but I'd recommend it for something a bit different! Lim 420 on marbled vinyl.
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 hae 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. £6
Rough, crusty grindcore from Poland. £5
Punked-up, crusty grind from Hellisheaven meets slamming groovy death metal from CC. £5
Crap name but nevertheless good Polish death metal with a really raw production and head-pummeling blasts throughout. Nice gatefold sleeve.
One of the most famous live records ever, this huge triple set contains the whole Hendrix set from the famous 69 festival, Star SPangled Banner and all. The sound is amazing, I'm always a bit disappointed that the later Hendrix years get overlooked somewhat in favour of his less experimental early years. Anyway, this is pretty much Hendrix at his self-indulgent best. Basically: do you like guitars? If so, get this. £17
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
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
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! £12
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. £8
Solo guitar ambience, think Fripp/Eno etc. Nice stuff, blue/orange swirl vinyl.
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"!
Violent grindcore split.
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. £10
Now we're talking! One of my favourite new doom releases from the past few years, quite how so much bell-bottom (bell end) shite is doing the Facebook rounds while these guys get largely ignored is beyond me. With proper monolithic heavy riffs that are total Blood Farmers with a superb gritty but very bassy, warm vintage production, this is a doom metal treat. Nice gatefold sleeve and a snip at a tenner! £10
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
"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
To most people UK thrash begins and ends with Sabbat and maybe Acid Reign, but much as those bands are ace, there's so much more to it: Onslaught, Virus, Sacrilege, Deathwish, Slammer (!), and HYDRA VEIN. This has been an album that's been slagged in the past for the thin production and poor cover art, but in these times of looking back on anything old and instantly giving it "legendary" status, the sound is "raw" and the cover art "characterful". Personally, I like a weedy sound on second division thrash metal, and if a metal album has a frog monster holding a scythe like a shit baddie from He-Man that's bonus points. Anyway, this is not a classic but then neither are 99.9% of albums, and people should think about that a bit more. Fuck, by the logic mentioned before a huge amount of the utter crap coming out now will in 20 years' time be considered "classic", bleurgh. Anyhoo, if yer after catchy, havy riffing thrash which is massively influenced by Slayer and Exodus, then this is for you, and features the entire "Reptiliad" demo which is also a stonker! Black vinyl £20
Complete discography of the original recordings by Icons Of Filth, this includes the Onward Christian Soldiers LP, the Not On Her Majesty's... tape and all the 7"s. Icons were - along with Crass and Flux - the best of the anarcho bands for me. They had a darker tone (artwork was always AMAZING and a massive influence on anything I personally have ever done!) but still a very strong, right-on message and the LP in particular is just absolute punk perfection. So everything recorded by one of the best punk bands ever for 15 quid? No excuses. (RIP Stig) (OUT OF STOCK) £15
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!
Gonna be honest, I expected this (by virtue of the fact that it was on Rise Above) to be total bumchew doom metal with a girl dressed up like a witch singing and a bunch of wee bumfluff tache-d fetuses in bellbottoms backing her up. So imagine my surprise when I fired up the single from this record and it sounded like a kinda slow-motion Siouxsie And The Banshees. Cos I absolutely LOVE Siouxsie And The Banshees. There are dark, brooding gothy overtones and a great deathrock guitar sound but it never goes too far into 45 Grave/Tex And The Horseheads territory, favouring atmosphere above cowgirl horror thud. Keeping one of these for myself, top marks! £17
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!
Excellent debut from this great Singapore black metal act. These guys play a lot with At War's own BATTLESTORM and if you enjoyed the infernal black death of that LP, then you will LOVE this one! Very influenced by the violent war metal of Marduk and especially Impiety, with a vocal delivery akin to the croaking, dying-Emperor-from-Star-Wars-style of Abath of Immortal. Highly recommended!
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.
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! £
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.
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. £7
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 coloured and black vinyl copies. £10
Chuffed to see one of my favourite bands on a bigger label and hopefully (finally) getting some of the praise they rightfully deserve, Rise Above have signed Iron Man up for this, their fifth album. I've banged on about them plenty elsewhere on these pages, but Iron Man's "The Passage" album is one of my absolute all-time favourite albums, in any genre, and they are much more worthy than just another doom band. Their comeback album from a few years ago now - I Have Returned - was absolutely brilliant, making it very difficult to top, and in all honesty this one doesn't quite scale it's dizzying heights. New vocalist "Screaming Mad" Dee Callhoun reminds me loads of the vocalist from GRAND MAGUS and has a very powerful set of lungs and his voice suits the heavy metal heroics going on here well. Al Morris is of course on fire with the riffs as ever and there are a few stunning moments here. Basically, you know what you're getting: 100% top quality doom metal! For me it's not quite at the same table as the last record, but what is? Still probably the best doom of this 2013! £18
Superb raw hardcore from Japan. Reminds me very much of seminal Jap hardcore legends GLOOM. £9
Reissue of an impossibly rare private press of only 70 copies! This is a folk-tinged West Coast-psych-ish concept album, with quite a lot of early Floyd (Meddle-era mostly I'd say) influence. Pretty cool stuff, and well worth a listen due to its semi-mythical status! £12
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.
Debut album from this US power metal band. These guys took their cues directly from the early 80s boom from the UK and there's a really strong Diamond Head/Maiden sound going on here, but with a real chest-beating, aggressive sound that would come to be synonymous with the American sound, exemplified by bands like Manowar around the same time. If you'd like a motorbike but are a bit scared to ride at high speeds on today's dangerous motorways, sack that ide off and sit down wi a cup of tea and put this on instead. BATTLE METAL! £15
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. £5
Second retrospective of collected JfK works, this collection of Antony Di Franco's more "rock"-orientated work is a fuckin revelation and well worth the wait! Even if you're familiar with some of the few actual releases this band managed, there's tons of unreleased stuff here, including sessions recorded with Matthew Bower (at the same time both DiFranco and Bower were recording the legendary Xaman album with Skullflower). Think a fuzzed-up Chrome or a more acid-tinged take on Black Flag's "My War". Brilliant stuff, reminding us of a time when the UK underground was a fertile breeding ground for ROCK experimentation.
Second album and for me, their absolute masterpiece. One of the finest records these shores have ever produced, this album is very much Ian Curtis's epitaph: dark, sombre, claustrophobic and austere and with more gothic-toned depth than its predecessor. Plus it has maybe the best album cover ever. Absolute essential listening. £20
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 do...is 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. £8
A good shout for top ten heavy metal albums of all time, I can't fault any track on this record. I'd go as far to say that "Victim Of Changes" is for me, the perfect heavy metal song....that bit halfway through when it all goes down then builds back up to Halford giving it "viiiictim of chaaaaaaaangeeeeeeessss!".....amazing. If you don't own this record you do not know 'eavy metal, period. £14
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! £12
One of Julian Cope's most beloved Japanese psych albums, this one is a real curio. Released in 1974, this is two untitled sides of truly experimental music. There's a distinct eastern influence, but almost-conventional songs often become weirdo lengthy jams, repetitive Can-esque kraut workouts, tape-loop manipulations or fried guitar whiteouts. Absolutely great stuff, definitely approach with an open mind! £15
First full-length and high point for me; took the complexity and madness of the demo and blew it all over the shop here. Esoteric mystical lyrics and the true birth of the "Northern Hyperblast". It's exhausting to listen to. This never came out on vinyl at the time and cool to get a copy for my own collection (even though it's a picture disc). Very highly recommended! £10
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
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.
I get the impression that most dudes into underground music - be it noise or metal - probably don't meet too many women in their day-to-day lives. My wife caught me listening to this record a while back, saw the title and gave a cracking eye roll. So crappy violence-against-women-fetishising aside, this is reasonably good harsh noise from The Rita and Alo Girl. The kinda weedy digital sound of AG takes away from the very dense and layered sound that Sam McKinlay's coming out with a wee bit, but this is more textural than a full-out lughole assault. £10
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.
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
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. £14
Pretty lo-fi, spacious-sounding PE/noise. Loops/feedback/distorted vox. Could have come from Broken Flag early 80s era. £7
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.
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.
For the first time and on vinyl, the first recordings from this legendary Swiss prog band. Very heavy for their time, these guys had an almost mythical air about them for a long time before the rise of the internet allowed pretty much everything to be available. Comes with a great DVD also. Expensive but a lovely package and very limited (only 200 copies). Recommended. £24
Crushing, heavy sludge with a strong crust/dark hardcore influence £8
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! £6
Superb echoing, dark and oppressive death industrial. £12
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! £16
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.
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
Solo LP originally released in 1970 from ex-Spooky Tooth/Matthews Southern Comfort member Andy Leigh, this LP is blend of gentle ballads and jamming rockers, spiced with flute, sitar, wah-wah and more, it makes a welcome reissue here, complete with rare photographs, a previously-unheard bonus track and full notes from the man himself. Featuring members of Spooky Tooth, Fleur De Lys and Titus Groan, this has a brilliant collaborative jam kinda feel to it...great lineup! £16
Bagger: crust/hardcore from Belgium with dual female/male vocals,Lieselotte: raw grind with a strong death metal influence and slow crawling sludge parts.
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! £6
Open-membership free experimentalists whose sole album is a phenomenal psychedelic excursion into acid folk, Tibetan chants, Indian drones, and avant-jazz, all set to the poetry of counter-culture icon Allen Ginsberg. Excellent. £12
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 introduction...one 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! £7
Geting some nice retro tunes in this month, and these guys fit the bill perfectly. No reinventing of the wheel here but this is good, gritty bluesy rock with some sub-Chris Cornell vocals going on. Pretty good. £7
Pub quiz time: what album features both John McLaughlin and Jimmy Page, both on guitar? Answer: THIS ONE! Made up as a studio band for the french market, entirely composed of studio musicians, this LP has an all-star lineup and was considered a myth for years with Page denying it was ever recorded. Not any more! The masters were discovered and here we have it, an official reissue of one of the most mysterious and talked-of underground records ever. The sound will probably surprise you, it being not particularly hard-edged at all, with a breezy swinging 60s European sensibility to it, plenty of trombones and the kinda sound that wouldn't go amiss on the soundtrack to an Austin Powers film. The playing is superb and this is well worthy as a historical document if nothing else! £12
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.
Early Jap-psych supergroup, this is their sole LP and it's a belter! One side of rambling improvisation and one side of pretty heavy psych with skronking sax. Pretty out-there but if yer into early 70s Japanese music this is an essential! Iconic gatefold sleeve too. £15
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
Christ I feel like I'm being negative as fuck with all these restocks (and maybe I've chosen poorly), but jesus, Rise Above aren't half putting out a load of right water-treading bum-rock these days. This features ex members of.....ah fuck you know what, I couldnae give a shit. It's boring occult rock, with metal rffs and a girl with a reasonable voice singing probably about Satan. Pretty much as tediously dull as the name suggests. £16
Excellent complete discography from this German hardcore band who could play ultra-fast but also had a great line in groovy crossover breaks. Supoib! Damage to sleeve, marked down.
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. £17
Pretty old one (15 years!) here, but I like that in the 90s you would press 4000 copies of a record and they'd sell steadily for the next decade. None of this Johnny-come-lately lazy sell out in three days bullshit we have now. This is pretty typical US-copycat 90s euro hardcore that I would've been all about 15 years ago! It's good, solid youth crew gang-chorus-style stuff and well worth a fiver of anyone's money. £5
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.
A very early demo that I never even knew existed! This came some 4 years before their classic debut album, "The Ten Commandments" and is very different in sound. While it's definitely aggressive, the sound here is very much more in the vein of early Slayer than the brutal death metal the band would become known for. This record features two different versions of the demo: a fully mixed version which sounds great, and a completely raw, untainted version...which I must say I prefer! Fascinating recordings! £13
Long awaited and much sought-after soundtrack for this classic 80s slasher and early opportunity for Kevin Bacon being brutally slaughtered in. The music on this score is a taught, synth/orchestral tension-fest, dragging you in with brilliant atmospherics building to shocking crescendos. Very much in the vein of scores like Jaws, Psycho etc. Apparently a bunch of these are on clear vinyl with blood inside, randomly inserted, so good luck! £24
Despite the title, I still don't think Manilla Road were quite "metal" at this point. The band's epic sound is certainly in its nascent stages here and things ARE starting to sound a bit heavier but we're still a bit away from the next year's "Crystal Logic". What we have here is quite similar to Uriah Heep's heavier moments and this record is certainly a great stepping stone recording. New cover art to replace the rather lacklustre original. Black vinyl. £15
Pretty solid new album from Manilla Road. I don't think it reaches close to the heights of the classic era but in terms of epic heavy metal, there are few who can compete. The roadie guy is handling more vocals and does a decent job (he was great live), but I actually love the grizzled quality Mark Shelton's voice has to it these days, he sounds like an ancient heavy metal magi or something. Extra points for the Scottish ghos concept, I love when Americans think they have some sort of affinity with this country! £15
Restock! An odd combination right enough, but after listening one that actually works quite well! A long track of primitive spacey-sounding noise and drones from BN, it's pretty power electronics their approach these days. Amazing as ever. CSMD do a bunch of short blasts of noisecore, with plenty of space-age sounds going on in the background and a cover of the best horror theme tune ever: CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. Absolutely vital stuff!! £8
New album from one of Europe's longest-running straight edge hardcore bands. These guys are pretty well-known for being proper fast, but this is by some way their most diverse release. Still hardcore but with a nice Sabbathy instrumental and some different influences and musically (but not lyrically!) they've maybe mellowed a bit. Nice to see "Big" John Duncan (he of Exploited fame) popping up here too. Proper beardy biker looking character these days! £7
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. £9
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!
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 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
Great new reissue, superb grim power electronics in the 80s analogue style. Get it. £17
Right on! At long last this soundtrack to one of THE best Ozploitation films ever (AKA Death Camp Thatcher), this is a fuckin' POUNDING Carpenter-style synth album, chock full of great hooks, brooding and claustrophobic with crescendos of mad electronic wipeout. AMAZING. (Just to be clear, this is the Australian Brian May who did the soundtrack to Mad Max amongst others, not the poodle-haired Queen guitarist!) £20
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
New out, you may recognise this recording as the previously infmaous bootleg "Dawn Of The Black Hearts". I had it as a teenager and used to upset my mum with the grissly cover of Dead erm....dead with some regularity. Actually, that and the first Brujeria album had her convinced I was gonna grow up to be a serial killer. I guess you know the deal with this....let's face it, it's a cheap shot from Peaceville to wring the last bucks out of the Mayhem project whilst they're on a roll, I mean they couldn't even bother their arses to get a different band shot for the back, fuck sake. It sounds like absolute fuckin plop but so did Dawn... and I've listened to it about a gazillion times. I'll be keeping my original LP cos this brings nothing to the table and doesn't have a picture of a fella with his heid blown off on the front, but if you don't have that one, invest in this! Clear vinyl. £18
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
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! £12
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.
One of the holy grails of prog record collectors for many years, with originals going for absolutely crazy money, this album musically does manage to live up to the hype! This is grade A psych/acid folk with strong progressive leanings, with beautiful soaring melodies. If you're into the masterful first Trees album or the more esoteric Fairport and Pentangle material then this is for you. Real deluxe version here, with a wonderfully remastered sound (all the boot that have done the rounds for years have NEVER sounded like this!), and a full LP of demos, rehearsals and rarities, augmented with both the band's singles in exact repro sleeves; this essentially gives a full discography of this great band. A brilliant package, highly recommended! (OUT OF STOCK) £40
New album from the Melvins, and this is the one where Dale and Buzzo are joined by Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus of The Butthole Surfers. That can't go wrong, right? Ten years ago I'd have said that The Melvins could never do any wrong and much as I think their early material is some of the best music ever, I've found a lot of their recent stuff to be totally forgettable. All the messing with lineups, stupid limited releases, "guest star" band variations....a lot of focus has been lost. So, adding in a couple of other guys from another formerly ace band....another gimmick that doesn't work either? Kinda and kinda not. Some of the tunes on here are ace, a few of them aren't all that great and don't really sound like the Melvins, and a few I've forgotten after a bunch of listens. There's less weird messing about on this one, with plenty of chugging riffing which is cool, and when the songs are good they're great! I'd personally rather they just got a bass played and did an album every couple of years without the gimmicks and that would be grand, but in the meantime this'll do. £16
This is a collaboration you wouldn't have imagined happening! The Japanese and Italian masters of noise meet here and the result is great. Im not overly fond of a lot of MB's newer digital sound (or indeed to a lesser extent, much of Merzbow's), but they pull it off here pretty well: Bianchi's spare, meat-locker minimalism trashed by Akita's near-tribal percussive sound and injections of pointed high-end. Comes with an extra 7" of further new material. Recommended. £18
Early hand-made tape loops from Merzbow, who it's easy to forget is up there with the most important experimental musicians of all time. I got that massive Lowest Music vinyl box set a few years back when it came out. Can't afford to shell out for that? This'll do! £17
Classic early Japanese noise from the master! Two LPs (reissue of an early tape) of absolutely masterful noise abuse. £22
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.
Powerful, angry hardcore with pure rabid shredding vocals.
Savage, caustic and raw grindcore from France. £7
Swedish-sound death metal with a heavy thrash bent and the odd grindcore-style fast bit in there for good measure. Bargain!
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!!
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. £10
Another classic Misfits comp, this focusses on the more early stuff. Distinctly remember getting this album, bought it in Valhalla in Killie at the same time as "Why?" by Discharge and this stupid lassie asked me why I was buying a CD with Skeletor on it and Discharge was a daft name for a band. Well, nearly 20 years on and she's likely a schemy bampot and both these records are still fuckin ace. "I ain't no gaddam son of a bitch - you better think about it, baby!" £13
Superb under-the-radar pre-Sun Dial post-punk from Gary Ramon. This is the first Modern Art tape which came out in 1982 and is a superb mix of jangling guitar-meets-cold drum machine roboticism, but fed through a post-psych mixer. Superb. (OUT OF STOCK) £12
Raging punky metal/hardcore that has elements of HHIG and definitely mid-period (ie To Ride...) Entombed to it. Pretty good!!
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. £8
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!
The final concert by this fuzzed-up beat-obsessed garage rock combo, who most definitely had some psych leanings. Vocals are quite Eric Burdon-esque, but through the usual weird Japanese-take-on-things filter. Top! £15
Driving old school black metal. Limited to 97. £10
Excellent reissue of pretty obscure early 90s death metal here. Not just another meat 'n' potatoes band here, these guys definitely could have gone somewhere with maybe a wee bit more of a push in the right direction at the time. Some great changes of pace and wee melodic nuances; particularly the demo material (released in 1991 and 92 respectively) nods at what was to come later in Sweden a wee bit. Usual high quality package from The Crypt, a full LP of extra demo material,liner notes and pictures. On red vinyl.
Haunting score by the maestro for this controversial incest-scudder-thriller that happened to be the last and certainly not most glorious appearance on film by Orson Welles. You can't go wrong with Ennio though and even though the film is shite, the soundtrack is a perfectly-orchestrated work of symphonious melodrama. £12
A REAL classic soundtrack here, to one of the most under-appreciated off-the-map flicks of early 70s Italian cinema. This score is composed by Morricone, conducted by Bruno Nicolai, and performed by Morricone's own band, Grupp D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. What a lineup, right? In keeping with the lysergic tone of the film, this soundtrack is a total bad-acid freek-out: jazzy, off-kilter, downright disturbing. 100% right fuckin ON! £19
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, meorable melodies, but there are layers of electronic manipulation, dark synths creeping in, long ambient parts...in 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! £13
One of Lenzi's best, this Politziotescchi (more widely known as ALMOST HUMAN or maybe THE DEATH DEALER) is a great, ultra-violent cop thriller starring Tomas Milian and the always brilliant Henry Silva. A taught, rollicking score, with the driving piano-led main theme being re-worked in various moods throughout. A proper stomper, as all good cop soundtracks should be! Sorry for the expensive price, but these are pretty limited and very high cost. Limited to 500, yellow and black streak vinyl. £25
Astonishing soundtrack to this late 60s surrealist horror thriller starring Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave. This has pretty much everything the perfect soundtrack would have: Morricone, Gruppo D'Improvviszione, Bruno Nicolai, Edda Dell'Orso...wow! As with a lot of their collaborations, this is a jarring, schizophrenic avant freakout, with Dell'Orso's soaring, operatic vocalisations. Cannot recommend this more strongly! £20
Wild psych/jazz prog fusion here from France, 1971. I can see that the RIO movement were probably very influenced by these guys, not a million miles away from say, Matching Mole or Soft Machine but with less whimsy and more 70s French bonkers-ness. £12
Amazing post-punk from Isreal. There's a gothy sound to it and a real heavy tribal drum sound akin to early Killing Joke. Imagine Joy Division with loads of distortion instead of the jangly guitars and you're somewhere near. Excellent!
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.
Old school grindcore from Italy heavilly influenced by Terrorizer, Phobia, early Brutal Truth etc. Features members of Ultimo Mondo Cannibale. The cheeky fuckers sent me damaged sleeves (there is a 2" seam split top the top of every one) so have put the price down accordingly.
Old school grindcore from Italy heavilly influenced by Terrorizer, Phobia, early Brutal Truth etc. Features members of Ultimo Mondo Cannibale. Unlike the batch I got in from another label, these ones are all in fine nick!
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. £7
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. £9
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 often...you know the score. Definitely worth a listen if doom's yer thing. £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. £10
The second Neputune Towers album and a real improvement on the first in my opinion. There's more going on here but after the first one he really honed his craft a bit more and the long synth workouts here really remind me of early Klaus Schulze. It's a shame Fenriz never pursued this project any further because I really think there's a lot more musical worth in here than anything by Darkthrone since.
Great 80s-style crossover.
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. £5
ESSENTIAL noisecore from Brasil here. These guys are the REAL DEAL: totally DIY punk attitude! I love all their stuff (the split 7" was a total holy grail for me pre-Discogs, dead easy to get now!), but this demo material is something else. If you're into your noisecore you know the South American sound by now: ultra-feral, lo-fi, paint-stripping terrible recording quality. RAGING. It's absolutely supoib, get it!! £9
These guys are apparently from the US but all their song titles are in Japanese and they have a total ultra-distorted noise-punk sound to them. Regardless, this is absolutely top stuff, pure blown away by these guys; like the Wankys they've got that constant layer of screeching feedback constantly behind them. Great! £9
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
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! £12
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
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
Pretty dramatic-sounding, mighty pagan black metal.£8
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.
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. £13
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! £16
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
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
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
Only 50 copies! Fuckin' hell!
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
Wales's most prominent punk band probably, these guys' early material is real class oi. Unlike a lot of the oi bands who were largely apolitical, The Oppressed took a pretty staunch left wing stance and later went on to be heavily into the SHARP scene. This reissued compilation collects their first two early singles as well as their "Oi! The Tape" demo. Excellent, raw punk rock.
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!
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. £12
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. £17
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. £15
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. £13
Absolutely raging, twisted hardcore from one of the best bands in the UK right now. Dark stuff, informed by the best! £9
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. £12
Truly mysterious weirdo prog going on here. There were rumours that this was a lost recording of Jim Morrison, then when dubunked further rumours that the singer is in fact Iggy Pop doing a Jim Morrison impression (neither proven or disproven but not outwith the realm of reason!). Anyway, apparently Ray Manzarek did play a gig with these guys once and the Doors comparisons are certainly easy to make. It's much less refined of course and has a heavy, dark edge to it, but the swirling keys, soaring vocals and psychy, lysergic tones are there. Whoever is behind it this is some of the best off-the-wall obscure psych/prog you'll ever hear! £20
Excellent soundtrack to the classic brutal Jack Nicholson exploitation drug 'n' booze-fuelled violent biker classic. As with many biker films, the music is actually pretty breezy pop save the grimy title track, but perfectly captures the summer of '67 vibe. If yer into biker movies this is one of the best and an essential release! £17
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!
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
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
Once one of the rarest and most sought-after Giallo, Mimsi Farmer vehicle and Repulsion rip-off The Perfume Of The Lady In Black was recently reissued, and this renewed interest has seen a re-discovery of its soundtrack at the same time. Playing variations on the same theme throughout, with a clasical, big band, jazz and psych-rock version, this is a great score to show the degradation of the lead's state of mind as the narrative progresses, and is a brilliantly jarring, hallucinagenic score. Splatter vinyl, lame Death Waltz company sleeve. £18
This one's a cracker. Ultra-fuzz guitars, driving percussive improv and near-avant jazzy breakouts, with contributions from the girl from Dark Side Of The Moon and Ella Dell'Orso. At turns proper funky and intensely weird. The film itself is a forgotten classic, starring the tragic Jean Seaberg (died in very odd circumstances after being hounded for years by the FBI having been a Black Panther activist) and James Masson in an often surreal, pre-Lynchian crime thriller. Lovely packaging and OBI strip. £20
Good logo here, full forest scene going on with trees, roots, mountains, the moon and several wolves. Dunno much about these guys at all and going into it blind: thye sound totally like Immortal. Dead catchy tunes, but delivered in that really cold, heartless way. Maybe not quite as precise as the masters, there's a bit of an Eastern European sound sometimes to it, bit sloppy and rough round the edges. I like it a lot! Limited to 99 copies. £10
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
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;10
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! £7
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.
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.
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!
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
Great live radio recording from the year punk hit globally; this one has all the best tunes. It came out right after my favourite Ramones record (Rocket To Russia), so it's pretty much no-filler stuff. £16
One of the absolute best vampire films ever made in my opinion, Reqiuem... is a masterpiece of bizarre imagery, absurdist, creepy and hauntingly atmospheric. Part of that it the score by the inimatable Pierre Raph is a brilliant collection of driving psychedelic organ and percussion that is at times hauntingly atmospheric, exciting and violent. Amazing! £13
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.
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! £12
Superb debut, amongst the best of all the Italian hardcore records! Included is the God's Course demo which is an absolute RAGER as well. Recommended. £16
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.
Blazing metallic hardcore from Finland. Lim 300.
I've released 3 of Regler's records now but if I'm being completely honest, this is my favourite. I think this release really shows what they're all about. For pretty much any kind of dance music, the thing that gets you is the BEAT right? And the beat should always be simple: it's the backbone of the song, it's the fundamental to everything else over it. Well, in the words inscribed on the centre label, let's "take a beat and follow it". Ultra- simplistic, but you can't turn your head from this. it's just a beat. I fucking love the beat! The "drone" side is absolutely beautiful; in stark contrast to the pummeling caveman thud of the previous side, this is the opposite: entirely beatless. It's like having a great time acquiring a banging headache one night, then having it soothed back to full health the next morning. Perfect! £10
Excellent teenage pre-OLD band here, this is great, daft but also raging pre-grind from a bunch of kids, basically. OLD would go on to totally rip up the rule book on every release and this is a great early look at where these guys came from. £16
Death metal from Greece, but these guys do not have the Greek sound at all, coming across much more in the early 90s NY style with an almost hardcore feel that there was on early material by Suffocation. Full of driving, pounding rhythms and simple but savage constant tremelo guitars, this is some of the best death metal I've heard in a while. Great cover art too, and the drummer's wearing a SORE THROAT tshirt in the inside gatefold: maximum points from me!
You pretty much know where they're coming from when you get a record with sides labelled "SIDE FUCK" and SIDE OFF". Evil black thrash that brings to mind "Morbid Visions"-era Sepultura. Limited to 300 copies
Much as I think Nuclear War Now is pretty lame - the whole internet forum tough guy bullshit and "we're dead underground.....but here's a coffee table representation of underground culture" gets on my tits something awful - it's ifficult to deny that these over-the-top packaged records do look quite cool. This one comes in a textured sleeve (like Joy Division's "Still", not that any of the members of the NWN! forum will listen to any of that FAG MUSIC) and had a big booklet stapled into it. This is a comp of Revenge's "Attack.Blood" mini album along with contemporaneous tracks from various split 7"s and comps to bring it up to album length and keep it sounding coherant. As ever with Revenge, this is pummeling, violent and confrontation stuff from the outset, and despite being a comp it flows together pretty nicely, though the band aren't exactly known for their varied ouvre eh! £19
New album from Revenge; well it came out last year but Hell's Headbangers have reissued it already so they can do a "diehard" package (this is getting silly). This is decent stuff; these guys are very much from the school where you take a template (in this case, pick one of Blasphemy, Impiety, Immolation) and make every element of that faster, more brutal and over-the-top. The result is a total and utter RACKET, with drums that sound like a tightening trebouchet and riffs flying all over the shop in a blurred mess. It's pretty smart. I hadn't noticed this before, but these guys sound exactly like LEGION OF ANDROMEDA but fast; I cannae believe anyone into Revenge wouldn't dig LOA actually. Packaging-wise this is astonishing, comes in a velvet double-gatefold ultra-thick sleeve with a booklet incorporated into the gatefold, and both LPs have an etching covering the second side. I mean it's totally over-the-top but as a package it is pretty cool and maybe worth the extra bux. Wish I'd went to see these guys a couple of weeks back now. £30
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.
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! £15
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! £8
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.
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.
This is a live set of Sabbat performing on a local radio station when on tour in the USA. OK sound (not sure if it's vinyl-worthy, but in the world of the Nuclear War Nigel, ANYTHING is vinyl-worthy, eh). Some top guitar heroics going on here; dunno if it's the live setting but everything seems faster and more urgent than on record. There's a pretty punk, raw tone to it all, great! Absolutely smashing Moyen artwork too. £15
It took them a few years, but Sacrifice finally got their third album out in 1991. The world had changed a lot since their debut, with Sepultura coming out with their cold masterpiece Arise and Metallica becoming an utter guff stadium rock act. Sacrifice were still sticking to their thrash guns though, and although their sound here is tempered (let's be honest, it couldn't have gone much farther than those first two records), this is still an aggressive, direct and brutal thrash album that's head and shoulders above what most other bands of the genre were doing by the early 90s. The musicianship is also on another planet, with particular note to the drummer, precise as a tack! Great stuff...you can't go far wrong with all three of these Sacrifice records! Limited-to-500 picture disc in die-cut sleeve. £12
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.
Having seen a couple of the reunion shows and bloody loving them, I was chuffed Vitus were back playing but wasn't entirely convinced they'd hit us with a new album. A couple of years on, and they have! Save for the least memorable album title of all time, it's a good un! It ticks all the boxes that you'd want from a Saint Vitus album: tortured, soulful Wino vocals, Armando Acosta-style "V beat" from the new drummer guy, plodding solid bass lines from Mark Adams, and at turns fuzz-drenched riffs and spazzed random solos from mad Dave Chandler. To me this doesn't scale the heights of what I always had in my head as being the perfect epitaph, the masterful Die Healing, but it's a solid doom album. With download code.
Raw industrial racket comes clattering out of the deep bass throb from this French underground supergroup. Hear the whole thing here: http://saisonderouille.bandcamp.com/ 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.
Melodic, keyboard-led death metal with vocals by what I can only assume is a goblin baddie from a children's film. I remember about 15 years ago almost every DM band sounding like this. Total plop. £3
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
Reissue of a long-lost Argentinian pop-psych from 1967. In actual fact three of the four members of this band were Americans, but don't let that dampen the "holy grail of South American rock" quotes on the front cover! This is good stuff though, very Nuggets-esque jangly tunes with plenty of nice powerful vocal harmonies. More a collection of recordings than an album proper, this one will nevertheless appeal to anyone into obscure late 60s private press sounds.
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! £6
Seam split to top caused by poor shipping to me.
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!
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. £11
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! £9
Old school noisecore legends meet the (relatively new-ish) kids on the block for a double aural assault. Got black, flourescent pink and silver vinyl. £8
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. Got black, swirly purple and gold vinyl. £8
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! £7
Oud virtuoso and composer Salman Shukur was the Head of the Music Department and Professor of Oud (the Arab lute) at the Baghdad Institute of Fine Arts for over 30 years. However, despite his long and illustrious career, Shukur made only one LP, recorded in London in 1976 at Rosslyn Hill Chapel. Shukur’s compositions, while based on the Arab classical musical tradition, attempt to bridge the gap between eastern and western music, and may be described as tone-poems, embodying both free and formal variation and improvisation. Available for the first time in over 40 years.
Brilliant EP from this early Revelation band, expanded to LP length with loads of great bonus stuff. These guys had the the heavy riffing, musclar style of NYHC down to an absolute T. Maybe not as well known as contemporaries like Youth Of Today or Judge, this EP is 100% up there in terms of quality with anything those bands put out. Get it!! £12
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.
Very Hellhammer-sounding punkish black metal, I believe Kam Lee was originally the vocalist for these guys. Abrasive! Unlike the last batch of these I got in which had wear to the sleeves, these were packaged beautifully and are all in mint condition as you'd expect!
Very Hellhammer-sounding punkish black metal, I believe Kam Lee was originally the vocalist for these guys. Abrasive! Wear to sleeves hence reduced price.
Inceribly original and criminally overlooked psych here from Newcastle, 1968. It's got elements of Paisley pop, hard-riffing proto-punk and Hollies-esque dreamy pop-psych. Comes with a repro unissued 7". Essential listening! £15
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
I spent a few weeks in Canada once and came to the conclusion that the country really doesn't have much to offer to the world and would probably be best suited to being some kind of nuclear device-testing ground. Then I remembered SLAUGHTER hail from Toronto and figured I was maybe a little harsh. Coincidently, Strappado is the sound of a band playing in a desolate post-nuclear war waste ground and contains one of the dirtiest, most horrible guitar tones I've ever heard. Absolutely guarenteed flesh-ripping sonic torment death/thrash that anyone into underground metal should own! £14
Classic early thrash here from the masters, the whole Live Undead album, which showcases mostly stuff from the first record, as well as the full legendary Haunting The Chapel EP. Haunting was one of my first Slayer records, I remember it costing a bloody fortune in Tower Records as an import, but the four tracks on it are amongst the best Slayer would ever do. Captor Of Sin: nuff said. Purple vinyl I think on this one. Small seam split to top of sleeve.
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
Slump are grind with mid-tempo sludge parts. Life Ends play fast and harsh grindcore.
Top class discog of this great and reasonably unknown late-80s German hardcore band who're probably most well-known over here for doing a split 7" with Satanic Malfunctions. This collects their four 7"s (including the aforementioned split) along with their second demo tape as a bonus on the 7". Great, catchy riffs and nasty vocals that sound great in German. Very highly recommended! (OUT OF STOCK) £10
Really nice reissue of this early 70s obscurity from America, this is 100% jam band stuff, chock full of widdling solos, lapsteel, and tons of wah wah. If yer into the early noodlings of The Grateful Dead or Frank Zappa these guys will most definitely float your boat! Real swell packaging as ever from the excellent Lion Productions: heavy card gatefold sleeve and OBI.
Posthumous final album from Glasgow's post-doomers. Really nice chipboard gatefold packaging.
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
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 vinyl.
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)". Limited to 100 green vinyl version.
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Excellent debut from this grind/death/sludge hybrid. This has a bit more of a hardcore sound than their somewhat heavier later stuff but is still ace. This was released originally in 1995 and has until now never come out on vinyl. Minimal packaging, plain stickered PVC sleeve and blue vinyl. £10
Superlative trad doom metal from these long-running Finns. Even though they've been going since the early 90s (I think!) this is their debut album. Cracking, mournful stuff. Bronze vinyl. £10
I've had this on CD for a while, good to see it on vinyl! SRS is pretty much Sigullum S here as Ernaldo Bernocchi is involved, and it's properly intense, overdriven power electronics. Iugula Thor gives us a side of grimy industrial PE. A very unappreciated act. Like how the sleeve for this is exactly in the style of the CD (though it cam in an A5 sleeve) and not with crappy new art that has nowt to do with the original. £17
Restock of this excellent sludge debut. In a genre that is massively over-saturated these guys really stood out to me.
Garagey and bluesy sludge with great riffs from Starve meets intense black metal/hardcore from TDH. Gatefold sleeve.
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
Holy shit this is a fuckin' belter! These guys are famous for having released the first heavy metal LP from Italy and....here 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.
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! £7
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.
Decent quality punk/grind meets crusty grindcore. £7
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. £6
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.
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. Liited to 300 copies on half black/half white vinyl.
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Compilation of live works, culled from their live DVD (highly recommended by the way) and a side from the insanely rare "Oz Days Live" compilation, recorded 1972 and 73. Stellar Japanese freeform psych in a league of its own. Clear blue vinyl and screeprinted clear sleeve.
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!
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. £9
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. £8
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! £8
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
Really heavy, repetitive, muscular noise rock. Best band doing that kinda thing right now who aren't Finnish!
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. £10
T2 were one of the most enigmatic of the early British hard prog bands, their first album, It'll All Work Out In Boomland - being an absolute classic - but as with so many of those acts, they gave up the ghost almost as soon as they began. This LP is a collection of demos which were supposed to be for their third album, which unfortunately never materialised. Fidelity isn't quite as good as a proper studio album (though it still sounds pretty good!), but the tunes are still there and this would've made a cracker. Heavy, crunching guitars one moment; mellow, dreamy passages the next...the violence/calm theme definitely being a speciality of these guys' sound. Recommended. £12
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. £14
Debut album from Umberto, this is top class 70s soundtrack-esque stuff, with pounding bass, squelching synth and total ear-worm melody. Great stuff, and long out-of-print! £14
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. £15
Third full length (actually it's fourth, cos they did that CDr that Rise Above will no doubt cash in on at some point soon) from the band who were formerly Deadbeats, but now they've played with Sabbath and doing quite well for themselves I guess it'd be wrong to keep referring to themselves as that! Honestly, I've nearly made it through this one once, but it just didn't grab me like the last two. I really liked the heavy sixties influence on Mind Control, but this one seems to be treading water a bit for me. They've got a distinct sound right enough, but there's not much interesting going on here for me. It's a kinda 5/10 album, I can imagine loads of people saying "oh yeah, new Uncle Acid, great!", but if yer blown away by this....fuck mate, you need to hear some early YES and find out what music's actually about. Soon as! Black vinyl. (OUT OF STOCK) £18
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.
Daniel Ekeroth's "death crust" band....this is an amalgamation of the classic swedish sound with quite a bit of d-beat drumming and apocalyptic crust atmosphere.
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).
Absolutely brilliant melodic punk rock from one of the best Finnish bands. These guys have a really top, punchy, crunching sound tempered by magnificent singalong choruses. An absolute winner! £11
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!
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
Compliation of sludge/doom bands doing covers. Includes Whitehorse, 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
Had the first two volumes of this excellent series in when I had the shop and they sold out almost instantly, so get on this whilst you can: already sold a couple for well more than I do here on Discogs! As before, some utterly top underground 80s synth here from the Cold Tapes roster. £12
Coming in nicely at the same time as the Avon Calling LP is this one, a showcase of a little-known scene that's come as a most welcome surprise to me! I guess post-77 there were punk scenes popping up all over the place what with the new idea tha anyone could be in a band if they had a second hand amp, some hair dye and an attitude, and as can be heard here, the Brussels contingent took that idea and ran with it. Youth in revolt! Highly recommended. £15
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.
I guess the upside to releasing records by one of the biggest bands around is being able to do things like put out a double albums at less than cost price, which is exactly what Haringer has done here! Hunners of tracks from bands currently on the roster and it's - as you'd expect - a top class and incredibly ecclectic mix of gear, from Pain Jerk to Chaos UK to Sleaford Mods to Phil Julian. Great stuff and let's be honest, you'd be mental to not pick up so much cool stuff for 4 quid! £3.99
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 Angels.....it'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
Great comp of chaotic, blasphemic black metal. This first volume features Ogdru Jihad, Necroholocaust, Necroblood, Weregoat and Impure Worship. Smart insert and massive poster included too. £8
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! £15
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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! £15
Reissue (I have definitely had this LP for years I'm positive!) of a bunch of odds and sods.....starts off with the complete first demo tape which is raw and vicious and fucking great, and probably worth the rather cheap entry price alone. The No Hope For The Future 7" is included as well as a bunch of out-takes from first LP, Bloodsuckers, and a bunch of comp tracks. All great stuff from one of the best raw punk bands ever. £12
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.
Seems appropriate that if I'm going to diversify the stock a bit it would seem right to get in what's quite possibly, in terms of influence at least, the most important rock record ever made in, right? The record was revolutionary in so many ways (and even to today's standards still is really, how many mainstream bands these days would ever come out with something as daring Waiting For The Man?): the artwork, subject matter, lyrics, production, instrumentation. No point going through every tune on this, they're all masterpieces. Put simply: everyone who likes music should own a copy of this record. Reissue with gatefold sleeve; no peelable banana unfortunately! £12
The one that started it all, and my personal favourite Venom record by some way! This got absolutely ripped when it came out for the crude musicianship, silly satanic lyrics and crap production, but listen to this next to most Neat Records stuff and it has about a gazillion times the power and atmosphere and end of the day, is as influential to metal as ANY other record ever made. I shouldn't need to wax lyrical too much about this, the tunes speak for themselves. Comes with a bonus LP of great demos, outtakes and singles versions. Essential! £16
All of Venom's first EPs collected in one set (where applicable the 12" versions are present here). If you need an introduction to Venom, this is THE record to get, and even if not it's worth a purchase cos you get pretty much all killer and not one second of filler, which even on their best records Venom were want to have. You into metal? Don't have this? Why not? (OUT OF STOCK) £16
Rare first recording from this now-popular and influential Belgian ambient artist. This was originally released on a handful of tapes and recorded in his bedroom. Very primitive recording techniques (tape loops, vocals distortion) call to mind a lot of other artists going in the 80s Euro industrial scene and it makes sense that this is being reissued at the same time as two of the earliest MB tapes. Great stuff and will sell quickly! Lim 99 £18
Power violence from Canada that's very Infest. £7
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
Heroic heavy metal from the USA which brings to mind mid-80s Euro metal vividly. I was definitely thinking "Dokken" when I first stuck this on. Likewise, if you're into your mid-period Priest, early Manowar or anything by Manilla Road then this'll sate your heavy metal appetite.
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! (OUT OF STOCK) £8
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
Picture disc. £13
Picture disc £13
Intense, blasting black metal that has an intricate metallic hardcore backbone. £8
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
Dark metallic hardcore in the vein of His Hero Is Gone.
Heavy hardcore-influenced grind with a really clean, crisp and clear sound.
Really pissed-off hardcore, sounds maybe like what Swans would be like if they were really fast. Think Void, Rorschach, mid-90s screaming hardcore.
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. £7
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. £9
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.
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. £8
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.
Do you like MAGMA? Specifically Udu Wudu-era Magma? If you do, Weidorje are the band for you! Two members were briefly involved in Magma and formed this full band as an offshoot and this is their sole album, and it's long been one of my favourite Zeuhl records. Pompous, funky, heavy, strange, complex.....it's almost impossible to describe this kind of stuff without just listening to it. And very few people listen to it and aren't hooked! Highly recommended. £12
Epic and mourninful traditional doom, this double LP set compiles 7" and compilation tracks from as early as 1994 to the recent day. As with a collection album, this doesn't have the coherance of a WHW album proper, or indeed the sweeping lenghty tracks they are perhpas best known for, but still serves as a great introduction to the band if you ask me!
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.
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. £9
Cor blimey guv. This is one of the best NWOBHM records of all time, it really is. For me, the first Witchfynde is absolutely up there with Maiden, Angel Witch, Def Leppard...every tune is a brilliantly-written piece of pounding heavy metal; informed by punk, a bit of pub rock, maybe even a bit of glam (the glam scene had more of an influence on all those guys around then than a lot are willing to admit!). They'd go downhill pretty quick after Andro Coulton left (check out his solo album I have in stock, it's great) and their early material is much less "metal", so this for me is the pinnacle. Essential listening for anyone interested in NWOBHM. (OUT OF STOCK) £13
Well this was hailed in a lot of corners as the greatest thing of all time (TM) when it came out at the tail end of last year. It seems to me like it was really conceived as a reaction to Lee Dorian falling out with the band who are basically the reason he's not on the dole at the moment and trying to get it right up Jus Oborn. Of course soon after he fell out with mark as well...I sense a pattern here. Anyway, the tunes. This is pretty much standard. It's heavy. It sounds quite a lot like Ramesses to be honest, but with far less of a psychy, drugged-out feel and with Dorrian's trademark goofy vocals. I'd hoped that this may come somewhere close in sound to Cathedral's brilliant return to form, "Endtyme" but it just sounds like it was knocked out in a week, I'm not buying it at all. This record will have sold loads more than Ramesses ever will on the back of an ad campaign, shite rhetoric (ex-members of!!!) and some daft promo photos, and that's fucking sad. Purple vinyl. £17
Almost like a tangential Southern hemisphere Lamp Of Thoth, Tasmania's The Wizar'd (don't understand the weird punctuation either!) exist in their own wee microcosm of one, probably not sounding like any of the other bands around them, probably not giving much of a shit about it either. They play pretty riff-focussed doom metal with great nasally vocals and definitely took a page or two from the Witchfinder General songbook. Not famailiar with much Ozzy doom (apart from that demo by the excellent Zodiac) so give these guys a shot!
Great, varied grind/d-beat assault.
If you loved the Iron Claw record I had in a few months ago and thought it was the zenith of Scottish proto-metal then you're just about to lose the plot here! This isn't quite so "metal" as the aforementioned album, but its heavy proto-prog stylings (this came out in 1969) for me make it THE greatest Scottish underground album ever. It's a total roughly-hewn classic and every song is a stonker. An original of this once came in Missing and Hill wouldnae give me a sniff of it, sold for over 300 quid, he paid the guy like 3 for it. Working in a record shop for a roaster fuckin sucks. This comes with a 12" of bonus material, absolutely essential! £16
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
Up-tempo 80s-style melodic punk from Finland, really good stuff. Covers are a bit worn on this one, hence the cheaper price. Starting to get really fed up with labels trying to pass off their tanned sleeves on me in trades. Fuckin jokers man.
The debut 7" from the leading lights of the second wave of straight-edge hardcore, this is expanded to LP length here. My favourite Youth Of Today release and in fact my favourite straight edge record of all time, every tune on this was an absolute anthem to me as a teenager! It's not easy being heavy into straight edge when you're at school in the West of Scotland, but the absolute urgency of the tunes on here convinced me "I'd made the choice, and I chose the right". Class! Expectatshaaaaaaaa---oooooo---uuuuns!!! £12
Excellent reissue from Svart; these guys play very UK 77-style melodic punk rock. Ignore the goofy band pic on the front cover, this is ace! £11
Austrasian Goat/Ondo side-project. I've heard quite a bit by these guys but this material is the best by a long way. Fully-enveloping layered drone, this is really evocative ambient which will appeal to fans of Troum, RYN, Maeror Tri etc. Nice heavy double vinyl.
A fascinating blend of traditional Afghan music with a late 60s/early 70s psychedelic edge and some excellent crooning from the man Zahir.
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. £8
This band were formed from ex-members of the early MAGMA lineup. If you dig the sound of the first few Magma albums (the best ones!!) and the Univeria Zerkt LP then you will absolutely LOVE Zao. Complex, multi-layered jazzy Zeuhl-informed prog, this is fantastically intricate but totally rewarding progressive. Very very highly recommended! £13
Brilliant deranged black metal from both bands.
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!
Sort of a cross between hardcore and death metal with the odd ambient soundscape thrown in for good measure.
Intense and powerful metalcore from Germany.
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
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
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
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
More noisecore style from Agathocles. Paucities sound more Agathocles than Agathocles do! £2
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
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
D-beat meets grind, from Spain and Poland. £ 2
Old school grindcore in the vein of the old school (Terrorizer, Repulsion etc). Not a speed-fest but has plenty of those grinding riffs that used to be the staple of the genre. Featuring members of Chainsaw To The Face. £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
Early Agathocles worship from Canada meets dual vocal speedy grindcore assault from Italy. £2
Two new songs of heavy downtuned grid punk from Archagathus meets razor-sharp old school grdincore with sick vocals from the USA. Black and white splatter vinyl. £2
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
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
Great manic, violent and uninhibited noisecore from AC, veterans of some 25+ years and probably still unknown to most who don't follow South American noisecore closely. Well worth checking out their early stuff too! SSS's side is ace....sometimes their split material can feel a bit throwaway but I think they pull out their best stuff for splits with "classic" bands. Recommended! £3
These guys were one of the original wave of South American noisecore in the late 80s and they're back in the game and making stuff that's as extreme and brutal as anything else out there right now. This is full-on in every way and ticks all the boxes you want with yer noisecore. GET IT! £3
Ridiculously murky, twisting underground black metal from Finland. One for the weirdos. I love it! £5
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
Powerful grindcore from Axt meets slower crust(core) from Germany's Bluthuf. £2
Excellent, all over the place gruff power violence, remind me of the excellent LACK OF INTEREST. £2
Excellent crossover from Caper of Righteous Pigs and Tony Costanza (original Machine Head drummer/Crowbar) £2
BAG: total 90s-sounding sludgecore. Crows: crushing metallic hardcore, very good! £4
Members of Afternoon Gentlemen and Art Of Burning Water hit out with a proper grinding chug-fest. Decent! £4
Raw and brutal grindcore with an emphasis on the "core". Not a million miles away from Machetazo. £ 2
Reissue of classic black metal live recording from 1992. These guys recorded very little but it's some of the most brutal black metal ever; short blasts of black noise that to be honest often have more in common with noisecore than black metal. If you can imagine Beherit crossed with Cripple Bastards and that's an appealing prospect then get this! Top class. £ 3
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
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
Great fast hardcore with raw vocals. £4
Long-running black metal band (going back to the 90s) from Netherlands, this is pretty unique stuff. Really some of the dankest stuff ever, they refer to their music as "peat metal", ha! Goes from driving black metal to mad blasts of noise to sparse doomy passages with proper disgusting vocals. Great! £4
Great ultra-fuzz hardcore/noise punk from a fabled Japanese hardcore band who may or may not exist! £3
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
Captain Cleanoff: long-running Ozzy grinders. War Of The Second Dragon: new grind band from Shane Embury! Very fast, no messing grindcore with a high-low dual ENT vocal delivery. I've no idea what Napalm are sounding like these days to tell the truth, but this is pretty savage stuff and worth a listen! £2
Live recordings from this grind/gore outfit in the vein of Last Days Of Humanity. £2
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
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
Powerful and raging punk rock/hardcore from Czech Republic. Quite Finnish-sounding but with maybe a bit more of a melodic edge. £2
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
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
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
High-energy first wave-influenced punk rock from Texas. £2
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
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
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
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
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 soemthing else. £0
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
Solid modern grind from both bands. £2
Driving instrumental garage rock from Spain, bit surf-ish in places. £2
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
Old-style grindcore. Particularly good is the Sakatat side, just recently got their live tape on BoG and it's brilliant. Good solid grind. £2
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
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
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
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
"A schizo amalgamation of inept noisecore and idiotic rock n' roll" is how the band describe themselves and I can't think of a better way to put it than that. If you like your noisecoe to have the odd tunes or riff chucked in and not be an all-out blurr fest then these guys are for you. As a noisecore pioneer himself I can see why Niels from NFL has taken a shine to these guys! £4
Fast grinding noisecore from ED meets out-there psychy blasts from Madre Coca. £3
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
Great d-beat with melody Finnish punk, with a rather out-of-place ska punk tune on the end! £3
Raging, ripping hardcore from Finland that could've been released in 1983. Discharge simplicity but with a melodic undercurrent that the Finns always do so well. £3
Complex "mathcore" (sigh) meets raging grind, both from France I believe. Blue vinyl. £2
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
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
Great noise punk from Roddy of Atomgevitter and Mark from The Wankys. Blue vinyl £2
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
Very simplistic, repetitive caveman grindcore with one riff battered into submission. Works really well, I like it! £2
Razor-sharp, no nonsense grind! £2
Fantastic early band from Paul Speckman, Funeral Bitch are total punk-influenced proto-death metal. Both their demo tapes are absolutely up there with Master, Abomination, Death Strike etc. To be honest I kinda consider all that stuff to be more or less one and the same, he had so many projects that were getting at the same thing, just kept changing the name and personnel really! Recommended. Red vinyl. £4
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
Great depressive black metal. £2
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
Released for their Japanese tour, four new tracks of old-school hard-as-nails hardcore from these veterans. £4
Back years ago I managed to snag a bunch of copies of this record from the label and they sold really quick...well, the guy at Turbine's found even more so I just grabbed as many as I could afford immediately! So here we go, a mint original copy of this classic 1994 noisecore blast. "Recorded on a cheap shit cassette recorder" as all the best music is. Close to being my favourite band ever, if yer not familiar this is a brilliant place to start! £4
Godeater play old-style power violence (Infest/No Comment style) whilst Kurt Russell (argh stop the comedy names!) play chaotic grindcore. £2
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
Human Junk play 625-style PV which sounds to my ears very like the breakneck intensity of the late Hellnation. God's America play heavy, bass-driven power violence. Great split that could have come out in 1996 on Slap A Ham. £2
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
Sharing splits with Besthoven and Electric Funeral, here these guys get a chance to shine on their own. Ultra-distorted d-beat ear-bleeding raw noise punk from Greece. £3
Acoustic poof core. £1
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
Fast hardcore with nice breakdowns and a heavy groove from Grinding Halt. Heard Diet Pills described as a mix of Jesus Lizard and Dystopia which - though it sounds bizarre - isn't too far off the money! £2
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
Harsh noise backing with a wailing layer of psychedelic guitar feedback over the top. Great stuff as always. Limited to 200 copies. £2
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
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
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
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
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
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
Heavy as fuck sludge (Swans reference in the name there) from Alex of Hatred Surge/Mammoth Grinder/Insect Warfare etc. £4
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 is....you 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
Absolutely storming split between two of the best hardcore bands in the UK right now. £2
Extreme Noise Terror worship from these Finns. Grey vinyl. £2
Really harsh, uncompromising black thrash from Italy. Rough stuff! A massacre at a funeral as well, what a shitter that would be, eh? £3
Savage drunken grindcore. £3
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
Stoner/sludge and heavy rock. £3
Poland meets Germany in friendly combat in this grindcore split. £2
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
Spastic hardcore from Kali meets heavy grind from Skatat members. £2
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
Restock! Melodic Finnish punk rock, this is their second 7" from 1979. £4
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
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
Heavy sludge metal from both bands. £2
Denim-clad, filthy, alcohol-fuelled rock n roll here. Think the usual suspects: Stooges, MC5, BOC, put through a post-79 heavy metal filter. Good stuff! £3
Raw crusty d-beat from Czech Rep, very much in the early 80s UK/Finland sound. Blue splatter vinyl. £2
Old school melodic hardcore from France. £ 2
Excellent Danish hardcore with a bit of a crusty sound, comes across like Motorhead playing Lipcream songs. I think. £3
Primitive, violent, raw black metal heavily influenced by the second wave. £4
None-more old school grindcore from both bands. Looks like this may be the last Machetazo record too, shame! £2
Gore-obsessed death metal. Think Symphonies-era Carcass, Imapled etc. Good stuff! £2
Restock! Grindviolence from Holland's Matka Teresa meets old school rough grind from Turkey's Sakatat. £3
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
Excellent power violence with loads of slow sludgy parts and gruff, deep vocals. Took me back to the late 90s this one did! £3
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
Reasonably good wall-of-noise grindcore from Italy. £4
Buzzsaw, blasting grindcore with the singer from Hatred Surge. £2
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
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
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
Noisy, snotty hardcore that reminds me very much of Charles Bronson and a lot of those mid-90s "thrash" bands. Decent stuff. £2
Double EP of top-drawer death metal recorded live in Australia. £6
"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
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
PD are ultra-fast grind, verging on noisecore, Pissdeads are just all-out, in-the-red racket! £2
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
Raging PV from P639, long-running (early 90s) death grind from Kadaverficker. £3
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
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
Fast and furious hardcore with plenty of chuggy breaks and RIFFS. £ 2
Classic Finnish hardcore. £4
Primitive, brillant early hardcore from Finland. £4
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
Fast hardcore £2
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
Half covers/half new songs. Grindcore! Weird choice of covers: Judas Priest, Rotten Sound, Haemorrhage and Venemous Concept (eh?). £3
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
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
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
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
Restock! These Finns have a bit more of a post-punk bent than the others of the scene. 1979. £4
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
Hyper fast blurr-core from Japan's SSS and great Rot/Cripple Bastards worship from Malysians Rotgut. £2
Basement-recording noisecore from SSS, thought there's a couple of tracks here they break into more conventional punk-type stuff. DT80K is rampaging grind with deep growled, aggressive vocals. £2
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
Sloppy avant-noisecore from SSS and speedy but groovy grind from AD. £3
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
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
Shitfun: dirty rotten grind duo from Brazil. Industrial Holocaust: long-running legendary noisecore also from Brazil. £3
Fuzzed-out bass/hi-lo vocals, blasts-a-hoy from this San Jose grind outfit. £4
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
Old school death metal from both bands. Sathanas edge it for me, some great evil death going on there! £3
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
Really solid debut single from the USA. Reminds me of Clutch when they were still rocking, proper meaty riffing and full of energy. Good music to drink beer and punch someone in the face to. £ 2
Amazing, void-conjuring death/black metal. Utterly chaotic and with a dense, thick sound this is truly unholy music. Stonrgly recommended! £3
Yes! Fuckin cracker of a 7 here from these Swedes. Total ANTI CIMEX sound...raw and direct! £4
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
Fast, loud, pissed-off hardcore from members of Vitamin-X. £2
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
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
Thrashing old school grind from Italians TF (including a Fear Of God cover!) and raging drunken grind from Swiss band Insomnia. £2
As you may have gathered by now Terror Firmer are bang-on old school grind (complete with total rough demo tape zombie artwork) and their choice of bonus cover this split is Electro Hippies! Social Chaos are from Brazil and play thrashcore, including an RDP cover. £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
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
New 7" of old Discharge riffs meets shrieking girl vocals from Rodney Shades. This is Thisclose lineup mk XVIII I think now. £4
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
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
Screaming raw Dis-core from Spain (I think). £2
Superb raw punk from Sweden. Total direct, face-tearing stuff. £4
One minute per band; lots of raw punk and grind I've never heard of but well worth a listen! £ 2
Restock of a great and long sold-out comp featuring CSMD, Gorgonized Dorks, Straightedge Kegger and NOYFB. £4
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
Noisecore comp from the best NC label going! Featuring CSMD, Morte Lenta and Hades Mining Co. £4
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
Fast/hardcore/grind compilation with pithy contributions from: Balaclava, Kobra XI, Idiot's Parade, Spes Erepta, Rabies, Coconut Bulldozer £2
Top class stuff here, melodic thrash with some magic classic metal leads and elements of more extreme influence here and there. £2
Cracking hardcore punk from Sweden that reminds me a lot of early 80s DC sound like Deadline, Teen Idles, Untouchables etc £3
Noise punk a-go-go! £3
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
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 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
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
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
Blasting, imperious war metal from Poland. £3
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
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
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
All-time legendary fastcore here. Pretty much the standard for this style of music. First tune with the slow riff....oh yes!! £4
Psychedelic, chaotic electronics, would do fans of Government Alpha, CCCC or Bastard Noise at their most cosmic.
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. £4
Atmospheric black metal. Quite like the non-standard vocals here. £3
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
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
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
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
Superb death metal, originally a demo from 1991. Raw and heavy mid-paced a lot of the time with excellent animalistic almost gargling vocals that bring to mind that first Mayhem demo where Euronymous's vox sound like a wet fart. Cool stuff, highly recommended! £4
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
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
One of the original Hungarian metal bands, this release collects the three earliest demos, from 1987, '88 and '92. As with countrymen and peers Tormentor, these guys pushed thrash to its extremes-perhaps more because of a lack of musical aptitude than anything else. Nevertheless, the music contain here is great: ripping, lo-fi thrashy metal with a weird guitar tone that sounds a bit like the keyboard sound from the computer game Castle Wolfenstein. Top marks. £3
Intense, savage hardcore from Italy. £2
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! £2
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
"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. £4
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
Restock of the only album by this great spastic grind band, saw them live loads and they always delivered the goods!
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
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
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
Excellent catchy and totally no-frills old school grindcore. £3
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
Essential collection of heavy guitar drone/industrial noise slabs from Anthony DiFranco of Ramleh, Skullflower, JFK, Ethnic Acid etc. This stuff is culled from a couple of LPs which came out in the 90s. As with anything this guy puts his name too, it's great. £5
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.
Collection of three demos of minimalist, lofi black metal. Comes in a weird package with an A5 insert. Limited to 100 copies. £3
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
Excellent ultra old school black metal assault, very much in the early Venom-worship school. £3
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
Reissue of this death/black metal band's demo. £3
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
Multi-layered, crushing power electronic/industrial holocaust here. Total holocaustal wind of death sound going on here, brutal and unrelenting stuff. £3
Two lengthy (10 min plus) tracks from each band, Richard Ramirez's collaborative project and Alex of Dead Body Collection's new project. Honestly, it's pretty much punishing harsh noise, near-wall, from both acts n nothing that sets itself massively apart from anything they've done before. £3
A 1968 rock opera set in a bordello during the US Civil War. Of course it is! This is a mixture of acid-tinged prog-pop-rock and ballads and is a pretty interesting fuzz obscurity! £4
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
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
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
Bizarre, grotty black metal belched forth (quite literally in the vocal department!) from Botulistum meets almost-equally mental BM with crazed vocals from Goll. £4
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
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
Had this in on LP and it went quickly, so here's a smart CD edition at a more affordable price for ya! Some good covers here by these grinders; absolutely bloody hundreds of RUPTURE tunes, amongst songs by Antiseen, BOC, Nunslaughter, Sockeye (well, the "song", Funeral Chant) and many more. Kudos as well for not going for "obvious" covers....TRASHED by Black Sabbath: TUNE! Comes in a smart slipcase along with a postcard and patch. £3
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 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
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
Melancholic funeral doom/dark ambient inspired stuff. £3
Cracking double live set recorded on a bloody freezing December night in London, this release sees Cathedral play the entire Forest Of Equilibrium album with original lineup, then come back on to go through a set comprising plenty of cracking tunes from across their whole career. I travelled down to London to go to this gig and it was great (particularly the Forest set was just absolutely astounding!) and it's been captured perfectly here. Fair play to the old duffers for playing so long too! :-) High recommendation from me. £6
Pretty good violent hardcore from Poland here. I like the attitude of mainland Euro punks, they're much more DIY than over here. You don't get many distros doing "wholesale only", they're grateful yr taking an interest. Could learn a few lessons from em! £3
Very intense, focussed and RAW grind. Short. Sharp. Shock! £3
Really decent funeral doom here. Grand sound, total pomposity, but it sounds pretty cool. Dare I say...epic? I dig it. £3
Essential early black metal from Poland. This collection compiles Christ Agony's demos Sacronocturn and Epitaph Of Christ (both from 1990). For demos these have quite a decent sound and you can tell that even at an early stage these guys were a step above the rest. Never an all-out speed fest, this is often quite mighty-sounding death metal with a real dark yet melodic edge, not a million miles away from what the Greek bands were starting to come out with around the same time. Highly recommended to anyone into early death or black metal. Nice digipak. £3
Really intense old school death metal in the vein of early Morbid Angel, maybe with a bit of Incantation throwan in there. £3
Project of Mories/Gnaw Their Tongues which combines synth-led symphonic black metal with industrial blasts and extreme electronics....it's generally all-over-the-place, bizarre, maniacal stuff. £3
A precurssor to their comeback album, "Ox", Coalesce were one of the stalwart metalcore bands an honestly, just about the only metalcore band I've ever owned a record by. An that's mainly cos they did a single with Napalm Death once. This is ok stuff though if you're into such things! £3
Odd kinda power metal/melodic death metal with gothy bits. Like maybe Iced Earth meets mid-period Paradise Lost meets In Flames? Fuck knows, I don't really like any of that stuff at all. I could just about handle this until the singy bits came in, absolute cheddar. I've got a rule (which I think is a reasonable one) that if a vocalist uses more than two different vocal styles on a metal record it'll be shite. The 300 vocal stylings on this album do not prove me wrong I'm afraid. Maybe worth it for a laugh if you're picking up a bunch of other gear and getting the free postage deal. That's as positive as I can manage I'm afraid. £2
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
Excellent mix of short, cold dark ambient tracks and longer, razor-sharp instrumental black metal. Very original and highly recommended. £2
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. £3
Great Carnivore-esque thrash metal. Hard as nails! £2
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
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
Slow-motion Electric Wizard/Endtyme-era Cathedral worship with raw vocals. £3
Varied grindcore racket incorporating power violence elements and the odd electronic wipeout. £2
Power electronics/death industrial. £1
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
They're not gonna win any prizes for their unique name or album title, but this record by these Australian death/doomers is a top class example of the style. Bringing to mind the classic sound of Asphyx as well as the mournful lead work of early My Dying Bride, these guys have the funeral dirge sound nailed on. Recommended. £2
Eerie, ambient dance beats, industrial influences and triphop; Esoteric side project. £2
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. £1
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
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. £6
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. £6
Third album and the last good Death SS stuff in my opinion. By this stage Paul Chain was full-on wack-a-day mode but coming out with really interesting stuff, and Sylvester had taken Death SS to pretty regular polished heavy metal, albeit with a cool genuine occult edge that nobody around then would touch. This is still well worth a listen. £6
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! £3
Blackened death metal by both bands. £2
Cult old school black metal from long-running Portuguese band Decayed meets pounding war metal from Excruciate. £2
I can't say that covers albums really get me all that excited, and this is no exception really. It's certainly value for money and I'm sure they had a blast recording this...there are over 50 tunes here. Song selection is good: Cro Mags, Ramones, Maiden, The Doors, Impetigo, MDC, Voivod, Agent Steel. You'd almost be forgiven that these guys were heavy into hardcore and metal when they started a band. I guess it comes down to this: if you really love a band, you'll be into whatever tunes of someone else they do. On the other hand, you might really love a band (say for example, Bad Brains) and find the idea of listening to a mediocre death metal band cover Right Brigade to be a total affront to music and little more than a vanity project that should not be encouraged. Hmmmmm. £6
Blasting, thrashing old school black metal in the vein of early Bathory etc but with a heavy death metal element. £2
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!) £3
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
Melodic death metal from Belgium.£2
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
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
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. £3
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
Eastern ritualistic ambient from Bahrain. £2
Greek black metal. £3
I have to admit I never really got DEP. At the time of the Calculating Infinity album everyone was pure banging on about them all the time so I figured I'd give them a go, but it just never clicked with me. I even went to see them play on that tour and just got a bit bored. I also resent people calling this kind of stuff "jazz". It's not jazz, it's just got complicated time signatures. It was always fecking meatheads who wear baggy shorts when it's not summer and who have Pantera tattoos who called them "jazz". Anyhoo, this is a reissue of their first EP and it doesn't sound half as all-over-the-place as I remember, it's actually quite good! Heavy and ferocious metalcore. Maybe years of constant listening to YES since have tempered me somewhat to farty music, ha! £3
Absolutely crazy, complex thrashing rage here. Stop-start riffs, ambient passages, raw vocals. Think Voivod, Cynic, Gorguts. £3
Very old school death metal from Poland, very much in the Malevolent Creation school of rough, aggressive death! £2
Swedish punk rock with a pretty 77 sound (particularly the vocals remind me a bit of Poly Styrene). Decent stuff! Also contains their 7" "War On Wankers". £2
Technical gore grind from the Philippines. Pig squeely vocals and that tight snare sound, EP length. Pretty boring. £2
I had this in a year or so back and it sold out dead quickly, was really popular. I can see why: top class dbeat hardcore! £3
Gutteral blasting gore/death. £2
One long track of crawling death/doom from Disrotted meets mid-paced doom from SU19B, who usually play a kinda PV/grind style. Not bad. £3
Superlative dark ambient, drone and electronica with industrial noise passages from Russia. £2
I can't say I'm a fan of self-referential names, and "wacky" doom metal is usually pretty tiresome (mind when Cathedral got shit?), but this is ok. They're not gonna win many prizes at anything to be honest, but if you dig early heavy metal-influenced doom with plenty of long riffing passages this will suit you down to the ground. Where's my Witchfinder General sample and wide-brimmed hat gone? £3
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 strangel compelling cover art too. Favourite release of the month for me, very highly recommended! £4
Nice wee EP of aggressive hardcore in the vein of JUDGE. £2
Pissed-off, angular hardcore
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
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 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.
Sinister, evil black/death from Hungary with a hollow sound straight from hell. Excellent as with everything on this label. £3
Old school black metal, 90s worship. Think Malevolent Creation etc but less technical. £2
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? £3
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
Speed/thrash metal from NJ with equal parts San Fran and European sound, vocals and overall production reminds me a wee bit of Blizzard Beasts-era Immortal. Where this one gets weird is that there are two near-20 minute long tracks (thrash style) and several straight-up blues rock numbers between. Interesting release, though I'm not sure their approach really works that well. £2
Reissue of 2007 demo. Powerful black metal with loads of blasting parts and harsh DM vocals. Loads of live bonus tracks. £2
Split CD of cover versions from these two Polish bands. Covers include: Mayhem, Sarcofago, Pestilence, Assassin, Blasphemy and Obituary. You get the picture! £2
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! £3
Classic early 7" reissued on CD with bonus tracks. Brilliant hardcore-influenced old school grindcore. £3
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
Classic set recorded just after the Clandestine album and featuring tracks from both their albums. A major change of direction was to come so this is a fitting end to the death metal period of one of the genre's most enduring and famous bands. £4
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
Synth-led industrial from France with an anarcho standpoint. £1
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
Excellent funeral oration here from The Fallen. Epic funeral doom with classic Solitude Aeturnus doom metal guitar lines. Smashing. £3
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! £3
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
Really digging this one. Primitive thrash but with a heavy crust influence. Think the first Hellbastard album! Some great mid-paced breakdowns. Cruuuust! £3
Epic, majesterial doom. Fans of Warning will love this, absolutely class stuff. £3
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
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
Punchy, catchy, ripping power grind. Think these guys feature members or ex-members of the excellent MESRINE. £2
Superb splatter grind here! I could be wrong, but looking at the track titles, samples and cover art I think this might be a grind concept album based on the film Bad Taste?! They certain like the film anyway ha! Really catchy stuff, some of the best grind I've heard in ages. Recommended. £3
Brutal Finish sludge. £4
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
Legendary harsh industrial noise, recorded ten years ago now. Highly recommended. £3
Black/death metal with great morbid female vocals from Russia. £2
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
Ex-Sockeye making some absolutely top-class retarded death metal with a total punk rock attitude. Great! £3
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. £3
I really feared this one. Anyone who knows me well knows that for a long time Gero has been not just some of my favourite music, but an absolute source of inspiration to me....and if a band whose output is often a homeless man having a chug seems a strange source of inspiration to you then you're at the wrong label here, pal! So anyway, I've been shitting it about this record, cos I hate comebacks. But this is a weird comeback. Firstly, cos Gero is the most bizarre "band" ever, and also because for around 15 years most folk thought Juntaro was dead. When I heard not only was he alive (and saw pictoral evidence) and that he was making music again, I wasn't sure. I feel very precious about the band and I saw an awful lot of "let's get him over to play an exclusive gig" chat, which in honesty I just cannot get behind. That's not what Gero is all about. If you see Gero live, it's in a seedy sex club, a gay bar, an impromptu performance where Juntaro burns a bunch of records. It's not about him coming over to specifically play some tunes at some fuckin art event, and if you got what Gero was on about you'd understand that. I know I'm maybe coming across like an elitist tool here but y'know what, the name of the label is At War With FALSE NOISE so do one! I've seen so many band's legacy's left splattered with shite in the past few years because in this internet age of everything being available to everyone, people feel compelled to expect to see ALL THE BANDS, and for me some stuff should be left with an air of the unknown. The Gerogerigege's music is impenetrable by it's very nature, it makes sense. So, this is the longest review I've ever written for a record and I've not even spoken about the music yet. This starts off with some field recordings of what sounds like an old man in a street (nod to None Friendly perhaps?) then a long track of nice lulling, droning ambience. Out of nowhere there's a drum stick count (more playing with the audience's perceptions here.....there's no "1-2-3-4....aaaaaargh") and a blast of insanely loud tremelo guitar and blasting drums, which sounds at first listen to be primitive black metal, but soon settles into a post-rock, metronomic groove. It's the most conventional "rock" song Juntaro has done since Sexual Behaviour In The Human Male.....maybe ever. It's called "The Gerogerigegege". Next up is a huge 20+ minutes of near-silent cavernous, underground ambience. Maybe played on a synth, it's ultra minimal and brings to mind NWW's Soliloquy For Lilith, but even more sparse. The final track is a minute of harsh cut-up, silence, then a xylophone (I think) playing a kinda nursery rhyme tune. It's as out-there as expected, and is as amazing weird as I'd hoped it would be; at turns not at all difficult to listen to, conventional and completely unconventional. In a world where noise has gotten completely boring and you think everything's been done, Gero comes back out of nowhere and makes the best noise record since.....the last Gero album. Amazing. (OUT OF STOCK) £14
Restock: drone doom vs brutal power electronics. £3
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
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. £4
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! £4
Total Revenge-style blasphemy here. Proper low-tuned guitars and nasty vox, this is horrible death/black war-mongering. Top stuff. £3
Absolutely revolting, subterranean black metal. £3
Primitive, hateful (fast!) German black metal £2
Nasty, ravaged black metal with a real savage distorted guitar tone and insane shrieking vocals. £3
Brutal black death metal from Australia. £2
Really great compilation of EPs from this great duo. £2
Excellent comp featuring the seond demo and first 7" by this early black metal band from Australia. Little known but coming out at the same time as the second wave from Norway, these guys played quite sloppy but evil-sounding black metal, with plenty of punch and decent riffs. If you're into countrymen Bestial Warlust you will love this. Great release. £3
Debut release from this great Edinburgh band playing black metal with elements of melodic death metal, trad metal and doom. I used to be their singer but don't let that put you off! Really nice packaging, minimal digipaks and proper CD. £3
Slow-motion, psychedelic funeral psychedelic noise from my favourite Finn! £4
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
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.
"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
"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
Total Darkthrone worship from Singapore. £3
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. £3
Varied doom/sludge, slow but with the odd fast-paced interjection. Think Burning Witch/Grief/Corrupted. £2
Hateful sludge. £3
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! £2
Dark and sinister bleak drone and noise soundscapes. £2
Absolutely outstanding mournful old school doom metal. Bonus points for covering Hiding Mask by The Obsessed! £2
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. £8
Decent grindcore with some death metal riffs thrown about here and there. £3
Bizarro, punk-experimental-improv (?) from Texas. £3
Great raw black metal with a total early Emperor sound. £2
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
2000 album from these horror metal stalwarts. Top class cheese fest! £3
Early 90s-sounding, thrash-infused death metal. £3
Excellent live recording from these Italian punks at their peak: 26 tracks of raging, melodic hardcore. £3
New album of haunting, evil occult death metal. Some of the best of this style I've heard in some time, check out the artwork, stunning! £3
No frills raw bloody black/death metal; mini album. £3
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
Heavy doom/sludge which goes off on mad tangents all over the place. There's quite a lot of sax which sounds ace over the wailing feedback (I know Painkiller did it over two decades ago) and, like that band, it goes into spastic grind territory and freeform noodling quite often. It's far from perfect and nowhere close to the genius of the aforementioned band but the foundations are there for something really good in the future! Cheap price because these guys unfortunately are utterly hopeless at performing the simple task of packaging a CD without getting them scuffed. £2
Razor-sharp speed metal from both bands. £3
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. £3
Intense, hateful black metal from Czech Republic and Poland, and featuring members of Belphegor! £2
Restock. Frantic, blasting, fast goregrind but with the odd groove. Hilariously over-the-top artwork too that's worth the entry price alone. £2
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
Great Italian crust/hardcore that takes influence from all the old Italian masters as well as a bit of the savage sound of Jap hardcore. £3
Absolute classic Japanese psych here from 1970. This record is essentially Flower Travellin' Band with Kawachi on keys and introduces the doomy sound that would be further explored on the classic Satori. If you ever hear someone refer to music as HEAVY PSYCH, then this kinda gear is the absolute definition. Hear the Moog! £3
Pretty standard doom/sludge here. Maybe the odd BM bit coming in. £4
Plodding mid-paced black metal with bizarre cod-operatic vocals reminiscent of Attila Csihar. £2
Excellent (if short!) EP of funeral doom from Finland, a country with excellent pedigree in the field! £2
Turbo-charged Motorhead-via-crust here from this "supergroup" of sorts (features members of Final Conflict (good!) and Leftover Crack (not so good!)). Decent stuff, if yer into aggressive Discharge-ish stuff with a fine melodic bent this'll satisfy you. £3
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. £2
One of the earliest Japanese noise artists, and in my eyes overlooked in comparison to less worthy contemporaries. This is massive stuff; swirling, near-psychedelic electronic textures contrasting sharply with stabbing shards of electronic wipeout. Recommended. £4
Noise sludge metal. £3
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. £4
Textural soundscapes from Malaysia here. Quite static-y, fractured compisition reminds me at times of the 80s works of MB, but through the digital ringer. £3
Minimal squeeking electronics, with some nice creeping bass tone. £2
CD version of the brutal classic At War released last year! See "Releases" section for a full description. £4
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.
Sort of acoustic indie with a hint of Krautrock. Not really my thing I must say but a bit of a departure for Superfi! £2
Really cool stuff, deep underground sound here, cavernous heavy reverb on the vocals and swirling, trance-like guitars. £4
Heavy-riffing sludge/bit of a later Neurosis post-rock influence. Think Neurosis, Electric Wizard, Unsane etc etc £2
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
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
Decent doom metal from Oz here. If you listened to their signature tune "Fuck You..." you'd be forgiven for thinking these guys were a total punk band cos it's not really like their regular material. Maybe it's the vocals, or the plodding mid-paced doom going on here but it reminds me loads of COD-era Saint Vitus minus the weedy production. Cool stuff from a cool label (nice nod to Hellhound in the logo by the way!). £3
I'll tell ya what, these band name couplets are gonna run out soon. I'm waiting on an Iron Bonehead record by a band called Satan's Kumquat. It's definitely gonna happen. What are these guys like? They're....as unoriginal as their name. By that, I don't mean that they're bad, just pretty much standard heavy metal. I kinda feel like this kinda thing is just everywhere these days, and like all trends I'm just not that into it. You can be as underground as you want, but when yr a Tesco Value Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden are always gonna be a better option. Or even Satan's Kumquat. £5
Harsh noise with spoken word and cold sheets of industrial along with excerpts from two live sets make up this new album from long-running noiser Lunde. £2
EBM/PE Esoteric side-project. £2
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
Short but good EP here; blasting grind with a bit of a Swedish tone. Last track takes up half the running length and is a kinda freeform dirge; decent! £3
Regarded as amongst the first-ever psychedelic albums, to be honest with you it's not particularly what most would term "psychedelic" really, being quite sparse in sound, and with no real flow to the songs. It is essentially the sound of some hippies (including a guy who went on to form the Red Krayola apparently!) messing about with some eastern instruments after taking acid for the first time. Not that that's altogether a bad thing! £4
Excellent pure MASSACRE worship; if you're into first wave frantic death metal then these guys willl blow you away! £3
Very punk three-chord Discharge-meets-black metal sound from French Canadian Malveillance. Checking up on these guy Discogs called them national Socialist but the idea of an NS french-canadian made me laugh so much it's either a mistake or these guys are amongst the biggest goons I've ever come across. They are Canadian I guess (RACIST!). Male Misandria play pretty in your face grindcore. £2
RESTOCK! Mamoth Grinder: beefy grindcore, chock full of riffs. Hatred Surge: violent grind, razor-sharp with a big metal influence. £3
Black thrash £2
Yet another classic from the masters of US heavy metal, this sprawling double LP is a concept album of sorts based on the tales of Edgar Alan Poe. Very similar in style to The Deluge, this album is a great mix of conceptual epic heavy metal with a harder thrash edge. Brilliant. £5
Great early set from one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever, this was recorded live for a radio show before their debut album. I could be wrong but I don't think any of the tunes here made it onto any album, but I think "Hermann Hill" may have been played live? Anyway, this isn't really the epic heavy metal that they became known for since Crystal Logic and has more of a proggy vibe to it, but is nevertheless still class and well worth a listen. £5
Early discog CD from one of THE most important of the early 90s Euro hardcore bands. Certainly this CD was my introduction to an awful lot of great stuff as a teenager, and in fact put me onto stuff like LARM etc. Ultra speedy, angry, far-left hardcore. GREAT! £3
Famous recording of Charlie meandering around some vague folk songs from his jail cell in 1983. "Songs" kinda bleed into one another, and it's more just Manson fiddling around seeing what he comes up with, but as with all his recordings, there's a macabre charm to it that there is no getting away from. Sinister but compulsive listening. £5
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
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
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. £5
Great power electronics utilising scrap metal. Powerful, raw stuff. £3
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
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
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. £4
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
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
MERCY are one of my all-time favourite Euro metal bands and to manage to grab a few of these for distro is fantastic! This album was recorded in 1987 but shelved and not released until over 15 years later. At the time, Messiah Marcolin (and much of the rest of the band) had just left after recording the immense "Witchburner" album and this album is much less of a doomy affair and reverts to the more Euro-metal sound of their first album, some great NWOBHM guitar lines and righteous galloping rhythms throughout. I guess with the popularity of Candlemass and the burgeoning doom metal movement they figured this probably wouldn't go down well and this dissappeared in favour of the more gloomy "King Doom", released a year later. An excellent album that I highly recommend giving a go! RIP Witchking.
Wow! Now this is what it's all about. Absolutely savage, relentless industrial with frenzied, crazed vocals. This is raw, rough, violent noise...exactly as it should be. £3
Excellent, nasty death industrial/PE. If you dug the mortuary sounds of Atrax Morgue then this is for you! £3
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. Good stuff. £3
Pretty standard doom metal here with female vox. It could be that I've been really enjoying the new Blood Ceremony, but everything is relatvie 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
I've long been a fan of Moloch, and I have to say I was quite surprised to see him release a record on Cold Spring, not the usual type of stuff youd see on this label. But fair play to them for branching out, and indeed for releasing albums which are pretty much not gonna sell very well! This isn't anything new for Moloch: cold, grim black metal interspersed with haunting ambient passages. Good stuff. £3
Primitive raw black metal from Poland. £3
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
Pounding and very heavy sludge with great rasping vocals that isn't a million miles away from Weedeater/Bonzilla etc but without the bluesiness. Dense as fuck! £3
Classic 80s UK hardcore from Default, included here is everything (and more!) they recorded:7", demo and a live set. Youthful but powerful hardcore that reminds me a lot of Gorilla Biscuits (maybe it's cos the singer sounds really like Civ!). Monks Of Science formed from the ashes of Default and play a much more Husker Du-esque kind of melodic punk, very much in line with what a lot of the English bands were doing. A great comp, as ever top class presentation from Boss Tuneage, with loads of pics and liner notes etc. £2
Early solo record from Sonic Youth main man. £2
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. £2
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 three notes down on some meat and potatoes BM, here you go mate. £3
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
Driving black metal/doom hybrid. £4
Horror-inspired death metal from Costa Rica. £3
Great thunderous doom with savage death-raspy vocals from Finland. Decent! £3
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
Really dark electronics from St Petersburg in the vein of Lustmord, utilising analogue synths. Amazing really thick cardboard packaging! £2
Decent black metal with a strong death metal influence in the riffs. £3
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
Metal Or Die hit it out the park once again with this Hungarian obscurity. This is Necrotomy's only release 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 beter 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
Like Squash Bowels elsewhere in this update, I had a couple of CDs by these guys years ago and quite liked them; fuzzy, catchy goregrind. This however is an entirely different prospect. Dunno if they've changed tack or if this is just what they do these days but this wee EP (commemorating 13 years as a band) is more in a kinda death n roll mid-period Entombed style. It's not bad, plenty of Sunlight Studio guitars and rolickin choruses, but if yer expecting grind (or living in a world where you haven't noticed the past 10 years go by like me) then do not entry. £2
Brutal, violent and relentless death metal. £2
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
So I thought the CD above was as low as I could go, then I noticed a second disc in the package. I'm trapped in a cybergoth nightclub in 1995 and there's a weird lassie in PVC with mental make-up on and green dreadlocks dancing toward me. I don't like it. Neither will you. £1
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
Pretty unstructured, crashing death-ish sludge metal. £3
Very fast, pummeling black metal with plnety of synths, tons of layers of sound, very reminiscent of Anthems-era Emperor. Good musicianship and very pro production, there's nothing not to like with these guys really, smart artwork and nice digipak too. £2
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
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. £3
So, this is a reissue of a CD collection of late 90s stuff, which you'd be forgiven for confusing with ANOTHER CD collection of different late 90s stuff with the same fecking title! Good grief. So this is good gear, though if yer into the band you'll probably have most of the split 7"s already no doubt; this one includes splits with Corrupted, Wellington, Suppression and Gasp along with unreleased and re-recorded songs. £5
Stomp-along raw thrash/death with great harsh vocals. £4
Hardcore with a bit of doom metal/sludge thrown in and shrieking vocals from Malaysia. £1
Excellent raw, malevolent and claustrophobic funeral death/doom. Superb packaging, lovely mini gatefold sleeve with silver print and a booklet. Only 250 copies. Highly recommended! £2
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. £4
Old school blasting death metal from the UK. £3
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!
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
Superb, incredibly heavy, dense death metal. Absolutely love the nightmarish cover painting too, truly bizarre. Recommended. £2
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
Fast, hateful raw German black metal in the vein of the early 90s Swedish scene. £3
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
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
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
Top class, gutter-level, diabolical death metal that reminds me a bit of the first VADER album. Really good stuff, highly recommended! £3
Pretty unrelenting, hateful black metal with howling, bestial vocals. Good stuff. £2
The earliest recordings from the UK's best occult metal band, this EP is a demo from 1978 and despite the rough sound the tunes are there. Sack off all these new "occult rock" bands, they're almost all complete shite. THIS is the real deal, tape hiss and all! £5
Reissue of the second album from 1994 from this long-lost (no more!) Polish horde. Those who enjoyed the excellent reissue of their deut, Devilri, that I just got restock of, will definitely be into this. This one is a much more considered album, more focus on songwriting than atmosphere probably, and the result is a very cohesive extreme metal album with some great riffs. Definitely a big early/mid Celtic Frost element to their sound. Recommended. £3
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
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
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
Old school satanic death metal from down under. £2
Great thrash from South America in the style of Gama Bomb, Municiple Waste etc. £2
Unfunny commedian validates stereotypes of metal fans being speccy ginger virgins. £2
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! £4
Very retro-sounding rock, think Blue Cheer/Sabbath/Grand Funk. Good stuff.£2
All-out war metal from Poland. Highly combative, brutal stop-start riffs and pounding double bass-pedal drums. £3
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. £4
(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
Super-heavy grinding hardcore power violence.£2
NOISECORE! Great 3" in an ace six-panel wee mini-size digipak. £2
Decent, raw, satanic USBM. Nowt fancy going on here, just thrash riffing-influenced black metal. £2
Sicko blasting grind/death from Belgium. £2
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
Reissue of this popular Swedish heavy metal band's debut (well, I think it's their debut anyway). Pretty good stuff, with kinda love-em-or-hate-em warbling vocals that I think have a charm to them! Reminds me in part of early Anthrax though less rough. £4
Seven tracks of crushing heaviness interspersed with skewed melody and moments of fragile beauty. £2
Following up a record like Screams From The Gutter was never going to be an easy task. I don't think this album quite hits the heights, but it's still as exceptionally good Euro hardcore record, with maybe a wee bit of metal influence creeping in too. The sound on this should be noted too, everything remastered from the original tapes and closer to the band's original vision of how the album should sound. £5
Fourth album and another superb reissue from FOAD. This is their most "metal" album I guess, with some really precise riffing; dead fast, intense! Comes with the entire original session that was scrapped as bonus tracks. Top marks! £5
Total POWER industrial here, really grim and sample-heavy bleak stuff. £3
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
Old school noisey hardcore-ish grind. £3
One of THE most important 90s doom metal albums ever here, Salvation's Answer is the ultimate in mournful doom dirge. Unrelentingly bleak, this is not for the faint of heart, but after a few listens I deny anyone to question the sheer funeral power of this LP. ESSENTIAL doom metal. Usual re-jigged crap artwork from Shadow Kingdom. £5
2009 album from this pioneering doom band and since Against Nature it's hard really to tell the difference between the two bands. This certainly has its heavy, dirgey moments, but there's a feeling or progressiveness and frequent more mellow passages that hint at the sound of John Brenner's sister band. Still good and well worth a listen though. £5
Melodic, pretty catchy black metal. £2
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
Great new EP from one of the best grind bands ever. Total POWER! £3
Almost avant black metal with the odd progressive bit, £3
Top-notch pulsing bass ambience from Marzuraan/ODF man Pete Burn and Romance AKA Dean Glaister. Restock of a very popular title, great stuff! £2
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. £1
Ripping thrash from Puerto Rico. £3
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
Professionally-produced demo. Black/death metal that the label likens to Portal, Morbid Angel and Conqueror. £2
Well-recorded full set from a few years ago from this great Japanese noisecore duo. Comes in a slimline DVD case. £2
Excellent comp of 7S7's many tape appearances from 2012. An excellent companion piece to the one I just put out! Included here are splits with Maximum Trash, Jeffrey Dahmer, Psychotic Sufferance, Nekro Drunkz, Holiday Suckers, Ketnakutak and Sincewar. The discs on these are all marked to fuck, should play. Have it for free with another purchase if ya want. £1
FH feature guys who went on to do HABSYLL! £1
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
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
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
Decent black/thrash hybrid, think early German stuff like Sodom, Kreator etc. £2
Battle-ready driving black metal. £2
Black metal with a driving, melodic sound not dissimilar to Dissection. £2
Creeping ambience which brings to mind the twisted experiments of Abruptum. Soundtrack music to being stalked down a long, dark corridor. £2
Dark hardcore/crust from Spain. £2
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 sloths...in 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. £3
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
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
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
Deicide-esque death metal from Poland's Soulless and blasphemic death metal from Exsecrator. Not sure if they know they spelled their name wrong or not.
Weird avant metal. £2
Brilliant power electronics from Italy! £2
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
Decent atmospheric black metal from Germany. £3
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
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
Really good anarcho crust punk from Poland, this is a reissue of their album from 1995. Great DIY digipak packaging and comes with a dead smart fanzine (though it's in Polish so I cannae read it!) £4
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
Intense power electronic wipeouts and heavy doom/electronics hybrid, both helmed by Paul "The Cat" Catten, formerly of the amazing Medulla Nocte. £1
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
Blackened power violence from Tokyo. £3
Rotten death metal with a heavy crust/dbeat influence. £3
Ultra-fast depressive black metal £2
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
Cult thrash metal from Brazil, with two bonus tracks. £2
Probably black metal, got a bunch of runes on it with trees and that. £2
Death/thrash metal from Chile. £2
Really weird but fascintating psych/pop from this ex-teenage crooner. After a few years of chart hits in his native Canada, Terence obviously discovered drugs...and contrary to what that miserable weird-looking ghost out The Verve saysm they worked! Veering all over the place stylistically, this is some great psych, with some weird electornic stuiod fuckery going on too. Top! £3
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
Pro-done CDr of decently-recorded live stuff from US thrashers. Comes in a slim-line DVD case. £2
Intense & dark blackened industrial metal. Limited to 500 copies. £2
Old school grind-core (they sound a WEE BIT LIKE TERRORIZER). £4
Amazing and long-forgotten post-Van Morrison album from Them, who took the garage rock of their early days and fully embraced psychedelic rock on this one. They do Gloria and Please Don't Go, but they become long, wild psychedelic trips into the otherworld here. A little-known classic! £3
Apocalyptic black metal here, grand and epic. £2
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
Split CD from two long-running barbaric black metal hordes. £3
Old school buzzing death metal from Rogga Johansson; think the rolling tempos of Bolt Thrower and brutalist razor riffs of Hypocrisy. £3
Epic, atmospheric blackened doom. £2
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.
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! £4
Good death/doom from South America. Kinda like Anathema and Paradise Lost around their second albums. £1
Really enjoyed this one. Absolutely zero-budget black/death metal from Mexico. This is a collection of demos, strangely half of them from 2003/04 and the other half from 1990! Anyway, needless to say the 1990 ones (second half of the disc) are the ones you'll be wanting to check out, total all-over-the-place and downright fucking WEIRD. Often sounds like they're playing different songs to be honest, totally twisted. The newer stuff is worth a listen too to be honest, still very much weirdo black metal.
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
Decent doom-tinged heavy metal with an 80s-style Euro sound. £2
Long-running and most well-known Italian black metal band. £2
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 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. £4
Raw, fast black metal with some great powerful screaming vox. £3
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
Hypnotic, twisting, weirdo black metal from Finland. Cues from the stranger LLN bands this will appeal to fans of Dead Reptile Shrine etc. £3
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
Superb 60s Japanese garage/trash comp. £4
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
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
Good PE/noise comp featuring Mutant Ape, Molestor, Werewolf Jerusalem, Fecalove, Splinter Vs Stalin, Mourmansk, Climax Denial and more. Limited to 300 copies. £2
Excellent third volume in this exhaustive collection of the best and rarest of the seminal wave of brain-expanding music coming from Germany in the early 70s. With each CD filled with 80 minutes of music you're getting a lot of bang for yer buck here! This volume includes: Floh De Cologne, Krokodil, Nektar, Gila, Guru Guru, Franz K, Faust, Birth Control, Eloy and many, many more. £25
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
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! £4
Excellent comp of Isreali power electronics and noise acts. £2
Excellent 60s hammond-driven Japanese psych comp. £4
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 8 quid? Yer not gonna go wrong! £8
Excellent goregrind comp of Brazilian bands, featuring: Rancid Flesh, Syphilitic Abortion, Mass Of Shit, Hierarchical Punishment, Mithrubick and Triturador.
Gazillions of bands doing 13 second-long songs. £2
Feat. Cadaver Eyes, Moneyisgod, Ryokuchi, Zenocide etc £1
Got tons of totally solid records in from this label, then this piss-weak Walter Softy hardcore. Plop. £1
Excellent band who have a thrash base but have major elements of early death metal and even some back metal (the more melodic Dissection type maybe). Remind me a wee bit of early 90s Kreator, particularly the vocals. £2
Four varied bands from Russia: dark ambient, thundering doom, raw noise.
Final album by this long-running black metal group. £2
New album from the harsh noise wall master. £5
Nature-inspired black metal. Not affiliated with Cascadia though, thank fuck. £1
Absolutely best and most original grind band going around. I LOVE Wadge. This is the soundtrack to a made-up film. Total tiki grind madness! £3
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 tone....it 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
Immortal-esque cold melodic black metal. £3
Chunky-riffing thrash here with throaty vocals. Riffs are a bit too bouncy for my tastes, I hates nu-metal when it came along and I hate it now, and it seems there's a generation of bands to whom the whole nu-metal thing isn't quite as bad as it is to people like me, so having the odd bouncy-bouncy-chugga-chugga riff is acceptable. IT IS NOT. £2
Blistering, all-over-the-place grind/noise two piece. Totally frantic, fractured, crazy stuff, which I reckon I'd probably have been dead into about 15 years ago when I really dug Combatwoundedveteran/Discordance Axis and all that stuff, but it's too much for me these days! £3
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
Nice comp (CD still has its place guys!) of various vinyl-only splits from this Ozzy doom powerhouse. I caught these guys live about ten years ago when I was in Australia and they were heavy as fook, really great. I don't think their live power quite translates to their recorded output but it's still well worth a listen, and pretty varied and not just another boring "doooooom" record. £3
Two new EPs together on one disc from this sludge doom supergroup. I've had several releases of theres throughout the years in the shop and this is the stand-out so far. No bullshit proper filthy sludge doom and to top it all off they cover one of SLOTH's best tunes, Sassy Pants. Belter! Recommended. £3
Very interesting mix of total doom and noise elements. £3
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
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
Pretty standard drone-stoner-doom but has quite a cool heavy tone to it. £3
Raw production, violent sound. Total early 90s black metal worship from Germany. £3
Claustrophobic tortured doom from Ireland. Smart A5 digi packaging. £3
Wow! A new EP of music from one of my personal all-time favourite doom bands. Wretched were always a bit different from the rest of the pack, having a much more psychy 70s sound to them, and this new one retains that aspect. If you like your doom and you havent heard these guys before, start here and work backward. You final reward shall be "Life Out There", the best psych/doom album ever! £3
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
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/p>
Semi-discog (everything up until the album below) from these grind heads. This is good gear, earlier stuff is looser and more thrashier, cracking! £2
New album of fast and intense grindcore. £2
Amazing late 60s garage/beat from the US. Really raw, youthful and gritty sound. Recommended! £3
Low-end blackened sludge assault. £2
Varied progressive black meal from Poland with a raw yet complex sound. £2
Tranced-out psychedelia in the vein of Taj Mahal Travellers, Can, early Floyd maybe, but with a bit more of a modern avant twist. Great stuff. Lim 300 copies. £8
Savage-sounding death-crust from Winds and punked-up scuzz metal from the masters, Abigail! £2
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
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
Epic post-doom crust from Finland. Not a million miles away from the sound of the last Corrupted record! Lim 50. £2
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
Three superb live sets of swirling stabs of electronic psychedelia from the master! £2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Debut recordings from both these bands: BL are death industrial/ambient whilst Lortie are more in the power electornics/noise vain. £ 2
Top-notch triple live set comp from my favourite Norse noiseman! £2
Decent black/death here that reminds me of Nunslaughter. £2
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
Jazzkammer side-project, this is relentless ear-bleeding electronic noise. £2
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
Best new band going right now! Caustic dirge punk, raging! £4
Ritualistic black noise. £2
Sparse but heavy electronics which recalls the early Broken Flag/United Dairies/Come Org scene. Heavy reverb and blistering wipeouts. £1
Excellent noise-rock-influenced sludge from Finland (where this scene seems to be most fertile!). Think of a more listenable Brainbombs. £ 2
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
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
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
Two drone powerhouses get together on yet another split! Comes in a zip-lock bag. £3
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 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
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
Absolutely superb, raw and punishing grind noise from Peru, 1990. Essential historical document for noisecore fans! £4
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
Decay is right here: this is slowly-rotting heavy metal industrial. Great! £4
Top class funeral doom: crushingly heavy and with brutal vocals. Excellent! £2
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
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
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
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
Total high-end screeching, unpredictable noisecore. £4
Came across this one and it's a total obscurity; no label, no info on the net, not on Discgs. Sounds like early fecalove, so I must've got copies from him in a trade, probably about ten years ago! Grab yerself an rarity. £4
Excellent analogue explorations here which bring to mind the early brain experiments of the Kosmiche movement. £2
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
First demo, 7" and live set from 2000 here. Great Japanese bonehead grindcore. £4
Crushing, really noisey grind with great bits of groove. £4
Twisting, macabre death metal. £4
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
Tense, claustrophic, immersive noise from Lithuania. Digging this. £4
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
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
Raw doom metal/ £ 2
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
You may recognise the title as Impetigo milked this live set for all it was worth back in the 90s, tracks from this set appearing on tons of split 7"s and as bonus tracks on the various CD reissues of the albums. Here however, is the full set in all its glory. I could be wrong but I don't remember ever seeing it all together like this before. Great soundboard recording and nice fold-out mini-poster sleeve, a proper "fans" boot! £3
Primitive creeping analogue synth from Italy. Very old school in approach, very MB! Cool! £4
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
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
Complete discography of this long-running black metal band. Nice box. £30
Nihilistic grindcore very much in the late 80s vein of Repulsion, Terrorizer, Napalm etc. Cool stuff! £2
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
Pretty standard US PE here, full-on brutal dirty sound and very aggressive. You know these guys haven't had a girlfriend between them and almost certainly work in call centres, but I guess PE is still all about pretending you have a big cock to a lot of people. £3
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
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
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
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
Very limited new tape of synth soundscapes from the Ukraine. One of the best acts doing this style right now, excellent. Limited to 50 and I have one of each colour (there are five colour variations!). £3
Dark ambient split. £4
Static, droning noise from George Proctor, not a million miles away from compatriot Lee Stokoe's Culver. £3
(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. Excellent packaging with fold-out pro sleeve with photos, info, flyers and interviews. £3
(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
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
A3 packaging in ziplock bag £1.50
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
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
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
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
Restock! Great band from members of Kilslug. Punked-out sludge rock, absolutely great stuff and comes in a ziplock bag, nice package. Be quick, sold five of these in a week last time! £3
Black/folk metal. £4
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
Top class, gutter-level, diabolical death metal that reminds me a bit of the first VADER album. Really good stuff, highly recommended! £2
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
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
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
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
Interesting and varied noise/drone from Norway (I think). Limited to only 32 copies in a zip-lock bag. £4
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
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
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
Raw metallic, crusty punk from Chile. Side-project of the excellent Perversor I believe! £2
Reissue on tape of this stinking power electronics record originally released on this very label many years ago! Total dank criminal brutality. £2
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
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
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
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
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
Reissue of this 2003 grindcore split. Very old school in sound and presentation, excellent raw DIY grind! £2
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
Raw melodic punk from Malaysia with female vox, it's very influenced by the late 80s East Bay punk sound. £2
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
After catching 7s7 play a bloody brilliantly rocking set the other night managed to bag a batch of their tour tape, released by my good pal Joe at the excellent Blow The Reactors label. This cassette has five new songs, presumably recorded on tour and a full live set after. Rough blurr/grind that never quite goes where you think it's gonna go. Packaging is lovely, just took it out to play it and realised it's got two covers and one is printed on acetate, smart! One of my favourite bands right now!! £2
Post rock from France. Some of the nicest, most inventive tape packaging I've seen in a long time! £1
Wall noise. £2
Superb live set featuring all the hits: Bub, Canoe Of Pals, etc etc. Dunno what the weird spaceage-sounding instrument is, sounds like someone is playing a TARDIS. £3
Full-on in-the-red wall from Sloth and retarded punk from Paint Chips that sounds....quite like what Sloth sometimes sound like. Limited to only 50 copies. £3
Great new Sloth. Mix of the daft children songs-type stuff, the abrasive wall-of-noise material, and a lot of messing around. Tuk Peenersen are really good, very repetitive and maybe not a million miles away from what Sloth were coming up with around the time of the "13 Songs..." album. This seems very loose and jam-based and repetitive, for reference think Flipper, Fang or maybe even Brainbombs for the scuzzy garage-ish riffs. £2
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
Excellent junk noise/cut-ups from Pekka Gelsomina. Short and sweet. £3
Punky black metal from 2011. £3
Great black metal/oi demo. £3
Recent live recording, good sound. £3
6 new songs of black metal/punk. Very rough rehearsal recording. £3
Really amazing ultra-heavy drone here. Similar in terms of heavy tone to Culver, but much less static and more progressive. Absolutely SUPOIB! £2
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
Topon Das: ambient harsh noise from Fuck The Facts guy. Harsh Supplement - lofi noisecore, very old school sounding. £2
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
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
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
Great cop of Finish bands, mainly raw metal of various genres. Includes Axeslaughter, Ride For Revenge, Usko, RIpride and Ghastly amongst others. £3
Excellent compilation. Third in a series from F&V, this one features harsh noise and power electronics from Shift, SSRI, Bagman, STAB Electronics and Vomit Arsonist amonst many more. £4
Top quality release from a label I'll be keeping my eye on! Features some great lo-fi tard-core, some slow, some fast, from Captain 3 Leg, Dirtpill (full length soon on At War!), Antietat and more. Nice mad collage artwork that reminds me a lot of Monopolka releases (must be something in the water over there). Highly recommended! £3
Excellent compilation of noise and industrial from new Malmo bands. Really like the concept of this tape, staring with some found sounds and ending with a taped outro, sounds like a "proper" album. Including Amph, Mirrors Are Black, Arkhe, Backasvinetand Teufelsdröckh £2
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
High quality, dynamic old school harsh noise recorded direct to tape. £3
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
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
Intense, blasting black metal that has an intricate metallic hardcore backbone. £3
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
Loose, raw death metal here. Love the Oscar Garcia vocals and sub-Autopsy/early Death sound. Cracking band! £4
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
Great hardcore punk from Rodney Shades, the master of the knowing hardcore/metal reference! £4
Split tour tape. £4
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
24 tracks of sleazy rock. £2
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
Really enjoyed this one, kinda metal-influenced 70s-style rock from members of Billy Crystal Meth, Captain 3-Leg and Grand Old Lady. £2
Meditative drone £2
Can't figure out how to do cirillyc on my keyboard! Lim 100 £1
Russian noise. £3
Amazing solo black/drone from my good friend Hamish of Haar. Beautifully presented! £4
HARSH NOISE WALL! £2
Full live set of these highly influential avante-black metallers, including an interview with history of the band. £6
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!
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
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.
Doubel DVD set containing an 80 minute live concert hometown comeback gig from 2005 on one disc and a documentary on the early days of this legendary German hardcore band through to the present day on the second disc.
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
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
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
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