Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Vex Records - D.S.B - Useless System Abuse 12", DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE - Nightmare Visions 12"


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D.S.B. - Useless System Abuse 12" $10.00
D.S.B.'s third 12" released from the anger and frustration of being denied entry for their attempted 2008 U.S. tour. This record sees the band with a more blown out drum sound and some more melody in the vocals. This comes in a gatefold sleeve packed with a DVD of footage from their 2008 European tour. I never did get to see this band live.
(2009, Japan - Vex//USA)

DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE - Nightmare Visions E.P. 12" $9.00
Norwegian d-beat hardcore hell of the highest order. Slobbering fast, tight and raw, 8 unrelenting ragers on their debut 12". I have been waiting white knuckled, for this to come out and I have not been let down! I am going to get a lot of RPMs out of this one.
(2012, Norway - Vex//USA)

KRIEGSHÖG - Hardcore Hell E.P. 7" $6.00
Japanese HC monster that ripped everyone's face off when this originally came out. Thanks to Heartfirst Records, this is currently in print and isn't just collector scum fodder. Heavy and intense hardcore with black metal sounding vocals. This version has an extra song over the Hardcore Survives version. Hardcore Hell completely blows away the 12" if you ask me.
(2008, Japan - Heartfirst//Germany)

PEACEBASTARD - Global Crisis 7" $6.00
This record really took me by surprise, but I should expect no less from the great Heartfirst label. These come in cool silk screened covers with a stamped tag. The label description is too good not to use:

"It is 2012 and most of your friends decided that neo crust and 80s USHC revival is over, instead they all listen to music like lo-fi black metal and neo folk and play in bands that recycle post-punk, goth or power pop like their heroes from the US, Sweden and Barcelona. PEACEBASTARD do not fall into any of those categories. They remind me of something else: There was a time in the 1990s when the European DIY hardcore punk was totally happening. Bands like UNHINGED, QUARANTINE, EBOLA, HEALTH HAZARD, LOST WORLD etc. toured the squats of Europe, bringing fast and powerful punk with great female vocals to the dread-locked, soap-free youth. After flooring the audiences with their music the band members would hang out with the locals and drink until the sun came up. Some people still remember that style, even though it is kinda uncool today. Many moons ago in Berlin, three guys who had been around the block for a while formed the band PEACEBASTARD, what they played was not quite "crust" and not quite "d-beat" (even though they liked to describe themselves as that). To me they were just pure old-style hardcore punk impact! After playing out for some time as a three-piece PEACEBASTARD recruited the singer from a famous Swedish band on vocal duties. And as a four piece they really reached the next level. HeartFirst is very happy to release their second EP after their 5-song debut EP. This one has 6 new songs that are fast, angry and rocking at the same time. The 7" comes packaged in a four-color silk screened cover done by the Big Double Os and with a special label attached, as the band tried to get away from the usual artwork for this kind of musical style. But most of all, you should go and see this band live and if you have any money left after drinking and pain killers, maybe you want to buy this EP." -Heartfirst
(2012, Germany - Heartfirst//Germany)

VAASKA - Condenado 7" $6.00
After a demo and 12", here is a great E.P. released by German HC stalwart label, Heartfirst. This is one of my favorite U.S. bands of the past few years. Had the pleasure of seeing them live a couple times. Original and classy sounding mid-paced Discharge style hardcore from Austin, TX with some ripping and memorable guitar playing, not to mention lyrics sung in Spanish. Nice packaging with silk screened inner sleeve. This record is less on the raw and more on the crushing side of the spectrum, it feels more like it can sit comfortably next to THE IMPALERS, who I also love. Hardcore KILLER.
(2012, USA - Heartfirst//Germany)

MÜLLTÜTE - 2nd 7" $6.00
Fantastic 2nd E.P. from this German HC punk group. This band is 2 for 2 in great 7"s so far. Flo's description is priceless as well:

"These guys from Berlin got something special going on. I do not remember any other band from Germany that ever sounded like them. Their style is totally stripped-down, raw, mid-tempo, powerful, feedback-laden hardcore punk -- rather the USHC way, but it comes with great vocals and great lyrics in German. Still this is no Deutschpunk even though some folks label the band this way. This is their second EP, after a best-selling demo tape and a self-released 7" EP of 2011. Their vinyl debut caused a little hype with someone from the US even calling MÜLLTÜTE “the best German hardcore record in 20 years”. But I sometimes question people’s expertise on the subject. Probably their other favorite band of 20 years ago was ACME. Or maybe they were not even born 20 years ago. Anyway, with this new EP HeartFirst Records is proud to release another six song ripper by MÜLLTÜTE for the masses. Despite many offers of illegal drugs and worldwide fame from international labels the boys have inked a long-term record deal with HeartFirst, where 6 song EPs on 45 rpm are the current standard." -Heartfirst
(2012, Germany - Heartfirst//Germany)

RUIDOSA INMUNDICIA - Huellas De Odio 7" $6.00
I had the pleasure of catching this band in Japan at the Yokohama International Hardcore Festival with GASMASK TERRÖR & THINK AGAIN in 2011. Ripping fast, tight hardcore, played with passion and fury. Avert your eyes if you are sweatily scouring the internet for trendy hardcore to flip.
"One of the best bands world-wide at the moment. This is an eight-song-scorcher that does not let up. At least as good as their previous releases -- debut 7" and split LP with SOLID DECLINE on THOUGHT CRIME/RESIDUE and several sampler tracks. Though the band lives in Vienna, the lyrics are in Spanish because the singer is from Chile. How many bad hardcore 7"s with eight songs do you know? I am not talking about grind, but no frills hardcore punk. If you have seen this band live, you know how great they are. No expensive was spared for this release: Recorded by Frank Bolz at SAW in Germany, smart cover artwork that works both ways (front/back), screenprinted on an offset printed cover in different colours. You need this." -Heartfirst
(2010, Austria - Heartfirst//Germany)

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