"Taking inspiration from Finnish and other 80's Scandinavian punk and
adding their own flare and intensity, KAFKA makes some of the best punk
going on right now. Hailing from Tokyo Japan and rising from the ashes
of MORPHEME and DROPEND to annihilate ear drums!"
"There's a relentless antagonism to Total Abuse that is so, so
satisfying. When it formed in 2006, the Texas band first looked to
iconic '80s hardcore punk for its sound. But weirdness soon took hold,
crawling into the dank headspace between the Swedish noise-rock band
Brainbombs and Black Flag's most deranged output.
After a short breakup, the band returned without missing a step, releasing the depraved Looking For Love EP in 2014. Total Abuse's fourth album, Excluded, is a mud-slop synthesis of the sludgy noise, lunging rhythm section and oddly catchy hooks that came before it."
Personally I'm very stoked about this release, the band was my first ever blogspot post since this blogs inception and somewhat of an influence in starting this blog, the band is doing a US tour next year, so rejoice with this contemporary Australian punk BANGER.
"Helta Skelta is the newest face of Australian punk - there I said it.
Granted they already have an album and a few singles under their belt,
Beyond the Black Stump sounds very different from previous outputs and
believe this is the album people have been waiting for them to write.
It's hands-down their strongest batch of songs, and the recording does
them complete justice. The various elements of this album have always
been there, swirling in the soup of varied influences and ideas these
guys soak in, but this album smacks of a band getting its ducks in a
row. In particular, Jon's vocals have mellowed from an earlier, more
aggressive hardcore delivery into a brilliantly snarky, deadpan,
sardonic drawl that draws easy comparison to EDDIE CURRENT SUPPRESSION
RING or X. The guitars are tight, choppy and bright, the bass and drums
pin the beat down with straightforward but rock-solid rhythms."
"After a bit of down time since their last record, EEL has emerged from
whatever local Pittsburgh landfill they came from with some more sonic
blasts of the blown out noise infused hardcore punk pounders that
they’ve made themselves known for with their past few releases. This
particular slab features three original rippers followed by a DISORDER
cover to close it all out."
"Cuntz are, obviously, well hardcore, spitting out noisy garage punk with not a care in the world. Third album Force The Zone
offers more of the Australian trio’s gnarly thrashing: they sound like
they’ve spent too long in the Yabba and it has warped their minds."
"Vial are urgent and exciting, simple and pounding, an LA band who sound
like a lost gem from the city's bizarro early punk past. They wouldn't
be out of place on the New Underground Life Is . . . comps, for
instance. Lucky us - since they're not a band whose chapter has already
folded, we get to get in deep with them and watch them grow."
"La Misma are a New York hardcore band whose take on the genre is hectic,
strident, urgent, erratic, and cacophonous. They’ve been making some
noise lately on the DIY warehouse circuit, but their new album Kanizadi
still arrives as a sudden and welcome surprise. It’s a quick jolt of
intensity. And while you may not be able to understand frontwoman Nay
Vieira-Rosario, who rips through her lyrics in Portuguese, you can still
revel in the feverish force she uses to deliver them."
The NY Def Campers are back hard with a new line-up and songs in this live recording cassette, a huge and definite improvement from their last outing, their metallic influences are still ever so present in this recording, more so now with a tinge of Christian Death in there, expect the occasional Heavy Metal and GISM-esque riffs/solos, NYHC dive bombs with dark gothy overtones.
"Debut hard vinyl after a flexi and a handful of cassettes from this St.
Louis band. It seems like a lazy comparison because Lumpy put out the
record and they're from the same city, but if you like Lumpy & the
Dumpers I think it's safe to say you'll be on board with Black Panties
as well. In the similarities column this has, like Lumpy & the
Dumpers, a kind of rock n roll-informed songwriting that's performed
with a very DIY / raw punk sensibility (particularly in regards to the
vocals). In the differences column, Black Panties are a whole lot faster
than Lumpy, and on the last track they even have a
punk-at-hardcore-speed song that recalls stuff like the Dwarves, Brutal
Knights, or the Ladies, though of course filtered through the
deliberately skewed midwest slime punk sensibility. This is a really hot
style right now so I'm just kind of inclined to like all of this stuff
from St Louis and NW Indiana, but Black Panties recommend themselves by
staking out a unique sound and managing to play music that is incredibly
fast and intense but still catchy. Another quality Lumpy release, in
"Latest in the Cool Death catalogue, SOMA COMA rip through eight tracks
of unparalleled rage on this debut long player. At it's most basic
"Dust" is a tightly wound hardcore record that goes straight for the
throat, rarely cutting loose. Upon further listens, SOMA COMA reveal a
bit more in the mix, from the feral rasp of the vocals to the atonal
guitar flourishes reminiscent of groups like Die Kreuzen. As the title
track winds side B to a close, SOMA COMA slowly turn things loose after a
smashing ten plus minutes of HC abuse. Recommended to those familiar
with the outer-spaced hardcore of recent Australian groups like
Straightjacket Nation, Gutter Gods, and Velvet Whip. SOMA COMA's "Dust"
will crush your basic sensibilities and then keep crawling back for
"Dribble slap on this single three cuts of fine Clevo proto-punk worship
(think of Electric Eels, Rocket From The Tombs and such), distorted
through the lense of a peculiar Australian perspective. It's less of a
messy affair than their previous output but nothing short of great."
"Dublin, like New York or London, is a city whose punk in 2015 matches
its vibrancy with its refusal to be defined by one sound. Multiple
bands, all with wildly divergent takes on 2015 punk, all unified in
their DIY ethic and refusal to compromise. The first 12" from searing
rawpunx Disguise (who also feature 2/3 of Zom and members of Strong
Boys) continues where their System Shock 7" left off, slamming together
the lithe turmoil of Gloom, the monstrous purpose of Bastard, the ugly
burn of Crude SS into a violent driving gunk, like Florida's Mauser or
Australia's Kromosom, taking that Scandi-Japanese rawpunk axis and
stretching it out to their own corner of the globe.
Built on a relentless sinister thrum, a taut propulsive clatter,
Disguise explode with scalding fury in the screaming guitars and
tortured barks and roars echoing out of the radioactive slurry. From
Constant Victim pure vitriol rolling into Signs of the Future's
noisestomp groove, to Depleted Uranium heady crash and BBFM's broken
fade, this is ferocious hardcore punk, worked til its end."
"Finally! After two stunning demo tapes SIN MOTIVO created this untold
hardcore punk 12" bastard. Born and bred in Fort Worth/ Denton, Texas'
legacy of DIY, SIN MOTIVO seeks to push what it means to be punk in
2015. In equal parts Victim In Pain and Too Many Humans, SIN MOTIVO
perpetually pushes Punk's lack of attention span.
Psychedelic drudging interwoven with a classic hardcore punk formula
balances out to create a true sonic seduction. All aspects mentioned
before are finally realized in their recent opus, El Desierto, an LP
brought to you by members of Wiccans, The Sentenced, and Treatment.
Their recordings capture that energy perfectly and form some of the most
driving and propulsive hardcore punk I have heard in ages. You need to
hear this. These songs are chaotic and unrelenting. Constant changes
make the songs feel relatively short although some of them stretch out
over five minutes and even the shorter songs just plod along. Sin Motivo
isn't afraid of frantically throwing anything and everything into a
speedy, punk rock blender that persists of thumping around for a moment
before exploding into a hardcore nail bomb.
If you like your hardcore chaotic and turbulent, you're in for a hell of
a ride. This is hardcore punk with demonic vocals and hard-as-nail
beats that is extremely hard to shake once you have heared it.
Ferocious, dissonant hardcore focused in intensity and all-out rage. A
record full of uneasiness and trepidation.
SIN MOTIVO is another living proof for how great the current Austin punk/hardcore crop is. Recorded / Mixed by Dentons finest, Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke ( Marked
Men, High Tension Wires, Mind Spiders, Radioactivity ) and mastered by
Daniel Hussain ( Red Dons ) I am more than honoured to release this
"New York's AJAX follow up their demo and Self Titled 7" on Katorga Works
with undoubtedly their best material yet. The four tracks on this new
recording continue their perfected blend of early Boston influenced
hardcore and Swedish, Totalitär influenced riffs and gruff, Choke-esque
vocals. Features members of Creem, Warthog and Nuclear Spring."
They've never played a gig and I don’t think the members have even
met each other which certainly creates an interesting dynamic. A wafting
GBH stench comes to mind and there also seems to be a Hard Rock
undertone seeping though with these tracks."
"A boundary-pushing record from the North of England. Bathing in the
murk, devoid of light, it invokes a dark atmosphere that has little to
do with any gothic plod or metal pose. This is punk, as antagonistic and
cleansing as it ever can be. NO FORM's notorious live power is finally
captured on this, their first record, with four shorter pulsating
numbers on Side A and one long jam on Side B that approaches the outer
limits. Shrill, disconcerting guitar leads and tormented vocals slither
over an affirmative pummel that exists at the meeting point between
outlier hardcore punk - SIEGE/UNITED MUTATION/GISM - and
post-punk/proto-industrial at its most confrontational - SPK/CABARET
VOLTAIRE/GOOD MISSIONARIES. Deceptively catchy thrashing coexists with
sinister, siren-call sax that evokes THROBBING GRISTLE. This is music
for the perennially despondent. Music for the subconscious, not the
fashion conscious. This is music that could have been the soundtrack to
the Blood Garden in JG Ballard's 'High Rise'. This is music as life
ritual, to be listened to by all or none."
This is definitely one of my favorite demos of this year. Spain's, JMA unleash a fury of 11tracks of surfy skatepunk,these Spaniards are totally channeling JFA(OBVIOULY) and The Faction hard in their songs, even the reverby surf intros rule so much.
"Hailing from Los Angeles BLAZING EYE sound lay somewhere between ZOUO,
THE SEXUAL and QLOAQA LETAL. That is Japanese inspired hardcore punk
with demonic vocals and hard as nail beats which is extremely hard to
shake once you hear it. The four distorted tracks on this EP mix
perfectly the low end reverb soaked Japanese influences with the best of
the International Hardcore Punk of the early 80's. Making it a
masterpiece of timeless punk."
"Connecting someplace in the soup of hardcore in the 21st where the cult
of cynicism and the discipline of ego collide and divide. Severe come
at a sharp angle. An ep filled with the kind of disgust reserved for
personal turmoil, the self doubt and humility of monks, and it sounds
good on wax too."
"The preeminent HC comp of 2015, without a doubt. Beach Impediment has
rolled out the red carpet for six of the best in contemporary HC -
S.H.I.T., PEACEBREAKERS, MERCENARY, IMPALERS, VIOLENT END, and AJAX. A
total steamroller of an EP mandatory for any true heads out there."
"Debut release for this band formed by Dan from Waste Management and Ryan
from Green Beret and firing off rounds in the tuneful traditions of
BGK, N.O.T.A., A.O.D., and other bands with acronyms for names. Mark
from Wasted Time and Mercy Killings handles the vocal portion of the
group ensuring a real "Nuthin but Net" execution."
Finally at long last, the much anticipated release from your favorite ATX post-punkers, 10 tracks of darkwave/synthwave in the vein of "Pornography" era The Cure. Been waiting for this one to drop since it was announced in '13. After much delay, here it is finally in cassette form by some label from Spain, limited run of 80 tapes.
"2nd EP from Ryan (Social Cirkle, Confines) and Jen (Nuclear Family,
Nervous Trend). 4 new tracks that build on the peace-punk/’Penis Envy’
vibe of the debut record whilst adding some post-punk touches and a more
hardcore edge in places."