Quote from label: "Here's the european reissue of the first AUSSITOT MORT (from Caen) record (initially released on the japanese label Oto Records in 2008 and now sold out) with their first ep record ("6 Songs", released in 2007) as bonus tracks. The colors of the original cover were totally redone to put all together these initial 14 songs of the band from Normandy with heavy post-metal tunes and long instrumental parts ("Montuenga" era) and strong post-hardcore songs woth screamo vocals ("6 Songs" era) always with original and franch lyrics. It's very hard to describe AUSSITOT MORT music with standard labels, finally the only thing we can say is their music is truly personal and honest".
Quote from label: "After their first full lenght record released in 2012 by Radar Swarm Records and a split LP with YEAR OF NO LIGHT, here is the BAGARRE GENERALE sophomore album. Since five years and some lineup changes, the music of BAGARRE GENERALE becomes harder and more aggressive with a heavy drums-bass section still guided by ethereal guitars and loud brass instruments which make the band unique. The three long tracks are a real trip to the band universe and sound like a post metal soundtrack composed for a an old peplum movie."
Quote from label: "After their first full lenght record released in 2012 by Radar Swarm Records and a split LP with YEAR OF NO LIGHT, here is the BAGARRE GENERALE sophomore album. Since five years and some lineup changes, the music of BAGARRE GENERALE becomes harder and more aggressive with a heavy drums-bass section still guided by ethereal guitars and loud brass instruments which make the band unique. The three long tracks are a real trip to the band universe and sound like a post metal soundtrack composed for a an old peplum movie".
Quote from label: "GANTZ plays a dark and intense music leaving free court with its emotions. The crystalline arpeggios succeed the chaotic hammerings to give life to pieces melancholic persons being able like AMANDA WOODWARD, ENVY, ISIS. Now with the loss of their singer, and guitar player Joss singing, their music is going more instrumental than their previous releases, including influences of post-rock and mathrock like FROM MONUMENT TO MASSES. The texts are very personal, drawn from the everyday life, and various experiments, imbroglio of feelings and perpetual questionings on becoming it of humanity..."
Quote from Crucial Blast "Call it some kind of dark providence, but back in early 2008 I had three different people all hit me up in the same week to tell me that we really needed to put out a US release of the new album from Overmars. I was already a fan of the French band's 2005 CD/DVD set Affliction, Endocrine...Vertigo, which reminded me of a mix of Neurosis-style slow-motion power and elements of Swans-inspired industrial rock, prog, classic old-school doom, goth rock, black metal, and the more adventurous end of the metalcore field a la Starkweather and Integrity (the former of which actually has a forthcoming split with Overmars on the horizon...), so I already wanted to hear their follow-up, which at the time had only been released in France on Appease Me, the label run by one of the guys from avant-black metallers Blut Aus Nord. After all of the raves I was hearing and the impassioned please to release the album in the US through C-Blast, I finally got in touch with the band and prepared myself for some major heaviness. But when I finally got my hands on a copy and listened to it for the first time, I was floored - that towering black/sludge/industrial/goth sound was there in full effect, but their sound was more oppressive and bleak and epic than ever before, and captured this in a single monolithic song that was almost forty minutes long. Born Again immediately became one of my fave releases of last year, a fucking devestating piece of music that documents the band evolving even further from the simplistic Isis/Neurosis comparisons that have dogged their previous releases.
The album descends deep into themes of self-immolation, horror, and rebirth, and becomes a harrowing narrative as it moves through a series of different musical moods. Overmars had already established their atmospheric, electronically-tainted sludge-metal sound on their excellent 2005 album Affliction, Endocrine...Vertigo and all of the previous splits with Donefor, Iscariote, Fugüe and Icos, but Born Again is something new from the band this forty-minute epic moves from pulverizing industrial dirge blanketed with heavily textured layers of processed guitar and fearsome gutteral roars intermixed with captivating female vocals, to passages of haunting dark ambience and bottom-heavy churn, and a magesterial finale that stretches gloom-ridden moody riffage, vaporous electronics and dramatic male/female singing across the song's final fifteen minutes, a tense, slow buildup that erupts into an earth-shaking crescendo of super heavy riffage. Immensely bleak and heavy, Born Again brings together elements of Godflesh's industrial pummel, black metal, tribal dirge , the violent nihilism of Swans, doomy death metal, and even some black strains of psychedelia into a monumental metallic black hole . Like I said, I really loved their last album Affliction, which I thought was an interesting variation on the Neurosis/psychedelic sludge sound with its heavy use of electronics, and if you liked that album as much as I did, I'm pretty sure that you'll be blown away by this darker new form that the band has taken.
This Crucial Blast release of Born Again features a distinctly different album design than the original version on Appease Me, and is also packaged in a four-panel digipack (where the Appease Me release came in a standard jewel case)."
The Bitters are Aerin Fogel and Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Governor). Formed in the east end of Toronto, The Bitters write and record their self-proclaimed Cave Pop from their studio, an artistic cooperative shared with Toronto\'s most creative musicians. Their debut 12\" EP, Wooden Glove, was released last spring on Captured Tracks and sold out shortly after, having been instantly well-received among tough critics and keen listeners alike. The band is a result of Cook and Fogel\'s prolific efforts and their ability to construct songs ranging from 50\'s melodies atop dark post-punk instrumentals, to 90\'s throwback alternative and grunge, which stems from their unique dynamic as friends and partners. Their collaborative work appears live with the help of drummer Jonah Falco (Fucked Up) and a rotation of starry guest bassists.
LP + Dropcard - The band released this EP as a handmade CD-R that has been sold at shows over the past year, but the songs on Peas Feast are so cool that we wanted to give this a proper vinyl documentation, and have been remastered for vinyl by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound. The record will be pressed on yellow wax with black splatter in an edition of 1,000 copies, and will also come with a digital dropcard that will allow you to download the tracks from the Peas Feast EP as well as a digital-only EP titled Drongolet Demos that has a bunch of unreleased tracks from Wildildlife.
The Peas Feast vinyl features four lengthy songs, starting with the zonked ultraheavy sludge and atonal, barbed wire guitar freakouts of "White Eyelidz" which goes from crushing glacial metal to drunken bassloaded punk rock in the bat of an eye, and then moves on to the pop genius of "Violent". "Violent" is the catchiest song these guys have, starting off slow with plaintive FX-soaked vocals swimming over pulverizing sludge metal riffage - think Harvey Milk but waaaaaay more freaked out and poppy and mutated by unnameable effects boxes....the hook here is so catchy it gives me a toothache, it's like hearing the saddest old alt rock song ever being played by Corrupted, complete with vocal harmonies. But then comes "Shining Son", another amazingly catchy pop song, still heavy but way more upbeat and driving, more noise rock than sludge, with a big burly bass riffs and ecstatic guitars that strafe the sky until the sludge rears it's head again, a massive swampy riff that rises up and flattens everything towards the end. MASSIVE. And then the final song, "My Song", formerly an acoustic song that appeared on Wildildlife's self titled debut 10", another amazing pop gem, but this time damaged and drunken sounding, the pop hook molten and oozing, the vocals a desperate howl, slow and sludgy and creeping but still unbelievably catchy and exuberant as it trails off into an almost Mammatus-like psych rock coda. Although this early material is more immediate and raw than the band's debut album Six, the music is crushing, catchy and totally spaced-out. On Yellow vinyl with black splatter in a run of 1,000 copies.
Nice Digipack - Killer Apocalyptic Postcore - Recorded by Serge MORRATEL in Geneva at Rec. Studio (KNUT, SHORA, TANTRUM...), september 2005 Mastered by Alan DOUCHES (MASTODON, CONVERGE, LOW...) in New York at West West Side Studio, january 2006.
Tracks 1, 3 and 5 were recorded/mixed spring/summer 2008. Tracks 1 and 2 are taken from the East Of The Wall / Year Of No Light / Rosetta split CD/2LP. Track 5 is taken from the Karysun / Year Of No Light split 7".
Tracks 2, 4, 6 and 9 were recorded/mixed late June 2004 and are taken from the Demo 2004.
Track 7 was recorded/mixed 2006 and is taken from the Dark 80s compilation.
Track 10.2 recorded/mixed 2008 and is taken from the Lágrimas De Miedo 14 - Pornography: Re-heat compilation.
Track 8 and 10.1 were recorded/mixed spring 2008 and are taken from the Untitled split LP with Machu Picchu Mother Future.