Deafheaven "DW Live Series 08: Live at The Blacktop"
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On January 15th, 2011, Deafheaven played a stunning set on a loading dock turned venue called "The Blacktop" in Bell Gardens, California. Also on the show was Low Places, Joyce Manor, and label mates Touche Amore. Deafheaven's performance that night left attendees in awe, serving as the flash point for a whirlwind year for the genre bending band. This is a recording of their entire set from that show.
Recorded by Chris Avis
Photo by Reid Haithcock
Deafheaven "Roads to Judah" CD/LP/Digital
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Format: CD, LP, Digital
Recorded in Belgium by Michael Neyt and Lander Cluyse, mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge), and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan), "Mælstrøm" is a swirling mix of Metal, Punk, and Hardcore destruction.
Similarities in Oathbreaker's ferocity to bands like Cursed, Rise And Fall, and From Ashes Rise are apparent, but merely a flash point for them. Opener "Origin" strikes hard of the gate, crashing down with swirling guitars, thunderous drumming, and vicious vocal stylings. From there, Oathbreaker push the limits of brutal with "Hierophant", a crushing mid paced masterpiece infected with a "Wolverine Blues" spirit. While songs "Thoth" and "Glimpse Of The Unseen" carry a Doom Metal like candor that would even make Tom G. Warrior proud. Song after song, the chaos ensues within the Oathbreaker vortex as they explore all shades of heavy. Then, as suddenly as their rage appeared on the horizon, it recedes to reveal the album's mesmerizing title track "Mælstrøm". A dark acoustic passage that shows Oathbreaker's ability to not only unleash a fury, but control the musical super storm within.
Without question, Oathbreaker's "Mælstrøm" is one of the best debut albums we've ever heard, and we trust you'll feel the same way.
300 - White vinyl
700 - Brown vinyl
1022 - Tan / Bronze mix
Converge / Dropdead "Split"
Format: 7"EP, Digital
Self released by Converge and Dropdead.
Exclusively Distributed by Deathwish Direct and The Armageddon Label.
A pairing of two legendary bands celebrating their joint twenty year history within the Punk/Hardcore genre.
Both songs were recorded at Kurt Ballou's God City Studios in early 2011, and mastered by John Golden (Neurosis, Melvins, etc). "Runaway" from Converge is an instant classic for the band, unrelenting in its speed and emotional ferocity from beginning to end. While Dropdead's "Paths of Glory" is an unforgettable political punk/hardcore anthem, that proves that the years behind the band have only strengthened their hold on the battlefront of the true underground.
10 - Test Presses
150 - Black w/ Random Stripe vinyl (Converge has these, up to the band if they sell them)
150 - Clear w/ Random colors vinyl (Dropdead has these, up to the band if they sell them)
2000 - Red & Black Swirl vinyl (Deathwish Exclusive)
2000 - Green & Black Swirl vinyl (Armageddon Exclusive)
2700 - "Vinyl Bong" Random colors of vinyl (Available from the bands only)
2000 - Vinyl Bong
Touché Amoré "Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me"
Format: CD, LP, Deluxe Edition LP, Digital
Deathwish are proud to announce the release of Touche Amore's latest album, "Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me".
In February of 2011, Touche Amore piled into their beat up tour van in an Los Angeles suburb and set off on a twenty six hour journey to Eudora, Kansas. With a population of just over four thousand people, Eudora may be a peculiar place for a punk band to go, but nestled in its rural isolation is acclaimed engineer Ed Rose and his Black Lodge Studios (formerly Redhouse Recording Studio). There under Rose's attentive ears, Touche Amore poured their patchwork soul into their latest work, "Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me".
In "Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me", Touche Amore's creative formula is driven by emotional affect, not contemporary studio effects. In the purest form possible, raw shouted vocals and clean manic guitars fight for volume over roomy bass and percussion. Creating a sound that is shockingly simple as it is emotionally engaging. The serene and fragile opening notes of "Tilde" serve as the album's introductory serenade before Touche Amore pound and jangle into the hook-laden song. And seconds later, when vocalist/lyricist Jeremy Bolm screams "...I'm parting the sea between brightness and me...", a tone of desperation sets in that resonates throughout the duration of the album. His straight forward cries convincingly tell his own personal story. To some, this lyrical writing could read as a diary based purely in self deprecation, but his words cut and pull from a much deeper place in the heart. Serving as an open window into his constant soul searching amid life's constant trials and tribulations. Songs like "Home Away From Here" and "Sesame" are great examples of this, infectious in their sound and moving lyrical spirit. While "Method Act" and the emotional "Condolences" show the band experimenting with epic leanings while maintaining their beloved trademark character. Without a doubt, Touche Amore's "Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me" is a stunning full length achievement on any scale. Proving that there is true beauty within the concept of artistic simplicity.
961 - 180 gram black vinyl
Standard Edition First Press:
100 - Clear
300 - Opaque Green
700 - Opaque Blue
2000 - White
209 - Clear Green
2942 - Opaque Red
10,179 - Black
Trap Them "Seance Prime: The Complete Recordings"
Format: 12"LP, Digital
"Seance Prime: The Complete Recordings" 12"LP combines all of their pre "Seizures In Barren Praise" Deathwish material (the "Seance Prime" CDEP and material from their split 7"EP with Extreme Noise Terror) into one brutal 12"LP release. All of the material has been remastered by guitarist Brian Izzi and the release also features reworked packaging from designer Ryan Patterson (Coliseum, etc.)
The "Seance Prime" sessions were recorded by longtime Trap Them engineer Kurt Ballou (Converge) at his now infamous Godcity Studios. This release in its original form put Trap Them on the map with listeners and critics worldwide as one of the most interesting heavy bands out there today. Songs like "Day 13: The Protest Hour" and "Day 14: Pulse Mavens" are a tornado of D-Beat hooks, frantic bursts of speed, and earth shaking dirges. Erasing the line between metal and punk with every unpredictable twist and turn. All of it dizzying and awe inducing, already deserving to stand among the elite of the extreme metal and hardcore genre.
300 - Clear
700 - White
Deafheaven "Roads to Judah"
Format: CD, LP, Digital
Recorded by Jack Shirley (guitarist of Comadre), "Roads to Judah", is a hypnotic thirty eight minute plunge into hazy musical darkness. A dizzying hybrid of Shoe-gaze shimmer, Hardcore vulnerability, and Black Metal intensity.
From the opening drone of the album it's as if we are are peering through a dream into the private world that is Deafheaven's "Roads to Judah". Layers and layers of instrumentation build, tangle and swirl before the real onslaught begins. A ferocious drum fill then thrusts us from the serene into a free fall, as if the ground below suddenly gave way. From there we plummet through one awe inducing sonic fog into the next, blurring the traditional lines of song. Hyper blasts of speed rage and pulse while lush guitars bellow, roar and whine with unorthodox melody. And just as we feel we've departed from reality from the aural overload, tortured vocals cry out from afar. Serving as a stark reminder that there is something very human about "Roads to Judah" and Deafheaven themselves.
Though the title could suggest something otherworldly, the "Judah" referenced is in fact the "N Judah" train, the busiest line of the San Francisco transit system. A relatable landmark to compliment the haunting ambiguity that surrounds Deafheaven and the music that they collectively create. On it, much of the lyrical writing and personal reflection for this album took place.
With that said, "Roads to Judah" isn't Heavy Metal role play, but a beautifully blackened artistic exploration of the issues and self loathing that can cloud every day life. A stunning a achievement emotionally and musically that will surely shape aggressive music for years to come.
300 - Cream / Black Split
700 - Cream / Black Mix
1000 - Cream Vinyl
1300 - Clear Red Vinyl
2009 - Cream w/ Black splatter
4019 - Clear vinyl
Victims "A Dissident"
Format: CD, Digital, Vinyl (on Tankcrimes)
Released by a partnership of the Deathwish, Tankcrimes, and La Familia Record labels.
"A Dissident" is the latest album from Victims, recorded by Linus Wiklund with assistance from Nicko from Entombed. When the first chords of opener "Theft" interrupt the album's haunting intro, it's apparent that the years under their belt have only allowed Victims to become even more charged. For nearly a half hour "A Dissident" rages full bore from one punk/hardcore anthem to the next. Songs like "In Control", "We Are Not The Future", and "Nowhere In Time" carry the kind of heavy hooks that most bands can only dream of creating in their tenure. While "Broken Bones" and "Victims In Blood Pt. 6" are flawless examples of the classic hardcore/metal crossover power that they are known for. Victims' unrelenting ferocity, unforgettable choruses, and swedish quest for perfection has pushed the blueprint of their influences (Motorhead, Discharge, etc.) to a new contemporary level. And with the release of "A Dissident", Victims have cemented their place among the leaders, not followers, in today's true underground punk/hardcore scene.
See the Tankcrimes website for vinyl pressing information.