Archive for February, 2012

Black God, who had one of the best releases of 2011 with their self titled debut 7 inch on No Idea Records, have  a follow up coming next month (again via No Idea Records) with “II.” And it’s now up for Pre-Order in the No Idea webstore.

If you’re not familiar with Black God here’s some info (via a blurb today over at Decibel Magazine);

If you didn’t know it by now, Coliseum’s Ryan Patterson is an inhuman machine that runs solely on guitar riffs and beard hair.

His newish project is a throwback to the 90s hardcore scene of Louisville where sweat flowed like beer and beer pretty much stayed in the fridges at the convenience store.

Joined by members of Black Cross, Young Widows, Endpoint and the inimitable By The Grace of God, Black God has debuted their track “Everyone’s a Friend,” a hyper-manic, noisy post-punk affair from their follow-up EP II, which will be out on No Idea March 20th.

You can check out a cut from the new release over at Decibel as well.


Murder City Devils

Posted: February 14, 2012 by Nick_J in Record Nerds
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After all this time Murder City Devils bless us with more of their amazing music. Every Day I Rise b/w Ball Busting in the Peanut Gallery.

My friend Ryan was definitely the person who introduced me to this band. It was one of those things where you are talking about metal or hardcore for an hour and you look at the other person and suggest some band that doesn’t sound even remotely like what you were talking about. That’s what happened. He looked at me and asked if I ever heard Murder City Devils, I hadn’t and he played their second album for me. I couldn’t help but to be kind of struck by the band as a concept. In my head the only thing I could compare them to was Danzig and that was based purely on the fact that the record kind of made me fell the same way a Danzig record felt. Anyway, the band made a lasting impression on me as that was easily 10 years ago.

The band split in 2003 and until now have not recorded. The songs pick up where their last record ended but there is this amazing body of sound that feels like something new too. The B side of the record kind of scares me with its driving yet swirling sound. What an amazing band. It’s almost comical that a band could be so simple yet so powerful.

First pressing details:
100 Pink / White Marble Vinyl
300 Solid White Vinyl
1600 Solid Black Vinyl

So here it is. Split Cranium.

Who are Split Cranium? They are a hardcore band. Simple as that. But much more interesting than that.

Split Cranium is made up of Jussi Lehtisalo, Aaron Turner, Jukka Kröger, and Samae Koskinen. So basically some dudes in ISIS and Circle. And they are all awesome brutal hardcore.

With the their Sceptres to Rust 7”, Split Cranium offer up a tease of what is to come with their full-length later on from Hydra Head. It’s fast-paced hardcore in the vein of late 80’s Southern California HC/Punk. At least hardcore as interpreted by one guy from the Boston-area and some dudes from Finland.

The 7” is limited to a mere 300 copies. A pretty short run all things considered. And it’s worth it.

Not much more can be said. You either will dig and love this, or you won’t. Especially the “remix” on the b-side. It’s interesting and adds a punch to the a-side track. Get into it!

In addition to the 7″, I was also surprised recently when I received a test press of it in a care package sent by Hydra Head on a order I placed on their Real Tomato Ketchup webstore. I initially, thought, “Hey, that’s cool, they threw in a copy of the Split Cranium 7″.” But my jaw dropped when I realized it was a test press. Out of 30! Hurrah!

If you’re still curious about checking Split Cranium out, there’s their bandcamp page stream track thing below. Check it out!

“Super fan numero uno since 1995”