Wednesday, December 18, 2013

S.H.S. Best of 2013

2013 was yet another incredible year for music. If this trend continues, the future as a fan and artist is looking very bright. This year, I decided to change up the format to include more releases & little to no commentary. A lot of these selections won't surprise you if you take a look at the posts throughout the year. Remember though: this will cover all genres, despite the blog's typical focus on punk, hardcore, and metal.

Year End Quickies

The fourth quarter of 2013 has had me tied up with other priorities and interests to the point where I have not been able to post or review as many great albums I have been listening to as I would like... Having just posted a massive update of short reviews based on the topic of A389 Recordings, I decided to do a similar post of shorts for other bands as well.

A389 Records Updates

If you haven't been keeping up with A389 in the fourth quarter, this post is for you...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blind to Faith's new EP "Under The Heptagram" selling at 'name your price' until 11/20

Dom from A389 is generously offering Blind to Faith's new EP at 'name your price.' Check it out, you will be glad you did! 
From Facebook:
In honor of Blind To Faith kicking off a string of UK dates with NAILS we made their brand new EP 'Under The Heptagram' a FREE download for this week. Please tell your friends.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Toxicbreed's Funhouse - The Funhouse Issue 001

The Funhouse: Issue #001 (Free Viewing / Download)

If you live under a rock and are unfamiliar with the thriving music blog Toxicbreeds Funhouse definitely drop what you're doing right now and take some time to get familiar with the site. The guy running it also just recently ventured into a printed zine, and has made issue 1 available online for all to view. Based on the key bands that are interviewed, this is a must read! Check it out after the jump.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Full Of Hell's New Album Is On Bandcamp For 'Name Your Price' Via A389!

FULL OF HELL, one of the most exciting powerviolence/noise/HC bands out there right now, are currently offering their new album, Rudiments of Mutilation, for any price, starting at free. This is via the A389 Records bandcamp page.  Whether you're unsure about getting into the second album, or are new to the band, this is a great opportunity to dig into what is one of the most unreserved and cathartic expressions of human suffering.

*Note  - This will only last through the week!*
If you like it, please support the band. The physical LP has a sick colorway.

S.H.S. Album Review - Fleshtemple: Initiation

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Punk Fashion" (newly revised)

Punk Fashion... where do I begin? The very idea is almost an oxymoron... The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC has recently opened an exhibit called Punk: From Chaos to Couture. Unfortunately, as The New Yorker magazine aptly pointed out, this was a failure on multiple levels... (continued after the jump)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ilsa Announces New Member - Domenic Romeo of A389 Records!

OKAY! Big announcement time! As I previously posted, Garrett is leaving Ilsa. I also hinted that we would be getting a flashy young guitarist to replace him. Well, I lied. He's not young, he's an old fart like me! Our new guitar player is none other than Domenic Romeo, head of A389 records and former axe slinger for Pulling Teeth! We are very excited to start writing and playing with Dom! In case anyone was worried, We are still playing DeathFest! That, along with our dates in New Haven, Montreal, and Toronto will be Garrett's last shows with us! So come out and say goodbye to Garrett, and help us usher in a new era of ILSA with Dom!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Gehenna Discography Available For Free Download

Click over to the band's Bandcamp page where they are currently offering everything for 'pay what you want. For anyone new to this classic band, this is a great opportunity. If you like what you hear, please support by donating to the band. The records are truly nice pieces to have as well, especially the ones offered through A389 Recordings.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Old Wounds & Trenchfoot Announce Split EP

We're going to be releasing a split 7" with our homies in Trenchfoot on Melotov Records on June 18th 2013.

With that being said, we're doing an east coast tour from 6.18-24 w/ SNAKES and TRENCHFOOT to support it. Dates to be announced shortly.

UPDATE: The Old Wounds side will feature four new songs (via Tight To The Nail)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Sun, The Moon, The Stars Releases New Tracks and Announces Hiatus

The following statement was posted this past Sunday on the band's Facebook page:
We are playing our final show for the foreseeable future on May 3rd at the Clash Bar in Clifton. That is 12 days away! In November of 2012 we recorded a full length record and figured you guys should have a chance to hear it before the show. With 12 songs recorded, starting tomorrow we will be posting a song a day until the show. Stay tuned for some killer tunes!

New Altered Boys Cassette Released

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Further Left For Dead/Chris Colohan Updates

In case you have been living under a rock... Chris Colohan is kind of a big deal in the hardcore scene. He's been the driving force behind such past and present bands as Haymaker, Left For Dead, The Swarm, Cursed, Countdown to Oblivion, Ruination, Burning Love, and more. Left For Dead recently reunited for the second time since the 90's, and they recently put out a reissue through A389 Recordings. Now, according to their blog plans to continue on have fully come to fruition.

I am re-blogging/hyping this, after the jump...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

S.H.S. Album Review - YAITW/Withdrawal Split 7"

Sometimes when discussing music, whether it's a fan, or the musicians themselves, a lot of micro-genres are mentioned as influences or descriptors of the sound...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Modern Life Is War - Reunion Show/New Album In The Works!!

Although this news broke on April 1, this is 100% NOT a joke! I wanted to contribute that statement on the 'net, as it's straight from Joe Hardcore. This show is real and so is the new record, so get stoked! 

Press release & tickets after the jump.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jon Theodore To Be On The New Queens Of The Stone Age

Jon Theodore, who was behind the kit on The Mars Volta's debut full-length "De-Loused In The Comatorium" will be on the new Queens of The Stone Age record. If you are a drummer or just a fan of stellar, genius level drum work, this is incredible news. I can't wait to hear this. I haven't heard him play since that short lived project he did with Zach De La Rocha, called One Day As A Lion.

press release after the jump...

A389 Records Update - "No One Survives" to be on the 4/1 Mixtape

Thursday, February 28, 2013

S.H.S. Album Review - Old Wounds: From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest

S.H.S. Album Review - Darkthrone: The Underground Resistance

The moment we've been waiting for is finally here. If you're like me, you have been eagerly awaiting the full album release ever since the promo version of 'Leave No Cross Unturned' first appeared on Peaceville's SoundCloud page. Would the new album be their finest moment, or would it only tarnish their legacy? Would they go 'all power metal' on us? Time to find out.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Darkthrone Retrospective & Premier of "Leave No Cross Unturned"

Darkthrone... brainchild of Ted Skjellum and Gylve Fenris Nagell, also known as Nocturno Culo and Fenriz... the innovators of  'True Norwegian Black Metal.' They have given the world its 'unholy trinity' of black metal albums... A Blaze In The Northern Sky, Under A Funeral Moon, and Transilvanian Hunger... and now have released a new song 'Leave No Cross Unturned,' from their highly anticipated upcoming album, The Underground Resistance. (Peaceville Records, Feb 25 2013)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Bloody Valentine Returns After 21 Years!

After over 21 years, we finally have a sequel to Loveless, an album which I have always held in high regard throughout the years. Last night when the news dropped via the band's Facebook page, I instantly went on their site and found that the servers had crashed, to no-one's surprise. If you have not stepped outside of your heavy genre, this is the band that invented that stuff before the blast beats on your Deafheaven record! Their sweeping influence cannot be denied. It's hypnotic and psychedelic, a soundtrack for those who are lost. The new album retains their signature raw, wall-of-sound fuzz, and was recorded true to their roots in analogue. According to the official site, "The vinyl is a true analogue cut, i.e. it hasn't been put through a digital process during the cutting process unlike over 90% of all vinyl available today."

S.H.S. Local Metal Spotlight (Tri-State Area)

 Dystrophy a thrash/death metal band from New Brunswick, NJ.  They lie somewhere between the old and new sounds. What makes this group specialist that they jump effortlessly between the aforementioned styles and even add in some great melodic metal partsI personally have seen them perform at RTF Fest 2011 and was blown away by their musicianship. I think I recognized the drummer from a band called 'Sick Fuck,' only a year prior to the show. If that's true he diligently got the new band's material ready in a short time frame, considering how well he performed.

S.H.S. Label Spotlight - A389 Recordings

S.H.S Label Spotlight

     A389 Recordings was started around the year 2004 by Dominic Romeo in Baltimore, formerly of the bands Slumlords, Pulling Teeth, & more. Although today it's one of the top labels for hardcore fans and record enthusiasts, Dom started it much like many other great DIY labels... just to get his friend's bands some exposure. Even after over 120 releases, the man still runs things entirely by himself...  with two children and a day job to boot. I discovered A389 only a couple years ago, mostly through love of the band Pulling Teeth, and the label's increasing visibility on the web helped too. I have always been drawn to heavy hardcore with occult imagery, such as Integrity, and its no surprise that Dwid Hellion contributes quite a bit to A389 on top of his own endeavors. 

     Coming across A389 was intertwined with my then new-found obsession with collecting vinyl. Dom recognizes that in the 'digital age' certain things are lost and recognizes the charm of physical media. I applaud his respect for getting each band's complete expression appreciated in the truest sense. This means a record to hold, and listen to, from start to finish, in the order it was meant to be heard. Large artwork, to give your imagination a starting point, and a lyrics insert, so you can fully dive into each song before seeing the band perform live. Digital downloads are included as an extra, as they should be, for convenience of listening on the go after absorbing the record initially. Eschewing major-label faux mystique, all of the albums he puts out can be previewed right on the A389 official bandcamp, so you know exactly what you are purchasing. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Unfortunate But Expected - The Mars Volta Breaks Up

Cedric Bixler-Zavala full Twitter statement:

Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta. I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band. For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again. And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this. Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. we blasted through like a comet and left our mark! If u ever see me in person and want to know why I’ll tell u my story. Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.(sic)

S.H.S. Show Review - Old Wounds Record Release, #1

OLD WOUNDS played 2 record release shows...

 This is night 1...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stormshadow Reunion & Reissue Announced

 Stormshadow was a metal-influenced punk band from New Brunswick, NJ, active from around 1995 to 2000. I saw them play among the bands Fanshen, Kamikaze, Worthless, The Scarlet Letter and more at what were some of my very first hardcore/punk shows in NB. I had the privilege of being over there as a Rutgers student during a great time in the hub city's DIY punk history. Mixing raw and clean vocals, Matty King and Sue Werner stand out in my memory as creating a chaotic and cathartic live performance that was at times politically charged as well.

An old patch from my collection:

Stormshadow streaming music:

Stownshadow on Twitter

Matty King, Jamie, Paul, Pedro, & Zak are also currently playing as The Match & The Moth

-More after the jump-

Texas Is The Reason

Attention post-hardcore fans and vinyl collectors: As if you didn't know, Texas Is The Reason will be coming out with a deluxe reissue on February 7th.

Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection, a remastered anthology of the band's entire recorded output featuring two previously unreleased tracks, never-before-published photos, lyrics, and a comprehensive concert history.
PREORDER NOW: Available on CD/Digital/2LP.
LISTEN NOW: "When Rock 'N' Roll Was Just A Baby" exclusively at Rolling Stone

Texas Is The Reason played the Revelation Records 25th Anniversary Show on October 11 at Irving Plaza, and are playing some further reunion dates coming up as well. Check their official website for more details.

Here's my footage of the band performing "Back And To The Left" at the NY show:

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Primitive Man

 PRIMITIVE MAN - an excellent, new Blackened Sludge/Doom band fronted by Ethan of 'Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire.' Debut album, 'Scorn,' will be released on vinyl and digitally January 31 via Throatruiner/Mordgrimm Records. The vinyl will be limited to 500 copies. Pre-orders are up now on their Bandcamp page! Shipping will be in early Feb.