Saturday, June 25, 2011
Brand new 7" from Montreal's powerviolence gods VILE INTENT. These guys are INFEST reborn (and that's coming from someone who lives INFEST). This 7" contains the tracks that were on their summer tour tape that came out about a year ago on side A. Side B contains a five minute instrumental track entitled "Gait Analysis." Everytime I listen to said track I think of "Fetch The Pliers" off of INFEST's classic Slave LP, and that is absolutely fucking righteous. The record ends with a shitstorm of manic distortion and feedback. This one is sure to knock you right on your ass. You need this. I repeat, YOU NEED THIS!!!
Regression To The Mean EP
Classic 80s hardcore reissue on Havoc Records. The sleeve indicates that this record was originally released in 1983 by Reflex Records. FINAL CONFLICT, not to be confused with the FINAL CONFLICT from Long Beach, CA, hailed from Minneapolis, MN. Their sound is reminiscent of early 80s New York and Boston hardcore, especially ANTIDOTE and the FU's. This is some really great shit with amazing cover art. GET INTO DIS.
Brand new compilation double 7" from Painkiller Records featuring what I like to call the "powerhouses of powerviolence" (I know it's clever, you don't need to tell me): IRON LUNG (3 tracks), MIND ERASER (4 tracks), HATRED SURGE (3 tracks), and SCAPEGOAT (7 tracks). The IRON LUNG side is extremely noisy, similar to their previous work, and at times very slow which eventually leads into the blasting chaos that they're known for. You should know what to expect from these guys by now. I would say that this isn't really their best stuff yet, but it's still pretty good. Next up is MIND ERASER. There's something about these recordings that makes them not so memorable. I think I just don't like the way that they were recorded. Don't get me wrong, I love MIND ERASER and always have, but it seems like they were going for a more lo-fi sound but ended just making these songs sound like crap. Oh well. HATRED SURGE kicks of the A side of the second 7". I don't understand why people like this band so much. It just sounds like shitty metal. Definitely my least favorite recordings on this compilation. But SCAPEGOAT.....oh SCAPEGOAT. These guys just can't seem to fail. They dish out seven filthy, powerful ragers that I could honestly listen to all fucking day and not get tired of. These recordings are extremely lo-fi, reminiscent of their recordings on their Mindrot demo, but just a bit better. They rerecorded three songs from their tour tape and four brand new ragers for this one. Flawless. Absolutely flawless.
Just when I thought this band couldn't get any better, they drop this monster of a record right on top of my fucking head. SCAPEGOAT is back, ladies and gentlemen, and they sound as pissed as ever. I ordered this thing off the Painkiller Records webstore the day that it came out. After constantly listening to SCAPEGOAT's previous 7" and tour tape for about a year and a half, it was the very least that I could do. I waited in anticipation for 3 fucking weeks for this thing to arrive at my doorstep and let me tell ya, it was worth every second of the wait. Twenty crushing, manic powerviolence anthems in the vein of CROSSED OUT. This is my favorite release of theirs yet, and it is certainly their most diverse. My favorite part about this record is the fact that they rerecorded most of their flawless tour tape. That and the transparent orange vinyl. HAMMATIME.
KILLER new comp that I picked up earlier today at Reckless. This is quite obviously a top-tier compilation of some of Canada's finest hardcore troupes. There are some tracks on this that really fucking bite (like INEPSY and BURNING LOVE), but the good songs totally outweigh the bad. After looking at the back of the record, I immediately knew that I had to pick it up after seeing that SCHOOL JERKS, MAD MEN, and VILE INTENT were on it. Some more highlights from this comp include tracks from CAREER SUICIDE, BAD CHOICE, URBAN BLIGHT, SLOBS, and OMEGAS. Need I say more?
City Limits: Down And Out In Toronto & Montreal