Punk/Metal

Acrimony ‎”Hymns To The Stone” (Burning World)

2020-03-27T02:29:24+00:00March 27th, 2020|

The first album by Acrimony (from 1994) for the first time ever on vinyl! Remixed and mastered in 2019 from original studio files by James Plotkin. Includes new artwork from JimBob Isaac (Taint/Hark). Acrimony’s influences were varied, from ’70s rock to trance techno, but their riffs were undeniably heavy, with lyrics exploring the isolation of their hometown and the same kind of disaffection that once launched Black Sabbath to the outer reaches of doom from a blues rock beginning.

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D.R.I. “Greatest Hits” (Back On Black)

2020-03-27T02:29:22+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Reissue of the D.R.I. ‘Greatest Hits’ album, originally released in 2001. D.R.I.’s music has combined elements of punk rock, thrash metal, speed metal and heavy metal, while their early material has been described as hardcore punk. They are often cited as one of the key bands that helped create the crossover thrash genre, along with S.O.D., Suicidal Tendencies and Corrosion of Conformity.

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Nasty Savage ‎”Wage Of Mayhem + Rarities (1983-1985)” (FOAD)

2020-03-27T02:29:20+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Nasty Savage’s classic demotape ‘Wage Of Mayhem’ (1984) for the first time on vinyl spiced up with a lethal selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks from the early days. Nasty Savage were the undisputed pioneers of Florida’s metal scene, arguments can be made that the early ’90s Tampa area death metal explosion was a direct result of Nasty Savage, who mixed a more nihilistic view, lyrically and through onstage horror imagery, than the Bay Area. Their debut demotape and the additional early tracks collected here show the band on a more power metal oriented approach (at times even leaning to NWOBHM areas) than the incendiary thrash artillery of some subsequent works, but the amount of memorable riffs, a dark evil mood with a few psychedelic elements and the charismatic vocals of their distinctive frontman Ronnie Savage, clearly show the fact that even at their inception they were surprisingly mature and way ahead for their times.

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Radio Birdman ‎”Living Eyes” (Citadel)

2020-03-27T02:29:19+00:00March 27th, 2020|

‘Living Eyes’ was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales during a break in the band’s 1978 tour of Britain and Europe. Relations between members were falling apart and Sire had dropped the band prior to the start of recording. Their breakup soon followed. Initial releases were cut from a tape dub of trial mixes as the band never received an official master. Red Eye Records retrieved the master tapes from Rockfield in 1995 and the album was remixed. Limited to 1250 copies.

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Stephen O’Malley “Auflosung” (Editions Mego)

2020-03-20T19:35:05+00:00March 19th, 2020|

“Produced within the context of The Guidebook of Church Burners publication release, this performance was recorded at visual arts institution LE BAL in Paris, May 4th 2018. Published by Païen in a limited edition, the book explores and transforms into an abstract narration the multiple facets of black metal iconography and history. Emerging from a dialogue between sound and image, the otherworldly piece created for that evening by Stephen O’Malley is a result of this collaboration.” – Emilie Lauriola

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Kids “Kids” (Radiation Deluxe Series)

2020-03-20T19:39:50+00:00March 19th, 2020|

140 gram white vinyl edition. Radiation Deluxe Series present a reissue of The Kids’s self-titled debut album, originally released on the Philips label in 1978. Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, The Kids formed in 1976 to prove to the world that punk was more than just a London vs. New York fashion contest. Highly-acclaimed as one of the best punk records ever, The Kids’ debut album is now reissued on vinyl, with two bonus tracks recorded in 1977. This is pure and quintessential punk rock.

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Kids “Naughty Kids” (Radiation Deluxe Series)

2020-03-20T19:40:31+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Red colored vinyl version on 140 gram vinyl. Radiation Deluxe Series present a reissue of The Kids’ second album Naughty Kids, originally released a mere eight months after their groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut LP (RRS 113LP). The Kids’ second album is a pure masterpiece of straightforward punk rock. A little less raw than their previous material, but still far from the new wave sounds the band started experimenting with on their following records, Naughty Kids remains one of the best examples of non-UK ’70s punk and definitely a mandatory addition to the collection of any Killed by Death fanatic! Includes five bonus tracks recorded live in 1978.

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Male “Zensur & Zensur” (Tapete)

2020-03-20T19:42:05+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Double LP version. Tapete Records present a reissue of Zensur & Zensur by Germany’s first ever punk band Male, originally released in 1979. Includes 11 live tracks recorded at Markthalle Hamburg, June, 29 1979. “The Dusseldorf punk scene was without compare in the years 1977 to 1979 and Male were there in the thick of it, etching their name into German musical history. I was magnetically drawn towards the punk phenomenon back in 1977 and through Bilk’s integral role in the movement, I was lucky enough to get right up close . . . Somehow, I heard about a gig in an assembly hall and that’s where I saw Male, a burning revelation, rising above all the tiresome Stones cover bands! Loud, dirty, new and different! Setting the German flag alight brought the gig to a spectacular conclusion. I offered my services as a roadie for the gigs that followed in and around Düsseldorf . . . Having broken through the inner-city walls, Male were invited to Berlin for the opening of SO36 where they shared the bill with local Berlin heroes PVC, Din A Testbild, Ffurs and Düsseldorf’s Mittagspause. The Male track ‘Polizei’ is included on a sampler commemorating the event. Next up, the ‘Into the Future’ festival in Hamburg saw them in triumphant mode alongside Mittagspause and Kleenex, earning them a headliner slot at the next In die Zukunft — live albums documented the respective performances. Back in Düsseldorf, a record import store gave Male permission to rehearse in their cellar as they geared up for the production of their LP. Earlier tracks and a few newer songs added up to a superb Male album, from the cut-up lyrics on ‘KH 3’ to the hypnotic intro of ‘Ein Tag Düsseldorf’ and the cult track ‘Zensur & Zensur’. Time was racing by and Male arguably reached their zenith as backup for The Clash on the London Calling tour. As the air raid siren rang out on ‘Ich hör schon die Sirenen’, Kosmo Vinyl (Clash roadie), Joe Strummer and Mick Jones stopped in their tracks to take a closer look at Male on stage. On this memorable night in the Phillipshalle, Male were far more than just a warm-up act . . . In the wake of the name change to Vorsprung, Jürgen Engler soon shifted his focus to Die Krupps, but Male remained close to his heart as new songs and the odd gig here and there demonstrated in the years that followed.” –Wolf Lauenroth (Dieter Zensur)

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Demoncy “Joined In Darkness” (Nuclear War Now!)

2020-03-20T19:44:14+00:00March 19th, 2020|

While the word “evil” is used in nearly every description or review of every metal record, in the case of DEMONCY’s classic Joined in Darkness album, there is simply no more appropriate adjective to describe the sounds within. From the ominous intro track entitled “Hymn to the Ancients” to the melancholic chord progressions of “The Ode to Eternal Darkness,” this album distills evil into its most elemental forms. Joined in Darkness also stands out as one of the comparatively few highly successful albums written and executed by a lone musician. For Demoncy, that musician is the enigmatic entity known as IXITHRA. While the vast majority of “one-man projects” fall limp, there are some, such as Joined in Darkness-era Demoncy, that achieve a sound every bit as powerful as could be attained by a full line up. It could convincingly be argued that the solitary nature of Demoncy lends to the desolate and alien atmosphere that Joined in Darkness evokes. Even the use of a drum machine on this album (before the drum machine became the subject of nearly universal derision) enhances the inhumanly cold feeling of the music. This is representative of Ixithra’s tendency to employ only the simplest tools, but to extract from them their maximum potential. The riffs and song structures, while basic, are executed with precision and exactness. The songwriting evinces a truly visionary ability to piece together instruments and riffs in a masterfully dark manner. Ixithra demonstrates his unique ability to generate fast, low-end minor key melodies that crash suddenly into walls of blackened doom.

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Necrogosto “Ancestral Bestiality” (Nuclear War Now!)

2020-03-20T19:45:04+00:00March 19th, 2020|

With its initial self-titled demo from 2017, NECROGOSTO introduced itself as a cult worthy of the rich Brazilian metal underground that its forefathers had pioneered decades earlier. Recalling the savagery invoked by its fellow countrymen in such fabled bands as Sarcofago, Sextrash, Necrobutcher, and Expulser, Necrogosto proved that it is indeed possible to recapture the sound and spirit of one of the most historically significant scenes to have ever impacted extreme metal. Now, two years later and approximately one year since Nuclear War Now! reissued the demo, the same label and band conspire to bring us Necrogosto’s next atrocity, Ancestral Bestiality, an eight-track MLP that confirms the authenticity in style and sound first displayed on the demo. Like the preceding demo, these new tracks harken back to a particular time and place where the boundaries between the existing subgenres of metal were blurred, making clear distinctions between black and death metal difficult and somewhat futile to discern. Like its inspirations from over thirty years ago, this recording is steeped in both the barbarity of primitive death metal and the evil of first-wave black metal, which in itself shared more characteristics of thrash than its more contemporary offshoot.

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Nox Formulae “Drakon Darshan Satan” (Dark Descent)

2020-03-20T19:45:30+00:00March 19th, 2020|

The Red Black Clan of Nox Formulae returns with their second sonic grimoire of Higher Black Magic, delving deeper into the Draconian Universe and the Shadow Current emanating from the hidden and relatively unexplored realms of the Qlipha of the Concealers, Satariel, Archon of which is the second face of Lucifer, the Mighty King Lucifuge Rofocale. Drakon Darshan Satan is based—music and lyric wise—on the grimoire At The Outskirts Of The Shadow Current: The Dark Initiation, in this lifetime by Daemon Gharrassielh, and all those Dark Traditions offered by the Red Dragon to humanity. This album is a musical outcome of actual experiences that took place both on the physical and spiritual planes during the time years 2015-2019. The Shadow Allies are here, welcome the Arrival of Noctifer.

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Solothus “Realm of Ash and Blood” (20 Buck Spin)

2020-03-20T19:46:17+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Realm Of Ash And Blood, the third album from Finland’s Solothus, drops a dripping broadsword of Cimmerian carnage and staggering death-soaked doom delirium on the scorched landscape from which only mounds of skull dust and obsidian shards shall remain. Making its debut on 20 Buck Spin as a band ideally suited for the label, Solothus’ oppressively heavy mid-paced slaughter maintains a sense of unstoppable momentum even when slowing into the glacial. Yet the land of a thousand lakes has also infused the band with an ear for eerie melodic sorcery and tastefully ripping guitar solos to compliment the riff after riff of hammering granite. Touching upon all things doom the Realm Of Ash And Blood luxuriates in both the somber elegance and pained heaviness of the genre, it’s theatrical virtuosity and crushing simplicity. Solothus have stormed the gate, stained it with blood of pretenders and taken the jeweled throne.

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Warp Chamber “Implements Of Excruciation” (Profound Lore)

2020-03-20T19:47:31+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Pacific Northwest abnormal death metal oddity Warp Chamber create a raw, nightmarish and twisted sonicscape of otherworldly cosmic horror that attends to the likes of the old school Finnish, Swedish, and American death metal scenes, while creating a putrid and celestial atmosphere through its own abominable vision. Their 2018 demo tape Abdication Of The Mind made a big impression, channeling the band through the consciousness of the American death metal underground. Their debut album Implements Of Excruciation will bring awareness to the unit as another singular entity to behold.

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Dio “Angry Machines” (BMG)

2020-03-20T19:50:24+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice. The name Dio was chosen because it made sense from a commercial standpoint, as the name was already well known at that time. The band released ten studio albums and had numerous line-up changes over the years with Ronnie James Dio having been the only constant member. The band has sold more than 10 million copies of albums worldwide.

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Dio “Master Of The Moon” (BMG)

2020-03-20T19:51:03+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Originally released in 2004, Master Of The Moon was the final studio album under the DIO band name and featured the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Craig Goldy (Guitar), Jeff Pilson (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums). LP includes limited edition lenticular LP sized print and 180g vinyl.

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Dio “Killing The Dragon” (BMG)

2020-03-20T19:51:24+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Originally released in 2002 and featuring the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Doug Aldrich (Guitars), Jimmy Bain (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums). The LP includes a limited edition lenticular LP sized print and 180g vinyl.

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Dio “Magica” (BMG)

2020-03-20T19:51:49+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Originally released in 2000 and featuring the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Craig Goldy (Guitars), Jimmy Bain (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums) the 2LP set includes a bonus 7” of studio track “Electra” and the CD/digital version features 10 never released before Magica tracks performed on tour in 2001. LP includes limited edition lenticular LP sized art print and on 180g vinyl.

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Myrkur “Folkesange” (Relapse)

2020-03-20T19:54:34+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Amalie Bruun has always paved her own path, challenging underground preconceptions of heavy metal ever since the release of her debut Myrkur EP in 2014. Her first two full-length studio albums, 2015’s M and 2017’s Mareridt, recast black metal in the most personal yet expansive of terms, their blending of Amalie’s Danish folk roots with tempestuous internal struggles breathing new life into a subgenre whose followers can be rigidly possessive.

With the release of her new album, Folkesange, Amalie Bruun has set out to journey into the very heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her childhood. Folkesange relinquishes black metal for a refined yet far-reaching evocation of traditional folk, combining songs ancient and new to sublimely resonant effect.

After the nightmare-induced visions that wrought themselves throughout Mareridt, Folkesange offers an emotional sanctuary, a means to reconnect to something permanent and nature-aligned. It’s an awareness that’s become deeply bound to the album’s organic, regenerative spirit, from the opening track Ella’s heartbeat, frame-drum percussion and crystalline vocals that become the grounding for a rapt, richly textured awakening, to the gentle carousel of the closing Vinter, with its nostalgia-steeped connotations of seasonal, snowfall-bewitched awe.

Storytelling, rites of passage, and the invocation of a continuity that passes through time and generation are all part of folk music’s tapestry, and Folkesange taps into all these currents in their most essential form. In part a purist’s approach to the genre, free from over-interpretation and fusion, the use of traditional instruments throughout, such as nyckelharpa, lyre, and mandola offer a deeper, more tactile connection to their source, an unbroken line of communication back to the past.

But the album is no museum piece; it resonates in the here and now, aided by the spacious production of Heilung member and musical collaborator Christopher Juul. Cinematic yet intimate, Folkesange exists in a state of boundless reverie, bourne by string-led drones, cyclical, elegiac rhythms and Amalie’s frictionless voice, all carrier signals for deep-rooted, ancestral memories, and associations felt on an elemental level.

An immersive experience in its own right, but also belonging to a wider, pagan folk-based renaissance that has attracted a devoted following worldwide, Folkesange answers a need that has become ever more pressing in turbulent times. A zeroing in on a resonance that is both intrinsic and enduring, it’s a rediscovery of personal grounding, and an experience that reaches beyond culture to remind us of a shared, deeply rooted inheritance. A tuning fork that binds the personal and the universal, Folkesange is a reminder that the most transcendent experiences are those closest to home.

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