Format: CD, LP, Digital
"Eros|Anteros" is the breathtaking follow up to Oathbreaker's critically acclaimed "Maelstrom" album (Deathwish 2011). Where "Maelstrom" acted as individual fragments of aural shrapnel, "Eros|Anteros" is a monstrous shockwave of sound. It is Oathbreaker's story of love and the anti-love (life and death), and the growth they have experienced through these trials.
In opener "Beeltenis" (Dutch for "Portrait") layers of melodious guitar cry out to one another through the blackness. Acting as a ghostlike warning before Oathbreaker whips calm to chaos. "No Rest for the Weary" then abruptly crashes forward with breakneck speed and from there the floodgates of "Eros|Anteros" are open. As vocalist Caro Tanghe lets out the hair raising screams of "I'll never know what it means - this deadly calm inside", it's clear that this album is more potent and personal than most heavy music; this is a collective soul searching for the band. This is most apparent in brother and sister songs "As I Look Into the Abyss" and "The Abyss Looks Into Me". A stunning pairing that shows Oathbreaker racing through razor sharp metallic riffing before erupting into a vicious emotional explosion. This quarrel continues throughout the "Eros|Anteros", finally coming to a head in the haunting closer "Clair Obscur". A brilliant eleven minute epic that carefully balances shoe-gaze leanings with their wounded post-metal heart.
2. No Rest for the Weary
4. As I Look Into the Abyss
5. The Abyss Looks Into Me
6. Condor Tongue
7. Offer Aan De Leegte
10. Clair Obscur
300 - Beer
700 - Electric Blue
2000 - Milky Clear
1024 - Black / Bone Mix
Harm's Way "Blinded"
Format: 12"EP, CDEP, Digital
Video by Max Moore Films.
Harm's Way are an absolute force of a band from Chicago, Illinois. They made a name for themselves with masterful releases on the Organized Crime and Closed Casket Activities labels. With their punishing "Isolation" album (Closed Casket, 2011), Harm's Way brutally melded a metal attack, hardcore aggression, and industrial repetition into a new kind of sound. Creating a balance of intensity and originality rare in today's world of music.
The evolution of Harm's Way continues with "Blinded", their new 12"EP/CD on Deathwish. Illustrated by Florian Bertmer (Converge, Pig Destroyer, etc) and recorded at Brick Top Recordings by engineer Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos), "Blinded" is a crusher from start to finish. Songs like "Frontal Lobe" and "Live to Loathe" are the band at their heaviest and most adventurous so far. All of it fueled by a vitriol and pain that makes them stronger than all.
300 - Mint Green / Sea Blue mix
700 - White
2000 - Clear
Format: CD, 2XLP, Digital
"Sunbather" is the highly anticipated new album from Deafheaven.
Recorded and engineered by Jack Shirley (Funeral Diner, Comadre) and designed by Nick Steinhardt (Touche Amore) "Sunbather" deals with the profound sadness found in the quest for one's personal perfection. Serving as an artistic lucid dream of warmth despite the stinging pain of life's cruel idealism.
With opener "Dream House" George Clarke's tortured vocals familiarly intertwine with Kerry McCoy's hypnotic guitar work before crashing into a wash of post-everything melody. This leads to the moving instrumental "Irresistible" a track that carries a twisted indie-like sensibility buried beneath glittery layers of guitar and piano. However it is in the title track and beyond where the maturation and growth of Deafheaven brightly shines. In "Sunbather" they explore sonic peaks and valleys created by superb percussionist Daniel Tracy (new to the band for this recording). His inclusion brings new dynamics to light as an urgent pulse to the swirling musical chaos. Pushing bleak epic "Vertigo" and the dark emotional closer "The Pecan Tree" to new, awe-inducing heights.
Without question "Sunbather" is Deafheaven at the peak of their creative strength and vision of their young existence. A masterfully crafted work of art that will be renowned for years to come.
300 - Clear w/ Splatter
700 - Hot Pink & Beer
4000 - Red & Gold
500 - Raider Nation Edition - Black with Silver Splatter
4500 - A/B Baby Pink, C/D Piss Yellow
3000 - A/B Baby Pink, C/D Piss Yellow
Cursed "One (Reissue)"
The highly anticipated vinyl repress of "One", the debut album from Cursed.
This new superior version of "One" was manufactured using brand new pressing plates, making the release sound heavier than ever. All of it is presented in a gatefold jacket with revamped artwork and packaging.
This is the first in a series of singular represses of the entire Cursed full length catalog from Deathwish. Cursed "Two" and "Three" albums will be reissued later this year (originally released by the defunct Goodfellow label, under exclusive license from Sonic Unyon). A final limited box set of all three albums and a book of Cursed related material by Chris Colohan will be released later down the road via a partnership of Deathwish and Colohan's own label, High Anxiety.
Cursed were Canada's metallic monstrosity fronted by vocalist/lyricist Chris Colohan formerly of The Swarm, Left For Dead, and Ruination. The band also featured former Ire and Black Hand members.
"One" was the first of many scars Cursed they left behind. Distinctly their own animal, Cursed took the most powerful qualities of the aggressive sub-genres and turned them into something raw and explosive. Ultimately influencing and shaping the heavy music world as we know it today.
300 - Clear w/ Blood Red, Royal Blue, & White splatter
700 - Blood Red / Silver mix
2000 - Silver
Loma Prieta / Raein "Split"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
An awesome pairing of two incredibly interesting bands who play discordant music.
Loma Prieta’s sound is difficult to describe, however it is clear that they come from the rich tradition of creative Bay Area hardcore bands such as Mohinder, Funeral Diner, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, and Indian Summer. Eschewing sub-genres in favor of organically writing songs that are personally fulfilling, each Loma Prieta record is substantially different from the last. Nonetheless, Loma Prieta have managed to forge a distinctive form of expression that is entirely their own.
Raein are an emotional and discordant punk band from Italy originally founded by members from La Quiete and Neil on Impression. Upon their formation in 2002, the band began releasing a dizzying amount of music, over 12 influential releases/appearance in under four years time. This original incarnation of Raein disbanded in late 2005. But after a hiatus of almost 2 years the band officially regrouped in September 2007. Since the reformation the band has released to moving albums and toured the world extensively on their own terms. Considered to be leaders in the new wave of emotional post-hardcore, Raein carry a similar spirit and sound as bands Orchid, Saetia, and others. Melding melody and discordance into something truly beautiful to experience.
300 - Clear
700 - Black / White mix
2000 - White
AC4 "Burn The World"
Format: LP, Digital
Released by a partnership of Deathwish and the Ny Vag label in Sweden.
AC4 is the no frills vision of musician Dennis Lyxzen, (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, Invasionen, etc). In AC4, he is joined by friends and former members of Umea Hardcore bands DS-13, Step Forward, Regulations, E.T.A, and The Vectors. Together AC4 pay homage to bands like Minor Threat while adding their own spin to the tried and true spirit that brought inspiration in their youth.
Released by a partnership of Deathwish and the Ny Vag label (Scandinavia) "Burn The World" is the second album from AC4. "Burn The World" is sixteen songs of social, political, and personal unrest transformed into primitive hardcore punk anthems. All of them awesomely executed and uniquely unforgettable.
Cold Cave "Oceans With No End"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Cold Cave is the creative rebirth of acclaimed musician and writer Wesley Eisold.
Cutting his teeth in underground bands American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) and Some Girls, Eisold's body of work has truly effected a generation of listeners. Through constant cross-pollination Eisold has gained mass appeal, influencing underground and popular culture with his ever evolving artistic vision.
With an already prolific number of releases, Cold Cave has become a name synonymous with the contemporary resurgence of Darkwave and Synth Pop sub-genres. Propelling Cold Cave to perform at world class museums The Getty and the Guggenheim, as well as performances with legends Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, among others.
"Oceans With No End" EP is the latest offering from Cold Cave; a two song industrial indulgence that picks up where "A Little Death To Laugh" EP (Heartworm, 2012) left off. Title track "Oceans With No End" uses upbeat electronics to create a melodious wash for Eisold's pensive vocals to tread within. While B-side "People Are Poison" plods forth with an angry swagger in direct juxtaposition to the title track's driving urgency. Together they are a blindingly beautiful example of morose music at its very best.
300 - Clear with Cyan Blue Haze
700 - Sea Blue
2000 - Cyan Blue / Royal Blue split