Hatred Surge / Mammoth Grinder and Green and Wood These sold out the first time so Cyclopean just did another pressing of it (green vinyl for mailorder). I saw both of these bands on their last tour at the BLVD in LA. This is grind core to the fullest and it’s really good. Neither band had these when they were on tour. Cyclopean records are ran by the singer of Iron Age and he is actually doing some amazing stuff with the label. I picked up the Green and Wood lp. This has a huge Black Sabbath influence. Beard metal people will eat this up I’m surprised this hasn’t been rerelease on southern lord yet. The best part of this is the records came in less than a week. And as a bonus they threw in 2 copies of the new green and wood ep. I gave my extra copy to Marlon. I love it when labels actually send stuff super quick its great.
I’ve been going to shows for the last 24 years and the one thing I have noticed is that no matter what happens in hardcore there is always going to be drama. I think it’s natural for hardcore kids to be either bullies or wimps. It’s like who can pick on the person smaller than you. Personally I could care less because fights at shows are just dumb it never solves anything and it creates a division. Because of that drama No Warnings “Ill Blood” was spawned. When the band was around you either loved them or hated them. I actually was a huge fan because they took Madball’s place. The first time I saw No Warning was at Cbgb’s in front of a crowd of 20 people. Seeing Ben on stage and the vocals that came out of him was an eye opener. I think everyone was floored and their stage performance was so intense. Their first ep came out on Martyr and Bridge 9 rereleased the cd version. Ill blood came out on Bridge 9 and after a year it was out of print. I have the pbj version as well as the test pressing. I didn’t know Bridge 9 had a warehouse sale of a few records they had lying around. I stupidly missed out and hunting down this record became a chore for me. My friend Brad at Thick Skin needed some cash to help pay for his steroids or Botox. I paid 40 bucks for it and to me it was worth it. Until I found out them it might be reissued with their second record Suffer Survive.
I found this lp at Amoeba this past weekend in the used bin. I never appreciated them till they were gone. Linas said Tony Joy was also in Born Against and we saw them perform in DC.. A friend of mine told me his band (who is on a major indie label) actually ran into Tony Joy and brought him on their recent tour. They told me he was like a big child and a bit unbearable. They actually had to send him home. ooof
Cave In – White Silence Brutal is all I can say. Imagine if Cave In rerecorded Jupiter and completely threw it in the garbage. Add black metal Carcass heart work type vocals type vocals and music and you have White Silence. You don’t even have to be a Cave In fan to like this. Hydra head did a special pressing of this on White Vinyl out of 100 for their buddies at Vacation Vinyl. I picked this up and an orange copy of this as well. And for the Jupiter fans there are a few songs which crossover to that era as well.
Foundation – When the Smoke Clears I doubt ill preorder records after this summer. I hate newer bands because I’m old and grumpy. Also allot of the newer bands, well sortve suck. I still like going to shows to film them. A band I taped a year ago and I have seen a few times were Atlanta’s Foundation. This is not the same band from the 90’s from New York with members of Texas Is the Reason. This band sounds like the continuation of Buried Alive. They just released their new lp on Bridge 9 records. With the exception of Ceremony, Underdog, AF, and Cruel hand I didn’t think they signed hardcore bands, just kidding. We are in the era of NYHC where more bands are trying to sound like the roadrunner acts from the 90’s. This lp is not bad if you’re into the genre. And when I mean genre I mean hardcore. I actually listened to it twice while I was lifting weights. As long as Foundation doesn’t break up and continues to tour heavily they will be one of the next big hardcore bands. I preordered 2 of the 3 colors and picked up the live and repress of Have Heart’s first record.
I picked up a few lps from Smash Records relocated now in Adams Morgan DC. I picked up 2 Smiths Lps single, acid reign, remission and the Pagen Babies lp. I never owned this and I picked it up for relatively cheap. If you ever visit DC make sure to hit up Smash you will not be disappointed. Matt has a huge selection of t shirts vinyl and cds and allot of out of print stuff for relatively cheap.
Ice Age is a band from Denmark which features really young punks still in their teens. Imagine if the stokes, Joy Division met members of B’last then you would have Ice Age. Gibby released the US version of this on his very own label DAIS Records. These are already out of print and this is the second press. I stupidly didn’t order it from DAIS I waited too long and it already has sold out. Good luck in getting it because it is sold out everywhere and this is the second pressing. They are touring the east coast this summer in June. If someone can get me a t shirt let me know ill PayPal you asap. Full color package and lyric sheet along with velum layout, DAIS did another quality release. I got my copy from In sound distribution. Who didn’t use my PayPal address they had my old address on file from 2 years ago. It was sent to my old townhouse where I lived with Garth. I drove over to the old address and saw that the place was in foreclosure. My old landlord is a producer for those god awful Tyler Perry movies. There it was sitting in the front patio for the last 2 weeks. I was shocked the record wasn’t warped or destroyed.
I was at my favorite record store in Huntington Beach and picked up this out of print Templar’s record on the now defunct GMM records. TKO is still my favorite record store on the west coast besides Amoeba. They have so much stuff its insane especially if youre into punk and Oi. They also have a descent metal selection and I’m talking about real metal not stuff like Bon Jovi and Kix Blow My Fuse. In addition I picked up Joy Division’s Still LP for 8 bucks. Daniel from Bitter End is in town so I know we will definitely hitting up TKO. Also the label still puts out records. They just release the Poison Idea and the Meat men eps.
I was in Northern Virginia to celebrate my birthday with my parents and to go to my best friend’s wedding in Richmond Va. My buddy Jason (Count Me Out) was getting married. I went back to the east coast and had a few days up in the DC area to hang out with a few friends and do some record shopping. The first 10” I bought for 3 dollars was the Charge demo. A label from overseas put there demo onto 10”s of wax. This was one of my favorite demos from the early 2000. Charge sounds exactly like Burn. Imagine Burn with Bad Brains ideology. Their demo in my opinion is my favorite release of theirs. I just don’t know what happened with them, they should’ve been one of those bands that should’ve have been huge, but things just simply never panned out for them. I got 2 10 inches from my good friend Linas. He does artwork for Dom at a389 records and he had some extra copies and he gave them to me when I got home. One is the Pulling Teeth test press for their older release. Pulling Teeth has our old soundman Mike Riley on vocals. When we used to do shows in the dc area Mike Riley actually did sound for us. This is his latest band and unless you have been sleeping under a rock they have 5 releases out on Death wish Inc, A389, Chainsaw Safety and their latest on Fire starter. I hung out with Mike for a little bit at Jason’s wedding. This other 10” was a limited release for a389 yearly showcase. It has Integrity, Pulling Teeth plus from prior A389 Record showcases. Very limited and are now out of print.
Linas does artwork for Dom’s expanding empire. If you haven’t check out Linas Garsys art work, Go to his website www.linasgarsys.com He had a bunch of stuff he did artwork for and had extra copies so he gave them to me when I went home to DC / NOVA a few weeks ago. Between the signing of some of the heavier doom bands and the repress of bands from the past this label has all the markings of becoming one of the best labels to ever emerge from Baltimore. Also if youre a collector Dom does short runs of vinyl and they usually sell out pretty quick. My favorite current band on his roster is Seven Sisters of Sleep. They are now on Southern Lord. I didn’t even know Linas did the artwork for one of the hardest working Los Angeles metal bands called Xibalba. Nate sings for them and is the savior of the current Los Angeles hardcore scene. Too bad in true Linas fashion he forgot to credit himself on the artwork. Xibalba is also now on Southern Lord records as well. Linas also threw in a copy of a Pulling Teeth test press as well as a limited 10” which he did posters and artwork for one of the a389 records showcases. Day of Mourning is Dom’s old band which I think became Haymaker? Oak is a doom band from Baltimore who I actually watched a few years back at a local Baltimore benefit that was set up by my friend Brittany for a passing of a friend. Make sure to check out these releases at a389records dot com.
Ok I hate limited editions items; it’s been so saturated to the point where I just don’t care anymore. But Reaper did do a cool job on this they did this for 2 great blogs I follow and that’s for tee till death and Double Cross. This is the package for double cross. These are limited to 50 has a different cover and comes with a t shirt. It’s a newer design which is good, and it’s not a rip off of some older design. This is out of 50 and I think these sold out pretty quickly. Hand numbered different dust sleeve and this is my 10th super touch t shirt. I need to start unloading some of these soon.
Just like the tee till death edition this is out of 50 and comes with a t shirt. Instead the shirt is a different design and is out of 50. This shirt is actually burgundy which looks good. It reminds me of my least favorite football team the Washington Redskins, the Oakland Raiders will be number 2. But still the t shirt looks good and Reaper did another nice job on this preorder release.
Integrity – In Contrast of DOM & Harder They Fall Demo Flexi Dom does a389 records and sets up showcases for his bands on his label. He also plays in pulling teeth and was in slumlords and my favorite band…..commin correct. j/k…….He has some of the best Rick Ta Life tour stories. If you ever have a chance to ask him please do they are pretty funny. He is also a father and a husband in the city that bleeds Baltimore. I am not sure if these were for his birthday or it was an A389 showcase. My buddy Linas picked this ep up for me a year and half ago when Integrity plays it’s once a year east coast show. It’s the in contrast of sin ep but it has a limited cover and it says in contrast of Dom. Limited to 50 and it has Dom’s face on the cross. He also picked me up an integrity harder they fall demo flexi pressed by our good friends at Organized Crimes records. This is when Tom Confront was in the band. Limited to 150 copies I’m sure this thing is sold out already. It is a flexi so I doubt if it even sounds good, I won’t play it because knowing my luck ill drop it on the ground and my dog will rip it apart. It is still a really cool thing to have and add to the collection.
Record Store Day for Revelation Records Revelation is smart to do some more Reissues of their back catalog on color. Everyone knows they did reissues on the Quicksand, Burn, and Youth of Today eps. They also reissued the first Elliot Lp. I was pretty happy about that because stupidly I sold my copy a few years back for a measly 50 bucks. I was surprised they didn’t reissue the Super touch lp due to the band getting back together. I know revelation has these at their warehouse so they should have them up for sale soon