Tuesday, March 29, 2011

COKE BUST: Degradation E.P. review

Coke Bust - Degradation E.P. front

COKE BUST: Degradation E.P.
band website: on Facebook
label: Grave Mistake Records (GRAVE046, 2011) // www.gravemistakerecords.com

U.S. version of this 7" released by Grave Mistake. 6 blasts of smashing & grinding hardcore from Washington D.C. I am biased about this band because I have seen them live several times, but I think this E.P. does a great job representing Coke Bust's sound. USHC coming from a line of bands after Infest, No Comment, etc. It seems like I have grown up around bands like this, the sound is as American as the early 80s bands from D.C. that all worshipped the Bad Brains. I have to give respect to these guys for stubbornly sticking with this sound while it has become fashionable to take more influence from bands like Black Flag or The Swans. My hat's off to them.

Thankfully, there's no screwing around at all on the 6 songs of this record and there's a nice finishing touch with the heavy, mid-paced last cut, Deathbed. The lyrics don't really speak to me, as they are standard fare for this type of music, they just go in one eye and out the other for me. They cover personal and social issues that I would imagine most people expect. Even with that minor take back, this is an ass kicking record from a great band.

Coke Bust - Degradation E.P. back

Monday, March 28, 2011


This is seriously some of the most grim music ever made. When I first heard this, my 20 year old mind was not prepared for the sledge hammer bludgeon that was to follow. Imagine lying in a Siberian torture tank filled with ice cold water while baluga whales continuously dive onto your decaying body.

Thick ass Stoughton gatefold jacket on black or white vinyl. T-shirt also available as a package deal.

**Note: After getting the record in the mail, I realized that it is not a 2xLP, sorry if that mislead anyone!

Order at Southern Lord

Here is the description from the site:

Sometimes a band is so far ahead of the times or just so original that people aren't ready for them and only years later do they get the praise they deserve. This is truly the case of Winter. Winter formed in 1988 out of the ashes of local punk bands Doomsday and Meltdown. The thriving underground music scene in NY at the time was split between NYHC, death/thrash metal and punk. Each one was separate from the other in musical style, politics (or lack thereof) and fashion. Somewhere in the middle of all that Winter arrived. At this time every band from the area were playing as fast as possible. Winter however was the complete opposite playing as slow and heavy as possible. They tuned lower than any band and their tempos crawled at a snails pace. Inspired by bands as diverse as Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Amebix, Rudimentiry Peni, King Crimson, Hawkwind, Carnivore and Discharge their combination of dark lyrics, low vocals and crushing slow tempos slowly built a following of punks metalheads and even some NYHC/crossover fans. In Long Island they would open up for the big death metal bands of the time like Sepultura and Death while also playing punk/d.i.y. /squat shows in NYC with bands like Nausea and A.P.P.L.E The band signed with Future Shock Records for the release of their debut LP Into Darkness. The album became an instant cult classic. As the years went on Winter's legacy slowly evolved from total obscurity to becoming a cult favorite who were respected around the world. Winter disbanded in 1991.

20+ years later the immense impact /influence of Winter continues on! From Cathedral to Grief to Unearthly Trance to Coffins. All these bands readily admit the influence of the mighty Winter. After a few dodgy reissues and shitty bootlegs from other labels comes the OFFICIAL re-release of "Into Darkness".

Your choice of 180 gram white vinyl or black vinyl with heavy-duty gatefold jacket and huge 18 page "zine"-style booklet with flyers, posters etc.. Original lp pressing was released in the early nineties and has long been out of print as well as highly sought after . ALL HAIL WINTER. RISE!!! $14 each

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sunday 4/10 - HERDS record release show in Columbus

Herds Columbus flyer

Sunday 4/10
8pm sharp
$5 for out of town band

HERDS (burly Michigan HC, new EP out)
DRUG MONEY (Columbus meth heads)
SILO (Ohio freedom d-beat)

Legion Of Doom
1579 Indianola Ave

All Ages, no booze.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Miasmal (Sweden) / Hatred Surge / Mammoth Grinder / Innumerable Forms / Bone Sickness U.S. TOUR

Miasmal (Sweden)
Mammoth Grinder
Hatred Surge
Innumerable Forms
Bone Sickness

May 17th Austin,TX at Beerland w/ Hatred Surge,Mammoth Grinder and Anhedonist
May 18th Denton,TX at Rubber Gloves w/ Hatred Surge,Mammoth Grinder and Power Trip
May 19th St Louis,MO w/ Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder
May 20th Chicago,IL w/ Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder
May 21st Cleveland,OH at Now That's Class w/ Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder
May 22nd ????
May 23rd Boston,MA w/ Hatred Surge,Mammoth Grinder and Innumerable Forms
May 24th Brooklyn,NY at the Acheron w/ Hatred Surge,Mammoth Grinder and Innumerable Forms
May 25th Philadelphia,PA at the Barbary w/ Hatred Surge,Mammoth Grinder and Innumerable Forms
May 26th Maryland Death Fest
May 27th Maryland Death Fest
May 28th Maryland Death Fest
May 29th Maryland Death Fest
May 30th Richmond,VA at Strange Matter w/ Mammoth Grinder and Innumerable Forms
May 31st Atlanta,GA at Wonder Root w/ Mammoth Grinder and Innumerable Forms
June 1st New Orleans,LA at Siberia w/ Mammoth Grinder and Innumerable Forms
June 2nd Chaos in Tejas
June 3rd Chaos in Tejas
June 4th Chaos in Tejas
June 5th ?????
June 6th Phoenix,AZ at Sound Kontrol w/ Bone Sickness
June 7th San Diego,CA w/ Bone Sickness
June 8th Long Beach,CA w/ Bone Sickness
June 9th Los Angeles,CA at the BLVD w/ Bone Sickness
June 10th San Jose,CA at the House of the Dead Rat (416 w. San Fernando St.) w/ Bone Sickness
June 11th San Francisco,CA at the Hemlock w/ Bone Sickness
June 12th Oakland,CA at Victory Warehouse w/ Bone Sickness,Undergang and Acephalix
June 13th Arcata,CA at the Big Tree w/ Bone Sickness
June 14th Portland,OR w/ Bone Sickness
June 15th Seattle,WA at the Black Lodge w/ Iron Lung and Bone Sickness
June 16th Olympia,WA w/ Bone Sickness and Sanctuary of Blasphemy