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.
Starkweather / Overmars "Split"
Format: 12"LP, Digital (North America only)
Overmars have released numerous recordings over the last few years (many of which have been reissued by the Crucial Blast label). Their brand of ominous, expansive musical darkness is breath taking. A bleak and barren mix of doom, metal tinged punk, and experimental hardcore. Bringing to mind the sonic damage of later era Swans and Neurosis, while harboring a contemporary heaviness unlike anything else out there today.
Starkweather's legacy within aggressive music is legendary. Recorded at the same time as their highly praised "This Sheltering Night" album, their contributions here show a creative force at their most powerful. The complex "Armed Memory" shows Starkweather as tortured, jagged, and frantic as they've ever been. While their 14 minute epic "Nightmare Factory" is a layered metallic dirge of catastrophic proportions, dizzying and disorientating in its hypnotic ebb and flow.
Together Overmars and Starkweather have created an unclassifiable, paranoid journey into the artistic abyss, proving that aggressive music still has much to offer. No end is in sight as bands like these continue to reach down deep into their souls to explore such uncharted creative waters.
300 - Clear
700 - White
Irons / Pulling Teeth "Grey Savior"
J. Bannon (Converge, etc), Dwid Hellion (Integrity, etc), and Stephen Kasner (Blood Fountains) are "Irons". A collective effort to create apocalyptic, non-linear music from a primal fine art based mindset. With this release, Irons have forged a pensive sonic reflection ripe with melancholy and despair. Electronic textures, haunting vocals, and unorthodox guitar work all dance together to create an unforgettable melodic portrait that is unlike anything out there today.
A stylistic departure for Pulling Teeth, here they utilize this release to tread into deeper, more experimental, musical waters. The featured opus "Generals Of Dark Hymns" shows a new kind of dynamic emerging from their dark well of creative character. Slowing the pace only to crash down with a force merely hinted at in previous Pulling Teeth recordings. The release also features a J. Bannon (Converge, etc) remix of "Dismissed In Time", the epic closing track from their heralded "Martyr Immortal" album.
1000 - 12" Picture Discs
Touché Amoré "DW Live Series 07: Live at WERS"
The Deathwish Live Series is a series of FREE live recordings of Deathwish affiliated artists. These recordings are from a variety of sources: Radio shows, official live recordings, bootlegs, and more.
We are giving these recordings away as a thank you to the listeners who continue to support independent music. If you dig what you hear, please support these artists by seeing them live and by purchasing their releases and apparel in the DW Estore @ www.deathwishinc.com.
On their first trip to Boston, Touche Amore visited WERS Studios and recorded a session that later aired on the station. This no frills recording is Touche Amore at their most raw, performing now classic songs from their fantastic 6131 Records debut album, "…To the Beat of a Dead Horse".
Originally released by the band themselves as a limited 7"EP, the physical release is now out of print. For those who missed it the first time around, we are proud to include the recording as part of the Deathwish Live Series.
Special thanks to WERS for recording this material.
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Life Long Tragedy "Destined For Anything"
Originally released by This Blessing This Curse recordings, "Destined For Anything" was the debut album from Life Long Tragedy. With a live energy and drive that was second to none, Life Long Tragedy were one the best California hardcore bands of their day. Their approach was both musically melodic and brutal, fusing the heart of their influences (Unbroken, Modern Life Is War) and the rage of present day life. All of it uniquely driven by their own passionate lyrical writings.
The album is currently available through Deathwish as a CD (Original pressing from This Blessing This Curse), as well as a Digital Download. A vinyl repress will surface sometime in the future.
Life Long Tragedy disbanded in 2008.
Rot In Hell "As Pearls Before Swine"
Format: CD, LP, Digital
Rot In Hell are a brutally raw and unrelenting UK punk/hardcore band. They epitomize the "Holy Terror" Cleveland spawned sound, popularized by bands like Integrity and Ringworm, and inject their own mutation into the festering contemporary hardcore/punk cesspool.
"As Pearls Before Swine" is the first proper full length effort for Rot In Hell. From the first moments of haunting feedback in the opener "Fulminate of Mercury", it's apparent that something wicked has been unfurled. Just two minutes in, Rot In Hell sonically rips their world wide open, galloping forth into musical blackness. Songs like "Traitor's Gate" and "Lucius Ferre" are played with such violent ferocity it seems as though the band are simply collapsing in on themselves. The frenzied attack subsides slightly with the grim instrumental "Darkness Calls", acting as the foreboding eye of their storm. However the bloodbath soon kicks off again in songs like "Behavioral Resistance MMIX" and "Coyotenia". All of them leading us to a Hellmouth of a closer in their sprawling "Twilight Tongues".
Without a doubt, Rot In Hell are truly as grim as they come. And their "As Pearls Before Swine" proves that there is still something wild, untamable, and truly dangerous lurking in the shadows of today's hardcore/punk community. It's time to welcome their brand of darkness with open arms.
300 - Orange / Gold Mix
700 - Beer
500 - Black
Deafheaven "Libertine Dissolves b/w Daedalus"
This release was sent out randomly FOR FREE to DW Estore customers as a thank you for their continued support. The only way to get this release from Deathwish was to order something in the DW Estore and hope for the best.
Deafheaven are a genre defying aggressive band from San Francisco, CA.
Their hybrid musical approach is outright stunning. A melding of epic Post Rock leanings (Envy, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) with experimental Black Metal (Xasthur, Weakling, Leviathan), and classic era "Screamo" (Orchid, Crimson Curse) into something never successfully experienced before.
Featuring two songs from their out of print demo cassette, the release serves as an introduction of San Francisco's Deafheaven to the Deathwish world. "Libertine Dissolves" and "Daedalus" show the band at their most abrasive yet. Hyper blasts of speed, entwine with infectious melody and emotional breakdowns to create a mesmerizing metallic atmosphere. A welcomed hybrid of styles that is sure to breathe fresh air into the constantly evolving aggressive music community.
1000 - Black