Bis Aufs Messer Weekly News

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Bis Aufs Messer Weekly News



Hi, welcome to another newsletter for May - this week a bit earlier so you could dive in for the long weekend. A bunch of cool stuff arrived like the STORMKEEP - Tales Of Othertime LP, SLANT - 1 LP, DOLLY MIXTURE - Remember This: The Singles Collection 1980 - 1984 LP, DELPHINE DORA - As Above, So Below LP, JEFF PARKER - Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy DLP restock, KALI MALONE - The Sacrificial Code DLP, ELECTRIC CHAIR - Act Of Aggression LP, LONG KNIFE - Curb Stomp Earth LP, RUDIMENTARY PENI - Death Church LP re issue, RUDIMENTARY PENI - Cacophony LP re issue, NURSE WITH WOUND - Alice The Goon (Funeral Music For Perez Prado) LP and much more … 


Also the new WIRE - #472 June 2023 MAG is in with a huge THE FALL special. 


We also added a few more second hand LPs and 7“s to our discogs


Thank you as usual


Til then thank you for all your orders & support.


Robert & Norman






DOOM - Police Bastard 7“ (Five songs recorded in 1989, during the same session in which DOOM recorded their brilliant split LP with NO SECURITY. Considered by many to be DOOM's best early material, this classic EP contains the songs “Means to an End,” “Relief, Pt. 2,” and of course, “Police Bastard.” This was the second release ever by Profane Existence Records and is considered a masterpiece of “crust.” This "30 Dirty Years" version contains all new cover artwork created by Skinny and comes with a 12x12 poster of the new cover art. Also included is a 7x7 4 page booklet containing artwork, lyrics, and an 7x14 collage of police brutality designed by Brandon Stench.) 13.00


GRAF ORLOCK - End Credits 7“ (vitriol - In explaining End Credits, the band says: “This record specifically focuses on the apocalypse. Given it will be the last release, it looks like a script that has caught on fire. Songs/films covered in this are Snowpiercer, Children Of Men, Mad Max, Dredd, and Waterworld. Although there seems like a proliferation of post-apocalypse or dystopian films in light of the last couple of years, all of these songs/films/lyrics predate COVID. On top of that, in the style of how the songs/lyrics are put together, typical Jason and Kyle are representing different characters in any given script, transferred into song lyrics.”) 12.00


KARA DELIK - Singularities I 7“ (Three friends brought together by their love of odd time signatures, and krautrock, Kara Delik was born in the summer of 2020 in Berlin mixing Postpunk, Dub, PSychedelic & Turkish elements.) 10.00


KARA DELIK - Singularities II 7“ (Three friends brought together by their love of odd time signatures, and krautrock, Kara Delik was born in the summer of 2020 in Berlin mixing Postpunk, Dub, PSychedelic & Turkish elements.) 10.00


KORO - EP 7“ (sorry state - "Sorry State is excited to bring you a repress of one of the best hardcore records ever, Koro's 1983 7" EP. Originally released in a small, self-released pressing, over the decades this monster's reputation has continued to grow, and collectors now have to fork over well over a grand for an original pressing. This one is too good for the scum to keep to themselves, though, a hyper-compact explosion of energy that can hold its own next to any landmark early 80s hardcore punk record you want to compare it to. Sorry State's 2023 pressing aims to replicate the original look and feel of the original as closely as possible, with an offset-printed sleeve on legal size paper. It's as close as you can get to the original without missing a mortgage payment.“) 14.00


SLANT - Vain Attempt 7“ (iron lung - Hyper-urgent and super pissed US style hardcore played by members of SCUMRAID and BLOODKROW BUTCHER with a cleaner than expected delivery given the pedigree. Tight, passionate and driven music that goes for the throat. Crew oriented but singularly realized. Not to be trifled with. ) 15.00





BRAIN TOURNIQUET - ...An Expression In Pain LP (iron lung - Rage fueled powerviolence/harDCore from the “City of Magnificent Distances”. Since their 2018 inception, Brain Tourniquet has payed homage to the classic West Coast Power Violence legends like Man Is The Bastard, Crossed Out and Neanderthal while maintaining their own identity and consistently twisting the conventions of the genre to make something new and urgent and fucking skull crushing. ‘…An Expression In Pain’ takes that forward trajectory 10 steps further and absolutely decimates expectations. This band is truly a light in the darkness. Recorded by Bob Quirk and Kevin Bernsten. Mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth. Art by Michael Lesy. Layout by Jensen Ward.) 26.00


CHARLIE MORROW / STEN HANSON / CARLES SANTOS - The Heavyweight Sound Fight DLP (A real avant-garde curio and fascinating historical document capturing experimental pioneers Charlie Morrow, Sten Hanson, and Carles Santos having a soundclash in 1981, NYC, held inside a boxing gym and replete with hoots of laughter and applause from the crowd plus reflections by Charlie Morrow that's almost a new piece in its own right. A precedent of sorts to, erm, Armand van Helden vs Fatboy Slim’s 1999 bout, ‘The Heavyweight Sound Fight’ takes pride of place among iDEAL’s hall of oddities with one of the zaniest recordings by three international leaders of the avant-garde. Adapting all the pomp and ceremony of a boxing match to ludicrous ends - including a flier depicting each artist with their dukes up - they produced what sounds like a great night out for NYC’s experimental cognoscenti with Charlie Morrow (USA) vs Carles santos (Spain) each backed by a band - Soho Baroque Opera Company with the assistance of the New Wilderness Foundation - while Sweden’s Sten Hanson acts as referee, and Armand Schwerner takes the role of announcer in thick, nasal New York brogue. It’s brilliantly daft and subversive but accomplished in a witty way that maybe escapes too many solemnly po-faced avant-garde conceptualists nowadays, and  remains a strange outlier in the history of NYC avant garde and beyond. ) 40.00


DELPHINE DORA - As Above, So Below LP (Recital is pleased to present As Above, So Below, a new album from French multi-instrumentalist Delphine Dora. Over the past decade, from poetry reading, chansons, organ performances, tape compositions and so on, each album in Dora’s lush discography feels like a feather from a different bird. A keen ability to defy any singular “sound,” always diving to different depths. As Above, So Below centers around mystic piano and voice recordings. In a distinct gothic landscape, each of the nine tracks float into one another. From verdant piano works that revolve like beautifully stretched out miniatures, expanding and bending like shadows across the floor, to foggy vocal arrangements hovering above beds of rural field recordings. Quiet synthesizers crawl in the backdrops, never disturbing the spirit of the piano motions. ) 33.00


DOLLY MIXTURE - Remember This: The Singles Collection 1980 - 1984 LP (sealed - 15 track album that compiles all of Dolly Mixture's 7" and 12" released between 1980 and 1984 on Chrysalis, Respond Records, Dead Good Dolly Platters and Cordelia Records. If you bought all five original singles - you'd have no change from 200 pounds. Dolly Mixture sit somewhere between the Shangri-La's and the Go-Go's which appeals to Indie kids, Punks and 60's girl group fans. Dolly Mixture toured with the Undertones, played John Peel's 40th birthday party, recorded a wealth of true pop classics, gave U2 a support-act leg-up, wrote songs for Lena Zavaroni and influenced the whole riot grrrl movement, but floored by on-the-road illness, decooled by Captain Sensible and dismissed as 'the Slits meet the Nolans' by a UK music industry too hung up on black leather hipness.) 27.00


DOOM / CRESS - split LP (Originally released as a 10" in 1998 by the great Flat Earth Records, the Doom/Cress split was a popular release between two of crust punk's biggest names. The late '90s was probably the absolute height of this genre and releases like this defined the sound and style. Since its initial release, it's been out of print and become a somewhat sought out item. I think most people are familiar with Doom, but Cress, featuring members of the 1980s anarcho band Deformed, are less known. But they play crust as well and this material holds up. This is a nice reissue that puts the 10" on LP format and a nice trip back to a better(???) and simpler time. Available for the first time since 1994. The Doom and Cress split full-length features some of the best material from both bands extensive catalogs.) 26.00


DOOM - World Of Shit LP (Just when thought everything was right in the world, Doom drops by to piss on your parade. These crust masters haven't changed a lot since the '80s; they're still angry and in your face about it. Subtlety is not in the Doom lexicon. 11 songs of Discharge-influenced charcoal colored crusty hardcore punk. "Doom have never been big on subtlety, and here there is no change in direction. They continue on with the tried and true sound they pioneered in the late '80s.." -Sonarize Records) 26.00


ELECTRIC CHAIR - Act Of Aggression LP (iron lung - There was a time when the fear of nuclear destruction was so thick you could feel it in the your lungs and walked the streets. Like at any moment some ICBM would rain fire on your town and the troops would be thrust into action. Only they wouldn’t be defending the town they would use the melee as an excuse to rid their little podunk heaven of the “punker plague”. Those freaky weirdos with pins in their ear and stains on their gear. The ones that spray paint “Ronald Reagan SUCKS a big one” on the hoods of cars. The ones that don’t fit and don’t wanna…  Friends and enemies, introducing ELECTRIC CHAIR! ) 26.00


ENTIDAD ANIMADA - Pruebas De Existencia LP (muro - Marcos Díaz has been part of Buenos Aires underground for many years, being in projects like Bosques and making solo music under the pseudonym Entidad Animada (animated entity). Under this project, Marcos has explored sounds that involve a mix of feedback/distortion through synthesizers, guitars and drum machines that hint at the influence of Stereolab, Spacemen 3, and mid-nineties shoegaze. However, there are also ambient soundscapes with a slight rubbed of the ritualistic psychedelia of the Popol Vuh. The display of colours in his music comes together in the midst of a playful, relaxed and optimistic environment that is simultaneously melancholic. Because of the nature of those pieces, but also because in Entidad Animada there is also space for collage sounds that blend randomly with textures of a primitive analog sound, which inevitably causes a paradox between what is alive and what is inert. And it is because Entidad Animada is precisely that, a spectrum or a vision, a ghost. And these sounds are proof of his existence. ) 27.00


HEAVEN'S GATE - s/t LP (beach - Emerging from the swamps of “the other Bay Area”, Tampa, Florida’s Heaven's Gate debut with their first release, a self titled 12" released via Beach Impediment Records. Heaven’s Gate consists of Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste) on vocals, Mike Goo (Warthog) on guitar, Jeff Howe (Reversal of Man) on bass, and Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse) on drums. Consisting of five tracks that merge an amalgam of hardcore, punk and extreme metal's most aggressive elements, this initial offering from HEAVEN'S GATE showcases a range of colliding styles that are to be expected from these veterans of varied approaches to heavy music. Recorded across 2022 by Jeramie Kling and Taylor Nordberg, mixed by Will Killingsworth and mastered by Joel Grind, this one sided 12" with a marvelously etched b-side adorned with the band's logo is set to drop Friday February 24th, 2023. Each record comes in a full color jacket featuring the intricate artwork of Alexander Heir (Death Traitors, L.O.T.I.O.N.).) 23.00


ICD10 - Faith in Institutions LP (sorry state - Sorry State is proud to present the debut vinyl from Philadelphia’s ICD10. Featuring members of Philly heavyweights like Fuckin’ Lovers and Poison Ruin, ICD10 sounds like they’ve soaked up 40 years of hardcore history and are sweating it out into a battered denim jacket covered in rusted studs and faded band logos. Swirling around ICD10’s tornado of noise, I hear the anthemic anarcho-hardcore of Final Conflict and the Iconoclast, the total noise approach of 80s Kyushu punk, the off-kilter artiness of early 2010s New York, and Gudon’s marriage of heaviness and musicality. ICD10’s vocals are bathed in noise and effects, but rather than the uniform delay effect most hardcore bands employ, there are a range of effects that sometimes cascade across the manic riffing and sometimes lock in with it, creating jagged looping effects that evoke a crumbling technological dystopia. Lyrically, ICD10 combines Crass’s political astuteness with Poison Idea’s nihilism; the world is fucked, the system is rigged, and the only momentary respite is in tasting the void. Faith in Institutions is an unrelentingly bleak record, but it channels its hopelessness into an original and compelling take on hardcore punk.) 26.00


JEFF PARKER - Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy DLP (Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy, x2 LPs of long-form, lyrical, groove-based free improv by acclaimed guitarist & composer Jeff Parker's ETA IVtet. Recorded live at ETA (referencing David Foster Wallace), a bar in LA’s Highland Park neighborhood with just enough space in the back for Parker, drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Anna Butterss, & alto saxophonist Josh Johnson to convene in extraordinarily depth-full & exploratory music making. Gleaned for the stoniest side-length cuts from 10+ hours of vivid two-track recordings made between 2019 & 2021 by Bryce Gonzales, Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy is a darkly glowing séance of an album, brimming over with the hypnotic, the melodic, & patience & grace in its own beautiful strangeness. Room-tone, electric fields, environment, ceiling echo, live recording, Mondays, Los Angeles. Jeff Parker's first double album & first live album, Mondays at The Enfield Tennis Academy belongs in the lineage of such canonical live double albums recorded on the West Coast as Lee Morgan’s Live at the Lighthouse, Miles Davis' In Person Friday & Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, San Francisco & Black Beauty, & John Coltrane's Live in Seattle. ) 35.00


JEFF PARKER - The Relatives LP (thrill jockey - If you went looking for a poster-child for Chicago's multidirectional, cross-pollinating, interstylistic music scene, you couldn't find a better one than Jeff Parker. Parker: jazz guitarist with pro credentials, widely travelled and prized by top soul-jazzers and hard-boppers. Parker: inveterate rocker who revitalized Tortoise with his ferocious improvising and tasty licks. Parker: experimentalist willing to try new dub, hip-hop, electronic, collage, free, chamber - anything worthwhile, irrespective of genre or orientation. Community expander, boundary buster, restless explorer - Jeff Parker is constantly trying out new things with new partners. A man on the move.) 28.00


JOËL VANDROOGENBROECK - Images of Flute In Nature LP (bonfire - Brainticket was an obscure Krautrock band born out of a 60's jazz group featuring Belgian born keyboardist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, based in Switzerland. The leader went for a fortunate solo career after the former group disbanded, reaching a cult status especially in Italy with a series of sought after libraries. Released in 1978 on Cenacolo, Images Of Flute In Nature is pure magic translated in music. Conceived by Joel with a little help from vocalist Carole Muriel (an American performer already involved in Brainticket and Drum Circus), the album is literally a deep connection between kosmische music, ambient and ethno-global rhythms.) 31.00


KALI MALONE - The Sacrificial Code DLP (ideal - Kali Malone presents a quietly subversive new album featuring almost two hours of concentrated, creeping organ pieces governed by a strict acoustic and compositional code. It’s a major new work with ultimately profound emotional resonance. ‘The Sacrificial Code’ takes a more detailed approach to ideas first sketched out on last year’s ‘Organ Dirges’, which featured canon exercises spontaneously captured without much prior technical planning. By contrast, the recording of ‘The Sacrificial Code’ involved the more careful micing up of several organs in such a way as to eliminate acoustic impurities as far as possible - essentially removing the large hall reverb so inextricably linked to the instrument. The pieces were then performed free of gestural adornments and without expressive impulse - an approach that flows against the grain of the prevailing musical hegemony, where sound is so often manipulated, and composition often steeped in self indulgence. The question posed; can this strict methodology still speak to the listener in meaningful terms?) 40.00


KIRKBY KISS - It's Gonna Cost You LP (council - New Jersey socially conscious hardcore band KIRKBY KISS. A band that has expanded their sound and developed an emphatic voice that echoes emotions and often times social commentary about various struggles of the modern day era.) 25.00


LEXICON - Devoid Of Light LP (iron lung - Following up a demo as raging as Lexicon's was is a tough thing to do for most but holy shit Devoid Of Light powerstomps that thing to radioactive dust! KJ's deathly anger/despair ridden vocals are some of the most intense in modern history. The USHC infused noise-crust riffs fit perfectly into a tensely driven percussion grenade of anxious drums and bleary, life-questioning rage. Do we need to say "explosive"? Because that is exactly what the hell it is. Get fucked up, turn the fuzz to 11 and get as strong as humanly possible. Life can be a real piece of shit sometimes, let this be the soundtrack when it is.  Recorded by Jose "Phasma Mortem" Mora. Mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth. Art by Devin McKernan.) 26.00


LONG KNIFE - Curb Stomp Earth LP (beach impending - The third chapter in the decade long existence of one of the most depraved Portland hardcore bands ever. If you know, you know, as LONG KNIFE has channeled and perfected the POISON IDEA sound, though if you pay attention to their catalog, you can see how they have evolved into their own beast over the years, making the PI comparisons trite. Every song on this record offers something different, whether it’s keyboards, horns (yep), what sounds to be operatic gang vocals, or just straight up hardcore bangers. This LP still maintains the intensity, insanity, and aggression these maniacs are known for, though there seems to be a bit more melody thrown in under the chaos this time. The riffs, solos, bass licks and Colin’s vocals/lyrics are just as awesome as ever. And of course, the lyrics are just as cynical, disturbing, and well written as we’ve come to expect. There is no slowing down for these guys and the Earth is ready to be curb stomped again and again with LONG KNIFE’s fucked up pummelling songs for these fucked up times. Each record comes in a deluxe package - thick jacket, printed inner sleeve and a huge poster plus stunning cover art by Alina Radetsky.) 28.00


MARTA SALOGNI & TOM RELLEEN - Music For Open Spaces LP (hands in the - «Tom and I started recording Music for Open Spaces during our travels to Joshua Tree, just at the edge of the desert. Other tracks were recorded while on a trip to Cornwall. We loaded the car with tape machines, a couple of synths and Tom’s bass. When we arrived we set up a small studio in the living room of a rented house, facing the ocean. The last pieces were made in our familiar places, in London.  All the tracks are mostly spontaneously improvised, influenced and inspired by the landscapes in which we were immersed at the time, those being both physical spaces and metaphysical ones, but always open. After Tom passed away, I finished this record on my own, carrying both of us in my heart. I have left these compositions unaltered, unmixed. Just as they were the last time we listened to them together. To me, these “open spaces” are where Tom is now, unconstrained by form.) 32.00


MUSLIMGAUZE - Eye For An Eye LP + 7“ (The relationship between Bryn Jones's music as Muslimgauze and the track/album titles he would provide (sometimes right on the tapes he would send in for release, but often determined later, sometimes even giving two different pieces months apart the same title, accidentally or not) has always been a little mysterious. Jones himself can no longer be asked, and as you continue to investigate the swathes of material he provided, you hit sources like the DAT or DATs that make up the contents of the new double-LP Turn On Arab American Radio. Nine tracks, the first LP/four tracks titled "Turn On Arab American Radio," and the other LP/five tracks labeled only "Arab American Radio." None of them sound particularly radio-esque, although given the simultaneous vastness and ornate focus of Jones's Muslimgauze work that gap between name and sound is far from atypical. Instead, here the de rigeur percussion loops that underpin this particular set of tracks, while occasionally clipping into the fierce distortion that Jones either loved to use or couldn't get away from, steer away from both the more consistent application of that distortion as well as the Middle Eastern and Asian influences he often used. It'd be a stretch to call anything here basic boom-bap production but they come closer to it than a lot of Muslimgauze production.) 28.00


NURSE WITH WOUND - Alice The Goon (Funeral Music For Perez Prado) LP (bbe - A new NWW mutation, with some of the most hauntingly evocative pieces in Stapleton's catalog, as striking and unusual as anything else Nurse With Wound has produced. A coherent sampler of Nurse With Wound’s range of dark and humorous that includes a full side of “Funeral Music For Perez Prado" on vinyl for the first time, the masterpiece "(I Don’t Want to Have ) Easy Listening Nightmares" from "Alice the Goon", and a a remix/rework of this track ’ renamed as “Alice The Goon (A Floating Eye)”. The tracks have been remastered by Colin Potter for a new full LP with a new Babs Santini artwork. ) 26.00


OL' DIRTY BASTARD - Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version DLP (Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version is the solo debut album of American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard, released March 28, 1995, on Elektra Records in the United States.It was the second solo album, after Method Man's Tical to be released from the nine-member Wu-Tang Clan following the release of their debut album. Return to the 36 Chambers was primarily produced by RZA, with additional production from Ol' Dirty Bastard, and affiliates True Master and 4th Disciple. The album features guest appearances from Wu-Tang Clan members GZA, RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa as well as Wu-Tang Killa Beez.) 48.00


PESTILENGTH - Basom Gryphos LP (sentinent - Thirty six minutes of mutant death metal armageddon to disintegrate the fabric of reality. At last, Spanish hallucinatory death metal abomination Pestilength issue their critically acclaimed 2022 sophomore album "Basom Gryphos" on vinyl. Across it's synapse-obliterating eight songs "Basom gryphos" unfolds an infernal fractal of muted death metal forged from the same aberrant antimatter that birthed defining works by Morbid Angel (early Tucker-era particularly) and Immolation, revealing a shapeshifting, suffocating sonic hallucination conceived at the outer limits of death metal as we know it. The disfiguring dissonant black metal touches and disorienting atmospheres transposed from the band's origins persist in their framework, further exalting the band's deliriant penchant for total extreme metal surrealism, while the cryptic allomorphic symbolism and inverted anti-language that permeates the lyrics and song titles complete an alien extreme metal crucible of truly mind-altering enormity.) 26.00


RUDIMENTARY PENI - Cacophony LP (sealed -Cacophony is the second Rudimentary Peni album. Released after the band returned from their first hiatus following a series of personal events that changed the band forever. The thirty track LP keeps turning heads 34 years after its release. Far from writing another “Death Church” the band embarked on a truly bizarre quest. To record an album based on the life and writings of horrors absolute king H.P. Lovecraft. A dense cacophony of total free songwriting. Dark, gothic, intricate, unexpected head-scratching punk. The short bursts of music twist and turn at every corner - the vocals are part classic Blinko and part spoken word, the guitar is full of distorted awkward tones and the every inventive bass and drums are locked together creating a truly unique album. ) 27.00


RUDIMENTARY PENI - Death Church LP re issue (sealed - The words legendary, seminal, and classic get thrown around at will these days, but Rudimentary Peni’s debut album is all of them. Recorded over two days at Southern Studios by John Loder and originally released in 1983 by Crass off-shoot label Corpus Christi, Death Church showed a band moving away from the urgency of their two early 7”s and into their own realm. Creating a template that bands have been trying to replicate ever since, while ticking all the boxes to become a genre-defining album. Iconic artwork, a unique sound and their own lyrical universe. All merging seamlessly. Sonically the album is full of Nick Blinko’s extraordinary vocals and equally remarkable guitar, Grant Matthews’ big meandering driving basslines and Jon Greville's tight and relentless drum work which together made something intricate and hard hitting, with a sequence that makes the 21 songs on the album flow perfectly. Visually, the album is every outsider art lover’s wet dream. A six-panel poster sleeve with every inch covered in Nick Blinko’s claustrophobic black and white line drawings, while lyrically the songs deal with madness, religion, death, and questioning humankind from a dark poetic place rarely found in any art form. ) 27.00


RUDIMENTARY PENI - Great War LP (la vida- Recorded several years ago before Rudimentary Peni engaged in another mysterious hiatus, Great War has finally emerged to kiss the gas-tinged light of a mustered morn. Expanding on the skeletal sounds and subject of 2009's “Wilfred Owen” single the band has seen fit to concentrate on a more mechanized approach doing away with even more of the humanizing aspects in their music this time delivering ten painful familiar shards fraught with brittle anxiety and anguished simplicity. Great War cements new phase in the ever-crawling metamorphic madness that is Rudimentary Peni. The record comes with brand new Nick Blinko Artwork on the sleeve and Inner Sleeve. (Jensen Ward)) 27.00


RUTH ANDERSON & ANNEA LOCKWOOD - Tête-à-tête LP + 10“ (Over the course of a nearly 50 year romantic and creative partnership sound artist Annea Lockwood and the late pioneering electronic composer Ruth Anderson have shared space on a number of significant releases of early electronic and tape music, including Charles Amirkhanian’s trailblazing 1977 anthology of women electronic composers New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media, a 1981 split LP on Opus One, a 1997 CD for Phill Niblock’s XI imprint, and 1998’s Lesbian American Composers compilation on CRI. The couple additionally taught a course on the history of women’s music-making, at Hunter College, called Living Women, Living Music. Throughout their time together, they co-authored a number of Hearing Studies designed for people with no formal musical training, which were collected for a 2021 book publication by Open Space Music. They spent most of their private life between Crompond, NY and the house they built themselves at Flathead Lake, Montana. Although Ruth passed away in 2019, the composers’ dialogue continues today with Tête-à-tête, a collection of unreleased archival and new material spread across an LP and a single-sided 10” record. ) 33.00


SLANT - 1 LP (iron lung - SLANT are back with 17 minutes of pure bristling rage. Corrosive hardcore music for the pit AND the pendulum recalling the stomping catchy vibes of recent luminaries like BOSTON STRANGLER or VIOLENT REACTION but channeling back to previous 80s hitters in the YOUTH OF TODAY/MINOR THREAT vein too. All with an absolutely visceral feminine, ahem... slant to it. Ha, I couldn't resist that one. This band is a shining light in the South Korean scene and is anxious to get out in the world once the world happens again. We can't wait for you to see that.) 26.00


STATE OF FEAR - Complete Discography Volume I LP (sonarzine - This two volume set of records represents the complete discography of State of Fear. With the rise of crust punk in the U.S. a new generation of punks have scoured the filthy depths of the genre to find the classics, and STATE OF FEAR ticks every box of a classic hardcore band. Formed from the ex-members of DISRUPT and DEFORMED CONSCIOUS, S.O.F. adopted a more streamlined hardcore attack than that of either of their former bands, but kept intact the political and dark themes of the crust bands they had come from. This was hardcore made by fans of Swedish bands like SKITLICKERS, MOB 47, ANTI-CIMEX, and although they definitely wear their influences on their sleeve, they created a sound which was enigmatically their own. Entering the scene in the heyday of Minneapolis Crust in 1994 they immediately made their mark with powerful live showings and a no-bullshit delivery. Volume 1 includes the self titled debut, and the infamous ‘wallow in squalor’ EP’s, State of Fear showcase a devastating combination of speed and memorable riffs rarely seen by another band in America since. Songs like ‘Blood Thirsty System’, ‘Violation’, ‘Consumption’ emboldened a generation of punks in the 90’s, and confirmed their feelings of rage at the political system in place, which sadly still stands today. These songs aren’t going to lose appeal until the bloodthirsty system falls. Sonarize Records has added a large format 12-page booklet that includes a biography, interviews, lyrics, and hard-to-find photos of the band.) 25.00


STATE OF FEAR - Complete Discography Volume II LP (sonraize - As outlined in the above description State of Fear had set out on a hardcore path widely copied but never matched throughout 1994-1996. It’s in this period that they attempt their first full-length LP which although marred by recording issues and personnel changes, would go on to be regarded by most as an contender for one of the best LP’s of 1990’s in the hardcore punk genre. Volume 2 is this stand-alone LP by the band and features the original artwork of Marald who has also gone on to a famed career in the fine art world, this includes a large 4 page booklet with all lyrics included, and an A2 poster. Did I mention that both Vol. 1 and 2 have been remastered by Jack Control for the highest sound quality possible. These are definitive documents of one of the best hardcore bands to exist.) 25.00


STORMKEEP - Tales Of Othertime LP (van - 180g blood-red vinyl - STORMKEEP is a force of the supernatural, a wind flowing through the crumbling ancient ruins of a lost land, buried by legend and mystery. From the athenaea of old came the acclaimed underground mini-LP “Galdrum,” an homage to the golden age of black metal and harkening back to the dark ages of history filled with mysticism and magick. Now STORMKEEP bring forth their debut full-length album “Tales of Othertime.” The penultimate tome of fantastical dungeon metal symphonia from a world beyond, “Tales of Othertime” presents six majestic hymns of triumphant, cold and fierce Medieval Black Metal. Sail across the frozen worlds of Elda and travel into a land of myth. Enter… ) 35.00


URANIUM - An Exacting Punishment LP (sentiment - After the glorious "Wormboiler" cassette tape compilation obliterated human ears in 2021, American one-man black industrial weapon Uranium finally emerges from the depths of oblivion with its debut full-length album "An Exacting Punishment", a five-track, forty-minute radioactive nightmare of complete sonic ruin channelling the darkness of black metal with the scathing immensity of defining post-industrial acts like Brighter Death Now, Godflesh, Wolf Eyes, Swans, MZ. 412, Controlled Bleeding, and Genocide Organ. As the band's name aptly hints at, Uranium was conceived as an aural vessel to explore the outer limits and the most irreversible states of complete human disintegration, and the incineration of its most defining and triumphant achievements; namely society, progress, technology, and civilization, with nuclear power being the conduit and ultimate engine of the greatest and most horrific forms of total annihilation mankind could ever face. Auditory terror both permeates and defines Uranium's music, with bludgeoning and majestic post-industrial soundscapes pulsing inside a lightless void lit only by drifting embers and falling ash, while immense infernal atmospherics wrap their deathly spires around the listener, crushing them into a distorted auditory abyss. Power electronics, industrial noise and black metal have rarely before been seen chained together and weaponized into such a mortal design. An authentic weapon of mass annihilation engineered to face human life with absolute death. A death-scarred reality that emerges from the utter bleakness and ruination of Uranium's apocalyptic design, as the listener is cast at the center of a caustic nuclear nightmare where flesh boils and evaporates off bone, cells erratically split into endless deformities and the world is turned into a mangled, corroded and disfigured radioactive oblivion. ) 26.00


VONBRIGÐI - Hanagal DLP (iron lung - "The Land of Fire and Ice" has long been known for immense natural beauty, ancient folklore, hakarl, aluminum and hairy little horses. What you may not know is that punks were also there from the very start of the show. One of the most important bands to emerge from the thriving Reykjavík scene was Vonbrigði. Though they draw influence from UK and European post-punk and American hardcore, have no doubts Vonbrigði were 100% their own unique thing. They didn't receive a ton of international attention at the time and sort of faded into history but not without releasing a handful of songs, including a blistering hardcore track on the Rokk Í Reykjavík soundtrack compilation and an incredible EP on the fledgling Gramm label owned by Ásmundur Jónsson and Einar Örn (of Purrkur Pillnikk, Kukl and, more notably, Sugarcubes fame). All of the aforementioned songs are included here along with the rest of the previously (and unbelievably, I mean how is material this amazing not released immediately after recording it? Crazy!) unreleased '82/'83 sessions. 71 minutes of sweat and grit. Who needs volcanoes when you have Vonbrigði's fire? All tracks recorded between July 1982 and January 1983 at Studio Hanagal by Kjartan Kjartansson. Mixed and mastered in 2020 at Klakhöllin by Hallur Ingólfsson. Art by Þórir Georg.) 46.00


WIPERS - Is This Real? LP (jackpot - BACK IN STOCK!!! Unquestionably Portland's most well-loved punk group, THE WIPERS formed in the late 1970s and in 1980 released their debut LP, Is This Real?— twelve songs of stabbing, jittery guitar, snapped vocals, and unabashed teen angst. Full of desperation and yearning, the LP has stood as a blueprint for wretched youth for over 25 years. In the early 1990s Is This Real? was given mainstream attention when Nirvana covered two tracks off the record and Kurt Cobain announced it was one of the primary influences on his group. Remastered from original tapes as provided by GREG SAGE himself, the LP is pressed on audiophile grade vinyl and housed in a deluxe tip-on sleeve. Includes a printed insert that replicates the original innersleeve.) 30.00


WIPERS - Youth Of America LP (jackpot - Simply obliterating any conception of THE WIPERS as a mere punk band, GREG SAGE released this follow-up to Is This Real? in 1981—a sophisticated, overwhelming response to the evil times marked by the turn of the decade. Broken into six long songs, Youth Of America is a much colder, harrowing experience than the teen angst of their debut. Vocally Sage comes off as sleep-deprived and forsaken, snarling not only at his own predicament but at the predicament of the entire world. Mastered from the original tapes by SAGE, pressed on high quality vinyl, and packaged in sturdy, old-style heavy-duty jackets.) 28.00


WOUND MAN - Human Outline LP (iron lung - People will only be pushed so far before they snap. And then violence ensues. Followed by an immediate need for solitude. ‘Human Outline’ is what that feeling sounds like. Fists packed, boots laced, ready to destroy everything in sight. Wound Man has always been a band heavily influenced by the likes of Crossed Out and Infest, that’s obvious, but what really makes them stand out is a heavy doom undercurrent that doesn’t necessarily come out in the riffs but the darkness of it is there. No rip-off shit, just tangible depression given to angry action via alternating/direct current. And that is some magnificent ugliness. ) 26.00


YLEISET SYYT - Toisten Todellisuus LP (sorry state - Toisten Todellisuus compiles two 7”s by Helsinki, Finland’s Yleiset Syyt: their self-titled EP, originally released in 2019, and 2021’s Umpikujamekanismi. Despite members playing in well-known underground Finnish bands like Kohti Tuhoa and Foreseen, Yleiset Syyt has flown under the radar in the Anglophone world, with only a small fraction of their records’ tiny pressings making it outside Finland. Fortunately for you, the hardcore fanatics at Sorry State and La Vida Es Un Mus have our ears to the ground, and we agreed that a band this killer deserves a much wider audience. Yleiset Syyt’s sound is both blistering and anthemic, moving nimbly from full-throttle rippers like “Hygieeninen Ruumis” to tracks like “Hyväntekijä” and “Luovan Keskiluokan Takapihalla,” whose big chorus hooks could have anchored a Riot City or No Future a-side. The combination of ferocious performances and songwriting chops might remind you of older Finnish bands like Lama, Mellakka, and Appendix, but Minor Threat, the Fix, and Necros are equally apt comparisons. If you like your early 80s-style hardcore tightly-wound, razor-sharp, and bristling with hooks, you’re gonna love Toisten Todellisuus as much as we do.) 26.00


V/A - Cease & Resist - Sonic Subversion & Anarcho Punk In The UK 1979-86 DLP (Anarcho Punk was the one sub-genre of Punk that emerged in isolation from the rock & roll establishment. During its pioneering days of the early 1980s it thrived in opposition to the music industry, existing as a fiercely underground alternative to the bands, labels and venues of the commercialised mainstream Punk scene. It continues to do so. Anarcho Punk represented one of the last truly underground and autonomous music movements ever witnessed and remains a movement that has never sold out and has never gone away. ) 36.00





NEGATIVE VORTEX - Tomb Absolute TAPE (Brazilian US-based doomed death metal duo Negative Vortex rise from the depths of torment with their long awaited debut album "Tomb Absolute", a fifty four-minute, nine-song double LP of absolute, towering atmospheric death metal oblivion. Years in the making, meticulously produced, and assembled from sheer pain and perfectionism, "Tomb Absolute" is a colossal slab of grim and hopeless death metal evoking bleak and pessimistic visions of a doomed future to come, and stirring with bitter reflections about mental illnesses, society's role in human failure, dysfunctions of the mind and spiritual hopelessness. Musically the album takes its life force and inspiration from the glory and timelessness of 80's and 90's death and doom metal (Cathedral, Nihilist, Autopsy, Celtic Frost), wielding a death-bearing payload of intense, monolithic, gut wrenching death metal riffs alternated by ultra-depressing slow-paced doom sections to conjure an ultimate monolith erected to complete death, pain and suffering. The album's imposing and pessimistic aura is further enhanced by a dense and a multi-layered production, lengthly and trance-like compositions that drag the listener into a labyrinthine realm of utter darkness and despair, and synth-laden ambient dirges and spoken word passages that exalt the album's lightless depths and monstrous atmospheres. Completing and further adorning the massive hellscape are also illustrious guest appearances from veterans of the scene like Nick Holmes (Paradise lost / Bloodbath), Kam Lee (Massacre), Moyses Koslene (Krisiun), Leon del Muerte (Impaled / Terrorizer L.A.), Vik (Whipstriker), and Caleb Bingham (Athanasia), providing additional guitars leads and vocal contributions. ) 13.00





WIRE - #472 June 2023 MAG (On the cover: Totally Wire-d: A 20 page special unpicking everything you wanted to know about Mark E Smith and The Fall by the totally Wire-d writers’ squad: Claire Biddles, Graham Duff, Esi Eshun, Louise Gray, Michael Fenton, Jo Hutton, Leah Kardos, Stewart Lee, Craig Leon, Eugene S Robinson, Bruce Russell, Dave Segal, Richard Thomas, Spenser Tomson, Brian Turner and Kek-W. Plus: House Of All: Tessa Norton talks to the new band formed by ex-Fall members about life after Mark E Smith. Plus: Invisible Jukebox: No Home: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection raise Fucking Hell for the London DIY artist? Tested by Meg Woof. Also inside this issue: Nondi_; Kristen Roos; Natalia Beylis; Andy Akiho; Unlimited Editions: Edition Telemark; Unofficial Channels: The Deep Ark; Global Ear: Oakland; The Inner Sleeve by DJ Scotch Egg; Epiphanies by Adele Bertei; pages of reviews and more.) 8.00